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Juergen Mueller, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer, Talks about Transformation and Evolution

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Juergen Mueller, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer, Talks about Transformation and Evolution

It is not secret that SAP has a significant presence in the market for business applications and solutions. However, it tried to adapt to a digital, cloud-oriented world both internally and with clients.

Juergen Müller, CTO, executive board member at SAP, is responsible to the company’s technology platform and infrastructure. He says that SAP has acquired many companies throughout its history. Many of these acquisitions have involved integrating their technology stacks with other resources. Mueller spoke to InformationWeek and said that his company is constantly changing and taking advantage of the cloud to speed up innovation and flexibility.

Given the history and breadth of SAP, was it difficult to communicate to customers the company’s progress?

There are always challenges when making such changes. However, if you succeed, the biggest competition is the success from the past. Customers may say that everything is fine. Why should we move? We get an update once a year or only every few years. It’s very convenient and works well .”

When you create a new type of software, you are competing against your previous successes.

What can we say to people who may dig in their heels and doubt the need for change?

We also have these discussions internally. If the world around us isn’t changing, then we all have to make changes. The world has changed dramatically in the past two and a quarter years. The pandemic has ended and consumer behavior has changed dramatically.

Supply chain were severely disrupted. The chip shortage. This means that companies can no longer do demand-driven planning, which they used to do in the planning space. They were just trying to figure out “Where can I sell and how much, assuming I can produce almost unlimited quantities of goods?”

Now it’s the opposite — “Where can you get material, because supply chains are very fragile?”

The recent war in Ukraine, which was started by Russia, is an example of how Europe’s energy prices have soared. They can reach a consensus to get some wheat and seeds from the country via Turkey, which could lead to a food crisis.

The pandemic in China caused massive lockdowns. We saw an influx of capital to private individuals, particularly in the US. We now see the reverse — very high inflation rates are one of the results.

If your company is not affected by any of this, everything will be fine. No change. 99% are all affected and heavily impacted by these changes. They need to make some changes. They must change how they manage customer relationships. They must change the way they interact with employees. They must change the way they deal with employees. It will come to a point where companies won’t be willing to spend as much money. Capital, and cash, are essential. This often results in a rental boom. Your machine will not be sold, but it will be rented. While you may not purchase a car, you can rent it. This also means that you must have the right tools and applications. You are likely to be cost-conscious so that automation is possible.

If you don’t feel any pressure or disruption, then that’s okay. But maybe you should look at the world.

Where do you see ourselves in the next stages of technological change? Are we still in the very early stages of change? Are we more in a sophomore phase? Are we more advanced, finding our feet and adapting to these new changes?

It depends on the industry. It all depends on the company. It can vary between companies. Customers have made significant changes. The Parkland Hospital in Florida was one example. They digitized the entire hospital chain. They converted a lot of data into data-driven initiatives. They created what we refer to as a digital boardroom. Because they were dealing with COVID patients every day, they created a digital situation area. They had to manage the situation because they didn’t have enough ventilators. They were data-driven and had real-time access to assets, employees, customers, clients, and patients. The app was mobile-friendly and could be used to assess your symptoms even if you were not in the building. IT drives everything.

This is a great example of how dramatically you can adapt in times of crisis. Companies that are digitally enabled can recover faster, accelerate, or make full use of their technology. Parkland will continue using many of these technologies that were created in the midst of a crisis.

What do you consider to be the barriers or catalysts that will allow for continuous change in the enterprise sector?

Culture and leadership are the inhibitors and accelerators. You have the option to choose not to do something. This may be the easiest way in the short-term. You can also choose to guide your company, your team, and your coworkers into the future. There are certain supply chain issues, but that shouldn’t stop companies from moving into the digital age.

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As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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