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Protiviti Global Finance Trends Survey 2019

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Strategic issues are taking precedence for today’s CFO – data security, privacy, advanced technologies and analytics, and perhaps most notably, customer service. This is among the many key takeaways from a global survey on finance trends conducted by Protiviti. Learn more at www.protiviti.com/financesurvey.

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Protiviti Global Finance Trends Survey 2019

  1. 1. Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services. © 2019 Protiviti Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. 40% Topping the CFO’s Agenda: Security, Analytics and Customer Service CFOs and finance leaders are focused as much on strategic matters as operational issues, according to Protiviti’s 2019 Finance Trends Survey Respondents were asked to rate 40 different finance areas based on a 10-point scale, where “1” reflects the lowest priority and “10” reflects the highest priority for the finance function to improve its knowledge and capabilities over the next 12 months. Rankings are based on percentage of respondents who scored these areas at “8” or higher. Security and privacy of data 84% Enhanced data analytics 79% Process improvement: process and data analytics Changing demands and expectations of internal customers Embracing new technologies 73% Internal controls 73% Accounting and finance implications of IT 72% Financial planning and analysis 71% Strategic planning 71% Profitability reporting and analysis 70% Top 10 CFO Priorities* 75% 73% Top 5 Priorities for Budget Increases 64% 58% Changing demands and expectations of internal customers Security and privacy of data 62% Data visualization 58% Cloud-based applications that support finance Enhanced data analytics 56% Increase in 2019 Budget* * CFO/VP Finance responses Accounting Operations (AR, AP, GL, etc.) 81% 23% 17% 4% Financial Reporting 68% 29% 19% 3% Financial Planning & Analysis 70% 24% 24% 6% Tax 54% 22% 31% 14% Risk Management 61% 23% 27% 8% Strategic Finance (M&A) 64% 25% 20% 7% Treasury 67% 23% 19% 4% Finance PMO 68% 25% 14% 7% More Organizations Turning to a Managed Services Approach* Staff augmentation Managed services provider Fully outsourced Full-time employees

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