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Key Observations from SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2018

Another SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Conference is in the books. The Approyo team enjoyed meeting new and old friends at the show and our After Party. This year featured a number of important announcement that will impact the entire SAP Ecosystem. We look forward to implementing these new solutions for our clients. Here are some of the top observations from the Approyo team.

Intelligent Enterprise - Powered by SAP HANA and the Cloud

The "Intelligent Enterprise" was the biggest phrase of the conference. It was on all the signs and banners throughout the show floor and top keynote speakers like SAP CEO Bill McDermott and SAP co-founder Dr. Hasso Plattner.

In Plattner’s view, the intelligent enterprise is the “logical consequence” of what happens when modern technology meets traditional business processes. But make no mistake, the intelligent enterprise is much more than a re-vamp of traditional ERP, and it’s been a long yet worthwhile journey for SAP, whose significant investment in building out its intelligent enterprise — $50 billion since 2010 — is about to pay dividends on a multitude of levels.

“If you want to be intelligent, we have to react quickly,” Plattner said during his keynote presentation to thousands of customers and partners in attendance at SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s annual premier business and technology event this week in Orlando. “We have done a bunch of things to accelerate the development of our systems — and we should be much faster with the deployment of our services.”

For years, Plattner lectured about the virtues of SAP HANA, the company’s game-changing in-memory database whose unmatched speed and efficiency allows 22,000 of its customers to remove redundant aggregation from their IT systems, a root cause of bad performance. With SAP’s intelligent enterprise, Plattner promises unbelievable speed and simplified code and data for all.

“We are out of the woods and we can create apps now in real time,” said Plattner. “We have created a completely different kind of flexibility.

SAP HANA Data Management Suite

The SAP HANA Data Management Suite is based on the latest versions of the SAP HANA business data platform. It allows for secure, governed enterprise-class applications and analytics by providing an open, hybrid and multicloud-enabled solution suite that orchestrates all the data needed into a trusted, unified landscape. SAP HANA Data Management Suite is the foundation for building agile, data-driven applications that are always tapping into live data. With one query, SAP HANA Data Management Suite can deliver results from a single logical data set that covers the whole enterprise — turning the concept of universal data into a reality. Read our full blog post about the new SAP HANA Data Management Suite.


Building on the company’s reputation as an end-to-end business solutions provider, the new SAP C/4HANA suite will offer full integration with SAP’s business applications portfolio, led by its market-leading ERP suite, SAP S/4HANA. The combination of assets features new machine learning capabilities from SAP Leonardo, a set of intelligent technologies the company introduced last year, as well as the new SAP HANA Data Management Suite, which enables companies to gain visibility and control of their highly distributed data. The company’s overall strategy, focused on helping businesses run as intelligent enterprises, highlights the demand for a balanced approach to automation in the workplace.

SAP Leonardo: Intelligence Inside the Intelligent Enterprise Innovation is not about using technology for technology’s sake, it’s about applying the right technology in the context of your business process to drive a better outcome from that process. Industry and business process expertise means that SAP can apply the right intelligent technologies at the right points in a business process to deliver tremendous value and improve the outcome. SAP customers get access to SAP Leonardo in three ways:

  • Embedded in SAP applications: From SAP Ariba to SAP Hybris offerings and SAP S/4HANA, we are adding intelligence to SAP applications. When you use the intelligent capabilities of these applications, you are using SAP Leonardo.

  • Industry innovation kits: Pre-integrated capabilities that repeatedly accelerate solutions to common industry problems.

  • Open innovation: Take a best-in-class approach to innovation, using intelligent technologies, on SAP Cloud Platform.

Regardless of how you access SAP Leonardo, you will gain intelligent capabilities, applied to business processes, that create better business results.

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