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Finance Leaders in the Service Industries on the Future of Their Profession

The future looks bright for a career in finance. That’s what finance professionals in the service industries (i.e., business/professional services,...
Mary Beth FindlayDecember 8, 2015
Finance Leaders in the Service Industries on the Future of Their Profession

The future looks bright for a career in finance. That’s what finance professionals in the service industries (i.e., business/professional services, construction, transportation/warehousing, travel/leisure) are telling us about their vision for the profession, but they also say that further developing their effective use of technology will underlie their success to a great degree.

This was the primary theme to emerge from a recent study conducted by CFO Research and sponsored by SAP. In September of 2015, CFO Research conducted a global survey of finance professionals, including both the leaders of and contributors to finance teams in large and mid-sized organizations. We sought to gain a better understanding of the outlook for the finance function, and of what finance professionals from all levels saw as the source of their future success.

Here we present four key findings from that survey, based on the 379 responses we received from finance professionals in the service industries.