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Mastering SAP Financials

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.

 

 

Meet the speakers

 
  • Michael McQueen

    Michael McQueen

    Social Researcher and Best-Selling Author
     
    What if You Were Becoming Obsolete and Didn’t Even Know?

    We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no organisation or business is immune. In this fast-paced...

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  • Janet Salmon

    Janet Salmon

    Chief Product Owner Management Accounting, SAP SE
     
    Real-Time Planning and Consolidation

    SAP S/4HANA represents a massive simplification in Accounting, bringing together into the heart of the new accounting solution – the universal journal - transactional data that was previously part of the General Ledger, Controlling, Asset Accounting and Material Ledger. In this session we’ll look in more details at the new accounting model and its impact on planning and consolidation. Each...

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  • Mustafa Mustafa

    Mustafa Mustafa

    Sr. Director - App Dev, Integration, and BI, Ferrara Candy Company (US)
     
    Ferrara Candy Company’s Sweet Journey to Self-Service Financial Reporting using SAP BusinessObjects on HANA

    This session will explore Ferrara Candy Company’s journey of building self-service Financial reporting with BusinessObjects Analysis for Office, Web Intelligence, and Lumira. Discover the ease of usability of SAP BusinessObjects with SAP HANA back-end. How to enable the end user to view those reports and analytics through Microsoft Excel, BI Portal, and mobile devices. SAP BusinessObjects on HANA is a...

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  • Em Campbell-Pretty

    Em Campbell-Pretty

    Partner, Context Matters
     
    Failing @ Scaling Agile? Don’t Panic, and Carry a Towel!

    Struggling with agile at scale? Thinking about scaling agile beyond the team? Want to learn from others' mistakes? There is a lot to be learnt from those who have successfully Hitchhiked their way through the galaxy of Scaled Agile. This session celebrates the scaled agile hitchhiker, the people who bravely tried ideas that were occasionally brilliant but often plain stupid....

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  • Craig Jessep NEW

    Craig Jessep

    Global Design Manager, Fonterra Co-Operative Group (NZ)
     
    Central Finance – Building an S/4 HANA Platform for Finance Transformation

    Fonterra are one of the early organisations to embark on a Central Finance project. Currently in the build phase of the project there are already many learnings for other organisations considering a Central Finance approach. Hear about how Central Finance will be used, including the various potential use cases and deployment options. Understand the importance of the new S/4 HANA...

    Read more >
     
  • Sydnie McConnell

    Sydnie McConnell

    Business Systems Analyst, Woodward, Inc. (USA)
     
    Woodward’s Ongoing Journey to Improve BPC Performance

    Our BPC implementation is a part of our strategy to integrate and standardize financial reporting and planning across multiple sites and ERP systems. One of our systems is an internally developed ERP system used at most of our sites, which provides some challenges in finding consulting resources and off-the-shelf integration tools. Over the last several years, Woodward replaced legacy ERPs...

    Read more >
     
  • Ross Metcalfe

    Ross Metcalfe

    IT - Service Manager, Christchurch City Council (NZ)
     
    How a Sports Team Mentality Helped Christchurch City Council Deliver an Upgrade in Record Time & Under Budget

    After a recent restructure at Christchurch City Council, the IT Service team had gone from a highly energised, high engagement team to a record low and becoming the least engaged team in the IT department. The restructure had significantly changed the scope of work and workload. We lost senior team members but gained newer, much less experienced staff. Attend this...

    Read more >
     
  • Dave Scullin

    Dave Scullin

    Chief Information Officer, Ballance Agri-Nutrients (NZ)
     
    How Ballance is Placing SAP at the Core of its Digital Future with S/4HANA

    Ballance is a New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative and was the first organisation in New Zealand to go live with SAP S/4HANA technology. Ballance’s Chief Information Officer Dave Scullin will share why he believes companies can’t be smart going forward without a clear digital strategy and why S/4HANA is a critical component of their strategy. Almost a year post go-live Ballance...

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    John Dwyer - Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
     
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What if You Were Becoming Obsolete and Didn’t Even Know?

We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no organisation or business is immune. In this fast-paced & compelling keynote presentation, audiences discover:

  • Why most organisations and businesses don’t realise they are becoming obsolete 'til it's almost too late
  • The four major shifts that are causing brands and industries to become irrelevant
  • Proven and practical strategies for staying ahead of the curve and competition
Audience members will leave this presentation with a game plan for successfully navigating change and emerging stronger and more relevant than ever.

Real-Time Planning and Consolidation

SAP S/4HANA represents a massive simplification in Accounting, bringing together into the heart of the new accounting solution – the universal journal - transactional data that was previously part of the General Ledger, Controlling, Asset Accounting and Material Ledger. In this session we’ll look in more details at the new accounting model and its impact on planning and consolidation. Each of these applications also had their own totals records that stored the same data in period blocks. Traditional planning applications in SAP were similarly fragmented as they updated the totals tables. Now, SAP BPC optimized for SAP S/4HANA offers a single planning model that covers the same reporting dimensions as the universal journal, but allows you to plan either at the detailed level (cost center, order, project, CO-PA characteristic) and aggregate by company code and profit center, or plan at the higher level and disaggregate. With 1610 you have the option to store planning data in the embedded BW or in the new ACDOCP table, designed to mirror the ACDOCA table (universal journal). As you think about the potential impact of such a change, it is important to consider the reporting dimensions used not just for accounting and management reporting, but also to provide the basis for consolidation, since the new solution will also offer consolidation functions that source their base data directly from the universal journal. With 1610 you have the option to perform basic consolidation directly on top of the universal journal.

Ferrara Candy Company’s Sweet Journey to Self-Service Financial Reporting using SAP BusinessObjects on HANA

This session will explore Ferrara Candy Company’s journey of building self-service Financial reporting with BusinessObjects Analysis for Office, Web Intelligence, and Lumira. Discover the ease of usability of SAP BusinessObjects with SAP HANA back-end. How to enable the end user to view those reports and analytics through Microsoft Excel, BI Portal, and mobile devices. SAP BusinessObjects on HANA is a paradigm shift for any organisation; with the ability to build solutions quickly, integrate various data sources, maintain single source of truth, and empower finance users to have visibility and accessibility to one powerful enterprise BI solution.

  • Users are empowered users to leverage self-service BusinessObjects
  • Created a super user community that collaborates across functional areas leveraging one company data dictionary and report catalogue
  • Time to build a module in HANA takes one developer a few weeks verses months in typical BI applications
  • Power of HANA - reports times reduced from weeks to minutes and minutes to seconds
  • SAP BusinessObjects meets 100% of the BI needs of organisation

Failing @ Scaling Agile? Don’t Panic, and Carry a Towel!

Struggling with agile at scale? Thinking about scaling agile beyond the team? Want to learn from others' mistakes? There is a lot to be learnt from those who have successfully Hitchhiked their way through the galaxy of Scaled Agile. This session celebrates the scaled agile hitchhiker, the people who bravely tried ideas that were occasionally brilliant but often plain stupid. You will laugh, you will cry but you will also walk away with a nice long list of ideas not to try when scaling agile! Learning Outcomes:

  • Seven failure patterns in scaling agile
  • An understanding of why these patterns lead to less than optimal results
  • Tips on how to avoid falling into these failure patterns

Central Finance – Building an S/4 HANA Platform for Finance Transformation

Fonterra are one of the early organisations to embark on a Central Finance project. Currently in the build phase of the project there are already many learnings for other organisations considering a Central Finance approach. Hear about how Central Finance will be used, including the various potential use cases and deployment options. Understand the importance of the new S/4 HANA finance data model and the business decisions on how to maximise benefits from this. At Fonterra their Central Finance approach is supporting finance transformation without the need for ERP rationalisation/ consolidation. See how a Central Finance business case can be best structured for different organisational goals.

Woodward’s Ongoing Journey to Improve BPC Performance

Our BPC implementation is a part of our strategy to integrate and standardize financial reporting and planning across multiple sites and ERP systems. One of our systems is an internally developed ERP system used at most of our sites, which provides some challenges in finding consulting resources and off-the-shelf integration tools. Over the last several years, Woodward replaced legacy ERPs at two acquisition sites, implemented SAP Financials at all sites, fixed assets at our US sites, and BPC 10 NW for all sites. Needless to say, our finance teams have undergone tremendous change. The goal with the BPC implementation was to minimize the impact – giving a familiar interface and intuitive tools and processes to use in planning and reporting. We struggled initially with performance, but have been able to achieve huge performance improvements, which we’ll discuss in this session.

  • How Woodward improved reporting and forecast submissions; decreasing dependence on IT for changes while still securing critical data and reports
  • SAP Health Check
  • ABAP code vs. Script Logic in BPC and when to use them
  • Enabling parallelization and reviewing data manager packages
Tips and tricks for working through frequent user issues including different versions of Excel, inability to edit reports, and missing EPM add-in tabs.

How a Sports Team Mentality Helped Christchurch City Council Deliver an Upgrade in Record Time & Under Budget

After a recent restructure at Christchurch City Council, the IT Service team had gone from a highly energised, high engagement team to a record low and becoming the least engaged team in the IT department. The restructure had significantly changed the scope of work and workload. We lost senior team members but gained newer, much less experienced staff. Attend this session to learn how Ross turned a record low team engagement score of 25% to a 75% high in less than a year. Using what he learnt at Mastering SAP 2016 he translated a sports team approach into running his IT team by strengthening the culture, challenging leaders and team norms. Culminating in the completion of a SAP system upgrade in record time and $150k under budget! Experience how modelling the ways elite sports teams operate and handle pressure, while producing consistently top results has been well worth the investment. The four keys areas of the program:

  • Leadership
  • Value and culture
  • Review and prepare
  • Recovery

How Ballance is Placing SAP at the Core of its Digital Future with S/4HANA

Ballance is a New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative and was the first organisation in New Zealand to go live with SAP S/4HANA technology. Ballance’s Chief Information Officer Dave Scullin will share why he believes companies can’t be smart going forward without a clear digital strategy and why S/4HANA is a critical component of their strategy. Almost a year post go-live Ballance is executing on a technology roadmap based on simplification and real-time. Join this session to get a real-life insight into what Ballance has achieved. Hear how key business processes have become 75 per cent quicker, freeing up their people to be more productive. At the same time, find out how Ballance has overcome the challenges that come along with implementing a brand new technology and gain an appreciation of what it takes to make the most out of S/4HANA in your own business.