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Change is the only constant in our digital world. People, businesses, technology, economies – you name it, and it’s evolving so quickly that the concerns we faced six months ago are completely overshadowed by new challenges of the day. To stay competitive, businesses everywhere are searching for ways to operate with greater speed, agility, and efficiency. Unfortunately though, 70% of these initiatives will fail, according to McKinsey.

How can any business not just keep up with it all, but also surpass rivals and create sustainable disruption of its own?

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud: Bringing service to life

Every business is unique, but it is possible to acquire the speed, agility, and efficiency needed to compete in the digital economy – no matter your company’s size, industry, and region. Take Serco Group, for example.

The British outsourcing company services government functions from aviation and military weapons to call centers and schools. Over time, Serco found that the nature of its work created an environment of high-volume sensitive data and strict compliance with the government’s data protection regulations. For the business, this called for not just high-performing IT operations, but also the need to overcome considerable complexity.

“We need a huge amount of computing power for financial consolidation. [At the time,] our solution was way too slow and cumbersome, and we were struggling to produce a consolidated monthly set of accounts on time,” states John Lockett, Group CIO of Serco Group.

As part of its Global Finance Transformation initiative, Serco decided to move its planning and consolidation application to the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. After just 10 weeks, the test delivered the answers that Serco was hoping for. It showed that, on average, the cloud would deliver a three- to four-fold increase in the speed of consolidation processes.

All the group’s consolidation now runs on a single system that is integrated with the other SAP products the company uses. This has enabled Serco to cut operating and maintenance costs for the servers it had been using. As a result, Serco has consolidated figures on time and can carry out financial reporting in real time

But this is not where Serco’s story ends. In fact, there is another strategic advantage that took the company by surprise. “SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud helps us drive innovation,” explains Lockett. “We can build technology platforms more quickly and distribute them from the cloud. This is a very exciting proposition for our customers.”


SAP TechEd: Everything you need to know to compete with speed, agility, and efficiency

Stories like Serco’s are why events like the SAP TechEd conference are so exciting to attend. For three days, attendees from all over the world will have a chance to explore how SAP technology, such as the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, can help them not just adapt to emerging trends, but to possibly exceed the pace of that change.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for you at this year’s SAP TechEd in Barcelona on November 8–10.

Achieve Your Own Digital Transformation with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Master the digital economy by finding the right mix of agility and stability with a stable, optimized core: SAP S/4HANA, the next-gen business suite. In this session, we offer step-by-step approaches leveraging SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, which support innovation by running all required applications in the cloud with the SAP HANA platform at the core and integrate with on-premise and public cloud applications.

Introduction to SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Adopt the SAP HANA platform and SAP S/4HANA while overcoming traditional on-premise deployment challenges and reducing investment cost. Find out how the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is providing a managed private cloud that is ideal for business-critical software such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite applications, the SAP Business Warehouse application, SAP BusinessObjects solutions, and custom applications based on SAP HANA.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud Platform: Common Use Cases Discuss common use cases to optimize your hybrid cloud landscape leveraging the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.