August 28, 2012 // By: Andreas Schmitz
When Bussmann cycles in to work from Heidelberg, the MapMyRIDE app registers his every rest, every incline, and every top speed along the way. The app knows if the SAP CIO takes a short break on the banks of the Neckar River, if his bike chain has come off, if he is waiting at a red light, or if he picks up speed while going downhill.
It’s not that different from the apps managers use most often at work in Walldorf: business apps that record the tempo of daily business. “Dashboards are the drivers of business apps – especially for managers,” says Bussmann. For example, you want to know the figures for the last quarter, compared to the previous month or year – or which products were the most profitable. Bussmann can call up the data quickly, with just a few swipes and taps on his iPad. Revenues are shown in green, expenditures in red. The SAP CIO is convinced that “mobilization and the real-time processing of data have definitely changed user behavior.”
Leveraging the strengths of swift in-memory processing and making them available on a mobile front end is the current trend, according to Bussmann. But the SAP CIO is already looking ahead to the future, at Predictive Analytics. These are predictive models in which external influences are factored into the forecasting; and it only works if you have the right data processing speed.
Read on the next page: Bussmann’s favorite business apps