Joel Bernstein


Joel Bernstein

About Joel Bernstein

Joel Bernstein is the CFO for SAP Global Field Finance, which includes responsibilities in the Cloud Business Group, Digital Business Services, and Global Customer Operations. In this role, he is responsible for leading the financial activities and profitable revenue growth for the company’s customer go-to-market organization and driving financial support for the Cloud and Professional Services organization. Joel’s direct Field Finance organization includes all finance functions in the multiple regions and market units worldwide for all SAP revenue-generating businesses. Prior to being promoted into this global position, Joel served as CFO for the SAP North America region. There he led all field finance-related activities for the United States and Canada. An accomplished finance professional, Joel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Wilkes University. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Joel is an ardent supporter of SAP’s social corporate responsibility initiatives, often serving as the executive sponsor for programs that connect SAP employees in the communities where they live and work. Reflective of that commitment, Joel is a member of The Franklin Institute’s Board of Trustees, an esteemed organization founded in 1824 whose mission is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

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The Platform And The Swarm: Strategy For Continuous Finance Innovation

7-Aug-2019 | Joel Bernstein

In my time here with the finance group at SAP, we have made tremendous strides in our digital transformation. One lesson I’ve learned throughout all the change is that innovation never ends – and

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Blockchain Transformation For Finance

14-Feb-2019 | Joel Bernstein

Part 3 in the 3-part “Finance and Intelligent Technology” series by Tony Klimas of EY and Joel Bernstein of SAP. What is blockchain? Yes, it’s a distributed encrypted ledger that ensures th

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Cloud: The Foundation For Intelligent Technologies

7-Feb-2019 | Joel Bernstein

Part 2 in the 3-part “Finance and Intelligent Technology” series The first blog in this series looked at the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how intelligent technologies are impacting finance

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The Purpose-Driven CFO: A New Blog Series

5-Jun-2018 | Joel Bernstein

Introduction to the Purpose-Driven CFO series Here at SAP, we are renewing our focus on our purpose. What drives us as a company? What excites our people? How can we do more good in the world? As th

Technology, Transformation, And The CFO

8-Mar-2018 | Joel Bernstein

Part 3 in the 4-part “SAP Finance and EY Talk” series by Joel Bernstein of SAP and Tony Klimas of EY Here at SAP, I often talk the three kinds of hats worn by CFOs and the finance function in gen

The Day I Left Finance: The Need For CFOs With Broad Reach

1-Mar-2018 | Joel Bernstein

Part 2 in the 4-part “SAP Finance and EY Talk” series by Joel Bernstein of SAP and Tony Klimas of EY Some time ago, after coming up in various finance roles at SAP and elsewhere, I left finance

How We Started A People-Powered Movement For Change At SAP

11-Oct-2017 | Joel Bernstein

Part 3 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a myth about business change that says it’s always painful. The truth is more nuanced. Forced change? Yes, that can be painful. When people f

Letting Go: Zen And The Art Of Finance Transformation

17-Aug-2017 | Joel Bernstein

Part 2 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Being in control is a natural inclination for the CFO. As finance professionals, accuracy and consistency are programmed into our DNA. Thus, to ensure

Disruption At SAP: Standardizing Finance On Shared Services

13-Jul-2017 | Joel Bernstein

Part 1 in a series. Read Part 2 and Part 3. I know from speaking with SAP customers all over the world that many CFOs are deeply involved with company operations. This makes sense. After all, manag