This week, Supply Chain Matters had the opportunity to attend SAP’s Supply Chain Management Summit meeting at SAP North America headquarters. The purpose of this day and a half  summit was to bring SAP’s current supply chain management applications customers together to share information and gain further knowledge on SAP’s various software applications supporting supply chain business processes.  It is part of an outreach program that involves various SAP Business Suite areas, where customers with similar interests can come together. The agenda featured a three hour deep-dive session in select SAP SCM applications including the newly announced Solution Extension, SAP Supply Chain Response Management by ICON-SCM as well as the newly upgraded SAP Transportation Management 8.0.  The most widely attended deep dive was that covering SAP Supply Network Collaboration (SNC).

Day two included quite a number of SAP customer presentations that shared their experiences and implementation learning on specific applications, and included roundtable discussions among specific industry players.  We will highlight our observations from attending certain sessions in a subsequent posting in this series.

In this specific post, we comment on a leadership change within SAP Supply Chain Solutions Management.  Hans Thalbauer is the new Head of Line of Business Solutions for Supply Chain Management, PLM and R&D. Hans replaces Lori Mitchell-Keller, who has now assumed a LOB solution management role for SAP Retail.  In our view, Lori did an extraordinary job of providing added focus and renewal to SAP’s efforts in SCM.  Her leadership in adding the response management solution extension to the product portfolio and for a renewed emphasis on SAP’s supply chain execution offerings is commendable and we wish her well in her new role.

Hans Thalbauer is no stranger to SAP SCM, having previously served in an SCM management role.  This author has had personal experience in working directly with Hans in my previous tenure at SAP, and I can assure the SAP SCM customer community that SCM is in good hands.  Hans was previously managing PLM solutions management, and his knowledge of that domain along with detailed SCM and manufacturing applications knowledge will serve him well. Hans can navigate the halls of Walldorf solutions development teams having resided for multiple years at that facility. He possesses an engaging style and sincerely cares about customer needs.

In subsequent postings, we will highlight some further impressions from the Summit.

Bob Ferrari