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John O'Rourke | Oct 03, 2023

OneStream Splash EMEA Conference Attracts Over 900 Attendees in Berlin


The market buzz around artificial intelligence (AI), and especially generative AI, has risen to a fever pitch in the first 9 months of 2023 and Finance teams are actively working to learn about the risks and potential benefits these technologies can provide. At the same time, they are challenged with steering their organizations through rapidly changing market conditions and adapting to new accounting and regulatory requirements around the world, including new ESG disclosure mandates.

These topics were key agenda items at the OneStream Splash EMEA user conference and partner summit which was held in Berlin, Germany September 19 – 21st.  Read on to learn about the highlights of the event and register for Splash Berlin on-demand to experience the event for yourself.

Making a Splash in Berlin

The attendance at OneStream’s Splash EMEA conferences has been steadily increasing over the past 8 years, having attracted over 600 attendees at the Paris event in 2022 and now over 900 in-person attendees at Splash Berlin.  These events provide a great opportunity for OneStream customers, prospective customers, partners, employees, industry analysts and other guests to connect, learn, and get inspired about how they can address the business challenges of today, and future challenges, with OneStream’s Intelligent Finance Platform. 

The conference offers a myriad of learning opportunities ranging from hands-on workshops to keynote sessions, 40+ breakout sessions, drop-in demos, a partner summit, meals and other networking sessions. 

Empowering Today to Plan for Tomorrow

The keynote session hosted by OneStream EVP of EMEA Matt Rodgers, and featuring CEO Tom Shea and President Craig Colby highlighted how OneStream is supporting the key initiatives of CFOs and Finance teams through our investments in the OneStream platform and Solution Exchange. 

Mr. Shea highlighted OneStream’s vision of expanding what’s possible in CPM through our focus on 3 main initiatives that deliver what we call CPM+:

  1. Addressing the core Financial Performance Management and Reporting needs of customers.
  2. Delivering more value across the enterprise through Operational Planning & Analytics.
  3. Leveraging the power of AI-Driven Forecasting and Automation.

Mr. Shea then reviewed the recent innovations OneStream has delivered to enable customers to achieve this vision.  This included the following:

Next Generation Platform Developments: Released in August, OneStream V 8.0 helps Finance teams work faster, smarter and stronger with significant performance gains, enhanced end-user reporting and analysis, and user-driven data connections and security. New updates include:

  • Technology Modernization with Microsoft .Net 6 to provide faster performance, greater throughput and a path to real-time scaling that responds to demand, decreased maintenance intervals and faster upgrades.
  • No-code SAP integration through a previewed SAP connector to provide direct integration with SAP ERPs to create, test and validate connections.

AI-Driven Forecasting and Automation: Building on the customer success and value delivered by its Sensible Machine Learning solution, at Splash Berlin OneStream previewed a Sensible LLM solution designed to unify generative AI with CPM, including providing tech support assistance, platform & design assistance and enhancements to Sensible ML for scenario planning use cases.

Expanded Solution Exchange Offerings Including ESG Planning & Reporting: Initially launched in April, the OneStream Solution Exchange is designed to enhance the development experience and accelerate the delivery of new businesses and productivity solutions from OneStream and OneStream partners. The Solution Exchange provides over 75 downloadable solutions built and optimized for the OneStream platform. One of the latest developments of the OneStream Solution Exchange includes:

  • ESG Blueprint: The ESG Blueprint leverages platform capabilities to accelerate the delivery of ESG reporting and planning with pre-built carbon calculations and ESG metric conversions.  This enables the Finance team to easily track and report on key sustainability metrics on a monthly and quarterly basis, as well as easily compare and analyze performance across difference business units and locations.

Challenging the Status Quo

Another highlight of Splash Berlin was the insightful keynote session on Women in Finance: Challenging the Status Quo. Moderated by OneStream’s SVP and Controller Pam McIntyre, this session featured three industry experts sharing their experiences and insights on how women can break through the barriers in the finance industry, including challenges related to innovation and technology. The panelists included Kayla Flanders, Director of Corporate Accounting, Pella Corporation, Marina Neto, Project Finance Director, Alliance Automotive Group, and Marianne Abib-Pech, CFO, Writer & Founder.

OneStream brand ambassador Nic Hamilton in an interview with Tom Shea.  For those unfamiliar with Nic’s story, he was told as a child that he would never walk due to his cerebral palsy. Not one to be told he cannot do things, with determination and grueling training he not only walked unaided, but also started to realize his dream: to be a racing driver. Now a regular in the British Touring Car Championship, his story and ‘anything is possible’ attitude inspires everyone who hears it.

And The Winner Is……

No OneStream Splash conference would be complete without the recognition we provide to partners and customers via our awards program. This year’s winners included:

  • Top Customer Advocate Award: Gijs van der Veen from Mileway
  • Power of the Platform Partner Award: AIQOS / Bradley Cooper
  • Partner Innovation Award: AMCO / Chiara Alessandri & Pascal Walk
  • Power of the Platform Award: PwC / David Jones

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for your support of OneStream!

Learn More

Besides the keynote sessions highlighted above, Splash Berlin included over 40 breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics from budgeting and planning to financial close & consolidation, ESG reporting, Sensible Machine Learning, data integration, workflow and many customer and partner success stories.  If you missed the event, you can register for OneStream Splash Berlin On-Demand, which will be available October 2 – December 2nd.   

Otherwise, Auf Wiedersehen for now and we look forward to seeing everyone at the next Splash event in Las Vegas, May 20 – 23, 2024!

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