THANKS TO ALL OUR 2018 SPEAKERS

Ryan den Rooijen
Ryan den Rooijen
Head of Data, Dyson (UK)
John Thomas Jr
John Thomas Jr
Vice President Finance, Europe & the Americas, Etihad Airways (USA)
Tomasz Nowakowski
Tomasz Nowakowski
VP Finance, Red Bull (USA)
JT Kostman
JT Kostman
PhD - AI Symbiote (USA)
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Business Intelligence is Dead, Long Live Intelligent Business

For many, the term business intelligence conjures up images of monolithic applications and staid reports, raising the question of what value they generate for businesses facing complex analytical challenges.

However, given the expertise and investment in this area, companies would be unwise to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Instead, how can they evolve their capabilities to tackle opportunities head-on, without having to reinvent the wheel? In this presentation, Ryan will look at examples of what this “analytics journey” looks like and practical principles that can help companies successfully navigate this path.

Ryan is a pragmatic leader who cares as much about delivering measurable impact as he does about evangelising the vision. Before Dyson, he was Google’s Global Capabilities Lead for Insights & Analytics. Ryan also serves as the Advisory Board Chair Oxford University’s M.Sc./DPhil in Social Data Science.

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Innovation and Tech to Unlock Untapped Profitability Potential and Sustained Growth

Traditional approaches to sustain profitability are losing relevance in our ever-changing macroeconomic and socio-political landscape. All companies that attempt to compete in a global space are faced with similar challenges and economic forces.

Corporate executives are now required to embrace new ways of delivering their promise to shareholders. This will require a holistic examination of people, processes and systems and conscious efforts to have innovation and technology drive sustained profitability.

  • Use information technology and business intelligence to drive change
  • Optimise human and fixed capital management
  • Manage external stocks
  • Deliver on what matters and focus on the bottom line
  • Embrace agility, new ways of doing and thinking and change
Winning Behaviours and Agility: The Inextricable Link to a Successful Technological Platform

In order to drive change, growth and profitability, today's CFOs and business leaders are required to embrace and promote agility. Agility cannot be easily taught, but it is acquired through evolution and a conscious effort to break down historical barriers that impede change. It requires a fundamental effort to embrace winning behaviours as a catalyst towards economics of scale, specialisation and comparative & competitive advantage. Failure to do so will restrict growth and the ability of companies to reap the benefits of investments in new technologies.

The proven building blocks of agility are:
• Valuing Others
• Communication
• Motivation
• Team Work
• Leadership
• Customer Focus
• Managing Performance

In the corporate world, these terminologies are used loosely. A deeper dive into these fundamental winning behaviors is needed and the 101 pitfalls that are usually overlooked. This will allow finance and business leaders, who are truly interested in unlocking growth, to avoid the mistakes that have been proven to impede the very growth that they are working towards. This will allow them to be on a fast track to unlocking a change in mindsets, corporate culture and agility and ultimately the foundation tools that are needed to reap the full benefits of technological advancements.

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Transforming Finance from Traditional Record Keeping to True Business Partnership

Business leaders expect more from Finance today than they did in the past. Technological progress, integrated ERP systems and digitalization of information have all contributed to increased quality and speed of the traditional Finance back office.

Quick and efficient closing of the books and management reporting are nowadays taken for granted, and most CEOs expect Finance teams to spend their time analysing strategic investments, delivering forward focused business insights, and actively support decision making.

  • The demand for business partnership in today’s business culture
  • “New” Finance skills vs. the “Old” Finance skills
  • Why so many finance transformations fail – illustrated by few examples
  • Short assessment – Kahoot poll “where my team is on business partnership scale”
Building High Performance Finance Teams

Today’s world is increasingly competitive and new technologies are putting more and more pressure on all of us to be faster, more efficient, more insightful and accurate. In order to achieve this, organisations (and Finance teams) must keep evolving – by embracing new solutions, acquiring new skills, and learning from experts in different fields (e.g. sport psychologists, professional athletes) to take their skills to a higher level.

  • State the challenge – need for higher performance
  • Real-time audience polls to measure the audience “temperature” on the topic
  • Examples from personal experience – illustrate by examples
  • Learn from the Red Bull approach
  • Hear the common themes of high performance teams at Red Bull

 

Three key take-away points;

  1. Higher performance is not achieved by spending more hours at the desk doing the same thing
  2. Finance knowledge and skills alone will not build a high performing team
  3. Common characteristics of high performing teams and what we have learned at a cutting edge business
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Applied AI - Coming Soon to a Company Near You… Preparing for the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence

Future generations will remember these as the days we pulled back the curtain and made the mysteries of the world accessible to all. With technology providing intuitive tools to professionals across a wide-range of functions, the secrets of the matrix are finally being revealed. Every part of your business is and will fundamentally change – the most striking changes are about to come.

Join us for a provocative conversation with Dr JT Kostman, one of the world’s leading experts in Applied Artificial Intelligence, as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of the recent history – and near future – of the technologies that will fundamentally change the way we work.

JT has hunted terrorists for US Intelligence Agencies, tracked criminal networks for the FBI, advised on analytic strategies for the Department of Defence, and led social media analysis for the 2012 Obama Campaign. In the corporate sector, he served as Chief Data Officer for Time Inc, Chief Data Scientist for Samsung, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Reimagine Holdings.

He has also been a Paramedic, Police Officer, Deep-Sea Rescue Diver, and Team Leader of an elite Scout/Sniper Reconnaissance Team with the US Army Special Forces.

Business Analytics: The Future Is Now!

William Gibson was right: "The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed." As organizations in every industry race to take advantage of the extraordinary efficiencies, insights, and opportunities being occasioned by Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence... Well, there's never been a better time to be a Business Analyst.

Join us for a rapid-fire, fun-filled, fast-paced tour and tutorial as we cram a year's worth of knowledge into a turbocharged lesson that'll have you learning, laughing, and loving the professional choices you've made. From basic statistics to support vector machines; from machine learning to deep learning, we'll pull back the curtain and prove that these concepts are simpler than you might think - and easily within the reach of anyone with a High School education (unless, of course, they're from New Zealand). Your bosses - and your bank accounts - will be thrilled with the skills that we'll put you on the path to acquire.

Artificial Intelligence and the Cognitive Revolution - The IMPACT On Your FINANCE Organisation!

AI and machine learning is the hot topic to impact your finance function. With some reports suggesting that nearly one fifth of finance functions are already investing in this technology, how can you reap the potential rewards? The potential benefits are vast, and there is a myriad of opportunities for delivering high-value, yet creative work within finance functions. Firms who invest in these opportunities will be able to drive unparalleled levels of business insight, and by harnessing these tools will be able to radically shift finance structures.

In this panel we will;
• Explore the revolution – what are the limits of artificial intelligence?
• Examine implementing and pilots putting AI initiatives in place
• Plans for the future – ensuring internal and external customers a better end result

Raj Paterson
Raj Paterson
Head of Wealth Finance, Macquarie Bank
Adam Campbell
Adam Campbell
Chief Financial Officer, Flight Centre Travel Group
Stephannie Jonovska
Stephannie Jonovska
Manager Finance Transformation, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand
Annabel Goldring
Annabel Goldring
Finance Manager Continuous Improvement, Qantas Airways
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The Changing Role of the Finance Function…. Reporter and Scorekeeper to Advisor

As Head of Wealth Finance at Macquarie, Raj constantly reflects on the digital disruption in banking and what this means for finance. She banks with Macquarie – so, what does she expect of her bank:

  • 24 x 7 access to my bank accounts with an easy interaction
  • Ability to self-serve on my own data and understand my spending
  • Have access to multiple communication channels…. digital, f2f and telephony
  • One person to listen to all my concerns and then help me resolve them

 

Frontline teams are dealing with this disruption daily. If their customers are expecting this of them, isn’t it right they expect the same of finance partners? But this is not a quick and easy shift. It’s a journey.

  • The problem we are trying to solve – business demand for advice
  • What does ‘good’ look like – listen to the customer and industry feedback
  • What do we need to do get to ‘good’ through people, technology and process changes
  • As a leadership, what is our change appetite and how do we lead through this
  • Using agile, how do we track progress and balance BAU deliverables
  • Technology will enable the change – but it’s the people who’ll deliver it
Future Data Analytics and its Impact on Business

When asked about the future of business analytics, the first words that are spoken are AI, machine learning, automation, robotics – but what does all this mean right now? What value are these technologies bringing to business?

But what will happen in the next 12 months? Where will we be five years? There are varying opinions on the timeline of these game changing technologies, some say we will be replacing CEOs with robotics in 10 years, others are adamant this sort of thing will never happen.

So how do organisations use the technology available right now to leverage their data, improve decision making and create opportunities to stay ahead of their competitors – all the while creating value for their customers?

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Leading Transformation by Getting Outside Our Comfort Zone!

More and more in today’s ever-changing business landscape, senior finance professionals are being asked to lead significant transformational and evolutionary programmes within their company. To be successful, these individuals must overlay traditional finance characteristics of detail, focus, process and governance with additional attributes such as flexibility, right-brain thinking and risk-taking.

Above all of these characteristics is one that puts most of us far out of our comfort zone… the requirement to use the art of story-telling to engage the business in the journey being undertaken and influence the outcomes being delivered.

In this engaging presentation from the top-rated speaker at the 2017 Finance Tech Fest, Adam will provide you with:

  • Key skills needed to lead a transformation
  • Why finance leaders make great transformational leaders
  • An introvert’s guide to the art of story-telling
  • An understanding of the traditional and emerging characteristics required of finance leaders in disruptive and transformational programmes
  • Key tips to using story-telling, helping you drive your business, regardless of your personality type
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Offshoring Catapulted Our Future Finance Thinking – and it's Way Beyond the Dollars

BlueScope offshored already outsourced processes not only to deliver sustainable cost savings but to gain access to global process improvement capability – and it’s been eye opening. The transition was supported with a strong internal team and the risk managed by transitioning in “waves” of increasing process complexity. Their collaborative partnership is driving the shift from people to process dependency by embedding our processes in technology (including RPA) and this has guided their Future Finance strategy and plan.

Hear how BlueScope, working with the right partner, strong internal support and leadership, plus a clear vision has:

  • Driven a significant improvement in process improvements and reduced risks
  • Leveraged their outsourced partners deep global business process improvement capability, which has challenged the status quo beyond expectations
  • Managed to achieve 57% cost savings over the life of the contract, including improved controls, reduced financial exposure risks, increased standardisation and automation including RPA
  • Hear how working with their partner, spending time understanding their cultural similarities and differences has provided real value; we value this diversity
  • Achieved more in two years than achieved in the previous fifteen

 

This does not mean it has been easy and war wounds during transition were a reality. Transition exposed their high reliance on people over process and issues in internal processes. They are now systematically embedding processes in technology to reduce this reliance.

The one key message! Don’t stop at the dollars with offshoring, work to define the culture you need to support the innovation required.

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The Qantas Finance Transformation and Our Automation Journey

The Finance transformation at Qantas has chosen the role of automation as one of its central strategies. Particular emphasis has focused on proactively engaging on the potential opportunities which can be crystallised utilising robotics.

This presentation will focus on Qantas' automation journey so far, how they as a finance community have embraced this technology from both a cultural perspective and a systems and process perspective, while learning about the impacts on their people and culture.

Annabel will explore the approach taken, how they identified the key areas and people to involve, knowledge collaboration to drive innovation within finance and how they adopted a process of training finance people to think more like developers.

Annabel will share with you about their successes and failures, how they started to share successes within the business to build momentum and resilience through the journey. There will also be examples of how some of their failures became real opportunities to learn and develop.

The lessons learned regarding the skills needed for successful transformation are not all technical but include strong leadership support beyond finance, greater resource capacity and challenging your assumptions and thinking about the stability of existing systems. Plus, there will be talk about cultural engagement and impacts to the teams, how they have raised awareness and encouraged openness throughout the process, as well as articulated their way forward.

Brendan Sheehan
Brendan Sheehan
CEO White Squires - Business Transformation Experts
Brad Howarth
Brad Howarth
Journalist and Commentator
Pete Williams
Pete Williams
Head of Analytics and Insight, pladis Global (UK) | Director and Data Evangelist, The Decision Playbook
Darius Coveney
Darius Coveney
COO and CFO, IncentiaPay
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What Kind of Finance Leader Are You? Key Competencies Required to Perform at the Highest Level

Are you sometimes frustrated by not being able to reach your full potential? Do you sometimes find that you are held back because people just don’t know how best to work with you? Do you feel that if you were a leader in another business you would be so much more successful?

Join us for a session where we will explore the 16 competencies required for high performance and where you need to be on the spectrum to be able to perform in different roles.

  • Setting the scene – the frustrations which exist
  • Where this comes from – the 16 competencies
  • Insight into our Pilot research project – what are the differences between different types of leaders (or leaders in different organisations)?
  • Interview with a leading CFO, Darius Coveney, about how this plays out
  • How do you find out what kind of CFO you are?

 

Three key take-away points include;

  1. Understanding the 16 competencies for high performance
  2. Strengths and challenges of operating in the right and wrong roles
  3. Some strategies for improving performance
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Elevating and Empowering Finance Leaders to be Strategic Leaders

Finance leaders are being called upon to be “more strategic,” but exactly what this means is difficult and rarely defined. Strategic projects and their execution across the whole business, including capital expenditures, CX or Tech investments, offer Finance an ideal opportunity to transform this vague commission into tangible results.

How can Finance leaders take advantage of their unique position, and improve profits while boosting ROI through advanced practices in problem solving and decision-making. In this panel session we’ll explore what it means to be more strategic and hear from those who have enjoyed success. We’ll examine how you can be better armed to select effective decision specialists, techniques that produce winning business solutions, and place yourself as a business specialist for the whole organisation.

Future Data Analytics and its Impact on Business

When asked about the future of business analytics, the first words that are spoken are AI, machine learning, automation, robotics – but what does all this mean right now? What value are these technologies bringing to business?

But what will happen in the next 12 months? Where will we be five years? There are varying opinions on the timeline of these game changing technologies, some say we will be replacing CEOs with robotics in 10 years, others are adamant this sort of thing will never happen.

So how do organisations use the technology available right now to leverage their data, improve decision making and create opportunities to stay ahead of their competitors – all the while creating value for their customers?

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Don’t Get Left on the Bench When the Data Game Starts

Your data is your number one asset. Your lens into what your customer needs from you, your way to engage better with your employees, your way to manage costs and drive growth. It’s the way you stay in business and relevant in your market. But getting started can be bewildering, particularly for large, legacy organisations.

Used effectively you’ll make faster, better quality decisions. And better decisions mean happy customers, happy employees and commercial growth. But for all the talk of AI, ML and robotics being explored at digitally native players, many companies still can’t even get a consistent sales figure.

Find a different way of doing things with colleagues who had no idea the opportunities existed. When people are shown what data can drive the speed of the uptake can be startling, and dangerous. Organisations can move quickly to reshape themselves around this when they see the benefits.

So how do you start? What do you need to do? What will it feel like when you get there? And the bit no one tells you - what don’t you need to worry about?

Before joining pladis, Peter was head of enterprise analytics at Marks and Spencer. In 2017 he was ranked number 6 on the renowned DataIQ top 100 list which profiles the most influential people in data-driven businesses.

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What Kind of Finance Leader Are You? Key Competencies Required to Perform at the Highest Level

Are you sometimes frustrated by not being able to reach your full potential? Do you sometimes find that you are held back because people just don’t know how best to work with you? Do you feel that if you were a leader in another business you would be so much more successful?

Join us for a session where we will explore the 16 competencies required for high performance and where you need to be on the spectrum to be able to perform in different roles.

  • Setting the scene – the frustrations which exist
  • Where this comes from – the 16 competencies
  • Insight into our Pilot research project – what are the differences between different types of leaders (or leaders in different organisations)?
  • Interview with a leading CFO, Darius Coveney, about how this plays out
  • How do you find out what kind of CFO you are?

 

Three key take-away points include;

  1. Understanding the 16 competencies for high performance
  2. Strengths and challenges of operating in the right and wrong roles
  3. Some strategies for improving performance
Ken Maher
Ken Maher
CFO, South Pacific, HP
Teegan Huynh
Teegan Huynh
Chief Financial Officer, Jaguar Land Rover New Zealand
Glenn Gregory
Glenn Gregory
Business Systems Analyst, My Pathway
Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
Senior Commercial Manager, Ingham's
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Unlocking the Full Potential of Data, Analytics and Your People

This session will concentrate on a HP business case study centered around significant business disruption and how the finance function redefined the role it played from reporting to using business analytics and insights to enable growth. This will encompass working with stakeholders, data aggregation, digitization and reskilling the CFO function to be action decision makers, provide analytical insights and increasing influencing skills.

  • Overview of the business imperative and market context
  • The case for change and the “aha” moment
  • Ideation with stakeholders. Where HP started and priorities
  • The finance journey – 8 key steps with example of metrics and digitization
  • The end result -- Circle back to outcomes from bullet point #1
  • End with learnings and 3 key takeaways

 

Three take-away points include;

  1. Take advantage of a crisis or problem to initiate change
  2. The importance of unlocking “digital prisons” in your organisation
  3. Preaching the “Growth Mindset”
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Be the Change You Want to Be

In the face of major disruption in the automotive industry, such as the increasing acceptance of autonomous connected vehicles and mobility sharing models, a great opportunity exists to re-imagine the traditional business and revenue models. This type of disruption to our businesses are creating new and exciting challenges for the finance teams across all industries, how we must adapt fast and lead change by understanding the new customer and competitor set, creating new business connections by harnessing new smart technology.

  • How Finance plays a pivotal role in understanding data and creating insights
  • Developing an agile approach to exploring and defining the business model issues
  • The need to accelerate decision making whilst ensuring governance is maintained
  • Finance leaders are no longer ‘controllers’ and increasingly seen as a key partner for business growth
  • Case study of developing a new revenue stream showcasing finance partnership exploring the customer journey and digital future of connected vehicles

 

Three key take-away points include;

  1. Why Finance has to change and get closer to disruptive technology
  2. Agile tool-kit to be applied in all aspects of Finance responsibilities
  3. Finance partnering is key to any organisation’s strategic and project management framework
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Journey to Finance in the Cloud: Drawing a Line in the Sand for Change in Your Business

To be innovative people need information, access and boundaries. This is a case study of how one organisation, My Pathway, is leveraging the accessibility of the cloud to reach the most remote parts of Australia and bring all staff into the conversation of efficiency and innovation whilst maintaining process and accounting compliance.

A cloud-based finance system can provide an agile and scalable technology foundation to better support fast growth and change. This session will discuss how this, along with the ability to drive flexibility, scalability and accountability across the organisation were key for developing the business case for moving to the cloud.

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Exploring the Cost Management Ecosystem: Grow Your Bottom Line and Define Your Costing Journey

Let Ingham's take you on a journey of cost management transformation using ImpactECS. Senior Commercial Manager, Craig Wilson, will showcase this costing and profitability tool, and its many applications from CEOs to your workers on the floor. Through practical demonstrations, Craig will explore the advancing role of financial analytics using data-driven insights.

Find out how you can be the master of your costing and profitability destiny as you tap into your company’s potential with this intuitive modelling and analytics platform.

Laura Evans
Laura Evans
Senior Vice President, Data & Insights, The New York Times (USA)
Morag Leith
Morag Leith
Head of Corporate Finance – Holcim (Australia)
James Lockyer
James Lockyer
Director, Finance, Arts Centre Melbourne
Simon Banks
Simon Banks
Innovation Author, Speaker & Artist
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Embedding Analytics at the Heart of The New York Times

To have a truly data and analytics driven culture, organisations must embed analytics at the heart of both strategic and tactical decision making, and manage the use of data and analytics in a cohesive, coordinated manner. With all the advancements in technology gathering data can be easy, it’s what you then do with it that provides the challenge for many organisations.

Laura will share how The New York Times has changed its culture to be more data-informed, by rethinking processes and creating innovative solutions to grow audiences and create products. The Times data teams apply analytics to produce actionable insights that impact business KPIs, and use a variety of techniques to analyse and leverage data with machine learning.

Laura Evans joined The New York Times Company in 2016 as senior vice president, Data & Insights. In this role, Evans oversees data science, analytics and data operations across the organisation. Prior to The Times, Evans served as vice president of audience development and data science at the Scripps Networks Interactive, a position she held since 2013. Evans has also held leadership positions at major media organisations including The Washington Post and Dow Jones. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in quantitative methods from George Washington University.

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Accelerating Decision Making with Connected Planning

In this Q&A, Morag Leith from Holcim (Australia) will give an overview of the importance of introducing integrated, business driven, planning processes to better anticipate and respond more quickly to market change across multiple divisions and geographies.

Connecting People, Data and Process across Holcim will ultimately enable Finance to partner with the business, providing analysis and insight to drive sustained profitability in a dynamic market.

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Planning, Forecasting and Reporting: From Familiar Problems to Earning the Encore!

Planning, forecasting and reporting can be a battle with disconnected models and spreadsheets. Welcoming 4 million visitors a year, Arts Centre Melbourne is Australia’s largest performing arts organisation, with services extending far beyond performance events.

By implementing corporate performance management software, ACM has transformed its planning and reporting activities: integrating systems & data; automating processes; providing powerful tools; increasing flexibility & responsiveness; and delivering remarkable insights. The balance of work has moved from labour-intensive to value-adding – and that is just the start! With Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, it is easier and cheaper than you might think!

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Kickstart a Culture of Innovation: How People and Human Connections (Not Just Technology) Will Drive Innovation in Your Organisation

If you want to shift your culture and create a workplace where innovation thrives, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results, you don’t have to look far. All the ingredients exist to kick start Innovation and it’s right in front of you. It’s you. It’s your team. It’s people.

Innovation is an intensely human experience. It’s minds rubbing on minds. People drive innovation yet can be the most under resourced tool organisations have in their innovation toolkit.

Let’s get ready to change that.

  • Discover how curiosity and innovation are absolutely normal for people. We have been innovating since day one
  • Explore key workforce trends and how to build 21st century skills of curiosity, imagination and creativity into your organisation
  • Recognise three common innovation handbrakes and how to fix them (without spending a cent)
  • Develop three simple tips to bring your most human self to work
  • Create a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
  • Enable your team to thrive and fulfill their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before

 

Author of the game-changing book, A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation, Simon brings you a BS-free guide to dealing with your creative OGRE, taking off the blinkers and leveraging the greatest innovation tool in your business.

Colm Giblin
Colm Giblin
Project Director – Finance Systems, ANZ Banking Group Limited
Brent Henley
Brent Henley
Chief Financial Officer – Macquarie Telecom Group
Fionn O'Keeffe
Fionn O'Keeffe
CFO, PeopleStreme
Shailendra Kumar
Shailendra Kumar
VP & Chief Evangelist, Analytics & Leonardo, SAP
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The Quest for Transparency of Finance Processes at ANZ Finance

Pressure for speed of execution is often the problem that further increases our business problems! We rush ahead and try to do step D, E, F before we have even started A, B or C. Automation is now facing that execution pressure and executives have targets set and work planned on work that we have little transparency over. Who is doing the work, how long is the work taking, how often is it required, how similar is the work across divisions/countries?

What can you do? ‘Stick to your Guns’ and seek this transparency over what Finance does, before you start your automation journey. Remember - automation is the ultimate standardisation drive.

  • An overview of the ANZ Finance PACE Project (Process and Control Evolution)
  • How we are using Human Centre Design (HCD) to be clear on the user problem and solution
  • ‘Stick to your guns’ on the need for the tool Finance will actually use!
  • Conduct brainstorm sessions on how to capture the data for sustainability
  • Round up a posse to drive and influence the change
  • Empowering yourself!

 

Three key take-away points;

  1. How to get transparency over your finance processes, without the traditional workflow/timesheets
  2. How to set up the data capture for sustainability
  3. Adopting Cloud/SaaS – how to maximise the direct Finance/Vendor relationship required. This can’t be left to technology with SaaS
Artificial Intelligence and the Cognitive Revolution - The IMPACT On Your FINANCE Organisation!

AI and machine learning is the hot topic to impact your finance function. With some reports suggesting that nearly one fifth of finance functions are already investing in this technology, how can you reap the potential rewards? The potential benefits are vast, and there is a myriad of opportunities for delivering high-value, yet creative work within finance functions. Firms who invest in these opportunities will be able to drive unparalleled levels of business insight, and by harnessing these tools will be able to radically shift finance structures.

In this panel we will;
• Explore the revolution – what are the limits of artificial intelligence?
• Examine implementing and pilots putting AI initiatives in place
• Plans for the future – ensuring internal and external customers a better end result

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Cultural Transformation and Leadership in Finance

In this enlightening case study hear from a CFO who took ownership of a finance team that were disempowered and very reactive in everything they did. In 2017, all processes were very manual and there was a lack of proactivity across the team. What was the resolution to make these changes? Essentially it was to align expectations with the intended delivery, while improving relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers in the business units. The end goal is to become an enabler of business success and a trusted advisor to the business. The results in the past 12 months have been incredibly successful.

  • Our staff engagement program
  • Key points to our communication plans
  • Making sure we treat people with respect and action with integrity
  • Critical staff development plans
  • Follow through on commitments
  • Have fun!

 

Three key take-aways include;

  1. How to engage with staff and make them feel empowered to deliver in their role
  2. How to encourage a cultural and behavioural shift in an organisation
  3. The FOUR golden rules – build relationships, prioritise/deprioritise, delegate and influence
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How Peoplestreme Transformed Their Finance Team to Become a Truly Customer Focused Operation

As CFO of Australia’s #1 Human Capital Management software, Fionn will be sharing an overview of how Peoplestreme have partnered with leading technology provider to deliver a customer-centric view of their entire business, including Sales, Suppliers, Product and most importantly the financial health of their business. Having transformed the finance operations of several fast-growth organisations, Fionn is a thought leader in the use of SaaS to provide efficiency, visibility and flexibility to the ever changing needs of expanding businesses, particularly in the areas of finance, human resources and back-office operations.

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Future Data Analytics and its Impact on Business

When asked about the future of business analytics, the first words that are spoken are AI, machine learning, automation, robotics – but what does all this mean right now? What value are these technologies bringing to business?

But what will happen in the next 12 months? Where will we be five years? There are varying opinions on the timeline of these game changing technologies, some say we will be replacing CEOs with robotics in 10 years, others are adamant this sort of thing will never happen.

So how do organisations use the technology available right now to leverage their data, improve decision making and create opportunities to stay ahead of their competitors – all the while creating value for their customers?

Lyle Potgieter
Lyle Potgieter
CEO, PeopleStreme
Kevin Janks
Kevin Janks
Co-Founder | Chief Meditation Officer, Centred Meditation
Theodora Spathis
Theodora Spathis
Yoga Teacher, Emotion Code Practitioner, Energy Healing, Former International Athlete
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How Peoplestreme Transformed Their Finance Team to Become a Truly Customer Focused Operation

As CFO of Australia’s #1 Human Capital Management software, Fionn will be sharing an overview of how Peoplestreme have partnered with leading technology provider to deliver a customer-centric view of their entire business, including Sales, Suppliers, Product and most importantly the financial health of their business. Having transformed the finance operations of several fast-growth organisations, Fionn is a thought leader in the use of SaaS to provide efficiency, visibility and flexibility to the ever changing needs of expanding businesses, particularly in the areas of finance, human resources and back-office operations.

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Meditation in the Workplace: A Practical Guide

If you are interested in finding out about or improving your meditation practise, this relaxed session will be ideal for you.

Whilst at the core of every business lies the intention to positively affect people’s lives, there is a systematic failure of this purpose at the most basic, internal level (of employee). Stress alone is costing Australian business over $10b annually. Not to mention the detrimental effects of disengagement, poor culture and ineffective leadership. Having delivered successful programs to Australia’s leading businesses, Centred Meditation takes an evidence-based, integrative approach to addressing this problem.

  • Identify the problem and the impact on the workplace (5 mins)
  • Address meditation and mindfulness as a solution, using personal examples (5 mins)
  • Instruct how to meditate - basic overview (5 mins)
  • Guide participants through a meditation (20 – 25 mins)
  • Teach a simple breathing exercise to use in times of pressure/stress (5 mins)
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Join the Yoga Flow

An energising morning yoga practice can work as a natural stimulant to set you up for a productive day.

This class is designed for 'every body’ so let’s wake up and do something positive for your body! Come practise this morning yoga flow to get the juices flowing! Energise your body and mind, stimulating the nervous system, releasing tension and boosting circulation to alleviate sluggishness in the brain and body.

You’ll see how it sets the tone for the day ahead. Get your workout in early, connect to your breath, be mindful and find what feels good. Workout attire is preferable, showers in the gym are available. Other equipment is not required. LIMITED places available – to book your place simply email ian.collier@theeventfulgroup.com

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Date
10 - 11 September, 2018

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