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Modernizing Expense Management: How to Save Time and Money

TripActions gathered responses from more than 2,000 finance and accounting leaders and uncovered this year’s challenges and priorities for those handling the world of expense management.

The survey identified the following three challenges: controlling budgets and ongoing expenses, reducing process inefficiencies and time to close the books, and improving the visibility of spend across the company.

You’ll learn:

– How finance teams can adopt modern technology for better budgeting, increased compliance, and improved visibility

– Ways to cut wasteful spend and maximize with every dollar

– Why tracking spend in real time so crucial for CFOs and finance leaders today


Speakers

Galen Grady
Director of Financial Operations and Support
TripActions
Doug Pullman
Vice President of Demand Generation
TripActions

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Memo to the CFO: A New Approach to Cost Savings

Inflation is top of mind for many right now and it’s a world many CFOs have not yet operated in. In this environment, businesses need to drive operational efficiencies, lower costs, and boost revenues.

How do finance leaders create an inflation action plan to manage costs and maintain the value of their business?

Join TripActions and Panzura CSO Judy Kopa for a discussion on driving cost savings and boosting employee productivity. You’ll learn:

• How to think about profitability vs. growth in today’s economy

• Ways to cut wasteful spend and be more efficient with every dollar

• How to use data to drive savings and plan for the future ahead


Speakers

Thomas Long
Senior Product Marketing Manager
TripActions
Judy Kopa
CFO/CSO/Board Advisor
Panzura

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SaaS Spend Management for the Modern CFO

Oct 19th, 2022 @3:00 pm

According to studies by Gartner, SaaS expenditure is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year for the next 4 years. What’s more, the modern hyper-growth company on average uses over 60 stakeholders to buy and renew 150 different SaaS tools, with multiple department heads acting as decision-makers in the procurement process. This makes the act of managing a growing SaaS expense within a budget a balancing act that requires the precision of a tightrope walk.

From monitoring SaaS spending, and eliminating unused licenses and shadow IT, to effectively managing contracts and compliance processes across various providers, there’s a lot to be done.
Join Siddharth Sridharan, co-founder and CEO, Spendflo, and Chris Ortega, CEO, Fresh FP&A as they dive deep into the challenges that come with purchasing SaaS tools today and share actionable insights on how modern CFOs can keep track of their growing SaaS sprawl.


Speakers

Siddharth Sridharan
Co-Founder & CEO
SpendFlo
Chris Ortega
CEO
Fresh FP&A

Finance

Strategies for Success: Overcoming Challenges Affecting SMB Companies Around Indirect Taxation

Oct 19th, 2022 @2:00 pm

As the world continues to recover from the global pandemic, increased complexity around indirect taxation poses greater challenges than ever for small and medium-sized businesses.

Greater audit scrutiny from tax authorities, rapidly changing commerce regulations, and the growing need for digital transformation have combined to create a new landscape of compliance hurdles for busy tax professionals.

Join our interactive virtual chat with leading industry experts from Vertex and BDO where you will learn:

– Common tax challenges and pitfalls facing SMB/MM businesses
– Importance of tax having a prominent seat at the digital transformation table
– Best practices for success throughout the tax lifecycle from discovery to implementation


Speakers

Larry Mellon
Tax Director, Chief Tax Office
Vertex
Chandra Wing
SALT Senior Manager
BDO
Joe Malloy
SALT Managing Director
BDO

Finance

Combating Inflation: 5 Cost-Savings Strategies

Oct 19th, 2022 @12:00 pm

Controlling costs has always been top of mind for company leaders, but it has become a larger focus in 2022.

Still, it’s important to maintain perspective. Inflation is just one factor when it comes to managing finances and it shouldn’t hinder the larger goal of growing your business.

What steps can you take to maximize the efficiency of business spend?

Join TripActions for a discussion on October 19. You’ll learn:
– How to incentive employees to spend less
– Ways to cut wasteful spend and be more efficient with every dollar
– How to leverage automation and modern technologies to boost productivity and drive growth”


Speakers

Austin Aboav
Sr. Product Marketing Manager
TripActions
Teddy Collins
VP of Corporate Finance
SeatGeek

Finance

How Trailblazing CFOs Thrive When Uncertainty Reigns

Oct 19th, 2022 @11:00 am

It comes as no surprise—CFOs who take a creative, nimble approach to operating their businesses will continue to thrive ahead of their more traditional counterparts, regardless of the disruptions thrown their way. But how do these trailblazing leaders ensure that their plans, budgets, and forecasts reflect the reality of today’s unpredictable landscape? And when uncertainty reigns, how can they set their team and the business up for success in the year ahead? In this session, we’ll hear finance leaders share how they are planning for success in FY23 by:
● Embracing technology and AI to drive decision-making
● Keeping their teams challenged, engaged and productive
● Collaborating across departments to accelerate growth


Speakers

Dan Fletcher
CFO
Planful
Grant Brooks
Director of Corporate Finance
FIGS

Finance

Managing Burn In a Bear Market

Aug 10th, 2022 @2:00 pm

Join Will Robins, Chief Operating Officer at Facta and Alex Song, Head of Finance at Ramp Financial on how to navigate the current and future economic climate. The topics that will be discussed are:
– How are companies currently spending their money? Link to article
– What do spending trends look like heading into the back half of 2022 and beyond?
– You have some benchmarking data and your own spending data. Now what? Link to article


Speakers

Will Robins
COO
Facta
Alex Song
Head of Finance and Capital Markets
Ramp

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Finance

Best Practices in Scaling Quote-to-Revenue for 10X Growth

Aug 10th, 2022 @1:00 pm

As SaaS subscriptions continue to evolve and become more dynamic, finance plays an ever-important role in supporting flexible deal structures while still ensuring accurate billing, timely revenue recognition, and compliance with new regulations. As your company grows, so too will the complexity of your quote-to-revenue operations.

Learn how your finance teams can best prepare for 10X growth in this fireside chat with our presenters who have firsthand experience running the systems and technology to support growth from $100M to $1B.

Our presenters will discuss how SaaS businesses in the post-subscription era must be agile to meet the needs of today’s customers. While this requires a different quote-to-revenue approach, having the systems to support such as strategy is paramount.

What you’ll learn:
• How to evaluate critical technology capabilities for finance teams
• What systems a business needs when growing from $10M to $100M to $1B
• Why a unified approach to quoting, billing, and revenue recognition is key to understanding the state of your business


Speakers

Prakash Raina
Co-Founder
Subskribe
Leslie Hui
VP, Accounting Ops and Transformation
Okta

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Finance

Key to CFOs’ Success: Transition to The Right Data, Process, People & Automation

Aug 10th, 2022 @12:00 pm

Building a finance growth engine is no easy feat. Choosing the right skill set of people to drive operational efficiency could be a silver bullet for success in the cash-driven economy. CFOs today need to equip their finance teams with the best-in-class tools, performance metrics, and a dynamic strategy to streamline finance functions. Accounts receivable processes is one area that plays a key role in determining the CFO office’s success or failure. An all-digital accounts receivable (AR) is essential for building agile finance teams and processes, and most CFO offices realize it now. Which also reflects in PYMNTS’ research, where 70% of businesses have plans to embrace technological solutions to improve their AR processes.  Join this session with HighRadius as we discuss how the digitization of finance functions can enable mid-market CFOs to improve operational efficiency, gain cash reserves, and reduce financial volatility. With a special focus on how intelligent automation tools can help CFO offices build a high-growth trajectory with a winning finance team to unlock working capital. What you’ll learn: • Why should modern CFO offices re-think the back-office manual operations • Why should mid-market CFOs prioritize plugging accounts receivable process gaps in 2022 and beyond • Role of automation as a catalyst to revamp data, process, and people to ensure accounts receivable success • Learn how top-performing organizations lowered Order-to-Cash process costs by 56% by leveraging automation solutions


Speakers

Sid Subramani
Senior Digital Transformation Principal
HighRadius

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Finance

How hybrid and remote work is a change agent for CFOs and spend management

Aug 10th, 2022 @11:00 am

The way finance teams operate and spend money has permanently changed since the pandemic. These new challenges call for CFOs to modernize their tech stack and overhaul their spend management workflow.


Speakers

Anna King
CFO
Mesh Payments
Ben Murray
Founder
TheSaaSCFO.com

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