Introducing the first of our incredible speakers – with many more to come! This carefully-selected group of innovative global and South African SAP specialists will zone in on the technology and ideas that are transforming the SAP HR & Payroll, Financials and Technologies space.

David Roberts North American VP of Strategy & Architecture SAP America, Inc. (USA)
Chris Kernaghan Global Technical Practice Lead Atos (UK)
Dr Tamas Szirtes Group Innovation Director SOA PEOPLE (NL)
Scott Cairncross Partner TruQua, an IBM Company (USA)
Graham Robinson Independent IT Professional SAP Mentor (AUS)
Marjorie Wright SAP Financials Consultant Simply FI-CO, LLC (USA)
Thomas Jung Head of Developer Advocacy – SAP Developer & Community Relations SAP SE (USA)
Tony de Thomasis SAP Technician SAPWorks (AUS)
Ashish Sampat Freelance SAP Finance and Controlling Consultant VThink, Inc. (USA)
Chris Paine SAP Mentor & Chief HR Geek Discovery Consulting (AUS)
Sindhu Gangadharan Senior Vice President: SAP User Enablement & Managing Director SAP Labs India (IND)
Mark P. Mitchell COO, Author & Advisor M&M Leadership & Advisory LLC (USA)
David Ludlow Group Vice President, Product Strategy and Research SAP SuccessFactors (USA)
Janet Salmon Chief Product Owner Management Accounting SAP SE (GER)
David Chin Development & Composition Architect - Information Technology Australia Post (AUS)
Paul Ovigele SAP Financials Consultant ERPFixers LLC (USA)
Sarah Reid HR Program Lead Australia Post (AUS)
David Roberts North American VP of Strategy & Architecture SAP America, Inc. (USA)
Chris Kernaghan Global Technical Practice Lead Atos (UK)
Dr Tamas Szirtes Group Innovation Director SOA PEOPLE (NL)
Scott Cairncross Partner TruQua, an IBM Company (USA)
Graham Robinson Independent IT Professional SAP Mentor (AUS)
Marjorie Wright SAP Financials Consultant Simply FI-CO, LLC (USA)
Thomas Jung Head of Developer Advocacy – SAP Developer & Community Relations SAP SE (USA)
Tony de Thomasis SAP Technician SAPWorks (AUS)
Ashish Sampat Freelance SAP Finance and Controlling Consultant VThink, Inc. (USA)
Chris Paine SAP Mentor & Chief HR Geek Discovery Consulting (AUS)
Sindhu Gangadharan Senior Vice President: SAP User Enablement & Managing Director SAP Labs India (IND)
Mark P. Mitchell COO, Author & Advisor M&M Leadership & Advisory LLC (USA)
David Ludlow Group Vice President, Product Strategy and Research SAP SuccessFactors (USA)
Janet Salmon Chief Product Owner Management Accounting SAP SE (GER)
David Chin Development & Composition Architect - Information Technology Australia Post (AUS)
Paul Ovigele SAP Financials Consultant ERPFixers LLC (USA)
Sarah Reid HR Program Lead Australia Post (AUS)

Transformation is Perpetual and All Inclusive

A global crisis, ever-changing geopolitics, and increasing expectations from players in the marketplace set the stage for Perpetual Transformation.  It is the organizations that recognize both the need to change and the path to dynamic transformation that not all survive but thrive under these market conditions. Additionally, every change – like raindrops upsetting still water – can disrupt every area of the business.

In this session, we will explore how the best organizations establish a flexible business transformation platform, clearly connect business outcomes to actions & value creation, and engage every employee for optimal & measurable performance.

Key takeaways:

  1. SAP RISE
  2. SAP S/4 HANA
  3. SAP Finance Transformation
  4. Human Xperience Management (HXM) with SAP SuccessFactors
  5. SAP Business Transformation Platform (BTP)
  6. SAP Business Process Integration with Signavio

How to use Automation within your SAP Landscape, from Building through to RPA

In this session, I shall discuss how I have helped customers to approach their automation journey from the most basic automations through to more complex workflows. It will give some tips and guidance on how to bring automation to the stages of Build, Manage and Change and how to identify where it does not bring value.

This session will also show where automation is part of an organisation's DevOps journey and how it can bring measurable impact to your landscape. I have built automations through scripting languages like Bash, Powershell, using tools like Puppet, Ansible, and Chef and provisioned landscapes using native Cloud tools like Cloudformation from AWS and Cloud Deployment Manager from GCP as well as tools like Pulumi and Terraform. With the Application layer, I have automated using UiPath, Windows Macros and Microsoft Flow to create RPAs to help me with basic administration functions. This session will show how these experiments brought value to what I was doing and where they were just a time sink.

Key takeaways:
1. The importance of developer workflows and processes
2. How automation fits within their SAP landscape
3. Where automation makes sense

A Down-to-Earth Review of RISE with SAP

This session goes deeper than most marketing content available about RISE with SAP by unpacking the offering, examining each part and describing what is new, what has just got a new name and what is really interesting for customers and why. This presentation will cover SAP S/4HANA Cloud with some special focus on the private edition, the hyperscaler option, the SAP Business Technology Platform, the Business Networks and all the tools in RISE with SAP, such as Business Process Intelligence including Signavio. The presentation will also cover pragmatic recommendations for companies interested to explore RISE with SAP.

An Introduction to SAP Central Finance: A Non-Disruptive Deployment Option for SAP S/4HANA

This session will provide an up-close look at SAP Central Finance as well as a deeper understanding of the key uses cases that are driving the decision and helping to build the business case to move to Central Finance.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore:

  • Experiences from early adopters and key business processes driving their need for change, such as:

- More harmonized and consolidated reporting

- Real-time planning data that facilitates more predictive financial reporting & analysis

- A better way to manage performance management and financial close tasks

- A simplified way to manage highly complex M&A scenarios

  • How Central Finance serves as a stepping stone to SAP S/4HANA Finance without disrupting existing source SAP ERP systems
  • Different deployment options for Central Finance including on-premise, in the cloud, or as a software-as-a-service solution

Continuously Building and Deploying SAPUI5 Applications

This session will cover how Graham delivers SAPUI5 applications from concept to deployment along with support for continuous improvement. He will show how he sets up and uses his development environment and the CI/CD techniques he uses to build and deploy his apps into the customers’ on-premise ABAP environment.

Margin Analysis with S/4HANA

In this session you will learn how the features of S/4 Margin Analysis can support Finance transformation.

Key takeaways:

  1. Learn how S/4 Margin Analysis compares with ERP Profitability Analysis
  2. Find out how S/4 Margin Analysis supports continuous and predictive accounting
  3. Understand the configuration of S/4 Margin Analysis

ABAP is Not Dead, but it’s Not the Only Answer

In this interactive session, we look at the evolving role of traditional ABAP developer in the SAP Ecosystem. We will discuss how the ABAP development capabilities continue to evolve and play an important role in cloud-based development as well. But ABAP can’t be the only tool in a developer’s toolbox. We will also discuss choices of educational investment areas that complement existing ABAP skill set.

Preparing your SAP Landscape for 202x

Is the 202x deadline a manufactured sales tactic or a true opportunity for SAP Digital transformation? Go at your own pace with actionable guidance and fact-based insights about how to extend the life of ECC as you prepare organisational readiness for sensible S/4HANA adoption techniques. During this session, you will get an honest no-nonsense introduction to the following topics: - Complete SAP stack compliance and modernisation - SAP S/4HANA Process Discovery Report - SAP S/4HANA Readiness Check - Sensible options for S/4HANA adoption.

Key takeaways:
1. Clarity about the SAP Maintenance Schedule
2. Familiarity with SAP accelerators for best adoption of S/4HANA
3. Guidance for preparing my current landscape for S/4HANA

Controlling with S/4HANA: Important Design and Configuration Changes

In this session, Ashish will share important design and configuration changes in Controlling with S/4HANA, including: Cost Element part of G/L Account; Account Based Profitability Analysis; Material Ledger mandatory; Cost of Goods Sold by cost component; Production variances by category

Walk away from this session with an understanding of design and configuration changes in Controlling with S/4HANA"

Is the Promise of Engaging Content and Easy-to-Access Dashboards for People Managers Finally Becoming the Reality that We Were all Sold Years Ago?

Whilst the team at SuccessFactors might have caught the SAP bug of renaming products, Stories in People Analytics does deliver the ability to present some pretty compelling interactive dashboards to your users. A must for Onboarding 2.0 (no other way to report data) and the platform for all future reporting builds in SAP SuccessFactors, but how are you considering using this solution? It might be that the solution is finally up to the challenge but are we in danger of just falling into the same behaviours and processes, but with prettier tooling. An old process and new tech is just an expensive new process, how will stop that from happening?

Creating a Winning experience of Enablement for the Intelligent Enterprise

COVID-19 crisis has steered organizations for fast-paced digital adoption. They need to achieve incredible business outcomes to be successful. As per a study by McKinsey, only 1 in 5 companies captures more than 50% of projected benefits and the most important factor for realizing business value is Effective User Adoption. In light of fast-paced digital transformation and a rapidly changing working environment, digital learning is now more important than ever. Employees need to quickly adapt to new business models, processes, and technologies that drive a company’s success. The right skills can enhance employee performance and productivity and increase user satisfaction. In this session, you will understand SAP’s User Enablement Strategy and how this can help you drive adoption of digital technologies at your workplace.

Key takeaways:
1. Understand how User Enablement helps drive Adoption
2. Learn about SAP’s User Enablement and Adoption strategies
3. Drive some of the practices in your organization for successful product adoption

American Airlines’ Successful Transformation to SAP SuccessFactors & SAP Payroll

The story of successful transformation at American Airlines to SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HEC Payroll, SAP C4C Case Management Platform, SAP Fieldglass, Workforce Analytics and an overall look at the Total Workforce Management through the lens of now former American Airlines executive who led the program from an HR Business perspective. At the time of Go-Live was the largest and most complex implementation delivered by SAP SuccessFactors.

Mark will discuss WHY the company embarked on the journey, WHAT was accomplished, HOW the program was delivered successfully through design, data conversion, interface integrations as well as tools utilized and partners guiding them during the journey. Most importantly, we will discuss the benefits realised from the journey to the Cloud.

Highlights of the SAP Roadmaps for HR Solutions

With SAP, you’ve got some great options to support your HR digital transformations. In this session, you’ll learn about the recent deliveries and latest roadmap planning across the SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite, including our reimagined user experiences, planned new capabilities to drive employee growth and organizational agility, and integrations with the rest of the SAP solution portfolio. You’ll also hear updates on how you can continue to leverage your ERP HCM investments in new and innovative ways.

The Business World Is Changing - Is your SAP Implementation Keeping Up?

The traditional borders between industries are blurring. Where there once were product-driven industries and service industries, we now find car companies selling mobility services, agri-nutrient companies selling fertilisers to individual farmers and retailers going almost entirely online, changing the requirements for billing and controlling. Finance organisations are expected to deliver better quality information faster. Again, where once corridors were full of paper lists, now managers expect to find a smartphone app with a list of critical open items and key actions. Nobody is prepared to wait for the period close to see their margins or the consolidated view of their business and predictions and simulations are now very much part of the Finance world. As business models change, Finance is expected to deliver better steering information and advise their business rather than simply checking the numbers are correct. These topics are covered in "SAP S/4HANA Finance - The Reference Guide to What's New" and this session will dive into some of the reasons why organisations have begun a transformation and what they have achieved.

Key takeaways:
1. How industry requirements are changing and how this is reflected in the software
2. How the requirements on a finance organisation are changing and how SAP S/4HANA Finance supports this
3. How organisations are looking to introduce new steering models to gain better insight into the business

Making Manager Self Service and Organisational Management Tasks Easier – Control of Your Own Destiny

Australia Post’s cross-functional team has used SAP Fiori to build manager self-service tools and delivered a configurable workflow approval management application. To date, these apps include a new overview page, approvals inbox, team calendar, team notifications, organisational management, leave management, and organisational chart.

We will bring to life the Business and Technology perspectives of this Australia Post success story.

We will discuss:

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

Considerations for Undergoing an SAP S/4HANA Finance Migration

Learn the typical reasons to convert to S/4HANA Explore the different options for moving to SAP S/4HANA Finance Find out how S/4HANA facilitates Finance Transformation Learn the drivers for adopting a Cloud based Approach to S/4HANA Understand some of the new Features available with S/4HANA Finance.

Key takeaways:
1. Learn the typical reasons to convert to S/4HANA
2. Explore the different options for moving to SAP S/4HANA Finance
3. Find out how S/4HANA facilitates Finance Transformation

Making Manager Self Service and Organisational Management Tasks Easier – Control of Your Own Destiny

Australia Post’s cross-functional team has used SAP Fiori to build manager self-service tools and delivered a configurable workflow approval management application. To date, these apps include a new overview page, approvals inbox, team calendar, team notifications, organisational management, leave management, and organisational chart.

We will bring to life the Business and Technology perspectives of this Australia Post success story.

We will discuss:

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