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SAP Targets Cloud, Industry-Specific Solutions and Easy Customer Experience


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SAP introduced SAP Simple Finance, and announced that SAP Fiori will now be included in all SAP software. SAP also announced that it will co-innovate with customers and partners to deliver industry-specific solutions across the 25 industries SAP serves such as financial services, healthcare, retail, sports, telecommunications, and entertainment.

Simple Finance

Simple Finance is a set of solutions powered by the HANA Enterprise Cloud. The integrated solutions set enables finance departments to run all their mission-critical processes in real-time — including planning, accounting, treasury, financial operations, risk and compliance — on a cloud 

“Simple Finance powered by HANA takes advantage of the real-time nature of HANA giving you real-time instant insights into your data at your fingertips in our cloud,” explained Ingrid Van Den Hoogen, senior vice president, Products & Innovation, SAP AG, in an interview prior to the recent SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando. “Many finance people still deal with batch jobs running reports, and get reports that might be a couple of days old. SAP Simple Finance allows users to get instant access and information about the data running their business.” The approach is expected to have a transformative effect not only on finance departments but also on overall businesses because of the way finance touches a business across departments, said Van Den Hoogen.

SAP Simple Finance is available for 25 industries in more than 60 countries to meet the needs of local and global finance departments, and will be offered as a subscription so it is easy to acquire and easy to consume because it will be deployed as a managed service in the HANA Enterprise Cloud, said Van Den Hoogen.

SAP Fiori and SAP Screen Personas Software

SAP is also announcing that SAP Fiori and SAP Screen Personas software will now be included within underlying licenses of SAP software.  In addition, SAP will offer a portfolio of user experience (UX) services including design, rapid deployment, and custom development to enhance customer engagement.

“We announced SAP Fiori last year but we only had a few solutions a few Fiori-like user experiences for some of our solutions. We have expanded it to include hundreds of our offerings and we are now making it available with every piece of software that SAP ships,” said Van Den Hoogen. In addition to Fiori, the SAP Screen Personas software will also be provided as part of all of SAP software. It is a “beautiful user interface but also a productive user interface” and can be used on smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, said Van Den Hoogen. For existing Fiori customers, SAP will provide a software credit redeemable against future software sales.

Industry Cloud

And, at the Partner Summit at SAPPHIRE NOW, the company also announced that it has created a dedicated organization, Industry Cloud, led by Simon Paris. SAP will co-innovate with customers and partners to deliver industry-specific solutions across the 25 industries SAP serves such as financial services, healthcare, retail, sports, telecommunications, and entertainment, said Van Den Hoogen. In the industry cloud model, partners and customers have an open invitation to co-innovate and co-develop with SAP on industry cloud offerings. Like all SAP Cloud solutions, these will be powered by SAP HANA and will also be made available via the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

For more information, visit www.sap.com


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