Demo: Voice activated S/4HANA with Amazon Echo

Demo: Voice activated S/4HANA with Amazon Echo

This weekend we had a very severe snow storm on the east coast of the US which of course was a great excuse for me to stay in and do nothing or at least have a play around with my new Amazon Echo. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I’ve been intrigued by Amazon opening up the Echo to developers to allow them to integrate it with whatever system they like so I decided to do just that and…

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The Amazon Echo – Oh Mama!

The Amazon Echo – Oh Mama!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a gadget and that’s because its been a while since I’ve been really excited about something. But that has changed in the last 12 hours…. Back before Christmas, my beautiful wife asked me the dreaded question – “what do you want for christmas?”. That question normally fills me with dread – because I never know what I want or what won’t be obsolete within 2.5 seconds!! I started thinking about asking for…

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Skill requirements in an S/4HANA World

Skill requirements in an S/4HANA World

I’ll get to the topic of actually moving to S/4HANA later but for now I wanted to address the topic of skill set requirements after/during the move to S/4HANA as it really is one of the most common questions that comes up when I talk to customers about their S/4HANA implementation. Questions like: “Will it all be in ABAP?” “Do I need any extra skill sets?” “What infrastructure will I need outside of HANA?” “How do I approach my SAP development projects?”

2016 – Big Personal Changes & A New Adventure!

2016 – Big Personal Changes & A New Adventure!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted properly here and there is a good reason for that. Over the past six months I’ve been in the process of some significant personal changes in the form of a move from Bluefin EMEA over to our branch of Bluefin in the United States.

Is the digital transformation leaving consumers out in the cold?

Is the digital transformation leaving consumers out in the cold?

In previous posts I’ve been a heavy proponent of digital transformation in the financial services industry and my position hasn’t changed on that. However recent experiences with some high-street banks have left me stunned with how badly some have implemented these changes to the point where I would go anywhere else to obtain better service.

SAP HANA Vora – All our data, accessed through one place in real-time

SAP HANA Vora – All our data, accessed through one place in real-time

Just over a month ago SAP announced the release of SAP HANA Vora, their answer to the “Big Data” versus “Enterprise Data” question. But what is it and is it really worth considering in a world full of big data game-changers like SAP HANA and Hadoop?

Bluefit Device to Datacenter – from SAPPHIRE to Beijing

Bluefit Device to Datacenter – from SAPPHIRE to Beijing

Another video to share 🙂 For those of you following some of my SCN posts you will no doubt have heard about the demo that myself, John Appleby and DJ Adams put together bringing real-time health data from smart watches into SAP HANA on the show floor in Orlando and then visualised on a Fiori front-end. Well that demo was called Bluefit – Device to Datacenter and, as it turns out, not only did it go from device to Data…

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SAPPHIRENOW 2015 – Walk around video

SAPPHIRENOW 2015 – Walk around video

While at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 in Orlando this year I decided to record a lap of the show floor on my iPhone (apparently while I stumbled around judging by the video). Apart from being a bit shaky it should give people an idea of the scale of the event. Enjoy! B

Life Hacking: Hotel Streaming with my Roku

Life Hacking: Hotel Streaming with my Roku

As somebody who spends a lot of time in hotels, for me it is important that I have something to watch in the evening that is vaguely interesting and will allow me to switch off. That can range from just sticking some series on Netflix and wasting the night away or it can be tuning into itpro.tv or twit.tv for some technical relaxation. Either way – none of these options are generally available on a hotel TV. Enter my favorite…

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SAP Fiori My Travel and Expenses – Is this the one you have been waiting for?

SAP Fiori My Travel and Expenses – Is this the one you have been waiting for?

Good News – It’s finally here – SAP Fiori My Travel and Expenses! For a lot of people I have talked to, this is the one they have been waiting for so I though it would be good to give a brief overview of how it works and looks. Although I didn’t have time to show it in the video the application is indeed mobile responsive for all functionality including attachments. Any questions or comments please do let me know,…

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