Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, Florida | May 5 – 7, 2015


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ASUG Pre-Conference Seminars and Industry Meetings

The popular half- and full-day ASUG Pre-Conference Seminars are now available for registration. Add one of these sessions to your registration, or log back in to your record to add one of these opportunities to your agenda for the event this spring in Orlando.



The pre-conference seminars include:

SAP S/4HANA – The Future of the SAP Business Suite: Innovation On-Premise, In the Cloud, and In-Memory

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Over the last two years, SAP has revealed the innovation strategy for the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Moving the SAP Business Suite onto SAP HANA, which will be available in the cloud and on premise, clearly highlights the innovation strategy that reinvents business applications on in-memory technology.


At the same time, the cloud and on-premises deployment options are interwoven to define the hybrid world of the future for enterprise applications. Besides looking into the status and details of this strategy, you will learn how you can evolve your company's system landscape into the future and how you can start your own innovation strategy today.


Internet of Things (IoT) – Transformation Beyond the Hype

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member


The marketing hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) is deafening and is almost becoming counterproductive. Yet, there is no question that IoT is going to change the way we live and work. The most visible aspect of this technology is certainly on the consumer side with wearables – one just needs to look at the increasing number of devices we charge every night at home and connect to our family Wi-Fi to get a glimpse of the furious pace at which it is evolving. However, IoT is also on track to change the way enterprises are conducting business. The ubiquity of connected devices and sensors is not just going to improve the efficiency of our current business models – it is creating new opportunities. But with opportunities come challenges. IoT is impacting many areas, from consumer privacy to billing, to simply keeping your core enterprise applications up and running when they get hit with the overwhelming amount of data generated by connected devices.


During this full-day session, speakers will cut through the hype and dive right into how companies are already benefiting from these new technologies. They will steer the conversation from the usual focal point of these shiny new devices to explore their impact on the enterprise software landscape. The presenters will also discuss the technical and other challenges that are standing in the way of your company fully embracing IoT. There will also be roundtable discussions on various IoT topics and you will be given the opportunity to raise your questions, concerns, doubts, and get direct answers from the speakers.


This session will lay the foundation for an ASUG IoT community that will track the Internet of Things and support the journey of SAP professionals in this area.

SAP's Technology Platform Demystified for Enterprise Architects - Strategy, Architecture, Making it Happen

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Whether it is in-memory, Internet of Things, or the myriad of cloud deployment options, there is no shortage of ways to bring innovation and optimization to your SAP landscape. The question is, where to start? And what scenarios are right for your organization to take advantage of now versus next year and beyond? As well, what is the big-picture SAP technology strategy and roadmap, and what should your organization's architecture roadmap be to lay the best foundation both from a business and technology perspective?

During this full-day session on SAP's overall technology platform, speakers will focus on updates and best practices critical to the success of any SAP enterprise architect. Presenters will dive into highlights of the SAP HANA platform, SAP's latest "simple" applications, and cloud offering, with updates and practical advice on adopting them either standalone or in a hybrid scenario within your current environment. They will touch on the opportunities available outside your organization via the evolving networked economy now in reach with the emergence of such technologies as the Internet of Things and SAP's business networks, created by SAP's latest innovations from Ariba, Fieldglass, and Concur. Time will be reserved for discussion groups among your peers and SAP experts, focusing on your current challenges and questions.

Navigating the New User Experience Reality in Your IT Organization

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Navigating change in large IT organizations can be like a large cruise ship changing course: slow and steady. The emerging focus on user experience for software applications is requiring IT organizations to react to new user expectations. In this full-day session, you will learn how SAP is enabling you to manage, navigate, and support you through your user experience transformation.

First, speakers will discuss the SAP user experience and user interface technology strategy, providing insights and best practices on choosing the right user interface technology for your company's journey. With hands-on activities throughout the day where you actively apply design thinking methods, you will get a taste of:

  • What user experience means
  • What new design skills are needed in this user-centric world
  • What first steps can be taken to approach improvements in this area inside your organization
  • What the recommended approach is using today's user interface technologies
  • What the ASUG User Experience Special Interest Group (SIG) community is all about and how to engage with this vibrant community

This will be rounded off by showing you how SAP offerings can help you with your user experience needs. Finally, the workshop will highlight a real-world live customer success story on how user experience is enabling its IT organization to help create new value for the company by delivering new innovations that deliver impressive return on investment.

Simplified Planning - The New Generation of Financial Planning and Analysis Applications from SAP

Monday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$395.00 ASUG Member / $495.00 Non-Member

Disruptive technologies such as in-memory and the cloud have revolutionized the financial planning market. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the latest financial planning and analysis tools now available from SAP that leverage these new technologies. Get an overview of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) version for SAP NetWeaver powered by SAP HANA (standard and embedded), SAP Integrated Business Planning for finance, and the recently announced SAP Cloud for Planning focusing on key capabilities, use cases, and available deployment options. In addition, get the opportunity to gain hands-on exposure to the new SAP Cloud for Planning and the BPC-embedded model.

Design Thinking – Human Centered Innovation

Monday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member/$695.00 Non-Member

At The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, affectionately called "the d.school," executives immerse themselves in a three-day program providing the opportunity to learn "Design Thinking" — a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to products, services, and business processes. Major corporations like SAP, Citrix, Capital One, Jet Blue, Nike, and others apply design thinking to inspire innovation. Now you have the opportunity to learn and experience Design Thinking in this crash course led by SAP Design Thinking expert trainers. During this interactive workshop, participants will use Design Thinking concepts to solve a simple problem, providing a practical application of the processes and steps in this design process. As an outcome of this session, attendees will have a good understanding of the way SAP approaches new solutions and why it is critical that we – SAP customers – participate in co-innovation opportunities with SAP to achieve the best results. Attendees will take home documentation of the quick steps used in this workshop and will be able to articulate the process and advantages to their own workgroup and management teams. Join us and learn how radical collaboration can be used to inspire, motivate, and to create real solutions to big projects that may seem impossible to tackle.

Ariba & SAP Business Suite Integration 101: Options, Best Practices, and Roadmap for Ariba Integration with SAP Business Suite

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Learn how to simplify the deployment of Ariba, an SAP company, with integration to SAP Business Suite for more efficient, accurate, and compliant procurement with an easy, consumer-like buying experience. Review the roadmap for indirect procurement and beyond, including more robust integration capabilities for supply chain and your extended business network.

Application Development Based on SAP NetWeaver Application Server for ABAP and SAP HANA

Monday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$395.00 ASUG Member / $495.00 Non-Member

This session will provide an overview on how to leverage SAP HANA from SAP NetWeaver AS for ABAP applications that integrate with the SAP Business Suite. Speakers will explore concrete examples and best practices for customers and partners based on SAP NetWeaver AS for ABAP 7.4. This includes the following aspects: the impact of SAP HANA on existing customer-specific developments, advanced view building capabilities, and easy access to database procedures in the application server for ABAP; usage of advanced SAP HANA capabilities like text search or predictive analysis from the application server for ABAP; and best practices for an end-to-end application design on SAP HANA. Finally, with SAP NetWeaver 7.4, SAP has reached a new milestone in evolving the application server for ABAP programming language to a modern expression-oriented programming language. The new SAP NetWeaver Application Server for ABAP features covered in this session will include inline declarations, constructor expressions, table expressions, table comprehensions, and the new deep move corresponding.

Building the Business Case for SAP HANA

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$395.00 ASUG Member / $495.00 Non-Member

Understand the possible use cases for an SAP HANA implementation in an intensive, deep-dive working session, where details on determining business value and building a business case will be shared. Learn how to prioritize use cases and determine value drivers. Also, hear a customer testimonial on their experience with defining use cases, prioritizing them, and ultimately building the detailed business case.

Comprehensive Review of Customer Engagement and Commerce (CEC) Capabilities in On Premise and Cloud for Customer Including Integration

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$395.00 ASUG Member / $495.00 Non-Member

In this session, SAP experts will walk you through the full offering of SAP Customer Engagement and Commerce (CEC) functionality, including core cloud for customer solutions, hybris, analytics, mobile, and SAP HANA solution offerings. This session will provide the product deep dive including the newest improvements delivered in the latest release with product demos, roadmap, customer stories, and partnering strategies. If you are new to SAP CEC, this session will provide familiarity with the technology that makes it easier to derive maximum value from the conference session.

You will learn how the cloud solution integrates with your existing SAP CRM/SAP ERP applications, as well as some examples of third-party integrations. You will also learn how the cloud works with your on-premise business processes, what is required for the integration, functional considerations for the integration, what is provided by SAP, and what you need to do for the integration. This will include an introduction to SAP HANA Cloud Integration (HCI).

Gain insight into the SAP CRM rapid-deployment solutions portfolio and roadmap complementing the CEC, including plans to continually improve the customer experience with new capabilities.

End-to-End SAP HANA Overview

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member/$695.00 Non-Member

Interested in learning about SAP HANA? Feeling overwhelmed with the depth and breadth of SAP HANA? Not sure where to start? Come join the SAP HANA product management team for a full-day, pre-conference session to get a primer on SAP HANA. SAP will provide an end-to-end overview of SAP HANA technologies, highlighting the must-have information for you to be SAP HANA ready and get you oriented for deeper-dive sessions in the main conference. Various SAP HANA product management team members will provide coverage across the many topic areas and will be on hand to answer your queries.

Hands-On Predictive Modeling and Application Development Using SAP HANA Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) and R

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$495.00 ASUG Member / $595.00 Non-Member

Build valuable predictive models and learn how to expose them in an SAP UI5 application. This hands-on session will allow you to easily create and deploy models using SAP HANA PAL and R. You will use easy-to-understand data and advanced algorithms to cluster, find associations, and create forecasts and predictions. You will create procedures using flow graphs in the application function modeler that combine PAL, R, and data manipulation functions.

Please note, attendees must bring their own devices, with remote desktop installed.

Implement an SAP Fiori-Like Application with SAP Web IDE and SAPUI5

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$495.00 ASUG Member / $595.00 Non-Member

At this session, you will learn how to create a Fiori-like application. When you build your own app with SAP Web IDE, the browser-based tool for rapid application development, you will benefit from a set of proven application patterns and UI controls. You will also experience a high degree of flexibility and control when developing with SAPUI5.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP NetWeaver BW Powered by SAP HANA – Deep Dive

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$695.00 ASUG Member / $795.00 Non-Member

This full-day, hands-on seminar is a series of activities focused on a subset of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 products in combination with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA. You will learn to use the different products from the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite 4.1 in combination with SAP data. The workshop will focus on a subset of the portfolio so that you can go beyond the basic steps and also learn some advanced techniques.

The session will provide you with hands-on experience for the following products:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office
  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio
  • SAP Lumira Desktop, SAP Lumira Cloud, and SAP Lumira Server

The workshop will be based on the latest product releases: SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.4, SAP Lumira Server 1.x, SAP Lumira Desktop 1.21 (or higher), SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office 2.0 (or higher).

Please note, attendees must bring their own devices.

Simplify IT and Introduce New Business Innovations with SAP Solution Manager

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Join senior SAP experts, trusted partners, and engaged customers for this highly-interactive networking session to share, discuss, and demo SAP Solution Manager.

  • Gain insight about the upgrade to SAP Solution Manager 7.2, the first release powered by SAP HANA, and the impact to solution documentation.
  • More and more companies use cloud services for their business. However, other components of the IT solution remain on premise. Want to know how to migrate from the old to the new world? How to ensure smooth operations? How to coordinate changes within the entire solution? Speakers will discuss important aspects related to these questions.
  • Learn how SAP Solution Manager supports the full end-to-end process, from managing business requirements to the complete solution. Speakers will cover the semi-automatic generation of business blueprints, the gap management process, implementation of missing functionality, and the test of the completed solution.
  • Understand the test-management best practices to implement the business process change analyzer (BPCA), include the innovations in preparation steps for BPCA including business process documentation and technical bill of materials (TBOM) creation.
  • With SAP Solution Manager, SAP has extends its scope towards IT project management by establishing integration between SAP Portfolio and Project Management (SAP PPM) and SAP Solution Manager. Learn about the new possibilities and benefits for the project management office (PMO) and the change management organization.
  • Experience a new application – the scope and effort analyzer (SEA) helps in better and more accurate planning of your SAP upgrades (support packages/enhancement packages) to help you see the benefit and ease of using this tool for your upgrade planning both from test management as well as from custom code adjustment use cases.
  • Take away how to set up and successfully run an operations control center (OCC) for proactive and alert-based SAP operations, an innovation control center (ICC) to facilitate the rapid prototyping of new solutions, business models, requirements, and integration validation (IV) to ensure that the integration of all software components works well and is safe from a data-consistency point of view. Also, understand how you can collaborate and obtain guidance with SAP experts and access the SAP knowledge base centrally through the mission control center (MCC).

Please note, attendees must bring their own devices.

Three P's (Partner, Portfolio & Performance) of a Well-Run Center of Excellence

Monday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Whether you are new to SAP, looking for new ideas to move your organization's performance to the next level, or looking for ways to better partner with your business, this session will contain valuable information you can start to use immediately to improve your organization.

The choices between on premise and cloud, new mobility applications, new user interfaces, new technical platforms, and new methodologies keep growing. As our innovation choices grow, we often overlook the impact these changes have on the 'people' aspect of the IT organization. This session will help you understand how these trends could influence the required skills, capabilities, and the staffing of an IT organization. You will gain a better understanding of how these trends will impact IT and how to best plan for the effect on your Center of Excellence.

Take Enterprise Asset Management Where It Matters Most with Mobile

Monday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$395.00 ASUG Member / $495.00 Non-Member

Whether you are new to SAP, looking for new ideas to move your organization's performance to the next level, or looking for ways to better partner with your business, this session will contain valuable information you can start to use immediately to improve your organization.

The choices between on premise and cloud, new mobility applications, new user interfaces, new technical platforms, and new methodologies keep growing. As our innovation choices grow, we often overlook the impact these changes have on the 'people' aspect of the IT organization. This session will help you understand how these trends could influence the required skills, capabilities, and the staffing of an IT organization. You will gain a better understanding of how these trends will impact IT and how to best plan for the effect on your Center of Excellence.

SAP's Mobile Platform Solutions – Access Data Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace Securely

Monday, May 4, 8:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member / $695.00 Non-Member

Accessing your mission-critical SAP business data can no longer be the sole domain of SAP GUI. Users demand to have access from anywhere and at any time using any device. SAP offers mobile solutions to get you there securely, rapidly, and on time.

Come to this session to learn what these solutions have to offer, from the simplicity of SAP Fiori-based user interfaces, rapid development with SAP Web IDE, and application development with SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services, to provisioning your applications and securing devices with SAP Mobile Secure. See how these solutions can work together to provide you and your users the access to SAP data you and they deserve.

During this session we will also feature customer success stories outlining how these solutions have transformed their businesses, including their key learnings.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Overall SAP mobile strategy
  • SAP Fiori – the gateway to mobilizing SAP applications
  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services
  • SAP HANA Cloud connector
  • Demo – Accessing on-premise with HCPms and SAP HANA Cloud connector
  • Developing online/offline hybrid applications with HCPms and the mobile SDK
  • Demo – online/offline hybrid application
  • SAP Web IDE
  • Demo – Develop a standalone application with SAP Web IDE
  • Demo – Developing a hybrid mobile application with SAP Web IDE
  • Mobilizing SAP Fiori
  • SAP Mobile Secure
  • Demo – Publishing a mobile app to mobile place
  • Demo – Wrapping an app with Mocana
  • How to Get Started – HCP trial accounts

INDUSTRY MEETINGS


Professionals in industries like utilities, rail, and chemicals also enjoy the opportunity to network with their peers and share best practices, lessons learned, and other insights between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4. The industry meetings are hosted by ASUG Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and are complimentary to event attendees.

Make the connection and join us on Monday to experience the ASUG network in action.