Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Transform Research and Development with SAP S/4HANA

A successful research and development (R&D) department brings new designs to life with speed and accuracy based on market, customer, and quality insights. R&D prepares the downstream departments to manufacture, sell, and service products with high quality and low cost while continuously iterating designs to create more profitable, desirable, and reliable products. Digital tools are needed for rapid design-prototype-test iterations to foster a “fail fast and fail cheap” approach. There is also pressing need to simplify the complexity in downstream processes such as manufacturing, service, and sales to execute a “lot size of one.” An intelligent, integrated, and visual product innovation platform is essential for efficient product development, faster time to market, and fundamentally better initiative success rates.

With SAP S/4HANA as the digital core, customers can iteratively and more collaboratively build a foundation of requirements-driven smart products that are brought to the market faster with full compliance and a wide range of configurations and variants. SAP S/4HANA allows companies to gain live visibility into idea pipeline, portfolio prioritization, project actuals versus budget, new product design, development history, engineering changes, and finally phase-out.

SAP S/4HANA enables companies to integrate, embed intelligence,and visualize the entire R&D process from idea, to product, to production, to service, and disposal. Connected and individualized products can be developed with full compliance and shorter time to market.

  • Run design processes on live insights into customer needs and market opportunities
  • Perform multilevel “what if” analyses with predictive insights to drive better design decisions
  • Analyze live performance of the project portfolio with predictive insights at any stage of the innovation process
  • Simplify access to project information for stakeholders and team members with the ability to drill down
  • Define and analyze product costs and manage all engineering changes effectively along the lifecycle
  • Create a platform as the single digital backbone of product master data for internal and external collaborations across the enterprise
  • Provide connected design capabilities, integrating requirements, mechanics, electronics, software components, and simulation, as well as synchronizing all downstream product development needs internally and externally
  • Manage flexible, high-performing, and ease-of-use configuration and classification for product individualization
  • Integrate and validate compliance requirements in the development process and manage product declarations as part of the product properties for all variants across the product supply chain and lifecycle
  • Plan and communicate resource demand to match available resources in the long and short term
  • Simplify decisionmaking and processes across the enterprise for manufacturing, service,and marketing through intuitive visualization

Ideation and Concept Development

  • Innovation campaigns running inside and outside the enterprise
  • Repository for ideas and feedback for development-to-concept stage

Portfolio and Project Management 

  • Respond quickly to customer inquiries and requirements
  • Coordinate resources across a project’s lifecycle
  • Use performance metrics to make informed decisions
  • Support for product, service, and asset lifecycles

Product Development 

  • Reuse existing components and recipes
  • Do costing simulations
  • Manage change-controlled structures and variants
  • Hand over to manufacturing and service, with full design authoring tool integration

Compliance Management

  • Design products keeping material, global, regional, and industry compliance
  • Prepare quality and safety sheets for downstream use

SAP S/4HANA is The Next Generation Business Suite For A Digital World
The opportunity exists to transform business processes and achieve the digital transformation of your business with more automation and real-time visibility. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important these needs and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.

Approyo Expands Team Adding Vice President of Marketing

Approyo, a leading enterprise SAP HANA Solutions Provider, announced today that Kyle Ackerman has joined the company to the position of Vice President of Marketing. In this newly created position, Kyle will lead all marketing efforts for Approyo.

 “I’m thrilled to join the Approyo team in this role and help share Approyo story to the world,” Kyle said. “I’ve worked with Approyo for several years and I am excited about the positive momentum and culture developing at Approyo.”

“Approyo is ready to make the next leap in our business and we need to get our story out there to more businesses” said Christopher Carter, CEO of Approyo. “I believe Kyle can help Approyo get to the next level. He has worked with us as a consultant for several years and it is a pleasure to bring his marketing expertise to the team.”

In addition to over 10 years of marketing experience, Kyle has extensive experience within the technology industry. Most recently, Kyle, worked as a freelance Marketing Consultant, helping several small businesses achieve success through digital marketing. Additionally, Kyle has worked for several technologies based companies focusing on Cloud Computing, Hosting, SAP, Microsoft and Software Licensing.

Approyo has been providing SAP HANA solutions such as SAP S/4HANA 1610 in the cloud for the last three years. Approyo built an entire platform using the best solutions in the market, allowing clients to move SAP HANA quickly and benefit immediately without the massive upfront cost structure typically seen with those bare metal solutions.

View the full press release

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Experience a true one-of-a-kind SAP Certified Cloud

We revolutionize the adoption of SAP and SAP HANA solutions by making SAP simple for all businesses.

Approyo is a leading global SAP technology solution provider. We are the only SAP partner that allows you to choose how your cloud environment is set up, how we manage it and how we support you.

Flexible Private Cloud, built specifically for SAP Customers

  • Easy
  • Secure
  • Cost Effective
  • 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a week, 365 Days a year

The Approyo SAP HANA Advantage

  • Certified SAP Environments
  • Enterprise Ready
  • Scalable and Reliable 
  • Global Team of SAP Experts
  • Flexible Pricing Options 
  • Quick Implementation

Join the Revolution
The opportunity exists to transform business processes and achieve the digital transformation of your business with more automation and real-time visibility. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important these needs and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.

Are you going to SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017?
Visit us along with our partners, PCM, CoreALM and Abreon on the show floor at Booth #1027. And stop by our exclusive SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 After Party at the Icebar Orlando on Tuesday, May 16. RSVP today.

Join us for THE SAP SAPPHIRE NOW afterparty at the ICEBAR Orlando

Are you going to SAP SAPPHIRE NOW? Cool down with Approyo, PCM, CoreALM and Abreon at the ICEBAR in Orlando at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW.

Join us for the one-of-a-kind ICEBAR experience and a fun night of networking, drinks, and food. Plus, learn about our unique SAP Eco system and get to know our teams.

Event time
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 8pm – 11pm

Event location
8967 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

RSVP Today!

While you're at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, visit us at Booth #1027!
Abreon, Approyo, CoreALM and PCM have partnered this year to bring you a complete SAP Ecosystem Partnership and we will all be together under one booth at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017. Stop by the our booth, #1027, to learn how we can make your business run simple.

You can also enter to win a HELLO device. HELLO transforms any TV into an all-in-one communication and collaboration tool and provides voice-controlled smart-home or office-device for video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, security surveillance with motion detection, and more. Enter to win here!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Join Approyo and our partners at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference

Abreon, Approyo, CoreALM and PCM have partnered this year to bring you a complete SAP Ecosystem Partnership and we will all be together under one booth at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017. 

Come to Orlando and stop by the our booth, #1027, to learn how we can make your business run simple. Plus make sure to enter for our giveaway prize. 

At SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference you'll gain the vision and valuable connections to help you overcome business complexity in your organization and achieve growth and innovation.

How You Benefit
  • Learn more about our unique SAP Ecosystem
  • Meet current business challenges and gain efficiencies
  • Learn from others with first hand advice about best practices
  • Get the most out of SAP investment - participate in ASUG member-driven sessions
  • Make connections with peers, thought leaders and SAP partners
  • See technology in action
  • Shape the future of SAP solutions with your customer-driven feedback.

After-party - May 16 - ICEBAR Orlando
To celebrate our SAP Ecosystem Partnership, we will be hosting the coolest after-party at ICEBAR Orlando. Abreon, Approyo, CoreALM and PCM have come together to host the best after party event during SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017. RSVP Today!

We are very excited and look forward to celebrating with you!

Event time
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 8pm – 11pm

Event location
8967 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ask Approyo: How can SAP S/4HANA impact the Financial Industry?

The finance processes and technology platforms that have been utilized in the last 20 years are simply not agile enough for the digital economy. In the current connected world, new business models are limited by disconnected processes and legacy technologies, and enterprises can no longer wait until the end of the month to see results, or for the annual budget cycle to make investment decisions. Finance is at the heart of the digital business. Becoming digital enables finance organizations to reimagine the ways they achieve their CFOs’ key priorities; improving efficiency and ensuring compliance, driving business performance, and defining new corporate strategies. With SAP S/4HANA, this  can drive the ability to:

Reimagine Strategy
Companies require a platform that is open and adaptable, that enables real-time evaluation and analysis of new business models through dynamic planning and forecasting, accelerates integration of mergers and acquisitions, and also provides enterprise-level risk awareness and active management.

Reimagine Business Performance
As cycle times diminish and volatility increases, instant insight and decisions at the speed of thought become even more critical for senior executives and front-line workers alike. Every employee can become a profit manager utilizing a single version of the truth, available live and at the most granular level, with drill- downs by any dimension for instant plan-actual variance analysis, and prediction and simulation on the fly.

Reimagine Efficiency and Compliance
With radical automation, regulation, and embedded compliance, the time has come for “lights-out” finance. Business networks, coupled with faster deployment models in the cloud, allow for dramatic leaps forward in process automation. The rewards are more agile organizations, operational cost reductions of 40% or more, and, most importantly, access to information for timely decision-making to drive business outcomes. With core compliance automated, focus turns to protecting the brand. Enterprise risk topics become a focus while business networks provide visibility into supplier and credit risk.

Try SAP S/4HANA today! 
The opportunity exists to transform business processes and achieve the digital transformation of your business with more automation, real-time visibility, and better alignment to your end customer by delivering products tailored to their specific requirements. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important these needs and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.

Are you going to SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017?
Visit us along with our partners, PCM, CoreALM and Abreon on the show floor at Booth #1027. And stop by our exclusive SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 After Party at the Icebar Orlando on Tuesday, May 16. RSVP today....

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rethink the Possible with SAP HANA

Why SAP HANA? Capabilities include database services, advanced analytics processing, app development, data access, administration, and openness. The benefits? SAP HANA helps you manage data in a single in-memory platform – so you can take action in the moment. Accelerate the pace of innovation and run live in this new digital economy.

Database Services
Take action in the moment by using in-memory database services to process high-speed transactions and analytics. Manage large database volumes using multitenant database containers and dynamic tiering across multi-tier storage.

Analytics Processing
Gain new insights from advanced analytics processing in SAP HANA. By leveraging  in-memory data processing capabilities – text, predictive, spatial, graph, streaming, and time series – you can get answers to any business question and make smart decisions in real time.

App Development
Develop next-generation applications that combine analytics and transactions, and deploy them on any device. Take advantage of best-in-class development tools – and deliver personalized experiences with the right data served at the right time for users.

Data Access
Gain a complete and accurate view of your business by accessing data from any source – internal or external. Access data where it’s located, integrate or replicate relevant data into SAP HANA, and ensure data quality to increase confidence in decision making.

Simplify system administration and IT operations with tools that help you monitor processes, ensure data and application security, and achieve continuous availability. Keep your business running smoothly and effectively – from any device or location.

Keep your communications, data storage, and application services secure with robust identity and access management controls. Rely on best-in-class software security, patching, and encryption – and use a dashboard to monitor all KPIs related to security. 

Innovation needs Digital Transformation. Approyo can help!
Don’t let the new digital world pass you by. Approyo can help your company deal with the changing world. Our SAP S/4HANA and Big Data solutions address these important questions and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Can you risk your career on a cloud outage?

Last week, the internet stood still for several hours as Amazon’s web servers went down. This impacted several thousand websites, companies and applications around the United States and world. Many businesses are still feeling the impact of this today.

During this outage, I was attending the SAPinsider HANA 2017 event in Orlando, Florida and talked to a number of people at the event that were impacted as it was happening. Seeing people slowly realize what was happening was a scary sight. First people realized there was some sort of outage, then they were looking for answers. After that, many realized they were losing money every minute the Amazon Server’s was down. After about 5 hours, the Amazon Web Servers ware back online to a degree, but the toll hit many companies at the event.

I talked with several CIOs at the event and the response was the same across the board. They lost  millions during the server outage. Many companies have important business applications like SAP and websites that use amazon Web Services and they were completely offline during the outage.

One CIO in particular told me it costs his organization roughly a million dollars for every 15 minutes they were down. Think about that for a minute…. This outage costs this company approximately $20 million dollars for 5 hours of outage.

Can you risk losing that much money at your business for an outage? 

This isn’t the first time that there has been a widespread outage to the cloud. In fact, Amazon has had a number of these outages over the past few years but this is the most significant outage yet.

  • 5 hours… half a business day. 
  • What did you lose during that time…
  • What can you do in the future to make sure this never happens again… 

You need to do your homework. What does your SLA say? Is your data and applications backed up in multiple regions? These are things you need to think about when selecting a cloud provider.  You are trusting your provider with the lifeblood of your business, your data.

At Approyo we offer solutions with this in mind. Our cloud environments are built with backup in mind, so you are protected if a server goes down. In fact, we are proud to say we have yet to have an outage at Approyo. The reason is that we plan ahead and built our environments specifically for SAP HANA and SAP applications. We have solutions and failovers in place for your data in case of an emergency. We back up information and data in multiple regions, so if one region is impacted, your data and applications are moved to another region and stay running.

At the end of the day, can your career and company withstand another major outage like the one that hit last week? You can’t afford to lose millions of dollars in revenue. You need a plan and environment in place that is ready for anything.

Your business is too important to be impacted by an outage of this scale ever again. Talk to us today. We can help you and your business with our SAP and SAP HANA solutions. Schedule some time to speak one-on-one with me and the team at Approyo.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ask Approyo - Why Does the Database Speed Matter?

Speed is important in today’s business world. You want all the data and information from your business at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. This is where SAP S/4HANA can make the biggest impact on your company. And Approyo can get your company up and running in an SAP S/4HANA sandbox in minutes, not days with SAP S/4HANA Ignite.

The biggest business advantage of SAP S/4HANA is the simplicity of the database layout. This allows for higher data entry speed, unbelievable improvements in reporting and most importantly a complete flexibility in reporting using external hierarchies. These hierarchies can be changed any time (restructuring, acquisitions, etc) without changes to the database.
The new UI isn’t just cleaner, easier to understand and use, but completely new processes are possible because of the speed of SAP HANA. The fact that any field in a table can be used as an index adds to the simplicity and no database administrator has to be involved. This system is ready to grow again in functionality and become the backbone for the new digital world. That management meetings can now use live data to illustrate the current situation of their company’s business, that predictive analytics and simulations help to open up a window into the future in real time, is only possible because of the extreme database speed.

All bottlenecks after an assembly process finished or mass data entry are gone, batch programs become transactions, reports run in seconds and the period end closing is now completely streamlined.

Try SAP S/4HANA today
Don’t let the new digital world pass you by. 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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Manage your Business in Real Time with SAP S/4HANA

Manage every aspect of your business in real time.
  • What if you could price a custom item, the moment the request is made?
  • What if tomorrow’s weather shifted your inventory today?
  • What if your suppliers told you what you needed, not the other way around?
These are not concepts from some distant future. These are actions happening today, thanks to the transformation that small and midsize companies are realizing through the use of a digital core.

The modern digital core serves as the nerve center of the enterprise. It is interconnected, agile and fast. While still retaining elements that made enterprise resource planning (ERP) critical to success, the digital core is a revitalization of that stack, allowing more external inputs and providing the information that helps yield a truly live business.

You can meet these challenges and more with SAP S/4HANA. This solution covers end-to-end processes with expertise for 25 industries, localized for 62 countries. It provides midsize or quickly growing small companies with the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software required to manage sales growth, operational efficiency, and financial agility. You can gain an integrated
view of your business, and the software can scale and adapt easily to meet your evolving business needs. SAP S/4HANA  can help you run your business more efficiently, in line with industry specific best practices and in real time.

With SAP S/4HANA, you can also benefit from smarter business innovations, faster business processes, and simpler business interactions. You can reduce your IT overhead through the efficiency of SAP HANA applications.

Leveraging SAP S/4HANA, organizations are realizing the benefits of a digital core that allow their enterprise to be:
  • IMMEDIATE - Empowering business users with insights to act in the moment
  • INTELLIGENT - Beyond automation, to predictive suggestion
  • INTEGRATED - Not only between your departments, but connected to the world
Try SAP S/4HANA today
Don’t let the new digital world pass you by. 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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tips for Choosing the Best Technology Partner - Part 2: Cloud

Picking the right technology partner can be a daunting task. You want to make sure this is the start of a long lasting successful partnership. In this new blog series, we will explore some of the top questions to address when picking a specific partner. In part 2 of our series, we will take a look at some questions to ask a potential Cloud partner. Did you miss part 1? Check out our tips for choosing an SAP Partner..

Cloud computing is becoming a normal part of everyday business. You need a cloud partner you can trust. A successful Cloud partner is determined by a number of factors, and selecting the right provider is high on the list. Here are a few important questions to ask when selecting a cloud partner?

1.    Which cloud services do you provide? Know what you are looking for. Many cloud vendors offer different solutions and services. Do you want to work with a cloud vendor that does a little of everything or a vendor that a specific focus on a service such as storage or Big Data? 

What Does Approyo offer?
Approyo is focused on Big Data with SAP. Through SAP HANAS/4HANA and other solutions, we make big data worry-free by handling your licensing, cloud environments, backup, support and ongoing services. This enables customers to experience the benefits of digital transformation without disruption, while minimizing cost and risk.

2.    How long will it take to implement a cloud solution? It’s important to know how long it will take the provider to implement your solution. Obviously the scope of the project can impact this greatly but this is a good opportunity to review case studies and talk with other customers. You don’t want to be stuck waiting a long time to implement a project. 

What Does Approyo offer?
Approyo can have you up and running in a certified SAP HANA environment quickly, sometimes in just minutes or hours. Our cloud environments are built from the ground up for SAP HANA, S/4HANA, Hadoop and other technology solutions. Our solutions and experience allow for fast implementation and increased flexibly for customers of all shapes and sizes.

3.    Security in the Cloud – Cloud security is one of the most discussed items in the technology world today. You need to understand where the data centers are locations, what security certifications are in place and how secure the cloud is. Your data is very important to your business and you need to have full confidence that it is as secure as possible. 

What Does Approyo offer?
Security is very important to us. In fact, Approyo CEO Chris Carter was recently quoted in Talkin Cloud in an article about Cloud Security and has produced a number of videos talking about the Security

Our environments are certified with SAP and recently, we achieved a new certification status for the Cloud. We use tier III data center facilities with our partner, PCM. These are purpose built Tier III facilities defined by the Uptime Institute’s tiered classification system. These enterprise class hosting facilities provide security-rich, controlled environments and high availability design features for business critical applications environments that need protected against natural disasters, power outages, network issues and unauthorized access.

SSAE 16 and PCI DSS purpose built Tier III data centers adhere to strict operational standards and offers a security-rich, controlled environment designed from the ground up for high availability.

Next steps…If you have an upcoming Cloud project and need a great partner but are unsure about the options available for your business, Approyo offers in-depth, advisory meetings to help you explore the most suitable option available for your business. For more information, contact us….