SAP Business Suite at SAPPHIRE NOW 2013

Puneet Suppal

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Okay. So what’s the big deal about the SAP Business Suite this year? That’s what you perhaps might think having chanced upon the rather staid title of this post. Well, to put it simply, this is SAP’s Business Suite like never before! The world changed on January 10, 2013 when SAP announced that customers could now run their SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA.

Why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, the big difference comes from it now running on SAP HANA – the technology platform that delivers on the promise of “true” real-time business. In the public eye for about two years now, SAP HANA has revolutionized how we think and go about enterprise computing (See Vishal Sikka’s Blog: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day).

What does this mean for the SAP Business Suite user? Of course, it means dramatic performance uplift. However, there is clear value beyond speed alone. Because certain processes can be performed faster, they can be repeated more often if need be and can be used as simulations of business scenarios, thus enabling enterprises to run their operations more effectively. Also, it means newer, more efficient business processes can be deployed (even on-the-fly sometimes), to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Now all this has been discussed at length by many SAP experts and those in the ecosystem. I have sought to do my bit via numerous webcasts (an ASUG Strategy Builder Webcast series) and in-person sessions – keynote sessions (SAP Forum), education and microforum sessions (SAP Insider Conferences – HR; CRM/SCM; BI/FI/Admin), and impromptu discussions.

To build on this momentum I invite you to consider a wide variety of sessions at SAPPHIRE NOW. For easy reference, here is a link to an onside guide for all activity at SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando that pertains to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. If you are looking for a focal point on SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, you will find this in the Industry and Lines of Business Campus in the Exhibit Hall. It will look like this:

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Points to remember at SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando

I am hopeful you will check out all this amazing content at SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando, commencing May 14, 2013 (there are also ASUG pre-Conference sessions on May 13, 2013). While doing so, I urge you to internalize it knowing the following:

  1. A large number of customers have adopted SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA in the short period since the January 10, 2013 launch date. We have seen numerous customers desirous of taking full advantage of the capabilities here to effect game-changing business transformation.
  2. SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA delivers sustainable business and IT value across several Lines of Business and several Industries. You will find amazing customer stories at SAPPHIRE NOW featuring some of our early adopter customers. Also, featured will be SAP IT – SAP went live with SAP CRM powered by SAP HANA not too long ago!
  3. True to its commitment to provide customers with choice, SAP now provides yet another deployment option for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA – now on the cloud (Press Release). The new SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering combines the power of real-time with the simplicity of the cloud, affording you the opportunity to shorten your time to success! Of course, you still have the option to go for on-premise deployment – check all this out at the SAP HANA Discovery Zone at SAPPHIRE NOW!

So come on down to SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando, and let’s celebrate this amazing new milestone for SAP HANA and for the SAP Business Suite, and check out how you can gain from this amazing combination.

I will be there.

And, I hope you will too.

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