I recently read an article by James Cooke of DC Velocity magazine talking about what to look for in a transportation management solution (TMS). Based on the distributors I talk to every week, his observations are on target when you look at shippers as a whole. Distributors, however, focus upon a narrower list of features than manufacturers. Here is how I would categorize TMS features in three tiers based on additional input wholesale companies consistently tell me. (more…)
Recently the United Nations declared with certainty that the world’s population reached 7 billion people. By analyzing enormous amounts of data compiled from virtually every geographic level – continents, counties and local communities – the global agency was able to predict not only what individual nations will look like in 20 years, but what social changes they are likely to undergo. (more…)
Watch this new SAP customer story to learn more about how Deloitte uses business analytics on mobile devices to improve the level of dialog it has with its customers and clients. Using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on the iPad, Deloitte can instantly look across the profitability of its services organization and access internal talent and training requirements. (more…)
Increasingly, organizations are leveraging social media to execute strategy. They are using social media in ways one might expect – such as outbound communications through the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – and they are subjectively monitoring social media services for inbound analysis of customer preferences and competitive intelligence. Additionally, with the recent emergence of analytic tools that enable near real-time analytics on large volumes of data and analysis and quantification of completely unstructured data, organizations are now extending beyond “traditional” uses of social media to execute strategy. (more…)
Business analytics today
I meet with customers almost every day, and one of the first questions they ask in discussing business analytics is: Where do we start? (more…)
SAP today announced its newest release of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software, providing a single, unified environment for the most comprehensive support for management, monitoring and analysis of enterprise risk and compliance activities. Nearly three years in the making, the new release integrates GRC capabilities into everyday business processes, helping make risk management, regulatory compliance and safe, productive operations a standard and a consistent practice. Read the press release.
Today in New York we introduce the new 4.0 releases from our SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. I am particularly excited about these because, in my humble opinion, they are the strongest releases of BI and EIM solutions in SAP’s history. I’d like to focus on one reason why: integration.
Over the past three years, we have listened closely to our customers and worked bring more unity across all our SAP BusinessObjects solutions. As the analytics portfolio has evolved, customers achieved remarkable results for their businesses using BI, EIM, EPM and GRC solutions from SAP. The 4.0 releases are part of our ongoing commitment to help customers get the most out of their analytics, beginning with tighter integration of our BI and EIM solutions, giving them a common look and feel, making them easy for people to use and derive value from, and delivering it to them quickly, in real-time, any way they want it, on any device — at their desk or on the go. (more…)
Broadening the range of tools and functionality available to users of the SAP StreamWork application, SAP is introducing support for OpenSocial, a common set of programming standards used by many social web applications.
Developers of applications using the popular OpenSocial API (application programming interface) can now register their tools with SAP StreamWork and make them available to users via the “Tools Catalog” in SAP StreamWork. Read the newsbyte.
It’s no secret that SAP is about to release its much-anticipated BI and EIM solutions, which comprise a unified offering for putting the power of analytics into the hands of decision makers across organizations.
I am very excited about this release — not only because it represents the culmination of three intensive years of research and development (dating back before the SAP acquisition) — but because we’ve improved every aspect of the portfolio, especially around ease of use and the scale of information that can be retrieved, organized and analyzed. (more…)