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SAP Empowers Intelligent Enterprises With New Data-driven Cloud Services

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SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced enhancements to its business technology platform to enable intelligent enterprises to thrive in an Experience Economy. These updates help customers quickly turn data into business value. The announcements were made at the SAP® TechEd conference being held October 8–10, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

“Our business technology platform brings SAP HANA and analytics closer together with SAP Cloud Platform so users can make smarter, faster and more-confident business decisions,” said Juergen Mueller, SAP chief technology officer and member of the Executive Board. “SAP ensures high levels of openness and flexibility including out-of-the-box integration, modularity and ease of extension in cloud, on-premise and hybrid deployment models. With this open and flexible approach, SAP is committed to helping our customers achieve superior business outcomes.”

By bringing together SAP technology into one “stack” with a single reference architecture, the business technology platform from SAP delivers required services for modern enterprises. It encompasses database and data management, application development and integration, analytics, intelligent technologies and services to help organizations extend their SAP applications, integrate their landscape and build new applications to improve business processes. With the business technology platform customers can benefit from easy access to SAP data and out-of-the-box business content that helps turn data into business value. Additionally, partnerships with hyperscale vendors and seamless interoperability with their technologies deliver a high level of scalability and flexibility.

SAP HANA® Cloud Services to Infuse Intelligence into Data

Comprising SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solution, SAP HANA® Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Services combines all data and analytics capabilities in these solutions as one set of interconnected services to store, process, govern and consume large volumes of data.

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, a business-ready data warehouse in the cloud, offers users a self-service solution to easily and quickly tie all their business data together and translate it into value for their specific line of business. With a simple and flexible pricing model, customers can avoid the high up-front investment costs of a traditional data warehouse and easily and cost-effectively scale their data warehouse as data demands continue to grow. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud can be deployed either stand-alone or as an extension to customers’ existing on-premise SAP BW/4HANA® solution or SAP HANA software. More than 2,000 customers are registered for the beta program for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, and general availability is planned for Q4/2019. Get more information here.

“Now, our people are even more efficient thanks to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud,” said Stefan Fruehauf, PwC Partner and Global Leadership team member. “Connecting all this data from around the world has had an enormous impact on our business users.”

“SAP Data Warehouse Cloud gave us all the tools to create a single data landscape,” said Andreas Foerger, manager of the Analytics and Reporting team at Randstad Germany. “We were able to combine cloud and on-premise data with internal and external sources. Thanks to the data virtualization capabilities, we can connect all our data without creating redundancies. The semantic layer that SAP Data Warehouse Cloud comes with helps us sync all our data from different sources in a way that makes perfect sense to the business.”

“With SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, we now have a tool at hand that goes far beyond the modeling capabilities of a BI tool,” said Andreas Madsen, senior data and analytics partner at VELUX. “We can give our business users flexibility, but also make sure that we govern and protect the data. Our business users are empowered. They can easily get the important information they need when they need it. This solution bridges the gap not only between the on-premise and the cloud world but also between IT and business. Everyone is operating more efficiently.”

Customers can preregister for a free trial of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud at www.sap.com/trial-data-warehouse-cloud.

SAP HANA Cloud is natively built for the cloud to bring customers the simplicity and speed of SAP HANA for all their data. It offers one virtual interactive access layer across all data sources with a scalable query engine, decoupling data consumption from data management. Users are equipped with a simplified, unified data access layer to streamline data processing while consolidating and harmonizing data integration in their intelligent applications. SAP HANA Cloud can be deployed either as a stand-alone solution or as an extension to customers’ existing on-premise environments, allowing them to benefit from the cloud and the ability of SAP HANA to analyze live, transactional data. General availability for SAP HANA Cloud is planned for Q4/2019. Get more information here.

The latest release of SAP Analytics Cloud was announced at SAP TechEd Las Vegas and includes enhancements for enterprise planning. These updates enable business users to automate typical planning processes using new tools such as a wizard that simplifies the creation of planning workflows by automatically creating calendar tasks for planning process contributors. The new “builder tool” creates different versions of rolling forecasts. Improved “data actions” include prompts and variables to cover the same calculations across plans to help save time by maintaining a single, complex calculation rather than managing multiple versions. Additionally, SAP Analytics Cloud is planned to be embedded in SAP SuccessFactors® solutions as well as SAP S/4HANA® and made available in Q4/2019, giving companies better insight into their HR and business data to improve people and organizational decisions. Get more information here.

“SAP Analytics Cloud is increasing the efficiency of our planning cycles by 40 percent to 60 percent by spending less time gathering and preparing data,” said Richard Masci, head, Financial Systems, Airbus Americas Inc. “This is a huge savings for us.”

To further help developers, the embedded edition of SAP Analytics Cloud is planned to be offered as a service under the SAP Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement. Developers can easily activate this analytics service to quickly build and integrate analytics into their applications through live connectivity with SAP HANA.

Latest Major Release of Leading On-Premise Business Intelligence Suite

SAP recognizes that every customer’s journey to the cloud is unique and many organizations are operating in a mixed landscape with on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments. The 4.3 release of the SAP BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence suite aims to support customers with on-premise enhancements while providing tighter integration with SAP Analytics Cloud. Benefits of the new version include an improved user experience, enhanced ease of deployment and support for the latest industry standards. A beta program is planned for Q4/2019. Get more information here.

 

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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2020 Best Global Universities Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today published the 2020 edition of the Best Global Universities rankings. In the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, the new edition evaluates 1,500 schools – up from 1,250 last year – on academic research and reputation.

The top 10 schools in the overall ranking are all found in either the U.S. or the United KingdomHarvard University remains at No. 1, followed by Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyStanford University and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively. The University of Oxford rounds out the top five.

The new edition evaluates schools in 81 countries – up from 75 last year. The U.S. has the most universities in the overall ranking with 249, followed by the following countries:

  • China: 188
  • U.K.: 86
  • Japan: 82
  • Germany: 66

“As the Best Global Universities rankings continue to expand in number of schools and subjects to fulfill the needs of prospective students, we remain consistent in our mission to evaluate schools around the world on their research,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “A major emphasis on academic research is what sets this methodology apart from our other university rankings.”

New this year are six additional subject rankings, bringing the total to 28: oncology, surgery, cardiac and cardiovascular systems, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. In both the engineering and computer science rankings, four of the top 10 schools are based in China.

The following countries performed the best in each of these subjects, listed in order of most schools on each list:

Based on Web of Science data and InCites metrics provided by the Web of Science Group, the Best Global Universities methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.

“Many prospective students are looking to other countries for their education,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities rankings give these students a starting point for their search. In addition to the rankings, students should also consider their fluency in the language of instruction, the fields of study that the school offers and the costs that come from studying in another country.”

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities

Overall Best Global Universities – Top 10

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. Stanford University (U.S.)
  4. University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  7. Columbia University (U.S.)
  8. Princeton University (U.S.)
  9. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  10. University of Washington (U.S.)

Africa – Top 3

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  3. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Asia – Top 3

  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Tsinghua University (China)
  3. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Australia/New Zealand – Top 3

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland (Australia)

Europe – Top 3

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London

Latin America – Top 3

  1. Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Pontificia University Católica de Chile
  3. State University of Campinas (Brazil)

The Best Global Universities rankings serve the broader U.S. News mission of providing trusted information and rankings – such as Best CollegesBest Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs – to help all students navigate their higher education options. Specifically for Chinese students, U.S. News offers online resource centers published in Chinese to help guide prospective undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad.

 

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SAS is No. 1 in advanced and predictive analytics market share, says analyst report

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SAS again ranks number one for market share, according to the IDC report, Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Software 2018 Market Shares: Demand Across All Use-Case Patterns.1

SAS led with a 27.7% market share in the advanced and predictive analytics category in 2018, more than twice that of the next competitor. SAS has led in the predictive and advanced analytics category since IDC started tracking the market in 1997 and has shown continued revenue growth in the category each year.

“As the volume and complexity of data grows, and as organizations seek to make better, faster business decisions, the need for advanced and predictive analytics like those from SAS is expanding,” said Chandana Gopal, Research Manager for Business Analytics at IDC. “SAS is the leader in advanced and predictive analytics market share and has experienced continued growth year over year.

“SAS continues to innovate in AI and the technologies that underpin it like machine learning, natural language generation and computer vision. The analytics leader remains laser-focused on meeting the market’s evolving need for powerful analytics to transform data into value.”

SAS reinvests into R&D more than twice the average for major technology firms. In 2018, SAS devoted 26% of its overall revenue into developing artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, data management and analytics software. To continue fostering innovation and progress in analytics, SAS has committed to invest $1 billion in AI over the next three years.

“Our continuous innovation, clearly exhibited in the SAS Platform and in SAS AI technologies, propels front-line managers, executives and data scientists to change the trajectory of their organizations with advanced analytics,” said Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS. “Whether it’s providing teams of data scientists with advanced machine learning capabilities or delivering analytics that give decision makers real-time answers, SAS is committed to helping put data and analytics to work, making them accessible to all types of users and driving value to an organization’s bottom line.”

Additionally, SAS ranks second in AI software market share according to the IDC report, Worldwide Analytic Artificial Intelligence Software Platform Market Shares, 2018: Steady Growth – Moving Toward Production (Doc #US45262419, June 2019). The report notes that while the overall AI market saw steady growth last year, SAS experienced growth at a rate more than three times faster than the overall market at 104.6%.

The SAS® Platform provides a strong analytics foundation and a single place to manage and support every phase of an organization’s analytics journey, from initial gathering and preparing of data, through development, management and enterprise deployment of powerful analytical models. An integrated part of the SAS Platform, SAS® Viya® is a cloud-enabled, in-memory analytics engine that provides quick, accurate and reliable analytical insights.

Read about how SAS customers succeed with advanced analytics.

Today’s announcement was made at the Analytics Experience conference in Milan, Italy, a business technology conference presented by SAS that brings together thousands of attendees on-site and online to share ideas on critical business issues.

 

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Neurotechnology Ranks First in Latest MINEX III Results

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Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced their latest results in the NIST MINEX III (Minutiae Interoperability Exchange) evaluation. Algorithms from Neurotechnology are top in accuracy and are ranked first in both leaderboard categories: 1) most interoperable fingerprint template generator and 2) most interoperable fingerprint template generator and matcher pair.

“I am proud of our research team for having created the most interoperable and accurate fingerprint recognition algorithm,” said Dr. Justas Kranauskas, head of the biometric research department for Neurotechnology. “An independent confirmation like this means that our customers can have confidence in our continually evolving and improving technologies.”

In addition to having the most interoperable solution, Neurotechnology’s template generator and template matcher are also the second fastest in the MINEX III evaluation leaderboard.

The currently topped-ranked Neurotechnology fingerprint algorithm evaluated at NIST MINEX III is included in the Neurotechnology MegaMatcher multibiometric product line which covers fingerprint (VeriFinger), face (VeriLook), eye iris (VeriEye) and voice (VeriSpeak) modalities. It is also included in solutions for large and national-scale applications in Neurotechnology’s MegaMatcher Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and MegaMatcher Accelerator products.

The entire Neurotechnology biometric product line can be purchased from Neurotechnology and through distributors worldwide. For more information, go to www.neurotechnology.com.

 

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