10 - 11 November, 2020 | Digital Conference

Automation, AI, Analytics, Risk Management, Fraud Control, Cloud Capabilities 
Welcome To The World of Modernized Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable has benefited from shared services-driven efficiencies for years. Despite this, however, plenty of opportunities still present themselves to drive even better results. Today, for example, nearly 3/4 of shared services list control and standardization as top benefits. The transparency and "real-time" effect of modern AP strategies provide reassurance, alongside performance.

But where are the opportunities today? For those whose AP departments are still stuck in manual and siloed processing - how do they build an obvious business case to modernize? And for those already embarked on their "digital journey" - what's next?

SSON's 2020 "AP Automation" Digital Summit shares what's working, SSO investment priorities, and how they are improving the value of their AP departments with the tools now at their disposal. 

During this event, attendees will learn how to: do more with less, speed up the process, maximize cash flow now and long-term, increase accuracy and ensure peak workforce performance.

Cutting-edge content delivered by experts in a dynamic format include:

  • Optimize the use of robots, AI, and other innovative solutions to improve AP performance and streamline E2E invoice processing 
  • Generate and translate real-time digitized data analytics to improve decision support and cash flow
  • Manage and empower AP teams in a distributed and virtual environment
  • Embed customer centricity into the DNA of finance operations
  • Deepen vendor relationships

Featured Speakers

Day One, Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 

8:45 – 8:55 EST (13:45 – 13:55 BST)
CHAIRMAN’S OPENING
Sid Vasili, Vasili Advisory

9:00 – 9:30 EST (14:00 – 14:30 BST)
ENABLING "PROCUREMENT WITH A PURPOSE' VISION WITH DIGITAL/IA
Hear how Johnson and Johnson is uniquely positioned to drive positive social and environmental change across global supply chains and the unique role that Intelligent Automation/Digital can play in enabling this vision. 

Speaker: Ajay Anand, Vice President, Global Services Strategy & Transformation, Johnson & Johnson

9:45 – 10:30 EST (14:45 – 15:30 BST)
WHAT SHARED SERVICES REALLY REQUIRE FROM AP AUTOMATION COMPANIES TO TRULY TRANSFORM THEIR BUSINESS AND REDUCE THEIR OPERATING COSTS?
Full AP automation allows SSOs to improve KPIs, reduce operating expenses and increase agent’s productivity. During the client case study session, attendees will see how one SSO reached their goal of reducing invoice processing time to below $ 1 per invoice. Additionally, you will learn how their agents were able to improve productivity by only focusing on exception handling, leaving the mundane data processing to automation.

Customer: Leon Bhaskar, Head SSC Transformation, Conneqt Business Solutions Limited 
Speaker: Firdaus Mogul, Founder, Check an Invoice Limited 


10:45 – 11:30 EST (15:45 – 16:30 BST)
DRIVING TOUCHLESS PROCESSING AND GAINING SPEND VISIBILITY WITH AP AUTOMATION
In tough times sometimes it's hard to see a route forward. But when it comes to automating accounts payable processes, the future actually is bright. Learn how to create a brighter future for your shared service centre with optimisation, change management and the right technology that drives complete control, visibility and accuracy.
Join this session to discover:

  • How to improve the processes you already have
  • Why 100% touchless order processes isn't possible, it's already happening
  • How to get better supplier discounts, more value for money and improved productivity - without substituting humans with robots
Speaker: Brendan Blok, Senior Global Business Advisor, Basware

11:45 – 12:30 EST (16:45  – 17:30 BST)
REIMAGINE ACCOUNTS PAYABLE IN A DIGITAL ERA  
A post-COVID reality has changed everything. Finance executives and their teams have been heads-down reimagining their businesses since the crisis began and a common thread among innovation initiatives is the urgent shift to a more contemporary, digitally savvy, and data-driven accounts payable function. In partnership with SSON, Kofax ran an industrywide AP Automation Maturity survey, gaining insights from all over the world into how digitally savvy companies are taking action. Attend this session for firsthand insight into the findings of this survey, and learn more about how you can invest in automation to transform your AP operations.

Speaker: David Sentongo, Center of Excellence Lead, Kofax


12:45 - 1:30 EST (17:45 - 18:30 BST)
SESSION HELD FOR DATAMATICS
Som Venkatanarayan, Director, Controller, Gate Gourmet North America
Navin Gupta, EVP & Head, Datamatics



DAY TWO – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020

9:00 – 9:30 EST (14:00 – 14:30 BST)
HOW THOMAS COOK USES TOUCHLESS INVOICING TO IMPROVE FORECASTING, ON TIME PAYMENT % AND ENABLE BETTER CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND DISCOUNTING 
Over the last two decades, organizations have invested billions in technology with the aim of automating all processes and making them ‘touchless”. Not without its challenges, this is finally becoming a reality, changing the way invoice processing is delivered from manual and paper-based to fully digitized. During this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Maximize touchless invoicing, making even the highest volume and most complex business processes simplified and streamlined
  • Increase the ROI of touchless AP invoice processing

Speaker: Geeta Degaonkar, Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Thomas Cook  


9:45 – 10:30 EST (14:45 – 15:30 BST)
HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OPTIMIZES AP PROCESSING 
Artificial intelligence promises to fundamentally change the way Accounts Payable (AP) operates by turbocharging levels of automation and accuracy. Deployed effectively, it can optimally reduce invoice cycle time, decrease cost savings and increase efficiency. At the same time, finance leaders are unclear about what exactly to look for, and how the technology is applied to AP.

Join this webinar, and find out:

  • How and where AI impacts AP 
  • Where to start and how to deploy
  • How a global SSO is leveraging AI for AP processing

    Daneen Storc, Director of Product Marketing, ABBYY   
    Customer to be announced soon! 


    10:45 – 11:30 EST (15:45 – 16:30 BST)
    SESSION HELD FOR CELONIS 


      11:45 – 12:25 EST  (16:45 – 17:25 BST)
      ENTER THE AP AUTOMATION START-UP ZONE - PRODUCT INNOVATIONS & FIRESIDE CHAT
      Welcome to SSON’s AP Automation Start-Up Zone. This is THE place for AP solution startups to showcase critical new tools and services that SSO executives need to be aware of. Enterprises are anxiously on the lookout for innovative technology that will allow them to leap-frog the status quo and ratchet up the benefits of Shared Services in managing operational support. Fortunately, there is a parallel push from startups with the right solutions, looking for customers. Until now, the problem has been to connect the two.

      Each startup will pitch for 3 minutes, detailing the problem their product solves for Accounts Payable processes, how their product differs from what’s currently in the market, and their unique advantage. After the pitches, the startups with engage in a moderated fireside chat with audience Q&A.

      Pitch 1: Fast Bots for AP Automation
      Led by: Manuel Ho, Founder and CEO, EMO Technologies 

      Pitch 2: End to End AP Ecosystem - Process Discovery, Entry, Extraction to Approval 
      Led by: Mahesh Vinayagam, CEO, qBotica 

      Pitch 3: Applying Workflow Automation to P2P and Beyond
      Led by: Anders Lillevik, Founder, Focal Point 


      12:40 – 1:20 EST (17:40 – 18:20 BST)
      PANEL: DE-RISK YOUR AP AUTOMATION DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: DETECTING & MITIGATING FRAUD   
      The evolving digital landscape and expanding regulatory environment have expanded the type and number of business risks. This interactive panel dives deep into the types of Accounts Payable fraud, red flags and strategies for detecting, preventing and investigating payables fraud.

      Panelists:
      Morey Thompson, Senior Director, Shared Services, Essilor
      Attila Hernold, Director, Shared Services Center, Albemarle Corporation
      Moderator: Sid Vasili, Vasili Advisory 

        1:40 - 2:10 EST (18:40 - 19:10 BST)
        TALENT RETENTION STRATEGIES IN TIMES OF CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY

        • Understanding the new generation of professionals in shared services
        • Evolving from a transactional culture into a full career development model (Tornado concept)
        • Mapping organization knowledge and developing the training paths across the organization
        Speaker: David Correa Anaya, Vice President, Shared Services, AutoZone

        1:00 – 1:45 EST (18:00 – 18:45 BST)
        CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING  
        Sid Vasili, Vasili Advisory

        Featured Speakers

        Ajay Anand

        Ajay Anand

        Vice President, Global Services Strategy & Transformation

        Johnson & Johnson

        Attila Hernold

        Attila Hernold

        Director, Shared Services

        Albemarle

        David Correa Anaya

        David Correa Anaya

        Vice President Shared Services

        AutoZone

        Som Venkatanaryan

        Som Venkatanaryan

        Director, Controller

        Gate Gourmet North America

        Geeta Degaonkar

        Geeta Degaonkar

        Senior Vice President, Shared Services

        Thomas Cook India

        Morey Thompson

        Morey Thompson

        Senior Director - Shared Services

        Essilor of America

        Firdaus Mogul

        Firdaus Mogul

        CEO and Founder

        Check an Invoice

        Sid Vasili

        Sid Vasili

        CEO

        Vasili Advisory

        David Sentongo

        David Sentongo

        Center of Excellence Lead

        KOFAX

        Daneen Storc

        Daneen Storc

        Director of Product Marketing, Solutions

        ABBYY

        Leon Bhaskar

        Leon Bhaskar

        Head SSC Transformation

        Conneqt Business Solutions Limited

        Brendan Block

        Brendan Block

        Senior Global Business Advisor

        Basware

        Manuel Ho

        Manuel Ho

        Founder and CEO

        EMO Technologies

        Mahesh Vinayagam

        Mahesh Vinayagam

        CEO & Founder

        qBotica

        Anders Lillevik

        Anders Lillevik

        Founder

        Focal Point

        Navin Gupta

        Navin Gupta

        EVP & Head, BPM Services

        Datamatics

        How do I join the online conference?

        Register above using the form and your login will be emailed to you a week before the event. Your session access links and final agenda will be emailed to you one week prior to the conference.

        How much does it cost to attend?

        The AP Automation Digital Summit is completely free to attend.

        Where is it located?

        This is an online conference, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet.  Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection.

        Can I access the slides post-event?

        All presentations will be available after the conference via the on-demand recording link.   When presenters have also approved for their slides to be available for download they will be made available in the Resource List folder inside the session and also in the digital gift bag post-event.