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Thứ Ba, 30 tháng 4, 2013

BYOD, COPE and M2M: SAP Reveals Next Generation M2M - MSPmentor

SAP Vice President of Product Management Benjamin Wesson said SAP wants to promote the next generation of M2M.


While managed services providers (MSPs) have been analyzing various ways to control mobile end users through bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE) mobility models, others have been focusing on making data available. Machine-to-machine (M2M) is nothing new to the IT channel, but its momentum has been pushed aside by mobile device management (MDM), said SAP (NYSE: SAP) Vice President of Product Management Benjamin Wesson (pictured) in a phone interview with MSPmentor. Here's what you need to know about his vision for M2M.

Let's start with a definition. Wesson defined M2M as a bidirectional communication with control over remote assets deployed in the field. He explained that M2M started out as a way to collect data from devices, but it slowly disappeared into the distance. Wesson attributed this outcome to a procedural uncertainty: What do I do with all of this collected data?

The next generation of data M2M, he explained, will address this underlying issue. He described the next generation of M2M as a world where business owners can create predictive models and correlate data. In this model data can be collected from multiple sources without human intervention. It is a self-learning system. Wesson said M2M aims to provide businesses and employees with greater insight which informs their response to real world events, as well as increased efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.

M2M is BYOD's distant cousin

BYOD and M2M are distant cousins, Wesson said. A BYOD administrator is an IT person, while those involved with M2M are business owners searching for ways to differentiate their products -- they're different buyers.

"BYOD is all about control and locking down functions" he said. "M2M is about enablement, making data available."

Where should M2M implementation begin?

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of SAP, 30 percent of IT decision makers believe that smart cities would more than likely benefit from M2M technologies. This includes highly intelligent cities capable of analyzing large amounts of data from connected devices to improve urban life. Increasing mobiliy among the work force was also identified as a opportunity for M2M in the workplace.

Will companies fall behind the competition if they do not implement M2M technologies? When will our mobility discussion shift more toward M2M, instead of BYOD and COPE?

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Wladimir: I will show Pianeta his limits as a fighter this Saturday - Boxing News -

Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) and Francesco Pianeta (28-0, 15 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference at the SAP arena in Mannheim to talk about their fight on May 4. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and his undefeated Italian contender Pianeta will face off next Saturday at the SAP arena Mannheim, Germany.

Wladimir Klitschko: “I know that Francesco Pianeta will have a fight plan but there is the famous quote by Mike Tyson that says: ‘Everyone has a plan until he gets hit’. Pianeta will be super motivated and wants to use his big chance but I am very experienced and will show him his limits.”

Francesco Pianeta: “I had a very good preparation and am highly motivated. It will be my son’s birthday four days after the fight and I would like to give him the belts on this day.”

For the second time, the press conference was also broadcasted on the official Klitschko Brothers’ Google+ page ( Fans and journalists worldwide were thus able to follow Klitschko and Pianeta five days before their fight.

A video and pictures of the press conference are available on the Klitschko Facebook and Google+ page.

The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. EPIX will show the fight in the US.

Remaining tickets for the fight night are available on and via phone under +49-621-18190-333.

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Innovapptive Announces Commitment to Build a Suite of SAP Mobile Apps to ... - PR Web (press release)

Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Innovapptive Inc., an SAP certified® partner and a premier SAP Mobility solutions provider, announced its commitment to design and build a suite of SAP certified SAP certified® mobile apps by end of 2nd quarter 2014. The suite of SAP Mobile apps will support mobilization of enterprises by specific business processes and industry. The SAP Mobile Apps will be branded under the umbrella of mPower – Mobile Power to empower your workforce and will be categorized into the following suites by business process:

  • mPower Sales & Marketing ™

  • mPower Finance ™

  • mPower Field Services ™

  • mPower HR ™

  • mPower Supply Chain ™

This announcement comes at a time when Innovapptive has already achieved the recognition of becoming an SAP Mobile Apps development leader by certifying 10 SAP Certified® mobile apps by end of May 2013. Innovapptive’s rise within the SAP Enterprise Mobility space is a direct reflection of the company’s vision, execution and commitment to go beyond building a few pre-packaged SAP mobile apps. Innovapptive will become the no.1 SAP mobile apps partner, based on the sheer volume of apps that it makes commercially available on the SAP, Apple and Google Stores. These SAP Certified Apps® can be rapidly deployed on-premise or on the cloud to promote a plug ‘n’ play and a pay-as-you-go model for enterprises looking to mobilize rapidly.

“Unlike our competitors, we are not in the business to win short term gains by solely building a few SAP Certified® Mobile Apps to market our capabilities. We are committed to truly resolving our customers challenges by providing a comprehensive suite of SAP mobile apps that our customers can pick and choose to mobilize their workforce”, said Sundeep V. Ravande, President and co-founder. Mr. Ravande further added that the benefits of a pre-packaged SAP mobile app coupled with cloud mobility are a no brainer to make an enterprise elastic, agile, and rapidly ‘Mobile’. However, enterprises have not yet widely embraced pre-packaged SAP Mobile Apps; despite the daunting challenges they face by the BYOD push to develop secured cross-platform mobile apps. The design and build of in-house cross platform mobile apps are time consuming and enterprises are taking longer than expected to mobilize their workforce. This trend of enterprises building in-house mobile apps is a direct reflection of the quality and use cases that these commercially pre-packaged SAP mobile apps resolve.

Innovapptive’s President and co-founder, Sundeep V. Ravande, highlighted in his blog, the company’s vision of building a suite of SAP Mobile Apps to resolve customer pain points. Innovapptive will be showcasing these SAP certified® mobile apps and their entire portfolio at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual conference. Visitors will have the opportunity to first-hand experience Innovapptive’s SAP Certified® Mobile apps intuitive screens and simple flows that address critical and complex business processes, both at the SAP Partner test drive tables as well as at their own booth (Booth# 2621a). Innovapptive will offer visitors to their booth a 30-day free trial to test-drive its SAP certified mobile apps on the cloud with demo data integration through demonstration systems.

About Innovapptive

Innovapptive Inc. is an SAP Certified partner specializing in Enterprise Mobility - Development, Consulting and Staffing within the Source to Pay, Finance and Analytics business processes by providing a wide range of SAP product engineering and consulting services. Innovapptive’s expertise in SAP Mobile Apps, Product Development, business strategy, transformation, implementation, deployment and operations offers our clients a wide range of end-to-end solutions that maximize their business productivity.

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Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot - Register

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software.

CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales.

Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the company on growth and market share, according to latest numbers from Gartner.

Salesforce’s CRM business made $2.52bn in revenues in 2012 - giving it 14 per cent of the CRM market and a growth of 26 per cent.

SAP made $2.32bn but was more or less flat, with just 0.1 per cent growth, with the company carving out 12.9 per cent of the CRM pie.

Gartner attributed the strong performance to intense competition for the so-called mid-market, a strong opportunity outside the saturated "enterprise", as well as the fact that SAP’s revenue figures had been handicapped by the weakened euro.

SAP remained the single largest CRM company in Western and Eastern Europe, Gartner said. On a worldwide basis, CRM software revenue grew 12.5 per cent to $18bn, and CRM grew three times the average for all enterprise software – that includes operating systems, productivity, ERP and security software.

Joanne Correia, Gartner vice president, said in a statement: “Competition among CRM software vendors really heated up in 2012, as major players continued to vie for broader market penetration internationally and more widespread adoption within midsize to large enterprises.”

The news means, by default, Salesforce is also bigger on an individual basis than than Larry Ellison’s Oracle and also larger than Microsoft and IBM.

Ellison, who has been champing at the bit to rob SAP of its title as world’s largest maker of business software by selling more Oracle CRM and ERP, made just $2bn on the CRM front during 2012. Oracle outsold SAP, growing 7.8 per cent, but Oracle still took substantially less of the whole market - 11.1 per cent, according to Gartner.

Microsoft and IBM came in fourth and fifth respectively. ®

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Thứ Hai, 29 tháng 4, 2013

SAP launches ride-sharing app TwoGo - PCWorld

SAP has expanded its foray into corporate sustainability with the release of a carpooling application called TwoGo.

The cloud-based software uses Nokia’s Here mapping technology and has been in use internally at SAP since July 2011, according to the announcement released Monday. SAP and its employees have derived about $5 million in benefits from the application thanks to lower fuel usage, employee travel reimbursements and other savings, SAP said.

SAP’s TwoGo uses Nokia’s Here mapping technology.

TwoGo has benefited SAP’s corporate culture as well, helping to rack up thousands of days’ worth of “networking time” among employees who have used the service, according to SAP.

While there are other ride-sharing applications in the market, TwoGo automatically matches up employees who are looking to share rides based on their preferred timing, location and other factors, rather than making users go through lists to find ride partners that fit their schedules, SAP said.

It’s also possible for TwoGo users to create carpools with workers at other companies, provided they are also TwoGo users. TwoGo is also usable in conjunction with calendar software that has compatibility with Apple’s iCal, SAP said.

Specific pricing for TwoGo wasn’t revealed but the software is available via “affordable” annual subscriptions, according to SAP’s announcement.

SAP has made a big push around corporate sustainability in recent years, both from a product perspective as well as by publicizing its own efforts to lower the company’s carbon footprint.

There seems to be less emphasis of late from the SAP CEO level concerning sustainability, compared to when Leo Apotheker held that job, said Jon Reed, an independent analyst who closely tracks the company.

Still, “I think SAP is very committed to it because there’s an unquestioned financial benefit, and their customers are just as interested in it as SAP is,” he said.

On the product front, SAP’s sustainability catalog remains a work in progress, but that’s partly because the concept faces similar challenges to social networking in a corporate setting, Reed added. “You can’t just slather a layer over the top,” he said. “[Sustainability] has to be embedded in processes.”

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SAP toppled from CRM top spot by aggressive Salesforce - CRN - UK

Salesforce has knocked rival SAP from the top spot in the CRM market as its revenue for 2012 rocketed by more than a quarter.

Last year, Salesforce's worldwide CRM software revenue grew annually by 26 per cent to $2.5bn (£8.06bn), overtaking SAP's CRM sales figure of $2.3bn, which only grew by 0.1 per cent over the same period. The pair's market share for 2012 stood at 14 and 12.9 per cent respectively.

Overall, the CRM market grew 12.5 per cent in 2012 to $18bn; three times the average market growth for all enterprise software, according to Gartner.

All the top-five vendors enjoyed a boom in their CRM sales last year, with Microsoft and IBM joining Salesforce in posting double-digit annual growth for the year – 26 per cent and 39 per cent respectively. Oracle's CRM revenue for 2012 rose by 7.8 per cent to top the $2bn sales mark.

Gartner's vice president Joanne Correia said intense competition drove the market's growth.

"Competition among CRM software vendors really heated up in 2012, as major players continued to vie for broader market penetration internationally and more widespread adoption within mid-size to large enterprises," she explained.

The top five CRM vendors – Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM – accounted for almost half of the CRM software revenue last year, despite sales for the remaining CRM vendors growing annually by 10.7 per cent to $9.4bn last year.

While SAP lost its crown as the worldwide CRM leader last year, it remained the biggest vendor in terms of revenue in western and eastern Europe. The two regions, along with North America, accounted for 80 per cent of total CRM software revenue in 2012.

Forty per cent of CRM sales in 2012 were SaaS-based, and Gartner added that organisations of all sizes were keen to replace legacy systems with alternatives.

Ian Siebert, managing director of reseller CRM Online, said his business has benefited from the surge in demand for cloud-based products.

"More and more businesses are looking at moving to the cloud, and we are seeing growth," he said.

"Small businesses especially know that moving all business applications to the cloud means they are backed up and that this makes it easier to get on and grow their businesses."

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Nokia and SAP team up on TwoGo ride-sharing platform - GigaOM

31 mins ago Apr. 29, 2013 - 5:40 AM PDT

SAP has launched a cloud-based corporate ride-sharing platform called TwoGo, with Nokia providing the location component.

The service is for companies that want to quickly roll out a ride-sharing scheme for their employees – as is generally the case with such schemes, the advantages range from greater environment-friendliness to lower petrol costs and the need for fewer parking places. As Peter Graf, SAP’s sustainability chief, put it in a statement:

“We’ve combined our mobile and cloud technologies into a carpooling solution to help provide immediate economic, environmental and social benefits to companies and their employees. As such, we expect TwoGo to not only help people and businesses save money and greenhouse gas emissions, but to also connect people more closely with each other and with the company they work for.”

TwoGo works on the web and on mobile devices. Employees can enter their travel preferences, after which Nokia’s Here platform kicks in to display likely matches. Here is (in this writer’s opinion) Nokia’s big hedge against a post-hardware future, and this deal is significant for taking the location-based services platform into the enterprise. “We believe that location will be the new frontier of technology across industries,” Nokia mapping chief Christof Hellmis said in the statement.

Although it is particularly well-suited to large enterprises — the travel giant Thomas Cook is the first announced customer, having taken part in the beta program – SAP is also pitching TwoGo at smaller companies, as employees of neighbouring businesses can share rides too.

Handily, TwoGo also works with the likes of Microsoft Outlook and Google Apps (anything iCal-compatible will do) so that ride schedules can be integrated with corporate calendars. SAP has been using TwoGo internally for almost two years, and claims to have “generated more than $5 million in value for the company” through fuel and maintenance savings, lower travel expense reimbursements, cutting down on emissions and, of course, getting more employees talking to one another as they travel to work and back.

According to a separate blog post from Nokia, TwoGo is currently available for licensing by companies in the U.S. and Germany, with other countries coming online soon.

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An Armstrong-area birch tree tapper says heavy snow remaining in the bush has buried his tap lines, delaying the sap harvest. An Armstrong-area birch tree tapper says heavy snow remaining in the bush has buried his tap lines, delaying the sap harvest. (Supplied)

Spring's late arrival in Thunder Bay has caused some problems for a local birch syrup producer.

The owner of Boreal Birch Syrup said there are still a few feet of snow up the Armstrong highway, where he taps the trees — and his tap lines are buried.

“We're setting up a whole set of new lines to accommodate that, and we'll be using a pump system far more than we ever have before,” Dave Challen said.

“Usually we collect with an ATV and a sap trailer. That's not possible this year.

Challen said he's at least a week behind schedule, but he doesn't anticipate any delays in getting his product to store shelves this year.

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Forrester Names SAP A Global Power Seller In Banking Platform -

SAP AG has announced that it has been positioned by Forrester Research Inc. as a Global Power Seller in its report, “Global Banking Platform Deals in 2012.” In the evaluation, Forrester recognised 39 new named deals closed by SAP in seven regions, ranking SAP as a top vendor for new named deals and global power seller.

“Over the past year, SAP has significantly expanded its global footprint by enabling banking customers to innovate and streamline their core banking processes,” said Falk Rieker, Global Head, Industry Business Unit Banking, SAP. “Intuitive solutions from SAP are supported by industry-specific knowledge and best practices in banking. The results of the Forrester report reflect the substantial investment we have made in this industry to help financial institutions around the world become more customer-centric across all channels, reduce cost and complexity and more easily manage regulatory and risk compliance.”

Forrester evaluated nearly 1,900 banking platform deals submitted by 29 vendors against several criteria reflecting the firm’s guidelines, including banking platform functionality, banking-specific functionality, new customers and new consideration of extended business and named wins. The top 10 vendors grew 24 percent for net new names in 2012. According to the report, “Six of the top 10 vendors grew their counted new named deals; SAP turned in the strongest performance, with deal growth in the 250 percent range. Even removing pure Sybase deals leaves SAP with triple-digit growth rates.”

Financial Services at SAP is growing rapidly, with a customer base of more than 5,700 financial customers, making it a valuable asset for collaboration and co-innovation. A major element of SAP’s approach is both understanding the specifics of the industry and addressing the needs of different industry segments.

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Aker Solutions Slumps as Cost Overruns Sap Earnings: Oslo Mover - Bloomberg

Aker Solutions ASA (AKSO), the oil services group controlled by billionaire Kjell Inge Roekke, fell the most in 4 1/2 years in Oslo after warning first quarter profit will trail estimates by more than 20 percent.

The Oslo-based company slumped as much as 22 percent, the most since Oct. 24, 2008, and traded 21 percent lower at 83.9 kroner as of 9:05 a.m. local time. More than 1.22 million shares have been traded so far, more than the average daily volume during the last three months.

Aker Solutions expects to report earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of 868 million kroner ($148.8 million) and revenue of 11.1 billion kroner, it said today. The company was expected to report Ebitda of 1.13 billion kroner, according to the average of 13 analyst estimates. Revenue was seen at 11.5 billion, the average of 15 estimates shows.

Earnings were hit by increased costs for the Ekofisk Zulu platform project and losses at the umbilicals and oilfield services and marine assets divisions, Aker Solutions said.

“The slow start to 2013 is truly disappointing,” Executive Chairman Oeyvind Eriksen said in the statement. “As lost or postponed contract awards are part of the game, some of the quality issues are, simply speaking, unacceptable.”

“There’s a wide-spread disappointment on execution issues in several divisions, including Maintenance, Modifications and Operations and Umbilicals,” ABG Sundal Collier Holdings analyst Haakon Amundsen said by phone from Oslo. “Some of the problems slide into the second quarter, so estimates for the full-year will come down quite significantly, certainly more than 10 percent.”

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Chủ Nhật, 28 tháng 4, 2013

SAP 505 World Championship - Great start for Boehm and Roos - Sail World

The SAP 505 World Championship is now underway. There are two casinos within walking distance of the Barbados Yacht Club, and if anybody ought to hit the casinos tonight, it's German skipper Stefan Boehm, winner of the opening two races.

Racing continues through Friday in the sparkling Caribbean off Bridgetown, Barbados, where German sailors hold the top three spots on the leaderboard. In sailor-talk, Boehm and crewman Gerald Roos started hard-left in race one and led at every mark. They started hard-right in race two and led at every mark except one.

In the ever-changing world of wind and water, there is always a reason to favor one side of the racecourse or the other. At that second-race start, Boehm and Roos were looking at another left-favored situation, but—

The wind had only recently shifted direction to make the left side a quicker course to the first mark. 'We believed it had to come back to the right,' Boehm said. 'We bet on the right. It was kind of risky.' And for the first few minutes it looked like a bad bet. If the wind had remained stable from that point on, Boehm and Roos would have been lucky to finish in the middle of the fleet. But they got the wind shift they had bet on. Suddenly a transformed playing field favored the right-hand side. Boehm and Roos led the fleet around the weather mark, and to go back to sailor-speak, they were 'launched.'

Since 1954, 5O5 dinghies—about 16 feet long, or 5.05 meters—have been a staple of international sailing competition, attracting top talent and, just as importantly, holding that talent in the embrace of what the class calls 'family.' Sailors come to 5O5s and stay. In the big picture, that is a big part of why SAP has chosen to invest in the class and bring SAP Analytics to bear to make the sailing even better, collecting and analyzing data in real time for the sailor's 'news-you-can-use' as soon as the sailors come off the water.

Joining Boehm and Roos after the races in the SAP sailors' lounge were Class Lehmann and Leon Oehme, second in the standings with finishes of second and fourth, and past world champion Wolfgang Hunger with crewman Holger Jess, third on finishes of third and sixth. There are 76 boats entered, but seven of those did not compete, six are which are boats stuck in a container from the West Coast of the USA, not yet picked up from the dock in Trinidad.

That's an unfortunate story all around, especially for the Barbados team of Jason Tindale and Robert Povey, who have never sailed a 5O5 but thought they would get the chance through the generosity of a 5O5 believer who sincerely tried to provide a boat for them to sail.

In a change to the sailing instructions, the race committee announced late today that the racing calendar for Sunday has been expanded from one to two races, starting at noon local time.

But that dice cup on the table, Stefan. Can we have just a peek inside?

Current Overall Race Results going into DAY Two of racing:

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Thứ Bảy, 27 tháng 4, 2013

SAP to Double Africa Workforce While Courting Oil-Rich States - Bloomberg

SAP AG (SAP), the biggest maker of business-management software, is pushing further into oil- and gas-rich African countries as growth in Europe remains subdued and Asian markets slow.

Pfungwa Serima, who heads SAP’s operations in the region, has been meeting with ministers from African countries as good relations with governments are crucial for business expansion, he said in an interview. SAP plans to double the number of employees in Africa to about 1,200 by 2015.

“Africa is the last frontier remaining on this globe where real opportunities are,” Serima said over dinner in Johannesburg, where SAP has its headquarters for the region. “We believe in Angola because of its openness with oil and gas. We believe in the potential of Ivory Coast. We’re very close to what’s happening in Ghana; and the potential of Nigeria, it’s just a matter of time, but it’s one of the giants on the continent.”

The economy in sub-Saharan Africa will grow 5.6 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014, the International Monetary Fund said April 16. That compares with a forecast of 4 percent growth for the global economy next year. SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, last week reported first-quarter software sales and profit that missed analyst estimates as it struggled to seal new contracts in the Asia-Pacific area.

SAP shares rose 0.5 percent to 58.02 euros at 9:53 a.m. in Frankfurt. That brought the stock’s gain to 18 percent in 12 months, giving the company a market value of 71.3 billion euros ($92.6 billion).

Growth Plan

Software revenue from customers in Asia-Pacific and Japan, where SAP had posted the most growth in recent years, fell 15 percent. Co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said the region will be “back on track” this quarter after China’s first-quarter growth dropped and the country’s public sector slowed spending amid a transition to a new government.

By contrast, license sales in Africa grew more than 10 percent in the three months through March. SAP doesn’t break out revenue for the continent.

“We are going to the board in October to present our growth plan and part of that will be talking about amplifying our presence on the continent,” said Serima, who’s had meetings with ministers of Ivory Coast and Senegal over the last four weeks.

Oracle Challenge

Businesses have focused too much on other emerging markets, such as China, while Africa with more than 1 billion people has been misunderstood, Serima said. Problems such as a lack of education and oppressive governments have added to the misconception, said Serima.

“They look at it as one country,” said Serima, a Zimbabwean. “Education and the availability of skills has always been an issue. Africa has had a few issues around dictators that still remain. If we can embrace democracy in Africa that will be a step change in the right direction.”

Since taking office in 2010, co-CEOs McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have expanded the software maker’s offering with mobile and Web-based software and they have deployed the fast Hana database to challenge its biggest competitor Oracle Corp. (ORCL) in its core market. SAP plans to lift revenue to more than 20 billion euros in 2015, compared with last year’s sales of 16.2 billion euros.

Mobile Banking

Apart from delivering software to foreign companies expanding into Africa, SAP is also seeking local clients.

SAP has been working with South Africa’s Standard Bank Group Ltd. (SBK) to bring mobile banking services to people who don’t have a bank account, reporting 550,000 customers in February, a year after the project started. The company also targets governments with Hana-supported software that helps detect tax evasion and social services fraud.

“If we can assist governments, it gives us an opportunity to participate in whatever they want to do,” Serima said. “They’ve embraced the idea of service delivery and as such it is becoming easier for them to accept the fact that organizations like SAP will make a change.”

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Obama defends GOP outreach, even if some think he's a 'sap' - The Hill (blog)

President Obama said Wednesday that he would continue reaching across the aisle to Republican lawmakers even if some of his donors "think I'm a sap."

The president spoke Wednesday at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Dallas, the fifth fundraiser he's held since being sworn in for a second term earlier this year. Obama told the attendees, who paid between $10,000 and $32,400 to attend the dinner, that while he was proud of his first term, the country "still had work to do."

“Unfortunately, right now Washington is not – how do I put this charitably? It’s not as functional as it should be," Obama said. "It could do better.”

The president also pledged to continue his charm offensive with Republicans. Tuesday night, Obama hosted a gathering of the Senate's female members — including four Republicans — at the White House. In previous weeks, the president has dined on multiple occasions with groups of Republican lawmakers in an effort to find common ground on budget and policy issues.

“Occasionally I may make some of you angry because I’m going to reach out to Republicans, and I’m going to keep on doing it,” he said. “Even if some of you think I’m a sap, I’m going to keep on doing it because that’s what I think the country needs.”

The president added that he would still prefer that Democrats control Congress, saying that when his party can set the agenda, "we don't have a country where just a few are doing really well."

The president is in Dallas for the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library on Thursday, and the fundraiser was held in a ritzy neighborhood just a mile away from the home of Obama's predecessor. Obama said he was "really looking forward" to the celebration, which will be attended by all the living former presidents.

"One of the things I will insist upon is whatever our political differences, President Bush loves this country and loves its people and shares that same concern, and was concerned about all people in America, not just those who voted Republican," Obama said. "I think that’s true about him and I think that’s true about most of us.”

The president was joined at the dinner by first lady Michelle Obama and top White House and Democratic officials, including advisers Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer; Ron Kirk, the former Dallas mayor and former U.S. Trade Representative; and Henry Munoz III, the DNC's finance chair.

The event was held at the home of Naomi Aberly, a top bundler for both of Obama's presidential campaigns. According to campaign finance records, Aberly has also donated to Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). Aberly has also donated to causes including Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List, records show.

Following tomorrow's remarks at the Bush library unveiling, Obama will attend a memorial service for the victims of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion on the campus of Baylor University. The president will then meet with residents of the town before heading back to Washington, the White House said Wednesday.

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Instant Spring: 70s arrive; Sunday thunder threat? Maple sap boon - Minnesota Public Radio

Posted at 5:46 PM on April 26, 2013 by Paul Huttner (0 Comments)

Filed under: Spring 2013

Suddenly Spring

It's amazing what sunshine and 70s will do for Minnesotans after a long winter.

People are pouring into the streets and parks this weekend. The sound of rakes scratching away a winter's worth of gunk on newly exposed matted lawns has replaced the sound of shovels scraping icy walkways.

Was that a leaf blower I heard today?

Our spring fling continues this weekend. Look for more neighbors emerging from 6 months of hibernation this weekend.

The 70s will hold this weekend in Minnesota. I won't be shocked to see a few local bank and backyard thermometers in southern Minnesota. and maybe even the metro touch the 80F mark by Sunday afternoon.


With all that warmth can a the season's 1st thunder threat be far behind? Of course not.

Look for a few stray thunderstorms to billow in the afternoon sky Sunday, with a bigger outbreak looking more likely by Tuesday.

From snow to thunder in a week?

Welcome to Minnesota. Land of 10,000 weather extremes.

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Instant June:

It's almost too good to be true...and too fast. Our latest version of weather whiplash comes courtesy of the season's 1st real warm front.

Why not get the season's 1st 60F and 70F out of the way all at once? No easy, gradual spring warm up here. Go big or go home.

We hit 71F at MSP Airport Friday. Let me type that again...We hit 71F at MSP Airport Friday. Ah...That felt good.

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We'll bask in more 70s this weekend in southern Minnesota...with 60s up north. Temps may come dangerously, blissfully close to 80F in southwest Minnesota Sunday.

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Sunday Thunder Threat?

There are 2 seasonal transitions in Minnesota.

1) Winter and Road Construction.

2) Winter and Severe Weather Season.

You knew it wouldn't be long.

A weak cool front will cut into our balmy Sunday air mass as it drifts lazily southeast Sunday afternoon.

With temps in the upper 70s, and strong April sunshine there will be just enough instability to fire off a few thunderstorms Sunday afternoon & evening. It looks like the best chance will be from the metro north. Don't be surprised if you see some strange looking towering cumulus clouds in the afternoon and evening sky Sunday.

Moisture looks limited, but there is about a 40% chance a few scattered T-Storms will rumble through eastern Minnesota including the metro Sunday afternoon and evening.

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With limited moisture I'm not too concerned about severe weather...but winds will twist enough with height that I can't rule out a strong storm or two.

SPC has not "risked" Minnesota, but is recognizing the potential for "general" T-Storms.

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On Tuesday, a stronger more potent cold front approaches Minnesota from the west.This looks like the better more organized threat for strong storms and potentially the 1st big severe weather outbreak of the season in Minnesota.

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Temps should stay or near the 70 degree mark into Tuesday.

Next Week: Colder days ahead?

Breaking this too you very...very gently. But the trend I identified a few days back regarding a potential cool down late next week still looks likely.

Models still disagree on the magnitude of the cool off, but the Euro is gung ho on spinning a deep "cut-off" low over Minnesota by next Thursday.

If that happens, temps will plunge...and the "S-Word" could creep back into the forecast next Thursday.

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Stay tuned...and enjoy the 70s this weekend. They'll be back.

Maple Sap 2013: A good year!

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One of the best things about the Weather Lab is that we have the best group of neighbors on the planet.

It's a certainly a unique delight to have cool neighbors who make the most of what Minnesota's weather has to offer like Howie & Wendy Bennis.

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Photos Paul Huttner - MPR News

Howie & Wendy run the local "Sugar Shack" in Deephaven. On spring days, you can see faint wisps of smoke drifting from the roof vent,and smell the sweet maple nectar on the boil.

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Our instant summer last March virtually shut down maple syrup production. By contrast, our nice slow warm up this year means 2013 was a pretty good year for sappers, and the sweet nectar has been flowing strong.

I asked Wendy about how this year's weather affected maple sap production.

(My questions in bold, her answers in italics)

Hey Wendy & Howie:

I'd like to put together a blog with some of the photos I took at sugar shack...and looking for any "stats" you have about this season.

Thanks for anything you can send along!


-How much total syrup? About 80 gallons.

-Sugar content? Usually is higher at start of the season, so a bit over 3% and now running at about 2%. About 2,900 gallons of sap collected

-Best year since??? Is a good year, for sure, especially compared to last year, but not necessarily our best year.

-Still running? Collected the last sap of the season today - pulling the taps tomorrow.

-Any other interesting notes about this season? For only having about 150 taps out (compared to a typical 250 - 300), we are very happy with the volume produced. And we're pretty much all sold out!

We recently had the pleasure of a visit to the shack, and thought I'd share a few photos of the remarkable process of turning raw maple sap into delicious liquid gold.

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Hangin' at the Sugar Shack

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From tree to bucket

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Howie tends the raw product

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Sap boiler at work

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On the boil up close

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Finished product - sweet amber nectar

Pancakes anyone?

Paul Huttner

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SAP Announces First Quarter 2013 Results - Non-IFRS Software and Cloud ... - Zawya (registration) (press release)

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

SAP had a solid start to 2013 with 23% (25% at constant currencies) growth in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue. SAP achieved €824 million in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue in the first quarter.

The EMEA region saw solid growth of 13% (15% at constant currencies) in non-IFRS software and cloud subscription revenue, which is impressive in light of continued market uncertainty.

SAP HANA continues to be a major growth engine for SAP. SAP HANA software revenue tripled year-on-year, contributing €86 million to software revenue this quarter. The company also continues to expand its market leadership with strong double-digit growth in its mobile business.

The Company sees continued strong growth in the cloud. With the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions, SAP's annual cloud revenue run rate is approaching €900 million1. First quarter 2013 Non-IFRS cloud subscription and support revenue was €167 million, up 380% year-over-year. Non-IFRS deferred cloud subscription and support revenue2 was €377 million as of March 31, 2013, which is a year-over-year increase of 95%. The Company's cloud subscription and support backlog3 as of December 31, 2012 was €800 million. SAP's cloud applications total subscribers now exceed 24 million. For the Ariba segment the trailing twelve month network spend volume4 was approximately $460 billion. More than 1 million companies are connected through the Ariba network, the world's largest Web-based business trading community.

"Our industry is at a fundamental transformation point, driven by the convergence of mobile, cloud and big data. SAP's 25% growth shows that we are not only leading this change but also gaining significant worldwide market share," said SAP Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe. "Customers continue to choose our innovations to help them run better, and SAP HANA is the next-generation platform for all companies to innovate their business, drive speed across the entire enterprise and reduce costs. SAP's pipeline is strong, and we are confident that we will achieve our full-year outlook."

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SAPVoice: It's Not Too Late to Get in Shape for Summer: Companies and Employees Grapple with Weighty Questions

via SAPVoice - RUN BETTER - Forbes With summer just around the corner, many people are accelerating their fitness programs to lose weight so they look and feel better. For all the self-motivated, well-disciplined gym rats out there, there are countless others who need a little push (or coercion) in the right direction. Solutions abound from both employers and the business community at-large, offering everything from friendly support and cool technologies to programs that reward and punish. Here are a few of the latest offerings for consideration. Don’t let anything get between you and your fork: For complete peace of mind that you’re tracking how much you eat, pick up the HAPIfork, billed by HAPILABS as the world's first connected fork that will transform your relationship with food. After every meal, just plug the fork into a computer to see how fast you’re eating and get pointers on how to slow down. HAPIfork is currently seeking backers on Kickstarter. The first 2,500 people can get the fork for $89. Those interested in being in the first commercial batch can pick one up for $99. Take the flight of shame. In an unprecedented move, Samoa Air became the first airline to charge passengers by weight. Its "pay what you weigh" policy is intended to keep airfares "fair" and not charge passengers for excess baggage. The CEO of the small island airline says he hopes the policy will raise awareness of Samoa's obesity problem. Get healthy or pay up. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Michelin North America will no longer award workers automatic $600 credits toward deductibles, along with extra money for completing health-assessment surveys or participating in a nonbinding "action plan" for wellness. Now, the company will reward only those workers who meet healthy standards for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and waist size—under 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men. Employees who hit baseline requirements in three or more categories will receive up to $1,000 to reduce their annual deductibles. Those who don't qualify must sign up for a health-coaching program in order to earn a smaller credit. I’m game for just about anything that helps me stay in shape. I hired a personal trainer towards the end of winter, hoping to jump-start building strength and endurance for golf season. Eight weeks into it, I’m amazed at how much more energy I have, especially on evenings after a work-out. In fact, as a writer, my creative muse has never been stronger. My employer, SAP, is committed to create a healthy culture that supports the highest levels of engagement, creativity, and productivity. Our Business Health Culture Index (BHCI) is based on the notion that there’s a direct link between the health of employees and the company’s ability to innovate and ensure a successful future. No doubt legal battles can’t be far behind as other companies start rummaging around in everyone’s refrigerators. Meantime, I’ve already hit the fairway with promising results. The beach can’t be far behind.

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