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16 May 2015,

Mohamad Turani, SAP, Head of Data Base & Technology and Business Analytics.

S/4HANA Official Launch in Saudi Arabia, 13 May 2015. 

 

Image: SAP CEO Bill McDermott at the S4/HANA launch at the New York Stock Exchange ©SAP

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Highlights of the keynote that was delivered by Mohamad Turani, the Head of Data Base & Technology, and Business Analytics.  The team members elaborated on each key point with greater level of details; Michael Longden, Ahmed Shams, Fahad Al Malki, Manish Gordhan, Ibrahim Taher, Carmelo Riso, and all was orchestrated by Moaz AlSibaai.

 

To transform your business, you must deploy and leverage a transformational platform. S/4HANA is uniquely designed and built in the 21st century, to help you run simple, run at your best, transform your business and thrive in the 21st century.

 

Highlights of the keynote that was delivered by Mohamad Turani, the Head of Data Base & Technology, and Business Analytics.  The team members elaborated on each key point with greater level of details; Michael Longden, Ahmed Shams, Fahad Al Malki, Manish Gordhan, Ibrahim Taher, Carmelo Riso, and all was orchestrated by Moaz AlSibaai.

 

On 19 Jan 2015, SAP CEO Bill McDermott, and SAP founder and chairman, Hasso Plattner, announced S/4HAN, the biggest innovation SAP introduced in the past 23 years. Bill McDermott said “This is an historic day and we believe it marks the beginning of the end for the 20th century IT stack and all the complexity that came with it.”
S/4HANA was announced in Saudi Arabia on 13 May 2015.  Highlights of the key Keynote:

 

SAP helps you   …. RUN SIMPLE, AND RUN AT YOUR BEST through:

  • Generating reports and having greater insight in REAL TIME, making the right decisions at the right time.
  • Leveraging SAP HANA, the business and technical platform that is based on In-Memory computing.
  • Optimizing business process, driving efficiency and productivity.
  • Having user experience, designed with SAP  Fiori, integrated, consistent, role-based, on any device.
  • Deploying  your solution easily with guided configuration, on premise, on cloud and in hybrid.
  • Accelerating the adaption of BIG DATA strategy, the Business Network, the Internet of Things – IOT-.

 

What’s is S/4 HANA

  • S , for simple 
  • 4, for 4th generation.
  • HANA is the business and technical platform that is based on in-memory computing and leveraging the power of memery and CPU.

Combining the power of simple, and the power of HANA, S/4HANA brings to the market the most innovative solution, with unprecedented features and significant  performance enhancement and productivity in the  short term, and sustainability in the longer term. 
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Why Simple

 

Complexity is dominating the world, and it is the result of:

  • Dispersed applications and scattered information that lead to slows and untimely decision making.
  • Business process, complex, rigid, inefficient and not streamlined; this leads lower productivity and 40% to 80%  non-value activities.
  • Technology complexity, the IT infrastructure is becoming too complex to manage, combined the proliferation of applications, in-house developed and off-shelf that require constant customization and integration.

It is estimated that $237 B of profit lost by the top 200 global companies due to hidden cost and complexity, this is on average, $ 1 B per company. An  investment in S/4 HANA would represent small percentage of this lost profit, and the ROI would be significant.

 

Therefore, SAP is embracing “SIMPLE”; it is a culture, a philosophy, and a way of working, it is our commitment to our customers. The massive simplification includes:

1- Decision making,

Real Time and easy to generate reports that gives 360 insight.

User Experience that boost productivity; designed with SAP Fiori, integrated, consistent,  role-based.

2- Business Process

Real Time process, process optimization and monitoring.  

Digital connection across the enterprise, provides seamless integration and flow.

Best business practices, 30% to 40% less time for closing books …..

3- Technology

                              Data model is simplified and this leads to10x smaller foot print, 7x higher

                              throughput, and 1800x faster analytics, this means the dashboard  and 

                               reports that take 30 hours to generate, can take 1 minute using HANA

                              and the power of real time algorithm.

Choice of deployment, , On Premise, On cloud, Public and  Private,  and hybrid.

Open innovation , connected to the IOT, INTERNET OF THINGS, and Business Network.

 

Why HANA

 

The digital world and networked economy are reality today with three dominant trends: a- cloud, b- mobility, c- pervasive internet that is augmenting reality,  Internet Of Things. The by-product of those trends is massive data being generated every day and at an unprecedented speed, volume and variety. The databases that have been deployed in most organizations around the world are RDBMS, Relational Data Base Management Systems; those were inherently built to manage  structured data and in a volume that is far less than today’s un-anticipated volume. In addition, most RDMS are merely databases, where the digital world and networked
economy require a complete platform that provides wide range of data, mobility, integration services; data base is one of those services.  In addition, it does not matter how supper fast the CPU’s are, the main physical limitation remains in the inherent latency of data transfer between the memory and the HD. 

 

To address the above challenges, SAP introduced HANA in 2010, the full fledge technical and business platform where the data base within this platform is “in-memory” based, HANA.  Basically it combines the transactional and analytical systems, where both reside in the memory, providing robust performance that was unimaginable few years ago. Analytics is faster by 1800x, a report that takes 30 hours in a traditional RDBMS to generate,  takes 1 minute to generate in SAP HANA. S/4HAHA, the new SAP Business Suite,  has been built  from the ground up on HAHA to leverage its unique features.

 

HANA, as a Business and technology platform, is the core of SAP’s strategy and innovation.  S/4 HANA, redefines how enterprise creates value in a digital world, networked economy and complex world. To transform your business, you must deploy and leverage a transformational platform. S/4HANA is uniquely designed and built in the 21st century, to help you run simple, run at your best, transform your business and thrive in the 21st century.

 

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  1. Faisal Iqbal

    Representing a customer organization at the event I, along with my colleagues Abdullah and Abdulrahman, listened to the keynote from users’ perspective.

    I shared my thoughts with my counterparts and even they were of the same view that the users need to have simple interface to maintain data properly and the decision-makers require instant & accurate information to take right decisions. And S/4 HANA, with enhanced user experience and in-memory computing, does serve the purpose.

    I particularly liked the demo which presented how the next generation business suite will help organizations in simplifying their processes. Thanks for summarizing the key points.

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