Embracing the Era of AI: SAP Sapphire Reflection

Embracing the Era of AI: SAP Sapphire Reflection

Helen Yu 07/12/2023
Embracing the Era of AI: SAP Sapphire Reflection

As I reflect on the incredible journey at SAP Sapphire back in May, the memories flood back with vivid clarity.

Connecting with industry leaders, SAP executives, and digital pals at SAP Sapphire was an incredible experience. The convergence of innovation and collaboration was truly inspiring.

The event wasn't just about sessions and presentations; it was about the convergence of diverse experiences, perspectives, and expertise. These encounters went beyond casual conversations; they were catalysts for fresh insights and professional growth.

Now, as I revisit those connections and conversations, their influence on my current perceptions and approach to work becomes clearer. They've infused new vigor into my strategies, broadened my outlook, and sparked innovative ideas for the year ahead.

Join me on this reflective journey through the lens of SAP Sapphire—a time when connections were made, ideas were exchanged, and possibilities seemed boundless.

The unveiling of SAP's AI and ML capabilities embedded across their portfolio is game-changing. With over 130 use-cases integrated, Thomas Saueressig rightly emphasized the dawn of the AI Era at SAP. The potential for predictive, responsive, and agile business operations is immense.

The integration of AI in SAP's solutions like Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Extended Warehouse Management empowers businesses to optimize operations, from demand sensing to automating quality inspections. Noteworthy collaborations with Google's Vertex AI and advancements in procurement processes redefine efficiency and accuracy.

The Business Technology Platform's robust capabilities showcased at Sapphire offer scalable, performance-enhancing solutions. The HANA Cloud database, SAP Analytics Cloud, and extensibility tools like SAP Build promise enhanced efficiency and adaptability in the digital supply chain landscape.

SAP's commitment to sustainability is evident through initiatives like the green ledger, Sustainability Footprint Management, and the Sustainability Data Exchange. This demonstrates a proactive stance in addressing environmental concerns and promoting responsible business practices. Sebastian Steinhaeuser, Chief Strategy Officer at SAP, engaged in a round table discussion with analysts and media partners. These initiatives go beyond technological advancements; they signify a commitment to a more sustainable, ethical, and efficient future.

I interviewed Clemencia Vera from NineDot Energy, a clean energy company with less than 200 employees. Clemencia emphasized their need for a partner with agility, scalability, a strong ecosystem and flexibility. SAP’s pre-built functionalities, such as security services and features addressing industry and regulatory requirements, allowed Nine Dot to focus on core competencies and strategic objectives.  Leveraging SAP S4HANA public cloud, they are streamlining the creation of key financial processes with agility through a digital lens within just ten weeks.

The” farm to consumer” ice cream experience tour with Andre Bechtold showcased SAP’s innovations and the contributions of each action in the cross-industry value chain. This immersive display provided insights into the efforts behind ice cream manufacturing journey, reinforcing SAP’s focus on agility, resilience, transparency, and sustainable outcomes.  Sapphire emphasized creating tangible experiences for customers with SAP software, showcasing diverse business opportunities and industry connections.

Participating in the panel discussion on “AI and Human Collaboration” with Rachel MillerVin Vashishta and Jason Goldberg, we explored the role of business leaders in understanding volatility and leveraging Generative AI. The discussion emphasized the creative, bold and purposeful impact of AI, while acknowledging the need to address biases, transparency, and data quality/privacy collectively. We concluded by discussing the potential impact of AI on human creativity.

Sirena Williams’s keynote on “Investing in the Future” and Usher’s live concert at Universal Studios brought the conference to an unforgettable close. The presence of forward-thinking business and thought leaders made the event truly remarkable.

My heart-felt appreciation for Ursula RinghamElaine BenfieldGale Daikoku and many others who made our experience seamless. Overall, Sapphire left me feeling energized, empowered, and excited about the boundless possibilities ahead.

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Helen Yu

Innovation Expert

Helen Yu is a Global Top 20 thought leader in 10 categories, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, internet of things and marketing. She is a Board Director, Fortune 500 Advisor, WSJ Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Keynote Speaker, Top 50 Women in Tech and IBM Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. She is also the Founder & CEO of Tigon Advisory, a CXO-as-a-Service growth accelerator, which multiplies growth opportunities from startups to large enterprises. Helen collaborated with prestigious organizations including Intel, VMware, Salesforce, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone. She is also the author of Ascend Your Start-Up.

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