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High Tech Highlights from SAPPHIRENOW 2018

This year’s SAPPHIRENOW was jampacked with great technologies and positive discussions. Specifically, the discussion around the intelligent enterprise was one that engulfed the show floor. If you were in attendance or if you’ve gotten a chance to review the post-conference materials, you may have learned the three pillars that enable the intelligent enterprise: an intelligent suite, intelligent technologies, and a digital platform.

For the High Tech industry, these three components were addressed in a myriad of ways throughout the conference. For instance, SAP discussed how one high tech manufacturer is capturing value with a demand driven supply chain that provides transparency to stakeholders from end to end. Learn more in this video.

Similarly, there were two demo sessions highlighting two new intelligent technologies: SAP Sourcing Simulation & Optimization for Industries and SAP Entitlement Management.

New Intelligent Technologies

In a highly competitive landscape, it is becoming increasingly difficult for sourcing and supply chain professionals to meet savings goals. But SAP Sourcing Simulation & Optimization is a solution that aids in reducing direct material spend while ensuring a high performing supply chain. It does this by automatically extracting data from back-end sources, which eliminates manual processes, and also by using predictive analytics to set intelligent negotiation prices. Leveraging many other capabilities, SAP Sourcing Simulation & Optimization for Industries is a state-of-the-art decision support solution. For more on this solution, visit our Sourcing pages.

Another new solution discussed was SAP Entitlement Management. With subscription-based business models (Software-as-a-service) becoming more popular, it is critical that high tech companies are prepared to effectively manage this new way of doing business. Organizations often underestimate the complexities of managing entitlement lifecycles, but SAP Entitlement Management allows businesses to effectively oversee these lifecycles, even across tangible and intangible products.

Other Highlights

Some of the other informative High Tech sessions offered were:

  • Inspect How Oclaro Achieved Digital Transformation Across the Enterprise
  • Achieve Value with a Demand-Driven Supply Chain – with Intel
  • Strategize Sales Planning Like Cisco Using Advanced Analytics
  • Transform Your Demand-Driven Digital Supply Chain – with Microsoft


To catch a few High Tech highlights from SAPPHIRENOW, check out the video below.

For more on the intelligent enterprise and how your high tech business can accelerate your digital journey, take a look at this whitepaper.

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      Author's profile photo Jeff Howell
      Jeff Howell

      Danielle and team, you did a great job on this video. In just under 3 minutes you were able to capture the highlights of the High-Tech strategy that was showcased at SANOW.  Well done!