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SAPPHIRE NOW 2015: SAPinsider Online Schedule of Streaming Keynotes and Sessions from Orlando

May 1, 2015

Join us on SAPinsider Online for a virtual look at SAPHIRE NOW 2015, with a sampling of key sessions and keynotes streaming live from Orlando.  

Starting Tuesday May 5,watch the live stream of the keynotes from SAP CEO Bill McDermott, Hasso Plattner,  SAP Board Member Bernd Leukert, and Concur CEO Steve Singh along with selected sessions from Orlando. 

The full list of keynotes and sessions for May 5-7 are listed below, covering topics and solutions including Ariba, Concur, SuccessFactors, SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, BI visualization and data discovery, SAP Simple Finance, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP Fiori, Fieldglass and external workforce management, and the Internet of Things.

Note: All session times are EST (Eastern Standard Time). All times and sessions are subject to change.

Live Stream Schedule


9:00-10:30 am Run Simple
Bill McDermott, SAP CEO
How can I compete when it’s no longer clear who I’m competing against? When did my customers start knowing more about me than I know about them? How can I find and keep the people I need to solve the challenges I don’t even know I have yet? When will my data stop reporting the past and start predicting the future? How can I Run Simple in an increasingly complex world? SAP CEO Bill McDermott will discuss burning questions facing businesses of all sizes in the digital economy.

11:00-11:20 am  Transform Business with New Platform Solutions
Irfan Khan, SAP, Chief Technology Officer, SAP Global Customer Operations
Reimagine a platform technology that can help businesses run simpler and innovate quickly. Find out how SAP’s new platform solutions are bringing together real-time business context and operational results to realize opportunities of the future centered around Big Data and the Internet of Things, both on premise and in the cloud.                                                

11:30-11:50 am  Lay the Foundation for Future Growth in Retail               
Stephen McDonnold, PGA TOUR Superstores
Run your business with professional skill and expertise. Explore how the PGA TOUR Superstore operates profitable commercial processes using SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA software, the SAP POS Data Management application, SAP Screen Personas software, SAP Fiori user experience, and hosting services from SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.  

12:00-12:20 pm Transform Procurement with Integrated Processes
Marcell Vollmer, SAP Chief Procurement Officer
Increase spend visibility, cost savings, procurement process efficiencies, and contract compliance through integrated processes. Hear from SAP's own chief procurement officer and discover how SAP solutions, including those from Ariba, an SAP company, are helping transform procurement and get direct insight into benefits realized.                                               

12:30-12:50 pm Modernize Spend Management with a Connected Platform      
Christopher Juneau, Concur, Senior Director Global Marketing

Deliver an effortless experience of travel and expense processes for your business and your employees while providing total transparency into spending, wherever and whenever it happens. Connect data, applications, and people with services and cloud-based solutions from Concur, now part of SAP.

1:00-1:20 pm      Improve Employee Engagement with Continuous Learning
Jennifer Anglehart, B/E Aerospace, Global Manager, Talent Acquisition
Learn how to build a culture of continuous learning. Discover how global aerospace manufacturer B/E Aerospace is using the SuccessFactors Learning solution to support a talent strategy focused on leadership development to close leadership gaps, improve employee engagement, and prepare employees for next-level roles in the company.                     

1:30-1:50 pm      Visualize the Digital Economy
David  McCandless, Ltd, Author, Data Journalist, and Information Designer
Explore the power of business networks by using innovative visualization. Hear insights from David McCandless, an author, data journalist, and information designer whose blog and best-selling books are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge, and data. Discover novel patterns and stories for embracing the digital economy.   

2:00-2:20 pm      Define Your Road to S/4HANA
Wieland Schreiner, EVP SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA ,SAP
Discover the existing and coming innovations of our next-generation business suite. Understand the road map for the editions offered for SAP S/4HANA. Learn what is available and planned for lines of business and industries.

2:30-2:50 pm      Run Simple with a Single Source of Service and Support
Ugo Orsi, Loblaw Co. Ltd, VP, Application Service Management
Speed innovation with seamless support for on-premise, cloud, or hybrid IT landscapes. Hear how SAP provides a unified approach for delivering the SAP MaxAttention offering. Discover how this approach enables Loblaw Companies Ltd. to manage total cost of ownership, improve user adoption, and simplify customized solutions.       

3:00-3:20 pm      Transform the Learning Experience with Cloud-Based Solutions
Susan Kramer, Director Enterprise HRIS, The Walt Disney Company; Irene Songco, Senior Manager , Accenture

Change the way your employees learn. Find out how Disney reimagined its approach to learning by building new capabilities for employees globally. Learn how Disney delivered highly relevant content specific to its businesses and introduced high-quality, exclusive learning experiences with solutions from SuccessFactors, an SAP company.  

3:30-4:00 pm      Run Simple with Our Next-Generation Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA
Peter Nikoletatos, La Trobe University, Executive Director and CIO; Bobby Joseph, Bristow GroupInc., Director Information Security, Risk & Compliance; Si-Mohamed Said, SAP, VP Apps and UX Product Marketing; Wieland Schreiner, SAP EVP, SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA; Markus Schwarz, SAP General Manager, SAP S/4HANA       
Discover how to run simple in the digital and networked economy. Learn how SAP S/4HANA, our next-generation business suite built on the SAP HANA platform, helps you reimagine your business, user experience, and IT to drive immediate value across lines of business and industries.

4:00-4:20 pm      Bring Cloud and Simplicity to Financial Systems to Achieve Strategic Goals
Peter Nikoletatos, La Trobe University, Executive Director and CIO        

Simplify inefficient financial processes to help your finance organization thrive and achieve enterprise-wide goals. Hear from a customer who is using the SAP Simple Finance solution in the cloud to streamline the company’s financial operations, gain nimbleness, focus on the most essential tasks, and get the job done in real time.           



KEYNOTE:  8:30-10:30 am             
Run Simple: Reimagine the Promise at the Heart of Your Business
Bernd Leukert, Member of the SAP Executive Board, Products & Innovation
Your business began with a simple promise. And you went out and got it done. You got bigger and stronger. The world sped up. The global economy expanded. Technology became integral to your success. But then complexity found its way in, weighed you down, and distracted you from delivering on that simple promise. It’s time to get back to doing what you do best. Across every industry, the digital economy is rapidly changing how business is done – and how promises are fulfilled. Technology used to support your business, but today technology is your business. Bernd Leukert, member of the SAP Executive Board responsible for Products & Innovation, will discuss how SAP innovations, such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and the Internet of Things, help you refocus on the only conversation that matters today: how to deliver on that promise to your customers in today’s digital economy.

Run Simple: Connect Your Business to the World and the World to Your Business
Steve Singh, Member of the SAP Global Managing Board, CEO, Concur

When you started out in your business, most of what you needed to fulfill that promise got done within your own four walls. But today’s world is different. Technology is connecting everything - businesses, people, and things – in entirely new ways. And those four walls? Market leaders and disruptors are looking far beyond them, inventing entirely new services and solutions that are connected, effortless, and transparent. When we are able to tap into the power of networks, we tap into the power and intelligence of entire ecosystems. Steve Singh, CEO of Concur, and member of the SAP Global Managing Board, will discuss how business networks give you a competitive edge in delivering your promise to your customers in today’s digital economy.

10:30-10:50 am  Achieve Superior Customer Experience with SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Craig Parker, Genband, Dir Cloud Applications and Enterprise Architecture
Find out how to use a cloud platform to improve customer satisfaction, enhance sales and service productivity, and boost data quality. Learn how technology provider GENBAND replaced an older system with a series of integrated SAP solutions using SAP HANA Cloud Platform, resulting in superior customer experience.      

11:00-11:20 am  Eliminate Complexity with Innovation, Transformation, and CIO Leadership
Ingrid-Helen Arnold, SAP, Member, Global Managing Board; CIO and Head, Cloud Delivery and Business Innovation
Eliminate complexity to allow for business agility, flexibility, and innovation. Join SAP’s CIO to hear insights on top-of-mind issues for business leaders, and examine the role CIOs can play in leading the way for radical digital business transformation with SAP S/4HANA and the cloud.           

11:30-11:50 am  Sell, Engage, and Win Your Customers
Bruce Petillo, Insight Enterprises, Marketing Director;  Harish Ramani, ARYZTA AG, SVP Global CIO
Accelerate productivity and empower your sales team to better engage and win customers. Hear how Insight Enterprises Inc. is achieving these goals by refocusing its strategy from customer relationship management to engagement. Discover how it provides sales reps with relevant insight throughout each customer’s journey.   

12:00-12:20 pm Get the Big Picture Through Better Management of Your External Workforce   
Arun Srinivasan, SAP VP, Product Strategy
Take a broader, more active approach to management of your external workforce. Hear customers share their innovative strategies for optimizing use of contingent labor, independent contractors, and project-based services. Learn about the evolution and strategic value of flexible workforce management.            

12:30-12:50 pm Create a Purpose-Driven Workplace Through Meaningful Millennial Engagement
Adam Smiley Poswolsky, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Author
Learn what it takes to inspire a millennial workforce. Hear what Adam Smiley Poswolsky, bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, has to say about how millennials are reshaping the future of work, what they are looking for in their careers, and how companies and managers can empower millennial talent.                                                                       

1:00-1:20 pm      Connect Dark Assets to Discover the Value of the IoE    
Joseph Malik Bradley, Cisco Consulting Services, VP, IoE Practice
Hear how companies are transforming themselves and thriving amidst the convergence of powerful technological trends and rapid change. Learn how the Internet of Everything (IoE) can provide you with an actionable framework for transforming your business and winning in the age of digital disruption.

1:30-1:50 pm      Transform Your B2B Payments with Network-Based Payables Automation
Ashley Bartels, T-Mobile, Dir Business Solutions in Enterprise Systems Development; Gerard Bernard, SAP Treasurer
Eliminate labor-intensive and costly paper processes, improve working capital performance, and streamline business-to-business (B2B) payments. Hear how SAP customers are using the AribaPay solution along with the Ariba Network and electronic invoicing solutions to eliminate risk, increase savings, and innovate their accounts payable processes.

2:00-2:20 pm      Transform Business Planning with In-Memory Technology
John To, ServiceNow, Finance Systems Manager
Improve and automate consolidations as well as strategic, operational, capital expenditure, and human resources planning. Learn how ServiceNow uses the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application, powered by SAP HANA, to transform the way people work, with a focus on service orientation, user experience, and real-time calculation.   

2:30-2:50 pm      Equip Your CIOs with the Power of Business Networks
Robert Mihalko, SAP VP Seller Marketing and Ariba Discovery; Michael Guggemos, Insight Enterprises, Chief Information Officer
Enable your CIO to use business networks to deliver value to your internal customers while reducing development and support costs. Learn how business networks have matured past the original concept of a place for buyers and sellers to transact into full-blown networks that support multiple business processes.

3:00:-3:20 pm     Transform Finance with Instant Insight
Thomas Wright, Swiss Re, Dir Finance Transformation Program IT Lead
Understand the value of instant insight in finance. Hear firsthand about a company’s experience using the SAP Simple Finance solution, powered by SAP HANA, to help with real-time planning, prediction, and analytics.       

3:30-3:50 pm      Simplify Wholesale Distribution Processes Across Your Company          
Mike Adams, Glazer's Inc., CIO & SVP Enterprise Shared Services
Streamline diverse business processes, from warehouse management to HR, across locations. Hear how Glazer's, an alcoholic beverage wholesale distributor with more than 40 locations across 15 states, gained significant business benefits using HR, payroll, in-memory computing, and customer, business, and warehouse management solutions from SAP.     

4:00-4:20 pm      Reduce Complexity While Growing Your Company
Brad Crimin, Business Analyst, WL Plastic Inc;  Carrie Maslen, VP Global Channel Development

Find out how best-run small businesses and midsize companies overcame complexity to grow their business. Hear how Rifle Paper Company went from 1 to over 100 employees and achieved 1,000% growth in the past three years. Learn how WL Plastics Corporation can better manage manufacturing operations to ensure perfect delivery of each customer order.

4:30-4:50 pm      Transform Finances in the Telecommunications Industry
Doug McRory, Enterprise Architect, TELUS Communications Co.            
Learn how finance departments can adapt quickly and ensure that their systems support the fast-changing needs of the telecommunications industry, including new reporting standards. Hear how TELUS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, has taken this challenge head-on to meet the demands of the digital era.              

5:00-5:20 pm      Learn How State Government Is Using Big Data and Analytics to Save Lives
Sara  Marshall OMB Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics
See how state agencies across Indiana cooperated to tackle the state’s infant mortality rate, which for several decades exceeded the national average. Understand the data-driven management system Indiana created to pinpoint infant mortality problems by analyzing over nine billion rows of data with analytics solutions powered by SAP HANA.                  

5:30-6:00 pm     Succeed with Cloud-Based Travel and Expense Management   
Christopher Juneau, Concur, Sr Dir Global Marketing
Manage travel and expense (T&E) spend, simplify processes, keep your travelers safe, and capture data from disparate sources. Hear how industry leaders are succeeding with cloud-based T&E solutions from Concur, now part of SAP. Understand the benefits of software-as-a-service versus on-premise deployment, and improve visibility into total spend.



9:00-9:30 am      Simplify, Innovate, and Transform Your Business with Analytics and Mobile
Lilian Corvington, Vodafone Group Srvcs Ltd; Simon Stieper, VELUX group; Clemens Praendl, SAP SVP and Global General Manager; Mohammed Tariq, National Grid, Mobility Competency Centre Lead
Investigate what your company can do to stay competitive and innovative, make business solutions scalable, and provide great user experiences anywhere. See how companies have harnessed the power of SAP technology to transform the way they serve their customers and employees to maximize performance and innovate business models.                  

9:30-9:50 am     Revitalize Human Resources with Cloud-Based Core HR Solutions         
Justin Watras, Brooks Brothers, Director Talent Managementand Organizational Effectiveness
Consolidate HR data in a single system of record and make it easily accessible across the enterprise. See how Brooks Brothers Group Inc. simplified HR processes and transformed the company from manual HR processes to data efficiency in the cloud using SuccessFactors Employee Central and SuccessFactors Talent solutions.                                  

10:00-11:30 am           The In-Memory Revolution: How SAP HANA Enables Business of the Future
Prof. Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board   
Six years ago, Hasso Plattner proposed a common database architecture for transaction processing and analytical systems using a columnar in-memory database, disputing the common belief that columnar storages are not suitable for transactional workloads in enterprise applications. Today, the concept has been widely adopted in academia and industry. It has been proven that this approach is not only feasible but it also leads to a dramatic simplification of data models, less transaction complexity, the highest flexibility of queries, an impressive performance, and finally a reduction in the total cost of ownership. This redefines the way we can build enterprise software because we are now able to run analytical queries on large data sets directly on the finest granularity of data, eliminating the need to maintain prebuilt aggregate tables, and to implement transaction and analytical features in one system. So, it is now possible to create the next generation of business applications, which will enable, for example, interactive boardroom meetings, smart environments, or personalized medicine. Listen as Hasso Plattner describes the in-memory revolution and how SAP HANA is enabling the business of the future. 

11:30-11:50 am  Get the Inside Scoop on a Major Bank’s Finance and Risk Transformation
Cindy Powell, Corporate Controller BB&T Corp.; Gary Coleman, Chief Technology Officer, BB&T Corp.
Discover a single, scalable, and flexible platform for accounting, forecasting, and liquidity management. Learn how BB&T Corp. integrated finance and risk to achieve one source of the truth for SEC, regulatory, and profitability reporting. See its road map for funds transfer pricing and a full accounting rules engine, all on the SAP HANA platform.

12:00-12:20 pm Implement a Consumer-Driven Business Strategy Based on Big Data Analytics
Vijay Venkatesan , Sutter Health, VP Enterprise Data Management
Explore how today’s business imperatives require the strategic use of data to support near real-time analytics, self-service data access, and enterprise-wide visibility into key performance indicators. Hear why Sutter Health has made data-driven decisions a priority in patient care. Learn how a Big Data ecosystem is integral to its strategy.      

12:30-12:50 pm Know Your Customers So You Can Engage to Win
Jana Kanyadan, Mohawk Industries, SVP & CIO; Paul Pluschkell,Genband, Founder
Build, win, and grow your client base by relying on real-time customer insight, personalized interactions, and team collaboration. Hear how one company is achieving these goals by refocusing its strategy from customer relationship management to engagement. Find out how the company provides relevancy throughout each customer’s journey.

1:00-1:20 pm     Plan a Successful Journey to Your Real-Time Platform
Sonni Jacobsen, DuPont, BI Architect
Transition smoothly to a real-time business. Learn how DuPont, a world leader in market-driven innovation and science, streamlines business operations and meets global reporting needs with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, SAP Landscape Transformation software, and SAP Service and Support offerings.                                           

1:30-1:50 pm      Take an \"Un-Carrier\" Approach to Achieving One-Source Financials in Telco
Nilesh Buddhdeo, Deloitte; Brian Rutherford, T-MOBILE USA INC, Dir Financial Business Systems
Examine how telecommunication companies can simplify planning, consolidations, and reporting. See how T-Mobile US Inc. and Deloitte Consulting LLP realized the vision of one-source financials with the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application. Learn more about this integrated solution that has become the trusted source for reporting.            

2:00-2:20 pm      Discover the Simplified Future of Work               
Kerry Brown, SAP VP, Enablement
See why the majority of business leaders agree that business simplification is a key driver for success. Hear how every aspect of work is a candidate for simplification, including employee engagement, employee incentives, and interaction with your talent ecosystem. Explore this and other trends that are strategic in shaping the future of work.                                                         

2:30-2:50 pm      Modernize the User Experience to Unlock Business Value
Dale Van Sluytman, Sr Business Process Mgr, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Help users deliver business results with a personalized, responsive, and simple user experience (UX). Discover how Kimberly-Clark Corporation is implementing SAP Fiori UX across its organization. Understand the business value of UX to improve productivity, increase user adoption, and decrease training costs.                                         

3:00-3:20 pm      Keep Linear Assets Operating at Their Best Through Comprehensive Management
Michael Golds, AltaLink, Mgr, Asset Information Management
Maximize the reliability of your linear assets by improving data quality, data governance, and reporting. Hear how AltaLink L.P., the largest electricity transmission company in Alberta, Canada, uses linear asset management, geographical information systems, and mobile solutions to deliver the right data to the right people at the right time.              

3:30-3:50 pm      Manage All Categories of Spend with Business Networks           
Ben Redwine, SAP Global VP, Value Engineering
See what your business can gain by embracing and engaging in the digital economy. Learn how business leaders are enabling collaboration across internal departments and with their suppliers to develop tightly integrated sourcing, procurement, and payment strategies for all of their spend.                      

4:00-4:20 pm      Use Data as an Asset to Improve People’s Lives in Your State
Sara Marshall, State of Indiana, OMB Dir Business Intelligence and Analytics    
Underpin efficiency and transparency in your state government by simplifying and increasing the use of data analytics across agencies to improve performance and citizens’ lives. See how the State of Indiana is harnessing the value of data from multiple sources to take quick action through advanced analytics in SAP solutions.

4:30-4:50 pm      Bring Tomorrow’s Connected Manufacturing into Sharper Perspective Today
Dirk Slama, Bosch Software Innovations, Director Business Development
Discover how the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the industrial Internet are transforming approaches to product design, manufacturing, and aftersales service. Examine the elements for success in building business models that support connected manufacturing, connected products, and solution delivery in the digital economy.                                    

5:00-5:30 pm      Reinvent Your Business with the Real-Time Power of the Internet of Things
Stefan Krauss, SAP, General Mgr, Discrete Manufacturing Industries;  Paul Wellman, Tennant Co., CIO; Bob Parker, IDC Industry Insights, Group VP; Bill Powell, ARI, Dir Information Management
Embrace the power of the industrial Internet of Things to change and transform all aspects of design, manufacturing, sourcing, after-sales services, and business models. Hear how your peers plan to reap the benefits of the connected world.

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