(3/18/2014) Coupa INSPIRE ’14: Welcome to the New Age April 15-17 in San Francisco
The need for transformation is a high priority for many organizations and their Chief Procurement Officers. The challenge with transformation is that it can be as hard to define as it is to achieve. What procurement organizations are really looking for is something new: improved solutions, advanced methods, and most importantly, increased results. Finance and procurement professionals shouldn’t be any more willing to accept the status quo today than they were with the manual, paper-based, decentralized approaches of the past.
From April 15 - 17th, Coupa responds to the need for something new with their annual user conference: INSPIRE ’14 – Welcome to the New Age. Each one of their featured speakers has ushered in a new age in the organization they are a part of. From the public sector to private sector banking and manufacturing, and from around the globe, each of these speakers and their organizations saw the opportunity to make a change for the better and successfully executed their plans.
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VP, Global Procurement, Armstrong World Industries
In 2007, Armstrong World Industries – an international designer and manufacturer of floors and ceilings headquartered in Pennsylvania – emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganized and ready to be more competitive than ever before (Wikipedia). They had made changes to their cost structure through the optimization of plants and workforce. Three years later, Cooper joined the company as VP of Global Procurement, ready to extend corporate streamlining efforts into the supply chain.
María Margarita (Paca) Zuleta
General Director, Colombia Compra Eficiente
In 2011, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos created the Compra Eficiente, or public procurement agency. He recognized the need to support long-term procurement improvements through increased performance and transparency. In 2012, Paca was appointed the first General Director over the newly created agency. She has spent the last two years implementing an e-Procurement strategy to support the country’s objectives for public procurement.
Chief Information Officer, Silicon Valley Bank
Nine months ago, Beth Devin was hired by SVB to direct the company's global information technology initiatives. More specifically, the financial institution had high hopes for her team’s ability to take advantage of ‘disruptive financial tools’. (Press Release). Devin’s background, which includes time at startup companies as well as large, established firms, gives her an entrepreneurial perspective as well as an understanding of the complexities faced by large, world-class organizations.
The INSPIRE speakers list brings together familiar faces and new ones on the main stage with top Coupa executives. On Wednesday, Spend Matters’ Jason Busch takes center stage. Guest speaker Erik Wahl, an acclaimed graffiti artist and business author, will literally create something new while delivering his keynote, painting live on stage as he simultaneously motivates and energizes the audience to create new eras of their own.
The INSPIRE ’14 agenda combines all of the ingredients for change: training, panel discussions, partner presentations, and opportunities to get moving through organized daily runs and yoga sessions. Breakout sessions support the needs of procurement, accounts payable, and expense management professionals and accommodate different levels of experience and organizational maturity.
Founded in 2006, Coupa Software is the leading provider of cloud solutions for finance. More than 400 customers across 40 countries rely on Coupa to make their lives better and their companies more profitable. Coupa is the only organic suite of cloud applications for finance, including procurement, expense management and accounts payable that enables customers to launch the solution immediately and quickly realize significant savings. Learn more at: coupa.com or call +1 (650) 931-3200. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents or follow @Coupa on Twitter.