FAQ

General

What’s new/different about the award program in 2017?

For the 2017 program, we have made several important changes.

a)     All SAP Platform and Technology Solutions Eligible. Participation is now expanded to include customers using any of SAP’s Platform and Technology Solutions.  This means analytics customers, EIM customers, data warehousing customers and others are encouraged to submit entries demonstrating game-changing innovation or transformative improvements to business models or changing people’s lives. Most important they should articulate how they are leveraging technology to win in the digital economy. 

b)     Customer and Partner Tracks. There are two separate award “Tracks” this year.  One Track is for SAP customers (entrants must present solutions used for their own benefit) and the other for SAP Startups and Partners (entrants must present solutions that they have built for use by their customers.  Ideally, the entrant will include results from a specific customer implementation, but this is NOT a requirement for entry). For partner Track entries, it is critical that the partner present the value provided for their customers with their solution as well as how the solution enables innovation.

c)     New Categories. There are three new categories for entrants to select from for the 2017 award.  The categories are the same for both award tracks (customer and partner).

d)     Voting Eliminated. Public voting has been eliminated for the 2017 award.  The judging score for each entry will count as 100% of that entry’s score.

e)     Finalists Eliminated. There will be no “Finalists” for the award in 2017.  Instead, based on the judges scores, the 1st and 2nd place winner for each category in each track will be announced shortly following the end of the judging period.

f)       Earlier Winner Announcement.  This year the award winners will be announced prior to SAPPHIRE NOW to provide you with greater opportunities for promotion at SAPPHIRE NOW and encourage winners to join us to celebrate your award

g)     Special AwardsIn addition to the 1st place and 2nd place winner in each category, there will be a series of special awards up for grabs. Find out more about special awards.

h)     Entry Presentation. This year entries will require a pitch deck (PPT template provided) detailing your use case to be uploaded which will be the main content reviewed by the judges to score each entry.  Entrants are encouraged to include visuals such as charts, screenshots, graphics and links to videos/demo’s to enhance their entry.   In addition to the presentation, the entrant will need to complete the entry form providing e.g.  Contact information, prize selection and opportunities for promoting their submission.

i)       Eligible Countries: No change from 2016.

What countries are eligible?

Submissions are only permitted from one of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Excluding Quebec), Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and The United States.

What are the prizes available to winners of the award?

12 SAPPHIRE NOW passes and $48,000 in donations to eligible charities are up for grabs.

The judging panel will select the first place and second place winners from each of the 3 Entry Categories within each of the 2 Tracks (customer and partner). The 12 winners will be awarded the following prizes:

·        First Place Prize:

o   One complimentary pass to SAPPHIRE NOW 2017

o   A donation of $5,000 to a selection of your choice from the list eligible charities.

·        Second Place Prize:

o   One complimentary pass to SAPPHIRE NOW 2017

o   A donation of $3,000 to a selection of your choice from the list eligible charities.

 

Partners are encouraged to submit entries on behalf of their customers. If a client wins, the associate implementation, strategy, or technology partner named in the submission will receive a commemorative SAP HANA Innovation Award trophy for their contribution.

 

Note: government employees may participate in the award but are not eligible to receive prizes.

Can you nominate a government employee to receive the free SAPPHIRE NOW pass?

No, customers may not nominate a government employee to receive the free SAPPHIRE NOW pass.

Can you nominate an SAP employee to receive the SAPPHIRE NOW pass?

No, customers may not nominate and SAP employee to receive their SAPPHIRE NOW pass.

What is the timeline for the 2017 HANA Innovation Award?

·        Entry submission period

o   December 9, 2016 through March 17, 2017

o   Note: There will be no extensions

·        Judging period

o   March 29, 2017 through April 11, 2017

·        Announcement of winners

o   On or around Apr 19th 2017

What are the Categories available in the 2017 HANA Innovation Award?

The 2017 HANA Innovation Award categories are as follows:

·        Digital Trailblazer: Entrants should present stories of true game-changing innovation.  For example, using technology to expand into and lead new markets or ecosystems; enable new business models; expand into new industries and regions; or digitization of products and services.

·        Social Hero: Entrants should present stories of powerful social or public impact.  For example, stories showing how companies enable dramatic changes in how people live their lives (smarter homes) or significant improvements in public services (city of the future, social services).

·        Process Innovator: Entrants should present stories of transformative improvements to current business models, processes and operations.  For example, using technology to reduce costs or improve efficiencies to the point that a company catapults into a leading position in their industry; projects that leverage technology to eliminate business risks, or enable game changing capabilities such as predicting outcomes and using real time access to data to improve decision making.

 

You may submit one (1) entry for each unique use case.  Entries will be judged against other entries in their category.  An entrant may not enter the same entry (use case) in multiple categories. A previous HANA Innovation award winner may participate again in the award if they are submitting with a DIFFERENT use case. A previous HANA Innovation award entrant may re-submit using the SAME use case if they are including new improved information.

 

The categories are the same for both the Customer Track and the Partner Track

What SAP products are included in SAP Platform and Technology solutions?

More information about all the specific SAP products and solutions included in SAP Platform and Technology solutions can be found on the SAP website: SAP Platform and Technology solutions.

 

What SAP Solutions are eligible for participation in the HANA Innovation Award?

In 2017, the HANA Innovation Award has been expanded to include SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), or any other SAP Platform and Technology solutions which includes for example S/4HANA BW/HANA, BW/4HANA that are powered by one or more of the SAP Platform and Technology solutions

What are the judging criteria for the 2017 HANA Innovation Award?

Entries will be reviewed and scored by a panel of HANA Innovation Award judges selected by SAP.  The panel of judges will include both SAP employees and SAP partner employees or community members.  The list of judges and a short profile for each participating judge may be found on the HANA Innovation Award website. The table below summarizes the judging criteria for the 2017 award.

 

Human Impact 

To what degree does the entrant’s solution impact people’s lives?  As examples:

·        Are users empowered by the solution – easier access to information, improved ability to analyze and make decisions, removed constraints or limitations?

·        Is the solution accessible to most users with minimal training or restrictions; is it highly intuitive and adaptable?

·        Does the solution have a significant impact on the entrant’s customers?  Does it have a significant effect on customer satisfaction?

Business or social value created

To what degree does the solution create business value (cost savings, new revenue streams, competitive advantage, etc.) or social value (improving people’s lives, addressing a societal challenge, etc.)? Note the focus will depend on the category selected for the entry:

·        Digital Trailblazer: Exploiting opportunities by re-imagining their products and or services (changing or expanding what the company does)

·        Social Hero: Improving people’s lives, addressing societal challenges and contributing to social change (impacting the outside world)

·        Process simplifier: Leveraging technology to dramatically improve a company’s operations and business processes (changing how the company operates)

Creativity or Complexity of the Use Case

To what degree does the entrant’s use case demonstrate innovative thinking, creativity and complex application of technology to business challenges? Examples include:

·        Redefining business processes to increase company agility and leverage near real time data access

·        Applying technology in ways that let users gain deeper insights, make more informed and faster decisions

·        Using advanced capabilities such as predictive, geo-spatial and internet-of-things to enable new opportunities, predict outcomes and expand the company’s abilities

·        Streamlining operations by enriching core business processes with intelligence from sensor/geo-spatial/text/graph data

·        Improving a company’s ability to monitor and respond to events in real time by applying algorithms, automating actions and adjustments

IT impact

To what degree has the entrant demonstrated innovation in the design and architecture of the solution?  Examples include:    

·        Employing agile application development to adapt to and respond faster to evolving business needs -  allowing the business to become more adaptable

·        Introducing a simplified data footprint, transforming data management for reduced data movement; innovative use of SAP data services, SAP HANA smart data streaming, SAP SLT, and related solutions

·        Utilizing advanced analytics (text, graph, geospatial and predictive) for insight driven applications

·        Implementing unified data management (Combined OLTP/transactions and OLAP/analytics)

·        Harnessing NoSQL databases and Hadoop in new and innovative ways

·        Increased IT productivity and / or reduced TCO

·        Enabling users self-service access to data and information 

Entry fit with Category

To what degree does the entry align with the criteria for the selected category?

·        Digital Trailblazer: Entrants should present stories of true game-changing innovation.  For example, using technology to expand into and lead new markets or ecosystems; enable new business models; expand into new industries and regions; or digitization of products and services.

·        Social Hero: Entrants should present stories of powerful social or public impact.  For example, stories showing how companies enable dramatic changes in how people live their lives (smarter homes) or significant improvements in public services (city of the future, social services).

·        Process Innovator: Entrants should present stories of transformative improvements to current business models, processes and operations.  For example, using technology to reduce costs or improve efficiencies to the point that a company catapults into a leading position in their industry; projects that leverage technology to eliminate business risks, or enable game changing capabilities such as predicting outcomes and using real time access to data to improve decision making.

 

The entry receiving the highest total score in each category will be named the first-place winner; the entry receiving the second-highest total score in each category will be named the second-place winner. In case of a tie, the entry with the highest score for “human impact”, as described above, will be named the winner.

 

Entries

Who can submit an entry for an award?

SAP Customers who have deployed a business application that utilizes SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, or any other SAP Platform and Technology solution in their organization may submit an entry for the Customer Track of the 2017 HANA Innovation Award.  For the Partner Track, any SAP partner or SAP Startup who has built (though not necessarily deployed) an application using SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, or another SAP Platform and Technology solution that is intended to be sold to and used by the partner’s customers is eligible to submit an entry.

How does a customer or partner submit an entry?

Customers or Partners interested in entering should complete both entry form and the entry presentation. Entrants must complete all fields in the entry form. Each entry will be reviewed for eligibility and qualified entries will be posted on the award website. Entries must be in English.

What are the benefits of participating in the HANA Innovation Award to a customer and to a partner?

There are many benefits of participating in the award program to both partners and customers.

 

For SAP Customers:

Recognition as Innovator

·        Tell your story in your own voice

·        Let SAP promote your company as a leading technology innovator

·        Earn a FREE pass to SAPPHIRE NOW if selected as one of the HANA Innovation Award winners

·        Showcase your team’s unique contribution to innovation

Share your expertise in exclusive promotional opportunities designed at SAPPHIRE NOW and beyond

·        Written interview (for SAP branded success story, thought leadership paper or blog)

·        Press release/Journalist/analyst /influencer interviews & surveys

·        Speaking Engagements at Events (SAP and Partner) or online(webinar/podcasts)

·        Videos (SAP and partner)

Extend your network and do good

·        Connect with prominent business leaders and SAP executives

·        Donations to charity and knowledge sharing on strategic corporate social responsibility with SAP

·        Create new opportunities for your enterprise

For SAP Partners:

·        Get customers that are hesitant to participate in reference activities to share their story

·        Promote your own innovative solutions and your role as a trusted partner helping your customers to innovate

·        Take advantage of the many opportunities to tell your customers’ stories through the HANA Innovation Award (online / social media, SAPPHIRE NOW activities press and analyst opportunities, inclusion in SAP demand generation campaigns, HANA Spotlight webinar and Podcasts)

·        Benefit from jointly developed customer content published on sap.com and on your website

·        Exposure and opportunities to interact with SAP HANA executives

What are the special T&C for government entities?

Government employees may participate in the award but are not eligible for prizes.

Why does an entrant need to complete both the presentation and the entry form?

The solution presentation is a new element of the award in 2017 and replaces many of the detailed sections of the entry form.  The intent of the solution presentation is to provide entrants with more flexibility in terms of how they present their solution as well as the ability to more easily support their entry with graphics and other visuals. The presentation is also the main content that will be reviewed by the judges.

Partners innovating using eligible solutions within their enterprise – should they enter in the customer or partner track?

Partners should submit their entry to the Award Track that best represents how they are using the relevant SAP solutions.  There are two separate award tracks this year.  One track is for SAP customers (entrants must present solutions used by the entrant for their own benefit) and the other for SAP Startups and Partners (entrants must present solutions that they have built for sale and use by other company’s – the partner’s customer.  Ideally, the entrant will include results from a specific customer implementation, but this is NOT a requirement for entry).

Can a partner submit on behalf of one of their customers?

Yes, an SAP Partner may submit an entry on behalf of one of their customers so long as that customer has agreed to participate.  Before any entry is accepted, SAP reserves the right to contact any company mentioned in the entry to ensure that they have agreed to participate.

 

Charities

What charities have been selected this year?

This year SAP CSR team has selected the following charities for your prize donation:

 

Partners in Health (Operates in 9 countries):

Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. We draw on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well—just as we would do if a member of our own families or we ourselves were ill.

 

Alianca Empreendedora (Brazil):

Alianca supports 30.000 entrepreneurs in Brazil. Aliança Empreendedora (The Entrepreneurs’ Alliance) is a nonprofit that works for the social and economic development of low-income communities, using entrepreneurship as a strategy for greater social inclusion. With the vision of “making the market a place for all,” Aliança Empreendedora (AE) works in partnership with public and private organizations on projects and services that are innovative and impactful. It focuses on the design and implementation of inclusive business models for low-income markets, campaigns that promote community entrepreneurship, and initiatives that generate employment and income. AE has identified that the challenges faced by low-income entrepreneurs, be it in urban or rural areas, are largely universal. The lack of information and knowledge, the lack of credit or investment to start and improve their company, and the lack of commercialization channels for their products and services are the main barriers to their work. AE’s experience has demonstrated that neither the provision of credit nor the use of fair trade principles alone is enough to raise these groups out of their extreme poverty. AE thus pioneered a system which builds a 3600 support network for the small entrepreneurs, strengthening local social capital and providing entrepreneurs with access to knowledge, credit and commercialization. This approach, also known as the 3-step methodology (knowledge, credit and commercialization) is what makes AE’s program successful and sustainable. AE has managed to link small entrepreneurs with large groups such as Walmart, Santander, Danone, Gerdau, Natura, Camargo Corrêa Institute, HP, GIZ, Ventura Institute, Itaipu Binacional, Curitiba City Hall, Votorantim Institute, AES Eletropaulo, Avina, Bolsa de Valores Sociais e Ambientais, Ashoka, and Artemísia. Through these linkages, these groups have been able to create opportunities for small entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, securing not only better income opportunities, but also increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

 

TSiBA (South Africa):

TSiBA is a non-profit tertiary education institute that provides access to young people from underserved communities to higher education, which they would otherwise not have.  The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2004 with a vision to “Ignite Opportunity”.  Our mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change. TSiBA is a unique private, not for profit business school that helps people who cannot access opportunities to jump ahead in life. TSiBA does this by providing emerging leaders an opportunity to study high quality, accredited academic courses that are focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership. Our aim is to provide excellent business education for people with a social conscience who have the desire and the skills to build our nation. For this reason, we do not require our students to pay us back for their scholarships but rather to Pay it Forward. TSiBA is registered and accredited with the Department of Education as a private higher education institution (No: 2007/HE08/001). TSiBA is also registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (No: 930014613). We currently have an urban campus in Pinelands, Cape Town and a rural campus, TSIBA Eden, in the town of Karatara, near Knysna.

 

Please check this FAQ for periodic updates and additions throughout the term of the 2017 HANA Innovation Award.