• Tuesday
    04
    Apr
  • Wednesday
    05
    Apr
  • Thursday
    06
    Apr
 
 
  • 12:15 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:30 PM Conference Welcome
    1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
    Keynote
    Spinning Up Spin-Offs for Success
    Bradley Crocker - President and Chief Executive Officer, Americas Styrenics LLC
    2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    Track 1
    Dramatically Improve Time-to-Market with Digital Transformation
    Mark Thome - Director, Zinpro & Brian Everett - Industry Solution Principal, itelligence
    Track 2
    Ready for the Future: Transitioning to a Global IT Organization
    Christy Barker - Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Olin Corporation & Judy Pennington - Managing Director, Human Capital – Organization Transformation and Talent, Deloitte Consulting
    Track 3
    Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?
    Michael Jordan - Vice President, EAM Business Practice, Utopia Global, Inc.
    Track 4
    New SAP Ariba Sourcing Innovations: Gain Greater Visibility into Your Supply Chain, Ensure Supplier Compliance and Deliver Substantial Savings
    Florian Seebauer - Senior Director, Direct Procurement Solutions , SAP & Dr. Matthias Dohrn - Vice President Procurement Controlling & Governance, BASF
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Supply & Demand Network Planning
    3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
    Track 1
    Beyond Traditional Commerce: Igniting Customer Experience through Hybris
    Naveen Kandasami - Global IT Director Business Partnership & CRM Strategy, Sealed Air Corporation & Girish Bhambhani - Managing Principal, SAP
    Track 2
    Going Global: The Evolution of Integrated Business Planning
    Rob Jones - Project Manager, Dow AgroSciences & Rodney Nijoka - Demand & Supply Chain Planning Director, Albemarle Chemical & Rick Cantrell - Senior Manager IT, Commercial and Supply Chain, LyondellBasell & Ray Adams - SAP Global Industries Business Unit Chemicals, SAP
    Track 3
    Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?
    Michael Jordan - Vice President, EAM Business Practice, Utopia Global, Inc.
    Track 4
    International Trade Regulatory Issues: A Chemical Industry Perspective
    Kevin Riddell - Director of International Logistics, Tremco Group
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Internet of Things
    4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
    Track 1
    Industry Roundtable Discussion: Mergers & Acquisitions
    Paul Gierstorf - Managing Director, Accenture
    Track 2
    Industry Roundtable Discussion: Keeping up with the Customer
    David Dunn - Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
    Track 3
    Industry Roundtable Discussion: Evolving The Chemicals Supply Chain Through Digital Transformation
    John Santagate - Research Manager, Manufacturing Insights - Supply Chain Execution, IDC
    Track 4
    Industry Roundtable Discussion: Cloud
    Mark Sen Gupta - Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Evening Reception
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    8:30 AM Conference Welcome
    8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
    Keynote
    The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Embracing Change & Seizing the Opportunity of the Digital Transformation
    Keith Sturgill - Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
    9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Keynote
    Digital Transformation in a Changing Ecosystem
    Thorsten Wenzel - Vice President & Global Head Chemicals, SAP
    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Track 1
    Ask SAP: Accelerating Digital Transformation with IoT
    Ken Pierce - Global Internet of Things Leader for Energy & Natural Resources, SAP
    Track 2
    Ask SAP: SAP Connected Manufacturing for Chemicals
    Frank Platt - Senior Director, SAP
    Track 3
    Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA
    Kristen Scheffler - Senior Manager, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To-Market, SAP & VerNeil Mesecher, Jr. - Senior Director, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To Market, SAP
    Track 4
    Ask SAP: Supply Chain Complexity in the Modern World
    Sandy Markin - Senior Director, Extended Supply Chain Solutions, SAP
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Public & Private Cloud
    12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
    Track 1
    Using SAP ERP Effectively for Running an Efficient Supply Chain in the Chemical Industry
    Stephanie Green - Business Process Owner - Performance Products, Huntsman Corporation & Robert Randolph - Manufacturing & Logistics BPO, Huntsman Corporation & Bhabani Buxi - Director, PwC
    Track 2
    Business Process Transformation: Unlocking Keys to Productivity
    Andrew Keller - Supply Chain Business Process Manager, Arizona Chemicals LLC
    Track 3
    Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA
    Kristen Scheffler - Senior Manager, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To-Market, SAP & VerNeil Mesecher, Jr. - Senior Director, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To Market, SAP
    Track 4
    Exception-Based Customer Service from Order to Invoice with SAP Event Management at Colgate-Palmolive
    Joseph Jeffs - Manager, GD Supply Chain, Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Revenue Recognition & Lease Administration
    12:55 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    Track 1
    Revolutionize Your In-Transit inventory Process
    Tivi Horvath - SAP Specialist, Ascend Performance Materials
    Track 2
    12 Years of Building Advanced Analytics Capability at Dow
    Mark Carter - Enterprise Architect, The Dow Chemical Company
    Track 3
    An Information & Technology Journey from ERP to the Plant Floor… & Back Again
    Tim Morrison - Engineering Solutions – MES Project Lead, The Dow Chemical Company
    Track 4
    Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA
    Kimberley Reid - Vice President, Hitachi Consulting
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Financial Compliance
    2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
    Track 1
    GHS Label Requirements: How Tremco Leverages SAP & Loftware
    Kevin Riddell - Director of International Logistics, Tremco Group & Karen Mosley - Senior SAP Business Analyst, Tremco Group
    Track 2
    SAP System Merge: Logistics & Lessons Learned
    Sue Ellen Keyser - Head of Continuous Improvement, Actega North America, Inc. & Hasan Yakisan - Senior Consultant, Enowa
    Track 3
    How Nexeo Solutions Optimizes Its Private Fleet with SAP Transportation Management
    Ed Bright - Business Solution Manager, Logistics, Nexeo Solutions, LLC & Vijay Sankararaman - Director IT Business Solutions, Nexeo Solutions, LLC
    Track 4
    Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA
    Kimberley Reid - Vice President, Hitachi Consulting
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Customer Engagement
    3:40 PM - 4:40 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:40 PM - 5:20 PM
    Keynote
    Disruptive Innovation: A Secret to Unconventional Success
    Ido Leffler - Co-Founder of Yes To, Yoobi, & Cheeky; Member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council; Co-Host of the Oxygen Channel’s Quit Your Day Job, Yoobi, Inc.
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Women in Chemicals Reception
  • 7:30 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Welcome
    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    Keynote
    Integrated Business Planning – The Next Frontier
    Mark Vollrath - Worldwide Director - Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain (Retired) & SAP Independent Executive Advisory Council Member, Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain & SAP
    9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    Track 1
    Ask SAP: The Case for Establishing the Digital Platform
    Rich Seltz - Vice President, Digital Transformation, SAP
    Track 2
    Ask SAP: S/4HANA & Financial Excellence
    Lance Holbert - Senior Director, Finance Value Advisory, SAP
    Track 3
    Ask SAP: Visibility Matters: the SAP Ariba Network
    Deb Kaplan - Supply Chain Network Executive, SAP
    Track 4
    Ask SAP: SAP Hybris for Chemicals
    Dean Afzal - Global Director of B2B and ENR Industry Marketing , SAP Hybris
    11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
    Track 1
    Eastman Chemical's Digital Transformation Journey Leveraging S/4HANA
    William Prusha - Corporate Architect, Eastman Chemical Company
    Track 2
    Dangerous Goods: Setting Your Employees Up for Success
    Jon Pelis - Dangerous Goods & Environmental Compliance Manager, Aviall
    Track 3
    A Real Return: Using BW to find Savings at Bayer CropScience
    Bill Abernathy - Head of Logistics Excellence, Bayer CropScience LLC
    Track 4
    One Company’s Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality using SAP & Other Enabling Technologies
    Michael Crawford - Senior Corporate Treasury Manager, Mosaic
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Plant Maintenance
    12:25 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
    Track 1
    Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry
    James Cooper - NRCS Chemical Sector Lead, Capgemini America, Inc. & David Dunn - Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
    Track 2
    RevRec and Leasing: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You
    John Froelich - Vice President – Strategic Accounts & Marketing, Bramasol Inc. & Ron Ramcharan - Senior Manager, Accounting Policy, LyondellBasell Industries
    Track 3
    Innovative Way to Quickly Absorb a Major Merger or Acquisition with SAP S/4HANA & Central Finance
    Richard Hoker - VP - Corporate Controller, CF Industries & Paul Gierstorf - Managing Director, Accenture
    Track 4
    Using Track & Trace to Recover Costs at Air Products & Chemicals
    Mark Binnig - Director, Business Transformation, Air Products and Chemicals
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: Data Governance
    2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
    Track 1
    Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry
    James Cooper - NRCS Chemical Sector Lead, Capgemini America, Inc. & David Dunn - Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
    Track 2
    Integrating ECC, APO, BI & BPC Data to Supercharge Management Reporting & Accelerate Financial Close
    Aaron Benner - BI/BPC/BOBJ Enterprise Solution Architect, Ascend Performance Materials
    Track 3
    End-to-End Real-Time Visibility Delivers Optimal Logistics Operations - A Case Study
    Ram Angara - IT Director, Oerlikon Metco (US), Inc.
    Track 4
    A Supply Chain Transformed with SAP Integrated Business Planning
    Rodney Nijoka - Demand & Supply Chain Planning Director, Albemarle Chemical & Pushpinder Singh - Solutions Architect, Intrigo
    Expert Exchange
    Expert Exchange: How to Merge SAP Systems & Plan for Acquisition
    3:35 PM - 4:15 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
    Keynote
    How Mindfulness Helps Address Disruption, Stress & Safety
    Joe Burton - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Whil.
    5:00 PM Conference Close
 
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keynote:
Spinning Up Spin-Offs for Success

 
04 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
 

Mergers and spin-offs have become commonplace in the chemical manufacturing sector in an effort to create streamlined entities that are laser focused on meeting dynamic business challenges while delivering enhanced financial returns for both the “spinner” (AKA the parent company) and the new entities that are “spun” out.  While the financial benefits of these structural changes are historically quite significant,…

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Bradley Crocker
President and Chief Executive Officer, Americas Styrenics LLC
 
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talk:
Dramatically Improve Time-to-Market with Digital Transformation

 
04 Apr 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
 

We used SAP Suite on HANA and GIB to move from a make-to-order model to a make-to-stock model to enable the business to supply product to customers in days instead of months. Like any business the end game was getting the right product to the right customer at the right time anywhere in the world. To do this: New and…

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Mark Thome
Director, Zinpro
 
Brian Everett
Industry Solution Principal, itelligence
 
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talk:
Ready for the Future: Transitioning to a Global IT Organization

 
04 Apr 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
 

Olin Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters based in Clayton, Missouri and operations in more than 20 countries.  Our roots trace back to 1892 in the chemical industry, where today Olin is the leading manufacturer and seller of Chlor Alkali Products and Epoxy globally. Driven in part by an acquisition in 2015, Olin is currently undertaking a program…

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Christy Barker
Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Olin Corporation
 
Judy Pennington
Managing Director, Human Capital – Organization Transformation and Talent, Deloitte Consulting
 
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talk:
Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?

 
04 Apr 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
 

Today’s asset master data systems of record frequently cut across multiple organizations including Plant Maintenance, Plant Engineering, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA). If these systems can operate with a shared, accurate understanding of the operational assets, they can reduce EH&S risks, improve asset availability, system uptime and operational integrity, increase maintenance productivity, insure regulatory…

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Michael Jordan
Vice President, EAM Business Practice, Utopia Global, Inc.
 
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talk:
New SAP Ariba Sourcing Innovations: Gain Greater Visibility into Your Supply Chain, Ensure Supplier Compliance and Deliver Substantial Savings

 
04 Apr 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
 

BASF and SAP Ariba have joined forces to drive innovation in the source-to-contract and supplier management process for direct materials. In this session you will hear how these two companies are making such an impact in this critical procurement process via a strategic design partnership that has become the template for driving customer innovation across the SAP Ariba business. Understand…

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Florian Seebauer
Senior Director, Direct Procurement Solutions , SAP
 
Dr. Matthias Dohrn
Vice President Procurement Controlling & Governance, BASF
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Supply & Demand Network Planning

 
04 Apr 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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talk:
Beyond Traditional Commerce: Igniting Customer Experience through Hybris

 
04 Apr 2017, 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
 

Today’s sophisticated customers present new challenges as well as new opportunities for Sealed Air, requiring Sealed Air to move away from very transactional sales full of quotes and product capabilities, toward a knowledge-based, customer-centric selling capability powered by deeper customer knowledge and market insight. To do this, Sealed Air recognized that they needed to break down silos, and operate with…

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Naveen Kandasami
Global IT Director Business Partnership & CRM Strategy, Sealed Air Corporation
 
Girish Bhambhani
Managing Principal, SAP
 
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talk:
Going Global: The Evolution of Integrated Business Planning

 
04 Apr 2017, 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
 

Hear directly from 3 leading companies – Dow AgroSciences, LyondellBasell, and Albemarle – on their journey from Sales and Operations Planning to Global Integrated Business Planning.  The collaborative business process must be supported by leading edge technology in order to enable a digitized supply chain positioned for the complexity of the chemicals value chain while making real time decisions.  Each company…

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Rob Jones
Project Manager, Dow AgroSciences
 
Rodney Nijoka
Demand & Supply Chain Planning Director, Albemarle Chemical
 
Rick Cantrell
Senior Manager IT, Commercial and Supply Chain, LyondellBasell
 
Ray Adams
SAP Global Industries Business Unit Chemicals, SAP
 
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talk:
Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?

 
04 Apr 2017, 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
 

Today’s asset master data systems of record frequently cut across multiple organizations including Plant Maintenance, Plant Engineering, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA). If these systems can operate with a shared, accurate understanding of the operational assets, they can reduce EH&S risks, improve asset availability, system uptime and operational integrity, increase maintenance productivity, insure regulatory…

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Michael Jordan
Vice President, EAM Business Practice, Utopia Global, Inc.
 
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talk:
International Trade Regulatory Issues: A Chemical Industry Perspective

 
04 Apr 2017, 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
 

All industries participating in international trade face regulatory and compliance hurdles. The Chemical Industry in particular faces a unique set of challenges, as chemicals are often the target of specific regulations and controls. Various scenarios from chemical weapons, to narcotics manufacture to environmental controls can lead to trade controls on chemical products. Any business importing or exporting chemical based products…

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Kevin Riddell
Director of International Logistics, Tremco Group
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Internet of Things

 
04 Apr 2017, 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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panel-discussion:
Industry Roundtable Discussion: Mergers & Acquisitions

 
04 Apr 2017, 4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
 

The chemical industry is on pace to set an all-time record on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in 2016, highlighted by four mega-mergers. Join your peers – many of whom have or are going through these types of changes - to share insights around the biggest challenges, trends and opportunities related to mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Come discuss solutions…

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Paul Gierstorf
Managing Director, Accenture
 
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panel-discussion:
Industry Roundtable Discussion: Keeping up with the Customer

 
04 Apr 2017, 4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
 

In our personal lives, we expect to operate digitally – from music to pictures to videos, we do everything online, on our phones, and with the touch of a few buttons. And our customers are no different! As a result, customer’s expectations have changed wildly to assume that companies both can and should provide fully digital, mobile interfaces. But in…

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David Dunn
Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
 
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panel-discussion:
Industry Roundtable Discussion: Evolving The Chemicals Supply Chain Through Digital Transformation

 
04 Apr 2017, 4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
 

Improving the supply chain is an area that many companies are looking at relative to their digital transformation efforts.  The supply chain plays a crucial role in the chemicals industry and companies looking to develop an integrated approach to supply chain are increasingly designing digital transformation strategies targeting supply chain improvements.  A few key topics we will discuss at this…

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John Santagate
Research Manager, Manufacturing Insights - Supply Chain Execution, IDC
 
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Industry Roundtable Discussion: Cloud

 
04 Apr 2017, 4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
 

For many, cloud is an opportunity to free-up infrastructure capital while improving one’s ability to work with vendors, suppliers, customers and the like. However, many also question the implications for loss of control when one moves to the cloud. The focus of in-house IT shifts from server management to vendor management; versioning occurs on many different schedules, possible without notice…

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Mark Sen Gupta
Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
 
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keynote:
The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Embracing Change & Seizing the Opportunity of the Digital Transformation

 
05 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
 

The chemical industry is advancing at light speed and it takes a near demi-god to keep up with it! Change isn’t always easy, and without very strategic plans, clear communication, a transparent roadmap and the cultural support of all employees from the shop floor to the top floor, most change will be destined to fail. Join renowned Chief Information Officer,…

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Keith Sturgill
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
 
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keynote:
Digital Transformation in a Changing Ecosystem

 
05 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
 

The chemical industry landscape of today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging countries are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has been historically dominated by Europe and the United States. The industry lines have blurred as traditional chemical companies get closer and closer to the end…

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Thorsten Wenzel
Vice President & Global Head Chemicals, SAP
 
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talk:
Ask SAP: Accelerating Digital Transformation with IoT

 
05 Apr 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Join Ken Pierce of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses how today’s companies can use IoT to become more sustainable and efficient. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the IoT can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow. Improving Efficiencies, Reducing Costs, Reinventing the…

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Ken Pierce
Global Internet of Things Leader for Energy & Natural Resources, SAP
 
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Ask SAP: SAP Connected Manufacturing for Chemicals

 
05 Apr 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Join Frank Platt of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses today’s how companies can leverage SAP Connected Manufacturing to increase visibility, and work in real-time. Frank will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session to start…

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Frank Platt
Senior Director, SAP
 
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talk:
Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA

 
05 Apr 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Organizations want to better understand and utilize what they already own, how to unlock additional value within their technology and get the most out of their SAP solutions. They are also thinking about making the move to S/4HANA, and are unsure which approach is best for their business. Would you like to see what additional innovations and functionality are available…

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Kristen Scheffler
Senior Manager, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To-Market, SAP
 
VerNeil Mesecher, Jr.
Senior Director, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To Market, SAP
 
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talk:
Ask SAP: Supply Chain Complexity in the Modern World

 
05 Apr 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Join Sandy Markin of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses the evolution of supply chains, and the role of disruptive technology in transforming the supply chain. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what this system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow. Ever since…

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Sandy Markin
Senior Director, Extended Supply Chain Solutions, SAP
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Public & Private Cloud

 
05 Apr 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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talk:
Using SAP ERP Effectively for Running an Efficient Supply Chain in the Chemical Industry

 
05 Apr 2017, 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
 

Attend this session to understand how we optimized SAP-ERP to reduce offline manual processes to address the customer service and supply chain business needs. Through an SAP optimization effort we implemented a solution to get timely production information into SAP for continuous and batch production units and enabled planning and ATP functions. We also implemented an automatic reorder point planning…

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Stephanie Green
Business Process Owner - Performance Products, Huntsman Corporation
 
Robert Randolph
Manufacturing & Logistics BPO, Huntsman Corporation
 
Bhabani Buxi
Director, PwC
 
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talk:
Business Process Transformation: Unlocking Keys to Productivity

 
05 Apr 2017, 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
 

The Business Process Transformation (“BPT”) team was challenged to find ways to improve work processes with the Supply Chain Functional area. In addition, the BPT team was tasked with speeding up development time to keep up with business changes.  A change was needed to deliver productivity improvements for Supply Chain that generated results, so the business could take advantage of…

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Andrew Keller
Supply Chain Business Process Manager, Arizona Chemicals LLC
 
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talk:
Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA

 
05 Apr 2017, 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
 

Organizations want to better understand and utilize what they already own, how to unlock additional value within their technology and get the most out of their SAP solutions. They are also thinking about making the move to S/4HANA, and are unsure which approach is best for their business. Would you like to see what additional innovations and functionality are available…

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Kristen Scheffler
Senior Manager, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To-Market, SAP
 
VerNeil Mesecher, Jr.
Senior Director, Customer Engagements North America – SAP Maintenance Go-To Market, SAP
 
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talk:
Exception-Based Customer Service from Order to Invoice with SAP Event Management at Colgate-Palmolive

 
05 Apr 2017, 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
 

SAP Event Management provides tools that can be used to model and monitor processes so that customer service personnel can easily identify and address potential issues. Colgate-Palmolive has an integrated a model in the order-to-invoice process, including transportation management. to provide a comprehensive picture of the entire sales order process. In this presentation we plan to cover: How SAP Event…

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Joseph Jeffs
Manager, GD Supply Chain, Colgate-Palmolive Company
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Revenue Recognition & Lease Administration

 
05 Apr 2017, 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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talk:
Revolutionize Your In-Transit inventory Process

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Like most companies these days, Ascend Performance Materials moves many products between various physical locations and legal entities across state lines and continents.  In the past, the inventory in-transit between company owned sites was in a virtual no-man’s land, in-transit value was a calculated figure that was hard to track and reconcile. With Enhance Pack 5 or higher SAP provided…

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Tivi Horvath
SAP Specialist, Ascend Performance Materials
 
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talk:
12 Years of Building Advanced Analytics Capability at Dow

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Dow’s Advanced Analytics organization is delivering real value to shareholders.  Dow runs an integrated chemical company model on a single instance of SAP.  Dow has two highly skilled teams, one driving a traditional fully featured BW environment with over 100 specialized dashboards, and an Advance Analytics team featuring 20 data scientist who leverage business data sources with other data sources. …

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Mark Carter
Enterprise Architect, The Dow Chemical Company
 
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talk:
An Information & Technology Journey from ERP to the Plant Floor… & Back Again

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

This presentation will follow Dow Corning’s journey to bridge the physical and virtual information chasm between SAP and the plant floor process control environment. Our journey started with the ISA-95 and ISA-88 standards.  Then progressed through design/development and final delivery of a solution that leverages technologies such as SAP MII, Plant Connectivity and the Siemens Batch environment.  Learn how Dow Corning’s SAP…

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Tim Morrison
Engineering Solutions – MES Project Lead, The Dow Chemical Company
 
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talk:
Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

Chemical process manufacturing companies are at a tipping point to continue to enhance their current application footprint for business process execution or to transition to the new digital core based on S/4HANA Enterprise Management. Given the need for a full solution footprint that includes integrated core capabilities, hear how companies can secure a faster time to value, reduce their upgrade…

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Kimberley Reid
Vice President, Hitachi Consulting
 
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talk:
Expert Exchange: Financial Compliance

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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GHS Label Requirements: How Tremco Leverages SAP & Loftware

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

GHS (short for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling) has become reality for much of the world. In particular, it has recently become law in the USA and Canada. Hear how Tremco leveraged their existing SAP (in particular the EHS functionality) and Loftware to meet the challenges and requirements posed by GHS. The talk will cover what GHS is,…

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Kevin Riddell
Director of International Logistics, Tremco Group
 
Karen Mosley
Senior SAP Business Analyst, Tremco Group
 
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SAP System Merge: Logistics & Lessons Learned

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Learn the logistics and lessons learned from ACTEGA, a mid-size chemical company who merged SAP systems from 4 company codes and 4 sales organizations into 2 company codes and 2 sales organizations, while optimizing its SAP plant and storage location structure at the same time. The company elected to use the SAP System Landscape Optimization (SLO) methodology for this merger. …

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Sue Ellen Keyser
Head of Continuous Improvement, Actega North America, Inc.
 
Hasan Yakisan
Senior Consultant, Enowa
 
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How Nexeo Solutions Optimizes Its Private Fleet with SAP Transportation Management

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Learn how Nexeo Solutions utilizes SAP Transportation Management to make the best use of its private fleet of trucks, including route optimization, dispatch, and freight settlement. Find out what it took to implement SAP Transportation Management, as well as to integrate it with third-party applications for telematics and proof of delivery. Key Business Benefits: Reduction in cost from route optimization…

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Ed Bright
Business Solution Manager, Logistics, Nexeo Solutions, LLC
 
Vijay Sankararaman
Director IT Business Solutions, Nexeo Solutions, LLC
 
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Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

Chemical process manufacturing companies are at a tipping point to continue to enhance their current application footprint for business process execution or to transition to the new digital core based on S/4HANA Enterprise Management. Given the need for a full solution footprint that includes integrated core capabilities, hear how companies can secure a faster time to value, reduce their upgrade…

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Kimberley Reid
Vice President, Hitachi Consulting
 
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Expert Exchange: Customer Engagement

 
05 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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Disruptive Innovation: A Secret to Unconventional Success

 
05 Apr 2017, 4:40 PM - 5:20 PM
 

The business world is evolving. Business models, the face of retail and industries are being massively disrupted. Nontraditional competitors are emerging that challenge traditional industry that is slow to change. Large corporations must evolve and start thinking outside the box or else they will be left behind. Could your industry be the next multi-billion-dollar opportunity that is targeted by entrepreneurs…

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Ido Leffler
Co-Founder of Yes To, Yoobi, & Cheeky; Member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council; Co-Host of the Oxygen Channel’s Quit Your Day Job, Yoobi, Inc.
 
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Integrated Business Planning – The Next Frontier

 
06 Apr 2017, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
 

The next frontier for business planning is Integrated Business Planning (IBP), a common platform and process that integrates multiple corporate functions with supply chain planning execution. SAP has been co-developing and piloting this advanced in-memory technology platform for the last several years with major consumer goods companies that provide integrated planning analytics, simulations and alert capability in a common business…

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Mark Vollrath
Worldwide Director - Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain (Retired) & SAP Independent Executive Advisory Council Member, Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain & SAP
 
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Ask SAP: The Case for Establishing the Digital Platform

 
06 Apr 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Join Rich Seltz of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses today’s digital transformation and how companies can embrace it. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow. Chemical companies have long been pioneers in digitizing their…

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Rich Seltz
Vice President, Digital Transformation, SAP
 
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Ask SAP: S/4HANA & Financial Excellence

 
06 Apr 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
 

New and evolving business models, disruptive technologies, and real-time data have all revolutionized the needs and expectations surrounding financials in a business. Finance teams need to be able to embrace this change in order to make the most of their data and provide instant data to key decision-makers. Join SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as they discuss how…

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Lance Holbert
Senior Director, Finance Value Advisory, SAP
 
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Ask SAP: Visibility Matters: the SAP Ariba Network

 
06 Apr 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Join Deb Kaplan of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as she discusses how today’s companies can leverage the Ariba Network to improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and work in real-time. companies can leverage SAP Connected Manufacturing to increase visibility, and work in real-time. Deb will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability…

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Deb Kaplan
Supply Chain Network Executive, SAP
 
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Ask SAP: SAP Hybris for Chemicals

 
06 Apr 2017, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Join Dean Afzal of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses how different solutions within customer engagement and commerce can address the various scenarios you encounter in the chemical industry.  Dean will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session…

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Dean Afzal
Global Director of B2B and ENR Industry Marketing , SAP Hybris
 
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Eastman Chemical's Digital Transformation Journey Leveraging S/4HANA

 
06 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
 

Eastman and SAP are working together on defining a transformation journey moving Eastman into the Digital Age using the power and value that S/4HANA technology can deliver.   Through various value assessments and workshops, Eastman with the help of SAP have been defining the "art of possibility" by leveraging the new technology to envision the could-be processes enabling better decision capabilities…

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William Prusha
Corporate Architect, Eastman Chemical Company
 
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Dangerous Goods: Setting Your Employees Up for Success

 
06 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
 

Shipping Dangerous Goods can be extremely complicated and can be a risky venture for any company.  Training programs are typically not sufficient to ensure compliance with the multitude of regulations around the world.  Your best bet?  Automate!  Take away as many decision points as you can, then arm your employees with information to help ensure success.  Take steps to make…

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Jon Pelis
Dangerous Goods & Environmental Compliance Manager, Aviall
 
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A Real Return: Using BW to find Savings at Bayer CropScience

 
06 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
 

CropScience, a Division of Bayer, had historically relied on a labor-intensive process when managing product returns related to their consignment business. The challenge in this return process came in time requirements, sampling, sample re-batching, building pallets, retesting product and revalidating the product for future use. The process of determining if the material could be blended, re-batched, and reused took a…

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Bill Abernathy
Head of Logistics Excellence, Bayer CropScience LLC
 
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One Company’s Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality using SAP & Other Enabling Technologies

 
06 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
 

Mosaic Treasury owned a workstation with limited functionality and inconsistent IT support.  As a result, we relied heavily on spreadsheets to communicate treasury activity to our internal customers. To drive performance improvements, we embarked on a vision of creating a global treasury organization that was fully integrated into the processes of our accounting, A/P, and A/R stakeholders.  I will show…

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Michael Crawford
Senior Corporate Treasury Manager, Mosaic
 
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Expert Exchange: Plant Maintenance

 
06 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry

 
06 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Join us to collaborate on best practices, pain points and the “how-to” of developing a business case and a roadmap for implementing/upgrading to S4/HANA ERP. Attend this deep dive to put the facts together on technology, functionality and what sequence and timing of planning and execution is a best fit for chemical organizations already running SAP or for businesses that…

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James Cooper
NRCS Chemical Sector Lead, Capgemini America, Inc.
 
David Dunn
Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
 
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RevRec and Leasing: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

 
06 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

The latest regulations for Revenue Recognition and Leasing require companies to make significant changes to how they report deferred revenue and leases. The SEC, FASB and major ratings agencies (D&B, Moody’s) have called this one of the single most significant and impactful changes for financial reporting in over a decade. With only 9 months for RevRec and 21 months for…

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John Froelich
Vice President – Strategic Accounts & Marketing, Bramasol Inc.
 
Ron Ramcharan
Senior Manager, Accounting Policy, LyondellBasell Industries
 
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Innovative Way to Quickly Absorb a Major Merger or Acquisition with SAP S/4HANA & Central Finance

 
06 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

CF Industries is a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution. They own and operate world-scale nitrogen complexes and service agricultural and industrial customers through their best-in-class distribution system.  In 2015, CF Industries entered into an agreement to merge with OCI N.V., a leading global producer of nitrogen and methanol.  As the result of this merger, CF was going from…

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Richard Hoker
VP - Corporate Controller, CF Industries
 
Paul Gierstorf
Managing Director, Accenture
 
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Using Track & Trace to Recover Costs at Air Products & Chemicals

 
06 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

Air Products’ Industrial Gases business had a system for returnable containers – containers (gas cylinders) that are owned by the company and used to deliver product to end customers.  These containers are returned by customers and, reused in future shipments. Prior to 2012, there was no easy way for Air Products to track these containers, which were commonly treated as…

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Mark Binnig
Director, Business Transformation, Air Products and Chemicals
 
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Expert Exchange: Data Governance

 
06 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry

 
06 Apr 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Join us to collaborate on best practices, pain points and the “how-to” of developing a business case and a roadmap for implementing/upgrading to S4/HANA ERP. Attend this deep dive to put the facts together on technology, functionality and what sequence and timing of planning and execution is a best fit for chemical organizations already running SAP or for businesses that…

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James Cooper
NRCS Chemical Sector Lead, Capgemini America, Inc.
 
David Dunn
Business Development Executive, NRCS, Capgemini America, Inc.
 
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Integrating ECC, APO, BI & BPC Data to Supercharge Management Reporting & Accelerate Financial Close

 
06 Apr 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Our company faced issues where multiple business analysts required a long time to manually put together financial statement packages each month. Constant tweaking of the data and adjustments required lengthy rebuild processes each cycle.  Multiple Excel versions existed and status updates took place only via email. To solve this issue we utilized process improvement and integrated data from a multitude…

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Aaron Benner
BI/BPC/BOBJ Enterprise Solution Architect, Ascend Performance Materials
 
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End-to-End Real-Time Visibility Delivers Optimal Logistics Operations - A Case Study

 
06 Apr 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Our logistics team faced challenges in executing increasingly complex shipments using the sub-optimal, semi-automated and dis-jointed processes delivered through multiple systems including SAP ERP. The ‘need for speed’ from the higher expectations of customers and the new regulations related to DG goods made the situation worse for the in-house team just to keep the light on. A major initiative was…

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Ram Angara
IT Director, Oerlikon Metco (US), Inc.
 
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A Supply Chain Transformed with SAP Integrated Business Planning

 
06 Apr 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
 

With sales in excess of $2.5 billion per year and plans for significant future growth, Albemarle Chemical knew that in order to keep up with such fast-paced environment, they had to be able to develop and implement a strong, structured and sustainable S&OP process and tools across global business units and its divisions. Following an Agile methodology, Intrigo designed, deployed…

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Rodney Nijoka
Demand & Supply Chain Planning Director, Albemarle Chemical
 
Pushpinder Singh
Solutions Architect, Intrigo
 
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Expert Exchange: How to Merge SAP Systems & Plan for Acquisition

 
06 Apr 2017, 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM
 

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who…

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How Mindfulness Helps Address Disruption, Stress & Safety

 
06 Apr 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
 

Mindfulness and situational awareness training have taken off globally, and for good reason. Disruption, mergers, and transformation are the new norm: your industry, Chemicals, is seeing a shakeup, including unprecedented acquisition and new competition emerging. In addition, across all industries, injury rates (and costs) are on the rise, with 91% of all workplace accidents occurring due to human error. Thousands…

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Joe Burton
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Whil.
 
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Spinning Up Spin-Offs for Success

Mergers and spin-offs have become commonplace in the chemical manufacturing sector in an effort to create streamlined entities that are laser focused on meeting dynamic business challenges while delivering enhanced financial returns for both the “spinner” (AKA the parent company) and the new entities that are “spun” out.  While the financial benefits of these structural changes are historically quite significant, the necessary and critical re-engineering of their business processes and the implementation of new systems to complement their new corporate branding and identity can be difficult on the employees, customers and suppliers.

AmSty (a joint venture of Chevron Phillips Chemical and Trinseo) has positioned itself as a leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer by optimizing production, marketing, supply chain and information technology capabilities to excel in the marketplace.  The company culture fosters new ideas, winning attitudes and behaviors by its employees, while staying vigilant to the importance of safety and environmental stewardship across all functions.  With a disciplined and focused approach to reducing costs and building value, CEO Brad Crocker is leading AmSty’s efforts to position the company for future success.

His vision includes a broad use of technology, data and analytics to fully understand and leverage real-time market dynamics while also maintaining a clear focus on operational excellence and organizational efficiency to drive growth and enterprise value.

Join Brad Crocker, CEO of AmSty, as he shares his perspectives on the importance of creating a common culture, technology’s role in profit optimization rather than as a reluctant cost, and how sometimes being on the edge of a cliff helps to drive refreshing clarity and acute focus.

Brad Crocker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Americas Styrenics.  He assumed this role in 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lawter, Incorporated.  Prior to his time at Lawter, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Hexion and Global Business Director for Arizona Chemical.

Dramatically Improve Time-to-Market with Digital Transformation

We used SAP Suite on HANA and GIB to move from a make-to-order model to a make-to-stock model to enable the business to supply product to customers in days instead of months. Like any business the end game was getting the right product to the right customer at the right time anywhere in the world. To do this: New and disciplined processes, accurate/timely data, greater production capacity and a digital transformation strategy and implementation were harnessed together.

As information technology innovation continues to evolve at an ever–increasing rate, new opportunities to fundamentally change how business functions present themselves. Starting with understanding your business and then applying these innovations to the right opportunities in the right sequence can add real value.  While digital transformation sounds like consulting speak to many, a good digital backbone can provide readily accessible information in an actionable format to key decision makers to enable strong company performance and respond to ever evolving business conditions. Hear how we, and by implication how you, can cultivate your own digital roadmap:


  • Our journey to creating happier customers

  • Forecasting and execution (S&OP & MRP) - how it changed our business model through faster, better decision making

  • Establishing and keeping information technology simple using private, hybrid and cloud approaches to exploiting ever evolving business opportunities

Ready for the Future: Transitioning to a Global IT Organization

Olin Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters based in Clayton, Missouri and operations in more than 20 countries.  Our roots trace back to 1892 in the chemical industry, where today Olin is the leading manufacturer and seller of Chlor Alkali Products and Epoxy globally.

Driven in part by an acquisition in 2015, Olin is currently undertaking a program to integrate the company globally, driving the need to build a standard IT platform to support the businesses.  This major investment requires the IT organization must be ready to support the build, transition and run capability of IT services.

Today, Olin currently supports multiple IT operating models and organizations, consisting of 2 decentralized organizations and services for the heritage businesses, and one operating model and services provided by a 3rd party for an acquired business.  In addition, the current IT operating model was designed to support domestic US operations, but the combined company must provide round-the-clock global support.

Olin would like to share our journey to design a global IT operating model and supporting organization structure to support a capabilities needed for infrastructure services and global applications, including a new updated SAP and Manufacturing and Engineering platform.  Our journey includes understanding the capabilities we currently have, identifying where we have gaps, and defining how we will help our employees transition and transform to an organization that is “fit for purpose” for the future.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Leverage redesigned end-state IT operating model to enable the new Olin’s strategy and operation

  • End-state operating model to improve capabilities and service provided to Olin’s business

  • Implement governance processes to ensure ongoing and new initiatives align with IT and business strategies

Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?

Today’s asset master data systems of record frequently cut across multiple organizations including Plant Maintenance, Plant Engineering, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA). If these systems can operate with a shared, accurate understanding of the operational assets, they can reduce EH&S risks, improve asset availability, system uptime and operational integrity, increase maintenance productivity, insure regulatory compliance and reduce MRO supply chain costs. As organizations contemplate digitalization initiatives to achieve an integrated digital core, the importance of achieving consistent, accurate information about safety critical assets takes on new urgency knowing that this complex information will form the basis for broader, faster corporate analysis and decisions.

Key Takeaways:


  • How to establish a business case for asset master data quality

  • Synchronizing structured and unstructured asset master data

  • Synchronizing plant maintenance with other asset systems of record

  • Accessing and integrating critical supplier content using Asset Intelligence Network


 

New SAP Ariba Sourcing Innovations: Gain Greater Visibility into Your Supply Chain, Ensure Supplier Compliance and Deliver Substantial Savings

BASF and SAP Ariba have joined forces to drive innovation in the source-to-contract and supplier management process for direct materials.

In this session you will hear how these two companies are making such an impact in this critical procurement process via a strategic design partnership that has become the template for driving customer innovation across the SAP Ariba business.

Understand how the new SAP Ariba solution allows you to better manage your global supplier base and orchestrate the complete supplier lifecycle from on-boarding, qualification, segmentation and risk & performance management to supplier phase-out. Learn how the aligned data model and bi-directional integration between SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Ariba solutions drives significant benefits including improved compliance and reduced risk. Experience the new advanced direct material sourcing features of the SAP Ariba Strategic Sourcing solution.

Expert Exchange: Supply & Demand Network Planning

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Beyond Traditional Commerce: Igniting Customer Experience through Hybris

Today’s sophisticated customers present new challenges as well as new opportunities for Sealed Air, requiring Sealed Air to move away from very transactional sales full of quotes and product capabilities, toward a knowledge-based, customer-centric selling capability powered by deeper customer knowledge and market insight.

To do this, Sealed Air recognized that they needed to break down silos, and operate with a 360-degree view of customer account activities. They’ve taken on an entire Digital Sales Transformation at Sealed Air using a value-based Roadmap across Marketing, Direct and Distributor sales, leveraging SAP Hybris.

Take your Customer Engagement to the next level. Join this session to learn best practice approaches and lessons learned in aligning business requirements with Hybris enablers to enhance your customer experience. Future-proof your customer management architecture using a robust, agile, and open architecture integrated to your backend ERP systems.

Going Global: The Evolution of Integrated Business Planning


Hear directly from 3 leading companies – Dow AgroSciences, LyondellBasell, and Albemarle – on their journey from Sales and Operations Planning to Global Integrated Business Planning.  The collaborative business process must be supported by leading edge technology in order to enable a digitized supply chain positioned for the complexity of the chemicals value chain while making real time decisions.  Each company will discuss their technology footprint, the reasons for selecting that approach, and then provide a summary of key challenges and key benefits.  The session will conclude with an audience-led Q&A moderated by SAP.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved forecast accuracy owned by the sales team

  • Standardized global approach for an often autonomous business process

  • Improved decision making around demand and supply variables for more profitable operations

Deep Dive: Who Owns the Asset Master Data in Today’s Chemical Industry Operations & Maintenance Environments?

Today’s asset master data systems of record frequently cut across multiple organizations including Plant Maintenance, Plant Engineering, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA). If these systems can operate with a shared, accurate understanding of the operational assets, they can reduce EH&S risks, improve asset availability, system uptime and operational integrity, increase maintenance productivity, insure regulatory compliance and reduce MRO supply chain costs. As organizations contemplate digitalization initiatives to achieve an integrated digital core, the importance of achieving consistent, accurate information about safety critical assets takes on new urgency knowing that this complex information will form the basis for broader, faster corporate analysis and decisions.

Key Takeaways:


  • How to establish a business case for asset master data quality

  • Synchronizing structured and unstructured asset master data

  • Synchronizing plant maintenance with other asset systems of record

  • Accessing and integrating critical supplier content using Asset Intelligence Network


 

International Trade Regulatory Issues: A Chemical Industry Perspective

All industries participating in international trade face regulatory and compliance hurdles. The Chemical Industry in particular faces a unique set of challenges, as chemicals are often the target of specific regulations and controls. Various scenarios from chemical weapons, to narcotics manufacture to environmental controls can lead to trade controls on chemical products. Any business importing or exporting chemical based products must understand these controls, and the associated risks.

Relevant regulations and controls will be reviewed from a global perspective. The growing synergy between EHS and Trade Compliance within a business will also be discussed. Learn trade compliance best practices, with a particular focus on the use of SAP GTS for mitigation and management of that risk.

Key Takeaways:


  • Overview of trade controls related to chemicals;

    • What are they?

    • Why are they there?

    • What is the risk?



  • The use of SAP GTS for management of trade controls

  • The role of EHS vs Trade Compliance within a business – overlaps and synergies

  • Specific controls covered will include:

    • Export Administration Regulations

    • International Traffic in Arms Regulations

    • Canadian Export Controls

    • Drug Precursors – DEA vs. Health Canada

    • Chemical inventories – TSCA, DSL and other global lists

    • Label compliance and GHS

    • Preferential Trade and chemicals (chemical reaction and accurate tariff classification)

    • Security controls – CFATS and Executive Orders

    • Recent developments and potential future changes



Expert Exchange: Internet of Things

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Industry Roundtable Discussion: Mergers & Acquisitions

The chemical industry is on pace to set an all-time record on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in 2016, highlighted by four mega-mergers. Join your peers – many of whom have or are going through these types of changes - to share insights around the biggest challenges, trends and opportunities related to mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Come discuss solutions and common pains, opportunities and tips and tricks to empower your own initiatives.

Industry Roundtable Discussion: Keeping up with the Customer

In our personal lives, we expect to operate digitally – from music to pictures to videos, we do everything online, on our phones, and with the touch of a few buttons. And our customers are no different! As a result, customer’s expectations have changed wildly to assume that companies both can and should provide fully digital, mobile interfaces. But in this ever-changing world, how do we define where we are headed, and how do we get there?

Join your peers to share insights around the biggest challenges, trends and opportunities to reaching and interfacing with your customers. Come discuss solutions and common pains, opportunities and tips and tricks to empower your own initiatives.

Industry Roundtable Discussion: Evolving The Chemicals Supply Chain Through Digital Transformation

Improving the supply chain is an area that many companies are looking at relative to their digital transformation efforts.  The supply chain plays a crucial role in the chemicals industry and companies looking to develop an integrated approach to supply chain are increasingly designing digital transformation strategies targeting supply chain improvements.  A few key topics we will discuss at this round table include:


  • What areas of the supply chain are ripe for digital transformation?

  • How companies are applying modern digital technology to better connect the end-to-end supply chain.

  • Visibility and collaboration as levers to supply chain improvements.

  • Internet of Things and how IoT is enabling chemicals companies to deliver an improved supply chain.

Industry Roundtable Discussion: Cloud

For many, cloud is an opportunity to free-up infrastructure capital while improving one’s ability to work with vendors, suppliers, customers and the like. However, many also question the implications for loss of control when one moves to the cloud. The focus of in-house IT shifts from server management to vendor management; versioning occurs on many different schedules, possible without notice or an opportunity for input. Not only is security effectively outsourced, but data itself is now also in the hands of another, opening a box of questions for those looking for a cloud solution.

Join your peers to share insights around the biggest challenges, trends and opportunities to deploying and maintaining cloud technologies. Come discuss solutions and common pains, opportunities and tips and tricks to empower your own initiatives.

The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Embracing Change & Seizing the Opportunity of the Digital Transformation

The chemical industry is advancing at light speed and it takes a near demi-god to keep up with it! Change isn’t always easy, and without very strategic plans, clear communication, a transparent roadmap and the cultural support of all employees from the shop floor to the top floor, most change will be destined to fail. Join renowned Chief Information Officer, Keith Sturgill of Eastman Chemical, for this can’t miss kick off to Best Practices for Chemicals. Keith will share how Eastman and others are embracing technology advancements like the Internet of Things (IoT) and how they are seizing opportunities that are rapidly emerging. From developing an optimized supply chain, to enabling real-time transparency from when raws are procured, through the production process to purchase and then ultimately delivered to the customer. Hear how for the first time in the industry’s history, leaders from every function in the business can accurately and in real-time pivot to make efficiency and profitability driven decisions to propel the company. To Keith, it’s not about technology, it’s about business value - technology is just there to support!

Digital Transformation in a Changing Ecosystem

The chemical industry landscape of today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging countries are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has been historically dominated by Europe and the United States. The industry lines have blurred as traditional chemical companies get closer and closer to the end consumer in order to become more ‘demand driven’. And yet, despite the changes, there are a few constants – a relentless focus on operational efficiency, the growing complexity of regulations and a shrinking and retiring workforce. Join SAP’s Global VP of Chemicals, Thorsten Wenzel (Ph.D.), as he shares how SAP is helping to prepare chemical manufacturers for the digital economy through digital transformation. Thorsten will showcase how companies are leveraging S/4HANA with chemical best practices and approaching business networks in an entirely new light. He will demonstrate how S/4HANA can enable the digital enterprise and drive value creation.

Ask SAP: Accelerating Digital Transformation with IoT

Join Ken Pierce of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses how today’s companies can use IoT to become more sustainable and efficient. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the IoT can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Improving Efficiencies, Reducing Costs, Reinventing the Enterprise, Creating New Business Models:  the buzz words for Digital Transformation. Discover how can next generation, IoT Solutions kick-start Digital Transformation for companies to become more sustainable, safer, efficient and revenue generating.  Learn how customers are using SAP’s IoT Platform and IoT Applications drive business outcomes.

Ask SAP: SAP Connected Manufacturing for Chemicals

Join Frank Platt of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses today’s how companies can leverage SAP Connected Manufacturing to increase visibility, and work in real-time. Frank will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what this system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Digitization strategies in manufacturing are exploding with the advent of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. Chemical companies have opportunities to leverage SAP Connected Manufacturing to deliver real-time visibility to operations, automation of data collection and transactional activities, and big data analytics that improve performance. Get insights into SAP capabilities and roadmap that leverage capabilities in SAP MII, S/4HANA, HANA Analytics - with new Cloud based applications for manufacturing operations.

Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA

Organizations want to better understand and utilize what they already own, how to unlock additional value within their technology and get the most out of their SAP solutions. They are also thinking about making the move to S/4HANA, and are unsure which approach is best for their business. Would you like to see what additional innovations and functionality are available to you NOW as well as when you move to S/4HANA? Want to understand and utilize all of the available services, tools and offerings that you receive as an SAP Enterprise Support customer to help you get more out of your current investment, and provide the necessary foundation to help you migrate to HANA? Join this deep dive to find out how SAP Enterprise Support can help you improve your current business operations, and explore, prepare, migrate and deploy S/4HANA in your environment at no additional cost!

Key Takeaways:


  • Leverage the tools, education, services and reports to optimize your business now and in the future

  • Utilize SAP Enterprise Support to help you explore, prepare, migrate and deploy S/4HANA

  • Get tips and tricks on simplifying your landscape prior to moving to HANA

  • Access the SAP Enterprise Support services and tools that are available to you at no additional cost

  • Identify functionality that you can leverage NOW or when you move to HANA

Ask SAP: Supply Chain Complexity in the Modern World

Join Sandy Markin of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses the evolution of supply chains, and the role of disruptive technology in transforming the supply chain. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what this system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Ever since the practice of what we know as Integrated Supply Chain Management became a business imperative several decades ago companies have struggled to keep pace with the ever-increasing level of complexity in their networks. In the ‘80’s it was all about operational efficiency and cost effectiveness. The mantra of the ‘90’s was flexibility and agility. Becoming demand-driven was the major focus of the first decade of the new millennium. Most recently a new phenomenon has evolved known as “supply chain digitization”. This incorporates many of the principles of earlier approaches and is driven by major disruptions in technology as well as market dynamics. This session will examine these dynamics in greater depth, how they give rise to strategic imperatives, and how they are influenced by disruptive technologies.

Expert Exchange: Public & Private Cloud

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions.  Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Using SAP ERP Effectively for Running an Efficient Supply Chain in the Chemical Industry

Attend this session to understand how we optimized SAP-ERP to reduce offline manual processes to address the customer service and supply chain business needs.

Through an SAP optimization effort we implemented a solution to get timely production information into SAP for continuous and batch production units and enabled planning and ATP functions. We also implemented an automatic reorder point planning function at the terminals to systemically align those with the inventory targets set by the business.

The daily production exceptions were handled during the month, rather than waiting for the end of the month to discover those. This reduced dependency and complexity of the month end closing process. The integrated production, inventory, accounting and sales functions eliminated some offline processes and increased staff productivity. All these business benefits were realized by using the SAP-ERP software more effectively, not by adding other software or solutions.

Business Process Transformation: Unlocking Keys to Productivity

The Business Process Transformation (“BPT”) team was challenged to find ways to improve work processes with the Supply Chain Functional area. In addition, the BPT team was tasked with speeding up development time to keep up with business changes.  A change was needed to deliver productivity improvements for Supply Chain that generated results, so the business could take advantage of new Supply Chain capabilities.

A multi-year initiative was created to capture known value by tying together SAP capability with best-in-class business processes. The initiative drove a true “Process, People, and then Tool” methodology.  Several process procedures were adjusted and maturity assessed for each process area. Education “Events” were created that focused on internal learning and best practice sharing. Last, several business cases were developed that drove enhancements and standardization across the company.

An SAP suite of products including SAP APO and BI were utilized to create capabilities and validation of all efforts.

The result of this initiative was an improvement in our ability to create, develop, and launch process improvements at 4:1 improvement rate vs. the same process prior to BPT. Productivity improved by nearly all areas in which the initiatives were launched. In addition, we become better positioned to take on more complex application projects such as SAP IBP.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Process Improvements accelerated at 4:1 rate vs prior efforts.

  • Key Best Practices were standardized across the company including Supply Chain Metrics, Planning Predictability, and Enhancement creation

  • Enhancement Cycle Time decreased by nearly 6 week

  • Positioned Enterprise for PSOR Project

Deep Dive: Explore, Prepare, Migrate, Deploy: Extract Value from Your Current Investment & Speed Up Your Move to SAP S/4HANA

Organizations want to better understand and utilize what they already own, how to unlock additional value within their technology and get the most out of their SAP solutions. They are also thinking about making the move to S/4HANA, and are unsure which approach is best for their business. Would you like to see what additional innovations and functionality are available to you NOW as well as when you move to S/4HANA? Want to understand and utilize all of the available services, tools and offerings that you receive as an SAP Enterprise Support customer to help you get more out of your current investment, and provide the necessary foundation to help you migrate to HANA? Join this deep dive to find out how SAP Enterprise Support can help you improve your current business operations, and explore, prepare, migrate and deploy S/4HANA in your environment at no additional cost!

Key Takeaways:


  • Leverage the tools, education, services and reports to optimize your business now and in the future

  • Utilize SAP Enterprise Support to help you explore, prepare, migrate and deploy S/4HANA

  • Get tips and tricks on simplifying your landscape prior to moving to HANA

  • Access the SAP Enterprise Support services and tools that are available to you at no additional cost

  • Identify functionality that you can leverage NOW or when you move to HANA

Exception-Based Customer Service from Order to Invoice with SAP Event Management at Colgate-Palmolive

SAP Event Management provides tools that can be used to model and monitor processes so that customer service personnel can easily identify and address potential issues. Colgate-Palmolive has an integrated a model in the order-to-invoice process, including transportation management. to provide a comprehensive picture of the entire sales order process.

In this presentation we plan to cover:


  • How SAP Event Management provides information, at a glance, across multiple documents associated with a sales order.

  • How SAP Event Management identifies and highlights exceptions.

  • Our the approach to integrate Freight Orders in SAP Transportation Management and the Sales Order Process.

  • Integration of SAP Share Service Framework with SAP Event Management to address issues.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Improved visibility to Order Status

  • Improved efficiency with exception based order management

  • Integration of Shared Service Framework to document issues and their resolution

Expert Exchange: Revenue Recognition & Lease Administration

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Revolutionize Your In-Transit inventory Process

Like most companies these days, Ascend Performance Materials moves many products between various physical locations and legal entities across state lines and continents.  In the past, the inventory in-transit between company owned sites was in a virtual no-man’s land, in-transit value was a calculated figure that was hard to track and reconcile.

With Enhance Pack 5 or higher SAP provided a revolutionary new approach to process, track and report the In Transit Inventory during Stock Transport Order Processing. With the Stock In Transit (SIT) functionality SAP ensures that the ownership of goods is transferred directly from one entity to the next while still keeping track when they physically arrive at the destination.

In transit inventory is no longer a calculated figure but a tightly controlled part of the inventory from both financial and logistics point of view. The new functionality also enabled us to simplify the STO creation process, ensured that batch information is automatically transferred between locations and also to introduce a return process to manage adjustments and corrections on the same order.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Tight control of the physical and financial flow of inventory between own sites

  • Standardize and improve Inventory reporting

  • Standardize STO creation and goods receiving processes

12 Years of Building Advanced Analytics Capability at Dow

Dow’s Advanced Analytics organization is delivering real value to shareholders.  Dow runs an integrated chemical company model on a single instance of SAP.  Dow has two highly skilled teams, one driving a traditional fully featured BW environment with over 100 specialized dashboards, and an Advance Analytics team featuring 20 data scientist who leverage business data sources with other data sources.  Our mantra is “Better together”.   Dow’s reporting team supports the Advanced Analytics team with business data, and the Advanced Analytics team provides models back and new data requirements to incrementally expand value delivered to the businesses.  The main technique for focusing on the right analytics for Dow is driven by value management techniques aligned to specific business needs.   Mark will discuss his insight as an Architect in solving challenges of delivering break through results in a modern chemical company.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Digitally transforming analytics

  • Data Driven Decision Making

  • Measured business results

An Information & Technology Journey from ERP to the Plant Floor… & Back Again

This presentation will follow Dow Corning’s journey to bridge the physical and virtual information chasm between SAP and the plant floor process control environment. Our journey started with the ISA-95 and ISA-88 standards.  Then progressed through design/development and final delivery of a solution that leverages technologies such as SAP MII, Plant Connectivity and the Siemens Batch environment.  Learn how Dow Corning’s SAP business enterprise system and Siemens PCS7 plant floor manufacturing systems are laying the groundwork for digital manufacturing.  Lessons learned through the course of the project will also be reviewed.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automated visibility of customer demand from planning & scheduling through the plant floor manufacturing processes.

  • "Real-time" visibility and accuracy of inventory

  • Productivity improvements by elimination of NVA on the plant floor


 

Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA

Chemical process manufacturing companies are at a tipping point to continue to enhance their current application footprint for business process execution or to transition to the new digital core based on S/4HANA Enterprise Management. Given the need for a full solution footprint that includes integrated core capabilities, hear how companies can secure a faster time to value, reduce their upgrade risk and lower their total cost of ownership through SAP’s Best Practices for Chemicals empowered by S/4HANA Enterprise management solution. This pre-defined solution is equipped with embedded analytics to provide a ready to use Plant Manager Dashboard with KPI’s defined specifically for the critical measures that are essential for a Chemical Process Manufacturer. This deep dive will provide insight on what is fact vs fiction regarding S/4HANA Enterprise Management, clarify cloud vs. on premise capabilities and scope, share insights into Fiori 2.0 and the homogenous end user experience, while sharing fundamental information on embedded analytics strategies to support the end to end solution footprint for a chemical manufacturing company.

Key Takeaways:


  • Identify and discuss pain points

  • Discuss fact vs fiction regarding S/4HANA Enterprise Management

  • SAP’s Best Practices for Chemical and our experiences

  • Fiori 2.0 and how to leverage it

  • Embedded Analytics and the value proposition

  • Potential demo Plant Manager Dashboard with KPI’s defined specifically for the critical measures

  • that are essential for a Chemical Process Manufacturer

Expert Exchange: Financial Compliance

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

GHS Label Requirements: How Tremco Leverages SAP & Loftware

GHS (short for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling) has become reality for much of the world. In particular, it has recently become law in the USA and Canada. Hear how Tremco leveraged their existing SAP (in particular the EHS functionality) and Loftware to meet the challenges and requirements posed by GHS.

The talk will cover what GHS is, as well as how it affects label compliance for chemical companies. Also covered will be differences between the US, Canada and Australia. Tremco will walk through their recently completed project to integrate SAP and Loftware, and share best practices and lessons learned from their experience. Lastly, Tremco will share why it believes label management will only become a hotter topic as time goes on, especially for chemical industry companies.

Key Takeaways:


  • Overview of GHS

    1. What is it?

    2. How does it affect labels?

    3. How “harmonized” is it across various countries?



  • The use of SAP EHS as a source of GHS compliant data

  • The integration of Loftware and SAP

  • Lessons learned and best practices, including a look at:

    1. Master data

    2. Roles, responsibilities and approval processes

    3. Printers and facility logistics



  • A look at future changes/legislation that may affect labels

SAP System Merge: Logistics & Lessons Learned

Learn the logistics and lessons learned from ACTEGA, a mid-size chemical company who merged SAP systems from 4 company codes and 4 sales organizations into 2 company codes and 2 sales organizations, while optimizing its SAP plant and storage location structure at the same time. The company elected to use the SAP System Landscape Optimization (SLO) methodology for this merger.  It was identified early in the define phase that there were clearly items that would be out of scope for the SAP SLO team. Pricing procedures, payment terms, the process of master data creation and many other business critical items had to be reviewed, harmonized and ultimately adjusted during the project. The right test strategy and proper involvement from business process owners from all sites was key to the success of the project.  Learn the challenges that ACTEGA North America faced and how they were addressed with their external support partner in order to remain on-time and on-budget for the merge project.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Harmonization of processes in SAP

  • Interim solutions for conflicting master data

  • Robust testing scenarios

How Nexeo Solutions Optimizes Its Private Fleet with SAP Transportation Management

Learn how Nexeo Solutions utilizes SAP Transportation Management to make the best use of its private fleet of trucks, including route optimization, dispatch, and freight settlement. Find out what it took to implement SAP Transportation Management, as well as to integrate it with third-party applications for telematics and proof of delivery.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Reduction in cost from route optimization

  • Improved Service to Customers

  • Better cost to serve visibility

Deep Dive: Demystifying Fiori 2.0 & Embedded Analytics: Preparing for Your Shift to S/4HANA

Chemical process manufacturing companies are at a tipping point to continue to enhance their current application footprint for business process execution or to transition to the new digital core based on S/4HANA Enterprise Management. Given the need for a full solution footprint that includes integrated core capabilities, hear how companies can secure a faster time to value, reduce their upgrade risk and lower their total cost of ownership through SAP’s Best Practices for Chemicals empowered by S/4HANA Enterprise management solution. This pre-defined solution is equipped with embedded analytics to provide a ready to use Plant Manager Dashboard with KPI’s defined specifically for the critical measures that are essential for a Chemical Process Manufacturer. This deep dive will provide insight on what is fact vs fiction regarding S/4HANA Enterprise Management, clarify cloud vs. on premise capabilities and scope, share insights into Fiori 2.0 and the homogenous end user experience, while sharing fundamental information on embedded analytics strategies to support the end to end solution footprint for a chemical manufacturing company.

Key Takeaways:


  • Identify and discuss pain points

  • Discuss fact vs fiction regarding S/4HANA Enterprise Management

  • SAP’s Best Practices for Chemical and our experiences

  • Fiori 2.0 and how to leverage it

  • Embedded Analytics and the value proposition

  • Potential demo Plant Manager Dashboard with KPI’s defined specifically for the critical measures

  • that are essential for a Chemical Process Manufacturer

Expert Exchange: Customer Engagement

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Disruptive Innovation: A Secret to Unconventional Success

The business world is evolving. Business models, the face of retail and industries are being massively disrupted. Nontraditional competitors are emerging that challenge traditional industry that is slow to change. Large corporations must evolve and start thinking outside the box or else they will be left behind. Could your industry be the next multi-billion-dollar opportunity that is targeted by entrepreneurs such as Ido Leffler? Hear how you can embrace disruption, accept risk as a key part of innovation and learn how to attract emerging talent to your company. And of course, have incredible impact and a kickass time along the way.

Integrated Business Planning – The Next Frontier

The next frontier for business planning is Integrated Business Planning (IBP), a common platform and process that integrates multiple corporate functions with supply chain planning execution. SAP has been co-developing and piloting this advanced in-memory technology platform for the last several years with major consumer goods companies that provide integrated planning analytics, simulations and alert capability in a common business context for all functions. When combined with advance supply chain capabilities such as Demand Sensing and Control Tower Visibility, the SAP IBP platform becomes a very powerful business tool that positively impacts service, inventory and growth opportunities never realized before. However, significant change management has to be implemented to address new processes and people capabilities that are enabled by the new IBP platform and technology.

Ask SAP: The Case for Establishing the Digital Platform

Join Rich Seltz of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses today’s digital transformation and how companies can embrace it. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Chemical companies have long been pioneers in digitizing their enterprise.  However, many enterprises struggle to understand how “digital transformation” in today’s world differs from traditional digitization.  How are leading chemical companies pursuing digital transformation and what is the implication for the I/T environment and operating model?  This session will discuss how leading companies are embracing digital transformation, justifying investments in a digital platform, and enabling innovation in new ways.

Ask SAP: S/4HANA & Financial Excellence

New and evolving business models, disruptive technologies, and real-time data have all revolutionized the needs and expectations surrounding financials in a business. Finance teams need to be able to embrace this change in order to make the most of their data and provide instant data to key decision-makers.

Join SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as they discuss how different solutions within data finance can enable rapid, real-time decision making, reduce monthly and quarterly tasks, and create savings in people and time.  SAP will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the system can offer you today.

Ask SAP: Visibility Matters: the SAP Ariba Network

Join Deb Kaplan of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as she discusses how today’s companies can leverage the Ariba Network to improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and work in real-time. companies can leverage SAP Connected Manufacturing to increase visibility, and work in real-time. Deb will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what this system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Visibility Matters! The SAP Ariba Network is helping chemical companies on their digital transformation journey. Leading companies are gaining significant value by reducing overall cycle times, expediting costs, lowering manual errors with timely and accurate collaboration, improving visibility of forecast and inventory and leveraging real time insights with trading partners. This session will explore how the SAP Ariba Network is being used in the global supply chain to improve both direct and indirect spend with various use cases/scenarios in the chemicals industry.

Ask SAP: SAP Hybris for Chemicals

Join Dean Afzal of SAP in an interactive session with Q&A, as he discusses how different solutions within customer engagement and commerce can address the various scenarios you encounter in the chemical industry.  Dean will review the capability inherent in SAP’s ERP solution and compare it to the capability within the SAP S/4 solution. Bring all your questions and use this session to start the conversation around what the system can offer you today and as you innovate and digitize into tomorrow.

Trends like globalization, increasing regulatory requirements, volatile raw material and energy prices, ongoing merger, acquisitions and portfolio adjustments, accelerated innovation due to squeezed product lifecycles, and the drive for operational excellence and sustainable margins provide a number of challenges for the chemical industry. Challenges such as offering superior customer value, reducing manufacturing costs, maximizing sales force efficiency to name a few. SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce for the Chemical Industry is a portfolio of on-premise and Cloud-based solutions to cover your customer-facing business processes – from inbound and outbound sales to B2B Commerce, and call center functionality. With reduced complexity and a differentiated solution portfolio (one size does not fit all), the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be optimized while leveraging the existing IT investment. This session will highlight how different solutions of CEC can address the various use cases/scenarios in Chemical Industry.

Eastman Chemical's Digital Transformation Journey Leveraging S/4HANA

Eastman and SAP are working together on defining a transformation journey moving Eastman into the Digital Age using the power and value that S/4HANA technology can deliver.   Through various value assessments and workshops, Eastman with the help of SAP have been defining the "art of possibility" by leveraging the new technology to envision the could-be processes enabling better decision capabilities between functional areas, senior management and their business leaders.

This was a true collaboration between SAP account and services teams and both the Eastman IT team and business leaders as well. Having the business be a key stakeholder in the process ensured that we were addressing real challenges and delivering real value to Eastman Chemical. We worked together using many of the principles of a Design Thinking workshop to stay focused on use cases that can bring the most value to the organization.

Implementation recommendations and roadmaps are being developed to start the journey enabling Eastman to move to the new SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management.  Presentation will focus on details of our journey and decision on a phased Greenfield approach.  Progress to date and next steps will be outlined as well as strategy on leveraging SAP’s capabilities of providing real time analytics to make key business decisions and define the appropriate actions to execute the decisions.  Our vision cannot be achieved with existing platform and we need to venture into the new analytical processing paradigm.

Dangerous Goods: Setting Your Employees Up for Success

Shipping Dangerous Goods can be extremely complicated and can be a risky venture for any company.  Training programs are typically not sufficient to ensure compliance with the multitude of regulations around the world.  Your best bet?  Automate!  Take away as many decision points as you can, then arm your employees with information to help ensure success.  Take steps to make sure your DG data is correct upon receipt and share that information throughout the shipping process.  This will allow your shippers to focus on those steps that can’t be automated (yet!).

Key Business Benefits:


  • Compliance with complicated Dangerous Goods shipping regulations

  • Operational efficiencies

  • Compliance team efficiencies

A Real Return: Using BW to find Savings at Bayer CropScience

CropScience, a Division of Bayer, had historically relied on a labor-intensive process when managing product returns related to their consignment business. The challenge in this return process came in time requirements, sampling, sample re-batching, building pallets, retesting product and revalidating the product for future use. The process of determining if the material could be blended, re-batched, and reused took a substantial amount of time and resources.

The challenge for Bayer was to reduce this investment in terms of both cost and turnaround time. Using (WM) Warehouse Management, Bayer found that they could the reduce time investment of this task by 50%, saving on labor and allowing staff to focus their time on other value added activities.

All told, this implementation saved significant quantities of pallet moves and time for multiple Bayer Sites. Join Bill Abernathy, Head of Logistics Excellence, Product Supply North America, as he describes how he and his team leveraged WM in unique way to achieve viable results with a real return.

One Company’s Journey to Develop a Global Treasury Organization & Embed Optionality using SAP & Other Enabling Technologies

Mosaic Treasury owned a workstation with limited functionality and inconsistent IT support.  As a result, we relied heavily on spreadsheets to communicate treasury activity to our internal customers.

To drive performance improvements, we embarked on a vision of creating a global treasury organization that was fully integrated into the processes of our accounting, A/P, and A/R stakeholders.  I will show you how we produced hard dollar savings, productivity gains, and most importantly created a cultural shift toward using SAP as a single source of the truth.

Expert Exchange: Plant Maintenance

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry

Join us to collaborate on best practices, pain points and the “how-to” of developing a business case and a roadmap for implementing/upgrading to S4/HANA ERP. Attend this deep dive to put the facts together on technology, functionality and what sequence and timing of planning and execution is a best fit for chemical organizations already running SAP or for businesses that are new to SAP. Learn about new use cases that take advantage of the HANA technology to provide new capabilities to the business. Identify TCO savings through consolidating technologies and platforms on S/4HANA. Get the most up-to-date information on SAP’s HANA product roadmap and how your business can put a strategy in place that balances risk and reward.

RevRec and Leasing: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

The latest regulations for Revenue Recognition and Leasing require companies to make significant changes to how they report deferred revenue and leases. The SEC, FASB and major ratings agencies (D&B, Moody’s) have called this one of the single most significant and impactful changes for financial reporting in over a decade. With only 9 months for RevRec and 21 months for leasing, how will you get ready? Bramasol is the expert in helping companies prepare for the upcoming ASC 606/IFRS 15 and ASC 842 and IFRS 16 regulatory changes. When you attend, this talk you will hear about the changes, what solutions SAP is offering and our approach to helping you comply. You will also hear from Lyondell Basel on why they are preparing now and what went into their decisions.

Innovative Way to Quickly Absorb a Major Merger or Acquisition with SAP S/4HANA & Central Finance

CF Industries is a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution. They own and operate world-scale nitrogen complexes and service agricultural and industrial customers through their best-in-class distribution system.  In 2015, CF Industries entered into an agreement to merge with OCI N.V., a leading global producer of nitrogen and methanol.  As the result of this merger, CF was going from one main ERP system to five ERP systems all with different financial structures, running on different software, supporting different processes, and operating in very different ways.  Their goal was to achieve financial excellence across all the systems, consolidate the different businesses, be as non-disruptive to the existing systems, and achieve all this as quickly as possible.  To do this, they looked to implement SAP S/4HANA in a Central Finance deployment model as they absorbed and consolidated the new company into their landscape. While this merger was eventually abandoned due to federal restrictions, the process that CF Industries undertook is an innovative way to prepare for successful M&A activities.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Non-disruptive approach to M&A activity utilizing state of the art S/4HANA

  • Financial organization consolidation leading to less financial resources to prepare financial reports

  • Faster reporting, intercompany reconciliation and close cycles

Using Track & Trace to Recover Costs at Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products’ Industrial Gases business had a system for returnable containers – containers (gas cylinders) that are owned by the company and used to deliver product to end customers.  These containers are returned by customers and, reused in future shipments. Prior to 2012, there was no easy way for Air Products to track these containers, which were commonly treated as “fungible” assets, and therefore no way for Air Products to identify the location of a specific container or recover containers that were never returned.

In 2012, Air Products created a track and trace system, using 3-D barcodes and RFID tags to serialize their containers and a mobile app to scan and upload data in real-time. Through this process, Air Products was able to identify a container’s status and location throughout the supply chain.  In certain geographies, Air Products learned that they had significantly less containers than they thought - containers that were being “borrowed” by third party agents and not returned as expected.

By instituting a track and trace system, Air Products was not only able to increase cost savings by recovering lost containers, but has also been able to influence customer and third-party behavior regarding returning containers. Join Mark Binnig as he discusses how Air Products has been able to improve their container deliveries and service levels while reducing “leakage” through mobile and real time track-and-trace capabilities.

Expert Exchange: Data Governance

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

Deep Dive: Developing a Roadmap for S/4 HANA in the Chemical Industry

Join us to collaborate on best practices, pain points and the “how-to” of developing a business case and a roadmap for implementing/upgrading to S4/HANA ERP. Attend this deep dive to put the facts together on technology, functionality and what sequence and timing of planning and execution is a best fit for chemical organizations already running SAP or for businesses that are new to SAP. Learn about new use cases that take advantage of the HANA technology to provide new capabilities to the business. Identify TCO savings through consolidating technologies and platforms on S/4HANA. Get the most up-to-date information on SAP’s HANA product roadmap and how your business can put a strategy in place that balances risk and reward.

Integrating ECC, APO, BI & BPC Data to Supercharge Management Reporting & Accelerate Financial Close

Our company faced issues where multiple business analysts required a long time to manually put together financial statement packages each month. Constant tweaking of the data and adjustments required lengthy rebuild processes each cycle.  Multiple Excel versions existed and status updates took place only via email.

To solve this issue we utilized process improvement and integrated data from a multitude of sources to develop a management financials package: Product Costing and fixed cost data in ECC, Sales volumes from APO, Cost to serve data from BI.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automate Management Reporting

  • Accelerated Financial Close

  • One version of the truth for financial data

End-to-End Real-Time Visibility Delivers Optimal Logistics Operations - A Case Study

Our logistics team faced challenges in executing increasingly complex shipments using the sub-optimal, semi-automated and dis-jointed processes delivered through multiple systems including SAP ERP. The ‘need for speed’ from the higher expectations of customers and the new regulations related to DG goods made the situation worse for the in-house team just to keep the light on.

A major initiative was launched 2 years back to implement flexible and optimal processes using SAP ERP tools to eliminate 3rd party systems, increase RF scanning and integrate freight carriers like FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, DB Schenker and other LTL carriers. Special attention was paid to the DG shipment processes and other compliance requirements. Just last month, a 2-step consolidation/deconsolidation shipment process was implemented using FedEx IGD service for customers in Canada with full integration into in-house SAP system.

A SAP based Logistics Dashboard was developed and deployed for 360-degree view of the operations very quickly.

The result of this initiative is that we are able to achieve improvements in a number of KPIs like shipment accuracy, Inventory accuracy, cycle time of the internal operations and freight costs. In addition, we have full visibility of our shipments all the way to the customer with a record of ‘Proof of delivery’ by the carrier. We also provide our customers the shipment information for their tracking.

Real-time connectivity of our SAP system to the carriers has also eliminated errors in shipments caused by restrictions by carriers.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improvements in shipment and physical inventory accuracies

  • Real time visibility of shipments from the start to delivery to the customer including Proof-of-Delivery(POD)

  • Freight Cost optimization and savings

A Supply Chain Transformed with SAP Integrated Business Planning

With sales in excess of $2.5 billion per year and plans for significant future growth, Albemarle Chemical knew that in order to keep up with such fast-paced environment, they had to be able to develop and implement a strong, structured and sustainable S&OP process and tools across global business units and its divisions.

Following an Agile methodology, Intrigo designed, deployed and provided global support for a Supply Chain Transformation Project that included rolling out SAP S&OP on HANA to 8 Business Units within the Catalyst GBU. The IBP Platform was leveraged by Intrigo to solve Albemarle’s planning challenges. This delivered solution addressed the challenges of granular data vs. reliable plan outputs, while also ensuring long term sustainability and success.

Join Rodney Nijoka and Intrigo to understand how Intrigo has enabled and solidified Albemarle’s S&OP process by building out a reliable and extendable Supply Demand Balancing component.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Achieved sustaining inventory reductions in working capital

  • Improvement in customer service

  • Standardization and efficiency improvement across supply chain

Expert Exchange: How to Merge SAP Systems & Plan for Acquisition

The Expert Exchange is a new way to interact with leaders at Best Practices for Chemicals, designed to meet the needs of customers who asked us to create an area where they can ask for expert help on specific technical or business process questions. Our line-up of experts includes your fellow SAP customers, ASUG volunteers, SAP, and technology partners, who will be available to talk with you on selected topics in each session timeslot.

How Mindfulness Helps Address Disruption, Stress & Safety

Mindfulness and situational awareness training have taken off globally, and for good reason. Disruption, mergers, and transformation are the new norm: your industry, Chemicals, is seeing a shakeup, including unprecedented acquisition and new competition emerging. In addition, across all industries, injury rates (and costs) are on the rise, with 91% of all workplace accidents occurring due to human error. Thousands of studies have shown the health and performance benefits of mindfulness training, including reducing the stress of ongoing disruption and reducing distraction-related injuries. In 2017, over half of the Fortune 500 will be embracing mindfulness as a competitive advantage. Companies including GE, PG&E and Ford look to it help with employee stress resiliency, performance and safety.

Join Whil’s Founder and CEO, Joe Burton, to learn how to reduce employee stress, increase resiliency and improve safety, focus and performance. He’ll also share the benefits for leadership, project governance and personal development. As a conference gift, all attendees will receive free access to Whil’s digital training apps.