Gartner CFO & Finance Executive Conference

May 31 – June 1, 2023 | National Harbor, MD

Prepare your finance team for an autonomous future at the most important gathering for CFOs

Thank you to everyone who joined us on site at the 2022 CFO & Finance Executive Conference!

Over 1,000 CFOs and finance executives from leading organizations came together to discuss how to meet rapidly evolving stakeholder needs, while also navigating rising inflation, supply chain constraints, a tight labor market, ESG demands, regulatory uncertainty and the continued reopening. We shared big ideas and best practices with peers and finance technology experts on how CFOs can “digitally elevate” and deliver more real-time, predictive, errorless, always-on support to drive profitable and sustainable decisions.

If you missed it, be sure to explore the 2022 brochure to get an idea of what was covered.

The program for the 2023 Gartner CFO & Finance Executive Conference is underway and we look forward to sharing details soon!

Successful peer case studies

Gartner extracts insights from thousands of CFO and senior-level conversations every year to collate the most important insights and critical actions of the year.

The future of finance

Attendees learned how to build a roadmap for digital finance with the right vendors, processes, providers and skills needed to better support the business.

Finance technology innovations

Attendees experienced first-hand demos of the latest technology solutions that enable the finance function to bring better data and predictive capabilities to the business.

CFOs are seeking faster insights and more predictive capabilities. This conference lays the groundwork to build a digital finance function that helps you unlock the power of data, technology and innovation to drive profitable growth in the years to come.

Alex Bant

Chief of Research for CFOs and Conference Chair

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    CFOs and finance executives came together to learn how to build an autonomous finance function

    The most important gathering of CFOs and senior finance executives offered strategic guidance on the trends shaping the finance function, company performance and personal effectiveness. Through an intersection of peers, thought leaders, Gartner expert and practitioner research, and technology providers, attendees explored new ways to approach critical challenges and make decisions with confidence. 

    CFOs gained strategies to build the finance organizations of the future. Attendees learned:
    • Top strategies to attract and retain top finance talent and evaluate digital compentencies across the function.
    • How to incorporate agility into the planning and budgeting processes, especially during times of disruption.
    • Best practices in embedding analytics into business processes and strategic decision making.
    • Top priorities and the best use cases for automation.
    Chief accounting leaders and corporate controllers learned to leverage automation for increased accuracy and efficiency
    • Gained best practices in outsourcing decision making and familiarized themselves with the vendor landscape.
    • Learned how hyperautomation and blockchain can accelerate finance transformation and shape the future of finance.
    • Learned how to build technical and creative problem-solving skills across the function.
    • Gained best practices in upholding the integrity of business financial data with efficient and accurate closing processes.
    Financial planning and analysis leaders learned how to provide more actionable and valuable finance data, for example:
    • How to leverage predictive analysis and identify the best use cases for the business.
    • Best practices in running a successful AI pilot.
    • How to better support business decision making with realistic and trustworthy projections that inspire a clear plan of action, even without reliable recent historical data.
    • New methods to overcome challenges related to manual processes, outdated data and technologies, and lack of data standardization.
    VPs of finance transformation learned how to better partner with the larger organization and develop a strong business case for finance transformation
    • Accessed forward-thinking trends and research-backed data to inform finance transformation priorities.
    • Gained best practices in people management for stronger, digitally competent teams that can rise to transformation challenges.
    • Learned how to better leverage technology innovations to increase automation and efficiency.
    • Developed a transformation roadmap to set the organization up for success in the future.

    2022 Tracks at a Glance

    Attendees had access to over 50 Gartner research-backed sessions specifically designed to help CFOs and finance leaders build their finance transformation roadmaps. Each track had a particular area of focus to help attendees consume insights most relevant to their roles within the finance function.

    Track A

    The CFO’s Role in Leading Digital Growth

    Digital acceleration is increasingly critical for achieving above-industry revenue and margin growth; in fact, 69% of boards say it’s their No. 1 priority for 2022, and CFOs say that 80% of new investment dollars are flowing into digital growth. In this track, CFOs learn how to advance digital leadership to prepare the function for the future of finance and successfully engage with the board on strategic topics such as environmental social governance, blockchain, digital assets and Web 3.0.

    Track B

    Build a Finance Function for an Autonomous Future: Talent, Structures and Providers

    Will machines replace the need for people in finance? Of course not, but now is the time to start redesigning the function in a way that leverages human intelligence in a new and different way. This track helps finance leaders understand the changing landscape of outsourcing providers, how to evaluate their function’s digital competencies and actions you can take toward an autonomous future.

    Track C

    Build a Technology Roadmap With the Latest Innovations in Finance

    94% of finance leaders say they need to understand the latest technology innovations that will impact the future of finance. In this track, finance leaders gain an understanding of the current finance technology and vendor landscape, what’s working for their peers and how to prepare the organization for what’s coming next. We discuss top trends and practical use cases of technology innovations such as AI, robotic process automation, machine learning, hyperautomation, graph databases, blockchain, digital twins and digital tokens.

    Track D

    Design Agile and Predictive Processes

    Unique challenges such as inflation, labor shortages, remote work and supply chain constraints require finance leaders to improve the speed, agility and predictive capabilities of their core finance processes. In this track, learn how other finance leaders create a digital-first process infrastructure, run successful integrated business planning, move to continuous accounting, automate invoice to cash and run better scenarios for the business — and how you can, too.