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E3 Magazine
20 October 2023
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

SAP Plans Acquisition of LeanIX

SAP has entered into an agreement to acquire LeanIX, an enterprise architecture management (EAM) company. The planned acquisition will help SAP expand its business transformation portfolio. LeanIX, an unlisted company, has been a strategic partner of SAP and Signavio for the past decade. Many CIOs use LeanIX's offerings as part of their digital transformation with Rise. LeanIX complements Signavio's existing transformation capabilities and provides SAP customers with a complete view of their IT landscapes. LeanIX recently launched an AI wizard to help companies leverage the potential of generative AI to manage IT landscapes. This increases the level of automation in controlling IT landscapes and lays the foundation for intelligent recommendations in the transformation of IT landscapes of the future. 

Together with LeanIX, we want to offer a unique transformation suite to enable our customers to get holistic support in their business transformations.

Christian Klein,

AI tools reinforce the importance of data literacy

The ongoing development of artificial intelligence is currently a hot topic of discussion. Whether as generative AI for text production, image creation or in data analysis, ultimately AI tools and the mechanisms behind them are always based on data. Those who have the skills to interpret and use data and its results correctly have already been one step ahead in recent years. The importance of data competence is likely to increase further in the future - also driven by the AI boom. Currently, the topic of data literacy does not play a major role either in schools or in professional training. However, with the myriad possibilities that generative AI currently offers, it is extremely important to know how to recognize fake information and data and how to contain their spread. Knowledge gaps must be addressed by educational institutions and businesses alike to equip people with the necessary skills. Data literacy will be essential professionally and socially, and workplace learning should become a deliberate and continuous process to meet the future workforce needs for the data-driven world of work.

Esker unveils new cybersecurity panel

Esker, a provider of AI-driven process automation solutions for finance, procurement and customer service, announced that it has formed a cybersecurity supervisory board. The new board is comprised of Esker Supervisory Board members Steve Vandenberg, Global Black Belt for Microsoft Security Solutions, and experienced IT professional Nicole Pelletier-Perez, and bridges the gap between the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and the Supervisory Board. The panel ensures effective communication between Esker's board of directors and the company's IT managers, who in turn help the board decide on priorities and investments in IT infrastructure to ensure robust cybersecurity defenses.

SAP-integrated Business Solutions from xSuite

The new version 5.2.10 of xSuite Business Solutions connects Microsoft Power BI and fully supports Lean Services for simplified posting of services in S/4 Hana. The xSuite Business Solutions include workflow solutions for procurement, processing incoming order confirmations, delivery bills, invoices and orders. The new API interface to Microsoft Power BI in new release now easily transfers data from xSuite invoice workflows to Microsoft's business intelligence toolbox. Power BI is a collection of software services, apps and connectors that transforms disconnected data sources into coherent, visually compelling and interactive insights. Especially in the financial sector, managers want quick delivery of KPIs to measure cycle times, identify top suppliers, employees involved, etc. Quality and efficiency of processes can be better monitored and potentials for their optimization can be uncovered.

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