Join us at SAP America HQ for the third annual SAP Inside Track in Newtown Square. Come to learn and share your knowledge with your peers as well as make a few friends. Inside Tracks have been very successful in other parts of the world, including Europe, Australia, and South America, so this event should be no exception.
- Where: Building 1 3999 West Chester Pike Newtown Square, PA 19073.
- When: Friday, August 10th, 2012
- Time: 7:30am - 7:30pm
- How/What: Community provided sessions from passionate SCN members.
- Cost: Free.
- Participation: Max 100 participants locally.
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Check out the pictures of previous year's events Marilyn's Flickr slide show Craig's Flickr slide show NSQ Video Snippets
Remote Participation via SAPConnect
We will be broadcasting all sessions via SAPConnect Session Rooms. Simply click the appropriate links below at the appropriate times, and you're in.
Demo C Conf Room
Independence Conf Room
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & Introduction
Welcome from Chip Rodgers and Mike Golz
IT101 - Leveraging the Power of HANA by Pushing Processing and Logic into the Database using SQLScript - Rich Heilman - Watch Replay
IT201 - Mobile BI with SAP Business Objects - Sampath Chaparala - Watch Replay
IT301 - Bring Velocity to “New Product Introductions”(NPI) with BPM: - Ritesh Menon - Watch Replay
IT102 - SAP HANA Application Services - Ron Silberstein - Watch Replay
IT202 - Enterprise Risk Management using RM10 - Align to Your Goals and Actions - William Newman - Watch Replay
IT302 - Using cloud "Infrastructure as a Service" Storage to enable data archiving and document management in SAP - Rob Jackson - Watch Replay
IT103 - Live BW on HANA Migration Part 1 - John Appleby - Watch Replay
IT203 - Process Visibility - Peter McNulty - Watch Replay
IT303 - Financial Budgeting & Forecasting Implementation with BPC 10 - Rajasekhar Gummadapu -Watch Replay
IT104 - Live BW on HANA Migration Part 2 - John Appleby - Watch Replay
IT204 - TCO Study on Implementing FAST VP for SAP - Tim Nguyen - Watch Replay
IT304 - Error Handling Framework for Asynchronous web services using Forward Error Handler - KK Ramamoorthy - Watch Replay
IT105 - SAP HANA Direct Extractor Connection - Ron Silberstein - Watch Replay
IT205 - Sybase ESP - Peter McNulty - Watch Replay
IT305 - Integration Acceleration Framework for BPC Microsoft - Suva Pandya - Watch Replay
IT106 - Creating a simple SAP cloud application using the SAP Developer Center Cloud trial - John Astill - Watch Replay
IT206 - Root Cause Analysis of SAP BusinessObjects system issues - Greg Myers
IT306 - Create departmental document management applications by design - Jocken Hager - Watch Replay
IT107 - Preparing for SAP HANA™, migrations and current data archiving needs with the latest trends in archiving. - Dr. Werner Hopf - Watch Replay
IT207 - Continuous Learners - Come, Learn One (or a few) More Tip(s)! - Bala Prabahar - Watch Replay
IT307 - SAP Output Management Optimization at Pfizer - Leslie Meadows - Watch Replay
Approved Session Abstracts
Leveraging the Power of HANA by Pushing Processing and Logic into the Database using SQLScript
With the introduction of SAP HANA, SAP developers from all backgrounds can now exploit the power of a columnar, in-memory database. To fully leverage the power of SAP HANA, developers need to learn to push more of the application processing down into the database. This is done by writing more of the logic in SQL and SQLScript. In this session, we will cover the introductory basics of SQLScript in SAP HANA as well as cover some of the most common troubleshooting techniques. We will also see some more advanced techniques such as how to integrate R (programming language) into SAP HANA processing via SQLScript.
SAP HANA Application Services
SAP HANA actually contains a lightweight application server embedded within the in-memory database. This application server is called SAP HANA application services (sometimes referred to as XS Engine). In this session, we will provide a look into the future: discussing the architecture, technology, and development model of SAP HANA application services.
Live BW on HANA Migration Part 1
Customers have huge interest in running their BW Data Warehouse on the SAP HANA database but people sometimes think this is harder than it is. So, I am going to migrate a BW system onto SAP HANA, live, onto a Mac Mini. I'll show you how to install the SAP HANA database and how to run the SAP BW migration toolkit to import a BW database into SAP HANA. I'll walk through the process in detail whilst the migration runs including some top tips for success.
Live BW on HANA Migration Part 2
What does a freshly migrated BW on HANA system look like? What do HANA optimised BW objects look like? What is different from BW on any other database and what is the performance improvement of data loads and queries? I will do this comparison by loading data, live, and comparing it against the original BW on a traditional RDBMS.
SAP HANA Direct Extractor Connection
SAP HANA Direct Extractor Connection (DXC) is a simple, low TCO data acquisition technique for SAP HANA which leverages existing delivered foundational data models - DataSources - in SAP Business Suite systems. Understand how DXC can significantly reduce complexity of data modeling tasks in SAP HANA, accelerating project timelines. Explore how DXC provides semantically rich data from SAP Business Suite to SAP HANA. Grasp the details of the simple http-based interface that sends data from SAP Business Suite systems to SAP HANA. This session will dive into the details of how DXC works, the key steps in setting it up and configuring it, and walks through a comparison/contrast with other data provisioning techniques available for SAP HANA to help you determine for which use cases it is most beneficial.
Creating a simple SAP Cloud application using the SAP Developer Center Cloud trial
A live coding session showing how to create a simple SAP Cloud application leveraging the trial license available on SAP Developers Center. Explore a more detailed application that includes a REST based interface to a mobile application.
Dr. Werner Hopf
Preparing for SAP HANA™, migrations and current data archiving needs with the latest trends in archiving.
Attendees will learn how to develop a better strategy for information lifecycle management (ILM) for data in SAP® BW and ERP. We will demonstrate a comprehensive approach for data archiving, audit readiness, retention management, archive process management, and better, transparent access to archived data with PBS archive.
This session will cover:
• Preparing for a smooth transition to SAP HANA with archiving in SAP BW
• Reducing operational costs of your SAP systems with archiving
• Enabling faster and more efficient archiving in BW and ERP systems with nearline technology
• Improving performance and efficiency for your archiving implementation
• Adding consistency to data archiving without extensive manual effort
Mobile BI with SAP Business Objects
Mobility, Big Data and Cloud Computing are the mega trends that are heavily influencing how we build new IT and Business Solutions. The session aims to provide a practioner's perspective of a Mobile BI project implementation using SAP Business Objects. Key topics that will be discussed are: 1) Getting Started with a Mobile BI project, 2) Development Approach for a Mobile BI Project, 3) Critical Success Factors, 4) Do's and Don'ts and 5) Measurement Framework for Mobile BI Project
Enterprise Risk Management using RM10 - Align to Your Goals and Actions
A recent study of executive priorities revealed that a majority of those surveyed believed that enterprise risk management (ERM) is of strategic importance to their organization. Learn how to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 10.0 advances and best practices by:
- Understanding the basis for Enterprise Risk Management
- Executive Challenges Aligning to Goals and Actions
- SAP Risk Management 10 Platform for ERM
- Considerations for Audit Practices
- Considerations for functional risk management activities
In this session, we will: provide in-depth coverage and demo of the process observer technology to enable visibility into built-in processes (managing business process performance in real-time at the process instance level within and across SAP systems), introduce the concepts and benefits of process gateway (opening up SAP processes, allowing them to be accessed in a uniform way to make it possible for developers to create applications that operate on end-to-end business processes), and preview how SAP plans to bring this to next level with Operational Process Intelligence powered by HANA .
TCO Study on Implementing FAST VP for SAP
EMC would like to share with fellow ASUG members the results of the TCO study on implementing FAST VP for SAP on VMAX at fellow ASUG installation member Callaway Golf, as well as at Eli Lilly, Nike, and TXU Energy (as was done at EMC World 2012). EMC will also discuss its successful SAP GoLive of July 5th as part of Project PROPEL.
Sybase ESP (Event Stream Processing)
Businesses have discovered the power of Complex Event Processing (CEP) for situational awareness and real-time response. By analyzing the flood of incoming events in real-time, CEP can identify what’s meaningful - and the appropriate response. Gain immediate insight into real-time events. Continuously analyze live data about markets, transactions, customers, and operations. Respond faster to emerging threats and opportunities. Make decisions based on the current environment rather than yesterday’s information. Come and here what Sybase ESP (Event Stream Processing) can do for SAP, Business Objects & NetWeaver Customers
Root Cause Analysis of SAP BusinessObjects system issues using Remote Support Component
This presentation will outline tactics and strategies on how to use the Remote Support Component tool ("Solution Manager Lite") provided by SAP Support to conduct deep-dive analysis into performance and system issues you may be experiencing with your SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise system. See how to build a picture of your system, and dig into detailed metrics to figure out what was going on during reported system problems. See how to build fact-based analyses without the need for parsing trace logs.
Continuous Learners - Come, Learn One (or a few) More Tip(s)!
Training and Certification has been a hot topic within SAP community for a long time. In my opinion, both training and certification serves a purpose. And if taken appropriately, it would benefit the participants tremendously. What are the tips? How to maximize the benefits from attending training programs? Come, learn from someone who continues to invest his time and $$$ on SAP's training programs and believes in Continuous Learning.
Bring Velocity to “New Product Introductions”(NPI) with BPM:
A case study on how SAP BPMS technologies are enabling a CPG customer to introduce new products faster and more effectively to the market. The ability to introduce new products is critical, not just for the growth, but even the survival of companies in today's consumer choice driven economies. The BPM approach and BPMS technology brings together the large number of people, departments, locations, processes and systems to work as one end-to-end orchestrated process, reducing the time to market and cost to value for NPI. Additionally, you also get the agility to adapt to changing consumer needs and market conditions both locally and globally. BPM is not a question of if; it's a question of how. Get fresh insights on how you can get started or further your journey in accelerating your NPI processes with BPM and BPMS. We will present a demo as well along with the presentation.
Using cloud "Infrastructure as a Service" Storage to enable data archiving and document management in SAP
While SAP data and document archiving is touted as a cost-saving and performance enhancing measure, the archived content still needs to be stored and the cost associated with that consumes physical and human resources. This session explores common storage concerns that are associated with an on-premise (physical or virtualized) archiving environment and provides options for overcoming them. Know your options for leveraging cloud storage for SAP archived data and documents as a low-risk and cost-effective option. Step through demos that show how it enables a direct connection from the SAP archiving layer to major public cloud providers such as AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, Amazon S3, Rackspace and Google Cloud.
Financial Budgeting & Forecasting Implementation with BPC 10
PMI has embarked on a journey to implement BPC 10 to automate Annual Budgeting and Monthly Forecasting Process and Partnered with Techwave Consulting for this important project. During this presentation, we will review how Techwave have standardized the business process and implemented BPC system to enable this very important process for PMI using BPC 10 Version. We will also share lessons learned and some design ideas which can benefit Organization planning to implement BPC 10 - new version on the block.
Error Handling Framework for Asynchronous web services using Forward Error Handler
Errors are inevitable in any integration scenario. Though could be vastly minimized, they cannot be avoided all together. Hence it becomes important to have a strategy to handle them in a timely manner. Especially when it comes to Asynchronous integration, it is an expectation that the receiver of the message handles the errors. SAP has a little known, out of the box tool called Forward Error Handler available within the business suite applications. This tools provides ways for monitoring, grouping and reprocessing interface errors and also has forward navigation capabilities within the business suite. In this session, we will have a live demo on how to use this tool and it can be customized to suit specific customer requirements.
Integration Acceleration Framework for BPC Microsoft
One of the biggest challenges when implementing BPC for Microsoft is seamless and scalable data integration with corporate systems. For those customers currently running BPC for Microsoft, the BPM Connect Integration Framework solves this gap. BPM Connect provides both a best practices method and toolset to facilitate stable, consistent, and secure inbound, outbound, cube-to-cube and intra-cube transfer of data within BPC MS. Some of the specific problems addressed in this presentation are near real-time integration with the accounting general ledger, dynamic and interactive master data feeds, and flexible non-base level drill through. This integration framework has been applied at over 50+ customers worldwide with repeatable success allowing accelerated business decision making within the BPC system.
Create departmental document management applications by design
If your company is like most, you will have a large number of small departmental non-SAP applications built with tools like Excel or Access. This lecture outlines different departmental document management applications built using the SAP® platform. It highlights best practices, tips and tricks for building these applications. Learn how easy it can be to create some of these applications which facilitate the management (creation, edition, etc.) and visualization of user-defined data in combination with documents and workflows without programming.
SAP Output Management Optimization at Pfizer
Learn how Pfizer uses third party output management products to significantly lower the cost of SAP printing on a global scale.
Directions to the campus:
FROM I-95 SOUTH (From the Philadelphia Airport):
Take I-95 South to Rte 476 North.
Take 476 North to exit 9 (Upper Darby/Broomall).
Turn Left onto Rte 3 West (West Chester Pike).
Follow Route 3 West for approximately 4 miles.
SAP's entrance will be on the right approximately 0.7 miles past the intersection of Rte. 252 and Rt. 3.
FROM I-95 NORTH:
Take I-95 North to Rte 476 North.
Take 476 North to exit 9 (Upper Darby/Broomall).
Turn Left onto Rte 3 West (West Chester Pike).
Follow Route 3 West for approximately 4 miles. SAP's entrance will be on the right approximately 0.7 miles past the intersection of Rte. 252 and Rte. 3.
FROM THE PA TURNPIKE (East):
Take Exit 333 (Norristown) to Rte 476 East.
Take 476 South to exit 9 (Upper Darby/Broomall).
Turn right onto Rte 3 West (West Chester Pike).
Follow Rte 3 West for approximately 4 miles.
SAP's entrance will be on the right approximately 0.7 miles past the intersection of Rte 252 and Rte 3.
Directions once on campus:
1) Enter the campus from Route 3.
2) Continue passed security following the road around the bend.
3) Enter the parking garage on the left as shown on the map and park on any level.
4) Exit the parking garage and proceed to NSQ-1 as shown on the map.
5) Once inside, check in at the front desk to receive your badge and further instructions.