In this edition - tech gets political and so do we. Plus: IoT gets a critical review as smart cities go under the microscope. Your whiffs include unplugging airlines, deleting production systems, and defying tornados.
UX for IoT raises some tricky questions. When we're designing for the Internet of Things, are we going for automation and eliminating a human UI entirely? And how do we account for the range of devices and industries? Those are some of the questions I got into with the IoT team from Infiswift.
I'm always on the lookout at cloud ERP shows for partners building apps and extending SaaS solutions. At PowerPlex 2017, I found a dandy. Here's how Cumulus Consulting is blazing an apps trail on Plex, and how it makes a difference for their customers.
Sometimes a good argument brings its own rewards. Such was the case with database management vendor Severalnines, who sent me a sharply-worded pitch about a database-as-commodity debate I started with MariaDB. Severalnines CEO Vinay Joosery brought a different take, questioning the revenge of SQL and raising the issue of cloud lock-in.
Are automotive incumbents doing enough to anticipate the disruption that's coming? And why is that much-flogged term "big data" integral to new automotive business models? How will changes from ownership to on-demand autos impact urban planning? These are a few of the questions I posed to investor, blogger, and book author Evangelos Simoudis in our chat wrap.
In this edition: Why Shell's Downstream CIO believes that CIOs must earn their business relevance or walk the career plank. HfS sparks a debate on the future of work and the obsession with digital efficiency over a purpose that matters. Also: what we've learned over the event season about AI and customer-savvy. Your whiffs include Facebook stepping in it, Google stepping in it twice, and: I go back on my airlines ban to assess British Airways.
At Sapphire Now, we had a couple of S/4HANA Cloud customers drop by the studio. Their stories shed light on how customers are using the S/4HANA Cloud, including the notable impact of extensibility on the SAP Cloud Platform. They didn't, however, settle a debate on whether S/4HANA Cloud was downplayed at this year's event.
One PowerPlex '17 keynote highlight was hearing from North American Lighting's Judy Nagy on using Plex's new supply chain planning functionality. Offstage, Nagy proved just as outspoken, giving a memorable tale of of moving from "pre-sales great" to actual great - and the type of collaboration and project management it took to get there.
In this edition: diginomica does cybersecurity, while AI alarmists meet an optimist. Salesforce has a world tour and SAP had a big show - we've got your breezy roundup. Grappling with workplace diversity is one theme this week; pizza is another. Food-related whiffs abound, with Pizza Hut asking for - and receiving - viral shaming. Finally, can AI ever make better music than the Biebs?
Two years is a long time when it comes to the pace of automotive disruption. In my latest Q/A with Evangelos Simoudis, he gives us a look behind his new book on big data and the automotive industry. We get into the five cultural forces causing change in this sector, and why trends like mobility services present new risks and opportunities for carmakers.
SAP's Business Beyond Bias ambitions - SuccessFactor's Patti Fletcher gives a live SAPPHIRENow update
SAP's Business Beyond Bias is one of its most compelling initiatives. The problems it aims to tackle are vital to modern business but hardly easy to solve. At Sapphire Now 2017, SAP SuccessFactor's Patti Fletcher dropped by diginomica's video studio to talk about the program and how transformational change can happen. We also got into how SAP is integrating this into products and why algorithms are both hopeful and troubling.
We shot a bunch of customer use cases at Sapphire Now 2017. Of the video themes, one standout was mature S/4HANA customers, who can speak to the role S/4HANA has played in digital transformation and customer-facing pursuits. Here's an annotated roundup of a few of them.
SAP's Sapphire Now and ASUG show has had more news and controversial issues than recent years. Some of the more interesting news stories got lost in the ruckus. Here's a rundown of some big stories, and some that were under-reported.