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SAP Experts Podcast

English, Computing/Technology, 1 seasons, 126 episodes, 3 days 19 hours 56 minutes
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In this podcast, strategic SAP S/4HANA advisor, speaker and thought leader Alexander Greb meets heavyweights from inside and outside the SAP ecosystem like product management SVPs, CTOs, Customer CIOs, and LoB Evangelists. Listen to interviews, insights and discussions about best practices, relevant topics and trends from the SAP universe such as Digitization, Intelligent Enterprise, S/4HANA, Cloud, Xperience Data, as well as industry strategy, implementation, and Dos and Don’ts. This podcast is for all SAP customers from all industries and LoBs, as well as partners and SAP employees, and all further members of the SAP ecosystem who are looking for answers on the question “how things are done right“ in the SAP world. Please follow, share and subscribe! Questions/input can be sent to the email address [email protected] and will be answered in the Q/A episodes.
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Episode 125: Empathetic Leadership – John Massey

In an increasingly fast-paced world driven by financial and productivity metrics, how realistic is it to create a psychologically safe work environment for everyone while remaining focused on maintaining high standards and accountability? Could empathetic leadership be the answer for improved team dynamics and loyalty while simultaneously sustainably driving performance? To help us maneuver the delicate balance between empathy and accountability, we have with us John Massey – the Head of Leadership & Professional Development at SAP Digital. With 30 years of sales and sales management experience, he believes in the power of connection, competition, and self-improvement. John is an avid learner with a Master’s in Transformation and ICF Coaching qualifications. He values giving back to the community, having raised over €100K for charities and leading various diversity initiatives at SAP. Together, we'll explore the role emotional intelligence plays in leadership and how it impacts
22/08/202334 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 124: Digital Fashion with Generative AI & Metaverse – Chandralika Hazarika, Bigthinx

Guest: Chandralika Hazarika – MD & Co-Founder, Bigthinx Host: Akshi Mohla – Global Head, Branding and Communications, SAP Digital, Customer Success When I speak of avatars, what comes to your mind? Perhaps your social media cartoon mini-me or something you use in gaming? Or maybe even a popular animated series or one of the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time! But what if I were to tell you that with Artificial Intelligence, avatars can be leveraged to make fashion more sustainable, personalized, and inclusive, while simultaneously providing a compelling customer experience, thus, boosting profitability and brand engagement? Bigthinx makes this a reality with a digital shopping experience, complete with mobile body scanning, immersive showrooms, and virtual try-ons. And to tell us all about this SAP.io startup, joining us today is Chandralika Hazarika, the MD, and Co-Founder of Bigthinx. A seasoned branding and marketing professional with over 15 years of experien
01/08/202340 minutes 59 seconds
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Episode 123: Demystifying Digitization – Early Value-Centric Exploration for Future-proof Transformation – Kunal Waghmare

Guest: Kunal Waghmare – Practice Director, Emerging Supply Chain Solutions, Bristlecone Host: Akshi Mohla – Global Head, Branding and Communications, SAP Digital, Customer Success Welcome to SAP Experts Podcast! I am your host Akshi Mohla, and we’re back – back again to dive deep into the world of Digital Innovations and best practices that make the world run better. Together we will explore the latest trends, insights, and success stories with industry experts and thought leaders. Joining us today is Kunal Waghmare, the Practice Director at Bristlecone – an SAP partner headquartered in San Jose, California, and a part of the Mahindra group. He focuses on solving end-to-end supply chain challenges for customers via emerging SAP solutions. With extensive experience across various industry verticals, Kunal has been at the forefront of business and technology programs, enabling companies to achieve their digital transformation goals. In this episode, we'll discuss the three-leg
05/07/202335 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 122: Innovations in Retail: Reducing Waste via Cloud

Retail is changing – always. New consumer habits and priorities are making supply-chain traceability, inventory optimization, and waste reduction a top priority for retailers. In conversation with Sobouh Rahimi, Julie Vargas shares her vision for incorporating RFID technologies in everyday life, and how Avery Dennison and SAP are already incorporating such innovations with retailers like Macy’s. You’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast!
20/03/202335 minutes 45 seconds
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Episode 121: Analyst Relations: Partnering towards Next Practices – Clare Henry

Welcome to SAP Experts Podcast and a very Happy New Year 2023 to everyone! I am your host Akshi Mohla, and I am so excited to back from my maternity leave. As a new mom, I can not overstate the importance of mixing instinct, innovative new practices with the tried and tested expert wisdom. Similarly, within Software as a Service, the technology is ever evolving and so are the needs of our customers. And this is where the discerning wisdom of analysts comes in. Having deep understanding of both tech and customer industries – analysts combine the two to guide both our customers and the direction of our solutions. Which is why, we are kicking 2023 off by discussing the strategic importance of Analyst relations with none other than the dynamic and inspiring, Clare Henry. Clare is the Global Vice President of Analyst Relations at SAP. The core mission of this team is to engage with and assimilate industry analyst perspectives into SAP’s business strategy AND ensure analysts around the
18/01/202328 minutes 59 seconds
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Episode 120: A New Energy - How Utilities Companies are Pivoting with SAP – Daniela Sellmann

Guest: Daniela Sellmann: Global VP & Head of Industry Business Unit Utilities at SAP Host: Jonathan Fogarty – Industry Advisor – Utilities - ANZ Hello and welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast, my name is Jonathan Fogarty and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting another episode! The world of energy generation and consumption is changing drastically. Utilities are faced with incredible challenges in providing sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy for their customers – across all market roles. Today we are going to talk about the challenges utilities face due to disruption in global supply chains, the increasing demand from customers to be able to generate and store their own power, and the need to provide green, reliable alternatives to the long-established fossil fuels of the past, and how SAP is supporting them in this transition now and in the future. Joining me to help make sense of it all is Daniela Sellmann: Global Vice President Industry Business Unit – Utilities, fo
19/09/202237 minutes 41 seconds
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Episode 119: Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise – Himanshu Sewalkar

COVID-19 was a sobering experience for companies, globally. It exposed the need for rapid digitization; however, with digitization also comes an increased risk in cybersecurity. Times like these establish that a company’s success depends on its ability to balance the pace of its digitization with a precise focus on cybersecurity initiatives. Himanshu Sewalkar joins us to shed a light on how this balance can be achieved. Himanshu is a Senior Director at SAP’s Global Industry & Value Advisory. His professional mission is to help enterprises achieve more using SAP's technology. He does that by focusing on SAP’s portfolio of source-to-pay solution capabilities. Himanshu has a track record of delivering on large scale enterprise technology transformation programs across the globe combined with 18+ years of experience from software engineering & architecture, product management, digital business services and value advisory. Himanshu is passionate about helping people becoming more efficie
29/08/202234 minutes 32 seconds
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Episode 118: Combatting Global Inflation with Technology – Dr. Martin Kotula

Halloween is still a ways away, yet over the past few months, across the globe, we have been haunted by the nightmare of inflation. Prices are increasing, and not just for raw materials but also for consumer goods, thus raising concerns for businesses and private households alike. Dr. Martin Kotula joins us today to share how we can combat global inflation with technology. Dr. Martin Kotula is a Global VP for Value Content & Thought Leadership as well as the Head of Value Advisory for Spend Management at SAP. He helps customers drive digital transformation across source-to-pay and supply-chain processes. Passionate about digitalization, customer success, new innovations, and technologies, Martin is a known author, publishing several academic and business articles. He has significant experience overseeing cost and efficiency improvement programs, category optimization, organizational restructuring, and operations management. Martin holds a doctorate degree from Aston University, whe
22/08/202247 minutes 8 seconds
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Episode 117: Transforming Human Resources in a Digital Economy – Shilpa Rani

Human Resource organizations are experiencing the first impacts of what is shaping up to be a paradigm shift as the world transitions towards a digital economy. To add to the mix, in a world that is just about recovering from a Global Pandemic, while simultaneously facing uncertainties caused by inflation, how can HR leaders pivot their organizations to become true strategic business partners? To shed a light on this topic, I am joined by Shilpa Rani. She is a part of the Global Industry and Value Advisory team and working as a Director for Hire to Retire process in Value Content and Thought leadership. Prior to her existing role, she worked in HCM functional consulting and core HR areas. Throughout her 11+ years career at SAP and Infosys, she has challenged herself to take on multiple opportunities across HR consulting, value management, people management and organizational development. Her passion for HR is what keeps her going. She loves helping customers realize the full value po
08/08/202231 minutes 51 seconds
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Episode 116: How Enterprise Architecture at Roche enables digital transformation with emerging technologies – Vikram Rawal

Hello and welcome to yet another episode of SAP Experts Podcast! My name is Akshi Mohla, and I could not be more excited about today’s episode. It is not every day that you deep dive into the world of enterprise architecture and emerging technologies, and that too with someone from a pioneer in healthcare like Roche. With its purpose of “doing now what patients need next” and their 125-year history, Roche remains committed to driving innovations that transform the lives of patients, globally. Today, I am joined by Vikram Rawal, an ERP Enterprise Architect at Roche, with a key focus on ERP, Emerging Technologies, User Experience and Architecture in SAFe. He has 15+ years of IT experience in various domains, including architecture, team leadership, project management, innovation management and application development. He holds a master’s in information technology, as well as certifications in TOGAF 9.2, SAFe Architect, SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner, Professional Scrum Master 1
11/07/202230 minutes 39 seconds
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Episode 115: Bringing and retaining the right talent aboard “the organizational bus” – Frank Sofia

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins emphasized the importance of “who” over “what” – by stating that “those who build great organizations make sure they have the right people on the bus and the right people in the key seats before they figure out where to drive the bus”. But in today’s rapidly evolving corporate culture, underscored by gig economy, great resignation, hybrid workplaces, how do organizations go about navigating the selective talent pool, in order to bring the right people to the right seats? To shed a light on this very topic, I am joined by Frank Sofia. He is the Head of Executive Talent Attraction for the Americas, across all markets and lines of business. Prior to his current role, Frank served as the VP of Strategic Workforce Planning for North America Sales. Throughout his 16-year career at SAP Frank has challenged himself to take on new opportunities across HR functions to gain deep expertise in HR Strategy, Workforce planning, Recruiting, Change management
27/06/202243 minutes 13 seconds
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Episode 114: Big Tech Trends in a Turbulent World – Dr. Martin Kotula

Hello and welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast, my name is Jonathan Fogarty and it is an absolute privilege to be hosting another episode of SAP Experts. My guest today is Dr. Martin Kotula: Global Vice President of Value Content & Thought Leadership for the Global Industry and Value Advisory team @ SAP Martin is going to take us through some of the bigger trends in technology and how enterprises will be impacted in the near, medium and long term by these trends. It’s a complex and rapidly changing world at the moment and for the CIO they have never been challenged with the velocity and size of change that is facing them today. You’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
13/06/202236 minutes 30 seconds
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Episode 113: The challenges ahead for utilities companies & how SAP is responding – Markus Bechmann

Hello and welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast, my name is Jonathan Fogarty and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting another episode! Today we are going to talk about the pressure on Utilities companies to respond to an incredible list of challenges that are being thrown at them. From de-carbonisation and the increased demand for green energy, to how they maintain and modernise their massive infrastructure networks all with the backdrop of increasing turbulence in Europe, and maybe just as importantly, how SAP is developing their strategy to support this Industry. Joining me to help make sense of it all is Markus Bechmann: Global VP -Innovation and New Business Models for the Utilities industry at SAP. You’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
01/06/202230 minutes 56 seconds
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Episode 112: SAP Communities Panel Discussion – ASUG, SIG & SAP Intelligent Spend Community

While pursuing your digital transformation, strategizing, and prioritizing your next steps in order to cross the innovation chasm is a daunting task. However, you are not alone on your transformation journey… SAP user groups and communities are here to enable SAP and SAP users, as well as partners to form strategic partnerships, exchange best practices and share experiences, while providing technical and functional feedback to SAP. Which is why, today’s podcast features a panel of three distinguished leaders of SAP user communities. We have Achim Voermanek, the Global Vice President of SAP Intelligent Spend Community Strategy; Dawn Tiura, the CEO and President of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) and Geoff Scott, the CEO and Chief Community Champion at Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG). We will talk about the role of communities, the value they bring to their members, how they ensure engagement in a hybrid world, and so much more! As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and you’re listenin
30/05/202242 minutes 42 seconds
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Episode 111: Reunion Episode: Role of partners in successful Digital Transformations – Alexander Greb

Guest: Alexander Greb – Vice President – Digital Transformation Consulting, Westernacher Consulting Host: Akshi Mohla – Business Development Director, SAP Global Industry & Value Advisory On August 21, 2019, Alexander Greb launched the very first episode of SAP Experts Podcast. And today marks the episode 111 of the podcast. We had to bring the original founder back for this special number episode! Today, Alexander will share what it was like to launch a technology podcast, with a relatable, coffee-chat format back when it was still something niche in the SaaS world. We also discuss the three-legged-stool that SAP, our partners and our customers form while crossing the transformation chasm. As Customer Advisory Lead and renowned Tech Evangelist, Alexander has collected vast experience in customer centric strategy implementation, processes, and technology at SAP and several leading business consulting companies for the past two decades. Having implemented digital transformation
23/05/202244 minutes 32 seconds
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Episode 110: Drive supply chain resiliency with SAP Business Network – Tony Harris

In a constantly changing world – which is simultaneously afflicted by a global pandemic and geopolitical uncertainties – supply chain resiliency becomes indispensable. The urgency for a diversified supplier base and increased automation is further underscored by exponentially shifting consumer demands. How can a one-stop-shop, integrated business network help alleviate these challenges, while also digitizing procurement workflows and connecting all your trading partners and suppliers, in a flexible and scalable manner? Which is why, today, I am joined by Tony Harris, the Senior Vice President and & Head of Marketing & Solutions at SAP Business Network. With over 25 years of experience across both Finance and IT, Tony has spent the last 15 years focused on the Procurement solutions sector and is currently Head of Market Strategy for SAP Business Network. In this role, he leads solution management and marketing teams that form a bridge between SAP solutions and its customers. T
09/05/202239 minutes 16 seconds
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Episode 109: The future of customer engagements – Ana-Maria Manda

What does the future of customer engagements look like? Customers today, more than ever, expect sales ready experiences. They form a perception of your brand, before even interacting in person. So, in a such a world, how do brands differentiate themselves and tell their story? How do they create an interactive digital and virtual experience, that is simultaneously relatable to their customers? To answer these questions, I am joined by the dynamic Ana-Maria Manda. Ana-Maria is SAP’s Global Business Technology Platform Digital Experience Hub Lead. Originally from Romania, she is now based in Switzerland and joined the SAP family in 2020. With an educational background in Law, she has a broad expertise in sales and digital transformation. In her role as a Digital Hub Lead, she is responsible for global and regional initiatives focused on creation and consumption of new digital assets for more engaging and impactful customer interactions. In addition to her Digital Hub Lead role Ana
02/05/202239 minutes 6 seconds
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Episode 108: How IDEI unlocked Sustainability and Agility with SAP – Jorge Martinez

Internacional de Inversiones SA de CV (IDEI) is an innovative real-estate developer known for creating some of the most iconic buildings in Mexico. This includes the the Torre KOI skyscraper which is one of Mexico’s largest buildings. To continue to offer best-in-class solutions and enable efficient vendor processes, they chose SAP S/4HANA as their digital transformation solution. How did IDEI digitize their operations to aid business continuity and agile decision making with SAP? Furthermore, how did they unlock 60% reduction in paper use, while simultaneously achieving revenue growth via dynamic pricing models. And why did the choose to partner with SAP? My guest today, Jorge Martinez, the Vice President of Operations at IDEI, is joining us to answer the above and so much more! As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
11/04/202225 minutes 39 seconds
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Episode 107: How Knorr-Bremse Unlocked Value with SAP S/4HANA – Michael Hilzinger

“SAP S/4HANA is the biggest transformation project in our 110 years company history” – a quote that describes the significance of the change in the company of my today’s guest. Michael Hilzinger joined me and gave insights on his approach to transform to SAP S/4 HANA. Michael is CIO at the German manufacturer Knorr-Bremse. 110 years ago, they drastically improved the safety of trains by providing brakes and removing the so called “brake vans”, a manually operated braking system. We spoke about the analogy from back then with a modern SAP S/4HANA system, the role and factors of change management in such a huge transformation and why it’s helpful to improve incrementally instead of a big bang move. So, if you are interested in firsthand customer insights and perspectives, this episode is made for you. Grab your coffee and tune in. My name is Timo Deiner, welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast.
04/04/202243 minutes 37 seconds
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Episode 106: Art of Storytelling & Value Selling – Eric Carino

From our very first memories, stories surround us, inspire us and enthrall us. The stories that we hear and the stories that we tell, define us. But can storytelling be a tool in Value Selling, packaging the customer’s desired goals, the art of the possible, and the value of digital transformation – all with a neat little bow? To answer this, I am joined by Eric Carino, the Chief Storyteller at SAP Executive Advisory & Architecture. In his 18 years at SAP, Eric has been a strategic leader supporting sales pursuits across every Industry. During this time, he has seen the evolution of business and the demands for reinvention that companies are facing today. As Chief Storyteller, Film Producer, and Director – Eric's focus is helping others create the most compelling story possible while showing you how to deliver stories that make a difference. Some of his most recent projects include Levi Strauss, Disney, Amgen, Warner Media, T-Mobile, Zoom, Starbucks and U.S. Department of Defens
30/03/202235 minutes 56 seconds
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Episode 105: Exploring the Metaverse – Karl Doose

Imagine an endless array of three-dimensional experiences, all merged into one shared, persistent and immersive Virtual Universe - the Metaverse. Is it another fad or the next big thing? Well, either way, buckle up, because in this episode of SAP Experts Podcast, we are off to explore the Metaverse! Which is why, my guest today is Karl Doose, a speaker and thought leader in the Metaverse space: explaining what it is, exploring its impact and supporting people in understanding how they can participate. He is very enthusiastic about the potential of the Metaverse, as it is closely overlapping with his passions for the entertainment industry as well as web3. Karl has been with SAP for almost 7 years, having joined via the German Vocational Training Program in 2015. Since then, he became one of the key people to grow SAP’s Innovation Services and Solutions capability, applying intelligent technologies such as Distributed Ledgers or Artificial Intelligence to solve our customers busi
21/03/202230 minutes 27 seconds
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Episode 104: Does Transformation require Business Involvement? – Johannes Langguth

A fresh coffee and a new guest: welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast! Today I am in conversation with my manager, Johannes Langguth. He is Vice President in the Cloud Transformation and Architecture Office in the MEE region at SAP. And we discuss if bringing business onboard is always required for transformation in a company? Should enterprise IT be reactive or is it easier to be proactive? What if IT becomes an internal platform provider and turns from a cost center to a profit center? What are possible starting points for a transformation? Is an MVP which solves one specific challenge a good start to gain trust? Or is a “top down” approach by modernizing the whole IT landscape a first step to jumpstart transformation more from a strategic perspective? Lots of questions – and you will find the answers in this episode. My name is Timo Deiner and you are listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
14/03/202252 minutes 25 seconds
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Episode 103: If your muscles don't ache it wasn't transformation – Bernd Preuschoff

Hello and welcome to another episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Today, we discuss the bold statement “If your muscles don’t ache, it wasn’t transformation”. The time of buzzwords is over, this episode is all about real challenges. We explore the importance of improving step by step, instead of going for the world championship when you have never even attended a tournament before. My guest today is Bernd Preuschoff, the Group CDO at Uvex, CEO at protecting people GmbH. He is a passionate keynote speaker, book author and a very successful professional dancer. We talked on sustainable innovation, analogies of dancing sports and business and about the collaboration with talents and their expectations towards “digital transformation”. My name is Timo Deiner working in the Cloud Transformation and Architecture Office at SAP, enjoying good coffee and I’m excited to have Bernd as my guest today. All of that on SAP Experts Podcast.
07/03/202250 minutes 29 seconds
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Episode 102: The Great Resignation – is it real and should I be worried? – Michael Esau & Hannah Brier

In this next edition of the SAP EXPERTS Podcast, Jonathan Fogarty asks the question that seems to be on everybody's mind at the moment: Is the “Great Resignation” real? Is it just a new name for an old phenomenon? What should organisations do to prepare, or have I already missed the boat? Helping him make sense of it all are his guests and experienced Podcast hosts in their own right: Michael Esau - A Global HR Advisor who has spent the last 20 years helping individuals and organisations be the best they could be every day, and Hannah Brier a Customer Engagement Executive helping drive customers success throughout their cloud transformation. Strap in, listen up and perhaps you might get the answer you are hoping for! You’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
21/02/202240 minutes 44 seconds
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Episode 101: Sports Analytics: Driving Innovation and Inspiring Performance Across Industries – Bernhard Escherich

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises – but only performance is reality. This quote by Harold Geneen rings especially true for sports teams as well, wherein the goal is to win. But what role does a deeper understanding and data around your own team players, as well as the competitors, help in securing the wins? And what can other industries learn from the Sports industry. Since Superbowl was only last night, it is only fair for us to dive into the agile world of Sports Analytics! My guest today, Bernhard Escherich is an SAP industry expert, with more than 20 years of experience with SAP. He was part of the SAP Sports Industry Business Unit when it began in 2015 until 2020. He is now the Chief Expert at SAP's New Business and Industry Strategy team, covering all industries, and helps implement new innovations and business models for SAP’s customers. He is passionate about bringing insights and best practices fr
14/02/202236 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 100: Future of Work: Scaling innovations with SAP.io – Kange Kaneene

An extra special welcome to the 100th episode of the SAP Experts Podcast! Thank you for being a part of this journey. As we complete our century, we at SAP Experts Podcast are compelled to ponder what the future of work would look like. The allure of entrepreneurship promises freedom, whereas a more traditional career often means safety, stability, and mentorship. SAP.io not only provides the best of both worlds, but it also bridges the gaps between customers’ niche requirements and start-up innovators. My guest today, Kange Kaneene, is the Vice President of SAP.iO Foundries North America, which is SAP’s no-equity ask external startup accelerator. SAP.iO Foundries provide technical and go-to-market support to help startups integrate with SAP and accelerate entry into a curated inclusive ecosystem whose offerings can be easily accessed and deployed by SAP customers. Kange has spent her career in enterprise software focusing on investments in startups, partnerships, acquisitions, a
07/02/202226 minutes 21 seconds
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Episode 99: Profit and Planet: Sustainable Finance with SAP – Michel Haesendonckx

“Put your money where your mouth is” may be an old adage. But as we Chase Zero together – a future with zero emissions, zero waste, and zero inequality – the finance industry is increasingly implementing this very adage. The financial industry recognizes the need for sustainable economic activities, and SAP is here to help. My guest, Michel Haesendonckx brings the best of both worlds, with 20 years of experience in the area of financial processes and analytics, as well as his focus on sustainable finance. Michel is Global Solution Owner for Financial Planning & Analysis at SAP with a broad expertise in Finance & Performance Management. He is responsible for driving the go-to-market in this area for SAP and is highly involved in key innovation topics and the overall solution strategy. Michel also co-authored “SAP S/4HANA Finance: The Reference Guide to What’s New” released in April 2019. As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
31/01/202246 minutes 10 seconds
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Episode 98: Embedding sustainability and visibility into supply chains – James Veale

Hello and welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast, my name is Jonathan Fogarty and it is an absolute privilege to be hosting my first, solo episode of this brilliant show! My guest today is James Veale, Co-founder of the SAP supported start up: Green Token – who’s mission is to embed sustainability, and equally importantly, traceability, into global supply chains. James is going to take us through the journey of becoming a start-up through to his mission to provide visibility into where raw materials came from and to help organisations produce products that are ethically sourced and sustainable. You’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
24/01/202224 minutes 36 seconds
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Episode 97: Dimensions of Digital Transformation – Dr. Anne Gfrerer

A new year and a new episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. I hope that you all had a great start in 2022. My name is Timo Deiner and I’m happy to be your host today. Before we start I’d like to give a very warm welcome to our newest team member: welcome on board Jonathan Fogarty! He is joining us from SAP Australia. Be sure that you don’t miss his episodes. Glad to have you on board, Jonathan! Dr. Anne Gfrerer joined me in this episode and we were talking about different dimensions of a successful digital transformation. You will hear insights on Digital Readiness, Partnership Readiness and the readiness inside an innovation eco system. Anne recently received her PhD, has an excellent practical background and a huge diverse network. That’s why you will also learn at the end of this episode some of her best practices in building good networks and relationships outside (!) of your corporate filter bubble. So enjoy todays episode with Anne and me.
18/01/202252 minutes 12 seconds
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Episode 96: Innovation with a conscience: Responsible AI – Navrina Singh

A very Happy New Year to the listeners of SAP Experts Podcast! What better way to kick off the year by reflecting on the exponential rise of intelligent technologies, and how they can be leveraged with ethics at the epicenter. As companies across the globe, use Artificial Intelligence and other intelligent technologies to enable scalable solutions – they are also scaling their regulatory, legal, and ethical risks. My guest today, the dynamic Navrina Singh, saw this very need in the market, and took the entrepreneurial leap. Today we will discuss how 2022 will be the year of responsible AI in action, with new accountability structures! Navrina is the Founder & CEO of Credo AI and a technology leader with over 18 years of experience in Enterprise SaaS, AI and Mobile. She has held multiple product and business leadership roles at Microsoft and Qualcomm and is an executive board member of Mozilla focused on their trustworthy AI charter. Navrina is also a young global leader with the
10/01/202234 minutes 47 seconds
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Episode 95: What’s in store for 2022? – Jonathan Fogarty

2021 for SAP Experts Podcast – was a fantastic year, full of thought leadership, inspiring conversations and most importantly, YOU, our wonderful, supportive audience. We began with Alexander Greb’s leadership and also integrated the all-stars team of Victor Hoeck, Steven Spears, Timo Diener and yours truly. 2022 will be even bigger and better – with more deep dives into Software-as-a-service trends and best practices. We will also have another all-star joining the podcast – Jonathan Fogarty, all the way from Australia. And he will be joining me for today’s episode. Jonathan has multiple professional personalities. On one hand an experienced Television Host, Commentator and Podcaster. He has worked on some of the world’s most iconic sporting events from Olympic Games to Cricket World Cups. In his other life, Jonathan is an Industry Solution Architect for SAP with over 25 years’ experience. In this role Jonathan works with SAP’s strategic Energy and Natural Resources customer
20/12/202123 minutes 40 seconds
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Episode 94: Intelligent Asset Management with SAP – Jasper Luickx

At one point, Maintenance and Asset Management may have been viewed as just another cost center within a company. However, today’s customers seek to maintain and maximize the health and performance of their assets via intelligent technologies – such as IoT, machine learning, mobility, as well as advanced and predictive analytics. Which is why today I’m joined by none other than the innovative Jasper Luickx. Joining us today from Belgium, Jasper is a digital supply chain solution advisor, with a focus on SAP’s asset maintenance and service portfolio. During his master’s in Management & IT, Jasper interned at a startup in New York as well as SAP. Soon after he joined the SAP Presales Academy, where he was felicitated as the most innovative associate of his cohort. He has been a solution advisor ever since. As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast.
13/12/202141 minutes 16 seconds
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Episode 93: No Code Low Code platforms are here to stay – Esmeé Xavier

My name is Timo Deiner and I like building apps as much as enjoying a good cup of coffee. I am super excited to have Esmee Xavier in todays episode. She joined the SAPfamily with AppGyver, a company from Helsinki we acquired earlier this year. If you are not familiar with no code low code platforms and you may have missed the recent announcements at Teched 2021, this episode is the perfect match for you: you will learn how easy it is to get started with AppGyver and what challenges you can solve with it. There is no excuse not to start with it today: AppGyver has a free version and everything you build on that can also be used in production. How cool is that? So, enjoy this episode with Esmee and me.
06/12/202136 minutes 25 seconds
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Episode 92: Dynamic Customer Journeys: A Beginner’s Guide – Raj Balasundaram & Esteban Kolsky

My name Steven Spears, great to back with you for another episode together. Customer journey maps are a common way to document the full experience of being your customer. But are we doing it right? I’m joined by Esteban and Raj, two customer experience veterans who are rethinking this process. We dive into the flaws of how we look at customer journeys today in a very static way. Then discuss the elements of a dynamic customer journey and how it’s a more useful perspective tied to the real world. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast.
29/11/202123 minutes 43 seconds
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Episode 91: Compelling Customer Engagements Masterclass – Cyril Rathogwa and Lars Elmquist

There are some studies which claim that the human attention span continues to decrease and might be as low as 8 seconds – that’s lower than a goldfish. While there are other studies which claim that humans were always cognitively distracted and hyper-alert creatures, which enabled us to accomplish complex tasks while still being aware of our surroundings. Well, either way, one thing is true – the sheer amount of information around us is increasing, and as a result, we are always competing for the attention of our audiences. How do we create an enthralling enough experience, that could capture an audience for 10 mins, 30 mins, 2 hours? Which is why, today, I am joined by two individuals who have mastered the art of creating compelling customer engagements – Cyril Rathogwa and Lars Elmquist! My guest, Cyril, is a passionate football enthusiast and storyteller. He is a senior solutions adviser in the Intelligent Spend Business Network covering the entire Africa continent. Cyril ha
22/11/202158 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 90: RISE with SAP – The real business benefits for midsized companies – Enrico Schuch

Rise with SAP enables you to transform your business, holistically, on-your-terms and on-your-timeline. You can design the strategy that's right for you, while SAP and partners, join forces, to provide you a guided transformational journey. Which is why, I am very excited to welcome Enrico Schuch to our podcast today, as he is a pro at explaining “Rise with SAP” in simple terms, with easy-to-understand practical use cases. Enrico is a home-grown SAP talent and began his SAP career as a working student. SAP recognized his talents and passion for sales and offered him a role in S/4HANA Specialized Sales. In parallel, he pursued a full-time master’s program in supply chain and logistics, while also working full-time and completed the program as the best student of his class. Since then, Enrico worked his way up to the RISE with SAP demand generation lead for Middle and Eastern Europe with a dedicated focus on the midmarket. And in a full-circle moment, Enrico currently leads a team
15/11/202148 minutes 23 seconds
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Episode 89: Veterans @ SAP Remembrance Day – Jason Duarte, Shaquille Charles & Christine Aboud

Remembrance Day, also known as Veterans Day here in the US, is on November 11. And we at SAP Experts Podcast are celebrating by highlighting the journeys of two veterans who have transitioned from a military career to an SAP career. We also talk about the SAP veterans to work initiatives, and the how they help ease this transition. My first guest, Jason Duarte is currently a Senior Sales Strategy and Operations Analyst at SAP Concur and has been with SAP for over 6 years, having previously worked as the Business Network Value Analyst at SAP Ariba. He is passionate about helping veterans transition, and enabling employers to recognize the value they offer, having himself served 5 ½ years in the US marines. My next guest Shaquille Charles has been a Combat Medic for the Army across various locations and leadership roles for the last 8 ½ years. He is now set to begin employment at SAP by the end of the month, as a customer relations associate. Last, but definitely not the least, my
08/11/202142 minutes 33 seconds
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Episode 88: Customer success strategies with Customer Solution Directors – Nick Goffi and Rick Isom

At SAP, we provide the foundation for companies to become intelligent enterprises, enabling them to run better by growing more resilient, more profitable, and more sustainable. This requires visionary leaders who can ideate with customers on new and innovative solutions, to solve our customer’s most complex business problems. These leaders see the big picture and align the right people to right opportunities. The customer solutions director or CSD at SAP, does all that and more. Which is why, today, I am joined by the CSD Dynamic Duo: Rick Isom and Nick Goffi!
01/11/202143 minutes 46 seconds
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Episode 87: Can business transformation be “fun and games”? – Bill Bowers, Saurabh Choudhuri & Nabeel Siddiqui

This episode of SAP Experts Podcast is a full-circle moment for me. That’s because the very first episode I ever hosted, by myself, for SAP Experts Podcast was about gamified approaches being a game changer in business consulting and learning. In that episode, I discussed how SAP uses gamification to collaborate with our customers, while enabling Business Value Identification. And in today’s episode, we revisit that topic, but this time we take the leap from theoretical to practical. Today we will talk about how the SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game simplifies the solution discovery, as well as the business value identification for our current customers and prospective customers. And not just that, but this gamified approach also provides useful, tangible outcomes to the players. Which is why, today, I am joined by the brains behind this gamified approach, Saurabh Choudhuri. Saurabh has over 13 years of Sales, Presales, Consulting & Agile Coaching experience in the IT industry, acro
25/10/202153 minutes 46 seconds
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Episode 86: Cybersecurity: Building a culture of trust – Elena Kvochko

October is the Cybersecurity month here at SAP, which is why, Chief Trust Officer, Elena Kvochko, is joining me today to share the importance of staying ahead in the security curve and how companies can build a culture of trust their customers. The Chief Trust Office team spans four continents enabling secure digital transformation of clients across global cloud products. Prior to this, Elena served as Senior Vice-President and Technology Executive at Bank of America. Previously, she worked as a divisional Chief Information Officer at Barclays Bank. Her focus was on delivering the highest degree of privacy and security of customers and employees globally. Elena also served as an affiliate fellow at Harvard Law School and worked at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. Her published work appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, featured in the Wall Street Journal, the White House cybersecurity report, The New York Times, and multiple industry media. She has invented pate
11/10/202131 minutes 22 seconds
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Episode 85: SAP Value Starter Part 2: Digitizing your S/4HANA move – Bill Bowers & Nabeel Siddiqui

Here at SAP Experts Podcast, we continue celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the Value Starter. And while the first part, that is episode 82, was all about the vision and strategy behind the value starter, as well as the value it brings to SAP customers, this episode is all about digitization of that vision – the value starter digital platform. Which is why, today, I am joined with Bill Bowers and Nabeel Siddiqui, two individuals who are instrumental in simplifying the SAP S/4HANA Move, with the power of digitization. As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast. My first guest, Bill Bowers, needs no introduction as this is his fourth time on the SAP Experts Podcast. He brings over 25 years of global industry and IT experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, product management, business development and consulting, and is currently a part of the SAP S/4HANA go-to-market and solution management organization, where he leads the customer value & su
04/10/202127 minutes 51 seconds
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Episode 84: Cybersecurity & You - Tim McKnight

Guest: Tim McKnight – EVP and Chief Security Officer at SAP Host: Steven Spears – Product Marketing Manager at SAP CX Today’s episode we to talk to Tim McKnight, EVP and Chief Security Officer at SAP. Tim’s closing in on a 30 year career as a security professional both in government service and in industry, doing everything from cloning phones to penetration testing. On this episode, we dive into Tim’s early career experience at the FBI, learn his key principles for a great cybersecurity strategy, talk both fishing and phishing, and much more. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Steven: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-spears-57895388/ Follow Tim: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothysmcknight/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected].
27/09/202142 minutes 17 seconds
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Episode 83: SAP Hypergrowth and startups: The Perfect Match – Jan Gutknecht

Guest: Jan Gutknecht, Co-Founder SAP Hypergrowth Engagement Host: Timo Deiner, Office of the CTO SAP Germany What are you thinking about when you hear SAP and startups? David vs Goliath? Nokia vs Apple – and who has the role of Nokia in this comparison? Or is it a perfect match? Startups have great -mostly purpose driven- ideas to make the world better and SAP’s mission is to help the world run better. Does an early-stage startup need SAP S/4HANA or any other SAP solution to reach its next level? We think yes. And we have a dedicated team at SAP which helps startups, so called hypergrowth startups, to boost their company together with SAP. My today’s guest is Jan Gutknecht. He is Co-Founder of the SAP Hypergrowth Engagement and we are talking about four pillars on startup engagements: language, speed, challenges and cultures. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Jan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janbgutknecht/ Follow Timo on LinkedIn: ht
20/09/202136 minutes 39 seconds
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Episode 82: SAP Value Starter Part 1: Your first step towards S/4HANA move – Marcus-Alexander Funke & Bill Bowers

Digital transformation can be overwhelming, as you juggle various options, decisions, and questions. SAP Value Starter is here to help your transition, by working with you to create your benefits case. It offers customers a tailored business value focused Point of view through an outside-in perspective and helps fosters understanding of the incremental value and capabilities to customers. Which is why, today, I am joined with Bill Bowers and Markus Funke, two of strategic forces behind this program.
13/09/202146 minutes 32 seconds
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Episode 81: The SAP Academy for Presales – Akshi, Ice, Nazli and Eric

My name is Victor Höck and today's episode is very special to me, as it takes me right back to the first days of my career at SAP - the SAP Academy for Presales. I'm joined today by Nazli, Ice, Eric and Akshi, who are all graduates from the Academy like myself, and we'll talk about what the Academy is, how this experience has helped shape our careers and how we still draw on the skills that we have acquired there. It's a fun episode for everyone interested in presales, or how learning and early talent development works here at SAP.
06/09/202142 minutes 19 seconds
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Episode 80: Enabling customer’s journey towards digital transformation – Steve and Mark Filus

In a relay race, passing the baton properly from one player to the other, is just as important as the speed of the individual runners. Make an improper pass, and you get disqualified. Similarly, our customer’s transformational journey, is enabled by specialists, both internal and partners, and relies on effective communication, comprehensive handover and seamless collaboration. Between SAP, partners and the customers, every step of the way. To illustrate this very point, I have not one, but 2 very special guests that represent 2 distinct point in the customer’s transformation journey – the Filus brothers – Steve and Mark Filus.
30/08/202134 minutes 1 second
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Episode 79: Customer Experience for Financial Services – Betty Moon

Guest: Betty Moon – Industry Advisor, Financial Services at SAP CX Host: Steven Spears – Product Marketing Manager at SAP CX My name Steven Spears, great to back with you for another episode together. Today’s episode is all about the institutions that handle our money and small amounts of dogecoin in my case. I’m joined by Dr. Betty Moon. Betty spent over 20 years working in the financial services industry and is now an Industry Advisor for SAP CX. On this episode, we dive into Betty’s experience leading divisions at some of the country’s largest banks to learn about the evolution of customer experience in financial services and where it’s headed. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Steven: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-spears-57895388/ Follow Betty: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drbettymoon/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected].
23/08/202135 minutes 58 seconds
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Episode 78: Holistic Business Success with Sustainability Performance Reporting – Christian Polivka

Sustainability is no longer a mere buzzword, and companies across the globe are seeking ways to meaningfully incorporate sustainability metrics into business reporting. In today’s episode, Christian Polivka shares how SAP Sustainability Performance Management enables Holistic Business Success with Sustainability Performance Reporting.
16/08/202133 minutes 25 seconds
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Episode 77: Building A Customer Experience Strategy – Adrian Nash

Guest: Adrian Nash – Head of Strategy at SAP CX Host: Steven Spears – Product Marketing Manager at SAP CX My name Steven Spears, great to back with you for another episode together. Today’s episode is a conversation about strategy and experience. I won’t be reading passages from The Art of War, though that was a consideration. I’m joined by Adrian Nash. Adrian is the Head of Strategy for SAP CX. On this episode, we’ll learn about the SAP CX strategy through Adrian’s process for developing a great strategy and his experiences throughout his career. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Steven: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-spears-57895388/ Follow Adrian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriannash81/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected].
09/08/202142 minutes 29 seconds
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Episode 76: Sustainability with SAP – Bettina Zedlitz

Guest: Bettina Zedlitz – Director for Sustainability and Climate 21 Go-to-Market and Solution Management, S/4HANA Host: Victor Hoeck – Solution Advisory Specialist, Digital Supply Chain Today we’re talking about a topic that is very dear to my heart: Sustainability. Not least the extreme weather events that have taken place in the recent weeks – the wildfires in the USA, or the floods in Germany and China – have highlighted that the case for sustainability shouldn’t be negotiable anymore. The need for drastic and swift change is crystal clear. I am talking to Bettina Zedlitz today, she is the Senior Director for Sustainability and Climate 21 Go-to-Market and Solution Management in the SAP S/4HANA organization. As such she has the overview over all the sustainability-related activities happening at SAP. We talk about why sustainability needs to be taken seriously by businesses, how SAP supports enterprises in doing their part in reducing their environmental footprint, but also ho
02/08/202142 minutes 14 seconds
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Episode 75: How to run and scale a mobile business – Martin Lang

Hello and welcome to a new episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. My name is Timo Deiner and I am an innovation manager at the german office of the CTO at SAP Germany. Today we are leaving the mindset paths and dive into a really relevant topic which touches our daily live: mobile devices. Have you ever wondered how to run enterprise mobility at scale? SAP has around about 85.000 iOS devices, they are all managed and we as employees have the best experience when using these devices. My guest today has made all that possible when he started a mobile team many years ago: Martin Lang. Today he is head of Mobile Experience in the board area of Thomas Saueressig. We talked about some security myths from the past, the role of gamification and fun during development and the upcoming flagship app “SAP Mobile Start”. Let’s jump into the episode and listen to Martin what SAP is bringing in the future for mobilizing the Intelligent Enterprise. Follow Timo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timo-d
26/07/202149 minutes 59 seconds
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Episode 74: The Storyteller’s Story: how to tell business stories – James Marland

​Guest: James Marland – Global Vice President, SAP Intelligent Enterprise & Business Network Host: Akshi Mohla – Senior Business Development Specialist, SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and GTM Storytelling is an intrinsic part of the human experience, dating back thousands of years. Much of history as we know it is due largely to stories being passed down through generations. There is nothing quite as compelling as a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. So how does this translate to the presentation space? We will learn in today’s “storytelling special” episode of SAP Experts Podcast. As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and Go-to-market; and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast. My guest today is none other than, the Chief Storyteller himself – James Marland. James is a Global Vice President in the Centre of Excellence for Procurement at SAP. After being first exposed to procureme
19/07/202137 minutes 3 seconds
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Episode 73: Leaders cultivating a culture of inclusion – Meaghan Riley

Guest: Meaghan Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Global Strategic Segments Host: Akshi Mohla – Senior Business Development Specialist, SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and GTM SAP is committed to being one of the most diverse and inclusive software companies in the world. And leaders play an indispensable role in creating an inclusive culture. My guest today, Meaghan Riley is one such leader. As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and Go-to-market; and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast. My guest today is none other than, Meaghan Riley. Meaghan is the Chief Operating Officer for Global Strategic Segments at SAP. She has 20 years’ experience leading sales teams to help C-Level executives define and achieve their Digital Transformation objectives across a broad range of industries. As COO of Global Strategic Segments, she is responsible for leading the operational functions of the business and en
12/07/202128 minutes 36 seconds
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Episode 72: Exploring Direct to Consumer Commerce – Paul Smith

Guest: Paul Smith – Global Industry Principal for Consumer Products at SAP Customer Experience Host: Steven Spears – Product Marketing Manager at SAP Customer Experience My name Steven Spears, Product Marketing Manager for SAP CX by day, and host of the Future of Customer Engagement and Experience Podcast by night. Today’s episode is all about direct to consumer and how some of your favorite brands are finding new ways to deliver value and foster a relationship directly with customers like never before. I’m joined by Paul Smith. Paul is the Global Industry Principal for Consumer Products at SAP Customer Experience, and has strategically consulted, architected and delivered digital transformation solutions that engage and improve customer experiences for clients including some of the world’s largest luxury brands, supermarkets, consumer packaged goods companies, off-price retailers, financial services comparison sites, general merchandisers, premium sportswear brands and B2B
05/07/202135 minutes 7 seconds
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Episode 71: Cloud Mindset: People and Technology – Manu Kozhuppankutty

​Guest: Manu Kozhuppankutty, Director, Cloud Services (MEE), SAP Concur Host: Timo Deiner – Office of the CTO SAP Germany Hello and welcome to a new episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. My name is Timo Deiner and I am working in the Office of the CTO at SAP Germany. I’m a tech and innovation enthusiast and I am happy that Manu Kozhuppankutty was joining me in this episode today. Manu is a Services Leader in MEE region for SAP Concur, our cloud solution for travel and expense management. At his core Manu is customer obsessed and laser focused and devoted to the people and customers that deploy SAP travel and expense across the globe. We were talking on the role of cloud mindset, success factors for cloud implementations and the paradigm shift for users and IT. And we discussed that cloud journeys are more than moving on premise systems 1:1 on a hyperscaler infrastructure. But for now, let’s jump into the episode. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Foll
28/06/202129 minutes 55 seconds
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Episode 70: One Year of the SAP & Siemens Partnership

​ It's been almost a year that SAP and Siemens have taken the extraordinary measure of forming an alliance - imagine that: Two giants in the Tech industry, competitors in many respects, come together around one common vision - improving the flow of data from Product Design through manufacturing to maintenance with the so-called Digital Thread. Today I am talking with Andreas Madlencnik from the Global Center of Excellence for Digital Supply Chain. He is the perfect person to talk to about this partnership, because he knows both sides of the fence: Having worked at Siemens in the Product Lifecycle Management space for more than ten years, he recently moved over to SAP. We'll discuss where the partnership is at the moment, why it so important for our customer and most importantly - what is in it for them. Follow Andreas Madlencnik on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreas-madlencnik/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questio
21/06/202129 minutes 13 seconds
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Episode 69: Circular Economy with the Sustainability Marketplace

At SAP, our purpose is to help the world run better and improve people's lives with sustainability at the core. And today’s episode regarding SAP’s commitment to sustainability, a commitment that can be seen in initiatives like the Sustainability Marketplace, exemplifies just that! As always, my name Akshi Mohla, and I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and Go-to-market; and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast. My guest today is none other than, Mr. Circular Economy himself, EJ Kosec. EJ is the co-founder of the Sustainability Marketplace, which is a cross-industry trading platform for the circular economy enabling multi-party collaboration through our sourcing, procurement, and supply planning engines. EJ has been with SAP over 7 years now. Spending 5 years as a Project Manager for Global Deployments, living and implementing SAP solutions in China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Russia. And most recently working the last 3 years as a Seni
14/06/202141 minutes 38 seconds
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Episode 68: Digital Selling in 2021 – Sjors Melskens

Guest: Sjors Melskens - Global Head of Digital Selling & Innovation at SAP Mid-Market Host: Steven Spears – Product Marketing Manager at SAP Customer Experience My name Steven Spears, Product Marketing Manager for SAP CX by day, and host of the Future of Customer Engagement and Experience Podcast by night. I am honored to be one of the hosts of the All-Stars-Team. You can expert to hear a wide variety of topics from me, but always focused at understanding the experience behind the expertise. Today’s episode is all about digital selling. I’m joined by Sjors Melskens is the Global Head of Digital Selling & Innovation at SAP Mid-Market, responsible for the creation and positioning of a customer facing digital tools strategy for the Mid Market organization, globally. His day to day involves ensuring the usage, adoption and impact of the digital tools portfolio and best practices by creating and linking the usage to business metrics and impact. On this episode, we not only disc
07/06/202157 minutes 23 seconds
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Episode 67: Future of Work is more than just VR and HR – Dr. Oliver Gutzeit

Hello and welcome to a new episode of the SAP EXPERTS PODCAST. My name is Timo Deiner, also known as the “Innovation Guy” from the Office of the CTO at SAP Germany. I am thankful that I was selected as one of the hosts of the All-Stars-Team and you will hear from me topics around -you maybe guessed it- innovation, trends, technology and real-world customers. In this episode, I talked with the Global Lead Future of Work, Dr. Oliver Gutzeit on the role of IT in Future of Work topics, the fact that job titles are just titles and – more important – how important technology has become and will be for the near future in our daily work experience. You will learn that Future of Work is much more than just Virtual Reality and that it’s not only an HR topic. All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Timo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timo-deiner Follow Oliver: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-gutzeit-a17599154/ Book your free Digital IT Showroom tour at SA
31/05/202145 minutes 42 seconds
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Episode 66: The future is now with SAP Immersive Experience – Giovanna Shelton-Bailey

​Imagine stepping into a 360-degree immersive world, which provides you a real sense of what using SAP solutions would look like for your company – a world that tells the story of your current goals and challenges, but most importantly gives you the opportunity to feel what the future of your business could be as an Intelligent Enterprise! That’s Immersive Experience for you. And that is the theme for today’s SAP Experts Podcast. My name Akshi Mohla, and I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and Go-to-market. And my guest today is Giovanna Shelton-Bailey, the Immersive Experience Lead for North America. Through Immersive Experience, she helps portray the customer’s journey of possibilities with SAP’s innovative solutions through captivating storytelling. Giovanna graduated from Drexel University with degrees in Professional Studies and Computer Science. She spends her free time finding new restaurants to try in Philadelphia, bonding
24/05/202129 minutes 6 seconds
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Episode 65: Remote Work Revisited – Angelina Ebeling

​Guest: Angelina Ebeling, Founder of Acework Host: Victor Hoeck – Solution Advisory Specialist, Digital Supply Chain My name is Victor Höck and I am a solution advisor at SAP. From me you are going to hear about two things in the future: First, I'm going focus on all things Supply Chain; but Secondly, I'll also have conversations about the big picture of how Technology is shaping the way we work. This conversation today belongs into the second basket, and I wanted it to kick off my episodes on the SAP Experts Podcast because it ties back to my first appearance on the show, episode 31. This was a conversation from the very first weeks of the pandemic, in which Alexander Greb and I discussed the impact COVID was going to have on business. We made some very bold predictions in this episode, and one of those we made was that remote work is here to stay. In this episode, I will put this prediction to the test, and I couldn't have chosen a better guest for that. Angelina Ebeling is
17/05/202135 minutes 43 seconds
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Episode 64: Gamified approach to Business Consulting – Dr. Barry Fishman

​Guest: Dr. Barry Fishman Host: Akshi Mohla – Senior Business Development Specialist, SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and GTM My name Akshi Mohla, and I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at SAP S/4HANA Solution Management and Go-to-market; and you’re listening to SAP Experts Podcast. Today’s episode with Dr. Barry Fishman is all about using gamified approaches to business consulting, in which one creates compelling customer engagements. Dr. Barry Fishman is Arthur F. Thurnau professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education. His current research focuses on: video games as models for learning environments, the design of mastery- and competency-based programs in higher education, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (DBIR), which he helped establish. He is also the co-creator of GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning manag
10/05/202140 minutes 2 seconds
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Episode 63: "The Last Waltz" and welcome to the next generation

​Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Guests: Akshi Mohla Scheffert, Bill Bowers, Steven Spears, Timo Deiner, Victor Hoeck This is a very special episode for me because it is my farewell. I decided to take another step in my personal development, but I remain within the SAP ecosystem because ASUG CEO Geoff Scott was absolutely right, when he told me, learning from my decision to change that the SAP ecosystem is a bit like Eagles Hotel California that stated you can check out anytime, but you can never leave. So I will join a very renowned SAP partner for whom I will be responsible for its global Intelligent ERP, value and innovation consulting business, so in short I will continue helping SAP customers on their journey to become an intelligent enterprise from now on even more directly than ever by putting into practice those principles we have covered on this show. This of course has consequences for the SAP Experts Podcast, and I was immediately asked wha
03/05/202143 minutes 51 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 62: ASUG Pulse Check 2021 - Geoff Scott

Guests: Geoff Scott – CEO, ASUG (Americas' SAP Users' Group) Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Today I am blessed to welcome back Mr. Geoffrey Scott, CEO of America SAP User Group short ASUG, who has released the new 2021 Pulse Check of SAP’s Customers, which is one of the most thorough analysis of customer situations, that x-rays every relevant strategic area of Digitalization and how SAP customers cope with it like for example perspectives on Change Management, Tech Challenges, Creating Tech Environments for Innovation, the status of the MOVE to SAP S/4HANA and so much more. On this episode we discuss not only the results of the 2021 Pulse Check, but Geoff gives us his candid view on the RISEwithSAP offering, if it is the game changer SAP is promising, the status of the Movement to the Cloud and what strategies customers and partners should concentrate on 2021+. Great to have him back, on this exciting episode of the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex:
12/04/202152 minutes 57 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 61: The Truth about RISEwithSAP - Martin Scharmach

Guests: Martin Scharmach – Regional Head of Cloud Core – RISE, SAP Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Two months have passed since the announcement of RISEwithSAP so the time of the pitches and introductions is over and it is the right moment to do a cash check and take a deeper look where we are concerning RISEadoption internally (SAP), partnerwise, and externally (customer), and how RISE fits to real life customer scenarios. The right person you want to talk to get an answer to these questions is Mr. Martin Scharmach, Regional Head of Cloud Core, at SAP and as such responsible for the RISE offering in Europe. He lays down what are his learnings, why RISE is the gamechanger it is intended to be, the benefits of the bundling aspect and how SAP partners and Account Executives should position themselves to bring ultimate value to their customers All of that on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or pr
29/03/202155 minutes 48 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 60: A Masterclass in Sales (Part 2 of 2) - Eric Shaver

Guests: Eric Shaver – Managing Partner, Kensei Partners LLC Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP “An opportunity is a project, a pipeline is a program!” In the second part of our “Masterclass in Sales”, Eric Shaver, Managing Partner of Kensei Partners LLC takes us on a journey through his paradigms of sales execution excellence. We discuss how we can take something as our pipeline and rationalize it, how to handle forecasts in a sane way, how salespeople develop a business asset and create customer value, how you can win without the use of discounts and who you can make your customer respect your cost of sales and so much more. And btw finally we find out why salespeople are always portrayed in Hollywood movies as depressing or goofy. All of that in this 2nd part of our “Masterclass in Sales” here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandergreb/ Follow Eric: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eshaver/ Please like, share a
22/03/20211 hour 17 minutes 24 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 59: A Masterclass in Sales (Part 1 of 2)

​Guests: Eric Shaver – Managing Partner, Kensei Partners LLC Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Today we have something very special for you, because this week and next week, we focus one hundred percent on a practice / a profession, that is playing a huge role in our industry because it’s the one that in a certain way feeds us and is central for the financial success of our enterprise. We are going to talk about sales and how it is done right in the 21 century. I have the very special privilege to welcome Mr Eric Shaver, Managing Partner of Kensei Partners a prominent sales consultancy firm, who has been a very successful Account Executive himself all of his career and today is advising sales professionals on how to excel at their jobs. that being said this is what we are going to do in this “Masterclass in Sales”. And since neither Eric’s competence nor his great personality can be squeezed in on Episode only, we did a two-part podcast out of this, s
15/03/20211 hour 19 minutes 52 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 58: All about Business Process Intelligence - Wassilios Lolas, Michael Sokollek

Guests: Wassilios Lolas - Vice President Customer Value Experience, SAP, Michael Sokollek - Business Development, SAP Host: Alexander Greb - Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Welcome everybody, my name is Alexander Greb, I am the Customer Advisory lead S/4HANA at SAP and you are listening to the SAP Experts Podcast. The worst thing that can happen to any digitalization initiative is that the adopter decides to approach that topic of going to S/4HANA via a Lean Migration, that basically does nothing more than taking all your old stuff and pushing it on the modern platform and by this everything … is, looks and feels the same as before. Thats not how you progress that’s not how you leverage the value of digitalization and that’s not what best-in-class adopters want. Frankly, even if you decide to become not a Best-in-Class adopter, you still should take care that your money is well spend and you are actually better after moving to S/4HANA because you implement inn
08/03/20211 hour 6 minutes 19 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 57: The SAP S/4HANA Value Starter Program - Bill Bowers

​Guest: Bill Bowers, Global Vice President S/4HANA Solution Management, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP In our industry, the first two months of the year are traditionally those with the big announcements. Lots of new and innovative things are released, presented and marketed, so it is sometimes pretty much a task to keep your eyes about the truly relevant news. This comes especially important when a really huge topic like RISEwithSAP is dominating on all channels. Today I want to win your attention for a new program SAP has invested in considerably. The Value Starter for S/4HANA is our all-new vision to value journey that will help you Align the benefits of S/4HANA with your vision and strategy, build your case for change, creating a transformation roadmap and definition of your deployment program and delivering quick adoption and time-to-value as well as drive your continuous innovation and optimization. In short: If you want to maximize the p
01/03/202153 minutes 12 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 56: Behind the Scenes - Insights into SAP's Corporate Strategy - Tobias Gefaeller

Guest: Tobias Gefaeller, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, SAP Host: Alexander Greb, Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP If you are working within the SAP ecosystem you will be hard pressed to not have noticed that SAP has sharpened its strategy and is going ALL-IN concerning cloud. To our partners and customers, this has become of course most obvious by our strategic business-transformation-as-a-service offering called RISE. But what is behind all that? In which overarching strategy is RISE embedded. And who are those corporates strategists, who are the brains behind all that and how do they work? I hooked up with Tobias Gefaeller, Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy at SAP, to discuss not only details about SAPs Long Term Strategy called Reinvent, but also the methods and procedures of a Best Practice corporate strategy process, how technology is disrupting these activities and of course, the capabilities you need to excel in the exiting world of corporat
15/02/202134 minutes 50 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 55: RISE with SAP: Our Strategic Cloud Offering 2021 - Dr. Uwe Grigoleit

​Guest: Dr. Uwe Grigoleit - Senior Vice President, Head of Go-to-Market , SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Change has always been part of business, but today’s environment means we need to deal with change – both good and bad – faster than ever before. In the last 10 months we all learned AGAIN that only companies that adapt quickly will thrive. You need to work more agile, more intelligently, more efficiently to point out new ways. And doing so takes more than just a technical migration to the cloud or a lean conversion of your ECC system to S/4HANA. A holistic business transformation is about changing the whole culture and mindset of an enterprise. It’s about redesigning your business processes. It’s about adopting new technologies – to unlock new ways of running your business and stay ahead of your competitors. And as a listener to this podcast, you know: It’s not about continuing doing the things you did all the time just a bit better b
01/02/202147 minutes 8 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 54: The Business Opportunities of a Digitally Transformed Economy – Bert Schulze

Guest: Bert Schulze – Vice President S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Adoption Programs. Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP You know that a big topic of this podcast has always been the WHY concerning Digital Transformation. Sven Denecken and Bert Schulze, two prominent members of the SAP family developed one of the most comprehensive approaches to this question with their “The Business Opportunities of a Digitally Transformed Economy” concept, which and that the good news you can learn by a free course starting this January on opensap.com. You don’t want to miss that, link to this course is in the notes of this podcast. I called up Bert Schulze, who Vice President S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Adoption Programs to talk about this approach which contains unique views about todays transformed economy, the shift towards an economy of Algorithms, all about essential characteristics that enterprises need to cope with the challenges of the 2
18/01/202137 minutes 46 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 53: Bluefield Transitions to SAP S/4HANA, the Best of Both Worlds - Steele Arbeeny

Guest: Steele Arbeeny – CTO, SNP. Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP To kick-off 2021 I have a very interesting guest. Steele Arbeeny is CTO of the SAP partner Schneider-Neureither und Partner or short SNP. Steele has a incredible interesting background in technology led business Transformation. He was a director of software development, has deployed large scale infrastructure projects for the United Nations, has led the transformation effort to split Hewlett Packard into two separate companies and has patents for work in digital speech processing and securities trading. Also already in 2002 he received the International Who's Who Award in Information Technology. And since SNP is the forerunner in selective data transitioning approaches that enable customers to do the MOVE to S/4HANA by combining the Best of Both worlds of a Brownfield and Greenfield approach via adding a new color to the world of transitions with their Bluefield approach, he is the right pe
11/01/202157 minutes 8 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 52: Live with SAP S/4HANA ... now what? - Stefan Batzdorf

Guest: Stefan Batzdorf – Head of Cross Product Architecture & CTO S/4HANA, SAP. Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP One of the most successful episodes of this podcast is actually episode one in which I sat together with Stefan Batzdorf and discussed the btw still valid top 5 reasons to go on SAP S/4HANA. The good news: Stefan, at that time on the payroll of Infosys, is back at SAP, now as CTO S/4HANA responsible for the cross architecture of SAP’s flagship product and second: He is back at this podcast. In this episode we lay down which topics you should turn to after you did a typical brownfield conversion. Because honestly: You are not a digital champion then … yet. Because remember, digitalization does not mean continuing doing the things you did all the time before but doing things you were not able to do. So get ready for the TOP5 activities you should approach after your brownfield GoLive. On this very Christmas episode of the SAP Experts Podcas
21/12/202044 minutes 55 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 51: Climate 21 - Tom Raftery

Guest: Tom Raftery – SVP & Innovation Evangelist, SAP. Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP COVID-19 for sure was the big topic of 2020. But, given we get rid of it thanks to the upcoming vaccines, there is one other big challenge awaiting mankind. Climate Change. We have to reduce harming emissions, and this is accomplished most efficiently via facts. But you can’t manage what you do not measure. That’s where the SAP initiative climate 21 comes into place to make emissions measurable and manageable. Global Vice President and Innovation Evangelist Tom Raftery is with his Climate 21 podcast one of the masterminds of this new kind of management philosophy. That’s why I am blessed to have him as guest, to discuss with him all about the initiative itself, how enterprises have to be managed in times of global warming, and what strategies and Best Practices can help to master the big challenge of the 21st century. All of that in this episode of the SAP Experts
14/12/202052 minutes 8 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 50: Tech Well Told - Sarah Yvonne Elsser

Since a few years the tech industry is facing growing criticism concerning the way its players are communicating with the world outside its bubble, you know I am talking about customers. Criticism is centering about hollow messages that are repetitive, non-individual, and polished until there are indistinguishable. I myself was once approach by the CIO of a customer asking me after watching corporate youtube videos “Are there still people working in tech or are all of them exchanged by robots or assimilated BORG reciting tech slogans and bumper stickers?” Well there is no doubt that the way tech communicates is often a self-made barrier for customers finding their case concerning enterprise applications. What should help becomes a burden. That’s why I am happy that after half a year of planning and shifting I have finally got a hold an Sarah Yvonne Elsser. Sarah is a familiar face in Germany from her past as a presenter in television who has moved into consulting in all communicati
07/12/20201 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 49: All about User Experience - Alexander Lingg

Guest: Alexander Lingg – SVP, Head of User Experience, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Everybody remembers the moment when Apple released the Iphone and Steve Jobs disrupted not only the market for mobile phones, but the entire field of consumer electronics by focusing on user experience. Since then, this topic is omnipresent in our private lives. But what about enterprise applications? To answer this question I invited Alexander Lingg, Head of User Experience of SAP, to this podcast to talk with him about the role of user experience in enterprise applications, SAPs new UX strategy, how important UX is for the success of our solutions and how the adoption of a modern User Experience is one of the pillars and areas of potential for adopters to become an Intelligent Enterprise and Digital Champion. Awesome topic again, here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex Greb: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Alexander Lingg on Link
30/11/202059 minutes 20 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 48: SAP Services reimagined! - Shane Paladin

If you are a Consultant, be it at SAP Services or at a partner, you probably yawn at all the talks about the so called New Normal: Neither is working remote new for you, nor the typical digitalization topics as cloud and automatization because you work and cope with it already every day. That why I am happy to welcome the president of SAP Services, Mr. Shane Paladin to this podcast. Shane is a veteran of 20 years in the highly dynamic world of services and consulting and has been in executive management positions all over the world, so he is the person you want to discuss topics like the New Normal for Services, how the consulting business has evolved in the last 10 years, what is needed to be successful in the 21st century and what consulting capabilities and skills are in high demand today and tomorrow. Awesome episode, here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Shane: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanepaladin/
16/11/202044 minutes 29 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 47: SUSEs incredible journey to SAP S/4HANA Cloud - Sebastian Drews, Friedrich Krey

​ When you and your company are in a digitalization initiative, your biggest enemy often is hesitation. On this episode I have two guests, who did not have time for that. Imagine a situation in which you have been given 16 months to deploy S/4 HANA to 33 entities. And since the company we are talking about is freshly carved out, you are alone, without something like an existing IT department. Plenty of reason to state this is impossible. Not for today’s guests because that’s what they have just done. I am stunned to welcome the CIO of SUSE, Mr. Sebastian Drews and EMEA market director Friedrich Krey to our podcast who are going to tell us how they managed to deliver this feat thanks to S/4HANA Cloud and the power of SUSE Linux. Incredible story here, at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Sebastian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastian-drews-4341723/ Follow Friedrich: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fri
02/11/202037 minutes 1 second
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 46: The SAP S/4HANA Movement - Tom Janoshalmi

If you are working with SAP ERP systems be it ECC or S/4HANA you are hard pressed not to have had contact at some point with the S/4HANA Movement or short MOVE. SAP has launched this global program two years ago to encourage our customers to make the step to our intelligent next-gen ERP and to provide them with the tools, assets, and services needed for an easy and seamless transformation. But still remember, all of us thought that technology induced industry disruption is a big thing, and then came COVID and our definition of a big thing actually changed. Money is tight, still the necessity to build up resilience and become a digital champion is unchanged. So I phoned up Senior Vice President and Head of S/4HANA Movement Ton Janoshalmi to set things straight. He is not only a 20-year veteran in prominent executive management positions at SAP in which he has been a strong force behind SAP Innovation and Digital Core Strategy for years but also a visiting professor at the Karlsruhe
19/10/202042 minutes 39 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 45: Automatize that! – Andreas Welsch

Digitalization is all about being able to do things that you were not able to do before, not about merely improving those things that you have always done. That’s why I am glad to welcome Mr. Andreas Welsch as todays guest. Andreas is the Head of Intelligent Processes within the SAP S/4HANA Product Management, so he is behind all the new capabilities concerning Process Automatization, AI, Prediction and so on. He is the right person to talk with when discussing the technological possibilities of doing things differently than in your old ECC. Which means in the end more intelligent, more effective and more efficient. All of that in another especially thrilling episode here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Andreas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreasmwelsch/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected]. Music by Dan Phillipson
05/10/202051 minutes 38 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 44: All about Cybersecurity for Enterprises - Marco Hammel + Steffen Trumpp

We are going down into the depths of cybercriminality and -security. Marco Hammel, Founder of the Security Advisory Company No Monkeys and SAP Security Expert Steffen Trumpp are going to tell us what is going on in this twilight zone that threatens corporations what kind of issues lead to risks that open up IT infrastructures to criminals, which opportunities you have to raise the level of security of your landscape and what are the worst and best ways to deal with this topic that is quite more relevant than you may actually think. All of that in another especially thrilling episode here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Marco: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcohammel/ Follow Steffen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steffen-trumpp/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected]. Music by Dan Phillipson
21/09/20201 hour 17 minutes 25 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 43: Intelligent Financial Close - Katharina Reichert + Kornelia Maier

Today we have two guests in this episode who share their position as Co-Head Solution Management Accounting and Central Finance, Mrs Kornelia Maier and Mrs. Katharina Reichert and we are talking about intelligent closing. I was interested in this topic for two reasons. First, when you are looking for a Process that has really evolved in its possibilities and outcome due the benefits of digitalization, Financial Close is definitely an area you should take a look at. Second, insights is one of those capabilities that helps your enterprise gaining resilience and win in the recovery and it is one part of the puzzle that really can make a difference in these special times. Here, at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Katharina: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katharina-reichert/ Follow Kornelia: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kornelia-maier-38082a147/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your qu
14/09/202055 minutes 31 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 42: How to sell and implement the Intelligent Enterprise

In Episode 39 we featured a very interesting conversation about the specifics of the Intelligent Enterprise concept, which is a condition that probably every company aspires to be. But that’s of course easily said when you at the same time do not also explain how to get there. Also this is a topic that is relevant for adopters, SAP folks and partners alike because all of us who are in the SAP ecosystem have to pull into the same direction, so an adopter is able to put the horsepower of the Intelligent Enterprise concept to the street. Technology Evangelist Timo Elliott and I said together again to discuss all the things that matter if you either aspire to be an Intelligent Enterprise or you want your customer to become one. Only here, at the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Timo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timoelliott/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at Sapexpertspo
07/09/20201 hour 4 minutes 57 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 41: Capability based S/4HANA argumentation and other QAs

Finishing Season 1 of the SAP Experts Podcast with a Q&A Session covering your questions about the right approach to S/4HANA, finding the right Transition Model, what you need today in presales to be successful, choosing the right implementation partner and much more. Here at the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
10/08/202051 minutes 7 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 40: Do you trust your data?

When you attend customer meetings about digitalization you spend a lot of time talking about architecture, transition scenarios, IoT, etc. which is fine, as long as you do not neglect talking about the blood that flows through the veins of each enterprise and without it you would neither be able to book one order, nor have any clue what actually is going on in your company. which is: data. I talk to Wolfgang Epting, Chief Expert in SAPs Center of Excellence for Platform & Technologies about how to boost the outcome of your digitalization efforts by building up a dedicated data strategy, when it is the right moment to start with it, how to measure data quality and what are the do’s and don’ts for gaining a data literacy culture that will boost your business. Here at the SAP Experts Podcast Guest: Wolfgang Epting – Chief Expert, CoE Platform and Technologies, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-gr
21/07/20201 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 39: A new era for the Intelligent Enterprise

Listen to SAP's new expanded vision for the Intelligent Enterprise and why it's more relevant than ever in a fast-changing world. If there is a concept that makes you gain crisis resilience and win in the recovery it is the “Intelligent Enterprise”, a strategy embracing modern technologies that enable you to use your data to get real-time insights about your operations, market environment and customers. COVID-19 has given this topic a big boost in importance as more and more enterprises now have realized what digitalization is all about so I am excited to feature for this episode Mr. Timo Elliott, Vice President and Global Innovation Evangelist for SAP. A SAP and Business Objects Veteran for 29 years, he is a highly prominent keynote speaker and inspiring storyteller focusing on innovation, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, analytics, big data and IoT, and is probably one of the most prominent faces on business-oriented social media via his absolutely awesome vide
06/07/202059 minutes 17 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 38: Brownfield, Greenfield & Co.- All about Transition Methods to S/4HANA

There are topics that can not and should not be pressed into 30 to 45 minutes episodes durations. Ok maybe some are doing that, but these topics then are not covered further than superficial, and we are a non-nonsense show here. That’s why we present you here an episode, that is with 90 minutes a bit on the long side but worth every single minute. We approach a topic that contains the probably most important decision you can take when approaching S/4HANA. It is of utter importance because it determines basically what you get, what you work with for the next decade and if you implement a system that fully brings the horsepower of S/4HANA to the street. This episode is all about Transition methods, yes, it is about greenfield, brownfield, selective transitions and we will basically look under every rock and present you all Best Practices concerning these methods, the Dos and Donts and the secrets nobody tells you so you are prepared in the best possible way to make your decision how
22/06/20201 hour 31 minutes 10 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 37: How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery – Process Excellence

Today we continue on the track of our “How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery” series with a topic that is essential to excel in these: Process Excellence. I was lucky to welcome Hala Zeine, Chief Product Officer of Celonis, the leading provider of Process Mining Applications. We talk about the different aspects of resilience what capabilities enterprises and individuals need to master crisis, recovery and the so-called new normal and how to achieve them. Before Celonis, Hala had a long and very successful track record as SVP and President of various LoBs at SAP and she is very candid in her Insights. And she will tell us, how modern process mining approaches can not only make you a winner in the recovery, but also how it helps you to become the sustainable enterprise you want to be in the 21st century, AND that if you are on your path of moving to S/4HANA you should consider doing that with the usage of process mining if you want to do it right and boost up your b
08/06/202045 minutes 55 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 36: All about Podcasting Part 2

Part two of our “Podcast about podcasting”. Future of Customer Engagement & Experience Podcast -Host Steven Spears is back with me and we will continue to share our experiences, wins and fails with podcasting. In this part we will geek out about how to give your podcast the best possible start, we will talk about the technical and hardware setup, postproduction, hosting and marketing. Lots of very personal insights on this very personal episode, prepared with love for you HERE at the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Steven: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-spears-57895388/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
02/06/20201 hour 5 minutes 33 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 35: All about Podcasting Part 1

This and next week we want to give you and me a bit of a break from Corona. We will continue the Resilience and Recovery series here shortly with great episodes featuring SAP Customer Experience President Bob Stutz, Celonis Chief Product Officer Hala Zeine and others. But for this and next week we want to break out of the COVID monoculture a bit to talk about a different topic. I was approached within the last tho months almost daily and asked for guidance “How to make a podcast” and these mails keep on coming. It is quite obvious, that this medium has come quite into the spotlight since especially in quarantine situation , people look for virtual channels. So I fired up Zoom and connected with Podcasting Legend Stephen Spears whom you may already know from Episode 22 and each of us grabbed a beer to discuss all about podcasting to give you the best possible guidance on how to start a podcast. Since this is a huge topic, we divided our conversation into two parts. So today we will
25/05/20201 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 34: How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery – Deep Dive Finance

In our series How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery we already covered the topics CIO, Strategy, HR and Supply Chain Management. Today we will take a look at the perspective of the CFO with the return of Christian Straub, Head of Customer Advisory Finance at SAP. We talk about how the Shock and Recovery phases impact the topics of a CFO, what are the capabilities that are needed within these phases and how they are accomplished. Guest: Christian Straub – Head of Customer Advisory Finance, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Christian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-straub-b6812113/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
18/05/202017 minutes 41 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 33: How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery – Deep Dive SCM

When demand volatility for goods and services met constrained capacity in manufacturing and logistics, something thing happened a lot of people know only of because of stories their grandparents told them. Uncertain supply of critical materials and goods. I had the insightful pleasure to have Mr. Martin Barkman Senior Vice President and Global Head of Solution Management, Digital Supply Chain, SAP as guest for the DEEP DIVE covering Supply Chain Management in our series "How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery" in which we not only talk about the Impact of COVID 19 Disruption on Supply Chains but What capabilities are needed NOW in the SHOCK Phase and Tomorrows Tactics and Future Strategies for Supply Chains that are ready not only for the new normal, but better prepared whatever may lie in front of us. All of that, in this Episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Guest: Martin Barkman – SVP, Global Head of Solution Management DSC, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer A
11/05/202030 minutes 10 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 32: How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery – Deep Dive HR

In Episode #31 we laid out the baseline for our "How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery" – series for which we resieved very positive feedback. Thanks a lot for that. Here in Episode #32, we want to do our first deep dive starting with the essence of every company, its people. I talked to Dr. Florian Dreifus, the COO MEE of SuccessFactors about how HR organizations reacted to the first shock, what are crisis specific Best practices, and how HR digitalization is the major ingredient in steering the workforce through rough times to a successful recovery. All of that here on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. ​Guest: Dr. Florian Dreifus – COO MEE, Success Factors Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Florian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-florian-dreifus/ Future of Work Popup Lab: https://www.linkedin.com/company/future-of-work-pop-up-lab/ And: https://www.hr-p
04/05/202035 minutes 35 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 31: Series - How to build crisis resilience and win in the recovery – Overview

Guest: Victor Hoeck – Customer Advisor, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP [Long description] This episode marks the start of a highly interesting and relevant series of episode on this channel called “How to build resilience and win in the recovery”. In this series, we present you several episodes of condensed Best Practices and strategic Know How. Information that helps you and your enterprise to make the right decisions now concerning your actual firefighting activities and your strategic priorities and setup for the upcoming months. For this we will have a dedicated episode for each relevant line of businesses like Finance, Operations, HR, Sales etc. and feature reknowned experts from whom we can learn how to navigate past the icebergs in front of us. But for today, we will start with a 360 degree overview about the COVID-19 crisis, if there have been historic parallels, what we can learn from the past for today, which different phases we can expec
28/04/202050 minutes 9 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 30: COVID-19 and beyond - CIO challenges and strategies 2020

COVID-19 took the world by complete surprise and turned it upside down. Most businesses are now in a tough struggle protecting employees, understanding the risks to their business, and managing the supply chain disruptions caused by the efforts to contain the spread of virus. While the full impact of this epidemic is hard to grasp, I am happy that our SAP CIO Florian Roth, whose main task now is not only to keep the lights on but navigate our foundation through these rough waters, took the time to talk with me about the current situation, why digitalization helps us not only in times of COVID and how SAP uses its own technology to become an Intelligent Enterprise. On this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Florian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/flroth/ Special thanks to Mina Teodosic Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Mus
20/04/202033 minutes 48 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 29: Pulse Check – How SAP Customers act in times of COVID19

With the global economy dumping down the same rate that corona infections rise, it is not very easy to get a clear picture of the situation, neither for us individuals, nor for enterprises who are struggling to cope with the challenges and build resilience. When taking a look into media, you will find many opinions about the situation ranging from we are all doomed to “we are getting out of this with a black eye”. It is a good idea to take a look into the reality of SAP customers how they are doing at this moment right now. And since it is a very good idea at the moment to listens to experts, I am blessed to be able to talk to Mr. Geoff Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Americas SAP Users Group. He is conducting an inquiry each week asking the six-digit number of NA SAP Users about their situation and how they approach their journey through this crisis. So let’s do a Pulse Check with Geoff Scott on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin
14/04/202042 minutes 46 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 28: Value creation and crisis response for Private Equity

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing widespread concern and economic hardship for consumers, businesses and communities across the globe. PE enterprises are facing a situation in which they have multiple underlying companies with hundreds or thousands of employees looking for guidance and direction during this crisis. I sat together (virtually) with Sean Epstein, Senior Vice President Private Equity, SAP to discuss the actual situation for Private Equity firms, crisis response strategies and how SAP can help these companies to tackle the challenges provided like potential global recession, severe liquidity impact, supply chain disruptions and effects on workforce and customers. Because this is whats going to happen here, on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Guest: Sean Epstein – Senior Vice President Private Equity, SAP Host: Alexander Greb – Customer Advisory Lead S/4HANA, SAP Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Sean on linked
05/04/202055 minutes 46 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 27: The Do’s and Dont’s when approaching S/4HANA

Five years after the initial release of S/4HANA it is interesting to see that still some are unsure about the Dos and Don’ts when approaching S/4HANA and this is not only about adopters, but I talk about partners, and ourselves at SAP and I am straight looking at Sales, Presales and Value Engineers. That’s why I sat together with Mr. William “Bill” Bowers, Global Vice President of the Solution Management S/4HANA at SAP to discuss not only the Top3 common mistakes made while approaching S/4HANA, but also the Best Practices for a pragmatic approach, that helps you and your customers, to find a common understanding and your individual case for your Intelligent ERP initiative. Sound like a school lession? No, believe me, discussions with Bill are always very entertaining and fun. And this episode is no difference. Because this is whats going to happen here, on this episode of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Bill: https://
28/03/202041 minutes 24 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 26: Authentic Leadership

Not only in a working relations, Leadership is a topic which affects anybody be if you are in the position to lead others, or others lead you. Even though we are talking mostly about enterprise applications in this podcast … and this industry, it is undisputed that the way key functions do their job probably affects enterprise success even more than bits and bytes. Leadership might be a hot discussed topic, leadership gurus like Simon Sinek might be omnipresent and whenever you see some shared wisdoms from them you can be sure it got at least one hundred likes on social media, but still in many cases on the one hand not the best leaders but the best experts are promoted into leadership positions and do more harm than good, and on this other side those who have gotten into these position often think about “what have I done to myself” obviously being completely unprepared for “leadership”. So lots of topics to discuss, since I have the pleasure to host Swen Heidenreich, who is Managing D
25/03/202047 minutes 49 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 25: The Top5 Best Practices of Best in Class S/4HANA Adopters

Having the right mindset and principles at the beginning of a digital transformation initiative is vital to its success. Five years after the first release it has become obvious, that there are certain patterns of common principles that will determine the ease, speed and success of your Digital Core initiative. Or in other words: There are Best Practices that all those who implement SAP S/4HANA fast and with great success have in common: They Prioritize Core over Edge They separate Differentiating and Commodity Processes They Concentrate on Tangible Innovation They Focus on Capabilities like Insight to Action They have the right Mindset (Forward looking, treat it as a business topic, keep it simple) So if you are a Adopter, SAP Partner, SAP consultant, Account Executive or Preseller you better listen to the TOP5 Best Practices of Best in Class S/4HANA Adopters. Cause that’s what I am going talk about on this anniversary episode of the SAP Experts Podcast! Follow Alex: https://www.lin
15/03/202043 minutes 25 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 24: Entrepreneurship and the Future of User Interaction

In case you are working in a tech corporate environment and you have not founded the company you are working in, chances are that you have an almost romantic view about the life and work of entrepreneurs. I met with one of those at the office of his company in Munich who pass on safe and frequent salary checks for the sake of freedom and being able to do their own thing. It is Stephan Odoerfer, who is founder and managing director of 4tiitoo a tech company that is leading in enabling computer operation via eye control and also a keynote speaker at this week ‘s virtual edition of the SAPNOW Switzerland. We talk about what it means to be an entrepreneur the qualities, habits and Best practices of successful ones and of course about eye control a technology that is about to revolutionize the way we humans interact fast efficient and in comfort with computers. Because this is what’s going to happen here, in episode 24 of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/a
08/03/202053 minutes 32 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 23: The Future of Digital Supply Chain Management

Around Christmas I sat together with Hans Thalbauer the SAP Senior Vice President responsible for Digital Supply Chain Management and Internet of Things and we had a conversation about what can we can expect logistically out of 2020 and what requirements possible events in 2020 could have on setup, performance and flexibility. We talked about how political events, natural disasters and pandemies are affecting the global supply chains and the business of enterprises. And what is happening now: Dow Jones crashed last Thursday down 1.200 points, as much as never before as the Corona Virus Outbreak interrupts business, global sourcing, selling and travel. It shows us, how vulnerable our global supply chains have become and how flexible, transparent and agile companies have to be in the 21st centuries to act and react on these kinds of distruptive events. Listen to Hans Thalbauer outlining what capabilities modern Supply Chains need and how performance levels can be achieved that enable you
01/03/202037 minutes 40 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 22: Are You Experienced?

Today’s guest is promising fun for several reasons: “Radio Personality become Customer Experience Expert" Steven Spears, who is Global Program Manager for SAP CX and also uses his skill from his former being as a radio star to create and host the "Future of Customer Engagement & Experience Podcast”. So what we did was to do something new. You can surely find a lot of interesting podcast resources covering the topic of experience management in a very competent way. But Steve and I dialed up once late evening, opened a beer and talked about the sometimes very abstract topic of Experience Management being two guys with flesh and blood, a language that you surely will understand and will help you to demystify the world of Experience Management. Buckle up for a “bit different” episode full of personal insights, storytelling, information and lot of laughs, because that’s what’s going to happen on Episode 22 of the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb
23/02/20201 hour 13 minutes 9 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 21: Digitalize your Supply Chain!

Today we are talking about Logistics and Manufacturing also known in a wider sense as Supply Chain Management. For this it is great to have somebody here who knows his discipline from actually having had laid his hands on from a practical point because he started his professional life constructing huge diesel engines. Today he is the Solution Hub lead for Digital Supply Chain at SAP and a prominent face in meeting rooms and big stages of Supply Chain conferences alike. Since he is also an aspiring pilot we will make a 360 degree fly-over about the core disciplines like planning and execution and discuss about how Supply Chain Management has evolved in the 21st century. A Conversation that is especially fun, if you do it with Mr Peter Bickenbach here, at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Peter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-bickenbach-5a17831a/ Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your q
09/02/202044 minutes 27 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 20: Give Data Purpose!

Ten years ago, the highest valued companies had names like ExxonMobil, PetroChina, Petrobras and Royal Dutch Shell, 2020, things look bit different with names taking a prominent spot on the list that nobody thought about in 2010: Alphabet/Google, Facebook, Tencent, Amazon and Alibaba. Companies that don’t see their economic purpose in digging for oil. They are digging for data, which is the oil of the 21st century. I am pleased to welcome Dirk Häussermann, who is Senior Vice President and Head of Platform and Technologies at SAP. We had a very interesting conversation about opportunities, strategies and implications in the age of data! Enjoy another interesting episode here, at the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Dirk: https://bit.ly/38Gw5EN Please like, share and subscribe! Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
26/01/202031 minutes 54 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 19: The Rise of SAP Analytics Cloud and Data Warehouse Cloud

Second part of my conversation with Ivo Bauermann about the principles and success factors of modern analytics solutions and specifically SAPs next gen solutions in that area which are the SAP Analytics Cloud and the Data Warehouse Cloud. Also we talk about the economic implications and success factors to bring all horsepower of these capabilities to the street to enable 100% insight to action. Part two of a two-part conversation. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Ivo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivo-bauermann-b24919/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
19/01/202044 minutes 14 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 18: We gonna need a bigger boat

“… Be open, bring new and creative ideas and help us build the next version of SAP. Bring a new mindset and don’t comply … I would hope that everyone of us still has this young kid inside that says: Brake the rules!” Interesting records about “making the difference”, awesome messages and great storytelling at the SAP Experts Podcast Episode #18 by this week’s guest Ivo Bauermann, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy - Database & Analytics, about what type of people and personalities are needed to be successful in the tech industry in the 21st century. Part one of a two-part conversation. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Ivo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivo-bauermann-b24919/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected]
12/01/202052 minutes 29 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast 17: The year of Artificial Intelligence

2020 is going to be a very exciting year as many digitalization initiatives across all industries are full steam ahead. Early January is generally the time of the year when often questions are asked if there will be something like a determining topic for the next 12 months that will produce a lot of new capabilities and will have a big effect how enterprises do their business. If you ask Sven Denecken, who is kicking of this year at the SAP Experts Podcast and is Senior Vice President and Head of Product Success & Co-Innovation S/4HANA he has a very clear opinion about that topic. 2020 will be the year of artificial intelligence. In this episode Sven will give you a 360 degree overview about the actual status, developments and usability of AI, Machine learning and Robotic process automation and also will tackle the social implications of these new technologies. And if you want to know what Sven advises his sons to pay attention to in their personal development to be on the top of the g
06/01/202037 minutes 28 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast 16: SAP S/4HANA, Cloud and Projects

Before we go into Christmas break, we have not one guest but two guests for you. First, we welcome back for her second visit Ms. Saskia Fontanive of innovabee, who became prominent because of her successful high-speed S/4HANA Cloud implementations. And second, it’s great to have Mr. Jan Gilg who was responsible for the other extreme: The internal S/4HANA implementation at SAP. Additionally, Jan is now as Senior Vice President directly responsible for any S/4HANA related development, and reports directly to the board, so we will get very interesting insights about our Cloud and future S/4HANA strategy. Furthermore, this episode is where we end for 2019, because I will go now into the Christmas break. So I want to say thank you very much to all my listeners and guests of the episodes of 2019 and I want to give a special thank you very much to Yulia Molokova, Axel Vetter, Richard Strattner Jr. Melanie Machold and all the others supporting me to make this edgy little podcast possible. When
15/12/201947 minutes 8 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast 15: The World of Analytics

Lately there was some interesting story in tech news. For the third year in a row, the board of a Californian giant in the world of enterprise applications rejected a shareholder proposal for the company to release data about how much women are paid at the company relative to men. While many tech companies incl. SAP have provided disclosures around gender pay equity issues and committed to closing pay gaps, this one tech company has continued to refuse to do so because, as they stated, it would be “costly and time consuming!”. That is quite astonishing because, if this company misses the data transparence to dig this information quickly and cost-effective, they need the capabilities of SAP’s analytics portfolio and today’s guest definitely could help. Mr. Mohamed Abdel Hadi, Vice President for Product Management Analytics at SAP will give us his personal spin and his insights into the world of analytics. Here at the SAP Experts Podcast Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexande
08/12/201951 minutes 40 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast 14: Neuroscience, Technology and Innovation

Today’s episode is all about the tool you hopefully use most in your life. Your brain. My guest in this episode is Mark Raben, the CTO MEE at SAP who is heavily involved in Neuroscience to research how unartificial intelligence influences the way innovation is adopted and Mark and me will discuss how this Connection between a brain and innovation works and what is the recipe for excellence. We will tell you who will be the winner in an experience economy, how your job can get you busted at the airport security check and also interesting cases how rainforest can be saved, joy can be given to people suffering from dementia and immersive experience is one new thrilling way to make technology tangible. Again, lots of interesting and entertaining content. Here at the SAP Experts Podcast. Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Mark: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markraben/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by
01/12/201952 minutes 21 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 13: A day in the life of a CFO

SAP Experts Podcast #13 - A day in the life of a CFO Guest: Dr. Carl-Christian von Weyhe Host: Alexander Greb Today I am humbled to welcome a man who is a master of his craft: Dr. Carl Christian von Weyhe who is Chief Financial Officer of SAP in Middle and Eastern Europe and a sought-after lecturer and speaker in matters of financial and strategic management. We talked about the rapidly changing role of a CFO and Corporate Finance Management, Finance Transformation from the view of a CFO and the role of Technology. Since normally tech podcasts consists of Tech people having a conversation with other tech people, it is quite refreshing to listen to the experience of a proven expert from the business side. Join me and welcome Dr. Carl Christian von Weyhe here, at the SAP Experts Podcast. So please like, share and subscribe! Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipso
24/11/201937 minutes 21 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 12: Tangible Innovation

Basically, turning people’s heads by talking about innovation is easy. Invent some fancy title for yourself which should ideally contain the words “Innovation”, “Digitalisation” or in the best case “Alchemist” and, very important, dress up like a hipster. That adds credibility. Then you look up youtube for the latest TED Talks and you will be able to reel off the fancy inventions and cloud castle and hope the whole linkedin community will cheer for you. Well, unfortunately at times it happens to be like that and that’s not good because it takes the substance out of the topic since you forget the most important aspect how true innovation at the customer can be ignited. It should be individual, approachable and tangible. If your inno cases do not touch the individual situation and strategy of the customer, you failed. And you are doing more harm than help. So lets bring the substance back and put an emphasis on the aspect of tangibility. That’s why I invited somebody who does not only ta
10/11/201948 minutes 25 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 11: The X (Data) Files

If you have not yet gotten the message that SAP has now something with an X, or Experience Data, you probably live behind the moon. So it is quite obvious that the experience topic has a big strategic relevance for SAP, and that’s not because we want it to be like that, but because winning in the 21st century means adapting to an experience economy where customer centric processes and the emotional connection of your customer to your products should not only be of utter importance for you, it should guide your strategic decisions. But this topic is not only about customers attitude towards you and your products, but also how your employees think about you. So if your best horse quits its job you should not be caught surprised anymore. But we do not want to do an X+O pitch here, we want to tackle the topic a level deeper so I met with Christine Fischer, whose job as Vice President and Head of Business Development is to run that topic and the integration of X+0 in Europe, so she is the r
03/11/201940 minutes 31 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 10: Build your case for S/4HANA

If you remember Episode 8 of our podcast series featuring the right approach to S/4HANA, Uwe Grigoleit told about the Viessmann case. Viessmann, an international manufacturer heating, industrial and refrigeration systems, had a quite clear case to move to S/4HANA. Inventory savings in two-digit millions as a result of an ERP transformation to S/4HANA made the path for a fast decision to do the Move. But of course, not in all cases, it is easy as that. Imagine a typical approach to S/4HANA. While pitches mostly cover the general benefits, which is ok for a first approach, you have to second that with an individual option. The customer wants to know what’s in for him individually and that’s where an answer within modern process architectures of the 21st century is not so easily given when manually approached. It’s all about questions on which you could spent months. That’s why SAP offers you intelligent tools that do that work for you. And today I am very pleased to have the man here in
20/10/201940 minutes 56 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 9: Corporate Finance Digitalized!

Today we are talking Finance! Being a logistics guy, I want to know anything about Corporate Finance, its changing role, challenges, and strategic aspects. Especially financial transformation and which role digital technologies play in all of that. And to do exactely that I have one of the best people as guest for these questions: Christian Straub, Head of Customer Solution Advisory Finance in Middle & Eastern Europe. He is a trusted advisor and frequent guest in the CFO offices throughout Europe in which he is structuring complex transformation initiatives. I am running with him the Expert Sessions each year at the Swiss SAP Now in Basel, and I am already looking forward to making the event with him again in 2020. So please like, share and subscribe! Follow Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Christian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-straub-b6812113/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillip
13/10/201938 minutes 24 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 8: Spinoff

Welcome to the SAP Experts Podcast -Spinoff. With this episode I want to introduce and add an new label and a little bit different piece and format to the SAP Experts Podcast which will co- exist with the future episodes of the classic format that you already and hopefully love by now. The reason: We at SAP have many different Podcasts which differ a lot in format, style, content and length. Many of them are purely internal podcasts, that are not available to the public. But from time to time, those internal podcasts generate episodes where it would be a shame to keep them internal because they would be certainly also interesting for public audiences. One of those internal Podcasts that generate such episodes is “The Cast” by Mike Fecek. Mike is Global Director for Presales Solutions at SAP and his Supply Chain Solution Hub consists of product and industry experts that develop cutting edge solutions for any SAP customer that earns his or her money by actually producing or moving thing
13/10/201932 minutes 7 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 7: The right approach to S/4HANA

For this episode, I deliberately chose the same title as my linkedin-blog. Because if you are working in sales, presales, services or consulting no matter if here at SAP, one of our great partners or you are a customer, this episode is a must for you in which meet Uwe Grigoleit. As Senior Vice President he has the global responsibility for the Go-to-Market of S/4HANA, and Uwe has quite some messages for all of us. We talk about S/4HANA, strategy, readiness, value, the role of cloud, what are the best practices concerning that – simply: S/4HANA and how it’s approached the right way! Here, at the SAP Experts Podcast. Please like, share and subscribe! Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Uwe on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uwe-grigoleit/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phillipson
06/10/201954 minutes 13 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 6: All about Digital Transformation

In highly disruptive times, Digitalization is the area where the main decisive actions concerning your business model, processes and infrastructure are taken. It is the main business battlefield of the 21st century in which your actions and decisions result in either being the disruptor of your industry or being out-disrupted into marginalization. But what does this mean for SAP, its partners and its customers? For this episode I have met with one of SAP’s key players in the area of product strategy to discuss the state and future of digitalization. I am humbled to welcome Mr. Sven Denecken who is in his role as Senior Vice president of Product Success and Co-Innovation the one you want to hear talking about his personal insights in topics like the actual state of Digitalization of the market, the emerging technologies that will matter most to you, what is the role of Cloud technologies and Experience data in all of that and which innovation strategy you should follow to be successful
26/09/201943 minutes 51 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 5: S/4HANA in 16 weeks!

During his keynote on Tuesday, SAP Germany CEO Daniel Holz will present the winners of this year‘s SAP Quality Award. One of the winners will be an S/4HANA customer project that shows how fast and smooth you can make the move to SAPs next generation ERP system. DEE I a fast-growing German manufacturer of clothing wanted to go to S/4HANa Cloud and with the help of SAP Partner innovabee they did just that. In 16 weeks. Yeah, not months, weeks! So let this be your new benchmark for your S/4HANA Initiative and Lets meet now the project manager of this ERP implementation Miss Saskia Fontanive and learn from her, what her Best Practices are that made this implementation so fast and efficient. Here on the SAP Experts Podcast. Please like, share and subscribe! Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Saskia on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saskia-fontanive-589308139/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Music by Dan Phil
12/09/201941 minutes 29 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 4: Innovation is inevitable

In Episode 4, I have the pleasure to meet Glenn Gonzalez who is Chief Technical Officer of SAP Germany and the „Central Point of Contact“ and „Trusted Advisor“ for topics like „Digital Transformation“ and “Innovation” for our customers. When you have watched one of his inspiring key notes like those at SAP NOW in Berlin you know, many claim to be Innovation Leads, he is it and as such the perfect conversation partner for innovation topics. Whenever you have the possibility to see him talk, you will find out that he has a rare superpower: He draws people to him and they listen to him because they are mesmerized by his brilliance and pure energy. I am sure you will enjoy this discussion the same way I did during the recording of this session.Please like, share and subscribe! Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/Follow Glenn on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-gonzalez-36596527/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Mu
09/09/201946 minutes 16 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 3: SAP S/4HANA MOVE – Axel Vetter

In this episode, Alexander Greb meets Axel Vetter (Head of S/4HANA MOVE program) in Walldorf, where he is giving us not only interesting insights of the status of the S/4HANA adoption, but also on the S/4HANA MOVE program and what it does to support customers, partners and SAP employees. Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Axel on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/axel-vetter-16a26b1a/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Please like, share and subscribe! Music by Dan Phillipson
21/08/201945 minutes 15 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 2: Q&A Session on SAP S/4HANA with Stefan Batzdorf

Stefan Batzdorf (Senior Practice Engagement Manager at Infosys Europe and former Head of S/4HANA Program at SAP) is returning for Episode 2 of the SAP Experts Podcast where we answer questions that were provided to us by YOU via our contact email [email protected] Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Stefan on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-batzdorf-6b4348ba/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Please like, share and subscribe! Music by Dan Phillipson
21/08/20191 hour 20 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Episode 1: Top 5 Reasons to go on SAP S/4HANA

Stefan Batzdorf is Senior Practice Engagement Manager at Infosys Europe and former Head of S/4HANA Program at SAP. With that and his shining personality he is not only able to discuss any subject with you at any level, he is the ideal guest for our first episode in which we will discuss the TOP 5 Reasons to go on SAP S/4HANA which are (in our opinion): #5: Future proven and cloud-ready architecture #4: Intelligent instead of transactional ERP #3: Best way for a complete IT-landscape modernization #2: Provides for the first time one wholistic integrated finance solution #1: Absolute Insight to Action Do you agree with us? Follow Alex on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-greb-b3a836155/ Follow Stefan on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-batzdorf-6b4348ba/ Give us feedback or provide us your questions at [email protected] Please like, share and subscribe! Music by Dan Phillipson
20/08/201938 minutes 54 seconds
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SAP Experts Podcast Trailer

“Getting the message, how things are done right, to a wide audience, through a new channel, by the right people.” Strategic SAP S/4HANA advisor, Speaker and Thought Leader Alexander Greb has sat down with heavyweights from inside and outside the SAP ecosystem like product management SVPs, CTOs, Customer CIOs, and LoB Evangelists to bring you interviews, insights and discussions about all relevant Best Practices, topics and trends from the SAP universe that are relevant like Digitalization, Intelligent Enterprise, S/4HANA, Cloud, Xperience Data, etc. as well as industry strategies and implementation Dos and Don’ts . This podcast is for all SAP customers from all industries and LoBs, as well as partners and SAP employees, and all further members of the SAP ecosystem who are looking for answers on the question “how things are done right“ in the SAP world. Please follow, share and subscribe! Questions/input can be sent to the email address [email protected] and will be answered
19/08/20191 minute 1 second