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Move Over Salesforce, SAP Hybris YaaS Is Staking Claim - Forbes

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At last week’s SAP SAP hybris 2015 Global Customer Days in Munich, Germany, hybris, an omni-channel customer engagement and commerce vendor, unveiled a number of announcements including its latest application, hybris Marketing. hybris’ vision is to “deliver contextual, consistent and relevant experiences regardless of channel or device throughout the customer journey”. Following SAP’s affection for three letter acronyms, the entire hybris suite is referred to CEC – Customer Engagement and Commerce.


hybris Marketing is set of omni-channel experience capabilities that, according to Brian Walker, hybris and SAP CEC’s Chief Strategy Officer, “fill a key gap”. Integrated with hybris Commerce Suite, the platform delivers a single view of the customer enabling companies to contextually interact with their customers based on where those buyers are in their journey. Beyond a single view of the customer, Walker stressed that hybris is the new single source of truth within a company as it delivers a single view of orders, products as well as of customers.


The real news didn’t receive as much glitz and promotion but is more significant – it is the introduction of hybris’ YaaS.


YaaS stands for “hybris business platform as a Service” and fills the gap between SaaS and Pass in an emerging category called bPaaS (Gartner’s term). YaaS is key not only to hybris’ strategy but also to SAP’s. Unlike previous acquisitions, Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, had the good sense to leave this one alone and allow it to draw in SAP resources and expertise as needed.


YaaS is a new business and development platform build on cloud foundry, which offers developers freedom in the programming language they want to use (i.e., Java, node.is, Ruby or Grails). It enables hybris/SAP to be truly multi-tenant and offers the market a state-of-the-art micro-service architecture upon which to develop an ecosystem of SaaS applications and services. And that is exactly what hybris and SAP want. They plan and have started to develop on top of YaaS to kick start a marketplace that includes SAP, third party and competitor applications.


SAP YaaS


Sounds like Force.com, right? That is exactly what YaaS is – SAP’s answer to Salesforce’s Force.com.


The YaaS stack resembles Force.com but is built on a more robust and technologically current architecture and enables developers to get to market faster.







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SAP and NHL to partner to transform hockey through technology - SportingNews.com

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The National Hockey League and SAP have announced an innovative partnership that will allow the two entities to “co-innovate” and transform hockey through technology moving forward.


Already the league’s official cloud software partner, SAP worked with the NHL to repackage its statistics solution on NHL.com. The overhaul makes it more engaging to fans and also allows for a broader depth of information. With such a vast amount of statistics available to hockey fans, SAP helped the NHL sift through the clutter.


“Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way.”


The new stats platform is powered by SAP’s HANA® Enterprise Cloud and allows the NHL to increase fan engagement and deepen fan loyalty. The full system will be released in a series of phases throughout the next few years. Check out the first release, which includes: a brand new design, introduction of enhanced statistics and powerful new visualization capabilities for fans.


Releases in the coming years are scheduled to include things like advanced playoff filtering, data visualization capabilities for fans, team power indexes, a prediction tool, and more.


“Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell enticing stories about hockey and its players,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.”


Moving forward, it seems that teams and leagues are increasingly looking to partner with companies that can provide services and benefits rather than just cash flow. Sports organizations are increasingly seeing themselves as businesses enterprises where the players and teams are only one vertical of business.


The NHL clearly recognizes SAP’s power in the technology space and sees it as a way to differentiate itself from other professional sports leagues. With an increased focus on data, the NHL is hoping to attract a new generation of hockey fans.


Preston is the Manager of Digital Communications for the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach and a contributor for Sporting News, writing about sports business. Connect with him on Twitter at @p_mcclellan and join the dialogue.








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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss - Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.


Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.


For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.


As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.


Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.


Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.


Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.


Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.


At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.


To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Ricadela in Frankfurt at aricadela@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net; Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net Brendan Scott







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Using dormant oil on trees can control sap-sucking insects - Springfield News-Leader

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Master Gardeners of Greene County 11:49 p.m. CST February 27, 2015




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Q. Is dormant oil really necessary for my small fruit trees? — T.S., Springfield


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Home fruit growers should consider spraying dormant oil on selected fruit trees and small fruit species — like apple, pear, plum, quince, crabapples and gooseberry bushes — to control sap-sucking pests like red mites and scale.


These pests overwinter in the small cracks and crevices in the bark. Dormant oil works by coating the surface, suffocating adults and killing the eggs before they become active in warm weather.


The control is not a cure, but it really knocks down the population going into the growing season.


To avoid damaging the plants, dormant oil should be applied in the dormant season. This should be done before buds swell, when the temperature is between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and remains above freezing for at least 24 hours.


When spraying dormant oil it is best to cover all areas of the bark, especially the smallest cracks and crevices in all stems and branches. The best control results from thorough coverage.


Q: Winter has taken its toll on the ornamental grasses in my yard. Are there some basic maintenance steps I should be taking? – G.S., Willard


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Species like Revenna grass, fountain grass and plume grass grow large plumes of intricate structure. These create color and wind-driven motion in the otherwise stark wintry landscape.


Depending on the amount of snow, wind and driving rain we have, the plumes can lose their delicate characteristics as winter wears on.


Grasses should be cut back whenever they become ragged in appearance. However, all ornamental grasses need to be cut back in late winter.


Cutting back grasses is essential to provide growing space for new foliage and plumes in the coming year. It also removes dead foliage and stems, giving the new growth a clean and green appearance at the start of the new season.


The task of cutting back ornamental grasses in the landscape can be messy and labor intensive. There is one method that can be used to minimize mess and save time.


First, find a length of biodegradable twine, at least 4 feet long. Tie a loop at one end. Place the twine around the base of the clump and put the end through the loop, like a lasso.


Slide the lasso up the clump about halfway, bundling the leaves and stems as much as possible. Cinch the twine tightly around the clump and tie it off there.


Use sharp tools like power trimmers or hand pruners to cut the clump three to four inches above the ground. String trimmers are seldom sharp enough to cut the clump, and fragments of dried leaves and stems get scattered, making cleanup difficult.


Leaving this stubble in place protects the new season's growth from late freezes and keeps it sheltered during the fresh growth stage.


Remove the clump, keeping it tied and intact, and place it in the compost pile. It is a good idea to keep the twine in place to prevent the grass from blowing out of the compost pile.


Readers can pose questions or get more information by calling 417-881-8909 and talking to one of the trained volunteers staffing the Mas­ter Gardener Hotline at the University of Missouri Exten­sion Center in Greene County located inside the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.


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Move Over Salesforce, SAP Hybris YaaS Is Staking Claim - Forbes

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At last week’s SAP SAP hybris 2015 Global Customer Days in Munich, Germany, hybris, an omni-channel customer engagement and commerce vendor, unveiled a number of announcements including its latest application, hybris Marketing. hybris’ vision is to “deliver contextual, consistent and relevant experiences regardless of channel or device throughout the customer journey”. Following SAP’s affection for three letter acronyms, the entire hybris suite is referred to CEC – Customer Engagement and Commerce.


hybris Marketing is set of omni-channel experience capabilities that, according to Brian Walker, hybris and SAP CEC’s Chief Strategy Officer, “fill a key gap”. Integrated with hybris Commerce Suite, the platform delivers a single view of the customer enabling companies to contextually interact with their customers based on where those buyers are in their journey. Beyond a single view of the customer, Walker stressed that hybris is the new single source of truth within a company as it delivers a single view of orders, products as well as of customers.


The real news didn’t receive as much glitz and promotion but is more significant – it is the introduction of hybris’ YaaS.


YaaS stands for “hybris business platform as a Service” and fills the gap between SaaS and Pass in an emerging category called bPaaS (Gartner’s term). YaaS is key not only to hybris’ strategy but also to SAP’s. Unlike previous acquisitions, Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, had the good sense to leave this one alone and allow it to draw in SAP resources and expertise as needed.


YaaS is a new business and development platform build on cloud foundry, which offers developers freedom in the programming language they want to use (i.e., Java, node.is, Ruby or Grails). It enables hybris/SAP to be truly multi-tenant and offers the market a state-of-the-art micro-service architecture upon which to develop an ecosystem of SaaS applications and services. And that is exactly what hybris and SAP want. They plan and have started to develop on top of YaaS to kick start a marketplace that includes SAP, third party and competitor applications.


SAP YaaS


Sounds like Force.com, right? That is exactly what YaaS is – SAP’s answer to Salesforce’s Force.com.


The YaaS stack resembles Force.com but is built on a more robust and technologically current architecture and enables developers to get to market faster.







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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss - Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.


Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.


For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.


As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.


Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.


Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.


Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.


Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.


At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.


To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Ricadela in Frankfurt at aricadela@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net; Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net Brendan Scott







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Using dormant oil on trees can control sap-sucking insects - Springfield News-Leader

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Master Gardeners of Greene County 11:49 p.m. CST February 27, 2015




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Q. Is dormant oil really necessary for my small fruit trees? — T.S., Springfield


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Home fruit growers should consider spraying dormant oil on selected fruit trees and small fruit species — like apple, pear, plum, quince, crabapples and gooseberry bushes — to control sap-sucking pests like red mites and scale.


These pests overwinter in the small cracks and crevices in the bark. Dormant oil works by coating the surface, suffocating adults and killing the eggs before they become active in warm weather.


The control is not a cure, but it really knocks down the population going into the growing season.


To avoid damaging the plants, dormant oil should be applied in the dormant season. This should be done before buds swell, when the temperature is between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and remains above freezing for at least 24 hours.


When spraying dormant oil it is best to cover all areas of the bark, especially the smallest cracks and crevices in all stems and branches. The best control results from thorough coverage.


Q: Winter has taken its toll on the ornamental grasses in my yard. Are there some basic maintenance steps I should be taking? – G.S., Willard


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Species like Revenna grass, fountain grass and plume grass grow large plumes of intricate structure. These create color and wind-driven motion in the otherwise stark wintry landscape.


Depending on the amount of snow, wind and driving rain we have, the plumes can lose their delicate characteristics as winter wears on.


Grasses should be cut back whenever they become ragged in appearance. However, all ornamental grasses need to be cut back in late winter.


Cutting back grasses is essential to provide growing space for new foliage and plumes in the coming year. It also removes dead foliage and stems, giving the new growth a clean and green appearance at the start of the new season.


The task of cutting back ornamental grasses in the landscape can be messy and labor intensive. There is one method that can be used to minimize mess and save time.


First, find a length of biodegradable twine, at least 4 feet long. Tie a loop at one end. Place the twine around the base of the clump and put the end through the loop, like a lasso.


Slide the lasso up the clump about halfway, bundling the leaves and stems as much as possible. Cinch the twine tightly around the clump and tie it off there.


Use sharp tools like power trimmers or hand pruners to cut the clump three to four inches above the ground. String trimmers are seldom sharp enough to cut the clump, and fragments of dried leaves and stems get scattered, making cleanup difficult.


Leaving this stubble in place protects the new season's growth from late freezes and keeps it sheltered during the fresh growth stage.


Remove the clump, keeping it tied and intact, and place it in the compost pile. It is a good idea to keep the twine in place to prevent the grass from blowing out of the compost pile.


Readers can pose questions or get more information by calling 417-881-8909 and talking to one of the trained volunteers staffing the Mas­ter Gardener Hotline at the University of Missouri Exten­sion Center in Greene County located inside the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.


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SAP and NHL to partner to transform hockey through technology - SportingNews.com

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The National Hockey League and SAP have announced an innovative partnership that will allow the two entities to “co-innovate” and transform hockey through technology moving forward.


Already the league’s official cloud software partner, SAP worked with the NHL to repackage its statistics solution on NHL.com. The overhaul makes it more engaging to fans and also allows for a broader depth of information. With such a vast amount of statistics available to hockey fans, SAP helped the NHL sift through the clutter.


“Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way.”


The new stats platform is powered by SAP’s HANA® Enterprise Cloud and allows the NHL to increase fan engagement and deepen fan loyalty. The full system will be released in a series of phases throughout the next few years. Check out the first release, which includes: a brand new design, introduction of enhanced statistics and powerful new visualization capabilities for fans.


Releases in the coming years are scheduled to include things like advanced playoff filtering, data visualization capabilities for fans, team power indexes, a prediction tool, and more.


“Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell enticing stories about hockey and its players,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.”


Moving forward, it seems that teams and leagues are increasingly looking to partner with companies that can provide services and benefits rather than just cash flow. Sports organizations are increasingly seeing themselves as businesses enterprises where the players and teams are only one vertical of business.


The NHL clearly recognizes SAP’s power in the technology space and sees it as a way to differentiate itself from other professional sports leagues. With an increased focus on data, the NHL is hoping to attract a new generation of hockey fans.


Preston is the Manager of Digital Communications for the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach and a contributor for Sporting News, writing about sports business. Connect with him on Twitter at @p_mcclellan and join the dialogue.








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Move Over Salesforce, SAP Hybris YaaS Is Staking Claim - Forbes

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At last week’s SAP SAP hybris 2015 Global Customer Days in Munich, Germany, hybris, an omni-channel customer engagement and commerce vendor, unveiled a number of announcements including its latest application, hybris Marketing. hybris’ vision is to “deliver contextual, consistent and relevant experiences regardless of channel or device throughout the customer journey”. Following SAP’s affection for three letter acronyms, the entire hybris suite is referred to CEC – Customer Engagement and Commerce.


hybris Marketing is set of omni-channel experience capabilities that, according to Brian Walker, hybris and SAP CEC’s Chief Strategy Officer, “fill a key gap”. Integrated with hybris Commerce Suite, the platform delivers a single view of the customer enabling companies to contextually interact with their customers based on where those buyers are in their journey. Beyond a single view of the customer, Walker stressed that hybris is the new single source of truth within a company as it delivers a single view of orders, products as well as of customers.


The real news didn’t receive as much glitz and promotion but is more significant – it is the introduction of hybris’ YaaS.


YaaS stands for “hybris business platform as a Service” and fills the gap between SaaS and Pass in an emerging category called bPaaS (Gartner’s term). YaaS is key not only to hybris’ strategy but also to SAP’s. Unlike previous acquisitions, Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, had the good sense to leave this one alone and allow it to draw in SAP resources and expertise as needed.


YaaS is a new business and development platform build on cloud foundry, which offers developers freedom in the programming language they want to use (i.e., Java, node.is, Ruby or Grails). It enables hybris/SAP to be truly multi-tenant and offers the market a state-of-the-art micro-service architecture upon which to develop an ecosystem of SaaS applications and services. And that is exactly what hybris and SAP want. They plan and have started to develop on top of YaaS to kick start a marketplace that includes SAP, third party and competitor applications.


SAP YaaS


Sounds like Force.com, right? That is exactly what YaaS is – SAP’s answer to Salesforce’s Force.com.


The YaaS stack resembles Force.com but is built on a more robust and technologically current architecture and enables developers to get to market faster.







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SAP and NHL to partner to transform hockey through technology - SportingNews.com

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The National Hockey League and SAP have announced an innovative partnership that will allow the two entities to “co-innovate” and transform hockey through technology moving forward.


Already the league’s official cloud software partner, SAP worked with the NHL to repackage its statistics solution on NHL.com. The overhaul makes it more engaging to fans and also allows for a broader depth of information. With such a vast amount of statistics available to hockey fans, SAP helped the NHL sift through the clutter.


“Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way.”


The new stats platform is powered by SAP’s HANA® Enterprise Cloud and allows the NHL to increase fan engagement and deepen fan loyalty. The full system will be released in a series of phases throughout the next few years. Check out the first release, which includes: a brand new design, introduction of enhanced statistics and powerful new visualization capabilities for fans.


Releases in the coming years are scheduled to include things like advanced playoff filtering, data visualization capabilities for fans, team power indexes, a prediction tool, and more.


“Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell enticing stories about hockey and its players,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.”


Moving forward, it seems that teams and leagues are increasingly looking to partner with companies that can provide services and benefits rather than just cash flow. Sports organizations are increasingly seeing themselves as businesses enterprises where the players and teams are only one vertical of business.


The NHL clearly recognizes SAP’s power in the technology space and sees it as a way to differentiate itself from other professional sports leagues. With an increased focus on data, the NHL is hoping to attract a new generation of hockey fans.


Preston is the Manager of Digital Communications for the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach and a contributor for Sporting News, writing about sports business. Connect with him on Twitter at @p_mcclellan and join the dialogue.








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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss - Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.


Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.


For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.


As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.


Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.


Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.


Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.


Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.


At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.


To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Ricadela in Frankfurt at aricadela@bloomberg.net


To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net; Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net Brendan Scott







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Using dormant oil on trees can control sap-sucking insects - Springfield News-Leader

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Master Gardeners of Greene County 11:49 p.m. CST February 27, 2015




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Q. Is dormant oil really necessary for my small fruit trees? — T.S., Springfield


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Home fruit growers should consider spraying dormant oil on selected fruit trees and small fruit species — like apple, pear, plum, quince, crabapples and gooseberry bushes — to control sap-sucking pests like red mites and scale.


These pests overwinter in the small cracks and crevices in the bark. Dormant oil works by coating the surface, suffocating adults and killing the eggs before they become active in warm weather.


The control is not a cure, but it really knocks down the population going into the growing season.


To avoid damaging the plants, dormant oil should be applied in the dormant season. This should be done before buds swell, when the temperature is between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and remains above freezing for at least 24 hours.


When spraying dormant oil it is best to cover all areas of the bark, especially the smallest cracks and crevices in all stems and branches. The best control results from thorough coverage.


Q: Winter has taken its toll on the ornamental grasses in my yard. Are there some basic maintenance steps I should be taking? – G.S., Willard


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Species like Revenna grass, fountain grass and plume grass grow large plumes of intricate structure. These create color and wind-driven motion in the otherwise stark wintry landscape.


Depending on the amount of snow, wind and driving rain we have, the plumes can lose their delicate characteristics as winter wears on.


Grasses should be cut back whenever they become ragged in appearance. However, all ornamental grasses need to be cut back in late winter.


Cutting back grasses is essential to provide growing space for new foliage and plumes in the coming year. It also removes dead foliage and stems, giving the new growth a clean and green appearance at the start of the new season.


The task of cutting back ornamental grasses in the landscape can be messy and labor intensive. There is one method that can be used to minimize mess and save time.


First, find a length of biodegradable twine, at least 4 feet long. Tie a loop at one end. Place the twine around the base of the clump and put the end through the loop, like a lasso.


Slide the lasso up the clump about halfway, bundling the leaves and stems as much as possible. Cinch the twine tightly around the clump and tie it off there.


Use sharp tools like power trimmers or hand pruners to cut the clump three to four inches above the ground. String trimmers are seldom sharp enough to cut the clump, and fragments of dried leaves and stems get scattered, making cleanup difficult.


Leaving this stubble in place protects the new season's growth from late freezes and keeps it sheltered during the fresh growth stage.


Remove the clump, keeping it tied and intact, and place it in the compost pile. It is a good idea to keep the twine in place to prevent the grass from blowing out of the compost pile.


Readers can pose questions or get more information by calling 417-881-8909 and talking to one of the trained volunteers staffing the Mas­ter Gardener Hotline at the University of Missouri Exten­sion Center in Greene County located inside the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.


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NHL Partners with SAP on Advanced Data Package - Top Tech News

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The NHL took a giant leap into the world of hockey analytics Friday with the introduction of a new online presentation featuring 45 new "fancy stats."

And the league is doing so in partnership with business Relevant Products/Services software Relevant Products/Services giant SAP -- whose co-founder, Hasso Plattner, is the Sharks majority owner -- as the provider of the technology and design that enables the move.


The new categories available [now] at NHL.com show everything from total shot attempts -- previously known as Corsi, but not in the NHL's package -- to penalties taken and penalties drawn. Later phases of the stats will have visualization features that show, for example, a goalies-eye view of where shots come from and what the save percentage is in each area.


"It's all about being able to tell stories of our players," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference timed to Saturday's outdoor game at Levi's Stadium between the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. "And SAP will provide the foundation, the cornerstone for it all to happen."


The business giant, whose name appears on the Sharks home rink, is officially the league's "cloud Relevant Products/Services software partner."


In some ways, this may be giving fans, either now or down the road, access to some of the data Relevant Products/Services already used by the Sharks and other teams. San Jose is cited as one of the fore-runners in use of advanced stats and general manager Doug Wilson noted in December that "I work for a company that has some great technology and platforms that are very powerful."




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Move Over Salesforce, SAP Hybris YaaS Is Staking Claim - Forbes

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At last week’s SAP SAP hybris 2015 Global Customer Days in Munich, Germany, hybris, an omni-channel customer engagement and commerce vendor, unveiled a number of announcements including its latest application, hybris Marketing. hybris’ vision is to “deliver contextual, consistent and relevant experiences regardless of channel or device throughout the customer journey”. Following SAP’s affection for three letter acronyms, the entire hybris suite is referred to CEC – Customer Engagement and Commerce.


hybris Marketing is set of omni-channel experience capabilities that, according to Brian Walker, hybris and SAP CEC’s Chief Strategy Officer, “fill a key gap”. Integrated with hybris Commerce Suite, the platform delivers a single view of the customer enabling companies to contextually interact with their customers based on where those buyers are in their journey. Beyond a single view of the customer, Walker stressed that hybris is the new single source of truth within a company as it delivers a single view of orders, products as well as of customers.


The real news didn’t receive as much glitz and promotion but is more significant – it is the introduction of hybris’ YaaS.


YaaS stands for “hybris business platform as a Service” and fills the gap between SaaS and Pass in an emerging category called bPaaS (Gartner’s term). YaaS is key not only to hybris’ strategy but also to SAP’s. Unlike previous acquisitions, Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, had the good sense to leave this one alone and allow it to draw in SAP resources and expertise as needed.


YaaS is a new business and development platform build on cloud foundry, which offers developers freedom in the programming language they want to use (i.e., Java, node.is, Ruby or Grails). It enables hybris/SAP to be truly multi-tenant and offers the market a state-of-the-art micro-service architecture upon which to develop an ecosystem of SaaS applications and services. And that is exactly what hybris and SAP want. They plan and have started to develop on top of YaaS to kick start a marketplace that includes SAP, third party and competitor applications.


SAP YaaS


Sounds like Force.com, right? That is exactly what YaaS is – SAP’s answer to Salesforce’s Force.com.


The YaaS stack resembles Force.com but is built on a more robust and technologically current architecture and enables developers to get to market faster.







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SAP and NHL to partner to transform hockey through technology - SportingNews.com

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The National Hockey League and SAP have announced an innovative partnership that will allow the two entities to “co-innovate” and transform hockey through technology moving forward.


Already the league’s official cloud software partner, SAP worked with the NHL to repackage its statistics solution on NHL.com. The overhaul makes it more engaging to fans and also allows for a broader depth of information. With such a vast amount of statistics available to hockey fans, SAP helped the NHL sift through the clutter.


“Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way.”


The new stats platform is powered by SAP’s HANA® Enterprise Cloud and allows the NHL to increase fan engagement and deepen fan loyalty. The full system will be released in a series of phases throughout the next few years. Check out the first release, which includes: a brand new design, introduction of enhanced statistics and powerful new visualization capabilities for fans.


Releases in the coming years are scheduled to include things like advanced playoff filtering, data visualization capabilities for fans, team power indexes, a prediction tool, and more.


“Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell enticing stories about hockey and its players,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.”


Moving forward, it seems that teams and leagues are increasingly looking to partner with companies that can provide services and benefits rather than just cash flow. Sports organizations are increasingly seeing themselves as businesses enterprises where the players and teams are only one vertical of business.


The NHL clearly recognizes SAP’s power in the technology space and sees it as a way to differentiate itself from other professional sports leagues. With an increased focus on data, the NHL is hoping to attract a new generation of hockey fans.


Preston is the Manager of Digital Communications for the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach and a contributor for Sporting News, writing about sports business. Connect with him on Twitter at @p_mcclellan and join the dialogue.








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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss - Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.


Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.


For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.


As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.


Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.


Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.


Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.


Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.


At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.


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Using dormant oil on trees can control sap-sucking insects - Springfield News-Leader

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Master Gardeners of Greene County 11:49 p.m. CST February 27, 2015




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Q. Is dormant oil really necessary for my small fruit trees? — T.S., Springfield


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Home fruit growers should consider spraying dormant oil on selected fruit trees and small fruit species — like apple, pear, plum, quince, crabapples and gooseberry bushes — to control sap-sucking pests like red mites and scale.


These pests overwinter in the small cracks and crevices in the bark. Dormant oil works by coating the surface, suffocating adults and killing the eggs before they become active in warm weather.


The control is not a cure, but it really knocks down the population going into the growing season.


To avoid damaging the plants, dormant oil should be applied in the dormant season. This should be done before buds swell, when the temperature is between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and remains above freezing for at least 24 hours.


When spraying dormant oil it is best to cover all areas of the bark, especially the smallest cracks and crevices in all stems and branches. The best control results from thorough coverage.


Q: Winter has taken its toll on the ornamental grasses in my yard. Are there some basic maintenance steps I should be taking? – G.S., Willard


Answered by Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, MU Extension


Species like Revenna grass, fountain grass and plume grass grow large plumes of intricate structure. These create color and wind-driven motion in the otherwise stark wintry landscape.


Depending on the amount of snow, wind and driving rain we have, the plumes can lose their delicate characteristics as winter wears on.


Grasses should be cut back whenever they become ragged in appearance. However, all ornamental grasses need to be cut back in late winter.


Cutting back grasses is essential to provide growing space for new foliage and plumes in the coming year. It also removes dead foliage and stems, giving the new growth a clean and green appearance at the start of the new season.


The task of cutting back ornamental grasses in the landscape can be messy and labor intensive. There is one method that can be used to minimize mess and save time.


First, find a length of biodegradable twine, at least 4 feet long. Tie a loop at one end. Place the twine around the base of the clump and put the end through the loop, like a lasso.


Slide the lasso up the clump about halfway, bundling the leaves and stems as much as possible. Cinch the twine tightly around the clump and tie it off there.


Use sharp tools like power trimmers or hand pruners to cut the clump three to four inches above the ground. String trimmers are seldom sharp enough to cut the clump, and fragments of dried leaves and stems get scattered, making cleanup difficult.


Leaving this stubble in place protects the new season's growth from late freezes and keeps it sheltered during the fresh growth stage.


Remove the clump, keeping it tied and intact, and place it in the compost pile. It is a good idea to keep the twine in place to prevent the grass from blowing out of the compost pile.


Readers can pose questions or get more information by calling 417-881-8909 and talking to one of the trained volunteers staffing the Mas­ter Gardener Hotline at the University of Missouri Exten­sion Center in Greene County located inside the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.


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NHL Partners with SAP on Advanced Data Package - Top Tech News

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The NHL took a giant leap into the world of hockey analytics Friday with the introduction of a new online presentation featuring 45 new "fancy stats."

And the league is doing so in partnership with business Relevant Products/Services software Relevant Products/Services giant SAP -- whose co-founder, Hasso Plattner, is the Sharks majority owner -- as the provider of the technology and design that enables the move.


The new categories available [now] at NHL.com show everything from total shot attempts -- previously known as Corsi, but not in the NHL's package -- to penalties taken and penalties drawn. Later phases of the stats will have visualization features that show, for example, a goalies-eye view of where shots come from and what the save percentage is in each area.


"It's all about being able to tell stories of our players," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference timed to Saturday's outdoor game at Levi's Stadium between the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. "And SAP will provide the foundation, the cornerstone for it all to happen."


The business giant, whose name appears on the Sharks home rink, is officially the league's "cloud Relevant Products/Services software partner."


In some ways, this may be giving fans, either now or down the road, access to some of the data Relevant Products/Services already used by the Sharks and other teams. San Jose is cited as one of the fore-runners in use of advanced stats and general manager Doug Wilson noted in December that "I work for a company that has some great technology and platforms that are very powerful."




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Move Over Salesforce, SAP Hybris YaaS Is Staking Claim - Forbes

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At last week’s SAP SAP hybris 2015 Global Customer Days in Munich, Germany, hybris, an omni-channel customer engagement and commerce vendor, unveiled a number of announcements including its latest application, hybris Marketing. hybris’ vision is to “deliver contextual, consistent and relevant experiences regardless of channel or device throughout the customer journey”. Following SAP’s affection for three letter acronyms, the entire hybris suite is referred to CEC – Customer Engagement and Commerce.


hybris Marketing is set of omni-channel experience capabilities that, according to Brian Walker, hybris and SAP CEC’s Chief Strategy Officer, “fill a key gap”. Integrated with hybris Commerce Suite, the platform delivers a single view of the customer enabling companies to contextually interact with their customers based on where those buyers are in their journey. Beyond a single view of the customer, Walker stressed that hybris is the new single source of truth within a company as it delivers a single view of orders, products as well as of customers.


The real news didn’t receive as much glitz and promotion but is more significant – it is the introduction of hybris’ YaaS.


YaaS stands for “hybris business platform as a Service” and fills the gap between SaaS and Pass in an emerging category called bPaaS (Gartner’s term). YaaS is key not only to hybris’ strategy but also to SAP’s. Unlike previous acquisitions, Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, had the good sense to leave this one alone and allow it to draw in SAP resources and expertise as needed.


YaaS is a new business and development platform build on cloud foundry, which offers developers freedom in the programming language they want to use (i.e., Java, node.is, Ruby or Grails). It enables hybris/SAP to be truly multi-tenant and offers the market a state-of-the-art micro-service architecture upon which to develop an ecosystem of SaaS applications and services. And that is exactly what hybris and SAP want. They plan and have started to develop on top of YaaS to kick start a marketplace that includes SAP, third party and competitor applications.


SAP YaaS


Sounds like Force.com, right? That is exactly what YaaS is – SAP’s answer to Salesforce’s Force.com.


The YaaS stack resembles Force.com but is built on a more robust and technologically current architecture and enables developers to get to market faster.







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SAP and NHL to partner to transform hockey through technology - SportingNews.com

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The National Hockey League and SAP have announced an innovative partnership that will allow the two entities to “co-innovate” and transform hockey through technology moving forward.


Already the league’s official cloud software partner, SAP worked with the NHL to repackage its statistics solution on NHL.com. The overhaul makes it more engaging to fans and also allows for a broader depth of information. With such a vast amount of statistics available to hockey fans, SAP helped the NHL sift through the clutter.


“Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way.”


The new stats platform is powered by SAP’s HANA® Enterprise Cloud and allows the NHL to increase fan engagement and deepen fan loyalty. The full system will be released in a series of phases throughout the next few years. Check out the first release, which includes: a brand new design, introduction of enhanced statistics and powerful new visualization capabilities for fans.


Releases in the coming years are scheduled to include things like advanced playoff filtering, data visualization capabilities for fans, team power indexes, a prediction tool, and more.


“Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell enticing stories about hockey and its players,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.”


Moving forward, it seems that teams and leagues are increasingly looking to partner with companies that can provide services and benefits rather than just cash flow. Sports organizations are increasingly seeing themselves as businesses enterprises where the players and teams are only one vertical of business.


The NHL clearly recognizes SAP’s power in the technology space and sees it as a way to differentiate itself from other professional sports leagues. With an increased focus on data, the NHL is hoping to attract a new generation of hockey fans.


Preston is the Manager of Digital Communications for the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach and a contributor for Sporting News, writing about sports business. Connect with him on Twitter at @p_mcclellan and join the dialogue.








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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss - Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.


Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.


For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.


As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.


Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.


Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.


Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.


Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.


At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.


To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Ricadela in Frankfurt at aricadela@bloomberg.net


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