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Agenda & Themes

MAY 19

Time zone EEST

09:00

Welcome & Introduction

THEME 1.  The New Economy and Financial Strategies - beyond the crises

Learn how to strategically manage your operations for maximal success. Data and technology have changed the implications of the word optimization. When everything can be measured and most things can be automated, the benchmark for improvement is continually adjusting upwards.

 

As the world is leaving offices behind with mandatory remote working – are we pushing back into a decentralized model?  As many organizations had the structures in place to support remote working, while keeping the central structure we have probably not shift back in time. But what opportunities have opened up in the last 12 months, that could you never have done culturally, structurally or digitally had the world not been forced to adapt? 

That triggers the question if your current strategy is a crises fix or a long-term solution - “what areas of a finance organization will require a continued physical central presence, versus what areas can be done by virtual teams from all across the world?”

THE CEO EXPECTATION ON CFOs

Risto Murto, President and CEO, Varma

  • The next role of the Finance function?

  • CFOs as strategic multifunctional leaders

  • CFO as Deputy CEO

 

EMBRACE CHANGE AND DRIVE INNOVATION: IS YOUR CURRENT STRATEGY A CRISIS MANAGEMENT FIX OR A LONG-TERM SOLUTION?

  • What has really changed in our day-to-day roles?

  • What opportunities have opened up in the last 12 months, that could you never have done culturally, structurally or digitally had the world not been forced to adapt? 

  • Economy, Talent, Cyber or Something Else: Where do our greatest future risks lie and how prepared are we for them?

 

THE FUTURE OF FINANCE IS NOW

  • Finance teams have gone from backward to forward looking. In doing so it is important to know the business.

  • Many face new demands to address risks & compliance, the war for talent and to reshape business models

  • Drive agility in planning & forecasting and streamline the financial close

 

PANEL |  THE DNA OF THE MODERN CFO 

Peter Nyman

Ilkka Hara, CFO, KONE

Petri Härkönen, CFO, PONSSE

Martti Nurminen, CFO, BASWARE

 

 

The impact of near-in decisions on long-term results and vice versa

As the world are leaving offices behind, your finance team could potentially be built up regardless where they live. Is there a war for new talent out there and how should this opportunity be seen?

Leading turnarounds and challenging times. The CFO always have always played a key role, but how has mandate changed or will change in the coming years

What possibilities did the crises arise in your finance teams and how have you redirected your operations

What main barriers or risks do you still foreseen being on the rise and how should those be tackled, before rolling out global expansion full scale

 

 

THEME 2. CFOs driving Business Growth – do more, be more!

The CFO’s have been critical players navigating the crises and the cascading changes have required leading more enterprise wide and from the front. CFO’s now must be forward looking, nimble, compassionate, set the moral tone and produce results. With them, the entire finance and procurement organisation turned into a strategic enabler and partner for business units. This shift resulted in some key-changes, not in the least in terms of team-composition and required skills.

 

 

 

HOW DO YOU TURN FINANCE INTO A BUSINESS PERFORMANCE ENGINE

Enzo Tolino, VP Finance EMEA, Oracle

  • Learnings and benefits when transforming a 40B€ company

  • When are we able to reach our goal of 1 day close?

  • How should bigger challenges like legacy processes, technological limitations and talent be addressed?


FUTURE OF WORK: ARVONLUONNIN MUUTOS JA TYÖN UUDELLEENORGANISOIMINEN

Eric Coker, Liiketoimintajohtaja, Accountor

  • Aligning your remote talent strategy with the business

  • Investing in your people to enhance performance, create future leaders and promote organisational growth

  • How do we provide our people with the right training and resources, whilst adapting to a rapidly changing external business environment and to the internal demands made of the finance function?

 

MANAGING UP: BOARDS, INVESTORS AND PARTNERS

Heli Iisakka, CFO, Board member, Colliers International Finland

  • How to work well and influence those with whom you have no direct authority?

  • Setting appropriate expectations, ensuring useful communication and delivering timely and informative analyzes

  • How do you keep your stakeholders informed and engaged, minimize surprises and ensure support through the inevitable highs and lows of the business cycle?

LEADING FINANCE BEYOND THE CRISES

  • Helping the Commercial Teams succeed. Being an insightful partner

  • Strengthen your balance sheet & Access to Capital

  • Cash Management & Optimize working capital, Capital Allocation

 

 

 

THEME 3. Financial trends, innovation and digital transformation

Leveraging the cloud, AI, automation, digitization, block-chain and centralizing data are just the surface for working faster and smarter. How has digitalization changed the expectations on finance? Will there be a ‘new normal’ or was it just business as unusal? What have we learned from the last 12 months? Have we identified areas in which technology can ensure our business continuity? Did we adopt technology purely to overcome this pandemic, or will there still be business value beyond the crisis? How do we enable these tools to not only improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale.

 

 

The CFO perspective

HARNESSING THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY, AUTOMATION, AI and ROBOTICS 

Anton Westermarck, CFO & CIO, Alko

  • What would be rational to expect from analytics, AI and intelligent automation? Why does data culture matter in finance?

  • How do we enable these tools to not only manage and improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale

  • Just a bit more “Better, Faster and Cheaper” or something truly new? What are the dangers involved?

 

 

TACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE STRATEGIC CFO: HOW EDGE AND AUTOMATION HELPS ACQUIRE NEW INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND GENERATE BUSINESS GROWTH

  • How could analytics help us to identify drivers of data variance or draw insights we might have missed

  • Embedding analytics into processes and leveraging machine learning

  • Leveraging analytics to extend FP&A

  • Enabling analytics to not only manage and improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale

 

CASE

MACHINE LEARNING AND PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS ROLE IN FINANCIAL PLANNING

Nicholas Cox, Director of Product Marketing EMEA at OneStream Software

  • Innovate with a unified platform to drive performance management

  • Forecasting and other processes related to Performance Management?

  • Take your Management Reporting to the next level!

KEYNOTE:  NAVIGATING THE NEW ECONOMY

  • Boosting an organisation’s resilience amidst shifting economical and political conditions. Survival of the fittest

  • Taking on complex business environments with a solid risk management strategy. Leading with Agility

  • Harnessing the power of technology, automation, AI and robotics to positively disrupt the finance function. Pushing Limits

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End of day & Q&A