The SAP on IBM i Summit 2019 is for IBM i customers running SAP workloads on IBM i or considering running SAP workloads on IBM i. Learn about the new release IBM i 7.4 as well as the latest trends and developments for SAP on IBM i. Attending the SAP on IBM i Summit 2019 will help you optimizing your existing SAP system landscape and getting ready for the digital transformation. Presenters include experts from both IBM and SAP with many years of experience with SAP and IBM i technologies and solutions. Several breaks and an evening reception will give you the opportunity to build or maintain a network with your peers and get your questions answered by the experts from SAP, IBM and their business partners.

Ehningen, Germany

IBM Client Center
IBM Allee 1
71139, Ehningen


Day 1
10:00 - 10:30

Arrival & Welcome
Frank Förster, Manager SAP on IBM Power Systems (Dept. II), IBM
10:30 - 11:15 IBM i in the Cognitive Era
Alison Butterill, Program Director, Offering Management for IBM i, IBM

What is the future of IT and how will IBM i fit? There is no doubt the future contains more AI, IoT and cognitive computing. IBM i, with its integrated database, securability, multiple programming languages and connections to enable the latest cognitive applications, makes it perfectly positioned to lead companies to the future.
11:15 - 12:15 IBM i 7.4 & IBM Db2 Mirror for i
Scott Forstie, Db2 for IBM i Business Architect, IBM i developerWorks Content Manager, IBM

IBM i 7.4 is the new operating system level and it becomes available on 21 June, 2019. In this session, Scott will explain some of the most relevant IBM i enhancements for an SAP on IBM i client. IBM i clients should adjust their roadmaps to chart a course to IBM POWER9™, IBM i 7.4, and a new LPP IBM Db2® Mirror for i.
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 IBM Db2 Mirror for i with SAP HA Architecture and Design
Eric Kass, SAP on IBM Development Architect, IBM
Ron Schmerbauch, SAP on Power and IBM i, IBM i Development, IBM

This session will explain how the new IBM Db2 Mirror for i is used in SAP environments and together with SAP's HA concepts.
14:00 - 14:45 IBM Power System News
Sabine Jordan, Senior Technical Sales Professional, IBM

This session covers recent announcements in IBM Power® hardware. Dive right into Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 and understand how this new offering can help you to share resources between systems with great flexibility and respond to spikes immediately. Get to know new capacity on demand offerings and other newly announced hardware enhancements.
14:45 - 15:15 Networking Break
15:15 - 16:00 SAP on IBM i Development Update
Christian Bartels, SAP on IBM i Development, IBM

This session will provide a comprehensive overview over the SAP and IBM i release support matrix and recent development activities for SAP on IBM Db2 for i, including the SAP certification status for IBM i 7.4. See how the joint IBM and SAP development team at SAP in Germany is improving the SAP software, so that you get the most out of your SAP installation on IBM i.
16:00 - 16:15 Networking Break
16:15 - 17:00 SAP on IBM i: Solid Digital Core Foundation for Engaging in Digital Transformation
Eric Kass, SAP on IBM Development Architect, IBM

Digitally transforming SAP environments, including the addition of S/4 HANA, while running your business is challenging. Hybrid landscapes--a combination of on-premises and cloud—are inevitable, as decades of SAP customizations are prevalent. This presentation provides guidance for SAP on IBM i clients using the industry-accepted bi-modal approach.
17:00 - 17:45 SAP on IBM i Customer Profile
Ivar Eizenga, System Management IBM i, Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Netherlands

It is always interesting to learn about how others are approaching similar issues as to what you may have in your company. This session from DUO Groningen in the Netherlands will share insights into their company, team, SAP on IBM i solutions and current challenges.
17:45 Ask the Experts & Evening Reception
Day 2
8:30 - 9:15

S/4HANA - What Does it Mean for SAP on IBM i?
Christian Bartels, SAP on IBM i Development, IBM

Changing from the SAP Business Suite to S/4HANA is more than just a database migration and upgrade. This session will provide an overview of a variety of planning and preparation tasks if you are considering introducing S/4HANA. It will also present some tools and services that can help you in getting a clearer picture for a project plan.
9:15 - 10:00 Backup Strategies and Flash Copy Support with SAP on IBM i
René Lang, IBM Certified Technical Specialist, SAP on IBM i Development, IBM
Ralf Büscher, SAP on IBM i Development, IBM

A solid backup strategy for enterprise data is key for running continuous business processes. There are different options available on IBM i to create a backup in a fast and safe manner. Beside the well-known save-while-active option, the Flash Copy solution can be used as well for SAP databases. As a new feature, the standard SWPM tool can use a flash copy to build up a new SAP system.
10:00 - 10:30 Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15 Storage sizing for fun and profit - and what it means to our latest Storage announcements
Christian Karpp, Senior Storage Specialist, Technical Sales, IBM

This session will focus on how to approach the sizing of storage environments serving Power i servers based on requirements and available data. Examples are given with common tools to address capacity and performance requirements touching the features and possible scenarios IBM's latest storage products provide.
11:15 - 12:00 SAP on IBM i Performance Compare Overview
Chris Land, SAP Basis Consultant, SAP on IBM i practice, Lab Services IBM

This session provides an overview of the IBM Lab Services Performance Compare offering. This offering helps customers to accurately measure performance and workload metrics before and after any combination of hardware, operating system or application changes to the SAP on IBM i environment.
12:00 - 12:15 Wrap up & Final Questions
Frank Förster, Manager SAP on IBM Power Systems (Dept. II), IBM
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch / End of day 2