Ovum BYOX Strategy Award Win for Global IT

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.”

(Ralph and Maximilian with 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

What will APJ customers be looking for @ SAPPHIRE?

Written by Manik N. Saha, CIO – Asia Pacific & Japan


What will APJ customers be looking for @ SAPPHIRE?

A few weeks ago, at the SAP Forum in Mumbai, I had the opportunity to host a CIO lunch. During this lunch and the conversations that followed, one theme stood out – all the companies represented at the discussion were eager to exchange ideas on enterprise innovation. I was amazed at the intensity and passion of my peers to make technology work for the success of their business and grow their footprints beyond local and regional markets (many of who were well established towards that direction).

This made me reflect on our own SAP story in the Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) region. Over the last 25 years of SAP being present in APJ, we have grown exponentially in this region, with a diverse ecosystem of customers, partners and employees. The correlation between our growth and the growth in the industry in APJ is not a co-incidence. Operating in 12 countries, today we have over 14,000 employees and 1,400 partners in the APJ region supporting around 22,000 customers.

A pillar of our success has been SAP’s ability to innovate in different technology categories, and bring these innovations into the enterprise space. At Global IT, we strive to be early adopters of SAP’s innovations and we ourselves continually innovate our IT services and solutions.

As an example, by using our SAP Afaria platform, over the last 3 years we were able to deploy over 45K smartphones (IOS and Android based) and 5,5K BYOD mobile devices. Our large employee footprint in India and China has seen a significant adoption of BYOD for mobile phones, which validates that the consumerization of IT is real.

To support these mobile devices, we had to also innovate our IT services. We have established Enterprise Mobility Solution Centers in multiple key locations within the region, to provide a more consumer-centric support to our employees. As a result, employees get a personalized service each time they have an issue with any IT equipment, and our IT satisfaction has really grown.

Heading into SAPPHIRE next week, I’m eager to welcome and look forward to meeting our customers from APJ. Customers will be able to meet Global IT experts at the SAP Runs SAP booth on the SAPPHIRE showfloor. These experts have deep knowledge of SAP’s technology, LoB solutions and project experience. The present Global IT Management team has multiple years of experience in IT governance, strategy and management – and many of them will be available at the booth to talk to customers.

For the first time, I will personally host tours of our SAP Runs SAP booth for APJ customers and partners. The one hour walkabout tour around SAP Runs SAP will provide our customers an opportunity to meet the experts. During this tour, we would like to share our innovation practices and experiences with our customers, and learn from them what we could do differently or better.

If you are going to SAPPHIRE Orlando 2013, please drop by the SAP Runs SAP booth. I look forward to meeting you and talking more about enterprise innovation!


Manik N. Saha

CIO – Asia Pacific & Japan


A SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando Review. BYOD Customer Panel: Managing Personal Devices in Your Enterprise

We didn’t want you to miss out on the SAP Runs SAP activities so our regular writer Bill Kozel shadowed many of these events to make sure you didn’t miss any of the interesting and fun things that happened.

His first piece is about the BYOD Customer Panel: Managing Personal Devices in Your Enterprise

Wednesday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.

Philippe Winthrop, Enterprise Mobility Foundation

Michael Golz, CIO, Americas, SAP
Mark Reynolds, VP IT Architecture/Infrastructure, Fossil
John Dutsar, Director, Information Technology, Pepperidge Farm

In this customer panel discussion, the topic was “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies and strategies.


CIO Insight, Oliver Bussmann: If you can’t beat them, lead them

Michelle Maisto from CIO Insight spoke to Oliver Bussmann recently on How Consumerization Is Changing IT

SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann has deployed more than 8,000 iPhones, 17,000 BlackBerry handsets and 14,000 iPads. In this exclusive interview with CIO Insight, he talks about how supporting the devices that employees want to use actually creates a more secure enterprise, attracts young talent, and drives innovation, efficiency and employee loyalty.

Click here to read in full.

Time:Techland “Bring Your Own Device: How Consumer Products Are Impacting IT”

In this interview Oliver Bussmann speaks to Tim Bajarin about everything mobile, including BYOD, iPad deployment and why SAP is device agnostic. Read the article in full here.

Goodbye 2011 – Hello 2012 – Oliver Bussmann Powers On at CES and AppNation

On the drive to work this morning I was trying to forget how miserable the weather was in Walldorf and at the same time trying to think of a great opening line for the 2011 review blog. I need not have bothered, my buddy Eric Lai posted a great review for Forbes this morning. It feels like the sun is shining in Walldorf now. Thank you Eric. (more…)

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