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CFO Dimensions Conference August 21-22, 2013 at the Marquis Hotel, New York

This is a not to be missed event!  SAP are proud to be the diamond sponsor this year and the theme of the conference is Strategic Leadership in Finance. For more information regarding the event you can find it  here: There are going to be 300 financial executives attending this conference to give you an idea of some of the titles of registrations attending this conference are: CFOs, Chief Risk Officers, VPs of Finance, Finance Director, Chief Controller, Corporate Controller, Financial Controller, Financial Accounting Manager/Director , Financial Consolidation Manager, Audit / Risk / Compliance Manager, VP of Internal Audit, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officers.

SAP has free passes to offer their customers who would like to attend this conference. Please contact Sarah Shackley on 215-873-6062 or email

Conference Overview:

CFO Dimensions is sure to be one of the most important gatherings of corporate finance executives this  year, featuring:

  • A robust agenda on topics that are top-of-mind for corporate finance executives. For more information on click here for the agenda
  • A keynote and panel hosted by CFO luminaries
  • The opportunity to network with hundreds of peers
  • An exhibit hall showcasing leading product and service solutions

This year’s conference will focus in on some of the toughest challenges you face on a daily basis, delivering insights and best practices for: 

  • Emerging management and leadership strategies
  • Governance, risk, and compliance
  • New finance technologies
  • Capital, debt, and cash strategies


There will be 2 workshops taking place on August 21 that SAP are sponsoring:

Best in Class Finance Transformation – Best Practices for the Finance Function – 2 PM to 3:30 PM and 3:45 to 5:15 PM

The CFO’s role is evolving from reporting and controlling to being a strategic advisor and supporter to the executive team and the line management functions. Now the responsibility has grown to deliver and generate value for investors and other key stakeholders. Best in class finance functions develop capabilities in the multiple components of enterprise performance management (EPM). Key components include:

  1. 1. Strategic planning and execution (strategy map, balanced scorecard)
  2. 2. Cost visibility and driver behavior (with activity-based costing principles)
  3. 3. Customer intelligence (including customer profitability analysis)
  4. 4. Forecasting, planning, and predictive analytics (rolling financial forecasts)
  5. 5. Enterprise risk management (ERM)
  6. 6. Process productivity improvement (lean and Six Sigma)

During this workshop attendees will learn what capabilities are needed to have a best in class finance function.

Workshop Take-Aways:

• Understanding of an effective EPM framework for the Finance Function to support.

• Awareness of the optimal organizational structure and talent management

• Learn on how to leverage technology to enhance and improve

During the conference on August 22, SAP have 4 break-out  speaker sessions being as follows:

Below are the abstracts that have been defined for the SAP Break-out sessions, some speakers are still be confirmed

SAP Cloud Session
Rules for (Financial) Revolutionaries – Planning for, and understanding the impact of the cloud on your Financial Technology
No department in your organization is more dependent on the integration best-of-breed solutions, complex workflows and in many cases homegrown technologies, than the Finance department. At the same time no other function stands to benefit as much by embracing next generation technologies. Emerging cloud technologies not only pose a significant acquisition, deployment and operations costs reduction, they also enable the finance function to scale the investments made within the enterprise-wide competitive tools such as data analytics and mobility. This session will explore how Finance Executives are exercising discipline and rigor to strike the right balance between existing and emerging technologies within their Finance functions.

Treasury/Ariba Session

The Working Capital Success Guide – Leveraging Technology to Dramatically Shorten the Cash Conversion Cycle & increase return on cash
Ongoing global economic volatility and restricted banking liquidity have put companies in a vice—the need for sufficient and reliable working capital has never been greater, but the cost to ensure it is growing all the time.  As a result, board level executives are more focused on the treasury and working capital management functions than ever before.  CFO’s and Treasurers are scrambling to improve the timeliness and accuracy of their business information in order to more proactively pinpoint risks and potential shortfalls that could knock them out of business, and to successfully identify safe opportunities for investment income when surpluses are found.  These executives are taking active steps to improve their working capital metrics and short term liquidity performance, and to minimize their risks throughout this historically unprecedented era of low interest rates and restricted banking liquidity. In this session, you will hear from Finance Executives who have been able to leverage technology to deliver enhanced visibility to their true cash position, and take better control over the complex processes associated with managing payments, collections, cash, liquidity, and risk.

GRC Session:

Strategic Risk Management as a CFO: Creating a Competitive Advantage in a Rapid Changing Risk Environment

Companies are responding to regulators and business imperatives to improve their risk management practices. Risk management is increasingly aligned with business strategy and performance as well as capital allocation. Leading practitioners are seeking insight and value from risk management and are using risk management to focus audit and compliance activities. Technology plays a role in risk management by providing collaborative tools, cross enterprise monitoring and in driving consistency in reporting. Discover how companies are implementing risk management, how risk management is adding value and driving performance across a number of objectives, and how technology is enabling best practices.

EPM Session:

Transforming your Business through Intelligent and Accessible Reporting
Companies have access to more and more data, and as such are challenged in leveraging the data to identify areas of operation that impact company performance, and creating metrics that allow them to effectively manage these areas of operation. Learn how companies are identifying the factors that drive financial results and leveraging technology to create metrics and scorecards that offer the information necessary to effectively monitor and manage key business drivers.

Exhibiting at the CFO Dimensions Conference

SAP will also be hosting a booth and be the main sponsor for the networking lunch. 

Looking for CFO Awards Nominees:

Awards program
The 2013 CFO Dimensions Awards for Excellence honor the accomplishments, innovations, and contributions of CFOs and their organizations in four award categories, including CFO of the Year and Visionary Finance Leader.  Please visit the CFO Dimensions 2013 Awards for Excellence page to learn more what the categories are and nominate your colleagues. Please contact Sarah Shackley on 215-873-6062 or email for information or to nominate your CFO.

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