Finance Business Partnering: The Changing Finance Function and Technology Impacts


This course is intended to provide you with an introduction to finance business partnering and an appreciation of the growing importance of this role in management accounting. It builds on your current knowledge and experience to help you successfully navigate and drive value for your business during a time of disruptive, technology-led change. It aims to demonstrate how technology is changing the role of the traditional management accountant and how best to embrace this digital revolution.


  • Finance evolution and performance
  • Barriers and how to overcome them
  • Technology
  • The changing shape of the finance function


  • Recognize how finance is evolving.
  • Identify the barriers to finance business partnering.
  • Recognize the impact of technology.
  • Recognize the need for restructuring of the finance function.

Designed For

Finance professionals of any level who would like more insight into developing skills required for finance business partnering


Mark Conine

Mark currently serves as the President of Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA), where he is responsible for administering the programs of ADFA, the management and day-to-day coordination of all financial activities, including bond issuance and redemption administration and compliance, investment management, agency budget, financial statement issuance, and supervision of the accounting, finance, loan servicing and purchasing departments. He was previoulsy chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration at ADFA. Prior to joining ADFA Mark served for over 12 years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority (now a division of the ADFA). He has also served in Corporate Tax at Alltel Communications and practiced in the tax group of KPMG, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mark received a B.A. in Accounting from Ouachita Baptist University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant. He is a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mark enjoys serving as a continuing professional education instructor in the areas of fraud, ethics, data analytics, and identity theft for the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a frequent speaker at state and local CPE conferences. Mark was named the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants Mac Angel Discussion Leader for 2018. Mark gives back to his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University, serving as a member of the Hickingbotham School of Business Alumni Board. Mark also serves on the Board of the Arkansas Baptist Foundation.