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E3 Round Tables

Here you can find the recordings of our round tables that have taken place so far. Enjoy watching them!

Round Table: Suite for Finance from Workday

The classic R/3 modules FI, CO and AM are the heart and core competence of SAP. However, as part of the digital transformation, the needs and tasks relating to finance and controlling have changed. New providers with cloud-native concepts have entered the ERP market and cloud provider Workday claims to have a better solution for company-wide planning, implementation and analysis.

Together with experts from Workday, PwC Germany and Deloitte Consulting, we want to discuss the added value of Workday solutions for existing SAP customers. Why? Because digitalization has opened up and shifted the boundaries of traditional SAP systems. The use of alternative software has become a matter of course for existing SAP customers. Thinking outside the ERP box is the IT standard.


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Round table: Experiences from IT transformation projects

The round table discussion will provide every existing SAP customer with the necessary orientation and valuable transformation tips. The entire SAP community is facing the challenge of S/4 conversion. The direction has been set. The goal is also known to many existing SAP customers. However, the path is difficult and in some cases still unknown.


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SAP partners NTT Data and Natuvion are leading the way in S/4 conversion and have jointly produced a study that will serve as a guide and compass for the S/4 journey. This unique guide for every existing SAP customer will be presented in the E3 livestream and published downstream in the E3 cover story July/August 2024.

Technical progress and global developments are forcing existing SAP customers to constantly adapt their ERP systems. The fact that such projects are usually more complex and time-consuming than expected is demonstrated by the latest figures from this year's international transformation study, which is carried out annually by the SAP consultancy NTT Data Business Solutions together with the IT service provider Natuvion. The study provides descriptive insights into the IT transformation practices of companies with the aim of providing those responsible with a compass for future projects. More than 1,200 CEOs, CIOs and IT decision-makers from a total of 15 countries were surveyed on ongoing or completed transformation projects. The trend of moving applications to cloud platforms also continues unabated. Around 56% of the companies surveyed stated that they were using more cloud services as part of their transformation. In all countries surveyed, greater flexibility and faster customization options are the main reasons for cloud use.

S/4 conversion, cloud scalability, automation, data security and, of course, cloud computing are the topics of the exclusive round table on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 11 a.m. live on the E3 YouTube channel together with NTT Data and Natuvion.

CC Summit: S/4 conversion and cloud storage

With the upcoming SAP release change to Hana and S/4, the data management of existing SAP customers is coming into focus. Whether greenfield or brownfield, decisions must always be made as to which data should be archived, how large the Hana database should be and how future operations can be controlled and monitored. The SAP partner PCG, Public Cloud Group, and NetApp have developed concepts for this together with AWS. The orchestration for S/4 conversion and data management will be carried out jointly. Participants: Thomas Herrmann, Senior Business Development Manager - SAP and Philipp RichterBusiness Unit Director, from PCG Tobias Brandl, SAP Solutions Architect, and Elmar Neumann, SAP Solutions Architect, from NetApp.

CC-Summit: IT tools for Basis and SAP license management 

There are numerous challenges at SAP Basis that require special consideration: Of course, the right choice of licenses for a possible cloud operation comes first. How many FUEs, Full Use Equivalents, does the existing SAP customer need? With S/4 Hana, the SAP community is facing the biggest revolution of the past 50 years, but not in the organizational, business or technical area, but in license management: with the conversion from a purchase model to a rental model. Participants: Myria SchumacherSenior Product Manager for Dynamic License Control at HONICO, Tilmann Richl, Head of AI at ososoft, Guido Schneider, Managing Director of Software License Compliance 365 (SLC365) and Heiko Walter BernhartALM Consultant and Team Lead at itesys.

CC-Summit: IT architectures, suites and platforms of SAP Basis

Regardless of the operating model - on-prem or cloud - there are fixed parameters that must be fulfilled by SAP Basis. In this E3 roundtable, we will discuss the topics of security, automation, maintenance and, of course, the possible architectures and platforms for successful SAP operation as an on-prem, cloud or hybrid system. All participants will be available for further discussions in person at the SAP Competence Center Summit 2024 in Salzburg on June 5 and 6. Participants: Hans Haselbeck, Managing Director of EMPIRIUS, Albrecht MunzBusiness Development Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Nikoa Mitic, Lead Security Architect at itesys.

Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024

Steampunk, the code word for Abap on the SAP Business Technology Platform, and the BTP itself are at the center of a disruptive framework available for selection by existing SAP customers. An adapted programming model and an ERP platform are intended to open up new paths for existing SAP customers and partners and consolidate legacy systems. The functions and applications on the BTP range from security and authorization management to automation and business apps.

Round Table Coding and Develop

CC Summit: Coding and Develop

Many successful R/3 systems are also based on extensive Abap modifications. The question of total cost of ownership (TCO) in Abap coding rarely arose. With the advent of NetWeaver and new possibilities for system customization, also in the Z namespace, considerations regarding programming costs became more relevant.

Round Table License Management

CC Summit: License Management

The many aspects of new S/4 licenses based on existing SAP systems are a topic for specialists and a challenge for SAP Basis. Knowledge about the appropriate SAP license transformation and conversion is relevant for all basis managers. The S/4 conversion poses major challenges for license management in every respect.

CC Summit: Automation and Monitoring

The lack of adequate IT staff will continue to preoccupy the SAP community for some time to come. Many successful SAP partners are currently addressing the issue of automation, monitoring and observability. At the SAP Competence Center Summit on June 1 and 2 in Salzburg, numerous companies will present their solutions for SAP Basis automation.

CC-Summit: ALM and SAP Basis

SAP SolMan has reached its end-of-life. ALM and Cloud ALM is to be the successor. A major challenge for SAP Basis, because Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) has not yet mastered all the tricks of the legendary SolMan.

IaaS and Cloud Computing

When "cloud" is thought of fundamentally, hyperscaler and subscription fade into the background. Now it is no longer the location or the licensing model that is important, but only functions that are intended to benefit the user.

Supply Chain Planning

Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling, more precisely Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (SAP PP/DS) is known to many existing SAP customers from the APO environment (SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer of the R/3 era). The latest evolution is IBP, Integrated Business Planning.

New HR Work

New work in the cloud, in the home office, on the road needs a new people management as a success factor. HR must reinvent itself: In the past, HR was an administrative task of salary payments and vacation entitlements. Modern HR can not only do more, but must also do more in the spirit of New Work.

Customer Center of Expertise

Every existing R/3 customer knows the CCC: a win-win situation from the on-prem era between existing customers and SAP. It was and is a success story. But what's next? In a live discussion, DSAG board members Thomas Henzler and Walter Schinnerer will present the challenges and future of the CCoE, Customer Center of Expertise.

Success factors and S/4 best practices

More than 80 percent of all processes are almost identical at every company. Good standard software efficiently covers these commodity processes, but many companies overdo it with individual adjustments during implementation and use in the years afterwards.

Supply chain of the future

Many companies have heterogeneous system landscapes. This often leads to silo architectures and consequently to fragmented supply chains. In addition, the life cycle of common tools in supply chain management is expected to end in 2025.

SAP Licenses 2022: Cloud & On-prem

The release upgrade to S/4, the Hana database conversion and a possible path to the cloud pose many challenges for existing SAP customers, not only organizationally and technically, but also in terms of licensing law.

Round Table Red Hat

Red Hat for SAP. Open. For business.

End-to-end processes determine the field of activity in IT departments. The SAP world must be connected with the non-SAP world. Only business processes that are free of media discontinuities deliver the necessary added value.

Automation and SAP System Management

SAP partner Empirius has developed a very lean SAP system management tool in recent months. The offering is called EPOS, which stands for Empirius Planning and Operations Suite. This suite is primarily intended for SAP Basis.

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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


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.