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February 2017

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thebossmagazine.com

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Shute shared an example to

prove just how important it

was to have every department

of a company actively involved

in a company’s digital core.

He met with the senior vice

president of transformation

of one of SAP’s largest

customers. It was the first

time the company was going

to implement predictive

maintenance, and the SVP

was excited by the prospect.

“The company spent $100

million laying the foundation to

be able to do this,” he said. “We

began discussing the transition,

and I asked if HR was involved

in the discussion. He thought it

was a curious question.”

“I told him it was one thing to

know if a machine goes down,

but it’s another to make sure

you have the right person

with the right set of skills lined

up to show up at the right

time to fix it. This shows the

importance of integrating all

of the moving parts.”

And what about data

integration in real-time? Think

Mission Impossible.

No, seriously. SAP partnered

with a large customer to create

a digital boardroom

Mission

Impossible

style, with screens

displaying real-time data

everywhere to assist the c-suite

in making real-time decisions.

An employee who was

analyzing the data noticed

a trend: there was a certain

segment of the population in

Australia that was underserved

in foot apparel.

The c-suite executive was

able to decide, on the spot, to

create a shoe for that market.

A core differentiator of SAP

HANA is the ability for third

parties to build and extend

applications.

EW BUSINESS MODELS AND

NIZATION BETTER...”

- STEVE SHUTE

HEADQUARTERS AT SAP NORTH AMERICA,

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA