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IBM @ Sapphire 2013

For those of you who will be attending the SAPPHIRE and/or ASUG annual conference in Orlando, IBM will be having a big presence at the conference. IBM will be presenting at 15 different ASUG and SAPPHIRE breakout sessions and will have a number of additional featured sessions. The IBM booth will have IBM experts on all facets of solutions around SAP. We will get you in contact with the right people who can answer any questions you may have. You can also check out all of the new solutions IBM has for SAP at the IBM booth. I will personally be manning the IBM booth with respect to SAP solutions on z. Whether you are running SAP on z or not, it would be great to see you.  Please stop by and say hello.

The following link has lots of information on all of the different activities IBM will have at the SAPPHIRE and ASUG conference. For your convenience, some general information is listed below in section A. Some key topics covered in the Experiential Zone are covered below in section B. The 15 different breakout sessions are covered in section C below.

 A) Join IBM at the SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference, May 14 – 16 in Orlando

For more than four decades, IBM and SAP have worked together to deliver superior ROI through tens of thousands of successful implementations to help companies innovate, adapt, and Compete in the Era of SMART

Visit IBM at booth #1017 to see how businesses successfully integrate IBM products and solutions

–Front Office & Mobility Solutions: Improve ProductivityAnywhere – Everywhere

–Cloud Computing: Reduce costs and improve flexibility

–SAP Analytics and SAP HANA

–Enterprise Application Services, Line of Business &Industry Solutions: Optimize SAP Investments

–Breakthrough Technologies: World Class Infrastructure, IBM DB2 and Middleware

Featured sessions

Tuesday, May 14 1p – 140p: Under Armour speeds real time decisions to maximize product availability
Wednesday, May 15 4p – 4:40p: GM’s Big-Bang Service Parts Transformation
Tuesday, May 14 12p – 12:45p: Micro forum – Energize Your SAP Software Investment with IBM DB2 10.5 BLU Acceleration

2) Talk with our experts on key topics at the Experiential Zones:
Predictive Maintenance
What happens if you can’t make your product? How much money do you lose? What is the impact to an automotive enterprise such as the customers, consumers, dealers, wholesalers and shareholders? You rely on equipment, machines and plants to produce the products you sell and the Preventative Maintenance Solution from SAP has been developed to keep you from having any disruption. Our unique and powerful solution is the marriage of IBM and SAP’s innovative technologies. We have combined the IBM research department, our Watson artificial intelligence technology, SAP HANA, SAP Business Objects, SAP Mobility & Syclo and IBM hardware. This new innovative solution will allow Automotive OEMs, Suppliers, Dealers to predict more accurately their maintenance strategy for each piece of equipment in their enterprise.
Learn how to decrease unplanned equipment / machine/ plant down time
Learn how to reduce planned downtime
Learn how to reduce replenishment stock
Learn how to get maximum value from parts and repair / replace before failure
Learn how to reduce work order mistakes

Connected Care
The SAP Predictive Analytics in a Connected Health Care solution establishes critical components of a closed loop analytics environment.  This solution establishes a industry leading data model that captures front office data (implant device, health and wellness, other 3rd party patient data) and integrates it with core back-office data (inventory, customer, sales, manufacturing) to provide connected patient, device, payer and provider analytics.  In addition, advanced, predictive analytics are used to evaluate the data captured in the data model to provide insight into the patient or device’s health which will provide critical insight into a patients health and ultimately drive lower health care costs.  The connected care solution will demonstrate the power of integrating the front office and back office with real time analytics through HANA, an approach that can be used for other med device and life sciences companies, as well as for other industries dealing with similar ecosystem challenges.

Customer Loyalty
The “IBM Loyalty Management Concept Application” connects seamlessly into IBM’s Enhanced Loyalty Management Solution for SAP and enables loyalty program members to connect and transact like never before. This comprehensive app shows real-time reward updates, loyalty account information, purchase history, and personalized promotions computed by IBM Research’s unique analytics engine. The mobile application provides for mCommerce and rewards redemption capabilities.

The use of the application results in increased customer loyalty, transaction volume, and promotional conversion rates.

Key features:
Manage loyalty accounts – review your account points, status levels, and upcoming rewards
Get benefits and share – get personalized offers, share them with your social network, and add them to your loyalty card for future use
Find stores – use the store locator to search for directions and details
“Lay away”- a method to borrow points for future transactions

3) IBM break-out sessions at ASUG and SAPPHIRE

1) IBM and SAP Transportation Management – Experiences in the Transportation Industry

ASUG session 4505

Within IBM, SAP Transportation Management is a strategic focus and IBM has teamed with SAP to deliver a next generation transportation management solution for DHL.  This session will describe the project scope, status, and IBM’s role and relationship with SAP and Transportation Management.

2) Portal/ESS From Blueprint and Workshops to WDA/ABAP Configuration, Security, and Second Level PIN Authentication to an Employee Self-Service Portal

ASUG session 2101

This presentation will cover ESS Implementation experience with SAP Neteaver Portal 7.3 and ehp5 ECC. Presenters will demostratate the portal functionally of ESS time and pay statements and intgeration of a second level authentication. They’ll discuss implementation approach blueprinting via prototyping; show solutions to WebDynpro ABAP configuration challenges; and demo some ABAP enhancement for Info Type integration and explain some of the security and onboard process challenges. Presenters will also demonstrate and show  under-the-hood  functionality of the second Level PIN Authentication, including PIN reset and know its store on an Info Type. They will show documents and approach as well as configuration in our session that are useful to anyone thinking of implementing ESS with NW 7.3 and ehp5+. This session will offer some lessons learned on NW 7.3 Portal and ECC eph5 implementation.

3) Energize Your SAP Software Investment with IBM DB2 10.5 BLU Acceleration

SAPPHIRE session 88564

Whether you’re an SAP and DB2 veteran or want to explore superior alternatives to an incumbent non-DB2 database, join to discuss how exciting new joint innovations make an SAP software and DB2 LUW combination the best-of-breed business solution, including BLU Acceleration.

4) Case Study: How First Solar Achieved Real-Time Analysis of Supplier and Delivery Performance Metrics Using SAP HANA Enterprise Solution.

ASUG Session 1203

IT organization was challenged to stay abreast with changing data needs due to the nature of solar energy industry trends. Business users want reliable and real-time reporting capabilities to make informed and critical business decisions. At the same time First Solar wants to enable business self-service analytical capabilities with SAP HANA platform for addressing current and future information needs. The goal of the SAP HANA Enterprise project implementation was to move business analytics development from IT to the business users, providing business users access to more data, and deliver a robust BI reporting solution for supply chain management. Due to lengthy BW and ECC project timelines in the past as well as the aforementioned challenges, SAP HANA provided an ideal platform and better real-time analytics to assist business users with quick decision making process. Key highlights of the project include: SAP HANA platform provided scalable solution for Supply Chain analysis particularly for the procurement team; established foundation for big data and real-time information delivery requirements across the organization and greatly reduced query response times; better analysis of elements of the business that leverage product and vendor master data, purchasing analytics for supplier and delivery performance; and reduced burden on IT for reporting requests and provided platform for quicker time-to-value analysis and automated information delivery methods.

5) BC Hydro’s Integrated Project and Portfolio Management Enterprise Solution

ASUG session 2803

BC Hydro’s Project and Portfolio Management solution (PPM) is an integrated solution for delivering capital projects, programs, and portfolios. The solution consists of: Primavera P6: scheduling; SAP Project Systems: WBS & cost management; SAP Enterprise Project Connection: Primavera P6 and SAP PS integration; SAP BW and P6 Reporting Database; Microsoft SharePoint: project document, issue, risk, and change management; andIBM Rational: Practice reference tool. This case study presentation describes the PPM solution; its implementation, sustainment, challenges, and critical success factors to ensure its successful adoption as an enterprise solution.

6) Sell, Deliver, and Invoice Bundles of Products and Services

SAPPHIRE session 94914

This discussion details ways to create customer invoices based on consumption of ordered bundles. Learn why IBM turned to SAP solutions for consumption and invoicing now that professional services firms require companies to sell, deliver, and invoice product bundles.

7) Implementation Scenarios & Architectural Considerations for SAP MII Implementations

ASUG session 1105

SAP MII is a composition and performance management platform for manufacturing integration and visualization, which needs specific architectural considerations to address requirements related to integration and messaging, data persistency, user interface development, deployment, and security. This session will take you through the different architectural scenarios and decisions that you may need to take while implementing SAP MII along with industry-specific scenarios of SAP MII implementations. The following architectural scenarios and industry case studies will be explained in the presentation: SAP MII Deployment Architecture, SAP MII Data Persistency Architecture, SAP MII Integration & Messaging Architecture, SAP MII User Interface Options & Architecture, SAP MII Security Architecture, Typical Industry Scenarios for SAP MII, Implementations Process & Methods to Ease SAP MII Implementation, and IBM Cross Industry Solutions Assets on MII

8) Localizing the Global Template ? A Global SAP Transformation Challenge

ASUG session 1505

More and more multinational companies are either consolidating their world-wide SAP instances or embarking on green-field, global SAP-based transformation projects. These implementations are often complex and difficult. Typically, the integration of global operations running on a single SAP platform requires more careful and systematic consideration of all business requirements, both global and local, as they may sometimes be conflicting with each other, confusing, and/or be missed out completely. In many cases, the consequences will be long lasting, if not permanent. But this does not have to happen. How do we bring all these puzzles together while keeping two basic principles intact: 1) enabling the creation of a global template with common core processes and 2) successfully staging deployment (only adding incremental legal and regulatory requirements) so as to manage project costs, risks, and return on investment (ROI). Among other things, presenters will discuss a robust approach and look at corners of the world where legal and regulatory requirements are most challenging and needs to be considered upfront during the global blueprint. They will explore localization accelerators and requirement databases. Presenters will also have a lively discussion on the intricacies of global cultures and how to strategically optimize the strength of each of these teams from Blueprint to Go-Live.

9) At IBM, Complex Offerings Just Got a Lot Less Complicated

ASUG Session 3506

The first rule of business: don’t sell products, sell solutions. Well, easier said than done,   particularly for industries dealing with complex products and services. You might wonder, then, how IBM configures price and quote its complex offerings with such remarkable efficiency. Simple. IBM uses SAP Solution Sales Configuration to address issues surrounding complex configurations and solution selling. With this application, your organization will be able to: cross-sell and up-sell across multiple brands and product lines, provide a consistent experience and support for all audiences across multiple channels, and offerintegrated real-time services for configuration and master data, so orders are filled accurately each time. Find out how SAP Solution Sales Configuration can shorten your sales cycle by generating quotes quickly, so your entire team can work more efficiently and productively every day.

10) SAP Enterprise Application Strategy in the Era of SAP HANA, Infrastructure, Platforms, Software and Everything as a Service

ASUG Session 2309

What are the forces that will shape your enterprise application landscape? How will SAP’s strategy of “on-premise” and “off-premise” impact your company’s strategy? What are the rules that can make your company’s strategy successful and what are pitfalls? What major shifts in technology and business might derail your strategy? Presenters will discuss several major company’s strategies to date. They’ll discuss how to use private, hosted, and public cloud successfully today. Finally, they’ll give attendees several tools to help any company navigate the complex future.

11) SAP Enabled Procurement Transformation Lessons Learned at General Motors

ASUG Session 1212

This presentation will describe how GM (General Motors) was able to use SAP procurement technology to vastly improve and transform their procurement business processes. Attendees will learn how GM was able to implement SAP SRM 7.01 (Supplier Relationship Management), Sourcing 7.0, and BI Reporting into a complex, global procurement organization. The presentation includes both the technical challenges and how they were overcome, as well as the business challenges and how they were addressed. The presentation covers the project from its inception, through a successful pilot deployment, and subsequent roll-outs. This presentation includes a frank review of the challenges faced and provides the specifics of how they were addressed. Each attendee will leave with a deep understanding on how to utilize SAP tools to transform complex procurement organizations.

12) IBM’s “Predictive” Maintenance Solution for SAP Software

SAPPHIRE session 87335

This new innovative solution will allow automotive OEMs, suppliers, and dealers to more accurately predict their maintenance strategy for each piece of equipment in their enterprise, leveraging the IBM research department, the SAP HANA platform, SAP BusinessObjects software, SAP mobile apps, and Syclo and IBM hardware.

13) Portal: How to Deal with Role-Based Navigation Models for Different Countries and Languages

ASUG Session 2213

In this session, presenters will discuss the lessons learned from Global SAP Portal implementations. they will share theirr experience with implementing global multi-language portals. They will demonstrate how they deal with multi-role navigation models, language preferences, and third party integration based on country requirements.  Presenters will show the method to build navigation models, integrate help functionality, and address some of the ESS and MSS process challenges such as position base Personnel Change Requests (PCR), Organizational Change Requests (OCR), or people-based PCR/OCR. MSS personnel change requests and organizational change requests are part of the demonstration as well as policy and help desk (shared service) integration.

14) See How Waters Used Webdynpro to Integrate an End-to-End Process Around Document Review and Approval

ASUG Session 2914

Waters has made significant gains with it’s global application of electronic document review and approval processes. These processes today support Product Project Development, Software Tool Validation, ISO procedures and policies, as well as integration with preliminary review of Service and Operating Manuals released with Engineering Change.  Using Webdynpro, the casual SAP user as well as seasoned veteran involved with document creation, review and approval is now able to access documentation from a variety of access points for general inquiry as well as for formal review and approval actions to include: Product Development Collaboration Rooms, Portal & Portal UWL, and even Lotus Notes.  Further near term simplifications are goaled at 2-D text markups and integration with IBM’s Rationale Tool suite giving Waters and expandable DMS platform that will meet it’s document management needs for many years to come.

15) Single View of the Truth: How a Canadian Federal Government Agency Optimized Their SAP and non-SAP Deployment with IBM Rational Solutions

ASUG Session 3314

Discover how one of the largest Canadian Federal Government agencies optimized their SAP and non-SAP ERP solutions with IBM Rational, by delivering a comprehensive and automated approach for managing their enterprise architecture, requirements, quality, and change management. By using IBM Rational’s solution, they are now able to manage change quickly and efficiently with cost-effective Rational software, processes, and services for SAP and non-SAP solutions under one ”single view of the truth”. This offers several ongoing benefits:  increase quality and speed of deployed business processes to SAP and non-SAP environments; centralize management of both SAP and non-SAP assets in a single “vanilla” ERP solution; centralize all SAP and non-SAP business processes and link them all to their respective business requirements and test plans; and an ability to manage and test SAP and non-SAP projects in a unified way. The following three initiatives were used with this Canadian Federal Government agency to help optimize their SAP and non-SAP deliveries, they are:  Enterprise planning for SAP and non-SAP, Application Lifecycle Management for SAP and non-SAP, and Quality management for SAP and non-SAP.

This content was created by Bob Wolf, North America Sales Exec – SAP on System z Solutions.


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