What Data can CFO’s Trust Right Now?


Are CFOs just like Sherlock Holmes, always searching for accurate data?

Ah, the mystical world of finance—the place where numbers dance, spreadsheets sing, and CFOs sip their morning coffee while pondering the existential question: “Is this balance sheet lying to me?” Did my CSO get those pesky salespeople to enter accurate data this week? Can I trust it this time?

You see, dear reader, CFOs are a unique breed. They’re like the Sherlock Holmes of the corporate world, except instead of solving crimes, they’re unraveling financial mysteries. And trust me, there’s no shortage of those in today’s corporate databases. Its like a CSI crime scene that so many walked on the data is no longer accurate, can’t be used to solve the case.

So, why the skepticism? Why do CFOs eye their financial data like a suspicious cat eyeing a new houseplant? Why do CRO’s hate the dreaded CFO Call “What is really going on with your sales projections – Gandalf?” Let’s dive into this with the grace of a synchronized swimmer and the wit of a stand-up comedian.

1. The Data Comes from Too Many Sources

Imagine you’re at a dinner party, and everyone’s talking at once like an ADD conference. The wine is flowing, the appetizers are aplenty, and the conversation is a delightful cacophony. Now, replace the wine with Excel sheets, the appetizers with databases, and the conversation with financial data. Voilà! You’ve got the CFO’s dilemma.

CFOs juggle data from accounting systems, CRM platforms, spreadsheets, and that one ancient ledger in the basement guarded by a grumpy janitor with a dwarf axe. It’s like conducting an orchestra where the violinist is playing Beethoven, the flutist is jamming to jazz, and the tuba player insists on beatboxing like a rap star.

We asked AI CRM SME and CEO Mr. David Forder – Why don’t CFO’s trust their CRM data? David said: “CFO’s know their data isn’t reliable. Sales people don’t enter data or enter it incorrectly or at the last minute-making accurate forecasting extremely difficult. CFO’s must have close relationships with sales directors to ensure they know what is likely vs. what is actually in the CRM or system of record. At Sentia AI we assume sales reps won’t put in data and do it for them. This significantly increases CRM accuracy.”

2. Clunky Spreadsheets: The CFO’s Arch-Nemesis

Picture this: a CFO, hunched over a computer, squinting at a spreadsheet that looks like it was designed by a blindfolded octopus. Rows and columns twist and turn, formulas multiply like rabbits, and somewhere in cell D42, the meaning of life is hidden (or maybe just the quarterly revenue).

Spreadsheets are the Bermuda Triangle of financial data. CFOs fear that one wrong keystroke could plunge them into a vortex of miscalculations, where profit margins vanish, and debt multiplies like rabbits (again). No wonder they’re wary.

3. Outdated Processes: The Ghosts of Accounting Past

Remember the days when accountants used quills and inkwells? Neither do I, but apparently, some financial processes haven’t caught up with the 21st century. Manual data collection, handwritten ledgers, and carrier pigeons delivering invoices—okay, maybe not the pigeons, but you get the idea.

CFOs stare at these relics and wonder, “Did our ancestors also struggle with reconciling petty cash?” The answer is probably yes, but they didn’t have to deal with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, so it evens out.

4. The Suspiciously Perfect Numbers

Imagine you’re baking a cake, and every ingredient magically falls into place: exactly 2.5 cups of flour, precisely 1.75 teaspoons of baking powder, and a dash of unicorn tears. Suspicious, right? Well, that’s how CFOs feel when financial statements align too perfectly.

“Is this real, or did the accounting elves visit last night?” they muse. “Did the revenue curve really follow a Fibonacci sequence or did they put in numbers they think I want to see?” It’s like finding a four-leaf clover every day—lucky, but also a tad eerie.

In Conclusion: Trust, but Verify

So, dear CFOs, keep your skepticism sharp and your calculators sharper. Trust your financial data, but verify it like a detective chasing down leads. And remember, even if the numbers seem fishy, at least they’re not as slippery as that salmon mousse at the dinner party.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write a spreadsheet-themed murder mystery. Spoiler alert: The killer is the pivot table.

David Brown, signing off with a wink and a formula. Here is the formula – if you need help figuring out how to get AI into your CRM to create believable forecasts contact the AI experts at www.sentia.online

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are purely fictional and meant for entertainment purposes. No unicorns nor CFOs were harmed during this articles creation. Stay tuned!

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David is an investor and executive director at Sentia AI, a next generation AI sales enablement technology company and Salesforce partner. Dave’s passion for helping people with their AI, sales, marketing, business strategy, startup growth and strategic planning has taken him across the globe and spans numerous industries. You can follow him on Twitter LinkedIn or Sentia AI.
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