Brazil’s SME Partners dive into SAP Analytics Cloud in a hybrid Hack2Build experience
Focused solely on Brazilian SME partners, this edition of the Hack2Build was held in Portuguese from June 19th to 23rd, in a hybrid experience for the onsite and online presentations. The participants were able to quickly leverage their previous experience with data visualization tools and discover the capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). In just a week’s time, they were able to both develop beautiful dashboards with insightful KPIs and also explore some of the predictive and analytic features with more complex charts.
The 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 experience, 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.
Jean Geus, Channel Sales Manager for SME Brazil, triggered the promotion of this global SAP initiative for the SME Ecosystem in Brazil, with the goal of fostering the adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud among SME partners, which proved to be a very fitting proposal and quickly adopted in the ecosystem.
The Participating Companies
We were glad to welcome nine SAP partner companies with over 60 individuals from Brazil. The participants of this edition of the Hack2Build were: b2finance, Grupo Inovage, Invent Software, Lago Consultoria, Liberali, ManyMinds, Ramo, Seidor and Uppertools.
Uncovering and identifying the possibilities of SAP Analytics Cloud, the participants prototyped use cases for a variety of industries, from retail to manufacturing. All of them built insightful Dashboards for company’s management based on real customers pain points. Then, they pushed further, as time allowed, to discover the advanced features, such as Predictive Scenarios, Smart Insights, Time Series Forecast and more. Even the participants that had never touched SAC before were impressed on how intuitive it is to work on this system.
All of this was possible due to the inspiring presentations in the Kick-off executive sessions and the quick enablement of the Kick-off expert sessions. For one side, the broad scope was generally presented, expanding the horizon of possibilities, and on the other hand the first steps and basic functionalities were shown to make the participants able to jump right into SAC and initiate their work.
Over a few days and with the support of SAP experts, the partners were ready for the Demo Jam, where they showcase their use cases and prototypes to the audience and judges.
The Demo Jam was a hybrid event, and part of the audience attended the event online, while others participated onsite, in the recently inaugurated Exed AppHaus São Paulo, a member of the SAP AppHaus Network.
Demo Jam and the Panel of Judges
The participants made it to the final Demo Jam and showcased their inspiring innovative solutions. With only 10 minutes to present the Business Case and the functioning prototype, they had an intense morning aiming to impress the Jury and answer their questions.
The Panel of Judges offered partners a diverse perspective and consisted of three SAP Senior Executives:
The judges were amazed by the showcases, given the constraints of such short time and high quality of the partner prototypes. They also had the chance to provide insights and feedback to each partner.
Ramo developed a set of functionalities as part of the Ramo Boss, a solution targeting C-levels that accelerates and simulates results for planning forecasting. It displays KPIs that are relevant for the business and is also accessible on mobile. It also has different reports for financial analysis: Sales, to receive (customers), to pay (suppliers), Budget and Expenses by Department, etc.
First Runner-up: Invent Software
Invent Software created Tax Analytics, a Fiscal Management Dashboard. It’s a simple yet deep dashboard that displays analysis for all Brazilian taxes: ICMS, IPI, PIS and COFINS, IRPJ and CSLL, and Profitability. It was based on a real need from customers.
Second Runner-up: Uppertools
Uppertools showcased BR One Analytics MES, for Intelligent Manufacturing. It’s a smart report that monitors productive equipment, data regarding consumption of quantity of materials and productive time used in each Production Order.
The Voice from the Winners (Portuguese only – subtitles available in English)
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 plan to continue with their development and 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:
- b2finance: b2analytics – accounts balance analysis and key metrics comparison with benchmarks in the same market segment;
- Inovage: ATOMO – intelligent management to reach total attendance of commercial demands by monitoring the stock levels;
- Lago Consultoria: B1Plus – production management indicators for operational efficiency;
- Liberali: B1ACM – Contracts cross-analysis with current commodities market value;
- ManyMinds: Many Food – predictive analysis and planning to forecast restaurant consumption trends; and
- Seidor: Retail Analytics – dynamic and interactive graphical analyses for the retail industry based on historic data.
To award the excellent work results presented, all the participant partner teams will receive digital badges by Credly.com 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:
- Carolina Bastos, Carolina Spinola, João Cavalcanti and Rudi Held for the executive support and event sponsorship;
- Emanuela Lazo, Katia Marc and Vagner Betarelli for the presentations;
- Jean Geus for the enthusiasm and momentum of promoting the Hack2Build initiative to the benefit of the SME Ecosystem;
- Giovanna Saya and Andrea Castilho for the partner engagement;
- Alessandro Biagi, Cesare Calabria and Amine Mabrouk for the 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