Infosys is an 'Onyx' level sponsor at SAPPHIRE 2009. Visit us at Booth No. 300, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Engage with our SAP experts in one-on-one meetings at SAPPHIRE 2009. Gain insights into solutions and best practices to win in the downturn. Learn how you can take advantage of flexible and innovative service models, leverage transformation for change and growth, and enable business agility through collaboration. At the event, you can also interact with our customers and alliance partners to explore how Infosys can add value and maximize your SAP investments. Do attend our speaker sessions, where some of the world's leading corporations will share how their SAP systems are boosting their business value. Winning in the downturn In a recession, companies with a well-planned strategy for navigating the turns can gain significantly over the competition. Companies should monitor indicators and develop a business-cycle mindset. They must convert their biggest fixed costs into variable costs. Most importantly, they must develop the capability to respond fast during the upturn and cash in on opportunities. SAP investments into core business processes form a significant percentage of IT costs of global organizations. CEOs and CIOs are exploring opportunities to cut costs, and get better return on investment (ROI) on their existing SAP investments. At the same time, organizations are learning to identify and take advantage of opportunities in this downturn to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Learn more about specific focus areas that can help you win in a downturn. Focus areas Innovative service models To win in the turns, companies must convert the 'fixed' to 'variable'–in costs, pricing and capital expenditure. Infosys has engineered solutions and service models to enable greater savings and create more accountable models of engagement and delivery. Find out how you can leverage various models for advanced business benefits: Infosys Business Platforms The extraordinary circumstances of the past compel organizations to relook and realign the way businesses operate. Our experience indicates that businesses are looking at more agility, shorter time to value and freedom from capital-intensive models. Hence, businesses are looking at innovative IT service models that are agile yet stable, scalable and responsive to accommodate business change faster and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). Infosys Business Platforms is an innovative service delivery model that unifies technology with business process outsourcing in a managed services framework. Our approach enables TCO reduction in shortened time spans while adding business process value. Clients get ready access to best-in-class standard business process templates designed around best practices, configured on an integrated enterprise standard application landscape and housed in state-of-the-art data centers for global operations. At the same time, economies of scale and scope reduce the cost of operations. Clients can sign up with Infosys without incurring any capital investments while enhancing the cash flow. The variable, yet predictable pricing model provides the much needed agility and aligns outflow with business metrics. Clients get an assortment of service delivery elements to provide economies of scale aimed at improving business process by the effective use of IT. Infosys offers end-to-end process as well as logical sub-modules to cater to your needs through Infosys Business Platforms. Learn more about Infosys Packaged Application Services Meet Tarang at the event Do you employ new engagement models to achieve lower risk and higher cost optimization and flexibility? To combat the downturn, we have to improve the efficiency of IT projects. One way of achieving this is to identify and implement improvements in how projects are currently managed. Another could be to change the rules of the game such that by design all parties involved are encouraged to act in the most economically efficient manner, while also meeting fluctuating business needs. New engagement models have been created to do just that. These models have been specifically designed to: Create a working environment where the client and vendor(s) collaborate to act in the most economical manner by planning better and prioritizing work, while optimizing the effort used in delivery business value Take into consideration fluctuations in business demand Achieve better predictability of IT spend Reduce operational overheads Simplify budgeting and planning Convert Capex to Opex These new engagement models have been tried and tested in various engagements and client scenarios with results that have exceeded expectations. Meet Abhishek at the event | Profile Do you want to further reduce your 'keep-the-lights-on' spend? In the past, global organizations enjoyed success in outsourcing and offshoring the support and maintenance of their IT systems and applications. Clients leveraged the Global Delivery Model pioneered by Infosys ensuring cost savings due to labor arbitrage. This model realized benefits to customers and IT services providers alike. However, due to the current economic conditions, organizations are compelled to find new ways to increase operational efficiency, reduce sustenance costs while continuing to maintain the service levels with business users. Have you explored all possible ways to cut costs? Think again. Enterprise IT Shared Services is an innovative IT service delivery model that delivers higher flexibility, greater predictability, and scalability of operations at a much lesser cost compared to traditional models. Enterprise IT Shared Services brings together the support and maintenance of enterprise applications and packages of multiple customers’ instances to be serviced by a common pool of consultants. Shared Services ensure additional cost savings through optimum resource utilization, improvements due to efficient and standardized processes, productivity gains due to the knowledge acquired in supporting similar packages and technologies across multiple instances. The cumulative effect achieves approximately 20% –30% savings in the long run. Meet Ramgopal at the event | Profile Transformation for change and growth When companies seek to tide over the downturn, they look at effective transformation programs as the path towards change and growth. Proactive planning for transformation enables advance preparation for business cycles and facilitates consensus across management. Infosys offers a winning combination of management consulting along with a mature and advanced Global Delivery Model to generate maximum value out of your SAP transformation programs. It includes core-process excellence through industry-best practices, SAP implementation and global roll-outs. Our ability to funnel back investments in vertical expertise, solutions and SAP technologies into business value for customers with consistent improvement in quality and timeliness make us the preferred partner for global SAP consulting and implementation services. IMPACT™ with Value Realization Method (VRM)™ All transformation programs strive to be 'on value' upon completion, but many fall short. Infosys IMPACT™ Framework and Value Realization Method (VRM™) guide clients on budget, timing and value success. IMPACT™ is the comprehensive approach by Infosys for delivering strategy and business transformation engagements. Integral to this framework is VRM™, Infosys methodology to help clients maximize tangible and strategic business value. These robust offerings together form the core of how we work with clients. Directly aligned with SAP's ASAP methodology, IMPACT™ and VRM™ provide an integrated approach to achieve business transformation objectives. Our strategy with ERP-enabled transformation is designed to achieve success by driving measurable improvement in business process performance. Meet Jon at the event | Profile Business agility through collaboration Integration, visibility and harmonization are typical challenges that program managers of SAP investments in organizations grapple with to ensure greater return on investment and business relevance for their SAP systems. Infosys offers solutions that enable greater business agility through collaboration. These include: Process and data harmonization through Master Data Management (MDM) solutions Visibility through BI solutions Integration through SAP XI offerings Risk management and compliance through Enterprise Risk Management Services (ERMS) Are your Enterprise Applications running on accurate, consistent and complete master data? Organizations today are challenged to operate in a volatile business environment. This demands that organizations be flexible and adapt to rapid changes. They can better adapt to changes when technology provides quality information to take business decisions. Quality information can be provided only by ensuring that accurate and consistent master data runs across the enterprise. Quality master data realizes benefits such as: Globalized procurement reduces cost of goods sold through effective spend management Reduced sales and marketing expenses via customer data integration Reduced time-to-market for new products Large organizations invariably have heterogeneous systems built over a period of time. Master data discrepancies increase exponentially in such scenarios, as multiple entry points and integration across systems cause manifold data inconsistencies. These discrepancies are major bottlenecks to business agility. Inconsistent information hindering innovation and growth, huge costs involved in periodic data cleansing and enrichment, longer lead time to cater to market needs, lack of a “single version of truth” across masters are only a few of these challenges. Streamlining master data helps integrate business processes across the extended value chain. With accurate and consistent data using SAP MDM, enterprises can become more customer-centric and can focus on higher-value activities such as improving operational performance, proactively responding to dynamic market requirements through product process innovation, optimizing spend, etc. Meet Ravi at the event | Profile How can you ensure the fastest possible results on your SAP-based ERP investments? XY2XISM is a SAP NetWeaver migration solution from Infosys. The XY2XISM Migration solution helps customers define the long-term roadmap for SAP PI/XI adoption. It also provides ready-to- use tools for accelerated migration of their existing integration platform (XY) to SAP PI/XI with minimal business impact to reduce the total cost on the integration investments. Several companies have made significant investments in the SAP product suite. From a strategic standpoint, they understand the need to align with NetWeaver and SAP XI. But they are uncertain about the direction for SAP XI adoption and are apprehensive about timelines. Due to their existing investments in other EAI products and the business impact as a result of migration of interfaces already in production, companies are unclear about their migration strategy (when and how), its associated risks, overall costs and the overall return on investment. Infosys XY2XI Migration Solution provides a detailed roadmap for XI adoption and solution kit for accelerated migration. Our solution enables: Minimal business impact Immediate and strategic integration requirements Reduced Total Cost of Ownership Our ability to migrate in the shortest possible timeframe helps customers achieve faster return on investment for their SAP platform. In addition, these toolkits have been upgraded based on the experience of our previous migration engagements. Meet Chandan at the event | Profile Are your key business decision makers getting the right information at the right time? Our theme, 'Business intelligence – key to winning in the downturn', shares insights into why business intelligence (BI) is a sound investment for any IT manager to make, especially during an economic downturn. With budgets becoming tighter, and demands from senior management wanting to see immediate results from IT implementations increasing, this brochure outlines the benefits an organization can realize by adopting a holistic Business Intelligence solution for their business needs. Fast payback, extracting value from data within the warehouse, higher visibility and better understanding of customer needs are some immediate benefits that can be realized. Find out how BI can help your organization operate more effectively and more efficiently while providing an immediate ROI. Meet Rakhi Makad at the event | Profile Efficient Compliance – Now or Never Infosys Efficient Compliance offering helps companies achieve holistic, central, scalable, cost-effective and efficient compliance by addressing the needs of multiple regulations. Our efficient compliance approach is embedded in large transformation programs. It provides an opportunity to streamline the compliance process by ensuring: Significant savings in cost Better visibility and controls Quick scale up and extensibility across business units and geographies Our proactive approach to compliance addresses business process controls, access and authorization controls, and general computer controls to be followed in project executions. Infosys offering focuses on providing steady state compliance assistance to enterprises at reduced cost. Our Central Compliance Monitoring Cell (CCMC) aligns people, process and technology, and enables cost-effective, efficient and scalable compliance. People – The right kind of profiles with audit and compliance background, business process understanding and knowledge of SAP Process – Standard compliance operating process and procedures with clear definition for rejection or acceptance Technology – A good technological enabler to automate, monitor controls and manage a compliance program Meet Keerthana Mainkar at the event | Profile Sessions Panel Discussion: Extracting Maximum Value From Existing SAP Investments Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 15:30 EST Location: Ecosystem and Partners Village A panel of leading IT executives shares experiences of extracting more business value from SAP. With the effects of the downturn growing everyday, best-in-class companies seek to cut costs, leverage IT investments and enhance their SAP investments across the enterprise to gain or retain market share. Speakers Carleton Prothro, CIO, Bunge Ming Tsai, Managing Director, Infosys Consulting Mike Taylor, Vice President, Microsoft Frank Stone, Vice President, Mentor Graphics Mark Benaquista, Vice President, Global Financial Applications, Warner Music Group Presentation: Maximize Returns from an Upgrade of SAP ECC by Migrating to a New GL Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 16:00 EST Location: Ecosystem and Partners Village Novartis and Infosys share their experiences on NewGL Migration. The session highlights critical factors for successful migration management in a multi-country, single instance environment. Understand the challenges that surround the migration of current year data and opening balances and avoid the pitfalls of un-reconciled books. Learn what it takes to implement NewGL features such as document split and parallel ledger and access real-time balance sheets by business unit. Speakers Param Garimella, Head of Finance and Procurement - Information Management, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Paddy Thuppil, Principal Consultant, Infosys Technologies Expert profiles Abhishek Associate Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile Abhishek heads the global delivery of the Business Process Management (BPM) - Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) practice at Infosys. He has more than 16 years of experience in the IT industry. He has worked extensively with leading companies in the U.S., Europe and Australia. He has expertise in product development having worked with niche product Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) during the entire lifecycle of product development. At Infosys, Abhishek has performed several roles as a developer, technical architect, project manager, account manager, program manager and senior delivery management. Abhishek is a founder member of Infosys’ EAI practice in 2000. He established the partnership with TIBCO, which laid the foundation for the practice. He managed the first Integration Competency Center (ICC) engagement for a leading telecom company in Australia. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Chandan Govindarajulu Principal Consultant, Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile As a SAP PI/XI delivery anchor, Chandan serves as a consultant to global companies for SAP integration platform definition and building a long-term roadmap. He also handles competency development and delivery of global customer programs. With over 14 years of experience, he helped establish the SAP PI/XI Competency and Delivery Center at Infosys which is now the fastest growing integration practice in the company. Chandan was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of Infosys’ XY2XI migration solution, which provides a unique edge to Infosys in the SAP arena. Jon Brizzi Partner, Infosys Consulting View Profile Jon has more than 25 years of business and IT experience. He has successfully led several global, large-scale transformation programs meeting stringent time and budget considerations. Keerthana Mainkar Principal Consultant, Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile Keerthana established and manages the Enterprise Risk Management Service (ERMS)/Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) practice at Infosys. With over 11 years of experience, she is a chartered accountant and certified Information Systems auditor specializing in Enterprise Risk Management and SAP process and controls. She is a consultant for major transformation projects and ensures regulatory compliance. Rakhi Makad Principal Consultant, Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile Rakhi has more than 11 years of IT experience. She is the portfolio anchor for the SAP-Business Intelligence (BI) suite projects across the Americas, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia and Pacific (APAC) and emerging markets for Manufacturing and Insurance Healthcare and Life Sciences (IHL). Rakhi provides guidance in Business Intelligence (BI) strategy, architectural framework, governance, blueprint, implementation, program management and delivery excellence across her portfolio of projects. Rakhi shares industry best practices across BI implementations at different customer locations. She has worked as a Program Manager from inception to mature Information Systems (IS) solutions for a SAP-BI Enterprise Data Ware House (EDWH) implementation at an agribusiness company. Ramgopal Natarajan Head-Maintenance Center of Excellence (MCoE), Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile Ramgopal has more than 15 years of IT experience. He started the Maintenance Center of Excellence initiative in the Enterprise Solutions practice of Infosys. The initiative focuses on Application Management Services (AMS) of all packaged applications. Ravi Hossur Principal Consultant, Enterprise Solutions, Infosys Technologies View Profile Ravi has more than 14 years of experience in SAP-based consulting in Procure-to-Pay (P2P) and Order-to-Cash (OTC). He heads the New Technologies and Services practice in SAP at Infosys. He has built Master Data Management (MDM) and Composite Applications capabilities in the practice. Ravi is the logistics lead in a global template creation and rollout and creates the roadmap for MDM adoption. He is also the transition manager and project lead for large engagements involving OTC, P2P and Produce-to-Inventory processes globally. Ravi addresses business issues using various technologies such as core SAP modules or SAP Netweaver components.