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It's no secret that the traditional SAP graphical user interface (GUI), with a design stuck somewhere in the '90s, is unloved by millions. That's why many heads turned when SAP Fiori 2.0 came up a winner at the Red Dot Awards for design.
The Red Dot Awards are a prestigious global competition that honor design innovations, concepts, and visions. SAP Fiori won in the design-concept category, which had 4,680 entries from 61 countries in 2015.
SAP Fiori is a device-independent, tile-based UI that allows users to access and work on SAP data through a number of apps. The apps can be customized for each user's needs and arranged in any order the user wants. It's a radical rethinking of the user experience in concept, design, and technology, and the main reason it was selected for the Red Dot Awards, according to Sam Yen, SAP chief design officer.
"I don't think there are any other enterprise software vendors that have won the Red Dot award," Yen said. “It's a tremendous honor for SAP to be recognized for this award, and I think that the reaction most people have when they hear this is shock."
However, Yen said that the recognition did not come overnight and is the result of an effort that began in 2004 when SAP founder Hasso Plattner decided that design had to be at the center of the next generation of enterprise software's user experience. "The ultimate goal of what we're trying to do with Fiori and design in general, is that it's not just about the look -- the colors, the fonts -- that has a place in the overall experience and perception, but ideally design is trying to enhance the ability for someone to do their job in the enterprise," Yen said. "We want to make it as simple as possible, we want to make their lives as efficient as possible."
The Red Dot Awards were founded in Germany in 1955 to recognize industrial goods for design excellence. There are three design disciplines: product design, communication design, and design concept. Past winners include Apple, Bang & Olufsen, BMW, Nike, Philips, and Porsche.
Transactional apps get boost with latest version of SAP ASE
The number of transactions that enterprise applications handle is increasing by the millions and the new digital economy ensures that this will only increase. SAP has released a new version of SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) to help businesses that rely on these transaction-heavy applications meet the staggering new workloads and the requirements of always-on availability.
"The key business requirement is driving all the traffic that's getting generated, whether it's mobile traffic or social traffic into transactions," said Amit Satoor, SAP senior director of product and solution marketing. "Same with content. We saw a lot of content being generated, but moving from content to commerce was always a challenge, and with SAP ASE we want to make sure that we address that key need of providing a good database transactional engine with mission-critical applications."
This latest version of SAP ASE aims to bring transaction-intensive applications such as those in financial services, telecommunications, transportation, retail and healthcare, into the digital age, Satoor said. SAP ASE enables many such applications, including SAP Business Suite, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Solution Manager and many other custom applications that process extremely high volumes of transactions.
Satoor explained that the latest version of SAP ASE includes the following enhancements:
- A database MemScale option that supports extremely high volumes of transaction processing for large numbers of concurrent users.
- A database always-on option that allows organizations to run 24/7 global operations that employ high-availability and disaster-recovery architectures.
- A workload analyzer option that allows database administrators to simulate potential workloads and optimize system environments for operational efficiency and non-disruptive deployments before going into production.
There are a number of different scenarios where ASE will be useful, Satoor said, including capital financial exchange markets, global ticketing and reservation systems, and retail.
"The trading exchanges like New York, London or Tokyo now run beyond the traditional trading hours, and the maintenance windows that used to be available are not available anymore. But that data needs to get transferred in different geographies in a fairly rapid manner before the next exchange opens," he said, adding that the ASE and replication server together provide the necessary multi-site availability architecture to handle the high-volume data movements and allow users to access the same data across the global trading network.
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