SAP Spend Connect

September 7, 2023

Chicago, IL

Why Attend


SAP Spend Connect Summit is a complimentary in-person event that brings together an amazing community of existing SAP customers, prospective clients, and partners. This is a great opportunity to connect, discuss, and learn more about procurement, supply chain, workforce, travel & expense best practices, and much more. Join with peers and experts to get the latest updates on technology, innovation, and market trends.


Who Should Attend


The conference is open to all interested IT, finance, procurement, supply chain, workforce, and travel & expense professionals.  We expect to have a total community of approximately 150 customers, prospects, partners, and SAP Spend Management professionals in attendance at this event.

Featured Speakers
Ryne Sandberg
Professional Baseball Player

Sandberg debuted with the Phillies – who had drafted him out of high school in the 20th round of the 1978 MLB Draft – in 1981 as a late-season call-up. Following the 1981 season, the Phillies and Cubs exchanged starting shortstops in a deal that sent Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Iván DeJesus. But to complete the trade, Cubs general manager Dallas Green – who had seen Sandberg while managing the Phillies – insisted on getting Sandberg as well. It was a deal that changed the destiny of the Cubs. 

Kristen Jordeth
Director of Product Strategy
SAP Intelligent Spend & Business Network

Kristen Jordeth specializing in Sustainability and Data strategies.  With over two decades of experience in B2B data and procurement technology, Kristen is a seasoned executive known for her creative problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking who excels at developing innovative solutions and forging vital connections others may overlook.

Larry Long
Regional Vice President
SAP Intelligent Spend Management

As Regional Vice President for the SAP Intelligent Spend Management portfolio, Larry is responsible for the strategy, growth, and go-to-market execution for the Midwest Region. 

Larry is an accomplished leader with a passion for driving results and fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence.  Larry delivers positive change within organizations and empowers teams to reach their full potential. With a proven track record of “putting the customer first” coupled with a diverse skill set of industry expertise, Larry has been able to facilitated some of the world’s largest organizations through successful technology transformations.

Laura Grant
North America Vice President and General Manager
SAP Intelligent Spend Business Network Cloud Success Services

Laura has been with SAP for 20 years working with customers across the US and Canada.  Laura’s leadership team leads teams of executives focused on customer adoption, procurement transformation and best practices to ensure customers are getting value out of their investment with SAP.   She and her team are customer first focused, communicating and advocating internally on requirements, regulations and compliance mandatory within the various industries and market units.

Matt Langer
Partner, SAP ISBN Practice Leader
IBM Consulting

As the SAP ISBN Practice leader for IBM Consulting in the Americas, Matt is responsible for growing IBM Consulting’s ISBN capability, building our IMPACT solutions, developing top talent, championing our best-in-class delivery record and certifications all while delivering exceptional client results. Matt has helped more than forty clients transform via the ISBN solution over the past thirteen years.

Kim Rankel
Executive Director, Source to Pay Transformation, Procurement
Eli Lilly and Company

Kim is responsible for developing, executing and governing an integrated plan to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of the global end-to-end S2P Process.  She also oversees the management of the Ariba partnership. Prior to her current role, Kim led the global deployment of Ariba at Lilly, spanning across 85 countries, 20k users and over 8,000 suppliers, successfully completing this initiative within 22 months.

Pre-Event Agenda-at-a-Glance (Optional Program)
Thursday, September 7     Session Title                                       

SAP and Partner Showcase + Networking

In addition to the scheduled sessions starting at 1:00pm, the Showcase at SAP Spend Connect Summit is an area where you can spend time asking questions and speaking with SAP Spend Management team members who have specialized knowledge of our solutions as well as see solution demonstrations and the latest innovations.  We will have pods covering SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Business Network, and SAP Concur.  Plus each sponsoring partner will have the opportunity to staff a pod where you can learn more about their offerings.  You can also spend this time meeting 1:1 with your SAP Account Team and SAP Executives as well as meet and mingle with other customers.


Adoption Lab - Set up for Success: Ways to Engage with your SAP Customer Success Partner

An adoption lab is designed to accelerate time to value and solution optimization to deliver customer outcomes faster. This customer only session will take a deeper dive into SAP’s Customer Success methodology, the many services available to you as an Intelligent Spend & Business Network (ISBN) customer, and how everything comes together with your CSP to identify value opportunities, track outcomes and KPIs, and drive real, measurable results within your program.

Thursday, September 7  Session Title
11:45-12:00pm                               Registration
12:00-1:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00-1:20pm SAP Welcome Address from Leadership Team

Learn how the Eli Lilly Company has Continuously Improved their Intelligent Spend Solution from Implementation Through their S/4 Upgrade

Lessons learned from a global pharmaceutical company’s deployment of Ariba Source to Order with IBM Consulting, including designing from standard, localization, the importance of change enablement and supplier enablement, as well as after Go-Live, increasing adoption further and continuously improving the solution while executing an S/4 migration.


1:50-2:20pm What's Ahead for Spend Management Solutions from SAP: Next-Generation Innovation Highlights

Driving Sustainability across your Spend Management Business Processes: Supplier, Sourcing, Supply Chain and More

Discover how we are incorporating sustainability into the procurement process to drive actionable insights across the entire value chain, while utilizing the power of our SAP Business Network to streamline data collection and enhance trading partner collaboration.  During this session, we will provide an overview of our ISBN sustainability strategy, share updates on recent features that have been released, as well as provide a glimpse of what is on the horizon for the upcoming year.

Kristen Jordeth, Director of Product Strategy, Intelligent Spend & Business Network, SAP

2:50-3:05pm Break
3:05-4:00pm Extending the Value of your SAP ISBN Investments thru Partners
4:00-5:00pm A Connected and End-to-End Spend Management Journey - How SAP's Intelligent Spend Management Portfolio Works Better Together
5:00-5:30pm SAP Closing Address from Leadership Team
5:30-7:00pm Networking Reception
Thank you to our sponsoring partners
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