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If you know anything about G-Cloud then you will know that 18th and 26th October are two key dates. The 26th October sees the launch of the second iteration of the G-Cloud framework and, on 18th October, Andy Nelson, CIO UK Government will be making the opening keynote speech at the “Think G-Cloud” conference at the Business Design Centre in Islington (it’s free to enter for public sector employees by the way). And SAP is looking forward to being part of both.

So what should you look for on 18th and 26th October ?  Well on 26th October we all get to see the new list of Cloud services available for download from the G-Cloud CloudStore.  Now I can’t tell you in  this blog what SAP will be listing in the CloudStore  because I don’t want to breach the terms of the standstill period. But I can suggest that you pay SAP a visit at Think G-Cloud (we’re on Stand 23 by the way). And these are the sort of questions I would ask:

Does SAP offer anything in the Cloud for Social Engagement ? – And are these capabilties available standalone and prebuilt into other cloud solutions ? These are pretty important questions. Today’s citizen will want to use these new channels to communicate with public sector organisations and the public sector, in turn, will want to understand the public sentiment that is reflected in the tens of thousands of social media messages that are generated on a daily, if not hourly basis.  The answer, of course is yes to both. SAP’s Cloud strategy is not only based on delivering Social as a key element of its OnDemand applications but also delivering Mobile, Analytics and access to Big Data via HANA. And as for SAP’s “Customer OnDemand” solutions, well I think there’s a good case for calling them SAP’s “Social Customer OnDemand” solutions  because they have so much social customer engagement built-in.

Is it true that the New South Wales Department of Trade and Investment has chosen to roll out SAP Business ByDesign to 8,500 users? – Absolutely this is true ! And you might also like to know that the solution will be operational by December this year – verifying rapid deployment as one of the major benefits of SAP’s public Cloud applications. In fact you might want to see Business ByDesign (ByD) at Stand 23 yourself. And whilst you are there why not ask about the fixed price services SAP offers for fixed scope implementations with go-live deliveries in a matter of weeks.

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How can I integrate SAP Cloud solutions with my On Premise environment without lock-in? This is a really important question and one that Denise McDonagh has already identified as a challenge. In fact it’s so important that I devoted a whole blog to this topic this is the link. But there will be a rolling presentation of this on Stand 23, so why not come along.

Does SAP’s Cloud strategy help me to offer more public sector contracts to SMEs ? Yes it does ! And there’s a blog on this too here’s the link. In fact SAP doesn’t only help SME’s build and deliver Cloud related solutions for the public sector we’ll help SMEs to monetise their solutions with the private sector too. Which has to be good for the UK economy !

Now that SAP own SuccessFactors what does that mean for the additional range of Cloud solutions available from SAP ? Well SuccessFactors has over 15 million users and offers a range of Cloud solutions covering Performance Management, Compensation Management, Succession Planning, Talent Management, Recruitment and Workforce Planning. Both SAP and SuccessFactors personal will be present at Think G-Cloud. And why not also ask SAP about their Ariba aquisition for $4.3bn, which closed earlier this year  and what that will mean for the UK public sector ?

  

I think you’ll agree there’s a lot to look out for when it comes to Cloud and SAP and the Public Sector and not just on 18th and 26th October !

Steve Mawby is a Solution Architect at SAP UK with a focus on Public Sector and Cloud. He writes from the aspect of the UK public sector – but his blogs are relevant for many other industries and geographies too. He has written a whitepaper on SAP’s Cloud Strategy for the UK Public Sector and can be contaced at steve.mawby@sap.com. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemawby

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