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Cloud is too often used as a blanket term for anything that is “hosted” on the Internet.

 

To get a more valuable take on cloud, I reached out to three technology innovators and asked them how they see "the cloud" affecting careers and required skills sets in their industries.

 

Wikipedia defines Cloud (Computing):

 

  • “In common usage, the term "the cloud" is essentially a metaphor for the Internet.
  • Marketers have further popularized the phrase "in the cloud" to refer to software, platforms and infrastructure that are sold "as a service", i.e. remotely through the Internet.
  • In computer networking, cloud computing involves a large number of computers connected through a communication network such as the Internet.”

 

My Take as a Social Business Consultant

 

As CEO at MarketingXLerator, the cloud is my office, my conference room, my executive briefing center and my communication center.

 

In my job, I work with executives and managers who want to understand how they can leverage social media to reach their business and career goals.

 

  • The cloud has certainly created new jobs for people like me, who help others understand the potential and teach the skills to leverage these new technologies.
  • At the same time, at my clients, I see the mandate on marketing employees to acquire social media skills, as well as the creation of new types of jobs that fill the void.
  • Last, social media forces the breaking up of silos. No longer is marketing alone dedicated to customer communication. In social selling, for example, content is  often provided to sales reps in an online system to distribute freely (even regular employees are turned into brand ambassadors).

 

Four Featured Opinions

 

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“Cloud technologies will drive innovation (and therefore new jobs)”

 

~ Allan Thomson, CTO, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

 

  • “For software vendors, leveraging cloud technologies in a product portfolio presents both opportunity and risk.

 

  • Products can easily take advantage of more flexible delivery mechanisms for compute, network and storage. While those vendors and their customers have a responsibility to ensure that well-defined security techniques and technologies continue to be effective for those products against an increasingly sophisticated threat actor.

 

  • This presents security vendors with a great opportunity to deliver new technologies that are robust against sophisticated threats in a cloud environment.

 

  • In summary, cloud technologies will drive innovation (and therefore new jobs) across a broad set of technologies and in particular the security industry to address the increased need for more sophisticated products.”

 

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“Cloud software has fundamentally changed how executive marketers approach their go to market strategies.”

 

~ Dan Ziman, CMO, LeanData

 

 

“As B2B marketer cloud software has fundamentally changed how executive marketers approach go to market strategies.

  • I can now implement the best technology at the right time to address my business objectives.

 

The software evaluation and selection process has significantly changed as well.

  • I don't need to involve IT every step of the way or spend hours explaining to IT what our needs are. We can work directly with vendors to make decision. Thus, we can move faster on industry trends and emerging needs.
  • We also have much easier access to our data (reports, spreadsheets, presentations, documents) and collaborative docs as a result of cloud technology.
  • You no longer have to be at your desk or even at your laptop to communicate or launch programs, because much of the marketing & business technology is mobile-phone ready.  Business can now happen anywhere.

 

From a resource management perspective, one major evolution is the creation of formal "marketing operations" teams.

  • Their specific role is to implement, train, and maintain systems to run the marketing department as well as be responsible for reporting on marketing KPIs. Marketing Operations teams can also work closely with IT on corporate initiatives like data integration and security.
  • Cloud software along with better tracking and analytics is providing me with a whole new way to see which marketing campaigns are most effective for driving traction in target accounts and make adjustments along the way.  It's a great time to be a marketer. “

 

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“It's going to be a busy space with many new choices for the cloud-ready professional.”

 

~ Jack Mardack, Head of Growth, ChartCube

 

“As keeping ones work documents in the cloud inevitably becomes the professional mainstream, a brand new value layer is being created by software companies that will let you do all sorts of exciting things with your files.

 

  • Cloud storage makes it easy for users to give third party vendors access to their documents. And cloud providers like Box, Dropbox, Google and Hightail will continue to support developer ecosystems that create value and engagement for their users.

 

  • The result will be a proliferation of new business apps that build on cloud-stored content to offer users new powers, ranging from team collaboration to DIY business intelligence. For example, at our startup ChartCube, we're interested in both those things.

 

It's going to be a busy space with many new choices for the cloud-ready professional.

 

  • IT departments should anticipate still more "bottom-up", Yammer-style adoption,
  • as individual employees continue to introduce and distribute these new tools throughout the organization.”


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“New skill sets are required to be able to deliver the promised value.”

 

~ Tom Cenens, SAP Mentor at CTAC Belgium

 

  • “Cloud can enable customers to get the right solutions in place, in a fast and flexible way. The ability to scale easily and run in a cost effective way comes on top of those benefits.

 

  • Cloud has the power to bring innovation to your doorstep instead of having it buried somewhere in the backyard, waiting to be dug out. The backyard, where everyone looks around and wonders, who will start digging and where will it lead?

 

  • The shift towards cloud brings along new opportunities for both customers and providers. New questions are raised, like, which pieces of the puzzle do you take along and which should you leave behind in order to leverage the benefits cloud has to offer?

 

  • As such, new careers have emerged already out of this shift as new skill sets are required to be able to deliver the promised value.”


What is your experience of the impact of cloud on your own career?


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You are coming from a line of business and have seen the benefits that cloud services can bring to your organization and want to leverage them?

You don’t have the technical background as your IT colleague has, but you are also concerned that your critical data is stored in and accessible via the cloud?


Here is a list of questions that you should ask a cloud service provider, when thinking about running cloud solutions. If your cloud service provider can address them, it’s the one of your choice... and should be good to stand in front of your IT department.


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The questions are structured according to the top security concerns in the cloud.


Identity Management


SaaS architectures involve Web-based applications and communication that occurs via the internet. The questions that should be asked here are:

  • How are authorizations for data access handled?
  • How is the communication between us and the vendor secured? What kinds of encryption protocols are used? SSL or TLS?
  • Are the communication channels encrypted using a Wide Area Network (WAN) or Virtual Private Network (VPN)?
  • How can be ensured that only authorized users can access my critical data?
  • How is the protection of passwords managed?
  • Is the access of information relied on a centralized administrator account?


Data Location


Giving your critical data in the hands of your cloud service provider requires trust. Thus it’s important to know where it is stored and how it is protected. To have peace of mind the following questions should be processed:

  • In which country/countries are you running your data centers?
  • Can I choose in which country my data is stored?
  • Do government regulations, such as export control rules, prohibit specific company data from being stored outside the country?
  • How is the physical entrance to the data center managed?
  • What happens when a natural disaster occurs?
  • What disaster protection measures are in place?
  • Does any data center have the same technical standards no matter in which location it is?
  • Do you comply with location specific requirements?

 

Data Storage


In a SaaS model, your data is stored in the data center of the vendor together with data from other companies. Thus, the following questions should be answered and compliance regulations should be addressed:

  • Is there a risk of losing data?
  • What procedures guarantee availability?
  • Where are backups stored?
  • Can you ensure that heterogeneous data is separated for each customer?
  • Can you read my data?
  • Do every of your data centers have the same technical standards no matter in which location it is?
  • Do data protection laws allow employee data to be stored in the cloud
  • Is web access offered with one set of database tables which is shared by many customers or do I have my own to segregate my data?
  • Is data base and file system encryption supported?
  • Is each level, not only the top tiers (application, web) secured, my data is moving through?


System Operations


Your provider must ensure that the general capabilities of secure and stable IT operations comply with industry standards and technology best practices. To achieve it, your vendor should be able to answers the following questions:

  • Which requirements are met by the information security management system?
  • Are system operations secured by international- and country-specific certifications such as ISO27001, ISAE3402 or SSAE16?
  • How is the network isolated?
  • Beyond the cloud server environment, is the administrator client infrastructure also secure?
  • Do you comply with standards that confirm the reliability of your internal processes?
  • Are you conforming to auditing standards and can you provide a Service Organization Control Report?


Data Transmission & Flow Control


SaaS uses the public internet to transmit data and therefore transmission security is required. Here the questions to be answered:

  • Is transmission security designed into the system?
  • Which connections between the customer and vendor are used by the provided solutions?
  • What functions do the solutions use to prevent eavesdropping, tampering or eavesdropping?
  • How is the web communication secured?
  • Are outgoing messages from the solution encrypted and how?
  • Is physical data transfer possible and how is it secured?


Miscellaneous


  • What security policies are in place? Are they up to date?
  • Do your employees have to read, understand and sign security acknowledgements?
  • Do your employees get security training?
  • Do they have to pass tests?
  • Do you meet the latest compliance standards?

 

 

 

SAP is dealing with critical customer data over decades and runs secure. This knowledge built up is used to protect your data in and around the cloud.

But Security it is not only about Certification & Data-center. The concept of a vendor needs to go far beyond that. It needs to address the operation of data, storage of data and e.g. the portability of my data because I might want it today on-premise and tomorrow in the cloud.

 

See more in depth information from my colleagues and experts here:


 



Last but not least one major aspect should be highlighted when it comes to security - the culture.


Employees of a cloud vendor should have this security thinking implanted in their DNA. Be careful with your passwords. Lock your devices whenever you’re not working with them. Take security serious at an early stage of developing new software. Employees of SAP are experts in that topic. Every employee gets a wide range of security training and has to pass tests on a regular base.



Any remarks? If yes, please let us know. We are happy to engage with you.


Follow us on twitter to stay informed about the hot topics around the cloud.


Sven Denecken (@SDenecken) and Nikolai Vetter (@NikolaiVetter)


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Read other relevant blogs:


The 1-2-3 of Cloud Security at SAP

SAP Cloud - Quarterly update Q1 2014 by @SDenecken

10 #Cloud Computing Trends for 2014

Clearing the Clouds around the Cloud

The Hybrid #Cloud - extended


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Welcome to the 9th in a series of blogs to dispel myths about SAP and the Cloud. Today we will debunk the myth that Cloud is only used in certain industries.


What is the origin of this myth?


Impressions arose that cloud is only used in certain industries due to a transformational way of engagement with consumers in the digital age. The service-oriented consumer industry transformed already parts of the engagement chain into the cloud. Listen to customer and understanding is wiser than nonstop unreflected sending information. Cloud solutions help those companies to adapt to these changes, driving innovation and put the customer in the center of their business to stay ahead of the game.

 

 

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As we now identified the 1st movers we also have to admit that some industries don’t have a high cloud affinity. Companies, e.g. in aerospace & defense industry sometimes face barriers when they want to move to the cloud. They might be forced by additional barriers from their customers to not do.

 

In between black and white there is a full spectrum of grey and cloud is about to transform all industries as it brings velocity and agility back to business. Cloud delivers a simplified consumption model to bring the pace back to business that is required to stay competitive.

 

 

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But each industry adopts at own business priorities and own pace. The first business processes we have seen moving to cloud have been

 

Non-differentiating processes

 

We talk about processes that are characterized by “Best Practice”. Companies do not differentiate against peers based on these processes. We observe today 3 main areas where cloud leads:

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management)
  • SRM (Supplier Relationship Management)
  • HCM (Human Capital Management)
  • + some generic areas like e.g. Travel and Expense Management.

 

These functions are moving into a Public Cloud environment, companies share a maximum of resources with other organizations to drive maximum cost-efficiency. The cloud service provider owns and operates the solutions and infrastructure and offers access to the resources via Internet.


The public cloud, we also talk about the LOB cloud is delivered securely and on highest standards, customer data is stored within clients own tenants. If your IT still has doubts, here is a good document for them CIO GUIDE - IT Security in Cloud and Mobile Environments.

 

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This is a trend to continue and we see more and more areas are moving into this cloud category. In contrast customers also have

 

Differentiating processes and core industry processes

 

Core functionality, like logistics, IP (Intellectual Property) - or related functions like R&D are specific and tailored to companies individual needs. They are not expected nor wanted to be standardized. And they are – of course – highly differentiating.


These functions typically move into a Managed Cloud environment, where a cloud infrastructure can operate solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally.Or they stay on premise. Also see here what hybrid extended means for the solution landscape of customers.



Based on Public Cloud and Managed Cloud environments we see companies of any size and any industry moving into the cloud and gaining their individual advantages with a significantly simplified consumption of services.


Any remarks? If yes, please let us know. We are happy to engage with you.


Stay tuned for the myth buster summary!


Follow us on twitter to stay informed about the hot topics around the cloud.


Bert Schulze (@BeSchulze), Sven Denecken (@SDenecken) and Nikolai Vetter (@NikolaiVetter)



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Cloud Myth Busting: facts and figures of SAP ́s cloud business

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Read other relevant blogs:


SAP Cloud - Quarterly update Q1 2014 by @SDenecken

10 #Cloud Computing Trends for 2014

Clearing the Clouds around the Cloud

The Hybrid #Cloud - extended

It takes a few short seconds with Frank Kochendoerfer to understand why Qnovate is passionate about being a SAP Cloud Solution Partner.  Carolyn Horiel from the Cloud Ecosystem and Channels team spoke with Frank, Qnovate Vice President of Strategic Industries, to discover why they decided to partner with SAP and to explore the world of Qnovate.

 

Welcome to the SAP partner family!  Can you tell me about your company and its background?

Qnovate was founded by four former SAP Platinum Level Consultant leaders with deep domain expertise and more than 60 years’ worth of combined SAP experience.  We are headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.  Qnovate was formed to address industry specific needs of SAP customers in CRM and Analytics.  We build solutions based on SAP technologies such as HANA, Cloud, and Analytics.  The chemical industry is one of the key focus areas. 

 

With Qnovate’s extensive SAP background, it absolutely made sense for you to partner with SAP.  Did you consider working with other software companies?

We are 100% focused on SAP.  SAP provides integrated solution offerings – so we have the same goals regarding our development initiatives.  Cloud and HANA play a big role to achieve these goals.  For example, we try to help SAP “rip and replace” Salesforce.com.  We actually have an entire service package around that – again, industry-specific content helps to make that case.  I personally believe SAP’s Cloud solutions are cutting edge.  It is important for us to be part of the SAP Cloud Ecosystem - we are active around Cloud solutions for many years. 

 

You mentioned Cloud solutions; what do you see as the biggest benefits of Cloud computing?

I think there are three main benefits – Cost, Simplification and Flexibility.

 

Please elaborate why.

Experience has shown that on the Cost side, Cloud can lead to a 30% lower total cost of ownership.  No hardware, maintenance, or staff is needed to maintain the hardware and systems.  As for Simplification, there is no procurement of hardware.  From a budget standpoint, it shifts from capital expenses to an operating expense, therefore making the overall internal approval process much easier.  With no hardware to sustain, Cloud hosting gets decidedly easier and simpler especially in unexpected recovery situations.  And finally Flexibility - we’ve seen some great examples of large enterprises moving to the Cloud. Companies today are acquiring other businesses and spin-off or divest parts of their business.  As result, the number of software licenses needed is constantly changing. A MCaaS model (SAP: Managed Cloud as a Service) can really support that situation – you only subscribe to a monthly fee based on the number of users, that’s it. You can’t do that in a traditional on-premise environment.

 

So tell us about Qnovate’s Cloud solutions and what benefits they offer businesses?

We developed a solution currently focused on SAP Cloud for Sales – chemical industry specific functionality as well as enhanced usability. The industry functionality covers critical “customer facing” processes around chemical sample management.  Before a customer orders, material samples must be provided for evaluation. No sample – no sales. The challenge companies are facing is that they provide tens of thousands of samples per year, but the process is not connected to ERP or CRM.  As result,  a company may lose sight of which sales opportunity the sample is associated with, actual sample status,  and are likely unable to keep a record of customer requirements effectively. We find most businesses still use spreadsheets which are very labor intensive, error-prone, and with no tracking.

 

With being so active in the Cloud solution space, what do you envision for the future of Cloud?

Cloud is not a matter of ‘if’ but a matter of ‘when’. Compared to just a year or two ago, we see a tremendous interest from our customer base.  Admittedly, not everyone is ready, but even the most traditional, conservative companies now seem to like the idea to test the water with maybe putting a small, less critical application on the Cloud.  I think this a general trend.  At this point, only a few companies are really looking to go entirely Cloud – some examples are mid-market companies looking for a new, low-cost and flexible environment.  Medium size companies are much nimbler for such a change than the large multinationals or larger enterprises which look for ways to cut cost.  I also believe there is a difference in ‘acceptance’ on a regional basis.  North America is much more open to Cloud than for instance Europe, where security concerns are holding things back.

 

One last question, what does Qnovate have planned for 2014?

A main focus of our activities will be to help our customers move from on-premise solution to the Cloud, using hybrid deployment options.  Also, we just kicked-off a project around SAP’s Chemical Industry Solution Template (a.k.a. Best Practices for Chemicals).  We will move this ERP environment into the Cloud and integrate with Cloud for Sales and other Cloud solutions, so businesses can see the benefits of these integrated solutions. This will be a game changer.

 

We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to speak with us.  With Qnovate’s vast SAP experience, Qnovate is on track to reach its goal “to become the most innovative partner in the CRM space.”  Your drive and commitment is invigorating and truly value your insight on the future of Cloud.  Welcome once again to the SAP Cloud Solution partner team.

 

To learn more about Qnovate, visit their website (http://qnovate.com/).

In a recent blog about hybrid architectures the cloud, Sven Denecken describes his vision of a modern ERP.

I am passionate about cloud, and I am passionate of my ERP background. Yes, I stated it: ERP. Both is needed to succeed. But do not believe the dreamers that want to build ERP again – from scratch. Lets leapfrog this attempt and build on what works that is truly stable and global and reliable – towards the “modern ERP” which is a “networked ERP” – leveraging innovative technology and cloud consumption models – as a hybrid extended deployment reality.

I found this statement intriguing and wanted to explore its implications in more detail.

 

Note: Although Sven only mentions ERP in his quote, I'm going to generalize things a bit and look at the whole Business Suite. My assumption is that argument applies to all components in the Business Suite rather than just the ERP component.

Background

 

As I read Sven’s statement, I was reminded of a blog that I created in 2012 called the “The first honeycomb in the hive: Understanding the positioning of Financials OnDemand” in which we saw a similar concept.

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This architecture at the time referred primarily to Business ByDesign and its role as the foundation for a series of separate SaaS applications.  Finance OnDemand was the initial application to be split off:

But SAP Financials on Demand is more that just a financials solution! It also provides an open and flexible framework that forms the foundation for a loosely-coupled "Best of Suite" approach for enterprises, seeking to mix and match the financial core with best of breed components. With Financials OnDemand, other cloud solutions, starting with SAP Travel OnDemand, simply snap-in using open API's to give customers a maximum of choice for building their own, personal best-of suite. [SOURCE]

In the meantime, the HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) has been released which makes the situation a bit more complicated in that we now potentially have a mixture of public and private clouds as well as OnPremise assets.

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This concept provides existing SAP customers an easier transition to the cloud in that the pace of evolution can be customer-specific. A customer can start slow and replace particular internal applications at their own pace. What are some of the options for customers?

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This strategy is a good fit for SAP’s existing cloud offerings. Through its various cloud acquisitions (SuccessFactors, Ariba, etc), SAP has gained distinct cloud-based functionality that could be used to fulfill the requirements of the networked ERP. The planned acquisition of FieldGlass demonstrates, however, that functionality that complements existing ERP features is also in focus.

 

There are some drawbacks, however:

 

  1. The broad assumption is that most ERP components available in the Business Suite (Financials, Logistics,  HR, Corporate Services, etc) as well as other components in the Business Suite (SRM, CRM, SCM, etc) are available as some sort of SaaS application (preferably offered by SAP but not necessarily).
  2. As long as one distinct ERP / non-ERP component remains in the Business Suite, this environment cannot be turned off which means that some associated costs remain.
  3. As more diverse elements / applications join a networked ERP, then the complexity increases as well. HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) might be able to act a backbone / cement for such scenarios but the complexity would still be non-trivial.

 

There is another option which is also possible - one which doesn’t involve a Business Suite at all.

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This model represents the most flexible scenario but I’m not sure that Corporate IT would be able to create a governance model that would provide the necessary control of the involved applications as well as their web of potential integrations.

 

Note: Recent slides about SAP Cloud strategy don’t really reflect this idea of the networked ERP offering.

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What is curious is that the HEC-based Business Suite is part of the new Industry Portfolio rather than part of the LoB portfolio. If the intention is create a networked ERP, then my assumption is that the HANA-enhanced HEC-based Business Suite (now available via subscriptions) would be present in both the Industry and LoB Portfolios.

 

Conclusion

The idea of the networked ERP fits wells with the large number of existing customers who are transitioning to the Cloud.

 

There is one development, however, that makes this focus strange. The decision to port ByDesign to the HANA Cloud Platform is exactly what Sven describes as something that SAP should not do. “But do not believe the dreamers that want to build ERP again – from scratch”.  I haven’t heard about the ByDesign port in a while so I don’t know its status.   Perhaps, this port represents a phase following the Networked ERP that is purely SaaS-based.

Aamar.jpgMy name is Aamar Hussain, I have over 10 years experience consisting of engineering to solution architecture in various verticals and at various levels. My focus is on listening to and looking at ways of resolving business challenges and obstacles with the use of Infrastructure Solutions, Pre-Sales, Post-Sales deployment and Consulting.

I have been following the cloud journey since studying for my masters in 2009 and since then have developed a keen interest in the topic, having the opportunity to work with customers at first hand and look at the challenges and issues. I feel it provides me with a good opportunity to see how cloud can be utilised and where cloud best fits the bill.

Currently I am engaged with a large telecommunications provider as a senior solutions consultant within the Converged Infrastructure Pre-Sales practice. We are a fast growing practice, focusing on Converged Infrastructure solutions (Cisco, Netapp, EMC, VMWare) within the UK's largest Cisco reseller. Providing consultancy, design and implementation services around converged/Cloud services, primarily aligned to technologies from VMware, Cisco, EMC and NetApp.

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Which industries/LoB are the most impacted by cloud computing and why?

There are 2 perspectives: cloud service providers and cloud service consumers. I feel the following industries are currently mostly impacted by cloud computing:

  • Retail - Retail business is seasonal, therefore prior to cloud computing a typical retail business had to provision the maximum amount of infrastructure required for a given busy season i.e. Christmas period, which meant over-provision for the rest of the year. This meant running additional infrastructure which results in additional financial risk and complications.
  • SME's - Allot of SME's are looking to utilize the cloud model to drive down costs of running in house IT departments. This will have a major impact on existing staff/jobs. The speed/agility/flexibility / pay as you go characteristics of cloud suits a typical SME who need to get products into the market fast and stay ahead of the market. Appropriate audit and analysis need to be carried out on data type and existing workloads but the SME's seems like a good use case for cloud.
  • Test/Development Departments- With the easy of cloud services available in the market at the moment the test / development departments are at times by-passing the internal IT departments and purchasing their own VM's for use which could then cause issues / concerns in terms of  increased costs / risks in governance.
  • Government/Local Councils/Health/Defense - Community clouds are increasingly being utilized for Government related organizations or workloads which require greater levels of security in terms of data residence and data sharing.
  • Entertainment - Wider utilization of cloud in the entertainment industry is seen with the rise of pay as you go television/streaming media. The cloud is seen as the ideal repository to hold data for testing / development of products which are synced with different season i.e. providing children's learning programs in the summer holidays.
  • Manufacturing / construction - Increased use of cloud to serve the ever changing landscape of the construction and manufacturing industry, providing SAAS, IAAS type of models for as and when a resource is required, collaboration of working on multiple projects.



Which new job opportunities are being created?

  • Managing an organization’s cloud platform
  • Architecting cloud services,
  • Re-engineering business process
  • Service management
  • Contract negotiations
  • Cloud Consulting
  • Broker between in-house IT and Cloud providers
  • Vendor management.


Are any jobs at risk?

  • There will be job losses as the re-engineering of the business process takes place with a cloud model of service e.g. Low level technical resource, in-house infrastructure support and management, even High level IT managers may be at risk, but there are opportunities here to re-use the resource with re-training and allowing staff to focus on core business issues.


Which skills do you need?

  • Cloud solution negotiation skills i.e. does it meet the business requirements, what value does it bring to business
  • Managing Cloud provider/supplier relationship.
  • Cloud administrators. 
  • Legal / Compliance knowledge around company information.


What are the education options?

  • Self-learning
  • Vendor training
  • Social media
  • Formal training
  • Mentoring & Coaching

 

 

In Conclusion:

 

 

The whole cloud revolution is impacting the way we do IT, the way IT is consumed, the way it is delivered, the way it’s supplied. I believe that for any organization evaluating cloud, a sound strategy needs to be derived. Once the enterprise strategy is formed, you can then look at various different options around what or how you would introduce the cloud in an organization.

 

 

Cloud is built upon the foundations of virtulisation, increased bandwidth availability and various different drivers in the industry for example agility, flexibility, the need for greater transparency.

 

 

Looking into the future I see greater uptake of cloud, even if it means at first only utilising some parts of a cloud portfolio. Definitely cloud will play a huge role for IT in the years to come. It is very exciting to be part of this big transformation wave that is The Cloud.


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512_Universal_App_Store.pngSAP Cloud for Travel and Expense launched one single universal iOS app for both iPhone and iPad at the end of last year to make deployment to iOS devices easier for you. The new app offers a fresh, modern user interface and enables users to manage their travel expenses even better.

512_iPhone_App_Store.pngUsers of the old iPhone app (V13.8.8), will get an update notification within the next few days. This update comes with a migration routine that’ll synchronize any offline expenses and guide your users smoothly to the new app:

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If you normally notify your users about app updates, please advise them to do the following:

  1. Install the latest update (V13.8.8) to allow for synchronization of offline expenses:
  2. Install the new universal app (currently V14.2) either with the “Get it now” button in the updated old app, or use this link to install the new one:
  3. After installing the new app, you can delete the old app with the gold icon. Afterwards you only need to enter your system URL once and can proceed with the logon as usual. Due to security reasons we don't provide the possibility to transfer any credentials to the new app.
    • Hint: You might want to make use of your welcome email to configure the new app.

Definitions are important, but not enough if reality changes – fast. We happen to support more companies of large scale and more users in the business cloud environment than any of the so-called cloud version1 vendors. We listen carefully and have built our strategy on the input we get from customers and partners. We happen to see an interesting shift for cloud closer to the reality – not dreaming, not vapor ware.

 

But lets start with the classical definition for cloud, and we will focus on the software aspect of the equation, software as a service to be more explicit:

 

Hybrid clouds are a combination of public and private cloud deployments, full stop. It is the blending of internal and external cloud resources, allowing each area to perform distinct functions within the same organization.

 

And this option makes sense, as companies often still have concerns about data sensitivity and security.

 

 

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But reality shows that - this definition (NIST) being true – it is not enough when you look at the reality that companies are facing.

 

There are existing assets that they own and operate, often named as on-premise – and a lot oft hem make sense if the work and deliver the business outcome desired. There is not essential value in ripping out good solutions for just taking it to a cloud deployment model. The benefits are not enough then.

 

Now we do know that if innovation and agility are key drivers – and business want outcomes fast – you should really embrace cloud. And you should lead your transformation with cloud – public and private, hybrid.

 

 

But how to connect or integrate into the existing landscape of solutions?

 

How do you cater to an need to work in business networks, means optimizing not only a department – lets say sales – and for sure not only optimizing your company as you already live in a connected world – lets say supplier and customers?

 

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This is where hybrid extended  comes in. Key question for every business is: How do you enable fast business outcome when the business process spans different solutions with different deployment models? And this irrespective of understandable reservations we often hear – some nice quotes from co-innovation customers to illustrate the point:

 

  • If it works, why rip it out?
  • How do I innovate in certain areas without breaking the consistency of data and process?
  • How do I enable change in some areas quick – quick wins – but know that I do not end in a mushrooming environment of solutions (aka cloud mess)
  • Do I need to go to a 3rd party for integration?

 

Well, this is not simple – but please challenge your vendor if he understands what the right mix is for you. Not "cloud for cloud sake".

 

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And clearly the right platform and infrastructure strategy needs to be in place and only then it will work. What are some of the capabilities the platform needs?

 

  • Converge to one platform – like innovative, extendible, open - how many platforms does your provider really have?
  • Allow a modern business platform that delivers capabilities your business needs to cater to innovation – like in memory, predictive, reduced footprint
  • Ability to extend or build custom applications via PaaS offering, including a marketplace - how open is the platform underneath the cloud solutions?
  • How often do you get innovation that you can consume to address new or improved processes? And how did this change recently - more or less innovation cycles?

 

So the right mix needs to be linked to the right platform and to the right infrastructure. Sounds simple - but hard to execute on a global and enterprise scale.

 

This is what a good strategy should be about. This is the flexibility your customers need. It is about the customer situation defining the right path to cloud adoption – not at vendors pace.

 

I am passionate about cloud, and I am passionate of my ERP background. Yes, I stated it: ERP. Both is needed to succeed. But do not believe the dreamers that want to build ERP again - from scratch. Lets leapfrog this attempt and build on what works that is truly stable and global and reliable – towards the "modern ERP" which is a "networked ERP" – leveraging innovative technology and cloud consumption models – as a hybrid extended deployment reality.

 

Thanks to the customers and partners that co-innovate with us, they are truly leading the way…

 

 

 

Let me know your thoughts and follow me on twitter @SDenecken to see this journey unfold.


I recently read Tammy Powlas' informative blog series on Smart Financials  (part 1, part 2) and was reminded of my promise to further analyze the demise of  the SAP product Cloud for Financials. Although I initially couldn't figure out how (or if) the two were related, I had a gut feeling that there was some association between the two events.

 

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As I mentioned in a previous blog, ‘Cloud for Financials’ has been pulled from the market and is being re-absorbed into Business ByDesign.

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The fact that SAP pulled Cloud for Financials from the market without a public announcement was a missed opportunity. Instead of declaring that the move was part of a broader strategic evolution, I had to discover the change via detective work (not that I didn’t enjoy it ;->).

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The motivation behind the creation of a separate product in 2012 is best revealed in blog comments from this period:

There will be a type of customer that will prefer ByDesign over FinOD. The main difference is, do you want one app to run the entire business (unit) or you you want just the financial core that then reaches out into best of breed apps for HR, Sales, Procurement etc.

 

The financials core of SAP Financials OnDemand, General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, etc. is identical to the financials core of SAP Business ByDesign. The main difference is that the financials engine of FinOD does not assume that it's subledgers are "fed" by other ByD components, but instead can accept input from anywhere in a proscribed format. These well defined feeds are the foundation for integration, to you can have a complete end to end view (Income statement, profitability, etc.) though the inputs could come from attached best-of-breed components, such as HR, CRM and Procurement. n that way FinOD can function as a financial hub.

Thus, one of the most important initial motivations for Cloud for Financials involved its role as a financial hub that included “best-of-breed” products that were possibly originated from non-SAP sources. Now, after approximately 2 years, something has changed and Cloud for Financials has been re-merged into ByDesign.  Comments on my blog provide some insight into what has changed since the product’s release.

Recall that Cloud for Financials was dervied from ByD by splitting the code into two separate lines. However, having two separate products and development teams was inefficient and more importantly for our customers, enhancements made to the products were difficult to synch across the two code lines. So we decided to merge (re-merge?) the two products so that Cloud for Financials once again became the Financials business area of Business ByDesign. - Jim Daddario

 

It helps to speed up the process. But if you converge to one platform, you better have your "code" together to simplify. – Sven Denecken

 

The split was done to bring HANA w/o disruption in the installed base, now we have brought the 2SKUS back together – Chris Horak

Although there are technical (support of two products, etc) arguments behind this move, the recent re-merge also demonstrates a change in SAP’s cloud strategy with a focus on a “single platform”  and, potentially, a connection with the idea that the Suite always wins (even in the Cloud!).

 

This focus on a single platform necessitates a quick analysis of the related transformation of Business ByDesign.

Today, Business ByDesign is undergoing a new effort by "re-factoring" the application to run on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform which will enable businesses of all sizes and across all industries and lines of business to run their entire business in the cloud more efficiently and effectively. So along with the SAP Business Suite on HANA, SAP Business ByDesign will benefit from this breakthrough technology. [SOURCE]

 

A team will remain in place to support the current version, which runs in an ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) application server, according to Sikka. “The product is going to be redone in HANA,” he said. “We’ll move every customer to this refactored ByDesign when we have it.” [SOURCE]

Here is a graphic representation of the various involved components and their recent evolution.

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NoteThe recent announcement concerning the repositioning of the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) muddies the water a bit since the term “HANA Cloud Platform” now refers to a distinct set of customer offers (“Infrastructure Services”, “DB Services”, “App Services”) rather than a generic technology infrastructure.  The announcements concerning the port of ByDesign to HCP predate this recent repositioning and make a description of its technical foundation in relation to other SAP Cloud offers a bit tricky. As a SaaS, it probably can’t run in the HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) but rather is more closely associated with the “App-Services” (the old PaaS layer).

 

Although there is some suggestion that the architecture in ByDesign’s HCP port will be HANA XS based, there isn't much detail on the new ByDesign architecture besides the fact that it will run on the HCP.

 

My assumption is the new architecture will be typical for HCP-based applications with an emphasis on the HANA development flavor rather than JVM-based. Here is my very rough estimate of what the architecture might look like.

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Is there a link to the upcoming Smart Financials product?

Note: I’m definitely not a FI-CO expert so bear with me as I blunder my way through this unknown territory making countless errors.

 

In a blog from Hasso Plattner last year, the massive advantages of a simplification of SAP’s Financial Products on HANA are depicted in some detail.   The upcoming product “Smart Financials” (SFin) is one manifestation of this transformation and can be seen as the next stage of the evolution of the domain.

 

Let’s take a quick look at the architecture of this new offer.

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Thus, we are seeing a fundamental change in how financial-related functionality can be addressed in SAP applications.

 

Architecturally, how do SmartFinancials and ‘ByDesign on HCP’ compare to each other?

 

Note: Yes, I know that SFIn primarily focuses on financials and ByDesign is a full cloud-based ERP. Please bear with me.

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Note: A customer could run a Business Suite enhanced by Smart Financials in the Cloud using the HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) but we have to remember that “ByDesign on HCP” is a Suite as a SaaS rather than a single tenant cloud hosted solution on HEC.

 

HANA architectures are based on the exploitation of the HANA data layer (as seen in the Period Close in Product Cost Controlling Code Pushdown in the Smart Financials product) and this layer places a central role in both Smart Financials and ByDesign on HCP.  What is unclear is the HANA-related internal infrastructure of the ByDesign on HCP Product – especially regarding its finance-related functionality; is it based on the traditional architecture or the new one as seen in the SFIN product?

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Yes- I know that I’m painting with a very broad brush. The finance-related functionality present in SFIN is probably not entirely present in the ByDesign product. (Note: It is rather difficult to discover exactly what financial-related functionality is offered by ByDesign. I found one cached document via the Google Search that provides some additional details). Rather than a comparison of specific finance-related features, I’m more interested in the more generic HANA-related architecture / functionality.

 

Note: Even if the new ‘ByDesign on HCP’ was based on the new architecture – a direct port would probably be challenging. ByDesign’s transition from a more traditional ABAP architecture (with its tighter relationship to OnPremise Business Suite architectures) to a HANA foundation (XS!) also implies that the transfer of the ABAP code from SFIN to ByDesign on HCP probably wouldn’t be an easy task.

 

The difficulties of moving from a single-tenant application (Smart Financials) to a multi-tenant SaaS application (ByDesign on HCP)  is a technical challenge but might be possible via single-tenant HANA instances connected to multi-tenant application logic. I know that the JVM-based HCP PaaS can support this functionality but I have no idea how/if this would work in a XS-dominated architecture as I suggest that the new ByDesign on HCP might use.

Conclusion

 

There are a variety of SaaS competitors who also have financial offerings (Workday, Netsuite, etc); thus, a financial SaaS offering from SAP based on a more traditional architecture – regardless of whether it is based on an isolated offering or as part of a suite –– doesn’t provide SAP with a competitive advantage.  On the other hand, a financial SaaS offering based on the architecture seen in the Smart Financials product would represent an evolutionary innovation with the resulting fundamental business-relevant changes.

 

Although this blog has focused on finance-related products, there are broader implications as well. As Tammy Powlas describes in her notes about the Smart Financials webinar, future “Smart” products may also impact other functional areas as well.

Janet said they will have to do something similar with projects (PS) as some point

Imagine the other components of ByDesign also undergoing such a fundamental change - John Appleby describes such efforts as “Simplifying Core Apps”.

 

Some might say: “Dude, we are talking about ByDesign here. Nothing more. Don’t blow things out of proportion”. True but we must remember that this offering is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance for SAP to create a new product based on the experience they have acquired working with HANA in a variety of scenarios / products. This port could be the foundation for something greater.

Business ByDesign is undergoing a new effort by "re-factoring" the application to run on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform which will enable businesses of all sizes and across all industries and lines of business to run their entire business in the cloud more efficiently and effectively. (my emphasis) [SOURCE]

SAP CEO Bill McDermott suggests that Suite will win in the Cloud too.  The question is whether the Suite to which he is referring is the existing Business Suite running in the HEC or something else.

 

We know that SAP is planning some important cloud-related announcement in April.  I’m curious to see if the announcement deals with the next Generation ERP as described above.

 

Or…

 

Or these developments could evolve in a totally different direction.

 

Recent Cloud architectures presented by SAP show an unaccustomed positioning of Business Suite as part of the Industry Portfolio (where it does also belong) rather than the LoB Portfolio where it thematically might also be situated although SAP already has cloud offerings (SuccessFactors, Ariba, etc) in this area.

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The port of ByDesign to HCP could be foundation for the cloud-based next generation Suite. ByDesign is usually associated with the SME market but, in its next HCP-based iteration, might easily expand to support other scenarios (for example, supporting industry solutions for larger customers).  As seen in Salesforce’s recent foray into the vertical markets, this will be a critical market in the future and one in which SAP currently has the lead at least in terms of the domain experience present in their ecosystem

My bet is that SAP can get there more quickly provided it concentrates resources into that area and/or mobilizes its extensive developer network to fill in white spaces. Both options are open to the company if it plays nicely along with potential extended partnerships with its existing SI community. [SOURCE]

Yet, this expertise is based largely on the older Business Suite technology rather than the simplified/ evolutionary architecture (as seen in SmartFinancials) which will in all likelihood be the foundation for the next generation Suite.

Next in our blog series, sharing SAP customers' business cases for cloud solutions.


Recently a large retailer in the wholesale industry, who is headquartered in Europe and sells a various range of the world’s best brands in sports, fashion and outdoor, signed in for SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam. Starting with one brand in one region, they have a typical cloud consumption strategy (Land & Expand). More brands and regions are to be added over time.


SAP Cloud for Customer helps you to bring your clients in the center of your organization. It’s more important than ever that your front line (e.g. Sales, Customer Service) harness the end-to-end enterprise, gaining deep customer insights to be able to offer personalized solutions. Delivering great customer experience is the flashpoint to turn prospects into promoters.


SAP Jam revolutionizes business collaboration by connecting employees from different areas, partners and even customers to key information and processes in the cloud. The social network for enterprises helps you to speed up sales cycles, increase customer and employee engagement and reduce training costs significantly.



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Business Challenge(s)

The customers had a strong need to improve its disrupted sales & service processes and for a supportive CRM solution. So far no specific sales solution, but excel and outlook have been in place to support the sales & service organization - efficiency and transparency remained behind expectations. KPIs like Net Promoter Score (NPS) are getting more and more significant in B2C markets, where this company founds its hunting ground. It measures the customer loyalty and highly correlates with the revenue growth of a company in modern markets - nothing that came easily due to manual activities and inadequate information. As a matter of fact win rates didn’t meet the opportunities due to a lack of proper customer information at Point of sale (PoS) – a real challenge.


Expected Outcome

The customer searched for a solution to really support its sales & service people in their daily life. More insights of existing customers and prospects should be available in a consumable fashion from the web. Better listen and respond and offer more tailored products and services that meet customers’ expectations are worthwhile goals of the customer. Another desire was to improve the transparency and collaboration within their sales & service department; supported by appropriate solutions to share knowledge about different accounts.


Benefits

The customer was already in final negotiations with one of our competitors. When SAP entered the stage with SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam, the feedback was overwhelming. The sales people immediately fell in love with the greater user experience. Customer sentiments are pulled out from the web automatically and visible with one fingertip. Customer information between Sales and Service is shared in one spot. Furthermore SAP better served both sides, the IT and LoB. Where competitors force their clients to a rip and replace, SAP took care of existing investments of the customer as well and innovated where business demands. SAP’s strong commitment to make the customer more successful in sales was the icing on the cake.


We are looking forward to deliver proof points after implementation has been finished. Stay tuned.


For more product specific information, please refer to SAP Cloud Solutions and in particular to SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Jam.

Looking forward to your feedback


Follow us on Twitter @SDenecken , @BeSchulze and @NikolaiVetter

 

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Angela Mazza Cebit.jpgAngela Mazza, Senior Vice President, Head of Cloud & LoB Middle & Eastern Europe, Member of the Senior Executive Team @ SAP, shares her experience as a sales manager in the IT industry. In this interview Angela focuses on how the Cloud Is impacting sales careers.

 

 

How is the Cloud changing your job or jobs in your company?

  • Personally I find that having access to all information regarding customers, deals and my team’s performance, 24 x 7, via mobile apps, really makes my life easier.
  • It means that it is possible for me to react in real time to developing sales situations, as well as provide dynamic support to my teams.
  • Of course, it means that expectations are raised that we are always on top of a deal – but then we have the data and the context of the deals, and so have no excuse.

What are the top industries/LoBs being most impacted by Cloud computing and why?

  • Service –related industries are seeing massive change, with their customers increasingly expecting to engage with them via alternative mechanisms, such as social media.
  • Manufacturing industries can speed up their supply chains as they start to work more collaboratively with their partners.
  • Retailers need to get much closer to their customers – analysing and predicting their behavior and responding speedily.

Which new job opportunities are being created?

  • For me Social Selling is an extremely hot area , which is more of a skillset that salespeople need to develop rather than a new job per se.

Are any jobs at risk?

  • Cloud solutions help to make sales teams more effective, ensuring they are more in control of their sales territory, their accounts and their pipeline. More transparency, access to simpler analytical tools and the ability to interact with customers more dynamically, should mean that salespeople become more effective.
  • This in turn should lead to more successful sales performance and coverage, rather than any reduction in sales force.

What do you need to do in today’s Cloud marketplace to educate yourself?

  • You need a clear understanding of which tools are available within your organisation to manage your sales data and take ownership for the content and quality of the data.
  • Applying the old school sales skills will no longer be enough.  You need to learn how to apply ‘social selling’ and build a strong social and networking profile.

What skills do you need to have to excel when working with the Cloud?

  • As I said, salespeople who know how to leverage social selling will definitely have an edge.
  • Combining a strong ability to network physically as well as via social networks will be in strong demand.
  • Salespeople who own their own sales data will own their destinies.  Learn how to analyze your customer data and adjust your behavior accordingly.

 

In Conclusion:

The Cloud is creating many opportunities for sales managers as well as sales people. Now is the time to use these opportunities to build your career.

 

Suggested Resources Suggested by Angela:

SAP Uses SAP Cloud for Sales to manage its sales pipeline:http://www.sap.com/pc/tech/cloud/software/cloud-for-sales/overview/index.html


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For more opinions on how Cloud Computing may affect your Industry and/or Line of Business (LoB) - and thus your career, read here:


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Ready for some really good news? The HP Storage Plug-in for SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management (NW LVM) 2.0 has now been extended to support SAP NW LVM 2.0 across all major operating system environments running on HP storage products. The combination of SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0 plus HP 3PAR StoreServ provide our customers increased automation capabilities for physical and virtual SAP environments.

 

Get the details: HP Plug-in for SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0

This high-performance and easy-to-manage plug-in is the perfect enabler for SAP NW LVM 2.0.  It includes automation capabilities that reduce the time to clone SAP applications, which in turn helps reduce the overall SAP system clone/refresh time. The ability to automate this cloning step as part of the end-to-end clone/refresh scenario can help improve business agility while reducing risks associated with manual provisioning.

 

With the latest release of HP Storage Plug-in for SAP NW LVM, we now support complete functionality of SAP LVM 2.0 in Microsoft Windows 2012, Linux (RHEL and SLES) and HP-UX environments for HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP XP P9500 Storage. In addition to this, the latest release provides impactful enhancements to enable Basis administrators to manage their SAP landscapes. With these enhancements, you can:

  • Execute SAP clone/refresh/ instance re-location operations for SAP instances running on multiple VMware vCenters
  • Gain enhanced flexibility in SAP clone/refresh/ instance re-location operation by mapping multiple Logical Volumes to multiple physical volumes
  • Obtain information on Volume groups easily
  • Eliminate user dependency on adding storage array WWN in the mount point configuration

 

4 reasons HP 3PAR StoreServ is an ideal platform for SAP                                                                                                        HP 3PAR StoreServ is an ideal platform for SAP, combining Tier-1 data services and superior database performance at a mid-range price. The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 Storage system is one of the fastest growing products in HP Storage history. For SAP environments, HP 3PAR StoreServ is:

  1. Effortless with easy provisioning and storage management being closer to the Basis administrator
  2. Easy with thin provisioning, optimization for storage Tiering and high performing
  3. Bulletproof with a highly available multi-controller design, robust snapshot and database integration plus secure multi-tenancy
  4. Future proof for SAP with seamless upgrades, thin persistence and simple, federated data mobility                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

More BIG news: HP announces the HP ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage                      On March 19, HP announced the latest of the HP “SHARKS” – very fast, efficient and high-performing systems and delivery process. The HP ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA is a portfolio of pre-integrated systems optimized for in-memory computing with the highest levels of performance and availability, unmatched scalability and the fastest time-to-value. In combination with leading data management solutions, including HP 3PAR StoreServ and consulting services, these new systems we affectionately call “SHARKS” for HANA provide the most complete offering for advanced analytics.                                                                                Useful HP storage and SAP reading                                                                                                                                                                  Detailed support information:

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After four world championships in a row over the last few years, everybody was expecting that this will continue this year.

 

But the first race this year in Australia did not go perfect for Sebastian Vettel. After many problems during tests and qualifying, Sebastian had to start from the 12th position. During the race the problems with the powertrain continued, and at the end forced the current world champion to park his racer in the 5th lap.

 

But last weekend the game changed and Sebastian was back on the winner’s podium. Everybody is wondering how it was possible to get back to his old strength so quickly, and there are endless rumors. There is no official report about the details, and I probably tell you a secret:


Starting in Malaysia, Sebastian is using SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense to manage his travel expenses. And while using the mobile app for SAP Cloud for Travel and Expenses, the overall pit stop could be shortened tremendously while staying compliant. The week before in Australia Vettel had to submit his travel expenses at the first pit stop before getting fuel and lost a huge amount of time which impacted the final result in a way that he over revved the engine.


The new mobile app available on his steering wheel automatically prefills all the information and Sebastian only needs to press “Save” before continuing the race. The tremendous automation of this important process again underlines the importance of innovation and technology in the premiere race class.

 

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Good luck for the rest of the races, Sebastian! We are sure you are back soon to lead the tableau.

 

Thanks to Sebastian this technology is available for you as well. To learn more please have a look at www.sap.com/cloudfortravel

 

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Predictions for the future of cloud computing hold that cloud and related technologies will have a profound impact on the way we do business. It will provide an opportunity for companies to reinvent their business models and the way they engage with their customers and partners.


But what about their employees? In other words, what about YOU?


How do you make yourself “cloud relevant” in today’s job environment?

 

The SAP Cloud Social media team has started a blogging program that will explore how the cloud is impacting jobs across many disciplines (Lines of Business) as well as Industries.

 

We are collecting these opinion pieces in a centralized resource, the #CloudCareer Central, where you can sort contributions according to Industry and line of business (LoB) as well as by author and organization.

The blogs will be classified as one of the following topics:

 

Suggested questions for the experts:

  • Which industries/LoB are the most impacted by cloud computing and why?
  • How is the cloud changing your job or jobs in your company?
  • Which new job opportunities are being created?
  • Are any jobs at risk?
  • Which skills do you need?
  • What are the education options?

 

Feel free to let us know which industry and or LoB you are particularly interested in and we will reach out to an expert.

If you would like to submit a blog (could be on SCN, Ariba, SuccessFactors or 3rd party), then please contact  Schalk Viljoen to have the blog listed in the #CloudCareer Central.

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