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Accenture Names 687 New Managing Directors and Senior Managing Directors

Accenture News - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:55
NEW YORK; Dec. 1, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is pleased to announce that it has named 687 people to managing director and senior managing director.
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SAP S/4HANA at JTI: Change as Opportunity

SAP News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:00
Traditionally stable industries are facing important changes and are having to respond with new solutions. Switzerland-based tobacco company JTI has seized this opportunity by moving to SAP S/4HANA.

The tobacco market is evolving as consumer trends move more and more towards e-cigarettes and tobacco vapor products. Elaborate advertising campaigns are also playing an increasingly important role. To enable JTI to respond to these changes, the company has turned its full attention towards digital innovation.

Embracing Digitalization

The owner of global tobacco brands such as Winston, Camel, Mevius, and LD, as well as Logic, an e-cigarette brand, and Ploom, a tobacco vapor brand, JTI is ready to take the next steps. To ensure JTI’s future success, it is essential that it improves more than just the existing reporting.

“For us, digitalization is a golden opportunity to ensure we don’t just become an also-ran, but rather hold onto our leading position within the international market,” says Atiq M. Samad, vice president of IT for Business Platform Modernization at JTI.

For JTI’s Business Platform Modernization program, the need to update its antiquated systems is a welcome opportunity to also initiate a technological business transformation. The program includes a significant transformation in the finance area together with conversion of the SAP ERP system – a hybrid approach that provides the best of the two different worlds: conversion and greenfield. This unique approach may also serve as a showcase for other customers who would like to benefit from SAP S/4HANA Finance innovations but are limited by their historical transactional data.

New software solutions improve market access thanks to additional sales channels, while technologies such as machine learning and predictive analytics open up a world of new possibilities. This namely benefits financial planning and economic forecasting, which will ensure a high level of precision, punctuality, and transparency at JTI.

SAP Digital Business Services Advise Throughout Entire Project Duration

To realize these objectives, JTI quickly decided on SAP. One of the challenges the company faced was the preparation of consolidated reports for all business units – a process that required extensive efforts and was prone to errors on account of the various software solutions involved. As a solution, JTI chose to implement a central SAP-based platform for HR, logistics, finance, and supply chain.

JTI was a pilot customer in the SAP Value Assurance Service Packages for SAP S/4HANA program. The program involves four incremental service packages with various stages of support and services, enabling companies to freely select their desired level of SAP support according to the scope of their transformation project. JTI was impressed by the SAP experts’ deep understanding of the business processes: “We received excellent advice from SAP Digital Business Services. The JTI and SAP team is comprised of best-in-class experts, who guarantee only the very best quality,” says Samad.

Another reason for opting for SAP was the sandbox system, a decoupled testing environment in which business-specific configurations can be tried and tested. This enabled the team during the Discovery phase to quickly and seamlessly develop a prototype for JTI’s digital strategy without disrupting the company’s day-to-day business. A sandbox environment for SAP S/4HANA 1610 is currently in use and a detailed blueprint is being compiled with release of the 1709 version of SAP S/4HANA.

Step by Step Toward Value-Based Processes

The first phase of the transformation was moving the SAP Business Warehouse onto SAP HANA. The company was so pleased with the new solution that they also decided to implement SAP Business Planning and Consolidation which is also based on the in-memory database.

The next step is to introduce SAP S/4HANA in finance. JTI is also not only looking to make changes in IT, but also wants to re-organize their existing operations and processes. Change management in the respective departments will play a crucial role in the overall success of JTI’s efforts. In addition to the integration of supply chain and logistics into the new IT platform, JTI will also implement cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors to manage HR processes and Concur for travel management.

“We see JTI as a true role model embracing SAP innovations to drive the digital transformation,” said Roman Ganrio, head of Services Sales, Middle & Eastern Europe, SAP. “We are proud that JTI has chosen SAP Digital Business Services to accompany them on their journey, based on a long-term engagement built on trust and a spirit of innovation.”

The ultimate aim of the project is to prepare JTI for the future. Using a standard IT platform will enable the company to better monitor the collection, processing, and quality of data. Coordination efforts will be reduced, so that employees can work more efficiently and operate in real time.

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Together Forever: Retail and Technology Walk Down the Endless Aisle

SAP News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:35
My daughter Kyra discovered Ted Baker when she was working in London. “The first items I ever bought were a mint green T shirt with a white bow and a cosmetic bag with the French bulldog signature bow,” she says. “And I love how Ted delivers. My cashmere sweater arrived in a beautiful green box in a nest of colored tissue paper.”

Ted sure knows how to delight and deliver. Shops used to be the only point of sale, but with the opportunity to add digital channels, Ted can deliver even better.

Ted ticks all the boxes when it comes to the top trends in fashion retail. The company is thriving because it produces quintessential quality fashion in a sustainable way. The company  deftly “retailtains” its customers by giving them a unique, personalized experience in the store, and at the same time, making shopping so convenient there is no excuse not to indulge.

“Customers don’t have time to wander around endless aisles in large stores. If people can easily shop online and have things delivered at home within hours, you need something really enticing to get them into the physical store,” says Maria Morais, who helped Salmon implement the entire SAP Hybris solution back in 2013 when Ted Baker started its successful digital transformation journey.

“Small specialized stores are perfect for the urban environment,” she goes on to explain. “Although there is no space to stock a large selection of items, technology enables the customer to virtually browse ‘endless aisles’ of goods in the store and have their purchases delivered at home, at work or via click-and-collect at other stores.”

Salmon helps retailers like Ted implement end to end solutions that drive and support ongoing expansion into new markets, helping them gear up for future growth. Most recently they helped Ted introduce a slick payment app using PayPal technology that is used on the employee’s tablet in the store to help the customer securely order and pay for any item in the entire product range, whether it is in stock or not.

 New Opportunities for a Balanced Approach

Ted’s story is just one example of how technology and retail are joined at the hip as they cater to customer demand for convenience. While current trends present enormous challenges to retailers operating out of large stores, they also open a world of opportunity for start ups and entrepreneurs.

“For many retailers, the store is a big black box,” says Guillaume Waline who co-founded Indigo-Media, a futurist shopping solution, with Laurent Meoni in 2015. “There is a lot of information in that box, but they can’t see it, and don’t understand its potential impact on sales. Many players in the retail service industry have come up with solutions to help retailers access data, but there is still a lot of room for improvement in terms of a complete merchandising dashboard.”

Indigo’s solution enables brands and retailers to set up ‘responsive shops’ that collect data to interpret the customer’s behavior in the store as they enjoy interactive shopping experiences.

“Retailers should not sit around waiting,” warns Guillaume. “Those who don’t deliver enhanced in-store experiences and who don’t respond to product performance data during the purchasing situation won’t thrive in the new commercial environment. They’ll have alienated the modern customer and their competitors will outperform them. We can help them transform their stores into smart spaces for a modern society.”

Plenty of Space for Startups

Guillaume and Laurent know the current customer in-store experience is not interactive enough. “People still feel lost in the store. If they can’t find products or information, they get frustrated and walk away,” says Guillaume.

Indigo provide brands and retailers with a big data platform, running on SAP HANA with powerful analytical tools, that enables real time merchandising based on data collected through invisible units in the store. “We saw a business opportunity when we realized that retail is an open market for big data. Early on, we applied to the SAP Startup Focus program,” he adds.

SAP Startup Focus is an accelerator program that works with startups in the big data, predictive and real-time analytics space (machine learning, AI, data security, IoT, mobile, AR/VR), to develop new applications on SAP technology and accelerate market traction.

“The program has been enormously helpful in terms of business development, helping us scale and build a base of new clients. We got to work with leaders in the data market, giving us a cutting edge position and accelerating our go-to market.”

Innovative tools, bright minds and startup programs are all helping retailers like Ted delight customers. “My face lights up when I see a Ted Baker shop,” says my daughter Kyra. And I must say, that ankle length, high neck, floral gown she wore to the registry office for her civil wedding really was stunning.

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

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Futurists on Robots at Work: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

SAP News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:00
The headlines paint a grim picture: Security Robot Drowns Itself in Office Fountain. The accompanying photos are unsettling and bewildering for their anthropomorphic nature – a chilling mix between the utopian aspirations of science fiction and the whodunit of film noir.

Before his untimely demise, Steve (as the errant robot was known) was an office drone of sorts: a security robot assigned to the Washington Harbor complex in Georgetown, where he patrolled the corridors and coffee corners, charming coworkers and pausing for the occasional selfie in social media. A Knightscope K5 model, he was designed to automatically detect threats in the environment using video cameras, thermal imaging, proximity sensors, GPS, microphones, light detections, and ranging. He was thought of as a more reliable option compared to real guards – and he worked for $7 an hour. But one day Steve took a plunge in the office fountain and ‘committed suicide’. Why did he do it?

More importantly, what does this tech tragedy tell us about working with robots in the future? Should robots be employed at all? If so, which jobs should go to robots?

These questions were explored by two noted futurists on a recent episode of Internet talk radio program Coffee Break with Game-Changers, presented by SAP. Joining moderator Bonnie D. Graham on the panel were Kai Goerlich, chief futurist at SAP, and Gray Scott, futurist at GrayScott.com.

The following are just some of the provocative insights presented during the one-hour show. For more information, listen to a complete recording of the show: Robots at Work: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

What do you think really happened to Steve, the security robot that committed suicide?

Gray: I think more than likely it was just a coding error or it could have been a hardware situation where he ran over something and fell over. I do not have the details on the specific case, but I do know that if these machines in the future are programmed for self-preservation and know that water would kill it basically, they would do everything in their power to avoid those situations.

Kai: Robotics is still in its infancy, or human walking robots at least. We know that two-legged animals are really difficult to build, but we nevertheless try to build them according to our shape. I think it was just a mechanical or algorithmic failure. For sure not suicidal, but the question will be if a frustration that something is not working can be somehow felt by an algorithm or by a machine, because this is a classical science fiction idea that machines can feel what we call frustration.

Will robots, if ever, have consciousness? If so, should they be subjected to psychological evaluations?

Gray: As we move into the future, these machines are going to mimic human behavior and human psychology to a degree where we cannot tell the difference between what is human and what is mechanical. Those lines are already starting to blur. As far as the psychological profile, the psychological community is going to have to incorporate this into the DSM, which is the manual of disorders, because you do not want a machine that is caring for your grandmother or watching your baby to have a psychological problem, even if that is a mimicked human behavior. As of right now, it is still a code, an algorithm, but we are hearing whispers all over the place that machines are just now starting to write their own codes and change their codes. What does that mean for a future where a machine may be depressed and it finds itself in a situation where it does not want to follow the orders?

Will people become emotionally attached to their robots and smart machines?

Kai: The tendency that we have as humans is to put our human emotions into other things. I think that with robots acting smart, you just cannot avoid thinking emotionally about them. In the future, we have to learn that these machines are smart acting, but not in the way that we are smart. We can foresee things that might happen, or due to our social glue, act differently from time to time. We tend to not stick to our rules anyway, so we bend them according to our needs and to social environment. This is really tricky.

Gray: Most of what we are going to see in the near future are people embracing these robots, especially humanoid robots, as tools in the beginning. But as they become more human-like, as people add skin to them and as those structures are able to feel heat and cold and pleasure and feel pain, or mimic pain and those types of things, we are going to move towards projecting onto these mechanical things what we are, what we want to be, and what we are afraid of. We have to think about what we are as a species and where we are going, because all of that is going to be reflected in these machines. Technology is a mirror and these machines are going to force us to face ourselves.

Technology is a mirror and these machines are going to force us to face ourselves, says futurist Gray Scott

What humanity are we looking for through our interactions with robots?

Gray:  I think we see this in cultures around the world, especially now with immigration issues – society, culture, national pride, and things like that. Typically, we look at people as the “other” – like someone coming into our tribe and disrupting our tribe:  this is ours, this is mine, and there are the boundaries. The world just is not like that anymore. We live in a global society now. As these machines begin to emerge, that is another layer to the “other” effect, and so we have to start to unravel that behavior. Why do we do that? Why do we project our fear? Why do we project our insecurities and our hatred onto the other when the other really, in this case, is just a manifestation of our imagination and of our vision of the future?

Kai: Yes, I think that is very true. We are upon a new renaissance, where again humans are in the focus of what we will do in the future, but due to the possibilities that we have with technology now. I think the analogy of a mirror is accurate. When we discuss what robots may do, we are actually talking about what the value of human life is. What kind of work do we want to do? Do we need to actually work? What about our empathy and creativity – because we are afraid that it is taken away and in the last decades we have not given much thought about it? I found it especially interesting, Gray, your comment about immigration and migration. I have not thought about it, but that is a spooky coincidence that we see lots of backlash on migration and increasing robotization of the world.

When we discuss what robots may do, we’re actually talking about what the value of human life is, says SAP Chief Futurist Kai Goerlich

Gray: The psychologist Carl Jung would say that this is not a coincidence, that we are all sort of emerging into a new realm of the unconscious becoming conscious. I mean, literally, this is a new species that we are birthing. It is not a coincidence that we see this at the same time that we see all the things that are happening in our world. There is a connection there. Companies that are creating these machines and do not have someone in their company thinking in that way about these machines – they are going to make a lot of mistakes coding them, building them, and implementing them.

What will our purpose as humans be in a future filled with advanced robots?

Gray: I have circled this for a very long time and people are really starting to question this now that they are starting to see their jobs go away, because for a lot of people, their purpose is their work. It is their job. It does not matter if it is driving a truck or going to a factory, a lot of people find their purpose in that, even if it is not fulfilling in a lot of ways.

What will the human purpose be in 2045 if there are very few jobs? Part of what we are starting to see is a migration back to the handmade. We are moving back towards creativity, back towards what humans are really good at, which are the things that machines still cannot do very well.

The purpose, I think is going to shift back to the vision, the dreaming, the idea that we are here to serve each other; we are here on this planet right now to find out what the other is feeling; and we are here to find out what the other is learning and knowing. Most of us find the most joy in our lives typically are in those moments we spend with the people that we love and that we admire. I think that is where we are moving towards. Hopefully, we will not disrupt that movement with bad algorithms and greedy algorithms. That is my hope.

Tune in to Coffee Break with Game-Changers

For more up-to-the minute business and technology news, listen to Coffee Break with Game-Changers broadcast live every Wednesday, 8 AM Pacific / 11 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel. Follow Game Changers on Twitter @SAPradio and #SAPRadio

Panelists comments have been edited and condensed for this space.

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SAP Finalizes New Revolving Credit Facility of €2.5 Billion

SAP News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:00
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has signed a new €2.5 billion credit facility agreement, refinancing a previous credit facility of €2.0 billion that would have expired in 2020.

The credit facility was refinanced early due to favorable market conditions. With a tenor of five years and two one-year extension options, SAP now ensures significantly improved terms and conditions for upcoming years. The size of the facility was increased to €2.5 billion to support the company’s strong growth. The new credit line may be used for general corporate purposes. A possible future drawdown of the facility is not bound to any financial covenants.

“Our new revolving credit facility constitutes a very strong pillar in our overall financial strategy,” SAP CFO Luka Mucic said. “With this transaction, we significantly enhanced our financial flexibility and lowered our financing costs.”

Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Commerzbank AG, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. were mandated as coordinators, bookrunners and lead arrangers in this transaction. Twenty banks were invited by SAP, all of which committed to the new facility. The successful transaction reiterates the excellent reputation of SAP in the capital market and its high creditworthiness based on a strong and stable financial position.

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What Matters Most to Your Contingent Workers

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:45
On-demand freelancers, consultants, and independent contractors are quickly becoming a significant part of today’s workforce. Attributing to 30 percent of people spend in large companies worldwide, the contingent workforce is providing talent and expertise that can be pivotal for a business’ customer experience and strategic initiatives.

As the demand for flexibility rises and the supply of highly specialized skills tightens, tapping into the best of today’s contingents is becoming an attractive competitive advantage. Business leaders looking to elicit this labor pool’s best efforts may want to reconsider their arms-length relationship and show more love in the form of inclusive communication, recognition, outreach events, and compensation.

According to the IDC research report HR Must Deliver on Transformation,” sponsored by SAP SuccessFactors, businesses need to adopt a more sophisticated, nuanced approach with contingents that matches that of the rest of the workforce. In other words, instead of regarding contingent workers as temporary labor, “organizations need to adapt to ensure they have flexibility and room to grow,” observed Alexandros Stratis, research analyst for IDC’s European Enterprise Applications program.

It’s Time to Create an Attractive Culture for Contingent Workers Too

Over the years, organizations have shifted their focus from executing on a purely performance-driven culture to one that incorporates engagement in order to maximize discretionary effort and retention. These organizations should now look to extend this philosophy to their contingent population – who not only make up a large portion of the workforce, but can help drive significant results with the proper alignment and engagement.

Leading companies typically adopt four fundamental principles rooted in new digital technologies:

  • Defined onboarding and collaboration: Allow contingent workers to quickly join teams, understand expectations, become acquainted with the business, collaborate with the right experts, orient themselves, and collaborate on tasks. With enterprise collaboration platforms, contingents can fully understand everyone’s contributions, progress, and relationships with one another.
  • Bidirectional, freely flowing learning: Improve the talent of every member of the workforce through training and development. Contingent workers can share their expertise and best practices with the organization while they access information from regular employees. E-learning and social learning platforms facilitate this two-way knowledge transfer by capturing conversations, e-mail chains, document versions, and other information related to a project.
  • Performance feedback, rewards, and incentives: Motivate contingent workers with performance feedback and appropriate rewards and incentives. By giving internal and external employees a platform to provide real-time feedback and recognition, the HR organization can have a better sense of how well everyone is working together and which contingent workers are providing highly valuable outcomes.
  • Advancement and career development. Attract and retain the best of contingent workers by enhancing and extending their value. Including this workforce in succession planning allows companies to access a global pool of skilled talent that may not be otherwise available. HR can search for available internal and external talent with visibility into worker performance, interests, and résumés. Plus, full-time employees can nominate contingent workers to succeed them.

Total Transformation Involves the Total Workforce

The more critical the use of contingent workers becomes, the more employers need to consider them when addressing engagement and cultural concerns for the rest of their workforce. While it may be easier to think that every contingent will be leaving too soon to reap any benefits from development efforts, businesses need to readjust their perspective. With the latest advances in workforce management, this mindset can become an obstacle to acquiring a total workforce – internal and external – that is effective, efficient, and immensely productive.

Find out the five key trends and actions that can help businesses of all sizes address the challenges of digital transformation.
Read the IDC interactive report “HR Must Deliver on Transformation,” sponsored by SAP SuccessFactors.

Amy Wilson is senior vice president of Product at SAP SuccessFactors.

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SAP Leonardo: Straight Up!

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:15



Enough of the breathless enthusiasm, Megan Meany gives you the facts on SAP Leonardo straight up!
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Businesses Around the World Turn Purpose into Performance with SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:00
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today said that U.S. lighting systems manufacturer Acuity Brands Inc., Chinese renewable energy company Hanergy Holding Group Ltd and Mexican retailer La Europea are among the latest wave of companies to select SAP SuccessFactors solutions for human capital management (HCM) to help drive digital transformation, tap into the full potential of their people and turn purpose into performance.

“People are more and more looking for, and expecting to find, purpose at work,” SAP SuccessFactors* President Greg Tomb said. “We know that companies who prioritize purpose see more motivated people and higher sales, which leads to greater success. Our focus is on continuing to deliver market-leading solutions that help our customers innovate for the future – with the right people, insights and technology that support the fast pace of change we’re all experiencing in this era of digital transformation. Getting it all right always starts with your people.”

In addition to the momentum in Europe, a diverse group of leading organizations across the rest of the globe selected SAP SuccessFactors solutions in the third quarter. They include:

  • Acuity Brands Inc. (U.S./electronics): Acuity is transitioning from a traditional manufacturing culture to a high-tech electronics one and will require a specialized talent pipeline and a digital HR platform. Acuity selected the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite for its 20,000 employees located in nine countries to help realize the company’s vision, provide associates with the optimal workplace, show a firm commitment to talent and guarantee the best opportunities for professional development.
  • Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. (China/energy): Hanergy, a multinational renewable energy company based in Beijing, intends to use SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help improve performance management, succession planning and the development of key talent. SAP SuccessFactors solutions answer the company’s need for technical support tools that can be tailored easily to specific countries.
  • iXerv (U.S./professional services): iXerv, a global provider of implementation and strategic services for SAP SuccessFactors solutions, selected SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central for its global employee base to support the company’s rapid growth. As a global company working on global projects, iXerv chose SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to help streamline its HR processes, provide greater visibility of the company and teams, and enable employees to more quickly know their colleagues no matter where they are located. iXerv expects increased efficiency in its processes and operations, centralized and secure records on all employees, and consolidated analytics and reporting. The implementation also will set a foundation for future components of the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite.
  • La Europea (Mexico/retail): La Europea, a leader in sales and distribution of wines, spirits and gourmet products, continues its digital transformation journey by selecting SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to help improve its processes and make strategic decisions. With more than 60 years in Mexico, 62 stores, four distribution centers and 1,300 employees, the company will also rely on the SAP Extended Warehouse Management application and SAP Hybris and SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help tightly integrate its human resources with the real-time management of its facilities and online store.
  • Xi’an Eurasia University (China/higher education): As one the top five private universities in China, Eurasia University (EU) has chosen SAP as its digital transformation partner to help it become the unrivalled market leader. With the SAP HANA platform, EU is creating a next-generation data platform to integrate every corner of the campus. EU also will use SAP SuccessFactors solutions to simplify its HR processes for both full- and part-time staff.

These companies are some of the thousands of international organizations who have selected leading SAP SuccessFactors solutions and are utilizing SAP’s global cloud infrastructure to put people at the center of business and drive their digital HR strategies. With data centers around the world, including Brazil, China and Russia, SAP SuccessFactors solutions provide businesses with the tools needed to deliver a unified employee experience across borders while also helping to address local and regional regulations.

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

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Independent Research Firm Names SAP a Leader in Translytical Data Platforms

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:00
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has been named a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Translytical Data Platforms, Q4 2017.”
  • SAP ranked highest for strategy and market presence
  • SAP HANA platform, the SAP Data Hub solution and the SAP Agile Data Preparation service scored 5/5 in 18 of 25 evaluation criteria
  • SAP extends in-memory computing leadership to next-generation translytical solutions

Forrester evaluated a dozen vendors and ranked SAP the highest in “Strategy” and “Market Presence.” The SAP HANA platform, the SAP Data Hub solution and the SAP Agile Data Preparation service scored 5/5 in 18 of 25 evaluation criteria that Forrester applied in the research study.

“SAP crushes translytical workloads,” Forrester wrote. “SAP HANA is a shared-nothing, in-memory data platform, the core of SAP’s translytical platform, which supports many use cases, including real-time applications, analytics, translytical apps, systems of insight and advanced analytics. Enterprises use the platform for in-memory data marts, SAP Business Warehouse and applications like SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite. SAP Vora extends the translytical platform by supporting the Apache Spark execution framework to deliver enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop.”

SAP Extends In-Memory Computing Leadership to Next-Generation Translytical Solutions

“SAP pioneered in-memory computing and now extends that leadership to innovate rapidly around next-generation translytical solutions that introduce new levels of operational efficiency and business insight to customers,” said Greg McStravick, president, Database and Data Management, SAP. “We believe this ranking, and the continued success of our customers, is a result of our dedication and commitment to delivering the best business data platform in the world.”

Customers, including Convergent IS and Vectus Industries Limited, trust SAP HANA and solutions built on SAP HANA to support both transactions and analytics on diverse data, helping them become modern, real-time digital businesses.

“SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA provide our business with a single source of truth,” said Shaun Syvertsen, managing partner, Convergent IS. “We run and evolve our business, transacting in real time with instant insight into the relevant key metrics that matter while we transact and make decisions. It’s truly on-demand, real-time processing and reporting with new metrics not previously available at the point of action.”

“Using SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA, we achieved a centralized, company-wide data management solution that delivered great value to our organization,” said Manish Sinha, head of IT, Vectus Industries Limited. “Our operational efficiency increased by 60 percent, and we also achieved 50 percent faster access and improved visibility into our real-time data.”

SAP HANA has more than 18,000 customers.

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SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences Helps Safeguard Patient Health

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:30
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the launch of SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences, a public cloud network that makes collaboration easier for pharmaceutical supply chain trading partners.

The information hub for life sciences was designed to reduce drug counterfeiting and follows directives issued by governments worldwide requiring the serialization of drugs and commensurate compliant reporting. It significantly reduces the cost and risk of implementing required collaboration capabilities. The hub evolved from a pharmaceutical network developed by SAP and several large pharmaceutical wholesalers and manufacturers, including Boehringer Ingelheim and AmerisourceBergen. It uses a digital network built on SAP Cloud Platform and enables trading partners to exchange large amounts of serialization and associated traceability data.

“We are really excited to be a part of the new SAP product known as SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences,” said Jeff Denton, senior director, AmerisourceBergen Global Secure Supply Chain. “We have utilized this tool in a number of pilots supporting our efforts to be compliant with the latest U.S. FDA regulations. It supports our need for a single point of entry or exit while sharing business transaction information with trading partners in a secure environment.”

SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences initially will focus on traceability scenarios and then will expand to include a broader range of pharmaceutical supply chain processes, specifically those related to Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) regulatory compliance and those requiring the exchange of upstream batch data for multistep batch genealogy.

“SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences, formerly known as the Pharma Network, turned out to be the right solution at the right time for Boehringer Ingelheim,” said Mary Mercado, head of Global IT Operations Services, Boehringer Ingelheim. “Connection to SAP Cloud Platform enables us to integrate third parties much more quickly into serialization processes in an agile supply chain and to vastly improve drug traceability.”

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Accenture Interactive Positioned as a Leader in Independent Research Report on Digital Experience Service Providers

Accenture News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:29
NEW YORK; Nov. 29, 2017 – Accenture Interactive has been named a leader in the latest Forrester Research report on digital experience service providers. The report, “The Forrester Wave™: Digital Experience Service Providers, Q4 2017,” evaluated Accenture Interactive and 13 other vendors on 23 criteria, including Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence.
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Corporate Sponsorships Reimagined: German National Soccer Team

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:00
Back in the fall of 2013, SAP began to rethink our idea of what sponsorship with the German Soccer Association (DFB) could be. We committed to “Sponsorships 2.0” with “co-innovation” at its center.

That fall we invited members of the coaching and scouting teams to a design workshop at Stanford University and SAP’s labs in Palo Alto, California, setting the foundation for a strong relationship of trust and partnership.

In the years since we first began working together, SAP has become part of DFB’s DNA, and vice versa, rendering traditional sponsorship components such as logo placement less important. We are a part of each other, acting with shared passion and purpose, culminating in a shared victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Corporate Sponsorships Reimagined is a series documenting the experiences of SAP sponsorship partners, in their own words.

But as with any partnership, it should continue to evolve. What does our shared “North Star” look like? The answer is easy: the DFB’s new Academy, which German media has called “the project of the century.” Headed up by the general manager of the German national team and soccer legend Oliver Bierhoff, the dream is to turn this facility into the Silicon Valley of soccer.

Now I find myself on an 18-month loan within the DFB to get the new Academy’s technology lab up and running. This externship is yet another great step forward, not only for SAP and the DFB, but also a new industry benchmark for integrated partnerships.

With full support from SAP CEO Bill McDermott, I am literally activating this partnership in the most human way possible — I have become “one of them.”

While the Academy doors won’t open until 2020, we are working to proactively set up the technology lab and ensure the proper processes, infrastructure, and partner ecosystem are in place. The objective of the tech lab is to enhance the performance of Germany’s elite soccer players. To be successful, I am looking mainly at two elements from a technology standpoint:

  • Soccer performance (performance analysis, scouting and soccer methodology)
  • Human performance (sports science, medicine, and human science)

In other words, I am looking at the entire technology spectrum that has an impact on the players’ performance. Not just SAP technology, but every other vendor that can help us to realize our ambitious goals to make our players better.

We will become the first mover in virtual reality for soccer, embracing machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) for more in-depth analysis while enhancing the players’ cognitive capabilities.

This program defines SAP’s approach to modern sponsorships. Even though the next World Cup is not until 2018, it feels as if we are already winners in this competitive sponsorship game — where people not only do business with people, but follow one dream, as one team.

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Nic Jungkind is director of SAP Sponsorships and currently on loan to DFB

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Responsive Shops Help Brands Understand Shoppers

SAP News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:00

Indigo enables brands and retailers to set up ‘responsive shops’ that interpret the customer’s behavior in the store as they enjoy interactive shopping experiences. Watch Madame Wang, a fashionista from Shanghai on her shopping spree to see how it works.
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Accenture Boosts Its Amazon Web Services Capabilities, Helping Clients Leverage the Cloud to Strengthen Business Intelligence and Spur Innovation

Accenture News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:29
NEW YORK; Nov. 28, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is expanding its Amazon Web Services (AWS) capabilities to help enterprises better leverage the cloud to increase operational efficiency, strengthen their business intelligence, and develop innovative new products and services more quickly. 
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Accenture Uses Artificial Intelligence to Help the Elderly Better Navigate Their Care and Improve Their Well-Being

Accenture News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:29
LAS VEGAS and LONDON; Nov. 28, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and the ease of voice to help older people manage the daunting challenges of navigating their care delivery and well-being. The Accenture Liquid Studio in London developed an AI-powered platform (the Accenture Platform) that can learn user behaviors and preferences and suggest activities to support the overall physical and mental health of individuals ages 70 and older.
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SAP Women Shine at the 14th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

SAP News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:30
On November 17, the 14th annual Stevie Women in Business Awards — held at Times Square in New York City — celebrated the impact of women in business. Several SAP female executives were recognized with Stevie Awards.

Jenny Dearborn, senior vice president and chief learning officer, and Diane Fanelli, senior vice president and general manager of Global Channels and Platform GTM, won in the Female Executive of the Year category with Gold and Bronze awards respectively. In the Women Helping Women category, Anka Wittenberg, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, received a Gold award. Both Sinead Kaiya, COO of Products and Innovation, and Alicia Tillman, CMO, received Bronze awards for their abilities and positive impact on SAP’s business.

As digital transformation changes the business landscape and companies respond to challenges that will impact or promote their long-term growth, we’re seeing the value that diversity and female leadership brings to business and nowhere was this more apparent than at the awards event. Achievements of female entrepreneurs, COEs, executives, and startups were celebrated throughout the evening, with the winners being selected from a pool of more than 1,500 women from 25 countries.

At this year’s awards ceremony, more than 500 business women and guests — representing countries including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Iceland, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, U.S., and the United Kingdom — were on hand to toast the winners and celebrate all women who make a difference in their business and in the world.

The Stevie Award Competitions were created in 2002 to recognize accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide. This year, they more than achieved that goal with the Women in Business Awards.

Andrea Carson is senior director of Executive Communications at SAP.

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SAP Data Hub: Framework for Big Data Scenarios

SAP News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:15
Many companies are currently collecting their data streams from diverse sources in so-called Big Data lakes. Yet only through interaction with the application landscape and its data can this be valuable for companies.

SAP Data Hub is the central orchestration tool, and minimizes the effort in implementing Big Data scenarios and creating new business models.

Virtually Any Company Can Maximize Existing Data

The situation is similar in many companies: In addition to the data from business processes such as CRM and ERP systems, CIOs are now being presented with new data deriving from sensors, social media platforms, and various cloud applications.

“It’s often difficult for companies to know precisely where to start,” explains Marc Hartz, project manager for SAP Data Hub. “Together with the raw data collected in the data lakes, datasets of numerous petabytes can be brought together year upon year.”

According to a current study on Big Data, 86% of participants believe they can extract more from their data, 74% believe their data landscape in not sufficiently transparent, and are concerned about the negative consequences on corporate flexibility.

Overcoming Intermediary Steps for Big Data Scenarios

The reason for this is that companies require specific skills, and it takes a lot of effort to ultimately derive added value from data. Data scientists are needed to be able to correctly implement the large number of required (open source) tools. Many intermediary steps are needed for productization, for example, the practical deployment of a Big Data scenario within the company.

Integrating data, checking the quality, processing it, setting filters, creating aggregates, anonymizing social media data: “This involves a lot of effort,” says Hartz.

Having several scenarios in one joint landscape is hardly achievable. It ultimately comes down to being able to acquire new insights and automatically integrate into a new business model.

“Those who manage to combine Big Data scenarios with the existing application landscape can generate extra added value,” says Hartz. Automation processes for the interaction between Big Data and the existing data warehouses and ERP applications can now be realized, and existing processes will be improved and simplified.

How Electronic Home Appliance Companies Profit From Big Data Scenarios

Data experts from an electronic home appliance company had up to seven tools in operation to examine how regularly individual appliance functions are used on a daily basis. The company equipped every push button with a sensor that immediately produced a dataset when pressed. The aim was to better tailor the functions to suit customer needs.

The sensory data analyzed was able to help provide a forecast for a device’s remaining running time and identify functions that had hardly been used in the past. “To find this out, the data lake needs a corresponding logic,” says Hartz. “We take the sales and production data and analyze the number of models sold, where they were sold, and what the top functionalities are.”

By implementing the first Big Data scenario, the electronic home appliance company can now offer individual and regionally differentiated products.

SAP Data Hub: Quicker Implementation of Big Data Scenarios, Less Tools, Deeper Integration

Thanks to the SAP Data Hub, additional scenarios will become a lot easier. What previously had to be fragmented or manually coded to be able to process Big Data will be automated by SAP Data Hub. In the future, if customers are planning similar Big Data scenarios for additional products, they won’t need new codes for every new scenario.

“Thirty years ago, we didn’t have ERP, no standards, and hardly any tools or applications that could process corporate data,” Hartz explains. “In the Big Data world we are currently in a similar position.”

SAP Data Hub is a key system component for digital innovation for SAP Leonardo and enables users to implement Big Data scenarios with greater ease. It is a control level for the entire data landscape, whose data is orchestrated and distributed, regardless if the data comes from Hadoop or SAP BW systems, from on-premise, cloud or hybrid system frameworks, or from data lakes. Although in the past the relevant data was extracted from various sources using ETL tools and centralized in a target database, SAP is no longer doing this.

Thanks to the distributed landscape of SAP HANA to Hadoop and Amazon or Google cloud systems, it is now easier to gain new insights without having to move data backwards and forwards, explains Hartz: “SAP Data Hub enables customers to implement cross-landscape scenarios quickly, with less tools, and also offers deeper integration into the business processes, particularly for SAP S/4HANA.”

Coming to Grips with Unstructured Data

SAP Data Hub is targeting companies that are currently experiencing the biggest difficulties with unstructured data masses that do not provide any tangible added value. In defining SAP’s new fundamental approach, the biggest challenge was to implement three steps, which sound straightforward, but are in fact extremely difficult, explains Hartz. First, transferring sensor data into a data lake and being able to identify it; second, processing it; and third, integrating the data into an application, such as a data warehouse.

It isn’t only the home appliance manufacturer that has successfully implemented these three steps. In a use case already presented by SAP, the sensor data collected from fitness trackers is globally analyzed and integrated into business processes, and social media efficiency analyses are generated for marketing campaigns. And these examples are only the start of Big Data of the future, whose potential is not yet even foreseen.

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Walter Isaacson Unveils the Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci

SAP News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:47

Best-selling author Walter Isaacson wrote a book on Leonardo da Vinci and explains his incredible curiosity, his fascinating skills in science, arts, architecture and engineering, and what we can learn in order to be as innovative as Leonardo da Vinci was 500 years ago.
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Accenture Invests in and Forms Strategic Alliance with Leading Quantum Computing Firm 1QBit

Accenture News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:29
NEW YORK and VANCOUVER; Nov. 28, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made a minority investment in 1QBit, a leading quantum computing firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia, through Accenture Ventures. The move will help Accenture expand its capabilities in quantum computing analytics, heralding a new era of intelligence for businesses and organizations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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SAP Becomes Official Sponsoring Partner of the DFB Academy

SAP News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 06:00
FRANKFURT — The DFB Academy and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that SAP has become an official sponsoring partner of the DFB Academy.

The agreement between the market leader for enterprise software and the academy of the German Soccer Association (DFB) has an initial term of three years. The partnership will focus on joint innovation projects in the framework of the evolution of soccer in Germany.

The collaboration with SAP will concentrate on topics involving young talent support, match and practice analysis and expert training. As a DFB sponsoring partner, SAP brings years of experience in the areas of data analytics, evaluation of payer performance and technological innovations in soccer to the table.

“A core tenet of the academy is our desire to continue the evolution of German soccer, and we want to use the latest technologies to do so,” says Oliver Bierhoff, project manager, DFB Academy. “Big Data analytics is becoming more and more important for soccer, and we want to apply it for our work. We are very pleased to have a strong partner like SAP, which stands for competency, innovation and modern infrastructure and technology. These are the characteristics we want to utilize to our benefit.”

“Data analytics and performance improvements based on reliable information are decisive in all respects of professional sports,” says Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and responsible for Products & Innovation, SAP. “Together with the DFB Academy we will continue to work on innovations for soccer in Germany. With our expertise in the processing of mass data for match and practice analysis, we can deliver real added value to the DFB Academy in the areas of young talent support, talent development and player scouting.”

With the establishment of the new DFB and its Academy, the German Soccer Association aims to consolidate its entire soccer expertise in one organization, to capture potential synergies better and become an even more effective service provider to the entire soccer family.

SAP has been an official premium partner of the DFB and its national team since 2013. Previous co-innovation projects between SAP and the DFB, such as the SAP Match Insights solution and the SAP Penalty Insights Web application, have helped the team to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2017. In addition to other sport sponsorships in professional soccer (including TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, FC Bayern Munich, and City Football Group), SAP is also an established partner to the Women’s Tennis Association, Formula One racing, golf, and ice hockey.

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