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With the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP Creates “A Completely Different Kind of Flexibility”

With the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP Creates “A Completely Different Kind of Flexibility”

Originally posted in the SAP News Center (https://news.sap.com/2018/06/sapphire-now-intelligent-enterprise-completely-different-flexibility/)

In the rapidly-evolving world of information technology, every tech vendor is eager to paint their products and solutions as “intelligent.” But the reality is that SAP, and more specifically its co-founder Dr. Hasso Plattner, have been leading the intelligent enterprise for quite some time.

In Plattner’s view, the intelligent enterprise is the “logical consequence” of what happens when modern technology meets traditional business processes. But make no mistake, the intelligent enterprise is much more than a re-vamp of traditional ERP, and it’s been a long yet worthwhile journey for SAP, whose significant investment in building out its intelligent enterprise — $50 billion since 2010 — is about to pay dividends on a multitude of levels.

“If you want to be intelligent, we have to react quickly,” Plattner said during his keynote presentation to thousands of customers and partners in attendance at SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s annual premier business and technology event this week in Orlando. “We have done a bunch of things to accelerate the development of our systems — and we should be much faster with the deployment of our services.”

For years, Plattner lectured about the virtues of SAP HANA, the company’s game-changing in-memory database whose unmatched speed and efficiency allows 22,000 of its customers to remove redundant aggregation from their IT systems, a root cause of bad performance. With SAP’s intelligent enterprise, Plattner promises unbelievable speed and simplified code and data for all.

“We are out of the woods and we can create apps now in real time,” said Plattner. “We have created a completely different kind of flexibility.”

So how does SAP convince its customers and partners that its brand of intelligent is the way to go? A rock-solid strategy that underscores the importance of five top innovations of the SAP HANA Data Management Suite to include data pipelines, text and search, spatial and graph, data anonymization and persistent memory. Text and search, for example, promises full text search, navigation, and natural language processing for unstructured data. SAP Cloud Platform is used to connect everything and modify applications.

And for the customers that are believers, well, you simply can’t beat glowing endorsements like this: “SAP HANA provides us with a digital core that is capable of processing data quickly and empowers our customers to run their business with speed and agility,” according to Bruce Douglas, senior vice president for energy management firm, Itron Inc.

Plattner admits that bringing the intelligent enterprise to market is not easy and that integration between systems is not always perfect.

“But we will be integrated,” Plattner insists. “SAP has to be as agile as a startup, not just in development but deployment. We need to be creative to exploit the technology and technical possibilities.”

Why Cloud Customer Success is New Top Priority for Salesforce, Microsoft, Workday, SAP and Oracle

Why Cloud Customer Success is New Top Priority for Salesforce, Microsoft, Workday, SAP and Oracle

Originally posted in Forbes and written by contributor, Bob Evans (https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobevans1/2018/05/25/why-cloud-customer-success-is-new-top-priority-for-salesforce-microsoft-workday-sap-and-oracle/#47187aed6cd1).

CLOUD WARS — As competition among top cloud vendors intensifies, customer success is rapidly emerging as a strategic differentiator far more important than snazzy technology.

It seems dazzlingly obvious: we all want our customers to be successful, right? But the enterprise-tech industry hasn’t always earned a sterling reputation for delivering that type of outcome: complex products, difficult integrations, multiple versions, painful upgrades, promises exceeding reality, and the need for armies of technical experts to keep it all fed and watered and, generally, up and running.

Cloud computing is changing the expectations of customers and the requirements for cloud vendors—and as the cloud continues to move rapidly into the mainstream of global business, a new board-level agenda item has exploded onto the scene: customer success.

Don’t confuse this with customer satisfaction, which is nice, or customer loyalty, which is wonderful—customer success is an entirely different beast, and any cloud vendor that doesn’t prize customer success as a core and top-priority imperative will fail.

If it’s a small cloud vendor that can’t deliver customer success, it will die quickly. If it’s a big cloud vendor that can’t deliver customer success, it will die slowly. But regardless of the timeframe, the end result is the same: the ultimate collapse.

Here’s why: in the old days, tech vendors made the stuff, worked out a deal with a customer, received a check and stuffed it in the bank, and then dropped the stuff off the customer’s loading dock and said, “Thanks, and if there’s any problem, don’t call us—it’s your property now, and any problems are your problems. Good luck.”

Customers were boxed in: they could rant and rave at the vendors who did business that way, but the cost of switching to a different vendor—and most alternatives would operate pretty much exactly the same way—was so high and so painful and so time-consuming that most customers would stick with the incumbent out of necessity rather than by choice. After all, purchases are permanent.

But the cloud flips that inevitability upside-down preciselybecause of the impermanence of the relationship: the customer rents the service (let’s say a SaaS application) for 3 years, and if that customer’s experience during that 3-year run isn’t a good one, then it’s relatively easy these days to switch to another vendor.

And if the cloud incumbent really wants that customer to renew the subscription, and if that cloud vendor really wants to reap the financial rewards of keeping existing customers rather than constantly battling the churn for new ones, then that cloud vendor will—from the moment the deal is signed—do everything possible to ensure that the customer judges the experience to be a success on every level:

  • the service works, and works well;
  • the service did exactly what it was promised to do;
  • the service delivered the business value the customer wanted and needed; and
  • the customer’s business was more successful as a result of using the cloud service.

Now, some tech vendors would probably say, “Wait—that’s always been my philosophy—for me, the cloud hasn’t changed anything!” If they tell you that, just bear in mind that old line from the cop in “Hill Street Blues” who said, “Just because you put your boots in the oven, that don’t make ’em biscuits.” Sayingand doing are two very different things.

And that’s why it’s interesting to examine not just what some cloud vendors are saying today, but also what they are in fact doing with regard to this new imperative of customer success.

Every cloud vendor is striving to have existing customers sign up for renewals and to enlist those happy souls as enthusiastic references to help win new customers. Here are the CEOs of Salesforce, Workday and ServiceNow explaining in their own words why customer success has become a top priority.

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff: “Nothing is more important to Salesforce than customer success even though about half of our 27,000 employees today probably weren’t with us two years ago.

“That’s something we really spend time with them on because when you’re in enterprise software, you have to realize that it’s hard work and not everything’s going to be perfect all the time and there are going to be problems.

“And that’s why I believe being so committed to the customer is more important than it’s ever been, and I think that’s really why you’re going to see extraordinary growth from us for years to come because it’s really this culture that’s driving us forward.”

Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri: “I think we’re starting to see a ‘network effect’ of the Fortune 500 companies talking to each other and comparing notes on which solutions work, and which ones don’t…. If you stay very focused on customers and customer success, people pay attention to that—and in turn, they also want that same type of success.”

ServiceNow CEO John Donahoe: “We’re going to put more focus on customer success, so that we’re capturing and documenting and codifying the business value that gets created, which helps a CIO or an IT department within their organization demonstrate the value they are driving inside their company and frankly helps us on upsells, on price realization and on landing new accounts.”

And here are some parallel thoughts on the surging value of customer success from top executives at Microsoft, SAP and Oracle:

Microsoft CFO Amy Hood: “The one thing I care differently about this year than I think in the past is, we’re really focused on Azure consumption as opposed to just the billing cycle, which is an important distinction. You always recognize revenue based on consumption—you don’t get to recognize revenue just for selling something… So that’s why I’m pretty wedded to the concept that this is a different way that we should be rewarding our people, because it’s more cleanly aligned structurally to customer success. And ultimately in a consumption-based business, customer success is all that matters, because it builds on itself over time.”

SAP CEO Bill McDermott: “As it relates to the cloud and how I think you could really think about the incentives to the sales force, we’ve created an environment where it really matters that those go-lives and that customer success is the most important priority and that’s also now reflected heavily in the compensation for the sales rep as well as the whole management value chain. So for us, a ‘customer for life’ is much more a focus on the sales department side. We didn’t take anything away from them, but we made it very clear that we’re really interested in dynamite go-lives for our customers who then give raving references.”

Oracle executive vice-president of applications Steve Miranda: “When we are now running our customers’ businesses as part of our cloud, that’s literally what we’re doing: we are running their business. We are much more intimate partners with our customer, and we’ve introduced brand new roles like Customer Success Managers, Implementation Success Managers, Customer Feedback Programs. Because when the customer gets the software now, really we are incented and we work with our customers to get live and get successful, and I think that’s what you’ve seen with the results going forward.”

So here’s a suggestion for one of the really smart analyst firms: create a “Cloud Customer Success Scorecard” that shows business buyers which cloud vendors are delivering not just great technology but something even more important: enduring and high-value performance that makes customers winners in their markets, and heartfelt zealots for that cloud vendor’s brand.

As businesses jump to the cloud to accelerate innovation and engage more intimately with customers, my Cloud Wars series analyze the major cloud vendors from the perspective of business customers.

Microsoft to Acquire GitHub Developer Platform

Microsoft to Acquire GitHub Developer Platform

Following several days of rumors, Microsoft confirmed today that it plans to acquire development platform GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock.

GitHub will retain its independent operating model, according to Microsoft, including support for languages, tools, and operating systems that developers expect.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin, will become GitHub CEO after the deal closes. GitHub’s current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Microsoft Cloud + AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives.

Microsoft outlined 3 priorities after the deal closes, which they expect later in calendar year 2018.

First is the promise to continue to keep the platform open and extensible for developers.

Second, Microsoft plans to “accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.” For a sense of what that “enterprise” perspective might look like, refer to the graphic at the top, from Microsoft’s investor presentation today, which bears a striking resemblence to Microsoft’s business solutions world view.

Third, the company plans to “bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.” That goal includes plans for a new “developer’s marketplace”, and a new integrated developer experience between GitHub and Visual Studio Code (VSCode).

With Microsoft’s promise to be a good steward of GitHub, the company also ensures that the platform’s future, to which the company is now tied through more than a thousand project repositories, is not compromised. As one veteran developer pointed out to us today, “this was also a defensive buy.”

Microsoft’s business solutions community is already invested in various GitHub projects. Notable among those are the AL language, which is used by Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central, and the community-driven XRMToolBox for Dynamics CRM/365. And VSCode has its own GitHub project.

View Original Article: https://msdynamicsworld.com/story/microsoft-acquire-github-developer-platform

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2018 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2018 Supply Chain Top 25

Unilever Defends Top Position, McDonald’s Joins the “Masters” Category

Gartner, Inc. has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the results at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, which is being held this week at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ.

“2018 is the 14th consecutive year, we are publishing the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner. “The ranking consists of an impressive group of leaders with valuable lessons to share, including three recent entrants from the life sciences, retail and consumer products sectors.

“Looking back at 2017, we experienced a year of healthy growth, despite heated trade rhetoric,” said Mr. Aronow. “Now, in 2018, protectionism is spreading in response to announced moves by the U.S. and the U.K., among others. This has led many organizations to re-evaluate the location strategy for their supply networks. We also see strong growth constraining available supply in many geographies, increasing the cost of logistics and labor. The most advanced supply chains are proactively managing these risks and continue to post solid performances.”

Unilever scored the top spot for the third year in a row, followed by Inditex, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive and Intel (see Table 1). Home Depot rejoined the ranking after a three-year hiatus, while Novo Nordisk and Adidas joined the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time.

“Unilever has a strong supply chain brand, which is reflected by its top-tier opinion poll score. It also received a perfect 10 for corporate social responsibility (CSR),” said Aronow. “The Dutch consumer products leader is making big bets in the digitization of its supply chain. A key initiative is robotic process automation (RPA) supporting the order-to-cash process, run from its regional service control towers. Its more than 20 ‘bots’ have already automated hundreds of processes, with a roadmap for hundreds more.”

Longtime supply chain leader and last year’s runner-up McDonald’s joined Apple, P&G and Amazon in qualifying for the “Masters” category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognize sustained leadership over the last 10 years.

“The key to McDonald’s success is skillful orchestration across a network of strategic suppliers, service providers and thousands of companies and franchise-owned stores worldwide,” said Mr. Aronow. “The company is also experimenting with digital supply chain capabilities like augmented reality to manage storerooms, so staff can spend more time with the customer.

Along with the “Masters” category, the Supply Chain Top 25 continues to offer a platform for insights, learning, debate and contributions to the rising influence of supply chain practices on the global economy.

Table 1. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2018

Rank

Company

Peer Opinion1
(184 voters)
(25%)

Gartner Opinion1
(42
voters)
(25%)

Three-
Year Weighted ROA2
(20%)

Inventory Turns3
(10%)

Three-
Year Weighted Revenue Growth4
(10%)

CSR Component Score5
(10%)

Composite Score6

1

Unilever

2,413

667

10.3%

7.5

2.6%

10.00

6.36

2

Inditex

1,254

345

16.5%

3.9

10.9%

10.00

4.85

3

Cisco Systems

785

541

7.9%

13.1

-0.4%

10.00

4.41

4

Colgate-Palmolive

898

324

17.6%

5.1

-2.2%

10.00

4.40

5

Intel

831

499

8.9%

3.6

4.8%

10.00

4.36

6

Nike

1,349

270

17.4%

3.8

6.8%

6.00

4.25

7

Nestlé

1,326

426

6.4%

4.8

-0.2%

10.00

4.21

8

PepsiCo

1,094

391

7.3%

8.8

-0,6%

10.00

3.99

9

H&M

760

193

18.1%

2.8

7.8%

10.00

3.96

10

Starbucks

1,040

186

20.4%

11.8

9.2%

4.00

3.85

11

3M

783

198

14.0%

4.1

1.4%

10.00

3.56

12

Schneider Electric

737

410

4.8%

5.2

-0.5%

10.00

3.55

13

Novo Nordisk

121

49

37.9%

1.2

5.3%

10.00

3.37

14

HP Inc.

390

354

7.3%

8.4

0.2%

10.00

3.30

15

L’Oréal

999

210

9.6%

2.9

4.6%

8.00

3.26

16

Diageo

651

227

9.2%

1.0

7.6%

10.00

3.25

17

Samsung Electronics

907

117

10.7%

14.6

9.8%

9.00

3.22

18

Johnson & Johnson

880

322

6.2%

2.7

2.8%

6.00

3.08

19

BASF

470

281

6.9%

4.4

-0.5%

10.00

3.02

20

Walmart

1,416

256

6.2%

8.3

1.6%

3.00

2.98

21

Kimberly-Clark

619

133

13.6%

6.7

-1.6%

8.00

2.96

22

The Coca Cola Co.

1,558

221

4.6%

4.8

-10.1%

4.00

2.87

23

Home Depot

431

78

18.6%

5.1

6.7%

5.00

2.81

24

Adidas

821

115

6.8%

2.9

13.5%

7.00

2.58

25

BMW

679

118

4.1%

4.2

6.0%

10.00

2.45

Notes:
1. Gartner Opinion and Peer Opinion: Based on each panel’s forced-rank ordering against the definition of “DDVN orchestrator.”
2. ROA: (2017 net income/2017 total assets)*50% + (2016 net income/2016 total assets)*30% + (2015 net income/2015 total assets)*20%.
3. Inventory Turns: 2017 cost of goods sold/2017 quarterly average inventory.
4. Revenue Growth: (Change in revenue 2017-2016)*50% + (change in revenue 2016-2015)*30% + (change in revenue 2015-2014)*20%.
5. CSR Component Score: Index of third-party corporate social responsibility measures of commitment, transparency and performance.
6. Composite Score: (Peer Opinion*25%) + (Gartner Research Opinion*25%) + (ROA*20%) + (Inventory Turns*10%) + (Revenue Growth*10%) + (CSR Component Score*10%).
2017 data used where available. Where unavailable, latest available full-year data used. All raw data normalized to a 10-point scale prior to composite calculation. “Ranks” for tied composite scores are determined using next decimal point comparison.
Source: Gartner (May 2018)

Three key trends stand out this year for supply chain leaders that are accelerating their capabilities, separating them further from the rest of the pack.

Focus on Customer Experience

Gartner defines the customer experience (CX) as the customer’s perceptions and related feelings caused by the one-off and cumulative effect of interactions with a supplier’s employees, channels, systems and products. Companies recognize that their customers are heavily influenced by their supply chain experience — a late delivery disappoints, an expedited delivery delights.

“Many leading supply chains are using digital connections with customers to better understand their use of products, predict future demand and more quickly respond to issues, even before they appear,” said Aronow.

Scaling Digital Supply Chain Capabilities

After a first round of experiments, leading companies are scaling the most viable digital supply chain solutions in factories, warehouses and corporate back offices. While automation is most common in manufacturing and logistics, there has also been an explosion in digital customer service. This includes RPA in the order-to-cash cycle and the use of trained artificial intelligence (AI) customer service chatbots that customers may mistake for a human, due to their use of natural language.

Moving to Circular Supply Chain Designs

Leading companies have changed their mindset when it comes to environmental sustainability. Advanced supply chains now take a life cycle-based approach to understand the total impact of products and operations across the value chain.

“There are many reasons why companies are pursuing these so-called ‘circular economy’ strategies,” said Aronow. “We often see an altruistic desire to do what’s best for the environment and society, combined with a commercial desire for continued differentiation in competitive markets. As a result, some companies are now recycling and repurposing old parts in new products and extending the life cycle of existing equipment, as part of broader circular business strategies.”

Gartner clients can read more in “The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2018.”

View Original Press Release: https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3875563

Oracle’s Moat Selected by LinkedIn as Video Viewability Partner

Moat to Offer Video Viewability and Attention Measurement Across the Major US Digital Platforms

Oracle’s Moat, a SaaS analytics measurement provider for marketers and publishers that is part of the Oracle Data Cloud, today announced it has been selected to measure viewability and attention signals on the LinkedIn platform. The collaboration will focus on LinkedIn’s video for Sponsored Content. With the integration, Moat will be the first provider to offer video viewability and attention measurement across the major US digital platforms.

“Moat measurement on LinkedIn marks a significant moment for marketers, who will have independent viewability and attention measurement in one place, on Moat, across all major US digital platforms,” said Jonah Goodhart, SVP of Oracle Data Cloud and Co-Founder of Moat. “We are proud to collaborate with LinkedIn as we share a positive vision of the future of digital marketing.”

“In today’s video advertising landscape, marketers require independent viewability insights to truly understand how their campaigns perform,” said Tomer Cohen, VP of Product, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. “Our work with Moat will enable marketers on LinkedIn to leverage Moat’s industry-leading digital measurement platform, so they can make more informed advertising decisions.”

The collaboration will equip marketers with a deeper understanding of their campaign performance and results garnered from LinkedIn video inventory—and intends to make these services available to customers later this year. This reinforces Moat’s vision of providing widespread trusted and independent measurement in order to empower brands to make smarter media and creative decisions.

About Oracle
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View Original Press Release: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/oracles-moat-selected-by-linkedin-050918.html

IFS Appoints Seasoned ERP Leader Peter Bornschein as General Manager of China

IFS Appoints Seasoned ERP Leader Peter Bornschein as General Manager of China

IFS hires proven enterprise software and services leader to grow Chinese market

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Peter Bornschein has been appointed as GM of China, effective today. Raymond Lam has been appointed to head up the partner growth strategy for SEA, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets.

With a stellar track-record in sales, business development and client coordination, Peter Bornschein, has successfully led global multi-national companies including msg, Semcon AB and Epicor selling and implementing global ERP solutions coupled with a strong manufacturing background in China, Germany, Poland, and SEA.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Bornschein said, “I am excited to be leading IFS’s operations in China through its next phase of growth, expanding its customer footprint and supporting partners. The exemplary customer satisfaction in China to date is a testament to IFS’s leading solutions in ERP, EAM and service management coupled with a strong team and partner network. Having worked for more than 15 years in China, I know the endless possibilities of this fascinating and dynamic market and I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to scaling IFS in China.”

Raymond Lam, who successfully grew the Chinese channel business, will take up a new role to grow the partner business in South East Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Lam commented, “IFS is actively growing and making investments in its partner program for its products including the IFS Applications enterprise suite, IFS Field Service Management best-of-breed solution and enterprise operational intelligence.”

View Original Press Release: http://www.ifsworld.com/corp/news-and-events/newsroom/2018/05/07/ifs-appoints-seasoned-erp-leader-peter-bornschein-as-general-manager-of-china/

IFS Earns 5-Star Rating From CRN’S 2018 Partner Guide

IFS Earns 5-Star Rating From CRN’S 2018 Partner Guide

IFS EARNS 5-STAR RATING IN CRN’S 2018 PARTNER PROGRAM GUIDE
Annual guide recognizes IFS Partner Network as among the channel’s top partner programs
Monday April 2, 2018
By: IFS
_____________________________________________________________

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given the IFS Partner Network a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

Read more here: IFS EARNS 5-STAR RATING IN CRN’S 2018 PARTNER PROGRAM GUIDE

Oracle named as Leader in Gartner’s 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration

Oracle named as Leader in Gartner’s 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration

PRESS RELEASE:  Oracle Named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration
Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 2, 2018
________________________________________________________________________________

Oracle today announced that it has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration” report for the fifth consecutive time. Oracle believes this recognition further validates the strength and innovation of cloud security services Oracle has introduced over the past year and its ability to help enterprises better integrate security solutions to manage their business.

“Security and Identity has quickly become one of the most critical areas businesses must address in order to be successful and maintain regular operations, and identity governance is a critical foundational step any enterprise should take to strengthen its security posture,” said Eric Olden, senior vice president and general manager, security and identity, Oracle. “Over the last year, Oracle has significantly enhanced its solutions’ capabilities to help enterprises manage, analyze and remediate security incidents with Oracle’s autonomous security capabilities. We are continuing our commitment to offering a trusted identity fabric and portfolio to help enterprises secure their businesses.”

By: Jesse Caputo and Kristin Reeves

Read more here: Oracle Named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration

Oracle Announces World’s First Autonomous Database

Oracle Announces World’s First Autonomous Database

PRESS RELEASE: ERP INDUSTRY NEWS
Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 27, 2018
by: Nicole Maloney

 

At an Oracle event today, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison announced the availability of the first service based on the revolutionary new Oracle Autonomous Database. The world’s first self-managing, self-securing, self-repairing database cloud service, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, uses machine learning to deliver industry-leading performance, security capabilities, and availability with no human intervention, at half the cost of Amazon Web Services.

“This technology changes everything,” said Ellison. “The Oracle Autonomous Database is based on technology as revolutionary as the Internet. It patches, tunes, and updates itself. Amazon’s databases cost more and do less.”

Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud delivers all of the analytical capabilities, security features, and high availability of the Oracle Database without any of the complexities of configuration, tuning, and administration—even as warehousing workloads and data volumes change. The autonomous database is an entirely new class of offering which requires zero operational administration on the customer’s part, enabling cloud data warehousing that is:

Read more here at: Oracle Redefines the Cloud Database Category with World’s First Autonomous Database

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring 18 update

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring 18 update

PRESS RELEASE: ERP INDUSTRY NEWS
March 28, 2018
By: JAMES PHILLIPS

Digital transformation is washing across every industry presenting an opportunity for every business to use data and intelligence to transform their customer relationships, reimagine their products and services, streamline their operations and empower their people.

Last week in my blog post “Accelerating digital transformation with the spring 2018 release for Dynamics 365 and Business Application Platform”, and at our Business Forward event in Amsterdam, I spoke about the role data and intelligence plays in what we’ve termed the digital feedback loop connecting customers, products and people.

Read More Here At: Introducing the Dynamics 365 Spring 18 update!

Gordon Stuart new CFO at Unit4

Gordon Stuart new CFO at Unit4

PRESS RELEASE: ERP INDUSTRY NEWS 

Utrecht, Netherlands,  

Unit4, today announces the appointment of Gordon Stuart as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Gordon joins Unit4 in April, with responsibility for finance, IT, and legal affairs as well as business operations. He joins from TMF Group, a world leading provider of accounting, tax, HR and payroll services to businesses in over 80 countries around the world. Gordon held the role as TMF’s group CFO since early 2012, during which time he was instrumental in driving over 50% organic and acquisitive growth in the business, overseeing 18 acquisitions, culminating in CVC Capital Partners’ agreement to acquire TMF, announced in October last year.

Read more here: Unit4 appoints Gordon Stuart as Chief Financial Officer

Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire MuleSoft

Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire MuleSoft

PRESS RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO,
March 20, 2018

PRNewswire — Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, and MuleSoft (NYSE: MULE), the provider of one of the world’s leading platforms for building application networks, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Salesforce will acquire MuleSoft for an enterprise value of approximately $6.5 billion.

MuleSoft provides one of the world’s leading platforms for building application networks that connect enterprise apps, data and devices, across any cloud and on-premise

MuleSoft will power the new Salesforce Integration Cloud, which will enable all enterprises to surface any data—regardless of where it resides—to drive deep and intelligent customer experiences throughout a personalized 1:1 journey

More than 1,200 customers, including Coca-Cola, Barclays, Unilever and Mount Sinai, rely on MuleSoft to change and innovate faster, deliver differentiated customer experiences and increase operational efficiency

Read more at: Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire MuleSoft

Slow Growth Forecast at Oracle

Slow Growth Forecast at Oracle

PRESS RELEASE:

March 20, 2018
By: Nico Grant

Oracle Software Corp. tumbled the most in more than six years after forecasting slowing sales growth in cloud-related products, fueling concern that the company is struggling in efforts to shift away from traditional software and become a powerhouse in programs delivered over the internet.

The stock was hit with downgrades from a number of analysts following the results Monday night, with Bank of America Corp. shifting to neutral from buy. Oracle fell as much as 11 percent to $46.43, the biggest intraday move since December 2011.
Microsoft announces first renewable energy deal in India

Microsoft announces first renewable energy deal in India

PRESS RELEASE

BANGALORE, India
March 6, 2018 

Microsoft Corp. has announced the completion of its first renewable energy deal within the Karnataka state of India. The agreement will see Microsoft purchase 3 megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Atria Power to help power its new office building in Bangalore. This will meet 80 percent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility. This deal is part of a state government of Karnataka program to encourage investments in local solar energy operations, in line with the larger Indian government goal to ramp up solar power generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022, as part of India’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“Investing in local solar energy to help power our new Bangalore office building is good for Microsoft, good for India and good for the environment,” said Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India. “We are proud to be deepening our long history of partnership and investment in India with this agreement. This deal will help us grow sustainably and supports the growth of the Indian solar energy industry, so that the entire country can more easily and reliably access clean electricity.”

Read more here: Microsoft announces first renewable energy deal in India

Oracle Health Clinic Award Finalist

Oracle Health Clinic Award Finalist

Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One Named 2018 CARE Award Finalist

Cloud-based Solution Recognized for Innovation in Clinical Technology

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 15, 2018


Oracle Health Sciences today announced that Informa Pharma Intelligence named Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One a finalist for the Best Sponsor-Focused Technological Development category in the 2018 Clinical and Research Excellence (CARE) Awards. This Health Care Award recognizes distinguished leaders who are making important contributions to advancing human health.

“The CARE Awards honor the world’s best innovators in life sciences,” said Karen Currie, Executive Director, Editorial, Pharma Intelligence and Chair of the 2018 CARE Awards judging panel. “Those named play a meaningful role in the entire process of therapeutic discovery, as millions of patients wait with hope. Technology plays a fundamental role in clinical trials and safe and effective drug development, which is why our independent expert panel of judges selected Oracle’s Clinical One platform as a finalist.”

The prestigious CARE awards are produced by Informa Pharma Intelligence, a respected research and publishing authority for pharmaceutical, contract research organizations (CROs), medical technology, biotechnology and healthcare service providers.

Read more Here: Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One Named 2018 CARE Award Finalist

Infor Conference Call for Fiscal Year 2018 Q3

Infor to Hold Investor Conference Call to Discuss Q3 Fiscal Year 2018 Results on Monday, March 19, 2018

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NEW YORK –  Mar 14, 2018

Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, today announced that it will host an investor conference call to discuss Q3 fiscal year 2018 results for current holders of Infor securities and other interested parties on Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Materials and dial-in details will be available at https://www.infor.com/company/infor-investors-relations/ after 9 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, March 19.

Read more here: Infor to Hold Investor Conference Call to Discuss Q3 Fiscal Year 2018

SAP E-Business News

SAP E-Business News

Press Release: More Chinese Businesses Choose SAP to Help Optimize Digital HR Strategies

San Diego, CA.— March 7, 2018
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“It’s exciting to see continued momentum around the globe with companies who recognize the power of SAP for the way we can uniquely address their business transformation needs across all systems,” SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb said. “And of course, we see that people are at the center of all successful businesses, as companies focus on connecting their own people experience to their desired customer experience. We continue to innovate our solutions to provide that best-in-class HR experience demanded today in businesses across industries.”

These companies are among the latest to choose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help streamline HR operations and deliver the world-class workforce experience today’s employees expect:

Read more here: More Chinese Businesses Choose SAP to Help Optimize Digital HR Strategies

 

Oracle E-Business News

Press Release: An Easy Way to Move from Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle ERP Cloud

New York, NY.— Feb 12, 2018
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By Viktor Sahakian, Vice President, Oracle Specialized Services, Hitachi Consulting

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) has been a tried and true on-premises environment for enterprise and midsize organizations for decades. Customers have long appreciated the breadth of modules and integrated business functionality to help manage complex global operations. However, as cloud strategies have rapidly and dramatically transformed the technology landscape and presented economic and business benefits, many Oracle EBS customers find themselves asking questions about how to make the move from Oracle EBS to Oracle ERP Cloud.

Time to Make the Move?
Let’s first take a look at the reasons why Oracle EBS customers might want to move to the cloud. Possibly, you are at a point where you need to upgrade Oracle EBS, and you want to avoid the time and expense of upgrading your on-premises environment. You may want to evaluate whether to add additional on-premises modules versus migrating to the cloud. Perhaps it’s becoming more difficult, time-consuming, and costly for your organization to maintain your current environment. Or, you may be hearing feedback from end users that your current environment can’t keep pace with business needs.

The GDPR is coming. Unit5 Business Software

Press Release
January 9, 2018

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU-level legal framework for the management and enforcement of a wide range of privacy and data protection mandates.

After taking effect in May of 2018, the GDPR will, for the first time, provide a unified set of directly applicable legal parameters and requirements across the entire European Union. What’s more, the GDPR represents the world’s most extensive trans-national privacy and data protection regime, as all entities which process personal data in the context of doing business with any player or citizen in the European Union are subject to its requirements, whether or not those entities are based in the EU themselves. In essence, the GDPR is a genuinely global law.

Heineken Chooses Infor Advanced Scheduling for Global Program

Press Release

New York, NY.— March 1, 2018


 Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, today announced that international brewing leader Heineken International has selected Infor Advanced Scheduling for a global standardization program that will see the application rolled out to its breweries in 20 countries. Infor Advanced Scheduling is expected to play a key role in helping to harmonize and standardize approximately 90% of the operations in these breweries, helping Heineken to optimize capacity across this network, reduce production complexity and improve purchasing power.

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