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A Post "Idea-to-Delivery" Report

by Marcy Rizzo

May 5, 2011

The dust has settled.  I want to share a post event summary for you – from the recently held SAP Insider Logistics and SCM, PLM, Procurement and Materials Management, and Manufacturing events (Orlando and Paris).

SAP Insider welcomed 1540 attendees to the Orlando conference last March, followed by 642 people in Paris in April from 37 different countries. Attendees came from across industries, and every stakeholder along the "Idea-to-Delivery" process was represented; suppliers, customers and SAP.

SAP kicked off the events at both venues - opening with a day one Keynote address, where all attendee's were gathered, to share their response to the current business climage and trends, offering the newest process and system updates. SAP solution leaders from SCM, PLM, MFG, and Procurement followed with a roadmap specific to each value stream. From there, the sessions were delivered by a combination of customers offering lessons learned, implementation and optimization stories, consultants lending best practices, and SAP application owners with specific product updates.

The following requests, and responses are a compilation derived from anecdotal information that was gathered in conversation, and documented comments that attendee’s provided as part of their event and / or session feedback.

I learned that many attendee’s came specially to evaluate a specific functionality.

Leading these in application areas are: SAP Advanced Optimization and Planning (APO), as add-on functionality, stand-alone, and as part of the Business Suite. Despite the maturity of SAP APO, there are still many questions: Which componen t to implement first, how to mitigate system performance issues, how to migrate data, and much more.

People were very interested in SAP PP/DS – and how to manage supply and production leveraging SAP PP/DS with SAP APO Supply Network Planning (SNP). There was interest in learning about how to intergrate SAP APO in concert wit SAP Supplier Network Collaboration (SAP SNC).

Next year, expect more sessions that cover SAP SNC. Improving inventory replenishment and choosing the best scenario is of foremost concern.

The SAP Procurement Suite was of great interest, especially Sourcing, and Contract Lifecycle Management. Attendees are interested to learn more about how to optimize purchasing transactions that are based in core SAP ERP materials management, along with finanical and sales and distribution integration.

SAP PLM sessions across the application suite – were very hot, and especially as an integrated ERP solution. Optimizing and integrating new product development; engineering data, and idea managmeent with production in make-to-order environments is something we will build on (no pun intended) next season.

General feedback included attendee’s request for more:
Interactive sessions
Discussions by industry break-down
Ways to connect with people; by country, by application area
Customer delivered case-studies
Core ERP optimization

There were suggestions on how to better organize the program guide that included:
Add tracks and “conference” to mini-guide agenda
Add a glossary of acronyms
Rate sessions by version, or veteran, or type using icons
Longer exhibit hall hours
Session reservations

I’ll share a few things that people repeatedly mentioned.This included an appreciation for the range and options of topics at any given break-out session, the help that was available by the SAP Insider staff whether it was for directions or agenda choices, and the quality of the people attending that enabled one to learn how others are taking on new business and system challenges, and managing the ones they currently juggle.

We hope to hear from you, and to see you next season! Marcy Rizzo, Conference Producer, SAP Insider Logistics and SCM, PLM, Procurement, and MFG             

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