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This Week at SAPPHIRE / Tuesday May 15

This week during the ASUG Annual Conference and SAP SAPPHIRE program, I will be providing a summary of key announcements, trends and discussions each day. For more detailed information and analysis please refer to the content links that will be updated and added into this post and at my SCN blog.

As Day 2 of SAPPHIRE rolls in, we heard some pretty big words around massive real-time data analytics and predictive behavior.  Bill McDermott’s keynote emphasized this point with venerable sports anchor James Brown joining a team of executives from the NBA, the San Francisco 49ers, and Under Armour who through the use of HANA and real-time data feeds are pushing new and more connected consumer applications to the market.  In this space, SAP hopes to capture the “customer’s customer” by enabling massive data sets in real-time, in-memory so that humans can digest what they want, where they want it and how they want it.  McDermott also called the Millennials “the most important generation, they use social as their dial-tone and we need them to answer.”

Other highlights from yesterday include my interview with Markus Rosemann from SAP LOB Supply Chain.  In the wake of such devastating plant fires and building collapses, we spoke on brand management and key functions of SAP SCM which, now enabled by HANA, OEMs can make decisions like sourcing share, capacity balancing, and portfolio balancing in real-time with the help of public sentiment and opinion.  This is important since supplier visibility – when enabled by real-time analytics – can deter supplier issues proactively.  And save lives.  The full interview is now available on the Business Trends Forum of SCN.

Yesterday I was also joined by Ella Morgulis and Himanshu Pande from the Information Worker group were we joined Tom Wailgum on ASUG News TV to discuss Duet Enterprise strategies, NetWeaver Gateway, and the Millennial Shift in workers to new UX designs. Look for our interview at the ASUG News site this week.

Today I’ll be hosting an ASUG round table, a “birds of a feather” session on mobility, HANA, and upgrades at the ASUG Community Lounge, CL14 on your program.  There will be door prizes – must be present to win!  Enjoy Day 2 of SAPPHIRE.


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[INFOGRAPH] Mobile Computing: Plan vs Accident

[INFOGRAPH] Mobile Computing: Plan vs Accident

Newport Consulting Group (@Newport_Consult) recently published the attached Infograph. The summary: while there is a huge explosion in mobile app use, creating many program opportunities for companies, few of those companies have a mobile strategy.

Oh, and don’t forget about the Zombification of your mobile apps! Fight back with data governance!

For more visit SAP Experts for our free webinar on mobile data governance our our website to learn how to get cloud and mobile ready.

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March 21, 2013 · 4:39 pm

[INFOGRAPH] Mobile Strategies Transform Finance

Tomorrow I will join SAP Experts editor Scott Wallask (@BI_ScottWIS) for a FREE 1-HOUR WEBINAR “Strategies to use Mobility for Effective Data Analysis and Data Governance.” The premise is that by effective use of mobile technologies, companies can make more accurate data and information more accessible and more transparent throughout the organization.

Mobile Transforms Finance (source: SAP America)

Mobile Transforms Finance (source: SAP America)

One of the areas where this has received great attention is the transformation enabled in various financial management processes.  Long gone are the days when expense reports and travel requests were approved in the backseat of the taxi or sedan on the way to the airport.  Nowadays, controllers and CFOs are taking advantage of fully-rendered, native spreadsheet environments on tablets and smartphones – buoyed by in-flight WiFi services – to review and approve financial close and other key processes whenever and wherever they want.

As the attached infograph details, some of the value statements are pretty heady.  While each organization is unique to their potential financial and cycle time benefit, there are some compelling reasons to target the finance organization for operational efficiencies as well as greater value-added tasks (for example, due diligence to M&A transactions, opening new global markets, and other expansion and growth efforts).

The double-edged sword to this effect is the fact that you CAN work just about anywhere, so consider a fully-unplugged tropical vacation at sea.  Particularly in the February peak of the winter season ….

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February 27, 2013 · 2:17 pm

2012 Blogging Year in Review

Thank you to my readers and fans for making 2012 a great blogging year!  WordPress pulled together this snappy report, including several stat notes such as this one:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Special thanks to everyone who commented or shared my blog.  Click here to see the complete report.  May 20-13 be a great year for all!  Warm regards – WDN

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How Analytics Shaped an Obama Win, Romney Defeat

The stories are slowly coming out of the election night landscape where an overly confident Governor and an equally confident incumbent President basked in the glow of a hard fought campaign.  As the election results trickled in one thing was becoming clearer by the hour, one candidate had correlated the demographics of the citizen vote particularly in key battleground states – and the other had not.

If 2008 were the election year that President Obama won with a solid push of social media, 2012 could be the year that the incumbent President had a competitive advantage with clear transparency of the voting population based on his use of advanced, cloud-based analytics.  Hosted largely by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as described in this New York Times piece by Steve Lohr, the AWS platform allowed for canvassing, massive phone poling, and real-time forecast projections which painted a very different view particularly of the ground game than what the GOP was predicting based on 2008 demographics.  A completely different ground attack resulting in a largely unpredictable election outcome that even as the key battleground state of Ohio was being called for the President, few Romney supporters would believe the numbers staring in front of them.

This time, the Obama campaign’s data center was mainly Amazon Web Services, the leading supplier of cloud services. The campaign’s engineers built about 200 different programs that ran on the Amazon service including Dashboard, the remote calling tool, the campaign Web site, donation processing and data analytics applications.

These data analytics applications gave the Obama team a clearer vision of the ground game which became painfully obvious in the key state of Ohio:

  • The Obama team had a higher number of voters in their turnout model in the key metropolitan areas surrounding Cleveland, Cincinnati, and the college city of Columbus.  GOP models accounted for a lower overall turnout particularly with historically minority groups.  In short, the Romney camp had too small a denominator for their projections.
  • GOP models also incorrectly accounted for the Libertarian candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, who took most of the 1.6% “other” vote in the Buckeye state.  Conventional thinking in the Romney camp was that these conservatives would “come home” on election night.  They didn’t. Advanced voter forecasting particularly in rural counties where the Governor won overwhelmingly would have showed that the GOP didn’t win “enough” to take the state.

By and large the final embarrassment came on Fox news when a disbelieving election night crew went to confront their own projections room for a final answer on Ohio.  The analysts – realizing they were the messengers about to be shot – sheepishly stood by their projections with “99.95% accuracy” in calling Ohio for the President.  At that point even the Fox News projection room was apparently working with more sophisticated analytics tools than even the Romney campaign had available.

Even national trends escaped the GOP which is cause for much needed reflection.  While the GOP took a larger percentage of the Caucasian vote in 2012 by 2% over 2008, the overall electorate had shifted by nearly 5% of population swing to minority groups, particularly Latinos.  While the Obama camp likely saw this trend emerging, the Romney camp was completely oblivious to the fact that by achieving their own campaign objectives it would cost them 2 million votes.

In the end one could argue that the campaign outcome in the final days would be changed much differently. However the Romney camp, bouyed by its own inaccurate portrayal of the ground game, believed that states like Pennsylvania and Michigan might be in play and diverted much needed funds for advertising and events into those markets.  Romney played the safe “incumbent” role in both Ohio and Virginia since their forecast models showed victories in those states – as well as Florida.  In each case the suburban and urban vote came out strong for the President.  Again, Team Romney was simply working with the wrong denominator.

Much can be said about the candidate profiles and the Republican party will spend months dissecting what went wrong and what should have been.  In the end though, their strategies and ground tactics were flawed due to an inadequate use of available data analytics and forecasting technology which cast a very unrealistic image of what was actually happening in the nation.


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New SAP EPM OnDemand apps focus on Planning, Cost Control, Profit

Over the next month I will be working on a three-part eBook series for Tech Target’s searchSAP.com, I review the new mobile Enterprise Performance Management suite, known as EPM OnDemand (EPMOD) and the impact to those organizations looking to mobilize the finance and purchasing functions.  In this second article of the series I take a closer look at the specific applications of the initial EPMOD stack and how these apps provide a seamless user experience from on-premises to mobile environments.

SAP is moving to address the mobile computing needs of its financial management customers with a new set of on-demand mobile apps available directly from the SAP marketplace and other online application markets.

The initial three apps released as part of the SAP enterprise performance management (EPM) OnDemand suite announced last month at the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference. They are built on the EPM Unwired stack — SAP’s new Mobile Business Objects layer powered by the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) — which bring full-function analytics and visualization to the user experience. The platform can run on a HANA database hosted in the cloud or on-premises based on the needs of the customer.

The initial EPM OnDemand includes three apps: real-time profit and loss analysis, capital project planning and expense insight. Supported by multiple language environments, these apps are designed primarily for tablet and smartphone Android and iOS users and offer full visual capability similar to that of desktop or laptop screens, allowing users to create content in a mobile environment. Previous apps were limited to simple authorizations and approvals because of limited computing power, data availability and user interface.

Read the full version of the article on searchSAP.com here.  In the third and final article I will consider how to architect HANA and non-HANA environments so these mobile apps can consume the proper financial and non-financial information.

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SAP EPM OnDemand Brings New Mobility to Mobile Apps

Over the next month I will be working on a three-part eBook series for Tech Target’s searchSAP.com, I review the new mobile Enterprise Performance Management suite, known as EPM OnDemand (EPMOD) and the impact to those organizations looking to mobilize the finance and purchasing functions.  In the first article I look at what EPM OnDemand covers and the different architectural options organizations have to use the new mobile apps.

SAP has taken the cloak off its latest interpretation of enterprise performance management applications with its introduction of SAP EPM OnDemand.  In the initial release SAP EPM OnDemand will include process-driven mobile apps supported by native operating environments and the SAP HANA application cloud.

Going far beyond early expense report apps like Expense OnDemand, EPM OnDemand provides a more comprehensive view of mobile application use and data consumption in line with recent trends in management computing.

“We don’t see executives carrying laptops, but rather mobile tablets. This is the platform for them so they can consume data in a way optimal for these devices,” said Dave Williams, head of EPM software marketing for SAP.

Users of the on-premises version of SAP EPM10 can also take advantage of these process-driven apps by deploying the recently introduced EPM Unwired interface, a mobile client that companies can use to access both on-premise and on-demand enterprise performance management (EPM) apps. The interface is built on the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) architecture.

Read the full version of the article on searchSAP.com here.  In the next article I will take a deeper look at the initial three mobile apps released as part of the EPM OnDemand suite and the value drivers they create for finance and purchasing teams.

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