Big Data in Action – A Real-Time and Historical Analysis Use

by John Schitka, SAP This truly wowed me and really had an impact on my perspective around how Big Data can change the very essence of how we approach things. During my regular routine of scanning news articles over a coffee before settling down to real work the other day, I read a Time article […]

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Avoiding Costly Recalls and Brand Destruction: Implementing a Warranty Early Warning System

One of the greatest fears for manufacturing executives is the threat of a product glitch. Depending on the size and scope of a problem and the number of products or consumers affected, product recalls can mean billions of dollars in recall costs for manufacturers, not to mention legal and medical expenses (when applicable), government fines […]

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Getting to Know the German Monster – The Importance of Proximity in a Globalized World

Raphael Branger, Chief Knowledge Officer, IT-logix I still remember the day when SAP announced it was acquiring Business Objects. My feelings were in between excitement and sorrow. Even though Business Objects was a very successful global company already, SAP was way bigger and just a three-character name for me back then. What did I do […]

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Getting to Know the German Monster – The Importance of Proximity in a Globalized World

Raphael Branger, Chief Knowledge Officer, IT-logix I still remember the day when SAP announced it was acquiring Business Objects. My feelings were in between excitement and sorrow. Even though Business Objects was a very successful global company already, SAP was way bigger and just a three-character name for me back then. What did I do […]

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Getting to Know the German Monster – The Importance of Proximity in a Globalized World

Raphael Branger, Chief Knowledge Officer, IT-logix I still remember the day when SAP announced it was acquiring Business Objects. My feelings were in between excitement and sorrow. Even though Business Objects was a very successful global company already, SAP was way bigger and just a three-character name for me back then. What did I do […]

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Visualizing Fantasy Football Success with Analytics

With a hint of autumn in the air across the US and NFL training camps in full swing, Fantasy Football “owners” are scouring data looking for an edge in draft preparation. Simply, effective Fantasy Football draft strategy demands laser-like focus on statistics produced by individual players. High value stats include touchdowns scored at all positions, […]

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4 Tips for Maximizing Analytics for Business Forecasting

Predictive analytics can help CFOs and other business leaders examine a full range of market and operational data that can help them better forecast business outcomes (e.g., revenue, profits, operational costs). This is where business leaders can ask and answer questions such as: “Where are we headed?” and “What’s the best course of action?” Still, […]

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5 Signs that Your Financial Close Process May Be Broken

by Elizabeth Milne, EPM Product Marketing, SAP Recently I worked with Deloitte to publish the paper “5 Signs  that Your Financial Close Process May Be Broken (and What to Do about It).” Deloitte is a fantastic partner with massive experience working around the close process and helping organizations shorten the close cycles and improve quality. […]

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Simple Predictive Finance: Why the Dream Is a Reality

by Henner Schliebs, Senior Director, Analytics Strategic Product Marketing, SAP For a couple decades, there was a quote about prediction that everyone seemed to jump on, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” This not very provocative sentence from the first half of the 20th century (by Physics Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr) was […]

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Big Data and Analytics to Drive Productivity

A common mantra for many analysts is that they don’t get to spend enough time analyzing data to extract vital insights because they simply spend too much time preparing data for analysis. Keep Business Running The problem includes the time and effort it takes analysts to download, cleanse, and manipulate data and then create charts, […]

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