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The world is changing. In the last two years more data was produced globally than in all of history. The volume continues to grow exponentially resulting in massive economic and societal disruption.  New technologies are emerging. Financial and accounting processes are fast transforming into a streamlined finance operation that drives profitable growth, ensures compliance and represents a single version of the financial truth. Technology like Simple Finance, Cloud, BPC, Fiori and S/4HANA are the essentials tools and enablers of this transformation.  Against this backdrop we have created Mastering SAP Financials.

 

 

Thank you to our amazing speakers

 
  • Janet Salmon

    Janet Salmon

    Chief Product Owner Management Accounting, SAP (GER)
     
    Workshop: SAP S/4HANA Finance – An Insider’s Guide

    With SAP S/4HANA Finance being sold as “the next big thing” this workshop will take you behind the scenes to understand what is really new and what you might actually be doing anyway, what really changes and what you can leave as is (at least for now). Exploring the main areas of SAP S/4HANA Finance: Universal Journal New Asset Accounting...

    Read more >
     
  • Barbara Rojas

    Barbara Rojas

    Senior Vice President - Finance Systems, Discovery Communications (USA)
     
    The Slow Burn of Enterprise Performance Management at Discovery

    Over the past five years, Discovery Communications has been using SAP BPC to provide a single interface and core data model for its financial reporting, forecasting and consolidations. With a recent upgrade to EPM 10, draw on Barbara’s vast experience to drive consolidated performance management in your own organisation.

     
  • David Roberts

    David Roberts

    Director, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, Under Armour (USA)
     
    Increasing Value, While Decreasing Expenses in Finance & Accounting

    In all organisations, the greatest challenge faced by leaders in back office departments is driving additional value, while leveraging investments in technology to decrease cost. Under Armour’s implementation of SAP Simple Finance has delivered improved operational efficiency, and has resulted in a 6% reduction in year-over-year SG&A in the Accounting & Finance Department. In this workshop, we will share the...

    Read more >
     
  • Greg Taylor

    Greg Taylor

    HCM Change Manager, Woolworths Limited
     
    Using Social Tools to Drive Change in Your Organisation

    In our private lives, most people are at least aware of, if not using, a variety of different types of social media to "stay in the know" and to "be connected". But many organisations are still coming to terms with how to leverage the benefits of these tools for internal collaboration. If you're involved in a project or a change...

    Read more >
     
  • Bruce Harris

    Bruce Harris

    Business Insights and Development Manager, Ballance (NZ)
     
    Why Ballance NZ is Future-Proofing Their Finance System with S/4HANA

    Whilst exploring SAP HANA for improved financial reporting, Ballance NZ discovered S/4 HANA.  S/4 HANA promised a robust reporting platform, improved mobile capability with Fiori apps, and simple dashboards that could be rolled out to executives. Find out why Ballance sees a good ROI with S/4 HANA, and understand what the Finance team plans to get out of the upgrade....

    Read more >
     
  • Cyriel

    Cyriel Kortleven

    Global Thought Leader in Creativity & Change, (BEL)
     
    Generating 220 Ideas in 110 Minutes Using 6.5 Creativity Methods

    During this fun and interactive masterclass, attendees will be inspired by the power of creativity techniques and break out of their own fixed thinking patterns. Cyriel will explore the creative process and provide you with 6.5 techniques to generate a lot of ideas in a short amount of time within your own organisation. You’ll also take back to the office...

    Read more >
     
  • Lawrence Hosking

    Lawrence Hosking

    Director, Financial Reporting, Attorney-General's Department
     
    Enabling Faster Financial Close & Improved Compliance at the Attorney-General’s Department

    Until implementing SAP BPC and Disclosure Management solutions, the Attorney-General’s Department relied heavily on Excel spreadsheets for its financial reporting. This was fraught with danger, requiring rework and version control. Following the implementation, the Department completes their statutory monthly accounts two days earlier than the whole of government requirement. Find out how they are now working from one version of...

    Read more >
     
  • James Canale

    James Canale

    Field Services Project Accountant, SA Power Networks
     
    Improving the Accessibility and Timeliness of Project Financial Information

    Excel become the tool of choice for Project managers because navigating through multiple SAP transactions was perceived as complex and time consuming. At both the management and operational level financial reporting needed to be “easy to access”, so a BI Project Dashboard was born! There is now a single source BI report that satisfies operational requirements, reports on the major...

    Read more >
     
  • Paul Ovigele

    Paul Ovigele

    SAP FICO Consultant, ERPfixers (USA)
     
    Considerations for Migrating to SAP Simple Finance

    SAP Simple Finance is a HANA based accounting solution which allows instant insight to financial information, and allows for more centralisation, harmonisation and automation of financial data. This session helps to provide a roadmap for migrating from your existing ERP solution to Simple Finance, and highlights the functionality that exists in Simple Finance which will benefit your organisation and possibly...

    Read more >
     
  • Sam Lea Wong

    Sam Lea Wong

    Sr Solution Manager, BI & PA, SAP APJ
     
    Reimagine Your Boardroom for the Digital Economy with SAP Cloud for Analytics

    Combining planning, business intelligence and predictive analytics in a single cloud-based solution, SAP Cloud for Analytics simplifies financial planning and analysis providing you with the ability to analyse data and collaborate in the context of your corporate and divisional plans in real-time. In this session learn how SAP Cloud for Analytics and the Digital Boardroom can provide a single source...

    Read more >
     

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    "Coming from an academic background I really like the research approach - the Round Table discussions. The program is built by the community, for the community, and it's the issues we are facing today."

    Dr Marcus Gibson - Head of Data Excellence, AGL Energy
     
  • JP

    "Thought provoking, inspirational, professional and extremely well connected with future business and technological advances."

    Julie Prater - Senior Director - Corporate Services, Systems Support, ATO
     
  • John Dwyer

    "I know the mechanics of “what” you guys do, but there is a spark in your “how” that is just impossible to bolt down. It is in the essence of every one of your people - you do it just so well!"

    John Dwyer - Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
     
  • Lisa Dibbs

    "Your conferences are packed with speakers and content which is highly relevant and thought provoking. Providing mountains of practical thought provoking take homes."

    Lisa Dibbs - Director of Marketing, Mater Health Services
     
 
 

Thanks to all our sponsors

 
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    Accenture
     
    Premier Partner
     
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    Deloitte
     
    Premier Partner
     
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    SAP
     
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    BlackLine
     
    Community Partner
     
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    CapGemini
     
    Community Partner
     
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    IQX
     
    Community Partner
     
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    BackOffice
     
    Interaction Partner
     
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    Presence of IT
     
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    OpenText
     
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    Bluetree
     
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    Lexmark
     
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    Selera
     
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Workshop: SAP S/4HANA Finance – An Insider’s Guide

With SAP S/4HANA Finance being sold as “the next big thing” this workshop will take you behind the scenes to understand what is really new and what you might actually be doing anyway, what really changes and what you can leave as is (at least for now). Exploring the main areas of SAP S/4HANA Finance:

  • Universal Journal
  • New Asset Accounting
  • Material Ledger
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Special Ledgers – Are they now obsolete?
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable and FI-CA
Deployment Options:
  • What happens during a migration?
  • If you have several ERP instances, what are the implications of setting up a separate Central Finance box?
SAP Fiori and the new UI paradigm:
  • Building blocks
  • Sample Apps

Increasing Value, While Decreasing Expenses in Finance & Accounting

In all organisations, the greatest challenge faced by leaders in back office departments is driving additional value, while leveraging investments in technology to decrease cost. Under Armour’s implementation of SAP Simple Finance has delivered improved operational efficiency, and has resulted in a 6% reduction in year-over-year SG&A in the Accounting & Finance Department. In this workshop, we will share the success gained in the areas of (1) Financial Planning, (2) Accounting Operations, (3) Treasury Management, (4) Accounting & Finance Shared Services and (5) Compliance and Risk Management.

Using Social Tools to Drive Change in Your Organisation

In our private lives, most people are at least aware of, if not using, a variety of different types of social media to "stay in the know" and to "be connected". But many organisations are still coming to terms with how to leverage the benefits of these tools for internal collaboration. If you're involved in a project or a change initiative, you may be keen to expand your arsenal to make use of social tools internally. However, there can be a number of pitfalls that you don't normally see with traditional engagement tools. Using real examples of the use of social collaboration tools in the implementation of a major SAP project, Greg will show how you can hit the ground running when you integrate social into your change management plan. Greg has been dealing with technology ever since joining the Royal Australian Air Force as a pilot. Although he doesn't claim to have "mastered" technology, he has devoted much of the last 15 years of his career to working with project teams as they strive to deliver improvements into their businesses. He has a particular passion for change and enjoys helping people adopt change with confidence.

Why Ballance NZ is Future-Proofing Their Finance System with S/4HANA

Whilst exploring SAP HANA for improved financial reporting, Ballance NZ discovered S/4 HANA.  S/4 HANA promised a robust reporting platform, improved mobile capability with Fiori apps, and simple dashboards that could be rolled out to executives. Find out why Ballance sees a good ROI with S/4 HANA, and understand what the Finance team plans to get out of the upgrade. Learn why blueprinting, business engagement and change management are key to the success of this huge finance transformation.

Generating 220 Ideas in 110 Minutes Using 6.5 Creativity Methods

During this fun and interactive masterclass, attendees will be inspired by the power of creativity techniques and break out of their own fixed thinking patterns. Cyriel will explore the creative process and provide you with 6.5 techniques to generate a lot of ideas in a short amount of time within your own organisation. You’ll also take back to the office the methods to select, fine-tune and cluster the top ideas into a concept.

Enabling Faster Financial Close & Improved Compliance at the Attorney-General’s Department

Until implementing SAP BPC and Disclosure Management solutions, the Attorney-General’s Department relied heavily on Excel spreadsheets for its financial reporting. This was fraught with danger, requiring rework and version control. Following the implementation, the Department completes their statutory monthly accounts two days earlier than the whole of government requirement. Find out how they are now working from one version of the truth and leveraging familiar Microsoft applications for data collection and reconciliation without dependency on their IT department.

Improving the Accessibility and Timeliness of Project Financial Information

Excel become the tool of choice for Project managers because navigating through multiple SAP transactions was perceived as complex and time consuming. At both the management and operational level financial reporting needed to be “easy to access”, so a BI Project Dashboard was born! There is now a single source BI report that satisfies operational requirements, reports on the major project portfolio of work at SA Power Networks – and is easily accessible. Hear how finance can tailor what they do to produce better results for the business, particularly in the reporting space.

Considerations for Migrating to SAP Simple Finance

SAP Simple Finance is a HANA based accounting solution which allows instant insight to financial information, and allows for more centralisation, harmonisation and automation of financial data. This session helps to provide a roadmap for migrating from your existing ERP solution to Simple Finance, and highlights the functionality that exists in Simple Finance which will benefit your organisation and possibly justify the cost of an implementation.

Reimagine Your Boardroom for the Digital Economy with SAP Cloud for Analytics

Combining planning, business intelligence and predictive analytics in a single cloud-based solution, SAP Cloud for Analytics simplifies financial planning and analysis providing you with the ability to analyse data and collaborate in the context of your corporate and divisional plans in real-time. In this session learn how SAP Cloud for Analytics and the Digital Boardroom can provide a single source of truth about a company’s most important business metrics, enabling business leaders to monitor and simulate the impact of potential decisions on financials and operations.