With mobile, analytics and in-memory offerings now feeding SAP’s remarkable double-digit earnings spree, there’s no arguing the fact that innovation is back at SAP. But the industry-at-large still wants to know how these cutting edge technologies play with the company’s other bread n’ butter solutions like supply chain and procurement. Guess what? SAPPHIRE NOW from Madrid is serving up a healthy portion of “Optimizing Supply Chain and Procurement” goodness within the Run Better campus to show attendees the latest and greatest.
I caught up with Mark Osborn, senior director, Industry Marketing, Consumer Products at SAP to learn more. Mark tells me there will be plenty of compelling content in Madrid for Line of Business (LoB) and Industry specific audiences in companies of all sizes. The following themes will make it easier for attendees to differentiate the content, according to Mark:
- Collaborative Demand & Supply Planning
- Innovative Logistics & Fulfillment Management
- Streamlined Procure-to-Pay
- Optimized Sourcing & Contract Management
Plenty of fantastic customers will also be on hand to tell their stories including The Lego Group, Pepsi Russia,Carlsberg Breweries, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, B & W Group, Premier Foods, Unilever, Red Bull and more. It’s an eclectic mix but that’s the point, according to Mark.
“It’s important to get different perspectives about how manufacturers and their trading partners link together to ensure collaboration up and down the value chain. And procurement crosses so many different company boundaries so we plan on asking retail panelists how they collaborate with suppliers, for instance.”
So, what about the promise of integrating SAP supply chain and procurement solutions with new mobile and cloud capabilities? Osborn said attendees can expect to experience new solutions like SAP Transport Notification and Status (for Android), SAP Transport Tendering (for iPhone) and the cloud-based SAP Supplier InfoNet.
“We’ve been very mindful of the user experience for our campus area,” said Mark. “All visitors that come to our campus will be able to quickly find relevant content to address their specific needs and concerns.”
To get your supply chain and procurement groove on, head on over to the Agenda Builder to map out your needs and concerns.