13 - 16 May, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal

Agenda Day 2

7:30 am - 7:45 am Coffee & Registration

7:45 am - 7:50 am SSON Opening Remarks & Polling

7:50 am - 8:00 am Chairman's Opening Day Two

8:00 am - 8:25 am From “Back Office” to “One Office": How Mars Global Services is Pole-Vaulting to Maturity

Angela Mangiapane - President, Mars Global Services, Mars Inc
Hear from Angela Mangiane, President of Mars Global Services (MGS), about they have overhauled and redefined an organisation which for years was struggling to mature and to add tangible business value.

Understand how, over the past two years, Angela and her teams have re-energised the 2,400 employee-strong business services organisation, challenging the perception that a role in MGS equals being subservient to the wider organisation, and how they have created a culture of continuous, grassroots improvements. Learn how, through their "we are all digital" campaign, they saved 300,000 hours in 2018 through automation, and how through a targeted hiring campaign they are creating a culture whereby business services is seen as a vital part of the wider organisation and not a separate entity.  


Angela Mangiapane

President, Mars Global Services
Mars Inc

8:25 am - 8:50 am Robotics for Finance Back-Office Operations: Stress Test Completed

Christophe MacGarry - Group Finance Transformation Director, Faurecia
Faurecia’s car equipment parts are present in 1/3 of all vehicles in Europe, and therefore the organisation has to juggle with just-in-time delivery from 300 factories worldwide, which requires a clinical financial efficiency from their multiple shared service centres. In this inspiring keynote session, hear from Christophe, who in the last two years has enabled a GBS organisation with 1000+ people across 5 locations. Christophe will share his experience of transforming the Finance operations with a comprehensive automation platform rather than integrating separate point solutions. The original goal was set to enable scaling to thousands of robots in tens of complex processes, previously manual, with global deployment and standardisation, with further steps into HR and supply chain. Find how it has gone, and walk away with clear ideas for your future automation strategy...

Christophe MacGarry

Group Finance Transformation Director

It is undeniable that the rise of automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) has vast implications for the future of the outsourcing industry. The pace at which these industries have ballooned has led to the death of the FTE model, but the theory that outsourcing and digitization are mutually exclusive, is false. Focusing on omni-channel experiences, leveraging efficiencies through implementing intelligent automation, and creating customized experiences is becoming the norm, but precisely how are outsourcing trends impacting the SS/GBS industry?.
This panel will explore the key trends impacting business services; How far into the transformation journey are we, what are the challenges that the industry faces. What are the elephants in the room that we need to address in this journey?

Grace Winters

SSC Director


Adrian Maciszewski

Managing Director Global Business Services


Mike Webb

Executive Vice President, Head of Operations
Solvay Business Services


Kapil Jain

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Sales and Enterprise Capability
Infosys BPM

9:30 am - 9:55 am Intelligently Automating at Scale – Have We Reached a “Tipping Point?”

A few years ago RPA adoption was seen as a radically innovative strategy to drive business profitability, increase visibility of particular processes and to shift the bulk of employees away from transactional, mundane tasks and into advanced activities. In 2019, automation is increasingly becoming a central strategy for Business Service organisations that need to stay ahead of the curve and harness technology to deliver top and bottom line savings. However, as the world learns more, the rush to AI based tools is increasing. RPA seems like yesterday’s news; that is until you speak to some of the people leading the RPA evolution at some of the biggest brands in the world. These innovators are using terms like, ‘just getting started’ and they’re already at 10,000 bots.  Hear from one leading Business Services organisation about how they are prioritising next-generation automation as a key pillar of their 2025 strategy. Learn about the key considerations made when deciding what to automate, and the successes and challenges associated with enterprise-wide implementation.

Join this session if you think it is ridiculous that global shared services are still reliant on spreadsheets to close their accounts! Tracking, handling and processing hundreds if not thousands of spreadsheets – every month? If you recognise that pain come along to learn how to:
  • Create a faster and more efficient close cycle
  • Automate traditionally manual accounting functions
  • Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting
  • Add visibility to your close process


Cesar Sousa

Senior Business Analyst
Infineon Technologies Shared Service Center


Tanya Gonçalves

Business Analyst
Infineon Technologies Shared Service Center


Robert Kathmann

Finance Transformation Expert

9:55 am - 10:45 am Demo Drive (25 minutes) & Networking Coffee Break


10:45 am - 12:55 pm SSC Starter Pack– Setting up from scratch to deliver maximum business value
Robbert Aerts - Regional Service Lead EMEA, Global Business Services, AkzoNobel


Robbert Aerts

Regional Service Lead EMEA, Global Business Services


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Blockchain & Business Services – A Discussion on Future Application & Innovation


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Change Management – Cope with Transformation Execution Challenges & Drive Through Your Agenda


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Automating your Human Resources Service – Establishing Harmony between Bots & People
Jim MacDougall - Director, Global HR Services, Amazon
Orla Weare - Senior Manager, Operational Excellence for HR Services, Amazon


Jim MacDougall

Director, Global HR Services


Orla Weare

Senior Manager, Operational Excellence for HR Services


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Expanding the Scope of Business Services


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Finance Process Automation in Business Services –Where to start?


10:45 am - 12:55 pm RPA Is One Part Of The Puzzle Of Digitalisation – What Are The Others?


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Hire-to-Retire Process Excellence
Ann-Katrin Kackur - Senior Director Global Business Services, Hire-to-Retire, Adidas


Ann-Katrin Kackur

Senior Director Global Business Services, Hire-to-Retire


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Global Service, Global Problem? How Important a Sactor are Global Issues on Business Services?


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Order-to-Cash Process Excellence


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Procure-to-Pay Process Excellence
Hosted by: Tradeshift


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Record-to-Report Process Excellence


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Business Process Management and Workflows


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Automation vs Roboticisation…Knowing What Form of “Digital” Will Best Enhance your Operations


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Onboarding Process Transformation – Why Getting the Process Right from the Start will Lead to an Engaged and Loyal Workforce
Teresa Michelena - Director Global Business Services Center HR, Europe, Mastercard


Teresa Michelena

Director Global Business Services Center HR, Europe


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement and Constant Value Add


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Artificial Intelligence in Business Services… Re-imagining the boundaries


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Customer Centric Service – Manage & Delight Your Customer


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Workplace Discussions – Creating Exceptional, Inspirational Places of Work to Drive Productivity


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Outsourced Service – How to Get the Most out of your Hybrid Model


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Setting up Centres of Excellence


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Digital Talent, Future Workforce Trends


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Owning your 2.0 Process Transformation – Are we at the End of “End-to-End”?


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Adding Value in the HR GBS of the Future – From Set-Up to Data, Bots, and Talent Acquisition


10:45 am - 12:55 pm Transformation Challenges – When “Going Global” isn’t going to plan


10:45 am - 12:55 pm What is the Optimum level of Attrition Within Business Services?

12:55 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch (Invitation-Only Private Lunch)

12:55 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch (Invitation-Only Private Lunch)

1:45 pm - 1:45 pm Functional Fast Tracks Begin

1:55 pm - 2:55 pm Invitation-only Private Learning Lab: Robotics Designed for Back Office

This Learning Lab uses real-word cases from enterprise customers to share core lessons on how to embrace and truly scale financial process robotics. A demonstration will show how to easily select robots and assemble a robotic process. This session will focus on finance (R2R, O2C, P2P, …) in the back-office and shared services, across SAP®, ERP and associated applications, with demonstrations of fully-robotised processes such as Balance Sheet Reconciliation, Journal Entry, Intercompany Reconciliations and Close Task lists etc. Learn how Redwood Robotics™ solutions helps companies achieve more with less resources, by delivering proven technologies that can be deployed at scale without the typical costs and burdens associated with traditional RPA development, maintenance and IT infrastructure management. We’ll show how to customize what you need quicker and easier than ever, from a catalog of thousands of ready-to-use robotic services, combining them with our deep domain expertise across Finance, HR, Supply Chain and IT.
Discover how you can achieve a flexible approach to robotic processing using pay-as-you-go and predictable pricing.

Finance Innovators Summit

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Functional Speed-Dating

Finance Innovators Summit

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm Creating a “SWAT” Team for Finance Innovation
Lorant Besnyi - Head of Accounting & Tax, MOL
Accountants will know that the Finance function is not one that has been historically associated with creativity. Hear how Fortune 500 organisation Mol Group’s diversification into areas such as renewables, consumer service and car sharing is leading to back office transformation, with the finance function coming up with creative solutions to solve enterprise-wide problems and transformation initiatives. Understand how this Oil & Gas giant has moved away from “the cost” discussion and are now focussing solely on value – acting similarly to in-house consultants to the wider business. 

Lorant Besnyi

Head of Accounting & Tax

HR Transformation Summit

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Functional Speed-Dating

HR Transformation Summit

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm Setting the Foundation for HR Innovation – People Remain Key
Wendy Allardes - Senior Director, HR Operations, Thermo Fisher
In this session, hear how NYSE-listed $20bn biotechnology company Thermo Fisher is moving from a traditional HR structure into a “scalable standardised service” by actively engaging with its stakeholders to harmonise processes and technology, removing a tangle of legacy systems and varying processes.
Learn about the tips and tricks Wendy has used to get senior sponsorship and buy-in for the HR transformation programme, breaking down the “us and them” dynamic that is often typical of SSC set-ups, and how she has successfully established relationships with her wider business to establish the key processes and behaviours that need to change. Learn how she is utilising process-mapping and new technologies to facilitate this, but how ultimately, she believes it is the ability to build strong relationships that will determine the success or failure of any transformation.

Wendy Allardes

Senior Director, HR Operations
Thermo Fisher

Multi- Functional Excellence Summit

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Functional Speed-Dating

Multi- Functional Excellence Summit

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm Establishing Trust in Service – The Journey from Back Office to Front Office
Mike Smith - General Manager, GBS Cork, Kuala Lumpur & Mexico City, Eli Lilly Cork Ltd – Global Business Solutions Centre
In this session, hear from Kay Flynn about how Eli Lilly’s 750 person-strong GBS organisation have successfully created a business that is truly customer-centric, successfully shifting into a multifunctional SSC that directly interacts with patients and internal customers alike. You can’t deliver customer excellence without exemplary employee experience, and in this session, hear how Kay has created a culture of value creation and innovation to ensure that both productivity and service delivery remain high. 

Mike Smith

General Manager, GBS Cork, Kuala Lumpur & Mexico City
Eli Lilly Cork Ltd – Global Business Solutions Centre

Intelligent Automation Disruptors

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Functional Speed-Dating

Intelligent Automation Disruptors

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm “Digitalisation has Fundamentally Transformed How Our Business Services Organisation is Perceived”
Nuno Chung - Executive Board Member, EDP Valor
Hear how RPA and other forms of automation have been the driving force for changing how EDP Valor’s SSC is viewed by the wider business, and how the SSC is now seen as the key to digital transformation. Discover how, through “embracing digital” EDP Valor have transformed into becoming an award-winning business services organisation, with this innovation hub winning awards for employee productivity, and how they are utilising multiple aspects of Intelligent Automation (RPA, AI, and cognitive) to achieve this goal.

Nuno Chung

Executive Board Member
EDP Valor

Developing Business Services

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Functional Speed-Dating

Developing Business Services

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm Making Data Analytics Accessible at Carlsberg
Dave Marton - Vice President, Global Shared Services, Carlsberg Group
Carlsberg is undergoing a change to become a Datapowered company. This is being fueled by Data, Analytics, Insight Creation and Action with Data being at the heart of this change. Data strategy in Carlsberg is built around the ambition of connecting key data sets across the entire organisation and building data driven programs with actionable insights and reporting that drives value across Carlsberg Group. Making data accessible helps salespeople, marketers and executives to understand what is going on with the business and, more importantly, to know what to do next.

All this is being supported by cutting edge technology and the multidisciplinary team. A connected organisation manages all stages of the big data journey, from data acquisition all the way up to product development, deployment and expansion with a user-friendly release management and
communication strategy.

First results are already visible with a number of exciting firstgeneration data products being launched. Predictive churn tool is one of the recent use cases where Data Science team has looked at every possible piece of data to predict if a customer is at risk to stop trading with
Carlsberg. With that, an early warning system has been designed that will help country directors, regional managers and sales representatives to identify accounts which are at risk. The early warning system will help keep customers trading with Carlsberg instead of going elsewhere.

Join this session to hear from Carlsberg VP Dave Marton, an Executive Sponsor of the Data program, about how Data is at the core of Carlsberg’s next generation operating model.

Dave Marton

Vice President, Global Shared Services
Carlsberg Group

2:20 pm - 2:25 pm 5 Minute changeover

Finance Innovators Summit

2:25 pm - 2:50 pm Interactive Panel Session: Leading Finance – Becoming a Strategic Business Partner
Massimo Cecchi - Financial Services Director, Barilla
Bill Bentaieb - Head of Finance Transformation, Enhanced Personal Security Provider
As finance leaders get closer to their businesses and to their customers, there is a need for them to be retrained into strategic partnership positions. In this session, hear how senior finance leaders are:

•Utilising big data effectively to focus on delivering maximum impact
•Developing trust in service
•Value-add activities…moving away from the transactional and towards knowledge-based activities.


Massimo Cecchi

Financial Services Director


Bill Bentaieb

Head of Finance Transformation
Enhanced Personal Security Provider

Senior HR leaders with a wealth of experience in HR transformation programmes give exclusive insight into their top tips and tricks for success including:

•Establishing the foundations of HRSSC transformation
•Next-gen innovation – putting the “Human” back in human resources
•Technology and HR discussions - is automation proving a “solve all” solution for HR?


Nadia Hutchinson

Global Human Resources Operations Director


Russell Sowden

HR Programme Manager


Fraser Kirk

Vice President Global Human Resources Shared Services Programme


Justyna Andrzejewska

Global H2R Delivery Director

Multi-Functional Excellence Summit

2:25 pm - 2:50 pm Breaking Down The Silos – Establishing A Culture Of Cross-Functional Collaboration Within Business Services
In this panel session, hear from leaders of multifunctional SSOs about how they are encouraging a collaborative approach for their business services organisational deployment. Learn how they are:

  • Creating a cohesive technological programme
  • Delivering on organisational-wide continuous improvement initiatives 

Intelligent Automation Disruptors

2:45 pm - 4:10 pm Interactive Panel Session: Stepping beyond the Bots – Cognitive Learning and Artificial Intelligence within Business Services
RPA is seen by many as the “first step” of a wider automation approach, and with separate budgets, access to vast amounts of data, and standardised processes, SSCs offer the perfect microcosm for technological innovation. This session will delve into the wider world of intelligent automation, exploring artificial intelligence, chat bots, NLP, and the implications of the rapid growth of automation on the business services organisation of the future. 

Developing Business Services

2:25 pm - 2:50 pm Moving In-House - High Quality Service in a High-Growth Operation
Dr. Frank Schüler - Managing Director Global Service Center, DHL
Following the decision to move their finance operations in-house, DHL’s Business Services Operations grew by 70% in 2018, and is now 4,000 people strong. In this session, hear about just some of the successful elements of this shift, to in-house delivery. Learn how their transformation incorporates people and automation, including building up a Virtual Delivery Centre which successfully compliments their Human Delivery Centre, and after 1 year has 240 virtual employees. Discover how they are moving up the value chain at a rapid rate, whilst putting governance in place to monitor this rapid expansion, and how they have stepped up service delivery and grown in areas such as logistics and operations.

Dr. Frank Schüler

Managing Director Global Service Center

2:50 pm - 2:55 pm 5 minute changeover

Finance Innovators Summit

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm Creating a Continuously Improving Organisation: 20% Black Belt by 2021!
Helen Emmett - Operations Director Global Financial Services, Experian
In this case-study session, hear from one of SSON Analytics top 20 most admired SSOs about how their talent and continuous improvement strategies are enhancing employee experience, productivity, and the quality of their service delivery. Through embracing a lean culture, Experian has the goal that 20% of its organisation will be trained Six Sigma black belts within the next three years, with the rest of the organisation trained to either green or yellow belt level. This investment in people (alongside a wider talent strategy involving alternative career paths, mentoring portals, and additional training) is leading to decreased attrition, and is helping embed a culture of CI which, in 2018, contributed to 300 days saved through automation.  

Helen Emmett

Operations Director Global Financial Services

HR Transformation Summit

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm The Journey From SSC to GBS: Establishing the Development of People-Centric, Value-Added Services
Claus Peter Schründer - Senior Vice President, HR Special Services, Deutsche Telekom AG - Services Europe
Matthias Maschke - SVP HR Services & Head of Simplify & Digitalize Hire-to-Retire, Deutsche Telekom
In this session, hear from Claus-Peter, Senior Vice President of HR Special Services at Deutsche Telekom Services Europe about how they have successfully migrated 75% of their organisation to GBS, servicing over 140,000 employees. Discover how through GBS transformation they successfully delivered significant headcount reductions and have developed an automation programme which has delivered savings of 60 FTEs.
Beyond this, however, learn how DT have remodelled their customer experience through utilising workflow management tools, incorporating bots, Artificial Intelligence, and a new focus of simplification and digitalisation. 

Claus Peter Schründer

Senior Vice President, HR Special Services
Deutsche Telekom AG - Services Europe


Matthias Maschke

SVP HR Services & Head of Simplify & Digitalize Hire-to-Retire
Deutsche Telekom

Multi-Functional Excellence Summit

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm Understanding the Possibilities for Future HR Innovation
Rob Van den Wijngaard - Manager Finance Shared Service Centre, University Leiden
Hear how Leiden University has set up its new HR SSC in 2019 Q1, and how it is using the lessons learned from its finance SSC to embrace automation and CI from the outset. They will cover:
  • The vast improvements that are being put in place to drastically alter how HR will run
  • How continuous improvement initiatives are at the heart of the organisation
  • Employing Artificial Intelligence initiatives from the outset to facilitate value add


Rob Van den Wijngaard

Manager Finance Shared Service Centre
University Leiden

Intelligent Automation Disruptors

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm Next Level Automation – Robotics in a Hybrid Model
Andreas Leykauf - Director Global Business Services, Bosch
Philip Mannhart - Director Global HR Services Management, Bosch
Robotics takes automation in shared service to the next level. The challenge lies in moving to an automation-enabled operating model and adapting to ever-changing business needs in order to ensure:
• What are the future capabilities of robotics?
• What is the impact of robotics on the shared service market
• How do humans and machines work together to enable maximum business impact?

Andreas Leykauf

Director Global Business Services


Philip Mannhart

Director Global HR Services Management

Developing Business Services

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm Establishing your Results-Driven customer Excellence Programme
Ramkumar Ramaswamy - General Manager, Strategy Finance Operations, Shell
Shell has one of the largest and most progressive shared services networks in the world, which is on the cusp of significant digital transformation. As a process-focussed organisation, they now have to decide how their process landscape will evolve as a result of digital transformation.
In this session, hear how Ramkumar is navigating data and analytics, looking and governance and quality, digitalising operations and technologies, and looking at advanced change management tools such as design thinking. Understand how Shell is building its capabilities beyond just RPA, and how it is putting in place the strategy for its future vision of world-class operations.

Ramkumar Ramaswamy

General Manager, Strategy Finance Operations

3:20 pm - 3:25 pm 5 minute changeover

Finance Innovators Summit

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm Transforming the Finance Function of the Future for the Digitalised, GBS Age
Thomas Haseneder - Global Head Global Business Services Finance Services, Ingram Micro
Discover how Ingram Micro, 45bn turnover technology company, has transformed its finance shared service centre into a GBS model with 80% process coverage. Discover how they kicked off the SSC journey with a lift-and-shift approach but without a global mandate, but how, in the last two years, they have established a clear mission, strategy and vision which is connected to culture and end-to-end processes ownership and accountability.  Understand their plans for further standardisation, further bot automation (targeting 100 by the end of 2019) and their future plans to establish GBS as a strategically imperative part of the business. 

Thomas Haseneder

Global Head Global Business Services Finance Services
Ingram Micro

In this session, hear how Credit Suisse have led a "180 degree" turnaround in their innovative and award-winning HR Operations team, which has been recognized for business excellence by peer organizations.
Learn how, by successfully delivering a transformative agenda, they have developed a digitally integrated system within AI and robotics, whilst continuously looking at their operations through the lens of their internal customers; their employees.
Discover how, through driving everything in HR through one single portal, they have had over 1,200,000 visits to the platform, and how they are now working with both structured and unstructured data to provide service excellence. However, despite this innovation, automation is seen as just one of several pillars to success - join this session to hear more!

Richard Boxall

Global Head of HR Operations
Credit Suisse


Moritz von Butler

Global Head of Change and Operational Excellence HR Operations
Credit Suisse

Multi-Functional Excellence Summit

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm Workforce and Workplace Transformation – Establishing Strategies for Generation Y, Z, and Beyond
Everyone knows that employees’ expectations of their roles and their workplaces are changing. With an ever mobile workforce, and reallocating generational leadership, organisations need to be proactively addressing this challenge. Today’s (and tomorrow’s) employees demand more flexibility, enhanced employee experience, and more opportunities for progression and development than ever before, and it is essential that organisations are prioritising this, as it relates to financial strategy. This keynote will examine global workforce trends, the upskilling of talent, and the innovative strategies that organisations are employing to win the war for talent. 

Intelligent Automation Disruptors hosted by Automation Anywhere

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm How to scale up successfully in your RPA journey?
Joachim Britsch - Associate Director, Accounting Teamlead Systems & Data, Finance Innovation Europe
Conceição Martins - Associate Director Accounting Europe, Teva Pharmaceuticals
After a PoC and the first developments are done it’s important to reach the RPA scale-up phase, in order to realise maximum benefits across your enterprise. There will be some parameters which you will need to be mindful of as you progress on your scale-up journey:
  • How to identify multiple candidates for RPA
  • What requirements are needed to speed up in the development?
  • How can upcoming CR be handled?
  • What are the biggest time-crunchers and impediments to a successful scale up?

Joachim Britsch

Associate Director, Accounting Teamlead Systems & Data
Finance Innovation Europe

Conceição Martins

Associate Director Accounting Europe
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Developing Business Services

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm Creating a culture of service excellence in SSC
Jarek Wojnarowski - SSC Director, Velux
In this case-study session, hear how Velux have created a comprehensive training programme with their customer in mind, which is being rolled down to the whole SSO. The programme, centered around service excellence, is looking at the fact that there needs to be a greater level of understanding between the organisation and business units – with the organisation understanding how the SSO helps the wider business, and the SSO understanding what service excellence looks like. Through truly implementing a “know your customer” programme, Velux have been able to improve service delivery metrics, and are breaking down the “us and them” dynamic which can be typical of Business Services.


Jarek Wojnarowski

SSC Director

3:50 pm - 3:55 pm Back to plenary

3:55 pm - 4:40 pm Big Ideas Keynote: Artificial Intelligence in Business-Facing the Future, Today

In 2019, no-one can deny the fact that the term “AI” has become a buzzword, and yet there remains considerable confusion and scepticism from Business Leaders about what the term means, and what the practical applications of Artificial Intelligence could be. Whilst 63% of European SSOs are in planning or testing stage for some form of AI in the coming year*, there is a huge gap between planning and seeing the results of implementation, and the majority of SSO leaders do not feel they have ready access to data required to leverage new IA solutions, or a clear understanding of the potential of these new solutions for their operations.
Against this backdrop, hear from renowned AI technology strategist Clara Durodié about the true potential impacts of AI; not merely within Business, but within wider society as a whole. In an informative and engaging session:
  • Where to start with AI, and how should it factor into your strategy?
  • Global trends in AI adoption – are you ahead of or behind the curve?
  • Discussing the ethics of AI – what are the implications on your workforce, and how can you adequately prepare and train them to deal with this increasingly important tool?

Hosted by: Clara Durodié, AI Technology Strategist and Big Ideas Speaker

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm Afternoon Networking

The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, 52% of tasks will have been taken over by some form of robotics or automation. Against this backdrop, we will examine the advanced automation and technological innovations such as chat bots, interactive agents, natural language processing that some BSOs are deploying and the potential implications of this activity on the human workforce. It will discuss how businesses need to be preparing for the age of automation and how they have a duty to ensure their “human workforce” has all the necessary tools at their disposal to support this change.

Mike Webb

Executive Vice President, Head of Operations
Solvay Business Services


Vincent Vloemans

Group Business Process and Technology Director


Bob Kupershoek

Director Innovations & Strategic Initiatives
NBC Universal

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm Structured and Unstructured Data – RPA Case Study

6:10 pm - 6:15 pm Chairman´s Closing Remarks and invitation to offsite drinks

6:15 pm - 6:15 pm SSON Sunset Party!

For the second year in a row, SSOW will be returning to the stunning Forte de Cruz on Tamariz Beach in Estoril for our SSOW Party! Enjoy a glass of bubbly overlooking the ocean with us!