Chasing the Zero Journey: Partners delight with Sustainability Innovations built on SAP BTP
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi
SAP’s purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives with sustainability at the core. SAP aspires to a world with zero emissions, zero waste, and zero inequality. With SAP’s portfolio of Sustainability solutions, we want to help our customers become more sustainable. In chasing the Zero journey, our ecosystem of partners play a key element in our strategy. SAP is committed to collaborate and co-innovate with our diverse ecosystem of partners to help businesses embed operational, experiential, and financial data and insights to drive sustainability at scale.
To bring outside-in perspectives to enhance and drive sustainability at scale, we launched our Hack2Build Sustainability initiative. Hack2Build is a short and intense format to complete a working prototype in less than 7 days. In this initiative, the partners were called to ideate and build on three key pillars of sustainability- Zero emission, Zero Waste & Zero Inequality using SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP).
We had a positive response to this call to build sustainability solutions that create business value for our customers. 16 partners joined hands with SAP across 6 countries, bringing 100+ partner consultants, architects, and business experts, to co-innovate with SAP and create their own sustainability solution differentiators. The partners who took part in the Hack2Build are:
Accenture, Bosch Global Software Technologies, Bristlecone, Capgemini, Coac, Cognizant, Crave Infotech, EY, IBM, Infosys, Kyndryl, LTI, SDG Group, T4S Advance, TCS and Tech Mahindra
The Partners came up with many ideas to help companies embed sustainability in key areas of their business and to address carbon emission scopes 1, 2 & 3 as defined by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. Partners were creative to leverage the best solutions and tools which SAP provides to extend and enhance, integrate and build new solutions to address the pressing needs of customers on Sustainability. Like our other Hack2Build initiatives, a dream team was formed with SAP experts across several units to enable, coach, and to provide continuous guidance to our participating partners to achieve meaningful outcomes in a week’s time.
Here, we outline the winning solutions from demo jam held on 2 days; September 14th and September 15th where Partners showcased their innovations on Sustainability.
Demo Jam 1st day Winners (Sept 14th)
Sustainability Product Labelling
Sustainability Insights is a product label with a QR code which when scanned, displays ESG data points to empower consumers to shop more responsibly and make more sustainable choices. In addition, this innovation enables companies to be more transparent in disclosing their ESG factors across their entire supply chain which contributes to achieving their sustainability goals and a more sustainable future for everyone.
EY solution is powered by SAP’s suite of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) solutions combined with SAP Business Technology Platform. SAP Product footprint management is used for footprint calculation results. The SAP Data warehouse cloud for preparing the ESG data models and SAP analytics cloud for the analytics dashboard are factored, with SAP BTP data connectivity service for connections with SAP S/4 HANA systems.
1st Runner-Up: Accenture
With its transformative vision for the waste management system, trashify intelligently identifies and classifies waste and brings all the recycling ecosystem players on an integrated platform. The interplay between households, state agencies, private agencies, Non-profits, & retailers will lead to a recycling ecosystem that is robust & systematic and gives a boost to the recycling programs. Trashify also boosts individual and community awareness, reduces the operational cost of managing waste, makes individuals committed to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and accelerates green economic development.
The solution is built using the SAP Mobile Service and SAP Cloud Portal service. SAP AppGyver No-code development platform service with an integration to a 3rd party appointment booker for scheduling.The solution uses SAP Machine Learning Functional Services for scanning of images and SAP Analytics Hub for statistics & predictions. The SAP Workflow Management is integrated with the solution for notifications and alerts.
2nd Runner-Up: Bosch
Analytical Real-time and Integrated dashboard for Energy & Water Sustainability reporting ( ARIS)
Bosch developed ARIS, an Analytical Realtime Integrated dashboard for Energy & Water Sustainability solution leveraging SAP BTP. The solution targets Industrial manufacturing companies to connect and monitor energy consumption at the asset level, perform condition-based maintenance of utility assets to improve utilization and optimize energy consumption, accelerating CO2 neutrality. ARIS solution accesses the data repository of processed asset Internet of things (IoT) sensor data via APIs and Bosch built a dashboard using SAP BTP components such as SAP Workflow management, SAP Data warehouse Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud. The application was developed using SAP Business Application Studio as the development environment with SAP BTP, Kyma runtime.
Partner feedback from demo jam, day 1
Demo Jam 2nd day Winners (Sept 15th)
Procurement and Sustainability– Scope 3 Scenario Solution
Cognizant focused on aligning procurement activities with sustainability data to create a powerful strategic tool for the industry. Considering that upto 80% of a company’s footprint comes from their upstream supplier impacts, the focus was laid on upstream scope three data for this extensive what-if scenario planning. In order to better manage the supply chain, the solution considers reporting on the upstream footprint, but also improve the activities, by creating visibility for both sustainability and business drivers.
The Procurement and sustainability solution aims to solve the above challenges by collecting data from SAP S/4HANA and external systems for scope 1-3. The solution uses SAP Data Warehouse Cloud/SAP HANA Cloud for data storage. For Scenario planning and dash-boarding purpose, SAP Analytics Cloud was used to build the analytical reports for scope 1,2,3 with filter options.
1st Runner-Up: TCS
Supplier Diversity Insights (SDI)
Supplier Diversity Insights solution provides a comprehensive view of Diverse Suppliers to monitor their spending within the organization’s supplier base. Built on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), the solution integrates with core SAP ERP on one side & Diversity database providers on another. It creates a blanket of information enabling data-driven procurement decision-making and optimized supplier performance analytics.
The solution is built on SAP BTP and integrates with core SAP S/4HANA and Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) database to address industry white space and provide a holistic view determining the spend with diverse suppliers within the supplier base of the organisation helping achieve corporate targets.
2nd Runner-Up: Infosys
Sustainable S&OP and Carbon Footprint management powered by SAP IBP and SAP S/4HANA
Infosys solution for sustainable Sales & Operations Planning (SOP) enables carbon footprint management across supply chain and is powered by SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain (SAP IBP) solution and SAP S/4HANA. The idea behind the solution is that the S&OP process conceives carbon footprint of an organization with key decisions on what/how much to produce, distribute and procure.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) framework provides emission factors (for transport, production & energy consumption), which are uploaded into SAP IBP. GHG emission factors multiplied with the key outputs from a typical S&OP process (customer/ transport / production / external receipts) can provide the Tonnes of Emission. Global Warming Potential (GWP) of different GHG gases are also uploaded into SAP IBP to come up with total planned CO2e emissions across the complete S&OP planning horizon. Actual Order level information is integrated from SAP S/4HANA into SAP IBP to estimate actual CO2e emissions at order level.
SAP IBP dash boards (Plan Vs. Actual) & What-If Scenarios enables planners to consider emission impact in S&OP decision making. Based on actual emissions at order level, SAP IBP Advanced Machine Learning Algorithms generates an accurate prediction for future. Finally, the estimated and actual CO2e emission at order level is integrated to SAP S/4HANA and the execution screens enhanced to show Week-to-Date / Month-To-Date /Year-To-Date enabling operations team to compare how much emissions consumed Vs. planned
More views from Partners from demo jam day 2
2nd Runner-Up: SDG Group
SDG Sustainability Cockpit
In the mid-market segment, challenges arise as regulations & processes change, companies are in need to control multiple drivers in their path to achieve sustainability. The SDG Sustainability Cockpit with SAP Analytics Cloud is intended to provide a single point of access for monitoring, control, planning and simulation of the Sustainability Development Goals. Based on a SAP Data Warehouse cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, the DG Sustainability Cockpit is a solution for mid-market companies having its core in cross and manufacturing KPIs that can be complemented with industry specific metrics.
16 sustainability solutions were built and showcased by partners in less than 7 days with SAP support, with experts across the board joining as one dream team. It took 2 days of demo jam sessions, and partners got an opportunity to show their innovations to a senior panel of judges from SAP.
Thank you judges for your valuable time and feedback to our partners, who demonstrated their innovations as part of this Sustainability initiative:
- Carlos Diaz, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer,SAP EMEA South
- Luciano Ravenna, Global Vice President, Platform & Strategic Partners, SAP America
- Holger Brammer, Global Vice President, Industries Cloud Ecosystem, Strategic Partners, SAP SE
- Peter Roberts, Vice President, Global Strategic Partners, SAP EMEA South
- Gabriele Goertz, Vice President & Global Head of Sustainability Ecosystem, SAP SE
- Frank Ruland, Global Vice President, Head of Industry Ecosystem, SAP SE
- Rudi Held, Vice President & Global Head of SAP Co-Innovation Lab Network, SAP SE
- Bassel Alomari, Center of Excellence, RISE and Sustainability, SAP EMEA South
SAP Co-Innovation Lab will engage with all the 16 Partner companies in the next weeks. In cooperation with SAP experts from Sustainability, Product, Industry Cloud and ecosystem teams would help them move their working prototypes to the build phase and coach the partners to develop the end-to-end full scope solution offering.