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conference for professionals that use and
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www.sapfinancials2012.com

Controlling

Financial accounting

Order-to-cash

Financial statements and


reports

Planning and forecasting

Treasury management

Analytical reporting

Profitability analyses

Inter- and intra-company


payments

Fast closes

Consolidated reporting

Financial statements

A/P and A/R

Purchase-to-pay

Payroll integration

Profit center accounting

Regulatory compliance

Cost center accounting

Asset accounting

Product costing

Revenue recognition

KPIs and performance


benchmarks

Cash management

Materials valuation

Performance management

Budgeting

Public sector accounting

Project accounting

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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, realtime 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 SAPs growing portfolio
of finance solutions. You will leave with a rich understanding of SAPs 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 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 Las Vegas 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
Jumpstart Day
Monday, March 12

Conference, March 13 March 16


Tuesday, March 13

Wednesday, March 14

Thursday, March 15

Friday, March 16

7:30 am

Registration opens

7:00 am

Registration opens

7:30 am

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7:30 am

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7:30 am

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9:00 am

Morning Jumpstart
sessions

8:30 am

General assembly

8:30 am

Financials and GRC


keynote

8:30 am

Educational
sessions

8:30 am

Educational
sessions

Educational
sessions

10:15 am

Educational
sessions

10:00 am

Educational
sessions

Lunch

11:45 am

Educational
sessions

11:30 am

Educational
sessions

12:45 pm

Conference
concludes

12:00 pm
2:00 pm

5:00 pm

10:30 am

Educational
sessions

11:45 am

Lunch

Lunch
Afternoon
Jumpstart
sessions
Registration closes

1:15 pm

Educational
sessions

10:15 am

11:30 am
1:00 pm

Educational
sessions

Educational
sessions

1:00 pm

Lunch

2:30 pm

2:30 pm

4:15 pm

Educational
sessions

Educational
sessions

Educational
sessions

4:00 pm

Welcome reception
Ask-the-Experts

Educational
sessions

4:00 pm

5:45 pm

Educational
sessions

5:30 pm

Cocktail reception
Ask-the-Experts

5:15 pm

Sessions conclude

2:45 pm

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Overview

Jumpstart Day Monday, March 12

Pre-conference foundational, orientation, and networking sessions


SAP technology innovations and updates
Orientation sessions
Enhanced networking activities, including a special networking lunch
Intensive educational workshops for organizations that are using, evaluating, and deploying financial solutions from SAP

Main Conference March 13-16


More than 250 sessions spanning 14 tracks
Track 1.

Financial accounting (FI)

Page 12

Track 2.

Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting

Page 15

Track 3.

Strategies for high-performing, cost-effective finance organizations

Page 18

Track 4.

Fast closes and consolidations

Page 21

Track 5.

Planning, forecasting, and budgeting

Page 24

Track 6.

SAP General Ledger

Page 26

Track 7.

Financial reports, analyses and business intelligence

Page 28

Track 8.

Streamlining accounts payable

Page 31

Track 9.

Receivables, cash management, and treasury

Page 32

Track 10. Project systems and accounting

Page 34

Track 11. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Page 35

Track 12. Audits, risk management, and compliance

Page 37

Track 13. SAP implementations, upgrades, and enhancement packages

Page 41

Track 14. Finance in the public sector

Page 42

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Educational and networking opportunities


More than 250 educational sessions and forums
Expand your skills and knowledge by learning from the top experts at SAP, independent consultants,
and your industry counterparts.

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

Financialsexpert LIVE
This popular forum offers attendees the opportunity to meet leading authors from Financials Expert
and discuss topics from recent articles. Follow the framework of the article as the author guides you
through the most important parts. Youre not just a reader youre a participant.
Advance your career and keep your certification current. Earn 35.5 CPE credits by attending sessions offered
at Financials 2012. No prerequisites are required and The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
(NASBA) awards CPE credits in:
Accounting
Accounting (Govmnt)

Business Management
and Organization

Management Advisory
Services

Auditing

Communications

Personnel/HR

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.

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

Join us for Jumpstart Day Monday, March 12


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 Jumpstart Day, you can:


Attend any sessions of interest to you
Benefit from expert-led instruction, demos, guidelines, and dedicated

question-and-answer time
Gain online access to the session slides and exclusive take-home

materials from all presentations


Participate in a networking lunch with other attendees

Jumpstart Day Sessions


Monday, March 12

Page

Morning sessions 9:00 am 12:00 pm


Proven tips and techniques to help even the most experienced finance teams better manage
and optimize FI and CO

An A-to-Z guide to speeding payments and improving cash management using SAP solutions

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

A comprehensive guide to successfully execute the six stages of an accelerated financial close

Whats new with SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 solutions

The 2012 survival guide to security remediation in your SAP system

Lunch 12:00 pm 2:00 pm


Afternoon sessions 2:00 pm 5:00 pm
2012 up-to-date guide to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

Critical steps for successfully migrating to the latest version of SAP General Ledger

The financial manager and controllers guide to product costing

10

A comprehensive guide to building and running shared services that support finance and HR

10

A technical guide to implementing or migrating to SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0

11

A comprehensive guide to improve continuous controls monitoring with automated


business rules

11

Jumpstart Day continued on next page

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Jumpstart Day

Morning Sessions 9:00 am 12:00 pm


Proven tips and techniques to help even
the most experienced finance teams better
manage and optimize FI and CO

An A-to-Z guide to speeding payments and


improving cash management using SAP
solutions

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting


John Jordan, ERP Corp

Christian Mnich and Craig Himmelberger, SAP AG


9:00 am 12:00 pm

9:00 am 12:00 pm
This three-hour session delivers proven techniques, tips, and
tricks to easily identify and fully leverage frequently overlooked FI and CO functionality that can simplify tasks and
streamline processes.
y Learn how to implement little-known FI settings to vastly
improve the format and usability of reports no custom
programming required!

This important three-hour session examines the strategies,


challenges, and technologies you need to master in order
to streamline your treasury, risk, banking and cash management activities. In this session you will:
y Get tips to enable the straight-through processing of your
banking, corporate treasury, and financial accounting
processes

y Identify steps that can be taken to reduce the clutter in


your cost estimate screens

y Walk through the latest tools, enhancements, and


functions, as well as infrastructure and architecture
enhancements in SAP Treasury and Risk Management

y Get instruction for performing actual costing and periodend closings in the SAP material ledger with ease

y Learn how to generate comprehensive cash forecasts and


plans using SAP Cash and Liquidity Management

y Pinpoint the best method to speed high-volume data


processing such as creating cost estimates using product
cost planning functionality

y Find out how to employ a global in-house bank using


SAP In-House Cash and a payment factory using SAP
Bank Communication Management

y Find out how to easily maintain and control master data


objects in order to improve hierarchical maintenance of
general ledger accounts and safeguard sensitive fields in
the customer and vendor master

y Gather ideas to set up your treasury applications to


centrally monitor and track the status of payments,
banking balances, and cash management activities

y Get tips to streamline transactions, such as matching


incoming payments to invoices by the number of days
overdue and reversing a reversal document without
having to repost the entire item
y Compare and contrast different ways of customizing and
accessing reports; for example, adding extra fields to
certain standard customer, vendor, and fixed asset reports
y Gather techniques to simplify the creation of
drilldown reports

y Take a critical look at what you need to set up direct bank


connectivity to the secure and reliable infrastructure of
the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial
Telecommunication (SWIFT) Network
y Hear the latest developments regarding payment format
harmonization (CGI and ISO20022), along with advice to
leverage treasury functionality to support these initiatives
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

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

Morning Sessions 9:00 am 12:00 pm


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

A comprehensive guide to successfully execute


the six stages of an accelerated financial close
Stefan Karl and Elizabeth Milne, SAP

Bryan Katis, SAP


9:00 am 12:00 pm
9:00 am 12:00 pm
This special three-hour session explores the capabilities, tradeoffs, and requirements for leveraging SAP BusinessObjects
Planning and Consolidation both the 7.5 and 10.0 releases
for the version for SAP NetWeaver and version for the Microsoft platform.
y Gain a thorough overview of the functionality delivered
with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for:

This unique three-hour session shows you how to effectively plan and execute six critical steps needed to accelerate
your financial close. Take an up-to-date look at requirements,
common challenges, and recommendations for optimizing
your closing cycles from local and corporate perspectives.
y Explore the six critical stages of an accelerated financial
close, including:

Local close

Business planning

Intercompany reconciliation

Budgeting

Data submission for group close

Forecasting

Group close

Financial reporting and analysis

Internal financial review

External reporting

y Understand how SAP BusinessObjects Planning and


Consolidation integrates with SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver
BW, and SAP BusinessObjects BI
y Pinpoint the key differences between SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP
NetWeaver BW functionality for integrated planning
y Step through real-world scenarios of how the
applications use can lead to increased productivity,
reduced budget cycle times, adaptation to changing
business and market conditions, and improved statutory
and regulatory reporting
y Gain insight into key enhancements in the 10.0 and 7.5
releases of both the version for SAP NetWeaver and the
version for the Microsoft platform, including native
integration with the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools
y Step through demos that illustrate a sample business
planning process, as well as the best ways to use SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for
consolidated reporting

y See how deconstructing the overall close process into


these phases can help you pinpoint and address
challenges that could be jeopardizing your close
y Identify required steps and activities that must happen
during each phase to accelerate the financial close
y Learn to use sample period-end closing timetables as
guidance for building your own closing process
y Understand how to effectively structure closing
transactions, speed approvals, and seamlessly link closing
processes using SAP BusinessObjects enterprise
performance management (EPM) solutions
y Find out how to achieve greater automation and
transparency throughout the close process
y Come away with real-world lessons from the successful
closing processes of leading SAP customers worldwide

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

Morning Sessions 9:00 am 12:00 pm


Whats new with SAP BusinessObjects
GRC 10.0 solutions

The 2012 survival guide to security


remediation in your SAP system

Jan Gardiner and John Jerrehian, SAP

James Roeske, VanRiver Consulting

9:00 am 12:00 pm
This three-hour session will provide an in-depth look at
SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance (GRC)
solutions, specifically highlighting new capabilities delivered
with release 10.0.
y Examine the latest access control, process control, and risk
management updates in release 10.0
y Discover new ways to save money by minimizing the
impact of risks, fraud, and errors
y Learn how to deploy continuous controls monitoring on a
single technology platform
y See how SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions support the
mobile user with targeted applications and increased use
of offline forms
y Hear firsthand how to unify all SAP BusinessObjects
Access Control capabilities on a standardized ABAP
platform, offering enterprise supportability, granular
security, transport, and archiving
y Get tips for simplifying the provisioning process using
SAP Business Workflow technology and to support more
flexible and tailored access requests and approver views
y Learn how to put a content life cycle management
approach into practice that will enable easier data upload,
deployment, and management

9:00 am 12:00 pm
This three-hour session delves into the fundamental principles and technical ins and outs of SAP security concepts,
tools, and specifically, the SAP BusinessObjects Access Control applications. Whether you are just beginning a security
remediation project or improving your existing efforts, by
attending this session you will:
y Understand key compliance principles and
recommended business processes to maintain a safe,
secure, and compliant SAP environment
y Learn new and advanced techniques for leveraging
access control functionality to reduce the security
maintenance effort, gain greater flexibility, and diminish
the complexity of role management
y Hear how the experts leverage enterprise role
management functionality to build or improve standard
rule sets, cross-system rules, and cross-platform rules
y Identify ways to design or improve a role structure which
is compliant, practical, and sustainable, especially as
audits get tougher, security staffing is leaner, and budgets
are tighter
y Acquire lessons from numerous real-world large and
complex segregation of duties remediation projects
y Delve into the project planning phases and tasks that
need to be executed in a successful security project, and
what to focus on to stay one step ahead of auditors

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

Afternoon Sessions 2:00 pm 5:00 pm


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

Critical steps for successfully migrating to the


latest version of SAP General Ledger

Scott Cairncross and David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

This special three-hour session explores the capabilities, tradeoffs, and requirements for leveraging SAP BusinessObjects
Planning and Consolidation both the 7.5 and 10.0 releases
for the version for SAP NetWeaver and version for the Microsoft platform.

This special three-hour tutorial provides an in-depth guide to


help you successfully migrate to SAP General Ledger (previously known as the new G/L) available with SAP ERP. Attend
this unique session to:

y Gain a thorough overview of the functionality delivered


with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for:

Business planning

Budgeting

Forecasting

Financial reporting and analysis

y Understand how SAP BusinessObjects Planning and


Consolidation integrates with SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver
BW, and SAP BusinessObjects BI
y Pinpoint the key differences between SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP
NetWeaver BW functionality for integrated planning
y Step through real-world scenarios of how the
applications use can lead to increased productivity,
reduced budget cycle times, adaptation to changing
business and market conditions, and improved statutory
and regulatory reporting
y Gain insight into key enhancements in the 10.0 and 7.5
releases of both the version for SAP NetWeaver and the
version for the Microsoft platform, including native
integration with the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools
y Step through demos that illustrate a sample business
planning process, as well as the best ways to use SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for
consolidated reporting

y Understand the key differences between the latest


version of SAP General Ledger and the classic version of
the SAP General Ledger in SAP R/3
y Learn the key decisions and considerations involved in
implementing or migrating to the new version of the SAP
General Ledger, such as how to classify prepare balanced
books for any dimension
y Gain a deep understanding of the different challenges
that migrations versus new implementations present
y Gather best practices for configuration, and identify some
of the most common mistakes to avoid, including
creating too many parallel ledgers and defining splitting
at a granular level
y Unearth the hidden secrets of group currency
configuration for migration
y Step through crucial criteria on how best to plan the
scope and strategy of your migration project, such as
choosing the migration scenario that best suits your
organization
y Learn from the hard-won successes and lessons from
other customers; for example, making open item
managed accounts that are consistent with the master
records and transactions
y Take home a glossary of some of the most commonly
misunderstood terms associated with the SAP General
Ledger

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

10

Afternoon Sessions 2:00 pm 5:00 pm


The financial manager and controllers guide to
product costing

A comprehensive guide to building and running


shared services that support finance and HR

Janet Salmon, SAP AG and Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing

Carrie Lande and Franz Deitering, SAP

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

This special three-hour session offers a comprehensive guide


to SAP functionality for product costing and expert recommendations to extend accounting entries created throughout
the end-to-end product costing process.

This comprehensive, three-hour session outlines concepts


and best practices that support you in successfully implementing shared services. Learn how utilizing SAP technology
in your shared services organization enables automation, service improvements, improved governance, and ultimately,
operational excellence in HR and finance.

y Understand the end-to-end process of product costing,


and get leading practices to integrate it into your
organizations sales and manufacturing processes
y Learn what different controlling objects can be used to
support manufacturing strategies, such as make-to-stock,
repetitive, process, make-to-order, and engineer-to-order
y Examine the master data that is required to develop a
standard cost for a product
y Find out how product cost postings are reflected in SAP
General Ledger
y Understand how the month-end process in product
costing will help to ensure more accurate financial
statements
y Get tips to better analyze product costs and make more
strategic decisions when determining the optimal price(s)
to market your products
y Learn how to achieve more accurate margin analysis by
adding profitability analysis (CO-PA) postings to the
product costing information
y Walk through the key enhancements to product costing,
including cross-company actual costing, parallel cost of
goods manufactured, and parallel balance sheet
valuation

y Find out how a shared services model could help you


optimize costs, minimize risk, and improve the HR and
finance services you provide to your business
y Learn which HR and finance processes should be kept
within the shared service center and which ones can be
outsourced
y Learn how to set up specific analytics to measure and
manage HR and finance operations within a shared
services environment
y Take a look at design principles and lessons learned from
other SAP customers who are implementing new, or who
are fine-tuning existing, HR and finance shared service
centers
y Learn how to leverage business process automation in
your shared service organization utilizing proven
concepts and readily available technology enablers
y Delve into best practices for building and operating a
shared services center, including considerations for
communication front-end, service catalog, and service
delivery platform
y Examine the four common action areas required for
shared service projects to reach full benefit: Organization,
communication with stakeholders, processes,
infrastructure
y Learn how the technical and business platform delivered
with the SAP Shared Service Framework can be used to
support multifunctional, global, automated, and
customer-oriented shared services

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Jumpstart Day

11

Afternoon Sessions 2:00 pm 5:00 pm


A technical guide to implementing or
migrating to SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0

A comprehensive guide to improve continuous


controls monitoring with automated business
rules

Saye Arumugam and Richard Choi, SAP


Seamus Jackson and Michael Heiken, PricewaterhouseCoopers
2:00 pm 5:00 pm
This comprehensive three-hour session delves into the technical prerequisites and tasks required to migrate or upgrade
to SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance
(GRC) solutions release 10.0. Attendees of this session will:
y Explore the latest technical underpinnings and
requirements for:

SAP BusinessObjects Access Control

SAP BusinessObjects Process Control

SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management

y Examine the architectural requirements of the platform


that supports the 10.0 release
y Describe the special considerations required to design a
new system architecture or prepare an existing GRC
landscape for a 10.0 upgrade
y Examine the new security concept and role authorization
concept for GRC 10.0
y See how to leverage SAP NetWeaver functionality,
including the SAP NetWeaver Portal or SAP NetWeaver
Business Client to improve scalability
y Leave this session with best practices for enabling
business users to display ABAP-based reports in SAP
Crystal Reports format by leveraging the ALV-Crystal
integration framework

2:00 pm 5:00 pm
This three-hour session provides a detailed guide to the continuous controls monitoring methodologies, deployment
strategies and latest tools available with SAP BusinessObjects Process Control.
y Explore the full range of automated business rule
functionality and its role in setting up or improving
continuous controls monitoring efforts
y Learn the dos and donts of applying various automated
business rules into your controls environment
y Get step-by-step instruction for building the most
commonly used business rules, such as rules used for
change log monitors, value checks, and queries
y Acquire tips to assess your SAP ERP system configuration
to determine the most suitable rule types
y Find out why reporting frequency and scheduling time
are critical areas that must be addressed before going live
with an automated rule set
y Learn advanced techniques for adding rule criteria, filters,
and other special features to your business rules
y Come away prepared to address some of the toughest
continuous controls monitoring challenges, such as dealing
with operational differences between business units, and
justifying the cost of continuous control monitoring tool

For more information and to register, visit www.sapfinancials2012.com or call SAPinsider at +1-781-751-8700

Track 1

12

Financial accounting (FI)

Lessons from Murray Energys


proven approach for optimizing
order-to-cash

Simplify postings of business


transactions to the general ledger
with expert automatic account
determination techniques

Robert Glitch and Jim Spigarelli, Murray Energy

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting

Learn how Murray Energy accelerated its


financial accounting, controlling, and sales
and distribution transactions by overcoming
common data entry and related maintenance
challenges in SAP without any need for custom ABAP programs. Hear how the company
coordinated the knowledge of its functional
business users with its information technology team to develop a solution to help speed
its FI, CO, and SD processes. Examine Murray
Energys strategy for utilizing Microsoft Excel to
speed data entry throughout its entire orderto-cash cycle, accounts payable invoicing,
collections, asset management, internal orders,
and general ledger entries. Find out which
often overlooked t-codes the company used
to speed up its report writing and data collection activities and take home a list of sample
t-codes to employ at your own organization.

Attend this session for detailed instruction to


set up account determination tables that link
business transaction objects to your SAP General Ledger accounts. Learn how setting up
these tables will enable you to post transactions from other modules to the general ledger
with ease. Understand the main tables and
master data that accounts are assigned to and
how to trace any errors or inconsistencies back
to the originating source. Walk through some
of the most common mistakes that are made
when configuring account assignments, such
as using the wrong cost element category on
a revenue related account, which should be
passed to CO-PA. Get tips to create and assign
new general modifiers and account keys in the
materials management and sales and distribution modules. Learn the best way of setting up
account determination for areas such as travel
management and the material ledger in order
to classify accounts more specifically to the
business situation. View a demo that illustrates
how to run a report that clearly shows where
accounts have been automatically assigned.

Case study

A practical guide to integration


techniques that facilitate data
transfer between FI and SD
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems and Software
Acquire practical recommendations and solutions to address the top five challenges that
can hinder smooth financial accounting and
sales and distribution (FI-SD) integration. Get
step-by-step instruction to determine and configure revenue accounts using fields from sales
orders, material masters, or customer masters. Walk through the impacts that key SD
documents, including contracts, sales orders,
deliveries, and invoices, have on FI. Identify and
avoid common mistakes in the creation of billing documents that have a negative impact on
FI and compromise the integrity of the revenue stream. Acquire expert recommendations
for identifying and reconciling FI-SD discrepancies. Receive best practices for configuration
ownership and valuable testing tips. See how
your peers at other organizations have developed reporting solutions to reconcile FI-SD
results. Take home key lists of configuration
points and tables for the FI-SD interface that
are critical to the smooth transfer of data from
SD to FI.

Customer Discussion Forum

SAP customers share their battletested tips for optimizing SAP


financial accounting (FI)
functionality
Attend this unique, interactive discussion with
fellow peers and find out the undocumented
tips and tricks they have devised to get more
value from their FI functionality. Get answers
to questions such as: What are best practices to
reduce storage and runtime problems caused
by the constant growth of transaction data?
How do you make master data easier to manage and more up to date? How can I make
more accurate direct postings to asset reconciliation account? How can I add fields to the
mass change option? Listen in on the answers
to these questions, and many more, and take
the opportunity to get your own questions
answered and to learn from the questions
asked by your peers.

Proven techniques for configuring


multiple currency types
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems and Software
Make sense of the different SAP options at your
disposal and the key questions you face when
configuring currency types, such as which currency type to use for a new special ledger,
how many currencies to configure for a company code in the general ledger, and what
currency to use as group currency. Learn to recognize how these decisions profoundly affect
SAP financial reporting activities and results.
Avoid the mistake of telling yourself that you
can always reconfigure currencies later. Youll
learn how difficult and expensive these configuration changes are once your system is
productive. Clarify the differences between
hard currency, index currency, group currency,
and global company currency. This session also
highlights the differences between the standard valuation, group valuation, and profit
center valuation options for company code
currency and group currency.
Track 1 continued on next page

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Track 1: Financial accounting (FI)


Improve material movement
postings to the G/L with proven
FI-MM integration techniques
Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems and Software
Put an end to the never-ending battle between
FI and MM functional analysts over who holds
the responsibility of FI-MM integration configuration. Empower your FI team and take
control of the critical configuration and integration points between these areas to ensure
clean postings in SAP General Ledger accounting (FI-GL). Examine the fields that drive the FI
postings made by MM transactions, and learn
about key tables in this configuration. Find out
why table T030 is critical to the smooth integration of MM and FI. Delve into the three key
sources of material movement postings that
affect FI-GL: deliveries, goods receipts, and
plant material movements. Find out how FI and
MM activities can get out of sync and how to
get them back on track. Take home a chart of
all inputs that impact MM postings and a stepby-step guide for activating goods receipt/
invoice receipt (GR/IR) account user exits.
Case study

ConAgras financial shared service


strategy for increasing the
efficiency and reducing the cost of
accounts payable
Pam Russavage, ConAgra Foods
This session examines how ConAgra Foods
set up and deployed an SAP Shared Services Framework to improve the quality of
financial accounting processes, increase customer satisfaction, and boost compliance
and productivity. Delve into the techniques
the company used to streamline its accounts
payable, time and expense, inventory, payroll, and accounts receivable processes. Learn
how ConAgra Foods transformed information
processing from the traditional decentralized
system, where information was segmented
into silos, to a centralized processing structure
with consolidated information. Find out how
the company deployed a shared service framework to simplify the processing of more than
250,000 invoices received annually and consolidate multiple A/P systems into a single SAP
ERP system. Understand how ConAgra Foods
was able to reduce its annual cost-per-invoice
by more than 8 percent, reduce accounts payable labor costs by 25 percent and increase the
invoices paid in accordance with terms from 55
percent to 93 percent.

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An experts real-world guide for


overcoming the challenges
associated with calculating asset
depreciation

Speed travel bookings, approvals,


and expense processing by
deploying SAP Travel OnDemand
to mobile devices

Nathan Genez, Serio Consulting

Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing

Get an in-depth overview of how the SAP


system calculates depreciation for both corporate book and tax purposes. See how the
new depreciation calculation program (DCP)
works, gain insight into the lessons learned
by customers that have activated the new
DCP, and get expert advice to minimize risks.
Learn how the changes to the DCP in SAP ERP
6.0 impact existing asset data, asset reporting, and existing custom development. Step
through the top four most important configuration parameters, and see what each does and
how they impact the depreciation calculation.
Learn what variables to take into consideration
in order to pinpoint an asset reporting issue
and how you can validate any issues that arise
in asset reporting and day-to-day processing.
Take home an article introducing the new DCP
outlining how to recalculate asset values.

Explore the options available via SAP Travel


OnDemand and mobile technology to ensure
that your employees business travel is managed efficiently and cost effectively. Find out
how employees can easily access corporate
travel policies to ensure their requests will be
quickly approved. Learn how to enable travel
bookings via mobile devices. Step through a
demo that illustrates how a business traveler
can easily submit expense receipts and create
an expense report item with a camera-enabled
smartphone such as a BlackBerry, to ensure
that receipts are not misplaced or lost. Follow
the business traveler as a full expense report is
created on a tablet device, such as an iPad, for
expense report submission on the road that
results in faster reimbursements. Learn how to
set up important data, such as business traveler, travel policy, and expense type, and credit
card data.

Expert advice for choosing the best


travel management solution from
SAP
Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing
Attend this session and explore the functionality and options for utilizing SAP Travel
Management, whether OnPremise, OnDevice
or OnDemand. Get best practices for streamlining the entire trip lifecycle from planning to
reimbursement. Find out what is new with the
OnPremise travel management application, as
well as how its travel expense capabilities can
be extended to a mobile device. Hear about
the new SAP Travel OnDemand solution, and
how it meets unique business traveler needs
through its ease of use and mobility.Take a
guided tour of all three options, the benefits
of each and decide which solution best meets
your need to contain travel costs and increase
compliance.

Prevent assets from becoming a


liability using SAP Asset
Retirement Obligation
Management
Nathan Genez, Serio Consulting
Companies that manage long life fixed assets
are many times obligated to account for the
retirement costs well in advance of the retirement itself. This detailed session provides a
close look at the new SAP Asset Retirement
Obligation Management tool available for calculating asset retirement obligations (ARO).
Find out how SAP Asset Retirement Obligation
Management is integrated with the necessary
components of SAP ERP Financials such as the
general ledger, FI-AA, and lease accounting (FILA). Maintain the ability to keep up with and
support different accounting principles with
functionality to manage up to eight separate
accounting valuations for a single ARO. Walk
through examples from real-world implementations and understand key challenges faced
and best practices to overcome them.

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Track 1: Financial accounting (FI)

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Key steps to achieving greater fixed


asset cost detail with SAP Asset
LifeCycle Accounting (ALA)
Nathan Genez, Serio Consulting
Dont miss this opportunity to personally meet
Nathan Genez, Managing Partner, Serio Consulting, and engage in an in-depth discussion
about one of his most widely read articles
from Financials Expert the leading publication and knowledgebase for organizations
that leverage SAP solutions for finance. Learn
how to enable tighter integration between
the FI-AA assets and work management processes used to create or remove these assets
using SAP Asset Lifecycle Accounting. Get an
overview for the key reports that are delivered
to see how reporting on Asset Request Documents and Asset Events has been enabled as
well as an overview of the Asset Cost Ledger
and Asset Reserve Ledger. Youll receive a copy
of the article free of charge and engage
with peers who have the same interests and
priorities.

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Track 2

15

Controlling (CO) and managerial


accounting
Proven methods for taking the
headaches out of variance analyses
and reports

10 effective tips to maximize your


existing FI and CO landscape

John Jordan, ERP Corp

Learn how to make the most of your investment in SAP functionality for financial
accounting and controlling. This session walks
you through 10 proven tips and techniques
that you can use to increase the value of your
FI and CO landscapes, without the need for
any new functionality or external consulting
assistance. Hear firsthand how these often
overlooked, yet simple and practical solutions
are set up in the SAP system without resorting
to complicated and expensive workarounds.
Learn how to default certain field values in the
customer and vendor master so that each new
record doesnt require manual data entry. Find
out which settings to use in the general ledger
account master so that certain programs, such
as the new deferred tax program RFUMSV50,
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 center documents in SAP General Ledger.

This session offers lessons to help you make


the best use of variance calculations total
variance, production variance, and planning
variance within your SAP system. Get recommendations for when to use each, and
understand their pros, cons, and limitations
and how to work around them. Examine different variant configuration settings, and
understand how they affect report outcomes.
Learn how to use variance categories to determine the root causes of production variances.
Gather tips to more easily troubleshoot message analysis of the four input and four output
variance categories, including input price,
resource usage, and input quantity variance.
Learn how to identify typical problems that
can occur with total, production, and planning
variance calculations, and get expert advice on
taking corrective action.

Guidelines to accurately set pricing


and profitability goals based on true
costs
Karuna Mukherjea, SAP
This session describes how to leverage SAP
solutions to drive a deeper understanding of
true costs, which help serve as a basis for critical
decisions around profitability, margin management, pricing strategies, merchandising plans,
distribution activities, and customer service.
Glean better insights from your managerial
accounting processes by jointly leveraging SAP
ERP Financials cost and profitability accounting functionality (commonly known as CO-PA),
SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost
Management and SAP HANA. Learn how to
better manage allocations and cross-charging. Understand the simulation and scenario
modeling options, including the impact on
resource requirements. Find out which CO-PA
characteristics (e.g., customers, products, and
cost objects) must be linked with SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management
and SAP HANA to map activities to both applications. Compare the differences between the
three solutions, and determine when to make
cost assignments or calculate contributions in
one rather than the other.

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting

Understanding your product costs


with better integration between
financial and logistics functionality
Janet Salmon, SAP AG
This session will provide an overview of the
product costing capabilities in SAP ERP and the
integration points between your product costing
and logistics processes, including sales and distribution, manufacturing, controlling, and core
accounting. Walk through each step of a manufacturing process as each step is executed in
the logistics modules. Understand how a financial entry is made in the SAP General Ledger
accounts in FI and the various controlling objects
in managerial accounting (CO). See how monthend processes, including overhead allocations,
work-in-process and variance calculations, are
necessary to ensure accurate valuation of manufactured products at month-end.

Case study

How Colgate utilizes SAP HANA


and in-memory computing to drive
commercial goal setting for its
finance department
David Foster, Colgate
See how Colgate-Palmolive recently implemented the latest SAP offerings in planning
technology, excel integration, and high-performance analytics (HANA). Gain insight into how
Colgate-Palmolive executed a robust commercial planning process for these solutions in
order to drive internal alignment and external
customer engagement. Find out why and how
Colgate-Palmolive decided to use a commercial planning tool. Learn how the company has
since been able to drive reductions in planning
cycle times, increased effectiveness through
real-time scenario analysis, and improved collaboration between all commercial functions.
Walk through Colgate-Palmolives implementation methodology and take home tips to
accelerate your organizations implementation.

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Track 2: Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting


Tips and techniques for accurately
calculating and reporting on both
global and local margins

Proven techniques to accurately


pinpoint cost of sales

Sundeep Gupta, PricewaterhouseCoopers

This session provides expert techniques to


correctly set up cost estimates in order to
increase the accuracy of cost-of-sales estimates
and improve planning processes. Learn how
cost estimates employ logistics master data
to determine the standard price of assemblies
and finished goods. Learn the best ways to allocate overhead to product costs. Examine how
to use cost components to assign a cost estimate to a group of similar components such
as materials, labor, or overhead. Find out how
to ensure that the right prices, bills of material, and routings are used by deploying cost
variants. Step through a list of costing variant
configuration settings. Find out how to create
standard and preliminary cost estimates, and
understand how they assemble and display
price information. Determine how to quickly
evaluate and resolve cost estimate warnings
and error messages.

Learn how to accurately pinpoint revenues


and costs across your supply chain in order to
calculate your organizations true global and
local margins. Develop a solid understanding
of when to use CO-PA for your global and local
margin reports and analyses. Obtain tips to
help eliminate inter-company group margins
in CO-PA. Hear best practices for configuring
make-to-order and make-to-stock scenarios
both with and without batch or serial numbers,
and understand how getting it right results
in better margin calculations. Explore new
global margin functionality delivered with SAP
enhancement package 5. Walk away from this
session with the knowledge you need to successfully design an effective CO-PA solution for
integral margin analysis.

Lessons for leveraging CO


functionality to improve the speed
and accuracy of integrated planning
Megnha Desraj, Independent Consultant
Tap into a wealth of practical advice for leveraging standard SAP ERP Financials functionality
you already own to improve integrated planning in your organization. Get an in-depth
review of the role that CO planning functionality such as cost center accounting (CCA),
internal orders, CO-PA, and cost object controlling play in bringing together key financial data
needed for an accurate plan. Learn how to differentiate between planning, budgeting, and
forecasting processes. Find out how using certain CO planning capabilities improves reports
and analyses. Identify the best ways to create
planning layouts and maintain profiles in your
SAP system. Get a detailed overview of how to
integrate SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation with the CO planning tools, and
understand the criticality of CO master data
in reducing the overall planning cycle time
and analysis. Walk away with visual examples
that illustrate how to configure SAP planning
functionality.

John Jordan, ERP Corp

What did that really cost? Using


material ledger functionality to
determine actual supply chain costs
Cliff Eng, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Companies often make critical profitability
decisions based on costs that are not reflective of true material costs. Attend this session
and get the basic steps for performing periodic
actual costing and actual costing revaluations
using the material ledger. Walk through realworld examples of how to use material ledger
to improve the visibility of material costs and
as a meaningful building block to uncover
true supply chain costs through inter-company transactions. Learn how to map FI and
CO currencies to the material ledger to allow
for easier reconciliation between multiple ledgers. Discover how to display intercompany
actual costs in the actual cost component split,
as well as integrate the material ledger with
CO-PA. Come away with recommendations
for improving cost management and analysis
within your own company.

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Use functional areas to enhance


your cost-of-sales reporting
Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting
Dont miss this opportunity to personally meet
Paul Ovigele, SAP Consultant, Ovigele Consulting, and engage in an in-depth discussion
about one of his most widely read articles
from Financials Expert the leading publication and knowledgebase for organizations that
leverage SAP solutions for finance. Learn the
definition of cost-of-sales reporting and how it
is distinguished from period-based reporting.
Follow the steps to define and derive functional areas to facilitate cost-of-sales reporting.
Discover the benefits of cost-of-sales reporting by functional area and how it contrasts
with other methods of cost-of-sales reporting that are more commonly used in the SAP
system such as costing-based profitability analysis (CO-PA) and cost center reporting. Youll
receive a copy of the article free of charge
and engage with peers who have the same
interests and priorities.

Proven practices for designing an


end-to-end product cost model
Cyril Johannes, SAP
Examine key criteria for creating a less complex,
more sustainable product cost model utilizing
the cost center accounting, product cost planning, and cost object controlling components
within SAP ERP. Learn the critical reporting
and legal valuation requirements as well as
the core components of a product cost model
that need to be taken into account in the initial design phase. Step through configuration
tips for product costing variant components,
including valuation variants, date control,
quantity structure control, and transfer control.
Understand the impact of your design on other
SAP ERP Financials components, including production planning, materials management, and
financial accounting, from both an operational
and financial perspective. Take home a white
paper that illustrates several design points,
such as the design of the conversion cost pool
and cost component structure.

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An introduction to new SAP
technologies that improve
profitability analysis

Efficiently reorganize profit centers


and segments in response to
business and market changes

Karuna Mukherjea, SAP

Stefan Karl , SAP

Learn how SAP leverages the advancements of


in-memory technologies like SAP HANA and its
own resource consumption-driven allocation
methodology to provide a responsive, integrated and configurable profitability system.
Get step-by-step advice for conducting instant
analysis of profitability data at any level of
granularity, aggregation, and dimension. Learn
how to more accurately predict and manage
your resource needs in order to meet the growing needs of your organization. Gain valuable
insight into the profitability of specific customers and products to better focus your sales and
marketing programs. Get tips for performing
complex analyses such as what-if scenarios,
simulations, and pattern recognition alongside
high performance reporting that can provide
results in seconds. Come away with a fundamental understanding of SAP HANA and the
role it could play in transforming profitability
analysis.

Understand how to utilize SAPs profit center


and new segment reorganization functionality
to easily adapt your SAP ERP system to changing business needs. Explore the benefits of
using SAP solutions to build your profit center
reorganization plan, rather than doing it manually with spreadsheets and email distribution
lists. Learn how to ensure that all the objects
currently assigned to the old profit center
are identified and reassigned. Learn the right
way to split a profit center, merge two profit
centers, or lock a profit center that is no longer required. Find out how to plan, efficiently
execute, and perfectly monitor the change of
respective organizational structures and the
consequences to assets, inventory, and other
areas of your financial statements.

A comprehensive guide to finance


and controlling analytics and
process improvement possibilities
Carsten Hilker, SAP
In-memory technology, such as SAP HANA, can
analyze thousands of records within seconds,
providing companies with an assessment of
financial and controlling data that could lead
to significant process improvements. Attend
this session and walk through the various
finance and controlling accelerators available
from SAP that are based on SAP HANA, including the SAP CO-PA Accelerator. Learn how to
analyze your financial information in real time
without having to request additional reports
from your IT group. Find out how to run your
cost allocations with significantly faster processing times. Hear the real-world experiences
of SAP customers who have leveraged SAP
HANA for better insight into financial data,
and explore options for leveraging in-memory
capabilities alongside the SAP General Ledger.
Examine various options for SAP HANA deployment, and determine which would be best for
your organization. Walk away with a secure
grasp on whats already available, such as SAP
CO-PA Accelerator, whats coming, including
Smart Meter Analytics, and how to take advantage of these new capabilities to improve the
speed and depth of working with large volumes of financial data.

Case study

Business objectives, lessons learned


and strategies from Provimis
implementation of SAP HANA
CO-PA Accelerator
Rogier Jacobs, Provimi
Hear firsthand how Provimi successfully implemented HANA CO-PA Accelerator to increase
business efficiency and further integrate its
costing philosophies within the company.
Identify the business drivers that sparked the
organizations decision to implement SAP
HANA CO-PA Accelerator including the need
to handle large amounts of data generated
in profitability reports. Step through examples of how in-memory technology has had
a fundamental impact on the way Provimi
approaches and can leverages CO-PA for profitability management. Find out more about
Provimis implementation experience, the challenges the company faced along the way and
what benefits it has realized since implementing. Leave this session equipped with tips on
what to avoid, what to focus on and Provimis
future plans for enhancements of the HANA
CO-PA Accelerator.

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Customer Discussion Forum

What controllers and finance


managers need to know to get
better information from their SAP
systems
This discussion forum gives you the opportunity to listen in and participate as other
SAP customers share their thoughts and experiences with SAP controlling, or managerial
accounting functionality (CO). Discuss questions such as: How do I more easily analyze
profitability by business unit or market segment? How can I reduce clutter in my cost
estimate screens? How can I perform actual
costing in the material ledger? What are the
best ways to leverage profitability analysis for
integrated planning and forecasting? What are
the key configuration steps and tasks you must
perform in order to use SAP NetWeaver BW for
reporting and analyses on CO data?

New technologies for accelerating


profitability analyses
Carsten Hilker, SAP
Attend this session to find out how new highspeed analytic capabilities from SAP, known
as SAP HANA, can be leveraged alongside
profitability analysis functionality (CO-PA) for
accelerated profitability analysis. Learn how
finance teams can gain better insight into
large, unabridged data sets without the need
for IT-initiated data aggregation. Examine the
critical steps and lessons learned from customers using SAP HANA alongside CO-PA. Learn
how to leverage SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions, such as SAP BusinessObjects Explorer,
with SAP HANA and CO-PA to more efficiently
perform consolidated line of business comparisons, run multi-year time series, and perform
lifetime profitability analysis. Acquire best
practices for creating consolidation global
profitability reports with these two solutions.
Walk through a demonstration showing the
multi-dimensional drill-down capabilities of
SAP BusinessObjects Explorer with SAP HANA
and CO-PA.

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Track 3

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Strategies for high-performing, costeffective finance organizations


Case study

Panel discussion

Houghton Mifflin Harcourts


strategies and techniques for
identifying and repairing slow
finance processes

Results of the most recent IBM


Global CFO Study: Insights for
improving financial performance

Jennifer Buko, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This insightful session sheds light on what


roughly 2,000 CFOs and senior finance leaders from around the world are doing to survive
and thrive in an era of increased uncertainty.
Delve into the findings of IBMs most recent
Global CFO Study to learn how respondents
are improving finance operations and analytical capabilities. Find out how leading finance
organizations are gaining efficiencies through
four enablers consistent information standards, common processes, common data
definitions, and globally mandated data standards. Examine the areas in which finance
organizations most frequently fall short, such
as enterprise risk management and mitigation,
information integration, and involvement with
enterprise strategy. Listen in as a panel of study
participants provide you with ideas to keep
pace with and surpass leading organizations in revenue growth, return on investment
capital, and more.

Attend this session for an up-close look at


how Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) implemented a company-wide strategy to identify
and repair slow processes and transactions
within its SAP finance applications. Develop
a clear understanding of how the organization uses SAP transaction log analysis
alongside industry and process benchmarks to
significantly increase productivity without any
increase in resource or overhead. Learn how
HMH increased user productivity by augmenting its FI and CO transactional system with
user-oriented technologies such as Microsoft
Excel, Adobe Forms, and Microsoft SharePoint.
Hear firsthand the key benefits the company
has realized since kicking off the project,
including the ability to produce mass updates
to 500K customer records in an hour. Hear how
the company identified and then streamlined
its Statistical Internal Order (SIO) process which
initially took two days and now is completed
in less than an hour. Take home an SAP process evaluation toolkit to help identify where
in your own organization, slow financial processes are costing you money.
Panel Discussion

Lessons for leveraging your next


SAP upgrade as an opportunity to
transform finance
John Steele, Deloitte
Upgrades are a required fact of life for SAP
customers. As older versions reach the end of
their lifespan, customers typically upgrade to
stay within standard maintenance but unfortunately, it is all too common to approach
these upgrade projects from a purely technical standpoint, while opportunities for finance
transformation and other functional improvements are missed. Attend this lively panel
discussion and learn how other leading organizations have added finance improvements,
such as more efficient transaction processes
and cycle times while completing their upgrade
projects. Come away with an understanding of
the benefits a finance transformation project
can bring to the finance organization as well as
the company as a whole.

Jim Hurley and Carl Nordman, IBM

A new way to improve the end-user


experience with SAP ERP
Financials
Janet Salmon, SAP AG
Take an up close look at the new applications
SAP has created for the maintenance of cost
centers, internal orders, activity types and their
hierarchies. Find out how to use the new Floorplan Manager to configure the user interfaces
of those applications, helping to better meet
the requirements of your organization and
your end users, by personalizing their screens.
Learn how to work with the SAP NetWeaver
Business Client and how to build roles to display the transactions and reports that your
end users already work with alongside the
new applications. Enhance the existing transactions within these roles using side panels to
display pertinent information, such as account
details or attachments, alongside the posting information. Get an up close look at how
SAP will be augmenting its roadmap with new
applications for cost center planning and order
planning.

2012 overview and roadmap for


SAP financial solutions
James Fisher, SAP
Take a guided tour of SAPs portfolio of solutions for the finance line of business. Hear how
these enhanced solutions help to address new
challenges in finance, such as meeting IFRS
and XBRL guidelines, and deliver incremental benefits designed to extend your existing
investments in SAP ERP Financials. Find out
what functionality is available to reduce the
cost of finance and free up time for value
added activities. Get tips to improve service
levels by empowering your team with better
access to information. Learn how to complete
a compliant financial close with automated
reporting processes to improve confidence
in your data and your results. Step through
its roadmap for solutions that support critical
financial processes including invoice to pay,
receivables management, treasury, financial
risk management, travel expense management, and the financial close. Leave this session
with a thorough understanding of how SAPs
solutions can help your organization achieve
best in class financial excellence

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Case study

How and why McKesson gleans


greater financial insights using
dashboards and self-service Web
analytics
Ross Wilson, McKesson
This session takes an inside look at McKessons deployment of Xcelsius and SAP
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence to meet its
financial reporting and analysis needs. Learn
why McKesson chose to leverage Xcelsius
and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence for
its credit and dispute management reports,
and how the company has leveraged SAP
NetWeaver BW data stores and InfoCubes
to do so. Hear the top challenges faced by
the McKesson team while migrating financial reports to the newer solutions, such as
ensuring complete integration between SAP
BusinessObjects and the SAP NetWeaver
landscape and implementing the latest SAP
BusinessObjects service pack. Understand how
McKesson optimized dashboard and report
performance by leveraging the BICS connector and the query stripping feature within SAP
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. See samples
of the six summary dashboards used for highlevel analysis by the collections and accounts
receivables (A/R) departments. Examine how
the team drills down into SAP BusinessObjects
Web Intelligence for more detailed reports on
days sales outstanding, dispute status, and
more.

Effectively leading change in the


finance organization
Brian Shannon, Dolphin
Change is constant, and its critical for financial organizations to be flexible and adaptable
to meet the needs of the current economic
conditions. Attend this session and learn how
to take the next steps toward becoming a
catalyst for change and reinventing key processes within your finance organization. Walk
through examples of change opportunities
that may exist within your accounts payable,
credit and accounts receivable, and general
ledger activities to increase cash flow and or
preserve the integrity of the process itself.
See how other companies have reinvented
back office functions like accounts payable
and accounts receivable to deliver real value to
their organization.

Best practices for financial KPI


design
Gaurav Vohra, Deloitte
This session provides expert guidelines for
designing financial KPIs that are critical in
order to measure an organizations success,
meet regulatory requirements and make more
informed management decisions. With the
rules of the game ever-changing, significant
stress is put on the business intelligence applications to respond quickly with accurate KPIs.
Learn how to use various reporting hierarchy functionalities available in SAP NetWeaver
BW and SAP ERP applications to define and
develop financial key figures in a way that minimizes maintenance effort and lends itself a
quicker and more agile response to change
in the business environment. Find out how to
handle changes to management reports more
efficiently using various principles like set hierarchies and link node hierarchies, in addition to
the standard FSV and SAP NetWeaver BW only
reporting hierarchies.

2012 guide to the SAP


BusinessObjects enterprise
performance management (EPM)
roadmap
David Williams, SAP
This session provides an overview of SAP
BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) 10.0 solutions and roadmap.
Understand how strategy management, planning and consolidation, and profitability and
cost management capabilities fit together and
complement each other. Find out how new
solutions for disclosure management can be
used to support mission critical compliance
processes. Learn how SAP BusinessObjects
EPM solutions fit into your existing SAP landscape, whether it includes SAP ERP, SAP
NetWeaver BW, or SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence solutions, and discover how
your peers have leveraged these solutions to
deliver measurable business benefits. Get a
sneak peek into SAPs future plans for its EPM
solutions, such as the addition of high-speed
analytics enabled by SAP HANA, on-demand
delivery options, and the ability to check on
performance from any mobile device.

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Strategies for achieving financial


excellence cost-effectively
using a shared services center
Craig Himmelberger, SAP
Fragmented and inconsistent business processes, along with inflexible technologies, can
inhibit both productivity and service responsiveness. Find out from a leading SAP executive
how the new SAP Shared Service Framework
can be leveraged to achieve significant cost
savings in the financials arena. Understand how
the framework can become the infrastructure
for more efficient communication between the
service center and its clients, improved compliance with service-level agreements (SLA),
and more accurate, insightful reports to business stakeholders. Learn how customers are
reaping benefits by standardizing and automating transactional services delivered by the
shared service organization. Learn how to turn
your organization into a more agile and lean
business center where financial administration
services are treated as core business processes,
and customer satisfaction goals are exceeded
by delivering the right services for the best
price. See how SAP Shared Service Framework
comes along with rapid-deployment solution
(RDS) bringing together software and services
together in one offering to speed up your
implementation times.

Best practices for financial KPI


design
Gaurav Vohra, Deloitte
This session provides expert guidelines for
designing financial KPIs that are critical in
order to measure an organizations success,
meet regulatory requirements and make more
informed management decisions. With the
rules of the game ever-changing, significant
stress is put on the business intelligence applications to respond quickly with accurate KPIs.
Learn how to use various reporting hierarchy functionalities available in SAP NetWeaver
BW and SAP ERP applications to define and
develop financial key figures in a way that minimizes maintenance effort and lends itself a
quicker and more agile response to change
in the business environment. Find out how to
handle changes to management reports more
efficiently using various principles like set hierarchies and link node hierarchies, in addition to
the standard FSV and SAP NetWeaver BW only
reporting hierarchies.

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Track 3: Strategies for high-performing, cost-effective finance organizations


Strategies for achieving GRC
maturity within your organization
Carole Switzer, Open Compliance and Ethics Group
Learn how your company can use the OCEG
GRC Capability Model (Red Book), a process
model for governance, risk management, and
compliance (GRC), to establish or improve GRC
efforts and gain certification of GRC system
design and operation. Examine the different
elements of the GRC Capability Model that
enable your organization to achieve business
performance objectives, enhance organizational culture, increase stakeholder confidence,
and prevent, detect, and reduce adversity. During this session, OCEG President Carole Switzer
will discuss how the Red Book can help your
organization set operational standards, ensure
consistent information flow, and maintain efficient use of resources across the organization,
and provide the assurance that your board and
stakeholders are seeking. Take home a copy of
OCEG GRC Capability Model as well as a report
of OCEGs recent GRC benchmarking study.

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Panel discussion

Leading experts share proven


approaches to raising the ROI of
GRC programs
Tony Torchia, KPMG
This interactive session offers valuable insight
into creating a more holistic, enterprise-wide,
resilient governance, risk, and compliance
(GRC) program with high ROI. Hear from a
panel of experienced professionals and learn
how to determine what is most important
to your key stakeholders when shaping and
developing a GRC program. Find out how you
can anticipate and prevent risk-related threats.
Obtain leading practices for improving your
GRC program results while reducing overall
costs. Get tips for staying current with evolving regulatory requirements and data privacy
laws. Hear how these seasoned professionals
have overcome some of the biggest challenges
associated with implementing enterprise-wide
GRC programs. Walk through the findings of
a global survey and find out what steps other
companies are taking in order to achieve enterprise resilience.

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Track 4

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Fast closes and consolidations

Case study

Dramatic improvements in
consolidations and management
reporting at New Balance Athletic
Shoe
Todd Paulauskas, New Balance Athletic Shoe
Go behind the scenes with New Balance Athletic
Shoe to see how it leveraged SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5, version
for the Microsoft platform, for financial and
management reporting, as well as budgeting
and forecasting. Understand how the company developed an internal business case for
implementing SAP BusinessObjects Planning
and Consolidation across its global, multi-data
source environment. Explore how New Balance Athletic Shoe leverages input templates,
data manager, SSIS packages, and script logic
to load financial data into SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. Gain insight
into how New Balance Athletic Shoe built separate applications that leveraged out-of-the-box
functionality to accomplish financial, management and statutory reporting. Obtain best
practices from the company to ensure a successful implementation, and hear about the
benefits they have already derived. Hear how
a single SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation cost center variance report has
drastically improved monthly analysis for the
New Balance Athletic Shoe financial team.

Speed intercompany reconciliations


for faster financial closes
Elizabeth Milne, SAP
Intercompany reconciliation has been identified as one of the most common tasks that
can slow down the closing cycle. Hear firsthand how to use intercompany reconciliation
functionality in SAP ERP Financials and SAP
BusinessObjects to identify and resolve problems early in the closing process. This session
arms you with tips for removing the intercompany reconciliation bottleneck that can
occur within corporate finance. Learn how
to eliminate extra work and delays at both
the corporate and divisional levels. Examine
how to enable peer-to-peer reconciliations and
information sharing in real time. Discover a
proven approach to reconcile intercompany
balances in real time via the Web, allowing you
to close your books faster.

Reduce closing and consolidation


costs and timelines: An illustrated
guide
David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises
Understand how to leverage BPC to streamline closes and consolidation and ensure the
accuracy and compliance of consolidated
reportsboth within business units and across
global entities. Get insights on how to perform
both management consolidation and legal
consolidation. Receive expert lessons to optimize month-end closing activities and ensure
accurate and compliant consolidated reports.
View a best practice approach for using BPC
to execute six critical period-end closing steps
including load and validate data, create journal
entries, perform currency translation, perform
intercompany reconciliations and eliminations,
execute consolidation of investments and run
reports. Understand the concept of IC matching, and learn how the new Consolidation
Monitor play a crucial role in speeding up
financial close. See how to create a transparent
audit trail to ensure compliance with internal policies as well as external regulations.
View examples of pre-consolidated and consolidated reports within BPC.

Expert recommendations to
minimize errors in global financial
close processes
Stefan Karl, SAP
Examine key functionality within the SAP
Financial Closing cockpit and walk through
configuration steps which include how to set
up required authorizations and how to create
a global template for the entire closing process. See how the significantly enhanced SAP
solution supports you in planning, executing,
monitoring and analyzing the financial close
for all entities of your corporation. Learn how
to generate a task list to schedule and monitor tasks in your close process. Examine how
to use workflows to handle groups of objects
that have to be processed together, such as
production orders, and learn how to configure them to handle escalations of program
errors occurring during the close. Get tips for
using SAP Financial Closing cockpit to start
critical tasks, such as production order settlement, project settlement, payroll, or billing in
remote systems, within either an SAP ERP or
SAP NetWeaver BW system.

Case study

Great-West Life & Annuity


Insurance achieves a fast close using
cost center accounting functionality
Aileen Tynan, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
Find out how Great-West Life and Annuity
(GWLA) Insurance Company utilizes allocation
and distribution functionality in its cost center
accounting activities to speed up its financial closing process. Learn how GWLA put
into practice an allocations and distribution
cycle that identifies possible issues prior to the
execution of the close. Understand the differences that exist between the allocations and
distribution processes and how GWLA determines when one process should be utilized
over the other. Gain an understanding of how
the company keeps its cost center accounting and financial accounting activities in sync
by a company code after allocations and distributions are executed. Get lessons learned
from GWLAs cost allocation project including
how to process an allocation without creating
a new allocation cycle. Hear how GWLA currently creates and reports on budgets within
its SAP system. View a sample of the companys standard and custom SAP reports in both
the cost center accounting module and special
purpose ledger.

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Track 4: Fast closes and consolidations


A detailed guide to SAPs roadmap
for its financial consolidation
solutions

A simplified approach for


automating consolidations of
investments

Elizabeth Milne, SAP

Dan Sullivan, focusSAP

Receive a detailed overview of the most recent


enhancements to financial consolidation
solutions from SAP BusinessObjects, and an
outlook on SAPs strategy and planned innovations. Learn how additional functionality in
SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation
and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation can improve your financial closes
and consolidations for IFRS, US GAAP, or parallel accounting standards. Learn how these
solutions support legal statuary consolidation
and management reporting. Learn what functionality is available to map data from SAP
NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP to SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation. Come away
with real-world lessons from successful SAP
customers and a good understanding of how
to evaluate and choose the right SAP financial consolidation solution to meet your needs.

Learn how to automate consolidations of


investments using business consolidation
system (BCS) functionality to expedite your
period-end close. See how this can be achieved
without requiring a full-blown implementation
of the consolidation of investments (COI) feature. Hear how your peers are utilizing this
technology to create automatic journal entries
for investment activities to avoid time-consuming manual entries and to prevent duplicate
records. Step through a demo that illustrates
how and when to use key investment features
such as total divestiture, partial divestiture,
and transfers of ownership. Walk step by step
through the process for recording a divestiture in your BCS system. Obtain tips to properly
configure SAP functionality for both the purchase and equity methods of consolidation.
Learn how to generate reports to support
changes in investment activities and consolidation groups.

New options for governing financial


master data and ensuring accurate
consolidated financial statements
Stefan Karl, SAP
Optimize your accounting and financial close
processes with a scaled approach for leveraging SAP Master Data Governance for financial
data. Learn how to create harmonized financial master data that is stored centrally and
then distributed toward multiple accounting
and consolidation systems. Understand how
to maintain financial master data for charts
of accounts, companies, profit centers, or cost
centers. Understand how to enhance SAPs
pre-delivered data model to meet your needs.
Find out how to configure workflow approvals
for master data change requests. Understand
how to gain efficiency through automatic distribution of financial master data to multiple
target SAP and non-SAP systems. Learn how
master data governance for financial data fits
into an overall approach for shared services
organizations running the SAP Shared Service
Framework.

Accelerate the publication of your


financial statements using
disclosure management
functionality
Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing
Attend this session for an overview of the SAP
BusinessObjects Disclosure Management solution. Get tips for reducing the time, risk, and
cost of regulatory disclosures, including financial statement production and XBRL filings.
Learn about the impact this has on the last
mile of finance as part of a fast and efficient
financial close. Hear about the collaborative
process that facilitates an auditable, compliant workflow for the production and approval
of both financial and non-financial regulatory
statements and disclosures. Get an understanding of the regulatory mandates which
require companies to file financial results
in the XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting
Language) format, and find out about preconfigured content that helps you accelerate your
implementation. See a demonstration of the
solution, and hear about what is new in its latest release.

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Case study

Streamlining the chart of accounts


at McKesson improves financial
reporting and achieves faster closes
Ross Wilson, McKesson
Attend this session for an in-depth review
of how McKesson cleaned up the companys
existing chart of accounts and company code
structure. Hear what steps of the project the
company has completed and how taking these
steps will help the company more accurately
report on financial activities across the entire
organization. Learn how the company tailored
its SAP chart of accounts design to meet the
challenges of multiple reporting regulations
such as US GAAP, IFRS, and other local statutory requirements. Understand which tools
the company uses alongside the SAP General Ledger, including SAP NetWeaver BW and
SAP BusinessObjects to meet legal and management reporting requirements. Find out
what challenges the company has faced with
regards to managing its master data integration and hierarchy design activities. Leave this
session with a list of critical success factors
for more effectively maintaining the chart of
accounts at your own organization.

Getting started with SAP starter


kits: Your first step toward
accelerating your financial close
Kirk Anderson, SAP
This session introduces you to the starter kits
from SAP that are now available to help you
accelerate your financial closing processes.
Learn how pre-configured content can help
your organization streamline its implementation of SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions,
lower total cost of ownership of your enterprise
performance management solutions, and comply with the latest financial regulations. Receive
expert advice to assess your organizations readiness to adopt a solution like the IFRS starter kit.
Get detailed instruction for rolling out the XBRL
starter kit for SAP BusinessObjects Disclosure
Management and understand what configuration steps are required. Drill down into the
configuration features for the consolidation and
corporate budget and forecast starter kit for
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, such as input documents, rules, control
reports, and financial statements, and learn how
to leverage them to validate your consolidation
processes and reports. Come away with tips to
identify and avoid costly solution management
and development challenges when implementing SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions.

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Track 4: Fast closes and consolidations


A sneak peek into planned
enhancements for the Web and
Microsoft Office clients of SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation 10.0

Achieve speed, control, and


compliance in your entity close
processes

Chris Pauxtis, SAP

New and increasingly complex regulatory


requirements and accounting rules pose the
dilemma of how to close books quickly while
ensuring compliance with all relevant financial
reporting regulations. Get tips for accelerating
both the entity close and compliance processes by ensuring your financial controls
are effective and your financial statements
are accurate. Learn how to enable near-real
time identification of errors or anomalies like
unusual journal entries, inappropriate changes
to critical configuration settings, or erroneous
changes to chart of accounts, so that managers
can take immediate corrective action. Find out
how continuous monitoring of transactions
can result in rapid analysis and proactive alerts
that immediately flag exceptions to those who
need to take action. Learn how to eliminate
surprises during your entity close process, save
you hours of searching and analyzing, minimize re-work, and help adequately mitigate
your risk of financial misstatement using SAP
Business Objects GRC solutions.

Find out what new functionality is available


in both the Web client version and the more
commonly used Microsoft Office client version
of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0. See firsthand what user-friendly
features have been added to create ad hoc
reports and input schedules. Examine new
functionality that allows you to authorize end
users to create master data on the fly in the
EPM add-in for Microsoft Office connected to
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10, version for SAP NetWeaver. Get tips
for building EPM add-in templates and sending data. Get key project considerations if you
are planning to upgrade from SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5. Take
home a detailed list of the new features for
both the Web and office client of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0.

James Chiu, SAP

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Customer discussion forum

Lessons from your peers for


streamlining the time-to-close
process
Engage in an interactive discussion with peers
and find out how they are speeding the timeto-close process. Get answers to questions such
as: What are the best ways to manage, direct,
and optimize my companys closing procedures? How do I overcome common problems
that plague my closing processes? What SAP
tools are available to help me streamline my
period-end close? How do I ensure that my
close processes are transparent and meet regulatory requirements? Gain new ideas and
perspectives on how to construct well-coordinated year-end and month-end processes.

How to overcome weaknesses and


inefficiencies in the account
reconciliation process
Mario Spanicciati, BlackLine Systems and Stefan
Karl, SAP
Maintaining multiple sets of accounting standards, including IFRS, GAAP or statutory
accounts, creates an even more onerous burden on companies when closing the books
each month. Attend this session and learn how
to overcome the complexities associated with
the account reconciliation process to help your
organization achieve a quicker, more accurate financial close process. Learn what steps
to take to minimize the amount of manual
labor required for each financial close. Find
out how to create a foundation for evaluating
business performance, supporting organizational decisions, satisfying external reporting
requirements and complying with new regulations and multiple standards. Walk through
real-world examples that illustrate how other
companies improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting, and reporting
standards requirements.

NEW! Column5 EPM Education Center


now takes place in conjunction with Financials 2012

Column5s 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, business planning and consolidation (BPC formerly OutlookSoft), profitability and cost management,
strategy management, and more.

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Planning, forecasting, and budgeting

Case study

Case study

Inside Lubrizols BPC


implementation project: Successes,
failures, and lessons learned

How Target centralized and


automated its expense and
corporate planning processes

Diane Brezovec, Lubrizol

Sarah Luttman, Target

Learn how Lubrizol completed an SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation


implementation project and examine the key
implementation, integration, and process decisions that were critical to its success. Gain
insight into the configuration of the companys
system, including the number of applications
and dimensions. Get a firsthand account of
some of the technical challenges the company
encountered and what the team did to overcome these setbacks, including partnering with
the Basis group and allowing sufficient time for
building and testing interfaces between SAP
NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. Learn how Lubrizol
designed custom EvDRE reports and input
schedules for the planning application. Examine critical lessons learned at each phase of the
project, including development, data integration, and user documentation, and how these
can help guide your own implementation.

Learn how Target replaced time-consuming,


manual, spreadsheet-based expense and corporate planning processes with the automated
planning functionality within SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. See how
critical lessons that were learned at each phase
of implementation project, including those
surrounding the technical implementation,
process design, and organizational adoption, and how these can help guide your own
implementation. Learn how Target has significantly enhanced, refined, and in some places
overhauled the tools and processes included
in its first implementation, as well as how it
has developed several new applications to
further forecast future expenses and once
incurred allocate them to the appropriate division. Find out what benefits the company has
realized since its implementation including
more organizational support, efficient change
management, and centralized expense and
corporate planning processes.

Innovative mobile and analytic


technologies for improving liquidity
planning and forecasting
Dr. Karol Bliznak, SAP
Get a firsthand look at how various SAP and
SAP BusinessObjects technologies can be combined to enable a financial liquidity reporting,
planning, and forecasting scenario. Understand how the starter kit for liquidity planning
can be sourced through flat files or integrated
with SAP Business Suite and other systems.
Find out how to mobilize your solution, as well
as integrate it with high-speed analytical functionality (such as in-memory computing and
SAP HANA) to enhance the user experience
and boost productivity. Leverage customer
best practice calculations for mid- to long-term
forecasts (two years) by integrating committed transactions with forecasted financial data,
avoiding inaccurate forecasts of future exposures. Gather tips on how cash calculation rules
can be maintained to meet your requirements
and how business user simulation and sensitivity analysis can be performed.

New technologies and guidelines to


improve the financial budgeting
process
Clay Carson, SAP
This session walks you through the steps to
improve the budgeting process and ensure
that budgets are aligned with organizational
strategy. Get tips to communicate plans and
objectives, align business units, and allocate resources to key priorities, while actively
monitoring and reporting on progress, and proactively taking action when issues arise within
your budgeting initiative. Hear what functionality is available in SAP BusinessObjects
Planning and Consolidation in conjunction
with SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management to better manage and gain insight into
your financial budgeting activities. Learn how
to develop more strategic budgeting initiatives
and monitor specific key performance indicators and milestones, such as if your project is
completed late and over budget. See a demo
of how SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management can be used to manage initiatives that
align directly to expenses tracked in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.

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Creating direct cash flow


statements for more effective
financial planning

A detailed guide to planning


solutions from SAP

2012 guide to SAP BusinessObjects


Planning and Consolidation 10.0

Chris Pauxtis, SAP

David Williams, SAP

Stefan Karl, SAP

Walk through the new roadmap for SAPs planning solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects
Planning and Consolidation, SAP NetWeaver
BW integrated planning and more. See what
SAPs vision is for integrated business planning
and what future plans and enhancements are
in store for its planning solutions. Learn how
to utilize SAP tools to streamline sales, revenue, cash flow, and other planning processes.
Find out how to perform what-if analysis and
scenario planning, which enables your organization to model different scenarios that assess
potential future outcomes to better determine
a preferred course of action. Find out what
support SAP offers for driver-based planning.
Learn how to utilize other planning options in
SAP controlling including profitability analysis
and demand management.

Gain a thorough understanding of whats new


in the latest release (10.0) of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for both the
version for the Microsoft platform and version for SAP NetWeaver. See how leveraging
the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP
HANA and mobile technologies in conjunction
with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation transform planning and budgeting
processes and increase organizational agility.
Reduce the learning curve and increase your
adoption rate of SAP BusinessObjects Planning
and Consolidation with the new EPM Add-In
for Microsoft Office and new Web 2.0 interface
which provide a familiar and easy to use experience. Learn how new functionality will help
your organization automate variance analysis a task most companies have to collect
together from scattered sources and calculate manually. Find out how other customers
are improving planning accuracy and reducing planning cycle time using the latest release.

This session arms with you step-by-step


instructions for creating a direct cash flow
statement using the liquidity planner application of SAP ERP. Understand how cash relevant
information is derived from postings in both
financial accounting and purchasing activities.
See how to enter, adjust, aggregate and evaluate planned cash flows, and the best methods
for determining actual values. Learn how to
integrate and create a consolidated direct
cash flow statement in any of the SAP solutions for consolidation. Explore your options
for achieving deeper insight into the cash flow
of your individual companies and subsidiaries.
Take away critical advice for extending your
planning activities and have a greater active
influence on the expected cash flows.

NEW! Column5 EPM Education Center


now takes place in conjunction with Financials 2012

Column5s 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, business planning and consolidation (BPC formerly OutlookSoft), profitability and cost management,
strategy management, and more.

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Track 6

26

SAP General Ledger

Prepare for the challenges of an


SAP General Ledger scenario 5
migration
Manish Dharnidharka, PwC
Performing an SAP General Ledger scenario 5
migration can be a daunting task but is necessary for companies who want to take on an
accounts-based ledger approach. It requires
the merging of FI, PCA and/or special ledgers,
as well as implementing segmented reporting,
and moving to a ledger solution for parallel
accounting. This session demystifies some of
the complexities surrounding this type of migration scenario with actionable advice to ease
the process. Learn how to enable document
splitting while converting the account-based
approach of multi-GAAP reporting to SAP parallel ledger based approach. Walk through the
basics of a scenario determination process and
when to select scenario 5 in particular. Discuss the project time line, key milestones, and
required migration testing. Understand the
importance of correct and controlled master
data and find out which updates need to be
made prior to the final migration. Discuss in
detail how the use of a shortened fiscal year
enables the migration of a company code with
the fiscal year in the classic version of SAP General Ledger.

Key considerations for adding SAP


enhancement package 5 to your
SAP General Ledger landscape
Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software
Attend this session for a guided tour of the
new general ledger functionality available with
SAP ERP 6.0 enhancement package 5. Examine the key decisions and tasks required to
implement these new capabilities. Discover
the newly introduced business function to
manage profit center re-organizations. Delve
into wizards for customizing document splitting. Uncover ways to improve data quality and
reduce time-to-close. Identify the tools SAP
provides for migrating from the SAP General
Ledger, and acquire tips for how to use them
correctly. Compare and contrast the different
migration scenarios, and clarify what is provided with each. View a demo of the migration
cockpit in action and determine if and how it
can be used to formalize and document your
migration project.

Lessons for the optimal


configuration and maintenance of
financial organizational structures
within the latest version of SAP
General Ledger
Prasad Boddupalli, PricewaterhouseCoopers
This session focuses on optimization and best
practices for the SAP financial organizational
structures by exploring all the capabilities and
functionality within the SAP General Ledger.
Learn how to optimally use various organizational structure elements such as segment,
business area, fund, functional area, cost center,
and profit center to deliver the full set of financial statements without adding complexity to
your SAP system. Learn how to define company codes for the purpose of more complete
financial statements at various sub-organization levels. Get tips for creating zero balance
financial statements using document splitting
and how to achieve segment reporting with
or without using the new this functionality.
Examine the parallel ledgers functionality of
SAP General Ledger and how this can be used
for optimal structuring of the organizations.
Finally, walk away with a solid understanding
of the types of cost savings that an organization can expect from the new organizational
structures made possible through SAP General Ledger.

How to configure the SAP General


Ledger to solve your legal reporting
requirements
Gary Fullmer and Rex Moskovitz, Ernst & Young

Case study

Lubrizol migrates to the latest SAP


General Ledger without disrupting
its financial reporting processes
Diane Brezovec, Lubrizol
Learn how Lubrizol successfully planned and
completed a full migration from the classic version of the SAP General Ledger to the
latest version. Walk through the companys
project plan and timeline. Find out what key
requirements and considerations were taken
into account, such as the companys need
for parallel reporting and document splitting
functionality and the implications on the companys SAP landscape. Understand the need for
a solid migration testing plan and walk through
the companys migration testing phases and
timelines. Benefit from Lubrizols real-world
experiences and get critical success factors,
such as how the company created training and
knowledge workshops throughout the process, and what difference this can make as you
build your own companys project plan. Hear
how the company handled ongoing reporting
considerations during its project, including the
special validation rules and closing steps that
were implemented for the final year-end close.

This session offers expert guidance to configure the SAP General Ledger to meet the
formatting requirements required by various
agencies for financial reports. Understand the
two recommended approaches for configuring the SAP General Ledger account-based
or through the use of parallel ledgers. Understand how the parallel ledger functionality
allows you to maintain your books in support
of multiple accounting standards, including
US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
(US GAAP), International Accounting Standards
(IAS), and others. Review the benefits and
drawbacks of each option and gain a basic
understanding of which approach might work
best for you. Navigate the key considerations
and find out how the proper configuration can
help simplify your overall financial reporting
environment and reduce your support costs.
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How to leverage document splitting


to enable full financial statement
reporting by profit center

How to achieve balanced financial


reporting in the SAP General
Ledger

Eric Bramley, Deloitte

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software

Deliver fully balanced financial statements that


are grouped by both business segment and
profit center using the SAP General Ledger
document splitter. This session explores basic
document splitting concepts and then delves
into specific examples that illustrate how the
document splitter influences the posting of different transactions, such as accounts receivable
invoices, accounts payable invoices, and cash
application. Understand the different methods
that are employed to split documents, such as
passive splitting, active splitting, inheritance,
and splitting on subsequent processes. Simplify document splitter configuration using
the new configuration wizard. See how profit
center organizational design can influence
document splitting requirements. Identify best
practices for profit center design in order to
maximize the capabilities of the document
splitter. Walk through more complex document splitting scenarios where more control
over the splitting assignments can be accomplished through the use of custom business
transaction variants.

This session examines the rules, transactions,


and methods for document splitting in the
SAP General Ledger to achieve balanced segment reporting. Walk through examples of
financial transactions that illustrate the primary
concepts of document splitting. Determine
whether document splitting on characteristics, such as profit centers or segments, is right
for your company, and learn how to activate
each method. Differentiate between passive
splitting, active splitting, and splitting using
zero-balancing. Learn how to create financial
statements for segment entities and ensure
compliance with the legal requirements of
balanced segment reporting. Identify the
important elements of splitting methods,
including item categories, inheritance indicators, and business transaction variants, and
understand how they relate to each other.
Obtain a step-by-step method for how to use
document splitting to attain full financial statements at the segment and profit center levels
that comply with IFRS.

Customer discussion forum

Recommendations and advice to


ensure a successful transition to the
SAP General Ledger
Are you considering, planning, or have you
begun a migration from the classic SAP General Ledger to the latest version of SAP General
Ledger? Participate in an interactive discussion with peers and experts who have been
through this type of migration project to find
out the best ways to proceed. Get answers to
challenging questions, such as: What are the
steps I should take to prepare for implementing the SAP General Ledger? What data and
capabilities should I migrate first? What are the
configuration differences between the classic G/L and the SAP General Ledger? How are
my peers overcoming implementation, parallel
accounting, document splitting, and segment
reporting challenges? What are the pros and
cons of the various G/L migration scenarios?
Hear from your colleagues and get insights
into what every SAP financials team should
know before beginning an SAP General Ledger
migration projects.

Inside SAP General Ledger


migration scenario 7: Lessons for
adding non-leading ledgers
Gary Fullmer, Ernst & Young
Youve already migrated to the latest version of
SAP General Ledger, and now you are looking
to implement an additional accounting principle or replace your current accounts-based
approach with the ledger approach. This session walks you through the ins and outs of an
SAP General Ledger migration scenario 7 project, which examines how to add non-leading
ledgers to SAP General Ledger. Examine the
key decisions and tasks required as you begin
the planning process, determining what additional accounting principles you are looking to
implement. Delve into some of the most common issues and problems to expect, such as
how to discontinue using a special purpose
ledger that you do not use for parallel accounting without disrupting your existing financial
processes. View a demo of the Migration Cockpit in action and determine if and how it can be
used to formalize and document your migration scenario 7 project.

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Financial reports, analyses, and


business intelligence
A step-by-step guide to leveraging
inter- and intra-company processing
in SAP enhancement package 5 for
more efficient management
reporting

Dramatic improvements in
consolidations and management
reporting at New Balance Athletic
Shoe

Manish Dharnidharka, PwC

Todd Paulauskas, New Balance Athletic Shoe

Examine the intricacies and business requirements that surround how an organization
records inter-company and intra-company
transactions in the SAP General Ledger. This
session arms you with the various configuration
options available with SAP enhancement package 5 to process intercompany transactions in
both your financial and managerial accounting
applications. Learn how to correctly set up your
master data for more accurate management
reports, such as funds management reports.
Get a detailed guide to the settings in SAP General Ledger that will enable the processing of
intra-company transactions. Understand how
to configure and process intercompany transactions within your purchasing and sales and
distribution processes. View a demonstration
that shows how to use in-house cash functionality to settle inter-company transactions.

Go behind the scenes with New Balance Athletic


Shoe to see how it leveraged SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5, version
for the Microsoft platform, for financial and
management reporting, as well as budgeting
and forecasting. Understand how the company developed an internal business case for
implementing SAP BusinessObjects Planning
and Consolidation across its global, multi-data
source environment. Explore how New Balance Athletic Shoe leverages input templates,
data manager, SSIS packages, and script logic
to load financial data into SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. Gain insight
into how New Balance Athletic Shoe built separate applications that leveraged out-of-the-box
functionality to accomplish financial, management and statutory reporting. Obtain best
practices from the company to ensure a successful implementation, and hear about the
benefits they have already derived. Hear how
a single SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation cost center variance report has
drastically improved monthly analysis for the
New Balance Athletic Shoe financial team.

Improve the quality of cash flow


reports using account
transformation and currency
translation business rules
John Cerqueira, Reliable Technical Solutions
Learn how to automate your cash flow reporting activities to improve report quality and
reduce your time to close. This session arms
you with expert advice for setting up account
transformation and currency translation business rules using SAP BusinessObjects Planning
and Consolidation on both a consolidated
and non-consolidated level. Find out how the
use of account transformation business rules
can provide the ability to use the value of
one account in different areas of your financial reports. Discover how to calculate values
for a cumulative currency translation adjustment which then automatically determines the
effect a change in exchange rate will have your
companys cash reports. Take home examples
of local currency and group currency financial
statements, including cash flow statements.

Case study

Proven methods for taking the


headaches out of variance analyses
and reports
John Jordan, ERP Corp
This session offers lessons to help you make
the best use of variance calculations total
variance, production variance, and planning
variance within your SAP system. Get recommendations for when to use each, and
understand their pros, cons, and limitations,
and how to work around them. Examine different variant configuration settings and
understand how they affect report outcomes.
Learn how to use variance categories to determine the root causes of production variances.
Gather tips to more easily troubleshoot message analysis of the four input and four output
variance categories, including input price,
resource usage, and input quantity variance.
Learn how to identify typical problems that
can occur with total, production, and planning
variance calculations, and get expert advice on
taking corrective action.

Case study

How and why McKesson gleans


greater financial insights using
dashboards and self-service Web
analytics
Ross Wilson, McKesson
This session takes an inside look at McKessons deployment of Xcelsius and SAP
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence to meet its
financial reporting and analysis needs. Learn
why McKesson chose to leverage Xcelsius
and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence for
its credit and dispute management reports,
and how the company has leveraged SAP
NetWeaver BW data stores and InfoCubes
to do so. Hear the top challenges faced by
the McKesson team while migrating financial reports to the newer solutions, such as
ensuring complete integration between SAP
BusinessObjects and the SAP NetWeaver
landscape and implementing the latest SAP
BusinessObjects service pack. Understand how
McKesson optimized dashboard and report
performance by leveraging the BICS connector and the query stripping feature within SAP
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. See samples
of the six summary dashboards used for highlevel analysis by the collections and accounts
receivables (A/R) departments. Examine how
the team drills down into SAP BusinessObjects
Web Intelligence for more detailed reports on
days sales outstanding, dispute status, and
more.

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Track 7: Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence

Streamlining the chart of accounts


at McKesson improves financial
reporting and achieves faster closes

An updated guide to 10 essential


methods, reporting techniques, and
tools no SAP finance team should
be without

Ross Wilson, McKesson

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software

Attend this session for an in-depth review


of how McKesson cleaned up the companys
existing chart of accounts and company code
structure. Hear what steps of the project the
company has completed and how taking these
steps will help the company more accurately
report on financial activities across the entire
organization. Learn how the company tailored
its SAP chart of accounts design to meet the
challenges of multiple reporting regulations
such as US GAAP, IFRS, and other local statutory requirements. Understand which tools
the company uses alongside the SAP General Ledger, including SAP NetWeaver BW and
SAP BusinessObjects to meet legal and management reporting requirements. Find out
what challenges the company has faced with
regards to managing its master data integration and hierarchy design activities. Leave this
session with a list of critical success factors
for more effectively maintaining the chart of
accounts at your own organization.

Whether youre implementing SAP ERP Financials for the first time, upgrading or rolling
out financials functionality, or embarking on
a continuous improvement project, there are
10 methods and tools that are essential to
success. Find out which tools are available
within SAP ERP Financials. Understand how
to easily pinpoint the cause of disparities that
exist between your production and quality
systems using the customizing cross-system
viewer tool. Learn how to use the QuickViewer
tool to define routine and casual reports that
may not require full-scale ABAP development.
Gain insight into how to improve the periodic
execution of hundreds (if not thousands) of
reports and significantly improve the monthend close cycle using TVARV report variables.
See how the note assistant tool can be used
to take the pain out of applying SAP Notes,
ensuring that there are no mistakes in applying the code corrections. Leave this session
with critical tips and techniques to smoothly
and productively execute your next financials
project.

Case study

Tips for streamlining the collection


and management of financial notes
Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing
Learn what new functionality is available
to automate and streamline the collection,
aggregation, validation, and reporting of
unstructured, narrative financial data within
your company. Explore SAP BusinessObjects
Notes Management, and determine whether
it could help you establish a flexible and
compliant process to support the collection,
consolidation, reporting and analysis of structured and unstructured information. Find out
how to facilitate the management of narrative
disclosure data while supporting information
in financial and regulatory statements. Learn
how SAP BusinessObjects Notes Management leverages the quantitative information
that is managed in other SAP consolidations
solutions. See a demonstration of the solution, and learn how to create financial notes
that can be monitored and validated at each
level of the corporate hierarchy. Leave this
session armed with tips for accelerating the
collection of supplementary financial information across heterogeneous source systems
for a more comprehensive view of the finance
organization.

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Best practices for financial KPI
design
Gaurav Vohra, Deloitte
This session provides expert guidelines for
designing financial KPIs that are critical in
order to measure an organizations success,
meet regulatory requirements and make more
informed management decisions. With the
rules of the game ever-changing, significant
stress is put on the business intelligence applications to respond quickly with accurate KPIs.
Learn how to use various reporting hierarchy functionalities available in SAP NetWeaver
BW and SAP ERP applications to define and
develop financial key figures in a way that minimizes maintenance effort and lends itself a
quicker and more agile response to change
in the business environment. Find out how to
handle changes to management reports more
efficiently using various principles like set hierarchies and link node hierarchies, in addition to
the standard FSV and SAP NetWeaver BW only
reporting hierarchies.

Proven practices to simplify your


direct tax reporting processes
Darius Bikulcius, Accenture
This session offers expert tips to design and
configure your SAP applications to meet direct
tax reporting requirements. Find out how to
reduce reconciliation issues by using tax sensitization techniques that can be applied to
your accounts payable, accounts receivable,
general accounting, fixed assets, and controlling components. Learn how to meet global
tax withholding requirements using standard
SAP functionality. Get best practices to address
global direct tax requirements and more effectively automate the tax provision process. Walk
through the key SAP General Ledger configuration steps required to capture tax classification
data at the source and more efficiently determine, calculate, and report on taxes. Take
home leading practices, sample user guides,
and demonstrations that will help you better
design SAP General Ledger to meet your tax
requirements.

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Track 7: Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence


Increase your proficiency with the
report painter tool to overcome
complex financial reporting
challenges

Evaluating and choosing the right


BPC reporting functionality for
your needs

John Cerqueria, Reliable Technical Solutions

This session explores the fundamental reporting capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects


Planning and Consolidation, including how
to create reports and input schedules using
the data range exchange (EvDRE) function.
Discover the advantages of using EvDRE over
other reporting functions in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5. Get best
practices for using the layout-building functionality of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation, such as when to use multiple
dimensions in RowKeyRange and ColKeyRange
parameters, when to avoid the CellKeyRange
option, and how to perform custom expansions in a workbook. Come away with tips on
how to boost EvDRE performance, including
using multiple EvDRE functions in a workbook
and accelerating data retrieval with one or
multiple EvDRE functions.

Learn how your counterparts leverage the


report painter within their SAP ERP reporting landscapes, and take a detailed look at
the techniques that have proven to be most
valuable. Determine when the report painter
provides a more efficient, cost-effective alternative to custom ABAP report development.
Step through an example that shows you how
to create a financial statement with report
painter. Learn how to set up currency translations so that you can run and view single
reports in multiple currencies while controlling
the exchange rate. Get tips to properly maintain your reporting libraries, currency exchange
rate tables, and currency settings, and find out
why this is critical to running multi-currency
reports. Gain greater proficiency working with
variables and user exits.

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Sandee Biggs, Breakwater Consulting

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31

Streamlining accounts payable

Case study

Case study

How Tim Hortons took its accounts


payable automation project to the
next level

Streamlining throughput and


trimming waste from accounts
payable at IMS Health

David Kraulis, Tim Hortons

Jim Ferguson, IMS Health

Learn through Tim Hortons experiences that


optimization does not, and should not, end
with an initial accounts payable implementation. Hear what Tim Hortons has done to
further improve its A/P processes since it
presented lessons from its initial project at
Financials 2011. See how the company has
added actionable metrics to measure how
effectively it is using SAP technology to
increase automation and achieve significant
cost savings. Find out the companys strategy
for implementing an e-invoicing and optical character recognition (OCR) technology, a
powerful InfoCenter cockpit, while leveraging
the SAP Business Workflow engine to create an
efficient centralized A/P process. Hear firsthand
how Tim Hortons integrated a new procure
to pay business process with its already automated accounts payable process. Hear how the
team built upon its successful A/P implementation to gain speed processing and throughput
processing.

Strategies and lessons for


automating accounts payable
Terri Bold, Dolphin
Attend this session to hear firsthand, real world
experiences from the field on how to optimize
your accounts payable processes to more efficiently receive, enter and track vendor invoices.
Learn how to utilize SAP Business Workflow
and SAP NetWeaver certified add-ons, such
as process tracking and document imaging as
part of a comprehensive, automated accounts
payable implementation. Find out how utilizing a financial shared services center can help
your users adjust to changes, such as dealing with electronic images instead of paper
invoices, and adopting new, sophisticated
workflow processes. Walk through a real-world
example that demonstrates how companies
have implemented accounts payable optimization components in multiple stages. Get
tips and advice for tackling the challenges
associated with testing, training and change
management.

Building upon its current accounts payable platform, find out how IMS thoroughly
analyzed its accounts payable processes to
determine where non-value added tasks and
information could be eliminated or streamlined
in order to achieve cost savings. Find out how
the company built a roadmap for adding intelligent data capture, interpretation and validation
from vendor invoices and how doing so helped
the company speed up process acceptance by
its users. Hear firsthand how IMS adapted its
current accounts payable solution to capture
and interpret time-sensitive data from foreign
language forms and questionnaires, eliminating considerable cycle time, effort, and cost in
the process. Learn how the company employed
automation tools, such as optical character
recognition (OCR) to improve accuracy and reliability of its accounts payable processes.

Reducing inefficiencies and risks


associated with paper-based
payment processes
Joseph Pacor, SAP
This session describes alternatives to cumbersome and inefficient paper-based accounts
payable processes. During this session you
will learn how you can reduce costs, improve
invoice transparency and processing time, and
support compliance initiatives. Take a guided
tour of accounts payable process enhancements now available from SAP. Find out how to
use SAP E-Invoicing for Compliance to connect
your suppliers and customers using out-of-the
box connectivity regardless of data standards.
Find out how SAP Invoice Management by
OpenText can be used to minimize your invoice
processing time, better manage cash flow, and
increase the number of invoices processed by
each accounts payable processor. Understand
the optical character recognition (OCR) option
for SAP Invoice Management by OpenText and
learn how to control the OCR from within your
SAP system to aid in process control and visibility. Youll also receive the results of a Paystream
research study that covers SAP Invoice Automation and the strategic benefits of solution
adoption.

Case study

ConAgras financial shared service


strategy for increasing the
efficiency and reducing the cost of
accounts payable
Pam Russavage, ConAgra Foods
This session examines how ConAgra Foods
set up and deployed an SAP Shared Services Framework to improve the quality of
financial accounting processes, increase customer satisfaction, and boost compliance
and productivity. Delve into the techniques
the company used to streamline its accounts
payable, time and expense, inventory, payroll, and accounts receivable processes. Learn
how ConAgra Foods transformed information
processing from the traditional decentralized
system, where information was segmented
into silos, to a centralized processing structure
with consolidated information. Find out how
the company deployed a shared service framework to simplify the processing of more than
250,000 invoices received annually and consolidate multiple A/P systems into a single SAP
ERP system. Understand how ConAgra Foods
was able to reduce its annual cost-per-invoice
by more than 8 percent, reduce accounts payable labor costs by 25 percent and increase the
invoices paid in accordance with terms from 55
percent to 93 percent.

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Receivables, cash management, and


treasury
Case study

Lessons from Forest Laboratories


dramatically-improved dispute
management and collections
process
Pradeep Jain, Forest Pharmaceuticals
This session offers a firsthand account of how
Forest Laboratories rolled out a global instance
of SAP Dispute Management to improve its
dispute resolution and deduction management processes. Learn how the company is
now able to track, analyze, and resolve short
payment issues with customers and has since
achieved lower day sales outstanding and
improved cash flow. Hear how the organization has reduced costs, accelerated customer
collections, improved accuracy and visibility into liabilities, and resolved late-payment
issues through its accounts receivables automation project. Walk step by step through
Forest Laboratories experiences of integrating
SAP Dispute Management with its accounts
receivable data to help correct inaccuracies
within A/R documents. Get a detailed roadmap
to apply to your own A/R process automation
project. Hear how Forest Laboratories automation of the cash application process using EDI
files allows the company to apply customer
payments very quickly and accurately.

Techniques to get up and running


quickly with collections and dispute
functionality
Katharina Reichert, SAP AG
This session provides guidelines for leveraging rapid deployment solutions from SAP to
speed your implementation of SAP Collections and Dispute Management. Learn how to
quickly deploy important functionality such
as electronic customer billing, tracing and collecting of outstanding receivables, and related
workflows. Identify the system requirements
for using a rapid deployment approach. See
how rapid deployment compares to traditional
implementation approaches. Hear the benefits
that SAP focuses on with rapid deployment.

What corporate treasurers need to


know about cash management,
liquidity planning, and cash flow
reporting
Moussa Soukal, Hanse Orga
This session offers advice based on real-world
experience to help you improve cash management and reporting. Find out how to more
accurately pinpoint your companys future
cash position utilizing cash management and
liquidity planning functionality found within
the treasury applications from SAP. Learn how
to eliminate the major causes of inaccurate
cash forecasts, such as limited resources and
inaccurate or insufficient cash flow data. Gain
valuable insight to set up and maintain cash
flow statements, cash forecasts, and more.
Overcome common challenges of an effective working capital management and liquidity
planning program including country specific
data formats, multilingual systems and staff,
lack of resources, or subsidiaries using different
ERP systems. Learn what reporting functionality in SAP can provide the greatest insights into
your organizations cash flow. Step through
examples that illustrate how to implement a
standardized format for tracking changes to
cash flow forecasts.

A detailed guide to treasury


functionality and enhancements
from SAP
Christian Mnich, SAP AG
With the increasing importance of cash and
liquidity, and the introduction of new and
more complex statutory regulations, treasury activities are now more critical than
ever. This session offers a guide to the most
recent updates to treasury applications from
SAP. Explore the newest features and functions planned for SAP enhancement package
6, as well as infrastructure and architecture
enhancements such as support of mobile
devices and high-speed analytics. Identify new
ways to optimize handling of incoming bank
statements, monitoring cash flow, and forecasting liquidity. Learn how to ensure liquidity
with compliant payment processes. Examine
the best ways to handle financial transactions
from deal capturing to accounting. Additionally, gain insights on how to analyze and
mitigate financial risks to help you make more
effective treasury decisions.

Case study

Bentley Systems speeds dispute


resolution and gains visibility into
credit write-offs around the globe
Jim Frick and Melissa Hinkle, Bentley Systems
Examine how Bentley Systems recently rolled
out SAP solutions for dispute management
and collections management to more effectively process receivables-related dispute
cases and notify customers about outstanding receivables. Walk through the companys
SAP landscape and find out how it transitioned
from internally developed tools in Microsoft
Access and SharePoint to SAP Collections and
Dispute Management as a means to track
accounts receivable and credit write-offs. Find
out how the company is now able to codify
and structure the payment status of disputed
invoices and delinquent accounts and track
how the collections team works with customers to resolve these issues. See how the
company utilizes credit write-offs to identify
customer accounts where all or part of the software maintenance contract has to be written
off. Find out how the company implemented
the tool globally, so that the transactions processed by the shared service centers in the
United States and Ireland are visible to all relevant members of Bentley Systems around
the globe.

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New strategies and technologies to


analyze and understand financial
data for improved cash
management and forecasting

Maximize discounts and reduce


overall spend using dynamic
discounting functionality

Tips for managing collections and


dispute resolutions via a central
shared service center

Bertram Meyer, Taulia

Katharina Reichert, SAP

Christian Mnich, SAP AG

Attend this session and learn how Discountsas-a-Service (DaaS) combines a broad list
of factors in real time to maximize discount
amounts and lower total spend. Learn how
applying dynamic discounts can result in significantly improved discount capture rates for
large buyers while at the same time helping their suppliers to reduce working capital.
Understand the core criteria that determine
whether dynamic discounting will be effective
for your company. Hear firsthand, real-world
experiences gained from numerous advanced
discount management projects at Fortune 500
companies. Learn how dynamic discounting
can triple the average discount capture rate by
extending the discount opportunity to invoices
that originally dont offer discount terms. Find
out how dynamic discounting works within
your current accounts payable process and
how it provides an opportunity for accounts
payable automation.

Companies need to understand their cash flow


minute-to-minute in order to determine what
kind of investments to make, how to manage payment schedules, and which strategic
initiatives to undertake. This session offers an
overview of solutions from SAP that enable
you to rapidly analyze high volumes of cashrelated data. Gain an understanding of SAP
HANA, a high-speed analytics tool, and how it
can be used to generate more comprehensive
analytics that can improve reporting and forecasting. 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 granular level of payment process data in order
to understand individual customer payment
behaviors at a new level.

Expert tips to proactively manage


collections and reduce day sales
outstanding
Jeff Arnold, Deloitte
Understand the unique requirements, challenges, and techniques for building and
maintaining an effective collections strategy
utilizing SAP functionality for financial supply
chain management. Get expert recommendations for identifying, prioritizing, and tracking
the progress of current and past due accounts
receivables in SAP ERP Financials. Discover how
to more quickly process accounts receivables
through the automatic identification and prioritization of customer accounts. Learn how to
utilize key features of SAP functionality for collections management with a detailed guide for
creating a collection work list, customer contact lists, and documenting customer contacts.
Learn how to set up promise-to-pay, dispute
tracking, and resubmissions views for your
companys collections specialists, giving them
better insight into the customer. Take home a
complete user guide for SAP functionality for
collections management as well as screenshots
from the SAP Collections and Dispute Management cockpit.

A comprehensive guide to analyzing


and improving your accounts
receivables processes

As companies centralize operations, the volume of cases and disputes to be processed by


your operations staff usually increases dramatically. This session provides an overview of your
options for deploying SAP Collections and Dispute Management and SAP Biller Direct within
a shared services framework. Walk through
key technical requirements of the deployment model, and get a detailed overview of
the deployment effort as benefits and lessons
learned from current, ongoing projects are
discussed. Learn how self service portals for
customers and suppliers can help to reduce
overall operating costs from your shared service center and at the same time increases your
service quality. Gain a solid understanding of
how other customers are reaping benefits by
standardizing and automating transactional
services in the areas of collections and disputes
delivered by the shared service organization.
Find out which KPIs can show how your shared
service center improves the collections and
disputes process.

Donald Jackel, SAP


This session arms you with field-tested advice
from real-world accounts receivable projects.
Get tips to overcome common roadblocks associated with inefficient and fragmented credit,
collections, and dispute processes which can
impair both economic visibility and a companys attempts at effective cash management,
while often contributing to significant cash
flow and profitability issues. Understand the
full range of SAP accounts receivables management functionality that supports these
activities and know the steps required to implement it. Receive best practices for automatically
creating and closing dispute cases, and hear
examples that will help your organization add
extremely valuable process tracking attributes
to your dispute management reports. Compare
financial performance indicators and benchmarks of companies who have focused on
improvement in these areas in their cash, collections, and dispute areas. Get an inside look
into what new features will be in included
in receivables management with functionality
with SAP enhancement package 6.

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Track 10

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Project systems and accounting

Best practices for managing project


budgets using project systems
functionality

Expert instruction for creating and


optimizing project structures using
SAP project templates

Sandeep Bagchi, Keane

Sandeep Bagchi, Keane

This session describes how the investment program in SAP is used to manage budgets that
can be applied to a large number of individual
projects. Learn how the overall plan and overall budget values represent the approval side
of the investment program, and learn to manage annual values in the investment program.
Get best practices to create a project structure
for the implementation of the appropriation
requests upon their release. Explore the two
possibilities of cost planning: Overall costs and
planning by cost elements. Understand the difference between a plan and a budget as they
are defined within project systems. Review the
different options to report on budget commitments and actuals. Understand what needs
to happen in the three phases of the budget
life cycle for projects: Preparation, approval
and management. Learn how to prevent common mistakes that can occur during year-end
close and during new planning cycle creation.
Take home visual examples that illustrate budget reconciliation, a report to analyze the gap
between a budget and the plan, and steps to
carry forward unused budgets to the next fiscal year for the open projects.

Explore the different options to create the


project structures using the project builder
available in SAP project systems functionality.
Understand the various steps involved in creating completely new project objects, as well
as how to use existing project structures or
standard structures as templates. Learn to use
work breakdown structure (WBS) elements,
networks, or activities (from operative projects,
standard projects, or simulations) as templates
for other projects. Find out how to use customizing operative structures functionality to
configure the network or WBS, and understand the impact this will have on the standard
structures. Understand the subtle differences
between customizing settings of standard
and the operative WBS. Learn how to add
enhancements to standard project definitions
and standard WBS elements delivered by SAP.
Explore the various personal settings options
that SAP provides for working with the project
builder and how to manage and update the
user-specific setting changes. Understand the
difference between creating project objects
by copying and Saving Project Objects as
Templates. Take home visual examples of the
configuration block containing the basic settings for WBS structures.

Customer Discussion Forum

Lessons to improve project


accounting activities in SAP
Enter into a lively discussion with peers and
experts to find out the best ways to perform project management accounting. Explore
questions such as: What are the most common
challenges associated with managing project
scope, and how do I overcome them to keep
costs from burgeoning? How do I calculate the
level of costs and the expected revenues when
planning a project? What are some best practices for creating projects structure using SAP
project templates? How are my counterparts at
other companies streamlining periodic project
settlements during their financial close? Leave
this moderated discussion forum with unique
insights and best practices that improve your
project accounting activities.

An in-depth guide to using results


analysis functionality as a
systematic tool for project
accounting
Sandeep Bagchi, Keane
Tap into a wealth of practical advice for leveraging SAP results analysis functionality to
support the revenue principles and the matching principles of US GAAP. Understand how and
why to use the different results analysis methods for different project types. See how the
values calculated in results analysis functionality and the subsequent project settlements
during periodic closing processes affect financial statements and management reports. Get
an in-depth overview of various result analysis, cost and revenue reports, including the
cost elements report by hierarchy. Find out
how SAP calculates the work in process or the
cost of sales for a given period in a systematic
way and how the project status influences the
results of the calculations. Leave this session
with examples of how to configure integration
points between project systems, FI, CO, and SD.
Walk away with the tips to modify results analysis functionality using standard user exits and
BAdIs. Get practical tips for avoiding common
configuration mistakes.

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International Financial Reporting


Standards (IFRS)
IFRS: A look at whats to come in
2012
Elizabeth Milne, SAP
Looking for an update on the current timeline
for IFRS? Attend this session for the latest look
at the SEC roadmap and timeline for IFRS compliance. Whether your organization is ready
to start, in the process of planning, or just
beginning to evaluate an IFRS project, this
session offers invaluable advice to get off on
the right foot. Walk through the key implications for your business, accounting processes,
internal controls, and financial management
system. Drill down into the necessary preparation and assessment activities like scoping your
project, estimating the costs and resources
required, and assigning the roles, responsibilities, and tasks of the project team. Finally, learn
what technology steps you can take today to
prepare yourself for IFRS. Take home undocumented best practices and lessons learned
from successful implementations to support
IFRS.
Case study

Lessons from a successful IFRS


conversion at Petrominerales
Jose Luis Lineros, Petrominerales
Attend this session for a complete look at how
Petrominerales implemented a strategy for
IFRS compliance alongside its local Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Learn
how the company adopted and complied
with the first-time conversion rules required
by IFRS 1. Examine how and why Petrominerales switched its leading and parallel ledgers
so that IFRS is the leading ledger and its local
GAAP is the parallel ledger. Find out what critical changes were required within the SAP
General Ledger and asset management module. Hear the key success factors for the project,
including getting an early start in planning,
ensuring clarity and familiarity with the IFRS
strategy, creating a dedicated project lead, and
engaging auditors early in the process.

Accounting changes are coming: An


up-close look at the new accounting
and reporting models as US GAAP
and IFRS converge
Myles Corson, Ernst & Young
The financial crisis has accelerated political
pressure for both a consistent set of accounting guidelines and a more robust global
regulatory framework. Attend this session for a
detailed overview that outlines the significant
changes that are being proposed under US
GAAP and IFRS for both fundamental accounting and its regulatory reporting models. Assess
the impact these accounting changes have on
strategic business decisions and planned transactions for every public company abiding by
US GAAP and IFRS. Evaluate the impact that
the adoption of these new models will have
on an organizations income statement and
assess the effects on key financial ratios and
performance measures. Review and consider
changes to accounting manuals and policies as
needed. Take home results from a recent survey that examines the latest trends and issues
in accounting.

Tips and techniques to ensure


IFRS-compliant asset accounting
Eric Barlow, Serio Consulting
Take a firsthand look at the key steps required
to overcome one of the most complex and
difficult-to-interpret issues related to IFRS compliance asset accounting. Step through the
IFRS requirements for fixed assets, including
those surrounding leased assets, intangible
assets, and component assets. Learn what functionality is available within SAP ERP Financials
to effectively manage these kinds of assets
to ensure compliance with IFRS. Learn what
changes you can anticipate surrounding
asset classes, G/L accounts, transaction types,
and depreciation. Get tips to create a more
audit-proof SAP system that does not require
cumbersome and costly asset adjustments.

Strategies for configuring or


modifying your SAP system to
support IFRS compliance
Prasad Boddupalli, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Attend this session for the latest IFRS compliance mandate updates, as well as the related
timelines for compliance. Walk through the
compliance options afforded by the classic versus the newest version of SAP General Ledger.
Explore various pros and cons of IFRS compliance through the parallel accounting method,
parallel company code method, usage of
special purpose ledger, and the method of
top-down adjustments in SAP NetWeaver BW
or SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. Analyze major system impacts on
the chart of accounts, inventory valuation,
financial lease capitalizations, componentization of fixed assets, treatment of research and
development costs and changes in revenue
recognition criteria. Understand why consideration of IFRS is important during the design of
your leading and non-leading ledgers and how
the new features of parallel ledgers and document splitting in the SAP General Ledger(for
segment reporting) enable you to be compliant with both US GAAP and IFRS during the
dual reporting period and with IFRS during
post-dual reporting period.

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Track 11: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

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A comprehensive approach to
adopt new FASB and IASB revenue
recognition standards
Ravi Krovidi, PricewaterhouseCoopers
The FASB and IASB are currently in the process
of replacing existing revenue guidance with a
new global accounting standard that will apply
to all revenue transactions, regardless of industry. Understand the effect of this change on
your business, how to inform your key stakeholders, prepare internally, and limit surprises
down the road. This session provides practical
guidance to adopt these new revenue recognition standards by leveraging your current SAP
functionality. Learn what data will need to be
assessed, collected, analyzed, and compared
prior to adoption. Find out how to put in place
a revenue recognition automation framework
that comprehensively addresses revenue compliance risk, business model scalability and the
financial close process cycle time.

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Track 12

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Audits, risk management, and


compliance
Foreign currency valuation and
translation dos and donts for
better FAS 52 compliance

Centralize and automate risk


management to comply with
internal and external policies

Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems and


Software

Justin McManus, Protiviti

For many companies, FAS 52 compliance for


foreign currency translation and valuation is
an area of concern. Gain a deep understanding
of the differences that exist between valuation
(FAGL_FC_VAL) and translation (FAGL_FC_
TRANS) in the SAP General Ledger and how
to perform each. Examine key areas to be
aware of in the configuration when using these
reports, including financial statement versions,
account determination, and accounting principles. Learn how postings to open item, tax,
and reconciliation accounts are handled, plus
which key settings for general ledger accounts
should be used to accept valuation and translation postings. Understand the impact of the
report on the P&L versus the balance sheet.
Walk through different valuation methods and
find out which method should be selected
based on your organizations accounting principle and ledgers. Learn about the impact of
document splitting on the translation postings
and how potential errors can be headed off.
Consider the options of making postings with
full value and reversal versus monthly delta
postings, including how to run translation and
valuation more than once during close, what
tables to view to see run history, and how to
reset erroneous runs.

Learn how to centralize and automate your


enterprise risk management process using SAP
BusinessObjects Risk Management. Understand how to comply with both external
requirements and internal policies while proactively controlling the financial, operational
and other business risks within your organization. Walk through the key steps of a standard
SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 10.0
implementation project, starting with the initial sizing, installation, and configuration of
the system. Learn how to standardize your
existing risk and control frameworks and risk
management processes and map them to the
workflows and data objects. Learn how to
avoid challenges as you configure the SAP
NetWeaver platform and risk management system, set up your risk management processes,
and build and execute workflows. Take home a
detailed sample project timeline.
Case study

Streamlining and reducing the cost


of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance at
McKesson
Benjamin Wienand and Kelly Worley, McKesson
Learn how McKesson successfully overhauled
its approach to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance by
implementing a more ongoing, cost-efficient,
and sustainable continuous improvement
strategy, which it calls its value assurance
model. Walk through McKessons project roadmap and gain insight into its high-priority tasks,
service model, and controls automation and
optimization strategy. Find out how the company took a holistic approach to harmonize
its Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO, and HIPAA controls,
which, in turn, enabled clearer identification
of security gaps and weaknesses. Learn how
McKesson partnered effectively with internal risk agencies to streamline and remove
duplicative controls. Walk away with a solid
understanding of short- and long-term opportunities to improve and streamline compliance
processes and what McKesson is doing to further enhance its Sarbanes-Oxley program with
new process automation techniques.

Lessons for using continuous


controls monitoring to reduce risk
in your financial processes
Carlos Jaimes, Turnkey Consulting
This session provides recommendations to
help maximize the efficiencies and controls
for key finance processes such as procureto-pay, order-to-cash, and make-to-stock. Find
out how to embed new continuous monitoring controls into your finance processes or to
improve a controls framework you may already
have in place. Get tips for reducing the time
and effort spent ensuring that settings within
your controls are not changed without following the appropriate change procedures.
Step through examples that show how tighter
controls in your key business processes can
improve profitability and how companies
who have used SAP BusinessObjects Process
Control to change their financial control frameworks have achieved this. Find out what steps
need to be taken to integrate SAP BusinessObjects Process Control into your existing control
and compliance management function and
how to leverage it to support continuous control monitoring.

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Track 12: Audits, risk management, and compliance


Case study

Elster Group integrates and


simplifies multiple compliance
initiatives across its heterogeneous
IT landscape
Malte Globig, Elster Group
Hear how Elster Group met diverse compliance
requirements for a geographically and organizationally spread-out group of stakeholders
with a consolidated, single solution from SAP
and Greenlight. See how Elster Group uses
SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions and Greenlights RTA Design Studio to automate SoD
analysis and process control testing for SAP and
non-SAP applications. Hear why the company
utilized the delivered risk matrix to standardize
SoD reporting and view risk analysis reports,
which include users and authorizations from
SAP and non-SAP systems. View the steps Elster
took to set up, test, and automate its internal
audits for financial and operational controls.
Walk away from this session understanding
how consolidating compliance for multiple
business applications into your existing GRC
solutions provides Elsters stakeholders with
deeper insight to improve business governance and process transparency.
Case study

Strengthening Sarbanes-Oxley
compliance at BNSF Railway
Company: Lessons from the
companys rollout of process
control functionality
Cynthia McConathy, BNSF Railway Company
Attend this session and hear how BNSF Railway Company recently completed an SAP
BusinessObjects Process Control 10.0 implementation to support a robust Sarbanes-Oxley
compliance program. Learn how BNSF Railway
Company is now able to track risks, controls,
testing, and business process owner certifications. Find out what benefits the company
has since realized, including an increase in the
speed of its manual SOX testing procedures
through the use of automated workflows and
email notifications. Find out how BNSF Railway Company utilized issue tracking to ensure
remediation even when employees transition to new jobs. Understand how automated
continuous monitoring can detect and help
resolve issues before they become audit findings. Hear how the company handled user
training at implementation to focus not just on
navigation, but on the underlying SOx principles when testing controls.

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Practical advice for streamlining


and improving the value of your
organizations internal audit
function

A guide to navigating the


complexities associated with an
SAP systems audit

James Chiu, SAP

This session offers proven strategies for meeting the growing complexities that can occur
when preparing for an SAP systems audit, such
as communicating the right amount of information and level of detail with your auditor
prior to the start of the audit. Walk through a
recommended approach that will enable you
to identify the appropriate automated controls and testing methods prior to the audit,
helping to reduce the associated costs. Learn
how to perform more thorough risk assessments by identifying and prioritizing key
risk areas. Understand how to determine the
scope for your audit, keeping in mind your
various audiences, including management,
internal auditors, and external audit teams.
Better prepare for audit walk throughs by predetermining what controls you will need to
test, as well as performing initial control testing
prior to the audit. Avoid common pitfalls associated with audits using SAP-delivered reports
to get a better handle on your segregation of
duties (SoD) violations. Leave this session with
key techniques to facilitate a faster, more effective and value-added audit.

In todays fast changing global economic


environment, internal audit departments are
required to align their value propositions with
stakeholders expectations while delivering
cost-effective services. Whether you manage
or perform audits, learn how to streamline
your audit activities using SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0, providing the ability to better
demonstrate value to the business. View a
live demo that showcases how this latest GRC
solution can be used to automate the entire
audit management lifecycle, with capabilities
for comprehensive documentation, templates
for standardization and efficiency, automated
workflows to facilitate review, offline testing,
and audit checkpoints to ensure quality. Learn
how to adopt a risk-based approach to auditing, integrate existing risk and control data and
test results, perform continuous risk and control monitoring and testing, and implement
best practices for more efficient and effective
audits.

Strategies for applying continuous


process monitoring techniques to
increase audit quality and process
effectiveness
Richard Castle, Ernst & Young
Attend this session for a guided tour of the key
principles behind a continuous process monitoring (CPM) initiative and how to utilize these
to drive audits that are more effective in isolating critical process and control issues. Learn
about the different continuous process monitoring tools and techniques that are being
used during audit planning and execution
stages to identify high risk processes, determine scope of procedures, and select sampling
populations. Review sample scenarios where
CPM is used and see how quickly it provides
the who, what, when, where, and how insight
into a business process. Gain an understanding
of a continuous process monitoring framework
and approach that you can use to isolate your
key business process issues and drive out a
more effective control environment.

Chris Cassin, KPMG

The role of internal audit and


compliance teams in providing realtime assurance during an SAP
implementation, upgrade, or
consolidation project
Robert Herman, PricewaterhouseCoopers
In todays environment, the internal audit and/
or compliance function cant afford to sit idle
while SAP is being implemented or changed
via an upgrade or convergence project. Learn
how to work with the SAP project team and
senior management to create a real-time audit
approach that looks at the key risks of an SAP
project. Gain insight into when internal audit
and compliance teams should be involved in
each phase of an SAP project so you can arm
yourself with the knowledge and tools to prevent (or at least detect) the most common SAP
project issues. Learn how to work with the SAP
project team in such a way that you are viewed
as providing real-time, valuable feedback that
will contribute to the success of the project.
Finally, learn how to report your observations,
risks, and recommendations using a format that
keeps senior management and the SAP project
management office (PMO) focused on the key
issues without getting lost in the details.

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Track 12: Audits, risk management, and compliance


An in-depth analysis of what to
audit and how within your
GRC landscape
James Roeske, VanRiver Consulting
This session examines the strategies, challenges, and technologies you need to master in
order to effectively audit your SAP BusinessObjects GRC environment. Gain a comprehensive
understanding of the key auditable areas within
GRC, including segregation of duty rules, and
walk through the latest tools and methodologies SAP now makes available to help you
streamline your audit process. Examine what
areas auditors and compliance administrators
should focus on in order to assess the strength
of the audit program and make sure business
value is being achieved, not just in SAP-related
areas, but also across the enterprise. Explore
key weaknesses and errors that have been
observed in over 160 GRC environments; for
example, not validating the integrity of rule set
contents. Take home a complete audit checklist to ensure your GRC tools are providing
accuracy, compliance strength, and high ROI
across the organization.
Customer discussion forum

GRCexpert
LIVE

How SAP solutions can make audit


management processes more costeffective
William Newman, Newport Consulting Group
Dont miss this opportunity to personally meet
William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group, and engage in an
in-depth discussion about one of his most
widely read articles from GRC Expert the
leading publication and knowledgebase for
organizations that leverage SAP solutions for
governance, risk, and compliance. Learn what
new enhancements are available for internal
audit risk management as part of the SAP
BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 release with SAP
NetWeavers audit management. Understand
the major phases of internal audit activities
planning, execution, findings, and corrective
actions that can span a number of corporate
functions, including IT, finance, management
systems, and operations. Learn some of the key
success factors for next-generation audit management, including adding data mining and
analytics to your audit processes.

Tips and techniques to improve


compliance reporting in
preparation for an audit

Achieve speed, control, and


compliance in your entity close
processes

Engage in a lively exchange of ideas and best


practices for improving the way your organization reports on its compliance initiatives, builds
compliance reports for auditors, and meets
reporting requirements. Get answers to questions such as: How do your peers align their
day-to-day financial reports according to standards expected by an auditor? How do others
internally audit their reports and catch errors
before they are cited for violations? Where
does environmental reporting fit into the compliance reporting mix? What functionality does
SAP offer to help automate and ease the compliance reporting process?

James Chiu, SAP

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GRC meets BI: Lessons for
improving the analysis of
compliance data
Richard Calaba, SAP
Learn best practices to streamline SAP
NetWeaver BW-based analytics for SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk and compliance
(GRC) solutions. Get a firsthand look at how
SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects
Business Intelligence solutions can be integrated with SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 to
enable analytical and reporting scenarios of
your governance, risk, and compliance data.
Understand how SAP NetWeaver BW-based
analytical scenarios for access control, process controls and risk management enhance
the embedded reporting capabilities of SAP
BusinessObjects GRC solutions. Learn how
to prepare your GRC system for analytics
enablement. Gather tips on how various analytics integration scenarios can be performed.
Understand conceptual differences in BW data
models and versions of SAP BusinessObjects
GRC 10.0 solutions. Get aligned with future
GRC products strategy in the area of analytical interfaces.

New and increasingly complex regulatory


requirements and accounting rules pose the
dilemma of how to close books quickly while
ensuring compliance with all relevant financial
reporting regulations. Get tips for accelerating
both the entity close and compliance processes by ensuring your financial controls
are effective and your financial statements
are accurate. Learn how to enable near-real
time identification of errors or anomalies like
unusual journal entries, inappropriate changes
to critical configuration settings, or erroneous
changes to chart of accounts, so that managers
can take immediate corrective action. Find out
how continuous monitoring of transactions
can result in rapid analysis and proactive alerts
that immediately flag exceptions to those who
need to take action. Learn how to eliminate
surprises during your entity close process, save
you hours of searching and analyzing, minimize re-work, and help adequately mitigate
your risk of financial misstatement using SAP
Business Objects GRC solutions.

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Track 12: Audits, risk management, and compliance


SAPs 2012 roadmap for
governance, risk, and compliance
Michael Lortz, SAP
Understand how to more effectively align
and unify your governance, risk management,
and compliance initiatives using the latest
SAP BusinessObjects GRC functionality. Get
valuable advice to help reduce risk exposure,
make more effective decisions regarding strategy, and optimize your organizations overall
performance. Get tips to prepare for the real
impact that financial, social, and environmental risks can have on your business, such as the
loss of revenue, fraud, and failed audits. Learn
how to align your operational processes with
your organizations strategic objectives. Understand how to more readily identify competitive
opportunities in the marketplace. Learn how
SAPs portfolio of solutions can be mapped
to your current and future GRC requirements.
Understand how todays major trends, like
in-memory computing, mobile and social
technologies fit into SAPs vision for the GRC
solutions.

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Panel discussion

Leading experts share proven


approaches to raising the ROI of
your GRC programs
Tony Torchia, KPMG
This interactive session offers valuable insight
into creating a more holistic, enterprise-wide,
resilient governance, risk, and compliance
(GRC) program with high ROI. Hear from a
panel of experienced professionals and learn
how to determine what is most important
to your key stakeholders when shaping and
developing a GRC program. Find out how you
can anticipate and prevent risk-related threats.
Obtain leading practices for improving your
GRC program results while reducing overall
costs. Get tips for staying current with evolving regulatory requirements and data privacy
laws. Hear how these seasoned professionals
have overcome some of the biggest challenges
associated with implementing enterprise-wide
GRC programs. Walk through the findings of
a global survey and find out what steps other
companies are taking in order to achieve enterprise resilience..

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Track 13

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SAP implementations, upgrades, and


enhancement packages
A comprehensive guide to building
a global deployment roadmap for
SAP ERP Financials at your
organization
B.J. Still, Accenture
Learn to develop a global deployment roadmap for SAP ERP Financials that not only
reduces project risks, but also addresses
key business challenges and data compliance requirements. Drill down into the major
elements of a global rollout, from project governance and data cleansing and migration to
architectural design, integration architecture,
and change management challenges. Find out
how these global activities will differ significantly from typical domestic projects. Get best
practices to manage your organizations integrated financial processes and applications
while meeting complex reporting requirements. Explore approaches to creating a global
template and data harmonization techniques
required to support the alignment of global
business processes with local business requirements. Take home a global SAP ERP Financials
delivery model decision matrix.

A sneak peek into planned


enhancements for the Web and
Microsoft Office clients of SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation 10.0
Chris Pauxtis, SAP
Find out what new functionality is available
in both the Web client version and the more
commonly used Microsoft Office client version
of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0. See firsthand what user-friendly
features have been added to create ad hoc
reports and input schedules. Examine new
functionality that allows you to authorize end
users to create master data on the fly in the
EPM add-in for Microsoft Office connected to
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10, version for SAP NetWeaver. Get tips
for building EPM add-in templates and sending data. Get key project considerations if you
are planning to upgrade from SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5. Take
home a detailed list of the new features for
both the Web and office client of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0.

Case study

Abiomeds project insights and


approaches for implementing SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation
Keith Cambra, Abiomed
Hear firsthand how Abiomed is using SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation to
lead the company toward financial excellence.
Understand the companys strategy for transforming its finance teams role from reporting
into that of a value-added business partner.
Hear firsthand what challenges the company
faced with implementing a business performance management solution and key lessons
to avoid those roadblocks, as well as minimize
the implementation time and cost. Learn how
Abiomed replaced Microsoft Excel as a mechanism for consolidated reporting in order to
reduce and eliminate the risk of errors as well
as the manual reentry of SAP data into Excel.
Step through examples of how Abiomed leverages this solution to reduce the time required
to prepare financial reports, and provide a
standardized and systematic monthly reporting package across entities. Get a sneak peek
at Abiomeds plans to expand its use of BPC
to increase reporting flexibility as the business
continues to grow.
Live demo

A comprehensive tour of the


functionality of SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and
Consolidation
Attend this product demo for a firsthand look
at the functionality available in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0. See
for yourself how this application can help to
streamline the planning, budgeting, and forecasting process and can enable a faster close.
Find out how this application is built and
designed to be owned and managed by business users.

Case study

From Microsoft to SAP NetWeaver


versions: Lessons from Lexmarks
BPC migration
JB Jenkins, Lexmark
Attend this session and learn how Lexmark
migrated from SAP BusinessObjects Planning
and Consolidation for Microsoft to the latest
version for the SAP NetWeaver platform. See
how the company implemented a solid platform that connects its business objectives to
its operational and financial metrics, helping
to better leverage the companys high volume
of data within its operational and financial
planning systems. Find out how migrating to
the SAP NetWeaver platform provided Lexmark with more specific functionality and data
management capabilities that expansively
improve planning processes in a multitude
of areas, including sales, operations, and specific cost centers such as fixed cost centers.
Leave this session equipped with a list of key
benefits Lexmark has realized using the SAP
NetWeaver platform, which includes enhanced
performance and better scalability of its SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation
application.

Techniques to get up and running


quickly with collections and dispute
functionality
Katharina Reichert, SAP AG
This session provides guidelines for leveraging rapid deployment solutions from SAP to
speed your implementation of SAP Collections and Dispute Management. Learn how to
quickly deploy important functionality such
as electronic customer billing, tracing and collecting of outstanding receivables, and related
workflows. Identify the system requirements
for using a rapid deployment approach. See
how rapid deployment compares to traditional
implementation approaches. Hear the benefits
that SAP focuses on with rapid deployment.

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Track 14

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Finance in the public sector

Case study

How the Pennsylvania State System


of Higher Education implemented a
virtual credit card payment process
Chris Bowling, Pennsylvania System of Higher
Education
Learn how the Pennsylvania State System of
Higher Education implemented a one-time
use credit card payment method in SAP. Hear
how the organization is now able to pay vendors more quickly while still taking advantage
of float terms and following established internal controls. Find out how it took advantage
of the added bonus of earning cash back on
purchases, which has effectively become a
new revenue stream. Examine the skill sets
the organization included on the project team
and the amount of time needed to implement
a one-time use credit card payment method.
Understand the process design considerations
and what configuration steps must be taken
to support this initiative. See the advantages
and disadvantages to consider when building
a business case for virtual, one-time use credit
card payments. Leave this session armed with
the knowledge to better decide whether or
not this initiative will benefit your own organization. Take home a flow chart of the PA State
System of Higher Educations one-time credit
card payment process that you can refer to or
adapt for your own project.

How to better manage and control


public funds using SAP Grants
Management
Monette McNicholas, EPI-USE
Learn how to ensure that your organization
secures grants and optimizes the use of the
funding afforded by grants. Identify what steps
need to be taken to deliver grants from the
grantor to the grantee using SAP Grants Management. Get tips to monitor and manage
the process of applying for grands, and monitor the funds flows to and from sponsors and
projects. Understand the different billing processes in SAP Grants Management and the
advantages and disadvantages of each. Find
out how to ensure that what is implemented
meets the needs of all critical parties, including
grantors, grant administrators, grant coordinators and internal and external auditors. Get tips
for addressing key grant billing issues including a lack of transparency in billing overheads,
billing that is not performed completely or in a
timely manner, and the inability to trace billing
back to resource usage. Review key integration
points between SAP Grants Management and
other functionality in your SAP system, including A/R, SAP General Ledger, and SAP Funding
Management.

Best practices for using an


advanced management costing
process along with budgeting in the
public sector
Tammy Fraley, Alta Via Consulting
Learn how to concurrently use SAP Funding Management with SAP controlling cost
management functionality to provide your
organization with a comprehensive picture of
not only the amount of funding it has received,
but also how much it is truly costing you to provide a service or product. Hear firsthand how
to utilize various SAP controlling advanced
costing functionalities to provide valuable
information to your CFO as well as to meet
the costing requirements noted in the Presidents Management Agenda. Understand how
SAP master data objects can be used to ensure
all funding information is captured within the
financial system. Receive some valuable lessons learned on how to unravel the accounting
string of legacy public sector accounting systems into separate objects that may then not
require smart coding for master data. Take
home a project timeline and team composition
that you can use to guide your organizations
implementation of new master data elements
and advanced costing functionality.

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Track 14: Finance in the public sector


Tips for using activity-based costing
for calculating the cost-to-serve for
the public sector
Tammy Fraley, Alta Via Consulting
Understanding the cost-to-serve in the public sector is critical when dealing with tight
margins, constrained resources, and budgetary reductions. Critical in public sector is the
ability to determine the cost-to-serve and
this requires a strategy beyond peanut butter
spreading. It must incorporate understanding
the real performance costs through an understanding of resource and activity drivers. Learn
how you can better understand and support
your service costs using activity-based and
resource-based costing concepts with the SAP
controlling module and other SAP tools. Get
a firsthand look at how to use activity-based
costing functionality to identify process inefficiencies that could be driving up costs, such
as the cost of technology and real estate and
the impact on the amount charged to provide
service to both internal and external customers. See how to improve individual processes
as well as entire process chains, including
resource allocations. Learn how to incorporate
change management strategies to move your
business from a transactional-based system
to a true decision making tool. Get a real life
example of how shared-support leaders can
get an understanding of the service they provide and the cost involved through standard
controlling functionality and advanced capabilities, such as templates.

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Customer discussion forum

Lessons from peers who have


overcome the toughest challenges
in public sector accounting
Engage in a lively discussion with peers from
the public sector and find out how they meet
unique accounting and finance challenges.
Get answers to questions such as: What are
the best ways to manage master data, alternative fiscal years, budgeting, and budget control
issues that are unique to public sector? What
SAP tools are available to help me streamline
these processes? What are some of the common trends in public sector cost management?
How do I ensure that my accounting processes
are transparent and meet regulatory requirements? What are the best ways to produce
the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
(CAFR) from my SAP system? What do the new
SAP enhancement packages offer to help me
with public sector accounting? Gain new ideas
and perspectives on how to construct a single
point of access for a diverse set of information
sources to meet your needs.

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Valuable take-home resources and demos


As a Financials 2012 attendee, you will receive take-home materials and online access
to every conference presentation, and expert guidelines and recommendations that will
expedite your activities throughout 2012 and into 2013.
All conference attendees will receive instructions prior to the event for joining Insider
Learning Network. Membership is free. By joining, you can access, download, or print
all the conference presentations and take-home resources.
ADDED BONUS! Join Insider Learning Network today and get free access to SAPinsider
and insiderPROFILES, as well as hundreds of independent articles, blogs, podcasts, and
conference groups where you can start networking with other conference attendees prior
to arriving in Las Vegas.
This list is just a sample of some of the invaluable take-home resources available to conference participants:

A demo on how to create profit center documents in SAP

General Ledger

A white paper that illustrates several design points when

client of SAP BusinessObjects 10.0

creating an end-to-end product cost model

better design SAP General Ledger to meet your tax


requirements

A chart of all inputs that impact MM postings

A step-by-step guide for activating goods receipt/invoice

Management cockpit

receipt (GR/IR) account user exits


Lists of configuration points and tables for the FI-SD interface

An article introducing the new depreciation calculation system

A complete audit checklist to ensure your GRC tools are


providing accuracy, compliance strength, and high ROI across
the organization

An SAP process evaluation toolkit to help identify where in your


money

Example of a configuration block containing the basic settings


for WBS structures

in SAP and how to recalculate asset values

own organization slow financial processes are costing you

Examples that illustrate budget reconciliation and a report to


analyze the gap between a budget and the plan

that are critical to the smooth transfer of data from SD to FI

A user guide for SAP functionality for collections management


as well as screenshots from the SAP Collections and Dispute

Sample user guides and demonstrations that will help you

A list of sample t-codes for optimizing order-to-cash that you


can employ at your own organization

A detailed list of the new features for both the Web and office

A summary of recent GRC study findings to find out how your


organization measures up

Examples of local currency and group currency financial


statements, including cash flow statements

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Educational and networking opportunities


More than 250 educational sessions and forums
Expand your skills and knowledge by learning from the top experts at SAP, independent consultants, and
your industry counterparts.
Jumpstart Day
Take advantage of comprehensive sessions to build skills and increase your financials IQ. Obtain best
practices and hear the latest product updates. Attend introductory sessions if you are new to SAP and SAP
BusinessObjects financial solutions.
Ask-the-Experts
Sit down one-on-one with the leading experts to ask questions and get detailed, authoritative answers.
Solutions Showcase
See demonstrations and hear directly from SAP and leading vendors about SAP Financials innovations and
their impact on SAP and SAP BusinessObjects applications.
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 reception
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.
Financialsexpert LIVE
This popular forum offers attendees the opportunity to meet leading authors from Financials Expert and
discuss topics from recent articles. Follow the framework of the article as the author guides you through
the most important parts. Youre not just a reader youre a participant.
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