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THE LANDSCAPE IS DIFFICULT

Companies have an abundance of data available to them, but poor visibility into what it means.

FIRMS RECOGNISE THAT THEY HAVE CRITICAL OPERATIONAL 'BLIND SPOTS' AND NEED GREATER SCRUTINY AND TRANSPARENCY ACROSS THE VALUE CHAIN.

Almost half (48%) say that when it comes to compliance, they rely too heavily on trust over data insight. And just 6% of firms strongly agree that they have deployed automation tools to monitor and check compliance data across all critical areas of the business.

Faced with myriad standards to keep up with, companies seem to be crossing their fingers and hoping for the best.

RESPONDENTS WHO AGREE THAT WHEN IT COMES TO COMPLIANCE, THEIR FIRMS RELY TOO HEAVILY ON TRUST OVER INSIGHT:

0%

Chief Financial Officer

0%

Chief Procurement Officer

0%

Europe

0%

US

ONLY 6% STRONGLY AGREE THAT THEY HAVE DEPLOYED AUTOMATION TO MONITOR AND CHECK COMPLIANCE DATA ACROSS ALL CRITICAL AREAS OF THE BUSINESS

WHERE ARE THE COMPLIANCE BLIND SPOTS?

More than a third of firms (35%) say they lack the data capabilities needed to expand their supplier ecosystem with confidence. A similar number (34%) cannot ensure global regulatory compliance with worldwide invoicing mandates.

But when we asked them how satisfied they are with their firm’s data capabilities for a range of compliance tasks, chief financial officers (CFOs) and chief procurement officers (CPOs) answered quite differently.

DO CFOS AND CPOS HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME DATA?

Respondents who answered ‘very unsatisfied’ or ‘unsatisfied’

This lack of visibility of financial streams makes keeping track of compliance standards a huge challenge.

We have a set of procedures and policies at a corporate level, but it’s very hard to make sure that these rules are also compliant at global level, and that every service adheres to these group policies and procedures. Sometimes there is a disconnect between the group policies and the local company policies or regulation in the country they are operating – which is hard to firstly identify, and secondly, resolve.”

CFO, Global manufacturer

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