Interactive Q&A: Trends in automation and intelligence in finance

Businesses are rapidly applying a variety of automation solutions to improve efficiency, cut costs, and reallocate resources to more strategic tasks. This interactive Q&A will discuss the latest SAPinsider research on automation in finance and discuss how to get the most out a variety of technologies from Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to machine learning and advanced intelligence. Bring your questions and experiences as you will:

  • Learn why more than 85% of the respondents in SAPinsider’ s latest research have already applied some sort of automation to their financial processes
  • Discover what automation capabilities are built into SAP S/4HANA Finance and how to tap into them
  • Find out why many organizations are dissatisfied with their current automation solution and progress
  • Understand how to select the right automation solution and partner that fits your unique needs


Rizal Ahmed SAPinsider
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Rizal (Riz) serves as Wellesley Information Service’s Chief of Content. He oversees content and business planning, helping WIS’s global customers and partners discover new ways to leverage content for competitive advantage. Prior to WIS, Riz was a Research Associate with Forrester Research and a reporter for the Manila Times in the Philippines. Riz earned dual degrees from Dartmouth College in History and Economics.

Birgit Starmanns Global Head of oCFO COE Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs, SAP
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Birgit Starmanns is the Global Head of oCFO COE Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs in the Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk. She also has responsibility for the go-to-market of new finance and risk solutions that leverage new technologies such as machine learning and cloud, and the business benefits they can bring to organizations. Her functional experience is in finance and management accounting, including SAP S/4HANA Finance, as well as core SAP ERP and SAP EPM. Birgit has over 30 years of experience across the Center of Excellence (COE), solution marketing, solution management, strategic customer communities, and management consulting organizations. Prior to SAP, she was a principal in management consulting organizations, including Price Waterhouse and several boutique firms. Birgit holds a BA and MBA from the College of William and Mary.