SAPPHIRE NOW is basically… now! A look at SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA

by Amanda McKeon

May 6, 2013

by Amanda McKeon

SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference are right around the corner. By now, most of you have probably already seen the monstrous list of sessions — over 2,000 courses and demos with an incredibly vast range of topics from SAP HANA to sustainability to the basics of SAP ERP. That’s a lot to take in! Unfortunately, since it is physically impossible to attend every session — if you can, please call me so we can start a superhero task league! — it is important to take a breath and decide which topics are the most beneficial to your company.

I’m of the mindset that new is always better, so I was excited to see a lot of sessions focusing on SAP HANA, and specifically SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. While SAP HANA has been something of a black box to business users, now they will be able to see how it impacts their daily tasks directly. Read what some of the early adopters of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA are saying in the April 2013 issue of insiderPROFILES.

If you’re interested in learning about all SAP HANA can do, then the half-day, pre-conference seminar titled “SAP HANA 101” may be worth your while. SAP HANA experts and experienced customers will lead you through several SAP HANA topics including:

  • The SAP HANA solution roadmap — What’s available now and in the near future
  • SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
  • SAP HANA Analytics Foundation
  • Key project lessons learned
  • And many more

If half-day seminars are a little much for you, there are also shorter theater presentations (e.g., “Customer ‘Safe Passage’ to SAP Business Suite Powered by SAP HANA”), panel discussions, and education sessions that cover the business value of SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA.

It might also be a good idea to go to SAPPHIRE NOW armed with knowledge on SAP HANA so that you’ll have a clear idea of what you’d like to accomplish while on campus. The publishers of SAPinsider and insiderPROFILES have released a special edition magazine on SAP HANA titled “A Holistic Guide for Your SAP HANA Journey.” Visit to download your complimentary copy. 

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