The event spanned over three days, May 16-18, and featured multiple keynotes and software announcements. Part 1 focused mostly on the release of SAP Leonardo, and this blog focuses on part two of the conference, which focused mainly on the S/4HANA update.
The Intelligent Future
Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE, kicked off day two discussing the Intelligent Future. He suggested that eventually there will be a mass exodus from the Business Suite to S4/HANA.
Plattner also suggested this will occur through any of the three delivery models:
- Public cloud
- Private cloud
SAP’s move from ERP Central Component (ECC) to S/4HANA will not happen immediately, but it will move quickly, as the technology underlying S/4HANA and its ability to build extensions to SAP in the cloud is much better.
It has taken roughly two years longer than they thought to migrate, as there are over 5,000 integration points, which makes up roughly 15% of SAP’s R&D budget. There are also a few significant changes, like moving from an 18-character to 40-character item number. In addition, almost every screen is different.
The Cloud Strategy
SAP’s S/4HANA is at the center of their cloud strategy. They have either already integrated, or in the process of integrating the following applications:
- Concur – Expense Management
- SAP Hybris – Customer Management
- SAP Fieldglass – Service Management
- SAP Ariba – Procurement
- SAP SuccessFactors – Human Capital Management
- SAP Analytics
The picture below details these entities.
Hasso also discussed the release of SAP Leonardo. He said Leonardo is a set of tools to build new style applications that can sit inside the SAP applications, not ones that take data from the ERP software and go somewhere else to figure out what to do.
SAP executes this inside the ERP, not outside. This enables the technology to not have to go from system to system, thereby reducing security risks and processing time.
SAP is building with Leonardo – In 2017, they will launch around twenty machine learning applications, and by next year, they aim to be at 50. By this time next year, customers will have built 100s of applications.
The new rules of software are more like how Tesla builds cars by continuously making changes and improve the software.
Hasso emphasized how new designs of applications need to be achieved together. They identified four different types of business applications:
- Intelligent transitions that automate high frequency repetitive tasks
- Analytics that make data-driven insights available to everyone
- Collaboration that taps into the collective intelligence of knowledge workers
- Digital Assistants that provide the right answers at the right time
The Digital Boardroom
Hasso ended his portion of the presentation by demonstrating analytics on a big screen and creating a digital boardroom, all inside the one system. SAP now uses this digital board room to run their meetings, eliminating the need for PowerPoints!
PowerPoint presentations are static, whereas this feature allow for real-time, information-driven metrics. An example of how this feature looks is below:
To learn more about S4/HANA, visit SAP’s website here.