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Reaching Procuretopia

September 19, 2019 2:00PM

Reaching Procuretopia

*procuretopia (n.): the ideal, utopian environment that procurement organizations thrive in; a perfect world where 100% of spend data is visible.* Your organization might have clarity on its vendor relationships with its strategic suppliers. These are the suppliers that pick up the phone to answer questions on the status of invoices, the suppliers that comprise seemingly all of your organization’s spend. But what about those small volume, one-off purchases from suppliers that no one on the procurement team even knows the name of? Even though they make up a small percentage of spend, they can amount to a high percentage of purchasing headaches. Gaining insight into and managing this tail spend unlocks savings, increases visibility, reduces maverick spend, and amounts to a more efficient business. For many organizations, paying attention to this tail spend doesn’t seem worth the hassle. However, there are consequences to ignoring the problem entirely. Failure to address it can result in damage to the bottom line and the organization’s reputation. Is your company ready to take a step towards a best-in-class procurement department? Join Levvel Research and Procure-to-Pay expert, Basware as we demystify one of procurement’s biggest gray areas.

The Strategic CFO is Thriving with Risk

September 05, 2019 2:00PM

The Strategic CFO is Thriving with Risk

The CFO has always held a vital role for the organization--they ensure a strong financial position and effective controls so the company can make decisions within acceptable levels of risk. As global markets become more competitive, CFOs are increasingly called upon to take a more forward-looking and strategic approach to financial management. While this means expanding their roles, CFOs must still maintain core financial functions like reporting, auditing, and compliance. How should a CFO balance a traditional, fundamental finance function with a more forward-looking approach without risking inefficiency or putting strain on resources? Join Levvel Research and Business Spend Management expert, Coupa, as we explore the evolving role of the modern CFO and what it means for an organization's success. __Start Time:__ 11am PST / 2pm EST

Future-Proofing the Back Office

August 22, 2019 2:00PM

Future-Proofing the Back Office

Digital transformation strategy goes far beyond implementing new software — it requires that organizations use technology to create an enhanced, cutting-edge experience for internal and external parties alike, an experience that will improve their competitive advantage. Unfortunately, organizations often use technology as a way to keep up with their competitors, rather than as a way to outpace them. Simply plugging in automation software without a strategic end goal in mind can lead to lower ROI and can silo teams and data. Achieving true digital transformation hinges on organizations mapping out a strategic vision of future business processes. It’s important to keep in mind that companies have to focus not only on the processes that touch their customers, end-users, and clients, but on the ones that are core to the business in the back-office. Automating procurement and accounts payable are two key ways to transform your financial and back-office operations. Join Levvel Research and financial transformation expert, Oversight Systems, as we explore how you can future proof your organization by prioritizing digital transformation in every part of your business.

Accounts Payable Management Strategies for Complex Invoices

August 08, 2019 2:00PM

Accounts Payable Management Strategies for Complex Invoices

Complex invoice types, such as utility bills, are some of the most time consuming, error prone, and resource-exhausting invoices to process—and these challenges only grow worse for companies with small, stretched Accounts Payable (AP) teams. What’s more, varied, in-depth, and specialized knowledge is often needed to understand and reconcile many of these invoice types (e.g., utility bills’ multi‐level rate and tariff structures), making exception management exceptionally difficult. One way to alleviate these problems is to install an AP automation solution that offers functionality specifically for complex invoice management. Solutions like these will not only aid and empower your AP department, but they are also an easy way for change drivers to strengthen their business case for technology adoption in general—as automation brings high ROI for this category. Join Levvel Research and AP automation provider, [Goby](https://www.gobyinc.com/), as we identify the strategies and tools your AP teams can use to better manage specialized, complex invoices.

Finding the Right Fit and Function for Your P2P Vision

July 25, 2019 2:00PM

Finding the Right Fit and Function for Your P2P Vision

By now, you may have heard about the benefits of adding Procure-to-Pay (P2P) automation to the back office and how it can help your company save money and improve efficiency. Now what? Identifying the correct P2P solution is not as simple as watching product demonstrations and picking the tools that are the flashiest or seem to be the best. Every solution provider will say they have the exact solution to address your unique organizational needs, but there is really no one-size-fits-all approach. Companies have to consider numerous factors when beginning the selection process. For example, should everything be automated all at once and, if not, which process should you automate first? Who will be most impacted by this new tool? What is the greatest pain point and will this solution actually address it? Join Levvel Research and Procure-to-Pay provider Corcentric as we explore where to start and what to look for when evaluating P2P solutions. We will discuss key features in P2P solutions and best practices for implementation. We will also take a look at the cutting-edge technology solution providers are leveraging to make back-office processes even easier.

Improve Organizational Efficiency and User Experience with Component Libraries and Design Systems

June 27, 2019 2:00PM

Improve Organizational Efficiency and User Experience with Component Libraries and Design Systems

Design systems create efficiency and prevent inconsistencies within your organization, but they have many levels of maturity in terms of how much value they will actually add. Join Levvel for a discussion of how a component library will move your design system from just being a set of guidelines to a fully developed system of living molecules that power your product, while learning how to properly build and structure it.

The Effect of Digital Innovation on Product Management

June 26, 2019 2:00PM

The Effect of Digital Innovation on Product Management

Digital innovation is being used at many financial institutions as a catalyst for digital transformation, empowering them to reduce or eliminate vendor dependencies. While innovation through architecture and IT is key, having a product team that is ready to take on the new challenges of a digital product set is necessary for success. Join us to hear about how to align your product teams to support and further your digital innovation strategy, as well as bolster your digital transformation.

How to Create Holistic Efficiency Across AP and Finance

June 20, 2019 2:00PM

How to Create Holistic Efficiency Across AP and Finance

AP automation allows organizations to eliminate paper invoices, to speed up approval times, and to streamline invoice management processes as a whole. However, the efficiency gains from accounts payable automation don't have to stop at simply getting rid of paper invoices. With the right change management strategies and technology, organizations can potentially promote efficiency across all areas that Accounts Payable touches-- from corporate finance teams to the CFO. This not only increases the ROI of AP process transformation, it turns the AP department into a much more strategic arm of the business. Join Levvel Research and AP automation expert, Goby, as explore how to spread out the efficiency gains from AP automation throughout your company. We will outline how to break down silos and open up communication between different finance entities to further stretch the value of AP automation, as well as how to leverage AP technology in a more strategic way that improves your organization's bottom line.

Digital Transformation in Procure-to-Pay

June 06, 2019 2:00PM

Digital Transformation in Procure-to-Pay

Reviewing Key Trends and Insights from the 2019 Digital Transformation for P2P Report “Digital transformation” — it’s a buzzword that has permeated business environments across the world. It is often associated with leveraging innovative technology to automate and digitalize key business functions, effectively helping companies achieve their strategic goals and become more nimble and competitive in their markets. But what does digital transformation mean for the back office? How does it help key departments like accounts payable (AP) and purchasing automate and transform? Levvel Research recently conducted a study to explore and answer those very questions. Join us and Procure-to-Pay (P2P) software expert, Esker, as we explore the findings of our upcoming Digital Transformation for P2P report, which reveals the value of digital transformation for helping back-office teams meet their own efficiency and improvement goals. We will look at trends on how finance and purchasing professionals are leveraging digital transformation today and determine how emerging technologies like AI and machine learning are being used to improve procurement and AP processes.

How to Become a Compliance-Centric Organization

May 23, 2019 2:00PM

How to Become a Compliance-Centric Organization

Even for companies with strong procurement teams and the best of intentions, it is virtually impossible to stay 100% compliant with purchasing policies, budgets, and contracts across the entire organization. So many purchasing decisions are made on the fly and in real time, and even a small amount of spend slipping through the cracks in controls can have a large financial impact on an organization's bottom line. Fortunately, there are strategies, tools, and best practices organizations can follow to create a completely compliance-centric environment for any procurement structure or purchasing model. Join Levvel Research and Xeeva as we outline some dynamic ways companies can transform their procurement and enable 360 degree purchasing compliance. This webinar will examine how holistic compliance strategies can be applied to different procurement environments (e.g., decentralized vs. centralized procurement) to create the same controlled spend outcome. It will also outline how electronic procurement (eProcurement) software applies autonomous compliance controls to effectively do the work for organizations.

Strategies for Secure and Holistic Expense Report Management

May 09, 2019 2:00PM

Strategies for Secure and Holistic Expense Report Management

When accounting teams try to manage travel and expense spend, they often struggle against a few big drivers of inefficiency—internal silos, manual processes, and poor visibility. Without centralized and transparent expense reporting data, it is nearly impossible to manage compliance or financial risk across all employee spend, and maverick or fraudulent purchasing often slips by undetected. This not only hurts a company’s bottom line, it hurts the productivity of the accounting department and traveling employees alike. Join Levvel Research and expense spend management expert, Oversight, as we explore how to minimize financial risk in expense reporting with strategic data management and dynamic auditing automation. This webinar will offer best practices for identifying, managing, and mitigating enterprise-wide spend risk no matter where it resides in your organization.

Building a Strategic Procurement & Finance Alliance to Enable Growth

April 25, 2019 2:00PM

Building a Strategic Procurement & Finance Alliance to Enable Growth

As organizations look to control spending and drive profitability, creating a strategic alliance between two key back-office departments—-finance and procurement-—is critical. The results of a stronger partnership range from streamlined processes to decreased risk, and most importantly, the ability to respond quickly to opportunities and challenges as they arise. One way to start building strong ties in your back office is to benchmark your own procurement and finance maturity and efficiency against that of global leaders. Join Levvel Research, Coupa CFO, Todd Ford, and Aon CPO, Michael Benvenuto, as we take a look at new Business Spend Management benchmarks drawn from __$1+ trillion in actual business spend__ managed by high-performing organizations. We will also provide best practices for creating success metrics within your own back-office and aligning your own procurement and finance teams. __Start Time:__ 11am PST / 2pm EST

Financial Management Strategies for Strong Supplier Relationships

April 11, 2019 2:00PM

Financial Management Strategies for Strong Supplier Relationships

Optimizing working capital and strengthening supplier relationships can often seem like competing objectives. The former has historically required cost cutting and creating strain on suppliers and trading partnerships. One privately-owned pest control manufacturer, Woodstream, found itself with this familiar challenge: pressure to improve working capital while at the same time maintaining strong supplier relationships. Join Levvel Research, PrimeRevenue, and Woodstream’s EVP Operations, Shawn Reniker, for a deep dive into how Woodstream successfully leveraged supply chain finance strategies and technology to improve working capital and strengthen supplier partnerships at the same time.

How to Control Maverick Spending Through a Proactive Spend Culture

March 28, 2019 2:00PM

How to Control Maverick Spending Through a Proactive Spend Culture

When it comes to purchasing, every procurement team will tell you that one of the greatest challenges of their job is ensuring compliance across their organization when it comes to purchasing rules, spend policies, and budgets. Without the proper controls in place, organizations can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in maverick spend and high processing costs. High levels of rogue spend can be a sign of an unhealthy Spend Culture. It is often caused by a lack of internal controls and approval processes, non-compliant employees, and if organizations aren't using the right systems and technological tools. Even with the proper eProcurement tool, the system is only as strong as its utilization, and some companies fear they won't gain high enough adoption of a software to truly centralize and control spend activity. Join Levvel Research and Spend Culture experts, Procurify, as we explore how to use a mix of change management strategies and technology to reduce maverick spend. This webinar will offer insights into the ways North American organizations are currently managing their spend, and will provide key best practices for implementing better controls within your own organization. It will also offer key best practices for ensuring high user adoption of an eProcurement tool, and ultimately, higher ROI from the technology. __Start Time:__ 11am PST / 2pm EST

Driving ROI with Automated Invoice Management

March 14, 2019 2:00PM

Driving ROI with Automated Invoice Management

Implementing technology across high-cost, back-office processes like accounts payable (AP) can be essential for increasing efficiency and improving a company’s bottom line. Large enterprises are often able to automate many inefficient manual processes at a time with fully featured software platforms, but how should scaling companies with limited resources for technology investment approach AP automation? Choosing the right solution for your budget, process structure, and business goals is essential for driving improvement and savings. For scaling companies, this could mean starting with AP and invoice management processes and scaling the automation software to other areas of the back-office over time to gain higher ROI. Join Levvel Research (formerly PayStream Advisors) and enterprise content management (ECM) expert, DocStar, as we explore how organizations can strategically leverage technology and change management best practices to automate AP processes and beyond—driving ROI throughout the back office. It will outline how invoice and document management automation cut costs and accelerate efficiency, and it will offer best practices on how to communicate technology ROI to key stakeholders.

The Cross-Border Payments Blueprint for Global Payables

December 18, 2018 12:00AM

The Cross-Border Payments Blueprint for Global Payables

In recent years, large and mid-sized organizations have awakened to the need to maintain global partners and an international supply chain. However, complexity is the enemy of efficiency, and global business relationships entail a very complex process, one that is fraught with fraud and risk compliance requirements. When it comes to leveraging back-office processes and departments, a company’s payables team can either be an afterthought or a contributing partner to streamlining global partnerships. In this upcoming webinar, Levvel Research's analyst Anna Barnett and Rob Israch from Tipalti, a leading ePayments provider, will team up to present the latest research on current payments trends, including challenges in global payables management. This event will detail the requirements for a global payables process, and it will recount how one real company significantly reduced their risk profile for global payables.

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.

Where to Begin with Accounts Payables Automation

December 06, 2018 12:00AM

Where to Begin with Accounts Payables Automation

If you’re a growing organization trying to stay competitive in today’s market despite shrinking profit margins, you’re likely looking for ways to cut costs in your back office. Many companies try to accomplish this by automating their financial departments, such as with an accounts payable (AP) automation solution. The question is, when you’re operating under the pressures of highly manual processes, high volumes of paper invoices, overworked AP staff, and stretched resources, how do you know where to start with automation. Knowing where to start often requires a deeper understanding of the various types of AP automation, and how different approaches can be applied to companies depending on things like their business structure, paper volume, and size. Join PayStream Advisors and AP automation expert, ImageTag, as we explore how some of today’s innovative, growing organizations are going completely paperless and touchless in their AP department. This webinar will explore how to get started with automation based on various metrics within a department (department size, invoice volume, timeline, etc.). It will also highlight how organizations can leverage a flexible invoice management solution to help improve other areas of back-office efficiency as well.

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.

How to Turn AP Into a Profit Center

November 15, 2018 2:00PM

How to Turn AP Into a Profit Center

Accounts Payables departments have traditionally been considered cost centers, a reality only perpetuated when organizations are managing AP processes manually. Today, things have changed: AP automation software and modern technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and supervised machine learning enable organizations to turn this cost center into a profit center. Not only can organizations manage AP faster and cheaper with automation, they can transform the role of AP within the organization by enabling strategic supplier payments, cash flow, and working capital management. Join Levvel Research and AP technology expert, Carl Hillier, Head of Product Marketing at Ephesoft, as we explore how the modern software can transform AP processes and enable businesses to strategically leverage their invoice management to their competitive advantage.

Can Finance and Procurement Initiatives Align?

October 23, 2018 2:00PM

Can Finance and Procurement Initiatives Align?

Working capital initiatives, for the most part, are a finance or treasury-led initiative. However, when it comes to implementation and the long-term success, procurement is largely responsible for leading the execution. It’s a reality often overlooked by financial stakeholders and one that exposes a weak link in how companies implement working capital initiatives such as supply chain finance. Join PayStream Advisors, PrimeRevenue, and a seasoned procurement and business management professional, Brenda Lloyd, for a discussion on bridging the gap between finance and procurement initiatives.

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. *Note: Gift card offer expires 6/30/2018*

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.