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SPEAKERS

Brigitte Colombo Chief Information Officer Powerco
Thomas Jung (USA) Head of Developer Advocacy, SAP Developer & Community Relations SAP
Michael R Wild (USA) SAP Technical Architect Nike, Inc.
Catherine Phan Senior Manager – Accounting Services Australia Post
Mark Mitchell (USA) Managing Director HR Shared Services (FMR) American Airlines
Melinda Gabriel Assistant Secretary Financial Systems and Operations, Defence Finance Group Department of Defence
Joe Burton (USA) Founder Whil
Greg Capps (USA) SAP Security & Controls Lead Georgia-Pacific
Timo Elliott (FRA) VP – Global Innovation Evangelist SAP
Chris Rae Director DalRae Solutions
Brie Moffett (USA) Director – HRIS – Compensation & Benefits Mobile Mini, Inc
Richard Hunt (UK) Managing Director Turnkey Consulting
Suzie Montagu Finance Governance Lead Aurizon Holdings Limited
Paul Sweeney Chief Operating Officer McGrathNicol
Alexandra Thorogood ERP Program Manager RPC Technologies
Pranay Lodhiya Chief Financial Officer Bureau of Meteorology
Jude Falco Business Process Lead – HCM and HSE PanAust Limited
Otto Schell (GER) Co-Chair German Speaking SAP User Group
Tony De Thomasis SAP Technician SAPWORKS
Joshua Reader Head of People Services Medibank
Tina Lundkvist Head of People Analytics Fonterra Coop Group
Chris Savage CEO The Savage Company
Greg Steel CIO Xinja
Amy Rosanowski Acting Deputy Commissioner – Office of State Revenue Queensland Treasury
Derek Loranca (USA) Lead – Enterprise Business Intelligence Center of Excellence Aetna
Belinda Morris (USA) Founder Peoplescape HR
Cormac Denton (NZ) Finance Director PAE (New Zealand)
Ingo Hilgefort (CAN) Global Product Evangelist SAP
Erin Aslanidis Business Intelligence Analyst ElectraNet
Frank Florian (USA) Business Transformation & Innovation – Finance Independent
Graham Robinson SAP Mentor Independent
Harry Elder Group Reporting and Analysis Manager Visy
James Carlopio Consultant Holistic Management
Mark Hawksbee Finance Solutions Manager Foodstuffs North Island
Mustafa Bensan Information Architect, Equip Centre of Excellence Transport for NSW
Nicholas Hartley HR Manager Process and Systems Glencore Coal Assets Australia
Ross Metcalfe IT Service Manager Christchurch City Council
Matthew Kent Chief Financial Officer GPC
Brett Campbell CGOT Development Lead AGL
Kate Christie Time Investment Expert and Best-Selling Author
Sarah Reid Program Lead, People & Culture Australia Post
David Chin Development & Integration Architect Australia Post
Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis Machine Learning Principal (APJ), Innovation Factory SAP Australia
Peggy Renders Senior Vice President – Digital Transformation Office APJ, SAP
Aarron Spinley Growth and Innovation Evangelist SAP
Andreas Kral Solution Advisor SAP
John Zhao Security Architect Fonterra
Gina McNamara Chief Financial Officer SAP ANZ
Joe Demian Customer Success Manager BlackLine
Paul Young (USA) SAP Manager/Solution Architect Southern California Edison
David Brennan Business Architect – Finance and Procurement Lion
Christian Willig Strategic Analytics Specialist Energy Queensland
Anthony Drumm Director Cyber Security Advisory SAP Asia Pacific Japan
Deon van Onselen Practice Director APAC, Payroll and Time APAC Rizing
Grant Brockelbank Customer & Distribution Business Analyst Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Cameron Amling Head of Corporate Systems Coles Group Limited
Jocelyn Dart User Experience Strategist SAP
Carmen Lyons SAP Value Engineer BlackLine
David Axson (USA) Strategist, Author & former Accenture’s Global Head of Finance Thought-leadership
Mustafa Mustafa (USA) Senior Director – IT Ferrara Candy Company
Frederik Weidemann (GER) Chief Technical Evangelist Onapsis
Stephanie Hudson Miller (USA) Vice President, S/4HANA Finance Center of Excellence SAP North America
Clint Vosloo Independent
Murali Shanmugham Business Solution Director – Cloud Platform SAP
Himani Nargotra SAP Knowledge Management Lead Sydney Water
DJ Adams (UK) Developer Advocate SAP
Gerald West (UK) Head of Application Security & Controls Assurance, Corporate Shared Services Serco Group
Derek Wood (RSA) Director Kamoeba
Carsten Hilker (USA) Global Solution Owner for Central Finance SAP
Grant Tate (RSA) Executive Head Cloud Services Vodacom Business
Simon Lewis Manager – Data Management Endeavor Energy
Chris Paine Independent Discovery Consulting Group
Mico Yuk (USA) Co-Founder BI Brainz
Jessica Moore Head of Strategy, SAP SuccessFactors SAP
David Roberts (USA) National Vice President SAP
Sascha Wenninger (SING) Technology Lead – 4S Program Orica
Brendan Tanner Head of Finance McGrathNichol
Aaron Liu CIO for ERP Reform NSW Government
Janet Salmon (GER) Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting SAP SE
Christine Hassler (USA) Personal Life Coach
Jason Averbook (USA) CEO and Co-Founder Leapgen
Paddy Upton Professor of Practice Deakin University
Mark Weatherford (USA) Chief Strategy Officer & Board Member National Cybersecurity Center
Peter O’Donnell Enterprise Data Architect Victoria Legal Aid
Jonathan Fogarty Business Architect – Utilities SAP
Rebecca Bottomley Regional Head of Solution Advisory – Training and Adoption APJ & GCN SAP
Tim Wilkes Chief Storytelling Officer SAP APJ
Adam Sivell Innovation Manager SAP
Cavan Arrowsmith Head of Innovation Turnkey Consulting
Frankie Steel VP of Sales – Australia and New Zealand Syniti
Peter Collett Managing Director Icon Integration, Part of Accenture
Carl McGowan Customer Solutions ZAG
Claire Badger SAP SuccessFactors Talent Practice Director APAC Rizing
Paul Ovigele (USA) Founder ERPfixers
Sandeep Johri CEO Tricentis
Chris Newdick Enterprise Architect ZAG
Karl Wood Senior Director – Solution Architects APAC Tricentis
Robert Budic Director Turnkey Consulting
Steve Bennetts Head of EX Solutions & Strategy APJ Qualtrics
Amy Grubb (USA) CEO Cloud Consulting Partners
Tim Hobbs Principal Delivery Lead DalRae Solutions
Ed Davis Director Turnkey
Selim Ahmed Founder & CEO Bourne Digital
Fatima Yusuf Principal Consultant/P2P Practice Lead Chrome Consulting
Kristian Kalsing (USA) Vice President of Product & Solutions Winshuttle
Andrea Gannon FICO Consultant & Integration Architect EnCollab
Sarah Moore Partner Moore@Work
André Ros Director Alliances EMEA & APAC Onapsis
Andrew Hayden (USA) Sr. Product Marketing Manager Winshuttle
William Kingwell Applied Intelligence, SAP Project Manager Accenture
David Ludlow (USA) Group VP – Product Management SAP SuccessFactors
Jenni Lewis Innovation Evangelist SAP
Richard Malmberg Consulting Director Turnkey Consulting
Steven Wong Lead Solution Engineer – APJ Basis Technologies
Sindhu Gangadharan (IND) Senior Vice President and Managing Director SAP Labs India
Jan Devereux Customer Solutions Manager ZAG
Chris Chapman Senior SAP Security & GRC Consultant CompliantERP
Matt Goss Managing Director Concur Australia & New Zealand
Jochen Fischer (GER) CEO & Co Founder NO MONKEY GmbH
Phil Shipley Director/Security Solution Architect CompliantERP
David Guazzarotto Managing Director Asia Pacific Leapgen
Sarv Thangaraj Senior Manager, Financial Reporting & Advisory Mitsubishi Development
Te Lee IT Manager Mitsubishi Development
Dudley Cartwright (RSA) CEO Soterion
Deborah Blyth (USA) Chief Information Security Officer – State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
Nick Vallas (MAL) Director – Malaysia Turnkey Consulting
Nella Rano Director Greenfields
Leonard Maganza (USA) Chief Customer Officer Syniti
Chris Knerr (USA) Chief Digital Officer Syniti
Andrew Rees General Manager Navigo
Ethel Nugent Ingentis SAP Partner Advisor ANZ
Amanda Harsas General Manager, Finance Strategy & Group Business Services Healius Limited
Stephen Owens Regional Director EPI-USE Labs
Lloyd Hewitt Deputy Program Director Department of Defence
Ashley Saltzman Commercial Escalations Executive – Asia Pacific & Japan SAP Australia
Brigitte Colombo Chief Information Officer Powerco
Thomas Jung (USA) Head of Developer Advocacy, SAP Developer & Community Relations SAP
Michael R Wild (USA) SAP Technical Architect Nike, Inc.
Catherine Phan Senior Manager – Accounting Services Australia Post
Mark Mitchell (USA) Managing Director HR Shared Services (FMR) American Airlines
Melinda Gabriel Assistant Secretary Financial Systems and Operations, Defence Finance Group Department of Defence
Joe Burton (USA) Founder Whil
Greg Capps (USA) SAP Security & Controls Lead Georgia-Pacific
Timo Elliott (FRA) VP – Global Innovation Evangelist SAP
Chris Rae Director DalRae Solutions
Brie Moffett (USA) Director – HRIS – Compensation & Benefits Mobile Mini, Inc
Richard Hunt (UK) Managing Director Turnkey Consulting
Suzie Montagu Finance Governance Lead Aurizon Holdings Limited
Paul Sweeney Chief Operating Officer McGrathNicol
Alexandra Thorogood ERP Program Manager RPC Technologies
Pranay Lodhiya Chief Financial Officer Bureau of Meteorology
Jude Falco Business Process Lead – HCM and HSE PanAust Limited
Otto Schell (GER) Co-Chair German Speaking SAP User Group
Tony De Thomasis SAP Technician SAPWORKS
Joshua Reader Head of People Services Medibank
Tina Lundkvist Head of People Analytics Fonterra Coop Group
Chris Savage CEO The Savage Company
Greg Steel CIO Xinja
Amy Rosanowski Acting Deputy Commissioner – Office of State Revenue Queensland Treasury
Derek Loranca (USA) Lead – Enterprise Business Intelligence Center of Excellence Aetna
Belinda Morris (USA) Founder Peoplescape HR
Cormac Denton (NZ) Finance Director PAE (New Zealand)
Ingo Hilgefort (CAN) Global Product Evangelist SAP
Erin Aslanidis Business Intelligence Analyst ElectraNet
Frank Florian (USA) Business Transformation & Innovation – Finance Independent
Graham Robinson SAP Mentor Independent
Harry Elder Group Reporting and Analysis Manager Visy
James Carlopio Consultant Holistic Management
Mark Hawksbee Finance Solutions Manager Foodstuffs North Island
Mustafa Bensan Information Architect, Equip Centre of Excellence Transport for NSW
Nicholas Hartley HR Manager Process and Systems Glencore Coal Assets Australia
Ross Metcalfe IT Service Manager Christchurch City Council
Matthew Kent Chief Financial Officer GPC
Brett Campbell CGOT Development Lead AGL
Kate Christie Time Investment Expert and Best-Selling Author
Sarah Reid Program Lead, People & Culture Australia Post
David Chin Development & Integration Architect Australia Post
Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis Machine Learning Principal (APJ), Innovation Factory SAP Australia
Peggy Renders Senior Vice President – Digital Transformation Office APJ, SAP
Aarron Spinley Growth and Innovation Evangelist SAP
Andreas Kral Solution Advisor SAP
John Zhao Security Architect Fonterra
Gina McNamara Chief Financial Officer SAP ANZ
Joe Demian Customer Success Manager BlackLine
Paul Young (USA) SAP Manager/Solution Architect Southern California Edison
David Brennan Business Architect – Finance and Procurement Lion
Christian Willig Strategic Analytics Specialist Energy Queensland
Anthony Drumm Director Cyber Security Advisory SAP Asia Pacific Japan
Deon van Onselen Practice Director APAC, Payroll and Time APAC Rizing
Grant Brockelbank Customer & Distribution Business Analyst Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Cameron Amling Head of Corporate Systems Coles Group Limited
Jocelyn Dart User Experience Strategist SAP
Carmen Lyons SAP Value Engineer BlackLine
David Axson (USA) Strategist, Author & former Accenture’s Global Head of Finance Thought-leadership
Mustafa Mustafa (USA) Senior Director – IT Ferrara Candy Company
Frederik Weidemann (GER) Chief Technical Evangelist Onapsis
Stephanie Hudson Miller (USA) Vice President, S/4HANA Finance Center of Excellence SAP North America
Clint Vosloo Independent
Murali Shanmugham Business Solution Director – Cloud Platform SAP
Himani Nargotra SAP Knowledge Management Lead Sydney Water
DJ Adams (UK) Developer Advocate SAP
Gerald West (UK) Head of Application Security & Controls Assurance, Corporate Shared Services Serco Group
Derek Wood (RSA) Director Kamoeba
Carsten Hilker (USA) Global Solution Owner for Central Finance SAP
Grant Tate (RSA) Executive Head Cloud Services Vodacom Business
Simon Lewis Manager – Data Management Endeavor Energy
Chris Paine Independent Discovery Consulting Group
Mico Yuk (USA) Co-Founder BI Brainz
Jessica Moore Head of Strategy, SAP SuccessFactors SAP
David Roberts (USA) National Vice President SAP
Sascha Wenninger (SING) Technology Lead – 4S Program Orica
Brendan Tanner Head of Finance McGrathNichol
Aaron Liu CIO for ERP Reform NSW Government
Janet Salmon (GER) Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting SAP SE
Christine Hassler (USA) Personal Life Coach
Jason Averbook (USA) CEO and Co-Founder Leapgen
Paddy Upton Professor of Practice Deakin University
Mark Weatherford (USA) Chief Strategy Officer & Board Member National Cybersecurity Center
Peter O’Donnell Enterprise Data Architect Victoria Legal Aid
Jonathan Fogarty Business Architect – Utilities SAP
Rebecca Bottomley Regional Head of Solution Advisory – Training and Adoption APJ & GCN SAP
Tim Wilkes Chief Storytelling Officer SAP APJ
Adam Sivell Innovation Manager SAP
Cavan Arrowsmith Head of Innovation Turnkey Consulting
Frankie Steel VP of Sales – Australia and New Zealand Syniti
Peter Collett Managing Director Icon Integration, Part of Accenture
Carl McGowan Customer Solutions ZAG
Claire Badger SAP SuccessFactors Talent Practice Director APAC Rizing
Paul Ovigele (USA) Founder ERPfixers
Sandeep Johri CEO Tricentis
Chris Newdick Enterprise Architect ZAG
Karl Wood Senior Director – Solution Architects APAC Tricentis
Robert Budic Director Turnkey Consulting
Steve Bennetts Head of EX Solutions & Strategy APJ Qualtrics
Amy Grubb (USA) CEO Cloud Consulting Partners
Tim Hobbs Principal Delivery Lead DalRae Solutions
Ed Davis Director Turnkey
Selim Ahmed Founder & CEO Bourne Digital
Fatima Yusuf Principal Consultant/P2P Practice Lead Chrome Consulting
Kristian Kalsing (USA) Vice President of Product & Solutions Winshuttle
Andrea Gannon FICO Consultant & Integration Architect EnCollab
Sarah Moore Partner Moore@Work
André Ros Director Alliances EMEA & APAC Onapsis
Andrew Hayden (USA) Sr. Product Marketing Manager Winshuttle
William Kingwell Applied Intelligence, SAP Project Manager Accenture
David Ludlow (USA) Group VP – Product Management SAP SuccessFactors
Jenni Lewis Innovation Evangelist SAP
Richard Malmberg Consulting Director Turnkey Consulting
Steven Wong Lead Solution Engineer – APJ Basis Technologies
Sindhu Gangadharan (IND) Senior Vice President and Managing Director SAP Labs India
Jan Devereux Customer Solutions Manager ZAG
Chris Chapman Senior SAP Security & GRC Consultant CompliantERP
Matt Goss Managing Director Concur Australia & New Zealand
Jochen Fischer (GER) CEO & Co Founder NO MONKEY GmbH
Phil Shipley Director/Security Solution Architect CompliantERP
David Guazzarotto Managing Director Asia Pacific Leapgen
Sarv Thangaraj Senior Manager, Financial Reporting & Advisory Mitsubishi Development
Te Lee IT Manager Mitsubishi Development
Dudley Cartwright (RSA) CEO Soterion
Deborah Blyth (USA) Chief Information Security Officer – State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
Nick Vallas (MAL) Director – Malaysia Turnkey Consulting
Nella Rano Director Greenfields
Leonard Maganza (USA) Chief Customer Officer Syniti
Chris Knerr (USA) Chief Digital Officer Syniti
Andrew Rees General Manager Navigo
Ethel Nugent Ingentis SAP Partner Advisor ANZ
Amanda Harsas General Manager, Finance Strategy & Group Business Services Healius Limited
Stephen Owens Regional Director EPI-USE Labs
Lloyd Hewitt Deputy Program Director Department of Defence
Ashley Saltzman Commercial Escalations Executive – Asia Pacific & Japan SAP Australia

Successful Integration – Put the Core of Your Business in the Hands of Your Users

Powerco is NZ’s second largest electricity and gas distribution business. Getting accurate information on the location and condition of assets to and from the field is key to keeping the lights on and gas flowing. Despite spending millions on maintaining asset information in the company’s geographic information system (GIS), the data was not widely used or trusted.

In 2019 Powerco implemented the first phase of its ERP and Integration strategies. This introduced a new business foundation based on S/4 HANA and stitched it into the existing application fabric redefining core business processes and data flows using a hybrid integration approach. By “getting good at” integration, alongside new mobility tools, they have put location and asset information in the hands of every employee and contractor, improving safety and efficiency. Powerco continue to invest in their integration capability to extract more value from their ERP investment and also to enable new solutions and partnerships.

Cloud-Native Applications with SAP HANA

Join this lecture to learn about building applications using SAP HANA extended application services and on SAP Cloud Platform with Cloud Foundry. You learn the fundamentals of developing cloud-native applications with SAP HANA, the deployment infrastructure, and the different programming models for each scenario. We will look at the impact of moving to the Cloud in both Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes as well as the evolution of the HANA native programming model to focus on CAPM (Cloud Application Programming Model).

Experience Delivering SAP Cloud Platform Apps

Join Thomas Jung and Graham Robinson in a discussion with Mike Wild from Nike on the why, how and benefits of building applications on the SAP Cloud Platform.

Mike will share his experiences and learnings gained as Nike built an innovative SCP application that brings together content from multiple systems to streamline and simplify a core business process. 

This is also an opportunity for Mike to let Thomas know what additional features of SCP would have helped him and for Thomas to share some of the more contemporary features of SCP.

Based upon our earlier catchup we are sure this session will cover a lot of issues and initiate plenty of ongoing discussions and ideas.

SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment

ABAP is evolving and adapting to also be an excellent foundation for side-by-side extensions in the SAP Cloud Platform.  In this session, we will look at what you need to get started using the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment (Steampunk). Tips and tricks, differences from on premise versions of ABAP, and what new features are available first in the Cloud – like the RAP Rest Application Programming Model. 

Experience Delivering SAP Cloud Platform Apps

Join Thomas Jung and Graham Robinson in a discussion with Mike Wild from Nike on the why, how and benefits of building applications on the SAP Cloud Platform.

Mike will share his experiences and learnings gained as Nike built an innovative SCP application that brings together content from multiple systems to streamline and simplify a core business process. 

This is also an opportunity for Mike to let Thomas know what additional features of SCP would have helped him and for Thomas to share some of the more contemporary features of SCP.

Based upon our earlier catchup we are sure this session will cover a lot of issues and initiate plenty of ongoing discussions and ideas.

Automating Finance at Australia Post

Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis, from SAP’s Innovation Factory, chats with Catherine Phan, Australia Post and Carmen Lyons, Blackline.

When Catherine was appointed to lead the General Accounting function at Post, her initial thought was “How do I transform the month end process using the best technology in the market to deliver a saving of $1M?” Using Lean Six Sigma, the problem statement for her transformation project would be:

-800 balance sheet accounts were performed by 5 different teams across 5 different locations

-30% of manual journal submitted to General Accounting team for uploading to SAP often had errors and required correction.

It was critical to centralise the like activities in the same area and restructure the team. Next step was to standardise the process so they could automate. After thorough research, it was decided to use Blackline for reconciliation process and RPA (Robotics Process Automation) for uploading and validating manual journals.

A Holistic Approach to Success Factors – Going-Live is Just the Start

Back in 2017 Medibank overhauled its Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll systems all at the same time within a 12-month period, Joshua Reader was the project lead for HR and Payroll. The systems implemented included Onboarding, Recruitment, Employee Central, Workforce Software, Fieldglass and Employee Central Payroll.

American Airlines completed a successful transformation to SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HEC Payroll, SAP C4C Case Management Platform, SAP Fieldglass, Workforce Analytics, Mark Mitchell was the executive who led the program from an HR Business perspective.

Reflecting on what they know now, the pair join Claire Badger of Rizing, to share what it takes to get the systems live, how to embed modules in a short period of time and the approaches they took to enhance processes, systems and user experience. Most importantly, they share the business benefits realized from a journey to the Cloud. It’s a real-world view of what it’s like to live with Success Factors.

Employee Central: The Game Changer and How to Get it Done!

Mark Mitchell will bring to life why implementing Employee Central can be a game changer for business.  He will share that Employee Central is the foundation for Digital Transformation for your enterprise and some quick lessons learned to ensure success on your own journey to the Cloud with SAP.

Data Migration and Data Governance at the Heart of Business Transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, businesses often underestimate the benefits and insights that come post go-live. Simon Lewis and Mark Mitchell join Frankie Steel to discuss the art of implementing a data transformation journey that goes beyond the initial data migration.

• The drivers for a robust data migration project
• Establishing processes that ensure success
• Setting up a business to be culturally ready for data migration
• Quantifying and realising the value of data for a business

Defence’s Accounts Payable Reform Journey

Fatima Yusuf of Chrome Consulting interviews Melinda Gabriel, Assistant Secretary Financial Systems and Operations, Defence Finance Group, Department of Defence.

In 2019, Defence implemented OpenText Vendor Invoice Management (VIM), replacing a 15-year-old poorly maintained invoice processing system. This was part of a significant finance reform journey in Defence.

In this session Melinda will cover off how Defence managed transitioning from their out-dated systems and processes in an environment that’s naturally resistant to change, whilst juggling products approaching end of life all the while implementing an update to a 100,000+ user standard operating environment. They got it done and boy was it fun!

Mastering Yourself in a Stressed-Out World

Coping in today’s world of increasing expectations and technology-led disruption is one thing. Embracing all of this change to optimize your own wellbeing and performance as a professional is another. Join Joe Burton, author of the bestselling book “Creating Mindful Leaders” and founder and CEO of Whil, for a fun, inspiring, and interactive session on managing stress, disruption, and change.

Learn how to overcome the natural deficiencies of the brain and take away easy, repeatable mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and build resilience for sustained success. You’ve never had this much fun learning about stress!

Seeing the Light in Cloud Security

Cloud security experts Anthony Drumm and Greg Capps join in conversation to unpack the topic of cloud security.

With SAAS and other cloud applications there is confusion and fear of the unknown. Existing security architects may have a deep understanding of on-premise SAP applications, but due to lack of documentation and training cloud security is a mystery.

Anthony discusses security strategy, risk and threat intelligence through to secure deployment and secure software development from an SAP perspective.
• What is the “roadmap” for security in SAP Cloud?
• What is our strategy for hardening APIs, managing Identity and securing your data?
• How does SAP support organisations to secure hybrid cloud/on-premise deployments?

Greg will share his views on the architecture and security design of Ariba, IBP, Hybris Marketing, and other applications supported with the Identity Authentication Service for SAP Cloud Platform.

Mastering SAP S/4HANA Security Design

In the past two years 64% of organizations’ ERP systems have been breached, according to a research study by IDC. Several SAP ERP customers have already migrated to S/4HANA, while many are still planning, or considering a migration to the cloud.

Are you implementing or migrating S/4HANA and evaluating a hybrid landscape with SaaS offerings like C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, or others? You will be concerned with the ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges, want to keep your systems secure, and be in compliant with the regulatory requirements of today’s digital world.

Frederik Weidemann, Greg Capps and Paul Young, join in conversation to draw on their experiences of driving SAP security programs in order to achieve a holistic security model.

The Power of Artificial Intelligence vs The Power of Human Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning bring huge new opportunities to the world of business—and big new challenges. We can make processes more efficient and intelligent than ever before—and augment human intelligence to new levels of achievement. But in order to get the most out of the new technologies, organizations will have to adapt. Illustrated with real-world examples of organizations on the leading edge of innovation, this session will take a look at what’s possible today and try to get a glimpse of what the future holds for humans vs. machines in the world of work. Come join us to hear how trends such as self-driving processes, artificial stupidity, team AI, and human sensors are shaping the future of business.

Timo is an innovation evangelist and passionate advocate of digital transformation, analytics and artificial intelligence. Timo is a thought leader, renowned business cartoonist and author – often cited in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, ZDNet, The Guardian and Digitalist Magazine.

How AI is Finally Wiping Out The Barriers To “BI For The Masses”

In this session, illustrated with real-world examples, we’ll cover how organizations can use the power of machine learning to break down the barriers to wider use of business intelligence inside the organization. Learn how algorithms can help make it easier for users to access data than ever before; uncover hidden insights; and make information more actionable than ever before.

Preparing for a Shared Services Environment

Federal Government has an appetite to standardise their systems. The idea is to rationalise all their ERP implementations. The question is how does one prepare for this? Is it best to go to one system or to adopt a hub method where large departments’ instances absorb and host related departments? It is critical to understand what they are going to lose and what they will gain when they go this route.

Join our panellists Aaron Liu, Lloyd Hewitt and Chris Rae as they discuss and explore the factors driving the movement to shared services and the challenges that organisations and agencies face when such a step is taken. The conversation will focus on all aspects of the move from people, to process and technology. It will look at what has worked and what hasn’t in the past.

• Rationalising ERP instances down to one/few system(s)?
• Preparing data and teams for a shared service environment
• Standardisation – How do we get there?
• Pre-empting what you are going to lose and what we are you going to gain from the move

Employee Experience That Generates Value for 75,000 Customers

Mobile Mini Inc. is the world’s leading provider of portable storage solutions. The company provides both short- and long-term options to meet the needs of more than 75,000 customers across a wide variety of markets and industries. But operating with disparate HR systems and unreliable data made talent management a challenge. To improve the employee experience so that employees could focus on providing exceptional service and genuine value to customers, Mobile Mini needed to break down data silos and transform its core HR processes. By deploying SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Sales Cloud, Mobile Mini has realized the following;

• a single source of truth for evaluation, messaging and engagement,
• an enhanced and streamlined onboarding experience with a significant decrease in time to hire,
• driven engagement with comprehensive benefit choices, well-being programs and community partnership opportunities,
• incentivized employees with innovative compensation plans including real time commissions,
• reduced employee turnover to improve loyalty

Managing SAP Security & Risk: A Global Perspective 

Being the largest specialist player in the SAP security and risk management market, Turnkey Consulting are uniquely positioned to provide a global perspective on this industry. Join thought leaders Richard Hunt and Ed Davis for a discussion on the top challenges’ organisations are facing and emerging trends. 

How Aurizon Reduced their Risk Violations from Over 1 Million Violations to 40 by Driving GRC Best Practice

Aurizon was able to achieve full access risk compliance after a one and a half year journey to close out 1.7 million access risk violations, following the implementation of GRC. An extensive review and analysis process was performed, reducing that number to around 40.

To achieve this, senior management, the SAP security team, finance representatives, and security stewards were engaged throughout the process to understand the steps needed to be taken, interpret the data and participate in formulating a remediation plan that aligned with SAP Best Practice. Following the achievement of these results, the next phase for Aurizon is to improve and build on the governance framework and work towards controls self-assessment.

Implementing S/4HANA Public Cloud – Learnings from McGrathNicol

Jan Devereux of Zag interviews Brendan Tanner and Paul Sweeney of McGrathNicol

Gartner research suggests that up to 75% of ERP implementations fail, and predicts that up to 90% of cloud ERP implementations will meet the same fate as they result in higher costs, greater complexity and failed integrations.

McGrathNicol was one of the first Australian businesses to implement S/4HANA public cloud, SAP’s true SaaS ERP model. Although the journey wasn’t perfect, and there’s further work to do, early days suggest the implementation has successfully delivered on our core objectives.

1. Why they chose the public cloud
2. Why they chose SAP
3. Risks in going early
4. Getting the people element right

Group Reporting and Consolidation Across Multiple Currencies and Subsidiaries

Andrea interviews Alexandra Thorogood, the ERP Program Manager of RPC Technologies.

This is the award-winning RPC Technologies journey to an intelligence enterprise through the transition to SAP S4/HANA Cloud and real time forecasting using SAP Analytics Cloud.

RPC Technologies is a bespoke composite manufacturing and engineering company that makes a range of products for Transport, Infrastructure and Defence. Cost Visibility of their projects to budget is critical to customer success. The transition of six subsidiaries in five countries to a cloud ERP platform has enabled consolidated group reporting from their digital financial core.

This transformation to intelligent enterprise, which they’ve achieved in the past 12 months facilitates greater operational efficiency and insights to deliver #thebestrun projects.

How Finance Teams are Becoming the New Champion of Employee Experience

Matt Goss of SAP Concur interviews Pranay Lodhiya on the topic “How Finance Teams are Becoming the New Champion of Employee Experience”.

Change is driven to achieve a positive outcome. The Public sector in Australia have undertaken a goal to improve and align systems. In a world where organisations are looking for every possible market advantage, improving the employee experience can provide impressive results, this is the space we find ourselves in today.

According to a Gallup study, employers who focus on employee engagement experience 17% higher productivity, 20% higher sales, and 21% higher profitability. But creating a great employee experience isn’t just an HR function. In fact, the Finance Team has a significant role to play in implementing the technology and processes necessary to help employees focus on meaningful work instead of paperwork.

Pranay was involved in transforming the Finance function and bringing together multiple systems to enhance the employee experience. Join this session to hear how the Bureau of Meteorology focused on user experience as a key driver for achieving the visibility and compliance they needed to better control costs, forecast cash flow and gain insights that help the bottom line.

Fiori Apps – Why Design Matters?

Jude Falco and Brett Campbell join Selim Ahmed to discuss experiences and lessons learnt from PanAust Services and AGL’s recent SAP FIORI projects.

PanAust Services recently utilised the benefits of SAP FIORI to create a paperless, more stream-lined process to expedite their Employee Movement process. The new app has created the foundation for the next phase of their improvements which will utilise SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) to further steam-line and automate their Employee Recruitment to Onboarding Process. AGL’s S4/HANA journey has bought the User Experience (UX) to the forefront for the business which means FIORI app development has become an important focus within the AGL Development Team.

They discuss
– Why starting with the design is critical
– How do you ensure your SAP FIORI projects are user centred?
– The benefits of understanding the user journey and how this influences user adoption
– How they overcame their project challenges
– Why picking your lane is important when it come to your tech approach

Social Architectures: Relevance of Connected Business

Real-time technology gives us the potential to connect everything with everything else. In the automotive industry, it is visible on the shop floor, production, customer experience, and certainly in the wider space of “autonomous.”

When we speak about social architectures, we are discussing the combination of processes, data, and values related to a consumer.

Doing these things requires different kinds of end-to-end processes, different ways of relating to consumers, different ways of acting towards competitors, along with knowing that potential consumers in the Internet of Things (IoT) world are also visible to all other participants in the market. Capabilities such as artificial intelligence (A) or blockchain, quantum computing, and open borders in IoT will make different business models and kinds of collaboration possible.

With moving from products to service, we have even more potential if we keep in mind that a connected world will use intelligent sensors and intelligent infrastructure. Then we can anticipate intelligence networks.

Viewing this from an overall perspective, the speaker will give also insights on an automotive SAP S/4HANA greenfield journey.

Key Business Benefits:

• End-to-end overview on digital mega trends and challenges in business
• Link to potential business cases and impact on SAP landscapes
• Usecase on SAP greenfield

Workshop 4: Preparing your SAP Landscape for 202x

Is the 2025 deadline a manufactured sales tactic or a true opportunity for SAP Digital transformation? Go at your own pace with actionable guidance and fact -based insights about how to extend the life of ECC as you prepare organisational readiness for sensible S/4HANA adoption techniques. Consider a simplified strategy to bridge the gap between on-premise and cloud computing demands.

During this session, you will get an honest no-nonsense introduction to the following topics:

– SAP ECC stack compliance and modernisation
– SAP Innovation and Optimisation Pathfinder
– SAP Business Scenario Recommendations
– SAP Readiness Check
– Pure Storage Flash Array upgrade
– Common Block Storage Extension to AWS Cloud
– Simple hybrid cloud use cases
– Sensible options for S/4HANA adoption

A Holistic Approach to Success Factors – Going-Live is Just the Start

Back in 2017 Medibank overhauled its Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll systems all at the same time within a 12-month period, Joshua Reader was the project lead for HR and Payroll. The systems implemented included Onboarding, Recruitment, Employee Central, Workforce Software, Fieldglass and Employee Central Payroll.

American Airlines completed a successful transformation to SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HEC Payroll, SAP C4C Case Management Platform, SAP Fieldglass, Workforce Analytics, Mark Mitchell was the executive who led the program from an HR Business perspective.

Reflecting on what they know now, the pair join Claire Badger of Rizing, to share what it takes to get the systems live, how to embed modules in a short period of time and the approaches they took to enhance processes, systems and user experience. Most importantly, they share the business benefits realized from a journey to the Cloud. It’s a real-world view of what it’s like to live with Success Factors.

Humanising the Virtual World of Recruitment

In February 2020 Fonterra implemented the SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding and Recruitment modules, two month later the business landscape shifted dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic sent everyone in New Zealand into lockdown. As an essential business delivering dairy globally, Fonterra had to carry on with its business as usual activities on manufacturing and supply chain sites, using new technology and adopting mainly virtual recruiting practices. Whilst adopting remote working for corporate teams. Amy Grubb of Cloud Consulting Partners joins Tina Lundkvist to talk about Fonterra’s journey of discovery, unpacking how these tools are helping achieve Fonterra’s recruitment strategy in the new world. But most importantly – how will it enhance the candidate experience, ensuring the personal touch and company culture are kept alive when recruiting during an event like the pandemic?

Be Relevant and Wanted – How to Build Your Brand Across the Business

This session is all about YOU – as an employee of a company going through or about to go through major digital transformation. It’s an opportunity to pause, reflect and spend time thinking about where you are in your career (goals, aspirations and intent) and about your ‘value proposition’ for the future.

Globalisation and technology like SAP have changed business as we know it, and whether you’re an SAP customer or partner, you must keep evolving! The essence of this session is to ensure that YOU are working on yourself as a leader to ensure you deliver the best of you.

Chris is a highly regarded brand and PR expert. He’s the former Chairman of the region’s largest PR group, and the former COO of STW (now WPP), Australia’s largest marketing and communications company. He’s passionate about helping leaders and businesses accelerate growth. And not just growth in profits, but in courage, momentum, capability, reputation and in stature.

Xinja Integration and Security with SAP and AWS

Xinja is a 100% digital, cloud-based neobank, built using SAP’s new C4/B Core Banking platform deployed to SAP’s private cloud and Xinja’s own micro-services architecture built on AWS. Building a safe, secure bank in the cloud is a challenge, and subject to strong regulation by APRA and string information security standards under CPS-234.

Xinja achieved the necessary capabilities and maturity through an extensive assurance program that encompassed AWS and all their suppliers including SAP. They believe that they could not have achieved this as a startup enterprise without the awesome security capabilities of AWS and the maturity and strength of SAP.

Xinja builds all of the integration between the many platforms making up their landscape, using a post-SOA microservices architecture built on Kubernetes, Kafka and DynamoDB fully deployed using advanced automation capabilities to AWS. SAP integrates via event-based restful web service API’s that fit well into the overall event streaming architecture. SAP’s API’s are one of the most important aspects of the modernisation of the SAP banking platform.

The CXO Lens on Digital Disruption, Future Proofing and High Growth

Join our CXO panel as they share their experiences of how technology and at the core, SAP, has enabled them to scale their organisations and disrupt their industries.

• how operational efficiency, real time data insights and disruption are a catalyst of transformation across all functions
• the impact of digital transformation on leadership and how data analytics is reshaping the way we understand our businesses
• the notion that technology has democratised executive roles by enabling a shift in skills from specialised and niche to more holistic and adaptive

Transforming the Taxpayer Experience Using Machine Learning and Qualtrics

Adam Sivell, SAP Australia, interviews Amy Rosanowski from the Office of State Revenue.

A good tax-paying experience is not something you often hear about. So, when in 2017, Queensland Treasury’s Office of State Revenue (OSR) outlined their vision to do just that—improve the experience for taxpayers while delivering on their commitments to government—it was a massive undertaking, and unlike anything attempted before.

Fast forward 2.5 years and OSR are well on the way to creating next generation tax and revenue management capabilities that are data-driven, digitally enabled and client centric. Join Acting Deputy Commissioner, Amy Rosanowski, to find out how OSR have pushed the boundaries of data and innovation to transform the way they operate and the services they provide. Amy will showcase how OSR have used SAP Leonardo Machine Learning, SAP Qualtrics, SAP Data Hub, SAP Marketing Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud to provide more personalised and proactive services for taxpayers. OSR has successfully completed 36 digital initiatives already, with another 8 projects in flight. The result? A better experience for taxpayers, improved engagement with staff, and stronger outcomes for the Queensland community.

From ‘DevOps’ to ‘BI-Ops’: Lessons Learned From Modernization

Not only can reporting teams steal the cool buzzwords from their application development peers, they can also steal some of their DevOps best practices, too! The expertise gained from a successful DevOps implementation isn’t just in the tools, it’s stems from the change in focus and increased collaboration inherent in modern development methodologies. And like application development has evolved, so has modern self-service Business Intelligence, from just the presentation layer to the delivery and even the data layers. There are some really good lessons in the DevOps modernization playbook. Derek will show you how some of them can be applied to the world of analytics.

Last Mile Reporting: Lessons Learned to Help Close the Reporting Gap

Modern analytics tools have changed the way *some* users interact with their data and even revolutionized their day to day tasks. Why only some? Because there’s always some who don’t ‘buy-in’ to what IT is selling. But by making the last mile of reporting as smooth as possible, the road less travelled (for these users) becomes much more appealing. A healthy mix of tools and resources should do the trick for these users, but only if you balance them properly. The goal of this session will be to give some real-life examples of finding that balance. We’ll talk about how it’s not just the tool that makes the job easier; its giving users a variety of resources to balance that shiny new modern BI tool.

Demystifying and Understanding Gender Topics in Modern Organizations

Political Correctness is a safe way out, but won’t fix workplace confusion about gender.

Today gender issues are so complex, nuanced and confusing for many that navigate workplaces with political correctness, lest we unknowingly offend someone we work with. Yet the unintended consequences are numerous; If we do not seek to learn and understand, we won’t know how to respect people nor role model the right behaviors. If we assume these are things we are supposed to know, then no one learns. Leaving gender concepts in the closet prevents them from entering mainstream understanding and some colleagues don’t feel safe to bring their whole selves to work.

We’ll discuss:

– How to be respectful of people at work, when you’re not sure how they identify.
– Tools to find out how to hear and see the whole person, nurturing safety, human connectedness, and respect.
– What our organizations need to provide in the workplace to make it inclusive for everyone?
– How should I support employees who may be having a hard time accepting people.
– How to make it our business to know and understand the world we live in to enhance inclusion and belonging.

Get in Front of Digital Finance or Get Left Behind – Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Implementation of SAP S/4HANA are often complex, disruptive and time-consuming. It is seen as less of a system upgrade and more of a total transformation. To ensure successful implementation, finance processes need to be assessed, remapped and simplified. Having been part of multiple global SAP implementations and with over 15 years leading finance teams, Frank Florian draws on his expertise and asks Cormac Denton and Amanda Harsas to share the key learnings from their recent SAP S/4HANA implementations experiences when they were with Kapura and Healius Limited.

Kapura rolled out SAP S/4HANA cloud in 28 days in March 2019 while continuing to grow. The roll out had its hurdles with 4 verticals, 50 business units and integrated with several other systems. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards have been great – a future proofed system.

The evolution of finance in Healius, one of Australia’s leading healthcare companies, has left a highly complex SAP general ledger, and often conflicting system enhancements and rules needed to support. In getting ready for SAP S4/HANA, it became evident that process and technology needed to walk together to create a sustainable solution.

They discuss:
– What are the business drivers for making a move to SAP S/4HANA?
– How do you prepare for a finance transformation and refine business processes to set you up for success?
– Exactly how did Kapura go about rolling out SAP S/4HANA cloud in just 28days?
– What are the common hurdles organisations face and how did they overcome them?
– How do you successfully manage the people and change component of digital transformation?

Workshop 2: SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud Analytics Designer, and Datawarehouse Cloud – all in 90 min

This 90 min hands-on workshop will provide customers with an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud Analytics Designer, and Datawarehouse Cloud.

You will learn which role SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer, and Datawarehouse Cloud can play as part of their overall SAP Landscape and how they can integrate with their existing on-premise and cloud based data sources.

You will have the opportunity to directly work with SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer in combination with SAP Datawarehouse Cloud.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to integrate SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud App Building into their existing SAP Landscape
  • How to leverage on-premise and cloud based data sources
  • How to use SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud App Building to create compelling visual stories on-premise and in the cloud
  • How to use SAP Datawarehouse Cloud to create a data model and provide your business users their own “”Spaces”” for data linking.

 

Limited numbers. Please note there are some special requirements needed for this workshop including Remote Desktop installed.

Turning Data Quickly Into Business Value

Frankie Steel of Syniti interviews Ingo Hilgefort on why organizations need to be agile during periods of rapid change to survive and thrive in any new business reality. SAP is offering a portfolio of business and technology solutions that support your demands for flexible database and data management, analytics, integration, and extensions. Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud can help you to fulfill these new requirements and help you to gain new insights.

Transformation to BW4/HANA; and From ECC to SAP S/4HANA, the Cloud and Beyond

William Kingwell interviews Erin from ElectraNet and Ross from Christchurch City Council

To respond to a rapidly changing business environment ElectraNet needed a modern analytics platform to support next generation applications. ElectraNet choose remote conversion to migrate to BW4/HANA.

BW4/HANA has dramatically improved load and query performance and provided a platform for applications that would not have been feasible on old BW 7.x. Erin will cover the implementation story including why they chose remote conversion, their experience as early adopters and the things that they’d do differently.

Christchurch City Council’s digital transformation hit another milestone with the transition to SAP S/4HANA, implementations of BPC11 and BW4HANA in October 2019. Now that they are in the Cloud and almost six months down the track…..what has S4 brought them, has it delivered on its promises, and what about Hybris and SuccessFactors?

• Why did they do it?
• What did they do?
• What were the surprise challenges?
• What did they learn?
• What’s next?

Get in Front of Digital Finance or Get Left Behind – Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Implementation of SAP S/4HANA are often complex, disruptive and time-consuming. It is seen as less of a system upgrade and more of a total transformation. To ensure successful implementation, finance processes need to be assessed, remapped and simplified. Having been part of multiple global SAP implementations and with over 15 years leading finance teams, Frank Florian draws on his expertise and asks Cormac Denton and Amanda Harsas to share the key learnings from their recent SAP S/4HANA implementations experiences when they were with Kapura and Healius Limited.

Kapura rolled out SAP S/4HANA cloud in 28 days in March 2019 while continuing to grow. The roll out had its hurdles with 4 verticals, 50 business units and integrated with several other systems. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards have been great – a future proofed system.

The evolution of finance in Healius, one of Australia’s leading healthcare companies, has left a highly complex SAP general ledger, and often conflicting system enhancements and rules needed to support. In getting ready for SAP S4/HANA, it became evident that process and technology needed to walk together to create a sustainable solution.

They discuss:
– What are the business drivers for making a move to SAP S/4HANA?
– How do you prepare for a finance transformation and refine business processes to set you up for success?
– Exactly how did Kapura go about rolling out SAP S/4HANA cloud in just 28days?
– What are the common hurdles organisations face and how did they overcome them?
– How do you successfully manage the people and change component of digital transformation?

Change, Your Finance Team and the User Experience

Frank Florian and Mark Hawksbee join Carmen Lyons to discuss all things change and user experience when it comes to digitally empowering your Finance team.

IT transformation projects are often guided by business but lead by IT. This can create a misalignment of value for effort, and frustration soon creeps in. Creating working groups that represent the business (to evaluate process requirements) as well as technologists (to manage constraints and capabilities) creates a streamlined approach to development.

So how do you manage a transformation projects when teams’ expectations need to be managed, and corporate strategies need to be met?

Frank draws on his extensive experience completing financial transformation systems and processes worldwide and Mark shares his views from Foodstuffs North Islands recent drive to improve user experience with Custom and Standard SAP Fiori App’s for Finance. How they developed these Fiori apps, managed their internal and external stakeholders and the benefits the business has reaped.

Hear best practice examples for developing team dynamics, maximizing project value and meeting the targeted end state for a fast ROI?

Continuously Designing, Building and Deploying SAPUI5 Applications

Graham will lead a session that covers how he delivers SAPUI5 applications from concept to deployment and supporting continuous improvement. He will show how he incorporates end-user feedback into app design, his development environment and the CI/CD techniques he uses to build and deploy his apps into the customers’ on-premise ABAP environment.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions from the audience to fully drill down on the issues presented.

Experience Delivering SAP Cloud Platform Apps

Join Thomas Jung and Graham Robinson in a discussion with Mike Wild from Nike on the why, how and benefits of building applications on the SAP Cloud Platform.

Mike will share his experiences and learnings gained as Nike built an innovative SCP application that brings together content from multiple systems to streamline and simplify a core business process. 

This is also an opportunity for Mike to let Thomas know what additional features of SCP would have helped him and for Thomas to share some of the more contemporary features of SCP.

Based upon our earlier catchup we are sure this session will cover a lot of issues and initiate plenty of ongoing discussions and ideas.

So What is This CAP Thing Anyway and Why is it Important?

SAP Mentor and all-round legend Robbo and SAP Developer Advocate DJ talk about CAP, SAP’s Cloud Application Programming Model, which is at the heart of building enterprise-grade apps and services and super easy to get started with. It’s open and opinionated, just like Robbo and DJ are. What’s not to like?

Discover the Integration DNA of the Intelligent Suite from SAP

Graham Robinson interviews Sindhu Gangadharan

Come listen to SAP’s Integration Thought Leader and Head of SAP Labs India, Sindhu Gangadharan as she explains how SAP aims to deliver an overall experience across the enterprise for the intelligent suite that is greater than the sum of its parts. Accordingly, SAP offers technologies for integrating applications on all levels, such as user experience, data, processes, and more. Along the journey from on premise–centric application landscapes toward hybrid and cloud environments, customers need to revisit their integration solution strategy. Modern enterprises require a hybrid integration platform supporting cloud, hybrid, and on-premise integration use cases. Furthermore, new concepts are applied for enabling true out-of-the box integration and openness to integrate with non-SAP applications.

How to Complete Account Reconciliations on Day 1

From manual excel reconciliations to an automatic cloud-based solution. Harry Elder joins Joe Demian to share how Visy brought transparency and control back to the reconciliation process over a 6-year journey, using Blackline and SAP Connector technology. The user led software required minimal I.T. involvement and can be managed directly by the finance function. Manual loads at head office were developed to push the SAP open line items directly into Blackline each month. By improving the reconciliation process, users were able to focus their time on the key areas of risk and analysis.

Using the SAP connector technology, the manual loads were automated, allowing users to easily meet new policy and deadline requirements. This means any line item management in SAP can now be pushed directly to Blackline in a timely fashion, so users can complete reconciliations in time for financial close.

Harry will discuss;
– The old-world Vs the new – why this technology was right for Visy
– What factors made the project a success?
– The tangible business benefits
– Bringing your people on the journey

Building a Culture of Security

When thinking seriously about cyber security, we have to admit that technology, systems and our “hard” controls are doing their jobs. Only 3%-5% of reported breaches are ever attributed to hardware, software and/or systems failures. Hence, our biggest risks are always people! And if 95% of breaches are attributed to people and culture, how come most senior managers are still not taking cyber security culture and the behavioural side of security seriously? (Remember that world-wide estimates put the costs of cybercrime at over $65billion and the average costs of a breach in Australia is estimated to be well-over $1m.)

James Carlopio, John Zhao and Robert Budic unpack the topic of elevating a cyber security culture in your business. They discuss the myriad of ways in which you can help to bring the need for substantial investment in cyber security cultural transformation to the top of the agenda in your organisation.

Getting Prepared for Successful Digital Transformation and Significant Organisational Change

Research consistently indicates that between 50% and 80% of ERP implementations, organisational re-engineering (BPR) and change efforts fail to deliver promised benefits. Why does this consistently continue to happen? And, what are the major issues leading to failure?

While we must get the “technical” installation issues correct when implementing an ERP system, this alone, will not ensure a successful implementation. Transformational Change experts, James Carlopio and Nella Rano are joined by Matthew Kent, CFO of GPC to unpack the topic of change management success for better digital transformation outcomes.

– How do you define change management?
– What are the key factors that truly make a difference toward success?
– What are the common structural and cultural changes in an organisation’s social system, that lead to a successful transformation?
– How do you approach communication and what works well when implementing across cross cultural projects and teams?

Change, Your Finance Team and the User Experience

Frank Florian and Mark Hawksbee join Carmen Lyons to discuss all things change and user experience when it comes to digitally empowering your Finance team.

IT transformation projects are often guided by business but lead by IT. This can create a misalignment of value for effort, and frustration soon creeps in. Creating working groups that represent the business (to evaluate process requirements) as well as technologists (to manage constraints and capabilities) creates a streamlined approach to development.

So how do you manage a transformation projects when teams’ expectations need to be managed, and corporate strategies need to be met?

Frank draws on his extensive experience completing financial transformation systems and processes worldwide and Mark shares his views from Foodstuffs North Islands recent drive to improve user experience with Custom and Standard SAP Fiori App’s for Finance. How they developed these Fiori apps, managed their internal and external stakeholders and the benefits the business has reaped.

Hear best practice examples for developing team dynamics, maximizing project value and meeting the targeted end state for a fast ROI?

Mapping a Path to UX Transformation at Transport for NSW

Attend this session to learn how Transport for NSW approached the need to unify user experience (UX) in a hybrid on-premise/cloud landscape across a portfolio of applications including SAP ECC, SAP Ariba, SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Analytics Cloud.

The presentation will explore how a UX strategy was developed to identify the current challenges, define the desired outcomes and map a path to get there and measure the results, taking into consideration guiding principles, mobility and alignment with SAP’s future product direction, including the Central Entry Point on SAP Cloud Platform, Fiori 3, the new Fiori Launchpad design and relevant technologies.

They will also share insights from an interesting topic of discussion along the way, in the context of multi-channel access to business systems, comparing perceptions about the Fiori enterprise-grade user experience with the consumer-grade user experience we have become accustomed to in our daily lives.

Simplifying and Standardising Payroll Process – Ready, Set, Go

Organisations are looking to reduce time consuming and repeatable payroll processes – freeing their payroll experts up to focus on tasks that truly add value to their business. Nicholas Hartley and Deon van Onselen join Jonathan Fogarty in conversation to share their views on the opportunities that centralising, standardising and automating payroll processes can offer.

Nicholas draws on his experience and lessons learnt from Glencore Coal Assets Australia’s recent implementation of SAP Payroll Control Centre, which automated regular and repeatable payroll processing and validation tasks. Deon draws on his expertise from multiple customer and client-side projects with SAP Cloud Payroll. Whether you’re looking to automate or move your payroll to the SAP cloud, this discussion will bring to life some practical points that will get you running a winning race with your payroll process improvements.

They discuss:

-What business challenges can be solved by improving payroll process?
-How do you deliver automation to a key business process?
-What are the benefits of going to SAP cloud payroll?
-How do organisations prepare well and avoid the pitfalls?
-What are the checks that companies should put in place to ensure success?
-How do you manage the change management aspects of a payroll process project?

Transformation to BW4/HANA; and From ECC to SAP S/4HANA, the Cloud and Beyond

William Kingwell interviews Erin from ElectraNet and Ross from Christchurch City Council

To respond to a rapidly changing business environment ElectraNet needed a modern analytics platform to support next generation applications. ElectraNet choose remote conversion to migrate to BW4/HANA.

BW4/HANA has dramatically improved load and query performance and provided a platform for applications that would not have been feasible on old BW 7.x. Erin will cover the implementation story including why they chose remote conversion, their experience as early adopters and the things that they’d do differently.

Christchurch City Council’s digital transformation hit another milestone with the transition to SAP S/4HANA, implementations of BPC11 and BW4HANA in October 2019. Now that they are in the Cloud and almost six months down the track…..what has S4 brought them, has it delivered on its promises, and what about Hybris and SuccessFactors?

• Why did they do it?
• What did they do?
• What were the surprise challenges?
• What did they learn?
• What’s next?

Getting Prepared for Successful Digital Transformation and Significant Organisational Change

Research consistently indicates that between 50% and 80% of ERP implementations, organisational re-engineering (BPR) and change efforts fail to deliver promised benefits. Why does this consistently continue to happen? And, what are the major issues leading to failure?

While we must get the “technical” installation issues correct when implementing an ERP system, this alone, will not ensure a successful implementation. Transformational Change experts, James Carlopio and Nella Rano are joined by Matthew Kent, CFO of GPC to unpack the topic of change management success for better digital transformation outcomes.

– How do you define change management?
– What are the key factors that truly make a difference toward success?
– What are the common structural and cultural changes in an organisation’s social system, that lead to a successful transformation?
– How do you approach communication and what works well when implementing across cross cultural projects and teams?

Fiori Apps – Why Design Matters?

Jude Falco and Brett Campbell join Selim Ahmed to discuss experiences and lessons learnt from PanAust Services and AGL’s recent SAP FIORI projects.

PanAust Services recently utilised the benefits of SAP FIORI to create a paperless, more stream-lined process to expedite their Employee Movement process. The new app has created the foundation for the next phase of their improvements which will utilise SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) to further steam-line and automate their Employee Recruitment to Onboarding Process. AGL’s S4/HANA journey has bought the User Experience (UX) to the forefront for the business which means FIORI app development has become an important focus within the AGL Development Team.

They discuss
– Why starting with the design is critical
– How do you ensure your SAP FIORI projects are user centred?
– The benefits of understanding the user journey and how this influences user adoption
– How they overcame their project challenges
– Why picking your lane is important when it come to your tech approach

Power Up Your Productivity

You are busy! You have so many balls in the air that the juggle is becoming increasingly hard to sustain. You need to start doing things differently because trying to do it all represents a huge risk to your ongoing wellness, success and professional development.

With a reputation for helping her clients find 30 hours of lost time a month, Kate will share over 40 proven productivity strategies for immediate time gains, including:

• how to take control of the agenda
• how to invest your time not manage your time
• the activities you can outsource or delegate
• the activities you can reject or do differently
• how find the time you need to ensure you can spend time with your family, friends and on you own wellbeing.

Kate’s work in productivity is highly regarded. She will ensure you are left educated, entertained and with a lasting impact on the way you choose to live, work and play. You’ll walk in time poor and leave with time in the bank!

Making Manager’s MSS and OM Task Easier – Control of Your Own Destiny

Australia Post’s cross functional team have used SAP Fiori to build manager self service tools and delivered a configurable workflow approval management application. To date these apps include a new overview page, approvals inbox, team calendar, team notifications, organisational management and leave management. Sarah Reid and David Chin join Chris Paine in conversation to bring to life the business and tech perspectives of this Australia Post success story.

They discuss:

• Why forming meaningful collaboration between cross functional teams was key to building user and mobile friendly applications.
• Why the project was delivered using lean, mean UX design and the latest SAP Fiori 3 technology – accessible from everywhere, on all devices.
• The business benefits that have been achieved as a result of this work.
• The positive changes to their ways of working that ensured all requirements, designs, stakeholder feedback was captured along the way, while still delivering at pace

Making Manager’s MSS and OM Task Easier – Control of Your Own Destiny

Australia Post’s cross functional team have used SAP Fiori to build manager self service tools and delivered a configurable workflow approval management application. To date these apps include a new overview page, approvals inbox, team calendar, team notifications, organisational management and leave management. Sarah Reid and David Chin join Chris Paine in conversation to bring to life the business and tech perspectives of this Australia Post success story.

They discuss:

• Why forming meaningful collaboration between cross functional teams was key to building user and mobile friendly applications.
• Why the project was delivered using lean, mean UX design and the latest SAP Fiori 3 technology – accessible from everywhere, on all devices.
• The business benefits that have been achieved as a result of this work.
• The positive changes to their ways of working that ensured all requirements, designs, stakeholder feedback was captured along the way, while still delivering at pace

How to Automate and Optimise Your Financial System

A recent study from McKinsey identifies that up to 70% of tasks in finance are potentially ‘automate-able’ with next-generation technologies. This will mean that a lot of the tasks we spend our time on today as knowledge workers will be accelerated by automation tools. We’ll have more time to advise the business on strategy and growth plans – and we’ll hopefully spend less time trying to pull relevant reports out of our ERP systems.

In this discussion Nic Nicoloudis is joined by Kristian Kalsing and Stephanie Hudson Miller to unpack some of the burning questions for those looking to begin or enhance their finance automation journey.

• In today’s environment, where should CFO’s be focused right now?
• What are the different components in a portfolio of automation capabilities?
• What are some innovative ways customers are adapting to the new reality?
• How do you successfully scale automation beyond initial pilot projects?
• What are the emerging technologies to watch in Finance automation?

Automating Finance at Australia Post

Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis, from SAP’s Innovation Factory, chats with Catherine Phan, Australia Post and Carmen Lyons, Blackline.

When Catherine was appointed to lead the General Accounting function at Post, her initial thought was “How do I transform the month end process using the best technology in the market to deliver a saving of $1M?” Using Lean Six Sigma, the problem statement for her transformation project would be:

-800 balance sheet accounts were performed by 5 different teams across 5 different locations

-30% of manual journal submitted to General Accounting team for uploading to SAP often had errors and required correction.

It was critical to centralise the like activities in the same area and restructure the team. Next step was to standardise the process so they could automate. After thorough research, it was decided to use Blackline for reconciliation process and RPA (Robotics Process Automation) for uploading and validating manual journals.

Welcome to “Human-omics” : The next revolution will be as much experiential as technological

It has become increasingly clear over the past few years that the ball will be spending much more time in the “experience” half of the field. People and businesses are starting to pay real attention to all aspects of experience and its impact on human behaviours. Think of the pervasive influence that technology has had on organisations everywhere.

The incredible influence of the I.T Department and the CIO. Will we see the emergence of an “Experience Department” with a CXO offering real-time advice on experience and behaviour across the business? Will we see projects to deliver “Experience Infrastructure” into the wider organisation?

Welcome to “Human-omics” : The next revolution will be as much experiential as technological

It has become increasingly clear over the past few years that the ball will be spending much more time in the “experience” half of the field. People and businesses are starting to pay real attention to all aspects of experience and its impact on human behaviours. Think of the pervasive influence that technology has had on organisations everywhere.

The incredible influence of the I.T Department and the CIO. Will we see the emergence of an “Experience Department” with a CXO offering real-time advice on experience and behaviour across the business? Will we see projects to deliver “Experience Infrastructure” into the wider organisation?

From Data Strategy to Profitability – Analysing, Planning and Measuring your Financial Performance with Analytics Cloud

The financial success of an enterprise is no longer just the focus of the CEO and CFO but requires the involvement of many stakeholders in the business. An Intelligent Enterprise not only uses the latest technologies, such as advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation, but also aligns the resource planning across Procurement, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing as well as shared services such as IT or HR.

Data is abundant, organised in Data Warehouses, Data Lakes and from IoT sources and measuring and planning concisely requires a consistent Analytics Strategy. In this presentation, you will learn how Analytics Cloud integrates and complements the Line of Business Planning to create visibility and transparency of true profitability and financial performance of the organisation.

Building a Culture of Security

When thinking seriously about cyber security, we have to admit that technology, systems and our “hard” controls are doing their jobs. Only 3%-5% of reported breaches are ever attributed to hardware, software and/or systems failures. Hence, our biggest risks are always people! And if 95% of breaches are attributed to people and culture, how come most senior managers are still not taking cyber security culture and the behavioural side of security seriously? (Remember that world-wide estimates put the costs of cybercrime at over $65billion and the average costs of a breach in Australia is estimated to be well-over $1m.)

James Carlopio, John Zhao and Robert Budic unpack the topic of elevating a cyber security culture in your business. They discuss the myriad of ways in which you can help to bring the need for substantial investment in cyber security cultural transformation to the top of the agenda in your organisation.

The CXO Lens on Digital Disruption, Future Proofing and High Growth

Join our CXO panel as they share their experiences of how technology and at the core, SAP, has enabled them to scale their organisations and disrupt their industries.

• how operational efficiency, real time data insights and disruption are a catalyst of transformation across all functions
• the impact of digital transformation on leadership and how data analytics is reshaping the way we understand our businesses
• the notion that technology has democratised executive roles by enabling a shift in skills from specialised and niche to more holistic and adaptive

Financial Close Interactive Discussion: What’s Your End Game?

With ever increasing expectations on accounting and finance leaders to ensure transparency, reduce costs and provide real-time analysis. The first step is to overcome the manual processes, resulting in unnecessary effort, risk and low visibility and define your goal.

Be a part of this interactive discussion to share insights and discover which of the 6 different End Games could be yours in your organisation’s financial close.

How to Complete Account Reconciliations on Day 1

From manual excel reconciliations to an automatic cloud-based solution. Harry Elder joins Joe Demian to share how Visy brought transparency and control back to the reconciliation process over a 6-year journey, using Blackline and SAP Connector technology. The user led software required minimal I.T. involvement and can be managed directly by the finance function. Manual loads at head office were developed to push the SAP open line items directly into Blackline each month. By improving the reconciliation process, users were able to focus their time on the key areas of risk and analysis.

Using the SAP connector technology, the manual loads were automated, allowing users to easily meet new policy and deadline requirements. This means any line item management in SAP can now be pushed directly to Blackline in a timely fashion, so users can complete reconciliations in time for financial close.

Harry will discuss;
– The old-world Vs the new – why this technology was right for Visy
– What factors made the project a success?
– The tangible business benefits
– Bringing your people on the journey

SAP Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

Digital innovations and transformation are re-shaping everyone’s life. Technologies such as in-memory computing, cloud, and mobility have made an impact on enterprises. Companies that embrace the digital transformation are facing increased Cyber threats and attacks. Security breaches can impact organizations and their customers. Learn how to run a comprehensive cybersecurity assessment and implement the security and controls on a SAP S/4HANA and C/4HANA hybrid landscape.

SAP Data Privacy and Compliance

SAP customers often need to meet increasingly complex data security and regularity (e.g. GDPR) compliance requirements when processing customer or personal data stored in SAP systems. Hear how using SAP UI Masking, SAP HANA data masking, encryption, and other technologies can keep a hybrid SAP S/4HANA C/4HANA landscape security compliant.

Mastering SAP S/4HANA Security Design

In the past two years 64% of organizations’ ERP systems have been breached, according to a research study by IDC. Several SAP ERP customers have already migrated to S/4HANA, while many are still planning, or considering a migration to the cloud.

Are you implementing or migrating S/4HANA and evaluating a hybrid landscape with SaaS offerings like C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, or others? You will be concerned with the ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges, want to keep your systems secure, and be in compliant with the regulatory requirements of today’s digital world.

Frederik Weidemann, Greg Capps and Paul Young, join in conversation to draw on their experiences of driving SAP security programs in order to achieve a holistic security model.

Lessons Learnt from Lion’s Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Lion Australia and New Zealand are undertaking a significant migration from a legacy mainframe-based platform directly to SAP S/4HANA. This is a fully integrated end to end programme, across manufacturing, logistics, sales and pricing into Finance and Reporting.

They have delivered the solution to their NZ business and will deliver the solution to the Australian business through 2020. It is one of the first business and digital transformation programmes of this scale in the Southern Hemisphere. There are several learnings that David will share with the SAP community:

• Working with Systems Integrator
• Agile vs Waterfall Project Management
• Maturity of SAP S/4HANA
• Importance of change management
• Why Business Transformation vs a systems installation

Visualising the Future: Leveraging Data Analytics on SAP HANA at EQ

Christian Willig joins Dave Roberts to talk strategic analytics. How it is underpinning Energy Queensland’s drive to visualise the future of energy usage for their customer’s and what these scenarios mean for the business, future demands and smart decision making. Leveraging the HANA database for computation, data science and a robust methodology Christian and his team have conducted several studies that created consumer profiles and helped classify their data.

Hear about the methodology used, practical tips for using SAP HANA as a tool for business analytics, plus:

– How this shift has evolved EQ analytics capability
– Why a robust methodology has been key to success
– What challenges the team overcame to see these benefits

Seeing the Light in Cloud Security

Cloud security experts Anthony Drumm and Greg Capps join in conversation to unpack the topic of cloud security.

With SAAS and other cloud applications there is confusion and fear of the unknown. Existing security architects may have a deep understanding of on-premise SAP applications, but due to lack of documentation and training cloud security is a mystery.

Anthony discusses security strategy, risk and threat intelligence through to secure deployment and secure software development from an SAP perspective.
• What is the “roadmap” for security in SAP Cloud?
• What is our strategy for hardening APIs, managing Identity and securing your data?
• How does SAP support organisations to secure hybrid cloud/on-premise deployments?

Greg will share his views on the architecture and security design of Ariba, IBP, Hybris Marketing, and other applications supported with the Identity Authentication Service for SAP Cloud Platform.

Simplifying and Standardising Payroll Process – Ready, Set, Go

Organisations are looking to reduce time consuming and repeatable payroll processes – freeing their payroll experts up to focus on tasks that truly add value to their business. Nicholas Hartley and Deon van Onselen join Jonathan Fogarty in conversation to share their views on the opportunities that centralising, standardising and automating payroll processes can offer.

Nicholas draws on his experience and lessons learnt from Glencore Coal Assets Australia’s recent implementation of SAP Payroll Control Centre, which automated regular and repeatable payroll processing and validation tasks. Deon draws on his expertise from multiple customer and client-side projects with SAP Cloud Payroll. Whether you’re looking to automate or move your payroll to the SAP cloud, this discussion will bring to life some practical points that will get you running a winning race with your payroll process improvements.

They discuss:

-What business challenges can be solved by improving payroll process?
-How do you deliver automation to a key business process?
-What are the benefits of going to SAP cloud payroll?
-How do organisations prepare well and avoid the pitfalls?
-What are the checks that companies should put in place to ensure success?
-How do you manage the change management aspects of a payroll process project?

Making the Grass Greener, Ballance Agri Moves to SAP S/4HANA

Chris Newdick interviews Grant Brockelbank, Customer & Distribution Business Analyst, Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

Ballance Agri is a farmer-owned cooperative that aims to support more productive, profitable, and sustainable farming. One of their key transformation drivers was to connect with their farmers better and create an information system the organization they could rely on. Moving to SAP S/4HANA was identifies as an important step to move in the direction of adopting technology that would turn data into insights.

Grant will unpack the reasons behind the conversion as well as the planning, pain points, executional points and the benefits from moving to SAP S/4HANA. Future development plans, powered by the SAP S/4HANA platform, will also be discussed.

The Coles Approach to Moving to S/4HANA

Join Stephen Owens of EPI-USE labs as he interviews Cameron Amling who explains the problem Coles was trying to solve with moving to SAP S/4HANA and why speed was critical. The discussion will provide an overview of the “before” landscape and the current landscape. Why did Coles choose the path they did to migrate, how did they choose the approach and partner. An overview of the project, including the team, the structure, the mass data migration and the steps followed will be shared. What did Coles learn and what would we do differently. What are the next steps now that we have moved our Finance platform onto SAP S/4HANA.

SAP Fiori Adoption Strategies for SAP S/4HANA – What Works and Why

With already over 1700 SAP Fiori apps available, the many new Intelligent Enterprise scenarios, the new opportunities with Fiori 3 – the sheer scale and flexibility of the SAP Fiori User Experience in SAP S/4HANA brings some new challenges and opportunities for managing the pace of organisational change. Hear lessons learned from how customers worldwide, in the Asia-Pacific Region, and locally are tackling these challenges, including:

• Which out of the box SAP Fiori apps to introduce first
• How to fit custom (web or native) apps into the mix
• Tipping points between Fiori and classic user interfaces such as GUI, Web Dynpro ABAP, and Web Client UI.
• How to manage users who won’t or can’t shift from GUI for Windows
• Options for providing a single entry point when SAP Cloud solutions such as SuccessFactors, Concur, Ariba are part of the end to end process
• How to stop your Fiori launchpad from becoming a tiles-everywhere “bathroom” and bring it back to a focused-workspace “dining table”
• Which business, design and tech skills you need to customize the launchpad and optimize the performance

Building a Flexible and Predictable Security Model with Zero SoD Issues

Jocelyn Dart of SAP interviews Sascha Wenninger about Orica’s business process standardisation project that was coupled with a greenfield S/4HANA implementation. The project proved to be a great opportunity to throw out a cobbled-together SAP security model under which employees amassed more and more system access with each passing year of tenure!

This session will explain how Orica did this, using detailed process models to define personas linked to a single global organisation and Job structure, and some automation and custom coding, we built a flexible yet predictable security model with zero SoD issues.

How to Accelerate your S4 Move/ERP Upgrade for Finance?

Moving to SAP S/4HANA provides an exciting opportunity for finance and accounting organizations to completely rethink their processes within the continuous improvement model — and this is where BlackLine is proven to help. SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s next-generation business suite that enables companies to streamline data models, optimize business transactions, and accelerate strategic decision-making. Accounting and Finance plays a critical role in an SAP S/4HANA implementation, and leading organizations credit BlackLine with adding value throughout the transition. Join this session to learn how you can accelerate your S4 move/ERP upgrade.

Automating Finance at Australia Post

Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis, from SAP’s Innovation Factory, chats with Catherine Phan, Australia Post and Carmen Lyons, Blackline.

When Catherine was appointed to lead the General Accounting function at Post, her initial thought was “How do I transform the month end process using the best technology in the market to deliver a saving of $1M?” Using Lean Six Sigma, the problem statement for her transformation project would be:

-800 balance sheet accounts were performed by 5 different teams across 5 different locations

-30% of manual journal submitted to General Accounting team for uploading to SAP often had errors and required correction.

It was critical to centralise the like activities in the same area and restructure the team. Next step was to standardise the process so they could automate. After thorough research, it was decided to use Blackline for reconciliation process and RPA (Robotics Process Automation) for uploading and validating manual journals.

I Have SAP S4/HANA: Why Do I Need Anything Else?

Change, Your Finance Team and the User Experience

Frank Florian and Mark Hawksbee join Carmen Lyons to discuss all things change and user experience when it comes to digitally empowering your Finance team.

IT transformation projects are often guided by business but lead by IT. This can create a misalignment of value for effort, and frustration soon creeps in. Creating working groups that represent the business (to evaluate process requirements) as well as technologists (to manage constraints and capabilities) creates a streamlined approach to development.

So how do you manage a transformation projects when teams’ expectations need to be managed, and corporate strategies need to be met?

Frank draws on his extensive experience completing financial transformation systems and processes worldwide and Mark shares his views from Foodstuffs North Islands recent drive to improve user experience with Custom and Standard SAP Fiori App’s for Finance. How they developed these Fiori apps, managed their internal and external stakeholders and the benefits the business has reaped.

Hear best practice examples for developing team dynamics, maximizing project value and meeting the targeted end state for a fast ROI?

Finance in a Post COVID World – Embracing the New Normal

The speed, magnitude and impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic essentially put the global economy to sleep. Uncertainty and volatility are the new normal and traditional tools such as fixed budgets, quarterly forecasting, monthly reporting, slow and complex accounting and close cycles and backward-looking control and risk management processes are increasingly obsolete. Hear David Axson, highly regarded Strategist and Author in a dynamic interview that will examine the burning issues for Finance functions in the context of the new normal. 

Paul Ovigele, internationally-known expert in SAP Finance, trainer, speaker, and author of several leading SAP books plays host and will probe the practical pointers you need to think about now, to ensure  businesses are resilient and finance fit in the new world for the long term.  

– Predicting the lasting implications of the pandemic on finance professionals looking forward
– Improving visibility and insight as organisation’s grapple with planning and forecasting into the future
– Identifying the key attributes of a high performing finance organisation and team, post COVID
– The evolving role of technology in a post COVID world
– Examining how prescriptive analytics can drive faster, more confident decision making

Workshop 3: How To Be A Finance Rock Star in 2021 and Beyond

Join David Axson for this unique experience. Over 90 minutes David will lead you through a discussion of the attributes of a Finance Rock Star where you define the topics! David will be prepared to discuss topics that you, the audience, vote on. Choices include:

• Forecasting in an uncertain world—techniques for forecasting in a volatile world
• Measuring what matters—what are the right KPIs for your organization?
• Scenario planning—how do you integrate scenario planning into your financial management processes?
• Analytics—what does good look like?
• Working capital management—optimising cashflows to fuel growth
• Accounting close—using technology to streamline the close process
• From accountant to finance rock star—what skills do you need to make the jump?
• Finance – what does a rock star finance function look like?

Last Mile Reporting: Lessons Learned to Help Close the Reporting Gap

Modern analytics tools have changed the way *some* users interact with their data and even revolutionized their day to day tasks. Why only some? Because there’s always some who don’t ‘buy-in’ to what IT is selling. But by making the last mile of reporting as smooth as possible, the road less travelled (for these users) becomes much more appealing. A healthy mix of tools and resources should do the trick for these users, but only if you balance them properly. The goal of this session will be to give some real-life examples of finding that balance. We’ll talk about how it’s not just the tool that makes the job easier; its giving users a variety of resources to balance that shiny new modern BI tool.

Mastering SAP S/4HANA Security Design

In the past two years 64% of organizations’ ERP systems have been breached, according to a research study by IDC. Several SAP ERP customers have already migrated to S/4HANA, while many are still planning, or considering a migration to the cloud.

Are you implementing or migrating S/4HANA and evaluating a hybrid landscape with SaaS offerings like C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, or others? You will be concerned with the ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges, want to keep your systems secure, and be in compliant with the regulatory requirements of today’s digital world.

Frederik Weidemann, Greg Capps and Paul Young, join in conversation to draw on their experiences of driving SAP security programs in order to achieve a holistic security model.

The Three Most Common SAP Cybersecurity Risks

Are you struggling with the complexity of SAP security? Frederik will guide you through the three common risks and how you can address them. This session will help get you started to protect your most critical SAP systems.

How to Automate and Optimise Your Financial System

A recent study from McKinsey identifies that up to 70% of tasks in finance are potentially ‘automate-able’ with next-generation technologies. This will mean that a lot of the tasks we spend our time on today as knowledge workers will be accelerated by automation tools. We’ll have more time to advise the business on strategy and growth plans – and we’ll hopefully spend less time trying to pull relevant reports out of our ERP systems.

In this discussion Nic Nicoloudis is joined by Kristian Kalsing and Stephanie Hudson Miller to unpack some of the burning questions for those looking to begin or enhance their finance automation journey.

• In today’s environment, where should CFO’s be focused right now?
• What are the different components in a portfolio of automation capabilities?
• What are some innovative ways customers are adapting to the new reality?
• How do you successfully scale automation beyond initial pilot projects?
• What are the emerging technologies to watch in Finance automation?

Would you Put Your Lamborghini Engine in a Scooter?

Many customers have the latest and greatest front-end tool but have spent little to no time developing a UI strategy. In this session we will discuss how you can get started on your Visualisation journey so that all your reports/dashboards look like they come from the same company.

Achieve Process Excellence using SAP’s Digital Process Automation

The new normal poses challenges for the business processes in many companies. Its becoming ever more important for organizations to effectively manage process that impact working capital, supply chain reliability and most importantly automate these processes to free up employees from performing repetitive tasks. Digital process automation helps you to gain insight and increase the level of automation beyond pre-built processes in standard applications. This webinar will take you through some of the tools which will help you drive digital process automation and successfully respond to new challenges.

An Introduction to SAP Cloud Platform Security Services: IPS and IAS

SAP Cloud Platform Identity Provisioning automates identity lifecycle processes. It enables you to provision identities and their authorizations to various cloud and on-premise business applications.

SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication service is a cloud service to enable single sign-on for SAP cloud applications. It provides services for authentication, single sign-on, identity federation and user management.

In this session you’ll learn what IPS and IAS are; why we need them; and how to go about using them.

Supporting Remote Workers at Sydney Water Post COVID

In this session Himani Nargotra joins Rebecca Bottomley to share how Sydney Water is delivering learning projects in 2020 that support their remote workers with online learning and across multiple projects. Sydney Water are adapting their digital knowledge management and learning strategy to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees.

They discuss the digital support that is being provided to remote workers, and how leveraging key users as change champions is increasing acceptance and adoption of new solutions.

So What is This CAP Thing Anyway and Why is it Important?

SAP Mentor and all-round legend Robbo and SAP Developer Advocate DJ talk about CAP, SAP’s Cloud Application Programming Model, which is at the heart of building enterprise-grade apps and services and super easy to get started with. It’s open and opinionated, just like Robbo and DJ are. What’s not to like?

Sweating the Controls Platform Asset – User Intelligence and Controls Platform

Jochen Fischer OF NO MONKEY GmbH interviews Gerald West of Serco Group (UK)

The typical use of a controls platform is firstly to manage risks around access controls, mainly around segregation-of-duties and critical access, and perhaps to implement some process controls to support the integrity of the SAP systems.  These use cases deliver significant value around risk reduction and the benefits usually justify the investment in the controls platform.  The controls platform is an asset, and like any asset, we can squeeze more value from it – we can sweat the asset.

In this session, we examine how Serco has sweated its controls platform asset, extending its use to cover additional SAP requirements (e.g. access to personal data, managing COVID-induced system challenges etc.) by using a simple 5-step methodology. 

Attend this session to:

-Explore the topic of user intelligence, how Serco puts this at the heart of its controls strategy with a focus on the three elements of user data, user access and user activities  

-Discover how Serco harnessed the user activity monitoring capabilities of its controls platform to learn from user behavior and history, as well as improve detection capabilities

-Learn about how the controls platform has been used to address some of the system challenges posed by the COVID pandemic

Tips and Tricks for Hybrid Landscape Integration

Are you ready for Hybrid Landscape Integration? Self-discovery using the Integration Solution Advisory Methodology is a great starting point. Analysing your own organisation is essential. Understanding the API strategy of SAP is important.

Derek shares his tips and tricks to plot the path from your current to future state, drawing on his 20+ years of experience in SAP and non-SAP technical, integration and development experience across many industries.

How Central Finance with S/4HANA Improves Financial Processes and Reporting

Are you starting your SAP S/4HANA journey? If deploying Central Finance is your first step, get the answers you need to the questions you have How does Central Finance fit in to your IT landscape? How will it impact your finance processes, reporting, and master data? Evaluate the process to deploy it–and explore the finance and IT possibilities that arise when you do. With step-by-step instructions for implementation and tips for project management, this is your one-stop shop for everything Central Finance.

Managing Cloud Security in the 21st Century

Managing data in the cloud creates risks of cyber attacks. How do you safeguard against these threats and create a secure environment? In this session I will highlight ways to safeguard against these threats and best practices for managing cloud security

Data Migration and Data Governance at the Heart of Business Transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, businesses often underestimate the benefits and insights that come post go-live. Simon Lewis and Mark Mitchell join Frankie Steel to discuss the art of implementing a data transformation journey that goes beyond the initial data migration.

• The drivers for a robust data migration project
• Establishing processes that ensure success
• Setting up a business to be culturally ready for data migration
• Quantifying and realising the value of data for a business

Making Manager’s MSS and OM Task Easier – Control of Your Own Destiny

Australia Post’s cross functional team have used SAP Fiori to build manager self service tools and delivered a configurable workflow approval management application. To date these apps include a new overview page, approvals inbox, team calendar, team notifications, organisational management and leave management. Sarah Reid and David Chin join Chris Paine in conversation to bring to life the business and tech perspectives of this Australia Post success story.

They discuss:

• Why forming meaningful collaboration between cross functional teams was key to building user and mobile friendly applications.
• Why the project was delivered using lean, mean UX design and the latest SAP Fiori 3 technology – accessible from everywhere, on all devices.
• The business benefits that have been achieved as a result of this work.
• The positive changes to their ways of working that ensured all requirements, designs, stakeholder feedback was captured along the way, while still delivering at pace

3 Visual Action Words You Can’t Live Without

Getting users to take action is something that continues to haunt BI/Analytics and data leaders! While investing in new tools or features may provide initial interest, long term adoption, usage, and true ROI can be sustained by tapping into your user’s emotions, by using visual action words that are memorable. I will show you how to use three of the most powerful visual action words to trigger user action! Join me!

Workplace Culture and Resilient People Post COVID

2020 will forever be known as the year that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the way we work, bringing about the “work at home revolution”. Jess Moore and Sarah Moore join in a lively and candid conversation that draws on their HR practitioner experience, research and passion for the holistic side of HR strategy and people development in this new era. Tackling the hot issue for those adjusting to a new way of remote working, they offer insights on the practical ways people can adjust to the new normal:

-What will the long-lasting impacts be for our workforces?
-How do you maintain the human connection with your teams/colleagues?
-What makes a good leader in these new “remote working” times?
-How is workforce wellbeing being impacted?
-How can you maintain a strong workplace culture remotely?

Visualising the Future: Leveraging Data Analytics on SAP HANA at EQ

Christian Willig joins Dave Roberts to talk strategic analytics. How it is underpinning Energy Queensland’s drive to visualise the future of energy usage for their customer’s and what these scenarios mean for the business, future demands and smart decision making. Leveraging the HANA database for computation, data science and a robust methodology Christian and his team have conducted several studies that created consumer profiles and helped classify their data.

Hear about the methodology used, practical tips for using SAP HANA as a tool for business analytics, plus:

– How this shift has evolved EQ analytics capability
– Why a robust methodology has been key to success
– What challenges the team overcame to see these benefits

Building a Flexible and Predictable Security Model with Zero SoD Issues

Jocelyn Dart of SAP interviews Sascha Wenninger about Orica’s business process standardisation project that was coupled with a greenfield S/4HANA implementation. The project proved to be a great opportunity to throw out a cobbled-together SAP security model under which employees amassed more and more system access with each passing year of tenure!

This session will explain how Orica did this, using detailed process models to define personas linked to a single global organisation and Job structure, and some automation and custom coding, we built a flexible yet predictable security model with zero SoD issues.

Implementing S/4HANA Public Cloud – Learnings from McGrathNicol

Jan Devereux of Zag interviews Brendan Tanner and Paul Sweeney of McGrathNicol

Gartner research suggests that up to 75% of ERP implementations fail, and predicts that up to 90% of cloud ERP implementations will meet the same fate as they result in higher costs, greater complexity and failed integrations.

McGrathNicol was one of the first Australian businesses to implement S/4HANA public cloud, SAP’s true SaaS ERP model. Although the journey wasn’t perfect, and there’s further work to do, early days suggest the implementation has successfully delivered on our core objectives.

1. Why they chose the public cloud
2. Why they chose SAP
3. Risks in going early
4. Getting the people element right

Preparing for a Shared Services Environment

Federal Government has an appetite to standardise their systems. The idea is to rationalise all their ERP implementations. The question is how does one prepare for this? Is it best to go to one system or to adopt a hub method where large departments’ instances absorb and host related departments? It is critical to understand what they are going to lose and what they will gain when they go this route.

Join our panellists Aaron Liu, Lloyd Hewitt and Chris Rae as they discuss and explore the factors driving the movement to shared services and the challenges that organisations and agencies face when such a step is taken. The conversation will focus on all aspects of the move from people, to process and technology. It will look at what has worked and what hasn’t in the past.

• Rationalising ERP instances down to one/few system(s)?
• Preparing data and teams for a shared service environment
• Standardisation – How do we get there?
• Pre-empting what you are going to lose and what we are you going to gain from the move

The Universal Journal and Profitability Analysis

In this session we introduce the universal journal as a wider, deeper version of the general ledger that removes the need for separate sub-ledgers to provide one giant pivot table for your financial reporting.

We look at how the formerly separate worlds of Financial Accounting and Controlling combine and what happens to the separate applications for Profit Center Accounting, Cost of Sales Reporting, Profitability Analysis, and so on, discussing which applications can be used in parallel going forward and which form part of the compatibility scope and will no longer be supported from 2025.

We discuss the differences in approach between a conversion and a transformation and the factors in your own SAP implementation that will affect your choice of approach and look at the case for modernizing the user experience using SAP Fiori or remaining with the classic transactions for an interim period.  

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Remote Workplace

2020 has driven so much stress and anxiety for everyone, both in the workplace and in our own personal lives. Have you taken a step back to evaluate what’s important to you, find empathy for the way others are feeling and managing your day to day feelings to remain happy and productive? I will show you tips and tricks for managing your own emotions, help discover ways to deal with the unknown and be a better leader.

Workshop 1: Developing a Mindset for Success for the NOW of Work

2020 will be remembered as a year of dramatic world shifts, the digital workplace and remote work, building capabilities for crisis and for adaptive culture, and redefined workforce experience. Approached with optimism, the NOW of Work presents incredible opportunities for organizations who establish a people-first mindset that encourages experimentation, innovation, and growth.

We’re witnessing a monumental shift in how work gets done as well as the processes required to empower the HR function and the workforce while successfully leveraging new innovative technology. HR is the function best positioned to work with the business to drive workforce engagement. Without a new mindset in HR, organizations will struggle to keep pace with the needs of a modern workforce.

Join Jason Averbook, CEO and Co-founder, along with David Guazzarotto, Managing Director Asia Pacific as they walk you through a journey to understand how far workforce technology has come, what matters and what doesn’t, and four priorities you need to embrace to drive success for the future.

Four Priorities in the New World of HR:

1) Adopting a digital-first mindset. Begin thinking about a digital action plan that’s tied directly to the business and people strategies of the organization
2) Understand the importance of a solid, anti-fragile foundation and build a people data plan
3) Comprehend what makes up a digital workforce experience and know the difference between automation and digitization when thinking about processes into the future
4) Define the skill set HR needs to be successful and how to move strategy into an actionable plan for the organization

This session is designed to challenge your thinking and give you new techniques to reimagine the HR function to deliver a ‘digitized’ workforce experience. Leapgen will offer insights to guide your team, empower your workforce and sustain transformational new processes built on a secure, “anti-fragile” foundation.

Find Your A-game

When an elite sports team approaches a season-defining tournament, succeeding demands that each team member brings their ‘A-game’. Many of us find ourselves in a similarly defining period of our lives; faced with significant opportunity and challenges which require us to consolidate and then execute on our A-game. 

The term is well-used, but the make-up of it remains little known. In this talk, Paddy will share the A-game framework he developed from two decades of coaching some of the world’s best athletes and teams.

Workshop 5: Ransomware – What is Your Strategy?

Ransomware has become the cyber-crime de jour and the sad truth is that in 2020, organizations need a pre-planned strategy for when they are hacked and blackmailed. Have you thought about what you would do? To who your first call would be? How you would buy Bitcoin and pay?

The risk of ransomware is terrifying, costly and can expose customers, employees, revenues and your brand to untold misery. Join Mark Weatherford in a dialogue aimed at enabling you to prepare for and set up your response to a ransomware event.

Last Mile Reporting: Lessons Learned to Help Close the Reporting Gap

Modern analytics tools have changed the way *some* users interact with their data and even revolutionized their day to day tasks. Why only some? Because there’s always some who don’t ‘buy-in’ to what IT is selling. But by making the last mile of reporting as smooth as possible, the road less travelled (for these users) becomes much more appealing. A healthy mix of tools and resources should do the trick for these users, but only if you balance them properly. The goal of this session will be to give some real-life examples of finding that balance. We’ll talk about how it’s not just the tool that makes the job easier; its giving users a variety of resources to balance that shiny new modern BI tool.

Simplifying and Standardising Payroll Process – Ready, Set, Go

Organisations are looking to reduce time consuming and repeatable payroll processes – freeing their payroll experts up to focus on tasks that truly add value to their business. Nicholas Hartley and Deon van Onselen join Jonathan Fogarty in conversation to share their views on the opportunities that centralising, standardising and automating payroll processes can offer.

Nicholas draws on his experience and lessons learnt from Glencore Coal Assets Australia’s recent implementation of SAP Payroll Control Centre, which automated regular and repeatable payroll processing and validation tasks. Deon draws on his expertise from multiple customer and client-side projects with SAP Cloud Payroll. Whether you’re looking to automate or move your payroll to the SAP cloud, this discussion will bring to life some practical points that will get you running a winning race with your payroll process improvements.

They discuss:

-What business challenges can be solved by improving payroll process?
-How do you deliver automation to a key business process?
-What are the benefits of going to SAP cloud payroll?
-How do organisations prepare well and avoid the pitfalls?
-What are the checks that companies should put in place to ensure success?
-How do you manage the change management aspects of a payroll process project?

Supporting Remote Workers at Sydney Water Post COVID

In this session Himani Nargotra joins Rebecca Bottomley to share how Sydney Water is delivering learning projects in 2020 that support their remote workers with online learning and across multiple projects. Sydney Water are adapting their digital knowledge management and learning strategy to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees.

They discuss the digital support that is being provided to remote workers, and how leveraging key users as change champions is increasing acceptance and adoption of new solutions.

Welcome to “Human-omics” : The next revolution will be as much experiential as technological

It has become increasingly clear over the past few years that the ball will be spending much more time in the “experience” half of the field. People and businesses are starting to pay real attention to all aspects of experience and its impact on human behaviours. Think of the pervasive influence that technology has had on organisations everywhere.

The incredible influence of the I.T Department and the CIO. Will we see the emergence of an “Experience Department” with a CXO offering real-time advice on experience and behaviour across the business? Will we see projects to deliver “Experience Infrastructure” into the wider organisation?

Transforming the Taxpayer Experience Using Machine Learning and Qualtrics

Adam Sivell, SAP Australia, interviews Amy Rosanowski from the Office of State Revenue.

A good tax-paying experience is not something you often hear about. So, when in 2017, Queensland Treasury’s Office of State Revenue (OSR) outlined their vision to do just that—improve the experience for taxpayers while delivering on their commitments to government—it was a massive undertaking, and unlike anything attempted before.

Fast forward 2.5 years and OSR are well on the way to creating next generation tax and revenue management capabilities that are data-driven, digitally enabled and client centric. Join Acting Deputy Commissioner, Amy Rosanowski, to find out how OSR have pushed the boundaries of data and innovation to transform the way they operate and the services they provide. Amy will showcase how OSR have used SAP Leonardo Machine Learning, SAP Qualtrics, SAP Data Hub, SAP Marketing Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud to provide more personalised and proactive services for taxpayers. OSR has successfully completed 36 digital initiatives already, with another 8 projects in flight. The result? A better experience for taxpayers, improved engagement with staff, and stronger outcomes for the Queensland community.

Planning Your Security & GRC Change Strategy for SAP S/4HANA

If your organisation is making the move to SAP S/4HANA, it will be making a sizable investment to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

In SAP’s last major upgrade cycle, customers made the move to SAP ECC. But many were hit later with the very significant and often needless costs of remediation, because security and compliance were not a focus from the start.

Despite the inherent simplicity of SAP S/4HANA, the transformation process will be anything but and the costs of remediation potentially even greater this time around.

This workshop is designed for SAP practitioners involved in the implementation of, or migration to SAP S/4HANA, and want to ensure all bases are covered when it comes to security, risk and compliance.

It will provide guidance for all transformation scenarios – including greenfield, brownfield, cloud and hybrid – while exploring all the key security considerations of each approach.

During the session we will cover:
– The key security and compliance differences between SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA
– Architectural considerations that will impact SAP Security
– How to avoid the common pitfalls
– Implementation and migration best practices

Turning Data Quickly Into Business Value

Frankie Steel of Syniti interviews Ingo Hilgefort on why organizations need to be agile during periods of rapid change to survive and thrive in any new business reality. SAP is offering a portfolio of business and technology solutions that support your demands for flexible database and data management, analytics, integration, and extensions. Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud can help you to fulfill these new requirements and help you to gain new insights.

Data Migration and Data Governance at the Heart of Business Transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, businesses often underestimate the benefits and insights that come post go-live. Simon Lewis and Mark Mitchell join Frankie Steel to discuss the art of implementing a data transformation journey that goes beyond the initial data migration.

• The drivers for a robust data migration project
• Establishing processes that ensure success
• Setting up a business to be culturally ready for data migration
• Quantifying and realising the value of data for a business

How to Include SAP Sourced Data in a Cloud-Based Relational Data Warehouse

Peter will guide you through a variety of commonly used strategies and approaches to load SAP sourced data into a cloud-based, relational data warehouse. You’ll look at real world scenarios where data is sourced directly from operational SAP tables, BW extractors, or a BW warehouse.

What ETL application options are available and which ones offer a best fit? What are the common gotchas and issues? After you’ve built the data warehouse, what sort of query experience will you be able to offer to your analytics and data scientist user communities?

Essential Tips and Tricks for Moving to S/4HANA:

Whether you are taking a Greenfields or Brownfields approach to moving to S/4HANA, making the move is a significant initiative for your organisation. In this Tips & Tricks panel, Zag’s experts reflect on their experience to provide insights into how to achieve a successful S/4HANA implementation. They will discuss the fundamentals essential to starting your S4 journey, why experience with S/4 transformation journeys counts and what to look out for, and important lessons learned from the variety of S4 projects Zag has delivered.

The Big Bang Happened – What Next?

In this session Claire will discuss what happens after the big bang. Once you are live with your HR Solution, where should you put your focus to next?

Join us to share your learnings on topics such as Release Management, Solution Optimisation, Process Evolution and Solution Governance.

A Holistic Approach to Success Factors – Going-Live is Just the Start

Back in 2017 Medibank overhauled its Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll systems all at the same time within a 12-month period, Joshua Reader was the project lead for HR and Payroll. The systems implemented included Onboarding, Recruitment, Employee Central, Workforce Software, Fieldglass and Employee Central Payroll.

American Airlines completed a successful transformation to SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HEC Payroll, SAP C4C Case Management Platform, SAP Fieldglass, Workforce Analytics, Mark Mitchell was the executive who led the program from an HR Business perspective.

Reflecting on what they know now, the pair join Claire Badger of Rizing, to share what it takes to get the systems live, how to embed modules in a short period of time and the approaches they took to enhance processes, systems and user experience. Most importantly, they share the business benefits realized from a journey to the Cloud. It’s a real-world view of what it’s like to live with Success Factors.

Six Tips to Make Succession Stick

As business demands change the need to fill critical roles remains a key imperative. Succession planning strategies aim to mitigate risks, but the challenge for many HR leaders is that this process happens once a year, is largely manual and leadership struggle to engage their people in the process. In this session Claire will share her ‘Six Top Tips’ to help your Succession Strategy stick around long after the exercise is done, and drive real value to your people and business.

Finance in a Post COVID World – Embracing the New Normal

The speed, magnitude and impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic essentially put the global economy to sleep. Uncertainty and volatility are the new normal and traditional tools such as fixed budgets, quarterly forecasting, monthly reporting, slow and complex accounting and close cycles and backward-looking control and risk management processes are increasingly obsolete. Hear David Axson, highly regarded Strategist and Author in a dynamic interview that will examine the burning issues for Finance functions in the context of the new normal. 

Paul Ovigele, internationally-known expert in SAP Finance, trainer, speaker, and author of several leading SAP books plays host and will probe the practical pointers you need to think about now, to ensure  businesses are resilient and finance fit in the new world for the long term.  

– Predicting the lasting implications of the pandemic on finance professionals looking forward
– Improving visibility and insight as organisation’s grapple with planning and forecasting into the future
– Identifying the key attributes of a high performing finance organisation and team, post COVID
– The evolving role of technology in a post COVID world
– Examining how prescriptive analytics can drive faster, more confident decision making

The CXO Lens on Digital Disruption, Future Proofing and High Growth

Join our CXO panel as they share their experiences of how technology and at the core, SAP, has enabled them to scale their organisations and disrupt their industries.

• how operational efficiency, real time data insights and disruption are a catalyst of transformation across all functions
• the impact of digital transformation on leadership and how data analytics is reshaping the way we understand our businesses
• the notion that technology has democratised executive roles by enabling a shift in skills from specialised and niche to more holistic and adaptive

How Do You Get Your Business Ready for S/4HANA?

Change management needs to be better prioritized in an implementation. How do you understand what users will be impacted, by how much and how to prepare the change management plan to ensure a smooth transition?

New technology is going to require a shift in mindset from transactional based to insight and action driven work. In this presentation we’ll walk through the preparation your company can make to ensure the move to S/4HANA brings your people along the journey. The benefits are bigger than “happy employees”, it’s about larger efficiencies and a sense of ownership from all involved.

Making the Grass Greener, Ballance Agri Moves to SAP S/4HANA

Chris Newdick interviews Grant Brockelbank, Customer & Distribution Business Analyst, Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

Ballance Agri is a farmer-owned cooperative that aims to support more productive, profitable, and sustainable farming. One of their key transformation drivers was to connect with their farmers better and create an information system the organization they could rely on. Moving to SAP S/4HANA was identifies as an important step to move in the direction of adopting technology that would turn data into insights.

Grant will unpack the reasons behind the conversion as well as the planning, pain points, executional points and the benefits from moving to SAP S/4HANA. Future development plans, powered by the SAP S/4HANA platform, will also be discussed.

SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment

ABAP is evolving and adapting to also be an excellent foundation for side-by-side extensions in the SAP Cloud Platform.  In this session, we will look at what you need to get started using the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment (Steampunk). Tips and tricks, differences from on premise versions of ABAP, and what new features are available first in the Cloud – like the RAP Rest Application Programming Model. 

Building a Culture of Security

When thinking seriously about cyber security, we have to admit that technology, systems and our “hard” controls are doing their jobs. Only 3%-5% of reported breaches are ever attributed to hardware, software and/or systems failures. Hence, our biggest risks are always people! And if 95% of breaches are attributed to people and culture, how come most senior managers are still not taking cyber security culture and the behavioural side of security seriously? (Remember that world-wide estimates put the costs of cybercrime at over $65billion and the average costs of a breach in Australia is estimated to be well-over $1m.)

James Carlopio, John Zhao and Robert Budic unpack the topic of elevating a cyber security culture in your business. They discuss the myriad of ways in which you can help to bring the need for substantial investment in cyber security cultural transformation to the top of the agenda in your organisation.

How to Think Bigger About Employee Experience

HR has evolved to accommodate the entire employee experience (EX), from on-boarding, training, and benefits, through to culture, workspaces, and internal communications. Join Steve to learn to turn systems of record into systems of action and leave with insights to attract, develop, engage, and retain a world-class workforce every single day.

• Use tech to drive a culture of feedback and improve your EX
• Best-practices for employee listening through technology
• Recommendations for getting started
• Measuring the right moments
• Framework for evolving your employee experience program
• Practical tips for organisations at different levels of maturity
• Aligning your measurement to critical organisational outcomes

Humanising the Virtual World of Recruitment

In February 2020 Fonterra implemented the SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding and Recruitment modules, two month later the business landscape shifted dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic sent everyone in New Zealand into lockdown. As an essential business delivering dairy globally, Fonterra had to carry on with its business as usual activities on manufacturing and supply chain sites, using new technology and adopting mainly virtual recruiting practices. Whilst adopting remote working for corporate teams. Amy Grubb of Cloud Consulting Partners joins Tina Lundkvist to talk about Fonterra’s journey of discovery, unpacking how these tools are helping achieve Fonterra’s recruitment strategy in the new world. But most importantly – how will it enhance the candidate experience, ensuring the personal touch and company culture are kept alive when recruiting during an event like the pandemic?

Delivery of the New Zealand Police Firearms Reform Solution from Start to Finish in 3 Months

In March 2019 New Zealand experienced a significant terrorist event that led the New Zealand Government to implement significant legislative changes to remove military style semi-automatic firearms from circulation through an amnesty and buy-back program.

A series of applications was developed over a 3 month period that allowed the New Zealand Police to undertake this program. By hosting the UI5 applications on the SAP Cloud platform we were able to take advantage of a variety services on the platform to implement some unique technologies such as the use of QR Codes scanning for tracking of firearms, and SAP Open Connectors to integrate with DocuSign. Utilising the Cloud Platform also meant we were able to deliver applications rapidly and develop in an iterative manner to continually improve the experience delivered to the end users.

This presentation will discuss the journey we embarked upon to deliver a world first solution that enabled citizens to register firearms that they would hand in and enable the New Zealand police to manage the firearms from notification through to destruction.

Building a Culture of Security

When thinking seriously about cyber security, we have to admit that technology, systems and our “hard” controls are doing their jobs. Only 3%-5% of reported breaches are ever attributed to hardware, software and/or systems failures. Hence, our biggest risks are always people! And if 95% of breaches are attributed to people and culture, how come most senior managers are still not taking cyber security culture and the behavioural side of security seriously? (Remember that world-wide estimates put the costs of cybercrime at over $65billion and the average costs of a breach in Australia is estimated to be well-over $1m.)

James Carlopio, John Zhao and Robert Budic unpack the topic of elevating a cyber security culture in your business. They discuss the myriad of ways in which you can help to bring the need for substantial investment in cyber security cultural transformation to the top of the agenda in your organisation.

Managing SAP Security & Risk: A Global Perspective 

Being the largest specialist player in the SAP security and risk management market, Turnkey Consulting are uniquely positioned to provide a global perspective on this industry. Join thought leaders Richard Hunt and Ed Davis for a discussion on the top challenges’ organisations are facing and emerging trends. 

Fiori Apps – Why Design Matters?

Jude Falco and Brett Campbell join Selim Ahmed to discuss experiences and lessons learnt from PanAust Services and AGL’s recent SAP FIORI projects.

PanAust Services recently utilised the benefits of SAP FIORI to create a paperless, more stream-lined process to expedite their Employee Movement process. The new app has created the foundation for the next phase of their improvements which will utilise SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) to further steam-line and automate their Employee Recruitment to Onboarding Process. AGL’s S4/HANA journey has bought the User Experience (UX) to the forefront for the business which means FIORI app development has become an important focus within the AGL Development Team.

They discuss
– Why starting with the design is critical
– How do you ensure your SAP FIORI projects are user centred?
– The benefits of understanding the user journey and how this influences user adoption
– How they overcame their project challenges
– Why picking your lane is important when it come to your tech approach

Defence’s Accounts Payable Reform Journey

Fatima Yusuf of Chrome Consulting interviews Melinda Gabriel, Assistant Secretary Financial Systems and Operations, Defence Finance Group, Department of Defence.

In 2019, Defence implemented OpenText Vendor Invoice Management (VIM), replacing a 15-year-old poorly maintained invoice processing system. This was part of a significant finance reform journey in Defence.

In this session Melinda will cover off how Defence managed transitioning from their out-dated systems and processes in an environment that’s naturally resistant to change, whilst juggling products approaching end of life all the while implementing an update to a 100,000+ user standard operating environment. They got it done and boy was it fun!

How to Automate and Optimise Your Financial System

A recent study from McKinsey identifies that up to 70% of tasks in finance are potentially ‘automate-able’ with next-generation technologies. This will mean that a lot of the tasks we spend our time on today as knowledge workers will be accelerated by automation tools. We’ll have more time to advise the business on strategy and growth plans – and we’ll hopefully spend less time trying to pull relevant reports out of our ERP systems.

In this discussion Nic Nicoloudis is joined by Kristian Kalsing and Stephanie Hudson Miller to unpack some of the burning questions for those looking to begin or enhance their finance automation journey.

• In today’s environment, where should CFO’s be focused right now?
• What are the different components in a portfolio of automation capabilities?
• What are some innovative ways customers are adapting to the new reality?
• How do you successfully scale automation beyond initial pilot projects?
• What are the emerging technologies to watch in Finance automation?

Group Reporting and Consolidation Across Multiple Currencies and Subsidiaries

Andrea interviews Alexandra Thorogood, the ERP Program Manager of RPC Technologies.

This is the award-winning RPC Technologies journey to an intelligence enterprise through the transition to SAP S4/HANA Cloud and real time forecasting using SAP Analytics Cloud.

RPC Technologies is a bespoke composite manufacturing and engineering company that makes a range of products for Transport, Infrastructure and Defence. Cost Visibility of their projects to budget is critical to customer success. The transition of six subsidiaries in five countries to a cloud ERP platform has enabled consolidated group reporting from their digital financial core.

This transformation to intelligent enterprise, which they’ve achieved in the past 12 months facilitates greater operational efficiency and insights to deliver #thebestrun projects.

HR in the Digital Age – What You Need to Know and Plan For

HR is transforming, again. Digital technologies are offering HR new ways to re-think how they manage the HR department, enable and engage employees, and support the business goals of their organizations.

Sarah Moore interviews David Ludlow to uncover deep insights on the key trends disrupting HR, IT, the workforce, and organizations and how some of the planned innovations from SAP will help support you on your new transformation journey.

Workplace Culture and Resilient People Post COVID

2020 will forever be known as the year that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the way we work, bringing about the “work at home revolution”. Jess Moore and Sarah Moore join in a lively and candid conversation that draws on their HR practitioner experience, research and passion for the holistic side of HR strategy and people development in this new era. Tackling the hot issue for those adjusting to a new way of remote working, they offer insights on the practical ways people can adjust to the new normal:

-What will the long-lasting impacts be for our workforces?
-How do you maintain the human connection with your teams/colleagues?
-What makes a good leader in these new “remote working” times?
-How is workforce wellbeing being impacted?
-How can you maintain a strong workplace culture remotely?

Managing Critical Vulnerabilities on Onapsis with Turnkey

What are the most common critical vulnerabilities for an SAP customer? With the recent release of SAP RECON vulnerability by Onapsis, Nick will guide you on what this means for an SAP ERP system but more importantly the best strategy for remediating and keeping clean from future critical vulnerabilities

SAP Finance Automation: Overcoming Challenges and Barriers

In this session we will review ways to identify the best finance processes for automation and how to find the right SAP automation platform to suit your company’s needs.

Transformation to BW4/HANA; and From ECC to SAP S/4HANA, the Cloud and Beyond

William Kingwell interviews Erin from ElectraNet and Ross from Christchurch City Council

To respond to a rapidly changing business environment ElectraNet needed a modern analytics platform to support next generation applications. ElectraNet choose remote conversion to migrate to BW4/HANA.

BW4/HANA has dramatically improved load and query performance and provided a platform for applications that would not have been feasible on old BW 7.x. Erin will cover the implementation story including why they chose remote conversion, their experience as early adopters and the things that they’d do differently.

Christchurch City Council’s digital transformation hit another milestone with the transition to SAP S/4HANA, implementations of BPC11 and BW4HANA in October 2019. Now that they are in the Cloud and almost six months down the track…..what has S4 brought them, has it delivered on its promises, and what about Hybris and SuccessFactors?

• Why did they do it?
• What did they do?
• What were the surprise challenges?
• What did they learn?
• What’s next?

HR in the Digital Age – What You Need to Know and Plan For

HR is transforming, again. Digital technologies are offering HR new ways to re-think how they manage the HR department, enable and engage employees, and support the business goals of their organizations.

Sarah Moore interviews David Ludlow to uncover deep insights on the key trends disrupting HR, IT, the workforce, and organizations and how some of the planned innovations from SAP will help support you on your new transformation journey.

Highlights of the SAP Roadmap for our HCM Solutions

Learn more about what you’ve got, hear what’s coming. In this session, you’ll hear about the recent deliveries and latest roadmap planning for the SAP SuccessFactors solutions including employee experience, analytics, core HR, and talent. Updates on ERP HCM and SAP Payroll deliveries and planning will also be shared.

Social Architectures: Relevance of Connected Business

Real-time technology gives us the potential to connect everything with everything else. In the automotive industry, it is visible on the shop floor, production, customer experience, and certainly in the wider space of “autonomous.”

When we speak about social architectures, we are discussing the combination of processes, data, and values related to a consumer.

Doing these things requires different kinds of end-to-end processes, different ways of relating to consumers, different ways of acting towards competitors, along with knowing that potential consumers in the Internet of Things (IoT) world are also visible to all other participants in the market. Capabilities such as artificial intelligence (A) or blockchain, quantum computing, and open borders in IoT will make different business models and kinds of collaboration possible.

With moving from products to service, we have even more potential if we keep in mind that a connected world will use intelligent sensors and intelligent infrastructure. Then we can anticipate intelligence networks.

Viewing this from an overall perspective, the speaker will give also insights on an automotive SAP S/4HANA greenfield journey.

Key Business Benefits:

• End-to-end overview on digital mega trends and challenges in business
• Link to potential business cases and impact on SAP landscapes
• Usecase on SAP greenfield

How Aurizon Reduced their Risk Violations from Over 1 Million Violations to 40 by Driving GRC Best Practice

Aurizon was able to achieve full access risk compliance after a one and a half year journey to close out 1.7 million access risk violations, following the implementation of GRC. An extensive review and analysis process was performed, reducing that number to around 40.

To achieve this, senior management, the SAP security team, finance representatives, and security stewards were engaged throughout the process to understand the steps needed to be taken, interpret the data and participate in formulating a remediation plan that aligned with SAP Best Practice. Following the achievement of these results, the next phase for Aurizon is to improve and build on the governance framework and work towards controls self-assessment.

DevOps for SAP – What is it and How Does it Work?

The latest State of DevOps report by DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment) comparing the highest to the lowest performers shows that the top performers deploy 208x more frequently, but they also register 7x lower change fail rates.

This is contrary to the common belief (especially in SAP teams) that more changes equal more risks. Can DevOps really work for SAP teams?

In this session, join Steven Wong from Basis Technologies for a quick run-down on what DevOps for SAP means and how customers like Vistaprint, IPG and Ericsson have achieved agility and DevOps in their SAP environment allowing them deliver changes at the same pace, and sometimes even faster than their non-SAP counterparts.

Discover the Integration DNA of the Intelligent Suite from SAP

Graham Robinson interviews Sindhu Gangadharan

Come listen to SAP’s Integration Thought Leader and Head of SAP Labs India, Sindhu Gangadharan as she explains how SAP aims to deliver an overall experience across the enterprise for the intelligent suite that is greater than the sum of its parts. Accordingly, SAP offers technologies for integrating applications on all levels, such as user experience, data, processes, and more. Along the journey from on premise–centric application landscapes toward hybrid and cloud environments, customers need to revisit their integration solution strategy. Modern enterprises require a hybrid integration platform supporting cloud, hybrid, and on-premise integration use cases. Furthermore, new concepts are applied for enabling true out-of-the box integration and openness to integrate with non-SAP applications.

Implementing S/4HANA Public Cloud – Learnings from McGrathNicol

Jan Devereux of Zag interviews Brendan Tanner and Paul Sweeney of McGrathNicol

Gartner research suggests that up to 75% of ERP implementations fail, and predicts that up to 90% of cloud ERP implementations will meet the same fate as they result in higher costs, greater complexity and failed integrations.

McGrathNicol was one of the first Australian businesses to implement S/4HANA public cloud, SAP’s true SaaS ERP model. Although the journey wasn’t perfect, and there’s further work to do, early days suggest the implementation has successfully delivered on our core objectives.

1. Why they chose the public cloud
2. Why they chose SAP
3. Risks in going early
4. Getting the people element right

Empowering your Business to Raise Compliance

Is achieving compliance that difficult? What are the barriers to raising compliance in an SAP environment, and how can you overcome them?

All too often, we speak with customers about raising their compliance in respect of their SAP applications. We find their concerns are along the lines of application security, access risk, audit readiness, mitigating controls, routine checks, and good housekeeping; however, the challenge always comes down to resourcing, budget, time, and business priorities.

In this session, Phil will be discussing with Chris about the simple steps businesses can be taking today to raise their compliance levels and start the journey towards running a compliant SAP.

How Finance Teams are Becoming the New Champion of Employee Experience

Matt Goss of SAP Concur interviews Pranay Lodhiya on the topic “How Finance Teams are Becoming the New Champion of Employee Experience”.

Change is driven to achieve a positive outcome. The Public sector in Australia have undertaken a goal to improve and align systems. In a world where organisations are looking for every possible market advantage, improving the employee experience can provide impressive results, this is the space we find ourselves in today.

According to a Gallup study, employers who focus on employee engagement experience 17% higher productivity, 20% higher sales, and 21% higher profitability. But creating a great employee experience isn’t just an HR function. In fact, the Finance Team has a significant role to play in implementing the technology and processes necessary to help employees focus on meaningful work instead of paperwork.

Pranay was involved in transforming the Finance function and bringing together multiple systems to enhance the employee experience. Join this session to hear how the Bureau of Meteorology focused on user experience as a key driver for achieving the visibility and compliance they needed to better control costs, forecast cash flow and gain insights that help the bottom line.

Sweating the Controls Platform Asset – User Intelligence and Controls Platform

Jochen Fischer OF NO MONKEY GmbH interviews Gerald West of Serco Group (UK)

The typical use of a controls platform is firstly to manage risks around access controls, mainly around segregation-of-duties and critical access, and perhaps to implement some process controls to support the integrity of the SAP systems.  These use cases deliver significant value around risk reduction and the benefits usually justify the investment in the controls platform.  The controls platform is an asset, and like any asset, we can squeeze more value from it – we can sweat the asset.

In this session, we examine how Serco has sweated its controls platform asset, extending its use to cover additional SAP requirements (e.g. access to personal data, managing COVID-induced system challenges etc.) by using a simple 5-step methodology. 

Attend this session to:

-Explore the topic of user intelligence, how Serco puts this at the heart of its controls strategy with a focus on the three elements of user data, user access and user activities  

-Discover how Serco harnessed the user activity monitoring capabilities of its controls platform to learn from user behavior and history, as well as improve detection capabilities

-Learn about how the controls platform has been used to address some of the system challenges posed by the COVID pandemic

Empowering your Business to Raise Compliance

Is achieving compliance that difficult? What are the barriers to raising compliance in an SAP environment, and how can you overcome them?

All too often, we speak with customers about raising their compliance in respect of their SAP applications. We find their concerns are along the lines of application security, access risk, audit readiness, mitigating controls, routine checks, and good housekeeping; however, the challenge always comes down to resourcing, budget, time, and business priorities.

In this session, Phil will be discussing with Chris about the simple steps businesses can be taking today to raise their compliance levels and start the journey towards running a compliant SAP.

Workshop 1: Developing a Mindset for Success for the NOW of Work

2020 will be remembered as a year of dramatic world shifts, the digital workplace and remote work, building capabilities for crisis and for adaptive culture, and redefined workforce experience. Approached with optimism, the NOW of Work presents incredible opportunities for organizations who establish a people-first mindset that encourages experimentation, innovation, and growth.

We’re witnessing a monumental shift in how work gets done as well as the processes required to empower the HR function and the workforce while successfully leveraging new innovative technology. HR is the function best positioned to work with the business to drive workforce engagement. Without a new mindset in HR, organizations will struggle to keep pace with the needs of a modern workforce.

Join Jason Averbook, CEO and Co-founder, along with David Guazzarotto, Managing Director Asia Pacific as they walk you through a journey to understand how far workforce technology has come, what matters and what doesn’t, and four priorities you need to embrace to drive success for the future.

Four Priorities in the New World of HR:

1) Adopting a digital-first mindset. Begin thinking about a digital action plan that’s tied directly to the business and people strategies of the organization
2) Understand the importance of a solid, anti-fragile foundation and build a people data plan
3) Comprehend what makes up a digital workforce experience and know the difference between automation and digitization when thinking about processes into the future
4) Define the skill set HR needs to be successful and how to move strategy into an actionable plan for the organization

This session is designed to challenge your thinking and give you new techniques to reimagine the HR function to deliver a ‘digitized’ workforce experience. Leapgen will offer insights to guide your team, empower your workforce and sustain transformational new processes built on a secure, “anti-fragile” foundation.

Agile GRC – to Reduce Your Risk

Effective GRC is measured by how well business users carry out their access risk management activities. Many of these activities are challenging and cumbersome due to the complexity and technical nature of SAP authorizations and GRC.

In this Q + A session, our speakers will discuss the importance and interrelationship between the components of effective GRC, namely the role design, rule set and access control solution with Mitsubishi Development. Thereafter we look forward to welcoming you into a live interactive meet up to discuss and debate these themes.

Agile GRC – to Reduce Your Risk

Effective GRC is measured by how well business users carry out their access risk management activities. Many of these activities are challenging and cumbersome due to the complexity and technical nature of SAP authorizations and GRC.

In this Q + A session, our speakers will discuss the importance and interrelationship between the components of effective GRC, namely the role design, rule set and access control solution with Mitsubishi Development. Thereafter we look forward to welcoming you into a live interactive meet up to discuss and debate these themes.

Agile GRC – to Reduce Your Risk

Effective GRC is measured by how well business users carry out their access risk management activities. Many of these activities are challenging and cumbersome due to the complexity and technical nature of SAP authorizations and GRC.

In this Q + A session, our speakers will discuss the importance and interrelationship between the components of effective GRC, namely the role design, rule set and access control solution with Mitsubishi Development. Thereafter we look forward to welcoming you into a live interactive meet up to discuss and debate these themes.

Enhancing Business Accountability of Access Risks

Access risk is business risk. For an organisation to effectively manage their access risk, it is imperative that they have business buy-in and accountability. Learn how to improve your organisation’s GRC capability by enhancing business buy-in and accountability.

Workshop 5: Ransomware – What is Your Strategy?

Ransomware has become the cyber-crime de jour and the sad truth is that in 2020, organizations need a pre-planned strategy for when they are hacked and blackmailed. Have you thought about what you would do? To who your first call would be? How you would buy Bitcoin and pay?

The risk of ransomware is terrifying, costly and can expose customers, employees, revenues and your brand to untold misery. Join Mark Weatherford in a dialogue aimed at enabling you to prepare for and set up your response to a ransomware event.

Managing Critical Vulnerabilities on Onapsis with Turnkey

What are the most common critical vulnerabilities for an SAP customer? With the recent release of SAP RECON vulnerability by Onapsis, Nick will guide you on what this means for an SAP ERP system but more importantly the best strategy for remediating and keeping clean from future critical vulnerabilities

Getting Prepared for Successful Digital Transformation and Significant Organisational Change

Research consistently indicates that between 50% and 80% of ERP implementations, organisational re-engineering (BPR) and change efforts fail to deliver promised benefits. Why does this consistently continue to happen? And, what are the major issues leading to failure?

While we must get the “technical” installation issues correct when implementing an ERP system, this alone, will not ensure a successful implementation. Transformational Change experts, James Carlopio and Nella Rano are joined by Matthew Kent, CFO of GPC to unpack the topic of change management success for better digital transformation outcomes.

– How do you define change management?
– What are the key factors that truly make a difference toward success?
– What are the common structural and cultural changes in an organisation’s social system, that lead to a successful transformation?
– How do you approach communication and what works well when implementing across cross cultural projects and teams?

Exploring Best Practice Approaches to Data Migration

Business application migrations are not trivial projects and many of these will include a business transformation component. These are often driven by application version upgrades, retiring of legacy or bespoke applications, consolidation across multiple application instances, hybrid cloud migration, business process re-engineering to mergers and acquisitions. The common denominator across all migration projects is data and where a significant amount of project time and money is allocated. Trusted data is fundamental to helping you in achieving your transformation goals and driving better business decisions. What are the best practice approaches to data migration? Base on a recent IDC Business Value Study, organizations achieve 8-month payback and 303% ROI with SAP Advanced Data Migration by Syniti when migrating to SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Ariba.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestiture – Does Data Matter?

As the world enters post-pandemic recovery, the Next Normal is emerging. For growth and sustainability, businesses mergers, acquisitions and divestiture (MA&D) activity are on the rise. The ability to fully maximize the value of data as an asset in MA&D activities is critical to unlocking the benefits and to reduce the potential execution risks that is inherent in them. Good data makes great transactions.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestiture – Does Data Matter?

As the world enters post-pandemic recovery, the Next Normal is emerging. For growth and sustainability, businesses mergers, acquisitions and divestiture (MA&D) activity are on the rise. The ability to fully maximize the value of data as an asset in MA&D activities is critical to unlocking the benefits and to reduce the potential execution risks that is inherent in them. Good data makes great transactions.

Using Workforce Modelling to Improve Business Resilience

Business resilience is more important than ever before. With the COVID timeline so uncertain, many complicated scenarios can play out over the next 12 months. Our discussion will introduce how workforce modelling can help you to prepare for multiple outcomes based on your current workforce. Learn how HR tech solutions can enable you to create strategy and response plans to best survive moving forward.

Using Workforce Modelling to Improve Business Resilience

Business resilience is more important than ever before. With the COVID timeline so uncertain, many complicated scenarios can play out over the next 12 months. Our discussion will introduce how workforce modelling can help you to prepare for multiple outcomes based on your current workforce. Learn how HR tech solutions can enable you to create strategy and response plans to best survive moving forward.

Get in Front of Digital Finance or Get Left Behind – Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Implementation of SAP S/4HANA are often complex, disruptive and time-consuming. It is seen as less of a system upgrade and more of a total transformation. To ensure successful implementation, finance processes need to be assessed, remapped and simplified. Having been part of multiple global SAP implementations and with over 15 years leading finance teams, Frank Florian draws on his expertise and asks Cormac Denton and Amanda Harsas to share the key learnings from their recent SAP S/4HANA implementations experiences when they were with Kapura and Healius Limited.

Kapura rolled out SAP S/4HANA cloud in 28 days in March 2019 while continuing to grow. The roll out had its hurdles with 4 verticals, 50 business units and integrated with several other systems. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards have been great – a future proofed system.

The evolution of finance in Healius, one of Australia’s leading healthcare companies, has left a highly complex SAP general ledger, and often conflicting system enhancements and rules needed to support. In getting ready for SAP S4/HANA, it became evident that process and technology needed to walk together to create a sustainable solution.

They discuss:
– What are the business drivers for making a move to SAP S/4HANA?
– How do you prepare for a finance transformation and refine business processes to set you up for success?
– Exactly how did Kapura go about rolling out SAP S/4HANA cloud in just 28days?
– What are the common hurdles organisations face and how did they overcome them?
– How do you successfully manage the people and change component of digital transformation?

The Coles Approach to Moving to S/4HANA

Join Stephen Owens of EPI-USE labs as he interviews Cameron Amling who explains the problem Coles was trying to solve with moving to SAP S/4HANA and why speed was critical. The discussion will provide an overview of the “before” landscape and the current landscape. Why did Coles choose the path they did to migrate, how did they choose the approach and partner. An overview of the project, including the team, the structure, the mass data migration and the steps followed will be shared. What did Coles learn and what would we do differently. What are the next steps now that we have moved our Finance platform onto SAP S/4HANA.

Preparing for a Shared Services Environment

Federal Government has an appetite to standardise their systems. The idea is to rationalise all their ERP implementations. The question is how does one prepare for this? Is it best to go to one system or to adopt a hub method where large departments’ instances absorb and host related departments? It is critical to understand what they are going to lose and what they will gain when they go this route.

Join our panellists Aaron Liu, Lloyd Hewitt and Chris Rae as they discuss and explore the factors driving the movement to shared services and the challenges that organisations and agencies face when such a step is taken. The conversation will focus on all aspects of the move from people, to process and technology. It will look at what has worked and what hasn’t in the past.

• Rationalising ERP instances down to one/few system(s)?
• Preparing data and teams for a shared service environment
• Standardisation – How do we get there?
• Pre-empting what you are going to lose and what we are you going to gain from the move

When Projects Fail, It’s All About What’s in the Contract

Budget blowouts due to cost overruns, extra resources, unplanned expenses, delays and accountability vacuums. Sound familiar? This is what happens when a system implementation goes wrong and as the financial executive in charge you’re the one who has to sort it out.

When things go wrong, there are many questions asked: Which party caused the problem? Did each of the parties do what they were meant to? Who dropped the ball? Who is responsible for fixing it?

A contract doesn’t typically answer these questions, but it should. Contracts should not only protect your legal position but also clearly set out the framework of the engagement.

Ashley Saltzman mediates commercial disputes and escalations at SAP across Asia Pacific & Japan. He previously held the same role at IBM in Australia & New Zealand. Put simply, he cleans up the mess left behind when projects go wrong.

In this session, Ashley will share with you –

• the 3 key reasons for project failures
• the critical omissions in contracts and how to fix them

It is all about what’s in the contract.