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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time

Description

Location

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

 

8:15–8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks | Carsten Hilker, SAP

Harvard Hall

8:45–9:15 a.m.

Reinventing Finance's Leadership Role: Using Technology to Drive Innovation | Thack Brown, SAP

Harvard Hall

9:15–9:35 a.m.

Lights Out Finance – Automating Financial Processes with Machine Learning | Arjun Krishnamurthy, Deloitte

 

What does it mean when portions of your finance function essentially run by themselves? It means no need for human eyes to toggle through screens or human hands to click through a series of objective, often predictable steps. With “lights out” finance, you can reduce headcount for tasks, automate exception handling, boost efficiencies, increase speed, and enhance accuracy.

Harvard Hall

9:35–10:00 a.m.

SAP S/4HANA Adoption: Lessons Learned | Rudolf Hois, SAP

Harvard Hall

10:00–10:15 a.m.

Break

 

10:15–10:45 a.m.

Customer Story: Fireside Chat – Increase Flexibility to Scale and Innovate with SAP S/4HANA at Florida Crystals | Don Wittington, Florida Crystals Corporation |Greg Smith, ASR Group

 

In this panel discussion, Florida Crystals Corporation’s CIO, Don Whittington, and CFO, Greg Smith, will discuss how they lower IT total cost of ownership by shifting enterprise resource planning (ERP) to the cloud. Florida Crystals Corporation worked with SAP as an early adopter of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, with a focus on financial processes, to deliver proof points for a larger-scaled ERP cloud strategy.

Harvard Hall

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Customer Story: ExxonMobil’s Finance Transformation Project | Dave Drever, ExxonMobil | Brad Pearson, ExxonMobil

Harvard Hall

11:15–11:35 a.m.

Strategic Choices for your SAP S/4HANA Deployment | Rakesh Mehta, PwC

 

Learn about different strategies that you can employ to prepare for your SAP S/4HANA implementation. Discussions will include a review of the trends in the SAP S/4HANA market and lessons learned.

Harvard Hall

11:35 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Customer Story: The Digitally Disrupted Finance Organization | David Roberts, Under Armour

Harvard Hall

12:00–1:15 p.m.

Lunch

 

 

Women in Leadership Lunch

Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Caroline’s on Broadway, the iconic New York comedy venue, will headline our SAP Women Forward luncheon.

 

Doing the “right thing” often costs money. Sustainability practices, higher wages, longer family leave – they make employees happier, but they can also rack up extra expenses for your business. At the SAP Women Forward luncheon, co-hosted by SAP and PwC, we’ll tackle the challenges of taking the high road while managing to the bottom line. Join us as Caroline, along with Karen Seminara, CFO of Nickelodeon Kids, and Elizabeth McNichol, PWC, facilitates an open discussion around how CFOs can make smart, meaningful investments while realizing financial success.

West

 

General Lunch

North & Biddle

1:15–1:35 p.m.

How Liverpool Implements SAP Central Finance Solutions to Deliver Divisional Reporting | Héctor Felipe Terrón Liverpool | David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

 

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

Harvard Hall

1:35–1:55 p.m.

External Data: The Missing Link in Central Finance Enablement | Doug Corpuel, Magnitude Software

 

SAP S/4HANA Finance is gaining significant interest as a solution to centralize, control, and report on financial operations across many systems. The benefits of this cannot be overstated, but many companies are tripping on a hidden problem: loading financial data from other systems is not easy. In fact, without the right tools, it can be a showstopper.

 

Financial information must be translated from a wide variety of proprietary formats, and before SAP S/4HANA Finance can rely on the data for reporting, it must be harmonized and made consistent, or you risk misleading reporting and metrics.

 

Join this session to learn about the challenges and best practices for loading external data into SAP S/4HANA Finance. You will hear about how several customers are using Magnitude SourceConnect to load and harmonize data from a variety of sources and starting to derive the value that is so apparent in SAP S/4HANA Finance

Harvard Hall

1:55–2:25 p.m.

Customer Story: Vivint’s SAP S/4HANA Transformation Journey | Pat Kelliher, Vivint

Harvard Hall

2:25–3:00 p.m.

Finance Can Achieve Benefits from SAP Leonardo and Machine Learning | Birgit Starmanns, SAP


Hear how the technical innovations of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system directly benefit a finance and GRC audience. Understand how machine learning can reduce the time required to set up business rules for finance by using historical transactions to “train” the learning engine. The rules are then continuously optimized based on ongoing business transactions, ensuring that they remain effective over time through changing business conditions. Walk through examples of the business process for both SAP Cash Application software and the SAP Business Integrity Screening application. Experience the new SAP Fiori user experience interface and its analytic capabilities and advantages.

Harvard Hall

3:00–3:15 p.m.

Break

 

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Future-Proof Your Investments with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud | Todd Surdey, SAP | Mike DiLucia, SAP 
(Repeats at 4:15 p.m. in Cambridge II and III)

 

Saving money with cloud computing is the new normal. But infrastructure services are only part of the equation, and they don’t provide companies with the right balance of agility to support strategic goals.

 

Finance leaders are quickly realizing that SAP Cloud Platform is a platform for innovation and building new revenue streams. Our cloud offerings provide a catalyst for improving your customer interactions, utilizing your digital assets more effectively, and refocusing resources on high-value activities.

 

We’re grateful for the partnerships we’ve forged with our customers, and it’s our responsibility to ensure your ROI is exceeded. In this session, you’ll hear about SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (a private managed cloud) and the business impacts it’s had on our customers.

West

3:45–4:15 p.m.

P2P and Payables Breakthrough: Five Proven Strategies for Achieving Accounts Payable Excellence | Drew Hofler, SAP Ariba
(Repeats at 4:45 p.m. in Cambridge II and II)

West

4:15–4:45 p.m.

How to Manage Spreadsheet Risk from Within Your SAP Environment by Andrew Stutzman, Excel4apps 
(Repeats at 3:15 p.m. in Cambridge II and III)

 

Are you frustrated with the rigid and complex reports available in SAP? Are you still using Excel to do a lot of the heavy lifting for reporting? 

Regardless of IT policy, Excel is still the go-to tool for most users to transform their data into something meaningful. Yet, static spreadsheets inherently create issues around version control, complex cross-referencing, master data references, and calculation errors – all of which are an audit risk. The responsibility for this tends to fall between business and IT and can become quite cumbersome.

Attend this event to hear how you can overcome these issues using an Excel add-in that directly and securely connects to SAP.

You'll learn how to:

• Achieve a genuine, single version of the truth. Discover how you can access live SAP data in real time from an Excel front-end. Your data remains in SAP, but you review and analyze in Excel.

• Eliminate numerous manual processes involved with SAP to Excel integration. Learn how Excel4apps solutions can help your organization create user-driven templates, which can be used for repeatable actions, such as reporting and journal entries.

• Utilize Excel to satisfy audit requirements. Reduce the effort your organization needs to provide required data to audit teams by using Excel formulas, data analysis, and attached supporting information.

West

4:45–5:15 p.m.

SAP Technology at Work with Lenovo | Birgit Starmanns, SAP

(Repeats at 3:45 p.m. in Cambridge II and III)

West

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Harvard Hall

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time

Description

Location

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

 

8:15–8:45 a.m.

Empower Real-Time Decisions with SAP Digital Boardroom | Alex Derek, SAP | Massimo Ciotola, SAP

Harvard Hall

8:45–9:10 a.m.

Digital Finance for an Intelligent Organization | Ivo Bauermann, SAP


Are we on the brink of the next technology revolution that will change the way we live, work, and relate to one another? Most CFOs see the next few years as more critical for their business than the last 50. Digital companies are achieving significantly higher revenue and profitability, yet only 5% of companies feel that they’ve turned digital into a competitive advantage. But how do you augment your systems of record with new data-driven “systems of intelligence” to enable digital transformation and new business models? How do you connect people, things, and business in the digital age?

Harvard Hall

9:10–9:40 a.m.

Customer Story: Leveraging SAP S/4HANA to Drive One Toyota Culture | John Kennelly, Toyota North America | Jason Ballard, Toyota North America

Harvard Hall

9:40–10:00 a.m.

Boost Your SAP S/4HANA Project with the New FIT Approach as a Project Accelerator | Horst Mueller, Horváth & Partners

Harvard Hall

10:00–10:15 a.m.

Break

 

10:15–11:05 a.m.

Customer Story: Stanley Black & Decker Leverages SAP S/4HANA, Central Finance, and GRC | Lori Groth, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. | Rebecca Hodge, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. | Jennifer Snyder, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. | Leighton Haywood, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Harvard Hall

11:05–11:30 a.m.

Improve Fraud Detection and Prevention with SAP Business Integrity Screening | Bruce McCuaig, SAP

Harvard Hall

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Customer Story: Sony Pictures SAP S/4HANA, Central, Finance, and Cash Management Implementation by Anish Kantawala, Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

Anish will discuss Sony Pictures Entertainment’s current finance road map and its unified vision of moving toward the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution. He will discuss key strategic business initiatives, planned and in-flight projects, and new opportunities for business functionality.

Harvard Hall

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lunch

 

 

Meet Our Customers – Seven Round Tables

West

 

General Lunch

North & Biddle

1:00–2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions – Select One

 

 

Session A: Central Finance

Presidents

 

Session B: Business Planning

Cambridge I

 

Session C: Accounting/Financial Close

Cambridge II

 

Session D: Revenue Recognition/Lease Accounting

Cambridge III

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Closing Thoughts | Carsten Hilker, SAP

Harvard Hall

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Cancellation policy:
CPE credits are available to actively employed CFOs who are CPAs attending this presentation at no cost. Because of this, there is no refund policy. CFOs may cancel their registration to attend this presentation any time up until the date and time of the presentation on October 10, 2017.