Bharadwaj Raghavendran, Senior Business Controller & Global Commercial Spend Productivity Program Manager, The HEINEKEN Company
Finance business partners have access to a lot more data points than the traditional financial information to help shape critical business decisions.
However, given the realities of time and analytical capacity (resource) constraints, we are forced to pick the most robust data points. This in turn usually leads to placing a premium on using few complete data-sets over many, partially complete yet representative data sets.
This tendency to know everything about a few things does generate useful insights to shape business decisions for the future. However, these tend to be directional rather than precise.
Our experience with applying AI at HEINEKEN is forcing us to change. AI tools have taken away the analytical capacity constraint we had. This makes it possible to use a diverse range of partial, yet representative data sets to make statistically robust analyses, at scale, for the first time. The resulting insights are a lot more precise, nuanced and valuable.
The lessons we learnt along the way have re-shaped how I imagine the value and the role of Finance Business Partners in securing it. I’m looking forward to sharing some of these with you at the WFF in Amsterdam
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