CRB Event 2018
Finance in a digital world

12 June 2018
Deloitte Gateway 

12 June 2018
Deloitte Gateway (Brussels)

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We are happy to invite you to the 10th anniversary CRB (Consolidation, Reporting and Budgeting) event on 12 June 2018! This special edition about Finance in a digital world will be hosted at our Deloitte Gateway building. The event program includes speakers from different companies, and we are adding a digital expo to give insights on the different digital services we provide for the finance industry.

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Featured topics in the 2018 CRB event
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New challenges, new tools
Talking about Finance in a digital world
Looking for opportunities in a digital world
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Previous CRB events

10th anniversary Want to get a view on how the CRB events of the past three years looked like, check out the aftermovies of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

About the CRB event

Every year in June, Deloitte Risk Advisory, together with Deloitte Finance Transformation, organizes its annual “Consolidation, Reporting, and Budgeting” event. Clients will have the opportunity to learn from leading companies through client testimonials. These testimonials are combined with an update on IFRS, and the latest CFO survey results, among other topics. The event targets CFOs, Finance Managers, Controllers, and Consolidation Managers from clients and target companies. Moreover, the event is a perfect opportunity to connect with each other and to learn more about current market trends in the field of Finance.


Tom Van Cauwenberge
Partner CFO Platform Lead
Nicolas Van Houtryve
Partner Finance Transformation Lead
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New challenges, new tools Some of the new digital tools available to finance focus specifically on updating core systems and existing capabilities. Other tools—we call them exponentials—are designed to deliver new and different capabilities. 

Together, they form a toolset finance can use to improve its own performance and serve the business more effectively, especially when these tools are used together. 

Our research suggests that these seven technologies have growing relevance for how the work of finance gets done.

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Digital tools designed to deliver new and different capabilities to finance
‘Finance in a Digital World’ expo
We will be hosting a ‘Finance in a Digital World’-expo during the 2018 CRB event during which you will have the possibility to get first hand insights from our experts on some of the new tools available to you. Let’s call it a mini-version of our ‘Finance Labs’ that immerses finance leaders in the realities of digital disruption to help them capitalize on Finance in a Digital World opportunities that can be the gateway to advancement in the future.


Cloud is a kind of computing that uses scalable, elastic technology to deliver services over the Internet. Instead of making large investments up front, finance can get the full stack of finance functionality “as-a-service,” delivered through public, private, or hybrid clouds.

Process robotics
Process robotics automates transaction processing and communication across multiple technology systems. Robots perform recurring processes just like humans, but with less risk of errors and fatigue.

Visualization refers to the innovative use of images and interactive technology to explore large, high-density data sets. Visualization suites complement business intelligence and analytics platforms, offering rich graphics, interactivity, and usability on par with leading consumer experiences.


Advanced analytics
Analytics has long been part of the finance arsenal, but new techniques are helping business people tackle the crunchy questions with insightful answers. Often that means combing through big data to see patterns that suggest future opportunities.

Cognitive computing
Cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI) simulate human thinking. This technology includes machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, and computer vision.

In-memory computing
In-memory computing refers to storing data in main memory to get faster response times. And because the data is compressed, storage requirements are reduced. The result? Speed and access to quantities of data that were previously unimaginable.

Blockchain is a digital distributed ledger, where transactions are verified and securely stored on a network of distributed and connected nodes, without a governing central authority.

When our organization does research with CFOs, we often uncover gold mines of insights. That happened recently when we interviewed 30 finance executives about digital finance transformation in their global businesses. Our initial analysis of those conversations focused on specific digital technologies, as reported in Crunch time: Finance in a digital world. 

This follow-up report provides another glimpse of what these finance executives had to say, this time focused on a broader discussion of finance and what it means to make the digital journey.

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Just about everything we do nowadays is digital.
Direct data links between different business systems represent how we assemble our financial packages, our external reporting, our budgets, and our internal reporting. So I would say, we have become a much more digitally focused function internally.  

Digital is an overused shorthand.
And that overuse means people don’t necessarily get to the level of really understanding some of the issues raised. That’s my gut reaction. 

It’s showing up everywhere.
We use a real-time digital boardroom so that we can dive deep into areas of our business based on live queries, not predefined ones. We simulate performance volatilities across our different business models using a digital format as well.

Digital is about analytics.
Whichever path we take in the digital genre, if you want to call it that, I can’t tell you yet, but it will be around analytics.

People want to know how we’re doing on a certain product on a daily basis.
I can remember the CEO dancing around on one foot outside my door when we were closing the books at the end of the month. Today, people want to know on a daily basis how we’re doing on a certain product and how does it compare to the same time last year. With offers on the web and new solutions within the product, we have to be able to give them data at least daily, and in some cases intra-day. And secondly, we have to be able to explain the implications. Our business leaders don’t expect us to have all the answers, but they at least expect us to have some of the questions.

The idea is to give the information to people who need it when they need it. 
We’re working to facilitate what we call real-time business and real-time decisions. The idea is to give the information to the people who need it when they need it. We’re increasing the use of self-service, which gives management the possibility of having information at hand using a cloud-based infrastructure. On their pads, on their phones, on their laptops. Our people need to have easier access.  

All the upstream data needs to be synced up. 
The need for real-time data has required us to provide real-time financial management support. But in order to have the data readily available for us to appropriately analyse it, and provide it to our business partners, all the upstream data needs to be synced up.

We have a full-time group that’s called the Finance Transformation Office. 
It’s 100 percent focused on driving automation for finance. So far, we’ve done everything from process automation, like reconciling accounts, which is the most basic thing any accounting and finance organization does, right? We’re also automating the whole sub-ledger reconciliation, all these steps that used to be done manually by hundreds of people across the organization in all different entities around the world.

For us, transformation for us is about getting from 1,000 people in finance down to 600 people. 
And those 600 will spend more time in advisory roles and less time gathering data. 

We’re at 6 on a 10-point scale in our transformation journey. 
Getting to 6 was relatively easy and quick. Getting to 7 is going to be a lot harder, and 8 will be even more difficult. 

It’s about creating a better process for our sales people and our customers.
One of the biggest opportunities for us is to try and drive touchless transactions all the way from the quoting process. Once a sales person identifies an opportunity, we want to eliminate human intervention in the process. They present a quote to the customer, and the customer can review it, modify it, accept it, and actually purchase without having to print anything or sign anything. That’s something we’re working very hard on.

CFOs talk digital

CFOs talk real time

CFOs talk transformation

There’s no single prescription for how a CFO should respond to changes being caused by all things digital. But that doesn’t mean there’s no agreement about the opportunities ahead.

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Whether you’re focused on talent, technology, analytics, or any other topic covered, the overall end game is often the same. Business leaders expect finance to deliver better insights faster, so they can make smarter decisions with less risk. Finance transformation in a digital world is all about meeting those expectations quickly and efficiently.


CFOs should be deepening their understanding of digital technology and its potential applications for the finance function. The entire finance leadership team should be involved.
Take a close look at process automation as a way to serve the business more efficiently. Also, get your data act together. That’s a prerequisite for being able to analyze and interpret information more quickly and accurately.
Reexamine your finance talent model to make sure you’re prepared to meet growing expectations for business partnering.
Walk the walk. Show the rest of the company you’re doing your part to reduce costs while freeing up time for more valuable work.

New Deloitte office
We will be hosting our CRB event this year at Gateway. The location of the new Deloitte office at the airport fits in with the growth and increasing internationalisation at Deloitte. 

Thanks to Gateway, the company can moreover work more efficiently, reduce its environmental footprint and sustain its mobility policy. 

An eye catcher is the Stilthouse, a work by Arne Quinze, which will henceforth grace the lobby of the new building.

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Wondering how to get there? Visit our Gateway webpage for more information and detailed instructions how to get there by car, public transport (train & bus), bike, taxi and plane.
Gateway is more than just a building at the airport. It shows the international growth and ambition of Deloitte, but also the openness and commitment to make sustainable choices.

Piet Vandendriessche , CEO Deloitte Belgium
IFRS 16 - Leases The time to act is now. 
So get it on balance!

IFRS 16 sets out a comprehensive model for the identification of lease arrangements and their treatment in the financial statements of both lessees and lessors. One of the most notable aspects of IFRS 16 is that the lessee and lessor accounting models are asymmetrical.

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We support you in communicating the impact of the new leasing standard to external parties and within your organization to different stakeholders.
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