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Onsite at SAP America’s Headquarters

3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073

March 19, 2024



Dear Valued Customer,

The SAP MaxAttention Innovation Workshop focusing on ‘Accelerate your journey to Clean Core with SAP MaxAttention’ took place on-site on March 19, 2024. Please find the agenda here.

Please find the slides presented during the session here.

In today's dynamic business landscape, agility is paramount. Clean Core offers a strategic approach to ensure your core system remains close to standard and future-proof. By minimizing modifications and leveraging cloud-compliant extensions and customizations, organizations can unlock the full potential of SAP S/4HANA. This translates to faster innovation cycles, smoother upgrades, and a system that readily adapts to evolving business needs. 

On March 19, 2024, we hosted another SAP MaxAttention Innovation Workshop focusing on the Clean Core Journey, supported by speakers from Clean Core Product Engineering and SAP MaxAttention Center of Expertise. 

The event was kicked off by Balaji Gaddam Rao, Vice President and Head of SAP MaxAttention Center of Expertise (CoE) North America and Bob Marchand, Head of NA Premium Engagements. They highlighted how SAP MaxAttention impacts and helps customers accelerate their journey to clean core. 

Markus Göbel, Development Architect, Clean Core, SAP Product Engineering and Marius Thiry, Business Consultant, Business Transformation Services and Anil Kunapareddy, Director, SAP MaxAttention CoE presented the introduction and five dimensions of the clean core approach – processes, extensibility, integration, data, operations. 

Greg Frasch, Business Processes Principal Consultant and Sahil Shaikh, Business Processes Consultant from SAP MaxAttention Center of Expertise North America presented how to keep processes clean and leverage LeanIX for enterprise architecture management, SAP Signavio for business process management, and SAP Cloud ALM for operations and implementation. 

Aleksandr Riabov, Business Process Principal Consultant and Natiele Bohn, Business Process Senior Consultant presented the major concepts of managing the custom code during the S/4HANA transformation considering the Greenfield and Brownfield transformation paths. Experts presented the Clean Core monitoring capabilities, major principles of using Extensibility and new techniques of writing the custom in ABAP Cloud Environment. 

Ashok Kumar M, SAP BTP Architect, and Fiona Zhang, Integration Architect, stressed the importance of maintaining a Clean Core as an ongoing activity, advocating for SAP best practices usage of Key User/In-App, Developer, and Side-by-Side extensibility powered by SAP BTP. Presented SAP’s solutions/offerings for standardizing integrations and solution landscape. Moreover, emphasized on leveraging SAP Application Extension Methodology (AEM) and SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M) for systematic customization of SAP applications and implementation of integration solutions within the SAP ecosystem. 

Balasubramanya Nagaraj, Senior Director, Data Management introduced the clean core concept in the data domain and explained why clean data lays a strong foundation for clean core. The session further dwelled on the aspects of Data Volume Management (reducing the amount of data), Data Quality (trusting the data coming to the ERP system), and Data Privacy (handling personal data with care) and their relevance in keeping the core clean from the data point of view.  

Balazs Juhos, Technology Architect, and Rakshith Shetty, Technology Architect presented the clean core approach in the case of brownfield and greenfield S/4HANA implementations based on real customer use cases. 

Alina Boissay and Haibo Huang, Directors of SAP MaxAttention CoE, presented the comprehensive MaxAttention service portfolio supporting customers in their transformation journey, from the strategy definition to make the core clean for the S/4HANA conversion projects or keep the core clean for new implementation projects. Finally, Alina recapped five dimensions of the clean core approach and shared three key takeaways for the workshop. 

We are looking forward to continuing working with our SAP MaxAttention customers and helping them accelerate their journey to clean core and become more agile and innovate faster to meet evolving business needs. 

We would like to thank all the presenters that contributed to the success of the event. 

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