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IT Operations

June 23–25

Get ready for three days of insights and real-world experience straight from the ASUG network of SAP customers. Your session will have a dedicated emcee who will serve as your host and facilitate Q&A with our speakers. Each day includes:

  • Opening: Listen to ASUG CEO Geoff Scott’s conversation with a global CXO and thought leader. They’ll discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their personal lives and business operations, and how they’re leading their teams through change.
  • Demos: See how specific technology solutions work in real-life scenarios.
  • Panels: Ask the Experts during these interactive sessions.
  • Customer Stories: Hear how your peers are conquering today’s challenges and ask questions about their experiences.

Tuesday, June 23

1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET
Opening Remarks

Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

1:35 p.m. CT/2:35 p.m. ET
ASUG Connects With: Intel’s Archana (Archie) Deskus

Archana (Archie) Deskus, SVP and CIO, Intel

Listen to ASUG CEO Geoff Scott’s conversations with global business executives and thought leaders from companies such as Moderna, Ford Motor Co., Kimberly-Clark, Under Armour, Intel, Coke One North America (CONA), New England Biolabs, IDC, and SAP, who are scheduled to speak during ASUGFORWARD. They’ll discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their personal lives and business operations, and how they’re leading their teams through change.

1:55 p.m. CT/2:55 p.m. ET
Sauder’s “Do-It-Yourself” Conversion to SAP S/4HANA

Jan Arvay – VP Information Technologies, Sauder Woodworking Company

Pam Vocke – Director of Business Systems, Sauder Woodworking Company

Learn about Sauder’s journey to provide a foundation to build an intelligent enterprise. Working with our SAP Enterprise Support advisor, Sauder utilized the various tools and services available via its maintenance agreement to convert to SAP S/4HANA and stay at the cutting edge of the woodworking industry.

2:15 p.m. CT/3:15 p.m. ET
Break

2:20 p.m. CT/3:20 p.m. ET
Speed Changes Everything: How to Deliver the Fastest, Safest, Lowest Cost SAP Releases Ever

James Senecal – Director of Solution Architecture, Tricentis

Learn how leading enterprises are putting their digital transformation projects into overdrive by cutting the time, risk, and cost associated with deploying SAP changes.

In this session, we’ll show how moving from manual processes to a modern, automated process helps you fast track innovation across even the most complex SAP landscapes.

2:40 p.m. CT/3:40 p.m. ET
Beyond SAP ERP Central Component: Supporting Integrations

Brianca Martin – Senior Staff Technical Program Manager, General Electric

Users often work outside of SAP software and expect the activities they perform to flow seamlessly into and out of SAP solutions. Organizations must be intentional in developing real-time integration-monitoring capabilities, leveraging APIs, cloud solutions, and container technology to ensure integrations are properly monitored, errors are detected, and the appropriate action is taken (email notification, ticket creation, automatic reprocessing).

3:00 p.m. CT/4:00 p.m. ET
How Zappos' SAP Team Live and Deliver WOW

Sandeep Cumbamanagalam – Business Applications Principal Software Engineer, Zappos

John Appleby – CEO, Avantra

Zappos, one of the largest online retailers in the U.S., was looking to improve its day-to-day operations of SAP. The organization was seeking ways to reduce costs, increase the efficiency of its small IT operation team, improve the work-life balance, and deliver happiness to customers and employees. In this session, you will get insights into these challenges and how Zappos solved them. Speakers will present a real-life view of their SAP operations automation using Avantra.

3:20 p.m. CT/4:20 p.m. ET
Goodyear Use of SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder

Matthew Harmon – Senior IT Technology Advisor, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Learn how to leverage a free SAP service to determine what important business KPIs should be measured in your SAP system, what innovations are available, and begin measuring progress today. SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder report can bring organizations insight into business-driven performance.

3:40 p.m. CT/4:40 p.m. ET
Break

3:45 p.m. CT/4:45 p.m. ET
Supporting Your Remote Workforce: Enabling User Productivity Through Analytics

Erik Figueredo – Managing Director, Knoa Software

Learn how enterprises are adapting to ensure employees’ productivity in remote working environments. Are your employees as productive at home compared to the office? How do you know? Knoa analytics give you insight by gathering actionable intelligence to optimize your software investment. Improve employee productivity, identify performance challenges, and expedite problem resolution all within a centralized dashboard. We are helping deliver an optimal application experience so remote workers can perform effectively, stay engaged, and meet the changing needs of today’s business environment.

3:55 p.m. CT/4:55 p.m. ET
Ask-the-Experts Panel

Raman Yousefi – Director, Technology Alliances – SAP, Dell Technologies

Ron Gilson – VP and CIO, Johnsonville LLC


Moderator: Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

Bring your questions for our experts during this live panel discussion.

Each day of ASUGFORWARD will close with a panel of experts. Join IT and operations leaders as they share insights and best practices for creating opportunity, driving efficiency, and embracing innovation during a time of complexity and change.

4:10 p.m. CT/5:10 p.m. ET
Closing Remarks

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Wednesday, June 24


1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET
Opening Remarks

Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

1:35 p.m. CT/2:35 p.m. ET
ASUG Connects With: SAP’s Juergen Mueller

Juergen Mueller – CTO and Executive Board Member, SAP

Listen to ASUG CEO Geoff Scott’s conversations with global business executives and thought leaders from companies such as Moderna, Ford Motor Co., Kimberly-Clark, Under Armour, Intel, Coke One North America (CONA), New England Biolabs, IDC, and SAP, who are scheduled to speak during ASUGFORWARD. They’ll discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their personal lives and business operations, and how they’re leading their teams through change.

1:55 p.m. CT/2:55 p.m. ET
Ferrara’s Sweet Transition to a Digital Business to Close the Gap Between IT and the Business

Mustafa Mustafa – Senior Director, IT, Ferrara

A key challenge in the journey to become one of the largest sweet-snack businesses in the U.S. is the time to integrate and provide a single view of the customer and product portfolio. Hear Ferrara’s journey to integrate customers and products from a two-year period to the ability to integrate on day one of an acquisition. Learn how leveraging SAP Analytics on SAP HANA Enterprise allows for upmost agility partnered with an IT culture that fosters collaboration. • Steps in how to build a culture of collaboration with the business counterparts • SAP Analytics on SAP HANA Enterprise capability overview and how it is a paradigm shift moving away from SAP BW • A key enabler to collaboration and agility is the right synergy of people, process, and technology

2:15 p.m. CT/3:15 p.m. ET
Break

2:20 p.m. CT/3:20 p.m. ET
Is Your Storage Working Hard Enough to Simplify Your SAP?

Ryan Arsenault – Senior SAP Solution Architect, Pure Storage

Is your SAP infrastructure delivering a modern data experience? Do you enjoy best-in-class data reduction for speed and cost savings? Are you automating mundane tasks like copies? Do you use always-on replication for backup and recovery? Can you scale capacity as needed and on the fly? Do you manage data locally and in the cloud with the same tools and view? Unless you answered “yes” to all these questions, Pure Storage can simplify your SAP, saving you time, unnecessary annoyance, and a bunch of money.

2:40 p.m. CT/3:40 p.m. ET
Unlock Businesses Value Now with Intelligent Robotic Process Automation

Sebastian Schrötel – Head of SAP Intelligent RPA, SAP

In these challenging economic times, unlocking efficiency and performance potential in your core ERP is a necessity. Now, more than ever, customers demand immediate value from their technology investments. During this session, we will show you how you can leave your existing systems untouched and unlock additional business value within a few weeks by adding SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA), whether it’s with your existing SAP ECC system or your SAP S/4HANA system.

3:00 p.m. CT/4:00 p.m. ET
Managing Risk in the Cloud: Levi’s Gains Visibility and Threat Intelligence

Steve Zalewski – Deputy CISO, Levi Strauss & Co.

Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen – CTO, Onapsis

Levi’s wanted to pilot a new SAP Hybrid Enterprise Cloud, but potential loss of visibility into the operating environment presented a concern and became a challenge that required additional education. By partnering with Onapsis, Levi’s gained visibility into the cloud environment and can now trust and verify that the SAP Hybrid Enterprise Cloud is operating according to Levi’s standards.

3:20 p.m. CT/4:20 p.m. ET
Data Leaders and Operating in the New Normal: The Why, the What, and the How

Maria C. Villar – Head of Enterprise Data Strategy and Transformation, Office of NA Chief Transformation Officer, SAP

As organizations focus on recovery in the second half of the year, budgets are being re-evaluated, IT projects are being deferred, and working capital optimization is a new priority. Yet, companies are understanding the data gaps they have and recognizing that investing in data is important. As a data leader in the organization, how should you prioritize the data activities and investments for the second half of 2020? How can you start focusing on business outcomes that matter? Join this session for an open conversation with Maria Villar and start evaluating your data strategy in light of the new priorities. 

3:40 p.m. CT/4:40 p.m. ET
Break

3:45 p.m. CT/4:45 p.m. ET
Activating Data to Accelerate Your Business Intelligence

Activating your data is key to both your organization and your suppliers getting the needed information to make smart business decisions in real time. This session will demonstrate how the Capgemini Intelligent Assistant for Automotive app (CIA4AUTO) leverages the power of SAP data to provide real-time insights that can be applied to any industry. It scans transactions, postings, events, or lack of events to detect anomalies and indicate any potential issues in the supply chain. CIA4AUTO tracks sales orders, pricing, deliveries, receipts, IDoc/EDI inbound and outbound, and invoices to improve operations. The app learns based on how the user interacts, so it adapts to deliver the information important for your business. iOS, Android, and web-based, CIA4AUTO works in any SAP environment—ECC or SAP S/4HANA—no matter the level of customization.

3:55 p.m. CT/4:55 p.m. ET
Ask the Experts: Winning SAP Security Strategies for Fighting the Cyber War

Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen – CTO, Onapsis

Anne Marie Colombo – Cybersecurity Solution Advisor, Office of North America CIO, SAP

Moderator: Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

Bring your questions for our experts during this live panel discussion.

Each day of ASUGFORWARD will close with a panel of experts. The theme of day two’s panel is security monitoring. Join IT and operations leaders as they share insights and best practices for creating opportunity, driving efficiency, and embracing innovation during a time of complexity and change.

4:10 p.m. CT/5:10 p.m. ET
Closing Remarks


Thursday, June 25


1:00 p.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET
Surprise Musical Guest

1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET
Opening Remarks

Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

1:35 p.m. CT/2:35 p.m. ET
ASUG Connects With: Heller Search Associates’ Martha Heller

Martha Heller – CEO, Heller Search Associates

Listen to ASUG CEO Geoff Scott’s conversations with global business executives and thought leaders from companies such as Moderna, Ford Motor Co., Kimberly-Clark, Under Armour, Intel, Coke One North America (CONA), New England Biolabs, IDC, and SAP, who are scheduled to speak during ASUGFORWARD. They’ll discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their personal lives and business operations, and how they’re leading their teams through change.

1:55 p.m. CT/2:55 p.m. ET
Ready for Change in the Health Care Industry: Cardinal Health’s SAP Implementation on Google Cloud

Edy Sardilli – Strategic Global Alliances and Business Development, Google Cloud

Tom Cliff – Director, Software Engineering, Cardinal Health

Change is a constant in the health care industry. With over $130 billion in annual revenue, Cardinal Health is one of the world’s largest medical and pharmaceutical distributors. Nearly 100% dependent on its SAP systems, Cardinal Health made a bold move to deploy SAP HANA on Google Cloud. Not only has the organization experienced 37% reduced costs, improved security, and availability, but it also now has the agility to respond quickly to market dynamics. Join us as we talk to Cardinal Health's Director of Software Engineering Thomas Cliff to learn more about the results the organization is seeing as well as plans for the future.

2:15 p.m. CT/3:15 p.m. ET
Shell’s Intelligent Enterprise Enabled by SAP Cloud Platform

Prasanna Rangaraju – Group ERP Architect, Shell Information Technology International Limited

Jo Weilbach – VP and Head of the SAP Cloud Platform Customer & Partner Office, SAP SE

Learn from Shell's experience and lessons learned on its ongoing journey towards becoming an intelligent enterprise. Hear about how its use of SAP Cloud Platform as an integration and extension platform is driving the company’s innovation and compliance plans while keeping the core clean.

After the session you will be up to date on the SAP Cloud Platform strategy and its adoption by Shell to realize innovation.

2:35 p.m. CT/3:35 p.m. ET
Break

2:40 p.m. CT/3:40 p.m. ET
Understanding Considerations and Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for SAP Solutions

Jody Ellis – Senior SAP Solutions Architect, Nutanix

Attend and learn how Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) can help optimize running SAP solutions, speed the migration to SAP S/4HANA, and make Basis, LoB, and developer teams more agile. We will dig into the best practices, details, and benefits realized by SAP customers who moved their landscapes to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

3:00 p.m. CT/4:00 p.m. ET
How Curvature Built a Global Cloud-Based Transformational Strategy with SAP

Nicole Zimmerman – Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions, Curvature

Developing a cloud-based digital transformation strategy can seem daunting. Curvature did just this in 12 months. Learn how the company built its ERP strategy, led an SAP rollout, and managed change within the business. Attendees will also gain a set of best practices for their own go-live.

3:20 p.m. CT/4:20 p.m. ET
What You Should Know about High Availability for SAP Workloads on AWS

Ekrem Hatip – Senior SAP Solutions Architect, Syntax

Bill Timm – SAP Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Many enterprises today are operating around the globe and around the clock, and they need to manage complex, mission-critical SAP systems in the cloud without service interruptions. In this session, Syntax and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will review high-availability (HA) configurations for SAP applications and how to accommodate for dynamic, rapid growth of your IT environment with very little to no downtime planned or unplanned outage.

3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
Ask the Experts: Your Future Is “Cloudy,” and That’s a Good Thing!

Edy Sardilli – Strategic Global Alliances and Business Development, Google Cloud

Moderator: Paul Kurchina – Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem


Ann Marie Gray – VP of Content Strategy & Research, ASUG

Bring your questions for our experts during this live panel discussion. Each day of ASUGFORWARD will close with a panel of experts. The theme of day three’s panel is cloud strategy. Join IT and operations leaders as they share insights and best practices for creating opportunity, driving efficiency, and embracing innovation during a time of complexity and change.

3:40 p.m. CT/4:40 p.m. ET
Closing Remarks

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Please contact asugforward@asug.com to learn more.


Gold Sponsors:


Onapsis
Nutanix
Pure Storage
Avantra


Silver Sponsors:


KNOA User Experience Management
Syntax
Capgemini

Bronze Sponsors:


Dell Technologies
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