Meet the Speakers!

Dan Mahlebashian

Global Business Solutions, Executive Director, General Motors

General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change…

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Uli Muench

Global Vice President, Industry Business Unit Automotive, SAP

Combine Business Networks & Technology with Electromobility Digital Twins

Differentiate and capture market potential using the concept of digital twins as virtual representations of…

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

Today, only a tiny fraction of information from connected vehicles and people is put to…

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Stefan Krauss

General Manager Discrete Industries, SAP

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

Today, only a tiny fraction of information from connected vehicles and people is put to…

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Kim George

National Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions, Toyota Canada

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study…

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Mark Swallow

Associate Partner, Industrial.EA.SAP, IBM

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

Join this session to hear from Toyota Canada as they share their implementation case study…

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Jakob Gajdzik

Project Manager Finance IT, BMW AG

BMW’s Cosmic S/4 HANA Success Story

COSMIC is part of BMW’s strategy to move all SAP systems to HANA, which had…

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Laurens Eckelboom

Vice President, Head of Business Development SAP Vehicles Network, SAP

Connected Vehicles & Delightful Driver Experience

Our digital experience begins before we enter the vehicle and continues after we park and…

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Michael Hare

Senior Manager SAP Project Services, Adient

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and…

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Manali Phatak

Manager IT Business Relationship, Adient

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

How do you successfully replace several distinct indirect purchasing applications with one global application and…

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Mikkel Holm Jensen

Co-founder of Diplomatic Rebels,, Partner at Prehype and (former) Sr. Design Manager at LEGO

Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation

The world is changing at an ever-faster pace. Companies and industries face a climate of…

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Sven Roemer

Partner, Deloitte

BMW’s Cosmic S/4 HANA Success Story

COSMIC is part of BMW’s strategy to move all SAP systems to HANA, which had…

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Andreas Mellen

IT Manager, BOSCH

BOSCH’s Multi System into One Automotive Systems Landscape: Consolidation Made Simple with Automation

Multinational provider of technology and services for the automotive industry BOSCH is leveraging innovative SNP…

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Dr. Steele Arbeeny

Chief Techology Officer, SNP

BOSCH’s Multi System into One Automotive Systems Landscape: Consolidation Made Simple with Automation

Multinational provider of technology and services for the automotive industry BOSCH is leveraging innovative SNP…

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Nick Pudar

Director, Corporate Strategy, General Motors

Blockchain for Future of Mobility

Many industries are seeking to understand the benefits of Blockchain technology. Business leaders are exploring…

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Dana Antoun

IT Leader Americas, WABCO North America

Realizing True Efficiency: Using Reporting to Achieve Real-time Global Enablement

Attend this session to hear about how Wabco is able to achieve real time inbound…

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Kelli Long-Sisco

Director of Customer Services, iConnect Inc

Realizing True Efficiency: Using Reporting to Achieve Real-time Global Enablement

Attend this session to hear about how Wabco is able to achieve real time inbound…

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Derrill Wakefield

Global IT Director, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Robotic Process Automation: Goodyear’s Journey into Back-Office Automation Capability

Goodyear began experimentation with RPA since the second half of 2016. Their three-stage approach has…

Read more >

Improved Business Value by Growing SAP Center of Expertise Capability

Attend this session to get an inside look at how Goodyear North America approached the…

Read more >

Carsten Hilker

Global Solution Owner, S/4HANA Finance (Central Finance), SAP

Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Financial Insights for Automotive Companies

Disruption is nothing new to the automotive industry. For decades, auto makers and original equipment…

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Frank Platt

Senior Director, Manufacturing, SAP

Drive Digital Transformation with Industry 4.0

Get closer to your end users and gain insight into how your products are being…

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Eric Bramley

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Financial Insights for Automotive Companies

Disruption is nothing new to the automotive industry. For decades, auto makers and original equipment…

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Otto Schell

SAP Business Architect, Opel

General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change…

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Michael Brolly

Business Systems, Applications & Processes, Caterpillar

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

In 2017 Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division embarked on the second phase of their SAP…

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Onyedika Onwudiwe

SAP CoE Global Director, Adient

Satisfying Business Needs Faster with the Agility of SAP Fiori UX & Mobile Applications

Adient’s objective was to reduce the time to deliver new, competitive business solutions and increase…

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Nidamaluri Nagesh

Vice President, TechMahindra

Creating a Global Manufacturing Platform

Digital transformation by companies worldwide entails implementing Industry 4.0 norms and imperatives for a seamless,…

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Leonardo De Biasi

Business Development Director, TechEdge USA

Satisfying Business Needs Faster with the Agility of SAP Fiori UX & Mobile Applications

Adient’s objective was to reduce the time to deliver new, competitive business solutions and increase…

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Roger Touhy

SAP Solution Architect, Komatsu

Innovative Dealer Interaction at Komatsu Enabled by the SAP Cloud Platform

Komatsu saw opportunities to improve their order management and distributor interactions by automating manual processes. …

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Chet Harter

Vice President Digital Business Systems, SAP

Innovative Dealer Interaction at Komatsu Enabled by the SAP Cloud Platform

Komatsu saw opportunities to improve their order management and distributor interactions by automating manual processes. …

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Pablo de la Puente

Corporate Information Systems Director, Gestamp

Gestamp’s Smart Shopfloor: A PoC with Leonardo & A Connected Warehouse

Gestamp’s Smart Shopfloor PoC objectives and scope can be structured on three blocks.  First, is…

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Kelly Stalcup

Organizational Change Consultant, Volkswagen

Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Change

Design Thinking is often defined as both an analytic and creative process that provides organizations…

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Shannon Finn Connell

Partner, EmTeeGee

Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Change

Design Thinking is often defined as both an analytic and creative process that provides organizations…

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Soma Venkat

Vice President, Information Technology, CooperStandard

Speeding Ahead: Driving Accuracy, Efficiency & Customer Compliance in Labeling with SAP & IoT

CooperStandard a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, is driven…

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Martin Rowan

Senior Partner, Reveal

WORKSHOP: Who Moved My Cheese? What Can Supply Chains do NOW to Prepare for the Impending Digitization Wave?

S/4, AI, ML, VR are a few impending digital technologies.  Ask yourself, is your business…

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David Weinkauf

S&OP Director, Yazaki

Reliably Planning for Irregular Demand: IBP Improves S&OP at Yazaki

A global automotive parts supplier, Yazaki Corporation, has a technology landscape involving a multitude of…

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Alain Grenier

Senior Business System Analyst & EDI Coordinator, Waterville TG

Satisfying Honda Supplier & Returnable Packaging Requirements using SAP JIT Calls & Scanning

Honda EDI, barcode labels and scanning requirements reduce shipping errors but can be challenging to…

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Heiko Edelmann

President & CEO, PMC America

Satisfying Honda Supplier & Returnable Packaging Requirements using SAP JIT Calls & Scanning

Honda EDI, barcode labels and scanning requirements reduce shipping errors but can be challenging to…

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DeAnna Cunningham

Senior IT Manager, CooperStandard

Speed Up Your SAP Rollout Without Getting Caught in Data Risks

The automotive industry is in the middle of a worldwide overhaul led by product innovations,…

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Bill Hahn

Principal, Tax - Automotive, PwC

Navigating Maquiladoras & the Current NAFTA Environment: Your SAP & Financial Systems

Even though the Maquiladora form of doing business in Mexico has been in place since…

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Brian Vogt

Principal/Partner - Advisory Services, PwC

Navigating Maquiladoras & the Current NAFTA Environment: Your SAP & Financial Systems

Even though the Maquiladora form of doing business in Mexico has been in place since…

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Jared Alamat

Executive Leader, Global Finance Transformation, General Motors

Leveraging S4 Central Finance to Navigate Disruption

With more disruption expected in the automotive Industry over the next 5 years than the…

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Leveraging S4 Central Finance to Navigate Disruption

With more disruption expected in the automotive Industry over the next 5 years than the…

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Jeff Will

Global IT Manager SAP Finance CoE, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

SAP S/4 Central Finance: Goodyear’s Journey Towards “One Version of the Global Truth”

Goodyear like other large global organizations with rich and long SAP heritages entered into the…

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John Grant

Partner, EmTeeGee

Cybersecurity & Effective Protection of Corporate Assets

Cybersecurity, Information and Systems Security are in the news daily. These issues are frequently cited…

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Ronald E Fisher

Infrastructure Assurance & Analysis Division Director, National & Homeland Security

Cybersecurity & Effective Protection of Corporate Assets

Cybersecurity, Information and Systems Security are in the news daily. These issues are frequently cited…

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Lars Berggren

Director Integrated Business Planning, BorgWarner

Driving Standardization & Harmonization within BorgWarner Turbo Systems

Borg Warner Turbo Systems had an issue on getting a return from investments on business…

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Marie Doyle

Global Business Vendavo Launch Manager, Ford Motor Company

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges…

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Michelle Nemeth

Process Integration Manager, Ford Motor Company

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges…

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Mitch Lee

Profit Evangelist, Vendavo

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges…

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Matt Blyth

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

SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Materials

Is your Procurement organization looking for ways to automate business processes, drive more buyer productivity…

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Chris Carlstead

Managing Director Indirect Tax, Thomson Reuters

Structuring Success; Harnessing Trusted Answers & Technology Across Regulatory Landscapes to Drive Competitive Growth

Today’s automotive strategies include a mix of sustainable fuel sources, portfolio re-examination, sales channel optimization…

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Samir Mehta

Vice President of Digital Transformation, TechMahindra

Creating a Global Manufacturing Platform

Digital transformation by companies worldwide entails implementing Industry 4.0 norms and imperatives for a seamless,…

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Pete Kleffner

Senior Director Business Systems, Rush Enterprises

Dealership Dashboards: Managing Through KPI’s

The business side at RUSH Enterprises was manually pushing approximately 100 different reports to the…

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Abhi Mukunda

Corporate Procurement Analyst and Systems Lead, Raymond Corporation

Transforming All Spend to Drive Greater and More Sustainable Value

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face in their procurement transformation journeys is addressing multiple…

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Pete Komendarek

Corporate Procurement Controller, , Raymond Corporation

Transforming All Spend to Drive Greater and More Sustainable Value

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face in their procurement transformation journeys is addressing multiple…

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Phil Alessi

Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Proudfoot

Deploying Metrics that Actually Improve Shop-floor Performance

New systems, the “Internet of things,” and eager engineers are collecting and processing vast amounts…

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Saji Oommen

IT Director, Jaidah Group

The “DBM Evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA

Established in 1898, Jaidah Group in Qatar has been a recognized force of trade for…

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Guenter Lasser

Head of Business Development, Proaxia

The “DBM Evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA

Established in 1898, Jaidah Group in Qatar has been a recognized force of trade for…

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Sven Kohl

Global Practice Lead, Westernacher

Hybris Commerce as New B2B Platform for an SPM Customer

A B2B web-shop is an additional touch point to interact with channel partners. Diverse self-services…

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Mark Mazur

SAP Center of Excellence Leader, BearingPoint

Simplified Supply Chain Solution with Continental

Continental Corporation is one of the world's leading Automotive manufacturing companies, headquartered in Hanover, Germany. …

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

General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change more in the next 5 years than it has in the last 50. Innovative technology is driving tremendous advancements in everything from safety and vehicle connectivity, to fuel efficiency and electrification.  And societal trends like urbanization and sustainability are changing the way customers interact with automobiles. General Motors believes this gives them the opportunity to make cars cleaner, safer, smarter, more efficient, and deliver more value than ever before.

Similarly, GM is driving business process transformation with world class SAP technology, including S4 HANA Central Finance, Master Data Governance (MDG), ECC and eSourcing.  We continue to:


  • Transform a fragmented landscape

  • Standardize and optimize global common end-to-end processes

  • Align master data

  • Generate real time reporting with an eye on a daily “virtual” close

  • Provide global insights


Attend this session where the follow key themes will be covered:

  • Transformation of GM’s big end-to-end business processes such as Request To Pay (RTP), Record To Report (RTR), Order To Cash (OTC), Hire To Exit (HTE), Invest To Divest (ITD), etc.

  • All leveraging SAP globally

  • Core Finance Transformation

  • Business Digitalization


Come and learn more about the rapidly changing automotive industry, the new GM and GM’s journey with SAP.  It’s a story of transformation and disruption.

Combine Business Networks & Technology with Electromobility Digital Twins

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

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

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


  1. A neutral mobility platform that orchestrates data flows from consumers, auto manufacturers and service providers. This digital spine ensures that information is sourced, transmitted and delivered securely.

  2. A mobility business network that enables parties to seamlessly interact and transact on a trusted marketplace. That includes seamless execution of complex billing and secure payment transactions.

  3. A customer experience that leads to increased engagement, satisfaction and loyalty. State-of-the-art technology allows to re-think, optimize and automate processes, and to power entirely new business models.


Attend this keynote to hear how these solutions enable both automotive companies and a variety of service providers to interact, unlock new revenue streams, increase margins and earn customers’ loyalty.

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

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


  1. A neutral mobility platform that orchestrates data flows from consumers, auto manufacturers and service providers. This digital spine ensures that information is sourced, transmitted and delivered securely.

  2. A mobility business network that enables parties to seamlessly interact and transact on a trusted marketplace. That includes seamless execution of complex billing and secure payment transactions.

  3. A customer experience that leads to increased engagement, satisfaction and loyalty. State-of-the-art technology allows to re-think, optimize and automate processes, and to power entirely new business models.


Attend this keynote to hear how these solutions enable both automotive companies and a variety of service providers to interact, unlock new revenue streams, increase margins and earn customers’ loyalty.

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

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




Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved organizational culture on how projects / programs were delivered

  • Implemented Finance and Indirect Procurement based on plan of record - 10 months on 16.10

  • Setup foundation / framework for SAP Wave 2 Implementation - Supply Chain

Toyota Canada’s Launch to SAP S/4 HANA

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




Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved organizational culture on how projects / programs were delivered

  • Implemented Finance and Indirect Procurement based on plan of record - 10 months on 16.10

  • Setup foundation / framework for SAP Wave 2 Implementation - Supply Chain

BMW’s Cosmic S/4 HANA Success Story

COSMIC is part of BMW’s strategy to move all SAP systems to HANA, which had its first go live of a S4HANA system on May 1st.  The project steers the worldwide inventory management of vehicles as well as the worldwide vehicle and motorcycle invoicing covering different distribution channels like direct sales (new business Model for BMW), sales to dealers, importers, special customers.  It has all information about each single car- the pricing, where its coming from, where it is going to, cost of retail etc.  BMW expects about 400,000 vehicle updates per day coming from vehicle ordering and production systems which will be fully automated.

Attend this session to hear about their journey to a fully integrated standardized invoicing and inventory management system.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Compliance concerning invoicing, inventory management financial statement

  • Software harmizonation

  • A highly sophisticated user experience with Fiori

Connected Vehicles & Delightful Driver Experience

Our digital experience begins before we enter the vehicle and continues after we park and leave the vehicle. In this keynote panel discussion, we will explore how different companies are connecting their services and offerings into the driver and passenger in car experience and leveraging SAP Vehicles Network to create a seamless and delightful consumer experience.

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

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




Key Business Benefits:


  • Global standardization of the indirect procurement process

  • Consolidation and reporting for global indirect spend

  • Laid a foundation for enablement of additional application capability

Adient’s Ariba Trifecta: Communication, Deployment & Hypercare

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




Key Business Benefits:


  • Global standardization of the indirect procurement process

  • Consolidation and reporting for global indirect spend

  • Laid a foundation for enablement of additional application capability

Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation

The world is changing at an ever-faster pace. Companies and industries face a climate of radical change and potential disruption. To be successful in the future, companies will be need to build the capability to constantly experiment with future offerings in close collaboration with end-user and external partners.

The LEGO Group is universally recognized for having one of the world’s leading customer experience programs. Mikkel will share his hard-earned lessons from tackling disruptions and building a world class front-end innovation capability as Sr. Design Manager at LEGO Future Lab. Additionally, Mikkel will share insights from venture development firm Prehype on the advantages and challenges of combining the mindset of an entrepreneur with that of an established corporation.

The presentation will include insights on:


  • Embracing disruptions without disrupting the healthy existing business

  • Defining the right problems to solve

  • Testing new business ideas fast and cheap

  • Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship

  • Challenges and mitigations with entrepreneurship

BMW’s Cosmic S/4 HANA Success Story

COSMIC is part of BMW’s strategy to move all SAP systems to HANA, which had its first go live of a S4HANA system on May 1st.  The project steers the worldwide inventory management of vehicles as well as the worldwide vehicle and motorcycle invoicing covering different distribution channels like direct sales (new business Model for BMW), sales to dealers, importers, special customers.  It has all information about each single car- the pricing, where its coming from, where it is going to, cost of retail etc.  BMW expects about 400,000 vehicle updates per day coming from vehicle ordering and production systems which will be fully automated.

Attend this session to hear about their journey to a fully integrated standardized invoicing and inventory management system.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Compliance concerning invoicing, inventory management financial statement

  • Software harmizonation

  • A highly sophisticated user experience with Fiori

BOSCH’s Multi System into One Automotive Systems Landscape: Consolidation Made Simple with Automation

Multinational provider of technology and services for the automotive industry BOSCH is leveraging innovative SNP technology - that automates and standardizes SAP transformation projects - to migrate data from all vertical systems into one.




Through this project, BOSCH is reducing the complexity of its SAP automotive system landscape and achieving optimized process harmonization, saving on IT costs and speeding up business processes. SNP automated transformation software scans and visualizes the current systems to identify opportunities for process harmonization. Those are then built into the consolidation strategy, driving overall organizational process improvement. BOSCH’s complete system harmonization and consolidation are laying a foundation for continued growth by creating the framework to streamline future migrations for its remaining ERP systems and for further process harmonization.




Join SNP and BOSCH to hear about their journey and help you transform your next SAP project by leveraging the power of automated transformation software from planning through execution.

BOSCH’s Multi System into One Automotive Systems Landscape: Consolidation Made Simple with Automation

Multinational provider of technology and services for the automotive industry BOSCH is leveraging innovative SNP technology - that automates and standardizes SAP transformation projects - to migrate data from all vertical systems into one.




Through this project, BOSCH is reducing the complexity of its SAP automotive system landscape and achieving optimized process harmonization, saving on IT costs and speeding up business processes. SNP automated transformation software scans and visualizes the current systems to identify opportunities for process harmonization. Those are then built into the consolidation strategy, driving overall organizational process improvement. BOSCH’s complete system harmonization and consolidation are laying a foundation for continued growth by creating the framework to streamline future migrations for its remaining ERP systems and for further process harmonization.




Join SNP and BOSCH to hear about their journey and help you transform your next SAP project by leveraging the power of automated transformation software from planning through execution.

Blockchain for Future of Mobility

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




Key Business Benefits:


  • Innovative services

  • Enhanced security

  • Smart contracts

Realizing True Efficiency: Using Reporting to Achieve Real-time Global Enablement

Attend this session to hear about how Wabco is able to achieve real time inbound and outbound transactions and realize their true efficiencies in reporting and planning.  They have one SAP tunnel to support all e-commerce data that is transported between customers and in their supply chain.  The file transport fully enables data in different format types (XML, iDOC, CSV) and is easily traceability with IDOC as a control number for outbound transactions.  Discover ways to differentiate for inbound transactions (file naming) and reduce risk both internal and external by implementing redundant functionalities.

Realizing True Efficiency: Using Reporting to Achieve Real-time Global Enablement

Attend this session to hear about how Wabco is able to achieve real time inbound and outbound transactions and realize their true efficiencies in reporting and planning.  They have one SAP tunnel to support all e-commerce data that is transported between customers and in their supply chain.  The file transport fully enables data in different format types (XML, iDOC, CSV) and is easily traceability with IDOC as a control number for outbound transactions.  Discover ways to differentiate for inbound transactions (file naming) and reduce risk both internal and external by implementing redundant functionalities.

Robotic Process Automation: Goodyear’s Journey into Back-Office Automation Capability

Goodyear began experimentation with RPA since the second half of 2016. Their three-stage approach has produced interesting learnings, clear business return and a unique hybrid approach towards scaling their solution globally.

Goodyear’s approach followed a simple method.


  1. Prototype: Prove the technology/tool is viable for your organization.

  2. Pilot: Complete a limited scale global/regional test and measure the results.

  3. Mobilize/Scale: Understand your organizations core capabilities and engage managed services for the remainder.


The RPA technology is rapidly advancing. The tools have become ready to use with low entry costs for those interested in stepping into the world of process automation. Attending this presentation will provide an education on how to get started, how to make your business case, and what you can expect during the stages of adopting this technology into your organization.




Key Business Benefits:

  • When creating digital worker capacity there are considerations you need to understand outside the technical solution. Come learn how Goodyear is thoughtfully managing the introduction and deployment of RPA.

  • The return on RPA investment can be an interesting business case. Taking the “Pay as You Go” model can help manage the financial walk with controllable risk.

  • Adding RPA to the toolbelt of Continuous Improvement can be a catalyst toward process optimization, avoiding the trap of automating bad processes, instead delivering multiple levels of returned value to your organizations Continuous Improvement objectives and targets.

Improved Business Value by Growing SAP Center of Expertise Capability

Attend this session to get an inside look at how Goodyear North America approached the establishment and growth of their SAP Centre of Expertise (CoE), delivering a seven-fold increase in delivered IT project investment with ten percent less staffing levels.

Derrill will take you through the seven key steps to building organizational capability:


  1. Education: Understand what “good” looks like

  2. Benchmark: Where do you stand with respect to “good”?

  3. Resource Balance: What skills to scale-up in house, what to outsource

  4. The Vision: Build your transformation roadmap on five pillars: strategy, governance, process and functions, tools and standard, organization and workforce

  5. The Tools: Enable and Leverage the Power of SAP Solution Manager

  6. Measure: The journey takes time. Establish measures to track progress. Look backward, look forward, remind regularly where you are on that journey. Celebrate achievement

  7. What to do next when you get “there”






Key Business Benefits:

  • Delivered seven-fold increase in delivered IT project investments while reducing while operating at 10% less resource levels and flat operating expense.

  • Measurably improved organizational IT capability, transforming from an IT Service Provider Organization into a Business Support Partner.

  • The keys to building organizational capability is effectively communicating where you want to take them, why that end state is a good place to be, focus on process first then add the tools.

Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Financial Insights for Automotive Companies

Disruption is nothing new to the automotive industry. For decades, auto makers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been innovating and competing vigorously. Disruption requires rapid response to maintain market leadership. The Office of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is expected to generate insights which drive profitability, reduce cost and respond to the ever-changing market place, without excessive burden on operations. With S/4HANA and Central Finance, you can now combine SAP and non-SAP systems without any disruption to your current operations. How does this enable organizations to produce near-real time reports–such as vehicle profitability–across disparate systems and empowers Shared Services functions? Join us to discuss more on the power of S/4HANA and Central Finance in the Automotive Industry.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Achieve more timely and more granular profitability reporting by vehicle, model, and package

  • Enable global plant benchmarking to control costs

  • Streamline financial shared service operations to improve efficiency

Drive Digital Transformation with Industry 4.0

Get closer to your end users and gain insight into how your products are being operated. Find out about the impact of Industry 4.0 on operational efficiency through digital transformation. Learn how Industry 4.0 addresses the alignment of the physical and digital world throughout the value chain.

Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Financial Insights for Automotive Companies

Disruption is nothing new to the automotive industry. For decades, auto makers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been innovating and competing vigorously. Disruption requires rapid response to maintain market leadership. The Office of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is expected to generate insights which drive profitability, reduce cost and respond to the ever-changing market place, without excessive burden on operations. With S/4HANA and Central Finance, you can now combine SAP and non-SAP systems without any disruption to your current operations. How does this enable organizations to produce near-real time reports–such as vehicle profitability–across disparate systems and empowers Shared Services functions? Join us to discuss more on the power of S/4HANA and Central Finance in the Automotive Industry.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Achieve more timely and more granular profitability reporting by vehicle, model, and package

  • Enable global plant benchmarking to control costs

  • Streamline financial shared service operations to improve efficiency

General Motors Transforming & Disrupting with SAP

Many facets of the traditional auto business are being disrupted and the industry will change more in the next 5 years than it has in the last 50. Innovative technology is driving tremendous advancements in everything from safety and vehicle connectivity, to fuel efficiency and electrification.  And societal trends like urbanization and sustainability are changing the way customers interact with automobiles. General Motors believes this gives them the opportunity to make cars cleaner, safer, smarter, more efficient, and deliver more value than ever before.

Similarly, GM is driving business process transformation with world class SAP technology, including S4 HANA Central Finance, Master Data Governance (MDG), ECC and eSourcing.  We continue to:


  • Transform a fragmented landscape

  • Standardize and optimize global common end-to-end processes

  • Align master data

  • Generate real time reporting with an eye on a daily “virtual” close

  • Provide global insights


Attend this session where the follow key themes will be covered:

  • Transformation of GM’s big end-to-end business processes such as Request To Pay (RTP), Record To Report (RTR), Order To Cash (OTC), Hire To Exit (HTE), Invest To Divest (ITD), etc.

  • All leveraging SAP globally

  • Core Finance Transformation

  • Business Digitalization


Come and learn more about the rapidly changing automotive industry, the new GM and GM’s journey with SAP.  It’s a story of transformation and disruption.

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

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

Significant project objectives included development of solutions to:


  • Partial Resolve of a Product Family (Platform) to Price List

  • Use of Change Management to segregate different phases of product maturity

  • Security, based on Access Control Management, to manage multiple Product Families across different engineering teams

Satisfying Business Needs Faster with the Agility of SAP Fiori UX & Mobile Applications

Adient’s objective was to reduce the time to deliver new, competitive business solutions and increase the collaboration between its business and IT departments to enhance adoption of new applications, while reducing change requests and training costs. To address this opportunity, Adient has adopted SAP Fiori User Experience (UX) leveraging an Agile methodology. Through this project, business users, process designers and the CoE delivery team are brought together to re-engineer business processes through technology. This innovative delivery model is based on Agile methodology and runs in four-week sprints, assuring new applications and changes will engage business stakeholders and integrate with the company culture, while reducing the time to market.




Key Business Benefits:


  1. New apps or features are delivered to the business every 4 weeks, satisfying business needs faster than traditional delivery models.

  2. The digitalization of traditionally time-consuming manual Excel or email based processes into mobile ready and easy-to-use APPs based on SAP Fiori has allowed Adient business users and IT teams to focus on more strategic activities and objectives.

  3. Collaboration based activity – Involvement of key stakeholders from beginning to end has allowed Adient to control the budget and timeline thanks to shared ownership. The applications themselves have had a high acceptance rate among the business users they are designed for.

Creating a Global Manufacturing Platform

Digital transformation by companies worldwide entails implementing Industry 4.0 norms and imperatives for a seamless, connected data driven and highly flexible manufacturing factory to respond to changes and interruptions in real time.  This is a huge undertaking in any organization, especially with legacy and new IT&OT systems with disparate data sources and a lack of industry standards.  Global manufacturing; Internet of Things (IoT) is about merging of several systems and data while utilizing the internet as the foundation of the communication system to establish an intelligent interaction between Information & Engineering Systems, coupled with people and sensors everywhere to deliver unparalleled insight, visibility and data monetization in near real time to support all domains and activities in the company.

In this session you will experience Mahindra's live global manufacturing platform and ways your organization can realize this vision by enabling key technologies including cloud IoT platform, Data Exchange (including machine learning and AI), Micro services, EDI and API’s ID management in a cybersecure system.




Key Business Benefits:


  1. Rapid and direct connection of aggregated & orchestrated Data JIT & JIS Calls to Suppliers

  2. Entire visibility of Supply Chain, manufacturing activities for active optimization

  3. Integration of all systems and a common platform for Analytics

Satisfying Business Needs Faster with the Agility of SAP Fiori UX & Mobile Applications

Adient’s objective was to reduce the time to deliver new, competitive business solutions and increase the collaboration between its business and IT departments to enhance adoption of new applications, while reducing change requests and training costs. To address this opportunity, Adient has adopted SAP Fiori User Experience (UX) leveraging an Agile methodology. Through this project, business users, process designers and the CoE delivery team are brought together to re-engineer business processes through technology. This innovative delivery model is based on Agile methodology and runs in four-week sprints, assuring new applications and changes will engage business stakeholders and integrate with the company culture, while reducing the time to market.




Key Business Benefits:


  1. New apps or features are delivered to the business every 4 weeks, satisfying business needs faster than traditional delivery models.

  2. The digitalization of traditionally time-consuming manual Excel or email based processes into mobile ready and easy-to-use APPs based on SAP Fiori has allowed Adient business users and IT teams to focus on more strategic activities and objectives.

  3. Collaboration based activity – Involvement of key stakeholders from beginning to end has allowed Adient to control the budget and timeline thanks to shared ownership. The applications themselves have had a high acceptance rate among the business users they are designed for.

Innovative Dealer Interaction at Komatsu Enabled by the SAP Cloud Platform

Komatsu saw opportunities to improve their order management and distributor interactions by automating manual processes.  The SAP Cloud Platform was chosen to create a Komatsu-specific order entry system to 1) streamline and automate previously manual processes and 2) to gain competitive advantage.

This session will explain the circumstances Komatsu faced and why the SAP Cloud Platform was chosen over other options.  The process from project conception to system realization will be discussed and lessons learned from the project will be shared.

Innovative Dealer Interaction at Komatsu Enabled by the SAP Cloud Platform

Komatsu saw opportunities to improve their order management and distributor interactions by automating manual processes.  The SAP Cloud Platform was chosen to create a Komatsu-specific order entry system to 1) streamline and automate previously manual processes and 2) to gain competitive advantage.

This session will explain the circumstances Komatsu faced and why the SAP Cloud Platform was chosen over other options.  The process from project conception to system realization will be discussed and lessons learned from the project will be shared.

Gestamp’s Smart Shopfloor: A PoC with Leonardo & A Connected Warehouse

Gestamp’s Smart Shopfloor PoC objectives and scope can be structured on three blocks.  First, is related to machine sensorization (IoT) in order to allow an automatic count of each reference produced.  Second, block focuses on mobility and integration of information to easier control machines activity and components supply. And the third one is to evaluate SAP SCP/Leonardo capacities as an IoT solution that could match Gestamp requirements.

The vision of a Gestamp Smart Shopfloor foresees the following benefits in the short term:


  • Increase Profitability: By making a more efficient stock declaration process (reducing times by 1’-2’ per rack), increasing OEE avoiding line stoppages due to component shortage and reducing customer claims by mislabelling.

  • Target Zero errors: Assuring system and physical processes are aligned, including redundancies and security controls, and eliminating manual data entries (operators only review and confirm)

  • Develop connected workers: Introducing mobile devices to record activities, integrating alerts and notifications between departments, tasks prioritization and eliminating paperwork.


Attend this session to learn more about Gestamp’s Smart Shopfloor PoC, their lessons learned and critical aspects to consider.

Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Change

Design Thinking is often defined as both an analytic and creative process that provides organizations and individuals with problem solving skills rooted in experimentation, collaboration, prototyping and creation. When faced with complex challenges, or a need to drive change, design thinking is a protocol utilized by contemporary organizations to develop innovative processes and solutions. The primary purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with an introduction to Design Thinking, discussing its application, characteristics and processes.

This interactive session will provide the audience with an engaging presentation that stimulates thinking on how they can be innovation change leaders and advisors, by leveraging problem-solving skills. Attendees to this session will learn to:


  • Position organizational change as a positive and powerful concept that can be enlightening, can open doors and can create opportunities for growth and evolution

  • Consider examples of how other people and organizations have utilized Design Thinking to create meaningful, innovative change

  • Apply methods of prototyping ‘models for change’ in their organizations

  • Demonstrate ways in which one can lead with growth mindset by: (1) mobilizing a team behind a shared purpose; (2) building momentum through action; and, cultivating and sustaining the change over time


Case studies from SAP and leading Automotive organizations will be utilized to illustrate successful, practical applications of Design Thinking.

Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Change

Design Thinking is often defined as both an analytic and creative process that provides organizations and individuals with problem solving skills rooted in experimentation, collaboration, prototyping and creation. When faced with complex challenges, or a need to drive change, design thinking is a protocol utilized by contemporary organizations to develop innovative processes and solutions. The primary purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with an introduction to Design Thinking, discussing its application, characteristics and processes.

This interactive session will provide the audience with an engaging presentation that stimulates thinking on how they can be innovation change leaders and advisors, by leveraging problem-solving skills. Attendees to this session will learn to:


  • Position organizational change as a positive and powerful concept that can be enlightening, can open doors and can create opportunities for growth and evolution

  • Consider examples of how other people and organizations have utilized Design Thinking to create meaningful, innovative change

  • Apply methods of prototyping ‘models for change’ in their organizations

  • Demonstrate ways in which one can lead with growth mindset by: (1) mobilizing a team behind a shared purpose; (2) building momentum through action; and, cultivating and sustaining the change over time


Case studies from SAP and leading Automotive organizations will be utilized to illustrate successful, practical applications of Design Thinking.

Speeding Ahead: Driving Accuracy, Efficiency & Customer Compliance in Labeling with SAP & IoT

CooperStandard a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, is driven to meet their growth goals in this disruptive era.   Currently, they are on the road to a centralized, global rollout of an Enterprise Labeling solution integrated with SAP to streamline customer compliance across manufacturing and distribution. Hear how CooperStandard is shifting into high gear and adding IoT to improve supply chain efficiency, improve labeling accuracy and cut costs.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Reduce risk of mislabeling

  • Improve assembly line efficiency using Industrial IoT

  • Automate assembly line triggered labeling

  • Increase quality and traceability

WORKSHOP: Who Moved My Cheese? What Can Supply Chains do NOW to Prepare for the Impending Digitization Wave?

S/4, AI, ML, VR are a few impending digital technologies.  Ask yourself, is your business ready for this “wave”?  Wondering what your business teams can do NOW to prepare for the new technologies while driving optimization into your business, seeing increased service levels and reduced working capital and operational costs.  Join this workshop to learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down and when the digitalization and ERP digital platforms become a reality in your organization.   Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.




Key Business take aways:


  1. Optimization of your ERP and alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery

  2. What key aspects need to be put in place to ensure the organization is ready for the promises of digitization, i.e. agility, speed to market, lot size of one and real-time decisions

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

  4. Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in ERP data and ensuring a single source of truth throughout the organization

Reliably Planning for Irregular Demand: IBP Improves S&OP at Yazaki

A global automotive parts supplier, Yazaki Corporation, has a technology landscape involving a multitude of systems to support their end-to-end planning process. Each systems has its unique purpose in the landscape and all work independently to support their functions which include sales, demand, manufacturing, engineering change management, etc. The challenge for Yazaki’s S&OP process was to harmonize a single end-to-end data set for planning purposes and to establish predictive KPI’s to remove potential supply barriers. Over the past 6 years they have struggled trying to implement a robust S&OP which has been primarily based on individual spreadsheet. These challenges were characterized by a disjointed planning process that was primarily demand driven, forcing supply to constantly act reactively.

Yazaki has selected the IBP S&OP tool to address these challenges and provide a robust platform to perform S&OP Planning. They have launched the beginnings of this tool in Mexico to acquaint users with the new tools and begin making business decisions based on this data in a controlled environment.  Join Dave Weinkauf as he describes the planning and implementation of the IBP tools and explores how Yazaki chose to address the reliably irregular demand of their customers and achieve improved decision making, increased efficiency, and enhanced mid to long term planning.

 

Satisfying Honda Supplier & Returnable Packaging Requirements using SAP JIT Calls & Scanning

Honda EDI, barcode labels and scanning requirements reduce shipping errors but can be challenging to implement in SAP. Hear how the Honda requirements are addressed with Idocs, JIT Calls, Adobe labels and SAP ECC scanning processes.

Returnable Packaging requirements become more and more important for the overall supply chain. See how it can be handled in an integrated way using scanning and SAP RPL functionality.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Reduced shipping errors

  • Improved integration of customer releases and sales orders with production and shipping

  • Satisfy customer requirements

  • Full visibility of your returnable packaging

Satisfying Honda Supplier & Returnable Packaging Requirements using SAP JIT Calls & Scanning

Honda EDI, barcode labels and scanning requirements reduce shipping errors but can be challenging to implement in SAP. Hear how the Honda requirements are addressed with Idocs, JIT Calls, Adobe labels and SAP ECC scanning processes.

Returnable Packaging requirements become more and more important for the overall supply chain. See how it can be handled in an integrated way using scanning and SAP RPL functionality.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Reduced shipping errors

  • Improved integration of customer releases and sales orders with production and shipping

  • Satisfy customer requirements

  • Full visibility of your returnable packaging

Speed Up Your SAP Rollout Without Getting Caught in Data Risks

The automotive industry is in the middle of a worldwide overhaul led by product innovations, transformative government legislation as well as an agile manufacturing process based on templates and platforms. Most automotive companies using SAP for their operational excellence, are on the constant move to keep up all the above transformations happening in their company.




Now, the IT departments have to play catch up with business and production on the agile and lean agenda. This has resulted in a rush of data conversion activities to be completed in the SAP environment, urgently. However, data teams are tasked with converting a variety of ERP and Manufacturing application data into their core SAP application, though they lack modern tools and approaches. The mandate of rapid completion, predictable results and data integrity is too rough on the existing teams, tools and practices. This presentation will share a clear and executable road map, complete with turn-by-turn directions for avoiding inconsistent data potholes, test cycle detours and cut-over breakdowns.




The case study of Cooper Standard’s roll-out will be shared as an example of leveraging automotive-specific data conversion templates to enable an agile execution process, leading to project cost reduction and automation with predictable data quality results.

Navigating Maquiladoras & the Current NAFTA Environment: Your SAP & Financial Systems

Even though the Maquiladora form of doing business in Mexico has been in place since the 1960s, it still presents unique systems challenges.  The fact that factory assets, inventories and tooling are owned in one country, but physically located in another country presents legal entity, financial reporting, and tax challenges to name a few.  Therefore IT systems have to support tracking for customs purposes (especially in today's uncertain NAFTA environment), for income tax and transfer pricing purposes, which all have to supplement the regular business tradeflow reporting for financial statement and management purposes.  Historical systems approaches tended to focus on financial statement reporting supplemented by a plethora of spreadsheets and man-hours to provide financial statements, management reporting, customs and tax requirements.   We'll introduce how today's SAP systems offer the capability to meet the critical needs of all users on a cost-efficient basis in this common form of business. We’ll share different automotive customer stories and examples.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the current risks and opportunities with Maquiladoras for your organization in the uncertain NAFTA environment

  • Discover how to leverage your SAP systems to manage your tax liabilities related to Maquiladoras

  • Gain insights to alignment of your systems functions with your Global/Regional Tax and Finance Organizations

Navigating Maquiladoras & the Current NAFTA Environment: Your SAP & Financial Systems

Even though the Maquiladora form of doing business in Mexico has been in place since the 1960s, it still presents unique systems challenges.  The fact that factory assets, inventories and tooling are owned in one country, but physically located in another country presents legal entity, financial reporting, and tax challenges to name a few.  Therefore IT systems have to support tracking for customs purposes (especially in today's uncertain NAFTA environment), for income tax and transfer pricing purposes, which all have to supplement the regular business tradeflow reporting for financial statement and management purposes.  Historical systems approaches tended to focus on financial statement reporting supplemented by a plethora of spreadsheets and man-hours to provide financial statements, management reporting, customs and tax requirements.   We'll introduce how today's SAP systems offer the capability to meet the critical needs of all users on a cost-efficient basis in this common form of business. We’ll share different automotive customer stories and examples.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the current risks and opportunities with Maquiladoras for your organization in the uncertain NAFTA environment

  • Discover how to leverage your SAP systems to manage your tax liabilities related to Maquiladoras

  • Gain insights to alignment of your systems functions with your Global/Regional Tax and Finance Organizations

Leveraging S4 Central Finance to Navigate Disruption

With more disruption expected in the automotive Industry over the next 5 years than the past 50, General Motors is positioning itself to flexibly manage these changes leveraging S4 Central Finance.  Find out how GM is transforming the data, processes and technology to generate speed, transparency and insights.

Leveraging S4 Central Finance to Navigate Disruption

With more disruption expected in the automotive Industry over the next 5 years than the past 50, General Motors is positioning itself to flexibly manage these changes leveraging S4 Central Finance.  Find out how GM is transforming the data, processes and technology to generate speed, transparency and insights.

SAP S/4 Central Finance: Goodyear’s Journey Towards “One Version of the Global Truth”

Goodyear like other large global organizations with rich and long SAP heritages entered into the S/4 drive by visioning a new end state target where regionally deployed finance processes became standardized and migrated to a S/4 Central Finance solution. The voyage began in 2016 with two projects, MDG-Finance and Central Finance on S/4. Today they have globalized and governed financial company codes, cost centers, and GL accounts serving the Global Goodyear finance functions and processes. Goodyear's approach followed a simple method.







1. Technical Build:


  • Delivery of Central Finance platform

  • Global Financial transactions posted using Global harmonized master data

  • Master data governance of finance objects


2. Corporate Consolidation:

  • Implement Corporate Accounting consolidation and closing including reporting on Central Finance using the new global chart of accounts

  • Leveraging detailed financial transactional data from the regions that was not previously available


3. Centralized Closing of Regional Books:

  • Closing cockpit for streamlining and centralizing closing project

  • Closing of local entities in one system


4. Centralized A/P and A/R:

  • Centralized payment knowledge

  • Optimize process in shared service center


5. Treasury and Cash Management:

  • Detailed insight into cash position


In this session you will hear about how Goodyear leverages S/4HANA processes as accelerators (reduced customization and project costs) to streamline thier systems and optimize benefits.  Their development of real-time, high quality data that will allow more timely business information, their one source for global financial transactions for use in entity level reporting and the expected savings through harmonized processes.

Cybersecurity & Effective Protection of Corporate Assets

Cybersecurity, Information and Systems Security are in the news daily. These issues are frequently cited as the top risks facing Corporate America

If the recent election and lead up to it wasn’t enough to elevate awareness of the subject, then consider this:


  • The average cost for a data breach for American companies grew to $4m per incident

  • More than 80% of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked and have lost critical data

  • The Department of Homeland Security recently listed Cybersecurity as the top threat that American businesses face


The transportation sector has not been immune from cyber-attacks. The IT infrastructure in vehicles has expanded significantly along with associated cyber risks. Idaho National Laboratory has on-going research on mitigating vulnerabilities to vehicles and how to mitigate risks moving forward with vehicle-to-vehicle communications increasing. There are lessons learned from this research for the automobile sector and businesses supporting this sector.

While corporations and government entities continue to invest heavily in firewalls and protective software for IT infrastructure - a simple more insidious method of gaining access to critical data/intellectual property is more likely to be responsible; well-intentioned employees inadvertently opening the door without knowledge or intent.

Participants will leave this presentation with:

  • An understanding of the digital threat landscape to transportation and businesses

  • An understanding of the most common methods that cyber criminals use to access proprietary systems, data and intellectual property

  • The steps needed to mitigate the risks associated with cyber crime

Cybersecurity & Effective Protection of Corporate Assets

Cybersecurity, Information and Systems Security are in the news daily. These issues are frequently cited as the top risks facing Corporate America

If the recent election and lead up to it wasn’t enough to elevate awareness of the subject, then consider this:


  • The average cost for a data breach for American companies grew to $4m per incident

  • More than 80% of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked and have lost critical data

  • The Department of Homeland Security recently listed Cybersecurity as the top threat that American businesses face


The transportation sector has not been immune from cyber-attacks. The IT infrastructure in vehicles has expanded significantly along with associated cyber risks. Idaho National Laboratory has on-going research on mitigating vulnerabilities to vehicles and how to mitigate risks moving forward with vehicle-to-vehicle communications increasing. There are lessons learned from this research for the automobile sector and businesses supporting this sector.

While corporations and government entities continue to invest heavily in firewalls and protective software for IT infrastructure - a simple more insidious method of gaining access to critical data/intellectual property is more likely to be responsible; well-intentioned employees inadvertently opening the door without knowledge or intent.

Participants will leave this presentation with:

  • An understanding of the digital threat landscape to transportation and businesses

  • An understanding of the most common methods that cyber criminals use to access proprietary systems, data and intellectual property

  • The steps needed to mitigate the risks associated with cyber crime

Driving Standardization & Harmonization within BorgWarner Turbo Systems

Borg Warner Turbo Systems had an issue on getting a return from investments on business improvement projects.  Projects were often initiated and driven from a local perspective driving processes, master data and system configurations into local autonomous solutions. And too often, the initiators went straight to IT for a fast solution, therefore projects were mostly driven from a technical aspect and the business engagement was very low.   To change this, Borg Warner Turbos established a strategic function 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.

The objects of the project were to:


  • Harmonize 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.


Since its inception the project has produced great results so now the IBP Team continues their journey and addresses other areas where standardization and harmonization is needed. Areas that are being currently being address are:

  • Plant Maintenance

  • MES for OEE and Traceability

  • Engineering interface – Product Lifecycle Management, Early BoM to Manufacturing

  • Program Budget Tracking – Financial control over our Programs

  • Prototype Process


Come hear about BorgWarner’s journey, their learnings so far and how you too can start your journey and make greater profits, deliver a drop-in inventory and vastly improve your customer service.

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges than what Ford faces in the Aftermarket channel.  With a demanding set of requirements from business leaders, and an exponentially increasing need for enhanced customer experience, Ford has decided to leverage and integrate the richness of the data in their commercial systems.  Purpose-built enterprise solutions provide context for driving pricing strategy decisions and seamless tactical execution.

Listen, learn, and discover as a panel of key Ford employees discuss the commercial launch (project inception, lessons learned and benefits gained), with a focus on pricing strategy.

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges than what Ford faces in the Aftermarket channel.  With a demanding set of requirements from business leaders, and an exponentially increasing need for enhanced customer experience, Ford has decided to leverage and integrate the richness of the data in their commercial systems.  Purpose-built enterprise solutions provide context for driving pricing strategy decisions and seamless tactical execution.

Listen, learn, and discover as a panel of key Ford employees discuss the commercial launch (project inception, lessons learned and benefits gained), with a focus on pricing strategy.

DISCUSSION: How Ford Embraces Complexity for Commercial Excellence in Aftermarket Parts Sales & Pricing

When it comes to complexity, it's hard to imagine a more diverse set of challenges than what Ford faces in the Aftermarket channel.  With a demanding set of requirements from business leaders, and an exponentially increasing need for enhanced customer experience, Ford has decided to leverage and integrate the richness of the data in their commercial systems.  Purpose-built enterprise solutions provide context for driving pricing strategy decisions and seamless tactical execution.

Listen, learn, and discover as a panel of key Ford employees discuss the commercial launch (project inception, lessons learned and benefits gained), with a focus on pricing strategy.

SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Materials

Is your Procurement organization looking for ways to automate business processes, drive more buyer productivity and deliver sustainable material cost reductions?   Join this session with SAP to learn how SAP Ariba cloud solutions can help manage direct material procurement and supply chain management processes.  Learn about SAP’s strategy for digital procurement and how the powerful combination of SAP S/4HANA & SAP Ariba can enable companies to fully digitize their Source-to-Pay process across all spend categories.  During this session, we will share recent product innovations to support complex direct material sourcing processes within the automotive industry and discuss our roadmap plans for the future, including how powerful new technologies like Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence will be leveraged for more effective supplier risk and category management.

Structuring Success; Harnessing Trusted Answers & Technology Across Regulatory Landscapes to Drive Competitive Growth

Today’s automotive strategies include a mix of sustainable fuel sources, portfolio re-examination, sales channel optimization through fleet and subscription based models, connected vehicles including components of self-driving and mobile commerce, and value chain evolution.  The common thread across many, if not all, of these trends is the propensity for M&A, joint ventures, and partnerships to expedite results.  The undercurrent dictating the terms for these events are Tax and Legal regulations.  Trade customs and tariffs and income taxes can erode even the most aspirational profits to unattractive levels.  JV and partnership agreements dictate terms and speed of innovation.  Further, the location of assets like IP face even greater scrutiny in the world of transfer pricing thanks to the OECD’s Base Erosion Profit Sharing, which can influence the appeal of partnering in one region or another.  As with everything else, Tax and Legal data face enormous risk and opportunity at the hands of blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, RPA, and data privacy.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Global regulatory compliance to avoid penalties and maximize profits

  • Competitive advantage gained through integrating tax, legal, IT, and finance

  • Understand how blockchain, AI, and data privacy technology impact business critical data

Creating a Global Manufacturing Platform

Digital transformation by companies worldwide entails implementing Industry 4.0 norms and imperatives for a seamless, connected data driven and highly flexible manufacturing factory to respond to changes and interruptions in real time.  This is a huge undertaking in any organization, especially with legacy and new IT&OT systems with disparate data sources and a lack of industry standards.  Global manufacturing; Internet of Things (IoT) is about merging of several systems and data while utilizing the internet as the foundation of the communication system to establish an intelligent interaction between Information & Engineering Systems, coupled with people and sensors everywhere to deliver unparalleled insight, visibility and data monetization in near real time to support all domains and activities in the company.

In this session you will experience Mahindra's live global manufacturing platform and ways your organization can realize this vision by enabling key technologies including cloud IoT platform, Data Exchange (including machine learning and AI), Micro services, EDI and API’s ID management in a cybersecure system.




Key Business Benefits:


  1. Rapid and direct connection of aggregated & orchestrated Data JIT & JIS Calls to Suppliers

  2. Entire visibility of Supply Chain, manufacturing activities for active optimization

  3. Integration of all systems and a common platform for Analytics

Dealership Dashboards: Managing Through KPI’s

The business side at RUSH Enterprises was manually pushing approximately 100 different reports to the department managers asking them each to be reviewed and acted upon.  This was very labor intensive, the managers needed to open the emails and the attached report, then look into the issue, or not if their department was performing fine on that KPI.  Thus our goal was to transform from a push culture to a pull culture where we made it easy for department managers to pull all the KPI’s in a single location as well as giving them easier indicators of status of each KPI.  Using BW and Design studio we developed a single launching point for all reports as well as department dashboards giving department managers one place to check KPI’s and KPI status.  With this we provide the specific informtion from KPI on dashboard to detailed reports as required.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Time savings for the department manager with an easy place to see all KPI's

  • Ability to easily provide executives KPI status for all stores or a regional grouping of stores

  • Improvements in financial performance due easier abiility to find where a manager needs to focus attention

Transforming All Spend to Drive Greater and More Sustainable Value

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face in their procurement transformation journeys is addressing multiple spend types across disparate systems. Join this session to learn how a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment, Raymond Corporation is using SAP Ariba solutions to consolidate both production and nonproduction spend onto one strategic platform, replacing a homegrown solution.

Key Business Benefits


  • Growth: Raymond Corporation has been on a growth trajectory for several years. Raymond’s supply chain and procurement leadership sought to support this growth by standardizing their sourcing and spend analysis processes across all of their spend – including direct materials, indirect materials, and services spend – and to extend these processes to their supplier community with SAP Ariba solutions.

  • Speed: Raymond Corporation has integrated its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution with its SAP Ariba sourcing solution. Now engineering change orders (ECOs) and engineering drawings can both be sent to suppliers automatically from the PLM, together with the request for quotation (RFQ). This allows for early costing of their products.w

  • Efficiency: This PLM integration also ensures that any changes in specifications are automatically sent to suppliers. This offers great efficiency, as Raymond works with about 400 production suppliers. Raymond’s sourcing team also awards business through the SAP Ariba sourcing solution.

Transforming All Spend to Drive Greater and More Sustainable Value

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face in their procurement transformation journeys is addressing multiple spend types across disparate systems. Join this session to learn how a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment, Raymond Corporation is using SAP Ariba solutions to consolidate both production and nonproduction spend onto one strategic platform, replacing a homegrown solution.

Key Business Benefits


  • Growth: Raymond Corporation has been on a growth trajectory for several years. Raymond’s supply chain and procurement leadership sought to support this growth by standardizing their sourcing and spend analysis processes across all of their spend – including direct materials, indirect materials, and services spend – and to extend these processes to their supplier community with SAP Ariba solutions.

  • Speed: Raymond Corporation has integrated its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution with its SAP Ariba sourcing solution. Now engineering change orders (ECOs) and engineering drawings can both be sent to suppliers automatically from the PLM, together with the request for quotation (RFQ). This allows for early costing of their products.w

  • Efficiency: This PLM integration also ensures that any changes in specifications are automatically sent to suppliers. This offers great efficiency, as Raymond works with about 400 production suppliers. Raymond’s sourcing team also awards business through the SAP Ariba sourcing solution.

Deploying Metrics that Actually Improve Shop-floor Performance

New systems, the “Internet of things,” and eager engineers are collecting and processing vast amounts of operating data supposedly “supporting” front-line decision making. This has been a mixed blessing. First, workers are rarely given an effective management operating system (MOS) to take advantage of the new information. Second, this new information is often too “ivory tower;” not what the front-line workers really need to do better.

Proudfoot has proven techniques to work with firms. This presentation will give you an approach to involve front-line supervisors to create focused metrics that truly unlock higher performance – lower costs, higher quality, and smoother operations.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Better front-line decisions: right amount of data, right when it’s needed, in an actionable format

  • More engaged workforce: that contribute in design of the metrics and reporting

The “DBM Evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA

Established in 1898, Jaidah Group in Qatar has been a recognized force of trade for over 100 years. The Jaidah Group now boasts an array of divisions including its locally renowned automotive sector, heavy equipment, technology, energy, industrial supply and furniture sectors.




To managing the wide portfolio of different processes and industries, Jaidah Group deployed SAP S/4 HANA on premise in early 2017.  That S/4 instance is still managing the entire operations of commercial vehicles such as ISUZU and YUTONG with real-time integration into the corporate business processes. However, the retail passenger car business is on independent DMS solutions with limited or at least delayed integration into finance and analytics. To overcome this obstacle Jaidah Group decided to have a crack onto S/4 HANA for automotive retail, even though SAP DBM is not migrated to S/4 as a product. Hear and learn about the experience Jaidah Group made so far with the “DBM evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA and what is planned next to support the Hyundai/Genesis and GMC brands.




The proposed future roadmap for Jaidah Automotive in alignment with roadmap for S/4 HANA Digital core, especially those related to Customer Management, will also be discussed.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Roadmap of SAP DBM in the future

  • How S/4 Service can help your business

  • Transparency what is available and when

The “DBM Evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA

Established in 1898, Jaidah Group in Qatar has been a recognized force of trade for over 100 years. The Jaidah Group now boasts an array of divisions including its locally renowned automotive sector, heavy equipment, technology, energy, industrial supply and furniture sectors.




To managing the wide portfolio of different processes and industries, Jaidah Group deployed SAP S/4 HANA on premise in early 2017.  That S/4 instance is still managing the entire operations of commercial vehicles such as ISUZU and YUTONG with real-time integration into the corporate business processes. However, the retail passenger car business is on independent DMS solutions with limited or at least delayed integration into finance and analytics. To overcome this obstacle Jaidah Group decided to have a crack onto S/4 HANA for automotive retail, even though SAP DBM is not migrated to S/4 as a product. Hear and learn about the experience Jaidah Group made so far with the “DBM evolution” in SAP S/4 HANA and what is planned next to support the Hyundai/Genesis and GMC brands.




The proposed future roadmap for Jaidah Automotive in alignment with roadmap for S/4 HANA Digital core, especially those related to Customer Management, will also be discussed.




Key Business Benefits:


  • Roadmap of SAP DBM in the future

  • How S/4 Service can help your business

  • Transparency what is available and when

Hybris Commerce as New B2B Platform for an SPM Customer

A B2B web-shop is an additional touch point to interact with channel partners. Diverse self-services scenarios enable channel partners to do their business around the clock without the need to considering business hours. Enabling Partners to manage their purchases, to file their complaints, to manage their sales force plus having overview about the diverse statuses, in real time, will reduce the customer call in rate significantly.

On the journey to migrate to a new B2B platform a lot of questions have to be answered

Questions such as:


  • Can a B2C like shopping experience be provided to a B2B customer?

  • Are there industry specific fit to purpose self-service scenarios available? Out-of-the-box?

  • How is the web channel integrated into the backend?

  • Is their potential for additional value?

  • How will the business change?


Join Westernacher and Ford in this session to hear about their joined journey to find answers to these questions.

Simplified Supply Chain Solution with Continental

Continental Corporation is one of the world's leading Automotive manufacturing companies, headquartered in Hanover, Germany.  Continental embarked on a global program, SPIRIT, aimed at transitioning individual businesses and divisions into a single best-in-class process template solution in the area of supply chain management, enabled by replacing local ERP solutions by a common SAP-based platform.  The full scope of the SPIRIT program is to roll-out the template to more than 135 locations in 5 major phases.

BearingPoint has been engaged in a significant role as one of Continental’s prime system integrators to assist in the rollout of the solution to the North American and Asia Pacific plants, as well as providing leadership support for the central template team on selected functional tracks.  The first phase of rollouts to Mexican plants has been completed and the second phase of US plants is scheduled for July 2018 go-live.  BearingPoint’s Factory Navigator tool, used for data validation will also be a standard for future plant role outs.

Join this joint presentation to hear about Continentals rollout approach, the key lessoned learned and the benefits of using the Factory Navigator tool.