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Continuing the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code meet the speaker series, I am pleased to introduce ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code speaker Dave Beldyk of DuPont.  He is presenting session DMM 234 Eliminating UOM Rounding Issues – A Fresh Look at and Old Problem

 

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Get to know and meet Dave here and in October at SAP TechEd && d-code.

 

The picture to the left is Dave his wife Karen, and grandchildren Fynn, Maeleigh and Liam.

 

I asked Dave the following questions:

 

What is your favorite hobby?

 

Hands down, my favorite hobby is turning wood.  Whether making bowls, hollow forms, finials or even duck calls, I just love turning wood!  I think it’s because it offers challenge in so many different ways.  There is something about being able to conceptualize a finished piece and then turn (pun intended ) that vision into reality with my own two hands that I find very satisfying.  For me wood turning is my way to escape and relax. (See picture below of one of his projects)

 

Why do you attend TechEd/d-code?

 

This is actually my first time attending TechEd/d-code, but I am really looking forward to it.  I am so excited because I’ve talked to others who have attended previously and I understand TechEd/d-code to be one of the biggest gatherings of the very best and brightest technical resources the SAP world has to offer.  I expect to find a mix of people who have either solved something challenging that they just can’t wait to tell the rest of the world about, or people who are trying to solve something challenging and are looking for that one little tip or trick to get them over the hump.  Either way it sounds like a great collaborative experience, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

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Why should attendees attend your session?

 

Most of us who have been around SAP for any length of time have encountered unit of measure conversion rounding issues at one time or another.  If you happen to be fortunate enough to be with a business with plants and customers that allow you to do most of your transactions in the base unit of measure, you should consider yourself lucky, and you can skip this session.  But if you happen to be with one of many businesses who must satisfy customers in multiple industries and/or regions, each expecting to transact in a sales unit of their choosing, then I think this session can really help you.  In this session you will learn exactly why and how rounding issues occur, and most importantly, how to prevent their occurrence.  And in my experience “prevention” is a whole lot better than after-the-fact “correction”!

 

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So add session DMM 234 Eliminating UOM Rounding Issues – A Fresh Look at and Old Problem to you agenda today

 

 

ASUG is has opened registration for pre-conferences session at SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday, October, 20th  - see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions

 

NEW hashtag for SAP TechEd && d-code is #SAPtd

 

Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here

 


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Continuing the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code meet the speaker series, I am pleased to introduce Martin Maguth who is presenting ASUG session ITM222 Top 10 Tools for Workflow Administrators

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I also noticed he is co-author of the upcoming SAP Press Book Practical Workflow for SAP Workflow, Third Edition, available for pre-order.  Meet Martin below:

 

Learn about Martin:


Martin Maguth is a managing director at Norikkon, LLC. He has over ten years of  experience in the information technology industry specializing in SAP Workflow, ABAP programming, as well as SAP content management. Prior professional experience includes positions at SAP, EMC, IBM Global Services and IXOS Software. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Strasbourg, France, and a M.B.A. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Martin is a regular speaking on enterprise content management, document management, and workflow at SAP events, such as SAPPHIRE, ASUG, and TechEd. He is also an author in the upcoming book “Practical Workflow for SAP”, 3., Updated and Revised Edition 2014, by SAP Press.


When he is not programming or building workflows, he can be found at the New York stock exchange trading blue chips or throwing darts at the business section of IBD. He currently lives in Miami, FL, where he enjoys the beach, the tennis court, and his motorcycle.

 

Learn about his ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code session:

 

His session “Top 10 tools for Workflow Administrators” will introduce key tools available to SAP workflow administrators to maintain a smoothly running workflow engine and to help troubleshoot any issues in the system. The session includes workflow reporting, error diagnosis, and workflow data management and discusses each tool in detail as well as when and how to use the correct one. Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Session code ITM222.

 

Martin says "See you there!"  You can follow him on twitter at @workflow_ninja and @norikkon

 

Here is the abstract from the site:

In this session, we present the top 10 SAP tools that make the job of workflow administrator easier by providing necessary information for troubleshooting and user support. This session includes workflow reporting, error diagnosis, and workflow data management. We discuss each tool in detail and when and how to use the correct one.

 

Martin is giving an ASUG webcast next Monday, August 4th called Workflow Classics

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ASUG is has opened registration for pre-conferences session at SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday, October, 20th  - see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions

 

NEW hashtag for SAP TechEd && d-code is #SAPtd

 

Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here

 


Related:

Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Charles Reeves - Implementing Enterprise Master Data Management

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kumar Chidambaram - Holistic BI BW on HANA Approach

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Heiko Zuerker - Solution Manager

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow

Effective SAP ERP on HANA Migration Strategy - ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Rajesh Gupta

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Girish Manmadkar - SAP HANA on VMWare Best Practices

Newell Rubbermaid Mobile Story to Improve Sales - ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Mohammed Siddiqui

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow

Comprehensive SAP Monitoring – Recognize Problems Before Your Users Do - Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Jon Friesen

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Those of you paying close attention may have noticed a subtle change to the website for SAP’s premier tech education event.  We’re more prominently featuring the SAP TechEd name alongside d-code.  (Please note:  the double ampersand (&&) connecting the two isn’t a typo;  it’s very intentional.  But more on that later….)

 

SAP has been delivering world-class tech training and education for IT professionals – both beginners and pros – through the SAP TechEd conference series for nearly two decades.  That tradition continues this year, and the SAP TechEd name is a nod to that heritage.

 

But it’s more than just a name.  The SAP TechEd && d-code conference will continue to deliver the deep dive technical content you’ve come to expect -- through hands-on workshops, demo-rich lectures, product road map Q&As, and expert networking sessions.  IT professionals of all backgrounds can take advantage of thousands of hours of educational content across nine tracks and 35 subtracks featuring topics including in-memory computing, Big Data, real-time analytics, cloud management and security, SAP HANA, mobility, and IT simplification.

 

But we’re also adding some exciting new elements to the program, designed to get key SAP technologies directly into the hands of attendees.  We want to teach past, present, and future developers how they can use SAP technologies and platforms to build the next generation of apps and solutions with us. To that end, we’re introducing new experiences for live coding and collaboration with SAP experts.

 

  • Developer Garage:  Bring your laptop and get expert assistance downloading and installing the latest SAP development tools and environments.  We’ll have pros on hand to help you get up and running.
  • Code Review Sessions: Explore real world examples of good and bad code, and learn tips and techniques to ensure the code you write is secure, readable, and efficient.
  • SAP CodeJam (mini editions):  Back – and bigger – by popular demand!  Meet one-on-one with SAP development experts, connect with other developers, share knowledge, and of course, write code.
  • Hackers’ Lounge: Meet with SAP developers and designers while you play with a variety of toys and tools that showcase new and innovative uses for SAP technologies.
  • Hacker Night: The return of an old favorite.  We’ll bring the power, Internet, food, and booze. You bring your laptops and great ideas. Together, we’ll build something amazing.

 

As for the double ampersand? Along with the d-code name, it’s a nod to the software developers in our audience.  As some of our followers have noted on Twitter, the double ampersand is commonly used in the world of software development and is the code syntax used to denote the word “and.”  You’ll find other examples used throughout the conference web site, as well as at the live events this fall.

 

Another recent change of note is the hashtag for the conference.  We thought about using the full conference name, but at 17 characters, that’s 12% of a single Tweet!  Instead, we opted for brevity -- #SAPtd. So join the conversation through our social media channels and let us know what you think about this year’s program so far.

 

And if you haven’t yet registered, time is running out to save!  The early bird deadline is Friday, August 1, after which rates go up $200 for Las Vegas and €150 for Berlin.  Our Full Conference option includes access to everything the program has to offer – keynotes, lectures, hands-on workshops, and more.  Once again, we’re offering our popular Group Discount package (Buy 4, Get 5) for teammates from the same company.

 

And new this year, we’ve added a one-day Show Floor Only registration option.  For those of you who’ve been unable to attend each year due to cost, or for your friends and colleagues who’ve never attended but are curious to learn more about the world of SAP technology, we hope this option makes it easier to justify a trip to Las Vegas or Berlin this fall!

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Kick off your SAP TechEd && d-code experience by registering for one of the following ASUG pre-conference sessions.  Registration is now open.  All ASUG pre-conference sessions will be held on Monday, October 20th - some are full day which are 8:30-5:00 pm (Las Vegas time).

 

This is the 10th year of ASUG's partnership with SAP at SAP TechEd (now known as SAP TechEd && d-code).  I have been attending SAP TechEd since 2007 and have attended a pre-conference session every year and haven't been disappointed.

 

Not only is ASUG offering BI4.1 and BW on HANA hands on training by Ingo Hilgefort (pictured below left by SAP TechEd photographer) but the hands-on session will also include SAP Lumira Server.  These sessions have sold out over the past several years, including the last few ASUG Annual Conferences and SAP TechEd.

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Here is a subset of the abstract:

 

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.1 is the latest suite release from SAP and offers a broad set of BI tools to choose from. Each tool has its own special focus in the area of reporting and analytics. This full-day, hands-on seminar is a series of activities focused on SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 products in combination with SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW), SAP BW on SAP HANA, and SAP ERP. Attendees will learn to use the different products from the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite 4.1 in combination with SAP data including SAP Lumira SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office and more.

 

 

 

 

The full list of sessions are as follows:

 

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, SAP BW, and SAP BW on SAP HANA - All in One Day (Hands-On) with SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort

 

 

Turn the SAP User Experience Strategy into Your Customer Reality with SAP's Nis Boy Naeve and Andreas Hauser

 

 

Express Delivery to Your Business with SAP Solution Manager with SAP's John Krakowski

 

 

Create Your Own SAP Fiori Apps Using ABAP and SAP OpenUI5 with SAP's Jens Weiler

 

 

Fast Track to Development with SAP HANA Cloud Platform with SAP's Rui Nogueira

 

 

Big Data in Enterprise Information Management for Better Data Governance with SAP's Sue Waite and David Quirk

 

 

Thomas Dulaney, a previous pre-conference attendee says:

"I have absolutely *nothing* negative to say about the ASUG preconference sessions. The three presenters were incredibly well informed. The presentations were incredibly well prepared. It was clear that this preconference session was designed and developed as a smoothly flowing whole session and not a collection of one hour sessions designed for a different audience. "

 

Note the Early Bird rate for SAP TechEd && d-code ends this Friday

 

"Run Simple" with SAP and consider attending an ASUG SAP TechEd pre-conference today.

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Continuing our meet the ASUG SAP TechEd d-code speaker series, I am re-introducing Rajesh Gupta of Deloitte, who is speaking at ASUG session TEC 205,  Maximize Investments with an Effective SAP ERP on SAP HANA Migration Strategy


About Rajesh:

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Rajesh is a SAP BASIS Manager at Deloitte, Philadelphia office. Rajesh is a very experienced lead of SAP HANA, SAP Upgrade, and SAP Migration & NetWeaver and is SAP BASIS & OS/DB/HANA Certified Consultant.  He is a Lead Architect of SAP HANA & SAP NetWeaver.  Rajesh have also been a speaker in ASUG/SAPPHIRE & SAP Insider CRM Conferences in US and Europe (Amsterdam, France). At this moment, focused on SAP HANA Migration and Implementation, SAP Upgrade, SAP OS/DB Migration, and in SAP CRM space



What are some of your hobbies?


With the fast moving change in time and technology, my hobbies also keeps changing with same pace with. As living and breathing in technology world, my hobbies are aligned technology. I love spending times in front of computer figuring out cool things and making the life easier with technology.


 

Apart from computer, love to play Tennis for hours, I enjoy all thrill ride in amusement parks, till now fearless of all scary rides.


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I enjoy listening to Indian classical songs and watch all kind of movies, spending time with family and see various places around to world. I have visited Singapore, Nepal, Canada, Amsterdam, France, Dubai, US, and defiantly India. The best was, spending time in Vegas with my wife and with kids in Dubai. (all pictures provided by Rajesh)

 

Please provide some background on this presentation and why SAP TechEd && d-code attendees should attend this ASUG session:

According to Rajesh:

“SAP is clearly leading the transition to HANA and Cloud. SAP Hana is the market most advanced in-memory database and it well on its way to reaching €1bn in Hana software revenue since market launch” source: http://global.sap.com/canada/press.epx?pressid=21745

 

HANA has always been the center stage in all conferences and webinar since 2011 (see Meet ASUG TechEd Speaker Rajesh Gupta and Learn CRM on the Amazon Public Cloud Lessons Learned)

 

SAP HANA allows for the real-time analysis of workloads, eliminating the read-write cycles key to traditional data analytic implementations. Given the current focus on Big Data analytics, HANA is generating significant momentum for the company, both in on premise and Cloud implementations. Strong customer adoption of SAP Business Suite on Hana demonstrates SAP leadership in innovating the future platform for business. We all have heard a lot about HANA and its many benefits; however, people are not sure how to dip their toe in the water or get ERP on HANA quickly up and running without much business disruptions. As an organization that has been through journey, this presentation is to educate and help client to understand the advantage, challenges and best practice around migrating ERP on HANA. In this presentation, we will cover guidelines and best practices for migrating ERP on HANA.


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n TEC205  to your agenda today: Maximize investments with an effective ERP on SAP HANA migration strategy. This session outlines how to maximize the effectiveness and flexibility of your SAP ERP landscape by migrating to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA Join this session to learn strategies to help your company make a smooth and seamless transition, typical challenges faced, lesson learned and best practices”


NEW hashtag for SAP TechEd && d-code is #SAPtd

 

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Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here


Save the date Monday, October 20th for ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-conference Day


Related:

Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Charles Reeves - Implementing Enterprise Master Data Management

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kumar Chidambaram - Holistic BI BW on HANA Approach

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Heiko Zuerker - Solution Manager

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow


Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Girish Manmadkar - SAP HANA on VMWare Best Practices

Newell Rubbermaid Mobile Story to Improve Sales - ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Mohammed Siddiqui

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow

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Continuing this meet the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code speaker series I am pleased to introduce Mohammed Siddiqui of Newell Rubbermaid who is speaking at ASUG SAP TechEd d-code session MOB104 See How Newell Rubbermaid Uses Mobile Apps to Improve the Sales Experience

 

Learn more about Mohammed below (pictured to the right):

 

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What is your role at Newell Rubbermaid?

 

I currently serve as the Senior Portal Architect and Mobility Manager at Newell Rubbermaid.  This means that I am the Subject Matter Expert and Senior Architect in all areas of SAP Enterprise Portal.  I have been filling that role for almost six years now.  Also, I am in charge of leading the Enterprise Mobility initiative at Newell Rubbermaid.  This means that I am in charge of all mobile development for internal and B2B use.  I have been in that role for almost 2 years now.  With the growth of the area in mobility, I am able to stretch my skillset in UI design and project management to work on new Mobility projects, while still supporting existing SAP Portal projects.

 

 

 

What is your professional background?

 

I started my career as an SAP Basis consultant.  Over the years, I refined my skills in both Portal and Basis and ended up as an SAP Portal Architect at The Home Depot.  After a short stint there, I moved over to Newell Rubbermaid as an SAP Portal Architect and helped build the SAP Portal infrastructure there.  As previously explained, I have now been at Newell Rubbermaid for 6 years and counting.  I completed my B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!) and also hold an MBA from Georgia State University with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.

 

 

What you can learn from your session?

 

The road to mobility is a very agile and confusing path.  Take a look at some of the applications that we were able to build at Newell Rubbermaid.  We are now using these applications to help our Sales team achieve a better customer focused experience.  This is just the beginning of our road to mobility, so also take a look at some of the future initiatives we have for all of our employees.  You will get to see an idea on how Newell Rubbermaid plans to grow the use of mobile applications throughout our workforce.

 

 

Some fun facts about Mohammed:

  • He loves to travel and like to take one big trip every year

o   This year he was able to go to Paris during the French Open and attend the final (pictured above right)

  • He drives an electric car (Nissan Leaf) and absolutely love it.  He hopes to continue that trend.
  • He is an avid sports fan and follow the Atlanta Falcons, Orlando Magic, and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

 

 

About his session:

 

Here is the abstract from the session listing:

In an effort to begin our mobile landscape, Newell Rubbermaid identified sales as the first business area to receive applications. The first application built was a sales application to be used by consumer sales reps. Later, the Rubbermaid Closet division built a mobile application to facilitate custom closet designs. Come hear their story.

 

So add  MOB104 See How Newell Rubbermaid Uses Mobile Apps to Improve the Sales Experience to your agenda today

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Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here


Save the date Monday, October 20th for ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-conference Day


Related:

Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Charles Reeves - Implementing Enterprise Master Data Management

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kumar Chidambaram - Holistic BI BW on HANA Approach

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Heiko Zuerker - Solution Manager

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Girish Manmadkar - SAP HANA on VMWare Best Practices

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Continuing our meet the ASUG speaker series, I am pleased to introduce Girish Manmadkar, whose ASUG SAP TechEd d-code session is ITM124 SAP HANA on VMware – Best Practices.

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Learn more about Girish (pictured to the right) and his session below:

 

This session discusses the challenges and gotchas while running SAP HANA database on vSphere environment, as well best practices to achieve right performance and scalability.

 

 

Girish was exposed to SAP during his time at Informix (now IBM) database company, where many of his customers were running SAP with backend database Informix in early 1990’s.  He has thus exposure to work with various other database technologies with hands-on experience to his belt. He has successfully worked on many SAP upgrade projects as well as SAP green field implementations, including time at Deloitte Consulting, where he was lead Architect to deploy various SAP modules for an energy company.

 

 

 

Now at VMware Professional services, as a Global Consulting Architect, he has been tasked to lead the WW SAP practice by the PSO leadership, to help set various SAP on VMware design standards, define best practices, performance  benchmarks  including SAP HANA, working with key engineering individuals at VMware and SAP, he is able to bring more value to the work being delivered by the practice  on complex SAP landscapes and architectures.

 

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Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here


Save the date Monday, October 20th for ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-conference Day


Related:

Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Charles Reeves - Implementing Enterprise Master Data Management

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kumar Chidambaram - Holistic BI BW on HANA Approach

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Heiko Zuerker - Solution Manager


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Continuing our ASUG SAP d-code Meeting the Speaker series I am pleased to introduce Charles Reeves of Graphic Packaging (pictured to the right/below).  His session is titled Implementing and Configuring an Enterprise Master Data Management and Data

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From the abstract:

 

The objective of this session is to review Graphic Packaging International, Inc.'s journey to implement a new enterprise master data management and governance system using SAP Information Steward and SAP Data Services. GPI is a leading global packaging company. The implementation involved creating new roles for people, new processes, and new technology.

 

Here is the Question and Answer with Charles:

 

Q: What do you hope attendees will gain by attending your session?

 

Data Management and governance has become a big issue for companies today.  With ERP data, Big Data and other data options managing and reporting on this data to drive business decisions has become very important. I would like attendees to learn that how the SAP Information Steward and Data services are great tools to successful maintain profile, cleanse and govern data.   And the tools are not just SAP specific, the SAP Information Steward, SAP Data Services and SAP BI BusinessObjects can work with any type of data source or system.  And the tools can be used with the SAP products such as BI/BusinessObjects.

 

This tool in combination with good business processes can be an invaluable asset to any successful company.

 

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

 

DJ and Photographer


Q: What is your favorite laptop and most reliable laptop

 

Apple Macbook

 

Q: What are your favorite mobile devices?

 

Apple IPhone and Apple IPad

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Q: What is your favorite movie?

 

Star Wars

 

See picture of Charles in his Halloween costume as Star wars character Darth Maul with dual light saber (left)

 

Q: How did you get started with SAP?

 

I started working with SAP in 2000 as a SAP Finance FICO configuration Analyst.  The last 5 years I have been working primarily in SAP Business Intelligence and Master Data Management. I have been working in SAP for 14 years.  My previous background is in computer programming and Financial Accounting.

 

I am co-chair of ASUG Portals SIG and a member of the ASUG Portals Influence Council

 

I enjoy working in the computer industry and developing new innovative solutions.

 

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So I hope you will take the time to check out Charles' ASUG session at SAP d-code Las Vegas.  All photos were provided by Charles.

 

 

 

 

 

Join ASUG and other community members at SAP d-code Las Vegas

 

SAP d-code 2014 LAS VEGAS
OCTOBER 20-24
Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center


ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here


Save the date Monday, October 20th for ASUG SAP d-code Pre-conference Day


Related:

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

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Hopefully you saw ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors that SAP has published ASUG sessions for SAP d-code Las Vegas. For a complete listing please see here

 

I am pleased to introduce Pawel Mierski:

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Photo provided by Pawel

 

Pawel is responsible to developing and creating new BI Solutions for the Finance Group and  is also heavily involved in the Data Governance at Molson Coors.

 

His ASUG SAP d-code session can be found here

 

Here is the abstract for his session, titled A New Approach to Data Warehousing with SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA

This session is about how Molson Coors took a new approach to its SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) system using SAP BW powered by SAP HANA. Important benefits to both IT and users of Molson's smarter, simpler, and more agile data warehouse will be discussed with an example of how SAP BW on SAP HANA decreases development time by more than half.

 


He recently provided an ASUG webcast regarding BW on HANA.  Below is some of the Question & Answer:

 

  Q:  Hi - did MC follow the Database Migration Option [DMO] method?

A:  No - export database and import in HANA instance

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Q:  What was the HANA version and revision again?

A: HANA Rev 69.03

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Q:  How was disaster recovery handled?

A:  During upgrade, virtual machine crashed. Upgrade to HANA import and export process at same time; SAP finish manual- not sure of question.

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Q:  For the listed Hana benefits, how many are related to Hana v just the more recent BW/BI/BOBJ versions?

A:  85% benefits are related to HANA

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Q:  speaker mentioned about upgrading right after go live. From SP6 Rev 69.03 --> ??

A:  Live on HANA on Rev 60, 1st week after go-live, upgraded 69.03

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Q:  How have you used SAP BW/SAP HANA on the Brewing side of the business as we all know that the Procure to Produce cycle for Brewers is long. Is there any thinking on how it can be incorporated into a differentiator?

A:  Process of making beer takes 5 weeks, HANA does not accelerate that. Do more global reports across areas.

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Q:  Did MC have design time license as well along with run time license for BW on HANA?

A:  BW on HANA license - not enterprise license. SAP has changed license concept - more flexible

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Q:  Didn't quite understand the solution for real-time (is it more frequent loads)...would you be able to explain again?

A:  BW on HANA takes less time to load data in BI system - BW 740 not have to load most tables. Can load data hourly without impacting systems.

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Q:  did you use LSA++ and how?

A:  Not used yet - available in 740

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Q:  have you used standard business content for BW modeling

A:  Most of solutions are based on standard content

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Q:  our loads are taking most time on extraction from ECC we r using standard content

A:  more of a comment than question?

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Q:  How do you "Justify" the high-cost of HANA appliances & software to Public-Sector clients who don't have the same kind of Fiscal & Market pressures that exist with a PRIVATE comapny like Molson-Coors...?

A:  Takes more time to develop something if not on more recent versions; more efficient if keep up with BI/BW/HANA releases

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Q:  Did you do code optimizations in the transofmrations (Selects in field routine) before the migration? Did you have to do any post-migration optimizations?

A:  Didn't touch a single line of code, but could do it.

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Q:  Disaster Recovery in the sense of production fail over to a secondary site / system in case primary goes down. This will need sync or async replication from primary to secondary site.

A:  Virtual machine - HP configured; if production goes down, there is a replication every ms > backup virtual machine takes over

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Q:  how much data you r loading everyday and how much time it takes for you

A:  DB grows 50 GB each month; hard to say daily - 50M - takes about 1/3 time from before. 

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Q:  You mentioned a project using HANA to do sentiment analysis.  Did you use HANA/SAP only to do the actual analysis or was HANA used with another tool such as ENDECA or Splunk?

A:  A third party gives sentiment analysis - send a CSV file, upload to workspace in BI

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Q:  Speaker mentioned about providing HANA Studio access to BI team. Does it mean they model using HANA Studio on BW data?

A:  Yes, model in HANA studio

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Q:  I don't think my question was answered - Was the Oracle DB compressed when  it was migrated over?  We are SQLServer with DB Compression and the sizing report did not give us much benefit.  We are going live Aug and worried we undersized.

A:  Oracle DB was compressed before migration

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Q:  Were there ANY reports that ran slower compared to BW+BWA?

A:  no

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Q:  Were any changes needed to Query properties? (for example in RSRT)

A:  Yes, had to do performance properties in RSRT

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Q:  Did you use SI ?

A:  Basis from HP

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Q:  What are the RDS packages you used?

  A:  The basis from HP took care of that part, so I am not sure which one he used..

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Q:  Did you do any performance testing on Reports before HANA go-live?

  A:  Yes, we tested our most used reports (the 20% most used) and ran our tests on those.  All reports were faster on HANA than on the BWA

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Q:  What releases did you upgrade to BI 4.1 and BW 7.4?

  A:  BO 4.1 and BW 7.3 SP9

 

Also see his BI 2014 interview with Dennis Howlett of Diginomica.com

 

So I hope you will consider joining Pawel and ASUG at SAP d-code Las Vegas.

 

Related:

In case you missed ASUG Annual Conference below is a listing of some of the BW related sessions and their presentations (no logon required):

 

SessionPresentation
401 Scotts Miracle Gro BW on HANA CloudLink
405 Schwan's Mixed modeling using BW on HANA & HECLink
407 How Molex Uses BW Workspaces - Agile BI
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409 How to Get to BW on HANALink
310 Overview of how IQ augments SAP Landscape BW NLSLink
411 Data Warehousing in the Age of In-Memory Computing and Real-Time AnalyticsLink
312 Supercharged BI at Mondelez Integrating SAP HANA & BW  to Enable Rapid Analytic Innovations
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512 Future of CRM & Reporting at Kellogg-Rapid Migration BW on HANA Link

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Today is the last day to submit an ASUG abstract to present at SAP d-code for Las Vegas.  I've written about it before Consider Speaking at an ASUG Session at SAP d-code and so has fellow ASUG volunteer Gretchen Lindquist with It's not too late, yet, but hurry d-Code needs you

 

Submit today

 

Call for submissions closes: May 25

For non-SAP speakers only

Submit your session proposal at here

 

More information can be found at Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal

 

Sessions

The types of sessions we are looking for include customer case studies, sharing real life experiences, best practices and tips and tricks. The tracks are listed here

 

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Never Presented Before?

Then let SAP d-code 2014 change that.  Here are some resources provided by SAP d-code content team:

 

Skills Every Public Speaker Should Have

 

Effective Public Speaking Skills

 

Speaking about Presenting

 

Submit today

Note: if you experience any technical or logon issues please e-mail sapdcodespeaker.info@sap.com

 

Make sure this is a picture of you in October:

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Consider Speaking at an ASUG Session at SAP d-code

Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal

Have you been thinking about submitting an abstract for d-Code in Las Vegas? Not to rush you, but time is running out, and the ASUG Design Team for d-Code needs you to submit that abstract by May 25. I am not going to repeat everything that Tammy Powlas has already explained so well here, but I do want to add that some of the tracks are still woefully under-represented in the submissions to date.

 

To all my SCN colleagues active in the GRC and Security spaces, I am especially encouraging you to consider submitting if you are an ASUG member or member of any of the non-US user groups that have a reciprocal membership agreement with ASUG. Presentations on your lessons learned with configuring BRF+ and MSMP workflows, experiences with Business Roles and Emergency Access Management are just a few of the technical topics that come to mind. Surely there is someone out there who has done a recent security design/rewrite or now has experiences to share with the Read Access Logging functionality rolled out not long ago.

 

Don't be shy, we really need you, so please do review Tammy's excellent post and take the plunge. We want a great representation of customer stories again this year at d-Code, and we can only do that with your help.

 

If you are ready to submit, you can do it here. Remember that the Call closes on May 25, and it is for ASUG members (or members of non US user groups that have a membership agreement with ASUG)/ non SAP employees only.

Wow it's hard to believe that DemoJam has been going strong now for what? Over 10 years!?! Well this year at the SAP d-code (formerly SAP TechEd) the DemoJam is there and it's going to be strong! So many fond memories over the years...

 

 

So many winners, so many teams, so many submissions and this year I think will be even better!

 

We've modified the rules this year, we wanted to take into account new uptake in the coding challenges, hack-a-thon style events and of course our own SAP InnoJam and SIT InnoJam events around the world!

 

Submit your most inspiring, innovative, or technically superior demo for the chance to win fame and fortune! OK, just fame. And maybe a little glory, if that’s how you define hearing fellow programmers howling your name.

 

Here’s how it works: You submit a cool demo then the awesome BUT anonymous selection committee invites the best submissions to compete live, on stage, at SAP d-code Las Vegas, Berlin, and/or Bangalore. The winning demo is the one with the loudest screams from the audience.

 

Finalists receive two passes to the SAP d-code 2014 location at which they’re invited to compete, with full access to all sessions, including hands-on workshops and technical lectures.

 

Rules for DemoJam

  • No sales presentations allowed. Violators will have their names and photos posted on Twitter with hashtag #missedthepoint.
  • Make sure your demo is original. Show us something that solves a real problem and could benefit SAP customers. And use at least one SAP technology or application in the demo.
  • The demo code must run. PowerPoint slides won't cut it.
  • Keep it short – six minutes max.
  • Choose no more than two people to demo your code.
  • A maximum of two people may present the demo onstage.
  • There are two ways SAP employees can participate in DemoJam:
    • If they created a demo in collaboration with an SAP customer, SAP partner, or an external individual or organization not linked to SAP.
    • If they created a demo during one of the several official SAP hackathon or coding challenges throughout the year.

 

Another addition this year is that those demos submitted from a hack-a-thon or InnoJam (officially listed ones) will receive a bonus during the selection process so those entries will automatically have a better chance of being selected but no promises that they will be!

 

Submissions are open and will close September 10, 2014 so get in there for sure.

 

 

Earn Cheers from Your Peers

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Why should you consider speaking at SAP d-code (formerly known as SAP TechEd)?  Not only is your registration fee waived if selected, it is a chance for you to showcase your knowledge.  Note this is only for ASUG sessions at SAP d-code Las Vegas, October 20-24.

 

I also asked prior year SAP TechEd ASUG speakers about why they presented and why you should too:

 

Susan Keohan ASUG Volunteer, SAP Mentor said the following:

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I am not a lover of public speaking, but I’ve realized that there are great benefits to doing it, particularly at an ASUG event or a d-code conference.  Preparing to speak at a conference forces you to re-learn your material in a way that will be easily digestible by your audience.  You may find during the preparation phase, that you end up learning more – because you’ve dug a little deeper than we do in our day-to-day work.   The whole preparation process makes you better in your day job.  Then you get to have the challenge of public speaking, which may take you outside your comfort zone, but that’s a good thing, because that’s what helps you grow!  And when you engage your audience, when you allow your true passion for your subject shine through, your audience will be engaged too!  There is definitely a feeling of accomplishment, a glow even, from having given a successful presentation.  So, you benefit by becoming a better speaker, coder, analyst.  Your company benefits because you have done these things, and because you have opened up new networks for information sharing.  Yes, we can send email or post on various sites to share our knowledge, but the face-to-face interaction with other professionals is incomparable

 

Are you afraid to present?  Then Sue offers this Public Speaking?  Oh please, not for me!

 

 

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Graham Robinson SAP Mentor, gave his top three resents for presenting:

 

  • Prestige. Presenting at SAP's premier technology event enhances the way others look at you. It is simply a good career move.
  • Networking. People are very comfortable approaching speakers to ask questions or just to have a chat. Wearing the speakers' badge opens up countless additional opportunities to interact with the other attendees - especially the other speakers.
  • Presentation Experience. Speaking at a forum like SAP TechEd is a fantastic personal development opportunity. It causes you to learn your subject matter in greater depth, it increases your personal confidence, it improves your communication skills which it turn help you to influence others. And wouldn't we all like to be better at influencing others? For example - our children

 

Graham gave a great presentation last year - see Workflow Approval Anywhere, Anytime - Meet the Speaker Graham Robinson - ASUG SAP TechEd session

 

Photo of Graham on the right is courtesy of Martin Gillet

 

Here are the details:

Call for submissions closes: May 25

For non-SAP speakers only

Submit your session proposal at here

 

More information can be found at Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal

 

Submit today

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It's just 2 weeks from today that call for submissions for ASUG sessions at SAP d-code ends.  Here are the details:

 

What is SAP d-code (source: SAP)

• For nearly two decades, we have delivered world-class technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series.

 

• In 2014, the SAP TechEd name will be retired and the conference will evolve into an exciting new program called SAP d-code, which will address education, collaboration, and networking for the entire SAP ecosystem of developers and technology professionals, incorporating the best elements of SAP TechEd.

 

SAP d-code Proposal Submission

• Submit your session proposal at here for the ASUG sessions at Las Vegas, October 20-24, 2014

• Deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, May 25 - two weeks from today!

 

Please note these submissions are for non-SAP speakers only.

 

Some more recommendations:

  • multiple submissions are allowed
  • please be as detailed as possible
  • all sessions are 60 minutes long

 

For more information on SAP d-code, see this video below with SAP's Mark Finnern and Craig Cmehil

 

 

 

Don't forget to submit -  submit your session proposal at here

 

For track structures see Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal

 

For submission steps see ASUG SAP d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal Submission Steps

 

The deadline to submit your abstract is May 25.  If you have any questions, please e-mailsapdcodespeaker.info@sap.com

 

Do you have stage fright or need more motivation to submit?  See Why (and How) You Should Become an SAP TechEd Speaker

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You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with your colleagues to speak at SAP d-code to be held October 20-24 in Las Vegas.  Others will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the SAP community's field of knowledge.  I've already received some questions based on Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal so I am sharing more information and how to submit below.

 

ASUG SAP d-code Proposal Submission Steps

Be sure to submit your session proposal at http://bit.ly/1gNvRtB

 

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Select SAP d-code 2014

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Welcome page, please read all instructions

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Sample abstracts are listed here

 

Be sure to accept the Speaking Guidelines

 

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Be sure your abstract ties to a track story.

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Please read the information above - there is only one speaker for ASUG sessions at d-code, unlike ASUG Annual Conference.

 

Complimentary registration is a benefit of being selected.

 

Key dates

Please review key dates below from the SAP submission site.

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Questions received so far:

Q: Which track does data migration, EIM, archiving, ILM topics fall?

A: Depending on nature of abstract, it would go to Data Management and Modeling.  See Track Stories

 

Q: Can you explain more about the tying the track stories?

A: See Track Stories.  You are asked to tie your abstract to a track story, or “track story” justification.

 

Recap of how to submit:

View the education tracks planned this year.  If selected, you will receive a complimentary registration for the conference and it will give you valuable professional exposure.

 

Follow this link to create a speaker account where you can formally submit your proposal, review important deadlines, and other general information about SAP d-code.


The deadline to submit your abstract is May 25. If you have any questions, please e-mail sapdcodespeaker.info@sap.com

 

Related:

Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal

SAP D-CODE 2014 - Call for Customer Presentations

Call for Papers for SAP d-code (formerly TechEd... | SCN

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