Best Practices for Automotive

Best Practices for Automotive unites hundreds of auto industry professionals – senior leadership, decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, super users, support teams and solution providers – for a one-of-a-kind experiential event, built around learning, innovation and peer collaboration.

As the automotive industry continues to experience disruption at a never before seen pace, everything is in flux – from workforce dynamics to evolving autonomous technologies, supply chain upheavals, new industry competitors, consumer preferences, and more. The time is now to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best in class strategies to improve your organization’s overall business performance and it’s all happening at Best Practices for Automotive. Keep up-to-date on conference content and more by following: @BP4auto on Twitter and @EventfulConferences on Instagram.

 

 

Meet the Speakers

 
  • Stefan Krauss

    Senior Vice President - General Manager Discrete Manufacturing Industries, SAP
     
    Automotive CIO Panel: Are you the Disruptor or the Disrupted?

    At no time in history since handcrafted coach building yielded to the innovation of mass-production have automotive companies faced the disruptive forces that new technology is introducing to the industry.  These trends open new and exciting opportunities. However, they are also opening the opportunities for companies from outside the automotive sector with different expertise and operating models to present challenges...

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  • Ronald Franz

    CIO, Global SAP Architecture & Services, General Motors
     
    Automotive CIO Panel: Are you the Disruptor or the Disrupted?

    At no time in history since handcrafted coach building yielded to the innovation of mass-production have automotive companies faced the disruptive forces that new technology is introducing to the industry.  These trends open new and exciting opportunities. However, they are also opening the opportunities for companies from outside the automotive sector with different expertise and operating models to present challenges...

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  • Amy Connors

    Process Optimization Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
     
    Giving Back to Employees through Digital Transformation: Standardizing HR in the Cloud

    Today Jaguar Land Rover has a global workforce of over 40,000 employees the result of doubling its employees over the last 5 years. The HR team size had remained stable during this period and it was critical that HR re-designed it’s operating model and took advantage of cloud based technology, in order to realize the capability and capacity within the...

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  • Kenny Hawk

    CEO, Mojio
     
    Smarter, More Connected Cars – What the Data Can Mean to You

    The amount of data being generated and received by today’s cars is staggering. In fact, the vehicle has become as much of a high-tech electronic and data platform as it is a mechanical system. In this keynote, discover how Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, has won multiple mobile operator rollouts and is backed by Amazon and Deutsche...

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  • Chris Bertish

    Impossible- Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Film Director, Waterman & Adventurer
     
    The Sup Crossing: Go the Distance, One Stroke at a Time

    Chris dares to achieve what most perceive to be Impossible.  His mantra of Dream It, See it, Believe and Achieve it, has led Chris to redefine the approach to achieving success, not only across multiple sports, but also as an Author, Film Maker, Businessman and attaining any goal he has set for himself. In March 2017, Chris completed his most...

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  • Marty Groover

    Building Construction Products Operational Technology Leader, Caterpillar
     
    Caterpillar’s Live Factory – Digitizing Business Outcomes

    To compete in an e-commerce market, a fully integrated digital thread is required from the customer through the industrial complex to the digital supply network. Caterpillar’s enterprise goal was a digital transformation required to propel the business past incremental improvements, solving their common manufacturing issues while reducing process and product variation. They took on a Live Factory project which include Predictive...

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  • Chet Harter

    Strategic Business Lead, SAP Digital Platform Services, Automotive, SAP
     
    Driving New Business Processes with SAP Technology

    Creativity and innovative thinking are rapidly returning to the automotive industry.  Powerful new technologies are enabling companies to develop entirely new innovative forms of customer interaction to dramatically improve the customer’s buying and owning experiences.  Manufacturing executives are pushing reactive management methods aside and opting for technology-enabled proactive methods for detecting and managing little problems before they cause big expensive...

    Read more >
     
  • Randy Urban

    Vice President, Digital Office, Adient
     
    When Will Your Industry Get “Ubered”? Adient’s Digital Journey

    Mega trends in the Digital Technology space are starting to converge and create opportunities that are going exponential. When trends go from linear to exponential, the change in ability or cost performance is transformational” and leads to significant disruption. We have seen examples of this in many industries. Some examples that most people recognize: digital photography destroyed film companies like...

    Read more >
     
  • Todd Ryckman

    SAP Finance Manager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
     
    Driving Better Reporting & Analytics on HANA

    In a data driven world, FCA US LLC was unable to harness the power of information to support business user needs. We initiated a series of actions, beginning with HANA, that enabled opportunities to explore and adopt the latest reporting and analysis toolsets. In this presentation, we will share the user adoption, implementation methodology, how we achieved 10x-600x performance improvements,...

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Best Practices for Automotive TV

In its second year, Best Practices for Automotive brought key industry thought leaders to the stage on topics ranging from cybersecurity to global supply chain to 3D printing. Relive some of 2016’s best moments from the main stage with these video highlights. See you in 2017!

 
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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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  • "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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Automotive CIO Panel: Are you the Disruptor or the Disrupted?

At no time in history since handcrafted coach building yielded to the innovation of mass-production have automotive companies faced the disruptive forces that new technology is introducing to the industry.  These trends open new and exciting opportunities. However, they are also opening the opportunities for companies from outside the automotive sector with different expertise and operating models to present challenges for traditional automotive players. Join Stefan Krauss, SAP’s SVP of Discrete Manufacturing Industries to hear how industry leaders are leveraging SAP’s and other unique transformative capabilities and tools.  He will be joined on stage by 2 CIO’s: One Mikael Elley, of Karma Automotive representing the world of California’s ‘new automotive’. And the traditional powerhouse of Detroit automotive, General Motors and their CIO, Ronald Franz. These two fascinating perspectives will unpack topics such as:

  1.  Getting the basics right to explode into scale – centralized processing, master data, consolidation and the financial backbone
  2.  Approaches to adopting Hana
  3.  Innovation and digital disruption
  4.  Connected customers and exploiting the data
  5.  The shared economy

Automotive CIO Panel: Are you the Disruptor or the Disrupted?

At no time in history since handcrafted coach building yielded to the innovation of mass-production have automotive companies faced the disruptive forces that new technology is introducing to the industry.  These trends open new and exciting opportunities. However, they are also opening the opportunities for companies from outside the automotive sector with different expertise and operating models to present challenges for traditional automotive players. Join Stefan Krauss, SAP’s SVP of Discrete Manufacturing Industries to hear how industry leaders are leveraging SAP’s and other unique transformative capabilities and tools.  He will be joined on stage by 2 CIO’s: One Mikael Elley, of Karma Automotive representing the world of California’s ‘new automotive’. And the traditional powerhouse of Detroit automotive, General Motors and their CIO, Ronald Franz. These two fascinating perspectives will unpack topics such as:

  1.  Getting the basics right to explode into scale – centralized processing, master data, consolidation and the financial backbone
  2.  Approaches to adopting Hana
  3.  Innovation and digital disruption
  4.  Connected customers and exploiting the data
  5.  The shared economy

Giving Back to Employees through Digital Transformation: Standardizing HR in the Cloud

Today Jaguar Land Rover has a global workforce of over 40,000 employees the result of doubling its employees over the last 5 years. The HR team size had remained stable during this period and it was critical that HR re-designed it’s operating model and took advantage of cloud based technology, in order to realize the capability and capacity within the function. HR Evolution is the Transformation Programme that has spanned the last 3 years for Jaguar Land Rover. We have delivered 3 significant Waves of HR Evolution and as a result HR has now placed itself in a key position to design and offer innovative people propositions to employees, managers and future talent. We continue our HR Evolution journey with deployment of workforce analytics and process optimizations with a current focus on exploring opportunities in robotic process automation. This presentation focuses on how we have laid the foundations for our Digital Transformation journey. We have delivered a new operating model that enables data and analytics. We have changed every role in HR changing the way of working to enable transparency. We have driven leadership and accountability through a transparent HR model and laid the foundations for People Analytics. Our hugely ambitious journey has presented challenges, some we expected and some that were surprises we can guide you through what we learned to ensure our project success. In summary, the journey to cloud technology has built our appetite for digital transformation and unlocked a path to premium employee experience at Jaguar Land Rover.

Smarter, More Connected Cars – What the Data Can Mean to You

The amount of data being generated and received by today’s cars is staggering. In fact, the vehicle has become as much of a high-tech electronic and data platform as it is a mechanical system. In this keynote, discover how Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, has won multiple mobile operator rollouts and is backed by Amazon and Deutsche Telekom. Mojio’s platform and mobile app connects with any car (produced since 1997) in order to unlock and decode its hidden data, in so doing creating a new automotive ecosystem. Explore how Mojio – which is integrates into SAP’s vehicle network and Concur – collects more than three terabytes of data daily to make drivers safer while saving them time and money. Kenny joined Mojio as Chief Executive Officer and Director in November 2015. He previously led three venture backed companies as CEO: Ubidyne, a provider of active antenna systems for the global wireless market and winner of the GSMA Innovator of the Year Award; NemeriX (sold to Qualcomm in 2009) set the world record for low power GPS chipsets for smartphones; and iGo, a company Kenny also founded and has sold over $1B in power products to date. Kenny holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University.

The Sup Crossing: Go the Distance, One Stroke at a Time

Chris dares to achieve what most perceive to be Impossible.  His mantra of Dream It, See it, Believe and Achieve it, has led Chris to redefine the approach to achieving success, not only across multiple sports, but also as an Author, Film Maker, Businessman and attaining any goal he has set for himself. In March 2017, Chris completed his most challenging adventure yet by successfully accomplishing something no other human on the planet has come close to achieving - becoming the first person ever to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean, over 7500km, alone and unsupported, on a Stand-Up Paddleboard over 93 days. Come to this session to be inspired to adopt a “can do” attitude and achieve greatness by implementing the tools and skills which Chris teaches through his powerful storytelling.

Caterpillar’s Live Factory – Digitizing Business Outcomes

To compete in an e-commerce market, a fully integrated digital thread is required from the customer through the industrial complex to the digital supply network. Caterpillar’s enterprise goal was a digital transformation required to propel the business past incremental improvements, solving their common manufacturing issues while reducing process and product variation. They took on a Live Factory project which include Predictive Maintenance, RFID tracking, vehicle insights, live digital manufacturing insights, integration and intelligence. Additionally, they deployed a Digital Boardroom to create a live link between strategic planning and the tactical and operational day-to-day. Learn the details on how this capability has given Caterpillar a competitive advantage, and how digitizing their factories has allowed them to increase their market share and overall economic value.

  • A fully integrated digital stream from the customer to the supply network
  • Using their Athens facility as pilot, learn how to roll out in other factories in a 6 short months
  • Six IIoT projects at the core

Driving New Business Processes with SAP Technology

Creativity and innovative thinking are rapidly returning to the automotive industry.  Powerful new technologies are enabling companies to develop entirely new innovative forms of customer interaction to dramatically improve the customer’s buying and owning experiences.  Manufacturing executives are pushing reactive management methods aside and opting for technology-enabled proactive methods for detecting and managing little problems before they cause big expensive disruptions.  In this keynote SAP Automotive North American thought leader, Chet Harter will journey with you through new ideas and actual customer examples of how innovative automotive companies are experimenting and using technology to reduce manufacturing costs, improve responsiveness to customer demand, drive competitive differentiation through new customer programs, and operate complex organizations more effectively and efficiently. In particular, Chet will share examples of how some companies are reengineering dealer and customer interaction to attract new and retain existing customers.  Learn how others are monitoring their supply chains to proactively detect issues with early warning alerts of potential disruptions.  See how some progressive manufacturers are managing overall enterprise performance through continuous monitoring of corporate performance measurements across the entire organization with actionable information and insight. These things are happening now in the real world of the Auto, Truck, and Heavy Equipment industries.  And it is just the beginning as all aspects of business will be challenged to be more effective and efficient.  There is no reason to wait and every reason to start now.

When Will Your Industry Get “Ubered”? Adient’s Digital Journey

Mega trends in the Digital Technology space are starting to converge and create opportunities that are going exponential. When trends go from linear to exponential, the change in ability or cost performance is transformational” and leads to significant disruption. We have seen examples of this in many industries. Some examples that most people recognize: digital photography destroyed film companies like Kodak and Fujitsu; travel has seen disruptions from Uber, Lyft, Google Maps and Waze, AirBnB and travel sites like Travelocity; traditional companies like Blockbuster and Barnes & Noble were displaced by Netflix and Amazon. The list is long and will get much longer as the nimble and agile start-ups target slow and bureaucratic organizations with innovations that are based on digital platforms that provide better and cheaper services and products to consumers. The accelerating capabilities of digital coupled with a creative start-up mentality gives people the ability to rethink just about any product or service. As these people reimagine how to serve an industry or create a completely new one, those of us who are operating in these businesses need to move onto the exponential curve or risk being disrupted. It is time for us to start engaging in a digital transformation. Digital transformation is the opportunity for Adient to leverage the rapidly accelerating capabilities and decreasing unit costs of advanced technology to achieve and exceed objectives of the 5-year marker. Our initial focus is on driving Operational Excellence and Employee Engagement. Then, we will focus on digital products, new business models, and customer engagement. Digital technologies offer us the ability to have dramatically improved user experiences and capabilities in the corporate environment. This, coupled with the improved collaboration spaces in our facilities and the implementation of Agile, Lean, and Adient Manufacturing System (AMS) methods of working, will propel Adient towards a rich and rewarding work environment. Each functional area is building a tailored Digital Vision and roadmap to achieve their respective transformation. Our Industry 4.0 initiative will evolve our traditional factories into smart factories. This includes cyber-physical systems, advanced automation, IoT, cloud computing and big data analytics in which all human, material and energy resources are interconnected and optimized. We are expecting to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and improve quality. Digital for IT (Dig4IT) is the adoption of rapidly advancing technologies, computing capabilities, and methodologies that provide for massive transformation in the IT function. This includes cyber-physical systems, advanced robotic process automation (RPA), IoT, cloud computing, mobile enablement, and big data analytics in which all human, applications, and infrastructure resources are interconnected and optimized. The goal is to reduce IT operational costs by 50% while providing more reliable and capable IT services. Engineering is looking to leverage TeamCenter PLM system fully integrated to the manufacturing process to create a full product “digital twin”. This will enable dramatic improvements in engineering and validation that will reduce costs and targets improved efficiencies to the tune of 90%. Innovation, Marketing, Global Business Services and Communications are embarking on their digital journey as well. Other functions will continue to join the journey in the coming weeks. Digital transformation in large organizations is challenging. Organizational inertia, traditional funding models, and lack of clear digital objectives are slowing the adoption of these new technologies and ways of working. A strong communications plan, change management, and experimentation to show the power of digital is needed to get momentum towards your digital objectives.

Driving Better Reporting & Analytics on HANA

In a data driven world, FCA US LLC was unable to harness the power of information to support business user needs. We initiated a series of actions, beginning with HANA, that enabled opportunities to explore and adopt the latest reporting and analysis toolsets. In this presentation, we will share the user adoption, implementation methodology, how we achieved 10x-600x performance improvements, and where we see the future of our Reporting and Analytics aspirations.

Venue

MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Ave Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (877) 888-2121