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SAP Releases Cloud Computing Beta
It has formed a strategic research partnership with The 2.0 Adoption Council

SAP Session at Cloud Expo

SAP has made its 12sprints collaborative decision-making project available via public beta and has formed a strategic research partnership with The 2.0 Adoption Council – a peer forum of IT and business leaders and thinkers who are discovering new ways of working in modern organizations.

Both of these moves demonstrate SAP’s commitment to helping companies bring the power of Web 2.0 technologies and trusted information into their business processes. 12sprints, the codename for a new collaborative decision-making application, is the first and only software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that brings together people, information and methods to drive swift, informed decision-making.

The public beta phase of 12sprints invites everyone to take the solution for a free spin, evaluate it and contribute feedback to enrich its further development.

For the first time, 12sprints brings together a unique mix of essential capabilities for people working in teams, including:

  • An easy-to-use, cloud-based interface that makes it easy for teams to invite people from inside or outside the organization, bring information into plain view for the entire team and employ interactive methods to collect feedback, brainstorm or analyze across the group. 12sprints also integrates components of the SAP® BusinessObjects„ Explorer technology within 12sprints so users can analyze data and apply that analysis to the decision-making framework of 12sprints.
  • A results-driven workspace designed to keep everyone on the same page, prompt action and help users achieve goals. Teams are collectively guided through activities like planning, strategizing and decision-making using tools like pro-con analyses, SWOT analyses, polling and agenda planning.
  • The security, hosting and maintenance features IT executives look for in an enterprise solution – one that delivers an “easy to try, buy and use” environment that is intuitive to business users.

“People don’t want to be bound by unnatural and fragmented ways of working,” said Marge Breya, executive vice president, SAP. “This is why we developed 12sprints. It brings method to the madness, combining not only business intelligence and collaboration technology but also methods with a framework to help teams share intelligence and make better decisions that drive meaningful results. SAP has done a brilliant job helping enterprises run their businesses better, now we’re helping people do their work better.”

The public beta version of 12sprints is a hosted technology that requires no download, and it is available online for free here: www.12sprints.com. Both free and paid versions will be offered upon general availability. You can follow 12sprints on Twitter at @12sprints and take part in the conversation by using the hashtag #12sprints. You can also become a fan of the 12sprints Facebook page.

SAP Becomes Research Partner to The 2.0 Adoption Council

The 2.0 Adoption Council is a collection of 2.0 thought leaders from several large enterprises who come together to share experiences, examine business implications and find new ways of capturing value from data associated with Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 technologies. SAP has become a strategic research partner with the Council to support innovation in large enterprises leveraging these new technologies. In addition, 12sprints will be offered to Council members as a collaborative decision-making tool for group projects and as a test-bed for product feedback.

To hear more about the Council and SAP, click here for a video podcast discussion between Council Founder Susan Scrupski and Marge Breya of SAP. You can also check out Scrupski’s blog, ITSinsider, and follow her on Twitter at @ITSinsider. Breya can be followed at @MargeBreya.

You can learn more about The 2.0 Adoption Council here: http://www.20adoptioncouncil.com/. You can also follow the Council on Twitter at @20Adoption, become a fan of its Facebook page or join its LinkedIn group.

Follow SAP BusinessObjects on Twitter at @businessobjects, and be sure to check out the Needle In A Haystack blog.

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About Eric Kimberling
Founder and president of Panorama Consulting Group. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Panorama Consulting Group is a niche consulting firm specializing in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market for mid-sized companies across the globe. Independent of affiliation, Panorama helps firms evaluate and select ERP software, manages the implementation of the software, and facilitates all related organizational changes to assure that each of its clients realize the full business benefits of their ERP implementation. We minimize ERP risk, accelerate implementation progress, and increase the success and value of your ERP initiatives.

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