10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Maximize your SAP Investment (SAP ECC or S/4HANA) to Achieve Operational Excellence

This discussion will set the stage for all operational and supply chain teams to understand some key areas of focus that will bring significant value to the business. We will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly in international Supply Chain trends. Along with what companies are doing now to maximize their investment in SAP and more specifically how to apply some of these learnings to their S/4HANA journey to ensure success.

Walk away with:

  • Insight into the latest trends and supply chain practices
  • Explore what has changed and not changed in the last few years
  • How to prepare our ECC business teams to ensure a successful S/4HANA transformation
  • Optimized supply chains with S/4HANA
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Understand How SAP (ECC or S/4) Can Improve Supply Chain Alignment

It's all about visibility. Line of sight. SAP has some amazing capacity planning and scheduling tools that are core to supply chain efficiency. The challenge is to actually use them, to understand where they fit and how they drive the extended supply chain to increase throughput and therefor revenue enablement. See and learn how to obtain the required line of site so you can: reduce time of insight, reduce time to action, and increase visibility into data as it relates to the end-to-end business processes.

In this session, we will:

  • Describe the relationship between visibility and proactive exception/alert management
  • Explore the capacity planning and scheduling functionality available in standard SAP
  • Learn how to balance production supply to demand and the discipline required to enable increased productivity Understand how exceptions/alerts expose common supply chain process breakdowns
  • Understand some of the reports that enable us to hone in on efficiencies
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM

CASE STUDY: Minuteman's Innovative Journey Maximizing SAP to Increase Supply Chain and Operational Excellence

After years of running SAP, it was time for a strategic change. Not for another ERP, but rather a transformation of people, process, and a smart use of existing technology. Minuteman International set out to optimize its supply chain by maximizing SAP functionality while increasing the maturity and education of its business user community, along with aligning demand, production planning, and procurement processes.  Minuteman took a strategic approach to leverage the SAP technology and implement a tactical plan that elevated the global end-to-end planning process to another level. 

In this session, you will learn the following:

  • Gain knowledge of how eliminating spreadsheets and SAP customizations will create a single source of truth and better decision-making. 
  • How to develop a culture of real time, reliable decision-making to quickly respond to changing market demands. 
  • How the usage of capacity planning can stabilize manufacturing and optimize your supply chain to meet demand. 
  • What can be done now to better align demand, MRP, and supply operations to prepare the business for the digital SAP S/4HANA change, while significantly improving product delivery.  
  • Maximize current SAP and business processes to help in the migration investment and implementation of SAP S/4HANA
2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

WORKSHOP (Bring Your Laptop)

Get Practical on How to Identify Your SCM and Operational Health in Your Own Organization (BYOD)

We will use this time to work with you in your SAP system and to walk you through how to establish a baseline for your organizations supply chain health measures. You will see how to establish the relationship between your health measures and where your organization most likely resides on a maturity benchmarking tool. We will help you identify evidence of where integration is breaking down across your supply chain and call out some of the reasons. We will then discuss how to set targets and what actions can be taken to make immediate improvements.

Takeaways of what you will be able to do as an outcome:

  • Understand the health measures of a supply chain
  • Recognize what good looks like and how to set targets to achieve them
  • See where SAP shows us where we require attention to achieve these targets
  • Learn some tips and tricks to make working in SAP to be more efficient
  • Check to see what other SAP tools exist to help manage by exception
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from Transforming SAP into a Supply Chain and Operational Asset

As a leader of your business, using one system of record is critical to ensuring operational excellence and supply chain efficiency. Most companies agree that SAP is an essential enabler for their operations rather than a system requiring periodic attention. Yet, few rarely live by this tenant. In this discussion, learn how to gain organizational adoption and measure your success.

In this session, you will learn the following:

  • How to respond when the supply chain is becoming less efficient or lacking in desired outcomes
  • Influence the organization to focus on investing time in turning SAP into the supply chain and operational asset it could and should be Identify the challenges to change management in the areas of people, process, and technology
  • How to run a marathon (rather than a sprint) and keep the momentum going to avoid reverting to the old way
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

CASE STUDY: Trinchero Family Estates Weathers the COVID-19 Storm and Transforms Its Supply Chain Organization Through SAP

We will be going on a journey with Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) on how they weathered the storm of supply chain disruption, demand volatility and adjusting to the new working normal. In the height of these challenges, TFE made a commitment as an organization to embark on a transformation to align people, process, and the smart use of SAP. We will cover some of the unique challenges presented by a Supply Chain transformation and how in less-than-optimal conditions, they impact the change management effort with your people. We will look at the tools and techniques that helped fuel the supply chain transformation and inspired the TFE team to drive through the effort with reduced burnout, improved retention, better team cohesion and structures that support a cross functional supply chain management approach. Most importantly hear how TFE was able to make sure the results stuck and developed a culture of continuous improvement, all while using SAP.


  • A thorough review of the TFE journey to optimize the supply chain and maximize their existing SAP investment
  • Establishing daily habits and supporting governance while navigating supply chain disruptions, resource constraints and competing priorities
  • Highlights of where the changes were most keenly felt and how TFE was able to course correct as needed
  • How the organization responded to the change, and reflections on building confidence and integration with SAP as an enabler
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM

Explore How SAP’s (ECC and S/4) ATP and MRP Work Together to Ensure Customer Commitments

A new world is upon us. As we work to realign our strategies to meet the new way of working and face global supply chain challenges with agility, it’s never been more important to manage our promises. The supply chain runs on integration, which promotes flow of information, activities, and materials. We are all stewards of the supply chain, and the more closely we can work together, the less batons we will drop. Here is the big question: How do we confidently make promises we can keep — both to our customers and to ourselves?

In this session, you will learn the following:

  • How to initiate discussions on the prerequisites to making promises we can keep.
  • What rule sets are possible for ATP (Available to Promise) and MAC (Material Availability Checking) to support customers and manufacturing, respectively. Explore the robust toolkit available in SAP for deftly handling exceptions in order management.