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Thứ Sáu, 28 tháng 2, 2014

Greater Toronto's deep freeze may sap maple syrup season - Toronto Star

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March means maple syrup season, but whether the sap flows will be up to, well, the weather.




“You need below-freezing nights and above-freezing days,” says Adrian O’Driscoll, the supervisor of education at Kortright Centre in Kleinburg, where a festival celebrating the sweet Canadian treat kicks off Saturday.




But it looks like the weather will only deliver half of what’s necessary.




“Below-freezing nights are no problem whatsoever,” says Geoff Coulson of Environment Canada, who predicted Friday’s temperature of -13C would rise to only -7C by Saturday morning.




But it’s expected the mercury will struggle to reach a high of 0C on Saturday, and the forecast calls for a couple of centimeters of snow to fall in Toronto from a storm system sliding west to east through Northern Ontario, he says.




Sap, the starch the tree stored up last year through photosynthesis, flows best when the weather is a little warmer.




O’Driscoll says the centre is optimistic about the coming maple syrup season, which hangs on what Mother Nature throws out.




“One question is whether the ice storm has affected the maple syrup production,” he says. But “it won’t this year, because the trees would have made their sugars and stored the starch before the ice storm.”




The maple syrup festival runs at Kortright and in Bruce’s Mill in Stouffville from March 1 to April 6.




Together, the centres annually welcome 50,000 people to maple syrup demonstrations. They show how the aboriginal peoples, who introduced settlers to the sweet treat and methods for making it, hollowed out trees as receptacles and dumped in hot rocks to help evaporate the water — and how Canadian pioneers began using cast-iron kettles for the same task.




Staff will also show how sap — which is 97 per cent water — is reduced to syrup today using a modern evaporator. It takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of syrup.




Festival-goers can also enjoy horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, watch magic shows and take part in face painting.




Attending the festivities “is a family tradition for many people,” says O’Driscoll. Traditions surrounding the maple leaf are “sort of what Canada is about. And it’s a way to bring in and welcome the spring.”




Whether we can put the welcome mat out in March will, once again, be dependent on the weather. Below-normal temperatures are expected for most of the month.




“Saturday is better than the days that follow, when we’re back to the deep freeze,” says Coulson. Overnight temperatures next week are supposed to hover between -16C and -20C; daytime highs from -5C to -9C.




Forecast models for next weekend show more seasonal temperatures, but if they come, they’ll be accompanied by a large-scale storm.




“I haven’t been the bearer of any good news lately,” Coulson says.








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Cold snap stymies maple sap in state - Ct Post

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Have pity on the pancake. Be patient with the worried waffle.


Their perfect complement -- maple syrup -- should be now flowing, golden brown, from the boiling pans of the state's sugarhouses.


But it has been too cold for the sap to run up to and out of the tens of thousands of taps in state maples. The hard winter has shortened the sweet season.


"Cold daytime temperatures prevent the sap from running," said Steve Conaway, stewardship and outreach manager for the Greenwich Land Trust. "This cold start to the sugaring season shortens the window of time that syrup producers have to collect sap"


Not only is the sap not running, the deep snow has made it hard to get into the woods to get all the taps into trees, according to Mark Mankin, of Great Brook Sugarhouse in New Milford.


"I haven't tapped yet," Mankin said. "It looked like we might have a flow in January, but the bottom just dropped out.


"We should begin making syrup by this weekend. But last year by this time, we had syrup in the containers."


Bill Hill, of Warrup's Farm in Redding, said "it's definitely cut into production."


"It's about three weeks behind," said Mark Harran, of Brookside Farm II in Litchfield.


Harran is president of the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut, so he's in touch with sugarhouses throughout the state. "I don't think anyone has much sap to speak of," he said.


"It's all dependent on the weather," said Mike Murray, farm manager at New Pond Farm in Redding. "Every year is different. But in general, I'd say our season usually starts in the last week of January."


But not this year. And a look at the forecast -- more freezing temperatures and snow -- doesn't bode well.


"Cold days the first week in March will further shorten the syrup producer's season," Conaway said.


Connecticut produced 20,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- a crop worth about $1 million. Of the 10 states in the U.S. that make maple syrup, Connecticut makes the least. By comparison, Vermont produced 1.3 million gallons in 2013.


That's dwarfed, in turn, by Quebec, which makes about 7.7 million gallons a year.


"Seventy-five percent of the maple syrup sold comes from Quebec," Harran said.


The problem in Connecticut this winter is the arctic chill that's largely ruled for the past two months.


It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. But for that sap to start running, the temperature should be in the low- to mid-40s during the day, and in the mid-20s at night. It also has to be a clear day.


"If it's those temperatures, but it's rainy and windy, you won't get much sap," Harran said.


On the whole, there's been little of that weather in the state so far. Instead, the days have been in the 20s and 30s, the nights in the teens.


"The trees are frozen," Mankin said.


Making matters worse, what maple syrup producers lose at the beginning of the season can't be made up at the end. By late March or early April, it's usually too warm.


"The days are longer and the trees are starting to bud by then," Harran said. The bud-bound sap, he noted, has a distinctive tang that isn't good for making syrup.


Despite the difficulties of this season, Conaway, who makes maple syrup with the Greenwich Land Trust, doesn't want to discourage future syrup makers.


"It is a simple, fun process. Anyone with a sugar maple in their backyard can make a small batch," he said.


"And," he added, "it's a great excuse to get outside in the winter."


Weather permitting, of course.


bmiller@newstimes.com; 203-731-3345


Anne Semmes contributed to this story.







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SAP integration influenced firm's switch to SUSE - iTWire

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The fact that more SAP applications are certified on SUSE has served to pull over at least one customer, the New Zealand-based Turners & Growers, to running its business on SUSE Linux.




Turners & Growers, a well-known company that has been doing business for more than 100 years, markets fruits and vegetables and also grows some of these crops. It needs to interact with suppliers and wholesalers round the year. It has 1400 employees, making the Auckland-based outfit a big company for New Zealand, a country with a population of just below 4.5 million.


The company's information services operations manager, Rodolfo Gandionco (pictured), told iTWire that a decision to change databases was taken after it was acquired by the German giant, Baywa. He made a presentation about the change at a workshop organised by SUSE Linux in Melbourne on Thursday.


Turners & Growers was running Oracle and SAP on Windows to manage its operations; when Munich-based Baywa acquired the outfit in 2012, a move to IBM's DB2 was proposed in order to align Turners & Growers with Baywa which runs this database on HP's Unix.


Gandionco said at the same time, Turners & Growers made a decision to switch to Linux from Windows because it was looking for efficiencies, did not want to change its hardware and wanted to avoid problems with viruses and security.

The decision to go with SUSE, Gandionco said, was because of its support for SAP, which was much better than that which Red Hat could offer.


Gandionco, who has been with Turners & Growers for nine years, said he and his team - there are 30 staff in the IT section - were given around six months to make the change.


The process began in May-June last year and there were two days on which the switchover could be effected. "We had to do it on labour day (at the end of October) or Christmas Day," Gandionco said. "Those are the two days on which we can afford to have the downtime needed to change systems."


Given that Gandionco and his team had little or no Linux experience, they had to engage other companies to help in the transition. "There were no Linux skills among members of my team," Gandionco said, with a smile.


Turners & Growers hired a company named Enterprise IT to handle the Linux part of the transition and another company, Soltius, to assist with the SAP part. It helped greatly that Enterprise had an ex-SUSE engineer on staff.


After intensive testing, Gandionco said labour day was chosen to make the switchover. "We moved the SAP ECC and business intelligence systems over that day. The smaller systems were switched later and we finished by the end of the year," he said.


He was surprised by how smoothly things had gone. "We didn't know what to expect because of the tight schedule, and we really didn't do that much testing," he said. "But then SAP has been extensively tested on SUSE, so a lot of our homework had been already done for us."


Gandionco said that Turners & Growers now planned to look at other SUSE components like SUSE Manager and SUSE Cloud. Asked why he had agreed to speak about the experience at the workshop, he said he had wanted to share an experience from the coalface with other IT people. "We had a good experience, maybe others can benefit from it," he said.







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VP Inside Sales Latin America Job - SAP - Miami, FL

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Work area: Sales

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SAP is the global market leader for business software and thus contributes a considerable part of the world's economic power grid. At SAP you get your chance to put your ideas into action with maximum impact.Inside Sales is the route to market at SAP for high volume sales. The Inside Sales force remotely sells specific solutions, into multiple market segments, to customers or with partners, using innovative online tools and techniques.Inside Sales is an operationally excellent Sales Engine which delivers broad coverage, repeatable revenue, growth, agility and high margin. The LAC Region at SAP is currently seeking a new VP of Inside Sales. The VP Inside Sales LAC is accountable to advocate, build and lead strong and consistent execution of a comprehensive go-to-market strategy. He/She is responsible for the performance of the Inside Sales organization from generation of demand to revenue close via partners (or directly in some segments), through programmically selling a targeted suite of SAP solutions and services into SAP market segments. He/She is accountable to meet and exceed Inside Sales sales revenue, profitability, and customer satisfaction targets along with related key performance indicators. There is a preference for the role to be based in Miami, Sao Paolo, or Bogota.


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Responsibilities include: • Execute on SAPs vision and strategy as it relates to the inside sales team • Develop and agree specific plans in conjunction with the Regional and Global Stakeholders to ensure revenue growth in the high volume business for market segments, solutions and industries • Ensure performance and role expectations are clearly defined, communicated and executed upon • Build and manage a scalable, consistent, operationally excellent Inside Sales team based on global best best practices to deliver on SAP business goals • Act as main advocate and transformational change agent of Inside Sales in LAC with market units and regional and global organizations to drive strong adoption of Inside Sales as a key component of the Go To Market model. • Build, enable coach and retain a high performing team with complementary strengths • Build a team of sales professionals that will become LAC's preferred pool of resources for future Field Sales positions • Proactively lead the inside Sales organization to identify further opportunities to enhance the value of the centres through new innovative approaches • Programmatically and sytematically drive key performance indicators on pipeline generation and progression, forecasting, solution mix, deal ownership to maximise incremental revenue • Programatically set up campaigns and sales initiatives, in conjunction with marketing and partners and drive conversion to incremental revenue • Drive adoption of global best practices, tools and infrastructure for continuous productivity maximisation • Build and drive a predictable, repeatable operationally excellent sales machine for LAC • Execute on relevant actions to drive up employee satisfaction and engagement


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  • 10+ years strategic Inside Sales, and/or business development experience including 4-5 years minimum experience in leading large multi-cultural Remote Selling organization in a complex sales environment • Regional/International experience in a cross-functional, matrix environment • Strong understanding and passion to ensure Inside Sales and Partners work optimally together • Demonstrated ability to formulate and deploy broad organizational strategies to meet evolving customer requirements through multiple distribution channels • The ability to not only develop a strategic business plan with Regional Stakeholders, keeping a consistent model but also to mobilize and maximize the productivity of the resources to deliver • Thorough knowledge of various corporate sales models utilizing multiple distribution channels; must quickly develop deep insight into SAP's Sales organization. • Strong project management and problem solving skills. The ability to quickly identify practical solutions to problems that have a high likelihood of success. • Strong internal partnering/collaboration capabilities with multiple stakeholders along with outstanding leadership and communication skills. Must be able to devise innovative and effective solutions to complex problems with cross-functional implications. • Thorough knowledge of the LAC market • Fluency in English, Spanish and Portuguese


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Thứ Năm, 27 tháng 2, 2014

Cold snap stymies maple sap in state - Ct Post

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Have pity on the pancake. Be patient with the worried waffle.


Their perfect complement -- maple syrup -- should be now flowing, golden brown, from the boiling pans of the state's sugarhouses.


But it has been too cold for the sap to run up to and out of the tens of thousands of taps in state maples. The hard winter has shortened the sweet season.


"Cold daytime temperatures prevent the sap from running," said Steve Conaway, stewardship and outreach manager for the Greenwich Land Trust. "This cold start to the sugaring season shortens the window of time that syrup producers have to collect sap"


Not only is the sap not running, the deep snow has made it hard to get into the woods to get all the taps into trees, according to Mark Mankin, of Great Brook Sugarhouse in New Milford.


"I haven't tapped yet," Mankin said. "It looked like we might have a flow in January, but the bottom just dropped out.


"We should begin making syrup by this weekend. But last year by this time, we had syrup in the containers."


Bill Hill, of Warrup's Farm in Redding, said "it's definitely cut into production."


"It's about three weeks behind," said Mark Harran, of Brookside Farm II in Litchfield.


Harran is president of the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut, so he's in touch with sugarhouses throughout the state. "I don't think anyone has much sap to speak of," he said.


"It's all dependent on the weather," said Mike Murray, farm manager at New Pond Farm in Redding. "Every year is different. But in general, I'd say our season usually starts in the last week of January."


But not this year. And a look at the forecast -- more freezing temperatures and snow -- doesn't bode well.


"Cold days the first week in March will further shorten the syrup producer's season," Conaway said.


Connecticut produced 20,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- a crop worth about $1 million. Of the 10 states in the U.S. that make maple syrup, Connecticut makes the least. By comparison, Vermont produced 1.3 million gallons in 2013.


That's dwarfed, in turn, by Quebec, which makes about 7.7 million gallons a year.


"Seventy-five percent of the maple syrup sold comes from Quebec," Harran said.


The problem in Connecticut this winter is the arctic chill that's largely ruled for the past two months.


It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. But for that sap to start running, the temperature should be in the low- to mid-40s during the day, and in the mid-20s at night. It also has to be a clear day.


"If it's those temperatures, but it's rainy and windy, you won't get much sap," Harran said.


On the whole, there's been little of that weather in the state so far. Instead, the days have been in the 20s and 30s, the nights in the teens.


"The trees are frozen," Mankin said.


Making matters worse, what maple syrup producers lose at the beginning of the season can't be made up at the end. By late March or early April, it's usually too warm.


"The days are longer and the trees are starting to bud by then," Harran said. The bud-bound sap, he noted, has a distinctive tang that isn't good for making syrup.


Despite the difficulties of this season, Conaway, who makes maple syrup with the Greenwich Land Trust, doesn't want to discourage future syrup makers.


"It is a simple, fun process. Anyone with a sugar maple in their backyard can make a small batch," he said.


"And," he added, "it's a great excuse to get outside in the winter."


Weather permitting, of course.


bmiller@newstimes.com; 203-731-3345


Anne Semmes contributed to this story.







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The fact that more SAP applications are certified on SUSE has served to pull over at least one customer, the New Zealand-based Turners & Growers, to running its business on SUSE Linux.




Turners & Growers, a well-known company that has been doing business for more than 100 years, markets fruits and vegetables and also grows some of these crops. It needs to interact with suppliers and wholesalers round the year. It has 1400 employees, making the Auckland-based outfit a big company for New Zealand, a country with a population of just below 4.5 million.


The company's information services operations manager, Rodolfo Gandionco (pictured), told iTWire that a decision to change databases was taken after it was acquired by the German giant, Baywa. He made a presentation about the change at a workshop organised by SUSE Linux in Melbourne on Thursday.


Turners & Growers was running Oracle and SAP on Windows to manage its operations; when Munich-based Baywa acquired the outfit in 2012, a move to IBM's DB2 was proposed in order to align Turners & Growers with Baywa which runs this database on HP's Unix.


Gandionco said at the same time, Turners & Growers made a decision to switch to Linux from Windows because it was looking for efficiencies, did not want to change its hardware and wanted to avoid problems with viruses and security.

The decision to go with SUSE, Gandionco said, was because of its support for SAP, which was much better than that which Red Hat could offer.


Gandionco, who has been with Turners & Growers for nine years, said he and his team - there are 30 staff in the IT section - were given around six months to make the change.


The process began in May-June last year and there were two days on which the switchover could be effected. "We had to do it on labour day (at the end of October) or Christmas Day," Gandionco said. "Those are the two days on which we can afford to have the downtime needed to change systems."


Given that Gandionco and his team had little or no Linux experience, they had to engage other companies to help in the transition. "There were no Linux skills among members of my team," Gandionco said, with a smile.


Turners & Growers hired a company named Enterprise IT to handle the Linux part of the transition and another company, Soltius, to assist with the SAP part. It helped greatly that Enterprise had an ex-SUSE engineer on staff.


After intensive testing, Gandionco said labour day was chosen to make the switchover. "We moved the SAP ECC and business intelligence systems over that day. The smaller systems were switched later and we finished by the end of the year," he said.


He was surprised by how smoothly things had gone. "We didn't know what to expect because of the tight schedule, and we really didn't do that much testing," he said. "But then SAP has been extensively tested on SUSE, so a lot of our homework had been already done for us."


Gandionco said that Turners & Growers now planned to look at other SUSE components like SUSE Manager and SUSE Cloud. Asked why he had agreed to speak about the experience at the workshop, he said he had wanted to share an experience from the coalface with other IT people. "We had a good experience, maybe others can benefit from it," he said.







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Investors' miscues sap returns -- again - USA TODAY

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If you suspect that your returns are worse than the ones you see posted by your mutual funds, you're probably right -- and it's probably your fault.


The average investor's return has lagged the average fund's return by 2.49 percentage points a year, according to Morningstar, the Chicago investment tracker. The typical investor gained 4.8% a year the 10 years ended December 2013, vs. 7.3% for the typical fund.


Stock funds had the smallest investment gap: Investors earned about 1.6 percentage points less than the category as a whole.


Morningstar measures the investment gap by looking at fund performance and money flows in and out of the funds to see how investors actually fared. This year's gap between fund performance and investor performance was far wider than last year's report, says Russel Kinnel, Morningstar's director of mutual fund research.


One reason: Bad timing. Investors yanked a net $375 billion from stock funds from 2008 through 2013, according to the Investment Company Institute, the fund industry's trade group. During the same period, they put a net $989 billion into bond funds.


"Not only were people going in the wrong direction last year, but for the last five years, they have largely been going in the wrong direction," Kinnel says.


And the 24-hour news cycle tends to make people think they should do more to protect their assets, Kinnel says. "There's a barrage of bad news constantly coming, and it makes people lose track of the fact that the news was priced in before they heard it," Kinnel says.


But many investors didn't just move willy-nilly in and out of stock and bond funds: They did so with a paid investment adviser at their side. "It's not just people sitting at home with their PCs sliding money around," Kinnel says. "Most money goes through advisers, therefore they are doing this, too."


The adviser effect is most evident in the flows of money in and out of alternative funds -- funds that borrow strategies from the world of hedge funds to reduce risk. Unfortunately, they haven't lived up to their promise, and performance has been poor. To make matters worse, investors have moved in and out of them at the wrong time. The typical investor actually lost 1.15 percent a year in alt funds, while the average total return for alternative funds was a just 0.96%, Morningstar says.


The funds are often expensive, as well, which kills investor returns. "It's very hard to have good results when you're paying 2% to 3% a year," Kinnel says."Once you stray too far from the book of (Vanguard founder John) Bogle, you're taking a bad risk."


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CBA partners SAP to transform business management - HumanIPO

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Kenya’s largest privately owned bank, Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), has signed a software deal with SAP to transform CBA’s management of business information.



The agreement is for the provision of a real-time management information system powered by SAP Business Analytics, a data warehouse, and an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP).


The ERP System will help CBA manage its business by automating core processes like Procurement, HR, Sales, Financials Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), among others.


IZAZI – SAP’s gold business partner for the African region – will manage the implementation of the software, having recently set up an office in Kenya to serve the East African region.


Isaac Awuondo, CBA Group managing director (MD) said: “CBA operations are founded upon technology and innovation. As we continue to expand our business, the ERP system will allow the CBA Group to be operationally efficient and continue to offer better levels of customer relationship management. Most critically, it gives us the capacity to protect our future investments as a bank.”


Huge volumes of data will be provided in real time and converted into information that will provide insight and intelligence to the business and operations teams at a lower cost.


“SAP will provide us a solution that addresses our desire to offer a fantastic customer experience to both our internal and external customers,” Awuondo said.







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SAP Founder Drops Lehman Appeal - Wall Street Journal

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Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has reached a settlement with entities controlled by German entrepreneur Klaus Tschira, the last holdout to a multibillion settlement between Lehman and its former Swiss derivatives unit, which will free up some $1.8 billion for creditors with the potential of billions more in the future.


In a settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, Lehman said entities tied to Mr. Tschira, the founder of German software company SAP AG, have agreed to drop an appeal to Lehman's...







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TIS to Be an Expert on “Payments from SAP” at the Third Global Transaction ... - Business Wire (press release)

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WALLDORF, Germany--( )--Jörg Wiemer, CEO of TIS und Claus Wild, Manager of Payments & Cash Management at Adolf Würth GmbH will be discussing “SAP Payments with SEPA” at the Third Global Transaction Banking Forum from the Deutsche Bank AG on March 11th in Frankfurt.


„Integration Excellence – Trends, Facts & Best Practice" is the theme of the Third Global Transaction Banking Forums from the Deutsche Bank. Visitors will get an up-to-date overview of new and simplified integration solutions, marketing trends in bank and ERP connections, as well as an update on SEPA direct from experts. As exhibitor and organizer of the breakout session “SAP Payments with SEPA”, TIS will provide a summary and will also touch on challenges, possible solutions and trends in SAP-integrated, multibank-capable payments.


TIS is the leading cloud platform for managing company-wide payments processes, from liquidity to bank relationships. The SAP-certified solution from TIS processes all of the common bank connection protocols and channels (host-to-host, SWIFT or EBICS), as well as formats, and automatically converts them based on valid SEPA regulations. The integrated bank account management tool uses audit-proof workflows to control signature rights and bank master data, and also manages documentation. In 2013, a number of companies used this opportunity to make themselves SEPA ready without the need for an extensive IT project.


To provide information on current topics for new customers and interested parties, TIS regularly holds webinars with external experts. You can find more information and register at http://ift.tt/1fKGccg.


About TIS


Founded in 2010, TIS (Treasury Intelligence Solutions GmbH) develops, sells and operates solutions for international payments, liquidity management and bank relationship management. The solutions are especially helpful to companies with numerous bank connections, because they are able to take control of the complexity of their cash flow. Due to the complete implementation as software as a service, the cloud solutions from TIS are easy to use and don’t require complex, extensive IT projects or high setup costs and can be productively implemented very quickly. A committed team of competent, experienced treasury experts, software architects, developers, sales professionals and SaaS solution specialists stand behind TIS, together with managers with international experience. TIS is certified according to ISO Standard 27001 (information security) and is an official SAP Partner.







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SAP reveals African data centre plans - ITWeb Africa

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SAP reveals African data centre plans.

Business software firm SAP is certifying partners to have its first ever data centre presence in Africa.


This is according to Björn Goerke, executive vice president of SAP HANA enterprise and the business software firm’s cloud and chief information officer (CIO).


Goerke, who visited South Africa this week to speak to local CIOs, told ITWeb Africa in an interview on Wednesday that SAP is working to build out data centres across the globe.


SAP has data centres in Europe and the North Americas, while the company is also building out in China and Russia, said Goerke. The executive added that SAP is also set to announce the opening of data centres soon in Japan and Australia.


Goerke explained to ITWeb Africa that SAP has a global strategy to partner with data centres that provide a full-stack of end-to-end services, such as infrastructure and application management.


“This is also the approach that we’re looking for to come into Africa as a larger region and market. So, we’re working with partners on this one,” Goerke told ITWeb Africa.


“I cannot go into details right now, but that’s what we’re working on,” said Goerke.


SAP Africa’s chief customer officer, Simon Carpenter, elaborated further on the company’s African data centre plans, saying an announcement regarding local facilities is planned to be made within months.


“We’ve already got a couple of local players in the process of certifying their data centres, because obviously from a SAP standpoint you want to make sure that they meet all the criteria for reliability, availability, security etc,” Carpenter told ITWeb Africa.


“We have, I think, three large organisations in that process at the moment,” Carpenter said.


Carpenter said SAP’s lack of a data centre presence in Africa has not been a disadvantage thus far, as it hasn’t ended the company’s ability to offer a software as a service (SaaS) model locally.


Carpenter further told ITWeb Africa that SAP has 3,000 customers in Africa, most of which fall into the small to medium enterprise (SME) segment. Globally, SAP has 250,000 customers, according to Goerke.


North-South cloud adoption gap closing?


Talking more broadly about the cloud market in Africa, Goerke told ITWeb Africa that he does not think there is as big a lag between ‘north and south’.


“I don’t think there’s much of a difference.


“There might be a different twist with what technologies there might be deployed: if you look at smartphones versus feature phones in the countryside. Whether it’s broadband or lower bandwidth capabilities. So, I think you have to be creative in a different way to find solutions.


“There’s super creative solutions out here like with what Standard Bank has been doing with banking the unbanked.


“That’s a great thing,” Goerke told ITWeb Africa.


Goerke’s stopover in South Africa lasted four days. His next stops include Japan, South Korea and Australia where he plans to talk to more CIOs.


SAP appointed Goerke as its CIO and head of its HANA enterprise cloud organisation in October 2013.


Goerke joined SAP in 1995 and has held multiple executive positions, including head of research and development for the SAP NetWeaver platform and the SAP HANA cloud platform.


He has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe.







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Frozen Sap Freezing Syrup Production - FOX CT

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Sap is flowing slower than usual this maple syrup making season.


Actually this week, in Litchfield, production is frozen at the source.


Mark Harran, of Brookside Farm, said freezing temperatures, both at night and during the day, have stopped cold sap flow from maple trees.


Optimal temperatures, which farmers expect this time of year, should be around the mid-20s at night with highs around 40 during the day.


“I do go by the forecast and we could be frozen out until St. Patrick’s day,” Harran said.


Harran said last year was a great year for maple syrup production in Connecticut, he made almost 300 gallons worth.







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Carnaval could sap Venezuela protests - Washington Post

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CARACAS, Venezuela — It is Carnaval time in Venezuela, when revelers typically fill the streets in rum-powered dance parties leading up to Tuesday’s Mardi Gras blowout.


And after two weeks of deadly street demonstrations against his government, embattled President Nicolás Maduro would like nothing more than for the country to go numb on booze and rumba. A social media campaign pushed by his supporters, #ConMaduroCarnavalSeguro (“a safe Carnaval with Maduro”), is promoting the government as the official guarantor of the good times.






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To party or to protest? In Venezuela, that is the question.


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So, then: To party or to protest?


For the student-led uprising that has convulsed Venezuelan cities but is showing signs of fatigue, that is the question.


The next few days appear to be a critical interval for the protest movement and the government’s effort to contain it. Maduro has declared a national holiday between now and next Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, offering Maduro his best chance to convince the Chávez support base he’s capable of keeping his mentor’s legacy from coming undone.


But the vacation time potentially leaves even more people free to take to the streets, setting up the possibility for bigger clashes. The sharply divided, oil-rich country hasn’t looked very festive lately as it sorts out its hangover from 14 years of Chávez rule: a country with not enough milk or sugar in the supermarkets and far too many car-jackings and murders in the streets.


Caracas student leader Juan Requesens said the protestors are in no mood for dancing. The heavy-handed government response has only encouraged them to dig in further. “We are going to stay in the streets,” he said in an interview. “As long as the government keeps up its repression, we’re not going to sit down.”


On Wednesday students joined a peaceful women’s march led by Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López, who was taken into custody by Venezuelan authorities on Feb. 18.


López is being held at a military prison and faces charges of arson and conspiracy, as the Maduro government tries to hold him responsible for the Feb. 12 demonstrations that ended in violence. Daily clashes of varying intensity have followed, with at least 14 people killed and some 150 injured since the protests began.


Maduro has taken to the airwaves almost nightly, lurching between calls for peace and incendiary denunciations of the protestors as “fascists” and “coup plotters.” He claims the demonstrations are part of a subversive campaign hatched in the United States, a charge American officials deny.


On Wednesday, Maduro invited business leaders, religious figures and opposition members to join him at the presidential palace for a “national conference on peace and life,” with the goal of “building social and political peace.” Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who lost last April’s presidential election to Maduro, did not say if he would attend, after declining a similar invitation on Monday.


The demonstrations have cooled off in recent days, and tactical disagreements have emerged among protestors, particularly over the construction of street barricades that some residents have started to see as a nuisance.


Luis Vicente Leon, president of the respected Caracas polling firm Datanalisis, said it was also important for outside observers to keep in mind that “not all of the country is protesting.”


But while the president retains the support of part of the population, particularly among Venezuela’s poor, Leon said “even those who support Maduro are unhappy about the troubled economy.”


Some of the most intense clashes between demonstrators and national guardsmen have occurred in the state of Táchira, an opposition stronghold along the border with Colombia. It was the site of the first protests at the beginning of this month, which erupted after an attempted sexual assault on campus and a botched police response. Anger at the government spread from there.


In San Cristóbal, Táchira’s capital, the streets remain choked with makeshift barriers built from tree stumps, tires and other debris.


Venezuelan authorities have sent fighter jets roaring over the protestors’ heads in the city, prompting the state governor — a longtime Chávez loyalist — to criticize Maduro in a rare public reproach from within the ranks of their United Socialist party.


The state is Venezuela’s biggest tinderbox. With annual inflation topping 50 percent and the black-market exchange rate for Venezuelan currency tanking, shoppers from Colombia have been crossing the border to trade in their pesos and clean out local supermarkets of the few remaining goods that haven’t already run out.


“We want to go supermarkets and find the products we need,” said Wilmer Zabaleta, a student leader in Táchira. “All the contraband has made San Cristóbal into one of the most expensive cities in Latin America.”


Zabaleta said students would stay in the streets until the government started addressing their problems. “Instead of trying to divide us, the government needs to listen to the people and stop demonizing us,” he said


David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and a long-time Venezuela observer, said he expected Carnaval to bring a lull in the tensions over the next few days, saying “it’s the biggest party vacation of the year and precisely attracts young people.”


“Nevertheless, the cause of these protests is still present and could conceivably get worse in the coming months,” Smilde said, “so we could be doing this again.”







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SAP, BMW research project will connect drivers with real-time offers and services - PCWorld

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SAP and BMW have created a prototype that uses SAP’s HANA in-memory database platform to send personalized services and offers to people as they drive around in their cars.


“Imagine your car advising you where to fill up, and inviting you to a free cup of coffee,” a narrator intones in a promotional video released for Wednesday’s announcement in conjunction with the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. “And all you need to do is agree and the navigation system takes you there.”


The system could also provide real-time advice to drivers on where to find an available parking spot, or whether there is time between appointments to fit in a round of golf, according to the video.


Drivers will be able to minimize distractions by throttling the number of offers on display, which come from a virtual marketplace powered by SAP’s software.


BMW’s ConnectedDrive system “securely and anonymously” matches the offers with the driver’s preferences, according to the video.


It wasn’t immediately clear when the project would emerge from the research labs as a commercial product.


SAP and BMW’s venture ties into the Internet of Things trend, wherein devices and sensors communicate with each other as well as with humans. The Internet of Things is moving “from abstract concept to a living and breathing machine-to-machine mesh network interfaced with humanity,” according to a recent report from Constellation Research.


The world is seeing the onset of “big data business models,” said analyst Ray Wang, founder and chairman of Constellation Research, in an interview.


Imagine if your car could make offers to gas stations, Wang added. You might be willing to pay US$1 a month for an application that could alert you to the closet gas stations based on your preferred criteria such as the availability of diesel fuel or a bathroom, he said. In turn, the gas station might pay $50,000 a year to send advertisements and offers to drivers through a virtual marketplace like the one SAP is developing.


“The money is in the data,” Wang said.




Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service


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SAP is the global market leader for business software and thus contributes a considerable part of the world's economic power grid. At SAP you get your chance to put your ideas into action with maximum impact.The Chairman Projects' team in product development at SAP Labs Palo Alto is looking for interns with ninja-like software engineering (making, creating, hacking) and/or design skills. We're a small interdisciplinary team with skills and experiences ranging from architecture, acting, movie directing, executive communication, photography, visual and interaction design, engineering, and last but not least software programming for satellites far up in space. We're working on diverse projects for SAP's head of development, from development of new ways to visualize data to new types of business and mobile solutions to visionary technology prototypes. If you are highly motivated and excited to work in a dynamic environment with changing tasks and responsibilities, sometimes brainstorming far away visions, sometimes hacking software together based on challenging requirements and tight timelines, then we are looking for you. We would be delighted to hear about the projects that you have worked on so far - don't hesitate to impress us by sharing concepts, photos, screenshots, videos or code fragments of what you have built. • Be part of a vibrant intern community on the SAP Palo Alto campus (monthly events, networking sessions, expert presentations) • Free lunches, ice cream, beverages and coffee in our canteens around the campus • Connect with world leading software engineers and become part of the worldwide SAP network • Work out of our re-designed open work space in the heart of Silicon Valley • Establish your network in the IT industry by interacting with strategic SAP customers and implement their feedback


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  • Major in Software/Computer Engineering or related fields • Profound programming experience (C#, C++, Javascript, Java, HTML5 and/or for mobiles) • Development experience with at least one of the following technologies: - 3D Sensors, Microsoft Kinect SDK, Leap Motion SDK - Image/Audio Processing, Voice Recognition, Face Recognition, OpenCV, Oculus Rift SDK - Multimedia Installations, Video Walls, Multi-touch - Development of Screensharing Apps / Masters of Desktop Application Development - Anticipatory Software • Enjoying ambiguous challenges, fast iterations and independent thinking • Strong team-players & open communication skills NOTE Candidates available from Sep 2014 onwards and for at least 3 monthsDuration: 3 months minimum




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Geauga Park District's Sap's-A-Risin' coming in March - News-Herald.com

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Geauga Park District�s annual Sap�s-A-Risin� event is set for noon to 4 p.m. March 9, 16 and 23 at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield/Parkman townships.


Guests can enjoy historical interactions with costumed interpreters, gather sap during a stroll through the sugar bush, see and learn how sap is boiled in the sugarhouse�s evaporator, enjoy a sample taste of syrup, then warm up in the lodge with live music, woodcarving demonstrations, maple stirs and maple popcorn.


This experience has become a family tradition for many, drawing an average 400 people each day.


�I really didn�t like the month of March because it was dreary and cold and I had spring on my mind,� Naturalist Judy Bradt-Barnhart said. �But once I started maple sugaring, it just got in my blood, and I just love sugaring season now � it gives me something to look forward to before spring arrives.�


Each day of the event the lodge also features wood carving demonstrations and sales with Jim Stadtlander and Diane Harto, maple treats and live music.


Registration is not required for this program. The lodge, history trail and sugarhouse are fully wheelchair/stroller accessible, but sap gathering is off trail.


Call 440-286-9516 with questions about Sap�s-a-Risin�.


Swine Creek Reservation�s sugar house is also a featured stop on the statewide March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour of local maple sugaring operations. Those dates are March 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.







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SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android ... - Register

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Xamarin and SAP – software operations at opposite ends of the spectrum – are working on tools to deliver native business apps to mobile devices.


The pair on Monday announced a partnership that will help enterprise developers quickly build apps for iOS, Android and Windows around SAP’s Mobile Platform.



The first fruits of the deal are a toolkit, test cloud and certification programme.


The companies on Monday announced the Xamarin + SAP Mobile Platform SDK to build native cross-platform apps around the enterprise giant’s mobile software.


SAP’s Mobile Platform includes mobile server and tools based on the old Sybase middleware it bought in 2010.


Also under the agreement, devs will get Xamarin Test Cloud to simultaneously test mobile apps across hundreds of apps, and to capture and synchronise data.


The Xamarin + SAP Certified Consultants Program will provide resources to Xamarin and SAP partners to help them build apps.


SAP is the world’s largest maker of business software, with 253,500 customers and 66,572 staff, and makes $21.77bn in revenue a year.


Xamarin is a relatively young startup, with 112 staff and 30,000 customers.


It's all about the money


What could make SAP interested in Xamarin?


The mobile software startup’s promise is to allow devs to re-use their existing code to build apps capable of working on different mobile devices and on traditional desktops. That cuts development time and cost, and potentially reduces the applications’ complexity.


That will be of interested to a company with a huge stake in business apps, whose customers are taking the apps on the road using smartphones and tablets – especially, given the huge Microsoft-centric nature of these customers.


Xamarin helps because it plugs into Visual Studio while also offering its own Xamarin Studio development platform. The Visual Studio plugin lets you build using Microsoft’s C # for the gamut of Redmond frameworks – Windows Phone, Silverlight, WPF, ASP.NET and Windows Forms.


However, Xamarin also lets you build apps for Android and iOS inside Visual Studio and also using C #, with the same native performance. On Android, Xamarin uses a version of its .NET runtime called Mono to execute the Microsoft code and libraries. For iOS, the code is compiled ahead of time to an ARM binary, to run natively on the Apple hardware.


Xamarin’s founders, Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza, have a long history in open source and Linux. Friedman was a GNOME Foundation chair and ran engineering at Novell while de Icaza was behind the Mono project that put Microsoft’s then-new .NET libraries and architecture on Unix and then Linux. ®


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SAP, USPTO, Hilfiger, Slabbed: Intellectual Property - Bloomberg

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A U.S. appeals court revived part of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by Elcommerce.com Inc. against Walldorf, Germany-based SAP AG. (SAP)


While the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed non-infringement of certain claims within patent 6,947,903, the court said the trial judge used the wrong legal standard in ruling other aspects of the patent invalid.


The technology at issue is related to the monitoring of supply chains for components. The appeals court also upheld the transfer of the case to Philadelphia from Texas.


The case is Elcommerce.com Inc. v. SAP AG, 2011-1369, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington).


Inventor Who Shocked Tech World Stumped by 43-Year Patent Delay


Forty-three years is too long even for Gilbert P. Hyatt, the dogged inventor who once shocked the computer industry and got rich.


Hyatt said he’s been waiting that long for a U.S. ruling on whether his electronic signal to control machinery should be granted a patent. The patent-approval process takes 28.3 months on average. His idea for liquid crystal displays? That’s been sitting in the Patent and Trademark Office for 35 years.


The Las Vegas-based inventor, who turns 76 in March, filed a lawsuit in January demanding action on what may be the oldest pending U.S. patent applications.


The case is Hyatt v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 14-cv-00011, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Las Vegas).


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PVH Sues More than 1,000 Defendants Over Fake Hilfiger Sales


PVH Corp. (PVH)’s Tommy Hilfiger unit filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against 68 named and 1,000 unnamed defendants over the sale of counterfeit Hilfiger merchandise.


The suit, filed Feb 20 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, claims most of the defendants operate in China or other foreign countries and have conspired “to create and maintain and illegal marketplace on the World Wide Web” selling fake goods.


The case is Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC v. Canadatommyhilfigeroutlet.com, 14-cv-60433, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Fort Lauderdale).


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Nova Scotia Couple Uses Copyright Law Against Blogger


A Canadian court awarded a Nova Scotia gay couple C$390,000 ($352,460) in damages against a Mississippi blogger who used photos from their website in postings on his Slabbed blog falsely accusing them of being part of a Louisiana political scandal and casting homophobic slurs against them.


In its Feb. 14 ruling, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia said Douglas Handshoe of Wiggins, Mississippi, used the photos without permission and that their misuse “amounted to an ongoing campaign to damage, harass and embarrass” the couple.


Earlier, the U.S. appeals court in New Orleans said Handshoe didn’t have to face defamation charges related to his postings because the Canadian defamation law wasn’t as strong as the U.S. version.


In a blog post, Handshoe called the couple’s complaint “nonsensical” and said he is entitled to have the defamation allegations heard in state court.


The case is True Point Lodge Ltd. v. Handshoe, 2014 NSSC 65, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The U.S. case is Trout Point Lodge Ltd. v. Handshoe, 13-60002, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans).


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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage


Industrial Espionage Claims Lead to Bank Data Theft Allegations


Industrial espionage complaints made by three South African manufacturers of kitchen units have led to the uncovering of a scheme through which bank employees sold the companies’ bank statements to a competitor, the Johannesburg Times reported.


The competitor used the bank-statement data to poach the three companies’ customers, according to the newspaper.


The case is set for trial in April, the Times said.


To contact the reporter on this story: Victoria Slind-Flor in San Francisco at vslindflor@bloomberg.net


To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net







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Cold snap stymies maple sap in state - The Advocate

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Have pity on the pancake. Be patient with the worried waffle.


Their perfect complement -- maple syrup -- should be now flowing, golden brown, from the boiling pans of the state's sugarhouses.


But it has been too cold for the sap to run up to and out of the tens of thousands of taps in state maples. The hard winter has shortened the sweet season.


"It looked like we might have a flow in January, but the bottom just dropped out," said Mark Mankin, of Great Brook Sugarhouse in New Milford. "We should begin making syrup by this weekend. But last year by this time, we had syrup in the containers."


"It's definitely cut into production," said Bill Hill, of Warrup's Farm in Redding.


Not only is the sap not running, Hill said, the deep snow has made it hard to get into the woods to get all the taps into trees.


"I haven't tapped yet," he said.


"I spent last Saturday in the woods on snowshoes," Mankin said.


"It's about three weeks behind," said Mark Harran, of Brookside Farm II in Litchfield.


Harran is president of the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut, so he's in touch with sugarhouses throughout the state. "I don't think anyone has much sap to speak of," he said.


"It's all dependent on the weather," said Mike Murray, farm manager at New Pond Farm in Redding. "Every year is different. But in general, I'd say our season usually starts in the last week of January."


Connecticut produced 20,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- a crop worth about $1 million. Of the 10 states in the U.S. that make maple syrup, Connecticut makes the least. In comparison, Vermont produced 1.3 million gallons in 2013.


That's dwarfed in turn by Quebec, Canada, which makes about 7.7 million gallons a year.


"Seventy-five percent of the maple syrup sold comes from Quebec," Harran said.


The problem in Connecticut this winter is the arctic chill that's largely ruled for the past two months.


It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. But for that sap to start running, the temperature should be in the low- to mid-40s during the day, and in the mid-20s at night. It also has to be a clear day.


"If it's those temperatures, but it's rainy and windy, you won't get much sap," Harran said.


But on the whole, there's been little of that weather in the state so far. Instead, the days have been in the 20s and 30s, the nights in the teens.


"The trees are frozen," Mankin said.


What maple syrup producers lose at the beginning of the season can't be added at the end. By late March or early April, it's usually too warm.


"The days are longer and the trees are starting to bud by then," Harran said. The bud-bound sap, he noted, has a distinctive tang that isn't good for making syrup.


But there's still hope.


This weekend looks promising, and a solid block of good weather in March could make up for the days lost to the cold.


"Last year, we didn't start until Feb. 13, and it was the best year we ever had," Harran said. "It's not too late."


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Kiwibank's SAP move criticised - The Southland Times

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The rollout of Kiwibank's new core banking system could become a "nightmare", warns a business consultant with experience of software provider SAP.


As reported by BusinessDay last week, the state-owned bank has confirmed it will spend upwards of $100 million on a new system over the next three to four years.


With 840,000 customers, Kiwibank has outgrown its current platform, which was designed for much smaller credit unions.


Business consultant and tech commentator Lance Wiggs said in his opinion the investment could be a risky move.


He described SAP as a "vast, complex and barely usable system for managing complex businesses", with a history of failure to deliver on promised costs and benefits.


Wiggs has personal experience with SAP rollouts, though not specifically with the German software firm's banking product.


"I hope for their [Kiwibank's] customers' sake that I am wrong," he wrote.


Banking heavyweight Commonwealth Bank of Australia successfully uses SAP, but Wiggs said its vast resources meant it could "force" the implementation.


"If you're Commonwealth Bank, you can throw three or four billion dollars at it, and all these really smart people, and a lot of time, and you can make it happen," he told BusinessDay.


"But if you're a small bank, you have to do what the programme tells you.


"You often under-resource it, you don't pay the expensive consultants you need, and it ends up being a nightmare."


Research suggests that regardless of the provider, any large IT project is likely to become more expensive and time-consuming than initially expected.


A report published by McKinsey and the University of Oxford in 2012 found half of all IT projects over US$15m (NZ$18m) "massively blow their budgets".


On average, large IT projects ran 45 per cent over budget and 7 per cent over time, while delivering significantly less value than expected.


Wiggs also questioned why Kiwibank had not tapped into the talent of local developers to build a "roll-your-own" system, like ASB had done over 40 years ago.


Kiwibank's communications manager, Bruce Thompson, said: "We believed there was nobody capable of producing what we were looking for within New Zealand."


He said the job had been short-listed down to a select few companies, of which SAP was the best fit:


"They have considerable experience in providing banking platforms internationally, and it just fitted with our strategic growth plans."


The exact amount of cash earmarked for the upgrade has not yet been finalised.


"The $100m is an estimate over a three to four year period, but not a precise figure, because . . . IT costs can vary quite markedly," said Thompson.


Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock said while SAP would earn a "reasonable part" of the total spend, there would still be opportunities for local providers and contractors.


- © Fairfax NZ News


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SAP is the global market leader for business software and thus contributes a considerable part of the world's economic power grid. At SAP you get your chance to put your ideas into action with maximum impact.The Chairman Projects' team in product development at SAP Labs Palo Alto is looking for interns with ninja-like software engineering (making, creating, hacking) and/or design skills. We're a small interdisciplinary team with skills and experiences ranging from architecture, acting, movie directing, executive communication, photography, visual and interaction design, engineering, and last but not least software programming for satellites far up in space. We're working on diverse projects for SAP's head of development, from development of new ways to visualize data to new types of business and mobile solutions to visionary technology prototypes. If you are highly motivated and excited to work in a dynamic environment with changing tasks and responsibilities, sometimes brainstorming far away visions, sometimes hacking software together based on challenging requirements and tight timelines, then we are looking for you. We would be delighted to hear about the projects that you have worked on so far - don't hesitate to impress us by sharing concepts, photos, screenshots, videos or code fragments of what you have built. • Be part of a vibrant intern community on the SAP Palo Alto campus (monthly events, networking sessions, expert presentations) • Free lunches, ice cream, beverages and coffee in our canteens around the campus • Connect with world leading software engineers and become part of the worldwide SAP network • Work out of our re-designed open work space in the heart of Silicon Valley • Establish your network in the IT industry by interacting with strategic SAP customers and implement their feedback


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  • Major in Software/Computer Engineering or related fields • Profound programming experience (C#, C++, Javascript, Java, HTML5 and/or for mobiles) • Development experience with at least one of the following technologies: - 3D Sensors, Microsoft Kinect SDK, Leap Motion SDK - Image/Audio Processing, Voice Recognition, Face Recognition, OpenCV, Oculus Rift SDK - Multimedia Installations, Video Walls, Multi-touch - Development of Screensharing Apps / Masters of Desktop Application Development - Anticipatory Software • Enjoying ambiguous challenges, fast iterations and independent thinking • Strong team-players & open communication skills NOTE Candidates available from Sep 2014 onwards and for at least 3 monthsDuration: 3 months minimum




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