Best Practices for Chemicals

The chemical industry is drastically evolving through a collision of forces. Business models have accelerated with a shifted focus on the customer, massive consolidations and M&A’s changing the leader board, digitization revamping antiquated business processes, and cyber security threats forcing companies to develop contingency plans for the unexpected. Best Practices for Chemicals powers industry leaders to collaborate, share, and learn together as the entire community faces these challenges head on.

Discussing the most innovative solutions and exploring the next business evolutions, this conference presents the latest solutions to the SAP chemicals community. Attendees discover brilliant strategies and innovative technologies to influence and improve their business’s bottom line. At Best Practices for Chemicals, you’ll walk away with invaluable resources, unparalleled content, and an empowering network of industry and business experts. Stay updated on all things conference related by following @BP4Chem on Twitter and @EventfulConferences on Instagram.

 

 

Meet the Speakers!

 
  • Laurie Miller

    CIO & Head of IT, Covestro
     
    Agility Meets Humility: How to Make IT Sustainable

    What does being humble have to do with running a successful chemicals company? With competitors and startups always on the verge of disrupting parts of your business, humility is what keeps you from thinking it couldn’t happen to you. But humility by itself isn’t enough to keep you ahead of the game. It takes a combination of being humble and...

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  • Andreas Klinger

    Head of Digital Lab, BASF
     
    How IoT & Industry 4.0 Impact the Now & the Future of Chemicals

    Drawing on insight from both BASF and SAP, stay tuned for this facilitated conversation between Nils and Andreas. They’ll discuss SAP’s core emphasis on developing IoT applications that meet the needs of customers and how BASF is leveraging big data to realize the full benefits of Industry 4.0. Led by Rich Seltz, the Vice President of Digital Transformation at SAP,...

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  • David Gram

    Co-founder, Diplomatic Rebels & (Former) Senior Innovation Director, LEGO Group
     
    Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation

    The world is changing exponentially. Companies and industries face a climate of radical change and potential disruption. To be successful in the future, companies will be need to build the capability to constantly experiment with future customer offerings in close collaboration with users and external partners. The LEGO Group are universally recognized as having on the world’s leading customer experience...

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  • Richard Picciotto

    FDNY Chief, Highest Ranking Firefighter to Survive the World Trade Center Collapse
     
    Last Man Down: Leadership the FDNY Way

    The FDNY exemplifies, like no other organization in the world, leadership, motivation, risk management, and decision making.  The ultimate example of this was the largest rescue operation in the history of the United States, which on 9/11 saved the lives of an estimated 20,000 people. Chief Richard Picciotto has taught and prepared firefighters in both their quest to save lives...

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  • "This was truly a great event. Eventful Conferences did an outstanding job with leadership and organization."

    Laura Tibodeau - Chief Information Officer, Americas Styrenics
     
  • "The conference was extremely informative, provided access to collaborate with thought leaders in the industry, and helped organizations plan their strategy on how to leverage SAP's suite of products."

    Brian Everett - Industry Solution Principal, Itelligence
     
 
 

Thanks To Our Sponsors!

 
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    Hitachi
     
    Silver Sponsor
     
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    Capgemini
     
    Platinum Sponsor
     

Agility Meets Humility: How to Make IT Sustainable

What does being humble have to do with running a successful chemicals company? With competitors and startups always on the verge of disrupting parts of your business, humility is what keeps you from thinking it couldn’t happen to you. But humility by itself isn’t enough to keep you ahead of the game. It takes a combination of being humble and being agile to best sustain and grow your organization. Laurie Miller, CIO of Covestro, has the not so humble goal of changing the world by creating a better organization with a focus on digital preparedness and sustainable practices. Sustainability means more than just environmental impact – it means sustaining the business through better talent retention programs. It means dedication to diversity and inclusion, generating new ideas through a plurality of viewpoints. And it means developing partnerships with likeminded organizations that recognize the need for transformation. Covestro and SAP are co-developing innovative new ways to more tightly integrate their systems and embrace agility. Hear from Laurie about her strategies for moving Covestro forward while remaining humble.

How IoT & Industry 4.0 Impact the Now & the Future of Chemicals

Drawing on insight from both BASF and SAP, stay tuned for this facilitated conversation between Nils and Andreas. They’ll discuss SAP’s core emphasis on developing IoT applications that meet the needs of customers and how BASF is leveraging big data to realize the full benefits of Industry 4.0. Led by Rich Seltz, the Vice President of Digital Transformation at SAP, this is the capstone to both Nils’ and Andreas’ stories of how the changes to manufacturing today will echo far into the future.

Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation

The world is changing exponentially. Companies and industries face a climate of radical change and potential disruption. To be successful in the future, companies will be need to build the capability to constantly experiment with future customer offerings in close collaboration with users and external partners. The LEGO Group are universally recognized as having on the world’s leading customer experience programs. David Gram, will share his hard-learned lessons from tackling disruptions and building a world class front-end innovation capability as Senior Innovation Director at LEGO’s Future Lab. While driving the establishment of the lab, with the mission of coming up with and trying out new ideas to improve customer engagement and experience, hear how he helped turn LEGO into the “Apple of toys.” The presentation will include insights on:

  • Embracing disruptions without disrupting the healthy existing business
  • Building a strategic foundation for radical innovation
  • Moving from user insights to Co-creation with users
  • Fostering a culture of Intrapreneurship
  • Fast, low risk learning using Design Thinking and Agile Development
  • Challenges and mitigations with Intrapreneurship

Last Man Down: Leadership the FDNY Way

The FDNY exemplifies, like no other organization in the world, leadership, motivation, risk management, and decision making.  The ultimate example of this was the largest rescue operation in the history of the United States, which on 9/11 saved the lives of an estimated 20,000 people. Chief Richard Picciotto has taught and prepared firefighters in both their quest to save lives and for promotion into leadership roles within the FDNY. He shows you how the strategies and tactics of the FDNY in training its members, can parallel the needs in your own organization. Drawing from his own experiences, Picciotto also teaches audiences the skills a leader needs to not only make life and death decisions but daily decisions that benefit your organization.