June 2022Issue 11

COVER STORY

50 years of SAP, Klein says, “We’re just getting started.”
50 years ago five former IBM executives started the conversation by forming a company called Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung. Since then, new protagonists have emerged, markets have shifted, share prices have fluctuated and products have evolved, but one thing has remained constant. SAP is the market leader….by a mile.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Editor’s words: what kind of future do we want?
Our future is being designed for us and we have very little say in the process. Drucker told us we could predict the future by designing it, the only question that remains is what kind of future do we want?
Red Hat: an open shift in the enterprise cloud
An interview with Matt Hicks, Red Hat’s global executive VP of products and technologies. "Disrupting a critical application is never the right path, but deliberately evolving into an open ERP foundation is absolutely a well-trodden and successful approach."

FEATURES

Expert Opinions

Sustainability: the next frontier of digital transformation
We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine the meaning of economics and accelerate progress towards a more sustainable world: one with zero emissions, zero waste, and zero inequality. 
From IT delivery to business success: shifting the mid-market project mindset
In a cloud world, ensure the business objectives of your project are clear  
Aligning ESG and digital strategies
In the quest to build sustainable, purpose-driven companies, technology cannot be an afterthought.
An effective metaverse strategy requires a web3 mindset
Businesses might face risks by underpinning their metaverse strategies with a web2 way of thinking.
The tipping point scenario for consumer product supply chains is now
Consumer product (CP) companies are sitting in hot water, right in the middle of a value chain that is transforming across almost every conceivable dimension. And it’s not a stretch too far to say that most are hot under the...
The state of the key HCM vendors for 2022 and beyond
The future of work is changing faster than ever, and people are the biggest asset of any enterprise.
A fair and inclusive future of work needs some planning
For a closer look at how much the Great Resignation is impacting the IT sector and its workforce plans for the future, just look at the data.
Why Ukrainians need UK business to step up refugee support
The story and personal history behind the RefuAid Ukraine business consortium.
The Rise of Industry Vertical Solutions
Both the platform vendor and systems integrator landscapes are changing. Where to put your money?
Welcome to the New World: how Capgemini is solving supply chain challenges
Before the global pandemic, public awareness of supply chains and the dependency on these to move goods around the world was taken for granted.
The hidden gem in SAP RISE’s crown: the SAP Business Network
SAP’s RISE initiative has a lot of moving parts that together offer customers and prospects important incentives to move to the cloud.

Guest Contributors

We are ready to write our next chapter
It feels as though we’re just getting started. In this special issue, we look back so we can innovate forward - we hope you’ll join us on the journey as we write our next chapter. 
Five key cloud opportunities for the next decade
After years of repeated shocks and disruption, there is still one constant when we talk to customers about their cloud goals - the need for business transformation.
The future of cloud ERP is here
Five founders and the vision to transform the way businesses run - that is how SAP’s story began in 1972. I’m privileged to have been part of this journey for almost two decades.
SAP’s history – fifty years and counting
What started SAP on such an illustrious journey, all those years ago back in 1972? Let’s take a dive into history to understand SAP's legacy and what the future holds.
I want my ERP; what SAP and MTV have in common
You’ve probably heard that SAP is 50 years old this year. I mean, you can’t really avoid the social media celebrations rippling out from the Walldorf epicentre, amplified by an eager to please SAP partner ecosystem.
Why it’s time for a user group upgrade
User groups are struggling. So what’s next? The importance of human engagement can never be underestimated, especially when challenging times are ahead and exciting innovations are being built.
How SAP ERP is a strategic enabler of sustainability
I have been passionate about sustainability in the environmental sense. But in the last two years, sustainability has dramatically rocketed up the agenda of all businesses and the public sector. 
You can’t spell entrepreneur without ERP
Hypergrowth, a concept first coined by Alexander V. Izosimov in a 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review, is the rapid growth of a business by at least 40 percent compound annual growth rate.