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  • Monday
    20
    Feb
  • Tuesday
    21
    Feb
  • Wednesday
    22
    Feb
 
 
  • 5:00 PM
    Networking Function
    Welcome Reception
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
    Keynote
    The Digital Finance Function
    David Axson - Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Keynote
    Finding Measurable Business Value in a Live Digital Business
    Randy Garrison - VP: Global Line of Business Finance, SAP
    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
    Track 1
    Hallmark Cared to Embark on a Journey of Continuous Accounting
    Stacey Weirick - Accounting Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc. & Steve Stechschulte - Solutions Consultant, BlackLine & Randy Garrison - VP: Global Line of Business Finance, SAP
    Track 2
    Faster Financial Close with Increased Visibility & Transparency of Journal Entries
    Nayan Patel - Senior Business Process Consultant, Dolphin
    Track 3
    Achieving Real-Time Profitability reporting at RCL Group
    Deon Valks - Business Analyst: Finance, RCL Foods, Sugar & Milling PTY Ltd
    Track 4
    SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA
    Carsten Hilker - Global Solution Owner, S/4HANA Finance (Central Finance), SAP
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management
    12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
    Track 1
    S/4HANA Finance & the Future of the Financials Roadmap
    Dave Drever - EMIT Applications, Financials STP, ExxonMobil Corporation & Jeroen Kirschbaum - Global Financial Systems Strategy Manager, ExxonMobil Corporation
    Track 2
    In-Depth Guide to Getting #RevRecReady
    Larry McKinney - Vice President of Strategy, Bramasol, Inc & Pete Graham - Director of Financial Solutions, SAP
    Track 3
    Learn How Industry Leaders are Leveraging Excel to Streamline their FICO Reporting from SAP ERP
    Melissa Neal - SAP ECC & S/4HANA Business Partnerships & Product Management, Excel4apps
    Track 4
    SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA
    Carsten Hilker - Global Solution Owner, S/4HANA Finance (Central Finance), SAP
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management
    12:50 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    Track 1
    Planning a Route to Move to S/4HANA Finance
    Steve Strout - Senior Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Sabre
    Track 2
    Skullcandy Rocks the Cloud – How Cloud ERP Helped Our Global Business Scale, Adapt & Grow
    Ana Rodriguez - Enterprise Applications Manager, Skullcandy
    Track 3
    Streamline Your Dynamic Planning Process Across Both Finance & Operations
    Nagesh Thukral - Senior Director of Finance & Treasury, AXIP Energy Services & Josh Fadley - EPM Practice Director, Akili Inc.
    Track 4
    SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA
    Floyd Conrad - Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions
    2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
    Track 1
    Upgrading to S4/HANA: What that Means For Your Historical Custom Developments.
    Henry Curtis - Co-founder, BEST SAP
    Track 2
    There is No Perfect Project! How to Design Initiatives That You Can Support & Believe In.
    Amber Christian - President, ConsultAce
    Track 3
    Reducing Total Cost of Operations with SAP Financials
    Mark Vasinda - Sales Director, Titan Consulting
    Track 4
    SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA
    Floyd Conrad - Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core
    3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
    Keynote
    Leading the Imagination Age
    Silvia Damiano - Owner, About my Brain
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Drinks
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition
    8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
    Keynote
    Powering the Consumer Centric Digital Transformation at Under Armour
    David Roberts - Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, Under Armour
    9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
    Keynote
    Agility is Hard but Essential in a World of Constant Change
    Niel Nickolaisen - CTO, OC Tanner & Ethan Kennelly - Director of Enterprise Architecture & Program Management, OC Tanner
    10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Refreshments & Exhibition
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Track 1
    To Change Technology, You Must First Change Yourself – A Practical Guide to Change Management
    Michael DeLeo - Director, Manufacturing & Distribution Finance, Becton Dickinson
    Track 2
    How McKesson Deployed a New Instance of Its Existing SAP ERP Financials Environment Leveraging a Global Template
    Ross Wilson - Senior Director, Architecture & Solution Management, Mckesson
    Track 3
    SAP Travel Management: Implementation Considerations & Challenges
    Christopher A. Bowling - Director, SAP Financial Management Information Systems, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
    Track 4
    Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function
    David Axson - Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core
    11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
    Track 1
    Understanding Why You Should Be Reconciling Your Supplier Statements
    Henry Curtis - Co-founder, BEST SAP
    Track 2
    Data Management – What Is It & Why Do I Care?
    Sheli Blakemore - Business Services Director: Mass Customer & Visual Merchandising, Hallmark Cards Inc
    Track 3
    Run Finance in Real-time to Become the Strategic Enabler of Your Organization.
    Floyd Conrad - Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
    Track 4
    Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function
    David Axson - Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions
    12:40 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
    Track 1
    Standardizing, Streamlining & Automating Controls. Honeywell’s “One View of Risk”
    Karen Chirico - Director Enterprise IT, Honeywell Inc
    Track 2
    Manage Multiple & Varying Business Models on One SAP system
    Deon Valks - Business Analyst: Finance, RCL Foods, Sugar & Milling PTY Ltd
    Track 3
    Our Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality Using SAP
    Michael Crawford - Treasury Manager , Mosaic Treasury
    Track 4
    Leverage Excel & Z Option’s GLSU to Automate the Process of Creating & Posting SAP Financial Documents
    Tim Curtin - Solution Specialist, Z Option, Inc
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management
    2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
    Track 1
    Road to the Olympics: Business Integrations to Improve Visibility and Enable Opportunities
    Barbara Rojas - SVP, Global Finance Systems, Discovery Communications
    Track 2
    SAP Central Finance: What is included?
    Dion DiCristofaro - Senior Director: S/4HANA Finance, SAP
    Track 3
    More Than Expected: Innovate Performance Management with SAP Central Finance
    Kai Bi - Director , Utegration
    Track 4
    Streamline Critical Financial Processes with the Latest Features & Functionality of SAP S/4HANA Finance
    David Dixon - Partner Principal, TruQua Enterprises
    SAP Feedback Forum
    SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management
    3:25 PM - 4:00 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Keynote
    Getting Your Business Ready For Digital: Why We Moved From ECC to S/4 HANA
    Steve Strout - Senior Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Sabre & Edmund Manrique - Prof. Business Analytics, Benedictine University
 
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Welcome Reception

 
20 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM
 

Join us at for some welcome drinks and networking before the conference kicks off!   Located at: Owner’s Box, Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202

 

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keynote:
The Digital Finance Function

 
21 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
 

The impact of digital technologies on Finance represents the biggest opportunity finance professionals have ever had to deliver more insight, add tangible business value and become a key catalyst for growth. In this session, David Axson will describe the future of Finance in a digital world illustrating the pervasive impact digital is having on business generally and finance in particular.…

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David Axson
Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
 
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keynote:
Finding Measurable Business Value in a Live Digital Business

 
21 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 

Digital Business today demands a different mindset. With competitors emerging from all sides, the ability to embed situational awareness into your culture and sensing and responding to change is critical to survival. Early detection and continuous monitoring of performance, reallocation of capital based on actual performance, and transforming your organization into a respected business partner to your business will create…

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Randy Garrison
VP: Global Line of Business Finance, SAP
 
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Hallmark Cared to Embark on a Journey of Continuous Accounting

 
21 Feb 2017, 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
 

Accounting and finance departments are constantly expected to run leaner and are now required to deliver real-time analytics and intelligence in addition to periodic financial data and reports. Attend this session to learn how Hallmark leveraged the concepts around continuous accounting to build a culture of regular improvement that benefits the entire organization. Key takeaways from this session include: How…

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Stacey Weirick
Accounting Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
 
Steve Stechschulte
Solutions Consultant, BlackLine
 
Randy Garrison
VP: Global Line of Business Finance, SAP
 
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Faster Financial Close with Increased Visibility & Transparency of Journal Entries

 
21 Feb 2017, 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
 

Like any large, highly regulated organization, this Utilities company in the Northwest, had a financial close process that was complex and involved the input and approval of multiple journal entries. Each journal entry required supporting documentation that needed to be routed through multiple levels of approval in a very tight time frame. Any delay in processing delayed the company’s ability…

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Nayan Patel
Senior Business Process Consultant, Dolphin
 
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Achieving Real-Time Profitability reporting at RCL Group

 
21 Feb 2017, 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
 

Profitability Analysis is an available but highly underutilized component of the SAP financial landscape. It offers extensive functionality for detailed sales and product costing related reporting. RCL Foods Sugar and milling group is able to obtain accurate and real-time product and customer profitability results through Costing Based Profitability analysis. This Presentation will show you how supplementing your reporting with standard…

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Deon Valks
Business Analyst: Finance, RCL Foods, Sugar & Milling PTY Ltd
 
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SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA

 
21 Feb 2017, 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
 

Central Finance is a key S/4HANA deployment scenario, for customers with heterogeneous system landscapes and customers with single system R/3 instances alike. A straight-forward migration might be the fastest way but not the best way for an organization to start their journey to S/4. Learn more about key considerations for the use of Central Finance as on-boarding as well as…

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Carsten Hilker
Global Solution Owner, S/4HANA Finance (Central Finance), SAP
 
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SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management

 
21 Feb 2017, 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
 

Led by: Martin von der Emde In this session we will give you a brief overview of the Financial Operations Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance that offer new possibilities in the operational Financials area. We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following solutions:  SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Customer Payments provides a self-service offering to enable our…

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S/4HANA Finance & the Future of the Financials Roadmap

 
21 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
 

S/4 Finance is a proof of concept effort conducted jointly by ExxonMobil and SAP. The goal of the PoC was to review the change management required to activate S/4 Finance, assess the business impacts and benefits of business process changes, evaluate the reporting scenarios between ERP and BW, and understand the future of the Financials Roadmap. This project reviewed the…

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Dave Drever
EMIT Applications, Financials STP, ExxonMobil Corporation
 
Jeroen Kirschbaum
Global Financial Systems Strategy Manager, ExxonMobil Corporation
 
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talk:
In-Depth Guide to Getting #RevRecReady

 
21 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
 

Two of the most important issues facing CFO’s today are the new Revenue Recognition and Leasing regulations.   For many companies, there is less than a year to be ready to comply.  Bramasol and SAP have the tools and methodologies to help companies comply with the new ASC606 and IFRS15 regulations for revenue recognition.   Using the experience, expertise and methodologies proven…

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Larry McKinney
Vice President of Strategy, Bramasol, Inc
 
Pete Graham
Director of Financial Solutions, SAP
 
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Learn How Industry Leaders are Leveraging Excel to Streamline their FICO Reporting from SAP ERP

 
21 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
 

Join Melissa Neal, SAP Product Manager at Excel4apps, as she shares customer case studies, their challenges and how they’ve leveraged their current Excel and SAP platforms to improve management reporting, account reconciliation, end-of-month close, and business profitability reporting. Other session topics include: How to integrate Excel within your ERP environment for live ad-hoc reporting and analysis as opposed to staged…

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Melissa Neal
SAP ECC & S/4HANA Business Partnerships & Product Management, Excel4apps
 
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SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA

 
21 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
 

Central Finance is a key S/4HANA deployment scenario, for customers with heterogeneous system landscapes and customers with single system R/3 instances alike. A straight-forward migration might be the fastest way but not the best way for an organization to start their journey to S/4. Learn more about key considerations for the use of Central Finance as on-boarding as well as…

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Carsten Hilker
Global Solution Owner, S/4HANA Finance (Central Finance), SAP
 
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SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management

 
21 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
 

Led by: Wiliam Cao Discover how the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Cloud portfolio can transform your treasury function. Learn how S/4 HANA Finance provides new opportunities for Treasurers to benefit from the new simplified data model. This session focuses on how you can enhance business operations and streamline processes to help treasurers succeed in an increasingly strategic role, and…

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Planning a Route to Move to S/4HANA Finance

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Sabre acknowledged that it needed to improve its capabilities across the business. To continue with its tradition of embracing innovation, the company chose to adopt SAP S/4HANA Finance and a host of other Fiori apps from SAP, all of which was hosted on a private, managed cloud. The continuous growth and innovation of the business meant that modernizing its systems…

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Steve Strout
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Sabre
 
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talk:
Skullcandy Rocks the Cloud – How Cloud ERP Helped Our Global Business Scale, Adapt & Grow

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

SAP Business ByDesign aided Skullcandy to become the successful company it is today via its out-of-the-box functionality, making large-scale projects such as an acquisition, a treasury management integration, international expansion and going public look easy. ByDesign has flexible configurations and a wealth of webservices in order to pass orders and other information into the system and data and shipment requests…

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Ana Rodriguez
Enterprise Applications Manager, Skullcandy
 
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Streamline Your Dynamic Planning Process Across Both Finance & Operations

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Reporting at Axip Energy was done completely in Excel. 40 tabs with over 100 named ranges provided limited visibility to our financial information, in turn creating inaccurate budgets and reports. Through our implementation of BPC, we were able to Simplify and automate our planning process. We Implemented headcount and benefits planning based on drivers so the dollar amount is calculated…

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Nagesh Thukral
Senior Director of Finance & Treasury, AXIP Energy Services
 
Josh Fadley
EPM Practice Director, Akili Inc.
 
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talk:
SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Attend this session to understand how to leverage SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, optimized for SAP S/4HANA to integrate your business plans across the enterprise.  With a single finance platform powered by in-memory technology, gain a concise and real time view of the financial plans across business units, departments and geographies with a centralized strategy.  Learn about the many benefits…

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Floyd Conrad
Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
 
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SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Led by: Sarma Adithe Attend this session to learn about SAP Identity Access Governance solutions that can help automate compliance processes and reduce risk within your financial system. SAP provides cloud and on-premise solutions that are designed to natively integrate with your financial system for risk analysis, user provisioning, emergency access management, role management and audit reporting. This session will include…

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Upgrading to S4/HANA: What that Means For Your Historical Custom Developments.

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

As the architect of a SAP add-on module built in SAP, upgrading to S4/HANA is very alluring. The functionality is heavily integrated to the legacy SAP Finance (FI) module, but S4/HANA makes a giant leap forward, and away from much of the historical SAP FI structure. I’ll take you through the considerations and challenges we faced, to take advantage of…

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Henry Curtis
Co-founder, BEST SAP
 
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talk:
There is No Perfect Project! How to Design Initiatives That You Can Support & Believe In.

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

There is no perfect project! How to design initiatives that you can support and believe in. In an era of increasingly regulation and complexity, how can Treasury and Shared Services organizations design processes and systems for the future? How do you create ambitious yet implementable strategies for effective project that meet organizational budget, IT, PMO, and business needs? Using multiple…

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Amber Christian
President, ConsultAce
 
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talk:
Reducing Total Cost of Operations with SAP Financials

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Most SAP landscapes do not fully exploit the full potential of SAP R/3.  What are the small hinges that swing big doors in the Finance area that can not only make for a better solution but also reduce the Total Cost of Operations in your organization. Some areas that will be discussed in detail are: Invoice Control Center/Vendor Invoice Management…

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Mark Vasinda
Sales Director, Titan Consulting
 
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talk:
SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Attend this session to understand how to leverage SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, optimized for SAP S/4HANA to integrate your business plans across the enterprise.  With a single finance platform powered by in-memory technology, gain a concise and real time view of the financial plans across business units, departments and geographies with a centralized strategy.  Learn about the many benefits…

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Floyd Conrad
Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
 
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talk:
SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core

 
21 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Led by: Mathias Poehling In this Feedback Forum session, we will give a brief overview of the existing and planned Financial HCP Applications. Beside that we will also touch on the agile development and the continuous delivery mode we use. We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following existing applications and planned projects: Application: SAP RealSpend, enables you to…

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Leading the Imagination Age

 
21 Feb 2017, 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
 

The impact of increased Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity is seen in heightened competition, lost jobs, new ways of working (contract and remote) and greater levels of mental health issues as the work/life boundary has disappeared. We have reached the tipping point. Join Silvia Damiano in this fascinating session to explore the new mindsets, behaviors and abilities that are required…

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Silvia Damiano
Owner, About my Brain
 
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Powering the Consumer Centric Digital Transformation at Under Armour

 
22 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
 

Hear how Under Armour is leveraging SAP S/4HANA, the HANA data platform and consumer engagement & Commerce tool to activate 200 million connected fitness users to power growth. Resulting in increased revenue growth with new business models and acquisitions, improved back office operations, gross margins and reduced operational costs with a simpler IT landscape. As well as the introduction of…

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David Roberts
Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, Under Armour
 
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keynote:
Agility is Hard but Essential in a World of Constant Change

 
22 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
 

The agile implications for finance are interesting and have a potential (or real) impact on activities such as capital budgeting, business case analysis, risk analysis and new product development. This session will discuss how O.C. Tanner is using Lean and Agile methodologies, talk about what is working for them, and then, via case studies and examples, describe what it means…

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Niel Nickolaisen
CTO, OC Tanner
 
Ethan Kennelly
Director of Enterprise Architecture & Program Management, OC Tanner
 
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To Change Technology, You Must First Change Yourself – A Practical Guide to Change Management

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 

In this session, we will discuss practical approaches to change management from the perspective of a Finance-/Accounting-minded professional.  I will be sharing real life examples to reinforce these theories from successful change management projects as well as less successful initiatives and what went wrong.  My personal experience in change management spans from small operational Accounting & Finance changes to multi-million…

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Michael DeLeo
Director, Manufacturing & Distribution Finance, Becton Dickinson
 
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How McKesson Deployed a New Instance of Its Existing SAP ERP Financials Environment Leveraging a Global Template

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 

Hear how McKesson overcame the challenge of delivering a large, multi-faceted financial rollout to its diverse user base in Europe and the United States by creating our global template, which could then be used to ease subsequent SAP ERP Financial rollouts. I will show how we identified requirements, defined the appropriate project scope, and gathered ideas for getting stakeholder buy-in…

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Ross Wilson
Senior Director, Architecture & Solution Management, Mckesson
 
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SAP Travel Management: Implementation Considerations & Challenges

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 

Travel is easy target during tight budgets.  Extensive data on travel is needed for reduction purposes or to justify why travel is necessary. Detailed information needs must be balanced with user friendly data entry.  SAP’s NetWeaver Portal based travel system allows recording of travel commitments and provides time saving tools to enter and calculate reimbursable amounts, which enhances auditability.  A…

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Christopher A. Bowling
Director, SAP Financial Management Information Systems, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
 
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workshop:
Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 

What’s your Digital IQ? In-memory, analytics, machine learning, robotic process automation, cognitive learning—a plethora of new technologies are emerging that are redefining business and the role of finance.  In this session, David Axson will explain how you can assess the maturity of your digital finance strategy and prioritize your investments.  He will also illustrate with case studies how technology is impacting specific finance processes such as…

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David Axson
Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
 
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talk:
SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 

Led by: Mathias Poehling In this Feedback Forum session, we will give a brief overview of the existing and planned Financial HCP Applications. Beside that we will also touch on the agile development and the continuous delivery mode we use. We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following existing applications and planned projects: Application: SAP RealSpend, enables you to…

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Understanding Why You Should Be Reconciling Your Supplier Statements

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
 

Vendor payments account for the largest cash outflow in most organizations. One of the best ways for finance executives to sleep easily at night is reconciliation of vendor statements. While the benefits are numerous (it should be done!), this task is often overlooked as it can be time consuming and tedious. An effective process for reconciling vendors must therefore be…

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Henry Curtis
Co-founder, BEST SAP
 
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Data Management – What Is It & Why Do I Care?

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
 

Begin the journey to drive competitive advantage in the marketplace through effective acquisition, management and application of data across your companies. I will discuss with you how Hallmark defines Data Management, and how we have matured from an initial governance maturity with very few defined rules and policies into a much more proactive maturity in just over 8 years.

 

Sheli Blakemore
Business Services Director: Mass Customer & Visual Merchandising, Hallmark Cards Inc
 
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Run Finance in Real-time to Become the Strategic Enabler of Your Organization.

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
 

Every organization needs to cut operational costs while simultaneously exploring new innovations to differentiate from the competition. We will start the session with an overview of how technology & user experience can enable your Finance organization to move from tactical to a strategic. How? Through automation, elimination of most batch processes and the ability to start with insight & then…

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Floyd Conrad
Global oCFO Center of Excellence, SAP
 
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workshop:
Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
 

What’s your Digital IQ? In-memory, analytics, machine learning, robotic process automation, cognitive learning—a plethora of new technologies are emerging that are redefining business and the role of finance.  In this session, David Axson will explain how you can assess the maturity of your digital finance strategy and prioritize your investments.  He will also illustrate with case studies how technology is impacting specific finance processes such as…

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David Axson
Accenture Strategy, Managing Director, Accenture
 
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talk:
SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions

 
22 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
 

Led by: Sarma Adithe Attend this session to learn about SAP Identity Access Governance solutions that can help automate compliance processes and reduce risk within your financial system. SAP provides cloud and on-premise solutions that are designed to natively integrate with your financial system for risk analysis, user provisioning, emergency access management, role management and audit reporting. This session will include…

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Standardizing, Streamlining & Automating Controls. Honeywell’s “One View of Risk”

 
22 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Attend this session to learn about how Honeywell leverages SAP GRC Process Controls and Risk Management to support their “One View of Risk”. You will learn the importance of automation, three lines of defense (One View of Risk), Enterprise Risk Management, automated monitoring and the use of Interactive Adobe forms as an enabler

 

Karen Chirico
Director Enterprise IT, Honeywell Inc
 
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Manage Multiple & Varying Business Models on One SAP system

 
22 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

RCL Foods Sugar & Milling operates in a complex and fluid environment, with multiple legal entities and divergent business models spanning several discrete industries. It has mastered effective use of standard functionality to accommodate these operations in one SAP system. It uses a carefully crafted organizational structure with specific naming conventions and effective operational and group charts of accounts, along…

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Deon Valks
Business Analyst: Finance, RCL Foods, Sugar & Milling PTY Ltd
 
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Our Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality Using SAP

 
22 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Mosaic Treasury owned a workstation with limited functionality and inconsistent IT support.  As a result, we relied heavily on spreadsheets to communicate treasury activity to our internal customers. To drive performance improvements, we embarked on a vision of creating a global treasury organization that was fully integrated into the processes of our accounting, A/P, and A/R stakeholders.  I will show…

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Michael Crawford
Treasury Manager , Mosaic Treasury
 
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Leverage Excel & Z Option’s GLSU to Automate the Process of Creating & Posting SAP Financial Documents

 
22 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Learn how customers leverage Z Option’s Excel-based GLSU spreadsheet uploader to automate the process of creating and posting SAP financial documents.  You will have an opportunity in this open Q&A session to interact with customers and see real-life examples as they share their experiences using GLSU to standardize and improve their financial uploading processes using Excel.  Attend this session and…

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Tim Curtin
Solution Specialist, Z Option, Inc
 
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SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management

 
22 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Led by: Wiliam Cao Discover how the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Cloud portfolio can transform your treasury function. Learn how S/4 HANA Finance provides new opportunities for Treasurers to benefit from the new simplified data model. This session focuses on how you can enhance business operations and streamline processes to help treasurers succeed in an increasingly strategic role, and…

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Road to the Olympics: Business Integrations to Improve Visibility and Enable Opportunities

 
22 Feb 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
 

After numerous product acquisitions, Discovery Communications was constrained by siloed reporting and sales efforts. Find out why and how they took on a huge program of work to bring these new entities onto their core ERP, sales and reporting systems, rather than keep local agility. In doing so, not only did Discovery achieve improved fiscal visibility and the ability to transform sales…

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Barbara Rojas
SVP, Global Finance Systems, Discovery Communications
 
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SAP Central Finance: What is included?

 
22 Feb 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
 

SAP’s Central Finance solutions is helping companies centralize reporting & analytics, enabling central process execution and transforming finance into a digital enterprise.  In addition to the key core values of Central Finance, this session will focus on the tools, mappings, error handling and the overall benefits of the Central Finance solution stack.  Great session for business users and IT to…

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Dion DiCristofaro
Senior Director: S/4HANA Finance, SAP
 
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More Than Expected: Innovate Performance Management with SAP Central Finance

 
22 Feb 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
 

Many enterprises have not put together a clear roadmap toward S/4HANA, due to lack of a solid strategy to leverage full technology potentials, or convincing and justifiable business values to be built on S/4HANA. Utegration, as a leading consulting firm in Utilities industry awarded “SAP Partner of the Year 2015 in Utilities”, would like to share our experience on how…

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Kai Bi
Director , Utegration
 
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Streamline Critical Financial Processes with the Latest Features & Functionality of SAP S/4HANA Finance

 
22 Feb 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
 

From planning and analysis, to the accounting and financial close, to treasury and financial risk management, SAP S/4HANA Finance is a comprehensive financial management and accounting solution to help streamline the finance function. This demo-heavy session will provide an up-close look at the latest features and functions of SAP S/4HANA Finance and the impact on: Controlling, Profitability analysis, SAP General…

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David Dixon
Partner Principal, TruQua Enterprises
 
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SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management

 
22 Feb 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
 

Led by: Martin von der Emde In this session we will give you a brief overview of the Financial Operations Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance that offer new possibilities in the operational Financials area. We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following solutions:  SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Customer Payments provides a self-service offering to enable our…

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Getting Your Business Ready For Digital: Why We Moved From ECC to S/4 HANA

 
22 Feb 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 

Steve Strout was brought into Sabre to establish internal business processes to support the next generation of innovation, step one: Move to S/4 HANA. Edmund Manrique has been delivering constant innovation across several companies in his 20 years as a consultant, customer and educator. Join Steve and Edmund in this inspiring keynote of making your business “Digital Ready”. You will…

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Senior Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Sabre
 
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Prof. Business Analytics, Benedictine University
 
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    The Digital Finance Function

    The impact of digital technologies on Finance represents the biggest opportunity finance professionals have ever had to deliver more insight, add tangible business value and become a key catalyst for growth. In this session, David Axson will describe the future of Finance in a digital world illustrating the pervasive impact digital is having on business generally and finance in particular.


    1. Lay out a five year vision for the digitally-enabled Finance organization

    2. Explain how digital technologies create opportunities for Finance to increase the value it can deliver

    Finding Measurable Business Value in a Live Digital Business

    Digital Business today demands a different mindset. With competitors emerging from all sides, the ability to embed situational awareness into your culture and sensing and responding to change is critical to survival.

    Early detection and continuous monitoring of performance, reallocation of capital based on actual performance, and transforming your organization into a respected business partner to your business will create value far beyond just closing the books faster.

    Hallmark Cared to Embark on a Journey of Continuous Accounting

    Accounting and finance departments are constantly expected to run leaner and are now required to deliver real-time analytics and intelligence in addition to periodic financial data and reports. Attend this session to learn how Hallmark leveraged the concepts around continuous accounting to build a culture of regular improvement that benefits the entire organization.

    Key takeaways from this session include:


    • How Hallmark overcame their challenges around the financial close and tips to help with your challenges

    • Use technology to automate logic-based processes, hire exceptional accountants, and develop a culture of continuous improvement

    • Explore opportunities to shift some of the routine accounting tasks allowing for a fluid month-end close process

    • Enable real-time visibility into granular information, freeing accountants to instantly research and fix issue

    • Build the future of your organization through process standardization, technical automation, and constant analysis

    Faster Financial Close with Increased Visibility & Transparency of Journal Entries

    Like any large, highly regulated organization, this Utilities company in the Northwest, had a financial close process that was complex and involved the input and approval of multiple journal entries. Each journal entry required supporting documentation that needed to be routed through multiple levels of approval in a very tight time frame. Any delay in processing delayed the company’s ability to report its financial results.  In this session, we will discuss how the company optimized its JE process to improve controls and reduce the time required to complete the financial close. With an optimized solution in place, the company can now process journal entry reclassifications, cross company transactions, or allocation of funds, automatically and in the proper sequence. As a result, the company has been able to process its journal entries quickly, capturing all necessary supporting documentation while ensuring complete visibility into its financial close process.

    Key enhancements include:


    • Automated capture of supporting documentation makes it easier for teams to include necessary journal entry details

    • Workflows can be used to route journal entries for approval, providing an audit trail of the entire process.

    • Digitizing JE information in SAP provides organizations with the transparency required for possible audits

    Achieving Real-Time Profitability reporting at RCL Group

    Profitability Analysis is an available but highly underutilized component of the SAP financial landscape. It offers extensive functionality for detailed sales and product costing related reporting.
    RCL Foods Sugar and milling group is able to obtain accurate and real-time product and customer profitability results through Costing Based Profitability analysis. This Presentation will show you how supplementing your reporting with standard data extracts will give you significant insight and value across the entire business.

    SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA

    Central Finance is a key S/4HANA deployment scenario, for customers with heterogeneous system landscapes and customers with single system R/3 instances alike. A straight-forward migration might be the fastest way but not the best way for an organization to start their journey to S/4. Learn more about key considerations for the use of Central Finance as on-boarding as well as value case scenario, the inner workings and value proposition of Central Finance and hear customers stories and what drove them to Central Finance and what their experiences are.

    SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management

    Led by: Martin von der Emde

    In this session we will give you a brief overview of the Financial Operations Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance that offer new possibilities in the operational Financials area.

    We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following solutions:


    •  SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Customer Payments provides a self-service offering to enable our customers to deploy electronic bill presentment and payment processes as part of their digital business strategy to improve customer collaboration and reduce repetitive calls into the back office.

    • SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Credit Integration helps customers to connect to the world’s leading credit bureaus. Accessible with a single click from existing credit management processes, full credit reports are available in your dedicated library, while key metrics drive the rating processes.

    • In addition there is the new “SAP digital payments add on” on our future roadmap. All of these cloud extensions share an innovative hybrid architecture, leveraging the benefits of the cloud.


    Typical benefits are

    • Rapid deployment of new capabilities

    • Seamless integration to existing system landscapes

    • Easy implementation, easy subscription and continuous delivery of innovation

    S/4HANA Finance & the Future of the Financials Roadmap

    S/4 Finance is a proof of concept effort conducted jointly by ExxonMobil and SAP. The goal of the PoC was to review the change management required to activate S/4 Finance, assess the business impacts and benefits of business process changes, evaluate the reporting scenarios between ERP and BW, and understand the future of the Financials Roadmap.

    This project reviewed the mandatory change management required to activate S/4 Finance to determine their impact on existing processes. Further, it reviewed the enhanced functionality provided by the product and analyzed a limited number of relevant Fiori Apps.

    The results showed greatly improved analytics, higher speed of transactions and reporting, and an enhanced user experience. Over 100 financial test cases successfully completed with no showstoppers identified.

    In-Depth Guide to Getting #RevRecReady

    Two of the most important issues facing CFO’s today are the new Revenue Recognition and Leasing regulations.   For many companies, there is less than a year to be ready to comply.  Bramasol and SAP have the tools and methodologies to help companies comply with the new ASC606 and IFRS15 regulations for revenue recognition.   Using the experience, expertise and methodologies proven on dozens of projects we will show you how to solve complex RevRec issues such as variable consideration, dual reporting and complex project systems.   We will provide a view in the latest SAR RAR system and a live demo of these key areas.   Leave this presentation feeling #RevRecReady

    Learn How Industry Leaders are Leveraging Excel to Streamline their FICO Reporting from SAP ERP

    Join Melissa Neal, SAP Product Manager at Excel4apps, as she shares customer case studies, their challenges and how they’ve leveraged their current Excel and SAP platforms to improve management reporting, account reconciliation, end-of-month close, and business profitability reporting.

    Other session topics include: How to integrate Excel within your ERP environment for live ad-hoc reporting and analysis as opposed to staged data, Learn more about “Push” vs. “Pull” technologies, How to easily validate and post Planning data back to SAP, And much more!

    SAP Run Live Tutorial: Central Finance as Value Drive for Finance & Stepping Stone for S/4HANA

    Central Finance is a key S/4HANA deployment scenario, for customers with heterogeneous system landscapes and customers with single system R/3 instances alike. A straight-forward migration might be the fastest way but not the best way for an organization to start their journey to S/4. Learn more about key considerations for the use of Central Finance as on-boarding as well as value case scenario, the inner workings and value proposition of Central Finance and hear customers stories and what drove them to Central Finance and what their experiences are.

    SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management

    Led by: Wiliam Cao

    Discover how the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Cloud portfolio can transform your treasury function. Learn how S/4 HANA Finance provides new opportunities for Treasurers to benefit from the new simplified data model. This session focuses on how you can enhance business operations and streamline processes to help treasurers succeed in an increasingly strategic role, and give us your view of priorities on them.


    • During this session we would like to get your feedback about the enhancements and ideas in the area of:

    • SAP Cash Management on Cloud

    • Cash Flow Statement (direct method)

    • Liquidity Planning

    • Bank Relationship Management: fees, bank risk,

    • SAP Treasury and Risk Management Cloud

    • Roadmap

    Planning a Route to Move to S/4HANA Finance

    Sabre acknowledged that it needed to improve its capabilities across the business. To continue with its tradition of embracing innovation, the company chose to adopt SAP S/4HANA Finance and a host of other Fiori apps from SAP, all of which was hosted on a private, managed cloud. The continuous growth and innovation of the business meant that modernizing its systems was a priority. Come hear how Sabre set up a brand new instance of SAP to ensure less disruption occurred on their move to S/4HANA Finance.

    Skullcandy Rocks the Cloud – How Cloud ERP Helped Our Global Business Scale, Adapt & Grow

    SAP Business ByDesign aided Skullcandy to become the successful company it is today via its out-of-the-box functionality, making large-scale projects such as an acquisition, a treasury management integration, international expansion and going public look easy.

    ByDesign has flexible configurations and a wealth of webservices in order to pass orders and other information into the system and data and shipment requests out of the system. Skullcandy uses a middleware product called Jitterbit to broker all communications in and out of ByDesign

    Streamline Your Dynamic Planning Process Across Both Finance & Operations

    Reporting at Axip Energy was done completely in Excel. 40 tabs with over 100 named ranges provided limited visibility to our financial information, in turn creating inaccurate budgets and reports. Through our implementation of BPC, we were able to Simplify and automate our planning process. We Implemented headcount and benefits planning based on drivers so the dollar amount is calculated automatically based on benefit % and no of heads. This has given us complete insight to be a value adding department that provides recommendations that will achieve operational and financial success.

    SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA

    Attend this session to understand how to leverage SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, optimized for SAP S/4HANA to integrate your business plans across the enterprise.  With a single finance platform powered by in-memory technology, gain a concise and real time view of the financial plans across business units, departments and geographies with a centralized strategy.  Learn about the many benefits including:


    • Fast issue resolution that brings the business closer

    • Integrated Financial Planning, which allows you to integrate your financial plans across the enterprise with a single tool for collaboration throughout the Finance function

    • Unified planning and consolidation for SAP S/4HANA to create shared master data, reporting, business functions, and security

    • Change the finance mindset to move beyond reporting results to becoming a true business partner

    SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions

    Led by: Sarma Adithe

    Attend this session to learn about SAP Identity Access Governance solutions that can help automate compliance processes and reduce risk within your financial system. SAP provides cloud and on-premise solutions that are designed to natively integrate with your financial system for risk analysis, user provisioning, emergency access management, role management and audit reporting.

    This session will include a case study and demo of the new SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance solution.

    We would like to obtain your feedback regarding future enhancements of our solution portfolio.

    Upgrading to S4/HANA: What that Means For Your Historical Custom Developments.

    As the architect of a SAP add-on module built in SAP, upgrading to S4/HANA is very alluring. The functionality is heavily integrated to the legacy SAP Finance (FI) module, but S4/HANA makes a giant leap forward, and away from much of the historical SAP FI structure. I’ll take you through the considerations and challenges we faced, to take advantage of S4/HANA and obtain SAP certification of the add-on functionality.

    There is No Perfect Project! How to Design Initiatives That You Can Support & Believe In.

    There is no perfect project! How to design initiatives that you can support and believe in.
    In an era of increasingly regulation and complexity, how can Treasury and Shared Services organizations design processes and systems for the future? How do you create ambitious yet implementable strategies for effective project that meet organizational budget, IT, PMO, and business needs?

    Using multiple project examples from Treasury & payments implementations, this presentation will demonstrate:


    •  Creating roadmaps and strategies for organizational transformation

    •  Considering the role master data plays

    •  Managing globalization and technical complexity

    • Operationalizing your strategy- waterfall, agile project management, or something else? How can I speed up my implementations for faster ROI?


    Real projects- real tradeoffs and choices and the outcome and effects of those decisions.

    Reducing Total Cost of Operations with SAP Financials

    Most SAP landscapes do not fully exploit the full potential of SAP R/3.  What are the small hinges that swing big doors in the Finance area that can not only make for a better solution but also reduce the Total Cost of Operations in your organization.

    Some areas that will be discussed in detail are:


    • Invoice Control Center/Vendor Invoice Management – Automating the Invoice receipt and approval process.

    • Automating Purchase Requisition Approvals using Fiore

    • Simplifying and Expediting the Month-End Close


    Attendees will leave with data on level of effort of different types of projects, as well as effect on TCO.

    SAP Run Live Tutorial: SAP Business Planning & Consolidation Optimized for SAP S/4HANA

    Attend this session to understand how to leverage SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, optimized for SAP S/4HANA to integrate your business plans across the enterprise.  With a single finance platform powered by in-memory technology, gain a concise and real time view of the financial plans across business units, departments and geographies with a centralized strategy.  Learn about the many benefits including:


    • Fast issue resolution that brings the business closer

    • Integrated Financial Planning, which allows you to integrate your financial plans across the enterprise with a single tool for collaboration throughout the Finance function

    • Unified planning and consolidation for SAP S/4HANA to create shared master data, reporting, business functions, and security

    • Change the finance mindset to move beyond reporting results to becoming a true business partner

    SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core

    Led by: Mathias Poehling

    In this Feedback Forum session, we will give a brief overview of the existing and planned Financial HCP Applications. Beside that we will also touch on the agile development and the continuous delivery mode we use.

    We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following existing applications and planned projects:


    • Application: SAP RealSpend, enables you to proactively manage spending proactively, to get the maximum out of your given budget

    • Project: Cost Origination Analysis, provides the user full traceability of indirect costs, cost type, cost centers they derive, how the allocation happened and which primary costs they are based on

    • Project: Profit Center Explorer, is bringing the classic transaction GR55 into the new world of cloud, to learn every useful detail about your profit center

    • Project: Digitalized strategy, enables customers to close the gap between a real-time data-, big data-, machine learning-, IOT-enterprise on the one side and a manual paper focused strategy process

    • At the end of the session we will give you the option to vote on the products & projects and describe how you can get engaged with our team to influence the development.

    Leading the Imagination Age

    The impact of increased Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity is seen in heightened competition, lost jobs, new ways of working (contract and remote) and greater levels of mental health issues as the work/life boundary has disappeared. We have reached the tipping point. Join Silvia Damiano in this fascinating session to explore the new mindsets, behaviors and abilities that are required to navigate these new challenges and lead ourselves and others in the Imagination Age.

    Powering the Consumer Centric Digital Transformation at Under Armour

    Hear how Under Armour is leveraging SAP S/4HANA, the HANA data platform and consumer engagement & Commerce tool to activate 200 million connected fitness users to power growth. Resulting in increased revenue growth with new business models and acquisitions, improved back office operations, gross margins and reduced operational costs with a simpler IT landscape. As well as the introduction of shared services. I will also show you how we use data science to anticipate financial opportunities and thwart risk.

    Agility is Hard but Essential in a World of Constant Change

    The agile implications for finance are interesting and have a potential (or real) impact on activities such as capital budgeting, business case analysis, risk analysis and new product development. This session will discuss how O.C. Tanner is using Lean and Agile methodologies, talk about what is working for them, and then, via case studies and examples, describe what it means for Accounting / Finance professionals and leaders. See how Lean and agile typically has an impact on Finance and Accounting. Understand how an established enterprise can take a Lean Start-up approach to project delivery.

    To Change Technology, You Must First Change Yourself – A Practical Guide to Change Management

    In this session, we will discuss practical approaches to change management from the perspective of a Finance-/Accounting-minded professional.  I will be sharing real life examples to reinforce these theories from successful change management projects as well as less successful initiatives and what went wrong.  My personal experience in change management spans from small operational Accounting & Finance changes to multi-million dollar ERP systems migration projects.  Attendees will leave this session with a practical step-by-step guide they can use to approach change management for any project or process change within their Accounting & Finance departments.

    How McKesson Deployed a New Instance of Its Existing SAP ERP Financials Environment Leveraging a Global Template

    Hear how McKesson overcame the challenge of delivering a large, multi-faceted financial rollout to its diverse user base in Europe and the United States by creating our global template, which could then be used to ease subsequent SAP ERP Financial rollouts. I will show how we identified requirements, defined the appropriate project scope, and gathered ideas for getting stakeholder buy-in for the implementation project. I will discuss the challenges we overcame with diverse European country requirements to develop a set of harmonized template design process and show you how to create a methodology to implement the core financial components when using a template, based on our project experiences.

    SAP Travel Management: Implementation Considerations & Challenges

    Travel is easy target during tight budgets.  Extensive data on travel is needed for reduction purposes or to justify why travel is necessary. Detailed information needs must be balanced with user friendly data entry.  SAP’s NetWeaver Portal based travel system allows recording of travel commitments and provides time saving tools to enter and calculate reimbursable amounts, which enhances auditability.  A workflow model was developed to address the need for robust approvals and allows travelers to see where a trip is on the approval queue.  The ability to scan and attach receipts helps reduce the amount of paper.  Attendees will leave with a sense of the time, effort and challenges encountered during an implementation.

    Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function

    What’s your Digital IQ? In-memory, analytics, machine learning, robotic process automation, cognitive learning—a plethora of new technologies are emerging that are redefining business and the role of finance.  In this session, David Axson will explain how you can assess the maturity of your digital finance strategy and prioritize your investments.  He will also illustrate with case studies how technology is impacting specific finance processes such as planning, procure to pay, order to cash and record to report. In this session, David Axson will describe how:


    • Robotics, process automation and other digital technologies are driving 40% improvements in finance process efficiency

    • Digital technologies are transforming the analytic insight that finance can deliver

    • The increasing adoption of advanced management tools such as scenario planning, driver based forecasting and analytics are providing richer insight into managing in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world

    • The digital revolution is changing the skills that finance professionals need to excel

    SAP Feedback Forum: Experience the Portfolio of Financial HCP Application by Enhancing the Digital Core

    Led by: Mathias Poehling

    In this Feedback Forum session, we will give a brief overview of the existing and planned Financial HCP Applications. Beside that we will also touch on the agile development and the continuous delivery mode we use.

    We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following existing applications and planned projects:


    • Application: SAP RealSpend, enables you to proactively manage spending proactively, to get the maximum out of your given budget

    • Project: Cost Origination Analysis, provides the user full traceability of indirect costs, cost type, cost centers they derive, how the allocation happened and which primary costs they are based on

    • Project: Profit Center Explorer, is bringing the classic transaction GR55 into the new world of cloud, to learn every useful detail about your profit center

    • Project: Digitalized strategy, enables customers to close the gap between a real-time data-, big data-, machine learning-, IOT-enterprise on the one side and a manual paper focused strategy process

    • At the end of the session we will give you the option to vote on the products & projects and describe how you can get engaged with our team to influence the development.

    Understanding Why You Should Be Reconciling Your Supplier Statements

    Vendor payments account for the largest cash outflow in most organizations. One of the best ways for finance executives to sleep easily at night is reconciliation of vendor statements. While the benefits are numerous (it should be done!), this task is often overlooked as it can be time consuming and tedious. An effective process for reconciling vendors must therefore be used – ideally in SAP itself. In this presentation I will show you why you should reconcile Supplier Statements.

    Run Finance in Real-time to Become the Strategic Enabler of Your Organization.

    Every organization needs to cut operational costs while simultaneously exploring new innovations to differentiate from the competition. We will start the session with an overview of how technology & user experience can enable your Finance organization to move from tactical to a strategic. How? Through automation, elimination of most batch processes and the ability to start with insight & then take action, the finance team will have more time to be strategic thought leaders instead of Excel gurus.

    We will discuss what is holding organizations back: are you spending time on compliance reporting, can you model effectively & timely, do you spend too much time doing repetitive non-value added tasks?

    Deep Dive Session: Developing a Digital Strategy for Your Finance Function

    What’s your Digital IQ? In-memory, analytics, machine learning, robotic process automation, cognitive learning—a plethora of new technologies are emerging that are redefining business and the role of finance.  In this session, David Axson will explain how you can assess the maturity of your digital finance strategy and prioritize your investments.  He will also illustrate with case studies how technology is impacting specific finance processes such as planning, procure to pay, order to cash and record to report. In this session, David Axson will describe how:


    • Robotics, process automation and other digital technologies are driving 40% improvements in finance process efficiency

    • Digital technologies are transforming the analytic insight that finance can deliver

    • The increasing adoption of advanced management tools such as scenario planning, driver based forecasting and analytics are providing richer insight into managing in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world

    • The digital revolution is changing the skills that finance professionals need to excel

    SAP Feedback Forum: Financial Compliance with GRC Access Governance Solutions

    Led by: Sarma Adithe

    Attend this session to learn about SAP Identity Access Governance solutions that can help automate compliance processes and reduce risk within your financial system. SAP provides cloud and on-premise solutions that are designed to natively integrate with your financial system for risk analysis, user provisioning, emergency access management, role management and audit reporting.

    This session will include a case study and demo of the new SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance solution.

    We would like to obtain your feedback regarding future enhancements of our solution portfolio.

    Manage Multiple & Varying Business Models on One SAP system

    RCL Foods Sugar & Milling operates in a complex and fluid environment, with multiple legal entities and divergent business models spanning several discrete industries. It has mastered effective use of standard functionality to accommodate these operations in one SAP system. It uses a carefully crafted organizational structure with specific naming conventions and effective operational and group charts of accounts, along with Flexible General Ledger to do so.  Benefit from 21 years of experience in optimizing business processes and financial systems.

    Our Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality Using SAP

    Mosaic Treasury owned a workstation with limited functionality and inconsistent IT support.  As a result, we relied heavily on spreadsheets to communicate treasury activity to our internal customers.

    To drive performance improvements, we embarked on a vision of creating a global treasury organization that was fully integrated into the processes of our accounting, A/P, and A/R stakeholders.  I will show you how we produced hard dollar savings, productivity gains, and most importantly created a cultural shift toward using SAP as a single source of the truth.

     

    Leverage Excel & Z Option’s GLSU to Automate the Process of Creating & Posting SAP Financial Documents

    Learn how customers leverage Z Option’s Excel-based GLSU spreadsheet uploader to automate the process of creating and posting SAP financial documents.  You will have an opportunity in this open Q&A session to interact with customers and see real-life examples as they share their experiences using GLSU to standardize and improve their financial uploading processes using Excel.  Attend this session and hear how organizations are maximizing their Excel to SAP processes such as journal entry uploads, payroll, misc. vendors, P-cards, and travel and expense process.

    SAP Feedback Forum: Transition to the Treasury Cloud and Optimizing Cash Management

    Led by: Wiliam Cao

    Discover how the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Cloud portfolio can transform your treasury function. Learn how S/4 HANA Finance provides new opportunities for Treasurers to benefit from the new simplified data model. This session focuses on how you can enhance business operations and streamline processes to help treasurers succeed in an increasingly strategic role, and give us your view of priorities on them.


    • During this session we would like to get your feedback about the enhancements and ideas in the area of:

    • SAP Cash Management on Cloud

    • Cash Flow Statement (direct method)

    • Liquidity Planning

    • Bank Relationship Management: fees, bank risk,

    • SAP Treasury and Risk Management Cloud

    • Roadmap

    Road to the Olympics: Business Integrations to Improve Visibility and Enable Opportunities

    After numerous product acquisitions, Discovery Communications was constrained by siloed reporting and sales efforts. Find out why and how they took on a huge program of work to bring these new entities onto their core ERP, sales and reporting systems, rather than keep local agility. In doing so, not only did Discovery achieve improved fiscal visibility and the ability to transform sales capabilities through bundled packages, but used the platform as an enabler for the company’s newest venture:  The Olympic games.  Learn how Discovery leveraged the power of relationships to bring local users – who had seemingly nothing to gain from integration – along for the journey.

    SAP Central Finance: What is included?

    SAP’s Central Finance solutions is helping companies centralize reporting & analytics, enabling central process execution and transforming finance into a digital enterprise.  In addition to the key core values of Central Finance, this session will focus on the tools, mappings, error handling and the overall benefits of the Central Finance solution stack.  Great session for business users and IT to get a better understanding of what is involved with a Central Finance deployment.

    More Than Expected: Innovate Performance Management with SAP Central Finance

    Many enterprises have not put together a clear roadmap toward S/4HANA, due to lack of a solid strategy to leverage full technology potentials, or convincing and justifiable business values to be built on S/4HANA. Utegration, as a leading consulting firm in Utilities industry awarded “SAP Partner of the Year 2015 in Utilities”, would like to share our experience on how to help customers develop a non-disruptive S/4HANA roadmap while bring immediate business values in Performance Management through SAP Central Finance.

    Streamline Critical Financial Processes with the Latest Features & Functionality of SAP S/4HANA Finance

    From planning and analysis, to the accounting and financial close, to treasury and financial risk management, SAP S/4HANA Finance is a comprehensive financial management and accounting solution to help streamline the finance function. This demo-heavy session will provide an up-close look at the latest features and functions of SAP S/4HANA Finance and the impact on: Controlling, Profitability analysis, SAP General Ledger, Material Ledger, Cash Management, Asset Management and Credit Management. This session will end with a live Q&A with our industry experts, who can answer your most pressing questions surrounding SAP S/4HANA Finance.

    SAP Feedback Forum: Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance to Automate Processes in Payment and Receivables Management

    Led by: Martin von der Emde

    In this session we will give you a brief overview of the Financial Operations Cloud Extensions for SAP S/4HANA Finance that offer new possibilities in the operational Financials area.

    We would like to collect your feedback concerning the following solutions:


    •  SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Customer Payments provides a self-service offering to enable our customers to deploy electronic bill presentment and payment processes as part of their digital business strategy to improve customer collaboration and reduce repetitive calls into the back office.

    • SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud for Credit Integration helps customers to connect to the world’s leading credit bureaus. Accessible with a single click from existing credit management processes, full credit reports are available in your dedicated library, while key metrics drive the rating processes.

    • In addition there is the new “SAP digital payments add on” on our future roadmap. All of these cloud extensions share an innovative hybrid architecture, leveraging the benefits of the cloud.


    Typical benefits are

    • Rapid deployment of new capabilities

    • Seamless integration to existing system landscapes

    • Easy implementation, easy subscription and continuous delivery of innovation

    Getting Your Business Ready For Digital: Why We Moved From ECC to S/4 HANA

    Steve Strout was brought into Sabre to establish internal business processes to support the next generation of innovation, step one: Move to S/4 HANA.

    Edmund Manrique has been delivering constant innovation across several companies in his 20 years as a consultant, customer and educator. Join Steve and Edmund in this inspiring keynote of making your business “Digital Ready”. You will leave with vigor of how to make S/4 HANA Finance your core driver to success and understand what it takes to move there.