Digital Finance Roadmap
How should you create a roadmap for your digital finance initiative?
We can’t say what is best for you and your company, but we can share a few samples from your peers. Notice how they reflect different scope and vision of the project.
If you have a roadmap that you would like to share with the AFP community, please send it to Bryan Lapidus firstname.lastname@example.org.
A further discussion of creating a roadmap for your digitally-enabled finance function can be found in the AFP Guide to Implementing a Planning System, Part 1.
This roadmap is an example of a company thinking through a complete digital strategy for finance, with the planning system as one element. The four-step plan assumes that even after completion of the workstreams, the innovation continues.
Becoming an Analytics Hub
For successful Digital Transformation, Finance must align its Mindset, People, Process, and Systems in relation to its desired Analytics Intelligence – these five axes represent the Roadmap to Implement and Analytics Culture for Data-Driven Decisions.
The left Y-axis is Analytics Intelligence ranging from reporting data to deriving predictions from data. The X-axis is Mindset to decisions. The right Y-axis is the Systems (tools) that yield Analytics Intelligence. The two z-axes are People and Process are the remaining components to digital transformation. The figure’s large central arrow represents the intersection of each Persona with the five-axis.
The Roadmap is a clear guide to your aspiration; that is, your aspirational Persona. Once chosen your persona, simply extend the lines to each axis to know the associated Mindset, People, Process, and System that achieves the associated Analytics Intelligence. For example, to be a Strategist requires the Mindset to Impact decisions, have sufficient People with the requisite skills, along with written Processes of data governance and decision governance, which achieves the predictions of Analytics Intelligence from AI-Enabled analytics tools.
This roadmap assumes an increase of maturity along the horizontal axis, from the current foundation of Excel through digital enablement. The vertical axis shows the process steps relevant to this company, and the intersecting cells show how each is realized, with the “+” indicating new functionality.
This sample roadmap was developed for a company with a project scope that was limited to a planning system. It is a “Land and Expand” plan that assumes that the solution implementation is just one step on the journey, to be followed by additional refinements as the team gets to know the tool as both a discrete step, and then as an ongoing process.
This sample roadmap plots time against major areas of effort; the boxes represent deliverables that were identified in a scoping exercise (not shown here). Each box would have its own project plan that includes Define, Design, Develop, Test & Deploy steps and resource allocation. Notice the change management workstream that supports all these efforts.