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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Accenture Innovation Center for SAP HANA & Global HANA CoE in Kronberg. The Accenture Innovation Centers for SAP is one of 17 globally, the only Center of Excellence for SAP HANA and is led by Prof. Dr. Alexander Zeier, Global Managing Director of In-Memory Solutions (incl. SAP HANA/ S4HANA) at Accenture.

The Accenture Innovation Center in Kronberg has a focus on SAP HANA and the corresponding technologies and products, like S/4HANA, SAP Leonardo, SAP Cloud Platform, BW/4HANA, BigData (HANA & Hadoop Integration). 

To connect all the pieces Accenture has developed a Digital Enterprise Platform based on SAP HANA to provide additional value leveraging AI, Advanced Analytics and IoT to enable technology-led innovation.

 

HANA INNOVATION CENTER OFFERINGS

Value Workshops for the NEW SAP
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We offer client specific workshops with a focus on SAP HANA technologies and products to identify added value for business and IT organizations. Our workshops are designed in client centric way - we focus on their specific situation and give context on how the NEW SAP technologies can help them address current pain points, overcome business challenges and open new business models to leverage the latest innovation. 

Roadmap to the NEW SAP
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With the new portfolio of SAP’s applications (from S/4HANA to Ariba, Concur, Hybris, to SAP Cloud Platform Services) customers can often feel overwhelmed with opportunities and decisions. Our “Roadmap to the NEW SAP” will help clients find the right solutions, plan the next steps and enable them to prepare and move into the NEW.

Expert knowledge and project support
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With more than 450 HANA projects successfully delivered our knowledge base is unmatched. Our experts have a deep expertise that covers all areas in the HANA space, from Finance, Supply Chain to Solution and Technical Architects all the way to Analytics. 

Innovation Workshops
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There is another layer of innovation beyond the move to the HANA platform and S/4HANA. In joint workshops with clients and experts we leverage the Design Thinking methodology to develop new ideas for innovative application that open new business areas. After the ideation phase, we will develop a prototype together with our Liquid Studios for SAP that can bring the power of HANA even to customers that don’t have that technology in-house yet, by making use of the SAP Cloud Platform.

ABOUT
PROF. DR. ALEXANDER ZEIER

The center in Kronberg is directed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Zeier, Global Managing Director of In-Memory Solutions at Accenture. 

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zeier graduated from the University of Wuerzburg in business management and completed his studies in information technology at the TU Chemnitz. He gained his Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management (SCM) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He has 25 years of experience with IT/SAP Systems and started working for SAP in 2002 as product manager with overall responsibility for the SCM Software, SAP’s first large In-Memory Application. 
From 2006 until 2012 he has been Deputy Chair Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts of Prof. Hasso Plattner at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, focusing on real-time In-Memory Enterprise Systems. In parallel he has been Executive Director of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation, European Section. Since 2009 appointed as Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), worked 2012 on MIT Campus for six months, and since 2013 appointed as Honorary Professor at the faculty of computer science at University Magdeburg for In-Memory Technology & Applications. 
He is the author of more than 150 journal articles or papers, published six books on IT and SAP, and holds nine patents, granted or filed, on in-Memory Technology and Applications. In September 2012, he joined Accenture as a Partner and is the Global Managing Director of In-Memory Solutions (incl. SAP HANA and S/4HANA).

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