Three Limitations of Supply Chain and Manufacturing ERP and How SAP S/4HANA Overcomes Them

Supply chain and manufacturing are not the first lines of business that come to mind when thinking about technology innovation in the enterprise. But throughout their history, these business areas have been at the forefront of innovation.

For example, reorder points and two-bin systems were used to manage and plan inventory before the modern computing wave of the 1970s. In the former, once an inventory dropped below a predetermined re-order point (economic order quantity, or EOQ), an order would be immediately placed to replenish the inventory. In the latter, once one bin was emptied you would switch to the second bin and place an order to fill up the first one.

When material requirement planning (MRP) first emerged, it was regarded as a radical departure from the way things are done. Although it was new, unconventional, and untested at the time, supply chain and manufacturing executives took notice and adopted them to reap significant economic and productivity benefits. MRP didn’t completely replace previous systems and methodologies, but it certainly became the foundation of many supply chain and manufacturing processes and grew in scope and functionality, eventually giving birth to today’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Three fundamental limitations in supply chain and manufacturing ERP are now resolved, thanks to SAP S/4HANA

But a lot has changed since the initial introduction of ERP. Nowadays, e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba are running complex supply chains and dealing with scores of orders — and the sheer number and complexity of that volume is nothing short of amazing. In 2016, Amazon sold over 90,000 TVs on Amazon Prime Day,and Alibaba generated $17.8 billion in sales on November 11. Along the same lines, global logistics provider UPS delivered over 700 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve of the same year.

While the volume is certainly impressive, Amazon, Alibaba, and UPS are not alone in experiencing this burst of supply chain and manufacturing activity. Which begs the question: Can traditional ERP systems keep up with the pace of these changes and the challenges they bring?

ERP May Not Be Enough for Today’s Supply Chain and Manufacturing Challenges

I recently joined Cindy Jutras, founder and president of the independent research-based consulting firm Mint Jutras, in a panel discussion about the supply chain limitations of classical ERP systems. Throughout the 60-minute conversation, it became apparent that supply chain and manufacturing operations continue to grow more complex while ERP system performance degrades very quickly. Issues such as latency and the inability to re-plan and rerun processes during business hours – when exceptions arise – are becoming more troublesome.

However, as I contested during the event, latency is not a problem; it’s a symptom of a much more pervasive problem. The real culprit is the legacy database, which is based on a hard disk and resides underneath it. To overcome the performance limitations of these databases, ERP needs to rely on redundant data structures and batch processing, increasing disruption and hampering visibility across the supply chain.

How SAP S/4HANA Makes the Difference

By relying on a faster and smarter in-memory data platform, SAP S/4HANA paves the way for the next generation of ERP. In short order, the software replaces the redundant data models and slow batch processing of classical ERP with simplified data modeling, real-time processing, on-the-fly reporting and analytics, and application consolidation across supply chain and manufacturing processes.

For the very first time in many years, advanced supply chain and manufacturing capabilities are being consolidated back in the ERP environment without the need for expensive middleware and complex integration. In fact, there are three fundamental limitations in supply chain and manufacturing ERP that are now resolved through this consolidation, thanks to SAP S/4HANA.

1. Constraint-Based Production Planning

One of the most well-known limitations of MRP is the creation of production plans that assume infinite resources. As a result, these plans became impractical in a constraint-based production environment. One example of such an environment is seen in the beverage industry, where the volume of the container in which ingredients are mixed and the time needed to empty and clean the container act as a production constraints that needs to be factored into the production planning process.

In most cases, businesses chose to deploy a secondary constraint-based production planning system such as the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization component or relied on Excel spreadsheets to account for capacity constraints. This added unnecessary complexity and was prone to error. With SAP S/4HANA, constraint-based production planning is now delivered within the core solution – without the need for additional systems or spreadsheets.

2. Advanced Available to Promise

Available to promise (ATP) responds to customer order inquiries with committed delivery dates and quantities based on actual supply chain resources. For many years, basic ATP processes have been a fundamental part of ERP. Although it was easy to use and implement, ATP didn’t offer the advanced functionality that many businesses needed.

Examples of such advanced functionality include product allocation, a capability that allows the setting of confirmation limits to prevent larger customers from placing big orders that could hog a company’s entire supply chain leaving the rest of its customer base without delivery confirmations. Another example of an advanced functionality in ATP is rules-based availability checking, which allows for availability checks to be executed on more than just a single material/plant combination including automated product and location substitution.

Corporations that require these advanced functionalities used to rely on secondary systems such as global ATP capabilities within SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization or other third-party solutions. With SAP S/4HANA, advanced ATP is now becoming part of the ERP core to give customers the best of both worlds: simplified implementation and deployment of a fast, responsive ATP solution, along with the advanced functionality needed to operate in multichannel fulfillment environments.

3. Extended Warehouse Management

Extended warehouse management (EWM) is another example of a solution that was kicked out of traditional ERP system due to the performance limitations of the underlying database. Similar to ATP, ERP only covered the basic components of the warehousing functionality. Businesses looking for more advanced warehousing functionality – such as slotting and kitting that optimize the location of warehouse items for fast storage and recovery– had to deploy a separate standalone SAP EWM application.

Bringing advanced warehousing back into ERP through SAP S/4HANA allows manufacturing and supply chain organizations to advance warehousing capabilities without the need for a separate standalone solution and complex middleware. On the other hand, customers that had already deployed SAP EWM in a decentralized standalone architecture can now consolidate their systems by deploying it inside SAP S/4HANA to simplify the IT landscape and reduce total cost of ownership.

Learn More About SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA can help your supply chain and manufacturing organizations overcome the challenges of classical ERP. To find out more and hear corporations discuss how they deployed SAP S/4HANA to support a variety of use cases, register for the SAP S/4HANA Digital Supply Chain Webinar series and download the SAP S/4HANA Digital Supply Chain Special Report.

Join us at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Florida, and learn how SAP S/4HANA supports today’s demands on supply chain and manufacturing operations by attending the following sessions:

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SAP Positioned by Gartner in 2017 Magic Quadrant Report for Multichannel Campaign Management

WALLDORF SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that SAP, a leading provider of omnichannel customer engagement and commerce solutions, has been positioned by Gartner Inc. for its SAP Hybris solution in the Leaders quadrant of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Campaign Management.

The report states, “The multichannel campaign management (MCCM) market consists of vendors that orchestrate customer engagements and marketing content to individuals and segments across multiple channels. Channels may include websites, email, mobile, social, programmatic advertising, call centers and direct mail.”

The report evaluated 22 providers of multichannel campaign management solutions based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.

“It is essential that today’s marketers are able to seamlessly orchestrate complex campaigns across customer segments and a comprehensive and diverse set of channels,” said Brian Walker, chief strategy officer, SAP Hybris. “We believe being named as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report for Multichannel Campaign Management is evidence of how we have invested in the product to meet the needs of today’s marketers for high-performance marketing solutions that integrate across our front-office applications.”

These solutions are covered in the SAP Hybris Commerce Cloud portfolio, the SAP Hybris Sales Cloud portfolio and the SAP Hybris Service Cloud portfolio.

According to the report, “Leaders consistently do considerably better in overall campaign management performance for basic and advanced campaigns, and for integration with digital marketing. They have high market visibility, high market penetration, strong market momentum and a strategic vision for growing the campaign management business.”

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews and @saphybris.

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Doosan Unifies Global HR Experience with SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Doosan, the large Korean global conglomerate, has implemented SAP SuccessFactors human capital management (HCM) solutions to help simplify and optimize its HR practices.

Korea’s oldest company — and one of the major infrastructure support businesses — deployed SAP SuccessFactors solutions to unify its HR processes, which had been segmented from the mergers of numerous international organizations, and to support data-driven decisions about its workforce while also ensuring its commitment to putting people first.

“As a leader in our market, we are growing into new countries and expanding the industry-leading products we provide to our customers,” said Seongwoo Choi, CHRO at Doosan. “We seek constant innovation and change, and we know investment in technology is essential for improving competitiveness. Partnering with SAP SuccessFactors was an important step in ensuring we provide an engaging and supportive HR experience to all our employees around the world. Since our formation over 100 years ago, our workforce has remained at the heart of our business, and these cloud-based HCM solutions enable us to continue that legacy.”

With a global workforce of over 37,000, Doosan required an HCM solution that enabled it to deliver consistent HR policies, processes and tools across borders and languages. Furthermore, it needed the ability to analyze data across key programs to ensure the right business outcomes. Doosan implemented the cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting, Onboarding, Learning, Performance & Goals and Compensation solutions — and integrated with the organizational management and personnel administration (OM/PA) components of the on-premise SAP ERP HCM solution — across regions, industries and legal entities. As a result, Doosan can support a unified global approach to HR, attract and retain top performers, and provide its employees with industry-leading development and training programs.

“We’re delighted to see Doosan achieve this milestone,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.* “While it’s exciting to announce new clients, the real value for them comes when they are live and fully implemented, with adoption across the business. Now Doosan can realize its objectives in transforming HR, and its 37,000 employees across the globe can benefit from a better experience at work and more powerful, intuitive tools to get their jobs done.”

Doosan continues its digital transformation journey and is also currently implementing the SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics solution. It is one of the latest companies to adopt SAP SuccessFactors solutions to put people first and help them succeed. As more companies look to transform HR to meet the demands of an increasingly global and digital workforce, they are embracing leading SAP SuccessFactors solutions to help optimize HR processes.

For more information, visit the SAP SuccessFactors website and the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SuccessFactors and @sapnews.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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Artificial Intelligence Moves into Every Workplace: How HR Needs to Respond

Chat bots, robots, virtual assistants, and other devices powered by business algorithms are rapidly joining the ranks of workers in every industry and profession.

But instead of fearing artificial intelligence (AI) and resultant job losses, it’s up to human resource (HR) professionals to cultivate these innovations for the opportunities they bring to the company.

I tuned in to a recent episode of Changing the Game with HR entitled Reimagining HR: Will Machines Replace the Human Side of Business? to hear a group of smart thinkers share their insights on AI with SAP Radio host and moderator Bonnie D. Graham.

Figuring Out Where AI Fits Best

Instead of the usual gloom and doom scenario for unemployed workers, Andi Britt, European Talent and Engagement at IBM, framed AI in a much more positive light.

“All of us suffer from information overload so why can’t we use technology smartly to do some of the analysis, the filtering of data for us,” he said. “We have really tough decisions to make in our lives every day, so why can’t we use those cognitive applications to narrow down options and make recommendations for us. That way, AI will be a good thing for humanity and not the worst thing to ever happen to humanity.”

HR can help make sure AI isn’t the worst thing to happen to humanity

Tami Reiss, product strategist and creator of the Just Not Sorry app, said HR professionals needed to think consciously about how AI aligns with the organization. “How can we leverage this technology to improve our processes, company, staff retention and self-development,” she said.

Using AI’s Strengths

Britt outlined the advantages of having chat bots available 24/7 for candidates and new-hires.

“What if a potential candidate…could just go online and talk to a virtual recruiting assistant who could automatically read their CV and provide some indications of where there might be a great fit for them within the organization,” he said. “If that candidate joins the company, wouldn’t it be great if rather than having to ask lots of people basic questions about processes…they could talk to a cognitive onboarding assistant in a chat blog via a mobile device or IM that immediately gave them the answers.”

That’s not to say AI completely replaces people. “A candidate is far more able to ascertain if their personality fits the culture by talking to someone… many people in the organization. AI is not that good at empathy, understanding and social interaction,” said Britt.

Bias Prevention in Recruiting

AI and machine learning have potential to address recruiting bias across the job posting, application and screening processes, but only if there are diverse teams of programmers writing the code behind solutions, and HR continuously audits collected data to ensure diversity.

“When we’re able to get rid of biases, we can more easily find candidates with the right fit and in a shorter amount of time,” said Piyush Chandra, senior director for Product Management, SAP Innovation Center Network. “More people are choosing to work as freelancers and part-time employees, so companies have to assemble a team faster…every time you have a new requirement you need to assemble a new team…we need better technology to help enable this process.”

Practice Makes Perfect

While some candidates, such as millennials, might view chat bots and other recruiting tools as proof of company innovation status, others might be alienated.

Reiss advised companies to gather feedback from candidates and new-hires involved in AI-powered HR processes and iterate the tools. “Maybe we shouldn’t incorporate this piece until the third part of the interview cycle, or maybe this internal message can be made softer or more direct so that people feel like even though they’re interacting with a computer, the computer is a well-representative piece of the company and the sort of company they want to work for,” she said.

Viewing Machines as Assistants

One of AI’s biggest promises is personalized attention, which depends on how well companies train people for smooth machine to human interaction.

“Human beings…know how to build friendships and bridges…so that we can all work together,” said Chandra. “We’ll have to inculcate that same kind of empathy for our machine colleagues when they arrive…we can’t look at a machine just as a computer, but as an assistant, as a person who’s actually there to help guide us through the process.”

Algorithms are fast-becoming a fact of workplace life, and HR can help change the conversation from fear-based to opportunity gains.

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Unlocking the Power of Transformation

According to Gartner, the public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion. By 2020, SaaS is predicted to be at $75.7 billion, IaaS at $71.5 billion, and PaaS at $56.1 billion, comprising a total market of $383.3 billion, Gartner adds.

Growth in the infrastructure compute service space will be enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT), while the growth of PaaS will in turn also drive the growth of IaaS.

Two Modes, One Strategy

It was also Gartner who first coined the term “bimodal” to describe two fundamentally different but nevertheless complementary ways of working that address different goals. Mode 1 focuses on stability and the integration of all kind of applications running core enterprise processes, as such emphasizing predictability and reliability, while mode 2 is all about digital enterprise platforms, emphasizing agility and speed.

While mode 1 and 2 address different goals, they should be considered as a whole because both modes are fundamental and needed for highly integrated end-to-end processes. An IT strategy fit for the digital era requires both. At SAP, we believe you cannot win in both worlds if you limit your innovations to Mode 2 only. There are two things that matter to make your IT landscape – and as such your company – fit for the digital age: You need to modernize your core, and beyond that, you need the technology that allows you to differentiate to win.

To truly stay competitive, growth is just as important as keeping the business up and running. Companies need a platform that enables them to digitalize their existing IP and leverage all the capabilities in which they have invested in the past. They will need an enterprise-ready PaaS that allows them to innovate with microservices and APIs, and evolve with the help of technology services like integration, user experience, machine learning, connectivity between things and people – the list goes on and on.

An Evolving Platform

Three years ago, we launched our PaaS offering, known at the time as SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The original offering included SAP HANA as a database-as-a-service with capabilities to develop secure, mobile HTML applications and integration services.

Since then, it has evolved from a standard PaaS solution to an innovation platform in the cloud that supports businesses as they transition into the digital age. Today, SAP Cloud Platform offers plenty of application services designed to meet the needs of companies looking to leverage innovative technologies such as IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data on a cloud platform.

To represent this breadth of capabilities, SAP HANA Cloud Platform has been rebranded as SAP Cloud Platform and expanded to include new enhancements and capabilities that power our customers’, our partners’, and our own innovation.

It continues to be an agile in-memory cloud development and deployment platform with SAP HANA as a differentiating capability. However, as SAP Cloud Platform has evolved to enable our customers to integrate, extend, and build applications in the cloud to meet their business needs, the power of SAP HANA is now complemented by a number of other very compelling capabilities and services.

To date, SAP has delivered 37 cloud applications on top of SAP Cloud Platform. SAP Cloud Platform is also the platform for SAP Leonardo, our digital offering that brings together Machine Learning, IoT, Blockchain, Analytics and Big Data.

A Digital Highway for Improved Collaboration

Let me share a customer story that shows how SAP Cloud Platform has helped one company transform its business for the digital age.

MAPAL, founded in the 1950s, a leading provider of precision tools to the automotive, aerospace, and hi-tech industries, recently saw a new opportunity in the C-tool space. C-tools are items such as solid carbide cutters and precision clamping chucks, which are considered essential for many precision tooling businesses and are sold on a very frequent basis.

Because of the high volume of transactions involved, the C-tool business generates massive amounts of data – process data, inventory data, master data – that is manually exchanged between parties across the tool ecosystem.

MAPAL saw the opportunity to take collaboration across this ecosystem to a new level and chose SAP Cloud Platform to build a digital highway that enables data to be shared and improves collaboration between customers and suppliers.

With increased transparency and collaboration, all parties in the MAPAL ecosystem can achieve an unprecedented level of efficiency. They gain instant access to unmanned inventory monitoring, detailed analysis options, and easier order processing while promoting loyalty across the ecosystem.

By choosing SAP Cloud Platform, MAPAL got exactly what they wanted: a means to digitally transform their business. Cloud is the way to go, and we are just getting started. With SAPPHIRE just around the corner, stay tuned for more stories on how SAP is supporting companies in running, steering, and differentiating their business to enable innovation while still sustaining their core investments.

Bernd Leukert is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE.

This story originally appeared on Business Trends on the SAP Community.

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SAP and KUKA Cooperate to Design the Factory of the Future

HANNOVER SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and KUKA AG today announced they will work together around Industrial 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to promote the flexibility and automation of production processes.

Both companies want to collaborate, particularly in the areas of manufacturing, mechanical engineering and the automotive sector. The announcement was made at Hannover Messe, which takes place from April 24-28 in Hannover, Germany.

The integration of KUKA robots into SAP’s digital manufacturing showcase at Hannover Messe is driven by comprehensive standard protocols, such as OPC Unified Architecture. In addition, KUKA and SAP plan to provide KUKA robot applications based on the SAP Leonardo IoT platform. KUKA robots will be integrated into SAP Cloud Platform, helping companies evaluate predictive maintenance scenarios and monitor factory floors. KUKA also plans to use selected SAP technology components as part of its own connyun IoT platform.

Through the SAP Leonardo portfolio, SAP has introduced a variety of solutions to support Industry 4.0 and IIoT. KUKA’s expertise in intelligent automation solutions complements these solutions. In addition, selected SAP technology and business components will enhance KUKA’s start-up platform connyun, with a focus on midsize machine construction.

“By seamlessly integrating automation solutions from KUKA and selected solutions from our SAP Leonardo IoT platform and SAP Connected Manufacturing software, we can make a significant contribution to driving closer the integration of top floor and shop floor in manufacturing,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit, SAP. “This enables customers to build a high level of customer satisfaction and support them on their way to digital transformation.”

“KUKA makes its machines and systems more intelligent and supplements them with innovative software solutions,” said Dr. Christian Schloegel, chief digital officer, KUKA. “We are committed to a twofold strategy: we are tying the KUKA robots on SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform. At the same time, the connyun Industry 4.0 platform of our start-up company of the same name will be supplemented with SAP technology components and SAP business applications. In this way, we can optimally adjust all customer requirements and support our customers in their digital transformation.”

The combination of expertise in machines, connectivity and production processes, together with expertise from SAP around Big Data analytics, business applications and the operation of large global infrastructures, creates an ideal landscape for this partnership.

The collaboration between KUKA and SAP brings added value to the customer, especially for midsize machine builders.

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

About KUKA

KUKA AG is an internationally active company with sales of around €3 billion. Every day, roughly 12,300 KUKA employees at KUKA headquarters in Augsburg and around the world work to ensure that KUKA remains one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions. Its international customers come from, among other sectors, the automotive industry and general industry. KUKA offers you everything from a single source: from the individual components to fully automated systems.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 350,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:

Global Customer Center: +49 180 534-34-24
United States Only: 1 (800) 872-1SAP (1-800-872-1727)

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Private Cloud Combines the Best of On-Premise and Public Cloud Environments

For months, analysts and armchair pundits have been quick to declare the long, slow demise of the private cloud. But according to recent reports, such declarations are nothing more than unfounded speculation. As long as the market continues to grow, an offering cannot die – and this is certainly the case with the private cloud.

IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker” forecasts that investment in the private cloud will be nearly as brisk as investment in the public cloud. The public cloud space is expected to increase more than nine percent over the next three years (from 23.03% in 2016 to 32.51% in 2020), while growth in the private cloud is predicted to rise more than five percent (from 15.02% in 2016 to 20.23% in 2020).

Companies have a difficult choice to make, considering the wide variety of cloud options that promise to address specific business needs. And although public cloud is an attractive approach, many buyers still wonder if they are missing out on some key advantages of the private cloud.

Five Transformational Benefits of the Private Cloud

According to Henry Morris, fellow for IDC’s Worldwide Big Data, Analytics, and Cognitive Software Research, “Most organizations today say that they are meeting their technology needs via a hybrid cloud strategy, blending a mix of public and private cloud services. This multiple cloud situation presents a challenge to IT organizations. Many are lacking the necessary skills in-house for managing a portfolio of applications that are deployed within and outside the enterprise. As a result, many organizations are augmenting their internal IT staff with external services to help manage the infrastructure, the databases, and the applications that are mission-critical for running their business.”

By combining the benefits of on-premise and public cloud environments, the private cloud option provides some compelling advantages.

1. Dedicated implementation and shared support
Like on-premise landscapes, a private cloud allows businesses to customize applications, without complexity and limitations, to suit requirements. Yet, similar to a public cloud, private cloud also allows a business to transfer the responsibility for ongoing software and infrastructure management to the technology provider that designed the software, wrote the cost, and understood it best.

2. Customization
A dedicated, private environment maximizes the ability to tailor an IT system to align with how the business runs and evolves. Adaptations can be innovated from scratch or leveraged from existing solutions. And because the private cloud environment is flexible, this capability is unlimited compared to that of a public cloud option.

3. Pay-as-you-go subscription pricing
One of the most appealing attributes of the cloud, whether private or public, is subscription-based financing, which brings greater control and predictability to the IT operational budget. This model includes user access, ongoing support, upgrades, and maintenance. This approach is a stark difference from the on-premise model, where the software is purchased all at once and the IT organization is responsible for investing time, money, and resources to support it that can fluctuate over time.

4. Service provider management
In a private cloud scenario, the buyer contracts with a service provider to deliver regular access to the software as scoped out in the service-level agreement. The service provider is responsible for keeping the software up to date, ensuring access security, and providing sufficient infrastructure resources to meet varying load demands.

5. Increased security
While security is often cited as a reason to move to a public cloud platform, not every CIO or IT leader is interested in accepting the risk that comes with entrusting their customer and sensitive data to a third party. A private cloud provides a single-tenant environment where the hardware, storage, and networks are dedicated to a single customer with enterprise-grade security. In turn, there is a dedicated closed loop of support that removes any intermediaries.

Private Cloud Turns Digital Disruption into Innovation

Moving to the cloud drives innovation and enhances productivity and efficiency across the business – however, it’s still a big step. A company will need to rely on its IT team’s partnerships with business areas and third-party developers to create a comprehensive set of cloud policies that minimize complexity and offer flexible customization, predictable pricing, reliable service levels, and ironclad security.

Explore the deployment options for a private cloud platform and see if SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud makes sense for your organization. Check out the IDC white paper SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud: A Managed Approach to Deploying SAP S/4HANA, sponsored by SAP.

Andy Greig is marketing manager for Global Services and Support Marketing at SAP.

This story originally appeared on the Digitalist.

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SAP, Mitsubishi Electric Enable New IoT-Based Services for Manufacturing with SAP Cloud Platform

HANNOVER — SAP SE and Mitsubishi Electric Europe today announced SAP’s participation in Mitsubishi Electric e‑F@ctory Alliance partner program.

This partnership will enable Mitsubishi Electric’s automation solutions to operate fully with SAP Cloud Platform. Using the Internet of Things (IoT) features of SAP software, Mitsubishi Electric can transfer preselected data from its automation solutions to SAP Cloud Platform. Mitsubishi Electric will now be able to extend its e‑F@ctory solutions to lay the foundation for partners and customers to offer value-added IoT-based services in the manufacturing and process industry sectors. The announcement was made at Hannover Messe, which takes place April 24–28 in Hannover, Germany.

The cooperation between SAP and Mitsubishi Electric allows for new IoT-based services, including remote device and connectivity management, monitoring of production status and asset availability, as well as predictive maintenance, to allow operators to benefit from long-term analysis of factory data.

“Mitsubishi Electric has long provided leading-edge technologies for the collection of production information, and now our partnership with SAP enables our customers to easily connect with SAP Cloud Platform,” said Hartmut Pütz, president, Factory Automation – European Business Group, Mitsubishi Electric Europe. “Here, our e‑F@ctory Alliance partner, SAP, provides tools and applications to enable users to utilize production information to the fullest extent.”

Operators can also use SAP Asset Intelligence Network to provide management of asset information and improve communication with service providers. The SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer solution will support service teams in scheduling maintenance activities and provide technicians with mobile access and an augmented reality app to identify problems quickly.

“The opportunity of digitalization is all about intelligently connecting people, things and businesses,” said Rolf Schumann, senior vice president and global general manager, Platform and Innovation, SAP. “The partnership between Mitsubishi Electric and SAP enables customers and partners to easily link shop floor and asset information with SAP Cloud Platform for advanced analytics. With the help of SAP Cloud Platform we can reach deep integration into business processes and customers can benefit from driving real value from operational information.”

To showcase the benefits customers can reap from this partnership, Mitsubishi Electric will feature a robot at the SAP booth at Hannover Messe. The robot is connected to SAP Cloud Platform, which provides customized dashboards, predictive maintenance and analytics functions.

The SAP booth at Hannover Messe is located in Hall 7, B04. The Mitsubishi Electric booth is located in Hall 17, D40.

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

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Simone Kathrin Eiermann, SAP, +49 (6227) 7-40779, simone.kathrin.eiermann@sap.com, CET
Monika Torkel, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., +49 2102 486-2150, monika.torkel@meg.mee.com CET

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How to set Authorization to URlRequest in swift 3.0

Hi,

I’m getting strange behaviour when posting to get response from server which requires Basic Authorization.my token gets gets expired after every two hours.Every things works fine but some times i dn’t knw but getting reponse from server “Parameter not null” error.i debuged there is nothing going null.i go through document-https://developer.apple.com/reference/foundation/nsmutableurlrequest

where mentioned some http headers could not be modified using methods

addValue(_:forHTTPHeaderField:) or setValue(_:forHTTPHeaderField:)

i cannot figure where is going wrong and more when i’m setting Content & Accept type for json addValue(_:forHTTPHeaderField:) workds gud to set authorization and for xml  setValue(_:forHTTPHeaderField:) works but still .sometimes  they breaks.Below is my code

//for json rsponse
func callWebserviceForJSON(_ urlStr: String ,callback:@escaping (_ data: Dictionary) -> Void)
    {
          
        let url1 = URL(string: urlStr)
        var request = URLRequest(url: url1!)
      
         let tokenId = fileMgr.getCacheData(constants.defaultsKeys.TOKEN_KEY) as! String
      
        let authorizationKey = "Basic ".appending(tokenId)
        request.httpMethod = "POST"
        request.addValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        request.addValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Accept")
        request.addValue(authorizationKey, forHTTPHeaderField: "Authorization")
        request.timeoutInterval = 20000.0
      
        var dict = Dictionary()
        let task = URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request)
          {
            data, response, error -> Void in
     }
//for xml response

/
    func callPostWebservice(_ urlStr: String, callback:@escaping (_ data: Dictionary) -> Void)
    {
       
         
       
        let url1 = URL(string: urlStr)
        var request = URLRequest(url: url1!)
       
         let tokenId = fileMgr.getCacheData(constants.defaultsKeys.TOKEN_KEY) as! String
       
        print("tokenId >> (tokenId) , urlStr >> (urlStr)")
        request.httpMethod = "POST"
        request.addValue("application/xml", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        request.addValue("application/xml", forHTTPHeaderField: "Accept")
        request.setValue("Basic (tokenId)", forHTTPHeaderField: "Authorization")
        request.timeoutInterval = 20000.0
       
        var dict = Dictionary()
        let task = URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request)
        {data, response, error  in }

Please advice

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