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Take a little time to plan out your personal breakout session agenda in advance, for here is where the lion’s share of the knowledge-sharing and a-ha moments happen. In these sessions you’ll learn how you can use SAP Ariba to make buying, selling, and invoice and payment management simple. Once you learn to discover, connect, and collaborate in new ways, you’ll see how easy it is to drive complexity out of your business and transform your organization.
Today's changing business environment creates a greater need for automation, compliance, and savings. Collaborative sourcing goes beyond just buying. It requires integrated platforms from sourcing through buying and paying. In this track, you'll look at how customers integrate SAP Ariba solutions with their buying and paying processes to reshape the way they work, from analysis and risk management through the sourcing and contract management cycles.
Businesses can no longer afford inefficient collaboration. That’s why leading companies are leveraging new technologies to revolutionize their procurement processes. Learn how solutions such as Ariba Procure-to-Pay are uniquely positioned to improve collaboration. And how new offerings, such as Ariba Spot Buy, Ariba Mobile 2.0, and the Ariba Total User Experience, are helping organizations better manage indirect spend, reduce costs, control compliance, collaborate better with suppliers, and deliver value beyond your expectations.
In this track you’ll examine the role of payables in improving financial performance and bottom-line results. Hear how organizations are automating their invoice-to-pay processes for business advantage and aligning procurement and accounts payable to buy right and pay right. You’ll also learn payables automation strategies that enable touch-less invoice processing, enforce payment compliance, accelerate supplier enablement, and unlock working capital value while implementing certain, secure, and simple B2B payments.
This track provides sellers on the Ariba Network with opportunities to learn best practices from your peers, on everything from maximizing your revenue to increasing your customer retention. Learn how current SAP Ariba sellers are utilizing SAP Ariba solutions to find buyers ready to buy, accelerate their sales cycle, and grow their e-commerce footprint, improving top-line results while optimizing business collaborations. Unleash the power of technology to digitize your business and discover, connect, and collaborate in totally new ways.
We’ve assembled thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share their vision and insights, giving you fuel to return to your organization and make a difference. Whether you’re interested in procurement, finance, or sales, you’ll find some provocative sessions to up your game and drive innovation and transformation across your organization.
This track is designed to help our valued customers achieve maximum results and ROI with SAP Ariba solutions. In this track you’ll find ample opportunities to discuss best practices with your peers, ask questions of SAP Ariba solution experts, and gain solution insights. Please note that certain sessions, as noted in the session description, require attendees to be a licensed SAP Ariba customer to attend. Unless noted in the description, sessions are open to all attendees.
The Blue Ribbon track is specifically designed for prospective customers who have not previously deployed SAP Ariba or SAP solutions and would like to better understand the value of deploying the solutions. It will include introductory sessions that cover the various solution areas offered, along with other key topics for anyone considering deploying them. This track will have priority seating given to designated Blue Ribbon attendees, although some sessions with broader applicability will be opened to all attendees.
Attend this panel discussion to learn what’s coming in e-commerce over the next three years, and why it will be all about connecting to customers. A range of topics will be covered, including how workers and consumers play a hybrid role, why the functions within the sales and pricing teams are changing, how omnichannel approaches can drive success, and what you need to know about logistics and “urgent delivery."
Did you know travel and entertainment (T&E) costs are the second-most difficult operating expense line item for businesses to control? You can make more proactive decisions to better manage that spend and at the same time provide stakeholders with analytics that help drive policy decisions. In this session, Concur will also demonstrate how you can deliver insights to targeted personas and make sure you’re delivering the right information to the right stakeholder at the right time.
The cloud platform is the foundation for SAP Ariba solutions. Attend this session to gain knowledge on the key features of the platform, including the road map and vision for future innovations. Get the latest updates on the user experience, mobile strategy, security, integration, and other aspects. Learn how you can bring agility and speed into your business, using the latest innovations in the SAP Ariba solution platform, including its open APIs to easily extend the user interface, business processes, and data model for your procurement solutions.
What are the options for sellers and buyers collaborating on catalog content? Join a panel of leading sellers and buyers as they discuss their catalog strategies and preference for hosted CIF versus PunchOut catalogs. Learn how leading sellers use the Ariba Network to drive exposure of their product content to procurement organizations and individuals at their key accounts, while leading procurement organizations use online catalogs to drive up compliance to contract terms and to improve the user experience.
Want to speed up your sourcing process by finding and qualifying new suppliers faster? Want to improve your team productivity with SAP and SAP Ariba solutions humming together? Join this panel discussion to learn from Atos, a €12 billion global managed services and BPO consulting firm, for its distinctive insights. We will also discuss how Atos used Ariba Discovery to solve a key piece of its puzzle in finding new suppliers and eliminating single-source supplier dependencies.
Is invoice processing efficiency the sole objective of your payables automation program? If so, you may be ignoring opportunities to support payment and working capital strategies that increase cash returns, enable supplier self-service, free up working capital, and improve free cash flow. Attend this session to learn how organizations are aligning procurement, accounts payable, and treasury when automating payables. It's improving their ability to enforce contract compliance, gain supplier support for electronic payments, and improve cash and working capital management.
This panel discussion will cover how to address and overcome suppliers' objections to participating in your strategic e-commerce initiative. Remember, as a buyer you determine what value your suppliers receive from e-commerce. So, join us to learn the value that e-commerce can deliver to your suppliers and what you can do to motivate them to participate.
Companies entrust SAP Ariba solutions with safeguarding their procurement data and their user information. While industries and countries continue to add teeth to their data and privacy regulations, our solutions are leading the industry in strengthening cloud security and data privacy. Join this session to learn how SAP Ariba solutions offer best-in-class security to protect your data and user privacy. We’ll show you how we are architecting, designing, and developing our solutions and processes to keep up with today’s rapidly changing digital security demands, and how we enable you to be compliant with the EU regulations on data privacy after the recent rulings on safe harbor.
Contract management is now considered to be an integral part of the procurement process to help stop leakage and aid in gaining compliance around spend and visibility into suppliers. This session will focus on how companies are bringing contracts into the process to gain visibility with the supplier and manage compliant spend.
Leading companies are revolutionizing their procurement process by leveraging new technologies. During this session, you will learn how our customer has implemented SAP Ariba solutions to automate, streamline, and provide visibility into their procure-to-pay processes to better manage spend, reduce costs, have control on compliance, and enable better supplier collaboration.
The latest game-changing innovations in SAP Ariba solutions will enable sourcing professionals to manage complex materials and product costing using a new and improved smart sourcing platform. Sourcing professionals will now be able to integrate their operational procurement systems to automate the product costing and sourcing processes. Along with material management capabilities such as price quoting, material assignments, complex pricing, and tracking pricing trends, our product suite is geared toward becoming first class with smart sourcing components such as data-driven “what if analysis” and “build vs buy” analysis guidance. Join us to learn more on how you can bring in material masters and bills of materials within your sourcing processes. You’ll also be able to check out our direct material sourcing innovation road map, watch demonstrations of the new innovations, and participate in an interactive Q&A session.
SAP Ariba solutions have led the way in the sourcing and contract management space. Join us for this interactive session to see the new innovations and learn how we are innovating to bring a smarter sourcing and contract management experience to you. Some key innovations in this area are simplified contract authoring, predictive business process triggers, and simplified and smart sourcing. Learn more about mobile device support for sourcing and contract management business processes and integration enhancements to natively connect to the complex landscape of operational procurement systems. You won't want to miss this session to learn more about our road map investment priorities and to see product demonstrations of all the exciting new innovations coming in 2016.
Join this session to hear about our new innovations in Ariba Supplier Risk Insights, providing continuous monitoring and evaluation of your supply base across significant risk categories to help keep the lights on, protect value at risk, and minimize cost of risk. Learn how you can simplify your risk identification, management, and response processes while complying with your company’s regulations. You'll also gain knowledge of how you can bring procurement, risk, compliance, and legal organizations together to review and assess risk insights in the context of your business and make effective decisions.
Attend this session to learn about the latest updates to Ariba Network, including the approach for continual development through 2016. SAP Ariba Product Management will provide detailed information associated with the new release process for Ariba Network features, along with deep-dive demonstrations of newly released product features. Buyers and suppliers will be able to directly engage Ariba Network Product Management as part of this session.
How do you structure your procurement transformation program to optimize benefits within a complex environment? Based on its experience with 300+ procurement technology projects, Deloitte shares insights and lessons learned in preparing for and delivering a procurement technology transformation program. Build the road map, underpin with the business case, and succeed in delivering change.
SAP Fieldglass solutions enable customers to gain visibility and control of external labor and project-based services, including statements of work (SOW) – often a very vast network of service providers, independent contractors, and additional flexible talent pools. Attendees of this session will walk away with a greater understanding of the SAP Fieldglass Vendor Management System and the business challenges it solves for large, multinational enterprises.
Creating a digital single market has been identified as one of the top priorities by the European Commission to drive sustainable growth and make Europe a world leader in the digital economy. This presentation explains the vision, rationale, and key pillars of the Digital Single Market Strategy. It outlines the main initiatives to execute on the vision and discusses what this implies for companies doing business in Europe.
Attend this session to learn how to extend your sourcing and procurement applications with ease and tailor applications to meet your company-specific needs. SAP Ariba’s solution extensions allow users to directly extend user interface, business processes, and data model through intuitive and highly configurable tools. As a business user, the power is now in your hands. Learn how you can create and configure new forms and business processes easily without the need for IT.
What does going digital mean, and what are the challenges companies face when trying to transform themselves into digital enterprises? Learn how some get it right and others get it so wrong. We’ll explain how SAP solutions offer a low-risk, phased approach to starting out on this digital journey, combining the power of SAP S/4HANA with the Ariba Network.
In this session, you’ll learn how SAP Ariba solutions are fundamentally transforming the procurement process for end users, functional buyers, and procurement teams. The goal is to deliver a simple, smart, and elegant buying experience to increase user engagement across all spend. Join us to learn how the procurement team can scale to drive policy compliance and empower decentralized business units to manage their spend.
Every great transformation starts with the end in mind. Enabling suppliers on the Ariba Network is no different. Join this session and learn from the experts as they share how they have successfully enabled suppliers and achieved great results in getting their spend and documents digitized on the Ariba Network. You'll hear the perspective of suppliers, buyers, and the SAP Ariba team – starting with the up-front business case and diving into the details of the actual enablement. You will also learn about exciting new Ariba Network developments that support SAP Ariba’s vision to help buyers and suppliers simplify commerce with a single platform, including a new, free supplier enablement option and improved supplier packaging and pricing.
This session will feature a panel of suppliers sharing their stories about how they have used SAP Ariba solutions to find new business and craft winning responses to grow their overall business.
This session will bring together several customer speakers who will provide a 10-minute overview of the solutions they deployed and the benefits gained using cloud-based SAP and SAP Ariba procurement solutions. Then we will open it up for a Q&A so that new customers can ask our experienced customers what they did right and how they run better in 2016 as a result of these projects.
Business-to-business (B2B) payments are complex, and buyers and suppliers are looking for ways to simplify access to more of their preferred forms of payment. First Data and SAP Ariba share a common goal of transforming the way commerce is conducted between companies. In this session, First Data and the SAP Ariba solutions team will take a deeper dive into the B2B payments industry, analyze industry trends, assess buyer and supplier feedback, and discuss the value integrated payments can deliver to your company.
This session will focus on recent innovations in SAP Ariba procurement solutions for the cloud, including aggregation of purchase requisitions, total landed cost of goods, requisitioning of complex project-based services, and many more. The session will also showcase the planned road map. If you are a procurement professional who uses or manages the Ariba Procure-to-Pay or Ariba Procure-to-Order solution, you will get a wealth of information on how you can enhance their use and the value that your organization derives from them.
This session provides innovation updates for SAP Ariba solutions for catalogs. Innovations in cross-catalog search, content management, and integration with the material master from SAP will be shared, along with live demos. This is applicable to Ariba Procure-to-Pay, Ariba Procure-to-Order, and Ariba Procurement Content.
This session will provide an update on recent innovations and the planned roadmap of SAP Ariba’s on-demand invoice solutions. This is a must-attend session if you are an accounts payable professional who uses Ariba Procure-to-Pay or Ariba Invoice Pro.
In this session, you will learn about plans for SAP Ariba solutions for supply chain collaboration in 2016 and beyond. This session is a must if you are a supply chain business user or a deployment/implementation team member seeking information associated with the direction of SAP Ariba solutions for collaborative supply chains.
In this session, you will learn about SAP Ariba solutions for payables and finance in 2016 and beyond, specifically in EMEA. This session is a must if you are a corporate finance or A/P user or a deployment/implementation team member seeking information associated with the direction of SAP Ariba solutions for payables and finance in EMEA.
Spend data has traditionally been kept in the procurement tower, but it has significant value to other parts of the business as well. Hear how leading companies are accessing traditional procurement data with advanced tools from the analytics solutions from SAP to assist with process optimization, fraud detection, and market predictive analysis.
Globalization and digital transformation require companies today to adapt to constantly changing business needs and market conditions. Join our discussion about how we make the SAP Ariba solution platform more open and enable our customers, partners, and developers to respond to changing business demands with speed and agility. Learn how you can expand the value of your SAP Ariba procurement solutions; develop domain- and market-specific solutions; and integrate SAP Ariba solutions with other cloud solutions. This session will also cover how to use SAP HANA Cloud Platform as a build/deployment environment.
If you’re ready to move on from paper invoice processing, this session is for you. Hear from customers that have automated their accounts payable operations to accelerate invoice processing, eliminate invoice errors and exceptions, improve on-time payment performance, and improve compliance. With a smart invoicing approach, you can free up accounts payable resources to focus on higher value activities that help improve business performance.
Leading companies are revolutionizing their procure-to-pay process by leveraging new technologies. During this session, hear how customers use the Ariba Procure-to-Pay solution to automate, streamline, and provide visibility into their P2P processes. It's enabling them to manage spend better, reduce costs, strengthen compliance, and improve supplier collaboration.
Integrating with the Ariba Network is the most efficient and effective way to transact business commerce. In this session, you will learn about your Ariba Network integration options and explore their benefits, including buy-side and sell-side integration. Learn about the Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, which enables suppliers to connect once to the largest supplier network and integrate with any buyer simply. This world-class integration layer abstracted from the Ariba Network enables suppliers to integrate in a standard way, free of buyer-specific mappings.
The Network Integration team provides product delivery and support for all Ariba Buyer customers integrating an ERP with the Ariba Network, suppliers integrating their systems with the Ariba Network, and those enabling catalog content. During this open and collaborative session, we will share overviews, lessons learned, and other details to help everyone involved understand what it takes to connect to the Ariba Network. We will also introduce our "connect once" strategy and road map. Learn how suppliers can simply connect once to the largest supplier network and integrate with any buyer. This world-class integration layer enables suppliers to integrate in a standard way, free of buyer-specific mappings.
In many organizations, procurement and finance are working together to build a joint business case for source-to-pay. Yet they often aren’t making enough out of joining forces with IT. Attend this session to see how CPOs, CFOs, and CIOs can team up to collaborate and leverage synergies for sustained business success – streamlining the source-to-pay process, simplifying connectivity in their supply chain, and driving innovation in their ecosystem.
In this session, you will learn about the Ariba Network roadmap strategy and gain insights into the release cycle plans for 2016 and beyond. This session is a must if you are a business user or deployment team member seeking to implement or further expand your use of the Ariba Network in your business.
Beyond optimizing your physical supply chain, the digital transformation of businesses provides an unparalleled opportunity for optimizing the financial part of your procure-to-pay and order-to-cash processes as well. SAP S/4HANA represents the new digital core, and the Ariba Network links this to your suppliers and customers – enabling real-time collaboration. Join this session to learn how you can optimize your accounts payable and accounts receivable functions to lower error rates and manual process costs, as well as how to improve liquidity planning and working capital management.
SAP Fieldglass solutions play an integral role in delivering total spend management to customers. As such, there are a variety of natural integration points between SAP Fieldglass and SAP Ariba solutions. Attend this session to learn about the various approaches customers are using to integrate their SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass solution investments. In addition, learn about the joint road map for SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass solutions and business-case scenarios.
What's next for SAP Ariba procurement solutions, and what should you invest in moving forward? Join this session to hear relevant road map details regarding the SAP Ariba procurement solutions for the cloud and the Ariba Network. Areas of focus include direct materials innovations, supplier management, catalog enhancements, globalization, platform, enterprise mobility, UI/UX, ERP and MM integration, public sector, light enablement (an interactive e-mail collaboration option to be delivered on the Ariba Network that will eliminate the complexity of onboarding and connecting suppliers who transact on a limited basis), and extensibility of the Ariba Network.
In this session, you will learn about SAP Ariba's cloud integration strategy, understand the release cycle, and get a preview of upcoming cloud integration releases. This session will elaborate on how SAP Ariba integrates with SAP and non-SAP systems, on both the buy- and sell-side, as well as planned industry-specific functionalities.
Supplier management is not the same as vendor master data administration in your ERP back end. SAP Ariba solutions are revolutionizing supplier management with an innovation strategy to provide rich, clean supplier information integrated with the procurement process. This new innovation delivers a highly scalable integrated vendor master in the cloud with a robust extensible data model to support comprehensive supplier view, curate preferred suppliers, and manage supplier processes including onboarding qualification and performance. Deeply embedding supplier management into the buying/procurement process will tighten supplier policies and compliance tracking. Join us to learn about this innovation, see the product demo, and participate in an interactive Q&A with the product leads.
Your customers are implementing a procurement solution. Learn how to change beliefs, shift thinking, and drive conversations and change within your company to shift from operationally focused e-commerce to customer-centric digital commerce and help your company flourish. You'll also gain insights into how to get to the future and create a change organization.
Having driven successful savings projects, sourcing and procurement teams are now being leveraged by companies to drive savings in new areas. This session will provide insights into how these teams are achieving savings in new areas of spend while collaborating with new suppliers in more strategic ways.
Driving bottom-line savings continues to top the wish list of the chief procurement officer’s agenda, yet the decision path to get there often relies on perceptions and intuition. Without the right visibility into spend data and suppliers, or without having related market information in hand, sourcing and procurement decisions often run counter to the business objectives. Gaining comprehensive visibility is the stepping stone to effective spend management. Join this session where experts will share their secrets on striking it rich by listening to what their spend numbers have to say.
This session will provide a detailed overview on how to gain greater visibility into and control over non-sourced, non-contracted, and unplanned purchases. According to the Hackett Group, thirty-two percent of indirect spend is never sourced and is difficult to manage. How do employees buy things not found in the company catalog? How do you manage one-off long-tail suppliers? Is your P-Card program delivering on its promises? Participate in this session to learn more about Ariba Spot Buy, see a live demo, and speak with the experts to get your Ariba Spot Buy program started.
Gaining actual savings from the best-laid sourcing plans requires organizations to put in place a closed loop strategy, one that addresses operational sourcing as well as the processes around it. An optimal plan would include cutting-edge analytics to drive better decisions, water-tight contract management to improve adherence, and disciplined supplier management to improve performance. Join this session to hear from the experts on how organizations can drive negotiated savings to the bottom line through a tightly woven, collaborative sourcing process.
When a buyer’s working capital and cash flow management objectives conflict with those of their suppliers, it can create tension and increase supply chain liquidity risk. In this session, you will learn how Ariba Supply Chain Finance can deliver working capital and cash flow benefits to both trading partners and, in the process, reduce supply chain liquidity risk.
Participate in this session to learn how you can run integrated end-to-end sourcing processes between the best-in-class Ariba sourcing solution and SAP or non-SAP ERP applications. Hear how SAP is tapping into its own innovations and benefiting from their integration with processes in Ariba Procure-to-Pay. We will share how a successful journey begins with a vision and a solid business case, and continues through effective deployment of technology and the necessary process change management. Find out which hybrid integration scenarios between SAP on-premise solutions and the cloud-based Ariba sourcing solution are already supported, and what other integration scenarios are planned for 2016.
Non-sourced, one-off emergency spot buys can account for as much as 15% of buyers’ indirect spend and represent significant opportunities for suppliers. Attend this session to learn more about managing spot-buy categories and purchases through Ariba Spot Buy as a buyer and a supplier. SAP Ariba solution customers are joined by an independent consultant on Ariba Spot Buy to discuss their experiences and how to best leverage the service to manage spend and grow revenue.
Come hear how SAP Ariba has invested in its user experience over the past year to deliver a significantly improved experience for customers. You’ll learn how developments in design, research, and content and the introduction of new lightweight technology will positively impact your overall SAP Ariba experience.
Leading sellers are using B2B e-commerce to automate their business collaborations with customers. E-commerce enables them to reduce costs associated with manual document keying, to drive up customer satisfaction through faster, more accurate response rates to customer purchase orders, and to achieve cleaner, more accurate invoices. Join this panel of leading sellers as they discuss when and how suppliers can leverage the different transactional and integration options available on the Ariba Network.
Supplier management is in many ways like the art of motorcycle maintenance―hands on, requires discipline, and you can't leave anything to chance. Your suppliers have a deep impact on your sourcing and procurement process, and managing them effectively is the missing link between finalizing a strategic sourcing deal and realizing those benefits on the ground. This session will explore how the coming together of scalable supplier onboarding, effective supplier performance, and a host of best practices can help you manage your suppliers strategically.