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The Solution to Business Resiliency is Networked Agility – 5 Sessions to See at SAPPHIRE NOW

Supply chain resiliency. How well has your business mastered it? requires a careful orchestration of sourcing, procurement, supplier management, workforce staffing, manufacturing, and logistics operations. When that orchestration is rattled, the impact can cascade across the enterprise and halt business. Recent earthquakes that struck Japan’s Kyushu island triggered aftershocks for auto industry suppliers, prompting manufacturers to suspend production. Ecuador’s farming and tuna industries may have a long recovery after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred near its northern coast this month.

In a world where disasters can immobilize industries, business networks offer companies agility to navigate disruptions to their supplier network, workforce and business operations.

This year’s Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain sessions at SAPPHIRE NOW offer an abundant array of best practices, new innovations and customer stories. Leaders from procurement, supply chain, finance, HR and IT will find a diverse selection of topics designed for their business needs.

Session formats range from solution demonstrations, customer and partner presentations, and one-on-one interactions with experts to discuss specific topics. Whatever sessions you choose to attend, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and network with peers and experts.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find for Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management:

Explore Upcoming SAP Ariba Innovations – LB37278

Explore updates for the Ariba Network and other SAP Ariba solutions, including new application rollouts, stronger integration with on-premise applications, enhanced user experience, and adoption of the SAP HANA platform.

Manage Your External Workforce Effectively – LB33965

Join SAP Fieldglass to hear how to successfully navigate the evolving landscape of contingent workforce management, improve workforce quality, and create efficient labor programs, all while cutting costs.

Transform Payables into Strategic Assets Through the Financial Supply Chain – LB33880

Gain supplier support for electronic payments and improve management of cash and working capital with SAP Ariba. Lay a foundation for compliance to contracts using the right approach to payables automation. See a video preview.

Track and Trace Your Supply Network Across Geographies – LB33579

Hear how the digital economy enables a new level of collaboration with innovations such as a business network for logistics hubs, advanced tracking and tracing, and augmented reality for use in warehouse picking.

Enhance Supply Chain Orchestration with an Innovative Supply Network – LB34316

Learn how SAP Supply Chain Solutions Management can enable your business to connect and collaborate with trading partners across a supply network to orchestrate supply, demand, and inventory replenishment processes.

Need help deciding what to attend? Check out the sample agendas to get started with planning your time at SAPPHIRE NOW.

Stay connected to the latest event information by following the Twitter hashtag #SAPPHIRENOW.

Debbie Curtis-Magley shares insights about cloud, procurement, business networks and supply chains on Twitter at @DebCM.

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