Here’s what they told us:

Mark Owens, Head of SAP, has been with Capgemini for 10½ years, having started as a Senior SAP Technical Architect. He commented: With the release of S/4 HANA, Capgemini has the opportunity to maintain our position as a leader in delivering technology-based business benefits, as there are potentially 500 organisations in the UK who could/will move to S/4 HANA. I am passionate about our customer, they are the sole reason why we work at Capgemini and we always put them at the heart of our delivery. We work with some fantastic global brands and we should be proud of our delivery history, but challenge ourselves to embrace new SAP technologies to remain the biggest and best SAP partner.”

Andrey Reiner, Asset Management and Logistics Practice Lead in the SAP Delivery Unit, has been with Capgemini for four-and-a-half years. He began with us as a Solution Architect on a Workforce Management project. He said: “It is apparent that the sum of market forces will continue to drive organisations to optimise their supply chain operations, so our role will be to remain on the cutting edge of technology and help our clients to leverage the best of it.”

Having joined in January 1994, Dave Thomas, Head of SAP Delivery, is our leader with the longest period of service. He began his career with us as Technical Manager. He commented: I am most looking forward to the impact of digital transformation on our client’s businesses and how in SAP we can support that. I am also looking forward to building our reputation in the market to attract both clients and people into these new areas and be proud of achievement, as well as doing some more really cool stuff.”

Principal Applications Consultant Nathan Pearce has been with Capgemini for 16 years, initially as an SAP SD consultant in the year 2001. He commented: “What I am looking forward to is the disruption of technology and how we can leverage that and how we need to transform our way of working into new business models. I really think the Internet of Things and devices being connected will impact our everyday lives and will also streamline the supply chain. Equally, I can see robotics and automation becoming more and more mature.”

Shin Sawhney, SAP Enterprise Performance Management and Data Management Solutions Capability Lead, joined us as an SAP BI Consultant 10 and a half years ago. He said: “I’m looking forward to the continued increase in prominence of SAP’s analytics and data management solutions in the eyes of our customers, partners and even my colleagues. As well as, the ongoing improvements in analytics and data management capabilities and how they are used, driving further and new types of business benefits. Additionally, I am looking forward to engaging with more clients, across industry sectors in new and different ways and being at the leading edge of digitally enabled business transformation.”

Starting with us as an SAP Portal Consultant, Paul Tomlinson, Head of SAP Technology Team, has been with the company for 11 years and told us that “we are in a really exciting time, as we now have the technology to do pretty much anything, from multiple products / sources, to benefit our clients. For example, until recently, a lot of information and analysis was not really available real time, it was at least 24 hours out of date as it had to be pushed out to a separate reporting system. Now we can provide that information instantaneously, in an easy to use way, on any device, whether that be laptop, phone, watch, glasses or TV. This in turn enables people in all job roles to make decisions they were not able to make before, serving their customers better, which hopefully enables their organisation to increase revenue / profit / both.

“Using S4/HANA, cloud products and IOT scenarios, we can enable organisations to drive their organisations forward in a way they haven’t been able to do before, by removing silos between systems and data. We are at a point of being able to provide users (whether they be employees, partners or customers), an easy to use interface, pulling / merging data from many different sources (SAP and non-SAP), providing them with the information they need to make decisions.

“Over the next 5 years I expect that to progress further, with machine learning either providing analysis and recommendations or making the decisions and informing why it has made that decision. 

“I also expect the current concept of having separate systems for employees vs customers to disappear. The scenario of S4/HANA as the digital core really will become the reality, with it feeding solutions such as SAP Hybris to enable organisations to interact with their customers in a way they haven’t been able to before. SAP Cloud Platform and other PaaS solutions (Google Cloud, Azure) will enable organisations to create some really interesting innovations. Finally, I’m looking forward to the demand for innovation from the business to drive forward more DevOps style project work, enabling us all to work together to provide continuous improvements.

“All in all, exciting times ahead.”

Closing off David Lowson, Head of Package Solutions for SAP, Oracle and Salesforce, said he was simply “looking forward to the continued growth of the UK SAP practice, as well as continuing to work with our great clients”.

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