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Siemens and Salesforce are teaming up to try to bring employees back to the office safely. Here's what top execs from each tech firm expect for the future of the workplace.

The market is booming for firms that can help companies safely return employees back to the office.  The pandemic is forcing software and automation providers like Salesforce and Siemens to partner in order to provide tools to help companies track daily health statistics, and enable touchless entry, elevator access, and more.  Salesforce and Siemens' tool can also help increase worker efficiency and productivity, according to Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA CEO Dave Hopping.   "It's great to ...
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The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
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These are the best strategies to cut cloud computing costs during the pandemic, according to experts (MSFT, AMZN, GOOG)

Companies looking to save money in the current environment of economic uncertainty should take a closer look at their cloud computing spending, experts told Business Insider. As much as 35 percent of cloud spending is wasted as companies pay for more cloud capacity than they use, according to one estimate.  Companies should evaluate whether they're paying for any unused resources, cautiously explore cloud provider discount programs, and build a process to continually assess cloud spending. Mak...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Signal, Vendors, Sap, Amazon Web Services, Riley, Microsoft Google, Flexera, Ashley Stewart, Wein, Weins, Rosalie Chan, Business Insider Google Cloud

In a new lawsuit, California accuses Cisco of allowing 2 managers to harass a fellow Indian employee from the 'untouchable' caste (CSCO)

Cisco has been accused of allowing two managers to harass an Indian employee because he's from a lower caste known as "untouchables," according to a federal suit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The suit, which was filed Tuesday, accuses the tech giant for failing to stop the managers from a higher Indian caste from mistreating their fellow Indian employee because he is a Dalit, known as the "most disadvantaged" caste in Indian society. The employee "was expec...
Tags: Facebook, California, India, Trends, Cisco, Silicon Valley, Sap, San Jose California, Chuck Robbins, Blum, California Department of Fair Employment, Business Insider Cisco, SecureDrop Claim, Robyn Blum

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Facebook has banned hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement. The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform. The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The New York Times report...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Tesla, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, North, Huawei, Detroit, Sap, Alexa

SAP joins the growing ad boycott against Facebook, even as the new CEO says it's 'time to stand up against racism' (SAP)

SAP says it will suspend advertisements on Facebook and Instagram as it endorsed the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign against the social network. "We will suspend all paid advertisements…until the company signals a significant, action-driven commitment to combating the spread of hate speech and racism on its platforms," the company said in a statement.  Major companies, including Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Unilever, have pulled ads on Facebook in the wake of the mass protests against racism follo...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Ipo, US, Trends, Unilever, Pepsico, Hewlett Packard, Donald Trump, Sap, Trump, Christian Klein, Coca Cola Starbucks, Business Insider SAP, SecureDrop Claim

Finding SAP hard to swallow? ERP giant says it's working on something more bite-sized

The PowerPoint presentation is nice and all, but the proof is in the eating SAP is striving to rid itself of its reputation as a provider of monolithic ERP systems that are highly embedded in the business but difficult to change, plus costly and time-consuming to upgrade.…
Tags: ERP, Software, Sap

The new CEO of big data company Talend says that the resilience she learned as a kid growing up without electricity or running water helped her guide the company through the pandemic (TLND)

In January, cloud data company Talend recruited Christal Bemont as its new CEO, following her 15 year stint at Concur.  Just a couple months later, she had to lead the company through the coronavirus crisis, but still managed to exceed Wall Street's expectations in the first quarter.  Bemont says that she pulled on her past experiences with adversity to help her lead.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the oldest in a family with four children squished into a trailer in M...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Missouri, Sap, Holberton School, Google Cloud, Talend, Christal Bemont, Bemont, Talend Early, Motorola Extensity, Clarify Most, Ann Christel Graham, Jamie Kiser

Adobe’s Service Partners Are What Will Make It A Proper Enterprise Software Company

Adobe strives to be an enterprise software company with the same reach and influence as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP. It successfully pivoted its creative tools business into a proper software-as-a-service offering. It built on that creative marketing and agency customer connection by acquiring Day Software, Neolane, Omniture, and more software vendors to enter the […]
Tags: Adobe, Microsoft, Marketing, B2b Marketing, Ibm, Consulting, Deloitte, Accenture, Sap, Age Of The Customer, Digital Business, B2C Marketing, Proper Enterprise Software Company

Bessemer VCs expect massive exits for cloud startups in the coming year, as the average valuation for top companies has soared 58% over four years

Every fall for the last four years, Bessemer Venture Partners has published a Cloud 100 list of the top private cloud companies based on both quantitative and qualitative data. It's planning to publish the 2020 list this fall, but has shared data analysis from past lists with Business Insider, including that it has seen average valuations soar 58%.  The Bessemer team is expecting major IPOs and M&A exits from cloud startups in the coming year because of the increasing demand for cloud, which h...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Plaid, Forbes magazine, Sap, Amazon Web Services, Bessemer Venture Partners, Qualtrics, Business Insider, Byron Deeter, Bessemer, Jpmorgan, Amazon Microsoft, BVP, Amazon Web Services Microsoft

Unfortunately for SAP, major ERP upgrade projects are the last thing customers want to think about right now

Orgs still fixated on getting remote working right, says user group chief SAP customers are hanging fire on major migrations and upgrades as the COVID-19 pandemic draws companies' attention away from their long-term enterprise application strategy, according to the Americas' SAP User Group (ASUG).…
Tags: ERP, Software, Sap

The CEO of $12.5 billion HPE on how surviving the Falklands War and Hewlett-Packard's stormy past is helping him chart a new course for the tech giant — even after he tested positive for the coronavirus (HPE)

HPE CEO Antonio Neri survived the Falklands War and thrived through a decade and a half of turbulence at Hewlett-Packard. He's now facing a new challenge, after testing positive for COVID-19. The 53-year-old tech veteran is drawing lessons from those experiences to lead the iconic Silicon Valley giant to the post-pandemic future and a fast-changing market defined by the rise of the cloud. HPE has cut pay for executives including Neri itself, and is considering layoffs, as the pandemic takes it...
Tags: UK, Trends, Cisco, Hp, Holland, Silicon Valley, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Sap, Carly Fiorina, Business Insider, Fiorina, Meg, Platt, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Antonio

How Did Lisbon Become a World-leading Startup Hub?

Lisbon is fast being considered the California of Europe. And that’s not just because of its west coast setting and balmy climate — the city is getting increasingly competitive with Silicon Valley. International investors have been flocking to Portugal in their droves, with the number of foreign residents growing for four straight years, culminating in around 90,000 new residents in 2019. Many are heading to the Portuguese capital, with the 2018 Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum Report finding t...
Tags: Google, Europe, Business, California, Startup, Eu, Barcelona, Portugal, OECD, Porto, Sap, Mediterranean, Lisbon, Right Now, London Berlin, London Paris

SAP Brings Enhancements to Business Technology Platform at Sapphire Now

SAP announced several improvements to its Business Technology Platform at its recent SAP Sapphire Now Reimagined virtual conference. The improvements include enhanced workflow management capabilities within the SAP Cloud Platform Extension Suite, simplified pricing for the Cloud Platform Integration Suite, and enhanced product integrations. All of this is part of SAP’s current initiative aimed at helping build “intelligent enterprises,” which was the theme of this year’s event. SAP Cloud Platf...
Tags: Sales, SPS, Sap, Cto, Mueller, Executive Board, Small Business News, SAP HANA, Juergen Mueller, Sapphire Now, Business Technology Platform, SAP Sapphire Now Reimagined, SAP Cloud Platform Extension Suite, Cloud Platform Integration Suite, SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP Cloud Platform SAP Analytics Cloud SAP

Come for the cloud apps, stay for the ERP? SAP drills into Industry Cloud platform, its latest expansion play

We can't say 'You have to upgrade or nothing' because people will say: 'Well in that case it is nothing' SAP CEO Christian Klein has admitted the vendor is launching industry-specific applications partly in the hope of luring more customers onto its core ERP platform.…
Tags: ERP, Software, Sap, Christian Klein

Outreach nabs $50M at a $1.33B valuation for software that helps with sales engagement

CRM software has become a critical piece of IT when it comes to getting business done, and today a startup focusing on one specific aspect of that stack — sales automation — is announcing a growth round of funding underscoring its own momentum. Outreach, which has built a popular suite of tools used by salespeople to help identify and reach out to prospects and improve their relationships en route to closing deals, has raised $50 million in a Series F round of funding that values the company at ...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, London, Microsoft, Tech, Outreach, Seattle, Sap, Salesforce Ventures, Medina, Sapphire Ventures, Qualys, Kaia, Sands Capital, Melissa Fisher

New Normal: A conversation with Bob Stutz of SAP

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes... [Author: vinnie]
Tags: Trends, Sap, Bob Stutz, Vinnie, Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc, Global and Vertical extensions, Leadership during Crisis, New Normal COVID-19

Automotive? Energy? Retail? There's a SAP for that: Biz software giant to tailor ERP platform for specific industries

'Significant brainpower' has gone into playing catch-up with rival Infor SAP has launched a set of prepacked industry-specific services in an effort to woo users onto its enterprise software platform.…
Tags: ERP, Software, Sap, Infor SAP

The CEO of SAP on why having 2 chief execs didn't work out for the tech giant amid the coronavirus crisis: 'You have to make fast decisions. You cannot wait forever.' (SAP)

SAP CEO Christian Klein explained the sudden transition in April when his co-CEO Jennifer Morgan stepped down suddenly as the tech giant was reeling from the coronavirus crisis. Klein and Morgan were named co-CEOs in October, after long-time CEO Bill McDermott stepped down. But Klein said having two CEOs proved to be ineffective for leading the software behemoth, which has 100,000 employees which, like most tech companies, has had to make drastic changes due to the coronavirus crisis. "When yo...
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SAP launches product to help firms track supply chain emissions

Software group SAP launched a product on Tuesday to help firms track greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains, backing a view that being transparent about their carbon footprint will be good for business.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Sap

SapphireNow Keynote: Professional, but in synch with the times?

I listened to Christian Klein's keynote from the virtual Sapphire event today - watch replay here. It was his first as CEO and he came across very well. Energetic, professional and very comfortable in a digital setting. His keynote focused... [Author: vinnie]
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Oracle, Sap, Vinnie, Christian Klein, Enterprise Software (IBM, New Normal COVID-19

A fête worse than death: After struggling to connect into SAP's SapphireNow online shindig, we were all 'rewarded' with a Sting concert

Can't stand losing you... over TCP/IP. So lonely... after connections drop. Message in a bottle... would work better, etc etc Comment SAP CEO Christian Klein's epithet may well be that he appears competent – as in, he's the sort of person whose advice on the best option for life insurance one would be accepted without hesitation.…
Tags: Software, Sap, TCP, Christian Klein

SAP online customer event off to rocky start as site crashes

SAP's biggest customer event, Sapphire Now, got off to a rocky start on Monday as the site hosting this year's "reimagined" event, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, crashed.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Sap, Sapphire Now

Sinch to buy India’s ACL Mobile for $70 million

Sinch said on Monday it has agreed to buy Indian firm ACL Mobile for £56 million (roughly $70 million) in what is the third acquisition deal the Swedish mobile voice and messaging firm has entered into at the height of a global pandemic. The Swedish firm said acquiring ACL Mobile will enable it to leverage the Indian firm’s direct connections with local mobile operators in the world’s second largest internet market as well as in Malaysia, and UAE and expand its end-to-end connectivity without...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, US, Tech, Whatsapp, Malaysia, T-mobile, Kuala Lumpur, Deutsche Telekom, Flipkart, Uae, Sap, Makemytrip

Where are all the robots?

Rajat Bhageria Contributor Share on Twitter Rajat Bhageria is founder and CEO of stealth robotics company Chef Robotics and is founder and managing partner at Prototype Capital. We were promised robots everywhere — fully autonomous robots that will drive our cars end-to-end, clean our dishes, drive our freight, make our food, pipette and do our lab work, write our legal documents, mow the lawn, balance our books and even clea...
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Here's why $12.4 billion cloud startup Snowflake's reported IPO plans could make it 'the blockbuster enterprise listing for 2020'

Snowflake has reportedly filed confidential paperwork for an IPO and is aiming for a $20 billion valuation, according to the Financial Times. Snowflake has declined to comment. The cloud data warehousing company is one of the hottest startups in tech. "It's going to be the blockbuster enterprise listing for 2020," Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang told Business Insider. Here are 5 reasons Snowflake has drawn much attention in the tech world — from its  Click here for more BI Prime storie...
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June's Patch Tuesday brings 23 ways to remotely pwn Windows, and over 100 more bugs that could ruin your day

Microsoft, Intel, Adobe and SAP drop patches in security synchronicity Microsoft has given admins another busy Patch Tuesday with 129 security vulnerabilities to address.…
Tags: Microsoft, Software, Sap, Microsoft Intel

Silverfin wants to modernize accounting software with its cloud service

Meet Silverfin, a startup focused on accounting software. This isn’t about helping small startups handle accounting tasks themselves. Silverfin wants to build the cloud service for small and big accounting firms — Salesforce, but for accounting. The startup just raised a Series B funding round led by Hg — Index Ventures led the previous Series A round. While terms of the deal are undisclosed, a source told me the round is worth approximately $30 million. In order to improve productivity, Silv...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Enterprise, Tech, North America, Accounting, Sap, Index Ventures, Ghent Belgium, London Amsterdam, Silverfin, Copenhagen Silverfin

The tech industry has a terrible track record on diversity. Here's how 17 companies that spoke out against racism this week say they plan to improve.

Many technology companies have shared statements of support as protesters across the country advocate for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. But many of these same companies struggle to hire and retain people of color and women from all backgrounds.  Business Insider tracked what enterprise tech companies have said publicly about the ongoing protests, along with their diversity statistics for leadership and their overall workforce, and asked how they plan to promote more diverse a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Okta, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Intel, United States, Alaska, Michael Dell, Silicon Valley, Dell, Salesforce

Industry insiders think $927 million Domo is the next big cloud acquisition – but sources say CEO Josh James has rebuffed encouragement to sell and wants to prove he's 'not just a founder, but a CEO'

Data analysis software company Domo has faced challenges during the pandemic, but its stock closed up more than 10% after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings despite the coronavirus crisis. Domo is expected by many analysts to be the next big cloud acquisition target. As one analyst recently told Business Insider, Domo is "one of those companies that it's kind of surprising that it hasn't been acquired yet."  But banking and tech industry sources told CEO Josh Jame...
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