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SAP's SAPPHIRE – Everybody's Everything

By Robert Parker

SAP's user conference, SAPPHIRE Now, received a noticeable face lift this year.  A sprawling show floor with integrated session and keynote theaters provided ample opportunity for attendees (SAP co-hosts the show with the independent ASUG user group) to attend sessions, talk to partners, and meet with executives.  The layout communicated innovation and the production group behind the show deserves high praise.  The high production values would have been minimized if SAP didn't bring content t

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SAP Sapphire: A Sustainability Perspective

By Kimberly Knickle

Sustainability was a well discussed (and promoted) topic at Sapphire, sprinkled throughout the keynotes from guest speakers - Sir Richard Branson, the Honorable Al Gore, and General Colin Powell, in the co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott press conferences, in Chief Sustainability Officer Peter Graf's sustainability roundtable, myriad presentations by SAP and its ecosystem of partners across the exhibit floor, and even the announcement of the SAP Pinnacle award to CSC in sustainability. 

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The week of May 10th was a banner week for sustainability news and discussions, including the two days I spent in Chicago at ASA's Sustainable Manufacturing conference, Procter & Gamble's new sustainability supplier scorecard, the introduction of Kerry-Lieberman's American Power Act, SAP's new interactive sustainability report, an EPA ruling on GHG emissions, and my colleague Simon Ellis' experience on a sustainability panel at Transplace's Shipper Symposium.   I'll follow up in another piece

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IDC Manufacturing Insights has just published a major new research report on Formula and Specification Management (F&SM) in brand-oriented value chains. Formula and specification management is an increasingly important issue forbrand-oriented value chain manufacturers, particularly those in the sub-segment of food and beverage where companies are experiencing the classic productivity "vise." They are expected to innovate better and faster, manage global and regional compliance obligations, and ensure th

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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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