Virtual Event


Run, simplify
and extend your SAP
S/4HANA landscape

Get the best from Red Hat and IBM for your SAP infrastructure

Organizations that run SAP S/4HANA are looking for the next step change in their transformation. But they are faced with complex questions and difficult choices. Red Hat and IBM can help. Our knowledge of SAP, deep industry expertise, and world-class support teams can help you enable new innovations and efficiencies. In this half-day virtual event, SAP experts will share new ideas to run, simplify and extend your SAP S/4HANA landscape.

You will learn:
  • The benefits of the IBM – Red Hat offering for SAP Landscape-as-a-Service (LaaS).
  • Typical use-cases for SAP LaaS use cases.
  • How to easily manage, change, and adapt your SAP LaaS with Ansible.
  • SAP Business Technology Platform and related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift.
Who Should Attend?
  • Directors of SAP Program Directors and Managers
  • ERP Program Leads
  • IT Directors (inc. CIO, CTO, VP Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Directors of individual lines of business
  • Red Hat for SAP: How your organization can benefit from running SAP on the same platforms you already have.
  • IBM offerings for SAP with embedded Red Hat value: An overview of IBM's strategy for SAP in shifting from traditional transactional systems to intelligent industry solutions.
  • IBM Red Hat - Landscape-as-a-Service: How our next generation SAP platform offering embraces the power of Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat Smart Management, and IBM AI to provide automated provisioning, landscape management and operational practices.
  • Kubernetes Platforms for SAP extensions: Finding the balance between SAP's Clean Core guidelines (mandated for S/4HANA) and Extensions.; and how the container market will evolve into the future.
  • SAP & OpenShift: From classic ABAP development to cloud native applications: Use cases and reference architecture to implement with SAP Landscapes to unlock innovation enabled by Hybrid Cloud and Red Hat OpenShift.
  • Leverage open source with Red Hat to extend the reach of SAP Integrations: How Red Hat helps you take advantage of the open source model to address integration pain points and connect SAP to your world.



10:00 - 10:30Red Hat for SAP
Stefanie Chiras, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and General Manager, RHEL Business Unit, Red Hat
Organizations have started migrating their business-critical SAP applications to S/4HANA® requiring support for hybrid cloud scenarios. Changing market conditions force business to respond quickly to changing customer demand whenever wherever, all while staying compliant with security and privacy regulations. Being able to run these workloads on the market leading Linux® OS and Container Platform allows you to support all business models on a single platform. Join this session to learn how your organization can benefit from running SAP on the same platforms you already have.
10:30 - 11:00IBM offerings for SAP with embedded Red Hat value
Allan Coulter, Distinguished Engineer, Global CTO - SAP Services, IBM
Red Hat’s value for SAP extends beyond the initial conversation about Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®.

Since the acquisition in 2020, IBM has been collaborating with our Red Hat colleagues to build a set of offerings that use the value of Red Hat to augment our capabilities to build new SAP solutions that let our customers shift to Intelligent Enterprises.

In our session, we will provide an overview of our IBM strategy for SAP in shifting from traditional transactional systems to intelligent industry solutions that use cloud and exponential technologies such as data, AI, automation, and edge services.

We will introduce our offering portfolio including Landscape-as-a-Service and also our Lean ERP approaches that embrace the shift from traditional ABAP to cloud-native solutions
11:00 - 11:30IBM Red Hat - Landscape-as-a-Service (SIMPLIFY SAP)
Devraj Bardhan, Global Leader - SAP Innovation, Global SAP CoC, IBM
Transformation programs are using continuous innovation and agile delivery models embracing technical platforms facilitated by the shift to cloud. This is a step-change from the old waterfall approaches from the past. The technical SAP platforms running on cloud need to support this change with demands for speed, continuous availability, and assurance across the entire path to production landscape.

Gone are the days when we saw development or test systems as inferior to production. Today it is vital in embracing DevOps for SAP that the entire landscape exhibits optimized capabilities to ensure that the development teams are not constrained in speed, performance, or availability of the SAP solution landscape. Landscape refreshes can no longer take days, and new environments can longer be provisioned in 2-3 months--today the demands are for near real-time.

It is with this backdrop that IBM has brought to the market Landscape-as-a-Service for SAP. This is a next-generation SAP platform offering that embraces the power of Red Hat® Ansible® Automation, Red Hat Smart Management, and IBM AI in providing automated provisioning, landscape management, and operational practices such as availability, performance, and release management. It has been developed to support the new delivery models, as we orientate from ticket-based reactive managed solutions to continuously optimized platforms with zero disruption.

It has been designed in collaboration with our cloud partners, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM, for the landing zone architectures for HANA and non-HANA workloads. With services provided by IBM's SAP consulting practice with over 30 years in expertise in delivering SAP platform solutions, along with our partners Nordcloud, Taos, Red Hat, and from IBM's hybrid cloud practice, the offering reduces TCO by over 30% when compared to on-premise hosted solutions and over 50% in the delivery times for service delivery.
11:30 - 11:45BREAK
11:45 - 12:15Kubernetes Platforms for SAP extensions
Morten Rohlfes, EMEA Director Technology Sales and Go To Market, Red Hat
When adopting S/4HANA®, it is mandatory to follow SAP's clean core guidelines to keep the SAP system agile. This entails that unique business processes and requirements will be supported via extensions, which often will reside within a managed cloud-native container environment like OpenShift®. These extensions require different development methods and face different challenges like security, multicloud deployments, and scalable DevSecOps practices. Join this session to increase your understanding of how to find the right balance between the core and extensions and how the container market will evolve into the future.
12:15 - 12:45SAP & OpenShift: From classic ABAP development to cloud-native applications
Sanket Taur, Emerging Technology Architect, UKI, EMEA, IBM
The way we deliver SAP is changing – from value locked into a rigid and inflexible ERP system to one that delivers business agility while keeping the core clean. This SAP-modernized approach is what IBM defines as Lean ERP. One of the core principles for this is to shift from traditional ABAP development to cloud-native style approaches while keeping the core clean to drive continuous innovation necessary for the business to gain value and market differentiation.

Working with Red Hat, we are embracing the shift to containerized applications using Red Hat® OpenShift®. Simplifying using cloud-native services for developers and liberating the data from silos of enterprise systems to propagate the value to consumers through the process value chains lets any enterprise build production-grade solutions rapidly for user experience, mobility, integration, AI, or edge computing. The session will outline the use cases and relevant reference architecture that can be implemented with SAP Landscapes to unlock the innovation that is possible with hybrid cloud and Red Hat OpenShift.
12:45 - 13:15Use open source technologies with Red Hat to extend the reach of SAP Integrations
Mark Cheshire, Director of Product, Application Services, Red Hat
Many SAP customers started down the path with SAP R/3 because the cost of proprietary integration led to numerous failed projects, and SAP could deliver an enterprise platform which really worked. Thus enterprises relied on SAP for ever more of their application infrastructure. Now the pendulum is swinging back to more diversification due to competitive pressures, attractive SaaS application offerings, and the move to cloud. It is important to avoid the return to the integration failure points of the past. Integration platforms built on open standards and open source offer a path forward to unlock digital assets and share them within the enterprise and across boundaries. We look at how Red Hat helps you take advantage of this open source model to address your integration pain points and connect SAP to your world.


Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM (GMT+02:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

(Registration opens 30 minutes earlier)

If you have any question, send us an email.


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