We’ve carefully designed our conference program with all of our users in mind – helping you learn more about the Vena product and leveraging the experiences of other users and industry influencers. Highlights include:

  • Optional training day available in 3 tracks
  • Up to 12 hours of eligible CPE credits
  • 2 dynamic keynote speaker sessions
  • One-on-one discussions with our product experts

NEW THIS YEAR: Business Solution and Technical Tracks
From business to technical users, from beginners to seasoned Vena experts, there are now sessions designed specifically for users at all skill levels.

Suggested guidelines to choose the right breakout sessions for you:

  • Business Solution Beginner Track – If you’ve been using Vena for less than a year and/or haven’t used Vena for the purpose or function covered in a particular breakout.
  • Business Solution Advanced Track – If you’ve been using Vena for over a year and want to learn more about new and advanced capabilities that other customers are using in Vena.
  • Technical Track – The future is now. Attend these sessions to gain valuable product insights and learn about the technologies powering Vena.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TimeProgramDescriptiontraining_day
General Sessionsgeneral_session
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast

general_session
Training Daytraining_day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena 101 for New Users (Beginner)

optional fee

New to Vena? This jam-packed session will be ideal for starting off your user conference. This introductory course will showcase a wide-range of foundational concepts and launch into the power and flexibility of our modeling, analytical, and reporting capabilities. Together we’ll learn about navigation, build out an expense planning model, and design a set of sample reports.

Topics covered in the Vena 101 for New Users course include:

  • Understanding Vena fundamentals
  • Basic template design and best practices
  • Modeler capabilities
  • Debugging tools
  • Dynamic templates

Come learn about all the great features in Vena!

(Click here to make sure that this course is right for you.)

Note: May 1 is the last day for Training Day registrations.

training_day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena Refresher Crash Course (Intermediate)

optional fee

The Vena Refresher Crash Course is designed for any user who needs to renew and refresh their understanding of Vena basics and best practices. If you want to re-establish your fundamental knowledge of Vena, and learn new use cases, then this course is for you.

Topics covered in the Vena Refresher Crash Course include:

  • Mapping refresher exercise
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Smart template designs
  • Reforecast and rolling forecast examples
  • Workflow and permissions

Join us for a full day of hands-on learning and get the opportunity to ask questions along the way!

(Click here to make sure that this course is right for you.)

Note: May 1 is the last day for Training Day registrations.

training_day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena Power Training (Advanced)

optional fee

Get the most out of your Advanced Training day by building your own! Using an a-la-carte method, build out your perfect day by choosing the sessions that interest you the most. Each class will allow you to take a deeper dive into certain features and functionality, explore best practices, and tips and tricks among a variety of topics.

Topics covered in the Vena Power Training include:

  • Intro to Integrations
  • Calc Writing 101
  • Troubleshooting Tips
  • Workflow Best Practices
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Mastering the new VQL

Take your Vena to the next level!

(Click here to make sure that this course is right for you.)

Note: May 1 is the last day for Training Day registrations.

training_day
General Sessionsgeneral_session
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Reception at War Memorial Building & Legislative Plaza

The official kick-off to Vena Nation with conference attendees and Vena staff. Join us for cocktails and Nashville fare!

general_session

Thursday, May 16, 2019

TimeProgramDescriptiongeneral_session
General Sessionsgeneral_session
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast

general_session
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Product and Company Update

Join this general session and get a big welcome from the Vena executive team! Hear about Vena’s future product direction, the benefits you can expect and the achievements of Vena the company and Vena’s customers since the last users’ conference.

general_session
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Keynote: Gartner Market Update

Discover the latest issues and trends facing finance and technology leaders from the world’s leading research and advisory company. Get a broader perspective on your market and recognize alternative ways of driving value in your business.

general_session
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

30 Minute Networking Break

Refresh/Recharge with a 30-minute break. Mingle with fellow Vena users or grab a coffee and a snack and check out our demo stations in the Expo area.

general_session
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Customer Visionaries Panel

Hear directly from Vena customers on how emerging technologies such as AI, ML, NLQ, predictive analytics and big data are affecting the way finance teams operate today, and will in the future. The panel will also offer FP&A leaders tangible strategies for creating “a culture of innovation” within their organizations, and how to best prepare for rapidly changing priorities, challenges, market conditions and workplace demographics. Learn from your peers and be inspired!

general_session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

75 Minute Networking Lunch

Catch-up with all your Vena Nation friends with a 75-minute networking lunch.

general_session
Breakout Sessionsbreakout_session
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Essentials of Vena Budgeting & Forecasting (Business Solution Track: Beginners)

optional

Learn the essentials of Vena for creating budgets, plans and forecasts based on model building best practices. Walk away with step-by-step fundamentals on template design, workflow creation, and common budget calculations.

breakout_session
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Guided Revenue Planning & Forecasting (Business Solution Track: Advanced)

optional

Creating precise, reliable revenue forecasts may be a challenge, but it’s also a growing priority for companies at every stage of their growth. Join Vena experts for an interactive discussion about advanced driver-based revenue forecasting, and the keys to structuring your data to meet all your stakeholders’ requirements.

breakout_session
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Vena Macro Technical Best Practices (Technical Track)

optional

Macros in Vena can save you time and headaches by automating common, repetitive tasks. Join us to learn essential tips and best practices for creating macros specifically for Vena – and your unique needs – to further automate and enhance your finance and accounting processes.

breakout_session
2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

10 Minute Break

Refresh/Recharge between sessions with a quick 10-minute break.

breakout_session
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Vena Reporting & Analysis Fundamentals (Business Solution Track: Beginners)

optional

Let a Vena expert walk you through the essentials of reporting and data analysis in Vena. See live demonstrations of key Vena features to optimize your reporting and analysis for smarter, faster decision making.

breakout_session
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Cash Is King (Business Solution Track: Advanced)

optional

Effective cash flow modeling enables companies to proactively manage solvency and understand the full impact of their cash flow drivers. Hear from the first-hand experiences of Vena experts the practices proven most effective for advanced cash flow modeling, including how to structure a cash flow model, facilitate stress testing and generate NPV, IRR and other decision-making metrics.

breakout_session
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Tips & Tricks with Vena Calcs (Technical Track)

optional

Vena calcs are a powerful way to determine key data points in your Vena business model. Join us to learn how calcs provide the flexibility at key intersection points to calculate and analyze metrics such as allocations, foreign exchange rates and other key performance indicators.

breakout_session
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

40 Minute Networking Break

Refresh/Recharge with a 40-minute break. Mingle with fellow Vena users or grab a coffee and a snack and check out our demo stations in the Expo area.

breakout_session
General Sessionsgeneral_session
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Customer Awards

It’s time to put the spotlight on several Vena customers! Hear about their achievements while using Vena and learn why they’re considered the best of the best across several categories.

general_session
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Keynote: Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

general_session
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Client Appreciation Night at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar

Let Vena host you at a fun-filled event in the legendary city of Nashville. Network and make valuable contacts with your 350+ Vena Nation peers while taking advantage of the night that is all about you!

general_session

Friday, May 17, 2019

TimeProgramDescriptionbreakout_session
General Sessionsgeneral_session
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast

general_session
Breakout Sessionsbreakout_session
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

End-to-End Capital Expense Planning (Business Solution Track: Beginners)

optional

Learn the essentials of building an effective capital expenditure model in Vena. Work with Vena experts to examine proven best practices in CapEx logic, calculations and input templates to manage detailed asset information and the CapEx planning process from end to end.

breakout_session
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Last Mile of Finance (Business Solution Track: Advanced)

optional

Increasing efficiencies and reducing risk are the objectives of every controller’s “last mile” of finance, when the pressure is on to close the books. Join this session to learn what advanced Vena modeling capabilities to consider when building your financial consolidation model(s) to reduce the risk of errors and optimize the consolidation process.

breakout_session
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Vena Data Integration Do’s and Don’ts (Technical Track)

optional

Integration is essential for working with your Vena data and source system data together in a single, intuitive environment. Join us to learn what Vena’s integration capabilities can do and how to get started with using them. Explore the fine details of integration including Vena Query Language, importing /exporting data, drill through, and account mapping.

breakout_session
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

10 Minute Break

Refresh/Recharge between sessions with a quick 10-minute break.

breakout_session
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Automated Workforce Expense Planning (Business Solution Track: Beginners)

optional

Personnel and headcount are your largest expenses, this session will make sure you’re managing them effectively. Join us to learn the key steps and model building tips for configuring a Vena workforce planning model, including payroll planning, best-practice logic and calculations.

breakout_session
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Streamlined Account Reconciliations (Business Solution Track: Advanced)

optional

Vena was designed to streamline every aspect of the account reconciliation process. Discover how to make the best use of Vena’s controls and advanced automation features to standardize the process and free up time to focus on analyzing discrepancies.

breakout_session
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Vena Templates Uncovered (Technical Track)

optional

Vena templates are a personalized window into your business, and a critical tool for you to plan, budget, forecast and report on the metrics that matter most. Take a deep dive into template design, data and other best practices to ensure you leverage all the template features Vena has to offer.

breakout_session
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

10 Minute Break

Refresh/Recharge between sessions with a quick 10-minute break.

breakout_session
General Sessionsgeneral_session
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Strategic FP&A

Learn about strategic FP&A in the context of using Vena. Explore how Vena can extend from tactical FP&A to meeting strategic FP&A requirements and begin to uncover new insights and make data-driven decisions.

general_session
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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

general_session
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Boxed Lunch

It’s the end of the conference. Have a seat and enjoy a boxed lunch on us or take it to go.

general_session

Training Day (OPTIONAL)

We are pleased to offer an optional full day of training prior to the official start of the conference. It’s a perfect opportunity to receive hands-on instruction with our Customer Success team, and learn from fellow users. Training will take place on Wednesday, May 15 and is available in 3 tracks:
(Class sizes are limited so please register early.)

Note: May 1 is the last day for Training Day registrations.

Vena 101 for New Users (Beginner)

($995 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($1,195 USD includes Vena supplied laptop)

New to Vena? This jam-packed session will be ideal for starting off your user conference. This introductory course will showcase a wide-range of foundational concepts and launch into the power and flexibility of our modeling, analytical, and reporting capabilities. Together we’ll learn about navigation, build out an expense planning model, and design a set of sample reports.

Topics covered in the Vena 101 for New Users course include:

  • Understanding Vena fundamentals
  • Basic template design and best practices
  • Modeler capabilities
  • Debugging tools
  • Dynamic templates

Come learn about all the great features in Vena!

Vena Refresher Crash Course (Intermediate)

($995 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($1,195 USD includes Vena supplied laptop)

The Vena Refresher Crash Course is designed for any user who needs to renew and refresh their understanding of Vena basics and best practices. If you want to re-establish your fundamental knowledge of Vena, and learn new use cases, then this course is for you.

Topics covered in the Vena Refresher Crash Course include:

  • Mapping refresher exercise
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Smart template designs
  • Reforecast and rolling forecast examples
  • Workflow and permissions

Join us for a full day of hands-on learning and get the opportunity to ask questions along the way!

Vena Power Training (Advanced)

($995 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($1,195 USD includes Vena supplied laptop)

Get the most out of your Advanced Training day by building your own! Using an a-la-carte method, build out your perfect day by choosing the sessions that interest you the most. Each class will allow you to take a deeper dive into certain features and functionality, explore best practices, and tips and tricks among a variety of topics.

Topics covered in the Vena Power Training include:

  • Intro to Integrations
  • Calc Writing 101
  • Troubleshooting Tips
  • Workflow Best Practices
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Mastering the new VQL

Take your Vena to the next level!

Not sure which course to take? Take a look at this guide to help you decide the best one for you!

Here’s what some of our users have said about Vena training… "The training consultants are very knowledgeable in Excel functions and provide ways to enhance templates and reporting by providing a combination of Vena and Excel solutions." LORI L.

Business System Manager
Biola University

"I just wanted to say that the Vena training was amazing. I would say it was the best training that I have ever experienced, especially when you had to keep things fresh over 3 days. Many of my colleagues felt the same way. They thought Parenty was very engaging, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable." MICHAEL T.

Director, Finance Data Services
ATB Financial

"Building a template from scratch in Excel and submitting it to Vena – a nice, comprehensive example utilizing tools we learned in the class." SETH C.

Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
Douglas Dynamics

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