Coupa hosts Inspire ’17, explores how to “Unleash Real Value Everywhere”

Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP), a leader in cloud-based spend management, will host Inspire ’17 next month at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square. Inspire ’17 is one of the fastest growing spend management industry events in the world where nearly 2,000 Coupa customers, partners, prospects, and employees will connect, explore and learn how to “Unleash Real Value Everywhere.”

Held May 16–18, the fifth annual event will feature a ‘Fireside Chat’ on the main stage with Apple Co-Founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak and Coupa CEO Rob Bernshteyn. They will engage in a discussion on a range of topics covering innovation, perseverance and inspiration, and including a segment about Wozniak’s business journey with fellow Apple co-founder and friend Steve Jobs.

In keeping with conference tradition, Bernshteyn will kick off Inspire ’17 with a conversational presentation during his keynote address scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.PST on Wednesday, May 17. His keynote will highlight the industry’s opportunity to deliver measurable business value to customers and stakeholders.

“We are excited every year to host our customers and industry leaders at one of the largest industry events,” said Bernshteyn. “Inspire ’17 is the place where our customers are featured examples of how Value as a Service is not just a catch phrase to us. It is a reality. We’re looking forward to celebrating their successes.”

Inspire ’17 will host more than 100 speakers across 40 mainstage and breakout sessions where conference attendees will realize the possibilities available in today’s procurement, accounts payable automation, expense management, and sourcing landscapes.

“Procurement is increasingly being asked to help their organizations have positive social impact,” said Dale Welcome, ProVision Programme Director — World Vision International. “We’re excited that Coupa is providing us a platform at Inspire to explore this topic further.”

Also taking the stage at this year’s event are expert speakers including industry thought leaders and analysts such as Dawn Tiura of SIG, Duncan Jones of Forrester Research, Mickey North Rizza of IDC Research, Inc., and Amy Fong of The Hackett Group

“KPMG and Coupa share a common goal of helping clients drive sustainable performance and measureable results,” said Dipan Karumsi, KPMG’s U.S. Procurement Advisory leader. “Inspire offers attendees the perfect forum to share leading spend management perspectives that few events of this scale can offer. KPMG has been a proud Platinum sponsor of Coupa Inspire for five years in a row.”

In addition to KPMG, top industry partners at Inspire ’17 are once again joining this year as event sponsors, including Deloitte as a Platinum sponsor, Nvoicepay, Accenture and The Shelby Group as Gold sponsors, and a dozen more Silver and Coupa Advantage sponsors.

“Coupa Inspire provides a great opportunity for The Shelby Group to share our experience and best practices for implementing the Coupa platform worldwide,” said Jim Kandilas, CPA, Executive Vice President, The Shelby Group. “Each year, we find Coupa Inspire to be a collaborative setting where industry leaders come to determine and accelerate their procurement success.”

Notable speakers and programming at Inspire ’17 include:

Stephen Nied, Operating Advisor for Procurement and Supply Chain — Francisco Partners’ Operating Advisor for Procurement and Supply Chain, Stephen Nied and Paddy Lawton, Founder of Coupa Spend360 will look at this subject realistically with a lens of the practical rather than theoretical.

Wim Goossens, Manager Global Purchase to Pay Project — Philip Morris International, Bryan Doepken, Sourcing & Procurement Senior Manager — Accenture. In this session you will discover how PMI, Coupa, and Accenture partnered together to build an approach that places the focus on the people.

Dale Welcome, ProVision Programme Director — World Vision International

World Vision together with The Shelby Group, will discuss how they meet higher donor expectations, reduce operating costs, compete more effectively for limited financial resources and set new standards for efficiency and transparency.

Alexander Valentin, Analyst, Global Procurement Center of Excellence — Michael Kors will discuss how they are using Coupa Analytics to drive action and results

Wim Goossens, Manager Global Purchase to Pay Project — Philip Morris International, Bertrand Leopold, Program Manager, Law and Compliance — Philip Morris International will discuss de-risking invoicing through compliance

Dan Cameron, CPO — Pearson. Hear from the CPO of Pearson on why they selected Coupa to deliver measurable value through digitalization, efficiency, cost control and compliance.

Inspire will kick off on May 16th with a Welcome Reception in Union Square and will be followed by a lineup of product announcements during the three day conference, giving attendees a firsthand look at the latest innovations that Coupa has in store.

To follow along with the latest announcements released at the event, check back regularly at the Coupa Press Releases page here.

For a complete agenda, please visit the Coupa Inspire page here.