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Andrew Daddo Mastering SAP MC
Antoniette De Marco Head of IT Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia
Marjorie Wright (USA) SAP FI-CO Consultant/Speaker/Author Simply FI-CO LLC
Jennifer McClure (USA) CEO Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR
Oscar Trimboli Author of Deep Listening & Breakthroughs, Professional Speaker, Apple Award-Winning Podcast Host
Lyubomir Mateev (BUL) Principal UX Designer SAP Design
Thomas Jung (USA) Head of Developer Advocacy SAP 
Wendy Bowie Analysis and Financial Systems Manager Contact Energy (NZ)
Tejan Vallabh (NZ) Head of Financial Planning Contact Energy
Richard J. Watson Partner EY
Suzie Montagu Finance Governance Lead Aurizon Holdings Limited
Tina Lundkvist (NZ) Head of People Analytics Fonterra
Paul White Director of Information and Digital Technology Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Greg Capps (USA) SAP Business Systems Consultant, SAP Business Systems Consultant Georgia-Pacific LLC
Natalie Peters Executive, Domain Orchestration NAB
Troy Goldner SAP Delivery Lead Hydro Tasmania
Frank Florian (USA) Sr. Program Director SAP Norfolk Southern
Karen Twitchett Director Workforce and Technology Northern Beaches Council
Stefan Goehring Senior Account Executive SAP Signavio
Amit Verma Regional Sr. Director & Lead Asia Pacific & Japan, SAP
Nadine Coetzee SAP Test Lead Foodstuffs NZ (North Island)
Ben Murphy IT Architecture Manager SunRice Group
Leslie Hanson Business Systems Analyst, Data Integration Lead Glencore
Alex Andrenacci Partner, SAP+ Business Ernst & Young
Heather Hill (USA) Founder & CEO BI Success Coach LLC & SAP Mentor
Melinda Gabriel National Manager Cross Government Engagement Services Australia – Australian Government
Penny Beecham Learning & Development Specialist The Y NSW 
Sheehan Arangala Business Insights Lead Costa Group
Brendan Tanner CFO McGrathNicol
Marvin Rougier (SING) Director, SAP Experience Center SAP
Gus Balbontin Investor – Advisor – Adventurer
Mike Doyle Independent
Nanette Baber Product Lead – Finance and Cybersecurity SAP Australia
Mark Barry ANZ Director of Solution Engineering – S/4HANA Digital Core SAP
Dudley Cartwright Managing Director Soterion
Travis Smith SAP Domain Architect SA Power Networks
Mark Kemp Project Manager, Information & Digital Technology Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Colleen Hebbert Senior SAP Security & GRC Consultant SAP Australia
Brian Orloff Head of Innovation Advisory SAP
Kenith Gee Head of IT LPMA
Ben Rogers Enterprise Technical Architect Ventia
Amandeep Kaur-Shaik Manager, Strategy, Projects and HR Digital Enablement Nutrien Ag Solutions
Robb Simpson Digital Director Lion
Amit Bajaj SAP Cybersecurity Consultant SAP Australia
Jorg Thuijs SAP Technical Architect DalRae Solutions
Michael Coatsworth (NZ) Principal Architect – Systems Foodstuffs North Island
Chris Rae Managing Director DalRae Solutions
Anastasios Kyriakopoulos Director of Solutions Architects APAC Tricentis
Patrick Saundry Head of Human Experience Management (HXM) DXC
Flora Salim Professor and Cisco Chair in Digital Transport, AI/ML Mobility Data Science Thought Leader
Sarah Reid People & Culture Australia Post
Claire Davies Independent
Martin Gillet (BEL) ERP SAP Consultant Trainer & SAP Mentors Alumni
Paul Swain SAP Transformation Executive Capgemini
Murali Shanmugham Customer Success Partner – SAP Business Technology Platform SAP
Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis Senior Director – Innovation Technology & Strategy (APJ) SAP Australia
Carmen Lyons SAP Centre of Excellence – Manager BlackLine
Matt Voce Local Product Manager SAP
David Kruijver IT Business Relations Team Lead TasNetworks
Joylene Balido (NZ) Senior SAP Functional Consultant Auckland Council
Andrew Chapman Head of Consulting SAP Concur
Rahul Lohia (NZ) Senior SAP Developer Auckland Council
David Chin Development & Composition Architect Australia Post
Chris Paine SAP Mentor
Ben Choo (NZ) People Analytics and Systems Manager Genesis Energy
Gene Kaalsen SAP Solution Specialist and Partner GTM Strategist, APAC Splunk
Cheryl Jensen Sales Director DalRae Solutions
Mike Vorias Regional Director Finance and Risk Solutions SAP APJ
Brent Paterson Managing Director SNP Australia
Allan Johnson Solution Advisor SAP
Andrew Daddo Mastering SAP MC
Antoniette De Marco Head of IT Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia
Marjorie Wright (USA) SAP FI-CO Consultant/Speaker/Author Simply FI-CO LLC
Jennifer McClure (USA) CEO Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR
Oscar Trimboli Author of Deep Listening & Breakthroughs, Professional Speaker, Apple Award-Winning Podcast Host
Lyubomir Mateev (BUL) Principal UX Designer SAP Design
Thomas Jung (USA) Head of Developer Advocacy SAP 
Wendy Bowie Analysis and Financial Systems Manager Contact Energy (NZ)
Tejan Vallabh (NZ) Head of Financial Planning Contact Energy
Richard J. Watson Partner EY
Suzie Montagu Finance Governance Lead Aurizon Holdings Limited
Tina Lundkvist (NZ) Head of People Analytics Fonterra
Paul White Director of Information and Digital Technology Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Greg Capps (USA) SAP Business Systems Consultant, SAP Business Systems Consultant Georgia-Pacific LLC
Natalie Peters Executive, Domain Orchestration NAB
Troy Goldner SAP Delivery Lead Hydro Tasmania
Frank Florian (USA) Sr. Program Director SAP Norfolk Southern
Karen Twitchett Director Workforce and Technology Northern Beaches Council
Stefan Goehring Senior Account Executive SAP Signavio
Amit Verma Regional Sr. Director & Lead Asia Pacific & Japan, SAP
Nadine Coetzee SAP Test Lead Foodstuffs NZ (North Island)
Ben Murphy IT Architecture Manager SunRice Group
Leslie Hanson Business Systems Analyst, Data Integration Lead Glencore
Alex Andrenacci Partner, SAP+ Business Ernst & Young
Heather Hill (USA) Founder & CEO BI Success Coach LLC & SAP Mentor
Melinda Gabriel National Manager Cross Government Engagement Services Australia – Australian Government
Penny Beecham Learning & Development Specialist The Y NSW 
Sheehan Arangala Business Insights Lead Costa Group
Brendan Tanner CFO McGrathNicol
Marvin Rougier (SING) Director, SAP Experience Center SAP
Gus Balbontin Investor – Advisor – Adventurer
Mike Doyle Independent
Nanette Baber Product Lead – Finance and Cybersecurity SAP Australia
Mark Barry ANZ Director of Solution Engineering – S/4HANA Digital Core SAP
Dudley Cartwright Managing Director Soterion
Travis Smith SAP Domain Architect SA Power Networks
Mark Kemp Project Manager, Information & Digital Technology Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Colleen Hebbert Senior SAP Security & GRC Consultant SAP Australia
Brian Orloff Head of Innovation Advisory SAP
Kenith Gee Head of IT LPMA
Ben Rogers Enterprise Technical Architect Ventia
Amandeep Kaur-Shaik Manager, Strategy, Projects and HR Digital Enablement Nutrien Ag Solutions
Robb Simpson Digital Director Lion
Amit Bajaj SAP Cybersecurity Consultant SAP Australia
Jorg Thuijs SAP Technical Architect DalRae Solutions
Michael Coatsworth (NZ) Principal Architect – Systems Foodstuffs North Island
Chris Rae Managing Director DalRae Solutions
Anastasios Kyriakopoulos Director of Solutions Architects APAC Tricentis
Patrick Saundry Head of Human Experience Management (HXM) DXC
Flora Salim Professor and Cisco Chair in Digital Transport, AI/ML Mobility Data Science Thought Leader
Sarah Reid People & Culture Australia Post
Claire Davies Independent
Martin Gillet (BEL) ERP SAP Consultant Trainer & SAP Mentors Alumni
Paul Swain SAP Transformation Executive Capgemini
Murali Shanmugham Customer Success Partner – SAP Business Technology Platform SAP
Dr. Nicholas Nicoloudis Senior Director – Innovation Technology & Strategy (APJ) SAP Australia
Carmen Lyons SAP Centre of Excellence – Manager BlackLine
Matt Voce Local Product Manager SAP
David Kruijver IT Business Relations Team Lead TasNetworks
Joylene Balido (NZ) Senior SAP Functional Consultant Auckland Council
Andrew Chapman Head of Consulting SAP Concur
Rahul Lohia (NZ) Senior SAP Developer Auckland Council
David Chin Development & Composition Architect Australia Post
Chris Paine SAP Mentor
Ben Choo (NZ) People Analytics and Systems Manager Genesis Energy
Gene Kaalsen SAP Solution Specialist and Partner GTM Strategist, APAC Splunk
Cheryl Jensen Sales Director DalRae Solutions
Mike Vorias Regional Director Finance and Risk Solutions SAP APJ
Brent Paterson Managing Director SNP Australia
Allan Johnson Solution Advisor SAP

MC – ANDREW DADDO

Thrilled to announce that Andrew returns as this year’s co-MC.

Energetic, enigmatic and witty, Andrew’s managed to have a crack at just about every aspect of the entertainment industry, probably more out of necessity than by design. He’s appeared on TV – some good, some great and some entirely forgettable, presented radio programs, podcasts, appeared on stage and a long, long time ago, even made a few movies.

Maybe best of all, Andrew’s an accomplished author. He’s written 28 books of various sizes, weights and colours. Picture books, chapter books, short story collections, novels and a vague biography – he’s hard to pin down. He also talks up literacy in schools across Australia. What’s next? Time will tell, but given the history, it could be anything.

IT as an Innovator and Enabler for Konica Minolta’s Customer Centric Future

Konica Minolta had been performing on legacy application architecture 15 plus years old, unsupported, unpatched and all on premise. This carried a large degree of technical debt as applications were heavily customized and meant go-to-market products and initiatives were slow to implement. When Covid impacted the business via supply chain issues and reduced project funding, the IT team needed to pivot their plans and quickly drive innovation in Digital Transformation and Customer Insights.

This session will share insights from the journey so far:

  • A move to BW on Hana, hosted on AWS, which gave the business the opportunity to enhance their data extractors and roll out a new customer interface using SAP Analytics, with the view of driving self-service reporting and will be customer facing to gain customer insights
  • Undertaking a greenfield SAP S/4HANA implementation, on-premise and hosted on AWS, which commenced June 2021, due to go-live October 2022. This will optimise our reporting platforms, take customised back-office processes across Finance, Inventory Management and Material Management, back to standard and best practice and lay the foundations for the next steps in our digital transformation.

Masterclass: Comparison of Profitability Analysis and SAP S/4HANA Margin Analysis

ERP Profitability Analysis has always been a complex area of Controlling. First, there is the decision on which type of CO-PA to implement, then we need the skills for the detailed configuration, then we need the patience and experience for reconciliation at period end.

In this session we’ll explore the new design of SAP S/4HANA Margin Analysis and the features it makes available to support real time analysis from the Universal Journal.

  • Overview of Profitability Analysis in SAP ERP
  • Knowledge on the design and purpose of Margin Analysis in SAP S/4HANA Finance
  • Understanding which Margin Analysis features support continuous and predictive accounting

Crying Babies, Barking Dogs, Flushing Toilets, Did I Really Say that Off Mute?

In the fall of 2019, I had this idea of blogging about ideas that circulate at 30,000 feet – reflections on the people side of an SAP Finance career. The general idea was “thoughts from the window seat”. Then came a global pandemic and instead of musing from the sky, I had to concentrate on muting myself during Zoom meetings in my spare room at home. My window seat was no longer a great view from above the earth, it was a glimpse of my apartment parking lot.

These days, thoughts on the people side of my career are through a very different lens. As we re-join the brick-and-mortar workplace, what have we learned about valuing our human assets?

Join me in this interactive discussion on the challenges and the rewards of a human centric workplace.

SAP Analytics Cloud for Cost and Revenue Planning

There are many ways to plan cost and revenue, some SAP and some non-SAP. In the ERP world, many of these exist in silos. In this session we will explore what is available in SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) as compared to the ERP cost and revenue planning tools.

1. Knowledge of SAC as a cost/revenue planning tool
2. An understanding of SAC stories
3. Benefits of integration with SAP S/4HANA Finance

Future-Ready HR: Leading Breakthrough Performance in The New World of Work

To thrive in the business environment of the future, the competencies and capabilities of human resources leaders must evolve. The workforce and the workplace is changing at a pace faster than ever before, and to deliver maximum impact on results and effectively align talent with the organisation’s strategic plans, HR Leaders must deeply understand the business, focus strategically, understand how to influence change, and play a key role in solving business problems.

In this session, Jennifer will challenge conventional thinking about HR’s role in organisations and explore progressive ways to evolve and disrupt traditional people practices, while building the relationships and influence necessary to gain approval and executive support. This interactive program delivers information, actionable insights and new ideas that HR leaders can leverage immediately to drive business results, and competitive advantage for their organisations.

  • Understand the skills, competencies, and mindset that will define effective HR Leaders in the future of work.
  • Examine evolving workforce trends and talent strategies.
  • Discover how to embrace and lead change. while developing high-trust, high-value relationships with business partners.
  • Learn from real-life examples and lessons learned from leaders who have taken risks, and disrupted HR in their organisations.
  • Practical and actionable tips and techniques that can immediately impact business today.

MASTERCLASS: Developing Next Generation Leaders to Achieve Competitive Advantage in a New Future of Work

As the future of work continues to evolve, the need to identify and develop leaders in your organisation — not just at the top, but for critical roles at all levels — is more important than ever before. HR leaders must take a strategic approach to developing this next generation of leaders by reshaping leadership, talent development, and succession planning programs that must change – because the world has changed – and it will continue to change at an increasingly rapid pace in the future. Ensuring that high potential talent and future leaders are identified and developing the skills and abilities that will be needed to navigate their organisations through the challenges and changes of tomorrow is not the only benefit of successful leadership development and succession planning programs. In an era where competition for top talent is intense, and “The Great Resignation” is in effect, providing challenging work, and career development opportunities is a key retention strategy as well.

In this program, Jennifer will share Best Practices, as well as Next Practices – new and innovative ideas to create effective leadership development and succession planning strategies that help organisations achieve competitive advantage in a new future of work.

  • Understand how to establish leadership development and succession planning programs and processes that are aligned and connected to the business outcomes.
  • Challenge thinking about the identification of leadership potential and learn on how to leverage assessments, as well as real-world experiences in the succession planning process.
  • Gain insights on how to build of a growth mindset culture, as well as how to find undiscovered successors for leadership and critical roles

Deep Listening – An Agent of Positive Change

Oscar Trimboli is an author, professional speaker and host of an Apple award-winning podcast Deep Listening, Impact Beyond Words. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors, and executive teams, Oscar has experienced first-hand the transformational impact leaders can have when they listen beyond words.

He believes that when leadership teams focus their attention and listening, they will build organisations that create powerful legacies for the people they serve – today and more importantly, for future generations.

Oscar is a marketing and technology industry veteran working for Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Polycom, and Vodafone. He consults with organizations including American Express, AstraZeneca, Cisco, Google, HSBC, IAG, Montblanc, PwC, Salesforce, Sanofi, SAP, and Siemens.

Oscar loves his afternoon walks with his wife, Jennie, and their dog Kilimanjaro. On the weekends, you will find him playing Lego with one or all his four grandchildren.

Fiori & the Experience Mindset

Learn more about how SAP Design is evolving Fiori to meet today’s market expectations and how we want to make our products more approachable and accessible. We will share the current state of Fiori in both Mobile and Web platforms as well as talk about our Modular Design System approach and Federated Design Model.

MASTERCLASS: SAP Fiori Core Design System Live!

See how we are creating our Modular Design System with a tool chain that efficiently combines state of the art tools into one design-to-development workflow. Experience the tight integration of the design specification with the implementation so that developers and designers can iterate fast and without media breaks in the same environment. A real behind the scenes session, fair dinkum!

Development Trends in the SAP World 

In this session we will explore the general development trends in the SAP world. If you are an ABAP developer then you will be interested in the move to Cloud and how that can be supported by technologies like embedded Steampunk and RAP (the Restful Application Programming Model).

You might be building Cloud Native extensions already and want to hear about the latest developments around side-by-side extensions using the CAP (Cloud Application Programming Model) or maybe you are intrigued by the industry trends in the Low-/No-Code space.

We will cover a little bit of news and information about all those topics in this session.  

Trends in SAP Tooling

There has never been a time when the developer tooling in the SAP world has been changing and growing as quickly as now.  We see the increasing inclusion of open source and partner tooling directly into the SAP ecosystem.  For instance, major programming models like Fiori and Cloud Application Programming (CAP) model offering their tooling as extensions to Visual Studio Code. 

But we also see the continuing influence of Git and code sharing and new lifecycle approaches evolving the way we manage software in the enterprise as well. Of course, the move to the Cloud and Cloud Native architecture brings with them massive changes and opportunities as well.  In this session we will have an open discussion across all of these topics. 

Embedded Steampunk – The Future of S/4 Extensibility 

What is Embedded Steampunk?  Why is it different than ABAP extensibility approaches in the past? How can I use it now in S/4 Cloud and what will the future hold for its role in on premise S/4 systems as well? 

All these questions and more regarding the latest approaches in ABAP based development and extensibility will be answered in this session. 

Why SME Advocacy was Instrumental to Contact Energy’s Financial Reporting Success

How do we grow our finance employees to better understand and self-manage their software solutions? Learn how Contact Energy’s approach has ensured systems grow to suit changing business needs and how along the way, the team have been able to build very complex planning models directly into SAC.

Contact Energy will share their development and implementation journey with SAC and SAP S/4 HANA and share how they see their investment in SAC and S/4HANA will be further leveraged across other use cases. Having achieved delivery to finance and over 100 business users, S/4HANA Early Fiori adoption and ability to maintain, improve and pivot complex models and systems as business changes at speed.

This session will share lessons around:

  • Increasing speed of uptake and buy in through business lead decision making and involvement.
  • How to retain, and grow employees while de-risking business
  • Change management learnings for wider business implementations

Why SME Advocacy was Instrumental to Contact Energy’s Financial Reporting Success

How do we grow our finance employees to better understand and self-manage their software solutions? Learn how Contact Energy’s approach has ensured systems grow to suit changing business needs and how along the way, the team have been able to build very complex planning models directly into SAC.

Contact Energy will share their development and implementation journey with SAC and SAP S/4 HANA and share how they see their investment in SAC and S/4HANA will be further leveraged across other use cases. Having achieved delivery to finance and over 100 business users, S/4HANA Early Fiori adoption and ability to maintain, improve and pivot complex models and systems as business changes at speed.

This session will share lessons around:

  • Increasing speed of uptake and buy in through business lead decision making and involvement.
  • How to retain, and grow employees while de-risking business
  • Change management learnings for wider business implementations

Back to the Future on Cybersecurity

At the dawn of Web 3.0, as we deploy new technologies into a fractious political and social climate, organisations must advance their cybersecurity controls across multiple frontiers. Never before have we been more dependent on the inter-connectivity of devices, putting cyber resilience at the top of employees’, executives’ and boards’ priority lists. Richard Watson, EY’s Global & Asia-Pacific Cybersecurity leader will share the latest cybersecurity megatrends and how organisations must evolve to keep up.

Getting Real Benefits from GRC

Improve governance framework over GRC processes and activities and drive more value from the system. We wanted to build on the work we had put into GRC thus far. We had far too many customised business roles to maintain, and in the changing business environment we knew we needed to be more efficient, consistent, and smarter about working towards implementation of a user review approach.

  • Getting the best value and benefits from GRC whatever stage of your strategy
  • Benefits of close collaboration between Finance & SAP Security team
  • SAP Security (GRC) is not set and forget, it needs to be aligned with a continually changing business environment

Fonterra’s Experience with SuccessFactors SAC Stories

SuccessFactors SAP Analytics Cloud is a foundational reporting requirement for many People & Culture functions across organisations globally. For us SAC means we can produce real time, cross module reporting at the fingertips for HR, leaders, and managers in Fonterra.  With our new job and career architecture in SuccessFactors, the SAC visualisation dashboards filtering means we can drill deep into the information, spotlighting key capabilities and ensure we have the right people, in the right places. 

So how did we go about implementing SAC Stories? Building design skills from scratch, design of dashboards aligned to KPIs. Producing a value-added toolkit and purposeful insights in one place. This is our journey.

Going Under the Hood of the Happy Average

Have you ever presented a set of key metrics to your lead team that appear on target, only to discover when you drill into the numbers, the average number is a ‘happy average’ hiding the true story? 

Your employee engagement Grand Mean may be tracking towards world class, but are there areas that need further examination? Is your time to offer tracking green, but managers are telling us they cannot find key talent? Is your turnover volume in line with the average trend of other organisations but the people leaving are the key talent you want to keep?

‘Going under the hood of the happy average’ is a discussion on how to use data to tell the real story and generate deeper insights, to support decisions and actionable outcomes.

Taronga 3D – Data-Driven Decision Making to Drive Revenue and Achieve Conservation Outcomes

Taronga had a variety of disparate systems and reporting tools, resulting in reporting inconsistencies that inhibited the organisation’s decision marking abilities at an Executive level. Reporting inaccuracies resulted in the loss of profits and constant overhead with reforecasting and budgeting.

  • How to identify and manage the transition from manual reporting methods to a fully automated solution
  • Understand how to leverage the power of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) to enhance business decision making capabilities
  • Learn about the challenges faced when consolidating data from competing areas of the business

Don’t Leave the Keys in the Car when you Run SAP in the Cloud

Embracing new SAP S/4HANA technology but keeping your old SOD ruleset may introduce significant gaps. With the migration to services and function modules the standard delivered SAP rules have gaps:

  • What should you do to reduce risk?
  • Have you restricted data appropriately?
  • Do you need additional tools?

Join as we discuss how to identify risks and understand steps you can take to lower risk profiles.

Reinvent the Wheel with SAP S/4HANA Security

SAP has delivered nearly 15000 apps in the Fiori library. With this innovation driven to enhance user experience, there is a significant gap in managing risks. Prior to SAP S/4HANA only a single database user was needed, now with eHANA reporting users exist directly on the database and even datacenters are changing from private data centers to private cloud or even internet enabled. All these changes create risk which needs to be managed before the wheels fall off the cart.

SAP Security for a New Generation

Anyone can deliver security; it is only a transaction and role assignment.  This mindset existed several years ago but technology has changed. This session will help you understand how Fiori apps work with standard SAP controls, how to trace security authorisations for Fiori and best practices for updating authorisation defaults.

Understand the case for building business roles in GRC instead of assigning a single role to a connector. Integration across systems, on premise and in cloud architecture are important reasons to embrace GRC and potentially even IAG.

Enabling the Right Will & Skill in your Organisation for a Successful Transformation

Transforming a business in a complex pandemic world, is not an easy task. Hear about the core elements to get right when transforming your business, either through digitisation, ways of working, or both.

Natalie will share her experience and practical ways to maintain momentum on a future state ambition, despite the ever-changing external and internal context. The approach Natalie has implemented in multiple organisations enables teams to focus on the work that really matters for customers, make faster and more effective decisions, and invest in and retain talent through creating new ways of working.

Join this session to understand:

  • How to prioritise work and match this with the skills and assets to deliver outcomes for your customers.
  • The methods and mindsets that enable the model and improve how you do things, not just what you do.
  • Practical ways to maintain momentum in an ever-changing environment.

A Second Bite at SAP SuccessFactors – What We Now Know

Hydro Tasmania set out to simplify and consolidate their HRIS and to empower business users with a higher degree of ownership over system and business process. The first-round implementation of SAP SuccessFactors (SAPSF) in 2020 did not provide the user experience outcomes the team was looking for, so they went back to the drawing board to re-evaluate and take the learnings into a refreshed approach to implementation.

In 2022, the team kicked off their SAPSF reimplementation with a renewed approach and perspective on the challenges they needed to manage when it came to data migration, communicating change and ensuring the right level of resources were allocated. Hear how the project was tackled and the lessons that have driven Hydro Tasmania’s refreshed implementation of SAPSF.

  • The business and IT benefits of taking a stepped implementation approach
  • Getting value quickly by knowing what’s in your stack (reward and recognition, badges, licensing examples)
  • How SAPSF extension/low-code development allowed for fast innovation deployment, including COVID vaccination status tracking
  • Working with the right partner for your business case/scenario

Achieving Digital Transformation & Intuitive UX at Hydro Tasmania

Hydro Tasmania wanted to reap the benefits of converting from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. The organisation set out to simplify and systemise existing processes, improve the user experience for staff, and introduce more contemporary technology to continue building future capability and lay the foundation for a broader innovation program. This session will share insights from Hydro Tasmania’s 12-month journey to convert to SAP S/4HANA and becoming one of the first SAP customers to roll-out Fiori 3 to its users.

While the project team started fully in the office, the global COVID-19 pandemic meant the team had to rapidly pivot and operate in a 100% remote capacity, achieving a go-live at financial year end with minimal disruption to business and financial operations. Hydro Tasmania has since begun the broader innovation program to roll out 20 new Fiori tiles and deployment of other SAP S/4HANA functions/modules.

The project has delivered greater process visibility and Fiori 3 provides a more rapid, streamlined, and intuitive user experience. With the Fiori dashboard and new tiles delivered in the innovation phase, employees can easily access new analytical pages and drill down into different data dimensions. The business has achieved a direct cost saving thanks to HANA sidecar and other resource savings opportunities.

Let’s Talk Business Transformation. Is YOUR Finance Team Ready?

We are in the middle of a work revolution, real globalisation, and the rise of artificial intelligence, paired with a new generation of consumers who desire more personal, intuitive brand experiences, are forcing companies to rethink their approach to finance talent management and business transformation.

Businesses must be ready to adapt to sudden changes, and they must do it FAST! Business transformation is NOT about adopting new technology just for having “Ongoing IT Projects.” With ongoing end-user development, transformation should be tangible, measurable, actionable, and immediately applicable. It requires cultural and behavioral changes as they can be complex, disruptive, and time-consuming.

Join this session and to hear how change can transform teams, as finance works towards a global template for P&L, using real time data to measure what counts most.

Change cannot be avoided. It has become part of our lives. Nor is it unstoppable. Is your Finance Department ready to welcome and embrace the rise of Finance Analytics?

MASTERCLASS: Moving to SAP S/4HANA? Not so Fast

Change cannot be avoided, nor is it unstoppable. The Great Resignation is here. Is your Finance Department ready? To embrace the rise of Finance Analytics?

Each company is unique, and so is the scope and effort required to achieve a successful transformation. Therefore, your digital transformation roadmap must be prescriptive and address specific pain points for each department. For a successful transformation, business processes need to be reassessed, remapped, and simplified in advance, but it also takes the right digital-savvy leaders in place.

Studies show that the new wave of talent expected to enter the workforce in the next ten years will bring new ideas and be trained with the latest technology. What is your business doing to attract and retain the best talent? Having a successful change management strategy must align all generations and technology.

We will unpack the steps necessary BEFORE entering the journey to deploy SAP S/4 HANA, no matter your ERP system, that will implore end-users to take ownership of the changes happening in their role.

  • A clear plan on the steps to evaluate/benchmark where your organisation is right now (before embarking on SAP S/4HANA)
  • How to identify the people, process, technology gaps that need addressing to set you up for SAP S/4HANA success
  • Lessons in transforming your people and their thinking right now, ready for the SAP S/4HANA journey ahead

A Contemporary Employee Experience Across Key Stages of the Employee Lifecycle

The amalgamation of three Councils to form the Northern Beaches Council (NBC) required the introduction of new ways of working and standardisation of key employee processes. The new entity was aimed to purposefully shape organisational culture, leadership, and management approaches. It was also challenged to develop an EVP to attract competitive talent pools and importantly develop accountability and customer centric behaviours in the new entity, the foundational and continuing hallmarks of our culture.

The implementation of NB’s SAP SuccessFactors modules were strategically prioritised starting with Performance and Goals, moving to Learning Management, then Recruitment, Marketing and Onboarding, then more recently Employee Central, Roster to Pay (UKG) and EC Payroll.

The implementation has enabled:

  • New and consistent ways of working, enabling employees to self-service and managers to exercise their people management roles
  • A link between performance and pay driving a performance culture where people feel fairly rewarded
  • An effective EVP supporting attraction of employees

This session will share learning around the criticality of clear business outcomes to drive the tech solution, the advantages of a phased deployment in line with business drivers and appetite for change including restructure of HR and Payroll functions, plus the importance of change management and staff adoption.

SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite: Understand and Improve your Business Processes – Fast and at Scale

The pace, complexity, and impact of change is affecting every vertical and organisation nowadays, yet one thing remains constant – the need to proactively manage and mitigate risk and ensure compliance for your organisation on your journey to operational excellence.

Innovative success is about understanding today’s business scenarios for tomorrow’s success. With SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite, organisations can not only understand their existing business processes, but they can also proactively manage and optimise those processes to achieve the agility needed to succeed and thrive.

Changing the way everyone within your organisation thinks about processes is the key to a resilient and sustainable business transformation to ensure your business survival tomorrow.
Learn from SAP Signavio customers who:

  • Harmonise their operations and business decisions with their overall strategy
  • Analyse existing organisational data for continuous process improvements
  • Make smarter use of process data to evaluate and accelerate change
  • Support a company-wide compliance culture, to mitigate risk through shared understanding
  • Actively create experiences that not only satisfy but delight and excite their employees, suppliers and customers

Masterclass: Deep Dive into SAP Universal Journal – A Universe of Data at your Fingertips!

The Universal Journal is one of the key innovations that was introduced with SAP S/4HANA Finance. It contains a Universe of data which is always reconciled by design and which you can slice & dice as per YOUR reporting requirements. At the end of the day, reporting is what matters for an accountant!

It contains not only financial and controlling information at one place, but also operational data originating from logistics processes, which facilitates collaboration between finance and other areas of the organization. This ground-breaking approach allows for real-time access to information without the need to wait until the completion of the period-end close.

In this session, we will do a deep dive into Universal Journal and answer the following questions:

  • Why was the Universal Journal introduced?
  • The Universal Journal – What’s it all about?
    • Gain insights into the definition of the Universal Journal, including the information it contains across financial, controlling, and operational processes
    • Understand how the Universal Journal contains a universe of data easily accessible for reporting and How Real-time integration & reconciliation is guaranteed by design
    • Understand how the Universal Journal is one source of the truth, which enables the concept of continuous accounting
    • Learn what are the Multidimensional Capabilities are of the Universal Journal & how does it support “Self-service” reporting
  • Want to adopt Universal Journal for new generation finance – How do we get there?
    • Explore the migration paths available to move from SAP ECC to the Universal Journal in SAP S/4HANA Finance

The Future of SAP Testing at Foodstuffs NZ (North Island)

Our SAP S/4HANA conversion journey includes the important use of Tricentis TOSCA. Our vision of implementing test automation would allow us to run our full SAP test suite, usually executed by 40+ people in 6 weeks, in a matter of hours AND do it on every significant change we make to the system.

Starting the implementation pre-conversion means we can run our test suites and see the results BEFORE and AFTER migration, in multiple environments.

  • When to start your automation implementation
  • A collaborative implementation
  • Capitalise on your automation investment

Scaling the SunRice Group’s Security Landscape for Change

In April 2019, the SunRice Group listed on the ASX. To adhere to the stringent compliance requirements that came along with that listing SunRice reviewed and expanded their GRC footprint in the SAP space. Already using the Access Risk Manager tool from Soterion to control their Segregation of Duties (SOD) risks, SunRice have now implemented the Elevated Rights and License Auditing modules from the same suite of products.

SunRice recently instigated a role review with the aim of tidying up over 20 years of role development and better structuring roles in preparation for the arrival of SAP S/4HANA. The review achieved tighter control of SOD risk without needing massive systems, enablement of production troubleshooting for the functional and Basis teams in a user and auditor friendly way, streamlined annual SAP License audit process and a reduction in SAP Professional license allocation.

Ben will explain

  • Why you don’t need to write your own SOD/GRC tool! (Your ABAPers may be awesome, but they can do better things with their time)
  • You may not need as many SAP Professional Licenses as you think you do
  • The next time your auditors ask you about your IT Team’s access in Production, be ready.

Connecting SAP to an Application Network for Enterprise-Wide Connectivity

With increasing demand to ensure interconnectivity between varied systems within an enterprise landscape, many systems provide integration solutions to facilitate ingestion and retrieval of data. It is unsustainable for an integration team spanning the enterprise to learn, develop, and maintain various middleware products. Using an integration platform to expose SAP data through OData models to the enterprise application network can mitigate this risk and lower the integration complexity on the SAP system. Understand an application network versus typical point to point integrations

  • Using SAP OData services to expose data in a defined model
  • Common challenges with an API integration approach
  • Reusing exposed models creatively through an integration platform

Using BTP to Assist your SAP Rise Journey – A Fireside Chat

Join Alex Andrenacci and Chris Rae as they discuss how Ernst & Young is using BTP to drive their customers’ transformational journey in SAP. This session will address the opportunities that leveraging the innovation in BTP can offer your company’s point of difference, leaving SAP S/4HANA to handle your more standard business processes.

This session is ideal for those looking to get the most out of SAP from a business perspective or are a technical SAP professional wanting ideas on how to justify a business case for BTP.

How can the Finance Leader of Today Become the Chief Value Officer of Tomorrow? 

Let’s ask a different question – will you create competitive and sustainable advantages by becoming the Chief Value Officer as the co-driver of your business? The focus for building a long-term ethical and responsible business can be seen across society, the investor community and the C-Suite. Share- and Stakeholder perception is often more important than great financials. A company’s value narrative drives valuation by granting transparency on the business model sustainability. We believe there are 3 foundations that will set you up as a CVO for success:

  1. Optimise your value narrative – Understand the company’s meaning, purpose and the key drivers of value for your business and translate it into a new long term value steering & reporting concept that is tangible and quantifiable with data.
  2. Sustainable decision making – The drivers of your entire value proposition must be incorporated into an integrated decision-making approach. Sustainable decision making is the new reality for market valuation, access to capital & stakeholder perception.
  3. Build trust & transparency – Your value proposition must be measurable and honest, articulated in your strategy, translated in numbers and heard by your stakeholders. This calls for digital, agile finance capability.

“Sustainability issues are no longer something that can be addressed after strategic investment decisions have been made – rather, we believe they are indispensable to making investment decisions” – Blackrock

Join Diamond Sponsor EY in a participatory discussion session and help us tackle these themes together.

How Empathy is Important to Building your Data Culture 

According to past research, organisations that base their decisions on data-driven insights are almost three times more likely to achieve double-digit growth. Achieving a culture of data is as impactful to the company bottom line as meeting quarterly sales goals. Data literacy isn’t enough.  To achieve a data culture, organisations need to understand the emotions involved with a culture change.

In this keynote, Heather Hill will cover:

  • Empathy as it relates to culture shifts
  • How to avoid the pitfalls of failure
  • Keys to leading a changing culture
  • Three tips to boost your data culture

MASTERCLASS: How to Create a Roadmap to a Data Driven Organisation

To make the transition to a data driven organisation, we need to understand where we are, what work needs to be done, and how to get there. Knowing where to start is half the battle. The other half is implementing the steps in a way that shows continuous value.  Just as we create metrics to measure success for the organisation, the path to success to creating a data culture also needs measurements to ensure accountability wrapped in a sustainable process. This allows us to showcase the value provided to our organisation.

In this interactive workshop, we will:

  • Leverage data to determine the baseline for your organisation
  • Understand how to create the steps needed for your organisation
  • Learn how to build relationships and communicate successfully
  • Build data-driven accountability in your organisation
  • Work through an interactive workbook and templates that you can take home with you

When People and Technology Collide… Standardisation and Consolidation in Government

The Australian Government is fundamentally changing the way it delivers corporate services – specifically human resources and payroll, finance, travel, expense and procurement – by consolidating the technology offering and standardising business processes. The GovERP Programme will deliver the latest technology to the APS to build a digitally capable workforce that can respond to the changing needs of our country. But how do you achieve this when there are more than 170 bespoke systems and 130,000 APS employees?

Join Melinda as she shares insights from engaging across the Government to ensure GovERP delivers a fit-for-purpose technology solution. Melinda will share her experiences from the journey so far in delivering a technology solution that is driving business transformation.

Melinda is currently leading the engagement across Government to ensure that the GovERP solution meets requirements across agencies. This includes working with agencies to identify business processes that will need to change, the impact to staff in agencies and the training required to successfully transition to GovERP.

The Y NSW’s SuccessFactors Journey – Lessons Post Launch

The Y NSW required an integrated HRIS to meet the business needs, which would support recruitment, onboarding and changes to employment information, including an LMS that could track qualifications, and host e-learning.

The lack of integration in the existing HR systems meant information was hard to locate, reports relied on manipulation of excel data and the business lacked confidence in systems. The new system had to be user friendly for team members ranging in age, tech ability, employment status (ie permanent and very casual staff) from recruitment to exit.

The implementation achieved:

  • An integrated HRIS with Resource Hub (user friendly reference guides and FAQ’s webpage launched at the same time)
  • Accurate data and reporting leading to manager confidence
  • Qualification compliance increase from 54% in system to 89% in system

Hear how The Y NSW prepared for the implementation and kept their end-users at the forefront of all decisions, ensuring there was full understanding of the business requirements to implement a solution that was fit for future needs and ensure they had a team dedicated to the transition and launch.

Enterprise Planning & Analytics on SAP Analytics Cloud

Costa Group is Australia’s largest Horticulture company with five unique business categories and international operations. Over time, each business unit had developed unique planning processes and relied heavily on excel. Costa group is on a journey to standardise the planning processes and methodology across the group whilst allowing for unique planning scenarios within each business unit using SAC.

This work has achieved:

  • Standardisation of Enterprise KPIs, reporting and analytics
  • Developing internal capability within the team
  • Provide a solution for analysis and spend less time consolidating and gathering planning data

Lesson from this session will focus on building planning solutions to allow flexibility for future changes, how to build internal skills and capability to support ongoing adoption, and the management of the solution to target areas that will add the highest value to the business.

Efficiency & Compliance with Concur, while Scaling Growth at McGrathNicol

As part of McGrathNicol’s broader Finance transformation, including its S4 cloud ERP launch in late 2019, the firm overhauled its purchase to pay processes with the implementation of Concur. While Concur Expense is well known, it was Concur Invoice that had the biggest immediate impact on both Finance and business users of the AP process. Concur Invoice saw the use of OCR and in-built automations that removed a significant amount of manual data entry, enabled the simplification of business process steps and streamlined the approval workflow – collectively seeing error rates drop from more than 5% of invoices to almost 0.

Since deployment, McGrathNicol has also continued to review and enhance its Expense module, with a project to simplify the user experience around BD / entertainment expenditure completed in early 2022 with input from Concur support, internal resources and an external consultant. Improved spend visibility via Concur’s reporting and stronger inbuilt fraud prevention controls continue to benefit the firm during a period of strong growth.

The Future of Retail Experience

We link live to the SAP Experience Centre in Singapore to spend an interactive day in the life of a future consumer persona. We will follow them as they start their day with breakfast and ask their Smart-Fridge to ensure all their groceries are stocked for their day ahead. The Smart-Fridge communicates with the supermarket, to understand current supermarket stock levels, what is on back order or what may have perished. We’ll then follow the consumer as they visit their retail store to buy new clothes, where we’ll see the possibilities of a touchless commerce experience that uses wireless and machine learning technologies. This session will demonstrate the art of the possible for the future of retail and how SAP customers are improving customer experience, visibility and productivity in a retail context using IoT and AI.

Drawing on SAP retail customer examples in APAC, SAP Customer Activity Repository (CAR) and new technologies outside of SAP, Now.AI which uses social media and other sources, to identify which retail products are trending. For those concerned with innovation and technology in retail and for anyone looking to innovate how they engage their customers and gain insights.

Biography

Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of FOMO landed him in Australia at the young age of 17. By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams. Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the executive director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, but loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life. Over the last 3 years Gus Balbontin has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different. Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! Gus Balbontin loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future.

What will you take away from listening to Gus is:

1. Understand the challenges of corporate momentum and how to break traditional, repetitive business processes in favour of agile and more entrepreneurial models.
2. Learn how to create structures and systems capable of supporting established AND emerging business models simultaneously.
3. Gain insight into how to transform your business, departments, teams and colleagues to become more adaptable and succeed in rapid changing markets.
4. Recognise how our brain has evolved primarily to hunter-gather and not for current speed of advancement. We are at odds with our own instincts.

Gus will help you love change and become aware of your instinctual rejection to change.

How can SAP’s Cloud Application Programming Model (CAP) Give Developers Super-Powers? 

CAP accelerates application development on SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) because the framework takes care of the basics. That leaves you free to concentrate on the business logic of the task at hand. By deploying your custom applications to BTP you can keep your core ERP system ‘clean’ and ready for upgrades.

This demo-rich session will show you:

  • What is CAP?
  • What databases and languages can I use with CAP?
  • How do I get started with CAP?
  • What’s new with CAP?
  • How can CAP apps be easily extended and re-used?

Cybersecurity and Data Protection in an SAP Hybrid Environment

How to protect your environment by identifying personal data leakage with auditability of inappropriate access and real-time reporting? How to detect a possible attack and provide evidence?

In this session, you will learn how SAP Enterprise Threat Detection and UI Data Protection Masking and Logging can address data theft, data manipulation, and removal of evidence traces. You will have access to tamper-proof auditable events for compliance and legal requirements. You will have the ability to apply rule-based data obfuscation and appropriate unmasking.

Where should the Finance S/4HANA Journey Start?

The world continues to evolve, businesses need to respond to events or innovate to stay ahead. Finance departments need to respond to business needs and are often asked to do more with less. For many they are asked to do this with a Finance system that was designed for a business and the way they operated five, ten, fifteen, even twenty years ago!

Where should Finance start the journey?

  • Understanding the Vision for Finance within your organisation
  • Knowing what’s possible with SAP S/4HANA
  • Reviewing your Business Processes to determine if they are fit for purpose and support your future vision
  • Identify the value of change

SAP offers a Vision to Value process to help guide you through this process and provide tools to help you understand how to move forward. Join this session to understand where to start the journey and how SAP can enable you.

SAP User Access Provisioning (IAM vs GRC) – Understand your Options

Assigning SAP user access via an Identity Access Management solution versus the Access Control (GRC) solution. The pros and cons of both provisioning methodologies, as well as when to consider a hybrid approach.

Identity Access Management solutions can bring about great efficiencies in the user access provisioning process but are less well equipped to identify access risk. On the other hand, access control solutions are well equipped to identify access risk but are less powerful at user provisioning.

In this session we will discuss some scenarios where the benefits of provisioning SAP access using an IAM solution outweigh that of GRC solution, as well as other scenarios where provisioning access using the Business Role concept (of the access control / GRC) solution are more beneficial than that of the IAM solution.

  • Gain an understanding of the advantages / disadvantages of each solution for user provisioning and user access reviews
  • With an understanding of your organisation’s business objectives, be in a position to recommend the most appropriate provisioning strategy for your organization

Empowering SAP Process with Fiori: A Real-Life Journey

SA Power Networks usage of Fiori supporting SAP processes has spanned eight years with the shift to an agile delivery framework in 2015. This has increased the value and speed in which apps have been delivered to the business.

SA Power Networks has built a well-established Fiori capability leading to innovation in areas such as the use object recognition (ML) in within their inventory processes. A successful implementation of SAP S/4HANA Utilities in 2021 followed a browser first approach to deliver an end-to-end experience for users on the Fiori Launch Pad. SA Power Networks is currently tackling the migration of ERP to SAP S/4HANA via a system conversion, presenting difference challenges to that of a greenfield implementation of SAP S/4HANA Utilities.

The journey to date has realised:

  • A trusted relationship with the business, delivering process efficiencies through a modernised user experience via an agile delivery model
  • Process efficiencies with application of machine learning into our SAP inventory processes
  • End to end Fiori Launch Pad experience delivered for SAP S/4HANA utilities, positioned to benefit from ongoing advancement of SAP Fiori in subsequent SAP S/4HANA releases

This session will share the use case for object recognition, the learnings from a browser first strategy during greenfield SAP S/4HANA Utilities implementation, speak to the different challenges related to Fiori deployment in a brownfield implementation of SAP S/4HANA, compared to greenfield and will also discuss how SA Power Networks are approaching Fiori in the system conversion of ECC to SAP S/4HANA.

Taronga 3D – Data-Driven Decision Making to Drive Revenue and Achieve Conservation Outcomes

Taronga had a variety of disparate systems and reporting tools, resulting in reporting inconsistencies that inhibited the organisation’s decision marking abilities at an Executive level. Reporting inaccuracies resulted in the loss of profits and constant overhead with reforecasting and budgeting.

  • How to identify and manage the transition from manual reporting methods to a fully automated solution
  • Understand how to leverage the power of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) to enhance business decision making capabilities
  • Learn about the challenges faced when consolidating data from competing areas of the business

Are you Getting Value out of your SAP Access Governance Solutions?

SAP Access Control and SAP Identity Access Governance (IAG) are SAP’s on-premises and cloud applications that enable organisations to manage user access and prevent fraud across the enterprise, while minimizing the time and cost of compliance.

In this session we’ll discuss the common outcome customers experience when they take a technical-only approach to implementing these solutions. We’ll look at how you can set your organisation up for a successful implementation so you can realise the full value of your investment.

Session takeaways:

  • Technical-only implementation approach is less likely to gain business value
  • Security-only focused approach to access risk impedes business operations
  • Success requires more than solution activation

Analytics Driving the Intelligent Sustainable Enterprise

From Coldplay to chemical companies, find out how rock bands and organisations are using data intelligently across their value chains to reduce their carbon footprint, enhance customer engagement, increase employee productivity, and boost profits – The Top Line to the Green Line.

In today’s environment, businesses are often asking – What vendor has the best pricing for the material needed? What vendor has the best ESG policies? What method of travel has the lowest carbon emissions to meet with my customer?

Join this session to understand how embedding data intelligently within the context of a business process across the value chain assists customers and employees alike to make informed decisions that impact everything from carbon emissions to pricing. The presentation will show how SAP is supporting Coldplay on their world tour helping fans get to concert in a sustainable manner and how embedded AI is helping businesses make informed decisions across their supply chains.

Thinking Outside of the Box. Migrating LPMA’s ECC to an Existing SAP S/4HANA System

The move to SAP S/4HANA is daunting for many SAP customers, but imagine trying to carve-out companies, upgrade and merge your business onto an existing system all at the same time, and in around 6 months? New thinking and engaging the right tools present a key opportunity currently facing Liberty Primary Metals Australia, part of the GFG Alliance.

LPMA chose to utilise SNP CrystalBridge®, the approach has offered LPMA a fully automated data driven migration from ECC to SAP S/4HANA which has accommodated carving out companies’ codes from the source, controlling merging data into existing controlling areas, and the go-live to SAP S/4HANA.

Hear about the LPMA’s experiences and how innovative tools have delivered on their vision for SAP S/4HANA.

  • Regardless of your complexity, SAP S/4HANA is achievable
  • Selecting the right migration approach is key
  • Data driven migration to SAP S/4HANA opens new doors of opportunity
  • Don’t accept long SAP S/4HANA projects, even if your projects seem complex and daunting

Reducing your Application Development Delivery Times with BTP – Client Lessons Learned

The DalRae Solutions team and Ben Rogers of Ventia talk through the experience of a project turnaround scenario, when a third-party software house was commissioned to develop a non-SAP solution, and how they got this back on track using BTP and Fiori.

With an outcome that delivered the solution in 12 days rather than 12 weeks, Ben talks through the practical implications of this win for his team, and how the DalRae team helped him achieve this. The application was even nominated for award for innovation by SAP!

Session contents is tailored for business leaders looking to leverage SAP for quick wins in their organisations, and technical SAP professionals looking for an inside track on what can be achieved with BTP.

Onboarding 2.0 – Why Bother?

HR’s aspirations to provide a seamless employee onboarding experience at Nutrien were previously hamstrung by multiple inadequate systems. The implementation of SAP SF Onboarding2.0 and LMS along with the other SF core modules has provided a coherent platform which underpins the HR strategy of enhancing the employee experience through recruitment, onboarding, learning, payroll and identity management. Enabling improved coordination across IT, Hiring Managers and HR Teams.

Hear how the program was tackled and achieved:

  • No paperwork
  • No manual onboarding
  • 5+ hours saved in onboarding per new hire
  • Manager’s tasks checklist automated in SF onboarding module
  • Conflict of Interest disclosure automated
  • Policy acknowledgement
  • Automation payroll data transfer
  • Automation of identity management
  • Assignment of Career Development Plan and Performance Goals Plan on Day 1
  • Training assigned on Day 1

The Promise and Peril of Digital Innovation

Robb Simpson leads a team of designers, engineers, researchers, and product innovators tasked with revolutionising Lion’s digital customer experience. In this session Robb shares his journey building Marketplace – Lion’s SAP backed, next generation customer self-service platform. He frankly explains how his experience as an entrepreneur, technologist, and father helped him navigate the upside-down world of corporate digital innovation, where and it pays to tenacious, and it pays to be different.

Robb is a digital pragmatist. He started his career riding bikes, then started to code before managing software products and building consulting and software firms. Today, Robb oversees Lion’s digital customer ecosystem, e-commerce, and digital retail partnerships.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection in an SAP Hybrid Environment

How to protect your environment by identifying personal data leakage with auditability of inappropriate access and real-time reporting? How to detect a possible attack and provide evidence?

In this session, you will learn how SAP Enterprise Threat Detection and UI Data Protection Masking and Logging can address data theft, data manipulation, and removal of evidence traces. You will have access to tamper-proof auditable events for compliance and legal requirements. You will have the ability to apply rule-based data obfuscation and appropriate unmasking.

Creating Chat Bots Using BTP – A Technical Demo and Q&A

An interactive session on how DalRae solutions have produced a Chat Bot using BTP, which can run on SAP S/4HANA Cloud as well as on premise and even ECC6 versions. The bot can respond in text and can present graphical responses using data from your SAP system.

Join SAP Technical Architect Jorg Thuijs and his team while they demonstrate the demo to the audience, talking through some of the practical applications of this technology, as well as the development process they went through. Jorg will also take questions from the audience in a Q&A session towards the end.

This is an educational session suitable for technical SAP professionals as well as anyone responsible for using SAP in a customer service or marketing function.

Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) – Your Questions Answered

Join DalRae Solutions’ Chief Architect Jorg Thuijls as he talks through the competitive advantage of using SAP’s Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) suite.

Jorg will outline the key components of CPI, including where this Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) sits within the Business Technology Platform (BTP). Learn how this powerful suite of tools can integrate both SAP and non-SAP to improve your business processes; and participate in a Q&A discussion to get the most out of this session.

Suitable for SAP practitioners, business leaders and business users keen to unlock the benefits of one of BTP’s most powerful suite of tools. Questions are invited prior to the event, and Jorg will endeavour to answer as many as possible in the time allotted. Click here to pose a question.

An Introduction to BTP – What it is and Where it Came From

An overview of SAP’s Business Technology Platform (BTP) integration suite, how it evolved and what it’s capable of, with DalRae Solutions’ leading SAP technologists.

Find out how BTP brings together data management, analytics, artificial intelligence, application development, automation and integration in one unified environment, and what it means for your business.

This session will feature an extended Q&A session with DalRae’s leading BTP experts, allowing participants to find out what they have always wanted to know about the platform, but were afraid to ask! Suitable for non-technologists and business users keen to understand the power of one of SAP’s flagship developments.

MASTERCLASS: Citizen Development – Build a Mobile App Using SAP BTP, with No Coding Skills! 

Using SAP’s AppGyver tool (now also available for trial), participants to this session will be guided through the steps to create a powerful mobile App which will be able to scan a barcode and fetch product details in real-time. No coding skills are required, as we demonstrate the power of SAP’s no code technology!

Targeted at business technologists, SAP professionals looking to learn about the latest tools, and IT teams who are keen to accelerate their app development, this double session will be limited to 25 attendees due to practical limitations. You will be asked to pre-register for this session so you can create your own App to take away.

Integration of SAP Fiori Apps with MS Outlook using BTP – Discussion & Live Demo

The integration of core SAP systems with Microsoft technology has been traditionally challenging, but the advent of BTP allows applications written in SAP Fiori to alleviate this problem. This session will give an overview of how Microsoft Teams and Outlook can be integrated seamlessly using BTP, linking with SAP Workflow Management to improve business processes. We will also demo a live example of this using a simple Fiori App to make the logging and notification of sick leave easier and more effective.

Targeted at business leaders, SAP practitioners and business users in the HR/Payroll function, this session will demonstrate what is possible and how it can positively impact your organisation.

Foodstuffs North Island: Driving Insights from Unified Customer Activity Data

Foodstuffs initiated a major business transformation to address years of underinvestment in technology; a lack of standardisation; and a merger. A primary outcome of the programme included improved maturity of our essential data capabilities such as Data Storage & Operation, Master Data Management and Data Warehousing & BI.

Continued investment in our technology roadmap allowed us to introduce Customer Activity Repository (CAR) and leveraging applications – Sales Insights, Promotions Manager for Retail (PMR) and Unified Demand Forecast (UDF).

Unifying our data and introducing standards and data controls has enabled us to unlock the value of our data to generate actionable insights for Merchandising and Supply Chain. Better meeting our customer needs by using data to drive core retail and merchandising actions.

  • Benefits and opportunities obtained from having a Customer Activity Repository
  • What the dependencies and building blocks to success are
  • Key learnings for Data Volume Management within CAR

Using BTP to Assist your SAP Rise Journey – A Fireside Chat

Join Alex Andrenacci and Chris Rae as they discuss how Ernst & Young is using BTP to drive their customers’ transformational journey in SAP. This session will address the opportunities that leveraging the innovation in BTP can offer your company’s point of difference, leaving SAP S/4HANA to handle your more standard business processes.

This session is ideal for those looking to get the most out of SAP from a business perspective or are a technical SAP professional wanting ideas on how to justify a business case for BTP.

An Introduction to BTP – What it is and Where it Came From

An overview of SAP’s Business Technology Platform (BTP) integration suite, how it evolved and what it’s capable of, with DalRae Solutions’ leading SAP technologists.

Find out how BTP brings together data management, analytics, artificial intelligence, application development, automation and integration in one unified environment, and what it means for your business.

This session will feature an extended Q&A session with DalRae’s leading BTP experts, allowing participants to find out what they have always wanted to know about the platform, but were afraid to ask! Suitable for non-technologists and business users keen to understand the power of one of SAP’s flagship developments.

Reducing your Application Development Delivery Times with BTP – Client Lessons Learned

The DalRae Solutions team and Ben Rogers of Ventia talk through the experience of a project turnaround scenario, when a third-party software house was commissioned to develop a non-SAP solution, and how they got this back on track using BTP and Fiori.

With an outcome that delivered the solution in 12 days rather than 12 weeks, Ben talks through the practical implications of this win for his team, and how the DalRae team helped him achieve this. The application was even nominated for award for innovation by SAP!

Session contents is tailored for business leaders looking to leverage SAP for quick wins in their organisations, and technical SAP professionals looking for an inside track on what can be achieved with BTP.

Run your SAP Landscape like a Formula 1 Team

The “SAP Go Live” day was a big success. The project team popped the champagne, and they could finally take a deep breath. The core technology for the intelligent and sustainable enterprise is in place, and core business functions are excited about the new horizons they can reach.

Fast forward six months, hyper care is over; the project team is not there anymore to manage change requests and fixes quickly. The first feature pack has been released; new regulatory requirements need to be implemented; defects need to be fixed; core business functions want to pivot to stay competitive and need their SAP systems to align with business objectives. All of these cost money, and enterprises can feel the cost pressure as if they are sponsoring an underperforming Formula 1 team, which can bankrupt its (business) sponsor within one racing season without delivering the promised championship (business benefits).

This discussion will analyse the major cost factors of running an SAP landscape and the solutions required to enable agility while keeping the cost within acceptable boundaries to win Championships.

Responding to a Crisis with Innovation – An Evolution in Workforce Management and Wellbeing

The recent healthcare crisis has placed significant stress on the Healthcare Provider Workforce, and amplified issues that have been present and increasing for over 15 years. Healthcare Providers need dynamic systems to be more flexible in managing unforeseen events or a resurgence. Join DXC as we discuss how we engaged with healthcare workers and used a human centered and design thinking approach to leverage SAP cloud solutions to support Healthcare providers in addressing business and workforce needs to deliver the DXC Workforce Suite for Healthcare.

  • Why is it important to include end-users in the design thinking?
  • What are some successful design thinking tools for engaging end-users in the process?
  • How to leverage existing solutions to innovate – instead of reinventing the wheel
  • How are organisations measuring the wellbeing of their workforce?

Enhancing the Intelligent Enterprise with Transformative AI

The state of play for many SAP customers revolves around contemplating a move from ECC to SAP S4/HANA or a migration to cloud. Some of you have done it already and some of you are making the move as we speak. But what happens then? What does this new tech landscape enable beyond incremental improvement? How do you get fully transformative?

Let me present automation, machine learning, Business Process Intelligence, and robotics! Whichever industry or line of business you operate in – Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources or Operations – the chance to improve operational excellence, reduce manual tasks, improving accuracy and drive agility is at your fingertips.  And what is driving those innovate to do so? Is it just future proofing their businesses? For many their appetite is fuelled by the current skills shortage. The war on experienced talent is raging. If 70% of tasks in finance are potentially ‘automate-able’ with next-generation technologies what does that mean?

  • According to Gartner, this year AI software revenue will grow 21.3% to US$ 62.5 billion
  • 17.6% billion will be in Knowledge Management
  • 13.7% will be in Digital Workplace
  • Yet Gartner has found less than 40% are deployed into production.

In this keynote, we’ll cover some of the new AI trends, explain enterprise case studies and how it can be delivered with limited amounts of data.

Bringing Employee Self Service (ESS) and Manager Self Service (MSS) Together with Fiori

Australia Post are on a long running program to replace our SAP MSS and ESS Portal with SAP Fiori applications. Through our journey we have inadvertently replicated one of our key current state issues for managers, team members and HR support teams by creating segmented entry points to access our HR Fiori apps. This session we will share how our cross functional team have created a single portal by leveraging the Fiori Overview Page to bring together MSS, HR Support and ESS into one portal. Enabling us to achieving simplified user experience, a simplified support model and an uplift in data quality through ease of access and real time integration.

  • How to use the Fiori overview page to deliver a single portal
  • How to simplify the user experience
  • How we avoided repeating the mistake of creating multiple portals

Unpacking AI and ML Projects that Drives Innovation and Delivers Business Value

An innovator and digital disruptor, Claire Davies has led teams of data scientists, machine learning software developers and engineers to deliver AI and advanced analytics solutions across a range of sectors and projects. Her work identifies how advanced analytics can drive business value and transform business process by bringing AI and ML solutions into production. Claire will draw on examples from her past experience in the utility sector to unpack some of the topical issues that impact how successful adoption of AI and ML is in the corporate world.

  • How do AI projects differ from regular software development projects?
  • Identifying if AI is the right tool for your problem
  • What are the advantages of “Human in the Loop” AI and where is the boundary between AI and human interaction?
  • Getting leadership and broader stakeholder buy in
  • Ethical considerations and the human factors

Onboarding HANA Journey

New to SAP HANA? New to SAP? What’s in it for you? Where do we start? What are the key topics you need to know? What are the main changes you should be made aware of? In this session, learn and take away the main changes, the key information to start your successful SAP HANA Journey. Debunk key words such as ‘in memory’; FIORI, HANA.

Embracing SAP Authorisations with the Next Step: GRC Access Control

Securing systems accesses, securing data access along with segregation of duty; enforcing GDPR, these tasks have always been quite a responsibility for system administrators. In this session review your current SAP authorizations concept, take home a list of handy reports; assess how GRC Access Control will enable the automatisation for access request through a dedicated platform and spot on approval steps enabled through workflow

Shaken not Stirred: Get Onboard Community

Ever since the day we were born; Life is all about learning. Bringing our Learning Cure to its high potential. This is taken another dimension when embracing IT related topics. SAP has built over the years an Amazing Community spirit and eco-system enabling you to ‘reach for the stars’, discover, Learn, network and share your experiences and different expertises. In this session, learn where to start, how to become a Subject Matter Expert and take a seat at the Community where ideas and knowledge are shared on a daily basis.

SAP and Cloud – Navigating Cloud Migration

There are a myriad of options out there when it comes to cloud migration. What are the important things to consider and how do they affect your business before, during and after implementation?

We will dive into the different types of SAP S/4HANA cloud versions and whether to use Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and how they interact with SAP SaaS products as well as the value proposition around SAP’s RISE messaging.

What is the case for change and what are the considerations to be used in a well-defined business case including post go-live options?

  • Insights on planning and executing various SAP centric cloud moves, drawing on the collective experience in the room in this town hall session – share discuss and learn from the collective group
  • Understand which cloud transformation journey is right for your business
  • How to follow the different pathways – lessons learned and how to do this safely and effectively
  • What does a move to cloud mean for your overall tech landscape (not just SAP)?
  • Benefits found after implementation

MASTERCLASS: Citizen Development – Build a Mobile App Using SAP BTP, with No Coding Skills! 

Using SAP’s AppGyver tool (now also available for trial), participants to this session will be guided through the steps to create a powerful mobile App which will be able to scan a barcode and fetch product details in real-time. No coding skills are required, as we demonstrate the power of SAP’s no code technology!

Targeted at business technologists, SAP professionals looking to learn about the latest tools, and IT teams who are keen to accelerate their app development, this double session will be limited to 25 attendees due to practical limitations. You will be asked to pre-register for this session so you can create your own App to take away.

Achieve Hyperautomation in Your Business with SAP Process Automation

Join this session to learn how SAP Process Automation can empower everyone in your organization to automate and transform business processes with an easy-to-use no-code experience. SAP Process Automation combines powerful capabilities from SAP Workflow Management & SAP Intelligent RPA. Using visual drag-and-drop tools and prebuilt, industry-specific content, you can simplify business process automation, improve process efficiency, and enhance business agility.

We’ll discuss:

  • How process experts can use SAP Process Automation as a simpler and faster way to automate their business processes
  • How Visibility dashboards provide process participants real-time, event driven transparency into end-to-end processes
  • How you can jumpstart your automation projects using pre-built contents
  • Getting started using the Free Tier on SAP Business Technology Platform

The Future of Retail Experience

We link live to the SAP Experience Centre in Singapore to spend an interactive day in the life of a future consumer persona. We will follow them as they start their day with breakfast and ask their Smart-Fridge to ensure all their groceries are stocked for their day ahead. The Smart-Fridge communicates with the supermarket, to understand current supermarket stock levels, what is on back order or what may have perished. We’ll then follow the consumer as they visit their retail store to buy new clothes, where we’ll see the possibilities of a touchless commerce experience that uses wireless and machine learning technologies. This session will demonstrate the art of the possible for the future of retail and how SAP customers are improving customer experience, visibility and productivity in a retail context using IoT and AI.

Drawing on SAP retail customer examples in APAC, SAP Customer Activity Repository (CAR) and new technologies outside of SAP, Now.AI which uses social media and other sources, to identify which retail products are trending. For those concerned with innovation and technology in retail and for anyone looking to innovate how they engage their customers and gain insights.

Enhancing the Intelligent Enterprise with Transformative AI

The state of play for many SAP customers revolves around contemplating a move from ECC to SAP S4/HANA or a migration to cloud. Some of you have done it already and some of you are making the move as we speak. But what happens then? What does this new tech landscape enable beyond incremental improvement? How do you get fully transformative?

Let me present automation, machine learning, Business Process Intelligence, and robotics! Whichever industry or line of business you operate in – Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources or Operations – the chance to improve operational excellence, reduce manual tasks, improving accuracy and drive agility is at your fingertips.  And what is driving those innovate to do so? Is it just future proofing their businesses? For many their appetite is fuelled by the current skills shortage. The war on experienced talent is raging. If 70% of tasks in finance are potentially ‘automate-able’ with next-generation technologies what does that mean?

  • According to Gartner, this year AI software revenue will grow 21.3% to US$ 62.5 billion
  • 17.6% billion will be in Knowledge Management
  • 13.7% will be in Digital Workplace
  • Yet Gartner has found less than 40% are deployed into production.

In this keynote, we’ll cover some of the new AI trends, explain enterprise case studies and how it can be delivered with limited amounts of data.

Empowering your Organisational Talent by Intelligently Automating Repetitive Processes

To put forward the problem statement with an analogy, “how can you optimally change the tyre of a car that is already moving along the highway?” We find ourselves at an inflection point in finance and accounting where this hybrid techno-functional “unicorn” skill set is in high demand and significantly valued by finance and business leaders alike.

Join our round table discussion, share your views, gain insights and immerse yourself in the conversations shaping the future of F&A teams.

The Aspirations of Transformations: The goals of the effort should originate with the best of intentions:

  • To unleash organisational talent by intelligently automating repetitive processes, resulting in an improved employee experience
  • To enable a capacity pivot to providing timely, accurate, and complete business insights and analytics, thereby delivering a more effective service
  • To deliver this refined level of service at a price point that was in line with business expectations and supportable by industry benchmarks

Single Touch Payroll – Phase 2 – Achieving a Successful Go-Live

In the 2019–20 Budget, the Government announced that Single Touch Payroll (STP) would be expanded to be known as STP Phase 2. The aim is to reduce reporting burden for employers who need to report employee information to multiple government agencies. The anticipated mandatory start date for Phase 2 reporting is Jan 2022, with SAP customers having a deferral until 31/12/2022. The community are planning for this and want to ensure their solutions are agile and they have their data ready to comply with the ATO. Join this session for guidance on navigating this change, plus views from an STP2 pilot customer on the road to implementation. Hear what you need to know or do in advance of the new tech and process coming in. You can have an open discussion on what the impacts to your business will be and understand how you can successfully communicate the changes to your workforce.

This session will include a live demo and address:

  • Getting the right qualified resources for your implementation.
  • Managing the regression testing required for STP2
  • Tips/tricks learnt during implementation and go-live

What Really Happens When you go User Centric with an ERP?

SAP, whether it be ECC or SAP S/4HANA, tends to be a monolithic system with a ‘less than desired’ user experience. Whilst there is plenty of effort expended in attempting to increase the user experience through standard Fiori apps, their ‘standardised’ nature limits the true user experience that can be achieved.

David will present TasNetwork’s experiences in implementing a series of user centric, field based, offline apps which have been built using the SAP Business Technology Platform. The three use cases will include our pole inspection, customer connection verification and customer connection works applications.

The approach has enabled the team to successfully adopt a pole inspection application that has achieved a 25% reduction in back-office effort and achieving near 100% compliance in asset data, utilisation of SAP BTP architecture and support frameworks for non-SAP systems

David will share:

  • The benefits delivered through the successful implementations
  • The lessons learned where apps have not been adopted by the expected user base; and
  • Changes required to ongoing support models beyond the implementations.

Award Winning SAP Innovation at Auckland Council to Deliver Building Consents, Fast

In 2016 Auckland Council consolidated multiple legacy systems that existed due to the 2010 amalgamation of eight local councils in to one, using SAP NewCore. By 2020 Auckland Council were facing an unprecedented demand in processing building consents and operating on a cumbersome system that had multiple manual backend processes which were time consuming and open to inaccuracies.

Auckland Council’s “Regulatory User Experience (R-UX)” project was run entirely remotely during COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising Design Thinking, the team reviewed 152 user stories to inform and design the solution, integrating historical systems tasks (across seven unique SAP platforms) into two new SAP Fiori apps: R-UX Overview and Document Management system.

These solutions have allowed the users to see key information, create correspondence from SAP, add time recording, easily reassign SAP records, view documents and reporting within a single consolidated platform.  The R-UX Overview application was built using SAP RAP model, utilising Fiori elements, CDS views and was mobile ready. The customised system leverages its core SAP enterprise-wide system has been designed to integrate with SAP Fiori, SAP UI5, SAP CRM, CDS Views, AMDP, and OpenText. Providing Auckland Council with a centralised processing hub for consenting information that can grow in scale and capability according to the Council’s emerging needs in a post-Covid environment.

Results achieved:

  • Navigation to key information required to review/process/monitor consents improved by 50%
  • Allocation of workload reduced from 55 clicks to 6 clicks
  • Improved user interface for Regulatory Consenting & Compliance team leaders and staff
  • R-UX provides bulk assignment and re-assignment of task checklists, which was previously a manual task done by individual record

Reducing Administrative Hurdles, Improving Compliance and Spend Control – Post COVID

In the last two years, significant changes in the work environment have pushed more and more purchasing power directly to employees, and this has prioritised a need for simplifying business processes, accelerating digitalisation and adopting automation to track it.

In this session, we look at the shifts in business spend categories based on SAP Concur customer data, provide advice to help to prepare for a safe and controlled return to business travel, and share insights on how SAP customers can achieve quick wins via processes and technology to make things easier for employees, remove administrative hurdles, and deliver better compliance, spend control and transparency to the business in these times of change.

Award Winning SAP Innovation at Auckland Council to Deliver Building Consents, Fast

In 2016 Auckland Council consolidated multiple legacy systems that existed due to the 2010 amalgamation of eight local councils in to one, using SAP NewCore. By 2020 Auckland Council were facing an unprecedented demand in processing building consents and operating on a cumbersome system that had multiple manual backend processes which were time consuming and open to inaccuracies.

Auckland Council’s “Regulatory User Experience (R-UX)” project was run entirely remotely during COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising Design Thinking, the team reviewed 152 user stories to inform and design the solution, integrating historical systems tasks (across seven unique SAP platforms) into two new SAP Fiori apps: R-UX Overview and Document Management system.

These solutions have allowed the users to see key information, create correspondence from SAP, add time recording, easily reassign SAP records, view documents and reporting within a single consolidated platform.  The R-UX Overview application was built using SAP RAP model, utilising Fiori elements, CDS views and was mobile ready. The customised system leverages its core SAP enterprise-wide system has been designed to integrate with SAP Fiori, SAP UI5, SAP CRM, CDS Views, AMDP, and OpenText. Providing Auckland Council with a centralised processing hub for consenting information that can grow in scale and capability according to the Council’s emerging needs in a post-Covid environment.

Results achieved:

  • Navigation to key information required to review/process/monitor consents improved by 50%
  • Allocation of workload reduced from 55 clicks to 6 clicks
  • Improved user interface for Regulatory Consenting & Compliance team leaders and staff
  • R-UX provides bulk assignment and re-assignment of task checklists, which was previously a manual task done by individual record

Bringing Employee Self Service (ESS) and Manager Self Service (MSS) Together with Fiori

Australia Post are on a long running program to replace our SAP MSS and ESS Portal with SAP Fiori applications. Through our journey we have inadvertently replicated one of our key current state issues for managers, team members and HR support teams by creating segmented entry points to access our HR Fiori apps. This session we will share how our cross functional team have created a single portal by leveraging the Fiori Overview Page to bring together MSS, HR Support and ESS into one portal. Enabling us to achieving simplified user experience, a simplified support model and an uplift in data quality through ease of access and real time integration.

  • How to use the Fiori overview page to deliver a single portal
  • How to simplify the user experience
  • How we avoided repeating the mistake of creating multiple portals

Is Managing the “Whole” Employee too Big a Bite to Take?

There is a growing consensus that the more you can understand about your employees the better you can manage them. Additionally, allowing employees to be part of their own career journey encourages retention of talent.

But how do we get there? Moving to a competency and skills-based talent management framework in bite sized chunks has to be doable (i.e. in steps that are consumable by the business without making either HR or the employees sick along the way).

  • How do we do it and what do we need to consider?
  • Where is the value?
  • What can we do as HXM leaders to realise that value in our businesses?

Tips and Tricks on Getting the Most from SAP Identity Provisioning Solution (IPS) and Identity Authentication (IAS)

The implementation of SAP Identity Provisioning Solution (IPS) and Identity Authentication (IAS) is something that is going to, or has already hit all SuccessFactors customers. There are some things that you can do quite simply to get a lot more value from your subscription dollars from this solution, and we’ll discuss some of these. Chris is a regular co-host of the weekly SAP “Open Office Hour” for this topic and will share some of the things he has learnt in the years it has been available.

Genesis Energy New Zealand Integrates HR Systems and Improves Onboarding Experience

Genesis struggled to induct new joiners comprehensively and with a consistent employee experience. They had no fool-proof mechanism to give new joiners the information they requested, nor could they obtain data easily from recruits. All information captured manually from new joiners for recruitment and onboarding purposes was re-keyed into the Employee Central. The process was time-consuming and created room for error and duplication, resulting in incomplete or inconsistent data about employees.

Eighteen months after the implementation of SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central as its human resources (HR) master data system, Genesis realised it needed further HR capability. It opted to partner with DXC Technology to implement SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding 2.0, becoming the first company in New Zealand to install the latest version of the solution. This session will share the Genesis implementation story, lessons that allowed the team to achieve a robust HR data strategy with systems in place to capture, maintain, and report on employee data in a more streamlined manner.

How to Lead the Charge Towards a Data-Driven Culture in your Business  

SAP customers are in a continuous state of change, and increasingly complex business services are integrated across broad shared technology and infrastructure landscapes. Security teams must protect sensitive data flowing across an expanded attack surface, and our development teams release code faster and build more complex interdependencies, increasing unpredictability. Data-driven organisations harness the power of AI, machine learning and predictive analytics to enhance visibility into critical business services that run at the core of how they create value.

Join this discussion to explore how organisations can successfully implement a “top-down” approach and pivot effectively to becoming a ‘data led’ organisation.

  • Where do you start when your organisation isn’t wired this way?
  • How do you know that you are moving in the right direction?
  • What should the roadmap to change look like?
  • Who and how should you lead the conversation around data privacy?

How BTP gets you Closer to your Invoice Processing Problems (and Solutions)

This business focused session will explain how using robotic processing automation (RPA) within the BTP platform enables you to extract data from incoming invoices in your inbox, and automatically populate this information into your SAP system.

Cheryl Jensen talks through DalRae’s “first mile scenario” methodology and how it can streamline your invoice processing, using SAP’s Business Technology Platform (BTP) at its core.

Suitable for business users with an interest in making your finance function run more efficiently, this session will also include a Q&A session at the end, allowing you to ask how your specific invoice processing challenges could be solved.

How to Increase your Competitive Advantage with BTP

This business focused session will explain how any SAP implementation or upgrade should identify what the customer’s core competitive advantage is within their own market, and then tailor the SAP solution to maximise its impact in this area. Cheryl will show how using SAP’s Business Technology Platform (BTP) in this way can simplify the process to make tangible business improvement possible.

Hear how businesses can get the most return on their investment in SAP by focusing their spend on the processes that mean the most to their company.

If you are in a business focused role and want to get the most out of your company’s SAP technology to achieve business goals, this is the session for you. The Q&A session at the end is an opportunity to ask how your business roadblocks can be resolved and get you on your BTP journey.

eInvoicing is the New Way to do Business

eInvoicing is the new way to do business in the digital economy. It provides a faster and more secure method of processing and paying invoices to customers and suppliers – allowing organisations to directly exchange digital invoice information with another company’s software, even if they are using a different system, network, or portal.

  • Learn how you can standardise and harmonise your processes to comply locally – faster and more efficiently – with the SAP Document and Reporting Compliance solution
  • Understand what eInvoicing is about and how it works
  • Understand how SAP can help you get ready by delivering a fully integrated end-to-end solution, not just an access point
  • With years of experience in delivering eInvoice solutions globally you can rely on SAP’s out of the box approach

Rise and Beyond – Migration and Data Strategy

The “RISE with SAP” initiative answers the question of how companies can transform into intelligent enterprises more rapidly. It aims to reduce the complexity of digital transformations to a minimum, paving the way for companies to move to the cloud and SAP S/4HANA, offering an innovative IT environment that functions as a strategic partner to the business units – going beyond.

Companies are under increasing pressure for companies to approach transformation and digitalization holistically. Tackling a transformation alone is hard work, and the harmonious migration and transformation of data is a critical factor here. However, the sheer volume of processes, platforms, goals and systems alone causes many projects to get out of hand, both financially and in terms of time.

Agility, speed and efficiency are determining success and failure more than ever before. What must companies consider as they “Rise with SAP”?

  • How does the business case stack up for the S/4HANA Cloud move?
  • How do you deal with all the SAP data involved?
  • Business should Go Beyond with Rise with SAP – Where and how?
  • Lower TCO, Less Risk? Absolutely!

RISE with SAP for Finance

SAP is eager for customer’s to assess RISE through the lens of a proper business improvement initiative and/or even a complete business transformation. Customers are often faced with legacy systems, custom code, outdated innovation platforms. RISE can help.

Join this interactive discussion session as we demystify what RISE with SAP is and how it impacts Finance.

  • What does SAP’s RISE mean for the finance community?
  • Is it a new release, a new product, a new version, a new ERP or a commercial offering?
  • What does it mean for what we own, use and do today as against what we get once completed?
  • What does it mean for my change management within the business
  • What opportunities exist to optimise my processes
  • What does it mean for our hardware and/or cloud strategy?