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Join us at SAP Labs Canada, Vancouver, for our 4th local SAP Inside Track! Together we'll learn, network, and share with each other.

SAP Inside Track is a community grass root event that takes place all over the world including: Manchester, Israel, Chicago, and Netherlands.


  • Where: Executive Briefing Center, SAP Labs Canada, 910 Mainland Street, Vancouver BC 
  • When: Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm PST (Check-in starts at 8:00am)
  • How/What: Community provided sessions by passionate SCN members (unconference style)
  • Cost:  Free (registration required due to limited space) 
  • Participation: Maximum 100 participants locally
  • Theme: Big Data!

Wow! We're SOLD OUT!

Post-event stuff

Event video by Frankie Ng:


Event photo album

Blogs by event attendees:

Session presentations: See "View Recording" links below

Expand or reconnect with your SAP network. Learn about the challenges that Big Data presents to large as well as small businesses. You'll hear from SAP customers, partners, and SAP experts on solutions they are applying to manage Big Data and gain insights to help them run their businesses better.

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Not in Vancouver? Join us virtually:


Time (PST)Sessions and Recordings
08:00 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Networking
09:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome/Opening
09:20 am - 10:10 amSession 1: Big Data 101 with Hands-on Experience (Dr. Jian Pei) View Recording
10:10 am - 10:25 amBreak
10:25 am - 11:15 amSession 2: Preparing for SAP HANA (Rob Jackson) View Recording
11:15 am - 12:05 pmSession 3: SAP Run SAP: CRM Real Time Reporting (SAP IT) View Recording
12:05 pm - 01:00 pm

Announcement: Co-Innovation with SAP (Kuhan Milroy)


01:10 pm - 02:00 pmSession 4: Analyze and share insights on your data (big or small) with SAP Lumira (Nic Smith) View Recording
02:10 pm - 03:00 pmSession 5: Beyond the Vees of Big Data (George Chow) View Recording
03:00 pm - 03:10 pmBreak
03:10 pm - 04:00 pmSession 6: Tools, tips and Tricks in Supporting Your Big Data Solution (SAP Support) View Recording
04:00 pm - 05:00 pmClose & Door Prizes

Session Abstracts

Do you have questions or request for the speakers? Please post them in the Comment section at the bottom of the page.

rob.jackson2 - Solutions Architect, Dolphin Corporation

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Preparing for SAP HANA™ - Latest Trends in SAP Archiving ( Clean up your SAP Data with Archiving and Nearline Storage Technology)

Attendees will learn how to develop a better strategy for information lifecycle management (ILM) for data in SAP® BW and ERP.  We will demonstrate a comprehensive approach for data archiving, audit readiness, retention management, archive process management, and better, transparent access to archived data with PBS archive.

This session will cover:

• Preparing for a smooth transition to SAP HANA with archiving in SAP BW

• Reducing operational costs of your SAP systems with archiving

• Enabling faster and more efficient archiving in BW and ERP systems with nearline technology

• Improving performance and efficiency for your archiving implementation

• Adding consistency to data archiving without extensive manual effort

Jian Pei, Ph.D. - Professor, School of Computing Science, SFU

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Big Data 101 with Hands-on Experience

A review of some basics of Big Data to set the stage for discussion. Highlights of several exciting research projects conducted at Simon Fraser University, along with an exploration of collaborative opportunities.

nic.smith - SAP

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Analyze and share insights on your data (big or small) with SAP Lumira

As data volumes grow, big data analysis has been a trending market topic and analytics continues to be a top priority for organizations around the globe. There is a revolution taking place around how to visualize big  data, check out this article in the Economist.  To tackle these new big data challenges there has been a rise of the “do it yourself” data scientist role within organizations, even the Harvard Business Review has coined the data scientist as one of the sexiest jobs of 21st century.
So, how can you get involved?  SAP Lumira can help anyone to access, transform, visualize, and share data in a repeatable way. Learn how to quickly analyze your data and collaborate with others  by sharing datasets, analytics and documents. This session will provide information on how you can get a free 1GB SAP Lumira Cloud account and download a free copy of SAP Lumira to get started today.

Eric Laroche, Kishore Nallu, Rey Atun - SAP IT

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SAP Runs SAP: CRM Real Time Reporting based on HANA

Having real time visibility on our Sales Pipeline and Marketing activities has been challenging at SAP due to data volumes and complex transformation requirements. Having moved SAP’s primary CRM instance to HANA is allowing real time Analytics for key Business processes used by Sales and Marketing teams.

Join our session to find out how SAP Global IT is implementing HANA as the main technology for it’s Enterprise Analytics.

Alyson Munroe - SAP Product Support Customer Experience Team;

Bhupinder Sasan and Man-Ted Chan - SAP HANA Product Support

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Tools, tips and tricks in supporting your BIG DATA solution

Learn how to engage with the AGS Customer Experience Team and get a sneak peek at upcoming improvements to the SAP Support Portal.

Learn how the SAP HANA support  team utilizes Remote Supportability tools, Knowledge Management resources, and most useful SAP HANA supportability resources to provide swift solutions to unexpected situations.

George Chow - CTO, Simba Technologies

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Beyond the Vees of Big Data

Everyone has heard about the three Vees of Big Data—Volume, Variety and Velocity. But what does a Big Data landscape look like in practice? And how does NoSQL and schema-less data fit into this? I will try to get beyond the rhetoric and share some real-world specifics from Big Data luminaries such as LinkedIn, Netflix and Yahoo.

Note: We will be broadcasting these sessions live, so you can join virtually, and ask the speaker questions. We might even record the sessions. The access link will be posted and tweeted on the day of the event.

Volunteers needed (please add your name to the table below if you are interested and available to help):

Volunteer RoleVolunteer Name(s)
Registration Desk Check-In (2 people)Katie Tichauer, Cindy Tang
SCN bloggers (2 people)Mitesh Patel, Ross Papa
Photographers/Videographers (2 people)

Clariss Chua, Jeremy Chao

Virtual room moderator (2 people)Janelle Berry

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

SAP Labs Vancouver (image source)