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McLaren Races Ahead in the Cloud

Like most industries, auto racing is increasingly defined by what kind of data a company can generate — and analyze. As an innovative, successful racing company with a storied history to honor, McLaren Group knew that it needed to find better ways to benefit from the massive amount of data ... MORE »

Cooking Up Cost Savings with Order-to-Cash Automation

With more than 6,000 customers on six continents, JBS USA sells a staggering amount of meat products all over the world. To improve how payments were collected from all of those sales, the business wanted to do away with manual financial processes and consistently — and in the process, lower ... MORE »

Duke University Men’s Basketball Enhances Digital Playbook

SAP HANA powers statistical analysis for websites for the NBA and NHL — and now also runs a statistical algorithm that produces insights about Duke University’s men’s basketball team. The university developed #DukeMBBStats Insights on to serve as the fans’ ultimate source for in-game comparisons ... MORE »

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Value as a Service: Embracing the Coming Disruption

by Rob Bernshteyn

As companies are shifting to a Value as a Service (VaaS) model, the focus becomes less on the delivery model and more on the value delivered. Effectively delivering VaaS requires a partnership between vendors and customers, one that is outcome-based, rather than a negotiated, transactional exchange of goods and services for money – and where both parties are empowered to support each other as well as hold each other accountable for achieving measurable, agreed-upon results. This model also requires a strong company culture that can support employees in making the necessary mind shift. Find out if your company is ready to deliver VaaS.


Considerations for Disaster Recovery and Automated Failover Clusters for SAP HANA Infrastructures

by Peter Schinagl and Markus Gürtler

Data corruption, component failures, and power outages are just a few examples of major issues that IT departments must be prepared for at any given moment. In the event of system downtime, organizations must have a proper disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) strategy in place to minimize the business impact. But how can organizations ensure failover and fallback procedures run smoothly? During a recent SAPinsider Live Q&A, Peter Schinagl, Technical Architect, and Markus Gürtler, Technical Alliance Manager SAP Global Alliance at SUSE, answered questions from attendees regarding DR and HA scenarios for SAP HANA infrastructure, automation solutions for failover, system replication, and more.

This is an abridged transcript of the SAPinsider Live Q&A conversation where Peter and Markus discussed best practices for DR and automated failover clusters for SAP HANA infrastructure. The full transcript is available on SAPinsider Online at


Maximize Your Move to SAP S/4HANA Finance

by Dr. Christoph Ernst and Steve Stechschulte

As more and more customers are moving to SAP S/4HANA Finance, they have many questions about how to prepare for the transition and about how the company’s finance and closing processes will be affected. During a recent SAPinsider Live Q&A, Dr. Christoph Ernst, Global Solution Owner for Accounting and Financial Close Solutions at SAP, and Steve Stechschulte, Senior Solutions Consultant at BlackLine, answered questions from attendees regarding integration, analytics, automation, and more.

Below is an abridged transcript of the SAPinsider Live Q&A conversation where Christoph and Steve discussed what changes to expect with the move to SAP S/4HANA Finance and how BlackLine can help. The full transcript is available on SAPinsider Online at