May 6th, 2021

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


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Like most finance teams, Microsoft and Avanade Finance have faced challenges wrangling data, delivering intuitive business insights and analytics, improving collaboration across the organization, and increasing productivity and efficiency.

To meet these challenges, Microsoft and Avanade have matched world-class technology and data management with a vision for innovation, collaboration, and driving greater impact through improved decision making and compliance.

Join Microsoft and Avanade for an engaging presentation and panel discussion moderated by Microsoft’s Rick Weinberg and featuring special guest Aneel Delawalla, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy and Development CFO & Enterprise Value,  Microsoft’s Finance Digital Transformation Lead, Jesse Todd and Avanade’s CFO, Sonia Webb as they discuss how their digital transformation journey has helped them achieve outcomes like:

  • Saved over 150,000 hours quarterly, and 20% time spent compiling and validating data for financial reporting and analysis
  • Cut revenue forecast variance by 50% 
  • Reduced transaction analytics review time by 52% through automation, significantly improving audit speed and accuracy
  • Streamlined accounts payable, improving payment term compliance by 95% and saving $10M
  • Reduced finance operations support cost by 30%+


Sonia Webb
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Sonia Webb is responsible for Avanade’s global investment strategy and management, as well as its financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, tax, internal audit, financial planning, and treasury.

Sonia joined Avanade in July 2019 as Global Finance Lead bringing 25+ years of experience, including 22 years with Accenture. At Accenture, she most recently had served as Finance Director, North America, where she drove strategic financial priorities across the company’s largest market. Previously she was Finance Director for Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology business in North America and earlier, a member of the Corporate Development Transaction Services team, where she provided critical financial deal shaping guidance across a variety of industries and offerings.

Aneel Delawalla
Managing Partner

Aneel Delawalla leads Accenture’s Enterprize Value Targeting group, which uses proprietary functional/industry benchmarks and digital value methodologies to find and size new sources of value. In that capacity, Aneel works with management teams and the boards of directors of publicly traded and privately held companies to create enterprize value at the intersection of growth strategies, operating model transformation, and the employee experience. Aneel also co-chairs the Accenture CFO of the Future Summit in partnership with Harvard University.

Jesse Todd
Finance Digital Transformation Lead

Jesse leads digital transformation efforts for Microsoft’s Finance Data & Experiences team, which is responsible for all reporting, BI, rhythms, and data infrastructure across Microsoft’s global 3700-person finance organization. In 14 years with Microsoft Jesse has had a front-row seat to Microsoft’s digital transformation and has led teams in both FP&A and BI roles, with expertise in business partnering, BI and analytics, machine learning, budget/process simplification and centralization, and developing a modern, integrated data platform.

Rick Weinberg
Senior Account Executive

Rick Weinberg is a corporate strategist and technology scholar who takes pride in transforming organizations into modern businesses. Rick is by most standards a non-traditional sales executive who studied engineering and economics. Given his unique background, Rick discovered early on in his career the tremendous value found at the intersection of financial analysis and business heuristics, while utilizing cutting-edge technologies. As a prior financial strategist for the Microsoft Global Foundation Services team (now called Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure & Operations), Rick helped develop world-class, carbon-neutral global datacenters powering Microsoft’s Cloud services.


10:30 AM: Log in of guests

10:35 AM: Short introduction from Avanade

10:40 AM: Discovering what’s possible in Modern Finance

11:45 AM: Q&A

12:00 PM: End of Session

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