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May 6, 2013

SAPPHIRE NOW 2013: What to expect?

By Adam Zeckel

Principal - Business Consulting; Energy, Communications and Services Unit, Infosys

As SAPPHIRE approaches, I've started to think about what has changed since this time last year. In May 2012, HANA was a hot topic in Orlando. The Infosys HANA COE had been up and running for nearly a year and my experience had been limited to just a few clients. By that time, however, we had laid the groundwork for value based discussions for BW on HANA focused on adding value for the business and reducing IT costs. We had created a demonstration on our internal system to showcase one business scenario for HANA. Many of our clients were talking about HANA. Some had started POCs and others were planning on start dates in 2013. One of our premier clients presented their journey to date implementing BW on HANA in the Database & Technology Theater at Sapphire.

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April 17, 2013

HANA: Yes, No or Never! - Part 1

By Kishor Gummaraju

Client Partner, Head - BI Strategic Focus Area, Retail, CPG, Logistics & Life Sciences, Infosys

For all our customers on SAP, the house is clearly divided into 3 parts.
• One that says "We need HANA now! Or else we will miss the buss". This set believes that HANA is the cure for all the data ills of the past and it will magically solve for all past sins.
• The other that pragmatically asks "What is the business use case?" These are the rationalists who have realized that technology for the sake of technology does not make sense. They do not want an IT based business case, they want a Business Scenario based business case.
• The third is the business who says "What HANA? Forget it, add that money to my Trade Promotion Budget!"

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March 7, 2013

Delivering the promise of reduced TCO from HANA implementations

By Nitin Vilas Kulkarni

Industry Principal, Retail, CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences Unit, Infosys

While SAP HANA has gained market traction, one key apprehension organizations have is around the cost of ownership.  This comes due to the following

• One of the promises of HANA is data compression and eliminating of layers.  While this is largely true, it has been found that for complex scenarios, layers cannot be fully eliminated. Also, compression ratio varies based on original database compression as well as old database. Thus, significant compression is not guaranteed for many organizations.
• The agility and promise of reduced development cost are not fully realized due to multiple challenges associated with adoption of cutting edge technology.
• HANA license is very expensive and especially when one owns enterprise license this cost is quite significant.

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February 27, 2013

BW on HANA TCO - Part 2

By Adam Zeckel

Principal - Business Consulting; Energy, Communications and Services Unit, Infosys

In Part 1, I explored the cost components relative for potential IT cost savings by moving to Business Warehouse (BW) on HANA. In this part I will expand on the three major cost categories: labor, software, and hardware.

Labor

The first significant piece of savings comes from labor. With BW on HANA, there are fewer developed objects due to streamlined architecture and faster load times during development, testing, and deployment.

Estimates from SAP and several existing customers show that this adds up to a 20% reduction in effort required to develop and maintain the data warehouse on an annual basis. Because many of these efforts include contracted workers, that savings is easily converted to the bottom line.

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May 11, 2012

Unlock More Value from Your SAP Enabled Business Transformation Faster with Infosys' SAP Industry Pre-Configured Solutions

Guest Post by

Dale Strickland, Senior Principal, Infosys

Clients can significantly benefit from Infosys' SAP Industry Pre-Configured solutions to accelerate time to value and implementation timelines. They provide our clients a functioning SAP environment that addresses their Industry challenges. We couple our SAP pre-configured environments with Industry Process Repositories that provide a toolkit rich with solution related artifacts that can be leveraged to accelerate client adoption of the pre-configured solution and the Business Transformation program.

By taking the approach of "Why Change" the Pre-Configured Solution vs. a "typical" implementation approach, clients can reduce program delivery time (up to 30%) by starting with an Industry pre-configured solution.

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May 10, 2012

How In-memory solutions will revolutionize the way BI solutions are designed and built?

Guest Post by

Nitin Vilas Kulkarni, Principal Consultant, Retail, CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences, Infosys

With memory prices coming down steeply, in-memory solutions are becoming more affordable. Gartner expects that by 2014, 30% of analytic applications will use in-memory functions to add scale and computational speed. We are already witnessing solutions and appliances like SAP HANA generating significant interest. As in-memory solutions become main stream, I think we need to re-visit fundamentals of data warehouse design and development to leverage power of these solutions.

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May 9, 2012

Business Transformation focus on value - Our Value Realization Model (VRM(TM))

Guest Post by

Dale Strickland, Senior Principal, Infosys

The Value Realization Method™ (VRM™) is Infosys' metrics-focused approach to ensure that project business value is achieved.  We believe that, "You can't manage what you can't measure." While our IMPACT™ framework drives business transformation by ensuring rigorous delivery and solution adoption; VRM™ is the engine that drivers tangible value for our clients who use IMPACT™.
VRM™ consists of 8 components and 3 proprietary tools that are used during the program lifecycle.

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April 25, 2012

Business Transformation Enabled by IMPACT Framework and Methodology and VRM (Value Realization Model)

By Dale Strickland

Traditional implementation methodologies have historically focused on gathering requirements. At Infosys we utilize an innovative approach that leverages our business transformation framework (IMPACT™). Based on our experience assisting clients through Business Transformation initiatives, Infosys has developed a comprehensive, customizable, modular framework for business-focused transformations of wide ranging objectives that impact customers, employees, business processes and underlying systems and technology.

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April 23, 2012

Disruptive Innovation through SAP MDG! Is your Organization ready?

By Promodh Narayan Ravichandran

Before MDM became what MDM is today data ownership had little conflicts as most of the responsibilities were clearly defined in Enterprise Applications and the Data Warehouse as far as Master Data was concerned. With the advent of enterprise applications it orchestrated applications as per functions such as SAP ECC, SAP SCM, SAP CRM and suddenly data governance that was taken for granted earlier took an ugly turn as far as data territories were concerned. It propagated composite applications, service oriented architecture and suddenly organizations were forced to resolve conflicts that spanned length and breadth of the enterprise.

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April 19, 2012

BI of the future: Are you thinking about it today - Part 1

By Nitin Vilas Kulkarni

Today, there is an unprecedented focus on Business Intelligence and it is on the top of investment list for CIOs. While there is no need to emphasize need for BI solutions and its criticality to organizations, it is important to have right investments in place to ensure value from investments.  Before we delve into what are the key components of future BI solutions and platform, let's see today's key challenges in BI.

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March 20, 2012

How the Insurance Companies can leverage FSCD module?

By Shweta Tiwari and Ranjit Kumar Dhand

SAP has provided a comprehensive solution for collection and disbursement system of Insurance Industry. Processes like policy management, claim handling commissions are all calculating systems and they do not directly interact with the user. Collection and Disbursement is a settling system which has interaction with the end user. It is a kind of invoicing system.

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March 2, 2012

Industry Perspective: Production supply with EWM execution - Part 2

By Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi

In the last part, we discussed about the different unique requirements of warehousing for specialized industries like Aerospace. This industry also faces some unique challenges which stand apart from Auto or Retail industry in terma of its business lifecycle.

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February 24, 2012

Industry Perspective: Production supply with EWM execution - Part 1

By Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi

The Warehouse Management solutions are traditionally used for granular level tracking of inventory and assisting inbound and outbound processes. EWM was rolled out to improve this solution for higher inventory turnover, multi geographical landscape of the system and complex warehouse processes. But our recent experience with EWM project, gave us an insight on how useful is EWM in assisting the Production process. First, let us understand why warehousing is important from the manufacturer's perspective.

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September 17, 2011

Opportunity Maintenance- A point of view: Part 1

By Gopal Krishna

Opportunity Maintenance (OM) is the term we are using to describe an opportunity window of maintenance for the machines by virtue of breakdown with another machine(s). In this article let us discuss about the event for opportunity window, how maintenance tasks can be identified and execute within this time frame and finally look at the challenges posed for doing opportunity maintenance.

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July 5, 2011

Deciding on SAP Supplier Collaboration solution dilemma - SAP SNC or SUS?

by Sanjeev Pandey

SAP SCM Practice

Deciding on supplier collaboration solution from SAP can be elaborate exercise as SAP provides multiple products in this area.
One is SAP SNC (Supply Network Collaboration) which is part of SAP SCM suite. The other product is SUS (Supplier Self Services) from SAP SRM suite. Though there is some noise about merging of these two similar products by SAP, still concrete information is yet to come on this front. So how do we decide which product to choose for supplier collaboration?

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May 15, 2010

How efficient Forecasting and Replenishment can increase margins

by Mark Everson

One of the most difficult aspects of high street retailing is managing in store availability in order to minimize lost sales while reducing overall inventory, especially where regular or in season replenishment occurs.

As a retailer, we would always want to satisfy the customer and also ensure that we do not have inventory taking up valuable shelf space and tying up working capital. Therefore we have a delicate balancing act to do between these different demands to always get the sale without having stock rooms the size of the store itself!

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