Last week at SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 conference, May 5 – 7, 2015 in Orlando, Florida, the main message was digital transformation with SAP’s next generation business suite, SAP S/4HANA. Less than 100 days since the launch event, the SAP S/4HANA team showed event attendees, customers, partners, press and analysts how SAP is bringing a completely reimagined suite to reimagine business in a digital economy.
While there were many activities during the conference that included SAP S/4HANA, here are the 4 most popular SAP S/4HANA experiences at SAPPHIRE NOW 2015.
4 Customers and Executives Share Digital Transformation Stories in Live Theatre Panel
On the first day of the conference, Simo Said, Vice-President SAP S/4HANA and SAP Fiori Product Marketing, took the stage to moderate the Run Simple with Our Next-Generation Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA panel theatre presentation. Using feedback received after the launch event in February 2015, Simo guided SAP Executives Markus Schwarz, Senior VP and GM SAP S/4HANA, SAP, and Wieland Schreiner, Executive VP and Chief Product Owner, SAP S/4HANA, SAP, and SAP customers Bobby Joseph, Bristow Group, and Peter Nikoletatos, La Trobe University through the top questions about how to drive digital transformation and create new business and IT value with SAP S/4HANA.
3 Screens, Tablets and Smart watches – The Boardroom Redefined Showcase
This showcase was by far the most visited area of the show floor. This showcase offered event attendees a contextualized boardroom experiences that connects people, places and devices into a real-time enterprise experience. Powered by SAP S/4HANA, it understands the past, predicts the future, and drives execution. This next generation solution empowers leaders to monitor, simulate and drive change in a digital economy. The Boardroom Redefined experience included 3 large touch screen monitors with integration to iPad and iWatch for a fully digital experience. To capture this showcase on video, Michael Emerson, VP, Financials Chief Project Expert, at SAP participated in an interview and outlined how this project was initiated and the plans to bring a solution to market this year.
2 Minute Update About Press Release – SAP S/4HANA, Cloud Edition
During the event, SAP announced SAP S/4HANA, Cloud Edition, giving customers the opportunity to deploy real hybrid scenarios — combining on-premise and cloud solutions — for unprecedented IT flexibility and accelerated business innovation. To understand the impact of this announcement, I interviewed Sven Denecken, SAP Global Vice President for Co-Innovation and Strategy SAP S/4HANA. Sven explained how SAP S/4HANA cloud edition provides standardization and fast innovation cycles for customers to adopt business suite applications by line of business and industry in their preferred ways. In fact, he mentioned that the SAP innovation cycle for this solution will be on a quarterly basis.
1 Simple Way to Get Started, Free SAP S/4HANA Trial
In Orlando, the team launched the Free SAP S/4HANA Trial for anyone to try the next-generation business suite, without risk and discover the value simplicity can bring to your organization. After a quick registration process, users will have immediate access to a fully pre-configured trial system, complete with real-life sample data. This trial covers common business scenarios in Finance, Project Management, and Marketing and each scenario is designed with the SAP Fiori UX for a modern and consistent user experience.. Once logged in, users are greeted with the SAP Fiori Launchpad and short introductory videos. A guided tour is available for each scenario and user can receive context-based help at any time.