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Innovation is a big theme in this week’s Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends. An energy company breaks ground with a new app, organizations can go beyond BYOD, and experts talk technology innovation in retail.

No. 1: Phillips 66 Uses Mobile Innovation to Boost Productivity and Business Agility

/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/phillipslogo_294243.jpgThe road was bumpy at first, but Phillips 66 pioneered a first-of-its-kind mobile app on the Apple Store, allowing mobile access to employees and customers. Tim Clark puts the pedal to the metal in the story of how Phillips 66 began to think “mobile first.”

No. 2: BYOx – How to Protect Yourself

Biometric fingerprint scanning on the iPhone 5s offers more protection than ever for content, apps and information on mobile devices, which raises questions about what these devices could be running. Amisha Gandhi walks BYOD-enabled companies through the first steps of BYOx.

No. 3: SAP Retail Forum to Take Lessons from the CIA and NSA

Global changes have impacted supply chains, operations and security throughout the innovation-dependent retail industry. Derek Klobucher rings up some of the innovations you’ll see this week at SAP’s Retail Forum, and previews the keynote address by the former director of both the NSA and CIA.

No. 4: Five Research Tools to De-Risk Your Next Mega-Project…and Outperform the Olympic Games

Major IT transformation projects don’t have to be high-risk/high-reward propositions. Susan Galer offers better management of risk and complexity via five tools she learned from a senior researcher at the University of Oxford.

No. 5: SAP’s Month of Service Kicks Off in New York City

October is SAP’s annual Month of Service, the company’s signature volunteering initiative. Travis Irvine serves up the story of 11 SAP employees from the New York City office who helped portion and package more than 2,000 meals for a local charity.

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