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December 3 - 6, 2018
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Austin, TX

Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, December 3, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOP A & B AND MORNING NETWORKING BREAKFAST

All conference attendees must pre-register for one (1) of the two (2) concurrent Workshops. Workshop registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. If you do not pre-register for your Workshops, we’ll have to assign seating based upon demand and availability.

RPA 101 WORKSHOPS

8:30 am - 10:15 am WORKSHOP A: IA NEWBIE & REFRESHER BOOTCAMP
Brad DeMent - Partner, ScottMadden
If you’re new to IA, or need a refresher course, then this IA Boot Camp is a must attend session for you!

In this IA Boot Camp, we will examine the vital questions that need to be answered with respect to what’s involved in establishing an intelligent automation program, including: the benefits it can provide to a variety of industries and corporate functional departments, the roadblocks to its success and its potential to add value to your business.

By attending this workshop, you will:
  • Learn about intelligent automation’s current and ever-evolving capabilities and what it can offer in the years to come
  • Better understand which processes can utilize these technologies and how are they different from other automation management tools 
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Brad DeMent

Partner
ScottMadden

IA 501 WORKSHOPS

8:30 am - 10:15 am WORKSHOP B: ESTABLISHING & MAINTAINING A BEST IN CLASS INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION COE
Craig Ackerman - Global Head, RPA, Chazey Partners
Phil Searle - Founder & CEO, Chazey Partners
Is your organization evaluating the need to establish a CoE for your IA program, and/or would like to increase its effectiveness? If so, then this dep dive CoE session is a perfect way to learn more about how to do just that.

We will discuss:
  • Various CoE models, such as: hybrid, functional, etc.
  • How to establish (or enhance) an effective governance and centralized structure to support your organization’s intelligent automation CoE initiatives
  • Effective CoE and governance process models
  • Risk, Controls & Audits
  • Chargeback models and would they work for your CoE
  • Methods to successfully develop and manage effective change management initiatives - and effective PR, marketing, and communication plans
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Craig Ackerman

Global Head, RPA
Chazey Partners

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Phil Searle

Founder & CEO
Chazey Partners

10:15 am - 10:30 am REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOP C & D AND MORNING NETWORKING BREAK

All conference attendees must pre-register for one (1) of the two (2) concurrent Workshops. Workshop registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. If you do not pre-register for your Workshops, we’ll have to assign seating based upon demand and availability.

There has been a lot of chatter in the IA space concerning what should be included in an IA PoC an how long it should take to develop.

As you may have heard, developing an effective IA PoC isn’t as painful as it may seem at first and you can realistically complete the project in just a few short weeks versus months.

Increase your odds of stakeholder buy-in by attending this session and learning how to develop an effective PoC that warrants your stakeholders’ attention and approval.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Realistic project objectives and timelines
  • IA rollout infrastructure, cost, and licensing details that must be considered and included in your PoC
  • How to develop a clear-cut presentation of your IA goals, objectives, scope, and success criteria/KPIs so to speak in a language that can be easily understood by a variety of stakeholders
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Mark Davison

Global Partner, Robotic Process Automation & Cognitive
Information Services Group (ISG)

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Scott Furlong

Partner, Head of Business Advisory Services
Information Services Group (ISG)

IA 501 WORKSHOPS

10:30 am - 12:15 pm WORKSHOP D: RPA & COGNITIVE HYBRID MODELS – EXAMINE THE OPPORTUNITIES & FEASIBILITY
Ritesh Jain - Associate Vice President & Head of Automation, HCL Business Services
  • How to scale up your IA program to utilize RPA and cognitive technologies in conjunction with each other and obtain maximum benefit by doing so
  • Examine infrastructure requirements and which tasks are best suited for a hybrid IA program
  • Powerful business insights that can be derived from real-time analytics with a RPA/cognitive hybrid
  • How to best utilize cognitive with RPA on a functional and logistical level
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Ritesh Jain

Associate Vice President & Head of Automation
HCL Business Services

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOP E & F AND AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK

All conference attendees must pre-register for one (1) of the two (2) concurrent Workshops. Workshop registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. If you do not pre-register for your Workshops, we’ll have to assign seating based upon demand and availability.

RPA 101 WORKSHOPS

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm WORKSHOP E: TRIED & TESTED: IA PILOT PROGRAMS TO KNOCK THEIR SOCKS OFF!
Darin Munn - Automation Implementation Lead, Agilify
Kent Andrews - Principal, Automation Academy, Agilify
The potential of RPA and IA to unlock efficiencies and drive productivity into an organization are undeniable. However, before you run you need to learn to walk. An IA pilot program provides a way forward for decision-makers witha significant ROI for a modest investment, short time frames, and minimal operational exposure. But you have to get it right – so you can prove to the bosses it can and should be done elsewhere within your organization and quite successful.

In this Workshop, we will cover such topics as:
  • What you need to know to launch and complete a successful IA pilot program
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges of your automation candidates for your IA pilot program
  • Develop a roadmap with a supporting business case showcasing the value of your pilot program
  • Identify and prioritize processes beyond the pilot program that are ripe for intelligent automation to ensure maximum success
  • Measuring your automation program beyond the typical program measurements. Total Automation Program Yield
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Darin Munn

Automation Implementation Lead
Agilify

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Kent Andrews

Principal, Automation Academy
Agilify

IA 501 WORKSHOPS

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm WORKSHOP F: PROCESS MINING TO INCREASE SPEED, SMARTS & EFFICIENCY
Christoph Grossbaier - Head of Process Mining for RPA, Celonis
Process mining is a family of techniques in the field of process management that support the analysis of business processes based on event logs. Process mining aims to improve process efficiency and understanding of processes. Process mining is also known as Automated Business Process Discovery (ABPD).

In this deep-dive Workshop, we will discuss:
  • How to utilized process mining as a first step on the path to Automation
  • Leveraging the transparency process mining offers
  • Principles to analyze a wide variety of process landscapes to help build more complete bots and change the mix of skills in their Shared Services Centers
  • Functional areas that can benefit from Process Mining, such as: Order-to- Cash, Purchase-to-Pay, and alike – enabling said processes to be faster, smarter and more efficient


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Christoph Grossbaier

Head of Process Mining for RPA
Celonis

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOP G & AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm WORKSHOP G: TRANSFORMING FINANCE OPERATIONS WITH IA TECHNOLOGIES

Jamie Thomas - Senior Robotics Solution Specialist, Redwood
Accountants wear many hats. They are responsible not only for financial reporting but also for data validation, controls monitoring and analytics. As new disruptive technologies evolve and the focus shifts towards data analytics and better risk management, it is imperative that finance organizations transform themselves to meet the growing challenges.

In this session, we will explore:
  • How do “Finance Focused” bots help organizations not only eliminate manual efforts but also enhance controls, transparency and governance?
  • What is the way forward? How are organizations accelerating bot deployment while addressing governance and control issues related to intelligent automation – and what roles does IT play in the digital transformation?
  • And much more!
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Jamie Thomas

Senior Robotics Solution Specialist
Redwood

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm WORKSHOP H: HOW TO ENSURE FAIR COMPROMISES BETWEEN IA BUSINESS & IT LEADERS CONSIDERING THEIR VARYING AGENDAS & PERSPECTIVES

Narain Jayasekaran - Global Digital Transformation Leader - Finance Transformation, Mars Inc.
Topics of discussion will include, yet will not be limited to:
  • Forming strategic alliances with your various IT departments (and business departments)
  • Better understand what your IT departments need from you and what you need from them – and how to best communicate said information in a manner all parties can understand, appreciate, and deliver on
  • Ensuring they will indeed remain an integral player in your organization’s small & big picture future

Narain Jayasekaran

Global Digital Transformation Leader - Finance Transformation
Mars Inc.

5:15 pm - 5:20 pm CLOSE OF PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DAY

5:20 pm - 6:45 pm EXHIBIT HALL PREVIEW & CHAMPAGNE TOAST

Join us in the Expo Hall for a sneak peak of the IA solution providers’ booths and toast to a great event!

6:45 pm - 6:45 pm EVENING SOCIAL GATHERING

Enjoy a night out in the live music capital of the world and join us at the Dogwood!