The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Consumer Experience

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SAP HANA New Release Strategy


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Building Competencies

Any desire of sales and management individuals to take over some of the projects, leads to sending e-mails across the corporation questioning whether there are competencies needed to realize these projects.
In a corporation focused on the implementation of its strategy, the necessary competencies are built in accordance with the plan. This reduces the risk of taking a mindless projects.

By inspecting the HR registry, sending e-mails with competence questioning becomes unnecessary.
In case that we need a new set of competences, create an adequate plan which shouldn’t be in colision with corporate strategy.
If needed (e.g. market or product portfolio changes), update or create a new strategy.
In any case, avoid sending e-mails in which you are searching for the necessary competence.

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SAP Cloud Application for On-premise ERP

This is a demo of custom Java application deployed on SAP Cloud. The application connects to the on-premise ERP system and calculates Days Sales Outstanding for all customers.


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SAP HANA Sales Continuity Operational Report

Presented report detects the most valued sales orders for top yearly customers.

It  is considered as operational because:

  • it has a direct connection to unmodified transactional data
  • it has a zero latency for the current year

On the other hand, the report shows the quality of continuity deals with customers.
For example, we can have one high net sales value order and none, one or two low valued per year. Also, we can monitor year over year sales (dis)continuity of the most valued customers.

In general, this is the way for recognizing a deviation from our strategic direction.

I am using an anonymous block to reduce complexity of SQL statements. The resulting application program is easier to understand without sacrificing performance.
All SQLScript statements supported in procedures are also supported in anonymous blocks.

The CONVERT_CURRENCY function provides an efficient method to calculate values in different currencies. It uses conversion tables from a SAP ERP on HANA system.

We can use PowerBI, as shown in the following pictures.

If we have an active/active SAP HANA system replication, we can use a hint  RESULT_LAG to route the statements to a secondary site and thus take advantage of a secondary system for better overall performance (see my blog SAP HANA Active/Active (Read Enabled) System Replication) .

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Ericsson’s CEO has a good point

Börje Ekholm, Ericsson President & CEO in a recent CEO letter:
“Some simple mantra’s I try and work to include – accepting that we take decisions on
less than perfect information. 80% is good enough. The priority is to get the job started.

Before a decision is taken, it should be debated and agreed/disagreed based on facts. It
is not about a consensus decision. But it needs to be vetted properly. When taken, it is         all about execution. If there is a mistake, correct it and move on.”

Comparing to Jeff Bezos, Börje is rather conservative but at least he understands a point.

Try, Learn, Modify
“Rather than proscribe activities and try to figure out where the future is, you create the context for individuals to try things, learn from those things and quickly modify and fix problems, moving forward at a different pace,” Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said.

Jeff Bezos explains risky business decisions
“Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in his annual letter to shareholders.

“Instead of focusing on avoiding mistakes by making perfect decisions, become a master of quickly recognizing and correcting bad decisions. If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.”

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Java Development and Evolution

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