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The first of the three SAP TechEd events – SAP TechEd Las Vegas – is now just a matter of weeks away. As always, I’m very much looking forward to being there in person to talk about SAP’s next-generation business suite SAP S/4HANA, and in particular, how to define your road map to the Digital Core.


It’s an exciting year for SAP TechEd

This year’s event, however, will be particularly special for several reasons: First, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of this premier technology event. Since 1996, the SAP TechEd events around the world have been the place to go to network and learn about SAP platforms and technologies.

Second, SAP S/4HANA, as one of this year’s Hot Topics, will take center stage. There will be plenty of opportunities – from lectures to demo pods – for you to discover how the software can deliver value to your organization. Learn how the SAP HANA platform can dramatically increase the speed of your business and reduce your data footprint. Find out how SAP S/4HANA allows you to simplify your applications and the underlying data model for greater flexibility and throughput. And see how SAP S/4HANA is natively designed with the SAP Fiori user experience (UX), offering an integrated user experience with modern usability and instant insight on any device.

From here to digital – but how?

One particularly important point we’ll be addressing at this years’ events is that of the transition to SAP S/4HANA. How easy is it to move to the next-generation of ERP? Whether you’re starting as a net new implementation or digitizing an existing SAP landscape, we have a robust portfolio of services to help you define your journey to SAP S/4HANA. Join us in Las Vegas, Bangalore, or Barcelona to find out more about the many options available. At the Pre-Conference in Barcelona, you can also attend the “Your Journey to SAP S/4HANA – The Ultimate Transformation Guide” seminar.

Looking forward to seeing your there!

Las Vegas: September 19-23, 2016 (https://teched2016.sapevents.com/email?l=BB6F667676&EID=38EF65777103&CID=0)

Bangalore: October 5-7, 2016 (https://teched2016.sapevents.com/email?l=BB6F667676&EID=09666577720B&CID=0)

Barcelona: November 8-10, 2016 (https://teched2016.sapevents.com/email?l=BB6F667676&EID=7E9B65777102&CID=0)


SAP S/4HANA Highlights at SAP TechEd 2016

Transition Paths to SAP S/4HANA (Session ID TEC118, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

This session helps you decide on the right technical transition scenarios to SAP S/4HANA for your company by providing insights into the available migration paths. Learn about the planning aspects, the technical transition procedure, and the initial data load. The session will cover both the cloud and on-premise deployment options for SAP S/4HANA.

Transition to SAP S/4HANA On-Premise and Cloud using Migration Tools (Session ID DMM116, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

In this session you will learn all about the design rationale behind SAP Fiori 2.0 and how it will become available in SAP S/4HANA. What are the new features and how can they be used? What is the direction SAP Fiori is taking forward and what enhancements can we expect in the near future. If you are working with SAP Fiori or if you plan to start working with SAP Fiori, this session will give you all information you need to plan your design and front-end development. (See also the related Hands-On Workshop Transition to SAP S/4HANA on Deep Dive for New Implementations in Barcelona and in Las Vegas)

SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Process Management Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (Session ID ITM101, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

In this session you will learn how to apply SAP Solution Manager 7.2 process-management best practices to achieve a transparent and efficient solution documentation structure and avoid redundancies. You will see how you should set up your solution and how you can get jump-started by generating libraries and best practice content. (See also the related Hands-On Workshop Applying SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Best Practices to Implement SAP S/4HANA in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Holistic View on System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA (Session ID ITM201, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

In this session you will see the end-to-end process of transitioning your SAP ERP application into an SAP S/4HANA system. We will cover all required processes, like maintenance planning, custom code adoption, and preparations as well as system conversion and post-conversion activities. (See also the related Hands-On Workshop SAP S/4HANA System Conversion in Action in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

SAP S/4HANA: Custom Code Adaption (Session ID TEC300, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Detailed session about custom code adaption in the context of SAP S/4HANA: We show how to analyze existing custom code with check tools to identify relevant areas in your code base. We will show you best practices on whether and how the identified custom code can get adjusted.

Custom Code Management: What’s New in SAP Solution Manager 7.2? (Session ID ITM210, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

SAP Solution Manager provides new custom-code management capabilities for managing your custom code. It enables new SAP innovations such as the SAP HANA platform, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP cloud-based hybrid IT landscapes, to build and run end-to-end solutions for the future. This session provides an opportunity to get a comprehensive overview on the new features of custom-code management and how they can support your IT plans. Learn about the new innovations, and ask your questions. (See also the related Hands-On Workshop Make Your Custom Code SAP S/4HANA Ready: The New Quality Cockpit in CCLM in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Holistic View on Transforming a Landscape to SAP S/4HANA (Session ID DMM214, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

This session covers some of the recent enhancements introduced in SAP ASE for improving the performance of business suite applications – including compiled queries, lockless data cache, and latch-free B-tree and nonvolatile cache management – and how customers can leverage these enhancements. It also previews some of the in-memory technologies that are in the works for upcoming releases and how those technologies can potentially be used by customers running business suite on SAP ASE.

SAP S/4HANA: The Digital Core (What Are the Technical Capabilities?) (Session ID TEC115, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

In this session you will get an insight into what makes SAP S/4HANA the digital core. Business process innovation like segment of one, preventive scenarios and the likes require new capabilities from software solutions. Focus will be laid on describing these requirements and explain how SAP S/4HANA does address these.

Real-Time Analytics – What is new with SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics (Session ID TEC215, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

This session covers the concept, strategy, architecture, and use cases for SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics in SAP S/4HANA. You will also learn positioning with the existing SAP HANA Live offerings, SAP BW powered by SAP HANA and SAP Business Intelligence, integration concepts, as well as the SAP Smart Business cockpit (SAP Fiori)

Deliver on the Promise: SAP Best Practices for Analytics with SAP S/4HANA (Session ID ANP109, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

SAP S/4HANA brings the promise of transforming and simplifying our customer’s business operations. SAP Best Practices for analytics with SAP S/4HANA provides a comprehensive solution with guidance and pre-built content on how customers can jump start with embedded analytics within SAP S/4HANA, and how customers can build their analytical use cases by integrating with SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP BW, and more.

E2E Platform Architecture – Transition Paths for Digital Transformation (Session ID TEC204, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Technology today is developing fast, so your current landscape may be out-of-date and getting in the way of innovation. Companies need to meet the challenge of moving towards digitalization. We will explain approaches to defining the right road map towards digitalization and strategic solution patterns. We will explain the implications to your application landscape and your infrastructure. In addition, we will give guidance on technology choices when designing and composing custom solutions.

Fundamentals and Road Map for SAP S/4HANA Suite Cloud Solutions (Session ID TEC113, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

SAP offers multiple SAP S/4HANA suite cloud solutions to choose from, for example SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud, SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud, and SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud. These solutions deliver massive simplification and innovation along the digital road map of our customers and are delivered as cloud SaaS. The solutions are designed to cover business processes in a focused and standardized fashion. Get into the technical and business fundamentals and road maps.

Lessons from the First Customers of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management (Session ID TEC114, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

The digital transformation is an influential topic for businesses, as it changes business models as well as processes. SAP helps organizations with the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management solution to seize the opportunity to address these challenges head on. In order to help customers in making their go-live projects a success, SAP helps with direct support from consulting and development. This session is designed to give you insights into the lessons from the first customer implementations.

Implementation of SAP Fiori on SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA (Session ID UX205, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Learn about options from SAP to implement SAP Fiori on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP S/4HANA and SAP ERP 6. Understand the key criteria to choose the best deployment option for you, the system architecture, and how to implement SAP Fiori easily. Learn about essential tools such as the maintenance planner, worklists, and authorization synchronization. Get insights through consolidated project feedback.

Business Process Improvement to Prepare Your Transition to SAP S/4HANA (Session ID ITM104, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

You will learn how to “use” a readiness check to identify the amount of old and open business documents that cannot be technically archived yet and hence will lead to unnecessary memory costs if nothing is done to close and archive them. You will also learn how to use the tools, out-of-the-box KPI content, and the methodology of business process improvement to fully exploit SAP S/4HANA business benefit cases like “Fast Close,” “Faster and Better MRP Planning,” or “Inventory Optimization.”

A Perfect Match: Embedded Analytics in SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW on SAP HANA (Session ID DMM221, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Find out how SAP S/4HANA integrates with SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) on SAP HANA. This session covers the concepts, strategies, architectures, and use cases for embedded analytics in SAP S/4HANA – using virtual data models with core data services – as well as SAP BW powered by SAP HANA. Learn how the integration of the two solutions takes place and how both solutions work together very well.

Extensibility Framework for SAP S/4HANA: End-to-End Scenario (Session ID DEV108, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, Barcelona)

Customers expect SAP S/4HANA to offer simple, modification-free extensibility. Explore the end-to-end process and the technology as we show the features of the extensibility framework for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud. See how to add new fields; make them available in the UI, gateway, and core data services; add custom business objects including the UI; add business logic with the Web-based ABAP editor based on the SAP Fiori user experience; and perform sandbox testing and deployment.

SAP Fiori 2.0 for SAP S/4HANA (Session ID UX100, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

In this session you will learn all about the design rationale behind SAP Fiori 2.0 and how it will become available in SAP S/4HANA. What are the new features and how can they be used? What is the direction SAP Fiori is taking forward and what enhancements can we expect in the near future. If you are working with SAP Fiori or if you plan to start working with SAP Fiori, this session will give you all information you need to plan your design and front-end development.

Integration Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (Session ID: INT108, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore and Barcelona)

SAP S/4HANA natively integrates with all product editions of cloud solutions from SAP, including SAP Success Factors, SAP Ariba, and SAP Hybris solutions, such as the SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer solution. In this session, you get insight into SAP preconfigured integration packages and the integration content and APIs needed to exchange compatible data within the SAP S/4HANA suite. Consistent master data mapping throughout the process helps ensure integration.

SAP S/4HANA: Overview and Road Map to Transformation to the Digital World (Session ID: TEC100, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore and Barcelona)

In this session we will give you an overview of the road map for SAP S/4HANA and explain how you can reimagine your business and run simple in the digital economy with SAP S/4HANA. This new suite is built on our advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori. Deployable in the cloud or on premise, SAP S/4HANA is designed to drive instant value across all lines of business and industries.

Extensibility Concepts for SAP S/4HANA (Session ID: TEC206, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore and Barcelona)

This sessions explains how the SAP S/4HANA suite can be extended by customers and partners. You will be invited to a journey that starts at your current extensibility investment, gives answers about the transition to SAP S/4HANA, and shows what your future cloud and on-premise extensibility strategy could look like. You will learn how to use in-application extensibility to add fields, business logic, or UI changes, and side-by-side extensions running on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

How to Plan and Execute a Migration to SAP HANA (Session ID: ITM200, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Considering a migration of SAP software systems to the SAP HANA platform? Get a comprehensive overview of project planning, available migration paths, involved tools, and best practices, including guidance on how to choose the right option for your technical boundary conditions. Focus will be on on-premise SAP software systems while also touching cloud options.

Accelerate SAP S/4HANA implementations with SAP Activate (Session ID: TEC117, Lecture in Las Vegas, Bangalore, and Barcelona)

Find out how to simplify and accelerate your SAP S/4HANA project with fully configured software and ready-to-run business processes based on SAP Best Practices, available for cloud and on premise deployments. Get an overview of the configuration tools for each deployment phase, integration options, and extensibility opportunities – all available as part of SAP Activate for SAP S/4HANA.

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