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CFO Insights: Finance 2025—Looking ahead with the benefit of hindsight

Published on: Oct 31, 2021

There is no question that anticipating the impact of emerging innovations or abstract risks is difficult. That’s why revisiting our eight predictions for finance in 2025 risked raising some valid questions about the value of trying to anticipate what’s ahead

Still, while only about three years had passed since we published those predictions in 2018, the unforeseen global COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally reshaped workplaces, accelerated digital technologies, and tested finance leaders in areas such as crisis management, enterprise agility, and change management. It also presented CFOs with a new set of decisions—some of which were core to the survival of the business.

Such decisions illustrate a core assumption underlying many of our original predictions: that the role of finance—and how it would add value to the business—would shift dramatically by 2025.

And, in this edition of CFO Insights, we’ll share what we have learned about the future by rooting ourselves more firmly in the present and asking the following questions: Which challenges and concerns should CFOs consider prioritizing? How can companies better use data to construct a more accurate vision of the future? And what might be the best way to prepare now for 2025?

This publication was released by our US firm.

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