Virtual Symposium

The what.
The why. The how.

Power Your Enterprise with Red Hat, the Only
Complete Open Hybrid Infrastructure for SAP®


A well-known fact: SAP requires organizations running legacy SAP workloads to migrate to SAP HANA® and SAP S/4HANA by 2027.

At the same time, migrating your SAP environment presents an opportunity to modernize your underlying IT infrastructure with open source and cloud technologies to reduce costs and complexity, streamline operations and maintenance, and increase business agility.

Register now to find out how Red Hat’s open source solutions - container, automation, and integration technologies with the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system - might make your migration journey more manageable and provide the flexibility your business needs to soar above your competitors for years to come.

  • A panel discussion on migration experiences
  • Intel, Accenture, Atos, HPE, IBM, Microsoft, SAP as well as Swiss Post, Hilti and GPA Group will share their best practices
  • Automation for your migration
  • Choosing the right OS for your SAP deployment
  • Director of SAP (Director of SAP, Manager - SAP, Global program director - ERP and SAP, SAP basis team lead)
  • Director of IT (CIO, CTO, VP infrastructure, Enterprise architect, Data center manager)
  • Line of Business directors



10:00 - 10:30SAP as a cornerstone of an intelligent enterprise
Michel Isnard, VP EMEA Sales, Red Hat
Val Yonchev, Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Red Hat
Will Watkins, EMEA Transformation Sales Lead, Red Hat
Using the benefits of new technologies is a key factor for the future success of every company. In this session, discover how the move to S/4HANA can be an opportunity to transform with help from Red Hat. Learn how Red Hat’s open source solutions, together with its partners and their expertise, can make your migration journey more manageable and provide the flexibility your business needs to stay competitive for years to come.
10:30 - 11:30
10:30 - 11:00ASAP project: How Red Hat helped CEPSA move its SAP environment to AWS
César Beltrán, Business Development Manager, SAP BDM MED, Red Hat
David Liras Martínez, Head of Digital Platforms, CEPSA

In this session, CEPSA will share their automation journey. From their first tactical approach, to use in their main project, SAP HANA migration, to an AWS space.

CEPSA is a global, integrated company operating across the entire oil and gas value chain. They are present in more than 28 countries. The culture of innovation is one of their hallmarks. They use technology and research to generate value, be more competitive, optimize processes, and improve the efficiency and quality of their products--this is why they are involved in IT automation.

David Liras, Head of Digital Platforms, will walk through the initial implementation of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for security automation and then use it in a SAP HANA migration project. They will explain the benefits of automation that they extended to all IT projects, creating an automation culture across the organization.

11:00 - 11:30The role of IT Automation in your SAP Strategy / Journey towards the Intelligent Enterprise
Ruud Blommaert, Business Development Manager, SAP BDM BeNeLux & ALPS, Red Hat
Steve Delien, Global CTA for SAP on Cloud, Accenture Technology
How can Red Hat automation support SAP customers during their journey towards the Intelligent Enterprise, in adopting SAP S/4HANA? During this session, Steve Delien, Global CTA for SAP on Cloud at Accenture Technology, will present Accenture's view, solutions, services, and accelerators to realise the opportunity of the Intelligent Enterprise. He will also address the importance of the strategic partnership between Red Hat and Accenture, and more specifically, what value this brings to SAP customers in their digital transformation journey.
10:30 - 11:00How to master the journey towards an Intelligent Enterprise
Karl Silhanek, SAP Business Development CEMEA, Red Hat
Diego Barbisan, Senior Vice President, GPA Group
Discover how you can go from digital transformation to an Intelligent Enterprise with automated processes and integrated data for business analytics supporting better business decisions. Hear from our experienced partner GPA Group on how customers mastered their journey around the SAP S/4HANA migration successfully, and used tools to automate their business and infrastructure processes while integrating data for analytics.
11:00 - 11:30Keep the core clean - Side-by-Side Extensibility with Atos SAP Integration Gateway on Red Hat OpenShift
Peter Körner, Business Development Manager, Open Hybrid Cloud SAP Solutions, Red Hat
Andres Alos, Technical Director - EMEA, Red Hat Practice at Atos
Accelerate digital transformation and decrease time to SAP S/4HANA migration, all while extending and enhancing SAP solutions. Implement end-to-end processes in 30 minutes using the Atos SAP Integration Gateway on Red Hat OpenShift. Use any programming language and a cloud native, microservices approach to integrate SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA systems. In this presentation, we will explain the side-by-side extensibility concept and show a live demo implementation of an end-to-end application.

11:30 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:15Open panel discussion - intelligent enterprise: challenges, solutions and experiences
Hayley Wienszczak, Director, Global Alliance Partner & SAP Business, EMEA, Red Hat (moderator)
Leonard Bodmer, Director, Regional Manager ALPS, EMEA, Red Hat
Allan Coulter, IBM GBS, Global CTO for SAP Services at IBM
Dr. Felix Diepenbrock, Head of SAP S/4HANA Services EMEA North, SAP
Dr. Christoph Baeck, Head of IT Infrastructure, Hilti Group

The road to Intelligent Enterprise means change and innovation. Moving toward to this goal is only possible through simplification and cloud native innovation. With ERP as a cornerstone of the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP, Red Hat, and its partners will help you on your journey.

Join roundtable delegates who will discuss the challenges, solutions and their experiences in implementing the intelligent enterprise and SAP infrastructure.

12:15 - 13:15
12:15 - 12:45SAP S/4HANA Application Integration Automation with Red Hat Ansible and Red Hat Ansible Tower
Ruud Blommaert, Business Development Manager, SAP BDM BeNeLux & ALPS, Red Hat
John Lenser, Head of Linux Platform Operations, Swiss Postal Services
Swiss Postal Service is the world's most innovative post for the fourth time. They are beginning to move to an open mindset to become more flexible and provide higher service demand. Their goal is to automate the application deployment process of all components of SAP and SAP S/4HANA with Red Hat Ansible Automation and Red Hat Ansible Tower to implement the continuous structure for all deployments and combine different technical workflows into one automated framework. they would like to grow their internal community of Ansible users which could potentially solve challenges in less time.
12:45 - 13:15Modernization of SAP landscapes and infrastructure with Intel and Red Hat
Ted Jones, SAP Architect, Solutions Engineering, Red Hat
Krishna Yalamanchi, Cloud Solutions Architect, Intel
A modern foundation for both your IT infrastructure and your SAP landscape allows you to build a standardized, consistent architecture throughout your organization. Open source platform, container, automation, and integration technologies with innovative processors, storage, and networking help you deliver a flexible, high-performance foundation for critical workloads. Intel will talk about a solution that includes products that are tested and certified to work together reliably and integrated for increased performance, stability, and manageability. This solution helps:
  • Increase uptime with persistent memory and automation.
  • Scale-up designs that provide IT efficiencies and reduce TCO.
  • The use of containers in real-time use cases like 5G and autonomous driving.
12:15 - 12:45Automating SAP Workloads to Azure using Red Hat Ansible
Pankaj Meshram, Cloud Solution Architect - SAP on Azure UK, Microsoft
Pras Abey, SAP Business Development, UKI & Nordics, Red Hat
Will Bratton, Head of Azure Global SAP Engineering Team (Azure CAT), Microsoft
As enterprises move to SAP S/4HANA while also shifting to Microsoft Azure, automation is essential to realise the benefits of both platforms. Red Hat and Microsoft will showcase the joint SAP on Azure automation proposition that completely automates SAP deployment and operations on Azure using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. With this end-to-end automation solution, customers can maximize the performance of their SAP investment on Azure while drastically reducing operational costs. This automation solution will also cut deployment time of your SAP system from days to a few hours.
12:45 - 13:15HPE Solutions for Mission-critical SAP HANA Workloads
Vaibhav Rastogi, Principal Product Manager, SAP HANA Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
If application performance, cost overruns, uptime, and availability concerns are holding you back in your SAP S/4HANA adoption journey, learn how the #1 SAP HANA infrastructure solutions market leader helps clients accelerate insights and reduce time to value, without compromising on choice, flexibility, or performance. Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is a high stakes, high visibility initiative--learn how you can unleash the full potential of your investments while reducing risk by choosing HPE mission-critical compute solutions to power your SAP landscapes, both on-premises and in the cloud.
13:15Event closing


Date: February 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (GMT+02:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

(Registration opens 30 minutes earlier)

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