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“You can’t win without it.”

That’s how the Center of Global Enterprise framed digital supply chain today, according to a recent report.

By transforming your organization’s traditional supply chain operations into more modern digital supply chain operations, you can more easily:

  • Share vital business information across the network

  • Improve real-time data analysis

  • Enable better collaboration across departments and companies

These enhancements will help your enterprise rise to meet ever-growing consumer expectations – an imperative in today’s supply chain environment.

At SAPPHIRE NOW, taking place on May 16–18 in Orlando, Florida, you’ll have myriad opportunities to explore the transformational impacts of adopting a digital supply chain, with sessions focused on several important topics, including:

Click on the links above to jump to the relevant topic areas below.

Digital Business Planning (Demand-Driven Business Planning)

At our digital business planning sessions, you’ll discover how a digital supply chain can provide your enterprise with real-time visibility, enabling you to improve how you manage inventory and adapt to consumer demand.

Address Demand with an Integrated, Real-Time Approach to Business Planning

(BA43290) - Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., Business Applications 1

Improve product availability by making decisions that balance demand and supply. Sense demand and predict market potential. Reduce inventory and working capital. Respond quickly to changes across complex production and distribution networks. Understand the road map for the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution running on SAP Cloud Platform.

Transform Your Supply Chain with a Digital Business Planning Strategy

(BA43292) - Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Business Applications 1

Streamline your journey to a real-time enterprise. Simplify and coordinate supply chain planning with a new, intuitive user interface and embedded collaboration platform. Enable more frequent planning cycles by avoiding latency due to data transfer between planning systems. Gain the visibility to make on-demand decisions with predictive analytics.

Building a Business Case for SAP Integrated Business Planning

(CP7559) - Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., S320G (South Concourse, Level 3)

One of the major issues facing companies considering moving to SAP Integrated Business Planning as their planning tool is how to develop an effective solution road map. This presentation will walk through the steps taken at a medical devices company to build the business case for SAP Integrated Business Planning, develop a long-term strategy and road map, align executive sponsors, and get final approval of the transformation initiative.

Unleash the Power of Next-Generation Planning in Short Order

(BA49272) - Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Business Applications 10

Jump-start your use of a comprehensive solution for sales and operations, supply and demand, and inventory planning. Run simulations, what-if analyses, and planning algorithms on mass data with the SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning package. Get clear documentation of process execution for self-study, evaluation, and training.

Comparing Demand Planning Solutions: The Difference Between SAP APO and SAP IBP

(CP7219) - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., S320G (South Concourse, Level 3)

As SAP moves ever closer to replacing the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization component with SAP Integrated Business Planning as its primary planning tool, organizations want to know what they would gain or lose by adopting the SAP Integrated Business Planning for demand solution. In this session, we will combine several deep-dive sessions into this general overview to give you a broad understanding of the differences between SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization and SAP Integrated Business Planning for demand. The session will review the functional and maintenance differences, as well as some of the implementation differences.

Digital Transformation: Supply Chain Planning with SAP Integrated Business Planning

(SCM8361) - Thursday, 12:30 p.m., S330F (South Concourse, Level 3)

In a high-tech industry with ever-evolving business models and customer expectations, supply chains need to be fast, agile, collaborative, and responsive to meet customer and business needs. Hewlett Packard Enterprise embarked on a journey to transform its supply chain planning capabilities by adopting SAP Integrated Business Planning running on the SAP HANA platform for real-time, integrated, flexible planning. HP relied on SAP co-innovation to deliver the innovation.

Foster Collaboration and Growth by Integrating Sales and Operations Planning

(BA43285) - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Transform demand, supply, and financial planning into an integrated, real-time process. Grow the bottom line with SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations. See how the closed loop outcome of the cyclical planning process creates sound results. Improve efficiency by linking output back to execution systems.

Road Map: SAP Integrated Business Planning

(SCM6950) - Thursday, 2:00 p.m., S330G (South Concourse, Level 3) 

Find out how supply chain planning solutions from SAP take advantage of digitalization (cloud, IoT, Big Data, and networks) to unlock new opportunities for integrated business planning. This session will outline the newest innovations and road maps for SAP Integrated Business Planning, covering sales and operations planning, demand planning and demand sensing, inventory optimization, response management, supply planning, exception handling, and end-to-end visibility features.

Digital Response and Supply Management (Response and Supply Orchestration and Supply Chain Control Tower)

Our digital response and supply management sessions are all about staying agile, an imperative for modern-day supply chain organizations. Check out the following presentations for insight on using your company’s data to accelerate decision making, facilitate collaboration, and address inventory challenges.

Maximize the Value of Your Customer-Facing IoT Products and Smart Devices

(BA43289) - Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., Business Applications 1

Improve efficiency by remotely managing large fleets of mass-market devices. Make sound decisions based on data-driven insights. Tap the potential of sensor data to grow your business. Simplify end-to-end inventory tracking with enhanced supply chain logistics. Do it all with SAP Connected Goods software, part of the SAP Leonardo portfolio.

Meet Global Demand with a Digital Response & Supply Management Strategy

(BA43291) - Thursday, 11:00 a.m., Business Applications 2

Ramp up production planning, detailed scheduling, and available-to-promise processes. Turn them into real-time activities with SAP S/4HANA. Manage end-to-end multichannel supply chains with the SAP Supply Chain Control Tower solution. Enable collaborative planning across networks with SAP Integrated Business Planning and Ariba Network.

Rely on Internet of Things-Enabled Track and Trace for the Utmost Supply Chain Transparency (SCM7125) - Thursday, 3:30 p.m., S330E (South Concourse, Level 3)

Enhance transparency and gain deeper insights into your critical supply chain processes with track and trace. Reduce logistics costs and complexity by collaborating with partners in real time. See how your peers are optimizing their operations and utilizing IoT technologies to gain insights that had not been possible before. Learn SAP’s strategy for track and trace.

Build Visibility Across Your Supply Network with a Control Tower

(BA43283) - Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Business Applications 2

Evaluate the real-time performance of your supply chain and create scenarios on an analytics dashboard. Correct supply chain disruptions before they affect business. Collaborate with the right people, develop action plans, and improve on-time deliveries. Go from insight to action with SAP Supply Chain Control Tower.

Increase the Responsiveness of Your Supply Network

(BA43282) - Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Run a fast, flexible supply network by aligning planning and execution. Match supply to demand to enable allocation creation, order reconfirmations, replenishment, deployment, and supply planning. Turn inventory faster and boost revenue with response solutions from SAP.

Visualize Your Entire Demand Network with Downstream Demand Signals

(BA43284) - TBD

Get end-to-end visibility into customer demand. Address out-of-stock situations proactively. Maximize revenue by improving forecasts and inventory positions. Access an enterprise-scale repository for all downstream demand signals, from distributors and retail stores to third-party data sources, with the SAP Demand Signal Management application.

Digital Logistics (Supply Chain Execution Platform)

Your warehouse and logistics operations are two of the most important components of your supply chain organization. If they’re not operating efficiently, your business likely isn’t, either. Attend these sessions to find out how innovating and optimizing your warehouse and logistics operations can ensure you supply chain stability and success.

Improve Visibility and Collaboration Through Digital Logistics

(BA43288) - Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Achieve next-level collaboration and track-and-trace capabilities by using IoT for logistics and communications. Optimize transportation processes for better customer service and lower freight spend with the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) application. Discover innovations like geofencing and hub-related trucking.

Innovate Your Warehouse Operations with Intelligent Dashboards

(BA43287) - Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Streamline picking and dock-door scheduling to ramp up the efficiency of warehouse operations. Expand visibility into warehouse activities with dashboards that display real-time control and monitoring information. Extend dashboard functionality with augmented reality and voice integration using the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application.

Optimize Supply Chain Logistics Networks

(BA46825) - Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Business Applications 1

Enhance connectivity between multiple participants of your logistics networks. Gain important digital capabilities for logistics operations with SAP Leonardo and the SAP Global Track and Trace solution, which provides real-time situational insights across global sourcing, production, and fulfillment networks.

Flexsteel’s Logistics Transformation Utilizing SAP EWM in SAP S/4HANA and SAP TM

(MPM8285) - Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., S330D (South Concourse, Level 3)

Hear how Flexsteel partnered with KPIT to deliver its logistics strategy with SAP S/4HANA 1610, embedded SAP EWM, and integrated with SAP TM for its distribution centers, warehouses, and transportation group. This session presents lessons learned in SAP EWM and best practices in leveraging SAP Fiori apps for a better user interface, as well as best practices with processes (for example, standardization and optimization of inbound, staging, outbound processes, real-time operational insight, and device integration).

Patterson’s Journey to Improve Fulfillment Speed and Accuracy with SAP EWM

(WD7230) - Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., S329 (South Concourse, Level 3)

Learn how Patterson Companies, a leading medical, dental, and veterinary supplies wholesale distribution company, created a best-in-class warehouse management system and fulfillment operation using SAP EWM. This session will highlight Patterson's journey to improve speed and accuracy metrics in its distribution and fulfillment operation using SAP EWM, Pick by Voice, Conveyor Integration, and Pick to Shipping Box.

Goodyear Tire Standardizes Its Warehouses Globally Utilizing SAP EWM

(SCM7152) - Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., S330G (South Concourse, Level 3)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will share its experience implementing SAP EWM in North America, as well as how it used the lessons learned to successfully implement a new global standard across its strategic warehouses. This session will share the process, from defining a global business blueprint, to determining the most appropriate technical landscape, to identifying the lessons learned from the first global pilot implementation.

How Ferrara Candy Improved Warehouse Efficiency with Its Existing WM System

(SCM8095) - Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., S330G (South Concourse, Level 3)

By combining supply chain industry best practices with smart, automated warehouse processes and strategies, Ferrara Candy Company was able to maximize its existing warehouse management system to greatly improve the efficiency of its 1-million-square-foot data center. Ferrara was able to increase its labor productivity while reducing errors, increasing visibility, and decreasing delivery fulfillment times.

Road Map: SAP Extended Warehouse Management

(SCM8888) - Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., S330G (South Concourse, Level 3)

The road map for SAP EWM is designed to support the product adoption planning activities of SAP customers. The road map will help customers match short-term and long-term goals with technology plans. It describes how the features and functional capabilities of SAP EWM are planned to progress over time, in terms of recent innovations, planned innovations, product direction, and product vision.

How Bechtle AG Implemented Smart Glass Picking on Top of SAP EWM

(WD6597) - Thursday, 3:30 p.m., S329 (South Concourse, Level 3)

Learn how Bechtle AG uses smart glasses for warehouse picking to increase productivity and picking accuracy. The warehouse workers at Bechtle get all the relevant information displayed in their field of sight by the SAP AR Warehouse Picker mobile app. This app was designed for smart glasses and communicates with SAP EWM.

How Nexeo Solutions Optimizes Its Private Fleet with SAP Transportation Management

(CHM6524) - Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., S320H (South Concourse, Level 3)

Learn how Nexeo Solutions utilizes SAP TM 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 TM, as well as to integrate it with third-party applications for telematics and proof of delivery.

Enhance Warehouse Planning and Optimize High-Volume Logistics Operations

(BA43278) - Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Business Applications 1

Deepen your visibility into warehouse activities with smart dashboards that display real-time control and monitoring information. Take advantage of augmented reality and voice integration to streamline picking and dock-door scheduling. Do it all while simplifying complex logistics with SAP EWM.

Widen Visibility Across Your Extended Supply Chain and Logistics Ecosystem

(BA43277) - Wednesday, 4:00 p.m., Business Applications 1

Expand collaboration with your shippers, carriers, and logistics service providers throughout the entire transportation management process. Deliver the right product to the right destination at the right time. Meet the demands of the digital economy by increasing turnover capacity and supply chain transparency with SAP Networked Logistics Hub.

Deliver a Logistics Strategy for Warehouse and Transportation Management

(IN43484) - Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Industries IN127

Refine your strategy for distribution and warehouses. Discuss standardization and optimization of inbound processes, staging, outbound processes, operations, and device integration with the customer. Learn about one furniture manufacturer’s use of SAP S/4HANA, SAP Fiori UX, and solutions for warehouse and transportation management.

Digital Products and Projects

Product lifecycle management (PLM) tools enable businesses like yours to gain greater control over the items they design or manufacture, from inception through delivery. The following sessions will cover how your supply chain organization can reimagine the way it currently runs its PLM programs.

Accelerate the Product Lifecycle with a Model-Based Enterprise Strategy

(BA43465) - Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Business Applications 1

Advance product lifecycle management to a digital, connected, real-time environment. Minimize engineering constraints with a model-based enterprise approach to engineering. Create a virtual “digital twin” of a real-world product. Digitalize product lifecycle management and empower the extended community with real-time insights using SAP S/4HANA.

SAP PLM for Process and Discrete Industries: Key Developments and Future Innovations

(PLM8489) - Thursday, 12:30 p.m., S331A (South Concourse, Level 3)

In this session, SAP will present key developments in the SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) application for creating and managing product data in process and discrete industries. This will include a review of major developments for systems engineering, variant configuration, target-driven recipe development, and collaboration platforms. This will be an excellent session to gain a high-level understanding of the future direction of SAP PLM throughout 2017 and into 2018.

Recipe Development in SAP PLM: Best Practices for Successful Implementation

(PLM8482) - Thursday, 3:30 p.m., S331A (South Concourse, Level 3)

This session provides an overview of SAP PLM for process manufacturing industries. It also describes the SAP solutions available to strategically implement and accelerate a successful PLM program.

Roundtable: PLM Product Data Management

(PLM8520) - Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., S320 Roundtable Corridor – Roundtable #3

Product data is the foundation of your company. It includes all the data, documents, and processes that define your product and guide it from ideation to obsolescence. Join your peers, SAP product managers, and PLM partners to discuss what’s happening with product data management in SAP PLM. Share your conference experience, ask burning questions, and simply network with others with similar interests.

Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturing has come a long way since the days of Henry Ford and assembly line production. Today, businesses are transforming their manufacturing processes with digital capabilities. Attend the following sessions to explore how your supply chain organization can modernize how it produces items and gets them to market faster than ever before.

Revolutionize Your Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing

(BA43178) - Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Business Applications 7

Increase visibility and speed across your supply chain, manufacturing, asset management, and product development operations. Gain real-time detection of deviations for same- and next-day customer deliveries. Understand the scope of SAP S/4HANA for the new digital supply chain.

Woodgrain’s Transformation Journey in Manufacturing and Planning

(MPM8469) - Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., S312 (South Concourse, Level 3)

Hear how Woodgrain partnered with KPIT to realize its business transformation of manufacturing processes with SAP software. This session will cover product structures, optimized planning for flow of orders for better yield, and shop floor process, along with efficient material movements in shop floor. Enhanced manufacturing execution with integrations, such as packaging, manufacturing drawing viewer, load dates with SAP TM, and transport orders with SAP EWM. The planning and execution of the project enabled better user adoption and internal support post go-live.

Promote Value in Process Manufacturing with Optimized Product Development

(BA43466) - Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Develop new, high-quality products and go to market faster. Manage recipes better, collaborate more effectively in R&D, streamline production ramp-up, and create products that meet regulatory requirements. Accomplish all this with SAP Product Lifecycle Management and SAP S/4HANA.

Advance to the Next Generation in Discrete Manufacturing

(IN43673) - Tuesday, 1:00 p.m., Industries IN126

Gain real-time performance insight, integrate data processing across the shop floor, and distribute manufacturing processes across multiple systems and plants. Refine your complex manufacturing processes by embracing Industry 4.0 and the digital core based on SAP HANA.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Operations with SAP S/4HANA

(BA43176) Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., Business Applications 7

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Business Applications 7

Increase visibility through live access to data across manufacturing, supply chain, finance, and more. Get complete insight into your manufacturing operations. Experience SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing solution capabilities, including order creation, bottleneck handling, execution, scrap analysis, and closing.

Speed Up Production and Decrease Cost with Distributed Manufacturing (Theater Presentation) (BA43500) - Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Theater 1

Reduce parts inventory and fast-track parts delivery. Make short production runs economically feasible. Handle variable customer demands and compress your manufacturing cycles. Do it all with a tightly integrated, high-quality, rapid production solution that supports all aspects of distributed manufacturing, from design to component delivery.

Road Map: Supply Chain Execution

(SCM7633) - Thursday, 12:30 p.m., S330G (South Concourse, Level 3)

Attend this session to gain insights into the latest developments and current plans for the supply chain execution solutions from SAP. Learn how the road maps for these solutions synchronize with SAP's broader extended supply chain vision. This session will also cover how SAP's planned logistics developments will fit within the overall strategy for SAP S/4HANA.

Digital Operations

For some companies, managing their assets used to be an issue. For others, it remains a challenge. Attend the following sessions to find out how a digital supply chain can make your asset management challenges a thing of the past.

Track, Monitor, Analyze, and Maintain All of Your Moving Assets

(BA46824) - Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., Business Applications 2

Expose new business models and improve business processes for fleet management, asset maintenance, and digitalized logistics. Discover ways to use the SAP Vehicle Insights application and SAP Leonardo solutions to deliver a connected fleet comprised of all of your moving assets.

Explore Innovations to Improve Asset Management

(BA43333) - Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., Business Applications 1

Empower your asset management team to run more simply by using the latest IT innovations. Learn how the exceptional user experience enabled by SAP HANA and SAP Cloud portfolio can improve efficiency. See how new enhancements in collaborative asset management, predictive maintenance, and mobile asset management can boost productivity.

Revolutionize Asset Management with Global Collaboration

(BA43337) - Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., Business Applications 1

Support data integrity and collaborative asset management with a central repository for maintenance-related data. Empower operators to access up-to-date asset data while enabling manufacturers to automatically receive asset usage and failure data. See how to do it all with SAP Leonardo and SAP Asset Intelligence Network.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of opportunities to learn how your business can benefit from a digital supply chain at SAPPHIRE NOW. Build an agenda today and take in as many sessions as you can. After all, the future success of your supply chain organization could depend on it.

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