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November 13, 2017

'Intelligent ERP' to empower enterprises in digital transformation

SAP's TechEd event organized in Bangalore in October 2017 presented us with amazing opportunities to showcase Infosys' thought leadership. A premier SAP technology conference for technologists, engineers, and developers, its theme this year was the Intelligent Enterprise. The event showcased S/4HANA Cloud and Leonardo-based solutions with a focus on machine learning and integration with open source.

 

As we are at the forefront of business and digital transformation for our clients, this event was a great platform to present the Infosys perspective on the adoption of Intelligent ERP to enhance user experience and innovation.

 

With the evolution of in-memory computing techniques like HANA, data processing speed has increased manifold. Likewise, the evolution of machine learning technologies like correlation analysis, supervised learning, unsupervised learning, IOT, blockchain, AI, etc., has created many new possibilities in terms of what SAP can do for business.

 

When clients embark on a digital transformation journey, they expect more from their SAP investment. In the digital era, they want their ERP to be more "intelligent", rather than just a "system of records:" They need their ERP Application to process huge volumes of structured and unstructured data, synthesize the information, make sense of it, and be able to take appropriate action.

 

Ashok Panda, Head - ValuePLUS COE, and Vittal Shenoy, Senior Principal Technology Architect and Head - New Technology Services, participated in this event and shared their point of view on 'How "Intelligent ERP" Powered by Machine Learning will Enable Clients in their "Digital Transformation" Journey'.

 

SAP S/4HANA is SAP's most revolutionary intelligent ERP system. Built on an advanced in-memory computing platform, it connects all enterprise processes to provide real-time information and insights while seamlessly integrating the enterprise with the digital world. SAP Leonardo, with capabilities like IOT, machine learning, blockchain, etc., is redefining what SAP can do for business. 

 

While intelligent ERP systems provide a huge opportunity to fast-track the digital journey, enterprises need to be aware of adoption challenges. They should also understand how to maximize business benefits and the potential impact on business.

 

Follow this link to listen to our point of view at TechEd 2017 on How "Intelligent ERP" Powered by Machine Learning will Enable Clients in their "Digital Transformation" Journey.

November 1, 2017

Demystifying SAP Leonardo - Building a System of Intelligence

"SAP Leonardo will unlock the full potential of the intelligent enterprise" - Bill McDermott

SAP Leonardo is a cloud-based intelligent system focusing purely on building "self-driving business" using digital business transformation. It integrates breakthrough latest technologies and services under one umbrella. It helps enterprise digitally transform SAP system as System of record to systems of intelligence. 

Beyond the IOT to Broader Bundle of Technologies  

SAP Leonardo is not a single tool, platform or system like SAP Cloud Platform, HANA or S/4HANA that enterprise needs to start the digital journey. It has innovative portfolio of technologies & design thinking as service to get started with the digital journey. The idea is that customer can take advantages of these emerging technologies at the same time bringing in the Design Thinking approach. It is imperative when working with a system of innovation or for a large transformation Design Thinking increases the success rate.  The combination together defines Leonardo.


How it is different than the other MI based products 

Combination with Design thinking approach enables a customer to quickly put together ideation, identifying the use case to solve & bringing technologies in an integrated way to deliver working prototype which business can touch & feel. 

In the age of digital, the transformation for business are no longer technology led rather they are Business innovation focused. SAP Leonardo enables customers to innovate easily without a much lower investment in technologies, data scientists & infrastructure.

Why now this 

SAP recognizes Digital Transformation within an enterprise requires a combination of next-generation technologies. It is utmost important for customers to build a system of intelligence by connecting it to a system of transactional records (ERP) to automate processes, enables connectivity and quickly adopt to game-changing applications - or develop solutions to power new business models. SAP understands and recognizes the need to have solution which are beyond SAP technologies and therefore it has

        - Invested heavily in cloud and IOT platform

Partnered with apple, google, Siemens ...etc

        - And enabling the platform to work on open source technologies 

Adopting SAP Leonardo services is a step towards embarking on the journey of creating a system of Intelligence - it is not a question of if but when 

1. It is the beginning of SAP Leonardo: Emerging technologies like MI and IOT has a traction in the Industry, but we are at an interesting position which is at beginning of an exciting journey to fully understand it's potential. 

2. Design Thinking led approach: It enables to navigate from ideation to rapid prototype, the concept of "Fail Early , learn Early" helps in identifying the right business case 

3. Go slow not big: "See, touch and feel" enables enterprises to embark on pilot to initially validate the solution and its feasibility within their business

4. Think holistically: The digital transformation for enterprises should be Business innovation focused, not technology focused. Enterprises that adopt "best in class" processes will experience enhanced metrics for cost and quality performance.


Over the past few decades SAP has empowered us to deliver quality services to the business, customers and employees using its core ERP. Consumers use intelligent assistants and expects the same conversational interaction and intelligence with their business software. SAP Leonardo provides combination of emerging technology enabling enterprises to be much closer to a more exciting digital journey, where the current system of record can be transformed into System of intelligence. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and enterprises need to move rapidly in order to gain the competitive advantage over others and not investing in your systems is not an option anymore. 

Several organization are embarking this journey, the question for you is "are you ready"?  


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