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21 Reasons to Love SAP Business Trends

It’s hard to believe SAP Business Trends launched one year ago.

/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/sitting_254793.jpgWithin 12 short months, the space has taken on a life of its own, with no signs of slowing down. To date, nearly 600 blog posts have generated thousands and thousands of page views, social impressions and lively discussions. SAP Business Trends also made itself known at critical SAP events like SAPPHIRE NOW and the Industry Analyst Base Camp. And the creation of the SAP Business Trends Newsletter and @SAPBizTrends Twitter handle became the icing on an already sweet cake.

Derek Klobucher and I take great pride in not only being active participants but also mentors and trusted advisors to our more than 100 contributors who gain real results and exposure – not only on Business Trends but SAPVoice on as well. The two channels are inextricably linked. Stories that “originally appeared on SAP Business Trends”, re-purposed for Forbes, drive more than 1,000 unique visitors back to the SAP Community Network every month.

Enough horn tooting. Let’s get down to, ahem, business shall we? Here are 21 more reasons to love SAP Business Trends, the top blog posts over the past year. What stands out to you? Which ones are your favorites? Sound off in the comments, we want to hear from you.

1. Blog series “March to Madrid”: Let’s get down to #social biz, again

Sven Denecken explains how SAP Social Customer Engagement OnDemand helps companies better manage incoming feedback and service requests from social channels.

2. Data Glasses: SAP Goes Wearable Senior Editor Uta Spinger found out that SAP and Vuzix teamed up to create augmented reality glasses, showing that they are not just for consumers but for manufacturers, logistics companies, and service technicians as well.

3. 2013 – Navigating the Digital Universe with 3D Graphics

Robert Merlo, vice president of marketing, SAP Visualization, says today’s growing volume of data has become nearly impossible to manage without the right tools. A better way to control this avalanche of data is to combine it with 3D graphics.

4. SAP’s Bold Plan to Empower the Enterprise Mobility Ecosystem (Part 1)

Business Insider said SAP has a crazy ambition and called our plan to make SAP bigger in mobile than Apple ‘outrageous.’ It may seem outrageous to some, but not to Sanjay Poonen.

5. Connecting Communities of Practice (CoP) to a Knowledge Management Strategy

Communities of Practice are people who share common interests and goals and learn how to do them better as they interact regularly. Stefan Funk explains why it makes sense to integrate these groups at an early stage of the Knowledge Management infrastructure discussion.

6. SAP HANA is not Just for Big Companies With Big Data Challenges

Even though SAP HANA is primarily marketed as a big data buster, there’s actually much more to this in-memory juggernaut than meets the eye. Tim Clark quickly found this out after a chance meeting with SAP customer Tamko, a manufacturer of building products, at SAP TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas.

7. How Mobile App Innovators Balance Risk and Reward

By 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile app downloads from app stores every year, according to Gartner. Also by 2014, a majority of companies will deliver mobile apps to workers via private app stores. Tim Clark looks at how successful mobile app innovators balance risk and reward during this time of explosive mobile app growth.

8. Sustainability and Human Capital

Sustainability for HR can mean different things inside and outside an organization. Chiara Bersano explains why sustainability in human capital means preserving knowledge during the employee replacement process in an economical and non-disruptive way.

9. Making the Internet of Things a Reality with Mobile Management

Sanjay Poonen shares his vision of the future where alarm clocks, calendars and coffee machines all talk to each other. It’s a future where the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine conversations are the “social network of machine and man”, making our lives easier and more productive.

10. SAP Hits Homerun With New York Yankees Partnership

When Tim Clark took his family to a New York Yankee game, it was hot and humid and his kids were cranky. But he still had an amazing time thanks to an exclusive tour of the SAP Suite Level within Yankee Stadium (includes slideshow).

11. The Massive M2M Business Opportunity (Part 1)

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology has been around for years. Industries like oil and gas, transportation and logistics management rely on it to keep us safe. Medical device manufactures use it to keep us healthy. A distributed network of hundreds of sensors relay vital information to the dashboards of the cars we drive. If the current trends continue, we’ll all be using M2M more and more in the future, according to Sanjay Poonen.

12. When Everything Old is New Again

Susan Galer’s response to people who talk about real-time information as if it’s the newest innovation on the planet is always the same: where have you been since 1998? That’s the year she discovered the joys of SAP Crystal Reports, and how real-time data can solve tough business challenges.

13. The SAP 360 Customer Is…

SAPPHIRE NOW in Madrid provided Margot Heiligman the opportunity to showcase customers of SAP who have begun to deliver on the promise of CRM with the new SAP 360 Customer, a solution that encompasses all of SAP’s technology around the customer.

14. How SAP Innovates: Mash-ups, Big Data and Stanford Students

SAP’s core business applications plus newer areas such as mobile (Sybase and Syclo), analytics (BusinessObjects), database and technology (Hana) and cloud (SuccessFactors, Business ByDesign and Ariba) can have a huge positive impact on companies. But SAP and its partners are also mashing up technologies to create tailored solutions that promise greater ROI for enterprises, while delighting end users.

15. SAP Business Suite Powered by SAP HANA Comes “Just-in-Time” for John Deere

Deere and Company (aka John Deere) is a great example of a global business that possesses the hunger and desire needed to shed old skin and transform into a lean and mean “just-in-time” machine. Derek Dyer, director, global SAP services at Deere and Company was on hand in New York to explain why his company is “all-in” with SAP HANA.

16. Big Data Can Save Lives, If Culture and Strategy Let It

We’ve all heard about how Big Data can save time and money, but 87 percent of federal IT officials think that real-time Big Data could save a significant numberof lives each year. But changes in strategy, like putting rescue buoys by the pool, aren’t enough, according to Derek Klobucher.

17. SAP’s Vishal Sikka: The Godfather of #SAP #HANA

At TechEd, SAP’s premier technical event, more than 6,000 (in-person and virtual) attendees had a tough time keeping mum about SAP’s latest innovations and flooded the #SAPTechEd Tweet stream with news about free developer licenses, a partnership with and much more. Here are the best Tweets from Sikka’s keynote.

18. “Born Digital” Kids Code SAP, Nearly Show-up Pros

DemoJam rules allow contestants just six minutes to present their working application. Jennifer Lankheim describes how three “tweens” fared when they had to compete in front of a live audience of thousands and a gaggle of cameras projecting their image on 60-foot tall television screens – even though it was WAY past their bedtime.

19. SAP HANA for Humanity – Making San Francisco Safer

Manju Bansal details how HANA for Humanity allows students the opportunity to work with data from non-profits and/or government agencies and help solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems using the SAP HANA in-memory database platform.

20. Invitation to Start-ups in Africa: Now is the Time to Join the SAP HANA Platform

As Susan Galer has covered before, small and mid-size businesses are the lifeblood of the economy in many ways. This is why SAP Africa is inviting start-up companies interested in developing solutions on top of SAP HANA to participate in its first-ever African Startup Forum.

21. Big Data is Hollywood’s New Rising Star

According to Saswato Das, Hollywood has discovered Big Data’s talents to determine how to distribute and promote movies. Advertisements viewers see before a movie is screened, and how that movie will be distributed later through channels like Netflix are all determined by data analysis. And with huge troves of data available to mine, marketers are becoming increasingly sophisticated at targeting movies.

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      Author's profile photo Stefan Funk
      Stefan Funk

      Thanks for sharing Tim. Very nice compilation. It is/was fun contributing.

      Author's profile photo Margot Heiligman
      Margot Heiligman

      Happy Birthday, Business Trends!  Glad to participate, and have enjoyed watching the site evolve. 

      Author's profile photo Nadine Ebert
      Nadine Ebert

      Happy Birthday, SAP Business Trends! Happy to see a blog from Margot Heiligman up in the top list (yay, Margot 🙂 ). My personal favorite is your story about the Yankees stadium visit. Here is to many more happy and successful Business Trends years!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Happy Birthday SAP Business Trends !!!!

      Its very useful to understanding the emerging Business trends,,,,

      SAP Business Trend as created the new trend to understand the business.