9:00 am – 9:15 am CST

Welcome & Introduction

9:15 am – 11:00 am CST

Lost in a Sea of Spreadsheets? Steps in SAP to Ensure Decisions & Optimization Activities Are Based Upon Timely, Accurate, and Complete Data.

Hand-on Exercise to Improve Data Integrity.

Managing your supply chain in spreadsheets can be risky, costly, and frustrating. Discover the steps in SAP to ensure planning and decisions are based upon timely, accurate, and complete data. This session looks at techniques in SAP to begin to trust the information increase the SAP functionality to begin the journey of moving to single system of truth. 

  • Best practices to establish business rules and standards as well as to manage master and transactional data 
  • Guidelines to align data definitions across procurement, inventory, warehouse, production, and fulfillment organizations 
  •  Lessons to establish trustworthy inventory-on-hand data in order to use SAP MRP and ATP (available-to-promise) functionality with confidence 
  • How to locate and use reports that are readily available in your SAP systems to identify areas where data needs to be cleaned up. 
  • Explore the importance of One System of Record to enable operational flexibility, innovation, and velocity 
11:00 am – 11:15 am CST


11:15 am – 1:00 pm CST

Constantly Firefighting? How to Use SAP to Prioritize Supply Chain Activities to Increase Service Levels.

Hand-on Exercise Utilizing Exception Management.

Imagine a world of different SCM strategies that can help you increase automation that drives customer service, reduce working capital tied up in excessive inventory and move away from daily firefights. Business rules (master data) are the cornerstone of managing demand and supply effectively, it’s no surprise that exceptions between business rules and behavior are a leading cause of poor service and fulfillment performance. This session provides insight on how to prioritize activities within the supply chain to remain agile and responsive to customer needs. 

  • Exceptions – SAP’s secret weapon to moving from reactive to proactive problem solving  - find out how to use the exception monitor to determine whether an excess or shortage of raw materials is being routed to the shop floor 
  • Learn how to create “what-if” scenarios within core SAP systems to help you make better production decisions, automate lot sizes and lead-times, and optimize inventory and service activities 
  • Get best practices to integrate materials management and production planning activities 
  • Get expert tips to align exception monitoring activities with service-level targets 
  • Learn how to integrate raw material planning, sales, and production capacity so that everyone is working for a common and understood outcome 
  • Updates on the pros and cons of centralized versus decentralized master data management, and expert guidelines to choose the right approach for your organization 
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

Questions & Answer

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Welcome Virtual Happy Hour

9:00 am – 9:15 am CST


9:15 am – 11:00 am CST

Leveling Up Sourcing Strategy and Execution: Thriving in an Increasingly VUCA World

Live Demo

How do we put SAP to work for us when we need to rethink our Sourcing and Procurement Strategies? What tools are available to take the pain and manual work out of making good on those strategies once defined? Come with us and explore the toolkit that is native to ECC and S/4. Let’s talk about how to put the system to work for us and make it an active asset in reaching our goals.

Topics to Be Covered

  • Strategic Spend Analysis and Supplier Performance
  • Pricing Strategy and Contract Management
  • Delivery Schedules
  • Thriving in a multi-source environment
  • Planning for disruption and constraints
11:00 am – 11:15 am CST


11:15 am – 1:00 pm CST

How to Increase Manufacturing Efficiencies, Planned & Schedule Attainment, and Leadtime Analytics Using Standard SAP.

Hand-on Exercise for Production & Capacity Planning, Scheduling Attainment and Lead Time Analysis 

Whether you are a discrete or repetitive manufacturer, SAP can help improve throughput. Whether you are a make to order, make to stock or assemble to order company, or a combination of these three, SAP can run multiple strategies to meet customer demand and strategic intent. In this session we will discuss the various types of strategies in addition to the finite scheduling and capacity planning capabilities in SAP to ensure not only we measure manufacturing efficiencies but improve it. Discuss the critical success factors to optimize planning strategies, including forecasting and S&OP initiatives that add value to the bottom line. The different demand planning strategies and the importance of applying the right one.

  • How manufacturing can proactively react to over and under consumption of demand
  • Insight into SAP tools to provide inventory visibility and use of key graphics for manufacturing throughput measures
  • How to utilize detailed scheduling and capacity planning to drive improved efficiencies
  • Maximize production planning performance and relationships through increased visibility and trustworthy information
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm CST

Question & Answer

9:00 am – 9:15 am CST


9:15 am – 11:00 am CST

Inventory Optimization Is Key to Establishing a Stable Supply Chain. What Techniques Can You Use in SAP to Establish the Right Levels to Hold to Meet Demand?

Hands-on Exercise on Inventory Analysis

Having the right product, at the right place, at the right time and at the right available level – every time – is the holy grail of every supply chain. Companies traditionally use historical performance, channel demands, and gut feel to determine product allocation and replenishment planning. However, without proper measures and analytics, this is falling short of providing the right results. More and more companies are starting to turn to predictive analytics to refine this decision making. The challenge is finding the balance between prediction and actual. Learn how to leverage standard SAP tools and reports you already own to reduce inventory averages by more than 20% while increasing the availability of inventories to production and sales.

  • Understand the importance of segmentation and how best to establish this principle in SAP
  • Target the greatest contributors to high and low inventory levels to achieve reductions in stock outs and improved inventory turns
  • Identify the excess inventory in the active/moving parts and where more than the necessary safety stocks are held
  • Identify high movers that constantly stock out and to prevent negative service level impacts
11:00 am – 11:15 am CST


11:15 am - 1:00 pm CST

How Make a Promise, Keep a Promise. This Is True for Our Internal Material Needs and Our Customer Needs.  Learn How ATP Can Satisfy Both Scenarios

As we work our way into understanding the new normal, the only thing certain Is change. During this session, we will discuss tools, techniques, and the associated pre-requisites to be able to confidently make a promise and keep a promise. One of our goals as supply chain professionals Is to produce plans that are reasonable, realistic, and actionable. Our measure of success Is our service to our customers, whether those customers are Internal or external. How can we confidently answer a customer with a reliable date for their order? How do we effectively and efficiently manage constraints, backlogs, and priorities? In this session, we will:

  • Describe the relationship between ATP and MRP
  • Highlight tools, tactics, and techniques for responding In a VUCA world
  • Understand steps that can be taken to Improve the quality of our promising
  • Recall and discuss the barriers to success and how to overcome them
1:00 pm -  1:30 pm CST

Question & Answer - Event Concludes