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Cloud Computing is a catalyst for digital transformation – and required today because business is changing faster than ever before. Digital Transformation requires IT and other business areas to rethink their technology approach – change and adopt or face the consequences.  Most people in business agree that innovation is a game-changer. There’s a new sense of urgency.  We can see an accelerating the pace of change and innovation requested by many realities – and fuelled by many technological advances in the recent years.

Cloud is at the heart of this change. Imagine the significant pressure this puts on CIO´s to reinvent their departments. Many companies talk about the need for the CIO to be the Chief Innovation Officer. LOB´s are demanding: faster innovation, faster time-to-value, all mobile, vastly improved ease-of-use and a general simplification of consumption.

During this four part webinar series you will hear SAP Cloud Experts explain what they are hearing from the market, and based on their co-innovation approach, what forward looking IT departments are doing now. This series will start with laying out the fundamentals of the motivation, the opportunities and the challenges – looking forward to engage with webcast series participants further as the series progresses.

The series will provide deep dives on key concepts to be successful with the cloud – integration and platform. We will conclude with Cloud content that will be covered at SAP TechEd && d-code from October 20 - 24, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Looking forward to see you both online and in person in Vegas at SAP TechEd && d-code

ASUG Webcast Series - Focus on the Cloud  ( Four Part Webcast Series)

Part 1 of 4

Date: July 22, 2014  at 1 pm ET

It's Time to Embrace the Cloud and the Platform - Understanding SAP's Cloud Strategy


Cloud computing is one of the most transformational forces in IT promising unprecedented agility, out-of-the-box scalability and faster innovation cycles without having to make large upfront IT investments.

While these advantages are widely acknowledged, some companies are still hesitant to leverage cloud solutions and platforms for various reasons. At first glance it seems natural that some parties within a company are skeptical when it comes to cloud computing - especially IT departments. Of course they are not eager to lose influence and they may even be afraid to become obsolete. But nothing could be farther from the truth !

In this session we will share details on SAP¹s cloud strategy (including planned innovations) and outline how both public and private cloud models can effectively be integrated to your existing on-premise landscape. We will also explain how to leverage the SAP HANA Cloud platform to extend existing solutions or build new high-performing cloud applications.

Learn what you can do to prepare and embrace this shift to Cloud.

Speakers: Sven Denecken - SAP,  Matthias Steiner - SAP ,  Sindhu Gangadharan - SAP

Registration for ASUG Members: - Events

Part 2 of  4

Date: August 7, 2014  at 11 am ET

Exploring SAP’s  Hana Cloud Platform: The Foundation for Developing and Running Applications in a Hybrid IT Landscape


The future will be hybrid: comprising both the classic on-premise backend systems and new cloud solutions. The interplay of all systems in such an IT landscape will be a key enabler to not only ensure the non-disruptive continuation of established business processes but equally important to enable new innovate solutions at the same time.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) is a development and runtime environment in the cloud that empowers you to develop custom extensions for both on-premise and SaaS solutions as well as entirely new applications targeting a specific industry or line-of-business. It’s the only in-memory based cloud platform in the market, which means you get the full power of SAP HANA paired with the simplicity of the cloud.

In this session you’ll gain an overview about the comprehensive list of capabilities of  HCP and the primary use-cases it has been designed for.

Speakers: Matthias Steiner - SAP

Registration for ASUG Members: - Events

Part 3 of 4

Date: September 23, 2014  at 11 am ET

Cloud Integration - The Cornerstone  of your Cloud Journey


As SAP's customers advance in SaaS adoption, they need a secure and reliable approach to cloud integration to connect any application in their landscape be it on-premise or on the cloud. SAP Hana Cloud Integration (HCI) is SAP's strategic cloud integration middleware, which helps customers integrate SAP and non-SAP applications, both on-premise and cloud.

SAP HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) was launched in 2013, is completely multi-tenant enabled and follows a cloud architecture based on the HANA Cloud Platform. HCI was rated as a visionary product in the latest Gartner IPaas Magic Quadrant. HCI brings immediate value to SAP customers via the pre-packaged integration content.

In this session you will learn about what HCI is and the benefits it offers to support your cloud integration strategy.

Speaker: Sindhu Gangharan - SAP

Registration for ASUG Members: - Events

Part 4 of 4

Date: October 8, 2014 at 11 am ET

Focus on the Cloud: Series Recap and an Insiders POV on SAP TechEd && d-code 


This is the final webcast in this series and we will recap for you the key highlights and learnings from the previous four webcasts as well as key resources related to User Experience.

With SAP TechEd && d-code kicking off in just a few weeks time starting on Monday, October 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, we want to give you valuable insights that will help guide you on how to maximize your experience and ROI from the event.  We will connect you with Cloud Experts that will be at the event. There will be five days of great content at the event focused the Cloud starting with the ASUG Preconference Session then four days of content throughout the program in a number of tracks.

Insights on SAP TechEd && d-code:

- ASUG  Pre-conference Day 

- Cloud Sessions in various Tracks

- SAP Cloud Experts that will be onsite

- Other not to be missed opportunities at the event

Speaker: Sindhu Gangharan - SAP

Registration for ASUG Members:

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