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Interview with Mayank Mathur, Lead of the Value Engineering Team, SAP Startup Focus

By Domitilla Caputo April 27, 2017

 

SAP Startup Focus is SAP’s accelerator for Enterprise focused startups. We provide startups with the technology & mentorship they need for accelerated Product Development & Market traction.

 

We are proud to be part of Startupedia, an interactive learning platform created by Silicon Valley Forum for entrepreneurs looking to build their knowledge. Startupedia is a free resource to learn about how to run a successful startup. It consists of 2-minute videos that answer key startup questions, featuring expert advice from top Silicon Valley CEOs, founders, executives, and investors.

 

Click here to watch the interview with Mayank Mathur, Lead of the Value Engineering Team, SAP Startup Focus.

 

Mayank Mathur

 

Mayank Mathur leads the Value Engineering team in the Startup Focus Program for SAP. Mayank leads the VE team to enable startups, early stage ISVs and partners to build the next generation of applications and solutions on the SAP Hana Technology and Platform. Responsible for enabling the value-based selling of startup solutions by helping them build Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), enable Cloud Deployment and enable sales via direct sales channels and online marketplaces.

 

 

Stay tuned for the next interview featuring Dave Katona, Director of Market Enablement at SAP Startup Focus Program.

 

 

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20 Startups you should not miss at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017

By Domitilla Caputo April 25, 2017

 

SAPPHIRE NOW is a 3-day event being held from 16th May to the 18th May 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, USA. It is the largest global business technology event, hosted by SAP and ASUG, where you can meet the entire ecosystem of SAP Partners, connect with the community that uses SAP software every day, and learn how to enable your digital business strategy. Customers can learn about SAP’s newest products and innovations, like those brought to the table by the SAP Startup Focus Program. Every year new startups join the Program and develop their solutions using SAP technology, meaning new opportunities for SAP customers.

 

We are excited to announce that 20 startups from our portfolio of validated solutions will be showcasing at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017, featuring 18 demo theater sessions, over 6 hours of content, and 3 HANA Innovation Award winners. Come and visit us at booth PC 213 and meet the latest, cutting-edge innovations that can improve your business.

 

Check out the list of can’t miss SAP Startup Focus sessions and start putting together your personal agenda today! All sessions will be held at the Partner Co-Innovation Campus PC214

 

 

Tuesday, May 16th

 

 

1:00 PM Empower Mobile Shoppers by Digitally Enabling Brick-and-Mortar Stores

 

POINTINSIDE

 

Position retailers for omnichannel success. Enable mobile shoppers to search, plan, and carry out their in-store shopping trips using a digital representation of the physical store. Discover how to grow basket size and enhance advertising dollars with the PointInside platform and digital, in-store, product location solutions for retailers.

 

 

1:30 PM Raise Inventory Accuracy with Last-Mile, Real-Time Visibility

 

SENSIFY

 

Build up item-level visibility along supply chains with sensor-based software that enables companies to track and trace millions of fixed assets, cargo, and truck driving behavior. Manage demand generation while reducing order fulfillment and inventory cycle time and provide real-time alerts with IoT solutions for assets and logistics from Sensify.

 

 

2:00 PM Make Electric Grids More Efficient and Sustainable for Cities and Companies

 

ENERSIS

 

Transform energy by combining internal and external energy-relevant Big Data to gain more transparency. Build on your Big Data with Enersis grid solutions in the areas of smart grids and sustainability management, and reach your CO2 emission reduction targets with the SmartHeat solution.

 

 

2:30 PM Stop Gambling on the Weather and Hedge Your Weather Risk

 

METEO PROTECT

 

Act now to mitigate the damage bad weather can inflict on your business, whether you’re a farmer or financier. Bet on Meteo Protect Vivaldi, a risk assessment and hedging solution with a global weather database and pricing platform, created by one of the pioneers in weather risk management and used by insurance companies, brokers, and cooperatives.

 

 

3:00 PM Build Up Sales Predictability Using GPS and Salesbots

 

EMPLAY

 

Transform sales teams by helping them find the best course of action for a given situation with prescriptive analytics. Support sales reps with Emplay sales GPS and intelligent salesbots to help them acquire and grow accounts, accelerate and close deals, plan and meet quotas, augment sales bandwidth, and improve sales booking.

 

3:30 PM Prevent Money Laundering by Using Artificial Intelligence

 

QUANTIPLY

 

Revolutionize the way anti-money laundering (AML) is carried out by sensing, learning, acting, and reporting money laundering and suspicious activities to regulators. Augment the skills of AML professionals with artificial intelligence (AI) delivered through Quantiply machine learning models, Quantiply Sensemaker AI platform, and SAP Vora.

 

Wednesday, May 17th

 

 

1:00 PM Reduce Costs and Nonproductive Time in Oil and Gas Drilling Operations

 

GREENOJO

 

Sharpen insights to improve drilling and cut cost per meter. Streamline the use of oil well engineering rules sets to predict subsurface characteristics and operations related to drilling and completion by using the Greenojo Upstream Data Analyzer solution running on the SAP HANA platform.

 

1:30 PM Advance the IQ of Your Business with Machine Learning and the IoT

 

MYOMEGA

 

Increase business success with solutions that help you to do more than just manage your operations. Discover how machine intelligence and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions from MyOmega Systems provide intelligent monitoring as well as the capability to trigger automatic follow-on activities or enable you to act on events that may cause damage.

 

11:00 AM Increase Citizen Engagement and Make Cities Safer and More Resilient

 

IPGALLERY

 

Enable cities to manage resources efficiently, reduce costs, increase revenue, and better serve citizens in day-to-day activities and during crises. Discover how IPGallery applications enable cities to enhance citizen lifestyle and well-being and increase citizen engagement during daily and emergency situations while protecting their privacy.

 

11:30 AM Minimize Theft in the Supply Chain and Optimize Material Management

 

HURU SYSTEMS

 

Record and track each step in the work process and the flow of products from the factory or warehouse to the field. Check the location of each item in real time, no matter where it is or who has custody. Improve sales personnel efficiencies with HURU, a supply chain platform that enables real-time asset tracking and chain of custody.

 

12:00 PM Save Money and Time by Monitoring Multiple Projects in Real Time

 

SABLONO (HANA Innovation Award Winner, Process Innovator 1st place)

 

Optimize the way you control the development of a project by recording the progress of all individual activities that are being executed on-site. See how Sablono’s next-generation solution enables project controllers, managers, and construction companies to track progress across multiple construction sites, resulting in time and cost savings.

 

12:30 PM Optimize Plant Operations and Improve Margins with Cloud IoT Applications

 

TEKNOLEUM

 

Increase revenue and lower operations costs at photovoltaic power plants. Facilitate plant management by empowering employees with centralized views of multiple sites and easy-to-consume, visual analytics in role-based dashboards, delivered by Teknoleum Solution’s cloud-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) application for photovoltaic plant management.

 

2:00 PM Enable Utilities to Reduce the Risk of Theft, Fraud, and Commercial Loss

 

CHOICE

 

Detect fraud patterns and slash utility theft and fraud on conventional and electronic meters. Choose a real-time, SAP HANA-based revenue intelligence solution from CHOICE that helps utility companies increase revenue by reducing nontechnical loss.

 

2:30 PM Empower Mobile Shoppers by Digitally Enabling Brick-and-Mortar Stores

 

POINTINSIDE

 

Position retailers for omnichannel success. Enable mobile shoppers to search, plan, and carry out their in-store shopping trips using a digital representation of the physical store. Discover how to grow basket size and enhance advertising dollars with the PointInside platform and digital, in-store, product location solutions for retailers.

 

Thursday, May18th

 

 

11:00 AM Make Electric Grids More Efficient and Sustainable for Cities and Companies

 

ENERSIS

 

Transform energy by combining internal and external energy-relevant Big Data to gain more transparency. Build on your Big Data with Enersis grid solutions in the areas of smart grids and sustainability management, and reach your CO2 emission reduction targets with the SmartHeat solution.

 

11:30 AM Raise Inventory Accuracy with Last-Mile, Real-Time Visibility

 

SENSIFY

 

Build up item-level visibility along supply chains with sensor-based software that enables companies to track and trace millions of fixed assets, cargo, and truck driving behavior. Manage demand generation while reducing order fulfillment and inventory cycle time and provide real-time alerts with IoT solutions for assets and logistics from Sensify.

 

12:00 PM Build Up Sales Predictability Using GPS and Salesbots

 

EMPLAY

 

Transform sales teams by helping them find the best course of action for a given situation with prescriptive analytics. Support sales reps with Emplay sales GPS and intelligent salesbots to help them acquire and grow accounts, accelerate and close deals, plan and meet quotas, augment sales bandwidth, and improve sales booking.

 

3:00 PM Stop Gambling on the Weather and Hedge Your Weather Risk

 

METEO PROTECT

 

Act now to mitigate the damage bad weather can inflict on your business, whether you’re a farmer or financier. Bet on Meteo Protect Vivaldi, a risk assessment and hedging solution with a global weather database and pricing platform, created by one of the pioneers in weather risk management and used by insurance companies, brokers, and cooperatives.

 

 

In addition to the sessions above, you will also get to meet the following startups:

 

APPROYO

 

INVENTY

 

CELONIS

 

OPSVEDA

 

XMPRO

 

BOODSKAPPER

 

NEXTVIEW, HANA Innovation Award 2017 Winner: Process Innovator, 2nd place

 

PLACESPEAK, HANA Innovation Award 2017 Winner: Social Hero, 2nd place

 

 

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More information about SAPPHIRE NOW can be found here.

 

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SAP Startup Focus Startups won big at SAP HANA Innovation Award 2017

By Domitilla Caputo April 20, 2017

The SAP HANA Innovation award recognizes the extraordinary ways customers and partners are innovating and winning in the digital economy using SAP Platform and Technology solutions.

We are excited to announce five Startup Focus members, Sablono, The Next View, PlaceSpeak, SUS, and Unified Inbox, are amongst the winners!

 

 

HIA Winners

 

 

 

The categories included

 

Digital Trailblazer: Organizations that use technology to expand into and lead new markets or ecosystems; enable new business models; expand into new industries and regions; or digitization of products and services.

 

Process Innovator: businesses that use technology to reduce costs or improve efficiencies to the point that a company catapults into a leading position in their industry; projects that leverage technology to eliminate business risks, or enable game changing capabilities such as predicting outcomes and using real time access to data to improve decision making.

 

Social Hero: companies that enable dramatic changes in how people live their lives (i.e. smarter homes) or significant improvements in public services (i.e. city of the future, social services).

 

 

Meet our Winners

 

Sablono, Process Innovator 1st place: Best run Projects run Sablono on SAP HANA

Sablono enables Real time Project Management in complex projects based on SAP HANA. It connects scheduling and workforce management in one combined solution allowing for an unprecedented level of detail.

 

The Next View, Process Innovator 2nd place: Increasing production yields in an ecofriendly way with IoT and Big Data Analysis

Next View develops smart applications in the fields Big Data, Process Mining, and the IoT. To help companies increase their production yield and lower costs, Next View created a solution based on SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform to improve performance by connecting people, processes and technology. The solution simplifies IT to serve the end-user. The Next View focuses on the end-user experience while combining possibilities of big data, security, the cloud and mobile apps.

 

PlaceSpeak, Social Hero 2nd place: Spatial Visualization of Public Opinion Data

Place Speak uses SAP HANA Platform and SAP HANA Text Analysis to analyze and visualize large volumes of online civic engagement text data collect through public consolations conducted on its platform. The result is a new innovative capability called SentiMap, providing local government customers with powerful new insight about the opinions and preferences of different parts of the populations they serve.

 

The winning prize includes free passes to the 2017 SAPPHIRE NOW conference, with competition winners also receiving up to $5,000 to donate to charity, and recognition at the SAP HANA Innovation Award ceremony.

 

 

Meet our Special Awards Winners

 

This year for the first time the SAP HANA Innovation Award includes several Special Awards beyond first and second place winners in each category.

 

Industry Disrupter: companies that epitomize how digital transformation is disrupting their industry by redefining how their organization creates value, interacts with customers and business partners, or changes the competitive landscape.

 

SUS Smart Utility Systems won the Industry Disrupter Award thanks to Smart Customer Mobile (SCM®), an award-winning customer engagement web and mobile platform that provides self-service capabilities and enables real-time two-way communication empowering the customer-utility relationship. SCM® is the only Customer Engagement platform designed to provide a 360-degree view of all customer interactions while reducing utility operational cost and maximizes the return on investments.

 

Honorable Mention: entries that demonstrate compelling examples of innovation leadership with SAP Platform and Technology solutions.

 

Unified Inbox has been named Honorable Mention Award. The SHOUT Application helps to reach out to people on any device, any platform, any time instantly during an emergency. It allows immediate broadcasting of emergency messages to Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS, Viber, WhatsApp and more. Post-event, you can analyze conversations on multiple social media channels e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc., once the message is delivered and also propose appropriate responses to the chaos during any emergency.

 

Check out the innovation stories!

 

Sablono

The Next View

Place Speak

SUS

Unified Inbox

 

 

Special HANA Innovation Award Event at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017

 

Join us on Tuesday, May 16, from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM at the Hilton Orlando Hotel to celebrate and honor the success of SAP Partners and Customers.

 

 

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Got Questions

 

We are proud to be part of Startupedia, an interactive learning platform created by Silicon Valley Forum for entrepreneurs looking to build their knowledge. Startupedia is a free resource to learn about how to run a successful startup. It consists of 2-minute videos that answer key startup questions, featuring expert advice from top Silicon Valley CEOs, founders, executives, and investors.

 

 

Watch the first two of four interviews featuring:

 

Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus

 

Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus

 

 

 

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Interview with Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus

By Domitilla Caputo April 18, 2017

 

 

SAP Startup Focus is SAP’s accelerator for Enterprise focused startups. We provide startups with the technology & mentorship they need for accelerated Product Development & Market traction.

 

We are proud to be part of Startupedia, an interactive learning platform created by Silicon Valley for entrepreneurs looking to build their knowledge. Startupedia is a free resource to learn about how to run a successful startup. It consists of 2-minute videos that answer key startup questions, featuring expert advice from top Silicon Valley CEOs, founders, executives, and investors.

 

Click here to watch the interview with Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus.

 

Mark Noronha

 

Mark Noronha is the Startup Engagement Lead, Startup Focus Program at SAP. He is responsible for enabling startups building (Big) Data, Intelligence, Predictive & Real Time products bring their innovation to SAP’s Enterprise customers.

 

 

Watch the interview with  Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus and stay tuned for the next interview featuring Mayank Mathur, Lead of the Value Engineering Team, SAP Startup Focus.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 things you need to know today about Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise

By Domitilla Caputo April 04, 2017

 

“The advent of AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise will require startups & enterprise software majors like SAP to collaborate – this is why we are here in Canada…. Looking for a few great startups” said Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus as he welcomed the audience to the AI & the Enterprise event at OneEleven, a Toronto-based post-seed tech accelerator, on Wednesday, March 29th.

 

 

AI & the Enterprise-Toronto

Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon of Tarsipix Studios

 

Over hundred attendees representing Toronto’s Tech community, including startups, local venture capital, accelerators, incubators, and corporations, gathered at the new OneEleven location to learn more about how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are changing the enterprise and cheer for their favorite startup competing in the pitch competition.

The event was designed for Toronto’s local startups, and Bilal Khan, MD at OneEleven opened the event by sharing OneEleven’s story and mission: enable Canada’s best startups to focus on value creation and business growth relentlessly.

 

Mark Noronha and Bilal Khan

Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon of Tarsipix Studios

 

The night began with a keynote with Lalit Canaran, VP Emerging Technologies and IoT at SAP Canada, who took the audience on a journey through the latest advances in the IoT and Big Data space at SAP with Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and AI. “Data is at the core of business, and intelligent enterprise applications help companies augment knowledge work and make better decisions,” said Lalit.

 

Lalit Opening

Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon of Tarsipix Studios

 

Following Lalit’s opening keynote, Mark introduced Shawn Carver, VP Product & Co-Founder of Fiddlehead, Durk Stelter, Chief Revenue Officer at Pypestream, Roy Pereira, CEO & Founder of Zoom.ai, Steve Woods, CTO & Co-Founder of Nudge.ai, to the stage for a discussion on how Artificial Intelligence is solving enterprise challenges and how startups can be successful in a corporate ecosystem.

 

Panel discussion

Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon of Tarsipix Studios

 

 

Each panelist provided firsthand insights as accomplished entrepreneurs and best practices on how startups can work with large enterprise clients. From this passionate and energetic panel discussion, we have learned a few lessons:

 

  1. Enterprise customers are excited about AI because it can make their life easier. They are interested in how startups can change their world, and they mainly look for the outcome of implementing AI, that is how they can do things faster, better, and differently.
  2. Everyone wants AI; nobody wants AI that “sucks.” Startups need to make sure their product and technology work correctly. Going to the market too fast with a product that has too many kinks could harm, even kill companies.
  3. Very few enterprises understand the concept of AI. It is critical to approach these organizations by explaining how AI can solve their business problems, and empower their workforce.
  4. Artificial Intelligence is not magic. Machines can perform tasks in a way that would be considered “smart,” yet it is never 100% accurate. The reality is that AI will not always deliver the solution you expect.
  5. Buyers’ expectations are very high, and there is often a gap between what they think a software will deliver and what it delivers. Startups need to bring buyers down to earth and explain to them what AI is about and set realistic expectations.
  6. The biggest challenge startups face today is the access to data. Although large enterprises own a significant amount of data, they are not happy to share, and the product implementation could take longer than what forecasted.
  7. High frequency and low impact processes are areas that benefit from AI. Big corporations are willing to adopt products that can increase productivity while reducing costs. For instance, supply chain companies claim that piling information can take up to 80% of the workforce.

 

Our panelists shared their stories and the secrets to building a successful startup:

 

  1. “Learn quickly and faster than your competitors. You can learn quickly, but you have to make sure you are faster than other players.” Durk Stelten, Chief Revenue Officer at Pypestream.
  2. “Deliver something people really want and are willing to pay for it. Ask customers what their challenges are and create a product that can solve address them. If they don’t know what their pain points are, find them.” Steve Woods, CTO & Co-Founder of Nudge.ai.
  3. “Focus on building a business and a team. Do not push yourself only as an AI company.” Roy Pereira, CEO & Founder of Zoom.ai.

 

The event continued with a vibrant pitch competition that featured five innovative AI startups competing for the titles of “the most innovative” and “the most transformative”. Each startup had three minutes to pitch their solution to a panel of three judges and received two minutes of feedback from the judges. After seeing many innovative ideas on the stage, and after much thought and deliberation, the judges unanimously selected the two winners.

 

Winners Pitch Competition

Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon of Tarsipix Studios

 

Diligen Software emerged as “the most transformative solution”, solving a huge problem the legal industry has always faced. Diligen is a project management software for due diligence that uses highly trained machine learning algorithms to find and extract a wide range of provisions from contracts, and compile a due diligence report automatically.

 

BioSymetrics won “the most innovative solution” award, thanks to “Augusta”, their solution that enables data of any type, size and dimensionality from multiple sources to be explored and modelled with unprecedented speed and accuracy. BioSymetrics created a customized and flexible health and medical processing and modeling environment, which provides data exploration and machine-learning algorithms, and generates real-time updates for massive health data sets.

 

A huge thank-you to our partner OneEleven, as well as our amazing speakers for bringing their expertise to the stage, sharing their stories and advice. Finally, we would also like to thank the startups that took part in the pitch competition.

 

Follow us on Twitter and check out all the tweets from the day via #ai4biz.

 

 

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Say hello to chatbots, your new best friends

By Domitilla Caputo March 24, 2017

“All of our agents are busy at this time. Your call is very important to us. Please hold, and we will answer your call as soon as possible.”

 

It is difficult to feel important as a customer when you have to wait in line to get your question answered. Customers today demand prompt responsiveness from brands which places more pressure on companies to provide fast and reliable customer service across different channels. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world, and the potential of AI-based technologies is high especially in the areas of intelligent automation and customer call centers.

 

It is no surprise that startups are seizing on the opportunity and creating innovative solutions to address this unmet need. Pypestream, an AI startup enrolled in the SAP Startup Focus Program, is helping companies simplify the customer support experience and increase customer satisfaction while also reducing costs with AI enabled chatbots.

 

What are Chatbots?

Chatbots are automated computer programs that simulate human conversation using Artificial Intelligence. According to TechEmergence, chatbots are expected to be No.1 consumer applications of AI over the next five years. They can be programmed to handle frequent and repetitive questions, complete specific tasks like placing an order or even guide a user through a multi-step process. There will be situations that bots are not trained for, and companies must understand which use cases can be automated and build in the right handovers to let customers talk to human operators when they reach a point of frustration that a bot would not be able to handle.

 

Exclusive Interview with Pypestream

I took the opportunity to ask Richard Smullen, CEO and Founder of Pypestream to share their story and the latest of Pypestream. Here is what he had to say:

 

Who is Pypestream?

Pypestream is a Customer Engagement Solution for the Enterprise that allows businesses to transform their customer experience with better service, increased engagement, and reduced costs.  Pypestream enables companies to provide the ideal customer service by combining the power of humans and bots. At the core of Pypestream’s solution is a patented Smart Messaging Platform that uses Artificial Intelligence and chatbots to better connect companies to their customers. Using Natural Language Processing and keyword parsing all inquiries are routed to dedicated chatbots designed to resolve repetitive queries. Complex issues that fall outside of a chatbot’s capability are transferred to live agents through an uninterrupted conversation.

 

 

 Pypestream

 

 

How did Pypestream come to life?

I was at an important dinner meeting in Miami. Unable to change my flight through various attempts and a long time spent waiting on the airline’s apps and 800 numbers, I opened up Whatsapp and messaged my sister to help with the process, so as to not continue to interfere with the meeting. A short 10 minutes later, I had a new itinerary and a new idea, “That was easy! Why couldn’t I just message directly with the airline, why did I have to get my sister involved?”. Pypestream was born.

 

How is Pypestream leveraging AI and Machine Learning?

Pypestream’s solutions leverage the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for both business process automation and transactions, marketing campaigns and content distribution. Pypestream’s pragmatic AI and chatbots help companies deliver an always-on, responsive, and on-demand customer experience while empowering customers to process payments with ease, submit claims, schedule appointments, and even transfer and store critical files (e.g. billing statements).

When deploying bots for businesses, it is critical to monitor customer conversations to identify repeatable interactions that can be handled by chatbots as well as recognize where the chatbot’s capability fails and customers need more information.

 

Pypestream just raised $15 mil in series A funding. What areas of the business will you invest these funds in?

We will continue to evolve and enhance the technology stack, adding new features and supporting additional languages as expansion abroad accelerates. We will also invest in the Sales and Marketing Teams as Pypestream is growing and expanding outside the US.

 

 

Meet Pypestream at the “AI & the Enterprise” event on March 29th

Richard Smullen, CEO and Founder of Pypestream, will be speaking at “AI & the Enterprise,” an event hosted by SAP Startup Focus and OneEleven in Toronto on March 29th. Check out the full agenda.

Attendees will get the opportunity to meet Pypestream, Fiddlehead, Zoom.ai and Nudge.ai, and learn more about AI in enterprise applications and how industries can integrate AI and machine learning into existing enterprise structures.

 

See who’s coming and get your ticket!

Join us on social with #ai4biz and follow us @SAPStartups

 

 

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SAP Startup Focus is on its way to Lisbon for the SAP International Utilities Conference – by T.A. Cook | 28th – 30th of March 2017 | Lisbon Congress Center, Belem, Portugal

By Domitilla Caputo March 24, 2017

By Gina Salluzzi Specialist Market Enablement & GTM for EMEA and Ma Luisa Silva Global Director Market Enablement & GTM

 

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The International SAP Conference for Utilities represents SAP’s leading global utility industry conference. The utilities industry is dynamic and fast moving and digital disruption is strongly impacting all lines of business, bringing with it opportunities and challenges. The International SAP Conference for Utilities aims to address these diverse challenges by bringing forward those that have the audacity and courage to tackle these. Within that context SAP Startup Focus will be showcasing four industry relevant startups at the event demonstrating how their solutions can impact and accelerate Digital Transformation within the Utilities industry.

 

Enersis suisse AG, offers advanced analytics for smart-grid and sustainability management. Its 15 grid applications combine all internal and external energy-relevant Data to provide more transparency with the goal of energy transformation.

 

HURU systems, proposes next-generation processes to track physical assets from their birth in the factory, during their time in the field and ultimately until the moment of their retirement. Using chain-of-custody methodology, real-time inventory management builds a wealth of cloud-based data from photos, time and GPS stamps, and proprietary authentication protocols. The asset-tracking platform supports the validation of tens of millions of assets installed in the field, as well as the active search for lost or stolen assets.

 

Meteo Protect, is fully dedicated to weather risk management. With Vivaldi technology, a risk assessment and hedging software solution that aggregates a global weather database and pricing platform. The solution is offered to insurance companies and cooperatives who want to distribute weather hedging information to their clients and affiliates, but it is also extremely valuable to Utilities and other businesses which performances are subject to weather influence.

 

Teknoleum. Their solution, PV², is a cloud-based analytical IoT-application for photovoltaic plant management to help increase revenues & lower O&M costs for better margins. It delivers role-based dashboards with a centralized view of multiple sites. It provides easy-to-consume, visual analytics to enable plant operations optimization and provide accurate energy forecasts.

 

Lastly but not least, a fifth (more mature) startup from SAP’s Startup Focus program will be onsite as well as event Platinum Sponsors. This startup is Choice Technologies, whose solution helps utilities increase revenue and performance by detecting and reducing energy losses.

 

As T.A. Cook has so eloquently put, “networking will be at the heart of the 2017 event”. In alignment with this motto, SAP Startup Focus showcase (booth 33) will be located at the heart of the conference hall together with SAP’s main showcase. Choice Technologies as Platinum Sponsor will be right next this as well.  

 

Beyond the physical showcase during the conference, attending startups will also present at SAP’s Micro-forum Theatres please event schedule below for full details. Enersis suisse AG and Meteo Protect will be accompanied by their respective customers E.ON and Munich Re, to convey how the startup solutions are adding value to their companies.

 

March 29th – 14:25 – 14:40

Supply Chain Solution for Utilities: Real-Time Inventory and Chain of Custody Management System

Ian Nazzari, HURU Systems

 

March 29th – 16:05 – 16:20

Lifting Global CO2 Monitoring to the Digital Level with IoT and the SAP HANA® Platform

Christina Wuerthner, Enersis Suisse AG

Ann-Katherin Krimmel, E.ON

 

March 29th – 14:25 – 14:40 (stage 2)

Assessing and Hedging Weather Risk – Case Study: German Stadtwerke

Gabriel Gross, Meteo Protect

Marcel-Steffen Rief, MunichRe.

 

We are All very excited with this upcoming event and looking forward for amazing interaction with attendees and industry stakeholders.

We will share more on our return.

 

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Interview with Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus

By Domitilla Caputo March 21, 2017

SAP Startup Focus is SAP’s accelerator for Enterprise focused startups. We provide startups with the technology & mentorship they need for accelerated Product Development & Market traction.

 

We are proud to be part of Startupedia, an interactive learning platform created by Silicon Valley Forum for entrepreneurs looking to build their knowledge. Startupedia is a free resource to learn about how to run a successful startup. It consists of 2-minute videos that answer key startup questions, featuring expert advice from top Silicon Valley CEOs, founders, executives, and investors.

A few weeks ago, we kicked off our series of events in Palo Alto with our partner Silicon Valley Forum, the Bay Area’s leading nonprofit for startup events and education. Read more about the “AI & Enterprise: The Future of Smart Software.”

 

We are excited to share the first of four interviews with Manju Bansal, VP and Global Head, SAP Startup Focus.

 

 

Manju Bansal leads SAP’s effort to engage with the startup community worldwide and build its innovation ecosystem.

 

Click here to watch the interview.

 

Stay tuned for the next interview featuring Mark Noronha, Startup Engagement Lead, SAP Startup Focus Program.

 

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Join us in Hannover at CeBIT 2017!

By Domitilla Caputo March 18, 2017

By Maria Luisa Silva, Director Market Enablement & GTM, EMEA – SAP Startup Focus and Gina Salluzzi, Market Enablement & GTM, EMEA – SAP Startup Focus

 

CeBIT Hannover is a 5-day event, held from the 20th March to the 24th March 2017 at the Hannover Congress Centrum in Hannover, Germany. CeBIT outlines the latest trends, by hosting thought-leaders and showcases of product innovations from around the globe. The trade fair’s main theme revolves around IT innovations that are transforming how businesses run, and provides spotlight on the most promising startups. Within that context SAP Startup Focus will be present at this year’s CeBIT once again to showcase five innovative startups relevant to the context of Live Business and Digital Transformation at Scale 11 in Hall 11, booth B57.

 

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Joining the CeBIT from the Startup Focus team, there will be Manju Bansal Vice President and Global Head of the program, Luisa Silva, Senior Director of Market Enablement and Go-to-Market for EMEA, and Gary Parnell, Senior Director of Onboarding and Recruitment EMEA. During the CeBIT, the Program will be scouting for good startups in the Big Data, IoT, predictive and real-time analytics space – come to our booth to speak to us and find out the benefits of joining our program!

 

The five startups joining us this year are the following:

 

IPGallery, which offers a wide portfolio of lifesaving Resilient Smart City and Smart Safe Community services, and applications with Citybots for cities, governments and CSPs. Their solutions are IoT-based, leveraging new cloud and network topologies, and enabling to monetize all IP networks and data-centers. IPgallery delivers end-to-end solutions that are highly-available, scalable, efficient and allow growth of new business models.

 

Enersis suisse AG, a startup critical to the Big Data transformation in the energy sector. Enersis offers solutions that include reaching CO2 emission reduction targets and grids applications that combine all internal and external energy-relevant big data to provide more transparency to utilities companies.

 

MyOmega, relevant players in Internet of Things. They offer machine intelligence for distinct areas of focus. Their IoT-based solutions provide transport monitoring including the possibility to act on events that may cause damage to assets; logistics monitoring that enable automated ordering for an always up-to-date electronic inventory; as well as actionable agricultural insights to winemakers at the cultivation level.

 

Shamat, which offers the full picture on digital marketing activities. They provide tools that help evaluate, monitor and compare digital marketing activities, and help businesses stay one step ahead of thier competitors. Shamat covers Social media, webiste audit and SEO, and web reputation.

 

And joining us for one day on Monday 20th, Sablono with their state of the art web-platform and mobile application that were specifically designed to manage, document and oversee complex construction and delivery management processes. Project managers get access to real-time information about their detailed construction sequences resulting in tremendous time and cost savings.

 

 

Startup Focus has planned a busy engagement schedule for this years’ attending startups. Alongside the week-long democases on the booth, there will be presentations at Scale 11 Main Stage hosted by SAP Startup Focus team and SAP Startup Focus members.

 

 

Don’t miss out on the following:

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21st

 

11.30 – 12.00  Creating Ecosystems of Innovation: SAP Startup Focus Program – Join us!

Manju Bansal, Vice President, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

 

13.30 – 14.00 Shaping the landscape of smart cities with next-gen and personalized insights

 

Maria Luisa Silva, Senior Director, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

Patrick Bannert, Director of Business Development Enersis Suisse

Avihai Degani, CEO IP Gallery

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd

 

13.00 – 13.30 Discover how SAP Startups are contributing to accelerate Digital Transformation in key markets

 

Maria Luisa Silva, Senior Director, SAP Startup Focus Program, SAP

Luca Manassero, Head of technology Shamat

Annkatrin MyOmega

 

On an additional exciting note, Startup Everywhere will launch The Startup Guide Berlin, 3rd edition of their series, this Friday 17th of March in Berlin and we are delighted that the team will also join us at the booth to promote and distribute these books with us at Scale 11 in Hannover.

 

Don’t miss out on a chance to see all these incredible startups and how they contribute to bringing innovation to the Enterprise! Come and see us at CeBIT – Hall 11 – Booth B57!

 

Want more? Check us out on SAP News (German version here) and Computerweek!

 

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