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Poverty can sap brainpower, research shows - Los Angeles Times

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Whether you're a New Jersey mall rat or a farmer in India, being poor can sap your smarts. In fact, the mental energy required to make do with scarce resources taxes the brain so much that it can perpetuate the cycle of poverty, new research shows.



The findings, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, indicate that an urgent need — making rent, getting money for food — tugs at the attention so much that it can reduce the brainpower of anyone who experiences it, regardless of innate intelligence or personality. As a result, many social welfare programs set up to help the poor could backfire by adding more complexity to their lives.


"I think it's a game changer," said Kathleen Vohs, a behavioral scientist at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, who wasn't involved with the study.


There's a widespread tendency to assume that poor people don't have money because they are lazy, unmotivated or just not that sharp, said study coauthor Sendhil Mullainathan, a behavioral economist at Harvard University.


"That's a broad narrative that's pretty common," Mullainathan said. "Our intuition was quite different: It's not that poor people are any different than rich people, but that being poor in itself has an effect."


The problem is that it's hard to devise experiments to test this, said Eric J. Johnson, a psychologist at the Columbia Business School who was not involved in the study.


"In general, you can't randomly assign people to be poor," Johnson said.


Instead, Mullainathan has studied some of the specific consequences of being poor. Last year, he and his colleagues published work in Science showing that when people are forced to focus on a pressing financial problem like a looming utility bill, they develop tunnel vision and ignore their long-term goals.


For this new paper, the researchers wanted to find out how those psychologically draining situations affected their overall brainpower.


To do so, Mullainathan and his colleagues performed two very different studies on two very different groups of people — shoppers in a New Jersey mall and sugar cane farmers in rural India.


The shoppers were divided into groups designated as rich or poor based on their incomes. The researchers prompted them to consider their financial situations by asking them how they would pay for an unexpected car repair.


For half the subjects, the hypothetical bill was $150, a relatively low amount. For the other half, it was $1,500 — enough to make a person of modest means do some mental arithmetic.


Then the shoppers took a spatial intelligence test and another that measured their ability to control their impulses. The rich did fine no matter what the repair cost. The poor did OK too when the bill was just $150. But when it was $1,500, their IQ test scores dropped by 13 points.


The researchers surmised that concern about the looming expense had sucked up their brainpower.


"Almost like a computer that has some other process running the background, poverty creates this nagging background process and that could itself have an effect on actual cognitive capacity," Mullainathan said.


To see whether the effect was universal, the researchers traveled to India and surveyed 464 sugar cane farmers before and after a harvest.


Sugar cane farmers get paid only once a year. One month before harvest time, cash is running low; one month after harvest, they're flush with funds.


The farmers took the spatial intelligence and a different kind of cognitive control test before and after harvest. When they were strapped for cash, they performed worse on the IQ test and took slightly longer to answer questions on the cognitive control test than they did when money wasn't a problem.


The drop was substantial, Mullainathan said — about 9 IQ points.


"It's just crazy," Mullainathan said. "It was the magnitude that really put me on my heels."


The research lends support to the idea that many behaviors linked to being poor — using less preventive healthcare, having higher obesity rates, being less attentive parents and making poor financial decisions — may be caused by poverty rather than the other way around.


"It makes you think about the way people behave completely differently," Mullainathan said.


Many programs designed to help the poor require tedious paperwork, inconvenient appointments and the need to make extra financial decisions. Such requirements may undermine their intended aims, Mullainathan said.


Time is a resource anyone can run out of, Johnson said, but there are ways to reduce the burdens, whether it's filling out financial aid forms in advance, sending out reminders for payments, or setting optimal default choices for selecting healthcare.


"Governments and other people should avoid putting cognitive taxes on people" whether they're rich or poor, he said. "Making choices easier is going to help everyone. "


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New Realities Sap Appetite for Broad Energy Legislation - Wall Street Journal

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After a years-long lull, the full Senate is finally set to debate an energy bill, but the measure's slimmed-down profile represents a stark departure from the last decade.


President George W. Bush signed two energy laws, in 2005 and 2007, that rewrote government policies in every major energy sector, from natural-gas drilling to corn-based ethanol fuel. In President Barack Obama's first term, the economic-stimulus law contained billions of dollars of new federal spending to jump-start wind and solar power. And the House passed a broad bill capping greenhouse-gas emissions in 2009 that failed to make it through the Senate.


This time, the Senate is looking at budgeting about $35 million a year to help businesses conserve energy and handing out stars to the ones that do it well.


"It's a skinnied-down version," said co-sponsor Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican. "We have made some changes to it to accommodate some of the concerns, particularly that some Republicans had."


The current stasis on Capitol Hill reflects both political gridlock, which hardened after the 2010 midterm elections, and easing fears of energy insecurity thanks to a boom in U.S. oil and natural-gas production.



People in Washington still have plenty of big ideas: Environmentalists dream of a bill to address climate change, while industry supporters say the U.S. needs to open up more federal lands and ocean waters for drilling. But the lack of an impending crisis like the spike of oil prices in 2007-08 has removed the political imperative for lawmakers to take up sweeping changes.


"The new normal is no, big comprehensive bills," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a coalition of industry and nonprofit groups.


Mr. Portman and co-sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) first unveiled their energy-conservation bill at a 2011 Capitol Hill news conference alongside executives of companies that manufacture insulation and other energy-efficiency products, including Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning .


"Action on energy policy can't wait for another election," Ms. Shaheen said at the time. The bill made it through the Energy Committee on an 18-3 vote but died without being heard on the Senate floor.


In April of this year, the senators introduced a new version that no longer included a provision authorizing government-backed loans for businesses to make energy-efficiency upgrades. Many Republicans grew skeptical of those subsidies after solar-energy firms receiving similar loans under the stimulus law filed for bankruptcy.


The new bill again cleared a committee vote by a wide margin. Then, in July, the sponsors introduced yet another version, subtracting a grant program that would help states finance energy-efficiency projects. Some lawmakers felt that provision would conflict with existing programs at the Department of Energy, according to people familiar with the matter.


The bill now authorizes about $350 million of spending over 10 years, compared with the roughly $1 billion cost of the bill that passed the energy committee in 2011. It would pay for the new programs by cutting existing funding for the Department of Energy.


The full Senate is set to take up the bill on Sept. 10.


Ms. Shaheen describes the bill as a down payment on more-ambitious legislation. "I hope we pass this bill in September and then use the momentum to further pursue bipartisan efforts to address our country's energy needs," she said.


Mr. Portman, who drives a hybrid Chevrolet pickup truck and uses air from geothermal wells to cut his heating and air-conditioning bills, said the idea that "we ought to use what we have more efficiently" is a conservative value that also has environmental benefits, making it "a terrific opportunity for us to find common ground."


If the stripped-down bill passes the Senate, it would move to the Republican-controlled House, where its prospects are less certain.


Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), the House majority whip and leader of a House working group on energy issues, said in a statement that he supports energy-efficiency goals, but "any government spending to displace natural choices made in the marketplace will cost the American taxpayer."


—Keith Johnson contributed to this article.

Write to Ryan Tracy at ryan.tracy@dowjones.com


A version of this article appeared August 30, 2013, on page A4 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: New Realities Sap Appetite for Broad Energy Legislation.







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WALLDORF, Germany, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SAP /quotes/zigman/126928/quotes/nls/sap SAP -0.67% today announced that it will be presenting at the following events:


SAP Presentation at Investor Conference in New York


Werner Brandt, CFO and Member of the SAP Executive Board, will speak at the Citi 2013 Global Technology Conference in New York on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 2:15pm (CET) / 1:15pm (UK) / 8:15am (Eastern) / 5:15am (Pacific).


SAP Presentation at Investor Conference in Las Vegas


Vishal Sikka, Member of the SAP Executive Board, will speak at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 6:30pm (CET) / 5:30pm (UK) / 12:30pm (Eastern) / 9:30am (Pacific).


Live audio webcasts for the above mentioned presentations will be available via SAP's Investor Relations website: www.sap.com/investor


About SAP As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP /quotes/zigman/126928/quotes/nls/sap SAP -0.67% helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 248,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.


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Poverty can sap people's ability to think clearly - New Scientist

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It's the cruel cycle of poverty. The many challenges that come with being poor can sap people's ability to think clearly, according to a new study. The findings suggest that governments should think twice before tying up social-assistance programmes in confusing red tape.


Sociologists have long known that poor people are less likely to take medications, keep appointments, or be attentive parents. "Poor people make poorer decisions. They do. The question is why," says Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But does bad decision-making help cause poverty, or does poverty interfere with decision-making?


To explore this question, psychologist Eldar Shafir at Princeton University and his colleagues took advantage of a natural experiment. Small-scale sugar-cane farmers in Tamil Nadu in southern India receive most of their year's income all at once, shortly after the annual harvest. As a result, the same farmer can be poor before harvest and relatively rich after. And indeed, Shafir's team found that farmers had more loans, pawned more belongings, and reported more difficulty paying bills before the harvest than after.


IQ drop


The researchers visited 464 farmers in 54 villages both before and after harvest. At each visit, they gave the farmers two tests of their cognitive ability: a multiple-choice pattern-matching test, and one in which they had to declare the number of digits shown rather then their value: seeing "5 5 5" but saying "three", for example.


The farmers scored significantly lower on the tests before the harvest, when money was tight, suggesting that their worries made it harder to think clearly. In fact, worrying about money impaired the farmers' thinking almost as much as going without sleep for a full night, and was the equivalent of a 13-point drop in IQ.


Looking at the same individuals before and after they received their pay packet meant that the team controlled for other factors that likely contribute to cognitive abilities, such as family background, childhood nutrition, limited education and exposure to lead or other toxins.


Mental bandwidth


The most likely explanation for the results is that people have a limited amount of "mental bandwidth", and financial worries leave less available for other cognitive tasks, says Shafir. If so, then poor people's bad decision-making may be at least partly a result of their circumstances, not due to any intrinsic lack of intelligence, says Smeeding, who was not involved in the study.


Shafir's study is an important advance, says Ann Stevens, an economist who directs the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis. If poverty makes people think less clearly, then even small social programmes to improve their lot may let them devote more attention to staying healthy, being better parents and the like. That could bring social benefits that are not usually counted in cost-benefit analyses of welfare programmes, she says.


Limited mental bandwidth also means governments should be careful not to add too much paperwork to poor people's burden. "A typical poor citizen comes to you poor in money and poor in bandwidth," says Shafir. "When you give them a 30-page application form [for social assistance], you're putting a pretty massive charge on their bandwidth."


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BlackLine Systems to Deliver Two Presentations with SAP at Financials 2013 ... - Wall Street Journal

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SAP finance solutions executive to join BlackLine APAC director of operations to discuss the importance of the account reconciliation process, best practices for a faster close


SYDNEY and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise-class financial close software provider BlackLine Systems will be leading two sessions, presenting alongside enterprise application software leader SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), next week at the Financials 2013 conference in Singapore.


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The sessions, which are part of the Financial Close and Consolidations Track, will show how finance, accounting, audit and compliance executives can further ensure the integrity of their balance sheets -- and ultimately financial reports -- by implementing software to automate the traditionally manual, labor-intensive and spreadsheet-driven account reconciliation process.


Several customer case studies will be presented showing the ease of integrating BlackLine solutions with SAP(R) applications. The case studies highlight the key benefits and return on investment (ROI) large organisations have realised since using BlackLine alongside SAP solutions on a global basis.


The presentations are designed to inform customers, whether operating in an environment of only SAP solutions or applications from multiple vendors, how account reconciliation process optimisation can help them achieve a quicker and more accurate financial close.


Featured speakers include:



-- Dr. Martin Naraschewski, vice president, finance solutions, SAP

-- Ann Furlong, FCCA, director of operations, APAC, BlackLine Systems

Attendees will leave the sessions with insight into how, by automating their account reconciliations, they can:



-- Virtually eliminate spreadsheets (and the manual errors that often come
with them) from their account reconciliation process

-- Automate traditionally manual accounting functions

-- Have a faster, more efficient close cycle - maintaining more control and
visibility worldwide, while reducing risk

-- Realise exceptional ROI in a very short timeframe

-- Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting

-- Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations, worldwide

BlackLine is an SAP software solution and technology partner in the SAP PartnerEdge(R)program. The company is also a participant in SAP Store, the online e-commerce channel or "e-channel" for enterprise solutions and services from SAP and its partners, designed to provide SAP customers with information on relevant, complementary technology solutions that are certified by SAP.


BlackLine was named a 2011 SAP Pinnacle award finalist in the "Software Solution Newcomer of the Year" category. SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to the "best and brightest" of the SAP partner ecosystem, recognising partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnerships with SAP and driving customer success.


For more information, email howard.goldstein@blackline.com.


About BlackLine Systems


BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. With more than 75,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.


BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure On-Demand/SaaS platform. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals.


BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing global client base. For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.


SAP, PartnerEdge and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.


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Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 8, 2013

Why ATS Chose SAP to Make Customer Factories 'Run Better' - CIO

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CIO — When you picture a modern factory environment, you probably envision workers in hardhats, brightly colored vests and worn-down boots rushing back and forth between shiny machines. Lots of "Caution" signs, beeps and blinking lights. Piles of pallets being moved on fork loaders. Staffers checking boxes on documents attached to clipboards.


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ATS Technicians with SAP Work Manager apps and iPads



This is scene isn't too far from the reality at many of Advanced Technology Services (ATS) customers' factory floors. Except for all the rushing around. You'll also see at least a few ruggedized iPad tablets.


ATS is an outsourced factory- and machine-maintenance company. It sends technicians to its customers' factories to oversee and organize machine maintenance, enact preventive measures to help reduce the need for future maintenance, and streamline repair processes. In many cases, ATS assigns onsite technicians to work every day in customer factories.


Running from data-entry station to station and logging various repair and maintenance information throughout the day, then tediously entering all that data into a tracking system at the end of the day, used to be a significant part of an ATS technician's job. And that data usually wasn't actionable until the next day. But thanks to eFactory Pro Mobility, powered by SAP, and the Work Manager app, technicians can now enter, modify and track repair and maintenance information on the fly, using iPads. And the decision-making process has vastly improved based on access to real-time data, according to ATS CIO Chris LeBeau.


"You basically have a set number of terminals that are in the maintenance area. But the work itself is being done all over the plant," LeBeau says. "Some of these facilities are several hundred-thousand square feet. They're big, big spaces. So if you get halfway across the plant and realize you need a part, or you need reference information, or you're right next to another machine that needs maintenance but you're not aware of it, you end up spending a tremendous amount of time walking back and forth just to get the information you need or to provide the information you have about the work that's going on that day."


LeBeau, who took on the CIO role at ATS this year and previously worked in the company's IT services division for about three years, says the app can save individual technicians an hour of data-tracking and entry time each day.




"Start multiplying that out over 1,000 technicians, every day, every week, every month, every year. It adds up to quite a bit of what ultimately is just inefficiency," LeBeau says. "It became pretty clear that some type of mobile solution was going to be a good way to address this."


LeBeau says the SAP Work manager app not only empowers its technicians, saves them time and makes them more efficient, but it also makes plant managers' jobs easier.


"They're seeing the activity of the day, during the day, as opposed to tomorrow, which is the way it used to be. You could only see how today went the next day," LeBeau says. "Now you can see that information in the middle of the day and maybe make different decisions about what you prioritize, from a maintenance standpoint."



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TECSYS Appoints Former SAP Executive as SVP, Global Services - Marketwire (press release)

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2013) - TECSYS Inc. (TSX:TCS), an industry-leading supply chain management software company, announced today that Mr. Pedro Patrao has joined the Company as Senior Vice-President Global Services to manage all aspects of TECSYS' consulting, software implementations, custom enhancements and customer care services to the Company's enterprise clients worldwide.


Peter Brereton, President and CEO of TECSYS, commented: "With a market-leading position and visionary stance in Gartner's WMS magic quadrant, a growing world-class customer base, particularly in healthcare, and a substantial backlog in excess of $27 million, we wanted to drive our core competency in services to another level of execution and further deliver on our customers for life mission. Pedro comes with an unequivocal track record of accomplishments with a multidisciplinary line of business responsibilities in services for one of the largest software companies in the world. Beyond a structured and process-oriented background, his dynamic, hands-on and customer orientation fits our entrepreneurial and growth-oriented culture. He will undoubtedly be a strong new ingredient in our drive to deliver on our customer commitments and fiscal responsibilities moving forward."


Mr. Patrao brings more than twenty years of experience as an executive in leadership roles of services and enterprise software, as well as supply chain management. Most notably fourteen years with SAP in management roles of progressively-increasing responsibility; leading multiple teams, in multiple line-of-businesses, and multiple geographies. Mr. Patrao was recognized by SAP with a significant number of awards for his notable accomplishments.


About TECSYS


TECSYS is a leading supply chain management software provider that delivers powerful enterprise distribution, warehouse and transportation logistics software solutions. The company's customers include over 600 mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare, heavy equipment, third-party logistics, and general wholesale high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS' shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TCS.


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Under SAP's new program, students will receive training for jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care and can earn an associate’s degree at no cost.

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Software company SAP is partnering with a New York City school to help prepare students for information technology jobs.


The school, which was not named, was one of 16 winners in a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will provide nearly 6,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job, according to an announcement from the governor’s office.


The program, NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH), is set to launch in fall 2014 and was modeled on IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, which opened in 2011 in Brooklyn.


Under the program, students will receive training for jobs in the technology, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, can earn an associate’s degree at no cost, and get an opportunity to land jobs with participating companies when they graduate.


In New York City, SAP will develop a curriculum with New York City's Department of Education and the City University of New York.


New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


"We are making sure our students are more prepared for life after graduation by linking the skills we teach in the classroom with the needs of 21st century employers," Cuomo said in a statement. "This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate."








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As part of a case study I published earlier today, I spoke with SAP Americas CIO, Michael Golz. Most of what we discussed was related to SAP's mobile platform, its eFactory Mobility offering and the associated SAP Work Manager mobile application. (Read, for more details.)


SAP Americas CIO Michael Golz


As expected, Golz did a lot pontificating about how his company's mobile platform is the best around. But it wasn't what he said about SAP's products that really caught my ear. It was the fact that he still uses a BlackBerry as his smartphone of choice, even though he has access to all of the latest and greatest devices.


Whenever I interview executives or other notable tech personalities, I ask about the gadgets they use and whether they think of themselves as "gadget geeks" or true tech lovers.


Here's what Golz had to say:


"I love to work with the latest and greatest. I am in the fortunate position that we get to try out the latest devices, sometimes before they even are available in the marketplace. Personally, I'm using a combination of the BlackBerry Q10 and the latest iPad. That's my work combination. I must say that I still like the physical keyboard; I'm one of the old fashioned guys. But my iPad is really my primary work device, when I'm doing something that goes beyond email and calendar."


I then informed Golz that I was using a BlackBerry Q10 for our phone interview, to which he replied: "It's a great device."


I hear this a lot from high-level tech executive and IT reps. But I don't really hear it from their users, and there are many more users than IT managers and CIOs. I also find it amusing that Golz thinks he's "old fashioned" because he prefers a "physical" QWERTY keyboard.


I too use a BlackBerry Q10, but I also use an Android device. If I have to or want to carry just one device, I pick the Android.


Later in our conversation, Golz detailed SAP's platform-agnostic strategy.


At SAP, "we don't focus on just one device or platform. We do it across multiple [platforms]," Golz said.


It's not surprising that SAP continues to support BlackBerry. In fact, SAP is a BlackBerry Partner, and it's currently sponsoring a development initiative called the BlackBerry and SAP Mobile Apps Challenge, which is designed to encourage app makers to build BlackBerry 10 apps for the SAP mobile platform.


I can't help but wonder, though, how much longer companies like SAP, who have worked hand and hand with BlackBerry for years, can continue to show their support, when all of the signs seem to suggest BlackBerry is on the downslope of its final hurrah.


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SAP Helps HP Transform Expense Planning for Increased Efficiency and Accuracy - WebWire (press release)

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WALLDORF — SAP AG has ushered in a new era of business planning with the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application, version for SAP NetWeaver powered by the SAP HANA platform. Customers like HP have taken advantage of the application to transform their finance organizations and gain unprecedented speed and new levels of insight


SAP worked with HP to help its finance organization transition from segregated processes and multiple costly competing tools to a unified planning solution. The change has enabled HP’s finance team to more quickly and accurately create forecasts. SAP Business Planning and Consolidation helped decrease the time it takes employees to create a monthly expense plan by 20 percent. With SAP, HP enhanced its business planning with the power and speed of the SAP HANA platform, run on HP ProLiant blade servers, making it easier for its employees to work in finance by reducing the amount of non-value add work.


“SAP Business Planning and Consolidation combined with SAP HANA allows our business analysts to analyze data quickly and make informed decisions,” said Jim Mooney, program manager, Financial Planning and Simulation, HP. “The speed and detail that the SAP solution provides allows analysts to envision different scenarios and determine the best course of action while reducing the amount of time spent on data entry to creates an impressive level of forecasting efficiency.”


Nucleus Research ranked SAP a leader in its Corporate Performance Management Technology Value Matrix, published in June 2013, based on the company’s recent innovations in mobile, cloud and in-memory technology as well as integration with enterprise applications. SAP Business Planning and Consolidation is used by thousands of organizations to streamline planning and financial close processes to improve their top and bottom line. The application is designed to be owned and maintained by finance departments as well as other business users and features familiar and intuitive interfaces like Microsoft Excel and Web browsers and also incorporates mobile capability.


To learn more, watch a video from HP, “Enhance Business Planning with In-Memory Computing Technology.”


For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews and @SAPanalytics.





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HP Unveils Cloud Service for SAP HANA - eWeek (blog)

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Hewlett-Packard is offering SAP's HANA in-memory database technology as a cloud service as well as another service to help businesses migrate their data to HANA.


The company's HP As-a-Service Solution for SAP HANA will run in an HP-managed cloud either as a virtual private cloud or a managed private cloud operating in an HP data center, according to officials. It will be powered by HP's AppSystem for SAP HANA.


The cloud service, announced Aug. 25, will bundle SAP's HANA software license with HP's hardware and management software, offering what officials said is a complete solution delivered as a service. The offering will give businesses the benefits of the information management and analytics capabilities of HANA without having to invest in the infrastructure to run the database. Instead, businesses will simply have to pay a monthly subscription.


"Today's market pressures create the need for companies to know in real time what is going on with their enterprise, their clients and even their competitors, so they can stay competitive," Jules Beck, vice president of enterprise application services at HP, said in a statement. "When HP and SAP innovate together, we raise the bar on what is possible for our clients by providing real-time insights."


HP plans to roll out the HANA cloud service globally, starting with Australia and New Zealand. Pricing will be dependent on customer needs, HP officials said.


Along with the cloud service, HP also is offering its Migration Factory for SAP HANA, which will be offered by HP Enterprise Services through its worldwide Delivery Centers. The services include creating the initial business case, developing a road map and migrating the data.


HP also has other SAP-related services for businesses, from its Implementation Services for SAP Solutions to its Enterprise Cloud Services for SAP Solutions.


For SAP officials, the new service with HP is the latest step in a broad effort under the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service strategy announced in May to offer a range of SAP business applications—from enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) to NetWeaver Business Warehouse—in the cloud, rather than solely on-premises.







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Commerce board considered removing Dairy from SAP system - Guernsey Press and Star (subscription)

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COMMERCE and Employment considered removing financial control of Guernsey Dairy from the States’ much-maligned new computer system, it has emerged.


Minister Kevin Stewart said his board decided against reverting to an alternative system despite the ‘pressure’ and ‘challenges’ caused by the SAP system.


‘The board resolved to keep the Dairy in SAP and not revert to an alternative accounting system,’ he said.


‘While there was a full recognition that the implementation had caused considerable pressure on the business it was felt that the level of risk remained manageable and that reverting back to the previous system, at the time, could have potentially caused greater risk during such a turbulent transient phase.






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WALLDORF, Germany, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has ushered in a new era of business planning with the SAP(R) Business Planning and Consolidation application, version for SAP NetWeaver(R) powered by the SAP HANA(R) platform. Customers like HP have taken advantage of the application to transform their finance organizations and gain unprecedented speed and new levels of insight.


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SAP worked with HP to help its finance organization transition from segregated processes and multiple costly competing tools to a unified planning solution. The change has enabled HP's finance team to more quickly and accurately create forecasts. SAP Business Planning and Consolidation helped decrease the time it takes employees to create a monthly expense plan by 20 percent. With SAP, HP enhanced its business planning with the power and speed of the SAP HANA platform, run on HP ProLiant blade servers, making it easier for its employees to work in finance by reducing the amount of non-value add work.


"SAP Business Planning and Consolidation combined with SAP HANA allows our business analysts to analyze data quickly and make informed decisions," said Jim Mooney, program manager, Financial Planning and Simulation, HP. "The speed and detail that the SAP solution provides allows analysts to envision different scenarios and determine the best course of action while reducing the amount of time spent on data entry to creates an impressive level of forecasting efficiency."


Nucleus Research ranked SAP a leader in its Corporate Performance Management Technology Value Matrix, published in June 2013, based on the company's recent innovations in mobile, cloud and in-memory technology as well as integration with enterprise applications. SAP Business Planning and Consolidation is used by thousands of organizations to streamline planning and financial close processes to improve their top and bottom line. The application is designed to be owned and maintained by finance departments as well as other business users and features familiar and intuitive interfaces like Microsoft Excel and Web browsers and also incorporates mobile capability.


To learn more, watch a video from HP, "Enhance Business Planning with In-Memory Computing Technology."


For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews and @SAPanalytics.


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Decision First Technologies to Publish Book About SAP HANA® - PR Web (press release)

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 29, 2013


Decision First Technologies™ (DFT) proudly announces the upcoming release of its new book titled Implementing SAP HANA. In the book, due for release in October 2013, DFT proudly shares its expertise gained over the last 12 years developing efficient and effective implementation procedures for SAP® solutions. The book’s content reflects DFT’s in-depth experience with the SAP HANA® platform, SAP solutions for enterprise information management (EIM) and SAP BusinessObjects™ solutions. DFT is honored that SAP Press will be the publisher of Implementing SAP HANA.


“SAP HANA is a game-changing technology in the business intelligence (BI) industry. We have been actively working with SAP HANA since 2011 and have become highly experienced with the technology through real-world experiences. We are honored to turn our knowledge into a useful field guide that our customers can use,” remarks Taylor Courtnay, co-founder and vice-president of sales for DFT.


Decision First Technologies established a Center of Excellence for SAP HANA in March 2012. As a result of the center’s success, DFT consultants teamed with SAPexperts, an online knowledgebase from WIS pubs, to write an SAP HANA Implementation Report in November 2012. The report was unique to the industry as it detailed each aspect of implementing BI solutions on SAP HANA. The 15,000 word, 65 page report was so well received it became the foundation for DFT’s upcoming book.


“Customers at every level can benefit from implementation instructions written in a clear, logical manner,” said Steve Lucas, president SAP Platform Solutions. “This book is a natural outgrowth of their success in implementing end-to-end business intelligence solutions running on SAP HANA.”


Filled with useful information, Implementing SAP HANA walks customers through step-by-step instructions on what it takes to integrate SAP HANA into existing solution landscapes using a side-by-side approach. Instructions for integrating SAP HANA with SAP Data Services software, SAP Predictive Analysis software and SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions are clear and concise. Readers follow practical case studies in every chapter demonstrating implementation in action.


SAP Press is taking advance orders for this hardbound book at http://www.sap-press.com/products/Implementing-SAP-HANA.html


About Decision First Technologies

Decision First Technologies is an Atlanta-based software provider and professional services company specializing in delivering end-to-end business intelligence solutions to its customers. An SAP gold channel partner, DFT resells and offers certified consulting and training for SAP BusinessObjects solutions. With over 10 years of experience, DFT has helped hundreds of companies make better business decisions, dramatically reducing costs, increasing revenues and boosting profits. For more information on Decision First, visit http://www.decisionfirst.com/

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WFT Announces Successful Deployment of SAP System Refresh Solution for a ... - PR Web (press release)

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Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) August 28, 2013


Wharfedale Technologies, Inc. today announced successful deployment of SAP System Refresh solution for a giant Biotechnology firm. The customer’s system refresh requirements were studied by SMEs (Subject-Matter Experts) at Wharfedale Technologies and a scripted solution was designed to address all of the limitations of a data replication software that the customer acquired. In addition to this, WFT also provided flexibility and extra features that made the solution very powerful.


The data replication software was offered as a solution by a vendor, for SAP System Refresh in a large-scale Windows Server 2008 R2/SQL Server 2008 R2 environment. It was soon discovered that this product was not a good fit for a couple of reasons. The first reason was that, it has a few limitations in Microsoft Failover Cluster environments. Additionally, there were some manual steps that needed to be performed for every new System Refresh scenario. Another reason behind not using the software product was that, the customer had to refresh SQL Databases running on the same 2-node cluster (between nodes or within the same node), which was NOT a supported feature of the product. Finally, the customer required database logical and physical file names to be renamed after refresh, which was also not supported.


WFT studied the customer’s System Refresh requirements and designed a scripted solution to address all of the limitations. This was done in addition to providing flexibility and extra features, which made the solution very powerful. The script was written in Microsoft PowerShell using SMO (SQL Management Objects) to deal with DB operations. This solution does not require any configuration file(s), it automatically queries the source and target on the fly and performs the complete SAP system refresh. The script also takes full advantage of Windows PowerShell Remoting transport and is written in such a way that it can be executed on any server in the SAP Landscape. Further, the script developed by Wharfedale, is written as several modules and is capable of working with any leading storage array in the market. The script can be executed using a scheduler to run in unattended mode or can be completely interactive if required and provides a detailed log for each execution and manages the log location automatically.


The scripted solution provided by WFT proved to be a reliable and a flexible solution to perform SAP system refresh in a Microsoft Windows Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 failover cluster environment.


About Wharfedale Technologies Inc.


Founded in 2000, Wharfedale Technologies, Inc. (WFT) is a leader in SAP infrastructure solutions. As a highly skilled SAP infrastructure consulting firm, WFT works closely with vendors, jointly delivering solutions to some of the largest clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and entertainment industries, as well as key government agencies. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around - high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization.


For more information on Wharfedale and WFT Cloud services, please visit http://www.wftus.com or call us at (888) 533-3113.


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Intern, Global Indirect Channel Marketing - SAP AG - New York, NY

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  • Work closely with the Partner Led Demand Generation and Regional Marketing teams on managing the localization of multi-language campaigns and programs under a strict timeline.

  • Organized and detail-oriented, comfortable in multi-tasking and managing campaigns across multiple solutions and languages at the same time.

  • Support the development and communication to regional and local agency as part of campaign management required for local adoption

  • Prepare and deliver internal/external communications for the PLDG Team on a regular basis (partner newsletters, events, social media channel etc)

  • Support data and reporting needs for any key PLDG programs


Related internship or coursework preferred.


  • Knowledge and experience in marketing, social media, public relations

  • Experience leveraging online platform, integrated demand generation media is a plus

  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written

  • Speak another language (such as German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.)

  • Ability to work in a global, virtual environment with multiple projects simultaneously

  • Proactive, self-starter that is able to work with multiple stakeholders

  • Requires candidates to currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, masters, MBA or PHD degree program which is applicable to the position. Seeking degrees in Marketing, Business or Communications with commensurate experience in marketing positions.




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SAP AG : August 27, 2013SAP Named a Leader in Industry Analyst Firm's 2013 ... - 4-traders (press release)

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SAP Named a Leader in Industry Analyst Firm's 2013 Magic Quadrant for SAP Implementation Service Providers, Worldwide

August 27, 2013| SAP - Industries


SAP NEWSBYTE - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has been named by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for SAP Implementation Service Providers, Worldwide" report. The positioning is based on evaluation of the SAP® Services organization, the company's consulting and implementation services arm. SAP was recognized as a market leader for both its "ability to execute" and "completeness of vision."


The report highlights that "leaders are performing well today, gaining traction and mind share in the market; they have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the markets. The players in this quadrant generally have a global client base, a track record of implementing complex SAP programs globally that support business transformation, and well-balanced business, process and industry consulting and implementation capabilities that are supported by rigorous tools and methodologies."


SAP Services helps customers transform SAP technology into solutions that address their strategic business needs. More than 15,000 innovative consultants, the majority of which have more than 12 years of experience, have supported more than 200,000 customers by offering them start-to-finish guidance and coverage with SAP solutions. On average, SAP Services trains more than half a million individuals each year on how to successfully use SAP systems, and is the leading implementation and consulting services provider for the SAP HANA® platform and mobile and cloud technology. SAP Services delivers innovation via productization and engineering at an elite level to help customers reduce total cost of ownership.


SAP Services offerings are for both customers and the rich SAP ecosystem of services partners, sharing best practices and intellectual property through SAP® Rapid Deployment solutions. In close cooperation with partners, the company offers both local and worldwide support for all SAP markets and solutions to help fuel innovation and provide choice for customers of all sizes.


"For customers that look for both the technical expertise implementing software and intimate experience with the development of the products, SAP Services stands out as a leader in the field," said Anand Eswaran, executive vice president and head of SAP Global Services. "SAP aims to create superior business value by helping customers run better through guidance and best practices as they adopt cutting-edge technology."


Read the full Gartner report here. For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews and @opensap.


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Senior Risk Specialist for SAP CEE (f/m) - SAP AG - Delaware

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  • Ensure adherence to global risk management processes, guidelines, and policies

  • Provide high quality services to the business to ensure that risks are properly identified and managed

  • Plan, organize, execute, and coordinate risk management activities

  • Conduct risk assessments for all risk relevant activities with focus on the sales and consulting Line of Business, as well as country and Market Unit risk assessments for the local management team, incl. legal, tax, general, and operational risks

  • Facilitate cross unit collaboration in risk management and risk mitigation

  • Manage ongoing communication, issues resolution, and information-sharing with all relevant risk management stakeholders to ensure complete, integrated and accurate risk handling and risk reporting

  • Prepare risk reports, follow up pro-actively on uncertainties and open issues leveraging the Global Risk Management network

  • Promote awareness of risk management throughout the organization

  • Provide training in risk management methodology and processes

  • Build and maintain partnerships with key internal decision makers, and with external risk & security management practitioners

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our risk management framework

  • Be responsible for the facilitation of CEE Crisis Management and Business Continuity Management.

  • Long-term business experience for example in Sales, Consulting, Custom Development, Program Management or similar, preferred at SAP

  • Experience in presenting and communicating at top executive level

  • Ideally experienced in risk management, and a solid understanding of the associated processes, methods, and tools

  • Experience with the SAP GRC 10.0 application preferred but not a must

  • Experience with SAP product implementations and project standards is an advantage

  • Experience in security management and SOX compliance preferred but not a must

  • Experienced in building a strong network within an organization

  • Excellent university degree

  • Solid overview of SAP products including Business suite, industry solutions, HANA, Mobility, Cloud, and database products

  • Ability to prepare and present reports with recommendations for management review

  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to assess relevance of information, consolidate, and prioritize

  • The ideal candidate provides a broad experience in working in intercultural teams, has built a strong network within and outside the organization throughout various Lines of Business and has a good knowledge of the local organization and the core concepts in finance

  • A good understanding of how risk management is applied in the various business areas and processes is an advantage

  • Highly motivated

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Open, friendly, creative personality with a service oriented attitude

  • Fluent English language capabilities orally and written

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HP and SAP collaborate to deliver HP as-a-service solution for SAP HANA - AME Info (press release)

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The HP As-a-Service Solution for SAP HANA bundles the SAP HANA software license, hardware and ongoing management into a complete solution provided in a cost-effective, as-a-service model. The as-a-service model allows clients to avoid capital expenditure and lower the total cost of ownership - clients simply pay a monthly subscription fee for the total solution.

Combining HP's deep expertise in information management and analytics with the real-time platform of SAP, HP clients may harness the benefits of in-memory computing and analytics to rapidly analyze and make decisions on significant amounts of data at a cost and pace that makes sense for their business.


"Today's market pressures create the need for companies to know real time what is going on with their enterprise, their clients and even their competitors, so they can stay competitive," said Bassem Bouzid, Regional Vice President & General Manager - Enterprise Services HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA).


"When HP and SAP innovate together, we raise the bar on what is possible for our clients by providing real-time insights."


The new solution runs in an HP Managed Cloud environment, either as a Managed Virtual Private Cloud or a Managed Private Cloud, within a regionalized HP enterprise-class data center facility.


It is powered by the SAP certified, HP AppSystem for SAP HANA. Additionally, it is enabled by the HP Migration Factory for SAP HANA to provide best-in-class migration.


These migration services ensure HP will plan, migrate, validate, secure and deliver the clients mission critical data onto the SAP HANA platform. All migration services are performed under SAP certified methodology and validated with HP's global SAP certifications to successfully design, build, integrate and run SAP systems globally.


"SAP is laser-focused on our joint clients' business challenges and technology needs, and with HP as our strategic partner we are delivering integrated solutions that enable them to become best-run businesses," said Eric Johnson, senior vice president, SAP Database and Technology Solutions.


"This new offering is part of SAP's HANA Enterprise Cloud strategy to offer mission-critical end-to-end managed cloud services to its customers, both directly and through its valued partners such as HP. HP As-a-Service Solution for SAP HANA is a great example of the unique value both companies bring to consistently exceed our clients' expectations to accelerate innovation with minimal disruption."


Other HP Services for SAP HANA include:

HP Migration Factory for SAP HANA




HP has also established a global Migration Factory for SAP HANA to support clients who choose to fully or partially move to SAP HANA, along with providing the transformational services they require to best implement SAP HANA capabilities in their business. Delivered through HP Enterprise Services' globally distributed Industrialized Delivery Centers, the HP Migration Factory for SAP HANA will leverage HP's deep implementation and management capabilities for SAP solutions and is supported by senior consultants, data scientists and technology experts in HP's global SAP Centers of Excellence for SAP.

Through the HP Migration Factory for SAP HANA, HP can offer its clients true end-to-end services to move to the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. This includes the initial business case, roadmap development, global migration and transformation consulting capabilities.


HP Implementation Services for SAP Solutions




HP has a wide range of consulting and integration capabilities to implement, integrate and enhance client environments running SAP applications. In addition to offering traditional implementation and upgrade services for SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management, supply chain and business warehousing applications, HP is transforming clients' environments with mobility services that enable critical business process access for mobile users. HP can also offer clients cloud services to host SAP applications and rapid-deployment solutions to address industry and horizontal solutions. HP's rapid deployment solutions are designed to accelerate business outcomes for its clients.

HP Enterprise Cloud Services for SAP Solutions




HP's Enterprise Cloud Services' Managed Cloud platform for SAP applications provide clients with a flexible pricing model that introduces the Infrastructure as-a-Service and Platform as-a-Service models for SAP business suite applications and SAP mobility solutions—either as a virtual private cloud or managed private cloud. With this cloud-based model, clients only pay for needed capacity and may no longer need to make capital investments in hardware infrastructure. HP's cloud-based service for SAP applications enables clients to provision and deploy applications in weeks rather than months and scale capacity -up or down- as application and business requirements change.

HP Applications Management Services for SAP Solutions




HP provides applications management services for SAP solutions to clients who wish to outsource support for SAP applications through variable and adjustable service agreements. This provides clients the flexibility required to manage costs and meet business requirements. These services are aligned to business goals and company performance.





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Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz - Register

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Fujitsu has become the latest service provider to be associated with a failed SAP project in Ausralia, after a project it led saw the buyer underwhelmed despite going over time and over budget.


The project in question was an asset management system for the government of Australia's Northern Territory. The Territory is huge – Spain, France and the Great Britain would all fit within its borders – yet it is home to under 250,000 people who vote for a small-but-feisty Parliament that operates a government closely resembling that of any other Westminster system jurisdiction, complete with ministries and all the trimmings.



In 2009 the Territory's Department of Infrastructure tendered for a new asset management system, and picked Fujitsu's $AUD14m bid for a project expected to conclude the following year.


Tell us if you've seen this movie before, but the project quickly hit trouble, a re-draft of specs became necessary and the go live date was pushed into 2011. The application eventually went live in 2012.


One reason for the mess, as noted in an Auditor-General's report was the fact that “... high turnover of SI consultants saw a total of eleven Fujitsu project managers during the three years from the start of the project until Phase 1 go-live in April 2012.” One of those project managers seems to have worked on the project for eight hours.


It's hard to get skilled folks to work in the Territory, as the climate is challenging and housing expensive. Eleven project managers in three years is, however, an indication Fujitsu's HR department isn't doing well in Darwin, the Territory's capital.


But Fujitsu's not the only one struggling to put talent on the ground: the Auditor General also noted that “organisational change management and the level of engagement by user Agencies was insufficient for the size and complexity of the AMS project” while “effectiveness of … governance was affected by a lack of clear recognition and reporting of key risks and issues confronting the project and their potential effects.”


A big source of delays was a bad spec, which took more than a year to re-work. A dud project plan also assumed it would be fine if the application were introduced to all nine user agencies at once, ignoring the possibility of a pilot in one agency.


This perfect storm of mistakes saw the project burn through over $50m of cash, with more expected because the result has been scrapped and a new system ordered.


The Territory's Public Accounts Committee yesterday conducted a public hearing into the project during which infrastructure department deputy chief executive Anne Bradford said IT staff believe the application delivered 97 per cent of the spec, but that users say 12 per cent of functions work as required.


The Territory has now commenced work on a new application. The Reg awaits confirmation as to whether SAP is involved in the project. ®


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