Participate in the EMC for SAP Social Media Summer Contest – #SAPonEMC

My good friend Jeremy Wonson (@virtualwonton) and I recently came up with an innovative social media idea of capturing EMC & VCE (with VMWare) for SAP customer success stories and then wrapping a contest around it…with the winner getting a spot on a Chad’s World episode.
We figured that we needed to have some additional fun this summer!

In so many twitter and blog posts around the world, it’s clear the value companies enjoy when running SAP on EMC and/or VCE Vblock, when virtualizing SAP, and when adopting a cloud strategy with SAP. In the midst of all this goodness, we wonder:

1. Who has the most compelling story of virtualized SAP running better on EMC storage or VCE Vblock with the biggest financial benefit or savings?
2. Who has the most compelling time to market story for SAP due to virtualization on EMC or Vblock?

Who can win?
Any SAP ecosystem individual (Customers, EMC, VCE, VMware, Cisco employees, Partner community: VAR, SI, SP, OS) can submit their customer’s story and win. Please remember that you must have permission from the customer to share the story (unless of course you are the customer :)). We aren’t regulating this, but if you win, part of the experience will be to participate in the Chad’s World episode with the customer. Since a success story is ultimately good press for your customers, and knowing the global audience Chad’s World attracts, I’m sure your customers will be more than willing to participate. We don’t require proof from you or the customer, but please be honest and be true to your good reputation. Once you email us the success story, we reserve the right to share your success story through a variety of social media outlets including our blogs and twitter accounts using #SAPonEMC. You and your customer will get good press whether they win or not! The most important thing to remember is that as much as we want to hear from the SEs, VARs or integrator, we want to hear from the customer even more! Any entries with customer quotes and customer input will automatically score higher in our compelling-stuff-o-meter.

To compete, email your success story in a format of a write up and/or short video to:
henrik.wagner@emc.com
These SAP success stories/videos will be posted on https://henrikwagner.wordpress.com
Winners will be judged in 2 categories:
1. Most Compelling financial benefit story
2. Most Compelling time to market story

The grand prize winner in each category will enjoy a spot together on an upcoming Chad’s World episode with a member of the customer’s IT staff. You and your customer will have the opportunity to discuss the success story of virtualized SAP running better on EMC and/or Vblock with Chad Sakac. With the global reach Chad’s World enjoys, this will be a great opportunity to showcase a customer’s SAP success story.
Get your stories in for the contest this summer and then towards the end of the summer in Aug we will announce the winners. Game On!!!…and dont forget to use the #SAPonEMC twitter tag

“Uber” Automate your SAP Landscape

There is a huge opportunity to modernize the legacy platforms that SAP customers are running on in order to: lower overall costs, increase agility, reduce risk, and free up funds for innovation to help customers gain competitive advantages in their respective industries.

In previous blog posts I outlined my thoughts on a Private Cloud for SAP strategy to accomplish these goals. Key foundations of this strategy are leveraging x86, VMware Virtualization and driving Automation and Orchestration in your SAP landscapes.

In recent keynotes, I have heard SAP executives tell the story about “why does it takes 35 clicks to order a new laptop from the company that you work for, yet it only takes 3 clicks on your mobile phone to order a pizza from Papa John’s”. Clearly there is an opportunity to improve business processes and drive automation in many aspects of businesses including IT organizations.

In the last few months I have starting to use “Uber” (“Everyone’s Private Driver”) for car services in my home town as well as on business trips. For those who don’t know Uber, they have an absolutely brilliant business model leveraging existing executive car services empowering them with technology that benefit the drives with higher utilization rate, the customers – with a reliable, easy to use and friendly customer experience and of course Uber (the company). When you have the Uber app on your iPhone, it literally only takes 1 click to order a car service, get picked up and dropped off, and payments are automatically taken care of. Your Uber profile works with the GPS on your phone and your pre-populated credit card info in the app…stepping out of the car to get dropped off without having to sign anything feels a bit odd the first few times, but then you come to appreciate the simplicity of the experience.

Papa John’s took our end user customer experience from 35 clicks to 3…Uber just elevated the Automation to 1 click. Can we do the same in the Automation and Orchestration of our SAP landscapes? Certainly there are policies and compliance requirements, which have to be followed when provisioning applications and infrastructure resources around SAP, however what if we were able to “Uber Simplify” these tasks? Perhaps we would be accelerating the paradigm of our SAP customers, thus allowing them to spend more budget on Innovation vs keeping the “lights on”?

I am very interested to see the progress of SAP Application and Infrastructure Automation solutions such as SAP’s NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM), VCE’s Vision, Cisco Intelligent Automation, EMC’s ViPR (Software-Defined Platform Strategy), VMware’s vCloud portfolio etc. to achieve these goals.

Let’s set a goal to “Uber Automate” our SAP customers’ application and infrastructure environments!