SAP Mentors

15 Posts authored by: Tammy Powlas


I hope you join us this Monday, April 21st, for the Public SAP Mentor Monday Webcast.


Date: April 21

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern

Where: - see attached Outlook calendar appointment

Who: YOU and Luke Marson and SAP Mentors

Where: SAP Mentor Monday Dial-in info


Here is the list of Public SAP Mentor Monday Webinars


Here is what is on the agenda:


Luke will provide a wrap-up of HR 2014 held last month in Orlando.  I wasn't there at HR 2014 but some colleagues attended so I am sure we'll hear more about topics such as SuccessFactors, HR Renewal, and more.  Several SAP HCM Mentors attended and presented at HR2014.  For an early taste of what is coming watch this SAP Insider Video.



Additionally I will give an update on ASUG Annual Conference.  The Agenda Builder is now live.  For an early preview see Want some BI with your ASUG Annual Conference 2014/Sapphire? by Derek Loranca


SAP recently announced the Thursday keynote will include Saturday Night Alums such as Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey.


I will also have a special announcement on Monday - you have to attend to find out more about it.  It will be worthwhile, I promise.


After this it is an open agenda, so I hope you will come and join the conversation.

See you on Monday.

1fig.pngThis week is National Volunteer Week and it started off great when I received some nice gifts from the Fairfax County Library where I volunteer on the weekends.  Someone asked me this week how long I've been volunteering there and I had to think: over four years.


It started with our county library undergoing steep budget cuts.  I complained to my County Supervisor, who was very kind and called me back to discuss.  The Fairfax County Library Director even called me about my complaint.  I gave him some suggestions to increase revenue (having an accountant background of course helps here) which he didn't agree to, but I was still motivated to do something.


Why?  The library had been a place for me to go, study (just like study hall), and full of endless free books.  I decided to volunteer at the library.  There, I underwent a formal interview, reference checks and a test to see how I could sort books.


Today I am fortunate to check in several thousands of books that I don't have time to read.  But the great thing I see is most of the books returned are from the younger generation, and I hope my part helps.





As for becoming a SAP Mentor I am coming up on 4 years.  While being one doesn't officially carry a "Volunteer" title most of what I do as a SAP Mentor is on my own time.  It is hard to believe it has been four years.


It is a diverse group with diverse activities.  I would include some of the Mentor achievements such as Influencing SAP Certification & Education: a SAP Mentor success story byTom Cenens and Getting access & accessing SAP Learning Hub #SAPEducation because as Mentors Tom and I have participated on the Certification & Enablement Influence Council with SAP, SAP User Group Executive Network members, and partners.  I have to hand it to SAP as they have listened to direct feedback on these matters from this council.  Recent feedback on the Learning Hub from the group has been very positive (and I am fan of it myself).  Be sure to join us Save the Date: April 28 SAP Mentor Monday SAP Certification Update to learn more - this is an publicly open webinar.


Additionally I have enjoyed participating in the SAP Inside Tracks:

Third Annual SAP Inside Track Chicago

Second Annual SAP Inside Track New York - I Happen to Like New York

SAP Inside Track Newtown Square - the 4th Year - It's a Wrap





Last, but not least, ASUG.  Out of all my volunteer activities, this is where most of my time is spent. Right now the focus is on ASUG Annual Conference, and part of this blends with SAP Mentors too.  I am excited about two upcoming SAP Mentor Hands-on Pre-conference sessions on June 2nd at ASUG Annual Conference:


ASUG Pre-Conference Full Day Hands-On Workshop - Application Development Based on ABAP and SAP HANA covering ABAP for SAP HANA with SAP Mentors Rich Heilman and Thomas Jung


Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference SAPPHIRE with a Pre-Conference Session - Back and Better than Ever - SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, SAP BW, and SAP NetWeaver BW Powered by SAP HANA - All in One Day Hands on Session with SAP Mentor  Ingo Hilgefort


I can personally vouch that Ingo, Rich, and Thomas will sense if you are having a problem during your hands-on sessions - I highly recommend registering for one of them. They are all well-known experts in their field.  The ASUG Volunteer pre-conference committee, along with our SAP Point of Contact Peter McNulty received several sessions and selected these high quality sessions.


Register today


There are other areas where ASUG members and volunteers influence SAP (and to me this is the unique value that ASUG offers):

Through ASUG Influence Councils:

SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI

Learn how ASUG Members Influenced BusinessObjects Mobile BI Solution

ASUG Mobile BI BusinessObjects Influence Council – How ASUG Members Influenced SAP - Closing the Loop & How to Influence…


SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

How ASUG Members Influenced Analysis Office (and Sneak Preview)

How the ASUG BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council Influenced SAP - Feedback Report

As ASUG volunteers we actively listen to our community:

Announcing ASUG BI 2013 Community Survey Results - last year this community held a record 109 webcasts - we poll at the end of every webcast, asking for feedback.  This is a tremendous amount of work for our ASUG Volunteers, our SAP Points of Contacts (Ingo Hilgefort, Ina Felsheim) and our great ASUG HQ contact Danny Pancratz.  This is done on our own time as volunteers and our SAP Points of Contact.  I thank them.


Coming soon ASUG will have call for speakers/abstracts for ASUG sessions at SAP d-code (formerly SAP TechEd) Las Vegas, so I hope you will consider submitting.


I have been an ASUG Volunteer since 2007, and each year I seem to get more and more involved.  I realize many of you are not ASUG Members, and I try to share the ASUG knowledge where I can on SCN.



Date: April 28

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern

Where: - see attached Outlook calendar appointment

Who: YOU and Susan Martin Tom Cenens Martin Gillet


SAP Mentor Tom Cenens wrote about how he influences SAP Certification Influencing SAP Certification & Education: a SAP Mentor success story - SAP has offered to update everyone in a SAP Mentor webinar on April 28th


One thing I did hear last week is not enough people know HANA and some of the latest SAP tools on the market.  One of the ways to "upskill" is to take a look at what SAP offers in the area of SAP certification and training:



Source: SAP


I am a fan of the Learning Hub and I have learned a great deal from it.  However, in talking to people at BI 2014 last week many were not aware of the FREE discovery edition.  For more information go to


If you are an ASUG Member you can register for this Learning Hub webcast on April 9 with Arnold Pettersen-Jung



Source: SAP Credential Manager


I hope to hear an update about the Credential Manager - learn more at  SAP Global Certification is rolling out SAP Credential Manager




Source: Crowdsourcing Homepage

Also planned is an update about Crowd-sourcing SAP Certification questions  - see Experts Contributing to Crowdsourcing Initiative


So save the Outlook calendar entry attached to your calendar and please join us - see Public SAP Mentor Monday Webinars .

On yesterday's SAP Mentor Monday we covered Learning Hub, next week's BI 2014 and ASUG Annual Conference.


Learning Hub



Figure 1: Source: SAP


15 months ago SAP announced first version of Learning Hub at TechEd Madrid.  They have taken input as to what is needed for an affordable accessible solution


SAP announced in January that they did a technology transition from SAP Learning Solution to SuccessFactors Learning Solution with new capabilities and can present content for free in the Discovery area.


Anyone can subscribe to the 140 courses at no cost.


SAP responded to SAP Certification Education Influence Council feedback that people want to "learn from SAP before buy"


They are seeing web registrations of 200 per day


Subscription to Learning Hub includes all access, access to JAM layer – learning rooms.  JAM is an asynchronous learning experience


SAP is also launching live access with an individual purchase for a segment of time over a 1-2-3 month period


Students have their own image and practice scope


Figure 2: Source: SAP


The number of subscriptions is at 27K subscriptions and growing.


SAP is looking to refresh the discovery layer - it is not a fixed set of content


Coming soon SAP will offer SuccessFactors titles


Live Access includes 60 images per classroom.  The student decides if they want this image for 20-40-60 hours, time is metered when access image – they can start and stop image to fit calendar – like a prepaid phone


Social Learning Rooms include a structured in a mock concept.  Instructors have a syllabus/scope of training, learning activities, recommendations for live access – new group of individuals – experimenting with facilitation and an asynchronous remote


Please note that Live Access is only in certain countries and not yet launched fully.



Figure 3: Source: SAP


How does openSAP fit to Learning Hub? OpenSAP has a broad charter with bringing strategic topics to a large community


The OpenSAP cope is limited to strategic items to entice a broad number of people.  It is "knowledge transfer for masses", offering a baseline layer of knowledge to a broad audience


Learning Hub is a Social learning hub with a job path, deliberate job


Right side of graphic of Figure 3 is the SAP Jam world – much like openSAP – assignments, when is instructor is available – kept to a smaller size of students, heavy touch to students


Learning hub is to create skilled resources; “one step in a journey” – it is a path


Figure 4: Source: SAP


Figure 4 shows the roadmap (always subject to change).  SAP is looking at the ability to customize content for internal use for the enterprise customer.


They plan to look at crowd sourcing to solicit support from partners and customers


An attendee asked about Learning Hub with SAP University Alliance.  SAP's response: "there is a project underway and soon there will be SAP Learning Hub, student edition."


If you want more information, join ASUG in this April 9th Webcast on Learning hub - Register Today


BI 2014

Next week is BI 2014 in Orlando.  It is colocated with Admin 2014 and HANA 2014.

BI 2014_PowerPoint Slide.jpg


Figure 5: Source: SAP Insider


Which SAP Mentors are presenting?


See below:



Figure 6: Pictured: Ingo Hilgefort, SAP


ASUG Annual Conference

ASUG Annual Conference is June 3-5 in Orlando, FL


SAP Mentors are holding the following pre-conference sessions on June 2nd:



Figure 7


These are hands-on sessions so hopefully you will register today


Learn more at Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference SAPPHIRE with a Pre-Conference Session - Back and Better than Ever


Acceptances for ASUG education sessions went out this week so we will share more information as the date gets closer.


Figure 8


Coming soon is ASUG Call for Speakers for d-code (formerly TechEd) in Las Vegas, October 20-24.



Next Week:

Public SAP Mentor Monday 24 Mar 2014: UI5 with Andreas Kunz

Tomorrow is not only St. Patrick's Day (or "Snow Patrick's Day" depending on your location) it is also SAP Mentor Monday Webinar day.


Below is a sneak preview:


BI 2014

Next week is the start of BI 2014 which is co-located with Admin 2014 and HANA 2014

BI 2014_PowerPoint Slide.jpg

Source: SAP Insider


We will cover which sessions presented by SAP Mentors


ASUG Annual Conference Pre-Conference Sessions


I encourage you to block on Monday, June 2nd for ASUG Annual Conference Pre-conference day.  Tomorrow we'll discuss pre-conference sessions by SAP Mentors - such as this one Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference SAPPHIRE with a Pre-Conference Session - Back and Better than Ever


Learning Hub

SAP Mentor Tom Cenens has over 126 likes and 219 bookmarks on this blog Getting access & accessing SAP Learning Hub #SAPEducation


Source: SAP


Find out more about Learning Hub the roadmap for Learning Hub tomorrow.  What is the difference between Open SAP and Learning Hub?  Are you taking advantage of the free courses available to you? Can you access your system image for your course?  Find out tomorrow.


Dial in details are below at this link.  No pre-registration is required.

SAP Mentor Monday Monthly Public Webinar - March 17th


Link to the Replay

Date: Monday, September 16

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern

Who is invited: everyone

Webcast details: see attached Outlook invitation


Background provided by SAP:

SAP Certification recently conducted a survey of SAP user groups to determine how important SAP certification is to our users. Over 300 users responded to the survey which targeted several SAP user groups around the world. 


As directed by the CEIC (Certification Enablement and Influence Council), SAP Certification has conducted a survey of its user groups to gather feedback regarding the importance of certification in general and specifically the importance of Credential Manager implementation.


More than 80% of respondents say it is important or very important to have their employees certified.  And, 60% say certification is used as criteria when selecting consultants to implement SAP projects. Also, 75% of respondents indicate it is important or very important to be able to search a public registry of consultants.



Learn more when Sue Martin, Director Global Certification, presents the survey results at this Mentor Monday session on September 16th.


I know SAP worked hard to reach out to user groups around the world to obtain their feedback on SAP certification.  How important is SAP Certification to customers and partners?  Find out Monday, September 16th.


For more recent information on SAP Certification, check out this summary of the last SAP Certification SAP Mentor webcast.

On Monday we had an update on SAP Certification from Susan Martin who is the SAP Global Certification Director.  Many of the slides Sue covered were discussed What is new in SAP HANA Certification – SAP Webcast


For those who missed, here is the replay link:


Sue gave a big announcement that on Monday SAP Crowdsourced Certification Initiative Launched - crowd sourcing for certification exam questions and rewards.  A credential manager to verify those who have passed certification is coming.  A quote from Jon Reed "certficiation verification is a long-requested community issue, will help with combating consulting fraud, glad to see it".  A question from an attendee was how will credential manager handle credentials over the years (those with historical credentials)?  Sue said it will handle credentials that are up to date so normally the last 3 versions of the exam


Jon also asked John Appleby to discuss his experience with SAP HANA professional certification.  HANA Distinguished Engineers were invited to take the SAP HANA professional certification exam. It was John's first certification in 12 years.  John said that unless you worked with SAP HANA you would've struggled to pass the exam and this was good.  The test covered was on the up-to-date and on the current version.  He said there was a scenario-based question and he felt this was the highest quality.  John felt that multiple choice exams were not the highest quality.  Listen to the replay to hear John offer more suggestions for improvement.


Sue said they were looking at profiling at tasks to improve the questions and they would look scenarios for testing.  Additionally they would look at providing a system for the test.  Sue felt crowd sourcing would also add to the improvement of the exam.


John also raised the Open SAP HANA course and how education is changing.

Mary Bazemore (she goes by Molly) stated in the chat " our key objective is to drive continuous learning and skill development, so we are taking away many barriers to access education."   She also said "If we look at how many people in our ecosystem get professionally trained, we are disappointed with the results. so the objective is to drive volume in participation, which allows us to move to other financial models.  key is effective social learning, quality online content, and responsiveness to community needs.  We think we have a good plan on how to accomplish this, and will share with the Certification Enablement Influence Council this week." 


Molly also said "we can offer the best trainers live, as well as recorded.  our intent is to allow the communities to determine requirements, as well as SAP experts who are aware of the next area that requires some focus, and change the means in which that expertise is brought to market."  She said core measurement is on participation, not revenue.  She said they put so much effort in content.  They want to see participation increase in structured learning yet customers continue to experience issues in their products.  They are looking to removing barriers.


She said Learning Hub had a minimum buy of 20 per company but now that has been removed so an individual can buy.   This is part of removing the barriers.


Mark asked Molly about Open SAP and she it does not provide detailed skills. 


Continuing the discussion, what is a platinum certified consultant?  Find out by listening to the replay.


Join next Monday on 7/22 for the next Mentor Monday webcast: The Process Black Box – OpInt Shines a light inside



Time to for TechEd talk again...why should you consider ASUG Pre-Conference sessions?  They include hours of dedicated time on one topic.  I've been attending ASUG pre-conference sessions myself since 2007 and I've enjoyed it every single time.


Could you get this content in a hands-on session instead?  Possibly, and perhaps not.  Some people (including me) attend the pre-conference sessions so they can use their two hands-on sessions for other topics of interest.


Here are the details:

When: Monday, October 21, 2013

Where: Las Vegas

Where to register:


Many SAP Mentors are conducting pre-conference sessions, listed below:



photo.pngSAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP BW and SAP ERP - Everything You Need in One Day (Hands on)

Ingo Hilgefort, SAP Mentor
Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$595 ASUG member; US$695 ASUG non-member



Abstract: In this workshop, you will learn how to use the new SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 suite products in combination with SAP NetWeaver® BW and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA®. It will provide you with practical oriented guidance and best practices that you can leverage right away at your own company. You will learn about topics such as data connectivity for SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA; user management; data security; and portal integrations. You will get to experience the following products yourself:



• SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office v 1.4

• SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP Edition 4.1

• SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1

• Web Intelligence 4.1

• SAP Lumira

• SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1

• Crystal Reports® for Enterprise 4.1

• Mobile BI



All the products are based on the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 in combination with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA.


Join Ingo Hilgefort for this special session.  Photo on the right is a picture of last year's pre-conference session, taken by the SAP TechEd photographer.




Taking Business Processes to the Next Level - Improving the Efficiency, Integration, and Flexibility of Business Processes

SAP Mentor Peter McNulty is conducting this session with others at SAP


Half-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$295 ASUG member; US$395 ASUG non-member

Abstract: Taking Business Processes to the Next Level – Improving the Efficiency, Integration, and Flexibility of Business Processes



SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration is a single, integrated solution for building and running end-to-end business processes across both SAP and non-SAP environments. This offering combines business process management (BPM), process integration (PI) and business rules management (BRM) software to help companies create system-to-system integrations and flexible, automated business processes (people-to-people and system-to-people).  You’ll learn how your organization can optimize business processes, from simple workflows to integrated processes that span applications within and beyond your organization using SAP’s middleware solution.


You’ll also learn about the latest additions to SAP middleware portfolio:


SAP HANA Cloud Integration – leveraging concepts of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration and Data Services with an implementation optimized for the cloud. We’ll also cover Hybrid Integration scenario between on-premise and cloud applications.


SAP Operational Process Intelligence, powered by SAP HANA. The solution provides full real-time process visibility for faster, better-informed decision making across your end-to-end business processes.



SAP HANA Cloud Platform - a Guided Tour

SAP Mentors Matthias Steiner and Yariv Zur are conducting this full day pre-conference session



Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$495 ASUG member; US$595 ASUG non-member



Abstract: Companies small and large are facing the need to adopt to changing market needs and roll out innovative solutions faster than ever. At the same time, IT budgets are massively reduced and the technical debt of legacy systems slow down the adoption of new applications built or bought. This problem space is addressed by cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, such as the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. By providing a standard-based development and runtime environment based on SAP’s in-memory technology, development can focus on the business use-case without having to worry about lower-level infrastructure concerns such as scalability and security. The platform provides all that is needed to build state-of-the-art applications such as portal capabilities, mobile support, integration services, etc. In this session, we will explain and demonstrate the full set of capabilities of the platform and provide you with direct access to product management to provide feedback and ask questions.



Attendees will get a full overview of the complete SAP HANA Cloud Platform and its capabilities, such as:

• SAP HANA Cloud Integration Services

• SAP HANA Cloud Portal

• SAP Mobile Platform Cloud Edition


SAP HANA Modeling, Administration, & Native Development Deep Dive – (Hands On)

Full-Day Seminar

Monday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

US$595 ASUG member; US$695 ASUG non-member


Join SAP Mentors Thomas Jung and Rich Heilman for this special session.


This Pre-conference session is a full-day seminar where all attendees attend the morning session and choose which afternoon session they would like to attend based on their technical background. Attendees will get a copy of the content for all sessions.


Morning Overview and Modeling Session :

The morning half-day session will provide a comprehensive introduction to SAP HANA and a hands-on modeling section focusing on needs of the technical administrator and modeling/developer audiences. In the overview part of the session we will discuss the technologies, components and deployment options of SAP HANA. In the modeling hands-on section we will introduce you to the various types of HANA modeling views, including Attribute, Analytical, and Calculation views, which can be used to build very complex data flows at the database level. 


Afternoon Developer Session Track:

In this hands-on workshop we will introduce various techniques for building applications on SAP HANA. We will explore OData and server-side javascript services and show you how to push down data centric processing logic into the HANA database via the usage of SQLScript. Explore both major application server layers - ABAP and HANA Application Services and how they can each be used to build or adapt applications to leverage the power of HANA.

Hands-on exercises for:

•          Writing SQLScript

•          Adapting existing ABAP reports to use HANA secondary database connection

•          Build new ABAP applications using HANA specific tools (based in NetWeaver 7.40)

•          Create lightweight REST services directly in HANA using HANA Application Services

•          Apply a SAPUI5 based HTML5 user interface upon these HANA services and applications



Afternoon SAP HANA Database and System Administration Session Track:

The Database and System Administration session will cover relevant topics on SAP HANA in the data center and will prepare database administrators to support SAP HANA in mission critical environments. We will have detailed discussions on important SAP HANA topics such as landscape planning considerations, cluster setup and operations, lifecycle management and monitoring, as well as alternatives for high availability. In addition, topics such as disaster tolerance, backup and recovery, encryption, and appliance configuration will be covered to help prepare administrators ensure they are prepared for their SAP HANA implementation.


Speakers: Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman (SAP)




Other pre-conference sessions include Solution Manager, Mobility, Information Steward with PowerDesigner and Modern ABAP Development with Wolfgang Weiss


Are you registered?



Date: July 15, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern

Title: State of SAP Certification


Logon Details: SAP Connect and logon details are attached in an .ics file.



First I hope you all will attend Moya Watson Mentor Monday webcast this coming Monday at noon Eastern.


On Monday July 15th 4:00 pm Eastern we will be holding a Mentor Monday webcast on the state of SAP Certification.   We are fortunate that SAP's Susan Martin Mary Bazemore Arnold Pettersen-Jung will be providing this public webcast.   Jon Reed will be joining, pending his travel schedule.  I hope to hear more updates since this past webcast on certification


Some more background:


Here is Jon Reed interviewing Sue Martin, back in 2009:



Over four years ago Dennis Howlett wrote this blog titled "Should you be certified?"



Three years ago the Certification 5 wrote a white paper around this topic



Join us in July for this update.  I hope to hear more about professional certification.

ESPN has a show called "Outside the Lines", to reflect what happens "off the field" - this blog is intended to go "outside the lines" of the traditional show floor and ASUG educational sessions.



First up, when I showed up Sunday to register, I was able to see the building of the conference - see below:




I also saw the building of the SAP Press booth:





The last day of the conference the very busy Jon Kent of SAP Press showed me how the annual subscription to the online library of books works. You can contact them by checking out their website.



On Monday I ran into Kirsten Sutton and Rachel Floyd of the SAP Vancouver office.  I met them both at BI4 Elite last November and they kindly gave me this nice pin:



I appreciate Kirsten's help in promoting the ASUG sessions with Canadian speakers.


I also got to see fellow ASUG volunteer Joyce Butler receive her SAP Mentor shirt:


On the left is Joyce, pictured with Mark Finnern


As Mentors we got to first meet with Steve Lucas's direct reports and then with Steve himself:



I liked the fact he had his team with him - it was a great idea.



On the last day, I saw one half of the SAP Analytics social media team, and they filmed this video of Nic Smith and me - it was one of the few times I made it to the show floor, where I discuss some of the ASUG sessions:


On the last day, we had a final Mentor wrap-up session, open to everyone, just as the events team was taking down the show floor:



Pictured above is Tomas Krojzl with Chip Rodgers standing.  We got to hear some upcoming announcements of the new, but it's not my news to share


On my way back to the hotel, I took a final picture of this:


This was the sign outside the SAP Mentor room.


And finally, yes, now a shameless plug for SAP TechEd:



This was on the ASUG show floor - don't forget to submit for SAP TechEd.  Do you recognize the people in the picture?



This year's ASUG Annual Conference Pre-Conference sessions will be held Monday, May 13th and there are a few hosted by SAP Mentors, which I am highlighting below, for your consideration


Hopefully you will consider attending one of them.




ASUG Pre-Conference Sessions with SAP Mentors



This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a few sessions by SAP Mentors sessions that I found.


SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 with SAP BW and SAP ERP - Everything You Need in One Day

SAP Mentor and SCN Top Contributor Ingo Hilgefort is leading this hands-on workshop.  This is the only pre-conference that is also a hands-on session


Full-Day Seminar
Monday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595.00 ASUG Member/$695.00 Non-Member

SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 is the latest BI 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 hands-on seminar is a series of activities focused on SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 products in combination with SAP BW and SAP ERP.

Attendees will learn to use the different products from the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite 4.1 in combination with SAP data. Participants will also learn how to use a set of common criteria to select the right tool for the right job.

The seminar will provide you with a hands-on experience for the following products:



SAP Mobile Platform - Solution Strategy, Deep Dive, Implementation Tools, and Project Tips to Ensure Adoption Success

SAP Mentor Susan Keohan who is also an ASUG Volunteer, will be facilitating


Full-Day Seminar
Monday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$495.00 ASUG Member/$595.00 Non-Member

This seminar will share the latest news and developments in the SAP Mobile Platform - including Afaria, Syclo, mobile apps, and more. Learn how each of the different components of SAP's mobile platform can mobilize your enterprise processes, which ones are required, and how they integrate with SAP's portfolio of business solutions.

Then, get hands-on and learn how to work with SAP mobile solutions by mobilizing one of the most commonly used SAP functions - processing workflows for leave requests, shopping cart approvals, and more - using the latest version of SAP Business Workflow Mobility.


The seminar will wrap up with a panel of project experts and customers who will share their tips for project success, user adoption and lessons learned that be applied for your next mobility project.



Refresh and Build a User-Friendly UI with SAP's Latest User Productivity Tools and Solutions

SAP Mentor   Yariv Zur with others


Half-Day Seminar
Monday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$345.00 ASUG Member/$445.00 Non-Member

This seminar will review enhancements and functionalities coming from SAP for User Interface and User Productivity helping you deal with pain points around content management, usability, external facing presence, and collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with SAP's UI Solution Management team as well as other customers and partners helping build coherent strategies for refreshing user interfaces. With specific examples, including the latest version of the SAP NetWeaver Business Client and content from SAP’s rapid-deployment solutions, attendees can see how a team can easily build beautiful user interfaces leveraging standard content provided by SAP.

Presenters will discuss role-based UI, navigation in SAP Netweaver Business Client 4.0, using Page Builder to build Welcome Page and Application Landing Pages, and how to leverage Personal Object Worklists, the Side Panel and more.



There may be more SAP Mentors leading/working/facilitating pre-conference sessions, but these are the ones I know about today.  Consider adding them to your ASUG Annual Conference agenda today.  Register here.

What an exciting year on so many fronts.  Overall I am grateful for all the opportunities that came my way.


First up, ASUG:



I didn’t get this ASUG shirt this year – I didn’t have any room in my luggage to fit the current year shirt.  Still it was a busy year with ASUG Influence Councils, webcasts, ASUG Annual Conference, TechEd, and the BusinessObjects User Conference. 


Someone once said “you get what you put into ASUG” – well for sure I spend time on ASUG but what I get back in return is more.  ASUG Influence Councils are the hidden treasures of ASUG;  it took me several years to realize this but it is a great opportunity for long-term relationships with SAP and other customers. 


At this year’s ASUG sessions at SAP TechEd SAP’s Christina Miller strongly encouraged us to select more customer sessions; the feedback we received last year was that customer stories were missing.  We worked hard to correct that.









This is a shirt I received from Ingo Hilgefort for his website


On this website you will find BI4 recordings and blogs, especially dealing to BI4 SAP integration.


I liked the high quality of Ingo’s books, even before meeting him in person a few years ago. This year he offered me a chance to review his BI4 SAP Press books:


Reporting an Analysis with BusinessObjects

Integrating SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.x with SAP NetWeaver


and his new ground-breaking interactive Mastering SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for OLAP With SAP NetWeaver BW which is available via iTunes or iBooks .  It is the first interactive eBook on BI4 for the iPad for only $24.99.  The eBook is easy to use and read that my 10 year nephew can review it on the iPad


I am grateful to Ingo for all the opportunities and mostly he always encourages to me to reach higher and aim higher.  Ingo encouraged me to attend Mastering BI in Australia last August – an incredible event run by the wonderful Eventful Group.   I thank him for being a mentor to me.


Ingo also encouraged me to attend the BI4 Elite training, discussed below













Nic Smith gave me this shirt at Reporting & Analytics event in October.  There’s still time for you to enter the Visual Intelligence Data Geek content at


I must say I have been using Visual Intelligence a great deal lately; it will read “bad” data that MS Access will not.  Unfortunately I am not allowed right now to share more about it.  There have been many strides in Visual Intelligence such as Universe 3.x and 4.x support, 32 bit support, and more. 
















BI4 Elite – this was black belt training in BI4 last month in Vancouver, arranged by Jens Koerner . Jens spoke to me at the last ASUG Annual Conference and I was totally skeptical.  I am happy to say this was an incredible event where we all learned so much – not just from SAP but other customer stories as well, which I plan on writing more on what I have learned and implemented as a result. 


Both Ingo Hilgefort and Jens did so much for this event - working literally day and night.  If this event is offered in 2013 - don't hesitate to sign up for it ASAP. 












Last but not certainly not least the Mentor shirt.  So many great opportunities come to SAP Mentors and I am grateful to Mark Finnern

Mark Yolton Maria Farrales & others.  TechEd Las Vegas was incredible experience allowing Mentors to assist SAP with hands-on sessions.  The SAP Inside Tracks (which are not Mentor-only events) were all great whether I presented or simply attended.  I neglected to add to the best practices for SAP Inside Track – if Marilyn Pratt arranges an SAP Inside Track you must go – she thinks of everything – food, recording, mingling, and getting the community involved.








All in all it was a busy, productive, fun year.



Read all about the latest SAP Mentors Quarterly here


The SAP Mentors Quarterly is a community-lead publication with SAP Mentors Otto Gold leading the layout, publication and other SAP Mentors contributing articles.  In this edition:




So pick up your FREE edition today!  Not to be missed.  We welcome your feedback as well.


Under the guidance and leadership of SAP Mentor Otto Gold the latest SAP Mentors Quarterly is now out for you to review here


Is it past quarter one?  Yes, but everyone has been very busy with DKOM, SAPPHIRENOW/ASUG Annual Conference, and multiple Inside Tracks.  As always, the SAP Mentors Quarterly appreciates your feedback so send in your comments here.


In this edition, SAP Mentor Martin English talks about licensing with Amazon Web Services.  Natascha Thomson writes about Social Media Day in Palo Alto.  Andreas Eissmann writes about ByDesign Mobility.   In a regular column, Mentor's Mentor, Chris Kernaghan talks about his Mentor(s).


Ivan Femia talks about code exchange, open source, which are some of his passions if you have met him in person.  SAP Mentor / ASUG Volunteer Karin Tillotson provides a great article and great pictures on a SAP University Alliance event she attended.


Otto Gold writes thoughtfully about his moral dilemma at the last TechEd.  I particularly like his comment that he comes from SCN.    As always, the great Blagbert makes some appearances.


Have you missed prior editions of the SAP Mentors Quarterly, a community driven magazine?  If so see prior editions here.


It is hard to believe it has been 2 years since I became a Mentor and for sure life has been busy.  I have learned so much along the way and met so many great people.  Being an introvert by nature, this has really taken me out of my comfort zone.


I have given more presentations than ever before, and I have learned so much in the process.  First I have to thank fellow SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort, who has always encouraged me and showed me the value of community contributions.  So much of what Ingo does is on his own time, and he has shown me the way.  As recently as this week, he continues to be a great role model and "coach" to me.


Two years ago as a new SAP Mentor we were encouraged to shoot videos of our experiences.  Here is my first one, and I am glad I did it as it exposed me to usability testing:



This was my first video shoot ever, and since then I have tried to participate in usability testing at any SAP Event.  Not only are you exposed to future technologies, it is your opportunity to provide feedback to SAP.  Plus there are free gifts .  Usability testing slots are still open, sign up today at if you are attending ASUG Annual Conference/SAPPHIRENOW event.


In these past two years, I've presented at two SAP Inside Track Newtown Square events, two SAP Inside Track Chicago events, one SAP Inside Track DC event and have attended virtual SAP Inside Track events as well.  Plus as a Mentor I've had the honor of attending three DKOM's and even presented at two of them.  I have presented at SAP TechEd, something I never would have even considered before.  It has been a great ride, and today I am still grateful to be an SAP Mentor.   I for sure hope others will consider giving back to the community, as you get so much more in return.


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