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Boardroom of the future - front and center

Bill McDermott kicked off  #SAPPHIRE NOW with his “keeping it real” keynote. McDermott laid out the priorities for SAP going forward, helping our customers to understand the value, the roadmap and how to start on their SAP S/4HANA journey.  SAP S/4HANA Finance is a key component of that journey. 

For me, one of the highlights of the keynote was the boardroom of the future demo. McDermott shared how SAP's Executive board use the boardroom in their meetings, for real time insight to action.  He also shared examples of how excited customers are about the value this application of technology can provide.

Finance campus was buzzing

The Finance LOB campus was busy all day.  With interactive sessions, demo presentations and demo pods for each area of finance, there is something for every finance professional.  Come and say hello, this is the place where all your finance questions can be answered.

Kirk Anderson kicked off one of the first demo sessions. “How to make better decisions through the agile consumption of planning data”  The session was packed!  So if you missed it and want to see more details on our planning solutions, come and talk to the experts at the financial planning and analysis demo pod. 

There continues to be huge interest in SAP S/4HANA Finance. Martin Naraschewski’s session on exploring SAP S/4HANA Finance was beyond packed.  There were many detailed questions during the session, it seems that many customers now have a good baseline understanding of SAP S/4HANA Finance.  They are now looking to understand in more detail how they can move forward. Rich Bowler, Solution Architect, SAP will host an interactive session LB33839 “Craft an Innovation Road Map to Transform Finance” on Thursday 1pm. If you want to hear more details.

Joachim Mette’s sessions on how SAP runs SAP within Finance were also very popular.  Joachim showed how SAP has gained insight, reduced the time to close the books and become more efficient through the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Finance.

Instant Insight to Action

One of the highlights of the day was Jonathan Feinstein, Vice President, New York Life.  Feinstein shared how New York Life used SAP S/4HANA Finance as the foundation for their finance transformation.  New York Life now has instant insight of all their information no more “I’ll get back to you”. However, this is not just one step but a journey and they have more steps to reach their final goal.  One great tip he gave “Design with the end in mind”

Top Picks for Today

There are great finance sessions going on today.  A few of my top picks.

  • Siemens will be sharing how they used the central finance foundation of SAP S/4HANA Finance to reduce system complexities without disrupting other existing ERP and accounting systems.  Theatre 1 @ 11am LB34691
  • Pete Graham will be demoing the just announced SAP RealSpend @ 11.30pm  LB33818. Matthais Poehler will be Live on Facebook discussing SAP RealSpend at 12.30 so tune in. 
  • Thack Brown will be leading a panel of finance thought leaders from EY, Accenture and Deloitte.  They will discuss how to reimagine finance for the digital age. Theatre 1 @ 1pm  LB37101
  • Abeam Consulting will share how they are utilizing planning, analysis, and reporting capabilities. Theatre 1 @ 3pm LB33823

Hope you are ready for another great day.  Sapphire means the opportunity to meet new people, hear new stories and learn something new.   We are here to help – come over, say hello and ask your questions.