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22 May 17


SAP Unveils Live Business, Expands Google Partnership and Bolsters SAP® Cloud Platform at SAPPHIRE NOW®

SYDNEY, Australia — May 17, 2017 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) said today it has harnessed its digital core, bold technologies of the future and its expertise in ERP to help customers make everything digital, programmable, smarter. SAP’s commitment to an open ecosystem and strong partnerships will be key for the cloud-based intelligent enterprise, seen as a cornerstone for the new global economy.

SAP also reiterated its pledge to listen to its customers and act on their biggest concerns with two new initiatives. The SAP® Cloud Trust Center and a new digital tool called theSAP Transformation Navigator were rolled out to deliver greater transparency and clearer product guidance for customers.

Expanded SAP Leonardo: Digital Innovation System

Becoming a digital business requires business model and business process changes that no single technology can deliver. The expanded SAP Leonardo brings together differentiating software capabilities in machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, analytics and blockchain on SAP Cloud Platform together with SAP experience, deep process and industry knowledge, and advanced design thinking methodology. With dozens of industry awards and recognitions, each of these areas of SAP’s portfolio can add tremendous value for our customers on their digital journey — but the real power is when they all work together.

This comprehensive digital innovation system will offer customers either an industry-focused approach called industry accelerators, aligned to specific use cases, with fixed prices and timelines, or a flexible approach that allows customers to build what they require for any industry or business need. SAP also is integrating SAP Leonardo capabilities with its existing applications to make them more powerful and intelligent, and will offer services for developers and partners to build their own custom applications supported by a network of SAP Leonardo Centers with initial locations in New York, Paris, São Leopoldo and Bangalore.

New developments across the SAP Leonardo innovation portfolio include the SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation; a set of new machine learning–enabled applications for corporate functions ranging from invoicing to customer service and retention; and an SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service for building application extensions and new solutions using distributed ledger technology.

SAP also launched its new digital twin solution and new services as part of its push to optimize asset management with the IoT. To build the ecosystem for SAP Leonardo, SAP also announced a new collaboration with Deloitte to deliver offerings that can accelerate innovation, bolster the core and unlock exponential value. Offerings will include digital and intelligent solutions for finance, supply chain and software-as-a-service for industry.

Blog by Mala Anand, EVP, President – Leonardo | Data & Insights, SAP

Blog by Dr. Juergen Mueller, Chief Innovation Officer, SAP

Blog by Dr. Tanja Rueckert, EVP, President – IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP

Blog by Raimund Gross, Blockchain Innovation Manager, SAP

For more information on SAP’s collaboration with Deloitte, click here.

SAP, Google Expand Partnership

The SAP and Google strategic co-innovation partnership announced in March now includes additional certification of SAP technology and applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership also aims to make SAP Cloud Platform on GCP available globally, as well as future collaboration and integrations in machine learning, the IoT, data transparency and custodian services, and workplace productivity.

SAP and Google have now certified the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform on GCP, enabling organizations to run SAP S/4HANA® and the SAP Business Warehouse application on GCP. Additionally, the companies announced general availability and certification of the SAP HANA® database on GCP for larger instances and scale-out and a data connector for the SAP Analytics Cloud solution for Google Big Query. German software company sovanta is an early adopter to showcase how SAP technology and applications, including SAP NetWeaver and SAP S/4HANA, run on GCP

Google and SAP plan to accelerate customers’ digital business transformation through intelligent applications such as conversational apps that guide users through complex workflows and transactions and answer questions around their enterprise. To achieve this, the companies plan to combine SAP’s business process expertise with Google’s machine learning services, such as the Translate and Speech APIs, and the open source library for machine learning, TensorFlow.

Google and SAP announced the Intelligent App Challenge. The competition challenges Google and SAP partner ecosystems to build intelligent applications using SAP HANA, express edition, on GCP

Blog by Bernd Leukert, Executive Board Member and Head of Products & Innovation, SAP


SAP Cloud Platform Accelerates Adoption, Improves Choice and Advances Consumption for Customers

SAP Cloud Platform now offers an agile multicloud environment, enabling customers to develop and run apps utilizing their choice of infrastructure providers, including full multicloud support through SAP, Amazon Web Services (general availability), Microsoft Azure (public preview), and Google Cloud Platform (demo showcase) — all managed in the new SAP Cloud Platform cockpit. Cloud Foundry–based SAP Cloud Platform includes multilanguage runtime environments, including Java, Node.js and SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model.

Also new on SAP Cloud Platform is the optimized way customers can discover, try, buy and deploy APIs, SAP partner apps and other digital business services. The SAP API Business Hub has added hundreds of new APIs for SAP S/4HANA, SAP Hybris® solutions, and SAP Ariba® solutions, as well as new integration flows and microservices for customers to test and deploy. SAP App Center now offers online discovery so users can easily try, purchase and use partner apps directly from the center. Enhancements to SAP App Center and SAP API Business Hub provide seamless digital downloads and app lifecycle management.

New value-added services for SAP Cloud Platform include the IoT service general availability and Big Data services to support apps powered by SAP Leonardo, as well as new mobile services and SAP Fiori® Cloud app development and deployment services to provide customers a digital edge. For a blog by Bjoern Goerke, chief technology officer, SAP, on SAP Cloud Platform enhancements, click here.



Intelligent Cloud, Analytics Demonstrate SAP’s Vision for Tomorrow’s Business

ORLANDO, Fla. — May 17, 2017 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today presented its road map and new tools to help customers conquer the complex challenges that businesses face in a world of ubiquitous data. SAP is the smart companion to navigate the data jungle: analytical applications with cloud-based access to all data sources; collaborative intelligence to help companies understand and react to the changing work environment; and finally, intelligent assistants that take away the tedium of repetitive tasks.

Hasso Plattner, chairman of the Supervisory Board at SAP SE, will take the stage at 9:00 a.m. today at the SAPPHIRE NOW® conference for a keynote address to share his vision of the future of the intelligent enterprise.

Machine Learning in SAP S/4HANA® Cloud Makes Companies More Intelligent and Automated

SAP has introduced general availability of SAP S/4HANA® Cloud 1705, enabling businesses to make their processes more efficient and automated. The 1705 release most notably features general availability for SAP® Co-Pilot, a digital assistant for the enterprise that is aware of business context, driving efficient collaboration, quickly recognizing and connecting to business objects and offering in-context chat. Further embedded machine learning capabilities offer predictive analytics for increased end-user efficiency, automatic invoice matching and more.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is SAP’s intelligent enterprise resource planning (ERP) software-as-a-service solution with contextual analytics, digital assistant capabilities, machine learning and the award-winning SAP Fiori® user experience. 

Other updates in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1705 include:

·       Significant acceleration of finance capabilities for large enterprises including statutory financial consolidation, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Finance for credit integration and SAP digital payments add-on integration

·       The release of innovative end-to-end processes for manufacturing, providing transparency over financial impact, inventory management and supplier management, enabling demand-driven manufacturing

·       The SAP Project Companion mobile app, which facilitates collaboration in day-to-day actions and offers quick insights through push notifications

·       Additional integrations to third-party systems, including creating sales orders for sales force automation

Blog by Darren Roos, President, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP

Analytics Updates Help Customers Simplify Business, Stay Ahead and Act in Real Time

New innovations across the entire analytics portfolio give customers better insights into the business for their cloud and hybrid deployments as well provide new capabilities to the expanded SAP Leonardo digital innovation system.

The SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly SAP BusinessObjects™ Cloud) solution update is planned to be available this month. Intended features include a new mobile app on iOS, live connections to the SAP BW/4HANA solution and universes, R scripting, enhanced visual linking, new data preparation functions available to all user types, new smart discovery features including simulations and scoring, a new smart insight feature to automatically propose visualizations, and new prebuilt industry and line-of-business content.


SAP Digital Boardroom now supports Microsoft Surface Hub to simplify collaborative decision making, and new SAP and partner offerings to provide tailored capabilities for select industries and user groups within organizations.

The SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.2 platform includes improved user interface experiences with the new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence® unified viewer and the enhanced SAP Fiori-styled BI launchpad. SAP Lumira® 2.0 software aims to converge SAP Lumira visualization and SAP Lumira Designer (formerly known as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio) to simplify the landscape for both IT and business users. SAP and Zoomdata are teaming up to provide enhanced capabilities in SAP Lumira including connectivity to a wide variety of data sources to enable modern analytics at the speed of thought. SAP Analytics Hub is now available to empower business users to find analytics content across their enterprise, whether on premise or in the cloud.

SAP Predictive Analytics software enables machine learning in SAP S/4HANA solutions both on premise and in the cloud, and enhanced SAP HANA® platform support, data preparation and feature engineering are planned. SAP Cloud Platform Predictive service includes new features such as recommendation and clustering models, as well as model training services for automated regression and classification. SAP IT Operations Analytics 2.0 software brings more business context to IT issues, with new features to help IT prioritize responses based on business impact. Support for hybrid data centers also helps manage IT costs and optimize resources whether on premise or the in cloud.

Blog by Michael Flannagan, SVP of Analytics, SAP


SAP Ariba and IBM Join Forces to Transform Procurement

SAP Ariba and IBM are teaming up to deliver next-generation applications that digitize and make procurement awesome. The companies will use SAP Leonardo and IBM Watson to drive an intelligent source-to-settle process for managing all categories of spend that creates value across the entire business.

The applications aim to bring insights from unstructured data together with predictive insights from procurement data from SAP Ariba® solutions, empowering procurement organizations to interact in new ways across their supply chains and make smarter, faster decisions.

IBM and SAP Ariba will work on a mutual go-to-market plan to attract IBM customers to the SAP Ariba solution platform, where they can benefit from this expanded functionality and the comprehensive source-to-settle offerings that SAP Ariba solutions provide. For more information on the partnership, click here.


SAP, Thrive Global to Improve Employee Well-Being with Behavior Change Solutions, Machine Learning and Analytics

SAP and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global have expanded their co-innovation partnership that enables SAP SuccessFactors® solution customers to improve employee health and well-being and end the epidemic of workplace burnout, which affects an estimated 70 percent of workers. The partnership includes:

Exclusive Thrive Pathways for Change

Based on custom Thrive Pulse surveys that provide immediate personalized feedback on an individual’s behaviors, Thrive’s pathways will deliver science-based microsteps designed to improve employee well-being and productivity. Planned to be delivered via the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and Learning Management solutions in coming months, the first pathway will focus on managing employees’ relationship with technology to reduce stress and distraction and improve productivity.

SAP SuccessFactors intelligent services will be leveraged to deliver personalized pathways triggered by key life and work events including maternity leave, job promotion, divorce, death in the family and more.

Behavior Change Solutions Across the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite

SAP and Thrive Global will collaborate using behavior change microsteps, machine learning and analytics with the intention of developing an integrated well-being solution across the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, empowering employees to thrive from hire to retire, while giving leaders the ability to measure the impact of well-being on an organization’s productivity and performance.

Learn more in this article by Yvette Cameron, senior vice president, Strategy, SAP SuccessFactors.* For more on health and well-being, click here.

SAPPHIRE NOW, May 16-18, 2017, Orlando, Florida, USA

SAPPHIRE NOW offers customers, partners and prospects even more opportunities to engage in dialog with peers, participants and thought leaders around the globe. The event connects attendees on site with global participants through state-of-the-art broadcast studios and an online experience that incorporates the latest social media and community functionality. Whether on site or online, participants can gain insight into how SAP delivers on its strategy and helps organizations around the world Run Simple. Follow the event on Twitter at @SAPPHIRENOW.

*SAP SuccessFactors is a new brand name launched in January 2016 and is used here to mean the offerings, employees, and business of acquired company SuccessFactors, which continues to be our legal entity until integration with SAP is complete.

About SAP

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