Bringing Your RISE Questions to the Experts

Webinar - On-Demand

Over the past two webinars, SAPinsider has introduced RISE with SAP as well as answering some of your most pressing questions – from an SAP perspective as well as providing a partner perspective on the solution.

There are still many questions that you submitted during the first two webinars that we would like to address. This is in addition to the announcements made during the SAPPHIRE NOW keynote including the addition of HR and procurement capabilities to the solution, as well as RISE for Industries.

This final webinar in the series will bring your questions on RISE to experts from both SAP and Microsoft, as well as discussing the new features and potential for the solution.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Receive answers to more of your RISE with SAP questions
  • Understand more on some of the newly announced features
  • Hear insight and discussion from experts at SAP and Microsoft


Veronika Reger
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Veronika is managing the Microsoft partnership with SAP on a global level. In this role Veronika works across Microsoft’s and SAP’s organizations leading the product engineering and co-innovation strategy and driving the development of new initiatives from ideation to product launch. Prior to moving to Microsoft One Commercial Partner, Veronika was supporting SAP as a customer in the function of a Microsoft Azure Principal Solution Specialist. Before joining Microsoft Veronika had hold various roles in Sales at Computacenter and other partners supporting customers across several industries.

Jason Au
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Jason has worked for SAP for nearly 10 years and is currently part of the RISE team, focusing on the partner ecosystem.  Prior to RISE, he worked on the Embrace program and worked on the execution of the partnership with Microsoft, where he got to know Veronika Reger well. He has had a long career in the SAP space, having worked at a major SI’s SAP practice for 15 years and as an IT director at an SAP customer for 4 years. He lives in Portland, Oregon today with his wife and two sons.

How Microsoft utilizes Azure & Zero Trust Security for SAP

In this session we will be covering how Microsoft has adopted a Zero Trust security architecture for SAP deployments, enabling Azure networking, identity access management and monitoring.


Evren Buyruk Microsoft
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Evren Buyruk is a Senior SAP on Azure Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft Partner Success team organization. He also plays a critical role within Microsoft WorldWide Azure/One-Stop team. He has over 15 years’ experience across SAP networking and security. Evren has been covering SAP on Azure for Microsoft’s partners and he has been one of the key players in their success. Evren is Microsoft Certified Security Engineer, and he is also CompTIA Security + certified. He has been a repeat speaker for SAP on Azure Networking and Security at Microsoft Ready events.

How Microsoft enabled simplified Finance Processes and Reporting in SAP S/4HANA for MS Federal

In under a year, Microsoft designed, built, and launched an entire new satellite landscape to support the new MS Federal entity. Leveraging S/4 Hana and the Azure Government Cloud, a greenfield satellite was carved out from the main corporate system. The accelerated timeframe required rethinking processes, and leveraging new technology to enable reporting in new ways. Learn about some of the new processes delivered, and the approach to leverage Analysis for Office on top of S/4 for a real-time high efficiency next generation experience.


Matt Forrest Microsoft
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Matt is an Engineering Manager at Microsoft responsible for a team focused on supporting and enhancing Microsoft’s internal SAP Finance applications. Matt has spent his career working in IT roles with SAP, successfully delivering projects in the process areas such as order-to-cash, record-to-report, and plan-to-perform. Matt earned undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Finance from the University of Western Australia and now lives with his family in the Seattle area.

How Microsoft enabled a highly regulated SAP landscape to support its new MS-Federal entity

In 2020, Microsoft implemented Microsoft Federal (MS-Federal) to bring all U.S. Government critical customer functions under the same organizational umbrella. To support the newly created MS-Federal entity, Microsoft carved out a complex dedicated landscape into Azure Govt Cloud. This migration represented Microsoft’s first Greenfield deployment of SAP S/4HANA at Microsoft, with end-to-end scope, as a highly regulated satellite system of Microsoft’s traditional SAP ECC Corporate Landscape on Azure. But how did the global company manage to adhere to compliance regulation on such a large-scale implementation?

  • Discover which tools and techniques Microsoft leveraged to complete this vast scope project in under a year
  • Understand how Microsoft accomplished this implementation with a fully remote and distributed team
  • Receive tips on how your organization can ensure regulatory compliance throughout your own transformation


Mike Taylor Microsoft
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Mike Taylor is the Microsoft Federal Chief Information Officer. In this role Mike is accountable for the enhancement and operations for all Systems and Infrastructure that support the Microsoft US Federal Business. Mike is a long-term Microsoft veteran with over 26 years of experience holding a variety of roles across the IT landscape. The most recent role for the last 13 years Mike was accountable for all internal SAP systems and the migration of those systems to fully run in Azure. This included overseeing all production assets as well as working with the various businesses to manage all change onto these platforms. In this role, Mike and his team also partnered with sales groups to help drive Microsoft’s go to market efforts with SAP. This includes helping align roadmaps/features, testing beta software at Microsoft, sharing experiences with many external customers, and speaking at conferences around the world. Mike holds a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Washington. He has also worked at the Boeing Company as a Design Engineer and at Accenture (Anderson Consulting) as a Consultant.

Frederic Huet Microsoft
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Frederic Huet manages the overall SAP Architecture team for Microsoft Core Service Engineering. Leveraging his three decades of experience covering all aspects of the SAP platform, he drives with his team the roadmap, design, and best use of the various SAP offering within the vast Microsoft ecosystem. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2017, Frederic had been a recognized and seasoned SAP professional with in depth experience leveraging and deploying SAP throughout many industries.

SAP S/4HANA on Azure with SAP Business Technology Platform

Organizations implementing SAP S/4HANA are looking to minimize disruption and maximize business value. Microsoft and SAP are working together to simplify and accelerate that process for SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure.

Attend this session to:

  • Learn why SAP S/4HANA is a foundational requirement to support the intelligent enterprise
  • Learn about Microsoft and SAP’s expanded partnership, foundations, investments, and services to simplify and accelerate your journey to SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure​
  • Understand how to optimize and automate processes with SAP S/4HANA and ​Microsoft Azure combined with SAP Business Technology Platform


Matt Ordish Microsoft
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As part of Azure Core Engineering, Matt Ordish leads the program team for SAP on Azure, Architecture Design and SAP LOB Engineering Integration. With teams located in Redmond and Germany our role is to create seamless integration between running core SAP systems on Azure and Integrating that experience into business outcomes.

Damien Johnson SAP
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Damien Johnson is currently serving as Chief Architect for the Global Customer Success Organization, where he has been working on SAP and cloud service provider strategy and enablement. In this role he works across all functions at a global level to enable alignment and execution of cloud provider partnerships and accelerate our customers journey to the Intelligent Enterprise.

Build a modern data estate with Microsoft Azure and SAP

In this session, SAP and MSFT experts will share how customers can unlock insights from their SAP data using SAP and Azure analytics solutions. Join us to learn about:

  • How to use Azure data and analytics services to drive improved business outcomes
  • How to drive business transformation using SAP Business Solutions
  • The data federation architecture with SAP HANA Cloud services and with Azure
  • How the SAP and Microsoft partnership enables agility in your data and analytics landscape


Damien Johnson SAP
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Damien Johnson is currently serving as Chief Architect for the Global Customer Success Organization, where he has been working on SAP and cloud service provider strategy and enablement. In this role he works across all functions at a global level to enable alignment and execution of cloud provider partnerships and accelerate our customers journey to the Intelligent Enterprise.

How to manage and operate your SAP landscape on Microsoft Azure

Running SAP in the public cloud delivers new levels of agility and efficiency. Learn from Microsoft’s Azure Product Group how to use cloud technology to optimize and automate the day-to-day management of your SAP landscape. Microsoft IT has been operating Microsoft’s large SAP installations for over 3 years on Azure and will share hands-on best practices and lessons learned.


Executive Q&A: The intelligent finance imperative

The recent economic disruption has accelerated the evolution of finance. Business demands that finance and accounting teams provide tighter integration, increased automation, better visibility into operations as well as more sophisticated planning and reporting capabilities. This interactive panel examines:

  • How finance and accounting teams are adapting critical priorities when it comes to planning, visibility, and providing real-time insights for the business
  • How companies are integrating intelligence into their finance processes that extend far beyond simple automation
  • What ROI and business benefits early adopters are seeing and how they are measuring success
  • What skills and steps organizations are taking to incorporate intelligent capabilities within their core end-to-end finance and accounting processes


Rizal Ahmed SAPinsider
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Rizal (Riz) serves as Wellesley Information Service’s Chief of Content. He oversees content and business planning, helping WIS’s global customers and partners discover new ways to leverage content for competitive advantage. Prior to WIS, Riz was a Research Associate with Forrester Research and a reporter for the Manila Times in the Philippines. Riz earned dual degrees from Dartmouth College in History and Economics.

Karthik Amirtharajan Microsoft
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Karthik Amirtharajan is a Director Specialist in Microsoft’s Apps & Infrastructure SAP solutions business advising customers in the Americas enterprise majors’ segment to help Create and Capture value from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS capabilities on the Azure cloud platform. He helps articulate Azure’s business value and TCO to the C-Suite, collaborate with their solutions team to discover, validate, and enable customers to commit their SAP workloads on Microsoft Azure. Karthik helps lead SAP journey to Azure conversations for Microsoft’s customers within the Retail & Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Financial Services industry groups to enable them on the path for Digital Transformation. Karthik has 21+ years of overall industry, strategy, and consulting experience. In his prior role, he spent 10+ years of his consulting career at Accenture. Karthik helped manage a $400M book of Azure business in North America, developing, enabling, and executing joint go-to market strategies Microsoft aligned to SAP workloads. Karthik helped originate, shape, and deliver large strategic SAP journey to Azure transformation engagements for Fortune 100 clients. He is a Trusted Advisor for clients in the Retail & Consumer Goods, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Media & Tech and Financial Services to help realize the business value of Cloud. He has managed large scale global consulting teams, journey to cloud and digital transformation programs for clients with annual revenues of 50-100 billion dollars.

Vinod Raghavan Deloitte
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Vinod Raghavan is a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Enterprise Performance – SAP offering. He serves clients across Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail industry driving Global Finance Transformations. Vinod leads large, complex programs focused on Finance Transformation enabled by ERP (SAP S/4HANA) and Next-Gen solutions supported by cloud hosted infrastructures. Vinod also serves within the SAP Offering as the US Finance Market Offering Close, Consolidation and Reporting leader, driving forward the strategy and creation of Deloitte's thought leadership. Vinod also helps CFO’s and CAO’s rethink their ‘Finance organization of the future’ with a focus on digital core and automation.

Sheeraz Iqbal Protiviti
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Sheeraz Iqbal is an accomplished IT Leader with expertise in ERP solutions. Sheeraz exceptionally delivered Business and Digital Finance Transformations, Financial Planning & Analysis redesign, Global Roll-Out solutions with Parallel Accounting/Local GAAPs, Statutory, Management Reporting and Analytics. He is a strategic leader with experience and proficiency in SAP solutions, Business Process Optimization, aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. He has extensive expertise in delivering SAP S/4HANA, Central Finance, Suite on HANA, ECC, BPC, BI/BW, Data Services solutions. Sheeraz is a Subject Matter Expert in Global & Digital Finance process integration with Shared Services, Supply Chain, Operations, Order-to-Cash, Reporting, Consolidations and FP&A.

Simplification and Innovation with SAP on Azure

Roundtable - 17, June 2021 at 14:00 BST

Join us for this complementary roundtable to find out how two of your strategic partners are working together to help you simplify, automate, and innovate! We will be exploring the benefits of running SAP’s business applications on the Microsoft Azure platform and reviewing real-world deployment examples. We will also look at the opportunities for integration, analytics, and innovation extensions using a combination of the SAP Business Technology Platform and Azure products and services.

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Timo Elliott SAP
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Timo Elliott is an innovation evangelist and international conference speaker who has presented to business and IT audiences in over forty countries around the world. A 23-year veteran of SAP BusinessObjects, Elliott works closely with SAP development and innovation centers around the world on new technology directions. His popular Business Analytics blog at tracks innovation in analytics and social media, including topics such as big data, collaborative decision-making, and social analytics. Prior to Business Objects, Elliott was a computer consultant in Hong Kong and led analytics projects for Shell in New Zealand. He holds a first-class honors degree in Economics with Statistics from Bristol University, England.

Gavin Nichols Microsoft
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Gavin Nichols is a platform innovation specialist who has worked in the industry for over 20 years representing IBM, Oracle, SAP and Microsoft aligning with organisation executives to challenge their outlook and build plans for the future. Has most recently presented at the International SAP Conference for Oil & Gas championing the augmentation of data types to drive better business outcomes. Represents Microsoft as part of the UK Strategic Partnerships Team, disrupting business thinking and approaches for SAP workloads. He holds a BEng Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Plymouth, England.