IN FOCUS
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RAIL, UTILITIES, MASTER DATA, MOBILITY, DEFENCE, PUBLIC SECURITY AND MORE

Across the 3 days you have a choice of 9 In Focus sessions. Each is a 90 minute interactive workshop focussed on the unique use of SAP in either 1) a specific industry; or 2) a specific hot topic or function. All workshops are moderated by content experts and are designed to improve capability and understanding. Bookings are not required – you can join the session on the day.

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As Utilities transition from a delivery-focused role to one that orchestrates data and services, they need to get maximum ROI from their assets. They also need to maintain these assets in a cost effective and productive way, whilst ensuring service isn’t disrupted. Understanding the asset network, the status of assets and the supporting workforce capabilities are unique to the Utilities industry. Utilities in Focus will explore and share new thinking, innovation and experiences through the core utilities process of Inspection to Work Selection and discuss how technology can drive new outcomes.

We will examine the following three key areas and utilise poll-based feedback to drive the discussion focus:

  • How we inspect our Assets and collect data to drive new insight and prediction. What technologies can we use, how much data should we collect, and is AI the solution?
  • In resource and cost constrained environments, what work should we do, how do we prioritise importance, and is un-planned still the most critical?
  • How does geo-enablement and visualisation change the way we manage our work, assets and customers? What’s the value proposition and where are the best opportunities?

  • Come armed with your ideas, experience and insights to actively participate with your industry colleagues.

    Rail networks cover extensive geographies with varying terrain and jurisdictions. Managing the rail network relies on running operations, reducing costs, and proactively managing the entire lifecycle of your assets to ensure availability. Rail in Focus will cover:

  • GIS and Geo Enablement Framework
  • Sensor data
  • Maintenance Scheduling and Planning
  • Mobility
  • Work Order Management
  • Reporting
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Risk identification
  • Integrating Master Data into ERP
  • The mining industry is the backbone of the Australian economy, delivering critical resources to fuel the worlds infrastructure, energy and technology needs. However the global focus on sustainability, low carbon and impact on society are starting to change many aspects of mining. Miners will need to become more sustainable, more automated and have much closer relationships with communities, suppliers and their customers, customers if they are to evolve into modern miners of the future.

    Mining in Focus will cover:

  • What is required to drive a step change in Asset health and Safety in operations
  • How machines are evolving, becoming almost intelligent and changing how we service them
  • The role of data and master data in intelligent asset management
  • The changing world of work as we consider the impact and opportunities created by automation, COVID and Industry 4.0 on our workforce
  • The shift from Inventory management to Supply Chain Optimisation
  • The Public security departments drivers are unique. Only the public sector is faced with the intention of trying to get the most out of taxpayers’ money, to serve taxpayers better. This means providing safe, working services that create a better welfare for all. Security & Defence in Focus covers:

  • Asset reliability, monitoring and performance
  • Public leadership – do councils and leaders know what EAM is?
  • What does one ERP system across all Public Departments mean for individual roles?
  • Are Public departments leveraging current investments to their full capability?
  • Delivering more efficient supply chain practices
  • Leveraging HANA for better transparency across procurement
  • Relationship between private and public sector supply chain – could we be better connected?
  • The Logistics Business Network launches in 2026 – what is it and how do we prepare for it?
  • Planning in Focus unpacks the major contributors to supply chain successes in a fully integrated supply chain. Functionally integrated supply chains are literally only as strong as the weakest functional link in the supply chain. In order to improve the overall maturity of the end-to-end supply chain the approach is to target the obvious functional weaknesses and work on the aspects that enhance integration maturity.

    The functions that typically present the best opportunity for improvement are:

  • Sales forecast and demand plan, and the challenge to stabilize demand volatility
  • Production capacity, and the challenge to align with sales activities
  • MRP and its purpose to balance supply with demand
  • Master data and the challenge to ensure accuracy and quality
  • Inventory optimization as a direct result of supply process performance

  • You’ll leave this session armed with standard SAP transactions, tools, and reports to effect improvements in your organization’s day to day supply chain activities. Tangible value has never been this obvious.

    Data is a four letter word!

    Copious amounts of data is created every day and subsequently most it suffers from entropy. Yes we’ve just brought in the second law of thermodynamics into the data discussion. Mic Drop! But hold on we’ll simplify the conversation!

    Data has become a strategic resource seemingly overnight by all accounts yet organizations and individuals are struggling to make it so. We believe in breaking down the concept and working through the elements of data governance, management and benefits realization.

    To help with our workshop will cover:

  • Data Vernacular – What is a data philosophy, data strategy, data governance, data management
  • Data Methods – How to work with complex data changes
  • Data Technology – Where will you store your business decisions
  • Data Outcomes – What can you expect what are the benefits

  • Sometimes it’s good to step back from the forest to see the trees or in this case stop and review the laws of thermodynamics!

    New investments in technology are driven by efficiencies and profitability that impact bottom line. So why do so many implementations fail so often? One of the key reasons is the expectation that users will adopt the technology and use it to its full potential from day 1. change management, user adoption and ongoing training are often overlooked by the rational economics theory but more needs to be done to bring people along the journey to understand the “why” behind the implementation. SCM and People in Focus covers:

  • unpack the areas of weaknesses around training and change management
  • how to lead from the front and guide from the back
  • tools you can use to adopt technology efficiently
  • the cost of poor change management
  • frameworks to develop ongoing training
  • Do you have a mobile strategy? What does Mobility mean to your organisation? Delivering a mobility solution that enables users to be led by technology through work management, maintenance reporting or voice guidance has great potential. Mobility in Focus covers:

  • What tasks are currently being done manually that can be done through a mobile solution?
  • How do you integrate mobile solutions back into the ERP
  • Offline solution capabilities
  • Driving the right adoption of mobile solutions
  • MRO Inventory Optimization and Free-Text Reduction

    Inventory optimization and Free-Text Reduction are arch enemies yet intimately connected. You can’t have effective working capital tied up in your MRO materials if you do not control the volume and value of your Free-Text Spend. This workshop will work through this relationship as well as options, concepts, and ideas on how to improve your performance in this space.

    Topics Covered:

    Free-text spend

  • Data captured
  • Unused materials
  • Squirrel stores
  • Manual purchasing process
  • Visibility and availability of these materials
  • Financial impacts

  • Inventory Optimization

  • Data quality
  • Standardization
  • Process Automation
  • Balance sheet impacts
  • Visibility and availability of these materials
  • Equipment availability