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18-19 September, 2019 - Berlin, Germany

International SAP Conference on Central Finance

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Pre-Conference Workshops - 18 September, 2019

Preconference workshops are led by industry experts and feature presentations, demos, and real-life scenarios. Our workshop leaders have extensive experience in working with SAP solutions across a variety of business situations.

Please note that you cannot switch between workshops that take place at the same time. Each workshop includes refreshment breaks and lunch.

The following workshops will run from 09:00 - 12:30.

Workshop 1: SAP Central Finance Implementation – Challenges, Pitfalls, Tricks and Tips for a Successful Project

Join this preconference workshop to learn about the key factors that drive a successful central finance implementation project. We address the challenges, pitfalls, tricks, and tips you and your team can use to expedite the introduction of central finance into your organization without disruption or delay.

Specifically designed for those looking to gain a better understanding and overview of the central finance software from SAP this introductory session offers the perfect opportunity for you to ask SAP experts your questions, inform yourself about implementation best practices, and share input with other industry professionals.

The workshop provides an overview that covers the following topics:

• Pre-implementation scoping and prioritization
• Deployment (platform) options and how to get started quickly
• Development of an iterative roll-out plan
• Key design decisions to be taken

Hosted by: Pedro Freitas and Mounir Ghorbel, SAP

Workshop 2: Building the Value Case for Transformation and Change

Join this preconference workshop to review the key business challenges and opportunities to be addressed when developing a value-based business case for transformation. We look at the major transformation imperatives and themes involved when using a central finance approach to accelerate finance transformation and value release.

This workshop is aimed at both a business audience and those who want to understand the major business considerations specific to constructing a case for change. The workshop provides an overview of how the central finance approach from SAP can unleash value for the finance function and how that approach can advance a wider business transformation in preparation for adopting SAP S/4HANA.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Transformation imperatives and themes
  • An overview of central finance
  • Central finance as a step toward SAP S/4HANA
  • Sample use cases
  • How to construct a business case

Hosted by: Hari Sharma and Christian Straub, SAP

Workshop 3: Successfully Operating SAP S/4HANA for Central Finance and Executing the Initial Data Load – System Preparations from a Technical and IT Perspective

Designed for those who have already taken the step toward adopting SAP S/4HANA for central finance foundation, this half-day workshop explores tips and tricks for operating the solution and completing the initial data load.

SAP experts start by demonstrating how best to operate SAP S/4HANA for central finance within a productive system. They point out key areas and transactions that should be continuously monitored and talk about error handling and resolution.

The second section of this workshop focuses on the vital role that the initial data load plays during the implementation phase. Explore the important business and technical decisions you should be making ahead of implementation, how to execute the initial load, and the dos and don’ts you and your team should be aware of.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Operating central finance – The big picture
  • Identifying key areas for continuous monitoring
  • Error handling and resolution
  • System preparations
  • Data extraction to positing into unified journal
  • Initial load operations
  • Dos and don’t
  • Latest development
  • What’s next?

Hosted by: Bastian Distler and Stefan Fisher, SAP

Conference Agenda Day One - 18 September, 2019

Welcome Refreshments and Workshop Registration
Preconference Workshops
Networking Lunch and Registration for the Main Conference
Executive Welcome
Tanja Schacher, SAP
Host’s Welcoming Remarks
David Ormerod and Nike Gloeggler, SAP
SAP Opening Keynote Presentation: Concept, Status, Progress, Cloud Options, and Product Roadmap
Carsten Hilker and Stefan Fisher, SAP
Customer Case Study: Transforming Finance at Cargill with Central Finance
Laurence Uzureau and Kimberly Burke, Cargill
Afternoon Refreshments and Networking
Platinum Partner Welcome: Finance of the Future
Gori von Hirschhausen and Claus Michael Wiegels, PwC Germany
Customer Case Study: An Overview of Central Finance at BMW Group
Oliver Kemler and Johannes Goebel, BMW Group
Customer Case Study: Lufthansa - Live with SAP S/4HANA Central Finance for 18 months: Experiences and Next Steps
Joachim Hannappel, Lufthansa
Host’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
David Ormerod and Nike Gloeggler, SAP
Depart for Evening Event

Join us after the close of day one of the conference at the MARE Lounge at BeachMitte. Located directly at sections of the Berlin Wall, join us at the biggest inner city beach area with over 20.000 qm in Europe. A special and unique location to unwind after an insightful day into the world of central finance. Bring the sunshine and enjoy a relaxing evening in the heart of Berlin with a German beer.


The buses will depart from Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm at 18.30 and 18.45 and return buse will be organised from 22.30 when the event will wrap.




Conference Agenda Day Two - 19 September, 2019

Welcome Refreshments and Registration
Host’s Welcome Back
Opening SAP Presentation: Operationalize SAP Central Finance
Javaid Anwar, SAP
Customer Case Study: Karl Storz’s Journey to SAP Central Finance
Simon Heeps and Santos Mummey, Karl Storz
Customer Case Study: Challenges and Solutions for Standardization and Integration of the Finance Function at Atotech
Jacob Dilthey, Atotech Beteiligungs und Management GmbH & Co.KG | Tobias Meyer, Horváth & Partner GmbH
Morning Refreshments and Networking
11:00 - 11:30
SAP Insight: Foster Compliance to Indirect Tax Regulations Globally and Cost Effectively
Vishal Verma, SAP
11:35 - 12:05
SAP Insight: Intelligent Record-to-Report (R2R)
Michel Haesendonckx, SAP
12:10 - 12:40
Partner Insight: Learn How to Standardize and Improve Your Financial Uploading Processes with Z Option’s GLSU
Tim Curtin, Z Option Inc
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Competition Results
14:15 - 14:45
Partner Insight: Transform Your Financial Close Process and Reach Efficiency, Control and Visibility
Andrew Wright, Blackline
11:00 - 11:30
SAP Insight: Central Finance Rollout Roadmap for Beginners
Pedro Freitas, SAP
11:35 - 12:05
SAP Insight: Central Finance Rollout Roadmap for Advanced Users
Javaid Awan, SAP
12:10 - 12:40
Partner Insight: Central Finance as a Stepping Stone to Digitalization of Finance
Claus Michael Wiegels and Stephan Prinz, PwC Germany
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Competition Results
14:14 - 14:45
Partner Insight: What is Central Finance? What is Central Finance Not? A Brief Introduction About the Benefits, Challenges and Use Cases of Central Finance
Sonja Born and Anja Peters, Deloitte
Comfort Break
Customer Case Study: Central Finance – Delivering Finance Transformation at Stanley Black & Decker
Leighton Haywood, Stanley Black and Decker Inc.
Customer Case Study: Central Finance and Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) at EDF: Legal Reporting, Controlling and Budget Planning
Philippe Desfontaine, EDF Group
Closing SAP Presentation: What’s Next? What Else Can You Do with Central Finance?
Carsten Hilker and Javaid Anwar, SAP
Wrap-up and Farewell

Emily Briscoe

Office and Events Assistant
Tel.: +44 - (0)121 - 200 3810
Fax: +44 - (0)121 - 212 1623