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Mastering SAP Technologies is a celebration of the people, technology, ideas, and innovations that are literally transforming the way we work. Unlocking and realising the potential of technology for the betterment of people, business and the world.

 

 

Meet Our Amazing Speakers

 
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    Anja Schneider

    Head of Strategy and Customer Office, SAP SE & Co. (GER)
     
    Digital Transformation – The New Reality of Today and Tomorrow.

    Every company is facing the challenge of having to transform their business for the digital age. Yet what does digital transformation really mean, and what is the real impact on the business? Discover how companies can deal with the rapid changes of the digital age and solve the dilemma of optimising their business processes for new requirements while driving innovation...

    Read more >
     
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    Tony de Thomasis

    SAP Technical Specialist (SAP Mentor), SAPWORKS (Australia)
     
    S/4HANA Explained in Simple Terms – No Sales Pitch!

    This session will provide honest information about S/4HANA. It covers an explanation of all S/4HANA versions, naming patterns and software release strategy, the difference between cloud and on-premise versions and how custom developments are performed on the cloud. Also covered are migration approaches from a current ECC system, how to simplify (and prepare) your current ECC system for S/4HANA and...

    Read more >
     
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    Njål Stabell

    CIO & President, Neptune Software Inc. (US) (SAP Mentor)
     
    Beyond Mobile with Neptune UX Platform – a Session About UX, Fiori, HCP & Mobile

    A flexible UX platform for both front-end and back-end app development that empowers enterprises to use their existing resources and build on existing knowledge. A drag and drop designer that enables developers to create, customize, extend, and deploy Fiori apps cost-effective and greatly reduce the need to learn new programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML5 etc. The session will include...

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    Warren Eiserman

    Senior Vice President: ISV Solutions, EPI-USE Labs
     
    Building a Cloud Conveyor Belt

    As SAP acquires and delivers more cloud solutions, what the "HEC" should you do? Warren will share some real-world strategies and approaches for leveraging the cloud. He will show a live demo of how its possible for one person to support 150 internal SAP systems; how to get HANA Express in the cloud and show how to build smart data...

    Read more >
     
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    David Roberts

    VP, Enterprise Transformation, Under Armour (USA)
     
    Future Proofing the Core: Under Armour’s Adoption of S/4 HANA

    The one guarantee in life is change.  At Under Armour, we started a revolution with the battle cry “Protect this House”!  The “House” is the core of everything.  In the athletes that trust our products, the “House” is their bodies, sacrificed for the love of athletics.  Inside of our Corporate headquarters, the “House” is SAP - the foundation for our...

    Read more >
     
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    Grant Tate

    Managing Executive, SAP HANA Cloud and Hosting, Vodacom Group Limited
     
    Vodacom Business… More Than You Thought

    Vodacom Business leverages off Vodacom’s African footprint with Networks and Data Centers across the Continent. Vodacom provides global CoE offerings to Vodafone and its global client base. Vodacom Business provides customers globally and across industries with solutions including Certified SAP HANA Cloud platforms, Virtualised Hosting, Big Data Solutions, IOT , EDI Services, GIS Solutions and Enterprise Mobility.

     
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    Robert Heneke

    SAP Basis Team Lead, Pick ‘n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd
     
    SAP HANA: Feedback From the Trenche

    Pick ‘n Pay migrated 5 SAP landscapes to SAP HANA in 18 months. This was no easy feat and we have the scars to prove it. This session intends to share the lessons learnt in migrating an 18TB BW database to HANA, getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to hardware and revealing the good, the bad...

    Read more >
     
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    Jean Birkett

    Associate Director: SAP Innovation & Technical Architecture, Accenture South Africa
     
    Thriving in The New – SAP Innovations from Accenture

    We are excited to share the latest news and innovations from our Liquid Studio and results from our SAP Hackathons and other key innovations in the new SAP space.  Our Accenture Liquid Studios are designed for rapid application development. We help companies become built for change through new skills, processes, products and ways of working. The Studios bring the world...

    Read more >
     
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    Ashley Govender

    Senior Manager: HANA Platform & SAP Technologies, Accenture South Africa
     
    Thriving in The New – SAP Innovations from Accenture

    We are excited to share the latest news and innovations from our Liquid Studio and results from our SAP Hackathons and other key innovations in the new SAP space.  Our Accenture Liquid Studios are designed for rapid application development. We help companies become built for change through new skills, processes, products and ways of working. The Studios bring the world...

    Read more >
     
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    Kobus Pienaar

    Chief Information Officer, Wesizwe Platinum
     
    Developing a Clear & Agile Integration Strategy: Lessons Learnt at Wesizwe Platinum

    Everyone is talking about Integration, Agile, Strategy, Business Alignment, etc. But how do these buzzwords translate into real-world scenarios where you operate?  Let’s look at the process towards developing  a clear  and  agile  integration  strategy  and  roadmap  for  your  organisation, using the journey of Wesizwe Platinum as a  real-world case-study.

     
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    Simon Carpenter

    Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
    The Digital Economy: You’ve Heard it all Before – but This Time it’s Different (or is it?)

    Unless you’re Rip van Winkle you are fully aware of the Digital Economy. You’re living and leveraging it in both your private and organisational life. You’ve got it all under control and have a very clear roadmap for automation, optimisation, digitalisation, deep learning, innovation and business model change. That being the case you may want to grab a coffee and...

    Read more >
     
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    Rolf Schumann

    Global General Manager Platform and Innovation , SAP SE (GER)
     
    Digital Transformation – The New Reality of Today and Tomorrow.

    Every company is facing the challenge of having to transform their business for the digital age. Yet what does digital transformation really mean, and what is the real impact on the business? Discover how companies can deal with the rapid changes of the digital age and solve the dilemma of optimising their business processes for new requirements while driving innovation...

    Read more >
     
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    Shafiequa’h Valli

    Head: Procurement Operation, Nedbank Limited
     
    Integrating On-Premise SAP ECC & Cloud-Based Ariba: Technical and Business Lessons Learned

    Nedbank has implemented an integrated SAP ECC, on premise, and Ariba at the end of 2014 to support their procurement functions. This was one of the first deployments where a true cloud solution was integrated with a locally deployed SAP ECC system. In doing so, a number of key business and technical challenges had to be dealt with. This presentation...

    Read more >
     
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    Bernard Le Tourneur

    Systems Architect, The SPAR Group LTD
     
    Spar’s Journey to S/4HANA

    The SPAR Group has started their migration journey from ECC6 onto S/4HANA EM. In this session they share some of the technical and functional challenges they have encountered to date. SPAR required a like for like migration using a roadmap that is not typical in most migrations. The original plan incorporated moving from ERP on DB2 through ERP on HANA...

    Read more >
     
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    Alan Beningfield

    Group DC & Corporate Systems Manager, The SPAR Group LTD
     
    Spar’s Journey to S/4HANA

    The SPAR Group has started their migration journey from ECC6 onto S/4HANA EM. In this session they share some of the technical and functional challenges they have encountered to date. SPAR required a like for like migration using a roadmap that is not typical in most migrations. The original plan incorporated moving from ERP on DB2 through ERP on HANA...

    Read more >
     
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    Johann Marx

    Strategy Execution Centre of Excellence Manager, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
     
    PokéTech – Go™: Be More Active in the Real-World by Augmenting Your Enterprise with Innovation and Digital Tech Enablers

    In true spirit of the Gaming concept, Digital Enablers need to merge with real-world Enterprise Systems, People and Process to achieve desperately needed Innovation and Business Outcomes. Increasing Enterprise physical activity (maturity) for Digital Transformation through unknown and sometimes complex Tech becomes a science in its own right, having to re-train the organisational paradigm to re-think their Tech selection, and...

    Read more >
     
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    Mornè Muller

    ERP Technical Services, EPI-USE Africa
     
    At Work – A Better User Experience. On-premises and in the Cloud

    At Work is a mobile product offering by EPI-USE focusing on ease of use, employee engagement, automation and digitisation. Big claims, but as a platform independent solution with a simple month to month pricing model and zero lock-in, it is set to rejuvenate client interest in mobile solutions whether they are firmly on-premises, successfully in the cloud or somewhere in...

    Read more >
     
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    Michael Bell

    SAP Analytics Lead, Deloitte Consulting
     
    This is Your Future – IoT and the 4th Industrial Revolution

    Charles Darwin said that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The 4th industrial revolution is a Digital Disruptive era and a stepping stone in the evolution of the world enabled by the exponential use of technology. This session will explain how you utilize an Agile...

    Read more >
     
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    Adrian Ziller

    Performance Workshop Head , Blue Pencil Education Services
     
    Making Sense of the Data: Preparing Your Staff for SAP Through Digital Learning and Support

    There is a massive gap in knowledge between what the average person knows and what one needs to know to function as an effective member of an organisation. Trying to empower someone to use SAP without first giving them the foundations is a losing battle. Through innovative, digital, “micro” learning, and support, these gaps in knowledge can quickly be addressed...

    Read more >
     
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    Willem Pardaens

    HANA Cloud Platform Presales Solution Architect, SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
    Making Buzzword Bingo Real – What is HANA Cloud Platform and How to Use it?

    The SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a crucial building block in your digital strategy. Being an agile, cloud-based playground, it is very well positioned to enable a two-speed IT environment and make innovation real. Join us to learn more about the breadth of its components and services, and explore different use cases where it delivers tangible value. This session will...

    Read more >
     

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    Julie Prater - Senior Director - Corporate Services, Systems Support, ATO
     
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    "COMING FROM AN ACADEMIC BACKGROUND I REALLY LIKE THE RESEARCH APPROACH - THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS. THE PROGRAM IS BUILT BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND IT'S THE ISSUES WE ARE FACING TODAY."

    Dr Marcus Gibson - Head of Data Excellence, AGL Energy
     
 
 

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Digital Transformation – The New Reality of Today and Tomorrow.

Every company is facing the challenge of having to transform their business for the digital age. Yet what does digital transformation really mean, and what is the real impact on the business? Discover how companies can deal with the rapid changes of the digital age and solve the dilemma of optimising their business processes for new requirements while driving innovation simultaneously. This keynote will also showcase how some SAP customers are already mastering their journey towards a digital enterprise.

S/4HANA Explained in Simple Terms – No Sales Pitch!

This session will provide honest information about S/4HANA. It covers an explanation of all S/4HANA versions, naming patterns and software release strategy, the difference between cloud and on-premise versions and how custom developments are performed on the cloud. Also covered are migration approaches from a current ECC system, how to simplify (and prepare) your current ECC system for S/4HANA and how the activate methodology is used to safeguard the migration.

Beyond Mobile with Neptune UX Platform – a Session About UX, Fiori, HCP & Mobile

A flexible UX platform for both front-end and back-end app development that empowers enterprises to use their existing resources and build on existing knowledge. A drag and drop designer that enables developers to create, customize, extend, and deploy Fiori apps cost-effective and greatly reduce the need to learn new programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML5 etc. The session will include how a great User Experience (UX) drives ROI. An overview of the platform and how it is embedded into SAP from R/3 to S/4. Live demonstrations of creating Hybrid Mobile Fiori apps and exporting applications to the HANA Cloud Platform as web applications or using the HCP Mobile Services for Hybrid Apps. Learn how companies like Pick 'n Pay are using Neptune to mobilise their store operations.

Building a Cloud Conveyor Belt

As SAP acquires and delivers more cloud solutions, what the "HEC" should you do? Warren will share some real-world strategies and approaches for leveraging the cloud. He will show a live demo of how its possible for one person to support 150 internal SAP systems; how to get HANA Express in the cloud and show how to build smart data pipelines using functional paradigms from over 30 years ago.

Future Proofing the Core: Under Armour’s Adoption of S/4 HANA

The one guarantee in life is change.  At Under Armour, we started a revolution with the battle cry “Protect this House”!  The “House” is the core of everything.  In the athletes that trust our products, the “House” is their bodies, sacrificed for the love of athletics.  Inside of our Corporate headquarters, the “House” is SAP - the foundation for our global operations.  In this session, hear about why we chose to move to SAP S/4 HANA to simplify, strengthen and enhance our House.  In our session, learn how the drivers in our business case to move to S/4 HANA, how to oraganize the right team for enabling digital transformation, key metrics for gauging success of the program and how we were successful at driving full adoption of the enhanced capabilities delivered in S/4 HANA.

SAP HANA: Feedback From the Trenche

Pick ‘n Pay migrated 5 SAP landscapes to SAP HANA in 18 months. This was no easy feat and we have the scars to prove it. This session intends to share the lessons learnt in migrating an 18TB BW database to HANA, getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to hardware and revealing the good, the bad and the ugly when we talk about real time performance tuning of a CRM HANA system.

Thriving in The New – SAP Innovations from Accenture

We are excited to share the latest news and innovations from our Liquid Studio and results from our SAP Hackathons and other key innovations in the new SAP space.  Our Accenture Liquid Studios are designed for rapid application development. We help companies become built for change through new skills, processes, products and ways of working. The Studios bring the world of liquid, intelligent and connected applications to life.

Thriving in The New – SAP Innovations from Accenture

We are excited to share the latest news and innovations from our Liquid Studio and results from our SAP Hackathons and other key innovations in the new SAP space.  Our Accenture Liquid Studios are designed for rapid application development. We help companies become built for change through new skills, processes, products and ways of working. The Studios bring the world of liquid, intelligent and connected applications to life.

The Digital Economy: You’ve Heard it all Before – but This Time it’s Different (or is it?)

Unless you’re Rip van Winkle you are fully aware of the Digital Economy. You’re living and leveraging it in both your private and organisational life. You’ve got it all under control and have a very clear roadmap for automation, optimisation, digitalisation, deep learning, innovation and business model change. That being the case you may want to grab a coffee and relax. In response to the ubiquitous wrestling with this broad and somewhat over-hyped concept: Importance, meaning and how-to’s will inspire.

Digital Transformation – The New Reality of Today and Tomorrow.

Every company is facing the challenge of having to transform their business for the digital age. Yet what does digital transformation really mean, and what is the real impact on the business? Discover how companies can deal with the rapid changes of the digital age and solve the dilemma of optimising their business processes for new requirements while driving innovation simultaneously. This keynote will also showcase how some SAP customers are already mastering their journey towards a digital enterprise.

Integrating On-Premise SAP ECC & Cloud-Based Ariba: Technical and Business Lessons Learned

Nedbank has implemented an integrated SAP ECC, on premise, and Ariba at the end of 2014 to support their procurement functions. This was one of the first deployments where a true cloud solution was integrated with a locally deployed SAP ECC system. In doing so, a number of key business and technical challenges had to be dealt with. This presentation spells out the approach we took as well as lessons learned, both technically and more importantly with regard to business impact. Learn what portions of SAP we used, what we learned in doing so, and what this meant to the user community.

Spar’s Journey to S/4HANA

The SPAR Group has started their migration journey from ECC6 onto S/4HANA EM. In this session they share some of the technical and functional challenges they have encountered to date. SPAR required a like for like migration using a roadmap that is not typical in most migrations. The original plan incorporated moving from ERP on DB2 through ERP on HANA to Simple Finance and ultimately to EM. This was changed to a straight migration from ECC6 to EM. The learnings include, among other things, the work needed for project preparation, document preparation, environment requirements, approach on porting custom-built standard SAP workflows to a Fiori-based paradigm, change management for business and the approach to introducing in a phased manner the technical and functional impact.

Spar’s Journey to S/4HANA

The SPAR Group has started their migration journey from ECC6 onto S/4HANA EM. In this session they share some of the technical and functional challenges they have encountered to date. SPAR required a like for like migration using a roadmap that is not typical in most migrations. The original plan incorporated moving from ERP on DB2 through ERP on HANA to Simple Finance and ultimately to EM. This was changed to a straight migration from ECC6 to EM. The learnings include, among other things, the work needed for project preparation, document preparation, environment requirements, approach on porting custom-built standard SAP workflows to a Fiori-based paradigm, change management for business and the approach to introducing in a phased manner the technical and functional impact.

PokéTech – Go™: Be More Active in the Real-World by Augmenting Your Enterprise with Innovation and Digital Tech Enablers

In true spirit of the Gaming concept, Digital Enablers need to merge with real-world Enterprise Systems, People and Process to achieve desperately needed Innovation and Business Outcomes. Increasing Enterprise physical activity (maturity) for Digital Transformation through unknown and sometimes complex Tech becomes a science in its own right, having to re-train the organisational paradigm to re-think their Tech selection, and its application, to adapt to and innovate for the ever-increasing fast-paced Business Demand See how a large Enterprise has innovated on Digital Tech, integrated to or based on SAP, to augment value elements in a real-world

At Work – A Better User Experience. On-premises and in the Cloud

At Work is a mobile product offering by EPI-USE focusing on ease of use, employee engagement, automation and digitisation. Big claims, but as a platform independent solution with a simple month to month pricing model and zero lock-in, it is set to rejuvenate client interest in mobile solutions whether they are firmly on-premises, successfully in the cloud or somewhere in between and unsure of how to continue to leverage the investments they have made. As part of the session we will share customer experiences, roadmaps and success stories.

This is Your Future – IoT and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Charles Darwin said that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The 4th industrial revolution is a Digital Disruptive era and a stepping stone in the evolution of the world enabled by the exponential use of technology. This session will explain how you utilize an Agile IoT Eco System to drive value immediately and stay one step ahead of the competition. Your Disruptive Advantage Starts Here.

Making Sense of the Data: Preparing Your Staff for SAP Through Digital Learning and Support

There is a massive gap in knowledge between what the average person knows and what one needs to know to function as an effective member of an organisation. Trying to empower someone to use SAP without first giving them the foundations is a losing battle. Through innovative, digital, “micro” learning, and support, these gaps in knowledge can quickly be addressed and filled in a sustainable, and easy way, to allow for maximum effectiveness from each employee.

Making Buzzword Bingo Real – What is HANA Cloud Platform and How to Use it?

The SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a crucial building block in your digital strategy. Being an agile, cloud-based playground, it is very well positioned to enable a two-speed IT environment and make innovation real. Join us to learn more about the breadth of its components and services, and explore different use cases where it delivers tangible value. This session will be whiteboard-led, and demo-flavoured.