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Accenture's Montreal Office Managing Director Madeleine Chenette Named a Finalist for Les Mercuriades Awards

Accenture News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:02
MONTREAL; March 16, 2018 – Accenture’s Montreal Office Managing Director Madeleine Chenette has been named a finalist for Les Mercuriades business awards, a leading business competition in Quebec organized by the Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce. Chenette was named a finalist in the Leadership, Woman of Exception category.
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SAP and the Livelihoods Carbon Fund: From the Andes to Mount Elgon

SAP News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:45
SAP participates in the new Livelihoods Carbon Fund with projects around the globe to protect the climate, restore ecosystems, and improve people’s lives.

Peru: At night, the temperature in the Andes drops to around zero degrees. The traditional fireplaces used by the population to cook and keep warm not only produce toxic smoke that has disastrous effects on their lungs and eyes; they also consume large quantities of wood and therefore accelerate the pace of deforestation in the region.

Since the Livelihoods Carbon Fund’s collaboration with the Instituto Trabajo y Familia (Institute for Work and Family, ITYF) began in 2016, 30,000 families have been equipped with efficient cooking stoves to heat their homes and prepare hot meals using 60% less wood, which means less smoke and lower emissions. Over the 14 years scheduled for this project, 150,000 people will benefit and 1 million tons less CO2 will be produced. At the same time, the project will help create jobs for people like Arqímedes Huamani, a project supervisor and bricklayer employed by the ITYF: “It makes me proud to improve the daily lives of so many families.”

Indonesia: Over the past 20 years, vast tracts of coastal forest in North Sumatra have been lost to palm oil plantations and rice fields, making coastal villages highly vulnerable to climatic hazards, such as the tsunami in 2004. The Livelihoods Carbon Fund supports the reforestation of mangroves that provide natural shelter from cyclones, tidal waves, and floods. The ecological benefits of its North Sumatra project – to plant trees that absorb CO2 and to recover biodiversity – are complemented by educational activities and micro-credits to help the local population set up businesses for products derived from the mangrove forests.

Five thousand hectares of mangrove forest and 18 million trees have been planted to capture two million tons of CO2 over 20 years, and the local economy is already benefitting from the rising population of shrimps, fish, and crabs in the mangroves. The project has improved the lives of 20,000 people in 39 villages, and incomes have grown by around 20%.

Kenya: The region around Mount Elgon is home to two million people. Deforestation and years of exhaustive farming have accelerated the erosion of fertile land here. Farmers are caught in a vicious circle of applying even more exhaustive methods while continuously earning less from lower yields. The Livelihoods Fund has partnered with Vi Agroforestry and Brookside Dairy to train farmers in agroforestry and crop diversification, with the aim of increasing crop yields by 30% and milk production  almost thirty-fold in five years. A major dairy factory in the region, Brookside has committed to purchase all the milk produced in the next ten years. All this means a major improvement for farmers like Christine Musasia: “I expect big things in the future: to educate my children and become self-reliant”.

Nine Large-Scale Projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Projects in agroforestry, mangrove restoration, and rural energy not only help cut carbon emissions; they also bring income and meaning to the lives of thousands of people in the regions most affected by climate change. One million beneficiaries, 120,000 families equipped with efficient cooking stoves, 130 million trees planted, ten million tons of CO2 to be sequestered over 20 years, nine active projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and €40 million invested: These are just some of the targets the Livelihoods Carbon Fund has either achieved already or is aiming at in the future. Supported by ten European companies, the Fund aims to finance large-scale development projects to improve the livelihoods of communities directly exposed to the consequences of climate change, and help them restore and preserve their ecosystems.

The Livelihoods Carbon Fund has an innovative business model that connects seemingly disparate worlds to create win-win situations for both investors and beneficiaries. It leverages the carbon economy to create social impact and thus contributes to the 17 United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also referred to as the UN SDGs or UN Global Goals), which include “Good Health and Well-Being” (UN SDG 3), “Decent Work and Economic Growth” (UN SDG 8), and “Life Below Water” (UN SDG 14). SAP’s investment in the Livelihoods Carbon Fund is another of its commitments to the UN Global Goals, in addition to the contribution it makes through its products.

Companies involved in the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, such as Crédit Agricole SA, Danone, La Poste, Hermès, Michelin, and SAP (the only German company) do not receive a financial return on their investment. Instead, they receive carbon credits to offset their carbon emissions. Because of their high social and environmental value, the projects funded are also supported by many governmental and non-governmental development organizations, including the French Development Agency (AFD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“Wonderful Opportunity to Extend our Commitment”

SAP joined Livelihoods Carbon Fund #1 in 2013. Motivated by its outcome, SAP and seven other participating companies last year decided to establish another fund, Livelihoods Carbon Fund #2. Emmanuelle Brun Neckebrock, CFO of SAP France, represents SAP on the Investment Committee of the Livelihoods Funds and explains SAP’s motivation to join again: “The new carbon fund with its focus on ecosystem restoration, agroforestry, and energy projects is a perfect fit for our vision and purpose to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to extend our commitment and expand our support for the sustainability of rural communities worldwide.” The Livelihoods Carbon Fund is also a key component in SAP’s journey to implementing its “avoid-reduce-compensate” strategy and becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2025. Contributing not only to UN SDG 13 “Climate Action”, but also to UN SDG 7 “Affordable and Clean Energy”UN SDG 15 “Life on Land”,  UN SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities” and  UN SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals” also enriches SAP’s portfolio of projects.

Highlighting the additional benefits of SAP’s involvement, Emmanuelle says, “Partnering with other companies has always been key to the Livelihoods concept. It has been great to work with other purpose-driven companies on the fund – many of which are also our customers – to scale the impact, share investment risks, and jointly head for long-term success and even bigger impact.”

25 Million Tons of CO2 to be Prevented

The new fund aims to improve another 2 million lives in developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia and to prevent 25 million tons of CO2 emissions within the next 20 years. The fund will also invite other companies and investors to join, with the objective of collecting €100 million from 2018 onward. And, just as in the first fund, the resulting carbon credits will be certified by the Gold Standard (created by the WWF) and the Verified Carbon Standard.

In a video greeting at the launch of the new fund on December 11, 2017, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, highlighted the great social, economic, and environmental value of this innovative investment model in “giving sense to money” and accelerating the fight against climate change

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SAP and UIB Save Lives with Real-Time Communications

SAP News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:00
It seems almost every day another headline pronounces another deadly disaster — earthquakes, avalanches, shootings. Because we are now connected more than ever, with anyone capable of being a citizen journalist at any given time, we get information in a near real-time news cycle.

However, accurate, trustworthy information about emergency events can still be frustratingly hard — particularly to those in the middle of them.

Too often, information is either false or misleading, which only makes the situation worse. Recently, Hawaiians panicked for nearly an hour after a false emergency alert of an impending missile attack was sent across the state. And reports of mass assaults by refugees in Frankfurt, Germany, went viral, even though they never really happened.

It’s something that Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd. (UIB), an SAP partner based in Singapore, wants to fix.

Eliminating Communication Breakdowns

The ability to communicate more effectively, more accurately and more quickly in a crisis could save lives, reduce injuries and significantly decrease damage caused during crisis scenarios, according to Ken Herron, UIB’s chief marketing officer.

To help, UIB has developed SHOUT, an intelligent emergency broadcast messaging system designed to send information to people using any device — even if they don’t have a specific app installed.

SHOUT, which won an SAP HANA Innovation Award last year, utilizes UIB’s proprietary UnificationEngine intelligent IoT messaging technology and lets organizations instantly broadcast information to more than 25 global communications channels, including Facebook, Twitter and other social media and messaging apps.

“We talk about [the false missile alarm in] Hawaii on a near-daily basis. If they had our system, that false alarm never would have gone out and a correction would have reached everyone instantly,” Herron said. “While the original message never should have happened, it was an equally grave problem that there was no ability to quickly send out a ‘false alarm’ message.”

Shared Information, Better Decisions

SHOUT automates and accelerates communications approval processes, assuring that messages get out quickly and correctly, eliminating mistakes and frustratingly slow response times. UIB is ready to get its own message out: technology can and should be a positive, powerful tool for communication in crisis and emergency situations, Herron said.

The ability to share important information in a more effective manner is important to both civilians as well as governments, businesses and other organizations, Herron said.

“Imagine after a hurricane being able to say here’s where water is, here’s where supplies are. Communication after the fact is just as important as before the fact,” Herron said. “Getting the right information at the right time to the right people can make a difference, especially at a local community level.”

More than natural disaster notifications, organizations should be sharing public health tips. In Cape Town, South Africa, water conservation reminders to residents might alleviate concerns about their current shortage, Herron said. Even reminders to get a flu shot during influenza season could improve school attendance, Herron said.

Making Messaging More Meaningful

UIB has also developed a two-way communications system by leveraging the power of SAP Cloud Platform, with machine learning and text analysis, Herron said.

The two-way communications platform not only allows emergency responders to communicate with potential victims and vice-versa, it can filter out low-priority messages and flag those that may require immediate attention. For example, messages such as “Wow, was that an earthquake?” can be filtered out so responders can more quickly react to messages like “Help, I’m trapped in my cellar!”

Two-way communications also allow individuals or groups to dispel inaccurate and false information communicated either accidentally or deliberately. The falsely-reported assaults in Cologne, Germany, shine a light on the need for improved communications capabilities, Herron said.

“If the city had been able to go on the most popular channels to communicate the truth in a rapid and complete fashion, it would have stopped much of the ugliness a lot sooner,” he said. “Consistent, accurate communication should be a best practice in any emergency. Whenever false rumors go viral, you need a channel to get it right. The truth matters.”

UIB was founded in 2010 with the goal to solve information overload by developing a means to aggregate multiple communications channels into a single point. As the company’s technology has evolved, so has its purpose.

“We have the ability to genuinely impact people’s lives on a global basis,” said Herron. “That’s not something everybody gets to do for their work. We’re very excited and we’re very happy to have SAP as a partner.”

SAP and our partners. Improving lives. That is our purpose.
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SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud: A Strong Pillar of SAP’s Strategy

SAP News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:15
Dilipkumar Khandelwal, president of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and managing director of SAP Labs India, discusses a “bridge to the cloud.”

Cloud computing is an integral part of IT’s role in business innovation. According to research firm IDC, cloud investments accounted for US$46.5 billion of IT infrastructure spending in 2017, up 20.9% from the previous year. The ongoing drive toward digitization has brought industries across the board to the brink of a paradigm shift. Innovations are happening not only in hyperscalers’ clouds, but also in private managed clouds, where mission-critical applications now reside. At the center of this movement is SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Here, Dilipkumar Khandelwal explains the context of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and where it is headed.

Q: How do you see the overall development of the cloud?

A: As we all know, the world is transforming into an intelligent, digitally enabled mesh of people, things, and services, where the lines between what’s real and what’s digital are truly blurred. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are poised to enhance analytical, prediction, and interface capabilities in virtually every technology-enabled system. New digital business models are emerging and new ecosystems are forming to realign business and customer relationships. And applications are being developed to connect people and processes via mobile platforms. Meanwhile, companies’ IT departments are struggling to modernize their legacy ERP and harmonize two very different worlds.

Cloud has evolved from a disruption to the “new normal” and has become an essential catalyst for innovation across industries. According to Gartner, “In its first decade, cloud computing was disruptive to IT, but looking into the second decade, it is becoming mature.” Major barriers to cloud adoption have all but vanished. And aspects that were previously perceived as weak points, such as security, are now often seen as strengths.

Yet, despite being convinced that cloud standardization delivers benefits and provides an accelerated path to innovation, c-level executives will need time to migrate away from highly customized environments. This is where SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud comes into play.

What exactly is SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud?

Simply stated, it is SAP’s private managed cloud. It was launched in 2013 to help customers accelerate their adoption of SAP HANA. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud emulates a customer’s on-premise environment in a cloud model and provides an SLA that covers the application stack and all the familiar security and control functions. Thanks to the BYOL model of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Start service, customers can start test-driving SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud within a matter of weeks by running SAP HANA solutions for any non-production SAP workload in the cloud – and then shift to a longer-term production contract whenever they’re ready. In either case, they can select from a menu of functional application and technical managed services to allow them to focus on their core competencies.

How does SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud serve business needs?

We talk to lots of customers and they all tend to have the same goals: They want to protect their current revenue stream, identify new markets, respond to unfamiliar competitors, and make real-time decisions across all data sources. What customers — including Dow Chemical, Burberry, and Vivint Smart Home — are telling us is that SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud meets real business needs.

We’re used to hearing about the impact of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud from IT sources, but people from outside IT are now increasingly recognizing the value of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud as they see how SAP cloud solutions are helping them focus on core competencies. For example, Pat Kelliher, chief accounting officer for Vivint Smart Home, said: “We chose SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud because of its expertise in SAP S/4HANA… They could do it much more cost-effectively […] and we wanted to divert our resources to other needs in the business.”

SAP offers three different consumption models for its flagship ERP product: the on-premise edition of SAP S4/HANA, SaaS offering SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud sets out a controlled path to standardization and innovation, and is SAP’s model for enabling customers to personalize their journey and to move to the cloud at their own pace. In this model, SAP provides the complete system landscape, inclusive of the applications, based on an SAP reference architecture. As such, SAP is responsible for overall system operation and all the managed services although the customer is free to arrange its individual governance interaction.

Is this a very recent offering?

No. SAP originally announced that it would offer customers a managed service in a private cloud at SAPPHIRE NOW back in 2013. So SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will celebrate its fifth anniversary on May 16 this year. That’s cause for celebration, and we can be very proud of what we have achieved so far. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud has emerged as one of the strongest pillars of SAP’s cloud strategy and has seen unprecedented growth in the last couple of years. It is quite literally the “bridge to the cloud,” specifically, to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, for SAP’s vast on-premise customer base.

By subscribing to our managed services, customers reduce their implementation risk. That’s because their landscape architecture is handled by SAP and their applications run in SAP data centers operated by teams of professional developers although customers can keep some components in their own environment. This contrasts with the “old” hosting model in which the IT infrastructure resided in a hosting provider’s data center, but it was the customer who was responsible for its landscape sizing and architecture and for installing and configuring all its applications. Today’s reality is very different: We’re making it as simple as possible for our customers to chart their journey to the cloud.

The journey map to SAP S/4HANA Cloud

How will SAP’s strategic partnerships help the customer?

As part of its multi-cloud strategy, SAP has established strategic partnerships with the major public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), to offer customers choice. These partnerships enable customers to leverage data center infrastructure from public cloud providers to scale SAP cloud solutions globally and to drive innovation together with partners and customers. It also offers companies the ultimate choice of how and where they want to run their businesses.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud fully supports our multi-cloud strategy by enabling customers to deploy their applications on Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure. Since announcing the availability of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud on the AWS infrastructure at SAPPHIRE NOW in 2017, we have made significant progress with AWS and Microsoft Azure on certifying their respective infrastructures to run SAP workloads. We are working closely with the major public cloud infrastructure partners to ensure SAP workloads can be run seamlessly on the platform of the customer’s choice. One of our focal points in 2018 is exploring the options for delivering in China.

What else will we see in 2018?

We all know that our customers need comprehensive and personalized support on the road to digital transformation. The pace of change has accelerated thanks to tremendous increases in the volume of electronic data, the ubiquity of mobile interfaces, and the growing power of AI. In the early years, companies that digitized were at the forefront of the industry. Today, digitization has permeated every level of the competitive landscape. Society’s growing reliance on digital technologies is not only reshaping customer expectations, but also redefining boundaries across industries.

There is no set formula for success. A good road map can come with callouts and suggestions, but my simple advice for SAP customers is this: Floor it! Adopt a cloud-first strategy as early as possible and take advantage of the cloud services in your industry. SAP supports the multi-cloud approach and is equipped to offer tailor-made cloud services.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud helps customers unlock the full value of SAP’s product suite in a secure private cloud and in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force in May 2018. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is the only end-to-end solution of its kind, delivering comprehensive cloud infrastructure and managed services for in-memory applications, database, and platform. And, as ever, customers can rely on SAP to provide a secure and stable environment.

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Accenture Named #1 IT Service Provider by Everest Group

Accenture News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 15, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named the IT Service Provider of the Year by Everest Group, which recognizes consistent top performers across IT services PEAK Matrix™ assessments. This is the second consecutive year that Accenture has been listed in the #1 position.
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Saving Elephants and Rhinos from Extinction with Drones, Data, and IoT

SAP News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:30
Elephants, Rhinos & People is digitalizing the fight for South Africa’s dwindling population of wild elephants and rhinos.

The clock is ticking for South Africa’s wild elephants and rhinos. Every day, approximately 96 elephants and five rhinos tragically die at the hands of poachers looking to earn as much as 40 times more than the national average annual household income of US$1,700.

The survival of these gentle giants comes down to economics. The people know this is not the right thing to do. But, what do you do when you have a family and neighbors who are hungry? You do whatever it takes.

After realizing this simple truth, Johnathan Tager, CEO of ERP, traded in his 30-year business career to focus his energy on alleviating poverty in South Africa and educating people on how they can help protect wildlife. And all of these efforts are done to accomplish one underlying purpose: to rescue the country’s dwindling elephant and rhino population from the brink of extinction.

Engaging the Community in the Survival of Elephants and Rhinos

Guided by its mantra “beyond corporate purpose,” ERP is disrupting the traditional operating model of promoting corporate social responsibility programs and donating funds to charities. The mostly employee-owned group of companies, nonprofits, and impact investment organizations are working together to ensure the sustainable preservation of at-risk elephants and rhinos, while uplifting the economic conditions of rural people living in surrounding areas.

“Ultimately, the best guardians of wild elephants and rhinos are communities situated on the periphery of South Africa. We are providing viable economic options to convince them to continue their heritage as custodians of these species and the environment – no matter how enticing the poaching black market may be,” Tager shared.

For ERP, creating a self-perpetuating and self-growing economy is vital to the success of its mission. For example, the organization built a lodge owned and ran by local villagers, sitting in the middle of its 45,000 acres reserve. At the same time, people from all over the world tour the area to experience the majesty of elephants and rhinos living in their natural surroundings.

“Harnessing the collective power of people behind this cause goes beyond corporate purpose. We’re now saving wild elephants and rhinos in a way that ends up changing people’s lives.”

Johnathan Tager, CEO, Group Elephants and Elephants, Rhino & People (ERP)

Putting Technology at the Core of a Worthwhile Mission

For ERP, technology is front and center of its operating model. “Our business wouldn’t exist at all if it weren’t for SAP,” said Tager. “Ironically, its charitable donation of the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll solution created a revenue stream that is helping us fund our conservation efforts.”

The organization also leverages these solutions extensively for some of its nonprofit reserve operations. For example, ERP is harnessing the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system to track the movements of individual elephants and herds of elephants. Each elephant and rhino wears a physical collar connected to global positioning satellite (GPS) technology. Operators can track the position of each animal in real time and on an ongoing basis, supported by the Internet of Things.

Whenever a herd or lone animal approaches the outer limits of the reserve, the GPS collar sends an alert to an on-duty operator. In response, the ERP Air Force surveillance program flies a drone to check the reported location for signs of trouble. Then, operators drive to the site to nudge the herd or animal away from the boundary to reduce a poacher’s ability to kill an animal.

ERP also stores and processes every piece of positioning data in the SAP HANA database through SAP Cloud Platform, creating a massive volume data-driven insight. “By using the basic principles of predictive analytics, we can predict where poachers are more likely to position themselves,” Trager mentioned.

Drones constantly patrol areas identified as potential poaching hideouts. When the operator discovers a poacher, the operator dispatches a ranger to take proper action. To date, ERP has interrupted over 20 attempts with this process.

To increase attention to its cause, the organization implemented SAP Fiori mobile apps to allow people to track elephants and rhinos on the reserve. “From an awareness perspective, this brings a great opportunity to crowdsource and engage people all over the world, letting them see that our reserve is safe for elephants and rhinos,” stated Tager.

“Having all this Big Data, we can start leveraging artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to determine migration patterns so we can plan future preventive actions.”

Quintin Smith, partner of Group Elephants

Innovating a Defense System for South Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos

Poaching is a daily event in South Africa, but this is not the case for ERP’s reserve. The combination of SAP technology, flying drones, and connected collars is clearly helping the organization deter poachers. But more important, the surrounding community is embracing the economic opportunity and value ERP brings, empowering them to decline poaching opportunities.

Trager concluded, “For us, SAP technology is an amplifier of our value. It creates a continuous cycle of support between the profit and non-profit segments of our organization, which we couldn’t do on our own.”

 “SAP technology amplifies our value by creating a continuous cycle of support between the profit and non-profit segments of our organization, which we couldn’t do on our own.”

Johnathan Tager

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Potential Benefits of Artificial Intelligence Outweigh Citizen Concerns about Responsible Use by Government, Accenture Survey Shows

Accenture News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:17
ARLINGTON, Va.; March 15, 2018 – Citizens are willing to try new artificial intelligence (AI) tools for government services despite their concerns about government use of the technology, according to results of an Accenture (NYSE: ACN) multi-country survey.
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Industry Consortium Successfully Tests Blockchain Solution Developed by Accenture That Could Revolutionize Ocean Shipping

Accenture News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 21:59
NEW YORK; March 14, 2018 – A consortium comprising AB InBev, Accenture, APL, Kuehne + Nagel and a European customs organization has successfully tested a blockchain solution that can eliminate the need for printed shipping documents and save the freight and logistics industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
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Accenture Survey Points to Untapped Opportunity for Girls to Fulfill Their Creative Aspirations with STEM Careers

Accenture News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 21:01
LONDON; March 14, 2018 – Although the vast majority (84 percent) of young people in the U.K. believe that many jobs in the future will involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM – U.K. girls believe that STEM jobs lack the creativity they seek in their careers, according to results of a survey from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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Florida Mom of Son with Autism Wants You to Know: SAP Ariba Changed Our Lives

SAP News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:00
Self-described stay-at-home mom Katie Swingle was the biggest celebrity at the recent SAP Ariba Live event after telling the story of her son who has autism to a spellbound audience who laughed and cried with her, and ultimately gave her a standing ovation.

I sat down with Swingle after her keynote to hear more about her family’s journey.

Easy Access to Life-Changing Scholarships

Swingle sends her young son to a private school thanks to Step Up For Students, a scholarship fund serving K-12 students with financial and special needs. Now developed to run on SAP Ariba, the marketplace will allow parents to seamlessly apply their awards to purchase tuition, education services, and other resources. While Swingle could front the funds for her son’s tuition and wait for reimbursement, many parents cannot, making the marketplace a direct conduit to a better life.

Swingle’s experience has changed her assumptions about technology. “The number one thing I’ve learned is how much value tech offers; more than I ever thought possible,” she said. “It’s not my world or background, and was intimidating until now. But I’ve found people in tech are parents just like me. I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve stopped me and said they could connect with my story.”

From #SAPAribaLive, Kate Swingle shared how much value technology can offer parents of special needs children

Small Things Have Huge Impact

Facing a devastating prognosis for her son Gregory, who is the oldest of her four children, Swingle said the family had to adjust expectations.

“I went from just wanting to be a mom to having this baby I knew was different,” she said. “Having a special needs child was a challenge for our marriage and other sons. We had to set new goals as we asked ourselves will our child talk, read or ever have a friend?”

Swingle is elated with her son’s progress, yet humbled by what he’s taught her family about relishing the simple things. “Gregory has gone from not being able to read, write or focus to being on the high honor role in fourth grade in all his subjects, which means he’s above 90 percent in all proficiencies, she said. “Four friends showing up at his birthday party made his week. He constantly reminds us that it’s the small things that life is about.”

She’s concluded that having a better life isn’t necessarily about big ideas, but rather the cascading impact of small ones. “You are changing lives in ways you don’t even know. It’s already touching thousands of Floridians, and I’m representing those parents. This is a small idea that could grow exponentially,” said Swingle.

The Step Up For Students marketplace on SAP Ariba will initially serve approximately 10,000 Gardiner Scholarship students in Florida who use education savings accounts. It’s slated to go live later this year. Swingle praised it as a boon for some parents who lacked basic reading and writing skills, allowing them to quickly navigate complex documentation requirements.

“SAP Ariba is thinking outside the box in applying its technology made for corporations to help a child who has autism. I can’t believe people like me are even on their radar,” she said. “Our lives as parents are so complicated, and this frees me up to spend more time with Gregory and my other sons.”

Imagine Diversity Differently

Before we wrapped up our conversation, Swingle wanted to make sure people understood that neurodiversity is another important aspect of diversity. She’s upbeat about her son’s future, foreseeing college and a rewarding career – provided employers have an open mind.

“My son is brilliant and could bring so many new ideas to a workplace, but couldn’t get 10 seconds into a job interview without being kicked out of the room because of his lack of social skills,” she said. “My hope is other companies like SAP will have more autism at work programs. People with autism think on a different plane. It’s almost a different sense that neurotypical people don’t have. I see the outcomes as he picks up on things I don’t even see. Imagine what an employee he will be.”

As for Gregory, he’s looking forward to fifth grade, and enthusiastically exploring basketball. Game on!

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End-to-End Governance and Management of Financial Market Data

SAP News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:15
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about currency exchange rates? How about “international”? To me, there’s no better term to describe Brisken Market Data Hub, a new tool now available on the SAP App Center.

Brisken Market Data Hub automatically loads current exchange rate and other market data from central banks and external providers like Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Oanda, and even Twitter and Facebook. Then it integrates the data directly into SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA, SAP Hybris Commerce, SAP Concur spend management solutions, and more — monitoring the incoming data quality to ensure accuracy and consistency.

For any company doing business across borders, procuring supplies from different countries, or even with employees traveling on business abroad, this is a great solution. For any company concerned about data governance and compliance, I’d call it essential. And because the solution has such broad cross-industry appeal, I think it’s great to know that you can find it on SAP App Center, the SAP digital marketplace where customers can discover, try, and buy this solution with just a few clicks.

Making Global Connections

I also like the term international to describe Brisken the company, because of the story I heard about its origins from Dirk Neumann, one of the company’s founders. I spoke with him from Barcelona, where I was attending an SAP event. Dirk was dialing in from Sunnyvale, California, where he was on a business trip of his own. Dirk, a multicultural entrepreneur, started his career in London; moved to Miami; started a company in Sao Paulo, Brazil; relocated later to Houston, Texas; and now lives in Karlsruhe, Germany – although his co-founder and business partner Juliano Brugnago lives and works in Brazil.

Got that? Needless to say, this is an international – and multilingual – company on many levels.

However, the idea for Brisken Market Data Hub did not arise from any issues Dirk or Juliano had with filing expense reports. Dirk has a banking background, with a career as a consultant in financial risk management, supporting clients on extending the functionality of SAP core finance solutions – which is exactly what Brisken Market Data Hub does.

Covering the “Last Mile” Gap for Accuracy and Compliance

During his work as a consultant, Dirk had identified a missing-link issue for his clients. “The problem is that, even with customized solutions, it is too cumbersome to configure systems for keeping up to date with incoming market data,” Dirk explained, “with no way to ensure data accuracy. The incoming data is vulnerable to tampering, so the compliance piece was missing. It was a ‘last-mile’ gap in the APIs.”

Today, customers must manually upload data from many central banks and external providers into the SAP software. In most cases, the connector is configured to handle only a single provider. Any changes must be programmed. The market data must be distributed across multiple systems, creating the risk of discrepancies – all the way to restatement of earnings – because of the lack of integration points.

Teaming up with a Back-of-the-Napkin Idea

During Dirk’s time in Brazil, he had crossed paths many times with Juliano Brugnago, a self-described hardcore database developer and an expert in business intelligence software. “I’d talked to Juliano about doing something as a team, although we’d never actually worked together, and he didn’t have any background with SAP software,” he told me. “But a few years ago, Juliano began following SAP, and independently took an openSAP course focused on SAP Cloud Platform. The rest is the old back-of-the-napkin story, with the two of us casually sketching out this idea for a market data hub that could be offered at a reasonable price point in the cloud. Juliano had discovered an SAP Run competition for cloud application development. After sobering up from the previous night’s happy hour, Soon thereafter we submitted our use case, and we were invited to a boot camp in Chicago to try out and showcase the concept. That’s how we got started.”

Smoothly Integrating a Universe of Financial Data

Brisken Market Data Hub offers peace of mind throughout the external market-data-provisioning process, Dirk explained. “Now, you have complete governance with data validation and anomaly detection, exception workflows, data analytics, and an audit log. Never before has it been so simple to set up a governance structure for market data that lets you detect issues before they affect your accounting processes and analytics. And it’s a single source of truth across the entire system landscape.”

Gaining Access to a Worldwide Market Through SAP App Center

I asked Dirk about the development aspect, and what Juliano thought about working with the SAP software. “Juliano analyzed various platforms and kept coming back to SAP,” Dirk noted. “Juliano was looking for a modern and easy-to-work platform for business apps development, and after a lot of research he reached the conclusion that SAP Cloud Platform with SAP HANA and SAP Fiori was the best by far. He programmed everything inside SAP HANA for a dynamic database that can be adapted to any use case, with SAP Fiori as the user interface.”

Dirk continued, “The reason we could develop and offer this application is because of the cloud, and SAP Cloud Platform gave us a bandwagon to jump on. Running it on SAP software helps ensure redundancy and uptime, and it’s ISO certified. Now, with our solution on the SAP App Center, we have access to thousands of SAP customers worldwide. And for them — our customers — it’s fully configurable and immediately consumable once installed.”

I invite you to take the tour, no matter where you are in the world and visit the SAP App Center. Let me know what you think.

Bill Rojas is senior director of Digital Transformation and Partner Engagement  on the SAP Digital team. Contact him on Twitter | LinkedIn.
He kicked off this new series of blogs on partner apps on the SAP App Center in December 2017. To read more, click here.

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Accenture Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for SAP Application Services, Worldwide

Accenture News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:59
NEW YORK; March 14, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been recognized as a Leader in Gartner Inc.’s recently published “Magic Quadrant for SAP Application Services, Worldwide1.” Accenture was positioned highest for its ability to execute and furthest to the right for its completeness of vision in the Leaders quadrant.
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Accenture Appoints Vukani Mngxati Country Managing Director for South Africa

Accenture News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:59
JOHANNESBURG; March 13, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has appointed Vukani Mngxati country managing director for South Africa effective May 1, with responsibility for driving Accenture’s growth strategy in sub-Sahara Africa. 
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Digital Transformation Will Revolutionize Total Workforce Management

SAP News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:45
In its broadest definition, digital transformation is the change management process associated with the application of digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, blockchain, Industry 4.0, Big Data, and artificial intelligence in all aspects of human society.

Smartly selected and applied, the broad usage of digital technology enables new, often disruptive, innovation and creativity. Its implications are broad, and go beyond a simple enhancement of traditional workforce management processes — they can transform human resources (HR) management as a value driver in the enterprise.

So, with this digitalization comes the opportunity to tackle many of the challenges of the HR function. One of them is the matching of people, and – yes – also new artificial intelligence algorithms, with tasks, projects, and opportunities. How do we route the right work and associated data or information to the person or algorithm that’s best suited to perform the task?

A complication of the situation is created as the workforce is changing in so many ways — both older and younger, better connected and further apart, more specialized, and more diverse than ever before. People are mainly defined by their skills and their ability to contribute to business success, and less by their employment status with a company. The relationship between organizations and workers has changed in fundamental ways, as many contributors are not payroll employees anymore, but rather part time, freelance, and agency workers with a much looser connection to the corporation. The lines are increasingly blurring between employees and external contributors.

Taking this into consideration here are the main areas companies should consider when managing their total workforce of internal and external talent.

Define Work Packages

Traditional, rigid organizational structures don’t do justice to the fast-paced markets and business environments. When it becomes critical to foresee and react on new trends, innovate, and reinvent in a world where pace is the only continuum, organizations need to operate in new, much more flexible structures. Fluid conglomerates of contributors — both human and AI — will come together to work on projects, in task forces, incubation teams, and internal startups for a limited time. Once the goal is achieved these teams will dissolve again and the experts will join new task forces to work on the next challenge. Intelligence derived from data such as metrics, trends, market data, existing projects, and corporate goals — not just leaders — will inform the topics to tackle.

Staff for Maximum Impact

Making sure the work packages or projects have the right staffing is critical. With blurring lines between employees and non-payroll contributors, legislators are tasked to come up with new rules and a legal framework for this new work reality. In addition, companies must figure out how to compensate employees and external contributors to attract and engage this diverse talent.

In the future, it won’t matter if a contributor comes from the internal talent pool, an external talent pool, or is someone the organization has never had any interaction with before. Smart algorithms can analyze skills, relationships, and traits based on our networks and the traces we leave everywhere in our digital lives and make predictions on project outcomes.

New forms of communication like natural language processing help make the connections between people and opportunities, and blockchain will largely eliminate the need for mediators. Smart collaboration tools that become second nature will enable people to work on multiple projects for multiple organizations simultaneously.


Think the term ‘kaizen’ is a thing of the past? Well the concept holds true now more than ever. With the wealth of data that can be analyzed, the predictions that can be made, the intelligence that we can apply, companies have an ideal basis to adjust directions, make new decisions, and thus fine-tune desired outcomes.

Has the project hit a roadblock? Do we need an expert with a special skillset? Was the assumption of the total cost for the project wrong? Do we change course or abandon? Are there new technologies we should apply? Where do we acquire them?

Digital transformation is not only about applying new mobile apps but really requires new approaches to “how things get done.” HR needs to adopt a growth mindset to fully harvest the benefits of this new world of opportunity. They need to fail often and learn, tolerate and embrace constant disruption, and make collaboration the standard.

This future has not fully arrived yet, but it won’t be long. As HR aficionados, we should be visionaries and lead the transformation with our eyes on the prize while we take the first steps of execution.

Find out the five key trends and actions that can help businesses of all sizes address the challenges of digital transformation. IDC and SAP SuccessFactors collaborated to create roadmaps to executing on the latest HR trends. Check out the roadmaps here.
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Businesses Need to Do Three Things in 2018: SAPPHIRE NOW Makes It Happen

SAP News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:00
In my world, it’s not too early to start thinking about SAPPHIRE NOW in 2018, which I’ll cover onsite this year June 5-7 in Orlando, Florida.

One of my first steps was to catch up with Chakib Bouhdary, Global Digital Transformation Officer at SAP. Bouhdary is a busy guy, traveling worldwide to talk with SAP customers on every continent to find out their challenges and I was eager to find out what he’s heard. These are the top three customer priorities, along with how SAPPHIRE NOW will address them in 2018.

Nobody is Safe: Customer Experience Makes the Difference

Chakib Bouhdary said companies are exploring how to innovate for game-changing productivity gains.

It’s no surprise that if you have a weakness in your business model, somebody will come and take advantage of it. Companies are focused on how they can deliver the best experience to their customers, strengthening those all-important, long-term relationships in new ways.

“Companies want to know how they can build better products and services that will change business models,” said Bouhdary. “While omnichannel selling is still important, these latest deep discussions go far beyond to explore new investments so companies can enter new markets and revolutionize industries.

“For example, at SAPPHIRE NOW, people will see real-life examples of how leading companies are using integrated SAP solutions — SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP Hybris, supply chain software — to reinvent the customer experience in their stores, banking systems, or insurance organization.”

Show Us How to Innovate for Game-Changing Productivity

Companies want to know how to use innovations like machine learning, blockchain, and IoT to completely transform asset management and significantly improve productivity.

“Rethinking productivity using predictive data and machine learning can transform your business structure for game-changing productivity improvements,” said Bouhdary. “Can we use machine learning to completely manage our shared services? Can we automate how we do business with our ecosystem so the business network eliminates paper and redundancy? The keynotes, expert sessions and hands-on demos at SAPPHIRE NOW will answer these kinds of questions, showing everyone how tremendous productivity gains can lower costs enough to reallocate investments towards innovations that build the business and provide greater shareholders value.”

In 2018, @SAPPHIRENOW tackles top three business priorities: customer experience, game-changing productivity, top talent

Winning the Talent War: People and Culture

Every company needs to create an environment that attracts and keeps top talent with a culture of innovation.

“A company’s brand has to be attractive to a new generation of talent – this is a hugely competitive area. There’s also a need for companies to retool employees, using technology to improve the way people work,” said Bouhdary. “How do you introduce voice into the workplace so people can get information wherever and whenever they need it?  How do you create much better analytics so your executives don’t spend all their time searching for data?  How do you free up production costs so people have the time to think about solving problems rather than creating them?”

With SAPPHIRE NOW a few months away, there’s much more to come!

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European Pharmaceutical Safety Organization Certifies SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences

SAP News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:30
WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the European Medicines Verification Organization (EMVO), the nonprofit dedicated to keeping the pharmaceutical supply chain free from counterfeit medicines, has certified SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences, marking a critical step toward meeting regulatory patient safety requirements set for 2019.

The collaboration hub successfully passed the certification test for loading data from marketing authorization holders to the European Hub, the central reporting destination for all prescription medications as required under the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). The test covered a range of messages, such as product master data, product pack data, product pack data updates and product pack verifications, which manufacturers and distributors are required to submit.

SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences facilitates message routing, verification and connectivity. The hub evolved from a pharmaceutical network developed by SAP and a host of large pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers, including Boehringer Ingelheim and AmerisourceBergen. The SAP Advanced Track and Trace for Pharmaceuticals application, an enterprise-scale track and trace repository for the pharmaceutical industry, is integrated into the hub and manages correct message content and related business process handling.

“In our ongoing effort to safeguard patient health, the certification received from EMVO is a major milestone for SAP,” Lori Mitchell-Keller, SAP global general manager for Consumer Industries, said. “The recent certification for the EU market delivers on SAP’s promise to enable compliance with the FMD requirement to ensure patient safety by February 2019.”

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Accenture Helps Air France KLM Martinair Cargo Roll Out Enhanced Air Cargo Solution

Accenture News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:59
NEW YORK; March 13, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has helped Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) roll out a new software solution across its global cargo network as part of the company’s digital transformation journey. 
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Machine Learning in Retail: Maximizing Sales

SAP News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 09:15
According to Oliver Grob, director of Digital Transformation for Retail at SAP, 2018 will be a breakthrough year for machine learning. Though digitalization has yet to really make its mark on brick-and-mortar stores, this might be about to change.

You are in charge of the go-to-market strategy for new SAP solutions for retail. Amazon Go shows that stores do not need staff. Are machines about to take over in retail?

I think we first need to see how Amazon’s model works in practice. In certainly shows what machine learning can do. The idea is simple: When a customer walks into the store they have to call up an app that identifies them and contains their bank details. Amazon Go uses image analysis to determine which products customers take off the shelves or put back, and which items they actually leave the store with. There are no checkouts. Customers pay using their smartphones.

The next step will be for stores eventually to have no staff at all. Robots will replenish the shelves according to algorithms designed to maximize sales. Even Amazon still has a long way to go. For instance, what happens if I take a tube of mustard off the shelf and put into someone else’s cart? Who pays then?

Retailers’ margins are especially narrow. Can they even afford these technologies?

“TensorFlow makes machine learning accessible to anyone, not just mathematicians and data scientists,” says Grob.

I expect this year to be a breakthrough year for machine learning in retail. Cloud platforms offered by Google, IBM, and SAP will play a big part in this. They are inexpensive, are a high-performance and rapid resource for neural networks, and make it really easy for companies to build scenarios.

You do not have to be a math expert to use TensorFlow, the open-source scripting language, to write and deploy machine learning algorithms. Users can simply pick the latest algorithms from an algorithm library. Image analysis and voice recognition are easy to deploy and do not need any major financial outlay. Google is certainly one of the major drivers of machine learning at present. After all, TensorFlow makes machine learning accessible to anyone, not just mathematicians and data scientists.

What can machine learning do for retail?

Machine learning will change, and in some cases is already changing, retail in three main ways.

  • Sales strategies: Clearance sales are a major challenge. In fashion, collections can change every two or three weeks. There are two key questions: When should a store should start reducing prices? And by how much? In the future, an algorithm, instead of gut feeling, will provide the answers. The system learns from past sales which discount strategy works best. Ideally, this is automated, making it a process that food retailers can easily emulate for fresh produce, or for the holiday season, or for goods whose sales are stagnating.
  • Image processing: Image processing has already come a long way and can be deployed easily using TensorFlow. As the Amazon example shows, cameras recognize which products the customer selects and buys, or puts back on the shelf. Retailers can use this data to determine how they place products in the future. Although RFID chips are viable in clothing retail, they are not for food retailers. Even though each one costs only a few cents, that is often more than the margin on a yogurt. Besides, RFID chips are not always reliable. Coming into contact with metal or liquids impairs their signals and makes them harder to read. Image processing is also used to monitor stock. For example, a global retail group from the United States sends a fleet of robots, each equipped with a camera, into its stores at night. The robots scan the shelves to spot goods that are in the wrong place and to identify the shelves that need replenishing. SAP uses image processing to determine how often and for how long brand logos appear on TV reports or in videos. This is a measure of brand impact, which marketing departments are keen to have.
  • Dynamic supply chains: The vision for machine learning is that, for instance, when a T-shirt leaves the factory it knows in which store it would sell best and where it would find the customer willing to pay most for it. Let us imagine that pants designed for the UK market are produced in green, the latest trend color. However, an analysis of Pinterest and Instagram posts shows that cyan blue will be the next major trend in that country. The manufacturer has two options: Either to cut the price or ship the pants to another country where green is still in. Although logistics processes can already be planned to high degree of accuracy, if demand shifts, the supply chain has to be dynamic and adapt to the changes identified by the latest reports.

How does SAP help customers deploy machine learning in their companies?

Many customers are already using machine learning for forecasting and to optimize stock replenishment, for example. Customer inquiries are directed to the right member of staff by means of optical character recognition and sentiment analysis. Companies can even use chatbots, which are becoming smarter all the time. They pull data from a database and turn it into an answer to the customer’s question. This is all done automatically.

Despite all these examples, brick-and-mortar stores are still very slow to digitalize. Implementing machine learning takes more than simply deploying SAP Cloud Platform and TensorFlow. A company needs to invest time, perhaps in a design thinking workshop, in understanding precisely how these products will help it fulfill its goals.

To help, SAP has built the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system, which contains the design thinking workshop and the technology — including machine learning tools. It also includes the SAP Leonardo Center locations – labs for holding workshops and customer demos, and for building models of the store of the future, equipped with SAP software. In the next five years, the volume of new data is forecast to increase five-fold to more than 160 zettabytes a year.

One thing is for sure: Big Data contains huge amounts of information valuable to retailers. They just need to start using it.

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DHL and Accenture Unlock the Power of Blockchain in Logistics

Accenture News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:00
BONN, Germany; March 12, 2018 – DHL has released a trend report in cooperation with Accenture, a leading global technology consultant, on blockchain technology’s potential to transform the logistics industry. Global supply chains are notoriously complex, with a diverse set of stakeholders, varying interests, and many third-party intermediaries – challenges that blockchain is well suited to address. The report includes initial findings on a working prototype developed by DHL and Accenture, which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer, preventing tampering and errors.
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SAP Appoints Industry Expert Cathy Smith to Lead Africa

SAP News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 06:21
JOHANNESBURG — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the appointment of Cathy Smith as managing director of SAP Africa.

Cathy brings more than 25 years of leadership and technology experience to the role and is the first female leader of SAP Africa.

Cathy Smith

Steve Tzikakis, regional president for EMEA South at SAP, says Cathy is an experienced and inspirational leader who joins the business at an exciting time in the continent’s history: “Africa is on the cusp of exponential growth and development enabled by digital technologies. As one of the foremost experts in driving digital transformation on the continent, Cathy is imminently suited to leading our Africa operations. We have great confidence in her ability to realize our innovation vision across our customer base.”

Cathy joins SAP from Cisco, where she was managing director for Sub-Saharan Africa, leading the development and execution of the company’s go-to-market sales and digital transformation strategies for the region. Prior to that, she spent 23 years at IBM in a variety of leadership roles. As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Cathy is also committed to developing the next generation of value-based African leaders, capable of guiding and leading their countries as they balance the demands of globalization with local visions of a sustainable society.

Supported by Steve and the newly bolstered SAP South Africa Board*, Cathy assumes the responsibilities of her new role today.

“Augmenting a culture of leadership, high performance and accountability, both internally and externally, is the core of Cathy’s mandate. This appointment also reaffirms SAP’s commitment to empowering women in leadership and is in line with the company’s dedication to furthering South Africa’s employment equity and transformation agenda,” adds Steve.

Cathy takes over from Claas Kuehnemann, who took on the role of acting managing director for SAP Africa over the past eight months and who now assumes a new leadership position with SAP in Switzerland. Claas will remain closely allied with SAP Africa as he will continue to be a non-executive director on the SAP South Africa Board*.

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Executive Directors: Cathy Smith; Mehmood Khan; Peter David; Candice Govender
Non-Executive Directors: Claas Kuehnemann; Lufuno Nevhutalo; Faith Masilo

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