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ERP Visionary Officer

The SAP Executive Board works diligently and strives. As the executive board of a global corporation, on the other hand, it should act strategically, lead with vision, and act conceptually. Instead of leaving repair service behavior to capable management, SAP board members are content with operational tasks.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
April 13, 2023
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Strategy and vision in times of transformation

Everything has its time: Now it is up to the SAP managers and executives to repair the ERP architecture, while the Executive Board, with the support of the Supervisory Board, should turn its attention to the future. Of course, not all existing SAP customers have migrated to S/4 Hana yet. For many R/3 and Business Suite 7 users, the transformation will go into 2030, yet the S/4 successor T/5 Hana needs to be thought about now.

S/4 solution versus T/5 discourse

SAP's existing customers have a sufficiently viable ERP solution in front of them. With S/4 Hana as a private (on-prem) and public cloud, most of the challenges of the upcoming digital transformation can be solved. But the SAP community also needs a T/5 discourse: a vision of what could follow S/4. No answers are needed yet, because S/4 Hana will remain in maintenance until 2040. But there must be a discourse on ERP architectures and IT infrastructure so that development of T/5 Hana can begin in 2030.

Chief Visionary Officer

On the SAP Executive Board, there is less need for a marketing manager to look after the company's own customer experience and relationship management, because experienced SAP executives can also organize that very well. SAP CEO Christian Klein needs several people at his side for strategy and vision. SAP's existing customers need to know that they will continue to be on the right side with SAP software in the future. It is important and right that SAP continues to maintain the Abap programming language, see Steampunk. However, no ERP group needs an executive board position for these operational tasks. The same applies to topics such as BTP, ESG and cloud. For 2025 and beyond, Christian Klein needs an SAP Chief Visionary Officer.

Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine

Peter M. Färbinger, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief E3 Magazine DE, US and ES (, AG, Freilassing (DE), E-Mail: and Tel. +49(0)8654/77130-21

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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


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


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

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024


Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house 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.