SAP Startup Focus is on its way to Lisbon for the SAP International Utilities Conference – by T.A. Cook | 28th – 30th of March 2017 | Lisbon Congress Center, Belem, Portugal

By Domitilla Caputo March 24, 2017

By Gina Salluzzi Specialist Market Enablement & GTM for EMEA and Ma Luisa Silva Global Director Market Enablement & GTM

 

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The International SAP Conference for Utilities represents SAP’s leading global utility industry conference. The utilities industry is dynamic and fast moving and digital disruption is strongly impacting all lines of business, bringing with it opportunities and challenges. The International SAP Conference for Utilities aims to address these diverse challenges by bringing forward those that have the audacity and courage to tackle these. Within that context SAP Startup Focus will be showcasing four industry relevant startups at the event demonstrating how their solutions can impact and accelerate Digital Transformation within the Utilities industry.

 

Enersis suisse AG, offers advanced analytics for smart-grid and sustainability management. Its 15 grid applications combine all internal and external energy-relevant Data to provide more transparency with the goal of energy transformation.

 

HURU systems, proposes next-generation processes to track physical assets from their birth in the factory, during their time in the field and ultimately until the moment of their retirement. Using chain-of-custody methodology, real-time inventory management builds a wealth of cloud-based data from photos, time and GPS stamps, and proprietary authentication protocols. The asset-tracking platform supports the validation of tens of millions of assets installed in the field, as well as the active search for lost or stolen assets.

 

Meteo Protect, is fully dedicated to weather risk management. With Vivaldi technology, a risk assessment and hedging software solution that aggregates a global weather database and pricing platform. The solution is offered to insurance companies and cooperatives who want to distribute weather hedging information to their clients and affiliates, but it is also extremely valuable to Utilities and other businesses which performances are subject to weather influence.

 

Teknoleum. Their solution, PV², is a cloud-based analytical IoT-application for photovoltaic plant management to help increase revenues & lower O&M costs for better margins. It delivers role-based dashboards with a centralized view of multiple sites. It provides easy-to-consume, visual analytics to enable plant operations optimization and provide accurate energy forecasts.

 

Lastly but not least, a fifth (more mature) startup from SAP’s Startup Focus program will be onsite as well as event Platinum Sponsors. This startup is Choice Technologies, whose solution helps utilities increase revenue and performance by detecting and reducing energy losses.

 

As T.A. Cook has so eloquently put, “networking will be at the heart of the 2017 event”. In alignment with this motto, SAP Startup Focus showcase (booth 33) will be located at the heart of the conference hall together with SAP’s main showcase. Choice Technologies as Platinum Sponsor will be right next this as well.  

 

Beyond the physical showcase during the conference, attending startups will also present at SAP’s Micro-forum Theatres please event schedule below for full details. Enersis suisse AG and Meteo Protect will be accompanied by their respective customers E.ON and Munich Re, to convey how the startup solutions are adding value to their companies.

 

March 29th – 14:25 – 14:40

Supply Chain Solution for Utilities: Real-Time Inventory and Chain of Custody Management System

Ian Nazzari, HURU Systems

 

March 29th – 16:05 – 16:20

Lifting Global CO2 Monitoring to the Digital Level with IoT and the SAP HANA® Platform

Christina Wuerthner, Enersis Suisse AG

Ann-Katherin Krimmel, E.ON

 

March 29th – 14:25 – 14:40 (stage 2)

Assessing and Hedging Weather Risk – Case Study: German Stadtwerke

Gabriel Gross, Meteo Protect

Marcel-Steffen Rief, MunichRe.

 

We are All very excited with this upcoming event and looking forward for amazing interaction with attendees and industry stakeholders.

We will share more on our return.

 

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Interview with Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus

By Domitilla Caputo March 21, 2017

SAP Startup Focus is SAP’s accelerator for Enterprise focused startups. We provide startups with the technology & mentorship they need for accelerated Product Development & Market traction.

 

We are proud to be part of Startupedia, an interactive learning platform created by Silicon Valley Forum for entrepreneurs looking to build their knowledge. Startupedia is a free resource to learn about how to run a successful startup. It consists of 2-minute videos that answer key startup questions, featuring expert advice from top Silicon Valley CEOs, founders, executives, and investors.

A few weeks ago, we kicked off our series of events in Palo Alto with our partner Silicon Valley Forum, the Bay Area’s leading nonprofit for startup events and education. Read more about the “AI & Enterprise: The Future of Smart Software.”

 

We are excited to share the first of four interviews with Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus.

 

 

Manju Bansal leads SAP’s effort to engage with the startup community worldwide and build its innovation ecosystem.

 

Click here to watch the interview.

 

Stay tuned for the next interview featuring Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus Program.

 

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Join us in Hannover at CeBIT 2017!

By Domitilla Caputo March 18, 2017

By Maria Luisa Silva, Director Market Enablement & GTM, EMEA – SAP Startup Focus and Gina Salluzzi, Market Enablement & GTM, EMEA – SAP Startup Focus

 

CeBIT Hannover is a 5-day event, held from the 20th March to the 24th March 2017 at the Hannover Congress Centrum in Hannover, Germany. CeBIT outlines the latest trends, by hosting thought-leaders and showcases of product innovations from around the globe. The trade fair’s main theme revolves around IT innovations that are transforming how businesses run, and provides spotlight on the most promising startups. Within that context SAP Startup Focus will be present at this year’s CeBIT once again to showcase five innovative startups relevant to the context of Live Business and Digital Transformation at Scale 11 in Hall 11, booth B57.

 

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Joining the CeBIT from the Startup Focus team, there will be Manju Bansal Vice President and Global Head of the program, Luisa Silva, Senior Director of Market Enablement and Go-to-Market for EMEA, and Gary Parnell, Senior Director of Onboarding and Recruitment EMEA. During the CeBIT, the Program will be scouting for good startups in the Big Data, IoT, predictive and real-time analytics space – come to our booth to speak to us and find out the benefits of joining our program!

 

The five startups joining us this year are the following:

 

IPGallery, which offers a wide portfolio of lifesaving Resilient Smart City and Smart Safe Community services, and applications with Citybots for cities, governments and CSPs. Their solutions are IoT-based, leveraging new cloud and network topologies, and enabling to monetize all IP networks and data-centers. IPgallery delivers end-to-end solutions that are highly-available, scalable, efficient and allow growth of new business models.

 

Enersis suisse AG, a startup critical to the Big Data transformation in the energy sector. Enersis offers solutions that include reaching CO2 emission reduction targets and grids applications that combine all internal and external energy-relevant big data to provide more transparency to utilities companies.

 

MyOmega, relevant players in Internet of Things. They offer machine intelligence for distinct areas of focus. Their IoT-based solutions provide transport monitoring including the possibility to act on events that may cause damage to assets; logistics monitoring that enable automated ordering for an always up-to-date electronic inventory; as well as actionable agricultural insights to winemakers at the cultivation level.

 

Shamat, which offers the full picture on digital marketing activities. They provide tools that help evaluate, monitor and compare digital marketing activities, and help businesses stay one step ahead of thier competitors. Shamat covers Social media, webiste audit and SEO, and web reputation.

 

And joining us for one day on Monday 20th, Sablono with their state of the art web-platform and mobile application that were specifically designed to manage, document and oversee complex construction and delivery management processes. Project managers get access to real-time information about their detailed construction sequences resulting in tremendous time and cost savings.

 

 

Startup Focus has planned a busy engagement schedule for this years’ attending startups. Alongside the week-long democases on the booth, there will be presentations at Scale 11 Main Stage hosted by SAP Startup Focus team and SAP Startup Focus members.

 

 

Don’t miss out on the following:

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21st

 

11.30 – 12.00  Creating Ecosystems of Innovation: SAP Startup Focus Program – Join us!

Manju Bansal, Vice President, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

 

13.30 – 14.00 Shaping the landscape of smart cities with next-gen and personalized insights

 

Maria Luisa Silva, Senior Director, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

Patrick Bannert, Director of Business Development Enersis Suisse

Avihai Degani, CEO IP Gallery

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd

 

13.00 – 13.30 Discover how SAP Startups are contributing to accelerate Digital Transformation in key markets

 

Maria Luisa Silva, Senior Director, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

Luca Manassero, Head of technology Shamat

Annkatrin MyOmega

 

On an additional exciting note, Startup Everywhere will launch The Startup Guide Berlin, 3rd edition of their series, this Friday 17th of March in Berlin and we are delighted that the team will also join us at the booth to promote and distribute these books with us at Scale 11 in Hannover.

 

Don’t miss out on a chance to see all these incredible startups and how they contribute to bringing innovation to the Enterprise! Come and see us at CeBIT – Hall 11 – Booth B57!

 

Want more? Check us out on SAP News (German version here) and Computerweek!

 

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The San Francisco Mayor’s Office’s Startup in Residence Program launches third Global Call for Startups

By Domitilla Caputo March 14, 2017

Following the success of its two previous sessions, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, and the Cities of Oakland, San Leandro, West Sacramento are excited to announce the launch of the third edition of Startup in Residence. The 2017 application opens on Thursday, March 9, 2017 and closes Monday, April 10, 2017. Apply here.

 

“We want to create solutions in government with our partners to make innovation work for the public good”, said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “The Startup in Residence program brings us expert volunteers who will help the City address critical civic challenges with cutting-edge ideas.”

STIR connects government agencies with startups to develop technology products that address civic challenges. Over 16 weeks, startups and government work together to co-develop a solution that creates real impact. Since 2014, STIR has tackled dozens of civic challenges, such as streamlining the foster care process, recovering quickly from an earthquake, and giving homeless people the services they need in real time.

 

 

STIR City partners 2016

STIR City partners 2016

 

 

This year, Startups can apply to 20 challenges from across the Regional Partner Cities. The projects focus on a variety of civic issues, including: Safe and Clean Streets, Good Governance, Civic Engagement/Wayfinding, Economic Development and Financial Empowerment.

 

“We need teams in government that create products and services like a startup: scrappy, hungry, lean, and full of world-changing ideas” – Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer

 

To find out more about STIR, visit the STIR website

contact: Amardeep.Prasad@sfgov.org

 

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Key Takeaways from the SAP Startup Focus AI & Enterprise Conference

By Domitilla Caputo March 02, 2017

 

 

Two hundred attendees representing innovative Bay Area startups, investors and corporations congregated last night at the SAP Palo Alto campus to join the SAP Startup Focus and Silicon Valley Forum to learn about the latest and greatest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and participate in the startup pitch competition. “AI is finally coming of age,” said Manju Bansal, VP & Global Program Head at SAP Startup Focus during the opening remarks and “companies can improve business processes by using products that leverage the power of cognitive computing and self-learning systems that mimic the way human brain works.”

 

The day began with a keynote with Dr. Michael Zeller, SVP AI Strategy & Innovation at Software AG. “Data is the new oil, machine learning is the refinery” is probably Michael’s most remarkable quote. Artificial Intelligence unlocks the value in enterprise data and enables smarter and data-driven decisions. With AI, machine learning and data science we can finally turn data into knowledge. Michael believes that the future of AI in the enterprise is bright.

 

AI and Retail

 

Andy Narayanan, VP of Intelligent Commerce at Sentient, told us more about how AI can help retailers retain customers and increase revenue. E-commerce retailers are today facing new challenges, among which is to get a product right so that it can be bought within the first two clicks. Andy thinks of AI in retail applications as a sales associate with deep learning, a system able to understand the links between customers, catalog, and context.

 

AI and Health

 

Healthcare is one of the many industries that has been disrupted by AI. The second panel discussed how AI is redefining the doctor-patient relationship and some of the biggest challenges that AI can solve.

 

Moderator Frank Meerkamp, Managing Director of AI at Accenture welcomed on stage Ash Damle, CEO at Lumiata, Noor Siddiqui, Researcher of the AI Lab at Stanford University, Alexander Levy, Cofounder & COO of Atomwise, and Daniel Golden, Senior Machine Learning Scientist at Arterys. “When the machine and the doctor disagree, who wins?” is just one of the provocative questions asked by the moderator and addressed by the panelists.

Ash Damle from Lumiata discussed how AI can help clinicians scale since they can only spend so much time with a particular patient. Daniel Golden from Arterys agrees and believes that doctors are most likely to buy something that makes their life easier. While the advantages of AI are plentiful such as making diagnoses cheaper, the FDA approval can be extremely painful according to Noor Siddiqui of AI Lab, Stanford University.

 

Retail and Healthcare are just two of the many industries that were covered during the 6 hours of keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions. Some of the other industries included Automotive, Banking, and Industrial IoT.

 

The Pitch

 

Six innovative AI startups took the stage to compete for the titles of “the most innovative” and “the most transformative” company by pitching their solutions to a panel of 3 judges. Each pitch was 3 minutes long and received 2 minutes of feedback from the judges.

 

After an exciting 30 minutes of watching startups do what they do best, pitch their solutions with passion, Ryan Welsh from Kyndi emerged as the winner of “ the most transformative” solution and Ian Foley from AcuteIQ won “the most innovative” solution award.

 

 

Make sure to come back to our site in a few weeks to watch the video of the pitch competition and panel discussion.

 

Follow us on Twitter @SAPStartups to get the latest.

 

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Join us in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress!

By Domitilla Caputo February 26, 2017

 

 

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in Barcelona, February 27th – March 2nd. Join us at the SAP Startup Focus corner and connect with four innovative startups.  Come visit us at booth 3N31, Hall 3.

 

Capriza modernizes businesses by simplifying and mobilizing critical processes. Their end-to-end simplification platform enables IT and lines of business to mobile-enable critical business workflows in a matter of days without any coding, APIs, or integration.

 

Celonis delivers process mining for SAP by reconstructing the processes in real-time based on the digital footprints created by the SAP ERP system. With a one click, businesses can access full transparency across processes, spot bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and identify root causes while improving compliance and reducing costs.

 

Incelligent develops software that accurately predicts network state. Their SAP HANA solution combines machine learning and predictive analytics. It processes network and non-network data sources in real time, building and visualizing network insights and predictions.

 

Sensify provides solutions to track and trace millions of fixed assets, cargo and track driving behavior to provide real time alerts in vehicles equipped with Sensify sensors. SAP HANA is the back bone for real time analytics and reporting taking advantage of its in memory processing power, spatial capabilities and preventive and predictive maintenance functions etc.

 

 

Join us on Monday February 27th and Wednesday March 1st at SAP Startup Focus Microforum.

 

 

Monday February 27th

 

11.00 – 11.30 Sensify IoT Cloud Platform for Moving Assets, with Tim Horlick

Sensify is the solution for item level, track, trace and management of assets across the supply chain giving manufacturers, logistics companies and 3PL providers real-time visibility or their assets, cargos and connected vehicles. Their proprietary software integrates RFID with all sensors and telematics devices to offer an integrated solution which can run on the SAP Hana Cloud Platform with customized dashboards, and data analytics giving customers the information they need to manage their businesses and protect and preserve the value of their assets and cargos.

 

 

Wednesday March 1st

 

14.00 – 14.20 Enterprise Mobility: Quick wins for becoming a hero, with Aharon Weiner

Learn how leading companies leverage on Capriza and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to transofr and mobilitze their business in weeks… Zero coding skills required.

 

14.20 – 14.40 Increase your process efficiency to a 100% with SAP Process Mining by Celonis, with Bertram Lutz

Experience how companies gain 100% transparency about all business processes with the help of SAP Process Mining by Celonis.

 

14.40 – 15.00 Proactive Customer Experience Management by means of SAP HANA and Incelligent Deep Learning Technologies, with Aristotelis Margaris

How Telco and IoT/big data are leveraging on Incelligent deep-learning functionality & SAP HANA for a proactive customer experience optimization.

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Today’s ‘Swipe Left. Swipe Right’ Workplace Culture Shift

By Christina Sosa February 21, 2017

 

By Russell Acton, VP and GM, International, Capriza

 

Over the last thirty years, the technology that powers today’s businesses has evolved dramatically. Many employees, now see what was once seen as ‘best of breed’ technology, as prehistoric today. Throughout this period, organizations have acquired software to help automate processes and, in the main, to drive back-office productivity.

 

However, at some point, the very tools that helped organizations to become more productive is now making them inflexible. This is because the software applications implemented were designed before the frantic pace of today’s digital world.

 

Quite often these systems took years to implement at massive cost. As more modern alternatives have emerged there has been little appetite to upgrade because the complexity and cost of change is prohibitive.

 

From their viewpoint, employees are burdened with wading through archaic systems that were just not designed for their current jobs; this can feel like putting on the handbrake whilst trying to accelerate. They want to do a good job but the systems are holding them back. Recent research has revealed almost 40 minutes per day are wasted per employee in UK offices, mostly simply locating files, yet costing businesses over £2,100 per employee a year. This inefficiency adds up to 21 days a year wasted due to slow or inefficient technology. No matter how good the employee, they will struggle to perform with old systems holding them back. It’s time to empower your workforce.

 

Business Applications – Complex and Built for Super Users

 

The first wave of efficiency came from automating processes. When these are working well, all is good. However when something unique or adhoc happens outside the plan these existing systems tend not to support this well and problems arise. Employees have to navigate complex systems to get to the answers and solve problems, which in their outside work lives would be easy. If you have visited a mobile phone shop recently with a query or adhoc requirement you will have seen this first hand. It is painful to watch the staff typically negotiating two or three different online systems to get the answers you need and fulfill your request, which is why the queues build up in the shops so quickly and the wait times are so long.

 

Imagine a world where work is as simple as ordering an Uber, booking a restaurant or having a meal delivered to your door from your smartphone.

 

We need to make life at work ‘iphone simple.’

 

Changing attitudes influenced by consumer apps

 

Consumer applications are playing a vital part in creating a user revolution in corporate life. No longer do users believe the technology they are given by their employers hits an acceptable benchmark, based on their consumer experience and the work experience of their peers. This matters for staff satisfaction, workforce retention and loyalty. It is the existing systems embedded in traditional enterprise businesses that are the problem. This hands new businesses who are implementing brand new systems, the advantage.

 

Because mobile-first workers are now used to the ‘Swipe left. Swipe right’ ease of consumer life, their frustration and irritation with the tools they are expected to use is on the rise. Why would an employee be okay with having to log in and spend thirty minutes filling out expenses, approving a purchase order, or logging a field service visit when they can order a pizza with three thumb clicks?

 

Consumer applications have created discontent with the technology people are being

 

provided with at work. Millennials will not tolerate unproductive technology because they have seen ‘the grass is greener’, even on their daily commute to the office. Organizations who believe in empowering their employees should not burden them with unfit, clunky technology.

 

New world, pioneering businesses are attracting the best talent because of changes in the way business is conducted. They prove their credentials as digital winners with the systems they provide to their employees and customers. In contrast, ‘Old world’ businesses with Jurassic software will start to struggle in this environment.

 

Businesses must act to attract the best talent and resources. Modern technology enables this change in approach, to mirror the changing culture shift in the workplace, without renewing the entire system infrastructure. The ‘Swipe left. Swipe right’ culture shift is embedded in many workers today. It’s time for traditional businesses who want to use their human talent to beat the competition to empower their employees with technologies that enhance productivity not slow it down.

 

Capriza is an SAP partner exhibiting and presenting at MWC. See Capriza’s Aharon Weiner present at Mobile World Congress, Wednesday, March 1, at 14:00 at the SAP Stand in Hall 3.

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Mobile is Eating the Consumer World. What Does it Mean for Business?

By Christina Sosa February 21, 2017

 

By Lance Walter, CMO, Capriza

 

This last weekend marked a major milestone that speaks to the impact mobile devices are having on our lives. In this case, it’s a consumer milestone, but it has implications to the workplace of the future, and may be very good news for some companies and their employees.

 

Specifically, more than $1B in online consumer spending was done from mobile devices. Mobile platforms accounted for $1.2B of the $3.34B in total online Black Friday spending, up 21% from last year and now representing more than one-third of all Black Friday online purchases. It’s another datapoint that fits the same trendline we’ve seen for a few years, which is, as Benedict Evans from our investor Andreessen-Horowitz notes, that “Mobile is Eating the World.”

 

What it Means for Businesses

First of all, it means that if you’re a retailer selling online, you’d better have a mobile friendly website or a great app. But there are implications for businesses more broadly. At Capriza, we’re big believers that our experiences as consumers are shaping our expectations as employees. Put another way, if I, as a consumer, like mobile app experiences that are intuitive, personalized, and fast (think: Uber, Fandango, Airbnb), why wouldn’t I want the same from the business/enterprise applications that I use?

 

The answer is: I would. Just because many of us are used to “compromising” and dealing with enterprise applications that are impersonal, complex, and clunky doesn’t mean that we have to like it. Beyond that, as more internet-savvy, mobile-native young people join the workforce, it’s becoming more and more socially-acceptable to simply not use desktop-only applications or mobile apps that are complex and don’t deliver the consumer-style experience that the millennial generation expects.

 

Forward-looking companies have already embraced this new reality. The consumerization of IT is real. While many prospective Capriza customers model their potential ROI around real hard-dollar returns – how they can win 2% more deals by simplifying and mobilizing sales approvals, or reduce the time for a field service technician call by 20 minutes by providing direct access to the ERP system from a mobile device. We’re also having many more conversations with companies around softer benefits like “employee engagement.”

 

This is one of the key points of a new piece of research from Ovum (link requires registration) “On the Radar: Capriza Improves the Way Employees Interact with Enterprise Applications across a Range of Devices.” Here’s a quote from the report:

 

“As workers increasingly desire to adopt a more mobile way of working, organizations need to consider more than just how to enable and manage new devices. The demand to access apps and data that employees work with across multiple different devices is also increasing. Complex legacy application ecosystems that can only be utilized via a desktop interface can reduce employee productivity, so mobilizing these applications has become a priority.”

 

Economics as well as Convenience

 

There’s also a pragmatic acceptance that we’re in a BYOD world, and that means employees need access to enterprise applications from those devices. But rather than just looking at BYOD as an incremental IT/management headache, more companies are now modeling the potential economic benefits of the BYOD world, for example comparing the annual costs to support a laptop-plus-mobile employee compared to a mobile-only employee. Yes, there will be some employees who need laptops for the foreseeable future, so don’t expect your Accounting department to go mobile-only any time soon. But consider the large populations of branch, remote, or field-based workers who are selling or servicing your company’s offerings. What would seamless, personalized access from any device do to positively impact their experience as employees? What would it mean for the experience of your end customer?

 

A Proven Approach

We’re very fortunate to have a “blue chip” customer list at Capriza. These are industry leaders who have shown the benefits and value that can be delivered when you mobile-enable employees with seamless access to enterprise applications. Check out how DirecTV improved customer experience and field productivity, or how RPC  how Volvo Financial Services empowered field sales personnel with real-time dynamic pricing and mobile sales approvals.

 

 

Capriza is an SAP partner exhibiting and presenting at MWC. See Capriza’s Aharon Weiner present at Mobile World Congress, Wednesday, March 1, at 14:00 at the SAP Stand in Hall 3.

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Predictions 2017: Enterprise Mobility

By Christina Sosa February 21, 2017

 

By Yuval Scarlat, Co-Founder and CEO, Capriza

 

With mobile devices and private email servers becoming a hot topic in the recent U.S. election, Samsung’s Galaxy recall issues, and the introduction of a new Google-branded phone, 2016 will go down as a year of tremendous activity around mobility. While the technology industry didn’t provide as much headline fodder as certain political candidates, it did prove that major changes are afoot.

 

As we put 2016 in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look at the enterprise mobility trends that we think will make the most impact in 2017.

 

Forward-looking companies evolve from mobile-first to mobile-only. Forrester and others have covered this. Organizations with large numbers of personnel at the edges of the enterprise, like field service workers or field sales people, have approached the purchase or development of applications with a mobile-first mindset. The combination of the success achieved with many of these efforts and the significant difference in costs for supporting a laptop-and-mobile employee vs. a mobile-only employee will get more organizations planning with a mobile-only approach for field and remote employees. We’ve seen this evolution before: web-accessible applications evolved to web-only applications, and cloud extensions/alternatives became cloud-only in many cases. We’ll see the same thing happen with mobility in 2017.

 

Enterprises realize that SaaS alone does not solve the mobility problem. In 2016, some organizations were rudely awakened from a dream. The dream was that replacing an older legacy application with a modern SaaS/Cloud application would magically deliver enterprise mobility and rapid mobile adoption. What they found was that the same enterprise application complexity that limits user adoption of desktop-based applications is also “portable” to mobile platforms. Beyond that, many large organizations will customize their CRM, ERP, and other business applications which can quickly break the out-of-the-box mobile apps from SaaS application providers.

 

A shortage of mobile developers and designers spawns a wave of mobile “citizen developers.” Demand for enterprise mobile apps continues to surge, and analyst firms like Gartner have predicted that enterprise mobile demand will outstrip IT’s capacity to deliver by a factor of 5 through 2018. Mobile design and development talent is scarce and generally expensive to apply to employee-facing apps. Low-code and no-code technology is paving the way for non-technical professionals to create mobile apps and even share them with peers in communities of mobile citizen developers.

 

The post-app era comes into clearer focus. While we all love our mobile apps, it’s hard to believe that they offer the optimal interaction model for every user, use case, task, and environment. Chatbots and the artificial intelligence behind them are getting more attention and will offer new ways for mobile interaction with enterprise applications, along with voice, search, and others. Industry analysts have talked about the concept of “app fatigue” from too many apps, and some consumer apps like Fandango are now offering a glimpse into the future, in this case, by allowing users to purchase movie tickets via text or Facebook without ever downloading an app.

 

New security challenges emerge, and geosecurity goes mainstream. New interfaces will likely create new security challenges as hackers are always looking for interfaces to exploit. Beyond that, widely-varying governmental security and privacy policies around the globe will put more attention on Geosecurity, so that organizations can manage access when employees are in locations where cellular or wifi signals may not be secure.

 

Consolidation continues. Large infrastructure vendors like VMware and Citrix have already shown an appetite for acquisitions in enterprise mobility. Traditional application mega-vendors who are playing catch-up to the cloud wave may see mobility as a “leapfrog” opportunity to get back in front. Both groups will look to acquisitions to expand and evolve their portfolios more rapidly. Enterprise mobility is a huge overall opportunity, but it takes a lot of time and investment to build an enterprise-ready solution. 2017 will bring additional consolidation of smaller vendors trying to gain critical mass.

 

IT leverages mobility to reassert its relevance to the business. The cloud wave made it possible for line-of-business functions to select and deploy applications with minimal IT support. In many organizations, that change left IT out of some important conversations and fed a perception that IT wasn’t aligned to the business. Now IT is hungrier than ever to deliver high-business-impact wins. IT is going to “surf” the enterprise mobility and digital transformation waves more broadly to restore its relevance and value.

 

Line-of-Business IT goes from luxury to necessity. At Capriza, it seems like we’re in more conversations with line-of-business IT professionals with every passing month. These IT people are typically embedded in a departmental function and are close enough to the users and the processes to find solutions through mobility, with the technical credibility to advocate and influence. Central IT will always play an important role around platforms and standards, but line-of-business IT will deliver more business value by becoming embedded in the departmental functions that they support.

 

In summary, it’s hard to believe that the smartphone made its way into the hands of consumers a mere 10 years ago and the ripple effect is still making its way through the enterprise. No longer is the vision for enterprise mobility a ‘nice to have’ or a fun experiment – in 2017 it’s how business is done as an integral part of any digital transformation initiative.

 

Capriza is an SAP partner exhibiting and presenting at MWC.  Come see Capriza’s Aharon Weiner present at Mobile World Congress, Wednesday, March 1, at 14:00 at the Open Theater at the SAP Stand in Hall 3.

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When machines save humans

By Domitilla Caputo February 20, 2017

 

 

Humanity and AI will be inseparable” – this is how Manuela Veloso, Head of Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions the future.

 

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) progresses, more brainpower will be built into tools we use in our daily lives, like phones, computers, vehicles making them smarter and more autonomous. AI is ultimately the result of humanity’s progress. In 1960 the world’s population was 3 billion. Today it is 7 billion out of which 3 billion have access to the internet! The growth of the global internet population came along with an explosion of data, which now, thanks to AI, can be used to improve our lives. The potential of AI-based technologies is high, and improvements are already visible in our daily lives.

 

For instance, many people are talking today to digital personal assistants such as Siri or Alexa, that help find useful online information and perform more complex tasks like letting you know about an upcoming important meeting on your calendar. We interact with chatbots that can answer our questions while browsing websites without the need to speak to a customer support representative. Our homes are getting smarter too, for example lighting systems can adjust the brightness of lights around the house based on where we are and what we are doing. AI is not just improving our personal lives by making us more productive but also transforming entire industries like healthcare, automotive, and banking industry, just to name a few.

 

The SAP Startup Focus portfolio includes cutting-edge AI, and Machine Learning based startups across different industries and line of business. Startups that joined the program and are building their solutions on SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform can rely on the powerful capability of accessing large amounts of data from different sources.

 

Galaxi.AI, one of the AI based startups in the SAP Startup Focus portfolio, is an artificial intelligence based platform that analyzes millions of patient data through deep learning and image recognition and has the capability to predict when patients will need health attention, even before symptoms or diseases are visible.

For instance, by deploying Galaxi.AI doctors can be alerted of the high risk of heart failures in patients within months before happening, they can order advanced diagnostic tests and save lives.

 

Significant amounts of data is already stored in the existing health systems’ databases, and AI algorithms have the ability to mine the data of medical records and provide better and faster health services. Artificial Intelligence enables providers to make quicker and more data oriented decisions, taking in consideration the best option for every patient.

 

 

Another example is Convergence CT, a company that developed its solution on SAP HANA, leveraging the power of in-memory technology to rapidly link patient health data from disparate systems to provide a holistic and interactive exploration of data at both population and patient level. One of the biggest challenges in dealing with medical data is the fragmentation of data rather than the volume and HANA is well suited to help with that.

Convergence CT used machine learning to bring together breast cancer data from previously isolated sources – hospital data, such as diagnosis, procedure, labs, surgery and radiology data such as mammography results and personal histories – and used this expanded dataset to develop reports on measures related to standards of care. In late 2013 Advocate Health Care implemented Convergence CT to unify data of breast cancer patients. Breast cancer presents significant challenges from a data perspective: treatment, imaging, screening and diagnostic data are located in different areas and databases, such as physician offices, hospitals, and clinics.

 

Join us at the conference “AI and the Enterprise: The Future of Smart Software” on February 28th to learn more about the role of AI in enterprise applications and how it can solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges, and reshape the banking and auto industries, and more.

SAP and Silicon Valley Forum are bringing together investors, innovators, and startups pioneering advances in AI and enterprise software to explore what’s coming next.

 

Get your tickets here.

 

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