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Business Strategy requires Data Strategy

Analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will have a bigger impact on your business strategy. None will be effective without the right data. Therefore when defining your business strategy, it must be aligned with your data strategy.

This webinar will help your organization find that right combination by demonstrating how:

• Organizations are aligning data to business strategy
• New collaboration models accelerate data activation and outcomes
• Augmenting data management processes with Agile Process scales and accelerates data capabilities
• Harnessing enterprise tribes overcomes resistance and shadow IT for data
Recorded Jun 26 2018 63 mins
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Guest speaker Michele Goetz, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
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  • What are my options to migrate to SAP S/4HANA? Jan 10 2019 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Gerd Danner from SAP & Frank Schuler from BackOffice Associates
    Anyone planning a move to SAP S/4HANA will want to optimise their investment to achieve full business benefits from day one. This means getting it right from outset — starting with the migration. Yet data migration is often not highlighted as a key work stream in S/4HANA projects. So, considering so many data migration projects run over time and/or over budget, the question to ask is how is your business planning to do this?

    This informative webinar will discuss the various migration options available and share best practice customer cases.

    Presenters:
    Gerd Danner Vice President EMEA Centre of Excellence for Information Management at SAP

    Frank Schuler SAP Mentor and Vice President SAP Technical Architecture with BackOffice Associates
  • Data & Analytics Governance: From Current Challenges to Future Possibilities Dec 18 2018 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Saul Judah, Research Director, Gartner Research & Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, BackOffice Associates
    Traditional methods for managing data and analytics landscapes are not evolving fast enough to meet the increased scale and demands of businesses facing a digital transformation program. If you are planning any major transformation involving data, such as a move to S/4HANA, hyper scale cloud, large scale analytics efforts, ML/AI implementations or other major changes to your current IT landscape, now is the time to think about how you will advance your data and governance strategy.

    Join Saul Judah from Gartner Research as he discusses the present state of data and analytics governance practices, provides guidance to help you get on (or back on) the right track, and previews where governance practices are heading in the future so that you can keep your strategy on track.
  • Go Green or Go Brown: Which S/4HANA Road is Right For You? Recorded: Nov 6 2018 43 mins
    Owen Pettiford and Frank Schuler
    With SAP ERP sitting at the core of your business and having invested in it over a number of years it can seem that Converting it to S/4HANA (known as a Brownfield project) is the easiest and lowest risk path to S/4HANA. However a growing number of organisations are discovering that the further they get into planning for their Brownfield project to more attractive starting with a fresh slate becomes and some are changing their plans to doing a New implementation (known as a Greenfield project). This webinar given by 2 SAP Mentors, will describe the key risks and benefits of each approach and highlight where BackOffice Associates can help to de-risk the journey with its services and software.
  • Successful SuccessFactors® Data Migrations Recorded: Sep 21 2018 44 mins
    Jan Wade & Nikkia Conley, American Airlines and Nate LaFerle BackOffice Associates
    Preparing your employee data for SuccessFactors® is more complex than you think. American Airlines tackled highly challenging transformations from multiple legacy systems and pre-merger organizations to bring a unified HR platform to life with SuccessFactors®.

    Join Jan Wade, Director, HR Information Systems and Nikkia Conley, Sr. Manager, HR Shared Services, of American Airlines; and Nate LaFerle, Client Partner at BackOffice Associates, as they discuss how they addressed key challenges along the way.
  • PLM and Great Data Make Product Portfolios Profitable Recorded: Jul 25 2018 61 mins
    Chris Knerr, Global Big Data & Analytics Leader, BackOffice Associates
    Today's PLM programs are helping companies build new capabilities to improve product portfolio management, sku-level profitability, customer service levels, and regulatory compliance. Data management, migration, and governance are a critical foundation for success, but have added complexity for PLM since much of the data is in "unstructured" sources like PDFs.

    Please join this webinar to hear Chris Knerr, BackOffice Associate's Global Big Data & Analytics Leader, share Life Sciences and CPG best practices for PLM programs.
  • Quelles sont mes options pour migrer vers SAP S/4HANA? Recorded: Jul 6 2018 28 mins
    Pierre Adloff, BackOffice Associates & Jean-Francois Floch, SAP
    Sécuriser son projet d’implémentation de S/4HANA, sa mise en production permet d’optimiser son investissement et de choyer ses utilisateurs qui pourront en tirer pleinement profit plus rapidement.

    Dans les projets S/4HANA, la migration des données n'est souvent pas perçu comme clé et sa criticité est trop souvent sous-estimée. Les projets ayant pris du retard à cause de la migration des données sont courants, impactant ainsi les coûts initialement alloués au projet, sa date de livraison et la qualité des données. Vous devez donc bien en amont vous poser les bonnes questions sur ces problématiques de cette migration vers S/4HANA ?

    Pour connaître les différentes options de migration disponibles, nous vous invitons à découvrir celle que nous préconisons lors d’un webinar informatif. Nous vous présenterons les bons outils qui amélioreront l'agilité et l'efficacité des processus opérationnels lors de cette phase critique de la migration, et nous partagerons des cas de clients.

    Présentateur
    Pierre Adloff - Directeur des ventes, BackOffice Associates
    Jean-Francois Floch – Responsable des services d'engagement pour la transformation informatique, SAP
  • Modern M&As require data transformation Recorded: Jun 27 2018 50 mins
    Santosh Mathew, Director of Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Nielsen
    Today's M&As need to quickly demonstrate return on investment. As data is a critical asset that impacts business performance, a successful merger requires a data transformation strategy that quickly consolidates to a single set of business rules, policies, and data knowledge between two companies for seamless processes and operations.

    Please join this webinar to hear guest speaker Santosh Mathew, Director of Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Nielsen discuss how they rethought their M&A through a data transformation strategy.
  • Business Strategy requires Data Strategy Recorded: Jun 26 2018 63 mins
    Guest speaker Michele Goetz, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
    Analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will have a bigger impact on your business strategy. None will be effective without the right data. Therefore when defining your business strategy, it must be aligned with your data strategy.

    This webinar will help your organization find that right combination by demonstrating how:

    • Organizations are aligning data to business strategy
    • New collaboration models accelerate data activation and outcomes
    • Augmenting data management processes with Agile Process scales and accelerates data capabilities
    • Harnessing enterprise tribes overcomes resistance and shadow IT for data
  • You Can't Make Good Business Decisions Today with Yesterday's Data Recorded: Jun 19 2018 46 mins
    Larry Romireo at EFCO Corporation & Giacomo Lorenzin, Managing Director, Direct Solutions at BackOffice Associates
    There is a growing demand for high-speed analytic database systems and platforms where data can be processed at lightning speed for business decision-making. However, is that data up-to-date? If the process to update that data is batch or overnight, the data delivery may be fast, but the information may be outdated which can result in error-prone reporting and ineffective (or disastrous) business decisions.

    For successful analytics it’s important to move data in real time from multiple systems, including legacy databases, so that combined data can be properly presented in a uniform way.

    Change Data Capture is a technology employed in the best data replication solutions to minimize the amount of time and resources necessary to update data changes from one system to another. By propagating only what’s changed since the last check on the source system, minimal data is passed between systems in order to ensure identical copies of data on both source and target.

    Change Data Capture is frequently used to select and update copies of key data for operational reasons such as maintaining activity on separate systems that interact externally with customers or vendors, or remote systems that interact with corporate databases. However, it is also useful to maintain freshly updated data in systems that are used extensively for non-transactional activity, such as for analysis, reporting and data warehousing.

    Main points:
    1.Retrieving information from any source database for your analytic system
    2.Specialized and configured support to load data into the analytic system
    3.Automatically prepare and map the data between systems, saving time and resources
    4.Best-in-class process to automatically and continuously update data
    5.Change Data Capture saves time, money and effort through efficient and cost-effective technology
  • Transform for SAP S/4HANA Recorded: Jun 5 2018 20 mins
    Owen Pettiford, SAP Mentor, SVP Digital Transformation, BackOffice Associates
    Some analysts say that over 50% of data migration projects run over schedule or over budget. The best moves to SAP S/4HANA will optimize this investment to achieve full business benefits from day one. Hear from the experts on best practices for data migrations for SAP S/4HANA and lessons learned from over 20 years of experience migrating SAP data.
  • Information Governance Increased Business Value from Data Recorded: May 31 2018 52 mins
    Tyler Warden Vice President, Product Management at BackOffice Associates & David Settlage, Vice President Services, Infor
    Information Governance helps organizations manage the proper usage of one of their most critical assets - data. Not only is it vital to set clear policies that govern the use of data, but equally important is the enforcement and measurement of those policies with feature-rich tools and technologies.

    Emerging applications are business-user focused and contain a breadth of capabilities that assist in the day-to-day tasks of Data Stewards as they keep watch over critical information assets.

    In this webinar, BackOffice Associates Vice President, Product Management, Tyler Warden weigh-in on:
    • Information Governance best practices and key concepts
    • Where the market came from and how it evolved
    • The requirements of the practice and the technology supporting it for effective governance
    • How they can drive innovation and reduce risk for your business

    Speakers:
    Tyler Warden
    As VP, Product Management Tyler is responsible for the product strategy and roadmap of BackOffice Associates' software products. These software products include a platform for Data Stewardship, Data Migration, Enterprise Data Quality, Master Data Management, and Information Governance.

    David Settlage
    David Settlage is currently a Vice President of the Americas and leads Infor Services Delivery for Manufacturing. He has more than thirty years industry experience with an emphasis on Enterprise Software and Management Consulting.

    Before David’s over six years at Infor, he held leadership positions with onPoint Consulting, Fidelity Information Services, and Accenture LLC. David has a Bachler of Science in Economics and a Masters in Finance from Florida State University.
  • GDPR is here and I'm not ready! Information Governance Best Practices Recorded: May 25 2018 46 mins
    Alistair Cole, Partner at Ixium Group and Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, BackOffice Associates
    If you are not yet ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the time is now to make it a key business initiative.

    In this webinar we will discuss a best practice strategy that:

    - Helps you achieve compliance with the Regulation
    - Aligns your data, policies and people with your business strategy.

    About the presenters:

    Alistair Cole, Partner at Ixium Group, has 25 years management & consulting experience covering a wide range of international blue chip clients including the Retail, Transport, Logistics, Finance and Telecoms sectors. From a Transformational Consultancy perspective, he has engaged at all levels with GDPR having been his main focus for the last 4 years. Now working with Clients across a number of different sectors, he has been responsible for establishing and driving GDPR compliance roadmaps & defining monitoring solutions.

    Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy Officer at BackOffice Associates, has over 28 years of technology industry leadership experience. He specializes in enterprise software within the data integration and information management space. Ahlstrom earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Drexel University. He is an experienced global lecturer, regularly addressing investors, business professionals and large customer communities.
  • Fast Track to SAP Fiori® Apps Recorded: May 2 2018 54 mins
    Owen Pettiford, SAP Mentor, SVP Digital Transformation, BackOffice Associates
    In the digital economy, business users expect consumer grade interfaces to access their data. If your business applications are not intuitive, personalised and attuned to the way people work, it becomes a struggle to deliver real ROI.

    BackOffice Associates recently teamed up with Neptune Software as a reseller and implementation Partner for their UX platform. In this webinar, Owen Pettiford SVP for Digital Transformation at BackOffice Associates, will explain how the Neptune Software UX platform enables rapid development and deployment of SAP Fiori Apps before or after a move to S/4HANA.

    Highlights:
    •Learn how to accelerate App development time – develop and deploy in weeks versus months.
    •Maximise ongoing investment in new and legacy SAP systems - build your apps on SAP ECC and future-proof them for your move to S/4
    •Recommendations on how to modernise and optimise SAP Processes that business users will love
  • What are my options to migrate to SAP S/4HANA? Recorded: Apr 18 2018 60 mins
    Gerd Danner from SAP & Frank Schuler from BackOffice Associates
    Anyone planning a move to SAP S/4HANA will want to optimise their investment to achieve full business benefits from day one. This means getting it right from outset — starting with the migration. Yet data migration is often not highlighted as a key work stream in S/4HANA projects. So, considering so many data migration projects run over time and/or over budget, the question to ask is how is your business planning to do this?

    This informative webinar will discuss the various migration options available and share best practice customer cases.

    Presenters:
    Gerd Danner Vice President EMEA Centre of Excellence for Information Management at SAP

    Frank Schuler SAP Mentor and Vice President SAP Technical Architecture with BackOffice Associates
  • Transitioning to Modern Business Suites Requires Data Transformation Recorded: Mar 28 2018 50 mins
    George Lawrie Vice President, Principal Analyst Forrester Research, Rex Ahlstrom CSO & CTO BackOffice Associates
    Businesses looking to move to next-generation enterprise applications, like SAP S/4HANA, must evolve various aspects of their business. A highly important, but often overlooked requirement is the transformation of business data to match the new environment. Getting the data right is critical to ensuring a successful transformation.

    Join our guest speaker George Lawrie, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at BackOffice Associates, in this webinar as they discuss:
    * Observations on the value of transitions to next-gen apps, like SAP S/4HANA
    * The impacts of not getting the data right
    * Recommendations for driving best value from transitions

    Speakers
    George Lawrie
    Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
    George serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He brings to Forrester more than two decades of experience deploying global enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications in complex multinationals. During his five years with Forrester, George has led research into topics such as SAP deployment best practices, ERP consolidation, IT investment prioritization, global data synchronization, and trade promotion management.

    Rex Ahlstrom
    Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, BackOffice Associates
    Rex has over 28 years of technology industry leadership experience. He specializes in enterprise software within the data integration and information management space. Responsible for BackOffice Associates’ current product strategy, marketing and technology in addition to analyst engagement and partnership development, he previously served as CEO of two software start-ups and held major leadership roles at multiple Fortune 500 organizations, including SAP.
  • Critical Building Blocks for GDPR Compliance Recorded: Feb 21 2018 26 mins
    Scott Wenzel, BackOffice Associates
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires a strong information governance (IG) foundation to enable organizations to identify where personal data exists and the risks associated with it. Achieving compliance is about effectively setting, managing and auditing data related policies and processes – how a business collects and uses data. Strong data governance will be key as will ensuring that policies and rules are enforced and monitored.

    This session will focus on how Information Governance and Stewardship are critical for ongoing GDPR compliance and addresses key areas such as article 16, article 32 and more.

    Join this webinar to learn more about how to:
    - Enforce governance policies through business processes
    - Automatically apply and enforce your data quality processes and controls on all data in all systems in your organization
    - Apply predictive processing and a guided experience through machine learning
    - Improve data quality as required by article 16 immediate remediation, and ensure rule bindings associated with personal data have a high priority.

    About the presenter:
    Scott Wenzel has over 25 years of technology experience, helping companies integrate, manage, and improve the quality of their data. Scott specializes in Data Governance, Data Integration and Data Quality applications on multiple database and BI platforms and has extensive experience in Regulated Industries, Public Sector, Healthcare, Insurance, and Utility industries. He has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences (SAP SAPPHIRE, ASUG and others) on these and other related topics.
  • How Kerry Group Transformed Their Data Management Recorded: Jan 1 2018 57 mins
    Ben Hallinan, Director of Development Global ICT Application Competence Center
    Driven by the need to transform and automate their overall data management processes for both IT and business users alike, Kerry Group was able to move their project to the next level with a proven methodology and accompanying solutions. Hear how Kerry Group was able to automate their data management process for this multi-phase global ERP initiative and was successfully able to:

    * Realize substantial costs savings through the implementation of standardized processes
    * Establish a single portal for all data management activities
    * Improve and validate their overall data quality
  • General Mills Executes Best Practice Global HCM Data Quality Strategy Recorded: Jan 1 2018 56 mins
    Melissa Vogal, General Mills & Julia Mench, BackOffice Associates
    Hear how General Mills proactively manages data quality in its global SAP HCM instance to gain better visibility into its workforce. Attendees will also receive proven advice on how to enforce global HR data standards including timeliness, consistency, and accuracy. Through its best practice data quality program, General Mills has turned its HR data into a strategic business asset, reducing cost, streamlining compliance, and improving executive decision making.
  • The General Data Protection Regulation is Here Recorded: Sep 26 2017 60 mins
    Enza Iannopollo, Principal Analyst, Security & Risk, Forrester Research, Rex Ahlstrom, CSO & CTO BackOffice Associates
    Dramatically shift data handling practices to avoid steep financial penalties and potentially intrusive enforcement actions. The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in May 2018, which will require all businesses, regardless of their location to make changes to their oversight, technology, processes and people to adequately protect the personal data of EU residents.

    It is a big undertaking, and businesses around the globe must kick-off their compliance strategies immediately in order to comply by the deadline.
    Join Enza Iannopollo, Analyst at Forrester Research, and Rex Ahlstrom, BackOffice Associates Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, in this webinar as they discuss:
    •A brief overview of the GDPR
    •Recommendations on building a GDPR compliance roadmap and prioritizing initiatives
    •Suggestions for executing a successful compliance strategy
  • Start Your Data Governance Journey Towards Data Citizenship Recorded: Aug 22 2017 63 mins
    Henry Peyret, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and Rex Ahlstrom, BackOffice Associates CSO & CTO
    Data is a vital business asset, serving transaction systems and driving increased innovation across the business landscape, such as in customer engagement, product development, and company strategy. But with businesses experiencing a rapid increase in the volume and complexity of data, the need for effective governance is critical to help maximize its value, while ensuring compliance with protection and privacy regulations.

    Listen to Henry Peyret, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and Rex Ahlstrom, BackOffice Associates Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, in this webinar as they discuss:
    •Key drivers that are increasing the need for data governance
    •An overview of the data governance market and insights on market direction
    •Best practices to help businesses establish governance practices
BackOffice Associates
BackOffice Associates is a worldwide leader in information governance and data stewardship solutions, focusing on helping customers manage one of their most critical assets – data. Our range of award-winning products, built on a revolutionary platform, address the needs of business users seeking to unlock the value of their data assets. Our products and services enable organizations to accelerate growth, gain actionable visibility and reduce risks.

Founded in 1996, we have an unparalleled record of success in the most complex data environments across a variety of industries. Customers include many Fortune 1000 companies. BackOffice Associates is a global corporation headquartered in Massachusetts with additional offices in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Dubai, India, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. To learn more, please visit www.boaweb.com.

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