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MPIC Spearheads Business Transformation in the Cloud, First to Adopt RISE with SAP for Digital Future in the Philippines

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Edler Panlilio, SAP’s Managing Director for SAP Philippines and  Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Metro Pacific Investments Corp, Chief Finance & Sustainability Officer

Recognizing the need to be an intelligent enterprise in today’s ‘never normal,’ leading infrastructure investment company Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) is the first organization in the Philippines to adopt RISE with SAP on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is part of its broader business transformation strategy while cementing its commitment to deliver inclusive and sustainable development for the Philippines and its economy. 

With its diverse set of assets held through its operating companies, MPIC has been helping rehabilitate, maintain, strengthen, and improve vital services in the Philippines through the years. It has several subsidiaries covering toll roads infrastructure, power and water utilities, healthcare institutions, among others. 

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With such an extensive portfolio of companies, MPIC faced disparate financial reporting systems among its subsidiaries, inconsistent data sets, complex closing cycles, and high-volume manual processes to meet regulatory requirements and financial reporting standards. 

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Embracing Digital Transformation

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To address this challenge, MPIC partnered with SAP to consolidate, modernize, and standardize its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on a single platform through RISE with SAP, a Business Transformation as a Service (BTaaS) offering. Powered by SAP S/4 HANA digital core in the cloud, MPIC can streamline operations across its subsidiaries, gain insights into end-to-end performance with process analytics and simplify its accounting, financial close, treasury, and risk management processes. 

According to IDC[1], organizations are enabling their business through digital transformation initiatives. The results from its ‘COVID-19 Impact on IT Spending’ Survey (conducted October 15–30, 2020) saw respondents rate their top organizational goals for this year, with 55 percent wanting to digitally enhance their products and services and 38 percent of respondents wanting to accelerate the pace of digital transformation/innovation. The report highlighted that organizations were focused on two initiatives for their IT spending, such as adopting new business models to create new digital products and businesses and digitizing their operations. In addition, the study also pointed out that large enterprises are more likely to change or adapt existing business models into digital businesses, as well as digitalize operations. 

 

“Our commitment to contribute to national progress and improve the quality of lives in the communities we serve is anchored on the strength of our various operating companies. Dealing with several business models has resulted in a disconnect across our ERP applications and non-standardized operational processes in our organization, thereby leading to a lack of visibility into real-time data and insights.  This also made our decision-making reactive amidst a dynamic market situation. By partnering with a trusted technology advisor like SAP, we hope to realize our business transformation strategy, standardize core processes, facilitate data-driven decision-making with analytics and look at developing new digital business models in the new normal,” said Chaye Cabal-Revilla, MPIC’s Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer.

‘A Great Equalizer’

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For MPIC, business transformation would enable them to achieve their business objectives and facilitate the attainment of their business imperatives, solidifying its planned transition from risk management to an operational efficient and sustainable financial organization, which are all enabled by analytics and technology.

“Transformation is dynamic and not static. Businesses must be able to change since the quest and journey to transform never ends. As long as there is an opportunity for improvement, there will always be a case for business transformation. We need to accept transformation as something necessary for businesses and sustainability,” Cabal-Revilla said.

She also noted that RISE with SAP is a great equalizer for businesses of all sizes as it enables organizations to become intelligent enterprises. “RISE with SAP fortifies our quest for digital resilience and is a true embodiment of SAP’s tagline that the best-run businesses make the world run better. It is affordable from the licensing and implementation standpoint. It is also streamlined and simplified which makes way for improved employee and customer experience.”

“As a leading enterprise, MPIC continues to redefine long term value creation for its shareholders, while keeping its focus on its commitment to help Filipinos by embracing technology as a critical enabler. By leveraging RISE with SAP, which seamlessly combines business process redesign, technical migration to modern and modular architecture, and the needed data to deliver predictable business outcomes, MPIC has a distinct first mover advantage as an intelligent sustainable future-ready enterprise to achieve true business transformation and faster time to value, flexibility and agility,” said Edler Panlilio, SAP Philippines’ Managing Director.

 

“Powered by SAP S/4 HANA digital core and connected to SAP Business Network, MPIC will also gain access to suppliers, asset intelligence, and logistics trading partners for business collaboration while building resiliency against disruptions and optimizing operations, predicting needs, and enabling proactive responses as they accelerate growth and scale for the digital future,” added Panlilio.

 

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Upholding Sustainability Goals

As a leading infrastructure investment company, MPIC is committed to contributing to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with UN SDG 9, which seeks to ‘build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation’ as its anchor.

 

Cabal-Revilla revealed that this initiative is part of the group’s sustainability philosophy of integrating business and environmental stewardship in their investment strategies. 

 

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“MPIC has always been committed to elevating its sustainability initiatives across the group. We have put sustainability at the heart of MPIC, and it is evident in how we design, build, and operate our business with minimal social and ecological disruption. In this aspect, MPIC and SAP share the same vision to create a more sustainable future for all. We believe that RISE with SAP will help us improve our operations and augment our sustainability initiatives,” said Cabal-Revilla. 

Panlilio noted that companies today cannot manage what they cannot measure. “It is critical for organizations to be able to accurately capture, monitor, and then optimize the sustainability drivers in key business processes enabled by a strong digital core. Businesses need to focus on being purpose driven and impact more than just the top and bottom line but also the green line,” said Panlilio.

 

To help MPIC achieve its goals, SAP aims to embed sustainability into its core business processes to deliver visibility and velocity required to inform and drive better business decisions through embedded, validated, real-time data in a holistic, integrated manner.

 

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“Today, SAP is both an enabler and an exemplar of our own sustainability practices with a clear ‘Chasing Zero’ vision, and we hope to work collectively with businesses and executives to prioritize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) activities that support the interests of the broader group of stakeholders. For organizations to create a future that looks greener, cleaner, and more equal than the world we live in today, they need to look at technology solutions to capture, manage, analyze, and use sustainability data more efficiently for better sustainability stewardship,” explained Panlilio.

 

“With SAP Sustainability Control Tower solution, companies are able to gain a greater degree of granularity in reporting and a higher level of transparency around ESG performance, and can identify levers and options for driving corrective and enhanced action that take financial, social, and environmental valuation into account,” Panlilio added.

 

SAP has also most recently introduced its SAP Product Footprint Management solution that lets companies calculate carbon footprints for their products and across the value chain.

 

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#SAP Announces New Regional Strategic Services Partner Initiative

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 SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) today announced a Regional Strategic Services Partner (RSSP) initiative to amplify the capabilities and reach of established partners in the APJ region that are on a rapid growth trajectory. Through this initiative, SAP will provide strategic support to eligible partners, which may include coordinated industry-aligned solutions, joint go-to-market strategy, and access to SAP regional and market unit industry expertise.

The RSSP initiative will enable partners to scale their SAP practice more quickly across the APJ region and collaborate more closely with SAP to deliver joint customer success. Distinct from the company’s existing Global Strategic Services Partner (GSSP) program that includes a select group of SAP’s most strategic global partners in the consulting, infrastructure, and technology space, the RSSP initiative aims to facilitate collaboration within partner entities residing in the region that demonstrate capability and capacity requirements specific to APJ.

To qualify for the RSSP initiative, candidate partners are required to meet or exceed a defined set of SAP criteria including geographical presence, vertical industry competencies, and alignment on a joint sustainability strategy.

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“APJ is one of the fastest-growing regions for SAP, and our partner ecosystem plays an integral role in customers’ transformation. With over 24,000 registered partners globally and close to 20% in APJ, there is a large SAP-certified community that can benefit customers and the broader ecosystem,” said Paul Marriott, President APJ, SAP. “Congratulations to ABeam Consulting on becoming our first partner to join the Regional Strategic Services Partner initiative. We look forward to amplifying ABeam’s SAP expertise across the region and drive more innovations for customers. And I look forward to welcoming more regional partners to the RSSP initiative.”

SAP also announced ABeam Consulting, a Japan-headquartered integrated management consulting firm, as its first partner on board the RSSP initiative.

 

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“It gives us great pride to know that ABeam Consulting is the first partner on board SAP’s Regional Strategic Services Partner initiative. This is a recognition of the fast growth of SAP business in Asia Pacific and the quality of our flexible and adaptive services that take into account diverse local business practices and needs. It also highlights our advantages in delivering cutting-edge solutions and realising customer value, as well as the scalability of our integrated deployment across our Asian offices. This initiative further strengthens our partnership with SAP while driving the ABeam Consulting growth strategy aimed at making us the No. 1 consulting firm in Asia as a social change accelerator,” said Tatsuya Kamoi, President and CEO, ABeam Consulting.

 

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Bridging the Workforce Readiness and Skills Gap in PH #SAP #Unicef

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SAP, UNICEF and GenU extend, expand partnership to help youths gain skills for employment

 

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has recently committed to its continuing partnership with UNICEF in support of Generation Unlimited (GenU) for an additional three years to help prepare young individuals for the workforce.

 

In recent years, there has been a decrease in the proportion of young people in employment. Despite the increase in the population of people ages 14 and 24, growing by over 30 percent to 1.2 billion in just two decades, their participation in the labor market declined by 12 percent. According to a recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), this number is expected to decline with time.

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Apart from this reality, a recent report by GenU, PwC, and UNICEF noted that young people worldwide find it difficult to join the labor force because they cannot identify or acquire the skills needed for today’s job market. This contributes to a global skills gap and exacerbates youth unemployment. Less than a quarter of youth in lower-income countries are also estimated to be on track to attain the necessary skills to thrive in school, work, and life.

Bridging the Workforce Readiness and Skills Gap in PH #SAP #Unicef

 

In a recent statement, Kevin Frey, Chief Executive Officer of GenU said, “today’s young people are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, which makes for a very uncertain future for all of us. To keep up with the ever-changing demands of the labor market, young people need a full set of skills to compete locally and globally. I am delighted that SAP and GenU are continuing our long-standing partnership. Together we will support even more young people worldwide to unlock opportunities.”

 

Helping upskill the next generation of leaders

Leveraging GenU’s signature program Youth Agency Marketplace (YOMA), the partners will pilot a new program that supports ‘learning to earning’ pathways in the digital green economy for marginalized youths, helping them acquire new skills to flourish.

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Among many countries across the globe, the Philippines is the only country selected for the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), along with Nigeria and South Africa. This new program, to be piloted in early 2023, aims to provide more than 500,000 young people with foundational and digital skills acquisition opportunities by the end of the first year to transform their life trajectories.

 

The partnership will also support SAP’s “educate to employ” initiative, which aims to educate youth on soft skills and foundational knowledge. This initiative includes honing SAP skills using the student zone on the SAP Learning site, where students can learn about the latest SAP solutions for free via this site, which would help them gain the knowledge they can usethat can help to kickstart their careers.

 

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SAP and UNICEF first joined forces in support of GenU in 2019 and have since reached three million young people in India, Turkey, and Vietnam with transformative education models.

 

“Education is one of the key priorities in the Philippines, especially regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). With the plans laid by the current administration, especially as it strengthens its government digital transformation initiatives, we believe that upskilling talents, particularly their digital skills, is likewise integral. In collaboration with UNICEF and GenU, this new program adds to SAP’s projects and initiatives, geared toward helping upskill Filipino talents, particularly among the youths,” said Rudy Abrahams, Managing Director, SAP Philippines.

Bridging the Workforce Readiness and Skills Gap in PH #SAP #Unicef

Expanding digital skills initiative

Aside from its partnership with UNICEF, SAP pledged to help upskill 2 million people worldwide by 2025 to strengthen its commitment to creating opportunities through learning and development. In support of this, SAP recently launched its expanded digital skills initiative to provide easier access to essential learning resources to underrepresented and underserved groups in technology, as well as its collaboration with Coursera, a global online learning platform with more than 110 million learners worldwide.

 

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Together, on the Coursera platform, SAP offers an online, seven-course SAP Technology Consultant Professional Certificate, where participants can learn more about SAP, the role of a technology consultant, and the value SAP professionals bring to customers. This offering provides focused, role-based entry-level learning resources for everyone and is available exclusively on Coursera.

 

SAP’s other initiatives in the Philippines include the SAP University Alliances program. This initiative enables faculty and teachers worldwide to educate next-generation talents with SAP skills. University Alliances members can access SAP software and learning content, learn best practices for integrating program resources into teaching, and be inspired to partner with the SAP ecosystem of customers and partners.

 

About 23 member universities in the Philippines are under the SAP University Alliances program. This initiative continuously aims to empower Filipino educators to equip better the next generation of talents with the latest SAP technologies and relevant skills.

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Meanwhile, SAP has also been collaborating with ASEAN Foundation to equip youths with data analytics skills to create solutions for the ASEAN region’s pressing social issues through the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ADSE) competition.

 

The Philippines is one of the active participating countries in this program. It complements the country’s current programs geared towards upskilling young Filipinos and empowering ASEAN youths with essential digital skills, collaboration skills, and the ability to communicate ideas and think critically.

 

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SAP Launches SAP Build to Unleash Business Expertise – Partners with Coursera to Empower a New Generation of Developers

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Juergen Mueller, member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer of SAP. Photos by Josh Line Photography

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced at the SAP TechEd conference the launch of a powerful new offering to drive the next wave of business transformation by unleashing the expertise of those who know best – business users. Drawing on the unique depth and breadth of the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP), SAP Build is a low-code solution that puts SAP’s world-class enterprise technology in the hands of business users, giving them direct, secure access to the end-to-end processes, data and context they need to make smarter decisions and drive innovation quickly. The offering empowers business users with minimal technical expertise to create and augment enterprise applications, automate processes, and design business sites with drag-and-drop simplicity.

“SAP Build brings together the world’s most powerful business applications with a platform that’s been designed to rapidly unleash business users’ expertise,” said Juergen Mueller, member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer of SAP. “In a volatile business landscape, SAP Build and the full suite of innovations we’re launching today – from our new partnership with Coursera to enhancements across our enterprise portfolio – help customers future-proof their business and extract maximum value from their technology investments.”

With SAP Build, business users have the full power of SAP BTP and business application data from SAP at their fingertips. Users can easily integrate systems; intelligently monitor, analyze, and automate processes; and build applications for the last mile of innovation – all without moving their data into an external system. With SAP Signavio solutions natively integrated, SAP Build users also get in-depth visibility into all their processes, so they know where to focus to achieve the greatest impact as they innovate and automate. More than 275,000 process reference points from 4,000 customers, as well as 1,300 use-case specific workflows and automations, let users instantly tap into the full spectrum of business expertise built into SAP’s technology. SAP Build also works with non-SAP systems. And the new SAP Builders program helps users ramp up quickly and connect with their peers via hands-on sessions and forums for sharing best practices.

“Given that the demand for contemporary digital solutions is greater than the ability of professional developers to supply them, IDC envisions that business professionals will become increasingly involved in initiatives to create digital solutions to solve pressing business problems,” said Arnal Dayaratna, Research Vice President, Software Development, IDC. “Worldwide, IDC expects more than 100 million business professionals will become involved in the production of digital solutions over the next ten years. SAP Build’s low-code development solutions empower business users to harness their domain expertise to rapidly build and iterate on digital solutions at scale.”

SAP Build is already demonstrating impact. “Thanks to SAP Build we easily built a better experience for our customers while dramatically reducing our development costs by 90%,” said Spencer Cook, XM Advocates Lead at Qualtrics, a leading experience-management company. “I was able to quickly build the application to enhance our customer reference program which is going to catapult customer satisfaction.”

Juergen Mueller, member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer of SAP. Photos by Josh Line Photography

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As every company becomes a technology company, SAP also recognizes the increasing premium put on the skills and insights only professional developers can deliver. SAP is committed to upskilling two million developers worldwide by 2025 by tripling free learning offerings on the SAP Learning site, partnering with world-class learning platform provider Coursera Inc. to help people launch careers within the SAP ecosystem, and empowering underserved audiences in technology.

“I’m happy to announce that today SAP is launching an entry-level professional certificate on Coursera. This certificate is designed for learners of all backgrounds, with no college degree or industry experience required,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera Inc. “It will prepare learners for entry-level job roles and in some of the most in-demand fields. We’re honored to partner with SAP to increase access to job-related skills and to expand economic opportunity for everyone.”

These announcements come amid a host of innovations announced at SAP TechEd to help SAP customers and partners continue driving the transformations they need to stay successful. From an all-new native Web entry point for business apps, which increases productivity in the cloud and out of the box, to innovations across intelligent SAP applications, SAP Digital Supply Chain solutions and SAP solutions for sustainability– at SAP TechEd 2022 we’re unleashing the power of business. Read more in our news guide here.

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