October 15-16, 2019 - Chicago, IL

SAP Conference on Central Finance

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Pre-Conference Workshops - October 15, 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 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop 1: SAP Central Finance Journey – Overview, Challenges, Pitfalls and Recommendations for a Successful Project

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

This session is specifically designed for those looking to gain a better understanding and overview of the central finance software from SAP. It also provides 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:

• Understand how the central finance solution works
• How to plan financial transformation journey
• Understand deployment options
• Challenges, typical pitfalls and recommendations

*Please note that this workshop is designed for Business and IT professionals who are at the beginning of their journey with Central Finance or going through their first Central Finance project. The objective of the workshop is to provide an overview of the topics listed above based on recent project implementations. This is not a deep dive session on technical topics.

Hosted by: Mallikarjun Akumalla Venkata, Priyank Joshi and Kyle Lawrence, SAP
(CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Advanced / Prerequisite: None)

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 will cover the following topics:

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

Hosted by: Nagi Reddy Nallamilli and Lance Holbert, SAP
(CPE - Field of Study: Business Management & Organization – Non-Technical / Knowledge Level: Advanced / Prerequisite:
None)

Conference Agenda Day One - October 15, 2019

8:00
Welcome Refreshments and Workshop Registration
9:00
Preconference Workshops
12:30
Networking Lunch and Registration for the Main Conference
1:30
Host’s Welcoming Remarks
Robert Jenkins and Mary Sibley, SAP
1:45
SAP Opening Keynote Presentation: Concept, Status, Progress, Cloud Options, and Product Roadmap
Carsten Hilker and Stefan Fisher, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Overview / Prerequisite: None)
2:30
Customer Case Study: Transforming Finance at Cargill with Central Finance
Philip Croom and Jim Krienke, Cargill (CPE - Field of Study: Finance - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
3:00
Afternoon Refreshments and Networking
4:00
Customer Case Study: Central Finance – Delivering Finance Transformation at Stanley Black & Decker
Jennifer Snyder, Stanley Black and Decker Inc. (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
4:30
Customer Case Study: Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Journey to One Global SAP S/4HANA Instance with SAP Central Finance Foundation
Nagendra Tiruttani, Hewlett Packard Enterprise | Srikanth Tamma, Deloitte Consulting (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
5:00
Customer Case Study: Karl Storz’s Journey to SAP Central Finance
Santos Mummey and Simon Heeps, Karl Storz | Matthew Montes, TruQua (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
5:30
Host’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Robert Jenkins and Mary Sibley, SAP
5:30
Evening Reception

Conference Agenda Day Two - October 16, 2019

8:00
Welcome Refreshments and Registration
8:55
Host’s Welcome Back
Robert Jenkins and Mary Sibley, SAP
9:00
Opening SAP Presentation: Operationalize SAP Central Finance
Javaid Awan, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Overview / Prerequisite: None)
9:30
Customer Case Study: Verizon’s Account to Report Architecture Enabled by SAP S/4HANA Central Finance
Richard Van Der Sanden, Verizon | Michael Tondreau, Verizon (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
10:00
Learn How Organizations are Standardizing and Improving Their Financial Uploading Processes - Owens Corning Share Their Experiences
Pat Martens, Owens Corning and Tim Curtin, Z Option (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
10:30
Morning Refreshments and Networking
11:15 - 11:45
SAP Insight: Tax is the New MVP in Finance
Lane Leskela, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
11:50 - 12:20
SAP Insight: Reporting and Financial Close Enabled through Central Finance and SAP S/4HANA
Stephanie Hudson Miller, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Finance - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
12:30
Partner Insight: A Global Media and Entertainment Company’s Story of Leveraging Central Finance: Real Enterprise Business Capabilities vs Technology End-of-Life Argument
Jon Myklebust, truData Solutions (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
11:15 - 11:45
SAP Insight: Building your Central Finance Project Rollout Road Map
Mallikarjun Akumalla Venkata, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
11:50 - 12:20
SAP Insight: Central Finance Rollout Roadmap for Advanced Users
Javaid Awan, SAP (CPE - Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
12:30
Partner Insight: The “Digital CFO” Based On SAP Central Finance
René Linsner, Horváth & Partners Management Consultants (CPE - Field of Study: Finance - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
1:00
Lunch and Networking
2:30
Customer Case Study: Google / Alphabet’s Finance Transformation Journey with SAP Central Finance on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
Julien Delvat, Google (CPE: Field of Study: Information Technology - Technical / Knowledge Level: Intermediate / Prerequisite: None)
3:00
Closing SAP Presentation: What’s Next? What Else Can You Do with Central Finance?
Carsten Hilker and Javaid Anwar, SAP (CPE: Field of Study: Finance - Technical / Knowledge Level: Update / Prerequisite: None)
3:30
Wrap-up and Farewell

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