I just lately had the dignity of delivering the keynote on the “The Journey to the Prime” Occasion at SAP UK headquarters, and you’ll see my slides and a video in my earlier put up How Information is Powering The Way forward for Enterprise: Traits and Alternatives.
Right here’s what I took away from the occasion:
The world is altering—so we must always most likely innovate!
Many presenters took the chance to remind the viewers about among the underlying international developments which can be each forcing and enabling innovation. Fortunately, most prevented this sort of opening, which plagues analytics shows to this present day!
“Do you know there’s extra information THAN EVER BEFORE?!” (er, sure, we did)…
Expectations are increased than ever
The upper expectations of consumers and customers was a basic theme all through the day—no matter we’ve been doing up to now, it’s time to rethink and do higher.
Why? As a result of new applied sciences imply that extra intuitive interfaces—reminiscent of natural-language and voice interplay—are actually doable. And since if firms or IT departments don’t implement them, they danger dropping their roles to somebody who will!.
Richard Mooney confirmed off among the new prospects, with a demo of pure language querying, powered by machine studying. Generally, new “augmented analytics” options permit organizations to rethink analytics all through the group, breaking down lots of the useability obstacles which have stopped information from getting used extra broadly.
He additionally identified that there’s been a tipping level in “information gravity” in terms of the cloud. The expansion of cloud functions and cloud information has been a lot increased than on-premise information (and accelerating)—making the worth proposition of cloud-based analytics a lot clearer.
We’ve come a great distance collectively—however the world continues to vary
A lot of the attendees have been present customers of SAP for a few years (thanks!), and have lived by the evolution of various merchandise.
However benefiting from the advantages of latest in-memory and cloud architectures has required a rethink and re-architecture of many SAP merchandise, from S/4HANA to SAP Analytics Cloud.
Inevitably because of this the audiences had numerous questions and lots of the periods had been concerning the transition roadmaps, giving them detailed data on how and after they would possibly think about shifting to the newer platforms.
For instance, Gerd Danner defined the digital core technique of S/4HANA is vital a part of the journey, emphasizing that whereas the brand new platform provides you much more real-time analytic energy, with none information duplication, you continue to want a knowledge warehouse and analytics technique over time and throughout totally different programs.
Individuals, collaboration, and ease of use
Lots of the periods included welcome emphasis on the position of individuals in enterprise processes. For instance, Christoph Tillman defined new help for collaborative enterprise planning throughout the SAP Analytics Cloud.
And Umar Khan defined how SAP Fiori interfaces can be utilized to rethink enterprise processes from a extra user-centric viewpoint, together with quick access from cellular gadgets.
Enterprise content material, not simply expertise
One of many greatest differentiators for SAP has all the time been alignment with enterprise processes. All through the day, presenters emphasised that SAP options embody each expertise AND enterprise content material.
For instance, the SAP information warehouse options embody predefined schemas and content material for various enterprise areas.
SAP and Cloud Dev Ops
In an interesting session that demonstrated the ability of cloud-centric approaches, SAP Accomplice Centiq and their buyer Thames Water outlined the work that they had executed to allow SAP programs on the Microsoft Azure platform.
Thames Water defined that that they had turned to the cloud for safety, velocity, and consistency, and the Centiq Dev Ops framework had enabled them to create push-button installations of SAP HANA, BW4/HANA, and S/4HANA that might be spun up or stopped in minutes, with a console that’s “really easy even the CEO might do it!”.
It’s all concerning the information basis!
A abstract of the day might be that “Information is extra invaluable than ever earlier than — IF you might have a strong data basis.”
Digital transformation applies to SAP, too!
Lastly, I’d prefer to thank all people who attended, and lots of because of Jonathan Freeland for inviting me to current. We all know that digital transformation is one thing that’s taking place to all of us, together with SAP. We’re not within the enterprise of expertise, we’re within the enterprise of enterprise innovation, and we all know we have to optimize your end-to-end expertise with our firm.
We hope that occasions like this, supplying you with candid, detailed, pragmatic data may help you in your steps to changing into the “clever enterprises” of the longer term.