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Tammy Powlas

#askSAP Call Recap

Posted by Tammy Powlas Oct 19, 2018

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Purpose of the askSAP call

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Themes

Augmented Analytics 2️⃣ Intelligent Enterprise 3️⃣ Hybrid Environments 4️⃣ Collaborative Enterprise Planning

 

 

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Data is massively growing

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Not just about visualization

Analytics is about being smarter, using machine learning to guide us

Capture and connect plans through enterprise without being a financial planning expert

"The One Simple Cloud strategy is about moving beyond human bias, with automated & assisted insights, from a connected environment"

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Inclusive strategy

 

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SAP is included in SAP applications such as SuccessFactors, Ariba

 

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Smart assist is making BI accessible to everyone

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Data Warehouse as a Service

 

Q: Do you have to be an SAP shop to use?

A: No, SAP Analytics Cloud works with other data sources and application types and run in hybrid landscapes

 

Q: Embed Analytics Cloud to integrate

A: API's available

 

Smart Predict

 

Intelligent enterprise, automate repetitive tasks, making business analysts more productive

(blog from yesterday):

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Help Business Analyst understand the results, best way to use prediction

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Drive adoption, show how use to solve business problems

Drive into transaction systems - Pai

 

Q: Is this in addition to what is on premise for predictive analytics?

A: in addition to what is on premise predictive analytics (tool for analysts & data scientists)

Cloud - simpler experience for business analyst

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Moving to a hybrid environment is the next evolutionary step

"Strategy is hybrid, bringing additional capabilities to innovate with agility in the cloud"

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Forrester research

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Licensing

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BI4.3 is planned next year with BOE maintenance until 2026

 

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Q: What is SAP BI 4.3? A: Hybrid for improved integration, enterprise readiness - simplifying deployment, user experience

 

Application Design

Part of SAP Analytics Cloud

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Professional design, guided apps, reuse elements from SAP Analytics Cloud

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Planned is planning and integration with Smart capabilities

Use dashboard to influence the model and rerun it

 

Watch the webcast replay for the in-depth demo, and this blog for a recap.

 

Q: What is the GA on app design?

A: Towards end of the year

Q: Is the scripting in app design based on JavaScript?

A: Scripting is based on JavaScript/TypeScript

 

BW/4HANA SAP Analytics Cloud

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Goal of BW/4HANA is to drive simplification

Deliver faster to the business when change an existing business scenario or a new data model

Data model is simplified; in the past had 10 modeling objects

Reduced to only 4 modeling objects  - infoobject, ADSO that keeps line item DSO, composite provider for query access, open ODS view

 

Middle of the above are simplified data flows

High performance analytics in BW4

Decision on layer is no longer based on performance implications

 

Reduced huge number of source connections (had 11 different source system types) - now down to 4 - one includes HANA, ODP, Big Data (Data Hub, Hadoop), File

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New user experience, eclipse based environment

BW/4HANA Cockpit, the central entry point for the administrator; web based UI5 technology so access to any device

 

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New process chain editor; integration with Data Hub and BW/4HANA (add structured/unstructured) process chains can trigger SAP Data Hub

 

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New is data tiering optimization; data movement from hot to cold/warm - it is done in the background

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Flexible conversion options

Next step is BW/4HANA 2.0 - planned for February 2019 with major enhancements

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How integrate "best of both worlds"?

No additional modeling, replication, data stays in BW, and Analytics Cloud can integrate

It is a unique integration

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What SAP Analytics Cloud can use

Can run queries in parallel

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Time dependent hierarchy support

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BW Structure support

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Variant support

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Rename dimension, create your own groups

 

Q: Will SAP Analytics Cloud perform authorization routines?

A:  When connecting to live data, automatically check data level security

 

Q: When should a customer go for BW/4HANA or SQL warehouse?

A: Not a decision done on feature/function level; customers who have no ABAP knowledge, perhaps consider SQL approach - can integrate with BW/4HANA

 

Q: Can Lumira Designer apps migrate to App Design?

A: So far, that is not planned as part of the immediate roadmap; not saying it will never happen as both products are not at same level of maturity

 

Q: What is the future of Lumira Designer?

A: Lumira Designer is the leading tool for professional dashboards; no plan to replace; SAP still committed to tool

 

Q: Is there is a mass import option of assets for SAP Analytics Hub?

A: Today Analytics Hub has API's and that API would allow you to script operations

Going forward, looking to clean up and tighten integration with BOE and SAP Analytics Cloud

 

Q: Which BI4x is required for live connectivity?

A: BI4.2 SP5 or above

SAP offers the opportunity influence innovations for next releases through the influence program Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI).  This is the third cycle of 2018.

What innovations are there?

There are several projects for which you can register. The following projects are relevant for the SAP BI Community Members (logon is required):

Analytics Consumption Pages in Intelligent Enterprise Suite

Business Transaction Types in Closing and Analytics and SAP S/4HANA

Customer Churn Analysis

Integration of Key User tools in SAP S/4HANA

Liquidity Planning and Analysis on SAP Analytic Cloud

Next Generation Business Intelligence Launch Pad with Fiori design for BI 4.3

SAP Analytics Cloud - Next Generation Smart Analytics

Speed up the design of WebIntelligence reports with templates

Viewing and Sharing Dashboards in SAP Analytics Cloud

 

These projects can be found here .

Follow-up after registration

When you register, you will be sent a confirmation from.  When you register for a project, you will be invited to an introductory call SAP; at this point further participation is optional. Typically signing a Feedback Agreement with SAP will be part of the procedure.

The deadline for this cycle is on November 9th

Reference:

How do I register on the Customer Influence website?
The process of registration is here online.

About the Customer Engagement Initiative


SAP wants customer’s early involvement in the development process. Many topics will be opened only for SAP customers, but there are also topics for which the contribution of partners is requested.

Note: The above information was pulled together from various sources: SAP, ASUG and VNSG with some edits by me.

Also check the SAP Continuous Influence topics listed below:

 

Continuous Influence OpportunityLink to project
SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligencehttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/895
SAP Analytics Cloud & SAP Digital Boardroomhttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/884
SAP Analysis for Mícrosoft Officehttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/889
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAPhttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/890
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platformhttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/891
SAP BusinessObjects Mobilehttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/892
SAP BusinessObjects Roambihttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/893
SAP BusinessObjects Semantic Layerhttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/894
SAP Crystal Reportshttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/897
SAP Analytics Hubhttps://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/942

 

New added back - Lumira Designer: https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/1586

 

Other

Consider registering for these upcoming ASUG influence council sessions:

December 4 INFL: Mobile BI Influence Council Re-launch

ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council Launch.- see a recap of the launch here. If you are interested in joining the council, take the survey today.  Deadline is October 19th

If you missed the webcast you can watch the replay of the ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council launch here

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Welcome to Fall, end of Q3 2018.     We have some influence opportunities for you, call for speakers is open for BI+Analytics Conference 2019, and call for speakers for ASUG Annual Conference 2019 is planned for November 2018.

 

 

 

News to Know  

 

BI+Analytics Research Report is Available - Download today

You're invited to download BI+Analytics Research Report, a compilation of hot topics and issues brought up through one-on-one research calls, in-person round table events and a survey.  This information will be used to help develop the content needs for the BI+Analytics Conference, March 11-13th.  We are looking forward to co-location of the 2019 BI+Analytics conference with SAP Centric Finance.

 

For years now, Eventful Conferences has specialized in developing communities of common interest for business and IT professionals. Intense research with these communities is conducted via process known as the round tables and surveys, where both the challenges faced and opportunities perceived are identified.

 

 

Months of research has been conducted, revealing the trends and challenges being faced by BI and Analytics professionals.  This report summarizes the results and explores some of the challenges facing the BI and Analytics profession, as well as the opportunities for change that creates greater success. The themes identified in this research inform the agenda for the BI+Analytics conference being held in March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas. This event will cover real-life customer case studies, hands-on workshops, in-depth interactive sessions, and SAP expert presentations

 

Call for Speakers

Have you or a co-worker experienced a success or failure in the world of SAP Analytics that if you had known, you would have saved time, effort, or money? If so, you are invited to submit an abstract talking about it. Eventful Conferences is collecting your amazing stories to share with the conference selection committee so if you have a story you’d like to submit for consideration for the 2019 conference, please do so (that portal is open through Oct. 19th).

 

Opportunities to Influence      

ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council Launch.- see a recap of the launch here. If you are interested in joining the council, take the survey today.

If you missed the webcast you can watch the replay of the ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council launch here

Have a Voice in shaping ASUG Annual Conference 2019

Would you like to review content to help shape ASUG Annual Conference 2019, May7-9?  ASUG is looking for reviewers.  Right now this is open for customers only.  If you are interested, please complete this survey today.

 

Call for speakers is planned for November.  Look for our BI+Analytics track.

 


Upcoming Webinars

 

 

More are being planned

 

For a list of our 2018 webinar recordings/replays please see this link.

 

 

Message from SAP

Register now for  #askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call - SAP Analytics Fall 2018 Innovation Update

 

 

Topic: SAP Analytics Fall 2018 Innovation Update

October 18, 2018 -  8:00 am PDT | 11:00 am EDT | 5:00 pm CEST

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S/4HANA 1809 was released last Friday

 

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Objectives for today

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What is Central Finance?

In future, see Central Finance as a building block for Intelligent Enterprise

 

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Finance becomes driver of change

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Evolution from reporting to centralizing finance processes

 

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Source systems feed Central Finance

SLT is the middleware tool; replicates from source system to Central Finance interface, undergoes mapping logic, connected/integrated with MDG

Behaves like the document posted in S/4HANA Finance

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Central payment; now have option to handle payables/receivables centrally, payment and dunning can be done in central system

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Have to pay historic open items in source system

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Not promote the costing based CO-PA any more

Universal journal should be source of truth

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MM person can see if item is paid

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This was a SAP webcast

ASUG has the following upcoming SAP Analytics Cloud webcasts:

November 13 Smart Predict

November 14 SAP Analytics Cloud Integration with SAP BW: Best Practices

 

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Data driven organizations

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Agenda

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1 tool for analytics, planning, predictive, reporting

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"push" information that makes sense

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Scenarios

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"enabling the intelligent enterprise"

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How streamline experience, so the system guides you, you know what you want to do, create the charts/types you need to get the information across

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Report center; 1 user experience, pivot to unified reporting in SAP Analytics Cloud

encourage turning this on

Timelines

https://community.successfactors.com/t5/Reporting-Analytics-and/Innovation-Alert-Upcoming-Universal-Feature-Report-Center/ba-p/214410

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Accelerated with templates

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"one solution"

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Impacts

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Timelines

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How to transition

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A hospitality example

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Connects to Workforce Analytics today

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You're invited to download the link to download the BI+Analytics Research Report, a compilation of hot topics and issues brought up through one-on-one research calls, in-person round table events and a survey.  This is to support the BI+Analytics Conference, March 11-13th, co-located with SAP Centric Finance.

 

For years now, Eventful Conferences has specialized in developing communities of common interest for business and IT professionals. Intense research with these communities is conducted via process known as the round tables and surveys, where both the challenges faced and opportunities perceived are identified.

 

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Months of research has been conducted, revealing the trends and challenges being faced by BI and Analytics professionals.  This report summarizes the results and explores some of the challenges facing the BI and Analytics profession, as well as the opportunities for change that creates greater success. The themes identified in this research inform the agenda for the BI+Analytics conference being held in March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas. This event will real-life customer case studies, hands-on workshops, in-depth interactive sessions, and SAP expert presentations

 

Call for Speakers

Have you or a co-worker experienced a success or failure in the world of SAP Analytics that if you had known, you would have saved time, effort, or money? If so, you are invited to submit an abstract talking about it. Eventful Conferences is collecting amazing stories to share with the conference selection committee so if you have a story you’d like to submit for consideration for the 2019 conference, please do so (that portal is open through Oct. 12).

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What are you waiting for?

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Loblaw's Ankita Singh will be presenting next week at SAP TechEd Las Vegas.  Ankita's session is as follows:

AIN229Best Practices from Loblaw for Accelerating Innovation and Testing

It is Wednesday, October 3, 9:15 AM.  See Your guide to ASUG Sessions at SAP TechEd Las Vegas  for a full list of ASUG sessions and schedule.  Also a downloadable version of the ASUG Schedule in Excel is available here: Grid for ASUG Sessions @ SAP TechEd

 

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From her LinkedIn profile, Ankita is Lead, Central Services, IT Quality Engineering & Assurance at Loblaw Companies.

 

Q: Please tell us about you

 

I am the Portfolio Lead at Loblaw Companies Limited. I manage Regression, Service Virtualization, SOA, Performance Engineering, Automation and Test Data Management portfolios. As part of my role, I am responsible for the seamless QA delivery of IT projects within the Enterprise QA Portfolio and provide oversight and governance for vendor related activities. I am responsible for fostering strong relationship & partnership to drive improvements to IT project quality. I immigrated to Canada in 2016 and have been working for Loblaw Companies Limited.

 

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

 

I love to spend time with my family and travelling is my passion. I love travelling to different places and doing adventure activities. Few other activities I often indulge are dancing and cooking.

 

Q: Tell us about SAP TechEd

 

This will be my first year at SAP TechEd and I am very excited to be attending as a speaker. I am also looking forward to the sessions with SAP Experts on best practices and useful advice. The agenda looks promising and I am planning to utilize my first year at  SAP TechEd in the best possible way.

 

Q: Why should someone attend your session?

 

Business continuity with zero disruption is one of the challenges organizations face. My session will focus on how we use LiveCompare to do our regression analysis for our SAP projects to ensure no risk to production. Understand how can we use smart analytics to reduce testing.  We will also discuss how can we manage change, realizing business value faster, with zero defects and zero risk.

 

Thank you so much to Ankita and to all of ASUG SAP TechEd presenters! We can’t wait to learn from you next week

Your guide to ASUG Sessions at SAP TechEd Las Vegas - downloadable link here Grid for ASUG Sessions @ SAP TechEd

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Volunteer-led Education starts here:

DayStartEndSession IDTitleSpeakers
Tuesday - October 2, 201811:00 AM12:00 PMAIN117AI and NLP Techniques in Real-World Advanced Manufacturingkrishna kamisetty Lockheed martin;
11:00 AM12:00 PMAIN226360° View of Your Business with SAP Fiori Launchpad KPI Tiles DashboardUladzislau Pralat Panasonic Canada, Inc.;
11:00 AM12:00 PMCNA232Start Working with SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOSAlisdair Templeton Independent;
11:00 AM12:00 PM
EXP205
Lessons Learned with Our SAP S/4HANA ConversionRavikanth Pebbati Cardinal Health;
12:15 PM  1:15 PMAIN308Interactive Influence: SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence PlatformKevin Geiger Kimberly-Clark Corp; Blair Wheadon SAP;
12:15 PM  1:15 PMCGE222Migrating from Enterprise Ajax Portal UX to SAP Fiori: What Was LearnedKatrina Koomey DOI;
12:15 PM  1:15 PMCNA409Tech Deep-Dive: Cloud ROI via SAP Landscape Management and Microsoft AzureJames Gervais Treasury Board of Canada;
12:15 PM  1:15 PMOPP401Using SAP Solution Manager to Monitor Your Interfaces and ConnectionsZach Davis NIMBL;
12:15 PM  1:15 PMSEC401Protect Your Business Data from Cyber Threat VulnerabilitiesSuvrangshu Ghosh Varian Medical Systems;
  1:30 PM  2:30 PM
DAT401
ASUG Influence Council: Enterprise Data WarehouseEric Leicht J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Josh Djupstrom SAP Labs;
  1:30 PM  2:30 PMEXP103ExxonMobil’s Experiences with an SAP HANA-Based IT Platform ImplementationChristine Burke ExxonMobil;
  2:45 PM  3:45 PMCNA233How You Can Do DevOps Within Your SAP LandscapeChris Kernaghan Bluefin Solutions;
  2:45 PM  3:45 PMDAT308Improving the Management of Master Data with SAP Master Data GovernanceRanju Pancholi Intel Corporation;
  2:45 PM  3:45 PMDAT312How American Hotel Register uses SAP HANA based EDW for next gen analyticsJulie Odejewski American Hotel;
  2:45 PM  3:45 PM
INT206
Integrating SAP ID Management Rest API with SAP Fiori for UAMJoseph Siegfried Schlumberger;
  4:00 PM  5:00 PMAIN225Interactive Influence: Application Building with SAP Analytics CloudEric Schemer SAP;
  4:00 PM  5:00 PMOPP105How Coke One North America(CONA) Uses SAP Fiori to Enhance User ExperienceSripathi Jitta CONA Services, LLC;
  5:15 PM  6:15 PMDAT218Extending SAP SuccessFactors Solutions with Cloud Solutions from SAPErik Ebert GP Strategies;
  5:15 PM  6:15 PMSEC205GRC Maturity Road Map and Strategy for Long-Term Enterprise IT SystemsKapil Goyal Deloitte and Touche LLP;
  5:15 PM  6:15 PMSEC308Software Hacking: Let Google Hack Your SystemAlessandro Banzer Xiting LLC;
Wednesday  - October 3, 2018  8:00 AM  9:00 AMDAT309Strategy to Master Your SAP HANA Database Administration Like a ChampionJavid Qureshi ExxonMobil;
  8:00 AM  9:00 AMEXP206Industry 4.0 at Lockheed Martin: How SAP is Enabling the Digital FactoryBryan Massie Lockheed Martin;
  8:00 AM  9:00 AMOPP106How SRP Simplifies SAP Deployments to Support Business Innovation Suzanne Casey Salt River Project;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMAIN229Best Practices from Loblaw for Accelerating Innovation and Testing Ankita Singh Loblaw Companies Ltd;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMAIN309Learn How to Build a Huge Analytics Platform with SAP AnalyticsDibakar Bhattacharyya Deloitte Consulting LLP;
  9:15 AM10:15 AM 
CGE221
Mobile Sales via SAP Screen Personas: Lessons Learned at Brown FormanDamean Chen Brown-Forman;
10:30 AM11:30 AMAIN114Interactive Influence: Review and Influence SAP Mobile Analytics StrategyBrian Marier Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Santi Becerra SAP;
10:30 AM11:30 AMAIN401Interactive Influence: SAP Analysis for Microsoft OfficeAlexander Peter SAP;
10:30 AM11:30 AMOPP302SAP Fiori at Chevron: Business Value Added and Mobility EnablementKanary Cabreros Chevron;
11:45 AM12:45 PMEXP210SAP HANA Migration: A Developer’s Guide to Custom Code RemediationShari Huval Boston University;
11:45 AM12:45 PM
SEC309
Essentials for Setting Up Security, Audit, and Compliance on SAP HANASanjay Mahajan Fitch Ratings;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMCGE104ASUG Influence Council: User Experience and User Interface for SAP SoftwareDavid Arfa
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMCNA126Lockheed Martin Explores the CloudJeff Morin Lockheed Martin;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMCNA410Time After Time: Creating Flexible Time Period Comparisons in SAP HANADesmond Foley Breakthru Beverage;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMEXP401Focused Solutions for SAP Solution Manager: Preconfigured and Ready to RunRakesh Gunda Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PM
CNA407
Technical Lessons Learned from Customer Conversions to SAP S/4HANAAlbrecht Gass smartShift Technologies;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PMDAT217Interactive Influence: Review and Influence the SAP HANA Platform StrategyBrian Marier Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Thomas Jung SAP Labs;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PM
DAT221
Integrate Enterprise Analytics Using Azure Data Lake on Cloud at Microsoftrick foucht Microsoft Corporation;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMCNA230ASUG Influence Council:  SAP S/4HANA MigrationMichael Giessner  Nike; Peter Keller SAP;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMDAT402Tips and Tricks for Scaling SAP HANA Extended Application ServicesSergio Guerrero Lockheed Martin;
  4:45 PM  5:45 PMCNA325SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA Conversion: Do It in ~6 Months with Lean ResourcesLovnish Mahajan Velocity Technology Solutions;
  4:45 PM  5:45 PMEXP402Enhancing Your ABAP Development SkillsNiko Faradouris smartShift Technologies;
  4:45 PM  5:45 PM
SEC206
How Machine Learning is Going to Be Affected by GDPRkarthik Paladugu Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu;
Thursday, October 4, 2018  8:00 AM  9:00 AMAIN227SAP Analytics Cloud Influence SessionIngo Hilgefort SAP;
  8:00 AM  9:00 AMCGE223Insights from The Weather Company in SAP CoPilot for Intelligent PlanningStephen Porton IBM UK Ltd;
  8:00 AM  9:00 AMDAT311General Mills Migration Experience: SAP HANA Appliance to SAP HANA TDIAlan Maskey General Mills;
  8:00 AM  9:00 AMSEC403How to Secure your SAP Systems to Successfully Pass a Penetration TestHolger Piprek Schlumberger;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMCGE230SAP Screen Personas 3 ways: Simplified UX on Browser, Desktop and MobileSimon Kemp PLAUT IT Australia;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMCNA124How to Deploy and Run Super Big Databases on SAP HANA Large InstancesSachin Ghorpade Microsoft;
  9:15 AM10:15 AM 
CNA406
How Customers are Integrating SAP S/4HANA Cloud in Today’s Hybrid LandscapeChristian Spitz IBM;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMDAT220ASUG Influence Council: Test Data Provisioning for SAP SolutionsMichael Wild Nike; Peter Keller SAP;
  9:15 AM10:15 AMEXP207ASUG Influence Council:  SAP Solution ManagerJohn Krakowski SAP;
  9:15 AM10:15 AM 
INT303
Using SAP HANA, Express Edition with No SAP Software ExperienceScott Hathaway Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.;
10:30 AM11:30 AMAIN402ASUG Influence Council: SAP Lumira, Designer EditionDavid Stocker SAP;
10:30 AM11:30 AMAIN403Interactive Influence: SAP BusinessObjects Web IntelligenceGregory Botticchio SAP;
10:30 AM11:30 AMCGE225SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS: What ABAP and SAPUI5 Devs Need to KnowMike Doyle Kintbury Consulting Pty Ltd;
10:30 AM11:30 AMEXP208Wow End-Users by Rapidly Deploying SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office Mark Liston FBL Financial;
11:45 AM12:45 PMAIN228How ArcelorMittal Analyzes Custom ABAP and Prepares for SAP S/4HANAAndy Bent ArcelorMittal;
11:45 AM12:45 PMCNA408The ABAP Developer Evolution JourneyJelena Perfiljeva IBM;
11:45 AM12:45 PMINT302Honeywell: Transforming into an Industry 4.0 Digitally Connected FactoryWajid Mir Honeywell International Inc.;
11:45 AM12:45 PMSEC310How to Secure RFMs by Using the Unified Connectivity CockpitWilder Latino Jabil;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMCNA228Disaster Recovery Implementation for SAP Applications in a Private CloudVENKATESAN GOPALAKRISHNAN Honeywell;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMEXP209SAP HANA TDI Scale-Out Architecture for a SAP HANA Analytics ImplementationSachin Korde Honeywell International Inc;
  1:00 PM  2:00 PMINT208Leveraging Celonis to Improve Engineering PerformanceStephan Gerali Lockheed Martin Corp.;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PMCGE105Transaction Hubs: Express User Experience and Simplifying User ActivitiesPardhu Gorripati Citrix systems inc;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PMCGE228Boston University Transforms User Experience with a Design Thinking MindsetDavid Boloz Boston University;
  2:15 PM  3:15 PMDAT310How Lockheed Martin Managed Challenges During an SAP Data Services UpgradeMohan Bachal Lockheed Martin;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMCGE227How Lockheed Martin Uses SAPUI5 to Centralize a Manual PR Request SystemAudrey Mays Lockheed Martin;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMCGE229Building dApps with SAP Fiori on Ethereum Blockchain PlatformRatan Kumar Yalamanchili TATA Consultancy Services;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMCNA227Overview of SAP HANA Deployment Options – Including TDI5 UpdateTomas Krojzl IBM;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMCNA415Test Driven Development with ABAPGraham Robinson Yelcho Systems Consulting;
  3:30 PM  4:30 PMDAT219Learn to Expose CDS Views as OData Services Using SAP GatewayShetulkumar Chothani IDEXX Laboratories Inc.;
  4:45 PM  5:45 PMCNA229Comprehensive Agile DevOps Pipeline for SAPUI5 Deployment Andrew Aleman Lockheed Martin;
  4:45 PM  5:45 PMSEC311Simple Steps to Winning the Compliance BattleBritta Simms IBM;

BITI September Newsletter

ASUG BITI SIG Update

Welcome to the SAP TechEd edition of the BITI Newsletter! We are excited to provide information that is relevant in helping you “make the pieces fit” for your organization! 

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The Business Integration, Technology, & Infrastructure ("BITI") Community is comprised of Special Interest Groups dedicated to improving the experience of our peers responsible for maintaining and improving infrastructures, processes and tools for the effective operation of enterprise business systems.   BITI is targeted toward SAP users who have an interest in areas including Development, Operations, Testing, Workflow, Archiving, and provides technical content and resources for analysts and developers working with SAP tools and databases.

What’s coming up at SAP TechEd?

This year SAP is offering 35 first-rate Learning Journeys across eight conference tracks – all of which apply to the BITI SIG.

Learn the background behind this groundbreaking content structure change or directly check out the eight tracks

SAP TechEd ASUG Must-Attend Sessions: Click here for  sessions you don't want to miss.

Learn the basics and get the overview in lectures, deepen your expertise in hands-on sessions, mini code jams or code reviews, and get a look into the future in road map sessions. You'll also be able talk to SAP experts and see visionary showcases on the show floor, and self-study in the app space.

All content from SAP and ASUG comes together under the umbrella of the Learning Journeys, offering tremendous opportunities and value at SAP TechEd for everyone.

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Are you ready to Influence SAP? Join ASUG at SAP TechEd Las Vegas for these ASUG Influence sessions

SAP and ASUG Volunteers invite your input at these ASUG Influence Sessions at SAP TechEd (October 2-5, Las Vegas). ASUG SAP Point of Contact Ingo Hilgefort spoke about the power of one voice, something that Influence Councils provide, in this blog.

 

The ASUG Influence sessions are planned to be interactive and discussion-oriented, and some will include presentations from SAP about future product and roadmap direction. This is a unique opportunity for you to give feedback to SAP about current product development and help SAP shape a strategy for the future. SAP welcomes input from all users at these sessions, so make your voice heard and attend. Please consider adding these sessions to your agenda:

CNA230

ASUG Influence Council:  SAP S/4HANA Migration

DAT220

ASUG Influence Council: Test Data Provisioning for SAP Solutions

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Interactive Influence: Review and Influence the SAP HANA Platform Strategy

As you are completing your SAP TechEd agenda filled with the many great educational sessions, consider including one or more of the above ASUG Influence Council sessions in your schedule. Not to be missed!

 

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Agenda is shown above

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Left shows import data connections, the right shows live data connections

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Who can create connections?  See the roles above

You can share connections with the team

Import Data to the Cloud

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Importing & storing it in the cloud

Updates can be scheduled

Limit on connection - 8K rows 100 columns

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On premise system, use the Cloud Connector and the SAP Cloud Agent

 

Connect to Live Data

 

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Data sources are above

Create framework, metadata, then goes to firewall of connection, and data does not leave firewall

Do not have limit of 8K rows

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Runs on external server to get the metadata

This is the most known method

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No external server needed

Some configuration needed on browser; install certificate

 

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How to connect to several environments - BW Development, etc

Reverse proxy - redirect browser to as many paths / resources as needed

Direct - each system has a certificate

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No additional server, better performance - direct is supported by SAP

 

Sometimes customers run into problems with reverse proxy and think something is wrong with SAP Analytics Cloud; usually it is reverse proxy problems

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See data sources/versions that can do the Live Data Connection

You can go to lower versions with support packs applied SAP Note 2541557 (BW) https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2541557

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Q&A

Dear SAP, will it be possible to connect SAP Data Services (former BODS) to SAC?

 

At the moment this data would be accessed via an SAP Universe stored on the Business Intelligence Platform per https://help.sap.com/doc/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/3600be69a97a4b2888e73dcebbfa8ace.html

 

 

 

Hi, what are the risks if we don't install an SSL certificate in the direct connection scenario? Considering that the exposed data is metadata only.

SAP Analytics Cloud enforces the requirement for an SSL Certificate for direct connections so it is not optional.

 

 

 

Is connection with some of application like PeopleSoft (oracle) is possible with OData Connection ?

 

 

Can we have both reverse proxy and direct connection for a single SAC tenant?

 

The recommended approach is Direct connection which can be routed through a reverse proxy if you need access from a browser outside the firewall per https://blogs.sap.com/2017/04/10/direct-live-hana-connections-in-the-internet-scenario/

 

 

 

Can an SAC story/dashboard include data across different connections, for example a live connection and an imported data file

 

yes a Story can include data from both Live and Import connections.

 

 

Can we connect to social media data sources (i.e. twitter)?

I recommend looking https://www.sap.com/products/data-hub.html

 

I have been using SAC without an SSL certificate with a Direct Connection via CORS for over 6 months now.

 

this is possible if the certificate is accepted in the browser. This is not recommended.

 

That point that says no additional server required is incorrect as you need a server to manage the ssl certificates.

 

A certificate authority is required to sign the certificate. This can be an internal system such as Window 2012 or other software or a commercial certificate authority. More information is available on the SAP Trust Center at https://www.sap.com/about/cloud-trust-center.html

 

In a BW live connection there is no way to create hierarchies, how could you do them?

 

the BW Live connection can consume BW Hierarchies with some limitations which are being worked on. This information is detailed at https://help.sap.com/doc/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/ba7ee8dc6dcd4069b210ec712be52a31.html

 

 

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