2015 Data and Process Trends with Dr. Werner Hopf & Brian Shannon

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While at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer were interviewed in the ASUG Hub about recent trends Dolphin is seeing in data and process challenges faced by SAP customers.   Tom Waiglum of ASUG News interviews the Dolphin team about how organizations can reduce the cost and footprint of SAP systems with the latest data and process solutions. In the interview, Dr. Hopf discusses how SAP HANA and HANA Cloud are driving the need for data archiving to reduce the cost of systems and keep the data footprint small, so organizations can make an easier transition to these new systems.  Other trends include the increasing need for organizations to "carve out" data from SAP systems when they divest business units. Increasingly, Dolphin is working with customers that want to use archiving to protect intellectual property as they  hand over copies of SAP systems that contain sensitive master customer, vendor, and material master data. Brian Shannon discusses how Dolphin's expertise in SAP systems enables organizations to streamline business processes to reduce cycle time and  centralize and standardize processes across global organizations. He discusses how Dolphin is helping business users discover ways to drive additional cost savings from their SAP systems with automation and shared services solutions that support long term business goals.  

2015 Data and Process Trends with Dr. Werner Hopf & Brian Shannon

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While at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer were interviewed in the ASUG Hub about recent trends Dolphin is seeing in data and process challenges faced by SAP customers.

 

Tom Waiglum of ASUG News interviews the Dolphin team about how organizations can reduce the cost and footprint of SAP systems with the latest data and process solutions.

In the interview, Dr. Hopf discusses how SAP HANA and HANA Cloud are driving the need for data archiving to reduce the cost of systems and keep the data footprint small, so organizations can make an easier transition to these new systems.  Other trends include the increasing need for organizations to “carve out” data from SAP systems when they divest business units. Increasingly, Dolphin is working with customers that want to use archiving to protect intellectual property as they  hand over copies of SAP systems that contain sensitive master customer, vendor, and material master data.

Brian Shannon discusses how Dolphin’s expertise in SAP systems enables organizations to streamline business processes to reduce cycle time and  centralize and standardize processes across global organizations. He discusses how Dolphin is helping business users discover ways to drive additional cost savings from their SAP systems with automation and shared services solutions that support long term business goals.

 

Sapphire NOW + ASUG Annual Conference – Day 1 Report

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Today was a great kickoff to the conference, as Bill McDermott addressed the crowds at the conference during his keynote speech. Canadians in the crowd went wild as Bill brought the Stanley Cup, hockey’s most prestigious award, on to the podium — continuing SAP’s recent theme of winning in sports and winning in business.

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Later in the day Jason Boyer, Dolphin ILM Consultant and Enrique Suarez of Coca-Cola Enterprises presented details of CCE’s archiving projects. The crowd heard about how CCE used a comprehensive archiving strategy, incorporating nearline storage and automation to improve system performance and ensure that critical supply chain systems were up and running to support CCE’s demanding global business. As part of this project, CCE was able to archive almost 6 TB of data in only 3 months – a truly remarkable achievement!

Back at the booth, the Dolphin team was busy giving attendees demos of our mobile approvals app. In only a few simple steps users were able to select an invoice for approval and see how it could be approved using the mobile app in the nearby Innovapptive booth.

The day ended off with Dolphin’s annual Customer Appreciation dinner at Cuba Libre restaurant. This year, the event was particularly special as Dolphin celebrated our 20th year in business. Customers, partners, and Dolphin team members all enjoyed the cuban food, drinks, and birthday cake pops as we discussed the best sessions we’d seen during the day and our plans for the rest of the event. All in all, it was a great ending to a great day!

Get Ready for SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference 2015!

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Well the biggest SAP event of the year is finally here!The Dolphin team has arrived in Orlando FL to spend the next few days at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. On Monday, the team spent the day at the SAP Partner Summit with other SAP partners and had the chance to reconnect with our partners including PBS Software, who were also at the event.

We are also pleased to congratulate our partners Innovapptive who were presented with 2015 SAP® Pinnacle Award for Application Development Partner of the Year while at the event.

Early Tuesday morning, the team will be on site as SAP CEO Bill McDermott makes the opening keynote. For those of you who cannot join us, you can live stream the event. The action starts at 9 AM ET and goes until 10:30 AM.

We are thrilled that several Dolphin customers were selected to present at this year’s event and encourage everyone to attend and find out more about the way these customers are using Dolphin data solutions to improve business performance. The sessions will be held at the following days and times:

Tuesday, May 5 | 12:30 pm | Room: S331C
Coca-Cola Enterprises’ ILM Strategy that delivers Faster Performance, Easier System Migrations and Improved Transparency

Wednesday, May 6 | 4:15 pm | Room: S319
Big Lots will present on Simplifing Sales Audits by Associating POS Receipts Directly with SAP Financials

For those that drop by the Dolphin booth (427) during the show, we’re sure you’ll love the contest we’ve planned with Innovapptive. Individuals can create an invoice @ the Dolphin booth and then approve it @ the Innovapptive booth (431) using the Dolphin Mobile Approval App, powered by Innovapptive. Contestants have the chance to win an Apple Watch – Sport – so be sure to drop by and qualify for this great giveaway!

Hope to see you in Orlando.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Leonardo da Vinci

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April 15th is a significant date. It matters not if the letters I, R, or S are present in your email address, to do list or worry box. For April 15th marks the birthday of a true thought leader. A moment or two spent considering his accomplishments and contributions to our collective knowledge base may help us to become better thinkers ourselves.

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Leonardo da Vinci would be something on the order of DLXIII years old on the 15th day of this year’s fourth month. To put things into perspective, there was of course no internet nor Google, no television nor radio, and the printing press was celebrating just its tenth birthday. The United Nations estimates the total earth’s population was 500 million then, or roughly that of present day North America. Leonardo had already drawn the iconic Vitruvian Man by the time America was even ‘discovered’. Yet his achievements dwarf those of any today in spite of the latest technological and scientific advancements.[Continue Reading]

Dolphin Goes Global at Financials 2015 & SAP Forum Brazil

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Well the Dolphin team is going to opposite ends of the earth today to find out what’s new in SAP. You can find the Dolphin team at either of these premiere events:

  • SAPinsider Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Be sure to stop by our booth at either event and say Hi!

SAPinsiders Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV

Drop by the Dolphin Booth (#1025) and learn about Dolphin’s latest customer success stories in the optimizing processes for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Order Management, and Finance and Administration.

A highlight of the SAPinsider Financials show will be:

Gretchen Kincade of GE Power and Water’s presentation
How GE Water is turning accounts payable into a strategic corporate entity
Thursday, March 19, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Room: La Tache

We also have several Dolphin sessions while at the show:

Brian Shannon, Principal Process Consultant
Streamline cash management with improved invoice-to-pay processes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Room: Mouton 2

See Brian’s Ask the Experts Session:
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Terri Bold, Principal Solution Delivery
Strategies and lessons for automating and optimizing accounts payable

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Room: Alsace 1

See Terri’s Ask the Experts Session:
Tuesday, March 17, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

 

SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil with our partner Sonda, to introduce Latin America’s SAP users to its industry-best Data Volume Management and Business Process Optimization solutions.

We look forward to meeting everyone at these shows this week and will be updating you on what is new and exciting in the world of SAP shortly.

 

Change Leadership – Key to Success of AP Projects

ChangeLeadership The Heraclitus axiom, “change is constant,” is an absolute truth for businesses today. Without change businesses are at risk of serving customer needs with antiquated and inefficient approaches and technologies, losing an important competitive edge. One should look no further than organizations such as Blockbuster and Kodak as examples. These former titans are now nothing more than a memory of times gone by, when movies meant videotape and photography meant film.In his latest article “Change Leadership: Key to Success of AP Projects”, in Paytech Magazine, Brian Shannon discusses how teams can look at change as a growth opportunity not only for the organization but also for employees. It allows employees to learn new skills, explore new ideas, and exercise their creativity in ways that ultimately benefit the organization through increased commitment.

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Running simply every day . . . in Life and in SAP

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I like to run. I like simple. Ergo…oh wait, let’s not jump there just yet.

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There is something calming about running for me. My runner’s closet is equipped with a multitude of patterned footwear. Selecting the right shoe for the weather, the terrain and the distance are decisions I love to make. The route – that’s usually easy – hills or no? Short or long run? Outside or treadmill? Throw in a handy phone app that logs miles and prioritizes music, and I am ready for the run. A few decisions must be made, but for the most part it is an opportunity to undertake an activity that yields great results but hazards few input conundrums.
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Brian’s Q&A Session on Optimizing AP and AR Processes

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In the rush of activity at the end of the year, it’s hard to think about optimizing AP and AR processes. However, I’m sure the idea danced like “sugar plum fairies” through the heads of many AP and AR staff and managers as they struggled with cumbersome, manual processes as they tried to close the books on 2014.

Find out how to make year end in 2015 faster and easier by reviewing Brian Shannon’s recent Q&A session on Optimizing AP and AR processes with SAPinsider. In this chat transcript Brian shares his advice on the importance of process optimization in helping organizations contain costs and improve cash flow. He also discusses how organizations can fully leverage SAP systems to optimize near-cash business processes for 2015.

SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG Update: Day 1

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Today at SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG annual conference, Marie Bourns of Bourns Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic components, and Dr. Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin appeared on the ASUG News channel to discuss the recent success of their Dolphin accounts payable solution. By focusing on verifying invoice data early in the cycle, Bourns was able to minimize exception handling and auto post 65% of all invoices

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Attending SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG – Experience Matters

When I saw the tagline for this year’s ASUG Annual Conference, several things came to mind. The tagline, Every Experience Matters, got me thinking about experience as in knowledge gained and what it is to experience something. Perhaps a little confusing, but hear me out.

Conference attendees are invited to “experience” everything from interactive demos of SAP applications to interacting with SAP product managers and executives; to learning what peers from other organizations and industries are doing to participating in the educational sessions on current solutions and new products. They are even encouraged to enjoy Orlando and more social activities. All could be part of the ‘experience’.[Continue Reading]

Dear Santa,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  With winter weather testing us weeks before the holidays all over North America, we are left with little option but to write to dear old Santa and see if he and some elves might not make our season of joy just a little bit brighter.

Such was the initiative shown in a request submitted by a good-natured customer who was looking for further process optimization by addressing a letter to our North Pole headquarters.[Continue Reading]

Anyone can tell you how great they are. That’s easy. The hard part is proving it.

That’s why companies seeking an SAP solution provider should demand references. When you speak with a long-time or recent customer, you get the real story about their level of satisfaction. And, you’ll learn about the nuances that made their situation and purchasing decision unique. Often you’ll find that your own organization shares some similar challenges and can learn best practices from others in the business.[Continue Reading]