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    07
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  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast & Exhibition Viewing
    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    KEYNOTE
    The Industrial IoT Changes the Game for Process Manufacturing
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    KEYNOTE
    BASF 4.0: Leading the Digital Transformation in Chemicals
    8:45 AM - 9:05 AM
    KEYNOTE
    How IoT & Industry 4.0 Impact the Now & the Future of Chemicals
    9:05 AM - 9:50 AM
    KEYNOTE
    Industry Perspective on Digital Transformation
    9:50 AM - 10:50 AM Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing
    9:50 AM - 10:50 AM
    Customer Connect
    Customer Connect Center: Albemarle
    10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
    TRACK 1
    Agile Architecture and Delivery to Re-purpose IT Asset for M&A Initiatives
    TRACK 2
    Customer-Centric Supply Chain Improvements Resonate Across Altana
    TRACK 3
    Advanced Analytics at Dow: Enabling Businesses to Drive Expanded Margins
    TRACK 4
    Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies
    TRACK 5
    SAP Feedback Forum
    11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
    TRACK 1
    How Axalta Coating Systems Closed its Data Center and Moved Applications to Cloud
    TRACK 2
    Frictionless Regulatory and Customer Labeling Across the Extended Supply Chain
    TRACK 3
    SAP Hybris CEC: It’s Time for a Modern Customer Engagement Model
    TRACK 4
    Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies
    TRACK 5
    SAP Feedback Forum
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
    TRACK 1
    Spin Doctor: Leveraging the Spin-off to Modernize SAP
    TRACK 2
    Smart Use of Existing SAP Technology at Huntsman Transforms the End-to-End Supply Chain
    TRACK 3
    A Masterclass in Moving your Asset Management from the Now into the Future
    TRACK 4
    From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’
    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
    TRACK 1
    An Agile Manifesto for Chemicals: Increasing Speed and Agility for Today’s Digital Business Climate
    TRACK 2
    Effective Control of Working Capital Using a Global, Standard S&OP Process
    TRACK 3
    SAP Digital Manufacturing and Leonardo
    TRACK 4
    From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’
    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
    TRACK 1
    From Complex Customization to Refreshing Simplicity: A More Sustainable Chemours with SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation (SAP ERD)
    TRACK 2
    How Shell Chemicals Used SAP Cloud & Fiori to Build a Better Distribution Freight Rating System
    TRACK 3
    The “SAP Way” for Industry 4.0 and how to start your journey on the Digital Transformation path
    TRACK 4
    Accelerate Digital Transformation with Business Analytics Solutions
    3:50 PM - 5:00 PM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    3:50 PM - 5:00 PM
    Customer Connect
    Customer Connect Center: Sealed Air, The Dow Chemical Company
    5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    KEYNOTE
    Last Man Down: Leadership the FDNY Way
    5:45 PM - 7:30 PM Evening Reception
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Women In Chemicals
    Women in Chemicals Reception & Panel Sponsored by IBM
  • 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast & Exhibition Viewing
    7:45 AM - 8:30 AM SIGGA Breakfast Session
    8:45 AM - 9:20 AM
    KEYNOTE
    Agility Meets Humility: How to Make IT Sustainable
    9:20 AM - 10:05 AM
    KEYNOTE
    Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation
    10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
    KEYNOTE
    SAP Vision: The Agile & Resilient Supply Chain
    10:35 AM - 11:35 AM Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing
    10:35 AM - 11:35 AM
    Customer Connect
    Customer Connect Center: Ascend Performance Materials, Nexeo Solutions, Chemours
    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
    TRACK 1
    Enable Distributors/B2B Customers Leveraging Hybris Web Commerce: Sealed Air Sales Transformation
    TRACK 2
    Best Practices for Price & Margin Management in Today’s Successful Chemical Enterprise
    TRACK 3
    Steps to Define Your SAP Journey, Strategy and Roadmap to S/4HANA Adoption
    TRACK 4
    What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?
    TRACK 5
    SAP Feedback Forum
    12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
    TRACK 1
    HANA Cloud Platform with Analytics Cloud Reporting Enables Visibility and Usability at KMG Chemicals
    TRACK 2
    Thriving in a ‘MAD’ World (Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures): Making Sound, Strategic Business Decisions
    TRACK 3
    S/4HANA Finance/Central Finance Roadmap Update & Adoption Stories
    TRACK 4
    What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?
    TRACK 5
    SAP Feedback Forum
    1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
    2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    KEYNOTE
    Blockchain Adoption for the Enterprise: An Organizational Readiness Toolkit
    2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
    TRACK 1
    Set Up your SAP Business Analytics Project for Success: A Model from Nexeo Solutions
    TRACK 2
    Pure Play OpEx Savings During SAP OS/DB Migrations
    TRACK 3
    Continuous Improvement – Leveraging SAP to Improve Planning Capabilities
    TRACK 4
    A Single Source of Truth Brings Finance & Logistics Together at Ascend Materials for Reliable Cost-to-Serve
    3:35 PM - 4:35 PM Cocktail Hour in the Reception Hall
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keynote:
The Industrial IoT Changes the Game for Process Manufacturing

 
Mar 06 2018, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
 

As more and more of the world becomes accustomed to how the Industrial Internet of Things is changing the face of business, we can start looking at more specific examples of what this technology can achieve. A good example is Touchless Order Processing. How will business models change when our tanks on-site across the world take care of re-ordering their own materials? In this opening keynote, Nils Herzberg describes the world of innovation available to industries through intelligent application of IIoT technology – beyond predictive maintenance or simple optimization. Join Nils for a high-level discussion on the possibilities of a connected plant before diving into a real-world case study from BASF.

 

talk:
BASF 4.0: Leading the Digital Transformation in Chemicals

 
Mar 06 2018, 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
 

Find out how BASF leverages the opportunities enabled by IoT in strategic initiatives: how sensor data can be collected from the shop floor level and be passed on to open platforms for dashboarding and predictive applications and options for field device to cloud connectivity and related cyber security topics.

Working in co-development with SAP and external partners, Andreas Klinger and his team work to spin up pilot projects that will lead to new opportunities to use data from field devices and combine the work of the operators with the analytics teams to deliver on the promise of IT/OT convergence.

BASF enhances effectiveness and efficiency through horizontally and vertically connecting value chain data and applying advanced data analytics to enhance decision making.

 

 

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

 
Mar 06 2018, 8:45 AM - 9:05 AM
 

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.

 

talk:
Industry Perspective on Digital Transformation

 
Mar 06 2018, 9:05 AM - 9:50 AM
 

The chemical industry landscape today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging markets are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has historically been 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 constraints – 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.

 

talk:
Customer Connect Center: Albemarle

 
Mar 06 2018, 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM
 

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:

  1. Integrated Business Planning: Rodney Nijoka – Global Director Integrated Business Planning, Albemarle
  2. 1610/1709 & S4: Becky Simoneaux – Enterprise Applications Supervisor, Albemarle

Sign up below to lock in your time to speak with the customer experts:

 

talk:
Agile Architecture and Delivery to Re-purpose IT Asset for M&A Initiatives

 
Mar 06 2018, 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Historically, BP always adopted traditional architecture and delivery approach to support system cloning/data carving for divestment projects. This resulted in higher cost and longer delivery time. The new approach to architecture and delivery fit best for M&A initiatives that require high flexibility to change the architecture and design to suit prospective buyers.

This presentation will cover agile architecture and innovative approach to delivering IT projects to repurpose SAP systems, with the goal to support divestment initiatives at much lower cost within shorter delivery timelines. BP completed divestment of a Chemicals plant in 2016 through committed application of agile practices on data and architecture management. The presentation will focus on innovative cloning approach to deploy SAP system in the Cloud with carved-out data to support divestment initiatives. Join Noorddin Taj in this session to learn about a completed divestment at BP and how the to leverage micro service architecture to further improve agility and short project delivery to increasing demand to divest and integrate to optimize business portfolio. The presentation will cover:

  • Key Success factor for Divestment Initiatives
  • Delivery approach
  • Key outcome achieved
  • What would you do differently in the future?
 

talk:
Customer-Centric Supply Chain Improvements Resonate Across Altana

 
Mar 06 2018, 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
 

What happens when your sales team can’t have a positive conversation with customers because often as not they don’t receive their product on time? Or when customer service is beat down by playing damage control 40% of the time? Taking a customer-centric view within supply chain leads to a holistic picture of the impact that improving key deliverables can have on your entire business. Billy Duty has been working in supply chain for over 20 years and with over 100 SAP projects under his belt, he brought his experience to bear on on-time deliveries and overall supply chain optimization. In that past 18 months, Altana has gone from 60% to 90% on-time through better processes, clearly defined routines, and improved organization. With clearer access to data and information, other teams in the business are able to provide transparency to customers that improves their business relationships. Join Billy to hear about practices you can use to address demand planning, inventory planning, customer service, and ultimately on time delivery see the impact on your customers’ experience.

 

talk:
Advanced Analytics at Dow: Enabling Businesses to Drive Expanded Margins

 
Mar 06 2018, 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Advanced Analytics at Dow have and continue to focus on enhancing business and functional margins. Dow’s business and functional leadership use internal SAP data through home grown reporting systems, dashboards, spreadsheets which include current and historical data sets to enable decision making.  This has proven to be sufficient for current business needs, however does not allow for significant breakthrough margin improvements. Dow leaders were challenging for more assistance in how they incorporate forward looking analytics and optimization recommendations to enable overall decision making. The focus of the Advanced Analytics team include incorporating unique ways to use advanced statistical and data methods/capabilities to provide improved recommendations that drive margin management (price, volume & cost).

The Dow Advanced Analytics team was able to develop multiple customized solutions that deliver margin enhancements through price positioning/price leakage recommendations, increased sales volume and revenue growth and cost optimization through analytic methods/concepts. These methods include customer/product segmentation, forecasting, elasticity and optimization for price analytic solutions; data mining and market basket techniques to assist in delivering cross sell and lead identification recommendations and solutions; and hierarchical time series forecasting to deliver raw material forecasts.

The Advanced Analytics team enabled and unleashed over $100MM in value from multiple customized solutions that were embedded in the functional and business work processes and operating disciplines over the last two years. All of which couldn’t be possible without the use of internal SAP data direct feeds and external data sourcing. Key business benefits include: embedding sophisticated analytics within businesses; data driven decision making and measured business results.

 

talk:
Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies

 
Mar 06 2018, 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Chemical companies using SAP ECC are aware of the upcoming need to transition to S/4HANA; however, there is a limited understanding of each migration option and how best to approach both the functional and technical solution simplifications. Customers want to integrate Cloud solutions into their software landscape and need clarity on how best to define this as part of the migration effort. Given the need to develop a strategy for the transition to S/4HANA and other SAP Cloud solutions, we will share insight into how companies can plan their migration strategy based on a realistic path that will reduce their upgrade risk, minimize business disruption, and position them for higher end user adoption of the S/4HANA solution.

This session will focus on both the functional and technical analysis of your existing solution landscape. Guidance is provided on embedded analytics and how to shift dependencies away from heavily customized transactions and programs over to Fiori apps focused on Smart analytics and Fact sheets.

This deep dive will provide insight on the assessment framework, the key analysis tools, the functional transactional analysis, and the key outputs to support the shift to S/4HANA.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Gain insight into the current challenges facing ECC customers considering a shift to S/4HANA
  • Breakdown of the phased approach for a S/4HANA migration and critical tasks to include in your resource planning assumptions
  • Understand options to consider for sequencing your migration activities

 

 

talk:
SAP Feedback Forum

 
Mar 06 2018, 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
 

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

 

talk:
How Axalta Coating Systems Closed its Data Center and Moved Applications to Cloud

 
Mar 06 2018, 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
 

Axalta Coating System, a spin-off from DuPont, had a myriad of complex IT applications that were migrated from the legacy DuPont data center to a newly built data center in Axalta in 2013. Despite the new data center, Axalta’s teams continued to struggle with multiple elements of their data strategy such as: unsupported/multiple versions of the operating systems, databases and applications; frequent infrastructure outages; high CapEx compared to OpEx; a complex web of interfaces; lack of skilled resources from the vendors and many more.

In 2017, Axalta chose to migrate all the applications in their data center to cloud and close their data center. Axalta worked with a long-term vision of converging entirely onto a SAAS model, intending to fully embrace SAP’s Public Cloud solution once the system fully matures. During the migrations, applications were classified based on their proximity to SAP as loosely coupled vs. tightly coupled. They were put in different buckets and were migrated to different clouds like SAP HEC, AWS, AZURE etc. Migration strategy was mix of lift & shift and limited transformation. As of today, the data center is closed.

The journey isn’t complete, and Axalta is still contending with a number of ongoing challenges, such as: cloud to cloud integration; complex pricing structures; cloud security; and network performance among others. Nevertheless, this move has resulted in significant improvements and benefits that outweigh the challenges as Axalta continues to resolve those remaining difficulties.

 

talk:
Frictionless Regulatory and Customer Labeling Across the Extended Supply Chain

 
Mar 06 2018, 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
 

Learn how a large-scale market-driven, complex specialty chemical company is benefiting from an Enterprise Labeling Solution integrated with SAP ECC and EHS to address strict regulatory and evolving customer specific labeling requirements across their extended supply chain including distributors and toll manufacturers. In this Q&A session, we will discuss this chemicals company's decision to leverage a centralized labeling solution that they can extend to their distributors and toll manufacturers outside their network, trigger labeling directly from SAP and switch to on-demand color printing. Learn how they adapt faster to assure supply with increased regulatory, regional and customer specific labeling requirements, while gaining supply chain efficiency and cost savings.

 

talk:
SAP Hybris CEC: It’s Time for a Modern Customer Engagement Model

 
Mar 06 2018, 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
 

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 you 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. The purpose of this session is to introduce how different solutions of CEC can address the various use-cases/scenarios in Chemical Industry.

 

talk:
Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies

 
Mar 06 2018, 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
 

Chemical companies using SAP ECC are aware of the upcoming need to transition to S/4HANA; however, there is a limited understanding of each migration option and how best to approach both the functional and technical solution simplifications. Customers want to integrate Cloud solutions into their software landscape and need clarity on how best to define this as part of the migration effort. Given the need to develop a strategy for the transition to S/4HANA and other SAP Cloud solutions, we will share insight into how companies can plan their migration strategy based on a realistic path that will reduce their upgrade risk, minimize business disruption, and position them for higher end user adoption of the S/4HANA solution.

This session will focus on both the functional and technical analysis of your existing solution landscape. Guidance is provided on embedded analytics and how to shift dependencies away from heavily customized transactions and programs over to Fiori apps focused on Smart analytics and Fact sheets.

This deep dive will provide insight on the assessment framework, the key analysis tools, the functional transactional analysis, and the key outputs to support the shift to S/4HANA.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Gain insight into the current challenges facing ECC customers considering a shift to S/4HANA
  • Breakdown of the phased approach for a S/4HANA migration and critical tasks to include in your resource planning assumptions
  • Understand options to consider for sequencing your migration activities

 

 

talk:
SAP Feedback Forum

 
Mar 06 2018, 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
 

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

 

talk:
Spin Doctor: Leveraging the Spin-off to Modernize SAP

 
Mar 06 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

When AdvanSix was spun off Honeywell in October 2016, we had an aged SAP ECC environment, 16 years in the making, hosted on traditional infrastructure in a Honeywell data center.  To exit our transfer service agreement with Honeywell, we needed to migrate our SAP environment out of the Honeywell data center.  The simplest, fastest approach would be to reproduce, identically, in our data center or a co-lo.  Regardless of approach, we were embarking on an expensive, time consuming project, requiring extensive testing across our organization.  If we reproduced exactly what we had, that investment would result in little to no additional value to the company.

After thoroughly exploring options, we decided to modernize and future-proof our SAP environment by upgrading to Suite on HANA and leveraging the public cloud.  Strategically, we embrace a cloud first strategy.  We considered running our environment as is in the cloud, but with the support of SAP, we determined that a small extension of our project timeline would facilitate the necessary enhancement pack upgrade for a database conversion to HANA.  We explored multiple hosting options and selected Microsoft Azure, because they 1) provided a certified HANA appliance at the size necessary for our environment and 2) have rich features including security controls necessary to protect our information.

Full SAP project scope also includes conversion from AIX operating system to Linux and Windows OS and greenfield implementations of SAP Global Trade Solutions (GTS) for Denied Parties Screening, SAP Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) for Segregation of Duties (SOD) management, and SAP PO replacing SAP PI.  Additionally, SAP environment has 50+ interfaces including EDI, SaaS applications, and applications hosted in hybrid cloud.  Project timeline is 9 months, including post-go-live support.

We are on track to be live in with SAP Suite on HANA on Azure February 4, 2018.  We are already finding that HANA delivers enhanced performance across our processes.  We are working with our integrator, Fujitsu, to establish a cloud governance model that facilitates flexible, on demand use of infrastructure, creating a cost-effective approach to manage our environment.  Once live, we will be in a good position to explore S/4 and define how we will leverage S/4 at AdvanSix as we continue to modernize our SAP environment.

 

talk:
Smart Use of Existing SAP Technology at Huntsman Transforms the End-to-End Supply Chain

 
Mar 06 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

After years of running SAP, it was time for a strategic change. Not for another ERP nor a technical upgrade but rather a transformation of people, process and a smart use of existing technology.  Huntsman set out to optimize their supply chain, by maximining MRP while increasing the maturity and education of their business user community along with aligning demand, production planning, and the procurement processes.  Huntsman took a strategic approach to leverage the core SAP technology they already own and implement a tactical plan that drove a payback within 12 months and elevated the global end to end planning process to another level!

 

talk:
A Masterclass in Moving your Asset Management from the Now into the Future

 
Mar 06 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

Join us to explore how Chemical companies can take advantage of Asset Analytics, SAP’s Asset Intelligence Network (AIN) and Leonardo to empower their sensor data for an outcome around managing their assets and fostering reliability, uptime and throughput. Regardless of your organization’s current plans for S/4, learn about strategies and best practices to easily overcome gaps – perceived or real – in readiness for your S/4 journey.c

Actionable data from assets, machines, mobile workers and operational processes can create new opportunities for the world of asset management within Chemicals. IoT is causing a shift in maintenance from tactical execution to asset analytics and predictive maintenance.

Key business benefits:

  • How Leonardo can manifest into substantial benefits
  • Getting prepared for S/4 HANA in EAM

EAM Trends changing the Chemicals company shop flooe

 

talk:
From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’

 
Mar 06 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
 

What business challenge we faced:

A global corporation specializing in manufacturing and distribution of specialty chemicals was facing challenges from its non-responsive & poorly connected supply chain, inadequate & non real-time operational intelligence and lack of data governance practices, all leading up to higher cost of business operations.

How we went about solving it:

  • Implemented SAP Best Practice for Chemicals as part of Suite-On-HANA to connect the internal operations with external supply chain partners as well as to digitize the manufacturing operations
  • Implemented SAP Master Data Governance suite to transform a fragmented data management practice into a orderly and integrated center-led operation
  • Leveraged SOH’s internal reporting capabilities to significantly improve the operational and boardroom intelligence

Result of your process change/work/solution to the business:

  • Enabled a digitized, streamlined, tax efficient and connected supply chain integrating company’s internal operations with customers, suppliers, 3PLs, and regulatory bodies
  • Enabled a unified, standardized and integrated master data management practice across all global locations
  • Enabled intelligent insights both at the operational and at decision making level

Key Business Benefits:

  • Responsive supply chain with reduced cycle time between hand-off’s, improved visibility across all connected partners, reduced cost of operation across borders and higher degree of regulatory compliance
  • Improved accuracy in master data maintenance, reduction in redundant manual effort/tasks, reduced cycle time between requisition-to-deploy for all master data related requirements and higher automation
  • Availability of better quality and better-timed information for improved insights-to-action at both operational and at the executive level
 

talk:
An Agile Manifesto for Chemicals: Increasing Speed and Agility for Today’s Digital Business Climate

 
Mar 06 2018, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

Air Products’ digital journey has included nontraditional ways to develop new business capabilities for internal and external use. The continually increasing pace of advancement of digital technologies requires agility and speed in both development and adoption to realize the full business value of these technologies.

Speed has been a key consideration in how the company has structured its digital vision and activities. There have been several key guiding principles and examples that the company has employed over the past year to realize its digital vision:

  • Organize around Key Competencies first: The company identified three main areas of competency and business value to focus on in 2017 - Customer Interaction, Plant Operations and Supply Chain, and Technology innovation.
  • Use nontraditional development models: Many of these are common to the software/hi-tech space but are nontraditional to the Chemical industry, including agile/dev ops development teams and short-term innovation events like “hackathons”. The company has also focused on Proof of Concepts (POCs) and Pilots as ways to increase speed of implementation.
  • Develop a “digital ecosystem” to facilitate change: The digital evolution will change how all of us work in the future, so introducing employees to digital tools and establishing a digital culture in other aspects of their work is a critical component of change management and speed of adoption.

Using these principles in 2017, Air Products was able to successfully introduce and implement new digital capabilities in several areas. Join Mark Binnig as he discusses some of the highlights of how they incorporated speed and agility into their digital program.

 

talk:
Effective Control of Working Capital Using a Global, Standard S&OP Process

 
Mar 06 2018, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

Learn how specialty chemical company, Albemarle: increased visibility by establishing a new, common data model to consolidate Demand, Supply and Financial Planning; drove process discipline and reduced errors using a standard S&OP process across all global business units; and, achieved a 20% reduction in global finished goods, intermediates and raw material inventories. In this session, Albemarle will discuss the implementation of a new S&OP standard process facilitated by the SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) system for Demand, Supply and Production Planning processes. Topics of discussion will include monitoring and improving sales forecast accuracy, working towards a single source of the truth, effective training techniques, master data cleanup and lessons learned in the project.

 

talk:
SAP Digital Manufacturing and Leonardo

 
Mar 06 2018, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

Gain insights into the SAP strategy for manufacturing, at the cross section of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. Understand the technology approach for gaining real time visibility to operations, with approaches that mine and analyze big data from the plant environment. With a foundation for gaining insight to data - explore the Leonardo application enablers that deliver value back to the business – Big Data, IOT, Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and BlockChain. We will focus on the SAP Digital Manufacturing portfolio that integrates to applications in the plant space, adds connectivity and edge computing, and extends data into on premise and cloud based computing environments that leverage the Leonardo investment strategy.

 

talk:
From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’

 
Mar 06 2018, 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
 

What business challenge we faced:

A global corporation specializing in manufacturing and distribution of specialty chemicals was facing challenges from its non-responsive & poorly connected supply chain, inadequate & non real-time operational intelligence and lack of data governance practices, all leading up to higher cost of business operations.

How we went about solving it:

  • Implemented SAP Best Practice for Chemicals as part of Suite-On-HANA to connect the internal operations with external supply chain partners as well as to digitize the manufacturing operations
  • Implemented SAP Master Data Governance suite to transform a fragmented data management practice into a orderly and integrated center-led operation
  • Leveraged SOH’s internal reporting capabilities to significantly improve the operational and boardroom intelligence

Result of your process change/work/solution to the business:

  • Enabled a digitized, streamlined, tax efficient and connected supply chain integrating company’s internal operations with customers, suppliers, 3PLs, and regulatory bodies
  • Enabled a unified, standardized and integrated master data management practice across all global locations
  • Enabled intelligent insights both at the operational and at decision making level

Key Business Benefits:

  • Responsive supply chain with reduced cycle time between hand-off’s, improved visibility across all connected partners, reduced cost of operation across borders and higher degree of regulatory compliance
  • Improved accuracy in master data maintenance, reduction in redundant manual effort/tasks, reduced cycle time between requisition-to-deploy for all master data related requirements and higher automation
  • Availability of better quality and better-timed information for improved insights-to-action at both operational and at the executive level
 

talk:
From Complex Customization to Refreshing Simplicity: A More Sustainable Chemours with SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation (SAP ERD)

 
Mar 06 2018, 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
 

This presentation explores ways to create compliance documentation more cost-effectively with cloud-based content services. Hear how a global manufacturer successfully integrated the SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand service with its product stewardship processes. Get practical tips for helping ensure compliance while optimizing resources. Chemours has extended their on-premise SAP applications that support their product stewardship program to include SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation (ERD), a cloud based content service for Safety Data Sheet generation. SAP ERD and SAP EHS are networked so that Chemours’ product and component data is transferred to SAP ERD for classification and SDS generation, and the SDSs, hazard label text and supporting data is transferred back to Chemours’ SAP EHS system for downstream process and other compliance use. Chemours will present their experience integrating SAP ERD in their product stewardship processes from an IT and business processes perspective and the benefits related to global standardization, quality, and cost benefits.

Key business benefits include:

  • Understand the IT and business process concept of an on-premise and cloud networked solution for product safety automation
  • Understand the benefits of the system, specifically, standardization, quality, response times and cost
  • Understand the IT project to deliver the networked solution and the benefits
 

talk:
How Shell Chemicals Used SAP Cloud & Fiori to Build a Better Distribution Freight Rating System

 
Mar 06 2018, 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
 

Managing freight rates and routes within the SAP system can be a challenging, time-consuming and error-prone process, especially for rail shipments. Shell Chemicals collaborated with SAP to develop a user-friendly application that uses Fiori and the SAP Cloud for a seamless, easy and accurate way to maintain freight rates and routes. The end result was an application that provided significant value for Shell, better assured freight carriers were paid the correct amounts and enabled a vastly improved user experience. Learn more about the innovative and collaborative process that produced a visually appealing and user enhanced experience for Shell.

 

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The “SAP Way” for Industry 4.0 and how to start your journey on the Digital Transformation path

 
Mar 06 2018, 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
 

Global corporations specializing in manufacturing and distribution are facing challenges from their non-real-time operational intelligence, non-responsive siloed production solutions, inadequate and lack of organizational structure to address the convergence of IT and OT, all leading up to sub-optimal performance of business operations.

Capgemini has an exclusive global initiative with SAP called Fast Digital for Manufacturers (“FD4”) where we are co-innovating tangible and reusable assets to accelerate digital transformation.  Developed assets/accelerators are near production ready for demonstrable solutions like Digital Control Room, Predictive Maintenance in-a-box and Digital Worker Safety solutions leveraging S/4HANA, Leonardo, Fiori, Integrated Business Planning (IBP), SAP Cloud Platform, PCo, ME, MII and other SAP technologies.

The solution provides real-time operations visibility from Control Room to Board Room across all aspects of production operations. Visibility across all connected partners, ability to assess impact on delivery schedules and adjust production capacity.

Reduce unplanned downtime through predictive algorithms and SAP’s PdMS platform. Eliminate calendar based maintenance with predictive analytics based maintenance.

Improve workplace safety and reduce risk through employee vitals and PPE monitoring. Reduce cost of compliance.

 

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Accelerate Digital Transformation with Business Analytics Solutions

 
Mar 06 2018, 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
 

Today’s digital economy is fueled by data as organizations use analytical insights to drive business actions. This session will introduce the various platforms that support every phase of the analytics lifecycle – from data to discovery to deployment.

Analytics solutions such as business intelligence (BI), predictive analytics and enterprise performance management can help users better understand their business, plan and predict the future, and simplify & transform the enterprise in the digital age.

Key business benefits:

  • Find out how your organization can use BI tools to eliminate guesswork, monitor key metrics, and gain valuable insight into customer behavior
  • Leverage user-friendly self-service visualization tools to combine data from multiple sources, analyze trends, and share business insights across the organization that are easy to understand and communicate
  • Learn how a good strategy includes aligning business partners, formalizing business needs, and delivering a comprehensive, strategic business intelligence solution that identifies a shared set of goals and delivers planned results
  • Gain fast and accurate insights across your business and implement new processes and applications based on those insights
 

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Customer Connect Center: Sealed Air, The Dow Chemical Company

 
Mar 06 2018, 3:50 PM - 5:00 PM
 

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:

  1. Hybris: Naveen Kandasami – Director Sales Transformation, Sealed Air
  2. Analytics: Puneet Sawhney – Analytics Value Delivery Leader, The Dow Chemical Company

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Last Man Down: Leadership the FDNY Way

 
Mar 06 2018, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
 

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.

 

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Women in Chemicals Reception & Panel Sponsored by IBM

 
Mar 06 2018, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 

Join us at SAP’s annual Women in Chemicals reception! This will be an evening of networking, cocktails, refreshments, entertainment and a fantastic speaker lineup featuring University of Texas, Hitachi Consulting, and SAP. Head to Ballrooms 4&5 for this staple of the Best Practices for Chemicals conference.

 

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Agility Meets Humility: How to Make IT Sustainable

 
Mar 07 2018, 8:45 AM - 9:20 AM
 

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.

 

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Radical Innovation Through Agile Experimentation

 
Mar 07 2018, 9:20 AM - 10:05 AM
 

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
 

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SAP Vision: The Agile & Resilient Supply Chain

 
Mar 07 2018, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
 

Hear how innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things, RFID, advanced analytics, machine learning and blockchain help you to build an agile and responsive supply chain and meet rising customer expectations. Learn how to use advanced analytics and predictive models to anticipate disruptive events along your extended network in real-time and proactively manage possible risks.

 

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Customer Connect Center: Ascend Performance Materials, Nexeo Solutions, Chemours

 
Mar 07 2018, 10:35 AM - 11:35 AM
 

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:

  1. Finance & Financial Systems: Aaron Benner – BI/HANA/BPC/BO SAP Consultant, Ascend Performance Materials & Lisa Entrekin – Logistics Operations & System Manager, Ascend Performance Materials
  2. Transportation Management: Joyce Butler – Manager Business Solutions, Nexeo Solutions
  3. EHS Regulatory Documentation: Heather Kitto – Product Stewardship & Regulatory Specialist, Chemours

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Enable Distributors/B2B Customers Leveraging Hybris Web Commerce: Sealed Air Sales Transformation

 
Mar 07 2018, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Sealed Air is live with Hybris Commerce in EU and has been enabling B2B customers and distributors such as Staples, etc. sell to end customers. Learn how Sealed Air is leveraging Hybris to map and influence Customer Journey and enable Distributors with leads. Leveraging Hybris PCM and Web Commerce, Sealed Air has digitized its content and transactions reducing cost of sales and enhancing end customer experience.

 

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Best Practices for Price & Margin Management in Today’s Successful Chemical Enterprise

 
Mar 07 2018, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Learn 12 best practices that successful chemical companies use every day to price effectively and improve margins. Take a deeper dive into the two of the most effective tactics to employ when volatility hits your sectors, or disruption looms for your segments. Learn in-depth about Segmentation and Automated Pricing Formulas from Mitchell D. Lee, a veteran pricing professional with 25+ years of experience in the Chemicals industry. Understand how communicating the right context to decision makers is critical for achieving commercial excellence and sustaining long-term profit growth. Join Mitchell in this highly practical and tactical session to improve your pricing expertise.

 

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Steps to Define Your SAP Journey, Strategy and Roadmap to S/4HANA Adoption

 
Mar 07 2018, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Ingevity is a specialty chemicals manufacturer and supplier specializing in pine oil chemicals, tall oil fatty acids and activated carbon products. Ingevity, like most SAP Chemical clients, is considering their ERP future and alignment with S/4HANA.

Ingevity’s internal team of savvy SAP Experts spent months self-educating and evaluating future options to manage the SAP landscape, which was a carve out of a highly customized (mill-products focused) MeadWestvaco SAP instance.

After months of detailed research, Ingevity engaged a small group of SAP experts from Enowa. The objective for the joint engagement was to devise a strategy and a roadmap towards adoption of relevant components of SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management and integrated components through various approach options (green-field, lift-shift, etc.).

To achieve the stated objectives, the team conducted a series of workshops to discover necessary and relevant input and to define the output. This session will share details of the following methodology and steps:

  • High Priority Initiatives
  • Value Discovery
  • Evaluation of Deployment Options
  • Change Impact Assessment
  • Consolidated Strategy and Roadmap

In conclusion, you will learn the process your company can take to compile the reasonable and relevant strategies and roadmap options as well as a high-level future solution scope to build the foundation for budgeting and planning purposes for a S/4HANA journey.

 

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What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?

 
Mar 07 2018, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, when the digitalization and SAP S/4 becomes a reality in your organization.  Innovative World Class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end SC costs.  Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.  Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+ while preparing for the new technologies.

Key business benefits:

  • Alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery
  • Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed
  • Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain
  • Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization
  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data
 

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SAP Feedback Forum

 
Mar 07 2018, 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
 

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

 

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HANA Cloud Platform with Analytics Cloud Reporting Enables Visibility and Usability at KMG Chemicals

 
Mar 07 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
 

Since KMG Chemicals went live on SAP, all reporting was being done using standard SAP transactions and table extracts.  It caused several problems including; large level of effort, spreadsheets with different results based on the user’s formulas, and difficulty trusting the results.  It was determined that we needed a solution that would allow the business to quickly modify reports for their own needs, while also making sure that everyone was utilizing the reports in the same fashion i.e. comparing apples to apples.  The solution, implement SAP Hana Cloud Platform and SAP Analytics Cloud reporting.  These tools allow the IT group to build the data models and calculations, but it allowed the business to consume the models while building the reports look and feel to best suit their needs.  It created a better environment as it relates to reporting, because everyone can agree on the results.

 

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Thriving in a ‘MAD’ World (Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures): Making Sound, Strategic Business Decisions

 
Mar 07 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
 

Chemical companies are very familiar to the world of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, inclusive of the far-reaching impact these developments have on their organization’s long-term success. Companies often times find themselves constantly having to refine interfaces due to externalities, new entrants created from company spin-offs pose new challenges to established organizations, and quick integration to achieve an accelerated ROI are all realities of this ‘ever-accelerating’ world. One of the key facets of being able to thrive in such an environment is rooted in having a sound technological platform that is nimble, scalable, and flexible in being able to integrate new companies and spin-off other business units/divisions. This session will share experiences and discuss approaches on how to prepare, align, and position a chemical company to be transformed into a digitally-run business.

Key business benefits:

  • SAP Best Practices Foundation to enable harmonized business processes across a company grown via acquisition
  • Alignment to leverage cloud-based technologies through establishment of a digital core
  • Technology viewed as a ‘business enabler’ that will involve a continuous and ever-evolving journey
 

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S/4HANA Finance/Central Finance Roadmap Update & Adoption Stories

 
Mar 07 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
 

Attend the session to learn about Chemical customers looking to adopt S/4 and how to begin their S/4 journey. Hear about customer stories in implementation or already gone live, and find out more about the Central Finance roadmap - what is already available, what is forthcoming and key use-cases like real-time micros-segment.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Learn about how Chemical customers are approaching S/4 adoption (with Central
  • Finance) and why
  • Hear examples from real customer stories
  • A better understanding of what / how general finance and chemical topics are covered by S/4HANA Finance / Central Finance
 

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What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?

 
Mar 07 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
 

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, when the digitalization and SAP S/4 becomes a reality in your organization.  Innovative World Class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end SC costs.  Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.  Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+ while preparing for the new technologies.

Key business benefits:

  • Alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery
  • Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed
  • Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain
  • Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization
  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data
 

talk:
SAP Feedback Forum

 
Mar 07 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
 

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

 

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Blockchain Adoption for the Enterprise: An Organizational Readiness Toolkit

 
Mar 07 2018, 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 

What opportunities and threats are presented by the convergence of emerging technologies around IIoTs and blockchain? What does it take to engage as a leader in the adoption of such promising capabilities? How can one prepare a company to be a ‘fast follower’? What are the risks of being competitively squeezed or locked out by the network effects of these technologies?

This presentation takes a look at the steps to create an organizational readiness toolkit for both a technology seeking or a mature technology adopting enterprise. We look at raising awareness and learning within the employees, vendors and customers of the potential of these technologies. It reviews risk mitigation methodologies and blue sky visioning efforts to identify roadmaps to potential future state business models and value chains within the context of the logistics and trade finance of hydrocarbons and chemicals. It addresses changes happening in operations, HR, business models and the learning individual in the employee-employer relationship.

 

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Set Up your SAP Business Analytics Project for Success: A Model from Nexeo Solutions

 
Mar 07 2018, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Congratulation your project has been approved – LET THE FUN BEGIN! The initiatives may be straight forward, but the solutions can be everything but straight forward. How many times have you made the commitment to do more with your data, create intelligent and meaningful analyses, only to lose steam midway through or have momentum peter out amid your hectic day to day responsibilities? We all know the value that sits inside that data, but very few are able to effectively manage these projects to get the most value out of them. Join Joyce Butler to learn her approach at Nexeo Solutions to derive value from data analytics from day 1.

This session focuses on approaches and strategies for your SAP business analytics projects.  Join us to discuss:

  • The Roadmap -  Preparation, Participation, Prioritization
  • Strategies for increasing engagement, and alignment between business & IT.
  • Improving change management and end-user adoption.
  • Ways to maximum business value by accelerating the time to value - improve adoptions, realize value
 

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Pure Play OpEx Savings During SAP OS/DB Migrations

 
Mar 07 2018, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Do you have expiring SAP servers that require updating?  Are your SAP enterprise environments on a legacy operating system and would like to migrate to one of the current operating systems?  Is your SAP database size so large that your system performance is degrading and/or you are exploring an archiving project?   Perhaps consider using an SAP OS/DB migration as an opportunity to resolve these immediate pain points while at the same time transforming your project spend into recurring Opex savings.

Like all SAP customers have or will, Beam Suntory has also faced similar challenges.  In partnership with Biztech Solutions, Beam Suntory has transformed these pain points into noteworthy Pure Play Opex Savings projects.    Taking a budget-conscious approach while continuing to make strides on their SAP HANA journey, Beam Suntory has been able to reduce recurring IT Opex spend by more than $2MM/annually through several lesser known tips and tricks related to SAP OS/DB migrations, Hardware Consolidation, Data Density, and Compression.  Additionally, these fiscal savings have been accompanied by performance boosts as staggering as 2-3x faster transactional processing.    We will discuss a few of these use cases, and the monetary and performance impacts of these projects.

Key Benefits:

  1. Migrating large databases (>5TB) to new OS/hardware in 24 hours downtime
  2. SAP performance improvements as much as 3x in SAP ECC
  3. Database space reductions (2:1 to 4:1) for ECC, BW, CRM, SCM
 

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Continuous Improvement – Leveraging SAP to Improve Planning Capabilities

 
Mar 07 2018, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Supply chain planning in SAP is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event.   Evolving business requirements and changing industry landscapes require the evolution of both business processes and supporting systems in order to drive business benefits.  This impetus for continuous improvement is particularly strong in the Chemicals industry and manifests itself via pressure on asset utilization, customer service and  working capital and cost management.  Come listen to Steve MacCorkle from INVISTA discuss lessons learned in implementing and continuing to optimize Supply Chain planning with SAP in a globally integrated chemical supply chain.  Topics will include mapping planning requirements to SAP APO, how to address supply chain challenges with system supported solutions, and how to avoid unnecessary complexity.   Steve will focus on the mainline planning functions of Demand Planning, Supply Planning and Detailed Scheduling.

 

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A Single Source of Truth Brings Finance & Logistics Together at Ascend Materials for Reliable Cost-to-Serve

 
Mar 07 2018, 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
 

Creating and maintaining an accurate Cost-to-Serve is crucial for pricing your products to achieve margin goals.  Manually and sometimes haphazardly guessing or using averages was producing the level of detail needed to reach our margin goals. Through the combined efforts of Finance and Logistics, Ascend Materials arrived at a solution.

Project One was started to achieve a Single Source of Truth in financial reporting, but a sub-project of this effort was to have a clean cost-to-serve process for Commercial to price our product.  Finance worked with Logistics to ensure that 1) the rate tables in a third-party provider were kept up to date, 2) that there was a process check in SAP to find and fix any errors in the flow from 3PP to SAP, and then 3) automating the reporting which reduced manual intervention by 8 hours each month and reduced time to close the books by ½ day.

Even with additional costs from unplanned accessorial charges – which every manufacturer/shipper encounters – we were able to achieve sustainable and reliable cost-to-serve data and reports.

 

 

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The Industrial IoT Changes the Game for Process Manufacturing

As more and more of the world becomes accustomed to how the Industrial Internet of Things is changing the face of business, we can start looking at more specific examples of what this technology can achieve. A good example is Touchless Order Processing. How will business models change when our tanks on-site across the world take care of re-ordering their own materials? In this opening keynote, Nils Herzberg describes the world of innovation available to industries through intelligent application of IIoT technology – beyond predictive maintenance or simple optimization. Join Nils for a high-level discussion on the possibilities of a connected plant before diving into a real-world case study from BASF.

BASF 4.0: Leading the Digital Transformation in Chemicals

Find out how BASF leverages the opportunities enabled by IoT in strategic initiatives: how sensor data can be collected from the shop floor level and be passed on to open platforms for dashboarding and predictive applications and options for field device to cloud connectivity and related cyber security topics.

Working in co-development with SAP and external partners, Andreas Klinger and his team work to spin up pilot projects that will lead to new opportunities to use data from field devices and combine the work of the operators with the analytics teams to deliver on the promise of IT/OT convergence.

BASF enhances effectiveness and efficiency through horizontally and vertically connecting value chain data and applying advanced data analytics to enhance decision making.

 

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.

Industry Perspective on Digital Transformation

The chemical industry landscape today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging markets are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has historically been 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 constraints – 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.

Customer Connect Center: Albemarle

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:


  1. Integrated Business Planning: Rodney Nijoka – Global Director Integrated Business Planning, Albemarle

  2. 1610/1709 & S4: Becky Simoneaux – Enterprise Applications Supervisor, Albemarle


Sign up below to lock in your time to speak with the customer experts:

Agile Architecture and Delivery to Re-purpose IT Asset for M&A Initiatives

Historically, BP always adopted traditional architecture and delivery approach to support system cloning/data carving for divestment projects. This resulted in higher cost and longer delivery time. The new approach to architecture and delivery fit best for M&A initiatives that require high flexibility to change the architecture and design to suit prospective buyers.

This presentation will cover agile architecture and innovative approach to delivering IT projects to repurpose SAP systems, with the goal to support divestment initiatives at much lower cost within shorter delivery timelines. BP completed divestment of a Chemicals plant in 2016 through committed application of agile practices on data and architecture management. The presentation will focus on innovative cloning approach to deploy SAP system in the Cloud with carved-out data to support divestment initiatives. Join Noorddin Taj in this session to learn about a completed divestment at BP and how the to leverage micro service architecture to further improve agility and short project delivery to increasing demand to divest and integrate to optimize business portfolio. The presentation will cover:


  • Key Success factor for Divestment Initiatives

  • Delivery approach

  • Key outcome achieved

  • What would you do differently in the future?

Customer-Centric Supply Chain Improvements Resonate Across Altana

What happens when your sales team can’t have a positive conversation with customers because often as not they don’t receive their product on time? Or when customer service is beat down by playing damage control 40% of the time? Taking a customer-centric view within supply chain leads to a holistic picture of the impact that improving key deliverables can have on your entire business. Billy Duty has been working in supply chain for over 20 years and with over 100 SAP projects under his belt, he brought his experience to bear on on-time deliveries and overall supply chain optimization. In that past 18 months, Altana has gone from 60% to 90% on-time through better processes, clearly defined routines, and improved organization. With clearer access to data and information, other teams in the business are able to provide transparency to customers that improves their business relationships. Join Billy to hear about practices you can use to address demand planning, inventory planning, customer service, and ultimately on time delivery see the impact on your customers’ experience.

Advanced Analytics at Dow: Enabling Businesses to Drive Expanded Margins

Advanced Analytics at Dow have and continue to focus on enhancing business and functional margins. Dow’s business and functional leadership use internal SAP data through home grown reporting systems, dashboards, spreadsheets which include current and historical data sets to enable decision making.  This has proven to be sufficient for current business needs, however does not allow for significant breakthrough margin improvements. Dow leaders were challenging for more assistance in how they incorporate forward looking analytics and optimization recommendations to enable overall decision making. The focus of the Advanced Analytics team include incorporating unique ways to use advanced statistical and data methods/capabilities to provide improved recommendations that drive margin management (price, volume & cost).

The Dow Advanced Analytics team was able to develop multiple customized solutions that deliver margin enhancements through price positioning/price leakage recommendations, increased sales volume and revenue growth and cost optimization through analytic methods/concepts. These methods include customer/product segmentation, forecasting, elasticity and optimization for price analytic solutions; data mining and market basket techniques to assist in delivering cross sell and lead identification recommendations and solutions; and hierarchical time series forecasting to deliver raw material forecasts.

The Advanced Analytics team enabled and unleashed over $100MM in value from multiple customized solutions that were embedded in the functional and business work processes and operating disciplines over the last two years. All of which couldn’t be possible without the use of internal SAP data direct feeds and external data sourcing. Key business benefits include: embedding sophisticated analytics within businesses; data driven decision making and measured business results.

Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies

Chemical companies using SAP ECC are aware of the upcoming need to transition to S/4HANA; however, there is a limited understanding of each migration option and how best to approach both the functional and technical solution simplifications. Customers want to integrate Cloud solutions into their software landscape and need clarity on how best to define this as part of the migration effort. Given the need to develop a strategy for the transition to S/4HANA and other SAP Cloud solutions, we will share insight into how companies can plan their migration strategy based on a realistic path that will reduce their upgrade risk, minimize business disruption, and position them for higher end user adoption of the S/4HANA solution.

This session will focus on both the functional and technical analysis of your existing solution landscape. Guidance is provided on embedded analytics and how to shift dependencies away from heavily customized transactions and programs over to Fiori apps focused on Smart analytics and Fact sheets.

This deep dive will provide insight on the assessment framework, the key analysis tools, the functional transactional analysis, and the key outputs to support the shift to S/4HANA.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gain insight into the current challenges facing ECC customers considering a shift to S/4HANA

  • Breakdown of the phased approach for a S/4HANA migration and critical tasks to include in your resource planning assumptions

  • Understand options to consider for sequencing your migration activities


 

SAP Feedback Forum

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

How Axalta Coating Systems Closed its Data Center and Moved Applications to Cloud

Axalta Coating System, a spin-off from DuPont, had a myriad of complex IT applications that were migrated from the legacy DuPont data center to a newly built data center in Axalta in 2013. Despite the new data center, Axalta’s teams continued to struggle with multiple elements of their data strategy such as: unsupported/multiple versions of the operating systems, databases and applications; frequent infrastructure outages; high CapEx compared to OpEx; a complex web of interfaces; lack of skilled resources from the vendors and many more.

In 2017, Axalta chose to migrate all the applications in their data center to cloud and close their data center. Axalta worked with a long-term vision of converging entirely onto a SAAS model, intending to fully embrace SAP’s Public Cloud solution once the system fully matures. During the migrations, applications were classified based on their proximity to SAP as loosely coupled vs. tightly coupled. They were put in different buckets and were migrated to different clouds like SAP HEC, AWS, AZURE etc. Migration strategy was mix of lift & shift and limited transformation. As of today, the data center is closed.

The journey isn’t complete, and Axalta is still contending with a number of ongoing challenges, such as: cloud to cloud integration; complex pricing structures; cloud security; and network performance among others. Nevertheless, this move has resulted in significant improvements and benefits that outweigh the challenges as Axalta continues to resolve those remaining difficulties.

Frictionless Regulatory and Customer Labeling Across the Extended Supply Chain

Learn how a large-scale market-driven, complex specialty chemical company is benefiting from an Enterprise Labeling Solution integrated with SAP ECC and EHS to address strict regulatory and evolving customer specific labeling requirements across their extended supply chain including distributors and toll manufacturers. In this Q&A session, we will discuss this chemicals company's decision to leverage a centralized labeling solution that they can extend to their distributors and toll manufacturers outside their network, trigger labeling directly from SAP and switch to on-demand color printing. Learn how they adapt faster to assure supply with increased regulatory, regional and customer specific labeling requirements, while gaining supply chain efficiency and cost savings.

SAP Hybris CEC: It’s Time for a Modern Customer Engagement Model

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 you 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. The purpose of this session is to introduce how different solutions of CEC can address the various use-cases/scenarios in Chemical Industry.

Demystifying S/4HANA Migrations for Chemical Companies

Chemical companies using SAP ECC are aware of the upcoming need to transition to S/4HANA; however, there is a limited understanding of each migration option and how best to approach both the functional and technical solution simplifications. Customers want to integrate Cloud solutions into their software landscape and need clarity on how best to define this as part of the migration effort. Given the need to develop a strategy for the transition to S/4HANA and other SAP Cloud solutions, we will share insight into how companies can plan their migration strategy based on a realistic path that will reduce their upgrade risk, minimize business disruption, and position them for higher end user adoption of the S/4HANA solution.

This session will focus on both the functional and technical analysis of your existing solution landscape. Guidance is provided on embedded analytics and how to shift dependencies away from heavily customized transactions and programs over to Fiori apps focused on Smart analytics and Fact sheets.

This deep dive will provide insight on the assessment framework, the key analysis tools, the functional transactional analysis, and the key outputs to support the shift to S/4HANA.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gain insight into the current challenges facing ECC customers considering a shift to S/4HANA

  • Breakdown of the phased approach for a S/4HANA migration and critical tasks to include in your resource planning assumptions

  • Understand options to consider for sequencing your migration activities


 

SAP Feedback Forum

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

Spin Doctor: Leveraging the Spin-off to Modernize SAP

When AdvanSix was spun off Honeywell in October 2016, we had an aged SAP ECC environment, 16 years in the making, hosted on traditional infrastructure in a Honeywell data center.  To exit our transfer service agreement with Honeywell, we needed to migrate our SAP environment out of the Honeywell data center.  The simplest, fastest approach would be to reproduce, identically, in our data center or a co-lo.  Regardless of approach, we were embarking on an expensive, time consuming project, requiring extensive testing across our organization.  If we reproduced exactly what we had, that investment would result in little to no additional value to the company.

After thoroughly exploring options, we decided to modernize and future-proof our SAP environment by upgrading to Suite on HANA and leveraging the public cloud.  Strategically, we embrace a cloud first strategy.  We considered running our environment as is in the cloud, but with the support of SAP, we determined that a small extension of our project timeline would facilitate the necessary enhancement pack upgrade for a database conversion to HANA.  We explored multiple hosting options and selected Microsoft Azure, because they 1) provided a certified HANA appliance at the size necessary for our environment and 2) have rich features including security controls necessary to protect our information.

Full SAP project scope also includes conversion from AIX operating system to Linux and Windows OS and greenfield implementations of SAP Global Trade Solutions (GTS) for Denied Parties Screening, SAP Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) for Segregation of Duties (SOD) management, and SAP PO replacing SAP PI.  Additionally, SAP environment has 50+ interfaces including EDI, SaaS applications, and applications hosted in hybrid cloud.  Project timeline is 9 months, including post-go-live support.

We are on track to be live in with SAP Suite on HANA on Azure February 4, 2018.  We are already finding that HANA delivers enhanced performance across our processes.  We are working with our integrator, Fujitsu, to establish a cloud governance model that facilitates flexible, on demand use of infrastructure, creating a cost-effective approach to manage our environment.  Once live, we will be in a good position to explore S/4 and define how we will leverage S/4 at AdvanSix as we continue to modernize our SAP environment.

Smart Use of Existing SAP Technology at Huntsman Transforms the End-to-End Supply Chain

After years of running SAP, it was time for a strategic change. Not for another ERP nor a technical upgrade but rather a transformation of people, process and a smart use of existing technology.  Huntsman set out to optimize their supply chain, by maximining MRP while increasing the maturity and education of their business user community along with aligning demand, production planning, and the procurement processes.  Huntsman took a strategic approach to leverage the core SAP technology they already own and implement a tactical plan that drove a payback within 12 months and elevated the global end to end planning process to another level!

A Masterclass in Moving your Asset Management from the Now into the Future

Join us to explore how Chemical companies can take advantage of Asset Analytics, SAP’s Asset Intelligence Network (AIN) and Leonardo to empower their sensor data for an outcome around managing their assets and fostering reliability, uptime and throughput. Regardless of your organization’s current plans for S/4, learn about strategies and best practices to easily overcome gaps – perceived or real – in readiness for your S/4 journey.c

Actionable data from assets, machines, mobile workers and operational processes can create new opportunities for the world of asset management within Chemicals. IoT is causing a shift in maintenance from tactical execution to asset analytics and predictive maintenance.

Key business benefits:


  • How Leonardo can manifest into substantial benefits

  • Getting prepared for S/4 HANA in EAM


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From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’

What business challenge we faced:

A global corporation specializing in manufacturing and distribution of specialty chemicals was facing challenges from its non-responsive & poorly connected supply chain, inadequate & non real-time operational intelligence and lack of data governance practices, all leading up to higher cost of business operations.

How we went about solving it:


  • Implemented SAP Best Practice for Chemicals as part of Suite-On-HANA to connect the internal operations with external supply chain partners as well as to digitize the manufacturing operations

  • Implemented SAP Master Data Governance suite to transform a fragmented data management practice into a orderly and integrated center-led operation

  • Leveraged SOH’s internal reporting capabilities to significantly improve the operational and boardroom intelligence


Result of your process change/work/solution to the business:

  • Enabled a digitized, streamlined, tax efficient and connected supply chain integrating company’s internal operations with customers, suppliers, 3PLs, and regulatory bodies

  • Enabled a unified, standardized and integrated master data management practice across all global locations

  • Enabled intelligent insights both at the operational and at decision making level


Key Business Benefits:

  • Responsive supply chain with reduced cycle time between hand-off’s, improved visibility across all connected partners, reduced cost of operation across borders and higher degree of regulatory compliance

  • Improved accuracy in master data maintenance, reduction in redundant manual effort/tasks, reduced cycle time between requisition-to-deploy for all master data related requirements and higher automation

  • Availability of better quality and better-timed information for improved insights-to-action at both operational and at the executive level

An Agile Manifesto for Chemicals: Increasing Speed and Agility for Today’s Digital Business Climate

Air Products’ digital journey has included nontraditional ways to develop new business capabilities for internal and external use. The continually increasing pace of advancement of digital technologies requires agility and speed in both development and adoption to realize the full business value of these technologies.

Speed has been a key consideration in how the company has structured its digital vision and activities. There have been several key guiding principles and examples that the company has employed over the past year to realize its digital vision:


  • Organize around Key Competencies first: The company identified three main areas of competency and business value to focus on in 2017 - Customer Interaction, Plant Operations and Supply Chain, and Technology innovation.

  • Use nontraditional development models: Many of these are common to the software/hi-tech space but are nontraditional to the Chemical industry, including agile/dev ops development teams and short-term innovation events like “hackathons”. The company has also focused on Proof of Concepts (POCs) and Pilots as ways to increase speed of implementation.

  • Develop a “digital ecosystem” to facilitate change: The digital evolution will change how all of us work in the future, so introducing employees to digital tools and establishing a digital culture in other aspects of their work is a critical component of change management and speed of adoption.


Using these principles in 2017, Air Products was able to successfully introduce and implement new digital capabilities in several areas. Join Mark Binnig as he discusses some of the highlights of how they incorporated speed and agility into their digital program.

Effective Control of Working Capital Using a Global, Standard S&OP Process

Learn how specialty chemical company, Albemarle: increased visibility by establishing a new, common data model to consolidate Demand, Supply and Financial Planning; drove process discipline and reduced errors using a standard S&OP process across all global business units; and, achieved a 20% reduction in global finished goods, intermediates and raw material inventories. In this session, Albemarle will discuss the implementation of a new S&OP standard process facilitated by the SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) system for Demand, Supply and Production Planning processes. Topics of discussion will include monitoring and improving sales forecast accuracy, working towards a single source of the truth, effective training techniques, master data cleanup and lessons learned in the project.

SAP Digital Manufacturing and Leonardo

Gain insights into the SAP strategy for manufacturing, at the cross section of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. Understand the technology approach for gaining real time visibility to operations, with approaches that mine and analyze big data from the plant environment. With a foundation for gaining insight to data - explore the Leonardo application enablers that deliver value back to the business – Big Data, IOT, Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and BlockChain. We will focus on the SAP Digital Manufacturing portfolio that integrates to applications in the plant space, adds connectivity and edge computing, and extends data into on premise and cloud based computing environments that leverage the Leonardo investment strategy.

From ‘Best of Breed’ Architecture to Complete Digital Transformation: The ‘SAP Way’

What business challenge we faced:

A global corporation specializing in manufacturing and distribution of specialty chemicals was facing challenges from its non-responsive & poorly connected supply chain, inadequate & non real-time operational intelligence and lack of data governance practices, all leading up to higher cost of business operations.

How we went about solving it:


  • Implemented SAP Best Practice for Chemicals as part of Suite-On-HANA to connect the internal operations with external supply chain partners as well as to digitize the manufacturing operations

  • Implemented SAP Master Data Governance suite to transform a fragmented data management practice into a orderly and integrated center-led operation

  • Leveraged SOH’s internal reporting capabilities to significantly improve the operational and boardroom intelligence


Result of your process change/work/solution to the business:

  • Enabled a digitized, streamlined, tax efficient and connected supply chain integrating company’s internal operations with customers, suppliers, 3PLs, and regulatory bodies

  • Enabled a unified, standardized and integrated master data management practice across all global locations

  • Enabled intelligent insights both at the operational and at decision making level


Key Business Benefits:

  • Responsive supply chain with reduced cycle time between hand-off’s, improved visibility across all connected partners, reduced cost of operation across borders and higher degree of regulatory compliance

  • Improved accuracy in master data maintenance, reduction in redundant manual effort/tasks, reduced cycle time between requisition-to-deploy for all master data related requirements and higher automation

  • Availability of better quality and better-timed information for improved insights-to-action at both operational and at the executive level

From Complex Customization to Refreshing Simplicity: A More Sustainable Chemours with SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation (SAP ERD)

This presentation explores ways to create compliance documentation more cost-effectively with cloud-based content services. Hear how a global manufacturer successfully integrated the SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand service with its product stewardship processes. Get practical tips for helping ensure compliance while optimizing resources. Chemours has extended their on-premise SAP applications that support their product stewardship program to include SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation (ERD), a cloud based content service for Safety Data Sheet generation. SAP ERD and SAP EHS are networked so that Chemours’ product and component data is transferred to SAP ERD for classification and SDS generation, and the SDSs, hazard label text and supporting data is transferred back to Chemours’ SAP EHS system for downstream process and other compliance use. Chemours will present their experience integrating SAP ERD in their product stewardship processes from an IT and business processes perspective and the benefits related to global standardization, quality, and cost benefits.

Key business benefits include:


  • Understand the IT and business process concept of an on-premise and cloud networked solution for product safety automation

  • Understand the benefits of the system, specifically, standardization, quality, response times and cost

  • Understand the IT project to deliver the networked solution and the benefits

How Shell Chemicals Used SAP Cloud & Fiori to Build a Better Distribution Freight Rating System

Managing freight rates and routes within the SAP system can be a challenging, time-consuming and error-prone process, especially for rail shipments. Shell Chemicals collaborated with SAP to develop a user-friendly application that uses Fiori and the SAP Cloud for a seamless, easy and accurate way to maintain freight rates and routes. The end result was an application that provided significant value for Shell, better assured freight carriers were paid the correct amounts and enabled a vastly improved user experience. Learn more about the innovative and collaborative process that produced a visually appealing and user enhanced experience for Shell.

The “SAP Way” for Industry 4.0 and how to start your journey on the Digital Transformation path

Global corporations specializing in manufacturing and distribution are facing challenges from their non-real-time operational intelligence, non-responsive siloed production solutions, inadequate and lack of organizational structure to address the convergence of IT and OT, all leading up to sub-optimal performance of business operations.

Capgemini has an exclusive global initiative with SAP called Fast Digital for Manufacturers (“FD4”) where we are co-innovating tangible and reusable assets to accelerate digital transformation.  Developed assets/accelerators are near production ready for demonstrable solutions like Digital Control Room, Predictive Maintenance in-a-box and Digital Worker Safety solutions leveraging S/4HANA, Leonardo, Fiori, Integrated Business Planning (IBP), SAP Cloud Platform, PCo, ME, MII and other SAP technologies.

The solution provides real-time operations visibility from Control Room to Board Room across all aspects of production operations. Visibility across all connected partners, ability to assess impact on delivery schedules and adjust production capacity.

Reduce unplanned downtime through predictive algorithms and SAP’s PdMS platform. Eliminate calendar based maintenance with predictive analytics based maintenance.

Improve workplace safety and reduce risk through employee vitals and PPE monitoring. Reduce cost of compliance.

Accelerate Digital Transformation with Business Analytics Solutions

Today’s digital economy is fueled by data as organizations use analytical insights to drive business actions. This session will introduce the various platforms that support every phase of the analytics lifecycle – from data to discovery to deployment.

Analytics solutions such as business intelligence (BI), predictive analytics and enterprise performance management can help users better understand their business, plan and predict the future, and simplify & transform the enterprise in the digital age.

Key business benefits:


  • Find out how your organization can use BI tools to eliminate guesswork, monitor key metrics, and gain valuable insight into customer behavior

  • Leverage user-friendly self-service visualization tools to combine data from multiple sources, analyze trends, and share business insights across the organization that are easy to understand and communicate

  • Learn how a good strategy includes aligning business partners, formalizing business needs, and delivering a comprehensive, strategic business intelligence solution that identifies a shared set of goals and delivers planned results

  • Gain fast and accurate insights across your business and implement new processes and applications based on those insights

Customer Connect Center: Sealed Air, The Dow Chemical Company

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:


  1. Hybris: Naveen Kandasami – Director Sales Transformation, Sealed Air

  2. Analytics: Puneet Sawhney – Analytics Value Delivery Leader, The Dow Chemical Company


Sign up below to lock in your time to speak with the customer experts:

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.

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.

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

Customer Connect Center: Ascend Performance Materials, Nexeo Solutions, Chemours

We know that some of the greatest benefits of attending Best Practices for Chemicals come from the conversations you have with other customers. That’s why this year we’ve created the Customer Connect Center as a feature of the Exhibition Hall. During the networking breaks, you can sign up for time to sit down and speak with some of the speakers and presenters to have a more in-depth and nuanced conversation about your specific challenges. During this break, you can speak with:


  1. Finance & Financial Systems: Aaron Benner – BI/HANA/BPC/BO SAP Consultant, Ascend Performance Materials & Lisa Entrekin – Logistics Operations & System Manager, Ascend Performance Materials

  2. Transportation Management: Joyce Butler – Manager Business Solutions, Nexeo Solutions

  3. EHS Regulatory Documentation: Heather Kitto – Product Stewardship & Regulatory Specialist, Chemours


Sign up below to lock in your time to speak with the customer experts:

Enable Distributors/B2B Customers Leveraging Hybris Web Commerce: Sealed Air Sales Transformation

Sealed Air is live with Hybris Commerce in EU and has been enabling B2B customers and distributors such as Staples, etc. sell to end customers. Learn how Sealed Air is leveraging Hybris to map and influence Customer Journey and enable Distributors with leads. Leveraging Hybris PCM and Web Commerce, Sealed Air has digitized its content and transactions reducing cost of sales and enhancing end customer experience.

Best Practices for Price & Margin Management in Today’s Successful Chemical Enterprise

Learn 12 best practices that successful chemical companies use every day to price effectively and improve margins. Take a deeper dive into the two of the most effective tactics to employ when volatility hits your sectors, or disruption looms for your segments. Learn in-depth about Segmentation and Automated Pricing Formulas from Mitchell D. Lee, a veteran pricing professional with 25+ years of experience in the Chemicals industry. Understand how communicating the right context to decision makers is critical for achieving commercial excellence and sustaining long-term profit growth. Join Mitchell in this highly practical and tactical session to improve your pricing expertise.

Steps to Define Your SAP Journey, Strategy and Roadmap to S/4HANA Adoption

Ingevity is a specialty chemicals manufacturer and supplier specializing in pine oil chemicals, tall oil fatty acids and activated carbon products. Ingevity, like most SAP Chemical clients, is considering their ERP future and alignment with S/4HANA.

Ingevity’s internal team of savvy SAP Experts spent months self-educating and evaluating future options to manage the SAP landscape, which was a carve out of a highly customized (mill-products focused) MeadWestvaco SAP instance.

After months of detailed research, Ingevity engaged a small group of SAP experts from Enowa. The objective for the joint engagement was to devise a strategy and a roadmap towards adoption of relevant components of SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management and integrated components through various approach options (green-field, lift-shift, etc.).

To achieve the stated objectives, the team conducted a series of workshops to discover necessary and relevant input and to define the output. This session will share details of the following methodology and steps:


  • High Priority Initiatives

  • Value Discovery

  • Evaluation of Deployment Options

  • Change Impact Assessment

  • Consolidated Strategy and Roadmap


In conclusion, you will learn the process your company can take to compile the reasonable and relevant strategies and roadmap options as well as a high-level future solution scope to build the foundation for budgeting and planning purposes for a S/4HANA journey.

What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, when the digitalization and SAP S/4 becomes a reality in your organization.  Innovative World Class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end SC costs.  Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.  Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+ while preparing for the new technologies.

Key business benefits:


  • Alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery

  • Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed

  • Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain

  • Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization

  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data

SAP Feedback Forum

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

HANA Cloud Platform with Analytics Cloud Reporting Enables Visibility and Usability at KMG Chemicals

Since KMG Chemicals went live on SAP, all reporting was being done using standard SAP transactions and table extracts.  It caused several problems including; large level of effort, spreadsheets with different results based on the user’s formulas, and difficulty trusting the results.  It was determined that we needed a solution that would allow the business to quickly modify reports for their own needs, while also making sure that everyone was utilizing the reports in the same fashion i.e. comparing apples to apples.  The solution, implement SAP Hana Cloud Platform and SAP Analytics Cloud reporting.  These tools allow the IT group to build the data models and calculations, but it allowed the business to consume the models while building the reports look and feel to best suit their needs.  It created a better environment as it relates to reporting, because everyone can agree on the results.

Thriving in a ‘MAD’ World (Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures): Making Sound, Strategic Business Decisions

Chemical companies are very familiar to the world of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, inclusive of the far-reaching impact these developments have on their organization’s long-term success. Companies often times find themselves constantly having to refine interfaces due to externalities, new entrants created from company spin-offs pose new challenges to established organizations, and quick integration to achieve an accelerated ROI are all realities of this ‘ever-accelerating’ world. One of the key facets of being able to thrive in such an environment is rooted in having a sound technological platform that is nimble, scalable, and flexible in being able to integrate new companies and spin-off other business units/divisions. This session will share experiences and discuss approaches on how to prepare, align, and position a chemical company to be transformed into a digitally-run business.

Key business benefits:


  • SAP Best Practices Foundation to enable harmonized business processes across a company grown via acquisition

  • Alignment to leverage cloud-based technologies through establishment of a digital core

  • Technology viewed as a ‘business enabler’ that will involve a continuous and ever-evolving journey

S/4HANA Finance/Central Finance Roadmap Update & Adoption Stories

Attend the session to learn about Chemical customers looking to adopt S/4 and how to begin their S/4 journey. Hear about customer stories in implementation or already gone live, and find out more about the Central Finance roadmap - what is already available, what is forthcoming and key use-cases like real-time micros-segment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn about how Chemical customers are approaching S/4 adoption (with Central

  • Finance) and why

  • Hear examples from real customer stories

  • A better understanding of what / how general finance and chemical topics are covered by S/4HANA Finance / Central Finance

What Can Supply Chains Do NOW to Prepare for Impending Digitization?

Learn what to do when your Supply Chain's world is turned upside down, when the digitalization and SAP S/4 becomes a reality in your organization.  Innovative World Class supply chains require effective interdependent relationships between people, process and technology (i.e. SAP) and from suppliers to customers that increase market value and drive down end-to-end SC costs.  Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.  Companies that get this right, increase service levels by 15%+ and reduce working capital and operational costs by 20%+ while preparing for the new technologies.

Key business benefits:


  • Alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery

  • Effective demand signals that drive sourcing and manufacturing and enable volume adjustments as needed

  • Operations and logistics alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain

  • Ability to manage mixed loads with on-time / in-full delivery coming into and going out of the organization

  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in SAP, process and the data

SAP Feedback Forum

At Best Practices for Chemicals, participate in SAP’s Feedback Forum to engage in a 2-way dialogue with members of the Chemicals Product Management & Consulting Teams. You’ll be able to give your thoughts and feedback on the direction of SAP’s Chemicals solutions. Additionally, you can hear directly from part of the team that’s driving the future Chemicals solution scope about plans for the software. Hear about the industry best practice processes for 16.10 and learn more about 17.09. Find out more about SAP’s Model Company and be part of a new level of engagement with SAP directly.

Blockchain Adoption for the Enterprise: An Organizational Readiness Toolkit

What opportunities and threats are presented by the convergence of emerging technologies around IIoTs and blockchain? What does it take to engage as a leader in the adoption of such promising capabilities? How can one prepare a company to be a ‘fast follower’? What are the risks of being competitively squeezed or locked out by the network effects of these technologies?

This presentation takes a look at the steps to create an organizational readiness toolkit for both a technology seeking or a mature technology adopting enterprise. We look at raising awareness and learning within the employees, vendors and customers of the potential of these technologies. It reviews risk mitigation methodologies and blue sky visioning efforts to identify roadmaps to potential future state business models and value chains within the context of the logistics and trade finance of hydrocarbons and chemicals. It addresses changes happening in operations, HR, business models and the learning individual in the employee-employer relationship.

Set Up your SAP Business Analytics Project for Success: A Model from Nexeo Solutions

Congratulation your project has been approved – LET THE FUN BEGIN! The initiatives may be straight forward, but the solutions can be everything but straight forward. How many times have you made the commitment to do more with your data, create intelligent and meaningful analyses, only to lose steam midway through or have momentum peter out amid your hectic day to day responsibilities? We all know the value that sits inside that data, but very few are able to effectively manage these projects to get the most value out of them. Join Joyce Butler to learn her approach at Nexeo Solutions to derive value from data analytics from day 1.

This session focuses on approaches and strategies for your SAP business analytics projects.  Join us to discuss:


  • The Roadmap -  Preparation, Participation, Prioritization

  • Strategies for increasing engagement, and alignment between business & IT.

  • Improving change management and end-user adoption.

  • Ways to maximum business value by accelerating the time to value - improve adoptions, realize value

Pure Play OpEx Savings During SAP OS/DB Migrations

Do you have expiring SAP servers that require updating?  Are your SAP enterprise environments on a legacy operating system and would like to migrate to one of the current operating systems?  Is your SAP database size so large that your system performance is degrading and/or you are exploring an archiving project?   Perhaps consider using an SAP OS/DB migration as an opportunity to resolve these immediate pain points while at the same time transforming your project spend into recurring Opex savings.

Like all SAP customers have or will, Beam Suntory has also faced similar challenges.  In partnership with Biztech Solutions, Beam Suntory has transformed these pain points into noteworthy Pure Play Opex Savings projects.    Taking a budget-conscious approach while continuing to make strides on their SAP HANA journey, Beam Suntory has been able to reduce recurring IT Opex spend by more than $2MM/annually through several lesser known tips and tricks related to SAP OS/DB migrations, Hardware Consolidation, Data Density, and Compression.  Additionally, these fiscal savings have been accompanied by performance boosts as staggering as 2-3x faster transactional processing.    We will discuss a few of these use cases, and the monetary and performance impacts of these projects.

Key Benefits:


  1. Migrating large databases (>5TB) to new OS/hardware in 24 hours downtime

  2. SAP performance improvements as much as 3x in SAP ECC

  3. Database space reductions (2:1 to 4:1) for ECC, BW, CRM, SCM

Continuous Improvement – Leveraging SAP to Improve Planning Capabilities

Supply chain planning in SAP is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event.   Evolving business requirements and changing industry landscapes require the evolution of both business processes and supporting systems in order to drive business benefits.  This impetus for continuous improvement is particularly strong in the Chemicals industry and manifests itself via pressure on asset utilization, customer service and  working capital and cost management.  Come listen to Steve MacCorkle from INVISTA discuss lessons learned in implementing and continuing to optimize Supply Chain planning with SAP in a globally integrated chemical supply chain.  Topics will include mapping planning requirements to SAP APO, how to address supply chain challenges with system supported solutions, and how to avoid unnecessary complexity.   Steve will focus on the mainline planning functions of Demand Planning, Supply Planning and Detailed Scheduling.

A Single Source of Truth Brings Finance & Logistics Together at Ascend Materials for Reliable Cost-to-Serve

Creating and maintaining an accurate Cost-to-Serve is crucial for pricing your products to achieve margin goals.  Manually and sometimes haphazardly guessing or using averages was producing the level of detail needed to reach our margin goals. Through the combined efforts of Finance and Logistics, Ascend Materials arrived at a solution.

Project One was started to achieve a Single Source of Truth in financial reporting, but a sub-project of this effort was to have a clean cost-to-serve process for Commercial to price our product.  Finance worked with Logistics to ensure that 1) the rate tables in a third-party provider were kept up to date, 2) that there was a process check in SAP to find and fix any errors in the flow from 3PP to SAP, and then 3) automating the reporting which reduced manual intervention by 8 hours each month and reduced time to close the books by ½ day.

Even with additional costs from unplanned accessorial charges – which every manufacturer/shipper encounters – we were able to achieve sustainable and reliable cost-to-serve data and reports.