SME Partners in Brazil experience the first Hack2Build dedicated to SAP BTP fast adoption for SME use cases
From May 09th to 13th another successful Hack2Build event took place, and this time offered exclusively to Brazilian SME partners. Themed on SAP BTP fast adoption for SME use cases, partners were invited to build extensions and integrations for SAP Business One on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). Partners could realize how quickly SAP BTP can be leveraged to add value to their Cloud journey and serve as the platform for them to offer their applications to customers.
Hack2Build initiative from SAP is a rapid prototyping initiative to drive early-stage inspiration, use case exploration and technology adoption for SAP partners. In this opportunity, partners validate their ideas, get coaching and support during the build of the prototype, and get hands-on experience with SAP Technologies. After the hackathon, they also explore how to package the solution and get ready for go-to-market.
The participants brought inspiration, hard work, curiosity, and delivered compelling solutions in just 5 days.
The Participating Companies
We were glad to welcome twelve SAP partner companies with around 70 experts from Brazil. Participated in this edition of the Hack2Build: b2finance, G2, Grupo Skill, IClass, Integrate, Intragroup, Invent, Liberali, ManyMinds, Ramo, SEIDOR, and SPS.
By harnessing the power of the SAP Business Technology Platform, the participants prototyped use cases for extensions and integrations with SAP Business One, thereby consuming standard APIs through the SAP Business One Service Layer. This way, they managed to target customer essential needs or to alleviate customer’s pain points with intelligent solutions.
Every Hack2Build event demonstrates the innate innovation potential of SAP’s ecosystem, driven by their close association with SAP products and technologies and servicing customer needs over many years. Enabled by the manifold capabilities offered by the SAP Business Technology Platform, each partner demonstrated a clear value proposition with their ideas arising from the challenges they observe with our joint customers planning needs and aspirations.
At first, the SAP teams worked to review the business use cases and prototype architecture along with each partner. Then, within just a week’s time, the partners worked hard to materialize their innovations onto working software running on SAP BTP and demo it for the critical eyes of the judges. Although all participating teams had the potential to win, the jury had to determine the winners based on key criteria.
It was interesting to see that SAP BTP was a new topic to most of these SME partners, and they have quickly acquired know-how to build their prototypes. Some partners were developing new solutions from scratch, and some partners were kickstarting the migration of their existing on-premises applications to the Cloud. SAP BTP could effectively support both scenarios, add value, and speed up partner’s development efforts.
Demo Day and the Panel of Judges
All participants made it to the final Demo Jam and showcased their inspiring innovative solutions to the audience. With only 10 minutes to present the Business Case and the functioning Prototype running on SAP BTP, they had an intense morning aiming to impress the Jury and answer their questions.
The Panel of Judges came from a diverse perspective and consisted of three SAP Senior Executives:
Ramo created the winning application branded Dashboard Delivery Tracking. The application aims to give full visibility of the delivery tracking and status for customers and all parts involved in the process. The goal is to enable more accuracy in inventory management, sales planning, customer satisfaction and delivery predictability.
First Runner-up: b2finance
B2finance showcased an application developed to automate document entry for unstructured data. The application utilizes the SAP Process Automation to capture the documents, these documents are classified, and relevant information are extracted (via standard SAP BTP services); the corresponding document entry is created into SAP Business One via the SAP Integration Suite on SAP BTP.
Second Runner-up: Invent
Invent presented the application named TaxPlus NF-e Cloud – electronic Invoice processing, which, as the name suggests, automates the processing of Brazilian electronic service Invoices. Invent already has an application which works on-premises, and they prototyped a solution to be offered in the Cloud leveraging the capabilities of SAP BTP and integrating and validating with the public APIs of the regulator (SEFAZ) in Brazil.
The Voice from the Winners (Portuguese only)
Beyond a Hackathon
As the intent of Hack2Build event is to help our partners to build their solution, the move to the next BUILD phase is critical for the partners to drive successful outcome with their innovations. Most of the partners are continuing with their development and aim to bring their solutions to customers as soon as possible.
We would like to thank all finalist teams, in no order, and the use cases they prototyped during this Hack2Build:
- G2 Tecnologia: G2Energy – automation and integration with the energy supplier’s management system;
- Grupo Skill: Integration of SAP Business One with Skill’s DocPay via Chatbot;
- IClass: Iclass One – automated IoT stock requisition;
- Integrate: B1 Billing – billing engine for batch processing of third-party systems financial transactions into SAP Business One;
- Intragroup: Inboud One – automated conversion, entry and processing of electronic Invoices integrated to the Regulator’s public APIs;
- Liberali: Farm4all BTP Analysis – solution for analysis of living stock historic;
- ManyMinds: Sales Orders follow up automated – bot interface to reply information required regarding Sales Orders;
- SEIDOR: SAP B1 & BTP | solution for marketplaces (automation of integration with digital marketplaces); and
- SPS Consultoria: SPS Fixed Asset Inventory.
To award the excellent work results presented, all the participant partner teams received digital badges by cred.ly from SAP.
We also would like to thank all the SAP teams and colleagues for their passionate and tireless commitment and the tremendous support they offered, which made this event possible! Kudos and special thanks to:
- Daniel Cabrera, João Cavalcanti, Carolina Bastos and Rudolf Held for the executive support and event sponsorship;
- Jean Geus and Gilberto Miyake for acting as judges;
- Raphael Claro, João Silva, Manuel Bernal and Giovanna Saya for the presentations and partner support;
- Thiago Mendes, Alessandro Biagi, Edward Neveux and Quintus Smith for the great technical support throughout the event; and
- All colleagues from SAP Partner Ecosystem Success and SAP Co-Innovation Lab for helping and supporting this event.
Thank you for your excellent support during all phases of the Hack2Build. We couldn’t have it done without your leadership, domain expertise, and dedication to the success of SAP and our Ecosystem.
SAP Hack2Build LAC Team
Authors: Ronildo Santos and Lucas Rigo