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There are always better ways to run a business, and this crop of Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends examines a few of them. From technological advances in managing people to analytics and big data solutions to revolutionizing customer engagement, this list has you covered.

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Sophisticated technologies are constantly altering the workplace, including human resources.

No. 1: Top 10 HR Technology Trends for 2014

Technology is helping employers, employees and business strategies to better support their organizations, according to a recent human resources panel. Susan Galer covered the event better than an HMO covers elective surgery, and she shares the panel’s top 10 HR technology predictions for 2014.

No. 2: Partners to Earn $220 Billion in Five Years with SAP Analytics and Big Data Solutions

SAP partners will earn about US$220 billion worldwide in the next five years thanks to the company’s analytics and big data solutions, according to a recent IDC infographic. But it won’t be all sunshine and rainbows, so Derek Klobucher sketches out the top three IT challenges to delivering a successful business analytics solution.

No. 3: 6 Ways That Numbers Can Lie to Us

Conventional wisdom tells us that “the numbers don’t lie,” but reality constantly reminds us that figures fib on a regular basis. That’s why Christopher Kim surveys these six methods that people misuse data and graphs to embellish or deceive.

No. 4: 21 Reasons to Love SAP Business Trends

In its first year, SAP Business Trends has covered critical SAP events, such as SAPPHIRE NOW; spawned a newsletter and Twitter handle; and served as a platform to more than 100 contributors. As he sets his sights on a successful second year, SAP Business Trends moderator Tim Clark looks at the top 21 blog posts of the site’s first year.

No. 5: How SAP and hybris Will Revolutionize Customer Engagement

SAP secured its spot on the leading edge of a new customer engagement frontier with its acquisition of hybris. Derek Klobucher explores how SAP can now help enterprises predict and adapt to customers better than ever before — and how hybris could use SAP’s mobile, cloud and big data innovations to continue driving its own commerce platform.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @DKlobucher

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