Spreadsheets may be the financial team's trusty old friend, but just because they're cheap doesn't mean that they're the best option for managing treasury. From both an efficiency standpoint and also the level of risk that spreadsheets bring into an organization, it may be time to reduce your dependency on them and adopt a dedicated treasury management system.
Fraud and Compliance have begun replacing Cash Forecasting and Liquidity Management as the top priorities for Corporate Treasurers. While Risk Management has always been a priority for Treasurers, managing risk typically meant implementing a good hedging policy or ensuring sufficient liquidity to meet cash obligations.
Fraud and cybercrime have been a concern for corporate treasurers for several years, and this past year showed us that there is a new risk to consider: connectivity. The stories of banks being hacked and losing millions through unauthorized payments shook the industry, since protecting payment connectivity workflows was low on the priorities list for treasury.
While unfortunate for those involved, there are valuable lessons to be learned for the rest of us in treasury: