I recently returned from speaking at the SAP Financials 2010 Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain and managed to take some time to see a bit of Barcelona, although not as much as I would have wished.One evening, I ended up down some small alley and it was as if I had stepped back in time.The alleyway opened up onto a small square where a symphony concert was being performed and many of the locals held hands and danced in large and small circles. It was a quite the experience, but enough of my site-seeing.
The seminar sessions covered many financial topics, from financial reporting, consolidations, period-end closings through SAP upgrades, implementations and rollouts. One of the most interesting seminars was the one put on by Mr James Fisher of SAP, SAPís roadmap for financial excellence.This session offered a comprehensive guide to the SAP enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions, including Strategy Management, Planning & Consolidation, Financial Consolidation, and Profitability & Cost Management, along with the EPM solutions roadmap for 2010 and 2011 and SAPís support strategy for strategic enterprise management (SEM) functionality for business consolidation. This provided guidance into SAPís direction that will benefit their clients. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of this presentation, but if you are interested in learning more I am sure Wellesley Information Services ( www.wispubs.com ) will be able to assist you.
My colleague Tara Sitaram and I facilitated a discussion forum titled ďLessons from peers who have overcome the toughest barriers to a fast financial closeĒ and my presentation was on SAPís business consolidation system (BCS) functionality for data collection, validation, currency translation, posting of corporate-level adjustments, and execution of inter-company eliminations; integrating BCS with BW, SAP ERP and planning.
I am also going to be speaking at the SAP Financials 2011 this coming March in Las Vegas where I will be presenting a new topic around ownership and consolidations of investments. I hope to see you there.