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Hack2Build: Create Analytics Scenarios and Applications with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Datasphere, North America, Sept, 2023

In September 2023, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab North American tech community witnessed an exhilarating showcase of innovation and collaboration at the Hack2Build event focused on creating analytics scenarios and applications using SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Datasphere. This event brought together 14 enthusiastic partners who, over the course of a week, built 15 working prototypes that were unveiled during two Demo Jam sessions on September 8th, 2023.


The Participating Companies 

The Hack2Build Journey

The heart of this event was the intensive prototyping week that spanned from September 5th to September 8th. During this period, participating partners harnessed their creativity and technical prowess, crafting prototypes of solutions that showcased the immense potential of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Datasphere. What set this event apart was the invaluable support provided by several expert teams, including the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, SAP Analytics Cloud product management team, SAP Datasphere product management team, and the BTP Solution Architect team. This collaborative approach ensured that participants had access to the latest tools, insights, and guidance needed to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of analytics.

Hack2Build is a rapid prototyping initiative to drive early-stage inspiration, use case exploration and technology adoption for SAP partners. In these events, partners validate their ideas, get coaching and support to build 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 Highlights

The event kick-started with over 100 participants with the following keynotes and product direction sessions:

  1. Welcome & program overview: Jiayi Wang, Regional Lead of SAP Co-Innovation Lab, North America
  2. Session: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy Roadmap from  Derek Pettigrew, Vice President Of Product Management at SAP
  3. Session: Overview session for SAP Datasphere from Florian Neukirch, Product Manager Data Warehousing at SAP
  4. Session: Partner Business Content for SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Datasphere from Shravanthi Arvind Patil,Senior Product Manager| SAP Analytics Cloud | SAP Datasphere
  5. Session: Resources & Tools for BTP Co-innovation from Kevin Liu, Head of SAP Co-Innovation Desk, North America
  6. Session: Upscaling Innovations with Industry Cloud from Vidya Gugnani Senior Director, Industry Cloud Ecosystem, GTM and Innovation

Four days away from the Demo Jam, the participants worked day and night to materialize their ideas into SAP BTP, all with technical support from the SAP experts and SAP SAC and Datasphere teams. 

By Friday, partners were ready to showcase the prototypes at the Demo Jam in front of the panel of judges, which had long discussions on evaluating which of the amazing solutions would receive the winner prize. Guided by key criteria, they eventually settled on the winners. 


Demo Jam 

At the Demo Jams, the partners showcase their innovative solutions to the audience and judges. With only 15 minutes, they were effective in presenting the Business Case and functioning Prototype, and later answer questions from the judges. 

The Panel of Judges came from a diverse perspective and consisted of four SAP Leaders:   

  • Demo Jam 1


Winner: MouriTech – Insight2Impact Application: Emphasizes the importance of Analytics & Automation for informed decision-making leveraging SAP BTP, Offers a bird’s-eye view to warehouse administrators to monitor operations from a single, integrated platform, Streamlines real-time data from heterogeneous systems, ensuring that critical information is accessible and actionable, Assists stakeholders in proactive planning.


1st Runner-up: Kaar Tech – EWM Analysis:  lets organizations monitor their warehouses health and identify key factors influencing operating efficiency and distribution overheads in real time. Using advanced features such as machine learning and predictive analytics, this solution lets organizations proactively work to avoid disruptions in their supply chain

2nd Runner-up: TekLink – Smart Procurement Insights Dashboard: Analyzing Purchase Orders and Inventory Flow of materials for informed decisions. Boost sourcing efficiency: Examine purchase orders and scheduling agreements in comparison to dynamic demand and supply characteristics to act promptly and reduce expenses. Enabling purchase order self-service reporting. Using fuzzy logic, perform text analysis to ascertain vendor spending depending on the purchase category specified in the free text.



We would like to thank all finalist teams, in no order, and the use cases they prototyped with the SAP during this Hack2Build: 

SierraDigital: HXM Analytics. HXM Analytics can act as an accelerator in implementing the reports and dashboards mainly for data from success factors. The KPIS are predefined and the views and models are prebuilt in SAP Datasphere and SAC .

Deloitte: Total Talent Insight Dashboard and Effective Retention.Aims to get insights covering all possible parameters that can affect talent pool sentiments. Improving employee retention by predicting employee attrition using inbuilt machine Learning in SAP Analytics Cloud Smart Predict

Incan Infotech:  INAPP Invoice Management & Analytics Suite with Datasphere/SAC. INAPP is a comprehensive solution that aims to streamline the invoicing process for both buyers and sellers. Organizations typically spend a significant amount of time and budget on invoice management, even when using ERP solutions.

Yash: Financial and Operational Integrated Planning with SAC. Our solution helps all the customers having an environment including S/4HANA, IBP (S&OP) and SAP Datasphere and SAC (BI & Planning). This solution can be used across any organization and the relevant Finance and Operations team. Operations Team can perform promotions and see the Cost Impact instantly, which helps them that they do not exceed the budget which is defined by the Finance team.

Accenture 1: Dynamic Sales Targets to Sales Teams. The proposed solution, utilizing SAP C4C, Commissions, and SAC, addresses the challenge of setting dynamic sales targets for sales teams based on various parameters. It enables effective sales planning and target setting by considering factors such as workforce, skills, marketing efforts, and regional economics


  • Demo Jam 2

Winner: Capgemini – LNG Maintenance Analytics. The Operational Control Tower is an advanced analytics solution designed for the LNG upstream and midstream sectors. It offers real-time visibility into the entire LNG value chain by utilizing industry-specific leading and lagging indicators. This timely and accurate visibility enables better business decisions and enhances operational efficiencies. The solution’s automated predictive maintenance workflow reduces unplanned downtime, leading to increased productivity and cost savings. Overall, the Operational Control Tower empowers the LNG industry with data-driven insights, streamlined operations, and improved performance throughout the value chain.

1st Runner-up: Avvale – Project Manager’s Dashboard. This is a customizable high-level overview of business-critical impacts that equips project managers with a single point of access to real-time insights regarding their most pressing concerns. This solution addresses the challenge of managers making decisions based on outdated information and expending excessive time and effort on data collection

2nd Runner-up: Crave InfoTech – Intelligent Customer Segmentation Reporting and Analysis. The solution involves using SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and Datasphere for intelligent customer segmentation reporting and analysis. Customer data is integrated and prepared in Datasphere, which enables data cleaning and enrichment. Advanced analytics in Datasphere help develop a segmentation model, while SAC provides robust reporting and visualization. Real-time data processing and predictive analytics allow for proactive decision-making and personalized marketing campaigns.


We would like to thank all finalist teams, in no order, and the use cases they prototyped with the SAP during this Hack2Build: 

Bosch: Unified Logistics Tracker. Tracking tool that helps customers to track the orders and clarify questions with interactive chatbot. The features include live status of the Orders (such as “in transit, shipped, cancelled, delivered, boarding” etc.), Order Intakes, Back Order tracking, Top N Materials ordered by each customer, Order Lead Times, Detailed information on the orders when clicked on each status tile, Different visualization for Export and Import customers, Chat based search for FAQ

SDA: SmartSOM (Sales Order Management)  SmartSOM combines real-time data processing, analytics, and seamless integration with SAP’s ecosystem to empower sales teams to make informed decisions regarding product pricing. This solution will combine market insights (regional inflation data and competitive prices) for certain products from Google big query with SAP product pricing from S/4 HANA into SAP Datasphere, where the data will be modeled and presented to SAP Analytics to generate multiple dashboards for sales users to help them suggest an optimum pricing for products. The same data will be available in an SAP Build App, which will be a quick entry screen to create a sales order with the ‘optimum pricing’ and trigger a workflow approval process.

Accenture 2: Advanced Planning and Analytics via ChatGPT integration. The solution involves implementing a chatbot AI to enhance xP&A (Extended Planning and Analysis) planning scenarios with NextGen AI. By providing real-time insights, guidance, and support, the chatbot empowers users to make informed decisions and drive effective planning strategies. This innovative integration of planning with AI addresses challenges faced by xP&A teams and improves the speed, accuracy, and agility of decision-making processes.

Tek Analytics: MarginMax: AI-Powered Margin planning and Optimization. The advancements in technologies in recent years including improvements in data and systems, analytics and automated workflows, providing an opportunity to plan and track ROI more effectively. Our objective is to design an AI-driven solution, “MarginMax: AI-Powered Margin Planning and Optimization”, that brings these cutting-edge technologies to Discrete-manufacturing, OEM, Automotive, and CPG Margin Planners, Finance Planners, Controllers, CFOs, and Sales teams for the holistic management of the Margin planning process lifecycle.



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: 


Demo Jam 1 Judges:

  • Kevin Liu, Head of SAP Co-Innovation Desk, North America
  • Rituparna Reddi, Chief Development Expert at SAP
  • Axel Schuller, Solution Management at SAP SE
  • Derek Johnson, SAP Global Product Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud


Demo Jam 2 Judges:

  • Alex Ebadirad, Product Strategy at SAP Datasphere
  • Brendon Kellner, Product Management for SAP Datasphere
  • Mordechai Moshin, Intelligent Enterprise Architect
  • Chris Franz, Senior Partner Advisor


SAP Analytics Cloud product management team: Scott Godfree, Geoff Bazira

SAP Datasphere product management team: Florian Neukirch

SAP Business Intelligent product management team: Axel Schuller, Eduardo Schmidt Haussen, Matthias Kretschmer

BTP Solution Architects: Gianluigi Bagnoli, Edward Neveux, Cesare Calabria, Alice Magnani

SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL): Jiayi Wang, Martin Rosjat, Mahfuj Reza Chowdhury  


Thank you for your excellent support during all phases of the event. We couldn’t have it done without your leadership, domain expertise, and dedication to the success of SAP and our Ecosystem. 


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SAP Hack2Build North America Team 

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