Expert Perspective on SAPinsider State of the Market Survey

By Rizal Ahmed, Chief Content Officer – SAPinsider

SAPinsider’s 2021 State of the Market Report provides insight into where companies are investing in 2021, and how members of the community are turning business disruption into opportunity. SAPinsider recently sat down with Bas Kamphius, Chief Growth Officer from Magnitude, to get his perspective on the trends and priorities of SAP customers for this year. Check out the video and learn:

  • Why Cloud, Analytics, Automation, and Intelligence are among the key technology investments that SAP customers are making;
  • How and why IT and business leaders are focusing innovation efforts on core supply chain, finance, ecommerce, and sales;
  • Why the number of SAP users and support teams are holding steady or increasing in 90% of the organizations SAPinsider surveyed;
  • What skills companies are looking to add to their teams and how they are balancing the need for traditional SAP roles with new hires.

In order to learn more about the research and its findings click here to download the report.

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Executive Q&A: Inside Deutsche Börse’s Phased Innovation Strategy

By Rizal Ahmed, Chief Content Officer – SAPinsider

A common mistake made by many CIOs and other executives when trying to drive their transformation projects is that they try to implement too much too soon without getting enough support from their teams and line of business stakeholders. Change is hard, and if you only try to force it from the top, you will not be able to build sustainable results. This video Q&A shares important insights from the transformation of one of Germany’s most prominent financial organizations and their multi-year project. Understand how Deutsche Börse is prioritizing innovation within its core processes starting with basic functions such as billing and travel and expense before moving to customer facing and more complex initiatives. Learn the mix of SAP and other cloud -based solutions Deutsche Börse is relying on and how it is planning a complete renovation of its existing infrastructure. The key is turning your innovation initiatives from push to pull, and that’s exactly what Lars was able to achieve at Deutsche Börse. Watch the video and:

  • Learn how Deutsche Börse is gaining support for innovation by starting with smaller process based transformation with quicker ROI.
  • Discover how the company is transforming its user journeys and changing the experiences of its customers and employees
  • See how Deutsche Börse factors in risk and compliance when selecting innovation projects
  • Understand how the company evaluates cloud solutions and what value cloud drives to process standardization, cost reduction, and time to innovation.

To hear more from Lars on his transformation project, attend our special Executive Forum virtual event, “The CIO’s 2021 Agenda for SAP and Innovation,” that will be held March 19th. We’ll be sharing more details in the coming days.

State of the Market Benchmark Report

This comprehensive benchmark report examines the top priorities, investments and projects SAPinsider companies are undertaking in 2021. Learn where SAP customers are when it comes to SAP S/4HANA and Cloud Adoption. Find out how the recent economic disruption is impacting future SAP projects. Learn which skills customers are investing in and their SAP support organizations…...

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Imagine What’s Possible: Real Success Stories for Business Leaders Seeking SAP Modernization on Microsoft Azure

Webinar - Tuesday, March 30th at 11 AM EST

Organizations are looking for innovative, value-driven ways to grow their business, and guard against disruption, while enhancing the experience for their employees, customers and suppliers.  Most enterprises already running SAP understand that moving to S/4HANA is more challenging than traditional ERP version upgrades.  However, DXC Technology and Microsoft Azure provide a flexible model to move from prior SAP versions to S/4HANA to meet key challenges head-on:

  • Identify a path for SAP modernization
  • Reduce complexity and simplify operations
  • Respond faster to disruptions and outsmart uncertainty

In this webinar, experts from DXC, Microsoft and SAP will talk about the journey to S/4HANA, focusing on the outcomes that enterprises can expect from their SAP migration on and run in Azure. Sharing real customer stories, the presenters will illustrate how customers have transformed and modernized their SAP applications while achieving the resiliency required for their mission critical applications.

Join this webinar to discover how to:

  • Create a vision for your S/4HANA transformation
  • Identify efficiencies to be gained from moving the SAP landscape to Azure
  • Understand how SAP modernization can make your enterprise more competitive
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Dennis Velázquez Microsoft
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Sr. Director – SAP on Azure for the Americas Global Black Belt (GBB) Team A Microsoft veteran with over 20 years of Engineering and Sales experience in Retail, Manufacturing, Power and Pharmaceutical industries.  Prior to Microsoft, he gained experienced in sales, business, and product management with Westinghouse and Rockwell Automation.   Dennis has experience, and served as the worldwide lead, in the areas of compliance and information risk assessments for Microsoft Azure and cloud computing.  He defined the first models inside Microsoft to help explain Hyper-scale cloud computing to customer, Sales team, Leadership, and partners.  He has over 9 years working with customers and partners to define their Journey to the cloud, with the last 8 years focused on SAP workloads moved to the cloud.  His experience in the development and management of multiple disciplines, including developers, engineering, account sales and product marketing, contributed to earning him recognition as a 2006 Microsoft Circle of Excellence Winner for outstanding performance and customer focus. In his spare time, he enjoys his family with five (5) children and his passion and hobby of being a private pilot. He has served in the Civil Air Patrol and he loves his Italian and Puerto Rican culture/food along with the Latin and Jazz Music genres.

Sameer Padhye SAP
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Vice President Business Development Sameer Padhye, Vice President, Global Business Development, SAP, is a consummate technology evangelist with more than two decades of experience taking new products and paradigms to market. He led the charge in promoting SAP’s foray into Service Oriented Architecture, from its inception in the early 2000s. This led to a 10 year stint various sales roles where he garnered 7 Winner’s Circle recognitions in a decade. It is during this time that he honed his skills in evangelizing paradigm shifting products from SAP – most notably SAP HANA – SAP’s flag-ship in-memory database solution. Sameer was recently named a catalyst at SAP and is in unchartered waters, yet again. He is on a journey to the intelligent Enterprise with customers and partners – where he is leverage intelligent technologies such as ML, AI, IoT, and blockchain. He is also engaged in early discussions in the area of AR/VR as well as 3D printing and making those relevant in the enterprise space.

Sandy Shillinger DXC Technology
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Director, Platform Services Sandy Shillinger is Offering Leader for DXC’s Cloud Platform Offer segment.  In this role she is responsible for the development of DXC Platform Solutions that include the transformation, transition, and run of SAP applications in Azure.  Sandy’s experience includes developing and implementing commercial strategies, identifying new market opportunities and business development programs, as well as a demonstrated record of success in Information Technology, including Cloud Platform Services surrounding SAP, RedHat, AWS, Azure, and DXC technologies.

Doug Whiting DXC Technology
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S/4HANA Global Offerings Doug has worked with both the R/2 and SAP Business Suite/Netweaver/S4HANA products and has implementation skills with the modules materials management, sales and distribution, financials, quality management, production planning, human resources and BASIS. He has over 20+ years experience with SAP and is certified by SAP in their R/3 and S/4 product's sales and distribution/materials management module. He is also certified in SAP's ValueSAP, Solution Manager and DXC’s Catalyst methodology. He is a frequent speaker at SAP and ASUG seminars. As a Solution Architect and Offering Lead for upgrades/migrations to SAP S/4HANA, he is responsible for project management, scoping, planning and execution of all upgrades/migrations Globally. He is also DXC’s global expert on SAP S/4HANA coordinating projects within DXC worldwide. He ensures that all projects are delivered in a consistent and cost efficient manner using DXC and SAP Best Practices. Currently Doug Leads DXC’s Global S/4HANA Offerings. Specialties: SAP Upgrades, HANA Migrations, Aquisition & Divestitures, template rollouts, Netweaver, Supply Chain and MFG Processes, S/4HANA

Ask the Experts: How to Say Goodbye to Downtime and Keep your SAP Services Up and Running

Expert Q&A Session - On-Demand

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Sherry Yu
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SUSE, Global Director of Cloud Success Architect – SAP

Sherry Yu has worked a decade in SAP solutions and is a trusted advisor in solutions building and reference architecture for key SAP products like SAP HANA, S/4HANA, Netweaver, Data Intelligence, etc. Sherry has been focusing on SAP Solutions on Public Cloud by working closely with leading public cloud providers and is currently working at SUSE to help customers with SAP cloud migration.

Why Rockwell Automation Leans on No-Code to Maximize SAP

On-Demand Webinar

SAP is a core system for a reason. Challenges arise when workflows change, data must be modified, or performance needs to be analyzed – it’s not always easy to pull, push, or manipulate data in SAP. How do you streamline workflows that occur outside of SAP? How do you ease data accessibility in SAP without disturbing the security of the system? How can you get more workflow automation out of SAP?

In this webinar, Andy Kumrai, Senior Business Systems Analyst at Rockwell Automation, and Ashley Banning, Quickbase Solutions Consultant, will explore how Rockwell Automation paired SAP with Quickbase, a no-code application development platform, to enhance processes across their organization. Know how Quickbase helps organizations gain easy data entry and modification, accessible business analytics for internal and external parties, and streamlined workflows in asset management, procurement, labor management, etc.

Attend this session to:

• Learn how to progress the digital transformation of your supply chain.
• Get tips to efficiently leverage data in SAP.
• Understand the impact of new technologies, like no-code, in your industry.
• Understand ways to streamline workflows dependent on SAP from a real-life example.

Register now to hear Rockwell Automation’s story and learn how innovative technology, like no-code platforms, could be of value to your organization.

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Ashley Banning Quick Base
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Ashley was first introduced to Quickbase during her previous role in quality manufacturing. She fell in love with the product and has now been working for Quickbase for 2.5 years. She lives in Texas with her dear husband and two fur babies.

Get Started with SAP S/4HANA in a Value Exploration Webinar

On-Demand Webinar

Join us to learn how SAP S/4HANA can enable your organization to drive business transformation and how ‘RISE with SAP’ brings together everything you need to transform your business- in the way that works best for you.

During this interactive webinar, we will share details about our new offering, RISE with SAP, and tools that are available to assess the value of SAP S/4HANA during our SAP S/4HANA Value Exploration Workshop series, including:
• An ERP simulation game that provides hands-on experience with SAP S/4HANA
• Understand your potential business impact and dive into the Value Board game providing industry and line of business context
• Quantify the financial impact of adopting these value drivers

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to move forward with SAP S/4HANA and join us for an upcoming SAP S/4HANA Value Exploration Workshop.

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Strategies to Optimize Real Estate Expenditures and Lease Accounting Processes

On-Demand Webinar

Commercial real estate leased for business is one of the largest corporate expenses. It’s complex and time-consuming to manage. Plus, changes to lease accounting standards add new compliance burdens and stress to your financial reporting. This practical session will share insights and strategies to help you leverage market data, analytics and collaborative management applications that seamlessly integrate with SAP or other technology ecosystems to optimize portfolios, drive cost savings and achieve ASC 842 and IFRS 16 compliance. You will:

  • Evaluate current sources of market information and management applications used for real estate operation and lease accounting
  • Examine how real estate expenditure decisions are made and the accuracy of data used to support decisions
  • Determine if taking steps toward optimizing real estate management and expenditures or improving lease accounting processes makes sense for the organization
  • Learn how to address incomplete, inaccurate or out-of-date data that can lead to costly errors and poor decisions regarding corporate real estate expenditures and lease accounting compliance
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Matt Waters CoStar
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Lease Accounting Subject Matter Expert with over 15 years of Management Experience in Accounting and Finance.

Mark McDonald CoStar
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Mark McDonald has more than a decade of expertise in software product management and technology implementation. He spent eight years with CoStar as product manager and solutions implementation expert before transitioning to his current leadership roles.