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Call for Speakers is now open!

We're looking for finance, risk, and incentive compensation professionals like you! Join us at Vision 2013 and share your knowledge, insight and experience with hundreds of other professionals by presenting a case study about how you use IBM solutions in your organization.

As a speaker, you can join a stellar roster of professionals, partners and product experts from a wide range of industries. You can share your story and describe how your investments in IBM technology help you drive profitable growth, manage risk and optimize performance in today’s volatile economy.

By presenting a one-hour session at this prestigious conference, you can:

Join us as a presenter at Vision 2013 and share your knowledge and experience with peers and fellow professionals. The speaker submission deadline is January 25, 2013. We hope you’ll participate!

*All speakers are subject to legal approval prior to receiving a complimentary conference registration.

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Below are key details for presenters and recommendations to help you craft a compelling session proposal.

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Session Information
Your session proposal should fit one of these conference tracks:

Speaker Requirements

Sessions are one hour long. If selected as a speaker, you will be required to deliver a session abstract and a full presentation with slides. All speakers will participate in a thorough editorial and review process.

Selected abstracts and company/speaker names will appear on the conference website, in the printed onsite conference guide, and in promotional materials. By submitting a proposal, you agree that your abstract and name can be used in this way.

As the submitter of a session, you are responsible to secure all necessary approvals for the content, speakers and budget (including travel) associated with this session prior to submission.

Customer speakers who are selected to deliver one or more educational sessions at the conference may receive complimentary conference registration valued at USD $1,595. Conference registration entitles admission to all conference meals, education sessions, Demo Lounge, networking events and programs from Monday evening through Wednesday. No other travel or living expense entitlements will be offered by the conference organization. Only one customer speaker per session qualifies.

Customer speakers employed by Government Owned Entities may qualify for complimentary conference registration if IBM determines, after legal review of applicable laws, that it may be offered. Once legal review is complete, the conference organization will inform the speaker of the entitlement status and any documentation that may be required.


*All speakers are subject to legal approval prior to receiving a complimentary conference registration.


Writing Your Session Abstract

Session abstract length and format

Tips for writing a winning session abstract

Sample Session Abstracts from Past Conferences

IBM Cognos FSR - What's in the Labs

Whether you are an experienced IBM Cognos Financial Statement Reporting (FSR) user, or just thinking about purchasing Cognos FSR for your organization, you should attend this session. An in-the-lab product demo will be provided, covering topics including security, workflow, object management, a new navigation pane, the user interface, data source management, caching and architecture. Account reconciliation is a key business control for ensuring the accuracy of reported financial statements, but this process is often labor intensive and always time sensitive. Attend this session to hear ideas for streamlining and centralizing the process to increase the speed of the close and increase confidence in your reported numbers.

Best Practice Design and Deployment for IBM Cognos TM1 Websheets

IBM Cognos TM1 Websheets provide interactive, web-based access to Cognos TM1 databases. In this session, designed for application authors and administrators, you will learn how business users can use Microsoft Excel logic, layout, and formatting, together with Cognos TM1 database formulas to design custom data input forms, what-if analysis models, and highly formatted reports. This session will also review best practice design and deployment techniques for creating streamlined Websheet applications that can easily scale for large numbers of users.

IBM Cognos FSR for SEC XBRL Mandate Compliance

This session discusses how a major energy company uses the collaborative environment of IBM Cognos Financial Statement Reporting (FSR) to enable the seamless production of external financial documents. The presentation will examine how the company has reduced financial process risk and improved overall efficiency by reducing non-value-added activities through the seamless integration of data. You’ll also hear how the company uses the control features and the integrated XBRL tagging and filing capabilities of Cognos FSR.

Delivering Stronger Business Insight through a CFO Dashboard

Learn how the IBM Smarter Analytics Signature Solution–CFO performance insight–helps finance executives drive better decision-making through stronger business insight. Built on IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM Cognos TM1 and IBM SPSS Modeler, this solution helps anticipate performance gaps between forecasts, targets and actuals for important financial management, revenue, expense and capital management KPIs in an executive dashboard format. This session shows you how a proprietary lead-lag causal model developed by the IBM Watson Research Center uncovers relationships between drivers and KPIs to guide root cause analysis. You’ll also see how integrated what-if analysis helps you assess the impact of alternative forecast assumptions.


Track Descriptions and Hot Topics

Session proposals should fit one of the following conference tracks. Hot Topics for each track are offered only as suggestions, to help you craft a compelling session proposal.

Financial and Operational Performance Management

This track demonstrates how organizations can establish a dynamic, reliable performance management system to help anticipate performance gaps, assess alternatives and enable effective decision making. Learn how finance teams are using IBM Business Analytics solutions to improve their performance reporting and scorecarding, planning, analysis and forecasting, profitability modeling and optimization. Hear from leading companies and IBM subject matter experts how to apply advanced technology and best practices to drive stronger business insight through analytics.

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Sales Performance Management

Sales performance management (SPM) and incentive compensation management (ICM) solutions deliver insight for finance, sales, human resources, and IT line-of-business users. This track will showcase the technology that can help you streamline your SPM/ICM processes to increase operational efficiencies, reduce risk, administer compensation plans, drive desired sales behaviors, and align sales strategy with sales compensation programs. In addition, thought leaders, partners and customers will share informative insights about the constantly changing SPM/ICM market.

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Financial Governance and Disclosure Management

Discover how IBM disclosure management solutions can automate manual processes – from collecting data via emails from across the enterprise, to time-consuming data updates of numerous reports, to merging spreadsheets and narratives together for publishing. These sessions will also explore new ways to converge business intelligence (BI) data with corporate performance management (CPM) reports and narrative for faster, more accurate analysis. Learn how integrated IBM performance management solutions enable you to accelerate the financial close and consolidation processes while ensuring timely and accurate regulatory filings, global statutory and tax reports, and compliance with global XBRL filing requirements.

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Sell-side Risk Management

Sell-side institutions – those involved in the selling of financial instruments, including banks and financial market firms – face evolving global markets and a more stringent regulatory landscape. Sessions in this track will draw on experience with clients from around the world in achieving an integrated risk management environment that facilitates strategic planning and regulatory compliance while providing greater returns through risk-aware decisions, comprehensive counterparty management and real-time pricing.

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Buy-side Risk Management

Buy-side institutions – those involved in the purchase of financial instruments for clients or for their own accounts, including insurers, pension funds, asset managers, hedge funds, wealth managers and asset services – are now more interconnected than ever. Two key factors have combined to bring this about – the tide of new regulation and the low-yield market environment. Sessions in this track will focus on how to use IBM risk analytics to manage higher risk investments, achieve regulatory readiness, provide greater transparency and enable more risk-aware decisions.

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Cross-industry Risk Management

As corporate risk management and compliance strategies continue to mature, organizations that adopt tightly integrated risk management strategies can greatly increase their business performance while reducing losses and protecting investors and the corporate brand. In this track, attendees will learn how organizations can gain a holistic view of risk and embed risk management and governance into the corporate culture, making business processes more effective while providing senior management with the assurance that top-line and bottom-line performance goals are being met, legal requirements are being adhered to, and brand equity is protected.

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Operational Risk Management

Managing the multitude of risks that can affect business performance is one of the most significant challenges facing global organizations today. Uncertain times and a volatile economic climate continue to add to the internal and external challenges that threaten corporate well-being. These challenges include internal and external fraud, employee errors, damage to physical assets by natural or man-made causes, systems failures, and more. Sessions in this track will demonstrate how operational risk management software arms decision makers with tools to fully understand and interpret valuable business data pertaining to internal systems and processes and other key metrics that affect organizational value and growth.

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