Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that four of the company's executives will present at the American Payroll Association's 33rd Annual Congress, held May 5-9, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WHAT: On May 5 at 8:00 a.m. PT, Tracie Sawade, business analyst, will present "The 10 Most Common Payroll Pitfalls," outlining the common challenges that organizations face when processing payroll, as well as a range of best practices for avoiding pitfalls. Topics will include multi-state taxation, quarter- and year-end preparation, compliance rules and regulations, workflow, retroactive pay, and more.
On May 5 at 9:45 a.m. PT, Steve VanWieren, principal data scientist, will present "Payroll—The Secret Weapon for Data Analytics," discussing why HR departments are now focusing on Big Data, how to correlate predictive analytics with employee data to forecast employee departures, and best practices when evaluating workforce trends for improved employee retention.
On May 5 at 2:15 p.m. PT, Ivan Chaney, global product strategist, will present "Payroll Fundamentals in France, Germany, and Italy," discussing essential considerations for multi-national payroll, specifically for companies with employees in France, Germany, and Italy. Topics will include operational efficiencies, cultural complexities, compliance, data collection and security, and governance.
On May 6 at 1:45 p.m. PT, Bill Hicks, senior vice president of client relationships, and Roger A. Smith, payroll management consultant, will present "What Every Payroll Professional Needs to Know about Emerging Payroll Technologies," identifying current and upcoming technology innovations for payroll, discussing how these new technologies can elevate payroll and HR operations, and providing recommendations on how payroll executives and managers can successfully leverage these tools to drive business results.
On May 8 at 2:30 p.m. PT, Ivan Chaney, global product strategist, and Mary Brumm, global payroll consultant, will present "Mastering the Complexities of Your Global Payroll Journey," outlining the common challenges that multinational corporations face—such as operational efficiencies, accessibility to key data and metrics, cultural complexities, compliance, and data security—when expanding operations outside of the U.S. They will review the essential considerations organizations need to know to begin or elevate their initiatives when managing global payroll, including data collection, governance, strategy, culture, payroll sourcing models, global compliance, data security, and more.
WHERE: American Payroll Association 33rd Annual Congress
May 5-9, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
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WHO: Bill Hicks, senior vice president of client relationships at Ultimate Software, is responsible for managing ongoing relationships with 2,700+ customers with employees in more than 150 countries. Previously, he served as Ultimate's CIO since 2004, overseeing Ultimate's award-winning IT team.
Mary Brumm, senior manager of global payroll at NVIDIA, has more than 30 years of experience in finance and payroll and earned her CPP in 2003. She is a member of the American Payroll Association. She currently serves on the Silicon Valley Chapter as treasurer and director of education and has held the roles of president and past president. In 2009, Brumm won the Donald W. Shaper Education Grant, and in 2011, she received the APA Meritorious Service Award.
Ivan Chaney, global product strategist at Ultimate Software, has over 19 years of professional experience in human resources and HR technology, as well as advanced knowledge in the HCM market and software industry in both EMEA and the U.S.
Tracie Sawade, business analyst at Ultimate Software, has been with the company since 2007. She earned her CPP designation in 1996 and has served in several roles in both the Denver Chapter Payroll Association and American Payroll Association.
Roger A. Smith, payroll management consultant, specializes in helping payroll and HR organizations improve their business processes. His services include strategic planning, process modeling/improvement, change management, and other deliveries tailored to the unique needs of each business—ranging from a simple training in tools, techniques, and methodologies through complete hands-on support.
Steve VanWieren, principal data scientist at Ultimate Software, is responsible for developing Ultimate's analytics products, including pioneering the use of predictive analytics for managing people. Previously, he served as vice president of strategic data analytics and data quality at Equifax, where he created and developed multiple analytical, data quality, and governance functions.

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