Day One, Tuesday, March 23, 2021

8:50 am - 9:30 am EST Chairman Remarks & Keynote: The Digital Transformation of Procurement: Roadmap for Success

Soraya Correa - CPO, The Department of Homeland Security
Sid Vasili - Conference Chair, CEO, Vasili Advisory

In light of COVID-19 and rising consumer expectations, it's clear that exceeding expectations for digitization will define organization's success immediately and into the future. This session highlights the Department of Homeland Security's transformation towards digital procurement. Through technology, process and solid execution, witness how DHS is driving business value by driving widespread adoption of AP Automation and the entire end-to-end Procurement process.


Soraya Correa

The Department of Homeland Security


Sid Vasili

Conference Chair
CEO, Vasili Advisory

In 2018, BASF’s Global Shared Services Organization decided to boost automation in the realms of inbound invoice verification and processing. Together with Insiders Technologies, a hidden champion in AI-driven software solutions, an ambitious project found its beginning. In only 16 months, a cloud-based application for automated data extraction was rolled out to BASF’s global SSC network, covering a volume of 3.4 million invoices annually and AP processes in more than 80 countries. Join us for an exciting look into this extraordinary project as we cover the results, challenges and generated learnings. During this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Tackle automation projects in a highly complex international Shared Services environment
  • Leverage synergies between agile development approaches and deep business knowledge
  • Conduct smart change management and build up trust in new tools and ways of working
  • Leverage the interaction of AI and humans while considering intercultural specifics


Dr. Armin Stahl

Product Manager
Insiders Technologies GmbH


Dr. Katalin Velladics

Process Expert Accounts Payable

If you’ve gotten your AP Automation solution up and running you already know how it can accelerate approvals, massively cut processing time, and reduce errors. But, did you know that if you just take the time to look, AP automation is much more powerful than just invoice management? It’s time to pull back the curtain and reveal how AP automation is a powerhouse that can truly transform the way you do business.

During this session we will discuss:

  • Leveraging AP automation to impact your team’s bottom line
  • Using automation to build value in your supply chain
  • How AP automation can inform spend management
  • The intersection of AP automation and vendor management
  • How automation can be used to optimize working capital and cash flow


Jim Rahill

Regional Vice President of Sales


Tara Newcombe

Director, Systems Integration & Financial Operations

11:45 am - 12:15 pm EST Building a P2P Powerhouse: How to Create Process Efficiency & Compliance through Vendor Master Data

Claudia Armenta - P2P Global Process Owner, CEMEX

Having a P2P Center of Excellence (CoE) can not only make processes more effective, but also align with broader enterprise services delivered in a shared services environment. During this session, attendees will hear how CEMEX, the leading building materials company in the world with over 150,000 suppliers is centralizing supplier onboarding and management across multiple global ERPs to create process efficiencies and ensure compliance. During this session attendees will:

  • Learn about the origin and goal of the CEMEX P2P Center of Excellence
  • Hear about their go live which started in Mexico, quickly advanced to Central and South America and the plans for global roll-out
  • Learn about the problems CEMEX faced in consolidating global supplier management and how to overcome
  • Strengthen compliance with automation and process improvements

Claudia Armenta

P2P Global Process Owner