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Are you or your customers winning?

Stanford Medical School is combining clinical, wearable and genomic data and paving the way for the medical record of the future using SAP HANA.

Vodafone has collaborated with SAP to develop a solution using SAP’s Margin Assurance solution and SAP HANA to identify tens of millions of previously unidentified revenue leakage points.

Do you have a story about spearheading innovation, dramatically improving business processes, or having a powerful impact on our communities with digital advancements?

The HANA Innovation Award is back and this is your opportunity to showcase how you or your customers are pushing the boundaries of technology to make the world run better with SAP. Every year, the HANA Innovation Award program recognizes real companies using SAP HANA and/or HCP to transform their business outcomes. The scope of the awards has been expanded to recognize and celebrate companies leveraging any SAP Platform and Technology Solutions.

This year, the competition is divided into two tracks—one for SAP Customers and another for SAP Partners/Startups.  Any eligible organization leveraging SAP Platform and Technology can enter for a chance to win by sharing their #InnovationStory. SAP Partners can request to join (see details at the end of this blog) SAP HANA Innovation Awards - 2017 SAP Partner Information Jam to access key partner focused information and customer invitation email templates.

This is your chance to tell your story in your voice. Make some noise. Promote yo innovative solutions or your role as a trusted partner helping your customers to innovate.

Find out how other organizations are winning by reading about the 2014, 2015 and 2016 winners.

Why tell your story?

A panel of judges will review qualified entries and select the winners to be recognized as leading technology innovators. Winners will be showcased at #SAPPHIRENOW keynotes and will be given the opportunity to: choose from a wide range of promotional initiatives run by SAP, connect with prominent business leaders and SAP executives, and more.

In total, $48,000 dollars in prizes will be awarded. First and second place winners will be awarded charity donations and #SAPPHIRENOW passes.

1st PLACE: $5,000 charity donation + SAPPHIRENOW pass*
2nd PLACE: $3,000 charity donation + SAPPHIRENOW pass *
*      T&E not covered
*      Government & Government owned entities don’t qualify for charity & #SAPPHIRENOW passes

I’m interested, tell me how I can get in on the challenge.

First, choose from one of two tracks: customer or startup/partner. For each track, one finalist will be selected from each of the three categories below, for a total of six winners.

This year’s categories:

Digital Trailblazer: Creating true game-changing innovation? For example, stories of using technology to capture new markets and conceive innovative business models.
Social Hero: Making a powerful social or public impact? For example, stories showing how companies enable dramatic changes to how people live or significant improvements in public services.
Process Simplifier: Revolutionizing current business models, processes and operations? For example, stories depicting using technology to drive efficiency, reduce costs and automating processes to the point that a company catapults into a leading position in their industry.

Next, you’ll need to prepare your pitch deck and complete the entry forma:

1. Select a category.
2. Title your entry.
3. Provide a solution description

Use our entry form to complete the information above, prepare your pitch deck, detail and upload the information required on your solution and the impact and value it has produced.

Important Dates:

Now - March 17, 2017: Entry Submission period. Tell us how your organization is helping the world run better with SAP technology by submitting your #InnovationStory.
March 29,2017 – April 11, 2017: Project submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The three entries with the highest score per category will be named finalists.
April 19, 2017: Winners will be announced.
May 16, 2017 – May 18, 2017: Winners will be showcased at #SAPPHIRENOW in Orlando

For details, entry guidelines and rules on the SAP HANA Innovation Award, go to the SAP HANA Innovation Award website.

Entry submission has already begun. Get started today!

If you’re an SAP Partner, please email Jeff Thomson ( to request access to the SAP HANA Innovation Awards - 2017 SAP Partner Information Jam.

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