Time flies and once again SAPPHIRE NOW is upon us. If you recall, the major theme of the event last year was the general availability announcement of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA (or more casually Suite on HANA) along with the option to deploy the solution as a service with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Of course, allot has happened since then and I thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the key Suite on HANA announcements that took place since the event last year and highlight some noteworthy sessions that are taking place at the event next month.
2014 major announcements:
More than 200,000 users leveraging a modern IT platform for business
On March 10thof this year Suite on HANA reached a new milestone with more than 200,000 users leveraging it as a modern platform to run their business in real time. Kaeser Compressors, one of the largest producers of compressed air systems, chose Suite on HANA to enable advanced predictive maintenance use cases and Neckerman.at, Austria’s mail order business, chose Suite on HANA to modernize their core business processes and apply advanced analytics on transactional data in order to offer their customers a great shopping experience. Read the full press release here.
Australia’s largest urban fire & rescue service implements Suite on HANA to help protect citizen lives
During the same month, we announced that Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service chose Suite on HANA to help them protect citizen lives and property. The solution will help pave the way for Fire & Rescue to improve control during the fire season and is part of their overall journey toward predicting fires and other natural disasters before they happen as well as establishing an accurate early warning system. Read the full press release here.
Suite on HANA made available via subscription pricing
In April we announced a new option for customers to run their mission critical Business Suite applications in a private managed cloud environment (HANA Enterprise Cloud) with a new subscription pricing offering. Up until that point customers that wanted to deploy the Business Suite on the HANA Enterprise Cloud had to buy a perpetual license in a model referred to as Bring Your Own License. Now customers that want the richness of the Business Suite applications but the flexibility, user experience and rapid pace of innovation of the cloud can leverage this new pay as you go pricing option to ease and accelerate their journey to the cloud. Read the Press Release here
Major highlights at SAPPHIRE this year:
There are 80+ Suite on HANA related sessions taking place at Sapphire this year and many Suite on HANA customers will be sharing their stories across the various campus floors including America Styrenics, Nordyne, Varian Medical Systems, Suzano and many more. The best way to get a full overview of all these sessions is to run a quick search on the agenda builder using the more formal buttoned up name “SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA”. But to help you out I have summarized a few key and noteworthy sessions (2 per day) that anyone interested in Suite on HANA should consider adding to their agenda.
Suzaono Theatre Presentation (Tue 1:00pm)
In this session you will hear how Suzano Group, a leader in the paperboard market in Latin America, implemented Suite on HANA to advance innovation and improve business value and learn about best practices and lessons learned from their implementations.
Mercedes AMG Theatre Presentation (Tue 1:30pm)
This 20 min presentation will take place on the Technology campus where you will hear directly from the first automotive company in the world to migrate their Business Suite to run on SAP HANA and learn how they are using it to analyze real time data coming from vehicle prototypes that are currently in testing.
Suite on HANA Customer Panel (Wed 2:00pm)
This session will feature multiple customers including Mercedes AMG, Warner Bros, and Kaeser Compressors sharing their use cases, best practices and lessons learned from deploying Suite on HANA.
Run operational reports on live data microforum (Wed 5:00pm – TE14068)
This session discusess how to leverage Suite on HANA to do real time reporting on live transactional data
Pacific Drilling Theatre Presentation (Thu 2:30pm)
In this session, Yoram Borodaty IT director at Pacific Drilling will share why his Ultra Deep Water Drilling Company migrated their Business Suite to run on HANA and how they are using it for real time business performance management for their deep water drilling ships.
Moving from batch processing to real time business micro forum (Thu 1:00pm – TE14065)
This discussion focuses on ways to achieve real time processes with Suite on HANA and how to simplify IT with the deployment model that is right for you: On premise, cloud or hybrid.
Suite on HANA Expert Tables (all day)
And finally, if you find yourself with any unanswered questions during the event or if you simply want to have a 1 on 1 discussion about Suite on HANA then stop by the expert tables at the technology campus where you will get your questions answered.
These are my top Suite on HANA sessions that I recommend you attend at the event this year. Let me know which ones you have added to your agenda by posting them below.