The announcements were made at the SAP TechEd conference (September 24–26 in Las Vegas).
“There is growing demand from our customers and partners to easily extend and integrate their solutions as well as build completely new apps,” said Juergen Mueller, chief technology officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP. “They also want to bring their infrastructure-as-a-service of choice. With the business technology platform, we will give customers the highest level of openness and flexibility to do that.”
Mueller added, “We are addressing the key technology markets of database and data management, analytics, application development and integration, and intelligence. Consequently, SAP will deliver one of the best technological foundations customers have ever experienced.”
Unique platform and first solutions now available
A complete business technology platform has many advantages. For example, customers are free to focus on business needs rather than technical building blocks. By connecting business processes and experiences, customers can make confident decisions with integrity and continue to drive innovation in the cloud, on premise, at the edge and in hybrid deployment models.
By offering an open platform, SAP continues to grow its ecosystem. It simultaneously embraces partner solutions to offer complementary value to its customers.
TechEd announcements regarding SAP Cloud Platform
SAP Cloud Platform is a key pillar of the business technology platform. It is SAP’s integration and extension platform that helps bridge the gap between piloting intelligent technologies such as machine learning (ML) and the IoT and embedding them into core business processes.
- SAP Data Intelligence is the first enterprise cloud service with an end-to-end lifecycle for data management and machine learning. Technologies such as machine learning and data orchestration deliver a wealth of meaningful business insights; ranging from understanding customer churn and consumer behavior to manufacturing Harnessing this information is often challenging when it is spread across an array of disparate tools. Using SAP Data Intelligence, customers can transform data from different sources into critical insight to drive better business outcomes. It also allows them to adapt the latest trends and technology by combining the SAP Data Hub solution and SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation into one integrated cloud offering, making use of established open source frameworks such as TensorFlow.
- The SAP Intelligent Business Processes Management (SAP Intelligent BPM) bundle of services helps customers transform paper-based processes into digital workflows. Customers can use SAP Cloud Platform Workflow, SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules and SAP Cloud Platform Process Visibility services together. Consequently, they can create process extensions on top of business applications; orchestrate tasks; or build process-centric differentiating applications. With this new transparency on workflows, customers can extend their end-to-end process visibility toward observed business processes across SAP and non-SAP applications.
TechEd announcements regarding SAP Analytics Cloud
The latest release of the SAP Analytics Cloud solution offers enhancements to augmented analytics and analytics designer capabilities to help customers make faster, more confident decisions. Updates include:
- Augmented analytics. Updates to the search-to-insight extension give users a newly designed conversational analytics experience to better understand and use semantics across all business data. Users can now chat live with their data in Hana applications. Furthermore, they can reveal key factors influencing positives or negatives in a table of metrics with “smart insights” algorithms enabled to mine data points.
- Analytics designer. With the new data analyzer, users can now gain insights faster; using a ready-to-run service for queries in the SAP Business Warehouse application, allowing users to easily navigate and analyze information. Users can also build applications faster by creating and reusing customized widgets in a theme.
TechEd announcement regarding blockchain
SAP and Microsoft announce interoperability of blockchain services in the cloud with a new collaboration. This new collaboration is building on their long-standing partnership. The companies aim to empower customers to run their blockchain-based applications on SAP Cloud Platform directly connected to Azure Blockchain Service.
With this interoperability customers can use the infrastructure and platform services of their choice embedded in SAP software systems. The cooperation aims to enable joint customers to bring the trust and transparency of blockchain to important business processes such as material traceability, fraud prevention and collaboration in life sciences.
Improved usability for S/4 Hana
The SAP Best Practices for SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation integration with S/4 Hana package is now available. It will guide and accelerate customers’ implementations with predefined automation skills, covering key business processes such as managing sales orders and purchase order confirmations. The package offers predefined robotic automation skills such as finance, sales distribution and procurement. It also offers capabilities for industries such as professional services and manufacturing.
The latest release of S/4 Hana Cloud includes intelligent approval workflow in procurement for purchase requisitions. The service uses machine learning to classify important and unimportant purchase requisition approvals. It does so by weighting them with a confidence factor arrived at by analyzing the approval pattern history based on price; source of supply; material group; approvers; and attachments.
Quartz light is the new theme in the SAP Fiori 3 user experience. It is used by the latest release of S/4 Hana Cloud and also all other SAP applications. Designed by SAP product teams, SAP Fiori 3 offers a more consistent and integrated experience across the entire SAP portfolio. This helps decrease training time, increases application effectiveness and provides consistency of use across devices from anywhere.