Finance Indaba programme: Smart Finance, Smart Business - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: Smart Finance, Smart Business a two-day programme about the power of technology.

Other programme highlights:

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Boardroom 2

13 October 2016

10.15 - 11.00 Liberation from the tyranny of the spreadsheet
Tomorrow's digital finance organisation is a radical departure from the status quo. Digital will reconfigure today's process-focused model into a predictive insight-driven engine for your business. Accenture's Lee Naik discusses how digital is evolving the finance organisation, and as this model takes hold, how it will impact the role of the CFO, the function of Finance, and the people you will hire next.
By: Lee Naik (Accenture)
Hosted by: Accenture

11.15 - 12.00 How Nedbank recovered millions in liquidity and what you can learn from it
Are you sure you don't pay your suppliers too much? What if 1% of your payments are wrong? In this master class we will reveal the secret to how you can recover working capital today. Learn how to eliminate double and over payments while improving efficiencies in your P2P process, and hear how companies successfully manage recovery audits.
By: Darryl McMullen (Executive Head: Group Business Services at Nedbank), Eric van Marle (VP Global Sales & Marketing at Transparent), Carolina van der Ark (Managing Director at Transparent International)
Hosted by: Transparent

12.15 - 13.00 Work smarter, not harder
Are you overloaded with information and unnecessary distractions every day? Do you finally want to get to grips with stress and procrastination; create time and focus to do your real work? In this workshop we share nine tips to help you work smarter and faster. These and dozens of other tips, tools and tricks that help you become super productive are brought to you by the number one European productivity trainer, Marcel van den Berg.
By: Marcel van den Berg (Director Western Europe at Think Productive)
Hosted by: Think Productive

13.15 - 14.00 FP&A and Financial Close at the speed of light - It's no longer just an idea!
How fast can you provide an ad-hoc report to your stakeholders? Instantly, in 24 hours, two days or one week? Is your growing amount of data a challenge or an enabler? In this session you will learn how to integrate your ERP Systems and Enterprise Performance Management applications so that you don't feel like you are drowning in spreadsheets. Become an even better business partner by closing your books faster and being more agile in planning and forecasting. Discover what some of our customers have done with a new generation of EPM solutions to build a treasury system from the bottom up, provide value to business instead of checking and controlling, and how to get one ERP from SAP's most extensive and integrated portfolio in the market.
By: Christian Lindholm Christiansen (Vice President Financial Management Applications EMEA at SAP)
Hosted by: SAP

14.15 - 15.00 Modern finance in the digital age
Gartner calls them the "Nexus of Forces." IDC says they constitute the "3rd Platform" for innovation and growth. No matter how you define it, cloud, social, mobile, and big data are changing the competitive dynamics of the global economy and creating significant value for companies that know how to create business models leveraging these technologies. Join Oracle's Liam Nolan to learn how modern CFOs are adopting new best practice, and discover how technology is disrupting the status quo of the finance world.
By: Liam Nolan (Vice President, Cloud Applications Development ERP EMEA at Oracle)
Hosted by: Oracle

15.15 - 16.00 The fastest ROI you can get: Document Management Automation
Need to know what your staff or suppliers are doing with your money? Want a dramatic improvement in cashflow, debtors and creditors management? In this workshop we share ideas and tools to gain visibility, improve cash flow and dramatically reduce the risks of e-fraud.
By: Johan Potgieter (Head of Business Development at Business Harmony)
Hosted by: Business Harmony

16.15 - 17.00 Is having a retirement fund enough when it comes to death benefits?
When it comes to death benefits, this is the one area where, if you fail to plan, someone else bears the consequences. However, with the current economic conditions, one of the first cost-cutting areas for members is death cover in their personal capacity. Employers are perfectly positioned to provide a support role for staff to empower them to make the correct planning around retirement. Learn what you can do to ensure that the company benefits become a safety net.
By: Michelle Acton (Principal Consultant at Old Mutual Corporate Consultants)
Hosted by: Old Mutual

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14 October 2016

10.15 - 11.00 Do you want "One ERP"? Don't dream it, come and see it!
How do you work smarter, not harder, with efficient, secure and automated internal finance operations? Is it often a struggle to get instant insight into cash positions today and even a month from now? Discover the next generation of financial accounting and finance operations from A to Z. Know the full risk of your investments, how to more efficiently manage your funds and effectively control your KPIs. If you are up at night worrying about your percentage split of finance FTEs between operations and business partnering, or wondering about how to get to the mythical "One ERP", then this workshop will demonstrate exactly that; with flexible deployment, simple, powerful and 100-percent integrated Finance Operation Solutions from SAP.
By: Christian Lindholm Christiansen (Vice President Financial Management Applications EMEA at SAP)
Hosted by: SAP

11.15 - 12.00 How Nedbank recovered millions in liquidity and what you can learn from it
Are you sure you don't pay your suppliers too much? What if 1% of your payments are wrong? In this master class we will reveal the secret to how you can recover working capital today. Learn how to eliminate double and over payments while improving efficiencies in your P2P process, and hear how companies successfully manage recovery audits.
By: Darryl McMullen (Executive Head: Group Business Services at Nedbank), Eric van Marle (VP Global Sales & Marketing at Transparent), Carolina van der Ark (Managing Director at Transparent International)
Hosted by: Transparent

12.15 - 13.00 The pursuit of rebates and other elusive profits
Are your systems capable of monitoring the complex rebate structures that vendors offer? When last did you check for duplicate payments to vendors? Statement audits? Not to mention contract compliance, VAT, customs duties… Join us for a lighthearted talk about the hard-to-detect areas of financial leakage in the purchase-to-pay chain and how all companies can benefit.
By: Chris Kamffer (Director at Profectus Africa)
Hosted by: Profectus Africa

13.15 - 14.00 Are you ready for tomorrow? Start today!
The trends that are shaping the future of the finance profession will be revealed and the actions finance professionals can take today to be ready for tomorrow will be discussed. A panel of finance leaders in various industries, from small and mid-size businesses, will discuss how they see the finance professional's role in the future and how this will enable further success within their companies.
By: Ruanne Byles (Business Development Director at 4Most)
Panel Members: Marius Fabian (Managing Director at 4most Systems), Mark Stewart (Chartered Accountant at Aklin Carbide), Annemarie Haywood (Financial Manager at Callforce), Yolandé de Wet (Financial Manager at 4most Systems), Werner Strydom (CFO at GENRIC Insurance Company)
Hosted by: 4Most

14.15 - 15.00 Supercharge your spreadsheets with a modern planning, forecasting and reporting solution
Planning and budgeting is a perennial challenge for most finance teams and, according to research, is often done in spreadsheet form, making it unwieldy and difficult to use. This session will take a spreadsheet example and show how a modern, cloud-based planning system delivers a solution that is scalable and simple to use with an advanced modelling Infrastructure and enhanced reporting and analysis.
By: Wayne Heather (Senior Principal, EPM Market Development, Business Analytics Product Group at Oracle)
Hosted by: Oracle

15.15 - 16.00 Continuous Accounting for modern finance
Finance professionals are frequently confronted with the dilemma of how they can improve the time-consuming, period-end accounting process, while management simultaneously expresses a need for real-time, actionable intelligence. Josh May (formerly Financial Controller at Camelot UK) has been there and discovered that Continuous Accounting is necessary in today's modern finance organisations. But how do you transform your legacy record-to-report processes to Continuous Accounting? The key is the smart use of technology. Josh will explain the basics, share his experience and help you take the next step using real examples of how Continuous Accounting works.
By: Josh May (Senior Solutions Consultant & Product Manager at BlackLine)
Hosted by: BlackLine