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Christmas – A Time to Give and Say Thank You

  • December 15, 2014
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There is no better time to show your appreciation than around the holidays. Under the parent company of Pentland Firth, we would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for their support this year.

Pentland Firth Thanks you

Pentland Firth Business & IT Consulting

Without valuable clients and customers such as yourselves, there would be no IT consulting, Sweetlets SAP Portal apps and no Mereko, the latest way to reimburse your travel expenses. It really is as simple as that.

Giving Back

Due to the wide variety of gift acceptance policies at the companies of our clients, we have decided to take this opportunity and directly help those in need this Christmas.  Pentland Firth has cheerfully and with joy, donated to the Brotzeit für Kinder in place of sending gifts.

Sweetlets SAP Portal Apps

From all of us here at Pentland Firth, Sweetlets and MEREKO, warmest thoughts and best wishes for the holidays and in the New Year.


About Brotzeit für Kinder

Brotzeit für Kinder

The Brotzeit Association is a nonprofit organization which provides for all kids, a “bread-breakfast.” A simple but balanced breakfast with milk, cereal, fruit, bread, sausage, cheese, jam, organized and prepared by “active seniors” in cooperation with the school administration.

Many parents do not take the time and more for their children. The end result … the children suffer. Therefore, Brotzeit für Kinder’s solution – give time.

In addition to the “bread-breakfast,” active seniors help children:

  • in the preparation and receiving of breakfast
  • with homework and hours of care
  • in stressful situations
  • in leisure activities (sports, culture, etc.)

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DSAG Annual Conference 2014 in Leipzig – an overview

  • October 21, 2014
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DSAG_2014Last week, the Sweetlets team went to the German SAP User Group Annual Conference (DSAG Jahreskongress) in Leipzig, Germany, along with nearly 4000 visitors. At the Sweetlets booth, visitors could see demonstrations of Click Stream in the cloud and on HANA, as well as other portal tools from the Sweetlets product range.
It was great opportunity to catch up with our Sweetlets customers, who made an extra effort to stop by and see us – it is always an honor for us, as well as a confirmation of the quality of our products.

Of course, in talking with partners and customers, attending presentations and visiting workshops, we were able to get a good overview of SAP trends and how businesses are responding to or adopting them.

“Customer First – in search of future directions and sustainability”

DSAG JAhreskongress 2014 - LeipzigThe topic at large for this year’s conference focused on customer and end-user needs and, on a larger scale, how companies cope with the continual stream of innovative new technologies, such as cloud and the HANA platform. The keynote speakers, Marco Lenck (DSAG Chairman) and Bernd Leukert (member of the Executive Board and the Global Managing Board of SAP), both addressed this issue.

Do SAP customers readily adopt these new developments in their own infrastructure, or do they tend to be reluctant? While the SAP HANA platform and SAP HANA Cloud Portal have been steadily establishing themselves in the SAP community, SAP has been growing its cloud portfolio with acquisitions of companies like SuccessFactors, specializing in cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, and Hybris, experts in cloud-based and on-premise e-commerce technology. DSAG decided it was time to check in with SAP customers to see what they thought of these new innovations and developments. In a survey carried out by the DSAG a few months ago, responses revealed a cautious optimism – businesses are intrigued by new technology but do not want to jump immediately on the bandwagon for each new development, only to discover that it was merely a trend. They prefer to assess what their organizations really need and want to be able to pick and choose the solutions to meet their needs.

Going hybrid

In talking with our customers, the Sweetlets team sensed that businesses were, at best, undecided about adopting the new technology for their organizations, but they were at least willing to try out hybrid solutions, where, for example, a large portion of the ERP system would remain in place and on-premise, while specific functions would be deployed to the cloud. This idea of going hybrid reflected the response to the DSAG survey – companies are cautious about actually implementing new innovations and prefer to try them out on a smaller scale first.

Even on the trade show floor, the Sweetlets team could see that among the companies represented, among all the organizations on top of the latest developments, there were still plenty of businesses offering services for R/2 and R/3. Apparently, there is still demand for expertise in this area, if not to maintain existing systems, then to develop interfaces from the older systems to newer systems. Part of the hesitation to move to newer systems or platforms like HANA or ERP on the cloud has to do with questions of security. We went to a session on SAP Enterprise Threat Detection v 1.0 and SAP is obviously trying to address these concerns.

Fire and ice

DSAG_2014After two days of intense talks and presentations, visitors had the chance to network and chill out during the last evening’s event, where fire met ice, literally.

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You could watch artists create ice sculptures, and even try it out yourself. In a separate area, a group of performance artists captured the flow and flickering of wind and fire with their dramatically long scarves.

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DSAG Annual Conference 2014 in Leipzig – visit us there!

  • October 9, 2014
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DSAG JAhreskongress 2014 - LeipzigThe German SAP User Group will once again open its annual conference (DSAG Jahreskongress 2014) next week – this year in Leipzig, Germany. Customers are the focus of this year’s conference, with the main theme being “Customer First – in search of future directions and sustainability”. Visit our Sweetlets booth E8 to view live demos and find out what’s new in the world of Sweetlets, such as Click Stream in the cloud and on SAP HANA.

You can also talk to us about your individual projects – as certified SAP Gold Partner and HANA experts, we are happy to offer you assistance. Did you know: Sweetlets was one of the first SAP partners in the world to receive SAP HANA certification for our product Click Stream.

If you would like to make an appointment with us, send an email to:    
You can also call Melinda Belényi at: +49 89 59 08 37 26.

Conference details:

  • When: October 14 – 16, 2014
  • Where: Leipzig, Germany
  • Sweetlets Booth: E8
  • Website: DSAG Jahreskongress (in German)

We look forward to meeting you – we have a little giveaway for you as well!


Sweetlets at SAPPHIRE NOW 2014: Impressions & Observations

  • June 13, 2014
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IMG_9624SAPPHIRE_2014IMG_9624Last week, the Sweetlets team flew to Orlando, Florida, to participate once again in the SAPPHIRE Now + ASUG annual conference. 25,000 participants were there this year, but nevertheless, clients and acquaintances spotted us immediately in the inimitable Sweetlets-orange shirts, and it was great to see them once again in person. SAPPHIRE NOW 2014 in itself was, as ever, interesting and informative, and a great way to learn about the goings-on in the world of SAP.

Simplify

IMG_9585The buzzword at this SAPPHIRE NOW event was simplify. It was the common theme running through many keynotes and presentations, including the keynote from Bill McDermott (title: “Simplify Everything. Do Anything”), which set the tone. And related to simplicity: creating an intuitive and comfortable user experience. You might already guess what some of the specific, related catchwords were: SAP Fiori, SAPUI5, SAP HANA, cloud. Sweetlets client Scotts Miracle Gro also gave a presentation along these lines, talking about their experience with simplifying architecture while expanding capabilities on HANA. Interesting about SAP Fiori is that the package is offered free for existing SAP R/3 users, is platform-independent and enables the development of applications for multiple types of devices – to make it simple for end users and their devices and technical landscapes of choice.

Trends

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While SAP HANA remains a central focus of the company, we met with our SAP Portal friends Aviad Rivlin and Shani Limor (part of the portal development team in Israel) to find about the latest portal developments. Particularly interesting for us was to hear about HANA Cloud Portal and the idea of creating business packages for this platform.

Fun & Motivation

A special keynote to kick of the event was given by Captain Chelsey Sullenberger (yes, the airline captain who made a spectacular emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of 155 passengers), who held a motivational talk about  the difference you can make to the people in your team.

IMG_9556Plenty of entertainment was also provided to balance out the days of tech talk, including a spectacular concert withBon Jovi, and in a special keynote with former Saturday Night Live luminaries Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller, who played a special role in the presentation “Accelerating Customer Engagement through Co-Innovation: Who says enterprise software can’t be fun?”

It was a great way to close the event.

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SAP NetWeaver Portal Analytics – A Complete Overview and Comparison of SAP Portal Analytics Tools: Part 1

  • May 22, 2014
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With the various SAP NetWeaver Portal analytics products on the market, comparing and selecting the best tool that fits your company requirements can be an overwhelming and daunting task. Easy to read reports, secure data storage, proxies, caches and just the sheer setup and implementation costs are only a few of the questions that you need answers to.

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SAP NetWeaver Portal Analytics – A Complete Overview and Comparison of SAP Portal Analytics Tools: Part 2

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In part 1 of this 3 part series, Baris Oztop, a Computer Science Graduate student at Technical University of Munich, Germany (TUM) covered the various SAP Portal analytics products on the market. In part 2 we will dive into specific features which can make or break your decision when choosing the right SAP Portal statistics gathering tool:

Part 1 covered: Overview of SAP Portal Analytics Products

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Urchin
  • Webtrends
  • SAP Portal Activity Report
  • SAP Activity Data Collector
  • Omniture SiteCatalyst (Adobe SiteCatalyst)
  • Click Stream by Sweetlets

Part 2: SAP Portal Analytics Product Comparisons Continued

  • Proxies and Caches
  • Problematically Loaded Pages
  • Export Features
  • Cookies, JavaScript and Image Dependency
  • Real-Time Reporting

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SAP NetWeaver Portal Analytics – A Complete Overview and Comparison of SAP Portal Analytics Tools: Part 3

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Part 1 of this three part series covered all the SAP NW Portal analytics products on the market. Part 2 went into the details of each specific tool in relation to important criteria that one should consider before purchasing or implementing into a company’s SAP Portal.  In part 3, Baris Oztop, a Computer Science Graduate student at Munich’s Technical University (TUM) will conclude his in-depth research:

Part 1: Overview of SAP Portal Analytics Products

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Urchin
  • Webtrends
  • SAP Portal Activity Report
  • SAP Activity Data Collector
  • Omniture SiteCatalyst (Adobe SiteCatalyst)
  • Click Stream by Sweetlets

Part 2: SAP Portal Analytics Product Comparisons

  • Proxies and Caches
  • Problematically Loaded Pages
  • Export Features
  • Cookies, JavaScript and Image Dependency
  • Real Time Reporting

Part 3: Conclusion to SAP Portal Analytics Overview Research:

  • Setup and Implementation Costs
  • Data Storage Time Frame
  • Reprocessing Analytics Data
  • User and Group Depended Reports
  • Intranet Optimization
  • Privacy Consideration of Visitors
  • Your Company’s Privacy Policy
  • Data Limitation

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Meet the Sweetlets Team in 2014

  • April 29, 2014
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to make an appointment or get details.


DSAG AK Solution Manager Meeting
Meeting for the SAP Solution Manager working group, hosted by the German SAP User Group (DSAG). Meeting details TBA.
When: May 21, 2014
Where: Walldorf, Germany

SAPinsider – HANA 2014HANA-2014-Nice-dates
A special event addressing HANA technology, which takes place within the conference hosted by the magazine SAPinsider.
When: May 21 – 23, 2014
Where: Nice, France

SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conferenceasug_logo
Annual event hosted by the Americas’ SAP User’s Group. This year, the keynote will be held by Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of SAP, who will become the lone CEO in May 2014.
When: June 3 – 5, 2014
Where: Orlando, Florida

Sweetlets SAP Portal Apps

US Roadshow
Sweetlets will be touring the USA after the SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando with live product demos, addressing any specific questions you have.
Please contact us at for details and to make an appointment.

DSAG Jahreskongress 2014logo-v2
Annual event hosted by the German SAP User Group (DSAG). This year’s topic will be “Customer first – in search of future orientation and sustainability”
When: October 14-16, 2014
Where: Leipzig, Germany – Sweetlets Booth E8

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SAP d-code (formerly SAP TechEd)
This event builds on the SAP TechEd foundation, expanding its concept to address those who are new to SAP.
When: October 20 – 24, 2014
Where: Las Vegas, USA

SAPHIRE NOW and SAP d-code (SAP TechEd)
Details and website to come.
When: November 12 – 16, 2014
Where: Madrid, Spain

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2013 Year in Review – Highlights

  • January 15, 2014
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Happy New Year from the Sweetlets team! We hope you are having a good start to 2014. As we continue our journey in the new year, we’d like to look back at some of last year’s highlights in the world of Sweetlets:

  • Happy customers – Sweetlets continues to provide high customer satisfaction with its products and attentive support. Max Planck Society talks about
    System Messenger and Wieland Electric describes their experience with BW Tree in two new success stories. At a German SAP user group workshop, EADS gave a talk that included Click Stream’s role in creating a successful portal.

  • Click Stream officially powered by HANA – Early in 2013, SAP gave Click Stream its stamp of approval for HANA technology, an achievement we are proud of.

  • SAP Pinnacle Award 2013Sweetlets a finalist in SAP Pinnacle Award – Sweetlets was one of 5 SAP partners who were finalists for the Pinnacle Award category Run Together – Database and Technology / HANA Application Innovator of the Year.

  • Pentland Firth ISO certified -Pentland Firth Software GmbH, the company behind the Sweetlets brand, was granted ISO 9001 certification for quality management in company processes.

  • Giving back – Pentland Firth and its employees, including the Sweetlets team, shared its good fortune with those in the world who are less fortunate by participating in and contributing to Brotzeit für Kindermany charitable organizations and events, including the Lions Cup soccer tournament, Sternstunden, Brotzeit für Kinder,
    and Movember.

 

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