In the past, the SAP NetWeaver technology platform has proven its worth to many SAP customers. However, the end of maintenance is imminent, which SAP has announced for the last officially supported version, SAP NetWeaver 7.5, at the end of 2027. The platform has been in "restricted maintenance mode" for several years. This means that no further development is taking place on this platform and SAP is not investing further here. Therefore, it is ultimately clear: The future lies in the cloud, and in full. This applies to SAP systems, individual applications, but also to the classic portals that provide users with central access to systems and processes.
SAP is now positioning SAP BTP as a new platform designed with flexibility and choice in mind to help companies accelerate innovation and unleash new business potential. As of today (Sept. 2023), SAP BTP has over 100 solutions & services for data and analytics, application development and automation, integration, business planning, and artificial intelligence. The offering is continuously being developed and expanded by SAP. SAP BTP is expected to establish itself as the strategic technology platform for the next decades in enterprises. Long-term strategies are now needed not only to ensure access via cloud platforms, but also to constantly improve it and adapt it to the ways in which it is used on the web - entirely in the sense of a modern digital workplace.
Probably the biggest topic that repeatedly came to the fore in discussions and in the working groups was SAP's announcement that innovations will only take place in the cloud and that customers will now be "forced to change". For many, this change does not come at the appropriate time and, at first glance, it does not bring enough advantages compared to the costs - at least the advantages are not (yet) apparent to many SAP customers, according to our impression.
In summary, we have taken the following away from our discussions with customers and partners:
Special highlight for VANTAiO: 💡
Project report from our customer ILLIG on the introduction of SAP Build Work Zone - Advanced Edition.
On the third day of the trade fair, we had the honor of speaking together with our customer ILLIG Mschinenbau & Co. KG to speak at the DSAG Annual Congress in Bremen about the SAP Build Work Zone Advanced Edition and how it has improved the working environment for employees. ILLIG, as a global pioneer in thermoforming and packaging systems, has done great things in cooperation with VANTAiO.
🌐 ILLIG and VANTAiO have created an innovative Digital Workplace that focuses on information and digitized processes. This step was crucial for ILLIG's more than 600 employees to increase efficiency in their daily work.
🌟 This was achieved through the clever use of SAP BTP and an impressive combination of cloud services, all converging in SAP Build Work Zone Advanced Edition and VANTAiO News Manager.
🔍 In the presentation, we shared insights into ILLIG's starting point, motivation, and approach to implementing this SAP-based Central Entry Point. A truly inspiring journey that we were happy to present to the SAP audience in Bremen!
Thank you to everyone who attended our presentation! If you would like to learn more about how digital transformation can make the workplace more efficient, feel free to contact us. We can also provide you with the presentation as a download upon request.
SAP Build Work Zone & SAP Mobile Start:
Users want centralized access, whether on smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
Ein DSAG Vortrag war in diesem Zusammenhang deshalb für uns VANTAiOs und viele der SAP Kunden besonders interessant: Der Vortrag von Florian Büch und Thomas Hensel (beide Senior Product Manager bei SAP) zum Thema "Central Entry Point" via SAP Start, SAP Work Zone Standard Edition und Advanced Edition. Spannend ist aus unserer Sicht hier die dreistufige Strategie der SAP, die für jede Kundensituation einen passenden Einstieg für die Nutzer zur Verfügung stellt. Besonders genial finden wir, dass alle drei Systeme technisch und optisch harmonisiert werden und die Kunden bei Bedarf auf die jeweils größere Lösung upgraden kann. Egal, wie der Kunde sich entscheidet, der größte Vorteil aller drei Lösungsansätze sind die umfassenden Integrationsmöglichkeiten von SAP Systemen. So werden in nächster Zukunft immer weitere Business Packages mit Standard Content ausgeliefert und für die SAP Kunden wird die Vision eines Digital Workplace sehr schnell, günstig und gut möglich.
As a software manufacturer, VANTAiO got involved with SAP's cloud-based development and technology platform at a very early stage and developed its own, new product generation on this basis: News Manager and TV Display are add-ons for SAP BTP that ensure that relevant news actually reaches the desired target groups in companies. At the same time, our consultants have adapted to SAP's new cloud strategy just as quickly as our development teams and have accompanied, advised and implemented individual digitization projects for customers - starting with the conception & user experience through to the technical implementation based on SAP BTP.
Central access to as many systems as possible, both SAP and non-SAP, is and remains an ideal vision for many SAP customers - even the medium- to long-term switch to the cloud will not change this. On the contrary, as we have presented in this article, there are several good options for this use case. What they all have in common, however, is that there is no way around SAP BTP if customers are aiming for a modern system landscape with direct integration of their SAP systems. Depending on the requirements profile, objectives and budget, various approaches are conceivable, each based on different combinations of SAP BTP services. It is always worth taking a look at the SAP Discovery Center to identify suitable services for your own project.
Which of the options we have presented on the SAP BTP is most suitable for which customer scenario can only be judged by looking at the specific individual case. However, to provide a rough guide, here is a brief overview of our assessment:
Would you like to learn more about the strategic platform SAP BTP or the new product SAP Build Work Zone? Feel free to contact us!
There it was again ... the DSAG trade fair feeling! It was super nice to meet like-minded people in Bremen and exchange ideas on current SAP topics and trends.
We would be happy to give you a first overview of the possibilities of the SAP Build product family and especially of the two SAP Build Work Zone Editions (Standard & Advanced) - directly live on the system. Simply fill out the form and we will contact you shortly to arrange an appointment or send you the link to the recording, whichever you prefer.
Note: This offer is aimed at companies that already use SAP and are interested in the new possibilities of digitalization based on the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP). It is not aimed at private individuals.
Do you still have questions about the event or one of the VANTAiO products? I will be happy to personally answer your concerns or questions.
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