Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, April 7

1:30 p.m.2:00 p.m.

M&A activity reached new highs in 2015, yet the failure rate for acquisitions continues to hover between 70 percent and 90 percent. If you are already involved in M&A or considering it as a strategy to expand into new markets or grow your top line, it is imperative that you get M&A right. Oracle Executive Vice President Doug Kehring, responsible for integrating more than 100 acquisitions at Oracle since 2004, shares his insights and best practices on how to prepare your people, processes, and IT infrastructure to derive the maximum synergies and shareholder value from your M&A investments.

1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Modern CFOs are increasingly turning to cloud-based financial management systems to replace legacy ERP systems, consolidate far-flung subsidiaries or business units, and deploy new functionality to complement on-premises systems. In addition to creating a business case for deploying ERP or EPM cloud services, smart executives diligently prepare their organizations for a move into the cloud, standardizing and simplifying processes and cleaning up data to take full advantage of the frequent updates that come with a cloud delivery model. Oracle Group Vice President Russell Pike leads this interactive workshop on the strategies and lessons learned on adopting Oracle ERP Cloud.

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Finance organizations are entering the next stage of their evolution into better business partners, moving from the transaction efficiencies and control of the 1980s, and the reporting and financial analysis of the 1990s and 2000s, to become digitally enabled strategic partners in the twenty-first century. Join Oracle Vice President Loren Mahon as she shares how modern finance organizations are using the key tenets of standardization, simplification, centralization, and automation together with next-generation shared services and modern cloud applications to deliver finance excellence for less.

2:30 p.m.3:15 p.m.

Embedding finance professionals into key lines of business has helped improve visibility and results at both LinkedIn and Oracle. In this interactive workshop, LinkedIn Finance Vice President Richard Wong and Oracle Finance Vice President Matt Stirrup share their business partnering strategies and insights on how to identify the right KPIs that can help the business capitalize on disruption and drive profitable growth.

2:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.

CFOs appreciate the cloud's ability to deliver modern finance applications quickly and cost-effectively, but remain concerned about the cloud's security, integration, and support for differentiated business processes. In this session, Oracle ERP Cloud Executive Director Sheila Dietsch debunks these concerns by sharing what you need to look for in a modern ERP cloud application to run your mission-critical operations. She examines how Oracle's unique cloud architecture delivers world-class security, a single data model for enterprisewide integration, and a flexible platform for change.

3:15 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Analysts see a real need for CFOs to invest in creating a culture of change management that isn’t just accepting of change, but leading it. That means thinking about how all employees use technology today to stay plugged into work from anywhere their job takes them. It also means identifying change agents both within finance and across the enterprise, and engaging them to drive business-led transformation. In this panel discussion, finance executives share their insights on change management and leadership best practices that can help you become an agent for change in your organization.

3:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Planning, budgeting, and forecasting are not just the preserve of the finance department—these processes take place across the entire organization wherever a budget or target resides. The problem for many organizations is the struggle to implement planning solutions across the organization; often, lines of business resort to spreadsheets to do their planning, creating a disconnect from the enterprisewide system. Hear from customers how cloud-based tools make it practical to capture the "wisdom of crowds," implement practices such as zero-based budgeting, and gain more accurate and predictable forecasts.

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

Timely and accurate financial reporting is an essential foundation for running successful organizations. Yet only 5 percent of the data finance provides is viewed as helpful by the larger business organization. Join this interactive workshop to learn how the latest reporting technologies can help your teams consistently derive business insight from data, improve operating reviews, and increase business partnering effectiveness.

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

There are multiple paths to modernizing your finance organization with the cloud, whether you’re innovating with high-value extensions or revamping your core finance system. Oracle Consulting leader Pam Fisher brings her extensive Oracle ERP Cloud implementation experience to this workshop session, which explores the various migration options and helps identify the best approach for your organization. Attendees step through real-life customer case studies to identify opportunities and critical factors for success, and come away with a pragmatic cloud roadmap that supports your unique digital finance objectives.