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Oracle Cloud Virtual Summit
Boost Your Agility with Connected Planning

October 19, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. BRT

Oracle Cloud Virtual Summit: Connected Planning

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Connect. Align. Outperform.

When disruption is constant, the most valuable plans are ones that can be adjusted continuously. Connected planning enables you to change, refine, and refocus at all levels—improving your ability to adapt rapidly to changing business conditions. Oracle Cloud EPM applications use AI and machine learning to help the world’s largest companies build truly connected plans.

Join us on October 19 to discover how incorporating line-of-business information and prescriptive insights into your planning can synchronize operational and corporate goals, reduce delays in decision-making, and enable your company to become more agile.

Program highlights

Collaborative Planning in an Uncertain World
MIT Technology Review Insights published the research report Collaborative Planning in an Uncertain World in January 2021 in partnership with Oracle. Laurel Ruma, editorial director of MIT Technology Review Insights, will share findings revealing the importance of cross-enterprise, connected planning. She’ll discuss how collaborative planning across finance, human resources, and other lines of business provides the opportunity to drive better business outcomes.

Oracle Finance Focuses on the Future by Connecting Lines of Business
Oracle finance executives explain how the company uses Oracle Cloud EPM connected planning and embedded AI and ML tools to partner with various lines of business—moving from hindsight and insight toward focusing their attention on foresight.

Kraft Heinz Uses Oracle Cloud EPM to Improve Decision-Making
A globally trusted provider of high-quality foods, Kraft Heinz needed granular financial insights into each of its brands. Hear how Kraft Heinz relies on Oracle Cloud EPM to provide fast, detailed insights across its many lines of business to get unprecedented access to product-level profitability and cost management.

MTN Group Accelerates Growth with Connected Planning
As the leading mobile operator on the continent of Africa at the forefront of technological and digital changes, MTN Group’s rapid growth complicated its planning process. Learn how Oracle Cloud EPM helped the company boost its agility with new oversight and a single source of truth across 23 operating geographies.

Featured speakers

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor CEO, KET Solutions, LLC

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor is a global technology and finance leader with nearly 30 years of experience and career achievements. She is the CEO of KET Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm focused on business growth, innovation, strategy, transformation, and inclusive leadership, and adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon University’s CIO certificate program. She is also an independent board director for Mutual of Omaha, US Bancorp, and EverCommerce.

Kimberly is a sought-after keynote speaker and has received notable recognition for her expertise, including being named one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and CPA Practice Advisor’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting. She served as the 104th chairman of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), where she was the youngest person, fifth woman, and first person of color to serve as chairman in the organization’s 130-year history. And for almost 17 years, Kimberly served in global leadership roles for Oracle Corporation, where she advised C-suite executives on cloud solutions to help innovate and transform their businesses. Other professional achievements include tenure at Prince George’s County Government, KPMG, Motorola, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Ivgen Guner Executive Vice President, Global Business Finance, Oracle

Ivgen Guner joined Oracle in 1996 and is currently executive vice president of Global Business Finance. In her role, Ivgen is responsible for providing decision support to all business units, including strategic planning, financial analysis, business intelligence system management, and management reporting. She is the executive sponsor for the internal deployment of Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), which Oracle has been live on since December 2016.

Ivgen has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and executive management experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Oracle in 1996, Ivgen was with Unisys Corporation for 13 years. She was instrumental to and an integral part of the Burroughs/Sperry merger, which formed Unisys, while also holding various financial management roles.

Ivgen holds a Master of Science in accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and graduated from Ankara University, Turkey, with a Master of Science in agricultural engineering and food and fermentation technology.

Eric Mendez
Eric Mendez Director of Finance and Information Technology, Kraft Heinz

Eric Mendez is director of finance and IT at Kraft Heinz. In his role, Eric is responsible for leading the transformation of IT within the office of finance to enhance efficiencies—with support from cloud applications, data analytics, and advanced technologies. His recent successes include implementing global solutions that analyze (hundreds/thousands) of individual products to measure profitability as well as putting in place new methodologies for analyzing operating expenses across all global financial categories. Prior to Kraft Heinz, Eric was a senior consultant with Deloitte. Eric has a BBA in both finance and international business from Florida International University and recently completed the intensive Seth Godin altMBA workshop.

Laurel Ruma
Laurel Ruma Editorial Director, MIT Technology Review Insights

Laurel Ruma is the editorial director for MIT Technology Review in the US. She is also the host of the Business Lab podcast. Laurel was formerly the director of custom content at O’Reilly Media and brings more than 15 years of thought leadership and content strategy in the technology field.

Matt Stirrup
Matt Stirrup Senior Vice President, Head of FP&A, Oracle

Matt Stirrup joined Oracle in 2010 with the Sun Microsystems acquisition, where he worked since 2001. He is currently senior vice president within Oracle’s Global Business Finance team, with responsibilities for corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A), as well as the business finance lead for R&D and cloud operations. His responsibilities include management of the company’s forecasting, budgeting, and planning processes; the development and management of management performance reporting; and partnering with Oracle’s development and cloud operations teams.

As part of Oracle’s internal transformation to the cloud, Matt has managed the implementation and deployment of Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) for use in Oracle’s forecasting and planning processes, and he has used Oracle’s tools in the development and delivery of management reporting and business insight.

74% of corporate leaders expect connected enterprise planning to improve collaboration and decision-making.