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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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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.

Discover SAP Ariba and its practical applications for businesses.
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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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Bankers Confident in the Integrity of Data Driving Business Decisions, but Half Aren't Doing Enough to Verify and Validate that data, According to Accenture Report

Accenture News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:59
NEW YORK; April 19, 2018 – A new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has found that many banks have not invested in the capabilities to verify the validity and accuracy of their data.
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IBM Services and SAP Introduce Plans for a New Solution to Help Oil and Gas Companies Streamline Joint Venture Accounting with Blockchain

SAP News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:00
IBM Services and SAP plan to develop an innovative digital solution to improve the adoption of blockchain capabilities for joint venture accounting (JVA) in the oil and gas industry. The solution expects to improve reconciliation and settlement times between operators and non-operators.

JVA is a unique but common type of accounting in the oil and gas industry. It divides revenues and expenses on a billing statement among its owners, royalty owners, and partners according to a standing agreement.

Currently, upstream operators process and generate thousands of joint billings each month. Many are created on custom software and distributed via mail. These billings are regularly audited and often need additional supported documentation, which must be tracked. Since each party usually has its own ledger, discrepancies between parties regularly causes an increase in reconciliation, complexity, and settlement times. As the number of billing participants increases, the process becomes more complicated.

It’s time for oil and gas companies to simplify the joint venture accounting with blockchain

Due to the huge amount of effort and high cost of reconciliations to sort out billing and payment arrangements, it’s time for oil and gas companies to simplify the JVA process.

Adopting of blockchain is the perfect solution. It creates a record of immutable transactions that can be shared across a closed group, or remain open across a broad network of participants. When a new digital transaction occurs, an expense is posted or exchanged — a transaction notice is sent to all the partners and participants involved, which can be updated in near real time.

New blocks of transactions are validated and linked to older blocks to create strong, secure, and verifiable record without intermediaries or centralized databases. This also helps eliminate “accrual fraud” by partners or middlemen by creating validated, auditable transaction records.

IBM and SAP will focus on solutions implementing blockchain technologies around JVA built on the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system. These solutions will help oil and gas companies transact business with partners and third parties, track payments, and provide supporting documentation — all with permissioned sharing and distributed securely on SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service built on Hyperledger Fabric, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies.

IBM and SAP customers are demanding better digital capabilities, including transparency of the distributed billing ledger. The new solution, co-innovated by IBM and SAP under their collaboration around SAP Leonardo, will meet that demand.

Zahid Habib is vice president of Global Chemicals & Petroleum at IBM.
Benjamin Beberness is global vice president of Oil & Gas at SAP.

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In the New Data Economy, Trust is the Ultimate Currency

SAP News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:15
The Facebook consumer privacy scandal has focused attention on the importance of trust.

Mark Zuckerberg’s recent appearance before congressional investigators probing the Facebook user data scandal has highlighted the trust chasm that has opened up between consumers and some of the biggest brands in the Internet era.

As a result, we have reached an inflection point in the debate over consumer data privacy and regulation in the U.S. that could have far reaching consequences not only for consumer brands, but also for the technology companies that provide the tools that brand leaders use to manage the customer experience.

The implications of this trust deficit were reflected in the comments of Rep. Michael Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who told the Facebook CEO during one exchange: “To my mind, the only way we will close the trust gap is through legislation that creates and empowers a sufficiently (powerful) oversight agency with rule-making authority to protect the digital privacy and ensure that companies protect our users data.”

Ramming home his point, Rep. Doyle added, “Why should we trust you to follow through on these promises when you have demonstrated that you’re willing to flaunt your internal policies and government oversight when the need suits you?”

Zuckerberg had no real answer.

Consumers want a personalized, customized experience online, but not at any cost

At the root of the problem are what might be called the “terms of trust.” Consumers want a personalized, customized experience online, but not at any cost. Consumers will share information about themselves in return for something — better products and better services. But they will only do that if they can control and understand what’s happening with their data. This is what is technically thought of as consent.

“We are moving to a world where data is probably the most valuable asset, but trust is the ultimate currency in this new data economy,” says Patrick Salyer, CEO of Gigya, recently acquired by SAP. Salyer argues that over the past decade, brands have delivered on personalization, but that at some point a line was crossed.

“They began tracking people without their permission and creepy things were happening,” he says. “Their data was being sold without their knowledge. Ultimately, all of this has eroded consumer trust.”

In fact, a recent survey suggested that two-thirds of consumers don’t trust brands anymore.

“Consumers still want personalization,” Salyer says. “I don’t think that’s something they want to move away from, but transparency and control around their data is becoming critical.“

Salyer argues that the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that go into effect next month — and which some consider a possible model for U.S. regulation — are a symptom or a response to what consumers are feeling: “Usually you see regulation getting too far ahead of things, I think this is regulation actually following what consumers want.”

More generally he and other privacy experts argue that it is no longer acceptable for brands to assume they have permission to use customer data, they need to actively ask for consent. That means rethinking the technologies underpinning both the customer experience and the role of customer relationship management (CRM) software.

As Salyer notes: “Trust is everything. The next leading brands will be the most trusted brands.”

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SAP Study Reveals Key Traits of Machine Learning Leaders

SAP News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00
WALLDORF — Nearly half (48 percent) of the companies who say they have already benefited from machine learning cite increased profitability as the top benefit they have realized, according to a new study from SAP SE (NYSE: SAP).

A similar share of companies who are already benefiting from machine learning also expect revenue growth of more than 6 percent for the two-year period of 2018-2019, the study showed. The study was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and written in discussion with SAP.

Making the Most of Machine Learning: 5 Lessons from Fast Learners” is based on survey results from 360 senior executives across four geographic regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The study identifies the opportunities, value and implications for companies that look at machine learning in a holistic way. The results also reveal leading companies — called Fast Learners — that are already seeing substantial benefits from machine learning. These benefits span the entire organization and include increased profitability and revenues, greater competitive differentiation, and faster, more accurate and more cost-efficient processes.

Traits of Machine Learning Leaders

Fast Learners hold five key traits. They:

  • Make machine learning a C-level strategic priority: Fast Learners have senior management who understand the strategic value of machine learning and are more open to embracing change. Seventy-five percent of Fast Learners plan to retrain employees displaced by machine learning to perform more interesting and higher-value tasks that keep them within their organization.
  • Drive competitive differentiation and innovation: Fast Learners see machine learning as a way to stand apart from the competition. Thirty-one percent say machine learning has already resulted in business model or business process innovation. For example, UK-based Ocado, an online grocery retailer, created its own machine learning–based logistics platform for automated warehouses that it plans to license to other retailers.
  • Recognize potential for new revenues and profitability: Fast Learners have realized that machine learning can increase profitability and impact new revenue streams, due in part to faster, more accurate and more cost-efficient processes — including the ability to identify revenue opportunities more accurately.
  • Keep key processes close to home: Fast Learners are spending more today on business functions — such as finance and HR — sourced locally (58 percent) than they are in low-cost regions (22 percent) — and they expect that trend to continue. Business relevance and customer value will increasingly take precedence over cost in important decisions on sourcing priorities.
  • Implement an enterprise-wide strategy: Fast Learners are implementing machine learning enterprise-wide, rather than within individual business units or functions. They have also done more to integrate machine learning into key customer-facing and product development functions. Forty-one percent say machine learning is translating into higher customer satisfaction.

“Machine learning is creating results for businesses — both on their income statement and with their customers,” said Mike Flannagan, senior vice president, SAP Leonardo and Analytics. “Executives need to view machine learning not as a quick fix but as an integral part of a larger strategy to give their business a competitive edge. This requires looking past the initial investment and focusing on the potential for long-term business value.”

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About the Study
The survey underlying ​“Making the Most of Machine Learning: 5 Lessons from Fast Learners” was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit​ from September to October 2017. The survey included 360 senior executives from four geographic regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Half of the respondents came from organizations with $500 million or more in annual revenue.  Read the full study here.

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Accenture Positioned as Overall Leader in HfS Blueprint for ServiceNow Services

Accenture News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:29
NEW YORK; April 18, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named the Overall Leader – ahead of all 12 competitors – on both execution and innovation in HfS Blueprint for ServiceNow Services, a bi-annual report that evaluates the services ecosystem of Software as a Service platforms.
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At SAPPHIRE NOW, Connected Mobility Is a “Snap”

SAP News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:15
Connected cars and autonomous vehicles made a big splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and for good reason. It’s a rapidly growing market with expectations to surpass $219 billion by 2025.

One of the most buzz-worthy developments in this arena is Rinspeed Snap – a giant, autonomous “skateboard” of sorts that illustrates the art of the possible in today’s new mobility ecosystem.

If you’re attending SAPPHIRE NOW this year, you’ll be able to experience the Snap concept on Thursday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET in the Best Run theater during the session “The Power of Innovation and New Mobility’s Impact on Society with the Rinspeed Snap Vehicle.”

During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Stefan Krauss, head of Discrete Industries at SAP, and Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder, CEO and visionary of Rinspeed. Not only will attendees learn how transformational thinking and technological innovation accelerates the vision of new mobility, the Rinspeed Snap vehicle will also make an appearance on the SAPPHIRE NOW show floor.

“Rinspeed is an amazing think tank and creator of incredible concept cars,” said Dave Parrish, senior global marketing director for Automotive & Industrial at SAP. “SAP is thrilled to host the Rinspeed Snap vehicle on the SAPPHIRE NOW show floor this year in a showcase that will also feature smart city and smart grid demonstrations.”

Parrish said attendees will be able to see firsthand the autonomous modular vehicle that will go a long way to help solve transportation congestion challenges in urban areas. Rinspeed CEO and Founder, Frank M. Rinderknecht will also be speaking on the Best Run Theater stage about his vision for future mobility ecosystems, fully connected user experiences, and how co-innovation can have significant impact on all of society.

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Accenture to Help Orkla Drive Digital Services and Growth Through SAP S/4HANA®

Accenture News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:59
OSLO; April 18, 2018 – Orkla (OSL: ORK), a leading supplier of branded consumer goods, has chosen Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to build a technology platform based on SAP S/4HANA® that will serve as a flexible, data-driven, intelligent platform as a foundation for the creation of new digital services and further growth, as well as improved collaboration between companies.
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Accenture Positioned as Overall Innovation Leader in HfS Research Report on Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Services

Accenture News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:29
NEW YORK; April 18, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named to the ‘Winner’s Circle’ and positioned as the overall leader in innovation, ahead of 17 other competitors, in the HfS Research Enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI) Services 2018 blueprint report.
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Smart Wheelchair Contributes to Patients’ Quality of Life

SAP News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:00
In a co-innovation project, SAP equips wheelchairs with sensors to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between sitting posture and detrimental discomforts.

The long-term effects of sitting in a wheelchair can be life threatening — users can get pressure ulcers and spine and muscle deformities, feel pain, or are simply exhausted after up to 14 hours of sitting. Bad posture is a major challenge, because often the wheelchair-bound are not able to control or change their sitting position on their own. With approximately 132 million people in wheelchairs, this is a big problem in terms of individual’s pain and high costs for healthcare systems.

In the smart wheelchair project, SAP has co-innovated with Dutch wheelchair manufacturer Life & Mobility — ergo therapists, the scientific field, and users — to equip four wheelchairs with 11 sensors each. These sensors transmit information every four seconds on pressure distribution, temperature, and the user’s sitting posture. This data can be sent to SAP Cloud Platform via Wi-Fi for further analysis using SAP Leonardo Analytics and advanced algorithms.

Realistic Big Data

“The smart wheelchair offers us the Big Data we need to gain deeper insight into the sitting behavior of wheelchair users, and how to adapt this conduct to create more autonomy,” says movement scientist Hanneke Knibbe from LOCOmotion, a researcher involved in the project. “Not much research has been performed on long-term sitting and its effects on the health of wheelchair users. Any available data usually comes from laboratory environments, and not from the field.

Knibbe believes that the smart wheelchair project can lead to a breakthrough: “We now have at our disposal large quantities of realistic data, derived from daily practice. This detailed information is necessary to establish links between sitting behavior and the human body’s response to this. You can use this information to further optimize wheelchairs, providing more comfort and ultimately a better quality of life.”

Improved Sitting Posture

Sensire Den Ooiman in Doetinchem, Netherlands, is one of the nursing homes cooperating in this research project. This home is temporarily using smart wheelchairs.

“In my everyday professional practice, I see a clear relationship between a good sitting posture and the prevention of long-term negative effects of sitting in a wheelchair,” explains Adinda van Sommeren, ergo therapist at Sensire healthcare organization. “The smart wheelchair provides more insight into how the wheelchair user positions his or her body. This will give us more clarity on the requirements for well-supported sitting.”

“We are always seeking ways to improve the quality of life for wheelchair users,” adds Harmen Leskens, manager of Product Management and Development at Life & Mobility. “This can be realized with better wheelchairs, but also with advising the patient and nursing staff on changing sitting positions throughout the day. By improving this posture, we prevent the adverse effects of wheelchair use, and the patient has more energy to socially participate.”

“Smart wheelchair is a fine example of how you can positively contribute to society using the Internet of Things and Big Data,” says Jan Willem Dijkstra, program manager at SAP the Netherlands who devised this concept. “SAP has the technological know-how and Life & Mobility knows all about sitting properly. Together, we can find a solution for issues that are inherent in long-term wheelchair use.”

Three Questions for SAP Program Manager Jan Willem Dijkstra

Q: How did you decide to work on the smart wheelchair solution?
A: The idea for the smart wheelchair solution emerged from combining a number of storylines. My wife is a nurse and I heard from her about the negative effects of a wrong sitting position, the long-term process of treating pressure ulcers (decubitus), the impact of this on the well-being of patients, and the fact that each pressure ulcer is in principle preventable. From my colleagues I heard about the new features and  functions of SAP Leonardo. And one of my friends from the village where I live was the owner of a wheelchair factory and he told me about their innovative ambitions, but little progress was made on measuring posture. I combined those stories and during a design thinking session we started working on a low fidelity prototype of a smart wheelchair.

What has been the biggest challenge you encountered on that project?
One of the biggest challenges is to keep pace in the innovation process. You run into all sorts of questions that cannot always be answered during a discovery phase, e.g., from a license perspective, who the customer is, who the contract parties are, who to fund what. Note that at the moment, there is no one in the world collecting real-time sitting position data from wheelchair users. New services can be developed for this based on currently non-existing business models.

Do you envision further use cases for this technology in the future?
We have now laid the foundation in a prototype and are doing research in the field. Based on the outcome, we will further refine the prototype and continue both to develop commercial applications as well as continue to collect data. With large datasets we can do analyses to further study sitting posture and the effect on the well-being of users. Moreover, Big Data will provide input for new research in other directions, for example, the prevention of inactivity in the elderly, another socially relevant topic!

 

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Developing a Smart Wheelchair

SAP News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:50

The long-term effects of sitting in a wheelchair can be devastating — patients can get pressure ulcers and spine and muscle deformities, feel pain, or simply be exhausted after up to 14 hours of sitting.

Bad posture is a major challenge, because often wheelchair-bound patients are not able to control or change their sitting position on their own.

SAP Netherlands is working to change this by developing a smart wheelchair. Created in collaboration with Dutch manufacturer of wheelchairs and mobility scooters, Life & Mobility, an advanced prototype of the smart wheelchair has integrated sensors that continually generate mass data from the patient actually sitting in it; for example, the pressure distribution in the seat and backrest.

Based on SAP Leonardo, Big Data is collected and stored centrally in SAP Cloud Platform and analyzed with help of SAP analytics.

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Hala Zeine Named President of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing at SAP

SAP News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:00
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Hala Zeine has been appointed as president of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing.

As a seasoned leader in IT, technology and supply chain management, Zeine will help drive innovation across digital supply chain and manufacturing solutions from SAP, in addition to overseeing an ecosystem of partners, start-up programs, co-innovation, product design and go-to-market strategy.

Zeine most recently served as SAP’s chief business development officer, responsible for defining portfolio investment strategy, commercialization direction and digital transformation. In this role, she led SAP’s portfolio, pricing and commercialization, market introduction and the SAP Digital organization. She has also held previous senior leadership roles in development, solution management, marketing and consulting since joining SAP in 2001.

Digital supply chain and manufacturing solutions from SAP help the world’s leading businesses of all sizes optimize performance, gain new insights and maximize responsiveness and efficiency. Zeine will play a vital role in solving customers’ business problems and helping them adopt digital solutions to enhance and support mission-critical business processes. She reports to Bernd Leukert, SAP Executive Board Member, Products & Innovation, and will continue to be based in Walldorf, Germany.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Talent Acquisition

SAP News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:30
Talent acquisition has gone on an accelerated journey the past several decades and continues to push the envelope on emerging technologies in organizations.

It has come a long way from manual processes to the digital age ruled by automation. All this change has happened in a relatively short time. Let’s look back and see what caused this progression and how it’s affected our industry.

Talent Acquisition Journey

The ghosts of talent acquisitions past are filled with amazing technology. Just kidding, it’s not, but it’s good to review an example from the past to appreciate the future.

As I was holiday shopping, I noticed the store I was in was very busy and understaffed. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, I quickly bought the new Rubik’s Cube for my brother and a Cabbage Patch doll for my little sister. A few days later, I was looking in the Sunday paper and noticed that exact store had an opening for a sales associate. The store posted jobs in the classified ads every Sunday. The next day I called and asked if I could drop off my resume. The sales manager told me to come by on Thursday of that week or fax in my resume. Excited and wanting to make a personal impact, I put on my best acid-washed jeans, flipped up my pink collared shirt, and hurried into the store to drop off my resume. (Don’t laugh, that was the style back then–you know who you are!) Two weeks later, I got the call and I went in for an interview. As I proceeded through the interview, the manager was making notes all over my perfectly printed resume. He told me that he would need to call my old employer to be sure I was worth hiring. They did call my previous employer to see if I was a good employee. I hoped my old boss would give me a good reference.

Luckily, she did. I got a call a few days later to come back in one week ready to start my new retail journey. My first day was filled with me signing policies and procedures and watching old VHS learning tapes in the back office. The company was taking advantage of the newest recording devices to help me quickly onboard and become productive within a few weeks.

After a few months of working in my new job, I asked my manager a few questions about the hiring process. She explained that when my role became available, she faxed in a request to corporate and waited for HR to approve the filling of the position. After they approved it, they put the job on the radio and it was announced by Casey Kasem during the weekly Top 40. They also put an ad in the local Sunday paper to maximize the effect.

After six months, I was promoted to store manager. As a new manager, I was sent a three-ring binder directly to the store, which broke down all my new responsibilities. After being recognized as a thought leader among the retail management ranks, I would send in typed letters to corporate on things we could improve. I was recognized at the annual holiday dinner by my manager.

The Future of Talent Acquisition

My, how things have changed. The future is filled with very innovative technology. Let’s use the following talent acquisition process to help define what we will see in the next few years.

As I was holiday shopping, I noticed an alert on my phone, a pop-up message from the store that I was in notifying me of available jobs at this location. The store was using geo-location technology to track my entrance into the store. After clicking the link and finding a job I was interested in, it prompted me to answer questions from its virtual recruiter. The company was utilizing chat bot technology to communicate with me. After being prompted for personal information, job history, and availability, a store manager walked over to me and asked if I had a few minutes to sit down with her. Encouraged and impressed, I eagerly followed her. The manager had been notified through an app extension on her iPad alerting her I had applied virtually but was still in the store and met all the basic qualifications. I proceeded through the interview and was offered a position contingent on passing a background and drug test. I accepted! While sitting there, the hiring manager pulled up her iPad with my information pre-populated and requested a background check/drug test. Within minutes the background results came back and she sent me a link via SMS to a drug test location and associated authorization code utilizing bar code functionality. The company had an integrated background check provider that allows managers to request and receive background/drug information directly back to their tablet/phone to enable quick and efficient hiring.

After passing my drug test, I showed up for my first day of work. I was immediately taken into the office to complete my onboarding. I put on virtual reality goggles and proceeded through acknowledging my policies and procedures. I also was able to sit through two learning sessions directly related to my new role as a sales associate. The company was taking advantage of VR technology to help me quickly onboard and become productive within hours of my arrival.

After a few months of working in my new job, I asked my manager a few questions about the hiring process. She explained that when my role became available, a requisition was created automatically and an automated talent pool was created internally to determine if there were any internal employees available for my specific job and location. There were no internal candidates so the system provided the recruiter with suggestions on things like salary range and bias impact on my job description. The company I worked for not only promoted diversity and inclusion, they had technology like machine learning tied to predictive analytics to help promote their efforts.

After six months, I was promoted to store manager. As a new manager, I was sent a link on my iPad to sign up for the company’s mentoring program. After signing up, I was then sent a behavioral assessment to determine if I had the propensity and desire to support the upcoming Autism at Work program. After passing with flying colors, I was prompted once a week for three weeks with inclusion training. Utilizing my iPad, I was able to update my development plan and use this to support my weekly conversation with my district manager. My company was utilizing continuous performance management technology to support my ongoing development.

The Secret Sauce

Get comfortable with change: We live in a world of ever-changing technology and it’s important to embrace this and explore options that will make a positive impact to your organization. One easy option is to ensure your career sites are built with responsive design. This is a design and engineering model for creating websites. It means your candidates will experience your website in its full glory regardless of the device they are on — phone, tablet, or PC.

Do your research: While there are many technological options coming available, some may not fit your infrastructure. For example, spend time getting to know the rich options that social networks provide. Review your partner strategy to ensure they are also developing at the same pace as your ATS.

Keep your customer as your leading priority: When reviewing and making decisions about what to use, always use your customer as your common denominator. Customers expect a fully digital experience throughout the hiring process. Getting them up to speed and productive in a short amount of time is key to them and your company’s long-term success.

Do This One Thing Tomorrow

I read recently that the job I am in today didn’t even exist 10 years ago and the same concept goes for technology. We are crossing over into a world of computer bot language, artificial intelligence, business beyond bias, and machine learning — and are still learning what these technologies will bring. Our advice? Run to the cloud! The market is evolving so fast it is imperative you stay relevant to your future customers. Regardless of the technology you choose, human resource tools are making an ascent into the unknown. Explore technological options that better your processes, improve the candidate experience, and promote the culture and well-being of your organization.

Find out the five key trends and actions that can help businesses of all sizes address the challenges of digital transformation. IDC and SAP SuccessFactors collaborated to create roadmaps to executing on the latest HR trends. Check out the roadmaps here.

Mike Hofer is a senior solutions advisor for SAP SuccessFactors Talent Management.

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SAP to Offer Special Student Pricing for SAP Global Certification Program

SAP News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:00
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced special pricing to university students interested in obtaining SAP certification from the SAP Global Certification program.

Students can be certified as developers of the SAP HANA business data platform, a highly valuable skill in today’s job market, and earn other certifications from SAP for just €99.

SAP Global Certification for SAP HANA will be rolled out to academia through the Code with Purpose initiative sponsored by the SAP Next-Gen program. The network reaches over 3,500 educational institutions in 113 countries. A full curriculum of free certification preparation courses are available to students through the openSAP platform. Students attending members schools of the SAP University Alliances program that offer courses in SAP HANA can also prepare for certification.

By making SAP certification more accessible to students, SAP is furthering its commitment to continuous learning and empowering students with skills to be successful in today’s workforce.

“By making the SAP Global Certification program affordable for students today, we are enabling the next generation of developers who will ‘code with purpose’ to drive innovations linked to the 17 UN global goals,” SAP Chief Knowledge Officer Bernd Welz said. “Our small investment in their studies will allow students to differentiate themselves in the eyes of prospective employers worldwide seeking skilled graduates with in-depth, documented knowledge of game-changing SAP technologies, including SAP HANA, the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system and other cloud-based applications.”

In addition to SAP HANA, students will have access to over 59 different certification exams in more than 20 languages for just €99 each. With more than 378,000 companies using SAP software worldwide, earning certification from the SAP Global Certification program opens a wide range of international career opportunities to students. Upon successful completion of any certification exam, students are awarded an SAP Global Certification digital badge that will serve as part of their credentials when speaking to prospective employers.

Once enrolled, students have access to the Certification Hub for 12 months and will be able to pursue one exam from any of the certification exams available. Exam preparation is self-paced and available anytime, anywhere through SAP Learning Hub, student edition. Those with access to the student edition can access training materials specific to their SAP certification of choice. To subscribe to SAP Learning Hub, student edition, students should speak with their professors or universities to suggest that this resource be made available to students.

Students also can gain knowledge of SAP HANA through the course “Application Development for SAP HANA” (HA450), available in a classroom setting, as a stand-alone digital course or by accessing the course through the student edition of SAP Learning Hub.

Exams given by SAP Global Certification can be easily scheduled and are available online 24×7. For those hoping to take advantage of this unique offering, more information on how to subscribe to SAP certification for students can be found here.

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SAP to Announce Results for First Quarter of 2018 on April 24

SAP News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:20
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) will release its results for the first quarter of 2018 on Tuesday, April 24.

CEO Bill McDermott and CFO Luka Mucic will host an analyst conference call to present first quarter financial figures.

Media representatives may also listen in on the call via Webcast at 2:00 p.m. CET / 8:00 a.m. ET, accessible at https://broadcast.co.sap.com/go/QReport.

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Why You Need to Attend SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference in 2018

SAP News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:45
The countdown is on, with just 50 days to go until we kick off SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in the beautiful city of Orlando, Florida.

On June 5, more than 20,000 attendees will arrive onsite and eagerly await the show floor doors opening to expose a whole world of new possibilities for the future.

We aim to bring attendees more each year — more content, more excitement, more demos, more networking opportunities, more real world experiences, to name but a few. This year is no different. As we continue to work hard in the background, planning and building this year’s event, you can feel the excitement and enthusiasm among the team, which I believe really reflects the type of conference we are bringing to attendees this year.

Here are few reasons why you should make that trip to Orlando this June; you won’t want to miss it!

An Intuitive Session Catalog

We currently have more than 1,300 sessions offered, and will continue to add more in the run up to the event. However, we don’t want to overwhelm you — these sessions are made up of content suited to every type of attendee. To ensure the most valuable experience, we are providing more specific content to choose from across all our products and solutions, within all lines of business or industries.

We have altered our filters within the session catalog, allowing you to easily navigate the session types as well as choose those sessions most related to your business. There are also a number of recommended agendas and sessions to choose from, which will help you kick start your agenda. Look out for a follow-up content-focused article in the coming weeks, which will cover the sessions in more depth.

The Show Floor Experience

The show floor spans 16 football fields; make sure you bring some comfortable shoes! With so much to see and do on the show floor, be sure to pick up one of the pocket guides upon registration, as this will help guide you to where you would like to go. You can find the General Session Theater Keynotes on the show floor, where you will hear from a number of SAP leaders, including some very special guests.

The must-attend Best-Run Theater will host SAP executives and customers who will cover more specific topics in a more intimate setting. Our show floor is also home to partner exhibitors, who will be on hand to help answer specific questions you have. This year we have five experience areas that will focus on demos and sessions around SAP products and solutions. More information on this coming soon!

There are a number of exciting enhancements in progress that we know will wow you, but we can’t let you in on every secret just yet! Check out SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference website regularly to stay informed leading up to the event.

Work Your Network

We continuously hear about the importance of networking, so at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference we provide every opportunity for you to do so. We even allow you to connect with other attendees through the mobile app (coming soon!) before you arrive on site. This year, we have also enhanced the show floor design with some really cool features that provide the greatest opportunity to make new connections or reunite with old ones.

Not all networking has to happen on the show floor, we also want you to have some fun in a more informal setting while enjoying some great music and continue to engage with peers. This year we are excited to announce that Justin Timberlake will perform live for the SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference audience. “I got that feelin’ inside my bones” that this is all you might need to close out an extremely successful conference. Tip: make sure you pack your business cards!

What are you waiting for? If you haven’t yet registered, my advice is go do it now! If you want to know what direction your business should be taking in order to stay ahead and become best run, then there is only one place you should be this June 5-7.

Register now!
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New Accenture Study Finds 87 Percent of Focused Cyberattacks are Prevented

Accenture News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:59
NEW YORK; April 16, 2018 – With ransomware and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the rise, the average number of focused cyberattacks per organization has more than doubled this year compared to the previous 12 months (232 through January 2018 versus 106 through January 2017). In the face of these growing cyber threats, organizations are demonstrating far more success in detecting and blocking them, according to a new study from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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