29-31 MARCH 2021     A DIGITAL EVENT EXPERIENCE
MASTERING
SAP ONLINE
Leadership, strategy & process optimisation for the SAP Enterprise Asset Management and Supply Chain & Procurement communities.

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TRANSFORMING BUSINESS

The world has changed. In the last two years, more data was produced globally than in all of history. The volume continues to grow exponentially resulting in massive economic and societal disruption. For companies using SAP, traditional business processes are being totally transformed, with new data-driven business and economic platforms taking their place. As a result, IT has ceased being just a business enabler. In fact, designed and delivered well, technology creates growth, profit and competitive advantage. Against this backdrop, we have created Mastering SAP Online – three amazing days of content, networking and knowledge-sharing across two events and communities. Bringing together SAP customers, partners and thought leaders to celebrate the talent, technology, innovations and ideas that are literally transforming the way we work.

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We will be hosting roundtable discussions (RTDs) focused on each community within the conference. Each RTD is limited to 30 people, runs for 3 hours and includes: morning coffee and delicious snacks, lunch, awesome networking and lively debate and discussion. The RTDs are complimentary and vendor-free.

“Celebrating the talent, technology, innovations and ideas transforming the way we work.”

INTRODUCING OUR 2021 SPEAKERS

Arti Pillai Asset Management Reliability Engineer CBH Group (AUS)
Charles Seotseneng Information Management Analyst ERP, Debswana Diamond Company (BWA)
Keith Berriman Director & Senior Advisor Emerson Digital Transformation (CAN)
Indrasen Naidoo Partner JAF Solutions (AUS)
Wangechi Mwangi Senior System Analyst Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KEN)
Jannie Potgieter Founder and Chairman Collaborit Asset Management Engineering
Morgan Freitag Asset Management Specialist Seriti
David M. Kariuki Manager: ICT & Innovation Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KEN)
Jeff Smith SAP Testing and Training Lead Fairfax Water (USA)
Ephraim Tekete Area Engineer Sappi Saiccor
Mike Raftery CEO SCM Connections (USA)
Keith Harrison Solution Delivery Manager: Supply Chain Coca Cola Amatil (AUS)
Chris Kien Senior Finance Manager Business Improvement Anglo American Platinum
Wouter Kirsten Independent Mining Sector
Jean Thirion SAP Operations Analyst KWV
Angela Olson Global Solution Owner & Architect Supply Chain Planning, Cargill Inc. (USA)
Paul Gibson Demand Manager Arla Foods (UK)
Arend Theron Integrated Asset Management City of Cape Town
Martin Crangle IT Business Relationship Manager BorgWarner ETTS (UK)
Chuck Norris General Manager: Global Critical Risk Fonterra Co-operative Group NZ (NZ)
Graham Johnston Independent Subject Matter Expert (AUS)
Raj Singh Director: Operational Excellence EMEA CoE – Digital Supply Chain, SAP (UAE)
Richard Howells Vice President of Awareness and Thought Leadership SAP Digital Supply Chain (USA)
Lloyd Keays Senior Director Innovations: Solutions Engineering SAP Ariba SAP (NLD)
Wesley Estment Specialist Sales Executive SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Patrick Crampton-Thomas Head of Digital Assets, SAP Solution Management SAP UK (UK)
Brian Williams Industry Advisor SAP EMEA South
Ivan Wissing SAP Solution Advisor SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
Ravine Lala Presales Senior Specialist: Supply Chain Exec SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Pieter de Waal Digital Supply Chain Presales Expert SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Joseph Grobler Director - Global Market Development Transform Value Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Mervyn George Innovation Strategy Lead: Africa SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
Colin Van Rooyen Presales Specialist: Africa SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Carlos Lemos SAP AIN Solution Owner SAP (PRT)
Ayan Chakraborty Senior Director and Head of Value Advisory for Procurement Solution SAP (UAE)
Jacques Adriaansen Business Improvement Thought Leader Every Angle (BEL)
Deon du Toit Functional Consultant/Sales Engineer Prometheus Group
Steven Freemantle Supply Chain Resilience Coach SweetThorn Thought Leadership
Mohamed Ally DSCM Manager Dimension Data
Wouter Heijnen Business Consultant Gordian Logistic Experts
Arti Pillai Asset Management Reliability Engineer CBH Group (AUS)
Charles Seotseneng Information Management Analyst ERP, Debswana Diamond Company (BWA)
Keith Berriman Director & Senior Advisor Emerson Digital Transformation (CAN)
Indrasen Naidoo Partner JAF Solutions (AUS)
Wangechi Mwangi Senior System Analyst Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KEN)
Jannie Potgieter Founder and Chairman Collaborit Asset Management Engineering
Morgan Freitag Asset Management Specialist Seriti
David M. Kariuki Manager: ICT & Innovation Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KEN)
Jeff Smith SAP Testing and Training Lead Fairfax Water (USA)
Ephraim Tekete Area Engineer Sappi Saiccor
Mike Raftery CEO SCM Connections (USA)
Keith Harrison Solution Delivery Manager: Supply Chain Coca Cola Amatil (AUS)
Chris Kien Senior Finance Manager Business Improvement Anglo American Platinum
Wouter Kirsten Independent Mining Sector
Jean Thirion SAP Operations Analyst KWV
Angela Olson Global Solution Owner & Architect Supply Chain Planning, Cargill Inc. (USA)
Paul Gibson Demand Manager Arla Foods (UK)
Arend Theron Integrated Asset Management City of Cape Town
Martin Crangle IT Business Relationship Manager BorgWarner ETTS (UK)
Chuck Norris General Manager: Global Critical Risk Fonterra Co-operative Group NZ (NZ)
Graham Johnston Independent Subject Matter Expert (AUS)
Raj Singh Director: Operational Excellence EMEA CoE – Digital Supply Chain, SAP (UAE)
Richard Howells Vice President of Awareness and Thought Leadership SAP Digital Supply Chain (USA)
Lloyd Keays Senior Director Innovations: Solutions Engineering SAP Ariba SAP (NLD)
Wesley Estment Specialist Sales Executive SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Patrick Crampton-Thomas Head of Digital Assets, SAP Solution Management SAP UK (UK)
Brian Williams Industry Advisor SAP EMEA South
Ivan Wissing SAP Solution Advisor SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
Ravine Lala Presales Senior Specialist: Supply Chain Exec SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Pieter de Waal Digital Supply Chain Presales Expert SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Joseph Grobler Director - Global Market Development Transform Value Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Mervyn George Innovation Strategy Lead: Africa SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
Colin Van Rooyen Presales Specialist: Africa SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Carlos Lemos SAP AIN Solution Owner SAP (PRT)
Ayan Chakraborty Senior Director and Head of Value Advisory for Procurement Solution SAP (UAE)
Jacques Adriaansen Business Improvement Thought Leader Every Angle (BEL)
Deon du Toit Functional Consultant/Sales Engineer Prometheus Group
Steven Freemantle Supply Chain Resilience Coach SweetThorn Thought Leadership
Mohamed Ally DSCM Manager Dimension Data
Wouter Heijnen Business Consultant Gordian Logistic Experts

Transforming SAP EAM User Experience with Mobile Solutions? Harness the Power of Change Management

CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative and operates the Western Australian grain supply chain from paddock to port. CBH recognised that our maintenance team are excellent at maintaining assets, but perhaps are not always the savviest when it comes to working with SAP. As a result, CBH has embarked on the Mobility for Maintenance journey. The maintenance team now have an easy to use mobile solution allowing them to gain access to their work management database wherever they are so that they can spend more time maintaining assets and less time entering data into SAP.

At CBH, some of the biggest challenges faced by the business are exacerbated by how geographically spread our maintenance team is – with 130 tradespeople working across the Western Australian grain belt, which is an area of approximately 300,000 square kilometres, the size of Norway. Given the size of our network, we don’t always have the resources to provide sufficient training and support in using SAP resulting in inadequate data collection. With inadequate data, we don’t know what our assets truly need – both physical assets and more importantly our people. Another arguably more important challenge was to engage our people across the business to get onboard with one of the most unsettling phenomena - change. CBH’s investment into change management in the Mobility for Maintenance project was key to the project’s success.

Gain insight into how CBH delivered a mobile solution to a workforce already saturated with change. Walkthrough simple change management tools that you can implement immediately to break down the barriers of distance, connectivity, culture and capability. This session will show you the benefits of empowering the front line to make key decisions and share ideas on changes that would directly impact them – and of course how you can achieve the same results.

From this session, you will learn the following:

  • Simple tools you can use to build your change management plan
  • Real-life examples of these tools in practice
  • Tips and tricks for a successful change initiative

Build Your Own Change Management Plan - The Easy Way

“Change Management” is a term that makes people feel uncomfortable just by hearing the words. However, it is one of the most important aspects when completing any project or task. Building a positive change management culture that is easy to adhere to (and sticks) is a challenge many organisations face.

Using real life experiences as examples, you will learn the importance of change management and tips to encourage change management culture within your organisation. It is important to focus on change management as a part of culture rather than a once off activity – and most importantly, remove the stigma that it is an almost impossible or exceedingly hard endeavour. By breaking down the critical aspects of change management into bite-sized portions, let’s explore simple tools you can use to build your own change management plan. These tools can be used regardless of the complexity of your project.

Working together in these sessions, we will see that change management doesn’t have to be scary or complicated. It can instead be a short and sweet activity carried out periodically, as and when required. This workshop is a great opportunity to network and to put practical tools into action as you build your own change management plan. In fact, you may even find that you’re having a bit of fun along the way!

From this session attendees will learn tips to build a positive change management culture, access real tools that can be used to manage change in future and build a change management plan from scratch, all in a fun and interactive environment.

Master Data Management

The Future of Procurement – an Interactive Panel Discussion

There have been some significant technological developments over the years, like digitization, automation, the rise of solution suites, the proliferation of mobile devices and applications, and IT’s migration to the cloud. But now, twenty years later, we are riding a wave of innovation into the future of procurement; and the future is now. The session will dive into the impact of Industry 4.0 technologies on procurement and supply chain. We will also consider some of the current technology trends shaping procurement and what role procurement should play in this digital transformation era. Considering these changes, how is SAP helping organisations take advantage of these technological advances, from digital readiness assessment, procurement transformation through Business Networks, Guided Buying, Machine Learning, and automation.

The Digital Future - Where Are We Going and How Will We Get There?

With improvements in the connectivity of systems and open-source codes, we are now able to bring together data from a host of systems to provide us with not only better Asset Health monitoring but advanced Analytics and Machine Learning tools that will automate much of our maintenance business processes. How do we get in front of this change and build systems that give us the answers we need and that support rather than confuse? Trying to make sense of huge data clouds requires a targeted approach to solve specific problems, we need to understand the problems that are at the root of our performance and look for links and indicators that can trigger mitigating responses. In the end, though it comes down to having a good foundation of information and strong business processes that can maximize the return on investment in technologies and software. In this presentation, Keith will review where the future is heading and how organizations and to work collaboratively to take advantage of this Digital Future.

Key takeaways:
1. What the Digital Future looks like
2. What do we need to do to prepare for this new world
3. How can we get there in easy steps

Transforming Maintenance, Repair and Operations Supply in Asset Intensive Industries

Functional organisational design and investment in systems of record dominate the business architecture enabling maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supply in asset-intensive industries. Within the context of the digital economy and Industry 4.0 reframing business models has resulted in many traditional supply chains being disrupted.

This presentation explores how this is also possible in MRO supply by adopting systems thinking; core supply chain principles, systems led process business architecture and systems of differentiation to eliminate waste, reduce inventory, improve cost to serve and link to the organisation top line. Case study examples of companies are shared covering diagnostics of current supply chains, future process design, systems of differentiation and approaches on the transformation of mindsets and beliefs required to shape an alternate predictable future.

Key takeaways:

  • Introduction of Supply Planning for spare parts in asset-intensive industries
  • Beyond MRP Systems Thinking
  • Process-based business architecture with cross-functional integration
  • Supplier integration at planning, scheduling and execution horizons

Metrics or Guestimates – What is Guiding Your Asset Management Decisions?

As the leading power generating utility in East Africa, we take cognizant of the opportunity for effective service delivery in sustaining operational excellence of KenGen’s growing broad asset base which requires a strong focus on finding ways to perform more efficiently. KenGen has been using SAP Plant Maintenance since 2010, however, overtime usage and data capture challenges emerged as there were delays in work order processing and missing information in reporting.

You will get to learn the utility challenges that crop up as existing technologies get overtaken by time and new ways of working and share in the experience of upgrading and enhancing SAP solutions while embedding best practices in a big project. Hear how the team implemented this project while addressing change management issues of emerging technologies, the importance of top management support in ensuring project success, and the use of phased rollouts for huge investments.

Attendees will get to share through KenGen’s Enterprise Asset Management journey, how empowering maintenance and operations teams ensures proper data capture for better decision making. Being a utility embedding anytime, anywhere access to the information maintenance technicians need to do their jobs increases productivity while improving performance and reliability across plants, fleets, and the enterprise infrastructure. Through this journey, Wangechi and the team appreciate the application of innovative solutions in utilities to effectively maintain, inspect and repair mission-critical assets.

Key takeaways:
1. How do you ensure maintenance and operations teams are contributing to the overall organization vision?
2. How do you ensure you are getting the right data to make the right business decisions operations efficiency?
3. How do you ensure to deliver a great user experience for efficient service delivery?

Industry 4.0: Context & What Does it Mean in Practice for Enterprise Asset Management?

Rapid advancements in the development and maturing of various key technologies spearheaded the 4th Industry Revolution - known as Industry 4.0. Focussing on interconnection, information transparency, technical assistance and decentralised decisions, Industry 4.0 leverage key enabling technologies, such as cloud computing, big data and analytics, IoT, cyber security, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, simulation (digital twins), additive manufacturing (3D printing) and system integration to drive automation and data exchange. These technologies lend themselves to the development of various solutions to enhance the usability of CMMS Systems, providing the opportunity to enhance end-user experience, improve data quality, improve responsiveness, drive higher levels of automation, deploy different maintenance strategies and tactics, and use real-time or near real-time data in decisions making. It allows the practitioner to remotely manage and monitor various key activities, enabling them to deploy uniform processes and standards across multiple sites or locations. It provides the ability to move from a reactive, to proactive, to predictive maintenance tactics and strategies. It presents the practitioner with a magnitude of possibilities such as addressing skills shortages in highly skilled areas through the use of AI and VR, remote monitoring of workforce, condition scanning via the use of drones and 3D scanning, using mobile devices in workforce optimisation, using real-time data in analytics, asset tracking and monitoring via sensor technologies, near location 3D printing of spare parts, delivery via autonomous vehicles and many more. Learn how these technologies were incorporated in your SAP environment and see how these solutions can be leveraged to drive digital transformation in your organisation. With live demonstrations of solutions such as Mobile Work Management, Condition Based Maintenance, 3D Scanning and VR Training you will experience how the technology pillars of Industry 4.0 can shape the future of Enterprise Asset Management.

Seriti – Achieving Improvement with Graphical Scheduling and Asset Performance Management Functionality

Procurement Transformation with the Intelligent Enterprise – A Case study of KETRACO’s digital procurement journey with SAP® Ariba® Solutions

KETRACO, a State-owned company mandated to build and maintain high voltage electricity transmission lines and substations in Kenya, embarked on this broader procurement digital transformation Journey catalyzed by two key aspects. One, following a successful ERP Implementation, we saw the value of automation and now were, even more, bolder to adopt the cloud journey as it was clear then procurement that all the innovations were going to be around the cloud and not on Premise. Secondly, there was a presidential directive to State Corporations to automate and integrate into the governments' Financial management system (IFMIS).

In this success story, you will learn how and why KETRACO opted for a phased approach with two go-lives starting with Commerce automation, then strategic sourcing. You will get to hear how the implementation team managed to automate the requirements of the Public Procurement Act which governs all procurement in the public sector.

KETRACO went live right before the pandemic hit. In this session, delegates will be taken through some of the benefits that KETRACO has accrued from this business transformation journey and the move to SAP Ariba. We will highlight the specific benefits to our suppliers and the feedback received through the automation of this process. We will also share our experience with one of the biggest sourcing events that KETRACO has conducted through the Ariba system.

Key takeaways:
1. How we have enhanced supplier relations with suppliers receiving purchase orders, Invoices, request-for-proposal documents directly and electronically
2. How we have Improved source-to-pay cycle time
3. How we have been able to standardize our templates from sourcing to contracts

The Future of Procurement – an Interactive Panel Discussion

There have been some significant technological developments over the years, like digitization, automation, the rise of solution suites, the proliferation of mobile devices and applications, and IT’s migration to the cloud. But now, twenty years later, we are riding a wave of innovation into the future of procurement; and the future is now. The session will dive into the impact of Industry 4.0 technologies on procurement and supply chain. We will also consider some of the current technology trends shaping procurement and what role procurement should play in this digital transformation era. Considering these changes, how is SAP helping organisations take advantage of these technological advances, from digital readiness assessment, procurement transformation through Business Networks, Guided Buying, Machine Learning, and automation.

Tips and Tricks on Work Order Scheduling and Capacity Planning Inside of Standard SAP PM

Executing Work order scheduling is often done after the work is needed. Forethinking and creating work order schedules before they’re needed is possible and certainly more efficient. Fairfax Water went through their own journey of discovery and learn key lessons along the way. Join this tips and tricks to hear;

• How to improve work order scheduling business process
• How to generate and measure Weekly Schedule Compliance
• How to use Work Centre Capacity Planning
• Which work order date fields are the most important
• How to improve material reservations and Purchase Requisitions dates to match reality

Mobility Solution Through SAP

The phenomenon of human nature to err is bound to us as humans eternally and is thus inescapable. However, it is increasingly evident that artificial intelligence always steps in where humans cannot. Although we are programmable to a certain degree, we are not reliable at executing that programme and it is evident that we are not readily configurable and calibratable. To guarantee effectiveness of our assets we rely on compliance to asset management principles. Mobility solutions came in to bridge the reliability, configurability and calibratable gap between the human and machine. This session will dive into Sappi’s mobility solution through SAP and look into their planning, execution and learnings from the process.

Executing a Successful IBP Migration Project

Each organisation has assembled its own set of tools, from excel to APO, to help them plan their supply chains. In this session, we will map out the potential paths from all of them to SAP's IBP cloud-based application. The cloud platform provides a process focused methodology which is a dramatic difference from the "plug and play" format of the previous generation of applications. This requires an agile approach to projects and a different way of thinking about requirements. Everyone will have their own path, but creating a roadmap to a cloud-based future is an essential first step.

Key takeaways:

  • IBP process first project methodology and best practices
  • Cloud-based systems require a shift in project methodology
  • How to create a roadmap and business case for IBP

Tales From the Front Lines of the Digital Transformation - What to Expect in Your Next Project

Over the past 20 years, the centre of gravity of supply chain projects has shifted. What once required compromising processes to fit an off the shelf application, now provides the limitless potential to model any process under the sun. But that change should not be taken for granted. Entire organizations have been constructed to meet yesterday's needs need to evolve into supporting the digital enterprise. In this session we will discuss the practical nature of these changes, from how to run projects, how to approach business requirements, shifting of roles and responsibilities and what it means to realize returns on your IT investments in a cloud subscription-based world. The opportunities are here, the technology is ready, what will it take for your organization to meet the challenge of building tomorrow's supply chain.

Key takeaways:
- Success factors for projects in the digital enterprise
- Roles and responsibilities of IT and supply chain for cloud projects
- Best practices for SAP's IBP foundation in a digital supply chain

Coca Cola Amatil's Digital Supply Chain Journey - How EWM Transformed Integration in New Automated Warehouse

Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) made the decision made in 2017 to combine 3 manual warehouse facilities into a single automated purpose-built warehouse facility in QLD Australia. This new facility incorporates multiple types of new automation and operational systems which will improve safety, customer service, operational efficiency, stock accuracy and drive costs down.

You will learn how CCA used SAP EWM as the central component to track and manage all inventory movements from the production facility right through to Customer Despatch. This involved integrating to various pieces of Automation and the subsequent orchestration of these activities. You will hear how this project came from inception through to completion in 2019 and the learnings gained along the way.

Attendees will see the progress of each stage of the project and how we addressed the challenges along the way to completing a brand new implementation of EWM along with the associated automated equipment.

Key takeaways:
- How EWM can be used to orchestrate all movements within a warehouse, whether within manual picking or through integration to Automation Watch outs when dealing with multiple system providers within the same project
- Learnings around the time needed to "Tune" the environment once live

Transforming Coca Cola Amatils Supply Chain using SAP TM

Coca Cola Amatil needed to consolidate 3 manual warehouse into one purpose built warehouse, encompassing various forms of automation and robotics. At the same Coca Cola Amatil, also needed to address Chain of Responsibility compliance with its transport planning and execution. This led to a partnership with SAP to further develop SAP TM it meet Coca Cola Amatil's complex packing and routing needs.

For Coca Cola Amatil's transport management, it was quickly clear that the existing solutions in the marketplace did not meet CCA's needs. Following this CCA and SAP entered into a co-innovation to develop the required functionality. This was developed and delivered in version 9.6.

Attendees will get taken through the journey that Coca Cola Amatil has been on now for the last 3 years with further work still to come. Coca Cola are now live at a number of sites across Australia and Indonesia, and will go through the challenges; learnings and successes of this journey.

Key takeaways:
- The opportunity that exists with latest SAP TM functionality
- The challenges and learnings of each project

Maintenance Budgeting and Asset Lifecycle Management – Necessary Evils or a Vault of Untapped Value?

Various inefficiencies negatively impacted the Budget and Planning Process. Budget and Planning weren’t outcome driven and largely dependent on manual interaction. Low data integrity, master data inconsistencies and inconsistent data granularity added to the problem. Data was maintained in spreadsheets that weren’t integrated with the ERP and Mine Technical Systems, limiting cost controls and overall planning capability, resulting in conflicting views. We introduced a planning, forecasting and analysis tool which will enable business to address process inefficiencies and improve data integrity.

To overcome the key business challenges, we:
- Simplified and standardised processes through establishing process ownership
- Introduced processes to measure, manage, and drive forecast accuracy
- Improved business flexibility and responsiveness by putting forecasting at the heart of performance management
- Established a capability to quickly test scenarios and sensitivities
- Focused on volatility and materiality – minimised detail to reduce cycle time and improve relevance
- Enabled capital prioritisation aligned to portfolio objectives and risk appetite
- Implemented a planning, forecasting and analysis tool which will address process inefficiencies, improve data integrity, improve cost controls and improve planning capability.

The Collaborit Asset Cost and Lifecycle Manager enabled us to:
- Use a single source of data for Budget/Forecast determination and tracking of actual expenditure.
- Reduce complexity and effort to compile the Maintenance Budget
- Create collaboration between all budget owners/approvers on one platform
- Improve data integrity and accuracy
- Institutionalise the budget determination logic and methodology
- Underpin budget/forecast results with line item detail to explain/justify cost inclusions
- Timeously respond to budget variance exceptions
- Improve the credibility of the budget process and output

Process improvements and system enablement for the Planning and Budgeting functions is a fundamental building block in moving towards a proactive performance and cost management culture. Select a planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis tool that support and institutionalise the budget and planning process across the organisation. Invest in a solution that provides sufficient flexibility through configuration and parameterisation to support specific business requirements.

Don't Show Me the Data, Draw Me a Picture

With the introduction of SAP to our organisation, our day to day work life would have changed for the better, so it seemed. As part of our planning culture, the Work Management element relies on information to provide clarity and to reduce variation in the business. The moment you are restricted to obtain information and integrate other legacy systems, you will likely fail in the task to analyse and improve.

What you will obtain is the learnings as to how we have taken it upon ourselves to create an environment whereby we can obtain data from SAP whilst ensuring other legacy data is structured to improve on informed decision making.

Because of the work that has been performed, we can now successfully integrate data from various sources to create overall views whilst enabling us to drill down to lower levels of reporting without breaking a sweat within a single reporting application. It is also critically important to understand that the best application in the world is only as good as the people that manages the inputs and ensures it adheres to the standards embedded for the outputs to be realised.

Key Takeaways:
- Data without Presentation won't appeal to everyone
- Data is a new language, it requires a dictionary
- Reporting is a team sport, it requires a captain

Enterprise Asset Management - Innovative Standard SAP Solutions for the FMCG Industry

The biggest problem that I've encountered within the Enterprise Asset Management area within the industry is that there's a big underappreciation for data, not understanding the impact thereof and also the lack of knowledge of just how effective standard SAP can be. With simple configuration, naming conventions, guidelines and administrative checks, the problem-solving capabilities as well as future possibilities with regards to planning, reporting and alignment are endless. Combine this with everyday reporting tools such as Excel, can be massively beneficial when setup correctly. Not all companies have the budget or skills to make use of additional software. This presentation is aimed towards helping companies achieve maximum benefit from their already made investments.

At KWV our resources have been very limited. As with most companies, the plant maintenance side of business are more than likely seen as a debit on budget. By utilising standard SAP and innovative data, we can begin to see a substantial amount of information that leads to better planning of people, work and of course budgets. Work is done more effective, planning of future job cards are more evenly spaced, data integrity is continuously monitored and therefore history begins to build up within the system. Not only will period closures run much smoother, but by setting non-conformance benchmarks, the processes cleans itself up as time progresses. As soon as information or data, becomes useful, it grabs the attention of the financial sector within your company. Now data becomes tangible and useful.

Key takeaways:
- Fully understand the tools that you have at your disposal
- How data can be managed effectively and the impact thereof

Lessons Learned Along Cargill’s Path to Value Realization with SAP’s Integrated Business Planning

Cargill, Incorporated is one of the largest privately held companies in the world, spanning multiple different industries from animal nutrition, animal protein, food ingredients and bio-industrial oils, to agriculture commodity trading. Cargill had a wide spectrum of maturity in process and data, and a real need for technology enablement of its supply chain planning processes. Identifying and deploying a solution that was able to meet the size, scale, and flexibility needs of all these businesses was absolutely key.

This presentation will reveal how supply chain planning and IBP processes could be enabled through technology in a flexible and scalable way to meet Cargill’s needs in the past, present, and future. Hear how a “pull model” deployment approach along with a hybrid-agile methodology allowed Cargill to capture value sooner and evolve over time in its supply chain planning technology enablement all while business processes continued to evolve and align globally.

Attendees will be taken on the journey of supply chain planning technology deployment and see the realized benefits in end-to-end visibility, collaboration, forecast accuracy, working capital, and planner efficiency that SAP IBP has enabled for Cargill’s businesses. Lessons learned along the way regarding data, incorporation of financials, anchoring to the business process, and balancing scalability and flexibility in integrations and functional/technical build will also be shared as well as how SAP IBP deployments continue to evolve even in present day.

Key takeaways:
1. Hybrid-agile project methodology approach well suited for the flexibility of SAP IBP, yet providing consistency in project duration, experience, and scope rigor.
2. Methods to keep focus on the business process during any SAP IBP deployment avoiding pitfalls of over-complexity and over-build.
3. The capability and flexibility of SAP IBP to be applied across multiple industries and process maturity levels to meet businesses where they are and help them grow over time.

Learn how Arla Foods Incorporate IBP Demand Sensing in Their Short-term Demand Planning

Due to an ever-changing landscape, Arla Demand Planners were having to spend a lot of time focusing their efforts on short-term planning which was great from a delivery accuracy perspective however this reduced the amount of time planners could focus on covering the long-term aspects of our S&OP horizon. The goal was to automate the repetitive creation of short-term forecasts in order to free-up time for planners to focus their efforts on high-value adding and complex forecasting tasks, such as long-range planning, NPD, and promotion planning that were causing the business problems from an accuracy perspective.

You will learn about the steps taken by Arla Foods to automate their short term forecasting while balancing the nature of time-saving benefits vs forecast accuracy benefits. Hear how the team worked with APO Demand Sensing at the very start, how they deep dived into the detail, and the effects this had on the business rollout plans. The tools created and approach taken to roll out to 6 markets that are all quite individual in their trading.

Attendees will be taken on a walk through how Arla Foods now operates its short-term demand planning and key KPIs used to monitor success such as time-saving and accuracy benefits by investing time and resources to fine-tune the Demand Sensing solution. Arla Foods have managed to increase forecast accuracy and save 45h per week of manual work in demand planning which results in an improved delivery service. You get what you give.

Key takeaways:
1. Understand common barriers for creating an accurate short-term forecast and how to avoid or overcome them
2. Learn the key concept and capabilities of SAP IBP Demand Sensing for short term forecasting
3. See how Arla Foods uses IBP Demand Sensing, and get real-life insights in best practices for implementation and which pitfalls to avoid

The Journey From Data to Knowledge – Designing KPI Dashboards That Change Behaviour

Are you getting the most out of your SAP PM data? How much time are you spending on collecting data and related governance vs actually using the data? This presentation will focus on practical tips (and pitfalls) that can transform your standard SAP PM data into knowledge. Understand the best ways to tailor your dashboards to different target audiences from enabling data-driven decision making to changing the behaviour of your asset care staff on the ground.

You will learn about the international best practices based on ISO55000 regarding implementing asset management KPIs, pitfalls to avoid and practical design considerations for developing your own dashboards.

Attendees will also be taken through several practical examples of reports developed and data analysis methods used that has resulted in step changes in overall maintenance management performance of the department.

Key Takeaways:
1. Optimising the use of your existing data
2. Delivering the data in a way that changes behaviour
3. Something else completely unrelated that might save your life...

How Did we Get a Supply Chain Optimisation Oh So Wrong, and Then Make it Oh So Right?

When inventory is slowly becoming unmanageable, and when planners are using excel to run production, you would expect a global SAP team and consultants to arrive on-site and save the day? That was the plan. This project was going to reduce inventory and eliminate the Excel empire. But it all went horribly wrong. A deep dive review into lessons learned resulted in the project exceeding all previous expectations.

It seems simple now. And everyone always asks why this approach wasn’t used at the start. For a major business change to succeed, you need 3 Key Ingredients;
1. A high level of skill from the implementers and the business users
2. Executive level buy-in and support
3. Communication and teamwork from all stakeholders This new approach enabled a halving of Inventory levels, and the use of SAP standard processes to replace the excel empire of old. This was now a case of hearts and minds as it was a technical SAP project.

The local team had a mess to clear up. It was a labour of love to use their new SAP skills and understanding to bring things under control. The SAP Team arrived on site; tensions of the previous project were high between all parties. A slower approach was used, we listened, they listened, we communicated the good and the bad, cleared the air, and collaborated with SAP expertise and local tribal knowledge, to achieve landmark results in the Supply Chain.

Key takeaways:
1. How not to approach a business change project
2. How to approach a business change project
3. How to continue to improve on the changes you have made

Ongoing EHS Development to Drive a Culture of Safety

Like all companies we want to make sure we keep our people safe, present no harm to the environment and keep our assets operating and safe. To do this we need to review designs, both new and modifications, to be assured we are protecting what is dear to us.

Some will say that incorporating as many safeguards into the operating systems is the best way to keep everything safe. With that mindset comes concerns because then people may not be looking at the economic risk to the company by employing additional layers that require maintenance and could cause spurious trips resulting in harm to the people, environment or the assets, none of which is beneficial.

These days with all the technology available to us we still need to make sure the systems we employ are simple enough to work properly and be understood by the people operating them because that way they can protect our three core concerns.

Adapting Fiori to Streamline Warehouse Processes

Inventory management is a widely used module in SAP but what happens with this module when Fiori is introduced as the User interface? Using Fiori apps can simplify the most common functions for a Warehouse person’s day to day job and coupled with mobile devices can boost productivity.

In this presentation, we will explore what Fiori apps SAP delivers in Inventory Management as standard and then give you an insight to what is capable with Fiori to build apps that work with any Warehouse process. Attendees will be shown detailed examples of how the different Fiori elements can be used to create user-friendly apps.

Key takeaways:

  • Check SAP standard apps to see if they are fit for purpose
  • Don't be afraid to explore building your own apps
  • Explore all the different Fiori elements and many more!

Repairable Parts Refurbishments: How Can Fiori Improve Tracking & The User Experience?

Repairable parts refurbishment can sometimes be a complex process. Managing this process can also be a difficult task for a Repairables Planner. With the introduction of S/4 HANA and Fiori, embedding the refurbishment process can be a lot simpler and easier to understand.

In this presentation, we will explore how to harness the power of Fiori to help manage this complex process by enabling multiple key transactions and apps in a single cockpit. Some of the key questions that will be answered are:

  • How do I know what materials are going to be returned for repair?
  • How many materials are currently defective?
  • Which vendors have items being repaired?
  • What repairs are currently awaiting a final repair price?

 

If you are looking at streamlining your repairable process and utilising Fiori to assist, then this presentation will assist on your journey.

Key takeaways:

  • Tracking Repairs is key
  • Fiori is powerful so utilise it fully
  • Even though there are still GUI transaction Fiori can be used

The Future of Asset Management: Panel Discussion

Join this interactive session to hear what SAP has planned for the future of Asset Management and get the opportunity to ask the panel of experts your pressing questions.

Surviving and Thriving with a Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chain

The world we live in, while often turbulent, has been turned on its head recently. Now more than ever we need supply chains that have the agility to sense, predict, and respond to risks and opportunities. The productivity to meet market and customer demands. The connectivity to collaborate and provide visibility across your networks. And drive sustainable processes to ensure that products are ethically sourced, manufactured and delivered with zero waste with carbon neutral processes. Learn how SAP solutions can help your company operate a resilient, sustainable supply chain.

The Mouse is to the Computer What AI is to the Mind

Artificial Intelligence is a tool, not a solution. But it can be an amazing tool working for you, working on your processes. It’s not perfect and yes, it makes mistakes. It’s also not very creative… It can’t invent itself out of anything. It needs human knowledge, and it takes work to get it started. But once it runs, you’ll wonder why it wasn’t done earlier… It’s time to start!

Key takeaways:

  • Artificial Intelligence is just a tool, that can be very useful to get some of the repetitive work done
  • It's not about changing "everything" but trying to remove some of the "steps" of the process
  • What could only be done by software developers is now turning into the hands of business users

RPA: Turning Tasks into Repeatable Recipes

“Robotic Process Automation” is the fancy name for old fashioned macros with a bit of intelligence. When some tasks are highly repetitive (for humans) and relatively standardised, instead of changing the system, you just “automate the hands”. In other words, you use an RPA to automate the typing. Let’s see how this works.

IBP in Action – A Panel Discussion

Join this session to hear first hand accounts of IBP in action in South Africa. Customers at various stages of their IBP journey will share learnings and insights thus far. Have the opportunity to ask questions and pick up some tips and tricks!

Delivering Next Generation Intelligent Asset Management for SAP Customers

This session provides a perspective on what SAP is seeing within their customers, including how asset-intensive organisations are looking to improve collaboration, asset health, and execution. Patrick will highlight SAP’s strategy for maintenance operations and asset performance management including both SAP S/4HANA Asset Management and the SAP's new cloud APM suite. This will include reference examples, and case studies of how and where to get started.

Key takeaways:
- Understand the improvements S/4HANA enables for Maintenance Organisations including scheduling and mobile
- Understand the new cloud applications and how these enable improved Asset Performance Management
- Understand the role of Networks, and how SAP enables new collaborative processes with business partners

AI in the Maintenance Space

Artificial Intelligence is upending how people work and for many tasks is replacing them entirely, and in unexpected ways. For the reliability and maintenance professional Today AI offers incremental benefits in how data is interpreted and analyzed and how work is planned and scheduled. Where are these trends headed? From an SAP perspective AI is foundational to our vision for Intelligent Asset Management. This presentation will show the evolution of AI and its application in maintenance: 1) Data and Algorithms 2) Machine Learning: Anomaly Detection and Prediction 3) Deep Learning and Neural Networks 4) What elements of AI are available in SAP today 5) What is possible with the available AI tools today 6) How AI can move from advisory AI, to directing AI, to controlling AI and 7) Putting Intelligence into Intelligent Asset Management. This presentation will be at a level that is accessible to anyone with a maintenance or reliability background and who is a user of a smart phone. Terms and concepts in the Industry 4.0 lexicon will be covered. New and emerging tasks and roles will be introduced as they pertain to reliability and maintenance professionals. Implications and benefits for operational efficiency and labor productivity will be touched on.

Key takeaways:
- AI is here and it is useful
- AI is getting smarter
- AI will change what tasks you do and how you do them

Welcome to the World of Risk, Failure Modes and Reliability

A risk-based maintenance approach enables better decision making for maintenance planning and to reduce the probability of asset failure. SAP Asset Strategy and Performance Management is one of the solutions in SAP’s Intelligent Asset Management suite of cloud-based applications. It provides capabilities for Risk & Criticality Analysis of Assets and proven methodologies like Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

Key Takeways:
- Business background and drivers to follow a risk-based approach to maintenance
- Get an understanding of the solution
- SAP's vision and solution roadmap

Move Out of the Twilight Zone and Experience the Mobile Revolution

Sweat your investment in SAP. Gain insights from your data. Use the information from your ERP to improve your business. Move out of your comfort zone and embrace the new teçhnologies. Mobility will improve your data quality and increase the productivity of your workforce.

Introducing mobile applications to your workforce will help your business to run better and improve your worker's lives. Highlighting industry research and demonstrating SAP's mobile capabilities, Ivan wants to convince the audience that the Industry 4.0 revolution is providing a better way of getting work done.

Key takeaways:
1. The revolution is forcing you to change your old way of working
2. Mobility is making admin fun or at least palatable
3. Use your system information to drive your business

Asset Management Control Centre

SAP EWM warehouse offers benefits to streamline warehouse operation, Increase productivity and accuracy. SAP PM(EAM) automates the process of performing facility repair and maintenance requests of assets. The maintenance PM order-driven warehouse operation is critical for timely availability of spare parts and shortening repair time. The SAP EWM integration with SAP PM(EAM) allows easy adaptation and usage with fast time to value and a low TCO for customers.

The main objective of the PM(EAM) - EWM integration is to increase the efficiency, integration and visibility across warehouse execution. This is achieved through the following benefits:
• Improved Integration packaged deployed successfully at multiple customer place
• Flexibility to incorporate the customer specific requirements from PM order for Integration and warehouse operations
• Different options to choose for integration approach (delivery or PMR) based on the type of the customer's industry (Mining / Oil & Gas /Manufacturing) and process complexity
• Leverage EWM standard warehouse process capability and functionalities for all core process including handheld RF device.
• Optimize the warehouse operation by leveraging the consolidation, cross dock based on PM order
• Process and Industry expertise on PM order and warehouse management I will show this capability in a demonstration showing the seamless integration and visibility.

Key takeaways:
1. Seamlessly Integrate Maintenace/reservations orders with the Warehouse
2. Full Visibility and monitoring of essential information in across all processes in Asset Management and Warehousing
3. Demonstrate how SAP can significantly reduce operating costs

It’s Time to Rethink Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Processes

Businesses in asset-intensive industries such as mining, railways, and oil and gas have a relentless focus on efficiency and continuous improvement – and for good reason. Many spend a large amount on fixed assets to turn raw materials into finished products or assets that provide services. The ability to produce products at a lower cost than competitors is often the key difference between survival and failure. The maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) process refers to the “indirect procurement” of parts and tools needed to keep assets operating, and it has a big impact on both top-line performance and bottom-line costs.

Using SAP Integrated Business Planning will now enable these companies to bring all the demand for spare parts like predictive maintenance strategies, historical information regarding breakdowns, planned maintenance simulations and project requirements and create a forecasted demand plan for spares. Now, using inventory optimisation algorithms we can calculate the best safety stock levels that changes dynamically to meet internal service levels for MRO spares. Customers using IBP for MRO spares are now able to reduce “spares” stock dramatically and still support the maintenance requirements.

Top 10 Findings From Customer Live Data Assessments That Prove Why Maintenance & Inventory Supply are Functioning in Costly Silos

Transform has helped organisations around the world optimise their supply practices and services provided to the demands of planners and consumers. Experienced gained from more than 20 global clients around the world has equipped Transform to share these lessons with organisations looking to avoid and overcome similar challenges. Some refer to this opportunity as "learning from other's mistakes." This session unpacks the typical challenges experienced in a supply chain servicing the world of maintenance work order planning. Come and see if you can relate to any of these challenges. More importantly, come and see what you can take from the challenges overcome by other organisations and impress your boss with your new found insight. Meeting demand in a supply chain is not easy when the demand is unstable and predictable. In the world of maintenance supply chain there are numerous problems to overcome. Knowing what the problems are and having a clear understanding of the root cause makes it possible to target and solve the challenges around improved service levels at a lower cost. Learn where to focus in order to reduce inventory value while increasing inventory availability to the maintenance team.

You will learn how to isolate the problem, understand the root cause and reduce the threat on cost and service. Understand how to use standard SAP tools and reports to achieve results and sustain the new found value in your supply chain.

Key takeaways:
- Reduced inventory value while reducing the dependency on squirrel store stock.
- Understand how to achieve inventory optimisation by using standard SAP tools, reports, and graphs.
- Better alignment and inventory availability to suit the scheduled maintenance plan.
- Quicker turn-around in the purchasing process supported by strategic sourcing and contracts.
- An improved service procurement program

How to Effectively Forecast Spare Part Materials as Far Out as 5 Years With the Help of MRP

Plant maintenance planning and execution is challenged by the lack of trust in inventory and purchasing’s ability to provide supply services that effectively meet maintenance’s requirement to schedule future work. This session addresses the typical behaviours that encourage unproductive silos, as well as techniques, functionality, and routines that are guaranteed to improve maintenance services to operations. This session introduces standard techniques and MRP to plan spare part materials as far out as 5 years. This session will benefit all maintenance organisations looking to effectively be more active in future scheduled maintenance activities.

Key takeaways:
1. Standard functionality exists in SAP that has not been integrated into maintenance scheduling and planning.
2. There are standard MRP replenishment strategies that ensure improved supply service level performance.
3. This is the answer to challenges experienced when trying to integrate maintenance planning with material supply.

SAP, Your Strategic Innovation Partner

There are many ways to promote innovation at a company, and open collaboration with vendors, customers and partners is one way that works well. At SAP, we pride ourselves with our range of innovation initiatives that allow you to identify, troubleshoot, build and implement solutions for, and scale the adoption for specific challenges you are trying to overcome. In this session, we discuss the various avenues and teams at SAP that exist to help customers and partners understand their options to become more innovative by leveraging people, ideas and other resources and directing them at a particular challenge.

Key takeaways:
- SAP is more than a solutions company but also a strategic innovation partner
- There is a depth of expertise in innovation strategy, organisational behaviour advisory, management consulting and related disciplines at SAP
- There is a program at SAP specific to me that I can adopt to help my company become more innovative.

Reporting & Analytics for Procurement

Harness the Business Network and the Digital Twin to Forge the Next Generation Asset Management

Imagine a single cloud network solution holding all the equipment information and process it in an ecosystem of manufacturers, engineering and construction service providers, operators, and maintenance contractors. Think, for example, of the operational effectiveness when each manufacturer can digitally publish the equipment model attributes, instructions, manuals, and failure modes and maintenance workers can consume this in real-time in their daily operational activities. Fancy for example the operator and the service provider can plan and process a unique work order to maintain particular equipment. Envision built-in equipment analysis that inspires new business models for managing equipment as a service or redesigning it based on performance. Welcome to SAP Asset Intelligence Network. Attend this session hear how the next wave of intelligent asset management will come by bringing the asset ecosystem partners onto a single cloud-based collaborative network platform called SAP Asset Intelligence Network.

Key takeaways:
1. Harness the digital twin and the business network in the asset management ecosystem
2. Establish a digital thread, connecting multiple systems, products, assets, processes, and people inside and an open platform
3. Leverage the network to drive business outcomes: closer internal/external asset collaboration, faster time to market, more proactive and predictive service, and a platform for new revenue generations

The Future of Procurement – an Interactive Panel Discussion

There have been some significant technological developments over the years, like digitization, automation, the rise of solution suites, the proliferation of mobile devices and applications, and IT’s migration to the cloud. But now, twenty years later, we are riding a wave of innovation into the future of procurement; and the future is now. The session will dive into the impact of Industry 4.0 technologies on procurement and supply chain. We will also consider some of the current technology trends shaping procurement and what role procurement should play in this digital transformation era. Considering these changes, how is SAP helping organisations take advantage of these technological advances, from digital readiness assessment, procurement transformation through Business Networks, Guided Buying, Machine Learning, and automation.

How to Get an Information-Driven Logistic Value Chain, at The Speed That The Business Needs It

The business is changing at a high speed, so your information need is changing just as fast. Information is the answer to your question. Most SCM questions are ‘ad hoc’, I got the question this morning and I need an answer now. ICT can hardly cope with these questions, which jeopardizes the company. That’s why you’re overwhelmed with Excel & Access forests. How can that problem be alleviated in an SAP environment?

Every Angle is a true business user self-service software add-on on SAP (ECC & HANA) that copes with this problem. It allows users to answer more than 90% of his or her ad hoc operational questions, in less than 3 minutes, without the help of IT. To be able to deliver this promise one needs full information transparency between end-to-end value chain processes. Jacques will explain what that means.

Jacques will not only tell you what it takes to answer a complex ad-hoc question within three minutes and without the help of IT, but also show you what it looks like in practice.

Key takeaways:
1. True Business User Self-Service is mandatory in a fast-changing world.
2. True Business User Self-Service can only be delivered if one masters both SCM control complexity and SAP data & process model complexity
3. True Business User Self-Service on SAP data exists... it's called Every Angle

Building an Interconnected Work Ecosystem with the Prometheus Platform

Since 1998, Prometheus has been building world-class solutions for various industries in all regions around the globe. As businesses continue to evolve with the ever modernizing and digitizing world, the need for comprehensive “platform” solutions has only grown as our customers continue to consolidate the number of providers on which they rely. This adaptation is aligned with the current trend of businesses transitioning their systems to the cloud, not only to continue these consolidation efforts but also to further reduce internal costs. The ability of Prometheus to provide solutions to multiple shortfalls within our customers’ systems is a much more appealing proposition when compared against “point solutions”. Customer effort around implementation, support, and system maintenance is substantially reduced with hosted deployments of our solutions, effectively allowing for a “hands-off” offering. The Prometheus platform is a scalable environment that integrates all your enterprise asset management (EAM) software into one cohesive, streamlined, simplified experience. Joining all your asset management solutions from Planning & Scheduling to Reporting & Analytics (and everything in between), the Prometheus platform offers unparalleled communication, data visibility, consistency, and connection. The Prometheus platform is made up of six interconnected core modules to support your enterprise asset management lifecycle end-to-end; Planning & Scheduling, Mobility, Permitting & Safety, Master Data, Shutdown, Turnaround & Outage, and Reporting & Analytics.

Asset-intensive organizations are faced with a rapidly changing business landscape and an ever-expanding list of enterprise asset management technology solutions. To remain competitive against their peers, organizations are evaluating work processes and their current technology solutions to ensure the organization is producing the best product on the market. As people and technology become more interconnected, organizations are dedicating a growing number of resources toward solutions that bridge, support, and improve the transmission of data between them both. Minimizing or eliminating information silos can help drive critical, intelligent decisions centered around data. Organizations in asset-intensive industries are gradually re-thinking how to consistently and effectively improve operations across all teams without negatively impacting production. To address the technology shortfall that many of these organizations face, Prometheus Group has spent the past 20 years developing a platform to aid and support its customers in the asset management space.

The Prometheus Platform provides a holistic, comprehensive view of an organization’s entire work process, eliminating data silos that regularly occur across teams. Instead of providing disconnected point solutions, the Prometheus Platform collects data from solutions used across different work categories like – maintenance, permitting, operations, and inventory management– and stores it in an organization’s EAM, ERP, or CMMS. Whereas many enterprise asset management solution providers miss the opportunity to address organizational challenges with point solutions, the Prometheus Platform has continuously focused on a long-term, comprehensive strategy. Understanding how an integrated solution can help an organization achieve its future goals means realizing how the solution would fit into the daily workflow of its workers.

Spares Supply Chain Visibility: How Do I See Upstream and Downstream Of Me?

We all know that Supply Chain visibility across your entire maintenance value chain is critical. Maintenance teams need to see what buyers are up to, buyers what maintenance, warehouse and suppliers are doing, and the warehouse need visibility of what everyone is planning or doing. In essence all your spares role players need a view of what is happening with demand and supply – right now, tomorrow and all the days after that. That said, visibility cannot be limited only to what everyone is doing, but must also include visibility of what inventory is where.

SAP has a standard set of tools and reports that provide all this visibility. We’ll spend the first part of this session with a quick introduction to the tools sets, and then we’ll talk about what this visibility means and what you should be doing about what you are seeing.

SCM and People in Focus

New investments in technology are driven by efficiencies and profitability that impact bottom line. So why do so many implementations fail so often? One of the key reasons is the expectation that users will adopt the technology and use it to its full potential from day 1.

Change management, user adoption and ongoing training are often overlooked by the rational economics theory but more needs to be done to bring people along the journey to understand the “why” behind the implementation. SCM and People in Focus covers:

1. Unpack the areas of weaknesses around training and change management
2. How to lead from the front and guide from the back
3. Tools you can use to adopt technology efficiently
4. The cost of poor change management
5. Frameworks to develop ongoing training

Get Integrated Business Planning Working For You

Business and our environments are changing at a rapid pace, on the digital front, and economic front. Do organisations have the visibility and wield the control to pursue growth objectives; all while taking into consideration the challenges we face on a daily basis? How will the use and adherence to Integrated Business Planning principles accelerate organisations into being adaptive and efficient?

In this brief session, we focus on the key localised principles to Integrated Business Planning, highlighting what it takes to successfully implement and adopt an Integrated Business Planning system and methodology while sustainably ensuring its utilisation.

Key takeaways:
1. Understand the organisational and environmental challenges
2. Recognise the factors affecting an implementation
3. Envision what needs to be done to ensure the sustainability.

An Experience of Spare Part Management & MRO Innovation

Imagine the Spare Parts Management (SPM) and Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) dream… A failure has been predicted, detected, and resolved before you know it. What is required to enable this dream? Does it require an enormous amount of data captured? Sensors? Machine learning techniques and prediction algorithms? Complicated stocking strategies? Perhaps 3D printing or blockchain technology? It is no longer a dream but a reality… Join our innovation experience and see how IIIoT, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and BlockChain technologies are drastically changing the SPM & MRO landscape.

Gordian's innovation experience will allow the audience to gain insight into how IIIoT, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and BlockChain technologies are drastically changing the MRO landscape. Wouter will address the question of how tomorrow can be improved? He will strive to inspire, the audience by making them aware of innovations in the field of Spare Parts Management (SPM) and Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO). The session will provide input for a long-term improvement SPM roadmap illustrating innovations for improvement in a practical way through the use of case studies and real examples to demonstrate the opportunities.

Key takeaways:
1. The impact innovations such as IIoT, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and BlockChain technologies have on the SPM & MRO landscape.
2. Practical ways of incorporating innovations in SPM
3. Input for a long-term improvement SPM roadmap

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