Panel | SAP S/4HANA Finance customer journeys: Innovative business use cases that have delivered ROI

Line of Business leaders are under pressure to deliver superior business results. Leveraging SAP S/4HANA for the right use cases can unlock high value and the potential to drive business results to new highs. Attend this panel discussion, hosted by the SAP Chief Customer Office, SAP S/4HANA and Analytics Ambassador Program, and hear from customers who have implemented unique and innovative financial business use cases. This session will be informative for organizations that are deciding on their SAP S/4HANA innovation path, or are already starting on their innovation journey.

Questions this session can help answer include:

  • How did these customers work with their business to identify use cases?
  • What were the immediate Finance benefits from their innovative implementation?
  • What best practices were considered as part of their program?
  • What’s next on these customers’ innovation road maps?


Jonathan Wingerd SAP
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Jon Wingerd is a director in SAP America’s Chief Customer Office. The Chief Customer Office’s mission is to help customers achieve success, utilize their shelf ware, and leverage new innovations, which ultimately lead to a great customer reference. Jon also works as an SAP S/4HANA and Analytics Ambassador, one of the programs within the Chief Customer Office. The SAP S/4HANA and Analytics Ambassador program is responsible for the successful deployment and adoption of SAP HANA solutions with the company’s most strategic North American customers. The team provides oversight, governance, best practices, and lessons learned for effective SAP HANA implementations, resulting in successful customer projects and referenceable SAP HANA customers. Over the last 9 years, the team has helped more than 1400 customers go-live and share their SAP HANA success stories. Jon has been working as an SAP HANA Ambassador for the last 7 years, and has worked at SAP since 1996.

Laurence Uzureau Cargill
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Ms. Laurence Uzureau is currently leading technology transformation for Cargill Finance through the deployment of SAP Central Finance S4/Hana. Central Finance is now live at Cargill with over 1,600 users based across 35 countries, bringing data from multiple source systems. Laurence stepped into this data and technology transformation role leveraging her breadth of knowledge and leadership she has gained from her prior roles in Cargill Finance around the globe. From being the Chief Audit Executive to Finance director in the protein business, she has gained experiences along the spectrum of Finance roles that have allowed her to balance the fiduciary with the business partnering role Finance needs to play. She also serves on the Board of Ardent Mills. Laurence loves new adventures, which have taken her from France where she is originally from to cold Minnesota via Latin America and Canada to name a few. Laurence has a joint degree in European Economics from the University of Nantes in France and Middlesex University in London. She is also CIMA qualified, and speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

Robert Ersoni Excelitas Technologies Corp
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Rob is the Vice President for Global Business services (GBS) at Excelitas Technologies Corp, a photonics company delivering bespoke market-driven innovations. Rob is focused on leading Excelitas’ business transformation and developing a global strategy for GBS. As a part of this initiative, Rob leads the organization through the implementation of SAP Central Finance which includes SAP Group Reporting, Financial Reporting/Analysis, as well as centralized processing activities for Accounts receivable, Accounts Payable, Asset accounting and General ledger.