Virtual event

Run, simplify and extend your SAP S/4HANA landscape

June 29, 2021  10:00 AM - 1:15 PM +2 GMT

 

 
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10:00 - 10:30

10:00 - 10:30

Red Hat for SAP

Stefanie Chiras, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, RHEL Business Unit, Red Hat


Organizations have started migrating their business-critical SAP applications to S/4HANA® requiring support for hybrid cloud scenarios. Changing market conditions force business to respond quickly to changing customer demand whenever wherever, all while staying compliant with security and privacy regulations. Being able to run these workloads on the market leading Linux® OS and Container Platform allows you to support all business models on a single platform. Join this session to learn how your organization can benefit from running SAP on the same platforms you already have.

10:30 - 11:00

10:30 - 11:00

IBM offerings for SAP with embedded Red Hat value

Allan Coulter,
Distinguished Engineer, Global CTO - SAP Services, IBM


Red Hat’s value for SAP extends beyond the initial conversation about Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®.

Since the acquisition in 2020, IBM has been collaborating with our Red Hat colleagues to build a set of offerings that use the value of Red Hat to augment our capabilities to build new SAP solutions that let our customers shift to Intelligent Enterprises.

In our session, we will provide an overview of our IBM strategy for SAP in shifting from traditional transactional systems to intelligent industry solutions that use cloud and exponential technologies such as data, AI, automation, and edge services.

We will introduce our offering portfolio including Landscape-as-a-Service and also our Lean ERP approaches that embrace the shift from traditional ABAP to cloud-native solutions

11:00 - 11:30

11:00 - 11:30

IBM Red Hat - Landscape-as-a-Service (SIMPLIFY SAP)

Devraj Bardhan
Global Leader - SAP Innovation, Global SAP CoC, IBM


Transformation programs are using continuous innovation and agile delivery models embracing technical platforms facilitated by the shift to cloud. This is a step-change from the old waterfall approaches from the past. The technical SAP platforms running on cloud need to support this change with demands for speed, continuous availability, and assurance across the entire path to production landscape.

Gone are the days when we saw development or test systems as inferior to production. Today it is vital in embracing DevOps for SAP that the entire landscape exhibits optimized capabilities to ensure that the development teams are not constrained in speed, performance, or availability of the SAP solution landscape. Landscape refreshes can no longer take days, and new environments can longer be provisioned in 2-3 months--today the demands are for near real-time.

It is with this backdrop that IBM has brought to the market Landscape-as-a-Service for SAP. This is a next-generation SAP platform offering that embraces the power of Red Hat® Ansible® Automation, Red Hat Smart Management, and IBM AI in providing automated provisioning, landscape management, and operational practices such as availability, performance, and release management. It has been developed to support the new delivery models, as we orientate from ticket-based reactive managed solutions to continuously optimized platforms with zero disruption.

It has been designed in collaboration with our cloud partners, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM, for the landing zone architectures for HANA and non-HANA workloads. With services provided by IBM's SAP consulting practice with over 30 years in expertise in delivering SAP platform solutions, along with our partners Nordcloud, Taos, Red Hat, and from IBM's hybrid cloud practice, the offering reduces TCO by over 30% when compared to on-premise hosted solutions and over 50% in the delivery times for service delivery.

11:30 - 11:45

11:30 - 11:45

BREAK

Time to stretch the legs and refil the cup.

 

11:45 - 12:15

11:45 - 12:15

Kubernetes Platforms for SAP extensions

Morten Rohlfes
EMEA Director Technology Sales and Go To Market, Red Hat


When adopting S/4HANA®, it is mandatory to follow SAP's clean core guidelines to keep the SAP system agile. This entails that unique business processes and requirements will be supported via extensions, which often will reside within a managed cloud-native container environment like OpenShift®. These extensions require different development methods and face different challenges like security, multicloud deployments, and scalable DevSecOps practices. Join this session to increase your understanding of how to find the right balance between the core and extensions and how the container market will evolve into the future.

12:15 - 12:45

12:15 - 12:45

SAP & OpenShift: From classic ABAP development to cloud-native applications

Sanket Taur
Emerging Technology Architect, UKI, EMEA, IBM


The way we deliver SAP is changing – from value locked into a rigid and inflexible ERP system to one that delivers business agility while keeping the core clean. This SAP-modernized approach is what IBM defines as Lean ERP. One of the core principles for this is to shift from traditional ABAP development to cloud-native style approaches while keeping the core clean to drive continuous innovation necessary for the business to gain value and market differentiation. Working with Red Hat, we are embracing the shift to containerized applications using Red Hat® OpenShift®. Simplifying using cloud-native services for developers and liberating the data from silos of enterprise systems to propagate the value to consumers through the process value chains lets any enterprise build production-grade solutions rapidly for user experience, mobility, integration, AI, or edge computing. The session will outline the use cases and relevant reference architecture that can be implemented with SAP Landscapes to unlock the innovation that is possible with hybrid cloud and Red Hat OpenShift.

12:45 - 13:15

12:45 - 13:15

Use open source technologies with Red Hat to extend the reach of SAP Integrations

Mark Cheshire
Director of Product, Application Services, Red Hat


Many SAP customers started down the path with SAP R/3 because the cost of proprietary integration led to numerous failed projects, and SAP could deliver an enterprise platform which really worked. Thus enterprises relied on SAP for ever more of their application infrastructure. Now the pendulum is swinging back to more diversification due to competitive pressures, attractive SaaS application offerings, and the move to cloud. It is important to avoid the return to the integration failure points of the past. Integration platforms built on open standards and open source offer a path forward to unlock digital assets and share them within the enterprise and across boundaries. We look at how Red Hat helps you take advantage of this open source model to address your integration pain points and connect SAP to your world.