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The S/4HANA and HCP Results Are In
For the third time, ASUG Research Services has asked ASUG members about HANA adoption, but this time we specifically focused on two products that are essential to SAP’s future: S/4HANA and HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). The survey was split into two reports, one on S/4HANA adoption and another on HCP adoption. Check out the highlights and a link to the full report for ASUG members here.
SAP’s IoT Pilot Program
Last fall, SAP promised it would invest $2.2 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT), and this week the first byproduct of that came to light: SAP Leonardo, the vendor’s new IoT brand. The big news from the Leonardo launch was an IoT jump-start package that SAP hopes will help its customers get going on their IoT journey. The package includes discounted product licenses as well as services to help get an IoT pilot off the ground.
“In combination with service teams, the [IoT pilot] process will start with design thinking and then a prototype,” says Hans Thalbauer, SAP’ SVP of extended supply chaing and IoT, who spoke with ASUGNews by phone this week. “It’s a very focused approach—not just to think of an idea, but what the company can do with IoT.”
While the pilot program will certainly have a limited scope, the goal is to help customers establish a roadmap for scaling IoT and determine the value of IoT to their company. In other words, create a business case for the necessary technology and skill investments.
Walmart: New HR software, New CIO?
Walmart is among the largest companies in the world in terms of revenue, so it is a prize customer for any enterprise vendor. Walmart runs SAP, but SuccessFactors competitor Workday has won the massive retailer’s business for HR software, reports Diginomica.
That’s a big deal. SuccessFactors touts its ability to scale globally as an advantage over Workday—when one of the largest global companies chooses Workday, that puts that claim into question. However, Diginomica does point out that Walmart will likely only roll out Workday to a small segment of its two-million person workforce in the near future.
That wasn’t the only bit of IT news coming out of Walmart this week. Karenann Terrell, CIO, will be departing the company next month, leaving behind what might just be the largest IT budget in the world. Terrell’s appearance on stage at the 2015 ASUG Annual Conference and Sapphire Now is somewhat legendary in the SAP ecosystem.
It’s also interesting to note that Workday’s next biggest ‘win’ reported this week was Baxter International—where Terrell served as CIO before moving to Walmart.
Insomniac IT Leaders
What is at the top of the mind for IT executives in 2017, or to put it another way, what is running through their mind as they try to fall asleep? InformationWeek has the five things that will be keeping IT executives up at night this year. But who has time for sleep anyway, right?
Going IT Shopping This Year?
What is your IT department spending its money on this year? Okay, that is if your IT department is spending money on anything but maintenance fees and keeping the lights on. Gartner says there will be a 2.7 percent rise in IT spending overall this year, totaling $3.5 trillion.
The Last Word—Sometimes 140 Characters Isn’t Enough
Twitter is a platform scientifically designed by the era's greatest minds to maximize the chance of people misunderstanding each other.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 13, 2017