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Join us for an SAP Runs SAP TweetChat with Geoffrey Moore, best-selling author, speaker, and business advisor, and Mike Golz, SAP CIO Americas.
In this interactive discussion, you can be a part of the conversation on enterprise mobility, analytics, in-memory, and the cloud, right from your mobile device!
When: Tuesday, October 29, 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm CET
Where: TweetChat.com or via Twitter following #SAPChat
How to Participate
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About our SAP Runs SAP Chat Speakers
Author, Speaker, Advisor
Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and business advisor to many of the leading companies in the high-tech sector, including Cisco, Cognizant, Compuware, HP, Microsoft, SAP, and Yahoo!.
Geoffrey divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and speaking internationally on those same topics. His latest book Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past, keeps this intent in mind and is the result of his years of experience working with large enterprises.
Escape Velocity is Moore’s sixth book for business leaders in the high-tech sector. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, which addresses the challenges of gaining initial adoption for disruptive innovations, continues to be a best seller and required reading in business schools and entrepreneurship curricula. Moore wrote four subsequent books which addressed the challenges faced by management when competing in hyper-growth markets (Inside the Tornado) and those faced by investors when managing a high-tech stock portfolio (The Gorilla Game). The two additional books both address the organizational challenges faced by established enterprises, in one case posed by the volatility of the technology sector overall (Living on the Fault Line), in the other by the need to reignite innovation in mature franchises (Dealing with Darwin). Escape Velocity rounds out these efforts in service to established enterprises by laying out a comprehensive program for engaging with next-generation trends while maintaining their core franchises.
SVP & CIO Americas, SAP
Mike Golz, Senior Vice President & CIO Americas at SAP, oversees all IT infrastructure and applications in North America and Latin America, aligning information and technology strategy with SAP’s business strategy, directing the investment in IT to support the organization’s goals and providing best-in-class processes and reliable, optimized operations for all SAP lines of business in the Americas.
Mike also leads the unique Global “SAP Runs SAP” program which highlights IT and Product Development in areas of Enterprise Mobility, In-Memory Technology, Green IT and Cloud. As a result, SAP Global IT has become the company’s best customer reference, and Mike frequently speaks to customers about IT’s first-hand experiences with SAP software.
Previously, Mike was Senior Vice President, Global IT Application Services with worldwide responsibility for SAP’s internal business applications and external platforms, covering the entire spectrum of SAP solutions for SAP’s employees. Prior to that, Mike led SAP’s Product System Services unit providing the system infrastructure for SAP’s worldwide Education, Sales and Consulting lines of business.
Here is a schedule of highlighted live events and featured participants for the Decathlon!
“iCMG is a global leader in Enterprise and IT Architecture and widely acknowledged for its expertise in addressing enterprise problems, change, and complexity. Interim Chief Information Officer, Axel Bülow, said, ‘to receive the iCMG Global Excellence award, which recognizes the best architecture implementations in the industry, demonstrates the world-class standard of innovative thinking within the SAP Global IT organization. This is a truly remarkable achievement and I extend my congratulations to everyone involved in keeping SAP at the forefront of innovative IT.’”
Read Matthias Wild’s full blog on accepting the award here.
Axel Buelow, Interim CIO, SAP AG, has written a blog on the Oxford Economics Cloud Platform Trends site.
“With all its economic, technological, and strategic advantages, the Cloud is clearly here to stay. But that doesn’t mean it is fully formed. In the years ahead, the Cloud and its related technologies will continue to evolve. Among the developments I envision for the future are…”
Read the full blog here.
Written by Axel Buelow, Interim CIO – SAP AG
By setting up the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP is offering customers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). However, Software as a Service (SaaS) is also a growing and compelling trend. I’d like to talk about the many ways SAP also provides SaaS internally, particularly in the areas of HCM, finance, procurement, sales and social collaboration.
In order to offer business processes successfully in the cloud at SAP, we first aimed at processes that either were decoupled from other processes, loosely coupled via single interfaces or those where integration was already in place. With these criteria in mind, we were able to find a number of opportunities where we could offer Software as a Service for SAP employees.
In terms of HCM, we now have several processes that we run in the cloud with SuccessFactors, from Talent and Compensation Management to People Development and Succession Planning. We plan to add Recruitment and Learning to our HCM cloud portfolio shortly, and will continue to move further processes into the cloud.
In the area of Finance, we are live on SAP Cloud for Travel, where employees can enter their travel costs and receipts for reimbursement – either via their laptops, their mobile devices or simply at their desktops.
We already have some key Ariba procurement scenarios live in the cloud – Ariba Supplier Information and Performance Management, Ariba Procurement Content, Ariba Sourcing and Ariba Collaborative Commerce (Connectivity to
In terms of SAP Cloud for Customer, we follow the hybrid strategy, with CRM on HANA as the backend. To support better user adoption, we have now made it available via mobile, so that account executives can use it to manage their sales opportunities while on the road.
At SAP, we offer an internal social collaboration platform with SAP Jam. This helps us to respond to internal demand and communications requirements as the organization becomes more and more social. We have implemented SAP Jam across SAP and will develop its capabilities further with additional apps and functionality, as well as integration to other applications.
One motivation to pursue SaaS is the positive impact on operations. For example, in Q1 2013, traditionally a peak period for performance reviews, we saw a 35% reduction in tickets for those processes running on demand.
SaaS offers us the opportunity to standardize processes, as with a cloud solution there is no need for customization to match regional flavors. This means we no longer require a long roll-out cycle, with specific country requirements and instead we are able to deploy software instantly to a global user group. We see that this offers an instant cost benefit, especially as software developers are no longer required to do costly customization.
By focusing on supporting processes in the process landscape, instead of those at the core of the value chain, we can gather experience with SaaS and then use our experience to address our core processes.
From my perspective, the benefits of SaaS will outweigh related concerns going forward (see the link below to a post on cloud security). This is a trend that is not only compelling, but is inescapable. We can’t ignore the fact that the majority of today’s software is being built to match the SaaS model, and our role is to prepare our organizations for the transition. The role of IT will continue to change, as the IT team starts to focus on processes and offers internal consulting rather than internal programming. I have talked before about the need for IT and the business to collaborate and this will be essential when switching to SaaS.
Security will also be the watchword, as it is clear that when implementing standard software across geographies; there will be different requirements for different countries. For example, EU countries cannot allow data to reside in APJ. This is a vital aspect of the SaaS transition, and IT will have to assist the business in negotiating the data specifics of different countries.
The transition to SaaS means a major transition for IT too – instead of doing it all from implementing to programming, IT will now manage different partnerships with third parties, working together on security, business processes and infrastructure to ensure the successful deployment of on demand software in the corporation.
Axel Buelow, Interim CIO, SAP AG, has written a blog on the Oxford Economics Cloud Platform Trends site.
“As I speak to customers around the world about the Cloud, I am especially attuned to their concerns about security. After all, anytime you move data from the safety of your own four walls, it’s only natural to worry about where that data goes – and how it is protected…”
Read the full blog here.
Written by Manik N. Saha, CIO – Asia Pacific & Japan
Starting early June, the different SAP Forums in APJ kick off, and I’m pleased that the Global IT team is participating in many of the events that take place in this region. During these events, we plan to share and get feedback from our customers, partners and prospects on how SAP Runs SAP.
SAP Runs SAP is much more than just SAP as a company using its own products. It’s a mindset that we adopted and since integrated the pillars of the concept into everything Global IT does. Within IT, some of the foundational elements of the SAP Runs SAP concept is a long term IT Strategy, a strong Governance Model including all IT units, a strong Enterprise Architecture team, and a top management mandate to drive innovation forward. Including the different LoBs and product development organizations, the SAP Runs SAP interactively drives a perpetual discussion on new business scenarios that could be brought to life with new technology.
A key philosophy to enable the innovation at SAP Runs SAP, is to allow risk taking and failure and learn from it to make the next steps. In our case, we look for new ideas and provide a small project funding to create the Proof of Concept or Prototype and test the idea. If the ideas work, it gets channeled into a mainstream project portfolio for implementation. If it doesn’t work, we take a decision to either steer the idea into something that could work (continuous innovation) or take the key learnings into another project. Overall, SAP as an organization benefits in two ways:
These discussions drive a very fruitful conversation with my peers and I’m continually amazed at the eagerness to learn and innovate in a multitude of industries. Two weeks ago I was in the SAP Forum in the Philippines and during the keynote, I outlined the above concept to a very interested audience of 1500 attendees.
Next up are SAP Forums in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore where we will share different aspects of the storyline with the audience. Apart from the keynotes and breakouts, we love engaging in 1-1 conversations with our peers to exchange ideas on how IT as an organization can be an enabler for innovation in any industry.
If you will be around for these Forums, and would like to meet me or my colleagues/team, please drop me a note. Look forward to seeing you there.
Manik N. Saha
Connect with me on Twitter: @maniksaha
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