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Moving at the Speed of Business: How Leading Organizations Stand Apart

We talk a lot about how technology can transform a business. But let’s be honest: That’s like saying paint transformed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. While the paint was an integral part of the process, it took creativity and hard work to create the finished product.

In the same way it’s true that digital transformation can’t happen without the right technology. But it takes inspiration, innovation, and perspiration to truly succeed.

Our customers have been using the Business Technology Platform by SAP to create their own works of art. We’re ready to stand aside and let them take the spotlight. To that end, we recently kicked off a new project: Better Together: Customer Conversation. Each episode includes a thought-leadership podcast and a LinkedIn Live session, both focused on unfiltered conversations with SAP customers, partners, and additional thought-leaders. No slides decks, no-nonsense.

Our first theme was “Business without Boundaries.” We focused on the opportunities and challenges inherent in breaking down data silos, both within the organization and between businesses and vendors.

For the thought-leadership podcast episode, we talked with Jason Taylor, VP, Global Digital & Innovation, Gates Corporation; Nathan Williams, Practice Director, SAP Platform Technologies at NIMBL; and Chuck Martin, Net Future Institute.

Here are a few key takeaways from the conversation:

Emerging Technologies Are a Necessity

Our panelists agreed that business without boundaries depends on harnessing technologies such as IoT, predictive analytics, and machine learning so they can keep pace with market disruption. That’s why more organizations — including Gates Corporation — are finding it essential to integrate these technologies into their ecosystems. Doing so allows them to intelligently harness the data at the core of their businesses and use it to innovate and better serve their customers.

A Digital Culture is Key

Enabling democratic access to data is key, but it’s not just a matter of breaking down silos. The journey starts with leadership buy-in and support for a digital culture. While many organizations have developed five-year digital transformation plans, they needed to shorten those to three- or five-month plans in the wake of the pandemic.

Leadership is critical to shift to fast prototypes, fast failures, and fast adjustments – while adapting to remote collaboration. In fact, those organizations with the right culture in place have been able to quickly pivot and adjust while continuing to move their organizations into the future.

Pragmatism Is The Name Of The Game

In a fast-paced and volatile environment, organizations want to keep their options open. The most important factor today is agility. Organizations have been struggling to keep pace with changes, but now some are starting to see the opportunities as they recover and adapt faster than the competition.

Full Discussions are Available on

  1. Listen to the Better Together: Customer Conversations thought-leadership podcast for more insights into what it takes to create a business without boundaries.
  2. Check out the LinkedIn Live session where we dig into the practical details on how Gates Corporation and NIMBL leveraged SAP’s Business Technology Platform to reinvent the way business gets done.

Additional customer success stories that address these same topics:

  • Schnellecke Logistics: How Do Smart Containers Speed Up Production?
  • Uniper: Extending and Automating Processes – From the Plant, to the Field, to the Back Office

SAP customers are doing incredible things with technology — it’s always inspiring to see what happens when innovation and initiative meet our platform. Better Together: Customer Conversations is your chance to hear their informative, inspiring stories.

Stay tuned! The next episode we’ll discuss “Realizing Renewable and Sustainable Solutions” with Hanno Schoklitsch, CEO & Founder, Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management, and Dr. Sally Eaves, Principal Impact & Philanthropy Advisor, Axpire. They will help us explore the technologies that can help drive purpose and profit.

I’d love your input on what topics you’d like us to cover in the future and feedback on the questions we should be asking. Do email us with your thoughts and if you’d like to be a guest on an episode.

I hope you join our next conversation.

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