This was a busy day with back to back sessions. The first session I attended was Integrated Business Planning on SAP NetWeaver BW 7.40 on SAP HANA in Action (EA262). It was another great presentation by Marc Bernard covering the integration of SAP BW Integrated Planning and Business Object BPC in SAP BW 7.4. It has the best of both worlds and even better because of HANA Planning engine. Planning is now possible on BW InfoCube and DSOs. Planning is also possible in BW Workspace.
Some of the key features are
• Full PAK model compatibility
• Business process flows (BPF)
• Work status
• Data auditing
• Easy upload scenario
• LOB authorizations
The second session for me in the morning was Security in Different SAP HABA Scenarios – An Overview (SIS201). If you are new to HANA modeling or new to HANA security, this is a great session covering the basics of HANA security with live Demo starting with user creation, role creation and also the most important of all – Dynamic Analytic Privileges.
I had lunch with one of my customer team and I took this opportunity to visit lounge areas to connect the customer team with key contacts from SAP product/services side.
In the afternoon I had two more session. The first session was An integration of Apache Hadoop, SAP HANA and SAp Business Objects (EA204). This was one of the key session I had in my mind since it dealt with Big Data (positioning of SAP HANA in the mix). However, since this session was not covered by the original presenters, I had few of my questions still unanswered.
The second session was Enhanced Support for SAP NetWeaver BW Powered by SAP HANA and Mixed Scenarios (RDP203) by Storm Archer, SAP BW product management. I’ll highly recommend this session for any consultant working in BW on HANA space. Highlight of this session was
a. Eclipse based BW Modeling (new tools)
b. Autogeneration of HANA models from BW objects
c. HANA Smart Data Access (like DBlink)
d. New Composite Provider (Consolidation of existing CompositeProvider, InfoSet* and MultiProvider into CompositeProvider)
The last session for today was An In-Depth Look at In-Memory Predictive Analytics for Developers (EA108) by Philip Mugglestone. Philip was a great presenter and had a equally great examples. So if you are interested in big data and predictive analysis, you should definitely see the playback. So if you are new to predictive analysis, there are some great videos in SAP HANA Academy (http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-3042)
and finally.. to celebrate the evening the concert by Imagine Dragons (http://www.imaginedragonsmusic.com). A great day come to an end !!! You could say this was the closing ceremony of TechEd. However there were few more sessions scheduled for Friday morning.