Webcast – Australia/New Zealand time zone
SAP runs SAP in the Cloud, with SAP global CIO Björn Goerke
Have you ever dreamed of faster, simpler and smarter solutions that allow you to innovate your business model and move your company to a new level of performance – without any upfront spending?
Join us for a webcast and learn how: SAP runs SAP in the Cloud
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Hear from SAP CIO and Executive Vice President of Cloud and Infrastructure Delivery Björn Goerke on how SAP runs SAP in the Cloud, and learn how your organisation can transform to run simpler.
By enabling analysis on live transactional data in real time, the SAP HANA platform has the power to transform the way you run your business. But the question remains: what’s the best way to deploy this breakthrough in-memory technology for your company?
This is your opportunity to hear how SAP uses a single instance of core applications in the cloud to serve 67,000 employees worldwide, and to securely connect 20,000 mobile workers to SAP data. Plus, find out how you too can take advantage of this service.
As one of the largest customers of SAP worldwide, SAP is using SAP to run faster, simpler and smarter.
Hear how SAP and our customers are gaining real-time insight – with the simplicity of the cloud.
This session is presented live from Melbourne, Australia, where Björn is presenting the opening keynote at Mastering SAP Technologies on Monday, 31 March.
Read Björn’s recent article on the changing role of a CIO.
For some examples of ‘SAP runs SAP’, see the SAP Global IT Blog — SAP Runs SAP
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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.
Learn about SAP’s IT Strategy in the cloud with Sahil Shah’s latest blog.
“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!
Jens Fuchs, from SAP’s Global IT Strategy 2.0 team, helped develop SAP’s internal Cloud strategy. He has detailed his experience, learning from working with the Cloud environment, and trends in his blog “Why people (including IT people) love the Cloud“.