We’ve designed our conference with every user in mind – from beginners to Vena experts. Take our courses, attend our breakout sessions, and network with other users and industry influencers to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Vena. Highlights include:

  • Optional training day available based on your level of experience with Vena
  • Up to 12 hours of eligible CPE credits
  • 2 dynamic keynote speaker sessions
  • One-on-one Power Hour with our product experts

Suggested guidelines to choose the right breakout sessions for you:

  • Learn & Discover Track – Ideal for new users or if you haven’t seen Vena in action.
    • Explore and master Vena’s key planning and reporting features in our Learn & Discover Track. We’ll teach you best practices, and introduce you to the innovations we’re developing to help you take Finance Process Management to the next level.
  • Product Track – Ready to dive deeper into Vena product features? This track is for you.
    • Our ongoing R&D investment is paving the way for a number of new and exciting product features. You’ll learn about them first-hand from Vena product experts, while gaining insights into applying our solutions to your unique business needs.
  • Customer Spotlight Track – Hear directly from other Vena customers on their specific use cases.
    • This is your opportunity to network with and hear directly from other Vena customers. Find out how your peers are innovating with Vena, and learn how to maximize success with your end-users.
  • Power Hour – A one-hour, hands-on session with a Professional Services expert.
    • The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

CONFERENCE AGENDA


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FULL DAY COURSES

Full-Day Courses are designed for users who have never used Vena before, or are newer to Vena. Perfect for those who prefer a guided learning experience, where topics build upon each other, showcasing more complex use-cases across the entire Vena platform.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Vena 101

New to Vena? Learn the basics—from foundational concepts and terminology to the power and flexibility of our modeling and reporting capabilities. This course is ideal for those who’ve never used Vena, or have not taken Vena Product Training, such as:

  • Users in the pre-implementation phase
  • Those who are new to our system
  • Vena prospects
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Vena Fundamentals Refresher

If you’ve already taken Product Training but would like to refresh your fundamental knowledge of Vena features and best practices, this course is for you.

Designed for those who’ve recently taken Vena Product Training, including:

  • Users at the beginning or middle of their implementation
  • Have taken Vena Product Training within the last 6-12 months
  • Have a live Vena process

BUILD YOUR OWN DAY – FOR THE EXPERIENCED VENA USER

Build Your Own Day courses are meant for more experienced Vena users. Ideally, they will have taken Vena training, have proficiency and hands-on experience with the software, and also have a live process they helped implement.

Pick up to 3 courses to customize your Training Day. There are 7 courses in total. Each focuses on a specific area of Vena, and is 1h45m in length.

Level 1*

You have a good grasp of Vena fundamentals and can navigate easily across the platform. You want to enhance your knowledge of various Vena features and functionality

Level 2**

You use Vena every day and have a solid understanding of the application. You’d like to learn more about applying your knowledge through different use cases.

Level 3***

You have a strong grasp of data modeling and design, along with hands-on experience creating new templates, reports and workflows. You relish a challenge and want to take your Vena knowledge to the next level

  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30*

Troubleshooting Facts and Fixes

If you’ve already taken Product Training but would like to refresh your fundamental knowledge of Vena features and best practices, this course is for you.

This is for individuals who:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process – Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • Are preparing for an upcoming reporting or input cycle (e.g. forecasting or budgeting)
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30*

Making the Most of the Vena Admin

As a Vena Admin, you need to continuously onboard new users, manage permissions, and build and modify workflows based on organizational changes—all while managing your time efficiently.

This is for individuals who:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • Are preparing for an upcoming reporting or input cycle (e.g. forecasting or budgeting)
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30*

Getting Started With Integrations

This session includes an introduction to the integrations interface, where you’ll learn how to create sources, destinations, and simple channels to get you started with loading your data into Vena.

Designed for individuals that:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30**

Getting Started With Integrations

An introduction to Vena Calcs, which is a powerful and flexible scripting language designed for Vena data models, allowing you to calculate data at the database level. Learn the fundamentals of calc writing, covering logic, syntax, and the application of basic use cases.

Consider this course if you:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30**

Intermediate Integrations

A more in-depth look at integrations, including complex use cases, logic, and channels. Example topics include how to directly integrate with external sources (e.g. SFDC, Intacct), stage data for easier manipulation, and move data between multiple models. You’ll ultimately learn how to bring in more data for richer reporting and insight.

This course is for individuals who:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • Want to enhance existing Integrations functionality
  • Have taken the Getting Started with Integrations class
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30***

Advanced Template Design

In this class, we’ll answer commonly asked questions about template design, performance, and features to help you get the most out of Vena. A deep understanding of Vena functionality and experience with building Vena templates is recommended.

This course is for individuals who:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • 9 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 2:45 PM

9-10:45 | 11:15-2:15 (w/lunch) | 2:45-4:30***

Vena Calcs Deep-Dive

An even deeper look into Vena Calc scripts, including different calc types, performance considerations, best practices, and advanced use cases. If you have experience with Vena Calcs and/or other OLAP or multi-dimensional scripting languages (e.g. MDX), this course is for you.

Designed for individuals who:

  • Have previously taken Vena Product Training
  • Have a live Vena process
  • Are maintaining beyond phase 1
  • Would like to ehance existing Calcs functionality
  • Have taken the Intro to Vena Calcs class
7:30 AM
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM | General Sessions

Breakfast (BoF Roundtables)

Fulfilling talk over a full plate at the BoF (Birds of a Feather) Breakfast. Meet your peers and discuss shared interests, experiences (and Vegas exploits).

8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Power Hour

60 min Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | General Sessions

Welcome and Company Update

We'll kick things off at the general session with a big welcome from the Vena executive team.

9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM | General Sessions

2020 Hot Finance Trends

Learn about the new trends in 2020, and how you can become even more strategic.

10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | General Sessions

30 Min - Networking Break (Visit the Product Expo)

Take a break - and take some time to check out our demo stations in the Product Expo area.

10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | General Sessions

60 Min - 4 concurrent CPE Breakout Sessions or Power Hour

Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Learn & Discover Track

Budgeting & Planning: Back to Basics

Whether you’re new to Vena, or just want to learn the essentials of budgeting and planning—like budget template design, workflow creation, and common budget calculations—this session is for you.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Product Track

Power Up with Power BI & Ad Hoc Analysis

Let us show you how to enable faster insights and more informed decisions with our Power BI data connector. Plus learn how to collaborate and further share insights with Vena Ad Hoc analysis.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Product Track

Shhhhhh ... Sneak Peek: Office 365

Our new Office 365 interface delivers an incredible online experience along with a number of new features. Get a preview with one of our product experts.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Customer Spotlight Track

End-Users are Important

Learn how other Vena customers were able to get stakeholders and users successfully on board.

10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Power Hour

60 min Power Hour

Learn how other Vena customers were able to get stakeholders and users successfully on board.

11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | General Sessions

90 Min - Networking Lunch (Industry Roundtables)

Catch up with all your Vena Nation friends at this 90-minute networking lunch.

12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Power Hour

60 min Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | General Sessions

60 Min - 4 concurrent CPE Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Learn & Discover Track

Getting the Most out of Your Vena Team!

Your Vena relationship is all about the people. Meet your team and also discover the resources and value-added services you only get with Vena.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Product Track

Super-Modeler of the World: Tips and Tricks

Learn all the tips and tricks for getting the most out of Vena, from the people who know the most—our own product experts.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Product Track

Everything Is Better Together: Let's Integrate!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Vena native integrations, from getting started to more advanced features and tools. It’s all here.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Customer Spotlight Track

Reporting & Analysis

Find out how other organizations are using dashboards and report visualizations to tell the stories in their numbers.

1:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM | Power Hour

60 min Power Hour

Learn how other Vena customers were able to get stakeholders and users successfully on board.

2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:15 pm | General Sessions

15 Min - Networking Break

A quick breather before diving into the rest of the afternoon.

2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | General Sessions

Hunter Madeley, Vena CEO AMA (Ask Me Anything)

Got a question for Hunter Madeley, Vena's new CEO? Here's your chance to ask it.

2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 pm | Power Hour

60 min Power Hour

Learn how other Vena customers were able to get stakeholders and users successfully on board.

2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 pm | General Sessions

60 Min Networking Break (Visit the Product Expo area)

An hour to refresh, recharge and review some of our demos in the Product Expo area.

3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:15 pm | General Sessions

Customer Awards

Meet some very special Vena customers, hear about their achievements, and learn why they’re considered the best of the best.

4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:00 pm | General Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Stay Tuned!

5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:30 pm | General Sessions

VenaCares Event

6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM | General Sessions

Client Appreciation Night - TBD

Coming Soon

8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Power Hour

60 Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 am | General Sessions

Breakfast (BoF Roundtables)

What happens in Vegas gets talked about at the Birds of a Feather breakfast. It's another chance to meet your peers, share experiences, and fuel up for the coming day.

9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:30 am | General Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Stay Tuned!

10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | General Sessions

30 Min - Networking Break (Visit the Product Expo)

Recharge while you review our latest products in the Product Expo area.

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | General Sessions

60 Min - 4 concurrent CPE Breakout Sessions or Power Hour

Breakout Sessions

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Learn & Discover Track

Business Storytelling with Vena Reporting & Analysis

Learn how to tell the stories in your numbers with advanced reporting and analysis tools now available to you and your team.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Product Track

Template Design: What You Need to Know!

Take a deep dive into design, data and other best practices to leverage all the template features Vena has to offer.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Product Track

Did Someone Say "New Features"?

Discover the new features and product enhancements we’ve introduced in recent months.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Customer Spotlight Track

Faster Close, Better Decision Making, An Impressive Story

Find out how one company was able to increase efficiencies, close faster and use financial data to inform business decisions - all enabled through Vena’s financial close features and processes.

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12 PM | Power Hour

60 Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | General Sessions

60 Min - Networking Lunch (Vena Use Case Roundtables)

Another lunch, another opportunity to network.

12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Power Hour

60 Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | General Sessions

60 Min - 4 concurrent CPE Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Learn & Discover Track

What are VenaPaths? Your Success Blueprint.

VenaPaths are guided and prescriptive Vena implementations, leveraging pre-configured solutions that instill best practices and get you up and running quickly, maximizing your time to value. Discover how VenaPaths can quickly improve your Financial processes and expand Vena beyond Finance.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Product Track

Vena Calcs: Tips & Tricks

Learn how to use Vena Calcs to create simple calculations to analyze key business and performance metrics.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Product Track

Advanced Data Transformations

Explore some of the new features and product enhancements we've introduced to further enhance your data transformations - learn about template automation, cube to cube integrations and more.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Customer Spotlight Track

Exciting & Innovative Vena Use Cases

Learn how Vena customers are using us to streamline and improve Finance Process Management, and bring strategic insights to their organizations.

1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Power Hour

60 Power Hour

The Power Hour is your opportunity to sit down with a seasoned Vena expert explore new use case. Spend an hour with your dedicated VV (Vena Virtuoso) and discover new opportunities for your organization with this hands-on session.

2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | General Sessions

30 Min Networking Break (Last chance to Visit the Product Expo)

Your last chance to check out our demo stations in the Product Expo area.

2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | General Sessions

Product Update

An hour may not be enough to go over upcoming products and the benefits you can expect in the year ahead.

3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM | General Sessions

Closing Remarks

A quick wrap up and a giant thank you for being part of Vena Nation!

3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM | General Sessions

Spinnin' wheel got to go 'round

Stay Tuned!