• Baskar Radhakrishnan - NTT DATA

    Posted 03/20/2017 by Baskar Radhakrishnan

    For many companies (especially manufacturers) procurement and supply chain operations represent the lion’s share of the total cost of doing business. Both of these areas involve an intricate web of systems, processes and network of business partners that must be coordinated and managed to ensure that goods and services get delivered on cost and on time. This cost and complexity makes procurement and supply chains ideal areas for digital transformation — driving operational efficiencies, lower transaction costs, improvements in revenue, sales growth and defensible competitive gain. Learn why savvy procurement and supply chain executives are stepping up their digital efforts with solutions from SAP Ariba and Ariba partners.

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  • SreekanthMaddipatla

    Posted 03/03/2017 by Sreekanth Maddipatla

    Deriving actionable insights in real time from terabytes of big data is vital to compete in a hyper-disruptive, customer-centric, Internet-of-everything business world.

    Topping the list of the many significant benefits of advanced analytics is customer intimacy, faster, smarter decision-making, greater productivity and sustained competitive advantage. But the prerequisites to achieving big data analytics are formidable — from ensuring data quality and seamless systems integration to extending analytics throughout the enterprise and incorporating the latest advances in machine learning, AI and IoT.

    A recognized leader in analytics/BI solutions, SAP has stepped up its big data analytics game considerably over the past year by launching a data warehouse for the digital era, combining IoT and predictive analytics for proactive asset management, and announcing sweeping enhancements across its enterprise information management solutions to improve quality and ease access of big data.

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  • NNookala

    Posted 02/18/2017 by Naresh Nookala and Karthik Varatharajalu

    Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures have always been a fact of business. The primary drivers for these activities are to improve efficiencies and accelerate growth. To be sure, talk of "synergies," "efficiencies" and "net-new value streams" typically dominate the pre-deal stage, but often, rumblings of cultural clashes, operational bottlenecks and IT challenges can dominate the integration phase (or separation in the case of carve outs).

    The scary truth is that mergers and acquisitions are fraught with risk — most of which stems from the difficulty, cost and complexity of integrating the data, applications, business processes and operations of separate entities.

    Enter SAP S/4HANA and the hybrid-cloud model — unleashing the power of digital transformation to re-imagine the potential of M&A.

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  • Tim Clark - NTT DATA

    Posted 01/26/2017 by Tim Clark

    While the digital transformation space continues to evolve rapidly, the guiding principle remains constant: to improve your customers’ experience. The time is now, and the mandate to transform has become universal — impacting businesses of all sizes and across industries.

    So, why are so many organizations struggling to get underway with their digital plans? Too many business leaders appear caught in a Catch-22 of epic proportion: As digital transformation encompasses more and more parts of the business, the answer to “where to begin?” grows increasingly vague.

    Turns out, the age-old “business process” affords the best focal point for grounding and growing digital transformation initiatives. In fact, re-imagining business processes — from the customer to the core — against the backdrop of SAP’s evolving portfolio of digital solutions brings into clear relief where best to begin and how best to continue your digital transformation journey — a journey of exploration and discovery that will delight your customers and leave your competitors in the dust.

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  • Tim Clark - NTT DATA

    Posted 01/09/2017 by Tim Clark

    The frenetic pace of evolving digital technologies makes developing and implementing a comprehensive digital strategy a formidable challenge. In a similar vein, SAP's continual enhancements to its HANA platform and portfolio of HANA-powered solutions can leave SAP customers feeling overwhelmed. Digital transformation, for SAP customers, cannot be decoupled from HANA. So how is a company to nail down its digital strategy amidst so much change to vital technological components?

    The new HANA 2 release along with recent enhancements to S/4HANA, the SAP HANA Cloud and the BusinessObjects portfolio are designed to better enable organizations to address the fast-changing aspects of digital business. Equally important, these enhancements highlight salient facets of the digital movement from which all SAP customers serious about transformation can benefit.

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  • Tim Clark - NTT DATA

    Posted 12/15/2016 by Tim Clark

    As 2017 draws nearer, a growing number of companies are getting serious about digital transformation. Increasingly demanding, tech-savvy customers, rapidly evolving digital technologies and the blistering pace of business disruption has made digital transformation top-of-mind among business leaders across industries around the globe.

    Yet complexity and confusion still reign. There are so many technologies involved, so many moving parts, so many competitive threats. The digital waters have been sufficiently tested with LOB one-offs, so much so that now what first seemed a quick-win has become just another layer of complexity. Digital transformation must go enterprise-wide and be strategically guided, but this is proving easier said than done.

    Budgets are in place for 2017, but are businesses truly ready for the challenges ahead? Or are we in for more digital tactics chasing a strategy?

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  • Tim Clark - NTT DATA

    Posted 12/01/2016 by Tim Clark

    Disruption across all sectors of retail is unprecedented in scale and pace. The cause: blistering speed of technology adoption by established competitors, the unrelenting emergence of smaller, more nimble niche players and — topping all — increasingly fickle, frugal, tech-savvy consumers.

    Retailers understand that survival hinges on their ability to transform. That’s why retailers are spending heavily on innovative technology. One leading analyst firm forecasts worldwide IT spending in the retail sector to grow 2.3% in 2016 for a total of $182 billion.

    But beware: investing in innovation for innovation’s sake, a trap many retailers fall into, amounts to little more than sticking a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. If it’s not directly helping to provide customers an immersive, convenient and satisfying shopping experience, no amount of technology investment will be enough to stave off disruption.

    The holiday season provides retailers a great opportunity to gain the insight into consumer behavior they need to identify and invest in those technological innovations that will truly make a difference and ensure their relevancy today and through the years ahead.

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  • Tim Clark - NTT DATA

    Posted 11/10/2016 by Tim Clark

    The promise of digital transformation is simplicity. But to transform, businesses must overcome complexity.

    Taking advantage of the latest advancements in cloud, mobile, big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies demands seamless integration and orchestration across a vast ecosystem of software, hardware, mobile devices, datacenters, and networks.

    Digital success for customers hinges on third-party services providers with the specialized experience, resources, methodology and end-to-end integration expertise needed to transform today's complexity into tomorrow’s digital mastery.

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  • Frank Schraepen - NTT DATA

    Posted 10/27/2016 by Frank Schraepen

    IoT is very complex, but it is also very real and well beyond the hype stage. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute postulates that "the hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things." To be sure, IoT is here now, albeit early stage, and promises to provide tremendous value. As the cloud, mobility and big data analytics collide to spawn a wealth of digital transformation possibilities, IoT represents the cutting edge of innovation, creating new products and services for business today. For SAP customers, mastering IoT begins with SAP HANA.

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  • Alan Kryszewski - NTT DATA

    Posted 10/13/2016 by Alan Kryszewski

    Nowhere in the enterprise is the pressure of digital transformation felt more keenly than the office of the CFO. The age-old function of balancing the books is rapidly expanding to include the more strategic role of data-driven decision-making.

    The natural fit between analytics and planning, budgeting, forecasting and consolidating processes is driving a growing number of organizations to select finance operations as ground zero for digital transformation and implementing analytics.

    Given SAP’s strong heritage in finance, it is no surprise that SAP is offering two innovative solutions to enable CFOs to close the books faster while maintaining global regulatory compliance, and conduct real-time analysis of financial and operational business scenarios: SAP S/4HANA Finance and SAP BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA Finance.

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