Written by Karen Hagemann
SAP Global IT celebrated an outstanding win recently at the Ovum BYOX Strategy Awards 2013 where the Security and Risk organization were crowned winners in the “Best Technology and Telecoms” category.
Organized by independent market analyst, Ovum, the BYOX Strategy Awards recognize companies driving innovation in the area of BYOD. SAP Global IT impressed the judges by demonstrating the success of the SAP Runs SAP program in which employees use their preferred mobile devices and applications to better collaborate, access information, and influence key business decisions – anytime, anywhere, and with the peace of mind of a secure network.
The jury was most impressed by SAP’s approach of addressing the consumerization of IT trend, allowing employees to own a single device for both business and personal use.
Ralph Salomon, head of IT Security and Risk Management, together with Maximilian Adrian were present at the ceremony in London on June 5 to collect the award. Reflecting on their win, Ralph exclaimed, “We were literally surrounded by global experts for BYOX strategy and operations. Three world class experts on the jury reviewed dozens of award applications and told us they were so impressed by our strategy and could immediately see that we had fulfilled all the selection criteria for the award.”
Interim CIO, Axel Bülow, congratulated the team on their well-deserved award – “This is a fantastic achievement for the Security and Risk team and the SAP Global IT organization as a whole, which continues to support the “Mobile” pillar of our corporate strategy. I would particularly like to thank Ralph Salomon, Maximilian Adrian, and Alex Guitman for their tremendous efforts in driving the program and for coming out on top!”
Currently in their third year, the Ovum BYOX Strategy Awards have drawn leading names in a short time. Beating off such stiff competition from highly respected brands makes this recognition all the more impressive for SAP Global IT.
Click here to read Ovum’s Press Release
SAPPHIRE NOW 2013/Session #64983
For SAP, there is no mission more critical than satisfying customers. So when the company decided to move its SAP CRM application onto SAP HANA, it was not a decision that was made lightly. At this SAPPHIRE NOW 2013 theater presentation, Axel Buelow described the impact of SAP CRM on SAP HANA – and the implementation process that has made it an unqualified success.
A New World
Axel began by putting the new application into context, including such megatrends as the increasing need for pervasive access, the rapid accumulation of “Big Data,” the move toward “global-class” delivery through the cloud, and the emergence of a generation that was raised on social media.
Customers, he said, look to SAP for innovation and inspiration. And SAP CRM on SAP HANA illustrates SAP’s ability to deliver.
Bringing Innovation to Life
“SAP Runs SAP is bringing innovation to life with 100 projects and five percent of the project portfolio,” Axel said. “Our job is to assess, evaluate, and prototype new components to see what value they bring.”
Axel also described SAP’s internal roadmap for the adoption of SAP CRM on SAP HANA, which included side-by-side operations for functions such as the SAP sales pipeline.
After a migration period of two and a half months, SAP CRM went live on SAP HANA in March, 2013. Today, Axel reported, “SAP CRM on SAP HANA supports 15,000 business users – including up to 10,000 users per day.
“It was a ‘big bang’ implementation,” he added, “reaching all users in all geographies. Our search performance improved by a factor of 250.”
Early in the process, Axel said, “There was a lot of concern in the area of custom code. But in the end, we had to adjust less than five percent of the custom code.”
New Business Scenarios
Axel cited examples of how SAP CRM on SAP HANA enables new business scenarios, including:
The Roadmap Continues
Axel closed by discussing SAP’s future plans, which include leveraging SAP HANA for receivables management; fraud management for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); and procurement.
Most significantly, Axel said, “We will continue by moving SAP ERP to SAP HANA in August, with 50,000 to 60,000 users.
“Our roadmap,” he concluded, “is not at an end yet.”
Author: Bill Kozel
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