These capability development and training Masterclasses run for 90 minutes and will be led by content experts. You have the option to pick one per day during Mastering SAP OnAir - with the rest available as recorded content so you don’t miss out on any of them.



Presented by Rajamma Krishnamurthy - Sr. Director HR Technology, Microsoft

The dynamics of how and why people work is changing, impacted by and in parallel with broader social, economic and technological shifts on a global scale. Skilled labor markets are more competitive than ever, and we must excel in attracting, retaining, growing and reskilling top talent to compete in this new environment.

Employee expectations have changed dramatically in the last decade. How does one then set up the HR digital transformation in this experience age?  How can companies set up focus areas for better analytics and experiences, that can help enterprise be agile in the face of challenges and ensure that they can engage and retain necessary talent?

This masterclass will address the above in the context of how Microsoft is making foundational investments in HR Technology with SAP Success Factors Employee Central and others to leverage investments for business agility, connected data, inclusive systems and delightful experiences.

  • How to set up the modern HR vision that focuses on Employee Experiences
  • How to plan and execute on leveraging the investments for an agile enterprise and engaged employees.
  • Presented by Neal Tarditi - Senior Consultant – Financials ANZ, SAP

    With SAP S/4 HANA ‘everything changes’ in some areas but they almost ‘stay the same’ in others.  Why is that? The answer lies in the strategic direction of SAP and software in general where terms like cloud, best of breed, best practice, Internet of things, user experience, virtual data are now mainstream.

    This masterclass will discuss the choices to upgrade the finance function including using Central Finance and some of the new functionality in SAP S/4 HANA Finance/Central Finance. The format will be interactive with ‘quick fire’ Q&A.

    Presented by Frank Florian - Senior Manager Financial Solutions, The Hershey Company

    Change has become part of our lives. Change cannot be avoided, nor is it unstoppable. One of the critical challenges in today’s workforce is catering to the needs of different generations. Our workforce will continue to see a shift within the talent pool, with employees reaching the end of their careers and new generations entering the workforce.

    Studies show that the new wave of talent expected to enter the workforce in the next ten years will bring new ideas and be trained with the latest technology. What is your business doing to attract and retain the best talent? Having a successful change management strategy must align all generations and technology.

    This masterclass will unpack the need for a change management strategy that doesn’t disrupt the business process and emplores people to take ownership of the changes happening in their role.

    Presented by Thomas Jung, Head of Developer Advocacy, SAP Developer & Community Relations, SAP (USA)

    This is a broad masterclass session will look at the role of Business Application Studio and VSCode in the modern SAP development space. We will see how to get started with both community tooling and SAP provided tooling in each environment to support HANA, CAP, Fiori, Mobile and even ABAP development.

    Part 1 - Getting setup for development in both Business Application Studio and VSCode locally. We will show the basics of getting started in each environment. We will see how to configure development spaces and why they are needed. How to install SAP ecosystem friendly VSCode extensions.  How to setup a test and debug environment in both tools. Basically get a developer setup for all types of modern development in the SAP tools space.

    Part 2 - Let’s build a Cloud Application Programming Model application. We will use the latest in CAP modeling and development tooling to create a CAP application, add Fiori UI and extend the basic project to include HANA native artifacts and tooling as well.

    Part 3 – But I’m an ABAP developer. Let’s bring the workshop back around to where most of us started – ABAP.  Although ABAP tooling isn’t official offered outside of Eclipse; let’s look at the state of community tooling in VSCode. Also let’s see how CAP, Fiori, and HANA tooling plays alongside the ABAP development experience.

    Presented by Mike Timm – Managing Member, ICG

    The decision to move payroll to the cloud is not an easy one for most organisations. Most businesses that are looking at implementing SuccessFactors are keeping their payroll instance out of fear of failure. We are going to look at several areas within the Payroll process where organisations can be better informed and reduce anxiety during their decision-making process when migrating to SAP Cloud Payroll. We’ll focus on the areas that are typically the most concerning and see how the risks are mitigated, such as:

  • Implementation journey – is it that different or have we overhyped the implementation?
  • Data security concerns and how to overcome them
  • Failure risks within payroll processing
  • Benefits of a cloud environment
  • Presented by David Axson - Independent

    Finance has been in transformation mode for more than 20 years—benchmarking, best practices, shared services, process re-engineering, ERP and digitization have all driven significant change.  However, the landscape has changed dramatically over the last two years as the world has navigated through the global pandemic. Many finance organisations have taken the opportunity to accelerate automation and adopt new working practice, so what does finance transformation look like now?

  • What will be long term impact of work from home be on finance?
  • How will continued technology adoption change the role of the finance professional?
  • What new skills and capabilities will finance need to develop?
  • How should the finance organization adapt to a changed environment?

  • In this masterclass, David Axson, will explore the trends and actions that are driving the finance transformation agenda.

    Presented by Matt Harding - SAP Solution, UX & Development Architect plus Developer, Independent & Al Templeton – Engineering Lead, Nutrien

    SAP S/4HANA offers new ways of working that can really improve an end user's experience but depending on the implementation approach and the applicability of the thousands of already available Fiori apps, users may be left with a solution that could be more clunky than prior to the upgrade.

    This masterclass will cover the key implementation aspects of SAP S/4HANA to set-up this new way of working, plus highlight how a role-based S/4HANA Transaction dashboard might be a good quick win. The masterclass will be broken up into 2 sections, each followed by an open discussion and questions.

    1. The critical implementation aspects of SAP S/4HANA before you can even start the real SAP S/4HANA UX journey

    2. How the SAP S/4HANA transactional dashboard (A Fiori Elements Overview Page) might be designed and built with the build process included

    Presented by Ingo Hilgefort, Global Product Evangelist, SAP Data Warehouse at SAP

    SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is SAP’s new cloud-based data warehouse solution. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. In this beginner session, you will learn about the concept of Spaces in SAP Data Warehouse cloud, you will learn to setup connections, define data models, and created analytical stories based on your data models.

    Key Business Benefits:

  • Attendees will learn how to get started in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud
  • Attendees will learn how to setup Spaces and Connections
  • Attendees will learn how to create Entity Relationship models and how to setup data models and analytical stories.
  • Presented by Steve Bogner- Managing Partner, Insight Consulting Partners

    Payroll is one of the most complex parts of HR for most companies, and it is also one of the primary Human Experiences employees have with the company – the delivery of their compensation. Companies have to pay employees accurately and timely in a challenging environment that frequently changes.

    How can companies do this, while also striving to innovate with more self-service and other new features? Steve will present experience-based practices and methods for improving the quality of payroll calculations and delivery, maintaining a stable environment as changes and upgrades are rolled out, and innovating at a pace that is right for your company.

    Presented by Damian Gibbs and David Nye, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    During this technical workshop you will learn how to evaluate your SAP workload requirements on AWS. We will cover best practices related to optimal architecture and the use of new native tools and services, like Launch Wizard, to automate your deployments. This session is your opportunity to hear directly from AWS’s own SAP architects, ask questions, and catch up on the latest best-practices for migrating and operating SAP on AWS.

    Presented by Tony de Thomasis - Independent Thought Leader and Jonathan Morar - Tricentis

    The most common maintenance activities in the SAP industry include:

  • Importing SAP Transports
  • Performing SAP S/4HANA Feature Package stack upgrades
  • Performing ECC Enhancement Package upgrades

  • These changes have become more frequent as we strive to improve for software currency, problem resolution and business innovation.

    How do I test to give me peace of mind whilst avoiding the need to test everything in a change?

    Learn how Solution Manager and Tricentis can help to determine the most at-risk capabilities during these maintenance activities.

    During this session, we will demonstrate how to reduce testing windows by testing only the most at-risk components based on application usage patterns.

    Presented by Russell Raath - Affiliate, Kotter (USA)

    Every day, in every company and organization around the world, leaders are making mission-critical decisions on how they will execute their business strategy.

    Leaders at non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, Fortune 100 companies and Main Street small businesses all know that everyday is an opportunity to make progress or to lose momentum.

    It is the choices they make on what to do and what not to do, and how work will get done that will move them and their organizations forward or move them backwards.

    And as a result, the pressure is on to make the right decision every single time.

    The Ambition Method™ is anchored in behavioral science and decades of observation on organizational performance, and aims to answer this singular question that every leader has asked:


    The Ambition Method™ lays out the approach that leaders and their teams can follow to create the results that they desire, to have a positive impact on their organizations, and to build the legacy that all leaders can be proud of.

    Presented by Joy Kennedy and Carmen Lyons, BlackLine

    Are you fatigued by repeatedly hearing `pandemic’, `COVID-19’, `the new normal’, `remote working’? We can all acknowledge that recent times have brought about change, but where something is done is less important to how it is done and when it is done in finance, and more importantly, the ease of doing it combined with the accurateness and completeness of it. Finance have navigated the choppy waters of recent times and haven’t drowned, but if you want to be successful and embrace digital transformation, you can’t just end at the border of an ERP/SAP System. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% taking notes, so in this session we will explore:

  • Why playing with custom automation will marginally move the needle towards success and why for many businesses it has not delivered the benefits that were promised, has left businesses with fragmented technology and disconnected data, but there is a better way
  • Why streamlining process that include automation and native integration change how we work and why where you work is only a distraction and shouldn’t be the focus
  • Why capacity issues aren’t just holding you back from better operational efficiency, it’s related to many hidden costs and risks
  • Why using modern accounting can make you the employer of choice and why the future of finance isn’t just digital technology
  • Presented by Chris Atkins - Vice President – Digital Government Transformation, SAP (US)

    In the current age of digital transformation, people expect more from public sector organisations. Corporate giants like Amazon provide a personalized, incredibly fast, and convenient experience to customers that raise expectations for what engaging with an organisation should be like. This level of service delivery can be hard to match for many public sector organisations that may lack the necessary data analysis tools and skills to understand citizen behavior and sentiment, to provide an enhanced citizen experience.

    However, public sector organisations are making the shift towards a data driven strategy. The shock of the pandemic has forced governments to rapidly accelerate their plans for agile, technology focused strategies. But how can public sector organisations support a proactive strategy with technology, what obstacles do they need to overcome?

    Chris Atkins serves as VP for Digital Government Transformation in the SAP Public Sector Industry Business Unit (IBU). Join this interactive session to explore the DDG Framework, including a look at some local and global case studies.

  • Benefits of implementing a data and analytics strategy
  • Potential obstacles to digital transformation
  • Creating a data and analytics strategy

  • Chris brings nearly fifteen years of public sector industry expertise to SAP. Before joining SAP, he served as Director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, CFO for the State of Indiana, and Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue.