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Executive Q&A: The intelligent finance imperative

The recent economic disruption has accelerated the evolution of finance. Business demands that finance and accounting teams provide tighter integration, increased automation, better visibility into operations as well as more sophisticated planning and reporting capabilities. This interactive panel examines:

  • How finance and accounting teams are adapting critical priorities when it comes to planning, visibility, and providing real-time insights for the business
  • How companies are integrating intelligence into their finance processes that extend far beyond simple automation
  • What ROI and business benefits early adopters are seeing and how they are measuring success
  • What skills and steps organizations are taking to incorporate intelligent capabilities within their core end-to-end finance and accounting processes



MEET THE EXPERTS

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.

Karthik Amirtharajan Microsoft
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Karthik Amirtharajan is a Director Specialist in Microsoft’s Apps & Infrastructure SAP solutions business advising customers in the Americas enterprise majors’ segment to help Create and Capture value from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS capabilities on the Azure cloud platform. He helps articulate Azure’s business value and TCO to the C-Suite, collaborate with their solutions team to discover, validate, and enable customers to commit their SAP workloads on Microsoft Azure. Karthik helps lead SAP journey to Azure conversations for Microsoft’s customers within the Retail & Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Financial Services industry groups to enable them on the path for Digital Transformation. Karthik has 21+ years of overall industry, strategy, and consulting experience. In his prior role, he spent 10+ years of his consulting career at Accenture. Karthik helped manage a $400M book of Azure business in North America, developing, enabling, and executing joint go-to market strategies Microsoft aligned to SAP workloads. Karthik helped originate, shape, and deliver large strategic SAP journey to Azure transformation engagements for Fortune 100 clients. He is a Trusted Advisor for clients in the Retail & Consumer Goods, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Media & Tech and Financial Services to help realize the business value of Cloud. He has managed large scale global consulting teams, journey to cloud and digital transformation programs for clients with annual revenues of 50-100 billion dollars.

Vinod Raghavan Deloitte
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Vinod Raghavan is a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Enterprise Performance – SAP offering. He serves clients across Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail industry driving Global Finance Transformations. Vinod leads large, complex programs focused on Finance Transformation enabled by ERP (SAP S/4HANA) and Next-Gen solutions supported by cloud hosted infrastructures. Vinod also serves within the SAP Offering as the US Finance Market Offering Close, Consolidation and Reporting leader, driving forward the strategy and creation of Deloitte's thought leadership. Vinod also helps CFO’s and CAO’s rethink their ‘Finance organization of the future’ with a focus on digital core and automation.

Sheeraz Iqbal Protiviti
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Sheeraz Iqbal is an accomplished IT Leader with expertise in ERP solutions. Sheeraz exceptionally delivered Business and Digital Finance Transformations, Financial Planning & Analysis redesign, Global Roll-Out solutions with Parallel Accounting/Local GAAPs, Statutory, Management Reporting and Analytics. He is a strategic leader with experience and proficiency in SAP solutions, Business Process Optimization, aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. He has extensive expertise in delivering SAP S/4HANA, Central Finance, Suite on HANA, ECC, BPC, BI/BW, Data Services solutions. Sheeraz is a Subject Matter Expert in Global & Digital Finance process integration with Shared Services, Supply Chain, Operations, Order-to-Cash, Reporting, Consolidations and FP&A.



Enabling business transformation with SAP S/4HANA

Many organizations are currently undergoing or planning a business transformation with SAP S/4HANA. However, many of these transformation initiatives fail to deliver the forecasted benefits to the business. Join this session to learn essential elements to include in your migration roadmap to ensure a successful deployment.

Attendees will discover how to:

  • Identify the business challenges that need to be addressed in terms of people, process and technology
  • Understand the technical and business considerations for a migration to SAP S/4HANA Devise an IT strategy to simplify your technology landscape with SAP S/4HANA
  • Reduce the cost and impact of compliance through intelligent controls automation
  • Establish an effective security strategy leveraging SAP S/4HANA’s security architecture and enabled via GRC tools to further embed an automated controls environment
  • Understand some unique benefits of Fiori tiles can give you in SAP S/4HANA



MEET THE EXPERTS

Steve Apel Protiviti
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Steve Apel is a Director with over 15 years of experience in Technology Consulting and Enterprise Application Solutions. Steve focuses on the assessment and management of business risks related to the deployment of SAP and other large ERP applications. Steve has led multiple Governance, Risk and Compliance software implementations (including SAP GRC Access Control, Process Control and Risk Management) for global companies with large SAP user bases. His experience also includes leading SAP security assessments, remediation and security re-design projects. Additionally, Steve has provided ERP implementation support services to his clients in the areas of solution design, software selection, pre and post implementation reviews and ownership of application security and controls workstreams.

Sheeraz Iqbal Protiviti
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Sheeraz Iqbal is an accomplished IT Leader with expertise in ERP solutions. Sheeraz exceptionally delivered Business and Digital Finance Transformations, Financial Planning & Analysis redesign, Global Roll-Out solutions with Parallel Accounting/Local GAAPs, Statutory, Management Reporting and Analytics. He is a strategic leader with experience and proficiency in SAP solutions, Business Process Optimization, aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. He has extensive expertise in delivering SAP S/4HANA, Central Finance, Suite on HANA, ECC, BPC, BI/BW, Data Services solutions. Sheeraz is a Subject Matter Expert in Global & Digital Finance process integration with Shared Services, Supply Chain, Operations, Order-to-Cash, Reporting, Consolidations and FP&A.



2021 CIO Perspectives Webinar: Strategic Business Priorities and the SAP Agenda

This on-demand webinar extends the insights from the 2021 CIO Perspectives study. Enterprise CIOs are leading their companies through pandemic-era business disruptions on multiple fronts today. This SAPinsider Executive Research study takes the pulse of CIOs and IT leaders from organizations across the globe in order to assess their top priorities in 2021 and their plans for investments in key technologies such as SAP S/4HANA, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and adoption of cloud technology.

Watch the webinar to learn:

  • How CIOs are leveraging or planning to use cloud technology to meet rapidly changing business demands and to deliver a more resilient IT infrastructure for their organization
  • How top executives are navigating the “new normal” of a distributed workforce and how they are balancing the demands for increased productivity with the complexities of remote work
  • How the current global business climate is impacting each organization’s SAP budgets and spending, the staffing of their SAP-related teams, and their investments in transformative projects like SAP S/4HANA migrations and implementations
  • How technology executives are responding to global business disruptions and in which business processes they are investing time and resources to help navigate unprecedented market volatility

 

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SAPinsider Technology Executive Forum Magazine | 2021 | Issue 1

On the Cover

Business demands have been clarified over the past year and a half: Planning cycles have been dramatically shortened. Digitization has been accelerated. And there is a need for constant and immediate views into customer demand and supply chains. As a result, many businesses have had to make significant operational shifts, and many of these changes have been enabled by technology.

The inaugural edition of Technology Executive Forum magazine focuses on stories about the people behind the technology — IT leaders driving transformation within their organizations. These leaders say that visibility, agility, flexibility, and efficiency have become cornerstones of their strategy and technology architectures. They have found these elements to be essential to push for change and support new business models and processes. The featured thought leadership article in this issue explains how SAP is supporting organizations’ need to prioritize innovation agendas with its RISE with SAP offering. We hear from executives of companies like Ingevity, New England Biolabs, and Thames Water about how their use of technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning — as well as investments in SAP S/4HANA and cloud migration projects — are helping to drive business outcomes. We also learn about how these leaders had to change their management approach to accommodate remote workforces.

Additional articles and features in this edition include:

  • How one county council is modernizing technology and its SAP landscape to deliver more to its residents;
  • A look into SAPinsider’s recent research, including where SAP customers plan to reinvest in the coming year; and
  • How one oil and gas company is transforming into an integrated energy conglomerate.

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2021 CIO Perspectives: Strategic Business Priorities and the SAP Agenda

Enterprise CIOs are leading their companies through pandemic-era business disruptions on multiple fronts today. New technology initiatives are being accelerated by urgent business needs for greater IT resiliency and flexibility to respond swiftly to supply chain challenges, emerging customer demands, and a volatile market. This SAPinsider Executive Research report takes the pulse of CIOs and IT leaders from organizations across the globe in order to assess their top priorities in 2021 and their plans for investments in key technologies such as SAP S/4HANA, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and adoption of cloud technology. This report also analyzes the strategies, tactics, and technologies they are employing to meet those priorities as well as the approach they are taking to manage their most critical staff resources and project teams as they navigate the COVID-19 era.

In this report, you will learn:

  • How CIOs are leveraging or planning to use cloud technology to meet rapidly changing business demands and to deliver a more resilient IT infrastructure for their organization
  • How top executives are navigating the “new normal” of a distributed workforce and how they are balancing the demands for increased productivity with the complexities of remote work
  • How the current global business climate is impacting each organization’s SAP budgets and spending, the staffing of their SAP-related teams, and their investments in transformative projects like SAP S/4HANA migrations and implementations
  • How technology executives are responding to global business disruptions and in which business processes they are investing time and resources to help navigate unprecedented market volatility

 

Download the report now!


Data Readiness and Preparation for Your SAP S/4HANA Implementation

To develop a sound and scalable data foundation, it is critical to start with a clear understanding of your current data landscape. In this session, we will share the key activities that lead to a successful outcome. Attend this session to gain access to:
- Team dynamics from execution to ownership
- The building blocks for a data readiness assessment (DRA)
- Key decision factors for data management and conversion

This content is available to SAPinsiders. Please click to create an account or log in.

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Enabling Business Transformation with SAP S/4HANA

Many organizations are currently undergoing or planning a business transformation with SAP S/4HANA. However, many of these transformation initiatives fail to deliver the forecasted benefits to the business. Join this session to learn essential elements for including in your migration roadmap to ensure a successful deployment. Attendees will discover how to:
- Identify the business challenges that need to be addressed in terms of people, process and technology
- Understand the technical and business considerations for a migration to SAP S/4HANA and how to leverage the solution’s full potential
- Devise an IT strategy to simplify your technology landscape with SAP S/4HANA

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