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Is it time for #procurement RENEWAL? #RunSimple has the answers in #TheNetworkedEconomy

Originally posted in Ariba Exchange…..

Bill McDermott
gave goosebumps with a true showman opening to #SAPPHIRENOW with #runsimple emphasis to the keynote…a keynote as enjoyable and significant like a Steve Jobs Apple Keynote

His statement “When you make your business run simple you make life simple” had so much gravity, it juxtaposed what the 90 minute gig could manifest in the minds of the target audience in-flesh & virtual + social

Let’s do some story telling to collate our thoughts and deCode #RunSimple in the context of the new business network driven Networked economy story in the boundaries of S4HANA and #Procurement 2.0 with Ariba, Fieldglass and Concur


In the good old days of on premise it was scary for the customers and the install base to stand a skill efficient team available to deploy a greenfield, an upgrade or an Integration gig, the demand for the skill grew whilst the supply went niche low pushing up the business volume stacking the shelves of SI and the Partner base

On Premise was a money spinner for everyone but the customer to keep businesses running as usual.
Cloud and the business network brought that disruption to the situation with this paradigm shift.

This is healthy and quite organically strategized move from the software provider to weigh against their own money spinning business models to push a balanced cannibalism to onprem with cloud offerings.
…the intelligent move on the other side to grow exponentially on onprem deployments with the transformation story projected with InMemory columnar bigdata platform
Big fortune 500s would definitely take a plunge with a pilot at least to see if their Data problems can have a botox treatment with visibility and speed further driving data enrichment and performance engineering heavy processes to start Simple I would imagine Simple Finance.

Also the way the networked economy story is being pitched is fancy but true for adoption and business case consideration for the CxO level as its politically and futuristically messaged and driven.

Every line from Bill McDermott’s #RunSimple keynote points to Business 2.0 powered by the Business networks
So what does this mean to the customer install base , what does it mean to system integrators, ISV and more importantly, the skill base which are a mash up of the consulting and the captive workforce population


.The answer is simple.

Everyone in the equation needs a RENEWAL to runsimple


Even if the full adoption to Cloud, Business Networks looks tough and from a ROI justification standpoint doesn’t justify the hosting $ dynamics, a hybrid can be worked out, but taking the plunge to NexGen is a clear mandate, else, the “you are left behind” STATEMENT is not far behind

Why should enterprises stay away from consumer grade experience, is a question that every top level Exec should carefully analyse when approving or rejecting a business case presented to the table.

Just legacy report crunching is not the way out for looking at a bottom line justification to the business case/initiative it’s a 360 degrees manifestation approach that leaders of tomorrow will explain when flaunting about their success stories.

While I have to wait and see what the world has to say about S4HANA, current opinions are a confusing mix of messages.

The Business Network transformation program for a typical Ob-premise heavy #SAPAribaHybrid should include:

– Short term strategy to pick and choose the network of choice, baby steps would be to switch from a on-premise MDM and punch-out framework to Ariba Procurement Content and enabling SpotBuy to address the buying channel for managing that non-contractual, non strategic  tail spend……carts that call for a new vendor lookout…leverage the possibility of using Ariba Discovery SpotQuote for Supplier Discovery and not ignoring to ask your MSP to look at Fieldglass as the network of choice MSP contingent Catalog from what’s current …and slowly but steadily evaluate the potential for a Concur story for the cumbersome TNE spend.

Finally to close the loop with an efficient AP and AR Manage Cash more efficiently theme of re-looking at the eInvoicing channel and the payables channel giving birth to anaribapay story that finally closes the enterprise story loop

Am sure by the time one is done putting these pieces of data and framework together the compliant way to spend addressing will generate massive intelligence cubes and mine of data to push to the in memory columnar store while SAP has more use cases to offer for the procurement story with S4HANA

…also hoping that the gurus will bust the myths surrounding skill set issue and the complexity for S4HANA by then

All the best …post SAP dCode, #AribaLIVE and #SAPPHIRENOW in your business case preparation

Do share your thoughts around your exercise, if you can draw parallels

Like always Stay hungry …..Stay Foolish

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