What role should FP&A teams play when it comes to making decisions on finance technology?

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CFO Advisory Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
not just FP&A but other parts of finance lille controller and business finance partners should all have key roles in technology decision making.
With cloud based technology solutions Finance has become a more direct user of finance technology
Executive Leader - FP&A and Treasury in Finance (non-banking), Self-employed
As Wayne alluded to, Finance users should be the primary decision maker when it comes to Finance technology. The cloud has democratized technology. In the case of FP&A, if it is a technology where they will be the primary user, they should the primary decision maker. IT should be involved to determine the architecture, but IT doesn't know the problems you are trying to solve for, so how would they be able to determine a solution.
CFO Advisory Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
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CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
When it comes to making decisions on finance technology, FP&A teams should play a crucial role. FP&A teams are uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges of both finance and business operations. FP&A teams can provide valuable insights on the specific requirements, functionalities, and integration capabilities necessary to streamline financial operations and commercial business operations to enhance decision-making. By actively engaging FP&A teams, we can leverage their expertise to select and implement the most suitable finance technology solutions that align with the organization's goals and drive efficiency, accuracy, and productivity across the finance function and organisation as a whole.
Founder in Miscellaneous, Self-employed
Depends on the technology.

If it's a core finance system / ERP implementation, you might just need to know that you can access the data / integrate an FP&A tool, if all you're doing is data analysis.

But this is becoming less and less as more finance professionals are working to become more strategic business partners.

FP&A will need to be actively involved in tech decisions, if the technology is transformative, and is likely to improve the quantity and quality of data.

A wrong tech decision, that then disables FP&A from providing the insight they need to deliver to the business, is something you want to avoid.

Are there any particular technologies that you're referring to?
VP of Finance in Healthcare and Biotech, 501 - 1,000 employees
FP&A should always be involved in discussions because we understand how to use data for analysis and planning purposes. When FP&A is excluded from these conversations, we’re left with a technology solution that addresses the immediate need of specific functional areas, such as getting your accounts payable closed faster. To do further analysis into the root causes and have high-quality inputs, you need to incorporate FP&A early on. If you haven't thought about the potential outcome, you end up with garbage because you've just focused on the process.
Director of Finance, Self-employed
Finance should play a primary role when it comes to finance technology, providing IT with their needs.  If business partners are expected to be viewers of say a dashboard, they should also be consulted on what will be useful for them.   

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