Thứ Bảy, 27 tháng 12, 2014

Thứ Tư, 24 tháng 12, 2014

The War on Authenticity

As a former journalist who long ago crossed over to the “dark side” of corporate communications, I often wonder how much of today’s digital content – a majority of which purports to be thought leadership – is ghost-written.


There’s no doubt it’s a ludicrously high percentage. But how did we become so accepting of this morally questionable practice that, against all logic, thrives in today’s painfully transparent media landscape


Obviously, not everyone retains the skill or desire to be a rock star storyteller and that’s ok. But for those that do have the desire, help isn’t far away. I advise very talented people every day and help them find their writing voice. From interns, to senior executives, many struggle with the art of communicating simply.


When motivated individuals focus on what matters, and find their writing voice, an amazing transformation takes place. Marketing jargon, buzzwords and corny platitudes take a back seat to authentic storytelling.


Authenticity holds the key to unleash an employee brand journalism resistance to combat ghost written “assets” that continue to invade the media landscape. It may not satiate every marketing/communications activity, but there’s no question it’s extremely effective in building brand awareness and community engagement with employees, customers and partners.


So if a bit of authentic brand journalism mojo can help elevate a company’s visibility, why turn to ghost writing at all?


For one, content farms make it pretty easy for companies to tap into networks of freelance writers, programmed to produce and distribute content more concerned with SEO trickery than authentic storytelling. Results from using content farms are a mixed bag and prominent publications have been predicting their demise for the past few years.


There’s also the “quality versus quantity” debate that doesn’t seem like much of a debate from my perspective. Far too many people are still obsessed with publishing high volumes of low quality, ghost written assets that create a false sense of social media traction and influence.


These types of smoke and mirrors tactics won’t be going away anytime soon. But for this former journalist who’s been at the forefront of the content marketing trenches, it’s encouraging to see the smoke clearing and mirrors cracking.


This story originally appeared on LinkedIn.
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Senior SAP MM Analyst Job (Warren, MI, US)

Senior SAP MM Analyst-INF0009761



GM offers a career in SAP which will expand your knowledge and provide opportunities to lead development and delivery for one of the world’s largest SAP implementations. This is a chance to develop your skills and expand your capabilities across a number of SAP modules across a global organization. This is a challenge which will enable you to grow as a top SAP delivery professional.



This position is with the SAP CoE organization. The purpose of this role to design solutions, consult, and manage work as the SAP Purchase to Pay subject matter expert.



About the Role:



- Solution delivery for global GM process teams including Business Services, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Logistics, Aftersales and Warehouse Management.

- Responsible for the functional design, configuration and validation of the SAP Solution for appropriate modules with a focus on MM and Warehouse Management.

- Perform business analysis for various entities of the organization including understanding their company, corporate structure, operating methodologies and all business processes to gain a complete understanding of their business processes in their current information system.

- Lead process development discussions and walk through existing processes and procedures, linking those to the functionality of SAP

- Opportunity to ensure the solution has comprehensive testing approach and validation of end-to-end processes

- Ability to work on large scale global implementations as well as smaller, faster innovation challenges

- Work with leading technologies from SAP and the latest integration and support packages

- On-going training and development in SAP and the latest delivery techniques

- Minimal travel will be required with this role



Qualifications

Qualifications:



- Minimum of 5 years SAP MM implementation experience



- Experience with Purchasing / Procurement



- Experience with Inventory Management, Physical Inventory, counting processes



- Experience in Warehouse Management (WM) and Supply Chain processes including deliveries, STO, picking and shipping, IM and WM inventory, HU and non-HU inventory, and RF



- Knowledge on the Brazil localization related to Electronic Invoices



- General localization for Brazil and Material Management Taxes



- Demonstrated written and verbal skills. Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts to peers and the user community



- Experience developing and implementing business and system process improvements



- Experience working with business users in understanding and resolving process and system issues



- Self motivated with ability to prioritize and manage changing priorities



- Strong analytical and problem solving skills



- Spanish/Portuguese abilities a plus



Education/Training



Bachelor's degree in technical discipline preferred or equivalent experience required.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or protected veteran status.

Primary Location: US-MI-Warren



Other Locations

US-GA-Atlanta, US-TX-Austin

Posting Date: Oct 27, 2014, 9:29:40 AM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Ba, 23 tháng 12, 2014

Siebel Developer Job (Austin, TX, US)

Siebel Developer-INF0010055



The Siebel Developer is responsible for enhancing the ability of the IT organization to improve, develop, and support systems that enable and optimize GM Shared Service Centers (SSC).



The Developer will configure CRM solutions and will build and deliver seamless integration with relevant SSC solutions (e.g., document management, knowledge management, etc.) as well as ERP systems (e.g., SAP and PeopleSoft).



The Developer must follow the GM software development lifecycle and translate functional requirements into technical specifications, design, and develop proof of concepts, execute development according to specifications, and create and maintain technical application documentation.



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, related discipline or equivalent experience.

- Understanding of Siebel functional capabilities, integration capabilities and architecture.

- 7+ years of IT experience in software development and architecture with 3+ years of Siebel development experience including configuration of business components, views, applets, links and joins.



- Ability to work and to produce results in a team environment.



Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiarity with Siebel 8.1

- Work experience in several of the following:



o Scripting, Workflow and Assignment Manager



o BI Publisher



o Open UI



o CRM Desktop



o OBIEE



o eMail Response



o Globalization, Localization, Multi-org



o Documents management solutions, such as Opentxt

- Siebel Certified Consultant

- Excellent problem solving and debugging skills

- Experience with Development methodologies (Agile or Waterfall)

Primary Location: US-TX-Austin



Other Locations

US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Oct 24, 2014, 1:55:47 PM - Dec 23, 2014, 11:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


AgilityWorks Brings Digital Transformation to Business

SAP partner AgilityWorks specializes in transforming clients into digital enterprises by redefining customer engagement models and associated operating models. In a highly disruptive technology arena, it achieves a stunning 100% for customer referenceability.


Through its portfolio of services, SAP PartnerEdge supports AgilityWorks in its mission to deliver substantive improvement through agile solutions and ensuring high customer satisfaction while expanding into new markets. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Oxford, UK, AgilityWorks is growing at +35% year-on-year, with current revenue of nearly £10 million.


The company credits its success to leveraging its core industry, domain and disruptive technology experience. A high level of customer care is maintained with an in-house team dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction long after the project is delivered.


Managing Director Storry Warner describes how AgilityWorks is successful with its unique value proposition. “As the company name suggests, agile ways of working have been at the core of our DNA since the outset. It was clear that traditional ways of working were struggling to keep pace with customer demands for faster business impact and improved ROI,” says Warner. “But it is not just about speed – agile ways of working allow our customers to deliver more innovative solutions that have greater user adoption; and this is key for our customers choosing to work with us on a long-term basis.”


Disruptive technology for competitive advantage

Providing a high level of specialization does not mean that AgilityWorks is confined to a niche. Whether pioneering an SAP HANA customer project, moving a customer or its own internal processes to the cloud, AgilityWorks seeks ways to apply disruptive technology for competitive advantage with its clients – and that sometimes includes challenging its customers to think about ways they can also disrupt their own markets through innovation.


“The word disruptive can conjure up negative thoughts, but as can be seen by so many companies that are standing out from the pack, it is those that are leveraging digital technology that are disrupting their marketplaces and gaining competitive advantage,” says Warner. “There are many examples – Amazon, Hailo Cab, Twitter – of companies that have disrupted traditional business models, engaging their customers in a different way through the application of mobile, big data, and cloud.”


Warner cautions, “There are equally many well-known global brand names that no longer exist because their industry was disrupted and they were unable to compete in the new economy.”


SAP PartnerEdge supports business strategy

To maintain its market leadership, AgilityWorks aligns closely with SAP on key topics through SAP PartnerEdge – SAP’s award-winning program that supports partners with business-enabling resources and expertise to help customers become best-run businesses.


For the team at AgilityWorks, membership in the SAP PartnerEdge program has brought both strategic and practical advantages. Chief among them is access to the wealth of information on SAP Partner portal, according to Nick Bewers, SAP practice lead, AgilityWorks. “There’s a lot of good information in there from a technical perspective. But probably more importantly for me in terms of my job, it has a lot of the Go-to-Market and strategy information, which is really valuable,” he says.


In preparing to meet with customers, Bewers relies on competitive information SAP PartnerEdge provides on the portal, such as guidance on how to position the advantages of SAP solutions, how to respond to specific questions, and how to address competitor claims and counter claims.


In addition, the SAP PartnerEdge program provides valuable access to SAP software. AgilityWorks has invested in building out its demo capabilities across a whole range of SAP solutions. Bewers says, “Seeing is believing and access to the SAP technology allows us to bring conceptual ideas to life for our customers and prospects.”


SAP Partner Service Advisor for enablement

While there is plenty of useful information on the SAP PartnerEdge Portal, the SAP PartnerEdge program also provides members with a dedicated contact person, or Partner Service Advisor (PSA), who is easily accessible by telephone and based in the same region as the partner. Partners meet quarterly with their PSAs to review their tailored enablement plan and identify ways that SAP can further support them in growing their business, for example, via Market Development Funds (MDF) and product authorizations.


As a member of the SAP Partner Service Delivery team, the PSA has insight to SAP’s enablement and services portfolio, as well as new strategic initiatives that may be of value to the partner. Therefore, the PSA is in an ideal position to serve as the partner’s SAP-internal resource for identifying ways to execute on its business plan.


Seamus Cawley, based at SAP in Galway, Ireland, is the PSA for AgilityWorks. In speaking about his role as PSA, Cawley says, “I need to know their business to be able to help them internally, and to be able to push out material and create an enablement plan that works for them.”


By knowing their business, Cawley is able to share with them relevant information that he is made aware of through his role within SAP. Likewise, he explains by way of example, if an SAP Inside Sales team member were to contact him seeking a partner with business performance expertise, then he will be in a position to suggest AgilityWorks for that project based on his knowledge of its business.


Keeping skills current for customer engagement

Cawley keeps AgilityWorks informed of upcoming SAP Partner Education Days, such as a recent Design Thinking workshop the team attended. He also ensures that AgilityWorks has access to solution experts who can answer questions and provide insight to facilitate its business strategy. As well, he assists with getting the right product authorizations and certifications to sell SAP solutions to customers with confidence.


Bewers, whose SAP focus is Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management, sees this as a critical prerequisite to meeting with customers. “I’m making sure that my team has the necessary skills to be able to talk to the customers in terms of articulating the benefits of certain solutions,” he says. “Having the product authorizations means that we can satisfy ourselves that we’ve actually got the right people in front of customers who have the right level of technical knowledge to be able to have those conversations.”


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Senior Buyer- Information Technology Job (United States)

Senior Buyer- Information Technology-PUR0003998



Responsible for Global Sourcing, Contract Management and Supplier Relationship Management activities supporting General Motors Information Technology Business.



Major Duties and Responsibilities:

- Utilize GM Sourcing Process to establish a world class global supply base under the guidance of Quality, Service, Technology and Price strategies.

- Lead and negotiate global and regional software sourcing initiatives.

- Lead and negotiate IT service and SAAS agreements.

- Negotiate and implement contract change controls to existing agreements.

- Experience in managing and resolving commercial issues with suppliers and tracking supplier performance.

- Ability to work in dynamic setting, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.

- Prepare and present strategy & sourcing presentations to senior leadership.

- Interface actively with cross-functional disciplines.

- Follow and respond to changing market price and technology trends.

- Perform internal and external benchmarking of current IT products and services.

- Ensure compliance to GM Purchasing policies and procedures.



Qualifications

Required Qualifications:



- High level of analytical ability.

- Knowledge of Product Development & Engineering Software, Tools, and Suppliers.

- Proficient with Microsoft Office products – Work, Excel, Outlook, OneNote and PowerPoint.

- Understanding of contracts and contracting methodology (SOW, Pricing, Ts&Cs, SLAs, Governance).

- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business or relevant field.

- 3-5 years of experience in IT procurement and contracting.



Preferred Qualifications:



- Prior work experience in the field of Information Technology, specifically in software development, application sustain, operations, IT Security or infrastructure services.

- Knowledge of EDW, Finance or Treasury Systems.

- Ability to work on a global team, independently and self-directed.

- Working knowledge of SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management, ECC (Enterprise Core Component) and BI (Business Intelligence).

- MBA or advanced degree.

- Ability to travel.

Primary Location: United States



Other Locations

US-MI-Warren

Posting Date: Nov 24, 2014, 1:31:29 PM - Dec 24, 2014, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Purchasing


Intern/Co-op - Information Technology Job (United States)

Intern/Co-op - Information Technology-INF0009322



General Purpose of Position:

GM is enabling IT transformation by leveraging the latest technology trends into software development and testing geared towards meeting and exceeding the goals of our customers. The GM IT team is focused on creating an exciting environment that not only motivates, but challenges technically adept students. GM’s Information Technology team is responsible for developing, delivering, and supporting exciting IT solutions across GM’s core business areas using various methodologies and software tools. We’re building on our momentum and we’re changing the way we do things. We’re shifting our focus from running the business to advancing innovation. In short, we’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive IT innovation.



At GM, we’ve charged ourselves with one mission: to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. And to achieve our goals, we’re currently undergoing one of the largest Information Technology transformations in the history of the automotive industry.



Join our team and experience Information Technology at a scale and pace not seen before!



Major Duties and Responsibilities (Include preferred academic majors)



GM IT is involved in exciting transformation programs including Software Development, SAP, Data Engineering, Information Security & Risk Management, and leading edge infrastructure and computing support.



Software Development:



Software Development is responsible for designing, developing and deploying innovative solutions in support of GM business customers worldwide. We do this by leveraging our expertise in software development, architecture, and infrastructure design and project management.



SAP:



The SAP Enterprise Services group is responsible for delivering common global SAP solutions aligned with key business processes across General Motors. The group manages the framework of rules, toolsets, methodology and projects required for delivering these common solutions



Data Engineering:



The Data Engineering team is responsible for delivering a single data and business intelligence platform that serves the critical needs of information across all business processes globally. This will enable GM to significantly improve our operations in key areas such as vehicle manufacturing, warranty, quality, service, profitability and customer insights



Information Security & Risk Management:



Our vision - a world class enterprise security organization with a comprehensive risk management program focused on protecting and defending one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers. This team prevents, detects and responds to security risks through both internal and external threat analysis and cyber-security intelligence methodologies. Enforcement of enterprise security policies, controls and standards is managed while leading development of security architectures to support a global IT environment. GM's standards based approach to information security leverages industry best practices such as COBIT, ITIL, ISO:IEC 27001 and 27002



Qualifications

- Pursuing Bachelor's degree in IT, Engineering or related technical discipline

- Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0

- Strong ability to comprehend complex technology and business problems

- Ability to work in a high paced, global environment

- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

- Ability to learn new concepts and apply them to solutions

- Strong written and verbal communication skills

- You must have the right to work in the U.S. without sponsorship now and in the future



Additional Information:



Locations: Atlanta, GA; Phoenix, AZ; Austin, TX; Michigan (locations can include: Warren, Detroit, Lake Orion, Milford)



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or protected veteran status. ?

Primary Location: United States

Posting Date: Aug 29, 2014, 9:28:30 AM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Hai, 22 tháng 12, 2014

Text to HR: Rdy or Nawt Here Comes 2015

Human resources (HR) is being rocked by radical changes, demanding a sophisticated blend of high touch and high technology acumen.


With year-end coming up fast, I decided to find out what experts forecast for HR professionals in 2015.


Aalytics have business impact

According to Greta Roberts, CEO at Talent Analytics Corp, data science is increasingly embedded into HR, pressuring that organization to understand how data ‒ big and small ‒ affects not just its own processes, but more important the business outcomes. “HR reporting doesn’t matter. Attrition rates do. HR is going to be pushed by the line of business, meaning sales, the call center, and other departments to deliver business-relevant metrics.”


Software vendors engage in “parity wars”

Spurred on by customer demands, Lisa Rowan, Research Vice President of HR, Talent and Learning Strategies at IDC, predicts vendors will try to outdo each other in terms of analytics capabilities.


Roberts agrees noting, “There’s a lot of hype but vendors like SAP are well-positioned to help HR track line-of-business impact. Unlike software that just tracks applicants, SAP’s solutions connect the hiring data to the business performance process.”


The future of predictive analytics is now

HR will jettison the rearview mirror in favor of predictive analytics. For instance, Roberts says CFOs are pushing HR to do more than just hire anybody and train them. “They want analytics to help determine patterns to predict the likelihood of someone doing well in a particular role.”


Analytics experts thrive in HR

HR will need to understand what questions to ask, how to read results and recognize patterns and errors. “They’ll either need to bring in outside talent or learn how to do it themselves,” says Katherine Jones, Vice President, HCM Technology Research at Bersin By Deloitte. The human element is equally important in making sense of analytics, requiring in-depth business knowledge plus judgment, she added.


HR is swallowed up by the business

HR consultant Paul Belliveau, believes the true mark of a successful human capital management practice is to be incorporated into the DNA of the business and not be siloed. “There still will be the need for regulatory requirements and compensation and benefits as specialty areas that are part of HR, but the human capital experts will be infused into the business.”


Longer term, Jones foresees a time when HR won’t be needed. “We may need an ombudsman or a compliance person. But we don’t need a separate hiring group because the business can predict who will do the best work in our kind of organization and go find them.”


Data integration is a must-have

Kevin Wheeler, founder and president of the San Francisco-based, Future of Talent Institute, says this is the year companies integrate disconnected systems, including HR with back-office data. “We have to make it easier and more flexible for integration to take place. Tools like SAP can help HR integrate and understand data from human resource systems, application tracking systems, and development and e-learning tools.”


HR steals Marketing’s playbook

Candidate relationship management is transforming as HR explores powerful lead generation tools. “HR can create content such as a blog, track how many candidates read the post, apply for the job, and progress through the hiring process – or not,” says Wheeler. “The company can determine why they became a candidate, at what point they dropped out of the hiring process, and tailor content to attract desirable talent in the future.”


Hiring and online learning go mobile

Mobile interviewing, assessment testing and gamification will become the norm. Watch for focused, mobile-friendly “learnlets” that trainees quickly read and apply on-the-job. “Most technology tools today are still optimized for the big screen. There’s going to be a lot of redesign and rethinking such as how to apply for a job remotely. It’s a sloppy process right now but will develop over the next year,” says Wheeler.


Annual performance reviews are out, coaching is in

As yearly performance evaluations fade away, HR needs to cultivate coaching expertise. “Software helps by keeping track of conversations, providing questions and other dialogue tips for managers who are learning how to coach,” says Jones.


Human Resource Management System (HRIS) updates increase

Rowan finds significant interest in updating and replacing systems beyond just talent management to include core HR, payroll and benefits. “Companies want to eliminate onerous upgrade cycles while making sure everyone is on the same release of the software, and they want to reduce their dependence on IT,” she says. “SaaS-based HR is viewed as modern, easier to use, more agile and efficient.”


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Chủ Nhật, 21 tháng 12, 2014

Opentext Software Developer Job (Austin, TX, US)

Opentext Software Developer-INF0010054



The Opentext Developer role is responsible for enhancing the ability of the IT organization to improve, develop, and support systems that enable and optimize GM Shared Service Centers (SSC).



The Developer will configure Document management and workflow solutions using Opentext and will build and deliver seamless integration with relevant SSC solutions (e.g., CRM, etc.) as well as ERP systems (e.g., SAP and PeopleSoft).



The Developer will follow the GM software development lifecycle and translate functional requirements into technical specifications, design, and develop proof of concepts, execute development according to specifications, and create and maintain technical application documentation.



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, related discipline or equivalent experience.

- Understanding of Opentext functional capabilities, integration capabilities and architecture.

- 7+ years of IT experience in software development and architecture with 3+ years of Opentext development experience including configuration of business components, views, applets, links and joins.



- Ability to work and to produce results in a team environment.



Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiarity with Opentext 10.5

- Work experience in the following:



o Enterprise Content Management



o Enterprise Scan



o Optical character recognition (OCR)



o Rightfax



o Integration with Siebel or similar CRM



o Integration with ERP such as SAP or PeopleSoft

- Excellent problem solving and debugging skills

- Experience with Development methodologies (Agile or Waterfall)

Primary Location: US-TX-Austin



Other Locations

US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Dec 3, 2014, 8:57:09 AM - Feb 1, 2015, 11:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Sr. Opentext Software Developer Job (Austin, TX, US)

Sr. Opentext Software Developer-INF0010052



The Opentext Developer role is responsible for enhancing the ability of the IT organization to improve, develop, and support systems that enable and optimize GM Shared Service Centers (SSC).



The Developer will configure Document management and workflow solutions using Opentext and will build and deliver seamless integration with relevant SSC solutions (e.g., CRM, etc.) as well as ERP systems (e.g., SAP and PeopleSoft).



The Developer will follow the GM software development lifecycle and translate functional requirements into technical specifications, design, and develop proof of concepts, execute development according to specifications, and create and maintain technical application documentation.



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:



· Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, related discipline or equivalent experience.



· Understanding of Opentext functional capabilities, integration capabilities and architecture.



· 15+ years of IT experience in software development and architecture with 5+ years of Opentext development experience including configuration of business components, views, applets, links and joins.



- Ability to work and to produce results in a team environment.



Preferred Qualifications:



· Familiarity with Opentext 10.5



· Work experience in the following:



o Enterprise Content Management



o Enterprise Scan



o Optical character recognition (OCR)



o Rightfax



o Integration with Siebel or similar CRM



o Integration with ERP such as SAP or PeopleSoft



· Excellent problem solving and debugging skills



· Experience with Development methodologies (Agile or Waterfall)

Primary Location: US-TX-Austin



Other Locations

US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Oct 24, 2014, 1:30:07 PM - Dec 23, 2014, 11:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Sáu, 19 tháng 12, 2014

SAP Recognized as a Market Leader by Gartner in 2014 Operational Database Management Systems Magic Quadrant

WALLDORF — SAP SE today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2014 “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems”* for the second consecutive year, based on the evaluation the SAP HANA platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the SAP SQL Anywhere suite. SAP is recognized as a market leader for both its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”


According to the Gartner report, “Leaders generally demonstrate the most support for a broad range of operational applications, based on support for a wide range of data types and large numbers of concurrent users. These vendors demonstrate consistent customer satisfaction and strong customer support. Many have competed in this market for many years, and have built a wide partner ecosystem for their products. Hence, Leaders generally represent the lowest risk for customers in the areas of performance, scalability, reliability and support. As the market’s demands change, so Leaders demonstrate strong vision in support not only of the market’s current needs but also of emerging trends. Finally, the messaging, product research and development, and delivery of leaders are in line with today’s market and with new trends in both DBMS software and hardware technology.”


“Customers are increasingly turning to SAP databases to fuel innovation while simplifying their IT landscape,” said Ken Tsai, vice president, Product Marketing, SAP. “SAP HANA, SAP ASE and SAP SQL Anywhere are at the core of our data management vision and we’re committed to providing world-class intelligent operational database solutions that deliver scalable, reliable and resilient operational data management solutions that meet the needs of digitized business. We believe this recognition from Gartner further affirms our continued momentum, direction and leadership in this space.”


More than 4,100 SAP HANA customers and 1,700 startups are using the SAP HANA platform to accelerate business processes, operations and decisions as well as to simplify data landscapes to reduce costs. SAP ASE holds the leading 2- and 4-processor Intel-based Linux results on the SAP SD Standard Application benchmark, confirming SAP ASE as a performance leader especially where TCO is paramount. In addition, SAP SQL Anywhere holds the leading price and performance Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC-C) benchmark reinforcing its suitability for Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded applications. Since its introduction in 2011 there have been over 5,800 SAP Business Suite software installations on SAP ASE, and over 1,500 SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA installations since it became available in 2013. These strong installation numbers in such a short timeframe demonstrate the benefits in operational efficiency and performance for customers using SAP HANA and SAP ASE.


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


Media Contact:

Susan Miller +1 (610) 661-9225, susan.miller@sap.com, EST


*Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems” by Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian, Nick Heudecker, October 16, 2014.
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Top 5 SAP Sports Solutions

It’s not always easy to explain which technological innovations are currently in the making at SAP.

Stories from the world of sport that feature SAP solutions for the sports industry are a great way to highlight how cloud and analytics technology can change the game.


After all, everyone has a favorite sporting event, whether it’s the World Cup, the Wimbledon Championships, or the CHIO Aachen International Equestrian Festival. Here’s a run-down of the top five SAP sports solutions:


Tennis: game, set, and match!

SAP and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have teamed up to develop an innovative app that uses data to analyze player performance. Up until now, the solution could only be used off court to prepare for future games, but next season, WTA coaches will be allowed to bring mobile devices onto court during coaching breaks to gain deeper insights into player performance.


This is a game-changing breakthrough for players like Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, who will now be able to adapt their serving patterns and shot selection based on real-time statistics.



Soccer: the app of champions

Fans from around the world were captivated by the 2014 World Cup and the victorious German national team. The German players traveled to Brazil equipped with persistence, talent, experienced coaches – and an extra-special item supplied by SAP: SAP Match Insights.


The solution is the result of a co-innovation project between SAP and the German Football Association (DFB) and gives coaches and players tools to analyze their own and their opponents’ performance. So it’s fair to say that SAP software had a part to play in securing World Cup glory for Germany.



Basketball: statistical slam dunk

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in 1946. Since then it has amassed a huge history of official statistics – 4.5 quadrillion combinations, in fact. It wasn’t until 2013 though that the NBA’s 760 million global fans gained access to all of that data, available at nba.com/stats powered by SAP HANA. As well as perusing more than 65 years of historical statistics, fans can track every point, rebound, and blocked shot in real time, making the game more engaging than ever.


Not surprisingly, the NBA has seen a 63% increase in visitors to the site, and fans are staying twice as long. Sounds like a slam dunk!


American Football: more fun for fans

The Super Bowl is one of the world’s most-watched sporting events, and this year SAP had a front row seat. SAP’s “Stats Zone” was a fixture at the 2014 Super Bowl Boulevard, which brought almost half a million visitors to Times Square in New York City. Complete with interactive games for fans and social sentiment visualizations, the SAP Stats Zone showcased SAP technology for a whole new audience of football fans.


SAP has also embedded itself in the National Football League (NFL) fan experience by co-developing the SAP Player Comparison tool for fantasy football to enable avid online fans to experience their passion in new and exciting ways.



Equestrian: spectator app at CHIO Aachen

Though it’s one of SAP’s lesser-known sports solutions, SAP Equestrian Analytics provides a prime example of how to engage fans and boost competitor performance. A camera attached to the rider’s helmet is combined with software to track routes, speed data, time gaps, and heart rates of both the horse and the rider. The solution helps quantify riders’ intuition with hard facts to help them fine-tune their training – much like SAP’s sailing solutions.



Along with Extreme Sailing, SAP is making waves in the worlds of golf and Formula 1 too. Check out http://ift.tt/1E1F2E2 to find out more.


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Thứ Năm, 18 tháng 12, 2014

Augmented Reality: Beyond Google Glass

The buzz: AR (Augmented Reality).


At the InsideAR conference in Munich, nearly 800 attendees learned about the cool futuristic world of AR via speeches and exhibits from Lego, BMW, and IKEA and other companies. Where is AR on the hype curve today: still a tech trigger for a handful of enthusiasts or already widely adopted by the masses?


The experts speak.


Sascha Kiener, Metaio: “AR will change how we will interact with technology and digital data in the future. The biggest issue is the lack of dedicated hardware integrated into standard end-consumer devices. As soon as the game industry sees the value, it will go mainstream.”


Raimund Gross, SAP: “The future is what you can influence. You have to embrace trends, immerse yourself into new technologies, continuously learn. Only then will you have an educated dialog and make informed choices.”


Thomas Eckert, SAP: “When trying to predict the future potential of consumer-oriented technologies, always consider the ‘Caveman Principle’.” (Michio Kaku)


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At the Intersection of Big Data and the Internet of Things – Part 2

The buzz: Data!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast ecosystem of physical objects connected to the Internet, offering the potential of big opportunities to transform your business. When we break it down, the IoT is nothing more than millions – perhaps even trillions – of objects, devices, and sensors, each generating its own continuous stream of data. Put these all together and you have the ultimate Big Data challenge. What actually happens at the intersection of Big Data and the Internet of Things? And how do we now balance past data and real-time data?


The experts speak.


David Stephenson, Stephenson Strategies: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – (Ben Franklin)


David Jonker, SAP: ““Mankind’s Next Step Will be Our Greatest” – (Promotional poster for the movie, Interstellar)


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SAP’s 2014 Review: Run Simple!

2014 was a year full of excitement for SAP, with one credo: Run Simple!






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Analyst - IT Compliance Job (Detroit, MI, US)

Analyst - IT Compliance-INF0009937



The Analyst –IT Compliance role supports the activities of the IT Risk Management & Compliancegroup with exposure to the areas of IT Risk Management and IT Regulatory Compliance. This role will beresponsible for leading and executing projects at the direction of the assignedmanager, communicating program goals and objectives to IT and Businessmanagement and supporting achievement of the group’s operational objectives.



Major Duties/Responsibilities



- Lead and conducts ITCompliance Assessments (e.g. IT SOX Test of Design and Test of Effectiveness, IT controls assessments)

- Documents control deficiencies and assists with creation of Management Action Plans

- Ensures that quality assurance defects are addressed timely

- Assist in the management of the IT SOX Program by providing consulting and guidance on GM IT SOX requirements

- Design,interpret & communicate information security policies & controls

- Analyze operational IT processes to identify systemic risk issues

- Assist in analyzing IT processes and operations for IT risk impacts

- Network & maintain relationships with other GM stakeholder groups as necessary(e.g., Internal/External Audit, Legal, Privacy Office)

- Providesubject matter expertise for risk assessment, policy development and control self-assessment projects

- Reporting the results of program activities to IT management

- Train and educate the IT community on the importance of Risk Management, Compliance and Controls.



Qualifications

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:



- 5-7years’ experience in executing internal or external audits, or conducting IT compliance assessments (SAP preferred, SOX preferred).

- Demonstrated experience in working in global teams.

- Extensive knowledge of internal controls industry standards for IT such as COBIT, COSOand ISO 27002.

- Demonstrated technical and professional skills.

- Strong Program / Project Management skills.

- Sound understanding of concepts and terminology in security domains including governance, risk management, architecture, compliance, and operations and able to express them in a clear and concise manner.

- Demonstrated sound written and verbal communication skills.

- Superior skills in the usage of the English language including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

- Appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with business partners and key internal / external stakeholders to meet mutual goals required.

- Ability to formally present and communicate to management.

- Strong negotiation and conflict management skills – the ability to facilitate and negotiate outcomes and decisions, and resolve areas of dispute in a constructive way.

- Expertise in documenting concepts intended for technical audiences.

- Extensive ability to grasp and understand technical concepts and transform them into usable documented material for non-technical users.

- Experience in creating user awareness guides, tips and techniques, online help, and other forms of security documentation.

- Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines.

- Able to work independently, with minimal direction, and manage workload with organization to meet expectations and objectives.

- Absorb,retain and organize information gathered from multiple sources and in a variety of formats.

- High level of integrity in dealing with confidential and sensitive information.

- Demonstrated superior skills with Microsoft Office software.



Education:



- Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Business Administration or related field acceptable with three years of experience in information technology.

- Obtained certifications in one or more of the following Preferred:

CIA, CISM, CISA, CISSP,CGEIT or CRISC

Primary Location: US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Oct 20, 2014, 11:19:52 AM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Tư, 17 tháng 12, 2014

B Hepworth Wipes Away Costs with SAP Business One

B Hepworth and Co. is a global leader in the manufacturing of windscreen wiper systems for the marine, train and commercial industries.


The UK-based company boasts over 70 years of experience in the specialist design and production of performance wipers for high-speed boats, trains and coaches.


Around four years ago, the company deployed SAP Business One to manage each of its departments from one integrated solution. SAP partner IIS supports the company to maximize value from its IT investment and reduce costs. John Hayward, systems manager, B Hepworth, explains how the reporting capabilities in SAP Business One have not only provided greater insight into production data, but also saved the company money in the process.




















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SAP OTC Analyst Job (Atlanta, GA, US)

SAP OTC Analyst-INF0007032



q GM offers a career in SAP which will expand your knowledge and provide opportunities to lead development and delivery for one of the world’s largest SAP implementations. This is a chance to develop your skills and expand your capabilities across a number of SAP modules across a global organization. This is a challenge which will enable you to grow as a top SAP delivery professional.



q Work with leading technologies from SAP and the latest integration and support packages



q Solution delivery for global process teams including Supply Chain, Logistics, Finance, Aftersales and Warehouse Management



q Ability to work on large scale global implementations as well as smaller, faster innovative challenges



q On-going training and development in SAP and the latest delivery techniques



q Responsible for the functional design, configuration, and validation of the SAP solution for appropriate modules. GM has and will continue to work with Sales & Distributiion (SD) and OpenText



q Opportunity to ensure the solution has comprehensive testing approach and validation of end-to-end processes.



Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



q Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field



Experience with modules in ECC: Sales & Distributiion (SD), Finance Accounts Receivable (FI-AR), Finance Supply Chain Management (FSCM) and OpenText



q Experience in SAP project life cycle deployments and/or sustain operations



q At least 1 year of experience in configuration activities associated with an SAP system in one or many of the key modules



q Ability to coordinate tasks and priorities across multiple projects



q Some experience in working with outsourced service providers



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS



q 2-3 years experience in SAP configuration experience including responsibilities for multiple system landscapes

Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta



Other Locations

US-AZ-Phoenix, US-TX-Austin, US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Nov 17, 2014, 12:36:40 PM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Ba, 16 tháng 12, 2014

Solving Problems for CFOs: Thack Brown on SAP Simple Finance

There is one challenge that CFOs everywhere face: having all the data at their fingertips to instantly answer questions, whether from their board of directors, CEO or sales leader.


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Oxford Economics Report: Employees Aren’t Learning Enough

According to a recent Oxford Economics survey, two-thirds of companies worldwide have made only slight or moderate progress toward meeting strategic workplace goals.


Standing in their way is a chasm between the learning and development employees know they need and what companies actually provide. The report’s findings, which included both quantitative and anecdotal feedback from over 5,400 executive and non-executive workers in 27 countries, portend far-reaching consequences. Less than 50 percent of executives say their company has a culture of continuous learning, and only 41 percent of employees say their company offers them opportunities to expand their skill sets.


The human touch still matters

One of the report’s conclusions is that successful companies will create a learning culture that captures and perpetuates knowledge while empowering employees ‒ but most have far to go. For example, surveyed millennials rely on formal training and mentoring to develop their skills more so than workers of other age groups. Even more telling, millennials want informal feedback from their managers 50 percent more often than older peers.



In some ways, this belies fears about automation relegating humans to an after-thought. HR consultant Paul Belliveau believes that nothing will replace the unique power of humans to be flexible and creative. “That’s where the power of humans will never be overridden by technology. It means the human race has to be much more intelligent about how it goes about doing work because the tasks traditionally performed by people will be taken over by automation.”



Aadesh Goyal, Global Head of Human Resources at Tata Communications in India, agrees that the connections between people are paramount to leadership development. “Some people become the leaders by sheer determination, enthusiasm, passion, and they really get the rest of the people to learn. I think the majority of the learning really happens through work and not through formal programs. Once people start to collaborate and more people join in, it builds the culture by doing.”


Technology training remains important

Based on the survey findings, workers need both people skills and advanced technology acumen. Over the next three years, 48 percent of executives say analytics skills will be needed by employees, and almost 60 percent say programming/development skills will be needed.



HR respondents appear to understand that training fosters employee engagement. Chris Watson, Chief People Officer at Naked Retreats, an exclusive resort in China, said, “Workforce development is becoming critical at all levels. It’s a key driver of retention. I have led the initiatives over the past 12 months looking at applying and different development programs and succession paths at both senior level, mid-level and junior level. Clearly our goal is to improve retention.”



Development for the future

Another finding from this report revealed that millennials are dissatisfied with limited options for development and a clear career path. All employees say their top concern is their position changing or becoming obsolete. In some cases, HR acknowledges the problem.



“It’s very difficult for companies to recognize the talent they need to succeed and go forward within the future,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President at United States-based Lincoln Financial Group. “Leaders look at what made them successful and transpose that into what they need in future leaders. One of the major roles that HR can play in many, many organizations is helping the organization see what are the right types of roles and talent we need to be successful in five years? That’s challenging.”



Flexibility can help sustain a learning culture

Roughly half of surveyed executives say their company is capable of retaining, updating and sharing institutional knowledge. This is critical as baby boomers retire over the next five to ten years. Some companies offer flexible arrangements to share the wealth of seasoned workers’ knowledge before they exit.



“Our manufacturing processes require a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience, which is gained by long years in production. So if we lose our oldest people and our experienced workforce, we also lose their experience,” said Dr. Rupert Felder, Head of Global Human Resources at Heidelburger Druckmaschinen, an engineering firm based in Germany. “By doing things like letting retired employees come to the plant to work once a week or a couple of times a month or during peak periods, we’ve been able to retain their knowledge in the business. This is the sort of flexibility that will be increasingly necessary in managing the workforce.”



While this report shows that many organizations lack the solutions to manage employees effectively, it also spotlights others fostering a culture of continuous learning that develops and empowers workers. With a shared learning mandate, employees and their companies might just realize their future vision.


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Thứ Bảy, 13 tháng 12, 2014

SAP Global Risk and Compliance (GRC) Business Lead Job (United States)

SAP Global Risk and Compliance (GRC) Business Lead-SAL0005675



General Motors is in the midst of one the world’s largest SAP implementations. The global SAP implementation is a key enabler for the end to end transformation of GM’s global business, including Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA). GM is seeking an outstanding individuals to join the CCA SAP Implementation Team to drive the deployment of our Global Aftersales Template across the company. This position offers a great career opportunity in the newly formed Global Business Solutions Organization, which was formed to champion the company’s business transformation in GM’s dynamic aftersales business.



This is a chance to develop your skills and expand your capabilities across a core set of commercial SAP modules in a vibrant global organization. You will have the opportunity to grow and be recognized as a leading SAP business professional working with SAP’s Service Parts Management software solution, which is considered one of SAP’s key growth opportunities. This is in perfect strategic alignment with GM’s vision for growth and globalization in the Aftersales business sector.

This position is responsible for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) responsibilities related to SAP during deployment and sustaining the business .



This position will report to the Global CCA Business Leader.



Responsibilities:

•Subject matter expert within the Global Center of Excellence for the business on the Governance, Risk and Compliance Module of SAP



•Establish the Process Risk Management Strategy and work with IT to implement



•Support the Global Business Leads to design SAP roles

• Work with the Global Business Leads and OCM to map Business roles

• Perform Segregation of Duty (SOD) analysis on roles



• Assist in the developing mitigating controls related to SOD issues (roles and user level)

• Work with the Global Business to develop Firefighter Roles

• Support the Firefighter IDs process – approval process and log review

• Maintain and approve changes to roles design

• Maintain and update role mapping with t code updates (Point of Contact with the Global Business Lead)

• Update rule set with new transaction codes and roles

• Acts as the liaison with GM Audit Services

• Assist with user training (supports the Organizational Change Management TCM team)



Qualifications

-

Qualifications

Basic Required Skills:

• Demonstrated process improvements skills and ability to quickly understand complex transactions and their impact controls and processes.

• Ability to challenge the "status quo" and embrace change.

• Ability to multi-task within restricted time constraints and prioritize assignments

• Knowledge of U.S. GAAP accounting, financial controls and Sarbanes Oxley principles

• Skilled in MS Office products with an emphasis on Excel, MS Visio, and PowerPoint

• Highly developed oral and written communications skills

• Ability to network and collaborate cross-functionally.

• Project and Change management skills

Years Experience Required

3-5 control experience

Additional experience Preferred: SAP - GRC

Exposure to SOX and Risk Management Program also preferred



Education and Training

• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration, IT

• MBA preferred



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or protected veteran status.

Primary Location: United States



Other Locations

US-MI-Grand Blanc

Posting Date: Dec 12, 2014, 4:37:06 PM - Jan 11, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Sales, Service & Marketing


Thứ Tư, 10 tháng 12, 2014

Senior Analyst I Job (United States)

Senior Analyst I-FIN0004703



GBS Finance is responsible for the management and oversight of all general finance and accounting operations. GBS Finance centers worldwide provide the following services:

- Accounts receivable and payable management

- Fixed asset and special tool accounting; Inventory and product cost

- Intercompany; revenue; operations finance

- General ledger administration and reporting; account reconciliations

- Payroll, timekeeping, and expense reporting: This position is on the Global Finance and Strategy team within GBS Finance. Our team is responsible for understanding, calculating and explaining the financial information for day-to-day operations, savings commitments, migration plans, and headcount for all of GBS Finance. Additionally, we serve as Business Planners for the Executive Director. By the end of 2017, GBS Finance plans to migrate in $260M of budget, achieve $60M of savings, and have ~3,000 staff (including 3rd party). Breaking down the financial data of GBS Finance to the individual functional areas is imperative to hold teams accountable, converting the data into information is essential to our success. We have a heavy focus on providing leadership with the information they require to make quality decisions, in a timely manner. Additionally, we serve as liaisons between the individual GBS Finance teams and the larger GBS organization. This position is for a motivated, engaged, organized self-starter with strong analytic and technical skills. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to exercise a high level of independent judgment, decision-making, accuracy, creativity and initiative.



Job Responsibilities:

- Create “gold source” for significant migrations of work occurring throughout 2015 and 2016; this information is relied upon by GBS Finance leadership to meet targets; information will be used for executive team project planning and to update business cases

- Support business cases for variety of GBS Finance Global Transformation initiatives, including but not limited to new site set up, IT projects, and organizational changes

- Connect-the-dots such that changes in strategy and/or business plan are reflected in global financial and global headcount numbers in accurate and timely manner

- Display and explain financial and strategic information to variety of senior level leadership in concise manner, develop analytical conclusions such that data becomes meaningful information to audience

- Support development of presentations and messaging to be delivered by Executive Director to stakeholders throughout GM

- Lead or contribute to numerous special projects



Qualifications

Education/Prior Experience/Required Skills:



- Bachelor in Finance or Accounting



- 3-5 years finance related experience



- Excellent communication, team building and planning skills



- Ability to resolve issues under tight timeframes and pressure, and work with minimum supervision



- Ability to prioritize responsibilities and manage time effectively



- Superior analytical, technical & problem solving skills

- Ability to work cross-functionally with all levels of the organization including senior leadership; comfort with higher management

- Proactive work style, desire to take on additional responsibilities

- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

- Ability to deal with significant level of ambiguity

- Skill set to operationalize senior leadership visions



GM Professional Experience Preferred:



- Master’s Degree, MBA or concentration in Finance



- Experience with change management, lean, and/or six sigma



- Familiarity with GM financial systems/processes (Ess-base Hyperion, SAP, EDW) is a plus



Lominger Competencies – Action Oriented, Dealing with Ambiguity, Approachable, Business Acumen, Composure, Timely Decision Making, Integrity and Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Learning on the Fly, Organizational Agility, Organization and Planning, Peer Relationships, Problem Solving, Timely Decision Making, Strategic Agility

Primary Location: United States

Posting Date: Dec 10, 2014, 12:30:45 PM - Jan 9, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Finance


Sr. Manufacturing Project Engineer Job (Warren, MI, US)

Sr. Manufacturing Project Engineer-MFE0001330



Responsible for design, development, validation and control of major projects involving Conveyors and GA tooling; Machinery and Equipment, plant and manufacturing processes in a centralized manufacturing engineering activity. Considerable amount of creativity and initiative is required as well as a high level of independent judgment. Will be in a project leadership role where supervision and technical direction over other engineers and other engineering support personnel will be required.

- Propose and evaluate current and future manufacturing processes, especially in the General Assembly area.

- Directs the design, development and/or improvements of manufacturing processes and equipment

- Interacts on a regular basis with design and product engineering activities to determine manufacturing feasibility of future product design

- Provides technical direction to engineering support personnel and outside vendor design sources

- Coordinate the execution of major portfolio programs. Coordinate GM internal resources as well as contractor resources in both an office and assembly plant environment.

- Coordinates major projects with different functional groups within Vehicle systems as well as plant planners and M.E. staff.



Qualifications

- High level of engineering theory and principles of design with background in conveyor and GA tool design.

- Familiar with GM Conveyor standards, GM GAPIRC layouts, GM Bill of Process & Bill of Equipment.

- Strong Oral and written communication skills

- Extensive experience with project forecasting and financial reporting relative to project execution

- Background with GA MTTL & WITS documentation as it relates to program execution

- Demonstrated ability to work independently and with others

- High level analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult

- High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others

- Extensive experience executing projects in an assembly plant environment.

- Familiar with GM processes and systems such as - Procurement Tracker, Construction Management, SAP, Contract Manager,



Education and Training

- College degree with major in Engineering or equivalent training

- Training in college level theoretical and applied mechanics, vibrations, fluid dynamics, physics, metallurgy, electricity thermodynamics, heat transfer and manufacturing techniques.

- Training in all standard construction safety programs



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/ expression or protected veteran status.

Primary Location: US-MI-Warren

Posting Date: Nov 11, 2014, 7:07:17 AM - Dec 11, 2014, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Manufacturing


Thứ Ba, 9 tháng 12, 2014

SAP Security Administrator Job (Detroit, MI, US)

SAP Security Administrator-INF0010846



About the SAP Operations team:



GM’s SAP Operations team is responsible for maintaining and supporting GM’s global landscape of SAP. In this role, you will be specifically responsible for SAP Security Administration for all GM SAP systems as well as being an integral member of the global SAP support team.



About the SAP Security Administrator:



- Responsible for administering security in GM’s SAP landscape.

- Meet with business functional teams, supporting teams, and Internal Audit to collect and understand security requirements.

- Design and build business aligned role-based security in compliance with best practices for the SAP systems.

- Implement security plans including user access management.

- Assist in the identification of high-risk access privilege assignments and segregation of duties conflicts.

- Provides security education to team members.

- Works at the direction of SAP Security Manager/Team Lead.

- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.



Qualifications

Required Qualifications



- Three to five years of increasing responsibility in a complex SAP Security environment.

- Must be experienced and have demonstrated expertise related to SAP Security as well as experience in one or more of the following: R/3, ECC, SRM, PI, EP, BIW, CRM, SCM, ESO and EWM.

- Additional knowledge includes SAP GRC Access Risk Analysis (SoD monitoring), Emergency Access Management (Fire Fighter) and Access Request (Complaint User Provisioning)

- Must have experience in large-scale user provisioning

- Experienced in daily monitoring, troubleshooting, administration and tuning in a complex SAP landscape.



Preferred Qualifications



- SAP Security Certification a plus

- Experience with one or more of the following is desired: SAP ECC 6.00, NW BW 7.3, GRC 10, Business Objects 4.0, BPC 10, PI 7.3, CRM 7.0, SCM 7.0, EWM 7.0, eSourcing 7.0, Solution Manager 7.0, Enterprise Portal 7.3, NWBC.

- Additional preferred knowledge includes SAP GRC Access Risk Analysis, Emergency Access Management and Access Request

- Experience in SAP PI is strongly desired but not required

- Understanding ABAP code preferred

- Available for On Call support on a rotating schedule

- Strong documentation skills

- Strong verbal and written communication skills.



Why General Motors?



At GM, we’ve charged ourselves with one mission: to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. And to achieve our goals, we’re currently undergoing one of the largest Information Technology transformations in the history of the automotive industry.



GM IT is a leader in cutting edge technologies such as Mobility, Telematics, Mission-Critical Business Systems, Supercomputing, Vehicle Engineering, and Real-time Computing. We offer challenging positions for passionate professionals looking to get in on the ground-floor of a growing “Fortune 5” firm that is re-inventing IT with a laser focus on Innovation, Speed, and Business Value.



Join our team and experience Information Technology at a scale and pace not seen before!

Primary Location: US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Dec 9, 2014, 12:25:17 PM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


SAP Fuels New Era of Social Collaboration to Transform Work

WALLDORF — Let’s face it: today’s business is connected and collaboration is key to supporting it. And the SAP Jam social software platform is a leading force in driving it. With more than 15 million users, SAP Jam helps companies to evolve the way they work and invent new approaches for the work of tomorrow. Today, SAP SE announced that it has been named a leader in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Social Networks 2014 Vendor Assessment*, as a result.


SAP Jam helps customers solve problems and drive results via its market-first “work patterns,” pre-built processes that bring together the people, data and decision-making capabilities when and where people need them.


Take SAP Jam customer, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Inc. A privately held corporation that owns and operates a number of sports properties, including the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, the company implemented SAP Jam to improve employee collaboration, increase engagement and enhance understanding of common corporate goals. And within three months, user adoption was at 90 percent.


“SAP Jam has greatly increased our employee engagement on a day-to-day basis,” said John Tortora, chief operating officer, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Inc. “We’re able to share key information and make better connections both inside and outside the organization.”


Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Inc.’s improvement of employee collaboration is just the latest in a growing trend of businesses transforming collaboration through the use of social tools. According to the IDC MarketScape, “Enterprise social networks (ESNs), and more broadly, social workflow, can play a significant role in this [digital business] when thought of as both a platform and a social workflow embedded in business systems where users are getting work done.”


SAP Jam’s position as a leader in the 2014 IDC MarketScape report comes on the heels of the latest release of the application, which introduces several new capabilities to market, developed in co-innovation with almost 80 customers, including:



  • New user experience built for speed: A fresh, contemporary user experience designed to improve the velocity of work and to minimize ramp-up times for new users. With new participants inside and outside of an organization regularly joining new groups, this modern interface presents more information “above the fold,” and makes it easier to get to the most common features such as posting questions or documents. It also enables faster finding through filters, delivers notifications organized by type and includes built-in training.

  • Integrations and a new mobile app to enable collaboration where people work: SAP Jam now has new out-of-the box integrations with real-time presence and content management systems. In addition, a new SAP Jam mobile app for iOS was introduced, giving users access to SAP Jam while on the go.

  • New engagement and group management capabilities to ensure maximum adoption: New engagement widgets for tag clouds, search and common actions as well as group management capabilities enable group administrators to keep content fresh, get users to the places they need to be and make it easy to change groups as the business needs change.


“Customers are increasingly looking to collaboration software when they seek transformative solutions to their toughest business challenges. This latest release combines sophisticated user experience design principles with our highly successful work patterns framework to transform how our customers connect with their employees, customers and partners, and participate in the networked economy,” said Sameer Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Products and GTM Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software, SAP. “We’re honored that our efforts have led the IDC MarketScape to recognize SAP Jam as a leader in the 2014 report.”


For more information about the latest product features in SAP Jam, visit the blog post: “What’s new in SAP Jam – New UI, CMIS integrations, Microsoft Lync presence and a lot more.” Download an excerpt of the IDC MarketScape here.


View the latest video on SAP Jam: “What’s Your Work Pattern? Transform The Way You Work With SAP Jam.”


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


For more information, press only:
Holly Simmons, SAP +1 (650) 223-4878, holly.simmons@sap.com, PST
SAP News Center press room; press@sap.com
Britt Gottlieb, PAN Communications, +1 (617) 502-4300, sapjam@pancomm.com, EST


Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP’s future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.

*Doc #252332, November 2014

About IDC MarketScape: IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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CRM-Live-Duel: Cloud Collaboration Boosts Sales Success

Sales departments are increasingly interested in finding out how to more effectively turn opportunities into deals and intensify collaboration among their team members.


A product demo for SAP Cloud for Sales and SAP Jam by SAP partner maihiro gave its audience of CRM personnel plenty to think about.


How do you sell a software solution to salespeople? Ideally, reasoned maihiro, you concentrate on showing them the practical benefits. That was the approach that the SAP partner and CRM specialist took when it put together a demo scenario for the SAP Cloud for Customer sales solution and took to the stage at the CRM Expo trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany, for a live CRM “duel” with Microsoft partner Infoman AG.


The rival companies had exactly 20 minutes to demonstrate examples of collaborative sales opportunity processing within a sales transaction. The contest ended in triumph for maihiro’s demo of SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam, which won out over Infoman’s demo solution – a combination of Microsoft Dynamics and other applications including Outlook, Word, and Sharepoint.


maihiro’s live demo: managing opportunities in the CRM system

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Andreas Stroh showed examples of opportunity management



To demonstrate how opportunity management works in the SAP Cloud for Customer solution, Christoph Stecker and Andreas Stroh, both presales and business development experts at maihiro GmbH, took on the role of a salesperson. They began by showing how the solution provides salespeople with information relating to customers, existing sales documents, activities, competitors, products, and partners ― and enables them to identify which customers are assigned to which salesperson.


They then moved on to the detailed customer view, which displays master data such as important KPIs, the customer’s classification, contact permissions, and contact information and also includes a feature that shows the customer’s address on a map.


Finally, they demonstrated the customer activity history, which reveals information that could be crucial in future negotiations, including records of telephone conversations, appointment details, e-mails, and mail attachments.


In this context, they pointed to the practical benefits to be gained by the fact that data that is already maintained in an ERP system is fully integrated in SAP Cloud for Customer. What’s more, the data is accessible on mobile devices in real time and can be displayed and processed across all channels.


“It is extremely important to have a consolidated view of all the relevant information. It’s the key to processing opportunities correctly and efficiently. Having this information available on their mobile devices means that salespeople can make much more effective use of their limited time,” Stroh told the audience.


SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam: making opportunity management simpler

Different opportunity phases involve different activities. SAP Cloud for Customer contains many useful features for processing them, including the integrated Sales Activity Advisor, which recommends relevant and mandatory steps in the sales process.


Christoph Stecker demonstrated the solutions SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam

Christoph Stecker demonstrated the solutions SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam



“Today, opportunity management tasks are not processed by a single person, but by a team,” said Stecker. Team collaboration has many advantages – but only if the relevant information can be shared and is accessible to everyone. “As a sales manager, I need to talk to the design engineers about a machine’s construction and characteristics and liaise with the legal department on drafting a contract. But how do I know how to contact the responsible colleagues? By e-mail, telephone, or in person? Information like this is generally not documented in an opportunity; but these are important details that have simply been ‘lost’,” he said.


So, what options are available for ensuring that team members’ input and opinions are displayed clearly for everyone else to benefit from? And how can the decision-making process be documented for future reference?


SAP Jam eases teamwork in the cloud

SAP Jam, a cloud-based communication and collaboration network, is fully integrated in the SAP Cloud for Customer CRM solution. This means that sales team members can exchange information, distribute documents, and share knowledge with their colleagues, with external partners, and even with customers ― no matter where they are located. In their live demo, Stecker and Stroh used a simple example to explain how cloud collaboration works:


“Let’s assume we want to collaborate as a team to find out which components are used for the sleeve on the drive shaft of a machine,” said Stroh. “We begin by creating a new collaboration group in the CRM solution. Next, we add all the relevant employees and external partners to the group so that they can communicate with each other and pose our question to the group members. They are then free to enter their comments and process the question with the help of tools. As you can see, thanks to the power of collaboration, it’s really easy to make complex decisions within the team and document them for future reference.”


The benefits:



  • Data can be shared internally and externally.

  • Decision-making processes are permanently documented in the opportunity.

  • There is no loss of data or data quality.

  • Cloud-based collaboration replaces telephone calls, meetings, and workshops and reduces the need for training.

  • Group members can open forums; assign tasks; create surveys; submit evaluations; and draw up pro-con lists, rankings, agendas, and timelines.

  • The mobile CRM solution corresponds to the desktop CRM system.

  • Complex tasks can be effectively solved by delegating responsibility in the collaboration function.


Closing the deal

The last step in opportunity management involves creating a quotation and sending it to the customer. “The quotation document can be created easily from within the solution and already contains all the relevant data,” said Stecker. During contract negotiations with the customer, sales personnel can access all the corresponding documents and information in the solution ― even if they are working in offline mode.


Every step of the way – from creation and processing through collaboration and contract negotiation, the combination of SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam offers a 360-degree view that simplifies the management of sales opportunities. “In a nutshell,” said Stroh in his closing statement, “We believe that a successful sales process is innovative, intuitive, and collaborative.”


maihiro GmbH is an owner-managed SAP partner specializing in customer relationship management (CRM) and business analytics. It serves more than 250 customers in numerous projects.


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IDC Releases 2015 Market Predictions

Research firm IDC has released its global market predictions for 2015, which were recently presented by Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst Frank Gens in a Web conference, and detailed in an accompanying report.


This is a summary of what companies can expect on the IT front for next year.


Worldwide ICT Spending

Worldwide ICT spending will grow 3.8% in 2015 to more than $3.8 trillion, focused primarily on what IDC calls 3rd Platform technologies including cloud, mobile, social and Big Data.


Wireless Data

Wireless data will emerge as the largest ($536 billion) and fastest growing (13%) segment of telecom spending. To avoid being marginalized as little more than infrastructure providers, carriers will scramble to develop platform- and API-based services that add value and attract developers to their networks.


Wearables

Wearables will see an explosion of innovation, although unit sales will underwhelm. Mobile app downloads will start to slow in 2015, but enterprise mobile app development will double.


Cloud Services

Cloud services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. Adoption of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow briskly (36%) as market leader Amazon comes under attack from all directions as challengers attempt the “Amazoning of Amazon.”


Worldwide Spending

Worldwide spending on big data-related software, hardware, and services grows to $125 billion. Rich media analytics (video, audio, and image) will emerge as an important driver of big data projects.


Internet of Things Spending

One third of Internet of Things spending in 2015 will be focused on intelligent embedded devices outside the IT and telecom industries helped by partnerships among leading IT companies seeking to kick-start the market for industry solutions. Predictive maintenance will emerge as an important IoT solutions category.


Cloud First

Cloud first” hardware innovations will emerge, along with greater consolidation among server, storage, software, and networking vendors. IDC expects to see two or three major mergers, acquisitions, or restructurings among the top-tier IT vendors in 2015.


Industry Disruptions

A number of industry disruptions will emerge in 2015. Examples include alternative payment networks in financial services, expansion of IoT technologies into city safety, public works and transportation systems, and the expansion of location-based services in the retail industry.


Security Solutions

“3rd Platform-optimized” security solutions will help to secure the edge of the cloud (i.e. biometric security on mobile devices) and the core (i.e., encryption in the cloud will become the default practice). And threat intelligence will emerge as a killer Data as a Service category with a rapidly growing number of enterprises receiving tailored threat intelligence information. Elsewhere, 3D printing will see significant activity among conventional document printing companies as they lay the groundwork for a looming battle for commercial and industrial markets in 2016.


China

China will experience skyrocketing influence on the global ICT market in 2015 with spending that will account for 43% of all industry growth, one third of all smartphone purchases, and about one third of all online shoppers.


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