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.