Vertex is Committed to Keeping You Connected

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As the pace of digital transformation in our lives and businesses accelerates, the connections we make and nurture become more valuable than ever. While our technological connections are clearly important, the quality of these and other connections are just as crucial. That’s why we’re highlighting the thoughtful, intelligent, trusting and decidedly human nature of the connections our team fosters throughout the year at this week’s Vertex Exchange Conference in Orlando, FL.

Our annual event is designed to strengthen connections among Vertex’s expanding ecosystem of customers, technology partners, consulting firms, systems integrators and thought leaders. These relationships help cultivate the exchange of ideas, leading practices and tax technology and compliance innovations.

The presentations, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions at this year’s Exchange highlight three essential connections: 

  1. A Connected Experience: At Vertex, a connected experience means delivering true cohesiveness across every interaction customers have with us during every stage of their business journey. This goes beyond being responsive, to anticipating what customers need before and after they implement one of our solutions. We ensure our customers and partners are set up for success through a combination of knowledge management and engagement opportunities. Just a couple examples of these activities include expanding our Vertex University offerings with the release of 144 new learning courses and videos so far this year, and the growing interest in the Vertex Certification program for both customers and partners. Nearly half of this year’s conference attendees have signed up for the program. In order to provide a connected experience, we believe it is important to provide opportunities to hear from our customers. Our User Group Meetings and Customer Advisory Boards create a great forum for feedback. We also highlighted the value of being named the only SaaS tax software company with IDC recognized for outstanding satisfaction delivered by our customer success and support teams.
  2. Connected Solutions: Vertex continues to build connected solutions that seamlessly integrate data, content and insights through a single cloud platform that enables continuous compliance. While cloud-first strategies underpin most digital transformation efforts, we recognize that cloud migrations are not always an all-or-nothing proposition. Tax transformation is a journey, and many organizations manage their business in a hybrid environment. That’s why Vertex has options to support tax groups regardless of whether they manage tax locally, at the edge or in the cloud. Delivering connected solutions and valuable insights are made possible by our foundational data platform. The data platform will enable our customers to provide data once and to use it across their end-to-end process, providing an unparalleled user experience. A great example of this is Vertex e-Invoicing – partnering with Pagero, our periodic reporting solution and Vertex Indirect Tax Intelligence – that are integrated, intelligent and flexible within the Vertex Cloud Platform.
  3. Connected Intelligence: Recently, we’ve been making exciting advances with Generative AI (GenAI) and large language models (LLMs). GenAI will power to augment our most valuable tax resource – humans – while revolutionizing how we approach indirect tax software. We are leveraging the use of responsible GenAI into our full technology stack to optimize workflows and elevate user experiences to new heights. Customers will start seeing GenAI assistants (co-pilots) in our user interfaces and have the ability to dial-up or down their assistance. 

While we have embedded AI in our products for some time, the purpose of our GenAI-related developments is identical to what drives all our innovations and hard work: to take our customers’ connected experience to new levels. While we’re unveiling new ways we’re empowering customers throughout this week’s Exchange, our commitment to elevating customer connections is unwavering.

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David DeStefano: President, CEO and Chairperson of the Board at Vertex Inc. Vertex delivers the world’s most valued tax solutions for companies to connect, transact, and comply while growing their business.

David DeStefano

President, CEO and Chairperson of the Board

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David DeStefano became our President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, joined our Board in 2016 and was appointed Chairperson of our Board in 2020. Between 2015 and 2016 he was an Executive Vice President and a member of the Company’s Executive Council, which monitored our long-term strategic and financial viability, corporate brand, and culture. Mr. DeStefano previously served as our Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. DeStefano was Principal, and Vice President at The Mid Atlantic Companies Ltd. Mr. DeStefano is also on the Advisory Board for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Satell Institute and is on the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Fund in Camden, New Jersey. Mr. DeStefano received a BS in Finance from Lehigh University.

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