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

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Tigers’ Trail

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Is “Tiger Day”

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

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

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

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

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

There are three main threats to the tigers’ survival:

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

Some of the measures required to protect tigers are:

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

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

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

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

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

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Tiger Conservation in Action

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

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

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

The Danger Is Not Over

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

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

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Words, Deeds, Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Digital Leaders: Navigators in a Complex World

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

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

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

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

Leaders Are Faced With Complexity

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

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

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

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

Leaders Are the Navigators

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

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

So here are my three key takeaways.

Leaders Must Listen

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

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

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

Leaders Must Partner

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

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

Leaders Must Care

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

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

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

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

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

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[Canceled] Maintenance Notification: April 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Viva con Agua

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

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

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

Photo: Philip Ruopp for Viva con Agua

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

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

The Barchecker App

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

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

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

Viva con Agua runs SAP

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

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

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

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

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

All Profit

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

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

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

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

Photo: Stefan Groenveld for Viva con Agua

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

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

Top Photo: John Brömstrup for Viva con Agua

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Up by SAP Developer Relations

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

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

Additional Resources for SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS  

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

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

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Accenture Reports Strong Second-Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

About SAP

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 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.

More information: Visit SAP at HMI 2018 in Hannover.

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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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About SAP

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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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