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Microsoft Accelerator and Accenture Ventures Announce Ecosystem Partnership to Make Start-ups Enterprise Ready at ThinkNext 2018

Accenture News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:30
BENGALURU; Jan. 12, 2018 Microsoft Accelerator, a global program built to empower start-ups, and Accenture Ventures, which partners with and invests in growth-stage companies that create innovative enterprise technologies, today announced a new ecosystem partnership that aims to strengthen the start-up ecosystem in India. The two companies will help growth-stage technology B2B start-ups boost their enterprise readiness and go-to market, and help achieve scale in national and international markets. This was announced at Microsoft Accelerator’s flagship event, ThinkNext 2018. The event, which was attended by over 400 business and industry thought leaders, start-ups, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs also marked the graduation Microsoft Accelerator’s 11th winter cohort.
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Europe’s Youth Upskill for Future Job Market: SAP Backs the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

SAP News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:00
Digital transformation is not just a buzzword. It’s happening right before our very eyes and will eventually affect us all, one way or another.

Despite the awareness, a recent study by Technical University Munich (TUM) showed that there is still an immense digital skills gap: “90% of the people surveyed agreed that the digital transformation is important for their business strategy, yet 64% said that their company did not have staff required for the digital transformation.”

SAP strongly believes that new technologies such as artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, the design thinking methodology, and machine learning should be incorporated in training offered to students, apprentices, and employees through collaboration of schools and companies across sectors.

Back in 2016, the European Commission established the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition as part of the actions on the New Skills Agenda for Europe to promote cooperation among education, employment, and industry stakeholders with one common goal: improving the digital skills of the wider population in the European Union (EU). SAP has long supported the EU’s goal, with Executive Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Bernd Welz being part of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, which provides strategic leadership and gives high-level advice to the European Commission.

Moreover, SAP Next-Gen is a member of the coalition and has pledged to open 24 SAP Next-Gen Labs and start 180 SAP Next-Gen Consulting projects by 2020 to support the closing of the digital skills gap. In addition, SAP will join the European Alliance of Apprenticeships, launched by the European Commission to strengthen the quality, supply, and image of apprenticeships in Europe. SAP will pledge to offer apprentices and students a vocational training or dual bachelor degree in Germany, Ireland, and Hungary in the areas of business informatics and applied computer science.

SAP pledges to offer vocational training or a dual bachelor degree for students and apprentices in Germany, Ireland, and Hungary in business informatics and applied computer science.

SAP will also soon publish a white paper entitled “The European Prosperity Through Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence. The Intelligent Enterprise,” which contains a set of recommendations to the European policy makers on how to develop skills for Artificial Intelligence among students and the current workforce.

Digital Opportunities for Europe – Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference

To raise awareness as well as to look into the future of digital skills policy in the European Union, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference was held in Brussels on December 7, 2017, for 450 participants. Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, gave a keynote speech outlining her vision for future digital skills policy in Europe. The Governing Board, where Dr. Welz is a member, worked on recommendations for EU Commissioner Gabriel, which were presented to her at the High-Level Roundtable organized during the conference.

SAP was prominently represented at the conference, with Thierry Siraut, country manager for SAP University Alliance in Belgium/Luxembourg, taking on the role of a speaker in a panel on the topic of “The future investments needed in digital skills.” The panel included a member of the European Parliament as well as experts from Microsoft and Tallinn University of Technology and discussed issues such as the current and future digital skills gap and how to tackle this challenge, focusing also on the respective roles of the European Union, its member states, and of the private sector.

Additionally, the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 ceremony was held during the conference. Dr. Welz was invited by the Commission to be part of the jury for the award, which aims at showcasing initiatives that develop the digital skills of Europeans in school, at work, and in society in general.

Here are some of the key messages from the conference:

  • The European Union should promote the image of IT by demonstrating how technology helps to build a better world. This could help increase the number of skilled people.
  • Women in the tech industry are essential for economic and social growth.
  • Coding should be further encouraged among children, for example, with fun tools such as the SAP Gardening App or with the SAP Young Thinkers Initiative.
  • Digital skills are needed in everyday life, not only at work.
  • Artificial Intelligence should be demystified: It has been here for many years and brings benefits to people.
  • We need to communicate that digital skills are needed in all sectors, private and public.
  • Solid partnership between universities, governments, and industry is needed to develop digital skills.
  • 50% of all European schools should participate in the EU Code Week by 2020.
  • The huge gap in cybersecurity skills increases vulnerability and needs to be addressed.

In addition to the panel, SAP showcased various learning offerings at the dedicated SAP information booth. At the pod, SAP experts gave insights into a smart gardening module for schools, based on Snap!, a graphic coding language, and talked about how free massive open online courses  (MOOCs) from openSAP or offerings in SAP Learning Hub can help EU citizens upskill in preparation for the digital transformation. The more than 450 participants showed great interest in openSAP, SAP Young Thinkers, and SAP Next-Gen, and were impressed by how SAP helps to increase employment in the EU by retraining people.

Why Europe Matters

The involvement in the fight to close the digital skills gap, however, is not SAP’s only engagement with the European Union. SAP also partnered with the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) where SAP CEO Bill McDermott is a member. Together with JA Europe, the ERT has launched a joint initiative called “Why Europe Matters.” The campaign is aimed at young EU citizens aged 16 to 25 and is comprised of a survey about Europe, their education and employment, and their ideas for the future. Young people from the SAP network, as well children of SAP employees can take a short survey in nine languages.

In addition, nine innovation workshops are taking place across Europe with the active engagement of SAP volunteers. The final European workshop and the high-level policy debate with EU Commissioners, MEPs, CEOs of the European companies and young people is planned for March 20-21 in Brussels – where the goal will be to bridge the gap between the decision makers and youth to make their ideas a reality.

Being part of this initiative shows that SAP is eager to not only tackle the current skills gap issue by helping to upskill people, but also to look ahead and try to find ways of getting to the root of the problem – that is, trying to minimize the potential for future skills gaps.

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How Companies Can Stop Human Trafficking in 2018: Be Vulnerable, Act Now

SAP News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:00
As you read this, upwards of 40 million people worldwide are toiling in forced labor, many at companies most of us do business with in some way. Frontrunners are working hard to make changes, and not just because January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

During a roundtable at SAP’s Hudson Yards offices in New York this week, four industry leaders advised how companies can step up in a bigger way in 2018.

SAP Ariba Human Trafficking Awareness roundtable (l to r): Padmini Ranganathan, vice president of Products and Innovation at SAP Ariba; James Edward Johnson, director of Supply Chain Risk Management and Analytics at Nielsen; Kirsten Allegri Williams, vice president of Marketing at SAP Ariba; Justin Dillion, founder and CEO of Made In A Free World; Lise Kingo, CEO and executive director, United Nations Global Compact. Image via SAP

Take a Fresh Look and Action

When the United Nations Global Compact adopted 17 sustainable development goals for its 2030 agenda two years ago, the organization’s CEO and Executive Director, Lise Kingo, said enabling decent work was a major priority. It’s become apparent that eliminating modern slavery, forced labor and non-compliance with human rights shines a spotlight on every company’s supply chain.

“Close to half of world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day. Their right to organize as laborers is being challenged. Many of these employees are working in the supply chains of multi-national companies,” said Kingo. “This is the perfect moment for companies to set a new, fresh agenda with their suppliers. Think about the new great tools out there that can help you manage suppliers in new way that wasn’t possible before.”

Focus on the Power You Have

Long-time freedom advocate Justin Dillion, Founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, said with technology advances like his FRDM fintech tool that companies use to find out how many slaves are in their supplier chain, plus the willingness to change, organizations can solve these problems.

“I define purpose as using your power to make someone else’s life better,” said Dillion. “When companies and individuals focus on power, we’re usually focusing on how little we have. I would challenge us to look at the power we do have, and ways to leverage our own power to help somebody else.”

Partner for a Business and Higher Purpose

Kirsten Allegri Williams, vice president of Marketing at SAP Ariba, saw the challenges of slavery, poverty, and discrimination as opportunities for companies to not only do well, but also do good by forming a community.

“The goal of every business is to do well, but the ultimate leadership challenge is actually improving people’s lives,” said Williams. “Now is the time for companies to commit to making an impact by understanding the available solutions, and using their purchasing power to drive ethical standards across their supply chain as part of their core business to generate a profit.”

Be Vulnerable

James Edward Johnson, director of Supply Chain Risk Management and Analytics at Nielsen, advised starting with tier one suppliers and enforcing a code of conduct.

“It’s okay to be vulnerable. Fearing a problem doesn’t make it go away, and closing your eyes to a problem doesn’t make you any less responsible for helping solve that problem,” said Johnson. “If you know the number of slaves in your supply chain it’s scary, but if you have the tools to assess risk and identify where you’re best positioned to act on a real problem, that shows preparedness and a willingness to have an impact on the world, and that’s going to look good.”

SAP Ariba is helping make 2018 a year of action to get forced labor down to zero. One is still too many.

Trust the Business Network

According to Padmini Ranganathan, vice president of Products and Innovation at SAP Ariba, AI and machine learning can reveal actionable facts for procurement professionals. She shared a demo showing how the SAP Ariba Network combined data from the FRDM tool geo-mapped to a company’s supply chain data to find risk hot spots.

“We believe people are inherently good, and it’s our job as technologists to enable that goodness. We trust the network effect, helping businesses showcase their profiles and capabilities,” said Ranganathan. “Reward the transparency of these companies by actively seeking out and doing business with those that are doing good. Use tools to open the eyes of companies that aren’t aware they have slavery in their supply chains, and help them change. Let’s make 2018 a year of action, and get forced labor down to zero. One is still too many.”

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Accenture Report Highlights What Patients Want in New Treatments; Two-Thirds Say: Better Outcomes, Not Brands

Accenture News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:44
NEW YORK; Jan. 10, 2018 – When launching new products, pharmaceutical companies should focus more on evidence-based solutions than just the product or brand, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) on product launches in the pharmaceutical industry
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Accenture to Demonstrate Multi-Passenger, In-Vehicle Amazon Alexa Voice Service at CES 2018 in Las Vegas

Accenture News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:59
LAS VEGAS; Jan. 10, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is supporting Faurecia and Parrot Automotive to integrate Amazon Alexa voice technology within the cockpit and entertainment system of connected vehicles. 
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SAP Drives IoT Adoption with Global Partner Network

SAP News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:30
WALLDORFSAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has added a group of 18 strategic partners to help more businesses adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

This global network of partners will provide implementation services for SAP Leonardo IoT accelerator packages, which are designed to help customers quickly build IoT solutions specific to their business needs at a predictable price.

“Smart devices and digital technologies are transforming the way we live and work in industries and geographies around the world,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, president of IoT & Digital Supply Chain, SAP. “Together, SAP and its partners are removing barriers to entry and making IoT-driven digital innovation rapidly achievable for our customers around the world.”

The new partners delivering express innovation services include Accenture, Bristlecone, Capgemini, CSTI Corp., Deloitte Consulting, Exed Consulting, Fujitsu, GoSCM, HCL Technologies, IntechPro, Intrigo Systems, KPIT Technologies, Movilitas, Process Technologies, Rocket Consulting Ltd., Tech Mahindra, Vesta Partners and Westernacher Consulting.

SAP Leonardo IoT accelerators provide an open, flexible path to digital innovation for customers in multiple industries. SAP and its partners will support customer deployments of 10 SAP Leonardo IoT accelerators including packages for the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Asset Intelligence Network, SAP Connected Goods software, SAP Vehicle Insights application, SAP Global Track and Trace solution, and SAP Leonardo IoT Foundation and SAP Edge Services. The accelerators follow a fixed-scope engagement with explore, design and deliver phases completed in less than 10 weeks.

“Many businesses are seeing their industries change around them as IoT-enabled devices improve capabilities around data, supply chains and advanced operating models taking root in the market,” said Tom Wetsch, chief innovation officer, Pregis LLC, a leading provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems that is working with KPIT Technologies. “IoT is no longer a question of when, but how soon? We are well positioned to provide enhanced solutions for customers and partnering with SAP Leonardo.”

“In just a matter of weeks, we were able to pilot and demonstrate tangible value with SAP Leonardo IoT accelerator packages,“ said Jeff Mueller, chief information officer, Pregis LLC. “SAP Connected Goods and SAP Edge Services allow us to enhance customer solutions and achieve greater productivity for improved customer satisfaction.”

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

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Plant Maintenance Is Like a Well-Oiled Machine with BlueBoot Mobile App

SAP News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:15
Talking with innovative companies is always fun and interesting, and I’ve been doing a lot of that lately in my role helping partners to onboard their offerings on the SAP App Center – the SAP digital marketplace where customers can buy solutions directly from SAP partners.

One of the newest offerings available is from a company called BlueBoot, headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay. I spoke with Alejandro Scaramelli and Federico Gómez, the co-founders of BlueBoot, to learn about BlueBoot apps, which are designed to allow users to interact with the plant maintenance component of SAP ERP from anywhere and from any mobile device.

A Young and Informal Team

One of the first questions I asked them was about the origin of company name, because I figured readers would be as interested to know about it as I was. Alejandro had a quick answer, doubtless because he’s often been asked. “We are a young, informal company, so we wanted a name to match,” Alejandro said. “The visual element is important, so we chose the color blue, and to suggest software, we went with the word ‘boot,’ as in ‘boot-up your computer.’” Knowing how hard it is to come up with a new brand name, I was impressed with its clarity and simplicity.

And the next obvious question I asked was, “How did you come up with this product idea?”

Federico explained that they had been working as consultants, helping companies integrate software from Microsoft and SAP. In exchanging ideas with customers, it became evident to them that maintenance people in the field could get their work done a lot faster and more easily with a mobile app that provides access to work-order management in SAP ERP.

“Maintenance users need to execute their plant-maintenance workflow from outside the office in different locations,” Federico explained. “They need a simple app, one as easy to use as Facebook or Twitter, and that they can use without having to read a user’s manual.”

The timing was right, because the idea coincided with the 2014 launch of SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Fiori for cloud and mobile app development.

“I was visiting SAP Labs in Brazil and saw the potential of the platform to support nontraditional, truly agile development,” Alejandro noted. “It was obvious that it would become what it is today. SAP clearly was offering options for new technologies to give us ways to build apps that look like Microsoft apps – for users familiar with everyday business applications – and that are accessible from anywhere. The SAP road map is excellent, and made it easy to shift our business model from consulting to product development and sales.”

Cross-Industry Application

With the suite of BlueBoot apps, workers in the field can create maintenance notifications and work orders, confirm and close work orders, work offline, and even get 3D visualization, all via their mobile devices. It’s applicable across industries, wherever there’s a need to improve efficiency in plant maintenance: aerospace, automotive, chemicals, mill products, mining, oil & gas, retail, utilities – and the list goes on.

Sales are brisk, Federico added, and the company now employs about 25 people. Currently, customers are located primarily in Chile and Brazil, but with the launch of BlueBoot apps on SAP App Center, they expect to attract a broader following.

What challenges does BlueBoot face?

“Customers are still not fully aware of how simple it is to mobilize existing SAP transactions, and that just implementing the apps will achieve this without customizations and with a lightweight footprint,” Alejandro noted. “With these tools, you can create a user-friendly front end that connects via any network with the back-end data residing in SAP ERP, and present it for visualization on a single screen.”

What’s Next: Emerging Technologies

I was curious to know what Alejandro, Federico and their team have on the drawing board.

“We have an interesting pipeline,” Federico remarked. “We are following SAP’s recommendations, and can see where the company is going with emerging technologies – including blockchain, machine learning, Internet of Things – and expect to be able to offer some innovative new solutions within two or three years by building on them. There’s a lot of creativity on our team, and we’re excited about the potential.”

Bill Rojas is senior director of Digital Transformation and Partner Enablement on the SAP Digital team. Contact him on Twitter | LinkedIn.

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SAP-Sponsored Oxford Economics Study Shows Retailers Expect Digital Transformation to Generate Greater Revenue and Profit

SAP News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:00
WALLDORF — Retailers who have undergone digital transformation predict higher revenue growth and greater profit in the next two years, according to a survey by Oxford Economics and sponsored by SAP SE (NYSE: SAP).

The SAP Digital Transformation Executive Study surveyed 3,171 executives to uncover the opportunities, challenges and trends of digital transformation and found:

  • Fifty percent of midsize retail companies and 44 percent of large retail companies expect their revenue be 5 to 10 percent higher next year due to digital transformation.
  • More than 50 percent of large and midsize retailers consider speed to market the most important revenue growth driver for the next two years, while investment in digital skills and technology is a priority (48 percent) for the top 100 retailers.
  • Some 34 percent of midsize retailers and 27 percent of large retailers named effective management as the organizational attribute leading to successful digital transformation. Some 30 percent of the top 100 retailers credit their digital transformation achievements to up-to-date technology.
  • All respondents reported that Big Data/analytics is the technology they most heavily invest in today. In response to questions about investments in machine learning, 25 percent of the retailers expect to invest heavily in the next two years.

“Retailers had a strong holiday season and their investments in Big Data are starting to pay off,” said Lori Mitchell-Keller, global general manager, Consumer Industries, SAP. “As they continue to personalize and enhance the overall consumer experience, it will be important for them to consider new technologies such as machine learning and AI. The key to their success with the ongoing digital transformation is ensuring they take a holistic approach to operating a digital core that puts their customers at the center of their business.”

The Digital Transformation Executive Study retail results will be featured January 14–16, 2018, at the NRF Annual Convention and EXPO in New York. Join the conversation by following SAP on Twitter at @SAP_Retail, visit sap.com/nrf and watch live presentations in SAP’s booth #2523.

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Accenture Life Insurance & Annuity Platform Helps Tier-One U.S. Insurer Accelerate Product Introduction and Growth

Accenture News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:00
NEW YORK; Jan. 10, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) helped a tier-one U.S. insurer roll out 17 new life insurance products in 20 months across five product lines leveraging its Accenture Life Insurance and Annuity Platform (ALIP). One product delivered a 25 percent increase in year-on-year sales volume.
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Accenture Agrees to Acquire Mackevision, a Leading Producer of Computer-Generated Imagery and Immersive Content

Accenture News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:59
STUTTGART; Jan. 10, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Germany-based Mackevision, a leading global producer of 3D-enabled and immersive product content. The acquisition will add state-of-the-art visualization capabilities to Accenture Interactive’s digital services portfolio – strengthening its ability to create compelling, next-generation customer experiences and industrial, extended reality applications.The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
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Retailers Discover Machine Learning Sells More Fashions Customers Love

SAP News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:15
Thanks to social media, everyone from middle school children to seasoned clotheshorses can see what celebrities and other opinion leaders are wearing, challenging retailers to keep up with fast-changing trends.

Cue machine learning, allowing fashion retailers to immediately get a handle on the colors and styles that are selling when demand is peaking, and before it’s too late to bring it into stores. During our onsite video conversation, Hannah Vogt, Knowledge Management for SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation at SAP, showed me an example at the recent SAP TechEd Barcelona event.


“Advanced machine learning capabilities allow the computer to interpret what a store manager is looking for, and instantaneously pulls together all the information from a company’s ERP systems in a way that humans couldn’t accomplish all alone,” said Vogt. “The manager doesn’t have to use transaction codes or any kind of computer-speak to obtain the data needed.”

Machine learning helps retailers bring fashions into stores when consumer demand is peaking

Faster Time to Market

Using machine learning, managers could in seconds find out what colors are trending in Paris, and likely to cross the ocean to the United States, staying one step ahead of increasingly fickle and demanding fashion consumers.

“Managers can react faster to match trends, triggering production to adjust inventory in stores that’s more in synch with up-to-the-minute fashions,” said Vogt. “There’s no time to lose in the current market, and you have to move faster than the competition in order to survive.”

Intelligence Empowers Shoppers

Analysts at Forrester Research predict intelligent agents will directly influence 10 percent of purchase decisions this year alone. That figure is certain to rise over time as machines get smarter and collect more information about market likes and dislikes, based on everything from what opinion leaders are wearing, to which fashions are flying off the racks in any location.  Retailers able to capture these insights faster than the competition will emerge strongest. In the lightning-fast fashion world, one thing is certain – machine learning is here to stay.

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SAP Announces Upgrade2Success Program to Help Customers Move HR to the Cloud

SAP News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:00
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced Upgrade2Success, a program that helps customers with on-premise SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions transition and expand into the cloud.

This announcement has been updated. A former version referred to the program as “HCM Bridge to the Cloud.”

By providing clear guidance, predictable outcomes, faster time to value and flexible commercial arrangements, the services and tools for digital HR transformation help customers ease the migration to cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors solutions. This is the first in a planned series of offerings to be announced in 2018 designed to help on-premise customers in their journey to the cloud.

By migrating to cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors solutions, organizations can:

  • Rethink and simplify HR with standardized and streamlined business processes
  • Engage the workforce by shifting from “HR technology” to “people technology” to meet the expectations of today’s digital, diverse and changing workforce
  • Change the way HR serves the business by providing insights that allow HR to advise leaders and keep pace with change
  • Stay current with technology innovations with updates delivered every quarter
  • Enable IT resources to focus on business-value creation and innovation rather than customization and maintenance

“We all see how digital transformation is upending business models, redefining industries, and changing the way businesses interact with their customers, their partners and their people,” SAP SuccessFactors* President Greg Tomb said. “Those who are addressing this with modern tools are seeing both better financial performance and employees who feel better connected to the business. We want to make sure all our customers are taking advantage of the innovation, insights and user experience boost of the cloud. This program is all about easing their journey so they can move forward fast.”

The Upgrade2Success services and tools are designed to allow customers to move the right components when it makes sense for the business, all the while protecting their existing investments in HCM solutions.

A comprehensive set of services and tools are available within the Upgrade2Success program to help make each digital HR transformation journey smooth and low risk. These include:

  • Predefined configuration accelerators, process libraries, and integration and data migration tools
  • Creation of a personalized road map for the digital HR transformation journey
  • Business case support that demonstrates the ROI for the company
  • Attractive commercial terms that reflect existing investments

With these proven services and tools available today, SAP is enabling its on-premise customers around the world to discover and achieve additional business value with low risk by moving and expanding their HR processes to the cloud with SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

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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Penti Powers Its Business with SAP S/4HANA for Fashion and Vertical Business

SAP News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:00
WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Penti, global manufacturer of hosiery and a major multicategory intimate fashion retailer, has chosen the SAP S/4HANA solution for fashion and vertical business to unify business processes to meet the evolving needs of today’s customers.

Penti turned to SAP to strengthen its presence in its existing markets and expand its intimates and beachwear lines to markets around the globe. As the second largest manufacturer of legwear in Europe, Penti’s growing footprint has reached 300 stores across Turkey and 106 stores in 29 other countries. It also exports its products to more than 43 countries.

SAP S/4HANA for fashion and vertical business, which launched in September 2017, is a comprehensive suite of products designed to help fashion businesses meet the demands of the digital economy. The solution uses the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system to support fashion processes end-to-end and provides contextual insights into operational data. With a simple and intuitive interface, it provides retailers access to every aspect of their business, and allows them to easily adjust to rapidly changing business requirements and report in real time by function, region, category, channel and product. With the Internet of Things and machine learning capabilities, the vertical fashion platform gives retailers the flexibility and agility needed to deliver seamless customer experiences.

With SAP S/4HANA for fashion and vertical business, Penti can focus on its customers, improve stock utilization and increase innovative new product speed-to-market.

The solution empowers retailers to meet and stay ahead of customer needs through:

  • Omnichannel supply assignment and fulfillment based on real-time sales and inventory information
  • A leading fashion functionality that transforms business processes into live understanding of customers, inventory and sales
  • A consistent user experience and launchpad access across all functional areas
  • One platform that unites various industry solutions using harmonized data models and objects

“As the business landscape continues to become more complex, retailers need real-time insight into stock levels, merchandise changes, supply chains and more,” Penti Chairman Sami Kariyo said. “With SAP S/4HANA for fashion and vertical business, we have visibility into all business data in one place, allowing us to accelerate new business models, drive new revenue-generating opportunities and deliver the experiences customers expect.”

The SAP S/4HANA solution for fashion and vertical business will be featured January 14–16, 2018, at the NRF Annual Convention and EXPO in New York. Join the conversation by following SAP on Twitter at @SAP_Retail, visit sap.com/nrf and watch live presentations in SAP’s booth #2523.

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Eva Sage-Gavin Tapped to Lead Accenture's Talent & Organization Practice

Accenture News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:59
NEW YORK; Jan. 9, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has hired Eva Sage-Gavin as a senior managing director to lead the company’s Talent & Organization practice, effective immediately.
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Product Note: SAP HCM On-Premise Option for SAP S/4HANA

SAP News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:00
Nearly six years ago, SAP acquired SuccessFactors, providing our customers with the best cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions on the market. Since then, the number of customers using SAP SuccessFactors solutions has nearly quadrupled, and we continue to see increasing momentum toward the cloud for HCM globally and across all industries.

Our investment strategy follows this market demand, with the bulk of the planned innovations for our HCM portfolio focused on SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

SAP also continues to support our customers using SAP ERP HCM, our on-premise HCM solution. While an increasing number of them are migrating to SAP SuccessFactors solutions to accelerate their digital HR journeys, we also recognize that every customer journey is unique and must be undertaken at each customer’s own pace. For some SAP customers this includes a desire to deploy their HCM solution in an on-premise environment for the foreseeable future. To support these customers’ needs, we plan to offer a new on-premise HCM option based on SAP ERP HCM with a comparable functional scope (except for the SAP E-Recruiting application and SAP Learning Solution).”  It is intended to be deployed alongside, and integrated with, SAP S/4HANA. The solution is planned for availability in 2023, with maintenance planned at least through 2030.

To recognize our customers’ existing investments, it is our intent to offer a license conversion program. Details are planned to be finalized in 2018 although the solution will not be available for purchase until eventual availability. At that time, it is intended that customers can license the new solution and start migrating to it using planned SAP-provided migration tools and services. As the underlying solution is intended to be based on SAP ERP HCM, we expect this to be a nondisruptive transition. It is planned that customers running an integrated ERP and HCM deployment in one instance today can move to a partitioned deployment model and run the offering on a separate instance.

We are pleased to provide options to meet our customers’ preferences across cloud, on-premise and hybrid operating environments and will continue to provide updates on our solution road map and ongoing innovations.

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Nanowear Named Innovation Champion of the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge

Accenture News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:44
SAN FRANCISCO; Jan. 8, 2018 – Nanowear has been named the Innovation Champion of the Accenture (NYSE: ACN) HealthTech Innovation Challenge, which pairs leading-edge startups with prominent health and life sciences organizations to develop innovative technology solutions that improve the way people access and manage healthcare.
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Accenture Positioned as Overall Leader in Everest Group Finance & Accounting Outsourcing Market Assessment

Accenture News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:29
NEW YORK; Jan. 8, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been positioned as overall market Leader in the 2017 Everest Group PEAK Matrix™ Assessment for Finance & Accounting Outsourcing (FAO). Accenture was awarded its position ahead of all competitors based on its market success, which is measured through revenue, clients, and growth. Accenture was also recognized as Leader due to its delivery capability, which comprises scale, scope, innovation, delivery and customer satisfaction. 
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Design-Led Innovation and SAP’s Journey

SAP News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:15
In a new podcast series, learn about design’s role in innovation, culture, and technology and how SAP is leveraging it internally and with customers.

Many organizations are in the midst of disrupting their business by re-imagining business models, business processes, and the way they work. Re-imagining everything requires an innovation mindset and there’s an equation that I like to use to help make innovation real. Specifically, I say that that innovation = creativity x execution.

What I find is that most organizations are good at execution. The real challenge is taking a step back and redefining a new problem that is worth solving and then scaling this creative mindset throughout the organization. The ability to do this will allow companies to reinvent and create breakthrough ideas. The methodology of scaling creativity and raising the creative competency of the entire organization is at the heart of design-led innovation.

Starting in 2004, SAP realized that having a design-led innovation approach must be at the core of our own transformation and culture. We started applying design thinking very specifically to the user experience of our products and processes and since then this mindset is core to our entire organization.

In 2013, we started extending this approach with our customers and have since then worked with hundreds of customers to leverage this methodology for innovation. One example that comes to mind is how SAP and Daimler worked together to establish a culture of innovation and a design-driven mindset — a mindset focused on human needs that embraced creativity and agility and fostered collaboration across organizational boundaries.

Based on this collaboration, Helmut Schuett, CIO of Daimler Trucks, Buses, and Vans, stated: “We selected SAP as a partner for design thinking journey because we were looking for a partner that is really experienced in the area and has done this transformation already in their own organization.”

To learn more about design-led innovation, we have launched a podcast series covering the following seven topics:

  • Introducing the SAP You Need to Know: Learn how SAP started on its design-led innovation journey, helped customers, and has become the “on-ramp to the enterprise” for partners.

Listen to part one on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • SAP and Design-Driven Innovation: Learn how companies prioritize innovation and what the “equation” for successful innovation is.

Listen to part two on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • SAP and Cultivating a Culture of Innovation: Learn how companies can cultivate a culture of innovation that is pervasive across the entire organization.

Listen to part three on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • SAP Design’s Role in SAP Leonardo: Learn about SAP Leonardo and its role in design-led innovation.

Listen to part four on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • SAP’s Open Ecosystems and Partnerships: Understand the changing nature of partnerships and why disruptors like Silicon Valley startups and technology companies see SAP as the ultimate enterprise partner.

Listen to part five on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • Customer Stories from the SAP Design Team: Listen to customer stories about how design thinking has been used to help the world run better and save people’s lives.

Listen to part six on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

  • SAP and the Future of Design and UX: Hear about some of the predictions I believe are next for the future of design innovation, how trends will affect design and ultimately new products and services

Listen to part seven on YouTube | iTunes | SoundCloud

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2018 Predictions, Pt. 3: Digital Business Accelerates with Robotic Process Automation, Voice User Interface, Agile Micro-Factories

SAP News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:00
Savvy business leaders are predicting that 2018 will be the year that digital business breaks the sound barrier. Why?

They see a host of emerging technologies poised to go mainstream in the 2018 enterprise: new voice-enabled digital assistants becoming standard corporate issue; blockchain-based smart contracts bringing security to commerce transactions; predictive analytics making data-driven decision making de rigeur in the financial planning and forecasting cycle; ubiquitous infrastructures expanding the reach (and data) of the Internet of Things (IoT); machine learning being applied to business applications; and robotic process automation simplifying back-office operations to allow people to focus on mission-critical decision making.

2018 predictions: robotic process automation combines with cognitive computing, voice user interface plus machine learning enters business applications, creative partnering uncovers new markets

These are some of the predictions heard on Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions, Part 3, Presented by SAP, the third installment of a five-part series, that aired live January 3, 2018. Host Bonnie D. Graham asked 15 leading experts, academics, and business influencers to share their predictions for what the coming year holds for industry, business, the world, and technology.

What These Thought Leaders Foresee in 2018

1. The lines between Marketing and Sales are going to become blurred. Social selling is forcing a breakdown of silos. Producers are going to become more responsible for helping create the relevant content (beyond features and benefits, how-to’s, and tactical content) that helps deals move through the sales cycle. New content will be twofold: 1.) content that gets prospects thinking differently, and 2.) interactive content that brings prospects into the conversation, like interactive interview blogs, podcasts, and webinars.

– Brynne Tillman, Chief Learning Officer, Vengreso

2. At the intersection of the pharmaceutical and technology industries, 2018 is going to be a year of data liberation, meaning that users will be able to move data in and out of their system. Two trends will drive this: 1.) the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will make public its information technology strategy, which will have a huge impact on how the pharmaceutical industry uses technology to focus on patient safety; and 2.) the battle between tech giants and pharma will intensify, as the digital revolution of the pharmaceutical industry challenges the whole value chain, whilst the Big 5 tech companies move into the life sciences space.

– Rasmus Nelund, Vice President, Life Sciences & General Manager, International Operations, NNIT A/S

3. In 2018, two technologies will combine: robotic process automation (RPA) – involving small, repeatable software programs or bots – and cognitive computing. This will make a huge difference when it comes to data by enabling manpower to focus on truly mission-critical activities. When RPA is combined with cognitive analysis, it gives the programs the ability to act like humans by making business decisions on the fly. When you combine transactional processing of purely repeatable tasks with business processes and also root-based decision supporting systems, that’s truly a game-changer.

– Thiagu Bala, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

4. By the end of 2018, we will no longer have to explain that blockchain technology is not the same as Bitcoin! Business use of blockchain will be multiplying at an accelerated pace this year. Major software vendors now have blockchain strategies. There are almost an infinite number of ways of putting blockchain technology to practical use, not just for cryptocurrencies but also in a lot of humdrum business stuff that is a whole lot easier using blockchain – for example, in smart contracts, where the terms between the buyer and seller are stored in a decentralized blockchain network, which both simplifies things and makes them secure.

– Robert Kugel, CFO, Ventana Research

5. The Internet of Things will become the Internet of Something. People will have the expectation that most devices, not only smart devices, are connected and offer value-adding services. Secondly, I predict Bitcoin will crash, but blockchain will rise. We will see more tangible use cases for blockchain with a sustainable business model behind them – for example, smart contracts increasing the ease with which we can do commerce between organizations electronically and also for maintenance records of safety-critical systems. Lastly, we will see machine learning applied to business applications.

– Owen Pettiford, Lead for Digital Transformation Practice, BackOffice Associates

6. 2017 was about creative partnering to create new products and services. This will explode in 2018, because it’s getting harder and harder to sell basic services. It’s tough to get through unless you have something unique to sell – and from a pragmatic standpoint, creative partnering doubles the number of people you can call on. If you can ideate, teach, and sell new technologies and services together, you will find that your business will expand. If you’re part of a networking group, forget about referrals. Go in and work together to create something new. It will be more fun and interesting, and you’ll continue the learning process.

– Bryan W. Mattimore, Co-founder and Chief Idea Guy, The Growth Engine Company

7. Identity management using blockchain technology will become a super-hot topic, whether it’s to prevent fraud or to identify humans, corporations, and legal entities. Secondly, voice-enabled digital assistants will enter corporate offices. In addition to the laptop and phone, this type of device will become standard equipment. Thirdly, this is a year of simplification. The kinds of things that can be simplified range from pricing models that include subscription pricing – which will become a much bigger thing in the B2B space – to robotic process automation that simplifies the back office.

– Seth Marlowe, Senior Vice President, Treasury Solutions Consultant and Treasury Insights Leader, Wells Fargo

8. Cities and states are going to continue to lead the way on climate change and energy conservation. Hundreds of mayors have signed up for the “We Are Still In” initiative; 13 states have signed up for the U.S. Climate Alliance. We will see effective change being driven from a local level, but it will have national and global impact. Also, city leaders will see how ubiquitous infrastructures like street lighting enable IoT. We’re going to get more usable data about air quality, traffic flows, and microclimates coming in from the field. That will allow us to use our infrastructures more effectively and reveal hidden insights about how people are interacting with their urban environment. It’s going to be the Year of the Citizen in Smart Cities.

– Suzanne Seitinger, Global Manager Public Segment, Professional Systems, Philips Lighting

9. We will see the next iteration of the killer app for blockchain. There will be an interesting aspect for blockchain in terms of fraud prevention. In fighting crime, for example, blockchain may help reduce money laundering. Also, I look forward to doing more with a voice user interface (VUI), like Alexa or Siri. Lastly, concerning what the #MeToo movement has triggered, the tech industry has room for improvement, especially in terms of female-founded companies getting more funding and an equal playing field.

– Annie Miu Hayward, Head of Silicon Valley Executive Briefing Center, SAP

10. For utilities, starting with mobility, I want to make sure my field personnel as well as utilities users have all the information they need at their fingertips so they can make good, informed decisions. Also, as our consumers move from paper to paperless, we can’t make assumptions that they all know how to use smart devices, so I have to think about customer engagement, which includes training to let them know how to use our web site and devices, as well as how to pay and get the information they need. The final thing is predictive analytics. As I get more information in the system, I want to know, for example, when a pump will need maintenance, so I can save my customer money – because at the end of the day that’s what it’s about: saving my customers money.

– Ron Schell, Director of Business Systems EAM, Metropolitan Utilities District

11. In automotive, we’re going to see the acceleration of Connected Autonomous Shared Electric (CASE). 2018 is the year people get serious about electric. The EU, China, and India have made bold statements about what composition of vehicle products they want to have by 2030 and the gap is massive. Everybody is going to be shifting to make those products available and put them in the hands of consumers. Secondly, there will be a continuing blurring of automotive based on two aspects: 1.) the $1.2 trillion of digital services people are going to run out of their cars, and 2.) an emergence of a new aftermarket with digital and electrified products that add information.

– Bill Newman, North America’s Strategic Industry Advisor, SAP

12. At the World Manufacturing Forum recently, three topics kept coming up, which seemed to indicate what we can expect in 2018. 1.) We’re going to see the advancement of micro-factories, small factories that can respond quickly to changes in the supply chain, because they are built on agility, not capacity, and have intelligence and process flexibility. 2.) In academia, there is an emphasis now on educating the right workers for the next generation of manufacturing. 3.) With the advancements in polymeric and metal powders in manufacturing, we’re going to see 3-D printing move from prototyping into MRO and then into production in 2018.

– Mike Lackey, Vice President of Solution Management, LoB Manufacturing, SAP

13. We’ll see the mainstream adoption of predictive analytics into the financial planning and forecasting cycle. The reality is that most firms today are still dependent on manual data entry from humans to support the planning and forecasting processes. I see the tipping point starting in 2018 and maybe fully happening by 2020, by which time most companies will be using data to support more accurate and efficient plans that drive decision-making processes. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1.) the availability of data today is massive because companies have invested millions in big expense items like ERP, operational technology from plant equipment, and POS systems, so that the data now is large enough to be statistically relevant to make accurate predictions on an organization’s financial plan, and 2.) a change of organizational culture thanks to Millennials that are bringing a data-driven Moneyball-style attitude into decision making.

– Patrick Hickey, Partner, Jump Analytics

14. Expect to see continued momentum in the digital space. Millennials entering the digital workforce will create pressure on companies to transform processes to keep up. Companies will face headwinds from evolving regulations. Secondly, concerning artificial intelligence and how increased momentum in cognitive learning from machines will impact the workforce, in 2018 we expect to see enhanced and supplemented decision making on basic computations. Lastly, as companies look at risk in 2018, companies that continue successfully are going to be able to scan the digital horizon in a simple manner to identify, manage, and respond to risk.

– Ben Zimmerman, Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

15. There will be a huge demand for unhackable data. There is a demand now for data everywhere. The enterprise depends increasingly on data – for example, we just talked about predictive analytics and managing risk. We are going to see blockchain solutions that are going to solve a lot of these problems in terms of tamper proofing data.

– Peter Ebert, Senior Vice President Business Development and Sales, Cryptowerk Corp

You can hear the full show at SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions, Part 3

SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions Special: Upcoming Shows

For dozens of other insightful predictions that can impact you and your business in 2018 and beyond, listen to all five episodes of SAP’s Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions Special. In case you missed previous episodes, you can listen to recordings of part ones and part two of the series.

Part four will air live on Wednesday, January 10, at 11:00 am ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT at http://spr.ly/SAPRadio.

The final show in the series will air on January 17. You can listen to the shows live here.

The experts’ predictions have been edited and condensed for this space.

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Accenture Completes Acquisition of Altima, Strengthening its Leading Customer Experience Capabilities

Accenture News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:59
PARIS; January 8, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of Altima, a full-service digital commerce agency, headquartered in France. 
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