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Review: Beyond Simple event, 16 May

TheValueChain Beyond Simple 16 May 2017TheValueChain’s latest Beyond Simple event focused on real business cases: new SAP technologies at work.

Today’s world is a complex, integrated place. SAP’s approach to simplifying the technology layer underlying the life of everyone in business, is a brilliant move: they take everything back to the basic building blocks.

SAP has fundamentally changed what they are – not just an ERP, but a digital platform company. They have built a development platform, a set of solutions, products and services that enable you to fundamentally change how you run your business, reduce costs and improve customer service.

The road to transformation is challenging, though. It is easy to get lost amid new technologies. Staying well-informed of innovation is essential to the sustainability of every organization. That is why TheValueChain’s Beyond Simple event focused on real SAP business cases with new technologies.

About change and people

Keynote speaker Freddy Van den Wyngaert talked about change and people. Two key messages for decision-takers. One, show your belief in change, and have the courage to impose new technologies. And two, show and live your passion. People will follow you.

Show your belief in change, and have the courage to impose new technologies.
(Freddy Van den Wyngaert)

Bru Textiles and Warsco Units

Eric presented the SAP S/4HANA implementation at Bru Textiles. He concluded with interesting lessons learnt about topics such as the value of Enterprise Search, Embedded Analytics and Fiori apps; the remarkable stability of the system (bug fixing is limited); and how S/4HANA changes the way you deal with UX, user maintenance, authorizations and role assignment.

David and Steve explained what you can expect from SAP Business ByDesign, and how to implement it. Illustrated with the first full ERP implementation project in Belgium at Warsco Units.

Frederic KerkhofsSAP Fiori on the factory floor

Frederic Kerkhofs of Atlas Copco Power Tools Distribution testified about SAP Fiori on the factory floor. The picking-to-shipping process is driven by barcode scanners from A to Z. Bye-bye operational instructions on paper! Side effect: reduced time2competence for newcomers. Geert-Jan illustrated the story with screen shots. Fiori combined with scanners works.

SAP Cloud Platform

Anthony Doerga showed how AppyThings enables companies to digitally transform their business with SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Leonardo. Great cases in areas such as application integration, new business models, customer experiences & engagement, and Internet of Things. Check!

Innovations for utilities

Pieter and Olivier concentrated on SAP innovations for utilities. On the agenda, among other things: the S/4HANA Roadmap for utilities, Fiori for Utilities, CDS views, the S/4HANA simplifications list, conversion paths from ERP 6.0 to S/4 HANA, and the transition approach. They ended their presentation with the simplified front office for utilities, featuring SAP Hybris and C4C.


Anouck elaborated on SAP Hybris Products for Marketing and for Commerce. With Hybris for Marketing, you can build dynamic profiles of your customers and gain deep insights, enabling you to adapt to their needs and market trends. Objectives: increase conversion rates, gain real-time transparency into how your marketing plans work out, giving you the agility to change tactics and seize new opportunities. The built-in omnichannel versatility of Hybris for Commerce lets you engage and transact with customers anywhere, anytime, on any device. It helps you engage and understand your customers in every part of the commerce experience.


Jan Vautmans (Bmatix) and Eric (TheValueChain) straightened out the difference between S/4HANA Embedded Analytics and analytics on (S/4)HANA. Until recently (that is, until ECC 6.0), ERP and BI were separate worlds with their own systems, tools and required skills. HANA unites the world of ERP and BI. SAP offers a wide range of tools, from embedded analytics to BusinessObjects Analytics, Lumira, BO Cloud, Design Studio and Roambi. Your user profile – information consumer, executive or data analyst – determines the type of tool that fits your needs.

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