Alan Cohen


Alan Cohen

About Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is VP Payments & Financing Strategy, SAP Ariba. Alan has over 20 years of payments and working capital experience as a practitioner, consultant, and banker. In his current role, he leads the payments and financing strategy for SAP Ariba to help clients achieve improved business outcomes. Previously, at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Alan led the procure-to-pay transformation that encompassed sourcing, procurement, and payables automation, and the company became one of the first to benefit from dynamic discounting. Alan holds a supply chain management degree from Arizona State University. In 2015, he was part of a team that won SAP’s Hasso Plattner Founders Award for an innovative approach to B2B payments. Alan lives in Atlanta with his wife and 2 daughters. He has served on the board of the Weinstein School since 2007 and actively participates in 2nd Helpings, a nonprofit to rescue and deliver surplus food.

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Success Measurement And Post-Implementation

9-Nov-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 11 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. Once the systems are connected and the outreach is underway, your success will be dictated by your ability to: Master the day-to-day. As suppliers co

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Implementation And Change Management

26-Oct-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 10 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. Technical implementation is where the rubber meets the road for your project. This is also where any customizations or non-standard fields in your back-

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Project Kickoff

12-Oct-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 9 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. You’re ready to begin. The project kickoff is when all the pieces (and resources) come together, typically in person. All individuals identified earl

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Get Ready For Project Kickoff

5-Oct-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 8 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. Just before your project officially kicks off, your focus should be on finalizing the details and getting the team ready. In the third post in this ser

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Evaluate And Select A Partner

28-Sep-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 7 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. Your organization desires a set of business outcomes and is aligned on goals and timing. You have support from a cross-functional group of executives. C

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Determine Key Requirements

14-Sep-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 6 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. Now that the organization has the will, is aligned across different functional areas, and the estimated value and outcomes have been shared with key lea

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Understanding Critical Dependencies

31-Aug-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 5 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series. For a payments or cash flow initiative to succeed, you must consider these components of a comprehensive plan: Organizational will, covered earlier i

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Estimating Value

24-Aug-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 4 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series This quote says it all: “Goals not written down are just wishes.” When implementing or expanding a payments or cash flow initiative, this is so tr

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Executive Sponsorship And Project Resources

17-Aug-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 3 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series Imagine that you’ve developed a fantastic program to improve payments and cash flow, but you’ve neglected one key component: You haven’t gained exe

The Insider’s Guide To Improving Payments And Cash Flow: Set Your Goals

3-Aug-2017 | Alan Cohen

Part 2 of the Payments and Cash Flow Series “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” -Anonymous In the early stages of a payments or cash flow initiative, you must have clearly de