PwC SAP Consulting Thought Leadership and Articles

Making Procurement Strategic: How the Ariba Network Improves Efficiency and Reduces Costs
PwC POV on Procurement is featured in the SAPinsider Special Report | Elevate Your Business in the Cloud titled, "Making Procurement Strategic: How the Ariba Network Improves Efficiency and Reduces Costs," by Gurminder Sandhu.

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Stepping to the Cloud with the Ariba Network: How to Achieve Benefits in a Hybrid Procurement Setting
In "Stepping to the Cloud with the Ariba Network: How to Achieve Benefits in a Hybrid Procurement Setting", PwC Director Arnie Klemm provides a detailed exploration of how a hybrid procurement deployment model that integrates Ariba solutions with an on-premise SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) implementation helps to mitigate procurement challenges. Learn how this model can help facilitate supplier onboarding and help to manage a new stream of suppliers.

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Analytics Transformation Starts Within
PwC has an article featured in the SAPinsider Special Report | Taking the Next Step with SAP HANA titled, "Analytics Transformation Starts Within: How organizations can achieve greater analytics agility," featuring Frank Rinaldi, Director and SAP Information Management Practice Lead.

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“Transitioning to the new revenue recognition standard” -An integrated approach to leveraging your SAP investment. Business Issue: Revenue recognition has routinely been viewed as one of the most difficult finance and accounting processes to get right. It represents one of the highest risks of material error on financial statements, and it is one of the leading causes of restatements. As companies move to the new standard, their compliance risk is likely to increase unless they have a well-planned, comprehensive approach to adoption. There are a number of reasons why the transition could be especially challenging.

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For large multinational companies that must comply with myriad tax policies and regulatory agencies all over the world, transfer pricing has always been a complex undertaking. In "Demystifying Transfer Pricing Execution and Intercompany Accounting," Andrew Hwang, Managing Director, PwC Tax practice and Sharabh Ivaturi, Director, PwC SAP Consulting review how to leverage SAP technology to support your transfer pricing strategy.

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The traditional financial close is becoming an antiquated notion for world-class finance organizations. Business moves too quickly to reasonably expect the modern enterprise to wait for month end to derive insights that can help solve today’s challenges. While finance can add value to the business by providing insights in a shorter time frame, there’s so much more to the story. In "How Finance Can Become a True Strategic Partner to the Business with SAP Simple Finance," Rich Sernyak & Rakesh Mehta provide insight into SAP Simple Finance

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In this article “Security Roles: Technical Inisghts from PwC" author Pete Hobson reviews the common questions that center around the parts that SAP Access Control and, to an extent, SAP Process Control play in streamlining and centralizing role management, as well as whether there is a preferred way to design SAP security roles.

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PwC article entitled "Paving the Road to Global SAP Security - Where to Start on a Complex, Enterprise-Wide Project" featuring Scott Osterman. For multinational corporations, globalizing IT systems requires the organization to streamline functional business processes. Sometimes overshadowed, however, can be the implications globalization has for an enterprise-wide governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) strategy. This article reviews options for a global security solution.

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PwC's SAP controls study focused on how risk and controls aspects are integrated into the project effort, identified impacts of the project, usage of GRC technology, and lessons learned.

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The article "Transform Your Finance Organization into a Business Value Driver" -How SAP HANA Provides Real-Time Information and Agility to Boost ROI, features Cliff Eng. Looks at how this dynamic affects finance organizations in particular, and how many are turning to SAP HANA to free bottlenecks presented by the limitations of the batch-oriented processing inherent in a relational database environment.

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In this installment, PwC Principal Scott Pollak discusses the Workforce Analytics practice and how talent strategies are evolving to meet the increasing demand for information about personnel.

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“What You Need to Know Before Moving HR to the Cloud, Evaluate Your Technology” featuring Chris Beiswenger and Lawrence Ferguson. Across industries and geographies, organizations of all shapes and sizes see that a tipping point is being reached in the search for talent. And many are not ready for it. This article explores the importance of recognizing the sea change in user expectations for most HR applications as the vital first step in leveraging technology to improve your talent strategy.

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Development-centered performance management programs improve top and bottom line results.

It doesn’t need to be this difficult. SuccessFactors and PwC worked together to develop a paper that helps companies assess their PM programs and make PM more effective. Rethinking your performance management program addresses:
  • The critical importance of having separate but integrated processes to accurately assess past performance and to provide continuous coaching for the future
  • Techniques for embedding user-friendly social and mobile performance tools that reflect the real rhythm of the business
  • The pivotal role of HR to evaluate and evolve PM processes
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The article "Why SAP Customers Need to Rethink Their Business processes" features interviews with PwC Brian Vogt & Mike Pearl. The discussion reviews how companies can leverage the evolving technology trends in the marketplace such as cloud computing, in-memory technology, mobility, and social media, to improve business performance.

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PwC SAP Consulting is featured in SAPInsider special report, "Top GRC Partners to Watch in 2014" spotlighting Bob Clark, PwC Global GRC Partner. The feature title is, " Why Your GRC Planning Can’t Wait - Benefits to a Holistic Program and How to Start Today."

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The article "Why SAP Finance Teams Need to Adapt to a New Dynamic," features a Q&A with Rich Sernyak discussing how with the increase of emerging technology, CFOs and finance teams need to adopt more forward-looking strategies.

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A Q&A discussion with PwC Oliver Halter and Frank Rinaldi entitled "Big Data Inights from PwC: Trading IT Complexity for Business Agility" reviews a look at how big data is leading to a fundamental shift in how businesses create value, causing organizations to trade IT complexity in favor of agility to focus on data exploration, predictive analytics, and real-time decision making.

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PwC SAP Consulting is featured in SAPInsider, "Special Report: Supply Chain" focuses on the state of the supply chain and innovative ways SAP partners and customers are helping supply chains run better. Spotlighting Sriram Nagaragan & Ben Zelinsky in an article entitled "Are all the components of your Supply Chain working seamlessly together."

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