May, 2012

Running Pace with Oliver Bussmann at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando

Eileen Butler is the newest addition to the SAP Runs SAP team. In her first blog she shares her experiences of shadowing Oliver Bussmann during SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando. I had fun reading it, I hope you do too. Anita

Running Pace with Oliver Bussmann at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando

For those of you who are not runners, you may be wondering what this headline means. “Running pace” is how long it takes to run a mile. At this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, I had the opportunity to run a few miles on the show floor with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann.

In preparation for the event, Oliver gave me two tasks:

1.)    Memorize the floor plan.

2.)    Bring running shoes.


SAPPHIRE NOW Demo Theater Recap: SAP Runs Better on SAP Sybase ASE

Today, Bill Kozel shares his findings from the SAP Runs Better on SAP Sybase ASE Demo Theater at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando. 


Martin Heisig, VP Enterprise Architecture, SAP AG

Jim Swartz, CIO, Sybase 

On Monday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m., this discussion theater focused on how Sybase and SAP migrated key applications to the Sybase ASE relational database management system.


A SAPPHIRE NOW Visit from Gerhard Oswald

On Wednesday, May 16 at noon, Gerhard Oswald, member of the SAP Executive Board, visited the SAP Runs SAP area of SAPPHIRE NOW. In an informal presentation, he reviewed progress on SAP’s usage of key analytic and planning applications.

David Poisson, BI Manager within SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP Visual Intelligence enables SAP business analysts to autonomously perform all the transformations needed on raw data, and to display actionable information in aesthetically pleasing visualizations – without any technical skill or IT support. The demo coincided with Vishal Sikka’s announcement of the rollout of this new tool in his morning SAPPHIRE NOW keynote address.

In addition, Holger Faber, IT Controlling Manager at SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP uses SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on the SAP HANA platform to enable high performance, scalable planning solutions. Holger presented the user interface for the acquisition of the planning data, along with possible visualizations of the overall planning figures. At the end of the demo, Holger briefly presented the first previews of a BPC iPad app.

 Author: Bill Kozel


SAPPHIRE NOW Recap: An Interview with Oliver Bussmann on how SAP Runs SAP

Instead of sharing a written post today I am sharing the replay of Oliver Bussmann’s SAPPHIRE NOW SAP Runs SAP interview instead.  It gives a concise overview of the evolution of SAP Runs SAP and more.

Click here to view the clip


A SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando Review. BYOD Customer Panel: Managing Personal Devices in Your Enterprise

We didn’t want you to miss out on the SAP Runs SAP activities so our regular writer Bill Kozel shadowed many of these events to make sure you didn’t miss any of the interesting and fun things that happened.

His first piece is about the BYOD Customer Panel: Managing Personal Devices in Your Enterprise

Wednesday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.

Philippe Winthrop, Enterprise Mobility Foundation

Michael Golz, CIO, Americas, SAP
Mark Reynolds, VP IT Architecture/Infrastructure, Fossil
John Dutsar, Director, Information Technology, Pepperidge Farm

In this customer panel discussion, the topic was “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies and strategies.


Video Demo: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, is an advanced BPC solution that harnesses the power of the SAP HANA platform to help accelerate planning, streamline financial reporting processes, and reduce risk. In other words – it’s SAP Runs SAP at its best.

If you are at SAPPHIRE NOW go to booth DT215 to see a live demo, if you are participating virtually take a look at this video from SAP Global IT Expert Holger Faber to see the solution in action. The drawings you see in the clip were also created by Holger.

Wild about SAP Runs SAP at SAPPHIRE Now Orlando

Matthias Wild shares his account of his first ever SAPPHIRE NOW in this post.

SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando is running and a team of architects and experts from SAP Global IT is in the middle of the show to tell the SAP runs SAP story. For me personally it is my first SAPPHIRE NOW and I am honestly overwhelmed in many ways. First of course just by the show floor and the pure energy of this event. But second – and much more important – by the great dialogues and discussions I had with SAP customers and partners on the first day.

Picture: SAP Runs SAP team at the SAPPHIRE NOW event


My (video) favorite topics these days are BW on SAP HANA, the move to scale-out SAP HANA infrastructure to achieve high-availability and sneak previews for SAP ZEN. We have David Poisson at the booth to show all kind of Analytics Apps and the brand new SAP Visual Intelligence (some videos in this blog from Timo Elliott). Holger Faber is here with the fabulous integration story for BW Integrated Planning and BPC 10 version for NetWeaver.


The Enterprise Architect Bernhard Wallner (video) can share the vision and our next steps for ECC on SAP HANA. Dirk Pluschke can show you live business scenarios on SAP HANA side-by-side in ECC, in BW, or with direct connection to SAP BusinessObjects platform 4.03. Joseph Houben (video) is available to give insights on the mobile Apps.

These are real stories to tell, these are the projects and products the SAP Global IT department deploys and runs at SAP – and we are at SAPPHIRE NOW to share our experience with you.

A SAPPHIRE NOW Preview from Martin Heisig

Martin Heisig, VP, Enterprise Architecture, is a leading ambassador for SAP Runs SAP. Bill Kozel asked for his perspectives on must-see presentations at SAPPHIRE NOW. Here are his recommendations – all of which are located in the SAP Runs SAP area of the Run Better campus.

  • Sybase ASE: Hear about SAP’s experience in migrating to Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), and the resulting benefits of this high-performance relational database management system – including a lower total cost of ownership.
  • Mobility: See how SAP leverages the latest mobility solutions, including new analytic apps, SAP Leave Request, SAP Customer Briefing, and new Windows Mobile apps. Also, see a live demo of the future “Zen” analytic dashboard tool.
  • New Afaria release: See the usability improvements in SAP Afaria 7.0, the latest version of SAP’s enterprise mobility management solution. These include the new self service portals for end-users that make it easier  to manage various devices.
  • SAP HANA: See SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, an advanced BPC solution that harnesses the power of the SAP HANA platform to help accelerate planning, streamline financial reporting processes, and reduce risk. Plus, see other late-breaking developments on SAP HANA.
  • Cloud-based applications: See a real-world implementation of SAP Travel OnDemand, a cloud-based application that helps manage every aspect of business travel, from planning to expense reimbursements. Get also the latest news on how SAP will leverage the on-demand solutions from Success Factors highly integrated with our HR on-premise solution.
  • Fujitsu presentation: On Monday, May 14 at 12:30 p.m., learn how SAP uses Fujitsu Infrastructure Solutions for SAP HANA to run its business better. (Session ID 9147)
  • Analytics: Learn more about the brand new analytics front end SAP Visual Intelligence. SAP Visual Intelligence makes it easy to analyze your data and provides a complete new user-experience no matter if you are using BW, SAP HANA or any other data source.


Martin welcomes the opportunity to speak with customers. If you’d like to schedule a one-on-one meeting, stop by the SAP Runs SAP area at any time during the conference.

Author: Bill Kozel

SAP Runs SAP: Run Better in Orlando!

 With SAPPHIRE NOW 2012 Orlando kicking off in less than a week, SAP Global IT’s SAP Runs SAP program is preparing for a great event.

For first-time and returning visitors to SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP Runs SAP is an SAP Global IT program led by SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann, which offers customers unique insight as an early adopter and first-reference customer of SAP applications, solutions, and products in each of five market categories.  As an SAP Ramp-Up program customer, we have the opportunity to give early feedback to SAP from a customer perspective that allows us to make our product even better. 

SAP Runs SAP is not only dedicated to future thinking, identifying trends, and sharing our experiences with new technologies, we are also a trusted advisor and enabler for your business.


The Best of Two Worlds: A 21st Century Planning Tool

Planning applications are essential to corporate operations, enabling senior executives to streamline their planning, forecasting, budgeting, and consolidation processes.

Currently, SAP offers two planning instruments: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Integrated Planning – each with its own strengths and focus. 

But recently SAP Global IT has combined the best features of both – and added a very valuable third ingredient – to create an optimized, end-to-end planning solution that is already being put to the test by SAP planning community.


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