Thứ Sáu, 31 tháng 7, 2015

Women at SAP Silicon Valley: Let’s Do More to Help Women in the Work Place

What a great experience! I was recently part of a panel with the Churchill Club @ SAP, Women Tech Executive Roundtable.

I was joined by some fabulous, accomplished women: Judith Bitterli, CMO AVG Technologies, who has started three businesses; Julie Hanna, who has been named by Obama as Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Amity Millhiser, who is a Managing Partner for PWC in Silicon Valley and was voted one of 50 most powerful women in Technology; and our great host and facilitator Deborah Perry Piscione, who runs her own business and is the bestselling author of Secrets of Silicon Valley and the Risk Factor.

I have to say it was great to see that we had a very large diverse audience, which makes me feel positive that we are moving the needle on some of these diverse topics and that people are interested and motivated to attend a meeting at 7:30 on a Friday morning.

The purpose of the event? To share stories and advice, continue to raise awareness, and help other women find their voice. The first questions Deborah asked: “What is the ugly truth out there for women in the tech industry? What are still the big issues that need to be addressed?”

We all had a lot to share on this topic! Judith kicked us off with the story of her first interview for a VP position, which I am sure many of us can relate to, where she was asked if she got the job would she still be able to fulfill her wifely role and isn’t she just going to go off and have babies anyway?  Hopefully we have moved on from these prejudicial types of questions, or maybe we are just more careful about what we ask, but the prejudice is still there and we have a ways to go.

I guess there is also still the question some of us have to answer: boardroom or baby? Now I know not all of us decide to have children, but I believe there are ways to have both. What saddened me was that women still say that one of the scary questions they are facing, is “How am I going to tell my boss I am pregnant?”  I myself had a similar situation where I had to make a tough decision — do I take a great opportunity or stay doing what I was doing so I can spend some time at home with my new baby.  As challenging as these questions can be, you make a decision, you stick with it and nine times out of 10 the next opportunity you get offered it better.

I think we also often hire people who are like us — we need to change this, we need to challenge and remind ourselves and our colleagues to look more broardly, hire people who are different and therefore have different skills. When I was offered another role that was quite a lot more senior then where I was at that point in my career, I wondered if to be successful I should play a role –  be more like a man. I decided to be myself and I know this was the better choice. Amity had a great idea to encourage us to hire the right candidates. When your are choosing candidates have HR take off the names of the individuals before you read resumes, and only when you decide to interview a candidate do you find out the gender.

I believe we have to work closely with universities and schools, and to encourage young women to enter technical fields. This is our next generation of talented women, and we also need to support women in startups.

Deborah asked us what drives you mad about what women do in the work place. We agreed that we hated it when women were catty about other women and not encouraging of other women’s success.  This is unacceptable, we will not get where we need to go if we keep belittling each other. We need to stop fighting with other women and we need to be more supportive.

When asked what we can do to help women succeed, one of the great ideas, was to have a business plan and that women should put more energy into building the plan, than in planning their wedding.  We can be supportive of women in the workforce, by not doing meetings at 4:00 pm when you know some women and even men might be picking up their children.  Don’t apologize for leaving early.

So what were the key take aways for me?

  • We need to ensure that our young women do not focus on the statistics of the past, but push to create new positive statistics for the future
  • Diversity is key — we need both women and men to take on equality in the work place, together we will be more successful
  • It is ok to be competitive but compete strategically — don’t let jealousy get in the way
  • We need to equip women with the right skills, and we need to encourage them to take sensible risk
  • Don’t take things personally at work
  • Stop belittling our female colleagues; this is not the way to move forward. We need to be a cheerleaders for women
This story originally appeared on SAP Community Network.

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Alexis Glick and GENYOUth: Passion-Driven Success

What do you get when you combine a former Wall Street executive with a business news anchor turned CEO of a major non-profit foundation aimed at empowering youth? Alexis Glick, of course!

Glick recently stopped by the New York City chapter of the SAP Business Women’s Network to share how she successfully navigated through tough career transitions. During her talk, Glick drew on her experiences on Wall Street, at CNBC and the Today Show, and then as Vice President of Fox Business News. Today Glick is the founder and CEO of the GENYOUth Foundation.

You may ask, “How can you make such huge career leaps and remain focused?”

For Glick, the key is staying true to her passions. You must find “something that you are innately passionate about that drives your free time as much as it drives your work time,” she says. The next step is to “take that passion and bring it into what you do every single day.”

In order to find meaning and widespread impact in her career, Glick allowed this passion-driven mindset to guide her to her most recent role as CEO of GENYOUth. GENYOUth is a non-profit that has become one of the largest in-school activity and nutrition organizations aimed at cultivating youth empowerment and healthy communities.  GENYOUth successfully services over 13 million students through its flagship program Fuel Up to Play 60.

Beyond helping students live healthier lives, SAP and GENYOUth have partnered to create a digital platform, AdVenture Capital (AdCap), which touches over 35,000 students ages 13+. AdCap empowers youth to become citizen philanthropists by developing plans to improve nutrition and physical activity habits within their communities. Student change agents participate in AdCap contests where they are mentored as they develop “Big Ideas” to improve the health and wellness behaviors of their peers, such as building a greenhouse on school grounds or offering DIY breakfast bars in schools.


Glick with SAP’s Denise Broady.

SAP’s partnership with GENYOUth offers youth a “seat at the table.” Youth are positioned as valuable “alpha influencers” that direct the behaviors of their peers. This influence is cultivated within programs such as AdCap, which value diverse perspectives to find innovative solutions. SAP offers students opportunities to learn from mentors to help nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.

As Glick highlights, passion is the light on our darkest days: For communities saturated with disparity, SAP and GENYOUth teach kids that they are their own source of power and that social change is only one passion-driven “Big Idea” away.

Follow @GENYOUthNow @AdCapYOUth and @sapcsr to learn more.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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The Spin with Megan Meany: CMAs, SAP Future Cities, Social Entrepreneurship

SAP TV Senior Correspondent Megan Meany has the latest SAP and tech news headlines.

This week’s news, insights and updates include The Customer Edge scoring at the Content Marketing Awards; the expansion of the SAP Urban Matters program into SAP Future Cities; entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as part of the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship; and more.

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Thứ Năm, 30 tháng 7, 2015

The Charge of the Electric Car: Utilities and the IoT

The buzz: Charge!

With almost one million electric vehicles already in use on roads around the world, and traffic volume growing daily, utilities are faced with a huge surge in power demands. Can their aging electrical distribution networks, originally built for a bygone era, handle the rising load without the need to rebuild infrastructure? Yes, with the help of sensors in cars, homes, and the power grid. But will this be adequate for business and leisure drivers who need or simply want to drive “to somewhere” right now?

The experts speak.

Prashant Kulkarni, TechMahindra: “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Prateek Saxena, TechMahindra: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” (Henry Ford)

Lalit Canaran, SAP: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” (Michael Jordan)

Join us for The Charge of the Electric Car: Utilities and the IoT.

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Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women

The buzz: The secret’s out.

So you’re a woman and you want to start – or expand – your own business. That’s great! Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners in the U.S. today. But here’s the rub: compared to men, women tend to have smaller companies, generate less revenue, and employ fewer people.

What accounts for these differences? And what can you do about?

Our panelists will reveal the key factors holding women back, plus solid advice for business success – for female and male entrepreneurs. These are insights you won’t want to miss.

The experts speak.

Jane Wesman, Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc.: “The road to success is not a solitary journey.”

Sandi Webster, Consultants 2 Go, LLC: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” (Madeleine Albright)

Nina Kaufman, Esq., Legal Expert: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” (Yogi Berra)

Join us for Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women.

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Coaching Women Entrepreneurs: Starting Smart

You’re a woman with an exciting, game-changing, evolutionary or revolutionary idea for a new business? Impressive!

Hold that thought. Your path to success may not be as smooth as your male counterparts’.

Wouldn’t you like to have an experienced startup coach to guide you in building a strategic network, navigating the business ecosystem, and keeping your eye on the end-goal despite unfair or sexist setbacks?

Executive producer and SAP CLO Jenny Dearborn says, “I feel great empathy for smart, talented, hard-working women who are not getting the breaks in life they deserve. That’s why we’ve invited two startup mentors for a mini-coaching session today.”

The experts speak:

Susan Lucas-Conwell, Growth Resources Inc.: “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” (Muhammad Ali)

Lindsay Roselle, “The human will is intensity of desire raised to the level of action.” (John Bradshaw)

Join us for Coaching Women Entrepreneurs: Starting Smart.

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The Future of Work in the Digital Economy

The buzz: Only digital natives need apply.                                        

Two worlds collide.

By 2020, about 75% of the world’s workforce will be millennials (born 1982–2004).

Employers are urgently seeking future workforce with skills in analytics, cloud, mobile, and social media (Oxford Economics survey Sept. 2014).

Good news: Millennials, born into the Digital Economy, have these skills.

How can your organization prepare to meet the demands of these digital natives as well as your need to grow through globalization?

The experts speak.                                                                

Ben Dollar, Deloitte: “Information sharing is power. If you don’t share your ideas, smart people can’t do anything about them, and you’ll remain anonymous and powerless.” (Vint Cerf)

Anne Dacy, IBM: “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” (Vince Lombardi)

Daisy Hernandez, SAP: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Sir Winston Churchill)

Join us for The Future of Work in the Digital Economy.

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From Poaching to Farming

Africa is still the only continent not producing enough food to feed its population. So how can SAP help the continent improve its agricultural potential?

Thomas Odenwald, chief strategist for SAP sustainability solutions, recently went on a “Learning Journey” to sub-Saharan Africa. He was invited by Cargill, a global trader, purchaser, and distributer of grain and other agricultural commodities, and the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.

For Odenwald, the experience was a great example of co-innovating on making the world run better and improving people’s lives.

SAP News: Thomas, what is a “Learning Journey” and what was the goal?

Odenwald: A Learning Journey begins with the process and practice of exploring new market opportunities. It requires a group of people to immerse themselves in an unfamiliar context, engage with people from diverse backgrounds and explore new perspectives.

The goal is not to find all the answers, but instead to gain insights, challenge assumptions, and forge a broader understanding.

In our case, Cargill partnered with Leaders’ Quest, bringing together 25 thought leaders from business, academia, government agencies, the non-profit sector, and media to South Africa and Zambia.

The group was confronted with questions like

  • How to produce enough food for a growing, more affluent and increasingly urbanized world in the years ahead by looking at Africa’s food systems?
  • What infrastructure is needed, especially across borders, to connect the points along supply chains?
  • Which foods will a rapidly growing urban population need and want?
  • And how will climate change affect production in different regions?

Why Africa?

Africa’s population is about 1.1 billion, and is projected to reach 2 billion by 2050. By 2100, three out of every four people added to the planet will be African. With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world. The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2050. Chart: Silvia Gottschalk

Chart: Silvia Gottschalk

Africa is fascinating. It’s got the youngest population on earth (about 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 live here), and will double in size by 2045. It is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, has as much as 60 percent of the world’s arable land. Yet a fifth of the population remains undernourished, while 50% of the population live on less than $2 per day. It’s the only country other than India where the working population is growing. Africas agricultural systems have long suffered from underinvestment, and as a result, its countries have struggled to keep up with the productivity growth that many other parts of the developing world have experienced since the 1960s and 1970s.

Africa is also pretty diverse. If you want to study how the world will feed itself in the near future, this is the place to do it.

What were some of your highlights?

We had a very diverse program. Before two days had passed, we had already visited a pig farm, a commercial-scale grain and oilseed processing facility, a smallholder who produces fresh vegetables for an urban market, and the distribution and retail operations of Pick’n Pay, South Africa’s second largest retailer, where we learned what it meant to build a consumer-oriented, sustainable business in very difficult environments during the apartheid regime. Their flagship retail stores and distribution centers can hold their own with the rest of the world.

pigAnd in contrast we visited community centers in the poorest townships of Johannesburg and we met with amazing entrepreneurs like Anna and Bertha. Anna Phosa bought four piglets to diversify production on her small cabbage farm. Three years later, she was named “Female Farmer of the Year.” Today, she manages a 315 hectare farm including 2,000 pigs and a breeding stock of 250 sows. Bertha showed us how taking a loan to purchase a simple water pump from NGO Kickstart increased her cabbage harvest 5 – 10 fold.

Poaching is a huge challenge in Africa. Tell us about this initiative that turns elephant and other wildlife poachers into organic farmers.

Sure. We are currently losing four elephants per hour and three rhinos per day through poaching – it’s a huge tragedy out there.That’s why I’m involved in and hope more colleagues will join the fight. Comaco (short for community markets for conservation) is the showcase example of a business-oriented approach which uses economic incentives to encourage environmentally-friendly conservation farming practices for rural small-scale farmers and poachers. It encourages poachers to trade their guns for tools and training in sustainable farming practices and pays above market prices for their produce based on a scorecard system – while mitigating deforestation and promoting organic farming in the process. Today their “ITS WILD” brand products (peanut butter, rice, honey, soy beans, nuts) already exceed $3 million in annual sales. I was truly intrigued by Dale Lewis and his work. The Comaco concept is a win for the community, the wildlife, and the climate. As of today they helped 30,000 farmers turn their lives around. More than 2,200 guns and 80,000 snares have been surrendered, and they planted 10 million trees and 10,000 beehives in the process.

Which role do local subsistence farmers play?

I had the opportunity to stay in the home of a local subsistence farmer in Zambia. These families are struggling for survival by farming small plots of land – but at the same time they are the backbone of the rural economy, responsible for 80% of the food production. Staying with Kalimba’s family in their home, sitting and singing around their campfire, had a lasting impression on me. It’s one thing to talk about people earning less than one dollar a day (with no electricity, no beds, no light, no access to clean water – water has to be carried in from half a mile away), but it’s a different experience to receive their warmth and hospitality. Here, growing enough food for the family always comes before cash crops, and a farmer with a metal roof (rather than thatch) is the envy of his or her neighbors.

Kalimba gave me his rooster as a good-bye gift, according to the tradition the highest gift you can receive from an African family.

SAP has the goal to establish the African region as one of the company’s top-five growth markets globally. How do your learnings help?

SAP has the vision to help Africa run better and improve the lives of its people. That’s why we are making big investments in the coming years.

Corruption, climate change, HIV/AIDS, lack of education, and lack of innovation and entrepreneurship makes food security in this part of the world a daily struggle.

But there is the prospect of giving these farmers better education, better market access and include innovation in local extension services. And that includes IT. Providing market information, providing education and access to financial services can uplift farmers and therefore the economy.

Statistics show that Africa has already the highest return on foreign investment compared with other regions in the developing world. But Africa is still the only continent not producing enough food to feed itself. It’s a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous market space; but if we look at these people as leaders and entrepreneurs, not just farmers, if we provide these people with supply chain support, if we strengthen their networks and develop the linkage with buyers, I truly believe we can make a difference.

Or as one of the attending Cargill executives put it: “Making sure Africa can realize its agricultural potential will not only enable it to feed its own people, it will help lift its citizens out of poverty and serve as a cornerstone for broader economic growth.”

I see our experiences and dialogues as part of this journey, as the starting point for future collaborations, and a source of inspiration for each of us as we return to our various careers and organizations with the shared goal of building a more food-secure world. Our role as trusted innovator starts by stepping out of our comfort zones into unfamiliar territory and engaging with people who challenge our assumptions – and building from there. 

More Facts and Figures:

  • 80% of Africans work in the agriculture and food sectors. (Chicago Council 2015)
  • Agriculture accounts for 32% of Africa’s GDP. (World Bank 2014)
  • One quarter of the continent’s population is chronically undernourished.
  • African agriculture and food sectors are expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030.
  • Africa is currently on course to produce just 15% of its estimated food demand in 2030. (Global Harvest Initiative 2014)
  • Africa is home to 8 of the 15 fastest growing economies.
  • 80% of the farmers in Africa are smallholders (cultivating less than two hectares/five acres).
  • Ownership of more than 90% of Africa’s rural land is undocumented.
  • Africa now has more mobile phone users than the U.S. or the EU: 650 million. (World Bank 2012)

About SAP Customer & Partner Cargill

Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural, and risk management products and services and has more than 100,000 employees in 60 countries. As one Cargill executive put it: “Cargill and SAP are joined at the hip.” With technology from SAP, Cargill gained a solid, scalable platform to support growth and managed to reduce IT operating costs from $42 million to $13 million. SAP helps Cargill to manage everything from contracts with farmers to inventory tracking, and to support commodity futures trading.

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Digital Technology is a Game Changer for Education Worldwide

When you listen to experts in the field, it is easy to conclude that digital technology is transforming education as much as Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press did nearly 600 years ago.

The talk is not all hyperbole.

The impact of these technologies goes far beyond smart boards in classrooms and learning games in computer labs. Many advocates believe digital technology has the potential to dramatically expand access to education to underserved children worldwide.

Table Stakes for the 21st Century

In a speech delivered as part of the annual South by Southwest family of conferences in Texas, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called technology the new platform for learning.

“Technology isn’t an option that schools may or may not choose for their kids,” says Duncan, “technological competency is a requirement for entry into the global economy . . . ”

Indeed, technology-enabled education seems like a natural fit for a generation of tech-savvy school children raised on video games and text messaging. One survey found that 53% of American children already have their own a cell phone by the time they reach seven years old.

Duncan Clark, a British tech investor and founder of e-learning company Epic Group, sees educational value in this kind of ubiquity.

Clark believes that mobile phones will be “the single most important factor in increasing literacy on the planet.” As he explains, “Every child is massively motivated to learn to text, post and message on mobiles. The evidence shows that they become obsessive readers and writers through mobile devices.”

Beyond Familiarity

But familiarity is only part of what is driving the technology revolution in education.

Secretary Duncan also expressed his belief that technology is the game changer we desperately need to improve achievement and increase equity for historically underserved children and communities.

Digital technologies, for example, offer unique opportunities to many millions of children who are underserved by traditional educational programs.

Educators Ted Hasselbring and Candyce Williams Glaser write that computer technology has enhanced the development of sophisticated devices that assist “in overcoming a wide range of limitations that hinder classroom participation––from speech and hearing impairments to blindness and severe physical disabilities.” These aids include word-prediction software, live-speech captioning, and control devices based on voice recognition.

The authors note that “computer technology has the potential to act as an equalizer by freeing many students from their disabilities.”

The Promise of Education for All

Educational equity fueled by technology is a global phenomenon.

Andrew Dunnett, director of the Vodafone Foundation, recently described the digital school in a box that his organization is currently using to benefit 15,000 young people in the Kakuma refugee settlement in Kenya. Each of these instant classrooms is a single case containing a laptop and 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software aimed at children aged 7 to 20.

The kits also contain a projector, a speaker, and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. The tablets can connect to the laptop locally, enabling teachers to deliver content and applications to the students. All of the components can be charged simultaneously from a single power source while the case is locked. Once charged, the kits can be used for a full day in a classroom without access to electricity.

“There are over 50 million refugees and displaced people worldwide,” writes Dunnett. “Half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18 and are displaced from their homes for an average of 17 years with little or no access to education.”

The Vodafone Foundation story is perhaps the best example of the transformative power of digital technology. It has the ability to provide access to education for children around the world who are limited by socioeconomics, geography, different abilities, or world politics.

It’s interesting. In many respects, isn’t this exactly what the printing press did in its time?

Hear more about technology and education in a replay of the “Meet the Visionary Game-Changers” radio episode on from July 23. Oisin Walton, Instant Network Programme Manager at Vodafone Foundation; Karim Ramji, Senior Advisor, Consulting at Deloitte Canada; and Alicia Lenze, Head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP SE, were part of a live panel discussion titled Technology and Education: Empowering Youth Worldwide.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via #SAPRadio. And if you miss the live episode, be sure to click on the link above anytime to hear a recording of the show.

Why not join me on Twitter at @JohnGWard3.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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SuccessConnect 2015: The “Don’t Miss” Event for Strategic HR Transformation

Thought-provoking ideas from inspiring keynotes, relevant real-world customer experiences, interactive demos of the latest innovations from HR experts – these are just a few of the reasons I’m excited about attending SuccessConnect 2015, and why it has become the premier annual HR event for experts worldwide.

The theme, “Simplifying the Way the World Works,” reflects the kind of innovative plus immediately usable insights participants will gain at this year’s event being held August 10-12 in Las Vegas. Here are just a few highlights of what’s in store.

Inspiring Keynotes

SAP CEO Bill McDermott’s first decision as CEO of SAP was to bring the CHRO closer than ever before. At SuccessConnect 2015, he’ll share his perspectives on building great teams and creating data-driven, seamless workplaces in the digital economy.

Mike Ettling, President: HR Line of Business at SAP/SuccessFactors, will discuss the four major trends changing the modern workplace and the subsequent role of HR and HR leaders. He’ll talk about how HR can drive the business agenda of the future, along with how SAP is paying off on its customer commitments. These include the SFX (SuccessFactors Expert) training and accreditation program that helps customers get the greatest value from their investment, and what’s educationally next this October following the wildly popular “Introduction to SuccessFactors” MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) offered on openSAP.

Dmitri Krakovsky, Senior Vice President at SAP/SuccessFactors, will sneak preview demos of the latest, exciting SuccessFactors solution updates, and explain what customers can expect regarding future directions and trends shaping the product suite.

Real world customer and partner insights

This is a tiny fraction of the many industry leaders attending SuccessConnect 2015 who will spotlight how they are transforming their businesses through strategic HR.

Boston Scientific Company: CIO Rich Adduci and Head of HR Operations Nitin Middal will talk about the impact of the “power couple”, what happens when IT and HR partner to drive change.

Under Armour – Expanding Company Growth Globally with SuccessFactors Recruiting and Onboarding: learn how this global sports and apparel and accessories retailer is using SuccessFactors Recruiting and Onboarding, as well as BizX Mobile, to simplify HR processes and the user experience, driving efficiency that helps support massive company growth plans.

Prospect Mortgage – Crafting a Millennial Solution: find out how one of largest independent residential retail lenders partnered with SuccessFactors to transform learning with a strategy addressing Millennials in the workplace.

Wawa – Using Analytics to Bring Fresh Insights to Strategic Workforce Planning and Corporate Strategy: discover how Wawa’s workforce planning team provides fast, relevant insights to leadership and front line management using SuccessFactors reporting, analytics and planning to influence strategic plans, align people processes and sustain rapid growth.

Partners: numerous SAP/SuccessFactors partners will be on hand, sharing how they’re extending the value of SAP/SuccessFactors solutions for innovation that delivers fast business outcomes for customers.

Giving Back in Africa – Tweet to save animals and fight poverty

For every tweet sent with both @sconnect 15 and #ERP between August 3-14, SAP will donate $1 to ERP, an initiative that fights poaching and poverty in Africa.

For every tweet sent with both @sconnect 15 and #ERP between August 3-14, SAP will donate $1 to ERP, an initiative that fights poaching and poverty in Africa.

This year SAP/SuccessFactors is teaming up with the ERP (Elephants, Rhinos and People) initiative of to help raise awareness of the tragic consequences of elephant and rhino poaching in Africa. Poverty is the leading cause of this slaughter. This group is focused on ERP projects to preserve and protect threatened elephants and rhinos in the world, creating economic engines to alleviate poverty among rural people. For every tweet sent with both #sconnect15 and #ERP between August 3-14, SAP will donate $1 to ERP. Anyone can tweet to donate; it’s not necessary to attend the event. For more information about the program, click here.

Registration is still open for the opportunity to network with the world’s foremost HR experts, and gain the hands-on strategies needed for strategic business success simply, through HR. I hope to see you in Las Vegas!

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SAP App Development Competition Highlights Superior User Experience

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), together with thousands of customers and partners, successfully concluded one of the largest crowdsourcing initiatives in the enterprise world.

A free online course “Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud” was delivered through the openSAP platform and offered a holistic approach to app design, including design thinking. The initiative resulted in the design of more than 1,500 unique SAP Fiori apps created by customers, partners and students on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

The SAP Fiori user experience is the latest SAP innovation for business software. Applying modern design principles and delivering a personalized, role-based experience across lines of business, it optimizes usability on different types of devices to improve business interactions and ease use. SAP Business Suite software includes many SAP Fiori apps, but SAP customers have innovative business processes of their own to differentiate themselves from the competition. SAP HANA Cloud Platform addresses their need to build applications to support those business processes and integrate them with SAP Business Suite applications.

As part of the course’s hands-on learning experience, participants built their own SAP Fiori apps using SAP Web IDE and SAP HANA Cloud Platform. SAP Web IDE is a cloud-based integrated development environment with a growing set of embedded tools that cover the development process end to end. The development environment allows users to collaborate with business experts and designers to fulfill user requirements and expectations more effectively.

Beyond its innovative technology platform, SAP attributes this crowdsourcing success to the combination of the following key factors:

  • Weekly open forums specific to current course material focused collaboration among learners and SAP experts and fed valuable feedback into the following week’s course content.
  • Enterprise gamification, here in the form of an app creation challenge, sparked competitive instincts that led to unusually high participation and completion rates.
  • Peer reviews of the submitted apps made scalability in the grading process possible.
  • Many of the learner-submitted SAP Fiori apps were of production-level quality, a feat the judges credited to the fact that learning content was based on the tried-and-proven SAP Best Practices family of packages.

“Every participant in the app challenge gained valuable skills in creating SAP Fiori apps for their own unique use cases while having a lot of fun amidst intense interaction, especially when compared to traditional learning experiences,” said Michael Kleinemeier, member of the Global Managing Board of SAP SE. “Enterprise gamification combined with SAP Best Practices packages, a cloud-based development environment and a massive open online course platform are a winning combination.”

The challenge of developing SAP Fiori apps on the openSAP platform inspired thousands of participants to work within the context of their individual experiences to build for their own use cases. The initiative testifies to the commitment and renewed focus of SAP on customer user experience, with SAP planning to offer more of these unique learning experiences in the near future.

For more information on the app challenge program and to view the winning apps, please visit the gallery. For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

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Martin Gwisdalla, SAP, +49 (6227) 7-67275,, CET
Shauna Kelleher, FleishmanHillard, +1 (617) 692-0511,, ET

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Thứ Tư, 29 tháng 7, 2015

Take A Step Back To See The Bigger Picture: Introducing Digitalist Magazine, Executive Quarterly

With the introduction of the Digitalist Magazine, we announced a new direction in our journey to fully embrace the emergence of the digital economy – a worldwide transformation of the way that we connect with each other and to the things with which we work.

This is the Digitalist journey: a Digitalist is anyone with the leadership responsibility of helping their enterprise strategize and execute the digital transformation. This is important to enterprises globally, as they seek to create new value and improve the way we live.

We have received overwhelming positive support for this direction from you, our readers, and recruited new Digitalists around the world. We encourage you to continue to comment and provide feedback to us on how we can help you be successful in your Digitalist mission. The Digitalist Magazine, Online Edition is your always-on digital companion on this journey – providing the latest news and analysis of what’s important in the digital economy.

Today, I’m proud to make another announcement in furthering our quest to help Digitalists succeed: Digitalist Magazine, Executive Quarterly. The Executive Quarterly is a tablet-based magazine distillation of technologies and business strategies that are gaining momentum, and that you can capitalize upon today. It is written with a strategic enterprise view, specifically to help executives understand the digital economy, but more importantly, apply it to their own large-scale enterprise transformation.

This interactive format allows us to richly engage Digitalists and step back with a higher level of analysis to deliver the broad insights you need to stay ahead in this economy. We begin the inaugural edition of the Quarterly with the Digital Economy Manifesto, bringing you the seven Digitalist Principles. Then, in the front of the magazine, called Push, we cover the who and where at the forefront of the digital economy. In the center of the magazine, called Profit, we cover emerging mainstream topics that you can apply to your business today. And we will always end with #boldlydigital to help you bring everything together and apply an executive perspective to change in enterprises.

We hope this additional format, filled with deep insights and analysis, will help each executive fulfill a mission with their enterprise. Ultimately, these innovations come together to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Digitalist Magazine, Executive Quarterly, is an app that is free to download for tablets, only from the Apple and Google Play app stores.

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Five Steps to Diversity by Design

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

I previously described the delights of working in a diverse team but the reality is that many high-tech companies are not where they want to be when it comes to diversity. Here are five steps to build and foster team diversity in the technology industry.

1. Help build the pipeline.

The main reason that there is a lack of diversity in high tech is because the hiring pipeline has few minority candidates for managers to consider. This, in turn, is due to the fact that many minorities self-select out of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. This self-selection happens as early as middle school, when girls and minorities start to notice that there are very few role models in the technology world for them to look up to, and start to describe math and science as “boring.”

This is a personal passion of mine since I am the mother of three daughters. SAP sponsored the Girlssmarts4tech event in Vancouver and Palo Alto, and this year, I was invited to give the keynote presentation. This program introduces middle school girls to user experience and design, programming, music and technology, social gaming and 3D printing. The girls had an immersive experience and walked away with the knowledge that math and science applied in technology is far from boring.

We also invited the students of East Side College Prep program, a private school in East Palo Alto committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education. The students visited us to learn about being a professional in the high-tech industry. I was part of a diverse panel of leaders to whom the students asked insightful questions such as why we chose this profession and what does it feel like to come to work every day. Of course, these types of activities are intended to build the pipeline long term and are not quick fixes. As the Chinese proverb goes: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

2. Network in advance.

In most companies, the hiring process goes something like this: The manager gets a head count and needs to fill it as quickly as possible. So, the recruiter and the manager get to work and post the job in all the usual places. And, not surprisingly, they get the usual candidates. Widening the search takes time, so the teams that start early are in the best position to get a diverse pool of candidates.

In SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center (DCC), the team and I make the time to speak at universities and meet-ups to create awareness of the type of work we do, even before it is time to hire. This strategy helps us find the candidates who have the passion for our work, and we keep them in mind when the time comes to hire.

3. Avoid “token” hires by involving the team.

We all have heard of the “token” diversity hires that end up being unsuccessful since the team believes they were hired for their gender or race and does not accept them. They feel alone, under a microscope, and are not set up to succeed. To avoid this situation, involve the team in the hiring process, so they see the merits of the candidates firsthand and are committed to helping them succeed.

Involving the team has the added benefit of leveraging their network to spread the word. So, as the team gets diverse, it becomes easier and easier to become even more diverse.

4. Create an inclusive culture.

Hiring is only the first step. To sustain diversity in your organization, you need an inclusive culture, and this takes effort. Inclusion takes times since it involves a lot of listening, deep understanding, sometimes compromising, but I have found it is always inspiring.

An inclusive culture challenges us to be the best versions of ourselves every day. Positivity, respect, empathy, professionalism and trust are the values that form the foundation of an inclusive culture. Contrast this with a workplace filled with negativity, disrespect, callousness and cynicism. Where would you rather work? A diverse workplace is good for all.

5. Focus on the customer.

Ultimately, the goal is to have a team that is diverse but not to focus on its diversity. Rather, the team should be focused on delivering customer value and doing awesome work. As a leader, your primary job is to set an objective goal that allows all team members to make meaningful contributions irrespective of their gender, nationality, age or ethnicity. Customer focus is the great equalizer, and before it, all differences melt away.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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Study: High-Performing Retailers Reinvent HR

Retailers worldwide are fighting for the biggest share of in-store and internet spend, which is projected to reach $22.492 trillion in 2015. But the ability of retailers to take advantage of growth opportunities depends on how well they’re reinventing HR to keep up with workforce trends.

Data from retailers surveyed as part of the SAP-supported Oxford Economics “Workforce 2020”  study shows a direct correlation between above-average profit margin and revenue growth and strategic workforce development.

According to this report, high-performing retailers are better prepared than those with below-average growth to meet the demands of what has to be the most flexible, fast-changing, globalized workforce ever. Successful retailers not only understand major trends like millennials, an aging workforce, and the rise of contingent and part-time workers, but are significantly more likely than underperforming companies to say that human resource (HR) issues are driving strategy at the board level. This impacts every retailer’s ability to recruit employees with both base-level and advanced skills.

Source: Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

Source: Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

Sixty-one percent of executives at high-revenue-growth companies say workforce issues are already driving strategy at the board level. That number is slightly lower for underperformers—56 percent—but falls to just 21 percent in three years. What’s more, high-revenue-growth companies are significantly more likely to say workforce development is a key differentiator for their firm (46 percent vs. 39 of percent underperformers).

Bridging the skills gap

Source: : Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

Source: : Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

The digital economy is transforming the retail industry, requiring companies to adopt new business models staffed by employees with new skills. This survey found high performing retailers are ahead of the curve when it comes to employee development. Sixty percent of retail companies with above-average revenue growth say that the changing nature of employment requires an increased investment in training (vs. 50 percent of underperformers). In addition, high-profit-margin-growth companies are significantly more likely to say they have well-defined processes and tools for developing talent (47 percent vs. 36 percent of underperformers). Even more telling, 25 percent of companies with below-average profit margin growth say problems with talent and skills affect business performance (vs. 18 percent of high performers).

Leadership for the Future

Source: Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

Source: Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Study 2014

Based on this study, all retailers are struggling to develop future leaders. High-revenue-growth companies are significantly more likely to use quantitative metrics and benchmarking as part of their workforce development strategies (almost 80 percent vs. 64 percent of underperformers). However, regardless of performance level, about the same percentage of retailers say problems with leadership are affecting their expansion plans for growth markets (36 percent of below-average-profit-margin-growth companies vs. 30 percent of high performers).

Worldwide retail sales across all channels will reach over $28 trillion by 2018. To capture the biggest market share, every retailer will need to up their HR game to better prepare for the future workforce.

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Thứ Ba, 28 tháng 7, 2015

Migros Goes Mobile to Help Customers Live Better Every Day

Mobile technology has changed the world. The speed and ease with which we can communicate, access information, and make transactions has enhanced and simplified our lives in countless ways. Businesses are benefiting too – and for Migros, Switzerland’s largest retailer, it means better customer service, increased productivity, and lower costs.

Founded in 1925, Migros is a cooperative with more than two million members, 600 retail sites, and 20 supermarkets. The company also has 95,000 employees, making it Switzerland’s largest employer.

Improving Customer Experience and Operations

The Migros vision is to help people, “live better every day”. Over the years it has established its own new brands and production facilities and gained a reputation for high quality, high value products. High quality customer service and efficient operations are also a company priority.

To improve the in-store shopping experience for customers and increase the productivity of store associates, Migros turned to mobile solutions from SAP. The company has been using SAP for Retail solutions for about 10 years, and utilizes mobile technology, but its current mobile solution does not connect directly to the backend SAP software system. The mobile data is offline and has to be synchronized, which creates unwanted lag time. And associates can’t access the backend system via mobile device.

Using Design Thinking to Create Innovative Solutions

SAP and Migros worked together very closely to resolve its mobile issues. They held intensive co-innovation and design thinking workshops and created a new and intuitive mobile solution for the company. Migros tested the new solution in a few pilot stores and then deployed it to over 7,000 mobile devices.

“The new SAP solution provides real-time access to information and functions in the backend system,” says Beat Stauber, Senior IT Project Manager, Migros IT Services.People will not have to wait for data to be synchronized. All information will be online in real-time. That means better and faster information for customers and instant access to essential backend data for store associates. Both essential to improve in-store merchandising.

Lower TCO and Significant ROI

The user interface of the new mobile solution will also be easier to use, more responsive, and available on any mobile device. “The most important changes will include more productive store associates, better customer service, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO),” says Stauber.

Migros also plans to realize a return on investment of Sfr 1 million per year with its new mobile solution. Cost savings will come from replacing two mobile solutions with one and closing information gaps between consumer apps and enterprise business apps.

Down the road, Migros plans to reinvest those savings in additional solutions that will improve the customer experience and business operations even further. “In the future we will look at the SAP Customer Activity Repository application, SAP S/4 HANA, and a new forecast and replenishment system,” says Stauber. Sounds like a great plan to ensure people keep living better every day.

If you work in the retail industry, join us at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida October 21 – 23 for SAP Retail Forum 2015 – Simplify to Innovate. Learn more here.

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10 Reasons Why SAP is Right for Small Business (Plus 240,000 More)

The Business: Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, RiiThink is a comprehensive digital marketing and e-commerce agency that provides a variety of digital marketing services and infrastructure solutions.

The Challenge: Patrick Smith, Founder of Riithink, asks, “How can SAP help a small business? With my many years in commerce and technology, SAP is the last company I would think of to support a small enterprise. Likewise, the first for big biz!”

The Response from the SAP Small Business Coach

I have heard this question in the past, and am proud and humbled to say that SAP has actively helped over 240,000 small and midsize enterprises (SME) grow and succeed. We spend a lot of time talking to small and midsize customers who tell us that they view technology as their key to unleashing growth (click here to get a glimpse of our recent SME Summit).

It all boils down to mitigating the risk, and at SAP we believe we are UNIQUELY positioned to serve this market, with the following:

1. Vast experience serving small and midsize companies.

More 80% of SAP’s customers are small and midsize companies. That’s 240,000 businesses using SAP technology to run better and unleash growth potential. Click here to visit SAP’s SME solutions site and begin exploring the depth of SAP’s offerings.

2. Award-winning portfolio of industry leading solutions that works seamlessly all together; or if a customer prefers, they can use any solution stand-alone.

These solutions are priced and packaged specifically for the SME customers; and all provide valuable insights into your business. Click here to read how Goodwill Industries of Jan Joaquin Valley uses SAP software to understand which promotions are effective.

3. Solutions that support multiple languages and currencies.

Click here to read how SAP is enabling Nostalgic-Art to sell to shops in Europe, Asia, and Central America.

4. Solutions that enable the small or midsize business to meet regulatory requirements.

Click here to watch how Zhena’s Gypsy Tea’s uses SAP software in the cloud to meet FDA regulations for compliancy and transparency.

5. Deployment flexibility, not a one-size-fits-all portfolio.

We offer solutions how you want to consume them; whether on premise, in the cloud, or a mixture of both which we are seeing is increasingly popular with SMEs. All of this adds up to a fast implementation time. Click here to hear Brad Crimin from WL plastics talk about how he brings up a new manufacturing plant in minutes, not weeks or months.

6. Employee empowerment with access to data anytime, on any device.

Click here to read Coastlines quote on employee efficiency and empowerment.

7. Technology that enables a company to look and operate in a professional and credible manner.

Click here to read how the 15 person Fumajet is using SAP to build credibility and to double their business this year.

8. Deep industry expertise.

SAP solutions have been used by customers in virtually every vertical industry. SAP partners add their own vertical industry expertise to SAP solutions which means a fast time to value for customers. Click here to read customer stories across multiple vertical industries.

9. Empathy to the cash flow of an SME business.

SAP has a special ZERO percent financing offer to let small and midsize businesses enjoy the benefits of an SAP solution immediately without impacting cash flow. Click here for more information.

10 Network of over 13,000 partners who offer custom solutions and local intimacy.

SAP stands behind our partners and supports them so they can support you with an amazing experience. Click here to access SAP’s partner finder.

This all adds up to the fact that SAP mitigates the risk for small and midsize businesses and opens the door to unlimited growth possibilities for them. We are proud to be a part of so many amazing growth stories for over forty years, and are look forward to serving many more businesses for years to come.

The Reaction

“I had no idea that SAP was a tool of choice for more than 240,000 small to mid-size businesses,” says Patrick Smith. “Knowing this, there is an opportunity for me, and others alike to learn and grow with this news. We know it is common that C-suites want solutions that are efficient and affordable. Developers want systems that are flexible and powerful. With that said, we believe SAP can be that answer, that bridge connector, for anyone seeking to win in e-commerce. It’s a powerful toolbox that runs the gamut for mom-and-pop shops and corporations alike. We’ve sworn by it for big business in the past, and see it as a viable option for SMBs moving forward.”

The Small Business Coach

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

If you have a 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 Be sure to follow SAP’s latest news and events for small business on Facebook and Twitter @SAPsmallbiz.

Read more from The Small Business Coach series.

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SAP Announces SAP S/4HANA, On-Premise Edition Trial

2015 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that customers can now experience the next-generation business suite SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) thanks to a 30-day trial offer for the on-premise edition.

The trial software covers end-to-end digitized business processes in finance, procurement, sales, manufacturing and more to let customers discover the value of instant business insight. In addition, customers will enjoy the simplicity of the new SAP Fiori user experience combined with powerful visualizations to analyze the business across multiple dimensions.

The trial offers a complete demo guide, examples of typical installation and infrastructure features and up-and-running landscapes to mirror real-life scenarios.

“The trial allows users to touch and feel the simplicity of SAP S/4HANA combined with real-time insight to help our customers drive their digital business transformation at their pace,” said Elvira Wallis, senior vice president of Scale, Enablement and Transformation, SAP.

SAP S/4HANA is the next-generation business suite fully built on the advanced in-memory computing technology of the SAP HANA platform and designed with the new SAP Fiori user experience. SAP S/4HANA makes possible instant insight across lines of business and industries with the ultimate sophistication: simplicity. The new suite serves as a digital business foundation to help customers run simple in the digital economy.

Once customers experience the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition trial, they can leverage the SAP Activate consumption experience for a completely streamlined adoption experience in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid mode. SAP Activate offers a simple consumption experience for SAP S/4 HANA along the customer journey by providing a powerful combination of guided configuration, SAP Best Practices packages and implementation methodology. The SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA package, a key component of SAP Activate, allows trial users to utilize the ready-to-run processes shipped with SAP S4/HANA, or they can create their own best practices for a well-rounded, customized experience.

For customers who prefer the cloud deployment option, SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition trial, is available.

For additional information on SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition trial, please visit For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

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U.S. EPA Recognizes SAP Among Nation’s Leading Green Power Users

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has been recognized as one of the top 100 green power users by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the second time in a row.

In the United States, SAP buys 90 million kilowatt-hours of renewable power annually, sufficient to meet 100 percent of the company’s electricity use. According to the U.S. EPA, SAP’s green power use in America is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 9,000 average American homes annually. SAP America Inc. has been ranked number nine on the Top 30 Tech & Telecom list.

Since 2014, all of SAP’s data centers and offices worldwide run on electricity solely from renewable sources. This will help eliminate carbon emissions caused by its customers’ systems by moving them into a cloud powered by green energy.

“This recognition by the EPA is great validation for our environmental efforts,” said Daniel Schmid, chief sustainability officer, SAP SE. “Using green power helps us to meet our emission reduction goals and support our customers in reducing their carbon footprint by moving their systems into our green cloud. At the same time we are sending a message to others across the world that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.” Since taking wide-reaching measures in 2008, SAP has reduced its carbon footprint by nine percent in spite of a strong company growth. SAP is committed to preserving natural resources and helping its customers do the same.

SAP would like to set a good example for other companies worldwide to use 100% renewable energy. That is one reason why it joined the green power initiative RE100 in January 2015. The Climate Group is partnering with CDP Worldwide to encourage companies to join RE100 and commit to using 100% renewable power. The goal of the campaign is to have 100 of the world’s most influential businesses join by 2020.

SAP has a holistic approach to sustainability. To meet the company goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2020 across all operations, the company not only invests in renewable energy certificates (RECs). SAP also started a host of initiatives, from its electric company car fleet and a bicycle leasing program for employees to its publicly available ridesharing initiative, the TwoGo program.

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

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Thứ Hai, 27 tháng 7, 2015

Fixing Problems Before They Arise in Oil and Gas

As part of its IoT kickstarter program, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley partnered with Mtell and Rolta on a solution for predictive machine maintenance in oil and gas.

Built on SAP HANA, the solution uses data from disparate sources to diagnose problems faster and better, and shows potential for extending machine life, avoiding failures, and saving money in a high-risk industry.

In this interview, David Cruickshank, senior director SAP Co-innovation Lab, speaks about the co-innovation, its impact, and the technologies powering it.

What is the problem that SAP, Mtell and Rolta seek to address?

Oil and gas companies struggle to converge information and operations technology to get real-time insight for decisions to innovate processes. The predictive maintenance solution we created brings together different data sources, including asset performance, external data sources, and input from field contractors. The solution automatically sends an alert on potential machine failure, expected time-to-failure, and provides prescriptive advice. This makes it possible to fix small problems before they become big ones. Ultimately, this solution enables early action to avoid or reduce the effects of machine degradation and failure.

What capabilities did the three co-innovation partners bring to this solution?

Mtell created a machine learning and neural network that recognizes patterns associated with machine performance. Their software automatically generates notifications and sends them to SAP Plant Maintenance, which planners use to schedule machine repair and replacement. We improved their ability to analyze volumes of O&G asset data by integrating the solution with SAP HANA. The in-memory technology and analytics of SAP HANA enable real-time analysis to pinpoint potential machine failures.

This analysis is then delivered to Rolta’s OneView software solution, where it is displayed on one of the 30+ job-specific dashboards designed for O&G operations personnel.  Rolta’s solution is available for SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence and the SAP HANA platform, so customers can choose whatever environment is best for them. The synergy of the technologies from Mtell, SAP, and Rolta creates a solution that is greater than the sum of its parts.

What outcomes are possible by running these solutions on SAP HANA?

In an analysis on IoT, InfoWorld wrote, “the primary value in an IoT system is in the ability to perform analytics on the acquired data and extract useful insights.” SAP HANA enables Mtell to simultaneously analyze the members of “pools” of connected equipment at different locations with great speed and improved accuracy.

The volumes of data are greater than can be managed in an SQL Server, so the closest comparison would be Hadoop. Hadoop excels as a cold storage technology, but when applications require repetitive, low latency access to large volumes of data, SAP HANA provides better performance. For example, 25,000 queries, each linking to 5 million sensor measurements, can be completed on SAP HANA in 1.5 days. The same would take Hadoop almost 3 weeks to complete.

What has been the business value for SAP from this co-innovation project?

Fundamental to SAP’s IoT strategy is that we partner with suppliers of device hardware, data network, application software, and IoT service providers to build an extensive ecosystem to ensure we generate broad adoption. IoT is forecast to become a multi-million Euro software market by many analysts and there is a need for horizontal integration to leverage this opportunity.

SAP is working with a wide ecosystem, from leading tech companies to startups, to take on big business problems because a co-innovated solution can absorb the brunt of risk easier than a single company. The right combination of knowledge in a collaborative project accelerates the innovation and solution development. The SAP Co-innovation Lab knits together the technical business project objectives to industry-validated solutions, enabling a faster go-to-market track.

Can you tell us where the project stands currently and plans for it?

This is the first IoT kickstarter project at SAP Co-innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. It was a pilot and was completed in just over 90 days. A whitepaper and new demo will be released soon. More news and collateral will grow as the go-to-market strategy and rollout plans for the solution are finalized between now and September. A follow-on project is underway for complete delivery of the solution on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. If you’re interested in seeing this prescriptive maintenance solution for O&G, please visit us at the Co-innovation Lab at Palo Alto.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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SAP Survey Reflects High Levels of Commitment to Governance, Risk and Compliance but More Investment Needed

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the results of a global survey which indicates that despite the importance of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in an organization, companies are not satisfied with their tools to meet regulations, and many are vulnerable to losing business or revenue as a result.

The survey, conducted by Loudhouse Research, involved interviews with 1,010 employees responsible for GRC in large organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, France, South Africa and the Nordics.

Most companies surveyed recognize the importance of investing in GRC technologies to create competitive advantage and profitability. However, the survey found that nine in 10 organizations are not satisfied that they have adequate GRC technologies and processes in place. On average, only 46 percent of GRC data that an organization has access to is effectively captured and used to support strategic goals, and nearly half (48 percent) of organizations have not reviewed their GRC processes or technologies for at least three years. Furthermore, the vast majority (81 percent) of GRC professionals surveyed say risk and regulation has become more complex in the last five years.

“Companies need to act fast to limit exposure to further risk,” said Thack Brown, general manager and global head of Line-of-Business Finance at SAP. “The ability to effectively manage risk can help improve profits. Garnering IT support, investing in skilled resources and opening up funds to achieve and maintain a sturdy GRC system are critically important.”

Based on the survey feedback, SAP recommends a five-point plan to improve GRC practices:

  1. Make a case for the strategic value of GRC. Governance, risk and compliance should be everyone’s business, so it is important to educate the entire organization on the benefits of robust GRC processes.
  2. Make a decision about who’s responsible. Businesses need to determine an owner to ensure accountability.
  3. Seek a holistic, future-proof solution. To satisfy future ambitions, consider architecture that will allow GRC to integrate with other business functions. A solution should be end-to-end and fully integrate with finance and other operational processes.
  4. Drive cultural change. GRC awareness and understanding should be prioritized at every level of the business. Organizations that respect the importance of GRC to commercial success will be successful.
  5. Do it now. Regulatory pressures in all industries are growing – now is the time to act.

Read the full report here. Information on SAP solutions for GRC can be found here.

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Chủ Nhật, 26 tháng 7, 2015

Need to create a new city,getting error "no number range found in the object ADRCITY"



Could anyone help me with the configuration that i need to do before creating a new city?


I'm getting below error on creating a city

""no number range found in the object ADRCITY"




Thứ Sáu, 24 tháng 7, 2015

Designing Digitally Native SAP Apps

In May at SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP launched the digitally native app SAP Digital for Customer Engagement. This application makes SAP software available to individuals to set up within minutes — a first of kind experience for enterprise applications.

My user experience team led the design for the product. The customer for this digital solution was no longer an IT professional in a large enterprise but an individual business user. Our challenge was to design a simple and intuitive product that an individual can try, buy, and set up without tech support. In this way, we were truly striving for the SAP goal to Run Simple.

This was a major deliverable to be achieved in 60 days. My design team had recently come on board and had to come together quickly to be both creative and effective. I would like to share a few strategies that helped my team succeed.

Hire thinkers and doers

Ours is a fast-paced, innovative project with a lot of work and little time. Not everybody can survive or may enjoy working in such an environment. It’s important to hire people who will see the big picture and understand the business requirements, as well as develop good relationships with product management and development teams. Hire designers who are driven and self-motivated, can make decisions on their feet, and do whatever it takes to make the product successful.

No trust, no team

A team cannot be successful without trust. In our case, it would be impossible to consistently deliver beautiful, usable product user experience if team members do not trust each other’s commitment, competence, and ability to collaborate. By encouraging collaboration, discouraging competition, and seeking and giving feedback regularly, we were able to work together well on a fast-moving project.

Know your customer

It’s important to know who you are designing for. For this product, we had to design and implement a simplified onboarding and set up experience since the target user was a non-technical business user and not IT/Admin professional. Our goal was to make it possible for individuals to set up SAP software on their own within minutes. This guided all our design decisions. We built in features that would offer to create a simple user experience, including set up in 15 minutes; seamless conversion from trial to paid account, and transparent data usage.

Have a clear UX strategy

Our UX strategy is based on five core principles: role-based, responsive, simple, coherent, and delightful. Based on this approach, we created the user experience for the digital product to be simple, quick, and easy for an individual. The designers worked in multiple cycles with different stakeholders to define needs, concepts, and test designs. With a clear strategy, we were able to deliver a well-designed and usable product on time with stakeholder buy-in.

Designing a digitally native application was an exciting challenge for my team. We broke the mold in enterprise software, came together as a team to push our creative boundaries, and delivered a product that sets a new bar in the industry.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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The Spin with Megan Meany: Earnings; In the Clouds with SAP TV; SAP Cup

SAP TV Senior Correspondent Megan Meany has the latest SAP and tech news headlines.

This week’s news, insights and updates include earnings for the second quarter and first half of 2015; the new SAP TV series “In the Clouds with SAP“; the SAP Cup; and more.

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Women at SAP Silicon Valley: The Best Leaders Walk Hand-in-Hand with Their Team

There is a song that haunts me. It’s a camp song, often misattributed to Albert Camus. A song I learned as a teenager that I find myself humming and reflecting on even now, over a decade from when I first learned it.

The melody is simple but the lyrics are profound:

Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me I may not lead
Just walk beside me and be my friend
And together we will walk in the ways of Hashem

Embedded in those four lines is the most important organizational lesson I ever learned. Leaders who blaze a trail forward but forget to check in with their team risk leaving them behind. Leaders who set the team loose without empowering them risk that their team won’t step up. Only leaders that walk hand-in-hand with their team consistently reach their employee engagement goals.

When I worked at Cisco, I was part of a career-shaping team. My boss was young, brilliant, and decisive. She knew how to spot talent and nurture it. She avoided the “seniority trap,” which can loosely be described as the trend to delegate more-and-more work as you climb higher-and-higher in your career. She was hands-on, she was your partner, and she always had your back.

These are the lessons in hand-in-hand leadership that I learned from her

Build a team full of agile, intelligent, and likeable employees. Focus more on their ability to learn than past roles or experiences.

Start off important projects with storyboarding. It’s really hard for your team to look inside your head so invest 30 minutes upfront on articulating where a project should go, then let your team go off and figure the rest out.

Don’t assume your team has the same executive-level context as you. Your job, as their leader is to set them up for success. Take time to walk-through the slides with your team a few days before any executive-level presentation and help them anticipate the questions or rabbit holes that might come up.

Pre-socialize. With your team, determine who needs to endorse your team’s work. Before any decision making meeting, meet with key stakeholders in a small group setting so you can already be working out their objections and garnering their support.

Give credit to the people who do the work. As a leader, your team will appreciate the opportunity to present to executives. They might not have the polish you have, but it’s through the practice you give them that they will get better.

Pull the plug if people aren’t ready. If you have the walk-through mentioned earlier and it’s obvious that the team isn’t prepared then delay the meeting. It’s better to delay then to make the wrong impression.

Be decisive. Help your team make decisions with the information they have. In business, there will always be ambiguity and the leader who walks hand-in-hand with her team will help them move forward and get things done even when it’s uncomfortable or unclear on how to proceed.

In my different roles, this approach has helped me gain the trust of my colleagues and steer the team during times of ambiguity – common with the many organizational changes or budget uncertainty experienced in large companies. These lessons, learned almost four years ago, have shaped my career path with varied and exciting experiences. My advice to aspiring leaders is to start practicing working hand-in-hand with their teams.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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Thứ Năm, 23 tháng 7, 2015

Technology and Education: Empowering Youth Worldwide

The buzz: School days.

All children start with the same passions, imagination, and desire to learn. But according to UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report, “Ensuring that all children access upper secondary education by 2030 will remain beyond the grasp of the international community unless priorities are re-considered.”

Is easy access to education just the responsibility of parents, governments and schools, or does the private sector play a role and if so, how? And are enough jobs available for youth who get an education?

The experts speak:

Karim Ramji, Deloitte: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

Oisin Walton, Vodaphone Foundation: “It’s no longer a question of technology, it’s a question of imagination.” (Jean-Francois Cazenave)

Alicia Lenze, SAP: “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” (Steve jobs)

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Connected Car Take 3: Your Mobile Digital Identity

The buzz: Honk if you love connected cars!

The future is definitely connected and it’s already here.

Consumers, especially millennials living an always-connected lifestyle, expect continuous access to personalized information and services from service and content providers of their choice – even while driving.

And they do not want to be restricted by the VIN of the vehicle they happen to be driving or in at any moment.

How do they define their ideal mobile digital identity? What information do they want while on the road? How much are they willing to pay for it?

The experts speak.

Joe Barkai, Industry Analyst: “Driving is distracting me from texting.”

John Ellis, former Ford Global Technologist: ”Never disrespectful. Always irreverent.”

Larry Stolle, SAP: “I can do without more than I can put up with.” (Colleague, circa 1980)

Join us for Connected Car Take 3: Your Mobile Digital Identity.

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David v Goliath: Business Networks and Diversity Suppliers

The buzz: David v Goliath 2015.

By 2020, global trade among connected businesses could total $65 trillion. But large corporations’ current processes can’t keep up with the Digital Economy’s hyperconnectivity, data deluge, compressed timelines and rising customer expectations.

The answer? Business Networks.

How? Business networks connect people, systems, and processes to simplify collaborative innovation.

What else? They support supplier diversity, connecting corporations with minority- and women-owned businesses for new procurement opportunities.

The experts speak.

Quentin L. McCorvey, Sr., M&R Distribution Services: “God places people in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” (Pastor Rodney Maiden)

Bridget Carter, Caesars Entertainment: “The time is always right to do what is right.” (Dr. Martin Luther King)

Sam Crawford, Sr., Armed Forces Construction Group, LLC: “In honor of those who served, as we did, and continue to do so.”

Join us for David v Goliath: Business Networks and Diversity Suppliers.

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