Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ask Approyo – Why Alice in Wonderland?

You may have noticed that we use Alice in Wonderland imagery throughout our website, presentations and social media. Have you ever wondered why we use that image? Hear directly from Approyo CEO Christopher Carter.

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books” says Christopher Carter. “I love the adventure and the Mad Hatter is one of my all-time favorite characters. It’s a pleasure to be able to read the book to my daughters now.
When Chris started Approyo, he was looking for an identity, something that is a bit out there. Chris saw the book sitting on his bookshelf and found the graphic that is now on the website. It just all fell together from there!

The leap you have to take from being an entrepreneur and the leap it takes to get customers to the new world of Big Data and SAP, it just fell into that world of Alice in Wonderland for me” adds Carter.

The Alice in wonderland image has been the main image Approyo has used since 2012.

Meet with Approyo today… 
Approyo can help your company deal with the changing world. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important questions and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ask Approyo: Oracle and SAP

Recently Oracle acquired NetSuite. With this announcement, many people have been asking, what’s the big difference between Oracle and SAP? In fact, Approyo CEO Christopher Carter was recently featured in an article on Talkin Cloud about whether MSPs should offer Oracle and SAP. Hear directly from Christopher Carter as he talks about Oracle and SAP.

With the recent NetSuite acquisition, Oracle is making in-roads to the SMB market. The problem is, Oracle is not a true cloud based company. Oracle restricts you in one cloud, the Oracle Cloud only. Oracle tends to be a hodgepodge of several different applications from recent acquisitions. This makes for a complicated core solution.

SAP allows you to go to multiple clouds, whether it’s the SAP Cloud, Approyo or another SAP partner. This way have more options available to you. Additionally, SAP has made some similar acquisitions in the marketplace. Unlike Oracle, these acquisitions are add-ons to the core solution. SAP has been built from the ground up through years and years of expertise.

Now is the time for SAP and Approyo
Approyo can help your company deal with the changing world. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important questions and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation today.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ask Approyo: Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Cloud computing broadly breaks down into 3 different models – Public, Private and Hybrid - choosing the right one starts with understanding business objectives and how best they align with the values each model delivers.

Hear from Approyo CEO Christopher Carter as he breaks down Cloud Computing:

Public Cloud
Think of Amazon, anyone and everyone can be on this cloud with you.
A Public Cloud is one that’s based on the standard cloud computing model where services, applications and storage are made available to users over the Internet ‘as a service’ – typically on a Pay Per Use model. While Public Clouds are appealing to many businesses as they reduce complexity and lead times, because the underlying architecture is fixed, there is less scope for customization for security and performance. There are many types of Public Cloud, the most common being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), Software as a service (SaaS) and Desktop as a service (DaaS) platforms – all of which we make available to the channel through our proprietary Cloud services. The economies of scale afforded by Public Cloud computing are what make this technology highly attractive.

Private Cloud
You own it. You and your network are segmented off. You don’t have anyone else on the same platform as you. Approyo runs this type of cloud for our customers.

Private Clouds consist of cloud infrastructure that is deployed solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or hosted by a third-party externally. They require a significant level of engagement from both management and IT departments to virtualize the business environment, and also mean evaluating how existing resources should be reallocated in the cloud. Private Clouds offer scope for advanced security, high availability or fault tolerant solutions that are not possible in a Public Cloud. However, as they are effectively ‘stand-alone’ solutions in their own right, building a Private Cloud still involves significant investment, and does not therefore deliver the shorter-term economies that Public Cloud can.

Hybrid Cloud
As the name suggests, a hybrid cloud comprises both private (internal) and public (external) cloud services. Typically a business might run an application primarily on a private cloud, but rely on a public cloud to accommodate spikes in usage. Customized rules and policies govern areas such as security and the underlying infrastructure, with tasks allocated to internal or external clouds as necessary.

What’s right for you? 
Your Data is important to your business. You want it to be secure, so no one else can touch your information. Connect with Approyo today and we will help your company navigate all the cloud options.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ask Approyo: What are some advantages to in-memory computing technology in SAP HANA?

The SAP HANA platform permits online transaction processing and online analytical processing workloads using a single data copy on a single platform. It stores data in high-speed memory, organizes it in columns, and partitions and distributes it among multiple servers. This delivers faster queries that aggregate data more efficiently while avoiding costly full-table scans, materialized views, and analytic indexes.

Run smarter – SAP HANA enables true market differentiation by unlocking new growth opportunities, boosting competitiveness, and inventing new data-driven business models for increased market share. Imagine the increased effectiveness of your knowledge workers when they have real-time information about accounts payable and receivable. They can spend more time on higher-value activities and less time on clerical work.

Run faster – SAP HANA dramatically speeds up your core business processes for reduced operational costs, driving business at the speed of the market and boosting responsiveness. Removing the constraints of batch-driven processes enables processing and decision making to happen in the moment, dramatically changing the way you drive your business.

Run simpler – SAP HANA helps you simplify business processes with immediate insight to action for improved effectiveness, empowering people to decide and act in the business moment and boost productivity. Combining transactions and analysis in one single database enables simplification of IT, leading to lower costs and greater efficiency

Try SAP HANA and Approyo today
Approyo is the leader in SAP HANA and S/4HANA deployments. Bring your data and licenses, we’ll set up a POC/sandbox in our environment for you to see how SAP HANA works in the cloud and can help your business. Get started today..

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Concur to acquire travel startup Hipmunk

The SAP ecosystem continues to evolve with the latest news that Concur will be acquiring Hipmunk. One of the best things about Hipmunk is the ability to search planning tools to book travel, which is something Concur will now be able to integrate into its software.

Hear from Approyo CEO, Christopher Carter, as he shares his opinion about this big announcement.

Concur, an SAP company and the world's leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, announced on September 14 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hipmunk, a leader in travel search innovation. The Hipmunk team and their innovations will further Concur's strategy to deliver consumer-grade products to corporate customers. The transaction is expected to close in October 2016.

As evident in Concur's recent acquisition of TripIt, development of ExpenseIt and investment in ClearTrip, Concur has a long-held strategy of partnering with, investing in, acquiring or building consumer apps. These investments yield learnings and capabilities that enable Concur to ultimately deliver consumer-grade products to corporate customers.

Here is what Elena Donio, President of Concur has to say about this announcement:

"We are excited to welcome Hipmunk, the innovation leader in travel search, to the Concur and SAP family," said Elena Donio, President of Concur. "Concur has always strived to provide the best experience for travelers on our platform and we're confident Hipmunk will continue to delight consumers while informing the innovation agenda for our corporate clients."

Who is Hipmunk?
Hipmunk is known for delivering some of the most innovative functionality in the travel industry, particularly features and functionality that are highly relevant to and beloved by frequent travelers. The company was the first to create a website and mobile app that sorts travel results not just by price, but also key factors that are important to business travelers such as duration, stops and hotel location. Additionally, its calendar integration and hotel map search allow business travelers to easily see the best hotel and flight options based on meeting time and location. Lastly, Hipmunk is a leader in the cutting edge space of artificial intelligence-powered travel search and travel bots.

About Concur
Concur, an SAP company, imagines the way the world should work, offering cloud-based services that make it simple to manage travel and expenses. By connecting data, applications and people, Concur delivers an effortless experience and total transparency into spending wherever and whenever it happens. Concur services adapt to individual employee preferences and scale to meet the needs of companies from small to large, so they can focus on what matters most for their businesses

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ask Approyo: What makes SAP HANA fundamentally different?

​​SAP HANA is different by design. It stores all data in-memory, in columnar format and compressed. Because SAP HANA is so fast, sums, indexes, materialized views and aggregates are not required, and this can reduce the database footprint by 95%. Everything is calculated on-demand, on the fly, in main memory. This makes it possible for companies to run OLTP and analytics applications on the same instance at the same time, and to allow for any type of real-time, ad hoc queries and analyses.

On top of this SAP built solutions to all the problems of columnar databases, like concurrency (HANA uses MVCC) and row-level insert and update performance (HANA uses various mechanisms like a delta store).

Additionally, SAP added a bunch of engines inside SAP HANA to provide virtual OLAP functionality, data virtualization, text analysis, search, geospatial, graph (will be available soon) and web. It supports open standards like REST, JSON, ODBO, MDX, ODBC and JDBC. There is as much functionality in there as a whole Oracle or IBM software stack, in one database.

Experience SAP HANA from Approyo
Approyo can help your company deal with the changing world. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address can help your organization grow today and in the future. Let us show you! Set up a free consultation today. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ask Approyo: How can SAP S/4HANA impact small or medium size businesses?

A common myth in the technology and business industry is that SAP is only for large enterprise customers. According to SAP, 80% of SAP customers are small to medium size enterprises (SME), classified as companies with 500 or less employees. In addition, as of January 1, 2016, there are about 2,700 SAP S/4HANA customers and approximately 85% are SME. In fact, SAP S/4HANA is helping companies with as few as 30 employees lead into day’s digital economy.

Drive Instant Value to your Business with Approyo and SAP S/4HANA
SAP S/4HANA is the digital core designed to drive instant insight across all mission critical business processes that also interconnects all aspects of your value chain in real-time: workforce, customers, suppliers, assets and the Internet of Things.

  • New Business: Connect to people, devices, and business networks in real-time to deliver new experiences and value to customers. The Internet of Things and Big Data become accessible to your business 
  • New Decisions: Gain any insight on any data in real time. Planning, execution, prediction, and simulation can now all be done on the fly and at the highest level of granularity to drive faster business impact 
  • New Processes: Focus on the essential tasks in real-time and change business processes as needed to gain new efficiencies 
  • New Experience: Enjoy a personalized, responsive, and simple user experience available on any device to get the job done from anywhere across all your lines of business 
  • New Technology: Deploy how you want on-premise, cloud, or hybrid for reduced TCO and full flexibility in executing business and IT strategies

Try SAP S/4HANA and Approyo today
Approyo is the leader in SAP S/4HANA deployments. Bring your data and licenses, we’ll set up a POC/sandbox in our environment for you to see how SAP HANA works in the cloud and can help your business. Get started today...