Meet the Speakers!

Alan Amling

Vice President Corporate Strategy, UPS

The Brave New World of On-Demand Manufacturing

In this keynote, UPS’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy will separate the hype from reality…

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Marty Groover

Building Construction Products Operational Technology Leader, Caterpillar

Caterpillar’s Live Factory: Digitizing Business Outcomes

To compete in an e-commerce market, a fully integrated digital thread is required from the…

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Patrick Crampton-Thomas

Head of Digital Product & Asset Management, SAP (UK) Ltd.

Market Drivers & SAP Strategies for Digital Transformation in Logistics & Asset Operations

The digital economy is transforming the world we live in and its more important now…

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Markus Rosemann

Global Vice President for Digital Logistics, SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG

Market Drivers & SAP Strategies for Digital Transformation in Logistics & Asset Operations

The digital economy is transforming the world we live in and its more important now…

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Discussion Session: Gain Visibility & Control in the Logistics Network

Join this discussion session to explore SAP’s logistics networks offerings and where they have evolved…

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Mark Eaton

NBA All-Star, Guest Speaker

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

In this high-energy, insightful presentation, Mark Eaton will share how he rose from auto mechanic…

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The Four Commitments of a Winning: Action Planning Breakout Session

Now that you’ve heard the keynote, let’s get into action. With this interactive presentation, there’s…

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Jenti Vandertuig

Chief Procurement Officer, Santa Clara County

Leveraging Ariba to Make Procurement an Innovative Business Driver

Known as the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is home to Google, Apple…

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Ron Lloyd

Command Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and…

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Sam Sader

Commanding Officer Base Logistics Esquimalt, Royal Canadian Navy

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and…

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Latonya Powell

Office Chief, Business Enabling Applications, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NASA’s Journey to SAP Extended Procurement, Public Sector & Regulated Industries Extension

This session will detail the journey of the NASA Procurement community beginning with the implementation…

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Michael Bertolozzi

Procurement Operations & Materials Management, Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup’s Path to Inventory Optimization & Reductions: Mmm Mmm Sustainable!

Get an inside look at how Campbell Soup leveraged standard SAP technology to drive worldwide…

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Tim McLain

Senior Manager - Warehousing & Inventory, Incitec Pivot Limited

A Journey to S4/HANA: Focus on EAM & Materials Management Integration

Incitec Pivot Ltd (IPL) began the journey of moving onto the S4/HANA platform with two…

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Without Any Specific MRO Optimization Tools, How Do You Improve?

When you arrive at a company that has over $80 million in MRO inventory, has…

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Max Mendez

Assistant Director, Supply Chain - Inventory, Johns Hopkins University

Journey of a Cotton Ball: Inventory Management in a Health Care Environment

In this session, participants will learn how Johns Hopkins University has integrated different systems and…

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Rachel Stone

Supply Chain Supervisor, Marathon Oil

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset.…

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Daniel Tapia Nosedal

Manager, Center of Expertise-Logistics, Liverpool

Propelling Liverpool’s Omnichannel Expansion with SAP EWM

Since the 19th century, Liverpool has grown from a street market business to becoming the…

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Armando Tirado

VMI/JIT Procurement Manager, The Chamberlain Group

Digitization with SAP’s Supplier Network Collaboration

After the implementation of SAP, The Chamberlain Group (parent company to LiftMaster) was looking to…

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Amanda Edmond

Organizational Change Management Advisor, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Overcoming Implementation Challenges with Change Management & Stakeholder Engagement

Pembina Pipeline recognized the need for a single consolidated solution to provide visibility into maintenance…

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Kishore Billapati

Senior Manager, Engineering, Southern California Edison

Asset Management Program Implementation: Challenges & Successes

The electric utility industry is going through a transformation. To succeed, utilities need to calibrate…

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Bill King

Director, SCE Solution Management , SAP America, Inc.

Discussion Session: What’s the Future for SAP Transportation Management?

What are the options available for SAP Transportation Management (TM) and where are they going?…

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Sybil Wright

Business Systems Analyst, YETI Coolers

YETI’s Implementation of SAP S/4HANA & Shipping Logistics Automation in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

Join this session to learn how a high-profile manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products such as…

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David Norris

Principal Analyst, Marathon Oil

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset.…

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John Silas Jaichandran

Partner & SAP EWM Solution Architect, My Supply Chain Group, LLC

Clay Thomas

Principal, SCMO2

Cliff Williams

Corporate Maintenance Manager, ERCO Worldwide

Setting Up for Success

In his book 'Good to Great', Jim Collins tells us that the secret to success…

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Denise Powell

Manager, Supply Chain & Procurement, Vesta Partners, LLC

How to Succeed with Your Ariba/EAM Integration

SAP Work Order processes and procurement processes should co-exist without losing the benefits of any…

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Ellen DeVasto

Business Analyst, Monsanto Company

How Monsanto Archived 660,000+ Materials from SAP

Due to the proliferation of material master data, Monsanto was unable to run SAP standard…

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Rene Castaneda

Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Supervisor, Marathon Oil

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset.…

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Jennifer Valenzuela

upervisor, Gas Work Management SAP Solutions, PG&E

After the Consultants Leave: Support SAP Post-Project

At PG&E, the Mariner Initiative deployed several key projects between 2013 through 2016. This session…

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George Grix

IT Consulting Application Engineer , Steelcase Inc

SAP Transportation Management: A Platform for the Future

Steelcase implemented SAP Transportation Management 9.2 in January 2016. The SAP Transportation Management system created…

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Jeff Smith

Business Analyst, Fairfax Water

Making Fairfax Water Great by Leveraging the SAP PM & MM Integration

Eight years after go-live, Fairfax Water realized, with new procurement leadership’s support, that they only…

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Kimberly Littman

Business System Analyst, W.C. Bradley

Ed Espinosa

Program Manager, CMMS, Puget Sound Energy

How to Identify & Manage “Critical” MRO Spare Parts

Spare parts management seems cumbersome to do considering what the purpose of a storeroom is.…

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Jonathan Nelson

Supply Chain Mobility Lead, Johns Manville Corporation

Leveraging Mobility to Bridge the Gap Between the ERP & Operating Environment

Johns Manville, a leading manufacturer of premium-quality building materials, implemented the inventory Mobile Inventory and…

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Kathryn Kirsch

Senior Specialist , GlobalFoundries

Visibility & Quality Control of Manufacturing Process Materials from Receipt to Use

When materials were ordered from logistics, GlobalFoundries identified a gap in the existing supply chain…

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Linda Bowers

Director, Strategic Markets, Loftware, Inc

Fishing for Efficiencies to Fulfill Large Retail Customer Requirements

Learn how Zebco, a division of W.C. Bradley, and leading marketer of fishing tackle and…

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Beth Dooley

Procurement Lead Buyer, Fairfax Water

Making Fairfax Water Great by Leveraging the SAP PM & MM Integration

Eight years after go-live, Fairfax Water realized, with new procurement leadership’s support, that they only…

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Martin Rowan

Senior Partner, Reveal, Inc.

Transform Your Existing SAP Supply Chain into a World-Class Value Chain

The current digital wave is an indication of how fast the market can change direction…

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Deep Dive: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Supply Chain Optimization & Preparing for SAP S/4

What do you do when your supply chain world is turned upside down, like Arthur…

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Michael Moore

Senior Manager, Application Technical Architect, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NASA’s Journey to SAP Extended Procurement, Public Sector & Regulated Industries Extension

This session will detail the journey of the NASA Procurement community beginning with the implementation…

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Mike Madaus

Business Analyst, Monsanto Company

How Monsanto Archived 660,000+ Materials from SAP

Due to the proliferation of material master data, Monsanto was unable to run SAP standard…

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Ocal Yilmaz

Global MDM Leader, Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend’s Journey to Better Master Data Governance

Learn the process taken by the master data team at Ascend Performance Materials to get…

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Richard Kirker

Solution Owner, SAP America, Inc.

Discussion Session: What’s Ahead for EWM?

What are SAP’s warehouse management offerings and where are they going? This discussion session will…

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Rocky Wagendorf

Business Systems Technology Manger, United Sugars Corporation

United Sugars Scores Second Round Knockout with SAP TM 9.3 on HANA Implementation

Punching out a native Transportation Management Solution that had been groomed over 20 years was…

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Thomas Mathieu

Lead Business Solution Architect, Lennox International Incorporated

Smooth Intro: Activating the SAP IBP Transition at Lennox

Learn how Lennox International successfully started its journey transforming their supply chain planning function to…

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Timothy Gibel

Analytics Program Manager, Royal Canadian Navy

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and…

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Tyler Roorda

Business Process Owner, Woodgrain Millwork Inc.

How Woodgrain Millwork Optimizes Its Private Fleet & External Carriers with SAP TM

Maximize return on your transportation spend. Streamline freight management, tendering and invoice and dispute management…

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Tanya Doyle

Principal, Asset Work Management , Pacific Gas & Electric

Materials Traceability: Building on Success to Enable the Future

With a changing industry and new regulations looming, PG&E set out to expand the Gas…

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Dan Quinn

Manager, Supply Chain Planning, Pacific Gas & Electric

Materials Traceability: Building on Success to Enable the Future

With a changing industry and new regulations looming, PG&E set out to expand the Gas…

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Arik Simonsen

Senior Manager Data Governance, Gerdau Long Steel

SAP-Master Data Governance (MDG) for MRO Materials: An Unfinished Success Story

To manage MRO materials, Gerdau Long Steel had manual processes and paper approvals.  In a…

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The Brave New World of On-Demand Manufacturing

In this keynote, UPS’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy will separate the hype from reality on the current state of 3D printing. Hear how this game-changing technology is leading real-world applications and transforming supply change management by reducing spare parts inventory and creating on-demand production capabilities by leveraging the global logistics networks. Both the speed bumps and accelerators of 3D printing will be discussed as companies pave a path to lower inventories, more efficient production and meeting the needs of the “I want what I want, when I want it” consumer.

Caterpillar’s Live Factory: Digitizing Business Outcomes

To compete in an e-commerce market, a fully integrated digital thread is required from the customer through the industrial complex to the digital supply network. Caterpillar’s enterprise goal was to propel the business past incremental improvements with digital transformation, solving their common manufacturing issues while reducing process and product variation. They took on a Live Factory project which include Predictive Maintenance, RFID tracking, vehicle insights, live digital manufacturing insights, integration and intelligence. Additionally, they deployed a Digital Boardroom to create a live link between strategic planning and the tactical and operational day-to-day.

Hear how this capability has given Caterpillar a competitive advantage by:


  • Digitizing their factories and allowing for an increase in market share and overall economic value

  • Creating a fully integrated digital stream from the customer to the supply network

  • Using their Athens facility as pilot, they could roll out in other factories in six short months

  • Implementing six IIoT projects at the core

Market Drivers & SAP Strategies for Digital Transformation in Logistics & Asset Operations

The digital economy is transforming the world we live in and its more important now than ever for asset management and logistic teams to work together to create a digitized operation environment. Join us to hear how major industry trends like customer centricity, distributed manufacturing and a network economy are driving the opportunity for digital transformation and how SAP is innovating to meet this ever-changing environment. Join SAP’s Vice President of Digital Logistics & Order Fulfillment and Head of Digital Product & Asset Management as they share ways to leverage SAP in areas such as S/4HANA, Cloud, Leonardo, Networks and ‘digital twins’. This keynote will provide key insights to take your logistics and asset management teams to the next level.

Market Drivers & SAP Strategies for Digital Transformation in Logistics & Asset Operations

The digital economy is transforming the world we live in and its more important now than ever for asset management and logistic teams to work together to create a digitized operation environment. Join us to hear how major industry trends like customer centricity, distributed manufacturing and a network economy are driving the opportunity for digital transformation and how SAP is innovating to meet this ever-changing environment. Join SAP’s Vice President of Digital Logistics & Order Fulfillment and Head of Digital Product & Asset Management as they share ways to leverage SAP in areas such as S/4HANA, Cloud, Leonardo, Networks and ‘digital twins’. This keynote will provide key insights to take your logistics and asset management teams to the next level.

Discussion Session: Gain Visibility & Control in the Logistics Network

Join this discussion session to explore SAP’s logistics networks offerings and where they have evolved to. This presentation will offer an overview of how SAP Logistics Network solutions lower the cost of supply chain logistics and improve end customer service by connecting participants of the logistics network, applying the Internet of Things and optimizing yard management. We will discuss how to gain visibility into the location and condition of goods and assets along the entire supply chain, as well as how to connect logistics network participants, collaborate in real-time and manage yard activities efficiently. Finally, we will explore the connection of the logistics network to the Internet of Things allows to gain vehicle insights, by collecting, mapping, storing and analyzing vehicle and equipment sensors through real-time data.

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

In this high-energy, insightful presentation, Mark Eaton will share how he rose from auto mechanic to NBA All-Star and, after 12 amazing years with the Utah Jazz, reinvented himself and became a business leader, entrepreneur, radio and TV personality and subject of a soon-to-be released film.

Join this keynote to experience the excitement and drama of how he challenged himself, his beliefs and found the courage to keep going and achieve success beyond anything he thought possible. Get the inside story on what it takes to win, and discover how to turn your people into top performers by applying the concepts that create sports superstars to the world of business. Takeaway proven strategies and powerful, actionable ideas you can use immediately to create breakthroughs in your workplace and inspire your team to start playing a bigger game.

Imagine the value as you discover:


  • What it takes to consistently play at the top of your game

  • How to build the trust and loyalty

  • The secret to establishing an inspiring, energizing and harmonious work environment


This is a must-attend to learn how to attain your highest leadership goals, maximize your team’s potential and develop a game plan to turn every member of your organization into a peak-performer!

The Four Commitments of a Winning: Action Planning Breakout Session

Now that you’ve heard the keynote, let’s get into action. With this interactive presentation, there’s no need to wait until it’s over. This dynamic breakout session will ramp up the action, outcomes and energy! Your group will craft dynamic action plans right on the spot that will:


  • Illicit extraordinary commitment day after day

  • Create a collaborative and innovative organization

  • Eliminate conflict and internal competition in the workplace

  • Infuse your team with the energy necessary to produce outstanding outcomes


Your team will return to work empowered by commitments and strategies they can implement immediately to achieve their most important goals.

Leveraging Ariba to Make Procurement an Innovative Business Driver

Known as the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is home to Google, Apple and Intel and is the sixth largest county in the state of California. With a passion for improvement, the County of Santa Clara looked to find an e-procurement solution that could easily integrate and support the management of $2.5 to 3 billion of procurement spend by the County each year. With over 100M sheets of paper being used each year the County knew that it was time for a massive transformation using strategic technology that would be embraced by the government. After implementing Ariba, the County of Santa Clara has seen cycle times reduced from one to four weeks down to 95% of transactions being handled same day. Average contract signing time has changed from five weeks to less than five hours. Learn how County of Santa Clara implemented Ariba successfully by getting executive support, collaborating with IT and being a partner with finance. Learn important ‘refresh management’ techniques from County of Santa Clara to achieve results with Ariba that can make procurement a strategic part of business.

 

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and integrating core business processes to utilizing analytics to drive performance improvements at all levels. The RCN utilizes SAP aboard ships at sea around the world, in second line maintenance facilities and throughout the supply chain. This keynote will focus on the imperative to maximize readiness and steward resources with a focus on the opportunities in logistics and asset management. In addition to learning about the challenges of supporting global operations above and below the water, you will hear firsthand how the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy set conditions for innovation to occur and charted a course for change.

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and integrating core business processes to utilizing analytics to drive performance improvements at all levels. The RCN utilizes SAP aboard ships at sea around the world, in second line maintenance facilities and throughout the supply chain. This keynote will focus on the imperative to maximize readiness and steward resources with a focus on the opportunities in logistics and asset management. In addition to learning about the challenges of supporting global operations above and below the water, you will hear firsthand how the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy set conditions for innovation to occur and charted a course for change.

NASA’s Journey to SAP Extended Procurement, Public Sector & Regulated Industries Extension

This session will detail the journey of the NASA Procurement community beginning with the implementation of SAP Financials in 2002 followed by the implementation of a seamless integration between financials and contract writing using SAP Extended Procurement on HANA. Learn about the SAP Extended Procurement on SAP HANA architecture, security and the benefits that drove NASA to take the plunge. Hear the challenges, best practices and lessons learned throughout the project implementation, go-live and operation. NASA will also discuss the vision for the future including operational efficiency and additional functionality.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Lessons learned from design, development, go-live and stabilization of the first SAP Extended Procurement implementation on HANA

  • Seamless integration between NASA financials and contract writing

  • Enhanced access management and infrastructure security through the elimination of non-standard applications

Campbell Soup’s Path to Inventory Optimization & Reductions: Mmm Mmm Sustainable!

Get an inside look at how Campbell Soup leveraged standard SAP technology to drive worldwide change in its core planning and supply chain processes to achieve stability, inventory turns and organizational capability. Hear how Campbell Soup tackled the transformation challenge to achieve significant benefits including:


  • Standardization across its global supply chain utilizing one system of record, eliminating silos, reducing volatility and increasing stability

  • Development of a governance structure that drove discipline, data integrity and exception management into the supply chain

  • Maximized standard SAP as a catalyst to drive operational KPI’s and new behaviors into the user community


Key Business Results:

  • Optimized 100% of the active materials

  • Increased Turns by 38%

  • Reduced Inventory Average by 39%

  • Reduced negative days of supply by 98%

  • Reduced process inefficiency (MRP exceptions) by 95%

A Journey to S4/HANA: Focus on EAM & Materials Management Integration

Incitec Pivot Ltd (IPL) began the journey of moving onto the S4/HANA platform with two separate instances of ECC6 and merging them onto one instance of S4/HANA. IPL has been on SAP for 22 years with varying levels of use and few standard processes. Join this presentation to hear the learnings and insights of IPL’s journey with a specific focus on EAM and materials management. This session will provide knowledge sharing and lessons learned in the project thus far. Go-live date is estimated for March 2019.

Without Any Specific MRO Optimization Tools, How Do You Improve?

When you arrive at a company that has over $80 million in MRO inventory, has been on SAP for 20 years and never did any more than use safety stock as a re-order point… where do you begin? The answer is simple yet complicated. To start, you need to fully unpack the need and understanding of this problem by the executive team. Once you have this (and their support), turn around and go straight to the very beginning.

This session will explain how to build a program to optimize your MRO materials when the only tool that you have is SAP (which is a good start, but not enough). This includes the development of a stocking strategy, master data definition, demand management, MRP exception message management and supply continuity. This session will help you understand and utilize the SAP tool and clarify your needs moving forward.

Journey of a Cotton Ball: Inventory Management in a Health Care Environment

In this session, participants will learn how Johns Hopkins University has integrated different systems and crafted solutions for inventory control management. This integration and enhanced management has optimized processes, making them more efficient and less labor intensive, while also yielding valuable information for informed business decisions.

In a health care environment, as in retail, inventory management is challenged by the need to deliver supplies to different venues in different ways. Some of those venues include point of use systems (such as Pyxis or Par Excellence) and core areas (closet type locations) where supplies are replenished for final consumption at the patient’s bed side. Surgical areas add another layer of complexity because supplies are provided by case-carts, in accordance with each doctor’s preferences. This case-carts information is hosted by a different system that documents both supplies utilization and patient billing.

The solutions developed by the Johns Hopkins teams include not just the integration of different systems such as these and automatization of processes, but also ensure that the data flow across those systems is accurate for accounting, inventory management, purchasing decisions and patient billing.

Johns Hopkins will present various inventory processes and integrations, automations and reporting, and provide lessons learned from our successful implementation and control of Inventory Management in SAP.

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset. By late 2016, lack of material visibility was becoming a major hindrance causing schedules to be missed, materials to be ‘lost’ and costs incorrectly attributed. Marathon Oil began by setting a strategic vision for Materials Management (MM) and PM integration: “Base”, “Value Enhancement” and “Gold Standard” levels of functionality were defined, forming a template for future rollouts into other assets.

Challenges included major storage constraints, reuse of materials, ad hoc “walk-ins” and both variable and dynamic work schedules. The challenges called for some innovative solutions, utilizing both standard and custom functionality. Key learnings include the need to have a comprehensive material catalogue at the outset, along with purchasing agreements, the importance of quickly turning around new material masters, attention to stakeholder issues and the importance of having a strategy and clarity of purpose.

This presentation will cover Marathon Oil’s journey along three paths - Maintenance, Supply Chain and SAP Support. Learn how in each area we addressed strategy, challenges and solutions and how you can apply these practices at your organization.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improvement in planned maintenance schedule compliance

  • Control and accountability over material spend

  • Enhanced budgeting capability

Propelling Liverpool’s Omnichannel Expansion with SAP EWM

Since the 19th century, Liverpool has grown from a street market business to becoming the first department store in Mexico in the 1930s. Both by organic growth, as well as acquisitions, Liverpool is now the leading department and fashion store retailer in Mexico. Such growth has demanded a reliable, robust and highly scalable IT platform based mostly on SAP applications. Starting with SAP R/3 on 2000, Liverpool has gradually incorporated more SAP applications, and in 2010 the aging warehouse management system was replaced with SAP EWM. Along with the EWM implementation for two national distribution centers, 40 regional depots and one central warehouse for replenishment and e-commerce, Liverpool also simultaneously achieved process standardization, inventory reliability, automation infrastructure, and a scalable logistics platform.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Integrated inventory and logistics execution data

  • Scalable platform for future growth and process enhancement

  • Leverage existing IT support capabilities

Digitization with SAP’s Supplier Network Collaboration

After the implementation of SAP, The Chamberlain Group (parent company to LiftMaster) was looking to enhance their 3PL program, VMI and JIT. They were seeking a way to improve communication with suppliers and digitize purchasing processes. Hundreds of invoices were on hold causing credit holds and supply problems forcing buyers to work extensive hours and weekends. Leveraging the Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC), The Chamberlain Group improved the VMI, JIT and Kanban programs, making them more effective and streamlining collaboration with suppliers. It was easier to implement ERS invoicing and therefore digitizing over 60% of invoices. This resulted in decreased inventory levels and enhanced supply chain visibility. The purchasing team morale has greatly improved and workload has been reduced to normal working hours and never on the weekends.

Overcoming Implementation Challenges with Change Management & Stakeholder Engagement

Pembina Pipeline recognized the need for a single consolidated solution to provide visibility into maintenance activities and inventory, and standardize reportable data. But what Pembina did differently was involving their end users in field locations from the initial roll out in 2015 and continually throughout the project. After each site’s implementation, the project evolved based on what was learned and then best practices were put into practice for the next site. Pembina also established a network of super users–employees who showed a keen interest in SAP, the process and overall change–who supported the implementations. These super users were utilized to deliver kick-offs and training at implementing sites. As a result, all sites have had a tremendous user adoption success rate of over 80%.

Join this session to learn how Pembina generated high adoption success by creating a cultural shift in their organization. By creating a community of super users, Pembina encouraged organizational health, success and long-term sustainability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Active listening, asking clarifying question and building an understanding of the current state provided a basis for the overall impact and value of changes

  • Building a customized implementation plan was key to closing the gap between current and future state

  • Engage key stakeholders early and involve them in the change and sustainment

Asset Management Program Implementation: Challenges & Successes

The electric utility industry is going through a transformation. To succeed, utilities need to calibrate their business models. There is growing evidence that shows many asset intensive organizations have benefitted from an asset management program. Southern California Edison (SCE) has responded and embarked on its journey to implement an asset management program for its generation fleet. It is not uncommon for an electric utility company to encounter challenges during such a demanding endeavor and SCE is no exception.

Hear SCE share their successes and challenges in the implementation journey so far. This session will cover the various strategies SCE adopted to successfully overcome challenges via change management, organizational restructuring, course correction and other tactics, to ensure not only a successful implementation of an asset management program but one that is geared towards tangible near-term results.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Centralized decision making on major spending

  • Visibility on asset health issues and collaborative decision making around solutions

  • Consistent condition monitoring practices and health assessment

Discussion Session: What’s the Future for SAP Transportation Management?

What are the options available for SAP Transportation Management (TM) and where are they going? This discussion session will offer an overview of TM including the latest major enhancements and how the solution forms the basis for shipping in S/4HANA and beyond. We will conclude with how new technologies and IoT are changing transportation of the future.

YETI’s Implementation of SAP S/4HANA & Shipping Logistics Automation in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

Join this session to learn how a high-profile manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products such as ice chests, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware and soft coolers implemented SAP S/4 HANA in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Hear how they eliminated manual processes, enabled real-time integration with shipping carriers using web services and provided logistics accuracy through use of SAP functionality and certified SAP solutions. These improvements all reduced distribution times, improved freight management and enhanced end-user communication and experience.

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset. By late 2016, lack of material visibility was becoming a major hindrance causing schedules to be missed, materials to be ‘lost’ and costs incorrectly attributed. Marathon Oil began by setting a strategic vision for Materials Management (MM) and PM integration: “Base”, “Value Enhancement” and “Gold Standard” levels of functionality were defined, forming a template for future rollouts into other assets.

Challenges included major storage constraints, reuse of materials, ad hoc “walk-ins” and both variable and dynamic work schedules. The challenges called for some innovative solutions, utilizing both standard and custom functionality. Key learnings include the need to have a comprehensive material catalogue at the outset, along with purchasing agreements, the importance of quickly turning around new material masters, attention to stakeholder issues and the importance of having a strategy and clarity of purpose.

This presentation will cover Marathon Oil’s journey along three paths - Maintenance, Supply Chain and SAP Support. Learn how in each area we addressed strategy, challenges and solutions and how you can apply these practices at your organization.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improvement in planned maintenance schedule compliance

  • Control and accountability over material spend

  • Enhanced budgeting capability

Setting Up for Success

In his book 'Good to Great', Jim Collins tells us that the secret to success is to have the right people in the right seats on the right bus. Does your organization actually achieve that? What are some reasons why this is hard to achieve? Perhaps the biggest reason we don’t succeed is simply because we don’t know what the ‘right people’ look like. This keynote will explore how we normally determine if the people are right based on what we expect them to do as it compares to their skill sets. For example, why is it that so many College Quarterbacks or Junior A hockey players fail to make the big time and play in the NFL or NHL?

We will look at why many people who are put in the role of maintenance and reliability leaders continue to struggle even though they seem well suited for the job but turn out to be the wrong people in the right seats. After exploring why this happens, we will discover what it is exactly that these leaders need to do, know and understand in order to succeed. This presentation will change how you approach filling the vacancies within your organization. Join We promise you will listen, learn and laugh!

How to Succeed with Your Ariba/EAM Integration

SAP Work Order processes and procurement processes should co-exist without losing the benefits of any system tools implemented. Integration of EAM ECC/S4HANA functionality and Ariba greatly enhances the benefits to our EAM customers without losing Ariba’s benefits to the overall Supply Chain. SAP ECC/S4 HANA customers can integrate their system with Ariba Network with over 4,000 integration points. When customers desire to manage their EAM and MRP process within SAP Core while also benefiting from the collaboration capabilities and efficiency gains that the Ariba Network can provide, we can share some critical integration opportunities.

Ariba/EAM Integration is key in providing critical transactional data that includes information about requisitions, purchase orders, invoices, receipts, and status of these transactional data objects. Integration of transactional data is transferred to-from the Ariba Procurement Solution to SAP ERP/S4 Core.

Approach to integration starts with the following customer-centric integration goals:


  • Protect and leverage customer’s SAP investments

  • Minimize overall integration costs

  • Deliver a best-in-class, seamlessly integrated procurement business process

  • Align with SAP’s strategy, assuring that today’s investments will continue to deliver value to customers for years to come

How Monsanto Archived 660,000+ Materials from SAP

Due to the proliferation of material master data, Monsanto was unable to run SAP standard costing. Business processes were designed to create and extend materials for all possible scenarios and plant locations in SAP. This was driven by the growing cycle for seeds and changing market conditions, which made predicting demand challenging. Reducing the number of materials in SAP was driven by a global project to standardize costing. Monsanto partnered with NTT Data to implement a two-phase archiving approach. Phase One involved a detailed analysis of the data objects preventing archiving of materials and the implementation of corresponding archiving processes. Phase Two identified and archived material data created, but never used. This approach enabled the implementation of a global standard costing process, created a starting point for Monsanto to revise the material creation/extension process, and started the development of a material master lifecycle in SAP.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Implemented SAP standard functionality for product costing, including material ledger, generating an estimated $5-7 million in value for Monsanto

  • Improved overall performance of costing transactions by 10%-15%

  • Reduced and simplified the material landscape at Monsanto by eliminating 660,000+ materials and 45 million plant extensions (a 50-55% reduction).

Marathon Oil’s Strategic Approach to Materials Management & Plant Maintenance Integration

Marathon Oil implemented SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) five years ago at the Eagle Ford asset. By late 2016, lack of material visibility was becoming a major hindrance causing schedules to be missed, materials to be ‘lost’ and costs incorrectly attributed. Marathon Oil began by setting a strategic vision for Materials Management (MM) and PM integration: “Base”, “Value Enhancement” and “Gold Standard” levels of functionality were defined, forming a template for future rollouts into other assets.

Challenges included major storage constraints, reuse of materials, ad hoc “walk-ins” and both variable and dynamic work schedules. The challenges called for some innovative solutions, utilizing both standard and custom functionality. Key learnings include the need to have a comprehensive material catalogue at the outset, along with purchasing agreements, the importance of quickly turning around new material masters, attention to stakeholder issues and the importance of having a strategy and clarity of purpose.

This presentation will cover Marathon Oil’s journey along three paths - Maintenance, Supply Chain and SAP Support. Learn how in each area we addressed strategy, challenges and solutions and how you can apply these practices at your organization.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improvement in planned maintenance schedule compliance

  • Control and accountability over material spend

  • Enhanced budgeting capability

After the Consultants Leave: Support SAP Post-Project

At PG&E, the Mariner Initiative deployed several key projects between 2013 through 2016. This session tells the story of what happens after the implementation and how SAP functions on a daily basis. PG&E’s Supervisor of Gas Work Management for SAP Solutions will illustrate how they engaged users and drove enthusiasm for evolving from the Stone Age to The Jetson’s Era.

This session will showcase PG&E’s ability to develop business driven user support as well as governance around managing ongoing system change requests. Hear how they built a unique and talented team to bridge the gap between technology and the business, resulting in a dependable partnership that benefited the entire organization. The users’ interactive support created for the best use of the system and helped keep up with the ever-changing requirements and regulations that PG&E is often faced with.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Strategic user adoption

  • Financial benefits realization by optimal use of the system

  • One strategy for driving business and technology forward

SAP Transportation Management: A Platform for the Future

Steelcase implemented SAP Transportation Management 9.2 in January 2016. The SAP Transportation Management system created a platform to improve service for our customers and better control of inbound transportation while also reducing transportation costs. This session will cover the key role that the SAP Transportation Management system plays in managing Steelcase’s logistics processes. Key tracking and data gathering applications will be featured to demonstrate the power of bringing sensor information into SAP to deliver insight and business value.

Making Fairfax Water Great by Leveraging the SAP PM & MM Integration

Eight years after go-live, Fairfax Water realized, with new procurement leadership’s support, that they only scratched the surface when it came to utilizing the integration between SAP Materials Management and Plant Maintenance. Fairfax Water began to make use of contracts, auto purchase orders and online catalog interfaces in SAP to make their system work for them. This led to a more efficient, transparent and streamlined system which also achieved an improved end user experience. As with most companywide changes, there were road blocks and obstacles from employees that are worried about what the future holds for them.

Key Takeaways:


  • The business must drive change by building relationships and solving business process challenges – let the system work for your environment

  • Use standard SAP functionality to improve the procurement process and relationship with each area of the business

  • Key insights for managing change through implementations

How to Identify & Manage “Critical” MRO Spare Parts

Spare parts management seems cumbersome to do considering what the purpose of a storeroom is. The storekeeper faces challenges supporting the O&M staff, especially if the storekeeper is a shared asset amongst multiple storerooms. What parts must be kept on the shelf? And what is the business justification of keeping certain spare parts on the shelf while others can be relegated to a less important status? Having spare parts on the shelf at the ready is an insurance policy. Identifying “critical” spare parts requires applying a methodical evaluation process focusing on an agreed upon criticality criteria. Is a spare part used during preventive or corrective maintenance on critical equipment itself critical? Which transaction codes do we have at our disposal to gather information on and manage spare parts usage? What storeroom KPI’s are available to help make the determination that our storeroom is efficient and effective or in other words…right sized?

Join this session to learn how to identify critical equipment, reduce MRO stores carrying costs and better support O&M organizations' reliability projects.

Leveraging Mobility to Bridge the Gap Between the ERP & Operating Environment

Johns Manville, a leading manufacturer of premium-quality building materials, implemented the inventory Mobile Inventory and Warehouse management solution to support operational efficiencies throughout its manufacturing facilities and storerooms. Since implementing the solution, the benefits realized include the elimination of transactional errors, reduction in cycle counting times by 50%, and a positive shift of resources from time spent in the back-office to time spent in the operating environment. Join this session to learn the best practices in opportunity identification, solution innovation and driving the sustained adoption of mobile toolsets to improve employee productivity and take cost out of your operations.

Visibility & Quality Control of Manufacturing Process Materials from Receipt to Use

When materials were ordered from logistics, GlobalFoundries identified a gap in the existing supply chain process as material was no longer visible once issued out of the warehouse. Inventory, within the 12 facilities, was not known until manually audited for quantities and expiration dates. SAP Material Change Management (MCM) allows the transfer of material from the warehouse to the staging locations which are visible via a Fiori app. Once MCM was implemented, the material is now able to be scanned onto the point of connection and validated against the quality status and expiration date of the material’s batch. Once a successful scan is complete, the material is issued out of the storage location which triggers an automatic replenishment to logistics if the quantity falls below the min/max established for said material. Since the material is scanned onto the point of connection for distribution, GlobalFoundries now has detailed reporting on all currently-connected and historically-connected materials. Additionally, automatic 90-day expiration reports have been set up and are emailed daily to show the expiration date for material connected to distribution systems; allowing a proactive approach towards escalation and disposition nearing its approved shelf life. Since the implementation of MCM, the on-site supply chain is now visible from receipt to connection and has significantly reduced resources required to manually perform room walks for material replenishment and expiration and has greatly improved forecasting and purchasing processes.

Fishing for Efficiencies to Fulfill Large Retail Customer Requirements

Learn how Zebco, a division of W.C. Bradley, and leading marketer of fishing tackle and outdoor gear, optimized their distribution and fulfillment processes to meet specific large retail customer requirements, while expanding channels from traditional B2B to eCommerce. In this session, Zebco will share how they leverage SAP EWM 9.5 with Loftware Enterprise Labeling to meet their customer compliance demands.  Hear how they have refined their warehouse distribution and fulfillment operations, while gaining efficiencies, order accuracy and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Making Fairfax Water Great by Leveraging the SAP PM & MM Integration

Eight years after go-live, Fairfax Water realized, with new procurement leadership’s support, that they only scratched the surface when it came to utilizing the integration between SAP Materials Management and Plant Maintenance. Fairfax Water began to make use of contracts, auto purchase orders and online catalog interfaces in SAP to make their system work for them. This led to a more efficient, transparent and streamlined system which also achieved an improved end user experience. As with most companywide changes, there were road blocks and obstacles from employees that are worried about what the future holds for them.

Key Takeaways:


  • The business must drive change by building relationships and solving business process challenges – let the system work for your environment

  • Use standard SAP functionality to improve the procurement process and relationship with each area of the business

  • Key insights for managing change through implementations

Transform Your Existing SAP Supply Chain into a World-Class Value Chain

The current digital wave is an indication of how fast the market can change direction and leave many companies unprepared. Most supply chains are not geared for these radical changes, and most companies are finding that huge efforts are required within current supply chain design to cope with the market changes and new market demands. This unique workshop offers proven guidelines to reduce purchasing spend, optimize inventory, increase production capacity, improve supplier performance, reduce lead-times and increase services levels. Learn how to identify practical and tangible value opportunities quickly, with tactical techniques and tools that can ensure ROI within 6-12 months.

Workshop Breakdown:


  1. What it will take to become a world-class supply chain

  2. Preparing and building the corner stones for an optimized supply chain

  3. Sustaining the results with an organizational governance structure and metrics

Deep Dive: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Supply Chain Optimization & Preparing for SAP S/4

What do you do when your supply chain world is turned upside down, like Arthur Dents (Hitchiker Guide to the Galaxy) life? Visualizing your supply chain to make the right decisions that drive value in your organization. World class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end costs. Building a competitive edge in supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline. Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+. Learn the nine decisions that you need to make after you make the first but most important decision to optimize your supply.

Key Takeaways:


  • Alignment between demand, MRP and supply operations will significantly improve product delivery

  • Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed

  • Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain

  • Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization

  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data

NASA’s Journey to SAP Extended Procurement, Public Sector & Regulated Industries Extension

This session will detail the journey of the NASA Procurement community beginning with the implementation of SAP Financials in 2002 followed by the implementation of a seamless integration between financials and contract writing using SAP Extended Procurement on HANA. Learn about the SAP Extended Procurement on SAP HANA architecture, security and the benefits that drove NASA to take the plunge. Hear the challenges, best practices and lessons learned throughout the project implementation, go-live and operation. NASA will also discuss the vision for the future including operational efficiency and additional functionality.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Lessons learned from design, development, go-live and stabilization of the first SAP Extended Procurement implementation on HANA

  • Seamless integration between NASA financials and contract writing

  • Enhanced access management and infrastructure security through the elimination of non-standard applications

How Monsanto Archived 660,000+ Materials from SAP

Due to the proliferation of material master data, Monsanto was unable to run SAP standard costing. Business processes were designed to create and extend materials for all possible scenarios and plant locations in SAP. This was driven by the growing cycle for seeds and changing market conditions, which made predicting demand challenging. Reducing the number of materials in SAP was driven by a global project to standardize costing. Monsanto partnered with NTT Data to implement a two-phase archiving approach. Phase One involved a detailed analysis of the data objects preventing archiving of materials and the implementation of corresponding archiving processes. Phase Two identified and archived material data created, but never used. This approach enabled the implementation of a global standard costing process, created a starting point for Monsanto to revise the material creation/extension process, and started the development of a material master lifecycle in SAP.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Implemented SAP standard functionality for product costing, including material ledger, generating an estimated $5-7 million in value for Monsanto

  • Improved overall performance of costing transactions by 10%-15%

  • Reduced and simplified the material landscape at Monsanto by eliminating 660,000+ materials and 45 million plant extensions (a 50-55% reduction).

Ascend’s Journey to Better Master Data Governance

Learn the process taken by the master data team at Ascend Performance Materials to get from sub-optimal legacy workflow system to a new material master creation process using Winshuttle Foundation. This session will cover how Ascend was able to create master data correctly the first time and avoid data quality issues and rework. Learn how they developed faster cycle time for master data set up and increase productivity across all Ascend functions. Now, they can generate more accurate enterprise wide reports with consistent master data and design an audit trail for change, approval tracking.

Ascend will also share the metrics and outline the benefits from rolling out their new master data governance solution. Key lessons learned include project planning with a specific proof-of-concept to understand foundation capabilities, planning for multiple end-user training sessions and developing early engagement with functional unit test.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improvement in material master creation life cycle

  • Improvement in data quality and a decrease in number of updates made to key attributes

  • Awareness about new 'data governance' organization and system

Discussion Session: What’s Ahead for EWM?

What are SAP’s warehouse management offerings and where are they going? This discussion session will offer an overview of how SAP warehouse management has evolved, what the major enhancements are offered by SAP Extended Warehouse Management and how the solution forms the basis for warehousing in S/4HANA and beyond. Additionally, SAP will provide an update on how new technologies and IoT are changing the warehouse of the future. Join this session to get all your warehousing concerns answered!

United Sugars Scores Second Round Knockout with SAP TM 9.3 on HANA Implementation

Punching out a native Transportation Management Solution that had been groomed over 20 years was no simple task, but with a solid team and proper blue-printing, United Sugars pulled it off in two strategic rounds. Rail freight and fleet management, along with full settlement and financials were taken on in the first round. After a brief and intended intermission, truck and ocean freight were knocked out in the second round. Months later and with a smooth-running instance of SAP TM, United Sugars now finds itself positioned favorably closer to its customers and vendors and is newly-enabled to take on opportunities in mobility. Learn how United Sugars leveraged SAP TM to bring all of its freight payables back in-house, simplify the invoicing process for its large base of rail and truck vendors and reduce settlement errors… all without any additional resources.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Implementation strategy when replacing legacy system

  • Simplified the invoicing process for transportation providers

  • Enabled for opportunities in mobility

Smooth Intro: Activating the SAP IBP Transition at Lennox

Learn how Lennox International successfully started its journey transforming their supply chain planning function to SAP IBP. Understand how initial efforts drove immediate business benefits and user buy-in by building a data model allowing users to replace spreadsheets and reports currently supporting their S&OP process with an automated IBP-so solution. This approach established a base from which to expand use of additional planning functions and collaboration capabilities. Join this session to learn lessons learned and tips to help you define your strategic shift away from traditional supply chain planning tools to the unified planning cloud platform that is SAP Integrated Business Planning.

 

A Voyage of Discovery: Global Logistics & Analytics in the Royal Canadian Navy

More than a fifteen-year journey, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has moved from digitizing and integrating core business processes to utilizing analytics to drive performance improvements at all levels. The RCN utilizes SAP aboard ships at sea around the world, in second line maintenance facilities and throughout the supply chain. This keynote will focus on the imperative to maximize readiness and steward resources with a focus on the opportunities in logistics and asset management. In addition to learning about the challenges of supporting global operations above and below the water, you will hear firsthand how the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy set conditions for innovation to occur and charted a course for change.

How Woodgrain Millwork Optimizes Its Private Fleet & External Carriers with SAP TM

Maximize return on your transportation spend. Streamline freight management, tendering and invoice and dispute management processes, and monitor and analyze shipment data with the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) application. See how SAP TM helped Woodgrain Millwork, a leading manufacturer of mill products, grow its business and trim costs, reducing freight spending by 15%. Woodgrain Millwork has created better visibility and achieved more timely decision-making to adjust as product moves through the external and internal supply chain. Learn how Woodgrain Millwork was able to better integrate between order entry and transportation planning via TM Sales Order Scheduling to increase service levels to customers.

Materials Traceability: Building on Success to Enable the Future

With a changing industry and new regulations looming, PG&E set out to expand the Gas Materials Traceability program and drive efficiency and affordability at the same time. How does a large utility with a big physical footprint do that? Teamwork.

Gas operations and supply chain partners worked together to reexamine and retool the already effective traceability process. Leveraging existing tools and a continuous improvement approach, PG&E is using a Hana cloud portal as a central hub for internal and external users, paving the way for new mobile access to materials data and enabling future mobile as-building efforts.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Puts PG&E ahead of the curve for upcoming proposed regulation changes on traceability for gas operators

  • Used lessons learned to streamline processes and minimize manual efforts

  • Increases transparency and availability of quality documentation for PG&E users

Materials Traceability: Building on Success to Enable the Future

With a changing industry and new regulations looming, PG&E set out to expand the Gas Materials Traceability program and drive efficiency and affordability at the same time. How does a large utility with a big physical footprint do that? Teamwork.

Gas operations and supply chain partners worked together to reexamine and retool the already effective traceability process. Leveraging existing tools and a continuous improvement approach, PG&E is using a Hana cloud portal as a central hub for internal and external users, paving the way for new mobile access to materials data and enabling future mobile as-building efforts.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Puts PG&E ahead of the curve for upcoming proposed regulation changes on traceability for gas operators

  • Used lessons learned to streamline processes and minimize manual efforts

  • Increases transparency and availability of quality documentation for PG&E users

SAP-Master Data Governance (MDG) for MRO Materials: An Unfinished Success Story

To manage MRO materials, Gerdau Long Steel had manual processes and paper approvals.  In a global wide effort to sync across countries, Gerdau Long Steel decided to implement SAP-Master Data Governance (SAP-MDG) and integrate their standardized classes and attributes. There is now one consolidated and centralized platform for MRO creation, updates, and deletions that incorporate approval reviews, including cost center owners.  Standard categories and functional requirements for maintenance are now wrapped into one SAP Master Data Governance system. Join this session to learn from Gerdau Long Steel how you can leverage SAP-MDG to gather insights at your organization and better run your business.