Thứ Sáu, 30 tháng 9, 2016

SAP IoT Around the World

SAP is innovating with customers around the world, disrupting industries, and saving lives with Internet of Things.

This video showcases three IoT collaborations in three locations, and three industries. Learn how IoT is digitally transforming mining in Russia, transportation in Japan and wind power in the Arctic Circle.



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When Actions Speak Louder Than Words: SAP Recognized as #20 Most Purposeful Brand in the World

Gotta find my purpose, gotta find ME!” Those are the lyrics sung by Princeton, a lead character in the Broadway musical, “Avenue Q.” Princeton realizes that there’s something more to life. He’s convinced that once he finds his Purpose, it will be that little flame that keeps him going – and, enables him to make his dent in the universe (to quote Steve Jobs).

Brands with Purpose can make a big difference. But, according to consultancy RadleyYeldar (RY) “only if they go beyond worthy words to show how purpose translates into impact.” Brands with purpose invite people to be part of something bigger. They “bring employees, customers and investors on board, turning ambition into action. Ultimately, they create business success – and by fulfilling their purpose, they benefit individuals and society.”

SAP’s commitment to communicate, educate, and inspire others about how we are making an impact on global causes touching billions of people is getting noticed. On September 21, at the Fit for Purpose 2016 launch event in London, SAP moved up two spots in the RY Fit for Purpose Index of the top 100 most purposeful brands in the world. We are now #20, up from #22 in 2015. We maintained our position as the top technology company listed on this index — ahead of HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Google, IBM, and Facebook.

Being ranked as a leader in “Fit for Purpose” is about getting four things right: the purpose itself and related storyline; communications; performance, and behavior. To learn more, read the Marketing Week article, which announced the 2016 index.

Why Focus on Purpose?

According to EY’s strategy executive director and EY Beacon Institute global leader Valerie Keller, Purpose can lead to better growth opportunities for companies large and small. As EY points out, “purpose-led brands are more successful in acquiring and retaining customers. This may make intuitive sense, but it is also backed up by behavioral science: people buy things that make them feel good about themselves. And people do business with those they trust.”

According to Keller, companies that successfully transform themselves into a “‘purpose-driven organization” will uncover more growth opportunities and develop stronger sales channels than those that don’t. And in a world where growth is increasingly difficult to achieve, leveraging all available tools is more important than ever.

Like Princeton in “Avenue Q,” people are now craving something more meaningful. It’s not just millennials, it cuts across all age groups! Many of us want to feel like we are somehow making a positive impact and contributing to a higher purpose in our work. It’s what drives and inspires us. We feel it’s our duty to stand for something more than just making money, and to help people prosper in the digital economy. Now, with the Fit for Purpose Index, we can look to purpose-driven companies for opportunities to collaborate and innovate, while also inspiring others.

Many of us dream of a better life – for ourselves, our loved ones, our friends, and for those whom we may not even know personally, but feel empathy towards. What’s your dream? How have you incorporated purpose into your life – at work, outside of work, or both? Share it with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #mypurposestory.

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Exclusive Update on Apple and SAP Partnership from SAP TechEd

Apple and SAP joined forces earlier this year to revolutionize the mobile work experience, and drive innovation for companies of all sizes.

In a video interview at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, Thomas Grassl, vice president and head of Developer Relations at SAP, provided an exclusive look at the very first results of the partnership with a demo of an example app for a Maintenance Asset Worker.

This mobile app showcases some of the capabilities for native enterprise application development. Combining the power of native iOS with SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform, plus the user experience of SAP Fiori, the app seamlessly connects timely, relevant, accurate data from assets to enterprise business processes for information sharing company-wide and better business outcomes.

Using Data for Business Results

Making sure workers have the real-time data they need to get the job done has become a mandate for every organization, especially asset intensive industries like utilities. According to SAP Performance Benchmarking studies, utility companies that excel in asset performance management using predictive and preventive maintenance can increase operating margins by 50 percent and decrease maintenance costs by over 30 percent. When maintenance planning and scheduling factor in skill levels and job requirements, these companies can reduce inventory by over 40 percent. As the first result of the exciting partnership between Apple and SAP, the Maintenance Asset Worker app is just the beginning of industry transformation.

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SAP Fiori: Positive User Experience Improves Employee Productivity at PanAust

The Australian mining group PanAust has been developing various SAP Fiori apps, and is scoring points when it comes to usability — and not only among occasional, inexperienced users.

“It all started with us wanting to simplify our software to make it easier for our non-native English-speaking employees,” explained Darren Hadfield, group information systems manager at PanAust.

The Australian gold, silver, and copper producer headquartered in Brisbane implemented the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA at all company locations in 2014, including Laos, Papua New Guinea and Chile. Using SAP software, PanAust aims to realize uniform business processes, improve operations, and maximize efficiency. The software implementation has certainly paid off, since PanAust has been able to reduce its costs for shared services and corporate functions by five percent.

“SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA gives PanAust a robust and industry-leading platform to integrate existing business units and onboard new ones seamlessly while achieving substantial cost savings across all functional areas”, said Hadfield.

Intuitive User Interface

In order to establish a highly intuitive user experience, the mining group also opted for SAP Fiori when purchasing the ERP software. 80% of PanAust users are non-native English speakers, and are unfamiliar with SAP software. This is especially the case for employees outside Australia.

“Our focus was heavily on the usability of the tool,” explained Hadfield. “We picked SAP Fiori because we felt that even in emerging countries they all have mobile phones and do Facebook. With SAP Fiori we could deliver a similar simple user interface.”

In order to do so, PanAust used SAP Fiori Apps from the SAP Fiori Apps Library, or developed their own Fiori apps for various purchasing, maintenance and personnel administration assignments. When using the apps, the users only see the fields they require which makes it very simple to use.

With the SAP Fiori apps, PanAust was predominantly concerned about meeting the needs of employees that only use the applications occasionally. The user-friendly apps soon proved to be extremely popular throughout the company. “What we found was that that the demand for that sort of interface has exploded. Even people who have been around for a long time and are used to the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA prefer to use the SAP Fiori interface,” said Hadfield.

There is demand for SAP Fiori apps in every department, which is being covered by SAP apps or in-house developments. “Our strategy is to transition as many users onto the SAP Fiori interface as quickly as we can,” the systems manager explained.

User-Friendly Dashboards for Various Assignments

There are now 17 SAP Fiori apps live at PanAust, including an app that approves vendor invoices, and another that handles maintenance orders. An additional five apps are in the quality assurance phase. PanAust can select apps from the SAP Fiori Apps Library, and have them up and running within three or four days. This is about the length of time needed to develop basic apps, such as a materials search app or a leave request approval app. The PanAust IT department typically needs three to four weeks for more complex applications. Two apps are currently being developed for business trips, the first of which can be used to book trips, and the other which manages expense claims. The travel expenses are fed directly into the SAP system, and the costs are reimbursed to the employee.

Higher Productivity and Satisfaction Among Employees

The SAP Fiori apps are not only proving advantageous for the users, but also for the company. Thanks to the intuitive ease of use, there are virtually no training costs, and employee productivity is on the increase. “SAP Fiori increased user acceptance and satisfaction, reduced training costs, and provides a powerful reporting and analytics platform,” described Hadfield.

Due to the overwhelming success, PanAust is planning to develop additional apps for mobile devices.

“We will continue to push things out to the mobile device. So, for us, our strategy at the moment is SAP Fiori as a mobility pile,” he said. The mining company is not only looking to use SAP Fiori internally, however, but also in collaboration with its partners, for example with suppliers. “We want to use SAP Fiori as digital interface for the benefit of our organization plus the organization of our suppliers.”

What initially began as a project to facilitate the work of users with English as a second language has flourished into a company-wide IT strategy involving both internal and external users.

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Digital Transformation Is All about Disruption

Digital transformation is all about disruption. There are already tons of articles out there about the buzzword digital transformation and everyone has different thoughts and opinions on this hyped topic.

But I believe it is just a means to generate new business models, which are sometimes disruptive for them. And we can only benefit from all the discussions if we compare and contrast our attitudes to the evaluations of others. So let me explain to you my point of view.

It’s All About the Disruptive Factor

As already mentioned, digital transformation is really disruptive for a company in a given market, which leads me to the question: what is actually meant by “digital transformation”? The amount of definitions is just as overwhelming as the different perspectives on it. In my view, digital transformation refers to the activity of taking a step into a new world and not just for the sake of presenting something new.

Uber and Amazon are two great examples of disruptive businesses.

The taxi company Uber has made good use of the technological progress and the emerging opportunities and thus revolutionized the taxi market. They connect users and contracting parties even though they are actually just a platform – something which has existed a thousand times before, but the easiness of the platform and the flexibility of the business model are their distinguishing factors. Amazon, originally primarily an online platform, now makes a turnover and profit by leasing server space, a second and obviously very successful business part.

International phenomena, such as globalization, put pressure on organizations, which require them to react to changes and to meet new requirements. It’s not just about creating and the competitive edge while being oriented towards well-known competitors. Some companies, such as Tesla, are highly successful even though no one might have expected them to build efficient cars.

SAP offers solutions for all levels of disruption you can imagine. SAP HANA as the fastest database, SAP S/4HANA as the digital core and SAP HANA Cloud Platform provide all requirements needed to take a step into new businesses.

But I came to realize that way too often, approaches are company-focused and miss the broader picture. Challenges in the digital transformation cannot be reduced to the formula: new business model + breakthrough technology = digital transformation. There is more. As digital transformation is about more than technology and should put users at the forefront of all activities, the right formula is: reimagining business models + reimaging customer and user experience + leverage latest technology trends = design-led digital transformation.

Reimaging the user experience + leveraging latest technology trends = design-led digital transformation

Design to Innovate

Our customers usually state they wish to be more innovative, but lack the knowledge and tools to generate new ideas and business models. We use the design thinking methods and other innovative approaches to overcome this dilemma. Due to our strong end-user focus and close customer contact, we are able to identify huge potential for ideas. This is our differentiator. We observe users during their daily work and are therefore able to detect problems of which IT is often not aware.

In the exploration phase we discover and identify potential for optimized processes and new business models. We also derive the effects on internal business models and user interfaces which support these new processes.

But we don’t want to just save the world. Our expertise allows us to go a step further as we are also able to build and design impactful solutions which our customers desperately need. Customers often approach us with a specific problem they want to solve. Throughout our collaboration they realize that their problem might be bigger than expected or maybe even totally different to the initial problem they have identified. We help them to think broader and to leave their comfort zone in their business to expand, to go further to adapt processes. IT is usually just a supporting factor, but offers great potential for innovation.

The design part is an essential component and maybe the distinguishing factor. We don’t stay on the high level. This is where we start. We apply and adapt the design thinking method to the challenges our customers face and elaborate the details for disruptive business models to ultimately cause and support the transformation.

This is how we create deeper relationships between IT and business and design experiences for users. We are sometimes pushed into the corner of UX. But actually the skills of empathy and creativity enable us to apply our methods to business challenges. We do not only prepare our customers for the future, but design customized solutions both for and with them.

Digital transformation is not just happening out there, it is hitting us, which presents with the possibility and obligation to create it.

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Interview with SAP’s Franck Cohen: “In Our Business, You Have to Stay Curious”

Meteo Protect’s Use of SAP HANA Earns 2016 SMA Innovation in Action Award

WALLDORF SAP (NYSE: SAP) customer Meteo Protect has been awarded the 2016 SMA Innovation in Action award for its ability to offer customized insurance policies based on current and historical weather data.

Meteo Protect uses the SAP HANA platform to aggregate over 80 billion weather-related data points from multiple sources. Once the data is collected, Meteo Protect is able to analyze risks and price and underwrite customized insurance policies in real time.

Over the last 20 years, the frequency and intensity of weather-related claims has nearly doubled, yet traditional weather-related insurance policies have remained largely unchanged, posing a problem for agricultural businesses. Meteo Protect is changing that by creating customized policies so specific that they address the weather risks posed in an individual farmer’s location. To achieve this level of accuracy, Meteo Protect relies on SAP HANA to upload data up to 12 times faster than traditional platforms allow. As a result, it can price scenarios and policies eight times faster, which keeps operation costs low while optimizing the customer experience.

“Meteo Protect addresses the specific needs of agricultural insurance buyers, helping them adapt to the unpredictable risk landscape associated with weather-related issues,” said Karen Furtado, SMA Partner. “We commend them for their modernization of the way the insurance industry leverages the use of technology, data and analytics.”

The SMA Innovation in Action award is presented to next-generation insurers and solution providers that put forward creative initiatives, technologies and solutions to modernize and reimagine the insurance business. The rise of new technologies is creating an immediate opportunity for insurers like Meteo Protect to transform traditional customer engagement and adapt to the changing needs of today’s insurance customer.

“We are thrilled to see the success of Meteo Protect since its participation in SAP Startup Focus, a program that helps startups build new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate market traction,” said Bob Cummings, global head of the Insurance Business Unit, SAP. “The agricultural market was traditionally underserved by the insurance sector due to its highly specialized needs. Meteo Protect saw that as an opportunity and is using analytics to ensure that farmers can adequately protect their livelihoods against the constantly changing weather and climate.”

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Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 9, 2016

Seven New Videos on SAP Crystal Solutions 2016

previously wrote about the latest on SAP Crystal solutions, our easy-to-use report-building, data visualization, and data exploration software – namely, new licensing options expanding the potential of these powerful tools.

Since SAP Crystal solutions are available self-service on SAPStore.com, our online marketplace, we’ve created seven new videos you can use on your own to make the right choice and get up and running fast. Let’s take a look at each video.

There are 7 new videos on SAP Crystal Solutions you can view to get up and running fast

The SAP Crystal Portfolio: Explores the 2016 versions of SAP Crystal Presentation Design, SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, SAP Crystal Reports, and SAP Crystal Server, and how they all work together. Find out how you can present data stored in Microsoft Excel and present it with data visualization dashboards with SAP Crystal Presentation Design … then use SAP Crystal Dashboard Design to work with corporate data sources and embed dashboards into SAP Crystal Reports 2016. Tie them all together with SAP Crystal Server 2016. Check it out:

Nine SAP Crystal Reports Features Everyone Should Know: Shows you the latest updates to SAP Crystal Reports, including access to more data sources, a read-only report format, conditional box formatting, and six more cool features. Take a peek:

SAP Crystal Reports: Make Intelligent Business Decisions: Showcases how a team running a microbrewery uses SAP Crystal Reports to turn data into interactive, actionable reports to support their business planning and decision making – accessible to users online and offline.

SAP Crystal Dashboard Design Options: Gives you some great pointers on using SAP Crystal Dashboard Design 2016. For example, it shows you how to add visual components to your dashboard and tie them to cells in your underlying Excel data, and illustrate your data in different ways using charts, gauges and dials, maps, and more. Check it out:

Who Knew? SAP Crystal Server Features: This video shows you how SAP Crystal Server can take your reporting to the next level by translating everything in your “pixel-perfect reports” in a browser or mobile device. In short, SAP Crystal Server 2016 lets you share your reports with flexibility and scalability like never before. Have a look:

New SAP Crystal Server Licensing Options: Fully explains the two options for purchasing SAP Crystal Server, the named user license and concurrent access license, and how you can realize the most value. With SAP Crystal Server 2016, each named user license includes a copy of SAP Crystal Reports 2016 and SAP Crystal Dashboard Design 2016 for a single packaged price.

SAP Crystal Server 2016 – Get Up and Running Quickly: This video gives you a few tips in advance of installing SAP Crystal Server 2016, and walks you through the simple installation process. Check it out:

In case you’re new to SAP Crystal Reports:  it’s the world’s leading reporting software, widely used around the world by organizations large, small, and in between. It enables IT professionals, report authors, and developers to transform huge amounts of data into dynamic formatted reports and deliver them to decision makers for an accurate view of actionable information. In my next blog, I’ll tell you some stories about how people are using it in real life. Stay tuned.

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The Spin with Megan Meany: SAP Gets Into the Movie Business

Trenitalia’s IoT Strategy Makes the Trains Run on Time

Italy’s leading train company is setting the pace when it comes to predictive maintenance.

Who likes waiting for trains? No one, that’s who.

Trenitalia is working with SAP to prove there’s a smarter way to keep trains in top shape

One reason for late trains is that when transportation companies need to take care of unplanned maintenance, it cost more time, labor and ultimately money. Traditionally, operators look at how many months the train has been in use or miles traveled to estimate the need for mechanical attention; and overlook more important factors like equipment stress and weather conditions.

Trenitalia is working with SAP IoT to prove there’s a smarter way to keep trains in top shape that’s more efficient – and pays off big in operating savings and happier customers.

“One of the most expensive and critical processes for a railway company is rolling stock maintenance,” says Danilo Gismondi, CIO Trenitalia, Italy’s leading train company and a member of the FS Group, Europe’s most profitable railway player.

“At Trenitalia we’ve managed to improve it by analyzing data coming from thousands of sensors installed on our trains. The Dynamic Management Maintenance System (DMMS), built on a SAP HANA platform, can predict failures before they actually happen.”

Transforming the Maintenance Mix

Traditionally, maintenance schedules are based on a corrective/preventive system. Unfortunately fixed schedules that are based on distance and time have low correlation with the wear of components such as brakes, wheels, doors, and engines. The problem with this approach is that it does not capture the real condition of each component, which can vary based on factors such as the kind of service offered by the vehicle, number of rides per day, environmental conditions and occupancy levels.

All that changes with DMMS. Now, Trenitalia can link data from equipment such as motors, batteries and brakes with lifecycle models, usage wear and other performance indicators.  This enables the company to precisely predict the wear of a part by factoring in parameters such as cycles, hours of operation, kilometers, temperature, and so on. Maintenance occurs when predefined thresholds are reached, or when a specific  parameter goes out of the normal range, meaning a failure could be imminent and must be corrected immediately.

Switching Tracks has Advantages

According to Danilo, DMMS is going to mean big changes. Switching from a corrective/preventive system to a predictive one means maintenance activities will be performed differently. In addition, the use of tools like scanners and robots to detect faults, and the introduction of tablet devices to manage the maintenance program will also  speed up the digitalization of maintenance activities.

Another important innovation is the introduction of an integrated communications system among suppliers, engineers, technicians, and external partners to replace the current haphazard system. This will enable everyone to share information and take advantage of each other’s skills and best practices.

Last, but certainly not least, the new system will lead to costs savings in at least three areas: the number of maintenance operations, the duration of each operation, and number of parts replaced.

Today, September 29, SAP and Trenitalia are holding a customer showcase in Rome and Naples Italy, riding on one of Trenitalia’s high-speed trains. Speakers from both companies include SAP CEO Bill McDermott, Executive Board Member Bernd Leukert and Trenitalia CEO Barbara Morgante.  Follow the event on Twitter at #SAPIoT.

 



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What Business Decision-Makers Can Learn from Mozart

Architects have blueprints, musicians compose using music sheets, and anyone can read a map. So why haven’t business decision-makers adopted similar standards for communicating what’s going on in the company so they can more easily get where they want to go?

The data explosion that’s speeding up business and industry transformation is only creating more urgency for faster, smarter reporting. For example, research firm IDC predicts there will be 22 billion Internet of Things devices installed by 2018 generating more than data than business has ever had.

Stepping into the gap between data and decisions is the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) association, a Central European-based non-profit developing common reporting standards that businesses can use to accelerate decision-making. I talked with Dr. Jurgen Faisst, managing director at the IBCS association because he’s teaching a thought leader MOOC on the openSAP platform entitled “Semantic Notation – The Next Big Thing in BI?

“We can improve communication in business by adding semantic notation, meaning the kind of shared visual language and set of notations that almost any discipline has used for hundreds of years,” said Faisst. “It’s a good idea that Mozart wrote all of his sheet music with same notations, and even better that all composers use the same standards. In business we don’t have anything like that, which is why it takes too long to read, write and act on a report. If semantic notation is added to reports, we could improve quality and response time.”

Reporting in a Universal Business Language

Everyone already uses the same ingredients to write most business reports. Semantic notation for business is a kind of universal language that takes shape in the specific symbols, shapes, lines, colors and other attributes of charts, tables and similar report visualizations, allowing decision-makers to quickly interpret findings and recommendations.

This MOOC is geared towards anyone involved in collecting, analyzing, packaging and deciphering data from IT through management. The course is structured to provide an understanding of what semantic notation is, how it improves business reporting, and how to build templates using a corporate notation manual. The content will focus on how to build a storyline that shares clear, concise messages about what the information means and proposed next steps.

Having a common reporting “language” is particularly valuable for cross-departmental communication between busy IT personnel, financial and business data analysts, controllers, and managers. Faisst envisions cost-savings from time saved creating and interpreting reports. He also sees potential for semantic notation to become inter-company standards as well.

“A report is not just a list of numbers. You need to tell a story, explaining what has happened and why, what could happen in different future scenarios, and here’s what we need to do to move forward,” said Faisst.

IBCS bills itself as an open concept for reporting standards, sourcing ideas from over 400 members. Hundreds of companies worldwide, have adopted IBCS association standards for information design and visualization since the group was launched three years ago. The data explosion is transforming everything and business reporting needs to align with this new reality.

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Banking Services 9.0: Streamline Back Office Processes and Ensure Compliance

Can you remember a time when getting the latest feature or functionality required buying a whole software package or updating all of your hardware? It wasn’t too long ago.

But today, thanks to the rise of cloud computing, SaaS and push updates, enhancements to software or IT architectures can be done virtually as soon as an update is ready or a new standardization is put in place.

As the pace of innovation continues to increase in the banking industry, SAP has remained committed to reducing its own development cycles to meet customer needs. We recently announced new updates to Banking Services 9.0 – our core banking solution which was released six months ago.

SAP recently announced new updates to Banking Services 9.0 –  a core banking solution released six months ago

For background, Banking Services 9.0 combines high volume transaction processing with analytics through the SAP HANA platform. It gives our customers a true, real-time digital banking platform; and coupled with our improved delivery methodology, it helps our customers innovate faster and at scale.

Banking Services 9.0 combines high volume transaction processing with analytics through the SAP HANA platform.

So what are these updates? For this iteration, we focused on two key points; optimizing and streamlining the user experience for bank employees with the integration of two, new SAP Fiori applications and an enhanced version of SAP Accounting for Financial Instruments (AFI); one that provides IFRS 9 enhancements in the areas of impairment, modifications and accounting for the own credit risk.

SAP Fiori Updates

The two new SAP Fiori applications now integrated into Banking Services 9.0 are the Get Bank Customer Overview and the Manage Time Deposit feature. The former is a transactional app that layers on top of any existing database a bank may have and makes it easy for bank employees to pull up information on a customer by their business partner ID or other personal details, i.e. name, address, etc. Once a customer has been located, data on the individual and their accounts can be accessed and used to inform customer conversations and services.

The ladder, Manage Time Deposit, provides a singular overview of everything from the account holder, contract manager, deposit agreement, reference accounts, etc. Again, by condensing all of this information into one, central viewing pane we’re helping bank employees and back office staff get a clear picture of all facets of a customer’s account and activities.

SAP Accounting for Financial Instruments

In 2014, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued its IFRS 9 Financial Instruments standards to replace IAS 39 and create a single approach to measuring and classifying a bank’s financial instruments. Banks and financial institutions must be compliant with these new standards by January 1, 2018.

To help our customers meet the new regulatory demands, SAP’s Banking Services 9.0 now includes an enhanced version of SAP Accounting for Financial Instruments (AFI). For our customers not planning to move to 9.0 yet, we have down ported the enhancements to Banking Services 8.0 too.

To meet new regulatory demands, SAP’s Banking Services 9.0 includes an enhanced version of SAP Accounting for Financial Instruments

The integration of AFI allows our customers to maintain compliance by automatically aligning to any standards or needs. It also centralizes accounting principles while maintaining multi-GAAP capabilities. This may sound complex, but it’s simply an exercise in standardizing processes and creating visibility into all facets of an organization.

With these new features, our Banking Services 9.0 customers are prepared for anything that might come their way – whether it’s complying to a new regulation or delivering an enhanced customer experience.

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Trenitalia Showcases Railway Innovation with SAP

ROME SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) joined Trenitalia today to showcase new levels of operational efficiency in equipment maintenance possible through smart equipment, devices and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.


Italy’s Primary Rail Transportation Company Increases Efficiency,
Extends Equipment Lifecycles Through the Internet of Things with
SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service

Trenitalia’s deployment of dynamic maintenance management using SAP technology for the IoT demonstrates the way real-time insights from sensors are transforming asset management by adding more predictive capabilities to traditional, planned and reactive models. The event took place at the National Railway Museum in Pietrarsa, Italy, where SAP and Trenitalia displayed technology that is shaping of the future of digital transportation.

“Trenitalia is committed to a process of continuous innovation of services and practices,” said Barbara Morgante, CEO, Trenitalia. “We strive to provide our customers with an enhanced travel experience by investing in high-tech solutions that enable a more efficient, sustainable and fast journey. The cooperation with SAP is part of this strategy and helps us to provide better services, with a strong reduction of industrial costs.”

“SAP is honored to support Trenitalia’s digital transformation and quest for operational excellence,” said Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP. “Trenitalia’s innovative use of technology for cutting-edge operational insights brings to life the promise of the Internet of Things, with benefits for both the company and the millions of riders who travel with Trenitalia each year.” The railway event was held the day after SAP announced multiyear spending plans to invest €2 billion in its IoT business through 2020.

Improving Reliability and Reducing Costs of Operation

A part of FS Group, Trenitalia operates a fleet of nearly 30,000 locomotives, electric and light trains, coaches and freight cars, and runs over 8,000 trains each day. With a track record of railway innovation, Trenitalia sought a way to prevent failures and maintenance downtime while optimizing equipment lifecycles through Big Data, hyperconnectivity and process optimization. Beginning in 2014, Trenitalia worked with SAP to establish a dynamic maintenance model, deploying the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution to analyze sensor data and monitor equipment behavior remotely to decrease maintenance and service costs, while boosting availability and reliability of service for passengers.

“Being able to anticipate events and maintenance operations will enable our company to reduce errors, make processes more efficient and also deliver better services with continuously improving quality standards,” said Danilo Gismondi, CIO, Trenitalia. “We expect a reduction of maintenance costs of eight to 10 percent, which for our company is a very significant value.”

Using predictive analytics on the SAP HANA platform, the Trenitalia system processes vast amounts of real-time operational data from sensors and smart assets. It provides predictive models for machine learning and closed-loop integration with business systems to trigger corrective actions in service and maintenance systems to avoid unplanned downtime. The system lets teams from Trenitalia link data from equipment such as motors, batteries and brakes with lifecycle models and usage wear and other performance indicators. See more on how Trenitalia is using the power of predictive analytics on SAP HANA in this video:

The dynamic maintenance management system at Trenitalia is part of an innovation focus that aims to improve customers’ travel experience. FS Group’s 2017–2026 industrial plan also contains innovative projects such as journey planning and travel companion apps, advanced analytics, customer engagement and GPS data management.

Follow @SAP_IoT and #SAPIoT on Twitter to join key parts of the event live via Periscope beginning at 2:00 p.m. CET/8:00 a.m. EDT.

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About Trenitalia

Wholly owned by FS Italiane, Trenitalia is a company that handles passenger transport and logistics. Founded to meet the needs of the railway industry, Trenitalia focuses on seizing the challenges of the market by placing customers at the center of its activities. It works to make its industrial organization increasingly modern and efficient, where productivity, earnings and high-quality services are combined with high levels of social and territorial responsibility and environmental sustainability. One of the leading railway operators in Europe, every day Trenitalia manages more than 8,000 trains and each year transports more than half a billion travelers and about 80 million tons of freight. It also has a strong international vocation, including a host of commercial agreements with other European railway operators and significant acquisitions of stakes in foreign operators.

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 320,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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Building a Community around Gender Diversity

Gender diversity is a business imperative that affects the bottom line, yet despite McKinsey research and the fact that businesses with diverse workforces financially outperform those who don’t, fewer than 5% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female and women are still only earning 80% of what men do in the United States. How can companies committed to diversity push forward

One way is to prevent unconscious bias in hiring practices with a new “machine learning” tool inside the SuccessFactors HCM suite.

How can companies committed to diversity push forward?

“A topic like this requires conversation, and what it really requires is a community,” Patti Fletcher, Ph.D. of Strategic and Solution Marketing at SAP SuccessFactors said during a gender equity discussion at SuccessConnect 2016.

To Move Forward, Rethink What Diversity Means

SAP has made significant inroads in diversity and inclusion, particularly in the areas of gender intelligence, culture and identity, people with disabilities, and cross-generational intelligence, according to Anka Wittenberg, senior vice president, head of People Sustainability and chief diversity and inclusion officer at SAP, who spoke at the event.

From a gender diversity perspective, for example, SAP has increased the number of women in leadership positions by five percent since 2011, when the company committed to a goal of 25% of women in leadership positions by the end of 2017. The company currently has 24.1% women in management. And just recently, SAP became the first multinational technology company to achieve Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification for its leadership and activities to advance gender diversity and equality in the workplace. With programs designed to help foster and develop leadership skills in that target population, SAP isn’t just checking a box. It is finding ways to diversify talent from inside the organization.

SAP isn’t just checking a box, it’s finding ways to diversify talent from inside the organization

“We want both males and females to work together, to use their synergies,” Wittenberg said. “We want the uniqueness of every person — the authenticity — in the corporate world, because that’s what drives innovation …. and [helps us] understand our customers better.”

Bias in decision-making causes inequity, according to Steve Hunt, Ph.D., senior vice president, Human Capital Management Research, SAP SuccessFactors. Bias is inaccuracy, and eliminating bad decisions at any company is simply a better business practice. “It’s not only unfair, it’s stupid,” Hunt said, adding that this trickles down into recruiting talent. “If we know how to make better hiring decisions, we should make them. It’s not just about fairness.”

The Crucial Role of HR

In technology alone, Fletcher said women leave positions at a rate of two times that of men. HR professionals have the important job of finding and keeping qualified candidates with an eye on diversity. That’s why SAP has implemented a “talent-win plan” to keep a pipeline of diverse talent. When there’s a vacancy, the company doesn’t lose time with traditional recruiting processes.

“Before, everyone said we have to look for the specific talent,” Wittenberg said. “Now we have the talent there.”

Keep the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion Front and Center

To drive impact in this area, HR and the business need to keep the dialogue open. As a part of SAP’s go-to-market strategy, business executives lead regional councils in APJ, Greater China, India, MEE, EMEA, Germany, Latin America and North America.

It works, according to Wittenberg, who stressed that technology has to support any initiatives put in place.

“We need the analytics, and that’s where our tools really come into place, [and it’s] something you can use because it’s business language,” Wittenberg said. “We need to support the business, enable it with business language and have them do the messaging.”

SAP SuccessFactors technology can help companies with the analytics they need to incorporate this business language into their larger strategies.

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SAP Wins 17 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Excellence Awards, Demonstrating Exceptional HR Practices

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it was honored by Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Human Capital Management (HCM) Excellence Awards Program with 17 awards, recognizing consistent, high-quality execution across multiple groups and initiatives within SAP.

Winners in each category were chosen by a judging panel of independent, senior industry subject matter experts and practitioners, and Brandon Hall Group research analysts and executive leaders. SAP’s Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Award wins include:

Excellence in Leadership Development

  • Gold — Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring: SAP’s Global Coaching Practice

Excellence in Talent Acquisition

  • Gold — Best Advance in Talent Acquisition: SAP’s Autism at Work Program; Best Unique or Innovative Talent Acquisition Program: SAP Academies for Sales and Presales: Acquiring the Next Generation of Sales and Presales Leaders
  • Silver — Best Candidate Experience: SAP’s Autism at Work Program
  • Bronze — Best Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding: SAP’s Employment Brand ReBRAND; Best Sourcing and Assessment Strategy: SAP’s Sourcification Concept; Best Unique or Innovative Talent Acquisition Program: SAP’s Sourcification Concept

Excellence in Sales and Marketing

  • Gold — Best Program for Sales Training and Performance: SAP’s Innovation Challenger
  • Silver — Best Sales Onboarding Program: Year One Success at SAP
  • Bronze — Best Unique Sales Training Program (3): Virtual Live Classroom at SAP, Sales Excellence at SAP and SAP Academies for Sales and Presales: Transforming the Next Generation of Sales and Presales Leaders

Excellence in Learning

  • Silver — Best Unique Learning and Development Program: GCO Innovation Day; Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program: SAP Enterprise Support Value Maps
  • Bronze — Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy: SAP Learning Hub (IBM and SAP: IBM GBS Drives Business Transformation Through SAP Learning Hub)

Excellent in Talent Management

  • Silver — Best Advance in High Potential Development: SAP’s CA Talent Rotation Pool Program
  • Bronze — Best Unique Talent Management Program: Innovation of SAP’s CA Talent Rotation Pool Program

“Winning a Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award means an organization is an elite innovator within human capital management. The award signifies that the organization’s work represents a leading practice in that HCM function,” said Rachel Cooke, chief operating officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “All award winners have to demonstrate a measurable benefit to the business, not just the HCM operation. That’s an important distinction. Our HCM award winners are helping to transform the business.”

“We are incredibly proud of our achievements in the HCM space and are committed to continued excellence,” said Jenny Dearborn, senior vice president and chief learning officer of SAP. “As digital transformation continues to change the way organizations work, SAP is driving the industry forward by setting the bar high for innovation and developing new initiatives to push the boundaries of traditional HR.”

Now entering its 22nd year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the HCM industry. Pioneered in 1994, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry. The Excellence Awards recognize the best organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems and tools that have achieved measurable results. The program attracts entrants from leading corporations around the world, as well as midmarket and smaller firms.

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

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SAP HR Runs SAP, Successfully Driving Change Globally

Did you know that 80 percent of SAP’s HR processes are now cloud-enabled thanks to SAP SuccessFactors solutions and SAP HANA Cloud Platform?

This success is all part of SAP’s internal HR Goes Cloud program, which provides end-to-end process integration and a holistic user experience for all of our HR processes. The renowned HCM Think Tank Bersin by Deloitte recently featured the HR Goes Cloud program in a best-practice case study confirming that SAP has chosen the right path moving forward for its customers, and internally, as well.

Deloitte recently featured SAP’s HR Goes Cloud program in a best-practice case study

Why Did SAP Embark on this Journey to Move HR Processes to the Cloud?

For starters, because it’s directly aligned with SAP’s strategic vision to become the most innovative cloud company powered by SAP HANA. But more importantly, this move amplifies SAP’s commitment to digital transformation and provides a case study around next-gen HR for large enterprises. Customers want a digital transformation partner and SAP is showing them first-hand how this can be successfully managed.

What Were the Business Problems that Sparked HR Goes Cloud?

Most of SAP’s HR systems were on premise and didn’t give the flexibility needed to manage a dynamic, global workforce of full-time, part-time, virtual, and project-based employees. Essentially, SAP needed the capability to:

  • Attract new employees to high-growth areas (like cloud computing) where competition for highly skilled candidates is especially intense
  • Provide employees with ongoing valuable training and to develop leaders to their fullest potential
  • Continuously simplify the way HR provides its services to managers and employees around the world

What Was the Business Impact?

It’s important to note that this transformation is an ongoing process, showing the impact HR Goes Cloud has on increasing our agility and innovation capabilities while advancing employee satisfaction and improving the overall efficiency of our HCM landscape. For example in 1HY 2016 alone, the program successfully drove SAP SuccessFactors adoption and deployments with 22 go-lives, realizing 50% of its Yearly Benefits commitment to SAP’s IT Portfolio.

Read the full report here: Bersin by Deloitte SAP SuccessFactors Case Study.

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Spotlight on Women Leaders at SAP: Angela Mazza

Angela Mazza, chief operating officer of the SAP Middle and Eastern Europe Region and member of the executive team at SAP, knows how to set up a software system, but would much rather talk about the value it brings to people and organizations.

Her career trajectory reflects that passion, from her first position in hotel management to becoming a software consultant, then assuming senior leadership roles at SAP.

Born in Italy, Mazza developed her inner resilience early on when her family moved to Switzerland when she was eight years old, instilling her with a migrant’s ethos of achievement. After fulfilling her original dream of a career in hotel management in her mid-20s, Mazza switched gears to an IT consultancy before joining SAP 13 years ago. Now based in Germany, she’s risen through the company’s sales ranks across Europe and the Middle East, moving into leadership positions in SAP’s cloud-based computing business.

It’s easy to understand why. This is someone who once waited 17 hours in front of a senior-level government official’s closed door to catch the customer’s signature on a strategic sales deal at 3:00 a.m. in the morning just before the business quarter closed. In this exclusive interview with SAP News, Mazza discusses why success is not only having career goals but having the passion to pursue them, how diversity goes beyond gender, and the guiding principles of her life and career.

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Painting is a tremendous creative outlet for Mazza.

Traveling to live in a different country and culture when I was young…

Wasn’t easy, and I always felt like I was a migrant. I was forced to learn so much, so fast at an early age about surviving. Knowing where you came from spurs you to always strive for more because you don’t want to go back.

Technology has always fascinated me…

But not because of how it works – because of the value and benefit it brings to people and business.

My three work principles are…

To take action and make it a reality, act with passion, and never act without a goal and specific plan. In other words, don’t wait for something to happen. If you’re passionate about a topic and keep your goal front and center, you automatically inspire others.

My advice to women considering a career in high tech is… 

To be open and curious, looking beyond coding and not to shy away from senior leadership positions. IT is a thrilling industry with a wide spectrum of opportunities.

When it comes to diversity, it is…

Not only about gender. I’ve always been supported not because of my gender, but because of what I’ve delivered. SAP puts a lot of trust in its people to make decisions and support their dreams. Whoever has the right qualifications should get the job regardless of gender, culture, sexual orientation, religion or anything else. If we’re open to that, we can achieve more. I have a very diverse team, and it is incredible to see how creative and powerful you can be with that approach.

Mentoring for both men and women is…

Importan,t but I’m not convinced women should only mentor women in a male-dominated industry. We want to learn from men and be part of their world. I regularly mentor both men and women, and it’s amazing what they give you back. Sometimes men can feel left out of the conversation yet they have a critical role helping create a diverse culture.

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Mazza has her pilot’s license, and enjoys flying with her husband to golf and vacation.

Everyone has to find their own work/life balance by…

Making conscious choices about how they spend free time. I fly airplanes with my husband who has a pilot license, golf with him, express my creativity through painting, and have fun with my goddaughter.

One of the most influential roles models in my life has been…

Richard Branson, who knows what no limits means. I’ve read his books on how he overcame dyslexia to achieve so much today. The other person who inspires me is SAP CEO Bill McDermott, and how his passion for achieving our mission and strategy motivates all of us. He’s very positive, and you can feel his willingness to win.

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SAP IoT Connects the World to Enable Live Business

WALLDORF  SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced investment plans of €2 billion over five years to help business and government entities benefit from the proliferation of sensors, smart devices and Big Data that is transforming business with the Internet of Things (IoT).


SAP Announces €2 Billion Investment Plan, New Innovations, Acquisitions and Network of SAP IoT Labs to Unlock
Next Wave of Value from the Internet of Things

SAP plans to accelerate innovation in its IoT solution portfolio, increase sales and marketing, scale service, support and co-innovation, and grow its ecosystem of partners and startups in the IoT market, which is estimated to reach €250 billion by 2020.

“With billions of connected devices, we now have the potential to reshape society, the economy and the environment,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “SAP HANA is the data platform we knew would unlock the Internet of Things. Today SAP is making another bold investment to help our customers seize the benefits of live business. Only SAP empowers businesses to innovate from the core to the edges to the networks.”

SAP IoT: From Information to Insights, Action and Live Business

While business and public sector entities have unprecedented access to more information and real-time feeds, they still have difficulty tying it all together across operating locations, business units and functional teams. SAP IoT aims to make sense of Big Data from the multitude of things through IoT solutions that apply machine learning and integrate with the core business applications of SAP S/4HANA. SAP IoT includes solutions connecting people, partners, things and the physical environment, enabling organizations to extend and enrich business processes with real-time, live intelligence so that they can see where opportunities exist, achieve new operational efficiencies, and reimagine business models, products and services to deliver more immediate customer and stakeholder value. SAP IoT seeks to enable connected business and connected society, addressing urban and rural areas and spanning agribusiness, infrastructure and energy, health, defense, manufacturing, consumer and transportation industries.

Innovation in New Solutions: Industry 4.0 Solution Packages

SAP is introducing Industry 4.0 packages that feature IoT solutions to enable customers’ digital business strategies. The jump-start package is designed to initiate operational and business system connectivity as a foundation to monitor equipment effectiveness and provide insight into shop floor operations. The accelerator package also has this functionality, and adds an automated, paperless, manufacturing execution and control environment by supporting manufacturing planning and execution, performance analytics and advanced plant maintenance. Both packages are complemented by the SAP Distributed Manufacturing application for additive manufacturing 3D printing services. The jump-start and accelerator packages are available immediately. SAP plans to introduce the third Industry 4.0 solution package, the “advanced” package, at a later date to provide advanced manufacturing insight and controls, machine learning functionality and predictive analysis for quality and maintenance operations. SAP also plans IoT package solutions to address the unique digital operations of cities, agriculture and energy industries.

Innovation in the IoT: PLAT.ONE, Fedem

SAP IoT provides a comprehensive, integrated technology stack from connectors to the IoT foundation and applications, business network and business process layer, enhanced by machine learning and predictive analytics. SAP has acquired PLAT.ONE, an enterprise-grade IoT provider that simplifies the process of creating, deploying and managing complex IoT solutions. Founded in northern Italy, PLAT.ONE provides expertise and technology to accelerate the availability of key IoT capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud Platform, such as advanced lifecycle management for IoT devices, broad device connectivity, strong IoT edge capabilities that work seamlessly with a cloud back end, end-to-end role-based security and rapid development tools for IoT applications.

SAP has also recently acquired Fedem Technology, a Norwegian company specializing in advanced engineering analysis and building software for multibody dynamic simulation and lifetime calculation of structures and mechanical systems under the influence of complex loads. With this acquisition SAP plans to build an end-to-end IoT solution in which a digital avatar continuously represents the state of operating assets through feeds from sensors, replacing the need for physical inspection with a “digital inspection.” Additionally, the solution is intended to consider complex forces in play and detect both instantaneous consequences of one-off events and long-term health effects of cyclic loads, making possible accurate monitoring of maintenance requirements and remaining-life prediction for assets.

SAP IoT Labs: Enabling Global IoT Transformation Across the Globe

SAP plans to establish locations around the world to collaborate on Industry 4.0 and the IoT with customers, partners and startups. SAP IoT labs are intended as lighthouse locations and primary access points for IoT research, development, proof-of-concept modeling and incubation, with IoT showcases, thought leadership, expertise and infrastructure for strategy and product co-innovation. SAP plans to increase investment in consulting and knowledge transfers with dedicated innovation adoption consulting and IoT universities at the sites. Planned locations include Berlin, Johannesburg, Munich, Palo Alto, São Leopoldo and Shanghai, with SAP and partner experts in areas of specific IoT focus native to each region, such as Industry 4.0, logistics, cities and digital farming. The labs are intended to provide customers with access to co-innovation resources including design thinking experts and workshops, and interactive demos of IoT-related technology including autonomous systems (such as drones and robotics), IoT security, machine learning and 3D printing.

The SAP IoT Promise in Real Life: Trenitalia and SAP Event

SAP’s IoT announcement comes on the eve of an IoT customer showcase event, where SAP will join with executives from Trenitalia, Italy’s largest train company, to display technology innovations and the way predictive maintenance technologies are currently transforming the modern transportation industry. Follow @SAP_IoT and #SAPIoT to join key parts of the event live via Periscope on September 29.

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

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 320,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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To preview and download broadcast-standard stock footage and press photos digitally, please visit www.sap.com/photos. On this platform, you can find high resolution material for your media channels. To view video stories on diverse topics, visit www.sap-tv.com. From this site, you can embed videos into your own Web pages, share video via email links, and subscribe to RSS feeds from SAP TV.

For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:
Global Customer Center: +49 180 534-34-24
United States Only: 1 (800) 872-1SAP (1-800-872-1727)

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Thứ Ba, 27 tháng 9, 2016

SAP Is Rewriting David and Goliath in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the global technology startup community. It inspires images of siloed groups competing to bring the newest innovations to market. Adding to the pressure cooker are tenured technology companies, whose offices cast imposing shadows across the water-starved valley.

It’s tough going for the little guy. But behind this façade of intense and entrenched competition is a collaborative dynamic rarely seen and, until now, little known.

In Silicon Valley, the David and Goliath relationship has gone symbiotic.

Startups and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) no longer need to flounder while reservoirs of experience and financial capital sit idle in larger, established enterprises. Larger enterprises don’t have to lag behind as agile, risk-taking startups bring world-changing innovations to market. Each group has something to offer, and they’re finding that collaboration is the answer.

In Silicon Valley, the David and Goliath relationship has gone symbiotic.

Speaking recently at the SAP Spotlight Tour event in Silicon Valley, Ryan Pamplin, vice president of Sales and Partnership at augmented reality startup Meta, articulated what many perhaps already know: “I don’t think a lot of crazy moonshot types of technologies happen very much in large companies.”

Meta’s own moonshot is an augmented reality device they hope will become the most immersive AR experience on the planet. But to get there, Meta is relying on the help of SAP, a large company that is working with startups and SMBs to take their innovative technologies from concept to market.

SAP recognizes—and in fact relies upon—the power of small. According to Scott Jones, SAP’s head of general business for North America, 80 percent of SAP customers are SMBs.

In 2012, the company launched the SAP Startup Focus program, which operates globally to help promising startups build quality solutions using SAP HANA that can be adopted by the enterprise market. The program provides startups with access to SAP technology and support as well as potential customers and private equity. It has grown from 400 startups in 2012 to 4,500 startups in 65 countries today, and resulted in 240 new applications developed using SAP technology.

SAP both recognizes and relies upon the power of small businesses

“If more companies in the valley do this,” said Pamplin, “it will only help spur innovation around the world.”

Also in attendance at Spotlight were SMBs Neptune Software, Smart Utility Systems, and the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, as well as startups Blippar, Sensify, and Validic—all of whom have partnered with SAP.


Neptune Software leverages SAP ABAP source code to provide the most cost efficient and secure way to make any SAP functionality seamlessly available in user-friendly interfaces on mobile, tablet, and desktop.

Smart Utility Systems (SUS) is a leading provider of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms for customer engagement, workforce mobility, and Big Data intelligence and analytics to the energy, water, and gas utility sectors.

San Jose Sharks Sharks are a Bay Area professional ice hockey team playing in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference. The team’s stadium, the SAP Center, leverages several SAP solutions, including SAP Hybris Marketing and Cloud for Sales.

Blippar is a global technology company that brings the physical world to life through smart devices using augmented reality and artificial intelligence. They are using SAP HANA as a platform for their state-of-the-art technology.

Sensify is a leading global provider of Internet of Things solutions designed to remotely track, monitor, trace, control, manage, verify, and secure fixed and mobile assets. Sensify’s solutions focus on three key markets: real-time HD camera tracking and telematics; inventory and rental equipment management and tracking; and in-transit cargo tracking and monitoring. They are also leveraging the SAP HANA platform.

Validic provides the industry’s leading digital health platform connecting providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and healthcare IT vendors to health data gathered from hundreds of in-home clinical devices, wearables, and consumer healthcare applications. Validic reaches more than 223 million lives in 47 countries.


A common sentiment shared during the event was that SAP has become the on-ramp to enterprise-level innovation. For startups and SMBs, SAP is in the business of empowerment and democratization, enabling them to operate like large enterprises. They can leverage SAP’s powerful infrastructure, instead of investing in their own, get insights from SAP experts, and engage with SAP’s networks of investors, like Sapphire Ventures, and customers.

Innovation is at the heart of what SAP is doing in Silicon Valley. That, according to Danny Lopez, COO at Blippar, is at least part of why SAP is doing so well with startups and SMBs. “We find that SAP’s craving for innovation aligns with our own,” said Lopez.

Now more than ever, it is critical for large enterprises to invest in new ways of kindling innovation to help their customers compete better and win in their respective markets—and SAP is setting the standard.

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SAP Takes Center Ice at World Cup of Hockey In Toronto

What is the World Cup of Hockey? It’s just like other international tournaments, but on an NHL rink with NHL rules.

After a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey is back in a big way. This year’s tournament, being held in Toronto September 17 to October 1, features 150 of the best players in the world competing for national teams in a round robin format. With extensive coverage on ESPN, broadcasts in over 200 countries, a series of clever commercials, and a host of corporate sponsors, including SAP, the World Cup of Hockey just may cement itself as a regular international event.

The World Cup of Hockey is back after a 12 year hiatus; SAP is a corporate sponsor

History of the WCoH

The World Cup of Hockey was created as the successor to the Canada Cup, which itself has an interesting history. In the 1970s, amid cold war tensions with the Soviet Union, Canada was eager to establish its hockey dominance on the global stage. The Canada Cup was created, with the inaugural tournament featuring Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Soviet Union, Sweden, and the United States. After a 15-year run, from 1976 to 1991, the Canada Cup became the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

The rules and rink size are really what differentiate the World Cup of Hockey from other international tournaments. Games are played on an NHL-sized rink, with NHL rules, and officiated by NHL officials. The tournament was last played in 2004 at venues in North America and Europe. This year’s tournament, the third ever, boasts a unique lineup of teams. Apart from the usual suspects like Canada, the United States, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, there’s Team Europe, featuring a diverse group of players from countries like Slovenia, Denmark, and Norway, and Team North America, comprised of US- and Canada-born players under the age of 24.

The SAP Footprint

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Brent Burns plays hockey with kids in the Fan Village.

SAP has a huge presence at the tournament. Fans who visit the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village in the city’s hip Distillery District are treated to a series of interactive skills challenges, including hardest shot, passing accuracy, shot accuracy, and stickhandling. On the ice, SAP is powering player and puck tracking technology, which is still being piloted but has tremendous potential for use by players, coaches, broadcasters, and fans. Every game-worn jersey at the World Cup of Hockey also features an SAP logo on the shoulder.

Local SAP employees are getting into the action too, with discounted tickets to the game, trivia for prizes, and friendly competition in the Fan Village.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott Speaks at Innovation Summit

The main event for SAP at the World Cup of Hockey is the Innovation Summit, which took place September 22. SAP customers, NHL teams and league office members, and sports and technology media were in attendance for three panels on topics in sports and technology. In the early session, SAP’s Irfan Khan, general manager and global head of Database and Data Management, spoke about applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As a capstone to the event, SAP CEO Bill McDermott had a fireside chat with NHL Commissioner and SAP advocate Gary Bettman, moderated by former NHL player, current Lead Hockey Analyst at NBC Sports, and SAP Ambassador Eddie Olczyk. McDermott and Bettman spoke about leading through change, overcoming adversity, and the business applications of the player, coach, and GM roles. Sports was the common theme.

“Sports really does transform people’s lives. It’s a powerful force,” said McDermott, characteristically bringing in the human element. He also spoke about the NHL partnership and the importance of technology in every industry. “Whether you’re running a league or a business, you cannot be successful unless your competitive advantage is a data-driven understanding of the consumer.”

According to @BillRMcDermott, success depends on a data-driven understanding of the consumer

Watch the video of the fireside chat:

If the World Cup of Hockey is any indication, technology will continue to change the game of hockey. As the tournament continues, stay up to date with the latest news and much more: @SAPSports and SAP Sports on Facebook

Hear what the NHL had to say about the Innovation Summit

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SAP Lands New Customers Looking to Embrace HR Transformation

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCOSAP SE (NYSE: SAP) is proud to announce the latest group of leading global organizations to select its human capital management (HCM) solutions to run human resources (HR) in the cloud.


Leading Global Companies Choose Cloud-Based SAP SuccessFactors HCM Solutions as HR Professionals Prepare to Gather at SuccessConnect

As more companies look to simplify processes and improve efficiency across all HR functions, they are adopting innovative and intelligent solutions and data-driven strategies to drive digital transformation.

“These clients choosing SAP SuccessFactors solutions demonstrates that companies across the globe, in a variety of industries and of various sizes, are looking at how technology can support their HR transformation,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.* “People are at the center of business strategy, now more than ever, and their expectations around technology in the workplace have changed. They expect a consumer-grade experience when recruited, across their learning and development, and with the ability to collaborate across the globe. Businesses are embracing this change, adopting intelligent HCM solutions to drive digital transformation as well as ignite a culture of ‘all-in’ people.”

Leading global companies across geographies and industries are turning to SAP SuccessFactors solutions for more effective talent management and employee engagement, and to access powerful workforce analytics. The following organizations chose SAP SuccessFactors cloud-based solutions during the second quarter of 2016:

  • Bilfinger SE, a leading international engineering and services group based in Germany, selected the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, including the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central solution, to standardize HR processes and help increase workforce transparency. A further aim is to establish a global talent management model and increase workforce performance. The SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite will help Bilfinger drive its strategic objectives for productivity, consolidation and compliance.
  • Cielo S.A. is the leading company in the merchant acquiring and payment processing industry in Brazil in terms of credit and debit card transaction volume, with approximately 1.8 million active merchants in its client base. Cielo chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help improve visibility into performance, career planning and career development. With SAP SuccessFactors solutions, Cielo aims to be goal-oriented and more focused on customers, and the company expects to streamline HR processes to increase effectiveness and efficiency, reduce time spent on administrative tasks, and standardize talent management processes.
  • Guangzhou Uniasia Cosmetics Technology Co. Ltd. (Uniasia) is a comprehensive cosmetic enterprise based in China that integrates research, development, production, sales, training and service. Uniasia chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions — as well as additional solutions for loyalty management, trade promotion management, product lifecycle management and extended warehouse management from SAP — to support global business expansion and help develop brand awareness locally and globally.
  • NTUC Fairprice Co-Operative Limited, one of Singapore’s largest retailers, chose the SAP HANA platform, the SAP Payroll Processing application, and the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, including the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting Posting solutions, to help improve employee productivity and drive employee engagement. As a customer-oriented retailer with an unwavering social mission to make lives better, Fairprice aims to simplify processes, get detailed insights from integrated analytics and automate manual processes, thereby boosting productivity and raising overall customer satisfaction levels.
  • UCAR Inc. is China’s leading rental car provider. UCAR will implement the SAP ERP HCM solution on the SAP HANA platform, the SAP SuccessFactors Learning solution and the SAP Jam social software platform. These solutions will help enable UCAR to set up a talent management system, run HR and e-learning systems on one integrated information platform, implement flexible training for more than 50,000 staff members, and inspire employees to improve service levels through independent study and career path gamification.

HR Professionals to Gather at Global SuccessConnect Events

HR professionals from around the world will join SAP customers, partners and executives to share best practices, thought leadership and effective HR strategies at SuccessConnect in Las Vegas (August 29–31), SuccessConnect in Sydney (October 24–25), SuccessConnect in Tokyo (November 10), SuccessConnect in Singapore (November 15) and SuccessConnect in Vienna (November 28–29). Hot topics at this year’s SuccessConnect events include digitalizing processes and strategies so HR can be more effective, employing the right people in the right roles to meet the demands of a rapidly changing digital word, and fostering an all-in work environment to move your company forward. Don’t miss your chance to experience how SAP and representatives of our customers from around the world demonstrate that success is simply human.

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

About SAP

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