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Discover the ROI of eProcurement

December 11, 2018 2:00PM

Discover the ROI of eProcurement

There are lots of ways organizations lose money throughout the sourcing, procurement, and payment process. Some of these include maverick spend, off-contract or out-of-budget purchasing, and high processing costs due to manual, paper-based methods. Fortunately, many of these costs are avoidable and significant savings can be realized by deploying the proper tools, such as electronic sourcing, procurement, and payment software. However, just as things like maverick spend are difficult to gauge, it can be tricky to predict the savings you can drive through automation. Join Levvel Research and Source-to-Settle solution provider, Unimarket, as we explore how the New Jersey Institute of Technology calculated its targeted sourcing, procurement, and payment cost savings and how this higher education institution plans to measure its ROI. This webinar will explore current trends around procurement processing and the costs of manual processes. It will provide usable, take-home ROI calculator tools and strategies to help attendees measure the many benefits of automation. It will also explore ways of using these findings to gain executive buy-in for technology investment.

Guide to Big Data Procurement-How to Leverage Modern Technologies to Gain Control Over Indirect Spend

December 06, 2018 12:00AM

Guide to Big Data Procurement-How to Leverage Modern Technologies to Gain Control Over Indirect Spend

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data. What are these tools and what do they mean for procurement? Although things like artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly relevant to back-office automation software, Levvel Research has found that the average procurement team is often more concerned with controlling spend in their procurement processes than implementing “futuristic” technologies. Fortunately, the technologies of the future can be leveraged to solve some very old problems, like poor visibility into purchasing, off-contract or maverick spend, and high costs in procurement overall. First, however, the success of both efficient procurement and innovative technology adoption depend on one thing-good data. When organizations streamline the intake of spend data in procurement, they are able to see into and analyze purchasing activity to strategically enhance procurement across all functions, teams, and business operations. Strong data also enables them to prepare for modern tools like AI to further improve efficiency. Join Levvel Research and P2P expert, Basware, as we explore how organizations and their procurement teams can streamline procurement data to improve control over spend and prepare for the innovative procurement technologies. This webinar will demystify terms like AI and machine learning and explore what they will do for procurement departments over the next several years.

From Isolated to Integrated—Removing Silos in Contract Management

December 06, 2018 12:00AM

From Isolated to Integrated—Removing Silos in Contract Management

Contracts are the lifeblood of many organizations, as much operational and business stability depends on them. However, if contracts are managed on their own, in siloed environments separate from sourcing, procurement, and supplier processes, the valuable data and functional relevance of these documents will be much less effective for ensuring a company’s operational success. Siloed contract management can even put companies at risk of missing regulatory requirements or contractual milestones, which can damage relationships with auditors, business partners, and even customers. Join Levvel Research and sourcing and contract lifecycle management (CLM) provider, Determine, as we take a look at the latest trends in contract management processes among today’s leading organizations. This webinar will explore how companies are commonly managing contracts (e.g. with spreadsheets, homegrown systems, point solutions, suites, etc.), and how a truly integrated Source-to-Settle (S2S) approach can mitigate risk, identify savings, and maximize supplier relationships.

2018 Sourcing and Contract Management Strategies to Watch

October 02, 2018 12:00AM

2018 Sourcing and Contract Management Strategies to Watch

Levvel Research’s latest research report on sourcing and contract management processes and technology revealed a lot of exciting and valuable trends among North American organizations. These included insights on how effective organizations are leveraging automation tools to improve their competitive advantage, and the most common barriers to automation adoption among companies still struggling under manual processes. However, even with such valuable information on hand, some companies may wonder how they can use it to improve their own business. Levvel Research is teaming up with Source-to-Settle technology expert, Determine, to show what the latest trends in sourcing and contract management actually mean for you. Webinar attendees will be able to benchmark themselves against their peers in terms of common management practices, pain points, and goals, and will take away several data-based action items on how to improve their own current states. This webinar will also use real-world case studies to show how companies are using electronic sourcing (eSourcing) and contract lifecycle management (CLM) technology to improve their competitive advantage.

How to Mess Up Your Accounts Payable Project

September 25, 2018 12:00AM

How to Mess Up Your Accounts Payable Project

PayStream Advisors is teaming up with AP/invoice processing automation expert, Yooz, to go over the potential AP project pitfalls that organizations often encounter —and reveal how easy it is to avoid them! This webinar will combine practical information with humor, outlining sixteen very effective ways to “mess up your invoice automation technology project.” Will you recognize yourself in any of the scenarios we present? For today’s innovative, competitive organizations, automating AP processes is no longer a question of why, but when. Most companies have recognized the value of automation technology, and now these organizations want to know how to automate to their best advantage. By following a few best practices, organizations can reduce the time, headaches, and mistakes often made during technology adoption, and greatly increase their potential ROI and overall automation success.

Moving from Tactical to Strategic Procurement

September 13, 2018 12:00AM

Moving from Tactical to Strategic Procurement

The goal of any organization is to run its operations as efficiently and strategically as possible, especially where it affects cash flow, financial stability, and the bottom line. However, without the proper tools in place to manage back-office processes, or the ability to optimize processes based on important financial data, organizations can’t always manage their current state with their competitive advantage in mind. One example of this is manual procurement. Without electronic procurement (eProcurement) software to automate processes, organizations can’t help but focus on the tactical problems that are born from inefficiency and a lack of control. On the other hand, automation enables organization to shift their focus to more strategic aspects of procurement. With automation, companies are also able to leverage advanced reporting and analytics to identify new areas of spend management, areas that were not visible or accessible under manual processes. Join Levvel Research and eProcurement expert, Paramount WorkPlace, as we explore how strategic procurement management and automation, including eProcurement capabilities like advanced analytics and reporting tools, helps companies optimally manage spend.

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Finsiders Meetup: The Future of Card Payments In a World with Real-Time Payments

September 11, 2018 5:30PM

Finsiders Meetup: The Future of Card Payments In a World with Real-Time Payments

Charlotte, NC

Change is afoot in the payments world. The U.S. is in the midst of launching its first new payments rail since ACH in the 1970’s and this new real-time payment (RTP) rail (courtesy of The Clearing House) has the potential to significantly disrupt payments as we know it. One major area of impact is the card payments rails run by Visa, MasterCard, et al. This emergence of RTP begs the question—what will happen to these card rails?

Results of Levvel's 2018 DevOps Insight Report

August 31, 2018 2:00PM

Results of Levvel's 2018 DevOps Insight Report

Both digital transformation and DevOps are two of the most-discussed topics among businesses in 2018, and for good reason. Our research team recently completed a survey of over 250 practitioners with the goal of benchmarking the trends, challenges, metrics, and goals of the ambitious companies, your peers, that are paving the way. When executed properly, DevOps can provide massive benefits to a business that can be felt across the entire organization. Some of these benefits include quality of code, better deployment times, increased time to market, the ability to quickly adjust to both market and customer needs, and so much more. With as much discussion and thought leadership surrounding these topics, it's surprising that there's no true definition of what DevOps actually is, or what it really means to digitally transform—until now. Our research team will soon be publishing their comprehensive and informative 2018 DevOps insight research report that covers what DevOps is, how to get started, how to measure digital-transformation success, what tools to use, and much more. Join us on August 31 as we discuss the industry insights uncovered by our research team, officially define DevOps, take an exclusive look at the current state of the industry, and show how you can build the business case for DevOps.

10 Must - Knows When Choosing a Global Expense Management Solution

August 21, 2018 12:00AM

10 Must - Knows When Choosing a Global Expense Management Solution

When choosing an expense management solution, one of the most important things to look for is a tool that can scale as your company grows. This is especially true for international organizations, as they need a solution that can reliably serve thousands of end users across different regions, workflows, tax requirements, and regional standards. If an organization chooses a solution without considering scalability, they lower their potential ROI from software adoption, run the risk of having to replace the tool in the near future, and limit their chances at being a competitive global player. What does a scalable solution look like? PayStream Advisors is teaming up with expense management software provider, Chrome River, to explore the top 10 crucial considerations and questions for evaluating cloud-based global expense management solutions. This webinar will show how to identify leading solutions by characteristics like flexibility, international tax and compliance support, mobile device accessibility, and international support. By selecting a tool with these considerations in mind, companies can automate their expense management process in a way that grows and evolves with the business.

Understanding Your Role in Your Company’s Overall Business Spend Management

July 31, 2018 12:00AM

Understanding Your Role in Your Company’s Overall Business Spend Management

While many of today’s back-office stakeholders want to help their organizations improve spend management, different departments often have siloed, segmented cultures that prevent them from identifying their role in this process. Instead of viewing spend management automation in a holistic, strategic manner, companies see back-office process automation software as piecemeal solutions to very tactical problems. For example, an Accounts Payable (AP) department might plug in an invoice management software to try to reduce high invoice volume without really considering the impact that the Procurement department’s purchasing methods have on their own process. On the other hand, when organizations take a holistic business spend management approach, they not only improve their own process issues, but their organization as a whole. Join Levvel Resraech and Source-to-Settle automation provider, Coupa, to explore how different processes and departments contribute to the company’s overall financial health. This webinar is meant to encourage different stakeholders to look beyond their own slice of business spend management, and to show how technology can help internal teams collaborate to better contribute to their company’s bottom line.

Continuous Delivery with .NET Core and CloudBees

July 19, 2018 2:00PM

Continuous Delivery with .NET Core and CloudBees

Implementing and deploying cross-platform and self-contained .NET applications hasn’t always been possible, which has impeded companies from adopting DevOps and moving to a microservice architecture. Join Levvel as we discuss taking a .NET Core application through a modern continuous delivery pipeline using Jenkins and Kubernetes. We will highlight why Kubernetes is a good choice for .NET Core applications, common continuous delivery techniques, and what other options are available for continuous delivery, containers, and orchestration. By the end of the webinar we expect you will dismiss any reservations you have about getting started refactoring your .NET applications into a more nimble microservices architecture.

5 Ways to Harness Internal Controls to Prevent Invoice Fraud

July 10, 2018 12:00AM

5 Ways to Harness Internal Controls to Prevent Invoice Fraud

Invoice fraud. For many Accounts Payable (AP) teams and Finance managers, it’s a competitor they didn’t know they had—until it’s too late. Every day, perpetrators from outside and inside of an organization use fake, inflated, and duplicate invoices to rob companies of thousands or even millions of dollars in revenue. Not only is invoice fraud a drain on a company’s resources, it also poses a major to risk the strength and security of the organization’s sensitive data. In order to fight fraud and maintain control over spend, organizations must be able to detect any issues before they endanger a company’s bottom line and competitive advantage, Levvel Research is teaming up with invoice automation expert, Chrome River, to explore how invoice management automation can help organizations gain control over invoice fraud. This webinar will explore the ways AP software not only simplifies processes and increases efficiency, but how it can flag and stop invoice fraud and provide visibility into everything from spend patterns to the status of an invoice. This event will cover 5 key ways companies can use internal controls to increase compliance, minimize risk, and gain control over the invoice management process.

How to Gain Widespread AP User Adoption

June 19, 2018 12:00AM

How to Gain Widespread AP User Adoption

Accounts Payable (AP) automation software is one of the best ways to lower processing costs in the back-office, as well as improve staff productivity and a company’s bottom line. However, there are a couple of things that can make or break the success of an automation initiative, like ensuring proper implementation and widespread adoption of the solution in order to gain a strong return on investment (ROI). Research shows that a fear of no ROI from technology adoption causes many organizations to steer clear of automation altogether. In fact, Levvel Research has found that almost 50 percent of organizations continue to operate under manual and highly inefficient processes, which causes them to miss out on the monetary and strategic benefits of automated invoice management. Join Levvel Research and Procure-to-Pay / AP expert, Basware, as we explore how to gain widespread, strong, and sustainable adoption of AP automation software. This webinar will cover AP management trends among today’s organizations, as well as strategies for gaining both internal user and supplier adoption of a solution. It will also highlight some change management best practices for software implementation, and how these strategies will help companies to achieve greater ROI.

Building Stronger Integration Between Procurement and Accounts Payable

May 29, 2018 12:00AM

Building Stronger Integration Between Procurement and Accounts Payable

An optimal Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process entails synchronization and transparency between back-office finance departments—particularly, Accounts Payable (AP) and Procurement. Unfortunately, in many organizations finance groups operate independently of each other, often reporting poor communication, limited visibility, and strained relationships between teams. Another difficultly that arises from a lack of integration is the inability to accurately measure processing costs around managing invoices and purchase orders (POs). This can prohibit an organization from properly controlling spend, improving upon their current state, or from predicting the ROI possible with automation. Join Levvel Research and P2P expert, Paramount Workplace, as we explore the value of building stronger integration between procurement and finance. This webinar will look at the costs around invoice and PO management, and will discuss the improvement in P2P efficiency before and after process integration. It will also cover best practices for building better P2P integration with automation tools, such as invoice management and electronic procurement solutions.

A Macro View on Microservices

April 18, 2018 2:00PM

A Macro View on Microservices

Technology teams are increasingly turning to microservices to solve common problems associated with the traditional, monolithic architecture style. While many become focused on the system architecture itself, the value of microservices cannot be fully realized without a mature CI/CD capability to go with it. This webinar features experts from Levvel, CloudBees, and Red Hat who discuss the increased benefits companies can experience when microservices and DevOps principles are properly coupled together. The session will close with a brief discussion on the people, process, and technology considerations that are required to move to a lightweight, flexible software delivery model.

Caring for Cash with Supply Chain Financing

March 30, 2018 12:00AM

Caring for Cash with Supply Chain Financing

In today’s business environment, cash is king. While many companies may be profitable, their success and financial stability are more likely to be judged by their ability to generate operating cash flow. In tighter lending environments, a company’s best opportunity to increase operating cash flow is through working capital optimization tools, such as supply chain finance (SCF). However, implementing an SCF solution requires more than finding a preferred program partner and formulating a supplier outreach and engagement strategy. Overall, the success of a SCF program largely depends on having a company-wide commitment to achieving desired working capital goals. Join Levvel Research and SCF provider, PrimeRevenue, as we explore how to apply SCF strategies to existing operations in order to improve operating cash flow and a company’s competitive advantage. In order to outline real-world, applicable strategies, this event will cover the transformation story of Boston Scientific, exploring how they achieved over $150 million in increased operating cash flow by leveraging SCF and overhauling how they paid their suppliers. This event is for Treasury professionals searching for tools to increase operating cash flow.

Move Faster: Creating, Modifying, and Rapidly Deploying Applications

March 29, 2018 2:00PM

Move Faster: Creating, Modifying, and Rapidly Deploying Applications

Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform helps application development and IT operations teams modernize applications, deliver new services, and accelerate development processes. You can create, modify, and rapidly deploy apps on demand in the programming languages you want—and automate the entire process. Multiple deployment models let you easily and quickly build, develop, deploy, and manage in nearly any public or private infrastructure. By harnessing the power of Red Hat® OpenShift and Intel Xeon processors, organizations can deliver greater workload densities and vastly improve efficiency, free up resources, and cut costs—without sacrificing performance, security, and existing investments—while managing both the guest and host systems, allowing management of workloads and infrastructure within the same system.

AWS Multi-Account Management & Security

March 21, 2018 2:00PM

AWS Multi-Account Management & Security

Financial institutions, healthcare providers, and participants in other highly-regulated industries are moving to the cloud at a record pace in 2018. Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains a top choice for these customers due to its execution capability, feature set, and expansive list of assessed and certified compliant services in scope. A common barrier for adoption among enterprise clients in this space is trepidation about the orchestration of resources across multiple AWS accounts. Join Levvel for an in-depth discussion of multi-account management, security, and compliance enforcement in AWS. We’ll cover best practices, and discuss how we’ve successfully guided both large financial institutions and smaller FinTech startups.

P2P Payments in 2018

March 14, 2018 2:00PM

P2P Payments in 2018

Many small banks and credit unions are wrestling with how they should approach P2P products for their customers. As Zelle has emerged as a top solution, is it the right choice for their institution? What about PayPal, Popmoney, or the card network tools? After a P2P solution has been chosen, how should they integrate it (e.g. build vs. buy)? We’ll cover several integration approaches and discuss how we've successfully guided and helped both major banks and smaller institutions.

Scalable AP Automation

February 27, 2018 12:00AM

Scalable AP Automation

While AP automation is an ideal goal for any organization hoping to streamline their back office and improve their company’s bottom line, Levvel Research has found that there is not a one-size-fits-all adoption strategy for AP software. Different organizations will have varying needs and expectations when it comes to technology adoption and process transformation. This is particularly true of companies that are in a major growth stage—scaling companies preparing to expand their business operations and trying to optimize their back office to support that growth. These organizations must approach AP automation with their future growth plans in mind, and must choose a solution that can properly support scaling AP processes. In our upcoming webinar, Levvel Research will join forces with payables automation provider, Tipalti, to explore AP management and automation strategies for scaling companies. This webinar will explore trends among companies that fit a few different parameters, including but not limited to… - Companies expanding or planning to expand their organization to new markets and/or global regions - Companies considering expanding their AP headcount to accommodate operational growth - Companies restructuring their current AP processes to accommodate operational growth - Companies making between $30 million and $500 million in annual revenue

Making the Case to Automate AP

February 22, 2018 12:00AM

Making the Case to Automate AP

When it comes to increasing Accounts Payable (AP) efficiency, Levvel Research has found that today’s innovative professionals at the C-Suite level are increasingly becoming the main drivers for process improvement in their organizations. However, with the many different software options available, as well the challenges that arise with complete process overhaul, many CFO’s and other executives are struggling to identify just where to start with an automation initiative. They often require more clarity around measuring success in their AP department, and on what options are available to them that will help to improve that success. Join Levvel Research and AP automation expert, Yooz, as they explore AP transformation possibilities from the C-Suite perspective. This webinar will explore recent trends that highlight the concerns and goals of modern C-Suite professionals, and it will include a guest CFO from a leading company to share the story of their own AP automation journey.

The Future of API Security—How to Detect and Stop Attacks

February 15, 2018 2:00PM

The Future of API Security—How to Detect and Stop Attacks

Almost every major internet company has faced API security problems. You may remember the recent IRS data breach, attacks on Apple and Instagram, and the Nissan LEAF fiasco. With public API usage rapidly ascending, businesses everywhere must identify their vulnerabilities and protect themselves from an attack. Join Levvel and our partners Elastic Beam for an in-depth discussion on everything from the basics of API security to how to protect yourself from an attack. When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

The Power of the Business-to-Business Network for P2P Efficiency

February 06, 2018 12:00AM

The Power of the Business-to-Business Network for P2P Efficiency

As companies consider adopting different technologies to improve their back-office efficiency, cost control, and competitive advantage, they will find there are many options and strategies available. However, it is important that these organizations consider more than just which process can be automated—they should evaluate how that automated process can improve their global competitive advantage. One of the most effective options for holistic control and automation in Procure-to-Pay (P2P) processes is the use of Business-to-Business (B2B) networks. These networks offer a platform for many-to-many connections to thousands of high-quality suppliers, allowing companies to strengthen and optimize their P2P processes with a globally relevant supplier management tool. These tools are especially appealing to companies that wish to increase their success and competitive advantage across different markets. Join Levvel Research and B2B network expert, Basware, to learn more about these dynamic platforms and how they can be applied to a help companies achieve their business goals.

How To Improve Payables Security in 2018

January 25, 2018 12:00AM

How To Improve Payables Security in 2018

As the new year begins, many companies are looking for ways to improve their competitive advantage. What many don’t realize is how much of their business success depends on the security of their financial processes, such as in their Accounts Payable (AP) department and their invoice-to-payment lifecycle. When companies are not using the proper AP management tools, they expose themselves to fraud and security risks, such as fake invoices or fraudulent paper checks. The less control a company has over their AP process, the greater impact these issues could have on their financial state and their future business success. This webinar is for companies that want to prepare for 2018 by strengthening their AP security and business stability. The webinar addresses trends in AP security concerns, payments fraud, and the issues that come with the lack of controls around AP. It also highlights best practices for mitigating risk and reducing fraud through each step of the payables process, from invoice receipt all the way to payment. Co-hosted by AP and ePayments software specialist, MineralTree, the webinar leverages data from Levvel Research’s 2017 AP & payments management survey.

How to Optimize Expense Management

December 07, 2017 12:00AM

How to Optimize Expense Management

Automating expense reporting is one of the most important ways to control costs in the back office, and the travel and expense management (TEM) software options that enable companies to do this are plentiful. However, to truly optimize the expense reporting process in accordance with an organization’s unique business environment requires more than a quick solution pick and implementation. Instead of taking a “band-aid” approach with a generic software tool, organizations should use strategic best practices for both improving current expense reporting processes and for selecting a TEM solution. This webinar is for companies that want to truly understand what it takes to align expense reporting with operational and structure goals for long last cost control, increased employee productivity, and higher savings. The webinar discusses how leading organizations digitalize and optimize expense management across different business structures, revenue segments, and industries, and it will allow attendees to benchmark their own environments against those leaders. Co-hosted by TEM software specialist, Coupa, the webinar leverages data from PayStream’s upcoming 2018 Travel and Expense Management report, as well as Coupa’s years of experience in expense reporting optimization.