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Decoding the Cost Object Mapping Framework in SAP Central Finance

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Carry Out Planning for Production Replenishment Using the Supply-to-Production Process

Sergei Peleshuk provides an overview of SAP BW/4HANA and key considerations to think about when making the decision to migrate.

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Unlocking Big Data at SAP TechEd

Bjorn Goerke, SAP Chief Technology Officer and President, SAP Cloud Platform, opened SAP TechEd with a Star Trek-themed keynote where he explained that SAP’s mission is to help the enterprise unlock the door to digital transformation. In the hundreds of strategy talks, innovation talks, roadmap sessions, networking sessions, and workshops that followed over the course of the first two days of the annual US-based developers’ conference Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees were provided the tools to begin the journey.

And ample opportunity exists to use those tools to innovate and become a competitive differentiator. As Mala Anand, President of SAP Leonardo, Data & Analytics explained at a strategy talk on reinventing the business with SAP Leonardo, just 5% of organizations today have fully optimized digital landscapes.

SAP Leonardo can help improve that percentage because it brings the differentiated capabilities of Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain together in a business-centric “cycle of innovation.”

Anand highlighted the Brazilian company Fibria Celulose, the world’s leading producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp, as a company using those differentiated capabilities to reinvent business processes. The company implemented SAP Predictive Analytics to turn 14 years of data into insights by using big data analytics to improve clone growth analysis and deliver operational gains. 

Around the SAP TechEd campus, which consists of four floors of meeting space at the Venetian-Palazzo in Las Vegas, major topics of interest in addition to SAP Leonardo included SAP Data Hub, machine learning, and SAP Cloud Platform. Here are a few observations that stood out:

  • In a session on experiencing the cloud difference with SAP S/4HANA, we heard Bert Laws, Product Manager, SAP Intelligent Enterprise, explain reasons behind a mind-shift toward the public cloud and that mass cloud adoption for mission-critical enterprise systems is not a question of “if” but “how.” Drivers for the digital core in the cloud with SAP S/4HANA include digital core architectures that allow for the simplification of master data and an elimination of aggregates; new user paradigms that stress role-based engagement; cloud value propositions to include scalability and time to value, and access to the aforementioned technology innovations such as machine learning and IoT with SAP Leonardo.
  • Margaret Laffan, who is with the Business Development Group of Machine Learning, said that even as recently as last year she heard from many SAP customers who asked whether machine learning would ever “take off.” Now, she said, machine learning use cases and adoption are on a rapid growth curve. “It’s the future we’re mapping and tracking to,” she said, using a statistic from Gartner that showed by 2020 90% of organizations will have, like SAP CoPilot, some form of conversational user interface (UI) natural language processing capabilities. The reason for the recent uptick in machine learning for the enterprise is the combination of big data with deep-learning algorithms that put the vision of a fully autonomous enterprise in much greater focus. By 2020, she said, it will not be uncommon for an end-to-end AI environment driving core business processes and support functions, all highly personalized in the context of the business and end user.
  • From Marc Hartz, a Product Manager for SAP Data Hub, we heard key details of the interaction between SAP Data Hub and SAP BW/4HANA, and how the interaction fills the “missing link” between big data and enterprise data. While it made practical sense for, say, IoT data not to flow directly into a traditional data warehouse, that created challenges for how to manage the resulting data silos. While a seemingly easy question, it proved a difficult one to answer, Hartz explained, and finding the right answer to the question was the main driver behind SAP working to develop SAP Data Hub to answer where and how data is stored and to define data-driven processes across the complex enterprise landscape. The solution, he said, logically bridges the enterprise world and big data world by unifying data silos by connecting enterprise systems with distributed data systems.
  • Surya Kunju, SAP Analytics Cloud and Machine Learning Expert, explained that to date the biggest spend in big data projects has been human capital, a statistic SAP Predictive Analytics aims to change in its approach to solving big data challenges. Kunju detailed a few big data options with SAP Predictive Analytics that companies have, including “clean” or standalone Hadoop such as leveraging big data as a managed service in SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services, or by leveraging SAP Vora.

This is just a snippet of interactions from Day 1 and Day 2 of SAP TechEd, which wraps up today with more content in store for attendees to interact with the five content themes of “Engage, Know, Run, Transform, and Unlock Big Data.” If for some reason an attendee comes away from a session with more questions than answers, the Show Floor Level Community Clubhouse offers a Next-Gen Club MeetUp program where thought leaders are sharing in small discussion groups on select topics that include AI, big data, IoT, SAP Cloud Platform, crowdsourcing, and exponential thinking.




Begin Your Supply Chain Transition to SAP Fiori in SAP S/4HANA

Sergei Peleshuk provides an overview of SAP BW/4HANA and key considerations to think about when making the decision to migrate.

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SAP TechEd Keynote Boldly Tackles 3 Tenets of Digital Transformation

In his SAP TechEd keynote Tuesday morning, Bjorn Goerke, SAP Chief Technology Officer and President, SAP Cloud Platform, fully embraced a Star Trek theme to explain the promise of digital transformation before an announced crowd of 6,000 at the Venetian-Palazzo. With the keynote stage transformed into the bridge of the USS Enterprise, several keynote executives and Goerke himself played the roles of iconic Star Trek characters to demo new SAP innovations to illustrate what Goerke said are the three major tenets of digital transformation: truth, agility, and a unique user experience.

For the non-Trekkie crowd, Goerke — who played the role of Captain Kirk — boiled down the challenge of transforming digitally to the Kobayashi Maru challenge in Star Trek, where participants are placed in what appears to be a no-win situation with no way out and challenged to find a solution. This is akin to a digital transformation, according to Goerke, because the enterprise may not know where to start, how to extract value, or which technologies will best lend themselves to an innovative culture and framework to compete in the digital age.

Goerke painted this backdrop to introduce SAP S/4HANA, the fastest-growing product in SAP history now with 1,000 live customers, as having brought “warp speed” to the core of the business. But, he said, SAP had to “boldly go beyond” SAP S/4HANA to bring ERP, IoT, and the larger world of business networks together in an integrated innovation platform. Enter SAP Leonardo.


Truth, Agility, User Experience


Expanding on truth as one of the core tenets of a digital transformation, the Star Trek crew demoed how SAP Data Hub forms a consistent, trustworthy data foundation that eliminates the need for an organization to “fly blind” as a single solution for data sharing across the enterprise. Whereas before SAP HANA, companies could only dream of OTLP and OLAP coming together in one system, Goerke said, SAP Data Hub shows the disruptive power of SAP HANA in making a journey to the autonomous enterprise. By bringing big data clusters and enterprise data together through the massively distributed in-memory processing power of SAP Vora, companies achieve that single source of trustworthy data.

Agility was demonstrated through SAP Cloud Platform as the second core of a digital transformation. The big announcement with SAP Cloud Platform as an agile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is that it can now be run on Google Cloud Platform as a public beta, showcasing what Goerke claimed is SAP’s unique, multi-cloud strategy for data co-location. SAP’s Jana Richter, playing the role of Spock — fake pointy ears and all — ran through a demo to highlight the flexibility that comes with essentially a choice of PaaS by running SAP Cloud Platform on top of Google Cloud Platform.

Goerke’s other big cloud announcements were SAP’s joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and that ABAP will be the next environment to be added to SAP Cloud Platform. The Star Trek theme continued throughout the 75-minute keynote with a blockchain demo from Sindhu Gangadharan, playing the role of Scotty and Vanessa Micelli-Schmidt playing the role of Nyota Uhura demonstrating SAP Co-Pilot to demonstrate a human-centric approach to user experience, the third and final core of a digital transformation. The SAP CoPilot demo brought a moment of levity to the session when SAP CoPilot’s voice recognition engine had trouble with Uhura’s accent, mistaking “order” for “auto.” Intentional or not, the digital assistant seemed to recognize that “build an auto” wasn’t a viable request, and followed it up with “Can you tell me the business reason” for the request, which drew a burst of laughter.

With his Star Trek colleagues arrayed behind him on the deck of the USS Enterprise, Goerke brought everything together by introducing SAP Leonardo as the systematic approach to innovation that provides the innovation experience an enterprise needs to compete on the digital stage. And, to help organizations that plan to launch a digital initiative to escape the “no-win” scenario made famous in the Kobayashi Maru challenge, Goerke explained how to get started: with a design thinking co-innovation workshop that will deliver a working prototype that can be used to secure business and executive buy-in attached to a specific business case, and a solution blueprint to solve that unique business challenge.

If it wasn’t apparent after the first hour of the keynote, Goerke wrapped up by explaining that Captain Kirk was his childhood hero, and hours and hours of Star Trek re-runs helped drill in him the concept that team effort and diverse viewpoints were key attributes on the bridge of the USS Enterprise that helped the crew face challenges as they explored the unknown. In 2010, Goerke said, SAP set a bold company vision to help companies run better and improve people’s lives, and SAP Leonardo and all that it delivers is the next step for SAP to fulfill that vision. 




Automate FLSA Rules in Time Evaluation to Manage the Complex Process

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Cascading Prompts: The Next Generation of F4 Value Help Filtering

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How SAP E-Recruitment and SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting Management Differ

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