Skip to Content

Sapphire-Banner-630.jpg

SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 promises to be the most important, informative and comprehensive SAPPHIRE NOW ever for finance professionals. I could argue with a number of reasons why that is the case, but I’ll limit it here to just one: Our customers!

Actual stories from SAP customers are what gives SAPPHIRE NOW that extra something. Even 100 J.Los would be unable to hold a candle to them. They will not act or perform, neither do I expect them to dance or to sing on their stage. What they will do instead is tell true stories and firsthand experiences of their customer journey with SAP solutions for Finance.

So which customer stories in the Finance context can you expect next week in Orlando? See my recommendations below. Note, that some of the sessions will even be broadcasted online – you can watch for free, even if you are not attending SAPPHIRE NOW!

Finance Customer Stories on Day 1 of #SAPPHIRENOW

La Trobe University #1: Simple Finance in the Cloud

  • “Bring Cloud and Simplicity to Financial Systems to Achieve Strategic Goals” – Simplify inefficient financial processes to help your finance organization thrive and achieve enterprise-wide goals. Hear from a customer who is using the SAP Simple Finance solution in the cloud to streamline the company’s financial operations, gain nimbleness, focus on the most essential tasks, and get the job done in real time
  • Tuesday 5/5 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in Theater 4
  • Speaker: Peter Nikoletatos, Executive Director and CIO, La Trobe University
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID LB20473)
  • Watch it online for free! (at 4 p.m. as a playback version)

AIG Yielding Savings from its Accounts Payable Process

  • “Take a Collaborative, Hybrid Approach to No-Touch Invoice Processing” – This discussion probes best practices and lessons learned from a real-world digital transformation story. Hear how American International Group (AIG) tapped into the digital economy by integrating SAP software for invoice management and the Ariba Network to eliminate exceptions, remove paper, and yield significant savings from its accounts payable process.
  • Tuesday 5/5 01:00 p.m. – 01:45 p.m., Business Networks Microforum BN319
  • Speaker: Marianne Clements, VP, Global Accounts Payable Strategy & Opns Global Sourcing, American International Group Inc.
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID BN20192)

Finance Customer Stories on Day 2 of #SAPPHIRENOW


La Trobe University #2: Moving to the Cloud

  • “Journey to the Cloud and Transform Your Business with Expert Support” – Streamline operations by moving your on-premise applications to the cloud. Learn how La Trobe University simplified its IT landscape using the SAP Simple Finance solution with the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service and cloud solutions from the SAP for HR solution portfolio. Hear how expert services from SAP help La Trobe focus on key tasks.
  • Wednesday 5/6 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. in Theater 5
  • Speaker: Peter Nikoletatos, Executive Director and CIO, La Trobe University
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID SC25134)

Journey-to-the-cloud.png

Source: 13 Sessions at #SAPPHIRENOW (with graphics!)


T-Mobile USA: Transforming B2B Payments with AribaPay

  • “Transform Your B2B Payments with Network-Based Payables Automation” – Eliminate labor-intensive and costly paper processes, improve working capital performance, and streamline business-to-business (B2B) payments. Hear how T-Mobile USA is using the AribaPay solution along with the Ariba Network and electronic invoicing solutions to eliminate risk, increase savings, and innovate their accounts payable processes.
  • Wednesday 5/6 01:30 p.m. – 01:50 p.m. in Theater 3
  • Speaker: Ashley Bartels, Director, Business Solutions in Enterprise Systems Development, T-Mobile USA Inc.
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID BN20579)
  • Watch it online for free!

ServiceNow: Using SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, powered by SAP HANA

  • “Transform Business Planning with In-Memory Technology” – Improve and automate consolidations as well as strategic, operational, capital expenditure, and human resources planning. Learn how ServiceNow uses the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application, powered by SAP HANA, to transform the way people work, with a focus on service orientation, user experience, and real-time calculation.
  • Wednesday 5/6 02:00 p.m. – 02:20 p.m. in Theater 3
  • Speaker: John To, Finance Systems Mgr, ServiceNow
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID LB20507)
  • Watch it online for free!

Swiss Re: Instant Insight with SAP Simple Finance

  • “Transform Finance with Instant Insight” – Understand the value of instant insight in finance. Hear firsthand about Swiss Re’s experience using the SAP Simple Finance solution, powered by SAP HANA, to help with real-time planning, prediction, and analytics.
  • Wednesday 5/6 03:00 p.m. – 03:20 p.m. in Theater 3
  • Speaker: Thomas Wright, Director Finance Transformation Program IT Lead, Swiss Re
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID PT20289)
  • Watch it online for free!

Honeywell: Simplifying GRC

  • Simplify Governance, Risk, and Compliance to Improve Insight and Resilience” – Abstract: Gain insights for making better decisions by visualizing and predicting how business risks will impact performance. Learn how to turn governance, risk, and compliance activities into underlying business processes. Discover how you can automate manual and repetitive tasks and replace fragmented and immature technologies.
  • Wednesday 5/6 04:30 p.m. – 04:50 p.m. in Theater 2
  • Speaker: Pablo Hernandez, Director IT & Technology Audit, Honeywell Corp.
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID LB20493)

Finance Customer Stories on Day 3 of #SAPPHIRENOW


Panel Discussion with Ascend, Florida Crystals, and Swiss Re (moderated by Thack Brown)

  • “Accelerating your Finance Organization’s Transformation with Innovation” – Hear from finance executives on how they are taking their finance departments to next level with the latest innovations from SAP. You will hear from three customers – Ascend Performance Materials LLC, Florida Crystals, Swiss Re – on their path to transformation by leveraging solutions within the SAP Simple Finance portfolio around core accounting, compliance, strategic planning and real time insight. The panel will be moderated by Thack Brown, GM and Global Head LoB Finance at SAP.
  • Thursday 5/7 09:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.in Theater 5
  • Panelists:
    • Pat Atkinson, Director Project Management Office (PMO), Florida Crystals
    • Aaron Benner, BI Architect, Ascend Performance Materials LLC
    • Thomas Wright, Director Finance Transformation Program IT Lead, Swiss Re
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID LB20472)

GE Oil and Gas: Strategies for Success in PO and Invoice Automation

  • “Embrace Strategies for Success in PO and Invoice Automation” – This discussion reveals the importance of collaborating with trading partners and suppliers for PO and invoice automation. Discover key success factors and lessons learned from GE Oil & Gas, which implemented the Ariba Network, Ariba Invoice Automation, and SAP ERP. Learn from NTT DATA Corp. and GE O&G how to achieve savings through automation.
  • Date/Location: Thursday 5/7 03:00 p.m. – 03:45 p.m., Business Networks Microforum BN319
  • Speaker: Gopa Kumar, Program Mgr, Global Sourcing IT, GE Oil and Gas
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID BN20193)


Hunt Consolidated: Real-time Insights for Corporate Treasurers

  • Convert Corporate Treasury Insights into Actions” – Discover how corporate treasurers can gain real-time insights that help them maintain control while becoming more agile. Learn how solutions from SAP give treasurers complete visibility into global cash positions and enable them to react quickly to fast-changing market conditions.
  • Thursday 5/7 04:00 p.m. – 04:20 p.m. in Theater 2
  • Speaker: John Stoker, Manager Financial Systems, Hunt Consolidated Inc.
  • View in Agenda Builder (Session ID LB20528)

For even more highlights and opportunities for our Finance audience, please check out these blog posts of my colleagues:

And don’t miss our new highlight: Follow SAPFinance on Twitter!

To report this post you need to login first.

Be the first to leave a comment

You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.

Leave a Reply