Mastering SAP Sydney: Key Speaker Insights

Mastering SAP 2019

In an InsideSAP Exclusive, three key speakers shared their insights ahead of this year’s Mastering SAP Sydney conference. InsideSAP is the media partner for Mastering SAP 2019. The full list of speakers is available on the conference website.

Heather Sinkwitz

Business Intelligence Manager, Mobile Mini

Mobile Mini is a storage solutions company with headquarters in the US and UK. With 2,000 employees, Mobile Mini is best known for their proprietary locking system, used to secure unused inventory, lock up sites and secure equipment.

Heather started her career in accounting, where she enjoyed the data visibility. Moving on to data and reporting, then to data analytics, Heather is constantly asking “how do we make the process better?”

“I frequently saw failure in BI projects, because of this I wanted to find a solution to help the BI community improve.”

Heather became an SAP mentor to help make an impact on BI with SAP by bringing BI concerns to the table.

“Australia still has a tight knit Data Analytics community that has not been diluted with too many tools. I want to bring that back to the US”

Heather will be speaking in two sessions. The first, “Going Beyond Data-Driven to a Culture of Actionable Insights,” will focus on Putting data in the business user’s hands to make change and take action, enabling the business user to be self sufficient.

In the Fishbowl session, “Future of BI: Hybrid BI, Machine Learning / AI, and Our Career Paths,” Heather will form part of a three expert panel. She encourages listeners to open their minds to a hybrid cloud / on-premise landscape, be willing to learn new tech and grow with the changing times and make themselves more marketable.

Heather’s advice to Mastering SAP attendees in 2019 is to come with an open mind, bring questions and solutions to discuss and to remain methodology focussed, spending more time on the design vs execution as it will work out better for the end user.

Adrienne Viney

Technology and Services Manager, People & Global Capability, Woodside Energy

Woodside Energy is Australia’s largest independent oil and gas organisation, based in West Australia with 3,500 employees, located in Woodside’s head office in Perth, Karratha, various off-shore locations in the North West Shelf region and a small international contingency.

Adrienne completed her Master of Commerce, majoring in HR & industrial relations. When she came to Woodside in an organisational development role, the need for better systems to support talent processes became evident.

Woodside adopted SuccessFactors because it enabled streamlining and integration between talent and core HR processes, and subsequently implemented a number of talent modules, taking a user led approach in doing so.

Adrienne will speak in three sessions. Her first presentation, “Simple and Effective Leadership Competency Development,” addresses the challenge of delivering competency development in a simple and meaningful manner. Woodside used SuccessFactors for the simplicity of design and ease of delivery:

“Our employees and leaders can clearly see the leadership expectations required of them, how that links to their role in reality, and the alignment to Woodside’s future growth and progression. The presentation demonstrates that leadership competency development can be kept simple in both the competencies themselves and the systems used to deploy them.

In her presentation “User Led Systems Adoption,” Adrienne will reveal how Woodside Energy rolled out SuccessFactors through an employee-led implementation process.

“When it came time to go live with the first SuccessFactors modules, the employees that were engaged along the implementation journey helped ‘sell’ the system by spruiking its simplicity and usability.  This assisted in convincing other employees that SuccessFactors was a really good thing… we just turned the system on and let the users adopt it themselves.” 

In a panel discussion, “Getting the U Right in UX,” Adrienne will discuss the structure of how to engage with the user. She told InsideSAP that the basis of achieving that is always having the end user in mind:

“We designed a system that could be delivered to the business without any training or education. The basis of our design was that if we had to train users, then we were designing a system that is too complex.  Targeted engagement with end users during the design phase, along with gaining a good understanding of what ‘usable’ meant for different employees from different backgrounds and technical ability was key to success. When you plan your project, you plan those interactions and opportunities upfront to ensure that end user engagement is a critical phase of your implementation project and you have the time to get it right”

Adrienne encourages Mastering SAP attendees to understand their goals for the event. Once visitors have established what will give them ROI on the time and cost of attending, she recommends using the Eventful app to build an event agenda and maximise networking potential:

“Use this as a networking opportunity. Very rarely do we get the opportunity to meet people in different states and from different industries, who might be experiencing the same types of challenges that you are. The networks that you build are very valuable.”

Matthew Youngman

Solution Delivery Manager, Lion

Lion is a large Australian and New Zealand-based FMCG company, producing premium brands in dairy, juice, soy, cider, fine wine, spirits, alcoholic ready-to-drink and non-alcohol beverage categories. With approximately 6,500 employees worldwide, Lion’s market-leading alcohol and dairy products are produced across 34 sites around the world. 

As part of its 10-year strategy, Lion is undertaking an ambitious transformation program to create the Next Generation Lion. Matthew was interested in joining Lion’s transformational program at beginning of 2017 when it was starting the blueprinting phase from a solution delivery perspective. Lion went from a “best of breed” tech approach with separate satellite systems, to a “best of suite” SAP integrated solution. 

Matthew will be speaking in two sessions. In “Fiori, IDM and GRC. What We Did Well and How We’d Do it Better Next Time,” He discusses the major transformation journey, encouraging companies to stick to the basics and fundamentals of project methodology:

“The fact that we’re doing a digital S4, new technology… some may see this of vastly different or leading edge, and there are elements of that, but the same principles still apply to any project.”

In an interactive Fishbowl session, “Experiences with Cloud Implementations & Migrations,” Matthew will share his experiences and lessons learned from a move to the cloud. He tells us the cloud is not as scary as we might think:

“We’ve been far more agile within the program because of the cloud than I think we would have been if we actually had to procure and provision physical infrastructure. We’ve been able to do a lot of things like resizing environments quickly to cope with different test cycles… we’ve had a lot more flexibility than we would’ve with a traditional on-premise scenario.”

Matthew’s advice for attendees is to fully understand the agenda and plan their time ahead of the event. He encourages visitors to read the program so they know which presentations are relevant to their goals.

“If you are going with people from the same organization… it’s worth trying to work out how you can divide and conquer.”

Mastering SAP has kindly offered InsideSAP readers a discount on the admission charge. Click here to access your discounted tickets.

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