Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday July 10, 2017

At these half-day ‘jump-start’ workshops, you will review functionalities, dive deeper into topics, get practical examples, take part in discussions, go through online demonstrations, and determine the business benefits of each application. Each workshop provides you with a unique opportunity to address challenges, discuss them with your peers, and gain valuable guidance from some of the most knowledgeable SAP experts.


Please note that you cannot switch between parallel workshops.

Workshop 1: Best Practices for P2P – Finance and Shared Services Leaders Strive for Process Excellence (09:30-12:30)

Procure to Pay (P2P) leaders need to benchmark their achievements today against their goals for tomorrow. The question to ask is, what does success look like beyond 2017? In this learning lab, we discuss the achievements, challenges, and best practices of leading Fortune 500 companies today so you can assess how your performance stands up in comparison. We identify shared-services trends and change management techniques that can take you further. Areas of focus are:   

  • Standardization and process efficiency 
  • Customer satisfaction 
  • Innovation 
  • Continuous improvement    


Workshop Facilitators: Ian Ronayne, SAP 

Workshop 2: Digital Shared Services with SAP S/4HANA® Finance (09:30-12:30)

Turn your finance operations and closing cycles into best-in-class global business services with the SAP S/4HANA® Finance solution and technology enablers from SAP.

This workshop provides you with an overview of how you can manage finance operations and closing related processes in a best-in-class global business service organization. Based on vivid examples, you'll get a chance to understand the value of the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution and related solutions from the shared-services perspective. Areas of focus are:


  • Process improvements in the closing cycle
  • Automation potential with goods receipt and invoice receipt (GR/IR) and intercompany reconciliation
  • Service excellence and automation with a shared-services framework
  • Customer use cases and benefits


Workshop Facilitators: Robin Bau, SAP; Christoph Ernst, SAP



Workshop 3: How to Design SAP® Shared Service Framework Software for Shared-Services Operations (09:30-12:30)

This workshop offers participants an overview of the groundwork and prerequisites necessary for implementing SAP® Shared Service Framework software. Using the example of a typical financial accounting organization, we explore these prerequisites and conditions, and discuss the actual experiences of workshop participants and SAP customers. By using real-world case studies of SAP customers, this interactive workshop gives you an in-depth understanding of the possible variations in design and implementation of SAP Shared Service Framework.


Key topics include:


  • Conditions and prerequisites for implementing SAP Shared Service Framework
  • Design variants and implementation approaches
  • How to set up SAP Shared Service Framework for end-to-end processes


Workshop Facilitators: Rainer Schwarz, SAP; Melanie Raible, SAP