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  • Jan 25

    S&OP; Innovation Summit

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    The S&OP Innovation Summit brings together more than 150 high-level professionals operating in sales & operations planning. Leaders and innovators from across different industries network and share disruptive ideas over two days.

    Effective operational planning is central to business success. In the modern business environment, technological developments and the advances of globalization have created unparalleled opportunities for market expansion. But new opportunities has opened the door to new challenges.

    We will discuss these news challenges with Google, Microsoft, Pfizer & many others.

    Secure your place today and save 20% on regular pass prices by using the code SCD20:

  • Feb 14

    FP&A Innovation Summit

    San Diego, CA

    Top Trends in Finance 2017

    This year has, with a few notable exceptions, been a difficult one, and the phrase ‘unprecedented time of uncertainty’ has almost become cliché. As a CFO, your main priority is ensuring the financial stability of your company regardless of market conditions, and the apparent inability of anyone to predict anything has made this a greater challenge than ever before.

    In 2017, world events are likely to continue to confuse and panic again in equal measure. The Italian banks are at breaking point, the French elections could see one of Europe’s leading powers fall under the control of a far-right party, and article 50 is likely to be triggered, beginning the process of the UK exiting the EU.

    There are, however, reasons for the CFO to be optimistic about what 2017 holds. Donald Trump, for all his flaws, will likely cut corporation tax significantly, providing a timely boost for business, while technological advancements should also mean that finance leaders are better positioned to cope and drive growth.

    Rolling Forecasts

    According to a new survey by consulting firm Kaufman Hall, agility is a top priority for CFOs in 2017, yet many are still struggling to achieve it. Less than 23% of respondents to the survey said they are very confident about their company’s ability to overcome unforeseen business obstacles, citing outdated FP&A tools and processes as the primary cause.

    This push for agility will see continuous forecasting take on an even more important role next year. In Kaufman Hall’s survey, 38% of respondents said their company now uses rolling forecasts, up from 33% from the same period a year ago and 25% in 2014 and popularity is likely to increase exponentially next year as companies begin to realize the benefits. A recent survey by Aberdeen Group saw 71% of top-performing organizations who responded say they mitigated against risks related to volatile business conditions by continuously updating forecasts to better reflect current business conditions, and those seeking to emulate them should do the same.


    Cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for organizations of all sizes. In 2016 alone, 2.2 million patient records were taken from 21st Century Oncology, 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise Solutions customer records were stolen, and nearly 150 million accounts leaked from major email providers including Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail.

    Such is the threat posed by hackers, the past year has seen cyber security increasingly fall under the purview of the CFO. A recent Grant Thornton survey of 912 CFOs found that 38% of respondents identified the CFO as the position most often responsible for cybersecurity, while 44% of finance leaders said they felt the most significant concern for their organization today is cybersecurity and 57% said undetected breaches were what worried them the most.

    The logic behind giving the CFO oversight of cybersecurity is clear. They control some of the most sensitive and important data found within organizations, spanning revenues, profits, investments, and acquisitions. AICPA Vice President of CGMA External Relations, Ash Noah, notes that: ‘The finance function has a unique view into the complexities of the business, as well as an in-depth understanding of the industry, markets and risk climate, yielding important insights for a company’s strategic direction. As the finance function continues to evolve to become more business-centric, it’s critical for finance executives, from the CFO down, to play a driving role in preparing for and addressing potential cyber-risks for the long-term growth of the company.’


    The Internet of Things (IoT) has been threatening to explode for a number of years now. Estimates for the number of connected devices on the market range from 20.8 billion by 2020 (Gartner) to 28 billion by 2021 (Ericsson).

    The central challenge facing CFOs today is measuring and monitoring business performance in a timely fashion to ensure their organization can respond to events in an agile fashion and exploit every opportunity possible without too great an exposure to risk. The IoT will make it significantly easier for CFOs to do this, with data flowing into billing, enterprise resource planning, and accounting systems in real time. This will change the way that forecasting and audits are carried out, providing real-time visibility around transactions and making risks easier to pinpoint - ultimately, leading to better decision-making.

    Zero-Based Budgeting

    The last few years have seen a dramatic resurgence in the popularity of zero-based budgeting (ZBB), a budgeting method first popularized in the 1970s under President Jimmy Carter in which budgets are prepared from scratch with a zero-base rather than based on historic data. The number of publicly-traded US companies mentioning the term in their earnings calls increasing from 14 to 90 between 2013 and 2015, and some of the world’s largest organizations have now implemented ZBB - including Unilever, KraftHeinz, Coca-Cola and Mondelez, all of whom have reported significant cost reductions as a result.

    ZBB is particularly well suited to an uncertain world, and is likely to continue to grow in popularity so long as uncertainty in the business climate continues. According to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, a well-implemented zero-based budget can save large corporations 10-25%, sometimes as early as six months of implementation, and while it is time-consuming, it is likely to remain in trend for the next year at least.

    The FP&A Innovation Summit is coming to San Diego on February 14 & 15. Over 2 days, 25+ speakers from the likes of Etsy, Dropbox, Samsung & other Fortune 500 companies will take the stage to discuss forecasting, cybersecurity, cash-flow optimization, sensitivity-modelling & more.


    Register your interest here and quote BR20 to access a 20% discount!

  • Mar 6

    ProcureCon Indirect East 2017

    Orlando, Florida

    ProcureCon Indirect East provides you with best practice strategies for the future of procurement. By attending 40+ interactive sessions, hearing from 80+ inspiring speakers and meeting 300+ of your peers, you will learn how to improve supplier relationships and integrate strategic suppliers into your organization, incorporate new technology tools into your solutions mix, and staff your team for maximum results.

    You’ll also gain valuable insight on innovations in indirect procurement and how to maintain procurement’s visibility in the C-suite in a rising cost environment. ProcureCon Indirect East is structured to give you ample time to make new connections and strengthen prior relationships with your peers.

    As a member of BizClikMedia, you’ll receive an extra 20% off your ticket! Register with code: PIE17BIZ Download the agenda here:

  • Mar 27

    Operational Excellence in Financial Services

    Jersey City, NJ

    Transforming Financial Services. Together.

    The only event for operational excellence, architecture and technology innovation.

    Now in its 11th year, Operational Excellence in Financial Services 2017 summit is set to be the biggest and most forward-thinking event to date. Taking place on 27-29 March, NYC where over 100 others companies like AIG, Prudential, AIG, Credit Suisse, Mastercard and Bridgewater will gather to determine how we will transform financial services, together.

    The event topics of the moment include:

    • Harnessing new technology for operational gain: automation, AI, analytics and beyond
    • Embedding digital transformation into process and operations
    • Delivering customer excellence through operational initiatives

    And there is more - with 60 outstanding speakers you will also benefit from topics including Customer centricity and Big Data, an entire track on Robotic Process Automation, interactive workshops, personalized ‘maturity’ agendas, 25+ peer to peer discussion groups, meet and greet lunches, cocktail receptions, Shark Tank tech solutions and unlimited networking opportunities that you cannot afford to miss.

    Download the Agenda to discover more:

  • Mar 28

    American Manufacturing Summit

    Lombard,, IL

    The Manufacturing Summit serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around the impact of market dynamics and new technologies for current and future manufacturing, operations and supply chain leaders. This year’s Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies around how workforce management, lean manufacturing, process improvement and automation are being rolled out in the world’s best facilities. Join the in-depth discussions to build your road-map in achieving innovation, maximizing manufacturing profitability, optimizing plant floor operations and establishing standardization across multiple manufacturing facilities.


  • Apr 24

    American Supply Chain Summit

    Championsgate, FL

    The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategy across the globe. This year’s Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies on how workforce management, advanced analytics, process improvement and automation are being rolled out in the world’s best facilities. Join the in-depth discussions on achieving innovation, maximizing supply chain profitability and increasing visibility and flexibility to mitigate risk.


  • May 23

    American Biomanufacturing Summit

    San Diego, CA

    The American Biomanufacturing Summit provides biopharmaceutical executives with current trends, strategic insights and best practices in manufacturing, outsourcing, capacity management, quality assurance, quality control, regulatory compliance, operational excellence, supply chain and logistics. Network with over 200 of your peers as we explore strategies to maximize efficiency while remaining compliant in an ever-evolving environment.



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    P.O. Box 119
    Toronto, ON, Canada, M5V 3B1
    Phone+1 (416) 298 7005
    Hours: M–F: 8:30am–5:30pm EST


  • Jun 4

    The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum

    Doral, FL

     The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum is peer to peer networking at the highest level. We’ve developed a format to insure your complete satisfaction by allowing you to pre-select your interests weeks before you arrive this five diamond resort. And when you do arrive, we have created an itinerary of those items you’ve selected. The event is free of charge for qualified senior executives. Including room accommodations, meals, receptions and golf.

    Learn - Learn from industry experts, learn from each other. Do both in the best conference experience available.

    Network - Build a network of peers facing your challenges at discussion sessions, over meals or a drink. Take your new contacts back to the office and network. They need you too!

    Meet - Discuss new technologies and money saving strategies by meeting innovative suppliers during pre-scheduled and agreed one-to-one meetings of your choosing.

  • Jun 27

    SCTECH 2017 - Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo

    Mexico City, Mexico

    SCTECH show is a vibrant meeting place for supply chain and technology decision-makers. The conference program empowers Process Owners with knowledge of innovative and successful Supply Chain Trends to make informed Technology-Selection decisions. The exhibit floor allows attendees to become aware of new alternatives they didn’t know existed, and provides exhibitors with an impressive platform to meet new clients.


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