Investing in Innovation and Growth

Win with a strong team, process and structure

How do I prepare for change?

Change manifests in many ways: economic swings, enormous security breaches, political drama, new competition, and viral social media. It’s critical not to take a “wait-and-see” approach or defensive cost-cutting measure. Winners face change head-on: They fund innovation, transform strategy and take risks. They have the confidence to act boldly and the discipline to maintain intense strategic focus.

Without Gartner expertise and savvy in working with our technical and legal teams, we would not have achieved this level of savings.

Roosevelt Council

CFO, Georgia Technology Authority

Investing in innovation to accelerate growth

Proven winners leverage their competitive differentiators to power through uncertain times and balance top- and bottom-line growth. Model proven winners by:

  • Testing team preparedness to act confidently as opportunities or risks materialize
  • Examining the readiness of the organizational climate for change
  • Increasing the discipline with which you allocate resources

Insights you can use

Gartner’s mission is to help our clients win in this next turn. To do that, it’s necessary to fund innovation and drive strategy changes and risk-taking. When managing change, rely on Gartner for tailored, flexible, current, reliable and practical support.

Drive growth through uncertainty

In times of uncertainty, many firms scale back growth investments or consider cost-cutting initiatives. The best finance leaders position their teams and business to outpace competitors and accelerate growth by funding innovation.

3 best practices: 1. drive cost optimization across the enterprise, 2. drive digital business transformation, 3. lead the next generation workforce
A bar and line graph showing how in economic uncertainty, the best companies accelerate growth.

Defy the odds and grow through every up and down

Only 60 companies grew through every up and down of the last 20 years. Invest in innovation like these growth leaders.

A bar and line graph showing how in economic uncertainty, the best companies accelerate growth.

Maximize the CFO role in good times and bad

Whether your organization missed, met or exceeded expectations, CFOs and finance leaders must be continually funding innovation to propel the organization forward in today’s competitive and uncertain landscape.

Many successful cost-cutting initiatives happen in the first year.

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Gartner CFO & Finance Executive Conference

The premier destination for CFOs and their leadership teams

Join hundreds of senior finance executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies for building the finance function of the future. Finance leaders who attend will:

  • Absorb insights based on proven practices
  • Capture crowd-sourced implementation ideas
  • Leave with prioritized objectives and practical solutions
  • Build lasting connections with finance peers
After attending [the Finance Conference], we were able to locate and mitigate a $2 million risk [and] avoided a potential audit.
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Case Study

How does Gartner help me secure funding for innovation?

A new CFO turns to Gartner for support in building board-ready capital allocation and M&A strategies.

Gartner Topic Experts

Meet Gartner’s experts in funding innovation

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Matt Williams
Senior Principal

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VP, Analyst

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