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.
Industry 4.0 is changing the way businesses operate and compete, powering a new breed of treasury management solutions and strategies. Without a robust understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Industry 4.0 – and importantly Treasury 4.0 – brings, companies risk losing their competitive edge.
In any industry, the selection process is a task that requires a careful and considered approach. The necessity to hire the right person is made even more pertinent within corporate treasury, due to the comparatively small size of most treasury teams. A focus on formal succession planning allows organisations to not only prepare themselves for future staff fluctuations but encourages participation from individual employees.
A frequent user of bank guarantees to support its business, the treasury function at Arup was frustrated by using Excel spreadsheets for the application, maintenance and reporting of guarantees. Automating the process through a module from Trezone was the key to greater efficiency – and to reinforcing Group Treasury’s reputation as a proactive centre of excellence.