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The financial strategy and technology conference for SAP customers

The #1 ranked educational event for:

„ Accounts payable „ Materials valuation

„ Accounts receivable „ Order-to-cash

„ Asset accounting „ Payroll integration

„ Budgeting „ Performance
management
„ Cash management
„ Planning
„ Closings
„ Product costing
„ Consolidations
„ Profit center accounting
„ Controlling
„ Profitability analyses
„ Cost center accounting
„ Project accounting
„ Financial accounting
„ Regulatory compliance
„ Financial statements
„ Treasury
„ Forecasting

„ Inter- and intra-company


payments

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Consider the complex and often competing forces that now impact finance and supporting
IT teams. There are mounting demands for more effective compliance, stewardship and risk
management. You are expected to support value creation across the entire organization, not
just within the realm of finance, and to do all this as you meet objectives to improve service
delivery and reduce costs. This is happening at a time when the technology landscape is
radically changing. “Big data,” cloud computing, real-time analysis, and mobility bring both
new opportunities and new challenges.

At Financials 2012, our aim is to help you navigate this new reality by showcasing best practices from your peers
and industry thought-leaders and by giving you deep and practical insight into SAP’s growing portfolio of
finance solutions. You will leave with a rich understanding of our vision and roadmaps spanning accounting and
financial management, treasury and financial risk management, travel and expense management, invoice to pay,
receivables management, enterprise performance management, and governance, risk and compliance processes.

This event is your opportunity to network with colleagues who face the same challenges you are facing and to
directly access SAP’s solutions experts to help you understand how you can meet your specific business goals. I
hope that you will join me, your peers, and the SAP® community of experts in Milan to engage in a rich debate,
ensuring that you have the visibility to lead.

Sincerely,

Frederic Laluyaux
General Manager
EPM, GRC and Finance Line of Business

Schedule
Pre-Conference
The financial conference for SAP customers, 6-8 June
Education Day
Tuesday, 5 June Wednesday, 6 June Thursday, 7 June Friday, 8 June
9.00 Registration opens 8.00 Registration opens / 8.30 Registration opens / 8.30 Registration opens /
Exhibit Hall Opens Exhibit Hall Opens Exhibit Hall Opens
10.00 Morning Pre-Conference
Education sessions 9.00 General assembly 9.00 Keynote address 9.00 Educational sessions
13.00 Networking Lunch 10.15 Break 10.15 Break 10.15 Break
14.30 Afternoon Pre-Conference 10.45 Educational sessions 10.45 Educational sessions 10.45 Educational sessions
Education sessions
12.00 Break 12.00 Break 12.00 Lunch
17.30 Registration closes
12.15 Educational sessions 12.15 Educational sessions 13.15 Educational sessions /
Exhibit Hall Closed
13.30 Lunch 13.30 Lunch
14.30 Break
14.45 Educational sessions 14.30 Educational sessions
14.45 Educational sessions
16.00 Break 15.45 Exhibitor Meet and Greet
16.00 Break
16.15 Educational sessions 16.00 Ask-the-Experts
16.15 Educational sessions
17.30 Reception 16.45 Educational sessions
17.30 Conference concludes
17.45 Ask-the-Experts

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Pre-Conference Education Day • Tuesday, 5 June

Pre-conference foundational, orientation, and networking sessions


„ Intensive three-hour sessions that concentrate on solving specific challenges and techniques

„ Opportunity to fully immerse yourself in detailed education about a specific SAP technology

„ Special networking lunch with your peers

„ Orientation sessions that acclimate you to the conference

Main Conference • 6-8 June • More than 225 sessions spanning 12 tracks

Track 1. Strategies for higher performing and more cost-effective finance operations Page 11

Track 2. Financial accounting Page 14

Track 3. Managerial accounting and controlling Page 16

Track 4. Closings and consolidations Page 18

Track 5. Planning, forecasting, and budgeting Page 21

Track 6. SAP General Ledger Page 23

Track 7. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Page 24

Track 8. Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence Page 27

Track 9. Data management Page 30

Track 10. Cash management and treasury Page 31

Track 11. Multi-national finance, compliance, and risk management Page 33

Track 12. Audits Page 35

Column5 EPM Education Center Page 36

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NEW! Column5 EPM


Education Center

The Column5 EPM Education Center, located at select WIS events, sets
the industry standard in quality curriculum, with an entire EPM track of
course content developed by top field experts on SAP EPM products and
delivered in a variety of formats including:
• Customer Case Studies
• Panel and Roundtable Discussions
• Moderated Networking Sessions
• Product Demonstrations & Roadmaps

What is EPM?

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is an umbrella term that describes the methodologies, metrics, processes, and technology
systems used to monitor and manage an enterprise’s business performance. EPM streamlines and improves strategic plans on a
variety of critical levels: managing variability, increasing information accuracy and consistency, increasing profitability and shareholder
value, lowering overall cost, and other key performance indicators.

Column5 focuses its EPM educational programs on developing mature management processes that readily adapt to change—providing
consistent information across organizations and helping monitor progress against plans.

Column5 EPM Education Center sessions focus on one or more of the following SAP
BusinessObjects platforms and tools:
• Planning and Consolidation (BPC)
• Business Intelligence (BI)
• Strategy Management (SSM)
• Profitability and Cost Management (PCM)
• Microsoft and Netweaver Platforms
Admission to the Column5 EPM Education Center is now available for FREE when you
register for SAPInsider Financials 2012, BI 2012, or GRC 2012 in Milan.

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Educational and networking opportunities


More than 225 educational sessions and forums
Expand your skills and knowledge by learning from the top experts at SAP, independent consultants,
and your industry counterparts.

Pre-Conference Education Day


Take advantage of comprehensive sessions to build skills and increase your SAP financials knowledge.
Obtain best practices and hear the latest product updates. Attend introductory sessions if you are new
to SAP or SAP BusinessObjects™.

Ask-the-Experts
Sit down one-on-one with the leading experts to ask questions and get detailed,
authoritative answers.

Live financial solution demonstrations


See demonstrations and hear directly from SAP and leading vendors about financial innovations and
their impact on SAP applications you want to extend, develop, or introduce to your employees
and customers.

Customer-led case studies


Take away best practices and methodologies taught by the companies that practice them. Learn from
highly experienced SAP customers to solidify your own strategies and tactics.

Customer discussion forums


Hear about your peers’ projects, challenges, and ongoing initiatives during forums facilitated by an
expert moderator.

Exhibit hall receptions


Interact with the best and the brightest minds working with SAP and SAP BusinessObjects software.
Build a lasting network of peers and meet with leading product and service vendors.

Access to 4 conferences in 1 location


Financials 2012 is co-located with HR 2012, GRC 2012, and BI 2012. By registering for one conference,
you can attend sessions at all four SAPinsider conferences at no additional cost.

NEW! Column5 EPM Education Center


now takes place in conjunction with Financials 2012, GRC 2012, HR 2012, and BI 2012
Column5’s comprehensive curriculum helps SAP and BusinessObjects customers gain proficiency and make better use of SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance
management (EPM) solutions.
Sessions will include customer case studies, best practices, discussions, and live demos of SAP BusinessObjects EPM 10.0, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation
(BPC — formerly OutlookSoft), profitability and cost management, strategy management, and more.

SAPinsider is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry
of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact customer service at +1-781-751-8700.

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Pre-Conference
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Education Day

Join us for Pre-Conference Education Day — Tuesday, 5 June


Special three-hour sessions that enable you to:
„ Fortify your understanding of critical SAP technologies and solutions
„ Explore new trends and strategies
„ Enhance your learning experience at the main conference

By registering for Pre-Conference Education Day, you can:


„ Attend any sessions of interest to you
„ Benefit from expert-led instruction, demos, guidelines, and dedicated
question-and-answer time
„ Receive exclusive take-home materials from all presentations
„ Gain online access to the session slides
„ Participate in a networking lunch with other attendees

Pre-Conference Education Day Sessions


Tuesday, 5 June

Morning sessions • 10.00 – 13.00 Page

The 2012 up-to-date guide to SAP BusinessObjects solutions for financial reporting, planning,
6
closes, and disclosures

Optimize end-to-end financial processes with the proper SAP system integration techniques 6

What’s new with SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 7

Comprehensive guidelines to speed data analysis using the analytical engines from SAP 7

Lunch • 13.00 – 14.30

Afternoon sessions • 14.30 – 17.30

2012 up-to-date guide to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 8

A comprehensive guide to speed payments and improve cash management 8

The 2012 guide to security remediation in your SAP system 9

Lessons for preparing, deploying, and optimizing SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0
9
— with minimal to no disruption to your existing SAP landscape

Pre-Conference Education Day continued on next page

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Pre-Conference
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Education Day

Morning Sessions • 10.00 – 13.00

The 2012 up-to-date guide to SAP Optimize end-to-end financial processes with
BusinessObjects solutions for financial the proper SAP system integration techniques
reporting, planning, closes, and disclosures
Naeem Arif, Turnkey Consulting
Antonio Gianelli, Franco Furlan, Olivier Delcourt, SAP; and Dr.
10.00 – 13.00
David Ormerod, SAP UK
10.00 – 13.00 This comprehensive three-hour session will help you ensure
that your company’s financial processes aren’t compromised
This special three-hour session helps you understand what due to poor integration or inconsistent data between SAP
the latest updates to SAP BusinessObjects solutions mean modules. Obtain best practices for properly integrating:
to your financial teams, IT teams, business intelligence (BI)
– Financial accounting (FI)
teams, and end users
– Managerial accounting (CO)
y Understand the complete set of options available to SAP – Sales and distribution (SD)
customers for: – Materials management (MM)
– Financial reporting (formatting, printing, Web – Human capital management (HCM)
enablement, and customization) – Project systems (PS)
– Drill-down analytics – Plant maintenance (PM)
– Planning
y Learn the best ways to maintain consistent data across
– Closes and consolidations
multiple modules for smoother financial processes, such
– Dashboards as order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay
– Performance management
– Disclosures y Obtain detailed, undocumented configuration steps that
ensure proper integration across these modules
y View demos that showcase key SAP BusinessObjects tools
and applications that support the above areas y Determine how unique aspects of each module, such as
master data fields and specific processes, affect your
y Obtain strategic guidelines for picking the right tool or integration efforts
combination of tools for your specific financial reporting
requirements y Understand the purpose of the enterprise structure as an
enabler of good integration
y Assess the prerequisites, skills, and learning curve
required to leverage SAP and SAP BusinessObjects y Examine the key configuration activities that drive
solutions in a financials environment integration, such as automatic postings from other
modules
y Evaluate new solutions for fast closes, streamlined
consolidations, and disclosure management y Examine the dependencies and challenges that you need
to be aware of when integrating SAP modules
y Attendees of this session receive these exclusive
take-homes:
– A detailed matrix illustrating which tools address
specific challenges
– Up-to-date joint roadmaps for SAP NetWeaver®
Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and
SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 solutions
– A comprehensive glossary of new terminology

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Pre-Conference
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Education Day

Morning Sessions • 10.00 – 13.00

What’s new with SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 Comprehensive guidelines to speed data
analysis using the analytical engines from SAP
John Jerrehian, SAP Labs; Bruce McCuaig, Erin Hughes, and Jan
Gardiner, SAP Dr. Bjarne Berg, COMERIT
10.00 – 13.00 10.00 – 13.00

This three-hour session will provide an in-depth look at SAP This comprehensive three-hour session offers strategic advice
BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) 10.0 for leveraging data warehousing and analytical engines from
solutions, specifically highlighting the capabilities delivered SAP to increase the speed and efficiency of data processing
with the newest release. and analysis.

y Understand the impact that latest access control, process y Step through examples and demos that explore the
control, and risk management updates have on your analytical capabilities and requirements of each solution,
existing compliance programs including:

y Walk through migration scenarios and upgrade paths and – SAP HANA
assess the benefits and limitations of each – SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator
– SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
y Learn new ways to save money by preventing fraud, – SAP BusinessObjects Analysis
errors, and reducing audit costs
y Get evaluation criteria for mapping each solution to your
y Learn how to deploy continuous controls monitoring on a organization’s IT landscape and business requirements
single technology platform
y Identify the best ways to exploit key capabilities and
y Hear firsthand how to unify all SAP BusinessObjects synergies, including integration considerations and
Access Control capabilities on a standardized ABAP™ performance benchmarks
platform, offering enterprise supportability, granular
security, transport, and archiving y Uncover technical considerations and prerequisites of an SAP
NetWeaver BW Accelerator deployment, such as hardware
y Get tips for simplifying the provisioning process using sizing, network capacity, indexing and compression speed,
SAP Business Workflow technology and day-to-day operational requirements

y Find out how to support a more flexible and tailored y Explore the most common use cases for SAP HANA,
access request and approver review process including real-time data warehousing, dashboard
deployments, and landscape rationalization
y Simplify data transports and uploads with improved a
content life cycle management capabilities y Discover how to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
for unstructured analysis and exploration without the
need for queries or traditional data stores

y Examine three distinct ways to deploy OLAP tools within SAP


BusinessObjects Analysis — via Microsoft Excel, Microsoft
PowerPoint, or the Web interface — and get criteria to map
each approach to your analytical requirements

y Explore metrics and strategies to demonstrate the value


of your data warehousing and analytics effort to key
stakeholders

y Come away with a deep understanding of what these


solutions can do and when to use them

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Pre-Conference
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Education Day

Afternoon Sessions • 14.30 – 17.30

2012 up-to-date guide to SAP BusinessObjects A comprehensive guide to speed payments and
Planning and Consolidation improve cash management

Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises Boris Hipp, SAP

14.30 – 17.30
14.30 – 17.30
This special three-hour session explores the capabilities, trad-
eoffs, and requirements for leveraging SAP BusinessObjects This important three-hour session examines the strategies,
Planning and Consolidation — both the 7.5 and 10.0 releases, challenges, and technologies you need to master in order to
as well as SAP NetWeaver and Microsoft versions. streamline your treasury, risk, banking and cash management
activities. In this session you will:
y Gain a thorough overview of the functionality delivered
with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for: y Get tips to enable the straight-through processing of your
banking, corporate treasury, and financial accounting
– Business planning transactions and activities
– Budgeting
– Forecasting y Examine the latest tools, enhancements, and functions, as
well as infrastructure and architecture enhancements in
– Financial reporting and analysis
SAP Treasury and Risk Management
y Understand how to properly integrate SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation with SAP y Learn how to generate comprehensive cash forecasts and
ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects BI plans using SAP Cash and Liquidity Management

y Step through real-world scenarios that illustrate how to y Find out how to employ a global in-house bank using
increase productivity, reduce budget cycle times, adapt SAP In-House Cash and a payment factory using SAP
to changing business and market conditions, and Bank Communication Management
improve statutory and regulatory reporting
y Gather ideas to set up your treasury applications to
y Explore key enhancements in the 10.0 and 7.5 releases of centrally monitor and track the status of payments,
both the version for SAP NetWeaver and the version for banking balances, and cash management activities
the Microsoft platform, including native integration with
y Take a critical look at what you need to set up direct bank
the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools
connectivity to the secure and reliable infrastructure of
y Gain insight into the best ways to upgrade to release 10.0 the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial
if you are running previous releases Telecommunication (SWIFT) Network

y Step through demos that illustrate a sample business y Hear the latest developments regarding payment format
planning process, as well as the best ways to use SAP harmonization (CGI and ISO20022), along with advice to
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for leverage treasury functionality to support these initiatives
consolidated reporting
y Get a sneak peek at the latest treasury innovations such
as managing cash using SAP HANA™ and utilizing the
new SAP PayApprove application for the iPhone

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Pre-Conference
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Education Day

Afternoon Sessions • 14.30 – 17.30

The 2012 guide to security remediation in your Lessons for preparing, deploying, and
SAP system optimizing SAP BusinessObjects Business
Intelligence 4.0 — with minimal to no
James Roeske, VanRiver Consulting disruption to your existing SAP landscape
14.30 – 17.30
Thierry Audas, SAP and Ingo Hilgefort, SAP
This three-hour session delves into the fundamental prin- 14.00 – 17.30
ciples and technical ins and outs of SAP security concepts,
tools, and specifically, the SAP BusinessObjects Access Con- This three-hour session provides a comprehensive overview
trol applications. Whether you are just beginning a security of critical factors that must be identified and addressed when
remediation project or improving your existing security con- considering or executing an SAP BusinessObjects Business
figuration, by attending this session you will: Intelligence 4.0 implementation or upgrade in an existing
SAP landscape.
y Understand key compliance principles and
recommended business processes to maintain a safe, y Review architectural requirements for running
secure, and compliant SAP environment SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 with SAP NetWeaver BW and
SAP Business Suite applications
y Learn new and advanced techniques for leveraging
access control functionality to reduce the security y Learn what steps you need to take in your existing SAP
maintenance effort, gain greater flexibility, and diminish and/or SAP BusinessObjects environment to prepare for
the complexity of role management an upgrade to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 — from a
technical, operational, and end-user perspective
y Hear how the experts leverage enterprise role
management functionality to build or improve standard y Ask questions directly to SAP about recent changes or
rule sets, cross-system rules, and cross-platform rules additions to the portfolio of SAP BusinessObjects BI
products, including SAP BusinessObjects Analysis
y Identify ways to design or improve a role structure which
is compliant, practical, and sustainable, especially as y Step through a demo that shows how SAP
audits get tougher, security staffing is leaner, and budgets BusinessObjects BI 4.0 solutions enable faster and more
are tighter efficient access to both SAP and non-SAP data sources

y Acquire lessons from numerous real-world large and y Examine improved integration capabilities between
complex segregation of duties remediation projects SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions, SAP NetWeaver BW,
and SAP Business Suite applications
y Delve into the project planning phases and tasks that
need to be executed in a successful security project, and y Learn how to leverage the new SAP BusinessObjects
what to focus on to stay one step ahead of auditors Analysis client to more efficiently analyze SAP NetWeaver
BW and other OLAP data sources on the Web and in
Microsoft Office

y Receive system design best practices for enhancing the


scalability and performance of your SAP BusinessObjects
BI 4.0 solutions deployed with SAP NetWeaver BW

y Leave this session with the knowledge to chart a practical


and effective short- and long-term BI strategy that
accounts for evolving business requirements, advances in
technology, and SAP product updates

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Track 1 11

Strategies for higher performing and


more cost-effective finance operations

Key lessons to scope, govern, and Explore the 2012 SAP roadmap for
build a roadmap for a global finance its finance solutions
transformation program James Fisher and Birgit Starmanns, SAP
Mateus Begossi, Deloitte Take a guided tour of SAP’s portfolio of solu-
This session offers concrete strategies for tions for the finance line of business. Hear how
planning a global finance transformation pro- these enhanced solutions help to address new
gram, measuring organizational performance challenges in finance, such as meeting IFRS
and leveraging SAP to transform the finance and XBRL guidelines, and deliver incremen-
tal benefits designed to extend your existing Case study
function into a key strategic lever. Learn how
to apply a proven finance maturity model to investments in SAP ERP Financials. Find out McKesson gleans greater financial
assess the state of its finance organization and what functionality is available to reduce the insights using dashboards and self-
set goals for how to get to the next level cost of finance and free up time for value- service Web analytics
of maturity.Get tips for improving corporate added activities. Get tips to improve service Ross Wilson, McKesson
performance through the use of SAP analyt- levels by empowering your team with better
ics, SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and access to information. Learn how to complete This session explores McKesson’s deployment
compliance (GRC) solutions, and SAP Strate- a compliant financial close with automated of Xcelsius® and SAP BusinessObjects Web
gic Enterprise Management. Walk through a reporting processes to improve confidence Intelligence® to meet its financial reporting
proven strategy for evaluating which SAP and in your data and your results. Step through and analysis needs. Learn why McKesson chose
finance transformation projects will provide the its roadmap for solutions that support critical to leverage Xcelsius and SAP BusinessObjects
greatest benefit for the lowest price and risk. financial processes, including invoice to pay, Web Intelligence for its credit and dispute
receivables management, treasury, financial management reports, and how the company
has leveraged SAP NetWeaver BW data stores
An updated guide to the new risk management, travel expense manage-
and InfoCubes to do so. Hear the top chal-
capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects ment, and the financial close. Leave this session
lenges faced by the McKesson team while
Planning and Consolidaton 10.0 with a thorough understanding of how to
migrating financial reports from older sys-
leverage SAP’s solutions and achieve best-in-
David Ormerod, SAP class financial excellence. tems to the newer solutions, such as ensuring
complete integration between SAP Busines-
Gain a thorough understanding of what’s new in
sObjects and the SAP NetWeaver landscape
the latest release (10.0) of SAP BusinessObjects
and implementing the latest SAP BusinessOb-
Planning and Consolidation for both the
jects service pack. Understand how McKesson
version for the Microsoft platform, and the
optimized dashboard and report performance
version for SAP NetWeaver. See how leverag-
by leveraging the BICS connector and the
ing the in-memory computing capabilities of
query stripping feature within SAP Busines-
SAP HANA and mobile technologies in conjunc-
sObjects Web Intelligence. See samples of the
tion with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
six summary dashboards used for high-level
Consolidation transforms planning and bud-
analysis by the collections and accounts receiv-
geting processes and increases organizational
ables (A/R) departments. Examine how the
agility. Reduce the learning curve and increase
team is able to drill down into self-service Web
your adoption rate of SAP BusinessObjects
analytics for more detailed data behind days
Planning and Consolidation with the new EPM
sales outstanding, dispute status, and more.
add-in for Microsoft Office and new Web 2.0
interface, which provide a familiar and easy to
use experience. Learn how new functionality
can help your organization automate variance
analysis — a task most companies have to
collect together from scattered sources and
calculate manually. Find out how other cus-
tomers are improving planning accuracy and
reducing planning cycle time using the latest
release.

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2012 guide to the SAP Strategies for achieving financial SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0:
BusinessObjects enterprise excellence — cost-effectively — Strategy, roadmap, and technical
performance management (EPM) using a shared services center considerations
roadmap Ralph Schoepfer, SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG Thierry Audas, SAP
Bryan Katis and David Williams, SAP Fragmented and inconsistent business pro- This session provides specific examples of
This session provides an overview of SAP cesses, along with inflexible technologies, can how to leverage SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 to
BusinessObjects enterprise performance man- inhibit both productivity and service respon- gain greater insight into your business, make
agement (EPM) 10.0 solutions and roadmap. siveness. Find out from a leading SAP executive smarter decisions, and measure their results.
Understand how strategy management, plan- how the new SAP Shared Service Framework Examine key differences between business
ning and consolidation, and profitability and can be leveraged to achieve significant cost intelligence and business analytics, and under-
cost management capabilities fit together and savings in the financials arena. Understand how stand how BI solutions can serve a broader
complement each other. Find out how new the framework can become the infrastructure business analytics strategy. Learn how to
solutions for disclosure management can be for more efficient communication between the employ a common look and feel across inter-
used to support mission critical compliance service center and its clients, improved com- nal and external SAP data sources with the
processes. Learn how SAP BusinessObjects pliance with service-level agreements (SLA), new common semantic layer. See how to use
EPM solutions fit into your existing SAP land- and more accurate, insightful reports to busi- event-driven data processing to better iden-
scape, whether it includes SAP ERP, SAP ness stakeholders. Learn how customers are tify opportunities for customer engagement.
NetWeaver BW, or SAP BusinessObjects Busi- reaping benefits by standardizing and auto- Gain insight into new and planned improve-
ness Intelligence solutions, and discover how mating transactional services delivered by the ments for Web reports and analyses, formatted
your peers have leveraged these solutions to shared service organization. Learn how to turn reporting, and dashboards. Become familiar
deliver measurable business benefits. Get a your organization into a more agile and lean with the new SAP BusinessObjects Analysis
sneak peek into SAP’s future plans for its EPM business center where financial administration client for multidimensional ad hoc analysis of
solutions, such as the addition of high-speed services are treated as core business processes, OLAP data sources. Come away with a com-
analytics enabled by SAP HANA, on-demand and customer satisfaction goals are exceeded prehensive understanding of SAP’s business
delivery options, and the ability to check on by delivering the right services for the best intelligence roadmap, with emphasis on where
performance from any mobile device. price. See how SAP Shared Service Framework BI fits into SAP’s broader business analytics
comes along with rapid-deployment solutions strategy.
Results of the most recent IBM (RDS) bringing together software and services
Global CFO Study: Insights for together in one offering to speed up your Critical insights for improving your
improving financial performance implementation times. financial application evaluation,
and lowering the cost of finance implementation, and improvement
A new way to improve the financial efforts
Gianni Margutti, IBM Global Business Services end user experience in SAP
Christian Titze, Gartner
This insightful session sheds light on what Janet Salmon, SAP
roughly 2,000 CFOs and senior finance lead- Application leaders and project planners in the
ers from around the world are doing to survive Take an up close look at the new user-friendly financial domain deal with a number of com-
and thrive in an era of increased uncertainty. applications SAP has created for the mainte- plex factors when it comes to the evaluation,
Delve into the findings of IBM’s most recent nance of cost centers, internal orders, activity implementation, and improvement efforts of
Global CFO Study to learn how respondents types, and their hierarchies. Find out how to their financial applications. Get a clear picture
are improving finance operations and lower- use the new Floorplan Manager to config- of the six key areas that are affected from an
ing the cost of finance. Find out how leading ure the user interfaces of those applications, overall, technical, and business point of view,
finance organizations are gaining efficiencies which enables you to personalize the screens which include the overall business, architec-
through four enablers — consistent informa- of end users. Learn how to work with the ture and infrastructure, operations, services
tion standards, common processes, common SAP NetWeaver Business Client and how to and support, workload, and an organization’s
data definitions, and globally mandated data build roles to display the transactions and business model. Learn what steps you can
standards. Examine the areas in which finance reports that your end users already work with take today to identify factors within each area
organizations most frequently fall short, such alongside the new applications. Enhance the that can complicate your financial application
as enterprise risk management and mitigation, existing transactions within these roles using initiative, such as the effect of merger and/or
information integration, and involvement with side panels to display pertinent information, aquisition. Assess the potential impact these
enterprise strategy. such as account details or attachments, along- factors can have on your financial application
side the posting information. Get an up close throughout its life cycle. Take home a chart
look at how SAP will be augmenting its road- which outlines these six areas and a listing of
map with new applications for cost center factors that need to be taken into account for
planning and order planning. each.

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Enabling finance transformation Executive insights into the role of Managing finance and risk in the
through innovation using SAP the modern CFO financial service industry using SAP
HANA, enterprise mobility, and Elena Shiskina, SAP UK&I BusinessObjects Enterprise
cloud computing Performance Management and SAP
The modern Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is BusinessObjects GRC solutions
Karuna Mukherjea, SAP instrumental in influencing both people and
Today’s CFOs consider innovations as the profit. The role of CFO encompasses setting Henri Wajsblat and Satyen Paneri, SAP
enabler for finance transformation and growth. the strategic direction to navigate the business Learn how SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise
Explore how your finance organization can towards sustainable growth. In this session, Performance Management solutions can help
benefit from the technology innovations in listen in as Elena Shiskina, CFO, SAP UK&I will organizations within the financial service
SAP HANA, enterprise mobility, and cloud com- discuss how you can sharpen your strategic industry meet and respond to their Basel II and
puting. Take a closer look at the new solutions skills and fortify your position as your organisa- Solvency II reporting requirements by lever-
and accelerators powered by SAP HANA such tion’s valued business partner. Walk through aging industry-specific content. Get detailed
as SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Con- some of today’s most topical issues for current advice on how to leverage SAP BusinessOb-
solidation, SAP CO-PA and FI-CO accelerators and aspiring business leaders, including stra- jects GRC solutions to respond to operational
that increase the productivity and efficiency of tegic planning, risk management, forecasting risk management for both banking and insur-
your finance organizations. Learn how enter- tools and techniques. ance in the context of Basel II and Solvency II
prise mobility technology from SAP provides requirements. Obtain best practices for capi-
“insight at your fingertips.” Learn how your talizing on industry-specific taxonomies and
organization can leverage mobile capabilities key risk indicators libraries within the SAP Busi-
to help transform your finance organization nessObjects GRC 10.0. Walk through customer
and empower your business users to make examples and interactive demos that will arm
informed decisions in real-time. Take a closer you with the tools you need to meet these crit-
look at the new mobile applications for finance ical regulatory requirements.
executives and managers. Hear why cloud
computing matters to your finance organiza-
tion and find out what capabilities it provides
to help lower cost, enable easier collaboration,
and drive innovation.

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Track 2 14

Financial accounting

Lessons for choosing the best SAP Proven techniques for configuring
financial ledger to meet your needs multiple currency types
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems & Software Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems &
Software
With more than a dozen financial ledger options
from SAP, choosing the best solution to meet Make sense of the different SAP options at your
your needs can be challenging. Explore the dif- disposal and the key questions you face when
ferent ledgers, including SAP General Ledger, configuring currency types, such as which cur-
the special purpose ledger, and the material rency type to use for a new special ledger,
ledger. Obtain expert guidance to choose the how many currencies to configure for a com- Key strategies for shortening your
best one for a specific task. Identify key criteria pany code in the general ledger, and what order-to-cash cycle
that will affect your choice of ledger, including currency to use as group currency. Learn to rec- Naeem Arif, Turnkey Consulting
how your organization currently stores data, ognize how these decisions profoundly affect
your reporting and training requirements, and SAP financial reporting activities and results. Attend this session and find out how to sup-
your current SAP ERP release. Find out which Avoid the mistake of telling yourself that you port and shorten your order-to-cash (OTC)
ledgers you can and should use for consolida- can always reconfigure currencies later. You’ll cycle by integrating financial accounting, sales
tion processes and which to use for business learn how difficult and expensive these con- and distribution, accounts receivable (A/R), and
segment reporting. Understand the impact figuration changes are once your system is controlling functionality. Identify important
of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP productive. Clarify the differences between integration points between key documents
NetWeaver BW) on the overall reporting func- hard currency, index currency, group currency, such as sales orders, billing documents,
tionality of SAP General Ledger. Take home a and global company currency. This session also accounting invoices, and customer payments.
matrix with complete details on each ledger, its highlights the differences between the stan- Become familiar with the fields on the material
functionality, and how it works best, as well as dard valuation, group valuation, and profit master that can be used to determine account-
a list of key SAP Notes. center valuation options for company code ing and pricing. Step through the account
currency and group currency. determination process and see how to con-
Overcoming the complexities of a vert the billing document into the accounting
Expert advice for choosing the best invoice. Identify ways to use the SAP General
fixed asset migration project
Ledger to improve the order-to-cash cycle.
Ross Boardman, Consultology Ltd
travel management solution from
SAP
Fixed asset migration is a task that can strike How to accelerate financial and
fear into any finance or project team. This Birgit Starmanns, SAP Marketing managerial accounting processes
session offers detailed insight into a proven Attend this session and explore the func- using SAP HANA
methodology that was developed based on tionality and options for utilizing SAP Travel Peter Himmighoefer and Ralf Humbert, SAP
real-world experience with numerous imple- Management, whether OnPremise, OnDevice,
mentations that can be used to help your or OnDemand. Get best practices for stream- Attend this session and learn how the lat-
organization simplify its fixed asset migra- lining the entire trip lifecycle from planning to est breakthrough in-memory technology
tion project. Find out what steps need to be reimbursement. Find out what is new with the provided by SAP HANA can now be seam-
taken before you can migrate your asset data, OnPremise travel management application, as lessly integrated into your existing SAP ERP
including running your asset load in test mode well as how its travel expense capabilities can system architecture without any disruption
before creating any data, as well as other be extended to a mobile device. Hear about to business or solution operations. Find out
steps that need to be completed to prepare the new SAP Travel OnDemand solution, and what steps your organization can take to
your system. Hear firsthand what tools should how it meets unique business traveler needs both speed up and extend your current SAP
be used when migrating your master records through its ease of use and mobility. Take ERP managerial accounting, financial report-
and transactional data and the importance guided tours of all three options, the benefits ing, and critical period end close processes
of testing in this process. Get tips for recon- of each, and decide which solution best meets using SAP HANA. This session will outline the
ciling your loaded data with the source data. your need to contain travel costs and increase approach of such a non-disruptive adoption
Gain expert guidance on what steps to take if compliance. of ERP applications using examples like CO-PA
something goes wrong. Examine key criteria to (profitability analysis), CO-OM (overhead man-
ensure that your project team is assigned the agement), CO-PC-ACT (material ledger), and
appropriate tasks for the successful migration. FI-GL (general ledger). Find out what advan-
Take home a sample checklist that will walk tages and benefits can be realized as the result
you through a successful fixed asset migra- of using SAP HANA as a secondary database.
tion project.

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Track 2: Financial accounting 15
10 effective tips to maximize your Case study Case study
existing FI and CO landscape Bharat Petroleum’s approach to How Sonae Industria utilizes a
integrating SAP Travel shared service model to streamline
Naeem Arif, Turnkey Consulting
Management with SAP ERP its invoice posting, reconciliation,
Learn how to make the most of your invest- Financials to streamline processes and payment processes
ment in SAP functionality for financial and reduce expenses Sérgio Mota, Sonae Industria
accounting and controlling. This session walks
you through 10 proven tips and techniques Anand Tejuja, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd Examine how Sonae Industria optimized its
that you can use to increase the value of your Find out how and why Bharat Petroleum Cor- accounts payable invoice posting process
FI and CO landscapes, without the need for poration Limited (BPCL), the second-largest oil through the use of a shared service center
any new functionality or external consulting company in India with 14,200 employees, and (SSC). Find out how the company reduced the
assistance. Hear firsthand how these often 456 locations, chose to integrate SAP Travel number of invoices posted manually, cut down
overlooked, yet simple and practical solutions Management with SAP ERP Financials funds the time to process inter-company invoices,
are set up in the SAP system without resorting management to achieve greater and more real- and how it now posts almost all invoices
to complicated and expensive workarounds. time budget control. See how BPCL is able to automatically — both cross-company and
Learn how to default certain field values in the enforce budget controls on travel costs within inter-company. Hear how the SSC allows for
customer and vendor master so that each new available budget and consolidate travel book- the completion and automation of the entire
record doesn’t require manual data entry. Find ings. Take a look at the company’s approach accounts payable cycle for all of its corporate,
out which settings to use in the general ledger to linking travel agents into the travel process commercial and recurrent fees resulting from
account master so that certain programs, such through a portal while maximizing discounts both its order-to-cash to accounts payable
as the new deferred tax program RFUMSV50, from airlines and travel agents. Find out how postings. Learn how the company increased
can be run correctly. Learn how to transfer BPCL created customized workflows to stan- the posting quality and reduced the group’s
financial accounting documents retroactively dardize its complex travel approval process. month-end backlog. Explore some of the ben-
into your profitability analysis functionality. Explore how the company fully integrated the efits Sonae Industria has realized, such as a
Take home advice on how to correct profit cen- travel management process with its off-cycle quicker internal cash transfer between coun-
ter documents in SAP General Ledger. payroll process so employees could be reim- tries and a month-end close that contains
bursed for travel expenses via SAP Payroll. Find nearly no inter-company discrepancies. Walk
A guide to transforming the travel out how BPCL has realized a cost reduction of through the company’s method to automate
management process with new nearly $1 million in annual travel expenses, invoice postings between SAP and non-SAP
functionality from SAP primarily due to this integrated travel manage- legal companies. Learn how to block pay-
ment system. ments that cannot be validated, saving time
Hartmut Laser, SAP AG for the really important tasks, such as making
Receive a comprehensive overview of the Prevent assets from becoming a payments more efficiently. Take home a config-
latest SAP Travel Management features and liability using SAP Asset uration guide based on Sonae Industria’s A/P
functionality, including the new mobile, Retirement Obligation optimization process.
reporting, and on-demand offerings. Step Management
through the business scenarios supported by
SAP Travel Management, including submitting Jens Kram, SAP AG
initial requests, travel planning, and submitting Companies that manage long life fixed assets
and settling travel expenses. Gain an under- are many times obligated to account for the
standing of how the new functionality can retirement costs well in advance of the retire-
simplify integration with third-party online ment itself. This detailed session provides a
booking tools and monthly expense report close look at the new SAP Asset Retirement
submissions. Understand how to leverage the Obligation Management tool available for cal-
integration between SAP ERP HCM and SAP culating asset retirement obligations (ARO).
ERP Financials to improve travel policy com- Find out how SAP Asset Retirement Obligation
pliance, monitor out-of-policy bookings, and Management is integrated with the necessary
optimize travel expense and settlement pro- components of SAP ERP Financials such as the
cesses. Walk through the product strategy and general ledger, FI-AA, and lease accounting
roadmap for SAP Travel Management to find (FILA). Maintain the ability to keep up with and
out how new developments could affect your support different accounting principles with
company. functionality to manage up to eight separate
accounting valuations for a single ARO. Walk
through examples from real-world implemen-
tations and understand key challenges faced
and best practices to overcome them.

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Track 3 16

Managerial accounting and controlling

Case study Make your material ledger


Improving the actual costing activation hassle-free
process at Aselsan
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems & Software
Sibel Kaplan and Mesut Karaman, Aselsan
Learn the correct sequence of steps required
Attend this session for a firsthand look at how to activate the material ledger in an SAP sys-
Aselsan, a producer of tactical military radios tem that is already up and running. Find out
and defense electronic systems, performs what’s required to convert your parallel cur-
actual costing in the SAP material ledger cost- rency, parallel valuation, and actual costing
ing cockpit. Learn the sequence of steps the data to be compatible with the material led- Best practices for inter-company
company takes to both customize and per- ger. Gain insight into how to detect (and sales order processing in your SAP
form its period-end closing activities using correct) materials management and general system
manufacturing orders with full settlement as ledger accounting errors in order to perform Sandeep Bagchi, NTT Data
its costing object. Understand how Aselsan a successful conversion. Determine how to
utilizes a “cycle” concept in its material led- overcome the challenges of converting a large Walk through the core building blocks for
ger and how doing so affects the calculation volume of material master, production order, implementing and configuring inter-company
of its periodic material prices. Find out what and purchase order data. Evaluate key con- sales order processing in your SAP system.
methods the company used to rework its poor- version strategies that will shorten conversion Understand the different entities involved
qualified products and the consequences of windows, minimize your system downtime, in processing an inter-company sales order,
these methods from both a logistics and cost- and spread the conversion load across your including delivery, customer billing, inter-com-
ing perspectives. Take away a document that available system resources. pany billing, and automated EDI postings.
outlines Aselsan’s methods for determining Solidify your knowledge of the fields in the
customer and vendor master that are required
periodic unit prices within its material led- How to accelerate financial and
for posting correct financial entries. Learn the
ger and how the company accounts for price managerial accounting processes
basic design requirements for using IDocs and
fluctuations and “not allocated” and “not dis- using SAP HANA the information required to maintain the differ-
tributed” variances.
Peter Himmighoefer and Ralf Humbert, SAP ent output types, including logical addresses,
Expert guidance to improve cost of Attend this session and learn how the lat- account assignment configuration, and cre-
sales accounting est breakthrough in-memory technology ation of partner profiles for both customers
provided by SAP HANA can now be seam- and vendors. Gain insight on how to enhance
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems & Software the pricing in sales and distribution to deter-
lessly integrated into your existing SAP ERP
Do you fully understand the best ways to system architecture without any disruption mine the correct departure and destination
use core SAP ERP Financials functionality to to business or solution operations. Find out country for the tax condition types. Under-
optimize cost of sales accounting? This ses- what steps your organization can take to stand the tax implication of VAT registration
sion walks through detailed steps to help both speed up and extend your current SAP between ordering and delivering country. Take
you optimally configure this functionality for ERP managerial accounting, financial report- home configuration examples, a list of rel-
your needs. Learn how to record cost of sales ing, and critical period end close processes evant master data and SAP Notes, sample
against actual sales at a granular level. Find using SAP HANA. This session will outline the code to derive the inter-company vendor, tax
out how to activate a cost of sales ledger. Com- approach of such a non-disruptive adoption derivation flow diagram for customer and
pare the pros and cons of using substitution of ERP applications using examples like CO-PA inter-company billings, and tips to better use
rules versus cost center categories. Learn why (profitability analysis), CO-OM (overhead man- the IDoc monitoring tools within SAP.
many companies have chosen to implement agement), CO-PC-ACT (material ledger), and
a functional area approach for cost of sales FI-GL (general ledger). Find out what advan-
accounting. See how functional area fields are tages and benefits can be realized as the result
updated in the general ledger. Get transaction of using SAP HANA as a secondary database.
codes for standard SAP reports with settings
to view data by functional area, and see how
to pull the functional area field into the rele-
vant reporting library to create reports using
the report painter tool. Take home sample
financial statement reports, user guides, and
configuration screenshots to help guide your
own efforts.

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Track 3: Managerial accounting and controlling 17
Guidelines and technologies to 10 effective tips to maximize your
accurately manage and accelerate existing FI and CO landscape
profitability and cost analysis Naeem Arif, Turnkey Consulting
Karuna Muhkerjea and Jérémie Brunet, SAP Learn how to make the most of your invest-
This session describes how to leverage SAP ment in SAP functionality for financial
Profitability and Cost Management to define accounting and controlling. This session walks
the blueprint for maximizing profitabil- you through 10 proven tips and techniques
ity, reducing costs and optimizing resources. that you can use to increase the value of your
Drive a deeper understanding of true costs, FI and CO landscapes, without the need for
which help serve as a basis for critical decisions any new functionality or external consulting
around profitability, margin management, assistance. Hear firsthand how these often
pricing strategies, merchandising plans, distri- overlooked, yet simple and practical solutions
bution activities, and customer service. Learn are set up in the SAP system without resorting
how to empower the decision makers with to complicated and expensive workarounds.
the simulation and scenario modeling options Learn how to default certain field values in the
to understand the impact of key decisions on customer and vendor master so that each new
the profitability of the company. Attend this record doesn’t require manual data entry. Find
session and learn the best practices of profit- out which settings to use in the general ledger
ability management that organizations have account master so that certain programs, such
implemented using SAP Profitability and Cost as the new deferred tax program RFUMSV50,
Management. can be run correctly. Learn how to transfer
financial accounting documents retroactively
into your profitability analysis functionality.
Take home advice on how to correct profit cen-
ter documents in SAP General Ledger.

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Track 4 18
Closings and consolidations

Case study Getting started with SAP starter


How Airbus SAS’ new, centralized kits: Your first step toward
finance system effectively supports accelerating the financial close
multiple subsidiaries across Europe
Franco Furlan, SAP and Antonio Giannelli, SAP
Philipp Visotschnig, Airbus SAS France
Explore the steps taken by Airbus SAS to This session introduces you to the starter kits
ensure that its financial and IT infrastructure from SAP that are now available to help you
supports all of its sites and subsidiaries across accelerate your group financial closing pro-
Europe. Learn how the company’s demand for Case study
cesses. Learn how pre-configured content can
a clear set of business requirements to sup- help your organization streamline its imple- New lessons from Zurich Financial
port its current IT investments has resulted mentation of SAP solutions for EPM, lower total Services’ journey to a fast close
in a company-wide initiative to better inte- cost of ownership of your enterprise perfor- across 400 global subsidiaries
grate local SAP-based financial systems, deliver mance management solutions, and comply Thomas Wagner, Zurich Insurance Group
leaner financial processes, and better serve with the latest financial regulations. Receive
the business through new financial standards. expert advice to assess your organization’s read- Find out how Zurich Financial Services success-
Hear examples that illustrate how the com- iness to adopt a solution like the IFRS starter fully achieved a faster financial close process
pany developed a new, centralized, financial kit. Get information about the correspondent through better consolidation and reporting
platform that consists of a unified accounting rapid deployment solution. Look at features across 400 global subsidiaries. Learn how the
system as well as unified rules and procedures. for the consolidation starter kit such as input company rolled out business consolidation
Find out how Airbus SAS closes the gaps that documents, rules, control reports, and financial systems (SEM BCS) functionality to over 1,000
can commonly exist between finance and IT statements. Come away with tips to identify and users worldwide and standardized reporting
departments by involving key stakeholders avoid costly solution management and devel- activities using SAP NetWeaver BW. Examine
from both areas in any critical decisions. Delve opment challenges when implementing SAP Zurich Financial Services’ methods for aggre-
into how the company was able to speed up solutions for EPM. gating, reconciling, and consolidating its
the monthly availability of data for a faster financial data and automatically generating
transparent financial statements and manage-
close without sacrificing quality. Come away Expert recommendations to
ment reports, providing both managers and
with an understanding of how Airbus SAS’s increase the speed, efficiency, and their CFO with the confidence to sign off on
strategy has led to more effective reports, quality of your financial close process financial results. Find out why the use of a
consistent data, and faster closes across all its
subsidiaries. Stefan Karl, SAP AG portal as an information delivery mechanism
eliminated the need to roll out SAP Business
Examine how the new release of SAP Financial
Explorer (SAP BEx) functionality to every user,
Closing cockpit supports you in planning, exe-
saving the company significant time and
cuting, monitoring, and analyzing all entity close
money. Assess the company’s method for con-
tasks. Understand how to use its enterprise auto-
solidating multiple charts of accounts (CoA)
mation component for further reducing manual
into a single, common CoA that became the
work and errors. Hear firsthand how to enable
backbone of the company’s consolidation and
peer-to-peer reconciliations and information shar-
reporting process.
ing in real time to identify and resolve problems
early and cut delays at corporate and divisional
levels. Discover a proven approach to reconcile
balances or invoices via the Web, allowing you
to close your books faster. Learn how to create
harmonized financial master data like accounts,
companies, profit centers, or cost centers that is
stored centrally and then distributed toward mul-
tiple accounting and consolidation systems. Find
out how to configure workflow approvals for
master data change requests, and have full trans-
parency in your financial close process.

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SAP’s 2012 guide to financial Expert techniques for making the Case study
consolidation solutions most of the SAP Financial Closing Inside Mota-Engil Group’s
cockpit continuous improvement of its
Carolyn Stephens, SAP and Antonio Giannelli,
SAP France
consolidation process across global
Sandeep Bagchi, NTT Data
entities
Receive a detailed overview of the most recent Attend this session for best practices to suc-
enhancements to financial consolidation João Fonseca de Almeida, Mota-Engil
cessfully implement the SAP Financial Closing
solutions from SAP BusinessObjects, and an cockpit to increase the quality and speed of Get an insider’s view of key lessons Mota-
outlook on SAP’s strategy and planned inno- your financial closing processes using automa- Engil Group has derived since completing its
vations. Learn how additional functionality in tion and task flow functionality. Walk through SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consoli-
SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation some of the key business drivers for imple- dation implementation project. Identify the
and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Con- menting the SAP Financial Closing cockpit, business drivers that sparked the organization’s
solidation can improve your financial closes including the ability to establish a shared, uni- decision to move its planning and consolida-
and consolidations for IFRS, local GAAP report- form interface where all periodic activities can tion activities to SAP BusinessObjects Planning
ing, or parallel accounting standards. Learn be documented and made transparent and and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver,
how these solutions support legal statuary available to the business. Step through exam- including its need for diversification-based
consolidation and management reporting. ples that illustrate how to leverage this solution growth across its global environment. Hear
Learn what functionality is available to map to provide a structured interface for executing firsthand how the company has fully integrated
data from SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP transactions and complex financial business and connected the tool to its SAP ERP systems
to SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolida- processes, such as period closing schedules, and SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Manage-
tion. Come away with real-world lessons from using both standard templates and work lists. ment solution. Learn how the company has
successful SAP customers and a good under- Walk away with tips to more efficiently moni- taken the next step with regards to planning
standing of how to evaluate and choose the tor your entire closing status and drill-down and consolidation and has added automated
right SAP financial consolidation solution to into your organization’s important financial data loading to its environment. See what
meet your needs. closing details. steps the company is taking to continuously
improve its consolidation environment includ-
Accelerate the publication of your How to overcome weaknesses and ing integration with planning.
financial statements using inefficiencies in the account
disclosure management reconciliation process for a faster How to speed up the month-end
functionality close close time and achieve more
Franco Furlan, SAP and Antonio Giannelli, SAP
financial productivity gains using
Therese Tucker, BlackLine Systems and Stefan
France Karl, SAP
SAP HANA
Attend this session for an overview of the SAP Andrea Giovanni Durante, IBM Global Business
Maintaining multiple sets of accounting stan-
Disclosure Management solution. Get tips for Services
dards, including IFRS, GAAP, or statutory
reducing the time, risk, and cost of regula- accounts, creates an even more onerous bur- Identify the key financial business drivers for
tory disclosures, including financial statement den on companies when closing the books leveraging SAP HANA within your finance
production and XBRL filings. Learn about the each month. Attend this session and learn how organization. This session arms you with
impact this has on the “last mile” of finance to overcome the complexities associated with tips for using SAP HANA to help shorten the
as part of a fast and efficient financial close the account reconciliation process to help your amount of time spent on month-end closes
from source transaction to digital disclosure. organization achieve a quicker, more accu- and achieve financial productivity gains. Learn
Hear about the collaborative process that facil- rate financial close process. Learn what steps how react quickly to critical business needs
itates an auditable, compliant workflow for to take to minimize the amount of manual utilizing SAP HANA functionality to immedi-
the production and approval of both finan- labor required for each financial close. Find ately post and check books during the critical
cial and non-financial regulatory statements out how to create a foundation for evaluating month-end closing period. Find out how SAP
and disclosures. Get an understanding of the business performance, supporting organiza- HANA quickly accesses just the data you need,
regulatory mandates which require companies tional decisions, satisfying external reporting reducing the size of SAP NetWeaver BW data
to file financial results in the XBRL (eXtensible requirements, and complying with new regu- loads. Get tips for avoiding system overwork,
Business Reporting Language) format such as lations and multiple standards. Walk through assuring data quality, and simplifying sys-
20F, e-Bilanz, Solvency II Pillar III, and find out real-world examples that illustrate how other tem management during the financial close.
about preconfigured content that helps you companies improve the accuracy and timeli- Explore use case scenarios for deploying SAP
accelerate your implementation. Understand ness of compliance reporting, and reporting HANA to the period-end close process within
how SAP Disclosure Management seamlessly standards requirements. your organization.
integrates with both SAP and non-SAP consoli-
dation environments. See a demonstration of
the solution, and hear about what is new in its
latest release.

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A step-by-step guide to build a Case study
financial close process acceleration Streamlining the chart of accounts
roadmap at McKesson improves financial
reporting and achieves faster closes
Giovanni Perone, PwC
Ross Wilson, McKesson
Companies face increased pressure to pro-
vide higher quality information faster and Attend this session for an in-depth review
more efficiently. However, with converging of how McKesson cleaned up the company’s
financial reporting standards from FASB and existing chart of accounts and company code
IASB, higher expectations of transparency structure. Hear what steps of the project the
from banks, and increased scrutiny from the company has completed and how taking these
investment community, this is becoming more steps will help the company more accurately
difficult to achieve. Get tips for building a finan- report on financial activities across the entire
cial close process acceleration roadmap that organization. Learn how the company tailored
is customized to fit the needs and require- its SAP chart of accounts design to meet the
ments of your organization. Walk through a challenges of multiple reporting regulations
proven methodology for speeding up your such as US GAAP, IFRS, and other local statu-
closing cycle with lessons for aligning your tory requirements. Understand which tools
reporting objectives with the overall strategy the company uses alongside the SAP Gen-
of the organization and steps for identifying eral Ledger, including SAP NetWeaver BW and
enhancement opportunities that may exist SAP BusinessObjects to meet legal and man-
within the close and reporting cycle. Exam- agement reporting requirements. Find out
ine a finance maturity model, and determine what challenges the company has faced with
where your organization lies on the curve, and regards to managing its master data integra-
what steps you can take to become a more tion and hierarchy design activities. Leave this
optimized financial organization. Take home session with a list of critical success factors
copies of PwC’s third annual finance effective- for more effectively maintaining the chart of
ness benchmarking study and report on PwC’s accounts at your own organization.
research study on financial planning.

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Track 5 21

Planning, forecasting, and budgeting

Lessons for more streamlined and Case study


effective planning and budgeting Inside Purdue Pharma’s
using SAP BusinessObjects Planning SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
and Consolidation Consolidation implementation
project
Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises
Arvind Sahu, Purdue Pharma
This session illustrates the most important
planning and forecasting scenarios within Identify the business drivers that sparked
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consoli- Purdue Pharma’s decision to migrate from
dation and offers tips to help you achieve SEM-BPS to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and New technologies and guidelines to
more streamlined and effective planning. Step Consolidation, version for the Microsoft plat- improve the financial budgeting
through examples and get best practices to form, including security features that control process
build and execute the following planning access to sensitive data like salary information. Olivier Delcourt, SAP
scenarios: top down distributions, sales and Gain insight into how the company struc-
operations planning (S&OP), cost center alloca- tured its implementation project team and This session walks you through the steps to
tions, and account transformations. See how to effectively communicated between the busi- improve the budgeting process and ensure
use the spread modeling function to allocate ness and IT. Explore how Purdue Pharma uses that budgets are aligned with organizational
values across destination cells, such as months SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida- strategy. Get tips to communicate plans and
of the year. Learn how to use the adminis- tion to meet its capital planning requirements, objectives, align business units, and allo-
tration console to add master data to your including cost center, internal order, profit cate resources to key priorities, while actively
planning scenario. Observe an annual budget- center, capital, and compensation. Get best monitoring and reporting on progress, and pro-
ing process as executed via the Microsoft Excel practices and lessons learned for integrating actively taking action when issues arise within
user interface. Find out how to compare actu- SAP data into SAP BusinessObjects Planning your budgeting initiative. Hear what functional-
als to forecasts within SAP BusinessObjects and Consolidation, including how to map ity is available in SAP BusinessObjects Planning
Planning and Consolidation. Understand how SAP data to planning structures. Hear how and Consolidation in conjunction with SAP
to perform key financial calculations such as the company uses BPMNConnect for com- BusinessObjects Strategy Management to bet-
allocations and distributions. plex field-to-field mapping and business rules. ter manage and gain insight into your financial
Take home documentation on how to design budgeting activities. Learn how to develop
more strategic budgeting initiatives and mon-
A detailed guide to planning and develop input templates and reports in
itor specific key performance indicators and
solutions from SAP SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
tion, version for the Microsoft platform. milestones, such as if your project is completed
Muthu Ranganathan, SAP late and over budget. See a demo of how SAP
Walk through the new roadmap for SAP’s plan- Live demo BusinessObjects Strategy Management can be
ning solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects SAP BusinessObjects Planning and used to manage initiatives that align directly to
Planning and Consolidation, SAP NetWeaver Consolidation expenses tracked in SAP BusinessObjects Plan-
BW integrated planning, and more. See what ning and Consolidation.
Kris Van Delm, SAP
SAP’s vision is for integrated business planning
and what future plans and enhancements are Attend this product demonstration for a first-
in store for its planning solutions. Learn how hand look at the functionality available in
to utilize SAP tools to streamline sales, reve- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
nue, cash flow, and other planning processes. tion 10.0. See for yourself how this application
Find out how to perform what-if analysis and can help to streamline the planning, budget-
scenario planning, which enables your organi- ing, and forecasting process and can enable
zation to model different scenarios that assess a faster close. Find out how this application
potential future outcomes to better determine is built and designed to be owned and man-
a preferred course of action. Find out what aged by business users. There will be ample
support SAP offers for driver-based planning. opportunity to ask questions of a leading SAP
Learn how to utilize other planning options in product expert about the new capabilities and
SAP controlling including profitability analysis future direction of SAP BusinessObjects Plan-
and demand management. ning and Consolidation.

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Track 5: Planning, forecasting, and budgeting 22
Case study Case study Business planning intelligence: Key
How Sulzer migrated input and Streamlining, shortening, and lessons to streamline your
report templates from SAP aligning planning cycles with organization’s planning, budgeting
BusinessObjects Planning and corporate goals at T-Systems and forecasting processes
Consolidation 7.0 to the 10.0 Gerhard Wilhelmi, T-Systems Anurag Tambe, Infosys
version
Hear a firsthand account of how T-Systems This session provides new perspective on
Mark Sapey and Rodolphe Huynh, Sulzer has increased profitability and simplified its what intelligence today’s business planners
Attend this session and learn how Sulzer was planning and forecasting processes using expect from planning solutions such as on-
able to migrate existing input templates and pre-defined modules in SAP BusinessObjects the-fly calculations, what-if simulations, and
reports from SAP BusinessObjects Planning Planning and Consolidation. Walk through qualitative information processing. Obtain
and Consolidation 7.0 to SAP BusinessObjects T-Systems’ implementation project, begin- detailed instruction to streamline your organi-
Planning and Consolidation 10.0. Rather than ning with its initial project preparation stages zation’s planning, budgeting, and forecasting
recreating them, find out how the company through go-live. Hear firsthand how the com- processes. Get introduced to a rich library of
replaced outdated EV functions with the new pany was able to tightly link its business planning automation tools from SAP Busi-
enterprise performance management func- process flows to the data and processes that nessObjects Planning and Consolidation for
tions in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and support its planning and budgeting activities. SAP NetWeaver in the form of business rules,
Consolidation. Although old function names See for yourself how T-Systems is now able to BADI, and script logic. Learn how to creatively
are still supported, understand why Sulzer, in develop more timely and accurate plans and leverage these to build best-in-class planning
order avoid future confusion, developed a pro- budgets that align with the company’s goals. features that provide an intuitive planning
cess to replace the old function names with the Take home tips, critical lessons learned, and view to business users. Walk through key les-
new names in both Excel workbooks and VBA, examples of modular planning scenarios to sons to automate manual activities, enable
which led to over 40 replacements in work- guide your organization’s implementation. advanced forecasting capabilities, create an
books, and 250 replacements in VBA. Find out integrated planning process, and ensure data
what tools were used to automate the migra- An updated guide to the new quality and consistency of your organization’s
tion of the templates between the versions capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects KPI definitions. Find out what standard out-of-
enabling them to avoid the need for time-con- Planning and Consolidaton 10.0 the-box functions are available and know how
suming manual work on a core library of about you can flexibly customize them to fulfill your
David Ormerod, SAP
1,000 templates. unique business requirements. Get to know
Gain a thorough understanding of what’s new in the new features available in SAP planning
New strategies and technologies to the latest release (10.0) of SAP BusinessObjects tools and how it can help you move towards
analyze and understand financial Planning and Consolidation for both the a robust planning architecture. Take home a
data for improved cash version for the Microsoft platform, and the step-by-step design guide to transform your
management and forecasting version for SAP NetWeaver. See how leverag- planning process solutions to fulfill business
ing the in-memory computing capabilities of planner needs.
Christian Mnich, SAP AG SAP HANA and mobile technologies in conjunc-
Companies need to understand their cash flow tion with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
minute-to-minute in order to determine what Consolidation transforms planning and bud-
kind of investments to make, how to man- geting processes and increases organizational
age payment schedules, and which strategic agility. Reduce the learning curve and increase
initiatives to undertake. This session offers an your adoption rate of SAP BusinessObjects
overview of solutions from SAP that enable Planning and Consolidation with the new EPM
you to rapidly analyze high volumes of cash- add-in for Microsoft Office and new Web 2.0
related data. Gain an understanding of SAP interface, which provide a familiar and easy to
HANA, a high-speed analytics tool, and how it use experience. Learn how new functionality
can be used to generate more comprehensive can help your organization automate variance
analytics that can improve reporting and fore- analysis — a task most companies have to
casting. Get best practices for automating cash collect together from scattered sources and
management activities, such as bank-to-bank calculate manually. Find out how other cus-
transfers, electronic payment file generation, tomers are improving planning accuracy and
and electronic bank statement processing. reducing planning cycle time using the latest
Find out how to drill down to a very gran- release.
ular level of payment process data in order
to understand individual customer payment
behaviors at a new level.

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Track 6 23

SAP General Ledger

Simplify postings of business Lessons for overcoming the top


transactions to the general ledger challenges of a migration to SAP
with these automatic account General Ledger
determination techniques Giovanni Perone, PwC
Naeem Arif, Turnkey Consulting In this session, find out why and how to circum-
Attend this session for detailed instruction to vent some of the most common challenges
set up account determination tables that link associated with migrations to the latest release
business transaction objects to your SAP Gen- of the SAP General Ledger. Obtain tips for
Live demo
eral Ledger accounts. Learn how setting up setting up parallel ledgers to meet the require-
these tables will enable you to post transac- ments of IFRS, local GAAP, and tax GAAP. New features and functionality in
tions from other modules to the general ledger Mitigate project risk with best practices to SAP General Ledger
with ease. Understand the main tables and utilize segmented reporting which integrates Stefan Karl, SAP
master data that accounts are assigned to and your segment postings and reporting in SAP
Attend this live demonstration session to
how to trace any errors or inconsistencies back functionality for financial accounting. Find
explore the latest functionality available in
to the originating source. Walk through some out how to ensure data and process integrity
the SAP General Ledger and evaluate whether
of the most common mistakes that are made when designing and setting up parallel ledger.
or not migrating should be a consideration
when configuring account assignments, such Learn how using the latest release of the SAP
for your organization, or if you have already
as using the wrong cost element category on General Ledger enables the real time align-
migrated, if you are utilizing its full potential.
a revenue related account, which should be ment between your financial and managerial
Learn how the SAP General Ledger supports
passed to CO-PA. Get tips to create and assign accounting procedures.
parallel accounting through the use of paral-
new general modifiers and account keys in the
lel ledgers and parallel accounts. See how to
materials management and sales and distribu-
utilize SAP’s new profit center reorganization
tion modules. Learn the best way of setting up
to automate and more easily shift those struc-
account determination for areas such as travel
tures and responsibilities. There will be ample
management and the material ledger in order
opportunity to ask questions of an SAP prod-
to classify accounts more specifically to the
uct expert.
business situation. View a demo that illustrates
how to run a report that clearly shows where
accounts have been automatically assigned.

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Track 7 24

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and


Consolidation

Optimizing the end user experience Business planning intelligence: Key


with SAP BusinessObjects Planning lessons to streamline your
and Consolidation reports and organization’s planning, budgeting
analyses and forecasting processes
Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises Anurag Tambe, Infosys
When it comes to financial planning and This session provides new perspective on
consolidation, reporting is key. This session what intelligence today’s business planners
provides detailed instruction for leveraging expect from planning solutions such as on- Case study
complementary SAP BusinessObjects solutions the-fly calculations, what-if simulations, and Streamlining, shortening, and
to ensure accurate, user-friendly reports and qualitative information processing. Obtain
aligning planning cycles with
analyses. Navigate a decision tree to identify detailed instruction to streamline your organi-
corporate goals at T-Systems
the pros and cons of two distinct reporting zation’s planning, budgeting, and forecasting
strategies, by leveraging SAP BusinessObjects processes. Get introduced to a rich library of Gerhard Wilhelmi, T-Systems
BI solutions in conjunction with SAP Busines- planning automation tools from SAP Busi- Hear a firsthand account of how T-Systems
sObjects Planning and Consolidation or by nessObjects Planning and Consolidation for has increased profitability and simplified its
utilizing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and SAP NetWeaver in the form of business rules, planning and forecasting processes using
Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, BADI, and script logic. Learn how to creatively pre-defined modules in SAP BusinessObjects
Excel client. Step through demonstrations that leverage these to build best-in-class planning Planning and Consolidation. Walk through
illustrate how to leverage the reporting tools features that provide an intuitive planning T-Systems’ implementation project, begin-
native to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and view to business users. Walk through key les- ning with its initial project preparation stages
Consolidation, including SAP BusinessObjects sons to automate manual activities, enable through go-live. Hear firsthand how the com-
Planning and Consolidation for Excel, Word, advanced forecasting capabilities, create an pany was able to tightly link its business
PowerPoint, and Live Reporting. Assess the integrated planning process, and ensure data process flows to the data and processes that
strengths and limitations of using specific quality and consistency of your organization’s support its planning and budgeting activities.
SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions with SAP KPI definitions. Find out what standard out-of- See for yourself how T-Systems is now able to
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida- the-box functions are available and know how develop more timely and accurate plans and
tion, including Xcelsius®, SAP Crystal Reports® you can flexibly customize them to fulfill your budgets that align with the company’s goals.
and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence®. unique business requirements. Get to know Take home tips, critical lessons learned, and
Map each of these reporting tools to specific the new features available in SAP planning examples of modular planning scenarios to
report types, including profit and loss, balance tools and how it can help you move towards guide your organization’s implementation.
sheets, and cash flow. Understand your options a robust planning architecture. Take home a
for report customization — such as embed- step-by-step design guide to transform your
ding an Xcelsius dashboard within your SAP planning process solutions to fulfill business
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation planner needs.
workbook — to meet your unique financial
reporting requirements.

Live demo
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation
Kris Van Delm, SAP
Attend this product demonstration for a first-
hand look at the functionality available in
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
tion 10.0. See for yourself how this application
can help to streamline the planning, budget-
ing, and forecasting process and can enable
a faster close. Find out how this application
is built and designed to be owned and man-
aged by business users. There will be ample
opportunity to ask questions of a leading SAP
product expert about the new capabilities and
future direction of SAP BusinessObjects Plan-
ning and Consolidation.
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Track 7: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 25
Case study Case study An updated guide to the new
How Sulzer migrated input and Inside Mota-Engil Group’s capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects
report templates from SAP continuous improvement of its Planning and Consolidaton 10.0
BusinessObjects Planning and consolidation process across global
David Ormerod, SAP
Consolidation 7.0 to the 10.0 entities
version João Fonseca de Almeida, Mota-Engil
Gain a thorough understanding of what’s new in
the latest release (10.0) of SAP BusinessObjects
Mark Sapey and Rodolphe Huynh, Sulzer Get an insider’s view of key lessons Mota- Planning and Consolidation for both the
Attend this session and learn how Sulzer was Engil Group has derived since completing its version for the Microsoft platform, and the
able to migrate existing input templates and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consoli- version for SAP NetWeaver. See how leverag-
reports from SAP BusinessObjects Planning dation implementation project. Identify the ing the in-memory computing capabilities of
and Consolidation 7.0 to SAP BusinessObjects business drivers that sparked the organization’s SAP HANA and mobile technologies in conjunc-
Planning and Consolidation 10.0. Rather than decision to move its planning and consolida- tion with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
recreating them, find out how the company tion activities to SAP BusinessObjects Planning Consolidation transforms planning and bud-
replaced outdated EV functions with the new and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, geting processes and increases organizational
enterprise performance management func- including its need for diversification-based agility. Reduce the learning curve and increase
tions in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and growth across its global environment. Hear your adoption rate of SAP BusinessObjects
Consolidation. Although old function names firsthand how the company has fully integrated Planning and Consolidation with the new EPM
are still supported, understand why Sulzer, in and connected the tool to its SAP ERP systems add-in for Microsoft Office and new Web 2.0
order avoid future confusion, developed a pro- and SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Manage- interface, which provide a familiar and easy to
cess to replace the old function names with the ment solution. Learn how the company has use experience. Learn how new functionality
new names in both Excel workbooks and VBA, taken the next step with regards to planning can help your organization automate variance
which led to over 40 replacements in work- and consolidation and has added automated analysis — a task most companies have to
books, and 250 replacements in VBA. Find out data loading to its environment. See what collect together from scattered sources and
what tools were used to automate the migra- steps the company is taking to continuously calculate manually. Find out how other cus-
tion of the templates between the versions improve its consolidation environment includ- tomers are improving planning accuracy and
enabling them to avoid the need for time-con- ing integration with planning. reducing planning cycle time using the latest
suming manual work on a core library of about release.
1,000 templates. SAP’s 2012 guide to financial
consolidation solutions Improve the quality of cash flow
Lessons for more streamlined and Carolyn Stephens, SAP and Antonio Giannelli, reports using account
effective planning and budgeting SAP France transformation and currency
using SAP BusinessObjects Planning translation business rules
and Consolidation Receive a detailed overview of the most recent
enhancements to financial consolidation John Cerqueira, Reliable Technical Solutions
Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises solutions from SAP BusinessObjects, and an Learn how to automate your cash flow report-
This session illustrates the most important outlook on SAP’s strategy and planned inno- ing activities to improve report quality and
planning and forecasting scenarios within vations. Learn how additional functionality in reduce your time to close. This session arms
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consoli- SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation you with expert advice for setting up account
dation and offers tips to help you achieve and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Con- transformation and currency translation busi-
more streamlined and effective planning. Step solidation can improve your financial closes ness rules using SAP BusinessObjects Planning
through examples and get best practices to and consolidations for IFRS, local GAAP report- and Consolidation on both a consolidated
build and execute the following planning ing, or parallel accounting standards. Learn and non-consolidated level. Find out how the
scenarios: top down distributions, sales and how these solutions support legal statuary use of account transformation business rules
operations planning (S&OP), cost center alloca- consolidation and management reporting. can provide the ability to use the value of
tions, and account transformations. See how to Learn what functionality is available to map one account in different areas of your finan-
use the spread modeling function to allocate data from SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP cial reports. Discover how to calculate values
values across destination cells, such as months to SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolida- for a cumulative currency translation adjust-
of the year. Learn how to use the adminis- tion. Come away with real-world lessons from ment which then automatically determines the
tration console to add master data to your successful SAP customers and a good under- effect a change in exchange rate will have your
planning scenario. Observe an annual budget- standing of how to evaluate and choose the company’s cash reports. Take home examples
ing process as executed via the Microsoft Excel right SAP financial consolidation solution to of local currency and group currency financial
user interface. Find out how to compare actu- meet your needs. statements, including cash flow statements.
als to forecasts within SAP BusinessObjects
Planning and Consolidation. Understand how
to perform key financial calculations such as
allocations and distributions.

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New technologies and guidelines to 2012 guide to the Case study
improve the financial budgeting SAP BusinessObjects enterprise Inside Purdue Pharma’s
process performance management (EPM) SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
roadmap Consolidation implementation
Olivier Delcourt, SAP
project
This session walks you through the steps to Bryan Katis and David Williams, SAP
Arvind Sahu, Purdue Pharma
improve the budgeting process and ensure This session provides an overview of
that budgets are aligned with organizational SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance Identify the business drivers that sparked
strategy. Get tips to communicate plans and management (EPM) 10.0 solutions and road- Purdue Pharma’s decision to migrate from
objectives, align business units, and allo- map. Understand how strategy management, SEM-BPS to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
cate resources to key priorities, while actively planning and consolidation, and profitability Consolidation, version for the Microsoft plat-
monitoring and reporting on progress, and pro- and cost management capabilities fit together form, including security features that control
actively taking action when issues arise within and complement each other. Find out how access to sensitive data like salary information.
your budgeting initiative. Hear what functional- new solutions for disclosure management can Gain insight into how the company struc-
ity is available in SAP BusinessObjects Planning be used to support mission critical compliance tured its implementation project team and
and Consolidation in conjunction with SAP processes. Learn how SAP BusinessObjects effectively communicated between the busi-
BusinessObjects Strategy Management to bet- EPM solutions fit into your existing SAP land- ness and IT. Explore how Purdue Pharma uses
ter manage and gain insight into your financial scape, whether it includes SAP ERP, SAP SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
budgeting activities. Learn how to develop NetWeaver BW, or SAP BusinessObjects Busi- tion to meet its capital planning requirements,
more strategic budgeting initiatives and mon- ness Intelligence solutions, and discover how including cost center, internal order, profit
itor specific key performance indicators and your peers have leveraged these solutions to center, capital, and compensation. Get best
milestones, such as if your project is completed deliver measurable business benefits. Get a practices and lessons learned for integrating
late and over budget. See a demo of how SAP sneak peek into SAP’s future plans for its EPM SAP data into SAP BusinessObjects Planning
BusinessObjects Strategy Management can be solutions, such as the addition of high-speed and Consolidation, including how to map
used to manage initiatives that align directly to analytics enabled by SAP HANA, on-demand SAP data to planning structures. Hear how
expenses tracked in SAP BusinessObjects Plan- delivery options, and the ability to check on the company uses BPMNConnect for com-
ning and Consolidation. performance from any mobile device. plex field-to-field mapping and business rules.
Take home documentation on how to design
and develop input templates and reports in
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
tion, version for the Microsoft platform.

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Track 8 27

Financial reports, analyses, and


business intelligence

Case study Improve financial analysis with an


Streamlining the chart of accounts integrated BI and performance
at McKesson improves financial management environment
reporting and achieves faster closes
Andrew Joo, IBM Global Business Services
Ross Wilson, McKesson
This session offers best practices for integrat-
Attend this session for an in-depth review ing your SAP BusinessObjects solutions for BI,
of how McKesson cleaned up the company’s EPM, and EIM to create a more unified and com-
existing chart of accounts and company code prehensive view of your organization’s strategic,
structure. Hear what steps of the project the financial, and operational information. Examine Optimizing the end user experience
company has completed and how taking these the real-world (and role-based) use case sce- with SAP BusinessObjects Planning
steps will help the company more accurately narios for this integrated environment, such and Consolidation reports and
report on financial activities across the entire as enabling multi-dimensional profit and loss analyses
organization. Learn how the company tailored statements, profitability- and driver-based Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises
its SAP chart of accounts design to meet the reporting capabilities, and “what-if” analysis.
challenges of multiple reporting regulations Learn how to analyze actual, budget, and fore- When it comes to financial planning and
such as US GAAP, IFRS, and other local statu- cast data at all levels of granularity by leveraging consolidation, reporting is key. This session
tory requirements. Understand which tools SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions, including provides detailed instruction for leveraging
the company uses alongside the SAP Gen- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida- complementary SAP BusinessObjects solutions
eral Ledger, including SAP NetWeaver BW and tion, alongside SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions, to ensure accurate, user-friendly reports and
SAP BusinessObjects to meet legal and man- such as Xcelsius (now SAP BusinessObjects Dash- analyses. Navigate a decision tree to identify
agement reporting requirements. Find out boards)andSAPBusinessObjectsWebIntelligence. the pros and cons of two distinct reporting
what challenges the company has faced with Acquire strategies for optimal semantic layer strategies, by leveraging SAP BusinessObjects
regards to managing its master data integra- design, and explore the top technical consid- BI solutions in conjunction with SAP Busines-
tion and hierarchy design activities. Leave this erations behind data modeling, management, sObjects Planning and Consolidation or by
session with a list of critical success factors and quality assurance when integrating utilizing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
for more effectively maintaining the chart of SAP BusinessObjects solutions for BI, EPM, Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver,
accounts at your own organization. and EIM. Excel client. Step through demonstrations
that illustrate how to leverage the reporting
Lessons for rolling out a financial tools native to SAP BusinessObjects Planning
How emerging developments with
dashboard that supports your most and Consolidation, including SAP BusinessOb-
VAT can affect your SAP systems
jects Planning and Consolidation for Excel,
critical decisions and financial reports Word, PowerPoint, and Live Reporting. Assess
Anurag Barua, Strata-Gems Consulting & Kees van Westerop, Kwest Consulting & the strengths and limitations of using spe-
Solutions Education cific SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions with
In today’s era of globalization, high levels of Get a thorough understanding of how proce- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolida-
competition, and slow economic growth, compa- dures required by the European Union Value tion, including Xcelsius®, SAP Crystal Reports®
nies worldwide need an ability to view their key Added Tax (EU VAT) affect your business and and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence®.
financial performance indicators on a frequent financial processes. Identify common miscon- Map each of these reporting tools to specific
basis and be able to make quick decisions. Dash- ceptions surrounding VAT, including those report types, including profit and loss, balance
boards provide a most effective mechanism to measures that need to be taken with pro-rata sheets, and cash flow. Understand your options
do so. This session provides best practices on the VAT and deferred VAT. Understand when to for report customization — such as embed-
process of gathering requirements for your finan- apply pro-rata VAT and how to set it up and ding an Xcelsius dashboard within your SAP
cial dashboards across a diverse cross-section of integrate it into the financial accounting (FI) BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation
stakeholders. Understand the key ingredients of module. Learn how to customize your finan- workbook — to meet your unique financial
an effective financial dashboard which include cial accounting application to meet different reporting requirements.
both content and style. Receive a comparative VAT policies and the implications on your tax
analysis of the various SAP dashboard tools and reporting processes. Learn how to handle VAT
applications and the pros and cons of using and tax jurisdiction codes within one com-
each. Get an overview of some of the best design pany code.
practices related to using SAP BusinessObjects
Dashboards, formerly known as Xcelsius. Receive
valuable recommendations for implementing
and rolling out a financial dashboard solution..

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Track 8: Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence 28
Improve the quality of cash flow Case study How to implement a robust power
reports using account McKesson gleans greater financial user program for your BI users
transformation and currency insights using dashboards and self-
Anurag Barua, Strata-Gems Consulting &
translation business rules service Web analytics Solutions
John Cerqueira, Reliable Technical Solutions Ross Wilson, McKesson
This session provides lessons for leveraging
Learn how to automate your cash flow report- This session explores McKesson’s deployment power users to create and maintain effective
ing activities to improve report quality and of Xcelsius® and SAP BusinessObjects Web end user training strategies, including tips
reduce your time to close. This session arms Intelligence® to meet its financial reporting for boosting user adoption and streamlining
you with expert advice for setting up account and analysis needs. Learn why McKesson chose change management processes.Explore crite-
transformation and currency translation busi- to leverage Xcelsius and SAP BusinessObjects ria to help determine whether a power user
ness rules using SAP BusinessObjects Planning Web Intelligence for its credit and dispute program might work well for specific groups
and Consolidation on both a consolidated management reports, and how the company of end users. Identify the role of power users
and non-consolidated level. Find out how the has leveraged SAP NetWeaver BW data stores in the requirements-gathering process, includ-
use of account transformation business rules and InfoCubes to do so. Hear the top chal- ing the importance of identifying the features,
can provide the ability to use the value of lenges faced by the McKesson team while functionalities, and data they require to satisfy
one account in different areas of your finan- migrating financial reports from older sys- their ad hoc needs up front. Understand when
cial reports. Discover how to calculate values tems to the newer solutions, such as ensuring (and when not) to involve power users in the
for a cumulative currency translation adjust- complete integration between SAP Busines- testing phases of a BI initiative. Come away
ment which then automatically determines the sObjects and the SAP NetWeaver landscape with actionable advice to organize, support,
effect a change in exchange rate will have your and implementing the latest SAP BusinessOb- and train power users to minimize the develop-
company’s cash reports. Take home examples jects service pack. Understand how McKesson ment impact on your user community.
of local currency and group currency financial optimized dashboard and report performance
statements, including cash flow statements. by leveraging the BICS connector and the Case study
query stripping feature within SAP Busines- How The Schwan Food Company
Increase your proficiency with the sObjects Web Intelligence. See samples of the streamlined enterprise-wide
report painter tool to overcome six summary dashboards used for high-level analytics and increased visibility
complex financial reporting analysis by the collections and accounts receiv- into business operations
challenges ables (A/R) departments. Examine how the
team is able to drill down into self-service Web Karthik Palanisamy, The Schwan Food Company
John Cerqueira, Reliable Technical Solutions analytics for more detailed data behind days This session explores the processes and tools
Learn how your counterparts leverage the sales outstanding, dispute status, and more. deployed by The Schwan Food Company to
report painter within their SAP ERP report- enable enterprise-wide analytics, including
ing landscapes, and take a detailed look at The coming sovereign debt crisis, critical steps and considerations to determine
the techniques that have proven to be most the future of financial reporting and and optimize a BI strategy and roadmap. Get
valuable. Determine when the report painter the impact of proper depreciations lessons from the company on scoping and
provides a more efficient, cost-effective alter- on economic recovery requirements gathering, including the steps it
native to custom ABAP report development. took to ensure that the needs of four distinct
Dr. Juergen Ott, Former CFO, Allianz business units — consumer brands, food ser-
Step through an example that shows you how
to create a financial statement with report Listen in as Juergen Ott, former CFO of Allianz vice, home service, and global supply chain
painter. Learn how to set up currency trans- Switzerland & former lead manager of Allianz — were represented and met. See how The
lations so that you can run and view single group’s finance transformation, shares his per- Schwan Food Company leverages a self-ser-
reports in multiple currencies while controlling spective on the past history and future outlook vice portal to ensure decisions are based on
the exchange rate. Get tips to properly main- for accounting and reporting. Examine both the most accurate and up-to-date informa-
tain your reporting libraries, currency exchange the facts and the speculation about the coming tion. Understand the importance of hierarchy
rate tables, and currency settings, and find out biggest sovereign debt crisis in history and the reporting, and get tips for deploying it in SAP
why this is critical to running multi-currency effects it will have on both, the trading activi- BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. Gain insight
reports. Gain greater proficiency working with ties of businesses across the globe and their into how the company reached agreement and
variables and user exits. reporting. Understand the cause-and-effect set policy on a common look, feel, and navi-
relationship that exists between the state of gation path for its enterprise dashboards and
(post-) recession economy and the account- reports. Step through demos of The Schwan
ing, financial, and risk reporting regulations Food Company’s department-specific dash-
businesses have to comply with. Learn how boards — from food services to supply chain
an unsound and improper assets and liabilities — for insight into how they provide immedi-
valuation today lead to negative implications ate business value to the enterprise.
for the recovery of the economy. Understand
the key role that depreciation plays in prevent-
ing such outcomes. Leave this session with an
up-to-date look at how your reporting pro-
cesses will be affected by the coming currency
reforms eventually due in 2015-2017.

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Track 8: Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence 29
The role of SAP BusinessObjects Unleash the power of your Case study
Analysis in your self-service BI Microsoft Excel-based reporting Shell International BV’s field-tested
strategy environment with SAP BEx and techniques for designing executive-
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis level performance management
Alexander Peter, SAP
reports and dashboards
Gain insight into the SAP vision and strategy Joerg Boeke, BI Analyst GmbH
Simon Robb, Shell International BV
for positioning SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, Obtain best practices to accelerate Microsoft
edition for Microsoft Office, as an alternative Excel-based report execution and distribution Attend this session for a behind-the-scenes look
to SAP BEx Analyzer, edition for OLAP as the in SAP NetWeaver BW, including tips to activate at how Shell International BV creates perfor-
successor of SAP BusinessObjects Voyager. the proper server-side and client-side parame- mance management reports and dashboards
Examine technical prerequisites, platform capa- ters. Explore new ways to reduce Excel file size for over 4,000 managers worldwide with SAP
bilities, and roadmap details for both editions. for improved report distribution. Gain insight BusinessObjects BI and SAP NetWeaver BW.
Discover how this new BI solution can be used into which Excel habits hinder report perfor- Review some of the top technical challenges
to smoothly transition your user population mance. Step through a demo that shows how the company faced when integrating SAP Busi-
from the SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx) to to create a simple planning application based nessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius)
the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions. See how on native Excel features that integrates with with SAP NetWeaver BW, such as determin-
it can be used to increase self-service BI usage the SAP NetWeaver BW InfoProvider. See when ing the “right” number of characteristics in the
and business user autonomy while minimiz- it makes sense to leverage Microsoft add-ons queries. Get tips for ensuring consistent dash-
ing TCO. Explore use case scenarios to see how like PowerPivot to enable enhanced analyti- board design across a global enterprise, and
you can fully leverage previous investments in cal capabilities without the need for hardware learn how integrated commentary and data
SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BEx query design, optimization solutions. Explore performance- write-back capabilities can help. Explore the
even if you are migrating to SAP BusinessOb- enhancing Excel features, such as the individual rapid application development (RAD) design
jects BI. Learn about its interoperability with refresh option for single queries when using approach taken by the Shell International BV
various SAP in-memory processing technolo- multiple queries in a workbook. Step through team to maximize self-service capabilities and
gies, such as SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator. a demo that shows how to leverage Microsoft minimize dashboard development time. See
Get a sneak peek at the latest version, SAP Busi- Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) commands demonstrations of some of the company’s cus-
nessObjects Advanced Analysis, which enables to speed up reporting on the client side. Take tom-developed functionality improvements,
advanced, multidimensional analysis. home a customized Excel template with Micro- such as dynamic charting.
soft VBA for SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx)
A comprehensive guide to and SAP BusinessObjects Analysis. The 2012 guide to mobile
analytical capabilities embedded BI technology from
within SAP Business Suite Guidelines for integrating SAP BusinessObjects
Alexis Sarat, SAP SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 with Waldemar Adams, SAP
SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BW
Explore the scope and value of embedded In today’s highly mobilized workforce, the
analytics in SAP Business Suite 7 Innovations Andreas Krause, SAP need for timely business intelligence (BI) does
2010, and step through detailed demos and This session provides a technical overview of not end when your people leave the office.
examples that explore the reporting and dash- the integration options for SAP BusinessOb- This session examines how to leverage SAP
boarding capabilities delivered. Step through jects 4.0 with SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BW. BusinessObjects mobile BI capabilities to sup-
use case scenarios — such as extracting data Understand technical prerequisites for getting ply mobile workers with real-time visibility into
from ALV to SAP Crystal Reports for printout started with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 and their project schedules, available resources,
and formatting purposes — to derive greater explore key differences between integrating and key performance indicators (KPIs). Get
insight into your business operations. Get an various tools, from SAP BusinessObjects Dash- practical advice for delivering the right tar-
overview of all the business analytics con- boards, to SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise geted analytics to your mobile workers to
tent included and pre-configured within SAP and SAP BusinessObjects Analysis. Get an over- ensure that these align with your organiza-
Business Suite embedded analytics, such as view of data connectivity options for seamless tion’s budgets and plans. Find out how to get
pre-defined SAP Crystal Reports and SAP Busi- integration with SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver analyses and critical alerts on mobile devices to
nessObjects Dashboards for finance, human BW, including required software and available make more informed decisions faster, and take
capital management, and customer relation- data sources. Receive updates on the integra- action on decisions no matter where you are.
ship management (CRM) reporting. Become tion capabilities of solutions such as SAP BEx Step through live demos to see how users can
familiar with various integration scenarios query designer and SAP Solution Manager. drill down and interact with familiar reports
available for embedded analytics within the Learn how to connect to and leverage your and metrics, change underlying data, and trig-
SAP Business Suite to understand how they will existing metadata in SAP BusinessObjects BI ger remote actions. Walk through the SAP
fit within your overall BI landscape. 4.0, and evaluate new options for user man- BusinessObjects mobile analytics roadmap
agement and content life cycle management. and technology strategy, including informa-
Gain insight into support levels for existing tion on how SAP BusinessObjects mobile BI
metadata in SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BW apps are integrated into SAP’s on-demand
across an SAP BusinessObjects landscape. platform strategy.

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Track 9 30

Data management

A new and comprehensive guide to 10 universe design best practices


the SAP data warehousing roadmap using the new information design
and strategy tool
Antonio Alvarez, SAP Joshua Fletcher, ASG Group
This session offers a guided tour of data ware- Get an architecture overview and examine the
housing solutions from SAP — including SAP ways in which semantic layer delivered with SAP
HANA, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP NetWeaver BusinessObjects BI 4.0 affects data connectivity
BW Accelerator, and Sybase IQ — and provides and universe creation. Explore the new multi-
lessons for leveraging them to decrease data layer universe design capabilities. Examine key Best practices for achieving
latency and accelerate response time. Get eval- differences between the new information design enterprise wide data management,
uation criteria and strategic advice to map the tool and the previous Business Objects universe governance and integrity
various data warehousing options from SAP to design tool, and find out what’s required to con- Marco Van Horck, KPMG Advisory
your organization’s unique IT landscape and vert existing universes to the information design
business requirements. Examine technical pre- tool .UNX format. Learn how new functionality This session examines best practices for deliv-
requisites, platform capabilities, and roadmap in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 — such as multi- ering trusted data to improve your business
details for each solution. Explore the best ways source universes, context and alias use, and data processes, feeding your reports and dash-
to exploit the capabilities and synergies — profiling — can be leveraged for improved uni- boards, and making informed business
including distinct integration points between verse security and performance. Step through decisions. Acquire proven strategies for adapt-
SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver BW — between live demos that show how to leverage the new ing your data management practices for
these various data foundations. Hear SAP’s information design tool to develop and pub- optimal accuracy, integrity, quality, and effi-
vision and strategy towards in-memory com- lish dimensional and multi-source universes. Find ciency. Explore new approaches to prevent
puting and understand how it impacts existing out when it makes sense to use multi-source uni- some of the leading causes of data inaccura-
SAP NetWeaver BW customers, as well as the verses instead of data warehousing; for example, cies, including disparate source systems and
overall SAP data warehousing roadmap. when requiring operational and real-time data transformation, loading, and inconsistent data
federation. Know your options for joining data- entry. Explore three distinct master data man-
agement processes that ensure high data
Achieving a best-practice base tables and get criteria to help determine
quality — consolidation, harmonization, and
data warehouse by integrating when to use a context versus an alias to resolve
central MDM — and review unique use cases
SAP BusinessObjects and Sybase IQ loops.
for each. Take home a document outlining
Joshua Fletcher, ASG Group best practices for creating an enterprise-wide
data management strategy within your own
This session examines how to move past the
organization.
traditional data warehouse by integrating SAP
BusinessObjects BI and SAP BusinessObjects
EIM functionality with Sybase IQ for a high-
performing analytic platform. Get a system
architecture overview — including insight into
the data flow process — and learn how to
exploit key integration points between Syb-
ase IQ, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0, and
SAP BusinessObjects Data Services 4.0. Step
through a live demo that shows how to use
SAP BusinessObjects Data Services to load data
into Sybase IQ and then pass it to SAP Busines-
sObjects BI 4.0 front end analysis tools. Get tips
for getting the most out of Sybase IQ as your
data warehouse solution, including key con-
siderations for SAP BusinessObjects developers
(such as how to use the universe with Sybase IQ
most effectively). Take home sample code such
as SQL scripts, data services jobs and an SAP
BusinessObjects universe.

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Track 10 31

Cash management and treasury

Tips for managing collections and A detailed guide to treasury


dispute resolutions via a central functionality and enhancements
shared service center from SAP
Ralph Schoepfer, SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG Christian Mnich, SAP AG
This session provides guidelines for leverag- With the increasing importance of cash and
ing rapid deployment solutions from SAP to liquidity, and the introduction of new and
speed your implementation of SAP Collec- more complex statutory regulations, trea-
tions and Dispute Management. Learn how to sury activities are now more critical than
How to increase visibility into and
quickly deploy important functionality such ever. This session offers a guide to the most
improve control of your
as electronic customer billing, tracing and col- recent updates to treasury applications from
lecting of outstanding receivables, and related SAP. Explore the newest features and func-
organization’s cash and liquidity
workflows. Identify the system requirements tions planned for SAP enhancement package position
for using a rapid deployment approach. See 6, as well as infrastructure and architecture Wouter Muijs, Long Run Finance
how rapid deployment compares to traditional enhancements such as support of mobile
Learn how to secure and standardize your
implementation approaches. Hear the benefits devices and high-speed analytics. Identify new
organization’s cash management processes
that SAP focuses on with rapid deployment. ways to optimize handling of incoming bank
using SAP solutions for cash and liquidity. Find
statements, monitoring cash flow, and fore-
out how to gain more visibility into your cur-
Maximize discounts and reduce casting liquidity. Learn how to ensure liquidity
rent and future cash requirements and global
overall spend using dynamic with compliant payment processes. Examine
cash positions. Learn how to develop more
discounting functionality the best ways to handle financial transactions
timely and accurate forecasts and achieve bet-
from deal capturing to accounting. Addi-
Bertram Meyer, Taulia ter control over your global cash balances.
tionally, gain insights on how to analyze and
Find out what analytics and reporting features
Attend this session and learn how Discounts- mitigate financial risks to help you make more
are available in SAP Cash and Liquidity Man-
as-a-Service (DaaS) combines a broad list effective treasury decisions.
agement, giving management the ability to
of factors in real time to maximize discount
make more informed decisions and manage
amounts and lower total spend. Learn how New strategies and technologies to cash more effectively. Get expert tips to gain
applying dynamic discounts can result in sig- analyze and understand financial more control over your organization’s accounts
nificantly improved discount capture rates for data for improved cash receivables so the amount and timing of criti-
large buyers while at the same time help- management and forecasting cal cash flows aren’t compromised. Examine
ing their suppliers to reduce working capital.
Christian Mnich, SAP AG strategies to improve working capital and sig-
Understand the core criteria that determine
nificantly lower your costs for external funding.
whether dynamic discounting will be effective Companies need to understand their cash flow
for your company. Hear firsthand, real-world minute-to-minute in order to determine what
experiences gained from numerous advanced kind of investments to make, how to man-
discount management projects at Fortune 500 age payment schedules, and which strategic
companies. Learn how dynamic discounting initiatives to undertake. This session offers an
can triple the average discount capture rate by overview of solutions from SAP that enable
extending the discount opportunity to invoices you to rapidly analyze high volumes of cash
that originally don’t offer discount terms. Find related data. Gain an understanding of SAP
out how dynamic discounting works within HANA, a high-speed analytics tool, and how it
your current accounts payable process and can be used to generate more comprehensive
how it provides an opportunity for accounts analytics that can improve reporting and fore-
payable automation. casting. Get best practices for automating cash
management activities, such as bank-to-bank
transfers, electronic payment file generation,
and electronic bank statement processing.
Find out how to drill down to a very gran-
ular level of payment process data in order
to understand individual customer payment
behaviors at a new level.

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Step-by-step advice to streamline Key tactics for automating outgoing
your SAP Cash and Liquidity bank payments
Management implementation Kees van Westerop, Kwest Consulting and
project Education
Wouter Muijs, Long Run Finance The electronic bank transfer is the most com-
This presentation offers a master plan to set monly used method for automatic outgoing
up a liquidity planning framework to bet- payments across Europe. Get tips and tricks to
ter analyze your cash-related processes and optimize the usage of the automatic outgoing
improve your organization’s cash and liquidity payment program. SAP provides several meth-
position. Walk step-by-step through config- ods for automatic outgoing payments, some of
uration processes, and learn how to include which are less known and often more complex
business partners, bank accounts, and inflows/ but perhaps more efficient. Get an understand-
outflows of cash in your configuration plan. ing of alternative methods for the electronic
View demos and hear how other customers bank transfer. Learn how to utilize payment
have successfully implemented SAP Cash and requests to perform ad hoc payments and how
Liquidity Management to accelerate receipts they can be configured in SAP. Find out how to
and control expenditures to optimize control set up and use the bill of exchange method,
of working capital. Find out what key steps where the open item is only cleared once the
need to be taken in order to adequately extend payment is confirmed by a bank statement.
your cash visibility and monitoring all the way Come away with an understanding of how
to sales orders and purchase orders. Get tips payment orders can fulfill this business require-
on how to troubleshoot implementation issues ment and see what the consequences of using
that are often encountered when integrat- payment orders are in the accounts payable
ing SAP treasury applications with each other, system and cash management.
as well as with other modules like financial
accounting (FI), and with external banks and
other financial institutions.

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Track 11 33

Multi-national finance, compliance, and


risk management

Results of the most recent IBM Integrate multiple compliance


Global CFO Study: Insights for activities into a unified, enterprise-
improving financial performance wide compliance program
and lowering the cost of finance Marco Geisenberger, Protiviti
Gianni Margutti, IBM Global Business Services Learn how to integrate risk management, inter-
This insightful session sheds light on what nal control, compliance, IT, and internal audit
roughly 2,000 CFOs and senior finance lead- functions with an enterprise-wide compliance
ers from around the world are doing to survive framework built on the latest version of SAP
and thrive in an era of increased uncertainty. BusinessObjects GRC solutions. Understand How emerging developments with
Delve into the findings of IBM’s most recent how implementing such a framework can help VAT can affect your SAP systems
Global CFO Study to learn how respondents your organization comply with both external and financial reports
are improving finance operations and lower- requirements and internal policies while proac-
ing the cost of finance. Find out how leading tively controlling the financial, operational, and Kees van Westerop, Kwest Consulting &
finance organizations are gaining efficiencies other business risks within your organization. Education
through four enablers — consistent informa- Learn how to standardize your existing risk Get a thorough understanding of how proce-
tion standards, common processes, common and control frameworks and risk management dures required by the European Union Value
data definitions, and globally mandated data processes and map them to workflows and Added Tax (EU VAT) affect your business and
standards. Examine the areas in which finance data objects within your system. Learn how financial processes. Identify common miscon-
organizations most frequently fall short, such to avoid challenges of configuring your risk ceptions surrounding VAT, including those
as enterprise risk management and mitigation, management system, setting up risk manage- measures that need to be taken with pro-rata
information integration, and involvement with ment processes, and eliminating segregation VAT and deferred VAT. Understand when to
enterprise strategy. of duties (SoD) conflicts. Take home a detailed apply pro-rata VAT and how to set it up and
sample project timeline. integrate it into the financial accounting (FI)
Proven techniques for configuring module. Learn how to customize your finan-
multiple currency types Lower compliance costs and cial accounting application to meet different
improve efficiency by leveraging VAT policies and the implications on your tax
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems & Software
your internal control system (ICS) reporting processes. Learn how to handle VAT
Make sense of the different SAP options at your and tax jurisdiction codes within one com-
Ruben Barata Rodrigues, PricewaterhouseCoopers
disposal and the key questions you face when pany code.
configuring currency types, such as which cur- Employing manual controls can dramat-
rency type to use for a new special ledger, ically increase the cost of compliance and
how many currencies to configure for a com- reduce business effectiveness. Find out what
pany code in the general ledger, and what steps you can take to transform your existing
currency to use as group currency. Learn to rec- controls from manual to automated or semi-
ognize how these decisions profoundly affect automated. Review and analyze your current
SAP financial reporting activities and results. controls framework and walk through a proven
Avoid the mistake of telling yourself that you approach for defining automated controls
can always reconfigure currencies later. You’ll using configurable rules, programmed rules,
learn how difficult and expensive these con- ABAP reports, and SAP queries. Get best prac-
figuration changes are once your system is tices for identifying, reducing, and preventing
productive. Clarify the differences between errors and irregularities, and find out how
hard currency, index currency, group currency, to ensure more reliable and timely reporting
and global company currency. This session also using an automated control framework. Obtain
highlights the differences between the stan- proven practices to streamline the implemen-
dard valuation, group valuation, and profit tation and testing procedures of an internal
center valuation options for company code control system. Determine whether and how
currency and group currency. your organization can benefit from implement-
ing an automated controls framework.

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Case study Case Study Expert recommendations to
New lessons from Zurich Financial How Elster Group simplifies increase the speed, efficiency, and
Services’ journey to a fast close compliance by integrating multiple quality of your financial close
across 400 global subsidiaries compliance initiatives across its process
Thomas Wagner, Zurich Insurance Group geographically diverse organization
Stefan Karl, SAP AG
Find out how Zurich Financial Services success- Manfred Hoehl, Elster Group SE
Examine how the new release of SAP Financial
fully achieved a faster financial close process Hear how Elster Group met diverse compli- Closing cockpit supports you in planning, exe-
through better consolidation and reporting ance requirements for a geographically and cuting, monitoring, and analyzing all entity close
across 400 global subsidiaries. Learn how the organizationally spread-out group of stake- tasks. Understand how to use its enterprise auto-
company rolled out business consolidation holders with a consolidated, single solution mation component for further reducing manual
systems (SEM BCS) functionality to over 1,000 from SAP and Greenlight. See how Elster Group work and errors. Hear firsthand how to enable
users worldwide and standardized reporting uses SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions and peer-to-peer reconciliations and information shar-
activities using SAP NetWeaver BW. Examine Greenlight’s RTA Design Studio to automate ing in real time to identify and resolve problems
Zurich Financial Services’ methods for aggre- segregation of duties (SoD) analysis and pro- early and cut delays at corporate and divisional
gating, reconciling, and consolidating its cess control performance support and testing levels. Discover a proven approach to reconcile
financial data and automatically generating for SAP and non-SAP applications alike. Hear balances or invoices via the Web, allowing you
transparent financial statements and manage- why the company utilized the delivered risk to close your books faster. Learn how to create
ment reports, providing both managers and matrix to standardize SoD reporting and view harmonized financial master data like accounts,
their CFO with the confidence to sign off on risk analysis reports, which include users and companies, profit centers, or cost centers that is
financial results. Find out why the use of a authorizations from SAP and non-SAP sys- stored centrally and then distributed toward mul-
portal as an information delivery mechanism tems. View the steps Elster took to set up, test, tiple accounting and consolidation systems. Find
eliminated the need to roll out SAP Business and automate its internal controls to better out how to configure workflow approvals for
Explorer (SAP BEx) functionality to every user, meet the requirements of financial and oper- master data change requests, and have full trans-
saving the company significant time and ational audits. Walk away from this session parency in your financial close process.
money. Assess the company’s method for con- understanding how consolidating compliance
solidating multiple charts of accounts (CoA) for multiple business applications provides Case study
into a single, common CoA that became the Elster’s stakeholders with deeper insight to How Airbus SAS’ new, centralized
backbone of the company’s consolidation and improve business governance and process finance system effectively supports
reporting process. transparency. multiple subsidiaries across Europe
Case study Philipp Visotschnig, Airbus SAS
Key lessons to scope, govern, and
How GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals build a roadmap for a global finance Explore the steps taken by Airbus SAS to
simplified process controls and transformation program ensure that its financial and IT infrastructure
enhanced the efficiency of supports all of its sites and subsidiaries across
Mateus Begossi, Deloitte
compliance Europe. Learn how the company’s demand for
This session offers concrete strategies for plan- a clear set of business requirements to sup-
Geoffroy de Callataÿ, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals
ning a global finance transformation program, port its current IT investments has resulted
Hear how GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals ensures measuring organizational performance and in a company-wide initiative to better inte-
internal control maturity, simplified IT controls leveraging SAP to transform the finance func- grate local SAP-based financial systems, deliver
and compliance procedures, and achieves a tion into a key strategic lever. Learn how to leaner financial processes, and better serve
higher rate of efficiency across its compliance apply a proven finance maturity model to the business through new financial standards.
activities. Get a candid report of the lessons assess the state of its finance organization Hear examples that illustrate how the com-
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals learned as it con- and set goals for how to get to the next level pany developed a new, centralized, financial
tinuously works to maintain compliance with of maturity.Get tips for improving corporate platform that consists of a unified accounting
FDA regulations, Sarbanes-Oxley 404, internal performance through the use of SAP analyt- system as well as unified rules and procedures.
standards, as well as its internal and external ics, SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and Find out how Airbus SAS closes the gaps that
audit departments. Learn why the company compliance (GRC) solutions, and SAP Strate- can commonly exist between finance and IT
chose SAP BusinessObjects Process Control to gic Enterprise Management. Walk through a departments by involving key stakeholders
automate the monitoring of IT key controls and proven strategy for evaluating which SAP and from both areas in any critical decisions. Delve
compliance effectiveness and how it built trust finance transformation projects will provide into how the company was able to speed up
within its master data, evaluation and testing the greatest benefit for the lowest price and the monthly availability of data for a faster
procedures, and reporting activities. Learn how risk. close without sacrificing quality. Come away
the company started its implementation in IT with an understanding of how Airbus SAS’s
and then continued the roll-out to other areas strategy has led to more effective reports,
of the organization. Take home a reference consistent data, and faster closes across all its
guide which outlines key topics to consider subsidiaries.
during the different phases of SAP BusinessOb-
jects Process Control implementation in order
to maximize benefits for all stakeholders.

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Track 12 35

Audits

An in-depth analysis of what to Increase audit efficiency with a


audit — and how — within your stronger controls framework
GRC landscape Marc Jackson, Turnkey Consulting
James Roeske, VanRiver Consulting Although many organizations have imple-
This session examines the strategies, chal- mented and now operate a suite of controls
lenges, and technologies you need to for both external and internal compliance
master in order to effectively audit your SAP requirements, these tend to be manual in
BusinessObjects GRC environment. Gain nature and increase the overall compliance Case study
a comprehensive understanding of the key effort. Learn how, through the use of SAP How SAP efficiently manages its
auditable areas within GRC, including segre- BusinessObjects Process Control and SAP Busi-
audit and reporting activities
gation of duties (SoD) rules, and walk through nessObjects Access Control, your organization
the latest tools and methodologies SAP now can formalize and optimize its control frame- Dr. Dirk Metzger, SAP AG
makes available to help you streamline your work, allowing internal and external audits to SAP’s global internal audit services department
audit process. Examine what areas auditors be performed more easily in the long-term. (GIAS) conducts around 150+ audits annually.
and compliance administrators should focus Examine how a consolidated controls man- Attend this session for an up-close look at the
on in order to assess the strength of the audit agement system can be used by both internal structure of SAP’s audit organization and road-
program and make sure business value is being and external auditors to reduce the volume of map for its future projects and undertakings.
achieved, not just in SAP-related areas, but required assurance work, and minimize reli- Learn how, in order to support audit adminis-
also across the enterprise. Explore key weak- ance on management resources. Walk through tration, GIAS is using SAP’s audit management
nesses and errors that have been observed traditional methods adopted by auditors for component, customized to suit SAP’s specific
in over 160 GRC environments; for example, reviewing and testing your SAP control envi- needs. Find out what data SAP looks at when
failure to validate the integrity of rule set con- ronment, and understand how they can use performing an audit and how the organiza-
tents. Take home a complete audit checklist to this optimized control environment to change tion utilizes a self-designed dashboard as its
ensure your GRC tools are providing accuracy, their approach, reducing the amount of time main vehicle for reporting using Xcelsius. View
compliance strength, and high ROI across the and resources required for your internal and a live demo that provides an up-close look at
organization. external audits. the reports, such as risk exposure, included in
the dashboard.
An auditor’s guide to performing Practical advice for streamlining
security assessments and improving the value of your
Raymond Mastre, PricewaterhouseCoopers organization’s internal audit
function
Due to compliance requirements and concerns
over the disclosure of sensitive information, Jérôme Pugnet, SAP
audit organizations are required to investi- In today’s fast-changing global economic envi-
gate the security of their SAP systems. Attend ronment, internal audit departments are required
this session for a detailed review of the funda- to align their value propositions with stakehold-
mental SAP ERP security concepts that every ers’ expectations while delivering cost-effective
auditor needs to know. Walk through a sample services. Whether you manage or perform audits,
audit plan that identifies essential authoriza- learn how to streamline your audit activities
tion objects that need to be checked and how using SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0. View a
to best assess if a user has access to a specific live demo that showcases how this latest GRC
authorization object (or transaction) and its solution can be used to automate the entire
impact. Compare and contrast two techniques audit management life cycle, with capabilities
for carrying out your access assessments using for comprehensive documentation, templates
SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions versus the for standardization and efficiency, automated
transaction code SUIM in SAP — and get prac- workflows to facilitate review, offline testing,
tical guidance to perform each. Take home a and audit checkpoints to ensure quality. Learn
sample version of an SAP segregation of duties how to adopt a risk-based approach to auditing,
(SoD) rule set to use as a starting point at your integrate existing risk and control data and test
own organization. results, perform continuous risk and control mon-
itoring and testing, and implement best practices
for more efficient and effective audits.

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36

Column5 EPM Education Center

Implementing EPM in complex Making a case for EPM


organizations David Den Boer, Column5
David Den Boer, Column5 In an effort to help businesses cut through the
Global operations, diversified product lines, hype and sales pitches to understand the trans-
and large volumes of data are just some of the formational power of EPM initiatives, Column5
criteria that determine a ‘complex organiza- has created a unique assessment tool. Housed
tion’. Special consideration needs to be given in the “Column5 Business Analytics Toolkit,”
when implementing these solutions to ensure this app is available via a free download from
an effective result - from both a usability and the Apple AppStore for iPad users. This session EPM technical implementation
organizational value perspective. EPM pro- will discuss the structure of the business case milestones for stability & scalability
cesses done well can return more value to the builder, key themes and considerations when Charles Dagaev, Column5
business than any other solution. This session assessing the potential value of an EPM initia-
illustrate how to harness the potential of SAP’s tive, and best practice approaches to properly Planning to establish a high performance tech-
latest EPM portfolio to dramatically improve establishing an EPM process improvement ini- nical platform can pay dividends from the first
companies’ performance. tiative at your company. day a development environment is stood up.
Those interested in how the most experienced
Introduction to BPC logic Increasing the value of SAP BPC: team in the business creates a solid base for a
Part 2 successful implementation will attend.
Mike Sullivan, Column5
SAP BPC offers several methods to develop
Mike Sullivan, Column5 BPC logic for consolidations and
business rules. This session will review what SAP BPC is a flexible solution that can pro- business rules
admins need to know about the pros and cons vide value to your organization in many ways. Mike Sullivan, Column5
of the various types of logic. Explore this session to learn about unique solu-
tions available that add value without the need Many companies that leverage BPC for con-
SAP EPM and BPC product to purchase additional software. solidations use only a fraction of the powerful
roadmap features available to automate and accelerate
Discover hidden value using PCM as the close process. In addition, new functionality
Steve Sussman, Ty Jessup, Column5 exists for consolidations in BPC v10, improv-
part of integrated EPM
Learn what lies in the months and years ahead ing on the already rich featureset of the BPC
David Den Boer, Column5 solution.
for SAP’s powerful BPC solution and the entire
high value EPM portfolio. Profitability is a critical concern for many
organizations in today’s economy. SAP’s PCM Sales & Operations Planning
Increasing the value of SAP BPC: solution can identify areas in your operations (S&OP) with EPM
Part 1 where you can fine tune your performance. Ian Garrington and Mike Weeks, Column5
Learn how PCM can deliver additional value as
Mike Sullivan, Column5 Few processes are as valuable in an organiza-
part of an overall EPM solution.
SAP BPC is a flexible solution that can pro- tion as the sales & operations planning process.
vide value to your organization in many ways. Migrating from Hyperion to SAP Learn how to leverage the SAP EPM product
Explore this session to learn about unique solu- EPM portfolio to deliver this critical function.
tions available that add value without the need
to purchase additional software.
Steve Sussman and Mike Weeks, Column5 Performance tuning on SAP BPC
The popularity of Hyperion’s legacy solutions 7.5 & 10 MS versions
in undeniable. Attend this session to learn Charles Dagaev, Column5
feature and value comparisons between the
two products, and key implementation strate- A solution built on a flawed platform can cause
gies that can save your organization time and a crisis at the least convenient time. This ses-
money. sion reviews what you need to know to avoid
that risk, and what to do if you find your system
underperforming.

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Strategize & align with SAP SSM as Last mile of finance: BPC & BPC logic: Beyond the basics
part of integrated EPM Disclosure Management Mike Sullivan, Column5
David Den Boer, Column5 Ty Jessup, Column5 Building on the introduction to logic, this ses-
Every company has a strategy, but few cre- New module Disclosure Management delivers sion delves into the specifics of how logic is
ate an effective process to measure progress the “Last Mile of Finance” functionality includ- optimized for BPC.
towards execution of the strategy. SAP’s SSM ing XBRL, financial statement footnotes and
product helps close the gap between strategy external reporting functionality. This “must EPM 10 reporting
& execution. When implemented as part of an have” solution can be used in conjunction with
Ian Garrington , Column5
integrated EPM solution, this product can add BPC or standalone.
even more value. EPM10 features an all new user interface with
Round table many powerful features. Get to know the
Performance tuning on SAP BPC Overcoming SAP BPC production basics and some advanced tips and tricks with
7.5 & 10 MS versions issues the new version. Whether you are on EPM10
or planning an upgrade, this session includes
Charles Dagaev, Column5 Ian Garrington, Charles Dagaev, and David Den critical information about how the all new
Boer, Column5 reporting interface works.
A solution built on a flawed platform can cause
a crisis at the least convenient time. This ses- SAP BPC is a powerful and flexible solution,
sion reviews what you need to know to avoid but there can be pitfalls when certain features Business intelligence: Supporting
that risk, and what to do if you find your system are used in the wrong proportions. Attend integrated EPM
underperforming. this moderated session to air your challenges,
David Den Boer, Column5
share your solutions, and come away with
Integrating SharePoint with EPM answers to your nagging questions. Getting critical data in the right hands at the
right time is essential to enable better deci-
Ty Jessup, Column5
Integrating BI with EPM 10 sion making. Leverage Business Intelligence
The BPC user experience can be enhanced to deliver important information to a broader
Ty Jessup, Column5
when using SharePoint to increase the func- audience within the integrated EPM process to
tionality. Attend this session to learn how EPM10 contains simplified integration points drive additional value.
SharePoint’s visualization, workflow, and doc- to enable BI solutions to incorporate valuable
ument organization can be used to provide a EPM data. Find out how these solutions can
consistent and highly functional user interface work together to increase access to your EPM
in your environment. solution data to make better decisions across
the enterprise.
Financial planning using SAP BPC
as part of integrated EPM Dashboard Design (formerly
Xcelsius) graphical visualization
Ian Garrington, Column5
with EPM
SAP BPC is often deployed as a financial plan-
Ty Jessup, Column5
ning solution, however, when implemented as
a key component in an integrated EPM solu- Recent enhancements to the EPM suite enable
tion, BPC can amplify the value of this solution. rich dashboards to be built very quickly.
Attend this session to find out how. Explore this rich functionality combining EPM
modules and Dashboards.

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dations that will expedite your activities throughout 2012 and into 2013.

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successful fixed asset migration project
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„ A matrix with complete details on each financial ledger, SAP controlling, its functionality, and how it works best
its functionality, and how it works best
„ An annual finance benchmarking study
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„ Documentation on how to design and develop input
SAP General Ledger
templates and reports in SAP BusinessObjects Planning
„ A report to analyze the gap between a budget and the and Consolidation, version for the Microsoft platform.
plan
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„ Steps to carry forward unused budgets to the next fiscal organization’s implementation
year for open projects
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„ A configuration guide based on an accounts payable statements, including cash flow statements
optimization process
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across the organization
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company billings

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