• Sunday
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    Mar
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    06
    Mar
  • Tuesday
    07
    Mar
 
 
  • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Workshop
    1
    Workshop #1: Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management
    John Dwyer - Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
    Workshop
    2
    Workshop #2: Navigating Change & Disruption Through People
    Gregory Bayne - Director of Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia, , Leadership Capability Consultant & Psychologist
    5:00 PM WELCOME RECEPTION
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Conference Welcome
    8:40 AM - 9:20 AM
    Keynote
    Many Planets, One Universe: How AusNet Services Aligned Their Planets to Improve Business Performance
    Paul Lane - Business Lead - Works & Asset Management - Regulated Business Process Team, AusNet Services PTY/ LTD & Len Harms - Chief Strategy Officer, Vesta Partners, LLC
    9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
    Keynote
    The Future of Your Supply Chain & the Intersection of Technology
    William R. Killingsworth - Ph.D. - Vice President Manufacturing & Supply Chain Research, DESE Research, Inc.
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
    Track 1
    Freeing Up Capital through Improved Inventory Management
    Mitchell Schlegelmilch - Inventory Control Team Leader, Nebraska Public Power District & Steve Sotwick - VP, Business Development, Oniqua Intelligent MRO
    Track 2
    Delivering on Delivery: TMS SAP Transportation Solution
    Jim Mayer - Former Director of Lean & Operations Support, Rexam Beverage Can
    Track 3
    SAP S/4HANA for the Extended Supply Chain Strategy & Road Map
    Mike Lipton - Vice President, Supply Chain Industry Business Solutions, SAP
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Mobility/Warehousing
    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
    Track 1
    Efficient Track & Trace is More Important Than Ever & Evolving!
    Mark Averskog - Senior Director, Solution Management SCM - Supply Chain Execution, SAP
    Track 2
    Devon’s Journey to Connect with Suppliers
    Greg Dolezal - Senior Manager, Information Technology, Devon Energy
    Track 3
    SaskPower Uses Mobility to Address Business Needs
    Chris Burgess - Manager, Planning & Field Support, SaskPower
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Change Management/Inventory Management
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
    Track 1
    Discover How Southeastern Mills Decreased Costs, Increased Service Levels & Improved Inventory Turns by Over 28%
    Jim Ruch - Vice President, Information Services, Southeastern Mills
    Track 2
    Baking Data Quality into your Master Data Meal
    Mike Rossetti - Data Governance & Management, Plexxus & Allen Diehl - Manager, Data Governance & Management, Plexxus
    Track 3
    Vendor Managed Inventory for Greater Automation & Cost Savings
    Shawna Travis - Business Process Expert, Shell Canada Energy
    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
    Track 1
    The Reporting Onion
    Justin Lester - SAP EAM Implementation MM Functional Lead, Denbury Resources
    Track 2
    Understanding the SAP P2P Roadmap for Your Business
    Suresh Sundaram - Solution Architect - Procurement, The Coca-Cola Company
    Track 3
    Going Mobile to Digitize Processes for Accurate Inventory Management
    Tim Aldridge - IT Project Manager, RAM Tool Construction Supply Company & Sundeep Ravande - Managing Partner, Innovapptive Inc.
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Risk & Governance/Integration
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
    Keynote
    Integrated PM & MM Processes to Achieve Financial & Operational Success
    Tim McLain - Senior Manager - Warehousing & Inventory , Incitec Pivot Limited
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Keynote
    Impossible Odds: A Story of Strength & Survival
    Jessica Buchanan - Humanitarian Aid Worker, New York Times Best Selling Author of Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan & Her Dramatic Rescue by Seal Team Six
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Networking Reception
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
    Keynote
    The Impact of Digital Transformation on Assets & Logistics in a Connected World
    Hans Thalbauer - Senior Vice President, Extended Supply Chain & IoT, SAP
    9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
    Keynote
    Closing the Gap: Eliminating ‘Silo Mentality’ From Your Team & Organization
    Gregory Bayne - Director of Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia, , Leadership Capability Consultant & Psychologist
    10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    10:45 AM - 11:25 PM
    Track 1
    A Real Return: Using WM “Warehouse Management” to Generate Savings at Bayer
    Bill Abernathy - Head of Logistics Excellence, Product Supply NA, Bayer
    Track 2
    Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%
    Steven Crooke - Senior Partner, Reveal
    Track 3
    Spectra Energy’s Success Story Deploying Ariba’s eSourcing & Contract Management
    Christopher Collins - Manager Procurement Systems, Spectra Energy
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: IoT
    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
    Track 1
    From Green Screen to Full Visual – What a Ride! How SAP Transformed Transportation Management for Maple Leaf Foods
    Manny Ki - Director, Information Solutions
    Track 2
    Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%
    Steven Crooke - Senior Partner, Reveal
    Track 3
    Spare Parts Demand and Materials Management?! Isn’t that an oxymoron!
    Tim McLain - Senior Manager - Warehousing & Inventory , Incitec Pivot Limited
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Mobility/Procurement
    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
    Track 1
    SAP Leonardo: Connect Things to People and Processes to Drive Business Value
    Rakesh Gandhi - VP of IoT GTM, SAP
    Track 2
    MRO Material Master Data Standardization, Enrichment & Governance
    Ajay Venugopalan - SAP Business Lead, Saint-Gobain & Richard Neidert - EVP Sales & Marketing, sparesFinder
    Track 3
    How Leprino Foods is Saving $2 Million in Procurement by Optimizing its MRP & PO Collaboration Process
    Manuel Solis - SAP Solution Architect - Procure to Pay, Leprino Foods Company
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Change Management/Utilities
    2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
    Track 1
    SAP Batch Management for End to End Materials Traceability
    Tanya Doyle - Business Systems Principal, Work Management Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric & Dan Quinn - Manager, Supply Chain Planning, Pacific Gas & Electric
    Track 2
    Comprehensive Procurement Solution Enables BNSF for Success
    Giri Amaravadi - Senior Manager SAP Solution Delivery , BNSF & John Corpany - SAP Architect, BNSF & Rida Hussein - Product Manager/Architect, SAP
    Track 3
    SAP’s Cross Application Classification System and Approved Manufacturers Parts List (AMPL)
    Albere Cohen - SAP Business Advisor, United Energy & Multinet Gas
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Master Data/Analytics
    2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
    Track 1
    Ensure Successful Integration with External Work Providers and the Role Ariba Can Play
    Paul Lane - Business Lead - Works & Asset Management - Regulated Business Process Team, AusNet Services PTY/ LTD
    Track 2
    Harry & David's Journey to EWM
    Heather Bothern - Manager SAP Applications, 1-800-Flowers (Harry & David)
    Track 3
    Firehouse Leadership for IT Organizations
    Randy Deitemeyer - Business Process Manager, Johns Manville
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Security & Cloud
    3:35 PM - 4:15 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
    Keynote
    Connecting Asset Management & Supply Chain Throughout the Lifecycle
    Christer Idhammar - Founder, CEO, IDCON, Inc
    5:00 PM Conference Wrap-up
 
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workshop:
Workshop #1: Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management

 
05 Mar 2017, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 

This workshop is aimed at new and intermediate maintenance users and analysts with an interest in understanding the purpose and capability of SAP’s maintenance processing objects - notifications,work orders, measurements, task lists and maintenance plans. This intensive workshop will cover the functionality of these objects, and how to set up and utilize these objects to deliver your required business outcomes,…

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John Dwyer
Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
 
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Workshop #2: Navigating Change & Disruption Through People

 
05 Mar 2017, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 

What makes an organization sustainably successful? What makes some organizations more resilient than others to external market factors? What is the role of disruptive thinking in creating sustainable success? Effective Change Management is the key to sustainable organizational performance and success. The use of the latest and most effective technology in a business can be the difference between success or…

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Gregory Bayne
Director of Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia, , Leadership Capability Consultant & Psychologist
 
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keynote:
Many Planets, One Universe: How AusNet Services Aligned Their Planets to Improve Business Performance

 
06 Mar 2017, 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM
 

With the introduction of S/4, customers want to know about HANA. Is there real value in S/4 or is it marketing hype? Is SAP serious about 2025? What is 2025? How do I get value and mitigate risks? This informative keynote will answer these and other questions, explore useful tools in making a decision around HANA - or influencing those…

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Paul Lane
Business Lead - Works & Asset Management - Regulated Business Process Team, AusNet Services PTY/ LTD
 
Len Harms
Chief Strategy Officer, Vesta Partners, LLC
 
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talk:
The Future of Your Supply Chain & the Intersection of Technology

 
06 Mar 2017, 9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
 

For the last 40 years, supply chain operations have been on an evolutionary path based upon incremental improvements in the functionality of Supply Chain software. Supply chains of today, however, are facing more and more pressure to deliver highly customized products, faster and at lower costs. As a consequence, we can assume the supply chains of tomorrow will be more…

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William R. Killingsworth
Ph.D. - Vice President Manufacturing & Supply Chain Research, DESE Research, Inc.
 
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keynote:
Freeing Up Capital through Improved Inventory Management

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
 

Nebraska Public Power District was challenged with managing spares & materials for planned & unplanned maintenance. With their inventory investment growing by 10% annually, leadership stepped in to initiate ongoing inventory optimization. By establishing management accountability and leveraging Oniqua’s inventory optimization analytics and services, NPPD was able to cap inventory growth, free up capital and maintain high material availability; saving…

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Mitchell Schlegelmilch
Inventory Control Team Leader, Nebraska Public Power District
 
Steve Sotwick
VP, Business Development, Oniqua Intelligent MRO
 
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talk:
Delivering on Delivery: TMS SAP Transportation Solution

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
 

Transportation continues to be an area within supply chain management that has high potential for savings.   Not a simple proposition, with multi-variant complexity on the shipper planning side and with marketplace effected warehouse and carrier challenges.  By anchoring the process with standard work and real-time communication (Process Anchoring), we will demonstrate a system that will allow for world class management…

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Jim Mayer
Former Director of Lean & Operations Support, Rexam Beverage Can
 
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SAP S/4HANA for the Extended Supply Chain Strategy & Road Map

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
 

Learn about the strategy behind the latest SAP S/4HANA 1610 release, and discover how you can leverage its extensive range of new capabilities and functionality for your extended supply chain, including: • New SAP Fiori® user apps covering supply chain and logistics, manufacturing, R&D, and asset operations • Advanced functional capabilities, such as priority-based order rescheduling and dispatch load building,…

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Mike Lipton
Vice President, Supply Chain Industry Business Solutions, SAP
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Mobility/Warehousing

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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Efficient Track & Trace is More Important Than Ever & Evolving!

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
 

Come learn how SAP’s solutions can support a great many business needs and processes in the area of track & trace. Track & trace is more important than ever, and an increasing emphasis is placed on visibility of the end-to-end supply chain, monitoring and getting alerts when something goes wrong is a key capability for running a modern supply chain.…

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Mark Averskog
Senior Director, Solution Management SCM - Supply Chain Execution, SAP
 
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Devon’s Journey to Connect with Suppliers

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
 

In a tough market in which our and many industries are operating, managing supplier costs can be a major challenge and getting it right can deliver vast savings. Historical communication challenges between operators and suppliers can be overcome by aligning people, processes, data, and technology for both sides. At Devon Energy we are driving value to our business by providing…

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Greg Dolezal
Senior Manager, Information Technology, Devon Energy
 
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SaskPower Uses Mobility to Address Business Needs

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
 

The SaskPower mobility team has partnered up with Logistics in order to create mobile solutions to help address data lag in the field.  Some of the current apps developed include: PCB Results app, Code Book App, Goods Issue, Planned Inventory, Unplanned Inventory and Stock Check. The idea is that in rural unmanned district locations there are material sites for the…

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Chris Burgess
Manager, Planning & Field Support, SaskPower
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Change Management/Inventory Management

 
06 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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talk:
Discover How Southeastern Mills Decreased Costs, Increased Service Levels & Improved Inventory Turns by Over 28%

 
06 Mar 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

Like most implementations, Southeastern Mills went live and then found themselves slave to the SAP transactions. Unable to get the SAP system to do the heavy lifting, SEMills embarked on a transformation project that embedded an ongoing optimization methodology and culture into the organization and was able to get SAP to drive significant improvement into their organizations. This was all…

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Jim Ruch
Vice President, Information Services, Southeastern Mills
 
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Baking Data Quality into your Master Data Meal

 
06 Mar 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

Chances are that if you weren’t eating your vegetables as a child, your parents might have tricked you into eating them by baking them as a treat, covering them with cheese or mixing them up in your macaroni. At Plexxus, we were challenged with defining who really owned master data quality and integrity for our 150K material and 20K vendor…

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Mike Rossetti
Data Governance & Management, Plexxus
 
Allen Diehl
Manager, Data Governance & Management, Plexxus
 
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Vendor Managed Inventory for Greater Automation & Cost Savings

 
06 Mar 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

Our mine maintenance procurement team took steps to better align with Shell’s SAP Requisition to Pay Process. We identify efficiencies that helped address the high volume of transactions, criticality of timeliness, clear purchase order (PO) commitments and confirmations from the vendor and Intensive Goods Receipt processing. We automated our ordering process which reduced errors, helped move equipment back into the…

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Shawna Travis
Business Process Expert, Shell Canada Energy
 
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The Reporting Onion

 
06 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

As an organization matures in its EAM process, so do its reporting requirements.  A key benefit of any SAP implementation is the reporting it provides.  Reporting should never be a rigid or painstaking process.  On the contrary, it should be the result of excellent Master Data organized in a standard manner that provides fluid and useful information to any user…

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Justin Lester
SAP EAM Implementation MM Functional Lead, Denbury Resources
 
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Understanding the SAP P2P Roadmap for Your Business

 
06 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

While SAP has a number of offerings in their procurement portfolio, it is often difficult to understand how they stack up and complement each other.  Come learn how businesses have been able to successfully integrate Ariba P2P and other products with SAP ECC, S/4 HANA and SAP SRM.  The benefits include better user experience, faster implementation and a standardization of…

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Suresh Sundaram
Solution Architect - Procurement, The Coca-Cola Company
 
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talk:
Going Mobile to Digitize Processes for Accurate Inventory Management

 
06 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

RAM Tool Construction Supply Company distributes construction tools and supplies in 34 markets from Washington D.C. to Texas. With over 30,000 stocked items, over 3,000 vendors, over 700,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 17 acres of yard space in the Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Texas, Ram Tool is a one stop shop for construction supply. RAM Tool implemented…

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Tim Aldridge
IT Project Manager, RAM Tool Construction Supply Company
 
Sundeep Ravande
Managing Partner, Innovapptive Inc.
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Risk & Governance/Integration

 
06 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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Integrated PM & MM Processes to Achieve Financial & Operational Success

 
06 Mar 2017, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
 

Not a single business (or person) that maintains equipment can effectively, productively, and profitably operate without providing and then receiving information throughout the supply chain again and again and again.  The exact same can be said for anyone in the Supply Chain back through to work management and operations, so why is it that so little attention if often the…

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Tim McLain
Senior Manager - Warehousing & Inventory , Incitec Pivot Limited
 
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keynote:
Impossible Odds: A Story of Strength & Survival

 
06 Mar 2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 

On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali land pirates and held for 93 days, enduring the most harrowing and painful experience of her life. On the day of her kidnapping, she told herself, “some do come out alive, the numbers are small but they do exist.” During her captivity, she was terrorized…

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Jessica Buchanan
Humanitarian Aid Worker, New York Times Best Selling Author of Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan & Her Dramatic Rescue by Seal Team Six
 
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keynote:
The Impact of Digital Transformation on Assets & Logistics in a Connected World

 
07 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
 

Today’s economy is truly digital, businesses and individuals are part of a connected world. This digital economy is transforming the way we all live and work, and digital transformation creates significant opportunities for the way we manage assets and logistics processes across the Extended Supply Chain. Join Hans Thalbauer, as he shares his perspective and vision on how the IoT…

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Hans Thalbauer
Senior Vice President, Extended Supply Chain & IoT, SAP
 
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keynote:
Closing the Gap: Eliminating ‘Silo Mentality’ From Your Team & Organization

 
07 Mar 2017, 9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
 

When we ask executives “What is the number one innovation killer at your company?”, one of the first words we always hear, always, is “Silos!” As written by Patrick Lencioni in his book Silos, Politics and Turf Wars; “Silos - and the turf wars they enable - devastate organizations. They waste resources, kill productivity and jeopardize the achievement of goals.”…

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Gregory Bayne
Director of Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia, , Leadership Capability Consultant & Psychologist
 
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talk:
A Real Return: Using WM “Warehouse Management” to Generate Savings at Bayer

 
07 Mar 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:25 PM
 

CropScience, a Division of Bayer had historically relied on a labor-intensive process when managing product returns related to their consignment business. The challenge in this return process came in time requirements, sampling, sample re-batching, building pallets, retesting product and revalidating the product for future use. The process of determining if the material could be blended, re-batched, and reused took a…

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Bill Abernathy
Head of Logistics Excellence, Product Supply NA, Bayer
 
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talk:
Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%

 
07 Mar 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:25 PM
 

Managing exceptions in a supply chain is the most challenging and complex piece of the puzzle. Constraints move as demand shifts throughout the chain. Variability in demand is one thing but variability in the supply causes unwanted WIP, system pressures and exceptions everywhere....and it all ends with Inflated inventory and low service levels. How much is too much? How to…

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Steven Crooke
Senior Partner, Reveal
 
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Spectra Energy’s Success Story Deploying Ariba’s eSourcing & Contract Management

 
07 Mar 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:25 PM
 

Prior to 2014 Spectra Energy operated as three different business units on three different SAP instances. CLM was the existing platform we used for contract management and Sharepoint as our sourcing tool. CLM was not used throughout the organization and maybe 10% of our contracts were actually in the CLM tool. This created a huge issue when trying to enforce…

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Christopher Collins
Manager Procurement Systems, Spectra Energy
 
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Expert Exchange: IoT

 
07 Mar 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:25 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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From Green Screen to Full Visual – What a Ride! How SAP Transformed Transportation Management for Maple Leaf Foods

 
07 Mar 2017, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Learn how SAP-TM has given Maple Leaf Foods the ability to manage and optimize all activities related to the physical transportation of goods via a single integrated system process.  Learn how manual processes were automated, and how they optimized capacity planning and carrier management utilizing GIS technology, providing full visibility to Supply Chain operations in real time while significantly shortening…

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Manny Ki
Director, Information Solutions
 
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talk:
Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%

 
07 Mar 2017, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Managing exceptions in a supply chain is the most challenging and complex piece of the puzzle. Constraints move as demand shifts throughout the chain. Variability in demand is one thing but variability in the supply causes unwanted WIP, system pressures and exceptions everywhere....and it all ends with Inflated inventory and low service levels. How much is too much? How to…

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Steven Crooke
Senior Partner, Reveal
 
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Spare Parts Demand and Materials Management?! Isn’t that an oxymoron!

 
07 Mar 2017, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Demand Management and Materials Management are words not often spoken in the world of spare parts (or MRO) and what a mistake this is!  I have not found a business yet that is not heavily overstocked with spare parts ‘just in case’ but still are constantly under the spot light when the part(s) needed cannot be found or are not…

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Tim McLain
Senior Manager - Warehousing & Inventory , Incitec Pivot Limited
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Mobility/Procurement

 
07 Mar 2017, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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SAP Leonardo: Connect Things to People and Processes to Drive Business Value

 
07 Mar 2017, 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
 

Business and IT leaders across industries are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to service and delight customers like no other competitor. With emerging smart assets that can be always-on, industries see a tremendous possibility to transform end to end supply chain processes and reimagine their business models. The Internet of Things (IoT) is key enabler for digital transformation…

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Rakesh Gandhi
VP of IoT GTM, SAP
 
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MRO Material Master Data Standardization, Enrichment & Governance

 
07 Mar 2017, 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
 

CertainTeed Corporation, a division of Saint-Gobain, and one of North America’s leading building products companies committed to implement SAP including EAM at each of its 56 North American manufacturing facilities spanning 5 separate business units. The company was faced with over 230,000 MRO part masters, managed locally at each plant with no corporate standards and with considerable duplication of parts.…

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Ajay Venugopalan
SAP Business Lead, Saint-Gobain
 
Richard Neidert
EVP Sales & Marketing, sparesFinder
 
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How Leprino Foods is Saving $2 Million in Procurement by Optimizing its MRP & PO Collaboration Process

 
07 Mar 2017, 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
 

Learn how Leprino Foods saved $2M USD by optimizing the procurement process through a streamlined set of health checks. Learn how they met cost savings goals by linking materials to negotiated contracts and source lists, re-engineered MRP to improve just in time procurement to meet service targets, established regular reports throughout the contract and PO cycle to maintain clean data…

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Manuel Solis
SAP Solution Architect - Procure to Pay, Leprino Foods Company
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Change Management/Utilities

 
07 Mar 2017, 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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SAP Batch Management for End to End Materials Traceability

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
 

PG&E Gas operations partnered with our sourcing organization to implement SAP batch management to provide traceable, verifiable, and complete manufacturing and quality inspection information on critical materials used in our gas transmission operations. Batch management ensures that only qualified materials, with appropriate MTRs and Inspection records, are issued to gas transmission construction jobs. Further, in case of a recall or failure,…

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Tanya Doyle
Business Systems Principal, Work Management Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric
 
Dan Quinn
Manager, Supply Chain Planning, Pacific Gas & Electric
 
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Comprehensive Procurement Solution Enables BNSF for Success

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
 

The result of a two-year program effort, the new SAP based Material Management system (SAP MM) provides a comprehensive procurement and inventory management solution for more than 6,000 BNSF users. The post implementation feedback coming in from end-users is very favorable. The SAP MM will enable BNSF to further reduce the cost of carrying inventory, the incidences of locomotives held…

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Giri Amaravadi
Senior Manager SAP Solution Delivery , BNSF
 
John Corpany
SAP Architect, BNSF
 
Rida Hussein
Product Manager/Architect, SAP
 
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SAP’s Cross Application Classification System and Approved Manufacturers Parts List (AMPL)

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
 

SAP’s Classification system is a very powerful, yet often unleveraged and misunderstood aspect of the ERP software, working across all modules. In this session, the basics will be explained along with advanced classification functions such as class hierarchies and inherited characteristics, multiple object types to class types and ‘object dependencies’ – covering preconditions and procedures, which are often termed ‘variant…

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Albere Cohen
SAP Business Advisor, United Energy & Multinet Gas
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Master Data/Analytics

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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Ensure Successful Integration with External Work Providers and the Role Ariba Can Play

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Having more than 60% of its AU$800M capital work program delivered by external delivery partners who may deliver up to 8,000-10,000 services per month, requires effective integration of procurement and work management functions with your major service delivery partners. AusNet Services is a top 100 ASX listed company who own and operate 3 regulated energy networks (Transmission, Electricity Distribution and…

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Paul Lane
Business Lead - Works & Asset Management - Regulated Business Process Team, AusNet Services PTY/ LTD
 
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Harry & David's Journey to EWM

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Hear how Harry and David replaced its existing warehouse management applications with SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) to create a more integrated and real-time solution.  Get insight into the key business drivers for replacing their best-of-breed WMS systems, including establishing a common system across the brand.  Gain knowledge about the implementation and some of the valuable lessons learned both…

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Heather Bothern
Manager SAP Applications, 1-800-Flowers (Harry & David)
 
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Firehouse Leadership for IT Organizations

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

What if we could transform our IT organizations to foster a culture driven by common-purpose alignment with our business stakeholders, and shift our mindsets from being efficient to becoming adaptable? Would we be able to achieve a greater level of sustained adoption and more rapidly exploit the tangible benefits associated with deployed solutions?   The fire service across the world…

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Randy Deitemeyer
Business Process Manager, Johns Manville
 
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Expert Exchange: Security & Cloud

 
07 Mar 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be…

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Connecting Asset Management & Supply Chain Throughout the Lifecycle

 
07 Mar 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
 

Whether manufacturing throughput from raw materials or pulling minerals or crude out the ground and processing into its end state, any company that can master speed and agility across the organization will develop a big competitive advantage. The key functions within the extended holistic supply chain are: Operations, Engineering, Maintenance and Stores. These departments work in silos and usually carry…

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Workshop #1: Applying Core SAP Functionality to Support Job Management

This workshop is aimed at new and intermediate maintenance users and analysts with an interest in understanding the purpose and capability of SAP’s maintenance processing objects - notifications,work orders, measurements, task lists and maintenance plans. This intensive workshop will cover the functionality of these objects, and how to set up and utilize these objects to deliver your required business outcomes, and to support reliability initiatives and ISO 55000 alignment. You will gain a better
understanding to get the most from this core functionality and some tips and tricks that you can take back and apply immediately.

Workshop #2: Navigating Change & Disruption Through People

What makes an organization sustainably successful? What makes some organizations more resilient than others to external market factors? What is the role of disruptive thinking in creating sustainable success? Effective Change Management is the key to sustainable organizational performance and success. The use of the latest and most effective technology in a business can be the difference between success or failure of a business. However, even with the best technology and most effective systems, without the successful engagement of the people to drive change, the organization will falter. This workshop will examine the best practices in change management and provide psychologically based strategies and interventions to assist people to successfully navigate change. Attendees will also explore the current evidence from organizations who have implemented and utilized disruption and disruptive thinking to achieve long-term success. You will learn how to go about disrupting the current mindsets and moving toward a culture of change and adaptation.

Many Planets, One Universe: How AusNet Services Aligned Their Planets to Improve Business Performance

With the introduction of S/4, customers want to know about HANA. Is there real value in S/4 or is it marketing hype? Is SAP serious about 2025? What is 2025? How do I get value and mitigate risks? This informative keynote will answer these and other questions, explore useful tools in making a decision around HANA - or influencing those who do - and how HANA is impacting EAM solution areas. Join Paul Lane and Len Harms as they discuss the specifics of Ausnet’s HANA use case, in the context of long-term solution planning.

Are your Money Planets aligned with your Work Planets? Are your Work Planets aligned with your People and Supporting Planets? How about your Infrastructure and Monitoring Planets? Faced with mounting pressures from customers, regulators and shareholders to identify cost efficiencies, AusNet Services embarked on a 24-month project to replace 124 legacy applications and implement SAP for Portfolio, Projects, Maintenance, Scheduling, Mobility, HR, Finance, Logistics & Procurement and BI operations. This keynote will show how we connected long-term solution planning and architecture with current realities, and leveraged complete integration, dramatically improving business operations, regulatory reporting, process performance and data health. Gain insight into how regulatory frameworks influences design, the need to fully explore integrations to non-SAP complimentary systems, and what challenges the AusNet Services design faced and conquered on its way to improving business operations.

The Future of Your Supply Chain & the Intersection of Technology

For the last 40 years, supply chain operations have been on an evolutionary path based upon incremental improvements in the functionality of Supply Chain software. Supply chains of today, however, are facing more and more pressure to deliver highly customized products, faster and at lower costs. As a consequence, we can assume the supply chains of tomorrow will be more customized, flexible and adaptive than ever, typically based on product velocity, product value and customer delivery requirements. These new Supply Chain models demand revolutionary capabilities that are not incremental but a discontinuous leap forward. Disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), AI and Machine Learning, Persistent Data Analytics, Deep Collaboration and Data Visualization will be the enablers for this new class of supply chains. Because of competitive pressures, the movement to the new supply chain models will likely be rapid – a few years, not decades. Remaining competitive means starting now to think how these technologies will fit into the design of your company’s future supply chain. This presentation will focus on these and other technologies, and their intersection with future supply chain design and operations.

 

Freeing Up Capital through Improved Inventory Management

Nebraska Public Power District was challenged with managing spares & materials for planned & unplanned maintenance. With their inventory investment growing by 10% annually, leadership stepped in to initiate ongoing inventory optimization. By establishing management accountability and leveraging Oniqua’s inventory optimization analytics and services, NPPD was able to cap inventory growth, free up capital and maintain high material availability; saving NPPD millions while improving support of asset reliability.

Join Bill Belgum, Inventory Control Manager at NPPD as he shares how NPPD is leveraging technology and process improvements to exceed inventory related objectives and make their working capital work smarter.

Key Takeaways:


  • What are the business challenges of inventory management?

  • Why it was important enough for Executive Level sponsorship

  • Tackling inventory challenges through…

    • senior management support

    • measurable objectives

    • implementation of tools and process improvement

    • management accountability



  • Results to-date, future expectations, and key takeaways

Delivering on Delivery: TMS SAP Transportation Solution

Transportation continues to be an area within supply chain management that has high potential for savings.   Not a simple proposition, with multi-variant complexity on the shipper planning side and with marketplace effected warehouse and carrier challenges.  By anchoring the process with standard work and real-time communication (Process Anchoring), we will demonstrate a system that will allow for world class management of your transportation needs.   How can an SAP solution make your organization more efficient and cultivate a partnering relationship with your carriers?  Hint:  There is more to it than just technology.

 

This session will cover:


  • The value of having a system where route guide execution and compliance is simplified

  • A carrier’s perspective on working in a system that improves enterprise efficiency

  • Real-time sensing of and responding to sales order changes

    • Seamless integration between ERP and TM

    • The value of business rules to accommodate all possible order changes



  • Configurable, rules-based transportation planning and arrangements

    • Peer-to-Peer, broadcast, open tendering

    • Collaborative tendering with carriers via EDI or Web, and e-mail

    • Manual intervention capabilities for managing rare exceptions



  • Real-time alerts and reports to identify and escalate exceptions

  • Simplified processes and user interface for plant users and carriers

  • KPI’s – Non-Compliance and the cost. How committed is your carrier to the awarded route and rate?

SAP S/4HANA for the Extended Supply Chain Strategy & Road Map

Learn about the strategy behind the latest SAP S/4HANA 1610 release, and discover how you can leverage its extensive range of new capabilities and functionality for your extended supply chain, including:

• New SAP Fiori® user apps covering supply chain and logistics, manufacturing, R&D, and asset operations

• Advanced functional capabilities, such as priority-based order rescheduling and dispatch load building, that enable realtime and interactive business processes

• Simplified adoption and reduced TCO of advanced line of business solutions which are now available as part of SAP S/4HANA, co-deployed and tightly integrated wit the enterprise management core

Expert Exchange: Mobility/Warehousing

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Efficient Track & Trace is More Important Than Ever & Evolving!

Come learn how SAP’s solutions can support a great many business needs and processes in the area of track & trace. Track & trace is more important than ever, and an increasing emphasis is placed on visibility of the end-to-end supply chain, monitoring and getting alerts when something goes wrong is a key capability for running a modern supply chain. Understand how SAP is embracing IoT, networks and cloud technologies when bringing track & trace to the future. Also learn when to use which solution, hear customer success stories and understand business benefits.

Devon’s Journey to Connect with Suppliers

In a tough market in which our and many industries are operating, managing supplier costs can be a major challenge and getting it right can deliver vast savings. Historical communication challenges between operators and suppliers can be overcome by aligning people, processes, data, and technology for both sides. At Devon Energy we are driving value to our business by providing automated price validation, more detailed visibility of spend, and improved timeliness of cost realization using SAP.

We are in the process of implementing Ariba to address the full lifecycle of electronic integration with suppliers including supplier onboarding, sourcing, contract management, procurement, invoicing, and supplier performance management. We went live with supplier onboarding, sourcing, and contract management in May 2016 with the remaining functionality coming online in the next 12 months. The partnership was tested by conflicts between the project deployment approach and Ariba services model, but strong relationships prevailed using our mutual intent as our foundation to success.  Also critical has been the buy-in and interaction within the Devon organization including Supply Chain, Finance and Accounting, IT, and the Exploration & Production Business Units.

Come join Greg as he shares Devon’s journey: what they’ve learned so far and how they are making changes that are enabling their business to become more efficient.

SaskPower Uses Mobility to Address Business Needs

The SaskPower mobility team has partnered up with Logistics in order to create mobile solutions to help address data lag in the field.  Some of the current apps developed include: PCB Results app, Code Book App, Goods Issue, Planned Inventory, Unplanned Inventory and Stock Check.

The idea is that in rural unmanned district locations there are material sites for the linemen to access maintenance and other construction activities.   Historically in these unmanned locations SaskPower struggled to have accuracy of inventory and reconciling that inventory; with material write offs through inventory adjustments as a result.

Piloting a new approach, the concept is that a storekeeper from a manned store will travel once per week out into these district locations and do a full audit. The storekeeper looks at site conditions, conducts an inventory and handles any environmental issues that need to be taken care of such as Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) oil in transformers. Mobility solutions were created in order to enable the storekeeper to perform these field duties.  These apps allow the storekeeper to remotely check what the stock levels should be, look up unfamiliar material, perform inventory counts as required as well as look up the environmental PCB results.

In the end it’s an end to end approach for these yards.   First the team must go in and clean/standardize and then set up regular audits to ensure that the processes are being followed.  As a result, there has been a large reduction in inventory discrepancies, write offs and adjustments as well as a reduction in the overall reconciliation time.   Further, the yards that have this implemented in we can have full faith that SAP is accurate and can therefore count on that inventory when its required.

Expert Exchange: Change Management/Inventory Management

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Discover How Southeastern Mills Decreased Costs, Increased Service Levels & Improved Inventory Turns by Over 28%

Like most implementations, Southeastern Mills went live and then found themselves slave to the SAP transactions. Unable to get the SAP system to do the heavy lifting, SEMills embarked on a transformation project that embedded an ongoing optimization methodology and culture into the organization and was able to get SAP to drive significant improvement into their organizations. This was all achieved within 6 months and with standard SAP. Share in their success stories where measures and analytics drove significant improvements in service levels and inventory right sizing including reductions. Attendees will have a clear view on how to visualize the health of their supply chain in terms of these areas of focus. This strengthens the argument to minimize the level of customization in favor of using standard best practices built into the system from which sound measures can be taken to report on.


  • Understand how to achieve a REAL ROI from the SAP system through a transformational effort

  • Maximize the throughput and customer service by focusing on improved supply chain management

  • Ensuring a sustainable approach to manage a disrupting supply chain.

Baking Data Quality into your Master Data Meal

Chances are that if you weren’t eating your vegetables as a child, your parents might have tricked you into eating them by baking them as a treat, covering them with cheese or mixing them up in your macaroni.

At Plexxus, we were challenged with defining who really owned master data quality and integrity for our 150K material and 20K vendor masters between our IT and business operation teams. After many years of evolution, we finally found that perfect recipe to blend data quality into existing operational tasks using the same simple strategy our parents used to apply.

Through our deployment of data request forms with macros to perform live SAP validations, SharePoint workflow, Winshuttle and SAP functionality, the Plexxus has implemented a comprehensive and automated process which has proven to dramatically reduce data request rejections, shorten (improve) our service levels, reduce transactional errors and improve our measured data quality.


  • Improved data quality consistency, completeness and integrity (duplicates)

  • Reduced data request cycle time 25% to 50% reductions

  • Reduced transactional errors pricing, unit of measure and part number

Vendor Managed Inventory for Greater Automation & Cost Savings

Our mine maintenance procurement team took steps to better align with Shell’s SAP Requisition to Pay Process. We identify efficiencies that helped address the high volume of transactions, criticality of timeliness, clear purchase order (PO) commitments and confirmations from the vendor and Intensive Goods Receipt processing. We automated our ordering process which reduced errors, helped move equipment back into the field quicker, implemented evaluated receipt settlement (ERS) and ultimately generated a better return on investment to the business.

This project took a multi-level approach. We increased our auto PO runs, activated ERS evaluated receipt settlement, implemented a Business to Business solution with the vendor, and implemented an Auto Goods Receipt solution.

As a result of this project we saw increased cost savings to the business, accurate account receivables, decreased Full time equivalent (FTE) and proper parts being ordered. We no longer used a paper requisitioning process or traceable proof of delivery and we generated better visibility on accruals.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Cost savings

  • Automation

  • Accurate current Account Receivables statement

The Reporting Onion

As an organization matures in its EAM process, so do its reporting requirements.  A key benefit of any SAP implementation is the reporting it provides.  Reporting should never be a rigid or painstaking process.  On the contrary, it should be the result of excellent Master Data organized in a standard manner that provides fluid and useful information to any user at any level of the organization.

The best advice I can give anyone starting an EAM implementation is to focus on master data from the beginning.  SAP’s incredible wealth of data points allows reports to be manipulated on the fly to answer questions that were once tedious to research and semi-reliable at best.  Once an organization sets standards and understands what each piece of master data brings to the “reporting table”, reporting can actually become a positive and exciting process.

To explain how Master Data works at Denbury, our team developed and coined the phrase:

The Reporting Onion

“Reporting so good, it makes you Cry.”

The onion is the body of reporting that contains the layers of master data we use to gather information about the assets we operate.  In the past, an enormous General Ledger (G/L) and thousands of cost centers were relied on to describe work being done in operations.  Naturally, coding errors, inconsistencies and interpretations of what G/L & cost center combination to use caused many inconsistencies.  To gather useful asset based information, end users were required manually review invoices and create spreadsheets to analyze spend.  The introduction of SAP EAM and strong master data changed this for Denbury.

Now, simple processes like building a work order, procuring goods and services & confirming time bring a plethora of master data that is used to make quick, reliable and useful reports.  End users are unknowingly building great reports simply by doing their everyday jobs.  The master data is built once and the results are consistent, reliable and repeatable reports that can be sliced and diced to tell a story that was only once dreamt about.

Understanding the SAP P2P Roadmap for Your Business

While SAP has a number of offerings in their procurement portfolio, it is often difficult to understand how they stack up and complement each other.  Come learn how businesses have been able to successfully integrate Ariba P2P and other products with SAP ECC, S/4 HANA and SAP SRM.  The benefits include better user experience, faster implementation and a standardization of processes. You will leave understanding the advantage of the Ariba Network with or without other Ariba suite of products and the integration availability of products on cloud vs on-premises. It will also cover how Ariba can be utilized in direct procurement world as well.

The Session will give insight to the following business areas within the procurement/logistics space:


  • Spend and Supplier Management

  • Sourcing

  • Spot Buy

  • Contract Management

  • Procurement

  • Supply Chain Collaboration

Going Mobile to Digitize Processes for Accurate Inventory Management

RAM Tool Construction Supply Company distributes construction tools and supplies in 34 markets from Washington D.C. to Texas. With over 30,000 stocked items, over 3,000 vendors, over 700,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 17 acres of yard space in the Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Texas, Ram Tool is a one stop shop for construction supply.

RAM Tool implemented the mInventory (Mobile Inventory and Warehouse) solution from Innovapptive to automate the Goods Issue process for their delivery truck drivers. The mInventory solutions also gives RAM Tool the capability to further automate inventory management processes and drive 360-degree visibility of their inventory.

Since implementing the solution, the benefits realized include real-time inventory visibility, electronic signature capture, ease of use for delivery drivers and error-free real-time posting to SAP in connected or disconnected modes.

Come join us to learn how to benefit from, and successfully implement a mobile inventory and warehouse management solution for SAP to better forecast demand, eliminate manual data entry errors, minimize shrinkage, improve employee productivity and squeeze cost out of your operations.

Expert Exchange: Risk & Governance/Integration

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Integrated PM & MM Processes to Achieve Financial & Operational Success

Not a single business (or person) that maintains equipment can effectively, productively, and profitably operate without providing and then receiving information throughout the supply chain again and again and again.  The exact same can be said for anyone in the Supply Chain back through to work management and operations, so why is it that so little attention if often the case when integrating business processes between SAP PM and MM?  When done well the results are often overlooked and unappreciated so let’s review how we can address this critical link that will help to get your teams working together with far greater returns!

Impossible Odds: A Story of Strength & Survival

On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali land pirates and held for 93 days, enduring the most harrowing and painful experience of her life. On the day of her kidnapping, she told herself, “some do come out alive, the numbers are small but they do exist.” During her captivity, she was terrorized by her captors, held outdoors in a scrub desert and kept on a starvation diet. Finally, after fruitless negotiations with her captors and her medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue. On January 25, 2012, members of SEAL Team Six attacked the heavily-armed captors killing all and airlifting Buchanan and her colleague to safety. In this keynote, Jessica will share the tools she quickly learned to stay alive: how to remain hopeful, trust your instincts and dig deep even when you feel completely empty of any resources. Jessica is living proof that the human spirit is indomitable!

The Impact of Digital Transformation on Assets & Logistics in a Connected World

Today’s economy is truly digital, businesses and individuals are part of a connected world. This digital economy is transforming the way we all live and work, and digital transformation creates significant opportunities for the way we manage assets and logistics processes across the Extended Supply Chain. Join Hans Thalbauer, as he shares his perspective and vision on how the IoT can facilitate digital transformation and deliver competitive advantage through optimized and innovative management of assets and logistics.

Closing the Gap: Eliminating ‘Silo Mentality’ From Your Team & Organization

When we ask executives “What is the number one innovation killer at your company?”, one of the first words we always hear, always, is “Silos!” As written by Patrick Lencioni in his book Silos, Politics and Turf Wars; “Silos - and the turf wars they enable - devastate organizations. They waste resources, kill productivity and jeopardize the achievement of goals.” In this keynote, Gregory Bayne will examine the critical signs of ‘silo mentality’ and explore five practical strategies for eliminating ‘silo mentality’ from your team and organization. We will also dig deeper into understanding how to go about cultivating a ‘collaborative mentality’ that drives better performance and better decision-making.

A Real Return: Using WM “Warehouse Management” to Generate Savings at Bayer

CropScience, a Division of Bayer had historically relied on a labor-intensive process when managing product returns related to their consignment business. The challenge in this return process came in time requirements, sampling, sample re-batching, building pallets, retesting product and revalidating the product for future use. The process of determining if the material could be blended, re-batched, and reused took a substantial amount of time and resources.

The challenge for Bayer was to reduce this investment in terms of both cost and turnaround time. Using (WM) Warehouse Management, Bayer found that they could the reduce time investment of this task by 50%, saving on labor and allowing staff to focus their time on other value added activities.

All told, this implementation saved significant quantities of pallet moves and time for multiple Bayer Sites. Join Bill Abernathy, Head of Logistics Excellence, Product Supply North America, as he describes how he and his team leveraged WM in unique way to achieve viable results with a real return.

Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%

Managing exceptions in a supply chain is the most challenging and complex piece of the puzzle.

Constraints move as demand shifts throughout the chain. Variability in demand is one thing but

variability in the supply causes unwanted WIP, system pressures and exceptions everywhere....and

it all ends with Inflated inventory and low service levels. How much is too much? How to manage

stock outs? How to manage supplier relationship? Learn how various companies have successfully

reduced inventory by over 20% without impacting service levels and without adding any additional

technology (i.e. maximizing what they have) by maximizing MRP to fullest capability. This deep-dive

offers lessons on:


  • MRP usage and purchasing practices that inflate your costs and inventory

  • Causes for inaccurate lead-time estimates

  • Causes for inventory overages and shortages

  • Causes for production delays that jeopardize customer service

  • Set-up decisions that adversely impact process performance and costs

Spectra Energy’s Success Story Deploying Ariba’s eSourcing & Contract Management

Prior to 2014 Spectra Energy operated as three different business units on three different SAP instances. CLM was the existing platform we used for contract management and Sharepoint as our sourcing tool. CLM was not used throughout the organization and maybe 10% of our contracts were actually in the CLM tool. This created a huge issue when trying to enforce contract compliance as many internal employees could not find the contracts and were usually unaware if they were expiring. CLM could not be used for sourcing as we had security issues with on prem software behind the firewall. This made conducting many large sourcing projects very manual and many times deadlines were missed and negotiations were difficult because communication was not centralized.

In 2014 we made a decision to implement Ariba eSourcing and Contract Management modules to fill current gaps and increase process efficiency. The cloud based platform allowed us to interact with suppliers in sourcing events without compromising our security concerns. The contacting module serves as a central repository so that contracts can be easily stored and found across all 3 BU's and expiration of contracts can be communicated to our stakeholders.

Expert Exchange: IoT

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

From Green Screen to Full Visual – What a Ride! How SAP Transformed Transportation Management for Maple Leaf Foods

Learn how SAP-TM has given Maple Leaf Foods the ability to manage and optimize all activities related to the physical transportation of goods via a single integrated system process.  Learn how manual processes were automated, and how they optimized capacity planning and carrier management utilizing GIS technology, providing full visibility to Supply Chain operations in real time while significantly shortening the time and efforts required to manage operations.

Follow along with Maple Leaf’s Three Golden Rules:


  1. Don’t make changes to the software: Make it as much of an “out of the box” vanilla installation as possible.

  2. Adapt processes to meet SAP best practices: The software currently meets the needs of the world’s top companies, so it can meet your needs too. But, you may need to adjust how you do things. The first objective should be to examine or change processes, not the software.

  3. Data is King:  Quality of data is the most critical success factor.  You have to do it RIGHT the First time, and the devil is indeed in the detail.


 

Is SAP Working for You or Are You Working for It? Get SAP Right, Increase Service Levels & Reduce Inventory by as Much as 20%

Managing exceptions in a supply chain is the most challenging and complex piece of the puzzle.

Constraints move as demand shifts throughout the chain. Variability in demand is one thing but

variability in the supply causes unwanted WIP, system pressures and exceptions everywhere....and

it all ends with Inflated inventory and low service levels. How much is too much? How to manage

stock outs? How to manage supplier relationship? Learn how various companies have successfully

reduced inventory by over 20% without impacting service levels and without adding any additional

technology (i.e. maximizing what they have) by maximizing MRP to fullest capability. This deep-dive

offers lessons on:


  • MRP usage and purchasing practices that inflate your costs and inventory

  • Causes for inaccurate lead-time estimates

  • Causes for inventory overages and shortages

  • Causes for production delays that jeopardize customer service

  • Set-up decisions that adversely impact process performance and costs

Spare Parts Demand and Materials Management?! Isn’t that an oxymoron!

Demand Management and Materials Management are words not often spoken in the world of spare parts (or MRO) and what a mistake this is!  I have not found a business yet that is not heavily overstocked with spare parts ‘just in case’ but still are constantly under the spot light when the part(s) needed cannot be found or are not stocked.  Let’s have a look at this space in SAP beginning with the demand signal from PM, stocking strategies, MRP, reservations, delivery, and returns.   Huge cash opportunities can be easily found!

Expert Exchange: Mobility/Procurement

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

SAP Leonardo: Connect Things to People and Processes to Drive Business Value

Business and IT leaders across industries are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to service and delight customers like no other competitor. With emerging smart assets that can be always-on, industries see a tremendous possibility to transform end to end supply chain processes and reimagine their business models. The Internet of Things (IoT) is key enabler for digital transformation and not a hype anymore but an existential necessity for the organizations. Session provides a deep insights of SAP Leonardo innovation portfolio of adaptive IoT applications with customer proof points that delivers e2e smart digital supply chain processes. Let’s not stop here and discuss beyond IoT solutions and technology to understand IoT solution deployment best practices to get a jumpstart on you IoT driven digital journey.

What will this session cover?
- Gain deeper understanding of SAP Leonardo Innovation Portfolio for Internet of Things and how it helps deliver value with IoT enabled across end to end digital supply chain solution e.g. smart assets, smart logistics and etc.
- Learn how SAP simplifies end to end IT/OT integration with a simplified and best of breed reference architecture and comprehensive set of IoT solutions fully integrated into backend supply chain processes.
- Hear customer stories who have deployed SAP’s IoT solutions and typical benefits & business value in form of efficiency led models and new outcomes.
- Learn how SAP is helping our customers get a fast start in their IoT journey with SAP Leonardo jumpstart program.

MRO Material Master Data Standardization, Enrichment & Governance

CertainTeed Corporation, a division of Saint-Gobain, and one of North America’s leading building products companies committed to implement SAP including EAM at each of its 56 North American manufacturing facilities spanning 5 separate business units. The company was faced with over 230,000 MRO part masters, managed locally at each plant with no corporate standards and with considerable duplication of parts. By implementing the SparesFinder software platform and dictionary alongside SAP CertainTeed was able to reduce its MRO material masters by up to 20 % and significantly improve the quality of the short and long descriptions. This has led to further supplier consolidation and reduction in mean time to repair. SpareFinder’s Gatekeeper governance solution ensures that all new requests are submitted with sufficient supporting information and that new items are created according to company standards and without further duplication.

Key Business Results:


  • Elimination of MRO Material Master Duplicate Items

  • Reduced mean Time to Repair Due to Improved Material Availability

  • Improved Material Master Data Quality

How Leprino Foods is Saving $2 Million in Procurement by Optimizing its MRP & PO Collaboration Process

Learn how Leprino Foods saved $2M USD by optimizing the procurement process through a streamlined set of health checks. Learn how they met cost savings goals by linking materials to negotiated contracts and source lists, re-engineered MRP to improve just in time procurement to meet service targets, established regular reports throughout the contract and PO cycle to maintain clean data and accurately replenish inventory. Also hear how Leprino increased confidence and collaboration between the plant and corporate purchasing teams within SAP, streamlined PO communication with vendors, overcame change management and user adoption challenges by optimizing MRP to break barriers and developed a matrix of MRP settings to enhance user experience.

Expert Exchange: Change Management/Utilities

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

SAP Batch Management for End to End Materials Traceability

PG&E Gas operations partnered with our sourcing organization to implement SAP batch management to provide traceable, verifiable, and complete manufacturing and quality inspection information on critical materials used in our gas transmission operations. Batch management ensures that only qualified materials, with appropriate MTRs and Inspection records, are issued to gas transmission construction jobs. Further, in case of a recall or failure, we will be able to quarantine stock, identify where in our system materials were used, and identify what active jobs those materials have been issued to. We have also implemented batch tags with a QR code on batch managed materials and deployed Bluetooth scanners to populate the materials logs on Transmission work and prevent transcription errors.

Key Business Results:


  • We can identify the origin and pedigree of materials installed in our system

  • In the event of a problem material, we can determine where it was used

  • We can prevent non-qualified or recalled materials from being used in construction

Comprehensive Procurement Solution Enables BNSF for Success

The result of a two-year program effort, the new SAP based Material Management system (SAP MM) provides a comprehensive procurement and inventory management solution for more than 6,000 BNSF users. The post implementation feedback coming in from end-users is very favorable.

The SAP MM will enable BNSF to further reduce the cost of carrying inventory, the incidences of locomotives held for materials, and the overhead in procurement processes. This is partly achieved through the use of Material Requirements Planning (MRP), which considers factors such as demand for materials and supplier lead times while calculating how much material to order. The system user-friendly features also enable employees to maintain an accurate inventory. Another major improvement are a collection of web applications that are easy to understand for new users and robust enough for power users called SAP Launchpad.The Launchpad web applications are supported on desktop browsers and iPads, allowing users to perform tasks while they are out on the warehouse or shop floors.

A robust search function also makes it easier to find materials with the results showing preferred vendors and the exact price agreement for those materials. This will help employees in the field make better-informed decisions that further reduce spending. The next development phase for SAP MM will be to integrate it with Engineering and Mechanical work orders, which will provide even greater insights into material spending throughout the organization.

Key Business Results:


  • The Launchpad web applications are supported on desktop browsers and iPads, allowing users to perform tasks while they are out on the warehouse or shop floors.

  • A robust search function also makes it easier to find materials with the results showing preferred vendors and the exact price agreement for those materials.

  • Help employees in the field make better-informed decisions that further reduce spending.

SAP’s Cross Application Classification System and Approved Manufacturers Parts List (AMPL)

SAP’s Classification system is a very powerful, yet often unleveraged and misunderstood aspect of the ERP software, working across all modules. In this session, the basics will be explained along with advanced classification functions such as class hierarchies and inherited characteristics, multiple object types to class types and ‘object dependencies’ – covering preconditions and procedures, which are often termed ‘variant configuration’. Armed with this knowledge, you will be in a position to cleanly structure your material master data with as many additional fields as required, in required taxonomies, including all manner of technical data, using standard SAP.

Also covered is the Approved Manufacturers Parts List (AMPL), which is SAP’s functionality around itemizing materials to manufacturers and their part numbers, allowing for product redundancies and ‘interchangeable parts’ – different manufacturer part numbers tied into your approved materials.

Expert Exchange: Master Data/Analytics

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Ensure Successful Integration with External Work Providers and the Role Ariba Can Play

Having more than 60% of its AU$800M capital work program delivered by external delivery partners who may deliver up to 8,000-10,000 services per month, requires effective integration of procurement and work management functions with your major service delivery partners.

AusNet Services is a top 100 ASX listed company who own and operate 3 regulated energy networks (Transmission, Electricity Distribution and Gas Distribution) in Victoria together with our unregulated Select Solutions business which has a nationwide footprint. AusNet Services recently completed a full SAP implementation for its entire EAM operations.

This session will highlight how AusNet Services have embedded their major services providers into its EAM solution and utilized Ariba as part of its work provisioning high work volumes to its major service providers.

It will outline 3 key areas to focus on to ensure you successfully integrate with your major work delivery partners including:


  • Segmenting your contract service providers

  • Incorporating your contract service providers into the change journey – purchasing versus work management. Finding the right balance.

  • Challenges and lessons learned – 18 months on.


The presentation will cover an

  • Overview of AusNet Services outsourcing approach

  • How different service provider types require different integration approaches

  • How major service providers have been integrated into AusNet Services solution

  • Purchasing versus works management – finding the balance

  • How PM compatible units can be used to support purchasing.

  • How contractor integration impacts security design

  • Utilizing Ariba benefits and limitations

  • Purchasing and works management key learnings


Attendees will gain insight into 3 critical focus areas required for a successful partnership and integration with your major service providers:

  • Contracts, Purchasing and key lessons from an Ariba integration.

  • Works management integration – what you’ll need to succeed

  • Ongoing change management challenges.


Key Business Benefits:

- Streamlined procurement as part of work order creation
- Improved linkages between purchasing and work – less bill shock!
- Reduced monthly invoice processing time to get costs back onto work.

Harry & David's Journey to EWM

Hear how Harry and David replaced its existing warehouse management applications with SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) to create a more integrated and real-time solution.  Get insight into the key business drivers for replacing their best-of-breed WMS systems, including establishing a common system across the brand.  Gain knowledge about the implementation and some of the valuable lessons learned both pre-implementation and post-implementation.


  • Key business drivers for replacing best-of-breed WMS systems, including establishing a common system across the brand

  • Overall implementation experience and lessons learned from the project and subsequent upgrade

  • Data archiving strategy for SAP EWM that improved high volume performance

Firehouse Leadership for IT Organizations

What if we could transform our IT organizations to foster a culture driven by common-purpose alignment with our business stakeholders, and shift our mindsets from being efficient to becoming adaptable? Would we be able to achieve a greater level of sustained adoption and more rapidly exploit the tangible benefits associated with deployed solutions?

 

The fire service across the world accomplishes incredible feats on a daily basis, often against unparalleled adversity where achieving positive outcomes with limited resources is all in a day’s work. When looking at what makes these organizations successful, uncommon alignment to a common sense of purpose, hyper-focused execution, and supreme team camaraderie are consistent traits that are evident to anybody who observes from the outside looking in.

From opportunity identification to responsive deployment, learn how Johns Manville has rooted Firehouse ethos within their IT philosophy to create a common-purpose driven culture that continues to push the limits of solution innovation and benefit realization.

Expert Exchange: Security & Cloud

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at SAP-Centric EAM, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Connecting Asset Management & Supply Chain Throughout the Lifecycle

Whether manufacturing throughput from raw materials or pulling minerals or crude out the ground and processing into its end state, any company that can master speed and agility across the organization will develop a big competitive advantage. The key functions within the extended holistic supply chain are: Operations, Engineering, Maintenance and Stores. These departments work in silos and usually carry independent budgetary and other constraints. How does one get the most from them despite these restrictions? Come listen to world renowned thought leader, Christer Idhammar, as he shares ideas on how to build a closer partnership across functions.