by Sven Lindemann, CEO, Hanse Orga
Today’s powerful, functionally rich technology solutions are opening new horizons of value and opportunity for corporations’ treasury and finance operations.
In the past, treasury and finance were often quite distinct. Treasury focused on high value, low volume cash and risk management business, including cash positioning and mobilisation, liquidity management, FX and commodity hedging, and debt and investment management. Finance was primarily concerned with managing high volume commercial payables and receivables, and in accounting, enterprise resource planning and reporting functions. Typically, these were supported by different technology systems, with some limited level of interfacing in areas such as forecasting and ledger posting.
Today, the realities of effective, automated integration and real time connectivity have facilitated a closer and more productive treasury-finance business relationship. The newly possible efficiencies and integrations extend beyond the traditional boundaries, incorporating many elements of the financial supply chain, and other important business processes. And contemporary finance automation is bringing a new set of business benefits into the budgetary reach of more and more companies.
Automation and integration can now translate joined-up thinking and planning into joined-up business processes, through enhanced information exchange. The beneficial impact extends across multiple areas throughout the corporate infrastructure.