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Cover story April 2024

SAP Basis with Cloud ALM, on-prem
and licenses.

Salzburg 2024: Hana and S/4 also need a robust SAP basis. The Customer Competence Center of SAP R/3 and Business Suite 7 is transforming itself with ALM, process mining and enterprise architects. The SAP Competence Center Summit in Salzburg is dedicated to this transformation process.

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SAP balance of innovation and risk management

April 19, 2024
Martin Hinz, Convista
Companies are facing various challenges and key issues in the digital transformation. The integration of AI and machine learning in particular is increasingly becoming an unavoidable trend.

Minsait receives recognition from SAP

April 19, 2024
E3 Magazine
Minsait has managed to generate the highest volume of business in Spain with its solutions and consolidate its position as a competent partner in the SAP universe.
A jointly developed solution enables real-time analysis of large amounts of data with AI and reduces power consumption and latency.
Natuvion has brought SAP and HCM specialist Niels Northe on board as Head of Human Capital Management (HCM).
The aim is to enter into strategic alliances with technological market leaders in order to offer innovative IT solutions.
SAP expects AI to lead to a huge transformation process and productivity gains, according to SAP Switzerland at the Sybit Expert Talk Switzerland 2024 at Zurich Airport.
SAP CEO Christian Klein gave an interview to the German magazine Computerwoche and promised improvements in ERP conversion and maintenance in five years with the help of AI. The journey seems to be the goal. But is it worth the wait? SAP is meandering through IT.
In a week's time, the E3 editorial team will be publishing a report on SAP licenses in our German May 2024 issue, with the recommendation that companies should perhaps select a larger cloud license package than is currently necessary in certain situations. Why is that?
S/4 is only the successor to ECC 6.0, but the SAP Business Technology Platform brings new perspectives, expanding horizons. SAP, however, is losing its unique selling point, and customers are gaining new freedoms.
On the trading floor, SAP CEO Christian Klein is taking off at breakneck speed. His reputation in the SAP community, however, is in tatters. Even the well-intentioned call for a reset by the German magazine Manager Magazin has not moved him to improve the situation.

How Relevant Is SAP?

March 21, 2024
The new central star in the SAP universe is supposed to be the BTP (Business Technology Platform). However, analyst Joachim Hackmann of PAC has found that only 24 percent of SAP customers are consciously using the BTP.

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Companies are facing various challenges and key issues in the digital transformation. The integration of AI and machine learning in particular is increasingly becoming an unavoidable trend.
No-name column
Many are familiar with the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter. The first time I tried to read the English original in 1989, I failed. However, after a lecture by AI pioneer Jürgen Schmidhuber, I purchased the German edition and devoured it from cover to cover.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for SAP customers to obtain relevant information about the capabilities of the ERP software they are using. The SAP list of prices and conditions seems to be the only remaining source of information.
The fact that S/4 Hana, as a completely new technology in the SAP universe, will have a fundamental impact on the current state of organizations has been known since its introduction in 2015. Since then, the topic has been an invisible elephant in the room for many companies.

Community News

Minsait has managed to generate the highest volume of business in Spain with its solutions and consolidate its position as a competent partner in the SAP universe.
A jointly developed solution enables real-time analysis of large amounts of data with AI and reduces power consumption and latency.
Natuvion has brought SAP and HCM specialist Niels Northe on board as Head of Human Capital Management (HCM).
The aim is to enter into strategic alliances with technological market leaders in order to offer innovative IT solutions.

Business Management

Minimizing attack surfaces, stregnthening applications—no SAP customer can avoid these cybersecurity basics today. Proactive SAP cybersecurity is a requirement. SecurityBridge has acquired a leading position in this area in recent years.
SAP-based purchasing reaches its limits when it comes to seamless collaboration with construction service providers. EVH, a municipal energy service provider in Halle (Saale), closes unpleasant process breaks with innovative 2bits tools.
Processing incoming invoices is often a major challenge for many organizations. Scanning, recording, checking, approving and then processing receipts takes a lot of time and offers great potential for automation.
In an era characterized by rapid technological progress and a constantly changing economic landscape, the ability of companies to adapt to new circumstances is more crucial than ever.

IT Management

SAP S/4 Hana is available both in the cloud and on-prem. Although SAP as a company prefers the cloud, there are many reasons to opt for a local installation, including security. This article compares both options.
SAP customer Schaeffler achieves rapid software provision across the entire value chain with low-code. 30 widely used applications with more than 4000 users are in use.
E3 Magazine was invited to the Kafka Summit London 2024. Here are our observations on the latest innovations in the Kafka Apache world.
E3 Magazine spoke with Greg Murphy, Staff Product Marketing Manager at Confluent, about Confluent's data streaming platform and its integration with SAP Datasphere on the BTP.

Economy

Preferred Partnership agreed for convenient procurement processes.
Natuvion Data Conversion Server. The SAP architects at Adesso Orange and the digital relocation specialist Natuvion have expanded their partnership.
Merger creates broad portfolio, strengthens SAP expertise, and expands team strength and global reach
SNP and IBM expand their long-standing partnership and establish a global Center of Excellence for SAP transformation.

People Management

E3 book tip

SAP S/4HANA - Architecture

If you use SAP S/4HANA, you need to know the system inside out. This book will help you master the technical architecture of SAP S/4HANA! Understand the new data and programming models and how they differ from SAP ERP. Learn more about technology components such as embedded analytics, extensibility and enterprise search. The authors guide you through the architecture of the individual application areas such as finance and logistics and show how they are integrated with each other.

 - Technical basics and principles of SAP S/4HANA
 - Application architecture of central areas such as finance, logistics, procurement and sales
 - Special features of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition architecture

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Working on the SAP basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. 

This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024

Venue

Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
At the exhibition center 2,
A-5020 Salzburg

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

Regular ticket:

€ 590 excl. VAT

Venue

Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
Kurfürstenanlage 1,
69115 Heidelberg

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024

Tickets

Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house B4Bmedia.net AG. The presentations will be accompanied by an exhibition of selected SAP partners. The ticket price includes the attendance of all lectures of the Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024, the visit of the exhibition area, the participation in the evening event as well as the catering during the official program. The lecture program and the list of exhibitors and sponsors (SAP partners) will be published on this website in due time.