SAP’s Commodity Management Forum

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the SAP Commodity Management Forum in Heidelberg, Germany with around 70 other attendees. I was keen to get an update on SAP’s Commodity Management solution and I wasn’t disappointed. The thing about SAP that is different to any other vendor in the area, is its sheer size and its ability to push forward in any number of initiatives. The latest SAP strategic imperative, according to Anja Strothkaemper, VP Commodity Management and Agribusiness, is the Intelligent Enterprise. This vision has already delivered SAP Leonardo which delivers next generation technologies like machine learning, block chain, IOT capabilities, big data and analytics. According to SAP’s website, SAP Leonardo is a holistic digital innovation system that seamlessly integrates future-facing technologies and capabilities into the SAP Cloud Platform. Additionally, SAP has spent the last period migrating SAP Commodity Management to its SAP S/4HANA suite where it can be delivered in the cloud and where all of SAP’s latest tools, innovations and technologies can be utilized. Theoretically, this all sounds good and so I was intrigued by a demonstration in which SAP was used to trade grain barges on the Mississippi river. While travelling down the Mississippi, a barge… continue reading

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