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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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AC Energy Leads the Charge Towards a Sustainable Future with SAP #SAP #ACEnergy

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The call for concerted efforts to ensure a sustainable future continues to generate significant strides as people and organizations become more aware of its importance. Nowadays, for instance, more and more companies are joining the sustainability movement, heeding the call to embrace net zero.

 

According to the United Nations (UN), net-zero means cutting greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible by transforming how companies produce, consume and do business. On its website, UN also noted that over 1,200 companies had put science-based targets in line with this movement, plus other nations, cities, institutions, and organizations, pledging to take rigorous, immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030.

AC Energy Leads the Charge Towards a Sustainable Future with SAP #SAP #ACEnergy

ACEN is among the companies that commit to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, pushing toward a sustainable future. ACEN is the listed energy platform of the Ayala Group, with ~4,000 MW of attributable capacity in the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Australia. The company’s renewable capacity share is at 87 percent, which is among the highest in the region. Most recently, ACEN announced its new corporate vision and strategy, targeting 20 GW of attributable renewables capacity by 2030.

 

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ACEN’s environmental role is built on three foundations–climate change, biodiversity, and resource efficiency. But the company knew that its green journey should start from within the enterprise and by ensuring that necessary technology and tools are available to improve their processes. That is why ACEN aims to lead the charge in the renewables revolution and towards adopting technology.

 

“Without a digital business platform, running a day-to-day business can be challenging. Entities were set up differently, so teams needed more effort to collaborate. When people and processes are misaligned, work often must be redone, leading to wasted time, effort, energy, and materials,” said ACEN Executive Director and Head of Commercial Operations & Information Technology, Miguel de Jesus.

 

With the goal of addressing this concern, ACEN implemented SAP S/4HANA on Azure with the aim to creating a unified digital business platform covering finance, procurement, inventory, and asset maintenance across multiple entities.

 

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SAP S/4HANA helped enable the company to have visibility across its entities. This is crucial since ACEN teams must collaborate to formulate and execute strategic ways to increase solar and wind plant capacities while reducing inefficiencies and waste.

Silhouette of young male engineer holding laptop computer planning and working for the energy industry and standing beside a wind turbines farm power station at sunset time rural landscape. XXXL size taken with Canon 5D MIVAC Energy Leads the Charge Towards a Sustainable Future with SAP #SAP #ACEnergy

 

In addition, from the usual 12 days of standard financial statements completion, ACEN was able to finish it in a week. There was a notable decrease in the error rate for audit adjustments from eight percent to less than five percent. And within one year, ACEN successfully utilized SAP S/4 HANA in 15 entities.

 

“Having SAP helps us to focus on our long-term goal: Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As we commit to net zero, we are confident that the way we run our business will also have sustainability at its core: efficient internal processes, alignment towards business objectives, scalability, and expansion. Moreover, through automation and digitalization, we incorporate sustainability practices, including reducing waste of time, effort, and materials,” said Hannie Tucay, ACEN Vice President for Finance.

 

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According to Delaware Managed Services and IT Consulting Inc., implementation partner ACEN established an impactful work for its shareholders, employees, and society. The company embarked on a greenfield implementation of S/4HANA for the Financials, Materials Management, and Plant Maintenance modules. Phase 1 was focused on establishing a golden template. Phase 2 was a template rollout to 11 entities, focusing on renewable solar and wind plants. From 2022 onwards, 25 more companies will follow suit.

 

ACEN has been able to embark on its mission to achieve efficiency in day-to-day operations with streamlined processes on a digital platform. This mission includes improving corporate governance, reducing cybersecurity risks, and minimizing paper wastage. In addition to this, learning a new skill, such as SAP S/4HANA, helped contribute to human empowerment in the workplace.

AC Energy Leads the Charge Towards a Sustainable Future with SAP #SAP #ACEnergy

 

Acknowledging its efforts, ACEN was one of the finalists in SAP’s Best Run Awards 2021 for SEA: Making the World Run Better. Marking its 50th year anniversary, SAP continues to celebrate businesses and individuals that lead the way—those who have adapted to the rapidly evolving business landscape and delivered success amidst today’s disruptive economy, through these Awards.

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“At SAP, we are both an enabler and an exemplar of our sustainability practices with a clear ‘Chasing Zero’ vision. We hope to continue working collectively with organizations like ACEN that prioritize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) activities that help create a more sustainable future. Indeed, it is time for us to consider technology as a tool for capturing, managing, analyzing, and using sustainability data more efficiently so we can ensure a future that is greener, cleaner, and more equal than the world we live in today,” said Rudy Abrahams, Managing Director SAP Philippines.

 

ACEN is among the finalists for the Sustainability Award – The Future Maker, a new category in the SAP Best Run Awards. It aims to recognize the enterprises in SEA that are driving their organizations purposefully towards sustainability, doing their part to preserve the environment for the future.

 

Full details about the Best Run Awards 2021 and its finalists and winners are available on this link.

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SAP Appoints Rudy Abrahams as new Managing Director for Philippines #SAP #Philippines

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Abrahams will spearhead business transformation for customers, partners, and create equitable access for the communities 

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the appointment of Rudy Abrahams as the new Managing Director, SAP Philippines.  

 

In his new role and building on SAP’s 27-year history in the Philippines, Abrahams will be responsible for SAP Philippines’ customer-centric and innovative approach to driving digital transformation in the country. His focus areas include helping customers, partners, and communities tackle the biggest issues they face, such as business transformation in the cloud, building a resilient supply chain, and creating a sustainable future. He will report to Verena Siow, President and Managing Director for SAP South East Asia.

 

“I am thrilled that Rudy Abrahams will bring both his leadership and deep experience in business transformation to SAP Philippines. His exceptional track record and passion for helping our customers, partners and communities run better, will be instrumental in supporting the Philippines and South East Asia’s digital economy and growth,” said Verena Siow, President and Managing Director for SAP South East Asia. 

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“The last two years demonstrated how critical digital technologies, such as cloud and artificial intelligence (AI), are for business continuity and to thrive amid uncertain times. In the Philippines alone, we saw more businesses adopting cloud technologies to remain competitive and ensure that they adhere to the demands of their end-user customers,” said Rudy Abrahams, Managing Director, SAP Philippines. 

 

“The Philippines has been pushing its national digital transformation agenda, especially with the ongoing projects both from the private and public sectors. We believe that private-public-plural partnerships are integral in achieving the country’s goals. At SAP, we aspire to be a trusted technology partner that can enable more organizations in the country to transform into intelligent, sustainable enterprises. Above all—collectively with our customers and partners—we aim to make a profound and unique impact on sustainability,” added Abrahams.   

 

Abrahams brings over 25 years of ICT experience in the public and private sector, with expertise in large-scale digital transformation and a leadership style that puts people first. He was most recently the Vice President and Head of SuccessFactors for SAP South East Asia, where he was responsible for driving revenue, engaging customers, and collaborating with partners toward business outcomes and customer success.  

 

“As a company that puts people first, we aim to continuously make SAP an ideal place for work and foster every individual’s professional and personal development. By leveraging SAP technology, we always make sure that we embed diversity and inclusion practices in our processes. We know enterprises in the Philippines have also been pushing for workplace equality, policies, and education. So, I look forward to sharing best practices and ideas with our partners and customers in this area,” concluded Abrahams.  

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