Top Trends from SAPPHIRE 2017

  We’re finally back from SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 + ASUG Annual Conference and we wanted to give everyone an update on what happened. First, let’s start with a few words from Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and CSO Brian Shannon from the show floor. There were several trends that we saw at this event that will impact our customers - here are five things you need to know.

SAP HANA and S/4HANA are No Longer Just for Early Adopters

The biggest trend we saw this year is that SAP HANA and S/4HANA have moved out of the “early adopter” phase and these platforms are now being widely adopted by many companies. According to the ASUG Member HANA Adoption Survey, 33 % of companies have purchased SAP S/4HANA and 28% plan to purchase S/4 in the next 12-18 months. Approximately 8% of these customers are currently live on S/4HANA - but this number is growing quickly. In addition to companies that are upgrading their existing SAP systems to S/4HANA, we talked with many people at SAPPHIRE who were net new SAP customers, moving to SAP S/4HANA from other legacy solutions. For our customers, we know that many of them are just starting on their own journey to HANA - so hold on to your hats people – from now until 2025 things are going to get interesting!

Digitization is Transforming SAP from the System of Record to the System of Innovation

Anyone who heard Bill McDermott’s keynote speech knows that the move to HANA is all about enabling the digital business of the future. New technologies such as cloud, mobile, internet of things, blockchain and more are opening up a new world of business opportunities and SAP wants to ensure that companies can leverage these technologies as soon as possible. To this end, McDermott used his keynote to introduce the world to SAP Leonardo which is a platform that will enable companies to harnesses the power of the Internet of Things. This is just one of many new developments available with SAP HANA that, as McDermott said, are helping transform SAP from its current position as the enterprise system of record - to becoming the system of innovation.

Audit & Compliance is on Everyone’s Mind

The rapid introduction of new regulations had many companies worried about Audit and Compliance. We had a lot of discussions about how to support emerging compliance requirements in Europe and Latin America such as Standard Audit File -Tax (SAF-T) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As Dr. Hopf says "Companies really need to get their arms around where they store data, how they manage data and information over the residual lifecycle in order to be compliant with those requirements."

The SAP Community is Hungry to Hear Real-World Success Stories

As always the ASUG Education Zone was buzzing with activity and Dolphin was extremely proud to support our customers who were sharing their stories about their recent experiences. Our data customers presented several different ways to tackle the migration to SAP HANA.
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group talked about how they were able archive terabytes of data from their 24TB ECC system in only 4 months so they could move to HANA before their competitors.
  • Chemtura (now Lanxess) spoke of the importance of using data management to reduce system size to controls the costs associated with the move to HANA.
  • AbbVie spoke of the broad set of information management solutions and techniques they employed on their journey to HANA to ensure their systems were lean and still compliant with strict pharmaceutical regulations.
Our process customers presented different stories about improving processes in a rapidly changing business and technology environment.
  • Adient spoke about its experience standing up a global shared services center to process 3 million invoices a year from a single global accounts payable invoicing hub running the Dolphin Process Tracking System.
  • Collier County talked about the ease of rolling out a Cloud-based invoice approval solution to its users. The county discussed its plans to expand the use of apps on the SAP Cloud Platform to provide their constituents with greater access to information.

Companies Still Need to Solve Immediate Business Issues and Improve the ROI of SAP Systems

While the simplified applications on S/4HANA provide companies with new and exciting capabilities, we continue to see a strong need for solutions that solve immediate business problems and improve the return on investment from SAP systems. As companies begin the transition to the new digital core, they need to make their existing environment as effective and as low cost as possible. Choosing SAP-Certified solutions such as those provided by Dolphin and our trusted partners PBS Software, TJC Software, and Hanse Orga will help companies weather the changes to the business and technology that will come their way in 2017 and beyond. These were only a few of the topics people were discussing at SAPPHIRE this year. Did you see something we missed? Let us know!

Top Trends from SAPPHIRE 2017

 

We’re finally back from SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 + ASUG Annual Conference and we wanted to give everyone an update on what happened. First, let’s start with a few words from Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and CSO Brian Shannon from the show floor.

There were several trends that we saw at this event that will impact our customers – here are five things you need to know.

SAP HANA and S/4HANA are No Longer Just for Early Adopters

The biggest trend we saw this year is that SAP HANA and S/4HANA have moved out of the “early adopter” phase and these platforms are now being widely adopted by many companies. According to the ASUG Member HANA Adoption Survey, 33 % of companies have purchased SAP S/4HANA and 28% plan to purchase S/4 in the next 12-18 months. Approximately 8% of these customers are currently live on S/4HANA – but this number is growing quickly.

In addition to companies that are upgrading their existing SAP systems to S/4HANA, we talked with many people at SAPPHIRE who were net new SAP customers, moving to SAP S/4HANA from other legacy solutions. For our customers, we know that many of them are just starting on their own journey to HANA – so hold on to your hats people – from now until 2025 things are going to get interesting!

Digitization is Transforming SAP from the System of Record to the System of Innovation

Anyone who heard Bill McDermott’s keynote speech knows that the move to HANA is all about enabling the digital business of the future. New technologies such as cloud, mobile, internet of things, blockchain and more are opening up a new world of business opportunities and SAP wants to ensure that companies can leverage these technologies as soon as possible. To this end, McDermott used his keynote to introduce the world to SAP Leonardo which is a platform that will enable companies to harnesses the power of the Internet of Things. This is just one of many new developments available with SAP HANA that, as McDermott said, are helping transform SAP from its current position as the enterprise system of record – to becoming the system of innovation.

Audit & Compliance is on Everyone’s Mind

The rapid introduction of new regulations had many companies worried about Audit and Compliance. We had a lot of discussions about how to support emerging compliance requirements in Europe and Latin America such as Standard Audit File -Tax (SAF-T) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As Dr. Hopf says “Companies really need to get their arms around where they store data, how they manage data and information over the residual lifecycle in order to be compliant with those requirements.”

The SAP Community is Hungry to Hear Real-World Success Stories

As always the ASUG Education Zone was buzzing with activity and Dolphin was extremely proud to support our customers who were sharing their stories about their recent experiences.

Our data customers presented several different ways to tackle the migration to SAP HANA.

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group talked about how they were able archive terabytes of data from their 24TB ECC system in only 4 months so they could move to HANA before their competitors.
  • Chemtura (now Lanxess) spoke of the importance of using data management to reduce system size to controls the costs associated with the move to HANA.
  • AbbVie spoke of the broad set of information management solutions and techniques they employed on their journey to HANA to ensure their systems were lean and still compliant with strict pharmaceutical regulations.

Our process customers presented different stories about improving processes in a rapidly changing business and technology environment.

  • Adient spoke about its experience standing up a global shared services center to process 3 million invoices a year from a single global accounts payable invoicing hub running the Dolphin Process Tracking System.
  • Collier County talked about the ease of rolling out a Cloud-based invoice approval solution to its users. The county discussed its plans to expand the use of apps on the SAP Cloud Platform to provide their constituents with greater access to information.

Companies Still Need to Solve Immediate Business Issues and Improve the ROI of SAP Systems

While the simplified applications on S/4HANA provide companies with new and exciting capabilities, we continue to see a strong need for solutions that solve immediate business problems and improve the return on investment from SAP systems. As companies begin the transition to the new digital core, they need to make their existing environment as effective and as low cost as possible. Choosing SAP-Certified solutions such as those provided by Dolphin and our trusted partners PBS Software, TJC Software, and Hanse Orga will help companies weather the changes to the business and technology that will come their way in 2017 and beyond.

These were only a few of the topics people were discussing at SAPPHIRE this year. Did you see something we missed? Let us know!

GDPR and the Impact of New Privacy Regulations in the European Union

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (http://www.eugdpr.org/) is a new privacy regulation in Europe that protects the personal data for any individual “based” in the EU, regardless of citizenship or, where the data is being held.

This regulation will be enforced in May 2018 and outlines strict fines for those companies found to be out of compliance.

GDPR applies to any organization located inside or outside the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior of, EU data subjects.

GDPR is different because it is much more comprehensive and carries more regulatory weight and fines than the previous 95/46/EU directive on data privacy, which it replaces.

How will it affect companies doing business with EU residents?

With GDPR any global enterprise that collects or processes information about individuals in the EU is legally responsible for protecting that information while it is under their stewardship. If information is retained, it must be purged when it is no longer needed.

This regulation will impact information collected in sales orders, invoices, receipts, delivery slips and many other day-to-day business activities. Types of data that may fall under the regulation can include:

  • contact information (name, address, phone number, email)
  • credit card information
  • personally identifiable information (gender, social security number, etc.)

Organizations must have a risk team evaluate exactly how the regulation will apply to their business.

What does it mean if I run SAP Systems?

Once enterprises understand what data falls under GDPR, they must understand how to apply the regulation to the information processed and stored in SAP systems. This can be very complex, as information about individuals can be contained in both data and documents that are stored across multiple environments, systems, locations and countries. Organizations must ensure that this information is protected and properly discarded.

How Dolphin can help

Dolphin has a set of SAP-certified audit and compliance solutions that enable companies to comply with GDPR by managing data in online SAP systems and archive repositories. Our solutions enable companies to:

  • Identify information on EU residents across SAP environments (ECC, SRM, HR, etc.) and systems (Production, QA, etc.)
  • Protect information according to regulations through encryption or masking
  • Automatically purge data according to retention rules when it is no longer needed.
  • Maintain a centralized audit log of data protection activities that demonstrates compliance with GDPR

Contact Dolphin today for more information on how you can ensure you’re ready to meet GDPR regulations in 2018.

 

Digitization & More @ SAPinsider Financials 2016

L_AHERN_UserGroup_MobileAPAfter a very successful User Group meeting yesterday the Dolphin team is excited to learn about how Finance will take a pivotal role in leading digital transformation that is taking over the SAP community. We’re thrilled that several Dolphin customers will be presenting their success stories at Financials 2016 this week.

  • On Thursday, March 17, Mary Wynne and Arlene Nikaido-Lung of Pepco Holdings Inc. will discuss how digitizing invoice processing across the company’s many energy companies resulted in a savings of $3 million in only the first year of operation. In addition to these remarkable cost savings, the highly regulated company has achieved greater control over invoice processing and increased transparency into cash flow.
  • On Wednesday, March 16, Tim Waldock of Owens Corning will discuss how decommissioning legacy SAP and Non-SAP systems helped the company respond quickly to international regulatory inquiries and standardize reporting across a diverse corporate landscape. The cost of decommissioning four legacy systems was almost equal to what these systems would cost to operate yearly, so not only has Owens Corning managed to reduce the cost and complexity of its SAP system landscape, it has better prepared to meet emerging regulatory and reporting requirements in the future.

Later this evening, Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer of Dolphin will take questions and answers at the Ask the Experts session in the Exhibit Hall from 6:15-7:00 PM. On Wednesday, he will also present a session on Optimizing the Order-to-Cash mega process.

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas this week and want to learn more about the trends we’re seeing in Finance, be sure to check out Brian’s latest articles and blog posts:

  • From Metrics to Meaningful Information: Brian discusses how organizations can use digitization to establish real-time view of the Finance department with key productivity and value metrics. Using these metrics, the Finance department can begin to play a more strategic role in transforming the business by analyzing the way cash flows through the organization to maximize profitability.
  • 3 Questions You Should be Asking the Accounts Payable Department This Year: Are your financial processes ready for what the future will hold?  In this article in SAPinsider Brian discusses the three questions you should ask your Accounts Payable department this year so your processes are kept up to date and your organization is prepared for the future. Hint: How digitized are our processes?  is only one of the three questions you need to know.
  • Establishing a Process Maturity Model: In this blog topic, Brian asks: “Where does your organization fall along the process maturity model?” Knowing where you fall along this model will help your organization determine the best path to process transformation. For many organizations adding technology will not be enough. By combining process improvements with technology enhancements, organizations can enable greater process flexibility and drive greater value in less time.

 

 

5 SAP Trends We Saw in 2015 and to Watch for in 2016

 

As we reach the end of 2015, we thought we’d take the time to look back on the past year and see what recent developments we’ve seen in the SAP® ecosystem. Here are just a few of the highlights from the past year.

 

1. Strategic Business Transformations Change the SAP System Landscape
In 2015 businesses were eager to transform themselves to support planned consolidation, modernization and future growth. These plans had a wide ranging impact on SAP systems. In some cases, companies consolidated systems into new data centers or improved their existing processes to support new products, locations, and business models. The biggest transformation, however, was the continued adoption of SAP HANA and cloud solutions.

At SAP TechEd 2015, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf spoke with Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News about how companies can prepare for these large scale business transformations. According to Dr. Hopf, by employing data archiving to reduce data in online SAP systems companies can greatly reduce the time and effort needed to realize their strategic business goals.

 

  

 

2. Increasing Importance of Corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance Initiatives
Corporate governance, risk and compliance initiatives remained a high priority for many companies in 2015. Companies were looking for ways to ensure the correct retention rules and process controls were in place to prove that they were in full compliance with legal, fiscal, and industry regulations.

On the data side, leading retailer Big Lots leveraged Dolphin’s data archiving solution with nearline storage to provide fast access to archived data to improve its retail operational reporting and respond quickly to sales tax audits.

On the process side, GE Water and Process Technologies and Pepco Holdings, two customers in the highly regulated utilities and related industries implemented Dolphin’s Accounts Payable solution to centralize and standardize processes and provide greater transparency across the procure-to-pay process.

 

3. Continued Growth of Global Shared Services
Throughout the year companies continued to consolidate financial and HR processing in shared services centers. Many companies successfully used Dolphin solutions to centralize and standardize processing across multiple business units and regional shared services centers in 2015.

Most recently in an ASUG webcast,  Honeywell International spoke of the benefits of using Dolphin’s Accounts Payable solution across its multiple strategic business units processing over 5 million invoices per year.

Tennant Company also spoke about the flexibility that moving to a shared services model  has afforded the company, allowing them to “lift and shift” resources to meet different global and seasonal demands.

 

4.Business and Industry Trends Drive the Need for Specialized Data Management
There were several business trends in 2015 that had certain industries seeking solutions for their unique data management needs.

In the Retail and Utility industries, big data is pushing systems to the limit, requiring frequent archiving and flexible storage solutions including nearline and cloud storage.

In the Oil and Gas and Life Sciences industries, the trend towards divesting major business units had companies looking for ways to economically “carve out” or “cleanse” data from SAP systems. Not only did these companies need to protect corporate intellectual property but they also wanted to reduce the footprint and cost of maintaining SAP systems to secure the value of these deals after the divestiture was complete.

In Manufacturing and many other industries we saw companies look to decommission older systems and content management repositories so they could modernize aging infrastructure and lower IT costs.

 

5. New Technology Options Add Flexibility and Facilitate Innovation
This year we saw stronger adoption of SAP Fiori and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform solutions. These two technologies help companies add flexibility and advanced functionality to their existing SAP implementations without significant additional overhead. The advanced, modern user interface available with SAP Fiori provides users with a more intuitive entry point for SAP applications, making it easier for casual SAP users to use these powerful tools. It also enables users to access applications from mobile devices and tablets, which is ideal for today’s mobile workforce. Best of all, Fiori applications, such as Dolphin Advanced Approvals can be hosted on the HANA Cloud Platform. This platform enables organizations to quickly add new, innovative HANA functionality on top of their existing on-premise SAP systems, without having to make the full transition to SAP HANA.

 

We look forward to seeing what other new trends will emerge in 2016!

On another note, the Dolphin team updated our website in 2015. We hope you like the new look and feel and that it is easier for you to find the content you’re looking for on emerging trends and best practices for data and processes for SAP systems.

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