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Accenture and SAP to Build and Deploy Extended Planning Solutions on SAP S/4HANA®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Meet Ruum by SAP: Project Management for Everyone

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

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

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

How Does Ruum Work?

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

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

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

The Team Behind Ruum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adriana Marais

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

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

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

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

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

Women in Data Science: A Conference Becomes a Movement

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

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

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

#sheinnovates

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

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

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

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

Inspiring Women Ambassadors

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

Hala Zeine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accenture Named Leader in 2017 Everest Group IoT Services Peak Matrix

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

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

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

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

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

– IDC Futurescape: Worldwide Digital Transformation (DX) 2018

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

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

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

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

Here is a glimpse of the content in each whitepaper:

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

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

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

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

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

Let us introduce you to some of them.

Bernd Leukert

Bernd Leukert

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

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

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

Thomas Saueressig

Thomas Saueressig

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

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

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

Björn Goerke

Björn Goerke

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

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

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

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How Young Talent is Helping Japanese Companies Globalize

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

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

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

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

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

Solid Foundation for Successful Salespeople

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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