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IBM Finance Forum 2013
Columbus − Monday, March 11


Steve Player Steve Player

Director, BBRT North America
Managing Director, Beyond EPS Advisors

The Player Group

Steve Player serves as the North America Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) and works with BBRT member companies to implement continuous planning processes.

He has over 30 years experience with improving performance management and implementing strategic planning processes. He is also the Managing Director of Beyond EPS Advisors, a Business consulting firm, and founder of ABM SMART. He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. He writes the “Finance Transformation” column for Business Finance Magazine featuring CFO interviews from leading organizations on innovative finance and planning processes

Bryan Ball Bryan Ball

Vice President, Principal Analyst

Aberdeen Group

Bryan Ball is the vice president and principal analyst for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain and Supplier Management research practice, responsible for developing Aberdeen's research coverage within the practice and delivering findings via published works, speaking engagements, on-line events and media interaction.

With over 30 years of supply chain, operations and materials management experience acquired across multiple product lines and serving several markets, including retail, wholesale, commercial, OEM and private brand customers, Ball brings a high level of knowledge and insight on the challenges and opportunities facing supply chain practitioners worldwide.

Ball’s career encompasses a range of experience areas including system implementations, startup operations, consolidations, and outsourcing, all while delivering value in the form of cost reductions, improved inventory turns and enhanced efficiencies attained through process improvements. His professional accomplishments cover a wide range of disciplines including sales and operations planning, risk mitigation, strategic sourcing, product sourcing, change management, purchasing management, cost reduction, and lean manufacturing.

Jim Collins Jim Collins

Performance Management Strategy Executive - Business Analytics


Jim is a Performance Management Strategy Executive within the Business Analytics Group at IBM. He works closely with the Sales and Solutions delivery teams to ensure that IBM’s Performance Management (PM) solutions are best aligned to address enterprise or industry-specific business issues and challenges, as expressed by the Finance and Management Executives at our clients.

Jim has over 35 years of Financial Management experience including holding the positions of CFO and Controller. He has a wide background in various industries including Telecom, Semiconductors, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Import/Export, Ethical Pharmaceuticals and Electronics. Jim has been in the seats of our customers and prospects and adds valuable insight to best practices and successful processes to aid in the design and implementation/integration of IBM solutions.

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