Walmart goes Workday, not SAP

Tom Paine

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Walmart has chosen Workday as its HCM (Human Capital Management) vendor, reportedly besting the incumbent, SAP's SuccessFactors.

Walmart has over 2 million employees. It has been using SAP HCM and SuccessFactors.

A Wall Street analyst initially disclosed the signing of the yet unnamed customer, and Investor's Business Daily picked up the story. A quick look at a list of the world's largest employers suggested it might be Walmart, and Workday soon confirmed it was in a statement.

Workday (NYSE:WDAY) shares rose almost 10% after news of the deal came out.

Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri had spoken in November about how SuccessFactors (and Oracle Fusion) had difficulty in scaling:

"And what I’d say is, actually we’re seeing the first wave of failed [SAP SuccessFactors] Employee Central and failed [Oracle] Fusion implementations in Europe. That’s not marketing, that’s just the reality — when you get to a certain scale, neither of those companies have been able to get large customers live. So people have gone down that path with a project, failed, and come back to Workday."

Walmart had agreed to roll out SuccessFactors 1n 2010, but its unclear what degree of success it had in doing so.

Just in late November, SuccessFactors landed Microsoft and its 114,000 employees. But a column today by Mary Jo Foley jn ZDNet suggests that Microsoft might build its own HCM apps, to tie into LinkedIn, though those apps might not be geared to massive customers.

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SAP Introduces Jump-Start Enablement Program for SAP® Leonardo IoT Portfolio

SAP Introduces Jump-Start Enablement Program for SAP® Leonardo IoT Portfolio

PR Newswire PR NewswireJanuary 10, 2017

WALLDORF, Germany, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP SE (SAP) today announced a jump-start enablement program for its Internet of Things (IoT) innovation portfolio. The program is intended to help customers connect the emerging world of intelligent devices with people and processes to achieve tangible business outcomes. Following through on SAP's recently announced commitment to invest €2 billion in IoT over five years, the IoT portfolio combines adaptive applications, Big Data applications and connectivity in packaged solutions across line-of-business and industry use cases ranging from connected products, assets and infrastructure to vehicle fleets, markets and people.

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Named SAP® Leonardo, SAP's IoT portfolio takes its name from a figure known for ushering in a groundbreaking era of science and discovery. For more on the SAP Leonardo brand, please see here.

"Moving from things to outcomes is about new business processes such as Industry 4.0, new business models and new ways for people to live and work," said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, Digital Assets and IoT, SAP. "With SAP Leonardo, we connect 'things' with business processes that are instantaneous and proactive, and with people who can manage more effectively with augmented intelligence and autonomous systems. Our SAP Leonardo IoT portfolio delivers on SAP's commitment to produce superior business value through enterprise IoT innovation."

Easier IoT Adoption: Jump-Start Pilot Program and Introductory Pricing
SAP is introducing a jump-start program as part of its SAP Leonardo Labs global enablement network to help organizations identify and validate IoT pilots and use cases. A consultative service staffed by SAP line-of-business and industry experts, the jump-start program is a multiphase engagement featuring design thinking to match IoT innovations with customer strategies and objectives in achievable pilots with a clear path to business value. Available worldwide, the jump-start program is intended to ease the first steps of the IoT journey, producing pilots that define business cases for full-scale IoT strategies and further deployment.

SAP is also introducing promotional pricing for the IoT jump-start program featuring a simple, fixed cost for software and services to cover the pilot and first year of usage for SAP Leonardo IoT solutions including SAP Connected Goods, SAP Vehicle Insights, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service and SAP Asset Intelligence Network. By setting a defined price for services and key solutions in the SAP Leonardo IoT portfolio, the introductory offer provides transparency and eliminates budget uncertainty, enabling customers to establish IoT pilots with clear scope, length and pricing. More information on the jump-start program and pricing offer can be found here.

A Unique Ability to Connect People, Things and Businesses
SAP Leonardo reaffirms an innovative value proposition, extending from SAP's enterprise core into automation and intelligence at the edges where IoT data is created. With SAP HANA® as its platform, SAP Leonardo offers intelligent IoT applications, business services for development, technical services for processing high-velocity data and an intelligent edge to process information at the device level. SAP Leonardo combines SAP's unique strengths, including 45 years of business process knowledge across 25 industries and leadership in Big Data management, in end-to-end offerings addressing the following areas:

Connected products for new insights into lifecycle management, sourcing, response and supply, and digital supply networks; and the design, manufacturing and delivery of smart, connected products across all industries
Connected assets to track, monitor and analyze fixed assets, including manufacturing and maintenance business processes, to reduce costs and increase equipment uptime
Connected fleet to enable businesses and public service organizations owning moving assets (such as vehicles, robots, fork lifts and autonomous vehicles) to improve services and safety, visibility to logistics and service quality
Connected infrastructure for new digital operational intelligence from physical-infrastructure systems, construction and energy grids enabling improved service, efficient operations and compliance and risk mitigation
Connected markets to enable new production, and business models of local relevance and at the right timing for customer and marketing insights, digital agribusiness, smart ports and smart cities
Connected people for more insightful, collaborative work roles, health management and smart home environments connecting people and communities and providing better, more personalized lifestyle experiences
For more detail on the portfolio, see here.

SAP Leonardo Event
SAP also announced plans for its first global SAP Leonardo event. Bringing together SAP customers, partners and IoT experts, the event will showcase the latest in IoT innovations and effective business strategies. The event will take place from July 11–12, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany, at the KAP EUROPA. More information about the event, including the agenda and registration details, will be disclosed in the coming weeks.

More information on customers achieving business success with SAP Leonardo can be found here.

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