Few CFOs today can avoid grappling with the rising cost of benefits. Mounting health- and retirement-plan costs present tough choices, but outsourcing and technology often create as many problems as solutions. We asked 295 senior finance executives from a diverse range of companies to share their views on the challenge and tell us how they are responding. As the numbers on the following pages show, these executives face a dilemma: how to trim expenses without undercutting their human-capital investments.


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The Future of Finance Has Arrived

The pace with which finance functions are employing automation and advanced technologies is quickening. Rapidly. A new survey of senior finance executives by Grant Thornton and CFO Research revealed that, for just about every key finance discipline, the use of advanced technologies has increased dramatically in the past 12 months.

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