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NatureSweet Uses SAP Ariba to Help Drive Meteoric Growth Rate

SAP News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:00
If you’re not sure technology is forcing businesses to reimagine everything ‒ including procurement ‒ these highlights from a roundtable hosted by Karen Master, vice president of Communications, at the recent SAP Ariba Live event, will convince you otherwise.

NatureSweet Reduces Buyer Workload 30 Percent

As the largest fresh produce grower in North America, NatureSweet’s culture is built on the transformation of people’s lives. Matt Volker, vice president of Supply Chain at NatureSweet, explained why his company selected SAP Ariba Snap to support its meteoric growth rate and strategic sourcing vision.

“Innovation is core to what we do every day, from high tech greenhouses to how we invest in our associates. We selected SAP Ariba because we wanted to move fast at scale,” he said. “We’ve automated processes to not only move away from a transactional procurement team, but also collaborate more efficiently with our supplier network, from sourcing orders to payments.”

After going live with SAP Ariba in 14 weeks, Volker said NatureSweet has reduced its buyer group workload by about 30 percent. The shift away from tactical transactions has allowed the team to become more strategic, notably in expanding global sourcing opportunities.

L to R: Karen Master, VP, Communications, SAP Ariba; Julie Gerdeman, VP, Digital Transformation Organization, SAP Ariba; Marcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba; Matt Volker, VP, Supply Chain, NatureSweet; Shivani Govil, VP, AI/ Cognitive Products, SAP Ariba.

“We were able to shift our A players out of the procurement team to strategic sourcing to identify new growers,” said Volker. “That’s allowed us to take advantage of existing high tech greenhouses and acreage to grow our products, and at the same time, expand our supplier network into new markets, fostering economic development in areas that need it, especially Mexico.”

NatureSweet selected @SAPAriba to move fast at scale

Procurement on Brink of Unprecedented Change

Drawing from the findings of an SAP white paper entitled “Procurement 2025,” Julie Gerdeman, vice president of the Digital Transformation Organization at SAP Ariba, said procurement is reimagining everything from technology and resource allocation to people’s skill sets.

“We’ll be using intelligent, self-learning systems able to create much more highly personalized, consumer-like experience,” she said. “Companies have always want to do well financially. They’re now finding they can do well by doing good in the world. Procurement owns that sustainable supply chain, becoming the steward of corporate reputation and brand perception.”

In the hyperconnected ecosystem, Gerdeman said data was the new currency, with procurement using real-time insights, predictive analytics, AI, and blockchain to change the game with unparalleled speed and agility. She saw procurement itself transforming, demanding people with skills in corporate strategy, as well as data science.

Inside SAP’s Strategic Procurement Strategy

Case in point was roundtable expert Marcell Vollmer, chief digital officer for SAP Ariba, whose personal journey to strategic business advisor mirrored the transformation of procurement at SAP. Vollmer had been incubating organizational transformation projects when he was tapped to transform SAP’s procurement processes.

“Even though SAP had access to SAP Ariba solutions, everyone wasn’t already using it,” said Vollmer. “We automated 50 percent of our non-automated purchase orders and invoices, integrated it with our ERP systems, and freed up people for more strategic tasks. The experience of people ordering something internally was as easy as shopping on Amazon.”

Vollmer eventually joined SAP Ariba as chief procurement officer, then morphed into chief digital officer. “The future of procurement is strategic procurement, ensuring that you have a sustainable supply chain,” he said. “This is a totally new business model partnering with our line of business groups. We had to become collaboration managers, focusing on value-added activities to deliver on highly strategic tasks that contribute to the margin.”

Tech Makes Procurement Smarter

Shivani Govil, vice president of AI and Cognitive Products at SAP Ariba, continued the discussion, providing examples of how technology can automate simple, repetitive tasks for casual users, such as frequently asked questions. For procurement experts at the other end of the spectrum in more complex areas like contract negotiations, technology supports better decision-making by providing context from hidden insights and patterns in the data.

“You can stop people from having to chase orders or track down invoices, and free up their time to do higher-value activities like planning your sourcing strategy,” said Govil. “On a daily basis, AI is going to augment your workforce, making them work smarter. For example, if you have a category owner responsible for sourcing items, and through aggregated data and information they become aware that a price is dropping, they know it’s time to run a sourcing event to get better pricing.”

Looking ahead, Govil asked the people in the room to imagine procurement’s future when instead of ordering parts from suppliers, they procure a design and produce goods on a local 3D printer when the business needs it. Referring to a space age cartoon from the last century, she said, “The Jetsons are here today.”

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Compliance Spending is Shifting to New Technologies as Threat Landscape Expands, According to Accenture Report

Accenture News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 27, 2018 – Faced with growing threats of ‘industry shocks’ such as cyber fraud, cryptocurrency, quantum computing and open banking, financial institutions expect to increase their compliance investments over the next two years as they seek new approaches to strengthening compliance capabilities, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). 
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Four in Five North American Bank Operations Leaders Believe Their Bank's Survival Depends on Updating Legacy Systems to Innovate Faster, Accenture Study Finds

Accenture News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 27, 2018 – Nearly four-fifths (79 percent) of operations leaders at North American banks believe that their bank’s existence will be threatened if they don’t update their technology to innovate faster and more efficiently, according to new research by Accenture (NYSE: ACN). 
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Global Center for Health Innovation and Accenture Form a Working Group to Address Opioid Epidemic

Accenture News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:00
CLEVELAND; March 27, 2018 – The Global Center for Health Innovation (Global Center) and Accenture have formed a working group to explore data-driven solutions that better integrate the continuum of addiction services (first responders, ER and inpatient, outpatient, behavioral health) to improve treatment and move toward prevention. The group’s formation was announced at the Global Center’s second Executive Briefing, “The Role of Private Capital in Attacking the Opioid Crisis.”
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Accenture Names Irine Gaasbeek Country Managing Director for the Netherlands

Accenture News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:00
AMSTERDAM; March 27, 2018 – Accenture has named Irine Gaasbeek country managing director for the Netherlands, effective June 1. In this role she will lead Accenture’s business and operations in the country, with a specific focus on growth by innovation and digital transformation. 
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MintMesh: Unleashing the Power of Your Workforce as a Hiring Engine

SAP News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:15
Even in today’s always-on, always-connected, automated business environment – and maybe because of it – the power of word-of-mouth referrals remains as strong as ever. That’s the theory behind MintMesh, a referral management tool now available on SAP App Center, which aims to actively engage employees in referring talent and reward them in the process.

I talked to MintMesh’s CEO and co-founder Sunil Chathaveetil to find out more – and share his story with readers of this blog series about the SAP App Center, the SAP digital marketplace where customers can find, download, use and buy solutions directly from SAP partners.

A Personal Network of Contacts as a Tangible Asset

My first question for Sunil: “What’s different about MintMesh?”

“We set out to build the world’s largest referral network,” Sunil said, without a moment’s hesitation. “And we’re doing it by helping people make use of their network of contacts in a positive and productive way, and make that network a tangible asset. A “warm introduction” of a candidate from a friend or colleague can result in hiring about 50% faster than through other channels, which can dramatically reduce the cost to hire. And employee retention is also significantly higher for those who are referred by friends. Yet referral sources are rarely recognized or rewarded in a meaningful way.

“MintMesh changes the equation,” Sunil added, and that point led him directly to describe the thinking behind the MintMesh name. “You have a lifetime of connections to support yourself and your friends. Those contacts are worth a mint as a ‘mesh’ – a network – of connected candidates and employers. MintMesh helps organize them into a talent community and essentially crowd-sources referrals.”

Here’s how it works. The employer creates a job requisition and publishes it via the company’s recruiting application — SAP SuccessFactors Talent Management, for example, although MintMesh is platform-agnostic. The software then syncs directly with the MintMesh mobile app. People within the trusted network of the employer – current employees, contractors, former employees, really anyone in the network – receive immediate notification of the job posting to act upon. The referral sources can use the app to share the job info on their social networks, so it goes viral; the social and professional network becomes one. And it’s simple to attach a resume and send it along via the app or email.

How the “Mesh” is Worth a “Mint”

Meanwhile, the MintMesh app allows the referral sources to earn points by making these introductions. “Employers can get creative about how to give the points value,” Sunil said. “They can offer cash incentives, gift cards, whatever they decide is a good motivator.” Plus, there’s a gamification aspect to it. People can use the app to earn “badges” and move up levels, a feature that’s especially effective in keeping the Millennial generation engaged. “As you use the app and start making referrals, you accrue status points within the community,” Sunil explained. “Being a referrer of note could open more doors for you as a trusted voice of endorsement.”

On the recruiter side, the MintMesh Desktop helps recruiters drive engagement with candidates using a portal that’s like social networking, and individualized for every candidate. Recruiters can track, schedule, email and text candidates from the application to improve their productivity and gain insight into candidate suitability.

I asked Sunil about how MintMesh got started. During his many years working as a consultant specializing in SAP software, he said he became aware of a gap in referral management, which was simply not an area of focus. Recognizing enormous untapped potential, he pooled his experience with two of his colleagues and saw the “white space” in referral management from a different perspective: the costly delays in moving critical projects forward because of a lack of timely staffing. And that is how MintMesh started.

The SAP Connection: “Amazing”

The TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York presented an opportunity to make a direct connection with SAP. Exhibiting at the conference in 2015, the MintMesh team got to talk with a couple of people from SAP who stopped by their booth. At the time, SAP was actively seeking marketable products from partners that could be built on SAP technology and offered on SAP App Center. The match was made.

And how’s that going? “The support from SAP is amazing,” Sunil remarked. “We have regular calls and exchange notes about what’s in the pipeline. And, for example, we just received a request to create sales collateral that the SAP sales team can distribute. It’s by far our best relationship with a partner.”

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 Predictive Engineering Insights Enables Digital Asset Management

SAP News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:00
WALLDORFSAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has introduced SAP Predictive Engineering Insights, a cloud-based solution that creates virtual equivalents of physical assets to provide real-time, intelligent analysis based on sensor feeds.

Powered by SAP Leonardo, SAP Predictive Engineering Insights replaces the need for physical inspections with ongoing, live “digital inspection” and analysis. It combines a standard engineering methodology for calculating forces, stresses and fatigue based on sensor data with a high-performance 3D engine to provide visualized engineering insights. Customers can increase operational efficiency by connecting real-time engineering insights both to core business processes and to other SAP Leonardo–based asset management solutions, including SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service and SAP Asset Intelligence Network.

“Smart, connected assets are driving efficiency, performance gains and business improvements in a growing number of industries today,” LNS Research fellow Dan Miklovic said. “Making all of this possible is a digital twin that ties together engineering design models, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and collaborative performance and reliability insights. Going forward, companies leveraging these capabilities will be more profitable, and their smart, connected assets will allow them to better service their customers, leading to greater market share.”

SAP Predictive Engineering Insights builds on digital twin technology obtained from SAP’s acquisition of Fedem Technology to maximize the effectiveness of industrial assets by increasing availability and performance. The solution also helps equipment owners use Big Data analytics combined with simulations for live asset performance management. To view the video, visit here.

“This solution delivers on our Industry 4.0 vision for a network of digital twins to help our customers predict and improve asset performance and reliability with engineering insights,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president for IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP. “We are enabling a virtual network for secure and distributed systems of record, real-time collaboration across the digital supply chain, new business model delivery and advanced analytics.”

SAP is designing its network of digital twins to synchronize in real time the virtual, physical, conditional and commercial definitions of assets and products. It is intended to help customers accelerate innovation, optimize operating performance conditions, predict service requirements, improve diagnostics and enhance decision-making throughout the value network.

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Accenture Appoints Office Managing Directors for Calgary and Vancouver

Accenture News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:00
CALGARY and VANCOUVER; March 26, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has appointed Paul Huizinga as office managing director for Calgary and Andrew Marchant as office managing director for Vancouver, effective immediately.
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To Infinity and Beyond With SAP

SAP News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:15
SAP not only has two contenders for a spot on the Mars One mission, Aerospace & Defense will also contribute technology to companies involved with current Mars projects that might help them reach the Red Planet and maybe change the world as we know it today.

If you’ve ever read Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff,” where he describes the incredible early beginnings of space travel, you realize that at the dawn of every new epoch, you need people who are brave (or crazy) enough to be the first to venture out into unchartered territory – even at the risk of their own lives.

Back in the 50s, this meant regular jet pilots pushing their machines and their own bodies beyond any limit to reach the edges of our atmosphere, before subsequently being squeezed into small capsules and shot up into space without knowing what exactly would happen. Needless to say that not all of them died of old age.

Jazz Fan, Scientist, Pioneer

Now here we are on the threshold of another epoch in space travel – the journey to Mars. After a period of disinvestment by national aerospace programs, partly due to some serious setbacks like the Challenger disaster, private agencies suddenly cropped up and unleashed a downright race to Mars. And they might be just in time, as the threat of our world’s resources being exhausted leaves us in dire need of alternatives and efficient ways of utilizing what is left. Doing research on Mars and exploring new technologies in this context might give humankind a new lease on life.

What might sound a bit overdramatic to most is actually already evidence for many scientists, like Adriana Marais, who is head of Innovations at SAP South Africa, holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics and deals with such lighthearted topics as quantum cryptography and quantum biology. Her mission is no less than to change the world by treading new scientific ground, which is why she applied for Mars One.

Adriana wasn’t even born into a family of scientists; in fact, she found school boring. When her ambitions to major in jazz music failed, she randomly leafed through the course catalog and chose the major with the most unintelligible definition — physics, which shows that she is definitely one for an adventure, a trait that seems to run in the family, as her ancestors, French Huguenots, escaped to the Netherlands and eventually took a boat to South Africa. Instead of settling for a solid career in research, Adriana chose the prospect of a one-way ticket to space.

“Moments after I decided to apply, a friend and I went to the beach and we talked about whether I’d miss the ocean.” Obviously not that much, as she never had second thoughts, something Adriana considers to be the most important prerequisite to participate in an open-ended mission where the journey itself takes seven months. Empathy is another crucial character trait. “But that’s one of the reasons to go to Mars, to try something new. The models for society, the legal and economic structures will be completely new.”

Mars will definitely also be a big social experiment.

One Small Step for a Hipster, One Giant Step for Mankind

The idea of going to Mars sounds like the whim of quirky entrepreneurs like Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Tesla founder Elon Musk of SpaceX, and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, with his space agency Blue Origin, of whom at least the latter are not exactly known to be scientists. You just go because you can and because you enjoy pushing the limits. But even though the idea of populating Mars might sound like a giant scheme in self-promotion, it is of far greater significance than anyone can probably assess.

“The research that we’ll be able to do from Mars will have important implications for Earth,” Adriana is convinced. “Climate studies for example — we don’t model Earth’s climate very well, as we only have massive amounts of data from a single planet.”

According to Adriana, we might also learn how to utilize our remaining resources more efficiently, by learning about a material’s behavior on a molecular level within a different environment.

The people going to Mars will have to create their own biosphere, powered by solar energy — a huge challenge in itself. Oxygen has to be generated by splitting hydrogen and oxygen from the soil and water needs to be extracted from the ground. No drop can be wasted. Even the carbon dioxide from the air you breathe or your sweat will be recycled. Plants will have to be grown by moistening their roots, instead of watering them.

“Life on Mars will certainly be characterized by a deep respect for life. Every seed that sprouts its first leaf will be a celebration.” Something we seem to have unlearned here on Earth: “Humans are full of contradictions. They believe that life only exists on Earth, yet they treat Earth with utter disrespect.” Adriana’s biggest dream would be to find evidence for life on Mars, a planet that is still quite unknown. Nobody has ever dug deeper than a few inches.

Asteroids Might Not Kill Us But Be Our Next Resource

Climate change is not our only problem on Earth. We are overpopulated and every cell phone we throw away to buy the latest model contains 11 different precious minerals. Consumerism, nearsightedness, and our current economic system geared toward constant growth and quick profits chew away at Earth’s substance. “We lack long-term vision,” is how Adriana sums it up.

We need innovative ideas, and quickly. One could be a cutting-edge technology that is already heralded as the next trillion dollar industry (yes, even maintaining ourselves has to be profitable): asteroid mining. What sounds like science fiction could be a way to exploit resources, at least for space endeavors, maybe even for our terrestrial industry, without doing any harm, or so one hopes. After all, asteroids are just remnants of exploded stars.

While we only know them as moving targets that extinguish life on earth in movies, this flying debris contains the same materials found on Earth. So, theoretically, you could extract water and precious metals from them. Currently, two companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, officially explore asteroid mining techniques. Leaves us with the tricky question of space legalities. But that’s a different story.

Stargazing Might Make Sense for SAP’s Aerospace & Defense Industry

Other than potentially “sacrificing” two of its employees to the Mars One mission, SAP delivers the technology for many of the companies supporting space projects.

MineRP, a South African company providing software that can immediately calculate the profitability of a mining endeavor based on geology and fluctuating raw material prices, among others, is now running on SAP HANA, which reduces calculation time from months to minutes and closes the gap between technical and financial calculation, making things like asteroid mining a possibility.

The Aerospace & Defense industry provides customers like Lockheed Martin (Mars Basecamp), Boeing (NASA), Sierra Nevada (Dream Catcher spacecraft), United Launch Alliance, and the European Space Agency with the technology needed to handle their infrastructure and analyze Big Data, which is used for advanced satellite technology, launch systems for space rockets, or voice control technology for rocket workers.

SAP Africa is among the state and industry partners involved in a project to set up the world’s biggest telescope that will generate an unbelievable 160 terabytes of data per second. SAP obviously didn’t miss the bandwagon.

Should Adriana pass all upcoming tests and be among the first settlers on Mars, she hopes that her irreversible decision will help to change the planet she is willing to leave behind. If this unprecedented adventure will indeed be a puzzle piece in saving our species, it will be rewarding to know that SAP had some part in this endeavor.

If Adriana had one wish she could leave us with here on Earth, it would be to never stop questioning the world around us: “Otherwise we will arrive in a future that nobody planned, and nobody understands how we got there because we never stopped to think ‘What are we doing?’ Always question everything!”

The SKA (Square Kilometre Array) radio telescope is a “mega-science” project that will bundle many areas of cutting-edge technology to generate unprecedented amounts of data. Thousands of radio antennas in Africa and Australia will enable scientists to “take a listen” into deep space and gain a better understanding of how our galaxy was formed. It might also help us to learn more about dark energy and dark matter, and maybe even catch signals from life in outer space.100 organizations from 20 countries are helping to design and implement this program which should be completed in 2030.

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Accenture Positioned as a Leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data and Analytics Service Providers, Worldwide

Accenture News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 26, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been recognized by independent analyst firm Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the “Magic Quadrant for Data and Analytics Service Providers, Worldwide1.” Accenture is positioned furthest on the “completeness of vision” axis. The company was also evaluated for its ability to execute.
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Saving Tigers

SAP News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:00

Dr. Tanja Schaetz-Kruft is deep in Thailand’s rain forest tracking tigers with George, her local partner from the WWF.

They seek to find ways to enhance their conservation efforts to help tigers get back on the path to thriving. Normally on a Friday, Tanja would be in Germany collecting donations for her foundation, A World for Tigers.

Supported by SAP, here she’s on an expedition with purpose, helping to save at least one species close to her heart: tigers.

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On the Tigers’ Trail

SAP News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:00
Follow an SAP employee through the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

“Everybody out, please!” Not for the first time on this strenuous drive through the forest, the expedition party is being asked to get out of the 4x4s that are packed with equipment and supplies.

Is it another of those treacherous creeks that the vehicles need to cross without the weight of passengers to avoid getting stuck in the mud and rocks on the riverbed? No. This time there’s a different reason for our unscheduled stop. We climb out of the vehicles, leaving behind the comfortable leather seats and the pleasant – though artificial – cool air coming from the 4x4s’ air-conditioning systems. Out in the open, you immediately sense the remoteness and vibrancy of this place. Glaring sunlight pierces through gaps in 16-foot bamboo trees and thick-leaved banana plants, producing that dry, scorching heat that is typical of Thailand’s dry evergreen forest in the summer.

This is pure, unspoiled nature; a “digital detox zone” where you won’t find a cell phone signal, an internet connection, or any other link to civilization except the narrow, rugged track that is just wide enough for our caravan to navigate.

We follow our uniformed guides, the only people who could have brought us here, into the undergrowth. These men and women are rangers from Thailand’s Mae Wong National Park, some 215 miles north of Bangkok. Suddenly, one of them signals to us to stop. He beckons Tanja Schätz-Kruft forward. He wants her to see it first. They both crouch down, inspect something on the ground, move a few feet forward, check the ground again, and then a third time. Here they are at last: Wider than a human hand, three pugmarks pressed into the moist earth and almost obscured by dry undergrowth. Even a layman can see that a very large animal has passed this way. These are fresh tiger tracks.

Friday Is “Tiger Day”

Tanja’s regular job involves inspecting things too; though in this case, it’s SAP security concepts, not tiger tracks. She works four days a week as a communications expert in SAP Global Security, where she looks at how to instill the right level of security awareness in SAP employees around the world and to provide them with the knowledge they need. The fifth day, Friday, is reserved for tigers.

In 2012, having received the go-ahead from SAP to reduce her employment level to 80%, Tanja was able to realize her dream of setting up her own animal protection foundation, A World for Tigers. At the time, the situation for tigers around the world was already critical. With only about 3,200 animals remaining in the wild, they were close to extinction.

“Ultimately, my decision to help the tigers was emotional, not rational. I’ve loved tigers ever since I was a child, and I knew that if something didn’t happen fast, they would soon be gone forever. I felt that I could contribute most by becoming active myself. Setting up my foundation and working successfully with the World Wide Fund for Nature has made my dream of becoming part of a tiger protection program come true,” says Tanja.

Tanja’s foundation, A World for Tigers, is dedicated to protecting the Indochinese tiger in Thailand and Myanmar. According to a 2016 estimate, there are only 196 of these tigers left, making them seriously at threat of extinction.

Thailand is a favorable location for animal protection work because the government is cooperative and the population is open to the preservation effort. All donations are channeled directly to the project area, and donors receive detailed information about the measures they have supported.

There are three main threats to the tigers’ survival:

  • Poaching: tiger parts fetch enormous sums of money on the black market. They are used in Asia and in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Habitat loss: caused by deforestation
  • Prey depletion: as a result of hunting

Some of the measures required to protect tigers are:

  • Deployment of rangers
  • Education for schoolchildren and the general population
  • Habitat preservation
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Zorro and Co.

Stooping to look at the pugmarks, the ranger tells Tanja that they probably belong to Zorro. He is one of the park’s oldest and strongest male tigers. Thanks to the support of Tanja’s foundation and the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are now precise records of the wild animal population in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex, particularly the endangered tigers, for every year since 2012.

Each tiger is identifiable by its coat pattern, as no two of these majestic big cats’ fur patterns are ever the same. And it is his distinctive coat that gives Zorro his name. While all the tigers on the database just have a reference number made up of letters and numbers (Zorro’s reference number is MKM2), Zorro is also registered under his nickname, which derives from the distinctive z-shaped marking on the inner side of his left front leg (see photo). The data stored on each tiger includes its age, size, weight, and number of offspring. The width and characteristics of the pugmarks we’ve found give Zorro’s presence away. He was at exactly this spot about two or three days ago.

According to current records, 16 tigers range the area covered by the Mae Wong and Khlong Lan National Parks. A World for Tigers has pledged to protect the Indochinese tiger in Thailand and Myanmar and is providing the local rangers with the specific support they need to do this. Their job is to locate illegal poachers’ camps in the jungle, confiscate weapons and poaching equipment, and arrest suspicious persons. They also mount camera traps (consisting of trail and video cameras fitted with motion sensors) in trees and review the material captured on film once a month to systematically track the animal population.

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living big cat. In Buddhism, it is revered as a wise leader, and it has even been designated the official animal of India. The tiger once populated large parts of Asia. While there were still about 100,000 specimens of these majestic big cats left a century ago, today there are only about 3,900 roaming wild. Because of its dwindling numbers, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has listed the Indochinese tiger as “critically endangered.”

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Tiger Conservation in Action

Several years after setting up her foundation, Tanja has finally made the 7,000-mile trip to visit the area where her help has long since begun to have an impact. Her main objective is to see animal protection in action. Which is why she is taking part in one of the regular ranger patrols in Mae Wong National Park. After the discovery of tiger tracks, our bumpy 4×4 ride continues and takes us deep into the forest to a ranger station that was jointly financed by Tanja’s foundation.

Idyllically situated in a clearing next to a gurgling stream, the station consists of three buildings, a solar power unit, and several campfires. The croaking of frogs and the calling of three wild peacocks enhance the romantic atmosphere of a scene that could easily come from one of those old safari movies. But there is nothing romantic about the ranger station’s purpose. The rangers need this stop-off station as a base from which to begin the expeditions that take them deep into the surrounding forest, often for days a time, and allow them to protect an even larger area than was previously possible.

Tanja, who is keen to find out as much as possible about the rangers’ everyday experiences, has been invited to spend the night at the station. Finally, she has an opportunity to find answers to all her many questions. Rung and George are on hand to interpret. The two biologists are WWF employees and have been working hand-in-hand with the rangers in Thailand’s national parks for many years.

The Danger Is Not Over

Not a single tiger has been registered as poached in the area since 2015, and 2016 saw the tiger population reach its highest level since monitoring began (there are now 10 adult tigers and six cubs). But these first, tentative successes will tempt neither Tanja nor the local animal conservationists to rest on their laurels. The discussion at the ranger station quickly turns to the hard facts of tiger protection.

All too often, bringing criminal charges against poachers is like tilting against windmills. Added to that, tigers are still sometimes seen by the local population as blood-thirsty beasts that kill and eat both humans and livestock. In truth, they are shy creatures and steer well clear of humans except in in extreme situations. Clearly, work is needed to erode deep-seated prejudices and educate people in the vital role tigers play in keeping the ecosystem intact. Another threat to the tiger population is Thailand’s flourishing tourism industry. On the one hand, infrastructure projects ­– such as the construction of roads, fences, and pipelines – are carving up the territories that these solitary animals need to roam and find new mates. On the other, the tigers’ prey base is shrinking. This is because, increasingly, the big game that is unique to this area is appearing on menus in local restaurants to attract tourists – rather than being eaten by the tigers who rely on it to survive.

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Words, Deeds, Purpose

This is exactly the kind of information Tanja needs. As she sips her early morning coffee next to the stream, she is already planning future measures and activities. Tanja not only collects donations through her foundation. Despite being far away in Germany, her objective is to be personally involved in protecting the tiger population.

“The great thing is that I can actively contribute to decisions about how and where to spend the donations we receive,” she says. “It’s very important to me to liaise with the WWF project lead every year on which activities have top priority in our project area and what A World for Tigers can materially contribute. We regularly call each other to discuss the progress and status of the activities we’ve planned,” says Tanja. And when it comes to formulating these activities in more detail, the chance to speak to personnel on the ground is invaluable.

The night spent in the forest was surprisingly cold. As we leave the game station behind us, Tanja tells me that it was while watching huge dewdrops fall incessantly from the roof of her tent that her reasons for doing what she does became clearer to her than ever before: “Everyone needs a purpose in life. That can vary enormously from person to person. The main thing is that each of us achieves contentment and the feeling of having done something positive.”

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During the last days of her trip, Tanja is invited to a local market and a village school – visits that are an integral and crucial part of the rangers’ regular public relations work. They have formed a band that appears at events like these – always to great applause. And inflatable mascots in the shape of a tiger, a panda (the symbol of the WWF), and a muntjac deer (the tiger’s main prey) are invariably a big hit with children. The rangers often hail from the local area themselves and therefore connect easily with the population, both young and old. They patiently answer everyone’s questions, refer to the flyers and handouts they have brought with them, and distribute posters to hordes of beaming children.

Theirs is not a nine-to-five job by any means. But they know as well as Tanja: Time is running out for the world’s tigers.

Today, Zorro is more than just a memory in Tanja’s mind, in this report, and in Thailand’s rainforest. But what of the future? Tanja has set herself one goal: “Each of us leaves tracks as we pass through life, and my wish would be for my tracks to remain when I have gone. Then I could feel that I had done something useful with my life.”

Tanja lives with her husband in Heidelberg and enjoys walking her dogs in the nearby vineyards. She holds a PhD in biology, specializing in biophysics and bioinformatics. She joined SAP in October 2001 and currently works as a communications expert in SAP Global Security.

Q: What do you feel you can give to the people around you?
A
: It makes me happy to think that, by realizing my own dream, I can maybe encourage others to give their aspirations a chance and to take the first step – no matter how hard that might seem. I would never have thought a few years ago that I would have my own foundation, and now I do!

Do you have a role model?
Albert Schweitzer. To me, he is one of the key figures of the animal protection movement. He held a deep reverence for life, and that included respect for the entire animal kingdom.

What’s your motto for life?
My motto is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This reminds me again and again that change starts with the individual.

We would like to thank the World Wide Fund for Nature for their kind support in creating this story.

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Staffing Industry Analysts Names SAP Fieldglass President to List of Top Leaders in Workforce Solutions

SAP News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:30
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has named Rob Brimm, president of SAP Fieldglass, to its 2018 Staffing 100 list of North American workforce leaders.

Members of the list were selected based on the commitment, innovation and expertise they bring to their customers’ management of the external workforce.

“Being included on this list of staffing leaders reaffirms our resolve to identify new ways technology can be used to help businesses reinvent how they get work done,” Brimm said. “As the multichannel workforce grows beyond the staff at today’s businesses to include freelancers, independent contractors, contingent workers and others, we continue to help our customers be agile and effective as they recruit, engage and manage this talent.”

To that end, the SAP Fieldglass portfolio has built-in integrations on its open platform to develop and expand its digital network, which provides customers easy access to solutions for sourcing, engaging, paying and managing their flexible workforce to achieve better business outcomes.

Brimm was included on SIA’s list of the top 100 CEOs, entrepreneurs, technologists, workforce specialists, legal advisors, data scientists and others in North America who champion solutions to support the management of the external workforce.

SAP Fieldglass solutions, leaders in external talent management and services procurement, are used by organizations around the world to find, engage and manage all types of flexible resources. The SAP Fieldglass cloud-based, open platform has been deployed in more than 180 countries and helps companies increase operational agility and accelerate business outcomes in the digital economy. Backed by the resources of SAP, our customers benefit from a road map driven by a continuous investment in innovation.

Access the Staffing 100 website for North America to learn more, and visit the SAP Fieldglass website for more information about our external talent and service procurement solutions.

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Digital Leaders: Navigators in a Complex World

SAP News - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:00
Today’s technology-driven world is undeniably complex. This complexity is reflected in many aspects of our society, from cultural shifts to ethical issues resulting from the advance of technologies such as machine learning.

To deal with – and benefit from – these changes, many companies face the challenge of transforming their traditional businesses into digital enterprises. Customers rely on leaders from the IT industry to help guide them through the digitalization of their products, processes, and business models and unlock the value from transformative innovations such as the cloud, big data, and artificial intelligence.

Both the rapid changes in technology and the unprecedented volume of disruption exacerbate the need for excellent leadership, according to Gartner’s May 2017 report, Leadership in the Digital Age: A Gartner Trend Insight Report. In addition, we believe digitalized businesses change the way we work in teams, organizations, and even bigger networks and ecosystems.

Innovation today is about a whole system of mechanisms that must function together seamlessly, while smart technology ensures everything is connected from the device to the dashboard.

Leaders Are Faced With Complexity

While new technologies and growing ecosystems boost digital businesses, they also create, or increase, complexity, resulting in hyper-connected networks, ecosystems, industries, and whole economies.

This hyper-connected environment creates new challenges for IT leaders: As the recognized experts in their field, they are expected to not only envision, but also to realize new technology trends and business models for their companies. Furthermore, they have to provide clear guidance on topics such as modernizing IT landscapes, establishing data-driven digital business models, and catching up with new competitors – as well as driving the cultural changes related to technological progress.

In such an increasingly connected environment, we also need to adapt and rethink leadership principles. Why? Because disruptive innovation is about new collaboration and business models. But there is another dimension that must not be forgotten in today’s world: These new collaboration and business models require societal acceptance and depend on the perceived value that they bring to society as a whole.

Sustaining disruptive innovation is all about humans, not just technology and business models. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver in terms of financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. When developing their strategies, companies must consider all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.

Leaders Are the Navigators

We live in a complex world, one in which navigating a business’s path to success can sometimes feel overwhelming. Innovative leaders however, have always been the ones who stood up first, who wanted to move the needle and push us forward – as a company, as individuals, and as a society.

In my opinion, this requires not only intelligent software and leaders and employees who have an in-depth digital knowledge, but also new skills. The skills required to be successful in hyper-connected networks and ecosystems are arguably self-explanatory: Leaders need to be able to listen, they need to be willing to collaborate, and they must care about the impact they and their companies make because in the future, it will be even harder to establish completely new business models, products, and services as a single individual, company, or organization.

So here are my three key takeaways.

Leaders Must Listen

Leaders need to have an eye on economic, political, and societal trends. They also need to listen carefully to customers, partners, and employees. As a leader, you have the privilege of being able to speak with all these stakeholders. Hearing their different points of view gives you a broader overview of the big picture which, in turn, allows you to make bolder decisions.

Leaders must encourage continuous and life-long learning and lead in this respect by example. In an era of knowledge workplaces and augmented capabilities, where many routine tasks will be either supported or managed and executed by intelligent systems, this is now more important than ever.

For leaders today, it’s about constantly assessing and questioning the status quo, reviewing their own position, being open to new trends, and taking the appropriate action to change course as and when necessary.

Leaders Must Partner

Being part of hyper-connected ecosystems requires more co-innovation between companies.  While working hand-in-hand with other leaders, partners, and customers has led to many groundbreaking solutions in recent decades, a true co-innovation model between enterprises goes beyond that: It involves more commitment from all parties to drive innovation and share in both its risks and benefits.

In this way, I strongly believe leaders can better focus on innovation. Innovation is not a game of chance or a solo act, it’s about showing creativity and responsibility within a team.

Leaders Must Care

Leaders must put people first – today more than ever. In an increasingly digitalized environment, there is a trend towards ever-growing networks and ecosystems and this makes it more important than ever to focus on personal contact.

Today and in the future, leaders need to look beyond the current innovation curve, the pure technology shift, and the concrete product innovations we bring to the market. They need to create meaning out of it with a clear overall purpose and humans at the core of all their efforts.

While companies strive for economic success, it will become increasingly important to put purpose and societal value at the heart of everything we do. These are the values that engage people in a way that profit alone never will. It is the people who make the company, drive its success, and innovate its future.

You can only navigate the right path in a complex world if you know and understand your environment, and this is why now, more than ever, in the digital age, it’s so important to listen, partner, and care. People first, technology second.

This story originally appeared on Business Trends on the SAP Community.

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[Canceled] Maintenance Notification: April 28, 2018

SAP News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:12

Update, 4/4/2018: This maintenance window has been canceled

Due to maintenance, the following services will not be available  2018/04/28 (Saturday) from 14:00-19:00 SGT (14:00-19:00 China) (8:00-13:00 CET):
  • Sapserv7/9
    • Problem analysis and/or service delivery on customer systems
    • Transfer Early Watch Alert data
    • Data exchange via SAP Note Assistant
    • Service connection reservation
    • Customer incidents via SAP Solution Manager
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SAP and Viva con Agua: “All for Water – Water for All”

SAP News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:00
For Viva con Agua, the Barchecker app is more than just a sales tool. It gives power to the people to really make an impact in the world.

Water is life. It flows naturally from the tap, always available, in drinking water quality. What many of us take for granted every day remains a distant dream for others. Just recently, the residents of Cape Town were faced with “Day Zero,” the day when their taps were expected to run dry. Although the South African city has averted Day Zero for now, the global struggle for this life-sustaining resource continues: 582 million people have currently no access to safe drinking water.*

“All for Water – Water for All” is therefore the clear and simple vision that Viva con Agua has chosen for itself. For the past 12 years, the Hamburg-based organization has been working to give people worldwide access to clean drinking water.

“If you don’t have water, you don’t have anything, it’s the start of any kind of development,” explains Benjamin Adrion, one of the organization’s founders.

To realize its vision, Viva con Agua has mobilized around 12,000 mostly young volunteers. But how did the organization, which itself has around 20 employees, build up such an extensive network of supporters?

Photo: Viva con Agua

Viva con Agua believes that helping others should be fun, and even its name is an expression of this: The Spanish word “viva” stand for vitality and zest for life. The organization refrains from using images of human suffering. Instead, it prefers to attract volunteers through art, sport, music, and anything else that reflects vitality, and creates a positive experience.

“Everyone can contribute their own ideas and talents,” explains Tobias Rau, co-founder and responsible for coordinating volunteers and fundraising. “If you naturally enjoy doing something, then you will do it well, and we want to use this potential to realize our vision.”

There is no limit on creativity; for example, some volunteers go to concerts or sports stadiums to collect empty plastic cups that have a deposit on them. For visitors attending the event, this is an easy way to get rid of their empty cups and donate a euro or two to the organization.

Photo: Philip Ruopp for Viva con Agua

The link to sports is no coincidence. Benjamin Adrion used to play soccer for Hamburg-based second Bundesliga club FC St. Pauli. “It all began at a training camp in Cuba,” says Benny. “It was a turning point for me, and once I got back to Hamburg, I asked myself whether I really wanted to continue playing soccer, or whether I wanted to do something else?”

He decided to quit playing soccer and to travel the world instead. On the same day, his manager offered him a fixed contract with FC St. Pauli. He had two weeks to make his decision, and then he founded Viva con Agua. “It makes sense to use your time not only for yourself, but always try to focus as good as you can on the happiness of other people – if possible the long-term happiness of as many people as possible,” Benny explains. “I think that is a good motivation to start the day.”

The Barchecker App

In addition to the cup collection initiative and other joint projects with musicians and artists from Hamburg, Viva con Agua also sells bottled water that has achieved cult status in trendy bars and restaurants. Sixty percent of the profits go toward international water projects.

To support the sale of this bottled water, SAP developed the Barchecker app, which is based on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA, and AngularJS. The idea behind the app is that the organization’s supporters across Germany can check whether a bar or restaurant already sells “Viva con Agua” water. If it doesn’t, they can use the app to register the business owner’s interest. A professional sales colleague from Viva con Agua will then contact the business.

“The Barchecker app can help us to distribute our water and to give even more people the chance to support our vision – simply by making a low-threshold and easy consumer decision,” explains Tobias.

Viva con Agua runs SAP

Andreas Doelling, consulting manager at SAP Hamburg and initiator of the partnership, sees this an interesting signal from SAP to startup companies. “We want to show that smaller companies can also use our cloud solutions to do business.”

But that’s not all, as Andreas explains: “Viva con Agua needs software, we have software; and the relief organization is well-known for its amazing connection to young people, so it is potentially an extremely interesting source of early talent for us.”

As Juliane Rieck, a senior consultant at SAP and supporter of the project, explains: “We can attract the young talents that we really want and need at SAP by giving them cool and innovative projects to work on.”

Andreas Doelling succeeded in using the Viva con Agua project to attract students, who developed the app largely independently. Five of them have since signed permanent contracts with SAP. Other students on degree and vocational programs are also currently working on the project. “This will hopefully result in another three to four permanent contracts in the coming years,” says Andreas.

His own light-bulb moment in this project was the openness on both sides: “I found it difficult to imagine that an organization like Viva con Agua would want to work with a large, established company. But the openness and positive energy was great, and it is with this attitude that Viva con Agua also engages in development cooperation.”

All Profit

However, Viva con Agua does not want to be seen as a non-profit organization in the literal sense. Instead, the focus is on the “all profit” idea. The volunteer effort should benefit everyone – the people requiring help and the supporters of the organization. Eye level engagement is the key: “I do not see our support as a donation, but rather as an investment in water projects and, ultimately, in a better future for us all,” explains press spokesperson, Claudia Gersdorf. “We want to contribute to a mindset change in society when it comes to a partnership between the northern and southern hemispheres.”

Tobias also sees the traditional way of running relief projects as a one-way street: “We want to create a real exchange with people in the project countries, for example through local internships or by inviting them to Hamburg.”

The Millerntor Gallery, an annual art festival held in collaboration with FC St. Pauli, is one example of this. During the festival, street art is on display in the Millerntor stadium by artists from around the world – from Hamburg to Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nepal and other countries in which Viva con Agua is active.

“The idea is to promote an exchange between artists from different parts of the world and to encourage networking,” explains Lars Braitmayer, who is responsible for HR and water projects at Viva con Agua. Millerntor Gallery events now also take place in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Uganda.

Photo: Stefan Groenveld for Viva con Agua

Deborah Mateja wrote her bachelor’s thesis about Viva con Agua while working at SAP. She felt like she was doing the most meaningful job of her entire life. “Because I was doing something significant and had a lot of responsibility, and I knew that if we helped Viva con Agua, we might also be helping a child somewhere in Africa,” says Debbie.

*Source: WHO
423 million people taking water from unprotected wells and springs
159 million people collecting untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Top Photo: John Brömstrup for Viva con Agua

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SAP Code Challenge for iOS Enterprise Apps: Build a Great iOS Enterprise App in Just Six Hours

SAP News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:45
Businesses are increasingly looking to enterprise mobility as an integral part of their digital transformation strategy. Many are even implementing a mobile-first approach for pivotal organizational roles, like field service personnel and sales people.

Gartner forecasts that by 2022, approximately 70 percent of all software interactions in the enterprise will occur on mobile devices.

SAP introduced the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS to enable businesses to accelerate innovation of enterprise mobile apps for iOS devices, and recently added enhancements for controls and tighter integration. For developers and consultants with backgrounds in either SAP or iOS, the SDK has opened a new opportunity to build the next generation of applications combining the depth and intelligence of real-time enterprise data with the intuitiveness of a simplified mobile experience for increased workplace productivity. For more information, see SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS Powers Innovation.

According to Gartner, by 2022 some 70% of all software interactions in the enterprise will occur on mobile devices

Held in Barcelona on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2018, the world’s biggest trade fair event for the mobile community, the SAP Code Challenge for iOS Enterprise Apps provided a venue for developers to gain hands-on experience working with the tools of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, as well as to learn best practices, get up to speed on the latest UI design guidelines, and ask questions to the SAP and Apple experts on site. The hackathon attracted developers from both the SAP ecosystem who wanted to build on their mobile skills, as well as developers form the iOS ecosystem who wanted to gain experience building enterprise apps.

Altogether, 37 developers from across Europe and the U.S. participated in the one-day event, organized by SAP and Apple. The group included both seasoned professionals and young careerists, working for tier-one consulting firms as well as small to midsize consultancies. Most had professional backgrounds in development or design, and had some prior experience working with both SAP and iOS technologies. Some developers from the Apple ecosystem had not had prior exposure to SAP and enterprise data.

The Challenge: Field Service Scenario Optimized for Device and User Experience

The hackathon challenge centered on a typical field service scenario for the telecommunications industry, wherein a field service worker must maintain a base station. Working in nine teams, the developers were tasked with coming up with a way to guide the worker to the location of the base station and then providing the relevant information at the site. They were given just six hours to build their applications. The teams started with an unfinished prototype that performed some of the data access into the SAP Cloud Platform, upon which they then had to build a user interface and add capabilities. The teams used SAP Fiori for iOS design language to create the UI.

Following a design thinking session in the morning, the teams set to work coding with SAP Cloud Platform mobile services in combination with Apple’s programming language, Swift, to create the device interface. All participants had an SAP Cloud account to access the demo data on an SAP HANA database. The challenge provided an opportunity for developers to combine the strengths of SAP and iOS to create an enterprise-grade mobile work solution – ready to go in just six hours.

“We got very deep questions already,” said Sami Lechner, product manager, SAP Mobile Services Unit, SAP, who provided SAP Cloud Platform and mobile support during the hackathon. “Every team is doing an end-to-end connection. People are tapping into real data through SAP Cloud Platform, syncing it to a device, and then putting a very nice UI on top of it. We’re showing them how to easily tap into the SAP world. If they go to a customer now who says ‘this is the format of data I want,’ they know exactly what the customer wants and they can give it to them.”

At the end of the day, each team was given six minutes to pitch their app to their peers, first by demonstrating the flow on a flip chart and then with a demo of the app. Feedback was based on practical criteria, such as the user experience of the app; innovative ideas around the use of the technology; and viability of the concept in a business context.

Kristaps Banga, Innovation Lead for Accenture Latvia Advanced Technology Center, presents his teams’ app created at the SAP Code Challenge for iOS Enterprise Apps.

In the limited time given, each team was able to produce a complete end-to-end app. Although the teams took varied approaches to guiding the field service worker to the site, most took advantage of the graphical map interfaces available on iOS and relied on the SAP Fiori for iOS design language to display data in the UI. One team went the extra mile by enhancing their app with QR code reading capabilities and video-enabled chat.

“Feedback has been very positive,” said Holger Fritzinger, head of Mobile Solution Management at SAP. “The participants liked the idea of getting an app built in such a short time. This is what we also want to also drive home. Besides learning from the challenge itself, the event is also about being able to ask questions of the SAP and iOS experts on hand as well as leveraging the approach for their customer projects.”

Follow Up by SAP Developer Relations

After the success of the hackathon, the follow up is just as important as the event itself, say members of SAP Developer Relations. They intend to maintain one-on-one contact with the participants to see how their projects are developing, as well as to provide additional enablement sessions on topics like how to integrate more SAP Leonardo services into apps and how to further modify back-end data.

“We’ll be reaching out to see how else we can help the participants develop their skills,” says Ian Thain of SAP Developer Relations. “A lot of them are just starting their journey.”

Additional Resources for SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS  

In case you missed this event, watch the SAP Developer Relations events page to find out about upcoming SAP Code Challenge for iOS Enterprise Apps events happening near you. You can also, get started with SAP iOS SDK: Official Tutorials and Resources. First, you will need to sign up for a developer account on SAP Cloud Platform. Developers will want to check out the SAP Fiori Mentor App in the iTunes store. Designers will want to check out the UX Design Stencils for iPad and iPhone: SAP Fiori for iOS design language.

An overview of the Apple and SAP partnership, plus customer successes, is available at www.sap.com/Apple .

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Accenture Reports Strong Second-Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Accenture News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:50
NEW YORK; Mar. 22, 2018 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, ended Feb. 28, 2018, with net revenues of $9.6 billion, an increase of 15 percent in U.S. dollars and 10 percent in local currency over the same period last year.
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Investment in Insurtech Industry Surged in 2017, with Europe Emerging as Key Insurtech Hub, Accenture Analysis Finds

Accenture News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 01:59
LONDON, NEW YORK and HONG KONG; March 22, 2018 – Global investment in the insurance technology (insurtech) industry surged in 2017, with Europe emerging as a new insurtech hub outside the U.S., according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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Mindfulness: What’s In It For Me?

SAP News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:45

How can we stay centered in our high-pace, hectic, always-online lives? Mindfulness can help.

When we practice mindfulness, we learn to focus attention to the present moment. Studies show that mindfulness helps to better focus our mind, better regulate emotions, and feel happier.

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