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Now in its 10th year!

For 10 consecutive years, the #1 ranked conference for professionals that use and support SAP systems for:

Controlling Financial accounting Planning and forecasting Order-to-cash Treasury management Fast closes Analytical reporting Consolidated reporting Profitability analyses Financial statements A/P and A/R Purchase-to-pay Profit center accounting Cost center accounting Product costing Revenue recognition Materials valuation Budgeting Project accounting Inter- and intra-company payments Payroll integration Regulatory compliance Asset accounting KPIs and performance benchmarks Cash management Performance management Public sector accounting Financial statements and reports

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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 SAP's growing portfolio of finance solutions. You will leave with a rich understanding of SAP's 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,

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Frederic Laluyaux

General Manager EPM, GRC and Finance Line of Business

Schedule

Jumpstart Day

Monday, March 12

7:30 am 9:00 am 12:00 pm 2:00 pm Registration opens Morning Jumpstart sessions Lunch Afternoon Jumpstart sessions Registration closes 11:45 am 1:15 pm 2:45 pm 4:15 pm 5:45 pm

Conference, March 13 ­ March 16

Tuesday, March 13

7:00 am 8:30 am 10:30 am Registration opens General assembly Educational sessions Lunch Educational sessions Educational sessions Educational sessions Welcome reception Ask-the-Experts 11:30 am 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14

7:30 am 8:30 am 10:15 am Registration opens Financials and GRC keynote Educational sessions Lunch Educational sessions Educational sessions Educational sessions Cocktail reception Ask-the-Experts

Thursday, March 15

7:30 am 8:30 am 10:15 am 11:45 am 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:15 pm Registration opens Educational sessions Educational sessions Educational sessions Lunch Educational sessions Educational sessions Sessions conclude

Friday, March 16

7:30 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:30 am 12:45 pm Registration opens Educational sessions Educational sessions Educational sessions Conference concludes

5:00 pm

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Overview

Jumpstart Day · Monday, March 12

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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. Track 2. Track 3. Track 4. Track 5. Track 6. Track 7. Track 8. Track 9.

Financial accounting (FI) Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting Strategies for high-performing, cost-effective finance organizations Fast closes and consolidations Planning, forecasting, and budgeting SAP General Ledger Financial reports, analyses and business intelligence Streamlining accounts payable Receivables, cash management, and treasury

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Track 10. Project systems and accounting Track 11. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Track 12. Audits, risk management, and compliance Track 13. SAP implementations, upgrades, and enhancement packages Track 14. Finance in the public sector

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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 SAP financials IQ. Obtain best practices and hear the latest product updates. Attend introductory sessions if you are new to SAP and SAP BusinessObjectsTM.

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. You're not just a reader -- you're a participant. Advance your career and keep your certification current. Earn 34 CPE credits by attending sessions offered at Financials 2012. No prerequisites or advanced preparation required.* The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) awards CPE credits in: Accounting Accounting (Government) Auditing Business Management and Organization Communications Management Advisory Services Personnel/HR

*Attendees must have a basic knowledge of an SAP system, and an understanding of the Financials function in an organization.

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

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Jumpstart Day

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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

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 five stages of an accelerated financial close What's 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 A detailed guide to more efficiently and accurately conduct costing and manage profitability A comprehensive guide to building and running shared services that support finance and HR 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

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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

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting 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. Learn how to implement little-known FI settings to vastly improve the format and usability of reports -- no custom programming required! Identify steps that can be taken to reduce the clutter in your cost estimate screens Get instruction for performing actual costing and periodend closings in the SAP material ledger with ease Pinpoint the best method to speed high-volume data processing such as creating cost estimates using product cost planning functionality 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 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 Compare and contrast different ways of customizing and accessing reports; for example, adding extra fields to certain standard customer, vendor, and fixed asset reports Gather techniques to simplify the creation of drilldown reports

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

Christian Mnich and Craig Himmelberger, SAP AG 9:00 am ­ 12:00 pm 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: Get tips to enable the straight-through processing of your banking, corporate treasury, and financial accounting processes Walk through the latest tools, enhancements, and functions, as well as infrastructure and architecture enhancements in SAP Treasury and Risk Management Learn how to generate comprehensive cash forecasts and plans using SAP Cash and Liquidity Management Find out how to employ a global in-house bank using SAP In-House Cash and a payment factory using SAP Bank Communication Management Gather ideas to set up your treasury applications to centrally monitor and track the status of payments, banking balances, and cash management activities 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 Hear the latest developments regarding payment format harmonization (CGI and ISO20022), along with advice to leverage treasury functionality to support these initiatives Get a sneak peek at the latest treasury innovations such as managing cash using SAP HANATM and utilizing the new SAP PayApprove application for the iPhone

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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

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. Gain a thorough overview of the functionality delivered with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for: ­ ­ ­ ­ Business planning Budgeting Forecasting Financial reporting and analysis

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

Stefan Karl, Pete Graham, and Elizabeth Milne, SAP

This unique three-hour session shows you how to effectively plan and execute five 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. Explore the five critical stages of an accelerated financial close, including: ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Financial Accounting Entity Close Corporate Close Reporting and Disclosure Financial Close Governance

Understand how SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation integrates with SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects BI Pinpoint the key differences between SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP NetWeaver BW functionality for integrated planning Step through real-world scenarios of how the application's use can lead to increased productivity, reduced budget cycle times, adaptation to changing business and market conditions, and improved statutory and regulatory reporting 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 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

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

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Jumpstart Day

Morning Sessions · 9:00 am ­ 12:00 pm

What's new with SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10.0 solutions

Bruce McCuaig and Erin Hughes, SAP

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The 2012 survival guide to security remediation in your SAP system

James Roeske, VanRiver Consulting 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: Understand key compliance principles and recommended business processes to maintain a safe, secure, and compliant SAP environment 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 Hear how the experts leverage enterprise role management functionality to build or improve standard rule sets, cross-system rules, and cross-platform rules 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 Acquire lessons from numerous real-world large and complex segregation of duties remediation projects 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

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. Examine the latest access control, process control, and risk management updates in release 10.0 Discover new ways to save money by minimizing the impact of risks, fraud, and errors Learn how to deploy continuous controls monitoring on a single technology platform See how SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions support the mobile user with targeted applications and increased use of offline forms Hear firsthand how to unify all SAP BusinessObjects Access Control capabilities on a standardized ABAPTM platform, offering enterprise supportability, granular security, transport, and archiving Get tips for simplifying the provisioning process using SAP Business Workflow technology and to support more flexible and tailored access requests and approver views Learn how to put a content life cycle management approach into practice that will enable easier data upload, deployment, and management

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Jumpstart Day

Afternoon Sessions · 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm

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

Scott Cairncross and David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises 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. Gain a thorough overview of the functionality delivered with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for: ­ ­ ­ ­ Business planning Budgeting Forecasting Financial reporting and analysis

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

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm 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: 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 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 Gain a deep understanding of the different challenges that migrations versus new implementations present 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 Unearth the hidden secrets of group currency configuration for migration 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 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 Take home a glossary of some of the most commonly misunderstood terms associated with the SAP General Ledger

Understand how SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation integrates with SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects BI Pinpoint the key differences between SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP NetWeaver BW functionality for integrated planning Step through real-world scenarios of how the application's use can lead to increased productivity, reduced budget cycle times, adaptation to changing business and market conditions, and improved statutory and regulatory reporting 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 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

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Afternoon Sessions · 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm

A detailed guide to more efficiently and accurately conduct costing and manage profitability

Janet Salmon and Karuna Mukherjea, SAP 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm This special three-hour session offers a comprehensive introduction to SAP functionality for product costing and profitability management, covering both classic CO functionality and integration with SAP PCM. Understand the accounting entries created throughout the end-to-end product costing process for the purposes of inventory valuation and cost of goods sold reporting, how the costs of the resources employed are included in these calculations as well as how to create an comprehensive profitability framework to provide visibility into net profitability by channel, product and customer. Understand the end-to-end process of product costing, and get leading practices to integrate it into your organization's sales and manufacturing processes 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 Examine the master data that is required to develop a standard cost for a product and how postings are reflected in SAP General Ledger Understand how the month-end process in product costing ensures accurate financial statements for inventory and work in process. Understand how variances are calculated and how to use profitability analysis (CO-PA) to provide detailed margin reporting Understand how to replace peanut butter allocations with a more accurate costing model that integrates SAP PCM in your product costing approach Walk through the key enhancements to product costing, including cross-company actual costing, parallel cost of goods manufactured and the SAP HANA accelerators for Profitability Analysis (CO-PA), Product Costing (CO-PC) and Overhead Management (CO-OM) Explore the underlying factors which erode net margin and then helping you to visualize what will happen next using powerful `what if' simulation capabilities of SAP PCM Learn how to deploy strategic and tactical initiatives to improve margin and reduce cost using SAP PCM.

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

Franz Deitering and Ralf Ille, SAP 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm 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. 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 Learn which HR and finance processes should be kept within the shared service center and which ones can be outsourced Learn how to set up specific analytics to measure and manage HR and finance operations within a shared services environment 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 Learn how to leverage business process automation in your shared service organization utilizing proven concepts and readily available technology enablers Delve into best practices for building and operating a shared services center, including considerations for communication front-end, service catalog, and service delivery platform Examine the four common action areas required for shared service projects to reach full benefit: Organization, communication with stakeholders, processes, infrastructure 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

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Afternoon Sessions · 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm

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

Saye Arumugam and Richard Choi, SAP Seamus Jackson and Michael Heiken, PwC 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: Explore the latest technical underpinnings and requirements for: ­ ­ ­ SAP BusinessObjects Access Control SAP BusinessObjects Process Control SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management Learn the dos and don'ts of applying various automated business rules into your controls environment 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 Acquire tips to assess your SAP ERP system configuration to determine the most suitable rule types Find out why reporting frequency and scheduling time are critical areas that must be addressed before going live with an automated rule set Learn advanced techniques for adding rule criteria, filters, and other special features to your business rules 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 2:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm

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A comprehensive guide to improve continuous controls monitoring with automated business rules

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. Explore the full range of automated business rule functionality and its role in setting up or improving continuous controls monitoring efforts

Examine the architectural requirements of the platform that supports the 10.0 release Describe the special considerations required to design a new system architecture or prepare an existing GRC landscape for a 10.0 upgrade Examine the new security concept and role authorization concept for GRC 10.0 See how to leverage SAP NetWeaver functionality, including the SAP NetWeaver Portal or SAP NetWeaver Business Client to improve scalability 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

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Financial accounting (FI)

Lessons from Murray Energy's proven approach for optimizing order-to-cash

Robert Glitch and Jim Spigarelli, Murray Energy 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 Energy's 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.

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Simplify postings of business transactions to the general ledger with expert automatic account determination techniques

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting 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.

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.

Customer Discussion Forum

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.

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. You'll 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.

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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.

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Speed travel bookings, approvals, and expense processing by deploying SAP Travel OnDemand to mobile devices

Birgit Starmanns, SAP Global Marketing 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.

An expert's real-world guide for overcoming the challenges associated with calculating asset depreciation

Nathan Genez, Serio Consulting 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.

ConAgra's 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 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 invoices 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, reduce accounts payable labor costs, and increase the invoices paid in accordance with terms while increasing supplier satisfaction.

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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)

Achieve greater fixed asset cost detail and FERC compliance with SAP Asset LifeCycle Accounting (ALA)

Nathan Genez, Serio Consulting Attend this session for an up-close look at SAP's new Asset LifeCycle Accounting (ALA) solution. Understand how ALA enables you to have a much tighter integration level between Asset Accounting (FI-AA) and work management or project system processes. See how ALA enables a far greater detail of your AuC assets as well as the cost components, such as labor, materials, etc., that make up the asset's costs. See how the reserve accounting functionality has been enhanced to provide Iowa Life Curve depreciation as well as post asset removal costs back to reserve. Walk through some of the key reports that are delivered in ALA 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. Understand how SAP Asset LifeCycle Accounting provides greater regulatory compliance with FERC for utilities companies

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Track 2

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Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting

Guidelines to accurately set pricing and profitability goals based on true costs

Karuna Mukherjea and Frank Ciannella, 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.

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.

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

Sharabh Ivaturi, PwC Learn how to accurately pinpoint revenues and costs across your supply chain in order to calculate your organization's 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.

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-Palmolive's implementation methodology and take home tips to accelerate your organization's implementation.

Case study

10 effective tips to maximize your existing FI and CO landscape

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting 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 doesn't 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.

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Track 2: Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting

An introduction to new SAP technologies that improve profitability analysis

Karuna Mukherjea, 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.

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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.

What did that really cost? Using material ledger functionality to determine actual supply chain costs

Cliff Eng, PwC 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.

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 what's already available, such as SAP CO-PA Accelerator, what's 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.

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Use functional areas to enhance your cost-of-sales reporting

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting Don't 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. You'll receive a copy of the article -- free of charge -- and engage with peers who have the same interests and priorities.

Efficiently reorganize profit centers and segments in response to business and market changes

Stefan Karl , SAP Understand how to utilize SAP's 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 or segment 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 or segment 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.

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Track 2: Controlling (CO) and managerial accounting

Customer Discussion Forum

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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

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's strategies and techniques for identifying and repairing slow finance processes

Jennifer Buko, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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. 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 IBM's 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.

Case study

Results of the most recent IBM Global CFO Study: Insights for improving financial performance

Jim Hurley and Carl Nordman, IBM

Panel discussion

2012 overview and roadmap for SAP financial solutions

James Fisher, SAP Take a guided tour of SAP's 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 SAP's solutions can help your organization achieve best in class financial excellence

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.

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.

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Case study

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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 McKesson's 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.

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 organization's 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.

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.

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 SAP's 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.

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 OCEG's recent GRC benchmarking study.

Effectively leading change in the finance organization

Brian Shannon, Dolphin Change is constant, and it's 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.

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

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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Fast closes and consolidations

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.

Case study

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 reports--both 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.

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 GWLA's 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 company's standard and custom SAP reports in both the cost center accounting module and special purpose ledger.

Case study

Expert recommendations to optimize the global financial close processes

Stefan Karl, SAP Examine key functionality within the SAP Financial Closing cockpit for planning, executing, monitoring and analyzing the financial close for all entities of your corporation. Learn how the significantly enhanced SAP solution helps you standardize best practices, increase efficiency through automation, gain better insight, and improve compliance and data quality. Walk through configuration steps which include how to create a global template for the entire closing process. Learn how to generate a task list to execute and schedule different types of tasks. Examine how to use workflows and work lists to handle groups of objects that have to be processed together, such as production orders. Understand how to run tasks in remote systems, i.e. other SAP or non-SAP systems. Learn how to monitor and analyze your financial close for making sure to meet your deadlines and identify areas of future improvements.

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.

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Track 4: Fast closes and consolidations

A detailed guide to SAP's roadmap for its financial consolidation solutions

Elizabeth Milne, SAP Receive a detailed overview of the most recent enhancements to financial consolidation solutions from SAP BusinessObjects, and an outlook on SAP's 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.

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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 company's 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.

Case study

A simplified approach for automating consolidations of investments

Dan Sullivan, focusSAP 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

Pete Graham, 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 SAP's 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.

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 organization's 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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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.

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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 company's 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.

Customer discussion forum

Achieve speed, control, and compliance in your entity close processes

James Chiu, 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.

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

Column5's comprehensive curriculum helps SAP and BusinessObjects customers gain proficiency and make better use of SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. Sessions will include customer case studies, best practices, discussions, and live demos of SAP BusinessObjects EPM 10.0, business planning and consolidation (BPC -- formerly OutlookSoft), profitability and cost management, strategy management, and more.

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Planning, forecasting, and budgeting

Inside Lubrizol's BPC implementation project: Successes, failures, and lessons learned

Diane Brezovec, Lubrizol 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 company's 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.

Case study

How Target centralized and automated its expense and corporate planning processes

Sarah Luttman, Target 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.

Case study

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.

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.

A comprehensive tour of the functionality of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

Jim Siduit 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.

Live demo

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Track 5: Planning, forecasting, and budgeting

Creating consolidated cash flow statements according to the direct method

Stefan Karl, SAP This session arms with you step-by-step instructions for creating an individual direct cash flow statement using the liquidity planner application of SAP ERP. Understand how cash relevant information is derived from postings in treasury, financial accounting, purchasing, and sales and distribution. See how to enter, adjust, aggregate and evaluate actual cash flows. 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 to planning activities and have a greater active influence on the expected cash flows. Walk through the new roadmap for SAP's planning solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP NetWeaver BW integrated planning and more. See what SAP's 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.

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2012 guide to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0

David Williams, SAP Gain a thorough understanding of what's 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.

A detailed guide to planning solutions from SAP

Chris Pauxtis, SAP

NEW! Column5 EPM Education Center

now takes place in conjunction with Financials 2012

Column5's comprehensive curriculum helps SAP and BusinessObjects customers gain proficiency and make better use of SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. Sessions will include customer case studies, best practices, discussions, and live demos of SAP BusinessObjects EPM 10.0, business planning and consolidation (BPC -- formerly OutlookSoft), profitability and cost management, strategy management, and more.

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Track 6

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SAP General Ledger

Prepare for the challenges of SAP General Ledger migration scenario 3 to 5

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.

Lessons for the optimal configuration and maintenance of financial organizational structures within the latest version of SAP General Ledger

Prasad Boddupalli, PwC 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.

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 company's project plan and timeline. Find out what key requirements and considerations were taken into account, such as the company's need for parallel reporting and document splitting functionality and the implications on the company's SAP landscape. Understand the need for a solid migration testing plan and walk through the company's migration testing phases and timelines. Benefit from Lubrizol's 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 company's 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.

Case study

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.

How to configure the SAP General Ledger to solve your legal reporting requirements

Gary Fullmer and Rex Moskovitz, Ernst & Young 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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Track 6: SAP General Ledger

How to leverage document splitting to enable full financial statement reporting by profit center

Eric Bramley, Deloitte 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.

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How to achieve balanced financial reporting in the SAP General Ledger

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software 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.

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.

Customer discussion forum

Inside SAP General Ledger migration scenario 7: Lessons for adding non-leading ledgers

Gary Fullmer and Rex Moskovitz, Ernst & Young You've 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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Track 7

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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

Manish Dharnidharka, PwC 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.

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.

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 McKesson's 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.

Case study

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 company's cash reports. Take home examples of local currency and group currency financial statements, including cash flow statements.

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Track 7: Financial reports, analyses, and business intelligence

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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 organization's 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.

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 company's 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.

An updated guide to 10 essential methods, reporting techniques, and tools no SAP finance team should be without

Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems and Software Whether you're 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.

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.

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

John Cerqueria, Reliable Technical Solutions 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. 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.

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Evaluating and choosing the right BPC reporting functionality for your needs

Sandee Biggs, Breakwater Consulting

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Track 8

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Streamlining accounts payable

How Tim Hortons took its accounts payable automation project to the next level

David Kraulis, Tim Hortons 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 company's 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.

Case study

Streamlining throughput and trimming waste from accounts payable at IMS Health

Jim Ferguson, IMS Health 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.

Case study

ConAgra's 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 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 invoices 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, reduce accounts payable labor costs, and increase the invoices paid in accordance with terms while increasing supplier satisfaction.

Case study

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.

Reducing inefficiencies and risks associated with paper-based payment processes

Carter Johnson, SAP and Tom Walker, OpenText 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.

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Track 9

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Receivables, cash management, and treasury

Lessons from Forest Laboratories' dramatically-improved dispute management and collections process

Pradeep Jain, Forest Laboratories 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. 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 company's 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 organization's cash flow. Step through examples that illustrate how to implement a standardized format for tracking changes to cash flow forecasts.

Case study

What corporate treasurers need to know about cash management, liquidity planning, and cash flow reporting

Moussa Soukal, Hanse Orga

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 company's 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.

Case study

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.

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.

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Track 9: Receivables, cash management, and treasury

New strategies and technologies to analyze and understand financial data for improved cash management and forecasting

Christian Mnich, SAP AG 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. 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 don't 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.

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Tips for managing collections and dispute resolutions via a central shared service center

Katharina Reichert, SAP 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.

Maximize discounts and reduce overall spend using dynamic discounting functionality

Bertram Meyer, Taulia

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 company's 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

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 company's 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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Project systems and accounting

Best practices for managing project related budgets using investment management functionality

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.

Expert instruction for creating and optimizing project structures using SAP project templates

Sandeep Bagchi, Keane 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.

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.

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.

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International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

IFRS: A look at what's to come in 2012

Elizabeth Milne and Pete Graham, 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.

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 organization's 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.

Strategies for configuring or modifying your SAP system to support IFRS compliance

Prasad Boddupalli, PwC 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.

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.

Case study

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.

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Track 11: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

A comprehensive approach to adopt new FASB and IASB revenue recognition standards

Ravi Krovidi, PwC 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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Audits, risk management, and compliance

Foreign currency valuation and translation dos and don'ts for better FAS 52 compliance

Rohana Gunawardena, Quality Systems and Software 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 organization's 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.

Centralize and automate risk management to comply with internal and external policies

Justin McManus, Protiviti 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.

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.

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 McKesson's 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.

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Track 12: Audits, risk management, and compliance

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A guide to navigating the complexities associated with an SAP systems audit

Chris Cassin and Mitesh Chugh, KPMG 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.

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 Greenlight's 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 Elster's stakeholders with deeper insight to improve business governance and process transparency.

Practical advice for streamlining and improving the value of your organization's internal audit function

James Chiu, SAP In today's 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.

Strengthening Sarbanes-Oxley compliance at BNSF Railway Company: Lessons from the company's rollout of SAP BusinessObjects Process Control 10.0

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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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.

The role of internal audit and compliance teams in providing realtime assurance during an SAP implementation, upgrade, or consolidation project

Robert Herman, PwC In today's environment, the internal audit and/ or compliance function can't 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.

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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.

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How SAP solutions can make audit management processes more costeffective

William Newman, Newport Consulting Group Don't 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 NetWeaver's 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

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?

Customer discussion forum

Achieve speed, control, and compliance in your entity close processes

James Chiu, 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.

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Track 12: Audits, risk management, and compliance

SAP's 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 organization's 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 organization's strategic objectives. Understand how to more readily identify competitive opportunities in the marketplace. Learn how SAP's portfolio of solutions can be mapped to your current and future GRC requirements. Understand how today's major trends, like in-memory computing, mobile and social technologies fit into SAP's vision for the GRC solutions.

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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 organization's 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.

Abiomed's 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 company's strategy for transforming its finance team's 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 Abiomed's plans to expand its use of BPC to increase reporting flexibility as the business continues to grow.

Case study

From Microsoft to SAP NetWeaver versions: Lessons from Lexmark's 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 company's 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.

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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.

A comprehensive tour of the functionality of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

Jim Siduit 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.

Live demo

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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Finance in the public sector

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 Education's one-time credit card payment process that you can refer to or adapt for your own project.

Case study

How to better manage and control public funds using SAP Grants Management

Monette McNicholas, EPI-USE America 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 President's 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 organization's 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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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 creating an end-to-end product cost model A list of sample t-codes for optimizing order-to-cash that you can employ at your own organization A chart of all inputs that impact MM postings A step-by-step guide for activating goods receipt/invoice receipt (GR/IR) account user exits Lists of configuration points and tables for the FI-SD interface that are critical to the smooth transfer of data from SD to FI An article introducing the new depreciation calculation system in SAP and how to recalculate asset values An SAP process evaluation toolkit to help identify where in your own organization slow financial processes are costing you money Examples of local currency and group currency financial statements, including cash flow statements A user guide for SAP functionality for collections management as well as screenshots from the SAP Collections and Dispute Management cockpit Examples that illustrate budget reconciliation and a report to analyze the gap between a budget and the plan Example of a configuration block containing the basic settings for WBS structures A complete audit checklist to ensure your GRC tools are providing accuracy, compliance strength, and high ROI across the organization A summary of recent GRC study findings to find out how your organization measures up A detailed list of the new features for both the Web and office client of SAP BusinessObjects 10.0 Sample user guides and demonstrations that will help you better design SAP General Ledger to meet your tax requirements

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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. You're not just a reader -- you're a participant.

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