ASUG Ontario Chapter Meeting – November 2017 VIDEO
ASUG stands for America’s SAP User Group and holds chapter meetings throughout Canada and the United States. The November chapter meeting began with A Customer Journey to S/4HANA presented by SAP Value Engineer Laura Howard from Inventy, who showcased an example of an organization‘s upgrade to HANA and how they managed to optimize its Make to Order process. In addition to some tips on how to demonstrate the value of S/4HANA to your top management. Laura was followed by the Student Open Data Showcase where SAP students from Dalhousie University and University of Windsor showcased solutions developed using SAP tools against open data provided by the City of Mississauga. Then a short update on 2018 SAUG events.
Starting at 11am, the conference split into two separate tracks, including an Automotive & Manufacturing track and an ASUG Customer Stories track. The third originally planned Supply Chain Management track was incorporated into the Automotive & Manufacturing track and a two lecture SAP support half-track was added. I selected the Automotive & Manufacturing which commenced with the SAP Automotive & Manufacturing Panel – Leonardo & Beyond where panelists Stefan Ressing, Bill Newman and Anu Goel discussed the innovation opportunities that are available through Leonardo. Principal Enterprise Architect Stefan Ressing then walked us through the emerging SAP Leonardo Best Practices including solution technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain and other Internet of Things (IoT) related applications supported by the SAP Cloud Platform.
The Fast Digital for Discreet Industries lecture conducted by Process Lead of Capgemini Anu Goel discussed how the joint initiative between SAP and Capgemini aims to help clients in discrete manufacturing industries manage their digital transformation as they seek to adopt innovative concepts driven by Industry 4.0, the industrial Internet of Things, Cloud, Big Data, and Smart Automation. The Automotive & Manufacturing track concluded with an Integrated Business Planning lecture by SAP Senior Solutions Principal Thomas Wright described how SAP’s cloud based solution: Integrated Business Planning (IBP) simplifies the logistics and planning stages by bringing these elements together in a HANA powered environment where simulations and optimizations can take seconds rather than days of manual calculations.