Financial Executive Magazine
By Jeffrey Marshall and Ellen M. Heffes
The editors reached out to a wide range of experts — CFOs and former CFOs, consultants, academics, accountants and technology vendors — to get their thoughts about what the coming years could bring for financial executives.
If you’re old enough to remember the 1960s’ cartoon, The Jetsons, you’ll recall a very different vision of the “future” than the one we’re living in now. The Jetsons had a robot to do housework, and traveled in a kind of mini-pod vehicle that was attached to something like a monorail. Appliances made their everyday lives largely work-free.
The point here is that speculation about the future, however well-informed, can’t accurately predict how quickly we;ll get there. As much as the world of business and finance has changed in the past 75 years, it probably hasn’t altered as much as some might have forecast. And some of the eternal truths about finance keep getting repeated, implying that change is more gradual than it might appear.