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ElectraMeccanica Leverages RISE With SAP To Power ERP Transformation

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 22, 2021 by itnerd

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. has announced that it has completed its migration to SAP S/4HANA Cloud leveraging the business-transformation-as-a-service, RISE with SAP. The new ERP system integrates the company’s finance, supply chain, manufacturing, sales and distribution operations processes.

ElectraMeccanica collaborated with PwC Canada, a member of the global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in the selection and implementation of an ERP system as the digital foundation of the business. SAP S/4HANA Cloud will help ElectraMeccanica support its growth and go-to-market strategy to deliver environmentally-efficient electric vehicles globally. Implemented using automotive industry capabilities and best practices, SAP S/4HANA Cloud features AI, machine learning, RPA, and situation handling across finance, supply chain, manufacturing, sales and distribution processes.

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative, purpose-built, single-seat EV called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. Engineered for a single occupant, it offers a unique driving experience for the environmentally conscious consumer. The SOLO has a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80 mph, making it safe for highways. The SOLO also features front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, roll bar, torque-limiting control as well as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system. It blends a modern look with safety features at an accessible price point of $18,500. The SOLO is currently available for pre-orders here. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.

SAP Canada Partners With Social Shifters To Support Young Social Entrepreneurs

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2021 by itnerd

According to a 2021 study funded by SAP and conducted by an alliance of 16 youth social innovation networks around the world, young people are more motivated than ever by the intrinsic desire to improve the lives of others, both locally and globally. This is especially true now as the pandemic has brought issues such as climate change and social inequality even further into the spotlight, while at the same time giving Millennials and Gen Z hope for a better future.  

In order to improve financial security, work-life balance, mental health, and individual growth for young entrepreneurs, SAP is teaming up with Social Shifters, a non-profit global network of next generation leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, to provide funding and mentorship to young people with world-changing ideas through the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge.  

Five regional winners and one global winner were revealed last week at this year’s SEWF Youth Forum. With support from SAP and the Global Innovation Challenge award, Europe and Central Asia award winner, Yaldi, will be bringing to market Wholesome, a pioneering video game that will create meaningful screen time and inspire players to go outside, feel connected to nature, and be happier.  Through this partnership with Social Shifters, SAP is becoming a tech industry leader in providing mentorship, tools and resources for youth to excel with entrepreneurship, and lift them out of the challenges presented by the global pandemic.  

Top Concerns Among Canadian Business Travellers Revealed: SAP Concur

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 24, 2021 by itnerd

As Canada gets closer to the return of corporate travel, businesses are taking a closer look at how they can safely resume travel programs. SAP Concur, the world’s leading brand for integrated travel, expense, and invoice management solutions, revealed its annual business travel survey which offers powerful insights for organizations to consider as they continue to think about the evolution of their travel programs. Notable highlights of the survey include: 

Career concerns have Canadian business travellers pushing to resume travel.  

  • Almost two-thirds of Canadian business travellers (63%) are pushing to resume travel rather than their employers—because their success and happiness is at stake. 
  • A shocking 76% fear personal consequences if they do not increase business travel this year. The biggest fears for homebound business travellers include difficulty developing and maintaining business connections (49%), not advancing in their career (33%) and making less money (26%). 

Travel flexibility is moving to the forefront for business travellers, while safety is taking a back seat.  

  • Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) Canadian business travellers cite flexibility—such as choosing their own transportation or lodging—as a driver for getting them back on the road, ahead of the 65% who cited vaccination requirements. 
  • Flexibility is so important that a surprising 30% of business travelers would rather deal with a crying toddler on a flight than give up control of their travel planning. 

Failing to adapt to travellers’ new expectations could spell dire consequences.  

  • More than half ofCanadian business travellers (53%) will take action if their company does not implement their must-have changes to policy and procedure, including 37% who would ask to limit their travel.  
  • Some business travellers take a failure to adapt more seriously: 15% would look for a new position, spelling out the potential for a disruption wherever business travellers aren’t heard. 

For more information, you can view the complete global study or the Canadian findings

Innovative Insights Available for NHL Coaches Through SAP-NHL Coaching Insights App for iPad

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 29, 2021 by itnerd

Long-time partners SAP and the NHL today unveiled new, significant enhancements to the SAP-NHL Coaching Insights App for iPad. These upgrades stemmed from offseason workshops with all 31 NHL coaching staffs to further simplify the user experience, expand on critical metrics desired by coaches, and extend usability for deeper preparation before and after games.  

The app, which is based on SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) powered by the SAP HANA Cloud database, launched in 2019 and has continued its evolution since inception. This has led to a massive 4x increase in league-wide usage, which further validates its reputation as an important coaching tool throughout the league.   

 Now, coaching staffs for all 31 NHL teams can tap into unique new features in the app such as: 

  • “Home Plate” Customization: Every team has their own perspective on where the danger zones are around the net. This feature allows coaches to select one of five different variants of high-chance scoring areas to develop strategies and compare the team versus the opponent. 
  • Head-to-Head Faceoff Matchup Planner: Coaches can cycle through potential matchups for each faceoff to isolate the best opportunities to win them. This functionality tracks players’ win/loss rates at different faceoff locations, and against various opposition. There are even specific times during the game (like icing) when a coach will know who the exact opponent will be, the Faceoff Matchup Planner provides coaches with real-time targeted data to assist in rapid decision-making. 
  • Enhanced Game Trends/Analytics: Coaches can analyze detailed shot differential from key segments of each game, allowing for game trending capabilities to unlock insights within targeted momentum shifts. 
  • Player Speed: NHL clubs will have insights to the total distance a player skates during the game and their top speed, so coaches can manage their player’s ice time throughout the game. Specific to speed and distance, the app can break it down into 10-second increments to help develop optimal shift lengths. 
  • 24/7 Access: Now,the app is empowering coaches to better strategize prior to the game, make data-driven adjustments during the game, and analyze performance after the game. Usage data tells us that this expanded access is driving the increased adoption and coaches are watching their next opponent play, thru the app, to help collect information and shape the game plan … even on off days. 

Once Puck Tracking data is fully operational in the Puck and Player Tracking system, the following future enhancements will be integrated into the SAP-NHL Coaching Insights App for iPad: 

  • Puck Zone Time: Coaches will be able to display eight different variants of data making it even more accurate to identify puck zone time. Also, coaches will be able to filter by player and periods of games.  
  • Virtual Replay: These new animations coming next season visually simplify how coaches can see how the puck enters specific zones, and greater details on the X’s and O’s in terms of how the players either collapsed or prevailed during these pressure moments. Every game will be available to view in real-time or in full-game replay. 

And, when tracking enabled pucks are brought back on to the ice, paired with the NHL’s existing player tracking system, the full data processing capabilities of the SAP HANA Cloud database will be recognized.  

As the processing engine, SAP HANA Cloud will house, update, and translate a tremendous amount of new, actionable data in near real-time to coaching staffs. In the future, as these advanced analytics become more mainstream, it’s reasonable to expect an influx of new statistics for fans to consume on broadcasts, nhl.com/stats, and social media.  

You can predict a large number of unsung heroes – those that have excelled at the little things – to gain some exposure from success in less obvious areas like zone-time effectiveness in offensive/defensive zones, and player +/- in zone-time possessions. As these technologies continue to advance, fans can expect to enjoy deeper insights and new statistical categories to rank, compare, and debate their favorite players in new ways. Not to mention, the enjoyment of watching “the fastest game on ice” … become even faster.  

Check out the Global Sponsorships page to learn more about our sports & entertainment transformations. 

Canadian Women In Tech Feel Employers Have ‘Patched The Pandemic’ But Worry About Career Prospects: SAP

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 8, 2021 by itnerd

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more Canadian women working in technology agree that they have a good work-life balance and feel supported by their company, compared to Canadian women working outside of technology. However, they are more likely to report feeling like their career growth and goals have been stunted, and an astonishing 44 per cent of respondents agree that the pandemic notwithstanding, technology companies do not really want to hire women.   

The survey shows that technology companies have done a good job helping women manage the new way of work: Women in technology are more likely to agree they feel supported by their company (63 per cent vs. 51 per cent in non-technology roles), have a good work-life balance (57 per cent vs. 50 per cent in non-technology roles) and feel more productive (54 per cent vs. 33 per cent in non-technology roles).   

However, due to the pandemic, nearly half (48 per cent) of women in technology agree that their career growth or goals have been stunted, higher than those not in the technology sector (31 per cent). This is particularly true with younger women in the industry and those who are also caregivers. Over half (53 per cent) of younger generations are more likely to agree that their career growth or goals have been stunted than older generations (37 per cent). Nearly two-thirds (59 per cent) of women in technology who care for an adult and over half (52 per cent) of women with childcare responsibilities agree with the sentiment.   

The survey identifies other factors that technology companies need to address during and post-pandemic:  

As a result of the pandemic, women in technology are more likely to feel unmotivated in their careers (45 per cent vs. 39 per cent in non-technology roles), feel stifled in their career growth or goals (43 per cent vs. 33 per cent in non-technology roles), and overall have felt their careers have been impacted negatively (41 per cent vs. 29 per cent in non-technology roles). 

The majority of women in technology indicate it is important that their employer offers career growth workshops or programs (78 per cent vs. 68 per cent in non-technology roles) and increase informal meetings to foster employee engagement (74 per cent vs. 65 per cent in non-technology roles).While companies are still facing the challenges of the pandemic, the technology industry needs to focus on both recovery efforts and continuing to support women as future leaders.   

True Global Intelligence fielded an online survey on behalf of SAP Canada of 592 Canadian women who are professionals in technology and non-technology fields. The survey was fielded online from February 18 to March 2, 2021. Women in technology were identified as employed in a technology role or technology company.  

For more information, visit the SAP News Center or follow SAP on Twitter at @SAPNews.  

SAP Canada Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 16, 2021 by itnerd

SAP Canada has announced the appointment of Brian Moore as SAP Canada’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Brian will design and implement business strategies, set performance and growth targets, drive operational excellence that supports customer success, and promote SAP’s award-winning company culture.

Based in Calgary, Brian has served as North America’s COO for SAP’s Intelligent Spend Management Team, leading the transformation of the business in partnership with regional leaders across the continent. He has earned a reputation as being customer-focused, outcome-oriented, and as an advocate for promoting diversity and early talent across his teams.

Prior to his North American role, Brian led the Intelligent Spend Management business turnaround in Canada, with his team winning accolades internally for its success in 2018 and 2019, which he credits to the culture of the team. Recently celebrating a decade with SAP, Brian also previously served as Canada’s western leader. Prior to SAP, he led successful teams with SAS and Sun Microsystems.

Brian will take over from former Canadian COO Sam Masri, who has taken on a new role as the Global Head of the Industry and Value Advisory organization. Sam has joined a global league of industry-leading professionals who partner with SAP customers around the world to create business and societal value by leveraging SAP innovations.

SAP Canada has become one of Canada’s most revered employers. In 2021, the company was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing SAP Canada as one of the best places to work in Canada.

SAP & Microsoft Expand Partnership

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 22, 2021 by itnerd

 SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and Microsoft Corp. announced plans to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions. The companies also formalized an extensive expansion of an existing strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of SAP S/4HANA® on Microsoft Azure. This builds on a joint commitment by the companies to simplify and streamline customers’ journeys to the cloud. 

Much has changed in the last year as work has become more virtual, increasing reliance on Microsoft Teams for meetings, communication and collaboration. To facilitate these business and societal changes, SAP and Microsoft are building new integrations between Microsoft Teams and SAP solutions, such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP® SuccessFactors® offerings, and SAP Customer Experience. This can enable innovation, increase employee productivity and engagement, deliver collaborative learning and support global growth. These integrations are planned for delivery in mid-2021.

The companies also are expanding their endorsed cloud partnership announced in 2019 to introduce new offerings in cloud automation and integration for SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure. Together, Microsoft and SAP are expanding the ability to run a mission-critical intelligent enterprise on Azure while helping customers modernize their enterprise applications. SAP and Microsoft will provide customers with:

  • Simplification when moving on-premise editions of SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud. In addition to the industry-specific journey maps to the cloud and reference architectures, SAP and Microsoft will continue to co-innovate around SAP S/4HANA on Azure.
  • Expanded joint engagements with customers and partners. In addition to product integration work, SAP, Microsoft and system integrator partners will continue to provide digital enterprise road maps for customers. This includes immediate and actionable reference architectures and technical guidance to help customers on their journey to the cloud. 
  • Increased investments in platform and infrastructure. The companies will further develop automated migrations, improved operations, monitoring and security.

Customers broadly favor Azure when moving on-premise SAP S/4HANA to the cloud.

SAP’s endorsement of Azure for ERP cloud migration is reflected in positive customer feedback on the collaboration between the companies. SAP and Microsoft will continue to make migration simpler and increase customers’ confidence in running their digital enterprises in the cloud. At the same time, many customers express a desire to maintain multi-cloud environments. SAP continues with its long-standing policy of supporting choice for those customers who request alternatives based on business requirements.

SAP and Microsoft recently announced an update to enable customers to design and operate intelligent digital supply chain and Industry 4.0 solutions in the cloud and at the edge.

SAP Canada Named As One Of The Best Places To Work In 2021 By Glassdoor

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

SAP Canada Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021 in Canada. The Employees’ Choice Award, now in its 13th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and employer on Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies.

On Glassdoor, current and former employees voluntarily and anonymously share insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what a specific job may be like at a particular company. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work were determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between October 22, 2019 and October 19, 2020. To be considered for the Canada category, a company must have had at least 1,000 employees and have received at least 25 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from Canada-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, led by its Economic Research Team, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews. Complete awards methodology can be found here: https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/index.htm

For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners in 2021, pleasevisit: https://www.glassdoor.ca/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-Canada-LST_KQ0,26.htm

SAP & Consumer Products Companies Co-innovate Trade Claims Solution

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 7, 2020 by itnerd

SAP today announced the launch of the SAP® Intelligent Trade Claims Management solution, which enables consumer products companies to increase their financial efficiency. SAP Intelligent Trade Claims Management is a cloud native solution in SAP’s industry cloud that applies intelligent technologies to automate and improve the trade claims process between consumer products companies and retailers.

By utilizing SAP Intelligent Trade Claims Management, companies are able to auto-match deductions instead of the previous time-consuming, inaccurate and costly manual matching process. The virtual assistant uses a combination of machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate claims processing, to recommend actions to accounts receivable analysts for faster exception handling, and to provide visibility from the retailers to the consumer products company. The solution enables brands such as MapleLeaf Foods Inc. to save money, improve compliance and reduce financial risk.

The consumer products industry is expected to grow to $14 trillion by 2025, and brands spend at least 20 per cent of their gross revenue on trade promotions with retailers. Furthermore, trade promotions are the second line item on a consumer products company’s profit and loss statement, and they have a direct impact on key performance indicators. 

With an estimated 20 per cent of gross revenue tied up on the balance sheet, many companies write off thousands of small claims, aged deductions and invalid deductions. SAP Intelligent Trade Claims Management helps companies reduce their financial loss and reinvest the savings into growing their businesses. As this Harvard Business Review study notes, companies that survive economic downturns “master the delicate balance between cutting costs to survive today and investing to grow tomorrow do well after a recession.”

New Workforce Challenges Emerge In Canada As Remote Work Expands: SAP

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 25, 2020 by itnerd

Changes to the workplace are accelerating in Canada, forcing leaders to adapt to unexpected disruptions, anticipate future challenges, and plan for strategic changes, according to a survey released today by Oxford Economics, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and SAP SuccessFactors, a division of SAP SE.

Some 50 per cent of Canadian respondents said they expect flexible work policies to be a talent differentiator, according to the report “The Future of Work Arrives Early: How HR Leaders are Leveraging the Lessons of Disruptions.” However, 57 per cent expect maintaining productivity given new ways of working to be an ongoing challenge. More than 37 per cent of respondents said that establishing a culture that supports remote employees will also be a challenge when the pandemic subsides, and most acknowledge that their workers have had very different experiences depending on if they are salaried, hourly, office or field workers. Nearly 30 per cent of respondents plan to invest in listening tools or employee surveys, which could help organizations keep a pulse on employee sentiment as changes to the workplace continue.

The report found that 74 per cent of respondents in Canada said their company has the technology it needs to navigate the changing work environment, and 37 per cent expect to invest in remote collaboration tools. Still, only 22 per cent of respondents said that their workers can work remotely and have the necessary technology and environment to do so effectively. Some 38 per cent of respondents expect to reduce their office footprint.

When it comes to attracting talent, 17 per cent of respondents in Canada believe competing for talent will be a major challenge. Top factors to attract and retain talent include flexible work policies (62 per cent), finding new ways of delivering/selling/marketing existing products and services (61 per cent), and the financial stability of the organization (59 per cent).

Looking forward, only 27 per cent of respondents in Canada are planning to invest in learning programs for reskilling and upskilling over the next 12 months. This compares to 22 per cent of U.S. respondents and 38 per cent of respondents outside of the U.S., despite employee readiness to learn new skills.

The Future of Work Arrives Early: How HR Leaders are Leveraging the Lessons of Disruption” reportsurveyed HR leaders in 10 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The data in this press release represents more than 300 HR leaders in Canada. Download the Canadian report and the global report.