Imagine a world where mainstay brand names are no longer the measure of financial success. Think of those companies that you never thought could falter. Now realize that more than 40 percent of the companies that were at the top of the Fortune 500 in 2000 were no longer there in 2010. How many less will that be in 2020 as we move to a digital economy? Does your business have what it takes to not only survive but thrive?
Digital business is a reality. Well known upstarts like Uber and Airbnb are changing entire industries. So are fast growing businesses such as Under Armour or long-time established leaders like Kaeser Kompressoren, the 96-year-old German-based compressed-air system supplier. They are part of the new generation of fully digital businesses. Businesses that are about providing a highly personalized yet super simplified customer experience in a world where instant access to the desired products, services, suppliers, assets and things in general is changing the game.
Today’s successful companies are those fueled by the changing nature of technology and how it is used. They understand that they, and their entire industry, are not immune to disruption – so they embrace change. They understand that leading in a digital world and economy requires a different way of thinking your business, your customers and your competitors – so they are agile and ready to seize opportunities as presented.
Edwin H. Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, once said that “every significant invention must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.” We introduced SAP HANA – the most advanced in-memory platform to do just that: drive digital business innovation at very large scale with the ultimate sophistication: simplicity. The perfect example is SAP S/4HANA, our next-generation business suite and digital core.
Embracing Your Digital Strategy
Embracing a digital strategy is about reinventing your business, from business models to business processes to how people work. It starts with a digital core that not only serves as the business foundation to run digitized mission-critical business processes on a single source of always instant insight, but also interconnects all your value chain in real time.
A solid digital core is the prerequisite to participating in the digital economy. It’s a way to move away from lengthy, time-consuming batch processes. It’s a way to react quickly to market signals and chatter on social channels. It’s a way to connect your enterprise to the people, devices, partners, and social networks that make it thrive. With 86% of business executives agreeing that business processes and decision making have become so complex that they hinder the ability to grow, how can you move away from the promise of simplicity?
SAP S/4HANA is that significant invention to every business that employs it. It’s a value driver – on any device, to any user, in any line of business, in any industry, in any country or region. SAP is often our own first customer with new solutions and the SAP Digital Boardroom we are now using is no exception. The SAP Digital Boardroom utilizes line-of-business data from the SAP S/4HANA suite and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to provide a single source of truth about our critical business metrics. Built on the SAP Cloud for Analytics solution, the SAP Digital Boardroom contextualizes and simplifies performance management across businesses in real time. This approach is helping us monitor and drive real change in the digital economy – and is available to do the same for yours.
Case in Point
This is just one of many digital business use-cases now possible with our digital core. There’s many more that we’ve highlighted in our new flipbook, providing very concrete example across lines of business.
We are delighted by the more than 1,300 customers that have already taken the step to drive their digital transformation with our digital core S/4HANA. We’re also excited by the latest step on this journey that is providing an unprecedented wave of simplification and innovation to help our customers drive tangible business value and win in the digital economy – on premise and in the cloud.
The time is now to reimagine what your business future can be and benefit from the unprecedented opportunities the digital economy offers. What are you waiting for?
This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.
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