How SAP is rein­vent­ing an­a­lyt­ics and trans­form­ing dig­i­tal

The Malta Business Weekly - - ENEWS & TECH -

The power to search an en­tire or­ga­ni­za­tion in real time for new in­sights, prob­lems and so­lu­tions can rest in the hands of ev­ery sin­gle em­ployee, SAP an­nounced Tues­day. SAP Cloud for An­a­lyt­ics can help dig­i­tal en­ter­prises dis­cover, vi­su­al­ize and pre­dict — all in one place.

“You have the abil­ity to man­age your com­pany in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way,” SAP Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber Bernd Leuk­ert said dur­ing his key­note ad­dress. “We have rein­vented how an­a­lyt­ics is done — not just the plat­form, not just the core — it’s the an­a­lyt­ics busi­ness com­pletely rein­vented.”

Leuk­ert called SAP Cloud for An­a­lyt­ics “the new­est mem­ber of our SAP fam­ily” be­fore a demon­stra­tion, which fea­tured a fic­ti­tious re­tail chain with a few un­der-per­form­ing stores. The tool sin­gle­hand­edly quickly iden­ti­fied them, ge­o­graph­i­cally rep­re­sented them and even eval­u­ated their com­pe­ti­tion, re­veal­ing that sales at ri­val stores were steal­ing mar­ket share.

SAP still runs SAP

“The SAP Board meet­ings now run in a dig­i­tal way,” Leuk­ert said. “There are no Pow­er­Points any­more; there are no back-of­fice peo­ple pre­par­ing pages of doc­u­ments; we run and we an­a­lyze our busi­ness in real time, in our Dig­i­tal Board­room.”

Built on SAP Cloud for An­a­lyt­ics, the SAP Dig­i­tal Board­room of­fers con­text and sim­plic­ity as an al­ter­na­tive to the of­ten com­pli­cated and cum­ber­some process of per­for­mance re­port­ing. SAP Dig­i­tal Board­room of­fers a real-time, gran­u­lar sin­gle source of truth across all ar­eas of the dig­i­tal en­ter­prise.

“We can in­stantly dig into any as­pect of our busi­ness,” Leuk­ert said. “Any dis­cus­sion is di­rectly sup­ported by that data.”

Where to build ap­pli­ca­tions?

“The SAP HANA Cloud Plat­form is not just an­other plat­form as a ser­vice,” Leuk­ert said. “It’s the plat­form to build busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions.”

A quick demon­stra­tion re­vealed how SAP HANA Cloud Plat­form can help an en­ter­prise cre­ate a Web page to con­duct busi­ness in an­other coun­try. One sim­ple tool cre­ated a ready-to-use page by trans­lat­ing all of the ex­ist­ing text into one of 38 avail­able lan­guages, con­vert­ing prices to the ap­pro­pri­ate cur­rency and adding the cor­rect sales tax — all within four min­utes.

“And now you might ask how dif­fi­cult it is to build an app on our HANA Cloud Plat­form,” Leuk­ert said. “This is quite sim­ple: In­stead of build­ing every­thing from scratch,

join the com­mu­nity.”

Smart ve­hi­cles

“Just a year ago … com­pa­nies like Shell, Toy­ota, Volk­swa­gen, BMW, Voda­fone and oth­ers joined [our pi­lot pro­gram] to see what is pos­si­ble on the HANA Cloud Plat­form,” Leuk­ert said. “And we had the vi­sion of the SAP Ve­hi­cles Net­work, a cloud of­fer­ing that en­ables driv­ers here in North Amer­ica to con­sume con­nected park­ing and con­nected fu­el­ing through a mobile app.”

The net­work con­nects sales chan­nels, such as au­to­mo­tive OEMs, park­ing garages and fuel sta­tions, en­hanc­ing the driver’s ex­pe­ri­ence. For ex­am­ple, the sys­tem can lo­cate, re­serve and pay for a park­ing spot — all with ve­hi­cle-cen­tric ser­vices and Sam­sung Pay.

“The SAP Ve­hi­cles Net­work is a great ex­am­ple of how the HANA Cloud Plat­form and all of the mi­croser­vices that we built — and our ecosys­tem of part­ners — can help us on the trans­for­ma­tion to the dig­i­tal world,” Leuk­ert said.

The tie that binds

The com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor en­abling all of the in­no­va­tion on­stage was SAP HANA, Leuk­ert stated.

“This un­matched; it’s the next gen­er­a­tion,” Leuk­ert said. “Build your best ap­pli­ca­tion ever; con­vert your dreams, your story; and be­come a de­vel­oper hero.”

Alert So­lu­tions Ltd is a lo­cal value-added-re­seller of SAP Busi­ness One, SAP HANA, SAP Busi­nessOb­jects, SAP Lu­mira and an of­fi­cial SAP Busi­ness Part­ner for Malta and MENA. For more in­for­ma­tion on SAP Busi­ness so­lu­tions visit www.alert-solu

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