Thứ Sáu, 29 tháng 5, 2015

Up Close with Luis Murguia

SAP Correspondent Jackie Montesinos sits down with global head of SAP Business One, Luis Murguia, who discusses how, as a sailor himself, the sport is the best school to understanding small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).



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The Spin with Megan Meany: 10 Years of SAP Labs Hungary, Appy Award for BILT

SAP TV Senior Correspondent Megan Meany has the latest SAP and tech news headlines for the week of May 25, 2015.

This week’s news, insights and updates include “Bring Your Parents to Work Day” to celebrate 10 years of SAP Labs in Hungary; the launch of the first SAP Career Success Center in Bangalore, India; an Appy Award for BILT; and more.

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Adapting Financial Leadership for New Challenges at #SAPinsider 2015

Clients and customers don’t care that finance and retail banking are more complex than ever — people will flock to the firm that offers the most convenient and personalized services across online, mobile and other channels.

In order to prevent such customer turnover, financial institutions must acquire cutting edge technology to stay ahead of consumer, regulatory and security trends.

“As these and newer trends further influence the industry, financial institutions will continue to increase their bandwidth to ensure their ability to flawlessly meet their customers’ expectations,” Crain’s Detroit Business stated recently. “Financial institutions have turned to the cloud for a variety of uses.”

Streamline Your Business

These include storing data in the cloud, where it is secure and easy for customers to access in real time, and across devices. Knowing what technologies will best streamline your firm’s business is what the SAPinsider Financials 2015 conference next month in France is all about (@SAPinsider, #Financials2015 and #GRC2015).

Real-time financial processes are transforming the industry’s firms and leadership, SAP’s Thack Brown stated at a similar event in March. Brown, SAP’s general manager and global head of LoB Finance, will be among the experts in Nice from June 16 to 18 to explain how financial organizations can remain agile and capable while meeting industry challenges.

“Speed up the time it takes to close your books,” is one of six reasons to attend Financials 2015, and another is to “ensure more accurate and compliant consolidated reports.” Reason No. 7 could be that registering via this URL will get you a €300 discount.

It’s Up To the Leadership

“The C-Suite needs to … be the front line in driving innovation,” Marketing Land stated Friday. “There are countless reasons to say ‘No’ to innovation, but it takes just one organization to say ‘Yes’ to one idea that may cause disruption in an industry.”

Adaptive mindsets at the top can be the difference between a firm’s success and failure, especially as the financial services industry confronts technology-driven changes in customers and compliance.

“Adaptive [leaders] have the capacity to evolve,” InvestmentNews stated in its recent list of financial services leadership attributes. “They are able to pivot as new ideas and challenges are presented.”

Expanding roles of industry leaders, mushrooming customer expectations and regulatory pressures make finance complex enough. Let SAP and Finance 2015 help show you the best way to Run Simple.

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Thứ Năm, 28 tháng 5, 2015

The Winning Lottery Ticket Starts With A Simplified Customer Experience

Ever imagine what you’d do if you won the lottery? How much simpler life would instantly become? Maybe you’d buy that sports car you’ve always dreamed of, or that mansion that only seemed real in your wildest dreams?

Would you choose half of the lump sum up front, or take the full amount via annuity? Think of all the good you could do for your community… to help the world run better…… to improve people’s lives. It’s fun to dream, right?

But you can’t win if you don’t play. If your life is even half as chaotic as mine, simply remembering to get to the store to buy the ticket pretty much eliminates most of us from the dream. That’s where Tipp24.com comes in. It’s one of the largest lottery intermediaries in Europe and allows for customers to conveniently place bets from their phones, right up until the lottery starts. And if your magic numbers are chosen… they’ll notify you of your winnings (no need to watch the news or search for the results after the fact). It doesn’t get any simpler than that… or does it?

Customizing the Lottery

Tipp24 knows that each player is different and wanted to take its online lottery experience to an entirely new level. To truly provide a personalized customer experience, they needed to understand some basic info about their players like – “who is playing which games” and “when/where are they playing” etc. Once analyzed, this data could be used to start tailoring their marketing campaign to a well-defined target audience – to basically give them what they want.

Simplifying the Process

After evaluating multiple options, Tipp24 selected the speed and simplicity of the SAP InfiniteInsight predictive analytics solution. Now, marketers no longer need to spend weeks building predictive models and can focus more on customer behavior patterns. The increased focus ensures that the right players get the most relevant messages, at the right time, on the device of their choosing. The increased customer satisfaction results in more fun for the players and better earnings for Tipp24. Some of the highlights include:

  • 300% Improvement in targeting accuracy, including identifying likely players for weekly, monthly, or permanent tickets
  • 25% Reduction in target audience size for any individual campaign, thanks to more-precise analytics
  • 90% less time to build and deploy predictive models (from weeks to days), increasing the productivity of the analytics team

Tipp24 has always known that a happy customer is the key to their winning ticket. And thanks to the company’s visionary approach toward analytics, they’ll continue learning more and more about their customers to keep them happy. Just remember, before the last lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it; and a simple customer experience is the best way to ensure busy people like you and me, are always in the game.

By harnessing the power of technology, SAP is determined to overcome complexity in business, our jobs, and our lives. To learn more about how SAP helps companies Run Simple, please click here.

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Five Cents for a Clean Toilet: Sanergy Brings Sustainable Sanitation to Urban Slums

The-Disruptors_Sanergy-story_2Across the world, over 2.5 billion people lack access to hygienic sanitation and have to use shacks like these instead. In the developed world we are horrified by pictures like these shacks that serve the biological needs of millions of slum dwellers around the world.

For us, clean water, sanitation and hygienic waste removal are so common we take it completely for granted. Yet in this day and age, over 2.5 billion people lack access to hygienic sanitation worldwide. Lack of sanitation is the second largest cause of disease globally, and untreated waste leads to contaminated waterways and food supply, causing immense environmental damage.

Stumbling blocks or stepping stones?

The-Disruptors_Sanergy-story_1Where others fear to tread, David Auerbach, CEO of Sanergy, is changing lives. That’s why he was selected to participate in a new SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program announced recently at the SAP Forum in Nairobi.

Auerbach comes from a family of social workers, teachers and theologians who often fought for social justice, but his father was also a businessman. This powerful combination inspired him to build a business that provides a complete, integrated sanitation value chain that not only provides clean facilities but collects and treats waste sustainably, selling it to local farmers as fertilizer.

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The beauty of the model

Best of all, Sanergy is creating jobs while cleaning up the environment. The company works through a network of Fresh Life Operators – local residents who purchase and operate the sanitation facilities. The operators become franchise partners who receive access to training and financing, ongoing operational and marketing support, and a daily waste collection service from Sanergy. The franchise operators in turn generate local demand and ensure that the facilities are kept clean.

Customers can pay by the visit, which costs about five cents, or weekly or monthly. Some parents even buy monthly memberships for children who attend schools with inadequate sanitation facilities. Other families buy a monthly family membership to their neighborhood Fresh Life Toilet. The impact is enormous: jobs, sanitation and a new sense of pride in the community.

Social impact with SAP support

Small businesses contribute significantly to driving economic growth in emerging markets, helping to reduce unemployment and solve critical social issues, but entrepreneurs like Auerbach need all the help they can get.

“The SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship is designed to address the early stage pain points faced by these young entrepreneurs,” says Nico VanExel, Global Director at SAP CSR. “The program offers them strategy and leadership development workshops along with networking opportunities and access to SAP experts and leaders.”

Stay tuned for more stories about SAP’s engagement with emerging entrepreneurs.

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6 Steps to Become Simply Irresistible: TEDxTeen 2015

What do war-predicting algorithms, sound-sculpted artwork, and obstacle-dodging drones all have in common? The answer: Teens.

On May 16, TEDxTeen, presented by the We Are Family Foundation and powered by SAP, rocked New York City’s Scholastic Auditorium. Themed “Simply Irresistible,” the day of TEDx talks featured today’s youngest innovators using simple ideas to tackle the world’s most complex issues.

Take Rebecca Dharmapalan, who at 16 took a camera through her hometown of Oakland to shine a light on the rampant, yet overlooked problem of child trafficking. Rebecca has won more than half a dozen film festival awards, bringing awareness to the fact that an estimated 100,000 children in the U.S. alone fall victim to sexual exploitation.

Then there’s David Mace, who at 18 developed an algorithm to predict global atrocities, which he sold to the U.S. government. Today, David’s solution helps control more than $4 billion in international relief and improve more than 16 million lives each year.

Is your jaw still attached?

If not, the good news is that through the daylong series of TED-style talks, viewed live in 153 countries, more than a dozen young trailblazers like Rebecca and David unveiled the nuts and bolts behind making the world run better and improving people’s lives – in a big way. While diverse, many paths shared six common steps:

1. “Figure out what’s important – to you.” – Ben Nemtin

From their parents’ garages in Canada, Ben and three friends wrote down a list of 100 things they wanted to do before dying: play ball with Obama, have a beer with Prince Harry, write a #1 New York Times Bestseller. For each task accomplished, they committed to help a stranger accomplish one of his or her goals. Today, they have inspired millions to believe anyone can do anything through their MTV show The Buried Life. Ben’s top recommendation? Know what’s truly vital, to you.

2. “Start with the low-hanging fruit.” – Lauren Singer

100% of the trash Lauren has produced within the past three years can fit in a 16-ounce jar. On top of having sent zero trash to a landfill since 2012, Lauren has empowered millions to produce less waste by creating the Zero Waste blog, Trash is for Tossers, and an organic cleaning product company, The Simply Co. What may seem like an impossible lifestyle began by simply starting with what was easy, like shopping at farmers’ markets with Lauren’s own reusable bags and containers.

3. “Look around. Think about how things work.” – Mihir Garimella

In order to create low-cost flying robots for search and rescue, Mihir has drawn inspiration from nature. By studying the basic behaviors and underlying mechanics of bacteria and fruit flies, Mihir has created Flybots, which can dodge collapsing ceilings and detect the source of fire in a burning building.

4. “Get obsessed.” – Dave Fontenot

Donned in University of Michigan pajama pants onstage, Dave discussed dropping out of college and AirBnB-ing for nearly a year and a half to devote his life to spreading the hackathon movement. Dave created MHacks, the largest hackathon in the world. His top advice: take a day, a weekend, or however long you need to get obsessedwith a simply irresistible idea.

5. “Use your left and right brain.” – Rachel Fox

She’s one part rock star, one part actress, and one part…day trader? Rachel Fox is the next Warren Buffett, who at 16 years old made headlines for Fox on Stocks. She is living proof that the common paradox of “left- vs. right-brain” is a false one – if anything, the common phrase should be “left- and right-brain.” Assuming you’ve got both, use ‘em!

6. “Simply be You.” – Monique Coleman

The first and only United Nations Youth Champion, Monique is most widely known as one of Disney’s High School Musical stars. As the host of this year’s TEDxTeen in New York City, Monique closed the event with the conjecture that what the world needs most is for all people to simply be themselves.

Check out the full reel of TEDxTeen talks here. The SAP team congratulates all speakers and performers, as well as the winners of The Next Big Thing video competition: Kelvin Doe, Taylor DeVos, and Teagan Steadman. Keep in engaged with #SAPYouth!

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Sutter Health Uses SAP HANA for Simplifed Personalized Healthcare

In most healthcare agencies, conversations about Big Data revolve around on creating a single version of the truth or standardizing on a common reporting platform. Northern California health network Sutter Health is taking its Big Data strategy one step further by turning data into valuable outcomes to improve the health of patients and the organization.

Sutter Health is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based healthcare providers serving more than 100 communities. SAP HANA is helping these providers deliver the most personalized, affordable, high-value healthcare experience.

Vijay Venkatesan, Vice President of Enterprise Data Management at Sutter Health, brought an entrepreneurial mentality to build a platform for 21st century patient care.

“We decided to talk about two things only: is data a strategic asset, and how do we articulate the value to the people using it,” he said. “Our entire strategy is based on not what’s available today, but what can be possible tomorrow.”

At SAP’s recent SAPPHIRE NOW event, Venkatesan shared how Sutter Health is improving patient care, reducing readmissions, speeding up reporting and decreasing costs.

“We wanted to create a data vision, strategy and road map with the patient at the heart of it all,” he said. “We’ve renewed focus on using data for not only operations, but to drive the right care in the right setting for the right patient at the right time. We want to ensure privacy and security while building an ecosystem of platforms to make patient personalization real. SAP HANA has been a key ingredient in that.”

Consumer-driven approach to Big Data strategy

With multiple users across the company, easy accessibility was extremely important for us. “From operations trying to close the books at month-end or clinicians trying to deliver the right care, we needed a consumer-like consumption model,” said Venkatesan. “Users access the information they need by clicking on applications at a storefront while SAP HANA and Hadoop are behind the scenes managing all those catalogs of data. It’s truly a consumer-driven strategy.”

Even so, governance is crucial to ensure data integrity. “We don’t have a YouTube mindset when it comes to adding content,” said Venkatesan. “If someone adds content, we want to ensure it’s the right content and not a duplicate version.”

SAP HANA transforms with real-time insights

Quickly analyzing structured and unstructured data from many sources in real-time helps doctors at Sutter Health make more informed decisions faster. The positive impact on operations and patients has been profound.

“We want to see what’s happening now and what actions we can take to impact the care we provide to patients,” said Venkatesan. “SAP HANA with Hadoop as our open source platform has been a key enabling building block. By integrating hundreds of variables from our electronic health record with data such as social sentiment and FICO credit scores we can understand the socio-economic state of the patient. Maybe they’re living in a single car household or a neighborhood that doesn’t have easy access to care. We can respond immediately with transportation solutions, and factor information into our decisions about facility locations.”

Turning insights into action

Data collection, integration and analysis seamlessly takes place behind-the-scenes, simplifying and speeding up the right decisions at the point of care.  This changes analytics from outcome to action driver.

“When a physician is looking at patient’s chart, they should be able to say the ten actions the healthcare team should take because the analysis is complete,” said Venkatesan.

Shared platform ushers in next generation of healthcare

Challenging the status quo has worked at Sutter Health because clinicians are seeing the value of cost-effective, real-time analytics. Employees have been part of the change process with in-depth training and hands-on experience. They’ve understood that the goal is not consolidation, but powerful convergence.

“Executives, patients, clinicians and operations understand what’s in it for them,” said Venkatesan. “The portal, which we call “We Connect You,” simplifies the help we provide and the partnership we achieve by connecting people with the data to enhance our care.”

In changing the conversation about Big Data, Sutter Health has discovered what’s possible when analytics are pervasive across an integrated network of care and patients come first: brilliant innovations in personalized care.

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Thứ Tư, 27 tháng 5, 2015

Personalized Medicine: Individual Therapies for All?

The buzz: ‘Make for me’ healthcare.

In medicine, one-size-fits-all treatments have helped save many people cost-efficiently. But for complicated illnesses like cancer, a standardized approach doesn’t always work.

Personalized medicine – tailored to a specific patient profile – may be the answer.

Yes, it sounds promising, but will individualized therapies really work? Will they be affordable beyond the wealthy? And will they be appropriate for every patient and each illness?

The experts speak.

Barbra McGann, HfS: “The future is a point on the horizon toward which we are headed. We can’t get to the future right away because there is stuff in the way. We have to tack back and forth around obstacles.” (Paraphrased from Michael Rogers)

Subhro Mallik, Infosys: “It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.” (John Brunner)

Emanuel Ziegler, SAP: “Numerical quantities focus on expected values, graphical summaries on unexpected values.” (John W. Tukey)

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Gender Pay Equality: How to Make Real Progress

The buzz: Show her the money!

In her recent Oscars acceptance speech, actress Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for gender pay equality for women everywhere.

Since then, it seems everyone has voiced their opinion, from salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff to the Pope.

Game-Changing Women Radio executive producer Jenny Dearborn’s take: “It’s time for organizations to examine, admit to, and erase their pay gaps. As employees and consumers we must hold companies accountable to right the decades of wrongs in denying women equal pay.”

It’s time to get the facts and move this important challenge forward in our global workplace.

The experts speak.

Aniela Unguresan, EDGE Certified Foundation: “’What gets measured gets done’ (Tom Peters) – and it is no different when it comes to pay equity.”

Dan Briskin, Gap Inc.: “We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t.” (Frank A. Clark)

Bianca McCann, SAP: “If better is possible, good is not enough.” (Unknown)

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Eating Disruption for Lunch: Digesting Decentralization

The buzz: Decentralizing.

In the industrial age, businesses like railroads and electric power companies grew large because centralizing allowed them to deliver improved services to their markets.

Now we’re seeing a paradigm shift fueled by technology-enabled de-centralization.

Innovations like 3D printing, the Internet of Things, smart watches, mobile technology and Tesla’s standalone battery that can power a home or office – all allow us to de-couple from businesses.

These exciting – and / or scary – disruptions have vast implications for the future of your business. Are you ready?

The experts speak.

Frank Diana, TCS: “The challenge is to rehearse the future and prepare for a range of possibilities.” (Fast Future Research)

Gray Scott, Futurist: “Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement.” (Terence McKenna)

Timo Elliott, SAP: “Status Quo is, you know, Latin for ‘the mess we’re in.’” (Ronald Reagan)

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Focusing on the Individual with SAP Digital

SAP solutions are at last available directly to consumers, the company announced this month. Its device-agnostic SAP Store offers about 100 business applications from SAP and others for individual users, who can configure these apps by themselves — no need to call IT or hire implementation consultants.

“It’s simple for consumers to get apps whenever the mood strikes them, but in enterprises it’s typically a different story,” CIO.com stated during SAPPHIRE NOW earlier this month. “The SAP Store is a key part of the digital-business push … to allow enterprise users to buy software from SAP without the need for a purchase order, invoice or lengthy request-for-proposal process.”

Buying Simple

Talk about running simple, there’s no negotiating contracts at the SAP Store — just transparent pricing and a one-click agreement. And not all customers will need to seek it out.

“You don’t always have to go to the store,” SAP’s Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Becher said during a demonstration of the SAP Store at the SAP Digital kiosk at SAPPHIRE NOW. “In some cases, the store will come to you.”

One such case is the free version of SAP Lumira, a data visualization tool that combines real-time analytics with infographics, diagrams and other graphics to express what’s happening in data. Users can access extra features after paying for them through a pop-up window within SAP Lumira.

“Historically, SAP has sold to companies themselves … now it’s all about us as individuals, and problems that we want to solve,” Becher said. “And when we solve them, we don’t want to wait for our own IT department; we don’t want to wait for our own purchasing department.”

The tagline on SAP Digital’s kiosk said it all: “Want now. Buy now. Use now.”

“You should be able to go from purchase to being productive in 15 minutes,” Becher said.

Shifting Gears

Shifting to a business-to-consumer model, as well as digitally native products, is part of a SAP’s emphasis on simplifying the user experience. Toward that end, the SAP Store is based on the omni-channel market solution hybris Commerce Suite, along with the in-memory platform SAP HANA and SAP Simple Finance management software on the backend.

“The enterprise software giant is devoting the new SAP Digital business unit to this effort,” ZDNet stated during SAPPHIRE NOW earlier this month, “making it safe to assume SAP will focus heavily on the digitally native concept going forward.”

That heavy focus includes creating the position of chief digital officer, which Becher is the first to occupy. To see Becher’s demonstration — and get a look at the future of business cards — check out this video:

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Tennant Re-Imagines Its Business with IoT and Big Data

In my last Internet of Things (IoT) blog, I had talked about how SAP is helping companies connect, transform and re-imagine their businesses. Tennant Company (NYSE: TNX), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world, has done exactly that, and with great success.

Tennant has co-innovated with SAP and a couple of our technology partners, to harness the power of IoT. Their CIO, Paul Wellman spoke about their IoT success at the recently concluded SAPPHIRE NOW conference in May and how they are driving competitive advantage in the marketplace today.

Tennant’s IoT strategy is focused on their higher end of product portfolio i.e. Commercial and Industrial machines as their B2B customers buy them in large numbers and need help managing these assets deployed at sites such as plants, warehouses, and retails stores, across North America. These floor cleaning machines represent significant investments for their customers and do need periodic service, maintenance, and lifecycle management.

Connected Machines to Big Data Insights to Value Creation

Tennant‘s R&D team has done a great job of innovating with machine control systems, telemetry, cellular modem, SIM card and firmware to successfully connect their fleet of ruggedized machines to device cloud and be able to communicate relevant data. Working with SAP and partners, this data from tens of thousands of machines and from multiple locations gets sent daily to SAP HANA platform for further advanced analytics and derive Big Data insights.

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These derived insights are available to Tennant’s customers on “consumer-grade” and user friendly dashboards to help reduce their total cost of cleaning their work environments and drive better utilization of their industrial cleaning machines:

  • Machine Usage: Machine usage can vary dramatically from location to location within an enterprise and its sites. Having visibility of usage level e.g. at each retail store or warehouse location is hugely valuable for customers as having operational consistency across a fleet of machines equals direct labor savings.
  • Machine Location: Cleaning machines do go missing at customer sites and having the capability to track location of machines reduces lost/ stolen assets – and produce huge savings.
  • Machine Maintenance: Tennant’s customers are always interested in lowering their maintenance costs. To help with this objective Tennant has married the machine ID data with SAP ERP data (i.e. service order history) to provide a full view of maintenance costs.

Tennant’s IoT Value Proposition

Tennant’s IoT enabled fleet management solution is a win-win proposition – for their customers and for Tennant itself. Customers are able to lower their overall cost of cleaning and Tennant is able to drive better sales of aftermarket parts, be more effective with each of their service calls and importantly distinguish itself against its competition as they now can provide better customer experience and build customer loyalty.

Per Paul Wellman, Tennant is not stopping here. They have plans to add more exciting IoT capabilities in the areas of battery metrics, impact detection, maintenance diagnostics and usage by operator ID. They are also giving a lot of thought to new business models like “Cleaning as a Service”.

As you can see Tennant has a powerful IoT and Big Data story and I’d highly recommend you check out their presentation at SAPPHIRE NOW conference here.

Relentless Pursuit of Manufacturing Excellence

Manufacturer’s today need to fit into a new world that includes Big Data, IoT, cloud, mobility, social media, and omni-channel commerce. This is additive to their traditional challenges of designing and delivering world-class products and services. Some companies like Tennant are nailing it. Here’s your opportunity to be equally bold – join us at Manufacturing Industries Forum in Chicago on June 23-25 and learn how you can re-imagine your business and do things you never thought possible on your journey to the “Perfect Enterprise.”

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Neetin Datar leads Core Industries and IoT Marketing at SAP America. He has over 20 years of SAP and enterprise software experience. He is passionate about technology and its use by organizations to run simple. Follow him on Twitter @neetin_datar

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How Atos Doubled Its Revenue Partnering with SAP

Some SAP partners might see SAP’s transformation into an end-to-end cloud solution provider as a threat. Instead, Atos realized early on this was a pivotal growth opportunity.

With SAP S/4HANA and SAP’s entire cloud-based portfolio as major growth drivers, Atos has doubled its resell revenue in just two years after becoming an SAP reseller in 35 countries. Atos has expanded its SAP partnership from just large enterprises to also include upper mid-market companies.

Atos recently capped its 35-year old relationship by winning a 2015 Pinnacle Award in the category of Global Value-Added Reseller of the Year. The win was recently announced at SAPPHIRE NOW, recognizing Atos for its outstanding contribution as a partner.

“SAP is creating new opportunities for us to provide integration services when we’re working with large enterprises in the manufacturing, public sector, utilities, chemical, automotive and other industries that have complex environments,” said Frenk Verburgt, Vice President and Head of Global SAP Alliances at Atos. “In these companies, if you want to sell cloud solutions to the line-of-business, they cannot bypass the IT department because they have to integrate your cloud solution with existing ERP systems.”

Frenk Verburgt, Vice President and Head of Global SAP Alliances at Atos

Frenk Verburgt, Vice President and Head of Global SAP Alliances at Atos

SAP S/4HANA simplifies and drives growth

Verburgt views SAP S4/HANA and SAP’s entire cloud-based portfolio as major growth drivers aligned with his company’s expansion plans. He explained that 80 percent of Atos’ business comes from European companies, and although cloud adoption rates are lower in Europe compared to other regions, companies are eager to simplify mature technology landscapes.

“We’ve doubled our business in two years and are also looking for new verticals like retail and financial services,” said Verburgt. “SAP has a very strong marketing machine, enabling us to develop services in new areas like Internet of Things and digital transformation. Our mission is to adopt SAP innovations that bring business value to customers.”

Customers limited only by their imagination

Atos is already helping customers migrate to SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, and Verburgt finds strong interest in SAP S/4HANA.

“Early adopters are in the upper mid-market. They can immediately step into the S/4HANA world,” he said. “Everyone wants to be flexible and agile, and companies of all sizes need a vision and the ability to see how SAP HANA can quickly meet their business needs for something entirely new.”

Industry 4.0 transformation

As Atos expands its market across industries like automotive, retail and financial services, Verburgt sees SAP’s business network and cloud-based solutions as pivotal.

“Digitization is changing the world. We are extending our footprint from car manufacturers to automobile parts suppliers, and SAP’s business network can help us connect these different worlds across supply chains,” he said. “We also see opportunities in retail with hybris. The financial services is another growth industry with insurers moving from traditional claims processing to predictive businesses using the Internet of Things. Customers are looking for new ways to keep people safe.”

Atos showcased numerous innovations at SAPPHIRE NOW, including a smart factory demonstration featuring vending machines that deliver personalized products to consumers and real-time maintenance to companies.

Continuing the forward trajectory

Despite its 35-year heritage, Atos is as forward-looking as any startup pursuing new solutions, people and acquisitions. The company recently acquired Xerox IT Outsourcing Operations as a door-opener to upsell its SAP offerings in the United States. It’s also hiring new graduates.

“We’re investing in people with bright ideas who aren’t limited by legacy thinking,” said Verburgt. “The availability of real-time data anytime and anyplace is something totally new and many businesses don’t yet understand what’s possible. If you are an SAP company, it’s not a question of if you’ll go to S/4HANA, it’s when you’ll go there.”

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BILT Mobile App Wins Appy Award

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the BILT mobile app, an innovation by SAP, was recently honored with an Appy Award at a ceremony in New York City, taking home the top prize in the Home/Garden/Interior Design/Lifestyle category.

BILT was chosen as the best app in 2015 that caters to, promotes or enriches an interest in lifestyles and/or homes, gardens and home design. The Appy Awards acknowledge extraordinary applications, whether they are mobile, social or Web-based apps living inside another website. The awards jury consists of impartial editors, industry visionaries and senior-level creative strategy leaders from prominent agencies and brands.

BILT is a free mobile app for consumers with interactive audio, visual and written step-by-step instructions for putting together, installing or repairing consumer products. BILT has 3D product images that consumers can manipulate using their fingers to rotate 360 degrees and zoom in and out. Consumers who use BILT for the assembly process have a significantly better first-time experience with the product. In a controlled study, participants reported a 40 percent increase in assembly confidence after using BILT; they put products together faster and felt that using the app reduced the potential for mistakes.

BILT is relatively new to the market and building content daily with new manufacturing customers. Some of the early adopters with product content in BILT include BRG Sports, Suncor Stainless and Liberty Garden Products. BILT helps a manufacturer’s business by improving the overall end-consumer experience, decreasing product returns, generating call center savings and helping reduce the cost of documentation and marketing materials. By providing simple and intuitive instructions, BILT empowers consumers to be successful by alleviating the hassle and frustration typically associated with assembly and repair tasks. For more information, visit the BILT App website.

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Thứ Ba, 26 tháng 5, 2015

Settlement by rate category

Hello everybody.

 

Has anyone of you ever made a settlement by rate category?

 

The tables EASTL and EASTS contain the rate category on installation and register level. Which settlement step would be the best to adapt for this requirement?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Thorsten



SAP Continues as Leader in Supply Chain Market

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) SAP today announced it has retained and extended its position as the overall leader in worldwide supply chain management and supply chain planning, according to the recent Gartner, Inc. “Market Snapshot: Supply Chain Management Software, Worldwide, 2014” report.*

The report finds that SAP grew its supply chain business by 19.9 percent, representing a 25.8 percent market share increase. Specifically, SAP extended its No. 1 market position for supply chain planning, representing a 30.6 percent 2014 revenue share. SAP believes this highlights the continued strong adoption of the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization component and the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution on the SAP HANA platform. SAP holds the No. 2 position for supply chain execution worldwide, with solutions for transportation and extended warehouse management, and showed the highest growth rate of all other leading competitors with a growth rate of 27.4 percent.

Additionally, Gartner has released its list of The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015**, as announced on May 13, 2015. SAP is the vendor of choice for 22 of the 27 companies on the top 25 and supply chain masters list included within the report.

“We believe the findings by Gartner reflect that SAP’s presence in the supply chain market continues to grow and that our recent innovations in the areas of integrated business planning, transportation and warehouse management are being widely adopted,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president, Line-of-Business Solutions for Extended Supply Chain, SAP. “Further, the overall growth confirms SAP’s position as a leader in the latest S&OP, Warehouse Management and Transportation Management Magic Quadrants, while the planning numbers highlight our commitment to support and enhance APO through 2025.”

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

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** Gartner “Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015”, May 14, 2015, by Stan Araonow, Michael Burkett, Kimberly Nilles, Jim Romano
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Why Do So Many Startups Fail?

Every year, legions of startups come roaring out of the gates armed with plenty of energy, passion and commitment with an innovative new product that will take the world by storm. The harsh reality is that a staggering 90% of them fail. How can so many well-meaning entrepreneurs misread the market?

While the “fail fast and fail often” mentality means many will not give up after one failure, there must be ways to boost the success rate and spread the wealth of entrepreneurial success beyond the first attempt.

Three experts recently weighed in on the myriad challenges startups face – and how they can increase chances of success — during a recent SAP Radio broadcast, “Innovation Evolution: Why Do So Many Startups Fail?”

Only the paranoid survive

The startups most likely to succeed have self- taught through different scenarios of failure, and have back-up plans in place, according to Suraj Sudji, of the SAP Startup Focus program.

“It really makes a lot of sense for the founders to be paranoid in terms of what can go wrong, and how they can overcome it,” said Sudji. “And only by having that kind of an attitude, I think, a startup can really succeed going forward.”

Sudji also cautions that startups shouldn’t worry so much about non-disclosure agreements (NDA) as “ideas are a dime a dozen” with the same idea usually being developed by ten different entities. As a result, success comes down to execution. Case in point: when Amazon started there were almost a dozen other companies doing exactly what Amazon was doing, yet only Amazon survived.

Protecting intellectual property

Professor Rajeev Srinvasan, Adjunct Professor at the India Institute of Management in Bangalore believes two issues plague startups: the ability to take a new idea to market and the ability to protect their intellectual property.

While the good professor agrees that NDA’s don’t carry a lot of weight, especially in the tech industry, startups should be mindful of what makes their product special and try to secure patents. Most companies at an early stage, even if they have a good idea, are too busy going to market and signing-up customers, said Srinvasan. If an idea is truly patentable or otherwise protectable by intellectual property, copyrights, trade secrets, geographic indications, trademarks are tactics to explore.
“You find that over time, they become extremely powerful because you’re able to prevent other people from coming in to your market,” said Srinvasan. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have your intellectual property become a standard, then you can simply force everybody else to buy a license from you, which is the very nice situation.”

Gotta have faith

Lakshman Pachineela Seshadri, Design Thinking and Lean Startup Specialist at SAP believes in the Clay Christiansen school of thought: “Innovators need a heavy dose of faith.” They need to trust their intuition that they are working on a big idea and that faith need not be blind. Seshadri said the more startups analyze and research their idea, the more doubts are raised for themselves and their investors.

“The startups or innovators must have a heavy dose of faith that their ideas will work,” said Seshadri. “It should never become a situation of getting into analysis and paralysis. This is one of the stumbling blocks startups need to avoid.”

Listen to this SAP Radio broadcast in its entirety here and let’s start something on Twitter @TClark01.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.
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Does Outsourcing Hold Advantages for Your Small Business?

The Challenge: “We’re spending way too much time on administrative tasks when we really should be talking with customers and developing our product portfolio. I say it’s time to look at outsourcing some of these business activities, but my partner disagrees, saying it’s too expensive and we risk losing control.”

The Advice

Rest assured, this same conversation is playing out in many other small businesses. Our customers often ask for our advice on how to make the decision on which business activities are safest or best to outsource vs. what they should keep in house. As with so many other questions in business the answer is, “It depends.”

However there are a few questions that might lead a company to lean one way or the other when making the outsourcing decision for a particular process.

  1. Is the function a core strategic component or differentiator to your business?
  2. Do you need complete control of this function to deliver your value add?
  3. Do you perform this function better or at a lower cost than anyone else?

When in-house makes good business sense

If the answer to these questions is a resounding YES, then outsourcing probably isn’t the best option for this activity. Keeping core functionality in house in this case offers you a competitive advantage, and provides the most control over the quality of goods or services you deliver. You can find many sample questions to help answer the build or buy decision; here is one example from Inc.

The case for outsourcing business activities

On the other hand, if the specific element in question is not a core competency or competitive differentiator, if the delivery is not a critical path item, and if there is another source that delivers the function better and at a more competitive cost – then outsourcing might be the best option.

A few examples include a medical office that outsources billing, a legal firm that outsources document storage, or a not-for-profit company that outsources payroll.  A recent Paychex small business trends report identified a few benefits of outsourcing payroll to a firm whose expertise is to stay on top of rules and regulations in their Small Business Payroll Trends for 2015. They mention that outsourcing can actually give small business owners, “far more flexibility and control over how they manage and pay their workforce.”

Expertise with flexibility to suit your business

We are also seeing an increase in IT outsourcing, when IT is not the core mission of the company but rather the means to running the business at its optimum. Outsourcing IT can also change the financial treatment of an IT investment from an up front capital expense to a quarterly operational expense. The company can experience all of the benefits from a state-of–the-art solution without having to manage the system themselves – such as, customer insight (which promotions are effective), supply chain insight (when will my goods ship), or customer sentiment (what are customers saying about my company).

Today the vast majority of research is being done online before making a purchasing decision, so small businesses are also considering outsourcing marketing services and expertise especially around social and digital marketing. While the percentage of research varies depending on the source, Acquity Group states, “… 94 percent of B2B buyers report that they conduct some form of online research before purchasing a business product. Fifty-five percent of B2B buyers conduct online research for at least half of their corporate purchases.”

Another consideration is seasonality. Outsourcing can be an attractive alternative for a company that experiences a variable workload. Whether a holiday spike, or another reason for an uptick in business, it might make sense to outsource employees on a temporary basis.

How to manage your contractors and employees

In these cases, as well as in all other outsourcing situations, selecting the right organization to perform the work is critical. You will want to research references and make sure you have a Services Level Agreement (SLA) that meets your needs. This Forbes article recommends that you “clearly establish goals and a timeline with your contractors.”

One other aspect of this discussion is your own company’s philosophy and expectations around contracting. I remember back to one of my previous jobs where it was crystal clear that the philosophy was to outsource all processes that were not core to the company. Clearly communicating the management commitment to and position on outsourcing is critical.

There are many articles and resources that your small business can reference to help make its outsource decision, like this Outsourcing Decision Matrix. By working together, you and your partner will be able to create a cost-effective strategy that you can both be comfortable with – allowing you to refocus on your customers.

The Small Business Coach

This week’s Small Business Coach is Carrie Maslen, Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), SAP. Twitter: @carriemaslen

Today’s question on The Small Business Coach is based on a hypothetical business situation. If you have a real question about how to run your small business better, smarter, and faster – send it in to The Small Business Coach using the form below or email it to newsroom@sap.com. Be sure to follow SAP’s latest news and events for small business on Facebook and Twitter @SAP4SmallBiz.

Read more from The Small Business Coach series.

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Thứ Hai, 25 tháng 5, 2015

Alternative Payee at Contract Account level

Hello Experts,

 

I maintained the alternative payee at the contract account level under payments/taxes tab for outgoing payment method as refunds. Now when I executed payment run and create the outgoing payment check, the refund check is still getting issued in the name of original BP and not in name of alternative payee BP. As per sap help for the alternative payee field, "if an automatic payment procedure (e.g. check, transfer) has been arranged for an account, you can enter an alternative payee, provided payment is not to be made to the contract person, but to an account or address of a third party." Now the refund document which got posted as a result of payment run (FPY1) has been posted at the CA level so the payment was not made to the contract person (original BP).

 

I would also like to mention that when I maintained the alternative payee BP number at the document level under payments data tab of the document, the outgoing refund check got created in name of alternative payee BP.

 

My question is what I need to do so that the outgoing check gets issued in name of alternative payee BP when the same is maintained at the CA level?

 

Thanking you all in anticipation.

 

Regards,

Preeti



Authentic Leadership Means Being “Flawsome”

As the workplace continues to undergo a massive transformation, leaders’ mindset toward diversity is shifting with it. Women are now taking a seat at the table and effective leaders are empowering them to do so if they want to win.

However, promoting women to leadership roles is not enough. Anka Wittenberg, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at SAP, explains that women should not have to adapt to a historically male-dominated culture – they should have the ability to unleash the unique strengths they have to offer.

Wittenberg and other  high-profile speakers shared their experiences at the recent Women’s Leadership Summit 2015, a half-day event designed to inspire women to adopt authentic leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Authenticity is essential to leadership success

If there was one core piece of advice that speakers shared during the Women’s Leadership Summit, it was the power of authentic leadership.

Jen Morgan, President of SAP North America, described authenticity as “how you behave when no one is watching.” For Niloufar Molavi, Vice Chair and US Energy Leader of PwC, authenticity means being genuine and just being yourself, which she admits can be difficult.

Linda Rottenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of Endeavor and author of Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, spoke about being authentically vulnerable. According to Linda, when we try to be these superhuman leaders, we get it wrong. We need to ditch perfectionism, and be less super and more human.

Everyone makes mistakes. Allowing your employees to see that you are flawed in some ways makes you more relatable and more authentic, which builds trust in your leadership. Linda Rottenberg says she tries to be “flawsome,” a combination of flawed and awesome. Don’t try to cover up your flaws – expose them and point out where you need help. Jen Morgan says, “A good leader isn’t afraid to ask for help.”
Instead of trying to emulate a leader you find inspiring and trying to conform to his or her model of leadership, understand your own strengths and weaknesses and build your own leadership style.

Giving ourselves permission to fail

There are no successes or failures – only learning moments. Rottenberg urged the audience to share not only success stories, but failure stories as well.

Failure is a part of everyone’s journey, and we must give ourselves permission to fail. The important part is learning from failure and not making the mistake again. Maggie Fox, SVP of Digital Marketing at SAP, says, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Otherwise you’re not learning.”

The biggest hurdle to get over is our own fear

Not taking risks is the riskiest strategy of all. Companies are starting to realize that if they don’t disrupt from within, entrepreneurs will disrupt their business for them and take market share.

For entrepreneurs, Rottenberg explains that “the best ideas don’t die in implementation; they die in the minds of the entrepreneurs who are afraid to move forward.” Her advice is to not focus on the business plan and perfecting your PowerPoint slides so much in the beginning. Instead, go out and test your ideas. This will help you gather proof points. Stop planning and start doing.

And you don’t need to have a hoodie to be an entrepreneur. In fact, the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs is women and people over the age of 55.  An entrepreneur is simply another word for a “do-er.” There’s a misconception about the association of risk and entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs aren’t risk maximizers; they’re risk minimizers.

Rottenberg recalled the questions she asked herself when she began considering starting her own business:

“Do I do what’s safe and expected, or do I do what’s unknown? Do I choose hope or fear? I did what all dreamers do – I chose hope.”

Oftentimes we look to others for approval to move forward with an idea, when we are our biggest critic. Our fear is biggest thing standing in our way. The important thing is to work through your fear of failure and embrace the journey.

Too often women turn down job opportunities, or fail to even apply for a role because they are afraid they they aren’t ready. More than likely, women are ready but they just need the courage to go for it. Your support network of mentors and other leaders will help you along the way. As Molavi put it so perfectly: “The answer is ‘yes.’ Know that other people will help you get there.”

Crazy is a compliment

Rottenberg shared the story of how she relished the name “La Chica Loca,” which she picked up in Latin America. Yes, she took being called “loco” (“crazy”) as a compliment. Why? She explains, “If you’re not being called crazy when you’re starting something new, then you probably aren’t thinking big enough.”

Stability favors the status quo, and disruption drives change. You need to let go of your fear, take risks, be comfortable with failure, and be a little crazy to create the change you want to see.

Jen Morgan explained that being fearless is a quality that attracts followers and builds loyalty. She suggests being “responsibly fearless” and using your grit to get past fear and guilt.

How we can move the needle

So how do we make the top of the career ladder less lonely for women? First, women have a responsibility to lean in, take risks, and take a seat at the table. Next, we need to support each other. As Madeleine Albright famously said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

But we also need to bring men into the conversation. Diversity is not about being color-blind and gender-neutral – it’s about embracing the differences.

Erica Dhawan, CEO and Founder of Cotential, made this point: “We can’t change gender roles at work if we don’t change the gender roles at home.” Educating children on diversity and authenticity will help shape the future.

For more exclusive content from the sessions, watch the Women’s Leadership Summit 2015 session replays and the Women in Leadership podcast series. You can also take a look at the top tweets from #SAPPHIREWLS with the event highlights storify.

This story also appeared on SAPVoice on Forbes.
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Thứ Sáu, 22 tháng 5, 2015

FI-CA interest calculation: percentage + premium + fixed amount

Hello.

I have a requirement to implement an interest calculation in FI-CA, using a percentage plus a premium (up to here this is standard) but my customer wants also to add a fixed amount to the calculated interest.

Is this doable by using event 2065?

If not, how would you recommend to make the settings to fulfil the requirement?

 

Thanks a million in advance for your help.

 

Best regards,

Jean-Marie



I can not get success of import for MOVE-IN by Emigall.

I give a test of Emigall and am inspecting it.

 

As for me,CCS can import object PARTNER,ACCOUNT,CONNOBJ,PREMISE,INSTLN,POD.

The Legacy key is made normally,too.

 

However,as for me,CCS cannot import one test data of MOVE-IN.

 

---- Situation ----

The screen registration does not have any problem using EC52E, and I can do it.

The same error is given even if I test it in SAP standard object.

Error Message "Enter a move-in date and an installation ".

An item defines the use starting date and the installation not to mention me.

Please help me....(--;

 

Regards.

Samurai.



The Spin with Megan Meany: SAP Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, TEDxTeen, Skills for Africa

SAP TV Senior Correspondent Megan Meany has more SAP and tech news headlines for the week of May 18.

This week’s news, insights and updates include the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Mannheim, TEDxTeen, expansion of the Skills for Africa program, and more.

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Career Ladders Project Empowers Youth via STEM Education

SAP continues to empower the youth, generate future leaders in technology, and create career pathways for students though the invested interest in STEM education.

On Tuesday, May 19, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) announced a new college and career pathway with, SAP, Berkeley Community College (BCC), and the Career Ladders Project. This partnership will give Skyline High School students a chance earn Associates Degrees in business systems, information technology while still in high school. This landmark partnership marks the first “9-14” college and career pathway for students in the East Bay, where students will not only build technical skills, and earn certifications; they will obtain workplace experience and receive mentorship from SAP employees.

Students spent the day attending game design classes and learning the ins and outs of what being a high school student at a community college is all about. At lunch they were able to mingle with SAP employees, ask questions, and learn about a day in the life working at SAP. Students were (of course!) excited to hear about SAP and to learn about our work with the NBA, 49ers, and Big Data. While some of the students were unsure of their future in computer science or other technical degrees, after speaking to our employees, the students understood the importance of technical degrees and how this program could positively impact their future. Additionally, students learned about opportunities available to employees without a technical degree, as we shared personal experiences working at SAP in a variety of areas, ranging from legal to marketing and human resources.

Following the lunch students attended, a career panel which featured Lisa Brown, Head of IT Services Enterprise Mobility SAPsv; Mary Clarke-Miller, Adjunct Faculty Lead, Animation and Game design Berkeley City College; and Tom Miller, Lead Technical Director Sets: The Good Dinosaur, Pixar. The major threads of the, discussion focused on the benefits of a specialized program like this which offers technical training which wasn’t available to them. All three careers also emphasized how necessary it is for them to work on teams.

The high demand for employees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is steadily increasing, and this partnership is aimed at filling the gap between vacant jobs and students unable to receive early and proper education to enter this workforce. Tuesday was only the beginning of this partnership. SAP employees will have opportunities to mentor Skyline High students, be featured career speakers and even possibly have these students as interns. This partnership will give SAP the opportunity to connect with these young students early on in their education, and help to develop our technology leaders of the future

Media coverage: San Jose Mercury News | Community college degrees offered at Oakland’s Skyline High School

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Predictive Diagnostics in Cricket

Cricket is an athletic sport – Shaun Tait, fast bowler and cricketing legend from Australia, delivers the ball at the impressive speed of up to 161 km/h, which is the second fastest ball ever recorded.

This top performance can come at a high price – injuries are a constant threat to top cricketers. What if the risk of an injury could be detected before a player actually gets hurt? SAP and Australian physicians are currently developing a prototype that measures biomechanics and could help prevent injuries.



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Thứ Năm, 21 tháng 5, 2015

SAP CCA Operations Analyst Job (Atlanta, GA, US)

SAP CCA Operations Analyst-INF0012588

About the General Motors SAP Global Operations team:

The SAP Global Operations team is primarily locatedin North America/South America and provides 24x7 support for issues that disrupt our business. We support 18 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 CCA Operations Analyst is responsible for the successful delivery and operation of the technology/process and deliverables related to the implementation and operation of SAP SPM solution, to include APO (GATP/SPP), CRM, EWM, and ECC (as it relates to the other SPMcomponents). This role assists in the fit analysis, configuration, testing, and rollout of large-scale SAP SPM solutions, with primary focus on post-implementation support. He/she will provide functional knowledge & develop deliverables within context of individual role. You will assist the user community in identification and remediation of all production issues related to the components of the SAP SPM solution.

The SAP CCA Operations Analyst must maintain conceptual understanding of enterprise software package solutions and related implementation issues from a technical perspective. You will also serve as a member of the North American Competency Center for SAP.

Qualifications
Required Qualifications:
- At least three years of experience working, in any development / technical / functional capacity, with at least one of the following SAP SPM components: APO (GATP/SPP), CRM,or EWM
- Must have knowledge of master data structures and processes in order to identify and correct production related issues with one of the following SAP SPM components: APO(GATP/SPP), CRM, or EWM
- Ability to either act/implement ABAP corrections, or direct the activities of ABAP resources to correct deficiencies identified in deployed systems and/or develop corrections in deployed code
Experience in working in a post deployment operation of a deployed system of at least one of the following SAP SPM components: APO (GATP/SPP), CRM, or EWM
- Ability to ensure break/fix activities and functional releases have comprehensive testing approach and validation of end-to-end processes
- Ability to manage competing priorities in acomplex environment
Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in a technical discipline

Education:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 2+ years of qualified experience in CCA

Preferred Qualifications:
- Appropriate SAP certifications a plus
- ABAP or Java development activities associated with an SAP system

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-GA-Atlanta

Other Locations
US-AZ-Phoenix, US-TX-Austin, US-MI-Detroit
Posting Date: May 21, 2015, 12:50:19 PM - Ongoing
Job: Information Technology

Video Killed the Radio Star: Evolving Your Business Model

The buzz: Evolving.

Well into our tech-driven fourth industrial revolution, complexity and speed are the new game-changers. Complexity, from the Internet of Things, Big Data analytics, wearable devices, to real-time business, requires a network-focused digital business model. Speed of innovation cuts the longevity of your business model from decades to years. Ready to be agile and quick at managing business models as well as processes?

The experts speak.

Peter Mittemeyer, SAP: “Time travels at different speeds for different people. I can tell you who time strolls for, who it trots for, who it gallops for, and who it stops cold for.” (William Shakespeare, As You Like It)

Hichem Maya / SAP: “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” (Werner Heisenberg)

Michel Sérié, SAP: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” (Anatole France)

Join us for Video Killed the Radio Star: Evolving Your Business Model.



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Small Business Insights Part 2: Art of Customer Engagement.

The buzz: Fine Art.                                                              

To survive today, small businesses must understand the fine art of customer engagement and the importance of cohesive omni-channel branding.

But how can you “know your customers” and where your product fits into their lives?

Hint: Social media can help you create mini-focus groups and technology can help ensure your customers know that you value them uniquely.

And there’s so much more to learn from our panelists!

The experts speak.                                        

Susan Wilson Solovic, THE Small Business Expert: “No company big or small can run the risk of being fat, dumb and happy. To remain relevant to your customers, you must constantly be innovating.”

Morgan Browne, IIS Group: “Different people have different presences for how they engage – especially in an environment dominated by social media and digital communications.”

Carrie Maslen, SAP: “’Who are you – I really wanna know’. A brand needs to clearly define and convey what we want it to in a predictable and consistent manner.” (Pete Townsend lyric)

Join us for Small Business Insights Part 2: Art of Customer Engagement.



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Enabling the Next Generation of Geeks

An entrepreneur initiative from SAP supports personalized learning for young people.



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Big Wins in the United States for SAP and SuccessFactors

WALLDORF — Global businesses are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to manage their people processes, and the cloud has increasingly become a strategic technology to enable simplification and success.

Many are turning to SuccessFactors, an SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) company, for its cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions. The cloud leader is broadening its command in the marketplace with new U.S.-based customers signing on in recent months.

As the world’s leading global manufacturer of home appliances, Whirlpool Corporation serves more than 170 countries and encompasses 100,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers worldwide. Seeking to create the foundation needed to consistently deliver strong HR strategic business solutions, the Michigan-based company decided to implement the SuccessFactors HCM Suite including the SuccessFactors Employee Central solution.

“We create products and solutions that improve the lives of people,” said Dave Binkley, senior vice president, Global Human Resources, Whirlpool. “We became the industry leader by engaging, recruiting and retaining talented people who believe in making a difference. With SuccessFactors, Whirlpool expects to simplify how HR delivers strategic solutions via an efficient service delivery model, which supports our focus on people excellence and maintaining a highly engaged, top-performing organization.”

With 12,000 employees serving customers in more than 100 countries, CommScope Inc. was searching for a single integrated HCM platform. Headquartered in North Carolina and an industry leader in the communications infrastructure industry, the company selected the SuccessFactors Employee Central solution and expanded its initial SuccessFactors footprint of 5,000 full-time employees to its entire employee population of 12,000.

“With SuccessFactors, CommScope will be able to efficiently integrate acquired companies, automate manual processes and manage employee data with higher accuracy,” said Joanne Townsend, senior vice president, Human Resources, CommScope. “Our size, reach, operational precision and personnel power our advances into new forms of communication, and SuccessFactors will help manage our talent and thus enable us to remain at the forefront of the telecommunications technology evolution.”

GROWMARK Inc. is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, logistics products and services, grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. The company, headquartered in Illinois, selected SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA software to replace its legacy systems, and it will deploy the entire cloud HCM suite from SAP including the SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll and SuccessFactors Talent solutions.

“Integrity in all of our business practices is paramount to our success,” said Keith Milburn, CIO, GROWMARK. “We employ and continually train personnel who deliver solutions for customers, focusing on product and service recommendations that meet their unique needs. These investments will position GROWMARK for the future and provide innovation, technology and efficiency to our customers and employees.”

Headquartered in Illinois, SRAM is a bicycle component manufacturer dedicated to incremental enhancements, perpetual improvements and revolutionary innovation. With 3,600 employees and 20 locations on six continents, SRAM selected the SuccessFactors HCM Suite including the SuccessFactors Employee Central, SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and SuccessFactors Workforce Planning solutions over Workday to improve global HR service delivery, visibility and communication for its employees.

“We deploy technological and engineering advancements that inspire cyclists and expand the potential of cycling,” said Scott Tawse, global IT director, SRAM. “SuccessFactors is expected to provide SRAM with efficiencies through identifying and aligning top talent, developing and rewarding top performers, and providing visibility for organizational growth and future innovations.”

“Companies across the globe are looking for ways to out-innovate their competitors and drive their businesses forward,” said Mike Ettling, president of the HR Line of Business, SuccessFactors. “To address challenges today and retain competitive advantages tomorrow, they need to align their people with their business strategy, and adopting technology in the cloud is a key way they are addressing the rapid pace of change in the market today. In an increasingly globalized, hyper-connected world, companies are looking for simplification and standardization. And they are looking for solutions that help them attract and retain the best people, engaging them with modern, mobile applications that encourage collaboration and support a modern experience in learning to keep up with the rapid pace of change today. We believe this is why top companies of all sizes are choosing our industry-leading cloud applications.”

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Wieland Schreiner on the Importance of SAP S/4HANA

Get updated by Wieland Schreiner, Executive Vice President, SAP S/4HANA, on what the product stands for, why it has been launched at this point of time, what is new in SAP S/4HANA compared to SAP Business Suite and in which deployments the new product is available for customers.

SAP News: Wieland, what does the name SAP S/4HANA stand for?

Wieland Schreiner: SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) is SAP’s next-generation business suite. The “S” stands for Simple and also for Suite. “4” stands for the fourth generation or. We went from R/2 to R/3 to ERP and now to S/4.

The full name of the new product is SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA and that’s the official wording. But the market just calls it SAP S/4HANA.

What do you mean by that?

We have promised our customers that our SAP Business Suite will have an innovation roadmap and support until at least 2025. So, SAP S/4HANA is not a successor – it is a brand new alternate product, delivered on-premise as well as a service in the cloud.

So, basically we’ve done something as revolutionary as we did in 1989. Today, we have developed SAP S/4 HANA with its own codeline following the cloud principles and we’re now also delivering a cloud product on-premise.

Why did you decide to launch SAP S/4HANA now?

We know strong innovation can drive business. We can see that in the tremendous success with SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, where currently we have more than 2200 customers, 650 implementation projects and already 320+ live customers.

We provide our customers with full transparency in our roadmap and show them how we enable them to benefit from the full innovation potential of SAP HANA.

Also, when you see the market’s reaction in the press, with analysts and user groups, it is clear that we were right in time and that the market expected this major move from SAP.

What is really new in SAP S/4HANA compared to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA?

SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA was the major proof point for the scalability and robustness of our in-memory technology, of SAP HANA. It also proved that SAP HANA represents a new category of platform and database for all our customers – with a simple migration to get there.

We merged OLAP & OLTP into one system. HANA Live on the OLTP system fundamentally reduced the data footprint for the customer by using the operational reporting from any additional Warehouse back home to the OLTP system. All of this results in a tremendous reduction of the TCO for the customers – not only through reduced data footprint, but also by getting rid of the cumbersome and error prone ETL process. There is no export, transform and load activity anymore.

From a business value perspective, SAP S/4HANA creates unique opportunities to reinvent business models and drive new revenues:

  • Enterprises can now easily connect to people, devices, and business networks to deliver new value to their customers – the Internet of Things and Big Data become accessible to any business
  • Enterprises can dramatically simplify their processes and change them as needed to gain new efficiencies – no more batch processing is required
  • Business users can now get any insight on any data from anywhere in real-time: planning, execution, prediction, and simulation – all decisions can be made on the fly with the highest level of granularity for faster business impact

From an IT value perspective, SAP S/4HANA creates unique opportunities to dramatically simplify the landscape and reduce TCO with SAP HANA. Enterprises can now significantly reduce their data footprint and work with larger data sets in one system.

The user experience of SAP S/4HANA is natively designed with SAP Fiori UX, offering an integrated and modern usability on any device.

The architecture of SAP S/4HANA is non-disruptive. That means, SAP Business Suite on-premise customers can easily upgrade or fully migrate to the cloud or enable hybrid deployments

How exactly does SAP S/4 HANA make our customers’ lives easier?

SAP S/4 HANA is natively built on SAP HANA and therefore guarantees massive simplifications like a simplified data model with no aggregates, no indices, and no redundancies. Let me give you an example: A typical booking in FIN touched 15 tables – now it’s 4, so we’re now working on document level only. In Simple Logistics we took out even more: out of 28 tables, only 2remained – master data and the inventory document. This is as simple as it can be!

But this is only the foundation: With this minimalistic approach, we can now leverage all SAP HANA innovations, for example, predicting, recommending, simulating and also text mining for large amounts of structured and unstructured data – all this embedded in the OLTP transaction.

In which deployments is SAP S/4HANA going to be available?

For SAP the customer comes first. It is very important to us to leave our customers with the full choice – and this is why SAP S/4HANA will be available in the public cloud and in the managed cloud, as well as in an on-premise deployment.

Clearly, the business scope of these deployment options will be different: The public cloud edition addresses specific business scenarios and lines of business according to the market demand. The managed cloud edition addresses similar business scopes as the on-premise edition.

By the way: the first public cloud edition has been made available in the first quarter of 2015 and will be directly followed by the managed cloud edition in the second quarter of 2015.

What is the typical journey for an existing SAP Business Suite customer?

SAP Business Suite customers can take advantage of SAP S/4HANA in a non-disruptive way, as we keep a semantically consistent data model between the current SAP Business Suite and the new SAP S/4HANA solution family. With this, we enable a value-driven, step-wise migration for customer landscape and subsidiaries to the new solution. For existing SAP customers favoring the on-premise edition of SAP S/4HANA, we provide an “upgrade-like” procedure where new code is deployed in the on-premise system.

When Business Suite customers migrate to the cloud offerings, which is typically done by scenarios, they have a huge advantage due to the non-disruptive development paradigm because we do not touch the business semantics and definition of our business objects. Simplification means less complexity in the data model and not disruption.

And as we already did with Suite on HANA two years ago, we will work together closely with our partners and educate them. They play a key role as they do not only provide their services but they can also resell SAP S/4HANA’s on-premise edition. Today, most of the Suite on HANA implementations are done by our partners – a big thank you to them. We will see the same with SAP S/4HANA.

How does SAP S/4HANA relate to SAP Simple Finance?

SAP Simple Finance marked the first step in our SAP S/4HANA road map. The solution has proven the great value of simplification for our customers by getting the unlimited flexibility on their data, a tremendous footprint reduction and factors in throughput. It also proved robustness and easiness in migration and adoption and with that we already have today all the answers to those very important questions of our customers.

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