True innovation-led business transformation starts in the cloud- SAP


Pedro Guerreiro, managing director, SAP, West Africa, has said a cloud platform enables companies to achieve business agility, create a truly integrated and optimized enterprise, and accelerate digital transformation across the business – all without the requirement of maintaining or investing in on-premises infrastructure.

“In today’s hyper-connected world, this is particularly important: by 2020 there will be more than 2.5 billion connected people on social networks alone. For businesses who want to handle billions of different types of connections at once, a scalable, efficient and reliable solution is critical,” said Guerreiro, who doubles as head of Energy & Natural Resources, SAP Africa.

He reiterated the urgent need for businesses to modernise their technology infrastructure. “At the centre of all modern business infrastructure is data: the ability to transport data from devices on the edge of the organisational network to the heart of the business – the enterprise core – is an essential step to companies realising the business benefits of their technology”.

“Businesses need a powerful cloud platform at the heart of the enterprise, one that can consolidate data across heterogeneous system landscapes and infrastructures,” he said.

He said that local businesses are constantly challenged to improve their operations and transform to keep pace with rapidly changing customer expectations.

“To do this, they need intelligent systems that eliminate redundant tasks while providing real-time analytical insights that can give business leaders predictive capabilities.

“And as technology hastens the pace of change, businesses will increasingly need enterprise systems that provide access to the latest technologies while giving the business the agility and flexibility they need to constantly adapt to changing conditions.

“SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the intelligent, NextGen cloud ERP that takes enterprises into the digital age. Giving companies access to global best practices and innovation, SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers immediate and continuous business value with the ability to scale and adjust to future needs.

“Built on the SAP Cloud Platform, it provides companies with an agile, low-cost and scalable solution that helps optimise finance processes, cash flow management, supply chain management, real-time insights, and an end-to-end view of the performance of the entire enterprise. That is why SAP is the fastest growing enterprise cloud company at scale, with more than 110 million users trading more than $820 billion

“Cloud will have an impact on all businesses regardless of their location, size or nature. Organisations need to embrace innovation to remain relevant. And in a modern, constantly-evolving business environment, the only way to do this is by building a future-proof business on the best cloud platform.

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