Thứ Sáu, 27 tháng 2, 2015

RTP Data Steward Job (United States)

RTP Data Steward-SAL0006047



GMis 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 theCCA SAP Implementation Team to drive the deployment of our Global AftersalesTemplate 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 after sales 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 inthe Aftersales business sector.



The successful candidate will:



- Provide SME (Subject Matter Expert) input to the RTP (Request to Pay) project team as it relates to Data Management and Data Governance.

- Work with technical and business teams to ensure that all Master Data relevant to their area is defined, used and loaded accurately.

- Work cross functionally and globally with business and technical experts and provide input to project teams.

- Monitor defined interfaces and assist in the resolution of interface errors.

- Lead business readiness and execution of defined interfaces to ensure resource alignment, communicate status, escalate issues, and continuous process improvement.

- Support data conversion activities for future SAP launches.

- Define data requirements for new and existing interfaces

- Maintain good data quality principles in all activities

- Prepare presentations and training materials as needed

- Conduct training



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.



Qualifications



Required:



- Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience

- Knowledge of Request to Pay Data structure and requirements (Material, Vendor, and Supply Chain Data).

- Strong relationship building skills; ability to effectively interact with cross functional teams.

- Strong oral & written communication skills.

- Detail and task oriented skills.

- Flexibility for early morning and late evening conference calls with other GM global regions.



Preferred:



- Master Data Governance experience.

- SAP SPP (Service Parts Planning) experience.

- Project / Program Management experience.

- Creative individual willing to think out of the box to come up with solutions to complex data issues.



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: Feb 27, 2015, 8:01:44 AM - Mar 29, 2015, 11:59:00 PM

Job: Sales, Service & Marketing


Thứ Năm, 26 tháng 2, 2015

Supporting Entrepreneurship: Brazil in Business

The Expoentes program at SAP supports businesses in their journey toward growth and community impact.


In 2015, five Brazilian entrepreneurs are on a mission to tackle social challenges by making good use of innovation.







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Thứ Ba, 24 tháng 2, 2015

SAP Business Analyst Job (Warren, MI, US)

SAP Business Analyst-FIN0004940



Global Business Services- SAP Request to Pay Business Analyst



GM is seeking an outstanding individual to join our SAP business management team to drive the deployment of our Global IM&E RTP template across the organization starting with completing the deployment across North America. This position offers a great career opportunity in the newly formed Global Business Services Organization. The Global Business Services Organization was formed to Sustain, Transform, and Optimize key GM business processes.



GM 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 processes, including across the global Request-to-Pay process environment. This is a chance to develop your skills and expand your capabilities across a core set of commercial SAP modules in a dynamic global organization. You will have the opportunity to grow and be recognized as a leading SAP business professional.



About the role:



This Analyst position will have responsibility for the following work scope activities:



Deployment



- Work with and deploy leading Request to Pay technologies from SAP including SRM, Sourcing, Contracting, ECC

- Responsible for deploying large scale global SAP systems and business process and associated implementations as well as smaller, faster innovative initiatives within the construct of the larger global business across the enterprise

- Support End Users at GM Sites as part of SAP go-live support

- Support development of end user understanding and acceptance of the business process changes that the Request to Pay deployment will require

- Identify improvement opportunities to optimize GM’s Request to Pay Process and enabling technologies end to end



Solution Enhancement



- Develop business process solutions to existing and emerging opportunities

- Partner with business counterparts in the Request Management, Sourcing, Contracting area to enable industry best practices and SAP best practices

- Work with users to create new business cases and complete deployment activities for all changes affecting assigned user base

- Create business requirements for solution enhancements across the Request to Pay SAP environment

- Participate in system enhancement projects to support the new business requirements including participating in technical reviews and leading User Acceptance Testing signoff to ensure solutions meet both functional and quality requirements.

- Support creation and lead delivery of training materials as needed to foster a more effective use of SAP systems by the user community



Center of Excellence



- Be a mentor for Reporting and KPIs and metrics within assigned subject area

- Perform problem root cause analysis to implement solutions that prevent problem reoccurrence

- Coordinate business users with SAP support activities

- Interact weekly in sessions with Super Users/Local Process Owners reviewing status of all SAP business activities including on Projects, Enhancements, Incident tracking, etc. as well as major milestones and expected deliverables (i.e. template release testing, minor release activities)

- Develop documentation to facilitate on-going support

- Review systems and processes to identify opportunities to reduce the total cost of ownership

- Prepare reporting to communicate the status of issue resolution to Business Management and to identify trends for opportunities to improve the stability of the system



Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Business Disciplines, Information Technology, Business Information Systems Management or related field

- Business Experience in a Request to Pay function: Material Management (MM) Purchasing, Request Management

- Experience utilizing or deploying SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), SAP ECC (MM), SAP SRM/MDM Catalog, Business Intelligence: BI/BW/Web Intelligence, and SAP Sourcing solutions to meet business requirements

- Ability to coordinate tasks and priorities across multiple projects

- Training Curriculum Development and Delivery



Preferred Qualifications

- 3-5 years’ experience in managing, developing, and deploying SAP systems

- Business Process Optimization/Re-engineering Experience

- Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills

- A positive, creative, transformative and dynamic approach to assist in the transformation of GM

Primary Location: US-MI-Warren

Posting Date: Feb 24, 2015, 10:46:14 AM - Ongoing

Job: Finance


Brazilian State-Owned Chipmaker Ceitec Selects SAP S/4HANA

Ceitec, a Brazilian semiconductor company, has decided to purchase the new product SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) and the SAP Simple Finance solution to better integrate its processes and obtain real-time information to move its business forward.


Ceitec, a state-owned company under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), is the first public sector customer to acquire SAP S/4HANA and the first customer in Brazil.


According to Jackson Borges, sales director for Public Sector, SAP Brazil: “With SAP S4/HANA, Ceitec will be able to implement an integrated management process, covering activities that go from the plant floor to the back-office. SAP Simple Finance, leveraged in conjunction with SAP S4/HANA, will enable the company to access updated financial data in real-time to make quick and effective decisions.”


Located in the city of Porto Alegre, south of Brazil, Ceitec designs, manufactures and markets integrated circuits for applications such as identification of animals, medications, blood products, people and vehicles, in addition to authentication, inventory management, asset tracking, among other applications.


Ceitec’s adoption of SAP S4/HANA will have an instrumental role to help them face the challenges of expanding their national production of high-quality chips for both internal and external markets.


SAP launched SAP S/4HANA on February 3, 2015. SAP S/4HANA is a new product fully built on the advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA and is designed on the most modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The new suíte is designed to drive business innovation with simplicity by connecting people, devices and business networks in real time to help support the development of new business models.


Christina Palmaka is managing director of SAP Brazil.

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Thứ Hai, 23 tháng 2, 2015

SAP Performance Verification Engineer Job (United States)

SAP Performance Verification Engineer-INF0011580



An SAP Performance Verification Engineer is responsible for verifying that SAP systems will perform to the expectations of the SAP solution architects and SAP infrastructure architects under a wide range of conditions that include user volume spikes, data volume spikes, partial system failures, and temporary constraints on key infrastructure components such as network and storage. The performance engineer is also responsible for developing a strategy for ongoing monitoring of the SAP system after it is delployed to production.



The performance engineer has a keen understanding of the inner workings of the SAP components and understands how to monitor the key metrics that indicate the overall health of the system. The performance engineer works closely with the solution architects to understand the key user scenarios, and the infrastructure architect to identify architectural significant uses cases in order to develop a comprehensive performance verification strategy. The performance engineer is responsible for developing and executing a detailed test plan that includes preparing the test environment, test cases, test data, and monitoring tools. The performance engineer works closely with the funcitonal team to confirm the target response times for each scenario. The test execution is typically iterative and the engineer works very closely with the functional team and the system architects to provide interim test results and recommendations for improvements.



The performance engineer is responsible for creating a performance verification report that includes the test results, analysis, and recommendations on whether the system is ready to be deployed. The performance engineer delivers the results in written and verbal format to key stakeholders that include business and IT leaders.



An SAP Performance Verfication Engineer is expected to have basic capabilities required of an IT SAP architect and a general familiarity with various architectural patterns, technologies and architecture management processes. Like the IT Architect the Performance Engineer is able to look across the assigned domain to ensure consistent alignment of technical solutions with the business goals and objectives of the supported unit.



Major Duties/Responsibilities



1) Participates in the review of proposed SAP solution architectures and provides feedback from a performance perspective.

2) Begins to work with project teams during the Blueprint phase to prepare for the performance verification. Key output is the Speed and Feeds document which captures user scenarios, transaction volumes, and expected response times.



3) Develop Performance Verification Strategy for the program and for each application being deployed



4) Develop Performance Verfication Test Plan for each application.



5) Establish and maintain Performance Verification infrastructure to be used by the program.



6) Lead the execution of the test plan. Capture and collate test results.



7) Analyze the results and make recommendations for improvements and readiness for deployment.



8) Develop and implement a strategy for onoing monitoring of SAP systems in production. The objective is to anticipate and resolve performance issues before users are impacted.



Qualifications

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities



1) Knowledge of software design, selection and deployment techniques and methodologies.

2) Practical Knowledge of the application of architecture design methodologies and frameworks.

3) Knowledge of at least one IT technology domain including software development languages and platforms, infrastructure platforms, data management and database technologies, networking technologies and security frameworks and tools.

4) Knowledge of various architecture support tools such as Orbus, Troux, System Architect, ProVision and MS Office tools used in the practice of architecture such as Visio, Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

5) Knowledge and Proficiency in the following products/technologies:

- SAP ABAP based systems such as ECC, BW, SCM, SRM,



- SAP JAVA based systems such as Portal, BOBJ,



- SAP Dual Stack Systems such as PI



- SAP Solution Manager - Specifically Monitoring components such Wily Interscope



- Web: Java, HTML, HTML5, Javascript, Python, PHP, CSS3

- Databases: Oracle, SQL Server, PL/SQL Programming, Stored Procedure, Data Modeling



- Web Application Servers: WebLogic, TomCat, IIS

- Development Environments: Eclipse, Jdeveloper, Visual Studio

- Major Standards: AJAX, JSON

- OS: Linux, UNIX, Windows, VMware,



- Methodologies: Agile, Spiral, Waterfall, Iterative

- Services - LDAP/AD/NIS/License/CIFS



6) Expert level skills in Performance Verfication architecture, methodologies and execution.



7) Hands-on experience and expert skills in the following tools:



- HP LoadRunner



- HP Unified Functional Testing (fomerly known as QTP)



- HP Application Lifecycle Managemet (ALM) solution set, and specifically the Quality Center component of ALM.



- Worksoft suite of testing products



- Wily Interscope



8) Ability to develop and comprehend abstract models of IT solution architectures, including various views of solution architectures.

9) Documents applicable assumptions related to the technical viability of defined and reviewed solutions. Validates these assumptions as needed to ensure solution appropriateness.

10) Validates current and future state architectural models and views as necessary to ensure availability of a thorough and robust comprehension of the assigned domain.

11) Participates in technical incident management and troubleshooting as needed.

12) Ability to work constructively as an individual or in groups with minimal supervision. Understands and can apply software engineering and application development methodologies in a complex multi-project environment. Subject matter expertise across applications, data, database, middleware, mainframe and midrange server computing, network (Intranet/Extranet/Internet), security, and client platform (Including mobile) IT products and services.



Education/Training



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



Experience



5-7 years information technology experience in a large scale commercial enterprise.

Career track record of engineering, developing (coding), deploying and maintaining business critical information technology solutions across a range of technical platforms.

Experience leading technical and functional teams in the execution of performance verification of large enterprise class systems. This includes 1) coordination with the system architects and functional teams to determine scope and develop a comprehensive plan for performance verification test, 2) lead a team of test cases engineers (script authors), 3) lead the test execution phase, and 4) analyze the results and deliver recomendations to the architects and project leads.



Experience in selecting and implementing performance monitoring solutions to be used during testing and ongoing production operations.



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: Feb 23, 2015, 1:21:06 PM - Mar 25, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Three SAP Execs Recognized in 2015 CRN List of Top-50 Channel Chiefs

SAP is honored to have had three of its channel executives named to the prestigious list of 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs: Rodolpho Cardenuto, president, Global Partner Operations, and head of SAP Latin America Region; Kevin Gilroy, senior vice president and general manager, Global SME Segment and Indirect Channels, Global Partner Operations; and John Graham, head of Global Partner Operations, SAP North America.

The influential executives on this annual list represent the most powerful leaders in the IT channel who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue for their organizations through their indirect channel partners. Individuals are selected for inclusion based on their track record of channel accomplishments, standing in the industry, dedication to the partner community, and plans for driving future business innovation and channel growth.


The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs have demonstrated their enduring support for the channel by consistently defending, promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies.


“Each year, our editors carefully vet an extensive group of highly accomplished channel executives to highlight those exemplary individuals who earn the mantle of CRN Channel Chief. These executives strive to advance the success and standing of the channel community within their organizations. The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs lead by example and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the IT channel. We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.


The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.

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The Disruptors: Plant Bottles, Not Plastic

The Disruptors is a series of short stories of customer innovation from around the world.

Heinz puts SAP HANA in the cloud to boost global efficiency. So what?


The H. J. Heinz company based in Pittsburgh, USA, has a long history of innovation. In the 1860s the company started using clear bottles so customers could see the purity of their ketchup product while competitors used dark bottles to hide their use of fillers, and Heinz played a critical role in the enactment of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. Later, the company established a breeding program to grow tomato varieties designed specifically for ketchup.


Today, the company sends 6 billion seeds annually to the farmers growing their tomatoes, and each tomato in a bottle of Heinz ketchup, from seed to vine to bottle, can be chronicled through a code on the cap. Such intense focus on quality is what makes Heinz a powerful brand that has earned the right to be called innovative.


Keeping it simple in the cloud

As the company grew, it faced challenges to integrate the disparate sources of data running across its many on-premise business intelligence platforms. It needed a single system to provide real-time visibility. Heinz deployed SAP HANA on Virtustream’s xStream platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure to boost efficiency and because the cloud offered a simple way to manage change on a global scale.


“Heinz will not only see significant cost savings in the cloud, but they will also realize revenue-driving potential in the PaaS infrastructure,” said Rodney Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Virtustream, in an interview with ComputerWeekly.com.


What can be done with money saved in the cloud?

If you drive efficiencies and decrease costs in IT infrastructure, it releases money to be spent on new technologies and innovations.


Companies like Heinz know their long-term success depends on innovation, and with resources shrinking around the world, it must be sustainable. For example, through a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, Heinz started bottling ketchup with PlantBottle™ packaging, which uses up to 30 percent renewable plant-based material. This approach will help Heinz achieve its goal to reduce total packaging material 15% by the end of 2015. Coca-Cola’s 2020 vision for packaging is to use PlantBottle™ technology entirely, thereby significantly reducing their environmental footprint.


Such global giants have enough clout to change the way we manage resources and solve environmental issues much more rapidly than government policies which might take years to implement. A new study indicates that since McDonald’s and other companies stopped buying chickens fed with soy grown in the Amazon, the percentage of Brazilian rainforest logged to raise the crop has plummeted. The resulting pressure on the soy traders drove them to change where they bought soy and stop financing new soy plantations in the rainforest.


Sustainability for the future

Companies like Heinz use technology like SAP HANA in the cloud to save money on operations and drive more revenue. So even if just a small portion of cost savings is invested in innovative sustainability programs for renewable energy, water stewardship, and agriculture, that can have massive impact on the energy and climate landscape of the future.


It’s that simple!

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7 HR Must-Haves for 2015: Winning the Talent War

Worrying about how to keep the best and brightest workers might sound counter-intuitive when worldwide economic growth indicators remain uncertain.


Yet despite less than stellar forecasts from the likes of Oxford Economics and the World Bank, 2015 looms as a ‘do or die’ year for organizations that depend on quality, qualified people to leap ahead of the competition. Here are the top seven must-haves to attract top talent based on findings from the Oxford Economics report entitled, “Workforce 2020.”


1. Get your leadership in order

Just 44 percent of employees say that leadership at their company can lead the organization to success. I’ve written earlier about the leadership cliff which threatens the viability of many organizations as the world of work changes. Executives see a lack of adequate leadership as the number two impediment to achieve goals of building a workforce that meets future business objectives.


2. Commit to break down the barriers

Only about 40 percent say their company makes it easy for them to collaborate, and even fewer say their company is committed to diversity (37 percent). Yet ongoing globalization is only expanding the ages and nationalities of the workforce. Global has to be factored into everything HR does as cross-functional, real-time social collaboration explodes globally. HR consultant Paul Belliveau sees geographical boundaries blurring as companies must identify and engage available talent worldwide wherever workers happen to be.



“Companies have to figure out how to incorporate the various sub-cultures into a corporate culture or even a world culture,” he said.



3. Nurture employees with development and training

Company are not focusing as much on development and training as most employees want. This report found roughly one-third of employees expect more feedback on their performance than they currently receive. It doesn’t have to be this way. Employees that receive the training they need not only gain skills to propel the company forward, but also increase loyalty and commitment to the organization. There’s no stronger pool of future leaders.


4. Invest in the right technology and training

Less than half of employees say their company provides ample training on the technology they need, and less than one-third say their company makes the latest technology available to them. This is a huge problem because the need for skills like analytics, cloud and programming/development will grow sizably over the next three years. However, fewer than 50 percent of employees expect to be proficient during that time frame.


5. Develop and foster a learning culture

Leaders at most companies do not sufficiently encourage learning. Only 41 percent of employees say their company offers them opportunities to expand their skill sets, and just over one-fifth of employees say self-directed learning is important to their employers.


6. Incent employees to stay well-educated

Although executives cite a high level of education or institutional training as the most important employee attribute, only 23 percent of those surveyed say they offer education as a benefit. What’s more, incentives for pursuing educational opportunities remain uncommon. With more incentives to pursue education and participate in supplemental training programs, employees would grow their skill sets, and likely inspire peers to do the same.


7. Pay people what they are worth in the market at-large

Compensation is increasingly important to employees of all ages, making monetary rewards another must-have to keep top talent. This report found that only 30 percent of executives say their company offers competitive compensation. But surveyed employees rank competitive compensation and bonuses/merit-based rewards highest in importance of benefits offered.


Perhaps the biggest harbinger of changing times is how experts view people as a company-wide concern beyond the purview of HR. When I recently spoke with Greta Roberts, CEO at Talent Analytics Corp about this year’s forecast, she advocated renaming HR trends to employee trends.



“People spend such a small amount of time with HR during recruitment and onboarding. People belong to the business unit not HR.”



I have to agree, and it’s likely the best and brightest workers would as well.


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Thứ Sáu, 20 tháng 2, 2015

SAP Security Analyst Job (United States)

SAP Security Analyst-INF0011510



- Responsible for the design and development of security roles and SAP security for an SAP landscape including ECC, EWM, SCM, SRM, CRM, eSourcing, Portal, PI, BW, BOBJ

- Experience working to development new procedures and polices in support of a development environment to maintain SAP security integrity and controls

- Create and assign new users groups to all remaining GM users.

- Configure and install rule set for GRC tools

- Ability to cross-train other GM security personnel to create background job to automatically run weekly reporting security reports and monitor

- Ability to create and run SOD reports, both Ad Hoc and automatic background jobs

- Responsible for team lead management and prioritization

- Responsible to work with the business to define roles, recognize best practices and apply to implementation projects



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:



- Team Lead experience managing other security analysts

- Experience working with business customers for role definition and rule set definition and management

- Audit experience (perform and participate)

- Experienced in studying and analyzing organization structure and defining job matrix, roles and responsibilities, transport management, security audit.

- Experience in using automatic profile generator (PFCG) in creating single roles, composite roles and derived roles

- Experience includes analysis, development, maintenance of SAP security for workplace, SAP R/3 and SAP BW with authorizations, creation & maintenance of roles using automatic profile generator, reconciliation of roles and user master records, Transport Management System (TMS),

- Experience in problem analysis and troubleshooting security issues (SU53 and ST01)

- Experienced in coordination with Audit team for SAP security audit and generated Audit Information Systems logs as per audit team requirement

- 5-7 years experience in overall SAP security operations



Educational Requirements:



- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in a technical discipline



Preferred Qualifications:



- Appropriate SAP certifications in SAP GRC module

- Strong knowledge of Security tables and programs

- Experience in generating reports using SAP AD Hoc queries (SQVI)

Primary Location: United States

Posting Date: Feb 20, 2015, 9:24:25 AM - Mar 22, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Năm, 19 tháng 2, 2015

How Will Augmented Reality Transform Your Job?

Even if you do not anticipate purchasing the Apple Watch or Google Glass anytime soon, someone may already have you shortlisted to step into the world of augmented reality (AR) and wearables.


Who? Your boss.


While makers of new wearable technologies walk a tricky tight rope between function and fashion, rest assured, your employer will go for function every time – especially when it’s a matter of improved range of motion, safety, and efficiency. In many workplaces, your employer can determine what you will need to wear to get the job done – and doesn’t worry too much about how it looks on you.


To be fair, there are some impressive workplace scenarios that make AR-enabled solutions the smart choice, especially where worker safety is concerned. There are clear benefits to augmenting the capabilities of skilled workers with digital information.


During a recent episode of Coffee Break with Game-Changers, SAP Radio host Bonnie D. Graham asked three experts for their views on where the AR trend is heading. Fresh off the InsideAR conference, held recently in Munich, Germany, these experts shared their opinions with SAP Radio:



  • Sascha Kiener, business development and key account manager, Metaio GmbH

  • Thomas Eckert, innovation manager, SAP

  • Raimund Gross, strategic technology advisor, Products & Innovation, SAP


Here is what each had to say, starting with a definition of augmented reality

Kiener: Augmented Reality, in short, is the connection between real-world items or real-world products with digital information. Everything we have around us somewhere has digital information stored about it, and with Augmented Reality, you can connect things to digital information directly by just basically looking at the things, and then you get the information directly in your screen or directly stuck onto the object you’re looking at.


Eckert: We should not define Augmented Reality too tight, in fact. It’s also my opinion because in the context of Augmented Reality, I have seen a lot of really brilliant and interesting new technologies – so, things like thermal touch, thermal cameras, 3D depth sensors integrated into tablets, and there are many more.


Why industry uptake will be faster than consumer adoption

Gross: We will probably see some of the growth in the coming years more on the enterprise side rather than the consumer side because […]looks, design, and style make a huge part of it, but things like miniaturization and others are working in our favor here and it will be more integrated and less distinguishable from a regular object.


Eckert: I also think that it’s a great opportunity in the enterprise area, and here just to give one example, think about a parcel service and the last mile to the customer: the person who will bring the package to the door of the apartment. If this person or worker would be equipped with Augmented Reality, it would help this person find the door easier and maybe all the neighborhood information and so on. Actually, this scenario is already existing or at least in a prototyping phase. This is a great use for Augmented Reality in an enterprise context.


Gross: I presume over the next couple of years the topic will probably grow in the enterprise area, with a lot of visibility in the consumer space for reasons […] that are very relevant for the consumer: How do I look like? What will others think about me? Is it expensive? Can I finance it?


[These]are very, very less relevant in the enterprise context. And if you are in a position to already dictate to your employees that they have to wear a hard hat on an oil rig, for example, or safety goggles or whatsoever, it’s only a small step to add additional equipment so that you’re not so much limited by the form factor.

Companies even told me that it doesn’t matter if we have to tape our rig workers additional batteries to the helmet. So, battery capacity will be less of an issue than it is for the consumer, for example. This is why I believe that this is a very interesting space to look into, because there are direct benefits to be reaped for the enterprises: you can improve quality; you can service with less personal a broader area, because you have probably remote service technicians […] that are onsite. You have better quality assurance because of maintenance cycles for machineries and so on.


Taking a page from the playbook of gamers

Eckert: Enterprises should also think about the gaming industry, because that will be also a segment that will not be hindered by any device, use whatever device is available, and there is a lot of potential in this area as well, since the business is typically a frontrunner when it comes to stuff like [AR].


Listen to this episode of Coffee Break with Game-Changers in its entirety at Augmented Reality: Beyond Google Glass, or read more at Augmented Reality and Wearables: What the Experts Say

You can listen to Coffee Break with Game-Changers live every Wednesday at 8:00am PST at the Voice America Business Channel – on the Internet.

For more information, watch Derek Klobucher’s video from SAP TechEd to get an idea of how augmented reality is being used in the enterprise.



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Thứ Tư, 18 tháng 2, 2015

Senior Tax Analyst - Tax Compliance Job (Detroit, MI, US)

Senior Tax Analyst - Tax Compliance-FIN0004778



This Tax Analyst position is located at GM’s corporate headquarters in Detroit, Michigan and will be reporting to the leader of U.S.Income Tax Compliance Team. The work of the U.S. Income Tax Return Preparation Group Tax Analyst involves independent judgment, decision-making, accuracy,creativity and initiative. Specific responsibilities of the Tax Analyst position include the following.



- Perform tasks under limited supervision related to income tax compliance,including tax returns, extensions, estimated tax payments and tax provisions

- Prepare and analyze financial statement tax reporting data



- Assist in tax planning and corporate tax initiatives

- Provide support in the review of proposed and existing tax laws, regulations and rulings

- Create project plans, solve problems, and develop new methods of analysis

- Develop and maintain cross-functional relationships within the Tax Staff and with other internal business partners



Qualifications



Required:

- Professional Certification: Certified Public Accountant and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance



- 2-6 years of income tax compliance experience in public accounting or corporate tax return preparation



- Ability to prioritize assignments and manage work load within statutory and internal deadlines

- Well-developed computer and system skills, including experience with finance enterprise systems and tax compliance systems (e.g., SAP, One Source)



- Demonstrated high levels of productivity and strong performance



Preferred:

- Professional Certification: Master’s degree in Taxation or Accounting; other advanced degree or training

- U.S. GAAP ASC 740 (Accounting for income taxes) experience



- Demonstrated effective analytical and problem solving skills



- Self-motivated, with strong level of interpersonal, team and partnering skills

Primary Location: US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Feb 18, 2015, 9:54:59 AM - Ongoing

Job: Finance


Systems Analyst Job (United States)

Systems Analyst-INF0011536



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.



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

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

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

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

- Lead member of the configuration team responsible for the functional design, configuration, and validation of the SAP solution. GM has and will continue to work with FI, CO, FA, PS, or AP

- Opportunity to complete a wholistic solution by defining functional design gaps and solutions for objects to add to the system.



Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field

- Extensive experience in SAP project life cycle deployments and/or sustain operations

- Experience with modules in ECC: FI, CO, FA, AP or PS

- At least 5 years experience in configuration activities associated with an SAP system in one or many of the key modules

- Ability to coordinate resources and priorities across multiple projects and groups

- Experience in working with outsourced service providers

- Project management experience



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS



- 8 years experience in SAP configuration experience including responsibilities for multiple system landscapes

- Functional Lead role in at least 2 large scale SAP system deployment projects



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: Feb 18, 2015, 2:21:03 PM - Mar 20, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Ba, 17 tháng 2, 2015

Senior Buyer – Contract Manager/ IT Job (Austin, TX, US)

Senior Buyer – Contract Manager/ IT-PUR0004233



At General Motors, we're building on our momentum and we're changing the way we do things. We're recruiting more talent from the nation's top universities and Fortune 100 companies, and increasing the time we spend on developing – and delivering – solutions.



In short, we're currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to usher in a new era of automotive innovation. Are you ready to rise to the challenge?



About the Senior Buyer - IT role:



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



Key Responsibilities



- Work with IT Stakeholders to develop, negotiate, and implement global strategies for goods and services procurement in the area of IT Hardware, Software, Services, and Telecommunications

- Negotiate new IT software and hardware agreements, contracts, and amendments to existing agreements to obtain best-in-class Pricing, Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), and Service Levels

- Enforce supplier adherence to Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) and Service Levels through use of contract governance and review practices

- Ensure compliance to GM Purchasing policy and procedure



Qualifications

Qualifications:



- Demonstrated 3+ years of experience in complex software and hardware contract negotiations

- Working knowledge of contracting methodology (Pricing,T&Cs, SLAs, Governance Models)

- Strong attention to detail and process compliance

- Experience managing commercial issues with suppliers and tracking supplier performance

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

- Proficient with Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint.



Preferred Qualifications:



- Experience in IT procurement and contracting

- Solid knowledge of IT contract law and procurement

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

- Experience using SAP

- Understanding of document management and retention procedures



Education:



- Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent training/experience

- Degree and/or certification(s) in Procurement, Contract Management, Accounting, Business, and/or MBA preferred

Location:



Austin, TX



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-TX-Austin

Posting Date: Feb 16, 2015, 10:18:58 PM - Feb 23, 2015, 11:59:00 PM

Job: Purchasing


More Than Two-Thirds of Global 2000 Connect to Ariba Network to Simplify Commerce

WALLDORF — Social networks have made it easier than ever to shop, share and consume. Companies want this same simplicity. And with increasing frequency, they are turning to Ariba, an SAP SE (NYSE:SAP) company, to enable it. More than 1.7 million companies, including two thirds of those on the 2014 Forbes Global 2000 list, are connected to Ariba Network. And a new company is added every 13 minutes. In 2014 alone, 200,000 selling organizations joined the network where more than $700 billion in commerce is transacted on an annual basis. What’s driving their adoption?


“Today’s businesses demand higher levels of agility and knowledge frameworks,” said Chakib Bouhdary, president, Ariba. “And the only way to enable this is through dynamic communities that connect you with the applications, intelligence and partners you need to discover, connect and collaborate in the simplest possible way.”


A new IDC white paper sponsored by Ariba, “Business Networks: The Next Wave of Innovation” (February 2015), supports this notion. “Business networks are forming a new framework for productivity and value creation,” said Michael Fauscette, Group Vice President, Software Business Solutions, IDC, and author of the white paper. “Leveraging the connectivity and free flow of information that networks provide, companies can communicate and collaborate in massively scalable ways that drive innovation and competitive advantage.”


Every day billions of consumers around the world tap into networks like Facebook, Uber and Amazon. Why? Because they make things easy. Everything needed to manage your life is in these networks – there’s no need to leave them to make things happen. The same is true for business networks. With a few clicks, companies can manage all of their resources, processes and spend in the simplest possible way. In particular, Fauscette says, “Networks create a high-performance platform for buyers and suppliers to build collaborative relationships and execute in more efficient and effective ways.”


Innovative companies of all sizes are using Ariba to do just this. “Connecting to the Ariba Network has really streamlined the whole business process for us,” said Brady Seiberlich, IT eProcurement Manager, National Business Furniture (NBF). “Through the network, we can quickly and easily flip and acknowledge orders and invoice customers as soon as they ship in a completely automated way. And this has not only eliminated errors, but led to faster payments.”


Perhaps more important, it has enabled NBF to become a more strategic partner. Leveraging transaction data and other intelligence available on the network, the company is transforming the way its customers buy, helping them to maximize their spend and drive a standard, compliant process for purchasing that delivers savings and efficiencies. “We were seeing a lot of rogue purchases from branches of larger companies,” Seiberlich said. “We knew we could help them with this if we could get them connected to the Ariba Network where all of their purchases can be managed in one place.”


This, says Bouhdary, is the future of business commerce. “The 21st century enterprise cannot achieve its cost, revenue and cash flow goals without being connected. Empowered by business networks, companies will effectively organize resources and optimize collaboration across the supply chain to achieve new levels of innovation, efficiency and agility.”


To hear more from Fauscette on how networks are transforming business, click here. To learn more about the Ariba Network and the value it can deliver for your organization, visit www.ariba.com.


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


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Thứ Sáu, 13 tháng 2, 2015

Why Do Customers Fall in Love? A Valentine for an Audience of One

Every February, millions of Americans are faced with the daunting decision of selecting just the right Valentine’s Day card for their sweethearts.


Standing in front of a massive rack of greeting cards, I struggle to choose just the right card for mine, asking myself “Do I want to be funny or romantic this year?” and “How can I select a card that makes him feel special?”


Fortunately, having been in a relationship with my Valentine for 12 years, I have a significant amount of data to work with regards to his likes and dislikes (which means no singing card again this year!). Bottom line- no Valentine wants to feel that they are on the receiving end of a generic mass marketing effort- nor do your customers.


An Audience of One

Brands today are effectively trying to select the perfect Valentine for every single customer in order to develop a connection at the individual level and it is a daunting task. How does a large organization- or even a smaller one- generate a sense of loyalty or #BRANDLOVE from their customers?


According to Jonathan Becher, chief digital officer at SAP, “Your customers must be treated as an audience of one, where every part of your company is focused on their needs, their desires, and their successes. And if their experience is supported by products and services that map to their needs and contribute significantly to their successes, why would they turn to anyone else?”


Contextual Marketing

Today with digital marketing, businesses are able to track an amazing amount of rich contextual information that marketers can leverage in real time.


According to Bernard Chung’s recent post, this innovative marketing practice is known as contextual marketing. By leveraging not only the traditional transactional histories, preferences, and social media data, but also implicit behaviors like online browsing patterns, sentiment insights from unstructured data (call center recordings, emails, and other free text forms), and real-time data such as location and session information, companies can develop a more accurate, real-time context for each customer. This will enable brands to engage customers at the right moments with the right message to move them through the customer journey.


Romancing the Customer

Tim Halloran is considered an expert in the unique and often lucrative love that exists between brands and customers. His 2014 book “Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Customers,” explores how customer affection for companies is similar to one human’s affection for another, and all the permutations behind that passion. As president of a consulting firm dubbed, not surprisingly, the Romance the Brand Group, Halloran advises companies on how to get customers to fall in love with them.


In a recent interview with The Customer Edge, Halloran indicated that not every business offers a customer experience that will generate love, noting that, “Some companies view customers merely as transactional units. They view them impersonally and as revenue enhancers. There are others who try to take the most special consumers and create lifelong relationships with them. The ultimate relationship is this idea of love. That doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process.”


Halloran says that the payoffs are significant for brands that do it right. He said, “The very best companies work to create a scenario where the consumer feels like the company’s brand is the brand for [him or her]. Once customers fall in love, they also become advocates and evangelists for the brand. They’ll pay more money for quality products. They also will be less likely to cheat and shop somewhere else. Apple is clearly a great example of this. They’ve created a customer base that is so loyal to the brand they will pay a higher price—that’s just for the apple experience, the quality of the devices and their innovation.”


Customer Advocacy

How do you know for certain that your customers have fallen in love with your brand? In addition to a steady growth in sales, advocacy is a sure sign of #BRANDLOVE. And user-generated content including positive sentiment in social media posts, reviews, and storytelling are all evidence of a healthy fan base. Earlier this year, we published a series of posts with the hashtag #BRANDLOVE, in which our contributors shared their stories and explained why they swoon over certain brands, including Macy’s, Nike, Starbucks, REI, and the San Francisco Giants.


This story previously appeared on SAPVoice on Forbes.

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Thứ Năm, 12 tháng 2, 2015

Afterwork Affairs: Page by Day, Stage by Night

The singer/co-songwriter of “The Peejays”, Paul Townsend, explains how his day job as a technical writer at SAP benefits from his passion for music-making.







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Project Coordinator Job (Detroit, MI, US)

Project Coordinator-FIN0004771



OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES:



This is a newly created position, reporting to the Global Procurement Transition Manager. The role of the Project Coordinator is to develop, coordinate and drive project plans for Indirect Procurement Operations projects, working closely with the Operational Excellence team, Indirect Material (IM) subject matter experts and other projects as assigned.



Additionally, the Project Coordinator will:



· Develop, communicate, track and drive assigned project plans and activities



· Facilitate project meetings: creating and communicating meeting invitations, agendas, minutes, and action items



· Develop effective Communication Plans and process documentation to support all project activities



· Facilitate communication and reporting as appropriate with all internal and external stakeholders



· Demonstrate the ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) effectively with senior executive stakeholders and senior business leaders of departments



· Demonstrate the ability to organize and work effectively with complex global projects teams within GM or with BPO providers



· Support IM project activities; including site assessments, current / future state mapping, development of policies, processes, KPIs and implementation activities, as required.



Qualifications

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:



· 2-3 years of applicable project management experience



· Familiarity with Indirect Materials Management processes and policies



· · Experience at working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential



· Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities



· Ability to react to project adjustments and alterations in a prompt and efficient manner



· Ability to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines



· Persuasive, encouraging, and motivating



· Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, manufacturing personnel, and other departments



· Ability to defuse tension among project team or other stakeholders, should it arise



· Ability to drive successful completion of projects



· Strong written and oral communication skills



· Strong interpersonal skills



· Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies



· Customer service skills are an asset



· Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial



Knowledge Skills: Company Policy, Project Management, Indirect Materials Procedures, Indirect Materials Best Practices, Operational/Process Management, Procurement Process, Sourcing Process, System and Technology



PC Proficiency: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project), Reporting & Analysis Tools, ERP systems - preferably SAP



KEY COMPETENCIES:



· Organizing: Marshals resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; orchestrates multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and files in a useful manner.



· Teamwork: Works effectively with team or those outside the formal line of authority to meet customers' needs and accomplish goals; demonstrates commitment by visibly supporting the work and decisions of the team; finds common ground with others with different work styles; offers assistance and support to others; maintains a constructive, positive outlook in working with others.



· Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; talks and acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.



· Decision Making: Makes sound decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressures; able to make quick decisions; makes decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment; sought out by others for advice and solutions; uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; can see hidden problems; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer; can decide and act without having the total picture; can effectively cope with change.



· Drive for Results: Takes prompt action to achieve objectives; is positive; can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results; pursues everything with energy, drive, and a reason to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.



· Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; doesn't blame others for his/her own mistakes or misrepresent him/herself for personal gain or protection.



· Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; listens; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact.

Primary Location: US-MI-Detroit

Posting Date: Feb 4, 2015, 10:26:38 AM - Ongoing

Job: Finance


Thứ Tư, 11 tháng 2, 2015

Simplicity Through Innovation: Beiersdorf Cuts Complexity to Gain Actionable Market Intelligence

With its 100-year history of creating market-leading skin care products, including the NIVEA, Eucerin, and La Prairie brands, Beiersdorf AG has a rich heritage of innovation. In keeping with this tradition, the Hamburg, Germany–based company recently co-innovated with the SAP Consulting organization to develop a game-changing market intelligence tool.


Working with experts from SAP Consulting, Beiersdorf used a “design-thinking” approach to create an easy-to-use solution that gives the company’s marketing team fast access to in-depth market insights. Since going live in November 2014, the project has already won an SAP Quality Award for its implementation of the SAP HANA platform.


Here, Martin Böhm, head of market intelligence at Beiersdorf, and Volker Haltenhof, principal business consultant at SAP, discuss key success factors and lessons learned from this award-winning initiative.


What were the key challenges you faced that prompted this project?

Martin Böhm, Head of Market Intelligence at Beiersdorf

Martin Böhm, Head of Market Intelligence at Beiersdorf



Böhm: We needed to make informed decisions about key strategic areas such as pricing and promotions. To do that, our marketers require detailed information about how our products are selling; this includes knowing the market share of hundreds of product categories across numerous different regions worldwide.


We used to have a team of “number crunchers” who spent hours manually combining data from numerous different sources to obtain the market share information we needed. This work was laborious, time-consuming, expensive and – all too often – prone to error. And even after all that effort, our marketing team didn’t always get the level of detail needed.


We decided to put in a place a solution that would streamline the process of compiling and harmonizing the data. And we wanted a tool that would deliver exactly what our marketers needed, when they needed it, intuitively at the touch of a button.


Why did you turn to SAP Consulting for help?

Böhm: We’d previously taken part in design-thinking workshops run by the Business Transformation Services group of SAP Consulting, so we were already familiar with the approach. We also knew that SAP had an experienced team who could help us develop a truly creative solution that would meet the needs of our business users.


How does the design-thinking approach differ from traditional design management methodologies?

Haltenhof: With the design-thinking approach, the user is at the very center of what we’re doing. This wasn’t an IT project; it was a business project, providing a solution to a real business problem. So, from start to finish, we made sure that we listened to the pain points and to what the users really wanted. We ran a series of workshops and interviews with marketing personnel to understand their specific requirements, and we kept going back to them to check that we were on track.


Another important aspect of the design-thinking approach is the way one perceives failure. Each time you fail, you learn. By creating an environment where failure is seen as acceptable and even useful, you encourage greater creativity.


What were the main factors that led to the success of the project?

Böhm: I think that the team dynamic was crucial to our success. We had a relatively small, dedicated team made up of IT and business personnel from SAP and Beiersdorf. The chemistry was great and we developed a very strong working relationship.


Haltenhof: Another reason for our success is that we kept things simple. At the beginning, we had a plethora of ideas but less is more. Consequently, we forced ourselves to focus on the key “must haves.” That meant that we didn’t make the solution too complex from a user perspective.


Additionally, my background of 20 years in the fast-moving consumer goods industry helped me communicate with users at their level. I believe it’s very important to “talk business” and not talk IT


What benefits is the market intelligence tool delivering to the business?

Böhm: With a solution based on the SAP HANA platform, we’ve now fully automated the consolidation and harmonization of product-purchasing data from multiple sources. This saves both time and resources. We estimate that we’ve saved up to 40% of data harmonization costs alone, and we anticipate a significant reduction in the global data processing budget overall.


From a user perspective, marketers can now access detailed reports on market share by product category and region quickly and easily, even when they are out of the office, using a specially developed mobile app.


And because the tool lets us analyze market-share data at a very granular level, we can actually explore the trends behind the figures. By understanding what the market is doing in this detail, we are better placed to make effective decisions on areas such as promotions or adapting the marketing mix. In short, our market intelligence tool helps us respond faster and more appropriately to a very dynamic market environment.


How has the project been received by the business?

Böhm: The solution is very intuitive, so the marketers don’t need any training, and this has helped ensure rapid adoption. Because we put the user at the heart of this project, the tool delivers exactly what our marketers were looking for.


Recognition for the project within the company has been quite amazing. We received the internal Beiersdorf Simplicity Award and I feel this really reflects the fact that the tool has helped our marketers to streamline the way they work.


What other innovation projects do you have in the pipeline and will you be using the same approach?

Böhm: The Business Transformation Services group is supporting us again as we look at additional Big Data opportunities. We’re using the design-thinking approach to explore innovation opportunities for our business within this area. For us, the design-thinking methodology that the Business Transformation Services group brings to innovation projects is tried and proven.


The co-innovation approach of the SAP team means that we can influence the development – and benefit from early releases – of SAP software. This allows us to go further to explore new possibilities and ultimately find exciting new solutions that will help Beiersdorf to become even more competitive.


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Ariba Positioned as Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Suites

WALLDORF — Ariba, an SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) company, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Suites, 2015.


Ariba has been recognized as a leader in every Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Applications and Sourcing Application Suites published since 2008.


“We believe our positioning in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing validates our mission to help companies harness the convenience and agility of the cloud and the insights and intelligence of business networks to run their business in the simplest possible way,” said Sanish Mondkar, chief product officer, Ariba. “We continue to execute this mission, delivering solutions that empower our customers to optimize collaboration within the enterprise and across the supply chain to achieve new levels of innovation, efficiency and agility.”


The 2015 report evaluated the full suite of strategic sourcing solutions from Ariba, which integrate with its applications for contract and invoice management, procurement and the Ariba Network, and recognized the company as a leading provider based on its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”


“At CVS Caremark, we continue to look for ways to improve our sourcing and procurement capabilities and drive savings,” said Anna Umberto, vice president, Strategic Procurement, CVS Caremark. “Ariba solutions help us accomplish this by providing technology, capabilities and best-practice processes that we can use to create a standard, automated process for sourcing from bid to contract, manage content and workflow and ensure compliance with our agreements.”


Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world’s largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Click here to learn more about Ariba solutions and the benefits they can deliver to an organization.


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


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Thứ Ba, 10 tháng 2, 2015

SAP PI Operations Analyst Job (Detroit, MI, US)

SAP PI Operations Analyst-INF0011465



About the General Motors SAP Global Operations team:



The SAP Global Operations team is geographically dispersed in multiple geographies and across multiple time zones to ensure our end users are provided 24x7 support for issues that disrupt our business. We support 19 productive SAP landscapes that encompass many of SAP’s products to include ECC, BI, PI, EP, SCM/APO, SRM, EWM, CRM, MDGF, GRC, and Solution Manager.



About the role:



The SAP PI Operations Analyst is responsible for the successful delivery and operation of the technology/process and deliverables related to the implementation and operation of SAP PI. This role assists in the fit analysis, configuration, testing, and rollout of large-scale SAP PI solutions, with primary focus on post-implementation support. He/she will provide functional knowledge & develop deliverables within context of individual role.



The PI Operations Analyst will assist user community in identification and remediation of all production issues. He/she gathers process redesign requirements; coordinates with development team and support the testing and implementation of package-based application software.



The PI Operations Analyst must maintain conceptual understanding of SAP ECC and related implementation issues from a technical perspective. He/she will assist in any project development activities related to integration to assure that the delivered system is designed for sustainability and long term support. Individual will also serve as a member of the North American Competency Center for SAP.



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

- About 5 years’ experience in application development utilizing XI/PI – involving Web Services, File, RFC, XI, JMS, JDBC, IDOC, SOAP and HTTP technologies.

- Knowledge of PI architecture and monitoring.

- Experience supporting A2A and B2B interfaces scenarios across all SAP functional areas

- Knowledge of Adapters, Secured/encrypted communication via PI.

- Knowledge on PGP / SSL security

- Knowledge of sFTP and FTPS.

- Experience configuring the XI/PI Landscape in the System Landscape Directory using SAP Net Weaver Administrator (NWA).

- Experience with PI Alert Management.

- Experience within Enterprise Services Repository - Mappings XSLT, Java, and graphical mapping.

- Quick and excellent troubleshooting skills.

- Experience working in PI 7.0 and 7.3.



- Flexibility to work on-call for high priority incidents.

- Ability to manage competing priorities in a complex environment.

- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in a technical discipline.



Preferred Qualifications:



- Coordinating with team members in different Time Zones



- Knowledge of integrating with 3rd party tools.



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



Other Locations

US-GA-Atlanta, US-TX-Austin

Posting Date: Feb 9, 2015, 1:22:10 PM - Ongoing

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Hai, 9 tháng 2, 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Sets Sail in Singapore

Sunny Singapore welcomes the first leg of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015.


With the latest 3D visualization, teams are set to sail faster, better and simpler with sailing analytics from SAP.







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Care Circles Pilot Launches in Philippines to Support People with Autism

Since 1996, the third week of January has been the Autism Consciousness Week in the Philippines, proclaimed to raise awareness of the growing incidence of autism among the local population in the country.


With every year the government continues to support more and more activities and programs that promote a supportive environment among communities to enable autistic persons to live with dignity and enable them to function independently and contribute productively to society.” (Proclamation №711)


This year, SAP’s Care Circles pilot in collaboration with the Autism Society of the Philippines has been launched as a continuation of developing awareness and fulfilling the need for early diagnosis, therapy, and education of family members about the disease and how to manage the lifelong disability.


How can technology ease the care-giving process?

Care Circles is a free service from SAP that helps patients and their families to find best practices in care-giving from experts and caregivers form around the world. Care Circles is created for an accidental caregiver—someone whose children have been diagnosed with autism, for instance, and who have to face the disease for the first time in their lives.



How does it work?

The free online resource gathers team members – family, doctors, and specialists –and allows them to share progress and collaborate in a private community. It features a marketplace of care strategies and best practices, including content from reliable partners such as Autism Speaks, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Caregivers can track progress and share journal updates, easing what is otherwise a costly, consuming, and emotionally draining process.


Care Circles is also an ideal solution for healthcare providers, thanks to SAP’s data analytics and dashboard capabilities. Care Circles can reduce the cost of care for doctors by enlisting the patients and their caregivers to learn about and manage their health, which can also improve healthcare outcomes and reduce readmission. In addition, doctors can combine patient-reported data and medical records to remotely monitor patients and identify potential issues. Soon Care Circles will also feature aggregated, anonymized data about care delivery around the world, and doctors will be able to use real-world data to personalize patient care.


Watching the latest technologies changing healthcare is simply breathtaking. Step by step they are enhancing cures and developing new treatments. Care Circles is not an exception. It can open new boundaries in the care-giving processes and break new ground in healthcare.


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Chủ Nhật, 8 tháng 2, 2015

SAP Security Analyst Job (United States)

SAP Security Analyst-INF0011374



- Responsible for the design and development of security roles and SAP security for an SAP landscape including ECC, EWM, SCM, SRM, CRM, eSourcing, Portal, PI, BW

- Experience working to development new procedures and polices in support of a development environment to maintain SAP security integrity and controls

- Create and assign new users groups to all remaining GM users.

- Configur and install rule set for GRC tools

- Ability to cross-train other GM security personnel to create background job to automatically run weekly reporting security reports and monitor

- Ability to create and run SOD reports, both Ad Hoc and automatic background jobs

- Responsible for team lead management and prioritization

- Responsible to work with the business to define roles, recognize best practices and apply to implementation projects



Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:



- Team Lead experience managing other security analysts

- Experience working with business customers for role definition and rule set definition and management

- Audit experience (perform and participate)

- Experienced in studying and analyzing organization structure and defining job matrix, roles and responsibilities, transport management, security audit.

- Experience in using automatic profile generator (PFCG) in creating single roles, composite roles and derived roles

- Experience includes analysis, development, maintenance of SAP security for workplace, SAP R/3 and SAP BW with authorizations, creation & maintenance of roles using automatic profile generator, reconciliation of roles and user master records, Transport Management System (TMS),

- Experience in problem analysis and troubleshooting security issues (SU53 and ST01)

- Experienced in coordination with Audit team for SAP security audit and generated Audit Information Systems logs as per audit team requirement

- 5-7 years experience in overall SAP security operations



Educational Requirements:



- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in a technical discipline



Preferred Qualifications:



- Appropriate SAP certifications in SAP GRC module

- Strong knowledge of Security tables and programs

- Experience in generating reports using SAP AD Hoc queries (SQVI)

Primary Location: United States

Posting Date: Feb 8, 2015, 8:35:17 PM - Mar 10, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Thứ Năm, 5 tháng 2, 2015

Final Security Frontier: Application Layer

The buzz: Data security


News headlines report major corporate data security attacks almost daily. Yet despite this broad awareness, too many companies are still vulnerable to hackers who work hard and cleverly to find inroads to exploit.


Are you among them?


Reality check! Even if you’ve already figured out how to plug holes in your networks, hackers may be getting in through your applications and solutions.


Are you proactively securing your “Application Layer” from vulnerabilities?


The experts speak.


Jason Schmitt, Fortify – HP Software: “Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakes.” (Carl Jung)


Rik Turner, Ovum: “…you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone … For the times they are a-changin’…” (Bob Dylan)


Andreas Gloege, SAP: “Security is like adding brakes to cars. The purpose of brakes is not to stop you: it’s to enable you to go fast!” (Eugene Spafford)


Join us for Final Security Frontier: Application Layer.






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SAP PP-MM Analyst Job (Atlanta, GA, US)

SAP PP-MM Analyst-INF0011412



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.



As a SAP Production Planning – Materials Management Analyst you will be responsible for:



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

- Solution delivery for global process teams including Supply Chain, Logistics, Finance, and Asset Accounting

- Ability to work on enterprise solutions and support legacy innovation challenges

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

- Member of the configuration team responsible for the functional design, configuration, and validation of the SAP solution support the GMIO Region (Asia Pacific Region) for the Production Planning and Purchasing Materials solution (Materials Management - MM)

- Opportunity to complete a holistic solution by defining functional design gaps and solutions for objects to add to the system.

- Support system transformation to Global Template solution including system migration and legacy decommission activities

- Support for Asia Pacific region could require after standard work hour calls or meetings to gather requirements and validate solution – appropriate flexible time will be applied



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



Qualifications

Required Qualifications:



- Bachelor’s degree



- 3 years SAP project life cycle deployments and/or sustain operations



- 5 + years’ experience in configuration activities associated with an SAP system in PP, and MM-WM



- Sound understanding of SAP PP-MM and integration points with FI/CO (finance and controlling) and SD (sales and distribution) modules in a manufacturing environment.



- Reasonable knowledge and experience on SAP SD module, basic understanding of how to tie into sales order process, how to create a purchase requisition and work through integrated modules, basic accounting



- Ability to coordinate priorities across multiple projects and groups



- Project delivery/management experience



Preferred Qualifications:



- 5 or more years’ experience in SAP configuration experience including responsibilities for multiple system landscapes



- Hands on role in large scale SAP system deployment or upgrade projects



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.

Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta

Posting Date: Feb 5, 2015, 1:23:04 PM - Apr 6, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


Modern Customer Journey: Forget the Marketing Funnel

The buzz: The Journey


We are witnessing a great transformation in the relationship between companies and customers. The modern customer journey no longer follows a traditional linear path. It can start, stop, go backwards, forwards, or in loops, all while crossing multiple channels and touch points.


Even more challenging for marketers, the journey is unique to each customer and each time they set out to buy something. Do the math and you’ll see why you must be prepared to address an infinite number of possible scenarios with real-time, relevant, contextual customer experiences.


Are you ready?


The experts speak.


Craig Borowski, Software Advice: “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” (Bill Gates)


Teri Sun, White Rhino: “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy.” (Thomas J. Watson)


Ryan O’Neil, SAP: “Wherever you go, there you are.” (Clint Black)


Join us for Modern Customer Journey: Forget the Marketing Funnel.






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Thứ Tư, 4 tháng 2, 2015

SAP Developer – Analyst Job (United States)

SAP Developer – Analyst-INF0011415



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.

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

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

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

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

- Specific responsibilities will include design, development, testing and implementation of development objects supporting the SAP solution leveraging Java and ABAP

- Additional opportunity to prioritize work across multiple projects for delivery coordination with project timelines

- Partner with SAP architects to define non-functional requirements for the process solutions and compliance activities

- Participate in the transition of new development objects to the Sustain organization



Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field

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

- At least 1 year of experience in ABAP or Java development activities associated with an SAP system

- Ability to tasks and priorities across multiple projects

- Some experience in working with outsourced service providers



All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

Primary Location: United States

Posting Date: Feb 4, 2015, 5:17:25 PM - Mar 6, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology


SAP Analyst - Request to Pay Job (Austin, TX, US)

SAP Analyst - Request to Pay-INF0011394



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 Request to Pay organization. The purpose of this role to provide project analysis/management, planning and Request to Pay subject matter expertise primarily focused on solution design through development anddeployment support activities.



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, eSourcing, SRM and BI

- 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

Basic Required & Preferred:



- Excellent communication skills – written, spoken

- Experience in SAP project lifecycle deployments and/or sustain operations

- At least 1 year of experience in configuration activities associated with an SAP system in one or more of the key modules (MM, eSourcing, SRM, or BI)

- Ability to coordinate tasks and priorities across multiple projects

- Some experience working with remote team members and/or customers



Education



- Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience in Information Technologyor related field

- A graduate degree with an information technologyspecialization is preferred

Primary Location: US-TX-Austin



Other Locations

US-GA-Atlanta, US-MI-Warren

Posting Date: Feb 4, 2015, 4:46:57 PM - Mar 6, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

Job: Information Technology