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Randy Bradley

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee

Digital, Innovation, and Transformation: Patterns of Digital Disruption

In this session, you will gain a better understanding of how changing customer behaviors and…

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Kathryn Duval

Senior Instructional Designer, SAP

SAP Training: Free Training Available to Your Users Anytime, Anywhere

Discover free online training resources from SAP. SAP offers a full library of free online…

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Joe Ivanenok

President, Vision Engraving & Routing Systems

Vision Engraving Saves $200k by Making Business One Faster & Better with Configurator

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems sells CNC machines with numerous options and additions that often…

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Drew Bates

Head of Product Marketing, SMB Innovation Lab, SAP

Looking to the Horizon: SAP’s Cutting-Edge Innovation Lab that has Your Future in Mind

The SAP SMB Innovation Lab molds the hottest technology trends into cutting-edge innovations. They act…

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Dustin Jeffers

Head of Operations, Saltwater Brewery

Saving the Oceans One 6-Pack at a Time

From the moment Saltwater Brewery was founded in 2013, they made sure their mission statement…

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Greg Bayne

Director Leadership Capability Consultant, TLC Solutions Australia

Changing Corporate Mindset to Facilitate Large Scale Behavioral Change

In the context of considerable shifts in innovative technology and improved processes, the greatest barrier…

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Digital, Innovation, and Transformation: Patterns of Digital Disruption

In this session, you will gain a better understanding of how changing customer behaviors and expectations have shaped three prominent models of digital disruption. This session will stretch your thinking about how SMEs can be disruptors rather than fear or dread digital disruption. Come learn about the value and impact of supply chain digitalization and how can spurn digital business transformation in your organization.

SAP Training: Free Training Available to Your Users Anytime, Anywhere

Discover free online training resources from SAP.

SAP offers a full library of free online courses in its SAP Business One Edition of the SAP Learning Hub.  Content includes the latest demos, simulations, quizzes and hands-on case studies. Training is available in 9 languages and covers not only basic product training but also advanced topics like analytics, integration framework, and tools for developing system extensions using the service layer. This session will show you what’s available, how to sign up and how to get the most out of this resource.

Vision Engraving Saves $200k by Making Business One Faster & Better with Configurator

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems sells CNC machines with numerous options and additions that often change depending on other options and additions. In addition, the Pet tag side of the business has well over 2,000 different varieties of tags for customers. Initially all of this was done with the knowledge of the employees and time. In sales it could take 20 – 30 minutes to create a quote for a customer and many times sales had the right “ideas” but the wrong part numbers and pricing. Identifying and fixing all the errors could take days to complete.

When we implemented SAP we implemented a configuration add on from Experlogix. This reduced the time and errors even further than the spreadsheet but was a separate database that we had to maintain. Finally, we implemented CIS Configurator and its direct connection to SAP eliminates maintaining the separate database with part numbers and different pricing structures.

Sales produced 5,941 quotes in 2017 and it takes an average of 2 minutes to complete a quote.  Given the 20-30 minutes with the old method we saved over 2,000 hours of work or almost one full time person.  Tech support produced 7,471 quotes last year and even at the conservative savings of 30 minutes each that saved over 3,700 hours.  That is another 1.5 full time employees.  Considering salary and benefits for 2.5 to 3 employees that is a savings of almost $150,000 per year.  Add on the time saved by eliminating errors and that number is probably over $200,000 per year.

Key Business Benefits:
- Saves over $200,00 per year
- Saves over 5,000 hours per year
- Eliminates errors and reduces training requirements

Looking to the Horizon: SAP’s Cutting-Edge Innovation Lab that has Your Future in Mind

The SAP SMB Innovation Lab molds the hottest technology trends into cutting-edge innovations. They act with a startup mindset, poised on the shoulders of the Business One Digital Core to spearhead disruptive opportunities for doing business.

In this session, Drew Bates from the SAP SMB Innovation Lab will talk about what it requires to be constantly working on the horizon of technological development. He'll share their working-model for harnessing next-generation capabilities into SMB-facing innovations. Take a look into the open-book roadmap of an innovation lab to see their latest project showcases such as Retail AI and automation in the Digital Workforce, and get a behind the scenes look at some prize failures from a mission objective to get things wrong as frequently as possible.

Saving the Oceans One 6-Pack at a Time

From the moment Saltwater Brewery was founded in 2013, they made sure their mission statement came through in everything they did, including the name of the business. Saltwater’s passion was to make quality craft beer and advocate, fund raise, and educate about ocean conservation by working with various Ocean based non-profits. It’s no secret that our oceans are suffering from huge amounts of plastic waste, and Saltwater wanted to find a way that a brewery could help. So Saltwater began development of the Eco 6-Pack Ring (E6PR) – a biodegradable packaging made from the spent grain of the brewing process. It’s safe for animals to ingest and will break apart in the water. As of this year, Saltwater has replaced 100% of their 6-pack packaging with the E6PR. The viral success of the E6PR has led to growth for the company and a way to live out the values on which they were founded. Saltwater’s viral video now has 28 billion global impressions and has brought incredible awareness to the crisis of plastic in our oceans.

Changing Corporate Mindset to Facilitate Large Scale Behavioral Change

In the context of considerable shifts in innovative technology and improved processes, the greatest barrier to successful change in organizations is increasingly the ability of the people to adapt and change. The most successful organizational change occurs when we change the ‘Corporate Mindset’. The key question is: “How does one change ‘Corporate Mindset’?” In this engaging and thought provoking talk we explore the most innovative strategies for changing corporate mindsets. Participants will come away from the talk feeling not only energized and excited about change, but feel empowered with a couple of key actions to put into practice straight away.