At GITEX Technology Week, on Tuesday, 10 October, SAP will recognize the UAE winners of the SAP MENA Quality Awards, presented to the region’s most innovative customer deployments. At the event, best practices will be shared with the global audience.
Clariba and SAP Spain presented the new Lumira 2.0 in a hands-on workshop in Barcelona to a group of leading Spanish organizations. With Lumira 2.0, SAP aims to democratize and extend the use of advanced analytics for decision-making across all levels within the organisation.
As SAP Analytics expert partners, we felt the need to develop an internal tool to help us measure a SAP BI server’s performance when handling more and more data and more and more users. We needed to scientifically and objectively measure SAP BI performance and benchmark it against other servers or after server tuning. In order to achieve this, we leveraged Apache Software Foundation's JMeter as well as plugins built by its wonderful community, and applied our Business Intelligence expertise to the results. We moved on to develop a battery of test scenarios in order to account for several business cases that can be further tailored to suit any client's needs. The result are the Clariba SAP Business Intelligence Benchmarks.
With the new capabilities and opportunities provided by SAP Cloud Platform (SCP), a hybrid scenario requiring connectivity to cloud-based data with on-premise SAP BI solutions is a bit of a challenge. Below article addresses how to set this up successfully.
Conditional formatting, as we already know, is a property that allows creating alerts for users, focusing their attention on relevant values appearing on key business metrics.
Unfortunately, this feature is not available for HANA data sources; we needed to find an alternative solution to deal with this issue for our customer. Although the Scorecard component provides a solution, our Clariba of experts have found a low maintenance solution that is scalable and provides better performance. Let us show you how we have achieved this.
60% of strategic decisions are still made without the support of Business Intelligence tools. Big companies are still allocating a 50% of their IT budgets towards infrastructure: cloud solutions are not broadly adopted due to the fear of losing data privacy. Only a 10% starts using predictive analytics. IoT, AI and Machine Learning are believed to be the solutions of the future
Digital transformation in Spain is a fact. Several companies started using cloud solutions, data analytics using IoT sensors or predictive analytics, and developing AI and Machine Learning initiatives.
Last March 29th, Clariba had the chance of participating at the SAP Dreamzone event in Madrid, perfect scenario to talk about these matters. We asked some relevant questions to the assistants:
¿How many of you still make decisions without the support of BI tools?
60% raised their hands. Taking into consideration that most of their companies have BI tools available, it‘s a surprise that only 40% of the management level are actively using them. Clearly, most companies still need to move towards self-service BI tools, as in most cases IT departments are still the BI environment owners, and the culture of Analytics needs to spread and impregnate deeper into the organisation.
SAP Lumira 2.0 offers users self-service powerful analytics features without the need of high IT skills. We believe it will become the main BI solution needed to spread the analytics culture across all levels and people into any organization, allowing a better decision making and ultimately creating efficiency and value.
What % of your annual IT Budget is allocated towards infrastructure and its maintenance?
The audience mainly answered 50% of their budgets are allocated towards infrastructure. Apparently quite a high portion, the reason being most companies are reluctant to move their data out of their premises. This isn’t however an issue for BI tools. Modern cloud-based BI tools like SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and the strate-of-the art SAP Digital Boardroom for high management dashboarding, allow having all dashboards, planning and exploring tools in the cloud, while the data remains at the company’s premises. This way, companies maintain control and protection of their data, while it is consumed online, in a hybrid setup.
How many of you are using predictive analytics?
10% of the audience affirmed using them. Looked like a small % bearing in mind companies are starting to recruit data scientists and experimenting with data prediction and mining.
¿How can SAP help these companies spread predictive analytics into other areas than IT?
The answer is SAP Predictive Analytics together with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. Both solutions allow users without statistics skills obtain analytics predictions based on historical data. Predefined features such as clustering, data correlation and prediction can be learned in a few hours. The outcomes are impressive and the needed investment is very low, since all these features come bundled in SAP BI Suite Premium and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.
We foresee this % will dramatically get increased in a short time.
¿How many of you believe IoT, AI, and ML are going to enhance the interaction with customers?
Although companies still see these as distant solutions in time, a vast majority answered affirmatively.
We already see relevant samples of IoT implementations allowing companies to leverage data coming from objects, such as vehicles, industrial machinery, football players, etc. These companies develop solid competitive advantages which were unimaginable before. Predicting the failure of a machine before it happens, thanks to the information retrieved by sensors, has an enormous direct impact on different business areas, such as maintenance, finance, production, etc. Clients are nowadays looking for more satisfying and differentiate experiences. New solutions like SAP Leonardo for IoT and SAP Clea for Machine Learning will become strategical tools.
We at Clariba are aware of this change, and are willing to guide and give advice to our clients in their way towards digital transformation, differentiation and success.
SAP Saudi Arabia and Clariba, recognised as one of the leading SAP big data analytics partners in the Middle East with offices in the UAE and Qatar, are proud to announce the expansion of Clariba to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“With our expertise and references across the region, we look forward to providing our customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia best-in-class analytics solutions powered by SAP’s world leading analytics and big data platform”, says Abdulgader Al-Harthi, General Manager – Saudi Arabia, Clariba. From its newly launched offices in Riyadh, Clariba aims to provide customers across the kingdom with the ability to unleash the potential of their data to drive their digital transformation initiatives. “We look forward to offering incremental value to our customers with our trusted partner Clariba”, says Ahmed Al-Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.
Rising from the desert, Aspire Academy is a symbol of Qatar’s ambition in sports. Boasting coaches and sports scientists from around the globe and housed in some of the best training facilities in the world, Aspire Academy exists to develop sporting champions.
In June 2016, Aspire Academy and SAP announced an historic agreement in Doha, Qatar. This strategic partnership stands for a strong commitment between a global leading technology company and a knowledge-driven youth athlete academy with Aspire Academy becoming the ‘Strategic Sports Partner’ for SAP and SAP in the role of ‘Strategic Technology Partner’ of Aspire Academy.
The alliance aims to deliver a significant contribution not only to Aspire and SAP but also to the world of sports with a special focus on young athletes’ and team development by innovating in sports performance data management and analytics. The premise is to utilize performance data in new ways to unlock innovative approaches in developing sporting talent, starting at the sub-elite level.
Since its start in 2004, Aspire has invested in numerous performance and science technologies. In any given week, the number of data points added to the information ecosystem from matches, training sessions, assessments and more, is substantial.
Allowing coaches, sports scientists and management to tap into this valuable sports performance data in real-time, and providing them with a self-service analytics capability across all data sources became a critical requirement for Aspire Academy. In addition, engaging Aspire’s high school age student-athletes with visually appealing and motivating information by bringing together information from sources from inside and outside of the organization was a critical success factor. They also applied for sport results and performance planning data, medical, sports science and academics input, as well as data from the clubs, leagues and federations of the sports to which they belong.
Underlined by SAP’s principle to Run Simple, and thanks to the in-memory technology platform SAP HANA and the company’s analytics portfolio, a first step was to integrate the rich data sources of Aspire’s operating environment. In co-innovation with Aspire Academy, SAP and Clariba – an independent Big Data analytics consultancy based in Europe and the Middle East – the team developed Aspire’s Football Performance Analytics solution that provides the necessary analytical capabilities to the Academy allowing it to develop one of the world’s smallest talent pools and deliver on the State of Qatar’s global sporting ambitions.
Leveraging Aspire Academy’s expertise in driving sport performance, and equipped with the latest technology powered by SAP and Clariba, coaches can now analyze team and player performance right on the pitch. With the Football Performance Analytics solution, coaches now have access to all performance data around match analysis, training, individual player development and even video analysis on one single, easy-to-use iPad application.
The team at Aspire is currently working on finalizing its world leading Football Performance Center, to be inaugurated in summer 2017. For this prestigious project, Aspire Academy will be bringing together the most advanced technologies and are thinking toward leveraging SAP Digital Boardroom to provide interactive player assessment analytics.
At the recent Aspire Academy Global Summit 2016, Stefan Wagner, SAP’s global manager for Sports & Entertainment, and Luca Spinelli, general manager of Clariba in Qatar, presented the latest insights of the collaboration with Aspire Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The joint presentation to Aspire’s fellows from across the world outlined the importance of the integration and connection to multiple data sources — such as GPS data from training sessions, match data from external providers, or club-internal information — in order for today’s clubs and associations to achieve a competitive edge.
With a small talent pool and high global expectations Aspire is forced to develop competitive advantage in different ways than leading sport nations with a strong sports culture and ready access to talent can do today. In partnership with SAP and Clariba, Aspire Academy is now more than ever striving to become the world’s leading academy with the objective to enable the best coaching and performance decisions.
The original press release published by SAP can be found here.
Clariba began with offices in Barcelona, Spain and then expanded internationally to Doha and Dubai, attracting the best talent to work with leading customers in telecommunications, retail, healthcare, transportation & logistics, oil & gas, and banking sectors. We believe that sky is the limit and therefore we are opening other global offices in order to fulfill the needs of our growing customer portfolio and to continue to provide the best service possible.
We are happy to announce that we’re opening new offices in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) & Pretoria (South Africa). Follow us on social media — Don’t miss out!