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April 29, 2014 10:09 AM ET




IDG News Service - SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba' Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are "now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster," SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba's trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. "Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time."


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP "is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


"Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary -- mostly for business risk and viability reasons."


"From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case -- but you can't blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform," Mueller added.


However, "moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes," he wrote.


Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com



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Wed, April 30, 2014




Computerworld UK — News Corp expects to save 'tens of millions of dollars' in on-premise infrastructure costs by moving its SAP ERP system to Amazon Web Service's cloud.


The global media company - which is responsible for publications such as The Times and The Sun - is currently carrying out a major project to move its on-premise systems onto AWS' infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, after adopting a 'cloud first' policy in 2011.


Having virtualised 90 percent of its server estate and placed numerous newly-built applications in to the public cloud, the firm has also targeted its larger enterprise applications, with plans in place to move its main SAP implementation out of its data centre.


"In December last year we started to prepare for moving our enterprise applications into the cloud," News UK IT director Chris Birch told an audience of customers at AWS Summit in London on Tuesday. "We are talking about ERP systems, logisitics, distribution and manufacturing systems - this includes all the hardcore apps that were developed in-house or from third parties decades ago, which do not have the autoscaling of some of the systems built for the cloud."


The move has involved building a virtual private cloud (VPC) connection between News Corp's infrastructure and Amazon's data centre, dubbed DC3.


"We have two 10GB private circuits into Amazon's data centre from our data centre, with our own enterprise security wrapper around that. That VPC allows us to migrate huge amounts of data," he said.


He added that since setting up the connection, the company has moved its Times Online archive into Amazon Web Services, with 9TB of data moved across to AWS in March.


"We will be using the application search capability in AWS across that archive. This will cost us a couple of thousand dollars a year, whereas we previously had two racks of servers in two data centres to support it, with all of the replication and overheads required.


"The VPC is ultimately going to allow us to close down our data centres in London."


According to Birch, a 10-year projection of savings versus keeping its SAP implementation on-premise shows that moving to the cloud could reap massive savings. This could be even higher with further price reductions made through continued price drops, and could reach "tens of millions of dollars with one single app" over the space of 10 years.


"That is compelling," he said.


For example, Birch said the business had already benefited from the latest round of price drops, which shaved $30,000 (APS17,840) off News Corp's monthly AWS bill, reducing from $150,000 (APS89,220) to $120,000 (APS71,377) per month.


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By Chris Kanaracus


April 29, 2014 10:09 AM ET




IDG News Service - SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba' Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are "now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster," SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba's trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. "Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time."


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP "is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


"Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary -- mostly for business risk and viability reasons."


"From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case -- but you can't blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform," Mueller added.


However, "moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes," he wrote.


Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com



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Wed, April 30, 2014




Computerworld UK — News Corp expects to save 'tens of millions of dollars' in on-premise infrastructure costs by moving its SAP ERP system to Amazon Web Service's cloud.


The global media company - which is responsible for publications such as The Times and The Sun - is currently carrying out a major project to move its on-premise systems onto AWS' infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, after adopting a 'cloud first' policy in 2011.


Having virtualised 90 percent of its server estate and placed numerous newly-built applications in to the public cloud, the firm has also targeted its larger enterprise applications, with plans in place to move its main SAP implementation out of its data centre.


"In December last year we started to prepare for moving our enterprise applications into the cloud," News UK IT director Chris Birch told an audience of customers at AWS Summit in London on Tuesday. "We are talking about ERP systems, logisitics, distribution and manufacturing systems - this includes all the hardcore apps that were developed in-house or from third parties decades ago, which do not have the autoscaling of some of the systems built for the cloud."


The move has involved building a virtual private cloud (VPC) connection between News Corp's infrastructure and Amazon's data centre, dubbed DC3.


"We have two 10GB private circuits into Amazon's data centre from our data centre, with our own enterprise security wrapper around that. That VPC allows us to migrate huge amounts of data," he said.


He added that since setting up the connection, the company has moved its Times Online archive into Amazon Web Services, with 9TB of data moved across to AWS in March.


"We will be using the application search capability in AWS across that archive. This will cost us a couple of thousand dollars a year, whereas we previously had two racks of servers in two data centres to support it, with all of the replication and overheads required.


"The VPC is ultimately going to allow us to close down our data centres in London."


According to Birch, a 10-year projection of savings versus keeping its SAP implementation on-premise shows that moving to the cloud could reap massive savings. This could be even higher with further price reductions made through continued price drops, and could reach "tens of millions of dollars with one single app" over the space of 10 years.


"That is compelling," he said.


For example, Birch said the business had already benefited from the latest round of price drops, which shaved $30,000 (APS17,840) off News Corp's monthly AWS bill, reducing from $150,000 (APS89,220) to $120,000 (APS71,377) per month.


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By Chris Kanaracus


April 29, 2014 10:09 AM ET




IDG News Service - SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba' Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are "now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster," SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba's trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. "Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time."


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP "is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


"Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary -- mostly for business risk and viability reasons."


"From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case -- but you can't blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform," Mueller added.


However, "moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes," he wrote.


Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com



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Services Sales Engagement Manager, Big Data -Financial Services - West Job - SAP - Palo Alto, CA

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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 SSEM works closely with the License organization, Delivery organization, customers and partners to ensure the overall success of the sale and implementation of SAP's HANA services, related big data services and HANA cloud solutions and business processes. The SSEM is expected to create strong and lasting relationships, achieve "trusted advisor" status with assigned customers, expand the services footprint and meet annual revenue, booking, and margin targets, while maintaining a high degree of customer satisfaction to develop referenceable customers. The SSEM also bears responsibility for team deployment and execution consistent with the identified accounts and is expected to play a significant role in the execution of the Customer relationship.


EXPECTATIONS AND TASKS


Evaluate customers and territory for revenue opportunities. Forecast 3X pipeline for future accounts; change forecasts for bookings in current accounts in CRM & other appropriate systems. Meet annual services booking, revenue, and margin targets by identifying and managing service opportunities through the business development lifecycle to sales orders. Develop an account strategy in a sophisticated and complex business environment, negotiate services contracts and effectively close business. Position/present SAP Big Data Services products/solutions, implementation framework and methodologies to prospective customers and organize/lead appropriate resources to the account to achieve services sale/upgrade/additional revenue. Manage key Services issues on key accounts --- escalation strategy, upgrade strategy, resource strategy,Partner managament and general information. Coordinates with internal resources to manage each to resolution.


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OneCard Nigeria, a fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has announced it has implemented SAP Business ONE Cloud for its top up solutions on multiple platforms.



SAP Business ONE Cloud is a cloud-based subscription offering that provides small businesses or subsidiaries of large companies with a single software solution to manage critical business processes.


“We have chosen SAP Business ONE Cloud for our business because it provides a comprehensive and fully integrated offering built on proven best practices. SAP Business ONE Cloud has delivered us a best fit for our unique business requirements,” said OneCard chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Baba.


He said the SAP solution was selected after an evaluation of various offerings in the market, as SAP offers a robust platform which is well suited to support the company’s mission to provide positively impacting world class services.


Engineer Kajubi, chief operating officer (COO) of OneCard, said: “We know that we can count on SAP to help our business grow. The ERP engine provided by SAP makes it possible for us to have timely and accurate information all the time. This is a major requirement in today’s business environment.”


OneCard Nigeria provides top-up solutions on multiple platforms for various services like mobile phones, toll fees, transportation, pay television and fuel cards nationwide.


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SAP AG (SAP:US), the largest maker of business-management software, said first-quarter sales of cloud services in China more than doubled as a joint venture with the nation’s largest fixed-line carrier helped boost demand.


The joint venture called China Datacom Corp. that was established with a subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. (728) in November is providing human resources support through the cloud for 15,000 of the carrier’s own users, Mark Gibbs, SAP’s president for the greater China region, said in an interview in Beijing today. The venture will start offering cloud services to other customers in the second half, he said.


SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, has made China its ‘‘second home,’’ a strategy that’s paying off with strong double-digit software sales growth in the world’s most populous nation, co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said this month. The success contrasts with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US)’s 20 percent drop in China sales and has been aided as last year’s revelation of secret surveillance carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency raises scrutiny of American technology.


“The Chinese have concerns about solutions hosted in foreign countries, especially the U.S.,” said Pat Walravens, a San Francisco-based analyst at JMP Securities LLC. “The whole NSA spying scandal is pushing the Chinese IT buyer away from U.S. solutions. The fact that SAP is German helps.”


German Roots


SAP is the world’s third-biggest independent software company, trailing Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL:US) In the wake of the spying revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, sales of SAP’s Hana database program have grown at the expense of U.S. database vendors Oracle and IBM, Walravens said.


SAP relies on its technical and business capability to win business in China, rather than any security concerns about its competitors, Gibbs said. Still, he acknowledged SAP faces fewer political headwinds in China than U.S. companies do at present.


“The fact that we are a German, European company has kept us in good stead,” Gibbs said. “Being a proudly German, proudly European company, I think this is resonating well with Chinese companies. The integration of the governments of the two countries is at a very strong point at the moment.”


SAP built trust with the Chinese government and companies by investing in the market for the long term and the 2011 announcement of a projected $2 billion investment in China by 2015 is going according to plan, Gibbs said. SAP has 4,300 staff in China and has relocated its global support headquarters to Beijing, he said.


Bright Spot


The growth in China is a bright spot for SAP, which reported first-quarter sales (SAP:US) and earnings on April 17 that missed analyst estimates, as a sales boost from the company’s shift to online programs was muted by a slowdown for older products. A strong euro is also eroding the repatriated value of overseas sales.


“China was a particular highlight, which obviously is very different than other big companies that have reported,” McDermott said on the April 17 conference call.


Gibbs declined to provide specific sales figures at the China Telecom cloud venture or for total software sales in the Asian nation. Sales of cloud services through the venture with China Telecom represent a “significant opportunity,” Gibbs said without supplying details.


Huawei Partnership


SAP is also boosting sales of the Hana database system in China through a partnership last month with Huawei Technologies Co. As part of the agreement, the two companies jointly market their products with Huawei supplying its FusionCube storage system for SAP’s Hana system.


“We’ve tried to respect and collaborate with Chinese IT and software companies,” Gibbs said. “The climate for SAP in China, because of the investment, because of these co-engineering projects, because of our association with the ecosystem in China, I think slowly, slowly over time this is playing out and we are seen as a trusted international company.”


Gibbs was named president for the China region in October after serving as chief operating officer of SAP’s Asia Pacific region from May 2011. He was previously the company’s president for North Asia.


The appointment of Gibbs put greater focus on SAP’s China business by breaking the region out of the Asia Pacific Japan group, of which it was previously a part.


The change reflects “the importance SAP puts on the market,” said Michael Briest, an analyst at UBS AG. “Even the U.S. is run as part of the Americas, and Germany as part of a greater Central/Eastern Europe region, so this tells you something.”


To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net Terje Langeland, Suresh Seshadri







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SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba’ Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are “now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster,” SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba’s trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. “Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time.”


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP “is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality,” said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


“Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary—mostly for business risk and viability reasons.”


“From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case—but you can’t blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform,” Mueller added.


However, “moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes,” he wrote.




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OneCard Nigeria, a fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has announced it has implemented SAP Business ONE Cloud for its top up solutions on multiple platforms.



SAP Business ONE Cloud is a cloud-based subscription offering that provides small businesses or subsidiaries of large companies with a single software solution to manage critical business processes.


“We have chosen SAP Business ONE Cloud for our business because it provides a comprehensive and fully integrated offering built on proven best practices. SAP Business ONE Cloud has delivered us a best fit for our unique business requirements,” said OneCard chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Baba.


He said the SAP solution was selected after an evaluation of various offerings in the market, as SAP offers a robust platform which is well suited to support the company’s mission to provide positively impacting world class services.


Engineer Kajubi, chief operating officer (COO) of OneCard, said: “We know that we can count on SAP to help our business grow. The ERP engine provided by SAP makes it possible for us to have timely and accurate information all the time. This is a major requirement in today’s business environment.”


OneCard Nigeria provides top-up solutions on multiple platforms for various services like mobile phones, toll fees, transportation, pay television and fuel cards nationwide.


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SAP AG (SAP:US), the largest maker of business-management software, said first-quarter sales of cloud services in China more than doubled as a joint venture with the nation’s largest fixed-line carrier helped boost demand.


The joint venture called China Datacom Corp. that was established with a subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. (728) in November is providing human resources support through the cloud for 15,000 of the carrier’s own users, Mark Gibbs, SAP’s president for the greater China region, said in an interview in Beijing today. The venture will start offering cloud services to other customers in the second half, he said.


SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, has made China its ‘‘second home,’’ a strategy that’s paying off with strong double-digit software sales growth in the world’s most populous nation, co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said this month. The success contrasts with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US)’s 20 percent drop in China sales and has been aided as last year’s revelation of secret surveillance carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency raises scrutiny of American technology.


“The Chinese have concerns about solutions hosted in foreign countries, especially the U.S.,” said Pat Walravens, a San Francisco-based analyst at JMP Securities LLC. “The whole NSA spying scandal is pushing the Chinese IT buyer away from U.S. solutions. The fact that SAP is German helps.”


German Roots


SAP is the world’s third-biggest independent software company, trailing Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL:US) In the wake of the spying revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, sales of SAP’s Hana database program have grown at the expense of U.S. database vendors Oracle and IBM, Walravens said.


SAP relies on its technical and business capability to win business in China, rather than any security concerns about its competitors, Gibbs said. Still, he acknowledged SAP faces fewer political headwinds in China than U.S. companies do at present.


“The fact that we are a German, European company has kept us in good stead,” Gibbs said. “Being a proudly German, proudly European company, I think this is resonating well with Chinese companies. The integration of the governments of the two countries is at a very strong point at the moment.”


SAP built trust with the Chinese government and companies by investing in the market for the long term and the 2011 announcement of a projected $2 billion investment in China by 2015 is going according to plan, Gibbs said. SAP has 4,300 staff in China and has relocated its global support headquarters to Beijing, he said.


Bright Spot


The growth in China is a bright spot for SAP, which reported first-quarter sales (SAP:US) and earnings on April 17 that missed analyst estimates, as a sales boost from the company’s shift to online programs was muted by a slowdown for older products. A strong euro is also eroding the repatriated value of overseas sales.


“China was a particular highlight, which obviously is very different than other big companies that have reported,” McDermott said on the April 17 conference call.


Gibbs declined to provide specific sales figures at the China Telecom cloud venture or for total software sales in the Asian nation. Sales of cloud services through the venture with China Telecom represent a “significant opportunity,” Gibbs said without supplying details.


Huawei Partnership


SAP is also boosting sales of the Hana database system in China through a partnership last month with Huawei Technologies Co. As part of the agreement, the two companies jointly market their products with Huawei supplying its FusionCube storage system for SAP’s Hana system.


“We’ve tried to respect and collaborate with Chinese IT and software companies,” Gibbs said. “The climate for SAP in China, because of the investment, because of these co-engineering projects, because of our association with the ecosystem in China, I think slowly, slowly over time this is playing out and we are seen as a trusted international company.”


Gibbs was named president for the China region in October after serving as chief operating officer of SAP’s Asia Pacific region from May 2011. He was previously the company’s president for North Asia.


The appointment of Gibbs put greater focus on SAP’s China business by breaking the region out of the Asia Pacific Japan group, of which it was previously a part.


The change reflects “the importance SAP puts on the market,” said Michael Briest, an analyst at UBS AG. “Even the U.S. is run as part of the Americas, and Germany as part of a greater Central/Eastern Europe region, so this tells you something.”


To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net Terje Langeland, Suresh Seshadri







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SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba’ Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are “now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster,” SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba’s trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. “Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time.”


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP “is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality,” said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


“Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary—mostly for business risk and viability reasons.”


“From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case—but you can’t blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform,” Mueller added.


However, “moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes,” he wrote.




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OneCard Nigeria, a fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has announced it has implemented SAP Business ONE Cloud for its top up solutions on multiple platforms.



SAP Business ONE Cloud is a cloud-based subscription offering that provides small businesses or subsidiaries of large companies with a single software solution to manage critical business processes.


“We have chosen SAP Business ONE Cloud for our business because it provides a comprehensive and fully integrated offering built on proven best practices. SAP Business ONE Cloud has delivered us a best fit for our unique business requirements,” said OneCard chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Baba.


He said the SAP solution was selected after an evaluation of various offerings in the market, as SAP offers a robust platform which is well suited to support the company’s mission to provide positively impacting world class services.


Engineer Kajubi, chief operating officer (COO) of OneCard, said: “We know that we can count on SAP to help our business grow. The ERP engine provided by SAP makes it possible for us to have timely and accurate information all the time. This is a major requirement in today’s business environment.”


OneCard Nigeria provides top-up solutions on multiple platforms for various services like mobile phones, toll fees, transportation, pay television and fuel cards nationwide.


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SAP AG (SAP:US), the largest maker of business-management software, said first-quarter sales of cloud services in China more than doubled as a joint venture with the nation’s largest fixed-line carrier helped boost demand.


The joint venture called China Datacom Corp. that was established with a subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. (728) in November is providing human resources support through the cloud for 15,000 of the carrier’s own users, Mark Gibbs, SAP’s president for the greater China region, said in an interview in Beijing today. The venture will start offering cloud services to other customers in the second half, he said.


SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, has made China its ‘‘second home,’’ a strategy that’s paying off with strong double-digit software sales growth in the world’s most populous nation, co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said this month. The success contrasts with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US)’s 20 percent drop in China sales and has been aided as last year’s revelation of secret surveillance carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency raises scrutiny of American technology.


“The Chinese have concerns about solutions hosted in foreign countries, especially the U.S.,” said Pat Walravens, a San Francisco-based analyst at JMP Securities LLC. “The whole NSA spying scandal is pushing the Chinese IT buyer away from U.S. solutions. The fact that SAP is German helps.”


German Roots


SAP is the world’s third-biggest independent software company, trailing Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL:US) In the wake of the spying revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, sales of SAP’s Hana database program have grown at the expense of U.S. database vendors Oracle and IBM, Walravens said.


SAP relies on its technical and business capability to win business in China, rather than any security concerns about its competitors, Gibbs said. Still, he acknowledged SAP faces fewer political headwinds in China than U.S. companies do at present.


“The fact that we are a German, European company has kept us in good stead,” Gibbs said. “Being a proudly German, proudly European company, I think this is resonating well with Chinese companies. The integration of the governments of the two countries is at a very strong point at the moment.”


SAP built trust with the Chinese government and companies by investing in the market for the long term and the 2011 announcement of a projected $2 billion investment in China by 2015 is going according to plan, Gibbs said. SAP has 4,300 staff in China and has relocated its global support headquarters to Beijing, he said.


Bright Spot


The growth in China is a bright spot for SAP, which reported first-quarter sales (SAP:US) and earnings on April 17 that missed analyst estimates, as a sales boost from the company’s shift to online programs was muted by a slowdown for older products. A strong euro is also eroding the repatriated value of overseas sales.


“China was a particular highlight, which obviously is very different than other big companies that have reported,” McDermott said on the April 17 conference call.


Gibbs declined to provide specific sales figures at the China Telecom cloud venture or for total software sales in the Asian nation. Sales of cloud services through the venture with China Telecom represent a “significant opportunity,” Gibbs said without supplying details.


Huawei Partnership


SAP is also boosting sales of the Hana database system in China through a partnership last month with Huawei Technologies Co. As part of the agreement, the two companies jointly market their products with Huawei supplying its FusionCube storage system for SAP’s Hana system.


“We’ve tried to respect and collaborate with Chinese IT and software companies,” Gibbs said. “The climate for SAP in China, because of the investment, because of these co-engineering projects, because of our association with the ecosystem in China, I think slowly, slowly over time this is playing out and we are seen as a trusted international company.”


Gibbs was named president for the China region in October after serving as chief operating officer of SAP’s Asia Pacific region from May 2011. He was previously the company’s president for North Asia.


The appointment of Gibbs put greater focus on SAP’s China business by breaking the region out of the Asia Pacific Japan group, of which it was previously a part.


The change reflects “the importance SAP puts on the market,” said Michael Briest, an analyst at UBS AG. “Even the U.S. is run as part of the Americas, and Germany as part of a greater Central/Eastern Europe region, so this tells you something.”


To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net Terje Langeland, Suresh Seshadri







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SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.


While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba’ Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are “now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster,” SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.


Now it is working on moving Ariba’s trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. “Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time.”


SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.


By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP “is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality,” said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.


“Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary—mostly for business risk and viability reasons.”


“From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case—but you can’t blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform,” Mueller added.


However, “moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes,” he wrote.




Chris Kanaracus , IDG News Service


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OneCard Nigeria, a fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has announced it has implemented SAP Business ONE Cloud for its top up solutions on multiple platforms.



SAP Business ONE Cloud is a cloud-based subscription offering that provides small businesses or subsidiaries of large companies with a single software solution to manage critical business processes.


“We have chosen SAP Business ONE Cloud for our business because it provides a comprehensive and fully integrated offering built on proven best practices. SAP Business ONE Cloud has delivered us a best fit for our unique business requirements,” said OneCard chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Baba.


He said the SAP solution was selected after an evaluation of various offerings in the market, as SAP offers a robust platform which is well suited to support the company’s mission to provide positively impacting world class services.


Engineer Kajubi, chief operating officer (COO) of OneCard, said: “We know that we can count on SAP to help our business grow. The ERP engine provided by SAP makes it possible for us to have timely and accurate information all the time. This is a major requirement in today’s business environment.”


OneCard Nigeria provides top-up solutions on multiple platforms for various services like mobile phones, toll fees, transportation, pay television and fuel cards nationwide.


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SAP AG (SAP:US), the largest maker of business-management software, said first-quarter sales of cloud services in China more than doubled as a joint venture with the nation’s largest fixed-line carrier helped boost demand.


The joint venture called China Datacom Corp. that was established with a subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. (728) in November is providing human resources support through the cloud for 15,000 of the carrier’s own users, Mark Gibbs, SAP’s president for the greater China region, said in an interview in Beijing today. The venture will start offering cloud services to other customers in the second half, he said.


SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, has made China its ‘‘second home,’’ a strategy that’s paying off with strong double-digit software sales growth in the world’s most populous nation, co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said this month. The success contrasts with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US)’s 20 percent drop in China sales and has been aided as last year’s revelation of secret surveillance carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency raises scrutiny of American technology.


“The Chinese have concerns about solutions hosted in foreign countries, especially the U.S.,” said Pat Walravens, a San Francisco-based analyst at JMP Securities LLC. “The whole NSA spying scandal is pushing the Chinese IT buyer away from U.S. solutions. The fact that SAP is German helps.”


German Roots


SAP is the world’s third-biggest independent software company, trailing Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL:US) In the wake of the spying revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, sales of SAP’s Hana database program have grown at the expense of U.S. database vendors Oracle and IBM, Walravens said.


SAP relies on its technical and business capability to win business in China, rather than any security concerns about its competitors, Gibbs said. Still, he acknowledged SAP faces fewer political headwinds in China than U.S. companies do at present.


“The fact that we are a German, European company has kept us in good stead,” Gibbs said. “Being a proudly German, proudly European company, I think this is resonating well with Chinese companies. The integration of the governments of the two countries is at a very strong point at the moment.”


SAP built trust with the Chinese government and companies by investing in the market for the long term and the 2011 announcement of a projected $2 billion investment in China by 2015 is going according to plan, Gibbs said. SAP has 4,300 staff in China and has relocated its global support headquarters to Beijing, he said.


Bright Spot


The growth in China is a bright spot for SAP, which reported first-quarter sales (SAP:US) and earnings on April 17 that missed analyst estimates, as a sales boost from the company’s shift to online programs was muted by a slowdown for older products. A strong euro is also eroding the repatriated value of overseas sales.


“China was a particular highlight, which obviously is very different than other big companies that have reported,” McDermott said on the April 17 conference call.


Gibbs declined to provide specific sales figures at the China Telecom cloud venture or for total software sales in the Asian nation. Sales of cloud services through the venture with China Telecom represent a “significant opportunity,” Gibbs said without supplying details.


Huawei Partnership


SAP is also boosting sales of the Hana database system in China through a partnership last month with Huawei Technologies Co. As part of the agreement, the two companies jointly market their products with Huawei supplying its FusionCube storage system for SAP’s Hana system.


“We’ve tried to respect and collaborate with Chinese IT and software companies,” Gibbs said. “The climate for SAP in China, because of the investment, because of these co-engineering projects, because of our association with the ecosystem in China, I think slowly, slowly over time this is playing out and we are seen as a trusted international company.”


Gibbs was named president for the China region in October after serving as chief operating officer of SAP’s Asia Pacific region from May 2011. He was previously the company’s president for North Asia.


The appointment of Gibbs put greater focus on SAP’s China business by breaking the region out of the Asia Pacific Japan group, of which it was previously a part.


The change reflects “the importance SAP puts on the market,” said Michael Briest, an analyst at UBS AG. “Even the U.S. is run as part of the Americas, and Germany as part of a greater Central/Eastern Europe region, so this tells you something.”


To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net Terje Langeland, Suresh Seshadri







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