Thứ Ba, 28 tháng 2, 2017

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MAPAL Teams with SAP and Apple to Digitally Transform a Big Challenge with Small Parts

For industrial manufacturers, managing C-parts – the small, comparably inexpensive parts and tools used and consumed during the manufacturing process, is a big challenge. MAPAL, a family owned precision metal cutting tool supplier based in Germany, is tackling this challenge with innovative technology solutions from SAP and Apple.

At first glance, C-part management may not seem complicated. But just imagine how many small parts and tools a major auto or aerospace manufacturer uses worldwide on a daily basis. Then imagine how many different departments are involved in the procurement, storage, use, and maintenance of C-parts, how much data comes with each part and tool, and how much collaboration is required between manufacturers and suppliers to ensure C-parts flow and run efficiently.

What you see is that C-part management is complicated and expensive. The administrative costs are disproportionately high compared to the cost per item and large volumes of important data are locked away in disparate systems and spreadsheets throughout the supplier and manufacturer ecosystem.

Cloud-Based Platform Gives Users Real-Time Information

To battle this challenge, MAPAL created c-Com, an open cloud-based platform that enables complete lifecycle management of C-parts. c-Com was built on the SAP Cloud Platform and has many advantages.

In c-Com, both manufactures and suppliers can easily share and maintain all of their C-part data. This gives users on both sides of the process an unobstructed view of accurate, real-time information. Better C-part data allows manufacturers to harmonize procurement across locations, driving down purchasing costs and optimizing inventory.

“When suppliers, like us, and manufacturers start sharing C-part data and collaborating on a single platform we can see when parts and tools need to be replenished, repaired, or replaced much faster and easier,” explains Stephan Köstler, Engineering Manager of Mechatronic Systems at MAPAL.

c-Com also enables manufacturers to provide their suppliers with accurate C-part utilization and performance reports across manufacturing locations. In turn, suppliers can provide manufactures with the latest specs and updates to ensure optimal usage of parts and tools.

Mobile App for Technicians

To make it easy for suppliers to upload and maintain their C-part data in c-Com, MAPAL created a mobile data care app using the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS. The app allows technicians, working in the manufacturing facilities, to quickly edit C-part data on the spot and save it in the cloud. Even if Wi-Fi isn’t available, the data care app saves and uploads the information as soon as the mobile device gains connection.

“Having a mobile app for tool data maintenance is important because to get accurate data you need to be onsite, standing in front of the machine, examining it to see what is happening with the tool. It gives you real-time data capture capability and updates the central database for everyone with authorization to see,” said Köstler.

MAPAL also used the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS to create a mobile app for tool managers working in manufacturing facilities. Built on the SAP Cloud Platform, the tool manager app houses all relevant tool info, like its meta data, usage, and downtime, in real-time on an iOS mobile device. Tool managers can simply scan a QR code on the tool to pull up its digital twin and complete data set. They can also see every tool needed to produce a work item and monitor overall production efficiency at a glance.

The tool manager app connects to backend ERP systems, so if a tool needs repair or replacement the app can be used to take a picture, make notes, and create and send service requests to suppliers. If the tool needs replacement, a purchase requisition will automatically popup on the c-Com platform and can be forwarded to the supplier with a simple touch of a button.

Like a Startup: MAPAL, SAP, and Apple Improve User Experience

MAPAL set up a small team that works with SAP and Apple on these innovations. “It’s like a start-up. We have the engineers and use cases and SAP and Apple have the technology and UX design experience needed to turn our ideas into useful platforms and mobile applications that solve real problems,” said Köstler.

MAPAL’s digitization of the C-part management is a win-win for the industrial manufacturing industry. Suppliers and manufactures gain centralized, cloud-based data management and mobile apps that increase collaboration and efficiency, drive down costs, and simplify work management. “Everyone in the industry has issues with data so if we solve that problem it will be a big benefit to all,” said Köstler.

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iOS Apps Support Sales at FunderMax

FunderMax, one of Europe’s leading providers of wood materials and decorative laminates for furniture, interior design and facades, is expanding worldwide using SAP software.

As a leader in innovation, the Austrian company will soon launch the use of iOS apps based on the SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS.

FunderMax offers materials that combine beauty with tangible quality – boasting an extensive product range which enables new design freedom, and leaves no limits to the creativity of architects, designers and for the furniture industry as a whole.

For indoor applications such as furniture design, shop interiors, wall cladding and partition walls, it’s important to have good intuition for refined decors and sophisticated surfaces, as well as good taste and stylistic confidence in colours and shapes. When choosing materials, particularly for exterior applications, such as a facade or a balcony covering, design quality is just as important as product quality. FunderMax’s comprehensive range of products creates upholds this, offering the perfect balance between interior and exterior.

For an innovative company such as FunderMax, the issue of digitisation is of great importance. “We have been working on our digital transformation for quite some time. We have invested a lot in training and education for our employees,” explains Hartwig Schwarzlmüller, FunderMax’s vice president of Organisation & Information Management/IT Management.

In order to drive the digital transformation, FunderMax uses powerful software tools: Two years ago the SAP HANA database was introduced. For one and a half years, FunderMax has been working on SAP Fiori, the UX-based user interface. Management is able to use a range of applications, enabling them to carry out everyday tasks quickly and easily on the move.

If an expense claim is submitted, the line manager receives a push notification and can react immediately by using an app on his or her iPhone. The next step on the path to digital transformation is the development of native iOS apps which run on the SAP Cloud Platform for FunderMax.

Digital Sales Support iOS App Under Development

150 sales employees are employed by FunderMax. Together with their sales partners, they are in contact with about 45,000 architects, processors and traders. To illustrate different application areas for the products, sales representatives refer to projects which have already been implemented. For the exterior product sector, an iOS app will soon help visualise these reference projects: Buildings can be sorted according to decors, surfaces or specific location and thereby presented to customers virtually.

Additional information, such as contact details of the architect or awards associated with a particular project, can also be retrieved – they can also be added to favourites and rated. In addition to the current ‘real-life’ sample collection, the entire decor collection can also be viewed digitally via the iPad app and displayed to customers on site.

Information can be filtered effortlessly according to desired criteria and subsequently suitable decor combinations can be presented to the client, much more easily and conveniently.

In a further version of the app, customers should be able to experience a three-dimensional reference object with desired decors and individual surroundings – for example in a winter landscape or at sunset. In doing so, it should not only be possible to take a 360° view, but also to view a building from different angles, for example, from the top of a hill.

FunderMax is currently working with its implementation partner Atos on the fast implementation of the Digital Sales Support app with the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS (software development kit). The requirements are already documented and first results are expected at the end of April 2017. A key business area of ATOS’s corporate strategy focuses on innovation in connection with SAP technologies and products. As a strong SAP Partner in the field of SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform, the largest European IT service provider assists companies in the definition and implementation of their digital roadmap. FunderMax is already progressing its digital roadmap; the sales app is just the beginning on the path towards a digital future.

Schwarzlmüller’s vision of the future can be described in the following scenario: Customers upload a 3D model of their object and design the facade individually. Using Augmented Reality customers could see a building on-site and change its decors with simple gestures or hand movements. The app conveys a comprehensive impression, which allows the customer to experience the future result on a whole new, emotional level. As soon as the customer has decided, he or she can get a quotation directly from the app. When the order is placed with FunderMax, production can begin immediately.

Intuitive Customer Experience Thanks to SAP and Apple Integration

The intuitive state-of-the-art Fiori for iOS design not only improves the service of our sales force, but also strengthens our response to customers’ needs and intensifies the customer experience: “With the app, we want our customers to experience a world that truly inspires them and helps them to make their ideas a reality” says Schwarzlmüller.

For Schwarzlmüller, the possibilities of native iOS apps are endless. For example, Sales Representatives could dictate visit reports straight into Siri, Apples speech robot, rather than painstakingly typing them up.

It is clear to see that FunderMax, a leader in innovation, is pushing ahead with its strategy of digital transformation. The company is truly focusing on the needs of its customers and employees with the implementation of an optimal mobile workplace, through the use of native iOS apps.

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Public Sector Research: 3 Ways to Solve the Leadership Crisis

According to a new Oxford Economics study, the only way the public sector can close a looming leadership gap will be through major investments in digital training and technology.

While two-thirds of surveyed executives said senior managers in their organization were ready for digital transformation, only 41 percent of reporting employees said their bosses used technology for competitive advantage. And, it gets worse. Even though surveyed public sector employees were much more likely than any other industry to cite manager quality as a significant job satisfaction driver, only 50 percent said their manager is committed to developing talent, and only 57 percent said their manager is able to inspire and motivate employees.

Source: Oxford Economics Leaders 2020 study: Digital leadership in in Public Sector 2016. Image via SAP.

The results from the SAP SuccessFactors-sponsored study were based on feedback from over 4,100 executives and employees worldwide. Oxford Economics found a direct correlation between high-performing companies – called “Digital Winners” − and specific winning organizational practices and results. I summarized the characteristics of “Digital Winners” industry-wide in a previous blog. The latest whitepaper, “Digital Leadership in Public Sector,” details the findings specific to the government arena. Oxford Economics also incorporated the research data into a benchmarking survey companies can use to compare their performance with “Digital Winners.”

Diversity Falls Short Where It’s Needed Most

Source: Oxford Economics Leaders 2020 study: Digital leadership in in Public Sector 2016. Image via SAP.

Source: Oxford Economics Leaders 2020 study: Digital leadership in in Public Sector 2016. Image via SAP.

Public sector organizations exist to serve the entire population, representing a broad range of citizen interests, making diversity particularly important. However, this study demonstrated just 29 percent of executives said there has been major growth in diversity at the senior leadership and board level, lower than many private-sector industries. North American public sector executives reported the least progress, with only 16 percent saying there had been significant change at the senior level.

Troubling Millennial Disconnect 

Attracting and keeping talent will be particularly critical as public sector employees retire, and millennials and Gen Z workers dominate the ranks. Younger executives in this survey prioritized working for technologically advanced, high-performing organizations. The problem is existing public sector workers were the least likely of any industry group to say their organization helped them stay updated on digital skills, or even use the latest technologies. These same employees are also least likely to cite digital skills and advanced technology usage as drivers of their overall satisfaction.

Research: Public sector requires major investments in digital training and technology to solve leadership crisis

Applying Digital to Government

What’s needed across the public sector is both a culture shift so all employees understand how important digital skills are for success, followed by action to bring these technologies into the organization for effective use. Only then will public sector managers and workers be able to make informed, fast decisions that positively impact the lives of citizens.

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SAP Releases Integrated Report 2016 and Files Annual Report on Form 20-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • SAP Integrated Report includes non-financial and financial indicators and discusses how they impact SAP’s performance. For example: 1pp change in Employee Engagement Index has €44-55 million impact on operating profit

  • Online-first report is optimized and enriched with interactive capability

  • The reports are prepared and published just two months after year-end close, a month earlier than in previous years

 

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has filed the SAP Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is accessible online at http://ift.tt/2l7ucN3. SAP also announced that the SAP Integrated Report 2016 is now available and accessible online at http://ift.tt/PXMKLP. The SAP Integrated Report 2016 discusses the financial and non-financial factors that influence SAP’s performance.

In the reports, SAP reaffirmed its previously published (January 24, 2017) business outlook.

The SAP Integrated Report discusses the company’s social, environmental and financial performance. Many of our non-financial indicators, such as Employee Engagement Index, employee retention, Business Health Culture Index, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, have seen a positive development over the past year. SAP measured the monetary impact on operating profit that these four non-financial KPIs have. You can view this analysis at http://ift.tt/2l7EBZj

“Our vision of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives is the guiding principle for everything we do. A holistic management approach is key to achieving our goals and realizing this vision, and is reflected in our Integrated Report,” said Luka Mucic, Chief Financial Officer, SAP. “Helped by the increased use of SAP innovations, we are able to prepare and publish the SAP Integrated Report two months after year end, an entire month faster than in previous years.”

You can access PDF versions of the SAP Integrated Report 2016 and the SAP Annual Report 2016 on Form 20-F at our Investor Relations website www.sap.com/investor. A hard copy of the audited consolidated financial statements can also be requested free of charge by sending an email to investor@sap.com or via phone +49 6227 7-67336.

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Thứ Hai, 27 tháng 2, 2017

SAP Commits $25,000 to Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Response to San Jose Flooding

Last week, San Jose was hit by the worst flooding in 20 years. While fortunately no lives were lost, thousands were forced to evacuate, and the flooding has caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and other property throughout the city.

To contribute to the relief effort, SAP is committing $25,000 to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which will go toward The San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund. The fund supports nonprofit organizations that are providing “immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance” to the flood victims.

As of this writing, the fund has raised more than $500,000. The fund is still accepting donations. If you would like to contribute, please visit this link.



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SAP’s Cloud Platform Comes of Age with a New Name and New Capabilities

Have you ever tried changing into a new pair of high tech shoes while running and still winning the race? That’s what companies have to do to transform successfully in the digital age. So what’s the best way to go about it?

Digital transformation is about using technology to radically improve performance and increase the reach of an enterprise, and it’s a hot topic for companies of all sizes all around the world. Experts say there are three key areas where enterprises need to transform: customer experience, operational processes and business models. The trick is to keep running without stopping to adjust for changes. SAP Cloud Platform helps companies do that successfully.

The Bi-Modal Approach

“In order to succeed in the digital economy, every company must become a software-driven company,” says  Bjoern Goerke, president of SAP Cloud Platform, SAP SE.

Intelligent enterprises take a bi-modal approach to this complex task.

“Companies need to ensure that non-differentiating, core business processes run smoothly and at the same time, they need to quickly roll-out innovative software solutions to gain and maintain a competitive edge. This concept has been labelled bimodal IT, or IT pace-layering by Gartner and others. Mode 1 refers to streamlining core business processes based on standardised software and leveraging real-time analytical insights to optimise how a company runs. Mode 2 focuses on business innovation and lowering the time-to-market roll-out of custom-built cloud applications,” says Goerke.

For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been running its central administrative processes on R/3 for two decades. Being a forward-looking organization, MIT’s Emerging Solutions group decided to experiment with new technologies, but they didn’t want to touch the systems running the daily business. When they found out that end users no longer want to interact with inconsistent screens, they decided to create a common user interface across different applications.  The team built an app on SAP Cloud Platform to manage graduate student assignments showing that it is easy to enhance mature IT systems with new technologies to meet user demands.

SAP Cloud Platform: Intelligent Connections

SAP has three strategic pillars to enable companies to transform using the bi-modal approach. SAP S4/HANA enables companies to function in Mode 1, in other words, to keep running smoothly. SAP Cloud Platform, formerly known as SAP HANA Cloud Platform, is for innovating in Mode 2 to connect people, things and business. SAP HANA, the third pillar, is the in-memory, data platform.

Bjoern Goerke explains why SAP HANA Cloud Platform was relaunched as SAP Cloud Platform this week at the Mobile World Congress.

“While SAP has pledged to more empathetic to customers especially when it comes to renaming solutions, sometimes it is necessary to avoid confusion,” he says.

“In the past, people primarily associated SAP HANA Cloud Platform with SAP HANA in a cloud environment. This became a misperception as the platform steadily transformed to become SAP’s agile innovation platform in the cloud. While SAP HANA is a key element of SAP Cloud Platform, during the last five years the product evolved into a comprehensive enterprise platform-as-a-service offering that simplifies the development and operation of new cloud applications. It also enables customers to build extensions for existing SAP solutions, both on-premise and SaaS,” he explains.

Transforming Business Models

SAP Cloud Platform has become the designated extension and integration platform for SAP’s entire portfolio. It is the technical foundation for an entire set of new applications and SAP product lines evolving around IoT, machine learning, Big Data, and multi-cloud delivery models.

Some companies are already taking full advantage of the platform. MAPAL, a leading provider of precision tools and machining solutions, has built an open cloud platform, called c-Com, based on SAP Cloud Platform. The platform was built to manage tool data for parts, like precision drills, and to digitally link customers and suppliers allowing for a more cost-effective purchasing process and optimized stock levels for tools.

The platform is also used by suppliers to offer additional services such the integration of machine data from the customer’s shop floor. MAPAL did not build the platform just for their own purposes and for their own customers. Instead, they created an open platform that can be used by other tool suppliers as well.

MAPAL is no longer just a tool company. Now it is a software company offering cloud based solutions for tool data management.



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SAP and Apple Enable the Digital Campus

KAUST is transforming campus life with SAP Cloud Platform and Apple iOS services ranging from courses to events to IT requests. Everything will be available anytime, anywhere via mobile apps.

Worldwide, universities have to compete for the best and the brightest. Sophisticated research facilities are crucial to attracting students and faculty, and increasingly, an optimal campus and community user experience (UX) has also become important for attracting top talent.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, KAUST strives to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity.

“Our mission is to make KAUST a destination for brilliant minds. Part of that is making life as easy as possible so that researchers can focus on creating future technologies that will help people all over the world,” says Abdulmajeed Serajuddin, Manager, IT Enterprise Applications, at KAUST.

App-Connected Campus

To achieve this goal, KAUST aims to provide students and faculty with excellent services for campus life. While most of the services are available on the desktop, many students have expressed a desire to have mobile services available in one central place, anytime and anywhere.

The university’s IT strategy is focused on providing everything via the cloud, so its IT team looked at SAP Cloud Platform and SDK for iOS to build apps that students and faculty members could use on their mobile devices.

KAUST is extremely happy about SAP’s partnership with Apple and the option to build native apps on SAPs Cloud Platform SDK for iOS.

“We are expecting benefits from using SDK for iOS,” says Rajneesh Pandey, Manager of New Solutions and Enterprise Applications at KAUST. “The integration with SAP will accelerate the development time for us. We will use SAP Fiori for iOS design to create the most friendly user experience and then implement everything into SDK for iOS with the help of our partner Innovapptive.”

CampusLife Apps: Easy Access to All Services

A first iOS app called MyCalendar is planned to go live in May 2017, and will allow students to search for courses, register for classes, and manage the numerous events that the university offers. Once an event is added to the calendar, the app provides additional information for the event and provides the student with a map and directions using iOS native features such as Apple Maps, Geolocation and iBeacon.

Another service that will be provided via app is the submission and tracking of IT requests. Everybody knows how cumbersome it can be to wait for IT to react when your computer doesn’t work, or a projector doesn’t function properly in a lecture. With the app, users will be able to immediately report incidents tagged with their location and monitor the status of the request as they receive active push messages until a solution is provided.

Everyone living on campus—faculty staff, students and their families—have access to these services, as well as business and community services. For example, the university helps with visa applications with a service that is now available via app. This represents an easy way for students and government authorities to interact online. KAUST aims to make campus life for faculty and residents as enjoyable as possible, integrating information about recreational facilities, such as tennis courts and a fitness center into its online services and mobile apps.

Workshop Taps Student Ideas

The ideas for scenarios that can be supported via app came from a design thinking workshop that SAP organized jointly with KAUST.

“It helped us identify ideas and drivers for the project, and how we can provide services in a simple way,” says Pandey. For the workshop, KAUST invited students and asked them for their requirements. The time to get IT and business requests approved seemed to be a common pain point, and will be addressed with the service app.

Jointly with Innovapptive, KAUST has entered the core design phase of the project. In close collaboration with Apple and SAP designers, KAUST creates the best usability for higher education campus life.  The SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS and the new Fiori for iOS design language unify SAP´s deep understanding of business user needs and the rigorous requirements of the modern enterprise with the principles of good iOS design from Apple.

“KAUST is leading in technology and research, and using the latest IT technology from SAP and Apple for our campus is a logical step for us,” says Serajuddin. “The IT and business services that we provide with our native Apple apps will give us a leading role among universities worldwide.”

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SAP Cloud Platform Intelligently Connects People, Things and Businesses

BARCELONA SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the expansion of SAP Cloud Platform, formerly known as SAP HANA Cloud Platform, with new capabilities and enhancements to provide an industry-leading platform as a service (PaaS).


  • Accelerated innovation from SAP targets growing competitive public cloud platform-as-a-service market, estimated to be US$33.3 billion by 2020*
  • SAP provides an agile digital enterprise platform for customers, partners and developers

With a comprehensive set of new business services, SAP Cloud Platform addresses the most critical business needs by making it easy and fast to build new applications, expedite the extension and integration of SAP apps, power innovative Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, accelerate Big Data projects and enable machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. This announcement was made at Mobile World Congress being held February 27–March 2 in Barcelona.

“Since the launch of our PaaS offering three years ago, it has evolved to become the digital enterprise platform of choice that enables customers, partners and developers to build differentiating solutions that intelligently connect people, things and businesses,” said Bernd Leukert, ‎member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “To represent its breadth of capabilities, it has been rebranded as SAP Cloud Platform. This platform creates digital differentiation by connecting a rapidly growing number of smart devices and machines with people and processes to achieve superior business outcomes.”

Numerous SAP enterprise apps and over 1,000 partner apps have already been built on SAP Cloud Platform. New services are continually being added to SAP Cloud Platform providing the foundation for SAP Leonardo, SAP’s portfolio of IoT solutions that connects intelligent devices with people and processes; SAP Clea, the portfolio of machine learning solutions and services; and the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud solution portfolio, including SAP Digital Boardroom.

Customers Share the Benefits of SAP Cloud Platform

Aesculap, a division of the global operating healthcare company B. Braun Melsungen AG, focuses on products and services for core processes in surgery.

“Together with SAP we have been able to develop a tool for Aesculap that makes life easier for hospital staff,” said Martin Runkel, managing director, B. Braun IT Service GmbH. “Using SAP Cloud Platform, we developed an iOS app that simplifies management of sterile containers for surgical instruments. This enables hospitals to increase hygiene and quality of surgical instruments, especially in emerging markets, where hospitals are often not as well equipped.”

New Services That Have Been Added to SAP Cloud Platform

  • SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS planned for release on March 30, aims to give developers, designers and businesses the tools and scalability they need to quickly and efficiently build powerful enterprise-grade apps for iPhone and iPad, based on SAP Cloud Platform and built in Swift, Apple’s modern programming language.
  • SAP Project Companion mobile app, planned for release on March 30, is a native iOS app that aims to provide integration through SAP Cloud Platform with the SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud solution, taking advantage of real-time data and dramatically simplifying the experience for consultants, project managers and other users who are typically on the go.
  • SAP API Business Hub provides a catalog of application programming interfaces (APIs) for SAP applications. New APIs are added continuously to make it easier to build out and test new functionality and applications. Examples include new APIs for the SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite, SAP Mobile Service application and SAP Localization Hub, tax service.
  • SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service, general availability planned by March 30, aims to redefine enterprise business functions by quickly and easily connecting them within a graphical interface for business analysts to rapidly create new composite workflows for business processes.
  • SAP Cloud Platform Virtual Machine service, introduced in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region in November 2016, is planned to be available in the United States in Q1 2017. It helps customers complete their solution landscapes by adding workloads based on existing on-premise software or languages and runtimes that can now run directly on SAP Cloud Platform.
  • SAP Cloud Platform IoT service is now available in a beta version. With support for more than 40 device protocols, this device management service can help companies leverage the IoT for immediate detection and quicker response. The new release aims to integrate IoT services with the SAP Cloud Platform Streaming Analytics service for faster processing of streaming data.
  • SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services (formerly Altiscale) offers Hadoop in the cloud for providing the foundation for Big Data applications.
  • New data centers are located in Japan and China with full local language support.

SAP Cloud Platform is the agile cloud application and integration solution supporting the extension of digital core applications, including SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass, Concur and other SAP apps. With over 1,000 apps built by SAP and over 600 partners on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP customers and partners alike can take advantage of the benefits of the cloud and connectivity to business networks.

“As an early adopter of SAP Cloud Platform, Accenture has developed several innovative applications to maximize the value of our clients’ SAP SuccessFactors solution investment,” said Christophe Mouille, senior managing director and Global SAP practice lead at Accenture. “We are also developing on SAP Cloud Platform through the Accenture Liquid Studio for SAP Solutions, which rapidly prototypes and delivers applications for our clients, using new breakthrough technologies such as machine learning, the Internet of Things and advanced analytics to accelerate their digital transformation. We look forward to continue using SAP Cloud Platform to help our clients innovate and deliver business results at speed.”

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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 more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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SAP Simplifies Work and Empowers the Mobile Workforce

BARCELONASAP SE (NYSE: SAP) plans to deliver SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS on March 30, giving developers the tools needed to build powerful enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad.


  • SAP plans to deliver SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS on March 30
  • SAP Academy for iOS curriculum is now available
  • Early adopter customers are already seeing benefits of building powerful, native iOS apps using SDK

Developers can now register for the SAP Academy for iOS to get the necessary training to create their own native apps. Additionally, early adopter customers have already seen improvements in their business with iOS built on SAP’s platforms. These announcements were made at Mobile World Congress being held February 27–March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.

“As promised, SAP is delivering real-time enterprise software to iOS devices, transforming core work processes for companies of all sizes with powerful native apps built specifically for iPhone and iPad,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “Customers, partners and SAP can now quickly develop apps that deliver data with the cutting-edge capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA. The partnership comes at the right time for our customers as more and more companies build their mobile strategies around iOS.”

Susan Prescott, vice president of Product Marketing, Apple, said: “When we set out on this partnership with SAP, we knew we had an incredible opportunity to transform how people around the world work by combining the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s leadership in enterprise software. We’re already seeing the impact that the combination of iOS and SAP brings to businesses to enable better, more efficient and effective processes across industries. Now even more developers will be able to take advantage of the new SDK, and we can’t wait to see how they transform their businesses.”

SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS to Empower Millions of Developers with Enterprise-Grade Tools

SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS aims to give developers, designers, and businesses around the world the tools and scalability they need to quickly and efficiently build powerful enterprise-grade apps for iPhone and iPad, based on SAP Cloud Platform and built-in Swift, Apple’s modern programming language. The software development kit (SDK) is also intended to provide a rich library of prebuilt user experience (UX) components and easier access to innovative device capabilities — such as Touch ID, location services and notifications — to accelerate app development and increase adoption.

The new SDK is designed to enable developers to leverage mobile services and other capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform, providing enterprise features like single sign-on, offline data synchronization and enhanced supportability to fulfill the complex requirements of today’s digital enterprises. The SDK is intended to be complemented with innovative tools to identify available UX building blocks, existing enterprise services and application programming interfaces (APIs) to access SAP S/4HANA and other third-party systems, and to generate code snippets to reduce complexity and let the developers focus on creating apps that deliver incredible user experiences. For more information on the SDK, developers can visit www.sap.com/apple.

SAP Academy for iOS Available to Enable and Expand the Developer Ecosystem

Engaging the power of the global developer community of 2.5 million SAP developers and 13 million Apple developers, SAP Academy for iOS is now available with initial training and workshops. A global rollout is planned for later this year. To complement the new SDK and SAP Fiori for iOS design language, Apple and SAP have jointly developed the first set of offerings as part of the SAP Academy for iOS curriculum and courses. The courses aim to provide mobile developers and designers with knowledge, tools, education and training needed to build a new class of mobile apps that take full advantage of the new SDK, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Fiori for iOS and the latest features of Apple hardware and software. The learning journey for mobile developers within SAP Academy for iOS provides a suggested learning path along with related learning assets. It will be updated regularly as new offers and additional roles are added.

SAP Developing Native iOS Apps for Industries

SAP is currently building native iOS apps for industries ranging from manufacturing to retail, designed to transform core work processes. The first of these, the SAP Project Companion mobile app with versions for managers and for consultants, developed for professional services, is planned for release March 30 and aims to improve collaboration within project teams on iPhone and iPad. The apps plan to integrate through SAP Cloud Platform into the SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud solution, taking advantage of real-time data and dramatically simplifying the experience for consultants, project managers and other users who are typically on the go.

As a core asset of the partnership, SAP Fiori for iOS design language simplifies the user experience by combining a consumer-grade iOS experience with business user needs in the enterprise, and enables developers to build next-generation apps.

Early Adopter Customers Already Seeing Benefits of Apple and SAP Partnership

Various businesses around the world are participating in the early adopter program for the SDK and are already realizing benefits. The collaboration between Apple and SAP makes it simpler for users to build transformative mobile apps to consume and use their most critical data on iPhone and iPad devices and digitally transform their processes with enterprise mobility.  By redefining the customer experience, Apple and SAP are enabling businesses to access real-time information from anywhere and helping companies like Burberry provide an improved user experience for their own customers. Burberry, a long-standing partner of Apple and SAP, has used iPad and iPhones as in-store devices since 2012, enabling it to quickly and easily anticipate and respond to customer needs in real time.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (KAUST) is both an academic campus and a city. Students, staff and faculty all live in the community with their families. To serve the diverse needs of this community, the strategy was to create a series of apps to support and improve all aspects of life and work.

“The iOS SDK will help us compete with other universities by providing the best experience for both our students and professors in addition to a top-notch education,” said Abdulmajeed Serajuddin, the manager of IT enterprise applications at KAUST. “Innovapptive, an SAP partner, is working with us through all the critical steps of implementation.”

FunderMax is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of derived timber products and decorative laminates. The company has three production facilities in Austria, with more than 1,050 dedicated employees passionate about quality. FunderMax is committed to using digital technologies to transform its sales processes as well as how it collaborates with its channel partners such as architects and retailers.

“We are transforming the way construction materials providers work with architects,” said Hartwig Schwarzlmüller, vice president of FunderMax. “At FunderMax, we strive for the perfect user experience, and Apple and SAP are enabling us to do just that with the help of our strategic partner Atos.”

For more information, visit www.sap.com/apple and 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 more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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Free SAP Software and Online Courses

SAP offers customers free software and online courses to make it easier to access knowledge and new solutions. Here is a selection of what’s available.

1. SAP HANA, Express Edition

The slimmed down version of SAP HANA enables companies to get started with the world of in-memory computing with the help of SAP technology. While the express edition does not contain all the functionalities of the SAP HANA platform, it can be immediately deployed on PCs and laptops free of charge provided that the application can handle up to 32 gigabytes of memory.

2. SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer

The cloud-based CRM software SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer provides a uniform, real-time view of customers, plans, and forecasts. SAP Digital CRM has the required functionalities that smaller teams need for their sales, service, and marketing. It can be used free of charge for 30 days. Each user will be charged U.S. $23 at the end of the test phase.

3. SAP Business ByDesign

The cloud-based ERP system SAP Business By-Design enables small and midsized businesses, as well as subsidiaries of corporations, to map the most important processes from human resources, sales, procurement, logistics, and finance, and includes the most important analysis and reporting functionalities.

4. SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Build your own apps on a platform, and enjoy the benefits of the SAP HANA in-memory platform. This is possible with the platform-as-a-service offer on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Available services include SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for the analysis of business data, and IoT services.

5. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

The company’s latest business suite, SAP S/4HANA, not only maps all business processes, but is based entirely on SAP HANA. For the cloud version of SAP S/4HANA, you can test predefined scenarios, and assume particular roles, including project manager, marketing expert, accountant, or procurer.

6. SAP S/4HANA

The on-premise version of SAP S/4HANA is available for 30 days free of charge. Digitalized core processes from ordering to payment can be mapped, and made transparent on the new SAP user interface, SAP Fiori.

7. SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge Edition

Extract information from unstructured text, and convert it into a structured format, analyze competition and market trends, keep an eye on daily sales, and monitor business activities. The new functions of the BI tool, SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge Edition, are also included in the software test version. Customers can use a key code to fully install the product, and use it for 30 days free of charge.

8. SAP BW/4HANA

SAP BW/4HANA, as developed on the SAP HANA platform, is a successor to SAP BW 7.5, and promises a simplified data structure and integration of non-SAP data. These new functionalities can be tested for 30 days free of charge.

9. SAP Crystal Reports

The BI reporting tool SAP Crystal Reports enables users to create (interactive) reports practically at the touch of a button, the data for which derives from various sources. Users can test a corresponding software version for 30 days free of charge.

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Enterprises Across the Globe Put People First with SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the latest wave of global organizations that have selected SAP SuccessFactors human capital management (HCM) solutions to help every member of the workforce deliver on strategy and prepare for the future.

These companies join a growing list of over 6,200 customers worldwide — managing more than 46 million employees — that are choosing to work with SAP to enable HR transformation to thrive in today’s demanding digital economy.

“Today’s HR professionals want flexible, innovative cloud-based HCM solutions that can rapidly evolve to meet the dynamic needs of an increasingly international workforce,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.* “Companies across geographies are choosing SAP SuccessFactors solutions to support successful HR transformation journeys. With the goal of building all-in workforces around the world, we deliver innovative solutions that make people feel knowledgeable, enabled and rewarded.”

Organizations across numerous industries chose cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors solutions in the fourth quarter of 2016 to tap into powerful workforce analytics and drive digital transformation in HR:

  • Chow Sang Sang, a jewelry retailer headquartered in Hong Kong, chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help minimize manual efforts in the HR department, increase performance management efficiency and incorporate learning to improve employee productivity and performance.
  • Do-Fluoride Chemicals, a China-based leading inorganic fluorine chemical company, selected SAP SuccessFactors solutions and SAP S/4HANA to help transform its business into an Industry 4.0 digital factory that will optimize the supply chain and provide real-time industry data to get business insights for decision making.
  • Honda South America in Brazil chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help integrate, standardize and consolidate the company’s talent management processes. With SAP SuccessFactors solutions, Honda expects to improve visibility over performance, succession planning and career development of its employees to increase effectiveness and efficiency, while reducing time spent on administrative tasks.
  • Orica, headquartered in Australia, is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets. Orica chose SAP, including SAP SuccessFactors solutions, to support its business transformation. With SAP solutions, the company aims to simplify and standardize business processes across the globe. Orica is a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunneling.
  • Valentino, an Italian fashion leader with a presence in 25 countries, selected the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, including the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central solution, to help tap the gig economy for skilled workers. The SAP SuccessFactors solutions will enable Valentino to identify and hire top talent quickly and efficiently, and develop a highly skilled workforce.

These companies are among the latest wave of global organizations to choose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to put people first and help them succeed. As more companies look to transform HR to meet the demands of an increasingly global and digital workforce, they are embracing leading SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help unify and optimize HR processes, while also fostering a mobile, cloud-first philosophy.

For more information, visit the SAP SuccessFactors website and the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SuccessFactors and @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 more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

Note to editors:

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)

For more information, press only:

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SAP Showcases New Technology for Connected Vehicles with Concur, Hertz, Nokia and Mojio

BARCELONASAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today demonstrated new technology to make life easier for drivers and rental car users through Internet of Things (IoT) collaboration with Concur Technologies, Hertz and Nokia.

A part of the SAP Leonardo portfolio, the SAP Vehicles Network solution creates an intelligent, automated experience — from car rental to parking and fueling location and payment, to integrated navigation and expense management for business travelers.

SAP also announced that Mojio, the connected vehicle platform and app provider for Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA, has joined SAP Vehicles Network and will provide parking and fueling through its app in the United States and Europe. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2017, being held February 27–March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.

SAP Vehicles Network, built on SAP Cloud Platform, enables participating network companies to provide mobility services to drivers and passengers. By standardizing the business processes, SAP Vehicles Network enables integration and collaboration to facilitate new revenue streams and business opportunities for network members. Through the network, member companies can offer secure, convenient services — independent of devices or vehicles — such as parking, fueling and location-based food services, tailored for the business traveler or the individual consumer.

The new collaboration showcased at Mobile World Congress draws on the strengths of each participating vendor:

Concur, Hertz, SAP and other members of the Nokia-founded IoT Community, a worldwide ecosystem of companies collaborating on the development of innovative IoT solutions, drove the development of the connected rental car experience. Nokia provided its Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) to securely control and manage devices and sensors in the vehicle, including the personalization of driver settings and entertainment systems, as well as the automatic configuration of in-vehicle communications without Bluetooth paring, which ensures data privacy for drivers. The Nokia IMPACT IoT Platform works in conjunction with payment systems in SAP Vehicles Network for parking and fueling authorization to create a seamless and driver-optimized experience.

Hertz, one of the world’s leading rental car companies, is developing new products and services for its next 100 years of meeting customers’ needs. By exploring the use of connected-car technology in collaboration with leading technology and travel players such as SAP, Nokia and Concur, Hertz is evaluating the opportunity to integrate travel and itinerary planning, along with in-car personalization, through its customer apps as part of an elevated car-rental experience.

With the connected car prototype, business travelers can automate route guidance through through Concur TripLink integration with other Concur solutions in addition to accessing seamless trip reporting capabilities for all travel-related expenses, including parking and fueling transactions. All in-trip payment transactions can be effortlessly reported in Concur Expense in real time and be ready for the traveler to submit by the time the trip is complete.

Mojio’s cloud integration with SAP Vehicles Network takes the guesswork out of parking, enabling drivers to plan and reserve a parking spot based on calendar events or search, as well as to find and pay for a spot in real time based on the connected vehicle’s location. A “tap” inside Mojio’s app toggles between personal and business, allowing for automated expense reporting to Concur solutions. Together, Mojio and SAP plan to bring automated parking and fueling services to a growing base of connected drivers around the world.

SAP Vehicles Network makes any car smart and transactional by providing drivers with cashless access to on- and off-street parking and connected fueling stations. It minimizes unnecessary drive time and fuel expenditures and helps reduce traffic and emissions caused by drivers searching for open spaces.

“With leading partners like Hertz and Nokia and new customers like Mojio, SAP is delivering new levels of value for businesses and end consumers based on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Leonardo and tight integration with Concur solutions,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP. “SAP Vehicles Network puts the end consumer in the driver’s seat by transforming the vehicle into the ultimate digital wallet and making car rental into a seamless, intelligent experience.”

For more information on SAP Vehicles Network, see here. For video on collaboration with Hertz, see here, and Mojio, see here.

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 the boardroom, warehouse to the storefront, desktop to a mobile device – SAP software 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 more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

Note to editors:

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) 872-1727

For more information, press only:

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Balancing Act: Your Small Business Marketing Strategy

The buzz: “Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.” (David Packard, HP)

Marketing is at the heart of your business success. In fact, most aspects of your business depend on it.

But to introduce your product and service to today’s socially connected, ecommerce-savvy prospects – and turn them into loyal customers who keep coming back – you need to combine and balance traditional and social marketing tactics.

Ready to learn how to allocate your marketing funds and resources?

The experts speak.

Trish Nettleship, Director, Multichannel Marketing at UCB: “Sound strategy starts with having the right goal.” (Michael Porter)

Lisa Durrett, VP & Director of Digital Services at Legacy Worldwide: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” (Sir Winston Churchill)

Lorraine Maurice, Sr. Director of Global SME Marketing at SAP: “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” (Michael John Bobak)

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Internet of Things: Interconnections to What?

The buzz: “The IoT is big news because it ups the ante: ‘Reach out and touch somebody’ is becoming ‘reach out and touch everything’.” (Parker Trewin, Senior Director of Content and Communications, Aria Systems)

We know that the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about connecting machines and devices and sensors – but connecting them to ‘What’?

How does data from the airliner – or the factory floor, or the weather station – find its way to business applications running in private or vendor-hosted clouds, to ultimately provide useful information that impacts us daily?

It’s about the end-to-end journey of the IoT data and the ‘Internet’ portion of the ‘Internet of Things.’

The experts speak.

Jason E. Sfaelos, Equinix: “Almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. Only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.” (Joe Versus the Volcano)

Ira Berk, SAP: “We owe a lot to Thomas Edison. If it wasn’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.” (Milton Berle)

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Blockchain Technology: Turning Marketing on Its Head?

The buzz: “Blockchain is much bigger than Bitcoin and its reach is far more holistic and what experts see on it is a global infrastructure that can power our needs for bit data and create new digital identity that can leverage the present issues with cyber security and monopoly by the likes of Google, Facebook, and other that somehow control the destiny of our data and the overall internet.” (forum.daohub.org)

In search of the holy grail of a unified customer profile, marketers have built massive databases and data stores to capture information for up-sells, cross-sells, promotions, re-targeting, and retention.

But what if the customer forces your company to PAY THEM to access and use of their data, read your ad, watch your video, and attend your seminar?

Welcome to the new reality of blockchain technology.

Best known as the infrastructure for Bitcoin, blockchains are now altering the relationship between you as marketer and your customer by offering decentralized systems, apps, and increased user privacy and security.

Are you ready?  

The experts speak.

Jeremy Epstein, Never Stop Marketing: “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” (Buffalo Springfield, rock band, 1966)

Amanda Gutterman, ConsenSys: “Never allow a person to tell you ‘no’ who doesn’t have the power to say ‘yes’.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Joel Monegro, Union Square Ventures: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” (Mark Twain)

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Pizza, Graffiti, IoT: Inside the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator in Berlin

As I got off the plane from Cape Town, my first impression of Berlin was a cold one. The day before I was shopping for winter clothes in 30ºC heat. And as the doors opened at Tegel airport around midnight on Sunday, I was hit by icy air hovering around -6ºC.

The following morning, I reported for duty at the Data Space for the kickoff of the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator program. This is an inside look into what it’s like to be part of the program’s first cohort of startups.

What it Means to be in Berlin

The SAP IoT Startup Accelerator program gives startups a residency at the Data Space in Berlin. As a country, Germany is leading the way in the next industrial revolution with its Industry 4.0 initiative. Manufacturers here are embracing digitization and transforming their traditional facilities into smart factories using technologies like IoT. Having a physical base here is making it easier for us to serve industrial customers in the German market.

Zooming in a bit closer, Berlin is a hub for innovation, with more than 2500 tech startups calling it their home. The Data Space in Mitte is every tech geek’s dream workspace. Surrounded by graffiti decorated alleys, artisan shops and even an awesome yoga studio, this space is giving IoT startups like us an energizing place to come up with new ideas and spend late nights executing them.

It’s not your typical office setup. Doors unlock using the Kiwi.ki app and food at the Data Kitchen is ordered, made and delivered using digital tools. The office walls are clad with whiteboards for brainstorming sessions. Even the wifi network makes you feel welcome with the name SAP_WeLoveStartups. The SAP team has put a lot of thought into creating a space that fits Berlin’s reputation as a place for new ideas.

Working With the Accelerator Program Team

The accelerator program team is using a tailored approach to help each startup in a way that creates the most value. A key benefit for us is getting easy access and support around engaging with SAP. They’ve already introduced us to the right people to help our team understand the technical aspects of the SAP Leonardo Innovation Portfolio.

We’re joined in the first cohort by Synfioo, a software platform for monitoring transportation chains accurately and in real-time. The other startup in our group is Skysense, which enables enterprises to deploy drones for industrial inspection with minimal human intervention.

At XMPro we’re focused on helping industrial companies improve operational performance and transform their business models through the Internet of Things. Our Industrial IoT application builder makes it easy for people like engineers at factories, mines and oil companies to build their own IoT applications without having to code. The software lets them visually connect data sources like sensors and databases with machine learning algorithms and kick off actions in business systems like SAP. This can be used to solve real problems like:

  • Reducing asset downtime by predicting when a critical piece of equipment is going to break
  • Minimizing product defects on a factory production line
  • Preventing environmental disasters like water contamination or oil spills

So far, we’ve had interesting conversations with the other startups over coffee, encouraged each other while filming marketing videos and enjoyed pizza together at the opening event on Monday night. By the end of the first day, we were already seeing the benefits of working alongside other IoT startups in the Data Space.

The Experience From a Startup Perspective

Accelerator programs run by large organizations can often be theoretical and corporate, but we’ve found the SAP programs to be very hands-on. To accelerate our growth, SAP is helping us reach their customer base of over 335,000 businesses. We’ve already had the opportunity to present our software to one of their key accounts.

While we’re still at the start of our journey in Berlin, we’ve been working closely with the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator team in Palo Alto since May last year. Together we built a prototype IoT solution for predicting dirty solar panels on solar farms using data from sensors, drones, weather services and SAP systems. To see it in action you can sign up for the openSAP Imagine IoT course which XMPro’s CEO Pieter van Schalkwyk co-presented with experts from Deloitte and Intel.

Looking Ahead

 The city of Berlin is the perfect representation of our relationship with SAP. Berlin embraces both classical architecture and colorful graffiti. It has a rich history, but it’s not stuck in the past. In the coming months, we plan to focus on co-innovation projects with SAP in the mining and manufacturing industries. The SAP IoT Startup Accelerator program is making it possible for us to combine our startup-style innovation with the support, infrastructure and customer base SAP has built during its 44-year history. We’re ready to get to work.

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Thứ Năm, 23 tháng 2, 2017

Profile of Darren Roos, President of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Darren Roos, president of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, is the man in charge of bringing SAP’s 40-plus years of ERP expertise to customers in the cloud.

Earlier this month, Darren and his team announced significant enhancement to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, marking the first of four quarterly updates for 2017. Below, watch SAP TV’s Tea for Two to hear Darren explain what’s new and why the market is at a tipping point for ERP in the cloud.

But to get to know Darren a bit more, we spoke with about out what keeps him revved up both at work and home. A native South African, now living in England and the proud father of two young boys, below are five more things you need to know about Darren.

What’s your favorite time period?
I love living now. I like the disruption, the pace of change – it suites me well. Being from South Africa I grew up with a lot of change and thrive on it. And our business context is always survival-of-the-fittest; the requirement to change is high. I love it — and how the world today demands that we evolve quickly.

Do you collect anything?
Fine watches. I have 14.

What’s the one thing you would keep if you had to get rid of everything?
I would keep my Rolex Submariner that started the collection. It’s a trusty watch. It’s not the flashiest but it’s what originated it all.

What’s the most important personal or professional lesson you’ve learned?
One that bridges both. It’s a saying I got from a friend, who’s father used to say it: “There’s no wrong way to do the right or right way to do the wrong thing.” It’s my moral compass.

When things get hectic, what’s your strategy to relax or decompress?
I watch rubbish TV. Right now I’m watching a show on Amazon Prime called Manhattan. It’s fiction but based on the making of the atomic bomb.

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