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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Paul Ovigele

Chief Executive Officer, ERPFixers

Tackle Your Most Common Financial Pain Points Using Existing and New SAP Functionality

Attend this in-depth workshop for all the how-tos, gotchas, and workarounds you need to know…

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What You Need to Know About New Asset Accounting in S/4HANA

New asset accounting, mandatory with SAP S/4HANA, contains a new and simplified data structure which…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Forget Everything You Ever Knew About Finance – This Is Very Different

The speed and impact of digital technologies on finance represent the most fundamental reshaping of…

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Jim Diamond

Senior Vice President, Finance, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Digital Transformation – Accelerating Change in Your Organization

Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about Digital Transformation.  What is it?  How do you…

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Stefan Kneis

Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, LoB Finance, SAP

S/4HANA Public Cloud for Finance – The Reality Today and the Future Roadmap

Learn about the current state of SAP's S/4HANA Public Cloud offering for Finance solutions. Gain…

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Frank Florian

Director, SAP IT Finance, Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh

A Next Generation Finance Platform at CARTER’S

Every day, Carter’s delivers globally on a brand promise to mom’s for quality branded apparel…

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Karen Chirico

Senior Director, Finance IT Business Partner, Honeywell International

Automating Financial Processes through Robotics Process Automation (RPA)

Companies have many business processes that require significant manual effort and take up thousands of…

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Martin “Chip” Sherrill

Managing Director, Accenture

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…

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Dan Stone

Director, Finance, American Hotel

Embracing Change for a Finance Transformation

American Hotel Register Company has embraced change by implementing SAP’s cutting-edge S/4 Hana ERP solution. …

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Jennifer Buko

Senior Director, Global Office of the CFO CoE, SAP

Streamline and Manage The Harsh Demands of GDPR

A critical area of compliance with the GDPR (effective from May of 2018), requires that…

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Amber Christian

Owner, Ace LLC

Can Organizational Change Ever Be Easy? A Design Thinking Perspective

In this hands-on workshop, we want to use design thinking methods to jointly identify some of…

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Michael Crawford

Senior Corporate Treasury Manager, The Mosaic Company

One World-Establishing and Maintaining a Single ERP Instance and Single Bank Pipeline

Over the last several years, Mosaic has leveraged their single instance of SAP worldwide, creating…

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Paul McDonald

Principal Director, Accenture

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…

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Simha Magal

Professor & Director, Grand Valley State University

S/4HANA Finance User Transition Workshop

This half-day, hands-on workshop will focus on helping experienced SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) finance end-users…

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Kelly Darren

BlackLine Practice Manager, SandPoint Consulting

How Newmont Fast Tracked SAP Account Reconciliation

Newmont Mining is a global organization in the mining industry with decentralized accounting operations.  Although…

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Ron Bedsaul

Senior Manager, SAP Systems, NewMarket Services Corporation

Improving Operational Finance with a More Integrated, End-to-End Planning Process: The NewMarket Success Story

Attend this session and hear firsthand how NewMarket, a publicly traded company that primarily serves…

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Georg Fischer

Vice President, Global Customer Engagement & Co-Innovation, LoB Finance, SAP

Can Organizational Change Ever Be Easy? A Design Thinking Perspective

In this hands-on workshop, we want to use design thinking methods to jointly identify some of…

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Christa Williams

Data Specialist, ServiceSource International

Emotional Intelligence in Professional Communication: How We Tell Our Meaningful Story

One of the greatest challenges in the business world is sharing meaningful insight with leaders,…

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Yann Pourchasse

Business Analyst, Les Barrette Enterprise

Accelerating Month-End FICO Reporting at Les Barrette Enterprise: A Success Story

As SAP users since 2003, Les Enterprise Barrette has used a variety of time-consuming methods…

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Michael Gilmartin

Director, Solutions Consulting, BlackLine

Thriving in the Age of Automation

Technology is driving seismic shifts in the global marketplace, and perhaps nowhere is this truer…

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Tammy Sullivan

Manager, Data Process, BPC/RTR, Triumph Aerospace Structures

The Importance of Detailed Cost Visibility in Actual Cost Environments

Are actual costs an important metric in your organization? For many complex and project-based manufacturing…

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Matthew Smith

President, 3C Software

The Importance of Detailed Cost Visibility in Actual Cost Environments

Are actual costs an important metric in your organization? For many complex and project-based manufacturing…

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Hector Felipe Terron

Manager, Finance, Liverpool

How Liverpool Implements SAP Central Finance Solutions to Deliver Divisional Reporting

Liverpool, one of the largest retailers in Mexico, is putting SAP S/4HANA Finance into productive…

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Paul Gierstorf

Managing Director, Accenture

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…

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John Froelich

Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Marketing, Bramasol

Updates and Discussion from the Trenches on Revenue Accounting and Leasing Compliance

2018 is a monumental year for compliance changes and you must be ready.   The SEC,…

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Peter Russo

Head of S/4HANA Global Product Marketing, SAP

SAP S/4HANA Collaborative Hands-On Experience

This is a 2-hour hands on session.  Combine forces and brain power with your peers…

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Constantin Holzner

Managing Director, Accenture

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…

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Jonanna Mikulenka

Corporate Controller, Cirrus Logic

Global Invoice to Pay Optimization: Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier that specializes in analog, mixed-signal, and audio…

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Guy Couillard

Chief Executive Officer, Baton Simulations

SAP S/4HANA Collaborative Hands-On Experience

This is a 2-hour hands on session.  Combine forces and brain power with your peers…

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Mani Ramaswamy

Chief Solutions Officer, Optima Consulting, LLC

Global Invoice to Pay Optimization: Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier that specializes in analog, mixed-signal, and audio…

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Diane Davis

Global Business Process, Newmont Mining Corporation

How Newmont Fast Tracked SAP Account Reconciliation

Newmont Mining is a global organization in the mining industry with decentralized accounting operations.  Although…

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Helen Frericks

Director, Enterprise Business Systems, Entegris

Before S4: Entegris’ Path to Optimize their SAP Footprint

Come to this session to hear Entegris's business use case for why they chose not…

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Carsten Hilker

Global Solution Owner, SAP S/4HANA Finance, SAP

Central Finance – Connecting the Dots for a Universal Journal

Join the session to see how multi-ERP enterprises can use Central Finance to establish -…

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Art Kalemba

Managing Director, Accenture

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…

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Patrick Swisher

Field Marketing Manager, Billtrust

The Digital Evolution: Best Practices for Invoice-to-Cash for SAP

In today’s world, it’s not only important that you offer your customers multiple presentment and…

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Daniel Dobson

Director, IT, 99 Cent Only Stores

Driving Operational Efficiency: From Asset Management and Master Data Maintenance, to Merchandise Procurement and Inventory Accounting

99 Cents Only Stores has recently expanded our use of the Winshuttle tool set as…

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David Dixon

Partner, TruQua Enterprises

Planning in the Digital Age: Insights into SAP’s Financial Planning Solution Portfolio

This session will delve into SAP’s planning options including SAP Business Planning and Consolidation both…

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Karen Gabriel

Manager, Financial Systems & Reporting, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Vishay Intertechnology’s Secrets to Getting Users to Embrace AP Optimization

In March 2013, Vishay Intertechnology started their first implementation to optimize their AP operation. They…

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Pete Graham

Director, Finance Solutions & Mobility, SAP

Updates and Discussion from the Trenches on Revenue Accounting and Leasing Compliance

2018 is a monumental year for compliance changes and you must be ready.   The SEC,…

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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.

Tackle Your Most Common Financial Pain Points Using Existing and New SAP Functionality

Attend this in-depth workshop for all the how-tos, gotchas, and workarounds you need to know to conquer the most common challenges associated with financial and managerial accounting in the ECC landscape as well as in S/4 HANA, including topics such as SAP General Ledger, Cost Elements and Account Assignments, CO-PA reconciliation and Material Ledger.  Get expert advice to:


  • Learn how the SAP General Ledger and Universal Journal provide you with multidimensional reporting capabilities, including how to:

    • Create drilldown reports which allow reporting on various dimensions such as Profit Center, Segment, Functional Area, and so on.

    • Use Realtime FI-CO integration to seamlessly reconcile the Financial and Controlling modules



  • Reconcile profitability analysis within the controlling module with SAP General Ledger, including how to:

    • Deal with the timing difference of goods issues between FI and CO-PA

    • Activate the correct business transaction so Stock Transport Order STO variances are posted to CO-PA

    • Ensure that credit and debit memos, which relate to price alone, do not update the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) value field in CO-PA

    • Set up revenue-related accounts with the appropriate cost element categories
      Handle the posting of discount conditions to CO-PA



  • Understand and successfully use Material Ledger for actual costing and parallel valuation, including how to:

    • Configure Material Ledger to allow the transfer of actual cost components across Legal entities

    • Capture the intercompany markup in a delta cost component in order to aid the elimination of intercompany profit



What You Need to Know About New Asset Accounting in S/4HANA

New asset accounting, mandatory with SAP S/4HANA, contains a new and simplified data structure which allows for an easier integration with the Universal Journal. Learn how to leverage new functionality to ensure that your transition from the ECC system is as smooth as possible and learn about new asset accounting posting logic. Attend this session to:


  • Learn key differences between classic asset accounting and new asset accounting, like the integration of Asset data which was in separate tables in the ECC system, into one table (ACDOCA) in S/4HANA

  • Learn how new asset accounting is integrated with the Universal Journal

  • Walk through how to migrate to new asset accounting and the preliminary and conversion steps that are to be taken, including the verification of accounting principles, ledger groups, currencies, reconciliation accounts and transaction types

  • Learn how to access classic asset accounting tables using compatibility views and how to assign depreciation areas to ledgers in a more flexible way

  • How the asset purchasing process works using technical clearing accounts

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

Forget Everything You Ever Knew About Finance – This Is Very Different

The speed and impact of digital technologies on finance represent the most fundamental reshaping of the work finance does and how it does it that we have ever seen.  In this keynote, David Axson moves beyond the hype to demonstrate how:


  • Up to 80% of traditional finance roles will be completely redefined in the next 3-5 years

  • RPA, AI, Analytics and perhaps most potently, blockchain, with redefine finance processes

  • Finance professionals will need new skills and capabilities to be effective

  • The Finance operating model is changing to enhance control, improve efficiency and deliver richer insight

Digital Transformation – Accelerating Change in Your Organization

Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about Digital Transformation.  What is it?  How do you put it in context for your business? Does your business process and infrastructure toolset have what you need to drive optimization for now and the future?  How do you handle the rapid pace of change while still providing the flexibility to drive your business forward?

Jim Diamond is a thought leader who regularly participates and speaks at ASUG and SAP events on a variety of topics related to Digital Transformation.  In his role at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he has sponsored and led a proof of concept S/4 Hana Implementation, Hybris Billing and GRC/ARM as well as driven a variety of process improvement initiatives.  During this session he’ll touch on S/4 Hana, Central Finance, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), SAP Cloud Tools – Success Factors, Concur, Ariba, GRC, Revenue Accounting and Recognition ASC606 & IFRS15, New Lease Standard ASC 842, and GDPR.

S/4HANA Public Cloud for Finance – The Reality Today and the Future Roadmap

Learn about the current state of SAP's S/4HANA Public Cloud offering for Finance solutions. Gain insights into the future roadmap and how innovations are delivered in the cloud context. The presentation will also include deployment scenarios and how companies are taking advantage of the digital future for Finance by leveraging the cloud.

A Next Generation Finance Platform at CARTER’S

Every day, Carter’s delivers globally on a brand promise to mom’s for quality branded apparel and accessories through its Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh brands through retail, wholesale and eCommerce channels.  Carter’s delivered SAP’s S4 HANA Finance as a foundation to transform finance in support of brand growth, geographic expansion, and associate satisfaction.  The new generation of capabilities was fueled through complementary solutions including FIORI and OpenText.  Learn how Carter’s used the SAP implementation as a transformation engine and platform for future business growth and SAP extension.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Finance went form an un-harmonized financial system to a centralized system

  • Automated vendor invoice approval process

  • Automated intercompany process

  • Minimized manual process during cash application

  • Automated and expedited the creation and resolution of customer disputes/chargebacks

  • Better controls and segregation of duties with SAP GRC system.

Automating Financial Processes through Robotics Process Automation (RPA)

Companies have many business processes that require significant manual effort and take up thousands of hours of employees time to complete each month. Robotics Process Automations (RPA) can take much of these manual steps out of the hands of employees and provide consistent, efficient, reliable and timely outcomes. This presentation will outline the approach Honeywell as taken to enable RPA, develop infrastructure, organization and governance and enable end users to develop BOTs.  We will discuss pros and cons of RPA, security and auditability.

We will outline various processes that have been enabled to date.  Below are a few examples of processes we will discuss.


  • Freight Invoice Verification

  • Procurement- Supplier Notifications on Open Orders

  • Payroll Reconciliation

  • Intercompany Goods in Transit

  • Cash Application

  • Vendor Maintenance


Key Business Benefits:

  • Reduction in manual labor effort.

  • Increased consistency of processes.

  • Reduction of cycle time to complete processes.

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

Embracing Change for a Finance Transformation

American Hotel Register Company has embraced change by implementing SAP’s cutting-edge S/4 Hana ERP solution.  In addition to going live on the recently released version 1610, American Hotel Register has also implemented SAP’s Cloud for Customer CRM system, Business Planning & Consolidation, and Vistex for pricing and contract management.

Highlights of this session will include:


  • American Hotel Register’s decision to redefine their profitability reporting structure

  • Utilizing Vistex’s pricing capabilities to provide more accurate forward looking forecast data

  • Innovative use of BPC to capture risks and opportunities in support of an Integrated Business Planning process


Join Dan Stone as he shares American Hotel Register Company’s story of digital finance transformation, benefits already realized, and lessons learned through this time of great change for the organization.

Streamline and Manage The Harsh Demands of GDPR

A critical area of compliance with the GDPR (effective from May of 2018), requires that organizations implement technical and organizational measures to safeguard the personal data of European Union citizens, and to document how they have done so and why they chose to apply selected measures. Organizations must also document the controls that are in place to regularly verify that their data protection safeguards are appropriate under the direction of a specified Data Privacy Officer (DPO). For any new processing of personally identifying data, they must also conduct impact assessments to evaluate how their information management procedures will affect the protection of this sensitive data. SAP Information Steward and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), together with core governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions that have assisted companies with their compliance with requirements from agencies as diverse as the US Department of Defense, Securities and Exchange Commission and the Food and Drug Administration for over a decade will help your organization to streamline and manage the harsh demands of GDPR. In this entirely new session from SAP, you will learn how!

Can Organizational Change Ever Be Easy? A Design Thinking Perspective

In this hands-on workshop, we want to use design thinking methods to jointly identify some of the key challenges Financial organizations are facing in this context as well as work out promising methods of resolution.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Internal Restructuring

  • Changing business models

  • Compliance optimized structures


Attend this interactive session to elaborate on organizational change from both sides: the problem side as well as the solution side.

One World-Establishing and Maintaining a Single ERP Instance and Single Bank Pipeline

Over the last several years, Mosaic has leveraged their single instance of SAP worldwide, creating standardized processes resulting in a simplified General Ledger management for Consolidations.  Building on this one instance philosophy, they expanded the value using BCM as a direct conduit through SWIFT to their banking partners, eliminating multiple host to host connections and standardizing their file formats into ISO20022 XML.  They are now being challenged with a major acquisition that uses a different version of SAP.  In order to maintain Mosaic’s vision of one ERP, one set of processes, one bank conduit; their cutover planning is critical.  This presentation will demonstrate how they established their foundation and examine their plans to continue their “One World” philosophy.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Established 80/20 rules...80% (or more) of their processes are the same/ 20% (or less) are country centric.

  • Eliminated the need for multiple bank connections realizing hard dollar savings on bank communications.

  • Demanded their partner banks use ISO20022 XML to standardize communication thereby minimizing cutover and conversion costs, establishing a "bank agnostic" philosophy.

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

S/4HANA Finance User Transition Workshop

This half-day, hands-on workshop will focus on helping experienced SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) finance end-users understand the new capabilities available to their roles in S/4HANA.  This workshop will provide an easy-to-understand experience to help bridge the gap for users as they transition to the new SAP system and understand how things will change for their daily jobs.  Key finance end-user concepts, transactions and reports will be reviewed in both the “old” world of SAPGUI and then explained and executed in the “new” world of S/4HANA.  Attendees will be able to compare and contrast the two systems, using the same business scenarios and see the differences, enhancements and simplifications that they will use to do their jobs in the S/4HANA system.

How Newmont Fast Tracked SAP Account Reconciliation

Newmont Mining is a global organization in the mining industry with decentralized accounting operations.  Although all on the same instance of SAP, the organization struggles with visibility and control around the close the process specifically reconciliations.  The reconciliation process is completely manual and excel based.  As such, consistency, control and visibility are all challenges.  With the desire to become best in class, Newmont sought out a solution to reduce risk and increase productivity.

The Blackline software creates the reconciliation templates populating key information on behalf of the preparer.  Users prepare the reconciliations within the application so all necessary documentation is contained within.  No external files are saved outside the system.  Reconciliations are processed through workflow with complete visibility as to what has been completed and if it was completed by the due dates.

Newmont was able to implement the module with a 2 1/2 month time frame.  The system was live globally with all users reconciling in BlackLine for the 4th quarter of 2018.  With the success of this module, Newmont is looking to leverage other BL offerings for the next opportunity for efficiency.  Come to this session to discover:


  • Global Visibility

  • Increased Control Environment

  • Process Automation

Improving Operational Finance with a More Integrated, End-to-End Planning Process: The NewMarket Success Story

Attend this session and hear firsthand how NewMarket, a publicly traded company that primarily serves the petroleum additives industry recently rolled out the Embedded version of SAP BPC 10.1 to create a more integrated, efficient and transparent planning process. By attending, you will:


  • Learn how NewMarket leveraged its existing investments in SAP to meet the requirement of P&L variance analysis reporting at many levels of drilldown in multiple currencies

  • Enabled ease in planning at different levels of volume/price (revenue, net sales, gross margin) and expenses (cost centers, headcount, fixed assets and projects)

  • Achieved a single version of the truth that is easy for business users to consume through interactive visual dashboards and easy-to-use self-service reporting

  • Implemented a comprehensive and efficient long-range plan (LRP) and annual operating plan (AOP) integrated across SAP ERP, SAP BW and SAP BPC

  • Enhanced and aligned SAP ERP master data to improve users’ planning experience


Key Business Benefits:

  • Met P&L variance analysis reporting requirements by adding many levels of drilldown in multiple currencies including: Company, Region, Customer, Material, Plant, Sales Person/Group

  • Comprehensive and efficient long-range plan (LRP) and annual operating plan (AOP) integrated across SAP ERP, SAP BW and SAP BPC


Achieved a single version of the truth that is easy for business users to consume through interactive visual dashboards and easy-to-use self-service reporting

Can Organizational Change Ever Be Easy? A Design Thinking Perspective

In this hands-on workshop, we want to use design thinking methods to jointly identify some of the key challenges Financial organizations are facing in this context as well as work out promising methods of resolution.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Internal Restructuring

  • Changing business models

  • Compliance optimized structures


Attend this interactive session to elaborate on organizational change from both sides: the problem side as well as the solution side.

Emotional Intelligence in Professional Communication: How We Tell Our Meaningful Story

One of the greatest challenges in the business world is sharing meaningful insight with leaders, individual contributors, managers, and additional stakeholders across a wide range of expertise and personal investment. The challenge we face each day to get a passionate reaction from a diverse audience – whether sharing a PowerPoint deck, providing visualizations based in relevant data, or utilizing other communication platforms – can make or break a relevant and meaningful business story. In my work with ServiceSource, I have specifically targeted the data visualization side of communication, facilitating a hybrid perspective of design and emotional intelligence that speaks to each audience member and stakeholder, giving them what they need to move the business forward with constructive action and into positive growth patterns. This perspective of emotional intelligence and design transcends data visualization, showing up in basic networking conversations and conference rooms.

This session is designed to provide a space for discovery, discussion, and practice in proactively shaping your message to your audience, paying attention to the story you are telling and the anticipated expectations of each audience member.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Emotionally intelligent communication & visualization (where applicable)

  • Improved business acumen across stakeholder levels

  • Clearly defined and articulated storytelling skills that shape positive and productive business movements

Accelerating Month-End FICO Reporting at Les Barrette Enterprise: A Success Story

As SAP users since 2003, Les Enterprise Barrette has used a variety of time-consuming methods to get SAP financial and other data into Microsoft Excel for formatting and creating reports and performing analytics. Yann, a Business Analyst, will share the results of his exhaustive search for reporting alternatives that were easy to use and affordable.

Hear a real-life use case on the challenges he faced and how he has leveraged Excel and SAP to improve management reporting, account reconciliation, end-of-month close, and business profitability reporting. Learn how complementing the corporate IT strategy by adding GL Wand and Reports Wand from Excel4apps eliminated manual work, saved time, and improved accuracy.

Yann will share the factors of success and failures from his project and will cover these main areas:


  • Why Barrette was looking for a new SAP reporting solution and the decision matrix used to guide this process

  • Strategies on evaluating new reporting tools for SAP and how to facilitate an effective trial

  • Discussion of the chosen solution, which is saving them 20+ hours per month

  • Live demonstration on building refreshable and drillable financial statements or ad hoc reports from a range of SAP modules

Thriving in the Age of Automation

Technology is driving seismic shifts in the global marketplace, and perhaps nowhere is this truer – if less visible – than in the Office of Finance. This session will explore what finance professionals of the future look like, and the skills they will need to not just survive but thrive in the age of robotic process automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Ability to improve internal processes or find cost-saving opportunities for Finance and Accounting to add more strategic value to the business

  • Allowing productivity benefits for Finance to focus on reporting and analyzing financial performance.

  • Ability to create a faster and more efficient close cycle.

The Importance of Detailed Cost Visibility in Actual Cost Environments

Are actual costs an important metric in your organization? For many complex and project-based manufacturing environments, a process to calculate and preserve actual costs at the natural cost element level, identify parent-child relationships, maintain multiple BOMs, and quote projects rapidly is needed.  Learn how aerospace company Triumph Aerostructures transformed their project cost reporting process and gained deep visibility into actual costs for each project at every stage.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gained visibility of the detailed cost hierarchy from individual cost elements to project and corporate levels

  • Established bottoms-up calculation methodology to support analytics for multiple project-based data sets

  • Enabled rapid cost estimating process for future projects using existing project information and tested logic

The Importance of Detailed Cost Visibility in Actual Cost Environments

Are actual costs an important metric in your organization? For many complex and project-based manufacturing environments, a process to calculate and preserve actual costs at the natural cost element level, identify parent-child relationships, maintain multiple BOMs, and quote projects rapidly is needed.  Learn how aerospace company Triumph Aerostructures transformed their project cost reporting process and gained deep visibility into actual costs for each project at every stage.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gained visibility of the detailed cost hierarchy from individual cost elements to project and corporate levels

  • Established bottoms-up calculation methodology to support analytics for multiple project-based data sets

  • Enabled rapid cost estimating process for future projects using existing project information and tested logic

How Liverpool Implements SAP Central Finance Solutions to Deliver Divisional Reporting

Liverpool, one of the largest retailers in Mexico, is putting SAP S/4HANA Finance into productive use to deliver reporting by business divisions and locations to help address current reporting gaps. Listen in as Liverpool shares:


  • How the company successfully overcame key decision challenges surrounding the project, such as how to utilize SAP S/4HANA Finance as key management tools for balance sheet and income statement reporting by location and division, aligned to the strategic vision of top management

  • How the company plans to integrate and consolidate financial information derived from business expansion, growth, and new business acquisitions

  • The steps Liverpool has taken to utilize the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Business Warehouse application embedded in SAP S/4HANA and how the company is building a central finance data foundation with real-time data replication

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

Updates and Discussion from the Trenches on Revenue Accounting and Leasing Compliance

2018 is a monumental year for compliance changes and you must be ready.   The SEC, AICPA, PCAOB and FASB are all putting increased scrutiny on how your company will comply with the new Revenue Accounting (ASC 606/IFRS 15) and Leasing (ASC 842/IFRS 16) standards.  For public companies the time is past to comply with ASC 606 and Leasing is less than 10 months away – how will you get there?  Can you take advantage of what others have learned?  What are the best practices to facilitate success.

Bramasol, the leaders in SAP RevRec and Leasing, and SAP will share with you:


  • What the new regulations mean and what the SEC, FASB, IASB and other regulators are looking for

  • Learn the lessons of others who have finished or are on a journey

  • Hear best practices from experts with experience from dozens of projects

  • Tips, Tricks and Advice on not just complying, but having a successful RevRec and/or Leasing project.

SAP S/4HANA Collaborative Hands-On Experience

This is a 2-hour hands on session.  Combine forces and brain power with your peers in this collaborative hands-on SAP S/4HANA simulation. Join this interactive session to experience what it’s like to run a company using SAP’s next-generation ERP software. You will be immersed in a real business simulation experience developed by Baton Simulations using a live cloud instance of SAP S/4HANA. In this interactive simulation, you will:


  • Compete against other participants to increase the revenue of your company through real-time SAP S/4HANA insights and decisions across finance, supply chain, manufacturing, and more

  • Experience the impact of measuring production, pricing, and inventory decisions on consumer demand and competition in real time

  • Navigate the new and improved SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience and familiarize yourself with the process improvements offered in the latest release of SAP S/4HANA

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

Global Invoice to Pay Optimization: Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier that specializes in analog, mixed-signal, and audio DSP integrated circuits (ICs), headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Business Goals:


  • Automation: To streamline and automate as much of the AP process as possible, through the use of SAP Invoice Management.

  • Workflow and auditability: To leverage automated workflow in SAP for approvals and auditability.

  • Archiving & Analytics: To eliminate making manual copies of invoices for all of the various organizations supported by AP today (Tax, Audit, accounting etc.), improve analytics related to cycle time and quality; reduce need for offsite paper storage

  • B2B Transformation: Manage EDI using IM provided business architecture and data validations without impacting Supplier.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Simplified Global Invoice to Pay process

  • Streamlined and optimized Payables operations

  • Unified platform for Direct and Indirect related Invoicing

SAP S/4HANA Collaborative Hands-On Experience

This is a 2-hour hands on session.  Combine forces and brain power with your peers in this collaborative hands-on SAP S/4HANA simulation. Join this interactive session to experience what it’s like to run a company using SAP’s next-generation ERP software. You will be immersed in a real business simulation experience developed by Baton Simulations using a live cloud instance of SAP S/4HANA. In this interactive simulation, you will:


  • Compete against other participants to increase the revenue of your company through real-time SAP S/4HANA insights and decisions across finance, supply chain, manufacturing, and more

  • Experience the impact of measuring production, pricing, and inventory decisions on consumer demand and competition in real time

  • Navigate the new and improved SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience and familiarize yourself with the process improvements offered in the latest release of SAP S/4HANA

Global Invoice to Pay Optimization: Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier that specializes in analog, mixed-signal, and audio DSP integrated circuits (ICs), headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Business Goals:


  • Automation: To streamline and automate as much of the AP process as possible, through the use of SAP Invoice Management.

  • Workflow and auditability: To leverage automated workflow in SAP for approvals and auditability.

  • Archiving & Analytics: To eliminate making manual copies of invoices for all of the various organizations supported by AP today (Tax, Audit, accounting etc.), improve analytics related to cycle time and quality; reduce need for offsite paper storage

  • B2B Transformation: Manage EDI using IM provided business architecture and data validations without impacting Supplier.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Simplified Global Invoice to Pay process

  • Streamlined and optimized Payables operations

  • Unified platform for Direct and Indirect related Invoicing

How Newmont Fast Tracked SAP Account Reconciliation

Newmont Mining is a global organization in the mining industry with decentralized accounting operations.  Although all on the same instance of SAP, the organization struggles with visibility and control around the close the process specifically reconciliations.  The reconciliation process is completely manual and excel based.  As such, consistency, control and visibility are all challenges.  With the desire to become best in class, Newmont sought out a solution to reduce risk and increase productivity.

The Blackline software creates the reconciliation templates populating key information on behalf of the preparer.  Users prepare the reconciliations within the application so all necessary documentation is contained within.  No external files are saved outside the system.  Reconciliations are processed through workflow with complete visibility as to what has been completed and if it was completed by the due dates.

Newmont was able to implement the module with a 2 1/2 month time frame.  The system was live globally with all users reconciling in BlackLine for the 4th quarter of 2018.  With the success of this module, Newmont is looking to leverage other BL offerings for the next opportunity for efficiency.  Come to this session to discover:


  • Global Visibility

  • Increased Control Environment

  • Process Automation

Before S4: Entegris’ Path to Optimize their SAP Footprint

Come to this session to hear Entegris's business use case for why they chose not to go to S4 at this time.  Like a lot of companies who have been on SAP for a long time, they had not yet converted to the New GL and so they were left with a lot of questions of what S4 Finance would bring if the rest of the business was not ready for S4 Enterprise.  During their discussion, they will go into details on choosing their upgrade path to HANA based upon the business needs across all areas and the steps finance is taking to prepare itself.

Central Finance – Connecting the Dots for a Universal Journal

Join the session to see how multi-ERP enterprises can use Central Finance to establish - cross-system and enterprise-wide – reporting and transaction processing capabilities and move from isolated data sources to central and automated analytics and process execution.

Find out more how key S/4 finance innovations can be brought into your organization and how the Universal Journal can help you both, with a smooth transition from a change management perspective, and remove constraints of static coding blocks in traditional ERP systems from a digital management reporting perspective.

Learn how you can use Central Finance as stepping stone to kick-start your S/4 journey and start leveraging benefits for your finance department in matter of months and not years. And how to add functionality and process over time in a more agile, iterative roll-out within your organization.

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

The Digital Evolution: Best Practices for Invoice-to-Cash for SAP

In today’s world, it’s not only important that you offer your customers multiple presentment and payment options, it’s also critical that you proactively work to move them towards electronic delivery and payment channels, and educate them about the benefits.

79% of companies are recognizing this challenge, and moving to electronic adoption and process automation. World-class companies are looking at how to better manage the touchpoints between their customers and their cash.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Best practices to apply to invoice-to-cash process

  • Strategies for migrating your customers to electronic invoicing and payment

  • How to reduce payment keying costs by 100%

Driving Operational Efficiency: From Asset Management and Master Data Maintenance, to Merchandise Procurement and Inventory Accounting

99 Cents Only Stores has recently expanded our use of the Winshuttle tool set as a main lever to improve operational efficiencies across the organization.  From Asset Management and Master Data Maintenance, to Merchandise Procurement and Inventory Accounting, the number of Winshuttle scripts in our production environment as grown dramatically.  Our plans include further expansion of the tool to include more use of the Winshuttle Query and Workflow functionality.  We will discuss our current use-cases, future road map and lessons learned along the way including several design considerations.

Planning in the Digital Age: Insights into SAP’s Financial Planning Solution Portfolio

This session will delve into SAP’s planning options including SAP Business Planning and Consolidation both the Embedded and Standard versions, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation optimized for SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud.  This session provides:


  • A list of key questions you should ask when evaluating SAP planning solutions, such as whether you’re in need of a cloud vs. on-premise solution

  • A comparison of the financial planning and analysis capabilities within each tool, including use cases for each

  • Key prerequisites, deployment scenarios, and implementation advice to utilize when rolling out these planning solutions


View a live demo that showcases how SAP Analytics Cloud run in conjunction with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation can create a hybrid planning solution.

  • Leave this session with a list of key questions you should ask when evaluating SAP planning solutions, such as whether you're in need of a cloud vs. on-premise solution

  • Take home a comparison of the financial planning and analysis capabilities within each tool, including use cases for each

  • Walk through the key prerequisites, deployment scenarios, and implementation advice to utilize when rolling out these planning solutions

Vishay Intertechnology’s Secrets to Getting Users to Embrace AP Optimization

In March 2013, Vishay Intertechnology started their first implementation to optimize their AP operation. They rolled this out to three separate locations and more recently, September 2016, upgraded the solution to drive more benefits. As well reducing paper, manual processes and refocusing staff on more valuable work, they have also highlighted the bottlenecks, furthering their efficiency. As with all projects, change management has been critical. From securing senior management buy-in, deploying user groups and also hands-on project leaders to support implementation and utilization.  Join this session to hear how:


  • Tracking has opened the lines of communication across AP

  • Their process flexibility increased – a critical element when staff leave or are hired

  • The project leaders immersed themselves in the solution to understand the benefits and


pain points

  • They engaged staff to enthusiastically adopt the process and deliver greater value to the organization

Updates and Discussion from the Trenches on Revenue Accounting and Leasing Compliance

2018 is a monumental year for compliance changes and you must be ready.   The SEC, AICPA, PCAOB and FASB are all putting increased scrutiny on how your company will comply with the new Revenue Accounting (ASC 606/IFRS 15) and Leasing (ASC 842/IFRS 16) standards.  For public companies the time is past to comply with ASC 606 and Leasing is less than 10 months away – how will you get there?  Can you take advantage of what others have learned?  What are the best practices to facilitate success.

Bramasol, the leaders in SAP RevRec and Leasing, and SAP will share with you:


  • What the new regulations mean and what the SEC, FASB, IASB and other regulators are looking for

  • Learn the lessons of others who have finished or are on a journey

  • Hear best practices from experts with experience from dozens of projects

  • Tips, Tricks and Advice on not just complying, but having a successful RevRec and/or Leasing project.