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How Robots are Changing the Business of Toilet Paper and Diapers

SAP News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:15
In spite of all the changes brought on by digital technology, humans are essentially analog creatures. For evidence look no further than the consumption of toilet paper and diapers.

And while they are readily available and affordable in developed countries, that’s not always the case in the developing world. More than 2 billion people around the globe have no access to improved sanitation and basic hygiene products while another 800 million lack regular access to clean water.

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One way to address that disparity is to produce, sell, and distribute toilet paper and diapers more efficiently so that they’re both available and affordable to everyone. At Essity AB, Sweden’s leading producer of hygiene and health products and solutions, that challenge has fallen to experts like Robert Sjöström, senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development. The answers lie in the digital world.

At the recent ThinkX event in Stockholm co-sponsored by SAP and Singularity University, Sjöström described how Essity is automating its factories with AI-driven technology to enable waste reduction, use less energy, improve quality, and reduce costs by rethinking how human workers impact the production process.

“Digitalization will impact the entire company, and we expect to develop our employees to perform other tasks,” he said. “We’re using robotics to optimize processes and to eliminate as much manual work as possible.”

Let’s not forget that machines were not invented to lighten the load of laborers but to increase output and value. In fact, toilet paper factories are already completely automated. While human beings may oversee the production line, they are largely removed from the operation. From the first stage to the last, toilet paper is made by a series of ingenious machines strung together by a system of conveyors.

But today it’s not enough to just create value through growth. Today, value must be sustainable over time.

Why It Matters

“We create business value by meeting society’s most basic needs,” Sjöström says. “But the way we produce paper has not changed for hundreds of years.”

Wood chips are still processed into pulp that’s dried and formed into sheets, a process that hasn’t changed fundamentally since the company was formed. Originally a forest products company with roots in the 1850s, the new name Essity was implemented last year symbolizing essentials that are necessities. The fiber for Essity’s products comes from responsibly managed forests with a respect for biodiversity and fair labor conditions.

“What is changing is how we process materials in a more sustainable way and how we use technology to be more efficient,” Sjöström says.

Such changes require an innovation process that is deeply embedded in a company’s strategy and business model. At Essity, innovation activities are driven by market trends, customer and consumer insight, new technology, and new business models, which all require new skills and mindsets. The role of human workers will shift away from manufacturing and toward running the business.

“We will create new positions in the company such as digital analysts and robotic experts, so we’ll need to recruit more people with strong mathematical and digital capabilities. It’s also very important that our IT people have a better understanding of the business,” says Sjöström. “Management must stop thinking in a linear way about budgets and start thinking about how to train our brains to be more open minded, to better understand data, to be less emotional and more fact based.”

And while it’s true that machines can be more efficient than humans, Sjöström believes the human touch will be more important than ever.

“Our products will continue to be used in a traditional way in homes, but with machines taking care of processes in hospitals, for example, instead of running around looking for supplies or filling out paperwork to maintain stocks of hygiene products, nurses will actually have more time to care for patients at the bedside where it really counts,” he adds.

Good for People, Good for Business

New technologies like machine learning are making it possible to automate routine tasks, which means efficiency will no longer be a differentiator. What will make a difference to the long-term relevance of a company is its reason for being. It’s no coincidence that Essity has made it a mission to improve health and well-being through personal and professional hygiene solutions in full alignment with the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Essity’s rigorous commitment to the SDGs means it aims to improve the well-being of people all over the world and create business opportunities as well. For example, Essity is helping to stop the spread of disease with hand washing programs in schools and to break taboos about menstruation and incontinence in collaboration with organizations like the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). At the same time, its commitment to sustainable supply chain opens new opportunities for suppliers in all areas from fiber sourcing to water and waste management to climate and energy.

And last, but not least, employees feel good about their work because they understand their role in making the world a better place.

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Driving Breakthrough Business Outcomes with Data

SAP News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:15
Previously, I wrote about my transformative experience in building up the global data business for SAP, sharing my personal views on how to bring a startup to laser-focused execution and relentlessly drive customer success.

Data and technology have helped businesses evolve so rapidly that in just the past year, innovative technologies and capabilities such as data science, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and Big Data processing have allowed businesses to benefit from data in ways unimaginable before.

New, innovative technologies have allowed businesses to benefit from data in ways unimaginable before

“Go break through with your data” is my advice to every business. Why? Because data powers competitiveness and growth across industries and business processes. Transactional data augmented with additional data sources generate what I call “new intelligence.”

Take the retail industry for example. Retailers today can connect customers’ e-commerce records with social media activities and hyperlocal data to get the pulse of the neighborhood. Couple this with in-store, point-of-sale data as well as behavioral data from loyalty programs, we end up with an unbeatable, personalized consumer experience.

Now, if you infused the newly gained consumer insights into intelligent assortment and supply chain processes, you would have a smart supply chain that constantly ensures the proper merchandise is in stock. Such a closed-loop value chain, which is driven by edge intelligence on consumer behavior and trend patterns, redefines the rulebook.

The Why: Love the Problem, Not the Technology

The possibilities of technology are incredibly exciting; however, technology is always a means, never an end destination. Lead with strategic direction and be clear on what you are targeting with data-driven innovations.

Ask the following questions: What is the purpose of your digital transformation? Which growth opportunities can be captured through data and will lead your business into the future? Are you looking to gain competitive differentiation or pioneer digital data-driven services to establish a new source of revenue? From supply chain to manufacturing to serving your customer, how much friction is due to dispersed systems that aren’t harmonized and semantically integrated?

The How: Team and Customer Focus

The main challenge for data monetization is building a solid foundation for running a new, scalable and profitable data business. You overcome it by focusing on creating horizontally connected teams and putting customers first. Install small teams at the edge of the organization with a clear vision and strategy that aim to drive rapid business outcomes. Ensure that they’re horizontally connected to include a mix of talented outsiders and forward-thinking corporate veterans, who help keep the bonds with the core business and break down silos between core and edge teams.

In addition, ensure that customer experience is at the forefront of your business. The customer experience must be simple and frictionless despite the underlying complexity, where technology is invisible. We have developed a customer-centric approach using design thinking, a practice that focuses on feedback loops and iterative prototypes.

The What: Execution Strategy

Data-driven innovation does not happen by accident, it requires strategic focus and operational perseverance. Developing data applications is about building smart applications that focus on solving specific business problems, using new data insights to make predictions and prescribe and execute actions. Here are my four suggestions for building data-driven products.

  • Working with data – fairness matters: Reliable and high-quality data is a must-have. When enriched with other data sources and processed using with machine learning algorithms, the value of data increases immensely. Go for the infinite possibilities but temper with a dose of reality. Why? Not all data is created equal and being aware of bias in the data is crucial for understanding the extent of a model’s accuracy and avoiding shortcomings on algorithms and biased models.
  • Think transparency, no black box: Ensure model transparency and that algorithms remain accurate over time, meaning the reasoning behind a decision or recommendation can be explained at any time.
  • Build in circular learning loops: Data-driven applications operate on diverse data sources, combining analytical and operational data to predict and prescribe what to do next by providing transparency and relevant insights in the form of industry benchmarks and peer-to-peer comparisons. Simulation capabilities and recommended actions based on algorithms guide the user in the decision-making process. Incorporate user-generated behavioral data and improve recommendations by correlating interactions back to the source of data to close the loop.
  • Combine data and domain expertise: This is crucial because data-driven applications solve new problems in new ways by connecting the right data in a meaningful and contextualized way. The creation of value becomes much more problem-solving focused, providing solution for industries and for horizontal business functions like human resources, sales or finance. Use your domain expertise to find what problem to solve and let the data lead to new insights and signals. The best algorithms are the ones based on contextualized domain knowledge on processes in combination with data and behavior.

Get your data to drive breakthrough business outcomes. Stay tuned for my next piece on discovering how data transforms the bimodal world of IT.

Helen Arnold is president of the SAP Data Network.
Follow Helen on Twitter: @arnold_ih, #SAPDataNetwork.

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Accenture to Audiocast Investor & Analyst Conference on Wednesday, April 25

Accenture News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:59
NEW YORK; April 23, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will host a live audiocast of its Investor & Analyst Conference on Wednesday, April 25 in New York City. The audiocast will feature remarks by Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme, Chief Financial Officer David Rowland and other members of the executive leadership team, and will focus on Accenture’s business strategy and unique leadership position in the market.
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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR with DXC and AWS: Re-platforming the Enterprise for a Life Sciences Connected Ecosystem

CSC Events - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:58
Join us for this live webinar to learn how life sciences organizations can take advantage of the agility, transparency, and consistency of the cloud platforms to implement quality controls for regulated systems.
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Life Sciences Events

CSC Events - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:58
Visit with DXC Technology at various life sciences industry events held around the world.
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LIVE WEBINAR with DXC and Oracle: A Value-driven Regulatory Platform Built on IDMP

CSC Events - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:57
Join DXC and Oracle for a live webinar and discover how to leverage IDMP to create a value-driven regulatory platform for benefit beyond compliance.
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SAP Introduces SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud

SAP News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 04:00
HANNOVER — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today introduced the release of SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud, a new solution to help companies optimize performance, elevate production quality and efficiency, and ensure worker safety.

Drawing on SAP’s expertise in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), predictive analytics and supply networks, the solution enables manufacturers to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies in the cloud. The announcement was made at Hannover Messe 2018, being held April 23–27 in Hannover, Germany.

The new cloud solution extends and complements the digital manufacturing portfolio of on-premise solutions from SAP and is available in different bundles to serve manufacturers of varying sizes in both discrete and process industries and roles within their respective organizations.

SAP customers can choose from the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution for execution, which provides all solutions in the manufacturing cloud portfolio, or the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution for insights, which focuses on performance management and predictive quality.

“Manufacturers in the era of Industry 4.0 require solutions that are intelligent, networked and predictive,” said Bernd Leukert, ember of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “Our manufacturing cloud solutions help customers take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things by connecting equipment, people and operations across the extended digital supply chain and tightly integrating manufacturing with business operations.”

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud includes the following:

  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution: Industry0-enabled shop floor solution features “lot size one” and paperless production capabilities. It integrates business systems with the shop floor, allowing for complete component and material-level visibility for single and global installations.
  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for insights: Centralized, data-driven performance management enables key stakeholders to achieve best-in-class manufacturing performance and operations.
  • Predictive quality: This helps manufacturers gain valuable insights to conform to specifications across processes and streamline quality management. It also allows manufacturers to apply predictive algorithms that can reduce losses from defects, deficiencies or variations, and recommend corrective actions.
  • Manufacturing network: The network provides a cloud-based collaborative platform integrated with SAP Ariba solutions connecting customers with manufacturing service providers, such as suppliers of 3D and computer numerical control (CNC) printing services, material providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and technical certification companies. (See companion SAP Ariba solution announcement here.)

Also at Hannover Messe 2018, SAP announced SAP Connected Worker Safety, a solution designed to reduce risks, costs and protect employees. Information from wearables and other sensor-enabled equipment can help companies react immediately to a hazardous situation or incident while proactively managing worker fatigue and other hazard inducers. Real-time information allows monitoring of compliance at all times against regulatory and other parameters. For more information, see the related story.

Availability of the solutions is expected by the end of the second quarter of 2018.

More information on digital manufacturing solutions from SAP is available here.

Visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 378,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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SAP Unveils Intelligent Product Design Solution and Network of Digital Twins

SAP News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 04:00
HANNOVER SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has introduced SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design, a new solution for collaborative research and development.

The solution, which is built on SAP Cloud Platform using SAP’s latest digital twin technology, is one of the building blocks for a network of digital twins to enable new business models. The announcement was made at Hannover Messe 2018, being held April 23–27 in Hannover, Germany.

Powered by SAP Leonardo and integrated with business processes in the digital core, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design (see the video) enables customers to accelerate product design and development with requirement-driven systems engineering and instant collaboration across an extended network of suppliers and partners.

“The solution provides shared views of digital twin information for customers to gain live insights on new products and to store, share and review engineering documents with internal and external participants,” said Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “We continue to introduce innovations to help our customers transform from the core and across the extended digital supply chain.”

SAP’s network of digital twins synchronizes the virtual, physical, conditional and commercial definitions of assets and products in real time to accelerate innovation, optimize operating performance, predict service requirements, improve diagnostics and enhance decision-making. It enables new levels of collaboration among manufacturers of products, operators of assets, suppliers and service companies. The approach combines digital twins with manufacturing solutions from SAP, cloud networks and SAP Leonardo capabilities, including machine learning, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT), to optimize the product lifecycle with:

  • Digital representation: SAP synchronizes digital twin business data, product information, asset master data and IoT-connected data from both on-premise and cloud solutions enabling companies to represent the world digitally. Solutions including SAP Predictive Engineering Insights, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service and the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise applications provide access to rich data processing capabilities and live configuration, state, condition and control information.
  • Business process: Rich enterprise-grade data processing capabilities allow customers to create, access and update digital twins to support business processes. SAP solutions provide an integrated data model from design, production and maintenance to service, including packaged integration to existing systems for computer-aided design, ERP, and product lifecycle management. Offerings providing end-to-end process support for manufacturers and operators include SAP S/4HANA, the SAP Engineering Control Center integration tool, SAP Hybris Service Cloud solutions, and the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence and SAP Manufacturing Execution applications.
  • Business networks: With leading network offerings such as SAP Ariba solutions, SAP Asset Intelligence Network, and the SAP Distributed Manufacturing application, SAP is uniquely positioned to provide a virtual platform for collaboration on products and assets. The network of digital twins enables secure data access, sharing and governance on a global scale.
  • Networks of digital representation: SAP enables twin-to-twin connections in systems within a specific asset and on an asset-to-asset level. SAP solutions such as SAP Asset Intelligence Network provide semantic and industry-standards support in an asset core modeling environment to enable live enrichment during the product or asset lifecycle.

More information on SAP’s digital twin technology is available here.

Visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 378,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

Note to editors:
To preview and download broadcast-standard stock footage and press photos digitally, please visit www.sap.com/photos. On this platform, you can find high resolution material for your media channels. To view video stories on diverse topics, visit www.sap-tv.com. From this site, you can embed videos into your own Web pages, share video via email links, and subscribe to RSS feeds from SAP TV.

For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:
Global Customer Center: +49 180 534-34-24
United States Only: +1 (800) 872-1727

For more information, press only:
Kathrin Eiermann, +49 6227 767029, simone.kathrin.eiermann@sap.com, CET
Jim Dever, +1 (610) 661-2161, james.dever@sap.com, ET
SAP News Center press room, press@sap.com

Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP’s future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
© 2018 SAP SE. All rights reserved.
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When Every Second Counts: Safeguarding Employees with SAP Connected Worker Safety

SAP News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:59
Instead of reactively getting workers out of hazardous situations, it is now possible to identify the first signs of risk as soon as they arise.

With the Internet of Things (IoT), the SAP Connected Worker Safety solution offers a platform that allows project managers as well as health and safety personnel across industries to access the data collected by various IoT devices in real time.

While in the past it was merely possibly to react to health-threatening incidents at work after they had occurred and do root cause analysis after the fact, at present it has become possible to proactively identify hazards through regulations and risk assessments. SAP Connected Worker Safety enables customers to do the next step–predictive analytics by monitoring workers and environment in real time to identify potential risks at runtime.

IoT Solution to Identify Potential Safety Risks in Real Time

Launched at Hannover Messe 2018, SAP Connected Worker Safety was developed in a co-innovation project for the transportation industry between SAP and NTT in Japan. Key prerequisites to the new solution are IoT sensors collecting data in working environments on both workers–e. g. their heart rates and body temperature–and the environment, such as air quality, temperature, light, and noise. Based on the sensors, the application also raises alarms on incidents, e.g. falls, injuries, dehydration, or fatigue.

The most prominent pain point when it comes to IoT scenarios within worker safety has always been that users had to rely on different platforms to monitor the data from various devices by different manufacturers. This problem has finally been solved by SAP Connected Worker Safety through the introduction of a generic platform that connects all data, wearables, and other IoT devices to be monitored by safety experts in one dashboard.

Due to this real-time integration, it becomes possible to directly analyze the incoming data in order to prevent workers from getting into hazardous situations in the first place.

Versatile IoT Solution for Predictive Analytics

Its versatility makes the solution special: SAP Connected Worker Safety was developed not for a singular industry but to address the needs of any industry where workers can make contact with hazardous materials or encounter dangerous situations apply.

“A classic example is mining,” solution owner Christian Polivka explains. “A very common danger to workers underground is lack of oxygen or blackdamp in the air. Workers used to take canary birds with them because they react very sensitively to changes in the composition of air long before humans start to take notice. Nowadays, IoT sensors send updates on the mixture of gases in the tunnels so it has become possible to constantly monitor all health-relevant components. SAP Connected Worker Safety does the next step by connecting the data to enable health and safety to do predictive analytics on the situation underground, thus making sure that workers won’t get into danger at all.“

Release to customer is planned for later in the second quarter of 2018, planned product enhancements to SAP Connected Worker Safety in 2018 include the output of location-based real-time information to workers, such as historic incident data as well as hazards, controls and personal protective equipment via SAP EHS. Further planned is the integration of SAP SuccesFactors for training and qualification purposes as well as person-related exposure and biometric histories.

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Events

CSC Events - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 21:00
Australia Events
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Success Stories

CSC Videos - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:57
A selection of DXC case studies related to SAP.
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Queensland Rail: Mobility Solution Drives Efficiencies in Railway Maintenance

CSC Videos - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:57
DXC Oxygen, has helped Queensland Rail deliver a leading edge SAP Work Manager solution to more than 600 mobile workers. The solution allows railway operators to improve the effectiveness and cost efficiencies of work order execution.
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Beyond Earth Day: Technology’s Role In Helping Businesses Do More With Less

SAP News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:15
Close to a billion people around the world are getting ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The movement started in 1970, when millions of people marched to protest the impact of industrial development on the environment.

Despite many achievements since then, and almost 2.7 billion “acts of green” registered by the Earth Day network, the need for action is more acute than ever.

As the famed scientist and nobel prize winner Stephen Hawking noted “Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.”

We have reason for concern, but also hope. New technologies could be the urgently needed accelerator to address climate change, transition to clean energy and reduce negative environmental impacts – if we apply these wisely as a force for good instead of evil.

While all of us have a role to play in this, businesses like SAP have a unique one due to their reach and power to make a positive impact. We have the responsibility to stand for a higher purpose that goes beyond economic success. For SAP it is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Together with our customers and numerous other organizations, we are working to bring this vision and purpose to life and to address the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Let me pick just one example: SDG No. 12 is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Put simply, this means managing the world’s people and natural resources better and mitigating harm to people and the environment. Isn’t this also what enterprise resource planning should be about?

Why Does This Matter?

The demand of already-constrained and finite resources is expected to rise exponentially: If the global population reaches 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to sustain current lifestyles according to the UN. Business as usual is no option in this scenario. New ways of doing more and better with less are required.

Digital solutions that drive efficiency and resource optimization are already helping to achieve the UN’s call to “increase net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life.” Companies like Vestas and Kaiserwetter are leveraging SAP technology to enhance access to renewable and affordable energy, while Vectus applies it to conserve precious water in India, for instance.

Take food as another example: each year about one-third of all food produced ends up in the garbage, or spoils due to poor transportation and harvesting practices. That’s equivalent to 1.3 billion tons of food at a value of one trillion USD. Which business or government cannot afford to address this?

Acting as Enabler and Exemplar

For many companies like SAP it starts with leading by example through our own business practices. For example, we have established a sustainable, end-to-end lifecycle management for our IT equipment encompassing sustainable procurement practices, energy efficient operations, and IT re-use and recycling.

However, the scale comes from enabling a base of 378,000 customers through our technology and solutions – those customers produce 76% of the world’s transaction revenue and 78% of the world’s food.

The potential is huge: precision farming solutions as the one for Stara can help to maximize crop yields while minimizing the application of fertilizer, pesticides, water, and other costly resources — and decreasing their environmental impact. Better forecasting of demand through the use of Big Data and next-generation ERP can help deliver perishable foods to the right markets. Our transportation management solutions can help optimize loads and routes to make food products available at the right time with minimal environmental impact. Business network, cloud procurement solutions and the product stewardship network can help retailers like Walmart and consumers get insight into food supply chains and make sustainable buying decisions. And the list goes on.

Are We Done?

Definitely not. We need more purpose-driven innovation and partnerships that connect the dots and enable a truly circular economy in the future. It is not just about responsible sourcing or about recycling – it’s about thinking it the full product lifecycle, from design to end of life. Dame Ellen MacArthur, who holds the record for circumnavigating the world alone, once said: “If we could build an economy that would use things rather than use them up, we could build a future that really could work in the long term.”

This Earth Day, I encourage everyone to step up and be part in shaping this future. As chief sustainability officer at SAP, I will apply all my forces to make SAP an enabler and exemplar for sustainability and for holistic environmental, social and economic value creation. Our CEO Bill McDermott, announced this week that as part of our commitment to address SDG No. 13 “Climate Action” and become carbon neutral by 2025, SAP is teaming up with partners like Livelihoods Fund, Climate Partner, Plant for the Planet, and more, and to plant 5 million new trees in the next seven years all over the world.

And there is even more we can do. According to the research SMARTer2030 conducted by Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Accenture Strategy, digitizing business processes and using data to make better decisions about resource usage is an essential path to reduce carbon emissions. Based on the study results, as well as its own calculations and analysis, SAP came to the conclusion, that digitization in six major industries could help to save up to 7.6 gigatons emissions. That is 63% of the total of 12.1 gigatons emissions identified by the research that could be cut by 2030. An equivalent to approximately 750 billion trees. Just imagine how many more this could be if applied to all industries.

How will you join in?

Daniel Schmid is chief sustainability officer at SAP.

This article also appeared on the Digitalist.

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Success Is More than Just Profit

SAP News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:15
Every company has to show how it makes a positive contribution to society. With these words, Larry Fink, chief executive of the world-leading investment firm BlackRock, called on chief executives around the world to prove how sustainable their actions are.

Luka Mucic, chief financial officer of SAP SE

The implications of this one sentence are significant. In his New Year’s letter, Fink also warned that companies without a sense of purpose will lose their social acceptance and the backing of their investors.

Many people will be surprised to hear a message like this coming from a top investor. It is, though, very firmly rooted in reality. In fact, sustainability has been a driver for institutional investors for years: 53% of the funds managed in Europe already incorporate social and environmental criteria. Worldwide, the share is 26%, according to the latest report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance.

Sustainability is Rising to the Top of CFOs’ Agendas

It is not enough for CFOs to report just financial performance. Increasingly, investors want to know the relationship between a company’s financial performance and how it treats people and the environment, both within the business itself and across the entire value chain. Accordingly, CFOs have had to broaden their focus. Integrated reporting delivers this knowledge. It gives equal importance to financial and non-financial value creation and shows clearly how they interrelate.

How does this look in practice? We measure our business success by four main indicators: Revenue and operating margin show past performance; employee and customer engagement help us understand what we can achieve in the future. Assigning a monetary value to these last two, seemingly “soft,” factors increases their relevance. How significant an effect non-monetary KPIs can have on operating profit is best illustrated by our Business Health Culture Index. Each percentage point increase or decrease in the index changes our annual operating profit by €85 million to €95 million.

Having this type of information makes it easier to manage companies for the long term. It also opens the door to dialogue with customers, employees, partners, and stakeholders in wider society. That is how the integrated report helps make companies more successful on all levels. It is surely what Larry Fink was thinking of when he called on chief executives across the world to act.

Luka Mucic is chief financial officer of SAP SE.

This story originally appeared in German language in the Handelsblatt.

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SAP and Global Digital Women Join Forces to Promote and Inspire Women

SAP News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:45
SAP is joining forces with Global Digital Women (GDW), an international network of female digital pioneers who offer women in technology across industries a platform to exchange ideas and increase their visibility. The two will jointly host a series of global events for women from SAP and beyond and provide a platform to exchange, network, and generate ideas on leveraging diversity for innovation.

Together, SAP and GDW will use various channels to promote and inspire women, ranging from interviews and Instagram takeovers to profile features on social media. A flagship event is planned in the SAP Data Space location in Berlin on September 4, 2018.

Global Digital Women creates opportunities for women in technical roles to expand their external network and exchange knowledge on topics like innovation, diversity, and digitalization. SAP is a strong advocate for an inclusive and diverse workforce and the collaboration is an important part of driving an inclusive mindset.

Diversity fuels innovation, and a rich mix of perspectives enhances engagement with both SAP customers and employees, and helps drive business success in a rapidly changing digital world.

By working with GDW, SAP will further solidify its efforts to be an employer of choice for women in technology across the globe, as well as uphold its commitment to building a strong pipeline of women leaders by 2020, a commitment that dates back many years. In 2017, SAP reached its goal of 25% women in management and became the first tech company to be EDGE certified.

As part of its larger efforts to support women, SAP has implemented a number of beneficial programs, including the Leadership Acceleration Program (LEAP), job sharing, management positions as part time, and even the  Dinner to Go program, where SAP employees in Germany can order and pick up their meals from the cafeterias in Walldorf and St. Leon-Rot.

Last year, the Products & Innovation organization began a “Women in Technology” initiative, designed to strengthen women in expert roles like developers, architects, and data scientists. In internal meet-ups, the network of techie women exchanges on topics ranging from future of work to blockchain or AI.

Sinead Kaiya is chief operating officer for Products & Innovation at SAP.
Elke Manjet is senior vice president of HR for Products & Innovation at SAP.

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Manufacturers thrive with DXC Technology @ National Manufacturing Week 2018

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SAP’s Dr. Steve Hunt Named SIOP Fellow for Advancing the Application of Industrial and Organizational Psychology to Improve Human Capital Management

SAP News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00
WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Dr. Steve Hunt, senior vice president of human capital management (HCM) research at SAP SuccessFactors, has been named a fellow by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

This prestigious honor is in recognition of Dr. Hunt’s outstanding accomplishments in industrial and organizational psychology and his contributions to the advancement of using psychological knowledge to improve the world of work.

Dr. Hunt pioneered the application of technology to improve human capital management. His career has elevated and advanced the use of technology in industrial and organizational psychology and human resource management. This work has enabled the widespread application of evidence-based psychological theories and methods to support workforce staffing, management and development. Dr. Hunt leads the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Research team, a group of psychologists who study the use of cloud technology to positively influence workforce behavior and talent management decisions. Their work informs the design of SAP SuccessFactors solutions and supports SAP SuccessFactors customers to improve workforce engagement, development, agility and well-being.

“While we are a technology company, people are at the core of everything we do in our business, particularly as we look to address how people use the technology we build to improve their experience at work,” SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb said. “Psychology has for years played a critical role in how we develop technology that is truly designed for people, and we are proud to have Steve on our team, helping us to push the envelope on how we can implement his team’s findings and recommendations in our solutions. I know I speak for all of us at SAP as I take this opportunity to congratulate Steve on this impressive accomplishment.”

Dr. Hunt has played a pivotal role in the design and deployment of HCM technology systems used by more than 6,000 organizations around the globe, including many of the largest companies in the world. These systems have influenced the careers of millions of employees at all levels and stages of their careers. Dr. Hunt will accept the SIOP Fellowship at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which will be held April 19-21 in Chicago, Ill. Following the awards ceremony on April 19, the newly inducted SIOP Fellows will be listed here.

At the 2018 SIOP Conference Dr. Hunt will be participating in the panel “It’s All About That Hustle: Navigating the Gig Economy,” which will explore psychological issues related to the selection, management and motivation of contract workers. Dr. Hunt’s SAP SuccessFactors HCM Research Team also will be presenting at the event. Dr. Autumn Krauss, principal scientist, and Amy Pytlovany, research scientist, will be participating in the panel “Technology and Workforce Health and Well-Being: Both a Cause and a Cure?,” which will examine the role of technology in both perpetuating and resolving workplace stress and the associated individual and organizational health outcomes. Dr. Krauss will also be moderating the panel “Collaborating Across Scientific Disciplines: Making I-O More Cross-Disciplinary” on how I-O psychologists can better collaborate to positively impact employee and organizational performance. SAP SuccessFactors solutions consultant Tatiana Arthur will discuss transforming HR processes to access, better serve and maximize the potential of neurodiverse talent at I/O Shaken & Stirred. For more information, visit www.siop.org/conferences/18con/.

For more information, visit the SAP SuccessFactors website and the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SuccessFactors and @sapnews.

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Geraldine Lim, SAP, +1 (415) 418-0945, geraldine.lim@sap.com, PT

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Transitioning Procurement to the Cloud

SAP News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:15
Many customers currently use the SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application to manage their procurement processes. Transform SRM is a program from SAP Digital Business Services designed to provide customers with targeted support for their transition to the cloud – namely, to SAP Ariba.

Why does this shift make sense? Because, as well as offering additional benefits, the integrated SAP Ariba platform – unlike older releases of SAP SRM – is fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Imagine a single system that covers everything: ordering, approval, delivery, invoicing, strategic contracts with preferred suppliers, central RFQs across a global platform, and spend analyses. The cloud approach offers the potential to cover all the planning, strategic, and operational aspects of procurement in one place.

The cloud procurement platform SAP Ariba taps into a network of over 3 million connected companies that conduct more than €1.3 trillion of commerce over the network every year. Currently, the majority of SAP customers are still using the on-premise SAP SRM application.

“With SAP’s strategy aligned to the cloud, it makes sense for businesses to start thinking now about transitioning their procurement,” says Martin Boldys from the SAP Ariba Customer Value Organization.

Three Ways to Transition to the Procurement Cloud

SAP customers will find the functions they are familiar with from SAP SRM – for catalogs, discount arrangements with suppliers, auctions, RFQs, order processing, and so on – in the cloud, too.

“Among the key advantages of SAP’s cloud approach are the fact that SAP Ariba offers an end-to-end portfolio of services, and that updates and innovations are available instantly,” explains Boldys. Among the other benefits he pinpoints are the fact that the solution is relatively quick and easy to implement and that its global network of connected suppliers allows companies to drive collaboration with partners beyond the boundaries of their organization.

The program provides three transition options:

  • In the standard option, the customer initially deploys the catalogs, connects up its suppliers, and maps basic procurement processes in the cloud.
  • In the enhanced option, all the payment processes for procurement can also be mapped in the cloud. Order, delivery, invoicing, and controlling are included in the procure-to-pay process. “This is a common scenario,” says Boldys.
  • The comprehensive option additionally includes end-to-end integration into the company’s backend and two-year roll-out support.

It is also possible to map all the key processes of strategic and operational procurement in the cloud in a single project; so not just for indirect spend, but for direct spend as well.

Best Practice Processes: Configuration Replaces the Specification Sheet

Boldys is “not a fan of specification sheets.” If he is looking to inspire a new customer to embrace the cloud approach, he demonstrates the software’s configuration capabilities.

“Lots of things will be possible, but not everything,” he says. “We’re aligning with industry standards. Which means that, generally speaking, only a few technological changes are required.”

There are best practice processes for various industries. Workflows, strategic procurement, the RFQ process — many industry details are reflected in predefined parameters and configuration options. The software also suggests which purchasing processes should be used for which material group.

Dramatic Reduction in Complexity

Despite the availability of predefined industry solutions, Boldys describes transitioning procurement to the cloud as a business transformation project. “It’s much less about technology than about the need for companies to look closely at their processes,” says Boldys.

Because the advantage of procurement in the cloud is that it is based on standards that are already established in the industry. “That is the only way to dramatically reduce complexity,” explains Boldys.

But it is also the reason why companies – even if they are adopting the cloud approach – should realistically schedule six months to examine their existing strategic and operational procurement processes and to ready themselves for the cloud.

Procurement in the Cloud: A Pick of the Benefits

Opting for the transformation route presents businesses with an opportunity to streamline their processes and by doing so, gain an edge over their competitors:

  • Improved usability in the order process: The SAP Fiori user interface is intuitive. Whereas SAP SRM was used primarily by buyers, the user group for SAP Ariba is open. “Any employee can intuitively access a catalog to order the materials or services he or she needs,” is how Boldys explains the KPI he attaches most importance to, namely, user acceptance. Once a manager has approved an order, all the subsequent process steps are automated – right the way from sourcing to invoicing and payment.
  • Automated accounting: Thanks to a defined set of business rules, invoices that do not contain an order number or that specify an amount that exceeds an agreed figure can be automatically rejected. This means that a company’s accounting personnel only process invoices that have already gone through an invoice verification process. Suppliers benefit too, because they can correct their invoices immediately and receive payment for their services more quickly.
  • More efficient and transparent sourcing: Compared with managing procurement in Microsoft Excel and email, Boldys anticipates that, because it is simpler to use, SAP Ariba will improve the efficiency of processes to the tune of around 30 percent. Also, sourcing is now transparent for suppliers. When sourcing projects are created on the platform, competitors can also see the terms and conditions.
  • Simpler contract management: A single dashboard shows the purchasing department which contracts currently exist with suppliers and which are due to expire soon. Armed with this information, buyers can begin renegotiating with suppliers at an early stage. Some reports can even be run without IT skills.

More information: Learn more from SAP Digital Business Services about transforming procurement to the cloud at SAP Ariba Live, taking place April 23-25 in Amsterdam.

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Register Now for Webinars: How to Acquire Skills for a Successful Digital Transformation

SAP News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:00
Equipping your workforce with the right digital skills is a critical first step in the digital transformation of your business. A project of this magnitude involves a lot more than just implementing technology.

It requires people with the skills to understand how to use these new technologies to create competitive advantage and build entirely new customer experiences and business models. To acquire this knowledge within your organization, you will need to roll out a suitable learning architecture and introduce new workforce skills. This requires a supportive learning environment, a company culture of continuous learning, and a range of flexible learning options.

Closing the Digital Skills Gap

In a recent study by Technical University Munich (TUM), 64% of companies surveyed said that they do not have the people with the skills necessary for digital transformation. Surprisingly, however, only 16% of companies have a skill development strategy in place to either up-skill current employees or acquire new employees with the needed skill profiles. As these numbers show, the digital skills gap poses a serious challenge for businesses today. The hard reality is that a lack of digital skills is the number one barrier organizations face for digital transformation.

Building a Skill Development Plan

Have you assessed what up-skilling your workforce needs for current roles, as well as for learning new job roles? Do you have a skill development plan in place to identify and close skill gaps across your organization?

We’re here to help you build a skill development plan that provides a scalable learning experience and blends digital and live training. We’ve developed a series of webinars on How to Acquire the Skills for a Successful Digital Transformation, where we’ll share best practices for developing the skills that are most critical, including digital security, data analytics, and cloud computing, and more.

You will find out how to accelerate onboarding, adoption, and ongoing proficiency among roles involved in implementation and deployment with tailored digital learning resources. Individual webinars will focus on important topics including digital security, data analytics, cloud computing, and more, to give you a better understanding of what is needed to build essential skills in each of these areas.

Register now to save your spot at our upcoming How to Acquire the Skills for a Successful Digital Transformation webinar series.

  • April 23 and 24: Skills for a Successful Digital Transformation
  • April 26: Digital Security
  • May 3: Data Science
  • May 17: SAP Cloud Platform

Bernd Welz is the executive vice president and chief knowledge officer at SAP SE.

This story originally appeared on the SAP Community.

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Pension Benefits Are Critical Factor for Workers – Regardless of Age – in Deciding Whether to Accept a Job, Accenture Survey Finds

Accenture News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:59
ARLINGTON, Va.; April 19, 2018 – Pension benefits are a major factor for most workers in North America when deciding whether to accept a job, according to results of an Accenture (NYSE: ACN) survey released today. The research found that millennial workers are the most interested in pension benefits and also identified a strong but underserved demand for retirement coaching and planning tools through digital channels.
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