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Tanduay Distillers Factory Visit + Rum Tasting Tips!

Exclusive : Tanduay Distillers Factory Visit + Rum Tasting Tips!

Famed Filipino rum company, Tanduay, invited us to their main distillery in Manila to showcase their latest digital transformation initiative with SAP S/4HANA. We were also given an exclusive tour of their plant, and privileged to learn how to taste rum from mixologist and Tanduay brand ambassador Lee Watson.

 

Tanduay Makes The World’s Best-Selling Rum

A 164-year old brand, Tanduay rose from humble beginnings to establish itself as the world’s top-selling rum brand in 2018, taking over the crown long held by Bacardi.

After its acquisition by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, the brand underwent plant modernisation and expansions, which greatly increased their production capacity. Today, they have three separate facilities – all ISO-compliant, with the Cabuyao plant recently completing its ISO-9001:2015 certification.

In 2014, Tanduay Distillers Inc. President and CEO, Lucio “Bong” K. Tan Jr, took over the reins of the company. He kickstarted the global expansion of the brand. that ultimately led to Tanduay wresting the crown from Bacardi in just 4 years.

Recently, Tanduay opted to begin their digital transformation by adopting SAP S/4HANA, with seven modules – Materials Management, Production Planning, Warehouse Maintenance, Sales and Distribution, Enterprise Asset Management, Finance and Controlling.

Adopting S/4HANA would allow them to greatly automate their current processes, and cut the number of steps from procurement to the delivery of the final product. It will also allow them to greatly reduce paperwork, and the workload of their staff.

 

Lee Watson Teaches How To Taste Rum!

Tanduay also took the opportunity to showcase their famous Gold and Silver Asian Rum. They brought in mixologist and Tanduay brand ambassador Lee Watson to teach us how to taste rum. Now you can learn from him, and give it a try too!

 

The Tanduay Distillery Tour

We were given a tour of their main distillery just outside of metro Manila. If you want to see how they make the world’s most popular rum, you must check out this video!

 

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Exclusive Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

On 8 May 2018, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced the establishment of the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, to help their customers, partners, and foster faster innovation throughout the broader ecosystem of universities and start-ups across the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region.

Join us for an exclusive look at the new SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, including a tour of the digital innovations that SAP Leonardo offers enterprises and businesses.

 

SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

SAP Leonardo Centers are interconnected hubs that serve as points of contact for companies and startups interested in SAP Leonardo. They are part showcase, and part collaborative centers. Their real-world examples of digital innovation using SAP Leonardo serve as inspiration for SAP customers and partners. They also offer a place for businesses and startups to experiment and innovate, jointly or in collaborative efforts.

Leonardo Center Singapore expands SAP’s presence in the APJ region, which already boasts three SAP Innovation Centers and four SAP Labs. It will be the fifth in the global network of SAP Leonardo Centers, serving a “front-end” to assist SAP customers in transforming their businesses with SAP Leonardo and Design Thinking.

SAP Leonardo brings together the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Blockchain technology, Big Data Analytics and Data Intelligence on the SAP Cloud Platform. It also applies SAP’s technological capabilities and deep knowledge of 25 industries to deliver the promise of Intelligent Enterprise.

“The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will showcase the art of the possible in digital innovation and help our customers scale quickly, easily and effectively,” said Scott Russell, President, SAP APJ. “Together with our customers and partners, we aim to leverage the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore as a think tank to drive purpose-led innovation that will ultimately improve the lives of one billion people and deliver the Intelligent Enterprise for over 70,000 customers in APJ by 2022. The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will play a key role in realizing our growth strategy and drive customer success in the new Intelligence era.”

 

Collaborative Hub

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The SAP Leonardo Center Singapore aims to foster a collaborative environment for businesses, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises to experiment and innovate.

It will also serve as a hub for SAP’s broader digital technology ecosystem including universities, startups, tech communities and accelerators.

Through the SAP University Alliances program, SAP APJ helps to educate 1.7 million students in educational institutions across the region. SAP APJ has also established 13 labs in APJ with plans to open more in the future.

 

Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

Thorsten Vieth, Director of Industry Innovation at SAP South East Asia, took us on a tour of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore. SAP created various booths to showcase real world examples of SAP Leonardo at work.

They include traffic management of an entire city, how a smart stadium manages crowds, predictive maintenance of smart trains, and ensuring safety of drivers and passengers in smart buses.

They also showed how machine learning can be used to simplify the maintenance of home appliances with IoT capability, while providing a transparent and secure service record using blockchain technology. Such capabilities not only improve the customer experience, they also reduce costs for businesses.

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SAP At The Asian Innovators Summit 2017

The Asian Innovators Summit 2017 was just held at the Grand Hyatt in sunny Kuala Lumpur. It focused on the new Digital Economy, which has a profound effect on the way governments and businesses operate today. Let’s take a look at what SAP revealed at the Asian Innovators Summit 2017!

 

The Road Towards 2050 : The Digital Future In Malaysia

Terrence Yong, Managing Director of SAP Malaysia, kicked off the media briefing with his views on digital transformation in Malaysia. In particular, how Malaysia can achieve the government’s National Transformation 2050 Plan (Transformasi Nasional 2050).

 

Introducing SAP Leonardo

SAP also introduced their Leonardo digital innovation system, which covers everything from the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics and even Blockchain technology. It helps SAP customers create and scale new intelligent applications.

In this video, SAP (Southeast Asia) Head of Analytics, Kathleen Muller, gives an introduction to SAP Leonardo, and how it can help SAP customers innovate, integrate and scale their solutions.

 

The MAHB Digital Transformation with SAP

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Chief Strategy Officer Azli Mohamed then gave us an update on MAHB’s latest initiatives to drive greater operational efficiency and productivity through digitalisation.
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The SAP Innovations Tour @ The Asian Innovators Summit 2017

Finally, SAP took us on a tour of their latest digital solution showcase at the Asian Innovators Summit 2017. Amongst the things we saw were :

  • The SAP Digital Airport Management solution
  • The SAP Asset Intelligence Network solution
  • The SAP Digital Fleet Management solution
  • The SAP Connected Transportation Safety solution

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The Adobe Experience Forum 2017 Key Highlights

On 8 August 2017, over 250 business leaders gathered at the Adobe Experience Forum 2017 to discuss how organisations can transform to become “Experience Businesses”. Adobe also released a new Best of the Best research on website performance across Asia Pacific and Japan. Let’s take a look!

 

The Adobe Experience Forum 2017

The Adobe Experience Forum 2017 was a whole day event, covering key marketing and advertising technology areas including cross-channel marketing, customer experience, data-driven marketing, and programmatic advertising.

V.R. Srivatsan, Managing Director of Adobe SEA and Scott Rigby, Head of Digital Transformation of Adobe, took some time off to brief us in a more intimate session, covering the two main topics – the new Adobe Best of the Best research findings on website performance, and why it is important for businesses to focus on building an “Experience Business”.

 

The 2017 Adobe Best of the Best Report

The 2017 Adobe Best of the Best report aggregates anonymous data from approximately 100 billion visits to over 3,000 websites across Asia Pacific and Japan in 2016. In his presentation, Scott Rigby reveals new mobile and desktop usage trends and insights from the report, including overall website engagement and conversion metrics across devices.

Here are some key findings in the 2017 Adobe Best of the Best report :

  • Southeast Asia (SEA) experienced the largest decrease in time spent on websites – 13% YoY (Year on Year).
  • At the same time, the SEA region saw a 40% growth in smartphone conversion rates to 0.7%, which still lags the APAC rate of 1.1%.
  • In SEA, the desktop conversion rates grow 21% YoY, with 25% for the top 20%. This is more than double the conversion rates of smartphones.
  • The SEA region saw an 18% YoY increase in smartphone traffic to 37%, which still falls below the APAC average of 39%.
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Make Experience Your Business

We last heard from Srivatsan in May, when he talked to us about riding the experience business wave. Now, he reinforces the Adobe message that businesses need to focus on go beyond digital transformation to “establish a seamless, end-to-end, digital-to-physical experience for the consumer“.

In other words – businesses need to focus on creating the best customer experience by leveraging on technologies like cloud services, big data and machine intelligence. Adobe naturally provides all these services through the Adobe Experience Cloud, that is made up of Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Analytics Cloud and Adobe Advertising Cloud, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud.

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SAP & IDC : The Future Of The Malaysian Internet Economy

On 24 November 2016, SAP and IDC hosted an exclusive briefing on the future of the Malaysian Internet economy. The timing is impeccable because the Malaysian government has declared that 2017 should be the “Year of the Internet Economy“.

Their analysis and opinions on how Malaysian businesses and entrepreneurs should chart their courses going into 2017 are invaluable for anyone who wants to stay relevant in the new age of the Internet economy. We all need to stay on top of the wave of new developments, or risk having it crash on us.

 

2017 – The Year Of The Internet Economy

In 2015, the Malaysian Internet economy contributed 17.8% to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), just shy of the 18.2% target set for 2020. On the back of this rapid growth in importance, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak called on Malaysians to “embrace, adapt to changes and explore new areas of growth to accelerate the economy“.

SAP Malaysia is in full agreement of this view. In the past decade, the rate of adoption of new technologies has accelerated and technology is changing the rules of business with disruption becoming the norm. This will accelerate in 2017 and local businesses need to absorb, understand and adapt to these underpinning seismic shifts taking place, particularly with regards to Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics.

SAP Malaysia Managing Director Terrence Yong kicked off the session with his view on the Malaysian digital economy, and how IoT and big data analytics are changing the way we make, buy and sell products and services.

IDC Asia-Pacific Research Director Chin Jun Fwu then shared his findings on the adoption of the latest IoT and big data analytics here in Malaysia, before SAP (Southeast Asia) Head of Analytics Kathleen Muller touched on the impact of data analytics and the Internet of Things, particularly for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).

Unfortunately, the current adoption of big data analytics and IoT in Malaysia is low. The key takeaway is that price is not really the issue, but rather inertia. Even if they are aware of what they must do to adapt to the changing world, there is resistance to learning new ways.

That will have to change, soon. Otherwise, even the most established businesses may lose out to their more nimble competitors.

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Becoming A Data Ninja With Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Malaysia is at the cusp of a data revolution. Cloud computing as well as big data analytics and intelligence will play a central role in this data revolution. Data science will transform entire industries in a new world in which data is the new currency. To support the transition to a data-centric world, the Microsoft SQL Server has evolved beyond its database roots, into a full-fledged business analytics and data management platform.

On the 8th of April, 2016, Microsoft Malaysia officially launched the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to support this transition to a data-centric world. Four key figures from Microsoft and the Multimedia Development Corporation came together to address the expansion of data science in Malaysia, and how SQL Server 2016 will help companies achieve their goals faster and easier than ever before.

 

Microsoft Malaysia On The Launch Of SQL Server 2016

In this video, Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia explains Microsoft’s mission and how they aim to help companies transform their operations to a mobile-first, data-first environment with Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

 

Dr. Karl Ng (MDeC) On Data Science In Malaysia

Ir Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, Director, Innovation Capital Division, The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) then spoke on the push for data science in Malaysia. He also addressed questions about MDeC’s initiatives on data science in Malaysia. Check it out :

 

How To Become A Data Scientist

Microsoft even brought in a real-life data scientist – Julian Lee. An Advance Analytics Technical Solutions Professional in Microsoft Asia, he gave us a riveting account of his experience as a data scientist in Malaysia. A must-watch for those who are thinking of taking this exciting new career path.

 

Microsoft SQL Server 2016’s Key Features

Ending this exclusive event was Darmadi Komo, the Director of Microsoft’s Data Group Marketing. He flew in all the way from the Microsoft campus at Redmond to share with us the key features of the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

He also shared with us the fabulous offer from Microsoft – free SQL Server 2016 licences for companies that want to migrate from Oracle. The offer’s good up to June 2016, so contact Microsoft Malaysia ASAP if you are interested!

The new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 supports hybrid transactional / analytical processing, advanced analytics and machine learning, mobile Business Intelligence, data integration, always encrypted query processing capabilities and in-memory transactions with persistence.

  • Stretch Database technology is an industry first and allows customers to dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data to Azure so operational data is always accessible. This also enables customers to have a cost-effective data strategy while protecting their customer’s sensitive data.
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data.
  • Ground-breaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection.
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x.
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
  • Available on Linux in private preview, making SQL Server 2016 more accessible to a broader set of users
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility
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