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Jumpstart your SAP TechEd with SAP Mentor-Lead ASUG Pre-Conference Sessions


Time to for TechEd talk again…why should you consider ASUG Pre-Conference sessions?  They include hours of dedicated time on one topic.  I’ve been attending ASUG pre-conference sessions myself since 2007 and I’ve enjoyed it every single time.

Could you get this content in a hands-on session instead?  Possibly, and perhaps not.  Some people (including me) attend the pre-conference sessions so they can use their two hands-on sessions for other topics of interest.

Here are the details:

When: Monday, October 21, 2013

Where: Las Vegas

Where to register:

Many SAP Mentors are conducting pre-conference sessions, listed below:

/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/photo_241164.pngSAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP BW and SAP ERP – Everything You Need in One Day (Hands on)

Ingo Hilgefort, SAP Mentor
Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$595 ASUG member; US$695 ASUG non-member

Abstract: In this workshop, you will learn how to use the new SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 suite products in combination with SAP NetWeaver® BW and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA®. It will provide you with practical oriented guidance and best practices that you can leverage right away at your own company. You will learn about topics such as data connectivity for SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA; user management; data security; and portal integrations. You will get to experience the following products yourself:

• SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office v 1.4

• SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP Edition 4.1

• SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1

• Web Intelligence 4.1

• SAP Lumira

• SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1

• Crystal Reports® for Enterprise 4.1

• Mobile BI

All the products are based on the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 in combination with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA.

Join Ingo Hilgefort for this special session.  Photo on the right is a picture of last year’s pre-conference session, taken by the SAP TechEd photographer.


Taking Business Processes to the Next Level – Improving the Efficiency, Integration, and Flexibility of Business Processes

SAP Mentor Peter McNulty is conducting this session with others at SAP

Half-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$295 ASUG member; US$395 ASUG non-member

Abstract: Taking Business Processes to the Next Level – Improving the Efficiency, Integration, and Flexibility of Business Processes

SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration is a single, integrated solution for building and running end-to-end business processes across both SAP and non-SAP environments. This offering combines business process management (BPM), process integration (PI) and business rules management (BRM) software to help companies create system-to-system integrations and flexible, automated business processes (people-to-people and system-to-people).  You’ll learn how your organization can optimize business processes, from simple workflows to integrated processes that span applications within and beyond your organization using SAP’s middleware solution.

You’ll also learn about the latest additions to SAP middleware portfolio:

SAP HANA Cloud Integration – leveraging concepts of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration and Data Services with an implementation optimized for the cloud. We’ll also cover Hybrid Integration scenario between on-premise and cloud applications.

SAP Operational Process Intelligence, powered by SAP HANA. The solution provides full real-time process visibility for faster, better-informed decision making across your end-to-end business processes.


SAP HANA Cloud Platform – a Guided Tour

SAP Mentors Matthias Steiner and Yariv Zur are conducting this full day pre-conference session

Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$495 ASUG member; US$595 ASUG non-member

Abstract: Companies small and large are facing the need to adopt to changing market needs and roll out innovative solutions faster than ever. At the same time, IT budgets are massively reduced and the technical debt of legacy systems slow down the adoption of new applications built or bought. This problem space is addressed by cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, such as the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. By providing a standard-based development and runtime environment based on SAP’s in-memory technology, development can focus on the business use-case without having to worry about lower-level infrastructure concerns such as scalability and security. The platform provides all that is needed to build state-of-the-art applications such as portal capabilities, mobile support, integration services, etc. In this session, we will explain and demonstrate the full set of capabilities of the platform and provide you with direct access to product management to provide feedback and ask questions.

Attendees will get a full overview of the complete SAP HANA Cloud Platform and its capabilities, such as:

• SAP HANA Cloud Integration Services

• SAP HANA Cloud Portal

• SAP Mobile Platform Cloud Edition


SAP HANA Modeling, Administration, & Native Development Deep Dive – (Hands On)

Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$595 ASUG member; US$695 ASUG non-member

Join SAP Mentors Thomas Jung and Rich Heilman for this special session.

This Pre-conference session is a full-day seminar where all attendees attend the morning session and choose which afternoon session they would like to attend based on their technical background. Attendees will get a copy of the content for all sessions.

Morning Overview and Modeling Session :

The morning half-day session will provide a comprehensive introduction to SAP HANA and a hands-on modeling section focusing on needs of the technical administrator and modeling/developer audiences. In the overview part of the session we will discuss the technologies, components and deployment options of SAP HANA. In the modeling hands-on section we will introduce you to the various types of HANA modeling views, including Attribute, Analytical, and Calculation views, which can be used to build very complex data flows at the database level. 

Afternoon Developer Session Track:

In this hands-on workshop we will introduce various techniques for building applications on SAP HANA. We will explore OData and server-side javascript services and show you how to push down data centric processing logic into the HANA database via the usage of SQLScript. Explore both major application server layers – ABAP and HANA Application Services and how they can each be used to build or adapt applications to leverage the power of HANA.

Hands-on exercises for:

•          Writing SQLScript

•          Adapting existing ABAP reports to use HANA secondary database connection

•          Build new ABAP applications using HANA specific tools (based in NetWeaver 7.40)

•          Create lightweight REST services directly in HANA using HANA Application Services

•          Apply a SAPUI5 based HTML5 user interface upon these HANA services and applications

Afternoon SAP HANA Database and System Administration Session Track:

The Database and System Administration session will cover relevant topics on SAP HANA in the data center and will prepare database administrators to support SAP HANA in mission critical environments. We will have detailed discussions on important SAP HANA topics such as landscape planning considerations, cluster setup and operations, lifecycle management and monitoring, as well as alternatives for high availability. In addition, topics such as disaster tolerance, backup and recovery, encryption, and appliance configuration will be covered to help prepare administrators ensure they are prepared for their SAP HANA implementation.

Speakers: Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman (SAP)


Other pre-conference sessions include Solution Manager, Mobility, Information Steward with PowerDesigner and Modern ABAP Development with Wolfgang Weiss

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      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      I know somewhere out there, there's Mark Finnern with a big smile on his face 😉

      Thanks for compiling this overview - seems there's a lot of of interesting stuff going on. Guess I need to clone myself to attend Tom's and Rich's session in parallel to our track 😉

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Ha, great minds think alike.

      If only I could be like Worf, in my favorite Star Trek the Next Generation episode titled "Parallel"

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      Then we could take all sessions in "parallel" tracks.

      Thank you for commenting, Matthias.

      Author's profile photo Rui Nogueira
      Rui Nogueira

      QAPLA' Tammy

      And as a Klingon would say in this case:

      May the ASUG pre-conference sessions bring the House of SAP Mentors glory and honor and let their ancestors in Sto'Vo'Kor be proud of them.


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      I am in the mood to watch some STNG tonight now for sure, Rui 🙂

      Thanks Rui

      Author's profile photo Rui Nogueira
      Rui Nogueira

      If you don't want to stick to NextGeneration and would like to stay in Klingon culture I'd recommend the "Barge of the Dead" episode of Voyager.

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      Author's profile photo Ina Felsheim
      Ina Felsheim

      There is also a related pre-con at TechEd:

      Before you Start, Make a Plan: SAP Sybase PowerDesigner and SAP Information Steward

      Half-Day Seminar
      Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      US$295 ASUG member; US$395 ASUG non-member

      Abstract: Projects are fast-moving, but before you start your information project, you really need a plan. Enter SAP Sybase PowerDesigner and SAP Information Steward. PowerDesigner and Information Steward will help you gather metadata from across your landscape. With that metadata, you can start designing information flows that support your system landscape and business processes. In addition, you’ll learn how to assess the quality of the critical information—and easy ways to share that information with your stakeholders.

      Key Learning Points:

      • How to gather metadata and share that metadata between PowerDesigner and Information Steward
      • How to assess the quality of your key data elements, including presenting the results in a compelling way
      • How to start developing policies and definitions on key data elements

      You can register here:

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you, Ina - it will be a great pre-conference session for sure.