Know your sessions: getting the best out of AFP

By Kyriba October 21, 2013

The list of sessions at AFP is almost endless, and can seem rather daunting at first glance. In my experience, it’s best to go with a specific plan in mind, and focus on a few key areas where you feel you would benefit most. Given the huge number of sessions available, I have selected sessions by the topics that I am most interested in.  My four topics, in no particular order, are big data, standards, regulation, forecasting.

Topic: Big Data

With companies collecting ever increasing volumes of financial data, developing the tools and practices to harness the power of that data will be critical.  Should be very interesting to see how others in the industry are thinking about this topic.

– Beyond The Spreadsheet: Leveraging The Power Of Data Visualization In Finance (Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Lagoon DJ)

– Telling Compelling Stories With Numbers (Monday 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. South Seas Ballroom F)

– Big Data: Finding Your Firm’s Analytic Mojo (Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Lagoon KL)

Topic: Standards

I am always trying to staying on top of the constantly evolving world of treasury-related standards.  Effective global standards have the potential of greatly simplifying technology related projects, but the pace of adoption seems glacial sometimes.  Has eBAM made any progress recently?  What is the current state of ISO 20022?  I am looking forward to finding out.

– Adoption Of ISO 20022 Standards In The Global Payments Markets — What is the U.S. Doing? (Monday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. South Seas Ballroom AB)

– eBAM: A Journey To Account Management Efficiency (Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. South Seas Ballroom AB)

– Making The Most Of ISO 20022 Standards (Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Lagoon DJ)

Topic:  Regulation

Not the most exciting topic… but it is so incredibly important to understand how changing regulations effect your organization.

– Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Regulation Update (Monday:1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Lagoon DJ)

– Regulatory Changes And The Impact On International Payments (Monday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Surf DEF)

– Managing FBAR Requirements (Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. South Seas Ballroom J)

Topic:  Forecasting

This is one of the most popular session topics at AFP, because it is so difficult to do well.  It is always interesting to see how various organizations have tackled the process of forecasting.  I would recommend getting to these sessions early to make sure you get a seat.  At past conferences, similar sessions were almost always standing room only.

– Rolling Forecast Implementation: Seven Factors for Success (Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. South Seas Ballroom J)

– Achieving Excellence In Cash Flow Forecasting: Making A Good Process Great (Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Surf ABC)

– Integrating Liquidity Based Forecasting And The Capital Budget Forecast (Tuesday:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lagoon BH)

In between sessions, I will be at the Kyriba booth (#325). Feel free to stop by for a chat and a coffee.

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