Microsoft at SAP Sapphire NOW 2019: A trusted path to cloud innovation

In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.

Modernize your SAP landscapes

While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
  • Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.

Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning

Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
  • Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.

Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners

There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:

  • Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
  • After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
  • Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.

Discover business transformation

Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.

Sign up for live updates at our dedicated SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 event page.

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Cloud AutoML, BigQuery ML upgrades expand Google stake in ML

Google moved to advance its position in the automated machine learning market with expanded Cloud AutoML and BigQuery ML capabilities aimed at making it easier for data analysts, data scientists and developers with limited expertise to build and deploy machine learning models.

The expansions to Cloud AutoML — a suite of machine learning (ML) products that can be used with the new AI Platform also unveiled at the Google Cloud Next ’19 conference — feature AutoML Tables, a codeless model development tool. Like the rest of the AutoML offerings and AI Platform, Tables is currently in beta.

The highly anticipated BigQuery ML upgrades are available in a mix of alpha and beta releases. These upgrades appear to constitute Google’s response to criticism that BigQuery ML had fallen behind products from smaller competitors since Google released it last year.

Needed expansion via AutoML Tables

AutoML Tables gives nondata scientists who are data-savvy the ability to create custom machine learning models on structured data without coding, Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri said in an email from the San Francisco conference. That’s a key selling point for automated machine learning technology — or auto ML, as Gualtieri referred to it in a general sense.

“[Tables] is pretty significant for [Google Cloud Platform], because that will bring in a whole new set of users to GCP,” Gualtieri said. “DataRobot, H2O.ai and several other vendors also offer auto ML on structured data. This is less about competition and more about the credibility that Google brings to auto ML.”

This is less about competition and more about the credibility that Google brings to auto ML.
Mike GualtieriAnalyst, Forrester

During a livestreamed keynote session, Julie Price, a big data specialist for Google Cloud, touted the ease of use in AutoML Tables.

“You don’t have to be an ML expert,” she said.

Google needed to broaden its Cloud AutoML capabilities, said Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

“The Tables announcement was particularly important, as Google lacked an option to address structured data, which is the majority of what companies manage,” Henschen said. “I want to hear more about the frameworks and algorithms Google will bring to bear against this data, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Cloud platform market leader AWS has approached machine learning for structured data aggressively, while also claiming to run more TensorFlow workloads than Google, the developer of that framework, Henschen added.

BigQuery ML updates

Meanwhile, Google said it has enhanced BigQuery ML, a suite of SQL extensions and services attached to Google’s BigQuery enterprise data warehouse, with new model-making functions.

The slew of new machine learning models supported in BigQuery ML includes k-means clustering for customer segmentations and data quality, as well as matrix factorization for product recommendations. Users can also build and directly import TensorFlow deep learning neural network models through BigQuery ML.

The new models available on BigQuery ML seem to assuage concerns from some analysts that the machine learning platform, which lets developers use standard SQL commands instead of more advanced languages, was limited to only linear and logistic regression models.

During a keynote session, travel reservations site Booking.com took the stage to discuss how it uses BigQuery ML’s k-means clustering to help ensure data quality and accurate data grouping for the sizeable 176 search dimensions available on the site.

Booking.com’s goal is to make sure, for example, that all hotel rooms with microwaves are correctly included under the “microwave” grouping, Timo Kluck, the Amsterdam-based company’s principal developer, said during the session.

A new destination for machine learning

BigQuery ML is an initial foray for Booking.com into the cloud with regard to machine learning, Kluck said in an interview after the session.

“We are an old company,” he said. “Historically, we have been very used to building our own [machine learning] technology. Many things are still in our own data centers.”

Booking.com’s parent company, formerly Priceline Group and now Booking Holdings after changing its name last year, has also made a number of acquisitions over the years, which brought machine learning tools that those companies had been using to Booking.com.

Kluck declined to comment on the maturity of BigQuery ML today.

“I can say, specifically, we were excited to try it out in the alpha phase as an early access customer,” he said.

Kluck also declined to provide details on how much of a financial investment Booking.com plans to make in BigQuery ML, but noted that the company does have a commercial contract in place for GCP services.

Booking.com uses Google's BigQuery ML to cluster data sets and assess data quality.
At Google Cloud Next ’19, Booking.com detailed how it used BigQuery ML to cluster data sets and assess data quality.

Google said AutoML Tables can reduce the total time required to build machine learning models from weeks to days and can pull data from Google BigQuery and other GCP storage services.

Google also touted another new feature, AutoML Video, which will be able to use natural language processing and translation to transcribe conversations, and computer vision to classify visual content.

Last year, Google released AutoML Vision, which made it easier for developers to create custom machine learning models for image recognition. At Google Cloud Next ’19, Google introduced AutoML Vision Edge to help users train and deploy high-accuracy, low-latency custom models to do image recognition on edge devices.

Senior news and features writer Chris Kanaracus and news director Shaun Sutner contributed to this story.

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For Sale – Mac Pro 3,1 Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008) Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon – total of Eight Cores
OS installed – 10.11.6 (El Capitan) (upgradeable with tricks)
Two drives: 128GB Micron SSD, 320GB (2.5inch) HDD ; two bays spare (with brackets) to fit most 3.5″ SATA drives
32GB RAM (DDR2 667MHz) (eight 4GB RAM sticks) (can use 800MHz ones but these were obtained cheaply)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 (2x mini-DP, 1 DVI) (upgraded from the standard HD 2600 XT)
No wireless card fitted (you can one which I purchased for £10 but did not install – unknown state)
No box (sorry!)

This is a very capable machine, used with little stress on all its components, well kept, cleaned but expect marks, scratches, etc. It is possible to upgrade the OS (tips and tricks available with an online search). Only going due to company cornering me into a windows laptop.

Cash and collect only (heavy machine!) – so buyer can inspect to heart’s content.

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Microsoft at SAP Sapphire NOW 2019: A trusted path to cloud innovation

In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.

Modernize your SAP landscapes

While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
  • Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.

Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning

Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
  • Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.

Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners

There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:

  • Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
  • After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
  • Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.

Discover business transformation

Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.

Sign up for live updates at our dedicated SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 event page.

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RapidRatings adds supplier risk management options to SAP Ariba

Understanding a company’s financial viability is a critical part of supplier risk management. SAP Ariba aims to make this easier by integrating RapidRatings’ Financial Health System into the SAP Ariba Supplier Risk module.

The integration is meant to help SAP Ariba customers get the most up-to-date information about a potential supplier’s financial health profile, according to Eric Evans, managing director of business development at RapidRatings, based in New York. Once a supplier is onboarded in SAP Ariba, customers can use the system to continuously monitor it.

The integration of RapidRatings into SAP Ariba was introduced at the SAP Ariba Live conference in Austin, Texas.

Getting an inside look at the financial strengths of suppliers

“RapidRatings provides data around the financial viability [of suppliers] — how weak or strong they are, are they trending down or up, do they look good in the short or long term,” Evans said.

The Financial Health System (FHS) analyzes the financial health of companies and provides a numerical Financial Health Rating (FHR). RapidRatings measures public and privately held companies against their global industry peers to create the FHR. It relies on quantitative data, such as income statements, balance sheets and cash flow, to “drive the insights,” Evans said.

“We want to look forward, rather than backward, as you would if you were just using payments history,” he said “You want to know ahead of time where that company’s trending, where have they been and where are they going. So, it’s more predictive.”

Integrating RapidRatings directly into SAP Ariba

The concept of serving up financial risk data about suppliers in the Ariba platform makes sense to Marc Moreau, vice president of procurement excellence at Fresenius Medical Care, a healthcare provider in Waltham, Mass. Fresenius Medical Care has been running SAP Ariba for a few years. Separately, it has subscribed to RapidRatings for financial data about its suppliers, Moreau said.

Moreau said he is already using the SAP Ariba Supplier Risk module, a risk management feature, but said some of it was too basic to meet the healthcare provider’s needs.

“That’s why we signed up for a subscription with RapidRatings to get deeper financial metrics,” he said.

Moreau said he’s looking forward to the integration.

“Rather than having to go outside to RapidRatings for financial review or go to another site for metrics on suppliers, we want it all through a single point of entry in the [SAP Ariba] Supplier Risk module,” he said.

This is important to Fresenius Medical Care, because it’s in the highly regulated healthcare industry.

“We want it to be all integrated, so when we onboard or potentially onboard a new supplier, we want to immediately do a supplier financial rating,” Moreau said. “Because we’re a healthcare entity, we need to do background checks on every supplier to make sure they’re not barred from doing business because of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. So, we want all of that vendor onboard information upfront and validation to happen before we even consider adding that vendor to [SAP Ariba].”

Open APIs extend SAP Ariba platform

RapidRatings is the latest supplier risk management data provider to integrate with SAP Ariba using open APIs, which enables machines to communicate with each other and helps to extend the value of the SAP Ariba platform, according to Kristen Jordeth, SAP Ariba’s go-to-market director for North America. RapidRatings focuses on financial risk, but there are other supplier risk management focus areas, such as information security.

“We’re a technology; we’re not data. So, we continuously need to partner with third parties that our customers are already using and create that direct link with APIs,” Jordeth said. “All they have to do is turn a subscription code on, key it in, and they’re connected. It eliminates the setup, makes it easier on the customer side, and they can take advantage of subscriptions they already have and access them in one view throughout that whole process.”

Other supplier risk management data sources will be made available via the open APIs, according to Jordeth.

“Next, you’ll see sustainability, diversity, cybersecurity, more compliance, because there are a lot of partners that customers are already using and have a subscription for. So, it makes sense to turn on within the system.”

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For Sale – Mac Pro 3,1 Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008) Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon – total of Eight Cores
OS installed – 10.11.6 (El Capitan) (upgradeable with tricks)
Two drives: 128GB Micron SSD, 320GB (2.5inch) HDD ; two bays spare (with brackets) to fit most 3.5″ SATA drives
32GB RAM (DDR2 667MHz) (eight 4GB RAM sticks) (can use 800MHz ones but these were obtained cheaply)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 (2x mini-DP, 1 DVI) (upgraded from the standard HD 2600 XT)
No wireless card fitted (you can one which I purchased for £10 but did not install – unknown state)
No box (sorry!)

This is a very capable machine, used with little stress on all its components, well kept, cleaned but expect marks, scratches, etc. It is possible to upgrade the OS (tips and tricks available with an online search). Only going due to company cornering me into a windows laptop.

Cash and collect only (heavy machine!) – so buyer can inspect to heart’s content.

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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