We had an interesting SAP Teched event last week here in Bangalore, in a new location (BIEC vs KTPO) and in a new timing (March vs Nov).
The new timing was an opportunity to leverage this event for SAP to announce some of the new stuff that we have come out with and as a precursor to SAPPHIRENOW 2015
As a SAP Mentors, we got to connect with senior SAP Execs Berndt and Tanja, as well as attend the key notes, and other interesting sessions.
Thought of summarizing the 5 highlights
1. Data is at the core – S4HANA :
Right from the keynote and into the sessions, there was lot of talk on data, who owns the data, what you can do with the data, some cool possibilities and showcase how S4HANA becomes the center of gravity for this data for businesses.
The Analytics demo that was shown out of the transaction process S4HANA, really showcased the zero difference between OLTP and OLAP, the main differentiation of HANA.
One of the comment we had was to see if this can be extended to creating what if scenarios and create plans, to better do a reliable prediction of business for future, which will certainly bring more value to businesses.
S4HANA becomes the perfect core at the center for the perfect integrated enterprise
2. HANA cloud platform
HANA cloud platform is the PAAS platform that can be used by SAP applications, startups and others to build desktop or mobile apps, as well as IoT usecases, to provide solutions to solve problems for businesses.
You can get more information at http://hcp.sap.com/platform.html
3. Build SAP Fiori apps easily
At teched, there was a cool demo shown on how within 15 minutes, an application could be built for both desktop as well as mobile use cases. It did not look trivial, an insurance claim app built very easily.
This is covered by SAP Web IDE http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-55465
We also came across another early stage solution called Build that’s coming up, which enabled building early stage working prototype that can be taken to customers or discussed internally to help cover the iteration better
This is a clear case of moving towards simplicity
4. Internet of Things
Probably one of the most hot topics at SAP Teched, where we saw some great showcases on Smart Vending, where you could play games and gift through vending machines, allowing all possibilities for connected retail. One of the lady who visited, wanted to have the machine installed in her husband’s office with jewelry in it which he can gift her
We also saw the windmill being monitored by smart drones, a clear possibility for what can be done with IoT
All of the IoT showcases can be enabled through IOT services in HANA Cloud Platform
5. SAP TechUniversity
Finally it was great to be part of the 1500+ students attending SAP Tech University. It was great to see students participating in data viz-a-thon, IOT challenges, demo jams, mentor discussions and more. This next generation students are going to be rocking our industry, and Bangalore is truly turning to show the world that we have the best talent in tech.
Overall SAP Teched Bangalore was a great event for tech education, challenges and most importantly networking…