SAP NEWSBYTE — July 15, 2019 — SAP® Ariba® Live, the premier global procurement conference, will launch its Asia-Pacific-Japan tour with SAP Ariba Live in Tokyo set to take place July 23 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced today. After welcoming thousands of attendees at SAP Ariba Live in Austin, Texas, and Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year, the company will bring together hundreds more for Japan’s largest procurement conference before heading to Singapore, August 21, and Sydney, September 10.
SAP Ariba Live in Tokyo will host a community of buyers, suppliers and partners to discuss the latest technology, innovation and market trends impacting business strategies for moving from cost savings to intelligent spend management. The event will feature insightful keynote speakers, including:
- Takanori Sakaguchi: “A Better Society Guided by Procurement and Purchasing”
Sakaguchi, an influential thought leader in Japan and Future Procurement Laboratory management consultant, will discuss the history of challenges procurement and purchasing operations have faced. Other topics will include creating value in the era of renewal and the role procurement leaders should play in achieving a sustainable society.
- Naoki Okamura: “Creating Value at Astellas Pharma”
Okamura, Astellas Pharma Inc. representative director and executive vice president, will discuss the pursuit of efficient operations and optimal cost structures globally. Other topics will include structuring an organization to respond flexibly to sustainable growth and how to further upgrade and streamline operations. Okamura will also cover changes due to globalization, process standardization and the negative effects of pursuing efficiency.
- Professor Hiroko Kuniya: “Diversity Changes Companies”
Kuniya, director of Tokyo University of the Arts, professor at Keio University and director of the Natural Energy Foundation, will discuss the key roles diversity and inclusion play not only in achieving better business results but also in realizing a truly collaborative network and sustainable society.
- Additional presentations by SAP executives including:
- Opening remarks by SAP Ariba Japan Vice President and General Manager Kyohei Sato
- Product strategy and road map for the Japanese market from SAP Ariba Chief Product Officer Darren Koch, SAP Fieldglass Chief Technology Officer Vish Baliga and SAP Ariba Head of Japan Presales Masahiro Kawasaki
- Closing remarks by SAP Japan Head of Cloud and Managing Corporate Officer Shinichi Miyata
Attendees can also look forward to presentations from leading organizations such as Yokohama Rubber Company, Ltd., Aflac Life Insurance and TRUSCO NAKAYAMA Corp. Breakout sessions will include topics ranging from sourcing transformation and total spend management to external workforce management and supplier risk mitigation.
SAP Ariba Live offers procurement, supply chain, finance and IT professionals the opportunity to network and learn from industry experts and each other about driving organizations forward while staying true to standards for ethical and sustainable supply chains. Attendees will discuss the best ways to leverage digital business networks and emerging technologies to drive efficiency and intelligence into spend management while advancing social initiatives.
For more information on this premier global commerce conference, visit www.aribalive.com.
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