outthink financial performance.

Accelerate performance and profitability

Are you able to operate with agility while quickly delivering business foresight?

More and more, Finance Leaders are being seen as trusted advisors, influencing corporate strategy and decision-making. They are aligned with business leaders in addressing the challenges posed by industry convergence and the potential impact of new technologies. These challenges will require Finance Leaders to automate and transform their performance management processes with the aid of analytics that enable speed and agility, delivering critical insight—in other words, cognitive analytics.

By attending outthink as a Finance Leader, you will learn how cognitive analytics help you:

  • Gain new insights into drivers of revenue, profit and cash flow from all types of data inside and outside your organization.
  • Quickly interpret data from financial and operational sources to identify potential new threats.
  • Translate insights from data into analyses, plans and forecasts to chart a path to improved business performance.


08:30 – 09:30am

Registration, Breakfast, Networking

09:30 – 10:30am

  • Main Tent - Keynote: Where digital intelligence meets digital business

    What is cognitive business? Why is it important to your organization? What’s possible today? This session will introduce cognitive business and showcase some of the ways that early adopters are applying cognitive technologies to grow their business.

    During this keynote, we’ll explore the “dark data” of our companies, our customers and even our employees. Together we'll look at ways we can “outthink”; how we can learn, reason and make decisions in more creative and insightful ways. And we’ll share stories and visions of how each of us can experience and leverage cognitive computing to help us address our business needs and enhance our curiosity...both corporately and individually.

  • Speaker: Louis Richardson, IBM Storyteller & Enthusiast

    Louis serves as an IBM Storyteller & Enthusiast covering Social Smarter Work topics. In his worldwide role, he has the opportunity to meet with executives and business leaders who are interested in growing their business by changing the culture in their organizations to be more open, engaged, creative and transparent. While these topics can be complex, as a passionate practitioner Louis uses his conversational and storytelling approach to communicate "why" this is critical for today's businesses. He is a frequently requested speaker and enjoys sharing his experiences and observations in conferences, workshops and through social media.

  • Speaker: Jason Kelley, Vice President & Partner, Solutions & Design

    Jason Kelley provides global leadership for the solutions, design, and innovation business in IBM’s Global Business Services. He is responsible for working with enterprise clients to ensure IBM brings high valued business innovation that differentiate them from their competitors. His teams bring endless energy, creativity, and client focused outcomes for IBM clients around the world. Shaping, developing, and delivering unique business capability with the marriage of analytics, automation/robotics, Watson, and cloud technologies Mr. Kelley brings together the best of one IBM team.

10:30 – 10:45am


10:45am – 12:15pm

  • Finance Track: Transform Finance, Manage Risk & Optimize Performance

    Digital disruption is happening but many Finance executives are not ideally positioned to address an increasingly cognitive and digital world. They are challenged to respond to unprecedented increases in demand, volume, complexity and diversity of data. Finance often struggles to meet current enterprise demands for information, but in the Cognitive Era, the expectations to be pre-emptive and predictive will rise dramatically. Learn how you can prepare your organization for the Cognitive Era by applying smart, dynamic analytic approaches to budgeting, forecasting, planning and staffing in this new analytics-rich, digital world.

  • Speaker: Rob Britton, Associate Partner, Strategy and Transformation Global Center of Competency, IBM Global Business Services

    Rob Britton is an Associate Partner within the Strategy and Transformation Global Center of Competency practice in IBM Global Business Services. He has over twenty-five years of consulting and business experience. Rob’s consulting experience has focused on large-scale global business transformation with an emphasis on the Finance Operating Model, shared services, global finance and enterprise performance management and enterprise cost reduction across the full life cycle development: current state analysis, vision development, detailed design and implementation.

    Prior to joining IBM, Rob was Senior Manager with Ernst & Young within the Finance Transformation Practice. In addition, he led sales activities and project teams focused on current state assessment, future state design and implementation.

  • Finance Track: Putting it into practice

    How healthy is the financial state of your business? Where is growth going to come from? Which customers, products and sales channels are profitable? Are you able to operate with agility while quickly delivering business foresight?

    Explore how forward-thinking IBM customers are applying the science of analytics to transform their Finance practice through an interactive session where you can network with your peers, ask questions and get insights on how cognitive solutions can help you accelerate performance and profitability.

  • Speaker: Jim Collins, Performance Management Strategy Executive, IBM

    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.

12:15 – 12:30pm


12:30 – 1:00pm

Main Tent: Take-Aways & Next Steps, Close

By attending this session you can earn up to 3 CPE credits in the field of study Finance. This is a live group event, basic/intermediate level. No prerequisites or prior preparation required. Because this program is being offered free of charge no refunds will be issued.

IBM Finance is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

April 11, 2016 New York City, NY
June 23, 2016 Toronto, ON
September 28, 2016 Los Angeles, CA

More cities to be announced shortly

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For questions or more information, please contact: outthink@us.ibm.com

For IBM Business Partner related questions, please contact Patrick Barr at barrp@us.ibm.com