Welcome to your July News
In the next couple of days we will launch our annual member survey. Please take this opportunity to provide feedback on the services you receive from your User Group, we spend a lot of time analysing and reviewing the results to see how we can improve what we do. One of the most important topics over the last couple of years and it remains a burning question that people talk to me about is SAP Licences and the issue of Indirect Access. Again we will be looking for feedback on this key topic for many of our members, especially with regard to the new Digital Access model launched earlier this year.
We have built a great set of resources to help you get a better understanding of the issues you may be facing with Licences, these are available in the member area of our website. These are definitely worth reviewing to help you to prepare for conversations with your account team at SAP. Additionally they should help you ask the right questions during pre-sales engagements, with SAP and the partner community.
Our events are now taking a break to allow for the summer holiday season, but you can still collaborate and network with your fellow members via the UKISUG community on SAP Jam, please drop us a line if you want more information.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a great summer holiday and remember to keep your camera handy as there is still time to enter our Photography Competition!
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Google Cloud is a leader in enterprise cloud computing, delivering a broad range of innovative solutions that leverage Google’s 20 years of experience with continuously available, highly secure and scalable cloud technology.
Google Cloud partners with SAP to help simplify the journey to the cloud for SAP customers. By migrating your workloads to Google Cloud, you can boost your agility and more easily derive intelligence from your SAP applications and data.
You can run SAP ERP continuously on purpose built Google Cloud infrastructure with 99.99% uptime, covering both planned and unplanned events. Reduce your risk and manage unpredictable business change on a 100% VM-based infrastructure that allows you to flex up and flex down with your business and pay only for what you use. Drive new revenue streams, reduce costs and surpass customer expectations with data analytics, ML and AI solutions. Google Cloud allows you to deploy flexibly and innovate for results with the availability, security and intelligence you won’t find anywhere else.
Find out how Google Cloud is delivering impact through innovation and scale for SAP customers:
Watch this on-demand webinar – Increase Security, Agility, and Uptime With SAP on Google Cloud – to see how Carrefour and Metro AG advanced their businesses using the unique capabilities of Google Cloud and SAP.
Learn more about the benefits of running SAP on Google Cloud.
Once again due to the strong power of our user community, we have been able to secure the fantastic discount for SAP Learning Hub.
A massive thank you to all our members who have taken part in the SAP Learning Hub campaigns we have run this year. We couldn't do this without you.
To all the new SAP Learning Hub licence holders, best of luck with your learning and remember we are here if you need any assistance.
Raise your own personal profile and share your SAP experiences
Could you showcase your SAP knowledge, challenges or stories and be a part of the programme at UKISUG Connect 2019?
We are looking for speakers and content across the board to populate our 14 recently announced streams...
Here's why you should...
We offer our speakers a great package which includes a free pass to the full event, free accommodation and a preferential rate for the rest of their organisation to attend Connect! Not to mention increased visibility within the SAP community and vastly improved networking possibilities.
Contact Amy to find out more about our conference speaker packages
Finding Your Perfect Partner
Have you had a look at your new Affiliate Portal yet?
If you are trying to find a partner for your next SAP project you can now filter through 130 vendors in the SAP marketplace with just a few clicks whilst viewing their star rating and feedback given by your fellow User Group members! You’ll also have all the information you’ll need about that Affiliate to help in your decision including key contacts, news, documentation and case studies.
Is one of your partners a User Group Affiliate? Feel free to leave them a review to help your fellow members in their search.
We hope you find the Portal useful and if there’s any suggestions you’d like to make to improve the service, feel free to get in touch.
Upcoming Events for Your Diary
We are looking for 12 winning pictures for display in our UKISUG 2020 Calendar
All 12 winners will receive a print of their entry and if you are selected as one of the top 3 entries you are also in with a chance to win:
- 1st Prize - £500 Gift Voucher
- 2nd Prize - £250 Gift Voucher
- 3rd Prize - £100 Gift Voucher
In addition, the top 3 winners will receive a full complimentary UKISUG Connect 2019 conference pass, including 2 nights B & B accommodation!
Hurry, the closing date is 31st August!
SUGEN DIGEST - SUGEN & SAP Executive Exchange
The future of SAP: Executive Exchange
Christian opened his exchange by addressing the latest organisational changes including the departure of Bernd Leukert and Rob Enslin. Having been with SAP for 27 years, Rob sought the next step in his career and found an opportunity to work with a great partner of SAP moving forward.
As a result of Bernd’s departure, Christian as the current COO is also taking over the development role that Bernd previously held.
In this role, Christian acknowledged the fact that User Groups are key stakeholders and emphasised the importance of the ongoing constructive working relations. Finally, in answer to members concerns about the restructuring program, Christian said that these won’t have an impact, adding that this will allow SAP to invest in key growth areas to ensure the company is prepared for the future. He also said that this restructuring program is not about shrinking the company, but that SAP rather expects to grow to more than 100,000 colleagues around the world in 2019.
Moving on, Christian explained that he is building on the work that has already been done on integration to make business processes work. He shared information and customer anecdotes about the digital core SAP S/4HANA and the integration of LoB solutions on the cloud side, e.g. SAP Analytics Cloud. He also mentioned that there is a roadmap of over 100 SAP Leonardo services to be infused into the digital core.
Also, SAP is investing in tools to manage complexity of custom code when it comes to the migration to SAP S/4HANA, such as readiness checks. Studies have shown that approximately 20% of custom code can easily be eliminated.
He further emphasised SAP’s commitment to support its customers with hybrid landscapes, allowing customers a modular approach to move to the cloud with some solutions and applications while other elements remain on-premise. All that said, on-premise will remain an important component of future landscapes and there is clear commitment to invest in SAP S/4HANA on-premise.
Discussions moved on to talk about the HR roadmap and customer decisions to move to the cloud for HR. Christian reiterated the sidecar option which provides an on-prem option until 2030. However, customers are concerned about payroll and how payroll fits into the roadmap. A decision needs to be made about this. Christian acknowledged that SAP can’t leave these customers behind and expects to give SUGEN a heads up as soon as new information becomes available.
Wrapping up, Christian indicated that in the past there has been a focus on LoB with acquisitions such as SuccessFactors, Ariba, Concur, but now the focus is shifting towards the intelligent enterprise and integration so that customers can run processes end to end.
SUGEN DIGEST - SAP's Integration Strategy
The connection of people, machines, and data across all processes will fundamentally change how processes are run and how machines and humans interact. In 2018, SAP introduced the concept of the Intelligent Enterprise, a strategy that allows organisations to rapidly transform data into insight – feeding process automation, innovation, and optimal experiences.
SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise consists of three major building blocks, i.e. the Intelligent Suite (retain modularity and flexibility of independent solutions while delivering a harmonised, integrated experience), Intelligent Technologies (simplify, automate and innovate next-generation business processes by leveraging AI/ML, IoT and analytics), and the Digital Platform (manage data from any source and rapidly develop, integrate, and extend intelligent applications).
Intelligent enterprises are integrated enterprises
According to Katrin von Ahsen, integration expert of the SAP Intelligent Enterprise Suite Program at SAP, Intelligent Enterprises are integrated enterprises. So, what integration capabilities does SAP offer its customers to achieve fully integrated business processes? There are basically four key principles which are leading SAP’s effort to improve application integration: These are out-of-the-box integration, open integration, holistic integration, and AI-driven integration.
Out-of-the box integration aims at standardising SAP integration technologies and concepts combined with a high level of automation: Key technologies are for instance SAP Cloud Platform Integration for process integration use cases, Cloud Integration Automation Service to automate integration scenario configuration end-to-end.
Open integration helps customers with the challenges of hybrid landscapes comprising of SAP and Non-SAP and cloud and on-premise applications, where openness and modularity are key. Examples of this key principle is the provisioning of public SAP APIs at SAP API Business Hub and SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors to integrate with Non-SAP applications.
For the holistic integration SAP addresses all levels of integration, ranging from user experience, process, data, analytics integration and more. Furthermore SAP introduced the Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M) which simplifies integration by a systematic and holistic approach.
And, finally, to enable an AI-driven integration approach SAP embeds intelligent technologies into SAP integration technology in order to accelerate integration at higher quality. For instance SAP Cloud Platform Integration Advisor leverages machine learning capabilities combined with crowd sourcing approaches to propose interface and mapping definitions with best fit to the given business context.
As Christian Klein, Chief Operating Officer and a Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, mentioned at his keynote of SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 in Orlando, SAP is also aiming at delivering the domain models of SAP applications in order to simplify integration and the development of application extensions.
SAP offers two complementary CIO Guides on integration.
The 2017 edition, SAP Vision for Integrating SAP Applications in Cloud and Hybrid Environments, describes SAP’s long term vision for integration, key integration use cases, API alignment, process integration guidance, and data integration guidance.
The 2018 edition, Process and Data Integration in Hybrid Landscapes, offers a detailed description of the refined guidance for process, B2B and data integration, the Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M), the SAP API strategy, integration automation, and SAP S/4HANA transition guidance.
These guides are updated and enriched on a regular basis.
If you are looking for more information about the key technologies and concepts of SAP’s integration strategy in context of the Intelligent Enterprise you may check out the openSAP course “Integration – The key to the Intelligent Enterprise”.
Analytics Value Map
To support SAP's customers in their journey to the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP Enterprise Support has introduced the Next Generation of value maps powered by the SAP Enterprise Support Academy, now utilising SAP Learning Hub as a delivery platform.
The SAP Enterprise Support value maps offer a one-stop shop to customers for:
- End-to-end support with self-paced e-learning courses and online classes
- Social collaboration by connecting professionals with SAP specialists and industry peers
- Access to SAP experts via expert-led live sessions
- Individualised prescriptive learning journeys
SAP Enterprise Support Value maps are there to help and guide customers on solutions like SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud for Customers, SAP SuccessFactors or on foundational topics like Lifecycle Management, Security or on challenges like Data Volume Management, Business process improvement or on digital innovation topics and SAP Analytics solutions.
Specifically, the SAP Analytics Solutions Value Map intends to help customers adopt and run their SAP Analytics solutions effectively with optimal performance.
With SAP Learning Hub, SAP Enterprise Support value maps build on top of existing capabilities and enable the integration of latest technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence for personalised digital assistants and customised interactive learning.
One of the new benefits of the Next Generation Value Map for Analytics Solutions is the use of:
Learning Programs that will guide you through a set of expertly chosen SAP Enterprise Support offerings, assets, and tools in a sequential and interactive format to empower you to achieve the defined outcome
Learning Journeys are interactive visual guides designed to help you complete your learning and empowerment path.
With the next-generation value maps in the SAP Learning Hub, edition for SAP Enterprise Support, we will help you in adopting intelligent technologies, managing hybrid landscapes and gain agility to focus your resources on innovation. Value maps guide you through the knowledge, skills, and services needed to address your business challenges, enabling your company to lead in the experience economy.
To find out more visit the below links:
SAP Enterprise Support Value Maps
How-to-tutorial sign up
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