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  • Shikha Dulani, Marketing Manager

SAP TechEd 2022: Celebrating 50 years of innovation and beyond!

The much-awaited SAP TechEd took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov 15-16, 2022.What was special this year was that SAP celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Day 1: Opening Keynote Highlights

SAP’s CTO and Executive Board Member, Juergen Mueller’s Keynote speech kept global audiences, both in-house and online, enthralled. To mark the 50th anniversary, Mueller took to walking down memory lane to highlight how SAP’s founders focused on the processes and the people that run the organisation. The human element still runs in the SAP DNA, while continuously improving areas of SAP BTP.

An NFT drop was also offered for 15 pieces of digital art designed specifically for the event, made available via digital codes during the sessions.

SAP Build

SAP TechEd revealed the launch of its low-code experience, SAP Build, which brings together previously disconnected products into a unified development environment. SAP Build includes 3 solutions: SAP Build Process Automation, SAP Build Apps (the next version of SAP AppGyver) and SAP Work Zone - all offering a suite of easy-to-use tools to solve problems.

Apart from SAP Build, Mueller announced ABAP Cloud, new features in CAP, the value of the SAP Integration Suite, thousands of integration flows, unified story in SAP Analytics Cloud, and a new class of enterprise intelligent data apps with HANA Cloud.

Thoughts from Extentia’s team

“SAP focuses on key areas to improve its core platform and offers an end-to-end business process for enterprises for various industry-specific solutions. It extends and personalises SAP applications or integrates and connects the entire landscapes with SAP Business Technology Platform. With the latest announcement of SAP Build, now everyone can become a builder, and it helps you to create applications that simply work, all without a single line of code.

The ABAP cloud is available for S/4HANA on-premises, Private and Public clouds.

SAP Start, which is the new central web-native entry point into the intelligent enterprise and provided by SAP free of charge and provides SAP cloud business solutions.

With SAP Task Centre, SAP provides a unified inbox for approvals across multiple applications with a seamless and integrated user experience.

All SAP applications now gets a fresh look with SAP Fiori “Horizon” design. You can access around 3,400 APIs on SAP API Business Hub and 2,600 pre-packaged integration flows - for both categories that are around 20% plus as compared to SAP TechEd last year! Predefined integration content can also be used for SAP-to-SAP, SAP-to-non-SAP, cloud, and on-premises integration.”

- Prashant Patil, Senior Tech Lead

SAP TechEd 2022 was special due to quite a few reasons. One of them was SAP celebrating its 50th Anniversary. There were several takeaways: the major one being the focus on BTP. From personalizing applications to connecting entire landscapes, SAP unleashed user experience and business innovation.

SAP continues its innovation with a single-entry point across all cloud landscapes with SAP Start. As it delves into the low code- no code approach with SAP Build, and for ABAPers, it is a game changer with ABAP on Cloud.”

- Mohammed Ayeman, Tech Lead

Day 2: Business Applications Keynote Highlights

Thomas Saueressig, stressed upon the need to be agile in the face of the pressing global challenges by adopting new business models and increasing automation through intelligent technologies. SAP helps organisations to become resilient, sustainable, and intelligent by connecting fragmented processes and data.

Philipp Herzig reiterated that integration is the foundation for insightful end-to-end businesses processes. Other highlights include: All major applications have adopted the industry standard SCIM.

The integration of Google workspace together with SAP S/4HANA.

All SAP's mobile applications will come with an all-new product experience including product icons, all based on the new design language called Fiori Horizon.

SAP has updated all SDKs for Android, iOS, low code no code web development and SAPUI5, UI5 web components, style sheet library Fiori fundamentals, and a complete remake of Fiori Mentor app to make it even for developers.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is available on-premise, Private and Public clouds.

Meg Bear displayed how customers leveraged SAP Start, a central entry point for all SAP solutions and Build Work Zone for low code/no code extensions. Muhammad Alam featured SAP Buying 360 and its features that is trusted by companies across 190 countries, intelligently supporting spend processes from direct to indirect procurement, from services to contingent labour, and travel and expense.

Jan Gilg highlighted SaaS ERP solutions which is the center of SAP’s modular Cloud ERP strategy leveraging ABAP and BTP.

Ritu Bhargava shared insights of SAP’s unparalleled One Office experience, built on BTP, that connects the back office to the front office that is the fuel that powers customer experience.

The event had hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, and lectures for exploring SAP Build and several virtual workshops to display visual cloud functions with S/4HANA, extensions for SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Service Cloud. To bridge the skills gap in the IT industry, SAP is also attempting to upskill two million developers worldwide by 2025, especially for those interested to be part of the SAP ecosystem. The keynote highlighted SAP initiatives for improving learning methods and resources for SAP students and professionals including a new partnership with Coursera.

Extentia continues to leverage the enhanced capabilities of the SAP BTP platform, while ensuring that our professionals are up to date with the skills required to innovate and deliver seamlessly to our customers.

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