In the quest for better societies, management and businesses, this week’s top 5 blog posts on SAP Business Trends examine how we can enhance our lot with improved data management, technology and role models, as well as a new place to look for leaders.

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Big data was critical to updating maps that helped get aid more quickly to earthquake victims in Haiti and Nepal.

Building the Big Data Economy

An almost constant barrage of stories about data security breaches can make us forget that plenty of organizations engage in data management best practices. Tim Clark shares insights from experts on how responsible open government policies can drive growth and innovation.

7 Ways Gaming Builds Better Leaders

World of Warcraft players aren’t held in so high esteem as business school graduates, but they might have better leadership skills. Cathy Cooper observes the savvy recruiting, motivational and real-time multi-channel communication talents of a raid leader in action.

Where are the Use Cases for IoT in Your Operations?

Increasing productivity and improving customer service are the top two priorities of organizations deploying the Internet of Things (IoT). Richard Howells evaluates a survey of how IoT technology fared in logistics, manufacturing, demand management and short-term planning.

Helping Every Girl Find #HerVoice

“Losing voice” is a sudden, sharp and unfortunate decline in confidence that many girls suffer before reaching adulthood. Ursula Ringham looks at how female role models can encourage young women to find their voices — and convince them that their voices matter.

Why Paranoia Is Good for Business @SAPinsider 2015

Organizations can choose complacency, burying their heads in the sand like an ostrich, ignoring disruptive technology. Or, as Derek Klobucher writes, they can stand upright like a lemur, constantly searching for threats — ensuring that they don’t get eaten.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @DKlobucher

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