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My Ideas on Day Two Keynote of SAP Sapphire Orlando 2023 – Innovation Evangelism

That is my private abstract of the Day 2 Buyer Success Keynote on the 2023 SAP Sapphire Buyer Convention in Orlando, Florida. A replay is out there on the Digital Sapphire Platform.

Day two opened with SAP’s Buyer Success chief Scott Russell and a narrative about bumping into an outdated buddy, who remarked how onerous it’s for firms to truly change, to take full benefit of the newest applied sciences. This illustrates a vital fact: leaders in organizations aren’t fascinated by know-how per se—they’re fascinated by studying how organizations like themselves have been in a position to make use of the know-how to rework their companies.  And in order that was the theme of Day 2: 5 real-world examples of firms showcasing how they grew to become future-proof with some assist from SAP — and naturally, it’s my very own private favourite matter! See the SAP Innovation Awards and the SAP Higher Collectively collection of buyer interviews for extra nice real-world innovation examples!

A Firm Based mostly on Awe and Inspiration

First, Nickole Tara, Chief Progress Officer at Cirque du Soleil, spoke concerning the evolution of the corporate since its inception nearly 40 years in the past in 1984. With 32 reveals worldwide and roughly 5,000 staff, Cirque du Soleil is a significant drive within the leisure business, regardless of its challenges. The corporate was on observe for a record-breaking income yr in 2020, however was immediately shut down as a result of pandemic, lowering its workforce drastically inside two weeks. This disaster led to a change in management and a reimagining of the corporate’s path.

In an effort to develop and adapt for the long run, the corporate determined to “blow it up” and begin anew. They got down to higher perceive their world fanbase, reaching out to individuals in 20 totally different nations. The suggestions was highly effective, indicating that the viewers perceived Cirque du Soleil as a frontrunner within the performing arts and anticipated it to innovate. This led to a few important shifts within the firm’s strategy.

Firstly, they determined to create extra immersive and awe-inspiring experiences, using cutting-edge know-how. 45% of the viewers surveyed mentioned they’d drive greater than two hours to interact in these experiences. They plan to launch a enterprise specializing in this in 2024, with extra particulars to be shared quickly.

Secondly, they wish to forge a stronger reference to their viewers past the stage. This contains growing a digital platform that encapsulates the vitality and ethos of Cirque du Soleil. Extra data on this initiative shall be revealed subsequent week.

Thirdly, they intention to have a deeper influence on the group and the planet, and higher talk their efforts in these areas to their viewers. Regardless of having made constructive contributions for 40 years, they really feel the necessity to inform these tales extra successfully and emphasize their dedication to social influence and function.

As they work on “future-proofing” the corporate, additionally they have to contemplate the transformation of their bodily structure. All through these difficult instances, they specific gratitude to SAP, who stood by them by offering their merchandise freed from cost till Cirque du Soleil was again on its toes.

Extra concerning the Cirque du Soleil success story with SAP

A Model “Champion”!

Subsequent, Subra Coparaju, the Chief Data Officer (CIO) of Hanes Manufacturers. Based mostly in North Carolina, Hanes Manufacturers boasts a world attain with 51,000 staff throughout 32 nations. They handle famend attire manufacturers comparable to Hanes and Champion.

The corporate is at present implementing a technique named “Full Potential.” The target is simple: to extend income and margins and foster the corporate’s development. This technique is grounded in a complete know-how transformation.

The first purpose for this transformation is simplification. The corporate goals to consolidate its 5 ERP platforms and standardize enterprise processes. As well as, the manufacturers beneath Hanes are looking for new capabilities, comparable to omni-commerce, to stay aggressive and progressive.

Hanes Manufacturers has a longstanding partnership with SAP, a relationship that has been integral to their transformation journey. As they try to grow to be a data-driven enterprise, Hanes has recognized key necessities, together with a digital basis, superior analytics, end-to-end planning, and a resilient provide chain community. SAP has enabled many of those capabilities.

Coparaju talked about a number of instruments and techniques they’ve utilized in partnership with SAP. For example, Hanes has leveraged RISE with SAP to allow enterprise knowledge administration and superior analytics. They’ve constructed a system utilizing SAP Grasp Information Governance (MDG) and Data Steward, making certain knowledge integrity throughout the group. Instruments like Datasphere and the SAP Buyer Exercise Repository have been important enablers for omnichannel stock visibility, which is crucial for enhancing client experiences.They’ve additionally developed a world integration platform on SAP Enterprise Know-how Platform (BTP) for seamless utility and knowledge integration.

Coparaju expressed pleasure concerning the worth these world platforms will unlock, emphasizing their potential to considerably assist Hanes Manufacturers in its development and transformation journey.

Extra about Hanes manufacturers transformation journey with SAP

The Firm That Put The Silicon in Silicon Valley

Subsequent, Christoph Schell, the Chief Industrial Officer at Intel, took the stage to debate the corporate’s plans and partnerships. As a market chief within the know-how business, Intel is synonymous with groundbreaking chip know-how.

Intel has a longstanding relationship with SAP and not too long ago made the strategic resolution to leverage “RISE with SAP” and transition to the S/4HANA platform. Recognized for placing the ‘silicon’ in ‘Silicon Valley’, Intel not solely manufactures its personal wafers in its fabrication amenities, or ‘FABs’, however has additionally determined to open these amenities to exterior clients. This transfer permits clients to design their very own chips, reflecting Intel’s perception within the important position of its know-how in an more and more geopolitical panorama. The place oil was the important thing useful resource prior to now, the placement of semiconductor amenities shall be of pivotal significance within the subsequent 50 years.

Intel selected SAP as its associate as a consequence of their attentive and responsive strategy. It was essential to separate the FAB operations from the enterprise operations to supply transparency to clients, handle varied forms of relationships, and precisely allocate prices. Intel is within the midst of this transformation, with SAP enjoying a central position.

Intel and SAP additionally share a partnership in serving their clients. What stands out is the depth of engineering expertise in each firms, working collaboratively on initiatives. Their newest endeavor is the 4th era Xeon processor. Many SAP clients run their methods on Intel Silicon, so each firms are working to enhance Complete Value of Possession (TCO) – aiming for as much as 30% vitality enchancment and higher efficiency. Moreover, they’re specializing in securing workloads and making certain foolproof operations, at the same time as requirements evolve in response to rising applied sciences like quantum computing.

The Transformer Transforms

Ramesh Razdan, World CTO/CIO at Bain & Firm, appeared subsequent in a prerecorded video. Bain & Firm, recognized for guiding organizations in direction of profitable enterprise transformations acknowledged the necessity for its personal transformation. To assist their speedy development after quite a few acquisitions, they realized they wanted a brand new ERP platform.

After evaluating varied choices available in the market, they selected SAP S/4HANA Public Version to assist their enlargement. At the moment, they’re within the midst of their transformation journey, assured that they’ve chosen the right path. By eliminating guide processes, they’re liberating up extra time to help their clients. They’re additionally enthusiastic about their new platform’s potential to facilitate transitions to progressive business fashions.

How Bain & Firm might help with SAP implementations

A Supersonic SAP Implementation!

The ultimate buyer to take the highlight was the pre-launch Increase Supersonic. As Charles Valentine, CIO of Increase Supersonic, defined, the corporate is ready to revolutionize journey with their give attention to pace, time-efficiency, and accessibility. Their proposed airliner, the world’s quickest, goals to optimize pace, security, and sustainability. Providing super-fast journey, comparable to New York to London in simply three hours, Increase Supersonic is a reputation you’ll quickly acknowledge.

Initially, Valentine was skeptical about partnering with SAP. He noticed it as an answer for bigger, established firms, and didn’t consider Increase Supersonic was fairly prepared. Nevertheless, the corporate’s monetary controller burdened the need of proficiency in SAP to successfully handle a producing execution system (MES) for jet manufacturing. They wanted to be well-versed in it earlier than reaching the manufacturing part. This led them to contemplate “RISE with SAP,” which supplied scalability to match their development and complete packages as per their wants.

Charles emphasised the tenets that had helped information their implementation:

  • Firstly, they minimized integrations until completely mandatory, as SAP options are constructed on finest practices. They solely carried out modifications that offered a tangible aggressive edge.
  • Secondly, they carried out in phases, lowering scope for every part and concentrating on their priorities at every stage.
  • Lastly, their focus remained on operational efficiencies, with course of enchancment as the highest precedence.

They achieved a “supersonic” implementation, going reside in simply 90 days, and not too long ago celebrated their first anniversary of going reside. This was doable as a consequence of SAP’s help and their answer integrator’s assist. Valentine famous that whereas a lot of his friends have had difficult experiences, they discovered a greater manner with SAP, at the same time as an organization simply beginning out. He expressed anticipation for the profitable implementation of their MES and appears ahead to sharing their progress.

Changing into Future-Proof With SAP

Scott completed off with the highest three issues he hears from clients:

  1. Each firm desires to do the enterprise transformation at pace.
  2. They want innovation that’s simple to make use of, that they will use to broaden their enterprise.
  3. Need to work with companions that they belief.

“At SAP now we have to earn the belief daily, at each buyer, and each location… We all know that the sorts of tales we heard right this moment don’t simply occur… Each journey is totally different, however the vacation spot with SAP is safe. Belief us. We’re excited that can assist you grow to be future-proof.”

Lastly, I’ve to share Scott carrying a Cirque du Soleil-provided clown nostril, within the SAP Sapphire colours 🙂


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