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There’s a lot to see at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG, from keynote speeches by tech pioneers to explorations of the latest and greatest SAP® technology. But SAP professionals are practical people — they want to know what benefits an SAP upgrade will get them, and how to get there. These SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 presentations will help you understand the business value SAP customers are getting from new innovations available on the SAP HANA platform, like SAP Hybris, SAP S/4HANA Simple Finance, SAP HANA Live and Suite on HANA, and how they can fit into your strategic roadmap.

1. Karma Automotive: Takeaways from Migrating SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA

The auto industry has always been driven by technological innovation, and the need for agility has only increased over time. Karma Automotive moved to Symmetry’s SAP HANA cloud, enabling rapid innovation through:

  • Deployment of new SAP technology
  • Long-term sustainability and flexibility
  • Access to Symmetry’s SAP skill set and technological infrastructure.

In this presentation, we discuss Karma’s decision to upgrade from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. We’ll explore the requirements for migration to Suite on HANA, and the process of upgrading to S/4HANA Simple Finance, and share how the new software has made Karma more competitive.

We’ll also discuss how Karma has benefitted both from standard SAP HANA technical capabilities such as an in-memory, columnar database, and from vendor offerings like the ability to break 1 TB virtualization memory limits, and the low risk and ultra-high uptime of a tier 1 ERP solution.

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Booth #823
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room S330E

2. Karma Automotive’s Implementation of SAP Hybris Solutions and SAP Configure, Price, and Quote

As a luxury car manufacturer, Karma Automotive depends on the ability to configure products to meet exacting customer demands and offer a seamless user experience. This requires a consistent product configuration and pricing strategy across multiple platforms to:

  • Support a rapidly evolving feature set
  • Maximize profits
  • Track results

Clarity is also essential. If customers don’t understand the full range of features available and how those features can meet their own needs, it can seriously harm margins.

In this presentation, we explore Karma Automotive’s adoption of SAP Hybris Solutions and SAP Configure, Price, and Quote. Learn how the software increases efficiency through the sales lifestyle, guiding the customer through configuration, pricing, quoting and product ordering.

We’ll focus on the implementation process in particular, and give attendees a look at the exciting new technologies coming out of SAP Hybris.

Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room S311

3. Virtualized SAP HANA: Considerations, Best Practices, and Optimization

SAP HANA has supported VMware vSphere since 2014. This results in a more scalable, flexible SAP HANA landscape, with dramatic benefits:

      • Better resource utilization cuts TCO
      • High availability reduces costly downtime, particularly with vMotion’s live SAP HANA migrationcapabilities
      • The ability to run multiple workloads or systems on one set of hardware transcend the limits of non-virtualized deployments

Yet running SAP HANA in a virtualized environment also poses unique challenges. Careful tuning and administration are a must, and factors like workload optimization can dramatically affect the benefits of the virtualization.

In this SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 presentation, we explore the advantages of virtualized SAP HANA landscapes, survey key concepts and best practices in successful setup and optimization, and explain the knowledge and expertise virtualization requires.

Tuesday, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., Booth #823
Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Room S330A

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 — presentations to move your company forward.
SAPPHIRE isn’t just about interesting speeches and forward-looking presentations. It’s a chance to clarify the way forward for your company. Our SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference presentations go beyond buzzwords and flashy demos to help you understand how the evolving SAP landscape can make your organization more competitive.

Nick McCall, Senior Basis Consultant

Nick McCall, Senior Basis Consultant

Nick McCall is a Senior Basis Consultant on Symmetry's consulting team, delivering expert technical day to day system monitoring support directly to Symmetry’s valued SAP customers. Nick goes beyond performing daily database administration by also providing SAP system troubleshooting and problem solving – he is always willing to learn the latest SAP trends and advises customers to take advantage of new technologies should it fit their business needs. He pairs his sound technical knowledge with outstanding customer service. This is demonstration by his work on large customer project initiatives, most recently working on: S/4HANA 1809/1709/1610, Fiori FES 5.0, AWS/Azure implementation, SLT, BOBJ/BODS, Solution Manager full implementations and configurations, domain migrations – homogeneous, database upgrades, compressions, reorgs, and much more. Nick’s skilled approach ensures Symmetry’s clients receive highly disciplined support instilled with industry best practices to keep their SAP system continuously running smoothly.