April, 2013

SAP runs Ariba – Learn more how SAP has implemented Ariba and orchestrated onDemand – onPremise

Martin Reichmann shares his thoughts on the upcoming SAPPHIRENOW in Orlando and what to expect from Ariba and SAP Business in his latest blog.

Read Martin’s blog here.

SAP Runs Success Map

“A necessity in any workforce is an ongoing conversation between employees and managers on performance expectations and progress as it drives a shared understanding about career goals. 2013 offers a new opportunity to achieve professional success though ongoing conversation and leveraging Success Map, SAP‘s new cloud-based HR solution, business execution tools. Success Map contains systems, processes, and tools to ensure people are in the right jobs, have the right skills and do the right things to grow our business, and achieve our 2015 business strategy.”

Continue to my full blog on Success Map and its business execution tools to find out how to jumpstart your career planning!

How SAP Runs HANA Analytics in BusinessObjects Explorer for Several Thousand Users

Find out how Global IT was able to provide HANA analytics to several thousand users in this blog by Dirk Pluschke from the SAP Runs SAP team.

Read the blog here.

Three key steps to collaboration between IT and the business – CRM on HANA

Written by Axel Buelow, SVP & Head of Application Services

The Migration to HANA should not be seen as a normal, technical database migration. It provides a huge opportunity to positively impact the business – to run faster, smarter and simpler. Companies can and should use their HANA migration to assess which business processes need acceleration or to think about areas where they could run processes differently or even introduce brand-new ones.

In order for this to happen, IT and the business need to collaborate. It’s a process of education. IT can educate the business on HANA’s potential to bring about change. This sparks ideas and the business is able to come up with new and better ways to do things. The business can educate IT on processes, process pain points and new business potential.

I saw this when SAP Global IT implemented HANA for the SAP Facility Management. We now use smart meters to capture energy consumption in our data centers and company facilities and have captured millions of records that provide a real-time view of our energy consumption. We can react now much faster, avoid unnecessary energy consumption and contribute to our sustainability targets. IT couldn’t have built this kind of analysis without the process knowledge of the facilities team.

This is why IT and the business have to collaborate. In our recent CRM on HANA migration, we worked closely with the business. These were our three key steps to collaboration:

  1. Roadmap: We had a joint business and IT roadmap, which I referenced in my last blog post [link]. Two years ago, we started with by-side scenarios, which swiftly ramped up our HANA knowledge. Then we implemented BI on HANA, which gave us the chance to test our new apps. And now we are working on our big Business Suite on HANA migrations: CRM on HANA is already migrated, followed by ERP on HANA later this year.
  2. Collaboration model:  We established a clear collaboration model, with one CRM on HANA sponsor from the business and one from Global IT. All the HANA responsibilities were bundled under these two sponsors, who had regular meetings to align before reporting jointly to top management.
  3. One team: we drew resources from all over SAP, but during the 2.5 month migration of CRM to HANA, we worked as one team under one roof. Our project team came from the business units, Application Services and Infrastructure Services (both within IT), from development and from our support organization. Having such mixed project skills meant that we overcame the project borders and everyone worked as one team. We were partners.

 

Having had our learning curve with CRM on HANA, we are now working on the ERP on HANA implementation. It is a far larger project for us, with more users, modifications, add-ons and interfaces. However, we are also able to focus on more value scenarios, so will be able to include Fast Closing  and the Financial Cockpit in one program with the migration. The business now better understands the potential that the HANA in-memory technology can provide to them, and we in IT understand much more about business processes and priorities.

 

(This is the second in series of blog posts on the SAP CRM on HANA go-live. To read the first post on the migration of CRM on HANA please follow this link: “SAP Runs SAP CRM on HANA“.)

Implementing Operational IT Security Management in your Organization…

After his previous post on how to implement an efficient IT Security Management framework, Maximilian Adrian has now explored the everyday application of security practices. This blog describes the effective use of Operational Security Management in your organization.

Read Max’s blog here.

SAP Runs SAP – How do we deliver dashboard solutions with the SAP Mobile Analytics

“With the continuous extension of mobile enablement in 2012, the Mobile Analytics suite of SAP offers the possibility of reaching the overall expectation of your business community in terms of dashboard requirements on mobile devices.

In this blog, I [David Poisson] will share some examples of solutions that we have delivered at SAP to our internal Lines of Business, and how we can answer our needs using the right technology.”

 

Read David’s blog here.

How to Plan & Execute Performance Testing for CRM on HANA Migration

“You might have read the news: SAP’s own CRM system now runs productively on the SAP HANA platform and the earlier blogs SAP Runs SAP CRM on HANA & How to Migrate a Productive CRM System  to the SAP HANA™ Platform. In this blog [by Meenakshi Sundaram P], you will learn how SAP’s IT organization managed to plan & execute Performance Testing for one of the world’s largest CRM systems to the SAP HANA platform in only 2.5 months.”

Read Meenakshi’s blog here.

How to Migrate a Productive CRM System to the SAP HANA™ Platform

 Peter Boegler, IT Solution Architect,  explains how SAP’s IT organization managed to migrate one of the world’s largest CRM systems to the SAP HANA platform in only 2.5 months in this blog.
Click here for the full story.

SAP Runs SAP is back in Orlando

 Matthias Wild has a few reminders for you before this year’s ASUG and SAPPHIRENOW in Orlando kick off.

 

Read his blog here.

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