The Venue, Melrose Arch

Monday, 5 August 2019






Transformation without re-implementation

Seventy guests from all over South Africa joined us for the South African User Group event in Johannesburg. The day started with the Managing Director of SAP, Cathy Smith, sharing SAP's vision of customer experience in Africa. Speakers from EPI-USE Labs shared a range of visionary solutions, from S/4HANA to SuccessFactors integration and how we can help solve client's challenges.

With data breaches being in the news, a session was dedicated to the importance of POPI and how it applies to SAP landscapes. The deadline for compliance is not finalised but coming soon, so everyone agreed companies need to have a plan in place.

Top keynote speakers included:

  • Cathy Smith - Managing Director of SAP, South Africa
  • Danielle Larocca - Senior Vice President, HCM Solutions, EPI-USE Labs
  • Warren Eiserman - Chief Revenue Officer, EPI-USE Labs
  • Stanley Dube - Pre Sales Manager: Cloud and Line of Business Applications, SAP 

    Transforming your SAP landscape and solving your business challenges


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What was on the Agenda?
8:00 - 8:45
8:45 - 9:00
Welcome and Introduction
Hilton Anspach | Regional Manager at EPI-USE Labs
9:00 - 9:30
Keynote: SAP in a changing market
Cathy Smith | Managing Director at SAP Africa
9:30 - 10:00
The Journey of HCM Reporting and Payroll
Danielle Larocca | SVP for HCM Solutions at EPI-USE Labs 
See how SAP HCM has evolved over the years, and what options the future holds.
10:00 - 10:20
S/4HANA - Why, How, When?
Stanley Dube | Pre Sales Manager: Cloud and Line of Business Applications at SAP
10:20 - 10:45 
10:45 - 11:10
Data Privacy - POPI & GDPR
PR de Wet | Director at VDT Attorneys
Hilton Anspach | Regional Manager at EPI-USE Labs
11:10 - 11:40
Optimise & accelerate your migration to the latest technologies
Warren Eiserman | Chief Revenue Officer at EPI-USE Labs
François Breed | Associate Partner at EPI-USE
Intelligent tooling offers a high degree of automation and cost predictability on the roads to
S/4 HANA and EC Payroll.
11:40 - 12:10
Landscape Management for the discerning business
Kevin Mukheibir | Managed Services Lead at EPI-USE Labs
EPI-USE Labs offers a whole range of solutions from efficient cloud hosting to fully comprehensive basis
managed services.
12:10 - 12:40
Next level Data Sync Manager 
Marjo Kruger | Senior Software Engineer at EPI-USE Labs 
DSM is constantly evolving to support the latest technologies including S/4 HANA and SuccessFactors. 
12:40 - 13:30
The Venue

The Venue, Melrose Arch
17 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, 2019

The Venue - MAPS




Cathy Smith | Managing Director, SAP Africa

Cathy was appointed Managing Director of SAP Africa in March 2018. She is the first ever female executive of an emerging market's unit in SAP’s history.

Cathy has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, working for major industry players. She joined Cisco in 2015, and as Managing Director, led Cisco’s go-to- market sales and digital transformation strategies for sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her tenure at Cisco, Cathy spent 23 years with IBM, where she held various leadership roles in IT service delivery, HR and sales.

Danielle Larocca | Senior Vice President, HCM Solutions, EPI-USE Labs

Danielle has more than 20 years of distinguished service in business management and strategic decision-making. She is the author of four best-selling books on SAP, two specific to SAP HCM Reporting, and has been a featured speaker at numerous international conferences on topics such as human resources, technology, change management and leadership.

Warren Eiserman | Senior Vice President at EPI-USE Labs

Warren has more than 20 years of SAP experience and as EPI-USE Labs' Chief Revenue Officer and a Product Portfolio Owner, he also works on our go-to-market and ISV programme initiatives.

Marjo Kruger | Senior Software Engineer at EPI-USE Labs

Marjo is a senior developer in EPI-USE Labs' Business Content Development team, where he works to continuously improve the Data Sync Manager™ product suite. He leads the System Analysis Report team, which creates tools that help prepare SAP clients for migrations by offering them insight into their existing landscapes. He also works on data migration and SLO (System Landscape Optimization) projects and is specifically interested in SAP ECP (Employee Central Payroll) migrations.

Kevin Mukheibir | Managed Services Lead at EPI-USE Labs

Kevin has been involved in the orchestration of a variety of information technology solutions and services for more than 20 years. This has included the architecting and delivery of SAP solutions representing corporates and various systems integrators. Kevin is currently responsible for leading the EPI-USE Labs strategy for the Cloud and Managed Services portfolio with a specific emphasis on leveraging the EPI-USE Labs product suite as a solution differentiator.

François Breed | Associate Partner at EPI-USE

François currently heads up Business Development for SAP HCM services for EPI-USE Africa in the Western Cape, South Africa. He started his careers as a technical consultant in 2003 specialising in Human Capital Management focusing on Personnel Administration, Organizational Management and Payroll. During 2010 he took on the role of Associate Manager and moved over to client services in 2014. He graduated in Computer Science and Information Systems.

Stanley Dube | Pre Sales Manager: Cloud and Line of Business Applications at SAP

Stanley Dube leads a team at SAP that assists organizations to envision the full potential of digitalization of their businesses. He is responsible for software applications that enable end to end value chains. These software applications are in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Finance, Human Resources and Customer Relationship Management. He is currently the S/4HANA move lead for SAP across Africa. In addition, he manages a virtual team of Supply Chain solution specialists across the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his, current role, he was a Senior Solution Advisor supporting Inbound logistics sales processes across Africa and the Middle East. He started his career as an inbound logistics consultant. His consulting career in logistics was across multiple industries with his last role at SAP Field Services being that of a Principle Solution Consultant. Outside of SAP, he has held roles as a Team Lead at a financial services company and as a Solution Architect at a transportation and logistics company in South Africa.

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