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.

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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...

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  • Uli Muench

    Global Vice President, Industry Business Unit Automotive, SAP
     
    Combine Business Networks & Technology with Electromobility Digital Twins

    Differentiate and capture market potential using the concept of digital twins as virtual representations of physical objects.  Encourage engineers to employ new technologies such as cloud, blockchain and machine learning to digitalize the physical attributes behind the objects.  Join this session to become an early adopter using SAP Asset Intelligence Network.

     
  • Stefan Krauss

    General Manager Discrete Industries, SAP
     
    The Networked Future: How to Make Mobility Data Work for Consumers & Businesses

    Today, only a tiny fraction of information from connected vehicles and people is put to work. Will current disconnected models lead to fair and truly networked mobility and networked business? Only those who can think and act like master curators will win.  These providers will organize, orchestrate and manage an ecosystem of value added services.  What are transformative ways to...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Nick Pudar

    Director, Corporate Strategy, General Motors
     
    Blockchain for Future of Mobility

    Many industries are seeking to understand the benefits of Blockchain technology. Business leaders are exploring what’s possible and practical in areas such as identity management, asset access, asset ownership, product provenance, etc. While the unique benefits of Blockchain are real, they are also not yet well understood so as a result there is much hype and misapplication. In this presentation,...

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  • Michael Brolly

    Business Systems, Applications & Processes, 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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Who Attends

Best Practices for Automotive is geared toward leaders, managers, directors and other professionals involved with the decision-making process.

 
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Our Call for Papers is officially open! We would love you to submit an abstract for consideration by our conference steering committee.

 
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  • "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.

The Networked Future: How to Make Mobility Data Work for Consumers & Businesses

Today, only a tiny fraction of information from connected vehicles and people is put to work. Will current disconnected models lead to fair and truly networked mobility and networked business? Only those who can think and act like master curators will win.  These providers will organize, orchestrate and manage an ecosystem of value added services.  What are transformative ways to help both traditional players and new market entrants to fully leverage this connected economy?

  1. A neutral mobility platform that orchestrates data flows from consumers, auto manufacturers and service providers. This digital spine ensures that information is sourced, transmitted and delivered securely.
  2. A mobility business network that enables parties to seamlessly interact and transact on a trusted marketplace. That includes seamless execution of complex billing and secure payment transactions.
  3. A customer experience that leads to increased engagement, satisfaction and loyalty. State-of-the-art technology allows to re-think, optimize and automate processes, and to power entirely new business models.
Attend this keynote to hear how these solutions enable both automotive companies and a variety of service providers to interact, unlock new revenue streams, increase margins and earn customers’ loyalty.

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

Blockchain for Future of Mobility

Many industries are seeking to understand the benefits of Blockchain technology. Business leaders are exploring what’s possible and practical in areas such as identity management, asset access, asset ownership, product provenance, etc. While the unique benefits of Blockchain are real, they are also not yet well understood so as a result there is much hype and misapplication. In this presentation, Nick Pudar from General Motors will explain the fundamentals of Blockchain and highlight its distinct and valuable capabilities. Nick will provide an overview of how innovations in mobility such as connectivity, autonomous, sharing economy, electrification and more are transforming the automotive industry. He will dive deeper into how Blockchain may play a role in enabling and connecting these innovations.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Innovative services
  • Enhanced security
  • Smart contracts

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