INDUS Conference- East
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The Monthly INDUS Magazine
3. Chairman Speaks
4. INDUS Membership Plan
6. INDUS Conference East 2016
8. Sessions @ INDUS Conference
10. HCP - Smart Business Service in a Nutshell
12. Achieving Digital Transformation using SAP Operational Process Intelligence and SAP Process Mining
16. CIO Insights
17. SAP Welcomes Altiscale, Provider of High Performance Big-Data-as-a-Service Solution
18. INDUS Webinars Replays
21. INDUS SIG
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Dear INDUS Members,
A very happy festive season to all of you.
We are happy to announce that we have concluded yet another regional conference in Kolkata for our members in the east. The Speaker panel had many eminent industry experts from ITC, SAIL, Graphite India, Mjunction, ISPAT and IBM. It was filled with some insightful sessions and discussions.
We are planning to host our West conference in Mumbai and you will receive an invitation for the same in a few days. Members in Mumbai have been very participative in the last few years and I hope you find this year’s event as useful as the yesteryear’s INDUS events.
Last month, INDUS had also organized Customer info session for GRC, HCM & SRM Customers in Bangalore. In these sessions, topics ranging from product roadmap to planned innovations were discussed. We have also received a request to set up a SIG for GRC customers after the event in Bangalore.
We also concluded the Live business league series, in partnership with SAP India, at SAP TechEd in Bangalore. The participants gave a very positive feedback about this event and took back a lot of useful experience back to their organization.
INDUS is also planning smaller and focused meetings for CIOs all across India. We had set up one such meeting at IIM Ahmedabad where we had a very hearty discussion on business innovation among other topics.
Lastly, the revamped INDUS website in ready and is currently in the testing phase. We will send out a release plan to Members and will also organize a web-based session for members to explore it further.
Please drop in your messages and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us steer our efforts in the direction which is most aligned to your organization’s needs.
INDUS Conclave East 2016
INDUS Conference- East 2016 was a successful event filled with great content for INDUS Members. We had top thought leaders from the IT industry present on this platform. The event was divided into two halfs. The first half had presentation on the latest trends and offerings from SAP. It was a good mix of SAP Executive presentation and customer success stories.
Attendees were welcomed by Malabika Saha, Board Member, INDUS. She also took them through the latest developments taking place at the INDUS. With The INDUS Secretariat in place, INDUS could do a lot more in terms of generating content and organizing event filled with such pertinent content. This also leads to INDUS becoming a paid community where members can select their level of participation.
This was followed by a very informative and engaging executive keynote by Claus Andresen, Chief operating officer, SAP India, In his presentation he talked about the digital future in various industries. He also spoke abut the 20 years of SAP journey in India and how far we have come along.
After this presentation, V V Rajashekhar presented his success story about reaching one billion customers and digital transformation success story that aided this feat. /
These presentation were full of great content and the attendees needed a break to consume to process all the relevant info they had received. So, after breaking for coffee, we came back again for another session from out partner sponsors HP and IBM. Vamsicharan Mudiam from IBM described the SAP and IBM Partnership is accelerating innovation in the cloud. This was followed by a session by D Rajput from HP where he talked about HPE Solutions for Hybrid Clouds & SAP HANA
Post lunch session included customer spotlight session where we had SAIL come and present their success story. Exide also presented their success story during the event. During the event we also had a networking competition where each winner took home a Micromax tablet.
The next conference is in Mumbai where we invite all the members in the west and any other member who would want to attend this event. Please find few snapshots from the event below
KIIT University- Project Eklabya
Sessions @ INDUS Conclave
Embracing GST- The road Ahead
Customer Spotlight- SAIL
HP/ Avnet presentation
IBM & SAP Alliance for digital transformation
Smart Business is a Service published in HANA Cloud Platform for Rapid Codeless Consumption of Analytic Content in Fiori paradigm. User gets quick analytic insights in Fiori Launchpad in the HANA Cloud Platform based on business data from On-Demand or On-Premise applications of Suite on HANA or S4HANA. Smart Business has been the front face of SAP’s offering to customers and it proves that HANA strategy of bringing transactional and analytical context together is a reality
• SAP Smart Business enables visualizing analytic content in the form of Charts in Interactive Dashboards
• Codeless Model/Configuration Driven Consumption - Strategic (key) and Operational Performance Indicators (KPIs & OPIs) can be visualized as FIORI applications without any coding
• Supports Management By Exception - Automated Analysis on KPIs on behalf of the Business User and alerting the business user by email whenever there is a breach of KPI thresholds
• Simplified User Experience:
o Responsive – Close the gap between insight and action
o Personalized – Role based KPIs, feeds and tasks
o Seamless – Real-time insights across desktops, mobiles and tablets
o Beautiful – Ease of use with a completely reimagined user interface
With HANA or ABAP on HANA, Development of Analytic content and Publishing them as OData services is very easy. Suite on HANA has rich set of HANA Live Analytic Content and similar content is also available in S/HANA published as OData services. Also, Analytic Content can be developed in Java or other technologies as in the case of SAP Internet of Things solutions. Once you have your services ready, with Smart Business, it just takes minutes for you to publish Analytic Tiles and Analytic Dashboard application. More importantly, Smart Business is for Key Users. An administrator can model and publish analytic UI apps in role specific dashboards to be used by regular business users. With this customers are more than ever empowered to harness the power of HANA with no development cost involved. One need not be a UI developer to create and publish these dashboards. Smart Business can do Automated Analysis for you on a periodic basis and Alert the user if any critical situation arises.
HANA Cloud Platform is a strategic SAP platform bringing together On-Premise and On-Demand content and Fiori Launchpad assembles transactional and analytical applications in a single portal giving a seamless experience. And Smart Business Service enables interactive and easy to use analytics in that Fiori paradigm.
• An account on HANA Cloud Platform
• Subscription to HANA Cloud Portal
• oData Service based on HANA Calculation views, Analytical Views, CDS views (S4HANA) etc.
The SAP Smart Business Design time modeler apps are a set of SAP Fiori apps that are used to configure and manage SAP Smart Business entities – KPIs, OPIs, Evaluation, Drilldown, Associations etc
HCP - Smart Business Service in a Nutshell
For more information:
Fiori Analytics on HCP using Smart Business Service
Create Your First Smart Business KPI and Tiles in 10 Minutes
SAP Smart Business Service - Create Analytic Content in HCP without Coding
How to Subscribe to SAP Smart Business Service
SAP Smart Business Service Roles
Official Help Document
SAP App Centre
Smart Business Service Product Support - email@example.com
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Operating Performance Indicators (OPIs) are the central entities of Smart Business. A KPI could be any key value in the business system having strategic importance, for example, Net Sales of a Company. An OPI is more of an operational value that one would want to monitor at an operational level, for example, Outstanding Cash Payments.
An Evaluation helps analyze a select a subset of KPI data by specifying dimension data filters for the KPI to be analyzed like Net Sales this year. For a given Evaluation, you can have several Fiori Analytic Tiles published in Fiori Launchpad so that they are immediately presented to the user as he opens the Launchpad. A click on a Fiori Analytic Tile can navigate the user to any Fiori application following Fiori Navigation concept and one such target is Smart Business Full Screen Interactive Analysis Dashboard corresponding to the Evaluation of the Analytic Tile.
In the Drilldown configuration, of an Evaluation, you have the freedom to choose different charting visualizations for example Sales by region as column chart, Sales by Customer group as bubble chart etc.
Smart Business has been integrated with Fiori Launchpad since the beginning. As a regular business user logs on to Fiori Launchpad, the Launchpad presents him those applications that the user has access to. A typical application can be launched by clicking a Tile in the Launchpad. Some tiles can be static while others can present analytic charting visualizations. Smart Business is the enabler of such analytic visualizations in the form of Fiori Analytic Tiles providing quick insights about the performance of KPIs
Smart Business Service is also available on Hana Trial Landscape to enable the customers to experience/explore the Analytical Dashboards with pre-configured Business scenarios
Smart Business Service is available as part of HANA cloud Portal Subscription
What is SAP Process Mining?
SAP Process Mining by Celonis is a new product in the market that helps to provide 100% transparency into as-is business processes based on the digital footprints that the process leaves as it traverses from one system to another in its operational lifecycle. Among several benefits, identifying non-compliance and in-consistencies in the process, tapping the workarounds used and discovering the bottlenecks in terms of throughput time are some of the major ones that customers have registered after using this product.
Consider this as MRI for your business processes. Like any MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) report that gives a complete analysis of your body, this product gives you a complete insight into your transactional as-is processes.
Digital transformation is reality of this age. All the companies world-wide are looking for products and solutions, which can fully leverage the changes and opportunities of new digital technologies, to help them transform their traditional processes and activities. The need of change from old manual traditional business models to new smart, reengineered and reinvented business processes is widely accepted by the leaders from various industries.
SAP has a strategic roadmap, with SAP S/4HANA, for customers who want to thrive in this digital economy by understanding and using digital core in their transformation journey. In this article you will see how SAP Operational Process Intelligence and SAP Process Mining powered by HANA derive process excellence as digital transformation moves across their organization with SAP S/4HANA.
Achieving Digital Transformation using SAP Operational Process Intelligence and SAP Process Mining
It reads the digital footprints of your processes and produces an intuitive graphical analysis that can be used to visualize how the process is progressing at each step. Using various variants, features and filters you can diagnose cost-intensive, inefficient steps in your process, you can do non-compliance and root-cause analysis, you can discover and define best practices and standards that can be implemented in the current processes for better results etc.
What is SAP Operational Process Intelligence?
SAP Operational Process Intelligence on other hand is there is market for a while and is used to gain end-to-end visibility into the processes that span across various SAP and non-SAP systems. There have always been a strong need in the organizations, of almost every industry, to improve day-to-day business operations and enhance the performance view that can lead to significant increase in customer satisfaction. SAP Operational Process Intelligence leverages the in-memory technologies of HANA, to address the emerging needs of the software systems and produce advanced visibility techniques that gives complete control to business users over their processes, in real-time.
Consider this as fit-bit or fitness tracker for your business operations. Like a fitness tracker gives a real insight into your daily health routines, this product gives you a real-time progress of your business operations and ability to take actions in order to keep these operations on track. It reads the same digital footprints, as SAP Process Mining by Celonis, and provides a state-of-art web browser based workspace which can be used by operators in their day-to-day business to track the operations in order to take better tactical decisions, thus improving cross-functional collaboration and customer satisfaction.
How do they work together?
While these two products target two different technologies, both of them share the same data mart and can very well complement each other during digital transformation. Any process that runs in an enterprise usually spans over many SAP and non-SAP systems. As the process executes, it leaves a digital footprint, in terms of transactional events or logs, in respective systems. These products make use of these digital footprints to transform them into events logs or activity table - that are then processed to extract relevant information for process mining or operational intelligence.
As both these products operate on HANA, if the underlying database of your system is non-HANA then any recommended SAP replication technologies like SAP Landscape Transformation (SLT) or Data Services or Smart Data Integration (SDI) can be used to bring the digital data onto HANA. Data transformation is then performed and aligned to be consumed for analysis and operational intelligence.
These analysis and intelligence can be used efficiently while you are transforming your processes from traditional systems or suite-on-HANA to S/4HANA. So while these products help you to provide process excellence in your digital transformation journey, they can also be used to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, migrations and upgrades.
SAP’s offering in the process excellence space is via SAP Operational Process Intelligence and SAP Process Mining by Celonis, thus enabling you to transform your process when you migrate to SAP S/4 HANA in your journey to digital transformation. On one side, SAP Process Mining by Celonis gives insight into how as-is processes are being executed and helps you derive strategies for process optimization and cost reduction. On other side, SAP Operational Process Intelligence compliments this by providing real time insight into in-flight processes and allows you to measure KPIs while collaborating with your stakeholders so that you can track the performance and health of your processes and operations in day-to-day business.
We believe that our integrated product offerings will be the platform of choice for SAP and non-SAP customers as they chose to renew and transform their traditional business processes and operations to achieve process excellence and agility in the digital age
Guest CIO- Chander Khanduja, Luminous Power Technologies
SAP Welcomes Altiscale, Provider of High Performance Big-Data-as-a-Service Solution
SAP officially announces its completed acquisition of Altiscale, which provides a high-performance, scalable Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) solution that uniquely includes full operational services.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Altiscale has been named a leading provider of BDaaS by Forrester Research. Altiscale will operate as a focused and integrated BDaaS offering from SAP to help accelerate and operationalize Big Data deployment in the enterprise.
Several key factors drove SAP’s decision to acquire Altiscale.
The two companies have complementary approaches to implementing enterprise Big Data solutions. SAP has taken the approach to build its distributed computing solution for Big Data based on deep understanding of requirements coming from enterprise applications, analytics, data platform, data warehousing and cloud platform. Altiscale has focused on cloud and data infrastructure with its Altiscale Data Cloud offering, which starts with a highly optimized cloud infrastructure, continues with a Spark and Hadoop data platform.
Altiscale is a natural fit for SAP, as we share our overall focus of helping enterprises derive business value from data – and successfully leverage Big Data. Since Altiscale is a leader in Big Data-as-a-Service based on Hadoop and Spark, it enables SAP to drive end-to-end value in Big Data across the technology, data platform, PaaS, analytics, and application stack.
Altiscale offers high job performance, reliability, and economic performance for Hadoop and Spark in the cloud. It has an established and very satisfied customer base that includes a variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, media, ad tech, and marketing analytics.
SAP’s initial foray into Big Data processing began with its investment in SAP HANA Vora, a distributed computing framework that extends Spark’s execution engine to address some key inefficiencies in processing Big Data for business use. Through this experience, SAP saw the unique challenges faced by businesses in the provisioning, scaling, and operation of Hadoop in a production environment. Altiscale directly addresses these challenges, providing the customer with full-service Hadoop and Spark in the cloud to boost performance, eliminate roadblocks, and accelerate customer go-live. The combination of Altiscale and SAP HANA Vora will enable SAP to provide a holistic and accelerated Big Data solution, allowing businesses to quickly achieve positive business impact from Big Data.
Altiscale is a great fit beyond SAP’s Big Data strategy. It is also integrates well with a number of SAP strategic initiatives, such as SAP HANA Cloud Platform, IoT, analytics, LoB cloud apps, and business networks. Altiscale’s Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) capabilities enable SAP to offer a much more comprehensive and robust enterprise solution that meets the unique needs of customers on their digital transformation journey.
INDUS Webinars Replays
Spend Analysis : Driving Procurement Excellence with Numbers by your side Good spend management begins with good spend visibility. Be it through plugging savings leakages, improving compliance adherence or mitigating supply chain risks. Spend Analysis offers enterprises the ability to deliver trusted and confident supply chain decisions.
SAP Analytics Strategy/Vision The objective of this session is to give an overall view to SAP’s vision for Analytics cutting across product / solution areas.
Downtime Minimization of Upgrades: How to minimize the overall business downtime when you perform an upgrade of your ABAP system? This sessions informs about the options of the Software Update Manager (SUM) with a focus on the new SUM procedure “Zero Downtime Option” of SUM (ZDO).
SAP Test Data Migration Server - SAP selective test data management tool All SAP customers know that testing rears its head far too often in the SAP life cycle, due to the volume of business-driven changes. In addition, all testing activities need accurate and current test data. The best way to regularly provide such SAP test data is to invest in a specialized software tool to automate the selection and copying of a subset of data from the SAP production system to an SAP test or development system.s.
SAP Innovation Discovery - A Faster and Easier way to discover SAP Innovations SAP Innovation Discovery service simplifies your search for new functionality delivered by SAP, or to be delivered in the near future. In the session we will cover the following
SAP Predictive Analytics - Overview Session With predictive analytics you can uncover trends and patterns from Big Data, the Internet of Things, and your existing data sources. You can also automate predictive modeling to build models within minutes
SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance - Overview Session: With SAP’s governance, risk, and compliance solutions, you can navigate risk and manage controls and compliance confidently.
SAP Predictive Analytics - Why massive modeling is important SAP Activate is the innovation adoption framework for SAP S/4HANA combining SAP Best Practices with pre-configured business content, tools for a guided implementation and a modular, agile implementation methodology to safeguard any SAP S/4HANA implementation.
BI Solutions for Big Data Data is exploding into data lakes. Everything has a sensor on it. Companies and governments are exposing their data for everyone. But how can you manage all of this data, access it, and get valuable insights from it? In this session, we’ll discuss how SAP’s BI solutions tackle the opportunity of Big Data. We’ll also highlight key roadmap features.
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Road Map Join our SAP product road map webinar and get insights into SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP’s open platform-as-a-service offering. You will get a short intro, an update on what is currently available and a detailed outlook on what is planned.
Introduction to SAP S/4HANA The opening webinar of the S/4HANA series gives the audience an overall introduction to the SAP S/4HANA roadmap, products, services, and deployment options to support customers on their journey towards the digital economy.
Introduction to SAP S/4HANA Cloud This webinar will give you an introduction to the product offering and roadmap of S/4HANA Cloud, covering the core business scenarios of an enterprise or lines of businesses and industries - combined with quarterly innovation cycles so customers can take advantage of ongoing innovation with minimal disruption
Introduction to SAP S/4HANA (On-Premise Edition: This webinar will give you an introduction to the product offering and roadmap of S/4HANA (on-premise edition), designed for enterprises across industries that need a deep and broad level of functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility in customization.
S/4HANA Adoption: S/4HANA Activate SAP Activate is the innovation adoption framework for SAP S/4HANA combining SAP Best Practices with pre-configured business content, tools for a guided implementation and a modular, agile implementation methodology to safeguard any SAP S/4HANA implementation.
Transition to SAP S/4HANA: Landscape Transformation This webinar discusses the main steps: From a general interest on SAP S/4HANA, to the creation of a plan, the major work streams during realization, and finally the successful on premise conversion. Key information sources, and service offerings are put into the project context.
INDUS Special interest groups
Special interest groups or SIG's as they are popularly known are formed when members who are interested in a specific topic/technology or industry want to meet and discuss about that specific topic. Please find below the list of various active SIGs
Industry SIG's :
Oil & Gas SIG
SAP Solution specific SIG :
SAP Solution manager SIG
Emerging Business SIG
Enterprise support SIG
Emerging Solutions SIG
Emerging Technology SIG