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Automating Your Business and Life: Embracing New Technologies

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The buzz: “Highly-developed gadgets, connected to the Internet, have changed the way we communicate, use humor, study, work, shop, play, and behave” (tech.co/news). Digitalization and innovation are disrupting lives and businesses. How does this impact you? Innovation experts predict by 2020 the average person will have more conversations with bots than with their significant other. By 2030, the largest Internet company will be education-based with smart bot instructors personalizing lessons. Machine learning may soon predict heart attacks four hours in advance. The experts speak. Julien Kopp, Deloitte: “The people that really create the things that change the industry are both the thinker-doer” (Steve Jobs).”

CyberRisk: Keeping Your CFO Awake At Night!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The buzz: “The prevailing theory today is that the data was stolen by a nation-state for spying purposes, not by criminals looking to cash in on stolen identities" (Kate Fazzini, cnbc.com). Remember the 2017 Equifax data breach that affected millions of credit card users? Graeme Payne, Equifax SVP and CIO, was held responsible and fired. What does your C-Suite need to know about cybersecurity and its relationship to enterprise and cyber risk management? The experts speak. Graeme Payne, Cybersecurity4Executives: “If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk” (Lord Baden-Powell). Manash Saha, Protivi: “You may say I'm a dreamer…”(John Lennon). Fiona Williams, Deloitte: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky" (R. Tagore).

Game-Changers Crystal Ball 2019 Predictions Part 4 Abstracts

January 9, 2019

The buzz:"It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” (Karl. K. Steincke, Danish politician, 1948). If your #1 business wish this new year is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you six weeks of predictions from nearly 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 4 live. You’ll hear from Perry van Beek, Social.ONE; Thiagu Bala.

Game-Changers Crystal Ball 2019 Predictions Part 3

December 19, 2018

The buzz: “I am interested in the future because I expect to spend the rest of my life in the future” (C.F. Kettering). If your #1 business wish this holiday is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you six weeks of predictions from a total of 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Featuring Harpreet Singh, Deloitte.

Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions Part 2

December 12, 2018

The buzz: The future is not what it used to be” (Laura Riding & Robert Graves, 1937). Good news! If your #1 business wish this holiday season is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. Over six weeks, we're bringing you predictions from 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Featuring Chip Kleinheksel, Deloitte. 

Game-Changers Crystal Ball 2018 Predictions - Part 5

January 17, 2018

The buzz: If your #1 business wish is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. Our five-part 2018 Predictions Special brings you 75 thought leaders’ insights into the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you and your business grow and compete better in 2018 and beyond. Featuring Jeroen Kusters, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Game-Changers Crystal Ball 2018 Predictions - Part 3

January 3, 2018

The buzz: Welcome to 2018! If your #1 business wish is to know what 2018 holds for your company, industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you predictions from 70 thought leaders on the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Featuring Thiagu Bala, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Next Wave of Tech at Work: Is Human-Centric AI Possible?

October 25, 2017 

The buzz: “CHROs using artificial intelligence in the workplace…to transform recruiting, HR service centers, and learning and development? I believe the answer is yes” (J. Meister). As AI moves from ideation to reality, businesses face a challenge: how to use AI systems to help human employees be more productive and happier, rather than to replace them. Good news: The new digital workforce has room for both. Ready to integrate this next AI wave into your processes? The experts speak. Darwin Deano, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

Redefining Innovation to the Power of D: Multiple Layers of Diversity

October 11, 2017 

The buzz: “New research provides compelling evidence that diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth” (hbr.org). With the commoditization of technology, your company may have focused on improving efficiencies. But if you used a cookie-cutter approach to reshape business processes, organizational models, data and architecture, you may have an unwelcome by-product: the inability to innovate. How to fix? Build-in diversity at every level–systems, data, processes, ecosystems, people and skills across your entire organization. The experts speak. Featuring Darwin Deano, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

Game-Changing Business Model Disruption

Business Model Checkup: How Dynamic Is Your Ecosystem?

April 23, 2019

The buzz:"Ecosystems are dynamic and co-evolving communities of diverse actors who create and capture new value through both collaboration and competition" (Deloitte: Business ecosystems come of age). It’s time to boldly disrupt your status-quo and find new ways to drive business agility, optimize business processes and accelerate your digital transformation journey. The writing is on the wall: If your business model is not enabling you to fully participate in today’s experience- and ecosystem-based economy, you could be left behind. The experts speak. Mike Dobby, Deloitte and Deloitte McClaren Partnership: “I do a lot of work with the team back at the factory, in the simulator and with our engineers. There’s a massive amount of effort that goes on behind the scenes” (Lando Norris, McLaren F1 driver).

Game-Changing Predictive Machine Learning

Exponential Productivity: Why IRPA Is Here To Stay

February 27, 2019

The buzz: One consultant described RPA tools for structured digital processes as a “gateway drug” for other cognitive technologies” forbes.com). Businesses are using Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (IRPA) technology to boost efficiency. How? IRPA lets computer programs simulate tedious, labor-intensive, manual processes in a calculated, repeatable, dependable way, often faster than humans. The bottom line: IRPA enables businesses to do better and more with less. Is IRPA a fad? Should IRPA solutions include human touch? The experts speak. Jean-Baptiste Burin, AXA Partners Holding: “A vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination” (Stephen Case). Julien Kopp, Deloitte: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Arthur C. Clarke).

Changing the Game with HR

Farewell 2018 and Welcome 2019: HR Then, Now, and Tomorrow

December 12, 2018

The buzz: “The budgets are opening up to HR and they’re going digital with everything” (Laura Zifchak, PeopleDoc). It’s the time of year for HR to reflect and move forward. From the employee experience to GDPR, HR has experienced its share of forced transformation in how it thinks and what it’s responsible for. Yet, has anything really changed? Our panel will discuss the current and future uses of emerging technologies in HR, whether HR is any closer to earning a coveted seat at the table, and what 2018 can teach us for 2019. The experts speak. Art Mazor, Deloitte: “Be present in all things and thankful for all things” (Maya Angelou).

Digitalization and HR: Who's Leading The Transformation?

June 27, 2018

The buzz: “If HR wants to continue to play a critical role in helping businesses anticipate and manage organizational change, it must have technology at its core” (Meghan M. Biro). We’ve been hearing about digitalization in the workplace for so long that it’s buzzword-worthy. And most of us know that it involves process-automating technology reshaping the modern human resources practice. But beyond this, what does it mean to truly “digitalize” HR and to give your workforce the tools they need to drive true business transformation? The experts speak. Featuring Kristin Starodub, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Asia Soaring with APJ Game-Changers

IoT Soaring in Asia: Hollow Hype or Tangible Trend?

March 21, 2018 

The buzz: “The Internet of Things may be mostly nascent in Asia-Pacific, but the growth potential is meteoric for Asia IoT” (Ioti.com). With 8.6+ billion things connected via IoT and a US$583B market opportunity by 2020 (IDC), businesses are cashing in with diverse applications: connected cars, smart energy management, healthcare, predictive maintenance, home automation. Our new series explores the impact of technology in APJ. The experts speak. Featuring Gaurav Goel, Deloitte.

Changing the Game in Consumer Industries

Staying Competitive in Wholesale Distribution: You and the Value Chain

September 27, 2018

The buzz: “Technology is permeating and disrupting every aspect of distribution today” (www.fortna.com). Reality check for wholesale distributors: winning and retaining customers is highly competitive. How are industry leaders staying relevant and leapfrogging competitors? They’re developing innovative business models, using their vast data, simplifying and improving the way they work, and enabling their employees to help grow the business. The experts speak. Mark Dancer, Network for Channel Innovation: “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder" (Ronald Reagan). Guy Blissett, Deloitte: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning” (Sir Winston Churchill)

Life Sciences Innovations: Trends to Watch in 2018

February 22, 2018

The buzz: “This is a new era of medicine… For the first time we can digitize humans” (Eric Topol, MD, health.usnews.com). Reality check for healthcare providers, payers, and producers: You need to reduce costs, improve patient safety and care quality, and gain market share. But where to turn? New technologies such as Blockchain, Connected Health, Personalized Medicine, Health Wearables, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. So many options. What to do first? The experts speak. Featuring Jack Schmidt, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Changing the Game with The Intelligent Enterprise

Next Generation ERP: Beyond Theory, Where Is The How?

November 12, 2018

The buzz: “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory” (W. Edwards Deming). How do we build the next generation of ERP applications? Your business needs applications and solutions that satisfy your demanding modern consumer, meet the challenges of a tech-rich supply chain, and transform your processes so you can become a true innovator. Great! Snap your fingers and it all magically appears? Not! The experts speak. Darwin Deano, Deloitte: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi).

Business Applications: Moving from Pyramid To Tent

November 5, 2018

The buzz: “An examination of hundreds of businesses over 20 years of operations has shown us that rather than digging in their heels, successful companies…have a culture of continuous agility. In essence, they have “agility routines”" (Christopher Worley, www.entrepreneur.com/article/240705). The world has changed. Neither the old monolithic applications customized to meet yesterday’s business models nor generic, one-size-fits-all business solutions can power today’s digital organizations. Reality check: It's time to stop building the business application pyramid and start building tents instead. The experts speak. Paul Khanna, Deloitte: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” (Milton Berle). 

Sink or Swim: Draining the Information Swamp?

October 15, 2018

The buzz: “A data swamp is a deteriorated data lake that is either inaccessible to its intended users or is providing little value” (en.wikipedia.org). Back in the day, businesses created a simple information lake to acquire, manage and access data in native, raw format. Then one lake became many. Welcome to the age of the information swamp, an unmanageable architecture of costly, complex lakes. Are you sinking or swimming in yours? It’s time to turn your data into the “new oil”. The experts speak. Fiona Critchley, Capgemini: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” (John F. Kennedy). Harpreet Singh, Deloitte: “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality” (Malala Yousafzai).

Machine Learning in ERP: Will your Brand Survive?

October 1, 2018

The buzz: Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, machine learning — whatever you’re doing if you don’t understand it — learn it. Because otherwise you’re going to be a dinosaur within 3 years” (Mark Cuban). Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Intelligent Things are no longer just “cool” technologies for early adopters. Beyond shaping our everyday lives, they are moving into the core of business ERP systems, with the potential to shape the new economy. If we get to the “no-human-touch order,” and we’re nearly there, who will win and who will lose? The experts speak. Vivek Vinayak Rao, Deloitte: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” (Albert Einstein).

Changing the Game with Intelligent Technologies

New Tax Burdens: Can Technology Rescue Your Business?

August 21, 2018

The buzz: “Tax technology is emerging as one of the most important enablers of effective tax department design and delivery” (kpmg.com). With the U.S. Supreme Court’s South Dakota v Wayfair ruling on June 21, 2018, states can require remote sellers to collect sales and use tax on out-of-state transactions if they reach certain economic nexus thresholds. The ruling’s ripple effects place new demands on how businesses manage, calculate and report tax. Can technology help your business ease the burden to collect, remit, and report on tax liabilities, become compliant, and reduce potential liability risks? The experts speak. Featuring Les Jackson, Deloitte Tax LLP.

Game-Changing Business Model Disruption

Competitive Edge: Building an Intelligent Enterprise

October 11, 2018

The buzz: “To succeed in the long run, businesses need to create and leverage some kind of sustainable competitive edge…strategic advantages will increasingly depend on a shared capacity to make superior judgments and choices.” (sloanreview.mit.edu) It’s almost the end of 2018 and your same-old business structures, models and processes will not sustain you anymore. Whatever your industry, business type or global footprint, your company must become an intelligent enterprise with a ‘Clean ERP’ approach, to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The experts speak. Soumya Chakravorty, Deloitte: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often” (Winston Churchill).

Technology with Purpose: Priming the Humanitarian Pump

March 20, 2018

The buzz: “In a sea of human beings, it is difficult, at times even impossible, to see the human as being” (Aysha Taryam). Humanitarian challenge: help refugees find meaningful work and businesses find skilled workers. Sustainable solutions: Deloitte collaborated with the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) on a research report "Talent Displaced: the economic lives of Syrian refugees in Europe" and with SAP to develop and pilot the FuturesHub technology platform. SAP’s Engaging for Refugees program offered refugees internship opportunities in software development, design, programming. The experts speak. Featuring Jacques Buith, Deloitte.

Game Changers with Purpose Date

Wholesale Distribution: Speed-Up Your Digital Transformation

July 27, 2018

The buzz: “It’s more important than ever for wholesale distributors to evolve and adapt” (http://blogs.infor.com). What’s keeping wholesale company executives awake at night? How fast they can address the digital convergence across B2B and B2C, as consumers become the increasingly savvy, empowered masters of the marketplace. Leading wholesale distributors are meeting this challenge by transforming, reengineering, and finding hidden ROI through Omnichannel Engagement, Smart Warehouse Technology, Customer Centricity and Talent Management. The experts speak. Featuring Chip Kleinheksel, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Financial Excellence

Get Smart! Creating An Intelligent Finance Organization

February 12, 2019 

The buzz: CFOs are challenged with turning the numbers into something meaningful…to derive insights and deliver information to the rest of the organization" (Chris Pass). What’s keeping CFOs awake at night? They need to oversee day-to-day operations amid changing market dynamics while guiding the business strategically to drive innovation and growth. How? Eliminate outdated IT limitations. Harness new technologies. Automate repetitive tasks. Manage risk and compliance. The goal: an intelligent finance organization. The experts speak. Melanie Noronha, The Economist Intelligence Unit: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller). Sam Parikh, Deloitte: “When you attack a problem as if it were solvable, even if you don’t know how to solve it, you’ll be shocked with what you come up with” (Peter Diamandis).

Cybersecurity Threats and Finance: Are You Protected?

August 28, 2018

The buzz: “One of the main cyber-risks is to think they don’t exist. The other is to try to treat all potential risks” (Stephane Nappo). The sharp rise in global cybersecurity threats could cost $2T by 2019, quadruple from 2015. Information security leaders should fear phishing and malware attacks on employees and customers, brand impersonation, and all information breaches. Is your company monitoring, detecting and countering threats to critical data and applications? The experts speak. Featuring Kevin D. Heckel, Deloitte.

Tax: The New MVP in Finance!

July 17, 2018

The buzz: “Tax technology is emerging as one of the most important enablers of effective tax department design and delivery” (kpmg.com). What’s keeping your company’s Tax office awake at night? Global and US tax reform, transfer pricing regulation changes, reinvigorated tariff regimes, changes in VAT and GST regulatory reporting requirements–requiring deeper digital tax management proficiency than ever before. How to get a good night’s rest? The Tax office needs to catch-up on key technologies–machine learning and intelligent reporting tools–and fast. The experts speak. Featuring Jan De Clercq, Deloitte.

The Heart of Intelligent Finance: Share and Share Alike?

June 19, 2018

The buzz: “Financial shared services have come a long way since they started gaining popularity in the 1990s” (Jim Buchanan). Finance efficiencies and transparency are crucial for distributed enterprises today. How to design more intelligent Finance processes? Standardize processes throughout the organization, centralize at a few locations and build a foundation for new technologies. The experts speak. Featuring Arjun Krishnamurthy, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Optimizing Working Capital: Cashing-In for Your Bottom Line

March 20, 2018 

The buzz: “Working capital optimization is increasingly on boards’ radar as they look for opportunities to enhance shareholder value” (Rich Rorem). Responsibility for managing inventory, payables, receivables, and cash is spread unevenly across finance, operations, supply chain, marketing and sales, procurement. Your CFO needs to think holistically about working capital optimization across the full value chain to make it part of the organization’s daily operations. How? Automation and artificial intelligence enable the CFO to guide all operational units. The experts speak. Featuring Denise McGuigan, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Real-time Close: Oxymoron or True Value?

October 31, 2017 

The buzz: “Unfortunately, financial information is a decaying asset. The longer it takes to prepare the statements the less valuable the information becomes” (Steve Rosvold). Financial reports are required to meet statutory and management mandates. Traditional “hard close” reports could only be produced after the end of the period. Good news: Technology now lets your Finance department run a financial consolidation on real-time transactional data. Or maybe it’s not good news. Our panel will debate the value of mid-month reporting. The experts speak. Featuring Sam Parikh, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

Dynamic and Agile Planning: The Impact of Real Time Actuals

September 19, 2017 

The buzz: “CFOs need to be able to evaluate and prepare for the impact political, economic and societal events may have on their organization…take on a more strategic role in planning” (Thack Brown, SAP). Yes. It’s time for the Office of Finance function to morph from scheduled guidance based on past results to a trusted business guide into the future. How? Digital transformation now gives CFOs instant access to a real-time snapshot of fiscal health and enables them to help business leaders understand how to use immediate access to financial data. Is your CFO there yet? The experts speak. Featuring Thiagu Bala, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

Predictive Machine Learning

Predictive Machine Learning Value: ROI Beyond Cool

July 18, 2018

The buzz: “Predictive analytics is... one of the few investments a CMO will make that is guaranteed to produce a return on investment.” (Richard Mooney) Predictive analytics continues to evolve in cool ways. Now machine learning and artificial intelligence strengthen the backbone of predictive capabilities with self-updating algorithms that uncover hidden meanings in past data. Ready to learn about the ROI of predictive analytics and machine learning, implementation best practices, where the data is applicable, and how to improve a quantifiable ROI? The experts speak featuring Gil Gomez, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The Future of the Future

Future-Proof Your Business: Digital Solutions Now 

September 19, 2017 

The buzz: “Pesky thing, tomorrow. Day after day, it shows up and brings technological innovation that alters the best-laid plans of every business owner. Managing for the future isn't easy” (Jonathan Blum, www.businessinsider.com). Smart business leaders know that tomorrow’s competitive edge requires rapid innovation across their organization today. How? By developing capabilities that leverage and combine innovative technologies: machine learning, IoT, AI, blockchain, analytics, big data. Ready for use cases? The experts speak. Featuring Darwin Deano, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

The Future of Cars

LIVE at SAPs Best Practices Automotive 2017

September 20, 2017 

The buzz: As the automotive industry continues to experience disruption at a never before seen pace, everything is in flux – from workforce dynamics to evolving autonomous technologies, supply chain upheavals, new industry competitors, consumer preferences, and more. The time is now to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best in class strategies to improve your organization’s overall business performance and it’s all happening at Best Practices for Automotive.

Changing the Game in Life Sciences

Blockchain Meets Life Sciences: Now What?

November 2, 2017

The buzz: “According to Deloitte, the healthcare industry is planning the most aggressive deployments of blockchain, with 35 percent of health and life sciences planning to deploy by 2018” (Vala Afshar). Life Sciences organizations globally are exploring how Blockchain technology could disrupt traditional business models and processes with a platform of “truth” for how enterprises work with each other. And as IoT, mobile and Big Data mature, they are enabling industry stakeholders to stay connected real-time. How will the next level of disruptive Digital Innovation impact the Health Sciences value chain? The experts speak. Featuring Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

How the Digital Economy Is Changing Life Sciences

September 21, 2017 

The buzz: “Imagine knowing whether your DNA encodes a risk for migraines even before a headache strikes” (Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine). The Life Sciences industry is experiencing unparalleled market and business changes due to breakthrough technologies like Connected Health, Personalized Medicine, Health Wearables, AI, IoT, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality. Prognosis for companies that don’t innovate and adapt soon: poor business health. The experts speak. Featuring Hussain Mooraj, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

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