SAP University Alliances Program Members Discuss Big Data and Cloud Computing


BERLIN — The SAP University Alliances program will be hosting its 19th SAP Academic Conference EMEA in Berlin from September 9-10 at the German university Freie Universität Berlin. This year’s theme is “Cloud Meets Data-Driven Processes – New Horizons and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” The event brings together leading experts in education and research to discuss the growing importance of Big Data and potential business opportunities. At the conference, members have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences with their colleagues, expand their professional networks and secure new contacts for future collaborations as well as joint innovations and research projects.

On the first day, the agenda includes updates on the SAP University Alliances program as well as a keynote by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute, about how the new computing power delivered by in-memory and multicore technologies can help tackle Big Data. Members will also present new and existing projects focusing on Big Data and entrepreneurship, including the SAP University Alliances Innovation Lab and Big Data innovation centers in medical diagnostics. On the second conference day, participants will attend workshops covering topics such as data modelling with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and ERPSim, the SAP Business One application or a simulated production line by Festo Didactic.

Freie Universität Berlin is providing the venue for the conference and will also become a member of SAP University Alliances in a contract signing ceremony taking place September 9. This will provide the university’s students with access to the latest SAP technologies, allowing them to use these as part of education projects and as the basis for innovations.

Big Data and Industry 4.0

A conference highlight this year is the presentation of the learning factory by Festo Didactic, with its focus on Industry 4.0. Festo Didactic is the world-leading equipment and solution provider for technical education. Participants will be able to experience the MPS Transfer Factory teaching and research platform. The modular system simulates real production facilities and thus provides a platform to explore technologies and applications in the context of Industry 4.0.

“Festo Didactic together with SAP has pioneered new developments in manufacturing; for example, the direct integration of ERP and MES applications via interfaces to the production facility,” said Dr. Theodor Niehaus, managing director at Festo Didactic. “In such ‘future factories,’ production lines and IT are connected to form self-regulating manufacturing systems. This enables customized and highly-efficient production.”

Focus on Future-Oriented Education

“With this conference, we want to offer participants a platform to learn from one another and empower them to apply this knowledge,” said Ann Rosenberg, vice president and global head of SAP University Alliances. “To this end, we will offer networking opportunities, information on SAP technologies and the SAP University Alliances program curricula as well as workshops and train-the-trainer courses.”

The SAP University Alliances program opens up the world of SAP to more than 1,800 universities in more than 80 countries worldwide, and aims to develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st century workforce. Through a community of more than 8,000 faculty members as well as engagement at more than 750 events annually, SAP University Alliances has inspired students around the world about SAP.

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