During the week of March 20, 2017 at SAPinsider Financials in Las Vegas, the SAP Finance community will come together to talk among ourselves, share ideas, and learn about the best in driving innovation.  Of all the various topics we’ll cover (such as financial accounting, consolidations, treasury, and SAP S/4HANA Finance), I’m most excited about the latest developments around SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for planning. Here are the top sessions and labs I recommend you plan to attend.

21 March: The 2017 Guide to SAP Solutions for EPM

Make sure you start your conference off by attending The 2017 guide to SAP solutions for enterprise performance management presented by my colleague Elizabeth Milne.

  • Elizabeth will take this time to walk you through the latest and greatest solutions we have within this portfolio, as well go through roadmap related items.
  • The solutions within this portfolio will discuss the various options on planning on-premise with real-time enterprise insights, planning swiftly and quickly in the cloud.

21 March: What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

I’m really excited to discuss another hot topic, which is What’s new in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.

  • I’ll use this session to discuss the latest features in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation platform for Microsoft and version for SAP NetWeaver.
  • Additionally, I will cover how the solution seamlessly integrates with SAP S/4HANA.
  • This is THE planning and consolidation choice for customers embarking on the SAP S/4HANA journey who are looking to achieve real-time insights when it comes to their planning process. (See the video below for a sneak peak.)


22 March:  What’s New and on the Horizon for SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning

Planning and analysis these days is a lot more than just integration and real-time insights—it’s about dynamic planning and providing analytics and visual insights with extreme ease.  On Wednesday, Ric Ratkowski will cover What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for planning and what’s on the horizon.

  • This will be a fantastic session to take a deep dive on how to combine analytics, visualization, predictive capabilities with your financial planning and analysis role.
  • This is also an excellent session to get an idea of how to use the cloud to drive budgeting and forecasting in a next-generation manner.

22 March: Financial Planning and Analysis Hands-On Lab

If these sessions interest you, join Jason Reid for a rare and insightful hands-on lab,  Financial planning and analysis in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

  • Bring your laptop, connect directly to the Cloud, and learn how to model planning and budgeting scenarios extremely quickly,
  • This lab will give you a taste of what’s possible for you and your journey towards finance.

22 March: Real-Time Planning in SAP S/4HANA Finance with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

I will deliver a session I think you’ll find most invaluable, covering Real-time planning in SAP S/4HANA Finance with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.

  • It’s absolutely ground-breaking technology and presents a huge opportunity for finance transformation, as the office of the CFO is able to access actuals data instantly and then perform Actuals to Plan comparisons at any point in time and provide true insights to their business constituents.

23 March: Prepare for the Digital Boardroom with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning and Analytics

David Bath from Protiviti will conduct a session that I think is a great complement to SAP BusinessObjects Cloud when he discusses how to  Prepare for the digital boardroom with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for planning and analytics: Take your planning and forecasting models to the next level.

  • The SAP Digital Boardroom is a product you’ll be able to see on the show floor.
  • In the session, you can also get insights into how to make it relevant to get real-time business insights and  drive instant decision making and modeling.

There you have it! Lots of great sessions to choose from in Las Vegas as part of SAPinsider Financials. I look forward to seeing you there.