The current trend of increasing automation and data exchange in the commercial world, often referred to as Industry 4.0, promises numerous productivity gains. However, while Industry 4.0 may be taking off in the commercial side of the business, many corporations have yet to emulate it in their treasury operations.
At a time where the consequences of technological weakness have never been greater, treasurers are struggling to prioritise modernising their treasury functions. Treasury technology previously considered inessential, has the potential to soon become the industry standard, creating a plethora of issues for those who fail to invest promptly.
Thanks to advances in mobile security and evolving employee demand, treasurers are beginning to see the benefits of allowing treasury staff to access their company’s corporate banking portals on their phones.
The treasury committee is often the cornerstone of any business because disciplines within finance have many stakeholders and affect a variety of other functions. Today, a treasurer is increasingly expected to be a communicator across an organisation. Doesn’t that fact alone highlight the need for a treasury committee?
The combination of better, increasingly real-time data and easier, more bespoke ways of exchanging this data, has an alchemic effect. Increasingly, treasurers’ role becomes less one of transaction execution and more one of analysis to drive value-added decision-making.