SAP’s TechEd 2018 in Las Vegas started on a Tuesday morning with a keynote ushering in a week of intelligent technologies and digital platforms. The keynote itself, from SAP’s Bernd Leukert, lacked the entertainment value of years past. No one appeared from a smoked-out DeLorean. No Captain Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise. Instead, SAP changed the colors on a small “car of the future”, mimicking the car being spray painted.
Despite the special effects, SAP’s made their point. The real time capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform, using APIs integrated with S/4HANA, showing a customer what their car being painted would look like was practical and important. Real time access to information for customers, and the ability of companies to program and provide it, is clearly the focus for SAP.
TeraThink attended SAP TechEd 2017 in sunny Las Vegas. SAP transported us from present day Vegas to the final frontier of the digital revolution. The conference kicked off with a keynote from Björn Goerke, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer. As a bonus, he came dressed as the legendary Captain Kirk on the mythical starship Enterprise! Goerke walked us through SAP’s vision of the digital transformation facing many present day organizations in their attempt to go digital (boldly) and blur the lines between their physical and virtual world.
SAP indulged the crowd with some space age demos of their new Leonardo platform to use drones, machine learning, spatial analytics, and computer vision to help Dole to automate farming of hundreds of acres of palm trees. Who doesn’t love drones and artificial intelligence? And what better way to indulge a room full of developers than to dress up as Captain Kirk, wear Vulcan ears, and present from the bridge of the Enterprise?
It is hard to believe that TeraThink is approaching its 14th year as an organization. It all started for some of us in 2003, when two Enterprise Resource Planning experts decided to build a company based on SAP, and its rapid growth in the Federal Government. Fast forward to 2013, a core capability was our SAP expertise and rapid growth into the Momentum Financials arena. Now, as 2017 begins, our Enterprise Applications solution area is at a crossroads. We are excited about the new direction it is taking us.
Let’s face it. If you work in the SAP world and haven’t heard about HANA, you’re living under a rock (or maybe still on R2?). In the past three years, every SAPPHIRE, ASUG, and TechEd (sorry, d-Code) event has focused primarily on HANA and its benefits. SAP is now even rewriting and pushing down their ABAP code to HANA to take advantage of its capabilities. S4HANA and Simple Finance have the capability of drastically simplifying an organizations data models. However, a number of customers have purchased HANA as their BI solution, but are not quite ready to take the leap to these solutions. That’s where the HANA Accelerators come in. The HANA Accelerators (aka, HANA Side Car) allows customers to leverage their HANA investment like never before. By redirecting the selects from their standard database to HANA, significant performance improvements can be gained with this technology. And the beauty of this solution is that the implementation time is very fast, saving you money and improving your ROI.