Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:45

SAP looks at the big picture


Business software vendor SAP used its Sapphire Now Converge conference to make multiple announcements aimed at bringing some significant changes to business and industry .

Climate 21 is a multi-year program to help customers achieve their climate-related objectives.

Working with partners, SAP will embed sustainability metrics across its portfolio, helping customers understand, analyse and optimise the carbon footprint of their products and operations.

The first product under the Climate 21 banners is SAP Product Carbon Footprint Analytics. It runs in the SAP Analytics Cloud, using data from SAP S/4Hana and third-party sources to help customers understand their carbon footprint.

SAP's Industry Cloud strategy will deliver vertical solutions from SAP and its partners using open APIs, an open process model, open domain model and common business services. AI, IoT and other technologies from SAP will help developers to accelerate development and deliver greater business value.

Industry 4.Now is an initiative to deliver greater insights, automation and responsiveness across the supply chain, helping to move Industry 4.0 from a factory-focused initiative to a company-wide business strategy.

SAP intends to deliver products with embedded analytics and predictive capabilities that will support better business decisions and drive new business models and revenue streams.

SAP's Unified Business Network strategy aims to bring end-to-end visibility, increased efficiency and collaboration across the entire supply chain processes, including design, planning, sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and asset operations. Interconnected businesses will gain better visibility and collaboration across the supply chain.

Technologies and products involved include ERP, analytics, Ariba Network, SAP Asset Intelligence Network, SAP Logistics Business Network and SAP Fieldglass.

"In uncertain times, companies need a trusted partner to help them make confident decisions to enhance agility and resiliency during and beyond the current COVID-19 crisis," said SAP executive board member Thomas Saueressig.

"In today's hyperconnected world, it's even more important for businesses to quickly react to environmental and market changes. We're helping to address these challenges with new ways for customers to address sustainability, lead in their industry and grow their business networks. SAP has the strategy, expertise, solutions and partner ecosystem to enable customers to run their business as an intelligent enterprise."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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