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Innovation drives this week’s Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends, featuring an SAP co-CEO who explains the necessity of an innovation culture. An SAP co-founder receives recognition for his original insights, and we see how disruptive technologies can help keep management, sports fans and sourcing professionals happy.

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“Disruptive innovation is the new normal,” SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott wrote in his latest blog post on SAP Business Trends.

No. 1: Accelerating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is crucial to business survival, and innovating fast is the key to victory. Bill McDermott explores why organizations need a culture of innovation, which includes a process of dreaming, learning, doing, failing — yes, failing — and winning.

No. 2: SAP Co-Founder Hasso Plattner Recognized as Top Media and Tech Leader of the Past 25 Years

SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner joined Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg on a new list of the most important technology figures in recent history. Tim Clark highlights what experts say about an innovator and the industry giant he helped create.

No. 3: On the Sofa of the CEO: How Can SAP Remain Relevant in 2014?

SAP’s longevity is contingent upon easing the burden of its customers’ frazzled executives, directors and managers, according to John Appleby. The key is to attract these organizations to Business Suite’s latest versions, as well as the HANA cloud and Fiori.

No. 4: Big Data Firing Up Fans This NBA All-Star Weekend

SAP and the NBA offer the league’s entire official data history to basketball fans worldwide. Ryan Somers shows how unprecedented access to shooting charts, play-by-play sections and more allows fans to drill down and analyze advanced — not to mention dizzyingly specific — statistics.

No. 5: Searching for the Right Match?  In the Cloud, Smart Companies Find Sourcing Soul Mates

Matchmaking isn’t just for singles. Debra Curtis-Magley talks with a sourcing expert about how businesses can best search for suppliers and new sales opportunities in order to find the perfect business match.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @DKlobucher

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