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)
THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON AP AUTOMATION TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY   
Today’s modern, digital-first Accounts Payable department has wildly greater expectations than ever before. In the midst of the global pandemic, the need to optimize AP processes is paramount because optimizing cash is a priority. The term “big data” is more than just a buzzword worthy of an eye roll. It’s become a central theme in analytics strategies for finance departments around the world. One of the most dramatically affected areas is the Accounts Payable department, which has transitioned into an intelligence hub for finance, housing data that is strategically valuable. Why? Because AP analytics allows SSOs to maximize discounting programs, minimize supplier help desk requests, and make better informed decisions that impact cash flow favorably. Turn your AP department into a profit center by:

  • Obtaining accurate, real-time information on transactions, discounts, supplier updates, adoption rates, and more
  • Measuring and maximizing the impact of AP analytics
  • Using data to determine activities, trends, and gauge the future of the marketplace placing AP at the forefront of big data

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



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)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IMPROVES AP PROCESSING – YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAKING IT WORK
Artificial intelligence promises to fundamentally change the way AP operates by turbocharging levels of automation and accuracy. From reducing invoice cycle times to savings in processing costs and increases in early payment discounts. In this session, you will discover how global SSOs are utilizing AI to benefit AP and outcomes to date. Don’t miss this opportunity to see for yourself why AI is expected to be one of the most important technologies for the future of AP

  • Identify where to start and how to decide where to deploy AI
  • Review all the ways AI benefits an AP Department
  • Learn how SSOs are retraining and reskilling AP employees for the AI-driven age

Speaker: Daneen Storc, Director of Product Marketing, ABBYY   


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

      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

      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.