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Why Turkeys Can’t Wait for Thanksgiving: The Difference Between Business Intelligence and Predictive

by Bruno Delhaye, VP Analytics Sales, SAP Americas As we know, Thanksgiving is certainly not the best moment to be a turkey. So why do they, in fact, look forward to ? The answer is simple – they look at the past day and see how wonderful the past few days and weeks have been. […]

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GRC Tuesdays: Managing at Speed

Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA We all know that the world is spinning faster and faster. Risks and opportunities appear and grow large before changing or disappearing. This all means that management teams have to adapt and manage at speed. They have to be ready to seize opportunities before they disappear and are taken by […]

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The Best Part of the Annual Budget is When it is Over!

By Gary Cokins, Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC Jeremy Hope (1948 – 2011) was a special type of management consultant and colleague who I highly respected. He started a revolutionary movement when he co-authored with Robin Fraser the book, Beyond Budgeting: How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap (Boston: Harvard Business School […]

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GRC Tuesdays: Risk Management vs. Control Management

I was at a conference recently where I heard a presenter explaining his risk management strategy. He explained that they assessed risks annually and followed up with monthly and quarterly control assessment and testing. If This Is Risk Management, What Is Control Management? My view is that this is not risk management; it’s control management. […]

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SAP Cloud for Planning – We Changed the Old Rules

by Gerrit Simon Kazmaier, Vice President and Head of Engineering, SAP Cloud for Planning In our last blog, Ivo Bauermann asked me about “Why design isn’t just for designers, but also engineers for whom “Code is law.” We changed the rules when we designed SAP Cloud for Planning. SAP Cloud for Planning is truly a […]

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How to Stay Ahead of the Competition – #SAP20tips Week Two

by Isabelle Nuage, Analytics, SAP We want to help more businesses tap into the power of predictive analytics. So last week, we launched a 20 tips campaign – a tip a day over four weeks – that introduces real-life scenarios of customers using predictive analytics to overcome business challenges. Each week of #SAP20tips is focusing […]

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GRC Tuesdays: Latest ACFE Report Shows Only Slow Improvement in the Fight Against Fraud: Could New Technologies Help?

By Jerome Pugnet, GRC Product Marketing, SAP While the new bi-annual edition of the Report to the Nations of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) was being released recently, we published this short infographic titled “The Problem with Detecting Occupational Fraud” This infographic summarizes the challenges that aren’t adequately addressed by older tools, many of which […]

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See The Beauty in Your Plans

by Ivo Bauermann, Global Vice President and General Manager, EPM Solutions, SAP The famous industrial designer Dieter Rams knew good design, dating back to the 1960s when he had major success at Braun. Even today, Apple’s products are heavily influenced by Mr. Rams’ designs (see this comparison). One of his key principles is that designers […]

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How to Stay Ahead of the Competition: 20 Tips from SAP Predictive Analytics

by Isabelle Nuage, Analytics, SAP Today, organizations need to run at market speed and differentiate themselves by anticipating risks and opportunities in real time. With the competition growing more fierce, they have a much shorter time to act and react. The good news is that predictive technology is becoming accessible to non-data scientists and statisticians. […]

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Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

I’m deeply cynical about most brands — and the odds are that you are, too. According to a survey last year most people say they wouldn’t care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. And although strong brands can outperform the stock market by 120%, only one in five brands are actually perceived as making a meaningful […]

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