When I hear or read that artificial intelligence (AI) is “disrupting” financial planning and analysis, I tend to challenge the premise. The word “disrupt” means to me to interrupt, alter or destroy the structure of something. I look at AI (or really all technology for that matter) as having the potential to enhance and/or improve the FP&A function. Semantics? Maybe.
I always enjoy addressing the question, “What do you think will be the biggest/most important/most impactful trends in FP&A of the coming year”? It gives me a chance to pause and review all the places I’ve been, all the CFOs I spoken with, and all the companies I’ve worked with over the past twelve months, to refine and distill what