“And yet it moves”

“And yet it moves” (Italian: Eppur si muove; [epˈpur si ˈmwɔːve]) is a phrase said to have been uttered before the Inquisition by the Italian mathematician, physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) in 1633 after being forced to recant his “belief” that the earth moves around the sun.[citation needed]. In this context, the implication of the phrase is: despite this recantation, the Church’s proclamations to the contrary, or any other conviction or doctrine of men, the Earth does, in fact, move around the sun, and not vice versa. As such, the phrase is used today as a sort of pithy retort implying that “it doesn’t matter what you believe; these are the facts”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_yet_it_moves In our world we are again and again facing similar disbeliefs. Just think of BI/DW (Business Intelligence / Data Warehouse). We got used to the way how things are being done for the last 30 years. And now people are starting to say “yes – there is life after BW”, “yes – there are new ways to find the right information at the right time”, “yes – there is more than reporting”, etc. Can this be true? What do you think about this list of characteristics of a hypothetical decision support application: No data modeling. No data mapping. No data cleansing. No instrumenting (no triggers). No data warehouse. No implementation (IT) project. No pre-calculations. No data scientists. No user training. No semantic gap. “Too good to be true”, “this can’t be true”, “this doesn’t work”, etc. probably. But with SCOOP we have proven that it works. SCOOP allows you to inspect your complete value creation...

What have pilots and managers in common?

How do pilots learn to fly? Practice, practice, practice … Wrong. It’s actually simulate, simulate, simulate and simulate again. This radical change took place over the last twenty to thirty years because data processing became so fast that the simulation became “as good” as the reality. And now we are facing a similar (r)evolution in the way how businesses are steered and operated as well. Modern databases such as SAP HANA allow to overcome the current dichotomy between Operations and Finance in an enterprise. Presently Operations are executing the business and Finance is monitoring the business. For this Finance applies lagging KPIs (like profitability and revenue growth). Though in order to improve the efficiency leading KPIs are needed. Leading KPIs are KPIs which determine the future development of the business. Leading KPIs are in a certain sense the holy grail of business performance management. In order to find leading KPIs you need to be able to simulate the future outcome of the business. In order to be able to simulate you need speed, speed and speed. With SAP HANA you get it. This is why we have built SCOOP on SAP HANA. SCOOP is an (iPad) application which enables enterprises to sustainably improve the working capital position of an enterprise. This solution determines quantitative root-cause-relationships between business metrics and business ratios on the fly. Advanced statistics are leveraged in order to correlate and simulate the enterprise-specific business behavior. And due to SAP HANA this solution can be implemented within one (1) week only. With SCOOP on HANA managers can fly their businesses at new altitudes. CFOs become true co-pilots of the CEO....