For the first time, the SAP World Tour stopped off at CeBIT, the world’s foremost tradeshow for the digital industry, in Hanover. Some 80 German customers and 30 partners attended. In more than 70 presentations, current and would-be SAP users learned about enterprise management, IT excellence, SAP Business Suite, and SAP solutions for small businesses and midsize companies. The event focused on the question of how SAP products can help organizations secure future growth and optimize existing processes.
The World Tour offers a platform for users to exchange project reports and news about SAP, as well as enabling discussions among customers and partners. The tour is scheduled to visit over 70 cities in more than 50 countries on four continents: Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.
At CeBIT, SAP took over two entire halls (numbers 19 and 20) to stage the tour.
The first day was devoted to business intelligence (BI), with a focus on the solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. A dozen or so companies recounted their experiences with SAP solutions for BI. For example, paper manufacturer Papierfabrik August Koehler performs ad-hoc reporting with the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software. The MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, one of the leading providers in the international vehicle industry, relies on the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse component and solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. Furthermore, the German supermarket chain EDEKA opted for SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions and told of its first encounters with the software.
On March 3, the presentations concentrated on IT excellence and optimizing operations and business processes. Key topics were SOA, the SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management component, and the SAP NetWeaver Business Rules Management component. Other themes included server consolidation and virtualization.
On March 4, attention switched to SAP Business Suite 7, including SAP ERP 6.0, which forms the cornerstone of the SAP Business Suite software, enhancement package 4, and individual modules such as SAP CRM 7.0 and SAP PLM 7.0. Numerous companies spoke of their experiences, among them the Würth Group, specialists in fixing and assembly materials, and Volkswagen Financial Services.
On the last day of the SAP World Tour – March 5 – small businesses and midsize companies were in the spotlight. Many SAP products were presented that are specially designed for the midmarket, such as the SAP Business ByDesign solution and the SAP Business One application. Experts demonstrated, for example, how to use the SAP NetWeaver Business Client software and how the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio can be deployed in small businesses.