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As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, SAP formally recognizes and honors outstanding employees whose contributions and efforts have a positive impact on SAP, fellow employees and our community. Wayne Pau, Development Architect, and Pamela Seplow, Global Head of Talent Management, have been chosen as our Second Quarter Volunteer Ambassador winners from Canada and the US respectively for their contribution, dedication and service to our CSR programs. 

 

Second Quarter Volunteer Ambassador Winners

 

Wayne Pau was pivotal in rallying volunteers to participate in the Titan Challenge with Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. The JA Titan program is an interactive online business simulation that offers a unique way for young people to learn what it takes to compete in the marketplace and to run a successful business. JA students spend the day using Junior Achievement's Titan simulation program to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business.

 

Wayne and the SAP volunteers delivered workshops and coached more than 350 high school students through the dynamic changes of our technology-driven global marketplace. Students planned and executed each aspect of a company’s strategy, including making critical product and capital investment decisions, systematically solving marketing and pricing challenges, optimizing R&D, and demonstrating corporate responsibility with charitable giving. Altogether, Titan volunteers contributed over 100 skills based volunteer hours!

 

From the very beginning of North America’s signature education initiative, BTECH, Pam Seplow has been one of its biggest champions. The journey of creating a signature CSR initiative began in an effort to address the increasing shortage of young adults entering into the technology workforce. BTECH is a 9-14 school where students receive both a high school diploma and Associate’s Degree at no cost upon graduation.  Students at BTECH will each be paired with SAP mentors to help them stay focused on their education and understand what kinds of careers are available in IT. Pam provided her expertise, experience and skills from Talent Management to BTECH’s mentoring program. Her knowledge has helped to develop the onsite and virtual mentoring platform that will be rolled out across North America, which is a first of its kind, not only for SAP CSR, but also for student mentoring programs in general as NYC educators and national nonprofits in the space look to learn from the SAP model Pam created to apply for their initiatives

 

Pam has consistently followed through with action items and follows up from meetings and has been an invaluable resource, granting constructive feedback in the interest of providing the most value for our signature initiative.  Becky Hamilton, Enterprise Support Advisor and CSR Fellow, states “I truly felt honored to work with such a dedicated, supportive and enthusiastic colleague. The mentoring program would not be what it is today with her!”

 

We would like to recognize these volunteers for their exemplary overall approach to global corporate volunteering. They understand global issues and local realities; and, selflessly champion causes to help others.  The generosity they show with their time and talents bring light and life to many incredibly charitable and community endeavors. Congratulations to Wayne and Pamela!

 

If you want to kick start your volunteering adventure, have a look around our website to see if there's a project that suits you! Want to nominate a volunteer ambassador in your area? Send an email to csr.na@sap.com

The world is changing, and along with it the young generation of graduates are eager to be brought into the fold of the workforce. However, individuals like myself, educated from head to toe with diplomas, degrees and debt to show for it are faced with a problem.

On many job applications and postings under qualifications there is a redundant request "Applicant must have 5-7 years experience in the field". Many graduates look at this and persevere by submitting their names for consideration anyways. A few may get lucky but for many they're faced with the conundrum of requiring experience to get experience.

For my own personal journey, I have encountered the neverending road block of the experience monster far too often. I graduated from journalism and searched high and low, applied for almost a year before I had to take a job less geared towards my diploma and start paying debt. I currently work at Michaels, the craft store at a branch in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. While the job has opened doors to skills I didn't know I possessed such as: Customer service, quick thinking, improvisation and confidence. It hasn't reined in any passion or ambition to climb the company's career ladder. Not to be mistaken for bitterness, my lament on my current job situation generates a motivation in myself to seize on opportunity as it comes.What I have learned from Michaels is that I enjoy working with people, it's the personal connections that compel me to stay and keep the search for a long term career going. However, how do you know until you take a risk?

At Sapphire Now, all the components I value in a workplace were put on display for me and my head was spinning, almost unable to believe a workplace like this could exist, especially in a career path I always imagined as business first, people second. I would be lying if I didn't have this stereotype lingering in the back of my mind.

I have learned it's not about the perspective from the outside that matters with SAP, rather the perspective they incorporate to ensure optimum client, customer and employee satisfaction. Putting this all into a perspective myself and my fellow Millenium reporter Pauline could appreciate was Chris Rhame.

We were honoured with the opportunity to interview Chris and his charm and intelligence was only equaled by his kind nature. Speaking with Chris, was like finding a teacher or professor you greatly admired or spending time with a favourite cousin or big brother. Both while providing light-hearted atmospheres also granted those who listened to him key wisdom to success and enjoyment in life and a career.

What is most important from his story was the notion of Change, when this topic stuck in Chris's mind he recalled the words of his father  "In my mind I can do anything you can do"

Adaptation to the ever-evolving workplace is paramount to success not only to those whose presence in it are well established but also those who have only learned how deep and cold or hot the water might be as they prepare to dive into the job pool.

This has been my personal worry for a long time as I edged closer and closer to completion of my degree and for Chris to start in such a personal way and address fears I have before I even had a chance to admit it, made for a great impact on me.

Over the next forty minutes I gathered my own data (which I'm certain cloud had anyways). I learned SAP had been blessed with Chris's employment for fifteen years, and taken on a variety of roles: Basis consultant, sales, management, delivery; the list goes on.

Chris regaled us with an abridged biography of his time with SAP and he told us how during  sapphire 2010, it was suggested he go to Asia (As many exciting developments were taking place). He found they were looking for someone to run a start up for cusom development and he and his family spent 3 years in singapore. Chris told us he  wanted to keep this experience of change going so he decided in december to come to canada (having seen ice road truckers, he had an idea it would be cold...) they had landed during the polar vortex and intense ice storm of 2013.

Now Chris manages a portfolio called 'services' and how this works is the clients buy the software and Chris's department installs it. Across the portfolio there's a large involvement from many different areas.

Chris also spoke of Change management, which help customers anticipate changes that need to happen in their organization and what needs to happen going forward. It's truly refreshing to know that in every aspect of the job, for Chris and the entire SAP community is all about the human factor. "You're literally changing peoples jobs, which can be emotional and personal."

This can be the hardest part of the SAP process, SAP carries out the whole process right down to delivering he product with the salesman. Chris told us to “think of it as a big loop and SAP is right at the core, and that’s what services does our job is to deliver a positive outcome for our clients. Whether it’s a small or large component, as a software vendor we're responsible for the whole thing and the customer experience. The human component of it is most important”.

A large theme to Sapphire Now was the young professionals that were focused on. The first day of Sapphire was filled with inspirational stories of young innovators and as we sat there listening to them from the very people that generated these stories I wondered to myself, We see where they started and where they got to, but what does SAP offer to our generation to kick-start these innovations?

Chris certainly cleared up that question before I had the nerve to ask. “There’s a lot going on for young professionals” he began and from there we learned about the Mobility Design Centre in Waterloo. This design centre is utilized to develop apps which are innovated by students. Chris elaborated about SAP’s methodology called “design thinking”. SAP brings clients in and the students get to exercise their creativity.

SAP’s approach in many areas is a very fresh one and where students entering the workforce are concerned the process is organic. For example, the design centre is filled with students utilizing white boards and sticky notes to get ideas down as they begin to develop thoughts and innovations. Chris calls young peoples' perspectives "ideations" and he feels they aren't jaded by what hasn't worked in the past to put it eloquently Chris said "they're able to see the art of the possible."

SAP gives the opportunity to learn while you experience rather than requiring experience in order to have the opportunity. One of the apps heightens the shopping experience and makes it more efficient. As you shop the app checks off your list and also makes suggestions as you paruse the aisles.The students while having no retail training base their suggestions on being users and consumers. 

This is a company which recognizes and values the gifts of individuals of all skill and intellects, and manner of expertise. A prime focus for myself and my colleague as millenium reporters was to investigate interests such as opportunities for those with special needs or what I like to call different abilities. Part of this initiative to be an equal opportunity employer, SAP embraces the talents that autistic individuals bring to the challenges of software programs by developing a think tank. These kinds of centre's are set up across the globe and as Chris puts it "it is across the globe that we are, leveraging these gifts."

"perspectives are so important" these were again words of wisdom from Chris as our chat began to wind down and we learned a little bit more about his world. His family is his passion as he put it so it makes sense when his business values often are defined by that passion.  Chris talked about the value of youth perspectives on a personal level such as his children's uninhibited nature to engage with other kids of different cultures while he Rhame family lived in Asia.

Access to opportunity across the globe is more and more attainable with new technological progress and Chris admits "the world is shrinking". More importantly the capacity to engage with other cultures and countries is greater perhaps mores so in the hearts and minds of the generation making a steady pace behind mine. The Rhame children are a testament to that.

SAP did make great emphasis on the importance of simplicity. That is what Sapphire Now means to highlight, innovations on the basis of making life simpler more efficient but this is only obtained so long as those innovators are passionate about the experience not only for themselves but for the customers they're serving. The same can be said about finding a job "whether you're out looking for a job, look for a culture you're passionate about, something you're confident in"

I would tend to agree with Chris that confidence is a big factor in it but it is certainly a great help to encounter a company like SAP to make it easy to believe in. As Chris mentioned towards the end of our conversation, " people want to hear confidence from employers and want to see that you believe in what you're saying, its all about credibility and if you believe in its quite easy."

For this Millenium reporter, the belief is definitely there and SAP has made if more than easy. Experiencing Sapphire Now and the personal touch that Chris Rhame brought to the event for myself and others makes the journey of a career hunt less daunting and certainly amplifies the ambition. I am looking forward to seeing more from SAP and perhaps one day work with them in one capacity or another.

On July 7th, we had a visit from the Minister for Environment, Climate and Energy from the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is the home state of SAP’s headquarter.

After ending his visit at TESLA across the street and before proceeding to meet with Governor Jerry Brown, Mr. Untersteller and his delegation came to SAP Labs for an update on SAP and its sustainability strategy.

 

The group was very interested in SAP’s dual strategy (Exemplar and Enabler) in this space, and we discussed various aspects in detail. Raquel Fanucchi from our facilities group ended the visits by giving a campus tour.

 

Because of their high interest level and the shortness of time, I was invited to re-join at the German consulate the next evening to continue the discussion.

 

For me personally it was very interesting to learn that my ‘old’ home state clearly has a leadership role when it comes to sustainability, similar to California leading in US.

Baden-Wuerttemberg has very ambitious CO2 reduction targets, and plans to raise the amount of renewable energy resources from currently 22.9% to 38% in the next 6 years. Next to abandoning nuclear power altogether by 2022. And for the first time ever in Germany, production of renewables (81 terra watt hours) overtook production of coal energy (69,7 terra watt hours) in the first half of 2014.

 

Go California – show them how to deploy electric vehicles and related infrastructure on a high scale.

Go Baden-Wuerttemberg - show us how to deploy solar on a massive scale.


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AboutFace is a support and information network for people with facial differences and their families. SAP is a sponsor of AboutFace. AboutFace now has a new member, Chrise Rhame on the board of directors.  Chris was very interesting person to meet; one of my favourite interviews. Chris Rhame is the Vice-President of SAP in Toronto, Canada. He is a very charming and interesting man.

 

As an interviewer, I was very nervous. When you interview an important business person it can be quite intimidating.  When I walked in the door Chris quickly put me at ease; he was the friendliest and kindest person and very easy to talk to. Chris’s personality conveys the way he conducts business. He cares more about the way a person thinks. In the middle of our conversation he stopped and said, “Oh, you are left handed!” He likes people who are different and who think creatively.

 

Creative and different thinkers open a whole window of opportunities. People who are autistic, for example look at the world in a completely different way. This is similar with people who are non-verbal, or with people like myself who have a facial difference.  People with significant psychical and mental differences always have to adapt in order to be successful in today’s society.  They are used to doing things differently and have a totally different perspective on many things.

 

My facial difference is a Cleft Lip and a Cleft Palate. The word cleft means a split. So that means I was born with a split in my upper lip and in the roof of my mouth. This Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate affects my breathing, speech, running abilities and more. In order for me to work, communicate with others and be successful in life I needed to adapt. I needed to gain tools and strategies so I could improve my speech, run better and breathe differently.  I have been through countless surgeries to assist the functionality of my body. Since I am used to adapting to be successful in today’s society I bring my knowledge to others.

 

AboutFace has been a big part of my life and a big tool to help me achieve many great things in my life. When you have a significant difference that many others in the world don’t have, you tend to feel negative towards yourself. For some people they feel like they don’t have great abilities or a great drive to pursue their dreams because the world looks at them and says, “No” or, “I’m sorry we can’t help you.”  AboutFace runs programs for affected individuals. They run Camp Trailblazers and annual camps across Canada for affected youth, ages 10-18. The Leadership Expedition for ages 18-24 and the adult retreat ages 22 plus. They also have many programs such as family days and conference call programs for people who can’t afford to attend camp.

 

The camp program really helps to builds a camper’s self-esteem. They are able to share stories and voice their concerns without feeling judged. AboutFace offers a safe environment for kids with Facial differences to just to be kids.  I have had the pleasure of being a camper at each of the three levels of camps that AboutFace offers.  One of the many things that AboutFace has taught me was that you are special just the way you are, and there is a reason that you were born with a difference.

 

With the tools and knowledge I have gained with AboutFace, as well as my personal life experiences, I have been able to look at almost any situation and come up with a different solution on how to improve situations or eliminate problems. I work with people with special needs and the knowledge that I have been able to convey to them has proven to be helpful. Whenever I need to fix or address a situation I look at what my clients needs are. Similarly, that is how both SAP and AboutFace run their organizations.

 

It’s so important when addressing an individual or a single business and  determining what their needs are in order to make them successful. SAP does exactly that. We need to make the whole of society successful; not just bring people or businesses up to the bare minimum standard.  The importance of making everyone excel is vital in the business world.  In a world where people with facial differences and disabilities can be equal along with everyone else the whole world would benefit.  SAP has started creating the equal world by hiring autistic people because they think differently. If we hired all kinds of differently abled people we could use everyone’s skills for the benefit of all instead of saying, “Oh, sorry we can’t accommodate you.” Everyone has a purpose and SAP has realized that.

We're excited to present the results of our CSR grant program in 2013.  This was the first time we put together a comprehensive report to look at how our social investments were driving impact in employee engagement, volunteerism, creating jobs, getting kids ready for college or declaring majors in STEM.  Thank you to our grant partners who helped gather the information. We’re excited by the results, which you can see here: Sap na impact report 2013 results

Our 10 Year Anniversary for Month of Service

 

Throughout the month of October, SAP embarks on its signature corporate volunteer initiative – Month of Service.  This year, we are excited to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this initiative and want to extend an invitation to all our partners to participate as we help the world run better and improve people’s lives through service.  We will feature a variety of volunteer projects held during workdays and weekends across the United States and Canada and look forward to making you a part of them.

 

During Month of Services, SAP provides a skilled and talented volunteer pool, as employees devote their personal and professional skills to particular community needs. The program offers direct cost savings for non-profits as they save recruiting and labor costs. It helps bring community needs into focus and creates quantifiable social impact. Anyone can give money to a cause. The real power of engagement comes by rolling up our sleeves for positive social change, whether by dedicating our time or our technology!

 

Volunteers can take part in virtual, team build, and skills-based volunteer experiences. Whether they are volunteering virtually, renovating schools, mentoring future leaders, or helping to improve the technology infrastructure for nonprofits, volunteers also benefit personally by meeting new people, networking and team building with SAP employees and other partners, learning or developing a skill, or helping to solve a social challenge.

 

As this year marks the 10th anniversary we are excited to make it a special one and you, our non-profit partners, will have a large part to play in that. For our new partners, the goal is to use this October as the launch pad to help build momentum for continual engagement throughout the rest of the year.  We will be reaching out to you within the next few weeks as we look to build out the volunteer project calendar. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas for volunteer opportunities.

 

Already in the works are two playground builds with KABOOM, one in the Philadelphia area and one in the Bay Area of California.  Some of the major cities Month of Service is executed in across North America include: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, the Bay Area, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary among others. Every year more than 50% percent of our employees give back to their communities by participating in their respective cities. 

 

In 2013, over 318,000 lives were positively impacted through 322 volunteer projects! Month of Service is truly an accumulation of employee volunteering to inspire team building, volunteer leadership and positive social change in our communities. Furthermore it enables us to extend vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives by offering a majority of projects to fit within key focus areas. Join us in celebrating a decade of volunteerism at SAP!

Our first SAP JAM donation in North America

 

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Tyler Robinson, a teen and devoted fan of the Grammy winning Imagine Dragons, lost his battle with cancer at 16 years old. Together with his family, the band created The Tyler Robinson Foundation. Our collaboration with the foundation began at this year’s employee  FKOM (Field Kick off Meeting), SAP’s annual sales meeting, as we featured The Imagine Meeting, a draw for 10 people to meet the Imagine Dragons by making donations to the cause and automatically being entered in for a raffle. All the funds that were raised went directly to the foundation. SAP partner, Optimal Solutions generously matched SAP’s donation at the concert, effectively making this the largest grant the foundation has received to date! Check out TRF’s heartwarming thank you video to SAP and Optimal.

 

It is truly incredible to see how far our collaboration has come since our initial involvement less than 5 months ago. Our commitment to helping the foundation grow was never more apparent that at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, FL.  We announced that the Tyler Robinson Foundation will receive the first ever SAP Jam donation in North America!  The foundation will receive an SAP JAM starter pack which will enable over 100 users both internal and external to collaborate. SAP will provide end user training on how to use the solution, and assistance with the set-up. The foundation will also have access to BizX, allowing them to use Jam on their mobile devices.

 

SAP Jam is a cloud tool that delivers social collaboration where you work. When musicians play together, a jam session highlights just how important improvisation and harmony are. When your employees work together, harmony and teamwork can be just as important. SAP Jam helps every business person bring everything together to help them get their work done. From across a company, you can use SAP Jam as an enterprise social networking tool that helps improve communication. You can better connect employees across different geographies, and enable them to find subject matter experts quickly and share best practices. And, you can empower employees to drive decision making by helping teams tame project chaos, build consensus, and make informed decisions.

 

Please take a few minutes to watch the ASUG Video interview from SAPPHIRE NOW with Jesse Robinson from the Tyler Robinson Foundation, Elliott Garofalo from NTT Data, the partner leading the implementation, Rodolpho Cardenuto, President of Global Partner Operations at SAP and Dave Hutchinson, SVP of Marketing for SAP Americas, sharing the story of our collaboration.  We look forward to continuing to work together by providing our technology to help families battle the unseen costs of childhood cancer. 

Grant Partnerships for 2014!

 

The grant cycle for North America in 2014 has officially come to a close. In recognizing and embracing SAP’s commitment to the communities in which we live and operate in, we are proud to announce that we have awarded grants to over 70 non-profits (full list below) and their projects within our areas of focus. Our partnerships allow us to continue our efforts in addressing the needs of education for underserved youth and entrepreneurship initiatives. Throughout the rest of the year, SAP CSR is eager to continue building our relationships with both existing and new partners. This upcoming October will mark SAP’s 10th Annual Month of Service and we look forward to executing volunteer events with all of you!

 

We also want to thank all those organizations that applied but were not selected for their interest in SAP as a prospective partner. On behalf of SAP, we wish those organizations the best of luck with their programs and are confident in the positive impact they will have on the lives of many. 

 

We are also excited to share with you some high level results on our 2013 Impact Report. This was the first time we put together a comprehensive report to look at how our social investments were driving impact in employee engagement, volunteerism, creating jobs, getting kids ready for colege or declaring majors in STEM. Thank you to the grant partners who helped gather the information. We're excited by the results which you can see by clicking here.

 

United States

Canada

ATLANTA

NATIONAL

Computers for Youth

The Next 36

Fernback Museum of Natural History

MaRS

Junior Achievement

Shad Valley International

KIPP

Let's Talk Science

Techbridge

JUMP Math

BOSTON

QUEBEC

Citizen Schools

Junior Achievement Quebec

Friends of KIPP Lynn

ONTARIO

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Central Ontario

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

WATERLOO

Perkins School for the Blind

Business and Education Partnership Waterloo

CHICAGO

VANCOUVER

Chicago Tech Academy

University of British Columbia

Junior Achievement

Science World

KIPP

Minerva Foundation

Midtown Education Fund

Visions 180

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

KidSafe

Uhlich Childrens Advantage

 

Washington D.C.

 

Challenger Center for Space Science Education

 

City Year

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

Computers for Youth

 

KIPP

 

MOUSE

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

N-Power

 

Per Scholas

 

Philadelphia, Newtown Square

 

Breakthrough Philadelphia

 

Chester County Futures

 

City Year

 

Franklin Institute

 

Get Out and Learn Foundation (GOAL)

 

Junior Achievement

 

KIPP

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

Police Athletic League

 

Teach for America

 

Tech Girlz

 

Tech Impact

 

California, Bay Area

 

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

 

BUILD - Businesses United in Investing Lending and Development

 

Eastside College Preparatory School

 

Foundation for A College Education

 

Junior Achievement

 

KIPP Bay Area

 

MK Level Playing Field

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

Sequoia High

 

Silicon Valley Education Foundation

 

Tech Museum of Innovation

 

New York

 

Computers for Youth

 

KIPP

 

MOUSE

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

Npower

 

Per Scholas

 

Texas

 

Comp-U-Dopt

 

Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas

 

Junior Achievement

 

KIPP

 

SAP Pre-Sales Academy Students put their skills to the test for a good cause

 

Technology is changing the world at an ever increasing pace, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities, our homes, and our kids. Many of our schools are also just beginning to explore the true potential technology can offer for teaching and learning, and SAP is at the forefront of helping them do this better.

 

Computers For Youth (CFY), SAP nonprofit partner, is an organization dedicated to helping low-income students harness the power of technology and digital learning to improve educational outcomes. With the help of dedicated employees from the SAP Pre-Sales Academy, Cassio Christianini, SAP HANA Solution Engineer in Brazil, and Kyle Low, Presales Associate in SAP HANA & Analytics in CANADA, CFY will be able to drive effective results using their data and positively impact the lives of the thousands of students they serve every year. 

 

SAP Lumira is the Answer for CFY

CFY employs a free digital learning platform, PowerMyLearning, offering thousands of the best digital learning activities from all over the web and enabling educators to tailor activities to meet the specific learning needs of their students. As CFY’s platform expands to more schools, one of their key challenges has become managing and utilizing their data.

 

“CFY was on the verge of becoming a very data heavy organization and needed a way to explore and analyze their data in a more meaningful way,” Cassio said. “SAP Lumira was the right tool to enable them to make sense of their facts and figures, and thanks to the geo-capability function, CFY could easily visualize how each of their locations was performing and identify trends and patterns.”

 

SAP Lumira made it possible for CFY to effectively gauge the effectiveness of their programs, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately improve the Digital Learning Program to better serve students, teachers, and families. 

 

Cassio and Kyle took on the data challenge in a phased approach. The ultimate goal was to ensure the smooth implementation of SAP Lumira by CFY and provide them with tutorials and the know-how on using the product effectively.

 

“Working with the SAP team helped us visualize how we could use data in a whole new way at the organization—motivating and improving our work on a daily basis”, said Courtney Dastis-Galvin, CFY’s IT coordinator.

 

Turning Learning into Action

The SAP Pre-Sales Academy, led by Mary Lange’s team, including Santiago Duque, took on the CFY project as part of the 6 month learning program our SAP Presales Academy students go through, to enable participants to apply their learning in a real-life scenario - with a customer. They worked with the SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team to identify nonprofit, CFY, who had recently received a donation of SAP Lumira through the CSR technology donation program for nonprofits.

 

“The collaboration between SAP employee volunteers and CFY not only serves to enhance an organization’s operational and strategic excellence in the nonprofit sector, but also cultivate talent and provide real experience for SAP pre-sales academy students. Volunteering in this capacity provided both Cassio and Kyle with a good opportunity to interact with SAP users in a safe environment and gain the necessary hands on experience crucial to their roles.

 

”I began to understand what it was like to be in a customer facing role with real life challenges,” said Kyle. “Engaging with CFY allowed me to apply the knowledge I acquired in my training.”

 

The rewards were also felt on a personal level. “You can really see how CFY is impacting society and education. It’s great to experience SAP solutions in action, and witness firsthand SAP software helping the world run better,” said Cassio.

Going Back to School

 

Fall is a time of new school supplies, new beginnings, brand new books with creaseless spines and clean pages. As the air changes and smells crisp, my brain will naturally start calling up old memories of the first day of class and all the variety of emotions that went with it. Though most of us are out of school, here at SAP we can't seem to escape the excitement, anxiety and anticipation as fall approaches. Our signature initiative, BTECH (Business Technology Early College High School) is ready to open its doors and welcome its first incoming freshman class of 110 students. In the past few months we have been able to finalize our plans for this exciting initiative and look forward to the first day of school on September 8th, 2014. As part of the planning in the last few months, our BTECH principal, Hoa Tu, along with BTECH teachers had the opportunity to attend SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando, FL. The initiative was featured widely on the SAPPHIRE NOW platform, on the SAP News Channel and SAP TV.

 

As we continually seek to progress, what you may not be aware of is that SAP has made advancements for the opening of two more schools across North America in the upcoming year – in Vancouver and Boston – both of which also had a chance to attend our SAPPHIRE NOW event and take a deep dive on SAP culture and technology. Through these schools, SAP aims to leverage its business assets to improve the long-term pipeline of trained talent for the technology sector. We are focused on connecting high school students and young adults to technology career pathways.

 

In Vancouver we are helping develop a STEM program and laddering pathway to post-secondary excellence in technology and business analytics. We have partnered with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) whose 145,000 alumni represent industries including applied and natural sciences, trades, business, health sciences, engineering and computing. As a University Alliances member school, BCIT has been part of the SAP ecosystem for the past 10 years, driving educational initiatives aligned to our UA priorities. Our secondary school partner is Templeton Secondary School, where we will help launch a STEM Academy this fall with 30 high school juniors, providing them mentoring and on the job experiences at SAP.

 

We have also made strides in Boston as we look to launch the next school in September of 2015, partnering with Jobs for the Future to set up a STEM IT early college program. Building on 30 years of experience, JFF is working to fix all “leaks” along the education-to-career pipeline, aiming to ensure employers have the skilled workers needed to succeed in today's economy. Our early college partners are Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest community college in Massachusetts, and Charlestown High School. BHCC is a leader in the application of distance-learning technologies and computer-based methodologies that enhance and strengthen the learning environment. Charlestown High School is dedicated to graduating highly skilled, motivated, civic-minded, independent learners. In the last year, over 80% of their students passed the MCAS (Massachusetts standardized test) on the first try and 83% of their students got accepted to college, with over half attending four-year colleges.

 

September will definitely bring the ‘back to school’ jitters here at SAP. Our journey of addressing the increasing shortage of young adults entering into the technology workforce will be in full sail and we look forward to seeing where it will lead us.

SAP is making waves with headlines across news outlets in North America and globally this quarter. This section is dedicated to highlighting relevant news for our partners to stay informed on how our company is continually growing and pushing the edge of innovation.

SAP harnesses the power of sports to inspire and transform the lives of underserved youth in Brazil through a partnership with Inter Campus! The initiative uses the international game of football as an educational tool to restore the right to play to needy children worldwide. As part of the partnership, SAP will provide a financial contribution to the Brazilian division of Inter Campus. Since 1997, Inter Campus has implemented a flexible and long-term social and cooperation program in 29 countries.  A dedicated task force of managers and coaches coordinate the ongoing activities at various centers around the world providing valuable educational and recreational projects for more than 10,000 children from impoverished communities. Click here for the full story!

SAP AG announced in the last week of June plans to increase the portion of electric vehicles in its company car fleet to 20 percent. By 2020, SAP aims to have one in five company cars run on electrically powered engines.  To mark the announcement, Peter Rasper, executive vice president and head of global finance infrastructure, and Daniel Schmid, chief sustainability officer, handed over the keys to the 10th electric company car owner at SAP. Fifty more electric cars are set to join the fleet by the end of the year. SAP also unveiled the 50th electric vehicle charging station to be installed at its Walldorf location, part of a global charging infrastructure the company is gradually extending. SAP is simultaneously developing a management solution that will connect electric cars and charging stations in order to match employees’ mobility requirements with the available electric vehicle charging capacity. Click here for the full story.

As part of SAP’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Initiative, Emprego Ligado was selected from more than 500 candidates to receive a package including software, exclusive mentorship and participation at SAP events such as SAPPHIRE and SAP Forum in Brazil. Emprego Ligado is a blue-collar employment site in São Paulo that connects unskilled workers to the jobs closest to their homes, saving people time and money that would be spent on tedious commutes in the most populous metropolitan area in the Americas. In this day and age when minimum wage in most countries does little to lift people out of poverty, technology can help turn the tide. Click here for the full story.

 

On May 21st, SAP AG revealed a cloud-based offering designed for students to incorporate the study of SAP solutions into university coursework. The student edition of SAP Learning Hub offers a comprehensive library of electronic content that universities can provide to students for self-study covering close to 150 SAP solutions. It also includes access to e-learning courses, handbooks and other training materials from the SAP Education organization tailored for students’ needs. Through the student edition of SAP Learning Hub, students can prepare for future employment on their chosen career path or prepare for SAP certification exams. Students can also access social learning rooms to collaborate with peers and interact with SAP subject-matter experts. Read the full story here.

 

SAP AG ended its dual chief executive officer structure, with Bill McDermott becoming sole CEO on May 21st, 2014.  Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe has joined the supervisory board after a shareholder vote. “As co-CEOs, we have a proven track record of making bold decisions that set SAP and our customers up for value and growth,” said Bill McDermott. “The proposed set-up, with Jim joining the Supervisory Board, builds on the strength of our partnership and personal friendship, and will make SAP an even stronger company as we accelerate the transformation of the industry. Our commitment to SAP, our global customers and our innovation agenda is stronger than ever.” Click here for the full press release.

 

For all the headlines and the latest SAP news visit http://www.news-sap.com/.

Sapphire Now was for myself, a “first” in many senses of the word. I had never been on a flight on my own, nor had I ever been on a business trip either, not to mention I had no idea what to expect from.

 

My Dad, followed me through the airport until we reached areas that only those with boarding passes were permitted and once I found my way through security and to my gate and while I sat waiting for the boarding call I slowly began to make a connection with what all the people around me had in common.

Every once in while I would hear mention of “SAP” or “Sapphire” excited tones of employees discovering they were in the same hotel room or would be running booths in close proximity at the Convention Centre. The nervousness of the flight alone has other roots in my personal life but to know I was also surrounded by established, knowledgeable and communicative individuals. As I sank into my seat fumbling with my luggage trying to find an outlet to plug in my computer (because that’s what everyone else did and I wanted to fit in) I thought to myself How do I even start a conversation? I don’t know anyone here! What if I say something stupid?


I was overwhelmed and I was not even on the plane yet.

 

Sometimes though, part of taking a risk is being put right in the thick of a situation that is not within our comfort zones. In minutes of boarding my flight from Toronto to Orlando I was smack dab in between two SAP employees by the names Robert Noce and Terry Orsborn. I could not have been luckier. Between the two of them, literally and conversationally I was presented with a heads up on what kind of events and things to expect at Sapphire Now and I learned their roles within the company and how excited they were to again be involved in the conference.  What was most evident from my plane ride was the passion these two have for the their work. Robert and I had a conversation that spanned many topics some personal and mostly professional. Halfway through our chat I felt I had a new friend.

 

What I learned from Robert was that his job could easily be any kid’s dream. Robert is a Developmental Architect and if you’re fortunate enough to meet him or have one of his business cards handy then you will see “Emerging Technologies” printed just below his occupation. There could not be a more accurate description of the kinds of tasks that Robert gets up to. At Sapphire Now, Robert demonstrated and allowed myself and others to operate his crane anti-collision software simulation.

 

Robert put it quite nicely when he told those of us who were keenly looking on as he elaborated on the device that while designing it he “was a kid again”. Essentially to put a tactile and tangible presence to all the tech lingo a kid’s mechanics set was retro-fitted with high precision control motors. These motors called stepper motors, execute 5600 steps to give one full rotation, two decimal precision on a degree. The more amusing and seemingly mouth-watering aspect is the “Raspberry pie” the system in which the data is worked and run like a well-oiled machine. While we cannot eat this kind of pie, it certainly provides some food for thought.

 

We might as ourselves, what does all that mean? And how does it prevent collisions? Naturally these were questions anyone would be wondering and the joy of learning from Robert was his own anticipation of those inquiries; much like his creation his answers were precise!

Robert informed us that there are sensors determining proximity to a structure via programed a wall made possible by anti-collision software. The safety distance of  the system is eight metres and within 8 metres it will stop and cut off the motor on the side posing risk to the structure).  This demonstrates the real system and institutes breaks and the virtual as it could be described allows for a lack of intervention from the operator to be put in harm’s way or the crane and surrounding areas to be vulnerable.

 

I am by no means a techno-buff but my personal experience of Robert’s contribution to Sapphire Now was not so much about the bare bones of his anti-collision software but the efforts being put forth to make accessibility to my generation of workers on a level we understand the best, originality, new gizmos and fun; not to mention the respect that reverberates at all corners and patches of partners and SAP affiliates throughout the massive convention centre.

 

We’ve all utilized the phrase “Google it” and when I consider that adverb if you will, it reminds me of another aspect of Sapphire Now which was “The Internet of things”. Robert Noce’s crane software is essentially an embodiment of that in which people are enabled to connect to processes which in turn relay remote data and all sorts of things in between, where they’re brought together in one central location. In essence all the googling translates to the “things” we’re attempting to consolidate. If we’re learning that this notion of a one stop shop and inter-connectivity is the guiding light of what businesses are developing into, we can safely assume our needs and interests as the next generation of workers are being met and anticipated.

Our colleague, Darren Huynh, who was in Bangalore in 2011, told me a story about an SAP-sponsored center that takes care of boys and sends them to school. After learning about the “tiny residents”, he went out on his own time and bought them anything sweet that he can get his hands on. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids consume all the sweets he brought them.

 

This past May, we had a chance to travel to Bangalore together for a project where we decided to do a follow up visit to the SAP-sponsored HOPE Foundation with our Bangalore colleagues. Although it was a challenge to find their new location, we felt it was all worth it.  The second we walked into the room, the boys, who are now much bigger, immediately recognized Darren. It was a great reunion and I feel so fortunate to have been part of it.

 

Let me tell you the rest of the story in pictures…

 

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HOPE Child Care Center

# 274, Central Avenue Street, Karthik Nagar,

 

Doddanekkundi, Bangalore

 

ADMINISTRATOR:
Mohan Kumar

mohan@hopeww.in

 

 

 

Life is not all about material things...most of the time, a warm hug and a caring smile is all one needs to get thru the day.

 

When you get a chance to visit Bangalore, please stop by the HOPE Foundation where you'll find the "tiny" residents. Who knows, you might get lucky to get a warm hug and a caring smile that will stay with you forever.

 

7/24/2014 UPDATE: (Picture and content below shared by Administrator Mohan Kumar)

 

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“My first job ever! Yesss!”

Meet Annappa, tea café Chai Point’s new member. Annappa was only 10 when he came to live with us at the SAP Labs hostel in Bangalore. This April, he finished school and took a course in computers and retail ski
lls at our training center. Soon after completing the course, he landed the job. He earns Rs 7,500 a month. A great start to his dream of a successful career in the hospitality industry!


Great going, Annappa! Do send him a word of encouragement - he would love to hear from you.

This past Friday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the inaugural “Impactathon Series,” the first event of a global initiative that SAP is jointly piloting with Net Impact, a global nonprofit of 50,000 students worldwide, to help empower students to tackle the most pressing social issues in their societies.  In total, SAP will work with Net Impact and pilot potentially 14 events around the world using “Impactathons” that combine principles of design-thinking and hackathons to inspire students and SAP employees to develop innovative, creative, real-life solutions. 

 

The goal for our Impactathon was simple and clear: 

 

 

    “How might we design new models that leverage the power
of business and education to help young people develop the skills they need to
transform their lives, their communities, and the world?”

 

 

This first event took place at the SAP South San Francisco office on June 20th from 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  As I arrived on campus, about 5 minutes to noon, I could feel a buzz of excitement in the air.  I registered and walked towards my team (Team #6), and noticed there was a good number of SAP employees (both from the CSR group and other volunteers, such as myself), a group of Net Impact employees to moderate and oversee the program, undergraduate and graduate students from various Bay Area schools, and most importantly, representatives from key local, regional, and global educational nonprofit organizations representing the toughest challenges in education through the eyes of one young adult each organization helps to support. 

 

The stories of these young adults and the struggles they faced were the most inspiring part of the day. These young adults, all four of them, were so very close to continuing their education and pursuing their dreams, but “only if…” they had more clarity of the future, a role model or mentor to inspire their next step, more time, and most importantly - someone to inspire their career and educational goals. And the stories of these four young adults set the tone for our Impactathon experience for the next 10 hours.

 

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MARIELENA: THE INSPIRATION

We were struck by the statistics outlining the challenge we were tackling. We learned that nearly 60 percent of CEO’s worldwide report:

  

  1. A shortage in skilled labor
  2. That they believed building a qualified workforce fell to the responsibility of the government and schools, which are struggling in unprecedented ways to fulfill these needs. 

 

Given this gap, these young adults face numerous challenges in developing the skills they need to be successful in the future. The lack of “skill development” or “skill gap” comes in various forms and is influenced by each individual student’s personal background, experiences, and situation.  Understanding and helping these students gain the skills they need can make a positive impact at their individual level, the overall community, and in the business world.  During the Impactathon, we were joined by four organizations, who work meticulously in helping young adults solve these very issues.  They shared stories of four students and the challenges the organization faced in helping them.

 

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The story of Marielena, a high school sophomore from East Palo Alto, particularly resonated with our team.  Her story was one of many young adults, having big dreams but varied performance, facing peer distraction and parental pressure leading her to inconsistently focus on pursuing her goals.  Marielena’s story inspired our team to develop a solution to help young adults like her see their way through.

 

THE TEAM: #FOGGYBOTTOMS …because every Bay Arean loves our “fog”

We split off into teams of four (one SAP employee and three students).  I was part of team #6, with Emily (SFSU), Andrew (UC Berkeley), and Paul (St. Mary’s), and we quickly kicked it off with introductions, commonalities, and what we were hoping to achieve during the day’s session.  The four of us immediately had chemistry, and I was pleasantly surprised at not only the group’s passion for social issues within their communities, but also the competitiveness and drive to create the most compelling solutions for these children.  This group truly looked out-of-the-box and reminisced about their own experiences as younger students, the challenges and opportunities they see within the local community, and how to use trends and tactics like social media, gamification, and emerging technology to develop a solution for these non-profits to engage better with the young adults they help.

 

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What was amazing about this Impactathon was the process the teams went through to develop their solutions.  Starting off, each team was given a “Challenge Brief,” which gave a background of the overall social issue this Impactathon was hoping to solve. 

  

Our team’s challenge: Education-Helping young people get the critical skills they need will make the positive impact on both the individual level and the workforce as a whole. 

 

   

After reviewing and understanding the Challenge Brief, we had some time as a team to reflect on how the challenge affects the young-adults’ personas we studied. We then moved into the “Design-Thinking” process, which guided us through the process of Inspiration, Ideation, and Prototyping.  A few hours later (after some fuzzy pipe cleaner-mustache role-play and Play-Doh wars), our team was ready to prototype a solution that we felt could realistically help these young adults.

 

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THE PROTOTYPE: P-HARMONY

 

As our team went through the design-thinking process, we all seemed to align on a few points:

  

  1. The SF Bay Area is home to one of the most vibrant technological regions and has companies (and employees) that are very willing to invest in youth, given the right opportunity
  2. The SF Bay Area is home to some very successful celebrities that could identify with today’s youth
  3. Youth identify with technology, social media, and gamification

  

These points would eventually lead us to conceptualize a solution that we could make for the young adults to use, and thus, we created “p-harmony.”   This two-way communication platform would enable students and mentors to connect with each other using all the facets young adults value in communication today: technologically savvy (available on multiple channels i.e. web, app, or mobile web), mirror a similar interactive experience as their favorite social media avenues (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), allow tools that will give young adults choices to choose the career and long-term goals they want to pursue, and give them access to mentors that fit this category, whether locally, nationally or globally.   And this is what we envisioned p-harmony to do.

 

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AND FOR THE WIN…

As the evening drew to a close, so did our project and prototypes. But not the energy in the room - it quickly converted from anticipation to excitement. And I have to admit, as soon as we gathered and settled as one large group, a juxtaposition of emotions ran through me for our own prototype: Were we detailed enough? Was our solution realistic? Did we capture the essence of the challenge? And most importantly, did we propose the right solution to take these young adults one step closer to making their dreams real? I wonder …. 

 

As the first few prototypes were presented, I noticed an ongoing underlying theme that correlated with the buzz and excitement of the event. No doubt, everyone in this room was dedicated to helping, building, and creating a meaningful solution for these young adults, which each team did.  But what was great to observe as a participant of the event was how passionately each team showcased the vast opportunities their proposed solution could potentially create. And by that I mean what this clearly demonstrated was each proposed solution was not only addressing the challenge at hand; they were also enabling long-term positive impact in a community, by trying to bring the community together.  Each prototype clearly established that the success of solution was in the hands of the community working together. 

 

And for me, seeing this in action was the most valuable part of the Impactathon.

  

So as we presented our prototype “p-harmony,” I realized we too had aligned our passion with the others in the room, to take a challenge and not only solve a particular problem, but also help ultimately transform a community.  Our prototype was presented to the group through a skit where we demonstrated key capabilities, innovative features, and most importantly how it would engage the wider community to participate in helping struggling young adults.  As the last team presented their prototype, we anxiously awaited for the judges to convene and announce the winner. It would be a tough choice because every prototype clearly solved the challenge, included innovative solutions and incorporated community involvement.  And to our surprise, our team #foggybottoms took the awards home for the most innovative solution. What a great ending to a great day.

 

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So, where does this take us next?  Participating in the Impactathon as a member of my community and having the privilege to work for a company like SAP allows these types of events to inspire and create solutions for the community.   For example, SAP is building a STEM talent pipeline with new high school model focused on technology. By partnering directly with the education system from the beginning, SAP has a unique connection to a previously untapped pool of talent. Not only SAP, but more and more companies are starting to form partnerships with educational entities to align on common goals. An example of this type of collaboration model is one Starbucks announced earlier this month.  The Company has forged a partnership with Arizona State University offering their fulltime employees a full college education through their online programs. And it is towards these initiatives where I believe my team (#6), the Impactathon, and SAP strive to go … to help create shared value (Shared-Value is creating Social and Business Value at the same time) in our communities.

 

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After the incredible, inspiring performance of the US team last Monday and the ongoing delights provided by my former countrymen from the Netherlands, I hope you’ll forgive me for staying with the World Cup for a second consecutive post!

 

From a marketing perspective, this global tournament really does provide a great deal of food for thought, especially as regards World Cup branding.

 

At a macro level, host nation Brazil has had a well-documented PR battle with the social costs suffered by some of its poorest citizens, more of which can be read about in an excellent article on BleacherReport.com here. The country has also faced criticism regarding the state of the stadiums, with one soccer pundit wryly commenting that the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo will “be great when it’s finished.” One might suggest that ‘Brand Brazil’ has been fortunate, therefore, that with many surprise wins and losses, it’s the games themselves that have been dominating the press. With two years to go until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, there are plenty of hard lessons to be learned from this World Cup.

 

More positively, Brazil has implemented a number of game-changing sustainability initiatives in both its preparations and implementation. A 2011 Ernst & Young report, titled “Sustainable Brazil” outlined the key areas to be addressed, focusing on four aspects: water, waste, energy and transport, which Brazil has certainly acted upon. Initiatives include the ‘Organic and Sustainable Brazil’ campaign with the aim of developing sustainable food systems, the ‘Green Passport’ program to support eco-tourism, and the creation of an infrastructure for more effective waste management – all of which should continue to benefit Brazil long after the tournament has ended.

 

Away from Brazil, a welcome beneficiary of the World Cup has been Bangladesh. According to a report from BBC News, clothing manufacturers there have won export orders for World Cup t-shirts, caps and flags from major sponsors such as Adidas, worth an estimated $500m. In addition to this, the companies placing the orders have committed to ensuring better working conditions for the factory workers with regular factory inspections and with the assertion that orders will be canceled if standards are not adhered to. After a dreadful few years for the Bangladeshi factory workers, hopefully this marks a sea-change for the positive.

 

For me, Adidas’s pitch-side sponsorship and Microsoft’s Surface ads on TV have been the dominant brands of this World Cup so far. However you don’t need their marketing millions in order to take advantage of the popularity of the World Cup.

 

The One World Futbol Project has scored some great coverage this week, despite having been around since 2010. The Bay Area-based company makes durable soccer balls designed to never puncture, wear out or go flat. The ball is the brainchild of co-founder Tim Jahnigen, who was inspired to create the ball after seeing a heart-wrenching news report about refugee children in Darfur having no option but to use bunched-up trash as a soccer ball.

 

In an unlikely twist, the rock musician Sting turns up in this story. An associate of Jahnigen’s, Sting got fully behind the idea, funding the research and development and becoming the public face of the brand. As with Tom’s Shoes, One World Futbol operates on a ‘Buy One, Give One’ system, where for every ball sold, one will be donated to organizations working with disadvantaged youth worldwide. This is a really great example of a brand using an authentic connection with a much larger event to re-tell their story, with the context making the narrative that much stronger.

 

Finally, I’ll leave you with the words of US Goalkeeper Tim Howard. Altogether now, “I believe that we will win!”

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