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2 Full Days of S/4HANA at your User Group Conference, UKISUG Connect

UKISUG Connect is the largest annual gathering of SAP professionals, experts, partners and users in the UK & Ireland. Spread over three days, UKISUG Connect is the ‘go-to’ annual conference for all SAP users and includes multiple opportunities to learn from SAP experts, network with like-minded peers and collaborate together to help influence SAP.

This year, we have 14 streams to ensure that the event covers the vast landscape of UKI SAP user interest areas. Throughout September, we are gradually releasing details on each stream.

Here’s your agenda for all things S/4HANA…


Discovering S/4HANA On-Premise 1909 with the next generation discovery tools from SAP

The next generation SAP Business Scenario Recommendations report provides tailor-made insights to build your case for SAP S/4HANA On-premise. This session will cover how this new and free service from SAP will help with the following:

  • How to Secure Business Buy-in
  • Tailored business performance insights based on current and projected usage of SAP ERP
  • Identification of the most valuable SAP S/4HANA business scenarios


  • Benchmark your company against industry peers
  • Identify the potential value from SAP S/4HANA
  • Get tailored recommendations by line of business
  • Discover the customer relevant aspects of the latest SAP S/4HANA release


Bird migration: one of the greatest wonders of the natural world. S/4HANA migration: one of the greatest wonders of the digital world.

Both involve moving from decreasing, poor conditions to prosperity. But it’s not just a case of setting off in any direction and hoping for the best, it’s about carefully planning a route taking into consideration the challenges and risk in order to reach your final destination. Learn how you can migrate to S/4HANA safely, through a structured and planned approach.

Birds migrate to survive, now it’s your turn. Benefits of attending this session are:

  • Insight into how to safely migrate to S/4HANA through a structured and planned approach
  • Insights into the tools needed to see the reality of an S/4HANA migration


IESA provides a full range of outsourced procurement services to deliver operational excellence to complex manufacturing, assembly and processing operations. IESA helps customers improve their efficiency with value-added services across procurement/sourcing, transaction processing, inventory and stores management.

IESA is proud of our market leading position but to maintain share and support our growth aspirations, we needed a modern SAP platform with the agility to meet customer demands on a global scale. With expansion plans internationally, IESA would need to provide further access to real-time data and move away from large overnight batch processing of key business processes such as overnight MRP calculations to work out stock performance. SAP S/4HANA was quickly identified as the key to unlocking this vision that could enhance the information provided to customers and remove barriers that would prevent expansion to other geographies.

Join this presentation and discover our approach to achieving a flawless conversion to S/4HANA in only 22 weeks. Delegates will gain insights into how we approached the project, the reasons for success, lessons learned and recommendations from our experiences of moving to SAP S/4HANA.

We will also share our plans to access game-changing innovations through real-time analytics, improved employee engagement and business process optimisation.

Benefits of attending this session are:

  • Share first hand experiences of moving to SAP S/4HANA
  • Discover how to approach an S/4HANA Conversion Project
  • Understand the new innovations in reach with S/4HANA


Jazz will share key lessons for successfully implementing new business processes on SAP S/4 HANA, learn how to get the best from S/4 and how the project was successfully delivered in 12 months.

Jazz Pharmaceutical has grown significantly in recent years and in the spring of 2018 was struggling to cope with old back office systems. In addition, the current finance system was due to go out of support in a few months.

Jazz decided to look at SAP and approached Edson Consulting for advice. A Discovery Project was commissioned to investigate the business process scope, Business Requirements, Data, People and implications.

Jazz decided to adopt S/4 Best Practice business processes and to keep as close to the SAP standard business processes as possible, this was a key success factor for Jazz.

SAP S/4 HANA on AWS infrastructure was selected and the project to implement the new business system started in September 2018. The new business processes and SAP S/4 HANA went live in August 2019.

Benefits of attending this session are:

  • Learn how to successfully implement SAP S/4 HANA in the cloud
  • Hear how to apply techniques from a successful project to your own initiatives
  • Learn how to set up your projects for success with a Discovery Phase for SAP S/4 HANA
  • Hear the lessons and learnings from a complete SAP S/4 HANA implementation
  • Learn how to implement SAP S/4 HANA on AWS


Support for SAP Business Suite products is being discontinued in 2025, and organisations are being pushed to consider the benefits of undertaking the journey to adopt S/4 HANA. While the looming deadline is more than five years away, decisions need to be made much sooner as the migration road map to S/4 HANA can span several years depending on the scope and size of the migration. Organisations running some or all of their workloads in the cloud today, or those looking to move new workloads to the cloud to modernise their digital footprint, must also consider the complexity and challenges that cloud brings.

Implementing S/4HANA in the cloud and then managing it there can be a costly and effort intensive endeavour, making it mandatory to select a provider who has the expertise and experience these workloads demand. Join us to learn about the steps you should be taking to ensure your cloud migration is successful. Additionally, discover how you can leverage Virtustream’s SAP expertise to implement your SAP S/4HANA applications with guaranteed availability and performance, in addition to rigorous end-to-end security.

Benefits of attending this session are:

  • Learn about some of the key challenges that are associated with migrating and upgrading to S/4HANA in the cloud
  • Discover some best practices and recommended steps to ensure a successful cloud migration, such as what to look for when selecting a cloud provider
  • Leverage Virtustream’s expertise for your S/4HANA implementation
  • Optimized and better utilization of cloud resources, leading to significant cost savings
  • A ‘One Hand to Shake’ approach for your cloud journey, reducing the business risk inherent in operating mission critical applications such as S/4HANA
  • Up to 99.999% infrastructure availability SLAs (in addition to 99.9% at the application level) with embedded resiliency and disaster recovery options
  • The SAP expertise and knowledge gained by completing 2500+ SAP migrations to date


For BP, one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, SAP S/4HANA will be at the core of its operations and activities. Delivering large-scale change in business and IT means transforming SAP. In this session, learn how BP is using SNP transformation software to drive its ‘Modernise IT’ agenda – upgrading and consolidating its SAP landscape, migrating to S/4HANA and creating a stable, scalable platform for business innovation and growth.

Attend this session to understand:

  • Accelerated S/4HANA deployment
  • Fact based planning
  • Consolidation and rationalisation – reduce TCO


Story of Burberry’s history of SAP, the move to SaaS, how it has successfully migrated to S/4HANA and it’s plans going forward.

Learn how Burberry uses SAP to run it’s global luxury fashion business, from making the iconic trench coat through to supplying the contemporary B series collections on and throughout stores across the globe. The session will explain how Burberry converted their IS-Retail system to S/4HANA.

The lessons learnt from the project. What preparation you should do before you start your project.

Finally the session will explain how Burberry plans to use it’s SAP estate in an agile way going forward, using digital methodologies and SAP Cloud Platform

Benefits of attending this session are:

  • Preparing for your S/4HANA Migration
  • Running a global SAP Estate
  • The Future of SAP and new ways of working


The idea of moving to S/4HANA can be confusing and to many a source of worry. However contrary to the concerns of many moving to S/4HANA can be painless and achieved without significant cost or business impact.

During this session AgilityWorks and its customer will present such as journey and highlight how a successful project was achieved in a matter of a few months and for a cost far less than people may expect.

The audience will leave this session understanding that there is a path to S4 which doesn’t have to cost the earth, is low risk and provides a platform for future transformation. We will also show that there are opportunities to ‘Move Quick’ from a transformation perspective and that significant benefits can be realised quickly following a move to S4.


Sound useful to you? S/4HANA is just one of your 14 streams at this year’s UKISUG Connect.

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