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Pre-Conference Session: Data Visualization & Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud & Application Design

Mon · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ingo Hilgefort - Chief Product Expert, SAP
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Mon, Mar 11, 2019 · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session: Data Visualization & Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud & Application Design

This half-day, hands-on workshop will provide customers with an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud and its app-building capabilities. Attendees will learn which role SAP Analytics Cloud can play as part of their overall SAP landscape and how they can integrate with their existing on-premise and cloud-based data sources.

You will have the opportunity to directly work with SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Cloud Analytics App Building in combination with SAP BW and SAP HANA ® and create live a variety of dashboards.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to integrate SAP Cloud Analytics into their existing SAP landscape.

  • Attendees will learn how to leverage on-premise and cloud-based data sources.

  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud App Building to create compelling visual stories both on-premise and in the cloud.


* Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.
Pre-Conference Session
  • Ingo Hilgefort
    Chief Product Expert, SAP
Pre-Conference Session

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Mon · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Product Manager, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Product Expert, SAP
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Mon, Mar 11, 2019 · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this workshop, discover how to professionally design high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software. Take advantage of the latest features we provided in BI4.2 SP07 to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using:

  • Gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering

  • Techniques to simplify the maintenance of your reports thanks to the shared elements

  • Tips and tricks to build visualizations

  • Recent innovations delivered in semantic and universes such as time dimension and view time security


Don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hands-on; learn as you play!

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence® reports

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP Web Intelligence® experts.


* Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.
Pre-Conference Session
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Product Manager, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Product Expert, SAP
Pre-Conference Session

Pre-Conference Session: Predicting Future Financial Performance Using Machine Learning

Mon · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
JS Irick - Principal Consultant, TruQua
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Mon, Mar 11, 2019 · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session: Predicting Future Financial Performance Using Machine Learning

The best way for one to learn about Machine Learning is through experiencing the technology first hand. In this pre-conference workshop, attendees will get a chance to build their own Machine Learning models using current, real-world financial data from SAP HANA. Using macroeconomic factors, looking at Machine Learning algorithms, as well as published quarterly financials, attendees will be able to build Machine Learning models to predict future financial performance.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the two hottest technologies right now- embedded analytics and machine learning

  • Gain implementation knowledge- critical for you to create your own successful roadmap

  • Define how these tools can be used so you have a better scope/perceive of the effort levels needed to succeed


No prerequisites or advanced preparation is required for this group live pre-conference session.

Program level: Basic
Field of Study: Computer Software & App
Earn 4.0 CPE credits by attending this pre-conference session*

* Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 914-509-5354.

*Eventful Conferences is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org.
Pre-Conference Session
  • JS Irick
    Principal Consultant, TruQua
Pre-Conference Session

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

Mon · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
John Froelich - VP Strategy, Bramasol Inc. Pete Graham - Director of Finance Solutions and Mobility, SAP Tom Anderson - SAP Real Estate Management Lifecycle Solution Owner, SAP
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Mon, Mar 11, 2019 · 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the “comply, optimize, transform” framework. Using customer stories, partner insights, and guided discussions, this workshop will cover what you will need to consider to transform to a digital enterprise:

  1. Comply/Standardize – We will discuss International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance, disclosure reporting (with validation), data management, and process standardization as a foundation.

  2. Optimize – How to use analytics, dashboards, and tools like RAR and CLM to benchmark and optimize your procure-to-pay, record-to-report, and order-to-cash processes to improve revenue, profitability, and cash flow.

  3. Transform – Explore how a data-driven approach—including predictive analytics and accounting combined with machine learning—can transform you to a digital enterprise. Join us to hear leading experts from SAP, Bramasol, customers, and others and get started on your finance transformation.


By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Define what is a digital enterprise is and steps to take a digital transformation

  • Apply the “comply, optimize, transform” framework to create a successful transformation

  • Differentiate between the reporting options – Operational, Management & Statutory

  • Outline the SAP approaches: on-premise, cloud and hybrid


Join us to hear leading experts from SAP, Bramasol, customers and others and get started on your Finance Transformation.

No prerequisites or advanced preparation is required for this group live pre-conference session.

Program level: Basic
Field of Study: Computer Software & App
Earn 4.0 CPE credits by attending this pre-conference session*

* Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 914-509-5354.

*Eventful Conferences is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org.
Pre-Conference Session
  • John Froelich
    VP Strategy, Bramasol Inc.
  • Pete Graham
    Director of Finance Solutions and Mobility, SAP
  • Tom Anderson
    SAP Real Estate Management Lifecycle Solution Owner, SAP
5:00 PM
Networking

Welcome Reception

Mon · 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Mon, Mar 11, 2019 · 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us to kick off the co-located SAP-Centric Financials and BI+Analytics conference! Network with peers and get to know our partners on the exhibition floor. Light refreshments will be served.
7:30 AM
Breakfast and Exhibition Viewing
8:30 AM
Keynotes
Keynote

Conference Welcome

Tue · 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Conference Welcome

Join us for to see what’s in store for the day – we’ll recap insights uncovered during our research and preview the day’s must-attend sessions!
Keynote

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Tue · 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM
Tom Chelednik - Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Mohamed Abdel Hadi - Global Vice President Product Management SAP Analytics Cloud, GTM, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Intelligent Enterprises empower business users at all levels and across all lines of business to get intelligence from their applications by leveraging analytics and planning within their business process. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are helping business users automate their business process, gain immediate insights so they can make faster decisions.

Learn how SAP can transform your business into an Intelligent Enterprise to help you run and grow your business.

 
Keynote
  • Tom Chelednik
    Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP
  • Mohamed Abdel Hadi
    Global Vice President Product Management SAP Analytics Cloud, GTM, SAP
Keynote

Next-Gen Finance Platform: Unlock Business Value Using Integrated & Intelligent Analytics

Tue · 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Rajeev Kapur - Chief Data Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation Sandra Masciarelli - Finance Director, Global Financial Planning Transformation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Next-Gen Finance Platform: Unlock Business Value Using Integrated & Intelligent Analytics

At Kimberly-Clark, an Agile Product team is driving the build of a digitally-enabled modern Finance platform using SAP HANA to drive standardization, simplification, automation, and advanced analytical capabilities for improved agile decision-making and frictionless process. In this session, you’ll learn how Kimberly-Clark transforms the Finance platform to achieve the vision of a single version of the truth, end-user collaboration, democratization of the data through self-service reports, and integrated business processes by modernizing its legacy finance systems. The digitally enabled platform uses in-memory columnar database technology, cloud-based planning applications, self-service reporting, and API based application integration to provide a fast, reliable, and scalable finance applications.

By merging business analytics and finance teams on the program, Kimberly-Clark can leverage the capabilities of the platform to transform and simplify business processes and achieve significant organizational efficiencies.
Keynote
  • Rajeev Kapur
    Chief Data Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Sandra Masciarelli
    Finance Director, Global Financial Planning Transformation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
9:50 AM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
10:40 AM
Track Sessions
Track 5

SAP BusinessObjects Live Office: Creating a Real-Time Project Cost Accounting System

Tue · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Renfeng Ma - Principal Data Architect, Sedgwick County Government
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

SAP BusinessObjects Live Office: Creating a Real-Time Project Cost Accounting System

Sedgwick County is a county in the state of Kansas serving a population of 511,995. The county’s Public Works department maintains roads and bridges with a $31 million operating budget and a $91 million five-year capital budget. The department spends most of its resources on projects, making precise and granular cost accounting of project activities crucial. The old system for Public Works was labor intensive, untimely, and prone to error. The department identified an off-the-shelf project cost accounting system and initiated the purchasing process. The Sedgwick County IT department proposed a solution using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Live Office, and Public Works has successfully used the new system for over a year.

Session attendees will learn the steps taken to transform database records into accounting metrics that meet the auditing requirements of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOC).

Attendees will also learn how to create an Infoset in SAP ERP and connect them to two additional databases for a full cost accounting of labor, equipment, and material via a multi-source universe and how to perform critical financial calculations to preserve data lineage and maximize transparency in the data flow.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Leveraged existing investment on SAP® BusinessObjects™ Live Office

  • Fulfilled a critical business need without purchasing additional software

  • Demonstrated to customers that SAP® BusinessObjects™ can do a lot more than basic reporting

Track 5
  • Renfeng Ma
    Principal Data Architect, Sedgwick County Government
Track 6

The Concept Behind Central Finance: Its Value Drivers, Key Use Cases and Adoption

Tue · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Carsten Hilker - Global Solution Owner, S/4 HANA (Central Finance), SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

The Concept Behind Central Finance: Its Value Drivers, Key Use Cases and Adoption

In this session, Carsten will cover the why, where, and how to use Central Finance as a stepping stone to SAP S/4HANA, its innovation catalyst for finance departments, from accounting to reporting, operations, and treasury.

By attending this session, you will gain a better understanding of the basic concepts and components behind the solution, the key aspects driving the implementation complexity, and how to better avoid or mitigate issues.
Track 6
  • Carsten Hilker
    Global Solution Owner, S/4 HANA (Central Finance), SAP
Track 7

Finding the Cure for an Increased Volume of Invoices

Tue · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Renee Genco - Assistant Director, Accounts Payable Shared Services, Johns Hopkins Enterprise
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

Finding the Cure for an Increased Volume of Invoices

To process more than 30,000 invoices each month, the Johns Hopkins accounts payable shared services team needed a solution that would enable it to autopost as many invoices as possible for two very different organizations: the university and its medical centers. Learn how the team was able to quickly deploy a solution that worked seamlessly with the institution’s chosen invoice scanning provider and health care exchange to improve the speed, accuracy, and transparency of invoice processing, enabling it to autopost thousands of invoices each month and develop a strategy to reduce the large number of duplicate invoices the institution received.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Maximized efficiency of outsourced scanning service providers by identifying other information required to expedite processing

  • Quickly identified and reduced duplicate invoices received from suppliers on health care exchange

  • Autoposting enabled team to increase invoice volume without additional headcount

Track 7
  • Renee Genco
    Assistant Director, Accounts Payable Shared Services, Johns Hopkins Enterprise
Track 8

Digital Disruption: The Impact on the CFO and Finance LOB

Tue · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Jennifer Buko - Senior Director Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

Digital Disruption: The Impact on the CFO and Finance LOB

Enterprises can no longer afford to wait until the end of the month to see results or the annual budget cycle to make decisions.  The impact of digital disruption is real and 52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000. The transformation of finance will impact multiple teams including Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting & Tax, Accounts Receivable/Payable, Treasury, Finance Operations and Risk.

During this session, you will hear how SAP S/4 HANA can revolutionize finance processes.  What if you could leverage predictive modelling to analyze growth strategies in hours instead of weeks? What decisions would be made with real-time visibility into customer profit and product cost along the entire value chain? How would you better leverage resources in accounting if we could free them up from repetitive tasks using machine learning? How do you keep your executives informed with Financial Data with real time reporting/analytics. These and more questions will be explored during the session.
Track 8
  • Jennifer Buko
    Senior Director Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, SAP
Track 10

S/4 Financial Audit

Tue · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Jay Cen - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

S/4 Financial Audit

The purpose of a self-audit is to target and provide the internal auditor a self-generated audit result during daily business by self-execution of detection rule and self-learning from the user. This session will cover how self-execution of audit procedure/detection rule can help users find violations and unusual patterns. In addition, you will learn how self-reporting of identified issues displays in a dashboard and the impact on a financial statement. You’ll also learn about self-generation of an auditor report and related documents and how you can learn from an external expert such as the “big four.”
Track 10
  • Jay Cen
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Tue · 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Product Manager, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally designed, high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software.

Take advantage of the top five tips and tricks to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering.

And don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:

  • Hands-on session means you learn as you play.

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence reports.

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® experts.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Product Manager, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Product Expert, SAP
11:30 AM
Track Sessions
Track 5

A Budget Makeover Story: Improving the Business User Experience

Tue · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Wendy Krause - Lead, Analytics Center of Excellence, Salt River Project
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

A Budget Makeover Story: Improving the Business User Experience

Salt River Project’s (SRP) initial SAP budget solution needed a makeover in order to meet three major challenges. First, the business was requesting improvements and cycle time reductions. Second, both the business teams and IT wanted to reduce support resource requirements. Last, SRP had a version upgrade and HANA® migration scheduled right in the middle of the annual budget cycle.

SRP will share how it implemented a makeover to address these challenges and future-proof its SAP budgeting solution. SAP topics include SAP BW, SAP BW Integrated Planning, SAP BPC, and SAP® BusinessObjects™.

Key Business Benefits:

  • First-year ROI on the new solution

  • Improved business user experience

  • Flexible design that will adapt with future SAP and SRP road map

Track 5
  • Wendy Krause
    Lead, Analytics Center of Excellence, Salt River Project
Track 6

SAP Central Finance Deployment and Key Takeaways

Tue · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Carsten Hilker - Global Solution Owner, S/4 HANA (Central Finance), SAP Eric Bramley - Senior Manager, Deloitte
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

SAP Central Finance Deployment and Key Takeaways

This session will be an interactive Q&A discussion on all topics related to Central Finance, including but not limited to business processes, analytics, and business transformation. Carsten and Eric will also review customer stories that will provide insight into typical customer situations, objectives, approaches, and planned next steps after the initial implementation.
Track 6
  • Carsten Hilker
    Global Solution Owner, S/4 HANA (Central Finance), SAP
  • Eric Bramley
    Senior Manager, Deloitte
Track 7

Machine Learning for Finance and Risk

Tue · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Birgit Starmanns - Senior Director, Global Center of Excellence, Finance, and Risk, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Machine Learning for Finance and Risk

Finance organizations have changed dramatically, shifting from looking backwards for financial statements, to helping define the company’s strategic direction via forward-looking insights. And technology is making that possible by automating repetitive transactional tasks to make finance more efficient. For example, with machine learning, you can dramatically cut the time to apply cash to receivables, as well as reconcile your good receipt/invoice receipt accounts, and actions on exceptions are learned and applied to future transactions. In addition, machine learning can also help you with predictive capabilities, including liquidity management and identifying potential fraud scenarios to allow you to take mitigating actions.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Increase automation: Increase efficiency and reduce errors in the finance department. Enable finance to focus on strategic tasks.

  • Increase visibility of finance: Ensure real-time insight and use of predictive capabilities to enable finance to recommend a course of action to the business.

  • Reduce TCO: Technology learns from accountant behavior and starts working for you immediately. It continually adapts and does not require ongoing maintenance.

Track 7
  • Birgit Starmanns
    Senior Director, Global Center of Excellence, Finance, and Risk, SAP
Track 8

A Sigh of Relief After Gaining Compliance with New Indirect Tax Law Changes

Tue · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Danny Cox - VP of Finance, Rio Grande Scott Peterson - VP of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, Avalara
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

A Sigh of Relief After Gaining Compliance with New Indirect Tax Law Changes

New sales tax laws have gone into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. case in June 2018. This ruling changed the requirement of sales tax collection liability from a physical presence nexus to an economic nexus, which is based entirely on sales revenue and/or transaction volume. This ruling is leaving remote sellers scrambling to figure out where they may need to register to collect and remit sales tax on out-of-state transactions. Like a domino effect, other states are reacting to the ruling at a rapid rate, legislating similar laws to help fill state revenue deficits. Learn how Rio Grande benefited from implementing Avalara’s indirect tax solutions for fast and accurate compliance and easy reporting and filing.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Learn how and why the U.S. Supreme Court South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. decision is impacting hundreds of thousands of companies.

  • Understand the steps that Rio Grande went through to address its sudden need for assistance with tax compliance.

  • Discover the benefits Rio Grande achieved through automating its sales tax compliance process.

Track 8
  • Danny Cox
    VP of Finance, Rio Grande
  • Scott Peterson
    VP of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, Avalara
Track 10

Predictive Accounting and Predictive Analytics: Co-operation or Co-existence?

Tue · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Uwe Mayer - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Predictive Accounting and Predictive Analytics: Co-operation or Co-existence?

In this session, you’ll learn about and discuss possible integration scenarios of SAP S/4HANATM Predictive Accounting with SAP Predictive Analytics.

One of the major open questions in Predictive Accounting is the relation to Predictive Analytics. Integration use cases arise in situations when necessary information usually triggering Predictive Accounting simulations isn't available in the system yet and thus cannot be handled by regular Predictive Accounting procedures. The missing information needs to be predicted through other means, such as SAP Predictive Analytics.

Along with participants, we will review possible prediction scenarios requiring data from both information sources. We also discuss how and where this integration will be implemented at best—on the reporting level or on the level of data, i.e. financial postings.
Track 10
  • Uwe Mayer
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Tue · 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Product Manager, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Product Expert, SAP
Close Panel
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally designed, high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software.

Take advantage of the top five tips and tricks to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering.

And don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:

  • Hands-on session means you learn as you play.

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence reports.

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® experts.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Product Manager, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Product Expert, SAP
12:10 PM
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
1:10 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

A Beginner's Guide to SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Planning

Tue · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Pravin Datar - Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

A Beginner's Guide to SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Planning

At the end of this session, participants will be able to understand the basic planning functionality of SAP Analytics Cloud. This session assumes no background knowledge of Business Planning. This is ideally suited for business analysts primarily working on data analysis rather than planning. This session will focus on how to use the planning features in SAP Analytics Cloud to realize the potential of one simple cloud that combines analysis, planning, and predictive.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand the use cases when SAP Analytics Cloud can be used for planning.

  • Understand the salient planning features and functionality of SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Understand how to leverage the delivered planning content of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Track 5
  • Pravin Datar
    Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
Track 6

SAP S/4HANA Analytics and Business Process with Central Finance Project

Tue · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Vicki Smith - SAP Architect, Business Systems Analysis – Finance, TreeHouse Foods
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

SAP S/4HANA Analytics and Business Process with Central Finance Project

Attend this session to hear TreeHouse Foods’ lessons learned and value delivered from a multi-source (SAP and non-SAP ERP), multi-national implementation of Central Finance. The presentation will outline a tried and true approach and methodology for the implementation, including CO-PA and central AR/AP—from gathering the data required to build, data integration, testing, deployment, and support.
Track 6
  • Vicki Smith
    SAP Architect, Business Systems Analysis – Finance, TreeHouse Foods
Track 7

Positioning Your Company for Emerging Technologies

Tue · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Michael Crawford - Senior Corporate Treasury Manager, The Mosaic Company
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Positioning Your Company for Emerging Technologies

AI, robotics, and blockchain all present opportunities to streamline and reduce human intervention. Creating an agile environment is key to taking advantage of these technologies, but analysis of your needs is critical as there is no single solution for companies. Using SAP to leverage these evolutionary tools can be key to the benefits you will receive and measure. In this presentation, we will explore how to position your company to be prepared for these opportunities and how to analyze what solution (or hybrids) will give you the most benefit.

 

Key Business Benefits:

  • SAP configured to easily take advantage of enhancements with minimal regression testing

  • Using robotics to automate functions in augmented reality and accounts payable

  • Single instance worldwide of SAP to uniformily move to new technologies

Track 7
  • Michael Crawford
    Senior Corporate Treasury Manager, The Mosaic Company
Track 8

Why a Treasury Management System (TMS) Is Not Enough

Tue · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Dirk Schreiber - Head of Group Treasury, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Why a Treasury Management System (TMS) Is Not Enough

The typical treasury management system (TMS)—SWIFT connected, multiuser, and loaded with functionality—is a marvel of modern technology. There are few tasks in treasury that cannot be made efficient through the use of a TMS, and there are very few sophisticated treasuries without one. Yet many of these same treasuries also integrate specialist solutions for bank account management, foreign exchange, payments, and other tasks with their TMS. From a technology standpoint, this is a simple matter. From a business perspective, this suggests that many treasurers see superior functionality beyond what’s offered in their TMS.

Dirk Schreiber, group treasurer at Fresenius, had a need for sophisticated payments processing and made the case for a specialist solution. The resulting combination of a TMS and TIS smart payments has given Fresenius more than the sum of the two parts.

Fresenius is a company with annual sales of over €33 billion from operations in more than 160 countries and more than 90 production facilities. Legacy treasury operations were decentralized with separate and unconnected systems installed at many company operations. Change was required, and Fresenius took the first step in a journey to integrate cash management, improve controls, and increase cash visibility while reducing the number of banking systems used.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Centralization of corporate payment operations and increased cash visibility

  • Process automation

  • Straight-through processing with seamless SAP ERP integration

Track 8
  • Dirk Schreiber
    Head of Group Treasury, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA
Track 10

Central Finance Tax Reporting and External Tax Engines

Tue · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Waldemar Kessel - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Central Finance Tax Reporting and External Tax Engines

When FI and CO documents are replicated from source systems to a Central Finance system, tax-relevant data is also replicated. With central payment, it becomes necessary for some tax-relevant postings to be made in the Central Finance system. As a result, tax reporting must also be carried out in the Central Finance system, based on the documents in the Central Finance system, whether they have been replicated to the system from a source system or posted there directly.

Customers using central payment functionality having the same external tax calculation in source and target is currently not supported. The reason for the restriction is the fact that in the central payment scenario cash, discounts and payment differences in the central finance system would lead to errors.
Track 10
  • Waldemar Kessel
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

Tue · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Ingo Hilgefort - Chief Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s new flagship product for the creation of dashboards and data visualizations. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud and how to get started building the first dashboard. The session will provide you with hands-on experience in multiple areas of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to get started in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Attendees will learn how to use the most important components, such as charts, maps, and tables.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at some advanced features such as linked analysis.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Ingo Hilgefort
    Chief Product Expert, SAP
2:00 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

How Leprino Foods is Creating Cost-Effective, Near-Real-Time Reporting Dashboards within SAP

Tue · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Mark Teller - Associate Director, IT Applications, Leprino Foods
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

How Leprino Foods is Creating Cost-Effective, Near-Real-Time Reporting Dashboards within SAP

In 2016, Leprino Foods, (a traditionally B2B company) planned to launch its first e-commerce site, ascentprotein.com. Understandably, management desired real-time reporting, which was met with some challenges. As a startup, reporting requirements would change frequently and reporting needed to be easy to read and understand. With SAP as the system of record and resources limited, Leprino leadership decided to consider custom-purchased solutions. In this session, you will hear how the company created a very visible, easy-to-read company dashboard reporting tool which required little time, resources, and programming and with little ongoing maintenance—a simple, business-driven, cost-effective, and supportable solution.
Track 5
  • Mark Teller
    Associate Director, IT Applications, Leprino Foods
Track 7

How To Use FP&A as the Stepping Stone to Finance Transformation

Tue · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Harlan Mork - Senior Manager, GBS, General Mills Jessica Britton - Head of Finance Transformation, General Mills
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

How To Use FP&A as the Stepping Stone to Finance Transformation

Attend this session and hear first-hand, how a leading consumer goods company relied upon financial planning and analysis functionality from SAP as the first step in its Finance Transformation journey. During this presentation, learn how the company:

  • Approached the design decisions related to FP&A

  • Created a flexible and dynamic planning model

  • Leveraged SAP HANA for better insights into financial data - Improved its planning and reporting processes on a global level

Track 7
  • Harlan Mork
    Senior Manager, GBS, General Mills
  • Jessica Britton
    Head of Finance Transformation, General Mills
Track 6

Karl Storz's Journey to SAP Central Finance

Tue · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Simon Heeps - Senior Business Analyst, Karl Storz Santos Mummey - Assistant Controller, Karl Storz
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Karl Storz's Journey to SAP Central Finance

In this session, attendees will be invited to look behind the curtain at how a global medical device manufacturing company started its journey to SAP Central Finance. Discover from first-hand experience the key steps to a successful journey including:

  • Karl Storz's key use cases for selecting Central Finance

  • How the company simplified mappings between its source and target systems

  • An overview of the system architecture which includes a multi-ERP environment while leveraging Central Finance as part of a larger S/4HANA rollout strategy

Track 6
  • Simon Heeps
    Senior Business Analyst, Karl Storz
  • Santos Mummey
    Assistant Controller, Karl Storz
Track 8

Your Accountants Want to Make Month-End Close Better. Let Them!

Tue · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Dustan Daniel - Manager Financial Accounting, Lincoln Electric
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Your Accountants Want to Make Month-End Close Better. Let Them!

Month-end close seems to last far too long and with manual processes, it often does. In July 2017, Lincoln Electric System (LES) completed its close by the second Friday of each month, which was then followed by a one-week close for two additional entities. This lengthy process left little time for reconciliations, projects, or vacations—not an ideal situation for the accounting team. Although the LES accounting team was able to get the work done, it was tedious, and the staff had less than two years of tenure and no prior SAP experience. So they went on a journey to try to reduce time and increase productivity. In this session, you will hear how LES has been able to eliminate a week of this close process through employee empowerment, a focus on continuous improvement, the implementation of Excel4apps’ GL Wand and GLSU, and the redistribution of workload. Change isn’t always fast, easy, or always successful, but creating a culture that embraces it can make it meaningful.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Shorter close process and timely financials

  • Increased productivity

  • Improved employee satisfaction

Track 8
  • Dustan Daniel
    Manager Financial Accounting, Lincoln Electric
Track 10

Superior Financial Close: Insight and Control via Business Transaction Types

Tue · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Ralf Ille - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Superior Financial Close: Insight and Control via Business Transaction Types

In this session, attendees will learn various approaches for Intelligent Process Automation, including situations for automated feedback, KPI-based checks, and bots for automated tasks. Learn about how to gain insight and control in business teams during the financial close process. Gain efficiency and insight during financial close through insights by built-in reconciliation.
Track 10
  • Ralf Ille
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

Tue · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Ingo Hilgefort - Chief Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s new flagship product for the creation of dashboards and data visualizations. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud and how to get started building the first dashboard. The session will provide you with hands-on experience in multiple areas of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to get started in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Attendees will learn how to use the most important components, such as charts, maps, and tables.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at some advanced features such as linked analysis.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Ingo Hilgefort
    Chief Product Expert, SAP
2:50 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

Leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BPC for Extended Planning, Reporting and Analysis

Tue · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Tom Chelednik - Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BPC for Extended Planning, Reporting and Analysis

As an SAP BPC customer, SAP Analytics Cloud enables you to extend the corporate planning and consolidation capabilities in BPC with agile LoB planning to:

  • Plan and simulate the impact of potential decisions across the enterprise.

  • Collaborate with your team and take action on your data.

  • Sense and respond to markets disruptions, competition, and actual performance.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Integration between corporate planning solution and agile LoB planning platform

  • Reduced planning cycle times by driving efficiency with automation and standardization

  • Reliable and timely data for decision-makers on the true profitability of products and customers

Track 5
  • Tom Chelednik
    Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP
Track 6

An Introduction to Group Reporting in SAP S/4HANA

Tue · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
David Hutton - Financial Consolidation Lead, TruQua
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

An Introduction to Group Reporting in SAP S/4HANA

With the latest release of SAP S/4HANA 1809, the way in which a company performs group reporting and financial consolidation has shifted.  This session will guide attendees through the key features, use cases, and areas within the consolidation process that are most impacted. Attend this session to:

  • Better understand how the latest Group Reporting functionality has evolved to its current state with influences from EC-CS,  BPC, and RTC

  • Learn how to utilize the group reporting platform in SAP S/4HANA to support the collection, analysis and the publication of your consolidation data

  • View a live demo that features an up-close look at the new unified reporting framework for both local and group data

Track 6
  • David Hutton
    Financial Consolidation Lead, TruQua
Track 7

Pilkington’s Journey to Improved Efficiencies and Increased Visibility Within Their Financial Close Process

Tue · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Jayme Finkler - Senior Accountant/BlackLine System Administrator, Pilkington North America Liz Feltman - BlackLine Practice Lead, SandPoint Consulting
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Pilkington’s Journey to Improved Efficiencies and Increased Visibility Within Their Financial Close Process

Pilkington North America is a division of NSG Group headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Pilkington manufactures glass for the architectural and automotive industries.

With each region responsible for its own monthly closing process and control environment, the North American finance team purchased BlackLine to streamline its processes. Prior to BlackLine, there was limited insight into the status of thousands of account reconciliations across multiple locations, causing financial reporting and control issues among other strains to the already limited resources.

In this session, you will learn all aspects of Pilkington’s approach to evaluating, selecting, and implementing BlackLine over the past five years, including the easy wins and the challenges to this type of financial transformation from not only a systems perspective but regarding the impacts to your user base. You will also learn best practices of a BlackLine implementation from SandPoint Consulting, a BlackLine strategic alliance partner and the partner to Pilkington throughout its process.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Increased visibility into the status of the month-end close process and related controls

  • Decreased preparation time of hundreds of monthly reconciliations across multiple locations

Track 7
  • Jayme Finkler
    Senior Accountant/BlackLine System Administrator, Pilkington North America
  • Liz Feltman
    BlackLine Practice Lead, SandPoint Consulting
Track 8

Verizon’s Story of Standardizing and Improving Financial Uploading Processes

Tue · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Robert James - Lead System Specialist, Database Analyst, Verizon
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Verizon’s Story of Standardizing and Improving Financial Uploading Processes

Join this session and learn about Verizon's experiences in automating the process of creating and posting SAP financial documents. At this open Q&A session, you’ll hear how Verizon is maximizing its Excel-to-SAP processes, including journal entry uploads, payroll, miscellaneous vendors, purchasing cards, and travel and expense processes.

Through real-world examples and experiences, you’ll learn how to:

  1. Use GLSU on an SAP S/4HANA® system

  2. Streamline finance document posting process, resulting in shorter month-end close cycle

  3. Improve audit processing with increased accuracy (prevalidation feature) and the attach source feature

  4. Enhance your SAP experience with features including validating and posting more than 1,000 lines, posting multiple documents from a worksheet, and creating a template from a posted document

  5. Use Excel and Z Option’s GLSU to automate manual entries or replace in-house (custom) uploaders

Track 8
  • Robert James
    Lead System Specialist, Database Analyst, Verizon
Track 10

Data Privacy and Protection

Tue · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Sandro Lovisa - Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Data Privacy and Protection

Data Privacy and Protection supports compliance regulation and process improvements related to data privacy regulations like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Attend this session to validate the product functionality and influence the direction of the solution that can address broader data privacy protection. Attendees will be able to validate and influence the following topics:

  • Policy engine to support the complete cycle of policy publishing, monitoring dissemination and ensuring compliance

  • Integrated record of processing activities

  • Integrated data privacy impact assessment

  • Compliance process support based on a DPP risk and control framework

  • GRC GDPR Cockpit as single point of entry for SAP landscape-wide GDPR processes analysis


 
Track 10
  • Sandro Lovisa
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

Tue · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Ingo Hilgefort - Chief Product Expert, SAP
Close Panel
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 1:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s new flagship product for the creation of dashboards and data visualizations. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud and how to get started building the first dashboard. The session will provide you with hands-on experience in multiple areas of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to get started in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Attendees will learn how to use the most important components, such as charts, maps, and tables.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at some advanced features such as linked analysis.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Ingo Hilgefort
    Chief Product Expert, SAP
3:30 PM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
4:30 PM
Keynote
Keynote

Performing in a Stressed-Out World

Tue · 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Joe Burton - Founder and CEO, Whil Concepts Inc.
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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 · 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Performing in a Stressed-Out World

Coping in today’s world of increasing expectations and technology-led disruption is one thing. Embracing all of this change to optimize your own performance as a professional in charge of finance and transformation is another. Join Joe Burton, author of the bestselling book “Creating Mindful Leaders” and founder and CEO of Whil Concepts, for a fun, inspiring, and interactive session on managing stress, disruption, and change. Learn how to overcome the natural deficiencies of the brain and take away easy, repeatable mindfulness and emotional intelligence techniques to reduce stress and build resilience for your own well-being and performance. Attendees will receive a copy of Joe’s new book with an autograph session during the following cocktail reception.
Keynote
  • Joe Burton
    Founder and CEO, Whil Concepts Inc.
5:15 PM
Networking

Evening Reception

Tue · 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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Join us for a celebration to wrap up day one of the conference, featuring an exclusive book signing by our guest keynote speaker Joe Burton! Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment.
8:30 AM
Breakfast and Exhibition Viewing
9:30 AM
Keynotes
Keynote

Conference Welcome

Wed · 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Conference Welcome

Join us for to see what’s in store for the day – we’ll recap insights uncovered during our research and preview the day’s must-attend sessions!
Keynote

Improving Customer Insight and Product Profitability at Borchers

Wed · 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM
Jonathan Mortlock - Chief Information Officer, Borchers
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Improving Customer Insight and Product Profitability at Borchers

As a global specialty coatings and additives business, Borchers needed greater insights to improve customer service. With SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, the organization has integrated its reporting applications. In this session, you’ll hear how Borchers migrated to a new business intelligence, SAP BPC, and app landscape in a very short timeframe and how it established self-service reporting and visualizations with business users. As a result, sales teams have an improved dialogue with customers and the business has greater insights of customer and product profitability.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Learn how Borchers migrated to a new business intelligence, SAP BPC, and app landscape in a very short timeframe.

  • Establish self-service reporting and visualizations with business users.

  • Hear about various use cases such as sales invoicing, financial, accounts payable and accounts receivable aging, and cost center reporting.


 
Keynote
  • Jonathan Mortlock
    Chief Information Officer, Borchers
Keynote

Digital Business: Tomorrow Is Already Here

Wed · 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Andy Bitterer - Chief Analytics Evangelist EMEA, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Digital Business: Tomorrow Is Already Here

Digital business is about intelligently connecting people, things, and companies. It’s an infinite world of new possibilities for companies to reimagine their business models, the way they work, and how they compete. New technologies like machine learning, the Internet of Things, blockchain, cloud, and the big data platform will transform value chains to enable completely new ways of doing business. Hear how you can deliver an innovative customer experience at scale, with fully-integrated front- and back-end operations based a solid digital core.
Keynote
  • Andy Bitterer
    Chief Analytics Evangelist EMEA, SAP
10:40 AM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
11:40 AM
Track Sessions
Track 5

Intelligent FP&A: Leveraging SMART Features within SAP Analytics Cloud to Improve Decision-Making & Results

Wed · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Scott Godfree - Product Manager, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Intelligent FP&A: Leveraging SMART Features within SAP Analytics Cloud to Improve Decision-Making & Results

We are in the midst of a transformative period in analytics: an era where augmented and automated insights can help to surface data relationships and drivers that were previously unknown or misunderstood. In this session, we will cover how you can utilize the built-in smart capabilities within SAP Analytics Cloud to better understand the real drivers of your business, and the power of a fully integrated financial planning and analysis platform to take advantages of those insights. Gain new and unique insights, simulate scenarios, and help facilitate a more considered and accurate planning process.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Better decision-making

  • Planning and analysis process improvement

  • Automated business insights

Track 5
  • Scott Godfree
    Product Manager, SAP
Track 6.1

What Toyota Learned Defining Their Roadmap from SAP ERP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA

Wed · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Suzanne Harilall - Senior Manager, Finance Systems and Business Development, Toyota South Africa
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

What Toyota Learned Defining Their Roadmap from SAP ERP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA

Hear Toyota’s lessons learned in outlining its SAP S/4HANA® transition strategy. Toyota’s senior manager of finance systems and business development will share the journey from outlining where they came from, what led to the decision to upgrade, how they were able to get all parties on board, the roadblocks, and finally where they are now.

Join this session to learn about Toyota South Africa finance’s road map for transitioning from SAP ERP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA® and how dissatisfaction with its SAP SEM® and SAP BW/4HANA reporting was the catalyst for a company-wide SAP S/4HANA® strategy.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Defined road map

  • Transition option to SAP S/4HANA®

  • Methodology to follow for implementation

Track 6.1
  • Suzanne Harilall
    Senior Manager, Finance Systems and Business Development, Toyota South Africa
Track 7.1

Invoice-to-Pay Digital Transformation: The Toro Company Case Study

Wed · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Bobbi Black - Senior Manager, Finance Systems and Services, The Toro Company Mani Ramaswamy - Chief Solutions Officer, Optima Consulting
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Invoice-to-Pay Digital Transformation: The Toro Company Case Study

By attending this session, you will learn the strategic approach Toro took to digitize and automate their Invoice-to-Pay platform and processes.  Establishing global standards and optimization as chief objectives, Toro defined business rules to maximize straight through processing, minimize cycle time, measure overall performance, and eliminate offline sub-processes. Key business benefits include best-in-class process automation, scalability, shared service enablement, and reliable audit capabilities.
Track 7.1
  • Bobbi Black
    Senior Manager, Finance Systems and Services, The Toro Company
  • Mani Ramaswamy
    Chief Solutions Officer, Optima Consulting
Track 8.1

Great-West Financial’s Journey to SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on HANA

Wed · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Aileen Tynan - Senior Manager, Finance Modernization, Great-West Financial
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Great-West Financial’s Journey to SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on HANA

Follow Great-West Financial (GWF) on its SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on HANA® journey. Aileen will review the driving force to move the budgeting process from SAP Controlling to SAP BPC, walk through the design process, implementation, and buildout of SAP BPC models and dimensions, as well as the security roles, training, and how the company distributes the templates to the users.

By attending this session, you will gain an understanding of SAP BPC’s reporting capabilities, including creating manual templates and using the SAP BPC database to better understand the intersection required for reporting. And finally, attendees will learn tips and tricks, future enhancements, and all the lessons learned along the journey.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Improved forecasting and budgeting process for operating expenses and headcount

  • Gain better insight for hiring and transfers of employees

  • Stronger reporting

Track 8.1
  • Aileen Tynan
    Senior Manager, Finance Modernization, Great-West Financial
Track 10

Superior Financial Close: Insight and Control via Business Transaction Types

Wed · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Ralf Ille - Product Expert, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Superior Financial Close: Insight and Control via Business Transaction Types

In this session, attendees will learn various approaches for Intelligent Process Automation, including situations for automated feedback, KPI-based checks, and bots for automated tasks. Learn about how to gain insight and control in business teams during the financial close process. Gain efficiency and insight during financial close through insights by built-in reconciliation.
Track 10
  • Ralf Ille
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Wed · 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM
Stephane Perdigeon - Group Product Manager, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Need to foster adoption of analytics in your company? Need to give business users a unique view of your analytics residing in cloud and on-premise solutions? Learn about the SAP Analytics Hub solution and build your first catalog that suits your needs. Learn how to set up and configure your system to access cloud and on-premise reports. For example, set up stories from the SAP Analytics Cloud solution and reports from SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software or any other analytic documents.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Know and understand SAP Analytics Hub

  • Be able to set up an SAP Analytics Hub

  • Short presentation and complete exercises


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Stephane Perdigeon
    Group Product Manager, SAP
12:30 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

SAP Analytics Cloud Planning for an Integrated Enterprise

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Tom Chelednik - Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

SAP Analytics Cloud Planning for an Integrated Enterprise

In today’s economy, finance organizations are facing unprecedented challenges due to highly scattered, complex, and customized landscapes. Because of this complexity, organizations are lacking flexibility to be agile and the ability to adopt innovations. In addition, they are facing significant costs for keeping these landscapes up to date. This presentation we will cover how SAP’s latest technologies help to transform a finance organization to plan across the business with one simple planning platform for everyone. You will also learn how to take advantage of advanced visualization, built-in collaboration, and embedded intelligence for better data-driven decisions.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand benefits of SAP Analytics Cloud planning

  • Collaborative planning scenarios for finance, sales, HR, and others

  • Connect on-premise and Cloud planning solutions

Track 5
  • Tom Chelednik
    Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Track 7.1

Empowering Managers with Self-Service, Real-Time Financial Reports

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Dan Auber - Enterprise Capability Manager, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Empowering Managers with Self-Service, Real-Time Financial Reports

The merger of seven councils within Auckland led to the formation of the largest council in the Southern Hemisphere, serving a population of 1.5 million. A major challenge for this new council was delivering reporting to around 1,000 managers working in very diverse areas—from park rangers to IT project managers, engineers, and building inspectors.

Initially, reporting was delivered via static paper reports monthly which had several issues, including no real-time view, no ability to drill down and analyze data, inability to import data into other systems, and there was no way to prevent overspending prior to or as it occurred.

In this presentation, Dan will walk attendees through how Auckland Council advanced and achieved real-time reporting and dashboards with drill-down analysis using SAP® BusinessObjects™.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Financial information nearly in real time delivered to managers' desktops

  • More detailed information than available before, allowing better analysis and decision-making

  • Reduction in need for financial advisors to provide the information

Track 7.1
  • Dan Auber
    Enterprise Capability Manager, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council
Track 8.1

Measuring the Unmeasurable With SAP S/4HANA

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Ashish Tewari - Manager, Deloitte Chetan Patel - Senior Manager, Deloitte
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Measuring the Unmeasurable With SAP S/4HANA

Deloitte, an early adopter of SAP S/4HANA, shares lessons learned from its own digital core transformation journey. Find out how Deloitte leveraged SAP technology to reimagine its business and improve operations—and in the process developed critical first-hand experience for helping clients effectively deploy SAP S/4HANA. Join us to learn how Deloitte has unlocked new data-driven insights, gained new efficiencies, saved costs, streamlined processes, and enhanced client service through SAP S/4HANA-enabled capabilities—including advanced reporting and data visualization. This session will provide a demo of a business analyst’s “day in the life” and explore detailed data-related considerations for SAP Central Finance.

Key Business Benefits: 

  • Get first-hand insights for digital enterprise transformation with SAP S/4HANA

  • Learn how you can generate first-class analytics and new business value with SAP S/4HANA content

  • Hear about integration aspects of actual and plan data (BPC or CPM) using embedded analytics

  • Understand visualization options based on SAP Fiori and CDS view integration

Track 8.1
  • Ashish Tewari
    Manager, Deloitte
  • Chetan Patel
    Senior Manager, Deloitte
Track 10

Predictive Accounting and Predictive Analytics: Co-operation or Co-existence?

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Uwe Mayer - Product Expert, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Predictive Accounting and Predictive Analytics: Co-operation or Co-existence?

In this session, you’ll learn about and discuss possible integration scenarios of SAP S/4HANATM Predictive Accounting with SAP Predictive Analytics.

One of the major open questions in Predictive Accounting is the relation to Predictive Analytics. Integration use cases arise in situations when necessary information usually triggering Predictive Accounting simulations isn't available in the system yet and thus cannot be handled by regular Predictive Accounting procedures. The missing information needs to be predicted through other means, such as SAP Predictive Analytics.

Along with participants, we will review possible prediction scenarios requiring data from both information sources. We also discuss how and where this integration will be implemented at best—on the reporting level or on the level of data, i.e. financial postings.
Track 10
  • Uwe Mayer
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Wed · 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM
Stephane Perdigeon - Group Product Manager, SAP
Close Panel
Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Need to foster adoption of analytics in your company? Need to give business users a unique view of your analytics residing in cloud and on-premise solutions? Learn about the SAP Analytics Hub solution and build your first catalog that suits your needs. Learn how to set up and configure your system to access cloud and on-premise reports. For example, set up stories from the SAP Analytics Cloud solution and reports from SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software or any other analytic documents.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Know and understand SAP Analytics Hub

  • Be able to set up an SAP Analytics Hub

  • Short presentation and complete exercises


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Stephane Perdigeon
    Group Product Manager, SAP
1:10 PM
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
2:10 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

Embedded Analytics with SAP S/4HANA

Wed · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
Tom Rabbit - Vice President – Leonardo & Analytics, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Embedded Analytics with SAP S/4HANA

With SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics, not only is real-time information available in the context of the financial processes, but analytics is fully integrated inside of the processes to ensure which tasks and which artifacts need to be prioritized. This allows organizations to make better decisions that are based on facts, KPI’s, reports, dashboards etc. Even in a complex hybrid SAP Fiori, the system is fully embedded and the data is enhanced with ML and forecasting capabilities.

This session will give an overview of SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics and customer use cases, as well how you can position it in the context of other relevant analytical solutions
Track 5
  • Tom Rabbit
    Vice President – Leonardo & Analytics, SAP
Track 6.1

Get Started on Your SAP S/4HANA Migration

Wed · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
John Froelich - VP Strategy, Bramasol Inc.
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Get Started on Your SAP S/4HANA Migration

If you are starting your SAP S/4HANA® journey or are just thinking about it, this session is for you. Hear firsthand from Esri about their own successful journey from SAP ERP ECC to SAP S/4HANA®. We will cover topics including planning, prioritization, the importance of data, and change management. When you leave this session, you will have a better understanding of key topics you need to consider for a migration, have a perspective from a real customer who has begun this journey, and have the ability to create a checklist of steps to prepare and to ensure proper change management.

McKinsey has estimated that companies who lead the revolution to a digital enterprise will be three times more likely to succeed in the coming years. If you want to be one of those companies, join us to hear more.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Alignment at the executive level to move forward

  • Engagement of business users to ensure the project meets their needs

  • Road map for SAP S/4HANA® journey all can buy into

Track 6.1
  • John Froelich
    VP Strategy, Bramasol Inc.
Track 7.1

Conquer the Inefficiencies in Your Invoice-to-Pay Process

Wed · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
Enrique Leon - Director, Cloud Services, American Sugar Refining
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Conquer the Inefficiencies in Your Invoice-to-Pay Process

Organizations have made many attempts to improve their invoice-to-pay process with multiple vendor interviews, but it typically results in little to no change. Projects begin with a simple “OCR of invoices” and quickly mushrooms to the size of the ocean and each time people try to boil it down, a realization of the project sets in.

American Sugar Refining (ASR) Group set off on a journey to discover and fix the issues with its invoice-to-pay process. It had a goal of creating a less manual, more effective process, while avoiding late or reactivation penalties and service interruptions.

In this session, ASR will walk you through its accounts payable automation and how its restarted the process with the crawl-to-walk-run mentality, what the teams discovered once they mapped out and analyzed their value stream, and the changes it has had on the company’s overall invoice-to-pay process and organization.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Cost reduction and avoidance

  • Error reduction

  • Leverage tools already licensed

Track 7.1
  • Enrique Leon
    Director, Cloud Services, American Sugar Refining
Track 8.1

Maintaining Financial Close Confidence During Transformation

Wed · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
Sue Callison-Fender - Senior Manager Accounting Systems, Energy Transfer Molly Boyle - Finance Transformation Expert, Blackline
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Maintaining Financial Close Confidence During Transformation

Energy Transfer (ET) has evolved significantly as an organization, including changes to entities, systems, processes, and people. Throughout its transformation, ET looked to BlackLine to build a foundation of financial close excellence around account reconciliations and task management. Attend this session to hear about Energy Transfer’s journey with BlackLine, including how they:

  • Centralized financial data across disparate systems

  • Evolved and optimized with BlackLine as the organization changed

  • Plan to roll out new functionalities to complement its current and future SAP environment

Track 8.1
  • Sue Callison-Fender
    Senior Manager Accounting Systems, Energy Transfer
  • Molly Boyle
    Finance Transformation Expert, Blackline
Track 10

Central Finance Tax Reporting and External Tax Engines

Wed · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
Waldemar Kessel - Product Expert, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Central Finance Tax Reporting and External Tax Engines

When FI and CO documents are replicated from source systems to a Central Finance system, tax-relevant data is also replicated. With central payment, it becomes necessary for some tax-relevant postings to be made in the Central Finance system. As a result, tax reporting must also be carried out in the Central Finance system, based on the documents in the Central Finance system, whether they have been replicated to the system from a source system or posted there directly.

Customers using central payment functionality having the same external tax calculation in source and target is currently not supported. The reason for the restriction is the fact that in the central payment scenario cash, discounts and payment differences in the central finance system would lead to errors.
Track 10
  • Waldemar Kessel
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Scott Godfree - Product Manager, SAP Pravin Datar - Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial and operational planning. They can also design better, more dynamic business models with integrated workflows and which are supported by rich, unbiased insights and predictive simulations. This hands-on session will focus on advanced modeling topics and formulas to simplify the planning process for the end user of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning.

We ask for participants to bring their own laptop with the latest version of Google Chrome and Adobe Reader installed, and we’ll connect to the live environment in SAP Analytics Cloud during the session.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Analytics Cloud for financial and operational planning.

  • Attendees will learn how to use integrated workflows and predictive simulations.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at the advanced modeling topics and formulas.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Scott Godfree
    Product Manager, SAP
  • Pravin Datar
    Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
3:00 PM
Track Sessions
Track 5

IT: Ally, Adversary, or Something Entirely Different

Wed · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
J.J. McClelland - Director of Finance, Classic Hotels & Resorts
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

IT: Ally, Adversary, or Something Entirely Different

Finance is no longer a world where we get to sit in our offices and define black-and-white rules and expectations, where the dictatorship of our financial realm is followed, and the support of other departments are not needed. Strong finance teams now need to be supported by equally strong operating, HR, and—even more importantly—information technology teams. Aligning visions and needs with an IT team in creating the exact technology environment needed is by far one of the most beneficial relationships that can be forged.

In this session, we will discuss how trusting and respecting the expertise of one another is not always an easy feat, but once it has been accomplished both teams lead to extraordinary results and efficiencies.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Technology that is within budget and increases efficiency

  • Successful implementation

  • Collaborative approach increases understanding

Track 5
  • J.J. McClelland
    Director of Finance, Classic Hotels & Resorts
Track 7.1

Optimize and Secure SAP Integrated Payments to Maximize Savings

Wed · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Nari R. Thouda - Senior Managing Architect, Retail Business Platforms, Vistra Energy Eric Bushman - VP Solutions Engineering, Paymetric, a Worldpay Company
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Optimize and Secure SAP Integrated Payments to Maximize Savings

When Vistra Energy wanted to move to a cloud solution, it partnered with Paymetric to streamline and secure its enterprise commerce. Vistra Energy knew the risks of hosting card data on-premise and worked with Paymetric to implement a cloud solution with tokenization that removed the sensitive data from its environment, thus lowering its risk of a data breach.

This transition improved Vistra Energy’s entire payment ecosystem by streamlining payments across multiple sales channels to one open integrated platform, making collections faster and easier. It is also now passing pinless debit data directly to its processor as well as experiencing a cost saving on Level 2 and Level 3 data interchange fees.

Vistra Energy has made multiple acquisitions over the past few years. As a growing organization, it was looking for an SAP-integrated payment security provider that could help streamline the onboarding of newly acquired disparate payment systems.
Track 7.1
  • Nari R. Thouda
    Senior Managing Architect, Retail Business Platforms, Vistra Energy
  • Eric Bushman
    VP Solutions Engineering, Paymetric, a Worldpay Company
Track 8.1

Panel Discussion: Empowering Finance Users with Self-Service Reporting: SAP Customer Success Stories

Wed · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Dustan Daniel - Manager Financial Accounting, Lincoln Electric Mark Pockl - Solution Engineer, Insightsoftware Joseph Polster - Accounting Analyst, Fujitsu Hal Hadden - General Accounting Manager, Motiva Nici Manley - Division Controller, Pilgrim’s
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Panel Discussion: Empowering Finance Users with Self-Service Reporting: SAP Customer Success Stories

Hear how fellow SAP customers are improving their financial reporting processes by utilizing real-time, Excel-based solutions. The panel presentation format will allow you to interact with the presenters to learn how they empowered their business users.

This presentation will cover:

  • The common challenges organizations face with month-end close and financial reporting

  • Case studies including:


– Examples of reporting problems

– Solution investigated with a third-party vendor

– Experiences with improving reporting processes from selected solution

  • Perspectives from various industries and SAP landscapes

Track 8.1
  • Dustan Daniel
    Manager Financial Accounting, Lincoln Electric
  • Mark Pockl
    Solution Engineer, Insightsoftware
  • Joseph Polster
    Accounting Analyst, Fujitsu
  • Hal Hadden
    General Accounting Manager, Motiva
  • Nici Manley
    Division Controller, Pilgrim’s
Track 10

S/4 Financial Audit

Wed · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Jay Cen - Product Expert, SAP
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

S/4 Financial Audit

The purpose of a self-audit is to target and provide the internal auditor a self-generated audit result during daily business by self-execution of detection rule and self-learning from the user. This session will cover how self-execution of audit procedure/detection rule can help users find violations and unusual patterns. In addition, you will learn how self-reporting of identified issues displays in a dashboard and the impact on a financial statement. You’ll also learn about self-generation of an auditor report and related documents and how you can learn from an external expert such as the “big four.”
Track 10
  • Jay Cen
    Product Expert, SAP
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Scott Godfree - Product Manager, SAP Pravin Datar - Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
Close Panel
Wed, Mar 13, 2019 · 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial and operational planning. They can also design better, more dynamic business models with integrated workflows and which are supported by rich, unbiased insights and predictive simulations. This hands-on session will focus on advanced modeling topics and formulas to simplify the planning process for the end user of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning.

We ask for participants to bring their own laptop with the latest version of Google Chrome and Adobe Reader installed, and we’ll connect to the live environment in SAP Analytics Cloud during the session.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Analytics Cloud for financial and operational planning.

  • Attendees will learn how to use integrated workflows and predictive simulations.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at the advanced modeling topics and formulas.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets
Track 9 (Hands-On Session)
  • Scott Godfree
    Product Manager, SAP
  • Pravin Datar
    Senior Director, SAP Product Management, SAP
3:40 PM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
4:00 PM
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