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There are so many reasons why you should attend Sapphire 2016 - May 17-19 in Orlando. I would like to name you just a few - and give you the top sessions for the Mill Products and Mining industries that include mining, Metals, Forest Products, Paper, Packaging,  Building Materials, Furniture and Textile Industries


  • Hear from and talk great customers tell their stories like Newmont Mining, Mohawk Industries, Steelcase, AM/NS Calvert, Woodgrain Millwork, Louisiana Pacific, Pregis, Koehler Paper,

  • Listen to visionary updates directly from industry thought leaders and SAP executives.

  • Learn how Digital Transformation can help you improve efficiency, get closer to your customers and drive profitable growth


So don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of that inspiring event.  Check out all the Mill Products and Mining activities offered throughout the conference.

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    ASUG and SAPPHIRE 2016 Mill Products and Mining Sessions

Demo Area and Discussion Table for Mill Products and Mining


Campus                Energy and Natural Resources                        Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday              


Highlighted Demos

  • Boost Asset Performance with Predictive Analytics

  • Improve Productivity with Better User Experiences

  • Drive efficiency and on time as promised deliveries with Transportation Management

  • Align Supply and Demand in Real Time for Profitable Process Industries


ASUG Mill Products & Mining Special Interest Group (Wed, May 18th)

· ASUG Special Interest Group:  Mill Products ‘Network with Your Peers’ Meeting

Network with colleagues from Mill Products and Mining companies and the SAP Mill Products & Mining IBU, learn about conference sessions of interest to Mill Products companies, and provide input into future Mill Products & Mining SIG events

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 12:45 to 1:45 pm

Room:  ASUG Hub – Community Theatre

Session ID: A5819


· A4610: Carlisle Construction Materials’ Path to SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA

Speaker: Karen Gerstner and Joe Sigmon Carlisle Construction Materials (CMC)

Carlisle Construction Materials began by moving to SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA and implementing the full suite of BI tools, improving performance, consolidating reports, and providing self-servicecapabilities. CCM’s next step is to implement SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA for real-time operational reporting, with the goal of transitioning to SAP S/4HANA.

Date: Tuesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S331C

· A4739: Implementing Manufacturing Operations Platform Using SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence

Speaker: Steve Burghart – CertainTeed and Dispankar Saha IBM

CertainTeed and IBM present how SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) has been used as an integration and decision-making platform for manufacturing operations integrating SAP ERP and shop-floor systems. Learn how operator dashboards are provided in supervisory control and data acquisition from SAP MII, along with analytics and learning on upgrading SAP MII 11.5 to SAP MII 15.0.

Date: Tuesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S320D

· A4864: Implementing SAP S/4HANA at LB Foster, Inc.: Lessons Learned

Speaker: Richard Eason and Bruce Hezlep – LB Foster

On April 1, 2016, LB Foster implemented SAP S/4HANA Finance 2.0. This will be a discussion of the process and lessons learned during the software implementation. There will be a description of the process, the journey, decisions, and results, followed by time for questions and answers.

Date: Tuesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S311


· IN33650: Transform Your Mill Products Company with SAP S/4 HANA: Pregis Corporation

Speaker: Interactive session

Maximize your business visibility and agility with a new business process platform. Discover how Pregis Corporation, a leading paper and packaging company, has achieved that goal by deploying SAP S/4HANA software. Hear about the business drivers, lessons learned, and benefits of this successful implementation.

        Date: Tuesday 11:00am – 11:40am

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2

· DB34029: Build Data-Driven Enterprise Solutions for the Internet of Things: Koehler Paper

Speaker: Demo Theatre

Build solutions for the Internet of Things. Find out how the Koehler Paper Group partnered with our Global Service & Support organization to transform their business using smart devices and SAP data management technologies to collect, analyze, and respond to predictive quality data insights.

Date: Tuesday 12:00am – 12:20am

Location:  Digital Business Services Topic Area 2


· A3900: Class to Material Assignments: A Comparison of Available Techniques: Steelcase

Speaker: Steve Schneider, Steelcase

This presentation will focus on the backbone of constraint-based modeling: the classification system. We will look at two sample product lines and eight different methods of developing the classification schema for them. Pros and cons of each method will be discussed, along with recommendations for the overall best practice.

Date: Tuesday 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location:  ASUG, S311


  • A5760Roundtable: SAP MII as the Platform for Convergence of Industrial IoT

Speaker: Sam Castro, SAP

Enable the factory of the future through digital transformation with SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) as the platform for the convergence of industrial IoT and regular IoT. This session will focus on the opportunities, challenges, and SAP solutions and road map to deliver real business value through real-time networks and IoT connectivity.

Date: Tuesday 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location:  Roundtable 3


· A4755: Woodgrain’s Lean Value Stream Mapping with Digital Shop Floor Control Tools

Speaker: Tom Stencamp Woodgrain Millwork; Renga Vedhantham KPIT

In this session, you will hear how Woodgrain optimizes the manufacturing process flow for lean value stream mapping with SAP software, using three accelerators for characteristics-based scheduling, sequencing, and paperless shop floor control tools. You will learn how accelerators with SAP software can help you identify similar production orders and schedule and sequence them with mass processing done through SAP software.

Date: Tuesday 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Location:  ASUG, S311


· A5314: Implementing Master Data Governance for Long-Term Success at Woodgrain

Speaker: Connie Moylan, Woodgrain Millwork

Learn how Woodgrain Millwork successfully implemented a centralized master data governance organization, processes, and technology to do the following: ensure accurate and efficient master data conversions in support of SAP software implementation phases, and ensure long-term master data quality. Understand the steps taken, from vision to successful implementation.

Date: Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S330H


· A5560: Analyze the Financial Entries in Make-to-Order Manufacturing

Speaker: Birgit Starmanns, SAP

Product costing (CO-PC) highlights the integrated nature of the SAP ERP application environment. Using a make-to-order (MTO) discrete manufacturing scenario as an example, discover how to create a “standard” cost for the selected configuration options, then follow each step in a manufacturing process and how it is reflected in FI, CO, and CO-PA.

Date: Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S320B


· A5603: Weir Minerals Story: Implementing SAP Sales and Operations Planning, Powered by SAP HANA

Speaker: Lars Sondergaard, Westernacher

We will present the implementation of SAP Sales and Operations Planning, powered by SAP HANA, including the scope and approach used at Weir Minerals. We will then dive into the key lessons learned and success factors needed for a successful implementation.

Date: Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: ASUG, S311

· A5717: Implementation of SAP S/4HANA for Pregis Innovative Packaging, LLC

Speaker: Bob Border, Pregis; Bradley Hiquet, Dickinson & Associates

This session will discuss the business drivers, goals, objectives, and lessons learned for the implementation of the SAP S/4HANA suite, including the scope of FI, CO, SD, LE, and MM. Additionally, the implementation of SAP HANA Live will be discussed as a foundation for reporting.

Date: Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: ASUG, S330A


· IN33646: Future-Proof Your Business Through Omnichannel Commerce

Speaker: Demo

Engage customers across all touch points with omnichannel excellence. Learn how you can quickly set up a business-to-business (B2B) relationship for a new business unit and deliver exceptional B2B customer experiences with SAP Hybris solutions. Hear how leading-edge mill products companies are increasing customer engagement and lowering costs.

Date: Tuesday 3:00am – 3:20pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2

· A4545: Improving Safety with Effective Change Management

Speaker: Josue Aleman, ERM

Share two successful case studies of implementing the SAP Management of Change application. See how it helped reduce the operational risks associated with equipment, processes, and personnel changes.

Date: Wednesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: ASUG, S312


· A5566: Wearable Safety: Internet of Things (IoT) and Real-Time Analytics Ensure Zero Harm in Mines

Speaker: Lorraine Howell, Illumiti: Bernd Herold, SAP

In this session, you will learn how Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the mine connect people to people through their wearable devices. You will see a solution that uses this connectivity to help people inside a mine identify and respond to dangerous situations. Finally, you will learn how SAP HANA generates data-driven intelligence that monitors and sends real-time alerts.

Date: Wednesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S311


· IN33651: Raise Quality and Cut Warranty Costs with IoT-Based Predictive Maintenance

Speaker: Interactive Session

Take advantage of the Internet of Things and of the new analytical and predictive capabilities that result from the integration of smart data from various devices. Use the SAP HANA database to make the most of real-time data that spans both operational technology and information technology areas throughout the enterprise.

Date: Wednesday 11:00am – 11:40pm

Location: Industries Topic Area 2


· IN33645: Reimagine Your Boardroom and Execution Capabilities for the Future

Speaker: Demo

Explore the new possibilities that come from a uniform view of the truth and the ability to access, analyze, and make decisions on all that information. Get an overview of SAP S/4HANA software, including its capabilities and supported scenarios that are relevant for metals, forest products, mining, building products, cement, and textile companies.

Date: Wednesday 12:00am – 12:20pm

Location: Industries Topic Area 2


· A3927: Driving Employee Participation in Safety Observations with SAP Fiori at Southern California Edison

Speaker: Douglas Ciolli, SCE; Ingo Gulde SAP

Southern California Edison (SCE) partnered with the Global Service & Support organization to roll out its company-wide environmental health and safety (EHS) program powered by the SAP EHS Management application. In 2015, SCE expanded the system to capture safety observations. To maximize user adoption, SCE and SAP created a custom SAP Fiori app that allowed all 13,000 employees to initiate observations from smartphones and tablets.

Date: Wednesday 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Location:  ASUG, S310F

· A4187: SAP Integrated Business Planning Solution Journey Within Cargill

Speaker: Angela Olson, Cargill; Mike Bonneau, Bristlecone

This presentation will discuss Cargill’s experience with the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution. We will discuss the scope of our projects to date, overall impressions of the solution, lessons learned, and unique perspectives like simulation planning. Finally, perspectives on the road map of SAP Integrated Business Planning versus SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization within Cargill will be reviewed.

Date: Wednesday 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Location:  ASUG, S320D

· A4317: Achieving Continuous Testing and Semicontinuous Delivery in Our SAP System

Speaker: Jeff Comley, Stephanie Ahmer, Owens Corning

Explore Owens Corning’s combination of people, process, and technology to manage the SDL, enabling continuous testing and semi continuous deployment. Join the discussion of how Owens Corning utilizes multiple tools, coupled with a robust process and strategic thinkers, to test and deploy development from teams working concurrently within a landscape.

Date: Wednesday 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Location:  ASUG, S330E


· A5819: ASUG Mill Products and Mining Community Meet Up

Speaker: Interactive Session

ASUG Annual Conference attendees are invited to the ASUG Hub to network with others within their network. Spend an hour meeting community volunteers, connecting with ASUG staff, and forging new relationships within your mining and mill products community. This is a great opportunity to learn more about ASUG and how to leverage the user group along your SAP software journey.

Date: Wednesday 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Location:  ASUG HUB (show floor) Community Theatre


· A4624: Your Path to Using ERP VC in SAP Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) in hybris

Speaker: Lawrence Matusek, ELogic Group

Leading companies are considering SAP CPQ on hybris Commerce for their next generation eCommerce and CPQ solution. For using existing VC models in hybris CPQ, some changes may be necessary, to make the VC models compatible to IPC knowledge bases, which can be used in SAP CPQ on hybris. This presentation describes common incompatibilities, useful tips and tricks, and how eLogic helps companies evaluate and convert their model.

        Date: Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Location:  ASUG S311


· A5786: Roundtable: Smart Factory and IoT Industry Trends, Road Map Planning, and Project Examples

Speaker: Jay Monahan, Dell Services; Frank Platt, SAP

Improving manufacturing operations with “smart factory” principals is a challenge for any organization. Successful organizations not only define flexible road maps, but understand the latest industry trends. The panel discussion will explore the various shop floor approaches, but discuss real-life case studies in this panel discussion.

Date: Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Location:  ASUG Roundtable 3

· IN33648: Improve Quality and Service with Real-Time Data and Predictive Analytics

Speaker: Demo

Optimize maintenance and service processes with deeper insights captured from huge volumes of operational data and business information. Find out how you can reduce downtime and elevate quality levels by using the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine technology and by visualizing data from live sensors with SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Date: Wednesday 2:30pm – 2:50pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2


· A3955: Taking the Mystery out of Material Ledger: Visibility of Inventory Value: Louisiana Pacific

Speaker: April Murray, Brian Berry, Louisiana Pacific; James Wyman Capgemini

Using material ledger, Louisiana Pacific analyzes the actual cost of inventoried materials compared to the standard cost using standard and custom reports in SAP ERP. This facilitates standard reports across the organization. By including a contra account posting in the financial reporting, the revaluation variances are more visible.

Date: Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location:  ASUG S311


· A3917: Dow Corning: Regulatory Content Updates Using SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand Service

Speaker: Tom Jacobs, Dow Corning; Ann Drew SAP

In today’s complex and rapidly changing regulatory landscape, companies need robust solutions to effectively and efficiently manage and ensure their compliance for such processes as product safety and the generation of safety data sheets (SDSs). Learn how regulatory updates are being handled at Dow Corning using the SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand content service.

Date: Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S310F


· A5500: Utilizing Geographical Enablement to Integrate Geographic Information Systems with Plant Maintenance

Speaker: Tommy Acers, Metropolitan Utilities

Location is everything to a utility; all tasks have to happen somewhere. Where is this customer? Are there other orders nearby? SAP Geographical Enablement Framework is the tool to provide those answers. Users can access a map without leaving the SAP GUI interface, while users of a geographic information system get updates from SAP software. MUD utilized resources from SAP and Esri to accomplish this project.

Date: Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S312


· A5785: Road Map: Mill Products and Mining Solutions from SAP

Speaker: Stefan Weisenberger, SAP

We will highlight innovations in mill products and mining in the areas of supply chain planning and execution, manufacturing, enterprise asset management, sustainability, and customer relationship. We will also provide an overview on technology innovations around the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), updates from the new SAP Fiori user experience, and take a deeper look into SAP S/4HANA.

Date: Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S210D

· IN33649: Gain Complete Supply Chain Visibility with Comprehensive Business Planning

Speaker: Demo

Attain real-time visibility into your supply chain with analytics to assess the impact of exception conditions. Make better decisions to increase on-time delivery while cutting cost and risk. Hear how the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution enables supply chain professionals to navigate, analyze, and profitably manage operations in real time.

Date: Thursday 12:00pm – 12:20pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2

· A4099: Predictive Maintenance and Service: Lessons Learned in the Internet of Things

Speaker: Oliver Mainka, SAP

This presentation will highlight experiences from over 20 customers in the field of predictive maintenance and service, fusing machine and business data and gaining new insights from applying data science models to keep machines running and maintenance cost low. It will show the business scenarios, data science, and SAP products.

Date: Thursday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location:  ASUG, S310H


· A4791: How Woodgrain Millwork Optimizes Its Private Fleet with SAP Transportation Mgmt 

Speaker: Tyler Roorda, Woodgrain Millwork; Anton Karnaukhov, ExpertMinds

Learn how Woodgrain Millwork utilizes SAP Transportation Management to make the best use of its private fleet of trucks, including route optimization, dispatch, and freight settlement. Find out what it took to implement SAP Transportation Management, as well as to integrate it with third-party applications for telematics and proof of delivery.

Date: Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location:  ASUG S322


· IN33639: Achieve Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Mill Products and Mining

Speaker: Demo

Identify and prevent sources of manufacturing productivity loss, enable corrective action, and maximize asset and energy use. See how the SAP Overall Equipment Effectiveness Management and SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence applications raise manufacturing effectiveness by providing integrated multi plant views of operations performance.

Date: Thursday 1:00pm – 1:20pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2


· IN33645: Reimagine Your Boardroom and Execution Capabilities for the Future

Speaker: Demo

Explore the new possibilities that come from a uniform view of the truth and the ability to access, analyze, and make decisions on all that information. Get an overview of SAP S/4HANA software, including its capabilities and supported scenarios that are relevant for metals, forest products, mining, building products, cement, and textile companies.

Date: Thursday 1:30pm – 1:50pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2


· A5555: Asset Synchronization Between Equipment and Fixed Assets

Speaker: Naveen Nemani, Jagan Dodda, Newmont Mining

Newmont implemented (without synchronization) equipment and fixed assets for SAP ERP software. This session will cover the changes required for activating the synchronization. The following key concepts will be covered: the asset synchronization process, configuration, activating an automated and timely notification process, and business value.

Date: Thursday 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:  ASUG S311


· IN34289: Optimize Your Supply Chain from Demand through Production & Delivery: AM/NS Calvert
Speaker: Richard Davis, AM/NS Calvert

Improve response times by ramping up demand, production, and transportation planning. See how the team managing the AM/NS Calvert steel processing plant meets that goal by relying on the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization component, powered by SAP HANA. Hear how the team is reducing costs by running on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

Date: Thursday 2:30pm – 2:50pm

Location:  Industries Topic Area 2

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