In the face of rapidly evolving changes in technology and mounting competitive pressure, organisations must hit the reset button for how they use IT. The solution isn’t to bring existing programs to a halt and start over. But it’s almost as bold: restarting IT while in motion.(Read Full Article)
Gaining a clear, contextually-based view of customers isn’t easy. Fine-tuning system integration to understand the nuances of customers, gain greater insights and infusing customer intelligence through a company requires more than APIs and cloud platform integration. It requires a precise strategy of integration to align customer data to ongoing strategies.(Read Full Article)
Organizations that have implemented ERP systems have long complained that deployments are too costly, time consuming and risky, so it is pretty rare that organizations look at ways to leverage enterprise software to drive innovation. Indeed, without the right expertise and guidance, ERP implementations can be difficult, even without the grand ambition of driving innovation.(Read Full Article)
EOH SAP Services, a SAP National Alliance Partner, will be sponsoring the entire series of Mastering SAP Conferences, Seminars and Round Tables to be held in Johannesburg over the coming months. This forms part of the vision of driving “better run businesses” - from strategy to execution.
Mastering SAP 2013 is specifically designed to encourage SAP customers to look outside their immediate environment. It's a place where SAP customers, partners and experts engage in brave and important conversations, find answers to common challenges and inspire one another to explore future opportunities.
How do you bring clarity and transparency to business? How do you see, think and act clearly so that you can understand your risks, formulate smart business strategies, and take actions that align with those strategies?
EOH SAP Services General Manager Kirtan Sita says the answer is by driving initiatives that enable insight, improve efficiencies, and promote a culture of accountability. "At EOH SAP Services, we have the proven track record to collaborate with our customers - partners to Plan, Build and Run better Enterprises."
"Well run enterprises have the ability to overcome complexity by having insight into every aspect of the organisation and its business networks. They operate with ...(Read Full Article)
According to a new report by the Sand Hill Group that was sponsored by SAP, aside from the obvious attraction of potential cost savings, one of the draws of subscription based cloud computing is that it allows companies to evaluate new business concepts without having to invest in new servers themselves. Without having to go through their own capex approval processes, they can quickly test the market, perhaps even gaining first-mover advantage into an embryonic new market segment set to flourish.(Read Full Article)
SAP's software is known for its role running many of the world's largest companies, but not necessarily for its user-friendliness. As part of an ongoing effort to change this perception, SAP unveiled Fiori, a set of 25 lightweight "consumer-friendly" applications that can run on desktops, tablets and mobile devices, on Wednesday at the Sapphire conference in Orlando.(Read Full Article)
UBS the Swiss bank has hired Oliver Bussmann from Germany’s SAP AG as group chief information officer. Bussmann, who held the CIO position at SAP, will start in June and report to Chief Operating Officer Ulrich Koerner, the Zurich- based bank said in a statement today.(Read Full Article)
Technology is now the underpinning for change and growth. Companies that adopt a new digital mindset will be savvy to this convergence of IT and the business. This year's Accenture Technology Vision identifies seven trends that should be shaping your digital business for the future(Read Full Article)
Companies face a growing inability to access the vital skills they need to compete successfully and achieve high performance.(Read Full Article)
Accenture explores the implications of this for business and HR, and identifies seven practices HR can adopt to help organizations access the skills they need, when and where.
Having been an analyst for the best part of nearly two decades, the big ERPs have always maintained a stranglehold over the majority of the global 2000. Any service or technology enhancement has to connect / integrate / work-around the existing ERP template. Entire operations departments essentially become structured around the ERP platform and dependent on their capabilities and relationships with their ERP vendor.(Read Full Article)
Accenture has launched South Africa’s first Innovation Index to promote business growth and development of new, sustainable enterprises that would in turn spur much desired job creation.
Expressing his excitement about the initiative, Accenture South Africa Chief Executive William Mzimba said: “An increasingly volatile and competitive market landscape demands new ways of thinking about, and acting on, business challenges and opportunities. Continuous innovation underpins sustained growth for both business and public organisations. By developing an authoritative and objective snapshot of the current state of innovation in South Africa as well as recognising local ‘role models’, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to a better South Africa.”(Read Full Article)
The risk of data breach is no longer the sole preserve of e-commerce companies running custom-developed programs accessible to the general public through Web application servers. In fact, the most significant breaches effected enterprise systems designed principally for internal use. This should come as no surprise.(Read Full Article)
In December we wrote about the inadequate leadership and mismanagement that led to the $1B U.S. Air Force ERP failure. Surely, poor communication and dishonesty were at fault but what else can be said about this IT disaster? As with any ERP failure, disaster can be traced back to a number of early warning signs.(Read Full Article)
In a recent interview I was asked, “what is mobile GRC, and how does it help?” Afterwards, I realized that I had underestimated the potential impact of mobility on governance, risk, and compliance. Years ago, Marshall McLuhan, an early prophet of the electronic age, coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Many scholars have attempted to interpret this rather enigmatic phrase. My view is that the interpretation is simple and the implications profound.(Read Full Article)
The City of Johannesburg, SA’s largest municipality and home to 1.4 million households, has again received a qualified audit report from the auditor-general (AG), because it could not provide accurate revenue figures.
The dilemmas in the report, which covers the year to June 2012 and has only recently been released, have been laid at the foot of the years-long billing crisis, which occurred as a result of post-implementation issues with the city’s move to SAP.
Project Phakama, which cost at least R580 million, had post-implementation problems after June 2010, which led to thousands of residents complaining about grossly-inflated readings and inaccurate bills.(Read Full Article)
The future of work is changing dramatically. As companies continue to streamline their operations, low-skill jobs are increasingly going offshore, to robots, or being outsourced in some way.
According to a new report by McKinsey, we are moving full-force into a knowledge economy, where high-skilled workers will be valued more than ever before. Tech companies are accelerating this trend.(Read Full Article)
EOH, a leader in technology and business solutions and the largest implementer of enterprise applications in South Africa, has partnered with OpenText, a global provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions. This agreement will enhance the SAP industry modules through Enterprise Content Management (ECM). OpenText enables organisations to grow the business, lower costs of operations, and reduce information governance and security related risks.(Read Full Article)
SAP's flagship Business Suite ERP (enterprise resource planning) software is now able to run on top of the vendor's HANA in-memory database, in a move that stands to open new frontiers of competition with the likes of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.(Read Full Article)
In a recent survey, nearly 1 in 4 customers who contacted a utility company in the preceding 12 months said they were dissatisfied with the way in which they had been dealt with. This compares to 16% for those who contacted a financial services company and 17% for those who contacted a retailer.(Read Full Article)
According to a recent study by CSO Insights, mobile sales tools have increased sales success. They impact the sales team by: Improving productivity; Aiding Smart Sales and increasing the deal close rate.(Read Full Article)
The reality is that implementing software, no matter how good it is, will not deliver the benefits required if the end users are not able to make optimal use of it.
“When companies implement enterprise applications such as SAP, they pay large amounts for the software, consulting and implementation, but then approach the project in a top-down methodology that focuses on the technical aspects of the task, explains Steve Hobbs, managing director of Blue Pencil Consulting.(Read Full Article)
SAP Africa has appointed Antonia Ashton as Head of Integrated Communications for Africa. Ashton will support SAP Africa’s CEO, Pfungwa Serima, and the Africa leadership team with executive communications counsel and lead all communications initiatives aimed at both internal and external key stakeholders, including employees, media, partners, analysts and other communications stakeholders.(Read Full Article)