May 17, 2020

Event Spotlight: SAP SuccessConnect Las Vegas

Cloud
events
Harry Menear
2 min
It's the first day of SuccessConnect, the SAP event that brings together experts and thought leaders at the forefront of human capital management.
This week, from September 16-18, global workforce solutions provider SAP will gather together the world’s leading experts and thought leaders in the f...

This week, from September 16-18, global workforce solutions provider SAP will gather together the world’s leading experts and thought leaders in the field of HR and IT at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s time for SuccessConnect.

Hosted by, and focused on, SuccessFactors, SAP’s cloud-based human capital management software provider, SuccessConnect brings together industry experts for the purpose of exploring the future of human capital management in the rapidly changing world of Industry 4.0. 

“The future workplace looks very different than what we see today, from technology advancements to the changing nature of jobs, skills, and careers. Businesses need to find ways to succeed in a world being reshaped by continuous innovation and disruption. 

Because no matter how much technology helps us automate, one thing will never change, that people and their experiences make the difference. That’s why HR has to lead the Human Revolution, now more than ever.  The companies that create an environment that helps their people reach their full potential will succeed in the future. It all starts with listening to people, understanding their feedback, and then taking action to improve the employee experience.

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Join other HR executives and senior business leaders for an agenda that is full of inspiring keynotes, informative breakout sessions, and countless ways to connect with your peers and industry experts.” 

Strategies that attendees can expect to see focused on this week are: 

  • Building a business focused on people and create a culture that attracts, retains and maximizes high-performing people.

  • Becoming a magnet for talent and a company that people want to join because of shared values.

  • Creating the ideal employee experience to deliver the ultimate customer experience.

  • Managing an agile workforce that can quickly respond to a rapidly changing world.

  • Building an organization for the future by aligning workforce talent strategies with long-term strategic objectives.

The three day event will also feature a keynote speech from Seinfeld and Veep star, award winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is scheduled to speak moments that matter in her life and career and the importance of creating an environment for people to reach their full potential and succeed in life and in business.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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