What to Expect From Our SAPinsider 2020 Event: Insights From Rizal Ahmed, President and Head of Research, SAP S/4HANA and Cloud at SAPinsider

On March 17-19 in Vegas this year at SAPinsider’s 2020 conference the word that will be buzzing around every room in the Bellagio is SAP S/4HANA, and for good reason. From our research we know that moving to SAP’s latest upgrade is the most consuming, important decision and project that SAP customers are facing, and everyone has to decide whether they will make the move now or closer to 2025.

To support this complex decision-making process we’ve built out a massive track of sessions at the event on SAP S/4HANA that will cover:

  • How to build the business case for SAP S/4HANA
  • Guidance for making decisions around where and how to deploy (on cloud, on-premise, hybrid environment)
  • How to migrate data and code
  • Identifying the technical and business challenges of moving to SAP S/4HANA
  • Real-life stories and case studies from SAP customers who have or are currently making the transition

The transition to SAP S/4HANA, while huge, is only one of the things SAP customers are thinking about in 2020. Businesses and technology are changing rapidly and companies have to start taking advantage of their data and considering whether or not they will move to the cloud. There’s a backdrop of change and issues regardless of whether you’re on the technology or the business side, so this year’s session topics include those that apply to the integration of these two specialties, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the cloud, and advanced analytics.

The other part of the conversation surrounding data is using it to predict behavior and implementing process automation to increase efficiency. The data and the systems are there to do this; now businesses need to start building the models and integrating them into their processes so that the system can intelligently guide companies in business operations. These capabilities won’t yield riskless results.

Today’s markets may not be representative of who you’ve historically targeted, for example, requiring you to change course, and there are biases within data, so that poses one potential risk. Additionally, you’ll still need human intervention because machines aren’t perfect. But we’re only just on the cusp of figuring these issues out.

At Vegas you can attend sessions, hands-on labs, and conversations with your peers that meet you where you are now, such as how to use ML to speed up the financial close process, strategies for using the cloud to enable enterprise intelligence, and how tools like SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Predictive Analytics and SAP Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning will change how companies do business. The conference will also cover the different skillsets that SAP customers will need to learn as they start to adopt the cloud, such as how to choose the right vendor and negotiate services, work with a third-party, and mitigate runaway costs.

We’ll be providing session highlights in our newsletter so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for glimpses into what our expert speakers will be presenting on. I really hope to see you there. Click here to reserve your spot!