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SAP India Scores at CIO100 Awards for Ambition Express

It is a moment of elation for SAP IT India as we are pleased to announce that the SAP IT India team were honoured at the 10th Annual Edition of the CIO100 Awards and Symposium.  SAP India IT won 2 awards this year, the Versatile 100 Award and the CIO100 Business Transformer Special Award for excellence in innovation.  The areas include Innovation in Telecom and Technology.  This award was received in regards to the launch of the Ambition Express.


SAP launched Ambition Express on the 25th February 2015, as a travelling showcase of SAP’s Advanced Portfolio of Cloud, Mobility, Analytics and Big Data.  The initiative aimed to support Indian enterprises across 14 cities and towns.  The multi-city tour of SAP Ambition Express provided hands on experience of SAP Solutions designed specifically to meet the needs of SMEs.  It was SAP’s effort to prepare India SMEs to be future-ready and help them understand how they can streamline processes, increase productivity and take customer experience to the next level through technology adoption.

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The Ambition Express was high paced campaign with immediate impact on business.  Keeping this in mind, quick responsiveness was of utmost importance.  In an effort to address these needs, the team created efficient IT teams to attend all technology queries while Ambition Express was on the go.  SAP IT carefully understood the requirement and accordingly conceptualised and delivered the required IT infrastructure on the bus to ensure a smooth journey.

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The team’s role was to equip Ambition Express with necessary IT infrastructure.  Our efforts of creating cutting edge infrastructure in the bus allowed the team to successfully engages SMEs across cities through specific break-out sessions containing live demonstrations of simple, industry-relevant and affordable SAP solutions.  Those who boarded the SAP Ambition Express were able to witness real time demos and consult SAP and its partner teams to learn more about it right there on the spot!

The steps that the SAP team undertook to set up the IT infrastructure are detailed below:

  1. 20 laptops were prepared and installed inclusive of all the essential software required for running demo files such as SAP Tutor and Video Codecs to run demo videos
  2. 10 iPads were enrolled in AFARIA and SSO was installed along with many other demo applications which were both online and offline.
  3. Demo landscapes for SAP Solutions like suit on HANA, ARIBA, Success Factors, and SAP BI were built along with the partners and tested for online connectivity.
  4. Internet devices and wi-fi routers were provided from different service providers.  The monthly usage limit was increased in order to ensure that the bus did not go off connectivity.

These awards identify and honour organisations and their CIOs who are role-models for driving IT-enabled innovations for delivering business-value, and are fast-responders to rapidly changing technology needs in emerging markets, customer demands and competitive threats.

“The SAP India family thanks and congratulates Mr. Khatri, his team and each and every individual who made these significant achievements possible.  This award upholds the position of SAP as best-in-class organisation in the industry”

Deb Deep Sengupta, Managing Director – SAP Indian Subcontinent

“Congratulations on being an honouree at the special 10th annual edition of the CIO100 Awards and Symposium in India this year.  This is an accomplishment both you and your team can be very proud of – my heartiest congratulations to all of you…”

Louis D’Mello, President & CEO IDG Media India PVT Ltd

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