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SAP and SWIFT Partnership Connects Your Business with the Banking World in the Cloud

SAP News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:15
Every business needs it: A connection between the financial backend system and external banks is essential for daily financial operations.

In the past, with relatively simple system landscapes and stable business environments, the maintenance of those connections was a manageable task, even if the interfaces were homegrown and very specific.

But things have become more complex over time. Not only has technology changed, the business of today is far more demanding. People expect financial IT systems to adapt quickly to changes in business models or business relations. Changes need to be integrated seamlessly into existing processes without interruption. This applies even more to modern cloud-based environments where change happens almost on the fly.

How can you move away from maintaining proprietary connections towards a modern multi-bank connectivity solution?

SAP has set up a partnership with SWIFT, the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services, to develop an out-of-the-box solution for treasurers worldwide.

With SAP S/4HANA, SAP brings the latest technology to the table; SWIFT has the ability to reach out to nearly all banks globally via its comprehensive network. The combination of SAP Cloud Platform technology and the globally standardized SWIFT network results in a combination that has the potential to change the game.

On March 21, this new partnership was announced by SWIFT.

Read more here

Uwe Erdtmann is director of Solution Marketing at SAP.

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A Conversation with SAP’s Barry Padgett and Rob Enslin: Leading SAP Ariba is Like Getting the Keys to a Racecar

SAP News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:00
Like many audience members streaming out of the emotionally-charged day one keynote presentations at SAP Ariba Live, I wondered where we’d go from there.

Filled with a renewed sense of purpose, I headed to an exclusive roundtable to hear what SAP Ariba President Barry Padgett and Rob Enslin, member of the Executive Board and president of the Cloud Business Group at SAP, had to say about what’s next for their customers.

10 Months Into Transformation

Enslin kicked off the conversation in his typical down-to-earth way, talking matter of factly about his role in the biggest transformation in SAP history. Formerly president of Global Customer Operations, he now leads SAP’s cloud portfolio, including SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer, and SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

“The succession planning at SAP was well organized, and we’d been planning it for quite some time,” he said. “I particularly had a passion for helping SAP transform into a true cloud company. I had a real passion for turning the CRM business into a true massive business for SAP, and wanted to take on the network piece and reinvigorate that as well. The last 10 months have been fascinating.”

Left to right: Karen Master, Barry Padgett, Rob Enslin. Image via SAP.

Characterizing people as both the biggest opportunity and challenge, Enslin acknowledged changing mindsets wasn’t easy.

“You need to figure out when to take some things from the old world and make it relevant in the new world,” he said. “With 90,000 employees operating in 180 countries, it’s a challenge. I’m very proud of how far we’ve come and I always see the glass completely full at the end of the day.”

From Acquisition Paranoia to Wonderful Marriage

Padgett saw his appointment to president of SAP Ariba as a logical progression from leadership positions initially at Concur followed by the SAP SMB group.

“When I worked at Concur, I always woke up with an intense paranoia that we’d get acquired by someone,” he said. “When it did happen with SAP, I found kindred souls who wanted to push the market forward, innovating in the cloud together. It’s been a wonderful marriage.”

“Ariba and Concur have gone through the same kind of journey from on-premise [software applications] to cloud,” he said. “I love the fact that the company is really firing on all cylinders. We’ve seen a ton of innovation and enablement coming out on both the buy and supply sides, including reaching the mid-market with SAP Ariba Snap. It’s like getting the keys to a racecar, not a family sedan.”

A philosophical mindset shift is happening across all of @SAP for building extensible technologies so people can do inspiring things with it

What’s Next

Enslin is already looking ahead to tremendous opportunities for SAP in the cloud. He viewed CRM as a “greenfield” opportunity, and predicted massively simplified processes, especially when SAP closes on the acquisition of Callidus Software, which is already being used by the company’s field sales organization.

“Our bookings are growing up to 40 percent, and if we invest more, we can get growth to over 40 percent in a number of businesses,” he said. “When Callidus becomes part of the family, you’ll see vibrant CRM connecting the front office to the back in a way that no one else has done, including adding a ton of AI.”

It may be easy to talk about corporate purpose, but Enslin pointed out that SAP has numerous examples of how its ERP software improves people’s lives. He mentioned the partnership with Step Up For Students, so movingly captured by stay-at-home-mom Katie Swingle on stage during the keynote, as well as SAP’s sports industry strategy. “We never have partnership with sports teams unless they are using our technology.”

Services at the Forefront

With technology receding to the background as enabler, Padgett described a sea change at SAP: “We want to make sure our innovation is extensible so it can live beyond its specific initial purpose. Then you start to imagine and dream, and see these ecosystems pop up with people who are doing amazing things with your services. A philosophical mindset shift is happening across all of SAP for building extensible technologies so people can do inspiring things with it.”

As for all those emotions I mentioned earlier, read this exclusive interview with Kate Swingler, the Florida mom who made everyone’s eyes fill with tears and all of us at SAP feel just a little more proud.

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Accenture to Host Conference Call Tomorrow, Mar. 22, to Discuss Second-Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results

Accenture News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:59
NEW YORK; Mar. 21, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow, Mar. 22, to discuss its second-quarter fiscal year 2018 financial results. A news release containing these results will be issued before the call.
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SAP Announces Additional Candidate for By-Election to SAP Supervisory Board

SAP News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:00
WALLDORF, Germany — The Supervisory Board of SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) recommends Diane Greene, Chief Executive Officer of Google Cloud, Google LLC, USA, and member of the board of directors, Alphabet, Inc., as candidate for by-election to the SAP Supervisory Board.

Shareholders of SAP will vote on the by-election of Ms. Greene at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on May 17, 2018, in Mannheim, Germany. Ms. Greene is proposed as successor to Prof. Klaus Wucherer, who has decided to resign from the Board effective as of the close of this year’s Annual General Meeting.

“I would like to thank Prof. Wucherer for his many years of service to SAP,” said Prof. Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. “With Diane Greene, we hope to gain a further independent expert on our Board. Her software industry expertise and insight will be a great asset.”

This candidate has been nominated in addition to the following previously announced candidates for by-elections to the SAP Supervisory Board:

  • Aicha Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Intel Corporation, USA, who was appointed SAP Supervisory Board member by Mannheim District Court in June 2017
  • Dr. Friederike Rotsch, Group General Counsel and Head of Group Legal & Compliance of Merck KGaA, who is proposed to replace Prof. Wilhelm Haarmann
  • Gerhard Oswald, former Executive Board member, SAP, who is proposed to replace Prof. Anja Feldmann from January 1, 2019, after the expiration of the statutory two-year cooling-off period for prior Executive Board members

With these candidates, the SAP Supervisory Board recommends personalities with deep competencies aligned with the Profile of Skills and Expertise prepared by the Supervisory Board and reduces the average tenure on the Board. Furthermore, with the nomination of Mr Gerhard Oswald, a well-respected expert with deep knowledge of SAP, the Supervisory Board aims to ensure that this knowledge remains available to the Board.

Details on the candidates for the by-elections to the SAP Supervisory Board will be published in early April 2018 together with the invitation to this year’s Annual General Meeting.

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Accenture Labs and Grameen Foundation India Use Emerging Technologies to Help Increase Adoption of Financial Services Among Low-Income Women

Accenture News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 01:29
NEW DELHI, India; March 21, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Grameen Foundation India have collaborated to develop two new applications that help overcome the barriers to financial services adoption among women and other low-income populations in India. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, the applications help users better understand financial products and services, enabling them to make informed choices that positively impact their financial and social well-being. Grameen Foundation India plans to roll out the applications across 300 villages in the states of Maharashtra and Odisha.
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Australia's Digital Currency Market Expanding, Accenture and Australian Digital Commerce Association Research Reveals

Accenture News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:45

SYDNEY; March 20, 2018 – Australia’s digital currency market reached new levels in 2017, with significant gains in trading value and volumes, according to a joint research project by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and ADCA (Australian Digital Commerce Association) that showed activity levels, transactional values and trader demographics in the country for the first time.

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At Hannover Messe, SAP Presents End-to-End Solutions for the Digital Factories of Tomorrow

SAP News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:15
At this year’s Hannover Messe (HMI), SAP is showcasing “Generation 2018” of the open integrated factory, demonstrating how customers can create a digital twin for end-to-end processes – from product design and customer orders to manufacturing and product inspection.

The main advantage: flexible and scalable manufacturing with mobile assembly workstations and matrix production.

Generation 2018 of the open integrated factory (OIF) focuses on the assembly of a valve used in bottle filling equipment because this “complex component from a complex machine,” as Ralf Lehmann puts it, is a good example of the interconnection between customized goods orders and manufacturing processes, the supply chain, and  digital twins.

For Lehmann, senior director Solution Management at SAP, Generation 2018 clearly highlights the potential of digital manufacturing solutions from SAP (see graphic 1 below). The showcase factory at HMI makes one thing especially clear: Integrating processes opens up a wide range of options – from identifying the most efficient way of manufacturing an order to forming new business models based on digital twin technology.

Click to view slideshow. HMI 2018: Four Focuses for the Digital Factories of Tomorrow

SAP is using component supply for mechanical engineering at this year’s HMI to showcase what is achievable today. To complete a valve, a control head is first fitted onto a cylinder and then compressed-air hoses are connected. The control head can be operated electronically or mechanically and, like the hoses, is available in a range of colors. Once the selected product has been configured, several innovations help manufacturers to produce their products as efficiently as possible.

1. Efficient Manufacturing Processes

Driverless transportation systems act as mobile workbenches, completing individual stages of the manufacturing process. To do this, they drive up to specific processing stations throughout the factory. The showcase features the station where control heads are fitted and air hoses or other components are connected. Decisions on where the vehicles go next are based on the current situation and are made at short notice. The vehicles constantly communicate with each other about their next destinations. So, if a station becomes temporarily inaccessible, they can react immediately.

To ensure that these decisions are coordinated, the manufacturing control system, the SAP Manufacturing Execution application, creates a dynamic decision tree (see graphic 2 above). This graphic is available in the SAP HANA-based database of graphs.

“SAP Manufacturing Execution controls and monitors the options open to the vehicles, and deletes those options that are not suitable in the current situation from the database,” explains Rüdiger Fritz, product manager for Plant Connectivity at SAP. The system can freely and actively adapt its approach so that the vehicles and the manufacturing process do not become rigid. This decentralized decision support accelerates manufacturing and increases flexibility.

“Top-down planning specifications are just too static and liable to disruption,” says Fritz. “But with digital manufacturing solutions from SAP, you can give the whole system a certain amount of freedom to make decentralized decisions on the manufacturing process behind an order, and the next steps in the process.”

2. 3D Printing Fast Enough for Manufacturing Processes

Whereas certain steps such as fitting the control head and connecting the hoses need to be completed manually, the vehicle automatically docks at other stations. A nameplate bearing a serial number and the name of the recipient stands in for a customizable component that a 3D printer can create beforehand.

“A 3D printer is able to create several different-shaped components simultaneously,” explains Carsten Dietze-Selent, product owner for Manufacturing at SAP. In recent years, manufacturers of 3D printers have been able to significantly increase the print speed, making it possible to manufacture customized components using 3D printing. Configuring different customer orders updates the print file that is required by the 3D printer.

Visitors to SAP’s stand at HMI 2018 will see an industrial printer that can simultaneously print nameplates and replacement parts using different materials and colors.

3. Digital Twins: Digital Records for Components

Every component is designed using a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system, which means that a digital version of the component is also available. This digital “design twin” is enhanced with manufacturing engineering data and production process information, including the component’s documentation and genealogy, manufacturing and maintenance information, and data from sensors.

“This information breathes life into the valve,” explains Fritz, who believes that a digital twin for future service processes is born when a newly manufactured product is entered into SAP Asset Intelligence Network. Data is added to the respective profile straight away, and can be reviewed at any time. As such, if a factory worker loosens some screws while doing maintenance work, they can check the digital twin to find out how tight the screws were before. “The digital twin makes their work easier,” says Fritz.

4. Better Efficiency with the Cloud

Manufacturing managers, plant managers, and COOs have a different perspective. They want to know how to make processes more efficient and how the plant compares to others. What proportion of components were produced within their specified timeframe? What percentage of orders are overdue? And how big is the discrepancy between target manufacturing durations and the actual time taken?

SAP released an application last year to answer these and other questions: SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights. Lehmann calls this product the “digital backbone” of manufacturing, because all standard key performance indicators (KPIs) can be assessed from a single dashboard. This gives the COO insight into the level of productivity at the plant, measuring the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in all of its facets. If other valve manufacturers also measure these KPIs, the COO can aggregate and analyze the data, and make direct comparisons, establishing a solid basis for decisions.

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SAP Predictive Analytics, Application Edition, Powers Intelligent Enterprises

SAP News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:00
LONDON SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the general availability of the application edition of SAP Predictive Analytics software to help enterprises create and manage predictive machine learning models for applications that run business activities, including supply chain, finance and accounting, human capital management and customer management.

Codeveloped with Accenture, the application edition enables intelligent enterprises by embedding predictive and machine learning capabilities in their applications, putting powerful data-driven insights at the fingertips of every business user. The announcement was made at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit being held in London, March 19–22.

“Partnering with Accenture, we are arming enterprises with the tools, such as the application edition of SAP Predictive Analytics, needed to become intelligent enterprises,” said Mike Flannagan, SAP Leonardo and Analytics senior vice president. “With the rapid pace of advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, SAP will continue to deliver innovation that brings powerful new capabilities to our customers.”

The application edition of SAP Predictive Analytics uses machine learning to provide business users with predictions about the future. Once embedded, the application can independently manage the end-to-end lifecycle of predictive and machine learning models that can adapt automatically to changing business conditions. It provides enterprises with the flexibility to add, modify and extend predictive and machine models within these applications to solve new problems. With a single click, users can easily automate the retraining, scoring and deployment model.

The ability to provide valuable business insights is accomplished through machine learning libraries in the SAP HANA business data platform. Users can take data in SAP S/4HANA and build predictive models that can be integrated into the application to understand predictions under changing variables and relationships.

SAP and Accenture are committed to helping customers experience greater business value from their SAP investments through the additional availability of digital technologies.

“In addition to our investment in accelerating the development of the application edition of SAP Predictive Analytics, we are making our enterprise- and industry-specific solutions available to clients to help them unlock new business value,” said Glenn Gutwillig, Accenture managing director and Enterprise Analytics lead. “Using resources from Accenture Applied Intelligence and the Accenture Liquid Studio for SAP Leonardo, our SAP teams work directly with clients to quickly turn ideas into innovative solutions and have already developed more than 80 SAP Leonardo–based intelligent applications.”

The application edition of SAP Predictive Analytics is part of the broader SAP Leonardo offerings. SAP Leonardo provides a rapid path to digital innovation by combining design services, an industry-leading cloud platform and applications, deep expertise in business processes, and the most innovative new technologies such as analytics, blockchain, the Internet of Things and machine learning.

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

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Accenture Positioned as a Leader in Inaugural IDC MarketScape on Worldwide Procurement as a Service Report

Accenture News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 20, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been positioned as a leader in capabilities and strategies in the inaugural IDC MarketScape: “Worldwide Procurement as a Service 2018 Vendor Assessment” (doc #US42630617, February 2018) report. According to the IDC MarketScape, capabilities focuses on our current capabilities, and strategies focuses on high-level decisions and underlying assumptions about offerings, customer segments, and business and go-to market plans for the next three to five years.
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Accenture and SAP to Build and Deploy Extended Planning Solutions on SAP S/4HANA®

Accenture News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK and WALLDORF, Germany; March 20, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) plan to co-innovate, co-develop and jointly go to market with extended planning solutions based on SAP S/4HANA® for the manufacturing industry. This collaboration will expand the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA and help companies optimize return on investment (ROI) with more responsive, real-time digital supply chains.
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Accenture and SAP to Build and Deploy Extended Planning Solutions on SAP S/4HANA

SAP News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:00
NEW YORK and WALLDORF — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) plan to co-innovate, co-develop and jointly go to market with extended planning solutions based on SAP S/4HANA for the manufacturing industry.

This collaboration will expand the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA and help companies optimize return on investment (ROI) with more responsive, real-time digital supply chains.

  • New solutions will help enable digital supply chains by improving materials flow and lowering costs

The co-developed solutions will augment Demand Driven MRP planning capabilities with predictive materials requirements planning (MRP) functionality in SAP S/4HANA. This will help provide fast and simple MRP simulations that support analyses and forecasts including capacity issues, component demands for negotiations with suppliers, engineering changes and evaluation of the impact of demand changes or supply disruptions. The solutions will expand SAP’s portfolio for digital supply chain and planning.

Accenture’s team of experts will provide best practices, business case analysis and deployment support capabilities to accelerate customer adoption of Demand Driven MRP in the supply chain management space.

“Because today’s consumers expect short lead times and higher flexibility when ordering products, it’s time for product companies to change the status quo,” said Eric Schaeffer, senior managing director and head of Accenture’s Industrial practice. “Working with SAP at the development level and combining the power of SAP S4/HANA with Accenture’s industry knowledge and best practices, we can help clients transform into lean, agile intelligent enterprises that gain more control and clarity over their operations.”

Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president of Digital Supply Chain and IoT at SAP, said, “We believe this work will expand our joint solution portfolio built on SAP S/4HANA. Collaborating with Accenture, we plan to offer customers exciting new planning capabilities, while supporting real-time, end-to-end supply chain visibility and responsiveness.”

Today’s announcements builds on an initiative the two companies announced in January 2016 for a comprehensive program of ongoing collaboration on core development and go-to-market execution for SAP S/4HANA.

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SAP Adds Advanced Data Protection and Privacy Features to the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite

SAP News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:00
LONDON SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced new and updated features to the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite that will make it easier for HR leaders worldwide to comply with data protection and privacy laws.

The announcement was made at the 2018 UNLEASH Conference & Expo, taking place March 20 and 21 at the ExCel London.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply as of May 25, and with advanced data protection and privacy capabilities within the SAP SuccessFactors solutions, customers can adopt better personal data* management and governance.

“We’re committed to helping customers adhere to data protection and privacy regulations, and protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their data in our highly regulated world,” SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb said. “We’ve addressed previous regulations by standing up data center operations in countries like Russia and Brazil. With GDPR now on the horizon, we’re supporting customers in their compliance journey by providing tools that not only help them comply with these laws, and thereby avoid losses and exposure to fines, but also improve governance. Most important, we are helping organizations create value by earning and sustaining trust with employees and candidates.”

By enhancing existing product features and adding new capabilities, SAP SuccessFactors solutions support customers in properly handling and protecting sensitive employee, candidate and customer data. Updates include a variety of features designed to protect personal data, whether or not the person concerned remains with the organization:

  • Consent management: Certain data privacy laws, including the GDPR, require companies to obtain explicit consent from individuals to store or process personal data. This feature can be used throughout the consent process to configure and manage consent statements and acceptance. For example, recruiters can define consent statements in all languages in which a company operates and require candidates to accept the consent statement prior to applying for a position.
  • Data blocking: This feature can be used to restrict access to historical, personal data within the retention period, and allows one user role to retain access to the data, while blocking access for others. For example, an HR service center employee fielding questions from employees may only need to see employee data going back one year, whereas an HR system administrator may need to see all history on the employee.
  • Data subject info reporting: Companies store all kinds of personal data on their employees as well as external candidates, from information such as name and address to health data and the results of performance reviews. This feature enables customers to generate a report containing all of an individual’s personal data available across SAP SuccessFactors solutions. It supports individuals’ right to information, allowing them to know what personal information is being stored at any time.
  • Data purge: The amount of personal data stored and processed by an organization is significant. Keeping this data longer than needed for business purposes increases a company’s risk of noncompliance and data breaches. Purging (permanently deleting) data once there is no longer a legal reason for keeping it is a requirement of some data protection and privacy laws, including the GDPR. To better comply with specific countries’ and industries’ data retention rules, this feature allows customers to define location-specific data retention regulations and to permanently delete data thereafter.

Globalization and digital disruption are pressuring businesses of all sizes to rely on their people to drive organizational agility and thrive in times of change. Over 6,400 customers in 193 countries rely on industry-leading SAP SuccessFactors solutions to support their efforts in complying with global and local data protection and privacy requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation, and to help attract, develop and retain the best people — tapping into their full potential and meaningfully connecting them to the company’s purpose and mission. Because purpose drives people, and people drive performance.

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

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Meet Ruum by SAP: Project Management for Everyone

SAP News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:30
After a successful launch in the United States, Ruum by SAP is now entering the German market with the Project Management as a Service solution.

Everybody is constantly juggling 20 different topics at work. Naturally, we expect technology to support us with project management, but far too often it becomes more overhead than relief. Project management software is extremely complex, expensive, and not connected to existing business systems, which causes project managers to jump back and forth between different tools.

Ruum is tackling this problem with a simple project management solution that allows its users to focus on what really matters — moving their projects forward.

How Does Ruum Work?

Users of Ruum get access to a lightweight project management workspace, including intuitive lobby, canvas, and timeline views. In less than 10 seconds, Ruum’s lobby feature provides an overview of all open topics, as well as a summary of all activity that took place since the user’s last login. The canvas allows for easy task management, file storage, and email integration to help ensure that the entire team knows what to do and has access to the required information. The timeline provides a quick overview of the project’s status, including each team member’s activity and contribution to help ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

Simple project management solution @ruumapp allows you to focus on what really matters: moving projects forward

Users of Ruum are also supported by a digital project manager, ‘Ada,’ who takes over automatic follow-ups on their behalf. Ada provides daily briefings on milestones, deadlines, and important changes. The digital assistant also takes over check-ins with all team members and makes sure they deliver on the designated tasks without delay. In addition, Ruum provides powerful integrations to other business systems, allowing users to plug project management on top of existing business processes.

The Team Behind Ruum

The Berlin-based Ruum team is working day and night to deliver a ‘zero overhead’ project management solution for people around the globe.

“We’ve seen great adoption of Ruum in the U.S. market already, and we’re extremely excited to serve customers in our home country Germany,“ explains co-founder Florian Frey. Together with Stefan Ritter, he founded Ruum in 2016 and secured seed funding for incubation in the SAP.iO Venture Studio.

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For more information, visit the Ruum by SAP website and follow Ruum on Twitter at @ruumapp.

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Expo 2020 Dubai to Optimize Participant and Visitor Experiences with Next-Generation of Digital Applications Deployed by Accenture

Accenture News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:30
DUBAI; March 13, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN), in collaboration with SAP (NYSE: SAP), has implemented SAP S/4HANA® for Expo 2020 Dubai to provide Expo 2020 Dubai with a foundation for data-driven insights, from visitor preferences to sustainability.
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Women in Data Science Events: Inspiring Others to Achieve the Improbable

SAP News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:15
At more than 35 SAP-hosted Women in Data Science events worldwide, female researchers and SAP experts talk about creating a better future — on this planet and beyond.

Adriana Marais

“The distance between the dream and the reality is shorter than ever before.” Why? Because technology is progressing at an unprecedented rate, says Dr. Adriana Marais, head of Innovation for SAP Africa and one of the 100 finalists selected for the “Mars One” mission, which seeks to establish a human colony on Mars.

The ability of humans to build technologies to collect, store, and analyze data has led to the emergence of the field known as “data science” and enables us to do things that have never been done before.

“We are living in the most interesting period in the history of life on earth,” says Marais. “We have developed the capabilities to propose the most ambitious projects ever – to send the first crews to our next-door neighbor, planet Mars.”

Adriana Marais held the keynote at the “Women in Data Science” event in Walldorf, Germany, on March 5. Watch the full keynote here.

Besides her personal excitement about her projected journey into the unknown, Marais is convinced that one important aspect of space exploration is inspiration. “During the Apollo era, an unprecedented number of postgraduate students enrolled in STEM subjects,” she says. Research shows that the same cohort of students can be correlated with the emergence of technologies like the cell phone, the personal computer, and the internet. Seeing humans achieve the improbable can inspire individuals to work hard toward doing the same, she says: “If we see humans living on another planet, will we ever believe that anything is impossible again?”

Women in Data Science: A Conference Becomes a Movement

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. As a global visionary sponsor of the Stanford WiDS conference, SAP Next-Gen is proud to host more than 35 global events to advance women in data science.

Starting in New York and continuing through March in locations all over the world, these events bring together academics, startups, accelerators, purpose partners, and experts from SAP and partners in the global SAP Next-Gen community. Through keynotes and panel discussions, participants hear how they can join a global movement to foster the next-generation data scientists worldwide and support women using data science to drive purposeful outcomes linked to the 17 UN Global Goals.

“We are proud to partner with Stanford’s WiDS conference to drive a movement that aims to inspire and enable the next generation of female data scientists,” shared Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen. “The incredible conference Stanford puts together is something that we wanted everybody to be allowed to be part of. Together with the mission Stanford has to empower next-generation women data scientists,that is where the #sheinnovates program was developed. In 2017, my team hosted 24 satellite events in 20 countries, and this year we are hosting 35 events in 22 countries. You have women in those cities who can come to those events and be inspired by local leaders, local role models, local women, and you can listen to the incredible speakers of women in data science.”

#sheinnovates

A global initiative supporting the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), the #sheinnovates movement was launched at Davos and accelerated at Mobile World Congress to advance STEM education, innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and girls.

SAP Next-Gen continued the momentum behind #sheinnovates with the UN Woman & Innovation Norway – International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8 in New York. The event featured Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who shared why female founders and disruptive technology are key drivers toward gender equality and financial inclusion.

At SXSW 2018, SAP Next-Gen partnered with UN Women to expand awareness and accelerate engagement around the UN Women GICC goals to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls.

Join the movement and follow us on twitter using the hashtags #WiDS2018 and #sheinnovates.

Inspiring Women Ambassadors

“Global Women in Data Science is like the Women’s March for analytics,” claims a recent Forbes article. But is it true that women still need to march in the year 2018? Yes, although we did not expect this to be the case, was the unanimous answer of the “Inspiring Women Ambassadors” panel at the Walldorf event.

Hala Zeine

Hala Zeine, chief business development officer at SAP, recalls: “When I grew up, I saw a lot of inspiring women on television, like Margret Thatcher leading the UK and Hanan Ashrawi conducting the peace negotiations in the Middle East. And I thought to myself, one day this will be the norm. Unfortunately, we’re in a different place right now. We should not rest until the last woman in the last corner of this earth has been given equal rights.”

However, discrimination or bias is not always easy to fight — or even to detect, as research shows. The average CEO, for instance, is about two and a half inches taller than the average male. This is just one example of how the world is shaped by discriminating actions that are based on a stereotype, even if that stereotype does not stem from prejudice. In other words, most people don’t consciously decide, “I want a tall CEO.” Citing this example, Professor Nicola Marsden from the University of Heilbronn made the case for design changes in processes such as recruitment to eliminate implicit bias.

Gender quotas were seen by most panelists as a useful tool for forcing decision-makers to look harder in all directions. “I really like quotas,” said Zeine. “What is the danger of having them? I will prove my worth, and if we get a few women who don’t, then what is the harm, there are also men who don’t prove their worth.”

Professor Jivka Ovtcharova, head of the Institute for Information Management in Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is not an advocate of quotas: “This discussion starts with equal opportunities in education. It’s then about equal opportunities in applying for a job. In traditional industries, presence is very important, which puts people with young families at a disadvantage. Therefore, it’s very important for organizations to be more flexible and adaptable.”

Eliminating bias and discrimination has a much wider significance too. “In order to solve the massive challenges we face on this planet,” said Adriana Marais, “we need each and every one of us to achieve our maximum potential. We need to really live the future we want to see, which means being completely agnostic as to any kind of category or prejudice or stereotype that we would like to box someone into, and that’s of course irrespective of gender, race, background, or whatever.”

SAP Next-Gen has also launched the SAP Next-Gen Advisors initiative to connect experts in the SAP ecosystem to next-generation social entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, makers, and tech founders in order to foster innovation with purpose linked to the 17 UN Global Goals while adopting the latest SAP technologies.

A diverse team of advisors — including SAP executives, serial entrepreneurs, product development experts, and venture capitalists with experience across industries and spanning startups to large corporations — will mentor students and graduates transitioning to professionals, sharing insights on business model innovation, investor pitching, sales and marketing, and commercialization. Advisors will connect with young entrepreneurs both personally and virtually to accelerate their startup business models.

Through the program, customers and stakeholders in the global SAP Next-Gen network will have new opportunities to connect with and mentor rising social entrepreneurs at universities, scout top entrepreneurial talent, and seed in disruptive “innovation with purpose” together with startups.

SAP Next-Gen Advisors programs are planned globally. The kick-off event for the first cohort took place in Munich, Germany, on March 8, to coincide with #sheinnovates and International Women’s Day. Female tech founders can apply for a mentoring program and benefit from hands-on workshops and expert sessions spread out over a period of six months. Teams based in Germany can apply until April 7 via the SAP Germany startup website.

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Accenture Named Leader in 2017 Everest Group IoT Services Peak Matrix

Accenture News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK, March 19, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named a ‘Leader’ in the Everest Group IoT Services PEAK Matrix™ Assessment and Market Trends report for the second consecutive year.
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"Human + Machine," Management Playbook for Success in Age of Artificial Intelligence, Finds AI's Real Power Is Helping Reimagine Business by Augmenting, Not Replacing, Human Capabilities

Accenture News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 19, 2018 – The real power of artificial intelligence (AI) is how it enables leaders to reimagine and transform their organizations through human-machine collaboration, which will ultimately reshape businesses and industries, according to a new book by two AI experts at Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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Transform Your Business with the Power of SAP

SAP News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:35
Digital transformation is at the forefront of organizations’ blueprint for their respective growth and survival in the near future. Organizations worldwide are aware of the need to focus on this aspect.

There is no dearth of technology solutions on the market to facilitate your organization’s digital transformation journey. In a market full of supposedly similar choices, how do you pick the best of the best? Here, we guide you with the necessary resources to help in making the right decision for your entire organization — from sales to finance to supply chain to human resources, just to name a few of the core processes.

“By the end of 2019,digital transformation (dx) spending is expected to reach $1.7 trillion worldwide, a 42% increase from 2017.”

– IDC Futurescape: Worldwide Digital Transformation (DX) 2018

The impact of digital transformation has been so wide and vivid that it has led to re-imagining of business models and processes across organizations.

To strip away the barriers between lines of business (LOB), to remove organizational silos, and to share information and resources seamlessly across enterprise processes, customers, employees, and suppliers — SAP provides a next-generation solution portfolio: SAP S/4HANA, cloud and LoB solutions that can be integrated with SAP S/4HANA, and SAP Leonardo for digital transformation initiatives.

To help you understand the impact of these solutions across various LOBs, we have published whitepapers that highlight the value SAP can bring to your organization. Linked to below, there are eight whitepapers across different lines of business that:

  • Provide information on the value in moving from ERP on a traditional database to SAP S/4HANA, cloud and LOB applications, and SAP Leonardo.
  • Provide a deep dive on process specific pain points, how to overcome these with the SAP solution portfolio, and the potential business benefits that can be achieved.
  • Explain how organizations can substantially improve, simplify, and digitize end-to-end business scenarios for different LOBs.
  • Provide information on key digital priorities that help companies to capture the opportunities and remain competitive, along with how SAP can be a significant partner on this digital transformation journey.
  • Cite detailed customer stories that highlight the realized benefits achieved by customers in different business processes using SAP solutions.

Here is a glimpse of the content in each whitepaper:

  • Finance: Explore how finance solutions from SAP can help CFOs become strategic business partners and re-imagine core end-to-end business processes like record to report, order to cash, and procure to pay.
  • Sales: Explore capabilities and value proposition of sales solutions from SAP. Understand how Pregis Corporation, an innovative packaging solution provider, completed deployment of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Hybris Sales for Cloud in 16 weeks to gain a 360-degree view of each customer account and achieve 15 to 20 percent expansion of the sales pipeline.
  • Procurement: Explore how SAP solutions can help procurement lead the organization’s evolution and enable its digital transformation by becoming a true strategic business advisor. See how Microsoft could gain complete visibility into its supply chain through direct procurement solutions from SAP.
  • HR: Learn how SAP can help you find the right talent, develop future leaders, and engage all employees with automated, transparent processes, provide a digital HR experience, and drive digital transformation for the organization.
  • Supply Chain: Explore how supply chain solutions from SAP help organizations with a more connected, intelligent, responsive, and predictive supply chain. Hear directly from Microsoft how it is using integrated business planning solutions from SAP to realize its innovation supply chain.
  • Research & Development: Explore how companies are bringing connected, smart, and personalized products faster to market within target costs. This has enabled companies step up their game from being an innovative products company to being a valued partner in solving customer problems.
  • Manufacturing: Explore how manufacturers are delivering personalized products on demand, with similar lead time and costs as mass production. Understand how Landis+Gyr , a Swiss producer of energy management solutions, leveraged SAP Connected Manufacturing software to achieve more than 15 percent improvement in product throughput and a two percent improvement in first-pass yield.
  • Asset Management: Explore capabilities and value proposition of asset management solutions from SAP. Hear from Kaeser Kompressoren on how it’s using the SAP Leonardo Internet of Things system for predictive maintenance and for creating a digital twin of the compressed air unit installed at their customer’s location.

Want to know more? Read the white papers in full for more details and references. The current white papers are based on the latest shipment of SAP solutions. The papers will be updated with the next release of digital solutions from SAP to help you race ahead in the digital transformation journey.

Neelam Bhatia is senior value advisor for the Digital Transformation Office at SAP.

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SAP Influencers: Follow Bernd Leukert, Thomas Saueressig, Björn Goerke

SAP News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:30
Many managers at SAP are active on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter and in the online SAP community, enabling them to share information and opinions with their followers directly.

Let us introduce you to some of them.

Bernd Leukert

Bernd Leukert

The member of the Executive Board of SAP SE for Products & Innovation regularly posts in the SAP Community and on LinkedIn  about the latest trends in digitalization and the technology sector, addressing, for example, why technology alone is not enough, intelligent enterprise essentials, and Big Data.

Leukert frequently uses Twitter to post about notable innovation topics, from digitalization, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data to machine learning and blockchain.

Topics: Digitalization, IoT, Big Data, machine learning, blockchain

Thomas Saueressig

Thomas Saueressig

Representing millennials, the global chief information officer at SAP uses LinkedIn and Twitter on a daily basis. Instead of writing long pieces explaining his views, he retweets posts, comments, and shares exciting observations with his followers.

Saueressig is interested in artificial intelligence (AI) as a driver of economic development, the significance of cloud computing, and the effect of SAP Cloud Platform on innovation. Of course, when the CIO and his opinions do feature in an article, he shares it with his followers as well.

Topics: innovation, leadership, cloud computing, AI, digitalization

Björn Goerke

Björn Goerke

The chief technology officer and president SAP Cloud Platform uses YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and is especially active when it comes to significant technological developments.

Followers can find out his views on SAP Cloud Platform, the partnership with Google, SAP HANA, machine learning, and much more. In case you missed it, his unforgettable appearance as Captain Kirk at last year’s SAP TechEd is also online.

Topics: technologies, innovations, SAP Cloud Platform, @SAPMentors

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How Young Talent is Helping Japanese Companies Globalize

SAP News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:55
Kenta Keleher was amazed when a recruiting team from SAP in Japan came to his university to look for graduates. Because Kenta wasn’t studying in Tokyo or Osaka, but at the University of Washington in Seattle, in the United States.

Just a few weeks later, in June of 2016, Kenta was a proud member of the SAP Academy for Sales. What attracted him to the program? “The people I met during the selection process, SAP’s global vision, and its enormous influence on the world economy.” Kenta has one parent from the U.S. and one from Japan; he is right at home in both cultures and speaks both languages. And he has been a part of SAP Japan’s sales team in Tokyo since February 2017, after completing his nine-month program at the SAP Academy

The fact that he was recruited from a U.S. university for SAP Japan is not just a result of SAP’s global alignment and its focus on diversity; it’s also due to the fact that businesses in Japan are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit the employees they need. In Japan, there are currently about 1.5 jobs for every applicant. That’s good for employees, but not so good for companies.

“With the population shrinking and society aging, businesses are realizing that they can no longer just focus on the Japanese market,” says Yuzuru Fukuda, president and managing director of SAP Japan. “The same goes for the job market.”

To compound the problem, businesses are having increasing difficulty in finding suitably qualified applicants to fill vacant positions. This is particularly true of the IT industry. Against this background, the SAP Academy is an excellent opportunity for SAP Japan to source young talents who have the necessary skills and abilities.

Solid Foundation for Successful Salespeople

Kenta feels that the SAP Academy for Sales provided a sound preparation for the tasks he is now required to perform, working to get small and midsize enterprises enthusiastic about SAP in the general business segment.

“There’s a broad span of enterprises in this sector, from the very traditional all the way through to startups. The strategies we learned have proven very effective when it comes to taking a differentiated approach to these diverse types of company,” says Kenta. “But it’s also very much a question of really understanding how the customer thinks and about tailoring your sales pitch accordingly.”

For Kenta, it’s obvious that Japanese companies are increasingly trying to globalize and he is confident he can support them on this path. In addition, this is a good foundation for his own aspirations: “I wanted to start my career off in Japan and get a feel for and the experience of working in Japan. Because later I would like to work in both worlds and go back and forth between Japan and the US and have a global career.”

Airi Iwamoto also sees signs that the Japanese economy is gradually opening up. She completed the SAP Academy for Sales program last fall and is now supporting the SAP Hybris sales team.

She joined SAP as an intern and was “very pleasantly surprised to learn that, even though I was only an intern, I was free to offer my opinion and that my advice was taken seriously.”

The academy taught Airi about just how innovative and global SAP is and about what salespeople have to do to build up successful and enduring relationships with their customers.

She now has the chance to apply this knowledge, she says, because more and more Japanese companies are venturing into the global arena. “The expertise and the global resources we have mean that we can stand out above other IT vendors,” says Airi.

SAP Japan employs some 50 young talents every year. “This generation is better connected, more technology-savvy, and more globally minded,” says Yuzuru Fukuda. “We need these young people with their diverse profiles and perspectives – so that we can change ourselves and then help Japan to change.”

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

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