FSN is a leading provider of creative and contemporary content, research, insight and thought leadership to the global finance community, but is probably best known for managing, moderating and curating one of the most successful, popular and active communities of senior finance professionals on LinkedIn.
The “FSN Modern Finance Forum” on LinkedIn provides finance professionals around the globe with the latest market developments, vital analysis and deep insights about key developments and trends affecting the finance function now and in the future.
Our purpose is to help drive the modern finance agenda, with authoritative, compelling and evidence-based research that points to the systems, process, technology and organisational challenges as finance professionals seek to transition from their traditional roles steeped in financial stewardship and corporate governance to true business partner, innovator, advisor, strategist and catalyst for change.
Since its formation in 2012 the group has expanded exponentially and now has nearly 53,000 members making it one of the top groups globally, and certainly the most active, for senior finance professionals in industry, commerce and the public sector. Around a half of all applications to join the Modern Finance Forum on LinkedIn are refused. Our commitment to tight moderation ensures that the forum continues to attract the best talent in the finance community and remains spam free.
Discussions in the LinkedIn forum are notable for the quality of the debates, the sharing of helpful ideas and the respectful exchange of views enriched by the truly international makeup of its membership.
Our research is crowd-sourced exclusively from the members of the Modern Finance Forum. We do not incentivise or reward members who respond to our research surveys, they simply take part because they want to. All participants receive a copy of the full research findings and conclusions to discuss and debate with their colleagues.
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Our research is trusted by the community and participation in our research studies frequently exceeds that of the Big 4 accounting firms and consultancies. Our research is usually sponsored by a consortium of software houses ensuring that the scope of the research and its findings remains independent and objective.
Innovation is central to the success of the modern finance function yet earlier FSN research, identifies that only 6% of CFOs understand the technologies available to them, only 37% know what solutions are available in the market and only 25% of CFOs have the time to investigate opportunities for technology innovation.
This is why we created the annual “Innovation Showcase” as an opportunity to bring to the attention of hard-pressed finance professionals what we consider to be leading innovations in core finance processes that could materially improve the way finance professionals work now and in the future.
While we value the special relationships we have developed with members through the virtual world of the LinkedIn Modern Finance Forum, we consider there is no substitute for meeting in person. We run regular networking events and dinners throughout the year in Europe and beyond. We also support internationally other events with our latest research which is always in demand.
Our highly original content covers everything from, Financial Reporting, XBRL and iXBRL, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management through to latest developments in Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting, Statutory and Management Consolidation, Document Management, Outsourcing, Enterprise Financial Systems, ERP, Environmental Reporting, Regulation, Governance, Risk and Compliance – and lots more besides. We embrace all vertical markets from top to bottom, i.e. from the Global 2,000 on the one hand to SME’s on the other. Our broad coverage, coupled with in depth reviews, topical white papers and interviews with the senior management teams of the world’s leading software houses allows us to share privileged access to the latest technology and developments in the pipeline that can radically transform the way you finance professionals work and compete.
Our research-based content provides a rich seam of ideas and content for our webinars which run approximately every two weeks.
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