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SAP HANA was released as a work in progress. Tenants could leverage the increased speed of the HANA database immediately, but had to wait for the updated SAP S/4HANA applications to be released. Each release has allowed applications to more fully harness HANA, creating new, compelling reasons to migrate for a range of use cases. With the S/4HANA 1709 release, SAP has taken yet another step toward creating a complete product, with substantial benefits over Suite on HANA for most use cases. As with any ERP software, there will be future improvements and innovations, but at this point upgrading to S/4 is a worthwhile investment for nearly every landscape still on SAP ECC or Suite on HANA. New Functionality in the S/4HANA 1709 Release SAP S/4HANA 1709 provides brand new functionality in a range of sectors and industries, including manufacturing, finance, shipping, commodi... (more)

Is Your #ERP Ready for #DigitalTransformation? | @CloudExpo #AI #IoT #DX

Companies have always been concerned that traditional enterprise software is slow and complex to install, often disrupting critical and time-sensitive operations during roll-out. With the growing need to integrate new digital technologies into the enterprise to transform business processes, this concern has become even more pressing. A 2016 Panorama Consulting Solutions study revealed that enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects took an average of 21 months to install, with 57 percent of these projects experiencing timeline overruns. A span of almost two years can be a long time when disruptive change comes in weeks or months rather than years.  Any executive that has been around enterprise software implementations knows not only that new systems can take a long time to implement, but can take almost as long to change or update with new technologies. Drivers o... (more)

[video] Jumpstart to #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo @EARPintegration #DX #ERP #FinTech

"We are still a relatively small software house and we are focusing on certain industries like FinTech, med tech, energy and utilities. We help our customers with their digital transformation," noted Piotr Stawinski, Founder and CEO of EARP Integration, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a h... (more)

Virtustream xStream Optimizes VMware Environments

Virtustream on Tuesday announced that its cloud management software xStream™ can now be used to optimize VMware environments for mission-critical applications, enhance security and enable hybrid cloud environments. "We continue to further enhance and optimize our cloud software offering," said Simon Aspinall, chief vertical markets, strategy and marketing officer at Virtustream. "Virtustream xStream is the leading platform for supporting production applications, such as ERP, CRM, DB, SCM and BI, in multi-tenant public clouds, and is key to maximizing the potential of the software-defined data center (SDDC)." Virtustream reports that the xStream cloud management software, with its dynamic µVM (micro-VM) abstraction layer, reduces overhead expenditures by up to 40 percent and overall costs (hardware, licensing) by 25-30 percent; the solution also provides service l... (more)

[session] #Serverless Computing | @CloudExpo #ERP #CloudNative #DevOps

Serverless Computing: Constructing Distributed Scalable Transactional Applications in a Hostile Environment Cloud resources, although available in abundance, are inherently volatile. For transactional computing, like ERP and most enterprise software, this is a challenge as transactional integrity and data fidelity is paramount - making it a challenge to create cloud native applications while relying on RDBMS. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Claus Jepsen, Chief Architect and Head of Innovation Labs at Unit4, will explore that in order to create distributed and scalable solutions ensuring high availability and fault tolerance using non-RDBMS in enterprise software, new technologies and architectural patterns need to be to in practice ensuring equal data fidelity and transactional integrity. Speaker Bio Claus Jepsen is Chief Architect and Head of Innovation Labs, Un... (more)

Demystifying Machine Learning | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DX #MachinLearning

Demystifying Machine Learning - How Do Machines Really Learn? By Mark Troester Are machines really intelligent? Learn the answer and how it can affect your business. It's machine-learning 101 for curious business leaders out there. Autonomous cars taking us on our favorite and most efficient routes, virtual assistants serving up the exact data a doctor needs to diagnose an illness or that an engineer needs to identify a faulty part, customer support bots that are always available to answer your questions and book your appointments accurately and quickly. All of these use-cases are either here or will be soon, and they all rely on Machine Learning to be successful. But how do the machines learn? There’s a lot of market confusion out there, and it’s important to take a step back and understand what we’re talking about and why. There’s a lot of discussion about the diff... (more)

Is a #BigData Conference Like Going to the Dentist? | @CloudExpo #BI #IoT #SmartCities

I recently visited my dentist and found the experience, well, less than satisfactory. I was subjected to 45 minutes of lecturing while strapped into the dentist chair: “You don’t brush enough times a day. You don’t brush long enough. You don’t brush correctly. You aren’t using the right type of toothbrush. You aren’t replacing the brush head soon enough. You aren’t flossing enough. You aren’t flossing correctly. You aren’t using the right type of floss.” Good lord! It’s any wonder that my teeth aren’t just falling out of my head!! No one likes being lectured. It’s not constructive and after a while, you just turn it off.  That’s probably similar to the feeling of going to these Big Data conferences – constantly being told what you aren’t doing right. And maybe I’m guilty of doing that as well. If I am, then I’m sorry because from an audience perspective, it sucks... (more)

Automating B2B Integration with XML

This article will explain how XML is used to enable businesses to work together via the Internet, in the context of the RosettaNet B2B framework. Looking at proven frameworks such as RosettaNet is important as it provides insight into what works today, and what will become important tomorrow. The article also offers a snapshot of how pervasive XML is in business integration frameworks, and outlines how XML technology can reduce the implementation costs of B2B integration solutions. RosettaNetRosettaNet, founded in 1998, is a nonprofit consortium of more than 500 of the world's leading information technology, electronic components, logistics, semiconductor manufacturing, solution provider, and telecommunications companies working to create, implement, and promote open e-business process standards. RosettaNet is named after the Rosetta stone, which is inscribed with... (more)

The Well-Spoken SOA - How Well Is Your SOA Running?

The American comedian and actor Steven Wright once said, "It doesn't make a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature." Words are wonderful that way. They can give you a little blast of pleasure when used cleverly, but like everything else they are subject to fashion. For example, I was speaking at a technical conference recently when I overheard a person whom I know, who is well-respected in this field, say something along these lines: "You have to know how well your SOA is running. Knowing the overall health and responsiveness of your SOA is very important. You've got to get a handle on your governance." The goal was laudable, but the wording was off target. I've heard the word governance fall from people's lips with increasing frequency recently, which is a good thing. Lately though, it seems to me that there has been an unfortunate blu... (more)

Corporate Applications on a Mobile Device Near You

In the enterprise building mobile applications is as much about integration and the corresponding challenges as it is about pure application development. Recent industry reports reveal that more than 70% of mission-critical data and most of the pivotal business logic that runs worldwide commerce still resides on existing host systems. Based on this dependency, as well as their speed and power, host systems are unquestionably here to stay for most large organizations and will continue to be a foundation for business success as organizations design and implement new business initiatives. However, many of those same organizations have also invested in packaged applications (SAP, Siebel, Oracle Applications, PeopleSoft, etc.) to manage their businesses. When building mobile solutions that leverage these systems, enterprise developers want to use the existing business logi... (more)

Tapping a New Source for Professional ERP

The history of open source, the movement and the broad philosophy, are well documented and discussed online by devotees and critics alike, but we believe this model has now come of age, moved on, and evolved considerably from its initial "ethical software" roots. In practice, developers of open source software are a hard-grafting, practical community of expert developers and project managers producing not loose ideas, but tight code that promotes access and cooperation. The source code and other materials created aren't conceptual either; they are the stable building blocks and sound foundations of some of the most rigorously tested and maintained software systems created today. Open source has been transformed so completely in recent years, we like to refer to today's leading exponents as "Open Source 2.0" companies. They have built on their initial business plans ... (more)