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Finance Track
Regaining control of Finance

Even with business still unusual, CFOs and Finance professionals are looking ahead at 2021. How to predict and protect cash flow, treasury and invoice collection? How to finance operations, cut costs and invest wisely in uncertain times?

Join one of the upcoming sessions and find out how you can prepare yourself for a Digital future ahead.
Upcoming sessions
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Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Presenters: Anja Van Wayenbergh, Group Shared Service Center Project Manager at ETEX Group & Ann-Sofie Dequae, Account Director at BlackLine

Discover how ETEX Group has transformed their Financial Close with simpler and more efficient processes


In current times of uncertainty, it's very important to be well prepared and is your organization prepared to make the unprecedented but necessary changes required to weather this storm?


During this session, we will explore all aspects of Financial Close that are most suitable for your digital transformation. We'll highlight best practices and introduce the SAP solutions by BlackLine that enable excellence, including:

• Improve efficiency for a faster close

• Standardize process and improve reporting quality 

• Enforcing controls and reduce risk 

• Enhance visibility

• Integrate with your systems and getting more out of SAP


Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 11:00 - 12:00 CET
Presenters: Johan Symoens, CFO at Heli, Laurent Dedoncker, Operations Director at Heli & Kris Van Belle, SAP Analyst at Heli

Find out how Heli is transforming its business processes and becoming more responsive to customer needs by implementing SAP S/4HANA


Heli handles the sale, rental and maintenance of large equipment such as scissor lifts, aerial work platforms, forklifts and mini cranes. With some 1,250 pieces of equipment, its rental fleet allows customers to do what they need to, whether it's working at heights safely, lifting heavy goods or transporting them.


Heli's team faced several challenges:

  • Multiple legacy systems that had been custom developed were no longer supported and staff were using manual bypass processes. 
  • Invoices and financial data were not visible and spare parts and warehousing were not linked. 
  • These challenges were leading to inefficiencies within the business whilst operating the existing system.

Heli chose SAP S/4HANA with its SAP Fiori user experience and its ability to create mobile applications.

The benefits for Heli's Business:

  • Efficiency gains and improved decision making for senior executives are made possible in their logistics and business processes.
  • The automated ordering process means Heli is now working with minimum stock levels.
  • Heli has better visibility of inventory management, availability of rental machines, resources and tools.
  • Invoicing is streamlined with automated processes now in place for its average of 2,000 invoices per month, minimising errors and manual intervention.
  • Heli customers benefit from an improved experience in the way they interact with the business as Heli is able to be more responsive to requests.

During this webinar, Johan Symoens, CFO of Heli and Laurent Dedoncker, Operations director, will share with you the different stages of a successful SAP S/4HANA project and highlight why this project is essential in supporting Heli's business development strategy.


Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Presenters: Jeff Persico, Competence Lead Consolidation, Element61

Transparent and fast consolidation with smooth and detailed analysis using SAP S/4HANA Group Reporting and SAP Analytics Cloud.

Join this 60 minutes webinar on SAP S/4HANA Group Reporting (GR) and discover how it will help you to:

Consolidate and report faster through

  • Improved data quality by automating consolidation and reducing manual data entry
  • Native S/4HANA integration, utilizing the power of Universal Journal and HANA data base

Lower your cost of compliance through

  • Audit trial down to source Universal journal entry from consolidation reports
  • Automated validations at each step of consolidation process

Provide better transparency and insight through

  • Ability to drill from a consolidated report straight through to the document level
  • Native SAP Analytics Cloud integration both for self-service reporting and planning


Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Presenter: Benoit Fanna, Senior SAP Consultant at Sopra Steria

Extend the management of your real estate asset by using SAP Cloud platform

Live Demo: Discover how to extend C4RE (Cloud for Real Estate Extensions) and REFx (Flexible Real Estate Management) using the SAP Cloud Platform with Next-Gen apps such as the management of inventories upon arrival and exit.


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On Demand sessions
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Even with business still unusual, business leaders and digital innovators are looking ahead at 2021. How can we control costs? Where should we innovate? And how can digital help us stay connected with customers, our work force and suppliers?

Cedric Dumont (base jumper and wingsuit pioneer) and Stijn De Beuckelaer (Managing Director SAP Belgium & Luxembourg) will talk about getting your team ready for tackling the next 12 months. Go from a ‘no no no’ mindset to a ‘yes yes yes, I can jump’ strategy. Figuratively and literally speaking!


Relisten to our panel discussion and find out:

  • Predicting finance in times of uncertainty
  • Where to automate first in finance
  • How can finance ensure business continuity in times of disruption?

Koen Schoors
, Professor Economics at UGent
Katelijne Leemans, CFO at SAP Belgium & Luxembourg
Michel Haesendonckx, Global Solution Owner Financial Planning & Analysis at SAP SE


Watch the replay of the 2 Parallel Deep Dive sessions, presented by our Customers.
Choose from the following sessions:

Session 1: How SAP S/4HANA Cloud enabled Terumo to streamline business process across sales affiliates in Europe

Terumo and Deloitte implemented SAP S/4Hana Cloud for multiple sales affiliates, fully connected and integrated with the HQ SAP ERP in a 2-tier approach. Moving to SAP S/4Hana Cloud allowed Terumo to have:

  • Latest continuous innovations: new customer experience
  • Meeting all legal local compliance requirements 
  • Standardized operational processes according to best practices
  • Integrated agile methodology (& timing): Scale for roll-outs
  • Embedded Analytics

Presented by Sigurd Segers, Director Applications, Enterprise Architecture & Analytics at Terumo EMEA & Kristof Mantels, Director Customer Experience at Deloitte


Session 2: SAP S/4HANA Project at Galler Chocolate Factory: An International Brownfield conversion approach requested by End-Users to Improve Processes and Get the Most Out of SAP Technology

Following profound structural changes in management and shareholding, Galler has realigned all its processes with the functionalities of SAP ECC6. Today, the new processes have enabled better adhesion and better efficiency. So much so that the users are in complete agreement to evolve towards SAP S/4HANA which will allow better interoperability and proactivity. SAP S/4HANA gives Galler the opportunity to move into the 21st Century and create a new collaborative management culture.

Follow the "chocolate route" from Belgium to Brazil and discover a unique project, from financing to procurement, with a taste of robotics and AI that goes through the strong partnership between Galler and the SOA People teams.

Presented by Claude Favreau, External advisor and SAP project director at Galler & Dr. Tamas Szirtes, Group Innovation Director at SOA People 



Presenters: Jean Francois Adam, Controlling Department Manager, SABCA & Olivier Bailly, SAP Project Manager, Flexso

How SAP Analytics Cloud steers long-term financial planning at SABCA, one of the main aerospace companies in Belgium

Today it is vital to predict the future in order to be able to take actions now, based on a vision where a company will be in 5 years ahead. See how SAP Analytic Cloud (SAC) can support and industrialize the strategic long-term planning of a company.



Presenter: Jonathan Beardsley, Senior Manager at OpenText

The future of e-invoicing and Digital Networks

Did you know by processing financial documents quickly, accurately, and efficiently, you can reduce costs by as much as 60%, increase early payment discounts,  lower compliance risk and improve process performance.

OpenText solutions can support you in improving financial processing and provide the agility to re-invent processes to react rapidly to today's changing and challenging business climate.

In this session, we will explain how our solutions are helping SAP customers  to achieve their short, medium and long term finance and procurement goals. 


Presenters: Hélène Dastugue, Senior Solution Advisor for the Office of the CFO at SAP Belgium & Luxembourg & Edouard Beauvois, Managing Director at AiVidens

Proactive collection management
with Artificial Intelligence


In this economic uncertainty, cash already king for many, is taking an even more preponderant place within companies. A cash culture must be established, from management to operations. It becomes a question of survival.

Customer relationship management comes higher among the financial priorities: how to reduce unpaid amounts? 

The answer? Make greater use of existing data, both known and hidden, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Isolate your customers' behavior and risk, anticipate payment issues and be able to propose the most optimal collection strategy.


Presenter: Hassane Bemmira, Financial Expert at SQLI

Simplify your withholding tax obligation C30B with an automated process. 

If you’re working as a company and you call on (sub)contractors who are active in the sector of construction, meat or security, you are bound by the requirements of the withholding obligation. The withholding obligation, also known as Article 30bis and 30ter, creates a lot of extra administrative work with a high risk of errors. So it not only costs you a lot of time, but it can also cost you a lot of money. At SQLI we have developed a software solution integrated in SAP specifically to relieve you of this time-consuming administrative burden.


Presenters: Davy Van Berghen, Senior Consultant Financial Solutions at Expertum, Cindy Huyghens, Senior Project Manager at Expertum & Jurriaan op den Akker, Senior Consultant Big Data & Business Intelligence at Expertum

Financial KPI Reporting at your fingertips

One of the key diferentiators in SAP S/4HANA is its reporting power. But what can you expect from it as a C-level user? What tools and competences do you need to be able to get the KPIs in a real-time and easy-to-interpret overview. In this session will give some practical examples of relevant KPI financial reporting and explain to you who and what you need to get them in your system as well.


Presenter: Stéphanie Noujeim, SAP Sourcing & Procurement at Accenture

Accenture’s journey to Intelligent Services Procurement with SAP Fieldglass


The need for better visibility on spend has driven Accenture to move to SAP Fieldglass® as the solution that will help manage its statement of work for services-based spend. 

Discover Accenture’s journey to gain visibility in services spend, actively manage services contracts and achieve value realization.


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