On October 22, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, former CEO of SAP paid a visit to Beijing. By leveraging this great opportunity, we ran a series of high quality engagements across industry, government, academia, research, through joint efforts between SAP Labs, SAP Government Relations and SAP Field, to demonstrate SAP and Labs China’s innovation and bring true value to customers. Through ChinaInfo 100 Summit, Customer Roundtable, Special Session with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), we created significant cross-domain influences, and enhanced SAP‘s thought leadership in IoT/Industrie 4.0 and digital transformation.
ChinaInfo 100 is a high end platform, providing academic support to China’s IT policy makers. In virtue of Henning’s great influence and our good government relation, a high level special summit was organized this time. The attendees include Chinainfo 100 top tier members, business leaders from large State Owned Enterprises and policy makers in IT sector. Just to list a few as below.
- Government – Hongren Zhou, Executive Vice Chairman of Advisory Committee for State Information, Official of Information Development Bureau, Cyberspace Administration Office of China, Qingtai Chen, Former party secretary, Deputy Director of State Council Development Research Center, Xinhong Zhang, Director of Information Research Department, State Information Center;
- Influencers – Hequan Wu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of China Internet association, Qiheng Hu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Weizhi Qu, Former Minister of MIIT, Vice Chairman of China Information Technology Industry Federation, Chairman of China Electronic Chamber of Commerce;
- Customers – over 50 high level customers, including SANY, Foton Auto, CNPC, CRRC, China Tobacco, China Aluminum etc.
Before ChinaInfo 100 Summit, a special customer roundtable was held, to have in-depth discussion and address the topics that the customers are mostly interested. Together with Henning, Ruicheng Li, Managing Director of SAP Labs China, Sam Li, SAP Greater China Co-General Manager, Michael Hao, SAP Greater China Co-General Manager, Junsong Peng, General Manager of IVE, SAP Greater China, from SAP and Dongdong He, CIO of SANY, Liu Ying, CEO of Sinoma, Defang Li, CIO of Sinopec, etc. joined the session.
Later in the afternoon, Henning participated in a special session to meet with the president of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), and had a roundtable discussion with vice president and professors from BIT, Tsinghua, Renmin universities etc.
Henning made a keynote speech titled “From Industrie 4.0 to Smart Service World – Data-Driven Transformation of the Economy”. He introduced Germany’s digital journey, the vision for the 4th industrial revolution, including the platforms for smart services and new business models. According to Henning, the world is now heading towards data-driven innovation, building a platform of Industrie 4.0 is crucial as science and businesses are jointly fostering the development of Industrie 4.0. Ruicheng Li, MD of Labs China made a presentation on SAP’s latest innovation and achievements in IoT/Industrie 4.0 and digital economy afterwards. The key members of ChinaInfo 100 also delivered short speeches and had a warm discussion.
Quotes & Feedback from Internal and External Stakeholders
It’s very high profile and quality, customers take solid take-aways and it paved the way for our next step industry 4.0 market nurturing and customer engagement.
— SAP China executives
This summit successfully laid the foundation for the future Sino-Germany collaboration, and SAP is a bridge to this collaboration as an undisputed thought leader in the area of IoT/Industrie 4.0.
— ChinaInfo 100 member
We appreciate this opportunity of listening to Henning’s thought-provoking presentation. His viewpoints on data driven innovation, as well as China, US and Germany’s development in IoT/Industrie 4.0 and digital transformation really impressed us.