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SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira dies - Reuters

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Klaus Tschira, one of the co-founders of European software giant SAP, has died unexpectedly at the age of 74, his foundation said on Tuesday.



Tschira, a trained physicist, left IBM to found SAP in 1972 together with four IBM colleagues: Hasso Plattner, who is still the company's chairman, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector and Claus Wellenreuther.



The German business software company began by developing software that could process data in real time rather than overnight in batches, and went public in 1988.



It is now Europe's biggest technology company, with revenue of 17.6 billion euros ($18.9 billion), market capitalization of 82.3 billion euros and more than 74,000 employees in 2014.



Tschira, a billionaire, stepped down from SAP's supervisory board in 2007.



He was married to Gerda Tschira and had two sons.



($1 = 0.9312 euros)



(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan)









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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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SAP unveils startup acceleration scheme in Singapore - ZDNet

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Summary:SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will offer local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and includes Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures as partners.



SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts.



First announced last October, the SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will see the software vendor work with ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm. The initiative spans two years and aims to offer startups the necessary technology, resources, and community support to develop products on SAP's HANA platform.


"The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on smart cities through big data, predictive analytics, or real-time data solutions," SAP said in a statement. It added that senior executives from the company, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders will provide mentorship to startups approved under the programme.


SAP also will provide access to hardware and software to support development work on proof-of-concepts and pilot projects.


"Startups play a critical role in spurring innovation and Singapore provides a very conducive and vibrant environment for entrepreneurs, especially with many opportunities around Singapore's smart nation push,"said Francois Lancon, president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia.


The vendor runs the startup support programme globally, signing up more than 1,250 startups in 55 countries, it said. These include Singapore-based startups, ZelRealm Interactive and YFind Technologies, and the initiative also has technology partners such as Intel and VMWare.







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SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira dies - Reuters

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Klaus Tschira, one of the co-founders of European software giant SAP, has died unexpectedly at the age of 74, his foundation said on Tuesday.



Tschira, a trained physicist, left IBM to found SAP in 1972 together with four IBM colleagues: Hasso Plattner, who is still the company's chairman, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector and Claus Wellenreuther.



The German business software company began by developing software that could process data in real time rather than overnight in batches, and went public in 1988.



It is now Europe's biggest technology company, with revenue of 17.6 billion euros ($18.9 billion), market capitalization of 82.3 billion euros and more than 74,000 employees in 2014.



Tschira, a billionaire, stepped down from SAP's supervisory board in 2007.



He was married to Gerda Tschira and had two sons.



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(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan)









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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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SAP unveils startup acceleration scheme in Singapore - ZDNet

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Summary:SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will offer local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and includes Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures as partners.



SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts.



First announced last October, the SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will see the software vendor work with ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm. The initiative spans two years and aims to offer startups the necessary technology, resources, and community support to develop products on SAP's HANA platform.


"The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on smart cities through big data, predictive analytics, or real-time data solutions," SAP said in a statement. It added that senior executives from the company, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders will provide mentorship to startups approved under the programme.


SAP also will provide access to hardware and software to support development work on proof-of-concepts and pilot projects.


"Startups play a critical role in spurring innovation and Singapore provides a very conducive and vibrant environment for entrepreneurs, especially with many opportunities around Singapore's smart nation push,"said Francois Lancon, president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia.


The vendor runs the startup support programme globally, signing up more than 1,250 startups in 55 countries, it said. These include Singapore-based startups, ZelRealm Interactive and YFind Technologies, and the initiative also has technology partners such as Intel and VMWare.







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UPDATE 1-Cautious China banks could sap Beijing's property stimulus efforts - Reuters

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By Engen Tham and Clare Jim



SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, March 31 (Reuters) - As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers.



Alarmed by persistent weakness in the property market and its increasing drag on the economy, policymakers said on Monday they were cutting downpayment levels for the second time in six months and offering bigger tax breaks.



The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its economy, and where prices are falling at a record pace.



But for bankers charged with passing on the policy discounts, homebuyers' gains are being made at their expense, in some ways.



"The difficulty for us now is that the deposit has gone down, which increases the risks," said a loan officer at one of China's four biggest banks. "It's a question of leverage."



For another banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank, whether borrowers will get downpayment rates of 40 percent will depend on their risk profiles and the bank's assessment of the property market in that region.



"For certain executives at state-owned enterprises, government officials, the lower rate should be no trouble at all," the banker said. "But I can't say that it'd be lowered to 40 percent for other people."



ALREADY LOSING MONEY



The order to Chinese banks to shore up the flagging housing market comes as banks themselves face greater pressure from China's cooling economy.



As growth in the world's second-largest economy grinds to an expected 25-year low of around 7 percent this year, banks are contending with thinning profit margins and bad debt levels that have hit multi-year highs.



Even though China cut interest rates twice in just over three months by the end of February, home prices fell at a record annual rate of 5.7 percent last month.



Yu Liang, president of China Vanke , the nation's largest property developer, said he hoped a bigger tax break for buyers would revive demand for existing homes, but warned of a large inventory of unsold property.



"Whether the current measures are able to support the property market remains uncertain," economists at Singapore's OCBC Bank said in a research note.



"Nevertheless, it is getting clearer that (economic) growth has again topped policymakers' minds," they said, adding that they see more interest rate cuts and other easing measures between April and June.



For share investors, however, easier lending policies for home buyers are welcome news.



China stocks tore to seven-year highs on Tuesday, driven by bank and property shares. They have rallied 16 percent this year after soaring 50 percent in 2014, buoyed mostly by expectations of further policy loosening.



The surge in property shares drubbed investors who have shorted Chinese real estate stocks, which top the most shorted counters in Asia Pacific this week, ahead of earnings releases.



Markit data showed China Vanke is the most shorted stock in Asia this week, with short interest taking up about a fifth of shares out on loan. Evergrande Real Estate Group, China's fourth-biggest property developer, was the next most shorted stock.



It remains to be seen whether bets against the housing market can pay off. But for some bankers, cutting downpayments is as much as lenders can take, for now.



"We're already losing money at a 70 percent downpayment level," said a banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank. "We're unlikely to reduce the lending rate." (Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney in SHANGHAI and Umesh Desai in HONG KONG; Writing by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Kim Coghill)







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SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira dies - Reuters

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Klaus Tschira, one of the co-founders of European software giant SAP, has died unexpectedly at the age of 74, his foundation said on Tuesday.



Tschira, a trained physicist, left IBM to found SAP in 1972 together with four IBM colleagues: Hasso Plattner, who is still the company's chairman, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector and Claus Wellenreuther.



The German business software company began by developing software that could process data in real time rather than overnight in batches, and went public in 1988.



It is now Europe's biggest technology company, with revenue of 17.6 billion euros ($18.9 billion), market capitalization of 82.3 billion euros and more than 74,000 employees in 2014.



Tschira, a billionaire, stepped down from SAP's supervisory board in 2007.



He was married to Gerda Tschira and had two sons.



($1 = 0.9312 euros)



(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan)









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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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SAP unveils startup acceleration scheme in Singapore - ZDNet

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Summary:SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will offer local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and includes Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures as partners.



SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts.



First announced last October, the SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will see the software vendor work with ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm. The initiative spans two years and aims to offer startups the necessary technology, resources, and community support to develop products on SAP's HANA platform.


"The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on smart cities through big data, predictive analytics, or real-time data solutions," SAP said in a statement. It added that senior executives from the company, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders will provide mentorship to startups approved under the programme.


SAP also will provide access to hardware and software to support development work on proof-of-concepts and pilot projects.


"Startups play a critical role in spurring innovation and Singapore provides a very conducive and vibrant environment for entrepreneurs, especially with many opportunities around Singapore's smart nation push,"said Francois Lancon, president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia.


The vendor runs the startup support programme globally, signing up more than 1,250 startups in 55 countries, it said. These include Singapore-based startups, ZelRealm Interactive and YFind Technologies, and the initiative also has technology partners such as Intel and VMWare.







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UPDATE 1-Cautious China banks could sap Beijing's property stimulus efforts - Reuters

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(Adds details)



By Engen Tham and Clare Jim



SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, March 31 (Reuters) - As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers.



Alarmed by persistent weakness in the property market and its increasing drag on the economy, policymakers said on Monday they were cutting downpayment levels for the second time in six months and offering bigger tax breaks.



The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its economy, and where prices are falling at a record pace.



But for bankers charged with passing on the policy discounts, homebuyers' gains are being made at their expense, in some ways.



"The difficulty for us now is that the deposit has gone down, which increases the risks," said a loan officer at one of China's four biggest banks. "It's a question of leverage."



For another banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank, whether borrowers will get downpayment rates of 40 percent will depend on their risk profiles and the bank's assessment of the property market in that region.



"For certain executives at state-owned enterprises, government officials, the lower rate should be no trouble at all," the banker said. "But I can't say that it'd be lowered to 40 percent for other people."



ALREADY LOSING MONEY



The order to Chinese banks to shore up the flagging housing market comes as banks themselves face greater pressure from China's cooling economy.



As growth in the world's second-largest economy grinds to an expected 25-year low of around 7 percent this year, banks are contending with thinning profit margins and bad debt levels that have hit multi-year highs.



Even though China cut interest rates twice in just over three months by the end of February, home prices fell at a record annual rate of 5.7 percent last month.



Yu Liang, president of China Vanke , the nation's largest property developer, said he hoped a bigger tax break for buyers would revive demand for existing homes, but warned of a large inventory of unsold property.



"Whether the current measures are able to support the property market remains uncertain," economists at Singapore's OCBC Bank said in a research note.



"Nevertheless, it is getting clearer that (economic) growth has again topped policymakers' minds," they said, adding that they see more interest rate cuts and other easing measures between April and June.



For share investors, however, easier lending policies for home buyers are welcome news.



China stocks tore to seven-year highs on Tuesday, driven by bank and property shares. They have rallied 16 percent this year after soaring 50 percent in 2014, buoyed mostly by expectations of further policy loosening.



The surge in property shares drubbed investors who have shorted Chinese real estate stocks, which top the most shorted counters in Asia Pacific this week, ahead of earnings releases.



Markit data showed China Vanke is the most shorted stock in Asia this week, with short interest taking up about a fifth of shares out on loan. Evergrande Real Estate Group, China's fourth-biggest property developer, was the next most shorted stock.



It remains to be seen whether bets against the housing market can pay off. But for some bankers, cutting downpayments is as much as lenders can take, for now.



"We're already losing money at a 70 percent downpayment level," said a banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank. "We're unlikely to reduce the lending rate." (Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney in SHANGHAI and Umesh Desai in HONG KONG; Writing by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Kim Coghill)







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Harsh winter affecting local sap production - NEWS10 ABC

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BERNE, N.Y. – A harsh winter has led to problems for local sap production, affecting local harvests.


Randy Grippin the owner of Mountain Winds Farm in Berne says the average harvest season is mid-February to mid-April, but he and his two dogs are currently in a sticky situation.


“We’re probably a month behind schedule right now and we just hope that it doesn’t warm up too fast,” he said.


The extreme winter this area experienced has caused Grippin’s 18,000 taps and tubing — all sixteen miles of it — to deliver less sap.


“So far this year we managed to collect about 3500 gallons of sap. This time of year in past years we were pushing probably 20,000 gallons,” he said.


A consistent 45 degree day and 20 degree night is ideal for harvesting sap. One gallon of syrup is gathered from 45 to 80 or 90 gallons of sap with a machine that concentrates the sugar content and filters out the water through reverse osmosis.


“If we could have six or eight weeks of that kind of weather, which I know most people this time of year after this winter don’t want to hear about, but we as maple farmers need that six to eight,” he said.


Though Grippin’s lines haven’t produced much so far, he’s hopeful for a strong finish to the season.








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UPDATE 1-Cautious China banks could sap Beijing's property stimulus efforts - Reuters

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By Engen Tham and Clare Jim



SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, March 31 (Reuters) - As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers.



Alarmed by persistent weakness in the property market and its increasing drag on the economy, policymakers said on Monday they were cutting downpayment levels for the second time in six months and offering bigger tax breaks.



The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its economy, and where prices are falling at a record pace.



But for bankers charged with passing on the policy discounts, homebuyers' gains are being made at their expense, in some ways.



"The difficulty for us now is that the deposit has gone down, which increases the risks," said a loan officer at one of China's four biggest banks. "It's a question of leverage."



For another banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank, whether borrowers will get downpayment rates of 40 percent will depend on their risk profiles and the bank's assessment of the property market in that region.



"For certain executives at state-owned enterprises, government officials, the lower rate should be no trouble at all," the banker said. "But I can't say that it'd be lowered to 40 percent for other people."



ALREADY LOSING MONEY



The order to Chinese banks to shore up the flagging housing market comes as banks themselves face greater pressure from China's cooling economy.



As growth in the world's second-largest economy grinds to an expected 25-year low of around 7 percent this year, banks are contending with thinning profit margins and bad debt levels that have hit multi-year highs.



Even though China cut interest rates twice in just over three months by the end of February, home prices fell at a record annual rate of 5.7 percent last month.



Yu Liang, president of China Vanke , the nation's largest property developer, said he hoped a bigger tax break for buyers would revive demand for existing homes, but warned of a large inventory of unsold property.



"Whether the current measures are able to support the property market remains uncertain," economists at Singapore's OCBC Bank said in a research note.



"Nevertheless, it is getting clearer that (economic) growth has again topped policymakers' minds," they said, adding that they see more interest rate cuts and other easing measures between April and June.



For share investors, however, easier lending policies for home buyers are welcome news.



China stocks tore to seven-year highs on Tuesday, driven by bank and property shares. They have rallied 16 percent this year after soaring 50 percent in 2014, buoyed mostly by expectations of further policy loosening.



The surge in property shares drubbed investors who have shorted Chinese real estate stocks, which top the most shorted counters in Asia Pacific this week, ahead of earnings releases.



Markit data showed China Vanke is the most shorted stock in Asia this week, with short interest taking up about a fifth of shares out on loan. Evergrande Real Estate Group, China's fourth-biggest property developer, was the next most shorted stock.



It remains to be seen whether bets against the housing market can pay off. But for some bankers, cutting downpayments is as much as lenders can take, for now.



"We're already losing money at a 70 percent downpayment level," said a banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank. "We're unlikely to reduce the lending rate." (Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney in SHANGHAI and Umesh Desai in HONG KONG; Writing by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Kim Coghill)







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SAP unveils startup acceleration scheme in Singapore - ZDNet

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Summary:SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will offer local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and includes Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures as partners.



SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts.



First announced last October, the SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will see the software vendor work with ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm. The initiative spans two years and aims to offer startups the necessary technology, resources, and community support to develop products on SAP's HANA platform.


"The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on smart cities through big data, predictive analytics, or real-time data solutions," SAP said in a statement. It added that senior executives from the company, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders will provide mentorship to startups approved under the programme.


SAP also will provide access to hardware and software to support development work on proof-of-concepts and pilot projects.


"Startups play a critical role in spurring innovation and Singapore provides a very conducive and vibrant environment for entrepreneurs, especially with many opportunities around Singapore's smart nation push,"said Francois Lancon, president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia.


The vendor runs the startup support programme globally, signing up more than 1,250 startups in 55 countries, it said. These include Singapore-based startups, ZelRealm Interactive and YFind Technologies, and the initiative also has technology partners such as Intel and VMWare.







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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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ÜberTech - ZDNet

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Summary:Read how ASR Group is leveraging SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP Cloud for Sales, and SAP SuccessFactors to redefine and improve its business.



It all started back in 1850....


ASR Group traces its sugar know-how back six generations, when its family owners began producing cane sugar in Cuba. After the communist revolution, the family came to America and founded Florida Crystals Corporation in 1960 in South Florida.


Down the road from where Florida Crystals was constructing its sugar mill, another group of family farmers was forming the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The following year, the cooperative built the Glades Sugar House mill in Belle Glade. The two companies had much in common and worked closely together to keep the South Florida farming community strong.


Decades later, Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative partnered together to acquire a cane sugar refinery in Yonkers, New York. The 1998 acquisition was the base that would grow to form ASR Group, the largest cane sugar refiner in the world. The company now has the capacity to produce more than six million tons of sugar annually in seven different countries worldwide. In Florida alone, its shareholders comprise 60 percent of all raw sugar produced.


It's a Family Business


To this day, ASR Group's family values are ingrained in its core. The company is dedicated to giving back to the community. ASR Group focuses largely on ending the fight against childhood hunger. The company sponsors the "Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale," and employees volunteer at family and community service activities throughout the year.


In addition, the company is committed to sustainable business practices. In fact, ASR Group's shareholders own and operate the largest renewable energy biomass power plant of its kind in North America. The plant is powered by sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste. The plant generates clean, renewable energy that then powers sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes in the South Florida area.


One Company, Many Brands


ASR Group owns many well-known sugar brands including Domino®, C&H®, Florida Cystals®, Redpath®, Sidul® and Tate & Lyle®. Top company priorities include streamlining its sugar operations across the globe and managing its brand portfolio in the most efficient way possible.


In order to help fulfill those business needs, ASR Group partnered with SAP. ASR Group is simplifying the way it runs each and every area of its business, from sales processes to supply chain management to human resources to finance... all the way to the sugarcane fields.


With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA hosted in the cloud, ASR Group employees are able to access all relevant business data any time, at any level of detail, in real-time. The ability to drill down to any type of data and visualize it in easily consumable formats has allowed ASR Group to transition from a transactional business to an analytical one - and the benefits are abundant.


Now business needs can be identified and solved within an hour, and by maintaining consistency across all brands, ASR Group can attempt to predict future trends, react to business requirements, and support customer needs.


Through its SAP Cloud for Sales solution, ASR Group can also gain insight into industry trends and customer information in real time from any mobile device. Sales representatives now serve as trusted advisors to customer businesses and are able to predict future trends and solve business issues faster than ever before. Watch this video interview for more details.


With SuccessFactors solutions, ASR Group can further focus on developing its people. From increased training and development programs to salary adjustments and recognition, the company has detailed insight into every aspect of employee needs and wants - and with happier, more motivated employees comes better business results.


From the field to the table


ASR Group's goal has always been to produce and deliver quality sugar products to delight its customers. Now, with the right technology to optimize its global business, ASR Group has added further value to the services it provides.


To learn more about how high speed data analytics can optimize your business, click here.


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BERNE, N.Y. – A harsh winter has led to problems for local sap production, affecting local harvests.


Randy Grippin the owner of Mountain Winds Farm in Berne says the average harvest season is mid-February to mid-April, but he and his two dogs are currently in a sticky situation.


“We’re probably a month behind schedule right now and we just hope that it doesn’t warm up too fast,” he said.


The extreme winter this area experienced has caused Grippin’s 18,000 taps and tubing — all sixteen miles of it — to deliver less sap.


“So far this year we managed to collect about 3500 gallons of sap. This time of year in past years we were pushing probably 20,000 gallons,” he said.


A consistent 45 degree day and 20 degree night is ideal for harvesting sap. One gallon of syrup is gathered from 45 to 80 or 90 gallons of sap with a machine that concentrates the sugar content and filters out the water through reverse osmosis.


“If we could have six or eight weeks of that kind of weather, which I know most people this time of year after this winter don’t want to hear about, but we as maple farmers need that six to eight,” he said.


Though Grippin’s lines haven’t produced much so far, he’s hopeful for a strong finish to the season.








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SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, March 31 (Reuters) - As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers.



Alarmed by persistent weakness in the property market and its increasing drag on the economy, policymakers said on Monday they were cutting downpayment levels for the second time in six months and offering bigger tax breaks.



The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its economy, and where prices are falling at a record pace.



But for bankers charged with passing on the policy discounts, homebuyers' gains are being made at their expense, in some ways.



"The difficulty for us now is that the deposit has gone down, which increases the risks," said a loan officer at one of China's four biggest banks. "It's a question of leverage."



For another banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank, whether borrowers will get downpayment rates of 40 percent will depend on their risk profiles and the bank's assessment of the property market in that region.



"For certain executives at state-owned enterprises, government officials, the lower rate should be no trouble at all," the banker said. "But I can't say that it'd be lowered to 40 percent for other people."



ALREADY LOSING MONEY



The order to Chinese banks to shore up the flagging housing market comes as banks themselves face greater pressure from China's cooling economy.



As growth in the world's second-largest economy grinds to an expected 25-year low of around 7 percent this year, banks are contending with thinning profit margins and bad debt levels that have hit multi-year highs.



Even though China cut interest rates twice in just over three months by the end of February, home prices fell at a record annual rate of 5.7 percent last month.



Yu Liang, president of China Vanke , the nation's largest property developer, said he hoped a bigger tax break for buyers would revive demand for existing homes, but warned of a large inventory of unsold property.



"Whether the current measures are able to support the property market remains uncertain," economists at Singapore's OCBC Bank said in a research note.



"Nevertheless, it is getting clearer that (economic) growth has again topped policymakers' minds," they said, adding that they see more interest rate cuts and other easing measures between April and June.



For share investors, however, easier lending policies for home buyers are welcome news.



China stocks tore to seven-year highs on Tuesday, driven by bank and property shares. They have rallied 16 percent this year after soaring 50 percent in 2014, buoyed mostly by expectations of further policy loosening.



The surge in property shares drubbed investors who have shorted Chinese real estate stocks, which top the most shorted counters in Asia Pacific this week, ahead of earnings releases.



Markit data showed China Vanke is the most shorted stock in Asia this week, with short interest taking up about a fifth of shares out on loan. Evergrande Real Estate Group, China's fourth-biggest property developer, was the next most shorted stock.



It remains to be seen whether bets against the housing market can pay off. But for some bankers, cutting downpayments is as much as lenders can take, for now.



"We're already losing money at a 70 percent downpayment level," said a banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank. "We're unlikely to reduce the lending rate." (Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney in SHANGHAI and Umesh Desai in HONG KONG; Writing by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Kim Coghill)







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Summary:SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will offer local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and includes Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures as partners.



SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts.



First announced last October, the SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program will see the software vendor work with ICT regulator Infocomm Development Authority and ACP Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm. The initiative spans two years and aims to offer startups the necessary technology, resources, and community support to develop products on SAP's HANA platform.


"The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on smart cities through big data, predictive analytics, or real-time data solutions," SAP said in a statement. It added that senior executives from the company, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders will provide mentorship to startups approved under the programme.


SAP also will provide access to hardware and software to support development work on proof-of-concepts and pilot projects.


"Startups play a critical role in spurring innovation and Singapore provides a very conducive and vibrant environment for entrepreneurs, especially with many opportunities around Singapore's smart nation push,"said Francois Lancon, president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia.


The vendor runs the startup support programme globally, signing up more than 1,250 startups in 55 countries, it said. These include Singapore-based startups, ZelRealm Interactive and YFind Technologies, and the initiative also has technology partners such as Intel and VMWare.







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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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Summary:Read how ASR Group is leveraging SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP Cloud for Sales, and SAP SuccessFactors to redefine and improve its business.



It all started back in 1850....


ASR Group traces its sugar know-how back six generations, when its family owners began producing cane sugar in Cuba. After the communist revolution, the family came to America and founded Florida Crystals Corporation in 1960 in South Florida.


Down the road from where Florida Crystals was constructing its sugar mill, another group of family farmers was forming the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The following year, the cooperative built the Glades Sugar House mill in Belle Glade. The two companies had much in common and worked closely together to keep the South Florida farming community strong.


Decades later, Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative partnered together to acquire a cane sugar refinery in Yonkers, New York. The 1998 acquisition was the base that would grow to form ASR Group, the largest cane sugar refiner in the world. The company now has the capacity to produce more than six million tons of sugar annually in seven different countries worldwide. In Florida alone, its shareholders comprise 60 percent of all raw sugar produced.


It's a Family Business


To this day, ASR Group's family values are ingrained in its core. The company is dedicated to giving back to the community. ASR Group focuses largely on ending the fight against childhood hunger. The company sponsors the "Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale," and employees volunteer at family and community service activities throughout the year.


In addition, the company is committed to sustainable business practices. In fact, ASR Group's shareholders own and operate the largest renewable energy biomass power plant of its kind in North America. The plant is powered by sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste. The plant generates clean, renewable energy that then powers sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes in the South Florida area.


One Company, Many Brands


ASR Group owns many well-known sugar brands including Domino®, C&H®, Florida Cystals®, Redpath®, Sidul® and Tate & Lyle®. Top company priorities include streamlining its sugar operations across the globe and managing its brand portfolio in the most efficient way possible.


In order to help fulfill those business needs, ASR Group partnered with SAP. ASR Group is simplifying the way it runs each and every area of its business, from sales processes to supply chain management to human resources to finance... all the way to the sugarcane fields.


With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA hosted in the cloud, ASR Group employees are able to access all relevant business data any time, at any level of detail, in real-time. The ability to drill down to any type of data and visualize it in easily consumable formats has allowed ASR Group to transition from a transactional business to an analytical one - and the benefits are abundant.


Now business needs can be identified and solved within an hour, and by maintaining consistency across all brands, ASR Group can attempt to predict future trends, react to business requirements, and support customer needs.


Through its SAP Cloud for Sales solution, ASR Group can also gain insight into industry trends and customer information in real time from any mobile device. Sales representatives now serve as trusted advisors to customer businesses and are able to predict future trends and solve business issues faster than ever before. Watch this video interview for more details.


With SuccessFactors solutions, ASR Group can further focus on developing its people. From increased training and development programs to salary adjustments and recognition, the company has detailed insight into every aspect of employee needs and wants - and with happier, more motivated employees comes better business results.


From the field to the table


ASR Group's goal has always been to produce and deliver quality sugar products to delight its customers. Now, with the right technology to optimize its global business, ASR Group has added further value to the services it provides.


To learn more about how high speed data analytics can optimize your business, click here.


Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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BERNE, N.Y. – A harsh winter has led to problems for local sap production, affecting local harvests.


Randy Grippin the owner of Mountain Winds Farm in Berne says the average harvest season is mid-February to mid-April, but he and his two dogs are currently in a sticky situation.


“We’re probably a month behind schedule right now and we just hope that it doesn’t warm up too fast,” he said.


The extreme winter this area experienced has caused Grippin’s 18,000 taps and tubing — all sixteen miles of it — to deliver less sap.


“So far this year we managed to collect about 3500 gallons of sap. This time of year in past years we were pushing probably 20,000 gallons,” he said.


A consistent 45 degree day and 20 degree night is ideal for harvesting sap. One gallon of syrup is gathered from 45 to 80 or 90 gallons of sap with a machine that concentrates the sugar content and filters out the water through reverse osmosis.


“If we could have six or eight weeks of that kind of weather, which I know most people this time of year after this winter don’t want to hear about, but we as maple farmers need that six to eight,” he said.


Though Grippin’s lines haven’t produced much so far, he’s hopeful for a strong finish to the season.








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By Engen Tham and Clare Jim



SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, March 31 (Reuters) - As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers.



Alarmed by persistent weakness in the property market and its increasing drag on the economy, policymakers said on Monday they were cutting downpayment levels for the second time in six months and offering bigger tax breaks.



The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its economy, and where prices are falling at a record pace.



But for bankers charged with passing on the policy discounts, homebuyers' gains are being made at their expense, in some ways.



"The difficulty for us now is that the deposit has gone down, which increases the risks," said a loan officer at one of China's four biggest banks. "It's a question of leverage."



For another banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank, whether borrowers will get downpayment rates of 40 percent will depend on their risk profiles and the bank's assessment of the property market in that region.



"For certain executives at state-owned enterprises, government officials, the lower rate should be no trouble at all," the banker said. "But I can't say that it'd be lowered to 40 percent for other people."



ALREADY LOSING MONEY



The order to Chinese banks to shore up the flagging housing market comes as banks themselves face greater pressure from China's cooling economy.



As growth in the world's second-largest economy grinds to an expected 25-year low of around 7 percent this year, banks are contending with thinning profit margins and bad debt levels that have hit multi-year highs.



Even though China cut interest rates twice in just over three months by the end of February, home prices fell at a record annual rate of 5.7 percent last month.



Yu Liang, president of China Vanke , the nation's largest property developer, said he hoped a bigger tax break for buyers would revive demand for existing homes, but warned of a large inventory of unsold property.



"Whether the current measures are able to support the property market remains uncertain," economists at Singapore's OCBC Bank said in a research note.



"Nevertheless, it is getting clearer that (economic) growth has again topped policymakers' minds," they said, adding that they see more interest rate cuts and other easing measures between April and June.



For share investors, however, easier lending policies for home buyers are welcome news.



China stocks tore to seven-year highs on Tuesday, driven by bank and property shares. They have rallied 16 percent this year after soaring 50 percent in 2014, buoyed mostly by expectations of further policy loosening.



The surge in property shares drubbed investors who have shorted Chinese real estate stocks, which top the most shorted counters in Asia Pacific this week, ahead of earnings releases.



Markit data showed China Vanke is the most shorted stock in Asia this week, with short interest taking up about a fifth of shares out on loan. Evergrande Real Estate Group, China's fourth-biggest property developer, was the next most shorted stock.



It remains to be seen whether bets against the housing market can pay off. But for some bankers, cutting downpayments is as much as lenders can take, for now.



"We're already losing money at a 70 percent downpayment level," said a banker at a mid-sized Chinese bank. "We're unlikely to reduce the lending rate." (Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney in SHANGHAI and Umesh Desai in HONG KONG; Writing by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Kim Coghill)







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Infosys ropes in former SAP India's MD Anirban Dey - Economic Times

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BENGALURU: Former SAP Labs India managing director Anirban Dey has joined Infosys subsidiary EdgeVerve as the global head for software products, taking charge of a line of business that will be vital for the company as it seeks to increase the proportion of higher-value offerings to customers. Dey announced his appointment on Twitter and has also updated his profile on LinkedIn.

"It's an honor," he tweeted on Tuesday. His LinkedIn profile showed he had been with the company for a month. EdgeVerve is the products and platforms subsidiary of Infosys, India's second-largest software company. The Bengaluru-based company announced the creation of EdgeVerve Systems in June 2014 and appointed veteran Sanjay Purohit to head the unit.


Since then Infosys has undertaken an organizational reshuffle and put Michael Reh, a former lieutenant of Sikka at SAP, in charge of EdgeVerve, with Purohit overseeing the company's Lodestone unit and the consulting business. Infosys could not be reached for a comment immediately.


Dey resigned from SAP Labs after emails from an anonymous address were traced to him. The management of SAP Labs, which filed a police complaint, then indicated that it was not keen on pursuing the matter further. The Bengaluru police closed the investigation three months ago.



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Summary:Read how ASR Group is leveraging SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP Cloud for Sales, and SAP SuccessFactors to redefine and improve its business.



It all started back in 1850....


ASR Group traces its sugar know-how back six generations, when its family owners began producing cane sugar in Cuba. After the communist revolution, the family came to America and founded Florida Crystals Corporation in 1960 in South Florida.


Down the road from where Florida Crystals was constructing its sugar mill, another group of family farmers was forming the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The following year, the cooperative built the Glades Sugar House mill in Belle Glade. The two companies had much in common and worked closely together to keep the South Florida farming community strong.


Decades later, Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative partnered together to acquire a cane sugar refinery in Yonkers, New York. The 1998 acquisition was the base that would grow to form ASR Group, the largest cane sugar refiner in the world. The company now has the capacity to produce more than six million tons of sugar annually in seven different countries worldwide. In Florida alone, its shareholders comprise 60 percent of all raw sugar produced.


It's a Family Business


To this day, ASR Group's family values are ingrained in its core. The company is dedicated to giving back to the community. ASR Group focuses largely on ending the fight against childhood hunger. The company sponsors the "Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale," and employees volunteer at family and community service activities throughout the year.


In addition, the company is committed to sustainable business practices. In fact, ASR Group's shareholders own and operate the largest renewable energy biomass power plant of its kind in North America. The plant is powered by sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste. The plant generates clean, renewable energy that then powers sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes in the South Florida area.


One Company, Many Brands


ASR Group owns many well-known sugar brands including Domino®, C&H®, Florida Cystals®, Redpath®, Sidul® and Tate & Lyle®. Top company priorities include streamlining its sugar operations across the globe and managing its brand portfolio in the most efficient way possible.


In order to help fulfill those business needs, ASR Group partnered with SAP. ASR Group is simplifying the way it runs each and every area of its business, from sales processes to supply chain management to human resources to finance... all the way to the sugarcane fields.


With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA hosted in the cloud, ASR Group employees are able to access all relevant business data any time, at any level of detail, in real-time. The ability to drill down to any type of data and visualize it in easily consumable formats has allowed ASR Group to transition from a transactional business to an analytical one - and the benefits are abundant.


Now business needs can be identified and solved within an hour, and by maintaining consistency across all brands, ASR Group can attempt to predict future trends, react to business requirements, and support customer needs.


Through its SAP Cloud for Sales solution, ASR Group can also gain insight into industry trends and customer information in real time from any mobile device. Sales representatives now serve as trusted advisors to customer businesses and are able to predict future trends and solve business issues faster than ever before. Watch this video interview for more details.


With SuccessFactors solutions, ASR Group can further focus on developing its people. From increased training and development programs to salary adjustments and recognition, the company has detailed insight into every aspect of employee needs and wants - and with happier, more motivated employees comes better business results.


From the field to the table


ASR Group's goal has always been to produce and deliver quality sugar products to delight its customers. Now, with the right technology to optimize its global business, ASR Group has added further value to the services it provides.


To learn more about how high speed data analytics can optimize your business, click here.


Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.


This story originally appeared on SCN in SAP Business Trends.







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BERNE, N.Y. – A harsh winter has led to problems for local sap production, affecting local harvests.


Randy Grippin the owner of Mountain Winds Farm in Berne says the average harvest season is mid-February to mid-April, but he and his two dogs are currently in a sticky situation.


“We’re probably a month behind schedule right now and we just hope that it doesn’t warm up too fast,” he said.


The extreme winter this area experienced has caused Grippin’s 18,000 taps and tubing — all sixteen miles of it — to deliver less sap.


“So far this year we managed to collect about 3500 gallons of sap. This time of year in past years we were pushing probably 20,000 gallons,” he said.


A consistent 45 degree day and 20 degree night is ideal for harvesting sap. One gallon of syrup is gathered from 45 to 80 or 90 gallons of sap with a machine that concentrates the sugar content and filters out the water through reverse osmosis.


“If we could have six or eight weeks of that kind of weather, which I know most people this time of year after this winter don’t want to hear about, but we as maple farmers need that six to eight,” he said.


Though Grippin’s lines haven’t produced much so far, he’s hopeful for a strong finish to the season.








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Spring break in college circles means putting aside schoolwork for sun, beaches and -- often times -- imbibing. But the Montana Grizzlies would rather just rest.


"That's the No. 1 goal in everybody's mind," junior defensive tackle Caleb Kidder said, "to get our legs back underneath us."


The Grizzlies have run hard this spring under the guidance of first-year head coach Bob Stitt, taking to the turf of Washington-Grizzly Stadium thrice weekly for 3-hour-plus practices.


The afternoon sessions are as much a spectacle as training opportunities, non-stop action on both ends of the field as part of Montana's coordinated effort to implement the quickest offense in the land.


And a defense capable of running with said O.


The work seemed to be paying off at last week's scrimmage, the second of three this spring. The offense generated sustained drives and lit the scoreboard with its first two touchdowns.


But then the calendar got in the way. The Grizzlies are off this week during the university's spring break, a 12-day football hiatus that began last Thursday and won't repeal until next Monday, April 6.


"We need to come back and we need to be able to pick up where we left off," Stitt said following last week's scrimmage, referring mostly to his offense's gradual maturation. "We can't take any steps back on Monday. We need to be able to knock the rust off very quickly."


To do so, Montana's new offensive playbook will accompany players wherever they stray during their week away from the field. They'll lift weights and pore over assignments -- homework during a stretch meant for no studying.


"We're 100 percent into the playbook, but we don't use everything all the time," said sophomore quarterback Makena Simis, one of three getting part-time reps as a backup to first-stringer Brady Gustafson. "If you were to call it, we have to know it."


The comfort the offense exuded in last week's scrimmage came from added understanding of the playbook, Simis added. The side's first live encounter with the defense the week before -- tough slogging for the men with the ball to say the least -- came when they were first grasping the concepts.


"We implemented a little bit more of our offense, which helps a lot when you have more variety," Simis added.


What was once overwhelming is beginning to come into focus, Gustafson agreed.


"When coach Stitt and (quarterbacks coach Andrew) Selle came in, they kind of threw it all at us," said Gustafson, a junior who took first-team reps in Thursday's scrimmage. "We've done a pretty good job of handling it, all of us players. We've just got to keep getting reps and expanding the knowledge of the offense."


But there aren't too many more opportunities for reps this spring. Montana's first return to practice next week will come in warm-up fashion with players going lighter in just helmets and shorts.


Wednesday and Friday will provide the final opportunities to fine-tune this spring's lessons in full practice mode behind closed doors. Because the following Saturday, April 11, the Griz will unveil their 2015 look to fans from across the state at the annual spring game in Helena.


"We need to look like a football team on Saturday," Stitt said.


The spring game this year is being held in conjunction with Carroll College as part of a scrimmage doubleheader. The Saints will take the field first for their intrasquad work at 11 a.m. before the Grizzlies complete the football twin bill at 1 p.m.


Both games are at Carroll's Nelson Stadium.







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Summary:Read how ASR Group is leveraging SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP Cloud for Sales, and SAP SuccessFactors to redefine and improve its business.



It all started back in 1850....


ASR Group traces its sugar know-how back six generations, when its family owners began producing cane sugar in Cuba. After the communist revolution, the family came to America and founded Florida Crystals Corporation in 1960 in South Florida.


Down the road from where Florida Crystals was constructing its sugar mill, another group of family farmers was forming the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The following year, the cooperative built the Glades Sugar House mill in Belle Glade. The two companies had much in common and worked closely together to keep the South Florida farming community strong.


Decades later, Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative partnered together to acquire a cane sugar refinery in Yonkers, New York. The 1998 acquisition was the base that would grow to form ASR Group, the largest cane sugar refiner in the world. The company now has the capacity to produce more than six million tons of sugar annually in seven different countries worldwide. In Florida alone, its shareholders comprise 60 percent of all raw sugar produced.


It's a Family Business


To this day, ASR Group's family values are ingrained in its core. The company is dedicated to giving back to the community. ASR Group focuses largely on ending the fight against childhood hunger. The company sponsors the "Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale," and employees volunteer at family and community service activities throughout the year.


In addition, the company is committed to sustainable business practices. In fact, ASR Group's shareholders own and operate the largest renewable energy biomass power plant of its kind in North America. The plant is powered by sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste. The plant generates clean, renewable energy that then powers sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes in the South Florida area.


One Company, Many Brands


ASR Group owns many well-known sugar brands including Domino®, C&H®, Florida Cystals®, Redpath®, Sidul® and Tate & Lyle®. Top company priorities include streamlining its sugar operations across the globe and managing its brand portfolio in the most efficient way possible.


In order to help fulfill those business needs, ASR Group partnered with SAP. ASR Group is simplifying the way it runs each and every area of its business, from sales processes to supply chain management to human resources to finance... all the way to the sugarcane fields.


With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA hosted in the cloud, ASR Group employees are able to access all relevant business data any time, at any level of detail, in real-time. The ability to drill down to any type of data and visualize it in easily consumable formats has allowed ASR Group to transition from a transactional business to an analytical one - and the benefits are abundant.


Now business needs can be identified and solved within an hour, and by maintaining consistency across all brands, ASR Group can attempt to predict future trends, react to business requirements, and support customer needs.


Through its SAP Cloud for Sales solution, ASR Group can also gain insight into industry trends and customer information in real time from any mobile device. Sales representatives now serve as trusted advisors to customer businesses and are able to predict future trends and solve business issues faster than ever before. Watch this video interview for more details.


With SuccessFactors solutions, ASR Group can further focus on developing its people. From increased training and development programs to salary adjustments and recognition, the company has detailed insight into every aspect of employee needs and wants - and with happier, more motivated employees comes better business results.


From the field to the table


ASR Group's goal has always been to produce and deliver quality sugar products to delight its customers. Now, with the right technology to optimize its global business, ASR Group has added further value to the services it provides.


To learn more about how high speed data analytics can optimize your business, click here.


Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.


This story originally appeared on SCN in SAP Business Trends.







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BERNE, N.Y. – A harsh winter has led to problems for local sap production, affecting local harvests.


Randy Grippin the owner of Mountain Winds Farm in Berne says the average harvest season is mid-February to mid-April, but he and his two dogs are currently in a sticky situation.


“We’re probably a month behind schedule right now and we just hope that it doesn’t warm up too fast,” he said.


The extreme winter this area experienced has caused Grippin’s 18,000 taps and tubing — all sixteen miles of it — to deliver less sap.


“So far this year we managed to collect about 3500 gallons of sap. This time of year in past years we were pushing probably 20,000 gallons,” he said.


A consistent 45 degree day and 20 degree night is ideal for harvesting sap. One gallon of syrup is gathered from 45 to 80 or 90 gallons of sap with a machine that concentrates the sugar content and filters out the water through reverse osmosis.


“If we could have six or eight weeks of that kind of weather, which I know most people this time of year after this winter don’t want to hear about, but we as maple farmers need that six to eight,” he said.


Though Grippin’s lines haven’t produced much so far, he’s hopeful for a strong finish to the season.








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