The first of the SAP-ASUG large-scale events, the March 2023 ASUG Best Practices: SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) conference will heavily emphasize on customer experiences—challenges and progress—with SAP solutions.

The early spring event is shaping up based on input from a conference team that includes experts from customer organizations, SAP, and ASUG. Rajendra Salecha, SAP ERP FICO at Siemens Energy, is contributing to the Conference Advisory efforts based on his 27 years of SAP experience.

Here Salecha recaps his organization’s current challenges and offers views on the importance of the Best Practices event that will provide content related to SAP S/4HANA, BTP, cloud migration, and SAP Signavio.

Salecha characterized SAP S/4HANA as an “evolving world” and said Siemens Energy is on its SAP S/4HANA journey.

“For us, it is going to be a difficult task as we have to combine multiple businesses, different countries all into one box,” according to Salecha. “There are advantages of moving to cloud, but there are still many unknowns. The conference will give a chance to see how others have tackled similar challenges and learn from them to speed our evolution.”

Best Practices Conference: A Melting Pot

Salecha said conferences serve as “a melting pot of ideas—sometimes completely different viewpoints—from which you can take the best and apply to your scenarios.” He finds value in the SAP presentations, “which showcase the future and many times the ideal scenarios; customer-led sessions that provide opportunities to learn from peers; and vendor exhibits that offer time to talk to experts and get ideas.”

The top reasons ASUG members should attend this event, according to Salecha, include the ability to:

  • See the latest from SAP
  • Network with peers to hear about their challenges and solutions
  • View exhibitors’ new products/solutions
  • Get out of the office and comfort zone, meet new people, and hear new ideas

Rajendra Salecha is SAP ERP FICO for Siemens Energy. He is involved in the organization’s efforts to move multiple ECC systems to the cloud, establishing an entirely new SAP S/4HANA environment where all the ECC systems will merge.

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