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The Chief Future Officer 
 The Chief Financial Officer is shouldering ever-increasing 
responsibility of sailing the ship...
1. Managing Big Data 
 Big data essentially refers to data that is too large – in 
terms of quantity, variety, complexity...
2) Using Predictive Analytics 
 Predictive analytics covers a range of statistical techniques 
that employ business intel...
3) Encouraging Technology- 
Driven Innovation 
 CFOs are comfortably working hand-in-hand with Chief 
Information Officer...
Finally… 
 CFOs are no longer concerned with only getting the 
numbers right but also with formulating innovative 
strate...
Maureen O'Connell 
Maureen O’Connell is the current Executive VP, CFO 
and CAO of Scholastic Corporation. When not 
workin...
Re-envisioning the CFO as a Chief Future Officer by Maureen O'Connell, CFO at Scholastic Corporation
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Re-envisioning the CFO as a Chief Future Officer by Maureen O'Connell, CFO at Scholastic Corporation

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It comes as no surprise then that successful companies across the world are re-envisioning their CFOs as Chief Future Officers. As suggested by Maureen O'Connell, CFO at Scholastic Corporation, this video discusses the 3 main areas in which Chief Future Officers are transforming the business landscape.

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Re-envisioning the CFO as a Chief Future Officer by Maureen O'Connell, CFO at Scholastic Corporation

  1. 1. The Chief Future Officer  The Chief Financial Officer is shouldering ever-increasing responsibility of sailing the ship through this storm of disruptive change. Besides playing his/her age-old role of managing costs and investments, he/she has emerged as the best person to analyze big data and use advanced analytics to make accurate financial forecasts. It comes as no surprise then that successful companies across the world are re-envisioning their CFOs as Chief Future Officers. This post discusses the 3 main areas in which Chief Future Officers are transforming the business landscape.
  2. 2. 1. Managing Big Data  Big data essentially refers to data that is too large – in terms of quantity, variety, complexity or speed – for traditional processing.  CFOs are now welcoming this inundation of data in varied forms and employing newer methods to process it to gather deeper insights into the industry and the business.  At the same time, they are making peace with this data overload, accepting that it may provide only indicators and not conclusive solutions.
  3. 3. 2) Using Predictive Analytics  Predictive analytics covers a range of statistical techniques that employ business intelligence to anticipate future events.  Instead of simply gathering and reporting data, CFOs are using predictive analytics to decipher patterns, gauge business drivers and interpret connections between various factors to identify opportunities and risks.  They are also uncovering customer and market trends at break-neck speed, helping the production and sales teams to respond with greater swiftness and efficiency.
  4. 4. 3) Encouraging Technology- Driven Innovation  CFOs are comfortably working hand-in-hand with Chief Information Officers to keep the business in a permanent “beta mode”.  They are harnessing technology to create company wikis and other knowledge-sharing platforms and reaping the benefits of Cloud technology.  Keeping a flexible mindset with regard to ROI, they are increasing business efficiency and profitability with minimum-disruption innovation.
  5. 5. Finally…  CFOs are no longer concerned with only getting the numbers right but also with formulating innovative strategies and collaborating to create a thriving, sustainable business on their watch.
  6. 6. Maureen O'Connell Maureen O’Connell is the current Executive VP, CFO and CAO of Scholastic Corporation. When not working, Maureen loves running, Skiing, Scuba Diving or Travelling.

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