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The poles of the community

There are currently two currents in the SAP community. At one pole is SAP with many business innovations, at the other end the existing customers and partners with IT tools to harden infrastructure and ERP architecture, a bipolar challenge.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
April 20, 2023
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This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Bipolar mission statement: ALM

SAP is currently placing high demands on the competence of existing customers and partners. On the one hand, a technical release change from ECC to S/4 is to be completed in record time; on the other hand, innovations such as IIoT, blockchain, machine learning, process mining and cloud computing are to be adapted. The SAP product ALM, Application Lifecycle Management, is a good paradigm for this enormous span: At one pole is the innovative Signavio tool for business process reengineering, at the opposite pole is an IT tool for operational and automated testing. A responsible SAP customer has to face these bipolar challenges. The task is to organize the simultaneity of process mining and automated testing with SAP ALM.

Key: Automation

One solution at the SAP base for managing the different flows is automation. Never before have so many SAP partners addressed this topic. The topic of automation and monitoring can not only guarantee secure SAP operations, but also cushion the current IT skills shortage. In preparation for the June E-3 cover story, SAP partners Avantra and Nagarrothat automation can achieve significant savings of two-thirds or more in basic customizing. It therefore makes a big difference in operations whether the CCC manager has to schedule 15 or only five man-days.

More information on automation at SAP Basis is available at the June 1 and 2 in Salzburg on the Competence Center Summit. The follow-up event to the legendary CCC Forum brings all the answers for successful SAP operations.

ALM and steampunk

SAP itself is dancing on many high tides at the moment. With ALM and Steampunk, the ERP world market leader shows the entire bandwidth between the operational and innovative pole. The entire SAP community is working on this bipolar roadmap. With IT tools such as automated testing, monitoring and license measurement at one pole and innovative app development on the BTP, Business Technology Platform, with low-code/no-code and steampunk, the embedded Abap, at the other pole, SAP, its partners and existing customers are trying to do justice to the digital transformation.


Luck in misfortune. If a bipolar challenge also exists, the two poles do not repel each other. Those who can harmonize the operational with the strategic will reap added value. As is so often the case in the SAP community, it is necessary to orchestrate different currents, trends, visions and poles. The challenge lies in the complexity of a Hana database and an ERP system S/4. Those who can connect the two poles end-to-end will be able to use the digital transformation to their advantage.

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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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.