Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry Seminar - Consulting the Business

General Information

Seminar Schedule

  • Introduction: 20.10., 15:15 (room F-E.06 or via Zoom) | update: room changed
  • Kick-off workshop with various talks and group exercises: 24.11. & 25.11. (room HE.51/52; groups will be assigned after the workshop) | update: room changed
  • Conduction of a case study (interviews, observations, synthesis of results): November 2022 through February 2023
  • Intermediate presentations: 17.02.2023, 10:00 - 12:00 (room: L-1.06)
  • Seminar block week: 27.02.2023 - 03.03.2023 (room: D-Space)
  • Deadline for documentation: 31.03.2023

Analysis and Automation of Business Processes

In this year’s trends and concept seminar, we consult customers by analyzing their real business processes and creating concepts for their further automization. In case studies with our industry partners and through their real-world examples, you will learn about process analysis, optimization and automation. The seminars aim is to identify enablers and barriers to automating business processes in general and the adoption of SAP Process Automation in particular.

About the Seminar

To help you tackle this year’s challenge, “Analysis and automation of business processes,” the course comprises four interwoven parts. In an introductory workshop, you will get acquainted with the topic. You will learn the basics of process automation and the needs behind it. You will experience tools and processes to start on the SAP Business Technology Platform and SAP Process Automation. Additionally, you will learn interview and observation techniques to prepare you for your case study.
Following the workshop, you will conduct a case study with experts from SAP and an industry partner. You will interview them to learn about their business processes, needs, and business cases. Based on these interviews, you can identify enablers and barriers to process automation for your case company. During the main part of the seminar, the block week with Prof. Plattner and SAP executives, you will present your case studies and develop, refine, and polish concepts for process automation. The seminar week will follow an agile process containing elements from hackathons and design thinking workshops. At the end of the seminar week, you will showcase your results to Prof. Plattner, your industry partners, and SAP representatives in a final presentation. You will conclude the lecture by documenting your case study, findings, and concepts for process automation.

Participation in Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I is not mandatory as recordings of selected presentations will be provided.

    Learning Goals

    Participants will get first experiences in consulting businesses. In particular, this means:

    • Learn about fundamental principles of business process automation
    • Become familiar with real business use cases and how process automation solutions can transform these use cases
    • Understand the barriers and enablers for cloud adoption in enterprise use cases
    • Learn how to pitch in front of executives and convince them of your solutions


    Basic knowledge about business processes, cloud native development, enterprise data management, and modern database systems is beneficial but not mandatory.

    This knowledge can be acquired through reading and watching the recommended materials.

        Materials / Further Reading

        MOOC: Enterprise Goes Cloud

        Additionally, knowledge about business process automation and cloud native development is beneficial and can be acquired through:

        Prior knowledge about the fundamentals of in-memory database technology & enterprise data management is beneficial, which might have been acquired through:

        • Having attended the previous lecture Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I
        • Having attended the online lecture In-Memory Data Management
        • Book "The In-Memory Revolution: How SAP HANA Enables Business of the Future"


        We expect active participation in the team and during the block seminar. Grading will be determined by

        • Engagement to discussions, the project and teamwork, exercises, intermediate presentations (30%),
        • Project results and final presentation (40%),
        • Documentation of the results (30%).