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Getting the most out of your technology is what this week’s Top 5 blog posts on SAP Business Trends is all about. Millenials are streamlining how they use devices; companies are seeing their business more clearly; and long suffering geographies are turning challenges into advantages.

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Teenagers simplify technology by communicating quickly — and not worrying about best practices or processes.

No. 1: Smells like Teen Simplification

SAPPHIRE NOW featured two seemingly disparate themes: simplicity and Millennials. Sarah Harvey finds common ground between the two, as teenagers simplify technology to find the fastest, easiest and most productive solutions.

No. 2: Top 3 Cloud Conceptions from SAPPHIRE NOW

Cloud computing is the topic du jour in many industries, but that doesn’t mean the people talking about it actually understand it. Christine Donato polled SAP customers at SAPPHIRE NOW, where she heard three recurring themes about the cloud.

No. 3: Mega-Challenge: Radical Supply Chain Transparency

Transparent companies can engage in real dialogue with their customers and suppliers, greatly improving their performance, products and working conditions. Thomas Odenwald opens up about how SAP has proved this with its collaboration partners Walmart and TSC.

No. 4: VIDEO INTERVIEW Captain Sully’s Kobayashi Maru Moment: 208 Seconds to Save 155 Lives

Both of the airplane’s engines were dead and there was no airport within reach, but in less than 3.5 minutes, pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger decided how to save all 155 people onboard. Jim Fields interviewed Sullenberger, who shared what he thinks of captains who abandon ship.

No. 5: Business Innovation in Difficult Times

Croatia continues to suffer along with other European countries after the Great Recession, but there is hope. Timo Elliott examines the key to success in bad times: Using the latest technology to turn the biggest market challenges to your advantage.

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