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1Z0-321 Oracle Communications BRM Elastic Charging Engine 2017 Implementation Essential

Exam Title : Oracle Communications BRM Elastic Charging Engine 2017 Implementation Essentials
Exam ID : 1Z0-321
Exam Duration : 120
Questions in exam : 73
Passing Score : 60
Format : Multiple Choice
Exam Center : Pearson VUE - Oracle
Recommended Practice : 1Z0-321 Online VCE Practice Test

Functional and Architectural Overview of the Revenue Management Suite (RMS) - Describe the Revenue Management System (RMS) components and architecture
- Explain Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) functionality and the integration points with the other RMS components
- Explain Elastic Charging Engine (ECE) functionality and integration points with other RMS components
- Explain Pricing Design Center (PDC) functionality and integration points with other RMS components
- Explain Oracle Communications Offline Mediation Controller (OCOMC) functionality and integration points with other RMS components
- Explain Convergent Charging Controller (CCC) functionality and integration points with other RMS components Pricing Configuration using Pricing Design Center (PDC) - Describe pricing and charging concepts and terminology
- Explain the PDC Pricing Model
- Create pricing profiles
- Translate business offerings into PDC pricing objects using the PDC UI
- Set up a product offering using PDC; including charge offers, discount offers, bundles, packages, and selectors Customer and Partner Management - Create and manage customer data
- Explain the Subscriber Lifecycle Management functionality Elastic Charging Engine (ECE) - Configure ECE
- Implement Rating, Discounting, and re-rating functionality using ECE
- Integrate ECE with BRM and PDC
- Modify ECE business logic using custom code
- Configure a notification using ECE Usage Charging - Troubleshoot Rating and Discounting processes
- Perform re-rating in BRM
- Configure and run the BRM Suspense Manager
- Explain content partner settlement and remittance functionality Billing and Finance - Configure flexible cycles and run billing scripts
- Configure a bill cycle that includes account groups and customer segments
- Configure, execute, and monitor the billing time processes
- Configure trial billing, trial invoicing, corrective billing, and corrective invoicing
- Configure a BRM general ledger
- Describe the different BRM tax procedures
- Describe BRM payment processes
- Configure a Collections Scenario
- Analyze and correct suspended payments Reporting and Analytics - Configure and run the Business Intelligence (BI) Publisher for reporting
- Explain how BRM is integrated with Oracle Communications Data Mining (OCDM) for analytics
- Describe the BRM Revenue Assurance function Operation, Administration and Optimization - Identify, troubleshoot, and debug common BRM problems
- Analyze and Boost BRM Connection Manager (CM), Data Manager (DM), and Billing performance
- Partition event tables in order to purge BRM data
- Explain the Oracle recommended method for planning and implementing an upgrade
- Explain the integration and management of RMS components with Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) , using the Application Management Pack (AMP) Extensibility and Integrations - Extend Policy Opcodes and Customer Center using the BRM Software Development Kit (SDK)
- Describe the features of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Manager, WebServices Manager, and Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Connector Architecture (JCA) Resource Adapter
- Program BRM using PIN and PCM Macros
- Configure an input and output Flist for a specified BRM Opcode
- Customize the registration process, which includes identifying the opcodes used, and changing fields validation
- Customize event creation and enable event notification
- Configure and deploy a new service
- Set up configurable bill items and display them on invoices
- Describe Application Integration Architecture (AIA) for Communications

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Oracle and Microsoft announced this week the release of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. The new service, the latest cloud collaboration between the two enterprise software giants, enables Azure customers to provision, access, and monitor Oracle database services operating on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Users can migrate or build entirely new apps on Azure and connect to managed Oracle Database services using the new offering. Microsoft said it won’t run the meter for Azure customers to move data between the two services, either. 

Microsoft and Oracle first announced Oracle Interconnect for Azure in 2019. Since then, enterprise cloudification efforts have moved with increasing velocity to hybrid cloud. This service acknowledges the new multi-cloud reality with simplified connectivity between the two disparate cloud environments. 

For Microsoft, threading the edge between the two clouds means a simplified interface and easier integration on the Azure side. That includes automatic configuration to link the two clouds. Microsoft federates Azure Active Directory identities associated with OCI databases, as well as an Azure-fluent OCI services dashboard. 

What’s more, Microsoft imposes no charges to use the Oracle Database Service, the Oracle Interconnect, or data egress or ingress when data is moved between OCI and Azure, said the company. Instead, customers pay for other Azure or Oracle services they need, like Azure’s Synapse analytics service, or Oracle’s own cloud-based Autonomous Databases

Customers will pay only for the other Azure or Oracle services they consume, such as Azure Synapse or Oracle cloud-deployed Autonomous Databases.

Clay Magouryk, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, said the new offering will dispel the belief that it’s difficult to run “real applications across two clouds” without having in-depth knowledge of both.

“There is no need for deep skills on both of our platforms or complex configurations—anyone can use the Azure Portal to get the power of our two clouds together,” said Magouryk.

Both hyperscalers seem on an ultimate collision course to complete for 5G standalone (SA) services. Microsoft’s Azure for Operators is going squarely after the same turf as Oracle Communications. Oracle group vice president of technology Andrew De La Torre told RCR Wireless News in April, “The 5G standalone core network was always the main act in this show.”

For Oracle, it’s a chance to start with a completely fresh page.

“We decided from the very outset to build our 5G solutions cloud native from the ground up — with no repurposed legacy code — because we firmly believed that the cloud native capabilities of our products are a critical part of what carriers will need,” said De La Torre. 

“At a 5G network level, we focused on then building only the components that we felt we could excel at, and perhaps more importantly, represented the most critical components of a carrier’s 5G network. As a result, we zeroed in on the control plane of the standalone core network,” he added.

That fresh sheet approach is, perhaps, a conceptual counterpoint to Microsoft Azure for Operators: AT&T’s former Network Cloud group, which Redmond acquired in 2021.

Competitors one day, cooperators the next, coopetition only on the days ending with y. The cloud draws no distinction. Both hyperscalers were lauded by Ukraine in early July along with Amazon and Google for aiding the Ukrainian government in its emergency efforts to move critical data and workflows to the cloud, literally and figuratively out of the way of invading Russian forces.

The “Distinction of the World” award was created by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to identify those businesses and world leaders who have supported Ukraine since its invasion by the Russian Federation. Ukrainian Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov gave the awards to representatives of each of the companies in June and July in recognition of their efforts.

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 04:46:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://www.rcrwireless.com/20220722/telco-cloud/oracle-microsoft-deepen-cloud-ties
Killexams : Next gen for lead gen? Oracle drills down on Fusion Sales

Six months ago, at Oracle Live, Oracle talked about its plans to bridge the sales and marketing gap with the help of AI and automation. During that event, Larry Ellison talked about how the CRM (or sales automation system) needs to evolve, arguing:

The sales automation system has value. It keeps track of your opportunities, keeps track of your contacts. It allows you to communicate with management and say, 'I expect these deals to close in the quarter.' It's really a management tool for individual salespeople and their bosses to make estimates: how many deals will close in the quarter, and figure out what revenues will look like in the quarter.

Now, that has value. But the sales system does not increase sales. It doesn't automate sales. It automates sales, forecasting and improves communication. But what we want to do is actually build systems that help you sell more.

To get to this point, Oracle started by creating a new way for marketing to generate qualified leads to send to Sales with the launch of Oracle Fusion Marketing. I'm not going to dive into the details of Fusion Marketing because Jon did a great job of that himself. But what happens once Sales gets those leads? Something needs to change to help them work with them - that's the concept at the heart of the release of Oracle Fusion Sales.

Removing the manual steps in the B2B process

At an Oracle Live event: The Future of CRM: Engineering Connected Sales Experiences, Rob Tarkoff, Executive VP & General Manager, Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience, talked about the need for a tighter hand-off between Marketing and Sales (and how rare that is today). For that to happen, a transformational approach to managing sellers is needed.

Tarkoff referenced an Oracle study of 200 sales professionals that found 86% want s
Sales and Marketing to work more closely, and 88% need the tools and technologies to make that happen. It's true that there are plenty of marketing technologies to help Marketing and a growing number of sales technologies to help Sales, but the integrations between the two are not always that ‘integrated’ or indeed useful.

Not only are sellers wary of the leads passed on by Marketing, but they are spending a lot of their time going in and out of different technologies to manage routine processes in addition to the work they need to do to work with prospective customers properly.

Next gen?

Oracle's answer to these challenges is Oracle Fusion Sales, dubbed “the next generation of CRM”.  So what does the next generation of CRM look like? Katrina Gosek, VP, Oracle CX Product Strategy & Marketing, took me through the details.

Gosek said that Fusion Sales shifts the CRM from a system of record to a tool that will help sellers sell more. It does this in a few ways.

First, a new user interface makes it much easier to see what's happening with an opportunity. If you're accustomed to the busy interface of Salesforce, then you might appreciate the simplicity of this one.

The opportunity screen provides a high-level look at all the data around this opportunity, from activity by the account to sales activities, contacts, products purchased, services, billing, and more. The Sales rep can drill down further if they want to see more detailed information in any particular area.

The left-hand side of the screen provides what Gosek calls “guided selling”. These are guided workflows based on best practices and past deals (or built from industry templates). Guided selling is a useful feature for new salespeople coming in to help them learn faster and smarter, but it's also useful for more seasoned salespeople.

As Gosek pointed out, sellers still struggle with a predictable path to success because the models are continually changing, the groups involved are changing, and there's no one right now to move forward. But data can help make the process easier.

Underlying Fusion Sales is data - data from existing deals and opportunities, as well as past deals. Leveraging AI, the application can bring forward the best recommendations that help sellers move the opportunity forward. So, for example, it can recommend the next step in the process, whether that's making a phone call or email, creating a quote, or scheduling a demo.

And then there's the automation that takes the mundane, manual processes away from the seller. For example, Zoom meetings can be launched from within the Fusion application, and all notes, transcripts, and replays are automatically added to the activity for that opportunity. If you make a phone call from within the application, that call and any call notes are added. Let's say you made a note to schedule a demo meeting for a specific date and time. The application guides the seller to schedule the meeting as a next step and automatically fills in as many of the details as possible based on information in the notes.

Another automation feature is the creation of quotes and proposals based on customer data and past deals. Gosek explained that historical deal data related to similar closed deals, similar price points, and the combination of products sold together is used to help automatically generate a proposal or quote that the seller can review and customize.

The AI provides an estimated closed win rate and can suggest changes to increase the potential of closing the deal.

Other features in Oracle Fusion Sales include:

  • Content recommendations - A native integration with the CMS helps surface the right content to share with an opportunity. The seller doesn't have to search for content, instead selecting from content recommended based on the past activity of the opportunity, similar opportunities, and other data.
  • Digital Sales Room - The seller can create a sales room for an opportunity that includes everything from recommended content to the contracts and quotes, meeting transcripts and demo replays, and so on. This information is automatically added to the salesroom; the seller requires no manual work.
  • Advanced Analytics - Oracle Fusion Analytics provides a wealth of data on sales and marketing performance, pulling in data from all parts of the organization, including sales, marketing, and service/support. Gosek said Fusion Analytics enables cross-engagement visibility to revenue leaders and pulls forward insights early enough in the quarter to support adjusting things sooner instead of reacting after the fact.

The overall goal of Fusion Sales is to supply sellers one place to work that can perform many of the manual, mundane tasks and let the sellers focus on the work needed to win new sales. An action bar discretely hides additional functionality (like creating a deal room), so the seller isn’t overwhelmed with the interface. In addition, the tight integration with Fusion Marketing surfaces what Gosek called the 'conversation-ready' opportunities, so sellers spend their time with the best potential prospects.

My take

I've helped salespeople with their processes. I've worked in Salesforce and helped set up different sales technology. It's often a convoluted process, working through multiple tools with little to no integration. Oracle Fusion Sales changes that, and I was pleasantly surprised with the clean, easy-to-understand UI and the guided selling.

The digital sales room didn't surprise me. I recently covered Drift's new Deal Room, and the two are very similar. And there are others too. This sales experience is so late in coming, but at the same it, it's timely. As Gosek said, a lot more selling is happening virtually, and even when we get back to more in-person meetings, that digital experience isn't going away. These deal rooms will become much more popular and widely used, especially when the buying team is large and distributed.

I'm all for AI and automation if it allows us to focus our efforts on the more critical work in marketing and sales. However, I am also keenly aware that for AI to work well, you need the right data. Oracle is pulling together a lot of data from different applications to ensure its AI is providing the best insights and recommendations, but a company needs to have a sufficient amount of customer data to work with for the AI to work well.

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 21:31:00 -0500 BRAINSUM en text/html https://diginomica.com/next-gen-lead-gen-oracle-drills-down-fusion-sales
Killexams : Anaconda Announces Strategic Cloud Partnership with Oracle to Enable Seamless, Secure Open-Source Innovation in the Cloud

Anaconda and Oracle partner to help secure the open-source pipeline in high-performance machine learning on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

AUSTIN, Texas, August 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anaconda Inc., provider of the world’s most popular data science platform, today announced a collaboration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to offer secure open-source Python and R tools and packages by embedding and enabling Anaconda’s repository across OCI Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Services. Customers have access to Anaconda services directly from within OCI without a separate enterprise license.

"We are committed to helping enterprises secure their open-source pipelines through the ability to use Anaconda anywhere, and that includes inside the Oracle Cloud," said Peter Wang, CEO and co-founder of Anaconda. "By combining Anaconda’s package dependency manager and curated open-source repository with OCI’s products, data scientists and developers can seamlessly collaborate using the open-source Python tools they know and trust – while helping meet enterprise IT governance requirements."

Python has become the most popular programming language in the data science ecosystem, and for good reason; it is a widely-accessible language that facilitates a variety of programming-driven tasks. Because the velocity of innovation powered by the open-source community outpaces any single technology vendor, more and more organizations are adopting open-source Python for enterprise use.

"Oracle’s partnership to provide data scientists with seamless access to Anaconda not only delivers high-performance machine learning, but also helps ensure strong enterprise governance and security," said Elad Ziklik, vice president, AI Services, Oracle. "With security built into the core OCI experience, plus the security of Anaconda’s curated repository, data scientists can use their favorite open-source tools to build, train, and deploy models."

Together, Anaconda and Oracle are looking forward to bringing open-source innovation to the enterprise, helping apply ML and AI to the most important business and research initiatives. For more information on how to use Anaconda in OCI, click here.

About Anaconda
With more than 30 million users, Anaconda is the world’s most popular data science platform and the foundation of modern machine learning. We pioneered the use of Python for data science, champion its vibrant community, and continue to steward open-source projects that make tomorrow’s innovations possible. Our enterprise-grade tools are the leading solution for securing and managing commercial uses of Python, and enable corporate, research, and academic institutions around the world to harness the power of open-source for competitive advantage, groundbreaking research, and building a smarter, better world.

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Killexams : Oracle starts job cuts in U.S. - The Information No result found, try new keyword!Oracle Corp has started to lay off employees in the United States, The Information said on Monday, citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Mon, 01 Aug 2022 05:31:38 -0500 en-ca text/html https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/oracle-starts-job-cuts-in-us-the-information/ar-AA10c0kN?fromMaestro=true Killexams : Oracle partners with Microsoft to launch database service for Azure

Oracle and Microsoft on Wednesday said that they were jointly launching a new service, dubbed Oracle Database Service for Azure, that will allow Azure customers direct access to Oracle databases running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

The new offering, which is based on a three-year-old relationship between the two companies that allowed their common customer enterprises to run workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud to reduce latency, is a managed service that enables enterprises to provision and manage Oracle databases running on OCI using an Azure-native API and console, said Kris Rice, vice president of software development for Oracle Database.

This means that enterprises can monitor Oracle databases right from within the Azure environment.

"What we did was we took all the metrics and logs that are naturally produced by the servers on the Oracle OCI cloud, and we're cloning them automatically over to the user side to try and supply customers that single pane view over their entire stack," Rice said.

There is no charge for the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, the Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure, or data transfer when moving data between OCI and Azure, the companies said, adding that enterprises will need to pay for the other Azure or Oracle services they consume, such as Azure Synapse or Oracle Autonomous Database.  

Reducing complexity for CIOs, developers

The jointly developed service, which is generally available now, will reduce complexity for developers, CIOs, data scientists and engineers, according to analysts.

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Killexams : Vodafone – The Journey From ‘Telco To TechCo’ With Help From Oracle Cloud

Vodafone is on a quest to pivot from being “just a Telco” to a “TechCo." The strategy includes revamping operations to reduce costs; digitally transforming the customer experience and service development processes; and developing a differentiated value proposition that leverages 5G, IoT, and edge investments and capabilities.

The company recently split the network infrastructure from digital functions with two closely aligned leaders. The reorganization sees Scott Petty step up to the group level to lead digital and IT operations, making him the critical leader in executing the plan to transform Vodafone into a cloud-first, data-driven 'TechCo”.

Before you stop studying and move on to the following article because you are not in the telecommunications business – let me say that the Vodafone challenge is not unique. I would say that this story applies to any company with discerning customers who have a choice. Please read on if you must continuously evolve customer-facing applications and content to retain customer loyalty.

The front-end and back-end – mind the gap!

We know the front-end is what the users can see while the back-end is the infrastructure that supports it - both need to be in perfect harmony. In the Telco world, the back-end is the “crown jewels," namely the operations support system (OSS), which maintains network operations, and the business support system (BSS), which covers order capture, and customer relationship management (CRM) and billing.

Both front-end and back-end functions are strongly intertwined. When consumer applications change every week, and the back-end is updated every quarter, the "gap" will eventually impact the ability to execute.

As Vodafone built more complex e-commerce applications on the front-end, the need increased for the same cloud capability from the core transactional systems (high-transaction BSS/OSS apps). Vodafone considered several options, including upgrading technology in-situ, building a private cloud platform, or using other third-party clouds.

But, moving transactional systems wholesale to the public cloud is costly and complex, with the risk of performance and latency issues associated with maintaining those systems, which need to remain on-premises for legal or compliance reasons.

Oracle was unique because it offered to build a complete public cloud capability in the Vodafone data centers. Vodafone was able to take a more flexible approach to modernize and migrate the mission-critical systems— the most data-intensive/demanding or too costly/risky to move wholesale to the public cloud.

Way too many databases!

How many databases are too many? Vodafone has fifteen thousand (not a typo) and eight thousand associated applications. Vodafone will be deploying Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to modernize those thousands of Oracle databases that support its mission-critical transactional OSS and BSS systems—including core functions like order management and CRM. This task could take several years to complete.

Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer is a complete OCI cloud deployed in the data center, providing a secure cloud platform to modernize existing infrastructure while retaining full control of data governance, meeting demanding data residency and security regulations.

Vodafone envisages a world in which half of the applications run in Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud and the other half run on the Oracle Cloud. The mix is likely to change over time. The work to modernize the “crown jewel” applications onto the Oracle Cloud might cause application ecosystems to move from AWS onto Oracle Cloud because it would be a more natural fit.

Pivot from running technology to building new services

Vodafone has embraced Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in a big way, consolidating forty data centers that run core services for its entire European operations (13 countries) into three locations (Ireland, Italy, and Germany) running on OCI.

The Oracle implementation is a critical pillar in the pivot from ‘Telco to TechCo,’ providing the foundation for a common platform across the Vodafone Group. It will allow rationalization and consolidation of the IT estate while leveraging the cloud as a more efficient way of delivering and scaling new communications services.

Vodafone expects to significantly cut costs across operations and accelerate the development and time to market for new services. The Oracle platform will also bring automation to IT operations, enabling more IT staff to focus on the digital experience and the use of data to drive better customer experiences.

Ultimately, the end game is to redirect the IT organization away from building, integrating, and running technology to provide customers with new services and a better digital experience.

As an example, Oracle Autonomous Database is now a feature of OCI. Oracle Autonomous Database is a cloud database that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to automate database tuning, security, backups, updates, and other routine management tasks without human intervention. Database administrators (DBAs) can now focus on more critical tasks, such as data aggregation, modeling, processing, governance strategies, and supporting developers.

One unique, differentiated example is that the Autonomous Database is serverless and elastic. When an application is not running on the Oracle Cloud, there are no CPUs dedicated hence no charges. Additionally, it is instantaneously elastic, increasing or decreasing servers and cores as needed while the database is still running.

Quickly monetizing IoT services

The long-awaited convergence of the network with the cloud, IoT, and MEC will become the foundation for new service offerings. With expertise in IoT, MEC, and 5g, Vodafone is well-positioned to offer new scalable next-generation digital services.

OCI offers integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing, plus Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database.

Vodafone is already monetizing IoT services using Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) which runs on OCI. For example, sensors in connected vehicles can enable services such as GPS map updates or infotainment, charged on a subscription or consumption basis. The solution runs on the high-performance OCI Container Engine for Kubernetes and is automated with OCI Resource Manager and Terraform across multiple Oracle Cloud Regions. Today it is no longer about connecting IoT devices but providing complete solutions for customers.

The 5G wireless broadband expansion promises an exciting future.

For example, virtual reality applications will power high-tech glasses that supply instructions to workers in complex fields such as airplane maintenance.

As Vodafone takes advantage of 5G, architectural agility will be essential to monetize next-generation services quickly and efficiently. Oracle's Billing and Revenue Management solution is well-positioned to support emerging 5G-enabled use cases with its cloud-native compliant, microservices-based architecture framework.

Wrapping up

Regular readers will know I have become impressed with Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and have written several articles. That was not always the case. I was critical of Oracle Cloud V1.0, but Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud is an entirely new infrastructure developed from the ground up with no resemblance to its predecessor. The design goals were better performance, pricing, and—above all else—security. Oracle Cloud V2 is a significant improvement and more competitive.

As a long-time Oracle observer, I think it is incredible how the story around OCI is starting to resonate with customers. OCI as a single platform offering IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and data as a service (DaaS) capabilities is not that sexy. But, combined with technologies such as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, and Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, the result is a platform capable of handling large, data-intensive workloads with better security. For organizations like Vodafone transitioning from on-premises data centers to the cloud, OCI is an ideal solution.

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Killexams : Whitepaper: Implementing the new signaling infrastructure for 5G — Why it’s important and how to get it right

Fifth-generation standalone (5G SA) networks are now coming to fruition, as service providers implement the 3GPP standardised, cloud native, service-based architecture (SBA) in the 5G network core.

This architecture decouples the network’s control and data planes from one another, facilitating a paradigm shift to software defined networks (SDNs). The software-driven approach yields significant operational and business benefits because the network is more modular and flexible, enabling service providers to innovate faster and accelerate time-to-market for new services and features.

This whitepaper looks at this important and irreplaceable network function and seeks to help operators get their network and teams ready to offer 5G SA services; ensure the networks run with optimum agility, stability, scalability, uptime; and quickly introduce new services for different market segments.

Four brief case studies illustrate how the technology is being applied for both greenfield and legacy 5G SA networks.

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SAP has been beating the drum for some time now with its “RISE with SAP”. We were particularly curious to see whether that message is getting through to customers and what SAP now exactly means with RISE. The goal of RISE is that you can grow your organization by using SAP solutions, where S/4HANA is the best of suite platform. But can the company deliver on that promise?

We spent a week at SAP Sapphire in Orlando, where we immersed ourselves in the world of SAP, doing multiple interviews with SAP executives, talking to customers, talking to partners and doing the research to find out where SAP is moving with RISE with SAP.

SAP has a broad product portfolio, from cloud ERP (S/4HANA), HCM and CRM to supply chain management and procurement. However, the fact is that ERP is still the most important SAP product, which also holds the most potential. To strengthen S/4HANA, SAP has built or purchased various solutions around it. The RISE with SAP story focuses entirely on S/4HANA supplemented with additional tools.

Everything is RISE with SAP: is that useful?

During Sapphire, we couldn’t ignore that SAP is moving towards a platform strategy, creating a “best of suite” offering around S/4HANA. In doing so, SAP is moving in the same direction as Microsoft, Salesforce and ServiceNow. It doesn’t seem to want to communicate this yet, or it simply doesn’t dare. Instead, they keep shouting “RISE with SAP”. That doesn’t help customers get a clear picture. studying between the lines, it is clear that people at SAP also have trouble with this slogan. We heard comments from various corners that say that SAP should call it by its name: “Cloud ERP as a service”, or if you want to position it more broadly, “Cloud ERP platform as a service”. “RISE with SAP” comes across to us as a somewhat bloated meaningless slogan, which SAP should not continue to use for too long. It doesn’t add anything and ultimately creates more confusion than clarity.

Best of Suite approach

If we zoom in deeper on that “best of suite” approach. Then we see that SAP is putting the S/4HANA ERP solution at the center. To strengthen the suite offering, SAP has purchased two solutions that add value. These are a Business Process Intelligence solution and a solution for no-code development.

The Process Intelligence solution is provided by SAP Signavio, a company that SAP acquired in early 2021. With Signavio, you can do process mining, among other things, to get visibility and make your business processes transparent, but also to automate them and make them more efficient. For companies that have a lot of business processes, this can be very useful. Process mining can save a lot of money, but it also helps to meet governance and compliance requirements better because you have better insight into your processes, making everything more transparent.

We mentioned it earlier, a form of no-code development; this falls under the SAP Business Technology Platform at SAP. For this purpose, SAP has acquired the company AppGyver. AppGyver allows the creation of simple applications via a drag-and-drop interface. For example, forms for quickly modifying or adding data. Or to display data from an ERP system in a slightly different way. SAP has already presented the first integrations of AppGyver in S/4HANA.

For companies that want to go a step further, SAP also has a low-code solution, this is the SAP Business Application Studio. The Business Application Studio allows you to build SAP applications and extensions that use the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model. In other words, you can use it to build extensions on top of existing SAP applications.

Of course, based on available documentation, you can also build integrations with SAP in any programming language of your choice. The fact is, however, that low-code and no-code increase the speed of application development and firmly lower the threshold for building something. In that respect, investing in no-code and low-code is a good strategy.

SAP Store broadens best of suite offering

To make this best of suite even more attractive, SAP is now paying more attention to its ISV partners (independent software vendors). They develop applications on top of S/4HANA, for example. They add valuable functionality, which can be in the form of features, but also complete solutions that use the reliable HANA database and back-end. Examples are the integration with Icertis for contract management, which delivers a complete contract management solution. Or what about PriceFX, they provide a feature to price your product more accurately.

However, this focus on ISVs has been developed in the last three years. In the meantime, SAP has signed up some 1,800 partners for the SAP Store, but at the same time, there is still a long way to go. SAP wants 8 out of 10 applications to come from partners rather than SAP itself. To make the SAP Store more attractive, it has decided to adjust the revenue distribution. Previously SAP wanted 50 percent of the revenue generated in the SAP Store, now SAP takes 15 percent for the Integration Tier and 25 percent for the Platform Tier. In theory, anyone can become an ISV partner of SAP, but the company still applies an extensive approval process.

To Boost the offering, SAP has now divided some 80 people into industry teams, whose task is to enhance the offering in the SAP Store for their specific industry. SAP has a lot of specific industry knowledge in-house because it has been in business for many years. The company should therefore be able to make the overall package more attractive for specific industries quickly. Whether it will succeed in doing so remains to be seen.

SAP should take a broader view

If you look at what is happening in enterprise IT, you see that one trend is precisely to do a lot of collaborating. Your worst enemy can become your best friend. All solutions must be able to work well together. At SAP, however, we still see some traditional thinking that gets in the way of this. The company has invested heavily in the SAP Store offering to enable better collaboration with, for example, Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft products. An integration with Slack, on the other hand, is out of the question, as Salesforce currently owns it. During an interview at Sapphire, we noted the following quote: “Slack is not an option, due to Salesforce acquisition”.

From this perspective, SAP will not encourage integrations with Salesforce or Tableau in the SAP Store. Salesforce is seen as a major competitor. That’s a traditional mindset that SAP needs to eradicate because it doesn’t benefit the customer. Suppose a customer has decided to choose Slack as an internal communication and collaboration tool. In that case, it should be able to work together with SAP just as well as Microsoft Teams can.

We also see this mindset when looking at opportunities to roll out SAP S/4HANA. You can roll out SAP S/4HANA cloud to your own data centre, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud or Alibaba. However, if your organization has chosen Oracle Cloud or IBM Cloud, SAP will block your deployment. This is absolutely not allowed and will never be an option, so we were told. We understand that the Oracle Cloud is at the bottom of the list if you’re SAP, but as long as you support S/4HANA on-premise, you better tell customers that any location is possible, including the Oracle Cloud.

SAP gets most S/4HANA business from SAP ECC customers

SAP currently has over 19,000 S/4HANA customers, of which over 1,600 have been added through the RISE with SAP program since the beginning of 2021. Those customers also have access to Signavio, Appgyver and other tools. SAP already manages around 56,000 workloads in the cloud with an uptime of 99.98%. SAP has established a good track record as an “as a service” provider.

It also became clear that SAP is signing up most S/4HANA customers through ECC migrations. These customers are running an old version of SAP ECC and have to migrate before 2027. Official support for SAP ECC expires in 2027, although customers can extend it for years for an additional fee. At least until 2030, possibly even 2035.

SAP ECC is SAP’s legacy on-premises ERP product. With SAP ECC, the trend was to build modifications in the source code to make the ERP system better fit the customer’s needs. A huge disadvantage of this practice is that you cannot upgrade to newer versions easily because you will lose those customizations. The market has solved this with the so-called fit-to-standard principle. Companies must let their business processes run via standard procedures that the ERP system supports. Additional customization also remains possible through extensions and modular software that can be built on top of the ERP system and that hooks up to the APIs of an ERP system. S/4HANA has been developed according to this principle. You have the S/4HANA ERP system, and you have separate applications that interact with it or modular blocks that become accessible within the ERP package. This is possible by using the available APIs and SDKs.

Integrating with SAP

So the key to success for SAP’s strategy with this best of suite platform approach lies in its ability to extend, link and integrate S/4HANA with other applications and solutions. To do this well, you need APIs, an application programming interface, which is a way for applications to communicate with each other in the background. With APIs, third-party applications can communicate with the SAP platform and exchange data. Of course, after permission and authentication have taken place first.

At the time of writing, S/4HANA has 585 APIs, and the SAP Business platform has over 450. So there are plenty of opportunities to link with SAP software. SAP customers have told us many times that it is complex to integrate with SAP because the data model and the APIs are pretty complicated. This was a big hurdle for potential ISVs. Our discussions with SAP made it clear that they also received this signal and developed the SAP BTP, the SAP Business Technology Platform. This includes the low-code and no-code solutions but also an iPaaS solution, SAP BTP Integration Suite. This has made it much easier to integrate your own software with SAP.

In addition, SAP has introduced a so-called One Domain Model. The One Domain Model allows you to use APIs to communicate with SAP uniformly, where data can be exchanged with different SAP applications using the same model. You no longer need to have a separate API set for each application. The integration between SAP applications is also a lot easier.

For companies that especially want a lot of access to data in SAP, but do not need to modify it so much, there is now the possibility to use the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. In the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud you can bring together data from SAP solutions and data from third parties. So that you can then make it available for data science models, think machine learning and AI or analytics solutions to create better insights.

Will SAP S/4HANA be a good best-of-suite platform?

SAP’s strategy is clear if you can read between the lines or just got to this article. If you’ve been walking around on SAP Sapphire, then, unfortunately, it’s a lot less clear. As far as we are concerned, SAP should clearly outline which direction it is moving in and stop using slogans that cause confusion.

SAP is more or less reinventing itself. For years it has been pushing S/4HANA, now more as-a-service with all kinds of additional services, so it is starting to become a large platform with all kinds of applications around it and on top of it. As a result, it’s beginning to look more and more like a best-of-suite approach. However, some things could be better or are still challenging for SAP.

SAP Store

To start with, the offer in the SAP Store. That still leaves something to be desired, the adoption of the applications falls short. We hope that the 80 people who are now working on adding industry-specific applications or persuading partners to add them will be very successful. This is where SAP really lags behind the competition.

Furthermore, SAP would do well to invest heavily in low-code and no-code capabilities so that customers will make a greater contribution to building modular extensions. For this, SAP will also need to rig up more training courses and events to educate customers in no-code and low-code development.

Finally, SAP must abandon traditional competitive thinking and embrace anything and everything. If you want to play a central role as a platform, you cannot ignore top-rated solutions because a competitor owns them.

Integrate more SAP solutions

If SAP wants to offer the largest and most complete best-of-suite platform, it will need to add more SAP solutions. Also, SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP CRM should all become part of that suite. With a complete best-of-suite platform, customers can do a broad SAP platform integration.

You also see this at Salesforce and Microsoft; many products are included by default within the subscription. Of course, there are still options to further scale up specific solutions at extra cost, but the primary offering should be broader and more solid.

Clear product range

The trend today in IT is also simplicity. A product can be very advanced, but the interface the user is presented with must be simple. As far as we are concerned, this also applies to the product portfolio. It must be clear, and customers must be able to quickly see what they are getting. As far as we are concerned, SAP could still be a bit clearer about the SAP Business Technology Platform and the SAP Business Process Intelligence package. What does it includes, and what can customers do with it?

If SAP can do all that, then Europe’s largest tech company can compete even more effectively with its mostly American competitors.

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Killexams : Enterprise innovation: Low Code/No Code democratizes IT Low-Code, No Code (LCNCs) are being used by businesses today to generate value and stimulate innovation across many industries. Enterprises can supply new capabilities quickly and simply on demand without needing to depend on their IT teams. Software development environments make it possible for people with little or no professional coding knowledge to design and change programs. The platform will be used more frequently, according to 60% of low-code/no-code users.

Businesses are increasingly depending on cutting-edge solutions like low-code/no-code (LCNC) platforms because they want to build apps quickly as they embark on their digital transformation journeys. These platforms, which demand a minimal level of technical expertise, are rapidly gaining popularity among businesses in a variety of industries that want to easily and quickly build their own apps. “This trend has also given birth to ‘citizen developers’ which has been instrumental for many organizations to bridge their IT skills gap.”, observes P Saravanan, Vice-President, Cloud Engineering, Oracle India.

Factors driving the adoption of LCNCs

“Rapid Automation and shortage of talented/skilled developers are the key factors driving LCNC. The latest pandemic also has pushed all the companies towards digital transformation with greater speed”, says Mitesh Shah, Vice President, SAP BTP Application Core Products & Services.

The growing need for businesses to respond with agility and speed to changing market dynamics has led to an increased adoption of LCNC approach. Project timelines come down from months to days leading to faster product rollouts. “LCNC approach involves smaller teams, fewer resources, lower infrastructure or low maintenance costs, and better ROI with faster agile releases making it more cost-effective than from-scratch development”, Vishal Chahal, Director IBM Automation, IBM India Software Labs adds.

The current macroeconomic climate has tightened financial constraints for enterprises everywhere. Companies are therefore seeking application development methods that are affordable, which LCNC provides.

The post-pandemic scenario and the requirement for organisations to develop resilience have sped up the adoption of technology; this has led to what we also refer to as compressed transformation—the simultaneous transformation of several organisational components.

Then, there is the demand for agility and experimentation skills as firms engage in rapid transformation and create cutting-edge apps to support their company and workforce development agenda. LCNC has never before seen agility in the development of contemporary multi-channel experiences. “It also helps organizations address the talent gap as skilled technology talent is becoming harder to find, and LCNC developers can help organizations tap into diversified talent that brings business expertise”, Raghavan Iyer, Senior Managing Director, Innovation Lead - Integrated Global Services, Accenture Technology opines.

Accelerating enterprise innovation

LCNCs are designed to harness the power of the cloud and data in order to let business users create applications that provide unique innovations to transform operations, experiences, and supply operational efficiencies and insights. . The inclusion of industry accelerators and interfaces with the digital core in LCNC platforms creates a myriad of opportunities for applying data to innovative and disruptive applications. One of LCNC's main advantages is that it recruits those who are most ideally situated to effect change. “Citizen developers can closely collaborate with professional developers and IT experts to create enterprise class applications to experiment and develop applications”, Iyer adds.

According to a Gartner estimate, 70 percent of new apps would be developed by market participants using low-code and no-code platforms by 2025. Programming expertise may not be as crucial in the future as LCNC technologies automate the process of creating new apps. “This will eventually free up developers to focus on the development for niche areas”, Shah explains. Nowadays, rather than being predominantly driven by technology professionals, enterprise innovation focuses on boosting customer experiences, increasing efficiency, and improving business processes. Adoption of the LCNC platform and technologies enables participation in the innovation process from a variety of workforce segments, particularly those with domain expertise.

Bridging the IT skills gap

With the help of LCNC, businesses can stop relying on IT teams to implement and develop new solutions, and business users are given the tools they need to become change agents. Professional developers can concentrate on more intricate, inventive, and feature-rich innovations by using low code approaches that automate the fundamental routines. No Code enables business users (or citizen developers) to investigate and test out novel solutions despite having little to no coding experience.

Enterprises now want every bit of talent and expertise they can acquire to meet the demands of the rapidly changing business environment. The LCNC approach's citizen developers assist firms in addressing the talent shortage, employee attrition, and skill gaps.

Capabilities of organizations

IBM has built LCNC capabilities in its platforms for an end to end coverage from development and deployment to the management of solutions. “IBM Automation platforms provide AI-driven capability to manage and automate both IT systems and business processes through the LCNC approach. Using technology like Turbonomics and Instana along with Watson AIOps, users are able to automate the observability, optimization, and remediation of their hybrid cloud solutions with low to no coding requirements, monitor their IT systems while getting AI-driven actions for reducing cost and performing dynamic optimization to upscale or downscale their systems with no coding and minimal IT support”, remarked Vishal.

Oracle’s primary offering, Oracle APEX, a low code platform, is accepted for enterprise apps across the world. Saravanan adds “APEX provides users to build enterprise apps 20x faster and with 100x less code. Businesses are also becoming aware of the value of LCNC in India.”.

At Accenture, there are large communities of practitioners on LCNC cutting across hyperscalers, core platforms and pureplay development platforms.“We have built a global practice of LCNC that creates thousands of applications for ourselves and our clients.”, says Iyer.

SAP Labs India is developing the core services behind the LCNC products of SAP. “LCNC core services are providing the unification across the various LCNC offerings of SAP. Additionally in the area of Process Automation, Labs India teams are playing a significant role”, Shah states .

With the increasing move to the LCNC approach , technology is now more readily available to all employees inside the company, improving communication between IT and business divisions and allowing for the development of solutions that are more suited to corporate requirements. Adoption of such platforms can also aid in bridging the skill shortage in the IT sector as it enables businesses to tap into talent pools outside of their usual boundaries.

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