Thanks for attending the modernizing your SAP environment webinar. Here are some links that I mentioned in the webinar that tie into modernization for both companies and individuals. The links include HANA know-how but as I mentioned, that is not the only modernization path.
ERP Investment Trends - My piece with Frank Scavo of Computer Economics, which delves into Computer Economics' findings on continued investments in ERP, and some emerging views on modern ERP as a digital business platform:
S/4 HANA FAQ - If you have questions on S/4 HANA, a good place to start is with my friend John Appleby's S/4 HANA FAQ: http://www.bluefinsolutions.com/Blogs/John-Appleby/February-2015/The-SAP-Business-Suite-4-SAP-HANA-%28SAP-S4-HANA%29/
Real-time ERP benefits - My use case on Savannah Cement's ERP on HANA implementation, and how real-time ERP has given them an edge in a competitive industry - even against companies running older versions of SAP: http://diginomica.com/2015/04/01/savannah-cement-goes-real-time-in-kenya-an-erp-on-hana-use-case/
Modernizing SAP without moving to HANA (yet) - My video interview with Insight Enterprise. They used an overall modernization approach to move to the latest version of SAP ERP, then set up various business networks. Once they had their core modernized, they were able to roll out new projects like CRM in matters of weeks. Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQqraZ1XlZ0&feature=youtu.be&a
Data-driven business and IoT - For more on data-driven business, here's a piece I wrote on SAP's Internet of Things live demo, simulating the shut down of the Barcelona Fountain, and fixing it with Predictive Maintenance: http://diginomica.com/2015/03/10/iot-simulation-sap-fixes-barcelona-fountain-predictive-maintenance/.
SAP also published an interesting Port of Hamburg case study I referred to on the webinar: http://www.news-sap.com/port-hamburg-expands-cloud-application/. And here's the piece in did on Thinfilm mentioned in the webinar (smart wine labels): http://diginomica.com/2015/03/11/thinfilm-unveils-smart-bottle-label-technology-behind/
Regarding Fiori and UX - here's a nice slide show from SAP on Fiori and mobility: http://www.slideshare.net/Panayainc/webinar-sap-fiori-with-ibm. This piece from SAP gives some broader views on EhP7, including the new Fiori content: http://www.news-sap.com/sap-ehp-7-sap-erp-6-0/. Here’s a video I did on Fiori with SAP’s Sam Yen at Sapphire Now: https://youtu.be/pvb0WZhUS0k
Digital skills/training gaps - Referencing digital skills/training issues, here's two angles on that: One is a piece I did on the Enterprise UX skills gap: http://diginomica.com/2014/06/17/solve-enterprise-ux-skills-gap/. And here's I wrote on data science skills and the question of hiring rock stars versus building teams: http://diginomica.com/2014/11/14/confront-data-science-skills-gap/
Becoming a great consultant, advisor, and process expert – Putting modernization to work in your own skills strategy is a key topic. Here are two posts I’ve written on this. What makes a great enterprise consultant? http://diginomica.com/2014/04/17/great-enterprise-software-consultant/#.Vd5CavlVhHw
And: What happened to the business process expert? http://diginomica.com/2015/07/24/what-happened-to-the-business-process-expert/#.Vd5CX_lVhHw
Download the slides: Modernizing-SAP.pdf
To discuss modernizing SAP further and understand how it impacts SAP Controlling, attend the panel discussion Modernizing SAP Financials and Controlling at the Controlling 2015 conference September 21-24, 2015 in San Diego.