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Partner Innovation in India takes a leap with #Hack2Build SAP S/4HANA Cloud side-by-side extension event

To differentiate, companies tend to enhance and customize the business processes. To achieve this goal seamlessly, it is important to look at platform capabilities which supports extensions and integrations so that companies can quickly adapt to changing demands and innovate without disruption. SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) as a unified, business-centric, and open platform enables users to integrate and create value from data and allows them to extend their SAP and third-party solution landscapes to meet evolving business needs.

With the #Hack2Build  program, an accelerated methodology to support the partners innovation needs, has been initiated. The program has been running successfully across EMEA and Americas region. For the first time, the program was hosted in India in August, to cater to the innovative partner ecosystem.

Six companies took the challenge to participate in the India inaugural event to build a prototype to extend SAP S/4HANA Cloud using SAP Business Technology Platform. The experts from across SAP teams supported the partners in validating their use-cases, architecture and providing technical support for 7 days during the hackathon.

Image1: #Hack2Build-India; Participating Partners


Within a week, the partners from India were able to shape their use-case and demonstrate a ‘minimal viable product’ of  value to address customer needs.

Like many of the previous #Hack2build events, the India event displayed a tough challenge for the judges of the event, who after considerable deliberation, selected the winning teams.

Three winners emerged from the #Hack2Build-India event:

WINNERSAVIC Technologies

SAVIC’s application called as Drishit was shown to help manage stock and supply chain better across all platforms for FMCGs. A digital dashboard giving 360-degree visibility of stock position and provide real time alerts and actionable insights for manufacturers of FMCG products. Although limited extraction from sources were shown during the event, SAVIC plans to enhance and build tools to extract data from multiple sources across different platforms. The data from suppliers, stockists, e-commerce platforms and other sources would be curated on SAP BTP data lakes. This would help customers get a holistic and real time insight into stock status across various stages in the supply chain.

Image 2 : SAVIC’s Drishit Dashboard 


First Runner-up: NTT Data

NTT Data Business Solution, India showcased a Budget Planner tool with conversational AI capabilities and workflow approvals. The solution should help teams which are creating budgets integrate their tools into the SAP S/4HANA systems using SAP BTP. The budgeting tool would make SAP S/4HANA the single system of truth for budgeting by combining all process in the budgeting process seamlessly integrated. The tool incorporates Conversational AI bots to help budget tracking and provide intelligence to the planner and approvers. NTT Data envisages to leverage machine language and predictive analysis in their build scenario to bring the budgeting process closer to the actuals.

Image 3 : NTT DATA’s  Budget Planner

Second Runner-up: SAR India Digital

Sareco, the application built by SAR India Digital, helps ecommerce companies capture reconcile and aggregate data to make the financial reconciliation process seamless. The solution aims to make the process of payment reconciliation real time without human interaction. Sareco, depicted mechanisms to capture data across payment gateways, ecommerce applications and banks using API, which would then help manage invoice reconciliation and delivery process for SAP customers.

Image 4 : SAR’s SARECO Payment Reconciliation Application


Panel of Judges

All the 6 partners presented their innovative solutions to the SAP Panel of judges comprising of leaders from SAP India, SAP APJ and SAP SE.

Image 5 : Panel of SAP Judges


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our participating partners and the SAP colleagues for their unstinted support and cooperation to deliver on this program in India.

Kudos and special thanks to:

Keynote speakers– Subramanian Ananthapadmanabhan, Deepak Mukhija, Martin Grasshoff

Judges – Rajamani Srinivasan, Rudolf Held, Rayan Saldanha and Nirmal Sivakumar G

Partner Transformation, India – Pratul Verma

Partner Readiness, APJ – Faizullah Mohammed Shaik

Master of Ceremony – Pratul Verma for making the demo jam an engaging and fun filled event

SAP India Solution delivery center– Nirmal Sivakumar G and Team

SAP BTP Engineering Services, SAP Labs India -Uma Maheswaran and Team

SAP Co-Innovation Lab –Sudeesh K, Rudolf Held, Vasanth Kumar

It is a team effort which led to this successful event. I look forward with my team to engage with the Winners and the participating companies to pursue  and support the build of end-to-end partner application from the India event.



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