The “Ultimate Enterprise Architect SAP Community Meetup“ at SAP’s North American Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA on October 5th. This was one of your last meetups for North American in 2023 and the only one that was a full day event.
This meeting was not just a chance to get together with Enterprise Architects in the Pennsylvania and surrounding area but to get plugged into the global SAP Community Enterprise Architecture Group.
We had close to 200 attendees register for this full day of knowledge sharing, discussion, idea exchange, and networking.
We brought together a “Rock Star” lineup of SAP Experts who will shared their insights with attendees and there was a “Enterprise Architect Expert Genius Bar” for attendees to get their questions answered.
Check out our event agenda as a reminder of what we covered as well as links to access the SAP expert presentations from this event.
I have added some bonus features that were discussed at the event with that you will also find in this blog post two bonus presentations and videos related to AI and material from a deep dive masterclass on "The Evolution of Application Lifecycle Management".
4 Things to Do ...
1. Join the SAP Community Enterprise Architecture Group:
2. Save the Date: Next Generation SAP Enterprise Architect Learning Summit 2024
Mark you calendars as well for our three day Next Generation SAP Enterprise Architect Learning Summit will be held at SAP’s North American Headquarters from February 25-27, 2024. More details will be shared later in November. It will be EPIC !
3. Check out our October 5th Event Agenda, Abstracts, Access the Presentations and the Bonus Features that I have included in this post.
4. Checkout a teaser on what's next for the Enterprise Architect SAP Community in 2024 in terms of focus areas - 2024 will be a very exciting and impactful year.
The Cloud & AI Frontier: Navigating Strategy, Architecture, Migration and Innovation for a Cloud World
In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, Enterprise Architects at our customers face a critical challenge: how to architect, strategize, and migrate their organizations to S/4HANA in the cloud while harnessing the power of innovation in a cloud-centric world. As organizations increasingly look to embrace digital transformation, this keynote session will serve as a Kickoff for a full day of content and conversations.
We will delve into SAP’s strategic imperatives that underpin a successful S/4HANA migration. We'll touch on proven methodologies for crafting a resilient digital strategy that aligns seamlessly with business objectives, setting the stage for a smooth and agile transition to the cloud.
Innovation is the lifeblood of digital transformation. We will discuss how Enterprise Architects can harness the cloud's power to foster innovation across their organizations. Discover how emerging technologies like SAP Business Technology Platform AI, IoT, and machine learning can be integrated into your S/4HANA landscape to drive competitive advantage and deliver transformative experiences.
Join us for this session, where we will kickoff a full day experience to equip iyou with the knowledge and strategies needed to chart a course for success in the cloud era. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights, network with peers, and become a catalyst for innovation in your organization.
Speaker: Jason Porterfield, SAP
The Enterprise Architect’s Blueprint for SAP S/4HANA Success
Within the evolving landscape of enterprise solutions, transitioning from ECC to SAP S/4HANA is a pivotal move for organizations seeking to harness the power of real-time analytics and integrated operations. This session is tailored for Enterprise Architects, delving into the intricacies of crafting a robust blueprint for SAP S/4HANA migration. We will dissect architectural considerations specific to ECC, share proven strategies to address potential migration challenges, and discuss how to leverage the unique features of S/4HANA to their fullest potential.
Join us to equip yourself with a deep, architect-centric roadmap designed to ensure a seamless and value-driven transition to S/4HANA."
Speaker: Ranjeet Panicker, SAP
Improving Business Performance with Data-driven Business Process Improvement
Business processes are a combination of people, tools, and data. A primary role of company management is the management of business processes; more specifically, the design and monitoring of processes capable of achieving company performance objectives.
The SAP Signavio Transformation Suite was introduced in early 2021 and took a giant leap forward with the acquisition of Signavio, an end-to-end solution for business process management. Signavio process manager is complemented by Signavio process mining and SAP Process Insights for process analysis and tailored improvement recommendations.
SAP Signavio is designed for all SAP customers regardless of size and industry.
In this session, SAP will provide a business-oriented overview of Signavio capabilities with emphasis on Continuous Improvement and ERP implementation.
Speaker: Jack Moloney, SAP
Leveraging Enterprise Architecture to Simplify your Transformation Journey
This session will provide an in depth overview of how LeanIX empowers organizations to transform more rapidly, effectively, and sustainably. We will introduce LeanIX's approach to EA, the tools and resources the Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) suite uses to map organizations' current state, and how to drive adoption across disparate teams and BUs. Included will be discussion of a successful transformation LeanIX supported, and an in depth look at the tool's interfaces and unique data visualization dashboards.
Ebony Baldwin, LeanIX
Robert Klein, LeanIX
Simplifying your Data Readiness and Move to SAP S/4HANA, Cloud and AI
DATA? Have you ever heard stories about DATA being an often "forgotten" or complex and daunting task for SAP S/4HANA and Cloud migrations? Plus post migration the fundamental questions centers around data quality, reliability, accuracy, and ease of access - and any AI project amplifies those needs!
Traditionally these projects require a lot of manual resources (error-prone and extremely time consuming), and rely on tools with too many limitations.
DMI’s Jivs IMP platform is significantly simplifying your path to S/4 Hana, the Cloud and AI. Based on over 27 years of experience with data (starting with R/2) Jivs radically new approach reduces the cost and time needed for these projects by over 50%. Jivs accomplishes this by separating operational data and master data (~10%) from historical data (~90%). The historical data are then stored on a very cost effective Jivs server (on-prem or cloud, 80% cost reduction) with integrated access from SAP. And the operational data are being cleansed, converted and then migrated via the SAP Migration Cockpit (the only SAP certified approach). Downtime challenges, time consuming extra test cycles and large data quality projects are a thing of the past, and so are pre-projects for BP and GL.
Speaker: Thomas Iseler, Data Migration International
AWS for RISE with SAP
AWS is the leading cloud provider in the market. With over 6,000 SAP customers and over 17 years of working with SAP and SAP customers in the cloud, AWS is recognized as the most robust, secure and reliable cloud provider for SAP customers. As SAP customers look to take advantage of cloud economics for both their ERP transformation with the SAP application suite, as well as non-SAP applications, AWS delivers the greatest number of services for SAP BTP, SAP Signavio and S/4HANA while minimizing downtime and maximizing performance to safe guard and provide the lowest risk hyperscaler option for RISE with SAP.
Speaker: Chris Foster, AWS
Masterclasses Sessions and Abstracts:
Masterclass 1 : AI for Enterprise Architects
AI Built to Transform Every Aspect of Your Business
Explore the power of Generative AI in business applications. Uncover the basic concepts, different classes of GenAI, and their integration into enterprise computing. Learn how GenAI can revolutionize business strategies and operations.
Speaker: Andreas Welsch, SAP
On the Origin of the Species: GenAI
This presentation explores SAP's use of generative AI, integrating it with business data and processes for optimized outcomes. Key aspects include an overview of the architectural framework and guiding principles, highlighting SAP's unique approach to leveraging the transformative potential of artificial intelligence.
Speaker: Michal Harezlak, SAP
Why You Should Care about AI: real-life example of an adoption program
This session explores why Enterprise Architects (EAs) should prioritize AI, featuring a real-life adoption program. The program's focus areas include safety in AI implementation, establishing a reference architecture, promoting capabilities adoption, and fostering innovation, offering valuable insights for EAs navigating the AI landscape.
Speaker: Michal Harezlak, SAP
Masterclass 2 : Continuous Improvement and Process Transformation
How to Accelerate Transformation Projects and Continuously Improve your Processes using the Plug and Gain Approach
Are you currently planning your SAP S/4HANA transformation? Or are you already using SAP S/4HANA but striving to improve your processes further? Knowing where and how to start a transformation project can be challenging. With the data-driven plug and gain approach launched at SAP Sapphire this year, SAP Signavio solutions can provide what you need to kick-start your transformation project based on your existing SAP ERP data. This approach allows you to quickly understand how well your business processes are currently running and what you’re doing well or what you need to change.
In this session, you’ll learn what the plug and gain approach is all about and how you can leverage it for your transformation or continuous improvement use case. You’ll see it working directly in a system so you can really understand how it can support you in transforming and improving your processes by accelerating the time to insights and time to adapt.
Speakers: Sarah Roessler, SAP and Maximillian, Hoelzig, SAP
An Enterprise Architects Guide to SAP Business Technology Platform
Business Technology Platform (BTP) from an enterprise architect's perspective. Instead of diving into the intricacies of individual microservices, functionalities, or toolkits, we will focus on how BTP plays a pivotal role in enabling the enterprise throughout its journey from transformation to operation. We’ll be talking about the ways that we’ve seen other customer be clever in building a plan around technical and business architecture to allow for an architect to be both reactive and proactive as they embark on a their journey.
Speaker: Chandler Womack, SAP
Clean Core for Enterprise Architects
Learn more about the Clean core, what it is, the components that make it up and the potential value it can unlock for your organization. Leverage frameworks and tools to evaluate your environment, determine where to begin on your transformation journey and inform an innovation roadmap. Our teams are here to support you along the way.
Speaker: Michele Krom, SAP
Masterclass 3 : SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF) & North Star Use Cases
SAP Reference Business Architecture (RBA) & Reference Solution Architecture (RSA)
Methodology & Framework – EAM -> EAF
Processes & Process Variants
Capabilities – Business & Solutions
Publication & Consumption channels –internally PMG (Product Map Generator) and externally (Signavio) around content
Demo & Exploration –> Signavio Process Explorer
Signavio Process Explorer Consumption Guide
Speaker: Chris Mahoney (SAP)
Part 2: Use Cases for RBA/RSA in North Star Service
The North Star service helps the customer to design and plan their transformation journey towards an Intelligent & Sustainable Enterprise architecture through an efficient step by step approach. This session is to cover the three most relevant transformation use cases for our strategic customers. Agenda items are as follows:
North Star service guiding through strategic transformation needs
SAP Transformation Hub : combines a new scalable delivery model with a comprehensive set of architecture planning services
Modular E2E Enterprise Architecture Planning
3 typical customer use cases
Business Model Transformation and Cloud move
S/4HANA Landscape transformation -> SAP internal delivery platform tool demo
Data Strategy / Transformation
SAP MaxAttention Architecture Planning service portfolio
Speaker: Anup Das, SAP
Bonus Feature Presentation Abstracts:
Confidently navigate your transformation leveraging LeanIX Enterprise Architecture
Discover how the combined power of Enterprise Architecture Management, Business Process Management and Application Lifecycle Management drives more successful transformations.
In this session, you’ll learn how LeanIX helps to accelerate value in the transformation suite approach and solidify the success of business process transformation for both business and IT stakeholders.
Speaker: Oliver Klein, LeanIX
The AI-powered Enterprise Architecture: Redefining the Discipline's Future
Generative pre-trained transformers like ChatGPT and other AI bots have the potential to revolutionize industries and deliver unprecedented value to businesses. Enterprise Architecture (EA), despite being rooted in human interaction and intricate models, is no exception.
Join experts from LeanIX and BCG for an interactive discussion on how AI can empower enterprise architects already today and in the future. We’ll discuss critical topics at the intersection of AI and EA, and demonstrate the first available AI Assistant from an EA vendor.
This session will explore:
- AI and EA: What can already be leveraged today
- How the role of the Enterprise Architect will be AI-augmented in the future
- What to look for in upcoming AI legislation acts
- Exclusive LeanIX AI Assistant demo
Speaker: William El Kaim, IT Architecture Director, Boston Consulting Group
AI: The Hype, The Reality & SAP’s Strategy
Part 1: AI | A Vision of What SAP is Building
Part 2: De-Mystifying AI
Part 3: SAP’s Strategy in AI
Speaker: Jared Coyle SAP
The Evolution of SAP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) - Strategy, Current Offerings & Roadmap
The ALM offerings (SAP Cloud ALM, SAP Solution Manager, SAP Focused Run) has steadfastly served as the reliable platforms for managing your solution, bringing powerful, proven capabilities that support both your current and future solutions. Through the ALM lens, we have the unique vantage point of managing it all. The implementation, operations and service activities.
Join SAP ALM product management to understand how you, including Center of Expertise (COE) and SAP Enterpruse Architect (EA) perspectives, can elevate and shape your ALM strategy to best manage on-premise, cloud, or hybrid landscapes and get the most value from your SAP solutions.
Understand the evolving ALM strategy to support small, medium and large customers
Choose and establish the right ALM tools you need to succeed for digital transformation and operations
Experience the unique benefits of SAP Cloud ALM for operations, implementation and service
Elevate how your implementation and operations activities can be done for the better
Obtain critical updates about the exciting integration of SAP Signavio, SAP Business Transformation Center and Tricentis with SAP Cloud ALM
Understand the mainstream maintenance strategy for SAP Solution Manager
Discover the transition roadmap from SAP Solution Manager to SAP Cloud ALM
Learn about the current and planned SAP Cloud ALM roadmap