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October 23, 2014 / Editor

A successful and forward-looking HR solution: SAP SuccessFactors

A couple of days ago I received the information about SAP SuccessFactors being positioned as a Leader, based on Strategy AND Current Offerings by Forrester.

Good news, but for me no surprise, because SAP SuccessFactors is rightly being awarded again and again over a period of time. I am pretty sure that this series of awards will not stop in the future. Why? I will immerse deeper into my thoughts later.

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First I would like to talk a bit about the background of SuccessFactors: We are working with the SAP SuccessFactors solutions for around one and a half years now. SuccessFactors ist he leader in strategic Human Capital Management-applications. We as itelligence also have gained more than 20 years of experience and carried out more than 500 projects in the field of HCM. Read more…

October 20, 2014 / markalbrecht

hybris – Anytime, anywhere and via any channel….

Wherever we go and whatever we do, we are discovering the internet for things to buy within seconds. And our expectations for a good web shop are not little. We demand a lot. We want it to understand our needs, have an eye-catching user interface on all of our different devices and, of course, sell products with sound prices. We interact with businesses through many different channels – Internet, telephone, email, fax, and increasingly mobile- from initial search and research to post-purchase support and service. But it is not easy for a company to meet all those requirements independently if you are active within the B2C or B2B market. A customer knows the brand, BUT they don´t differ between channels to engage with you, and they are expecting that all provided information is available at every touch point at any point of time.

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October 6, 2014 / Wolfgang Kroener

SAP unleashes the power of their cloud business

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The pressure related to IT investments leads the SME customers as well as large enterprise customers and their subsidiaries into cloud computing. SAP is covering this demand with its core application SAP Business ByDesign, which from my point of view perfectly fits into SAP’s growing cloud portfolio.

We are working closely with our prospects and customers on a local and global level. We like to solve our customer’s challenges – that means we enhance the Cloud solutions with individual programs, add-ons as well as industry specific functionalities on a global level. One of our main strength is based on the existing customer environment with an on premise IT landscape. This technical landscape can be enriched by a hybrid “cloud & on premise” architecture. The key to simplicity can commonly be found in the technical foundation of SAP Business ByDesign based on SAP HANA.

With Michael Schmitt, General Manager for SAP Business ByDesign, we are able to explore in detail the new strategic directions and go-to-market for SAP Business ByDesign – SAP’s Cloud ERP Suite.

October 1, 2014 / Igor Zuev

TRAIN LIKE NEVER BEFORE! SAP Trainings at itelligence in Russia

Hello world! It’s me again and it’s again about Education.

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The beginning of the hot summer in Moscow and the third quarter of 2014 year caused a rapid growth of our Education business direction and lots of new activities around that. As you all might remember itelligence Russia delivers different courses around SAP BOBJ, BW, FI, CO and HANA to the market. Since the third quarter we also offer CRM training for the customers and partners. Read more…

September 29, 2014 / Mario Luetkebohle

BI is beautiful, but its extra work

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With this modified quote by Valentin I would like to contradict with all clarity, all claims that the fruits of a successful BI-project are just a few mouse clicks away because modern tools support in a smart and intelligent way, the design process of a BI-solution so that a) you do not have to do much anymore and b) you can hardly do anything wrong. Comment (a) is complete nonsense and (b) is also complete nonsense.

If you read something somewhere along that line, forget it, regardless where you read it.

BI is a wide field and a more exact definition of what could be meant with it, is nearly impossible. Roughly speaking, it is about a system for the support of decisions on all levels of the operational and strategic management. To achieve that, data from internal and external sources are conveniently analysed and prepared in such a way, that they fulfill the purpose optimally. No one should seriously believe that that can be achieved with just a few mouse clicks. Read more…

September 23, 2014 / seebach

Qlik Sense is generally available

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On Wednesday Qlik released the Server version of their next generation Business Discovery tool. The project was previously known as “QlikView.Next”, and with the prelaunch in August of the Desktop version it was renamed to Qlik Sense. Quoting Anthony Deighton CTO Qlik Sense adresses a “whitespace in the business analytics space”. Here is a very nice intro video to Qlik Sense.

Its one of the first server based tools, that can do both data visualisation and ETL on a server based platform. Qlik also announced that a new released of QlikView will be available  medio 2015.

Here are two good reviews: Jen Underwood (@idigdata) review here or read Steve Dark (@quintelligence) primer here.

Pricing is very agressive, with a free client, a free cloud and a server version where a token cost about the same as Named Cal does today.  The server version is free, but has a cost pr. user or usage. So buy 10 Tokens (1 Token = 1 Users), and you could install them on 10 servers. A token can either be assigned to a user or to grant 10 logins of an hour.

Finally we can build a multi server environment where performence is key, without having to think about additional licenses.

Qlik has also revealed a very interessting migration path, to convert licenses from QlikView to Qlik Sense. Which makes it possible to run both software side by side.

Read the press release here and download the free client here

Regards Torben Seebach

September 16, 2014 / Editor

Globalization of SMEs: a great opportunity or too high a risk? – Leading experts reveal their strategy

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Increasing globalization presents SMEs with new challenges. National markets are converging together ever more closely, the Internet is almost a “new continent”. It is considered to be one of the most important future markets. Managers of SMEs will have to think about the question of what values, what conditions and what strategies are needed by both themselves and their companies in order to develop and succeed internationally.

At the Management Forum “The Globalization of SMEs” on September, 30th 2014 from 12:00 clock in the itelligence AG Conference Centre, there is an opportunity to hear high-profile experts on this subject and to discuss it with them.

The noted expert in foreign and economic policy Joschka Fischer, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, will open this forum with an in-depth Keynote about Europe’s economic future in a new, globalized world. Dr. Reinhold Festge, VDMA President, Haver & Boecker, Eva Kienle, KWS Saat and Jürgen Thoma, Testo will all explain details of their strategies and concepts and their experiences of a successful strategy in the face of globalization.

By SME mangagers for SME managers! Read more…

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