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Central Finance and Improving the Financial Close Benchmark Report

  Financial close management increases in complexity as organizations increase in size along with the number and variety of ERP instances. To centralize or consolidate the financial information from multiple ERP instances, SAPinsider community members can manually report and reconcile the information, centralize information on a non-SAP system, deploy SAP S/4HANA for central finance foundation...

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Single Sign-On (SSO) and Multi-Factor Authentication: How You can use Both Together

Single Sign-On (SSO), combined with 2-factor/multi-factor authentication (2FA/MFA) can — if not implemented correctly — negatively affect user experience and cause frustration, reducing productivity. Attend this session to find out how to reduce this potential negative impact using the CyberSafe TrustBroker products and watch a live demo of some typical user logon scenarios and solutions. By attending this session, you will:
- Understand the use cases of SSO and 2FA/MFA for SAP applications from an end-user point of view
- Learn about the prerequisites for implementing 2FA/MFA for your SAP systems
- Explore the benefits of a solution that offers both SSO and 2FA/MFA for SAP users, and see how the TrustBroker product multi-level authentication (MLA) architecture allows for the required level of flexibility
- Get more details about the latest trends

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SAP Basis teams are being asked to do more than ever before, maintaining increasingly complex systems using increasingly outdated tools. Add to that the cavalcade of data these systems generate and you find that the job of IT operations is exceeding the capacity of even the most capable teams.

But you probably didn’t need us to tell you that.

That’s where AIOps comes in: In this session, you’ll learn everything you need to know to begin your AIOps journey, including:

- What is AIOps and how can it help in SAP operations
- How AIOps enables a shift to proactive IT, predicting and preventing incidents before they occur
- What to look for when choosing an AIOps solution

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John Appleby Avantra
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John Appleby has always been passionate about new technology. He cut his teeth helping the large enterprises build data warehouses to manage their business - especially when they want run faster. These days, John travels weekly across the continental US, helping the Fortune 500 with digital transformation on SAP HANA. Together, we will design a future state, build a team to get there, and ensure the success of the program. John believes that a digital revolution is radically changing the face of business so you can ask me about a roadmap to upgrade your Digital Core with SAP S/4HANA, or how to integrate Enterprise Data Warehouses and Big Data with SAP HANA Vora, or how to transform business processes with in-memory computing for that matter.

Brenton O’Callaghan Avantra
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Brenton O'Callaghan heads Avantra’s Customer Experience team, specializing in helping customers to solve real business problems. Brenton spent the last decade in the SAP space across a wide range of industries in EMEA, North America, and India. Brent holds a B.Sc in computer science from the University of Cork, Ireland.

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End-to-End Security Strategies for SAP S/4HANA

The migration to HANA gives companies the opportunity to move their SAP environment to AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud. Moving SAP to the cloud promises to improve operations, offer better security, and reduce costs, but to experience significant cost reductions, the cloud size needs to change dynamically based on the systems’ actual performance and changing needs.

Avantra automates cloud scaling like no one else can, ensuring companies only pay for the cloud resources their SAP systems actually need.

Enterprises and Managed Service Providers are finding that implementing and leveraging the cloud’s scaling capabilities is not as simple in an SAP environment. IT and basis teams are facing many challenges when trying to manage the cloud in an SAP environment, including scaling out and scaling down, multi-cloud and hybrid environment management, and planned maintenance.

What you’ll learn in this session:

- What is cloud automation, and why it is important today.
- “Scaling in or out, up or down” - what to think about when you hear those phrases
- Save time and reduce costs by running SAP on public cloud and automating planned maintenance

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Anne Marie Colombo SAP
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Anne Marie is a Cybersecurity Solution Advisor working for the CIO, SAP America aligning cybersecurity best practices, thought leaders, partners, solutions for holistic enterprise security for customers. She is focused on cybersecurity and identity solutions. Her background includes providing solutions in the areas of data protection, identity, multi-factor authentication and encryption to secure SAP and other applications. She holds a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) certification from ISC2. She currently serves as the President of the Metro Atlanta Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) chapter as well as on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Information Security Society. She has worked in the software industry for over twenty five years and holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan and is currently enrolled in the Georgia State University Masters of Information Systems program with a focus area of Cybersecurity.

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Bridging the Cybersecurity Gap in ITGC

Compliance with regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) often require a set of controls in place to mitigate risks to the integrity of financial reporting. Current ITGC testing performed by internal and external auditors is only focused on one slice of access risk. Different entry points into SAP systems are overlooked and present a higher level of risks that are currently not even assessed. How would you and your organization respond if presented with a scenario where you could 'ace' your ITGC audit and still be completely exposed?
In this session participants will:
- Be provided a snapshot of the current ITGC testing approaches commonly applied by auditors
- Learn the shortcomings of these approaches
- Understand the threats that exist to your SAP beyond the current ITGC scope and how they relate to compliance (specifically Sarbanes-Oxley)
- See how you can mitigate these risks BEFORE your internal and external audit

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Brian Tremblay Onapsis
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Brian leads the Compliance Practice at Onapsis where he is responsible for helping customers understand and navigate the challenges and opportunities created by the increasing overlap of compliance, cybersecurity and business continuity related to IT General Controls and regulatory & compliance matters such as Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Prior to Onapsis, he was the CAE for high-tech semiconductor company Acacia Communications. In addition to founding and leading all activities of the internal audit function, he helped prepare the organization to go public (including implementing SOX) and facilitated its implementation of enterprise risk management (ERM). Previously, Tremblay was the director of internal audit at Iron Mountain, overseeing all audits and projects within North America as well as liaising with global quality managers. Prior, as a senior manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he built out an internal audit department and executed a SOX implementation. Earlier in his career, he worked at Raytheon and Deloitte.

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SAP S/4HANA Lessons Learned - Best Practice Approach To Migrating Your Security Concept

Attend this session to learn about the impact an SAP S/4HANA migration has on your security, including your SAP roles and authorizations. This session will deepen your understanding of the crucial differences between SAP NetWeaver ABAP and SAP S/4HANA. We will also take a deep dive into the changed data model of SAP S/4HANA and learn how the changes impact your GRC ruleset and associated roles. Additionally, you will learn about new tools that can reduce the cost of a migration project by automating the transformation of legacy rulesets and roles into SAP S/4HANA-compatible rulesets and roles. The session will also include a demo of how to perform a sample migration of roles to SAP S/4HANA. Moreover, the presentation will provide an overview of SAP Fiori authorizations and the Fiori Launchpad Designer.

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Michael Kummer SVP, Xiting, LLC
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Michael Kummer is spearheading Xiting’s sales and marketing activities in the Americas. Before taking over this responsibility, he held various leadership positions at high-tech companies in Europe and North America. Michael Kummer has enjoyed a decade-long history within the IT industry, focusing on SAP security. In his spare time, Michael writes for his tech and healthy living blog, spends time with his family and he is an avid Crossfitter.

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Why SAP Automation Is Crucial When Adopting SAP S/4HANA

Join this session to learn how one of the world’s largest Consumer Packaged Goods companies is using cutting-edge technology to support the transition from their legacy ECC environment to SAP S/4HANA, as well as preparing for a move to DevOps and continuous delivery.

Learn how automation enables SAP users to address one of the most significant technical challenges in SAP S/4HANA migration: automating the management, alignment and synchronization of changes between ECC and SAP S/4HANA so that the business continues to operate without interruption.

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Eran Kriegshauser Basis Technologies
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Eran is currently a Senior Technologist for Basis Technologies in the North America region. He comes with more than 20 years of experience in the software industry and has held software development, architect, and management roles across a wide range of organizations. For the past six years, Eran has focused on bringing automation and DevOps technologies to some of the largest SAP users in the world.

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How to Boost Profitability Performance by over 10X on SAP HANA

Learn how organizations can leverage their investment in SAP to expedite profitability analysis, harness granular data, and gain greater insights into results. Learn how other SAP customers have moved their profitability modeling & analysis into the cloud with a trusted, SAP centric solution. CCH Tagetik, a certified 'powered by SAP HANA' solution, goes beyond basic integration and offers the ultimate in data processing performance. It enables you to explore profitability down to the most granular level. With financial and operational data centralized and best-in-class data exploration tools, you can drill into data across unlimited dimensions to see how operational costs impact profitability in real-time. Highlights of this session include:

- A live product demonstration on building, running and analyzing profitability rules as a business user
- How CCH Tagetik’s built-in financial intelligence runs natively on SAP HANA
- An overview of how one large manufacturing company moved to the cloud and boosted profitability performance by over 10x

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Rob Konferowicz Wolters Kluwer CCH Tagetik
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Rob Konferowicz is CCH Tagetik's leading expert on Corporate Performance Management solutions and helps large enterprise companies make appropriate, long-term strategic decisions on CPM solutions during their software evaluation cycles. Rob translates customer requirements and industry challenges into best practices with CCH Tagetik.

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Evaluating SAP S/4HANA: Altra Motion CIO Discusses SAP Roadmap Direction

The acquisition of several new entities and recently added business units posed an opportunity forAltra Motion CIO Rick Klotz to review his options for scaling with public cloud, as well as the potential impact of transforming to SAP S/4HANA across the organization. This panel interview with Rick Klotz will focus on his journey to Azure and:

- Evaluating S/4HANA and the company’s SAP roadmap direction
- Modernizing and optimizing the business
- Leveraging the cloud to automate and innovate
- Best practices and lessons learned

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