The future of finance

The CFO agenda for disruption


KPMG’s Don Mailliard, Corporate Services Line Leader, and John E. Mulhall, Financial Management Service Network Lead, share their views on the future of finance.


In the wake of rapid disruption, CEOs are looking to the finance function to take on a considerably broader and deeper set of strategic responsibilities than ever before.

Leading finance organizations have developed an agenda to deal with disruption. And with a clear line of sight to the impact of disruption on both the business model and the operating model, the CFO has the chance to turn disruptors into opportunities for competitive advantage and growth.

Explore our latest publications on the future of finance below.

Looking at the future of finance

Finance disrupted

CFOs face a business environment in turmoil. Explore six key areas for focus and examples of finance organizations turning disruption into opportunity.

The Future of Finance

To address disruption, leading CFOs are reinventing the finance organization's operating model to be more nimble, effective, technology-and data-driven.

Innovation and investment


When thinking about how to strategically allocate capital, the most progressive CFOs adopt the mindset of a venture capitalist (VC), especially when it comes to investments in innovation. Questions they carefully consider when evaluating through a VC lens include:

  • How does business model disruption affect the fundamental economics that govern my industry?
  • What level of disruption is the industry and my company facing?
  • What external market signals should my business be looking at?
  • How should my enterprise approach innovation investments?


Extreme automation

Extreme automation

The winners in finance will reimagine their operating model and develop a long-term strategy to harness extreme automation. Explore considerations for getting into action, and learn how leading organizations have already started their technology-enabled transformation.

Blockchain and the future of finance

Explore the principles of blockchain through a finance lens, including a framework for projecting impact on core processes and KPMG's hypotheses for a blockchain world.

Insights and analysis

Advanced analytics and the CFO

How to capitalize on extreme automation

Organization and talent

Evolving finance

Embrace new talent structures and strategies for the finance function: A holistic approach can help ensure your workforce is prepared for automation and other organizational changes.

Service delivery model

Reshaping finance

Disruptive technology will enable the finance function to provide its services more effectively and efficiently. Discover key service delivery trends anticipated by KPMG.

Risks and controls

Elevating risk management

As CFOs look to automation to propel their agendas forward, organizations are re-examining their risk management strategies to stay on top of the potential challenges. Learn how extreme automation, when leveraged effectively, can enable an improved control environment and how the role of internal audit is evolving.