Innovation can happen anywhere, in big and small companies, developing and industrialized countries, as well as on dry land or in the cloud. This week’s Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends focus on what’s happening — and what’s going to happen — in all of the above.

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SAP’s new conversation series focuses on how people use the cloud to collaborate better, share smarter and innovate faster.

No. 1: What’s In Your Cloud? We Want to Know!

Cloud computing makes collaboration easier, faster and cheaper from just about anywhere, which probably explains why it’s just about everywhere. Debra Curtis-Magley describes SAP’s new conversation series focusing on how people use the cloud to collaborate better, share smarter and innovate faster.

No. 2: Millennials Change the World with Next Practices from Latin America

“Reverse innovation” describes advances seen or used in the developing world before the industrialized world. Stefan Wagner calls that “next practices,” which he says requires two key ingredients — and SAP Labs Latin America has both.

No. 3: Which is most disruptive: startup or big company?

It’s an ironically stodgy stereotype that startups play a huge role in developing disruptive technologies. So Susan Galer brings us the refreshing perspective of SAP Chief Sustainability Officer Peter Graf, who recently argued that large, established companies are equally important to innovation and disruption.

No. 4: 2014 Forecast: Business Gets Strategic About the Cloud

Spending on the cloud will grow five times faster than overall tech spending from 2013 to 2017, according to IDC. Timothy Minahan offers his year-end predictions of what else we can expect from the cloud in 2014.

No. 5: SAP Ganges Helps IT Flow to Retail Customers whom Most Vendors Ignore

Most of the world’s retailers are only semi-literate, with problems maintaining inventory and raising working capital. Derek Klobucher profiles new technology that helps mom-and-pop shops monitor sales and performance in real time — and links them to big companies, distributors and banks.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @DKlobucher

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