Chủ Nhật, 31 tháng 1, 2016

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Hope you all had a great new year time.

 

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Thứ Sáu, 29 tháng 1, 2016

SAP Kicks Off 2016 in China: A Tale of Two New Years

Earlier this month, SAP Greater China held its sales kickoff in Beijing. Fortuitously timed between the Gregorian calendar New Year and Chinese New Year, there was a lot to celebrate.

Last year was both the 20th year anniversary of SAP’s presence in China and the most significant year in terms of customer momentum and support for the Chinese government’s path to digitization. SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Michael Kleinemeier, executive board member for Global Service & Support (GSS), both reiterated the message that China is SAP’s second home.

Despite concerns about the Chinese economy, Bill is bullish on China.

“When you had a great year, the CEO should come and say thank you and let you know how much your hard work means to SAP,” said Bill. “You are the most important economy in the world, soon to be the largest economy in the world.”

Mark Gibbs, Managing Director of SAP Greater China, was also excited, saying the SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting (SAP FKOM) is his favorite time of the year. For Mark, the SAP FKOM theme of “No Limits” is particularly relevant for China this year. “With the markets moving up and down, there are clearly a lot of challenges in China. However, that uncertainty brings opportunity for SAP.”

Mark said the main opportunity lies in three important government initiatives: Internet+, Made in China 2025 and One Belt, One Road. Additionally, 2016 is the year that China embarks on its 13th five-year plan. Taken together, these efforts mean China is on the fast path to digitize business and industry; and more closely align the economies and infrastructure of the former Silk Road, over 60 countries.

Last year SAP grew closer to the Chinese government with several meetings in Germany and China that engaged German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and high-ranking Chinese officials. Its efforts culminated in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, where he saw demonstrations of SAP innovation in manufacturing and sports.

During his keynote, Bill referenced SAP’s incredible momentum, “You never realize you’re having a moment until you’re having a memory.”

For everyone attending SAP FKOM Beijing celebrating the accomplishments of the SAP Greater China team, the event was most decidedly both.

The celebratory mood continued at the gala dinner. To start, Bill and Mark presented basketball superstar, Yao Ming, with a donation of 30,000 Euros for his foundation. The organization supports education and sports opportunities for underprivileged children in China.

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Small Business Coach: Navigating Business in 2016

The buzz: GPS.

The IMF recently has good news for entrepreneurs and small business owners: “The underlying drivers for acceleration in consumption and investment in the United States – wage growth, labor market conditions, easy financial conditions, lower fuel prices, and a strengthening housing market – remain intact.” How will this impact your employees, customers, and global trade interests? And is 2016 a good year for you to (finally) hire a business coach?

The expert speak.

Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert: “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves – to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” (Stewart B. Johnson)

Karen Kerrigan, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” (C.S. Lewis)

Lorraine Maurice, SAP: “It comes down to finding something you love do to and then just trying to be great at it.” (Mark Cuban)

Join us for Small Business Coach: Navigating Business in 2016.

 



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The Spin with Megan Meany: Recognizing Gender Equality, Success for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

SAP TV Global Anchor Megan Meany has the latest SAP and tech news headlines.

This week’s news, insights and updates include beating targets in the fourth quarter; recognizing gender equality efforts; more success for SAP SuccessFactors; and more.

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Thứ Năm, 28 tháng 1, 2016

Corporate Learning: Trends for 2016

Mobile, self-determined, agile: The future of learning and the most important pointers for companies, as seen by blogger and consultant Jochen Robes.

What are the main trends in corporate learning?

Companies are leaning towards new learning strategies that place a stronger focus on informal learning. This means there is no longer just a formal learning approach, such as classroom training and e-learning courses, but also an informal approach, where the learning process takes place directly at the work place with readily available resources and support that could be internal or external. The approaches to learning are expanding, and the fine line separating work and learning is becoming more and more blurred.

This, of course, is making self-guidance even more important, as responsibilities are shifting further into the hands of the employees. Employees are embracing new learning environments and platforms and turn to YouTube, podcasts, or blogs to expand their knowledge further. This is also a part of informal learning, and it is entirely self-determined.

If we explore this further, we realize that the new trends are accompanied by new roles in personnel development. Employees are also needed as coaches now, and as curators of external content, or as moderators of communities. From there, it is a seamless transition into a new development called future of work, a much-discussed topic. If work and learning are drawing closer together, if they are going to be more mobile, self-determined, and agile in the future, this means that other topics such as working environment and work organization will be affected as well and could be discussed from a new angle.

Where do the companies stand in integrating these trends?

Different companies take very different approaches. While some are still considering introducing e-learning, others are already discussing more strategic topics such as Enterprise 2.0 and digitalization projects. Those companies, for example, use social media to promote teamwork throughout their value chain, support social learning in communities, or digitalize their learning and even business processes. This is where blended learning, gamification, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) come into play. The forerunners are often companies in IT-related industries. Companies with a strong focus on production, for example, often lag behind in following these trends.

You are often away on business trips. Are there differences between the German and other markets?

The Anglo-Saxon countries are the most advanced where network-based learning is concerned. Their IT economy is more developed, and their work culture is more open to experimentation. Compared to Germany, there are also fewer concerns when it comes to cloud-based offerings, Big Data, and data protection. These matters take a bit longer to come of age in Germany, but increasingly less so thanks to the overlapping work cultures in large and globally operating companies.

What drives these trends?

We’ve been working on computer-based and IT-supported learning for over 25 years. Right now, the biggest driving forces are Industry 4.0 and digital transformation. Meanwhile, we are less concerned about the differences – should learning be digital or instructor-led? Is e-learning more appropriate for our times than on-site trainings? – and more concerned with the question of how we can use the Web for self-determined learning.

What would be the first steps HR employees and managers can take?

I also recommend a strategic and systematic approach to learning development in this area. In connection with digital transformation and self-determined learning, a company should be able to answer these two questions: Where do I stand and where do I want to go from here? Being able to answer these questions is equally important for HR and Personnel Development and Training, so they can devise adequate plans. From an operational perspective, it also makes sense for instructors, personnel development, and managers to acquire media competence. This is the only way to convey new approaches to employees in a way that makes sense, since they are often laced with new values, mindsets, and attitudes.

One possibility that lies at hand here are MOOCs and the opportunity to test new, network-based learning methods for oneself. A lot of training courses are free of cost. A helpful side note: This kind of measure is best introduced as a project, for example, as a train-the-trainer measure. That way you can avoid time management conflicts with everyday work.

Can you think of examples of future learning that you’ve seen in practice?

The MOOC Corporate Learning 2.0 took place just a short while ago, during which eight companies presented eight topics on different methods. Many trends were outlined and they pointed out the different perspectives of companies such as Adidas, FESTO, Deutsche Bahn, and SAP.  Some companies have even started organizing internal MOOCs now, such as Credit Suisse, Telekom, and SAP. Topics like digital transformation or Enterprise 2.0, which companies are trying to introduce through campaigns, would be perfect candidates for such an undertaking.

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openSAP MOOCs: 1 Million Enrollments and Counting

In three short years, openSAP enterprise MOOCs (massive open online courses) have not only reached 1 million enrollments, but are beating industry attrition norms with student completion rates up to 35 percent.

According to Bernd Welz, Executive Vice President of Scale, Enablement and Transformation at SAP, MOOC completion rates generally hover around four to seven percent. He attributes openSAP’s success to course quality and targeted usefulness.

“Most of our learners are working with SAP solutions as customers, consultants or developers. So they have a vested interest in learning about the latest product innovations, as well as important business topics related to digitization,” said Welz. “The content is very valuable to them, increasing their desire to complete the course and earn a Record of Achievement that has proven market value.”

Understanding Business and Technology

Over 290,000 people from 180 countries have signed up for openSAP courses. Unlike academic MOOCs that can be more focused on entry-level job seekers, many openSAP learners are building skills to move ahead in their current positions. Although initially focused on developing software skills for priority SAP products like SAP HANA, the openSAP MOOC platform has expanded to provide general business knowledge in important areas like sustainability and digital transformation.

Jarmo Tuominen, a Finland-based developer at Accenture, has completed 35 openSAP courses. He also values the business-related courses on SAP’s cloud-based solutions, including Introduction to Ariba and Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central, noting “While I’m focused on technology, having a business perspective helps me get a better feel for the business processes driving development decisions.”

Pathway to Career Success

Participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about the courses, which are built specifically for the online platform. Learners can download materials like videos, slides, and full course transcriptions. Instructional video demonstrations, hands-on software simulations, real-time discussion forums and peer assessments make knowledge easily accessible to people with a wide range of capabilities. Just as valuable are continual course updates in sync with innovations like SAP S/4HANA.

Ravi Krishna, who works in accounting and finance at Dubai-based Damac Properties, has found openSAP’s courses on cloud computing, business intelligence, analytics and enterprise resource planning (ERP) directly applicable to his daily responsibilities and career goals.

“I am not a technical person,” he said. “But in today’s world if you want to survive it is essential to understand technology innovations. The openSAP courses have helped me to understand the fundamentals of cloud computing and ERP. S/4HANA Use Cases helped me learn about efficiency effectiveness and agility applied to inventory, procurement and contract management. These courses have given me confidence to apply for jobs at SAP.”

Designed to Engage

One of the biggest misconceptions about MOOCs is that they can’t engage students in the same way as in-person classrooms. Tuominen’s experience contradicts this assumption.

“I have found openSAP courses to be quite engaging. Having weekly assignments with a final exam keeps me on track to meet course commitments,” he said. “I watch and listen to lectures using my smartphone and headset during my subway commute. The high quality of the materials overcomes the noise around me.”

Rajan Srinivasan, an SAP FICO Functional Consultant at Promantus in the United States, has aligned his personal training road map to openSAP’s course schedule. He appreciates the ability to learn at his convenience.

“I can plan my training using your step-by-step course releases,” he said. “While I always aim for a Record of Achievement, if I can’t meet the course deadlines, I can receive a Confirmation of Participation, and revisit the course later to earn a Record of Achievement.”

Speeding up Innovation

openSAP MOOCs are also becoming a faster way for developers to learn how to build applications on top of software like SAP Fiori user experience software. Fernanda Najah Maia, an SAP Business One programmer in Brazil, shared positive feedback after completing Build Your Own Fiori App in the Cloud last year.

“When my boss asked me to learn Fiori I thought it would be difficult because that’s what I’ve experienced when learning other SAP solutions in the past. But openSAP is so awesome. It’s exactly what we need to make programming easy and reduce customization costs.”

Lessons Learned for 2016

openSAP courses constantly evolve in response to participant feedback and experiences. For example, course transcriptions as well as subtitles on videos are now offered because participants with hearing difficulties and non-native speakers had requested them. Innovations this year include courses on corporate social responsibility topics like teaching refugees how to speak German, as well as supply chain management, Concur, and SAP Fieldglass.

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Thứ Tư, 27 tháng 1, 2016

Low Oil Prices Prime Oil and Gas Industry for IoT Adoption

“When you are making money and shareholders are happy, there is little case for change,” explains Peter Reynolds, a contributing analyst with the ARC Advisory Group. “But when prices are this low, it’s time to look at doing things differently.”

Reynolds is talking about the need for change in the oil and gas industry. And you can’t argue with the timeliness of his remarks.

Recently, U.S. crude prices fell toward $26 per barrel; their lowest since 2003. But what kind of adjustments make the most sense in this economy?

Reynolds – who spoke with me after the Best Practices for Oil and Gas Conference – believes finding ways to lower operational costs could be a key to survival for many oil and gas companies. Further, he sees embracing the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and its proliferation of networked devices as a good place to start.

Sweating the Assets

The world of oil and gas is dominated by physical assets. The industry is built on countless miles of pipe and millions of pumps, valves, and gauges.

“There is an awful lot of legacy infrastructure out there,” says Reynolds, “but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on legacy thinking.” The IoT is really about rethinking your work processes and transforming the operational experience, he tells me.

Reynolds cites a couple of examples around optimizing performance and lowering maintenance costs.

“Everybody talks about sweating the assets,” says Reynolds, “but where should this optimization take place? Is it with work boots on the ground or in centers of excellence?”

Sensor-enabled infrastructure and wireless connectivity offer oil and gas companies alternatives to costly field operations. “Why monitor 50 pumps when you can monitor 50,000 pumps?” Reynolds asks.

Remote monitoring from a centralized location lets companies achieve economies of scale while enabling them to make critical performance decisions based on mass amounts of data.

More than One Option

Manufacturers in many industries are already building in secure sensor technology as a standard component of their products – everything from pressure monitors in your car’s tires to the three-axis gyroscope in your iPhone.

The OEMs supplying the oil and gas industry are no different, and this leads to multiple business models.

“Oil and gas companies could decide to buy every pump with a service contract.” Reynolds suggests. “Let the OEM do the remote monitoring and predictive analytics.” The oil and gas company saves on maintenance because it no longer needs to stock spare parts, and it could see improved uptime as well.

“There is an explosion of companies looking to make better use of this sensor data,” says Reynolds, “The idea is to bring this real-time information up to the enterprise where the benefits can cascade across several different areas.”

IoT Isn’t about Disruption

From Reynolds’ perspective, the industrial Internet of Things isn’t about disrupting the existing supply chain but rather enhancing it. And he recognizes the challenges inherent in an industry with so much extant infrastructure.

“At ARC, we estimate that there are US$65 billion worth of legacy automation systems in place today,” Reynolds says. “We aren’t going to modify it all overnight.” But as he points out, if you need remote monitoring or performance guarantees, you can easily add a real-time sensors and new connectivity to layer existing controls.

Reynolds also notes that if companies can find better and cheaper ways of operating, then these investments are essentially self-funding – especially when you are talking about the scale of the oil and gas industry.

And in an economy where operational efficiency just might prove to be the key differentiator, self-funding changes make a lot of sense.

Many thanks to Peter Reynolds of the ARC Advisory Group for taking the time to share his insights, and please join me on Twitter at @JohnGWard3.

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Cardinal Health Runs SAP Business ByDesign in 18 Countries and Goes Live in 80 Days

Cardinal Health, a global healthcare services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare, needed to integrate the IT of Cordis, a recently acquired subsidiary.

Each transaction has a significant impact on IT, and the need for a software solution for cost accounting and financial control became apparent. After careful assessment of requirements, Cardinal Health, with support from Accenture, Seidor and L&T Infotech, approached the challenge of bringing 18 country entities live on the SAP Business ByDesign solutions within 80 days. Key to the decision was the central enterprise resource planning (ERP) software running on the SAP Business Suite software. SAP Business ByDesign provided a fast installation, seamless integration with centralized managed services features and rapid integration to other Web services–enabled apps.

“Most importantly, we were looking at the possibility of speeding up the entire integration process,” said George Kuntz, vice president, EIT Shared Services – Cordis Integration & HR IT Systems, Cardinal Health. “Our newly forged system environment will help us deliver global capabilities for our Cordis Healthcare business unit and have a simple solution to best serve our customers.”

Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. The company was set to buy Cordis, a medical equipment manufacturer headquartered in California, in March 2015. To profit from this acquisition, it was important to deliver an integrated solution. In early May, the joint endeavor started and after only 80 days of project time, the first wave of 18 countries were running on SAP Business ByDesign, ERP cloud software for upper midmarket companies. Currently, Cardinal is looking to include additional international locations – a 50% growth in the number of tenants within the next year running on SAP Business ByDesign.

Cardinal Health was looking for a rapid deployment of productive systems in 46 countries across five continents, which includes a stretch across time zones and flexibility in timing for upgrades and local support. SAP Business ByDesign has been implemented to support finance and controlling, personnel administration, customer relationship management and service management activities and will be used for current and potential mergers and acquisitions. The new, scalable platform delivers technical features that address the needs of Cardinal Health’s business and […] provides a structural basis that facilitates potential steps in the future.

As the lead integrator, Accenture managed the delivery effort, while L&T Infotech added their business process outsourcing expertise and Seidor contributed with localization knowledge for countries like Mexico, Spain and Portugal.

Unlike on-premise ERP software, SAP Business ByDesign can be paid by monthly subscription with the software and data stored and hosted by SAP. SAP also performs all data backups, software updates, security and maintenance.

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2016 SAP Regional Partner Excellence Award Winners Announced

SAP presented 76 SAP Regional Partner Excellence Awards 2016 to its top partners at the recent SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting (FKOM) events held in the Asia Pacific Japan; Greater China; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Middle and Eastern Europe; Latin America; and North America regions.

Awards were presented in a variety of categories (see full list below), including overall sales, innovation, technology, services best practices and partner growth.

Winners of the SAP Regional Partner Excellence Awards 2016 were selected from SAP’s wide-ranging partner base, and nominations were based on internal SAP sales data. A steering committee composed of regional and global SAP representatives determined winning partners in each category according to numerous criteria such as sales achievement and performance.

SAP congratulates this year’s award winners. Partners are critical to SAP’s success, and these awards are a testament to the amazing work and value that partners deliver. Together with its partners, SAP delivers simple solutions for growing companies.

Recipients of SAP Regional Partner Excellence Awards 2016

Asia Pacific Japan (APJ)

  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – First Customer to Go Live – Sell Partner: Brightree Solutions
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S4 HANA – First to Go Live – Service Partner: Accenture
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – Top Deal Contributor: vCentric
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – Fastest Growth Partner: PT Astra Graphia Information Technology
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – Top Revenue Contributor: Fujitsu India
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions: Presence of IT
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Ariba Solutions: Cloudway Softech
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SME: ISS Consulting
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Internet of Things: Cisco
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Partner Managed Cloud: Accenture
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Top OEM: WeMB Corp
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Top Technology (Technology Partner of the Year): Cisco
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One: MicroChannel Services
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Solutions Extensions: OpenText
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Hybris Solutions: Hitachi Systems
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Digital Transformation: Abeam Consulting
  • SAP APJ Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Top Sell Partner: Sonata Information Technology

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Greater China

  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – First Customer to Go Live: HAND
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA – Top Revenue Contributor: Systex
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for HCM Cloud Services: CapGemini
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP SCM – Cloud Services: Wicresoft
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Customer Engagement Solution Services: HAND
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Analytics – Top Revenue Contributor: PCCW/Compass
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One – Top Revenue Contributor: AVA Tech
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Top Reseller: CNBM
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SME – Top Revenue Contributor: PCCW/Compass
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SME – Geographical Expansion: Atos
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Fastest Growing Partner: Pactera
  • SAP Greater China Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Technology Partner of the Year: Polystar

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA: Seidor
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One: VAR One
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business ByDesign: In Cloud Solutions
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Human Capital Management: Jigsaw Cloud
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Customer Engagemen: Augusta Reeves
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Analytics: VCD Business Intelligence
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP HANA Cloud Platform: Twenty Third Century Systems
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for OEM: Nexgen Advisory Group
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Net-New Name:  itelligence
  • SAP EMEA Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Innovation/Transformation: Stratesys

Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE)

  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP S/4HANA: All for One Steeb
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One: Inceptum Business Solutions
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business ByDesign: All for One Steeb
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Human Capital Management: Sophia Solutions
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Customer Engagement: Sybit & Peers
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Analytics: itelligence
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP HANA Cloud Platform: Terralink
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for OEM: BUZ Consulting
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Net-New Names: Sybase Products Central Europe
  • SAP MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Innovation/Transformation: TeamIdea Group

EMEA/MEE

  • SAP EMEA/MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for On-Premise Business Services: Accenture
  • SAP EMEA/MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Fastest-Growing On-Premise & Cloud Business Services: EY
  • SAP EMEA/MEE Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Cloud Business Services : IBM

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Latin America (LAC)

  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Top Overall Partner: Grupo Seidor
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for General Business in Southern Latin America: Grupo Seidor
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for General Business in Northern Latin America: MQA
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for General Business in Mexico: Xamai
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for General Business in Brazil: STAR IT
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for General Business Co-Innovation Solutions: MQA
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Systems Integrator: Accenture
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One: Grupo Exxis
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Human Capital Management: Grupo Seidor
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Customer Engagement:  Tec360
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Supplier Relationship Management: Nasoft
  • SAP LAC Partner Excellence Award 2016 for New Routes to Market: Grupo Taurus

North America

  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Business One: Orchestra, LLC
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Hybris Solutions: Accenture Interactive
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP SuccessFactors Solution Services: Deloitte
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Small and Midsize Enterprises: itelligence
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP HANA and SAP S/4 HANA: IBM
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP HANA Technology Innovation: CISCO
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions: Aasonn
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Industry Services: Capgemini
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for OEM Platform Innovation: Cerner
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for SAP Platform Solutions: Logistic Solutions
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Partner Growth: PwC
  • SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2016 for Services Innovation: Ernst & Young


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High Expectations, High Complexity: Study Reveals New Challenges in Cash Management

Cash management and forecasting are more important than ever for a company’s financial success, but they have also become more difficult to execute.

And the pressure to provide insightful and proactive cash reporting and forecasting is only likely to grow, according to a study of finance and treasury leaders from large companies around the world, conducted by CFO Research and sponsored by SAP.

The study, “Next Generation Needs for Cash Management,” surveyed 371 CFOs, treasurers, and other senior finance and treasury executives at companies with more than $250 million in annual revenues, representing a broad range of company segments. It found that as cash management professionals understand their expanding role, they feel pressured to deliver on their increased responsibilities in the face of growing complexity.

The key findings paint a picture of challenges and opportunities for today’s cash management professional.

Treasury Under Increased Pressure to Drive Additional Business Value

Sixty two percent of respondents say that treasury needs to increase its contribution to high-value activities, and 82 percent believe that management outside of treasury will need a better understanding of a company’s cash positioning and forecasts.

Financial Landscape Becoming More Challenging to Forecast

Cash management and forecasting are more challenging because of increasing business complexity, 83% of respondents said.  The level of complexity is likely to get worse over the next two years, 76% replied, referring to external factors that lead to increasing business complexity, which in turn make it difficult to gain a current and comprehensive view into a company’s cash position and cash requirements.

Forecasting Must Improve in Speed and Quality

To execute in this environment, treasury functions will need to find ways to provide management with information on cash positions and cash forecasts faster and with deeper insight. Four out of five respondents (80%) said finance departments will need to act much faster than they currently do; and nearly nine out of 10 (89%) said improving accuracy, consistency and quality of cash forecast data is a high priority.

So where should treasury start, in order to improve forecast quality despite increasing internal and external forces that adverse impact reporting? Technology is available to take the pressure off the modern cash management professional:

Consolidation

Companies need to have a better picture into their consolidated assets – foreign and domestic, across banks and investments. There can be no way to improve the reporting process without each system working correctly together. Bringing together disparate systems is the first step in obtaining a clearer financial picture and more accurate reporting.

Automation

Financial technology has arrived that meets the fast pace of business. As those in finance consume instant analytical technologies in their personal lives, there are tools available that can automate and deliver timely reporting – turning the profession into a proactive driver of business value, rather than a reactive reporting mechanism.

New Levels of Insight

As core business processes are automated, treasury has the resources and information to deliver information that makes it a critical source of business value. But having a clear picture of assets and cashflows, finance has the ability to make strategic investments in tighter windows of time, helping to capitalize on potential investment opportunities and evaluate important future transactions.

Our industry collectively agrees that the pace of business is moving too fast for finance to fall behind. We need to lean on technology to remove the time-consuming and manual processes from our professions, so that we can deliver the strategic value a C-suite expects.
We are entering an age in the finance profession where we have the power to be some of the most important sources of truth in the company. Let’s take advantage of the opportunity and meet the challenge head on.

Thack Brown is general manager and global head of Line of Business Finance at SAP
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Thứ Ba, 26 tháng 1, 2016

SAP at Davos: Doomsday Antidote?

On the eve of the World economic Forum meeting in Davos, SAP launched an e-book highlighting how customers are addressing the UN’s recently ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our world faces some of its greatest threats ever: 60 million refugees have been displaced, millions of people are in forced labor, and we live on a warming planet reaching the point of no return.

In addition, some experts predict that one-third of all species will be extinct before the end of the century.

But there is hope. We are also experiencing a digital transformation that is reshaping how we live – our work, our politics, and even our play. And it has the potential to tackle many of these global challenges.

The United Nations ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) end of September, which address the greatest challenges humankind faces, including the ones above.

This week, the world’s top leaders are coming together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to improve the state of the world by shaping global, regional and industry agendas.

In conjunction with the event, SAP launched a new interactive Web book that features each of the 17 SDGs and shows how SAP customers and SAP’s software and services are contributing to the achievement of each of them.

Based on a blog series titled “17 Weeks to Davos” that was originally published in the Digitalist Magazine, it also highlights the vision and purpose of SAP and how we are helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. Here are two examples from the series:

Global Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

As part of the company’s vision and purpose, SAP is proud to help companies like UBank, National Bank of South Africa, Standard Bank of South Africa, as well as Juhudi Kilimo (in conjunction with the Grameen Foundation) and Compartamos, two microfinancing initiatives, give people the means to improve their lives. SAP believes when the digital revolution is shaped the right way, it can build a digital economy, ensure the future of work, and improve life for all.

Global Goal #13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

At SAP, our vision and purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our technology is helping organizations like the government of Buenos Aires, Argentina with predicting floods, and the Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) in Australia with managing forest fires to improve the lives of the people they serve. In addition, we also work with our customers to help them increase their overall resource productivity and transform their businesses to reduce carbon outputs.

Within SAP, we strive to lead by example and have set ourselves the target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from our operations back to the levels of the year 2000 by 2020. In 2014, we shifted to 100% renewable energy in all of our data centers and facilities to support a more sustainable energy market.

You can preview the interactive Web book at http://ift.tt/1S99k1Q. The book shows:

  • Why digital transformation is critical to achieving the UN Global Goals.
  • How SAP is helping customers create a better world with its enterprise applications, SAP HANA platform, analytics solutions, and business networks.
  • How SAP, is leading the way in harnessing the digital revolution to monitor and achieve the UN global goals.

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North American Finance Executives are Rising to the Challenge

Living Proof Boosts Revenue 300% with SAP Business ByDesign

Living Proof is serious about the science of hair care. Its innovative solutions have revolutionized the prestige hair-care market and resulted in rapid company growth. It’s also serious about running its business with leading-edge technology. That’s why it switched from spreadsheets to SAP Business ByDesign as business bloomed.

Founded in 2004 by world-class biotech scientists and beauty experts, Living Proof has invented and patented many molecules never before used in beauty. These break-through products are sold through multiple channels. High-end retailers such as Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Nordstrom carry its products, as do prestige salons across the country. In addition, it has a loyal following on livingproof.com, where it sells direct to consumers. The company is also expanding distribution internationally into salons and retail spaces.

Sustaining Growth

In its early days Living Proof was running the business like most small companies on the rise. Lots of orders were coming in and the business was being managed with spreadsheets. There wasn’t much time to build the sophisticated business applications it would need to keep things running smoothly in the future.

“We were facing a number of challenges because were essentially a startup. We really didn’t have a lot of infrastructure. We were doing all of our work in spreadsheets, and that was okay because we only had one or two products and only one or two channels that we were selling into. But we realized very quickly that was not sustainable,” said Terry Rice, director of finance at Living Proof.

Living Proof needed a software solution that was strong in supply chain management and manufacturing that would allow it to scale business quickly. It also wanted a cloud-based solution because it didn’t want to have to create an IT department.

A Cloud Solution

The company looked at a number of solutions and selected the SAP Business ByDesign solution, a cloud-based business management suite. Designed for upper medium-sized business, SAP Business ByDesign actually had more functionality than Living Proof needed at the time, but the company knew it would grow into the solution.

“When we found SAP Business ByDesign we knew we had the right answer,” said Rice. “As we expanded our revenue, distribution channels, and manufacturing capacities we really didn’t have to increase headcount because we had the structure, the framework, in place.”

Living Proof can run its entire company on SAP Business ByDesign. Everything, including finance, human resources, supply chain, and production, is integrated. Real-time analytics and reporting are powered by the SAP HANA platform and are available on almost any mobile device. “One of the great things about SAP Business ByDesign is that the information that is available is all standardized, and you know where to go quickly to get what you need,” said Rice.

For example, if someone in sales wants to know what sales program spending has been in the last month or year, the information can be provided in a few clicks. If the R&D team asks how development is going on a new product line, Rice can quickly bring up the data in project accounting and show exactly where the spend is happening.

Revenue Jumps 300%

As the business has grown, SAP Business ByDesign has helped to simplify the workload. “It’s much easier to run the business. We don’t wonder what is going to happen when we book a transaction,” said Rice. Production planning is much simpler than when it was done on spreadsheets. When forecasts are entered into the system it figures out when a product needs to be produced and which manufacturing sites and warehouses to use.

And if Living Proof wants to add a new distribution channel or product line to the system, there is a standardized and consistent set of steps to go through. The structure and reliability of the system gives Rice and his team more time to focus on future investments and profitability. They can analyze existing business channels more closely and be more discriminating of the new ones they may enter to ensure maximum profit in the future.

SAP Business ByDesign has been a great investment for Living Proof. Since the implementation, revenue has grown 300%, the number of different items produced has increased by over 200%, and the volume of items produced and distributed is up over 400%. And the company only had to increase its headcount by 30 people to support all that growth. “I really don’t think that we could have achieved that level of success without a system like SAP Business ByDesign,” said Rice.

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SAP First Technology Company in United States to Receive Gender Equality Certification

NEWTOWN SQUARE — SAP is the first technology company in the United States to be awarded the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certificate in recognition for its commitment to gender equality in the workplace, SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced today.

In an industry often cited for gender-imbalance, the certification highlights the priority SAP has placed on fostering a gender-balanced workplace.

“This recognition shows how committed we are to making SAP more gender-equal,” said Jewell Parkinson, head of human resources, SAP North America. “Not only are we holding ourselves to the highest, most transparent international standards, but we’re creating a road map others in the industry can emulate.”

Launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011, the EDGE certificate is the leading global standard and is recognized across all industries. SAP’s certification process began almost a year ago, and was awarded after a rigorous third-party review, in which company data and gender practices and policies were reviewed.

“The EDGE certification is another testament to the fact that SAP North America is leading our industry and region on diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Jennifer Morgan, president, SAP North America. “To be the first EDGE-certified technology company in the United States is a tremendous honor. There remains much work left ahead of us on these important issues but this is an important affirmation of our strategy to set the standard globally on these issues.”

At the end of 2015, women made up over 32 percent of the global workforce of SAP and held 23.6 percent of all leadership positions, a 4.2 percent increase from 2012. SAP has a board-level commitment to reach 25 percent women in leadership by 2017.

In March 2015, SAP joined the World Bank Group partnership SheWorks, an initiative that brings together leading global companies to help advance women’s employment in the private sector. SAP North America also supports a number of nonprofits aimed at addressing the gender gap in technology.

“The tech industry has long been exposed for its unimpressive record on gender equality. More often than not, their female talents have been acquired rather than developed in-house, with career perspectives that remained confined by stereotypical expectations around gender,” said Aniela Unguresan, co-founder, EDGE Certified Foundation. “Through their EDGE certification, SAP North America confirms that they are a trailblazer in attracting, promoting, retaining and motivating both male and female talents. By adopting such a strategic and structured approach to creating an inclusive workplace, SAP North America raises the bar for the entire industry and EDGE is proud to partner with them on this journey.”

“SAP is committed to ensuring a gender-balanced environment,” said Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP SE. “Greater diversity provides numerous benefits to the company and our employees, customers, partners and the bottom line. We know that companies are far more innovative and successful when they leverage diverse talent. We are proud of the strides we are making and hope to see other major players in the tech industry follow SAP’s lead.”

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

About EDGE Certification

EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. The EDGE assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011. EDGE certification has been designed to help companies create an optimal workplace for women and men, and benefit from it. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality and is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact. The methodology uses a business, rather than theoretical approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics and accountability into the process. It assesses policies, practices and numbers across five different areas of analysis: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working and company culture. EDGE certification has received the endorsement of business, government and academic leaders from around the world.

For more information, visit www.edge-cert.org/ or follow us on Twitter: @EDGE_CERT

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 300,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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SAP and Lenovo Plan to Bring Advanced Solutions to the New Digital Economy

WALLDORF and MORRISVILLE — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a multifaceted partnership to develop cloud solutions in China, create innovations between the SAP HANA platform and Lenovo systems and jointly execute global go-to-market programs.

The agreement is intended to significantly strengthen an existing partnership and to combine SAP solutions with Lenovo’s data center offerings to provide customers with technology that can help organizations become agile digital enterprises.

Business and IT leaders are constantly seeking new solutions to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce complexity, and create value in the new digital economy. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of business processes and products will have been reinvented, changed or eliminated as a result of improved access to information.* This potential is only realized when technology can turn data into insights, with the speed in which decisions are made as a critical competitive differentiator.

The partnership will include:

  • Further strengthening joint execution, including developing innovative cloud solutions in China.
  • Engaging in new innovations between SAP HANA and Lenovo systems to explore and define new technologies that address the needs of the digital economy. This will also result in SAP using Lenovo systems as an infrastructure server platform.
  • Jointly executing global go-to-market programs, inclusive of system integrators and technology partners, to bring these new technologies to our joint customers. This will include showcasing joint differentiated solutions in Lenovo Enterprise Innovation Centers in Stuttgart, Germany; Morrisville, North Carolina; and a center soon to be opened in Beijing, China.

Lenovo and SAP have a proven history of collaboration. SAP relies on Lenovo systems to power some of its most demanding applications, including its own solution development environments as well as the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. Furthermore, SAP is recognized as the preferred ERP provider to Lenovo, which has deployed several enterprise solutions including SAP Business Suite software, the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application and SAP HANA. Lenovo estimates implementation of SAP solutions has enabled a 45x improvement in reporting performance and a 50x improvement in data loading.

“With over 5,000 servers optimized for SAP HANA and shipped by Lenovo, our experience in helping transform and drive growth for customers continues a tradition of leadership related to mission-critical SAP applications and SAP HANA platforms,” said Gerry Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer, PC and Enterprise Business Group, Lenovo. “Expanding our partnership with SAP provides a greater foundation to collaborate on new and innovative solutions to solve major challenges facing businesses today related to turning insights into action.”

“SAP and Lenovo have enjoyed a successful partnership, and we look forward to expanding our collaborative efforts to help companies become true digital enterprises,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, executive vice president and head, Business Development and Strategic Ecosystem, SAP. “Together, we are bolstering the development of innovative cloud solutions for customers in China, and exploring new technologies based on SAP HANA and Lenovo systems that will help address the needs of the digital economy.”

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

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

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As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 300,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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Innovations to SAP Jam Collaboration Improve and Support a Continuous Learning Culture

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and SuccessFactors, an SAP company, today announced a new release of SAP Jam Collaboration, a social software platform that improves informal learning.

Available today, SAP Jam Collaboration supports the SAP SuccessFactors Learning solution in a way to help companies save money and time, while allowing employees to learn in a more engaged and collaborative manner.

Corporate learning is usually offered as single training events and can cost more than US$1,700 per hour to develop.* It diminishes engagement over time and weakens the ability to learn from peers. Companies are looking to streamline training costs, while at the same time helping employees develop continuously. Collaborative learning technologies help companies adapt and maintain their competitive edge.

“At Bertelsmann, we are in the midst of a long-term transformation to digitize our existing businesses and develop new digital offerings. Supporting this transformation, we have simultaneously started an implementation of an SAP SuccessFactors solution, which includes implementing SAP SuccessFactors Learning in our decentralized organization for 100,000 employees,” said Mathias Damaschke, senior director, Corporate HR Strategy & Systems, Bertelsmann. “We are also using the SAP Jam social software platform to foster social learning and internal collaboration around specific learning events, helping to support our individual ‘digital’ development, which is highly important for us as a global media, services and education company.”

In conjunction with SAP Jam, SAP SuccessFactors Learning provides social and collaborative features for companies to foster a learning culture by helping employees and instructors collaborate on a continuous basis for training and development. This helps organizations:

  • Extend training and compliance for learning effectiveness: Engage learners before, during and after training events with course and topic-based learning. Leverage expertise with peer-to-peer learning networks, provide forums for questions and insights and promote discovery of courses from SAP SuccessFactors Learning to drive registrations.
  • Improve talent and leadership development: Scale mentoring and development programs with plan creation, task assignments, progress tracking and connection with experts.
  • Support the extended enterprise: Extend collaborative engagement to customers and partners to support blended learning and development.

SAP Jam is the only offering on the market today that enables end-to-end program planning and rollout for learning software and course content development. The software supports learning and mentoring processes, and facilitates collaboration on curriculum plans, allowing users to share schedules, assign deliverables, review and edit content as a group, and distribute training materials.

“Some of the best ideas and leading-edge know-how lies untapped in the minds of our colleagues, partners and customers,” said Sameer Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Collaboration and Communities, SAP SE. “To unlock this hidden potential, we set out to transform how organizations can reimagine the interactions between our market-leading learning management system and new peer-based learning concepts. I’m privileged to say that leading global brands are already adopting these new transformative learning concepts only available from SAP SuccessFactors solutions.”

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Social Selling: A Hit in Manila

Thriller in Manila: social selling is a knockout in the Philippines, boosting the sales pipeline seven fold. Now SAP plans to roll it out worldwide.

Tom Becher is an account rep who works in SAP’s telephone sales organization. Part of a social selling program for the SAP call center in Manila, Philippines, Tom recently closed a big SAP SuccessFactors deal in Indonesia. Tom says using the social sales approach gave him a huge advantage, compared with cold calling his prospect. So what is social selling? Put simply, social selling is when sales people use social media to interact with potential buyers.

“Before I engaged the general manager for human resources I had already seen his profile. It gave me information very early and an idea of how to drive my conversation with him.”

The Philippines is often referred to as the call center capital of the world, due to the high concentration of companies operating call centers there. Cheap labor costs are the primary reason that many western companies have set up shop there. But SAP is investing heavily in its Manila call center, turning it into a hub for social selling and sales innovation across the Asia Pacific region and company worldwide. The initial results have been overwhelmingly positive. Using social selling tools and a new enablement program, the Manila team generated seven times more pipeline sales than comparable teams.

With social selling, the SAP team in Manila generated seven times more pipeline sales than comparable teams.

Malin Lidén is a vice president of marketing at SAP. She heads up innovation and community programs such as social selling from Walldorf. “The Asia Pacific market is very young, very social media savvy,” she says. “There is a big affinity to sharing things online and via mobile. So for many of those employees, these kinds of tools and connections are second nature. This population is very open to new ways of selling.” Tom agrees. “Everybody’s social now. That’s where everyone does business.”

Malin says the heart of social selling is technology. SAP subscribes to LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator tool, which allows sales professionals to build lists of potential sales connections and sign up for alerts that provide updates on those individuals. The result? A sales person can listen to leads and research them so they are pursuing ‘warm’ rather than ‘cold’ leads. As Tom explains, “This is a tool where you can gather all your prospects into one view. You can get an update everyday on what they do with status updates and posts. So it gives you an idea where they are right now.”

But as Malin emphasizes, social selling goes beyond tech tools. It’s a whole new way of engaging customers that “pulls” them in versus “pushing” SAP out. For example, a sales person can share a blog or article that is meaningful to potential customers. This helps establishes a conversation and relationship, before any sales discussion. For the customer, it’s the difference between being ‘sold to,’ and getting guidance in the buying process from someone you know and trust.

So far, SAP’s social selling pilot programs have yielded approximately 24 million Euro in pipeline worldwide. SAP is now rolling out social selling tools and methodology to its entire global sales team, starting this month.



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Top Five with SAP’s CMO: Transform Business for the Digital Age

The digital transformation is having a big impact in marketing. According to SAP CMO Maggie Chan Jones, these days people complete about 75% of a buying cycle online – so the primary function of marketing has changed from helping sales sell to helping buyers buy.

Here are Maggie’s top five ways to drive change with the SAP Digital Boardroom.



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Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and SAP Unveil Volunteer Team App

SAN FRANCISCO — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee have taken the Super Bowl 50 volunteer team program mobile with the launch of the SB50 Host Committee Volunteers mobile app.

Powered by SAP HANA and created in partnership with SAP, the SB50 Host Committee Volunteers mobile app will help ensure a more effective and connected experience for the 5,000 volunteers on site during Super Bowl week. As a founding partner of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, SAP is using its best-in-class solutions to help the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to Run Simple.

“The SB50 Host Committee Volunteers mobile app will be the go-to tool that ensures our volunteer team is connected, supported and engaged,” said Keith Bruce, CEO of the Host Committee. “Through our partnership with SAP, we are able to leverage technology that not only provides a powerful solution for our operations but also gives us unique insights to provide the best experience possible for our volunteers.”

Using the app, Host Committee volunteers can manage schedules, participate in virtual training, access local maps and event information for out-of-town guests and communicate with other volunteers. Most important, the app allows the Host Committee to communicate in real time with volunteers. Additionally, real-time beacon technology will provide opportunities to adjust staffing based on location activity and demand.

“Leveraging the power of our in-memory database, SAP HANA, the Host Committee and its volunteer team will be better prepared and connected to provide a positive experience for the millions of fans descending on the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50,” said Sam Yen, chief design officer, SAP. “SAP HANA will play a significant role in our presence throughout the Super Bowl, helping to simplify operations and ultimately enhance the fan experience.”

The Host Committee volunteer team is group of 5,000 people who will welcome guests to the Bay Area and provide them with a helping hand during Super Bowl Week. Host Committee volunteers are key ambassadors for both Super Bowl 50 and the San Francisco Bay Area, and reflect the tremendous diversity, spirit and character that the region is known for.

Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016. The Super Bowl 50 game will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara — home of the San Francisco 49ers — on February 7, 2016. The first Super Bowl was played in California in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and now the Super Bowl returns to California to celebrate its golden moment with the 50th playing of the Super Bowl in the Golden State.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25 percent of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/1n8vtdV.

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HR: Four Pathways to the Cloud

Companies’ human resources (HR) processes are usually covered by a mix of on-premise and cloud functions. However, many enterprises are increasingly turning to cloud-only solutions. We take a look at the four scenarios.

Innovations every three months, simplified processes, no investment required in new hardware — these are some of the reasons why SAP expert Georg Kerle believes it makes sense to shift HR processes to the cloud. In particular, cloud-based HR software supports a company’s digitization. For example, storing personnel data in the cloud simplifies integration with other cloud processes that are not related to HR. Furthermore, the processes for both permanent and temporary employees can be managed in the same way.

Depending on each customer’s situation and needs, SAP currently offers four scenarios to map HR processes in the cloud. Companies that already run many of their HR processes on SAP ERP HCM start from a different position than enterprises that are only just planning to implement standard software or corporations that want to integrate associated companies and subsidiaries based at home and abroad.

1. Talent Management from the Cloud, Core Processes on-Premise

If companies move their talent management into the cloud and keep their core processes in their existing on-premise solution, they have the opportunity to, for example, use the cloud to handle employee acquisition and hiring as well as target agreements, assessments, and the whole area of further education and training.

On the other hand, employee master data, historical salary data, and information about positions is still kept and managed in the on-premise SAP ERP HCM system. Salary adjustments or bonus payments as the result of a good appraisal are processed in compensation management for cloud and flow into SAP ERP HCM, as does information about new hires or details about newly acquired competencies.

Companies that wish to continue to use HR functions powered by SAP in this form but would like to modernize their user interface can replace the GUI with a browser-based interface with the help of HR renewal, at the same time as taking the first step into the cloud.

2. Run Core Processes On Premise and in the Cloud, Side-by-Side

The second approach is to run core processes both on-premise and in the cloud, side-by-side. This is primarily aimed at organizations with associated companies or subsidiaries abroad, whose current systems make a consolidated view of the whole company difficult or even impossible.

“The parts of the company that deploy SAP ERP HCM on-premise can carry on as before,” explains Kerle. “But where a different software solution is in place – or where there’s no solution at all – master data management can be used from the cloud in SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central.”

Furthermore, SAP SuccessFactors becomes the central point of access for all employee and manager self-services, regardless of whether the employee data is stored in SAP ERP or in SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central. The big advantage is that employees and managers can complete all their self-service activities with a standardized user-friendly interface, while the HR administrators who so far worked only in the on-premise world can continue to use the processes and transactions with which they are familiar.

3. Payroll and Time Management On Premise, with the Rest in the Cloud: Core Hybrid

The idea of approach number three is to have employees clock on and off as before, and also to leave payroll unchanged, but otherwise to transfer functions to the cloud. This is aimed at “companies who want to run HR processes from the cloud, but can’t dispense with their current time management or payroll solution,” says Kerle. The reason for this is that many on-premise customers have modified their payroll application considerably over the years. The essential thing here is for the data from the cloud – in other words, from cloud-based master data management in SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – to be synchronized properly with time management and/or payroll in the SAP ERP system. SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is therefore the central component for maintaining employee data. Clocking-on and clocking-off times can be recorded using partner solutions.

4. Everything in the Cloud

The most consistent approach for organizations implementing a cloud strategy is to run the entire range of HR processes in the cloud, from payroll through talent management and time recording. This is ideal for companies looking for an effective way of simplifying complex processes and willing to depart from their on-premise applications completely. The full cloud option makes sense for companies who are not compelled to continue running their legacy systems and do not want to – or no longer want to – assume responsibility for operating their software solutions themselves. “Such companies should seriously consider the full cloud,” says Georg Kerle from SAP.

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Thứ Bảy, 23 tháng 1, 2016

Company code error while billing

While Invoicing through EASIBI Tcode by providing the Contract number in the Selection criteria of the Tcode along with Dates and ticking the Invoice Button, I am getting an Error message 'COMPANY CODE NOT DEFINED' in the log and a message Individual Bill Terminated.

Could you please let me know what exactly will be the reason as i have debugged the standard and didnt find any COmpany Code validations in the same.

Thanks for your response in ADV.

 

Madhuri

 

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Thứ Sáu, 22 tháng 1, 2016

Finding Balance on a Bamboo Bicycle

Fazlul Hoque balances the virtual nature of his job with the construction of eco-friendly bicycles. Now he is sharing his newfound passion with others.

Assuming you are passionate about what you studied, you have a cool career happening around you, and you love your employer too, then you should be completely content and fulfilled, right?

On paper it sounds like a great formula, and it might work for some. But Fazlul Hoque, who has all of those things and more, looked inside himself and discovered that something was still missing. Being the perceptive guy he is, Fazlul set out to balance his own equation.

Fazlul has always liked building things, and as an interaction designer at SAP’s research and development lab in Germany, he works in a multidisciplinary team that designs and builds the user interfaces for SAP’s newest applications.

His task is to mask the fundamental complexity of business software witha simple interface design that delights end users. And that’s easier said than done. “In the age of information overload, it is the job of the designer to lead the way and hold the hand of the user. Simplicity is the only way to accomplish that,” says Fazlul.

He and his colleagues are currently working in one of industry’s hottest areas: the Internet of Things, and on applications that help companies to analyze sensor data in order to predict machine failures thus optimizing maintenance cycles and reducing machine downtime.

Back to the “Roots”

“As an interaction designer I am working a lot with design concepts, but most of them are digital,” explains Fazlul. “What was missing for me was building something that I could touch and feel.” That’s when he began to look for a project in his free time that would combine his passions for design, construction, sustainability, and practicality. Bamboo bicycles were the perfect fit.

For thousands of years this incredibly fast growing, versatile, light, and eco-friendly material has been used to build objects that can withstand major loads. As a boy growing up in Bangladesh, Fazlul experienced first-hand how bamboo is used in the construction of furniture, houses, boats, and even bridges.

“I wanted to build is something with my hands that I can use in my daily life, but I didn’t want to build just a normal bike,” Fazlul explains. “It had to have a unique aspect to it, and the bamboo bike fits all of my criteria.” Knowing that he would need support on his first bike, he searched and found an impassioned bike enthusiast and entrepreneur in Berlin who ran workshops in bamboo bicycle construction.

Fazlul travelled to Berlin on weekends to complete his bike, which was built in clearly defined stages. “My favorite part was working with my hands and learning about new materials and new techniques. It’s a very explorative process and you can use this skill in any job.”

Completing the bike is one of the things that Fazlul is most proud of, and a self-made bike also translates into a lot of fun: “Riding a bicycle is a joy for everybody, but if you ride something that you built yourself then it exponentially increases that joy.”

He found the experience so worthwhile that he wants to share it with others. The interaction designer and another colleague at SAP formed a group that are learning the technique of building the eco-friendly vehicles, even electric-powered ones. Visitors to SAP in Walldorf, Germany, can therefore expect to see more bamboo bikes around the campus soon.

The People Behind the Technology

//name: Fazlul Hoque

//job title: User Experience Designer

//team: Multidisciplinary team

//years at SAP: 9

//SAP lab: Walldorf, Germany

//passion: Building bamboo bicycles and awaking this interest in others

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SAP Soars Past 1,000 SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Customers Milestone

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — SAP SE (NYSE) today announced that more than 1,000 customers worldwide have chosen the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central solution, its core human resources (HR) system built for the cloud.

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is part of an end-to-end suite of HR applications, going beyond basic automation to add intelligence and insight to the most demanding business priorities. The next-generation core HR system (HRIS) is designed for the global enterprise workforce and delivered securely via the SAP Cloud portfolio, serving more than 40 million SAP SuccessFactors users. Today’s news marks a new chapter in SAP’s long history of human capital management (HCM) leadership, highlighting 30 years of delivering HR technology.

“As a brand that’s pursuing rapid and aggressive global expansion, we have aggressive business objectives that need to align very closely with our talent strategy,” said Justin Watras, director of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness at Brooks Brothers. “Since debuting SAP SuccessFactors solutions in our organization a little more than a year ago, the transformation has been dramatic. We have not stopped since we went live with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals. The benefits have ranged from significant efficiencies in processes, reduction of administrative workloads and tasks, to the more meaningful, more strategic value that has been added around knowing our people and being able to grow them better. We now have a true performance culture that is emerging and is taking hold in a really critical way.”

“In reaching 1,000 SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central customers globally in just six years, SAP SuccessFactors is one of the fastest growing cloud core HR products in the market,” said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. “Compare that to the 30 years they’ve been in the on-premise HCM business, and it’s a clear proof point of the higher rate of speed with which enterprises today are adopting cloud-based offerings.”

“I believe one of the key reasons we are seeing this type of growth with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is because we didn’t build a solution to solve problems from the last 30 years, we built a solution for the next 30 years,” said Mike Ettling, president of SuccessFactors. “In building the HR system of the future, it was important to move beyond performing the same functions just in a more sophisticated way. If we are asking customers to join us on this journey of HR transformation, we must deliver value in return. More than a system of record, SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is a system of engagement. One of the best examples of this is with the recently introduced intelligent services, which we’ve designed to further melt away old business processes that were previously required to bridge the gaps between various HR functions.”

“SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is such a robust tool,” said Sean Kundu, vice president of New Ventures for the San Francisco 49ers. “We’re now able to pull data so much more quickly, and when we need to make big, holistic decisions about how the company is going to operate, we’re able to do that much more easily. Providing that data is really critical, and that makes our jobs a lot simpler.”

SAP SuccessFactors customer momentum is rooted in SAP’s mission to make workplace technology more human, intelligent and encompassing of the total workforce. SAP SuccessFactors recently unveiled intelligent services, designed to consolidate impending transactions that result from employee-related events, guiding the end user easily through typical HR processes and helping reduce reliance on – and cost of – shared services. Also delivered recently was integration between SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP Fieldglass offerings to enable companies to better manage their contingent labor along with their permanent employees. Expanding on the theme of total workforce management, new capabilities to help manage apprentices are planned in the near future.

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