Trends and Opportunities to Modernize your Financial Close

Economic disruption and rapid business change is forcing finance organizations to be more innovative and flexible when it comes supporting the financial close. Remote accounting teams need to be able to access critical data and collaborate for the near term, and potentially beyond. Those organizations who adapt quickly will thrive and limit the impact and risk of this disruption. This unique session examines the macro pressures on finance and delves into the array of SAP solutions that support finance and accounting as you navigate this unique climate.
You will:
- Learn how SAP S/4HANA Finance, Group Reporting, Account Substantiation, Disclosure Management, and Advanced Financial Closing can work together to support the diverse requirements of today’s financial close
- Understand how customers are leveraging a combination of best practices and these solutions to support and empower teams in a remote working environment
- Discover how core financial processes are supplemented by management accounting processes to help determine profitability across various dimensions
- Know how you can modernize your close capabilities to deliver advanced what-if analysis and predictive functionality that’s critical during this time

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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.