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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How SAP Business Beyond Bias productizes inclusive processes within SuccessFactors – an illustrated review by Jon Reed

One of SAP’s best stories is its commitment to diversity via its Business Beyond Bias initiative. Powerful videos on diversity set the right tone at SAP, but that wouldn’t hold up in the long haul – not without a deeper effort.
At Sapphire Now 2017, I blogged about my video shoot with Dr. Patti Fletcher, Leadership Futurist with SAP SuccessFactors.
My prior article shows how SAP is tackling the issues, but there’s a big missing piece. Since Sapphire Now, I’ve been tracking how SAP is embedding inclusive processes within SuccessFactors. Tackling “inclusion” in software means confronting algorithmic bias. It means acknowledging that no software is neutral. But it also means helping customers understand their choices. Customers don’t want to be forced down a narrow path of mandatory actions.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Highlights of SAP Transportation Management 9.5 (Franz Hero – Matthias K...

SAP to acquire Callidus Software in $2.4bn cloud mega deal - Silicon Republic

"The acquisition of Callidus will boost SAP’s position in the CRM market. SAP has agreed to acquire sales performance software vendor Callidus Software in a $2.4bn cash deal. The acquisition of Callidus Software, which trades as CallidusCloud, will help SAP to complete and differentiate its portfolio of products. 
‘These two strong companies will be better together, help the world run better and improve people’s lives’ – BILL MCDERMOTT 
The German IT giant intends to integrate CallidusCloud’s Lead to Money suite into its customer engagement CRM suite. SAP will purchase Callidus for $36 per share, a 21pc premium on the company’s average price per share over a 90-day period. SAP has elected to fund the transaction with existing cash balances and an acquisition term loan."

Monday, January 29, 2018

SAP Unveils New Digital Badges for SAP Global Certification

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced new digital badges for the SAP Global Certification program to help SAP software learners and users promote their proficiency in various subject areas specific to SAP software.

The new badges will help learners promote their achievement online and offline. They also provide a competitive advantage and trusted validation at no additional cost.
Established in 1995, the SAP Global Certification program offers multitiered certification paths for specific subjects. The badges will serve as digital proof of successful completion of these programs for use on websites, social media and SAP Learning Rooms, the social environment of SAP Learning Hub.
“We are thrilled to offer certification holders a digital way to showcase their achievements via social media, and to demonstrate to their employers a commitment to continuous learning,” said Bernd Welz, executive vice president and chief knowledge officer, Products and Innovation, SAP. “The badges will also help individuals to showcase the certifications they hold, and employers to recruit and hire the right talent faster and at a lower cost as education and skill claims can be verified more quickly and more securely.”

Saturday, January 27, 2018

BrandZ Ranking: SAP Named Germany’s Most Valuable Brand

WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) ranked No. 1 in brand value among German companies, ahead of well-established companies such as Deutsche Telekom, BMW and DHL, according to the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable German Brands report.

At $48.9 billion, SAP’s brand value was nearly $10 billion above the brand value of second-place Deutsche Telekom, according to the report by communications services group WPP and global research agency Kantar Millward Brown.
While many German companies succeed primarily through reliability, there is still much room for improvement with regard to innovation, the report said. As the only dedicated technology company in Germany’s Top 10 ranking, SAP is well equipped in this regard as its employees actively embrace a culture of innovation.
Brand value rests on commercial success, market capitalization and consumer trust. This trust must be earned each day through SAP’s commitment and dedication to its customers.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as the number one brand on BrandZ’s German ranking,” SAP Chief Marketing Officer Alicia Tillman said. “Achieving this top spot is an incredible reflection of our commitment to our customers in Germany and overarching purpose to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. The report confirms and motivates our work — not only in Germany but worldwide.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Automation and DevOps Maturity

According to Forrester Research, 95% of organizations are moving to Agile and following suit with DevOps. (Forrester Research: Aligning Agile And DevOps Practices With Business Value).
Likely then, your organization is too.

In his white paper, "Drive business growth with agile processes through DevOps for SAP" Pravas Ranjan Rout of Infosys speaks to the benefits of a DevOps approach for SAP teams and provides a suggested way for SAP IT organizations to progress forward. Dividing the path to maturity into 4 phases, crawl, walk, run and sprint, differing degrees of automation and tooling within each phase are recommended.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rev-Trac Case Study: NGA Human Resources

AT A GLANCE: The Challenge

NGA Human Resources is an HR & Payroll Outsourcing leader with over 1000 Cloud & ERP implementations, including 20% of Fortune Global 500 companies whose expectations are 100% accuracy and compliance. NGA HR needed controls and processes for their SAP HCM systems that would prevent changes from being initiated but not reaching production, manage deployments, ensure process enforcement and sequencing, and eliminate the excessive reliance on manual intervention.

The Solution

Using Rev-Trac’s process enforcement capabilities, NGA HR was able to customize and configure their change control processes to ensure segregation of duties, documentation of mandatory test results, and compliance that any change made in a landscape is tied to an approver. NGA achieved the level of compliance and control that helped the company to grow globally and maintain the reliability, control and compliance their customers have come to expect.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Role of Process Maturation and Process Automation in SAP DevOps

Last posting I mentioned some component areas, tenets for success, SAP IT teams will need to address on their journey to a fully implemented DevOps approach. In this post, I’ll elaborate on the first couple.