SuperBowl50.jpgSo this weekend is Super Bowl 50, and the San Francisco Bay Area is expecting over one million visitors as a result. For those of you outside the US, it’s hard to explain the level of excitement and amount of detail that is going into this experience happening in just a few days. Think of it like the World Cup, just with more helmets and a ball that gets thrown more than kicked.

American football is celebrated more on Super Bowl day than any other day of the year, and SAP will be right there in the middle of the action! SAP technology is powering the “Fan Energy Zone” in downtown San Francisco where fans can play virtual football games and have their performance tracked and ranked in real-time. These games measure skills, reward players that collaborate, and process game data in real-time. You can read all about it here, including details on the 50-foot wide by 15-foot tall Fan Wall that updates fan scores and leaderboards.

This is all powered by SAP HANA, SAP’s platform for next-generation applications and analytics. Regardless of the use case (fun times at a football game or inventory optimization at a warehouse), SAP HANA is designed to accelerate database processing, deliver more intelligence, integrate all types of data, and simplify the IT environment. And that last point is what I really want to stress next. Often times businesses get nervous about the costs or other unforeseen pain points associated with transitioning or migrating to a next-generation technology like this.

But SAP’s already thought through the most common scenarios and has put together SAP Activate, what we like to call our “innovation adoption framework” for enabling a path for any SAP customer (or potential SAP customer) to implement SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s next-gen business suite built on SAP HANA (the advanced in-memory platform mentioned earlier that’s powering all the fun stuff at Super Bowl 50). The idea is for you to be able to take advantage of SAP S/4HANA quickly, regardless of your starting circumstances and without having to worry about what it takes to get there.

So that’s why I’m happy to announce our latest openSAP course: SAP S/4HANA Implementation. It’s a free course open to anyone interested in learning all about the most popular adoption scenarios for getting to SAP S/4HANA. It features lots of system demos and walkthroughs and includes everything you need to know to get started on the topic. The course is only four weeks long and requires just 2-3 hours per week for you to be able to complete it successfully.

Learn more details and sign up on the landing page here. Looking forward to seeing you in the course and, until then, enjoy the Super Bowl!

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