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Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA in Barcelona: 6 Reasons to Attend

From Business Transformation to Cybersecurity Strategies, Upcoming SAPinsider Event in Barcelona Offers Invaluable Information to SAPinsiders

by Tom LeBlanc, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2019


One of the compelling benefits of SAP S/4HANA is difficult to quantify — it’s the tremendous business value it can potentially bring to your organization in terms of enhancing or even reshaping processes and technical landscapes.

The reason it’s difficult to quantify is that it’s limited only by the effectiveness of your planning and integration. As such, members of the SAPinsider community are extremely focused on learning all they can to optimize their ability to deliver these enhancements to their organization.

“SAP S/4HANA is unlike any previous release of SAP ERP and must not be looked at as a typical upgrade project,” says Pierce Owen, VP of Research, SAPinsider.  

The platform offers organizations the possibility to deliver substantial business value, but it also brings significant deployment decisions and technical migration challenges. “When building the business case for SAP S/4HANA, SAP customers should consider a variety of important factors and potential impacts on digital transformation, business processes, and technical landscapes,” Owen adds.

At the Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA conference, November 20-22 in Barcelona, Spain, SAPinsiders will hear directly from SAP and some of their leading partners on how to build and cater this business case for their organizations. This is an event that should be on SAP decision-makers’ calendars. The content-rich conference will provide valuable takeaways from SAP community members across several disciplines, because it offers six SAP events under one roof.

SAPinsider’s Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA offers educational and actionable content around:

  • Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC)
  • Financials
  • Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Administration, infrastructure, and platform
  • The move to SAP S/4HANA

Each of the six content focuses offers compelling reasons for SAPinsiders to attend this business-impact event in Barcelona. 

Tackling Macro and Micro GRC Challenges

The Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA event in Barcelona comes at a time when there are many global economic variables with which to wrestle. “East-West trade wars, Brexit, sanctions, regulatory changes — you name it,” says Keir Walker, Senior Research Analyst, SAPinsider. “With such daunting macro politico-economic forces constantly shifting corporations’ landscapes, it’s clear why today there is more need than ever to have solutions that can monitor and assist in keeping companies in compliance. At the micro-level, identifying and mitigating risk — financial, operational, technological — remains a constant high-priority objective to businesses as well.”

Attendees of the event’s GRC-focused sessions explore how automated GRC solutions can help improve operational efficiency, reduce risk, and strengthen compliance-based initiatives.

Learning to Harness SAP Analytics Cloud

There is a bit of a catch-22 when it comes to the immeasurable amount of business metrics and data available to organizations. On the one hand, it’s a goldmine of assets. On the other hand, many organizations struggle to figure out how to mine the data, draw conclusions from it, and act on it.

“SAP Analytics Cloud represents the cutting edge of modern analytical solutions,” says SAPinsider Senior Research Analyst Joseph Sansevero. “With its ability to provide data science insights in natural language, it will prove invaluable to decision makers. Learning how to implement this new technology is a must for companies looking to improve their analytics capabilities.”

During the Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA event in Barcelona, attendees have access to targeted content on analytics that will help their organizations harness data in a productive way.

Rethinking Cybersecurity

It’s no exaggeration that every individual in the SAP community — whether they’re systems administrators, heads of business groups within organizations, or board members – they are in the midst of examining their business’ cybersecurity strategy. We are at a critical juncture when it comes to building business processes amid network risks — and it’s no longer just an IT director’s responsibility to tackle cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity-focused content at the Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA event in Barcelona aims to help attendees not just recognize risks within their organizations but to identify logical paths toward reducing risk.

Unlocking Intelligence Finance Functions

So many finance functions have been reshaped thanks, in part, to innovative technologies such as intelligent automation and predictive analysis resulting in elevated quality, speed, and the ability to integrate financial data across the enterprise. “Particularly financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is continuously being elevated and evaluated as a transformative strategic partner to business,” says Walker. “Centralizing finance functions and augmenting processing efficiencies via automation provide a streamline for data to be more easily digested. This is essentially the foundation for superior finance processing as well as downstream reporting and analysis. Understanding the drivers behind this evolution, as well as the strategies and technologies necessary to make such transformations a reality is imperative.”

Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA attendees will gain a better understanding of these drivers thanks to content that offers insights and sheds light on how this is already transpiring — and where success is being realized.

Guiding SAPinsiders Through Administration, Infrastructure, and Platform Decisions

None of the decisions related to SAP S/4HANA — whether on the GRC, analytics, cybersecurity, financial or another side of the coin — exist in a bubble. Nor should they. SAP community members know that decisions related to IT administration, infrastructure and platform need to cohesively blend and support greater business strategies.

Much of the content at Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA is designed to support SAPinsiders through their business transformation.

Optimizing the Move to SAP S/4HANA

It all boils down to SAP S/4HANA presenting an opportunity for SAP customers to reset business processes, minimize dependence on customization, and free themselves from outdated technology and infrastructure, according to Owen. “To make the most of this opportunity, though, customers must critically evaluate the custom code and legacy processes in their current ERP system and make carefully considered decisions on how to deploy SAP S/4HANA,” he says.

An event such as Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA provides attendees with the assets they need to understand their options. “Essentially, SAP customers have three basic choices: brownfield, greenfield, or hybrid deployment,” Owen continues. “A greenfield approach to SAP S/4HANA means performing a complete reinstall of the core ERP system with all new processes and configurations. A brownfield approach, also known as the traditional ‘lift and shift’ approach, entails migrating all the old processes and configurations. A hybrid approach will, of course, mean shifting some processes while starting fresh with others.”

At the Digital Core and Intelligent Platform Built on SAP S/4HANA event in Barcelona, attendees will gain an edge by hearing from SAP and leading partners about exactly how to choose the SAP S/4HANA deployment approach that best fits their organization’s situation and strategy.

It’s hard to make a business case for missing an opportunity like that.

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10/11/2019 3:31:45 AM

We are currently implementing SAP S/4HANA as an upgrade. A very interesting conference taking place, however, not all of us will be able to attend. Any possibility to share what transpired at the conference in due course.

Thank you