Mastering SAP Financials 2017

Optimising your SAP Finance solution as a key technology enabler and innovation driver to make transformational contributions to business.

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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 Cloud, BPC, Fiori and S/4HANA are the essentials tools and enablers of this transformation.  Against this backdrop we have created Mastering SAP Financials.

 

 

Our Amazing Speakers

 
  • Barbara Rojas

    Barbara Rojas

    Senior Vice President - Global Finance Systems, Discovery Communications, Inc. (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.

     
  • Amber Christian

    Amber Christian

    Founder, Ace LLC (USA)
     
    Automating the Complete Payment Cycle

    Learn the complete cycle of payment automation, from building files in SAP, utilising approvals & confirmations via Bank Communication Management, and clearing and reconciling functionality via Electronic Bank Statements. Participants will learn the following: Payments- leveraging the Payment medium workbench in SAP for better payment integrations: • PMW basics: Flat file versus XML technologies • Key structures and options for...

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  • Janet Salmon

    Janet Salmon

    Chief Product Owner Management Accounting, SAP SE (GER)
     
    SAP S/4HANA – Are you Ready to Make the Move?

    In this session we’ll look at what changes architecturally with SAP S/4HANA: The universal journal brings all the reporting dimensions into a single posting, meaning that you no longer have separate data stores for profit centres, cost centres, orders, projects, and profitability analysis and merges G/L accounts and cost elements (from 1503). This puts all the data that you’ll need...

    Read more >
     
  • Martin Munzel

    Martin Munzel

    Managing Director, Espresso Tutorials (GER)
     
    The Value Flow in SAP FI, CO and CO-PA

    In this full-day, hands-on workshop, I will explain the general value flow in SAP FI, CO and CO-PA. Taking a make-to-stock manufacturing process as an example, we will walk through the entire process from a production order to sales order creation, shipping and invoicing. We’ll evaluate the impact for each step on the P&L as well as a contribution margin...

    Read more >
     
  • martjin van de graaf

    Martijn van de Graaf

    Group Treasurer, Perfetti Van Melle Holding B.V. (NL)
     
    Best Practices in Cash Application

    Join this session to learn more about a practitioner's insights into best practices for automating and optimising AR processes. Find out how to evaluate the possibilities of building on your central SAP system and leveraging additional efficiency gains. Discover deep insights into best practices for boosting automatic cash allocation rates for bank statements and remittance advices up to 98 %!

     
  • radendra b

    Rajendra Bhawanipursad

    Solution Support Manager, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
     
    Eskom’s SAP HANA S/4 Journey – What Does it Take?

    Eskom has embarked on a SAP HANA journey which includes SAP S/4HANA and Suite on HANA systems. In this session, you will hear the experiences and lessons learnt thus far. Gain first-hand insights into the business drivers, benefits and complexity of this large scale project, with specific reference to the impact on the finance department.

     
  • darrel orsmond

    Darrel Orsmond

    Industry Head Financial Services, SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
    The Latest From SAP for Financial Services

     
  • Christo Jacobs

    Christo Jacobs

    Director, Procure 2 Pay Intellection (Pty) Ltd
     
    Reimagining Financial Supply Chains: Realising Financial Supply Chains as Untapped Cash Assets

    We live in a digitally enabled world, which enables us to unlock and utilise assets. However, the financial supply chain (the way in which we pay and get paid) has been neglected: processes are manual, financing is poor and connectivity is limited. We are missing an opportunity – we think of the financial supply chain as a liability rather than...

    Read more >
     
  • william kekane

    William Kekane

    Senior Manager - Technology, Deloitte Consulting
     
    ERP Implementation Projects are More Than IT Projects

    ERP systems can generate many potential business benefits, especially when implemented to support the overall objective of advancing a true business transformation. The extent to which you realise these benefits depends on a number of factors: implementation road maps that define specific improvement targets (focusing on scope, pace, and priorities), new system capabilities, and technology and business alignment. William will...

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  • Simon Carpenter

    Simon Carpenter

    Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
    Technology as an Enabler for CFO’s

     
  • Shirley Excel

    Shirley Riddick

    Managing Director - Middle East & Asia/Pacific, , Excel4apps
     
    Time is the Only Thing You Can’t Buy More Of

    This interactive session will unpack how Excel4apps has freed up days every month for customers, allowing them more time to view the finance results holistically, thus enabling more thorough monthly reviews and commentary. This time saved has a knock-on effect delivering results not only with more strategic insight but more timeously to other teams. The time not only allows for...

    Read more >
     
  • Jono excel

    Jonathan Wood

    Territory Manager - Middle East & Africa, Excel4apps
     
    Time is the Only Thing You Can’t Buy More Of

    This interactive session will unpack how Excel4apps has freed up days every month for customers, allowing them more time to view the finance results holistically, thus enabling more thorough monthly reviews and commentary. This time saved has a knock-on effect delivering results not only with more strategic insight but more timeously to other teams. The time not only allows for...

    Read more >
     
  • grant searle

    Grant Searle

    Finance Transformation Lead : Corporates, , PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa
     
    PwC’s 2017 Finance Effectiveness Benchmark

    PwC's 2017 Finance Effectiveness Benchmark report concludes that top quartile finance teams operate at 36% lower costs. Highly successful finance functions are focusing on technology, culture and effective transformation to move them up the curve as a valued business partner. They are working to improve business results by investing in commercial insight and spending less time on transactional work. However,...

    Read more >
     
  • Alan Beningfield

    Alan Beningfield

    DC and Corporate IT Manager, The Spar Group Limited
     
    ECC6 Migration to SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management

    The process of migration to Enterprise Management requires both technical and business input. The roles of Auditors, Balancing, GRC cannot be underestimated. At SPAR we have completed our migration successfully, being one of the first companies from around the world to be on SAP version 1610 EM. We have found that even after 6 iterations of test migrations the impact...

    Read more >
     
  • Keitumetse Sesoko

    Keitumetse Sesoko

    SAP Financials Consultant, , Transnet Property
     
    Bridging the Gap Between IT & Finance Through Collaboration

    IT and Finance have in recent years had an interest in understanding each other's space. This is mainly around system changes that have a vast impact on business, areas of accountability between IT & Finance, business process improvement, unpacking IT governance & IFRS, overall system enhancement project & change management. As technology continues to evolve with digitalisation affecting core business,...

    Read more >
     
  • Kago Rendoh

    Kago Rendoh

    Finance Manager - Business Information, Debswana Diamond Company
     
    Debswana’s Integrated Business Planning Journey with SAP BPC

    Debswana Diamond Company historically relied on running its budgeting and reporting process on Excel which resulted in delays in delivery time as well as no consolidated view without manual intervention. In an effort to improve this process the company undertook a project to implement a unified planning and budgeting tool, namely SAP BPC. This allowed for structured defined inputs, better...

    Read more >
     
  • Dion Lierop

    Deon van Lierop

    Senior SAP FI Consultant, Engen Petroleum Limited
     
    Practical Tips to Increase Electronic Bank Statement Hit Rate and Improve Cash Position Reporting

    Although Electronic Bank Statement functionality is used at Engen, poor design and insufficient information in statements lead to inaccurate posting requiring costly manual rework. Learn how by following best practice principles in design and using powerful SAP tools Engen managed to improve posting accuracy and increase straight through processing to 75% not only leading to efficiency gains but also timely...

    Read more >
     
  • Estienne

    Estienne de Beer

    Keynote Speaker and Leadership Development Specialist, Independent
     
    Meerkat Motivation for the Marketplace

    Corporate companies can learn from the meerkat’s awe-inspiring capability to outsmart clever rivals and to build solid relationships. Never more apt in these times where competition has dramatically increased and the corporate battlefield has become more intensified, success in the workplace is a non-negotiable undertaking. In this wildly entertaining presentation, Estienne de Beer unlocks inspirational applications with practical business awareness....

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  • krushan reddy

    Krushan Reddy

    Compensation and Benefits Manager, McDonald's™ Corporation
     
    McDonald’s SAP Journey – A New Horizon

     
  • Suvel Ramgovind

    Suvel Ramgovind

    Senior Presales Specialist: IFRS, GDPR (POPI) & Central Finance, SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
    Insights into SAP Financials Functionality in South Africa

     

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    "One truly South African Word and explanation for it - “EISH” (Excellent Interaction Superb Hosting)"

    Deon Valks - RCL Foods Sugar & Milling Pty Ltd
     
  • james_web

    "Technology is built in response to user requests,  requirements, experiences, difficulties, call it what you will and I think the Mastering SAP Financial conference brings this together in a neutral environment that fosters COLLABORATION."

    James Oliveria - Liberty Group Limited (Pty) Ltd
     
  • testimonail leonard

    "We can now utilize and streamline our systems effectively, doing more with less!"

    Leonard Nyoni - South African National Blood Services
     
  • testimonial lulien

    "I found the interactive sessions brilliant - just when you think you know where your weak points are, these force you to engage, ask more questions and catalyse deeper exploration to then take back to the office."

    Lulien Alexander - Nissan South Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
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    "The conference was very informative and the speakers really knew what they were talking about. The different tracks made it easy for delegates to choose relevant sessions."

    Mendie Ndimande - SAP Support Specialist, SAP COE, PRASA
     
 
 

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Automating the Complete Payment Cycle

Learn the complete cycle of payment automation, from building files in SAP, utilising approvals & confirmations via Bank Communication Management, and clearing and reconciling functionality via Electronic Bank Statements. Participants will learn the following: Payments- leveraging the Payment medium workbench in SAP for better payment integrations: • PMW basics: Flat file versus XML technologies • Key structures and options for enhancements • Standardized process flow Bank Communication Management (BCM) module: • Using workflow to manage payment approvals and • Managing confirmations via SAP • Auditing payment approvals Electronic Bank Statements: • General bank statement configuration for reconciliation • Utilizing search strings to enhance standard reconciliation functionality

SAP S/4HANA – Are you Ready to Make the Move?

In this session we’ll look at what changes architecturally with SAP S/4HANA:

  • The universal journal brings all the reporting dimensions into a single posting, meaning that you no longer have separate data stores for profit centres, cost centres, orders, projects, and profitability analysis and merges G/L accounts and cost elements (from 1503). This puts all the data that you’ll need for financial reporting in one place making real-time analytics a genuine possibility. With1511 there are changes to the way your logistics data is stored with the inventory data being stored in a single data set, customers/vendors combined into a single business partner. If you are using WBS elements you can start to implement real-time derivations to fill the CO-PA characteristics with every posting (from 1503). From 1610 you can use the time recording postings to initiate real-time revenue recognition and to trigger intercompany transactions.
In this session, we’ll explain…
  • How other customers have approached their implementation projects and what benefits they are anticipating
  • What will happen during a migration to SAP S/4HANA Finance
  • What to consider if you are starting afresh, including whether to choose cloud or on premise

The Value Flow in SAP FI, CO and CO-PA

In this full-day, hands-on workshop, I will explain the general value flow in SAP FI, CO and CO-PA. Taking a make-to-stock manufacturing process as an example, we will walk through the entire process from a production order to sales order creation, shipping and invoicing. We’ll evaluate the impact for each step on the P&L as well as a contribution margin analysis in CO-PA. Participants of this workshop will learn the following: 1. Value flow for production orders into CO-PA: • Activity confirmations • Goods issue • Goods receipt • Overhead calculation • Work in process • Variance calculation • Settlement 2. Value flow of the order-to-cash process into CO-PA: • Creating a sales order and analysing coming orders • Shipping • Invoicing 3. Reconciling CO-PA with FI: • Compare the P&L in FI with the contribution margin analysis in CO-PA • Identify where FI and CO-PA might differ and learn how to match the two

Reimagining Financial Supply Chains: Realising Financial Supply Chains as Untapped Cash Assets

We live in a digitally enabled world, which enables us to unlock and utilise assets. However, the financial supply chain (the way in which we pay and get paid) has been neglected: processes are manual, financing is poor and connectivity is limited. We are missing an opportunity – we think of the financial supply chain as a liability rather than an asset. The innovators have already worked out how to cash in. The new way – dynamic payments underpinned by invoice automation, flexible financing and predictive intelligence.

ERP Implementation Projects are More Than IT Projects

ERP systems can generate many potential business benefits, especially when implemented to support the overall objective of advancing a true business transformation. The extent to which you realise these benefits depends on a number of factors: implementation road maps that define specific improvement targets (focusing on scope, pace, and priorities), new system capabilities, and technology and business alignment. William will help you to understand the opportunities of SAP S/4 HANA and discuss a business case framework around S/4 HANA functionality to help you move discussion from technology adoption towards value creation.

Time is the Only Thing You Can’t Buy More Of

This interactive session will unpack how Excel4apps has freed up days every month for customers, allowing them more time to view the finance results holistically, thus enabling more thorough monthly reviews and commentary. This time saved has a knock-on effect delivering results not only with more strategic insight but more timeously to other teams. The time not only allows for improvements to their businesses and finance functions but also has a resounding effect on reducing stress levels, increasing satisfaction levels of management and executives who get their numbers earlier and improving the overall working environment.

Time is the Only Thing You Can’t Buy More Of

This interactive session will unpack how Excel4apps has freed up days every month for customers, allowing them more time to view the finance results holistically, thus enabling more thorough monthly reviews and commentary. This time saved has a knock-on effect delivering results not only with more strategic insight but more timeously to other teams. The time not only allows for improvements to their businesses and finance functions but also has a resounding effect on reducing stress levels, increasing satisfaction levels of management and executives who get their numbers earlier and improving the overall working environment.

PwC’s 2017 Finance Effectiveness Benchmark

PwC's 2017 Finance Effectiveness Benchmark report concludes that top quartile finance teams operate at 36% lower costs. Highly successful finance functions are focusing on technology, culture and effective transformation to move them up the curve as a valued business partner. They are working to improve business results by investing in commercial insight and spending less time on transactional work. However, many finance functions are trailing in their adoption of emerging technologies to close the savings gap, and in most businesses finance struggles to find the right model to deliver real commercial impact effectively.

ECC6 Migration to SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management

The process of migration to Enterprise Management requires both technical and business input. The roles of Auditors, Balancing, GRC cannot be underestimated. At SPAR we have completed our migration successfully, being one of the first companies from around the world to be on SAP version 1610 EM. We have found that even after 6 iterations of test migrations the impact on Finance should not be underestimated. The roles of 3rd party partners, auditors, IT and the finance teams are all vital, requiring extreme coordination. This session will illustrate the major impact points of migrating to S4 HANA Enterprise Management on business.

Bridging the Gap Between IT & Finance Through Collaboration

IT and Finance have in recent years had an interest in understanding each other's space. This is mainly around system changes that have a vast impact on business, areas of accountability between IT & Finance, business process improvement, unpacking IT governance & IFRS, overall system enhancement project & change management. As technology continues to evolve with digitalisation affecting core business, it has become more evident that IT & Finance collaboration is significant for efficient Executive Board reporting.

Debswana’s Integrated Business Planning Journey with SAP BPC

Debswana Diamond Company historically relied on running its budgeting and reporting process on Excel which resulted in delays in delivery time as well as no consolidated view without manual intervention. In an effort to improve this process the company undertook a project to implement a unified planning and budgeting tool, namely SAP BPC. This allowed for structured defined inputs, better version control as well as protected calculations which assisted in the improvement of budgeting cycle times and one version of the truth.

Practical Tips to Increase Electronic Bank Statement Hit Rate and Improve Cash Position Reporting

Although Electronic Bank Statement functionality is used at Engen, poor design and insufficient information in statements lead to inaccurate posting requiring costly manual rework. Learn how by following best practice principles in design and using powerful SAP tools Engen managed to improve posting accuracy and increase straight through processing to 75% not only leading to efficiency gains but also timely and accurate cash position reports. We will also explore new developments in post processing transactions that further enhance the user experience and increase efficiencies.

Meerkat Motivation for the Marketplace

Corporate companies can learn from the meerkat’s awe-inspiring capability to outsmart clever rivals and to build solid relationships. Never more apt in these times where competition has dramatically increased and the corporate battlefield has become more intensified, success in the workplace is a non-negotiable undertaking. In this wildly entertaining presentation, Estienne de Beer unlocks inspirational applications with practical business awareness. It incorporates a myriad of risk factors like attacking birds of prey and nocturnal burrowing creatures never seen before by many people.