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How Big Data Can Solve Big Problems for the Public Sector: SAPPHIRE NOW Conference Highlights

By offering opportunities for leaders in the public sector to make faster, smarter decisions, entire communities can be lifted by the power of new analytical tools and the technology to manage them. The greater ability to garner better insights from data is making a real difference.

At this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, the presenters tapped into the transformational power of technology to create positive change in their organizations and, more important, in the communities they serve. The stakes are higher for the public sector – with less money and fewer resources at their disposal, leaders must choose wisely so each initiative results in the greatest good. Learn how our presenters are creating positive change and how you can leverage your to data can change lives, too.

Addressing Real-World Problems with Big Data

Chris Atkins is the chief financial officer for the state of Indiana, and he’s passionate about making data work harder for his community. As in any business, creating a strategy to leverage the vast amounts of data from multiple sources requires the right infrastructure and a team to manage it. “We’ve done a lot of things to create a culture of data sharing and collaboration,” said Atkins. Because of this strong culture, Atkins and his team are able to solve big problems with Big Data. Using SAP analytics software built on SAP HANA, they’ve been able to dive deep into Indiana’s problem of infant mortality. Atkins’ team plans to look at recidivism, tax fraud, and domestic violence next. Discover how Indiana is improving its communities through data

Transforming Business with the Internet of Things 

How businesses approach the Internet of Things could likely change the nature of their business for years to come. In the panel “Reinvent Your Business with the Real-Time Power of the Internet of Things ,” the experts discuss how business can tap into the power of the connected world to increase speed and flexibility. As panelist Bob Parker, the group vice president of research at IDC, explains, “It’s really a market that’s defined by the use cases.” For the public sector, using the wealth of data that comes from the Internet of Things has the power to change communities for the better.

Analyzing Real-Time Security with SAP HANA

All businesses must keep their data safe, but the public sector has an even greater responsibility to safeguard the data entrusted to them. Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, the scientific director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute, is focused on improving the efficiency of analyzing security-relevant data in real time so companies can better protect themselves against attacks. “Security systems need a little bit of care,” said Prof. Dr. Meinel. Those systems aren’t simple to manage, but the right technology can help an organization answer both simple and complex questions more easily. See how SAP HANA makes it easier and is changing the nature of security technology .

Supporting Workers in a Digital World

These days, workers must adapt to a digital world that consistently requires different skills and a career plan that could support working for seven decades. Work life can be volatile, uncertain, and often ambiguous, and supporting those workers means creating a collaborative experience that fosters long-term growth and technology awareness. Tracey Wilen, an author, speaker, and researcher, explained the future of talent management and how data can be used to create smarter experiences both for employees and for those they serve. Watch the session

Innovating with SAP HANA

When organizations have a lot of complex data that must be evaluated quickly, they turn to SAP HANA. Chris Atkins, the chief financial officer for the state of Indiana, and Milt Simonds, the director of operations at Amerisource  Bergen, discuss how their organizations use the platform to drive innovation and transform their work. As Simons shared, “There’s a lot of data. There’s really a lot for our end users to sift through and needed to be able to provide that data with significant speed.” While Simons is sifting through invoices to improve user experience, and Atkins is using SAP HANA to reduce infant mortality, both organizations are seeking to improve the end experience. Hear more insights from the SAP HANA Innovation Award winners. winners .

When organizations are able to move past data sets and see the true power of analytical tools to change lives and positively influence communities, everyone benefits. Being truly innovative takes a new mindset that’s collaborative and creative, and when analyzing data becomes quick and clear, big problems can be solved.


Discover how other organizations, both public and private, are leveraging Big Data and smart technology to positively impact their employees, customers, and community. Hear more keynotes, sessions, and interviews from the SAPPHIRE NOW conference. Browse the replays now.

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