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Oracle Cloud Virtual Summit
Boost Your Agility with Connected Planning

28 October, 2021 | 9 a.m. BST / 10 a.m. CEST / 12 p.m. GST

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 28 October 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.


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Welcome and introduction

Wayne Heather and Gustavo Amorim welcome the audience and discuss the importance of cross-enterprise connected planning and the opportunity to drive better business outcomes through collaborative planning across finance, human resources, and other lines of business.

Throughout the summit, Wayne Heather and Gustavo Amorim will discuss best practices on how Oracle customers leverage cloud technologies to capitalize on the opportunities brought about by the acceleration of the digital economy.

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 to drive better business outcomes.

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

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.

Closing and Q&A

Oracle EPM product experts will answer questions from the audience via the Zoom Q&A function.

Featured speakers

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.

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.

Wayne Heather
Wayne Heather Executive Director EPM Product Marketing, Oracle

Wayne has over 20 years’ experience in Enterprise Performance Management, helping customers solve complex problems in the office of finance. Having worked in technology for IBM and Oracle, he has helped many customers with their transformation journeys in the office of Finance and lines of business. As Executive Director of EPM Product Marketing for Oracle, Wayne continues to meet with customers to help them on their journey to gaining value in their organizations with EPM and how they should think about transformational technologies in finance. Wayne speaks at events and conferences and writes thought leadership articles related to the benefit of technology in finance.

Gustavo Cyrillo Amorim
Gustavo Cyrillo Amorim VP Marketing ERP EMEA, Oracle

Gustavo Amorim is vice president at Oracle, responsible for marketing strategies and plans for ERP, EPM and SCM solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

With more than 15 years in the enterprise software industry, Gustavo Amorim is passionate on how technology enables transformation and empowers organizations and human beings in achieving great outcomes and in shaping the future of business. He is now very dedicated in helping Oracle´s customers realize the full potential of cloud applications in managing financial, operations and supply chain processes, leveraging intelligent technologies. Gustavo holds a MBA in Marketing from St. John´s University.

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

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