Best Practices for Automotive

The automotive industry continues to experience disruption at a never-before-seen pace. From workforce dynamics to evolving autonomous technologies, on-demand manufacturing and heightened consumer expectations, digital technology trends are creating new challenges and opportunities. The Best Practices for Automotive conference is dedicated to embracing innovation and features case studies from leading automotive companies who are driving results in today’s complex business environment. A collaboration between Eventful Conferences, ASUG and SAP, Best Practices for Automotive is unique in its focus on SAP users. The annual event unites leaders, decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, super users, support teams and solution providers to unlock their biggest issues. Where questions get asked and answered. Where the automotive community comes together and fuels new ideas – where the industry ignites.

Keep up-to-date on conference content and more by following @BP4auto on Twitter and @EventfulConferences on Instagram.

 

 

First Speakers Announced!

 
  • Dan Mahlebashian

    Global Business Solutions, Executive Director, General Motors
     
    General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

    Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change more in the next 5 years than it has in the last 50. Innovative technology is driving tremendous advancements in everything from safety and vehicle connectivity, to fuel efficiency and electrification.  And societal trends like urbanization and sustainability are changing the way customers interact with...

    Read more >
     
  • Uli Muench

    Global Vice President, Industry Business Unit Automotive, SAP
     
    Discrete Manufacturing Industries Partner Workshop

    This informative session will be led by SAP industry experts and will allow you to: Prepare for the key topics to be covered at the event Meet with the industry management team and stakeholders from SAP Exchange trends and best practices in automotive and other discrete industries Understand SAP’s strategy for the intelligent enterprise Explore the newest innovations in technology,...

    Read more >
     
  • Stefan Krauss

    General Manager Discrete Industries, SAP
     
    Discrete Manufacturing Industries Partner Workshop

    This informative session will be led by SAP industry experts and will allow you to: Prepare for the key topics to be covered at the event Meet with the industry management team and stakeholders from SAP Exchange trends and best practices in automotive and other discrete industries Understand SAP’s strategy for the intelligent enterprise Explore the newest innovations in technology,...

    Read more >
     
  • Kim George

    National Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions, Toyota Canada
     
    Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

    Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study to SAP S/4 HANA Release 1610 using the IBM’s Ascend method based on SAP Activate (Agile) to meet scope, schedule and budget. Toyota and IBM will present their “sprint” and lessons learned through User Stories, Sprints and Scrums. Attendees will be active participants. Key Business...

    Read more >
     
  • Mark Swallow

    Associate Partner, Industrial.EA.SAP, IBM
     
    Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

    Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study to SAP S/4 HANA Release 1610 using the IBM’s Ascend method based on SAP Activate (Agile) to meet scope, schedule and budget. Toyota and IBM will present their “sprint” and lessons learned through User Stories, Sprints and Scrums. Attendees will be active participants. Key Business...

    Read more >
     
  • Michael Hare

    Senior Manager SAP Project Services, Adient
     
    Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

    How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and process? Adient effectively implemented SAP Ariba with a comprehensive plan for change management, communication, and high-volume deployments to 35 countries. Join this session to hear Adient’s key success factors for getting the sponsorship engaged, preparing business users for adoption, and enablement of a hyper care...

    Read more >
     
  • Manali Phatak

    Manager IT Business Relationship, Adient
     
    Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

    How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and process? Adient effectively implemented SAP Ariba with a comprehensive plan for change management, communication, and high-volume deployments to 35 countries. Join this session to hear Adient’s key success factors for getting the sponsorship engaged, preparing business users for adoption, and enablement of a hyper care...

    Read more >
     
  • Michael Abelson

    Vice President, Global Strategy, General Motors
     
    Pivot of the Automotive Industry to Autonomous and Mobility

    The Automotive industry is undergoing some of its most profound changes since the birth of the industry. New technology and societal changes are driving  demand for autonomous transportation, electric vehicles and mobility as a service. Mike will talk about how GM is committed to a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and how automotive companies, lead by...

    Read more >
     
  • Patrick Culliton

    Process Excellence Manager, Caterpillar
     
    The Power of Digital Product Platforms: Product Development with SAP Product Structure Management

    In 2017 Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division embarked on the second phase of their SAP PLM implementation; configuration and deployment of SAP Product Structure Management (PSM). The project was driven by the need to reduce new product development lead times by managing products at a platform level. Join this presentation to get an inside look at how Caterpillar gathered customer...

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View All
 
  • "The SAP Automotive community has been waiting for a platform that facilitates a rich exchange of topics and ideas and Best Practices for Automotive is it."

    Dr. Hagen Radowski - President & CEO, MHP, A Porsche Company
     
  • "I have to say this was hands down the best run event I have attended. The content of the conference and the speakers you obtained were top notch!"

    Bridget Hanson - Customer Support Liason, Isuzu North America
     
  • "I know the mechanics of “what” you guys do, but there is a spark in your “how” that is just impossible to bolt down."

    John Dwyer - Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
     
 
 

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General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change more in the next 5 years than it has in the last 50. Innovative technology is driving tremendous advancements in everything from safety and vehicle connectivity, to fuel efficiency and electrification.  And societal trends like urbanization and sustainability are changing the way customers interact with automobiles. General Motors believes this gives them the opportunity to make cars cleaner, safer, smarter, more efficient, and deliver more value than ever before. Similarly, GM is driving business process transformation with world class SAP technology, including S4 HANA Central Finance, Master Data Governance (MDG), ECC and eSourcing.  We continue to:

  • Transform a fragmented landscape
  • Standardize and optimize global common end-to-end processes
  • Align master data
  • Generate real time reporting with an eye on a daily “virtual” close
  • Provide global insights
Attend this session where the follow key themes will be covered:
  • Transformation of GM’s big end-to-end business processes such as Request To Pay (RTP), Record To Report (RTR), Order To Cash (OTC), Hire To Exit (HTE), Invest To Divest (ITD), etc.
  • All leveraging SAP globally
  • Core Finance Transformation
  • Business Digitalization
Come and learn more about the rapidly changing automotive industry, the new GM and GM’s journey with SAP.  It’s a story of transformation and disruption.

Discrete Manufacturing Industries Partner Workshop

This informative session will be led by SAP industry experts and will allow you to:

  • Prepare for the key topics to be covered at the event
  • Meet with the industry management team and stakeholders from SAP
  • Exchange trends and best practices in automotive and other discrete industries
  • Understand SAP’s strategy for the intelligent enterprise
  • Explore the newest innovations in technology, such as the Internet of Things and digital supply chain
  • Learn to leverage SAP Cloud Platform, as well as SAP’s extensive cloud solution portfolio, to grow your business
Please note that this session is free to attend and intended for SAP partners only.

Discrete Manufacturing Industries Partner Workshop

This informative session will be led by SAP industry experts and will allow you to:

  • Prepare for the key topics to be covered at the event
  • Meet with the industry management team and stakeholders from SAP
  • Exchange trends and best practices in automotive and other discrete industries
  • Understand SAP’s strategy for the intelligent enterprise
  • Explore the newest innovations in technology, such as the Internet of Things and digital supply chain
  • Learn to leverage SAP Cloud Platform, as well as SAP’s extensive cloud solution portfolio, to grow your business
Please note that this session is free to attend and intended for SAP partners only.

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study to SAP S/4 HANA Release 1610 using the IBM’s Ascend method based on SAP Activate (Agile) to meet scope, schedule and budget. Toyota and IBM will present their “sprint” and lessons learned through User Stories, Sprints and Scrums. Attendees will be active participants.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Improved organizational culture on how projects / programs were delivered
  • Implemented Finance and Indirect Procurement based on plan of record - 10 months on 16.10
  • Setup foundation / framework for SAP Wave 2 Implementation - Supply Chain

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study to SAP S/4 HANA Release 1610 using the IBM’s Ascend method based on SAP Activate (Agile) to meet scope, schedule and budget. Toyota and IBM will present their “sprint” and lessons learned through User Stories, Sprints and Scrums. Attendees will be active participants.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Improved organizational culture on how projects / programs were delivered
  • Implemented Finance and Indirect Procurement based on plan of record - 10 months on 16.10
  • Setup foundation / framework for SAP Wave 2 Implementation - Supply Chain

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and process? Adient effectively implemented SAP Ariba with a comprehensive plan for change management, communication, and high-volume deployments to 35 countries. Join this session to hear Adient’s key success factors for getting the sponsorship engaged, preparing business users for adoption, and enablement of a hyper care model to allow for rapid deployments. This is the case study on how Adient led over 6,000 users within nearly 400 profit centers on a transition from five unique legacy systems to one tool in 12 months. The challenge was met under the constraints of a relatively small project team operating on a limited travel budget.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Global standardization of the indirect procurement process
  • Consolidation and reporting for global indirect spend
  • Laid a foundation for enablement of additional application capability

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and process? Adient effectively implemented SAP Ariba with a comprehensive plan for change management, communication, and high-volume deployments to 35 countries. Join this session to hear Adient’s key success factors for getting the sponsorship engaged, preparing business users for adoption, and enablement of a hyper care model to allow for rapid deployments. This is the case study on how Adient led over 6,000 users within nearly 400 profit centers on a transition from five unique legacy systems to one tool in 12 months. The challenge was met under the constraints of a relatively small project team operating on a limited travel budget.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Global standardization of the indirect procurement process
  • Consolidation and reporting for global indirect spend
  • Laid a foundation for enablement of additional application capability

Pivot of the Automotive Industry to Autonomous and Mobility

The Automotive industry is undergoing some of its most profound changes since the birth of the industry. New technology and societal changes are driving  demand for autonomous transportation, electric vehicles and mobility as a service. Mike will talk about how GM is committed to a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and how automotive companies, lead by technology, data and innovation, are evolving the transportation ecosystem to better meet the needs of global customers.

The Power of Digital Product Platforms: Product Development with SAP Product Structure Management

In 2017 Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division embarked on the second phase of their SAP PLM implementation; configuration and deployment of SAP Product Structure Management (PSM). The project was driven by the need to reduce new product development lead times by managing products at a platform level. Join this presentation to get an inside look at how Caterpillar gathered customer requirements, set up a sandbox to evaluate SAP PSM capabilities, developed the business process, and configured for deployment to production. Plus, see their roadmap for future initiatives harnessing the SAP Business suite. Significant project objectives included development of solutions to:

  • Partial Resolve of a Product Family (Platform) to Price List
  • Use of Change Management to segregate different phases of product maturity
  • Security, based on Access Control Management, to manage multiple Product Families across different engineering teams

Venue

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: +1-313-568-8000