Learn when and where to use Embedded Analytics, some of the pitfalls to avoid when implementing, and the lessons we learned from a recent S/4HANA migration for a Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) customer who enabled real-time data access between SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW and also underwent a Business Objects upgrade.
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By Michael Jolton
“Best Practices, Innovation and Speed” summarizes the NIMBL consultant, while talking about S/4HANA Cloud.
“Bingo!” is excitedly whispered by someone in the back of the room, as another game of Buzzword Bingo comes to a close.
What the skeptical audience has yet to experience, is the demonstration of the application, and why those buzzwords, often assigned to a bovine scatological reference, are actually meaningful in this case. As the demo unfolds, the audience sees a system that provides google-like search through thousands of records in sub-second time, returning context sensitive information that can be acted on immediately. They see interactive tiles that provide a real-time dashboard that allows the business user to focus on what is more important. The audience is further witness as to how SAP has applied the abilities of its in-memory HANA database along with its recently released Co-Pilot digital assistant to re-imagine cash management. A real-time view of cash balances drives an “instant message” like collaboration discussion between the treasury accountant and the purchasing manager to use some excess cash to take advantage of procurement discounts. No Excel downloads. No overnight data extractions. All real-time insight to action.
In wrapping up the demonstration, the consultant adds that this is but one of a myriad list of business processes that have been dramatically improved. And, further, that with quarterly updates coming from SAP, new technologies like machine learning and more will provide the company continuous process improvement beyond what is seen today.
A remaining skeptic in the room offers up a joke about demos and the real world. The consultant laughs and remembers his own joke about demonstrations, and then lets the skeptic know that this is not some demo environment built for sales, but it is the same cloud-based application being used by real companies across the globe, including NIMBL.
Taking one last, hopeful jab, the skeptic asks, “yeah, but how long does it take to implement?” The consultant answers that the implementation is done in weeks because the application is already configured. He adds that there can be complicating factors, like integrations, but the use of SAP “whitelisted” APIs and the SAP Cloud Platform integration manager makes those integrations a repeatable process for the project team. No implementation is easy, the consultant cautions, but it doesn’t have to be financially debilitating or overly painful either. The consultant finishes, “with a preconfigured solution, implementation tools like a migration cockpit and test automation suite, and pre-built APIs, the implementation of S/4HANA Cloud will not look like your father’s ERP implementation.”
As the demo ends, the audience begins to understand the epic shift SAP is bringing to the business world with S/4HANA Cloud. Hands go up to see additional business scenarios based on SAP Best Practices, Innovations like the Co-Pilot digital assistant, and the Speed of the HANA in-memory database. The bingo cards have dropped to the floor..along with a few jaws.
If you would like more information on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, contact Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The possibilities of Blockchain extend well beyond those relating only to cryptocurrency. In his latest podcast, use cases for Blockchain that allow companies full transparency in monitoring their Supply Chain Management and the full lifecycle of their business processes.
The business value of Blockchain extends well beyond cryptocurrencies. In this presentation, Michael Pytel shows how Blockchain can now be leveraged to specifically track essential steps in the lifecycle of a product; providing “irrefutable digital records” and allowing for constant communication between manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and service providers throughout the entire process.
If you are interested in more information regarding blockchain you can register to BlockChain for Business and IT Leaders in Boston, November 8-9. If you are interested click the link below for the top 5 reasons to attend, event highlights, speaking events, registration links etc.
Denver’s NIMBL among the fastest-growing inner city businesses in America
Annual ranking published by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune recognizes high-growth companies in urban areas
Denver- The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune announced that NIMBL has made the 2017 Inner City 100 list. The list, which was revealed at the 19th Annual Awards and Conference in Boston on October 3rd, ranks the fastest-growing inner city businesses in America by revenue growth. NIMBL ranked 83rd on the list of 100, and reported 2016 revenues of $14.58M and a five-year growth rate of 80.62% from 2012-2016. NIMBL’s feature and the full list is available on Fortune’s website.
ICIC’s Inner City 100 list seeks to celebrate and enable urban entrepreneurship. Over the course of nearly 20 years ICIC has awarded 928 companies whose success illuminates the innovation and business growth happening in our inner cities. Inner City 100 companies are forces of economic opportunity, optimism and transformation in their communities. Providing a platform for recognition, networking and learning, the Inner City 100 program continues to open doors for other budding urban entrepreneurs and stimulate inner city business development and job creation.
“We are extraordinarily proud of these pioneering entrepreneurs who lead the way in innovation, job creation and the economic revitalization of America’s inner cities,” said Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC. “In addition to excellence in business, they have also demonstrated a deep commitment to and passion for their communities, which plays a huge role in the wellbeing of their local economies,” he said.
In addition to being published in Fortune, CEOs from the winning companies were invited to the Inner City 100 Conference and Awards, a full-day event featuring robust networking opportunities and educational sessions led by executives and academics from top-tier universities, including Harvard Business School and New York University. Past winners have reported connecting with multi-million dollar investors as a result of appearing on the Inner City 100 list and attending the Conference.
Keynote speakers at this year’s event included former CEO of Constant Contact, Gail Goodman; award winner and CEO of the Menkiti Group, Bo Menkiti; and Harvard Business School Professor and ICIC Founder and Chairman Michael E. Porter. Other speakers included Tom Lewand, CEO of Shinola, David Segura, CEO of VisionIT, Lynda Applegate of Harvard Business School, and David Whitford, Editor-at-Large at Inc. Magazine. ICIC also celebrated 17 businesses as members of the Inner City 100 “Hall of Fame,” which recognizes companies that have achieved making the list at least five times.
Boasting an average five-year growth rate of 320% between 2012 and 2016, the 2017 Inner City 100 companies represent a wide range of geography, hailing from 27 states. Collectively, the winners employed 9,402 people in 2016, and on average 42% of their employees live in the same neighborhood as the company.
Highlights of the 2017 Inner City 100 include:
- Employed 9,402 individuals in 2016.
- Created 5,724 new jobs in the last five years.
- On average, 42% of employees live in same neighborhood as the company.
- Average company age is 16 years.
- Average 2016 revenue is $13.1 million.
- 32% are women-owned.
- 45% are minority-led.
- 29 industries represented in the top 100.
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Inner City 100 Methodology: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas. Every year, ICIC identifies, ranks, and awards the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. In 2017, companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2012 and 2016. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro, and Falzone, PC.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
ICIC is a national nonprofit founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. ICIC’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. Through its research on inner city economies, ICIC provides businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. The organization supports urban businesses through the Inner City 100, Inner City Capital Connections and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Learn more at www.icic.org or @icicorg.
Jake Eisbart, Marketing Manager, NIMBL
Hannah Roccki, Senior Communications Associate, ICIC
By Jereme Swoboda and Jake Eisbart
A celebrity requires an entourage of people to keep them relevant, informed, and as successful as possible. Your company’s SAP Landscape is the celebrity of your business and the entourage that keeps it performing to its highest standard is Solution Manager 7.2. Let’s break it down…
Just as an entourage is the central management tool that empowers a celebrity so is Solution Manager to that of the SAP customer. Not only does Solution Manager reduce total operating costs by providing tools designed to support the entire lifecycle of SAP applications, but now, with Solution Manager 7.2 many of the functions have been completely redesigned to focus on providing business value and making it a tool that the business can utilize to support business critical operations.
If you would like more information on Solution Manager 7.2, please contact Jereme.email@example.com
September 12, 2017: NIMBL Announces Its Participation at SAP® TechEd® to Showcase Upgrade Roadmap to SAP S/4HANA® Cloud, SAP S/4HANA, Analytics and SAP Solution Manager 7.2
Denver, CO — September 12, 2017 — NIMBL, one of North America’s trusted SAP partners, today announced that it will participate at SAP® TechEd® being held September 25-29, 2017 in Las Vegas in booth 606. NIMBL will be conducting demos that detail the comprehensive roadmap to SAP S/4HANA®, the upgrade path to SAP Solution Manager 7.2, and the business case – both technical and functional – for implementing SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Furthermore, NIMBL will be meeting with SAP, partners and customers during the week for in-depth business-driven discussions.
Having authored the upcoming and definitive SAP Press books on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP S/4HANA and SAP Solution Manager 7.2, NIMBL will be providing insight directly from the authors highlighting business value, checklists to implementations and upgrades, and overall best practices. As one of SAP’s trusted North American partners, NIMBL provides best-in-class SAP software consulting services to both the midmarket and Fortune 1000.
“We are truly excited about the value SAP drives and how it will provide innovative opportunities for both business users and technical support teams. Having recently completed our own SAP S/4HANA Cloud implementation, we’re specifically looking forward to sharing the firsthand insight we gained,” said Michael Jolton, VP of Delivery and SAP S/4HANA Cloud Practice Lead, NIMBL
The SAP TechEd conference focuses on technology with an emphasis on collaboration and hands-on workshops, going beyond technical education. NIMBL has consistently presented at SAP TechEd since NIMBL’s inception alongside the SAP product team. As a passionate technologist specializing in SAP software, the NIMBL team is especially excited about this year’s innovation and business-focused North American SAP TechEd.
For more information or to register for SAP TechEd 2017 in Las Vegas click the link below:
Since inception in 2009, NIMBL has been recognized as a thought leader in the SAP ecosystem. Based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, NIMBL is an award-winning and nationally recognized SAP software consultancy. Powered by years of countless successful initiatives, NIMBL provides functional and technical consulting services for SAP solutions (including SAP S/4HANA on-premise and SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP Fiori® UX, SAP Screen Personas software, testing, SAP Solution Manager, strategy, functional/business process, integration, TDMS, etc.), as well as cost-effective delivery of Denver-based remote application management services and consulting, to both the midmarket and Fortune 1000.
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By Hari Sonnenahalli
As SAP continues to promote its Cloud services, software, and platforms it can sometimes get a little confusing as to how they work in tandem with one another and, ultimately, which subscription based models are right for your company. In this article, we use the Netflix model to provide you with a high-level understanding of SAP Cloud Platform, its services, and value adds to your organizational IT landscape.
If you would like more information on SAP Cloud Platform pricing, functionality, or implementation, please contact Hari at Hari.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael and NIMBL Integration Architect, Hari Sonnenahalli, discuss building the business case for moving to SAPCP, the development tools with integration services, requirements for learning SAPCP-IS, and more.
If you would like to see more of Hari’s blogs on SAPCP-IS, click here: https://people.sap.com/hari.Sonnenahalli