SAP: How to Connect Everything with Best-In-Class Technology
An app on your smartphone can probably tell you what you ate for lunch on a business trip 10 years ago. But there probably isnТt one that could say when you got your last tetanus shot Ч and SAP thinks thatТs a problem.
УWhen it comes to one of the most fundamental issues in our lives Ч our health Ч weТre still completely disconnected,Ф SAP Executive Board Member Steve Singh said during a keynote presentation at SAPPHIRE NOW on Wednesday. УNot bringing to bear the power of modern technology Ч HANA, cloud computing and our ecosystem of partners Ч on this problem is simply not acceptable.Ф
Singh announced two solutions to help put patients in charge of their care. SAP Health Record stores all of a personТs medical records in a single mobile application, which makes it a lot easier for you to look up your last tetanus shot. And SAP Connected Health is a connected global platform that developers, researchers and healthcare organizations can build upon to foster and accelerate medical innovation and improve patient outcomes.
Providing such seamless experiences requires a lot of technological integration. And it was a crucial point for all three keynote speakers.
Connecting For Success
УThe connected world is becoming a reality,Ф Singh said. УAnd itТs being brought about by best-in-class applications that are starting to integrate in ways that were never before possible.Ф
But todayТs customers demand applications that are seamlessly integrated. So SAP designs its software based on four business network principles:
- Best-In-Class: Solutions must be the easiest, most reliable, intelligent and beautiful experience in the world. If theyТre not, why would any customer choose them?
- Connect Across SAP: Solutions from SAPТs most prominent acquisitions (SAP Fieldglass, SAP Ariba, Concur, SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Hybris) must seamlessly work with each other.
- Connect to Others: There are other software vendors in the world, and SAPТs solutions must be able to work with their stuff too.
- Open Platform: No company can have a solution for everything. So a robust ecosystem fills in most of the gaps Ч and solutions that donТt yet exist can be built.
УIf we donТt live by these principles,Ф Singh said, Уwe donТt get to succeed.Ф
УIt is about having world-class end-to-end business processes, supported by world-class high-performing systems,Ф NestléТs Terence Stacey (left) told SAPТs Rob Enslin during the keynote address at SAPPHIRE NOW on Wednesday.
Happiness Is Running Best-In-Class
УWe see cloud solutions within SAP as being some of those best-in-class,Ф Nestlé CIO and GLOBE Director Terence Stacey told SAP President of Global Customer Operations Rob Enslin. Stacey spoke about NestléТs massive SAP implementation, which replaced a split architecture that was in place since 2000. УIt is about having world-class end-to-end business processes, supported by world-class high-performing systems.Ф
As if to presage SinghТs message about integrating SAPТs acquired technology, Stacey also discussed NestléТs happiness with technology across SAP, such as:
- Implementing SAP Ariba
- Making SAP Hybris Omni-channel Commerce the foundation of a new strategy
- Using SAP Hybris Marketing in the B2B space
- The look and feel of Concur
УOur portfolio of solutions is interconnected,Ф Enslin said. УAnd SAP S/4HANA serves as the digital core.Ф
All UserТs Big and Small
УS/4HANA can serve the largest companies in the world,Ф SAP Executive Board Member Bernd Leukert said, following Enslin and NestléТs Stacey onstage. УBut, at the same time, it is attractive for startups.Ф
The thought of running SAP was a УdauntingФ for GreyOrange, according to the startupТs CEO for APAC and Japan, Nalin Advani. But the advanced robotics designer/manufacturer used SAP ERP solutions to solve several data and growth problems; GreyOrange is now a Live Business, following a Уvery smoothФ implementation.
A bigger company, Red Bull, uses SAP Business Objects for a different kind of integration: encouraging collaboration between the energy drink juggernautТs IT department and its sales, marketing and finance teams. Red Bull also wanted flexible visualization to help gain up-to-the-moment insights.
УFor us, itТs a huge step forward to have the ability to access the data in a live environment,Ф Red BullТs Head of Business Applications Christian Stoxreiter told Leukert. УBut the most important thing is usability Е now what we see Ч what really gets excites end users Ч is a completely new interface: intuitive, beautiful and easy to use.Ф
When You CanТt Beat SAP, Join SAP
Wrapping up the many stories of inclusion and integration, Singh invited attendees to join SAP across its digital core, business cloud applications, business networks and healthcare platform.
УWe are committed to you, wherever you are and wherever youТre going,Ф Singh said. УAnd weТll do that by being best-in-class at what we do Ч and we will earn your business every single day.Ф