As companies realize the benefits driven by Artificial Intelligence in various domains, AI has become an essential technology for leading-edge enterprises around the world.
AI drives transformation across treasury in the following ways:
By tapping AI’s full potential, firms gain a competitive edge by reducing operational costs, improving productivity, and investing in growth/ expansion. Predictive analysis through AI assists in identifying stress scenarios and calculates their impact to prepare treasurers proactively. However, despite the hype of AI, the biggest roadblock to its adoption comes from the myth that it might replace humans in the future.
Before we explain, the simple answer is NO. Treasurers fear that Artificial Intelligence will replace their jobs. However, the fact remains that humans are irreplaceable when making key decisions.AI is only a means to augment their decisions by providing automated insights.
The fear of job replacement stems from the unawareness of how AI works under the hood-
To create proper models, AI needs to have quality data to provide quality insights. Humans are vital in this equation, they decide which inputs are appropriate to get the desired outputs. AI alone cannot do that. AI should not be viewed as a threat but as a technology to help humans unleash their business acumen. In the future, humans and machines will become partners rather than competitors.
A bulk of a Treasurer’s day-to-day involves both administrative and repetitive work such as:
Manual data gathering and consolidation:
The treasury team needs to gather datasets from disparate sources such as ERPs, TMS, bank portals, etc. They also need to collaborate with different internal teams such as Payroll, A/R, and A/P. Most of their time is spent on gathering and consolidating data into a “master sheet.” This process is not just time-intensive but also error-prone.
Automated data gathering captures real-time data from multiple banks, ERPs, and TMS across regions. Furthermore, through automation, the treasury team’s bandwidth is optimized to high-value tasks such as cash forecasting, risk management, and cash management.
All necessary data is collected at a single point without human intervention, eliminating the risk of human errors. Accurate data enhances confidence in decision-making for borrowing, investing, M&A, etc.
Broader scope of data:
Granular visibility is enhanced with drill-down capabilities into entity-level data. Additionally, teams can easily access data at any point in time without searching through multiple spreadsheets and portals.
A more holistic view of data:
Automatically storing all the data into a single repository allows monitoring categories like A/R, A/P, taxes, payroll across different geographies, horizons, company codes, etc., at the global and local level.
Treasury management software (or TMS) helps companies automatically manage their finances, such as capital, assets, and investments. The rate of TMS adoption has steadily increased over recent years. According to research conducted by Technavio in 2020, the CAGR of TMS is estimated to be 5%, and incremental growth is to be $975.62 million.
Despite the user growth of TMS, it has certain limitations. For example, TMS cannot collect data from a large number of different systems and improve forecast accuracy. Additionally, an on-premise TMS needs to be continuously upgraded by the company, lacks flexibility and scalability, and takes longer to implement.
However, AI-powered cloud-based applications integrate seamlessly with various data sources, including TMS, and offer time and cost savings. Furthermore, it ensures accessible and user-based data access from multiple regions and seamless collaboration. Data is backed up regularly, and the treasury management system is updated automatically. The most significant advantage offered is that it prevents data theft and that its maintenance is easier and cheaper than any in-house treasury software.
A world-leading food & beverage company faced the following challenges with its TMS:
Through HighRadius’ cloud-based AI-powered solution, the company gathered data automatically from disparate data sources, created long-term cash forecasts, highlighted variances in A/R forecasts at customer and invoice-level, and achieved 96% forecast accuracy.
As treasury focuses on being more proactive and strategic in its functions, AI adoption continues to accelerate. The future trajectory of AI is expected to rise since it helps working capital management, funding, cash forecasting, fraud management, foreign exchange, risk management, etc.
AI helps treasurers achieve their goals by:
Additional treasury technologies such as APIs are used for seamless integration to banks to enable real-time information gathering. APIs also allow fraud detection in payments. Moreover, automation performs repetitive and labor-intensive tasks with speed and accuracy.
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The HighRadius™ Treasury Management Applications consist of AI-powered Cash Forecasting Cloud and Cash Management Cloud designed to support treasury teams from companies of all sizes and industries. Delivered as SaaS, our solutions seamlessly integrate with multiple systems including ERPs, TMS, accounting systems, and banks using sFTP or API. They help treasuries around the world achieve end-to-end automation in their forecasting and cash management processes to deliver accurate and insightful results with lesser manual effort.