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December 19, 2012 by Sven Denecken
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October 24, 2012 by Sven Denecken
Managing the HR function is a bit like driving a car. Things are fast paced. Potential dangers lurk around every corner. Yet somehow we’re able to safely navigate. That is until we’re caught off-guard. It’s the car in our blind spot that causes the accident. So what’s the parallel to HR? It’s the question we didn’t ask that comes back to haunt us. Think about it. By the time we launch a query, we already suspect something. All we’re doing is looking for data to validate and quantify what we already suspect.
October 23, 2012 by Sven Denecken
Audacious goals are great for channeling the passions of a large group behind one common objective. At SAP, our stretch goal is to have one billion users by 2015. There are numerous initiatives underway bringing us closer each day. In this blog, I’d like to discuss the role of user experience in this context. Specifically, I’d like to share another* proof point of design thinking: ”Bubblegum”.
Experience it live at HRTech Europe this week in Amstedam.
Walking on a level playing field for HR – with end-to-end talent management suites with pre-integration
October 11, 2012 by Sven Denecken
Virtually everyone talks the talk: “The workforce is our most important asset”. But how many companies actually walk the talk? Why is it there always seems to be budget for classical assets like facilities, but HR has to fight an uphill battle just to keep systems up to date? I believe, it boils down to ROI. Boards invest where they’re confident of the return. So how do we improve the link between talent management and workforce productivity?
October 10, 2012 by Greg Chase
This blog continues the discussion started in Part I of Turning Cloudy Chaos into an IT Strategy and Part II – Retreading Existing Systems to Leverage Cloud Technology. In this blog we examine how Software as a Service fits into a hybrid IT Strategy for cloud computing.
If your company has extensive investments in on premise ERP such as SAP Business Suite, then pursuing an add-on approach with Software as a Service can be an agile way for your company’s departments to roll out new systems of engagement to users. Such a strategy should consider the business needs being solved in relation to other needs within the company such as information management and integration of business processes.
Figure 1: SAP’s vision of end-to-end business processes supported by both on premise and cloud-based applications.
October 6, 2012 by Sven Denecken
Finance has always been about improving results. What could be achieved; however, has changed over time. Consider now the potential impact of velocity and people centricity of cloud computing. It is expanding finance beyond departmental optimization and fueling bottom line growth through collaboration.
Before ERP, staff meetings in my old company were lively events. Unfortunately, the only thing we regularly agreed upon was that the organization as a whole was underperforming. Every department had a well-documented theory as to why other departments were at fault. We came to meetings with stacks of reports from our independent systems proving we were ahead of plan. Invariably, we would point to the paint department where containers overflowed with scrap. The paint department, in turn, pointed to poor surface quality from injection molding. All agreed that purchasing was at fault for not lining up better suppliers. It was a fascinating discussion; however, it rarely yielded results. The good news was everyone was engaged.
October 5, 2012 by Brad Smith
Guest Blog Post by Christian Horak, Global Head of Solution Marketing for SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Financials OD at SAP AG
Maybe you have heard that we are just about to launch an exciting new member of the SAP Cloud family at SAPPHIRE NOW in Madrid in November. As we gear up for this launch, I am writing a series of blogs to formulate my thoughts about the solution.
Today I’d like to give you a basic primer on what SAP Financials OnDemand is all about and provide you with a Sneak Preview.
I think the first thing to address is the role of a modern finance department and what issues and challenges they face today that prompted us to develop a brand new solution for this space. (more…)
October 3, 2012 by Sven Denecken
Blog 3: Social Collaboration is at the heart of Monitoring & Engagement
This week at DSAG, which is the SAP User Group conference for German-speaking countries, we exhibited our Social CRM offerings. Due to the tremendous interest in leveraging SAP offerings to manage consumer reviews, we decided to write a short follow-up to our last blog.
For some industries, user opinions are given so much weight that evaluation management has become one of marketing’s most important tasks. Foremost among these is the hotel industry. The tremendous growth of TripAdvisor, and similar review sites, is evidence of the power of social business. It’s fair to say that consumers are storming to web applications that provide user – in this case guest – reviews. Many websites even bundle guest opinions from other review sites and offer of course travel booking services. As a result, traditional service providers are struggling to reach the masses. Indeed, they are even experiencing customer churn.
October 1, 2012 by Greg Chase
It’s already hard enough to understand what people mean when they talk about cloud computing. Now cloud computing vendors and IT industry analysts are talking about “hybrid” cloud computing. Is this some new trend that’s happening organically in the market, or is it “Generally Made-up Over-complication” by pundits and vendors?
These vendors and analysts don’t even mean the same thing when using the term “hybrid.” They can be referring to at least one of three different concepts:
October 1, 2012 by Brad Smith
The Enterprise IT organization is about to transform, into a services organization. Not by its choice, but because the business is forcing its hand. Business units are engaging cloud services with or without IT’s involvement. The decision making power has shifted from IT to the business. IT organizations will have to evolve their operations to adapt to this new world. With so much discussion about the cloud, there has been very little in the way of providing a framework of how to orient your IT organizations to become the service organization that the business unit will prefer, versus them dealing direct with the cloud providers. How to get from a traditional IT model to services organization model deserves its attention from every single enterprise regardless of industry. This will be a discussion about how cloud computing is impacting organizational behavior, future architecture and what operational infrastructures are required for the successful transformation of Enterprise IT. (more…)
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- SAP Cloud Blog Has Transitioned to the SAP Community Network
- Interesting Feedback from SAP Customers About Hybrid Cloud in Recent Webinar
- Removing HR Blind Spots
- Chewing on the billion user goal
- B2B Integration Strategy (OnPremise, OnDemand and Hybrid)
- Walking on a level playing field for HR – with end-to-end talent management suites with pre-integration
- Adding on New Capabilities with SaaS – Part III of Turning Cloudy Chaos into an IT Strategy
- New Financials: Helping Finance Deliver Greater Business Insight
- SAP Financials OnDemand .. A Primer