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Powerful Connections: Reaching the summit This year’s SAUG Summit, to be held in in Sydney from August 2-4, is shaping up to be an event not to be missed for the SAP community. In response to member feedback and changes in SAP’s organisation and product portfolio, there will be significant modifications to content and format as well as new workshops, and the introduction of an InnoJam. By Nathan Luck. Global leaders Headlining this year’s Summit program are global SAP AG keynote speakers Kaj van de Loo, senior vice president of technology strategy, and Jeffrey Word, vice president of product strategy, who will provide an update on SAP’s technology strategy straight from SAPPHIRE, including execution, adoption and impact. Renowned global enterprise analyst Ray Wang, principal analyst and CEO of the Constellation Research Group, will again visit Sydney to present a keynote address on insights for getting the most out of SAP technology, and from the largest SAP user group in the world, Bridgette Chambers, CEO of ASUG, will share her insights into how to leverage the user group to get a better return on investment (ROI) from SAP. As SAP progresses its strategy of on-premise, on-demand and on-device solution delivery, the number of users across enterprises will exponentially increase. Chambers will also present a strategy to determine how and to what extent this will increase returns across these enterprises, based on the concept of ‘Timeless Software’ and eight principles for nondisruptive and sustainable evolution to deliver ROI to the customer base, and explain why total cost of ownership is no longer the only valid benchmark for market leaders operating in a timeless world.

Local stars With many SAP projects being multi-year, complex undertakings requiring unique technical talents, how do leaders keep people focused and understand the ‘vision’? What are some of the key success factors in delivering a project? How do you motivate and get a project to Go-Live successfully? Former Coles CIO Peter Mahler will present his views on how to manage, motivate, and inspire teams on large IT transformation projects, and argue that leadership style, attracting and retaining skills into your organisation,

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developing team dynamics, sustaining the team and defining success by explaining the journey are all essential components. John Goldrick, mobility solutions management, SAP ANZ and Dan Getcliffe, mobility delivery lead, SAP APJ will provide a rundown on business mobility strategy, while Business Objects 4.0 will be covered by Sanjiv Bansal, SAP solution manager, who will share the BI roadmap, and Lion Nathan’s Chris Allan will speak on the company’s roll-out of the new solution. Delving further into mobility, John Moy, SAP user interaction and mobility architect at Australia Post, will discuss the company’s history of mobility and current SAP consumer and enterprise mobility use cases, as well as its challenges, learnings, future directions and strategies.

In-memory in action HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance) is a hot topic for SAP at the moment, and along with a ‘hands-on’ workshop to give attendees expert practical instruction on these products, Jeff Word will discuss the need to understand the real-world benefits of in-memory computing. “Real-time analysis of business data has the potential to create points of differentiation and opportunities for competitive advantage in many areas. The challenge now will be developing the agility to exploit this knowledge in a timely manner,” says Ben English, business development manager, SAUG. Several Australian companies have already pioneered the way with SAP in-memory computing using Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA). A joint presentation at the Summit will see these customers share their experience of running SAP’s BWA on highly optimised infrastructure to support real-time analytics and decision making, addressing the fundamental business issue – does the ability to translate data into actionable insights really result in smart innovative

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