SAP-Centric Financials

SAP is moving business like never before. New technologies are emerging. Financial and accounting processes are fast transforming into a streamlined finance operation that drives profitable growth, ensures compliance and represents a single version of the financial truth. Technologies like Cloud, BPC, Fiori and S/4HANA are the essentials tools and enablers of this transformation. Business is taking charge of IT projects and need to understand the possibilities for their department. Against this backdrop we have created SAP-Centric Financials. Keep up-to-date on conference content and updates by following @SAPCentricFin

 

 

Meet the Speakers!

 
  • Thack Brown

    General Manager and Global Head Line of Business Finance, SAP
     
    Re-imagine Finance for 2020 and Beyond

    The role of finance continues to evolve at breakneck speed. Thack Brown will discuss the traits that successful finance leaders are developing to succeed. Sharing how they are using technology and intelligent ERP to collaborate, analyze and predict business outcomes while making finance processes more automated, adaptive and compliant. Hear why finance organizations should become the analytics hub of their...

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  • Victoria Arlen

    ESPN Host & Reporter, Paralympic Gold & Silver Medalist
     
    The Power of Gratitude

    We all face challenges and obstacles in pursuit of our personal and business dreams.  For most of us, those are day to day frustrations to which we often attribute far more weight than we should.  For others, like Victoria Arlen, those obstacles include a sudden, devastating illness that nearly took her life and left her paralyzed for a decade.  In...

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  • Barbara Rojas

    Senior Vice President, Finance Systems, Discovery Communications
     
    Finance Angels: The Core Finance Team That Drives SAP Financials at Discovery

    When Discovery formed a finance-based team responsible for SAP engagement and training, not only was IT freed up to focus on core work, but the success of implementations skyrocketed. Find out why Discovery decided the “voice” of implementation needed to come from Finance and how they brought together a tight, multi-disciplined team to manage the systems landscape and the change,...

    Read more >
     
  • Pat Kelliher

    Chief Accounting Officer, Vivint
     
    Vivint’s SAP S/4HANA Transformation Journey

    Pat will share business transformation initiatives that led to the recent SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud implementations. During this keynote, he will explore how finance’s boardroom influence is increasing and is leading business transformation. He will discuss how his team is changing the formula and undergoing fundamental transformation to stay relevant with Vivint’s board and business leaders using...

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  • Michael Cox

    Director, IT, Dr Pepper Snapple Group
     
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Journey to S4 HANA / Learnings from S4 Finance

    DPSG is in the midst of a journey to SAP-based transformation on the S4 HANA Platform, and have stories to share about that journey.  This session will share background on the overall SAP strategy/roadmap for DPSG, as well as key learnings from our recent go-live of S4 Finance Version 1503.  There were bumps in the road, but we’ve made it...

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  • Jason Ballard

    General Manager, Information Systems, Toyota North America
     
    Leveraging SAP S/4HANA to Drive One Toyota Culture

    Toyota’s corporate culture is built upon two Pillars: Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. Our retention of 70% of our team members from Kentucky and California in our move to consolidate our headquarter functions to Plano, TX is great evidence that our “Respect for People” commitment pays huge dividends.  As a reflection of our commitment to “Continuous Improvement”, Toyota North...

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  • John Kennelly

    Vice President, Accounting & Finance, Toyota North America
     
    Leveraging SAP S/4HANA to Drive One Toyota Culture

    Toyota’s corporate culture is built upon two Pillars: Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. Our retention of 70% of our team members from Kentucky and California in our move to consolidate our headquarter functions to Plano, TX is great evidence that our “Respect for People” commitment pays huge dividends.  As a reflection of our commitment to “Continuous Improvement”, Toyota North...

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  • David Axson

    Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
     
    Deep Dive: Going Digital All the Way: The Business Case for Finance

    Finance organizations that effectively digitize and automate by harnessing the power of new technologies such as transactional robotics, machine learning, AI and predictive analytics will thrive in an increasingly demanding world. Going beyond accounting, expense control and after-the-facts reporting, the intelligent finance organization gains influence as a powerhouse that sparks ever more enterprise value and unlocks new strategies by answering...

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Re-imagine Finance for 2020 and Beyond

The role of finance continues to evolve at breakneck speed. Thack Brown will discuss the traits that successful finance leaders are developing to succeed. Sharing how they are using technology and intelligent ERP to collaborate, analyze and predict business outcomes while making finance processes more automated, adaptive and compliant. Hear why finance organizations should become the analytics hub of their organization, driving value across the office the CFO and beyond the four walls of the enterprise. Thack will also share SAP solutions that are helping customers by intelligently automating processes, embedding compliance, and moving processes to the cloud. Showcasing SAP’s end-to-end cloud financial management platform, that uses innovative technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, predictive analytics, and big data for the modern finance department. Providing a fast approach for adopting the latest innovations. Join Thack’s keynote to hear about the characteristics of successful finance leaders and how SAP can help finance organizations reinvent their role to add value like never before.

The Power of Gratitude

We all face challenges and obstacles in pursuit of our personal and business dreams.  For most of us, those are day to day frustrations to which we often attribute far more weight than we should.  For others, like Victoria Arlen, those obstacles include a sudden, devastating illness that nearly took her life and left her paralyzed for a decade.  In this not-to-be-missed presentation, Victoria shares her remarkable story of an ordinary child confronted with an extraordinary challenge.  Literally locked within her own body for years, she shares how gratitude, perspective, hope, and relentless hard work brought her back to life, to a gold medal podium and to the dance floor of Hollywood. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of powerful storytelling that will take you from tears to cheers and redefine what it means to be inspired.

Finance Angels: The Core Finance Team That Drives SAP Financials at Discovery

When Discovery formed a finance-based team responsible for SAP engagement and training, not only was IT freed up to focus on core work, but the success of implementations skyrocketed. Find out why Discovery decided the “voice” of implementation needed to come from Finance and how they brought together a tight, multi-disciplined team to manage the systems landscape and the change, now including the ever-changing world of cloud tools.  Understand the careful balance of complementary skills required to build your own implementation team.

Vivint’s SAP S/4HANA Transformation Journey

Pat will share business transformation initiatives that led to the recent SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud implementations. During this keynote, he will explore how finance’s boardroom influence is increasing and is leading business transformation. He will discuss how his team is changing the formula and undergoing fundamental transformation to stay relevant with Vivint’s board and business leaders using cloud technology.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Journey to S4 HANA / Learnings from S4 Finance

DPSG is in the midst of a journey to SAP-based transformation on the S4 HANA Platform, and have stories to share about that journey.  This session will share background on the overall SAP strategy/roadmap for DPSG, as well as key learnings from our recent go-live of S4 Finance Version 1503.  There were bumps in the road, but we’ve made it through to tell about it, and can share what we are now doing as we look to continue this journey. Key topics to include:

  • Overall SAP transformation strategy / roadmap – How we plan to bring this to our business
  • Key Observations from our S4 Finance 1503 upgrade/migration (brown-field migration), including:
    • Impact of Compatibility Views
    • Impact of large data volumes
    • Impact of bolt-on applications
  • Next steps plan to drive business-value

Leveraging SAP S/4HANA to Drive One Toyota Culture

Toyota’s corporate culture is built upon two Pillars: Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. Our retention of 70% of our team members from Kentucky and California in our move to consolidate our headquarter functions to Plano, TX is great evidence that our “Respect for People” commitment pays huge dividends.  As a reflection of our commitment to “Continuous Improvement”, Toyota North America recently decided to leverage the power of SAP technology to accelerate our efforts to bring Toyota’s Sales & Manufacturing cultures together by replacing two different aging PeopleSoft Finance instances with SAP S/4 HANA v 16.10 and driving common business processes across Sales & Manufacturing for Finance & Indirect Procurement. In this presentation, we will share our insights, experiences & challenges on our journey.

Leveraging SAP S/4HANA to Drive One Toyota Culture

Toyota’s corporate culture is built upon two Pillars: Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. Our retention of 70% of our team members from Kentucky and California in our move to consolidate our headquarter functions to Plano, TX is great evidence that our “Respect for People” commitment pays huge dividends.  As a reflection of our commitment to “Continuous Improvement”, Toyota North America recently decided to leverage the power of SAP technology to accelerate our efforts to bring Toyota’s Sales & Manufacturing cultures together by replacing two different aging PeopleSoft Finance instances with SAP S/4 HANA v 16.10 and driving common business processes across Sales & Manufacturing for Finance & Indirect Procurement. In this presentation, we will share our insights, experiences & challenges on our journey.

Deep Dive: Going Digital All the Way: The Business Case for Finance

Finance organizations that effectively digitize and automate by harnessing the power of new technologies such as transactional robotics, machine learning, AI and predictive analytics will thrive in an increasingly demanding world. Going beyond accounting, expense control and after-the-facts reporting, the intelligent finance organization gains influence as a powerhouse that sparks ever more enterprise value and unlocks new strategies by answering questions that have yet to be asked. In this session, Accenture will show you how to:

  • Find your value drivers for digital finance transformation
  • Identify the real potential of new technologies
  • Build your business case
  • Define your roadmap to accelerate incremental value realization at every step of the way