SAP NOW Southeast Asia showcases innovative customers with future-proof visions: Aboitiz InfraCapital, Changi Airport Group, Petrosea and Visa

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Verena Siow, President and Managing Director, SAP SEA at the flagship SAP NOW SEA event

SINGAPORE, Singapore July 25, 2023 SAP showcased a range of innovations with customers and partners, including Aboitiz InfraCapital, Changi Airport Group, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Petrosea, ST Logistics, and Visa at its flagship SAP NOW SEA event in Singapore today. 

The event, hosted at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, brought together over 1000 customers, partners, and technology experts from around Southeast Asia (SEA) to discuss recently announced SAP solutions like green ledger carbon accounting and Business AI, and spotlight how organizations are leveraging SAP solutions and business networks to future-proof their businesses.

From L to R: Verena Siow, President and Managing Director, SAP SEA, Phuah Aik Chong, Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS Digital, Chaye A. Cabal – Revilla, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Loganathan Ramasamy, Chief Executive Officer, ST Logistics at the Future-Ready Trailblazers panel discussion

Speaking at SAP NOW SEA, a range of companies shared their inspiring transformation journeys, including:  

  • Visa is collaborating with SAP to streamline and simplify business-to-business (B2B) payments for enterprises of all sizes. The  collaboration, led out of Asia Pacific, will embed payments into the SAP ecosystem through SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) and deliver capabilities that help businesses route commercial payments to suppliers, whether or not they accept card payments. 
  • Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a leading infrastructure company became the first business in the Philippines to implement RISE with SAP, streamlining its operations and consolidating its enterprise resource planning systems under SAP.  
  • A leader in the supply chain industry, ST Logistics chose RISE with SAP, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP BTP to power its three-year digital transformation plan, drive operational excellence, and accelerate sustainable growth.    

“Our mission in SEA is to uplift the lives of our region’s 700 million people. At SAP, we are doing that in three ways – boosting innovation through new ideas like business AI, driving sustainable outcomes by investing in carbon accounting and the green ledger, and helping businesses future-proof their infrastructure for resiliency in the cloud,” said Verena Siow, President and Managing Director, SAP SEA. 

The event follows the announcement of SAP’s Asia Pacific Q2 2023 earnings, noting significant cloud growth and highlighting new SEA customer wins and go-lives including Visa, Singtel, FGV IFFCO, and Aboitiz InfraCapital. 

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SAP reinforced its commitment to partner innovation at SAP NOW SEA, helping businesses solve their most pressing challenges in the AI economy. SAP welcomed Snehanshu Shah, Managing Director for SAP at Google Cloud, to provide more details on SAP’s expanded partnership with Google Cloud. The partnership introduces a comprehensive open data offering that unites SAP with Google Cloud’s Data and Analytics Technology, unleashing the power of business data and advancing enterprise AI development. 

B Capital Group, a venture capital firm co-founded by Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly, and which invests in technology start-ups across the world, announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAP in Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) to help startups scale through technology innovation. Under the MoU, B Capital portfolio companies will gain access to SAP’s industry expertise and global business networks to accelerate innovation, including areas such as AI and automation.  

Asia’s leading communications technology group Singtel, also announced today that they are collaborating with SAP to offer an end-to-end 5G Intelligent Edge Aggregator (IEA) solution to further enable enterprises to gain real-time intelligence and insights to help them make critical business decisions. The solution, powered by SAP BTP, will be developed for computer vision, workplace safety, and last mile delivery use cases, creating a framework that industry players and customers can easily adapt and integrate with their backend systems and processes. 

“It is clear we are at an inflection point, and the best way to Transform Tomorrow, Today, is through continual innovations: bringing expert partners, including customers themselves, together to collaborate and tap the power of the collective to thrive in the SEA digital economy,” added Siow. 

Aboitiz InfraCapital: “At Aboitiz InfraCapital, we view SAP as our trusted partner in future-proofing our organization and achieving our business transformation goals. With SAP BTP and RISE with SAP,  as our guiding principle, we have witnessed the breadth of SAP’s portfolio, which is integral in driving our entire digital roadmap for the next five years and in helping realize Aboitiz’s group vision of becoming the Philippines’ first techglomerate,” said Raymund Ramos, Chief Information Officer, Aboitiz InfraCapital. 

B Capital Group: “Asia is a hotbed for innovation and start-ups. We are seeing huge opportunities in the region not just with new digital industries but also in revitalizing existing industries to adapt to a changing environment. Our collaboration with SAP will provide B Capital portfolio companies valuable access to tried-and-tested industry best practices, fit-to-standard technology stack for fast-growing companies, and an extensive SAP business network to develop new innovations with – all of which will help us accelerate growth and scale globally,” said Arijit Sengupta, General Partner, B Capital  

Google Cloud: “SAP data is one of the most important assets for many businesses, and our expanded partnership makes it remarkably easy for customers to unify everything through our data cloud to create rich business insights, train custom AI models, and more,” said Martin Chee, Managing Director, APAC Specialist Sales, Google Cloud. 

Petrosea: “Our transformation has been driven by our 3D strategy of digitalization, diversification and decarbonization as the enabler for our company to pursue not only superior but also sustainable performance. Tapping into various digital solutions within SAP ecosystem along with our Minerva Digital Platform as the in-house platform for end-to-end digital mining solutions has helped bring in connectivity, insights and impacts to support our aspiration to become a sustainable resource in the upcoming future,” said Sudarto Unsurlany, Head of Digitalization, PT Petrosea Tbk. 

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD): “As a leading research-intensive global university focused on technology and design, we understand the importance of using innovative technology to prepare students for the new world of work and to create compelling employee experiences. SUTD was looking for a scalable, efficient, and secure cloud-based ERP system to future-proof our organization, and with RISE with SAP as our digital core, we were able to leverage built-in intelligent technologies, including AI, machine learning and advanced analytics to achieve sustainable growth for the university,” said Giselia Giam, Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, SUTD. 

ST Logistics: “With more than 50 years of experience in providing Supply Chain Management and Integrated Logistics Solutions to the Defense, Government and Healthcare sectors, we looked to partner with SAP to help drive our business transformation journey and become future-ready in this digital economy.  With the help of RISE with SAP, we are able to obtain a common view of data to operationalize corporate strategies quickly and gain access to real-time analytics to enhance decision-making in service delivery to meet customers’ demands. In addition, we will also be able to optimize our logistics strategies, reduce costs, and improve our services while achieving our sustainability goals,” said Loganathan Ramasamy, Chief Executive Officer, ST Logistics. 

Visa: “Visa’s collaboration with SAP is a major milestone as it sets the stage for a deep exploration into the world of embedded finance for the B2B market,” said Chavi Jafa, Head of Commercial and Money Movement Solutions, Asia Pacific, Visa. “Almost 99 per cent of the world’s largest companies use SAP solutions to run their daily operations, and now these enterprises can use their Visa cards, a payment method they trust, directly on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), an enterprise solution they rely on. Enterprises will no longer need to grapple with the various payment methods accepted by their suppliers, as Visa’s payment solutions that are integrated into SAP BTP will route commercial card payments to all suppliers, whether they accept card payments or not. This will speed up payments for both buyers and sellers, helping to further digitize B2B payment flows across Asia Pacific’s supply chains.”