The success of a digital platform is mostly dependent on how well it plays with other systems. But how can a platform develop solutions independently? In the fourth part of our »Digital Platforms« series, we explained to you what systems SAP C/4HANA consists of. At the end of the series, we’ll show you how individual solutions create a digital platform. Keyword: Integration.
The editors of the Handelskraft blog from the city of light Jena. In dotSource’s offices, we investigate every which moves the e-commerce branch for our readers. The location Jena is perfectly suited to this: the branch continues to grow in the East-Thuringian state and there is even talk of an e-commerce campus. The Ernst-Abbe technical university offers an e-commerce degree and Intershop have their HQ in the Jentower. Thanks to over 20,000 students, Jena is not only an innovative business location, but a young, vital town.
Behind every professional swimmer there is a team of experts who contribute to the athlete’s success in the sport. There’s a manager, trainer, physiotherapist, and training partner.
Digital platforms also consist of different experts alias systems that cover the most diverse disciplines in e-commerce. These include marketing, sales, and services.
In the third part of our Digital Platforms, we explained what is special about the SAP HANA database. This time we’ll introduce you to their individual systems in detail.
Pretty cloudy on the horizon
As shown in the figure below, SAP C/4HANA includes the SAP Marketing Cloud, the SAP Commerce Cloud, the SAP Service Cloud, the SAP Customer Data Cloud, and the SAP Sales Cloud. Thanks to the acquisition of Hybris, Gigya and CallidusCloud solutions are also part of the platform.
Source: dotSource GmbH
As in swimming, there are also a number of internationally successful competitors in the cloud industry. SAP is one of the newcomers here. But what makes the cloud platform from SAP so special? To what extent does SAP differ, especially through »HANA«, from the other cloud providers? After all, SAP HANA is the basis of all cloud products from SAP and THE unique selling proposition among cloud providers.
German hospitals aren’t exactly known for being digital pioneers: Lots of paper with handwritten notes, x-ray prints, and hardly usable digital health insurance cards. A long way from what Hollywood shows medical facilities to be like. In these shows and movies, doctors are far from reality. Using tablets at a patient’s bedside to show the patient their fracture on a digital x-ray with an animation to help explain what happened internally. The German consortium SMITH wants to use a standardised data system to take the first steps towards efficient patient management so that the digital transformation can finally begin in these hospitals.
In the first part of the new »Digital Platforms« series, we explained how marketing, sales, and services are changing through innovations and which challenges arise through disruptive business models. In the second part, we’ll first answer the following questions:
- What are digital platforms and how do they work?
- What are the requirements for the introduction of a digital platform?
- What are the most important processes and functions?
At the end of September 2018, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP announced at Ignite Conference in Orlando that they would like to work closely together in the future. The aim of digital companies is to facilitate the exchange of customer data between different applications with the Open Data Initiative. The initiative is not limited to the solutions of the three companies, but should also be available to other providers. Microsoft hopes to develop the data exchange on its own cloud platform Azure. Adobe and SAP have also published their own cloud solutions for their systems in recent years. But isn’t the cloud Salesforce’s territory? Can SAP, Microsoft, and Adobe even use cloud computing?
I’m Franziska Kunz and I’ve been a part of the Handelskraft team as a new blogger since April 2018. Together with Oli, Sara, and Nico, I explore digital trends to keep our content creation pipeline on track.
Hi, I’m Oliver Kling. I haven’t introduced myself yet and want to catch up on this now.
For 21 days now I’ve been calling the dotSource marketing team my new professional home. I am here to x-ray the colourful and speedy world of digital commerce in all its facets on handelskraft.de and handelskraft.com together with my colleague Sara. We know that we’re following in big footsteps, but we are brave enough to face this challenge.
Digital success right from the start, now available in video form 🙂
To summarise a trader comparison done in 141 cities: the ten most friendly traders are in Jena. Jena, the “the centre of digital commerce” took the lead among the middle German cities. In the categories: friendliness, quality of consultation, and value for money, owner-operated businesses got best ratings.
» The upward trend is continuing with an increase of 0.4 percentage points. This is a really positive result for Jena when you think that not all cities can expect a positive trend in a repeat examination.
Marc Loibl, MF Consulting, head of the study «
The fathers of the city and the local press (“Friendly traders work in Jena”) are celebrating, and the traders should also give themselves a pat on the back. So customers enjoy going into shops. Possible problems and development trends just have to be pushed aside here.
But from an e-commerce perspective, all this feel-good journalism makes me quite queazy: