Choosing the Best Hybrid Cloud for Your SAP Applications

Thursday 28th October, 10.30am - 2pm
The Shard, London or via Live Stream


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About the Event


Your SAP environment is a mission-critical part of your business infrastructure and is fundamental to the delivery of your business operations, processes and procedures.

Choosing the right environment to host your SAP applications and systems to meet your business needs is a complex decision with lots of different options available.

Join Opal Wave and Lenovo to discover all the options available to help you choose the best hybrid cloud option for your SAP environment, to provide you with an agile ERP that meets your business’ operational requirements.


What You'll Learn


How to keep your ERPs agile to quickly adapt to a fast-changing world


How to move to Op-Ex and achieve agility staying on–premises


Moving SAP to cloud - what are the choices and considerations


S/4HANA on a phased roll out: how Hybrid can simplify complexity


How cloud DR can cost effectively protect your on-prem SAP as part of your BCDR solution


Running Order for the Day


10.30am - Arrival and Refreshments

11.am - Welcome and Introductions from Ian Jeffs, Country General Manager for UKI ISG

Session 1: Digital Transformation for your SAP environment

Businesses today operate in the fastest changing environment we’ve ever known, as a result organisations are looking at how they can embed and leverage technology to digitally transform. In this session we will explore how to make your ERP systems agile in order to quickly adapt business process be able to react to fast-changing markets, deliver value to your customers and drive digital transformation.

Session Speaker: Tikiri Wanduragala, Senior Consultant specialising in IT Infrastructure at Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group.

Session 2: Moving your SAP environment to the Cloud

Your SAP environment is a business-critical part of your infrastructure, fundamental to the delivery of company operations, processes and customer experience. When looking at migrating your SAP environment to the cloud there are many different routes, products or services available, and it can be difficult to know which option is best. In this session discover all the various routes to the cloud, the factors you need to consider enabling your organisation to choose the best option to meet your requirements.

Session Speaker: David Penny, Director of Cloud Services at Opal Wave.

11.50am Refreshment Break

Session 3: How Hybrid Cloud can simplify complexity 

Two thirds of S/4HANA migration projects, get stuck in the planning and preparation phases with  IT complexity reported to be the top cause.  As users embrace new technology and ways to run their applications this can unfortunately also lead to more complexity.  SAP can leverage the benefits of both on-premises and cloud, but if deployed as separate entities could increase the number of technology/systems and complexity. Discover how a fully integrated managed SAP Hybrid Cloud solution can seamlessly share information with common databases and simplify the overall landscape.

Session Speakers: Ben Farodoye, Channel Partner Manager & Julien Rousseau, DCG Technical pre-sales at Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group.

Session 4: Remain operational in times of disaster

If disaster stuck as a result of human or natural disaster how quickly and efficiently could you get your SAP environment back up and operational? Learn more on Disaster Recovery as a service, specifically for SAP HANA environments, whether they’re on-prem or in the cloud, and how to protect and restore your mission-critical infrastructure fast in the event of a disaster to ensure business continuity of your daily operations.

Session Speaker: David Penny, Director of Cloud Services at Opal Wave.

Q&A Forum

1pm Lunch 

2pm Event Close

Event Speakers

Hear from Industry Leading Experts 

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Ian Jeffs

Country General Manager for UKI ISG 

Ian is the General Manager of Lenovo Data Center Group (ISG) in the UK and Ireland and is focused on driving further growth and excellence for its data centre channel partners and customers.

Ian Jeffs re-joined the Lenovo family in 2020 after 12 years and was part of the first team to establish the PC business in the country after its acquisition of ThinkPad from IBM in 2004.

With a career spanning 25 years in senior roles in PC and data centre industry, Ian has been successful in creating thriving sales, marketing and channel businesses in large technology organisations including Tech Data, Arrow, and IBM.

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Tikiri Wanduragala

Senior Consultant at Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group UKI

Tikiri Wanduragala is a Senior Consultant specializing in x86 systems. With over 30+ years of experience in the IT industry, he worked in a number of international roles with PC and server vendors covering Applications SW Test & Development, Systems SW & HW Test & Development and Product and Brand Management.

His involvement with SAP goes back to late 1990’s, when as the EMEA product manager he was responsible for the first purpose built x86 8-way platform for SAP.

In his current role at Lenovo, Tikiri is advising customers in the EMEA region on data center transformation & optimisation projects and adoption of new technologies.

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David Penny

Director of Cloud Services at Opal Wave

David has been working with cloud and SAP IT systems since 2011. Ten years ago, he was part of the team that first launched SAP HANA hosting solutions into the UK Enterprise market at Huawei where he was their Channel Director for Enterprise. Since then, he has worked for several Managed Service Providers leading their ‘SAP on Cloud’ business.

David is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Henley Management College with thousands of followers for his Cloud/SAP related articles/blogs that he publishes weekly

Ben Farodoye

Channel Manager at Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group UKI

Ben Farodoye is an alliance manager focused on Industry focused ISV and specialist partners.

With over 20+ years of experience in the IT industry, Ben has worked in a number of channel, sales roles with server vendors.

In his current role at Lenovo, Ben is working with Channel, ISV and OEM partners.

Julien Rousseau

IT Technical Pre-Sales Engineer at Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group UKI

Julien Rousseau provides technical support to Lenovo internal & Business partners with their Datacenter opportunities across the EMEA region.

His role for the past 4 years has been to specifically support SAP related opportunities & assist with design of new SAP IT infrastructure for around +200 projects.

Julien have experience with SAP requirements going from B1oH/SMB to large SAP HANA scale-out solution of multiple TBs nodes.

Currently focusing on SAP Data Intelligence projects in collaboration with SUSE/RedHat.


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