Are Your Skills Up to Date for the Age of SAP HANA?

  • by Dr. Karol Bliznak, Vice President, SAP AG
  • Dennis Schwerer, Vice President, Consumer Solution Adoption, SAP
  • May 14, 2012
SAP’s recent innovations, including SAP HANA, are likely to cause a skills gap in the SAP community going forward. Experts trained on classical ERP or analytics systems don’t necessarily have the right skills for the future. Get a first-hand look at some of the new skills that you need to successfully embrace the change. Learn how both classic and new competencies can be combined in technology, application, and architecture-related skill profiles, whose timely adoption help you and your company be ready for the future.
Key Concept

SAP HANA is SAP’s in-memory appliance that orchestrates the latest hardware and software technology innovations to help you quickly analyze real-time information on large volumes of non-aggregated data. SAP HANA enables both new innovations and customer enhancements as in-memory solutions, including SAP’s future products, existing products such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) that can be in-memory enabled, customer-specific development, pre-packaged reporting solutions, and accelerators that speed up SAP applications without changing the application fundamentals.

Due to their effect on both IT and business processes, SAP-related skills and experience have been traditionally perceived as strategic and value adding. With the onset of SAP HANA and mobility innovations, however, a new expert profile is on the rise in the SAP community: an innovation adoption expert.

Adopting innovation requires a new, dynamic skill set that does not necessarily fit in the classic buckets of SAP Basis, ERP, BW, CRM, and so on. A plethora of new competencies has been in high demand as part of the new skill mix, creating a temporary skills gap in the SAP community. The first successful early innovation adopters have already proven this gap can be closed for them: The SAP experts are able to combine their deep knowledge of the SAP fundamentals with a fast understanding of the new concepts, picking up technical, application, and architectural proficiency in the innovative space in a very short period of time.

Let’s introduce a couple of examples of some of the new tasks and challenges for the respective architect, application, and technical expert roles to demonstrate how the classic SAP skills can be successfully combined with new ones to deliver best results:

Dr. Karol Bliznak

Dr. Karol Bliznak is vice president of the Rapid Innovation Group (RIG) within the mobility division at SAP. He focuses on converging SAP’s strategic innovation categories, such as mobile solutions, SAP HANA, business analytics, and the cloud. He works at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. He has more than 14 years of SAP experience in business intelligence, mobility and in-memory technologies, enterprise performance management, financial accounting, controlling, governance, risk, and compliance.

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Dennis Schwerer

Dennis Schwerer is vice president of the Customer Solution Adoption (CSA) organization at SAP, driving SAP HANA customer adoption via strategic internal and external engagements. Dennis is working at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. He has 12 years of SAP experience in a wide range of solutions and functions. In the past years, he focused on financial consolidation, enterprise reporting, system architecture and databases.

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