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Thứ Ba, 28 tháng 4, 2015

SAP Unveils All-In-One Cloud Platform That Will Change European Soccer - SportTechie

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Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing (SAP SE) unveiled a new cloud based platform that will change the way soccer teams are managed.

SAP Sports One is a single platform that allows teams to manage their players and staff as well as optimize player performance with analytics. This platform was announced at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena yesterday at the SAP Sports and Entertainment Forum.

“Competition is growing increasingly fierce, while athletic performance is reaching a peak. Our customers are looking for new ways to go beyond these limits,” said Stefan Wagner; general manager of Media, Sports & Entertainment at SAP SE. “We believe that SAP technology can open up such untapped potential, providing entirely new insights for better performance. On a single platform, SAP Sports One helps teams and organizations make better decisions to bring the best out in their players – and win.”

SAP Sports One will combine information on player injuries, training planning, player fitness, team management and performance analytics into one connected platform that can be viewed on any device.

The post-match performance analytics will be integrated into SAP Sports One by established content providers Opta Sports Data AG and Prozone Sports Ltd.

We have covered products that provide teams with information on injuries and some that even streamline communication between players and coaches, but we have yet to see a do-it-all platform like SAP Sports One. It is a cloud service that puts the data being gathered by the biggest names in sports technology onto one platform. This makes viewing all of these detailed data points convenient for coaches and gives them the edge they need in our highly competitive sports environment.

SAP Sports One is, in a sense, is already proven technology. Its predecessor, SAP Match Insights, was used by the German Soccer Association during World Cup preparation. We know how well that worked out for them.

The first release of SAP Sports One is designed for the European soccer market, but the Czech National Ice Hockey Team is using an older version of this technology.

SAP Sports One is intended to be adapted to other sports in the future.



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Sharks near agreement to stay at SAP Center, their home since 1993-94 - ESPN

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks are close to finalizing an agreement to extend their lease at the SAP Center.

Chief operating officer John Tortora issued a statement Monday saying the team is confident the new lease will be finalized with the city shortly. The team's current lease expires June 30, 2018.

Tortora says team owner Hasso Plattner is committed to San Jose for the long term and wants to play in the arena that bears the name of the company he co-founded.

The Sharks moved into their current arena before the 1993-94 season after playing their first two seasons at the Cow Palace in Daly City.



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ÜberTech - ZDNet

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Summary:Healthcare technology is changing our world thanks to innovative pioneers like Roche Diagnostics. With connected care, the quality and results of medical treatments are drastically improving, especially for preventable lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes.

In 2014, diabetes took 4.9 million lives worldwide. That's one death every seven seconds. 52 million Europeans are living with diabetes, and in Germany alone, there are 6 to 8 million documented cases. That number is projected to grow.

German-based Roche Diagnostics is dedicated to driving personalized and preventative medicine, and with the severity of diabetes on the forefront of focus, Roche, in partnership with SAP, created new preventative care package. The bundle, called Accu-Check View, includes a blood glucose monitor, a wearable fitness tracker, and an app developed by SAP that are all integrated together.

With Accu-CheckView, the patient can monitor glucose levels at home and transmit the information to the doctor's office via the app. All data transferred is securely stored and processed via the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The app allows the doctor to monitor the patient remotely and allows the patient to communicate with the doctor's office. This eliminates unnecessary trips to the physician, saving time and money. This strengthened patient-doctor relationship facilitates a supportive and empowering psychological effect on patients. Slip-ups in lifestyle can be caught quickly because the app will red-flag the issue, the doctor can intervene, and the doctor and patient can work on solutions together.

Even pre-diabetics can benefit from this preventative care app. By using the app to detect the early signs of diabetes, individuals can make the changes necessary to live a normal life.

This Wednesday April 29th, Dr. Oliver Haferbeck, Head of Diabetes Care at Roche Diagnostics will be part of a live panel on the Coffee Break with Game Changers Radio. Listen to the discussion titled, MD in the Palm of your Hand - Connected Care, and tune in live at 11 AM EST. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via #SAPRadio.

Learn more about the app by watching this video interview or read the full blog here.

Learn more about Roche Diagnostics and its journey with SAP by clicking here.

To learn more about SAP and its dedication to improving healthcare, take a look at this infographic.

To learn how SAP HANA Cloud Platform can impact your business, click here.

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IoT Seen As A Major Driver For SAP HANA - InformationWeek

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SAP's Bernd Leukert looks ahead for smartwatches, the Internet of Things, and HANA to tie it all together.
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The Internet of Things (IoT), the importance of seamless integration between cloud and on-premises deployments, and responsive design for mobile devices are among the priorities defined by customers of SAP as they look to use the company's HANA platform to drive new business applications.

Bernd Leukert, executive board member responsible for products and innovation at SAP, told InformationWeek in a telephone interview that the company has signed contracts with companies looking to use HANA to develop IoT services. "We have taken companies live to enable new [IoT] business models," he said.

Earlier this year, the company announced SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, a next-gen application suite. As with most SaaS apps, S/4HANA Public Cloud will be configurable, but customers who want to continue to use company-specific customizations or legacy interfaces might opt for private-cloud managed services.

When asked whether HANA, especially in the cloud, is a platform better suited for development than full-scale production, Leukert pushed back. "HANA as a platform is not just a development environment," he said, pointing out features of HANA that make complex applications easier to develop. "Geospatial capabilities and processing structured and unstructured data are things that our competition does not have," he said.

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Leukert said he expects IoT to be a major driver of adoption for HANA, whether on-premises or in the cloud. "HANA and the HANA cloud platform allow you to build the new kind of business applications," Leukert said. "You need perfect integration [from the cloud] into [S/4HANA], and if you build a loosely coupled application there will be problems."

[ Is the enterprise ready for the IoT? Read IoT Revolution: Is The Enterprise Ready? ]

As an example, Leukert talked about a predictive maintenance application that pulls sensor data from equipment, which then goes into a process that creates work orders, assigns maintenance personnel, and ultimately confirms that work was done. In this sort of application, he said, there's no place for loose coupling.

With the discussion of loose and tight coupling, though, Leukert readily admitted that there are customers who depend on both on-premises and cloud versions of HANA. "S/4HANA and HANA [in the cloud] have different ecosystems and different customers, but the seamless integration between the on-premises and cloud is very, very essential," he said. "Even customers with a cloud strategy can't switch overnight from on-premise[s] to the cloud, so they will live for some quarters in a hybrid world."

Leukert said that one of the key points for the company is to allow its customers to make the transition between cloud and on-premises at the speed dictated by their business needs, rather than by any boundary conditions imposed by SAP. That's important, he maintained, not just for end-user customers, but aso for the partners delivering SAP-based applications to multiple customers. "With the HANA cloud platform, we will have an integration layer that allows us to deliver integration technology as well as content, and allows the customers to deliver solutions that are deployed, not just once on-premise[s] or in the cloud, but hundreds of times," he said.

Leukert emphasized that the experience on end-user devices -- particularly on a new range of mobile gadgets such as smartwatches -- is crucial to the success of any application. "You need a responsive design that allows you to run the application, not just on tablets or desktops, but on smartwatches," he said.

It's not that every application will be delivered on the smallest screens for every user, though. "It needs to make sense," he said. "It might not be a call-center person who takes the call on a smart watch." However, he emphasized that smart watches need to be considered in designing a simple interface.

In the SAP environment, for example, mobile can no longer be a minor check-box issue, Leukert said. "While mobile was a separate category in the past, today I'm only talking about a characteristic of the solution," he said. "Today, all SAP solutions have to run on mobile devices -- whether a phone, tablet, or smart watch depends on the actual use-case."

SAP released financial results for its first quarter on Tuesday, and the news leaned heavily on the cloud. In a briefing call with analysts and reporters, SAP CEO Bill McDermott highlighted a number of factors that contributed to SAP's positive news in the results:

  • Profit is up 15% year-over-year in spite of significant investments.
  • In Q1, cloud saw triple-digit growth at a 131%, and McDermott said SAP ended the quarter with about 80 million cloud users.
  • Software and cloud revenue grew 24% which McDermott said was SAP's fastest growth-rate in the last 12 quarters.
  • The company has more than 6,400 total HANA customers, according to McDermott, double the number from this period a year ago.

When asked about the contribution made to the quarter's financial results by HANA, both on-premises and in the cloud, Leukert said, "The numbers confirm that customers engage and acknowledge the strategy in a big way. They see the value they get out there."

The financial results come a couple of weeks ahead of SAP's annual user conference, Sapphire Now, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., May 5-7. SAP has traditionally used Sapphire Now to showcase successful customers and introduce new products and services, and this year's event seems unlikely to break that mold.

Interop Las Vegas, taking place April 27-May 1 at Mandalay Bay Resort, is the leading independent technology conference and expo series dedicated to providing technology professionals the unbiased information they need to thrive as new technologies transform the enterprise. IT Pros come to Interop to see the future of technology, the outlook for IT, and the possibilities of what it means to be in IT.

Curtis Franklin Jr. has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He contributes to a number of technology-industry publications including Information Week , ChannelWeb , Network Computing , InfoWorld , PCWorld , Dark ... View Full Bio

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NetSuite CEO: Race Against Oracle And SAP For Omni-Channel Fueled $200 ... - Forbes

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NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson is buying companies to try to win omni-channel commerce software. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

As Wall St. closely watched Thursday’s quarterly earnings for some of the biggest companies in tech–Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft–it was easy to miss NetSuite quietly beating its own earnings estimates again and announcing it had splurged $200 million on a startup that’s a relative unknown. So what’s NetSuite thinking?

Speaking from that acquired company Bronto Software’s home state of North Carolina, where he’d given an all staff meeting, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson says that he’s fine with his company not being the shiny newcomer that sets the market and business analysts buzzing. “We got all that when we went public years ago,” Nelson says with a chuckle. “And we like under-the-radar companies for a whole bunch of reasons.”

NetSuite might not get the headlines of Amazon or Google, but it’s a $7 billion (market cap) business in its own right with big ambitions. Public since late 2007, NetSuite’s one of the old new guard of cloud companies and continues to go up against two of the biggest in Oracle and SAP. It’s grown revenue by more than 30% (a threshold Marc Benioff and fast-growing Salesforce.com are also proud to tout) for eight quarters in a row, and improved cash from operations in the last quarter by nearly 47%. The company’s improved its adjusted earnings and beat consensus estimates for non-GAAP earnings by $0.06 per share.

But NetSuite’s still much smaller than the companies it’s been gunning after for years–while its $164.8 million in quarterly revenue was a hair ahead of the cloud revenue at SAP this quarter, that represents just 3% of SAP’s overall business today. So with the market still fairly young for cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP), the core software of NetSuite’s business, the company’s been on a shopping spree to add new pieces.

Bronto Software will be the biggest of six acquisitions NetSuite’s carried out in recent months when it closes likely later this quarter for $200 million in cash and stock. A thirteen-year-old bootstrapped company, Bronto plays in the marketing space like Marketo and Salesforce.com’s ExactTarget division. And like NetSuite, Bronto had specialized to compete against bigger competitors, focusing specifically on ecommerce and customer targeting for online retail.

“The bigger companies had lots of cash and venture capital money, to build broad marketing platforms,” Nelson says. “Bronto said, we have to do one thing really, really well.”

With more than $40 million in revenue impact for next year, Bronto had built its business especially among customers of Magento and Demandware commerce platforms. NetSuite plans to bring some of Bronto’s functionality into its main ERP product but marketer-specific tools like email systems will remain separate.

With some NetSuite stock watchers look at a possible decline in deferred, or future revenue, as a point of concern for NetSuite’s growth, the string of acquisitions represents a broader strategy by Nelson that he says the company’s been pursuing for four years.

NetSuite’s top priority for growth is to move its business software into an omni-channel solution for commerce that helps retailers both with physical stores and their online marketplaces at once. “Everyone is trying to essentially deliver an Apple-like experience,” Nelson says. “Where the store recognizes you and you have the same experience online and in a physical store.”

That strategy has led NetSuite to make smaller acquisitions to have its own point-of-sale solution as well as a website design shop in Oklahoma City called Element Fusion. “This is the architecture of the future for big retailers like the Williams-Sonoma of the world,” Nelson claims.

NetSuite believes it has a simpler and easier-to-use solution than the big individual pieces a company can get from Oracle and SAP. And while others like Square are looking to help with marketing for small to medium-sized brick-and-mortar businesses, Nelson doesn’t see that cohort handling large retailers with major online operations anytime soon.

Now NetSuite has to prove to customers it can integrate Bronto in a way that doesn’t make business more complicated for its users. Nelson says the company is “religious” about careful integration and sharing NetSuite knowledge back with anyone it buys.

To reach the next level of size and impact, however, will take NetSuite some time, even if the Bronto acquisition goes smoothly. Blame that on the complicated nature of switching services and incoming customers over ERP, Nelson says. “Unless you are sick, you don’t replace your heart. But this is the core business system once you are in there. So we are just at the beginning of a 20-year journey.”

 

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EZtax® ERP Tax Interface Achieves Certified Integration With SAP® ERP - PR Newswire (press release)

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EZtax® (fka BillSoft, Inc.) announced today that EZtax's ERP Tax Interface 1.0, a tax calculation engine, has achieved certified integration with the SAP® ERP application. The solution has been proven to integrate with SAP ERP 6.0, providing computation of U.S. sales and use taxes using the standard interface in SAP ERP.

The SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that EZtax ERP Tax Interface 1.0 integrates with SAP ERP 6.0 to exchange critical data with instances of SAP Business Suite software. The EZtax ERP Tax Interface product receives data from SAP ERP and determines tax jurisdictions, calculates taxes, then returns these calculated results back to SAP ERP. This occurs during the master data address maintenance to retrieve the appropriate tax jurisdiction code and also during order and invoice processing in SAP ERP to retrieve tax rates and tax amounts. The EZtax ERP Tax Interface product generates the appropriate tax information for legal and compliance reporting purposes.

"We are elated to announce the successful achievement of SAP certification for our EZtax ERP Tax Interface product," said EZtax CEO, Tim Lopatofsky. "The team has worked hard to receive this certification, and we are excited about the opportunities for growth as we continue to work with companies using SAP ERP for sales and use tax purposes. We see this as an opportunity to greatly expand our relationships and to add clients utilizing SAP software."

EZtax specifically engineered the robust solution to leverage the business potential of assets provided by solutions from SAP and utilize premier software products and services available from EZtax. The solution is managed and supported by EZtax's internal Consulting, Engineering, Support and Tax Research professionals.

As a result of the certified integration, EZtax now provides a straightforward, easy-to-use tax interface between SAP ERP and EZtax software. The EZtax ERP Tax Interface automatically allows customers to remain current on jurisdictional information, receive up-to-date taxation rate information, calculate taxes, access an extensive catalogue of taxation types and generate accurate compliance reports.

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EZtax® offers indirect taxation solutions for thousands of distinct products and services with taxation in over 100 countries, representing more than 70,000 jurisdictions.  EZtax® offers "Your Total Tax Solution", which encompasses geocoding, tax calculation, consulting, and compliance services, while supporting all major platform environments and many standard interfaces. We make it EZ!

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Sharks near agreement to stay at SAP Center, their home since 1993-94 - ESPN

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks are close to finalizing an agreement to extend their lease at the SAP Center.

Chief operating officer John Tortora issued a statement Monday saying the team is confident the new lease will be finalized with the city shortly. The team's current lease expires June 30, 2018.

Tortora says team owner Hasso Plattner is committed to San Jose for the long term and wants to play in the arena that bears the name of the company he co-founded.

The Sharks moved into their current arena before the 1993-94 season after playing their first two seasons at the Cow Palace in Daly City.



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