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…

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Mikael Elley

CIO, Karma Automotive

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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Dan Mahlebashian

Executive Director Global Purchasing Services, RTP and Enterprise SAP, General Motors

GMs SAP Journey – Getting prepared for Digitalized Economy

Having achieved major business process and associated technology standardization for the Corporation, focus now shifts…

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Otto Schell

Global SAP Business Architect and Head of SAP CCoE, Opel Automobile GmbH

GMs SAP Journey – Getting prepared for Digitalized Economy

Having achieved major business process and associated technology standardization for the Corporation, focus now shifts…

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Tracy Royal

Director of Aftermarket Supply Chain Planning, Daimler Truck North America

Anticipating Parts Inventory Requirements for Happy Dealers & Greater Profits

The Daimler Truck (DTNA) supply chain has been evolving at a rapid pace over the…

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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…

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Enough Talk: How Tech Can Drive Rapid Business Process Reengineering Transformation for Market Share and Profitability

Creativity and innovative thinking are rapidly returning to the automotive industry. Powerful new technologies are…

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Dr. Oliver Kallenborn

Head of PDM Methods, MAHLE Behr GmbH & Co KG

Integrated Engineering Change Management at MAHLE Behr

MAHLE Behr has implemented an integrated product development solution based on SAP PLM and its…

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Michaela Degbeon

Vice President Product Management IoT Moving Assets, SAP

Future of Enterprise Mobility

The increasing connectivity of vehicles as well as the changes in consumer behavior and expectations…

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Jose Gascon

Global Director of SAP Center of Excellence and L2/L3 Support, Faurecia

Faurecia’s Roadmap to Digitalization

The global environment and complexity of an automotive supplier to survive and thrive in the…

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Gene Hopkins

Director of Applications North America, Faurecia

Faurecia’s Roadmap to Digitalization

The global environment and complexity of an automotive supplier to survive and thrive in the…

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Klaus Schmitt

Global Director IT- Business Relationship Manager, Magna International

SAP ERP Rollout Advantage for Magna

Magna needed to roll out their SAP ERP better, faster and cheaper.  Each of their…

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Srinivasa Annamreddi

Business Process Principal, Goodyear Tire

Goodyear Tire Standardizes Its Warehouses Globally Utilizing SAP Extended Warehouse Management

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will share its experience implementing the SAP Extended Warehouse…

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Craig Brockman

Strategy Principal for the SAP and Analytics CoE, Lockheed Martin

Cross Industry Viewpoint: A Discrete Manufacturing HANA Journey by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin discusses their HANA Journey. From adopting HANA for analytics in 2012 to going…

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Andreas Mueller

Head of Solutions and Platform Services, Robert Bosch GmbH

Connected Forklifts: High Efficient Intralogistics

The importance of data to optimize business processes steadily increases. In the area of intralogistics…

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Brooke Fuller

SAP Training Analyst, General Motors

Experiential Training at General Motors Consumer Care & Aftersales (CCA)

What happens when you combine an experiential learning strategy with agile training development?  See how…

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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…

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Debby Powers

GBS Enterprise SAP AP/AR Transformation Lead , General Motors

Voice of the Customer in Successful System Design & Implementation

Gleaning lessons learned from other companies who failed to successfully implement a Request-to-Pay system, General…

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Jennifer Sanders

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance

Mobility Driving the Future of Smart Cities

The pivotal role of mobility in building smart cities is abundantly clear, but how are…

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Lori Distefano

Financial Analyst, Lear Corporation

Voice of the Customer in Successful System Design & Implementation

Gleaning lessons learned from other companies who failed to successfully implement a Request-to-Pay system, General…

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Matt Blyth

Vice President Strategic Customers, , Procurement & Business Network, SAP

SAP Digital Procurement

The Digital Transformation is here.   Is your procurement organization ready?  Join this session to learn…

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Jon West

HR Director, Manufacturing, Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover Drives Competitive Edge for 40,000 Employees in a Changing Industry

Jaguar Land Rover has faced unprecedented growth and success over the last few years, doubling…

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Uli Muench

Global VP and Industry Business Unit Automotive, 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…

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Ronald Shoemaker

Senior Manager FICO, SAP Team, BorgWarner Inc.

BorgWarner’s Revenue Recognition Journey: How We Met the New ASC606/IFRS15 Standard

In 2014, BorgWarner became aware of a new common revenue recognition standard for U.S. GAAP…

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Carlos Guimaraes

SAP Practice CTO , Hitachi Consulting

Embrace Disruption: Enabling the Digital Industrial Revolution for SAP Customers with Hitachi IoT

The world is quickly becoming digital—accelerating business operations to real-time, profoundly changing business models and…

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Damien Christopher

SAP Training Manager, General Motors

Experiential Training at General Motors Consumer Care & Aftersales (CCA)

What happens when you combine an experiential learning strategy with agile training development?  See how…

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Mark Tiddy

CIO, , Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Warranty Replacement at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Mitsubishi Australia had already been live for more than 5 years on SAP Warranty.  Key…

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Rainer Lenk

Partner, Proaxia

AMAG is Launching the Digital Fleet with SAP’s IoT: Vehicle Insights

In 2015/2016 AMAG, the largest Volkswagen Distributor/Retailer Group in Switzerland with ~30 % market share,…

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Kevin McKenna

Global PS&L Quality STA Process and Metrics, Ford Motor Company

Ford Drives Supplier Quality Performance Globally Using SAP Quality Issue Management

Ford utilizes the SAP Quality Issue Management (SAP QIM) application as a global solution. It…

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Heather Christenson

Global PS&L Quality STA Process and Metrics, Ford Motor Company

Ford Drives Supplier Quality Performance Globally Using SAP Quality Issue Management

Ford utilizes the SAP Quality Issue Management (SAP QIM) application as a global solution. It…

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Mike Lackey

Global VP of Solution Management IoT & Digital Manufacturing, SAP

Digital Manufacturing Driving the Next Generation of Automotive Excellence with IoT & Industry 4.0

Profound shifts in society, business, and technology suggest that a new industrial revolution is underway.…

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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…

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Lars Berggren

Director Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Borg Warner Turbos

Harmonizing Across Borg Warner for Better Supply Chain Execution and Happier Customers

At Borg Warner Turbo Systems there was an issue to get good progress and return…

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Jeff Stewart

Project Manager, Modine Manufacturing Company

Analyzing Customer Releases via Waterfall Cockpit

Modine deployed a Customer Release Waterfall Cockpit from PMC America.  This allows Modine to easily see…

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Heiko Edelmann

President & CEO, PMC America

Analyzing Customer Releases via Waterfall Cockpit

Modine deployed a Customer Release Waterfall Cockpit from PMC America.  This allows Modine to easily see…

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Carsten Hilker

Solution Owner, SAP

S/4HANA Finance/Central Finance Roadmap Update & Adoption Stories

Attend the session to learn about automotive customers looking to adopt S/4 and how to begin…

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Peter Grendel

Managing Director of abat+ and Member of the Board, abat AG

The Future of Automotive Production: An Example From Daimler AG

The fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 - is here! Key to this revolution is…

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Patrick Phalen

Director of Enterprise Data Management, Tenneco

Achieving Breakthrough Savings & Benchmarkable Compliance with SAP Global Trade Services

This session illustrates how Tenneco utilizes the SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS) application to…

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Raj Palanivel

Senior Systems Analyst, Tenneco

Achieving Breakthrough Savings & Benchmarkable Compliance with SAP Global Trade Services

This session illustrates how Tenneco utilizes the SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS) application to…

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David Weinkauf

Director, S&OP, Yazaki Corporation

Learn How a Global Automotive Part Supplier Used IBP to Increase Operational Efficiency & Visibility Across Supply Chain

Yazaki Corporation is a global automotive parts supplier with a focus on wire harnesses, instruments and…

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Martin Rowan

Senior Partner, Reveal

Workshop: The Hitchiker’s Guide to Supply Chain Optimization & Preparing for Digital Transformation

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, like Arthur…

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Laura Knapp

Market Analyst, Corning Incorporated

Breakthrough in Demand & Supply Planning Using SAP IBP

As companies continue to grow in a demand-driven economy, the need for a more streamlined…

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Tushar Bhalla

Chief Architect,, Intrigo

Breakthrough in Demand & Supply Planning Using SAP IBP

As companies continue to grow in a demand-driven economy, the need for a more streamlined…

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Iliana Martinez

BI & Reporting, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

How to Improve the Reporting-Life with SAP Cloud for Analytics

In 2017 Fiat-Chrysler implemented SAP BusinessObjects Cloud to improve its reporting capabilities and provide users new, advanced tools for…

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Leonardo De Biasi

Director, Techedge

How to Improve the Reporting-Life with SAP Cloud for Analytics

In 2017 Fiat-Chrysler implemented SAP BusinessObjects Cloud to improve its reporting capabilities and provide users new, advanced tools for…

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Ranjith Kotra

Subject matter Expert: Labeling, Delphi

How Labeling Can Enable Responsiveness to Changing Customer Demand

Delphi, a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle market, is…

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Dr. Walter Heibey

Head of the Smart Manufacturing team, MHP

Creating an “Embedded Autonomy” for Intelligent Machines

Driven by ever growing technical possibilities, one of the primary prospects of digitising production rests…

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Paul Brody

Principal & Global Innovation Leader, BlockChain Technology, Ernst & Young

Workshop: Blockchain Education: What Could It Mean to You?

Best known as the technology underpinning bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency, Blockchain, a distributed database…

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Chris Tebbe

Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Workshop: Blockchain Education: What Could It Mean to You?

Best known as the technology underpinning bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency, Blockchain, a distributed database…

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Fiona Lamond

Business Analyst, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Warranty Replacement at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Mitsubishi Australia had already been live for more than 5 years on SAP Warranty.  Key…

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Matthias Hollenders

Director IoT Practice, Westernacher

Connected Assets: Predictive Maintenance at Harting

As a manufacturer of mechatronic systems and industrial machinery, Harting sought to achieve the same…

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Jorge Ramos

SAP Lead Functional Analyst, General Motors

Using SAP for Travel & Expense Management Built on Fiori

Join Jorge Ramos of the General Motors’ Innovation Group in Atlanta, as he describes the…

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Scott Sullivan

Senior Systems Engineer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

HANA Migration & Testing Without Affecting Business Functionality

Have you ever dreamed of applying patches to your SAP systems without negatively impacting the…

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James Gros

SAP Director, BorgWarner

BorgWarner’s Successful Upgrade to SAP ERP Suite on HANA

The driver for our upgrade was twofold: The new IFRS and GAPP requirements for Revenue…

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Stefan Savu

Senior Manager and Connected Supply Chain Solution Leader, Bearing Point

Transparency Delivered – The Connected Supply Chain BMW Story

With the cockpit “Connected Supply Chain” (CSC), this leading German auto manufacturer’s intention is to…

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John Froelich

Vice President - Strategic Accounts and Marketing , Bramasol Inc.

Workshop: Getting Ready for New Leasing & RevRec Standards, The Clock is Ticking

With less than a year to go for RevRec and 18 months for Leasing, will…

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Trevor Bowden

IT Architect, Delphi

How Labeling Can Enable Responsiveness to Changing Customer Demand

Delphi, a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle market, is…

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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

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

GMs SAP Journey – Getting prepared for Digitalized Economy

Having achieved major business process and associated technology standardization for the Corporation, focus now shifts to completing the deployments across the globe establishing a common GM enterprise “eSAP” platform. This will drive greater effectiveness and efficiency globally as we standardize the operating environment not only across core Finance activities but also adjacent pieces of the business. Further enhancing the core Finance templates (General Ledger, Indirect Materials, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Capital Project Systems, and Indirect Materials) with Product Cost and Budgeting and Planning along with  S/4 Finance will get the overall global Finance picture with respect to standardized business processes and systems complete and we will as a result be ready to leverage this now world class Finance environment across other functions within the business.  For example Enterprise Asset Management (Invest to Divest process), Billing, Pricing, and Incentives (Order to Cash process), Human Capital Management (Hire to Exit process).  These initiatives will enable accelerated automation of our business processes as well as related cost take out.  Key success criteria include the following.


  • Establishment of a joint and global roadmap to accelerate GMs Finance Priority Initiative

  • Cross Functional Partnership and Governance Model as key for success

  • Team structures and relevance of Competence Centers

  • Enablement for the future: How to incorporate new capabilities such as machine learning or blockchain


All of this will be explored during this exciting session.

GMs SAP Journey – Getting prepared for Digitalized Economy

Having achieved major business process and associated technology standardization for the Corporation, focus now shifts to completing the deployments across the globe establishing a common GM enterprise “eSAP” platform. This will drive greater effectiveness and efficiency globally as we standardize the operating environment not only across core Finance activities but also adjacent pieces of the business. Further enhancing the core Finance templates (General Ledger, Indirect Materials, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Capital Project Systems, and Indirect Materials) with Product Cost and Budgeting and Planning along with  S/4 Finance will get the overall global Finance picture with respect to standardized business processes and systems complete and we will as a result be ready to leverage this now world class Finance environment across other functions within the business.  For example Enterprise Asset Management (Invest to Divest process), Billing, Pricing, and Incentives (Order to Cash process), Human Capital Management (Hire to Exit process).  These initiatives will enable accelerated automation of our business processes as well as related cost take out.  Key success criteria include the following.


  • Establishment of a joint and global roadmap to accelerate GMs Finance Priority Initiative

  • Cross Functional Partnership and Governance Model as key for success

  • Team structures and relevance of Competence Centers

  • Enablement for the future: How to incorporate new capabilities such as machine learning or blockchain


All of this will be explored during this exciting session.

Anticipating Parts Inventory Requirements for Happy Dealers & Greater Profits

The Daimler Truck (DTNA) supply chain has been evolving at a rapid pace over the past 3-5 years with the investments in people, processes as well as IT infrastructure tools.  This is all for improved uptime with our customers.  DTNA is working to become that company that anticipates what parts are going to fail and make sure that we have them for the dealer/customer when and where they are needed.  DTNA has invested in technology that forward plans the dealer inventory based on a minimum of 6 different algorithms.  DTNA calls this the RIMpro program.  We want the stock at the dealership when the part is needed.  This has been rolled out to more than 400 of our dealer partner locations.  Additionally, DTNA is improving the stocking of its PDC by an investment in a new SAP program called SPP (Service Parts Planning).  DTNA has seen very good improvements in this exception based software that improves the planning efficiency.  It doesn’t stop there as DTNA has invested in continuously educating our employees; last year we hired a professor from Portland State University to teach the APIC CPIM module to all the planning employees.  We will continue this pursuit as we want to be the best in the industry and beyond.

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.

Enough Talk: How Tech Can Drive Rapid Business Process Reengineering Transformation for Market Share and Profitability

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.

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.

Integrated Engineering Change Management at MAHLE Behr

MAHLE Behr has implemented an integrated product development solution based on SAP PLM and its various solutions components such as SAP Engineering Control Center for Multi-CAD data management, SAP Product Structure Management and SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM). In a consecutive implementation phase an SAP centric solution for integrated Engineering Change Management is being implemented. A legacy engineering change management solution is replaced by a fully integrated, end-to-end change management process in SAP. Supporting MAHLE Behr’s global business operation, the engineering change management solution helps to unify and streamline the execution of engineering change processes across many global engineering and manufacturing locations.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Unified, global end-to-end engineering change process in SAP

  • Higher quality of engineering change process execution

  • Analytics for and visibility into engineering change management performance

Future of Enterprise Mobility

The increasing connectivity of vehicles as well as the changes in consumer behavior and expectations regarding mobility create opportunities but also risks for established and ever-new market participants. Whether in the commercial or private sector, it is essential to master the basic challenges: coping with large amounts of data, intelligence in the analysis and integration into business processes or designing new business models. To achieve these goals, the Internet of Things and powerful technology platforms as well as innovative applications play a key role. In this lecture, SAP will present concrete examples of how companies from different sectors are tackling the issue of digitization strategically in order to be more efficient and to tap new potential.

With its industry expertise, state-of-the-art technology and innovative applications such as SAP Vehicle Insights, SAP sees itself as a strong partner for its customers in order to make the best possible use of digital transformation.

Key Benefits


  • Intelligently connecting people, vehicles and business

  • One solution for anyone who builds, operates or services vehicles

  • Cloud-based & state of the art technology

Faurecia’s Roadmap to Digitalization

The global environment and complexity of an automotive supplier to survive and thrive in the new era of Digital world is becoming more challenging and more of a need than a want. Faurecia, a global automotive supplier, is no exception to this. This presentation will highlight the journey of Faurecia into the Digital world, the steps taken to overcome all hurdles and challenges along the way in the last 10 years, more so where they are heading and how prepared they are for the future.

Faurecia’s use of new technology, IT infrastructure and applications are critical factors in their journey to Digital Transformation of the organization. The time and investments spent in the areas of Big Data, Analytics, mobility, use of smart embedded devices, advanced manufacturing technologies, cognitive computing, cloud computing, IoT, etc. are proof of the commitment and conviction in the transformation.

Faurecia believes the Digitalization starts from the Top. In addition, more and more focus is given to envisioning customer experience, operational process excellence, improved business models and redefining the boundaries of the firm

Key Business Benefits:

- Being able to create a mentality of learning from the Global community but, keep local requirements
- Standardization of Business Process across Financial communities, Logistic Process and Controls.
- Technical Back bone that allows to leverage technology and investment across the globe with the use of SAP MII, BW, SRM, PI, etc.

Faurecia’s Roadmap to Digitalization

The global environment and complexity of an automotive supplier to survive and thrive in the new era of Digital world is becoming more challenging and more of a need than a want. Faurecia, a global automotive supplier, is no exception to this. This presentation will highlight the journey of Faurecia into the Digital world, the steps taken to overcome all hurdles and challenges along the way in the last 10 years, more so where they are heading and how prepared they are for the future.

Faurecia’s use of new technology, IT infrastructure and applications are critical factors in their journey to Digital Transformation of the organization. The time and investments spent in the areas of Big Data, Analytics, mobility, use of smart embedded devices, advanced manufacturing technologies, cognitive computing, cloud computing, IoT, etc. are proof of the commitment and conviction in the transformation.

Faurecia believes the Digitalization starts from the Top. In addition, more and more focus is given to envisioning customer experience, operational process excellence, improved business models and redefining the boundaries of the firm

Key Business Benefits:

- Being able to create a mentality of learning from the Global community but, keep local requirements
- Standardization of Business Process across Financial communities, Logistic Process and Controls.
- Technical Back bone that allows to leverage technology and investment across the globe with the use of SAP MII, BW, SRM, PI, etc.

SAP ERP Rollout Advantage for Magna

Magna needed to roll out their SAP ERP better, faster and cheaper.  Each of their locations serve as its own entity- which added complexity- each having their own processes and requirements.  But with a templated approach, keeping to the core of SAP, Magna has seen a favorable price reduction in their implementations as well as a decrease in overall execution time.  To date they have completed 20 such implementations and want to share some of the tips, ticks and efficiencies they have learned. Join, Kurt Siegl, VP of Manufacturing Solutions as he discusses Magna’s strategic approach that is behind their success.

Goodyear Tire Standardizes Its Warehouses Globally Utilizing SAP Extended Warehouse Management

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will share its experience implementing the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application in North America, as well as how it used the lessons learned to successfully implement a new global standard across its strategic warehouses. This session will share the process from defining a global business blueprint, to determining the most appropriate technical landscape, to identifying the lessons learned from the first global pilot implementation.

Cross Industry Viewpoint: A Discrete Manufacturing HANA Journey by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin discusses their HANA Journey. From adopting HANA for analytics in 2012 to going live on ECC Suite on HANA in 2015.  The discussion will include discussions on moving a complex landscape through these transitions and the plans ahead as continued ECC Suite on HANA work shifts to strategies on how and when to adopt S/4HANA.

Connected Forklifts: High Efficient Intralogistics

The importance of data to optimize business processes steadily increases. In the area of intralogistics the number of available data is still limited due to the high effort to capture them manually. Technologies like barcode, RFID and sensors are now mature and built the basis for the digitization of the processes in intralogistics. Especially indoor localization and sensor technologies help to collect real time data of the mobile assets within production and warehouses. In a first step this data is used to analyze and optimize the internal fleets. In a next step this data will be used to fully optimize the internal material flow as well as the usage of mobile assets. The partnership between Bosch and SAP and the actual solution based on the Bosch IoT Platform and SAP Vehicles Insights is therefore just the start for new age in intralogistics.

Experiential Training at General Motors Consumer Care & Aftersales (CCA)

What happens when you combine an experiential learning strategy with agile training development?  See how GM CCA partnered with GP Strategies to develop a practical and innovative hands-on training experience for a global SAP Extended Warehouse Management implementation.  This approach combines learning style, learning strategy and agile development for an experiential training program, resulting in faster end user adoption and improved job performance.

In this session, we will review:


  • The “warehouse-in-a-box” training solution that was created and delivered by GM CCA and GP Strategies

  • How to increase learning effectiveness and job performance using an experiential, hands-on training solution

  • How an agile approach to training development drives innovation and focuses on the needs of a business for prepared end users at go-live

  • How a streamlined performance support solution enables faster end user adoption

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.

Voice of the Customer in Successful System Design & Implementation

Gleaning lessons learned from other companies who failed to successfully implement a Request-to-Pay system, General Motors partnered up with Lear to incorporate voice of the customer in the design, testing, and roll-out of its eSAP accounts payable system and supplier portal.  GM met with Lear before the project kick off to hear their pain points and wish list which became requirements for the project.  Lear participated in numerous rounds of testing, providing a clear view of what the customer wanted.  After go live, GM worked closely with Lear to quickly identify and resolve unexpected issues stemming from outside systems.  The keen focus on the voice of the customer was a key success factor for GM's eSAP accounts payable project.  The lead from GM and Lear on this project will present an overview of the interactions before, during, and after the project then open it up to audience questions.

Mobility Driving the Future of Smart Cities

The pivotal role of mobility in building smart cities is abundantly clear, but how are cities fully integrating these solutions into larger planning efforts? Taking a broader view of mobility as both tactical and to empower the mobility of citizens from an economic, employment and equity perspective is a critical element in cities around the world. In this session, hear about smart city structure and efforts being undertaken in Dallas via the Dallas Innovation Alliance's public private partnership model, and around the world. Integrating multi-modal, MaaS and preparing for AV are crucial steps, but how to move beyond that into the next evolution?

Voice of the Customer in Successful System Design & Implementation

Gleaning lessons learned from other companies who failed to successfully implement a Request-to-Pay system, General Motors partnered up with Lear to incorporate voice of the customer in the design, testing, and roll-out of its eSAP accounts payable system and supplier portal.  GM met with Lear before the project kick off to hear their pain points and wish list which became requirements for the project.  Lear participated in numerous rounds of testing, providing a clear view of what the customer wanted.  After go live, GM worked closely with Lear to quickly identify and resolve unexpected issues stemming from outside systems.  The keen focus on the voice of the customer was a key success factor for GM's eSAP accounts payable project.  The lead from GM and Lear on this project will present an overview of the interactions before, during, and after the project then open it up to audience questions.

SAP Digital Procurement

The Digital Transformation is here.   Is your procurement organization ready?  Join this session to learn what’s next for SAP procurement solutions, and how the powerful combination of SAP S/4HANA & SAP Ariba cloud solutions can enable companies to fully digitize their Source-to-Pay process to deliver significant savings across all spend categories and buying processes.   Learn how you can extend your SAP ERP environment with SAP Ariba cloud solutions and the world’s largest Business Network to deliver quick Return on Investment and savings across Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance and Treasury.     This session will also include some of the latest SAP innovations in the areas of Supplier Management, Supplier Risk and Guided Buying.

Jaguar Land Rover Drives Competitive Edge for 40,000 Employees in a Changing Industry

Jaguar Land Rover has faced unprecedented growth and success over the last few years, doubling its employees to 40,000 globally and continually expanding its global footprint.  This level of growth, and the fast-paced changes in both the workforce and the nature of the automotive industry has demanded HR lead the change in the way we think of our talent and the experience we offer.  Join Jon West, as he discusses JLRs journey to a flexible and efficient HR operating model, powered by cloud technology.  Jon will offer insights into


  • changing Leadership mind-set on talent

  • embracing employees as customers

  • creating an employee experience as luxurious as our products

  • utilizing advancement within the digital arena

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

BorgWarner’s Revenue Recognition Journey: How We Met the New ASC606/IFRS15 Standard

In 2014, BorgWarner became aware of a new common revenue recognition standard for U.S. GAAP and IFRS, known as ASC606/IFRS15, that would impact how we recognized revenue and make fundamental changes to our accounting practices. BorgWarner had to identify the key requirements of the new standard and determine to what extent it would affected our business. Working with key stakeholders within BorgWarner and internal/external auditors, we were able to define the record keeping and accounting requirements and classify the impact into five main scenarios. Once these scenarios were identified, BorgWarner had to select the best solution for handling them. This solution would require the creation of a contract repository and a software tool to meet the new standard’s audit and accounting requirements. This presentation details the process that BorgWarner used to define the impact of ASC606/IFRS15, identify scenarios related to this, select and implement a solution.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Compliance with the new ASC606/IFRS15 Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard

  • Collaboration between two Global SAP Teams to provide one global solution for use by over 75 locations worldwide across 2 SAP instances.

  • Creation of a strong global team to meet future business challenges.

Embrace Disruption: Enabling the Digital Industrial Revolution for SAP Customers with Hitachi IoT

The world is quickly becoming digital—accelerating business operations to real-time, profoundly changing business models and customer experience. This opens unprecedented opportunities for massive business transformation and disruption, but traditional applications are just not sufficient to do the next level of optimization and manageability required by interconnected real-time operations.

So how do you prepare for this “Perfect Storm” of innovation? How do you develop a comprehensive and pragmatic plan for complete digitizing and transforming your business?

Join Carlos Guimaraes to gain insight on how to connect production, logistics, services, products, customers, and bring them alive on your core SAP applications. He will show you how to make operations smarter and reliable, allowing new disruptive business models. Come to see ideas on how to plan to seize the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Experiential Training at General Motors Consumer Care & Aftersales (CCA)

What happens when you combine an experiential learning strategy with agile training development?  See how GM CCA partnered with GP Strategies to develop a practical and innovative hands-on training experience for a global SAP Extended Warehouse Management implementation.  This approach combines learning style, learning strategy and agile development for an experiential training program, resulting in faster end user adoption and improved job performance.

In this session, we will review:


  • The “warehouse-in-a-box” training solution that was created and delivered by GM CCA and GP Strategies

  • How to increase learning effectiveness and job performance using an experiential, hands-on training solution

  • How an agile approach to training development drives innovation and focuses on the needs of a business for prepared end users at go-live

  • How a streamlined performance support solution enables faster end user adoption

Warranty Replacement at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Mitsubishi Australia had already been live for more than 5 years on SAP Warranty.  Key users considered at all aspects of the warranty system before deciding what was needed in the new system.

The previous implementation of SAP Warranty was a source of frustration that did not assist the Warranty and Service teams to service their customers and stakeholders in a seamless or timely manner. The system relied upon some fundamental architectural design flaws specifically with the integration between the Portal and the backend systems.

MMAL started on a journey to look critically at the warranty system and how business processes were implemented as well as opportunities for improvement.

This involved a back to basics look at the functionality required of the warranty system and defence back to the mainframe system prior to SAP.   Hard coded rules were removed and replaced with a Validation framework that is flexible and pragmatic.  Key users considered at all aspects of the warranty system before deciding what was needed in the new system.

The technical architecture was complicated by the fact that only the Warranty functionality was being replaced, with the balance of the existing functionality residing in the existing SAP Portal.

The opportunity was taken to improve collection and maintenance of data for Vehicle Owners and to improve the currency and validity of this data, reducing costs for recalls and other margins.

Claim processes were aligned so that all claims were created in a common platform, improving functionality to dealers and saving re-entry of data.

The distribution of data within SAP components was streamlined and all data was pulled back into the ECC backend with synchronisation to SAP CRM retained to give Customer Service the information they needed.

Master Warranties were realigned to a more standard use, making the system more flexible and able to handle more nuanced warranty requirements.

Return on Investment in the project is expected from:


  1. Increased and more accurate recoveries from suppliers, and;

  2. Reducing Recalls Compliance Costs due to increased data quality for Vehicle Owners.

AMAG is Launching the Digital Fleet with SAP’s IoT: Vehicle Insights

In 2015/2016 AMAG, the largest Volkswagen Distributor/Retailer Group in Switzerland with ~30 % market share, defined their own Digital Retail Strategy in respond to the observed changes in the Automotive World as OEM’s are getting much closer to the end-customer. Getting ready for the shift in buying cars and the trend toward mobility, and all driven by a much stronger internet presence and car connectivity. Transforming the car ownership into a “subscription” for mobility without having an own car. AMAG considers still the “old mobility” such as the traditional car business, as an important pillar in their future strategy, however the “new mobility” with connected cars, autonomous driving, e-mobility as well as urban mobility will gain ground and additional mobility services will attract new customers.

Come join CTO, Frank Boehmerle as he explains how to:


  • Connect the future AMAG car fleet

  • Provide new IoT Services even for “mature fleets”

  • Define additional mobility services to attract new customers

  • Leverage a consistent customer and brand experience across all channels and touch points.


By listening to this insightful presentation, you will be able to transform some of the ideas into your own digital retail strategy and prepare yourself for the digital transformation ignited by the OEM’s to invest into new revenue streams (besides pure car sales and service) which disrupts the classical distribution and retail business chain.

Ford Drives Supplier Quality Performance Globally Using SAP Quality Issue Management

Ford utilizes the SAP Quality Issue Management (SAP QIM) application as a global solution. It is used to manage both internal and external supplier quality. It has the ability to initiate a quality issue, prevent order allocations, send notifications, and have multiple users respond to activities regarding the quality issue. Ford created two main quality issue types within SAP QIM (utilizing 8D with root cause analysis or no 8D). The solution allows supplier access through the Covisint Supplier Portal to complete activities.

Ford Drives Supplier Quality Performance Globally Using SAP Quality Issue Management

Ford utilizes the SAP Quality Issue Management (SAP QIM) application as a global solution. It is used to manage both internal and external supplier quality. It has the ability to initiate a quality issue, prevent order allocations, send notifications, and have multiple users respond to activities regarding the quality issue. Ford created two main quality issue types within SAP QIM (utilizing 8D with root cause analysis or no 8D). The solution allows supplier access through the Covisint Supplier Portal to complete activities.

Digital Manufacturing Driving the Next Generation of Automotive Excellence with IoT & Industry 4.0

Profound shifts in society, business, and technology suggest that a new industrial revolution is underway. For example, automotive manufacturers face increased cost pressure and market volatility. Product lifecycles are getting shorter, and products are becoming more complex as consumers demand individually made products.  Manufacturing is in a transformational journey leveraging Industrial 4.0 in which technology merges physical and digital worlds throughout the entire value chain. Automotive Manufacturers are looking at strategies bringing operations closer to the end customer deploying new digital strategies to automate information flow and react to complex customer demands.

Digital Manufacturing strategies must address the following:


  1. Managing the changing nature of work alongside automation to enable increased efficiency sustaining flexible manufacturing

  2. Deliver individualized products by harnessing  products, assets and the Internet of Things to drive real-time insights and new business models

  3. Collaborating across all departments, companies, products and assets

  4. Building a sustainable organization by managing resource scarcity of skilled labor and natural resources

  5. Enable end-to-end visibility and bring together business process and analytics in real-time to be smarter, faster and simpler

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.

Harmonizing Across Borg Warner for Better Supply Chain Execution and Happier Customers

At Borg Warner Turbo Systems there was an issue to get good progress and return from investments in business improvements project.  Project where often initiated and driven from a local perspective driving processes, master data and system configurations into local autonomous solutions. Often, the initiators went straight to IT for a fast solution,  so not enough time and consideration was given to the business requirements during the concept phase. So, a strategic function was established at global level, called IBP (Integrated Business Planning), with the objective to drive global consistency at site level and across sites and to bring the business and the IT groups closer together.

One of the first areas to be addressed by the IBP function was within Material Management and Production Planning. It was early clear for the IBP team that this was an area where there were lots of opportunities to be reached by leveraging and harmonizing the use of their SAP system.  Key factors that were identified were poor knowledge and usage of SAP, low discipline to always work within the system, manual work performed outside the system together with low quality on master data. All plants also had very different processes and were very autonomous within the centralized ERP system. All these issues led to  inflated inventory, complex and often manual planning for shop floor execution, poor optimization  of production lines and change overs, poor visibility on when and how to by the material, obsolete material etc..

A global project was defined and launched to address these issues. The objects of the project was to


  • Harmonizing processes, master data and SAP usage across autonomous sites

  • Better exploiting functionality in existing SAP technology

  • Leverage knowledge over all plants

  • Have people to work in collaborative “process aligned teams”

  • Ensure production activities are aligned with capacity constraints, customer service demands, and material supply

  • Improve buying patterns to optimize inventory levels and reduce stress on suppliers

  • Use business analytics to validate that results are improving.


Achieving those objective it was clear a lot of benefits could be reached

  • Improved customer service

  • Lower inventory levels – Freeing up capital

  • Better utilization of production lines – Increased performance and controlled shop floor execution

  • Smart buying – Reduced stress on suppliers, better turns and optimized inventory levels

  • Better visibility giving correct information for business decisions.

  • More effective organization ready to handle higher complexity in product portfolio.


Come hear how you too can start your journey and like Borg Warner Turbo Systems can make greater profits, deliver a huge drop in inventory, and vastly improve your customer service

Analyzing Customer Releases via Waterfall Cockpit

Modine deployed a Customer Release Waterfall Cockpit from PMC America.  This allows Modine to easily see their EDI Customer cumulative demand, over time, in a single transaction, and compare any two releases in a graphical format.

This is especially useful for the Supply Chain Group where there are contracted firm time fences, in which the demand is not supposed to change.

Key Business Benefits:

- Early detection of customer demand violating supply agreements
- Reduced hours of manual work per week
- Streamlined the integration of customer supply chain and manufacturing

Analyzing Customer Releases via Waterfall Cockpit

Modine deployed a Customer Release Waterfall Cockpit from PMC America.  This allows Modine to easily see their EDI Customer cumulative demand, over time, in a single transaction, and compare any two releases in a graphical format.

This is especially useful for the Supply Chain Group where there are contracted firm time fences, in which the demand is not supposed to change.

Key Business Benefits:

- Early detection of customer demand violating supply agreements
- Reduced hours of manual work per week
- Streamlined the integration of customer supply chain and manufacturing

S/4HANA Finance/Central Finance Roadmap Update & Adoption Stories

Attend the session to learn about automotive customers looking to adopt S/4 and how to begin their S/4 journey, hear about customer stories in implementation or already go live, and find out more about the Central Finance roadmap (what is already available, what is forthcoming and key use cases like real-time micros-segment (car, make, model, year) profitability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn about how automotive customers are approaching S/4 adoption (with Central Finance) and why

  • Hear examples from real customer stories

  • A better understanding of what / how general finance and automotive topics are covered by S/4HANA Finance / Central Finance


 

The Future of Automotive Production: An Example From Daimler AG

The fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 - is here! Key to this revolution is the extensive deployment of the latest information technologies into all aspects of a company’s business, from product design, production and distribution all the way to its interaction with its customers in sales and aftermarket services.

Industry 4.0 is a major part of the digitalization strategy of Daimler and the base for the smart production of the future. A major objective of the future smart production is to fully support the workforce digitally by integrating any kind of device and to have processes in place to eliminate lost time and to improve production quality even further. A solution is needed which can guide and support the work force step by step and interacts with any kind of machine and/or device in each and every step of the production process.

Based on these objectives and build on SAP solutions and technology, Daimler and abat are realizing an important component of the project “Digitalization of the Production” by reducing the usage of paper and printers down to zero. This project is a significant step into a new dimension of the smart production.

In this presentation, the audience will learn in detail about project “Digitalization of the Production”, its objectives and challenges, its current state and how its results will support Daimler AG on its way to the future smart production.

Achieving Breakthrough Savings & Benchmarkable Compliance with SAP Global Trade Services

This session illustrates how Tenneco utilizes the SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS) application to support trade activities. SAP GTS has improved free trade preferencing by more than 50 percent, significantly reduced duty, and enabled import purchase-to-payment traceability and data accuracy. SAP GTS is used for restricted party screening for sales and purchasing.

Achieving Breakthrough Savings & Benchmarkable Compliance with SAP Global Trade Services

This session illustrates how Tenneco utilizes the SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS) application to support trade activities. SAP GTS has improved free trade preferencing by more than 50 percent, significantly reduced duty, and enabled import purchase-to-payment traceability and data accuracy. SAP GTS is used for restricted party screening for sales and purchasing.

Learn How a Global Automotive Part Supplier Used IBP to Increase Operational Efficiency & Visibility Across Supply Chain

Yazaki Corporation is a global automotive parts supplier with a focus on wire harnesses, instruments and components such as connectors and terminals. The company’s origin and headquarters are in Japan, however they have presence across the globe. Yazaki ranks among the largest worldwide automotive suppliers. The company’s product lineup includes electrical cables, meter and auto instruments, gas equipment, air-conditioning, and solar-powered systems.

Current S&OP process involves data gathering across multiple legacy systems. Yazaki has many systems to manage different functions like sales, demand, manufacturing, engineering change management etc. In past few years, they have started consolidating these systems into ECC system for execution. However for S&OP planning they majorly use Spreadsheets.

Key challenges in the current S&OP processes are:


  • Disjointed planning processes (Incomplete and inconsistent)

  • Managing multiple sets of numbers

  • Primarily a demand driven process, supply just reacts

  • Inability to effectively forecast for supply beyond 6 month horizon


Yazaki has selected IBP S&OP tool to remove above mentioned challenges and provide a robust platform to perform S&OP Planning.  Key Objective for IBP Implementation are:

  • One set of numbers for the entire organization (Demand, Manufacturing, Component manufacturing, Purchasing, Finance)

  • Ability to quickly identify potential supply constraints based on predefined leading KP’s

  • Ability to simulate impact of demand fluctuations/Supply constraints

  • Assist in collaboration on demand and supply gaps

  • Ability to manage a consistent 18-month forecast


With the successful implementation of IBP, Yazaki is looking for the following benefits:

  • Improved decisions making for planning scenarios

  • Reduced Freight expediting cost

  • Increased Operational Efficiency

  • Increased visibility across the supply chain

  • Increased Organizational Alignment & Improved communication and trust

  • Organizational culture change to a Demand and supply driven Organization

  • Ability to link mid and long term planning


Key Business Benefits:

- Improved decisions making for planning scenarios
- Freight expediting cost
- Increased Operational Efficiency

Workshop: The Hitchiker’s Guide to Supply Chain Optimization & Preparing for Digital Transformation

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, like Arthur Dents (Hitchiker Guide to the Galaxy) life.  Visualizing your Supply Chain to make the right decisions that drive value in your organization.  World Class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end SC costs.  Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.  Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+.   Learn the 9 decisions that you need to make after you make the first but most important decision to optimize your supply.

5 take away benefits:


  1. Alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery

  2. Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed

  3. Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain

  4. Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization

  5. Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data

Breakthrough in Demand & Supply Planning Using SAP IBP

As companies continue to grow in a demand-driven economy, the need for a more streamlined supply chain becomes more and more prevalent. Corning, a game changer in the glass age, faced challenges with handling multiple tools and manual effort that it required for the supply chain planning. The planning process was complicated, erroneous and time-consuming. Corning took a big leap forward by integrating their supply chain with SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and enlisting Intrigo Systems as their implementation partner. Corning with their diverse product line-up that serves industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Communications, Life Sciences, and Optics, required a holistic approach to organizing its supply chain across a multitude of timelines.

Key issues that Corning previously faced included:


  • Global Visibility and collaboration in the planning cycle tasks, decisions, and outcomes

  • Time-consuming and manual collection of data points for forecasting and capacity allocations

  • Forecasting errors were leading to higher inventory level


Moving towards an enterprise-wide tool, Corning was able to increase short term and long term planning accuracy. It reduced errors by leveraging the robust computational capabilities, analytics and scenario planning features for cadence planning. With the support of SAP IBP and Intrigo Systems, Corning can now view their global supply chain through a brighter window.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Established a unified demand and supply stream as a global model within the business unit.

  • Collaboration across the three business divisions performing planning cycles in a single platform and increased short term and long term accuracy by reducing errors and increasing global transparency.

  • Leverage IBP reporting, analytics and What-if Scenario planning features for cadence planning historical reviews and report-outs.

Breakthrough in Demand & Supply Planning Using SAP IBP

As companies continue to grow in a demand-driven economy, the need for a more streamlined supply chain becomes more and more prevalent. Corning, a game changer in the glass age, faced challenges with handling multiple tools and manual effort that it required for the supply chain planning. The planning process was complicated, erroneous and time-consuming. Corning took a big leap forward by integrating their supply chain with SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and enlisting Intrigo Systems as their implementation partner. Corning with their diverse product line-up that serves industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Communications, Life Sciences, and Optics, required a holistic approach to organizing its supply chain across a multitude of timelines.

Key issues that Corning previously faced included:


  • Global Visibility and collaboration in the planning cycle tasks, decisions, and outcomes

  • Time-consuming and manual collection of data points for forecasting and capacity allocations

  • Forecasting errors were leading to higher inventory level


Moving towards an enterprise-wide tool, Corning was able to increase short term and long term planning accuracy. It reduced errors by leveraging the robust computational capabilities, analytics and scenario planning features for cadence planning. With the support of SAP IBP and Intrigo Systems, Corning can now view their global supply chain through a brighter window.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Established a unified demand and supply stream as a global model within the business unit.

  • Collaboration across the three business divisions performing planning cycles in a single platform and increased short term and long term accuracy by reducing errors and increasing global transparency.

  • Leverage IBP reporting, analytics and What-if Scenario planning features for cadence planning historical reviews and report-outs.

How to Improve the Reporting-Life with SAP Cloud for Analytics

In 2017 Fiat-Chrysler implemented SAP BusinessObjects Cloud to improve its reporting capabilities and provide users new, advanced tools for real-time dashboards, predictive analysis, and self-service reporting. In this session we will illustrate the business scenario for BusinessObjects Cloud, explain the Cloud architecture used with real-time data.

How to Improve the Reporting-Life with SAP Cloud for Analytics

In 2017 Fiat-Chrysler implemented SAP BusinessObjects Cloud to improve its reporting capabilities and provide users new, advanced tools for real-time dashboards, predictive analysis, and self-service reporting. In this session we will illustrate the business scenario for BusinessObjects Cloud, explain the Cloud architecture used with real-time data.

How Labeling Can Enable Responsiveness to Changing Customer Demand

Delphi, a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle market, is using labeling as a vehicle to improve customer responsiveness, ensure quality, and reduce cost throughout its global supply chain. By leveraging SAP and Enterprise Labeling, Delphi can quickly respond to changing customer and regulatory requirements, guarantee labeling consistency across its global supply chain and optimize cost by implementing a single, standardized approach to labeling. Learn how Delphi has implemented labeling across transactions ranging from receiving to stock movement to palletization to picking and shipping verification and discover how they are able to ensure continuous uptime while of producing over 250,000 labels a day across more than 100 global facilities.

Key Business Benefits:

- Best practices for managing labeling with your SAP deployment
- Tips for ensuring label compliance across global operations
- How to keep production from stopping due to labeling

Creating an “Embedded Autonomy” for Intelligent Machines

Driven by ever growing technical possibilities, one of the primary prospects of digitising production rests in the fundamental change of processes. Here, possibilities and challenges of creating a dynamic production shall be presented. A Prerequisite for this is the standardisation of machine connection, which reduces integration efforts and has a stabilising impact on digitisation projects in manufacturing. Based on this, a concept of “embedded autonomy” for intelligent machines will be presented, which establishes the prerequisites for further flexibility. Utilising a close integration of Automated Guided Vehicles, this allows the creation of a flexible job scheduling, requiring a powerful control logic and implying a transition to an algorithmic manufacturing. A framework for such a solution based on the SAP Manufacturing Suite (ME, MII and PCo) will be presented.

Workshop: Blockchain Education: What Could It Mean to You?

Best known as the technology underpinning bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency, Blockchain, a distributed database that maintains an ever-growing list of data records, has reached the peak of the hype cycle. Given the extraordinary amount of attention the technology has received, it is not surprising that some think blockchain is the answer to everything. Claims that it will disintermediate large clearinghouses and make existing payment networks irrelevant are common despite the technology’s relative immaturity.

There has been plenty of noise, no doubt, but deep down there is substance. Blockchains carry great promise — databases are ubiquitous in every industry, and distributed consensus across an open network or a group of organizations is a valuable proposition and will force existing business models to evolve, creating entirely new business models in the process. Within the automotive industry there are many possible applications beyond simple cash transactions.  Shared ownership, product provenance and “lot size 1” are key disruptive trends driving change and creating pain points for OEMs and owners alike. Can blockchain provide the answers for these issues?

Workshop: Blockchain Education: What Could It Mean to You?

Best known as the technology underpinning bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency, Blockchain, a distributed database that maintains an ever-growing list of data records, has reached the peak of the hype cycle. Given the extraordinary amount of attention the technology has received, it is not surprising that some think blockchain is the answer to everything. Claims that it will disintermediate large clearinghouses and make existing payment networks irrelevant are common despite the technology’s relative immaturity.

There has been plenty of noise, no doubt, but deep down there is substance. Blockchains carry great promise — databases are ubiquitous in every industry, and distributed consensus across an open network or a group of organizations is a valuable proposition and will force existing business models to evolve, creating entirely new business models in the process. Within the automotive industry there are many possible applications beyond simple cash transactions.  Shared ownership, product provenance and “lot size 1” are key disruptive trends driving change and creating pain points for OEMs and owners alike. Can blockchain provide the answers for these issues?

Warranty Replacement at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited

Mitsubishi Australia had already been live for more than 5 years on SAP Warranty.  Key users considered at all aspects of the warranty system before deciding what was needed in the new system.

The previous implementation of SAP Warranty was a source of frustration that did not assist the Warranty and Service teams to service their customers and stakeholders in a seamless or timely manner. The system relied upon some fundamental architectural design flaws specifically with the integration between the Portal and the backend systems.

MMAL started on a journey to look critically at the warranty system and how business processes were implemented as well as opportunities for improvement.

This involved a back to basics look at the functionality required of the warranty system and defence back to the mainframe system prior to SAP.   Hard coded rules were removed and replaced with a Validation framework that is flexible and pragmatic.  Key users considered at all aspects of the warranty system before deciding what was needed in the new system.

The technical architecture was complicated by the fact that only the Warranty functionality was being replaced, with the balance of the existing functionality residing in the existing SAP Portal.

The opportunity was taken to improve collection and maintenance of data for Vehicle Owners and to improve the currency and validity of this data, reducing costs for recalls and other margins.

Claim processes were aligned so that all claims were created in a common platform, improving functionality to dealers and saving re-entry of data.

The distribution of data within SAP components was streamlined and all data was pulled back into the ECC backend with synchronisation to SAP CRM retained to give Customer Service the information they needed.

Master Warranties were realigned to a more standard use, making the system more flexible and able to handle more nuanced warranty requirements.

Return on Investment in the project is expected from:


  1. Increased and more accurate recoveries from suppliers, and;

  2. Reducing Recalls Compliance Costs due to increased data quality for Vehicle Owners.

Connected Assets: Predictive Maintenance at Harting

As a manufacturer of mechatronic systems and industrial machinery, Harting sought to achieve the same milestones as many manufacturers: reducing unplanned maintenance, optimizing maintenance planning with information on required spare parts as well as increasing equipment usability and efficiency by leveraging mobility. Come to this session to learn about how our team helped to achieve these goals using IoT. By gathering and then connecting machine sensor data to SAP Leonardo (SAPs new IoT platform) and into custom dashboards, we provided unprecedented transparency into machine operations and status. This, in turn, allowed for the complete automation of maintenance requests via the integration of SAP PdMS and ERP Plant Maintenance.

Key Business Benefits:

- Reducing unplanned plant maintenance
- Optimizing maintenance planning
- Increasing equipment usability and efficiency

 

Using SAP for Travel & Expense Management Built on Fiori

Join Jorge Ramos of the General Motors’ Innovation Group in Atlanta, as he describes the requirements and implementation gotcha’s learned, around building a solution using Fiori that enables seamless and fully integrated Travel and Expense management.

Until 2015 GM was asking staff to use an off the shelf travel and expense solution that did not support web or mobile, was not a global solution, was not tightly integrated with their SAP, and was reaching end of support from the vendor.

They decided to use the architecture and tools embedded in Fiori enable a global solution that will run on the web and mobile with a nice user interface, and tightly integrated to their SAP backend.

Hear Jorge describe the issues they found with the system. The detailed explanation of how they overcame the challenges and got it working. Be aware that the journey is not completed. GM has made a fantastic start and their teams are enjoying much great user satisfaction as they travel and create expense reports for those trips, of course there are ongoing process improvements to be made. Jorge is happy to share it all, warts and all to enable you to make a similar start and avoid the paper cuts.

HANA Migration & Testing Without Affecting Business Functionality

Have you ever dreamed of applying patches to your SAP systems without negatively impacting the business? Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA), was able to utilize a 3rd party software to automate business functional testing to reduce the reliance on business users performing the testing. Utilizing automation, the IT team was able to verify system functionality in hours rather than weeks. This in turn allowed the IT team to react faster, applying HANA patches to SAP systems shortly after they came out. Now, HRA has been able to apply patches without affecting the normal operations of the business, reducing reliance on user testing and improving the experience for users across the organization. Scott Sullivan from HRA will explain how past attempts to automate testing failed and why these latest methods were successful utilizing a 3rd party software.

BorgWarner’s Successful Upgrade to SAP ERP Suite on HANA

The driver for our upgrade was twofold:


  1. The new IFRS and GAPP requirements for Revenue Recognition required a minimum release level of ECC 6.0 EPH2

  2. Our current SAP landscape hardware was approaching end of life


Only using internal IT resources, we upgraded from ECC 6.0 EHP0 (utilizing with the full suite of ERP functionality) to SAP ERP Suite on HANA EHP 7 SP5 in only 8 month.

There were a few bumps in the road, but the benefits far out weighted the bumps.

I would, if selected, plan on discussing lessons learned and benefits (separating the fluff from the real stuff).

Key Business Benefits:

- Increased speed and performance of HANA database
- Greatly reduced database size
- Staged for taking advantage of SAPs future development

Transparency Delivered – The Connected Supply Chain BMW Story

With the cockpit “Connected Supply Chain” (CSC), this leading German auto manufacturer’s intention is to tackle future challenges in the logistics area. These challenges occur through the increasing complexity in the supplier and production network. Additionally, higher market volatility and intensified digitalization demand the use of IoT-Data and create the opportunity for completely new logistics processes. With the help of the CSC cockpit, schedule and quantity deviations are identified and revealed at an early stage in supply chain processes:


  • Identify & Visualize -  Based on this information, the deviation can be analyzed in detail and future effects and impacts could be anticipated.

  • Analyze & Predict - Material and transport planners as well as the goods receipt department can proactively act based on alerts that inform about deviations in the supply chain.  By using the CSC cockpit, an efficient handling of the supply chain as well as supply reliability will be achieved.


The connected supply chain cockpit was built on the existing SAP ECC 6.0 EHP7. In a consolidation layer consisting of SAP SNC (Supplier network Collaboration) and SAP (EM) Event Manager the data feed from externals (suppliers,3PLs and IoT) where received, combined with data from SAP ERP data and newly processed and in case of deviations from the defined rules framework an Alert is pushed via an SAP OData Service to the SAP UI5 Connected Supply Chain Cockpit.

Workshop: Getting Ready for New Leasing & RevRec Standards, The Clock is Ticking

With less than a year to go for RevRec and 18 months for Leasing, will you be ready to comply with the new IFRS 15/ASC 606 and IFRS 16 and ASC 842 standards?  In this workshop, we will share with you what is needed to be ready, cover some speedbumps to watch out for and myths about both of these subjects.  If you want to be ready with a complete, integrated, scalable solution from SAP, this workshop is for you.

How Labeling Can Enable Responsiveness to Changing Customer Demand

Delphi, a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle market, is using labeling as a vehicle to improve customer responsiveness, ensure quality, and reduce cost throughout its global supply chain. By leveraging SAP and Enterprise Labeling, Delphi can quickly respond to changing customer and regulatory requirements, guarantee labeling consistency across its global supply chain and optimize cost by implementing a single, standardized approach to labeling. Learn how Delphi has implemented labeling across transactions ranging from receiving to stock movement to palletization to picking and shipping verification and discover how they are able to ensure continuous uptime while of producing over 250,000 labels a day across more than 100 global facilities.

Key Business Benefits:

- Best practices for managing labeling with your SAP deployment
- Tips for ensuring label compliance across global operations
- How to keep production from stopping due to labeling