Meet the Speakers

Tom Raftery

Global VP, Futurist, and Innovation Evangelist, SAP

The Future of Transportation: Optimizing for People, Planet, and Profit

The CASE megatrends (connected, autonomous, shared/services, and electric) are massively disrupting the automotive and transportation…

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Jared Alamat

Executive Leader, Global Finance Transformation, General Motors

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and…

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Discover How GM Navigated Disruption Through End-to-End Transformation

Capitalize on industry disruptions while driving productivity and flexibility improvements. Hear how General Motors (GM)…

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Kathy Pearson

Strategic Agility Subject Matter Expert and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Strategic Agility: Leading Through Uncertainty

Today’s business environment is no longer described as having an “ebb and flow” but rather…

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Kerry Brown

VP of Workforce Adoption, SAP

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and…

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Jason Ballard

General Manager & Divisional Information Officer, Toyota Motor North America

Automotive Value Chain Dynamics in Industry 4.0

As the global automotive industry gears up to change—owing to new definitions of mobility and…

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Cathy Dillard

Business Applications IT Manager, Continental Automotive Systems

SAP Global Harmonization and Consolidation Project

Over the past decade, Continental Automotive has experienced tremendous growth both organically and through acquisitions.…

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David Mingle

VP of Global Automotive Industries, Qualtrics

Roundtable: Unlocking Value in the Experience Economy

In today’s dynamic world, new trends in the industry make it more challenging to drive…

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Experience Matters: Winning in the New Age of Mobility

The auto industry is facing unprecedented change: ride/car-sharing, electrification, autonomous, new ownership models, and more.…

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Geoff Scott

CEO, ASUG

Opening Remarks

Join us as we kick off the fifth annual Best Practices for Automotive conference and…

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Sadao Matsuda

IT Manager, VW Trucks and Buses

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses Journey to Digitization with SAP S/4HANA

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, aka VWCO in Brazil, is part of TRATON Group and Volkswagen…

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Ketankumar Gohil

Director Enterprise Systems, Karma Automotive

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations…

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SAP S/4HANA Fast Track Migration to Cloud: A Case Study

Karma Automotive migrated its SAP system landscape in Amazon Web Services public cloud and upgraded…

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Brannon Champagne

Senior Director - Head of Manufacturing Industries, SAP

Farplas Automotive’s Digital Transformation Journey and How SAP Model Companies Accelerated the Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

This presentation will showcase Farplas Automotive’s digital transformation journey with SAP as part of the…

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Melika Jahangiri

Director of Growth, Ridecell Inc.

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive…

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Jennifer Jao

Divisional Information Officer, Information Systems, Toyota USA

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive…

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Debby Powers

Sr. Director, Digital Global Functions, Harman International Industries Incorporated

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive…

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Georg Kube

Global VP, Industrial Machinery, Components, and Automotive, SAP

The Intelligent Automotive Enterprise

As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors optimize their existing businesses, they must also ride the…

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SAP Partner Breakfast

SAP’s valued partners are invited to hear the latest update on SAP’s strategic direction in…

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Kristin Welch

Venture Pipeline, Ford X

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive…

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Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations…

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Gene Hopkins

Director of Applications Global Information Services, Faurecia

Balancing the Transition to Digital While Keeping the Day-to-Day Business Humming

Faurecia has established an aggressive road map focused on transforming our business using digital technologies.…

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Mike McCrory

Programmer/Business Analyst, BMW Manufacturing Co.

The Evolution of Digital Supply Chain: BMW Plant Spartanburg

Learn how Leogistics helped BMW Plant Spartanburg deliver innovative, end-to-end supply chain solutions for inbound…

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Tony Gallagher

Principal Advisor, cbs Corporate Business Solutions America

The Evolution of Digital Supply Chain: BMW Plant Spartanburg

Learn how Leogistics helped BMW Plant Spartanburg deliver innovative, end-to-end supply chain solutions for inbound…

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Lina Alarie

Director, Global Business Architecture and SAP Implementation, General Motors

Data Ownership and Quality with InfoSteward

Maintaining data quality in SAP was decentralized and required manual efforts using Microsoft Access and…

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Rick Goad

Global Vice President of Solution Architects and Analyst Relations, Worksoft, Inc.

Accelerating Innovation with Automation: RPA and Test Automation Drive Efficiency for Honda R&D

Automotive companies must evolve to remain competitive. That’s why organizations like Honda R&D Americas are…

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Scott Sullivan

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

Accelerating Innovation with Automation: RPA and Test Automation Drive Efficiency for Honda R&D

Automotive companies must evolve to remain competitive. That’s why organizations like Honda R&D Americas are…

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Soma Venkat

VP of IT, Cooper Standard

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the…

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Roundtable: Successfully Transform Your Business Using SAP S/4HANA

Business transformation starts with the right people, process, technology, and proven insights. This session will…

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Alan Cseresznyak

CIO, Toyota Material Handling

Leveraging Marketplaces with Distributor Networks to Improve the B2B Customer Experience

Toyota Material Handling Inc., the largest manufacturer of forklifts in North America, recognized a shift…

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Manish Giniwala

Associate VP, SAP Practice, Tech Mahindra

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and…

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Shakil Wadiwala

IT Director, REHAU

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and…

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Samir Mehta

Vice President, Tech Mahindra

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and…

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Stefan Krauss

SVP and General Manager, Discrete Manufacturing Industries, SAP

The Intelligent Automotive Enterprise

As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors optimize their existing businesses, they must also ride the…

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SAP Partner Breakfast

SAP’s valued partners are invited to hear the latest update on SAP’s strategic direction in…

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Kelly Stalcup

Organizational Change Consultant, Volkswagen Group of America

Change Management: The What Versus Why

One of the hardest things about managing change—outside of actually managing the change—is ensuring sponsors…

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Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and…

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Raj Krish

Director, Global SAP Practice, R3D Consulting

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses Journey to Digitization with SAP S/4HANA

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, aka VWCO in Brazil, is part of TRATON Group and Volkswagen…

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Ryan McManus

Founder, techtonic.io

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations…

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Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Digital transformation is the primary macroeconomic driver of our time, creating new opportunities and competitive…

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Kristin Dziczek

VP of Industry, Labor and Economics, Center for Automotive Research

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and…

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Andy Nyman

Principal Architect, SAP

Farplas Automotive’s Digital Transformation Journey and How SAP Model Companies Accelerated the Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

This presentation will showcase Farplas Automotive’s digital transformation journey with SAP as part of the…

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Michael Hancock

Managing Director, Accenture

Transforming the Application Landscape at Dana

Like many automotive companies today, Dana Incorporated faced the challenge of needing to transform and…

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Carlos Pinheiro Guimaraes

Head of SAP Technology and Innovation, Hitachi Consulting

Intelligent Enterprise Quality Systems for Automotive Manufacturers: Case Studies and Live Demo

Imagine if you could oversee every product on the conveyer belt and visually inspect one-by-one,…

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Ahmed Khan

Head of Technology, Hitachi Consulting

Intelligent Enterprise Quality Systems for Automotive Manufacturers: Case Studies and Live Demo

Imagine if you could oversee every product on the conveyer belt and visually inspect one-by-one,…

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Mohamed Najera

Associate Partner, Industrial EA SAP, IBM Global Business Services

Optimizing Toyota Canada’s Parts and Accessories Business with SAP Integrated Business Planning

A complex and cumbersome planning process was inefficient for Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), a parts…

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Martin Rowan

Managing Partner, Reveal

Active Learning Session: It Is Going to Cost How Much? How to Build a Self-Funded SAP S/4HANA Transformation

Imagine your automotive manufacturer says to you that your car will no longer be supported…

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Erica Raines

SAP Master Data Manager, General Motors, Customer Care & Aftersales

Data Ownership and Quality with InfoSteward

Maintaining data quality in SAP was decentralized and required manual efforts using Microsoft Access and…

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Otto Schell

Co-Chairman, DSAG e.V.

Social Architectures: Relevance of Connected Business

Real-time technology gives us the potential to connect everything with everything else. In the automotive…

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Jeff Heyde

Sr. Director Global ERP and IT Sourcing, Dana Holding Corporation

Transforming the Application Landscape at Dana

Like many automotive companies today, Dana Incorporated faced the challenge of needing to transform and…

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Shyam Gummidela

Solutions Architect, AGC Automotive

Reach High Customer Satisfaction with SAP S/4HANA Planning and Detailed Scheduling

Material planning is a very critical and complex process due to complex supply chain networks,…

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Chet Harter

VP of Digital Business Systems, Automotive, and Industrial Machinery, SAP

Roundtable: Innovation in the Automotive Supply Chain

Many current automotive supply chain practices were invented decades ago. This roundtable discussion for both…

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Operational Excellence from Digital Transformation

Operational excellence means achieving a state of competitive differentiation by implementing business processes that accomplish…

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David Dau

SAP Global Business Project Manager, General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales

Global SAP Business Process Standardization

GM Customer Care and Aftersales (GM CCA) operates the South American (West) region. Each country…

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Edward Young

Director, Advanced Analytics, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the…

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Ellen Sasson

Automobility Advisor, SAP

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and…

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Leonardo De Biasi

Data Intelligence Practice Director, NIMBL, Techedge Group

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the…

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Linda Leslie

North America Project Manager, Continental Automotive Systems

SAP Global Harmonization and Consolidation Project

Over the past decade, Continental Automotive has experienced tremendous growth both organically and through acquisitions.…

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Earl Gay

Senior Manager, ERP, Toyota Motors North America

Managing the Vendor Tooling Life Cycle Using SAP S/4HANA

Toyota Motors North America embarked on an exciting journey of a fresh SAP S/4HANA implementation…

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Pete Kleffner

Senior Director of Business Systems, Rush Enterprises Inc.

Digital Transformation Redefining Customer Experience in Automotive Service

For more than 50 years, Rush Truck Centers has been dedicated to exceeding customer expectations…

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Iliana Martinez

SAP BI and Reporting, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Fast Cars, Faster Data: From SAP BW to Real-time Analytics and Integration Using HANA

FCA's objective was to reengineer business processes for its finance and purchasing departments via a…

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From BW to real-time Analytics and Integration using HANA

FCA's objective was to re-engineer business processes for its finance and purchasing departments via a…

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Scott Daron

SAP Development Manager, Daimler Trucks North America

Gaining Intelligent Insight in a Complex Data Environment at Daimler Trucks North America

With data environments getting more complex, diverse, and challenging to manage, companies are discovering new…

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Leonidas Florakis

IT Director, Kosmocar S.A.

Automotive Retail Networks: Intelligent Digital Transformation

Kosmocar developed and executed a project for digital transformation and unification of customer journeys to…

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Rainer Lenk

Head of Automotive for Europe, Proaxia Consulting Group

Digital Transformation Redefining Customer Experience in Automotive Service

For more than 50 years, Rush Truck Centers has been dedicated to exceeding customer expectations…

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Sanjib Chattopadhyay

Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Managing the Vendor Tooling Life Cycle Using SAP S/4HANA

Toyota Motors North America embarked on an exciting journey of a fresh SAP S/4HANA implementation…

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Marta Filippini

Global Director – Enterprise Applications, Federal-Mogul Corporation

Unifying Accounts Payable Shared Services Through SAP Cloud Platform

Detailing Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s journey to SAP Cloud Platform, this session showcases how everyday accounts payable…

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Massimo Tuscano

Practice Lead, NIMBL, Techedge Group

Unifying Accounts Payable Shared Services Through SAP Cloud Platform

Detailing Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s journey to SAP Cloud Platform, this session showcases how everyday accounts payable…

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Carla Bailo

CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations…

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Sa’d Kanan

SVP, Automotive Global Lead, Hitachi Consulting

Automotive Value Chain Dynamics in Industry 4.0

As the global automotive industry gears up to change—owing to new definitions of mobility and…

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Nick Ostergaard

Manager of eCommerce Sales and Operations and Marketing Systems, Toyota Material Handling

Leveraging Marketplaces with Distributor Networks to Improve the B2B Customer Experience

Toyota Material Handling Inc., the largest manufacturer of forklifts in North America, recognized a shift…

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Heiko Edelmann

President and CEO, PMC America, Inc.

Reach High Customer Satisfaction with SAP S/4HANA Planning and Detailed Scheduling

Material planning is a very critical and complex process due to complex supply chain networks,…

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Christos Magloussidis

Chief Operating Officer, , Real Consulting Integration and Operation IT Systems S.A., OneDealer

Automotive Retail Networks: Intelligent Digital Transformation

Kosmocar developed and executed a project for digital transformation and unification of customer journeys to…

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Lori Foster

Enterprise Architect, SAP

Roundtable: Successfully Transform Your Business Using SAP S/4HANA

Business transformation starts with the right people, process, technology, and proven insights. This session will…

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Prajesh Desai

Senior Industry Value Advisor, SAP

Roundtable: Unlocking Value in the Experience Economy

In today’s dynamic world, new trends in the industry make it more challenging to drive…

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Lynette Nation

IT Business Applications, FirstSolar

FirstSolar Stepping into the Future: An SAP S/4HANA Brownfield Conversion with Cognitus

FirstSolar had outgrown SAP ECC, causing serious business performance issues. FirstSolar needed improved usability for…

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Jake Koppinger

CEO, FreightRoll

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations…

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Sean Elliffe

Senior Partner, Reveal

Active Learning Session: It Is Going to Cost How Much? How to Build a Self-Funded SAP S/4HANA Transformation

Imagine your automotive manufacturer says to you that your car will no longer be supported…

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Venue

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

Venue

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

The Future of Transportation: Optimizing for People, Planet, and Profit

The CASE megatrends (connected, autonomous, shared/services, and electric) are massively disrupting the automotive and transportation industries. Companies and countries are scrambling to get up to speed on them before their competitors completely disrupt them. Right now, these trends are roughly at the same level of maturity as the web was in 1995. So where are these new digital technologies taking us? What is coming down the line, and how will these changes affect my organization, my wallet, and the planet? SAP Global VP, Futurist, and Innovation Evangelist Tom Raftery unpacks these forces to show how these megatrends are transforming the lives of individuals, enterprises, and the planet for the benefit of all.

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and needs to be managed; the means to survival is change management. It is critical that change management be embedded into the business, not just as a standalone entity.

Discover How GM Navigated Disruption Through End-to-End Transformation

Capitalize on industry disruptions while driving productivity and flexibility improvements. Hear how General Motors (GM) embraced disruptive business models such as subscription services, car-sharing, and leasing by transforming back-office systems to support a global and dynamic landscape using SAP S/4HANA for central finance foundation.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Drive productivity and flexibility improvements.

  • Embrace disruption.

  • Transform back-office systems in support of global transformation.

Strategic Agility: Leading Through Uncertainty

Today’s business environment is no longer described as having an “ebb and flow” but rather a permanent “whitewater” condition. This increased speed of change has caused a movement from discrete-event strategic planning to more dynamic planning. However, many organizations struggle with the ability to stay nimble to respond to rapid market changes because of a variety of factors. This session explores two common barriers to agility, provides tools to overcome these barriers, and describes best practices in building adaptability in strategic initiatives.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn how to move from prediction to managing uncertainty.

  • Understand how to monitor the external environment to prepare for change.

  • Identify ways in which to instill a culture of strategic agility.

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and needs to be managed; the means to survival is change management. It is critical that change management be embedded into the business, not just as a standalone entity.

Automotive Value Chain Dynamics in Industry 4.0

As the global automotive industry gears up to change—owing to new definitions of mobility and manufacturing—the time is ripe for shop-floor IT to adopt a more centralized platform approach, enabled through DevOps concepts like IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) and AaaS (Application as a Service). Hitachi’s SAP solution accelerators, such as IoT in a Box™, have aided automotive manufacturers in adopting SAP in their industry 4.0 transformations on the shop floor.

In this session, automotive industry managers can learn about how to transform traditional Ifunctions and have a cohesive strategy in meeting industry 4.0 needs via SAP as an enabler

Key Business Benefits:


  • See a reduction of complexity around process enforcement and data governance.

  • Enable streamlined shared services processes.

  • Reduce system outages.

SAP Global Harmonization and Consolidation Project

Over the past decade, Continental Automotive has experienced tremendous growth both organically and through acquisitions. As a result, its ERP landscape was complex and full of both disparate processes and data models. Recognizing the need to consolidate its complex, multiple-instance SAP landscape into key regional systems around the world, the SPIRIT project was born. SPIRIT (Strategic Process Integration Rolled out with an International Template) is a worldwide endeavor to combine 25 Continental Automotive systems and more than 130 locations into five systems worldwide. Our story is the narrative of a partnership between business and information technology, coming together with a single project management methodology to successfully consolidate systems worldwide.

Key Business Benefits:


  • React faster on changes in an increasingly volatile market environment.

  • Gain transparency (e.g., global material availability to manage allocations).

  • Provide a platform that enables fast distribution of solutions for big data.

Roundtable: Unlocking Value in the Experience Economy

In today’s dynamic world, new trends in the industry make it more challenging to drive business value. Experience Management Engineering from SAP is focused on making the intelligent enterprise value and experience real for each and every customer. This includes expert resources and toolkits to gain insights from in-the-moment experience feedback and business operations benchmarking to understand where enterprise value is for customers. Come interact with your peers to discuss all of this and more.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Drive total customer experience.

  • Deliver step change in productivity.

  • Transform the way you work and engage with employees.

Experience Matters: Winning in the New Age of Mobility

The auto industry is facing unprecedented change: ride/car-sharing, electrification, autonomous, new ownership models, and more. Each represent huge challenges for an industry not known for being nimble and able to quickly reinvent itself.

Winning will require brands to be obsessed with the experiences they deliver. Differentiation on product alone is no longer enough. Competitive advantage in the age of mobility will be determined by experiences enabled, not features delivered.

Now more than ever, customers want their mobility experiences to be seamless extensions of their lives. New entrants, some with their roots in Silicon Valley, understand this and are designing their business models to remove much of the friction inherent in today’s automotive operating models.

David Mingle, VP of global automotive industries at Qualtrics, will discuss how today’s automotive brands and the mobility companies of the future can learn to listen to their customers and employees, translate those insights into differentiated experiences, build more intelligent and responsive enterprises, and deliver better business outcomes and shareholder value.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Experience matters. Brands that win in CX outperform their peers.

  • Winning mobility experiences must deliver convenience and trust.

  • Brands must develop real-time, data-driven capability to act on customer insight.

Opening Remarks

Join us as we kick off the fifth annual Best Practices for Automotive conference and explore some of the trends and topics of interest to the industry.

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses Journey to Digitization with SAP S/4HANA

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, aka VWCO in Brazil, is part of TRATON Group and Volkswagen Group. TRATON includes Volkswagen, MAN, and Scania brands of trucks and buses. The digital transformation is part of the company’s strategy with a strong push to adopt SAP best practices. As part of this initiative, Volkswagen Trucks and Buses carefully evaluated competing products but selected SAP S/4HANA as its global SAP system across all plants and operations.

Business challenges include nonstandard processes across different entities in North and Latin America and diverse IT systems and applications. Also, different plants and operations are not aligned with the corporate vision of digital transformation of the entire organization.

SAP S/4HANA was implemented first in Mexico, and the direction from VWCO was to use this implementation as the guiding force and a launchpad to transform the entire company to the digital world. This SAP S/4HANA implementation was highly successful with time and energy spent in innovation, standardizing processes based on SAP best practices, minimizing customization, and adapting to the completely new user experience with SAP Fiori.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Standardized business processes using SAP best practices with less customization

  • Enhanced user experience and utilization of inbuilt business analytics

  • Better performance and a strong foundation for more innovation

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations in the automotive industry, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hear from multiple sources regarding what innovation looks like in the automotive industry today.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

SAP S/4HANA Fast Track Migration to Cloud: A Case Study

Karma Automotive migrated its SAP system landscape in Amazon Web Services public cloud and upgraded to 1709 in three months. This case study explains how migration was done and system upgrade completed.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Different ways for cloud migration

  • High availability and disaster recovery

  • Minimize downtime during migration and run state

Farplas Automotive’s Digital Transformation Journey and How SAP Model Companies Accelerated the Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

This presentation will showcase Farplas Automotive’s digital transformation journey with SAP as part of the S4MOVE strategy in accelerating S/4HANA implementation with the help of SAP Model Companies for Automotive and Connected Manufacturing, to facilitate digital transformation by focusing on simplifying and accelerating the implementation by leveraging a pre-defined, pre-configured, end to end best practices reference system with supporting master data and transactional data to execute the pilot project and to simplify and accelerate business workshops in the blueprinting or validation phases to minimize risks, reduce costs, and improve return on investment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved collaboration and improve ease of doing business with SAP.

  • Comprehensive Service Portfolio with predictive services and outcomes to increase Return on Investment (ROI) and enhanced SAP Solution Landscape via services that cover all integration aspects and help lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

  • SAP Discrete Model Company offerings – Leverage E2E, pre-configured reference solution for Industry or LOB with State of the Art applications, combined with business processes from successful transformation projects to minimize risks, reduce costs, and simplify everything during all project phases.

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive conference. ASUG Women Connect exists to help women in SAP technology visualize and inspire success. By bringing together a multitude of thought leaders and seasoned professionals, this group will take a deep dive into hot-button issues experienced throughout all organizations. In addition to the digital journey, discussions will also include diversity, navigating complex work environments, and balancing a successful career with personal life.

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive conference. ASUG Women Connect exists to help women in SAP technology visualize and inspire success. By bringing together a multitude of thought leaders and seasoned professionals, this group will take a deep dive into hot-button issues experienced throughout all organizations. In addition to the digital journey, discussions will also include diversity, navigating complex work environments, and balancing a successful career with personal life.

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive conference. ASUG Women Connect exists to help women in SAP technology visualize and inspire success. By bringing together a multitude of thought leaders and seasoned professionals, this group will take a deep dive into hot-button issues experienced throughout all organizations. In addition to the digital journey, discussions will also include diversity, navigating complex work environments, and balancing a successful career with personal life.

The Intelligent Automotive Enterprise

As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors optimize their existing businesses, they must also ride the disruption that is reinventing the mobility industry. They face the challenge of sharpening their core competencies while increasing the pace of innovation, integrating with technology partners, and transforming their interaction with consumers through new business models to meet changing customer expectations.

Stefan Krauss, SVP and general manager of discrete manufacturing industries, and Georg Kube, global VP of automotive at SAP, will share five strategic priorities that successful automotive organizations pursue to simultaneously run better today while disrupting their own businesses into the future of mobility. They will discuss how these priorities are driving SAP’s strategy and road map to help automotive companies become intelligent enterprises.

 

SAP Partner Breakfast

SAP’s valued partners are invited to hear the latest update on SAP’s strategic direction in automotive, including product roadmap and innovations during an interactive breakfast session. Meet with SAP Industry executives to answer your questions and get into a dialogue.

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the Best Practices for Automotive conference. ASUG Women Connect exists to help women in SAP technology visualize and inspire success. By bringing together a multitude of thought leaders and seasoned professionals, this group will take a deep dive into hot-button issues experienced throughout all organizations. In addition to the digital journey, discussions will also include diversity, navigating complex work environments, and balancing a successful career with personal life.

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations in the automotive industry, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hear from multiple sources regarding what innovation looks like in the automotive industry today.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

Balancing the Transition to Digital While Keeping the Day-to-Day Business Humming

Faurecia has established an aggressive road map focused on transforming our business using digital technologies. However, there is a realization that we cannot risk the daily operations during this transformation.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Balancing the people, budgets, and support

  • Controlling the message (change control)

  • Understanding and believing the benefits is key to obtaining business committment

The Evolution of Digital Supply Chain: BMW Plant Spartanburg

Learn how Leogistics helped BMW Plant Spartanburg deliver innovative, end-to-end supply chain solutions for inbound logistics and yard handling. From real-time tracking of component shipments and vehicles on the yard, to implementing IoT and Cloud technology—this is the story of a step-by-step approach to digital supply chain transformation.

By taking an in-depth look at projects “Yard Management”, “Track and Trace”, and “Smart gate-in”, discover how an SAP integrated, all-in-one site logistics solution can launch your operations—and efficiencies—to the next level.


  • Increased transportation and yard transparency

  • 25% reduction in trailer traffic at staffed gates

  • Decreased inventory buffers

  • Reduced downtimes

The Evolution of Digital Supply Chain: BMW Plant Spartanburg

Learn how Leogistics helped BMW Plant Spartanburg deliver innovative, end-to-end supply chain solutions for inbound logistics and yard handling. From real-time tracking of component shipments and vehicles on the yard, to implementing IoT and Cloud technology—this is the story of a step-by-step approach to digital supply chain transformation.

By taking an in-depth look at projects “Yard Management”, “Track and Trace”, and “Smart gate-in”, discover how an SAP integrated, all-in-one site logistics solution can launch your operations—and efficiencies—to the next level.


  • Increased transportation and yard transparency

  • 25% reduction in trailer traffic at staffed gates

  • Decreased inventory buffers

  • Reduced downtimes

Data Ownership and Quality with InfoSteward

Maintaining data quality in SAP was decentralized and required manual efforts using Microsoft Access and Excel. This approach included risks that included incorrect data analysis, process disruptions due to resource turnover, and lack of holistic data quality visibility to the center of excellence (COE). The solution for General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales (GM CCA) was to implement SAP Information Steward to centralize data quality oversight to the global COE team. SAP Information Steward was implemented to support the Australia SAP instance. With this implementation, resources are focused on prioritized data quality issues that drive critical business processes by using a trusted data source and making data quality visible to business leadership. Key learnings since implementation are driving current continuous improvement projects, which involve innovative data quality management to target workflow and backorder resolution. Additional efforts include data management to support the newly implemented SAP Extended Warehouse Management, implementation of additional SAP Information Steward functionality to drive data ownership accountability, and implementation of a sandbox functionality to allow the business to finesse data quality views before engaging IT support.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved resource efficiency

  • Data quality visibility

  • Faster backorder resolution

Accelerating Innovation with Automation: RPA and Test Automation Drive Efficiency for Honda R&D

Automotive companies must evolve to remain competitive. That’s why organizations like Honda R&D Americas are always seeking opportunities for enterprise acceleration. Intelligent automation empowers organizations to complete complex tasks in minutes that once took hours, days, or even weeks to complete manually. In this session, learn how Honda R&D automates business processes to speed SAP HANA transformation, increase quality assurance, and focus on higher-value tasks.

Accelerating Innovation with Automation: RPA and Test Automation Drive Efficiency for Honda R&D

Automotive companies must evolve to remain competitive. That’s why organizations like Honda R&D Americas are always seeking opportunities for enterprise acceleration. Intelligent automation empowers organizations to complete complex tasks in minutes that once took hours, days, or even weeks to complete manually. In this session, learn how Honda R&D automates business processes to speed SAP HANA transformation, increase quality assurance, and focus on higher-value tasks.

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the intelligence to make better decisions and enable them to act in moment will outperform their competition.

You will have the opportunity to listen to successful automotive IT leaders and hear how they are able to transform data to information and information to actions using advanced analytics, real-time reporting, machine learning algorithms, and applications to provide intel to their business users in a self-driving way.

Roundtable: Successfully Transform Your Business Using SAP S/4HANA

Business transformation starts with the right people, process, technology, and proven insights. This session will outline a strategic approach to utilize SAP S/4HANA to successfully transform your business. This comprehensive best-practice guide brings together 23 years of business and SAP experience and wraps it into straightforward steps you can leverage to follow and successfully transform your own business. In this session, you'll walk through a best practice process with your peers that starts with "why," helps you to gain an understanding of your case for change, learn a method for process redesign, and then build a business case.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand your case for change.

  • Learn a method for process redesign.

  • Build a business case.

Leveraging Marketplaces with Distributor Networks to Improve the B2B Customer Experience

Toyota Material Handling Inc., the largest manufacturer of forklifts in North America, recognized a shift in B2B customer preferences towards digital channels with an emphasis on a consistent, omnichannel experience throughout the customer lifecycle. Together with Deloitte Digital, Toyota developed a digital marketing strategy and online store, and they built on SAP Commerce and Mirakl Marketplace. The platform supports direct customer engagement while maintaining the local distributor relationship.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved customer service

  • Increased customer retention and new customer acquisition

  • Ability to meet continuously changing customer needs

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and automotive industry. REHAU was using SAP ECC 6.0 (SP13) EHP 0 as its core ERP platform deployed on a four-system landscape (i.e., sandbox, development, quality production) running on SLES and DB2 environment. The objective was to migrate the SAP ECC System to HANA database to achieve the following:


  • Convert and upgrade to the latest SAP ECC release.

  • Resolve the critical system instability and data storage issues.

  • Extend SAP support beyond 2025.

  • Align to the future direction of SAP S/4HANA adaption.

  • Align with REHAU Global architectural standards.

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and automotive industry. REHAU was using SAP ECC 6.0 (SP13) EHP 0 as its core ERP platform deployed on a four-system landscape (i.e., sandbox, development, quality production) running on SLES and DB2 environment. The objective was to migrate the SAP ECC System to HANA database to achieve the following:


  • Convert and upgrade to the latest SAP ECC release.

  • Resolve the critical system instability and data storage issues.

  • Extend SAP support beyond 2025.

  • Align to the future direction of SAP S/4HANA adaption.

  • Align with REHAU Global architectural standards.

Digital Strategy and Innovation: Driving REHAU’s Ecommerce vision forward by leveraging SAP Hybris and Advance Data Analytics

REHAU is a leading systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, and automotive industry. REHAU was using SAP ECC 6.0 (SP13) EHP 0 as its core ERP platform deployed on a four-system landscape (i.e., sandbox, development, quality production) running on SLES and DB2 environment. The objective was to migrate the SAP ECC System to HANA database to achieve the following:


  • Convert and upgrade to the latest SAP ECC release.

  • Resolve the critical system instability and data storage issues.

  • Extend SAP support beyond 2025.

  • Align to the future direction of SAP S/4HANA adaption.

  • Align with REHAU Global architectural standards.

The Intelligent Automotive Enterprise

As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors optimize their existing businesses, they must also ride the disruption that is reinventing the mobility industry. They face the challenge of sharpening their core competencies while increasing the pace of innovation, integrating with technology partners, and transforming their interaction with consumers through new business models to meet changing customer expectations.

Stefan Krauss, SVP and general manager of discrete manufacturing industries, and Georg Kube, global VP of automotive at SAP, will share five strategic priorities that successful automotive organizations pursue to simultaneously run better today while disrupting their own businesses into the future of mobility. They will discuss how these priorities are driving SAP’s strategy and road map to help automotive companies become intelligent enterprises.

 

SAP Partner Breakfast

SAP’s valued partners are invited to hear the latest update on SAP’s strategic direction in automotive, including product roadmap and innovations during an interactive breakfast session. Meet with SAP Industry executives to answer your questions and get into a dialogue.

Change Management: The What Versus Why

One of the hardest things about managing change—outside of actually managing the change—is ensuring sponsors and leaders appreciate the true importance and necessity of incorporating change management into the overall business and entire lifecycle of initiatives impacting end users. The definition of change management is management of change and development within a business or similar organization. That is “what” change management is, but what about the “why”? Why do we need change management?

As change managers, agents, consultants, practitioners, etc., we have to ensure there is also a clear understanding of the “why” behind change management, not just what change management is or what change management does.

Understanding the “why” behind managing change has more impact, better defining the purpose of change management to our stakeholders, sponsors, and leadership.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Increase probability of project success and ROI.

  • Manage employee resistance to change.

  • Build change competency.

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and needs to be managed; the means to survival is change management. It is critical that change management be embedded into the business, not just as a standalone entity.

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses Journey to Digitization with SAP S/4HANA

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, aka VWCO in Brazil, is part of TRATON Group and Volkswagen Group. TRATON includes Volkswagen, MAN, and Scania brands of trucks and buses. The digital transformation is part of the company’s strategy with a strong push to adopt SAP best practices. As part of this initiative, Volkswagen Trucks and Buses carefully evaluated competing products but selected SAP S/4HANA as its global SAP system across all plants and operations.

Business challenges include nonstandard processes across different entities in North and Latin America and diverse IT systems and applications. Also, different plants and operations are not aligned with the corporate vision of digital transformation of the entire organization.

SAP S/4HANA was implemented first in Mexico, and the direction from VWCO was to use this implementation as the guiding force and a launchpad to transform the entire company to the digital world. This SAP S/4HANA implementation was highly successful with time and energy spent in innovation, standardizing processes based on SAP best practices, minimizing customization, and adapting to the completely new user experience with SAP Fiori.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Standardized business processes using SAP best practices with less customization

  • Enhanced user experience and utilization of inbuilt business analytics

  • Better performance and a strong foundation for more innovation

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations in the automotive industry, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hear from multiple sources regarding what innovation looks like in the automotive industry today.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Digital transformation is the primary macroeconomic driver of our time, creating new opportunities and competitive risks across automotive and all industries. While most companies have "digital strategies," many of these are anchored in obsolete understandings of digital technology's impact on business models and the need for new approaches to growth and innovation; and in turn they continue to think and operate as if nothing has changed. This session will describe the foundations of the digital revolution, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand and communicate the foundations of the digital revolution.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and needs to be managed; the means to survival is change management. It is critical that change management be embedded into the business, not just as a standalone entity.

Farplas Automotive’s Digital Transformation Journey and How SAP Model Companies Accelerated the Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

This presentation will showcase Farplas Automotive’s digital transformation journey with SAP as part of the S4MOVE strategy in accelerating S/4HANA implementation with the help of SAP Model Companies for Automotive and Connected Manufacturing, to facilitate digital transformation by focusing on simplifying and accelerating the implementation by leveraging a pre-defined, pre-configured, end to end best practices reference system with supporting master data and transactional data to execute the pilot project and to simplify and accelerate business workshops in the blueprinting or validation phases to minimize risks, reduce costs, and improve return on investment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved collaboration and improve ease of doing business with SAP.

  • Comprehensive Service Portfolio with predictive services and outcomes to increase Return on Investment (ROI) and enhanced SAP Solution Landscape via services that cover all integration aspects and help lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

  • SAP Discrete Model Company offerings – Leverage E2E, pre-configured reference solution for Industry or LOB with State of the Art applications, combined with business processes from successful transformation projects to minimize risks, reduce costs, and simplify everything during all project phases.

Transforming the Application Landscape at Dana

Like many automotive companies today, Dana Incorporated faced the challenge of needing to transform and simplify its application landscape to better support its business transformation and acquisition strategy. To do this, the organization is partnering with Accenture to migrate 50-plus of its manufacturing plants to "new" in under three years. Dana and Accenture are working together to roll out a global operating model and create a template for consistency, process improvement, and growth that will enable a successful transformation across the entire company.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Discover the global implications and improved capabilities on the business.

  • Explore the challenges Dana has faced throughout this transformation process.

  • Learn how it will reduce risks and simplify finance and purchasing processes.

Intelligent Enterprise Quality Systems for Automotive Manufacturers: Case Studies and Live Demo

Imagine if you could oversee every product on the conveyer belt and visually inspect one-by-one, every step of the way, without human intervention. Through the use of smart cameras and AI-based Imaging Analytics, Hitachi will demonstrate how its Predictive Quality solution uses the “Intelligent Enterprise” to help automotive manufacturers automatically sense and react in real-time to anything that disrupts the quality of goods and increases production costs.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automatically sense and identify defects in the production line

  • Use powerful machine learning algorithms to pre-diagnose defects

  • Send images and data of every defect in real-time to shop floor operators and suppliers

Intelligent Enterprise Quality Systems for Automotive Manufacturers: Case Studies and Live Demo

Imagine if you could oversee every product on the conveyer belt and visually inspect one-by-one, every step of the way, without human intervention. Through the use of smart cameras and AI-based Imaging Analytics, Hitachi will demonstrate how its Predictive Quality solution uses the “Intelligent Enterprise” to help automotive manufacturers automatically sense and react in real-time to anything that disrupts the quality of goods and increases production costs.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automatically sense and identify defects in the production line

  • Use powerful machine learning algorithms to pre-diagnose defects

  • Send images and data of every defect in real-time to shop floor operators and suppliers

Optimizing Toyota Canada’s Parts and Accessories Business with SAP Integrated Business Planning

A complex and cumbersome planning process was inefficient for Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), a parts and accessories business with a high number of SKUs. Revisiting business processes and leveraging SAP Integrated Business Planning to establish a global template to provide time-series-based demand and supply planning, vehicle-driven accessory demand planning, product life cycle, and financial planning enabled an efficient, enterprise-level planning capability. is able to effectively plan and balance inventory and profitability for its business.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved balance between inventory and profitability

  • Simulation capabilities to understand impacts of changes in demand and supply

  • Improved demand, supply, and financial planning with one common platform

Active Learning Session: It Is Going to Cost How Much? How to Build a Self-Funded SAP S/4HANA Transformation

Imagine your automotive manufacturer says to you that your car will no longer be supported after 2025. What do you do? The impending digital technology wave is looming. Even though CEOs around the world understand the value of “going digital,” approximately half of them don’t understand why they have to invest the same or more to implement SAP S/4HANA as they did for their original SAP implementation. The other half want to do it “right” this time and reimplement (or greenfield) the new SAP S/4HANA digital suite. For both scenarios, the question should be: Is your business ready for this radical change (again), and will it be able to capitalize on the new technology (this time)? In this session, we will discuss what business teams can do to prepare for the new technologies to drive process optimization into the business and increase business adoption through the smart use of SAP S/4HANA technology and transformation approach.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Discuss an approach that challenges the traditional implementation thinking, which builds business confidence and establishes a self-funded SAP S/4HANA transformation.

  • Evaluate the pitfalls of the traditional approach and what organizations can do now to ensure they are able to leverage the new technology (and not fall into implementing SAP S/4HANA to look like ECC or continue having their organization run in Excel).

  • Learn how to reestablish CEO confidence in the adoption of the new technology and the ability for it to be a true competitive advantage.

Data Ownership and Quality with InfoSteward

Maintaining data quality in SAP was decentralized and required manual efforts using Microsoft Access and Excel. This approach included risks that included incorrect data analysis, process disruptions due to resource turnover, and lack of holistic data quality visibility to the center of excellence (COE). The solution for General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales (GM CCA) was to implement SAP Information Steward to centralize data quality oversight to the global COE team. SAP Information Steward was implemented to support the Australia SAP instance. With this implementation, resources are focused on prioritized data quality issues that drive critical business processes by using a trusted data source and making data quality visible to business leadership. Key learnings since implementation are driving current continuous improvement projects, which involve innovative data quality management to target workflow and backorder resolution. Additional efforts include data management to support the newly implemented SAP Extended Warehouse Management, implementation of additional SAP Information Steward functionality to drive data ownership accountability, and implementation of a sandbox functionality to allow the business to finesse data quality views before engaging IT support.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved resource efficiency

  • Data quality visibility

  • Faster backorder resolution

Social Architectures: Relevance of Connected Business

Real-time technology gives us the potential to connect everything with everything else. In the automotive industry, it is visible on the shop floor, production, customer experience, and certainly in the wider space of “autonomous.”

When we speak about social architectures, we are discussing the combination of processes, data, and values related to a consumer.

Doing these things requires different kinds of end-to-end processes, different ways of relating to consumers, different ways of acting towards competitors, along with knowing that potential consumers in the Internet of Things (IoT) world are also visible to all other participants in the market. Capabilities such as artificial intelligence (A) or blockchain, quantum computing, and open borders in IoT will make different business models and kinds of collaboration possible.

With moving from products to service, we have even more potential if we keep in mind that a connected world will use intelligent sensors and intelligent infrastructure. Then we can anticipate intelligence networks.

Viewing this from an overall perspective, the speaker will give also insights on an automotive SAP S/4HANA greenfield journey.

Key Business Benefits:


  • End-to-end overview on digital mega trends and challenges in business

  • Link to potential business cases and impact on SAP landscapes

  • Usecase on SAP greenfield

Transforming the Application Landscape at Dana

Like many automotive companies today, Dana Incorporated faced the challenge of needing to transform and simplify its application landscape to better support its business transformation and acquisition strategy. To do this, the organization is partnering with Accenture to migrate 50-plus of its manufacturing plants to "new" in under three years. Dana and Accenture are working together to roll out a global operating model and create a template for consistency, process improvement, and growth that will enable a successful transformation across the entire company.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Discover the global implications and improved capabilities on the business.

  • Explore the challenges Dana has faced throughout this transformation process.

  • Learn how it will reduce risks and simplify finance and purchasing processes.

Reach High Customer Satisfaction with SAP S/4HANA Planning and Detailed Scheduling

Material planning is a very critical and complex process due to complex supply chain networks, and it is not always easy to fulfill requirements based on classical planning in SAP.

Hear how the innovative, (DDMRP) pulls methodology, and learn how detailed scheduling can help plan materials and inventories more closely to actual market requirements, providing better insights and actions at the planning and execution level.


  • Fully embedded SAP S/4HANA core functionality reduces IT footprint

  • Better insights from more agile and accurate materials planning across

  • Higher customer satisfaction through better stock availability for sales

Roundtable: Innovation in the Automotive Supply Chain

Many current automotive supply chain practices were invented decades ago. This roundtable discussion for both and suppliers will explore innovative ideas for the use of new technologies for reengineering the supply chain. The group will focus on reducing costs and better responding to customer demand.

Operational Excellence from Digital Transformation

Operational excellence means achieving a state of competitive differentiation by implementing business processes that accomplish their intended goal at least cost. This includes ongoing continuous improvement efforts by automating manual tasks, connecting disparate systems and data sources, and enforcing process compliance. In this session, we will take a very practical, business-oriented look at:


  • How SAP enables the intelligent enterprise

  • How SAP S/4HANA provides the foundation for operational excellence

  • How SAP products and technologies can be used for continuous improvement of effective and efficient business processes


Key Business Benefits:

  • Reduction of operational costs

  • Improved on-time delivery

  • Increased profitability

Global SAP Business Process Standardization

GM Customer Care and Aftersales (GM CCA) operates the South American (West) region. Each country uses SAP R/3 version 4.6c as their primary business transactional system. As part of a global IT optimization initiative, this instance was earmarked to be upgraded to .

There was a strong desire within the South America SAP Center of Excellence organization to streamline and standardize CCA business processes, eliminate redundant code and data, and clean the system as much as possible prior to upgrading to ECC 6.0 HANA.

GM CCA Global SAP Center of Excellence organization carried out a detailed study of the South America region business processes, system configuration, customization, and data supporting each of the five countries within GMSA West region. Recommendations were made to standardize GMSA West business processes, eliminate custom enhancements, archive data, and leverage new functionality (previously not available in SAP R/3) to further drive efficiency and throughput.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Eliminated over 35% of custom enhancements from the system prior to grade

  • Streamlined and standardized order management and billing business processes

  • Removed over 25% redundancy in business processes in warehouses

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the intelligence to make better decisions and enable them to act in moment will outperform their competition.

You will have the opportunity to listen to successful automotive IT leaders and hear how they are able to transform data to information and information to actions using advanced analytics, real-time reporting, machine learning algorithms, and applications to provide intel to their business users in a self-driving way.

Panel: Change Is Changing: The Future of Work

Change is inevitable in a fast-paced world. The future of change management is changing and needs to be managed; the means to survival is change management. It is critical that change management be embedded into the business, not just as a standalone entity.

Panel: Self-Driving Data

If data is the fuel, analytics is the engine. Organizations that provide people with the intelligence to make better decisions and enable them to act in moment will outperform their competition.

You will have the opportunity to listen to successful automotive IT leaders and hear how they are able to transform data to information and information to actions using advanced analytics, real-time reporting, machine learning algorithms, and applications to provide intel to their business users in a self-driving way.

SAP Global Harmonization and Consolidation Project

Over the past decade, Continental Automotive has experienced tremendous growth both organically and through acquisitions. As a result, its ERP landscape was complex and full of both disparate processes and data models. Recognizing the need to consolidate its complex, multiple-instance SAP landscape into key regional systems around the world, the SPIRIT project was born. SPIRIT (Strategic Process Integration Rolled out with an International Template) is a worldwide endeavor to combine 25 Continental Automotive systems and more than 130 locations into five systems worldwide. Our story is the narrative of a partnership between business and information technology, coming together with a single project management methodology to successfully consolidate systems worldwide.

Key Business Benefits:


  • React faster on changes in an increasingly volatile market environment.

  • Gain transparency (e.g., global material availability to manage allocations).

  • Provide a platform that enables fast distribution of solutions for big data.

Managing the Vendor Tooling Life Cycle Using SAP S/4HANA

Toyota Motors North America embarked on an exciting journey of a fresh SAP S/4HANA implementation to move one step closer towards realizing its One Toyota dream and become an intelligent enterprise. Learn how the vendor tooling management, purchasing, production, maintenance, and accounting and finance groups at Toyota integrated SAP S/4HANA and Toyota’s proprietary application to collaborate with tooling vendors. This solution brings significant efficiency to the company's business operations with seamless part number management throughout transaction processing, finally linking the tooling asset life to product model. Understand the organization’s implementation approach, methodology, and lessons learned.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Seamless part number management throughout transaction processing and asset life

  • Transparency in tracking tooling assets and reporting capabilities

  • Operational efficiency to track engineering change requests for tool development

Digital Transformation Redefining Customer Experience in Automotive Service

For more than 50 years, Rush Truck Centers has been dedicated to exceeding customer expectations with the values guiding business, offered solutions, represented brands, facilities, and exceptional customer service. Rush Truck Centers is committed to keeping customers up and running.

The main goal is to help customers drive efficiency in operation by offering the products and services that solve their problems.

One of the first key drivers for the digital transformation initiative by Rush Truck Centers was the need to optimize the vehicle reception process by introducing proaxia’s mobile service advisor solution. This turned an administrative order creation process into a customer-oriented check-in process. Following guided procedures, customer demands are recorded together with the customer directly at the vehicle in a structured way, documenting vehicle status and realizing upselling opportunities.

Hear how the digital transformation was defined, what obstacles there are to overcome, and how future project initiatives are getting business toward the goal of a completely redefined customer experience.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Redefine customer experience through digital transformation.

  • Devote full attention to customers when there are fewer administrative tasks.

  • Achieve the 360-degree view of the vehicle and customer data.

Fast Cars, Faster Data: From SAP BW to Real-time Analytics and Integration Using HANA

FCA's objective was to reengineer business processes for its finance and purchasing departments via a proposed streamlining of SAP architecture with a strategic “sundown” of SAP Business Warehouse.

To address this opportunity, FCA has adopted a solution that empowers SAP HANA data modeling on-premise and SAP Analytics Cloud suites.

Business users, solution designers, and the delivery team are now using intrinsic and powerful features provided by HANA—embedded analytics, HANA hierarchies, calculation, and core data services views—instead of SAP BW. This innovative model provides real-time analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud, including predictive capabilities and enhanced monthly financial closing activities for business stakeholders connecting directly to non-SAP systems like Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) for reporting and consolidation and Hyperion Essbase for project forecast of commitment and cash investment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Faster finance closing activities

  • Real-time analytics and predictive features handling large data volumes and directly created by business users

  • Architecture simplification, reducing cost maintenance and integration layers

From BW to real-time Analytics and Integration using HANA

FCA's objective was to re-engineer business processes for its finance and purchasing departments via a proposed streamlining of SAP architecture with a strategic ‘sundown’ of SAP Business Warehouse.

To address this opportunity, FCA has adopted a solution that empowers SAP HANA Data Modeling on-premise and SAP Analytics Cloud suites.

Business users, solution designers and the delivery team are now using intrinsic and powerful features provided by HANA – embedded analytics, HANA hierarchies, calculation and CDS views – instead of SAP BW. This innovative model provides real-time analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud, including predictive capabilities and enhanced monthly financial closing activities for business stakeholders connecting directly to non-SAP systems like ‘HFM’ for Reporting & Consolidation and ‘Hyperion/Essbase’ for Project Forecast of Commitment & Cash Investment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Faster finance closing activities

  • Real-time analytics and predictive features handling large data volumes and directly created by business users

  • Architecture simplification reducing cost maintenance and integration layers

Gaining Intelligent Insight in a Complex Data Environment at Daimler Trucks North America

With data environments getting more complex, diverse, and challenging to manage, companies are discovering new technologies and methods for accessing and converting data from disparate data sources into real, actionable insight. This session will focus on how American manufacturer Daimler Trucks (DTNA) is using SAP technology to better meet customer demand, manage the dealer network, and reduce costs by gaining new insights from the organization’s many data sources.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gain customer insights by combining customer data from multiple enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and other data sources.

  • Provide enhanced vehicle service by monitoring vehicle performance data across applications.

  • Consolidate supply chain data for improving supply chain performance and reducing costs.


 

Automotive Retail Networks: Intelligent Digital Transformation

Kosmocar developed and executed a project for digital transformation and unification of customer journeys to modernize its automotive retail networks.

Over a period of continuous and gradual changes, most of the components of OneDealer digital platform have been introduced with impressive results concerning both sales performance and sales management. The deployment of a digital-channels-enabled, workflow-based, and self-documenting sales workplace has been welcomed as a valuable sales assistant. This at the starting point of the project has been proven to be a real game changer, motivating the organization to embrace change in many further areas of application and user groups. Implementation of event-based goals and KPIs based on Volkswagen Group’s Retail Excellence System and adopting it to the digital world is a main success factor.

Event-based business itelligence is used daily to enhance and optimize best practices and create the basis for event-based AI. The next steps include extending the system to full after-sales coverage, including online menu pricing and B2B and B2C e-shops as well as used cars sales.

Join us to discover a retail automotive network’s journey to digital transformation.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Boost sales performance through a digital sales and after-sales workplace.

  • Introduce event-based KPIs to monitor and manage performance.

  • Gain efficiency and increase retail network monitoring and manageability.

Digital Transformation Redefining Customer Experience in Automotive Service

For more than 50 years, Rush Truck Centers has been dedicated to exceeding customer expectations with the values guiding business, offered solutions, represented brands, facilities, and exceptional customer service. Rush Truck Centers is committed to keeping customers up and running.

The main goal is to help customers drive efficiency in operation by offering the products and services that solve their problems.

One of the first key drivers for the digital transformation initiative by Rush Truck Centers was the need to optimize the vehicle reception process by introducing proaxia’s mobile service advisor solution. This turned an administrative order creation process into a customer-oriented check-in process. Following guided procedures, customer demands are recorded together with the customer directly at the vehicle in a structured way, documenting vehicle status and realizing upselling opportunities.

Hear how the digital transformation was defined, what obstacles there are to overcome, and how future project initiatives are getting business toward the goal of a completely redefined customer experience.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Redefine customer experience through digital transformation.

  • Devote full attention to customers when there are fewer administrative tasks.

  • Achieve the 360-degree view of the vehicle and customer data.

Managing the Vendor Tooling Life Cycle Using SAP S/4HANA

Toyota Motors North America embarked on an exciting journey of a fresh SAP S/4HANA implementation to move one step closer towards realizing its One Toyota dream and become an intelligent enterprise. Learn how the vendor tooling management, purchasing, production, maintenance, and accounting and finance groups at Toyota integrated SAP S/4HANA and Toyota’s proprietary application to collaborate with tooling vendors. This solution brings significant efficiency to the company's business operations with seamless part number management throughout transaction processing, finally linking the tooling asset life to product model. Understand the organization’s implementation approach, methodology, and lessons learned.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Seamless part number management throughout transaction processing and asset life

  • Transparency in tracking tooling assets and reporting capabilities

  • Operational efficiency to track engineering change requests for tool development

Unifying Accounts Payable Shared Services Through SAP Cloud Platform

Detailing Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s journey to SAP Cloud Platform, this session showcases how everyday accounts payable (AP) shared services can be designed and built through SAP Cloud Platform services and preexisting on-premise solutions. This hybrid model minimizes impact to the business while utilizing the newest in SAP innovation to address real revenue problems.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Monetary savings by consolidation and simplification of complicated AP processes

  • Implementation of rich, hybrid infrastructure

  • Allign Federal-Mogul with SAP innovation road map

Unifying Accounts Payable Shared Services Through SAP Cloud Platform

Detailing Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s journey to SAP Cloud Platform, this session showcases how everyday accounts payable (AP) shared services can be designed and built through SAP Cloud Platform services and preexisting on-premise solutions. This hybrid model minimizes impact to the business while utilizing the newest in SAP innovation to address real revenue problems.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Monetary savings by consolidation and simplification of complicated AP processes

  • Implementation of rich, hybrid infrastructure

  • Allign Federal-Mogul with SAP innovation road map

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations in the automotive industry, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hear from multiple sources regarding what innovation looks like in the automotive industry today.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

Automotive Value Chain Dynamics in Industry 4.0

As the global automotive industry gears up to change—owing to new definitions of mobility and manufacturing—the time is ripe for shop-floor IT to adopt a more centralized platform approach, enabled through DevOps concepts like IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) and AaaS (Application as a Service). Hitachi’s SAP solution accelerators, such as IoT in a Box™, have aided automotive manufacturers in adopting SAP in their industry 4.0 transformations on the shop floor.

In this session, automotive industry managers can learn about how to transform traditional Ifunctions and have a cohesive strategy in meeting industry 4.0 needs via SAP as an enabler

Key Business Benefits:


  • See a reduction of complexity around process enforcement and data governance.

  • Enable streamlined shared services processes.

  • Reduce system outages.

Leveraging Marketplaces with Distributor Networks to Improve the B2B Customer Experience

Toyota Material Handling Inc., the largest manufacturer of forklifts in North America, recognized a shift in B2B customer preferences towards digital channels with an emphasis on a consistent, omnichannel experience throughout the customer lifecycle. Together with Deloitte Digital, Toyota developed a digital marketing strategy and online store, and they built on SAP Commerce and Mirakl Marketplace. The platform supports direct customer engagement while maintaining the local distributor relationship.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved customer service

  • Increased customer retention and new customer acquisition

  • Ability to meet continuously changing customer needs

Reach High Customer Satisfaction with SAP S/4HANA Planning and Detailed Scheduling

Material planning is a very critical and complex process due to complex supply chain networks, and it is not always easy to fulfill requirements based on classical planning in SAP.

Hear how the innovative, (DDMRP) pulls methodology, and learn how detailed scheduling can help plan materials and inventories more closely to actual market requirements, providing better insights and actions at the planning and execution level.


  • Fully embedded SAP S/4HANA core functionality reduces IT footprint

  • Better insights from more agile and accurate materials planning across

  • Higher customer satisfaction through better stock availability for sales

Automotive Retail Networks: Intelligent Digital Transformation

Kosmocar developed and executed a project for digital transformation and unification of customer journeys to modernize its automotive retail networks.

Over a period of continuous and gradual changes, most of the components of OneDealer digital platform have been introduced with impressive results concerning both sales performance and sales management. The deployment of a digital-channels-enabled, workflow-based, and self-documenting sales workplace has been welcomed as a valuable sales assistant. This at the starting point of the project has been proven to be a real game changer, motivating the organization to embrace change in many further areas of application and user groups. Implementation of event-based goals and KPIs based on Volkswagen Group’s Retail Excellence System and adopting it to the digital world is a main success factor.

Event-based business itelligence is used daily to enhance and optimize best practices and create the basis for event-based AI. The next steps include extending the system to full after-sales coverage, including online menu pricing and B2B and B2C e-shops as well as used cars sales.

Join us to discover a retail automotive network’s journey to digital transformation.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Boost sales performance through a digital sales and after-sales workplace.

  • Introduce event-based KPIs to monitor and manage performance.

  • Gain efficiency and increase retail network monitoring and manageability.

Roundtable: Successfully Transform Your Business Using SAP S/4HANA

Business transformation starts with the right people, process, technology, and proven insights. This session will outline a strategic approach to utilize SAP S/4HANA to successfully transform your business. This comprehensive best-practice guide brings together 23 years of business and SAP experience and wraps it into straightforward steps you can leverage to follow and successfully transform your own business. In this session, you'll walk through a best practice process with your peers that starts with "why," helps you to gain an understanding of your case for change, learn a method for process redesign, and then build a business case.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand your case for change.

  • Learn a method for process redesign.

  • Build a business case.

Roundtable: Unlocking Value in the Experience Economy

In today’s dynamic world, new trends in the industry make it more challenging to drive business value. Experience Management Engineering from SAP is focused on making the intelligent enterprise value and experience real for each and every customer. This includes expert resources and toolkits to gain insights from in-the-moment experience feedback and business operations benchmarking to understand where enterprise value is for customers. Come interact with your peers to discuss all of this and more.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Drive total customer experience.

  • Deliver step change in productivity.

  • Transform the way you work and engage with employees.

FirstSolar Stepping into the Future: An SAP S/4HANA Brownfield Conversion with Cognitus

FirstSolar had outgrown SAP ECC, causing serious business performance issues. FirstSolar needed improved usability for easier transacting and decision-making (SAP Fiori), pre-built reporting and simplified data models for improved analytics (SAP S/4HANA reporting and analytics), and out-of-the-box functionality for all core components of business (SAP S/4HANA ). Finally, the financial close process was a massive pain point for the business.

Cognitus partnered with FirstSolar to do a Gallop pilot of SAP S/4HANA, with an SAP trial license, where a conversion of FirstSolar's key data was done from the . FirstSolar was able to see what the future would look like with SAP S/4HANA. Further, it enabled Cognitus to determine the right approach, a conversion. To deploy SAP S/4HANA, Cognitus used a factory conversion model (Gallop Deployment), and a mixed resource onshore/offshore system for cost efficiency.

the Gallop model for conversion, from planning to go-live, the project was complete in about 10 months, in scope, on time, in budget, and without disrupting the business.

SAP S/4HANA’s reporting, analytics, SAP Fiori apps, and core functionality run the business better and more productively.

Key Business Benefits:


  • FirstSolar's business runs better.

  • FirstSolar's business can grow and take advantage of the future.

  • Real-time analytics and reporting make life easier.

Panel: Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution

Following the "Strategy and Innovation in the Digital Revolution" session, this panel will explore innovations in the automotive industry, how to balance digital innovation with core business transformation, the competitive advantages of evolving business models, implications for organizational models, and the critical importance of a cohesive data capability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hear from multiple sources regarding what innovation looks like in the automotive industry today.

  • Create and lead enterprise-wide strategic engagement on digital transformation.

  • Learn about examples and hands-on tools to apply to your business.

Active Learning Session: It Is Going to Cost How Much? How to Build a Self-Funded SAP S/4HANA Transformation

Imagine your automotive manufacturer says to you that your car will no longer be supported after 2025. What do you do? The impending digital technology wave is looming. Even though CEOs around the world understand the value of “going digital,” approximately half of them don’t understand why they have to invest the same or more to implement SAP S/4HANA as they did for their original SAP implementation. The other half want to do it “right” this time and reimplement (or greenfield) the new SAP S/4HANA digital suite. For both scenarios, the question should be: Is your business ready for this radical change (again), and will it be able to capitalize on the new technology (this time)? In this session, we will discuss what business teams can do to prepare for the new technologies to drive process optimization into the business and increase business adoption through the smart use of SAP S/4HANA technology and transformation approach.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Discuss an approach that challenges the traditional implementation thinking, which builds business confidence and establishes a self-funded SAP S/4HANA transformation.

  • Evaluate the pitfalls of the traditional approach and what organizations can do now to ensure they are able to leverage the new technology (and not fall into implementing SAP S/4HANA to look like ECC or continue having their organization run in Excel).

  • Learn how to reestablish CEO confidence in the adoption of the new technology and the ability for it to be a true competitive advantage.