Vena is proud to present our annual users’ conference. We’ve carefully designed our conference program with all 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 strategic planning sessions with our product experts

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time Program Description training_day
Training Day training_day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena 101 for New Users

optional fee

If you are new to Vena, this training course is ideal for starting off your users conference. This course is tailored for new users who want to learn the basics of designing Vena templates and reports. Users will also gain a better understanding of the underlying technology that is the driving force behind the tool’s easy to use modeling and analytical capabilities. Topics covered in the Vena 101 for New Users course include:

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

Come learn about all the great features in Vena!

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena Refresher Crash Course

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:

  • Smart template designs
  • Modeler capabilities
  • Dynamic templates
  • Administrator tips and tricks

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

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vena Power Training

optional fee

Get ready to ‘Bring it!’ with the Vena Power Training day. This session is intended for advanced users who want to dig deeper into Vena capabilities and functionality. The hands-on training day will explore ways of using the platform that users may not have known existed. Topics covered in Vena Power Training include:

  • Power reporting
  • Intelligent data models
  • Leverage the Staging Environment
  • Dynamic reports
  • Security deep-dive

Take your Vena experience to the next level with Vena Power Training.

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General Sessions general_session
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Reception

The official kick-off to VenaNOLA with conference attendees and Vena staff. Join us for cocktails and New Orleans fare in the Royal Sonesta Courtyard!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time Program Description general_session
General Sessions general_session
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast in the Restaurant R’evolution.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Vena Company Update

A big welcome and thank you from the Vena executive team. Hear about the exciting growth and success that Vena has experienced with our customers. See what’s next for Vena Solutions and our plans for continued success.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Best Practices In CPM – Getting More Value Out Of Real-time Data

Discover the latest trends impacting corporate performance management (CPM) with leading business analyst, Nick Castellina, VP of Aberdeen Research Group. Learn about CPM best practices and how you can get more value from your data.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Customer Visionaries Panel

Hear directly from a panel of Vena customers as they discuss the leading practices that they have deployed and the success they have experienced along the way. Learn from your peers, and be inspired!

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Refuel with a delicious Cajun buffet in the Restaurant R’evolution.

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Breakout Sessions breakout_session
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Accelerate Your Month-End Close

optional

Looking to cut down on your month-end process? Close your books in days with Vena’s close management and consolidation. With streamlined and automated processes Vena handles all critical consolidation tasks in a fast and efficient manner. Hear directly from Vena customers about how control and auditability are realized throughout the process.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Automate Personnel Planning

optional

Headcount and personnel planning are one of the largest operating expenses of any business. Learn a better way to manage operations with accurate personnel plans. With access to real-time data, informed decisions are only a click away.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Improve Your Budgeting Process

optional

Has your budgeting process stalled or is taking too long? Are you looking for ways to improve budgeting, and make it a valued, critical step within the organization? Hear first hand, from a Vena customer about how they use Vena’s robust process management and workflow engine to streamline the budgeting process, making it more collaborative
along the way.

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rolling Forecasts – Only A Click Away

optional

Rolling forecasts have become standard practice for top-performing finance leaders across all industries. To remain competitive and to stay in step with corporate objectives, companies are required to have this moving window into the future. Join a Vena customer and an experienced Vena leader to uncover the strategic importance of rolling forecasts and the impact they can have on an organization.

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Vena Advanced Reporting 101

optional

Are you getting the most out of Vena reporting? Let an expert client user provide a comprehensive review of Vena reporting and demonstrate how you and your organization can yield the most benefit from Vena’s reporting solution.

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Taking Vena Beyond Finance

optional

Join a Vena customer to learn some of the innovative and unique ways companies are benefiting from Vena outside the Office of Finance. With Vena’s extended functionality explore how you can streamline every aspect of your business.

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General Sessions general_session
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Vena Product Roadmap

The product leadership team is excited to bring you up to speed on the latest enhancements and future direction of Vena. Get the scoop on a new product launch and hear it here first on what you can expect in the near future.

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Leadership In The New Normal: 10 Years After Katrina

If anyone knows how to successfully lead and execute a mission, it’s Lt. General Russel Honoré, (Ret.), who saved a city by taking swift charge of military relief efforts in Hurricane Katrina-battered New Orleans in 2005. With meticulous perspective and quotable delivery, General Honoré captivates audiences with bold leadership strategies and insight on preparedness, the “New Normal,” and how the world has changed in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

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6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Client Appreciation Night

Nothing says The Big Easy like an authentic Bayou-style crawfish boil. Join us at the House of Blues as we turn it into the ‘House of Vena!’

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Time Program Description breakout_session
General Sessions general_session
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast in the Restaurant R’evolution.

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Breakout Sessions breakout_session
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Meet The Vena Customer Success Team

optional

Get up close and personal with your experienced Customer Success team. Learn about all the resources and value-added services that will make your Vena experience a success. Hear from Vena customers, and how they have leveraged and benefited from the tools and services available.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Regulatory Compliance With No Compromise

optional

With Vena, you can have a controlled, auditable framework that gives you insight and confidence in reported financial data. Learn straight from key U.S. financial institutions about how they met their regulatory requirements using Vena for regulatory reporting and financial close management.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Vena As A Revenue Planning Tool Kit

optional

Want to make smarter, faster, better decisions about your revenue lines? Start making revenue decisions based on context and real-time forecasted and actual data. Join us and learn how Vena’s revenue planning solution provides structure to a very high-valued and complex process.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Supercharge Account Reconciliations

optional

Accurate financial statements are essential, and Vena’s streamlined account reconciliation process is the way to create them. Vena automatically collects and reconciles general ledger balances with sub-ledgers and other detailed accounts to eliminate any manual effort. Begin to focus on the insights gained from accurate financial statements and the account reconciliations that support them.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Vena Technical Best Practices

optional

Join us and learn some powerful technical features and best practices when using and deploying Vena. This session will focus on Vena’s technical functionality including Vena calcs, Web grids, Mac add-in, and more.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Vena Tips And Tricks To Empower Your Teams

optional

Are you looking for valuable tips and tricks when using the Vena solution? If so, this session is designed for you. You will learn best practices and will improve planning and reporting efficiencies along the way!

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General Sessions general_session
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Business Intelligence With Vena

Business intelligence and what it means in Vena. Explore how Vena Solutions can meet your current Business intelligence requirements and begin to uncover new insights and potential company direction.

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Thank you for attending Vena Solutions’ annual users’ conference!

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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 17 and is available in 3 tracks:
(Class sizes are limited so please register early.)

VENA 101 FOR NEW USERS

($495 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($695 USD includes Vena supplied laptop)

If you are new to Vena, this training course is ideal for starting off your users conference. This course is tailored for new users who want to learn the basics of designing Vena templates and reports. Users will also gain a better understanding of the underlying technology that is the driving force behind the tool’s easy to use modeling and analytical capabilities. Topics covered in the Vena 101 for New Users course include:

  • 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

($495 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($695 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:

  • Smart template designs
  • Modeler capabilities
  • Dynamic templates
  • Administrator tips and tricks

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

VENA POWER TRAINING

($795 USD if bringing your own laptop)
($995 USD includes Vena supplied laptop)

Get ready to ‘Bring it!’ with the Vena Power Training day. This session is intended for advanced users who want to dig deeper into Vena capabilities and functionality. The hands-on training day will explore ways of using the platform that users may not have known existed. Topics covered in Vena Power Training include:

  • Intelligent data models
  • Leveraging the staging environment
  • Dynamic reports
  • Security deep-dive

Take your Vena experience to the next level with Vena Power Training.

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

Client Appreciation Night

You’re invited to the House of Blues for an authentic bayou-style crawfish boil!

Nothing says The Big Easy like an authentic Bayou-style crawfish boil. Join us at the House of Blues as we turn it into the ‘House of Vena!’

(Crawfish isn’t your thing? No worries. There’ll be lots of other delicious food stations to whet your appetite.)

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