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VOTE NOW for Your Favorite #HANAStory Finalists!

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The judges have made their decisions! The SAP HANA Innovation Award Finalists are announced! Vote for your favorite SAP customer in each category by clicking here.


Judging was particularly difficult this year, as over 100 SAP customers entered the competition. And all entries provided compelling stories for why their organization is best innovating in their industry and line of business with SAP HANA. You can view all 15 Honorable Mentions here.


Voting will remain open beginning today, April 7 through Thursday April 21.  The public vote counts for 20% of the overall winners’ scores, so make sure that you vote.  You’ll help determine which organization will donate up to $5K for a charity of choice as well as bragging rights and ample publicity.


To vote, simple login to the SAP HANA Innovation Award finalist page and click on the white up arrow next on your favorite finalist’s page. Winners will be announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016.


A big thank you to our SAP HANA Innovation Award sponsor, Intel.



Meet your three finalists per category:


The Analytics Wizards:


Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital analyzed supplies to save $13 million dollars across multiple procedures. The organization improved operating room block utilization (the case minutes as a proportion of total blocked minutes assigned to a surgeon) by 12%. Additionally, the organization eliminated an auto-transfusion device from a number of cases, saving unnecessary process and cost without negatively impacting the procedure’s outcome.


The biggest long-term value of the applications they developed is the ability to use evidence-based medicine to create personalized care paths and predictive models to strengthen preventative medicine.


China Customs

By consolidating multiple data sources and by developing mathematical models and machine learning algorithms, China Customs is able to conduct real time fraud detection and assign inspection officials to high value and high risk cases.



Reuters re-launched the Polling Explorer solution, using the SAP HANA database, in order to process over 100 million survey results in its underlying database — in real-time. The broader query support and speed enabled by SAP HANA has given publishers, reporters and the public the ability to use Polling Explorer to identify new trends and voter preferences far more efficiently than previous manual processes.


The Digital Trailblazers:



France’s biggest grain cooperative, Axereal — which collects five million tonnes of grain from farmers across the country’s bread basket, the vast Centre Val de Loire region — use Meteo Protect’s underwriting and pricing platform to ensure farmers are protected in the case of adverse weather conditions. Axereal branded Meteo Protect’s web-based app “Garantie Alteo“, and any cooperative member is now just five clicks away from purchasing index-based weather insurance easily, affordably, and when they need it.


City Intelligence Operation Center in Nanjing China

By leveraging big data from different sensors and in-memory technology, the City Intelligence Operation Center in Nanjing China, worked with SAP to develop a system to provide real-time awareness and multi-dimensional analysis on speed, traffic flow, and traffic congestion — as well as congestion discovery and traffic status prediction. City management officials can visualize traffic status and see the impact of policy changes, while citizens can understand the real time road condition and average travel time.



Leveraging the SAP Margin Assurance solution powered by SAP HANA has enabled Vodafone to obtain a granular view of customer profitability and provide fast detailed analytical capabilities in order to deliver significant value to the business. Vodafone is now able to identify tens of millions of previously unidentified revenue leakage points.


The Process Simplifiers



Lenovo contracted with SAP to help complete the IBM X86 server acquisition and replace the legacy IBM supply chain networks. In so doing, they initiated a project to enable X86 manufacturing capability and built an E2E supply chain IT platform in Lenovo’s existing PC plants in the US, Mexico, and China.



Bundesdruckerei leveraged SAP HANA across the whole Secure ID process chain to drive deep process integration, enhanced transparency in financials, improved efficiency in Human Resource Management, and accelerated role assignment procedures.



With SAP HANA, Zalando has dramatically accelerated payment processing, radically reduced business reporting times, and improved call center efficiency by as much as a third all while improving staff and customer satisfaction.



The Next Generation Applications 


Stanford Medical School

Stanford Medical School is combining clinical, wearable, and genomics data to create the medical record of the future. The organization is enabling a greater understanding of the gene/variant connection to disease. Stanford is using clinical data from EMRs as a filter to prioritize genetic variants in the patient. Stanford is also making it easy for clinicians to consume and navigate genomic data to provide decision support for diagnosis and treatment.


Building Radar

Building Radar uses search algorithms, natural language processing, data mining algorithms, and satellite imagery to  identify, validate, and learn about new construction projects in order to provide construction sales leads for their customers.


Aegro Informatica Limitada

The Aegro solution integrates data from different sources and lets farmers plan and control their crops in real time while maintaining a history of activities, observation, and incidences. Farmers can achieve up to 40% productivity gains, assign and control farming activities, share farming records with specialists and agronomists, and decrease the time spent in planning, controlling, reporting and analyzing crop data.


Continue the 2016 SAP HANA Innovation Award Missions: Vote for A Winner!


Let your colleagues know that you voted for your favorite #HANAStory by continuing your participation in the 2016 SAP HANA Innovation Award missions.


Click here to be directed to the page where you can vote for your favorite finalist in each of the four categories. By voting for a SAP HANA Innovation Award finalist in each category, you will achieve the next badge in the mission.


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The finalists in each category will win the “2016 SAP HANA Innovation Award Finalist” mission and the winners in each category will win the final badge, the “2016 SAP HANA Innovation Award Winner”. If your organization is a finalist, be sure to encourage your peers to vote for your entry.



I look forward to meeting all of the finalists at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016. May the best SAP HANA story win!


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