Using technology to improve lives and business is the big theme of this week’s Top 5 blog posts on SAP Business Trends. There’s mobile technology simplifying the economy, social networks enhancing productivity, software streamlining a massive conglomerate and more.

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The world has a “mobile first” approach to consuming technology, and enthusiasts go to Barcelona to discover the latest.

No. 1: Taking the lead at Mobile World Congress: Innovate with SAP for a Connected Future

Barcelona is where companies go to introduce the world to their best new mobile technologies. Steve Lucas tells why he thinks more than 70,000 mobile technology enthusiasts will visit the Spanish city this year — and it isn’t for Flamenco lessons.

No. 2: Why Successful Organizations Need An Anti-Facebook (It’s Not Why You Think)

More than half of the world’s CIOs and IT directors block Facebook. Mika Sissonen explains why their productivity and security concerns may have blinded these asocial networks to the potential of social technology as a positive force for business.

No. 3: Predicting the Future of Business in Brazil

This year’s SAP Forum Brazil was noteworthy because it showcased simple solutions to complex business challenges. Judith Magyar breaks down what she learned about simplicity being all about being smarter; SAP HANA makes everything you own smarter; and how a connected economy can make life a lot easier.

No. 4: Want to Know who Makes Your Designer Eyewear?

Luxottica is an eyewear powerhouse that manufactures sunglasses for luxury brands, such as Armani and Prada; owns multiple icons, including Ray-Ban and Oakley; and has a slew of retailers, such as Sunglass Hut and Pearle Vision. The eyes have it as David Trites examines Luxottica’s targeted strategies to engage customers for all its products.

No. 5: SAP Strengthens Community Ties at The NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service

Valentine’s Day is about showing that you care about people. At least it is for Andrea Yowman, who writes this Valentine about volunteering with about 200 others to build a 3,500-square-foot playground for more than 700 primary school students.

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