Deloitte and Accenture share honours in SAP awards for Asia Pacific

07 February 2019

SAP has issued its regional partner excellence awards for the Asia Pacific, with Accenture and Deloitte leading this year’s honours. 

German enterprise software giant SAP has announced its regional Partner Excellence awards at its recent SAP Field Kick-Off Meetings, which serve to align SAP partners with the software company’s customer business strategy. For the Asia Pacific region, Deloitte and Accenture have this year claimed two titles apiece, while PwC and a number of smaller firms have also been awarded across a range of categories.

Designed to recognise SAP’s best performing partners for overall sales, innovation, technology and services within solution-specific areas – while acknowledging its partner network as being essential to the firm’s success – Deloitte has backed up from last year to be again named number one for SAP S/4HANA Cloud in the Asia Pacific, this year adding the award for excellence in SAP Ariba Solutions.

At the global level, Deloitte remains one of SAP’s longest and most important partners, and is the reigning Pinnacle Awards partner of the year (large enterprises) for all of SAP S/4HANA (for the third consecutive year), Ariba, and Leonardo – for which the firm was a launch partner and received the inaugural title. Deloitte was also last year named as SAP Success Factors Partner of the Year.Accenture and Deloitte share honours in SAP awards for Asia“We take a tremendous amount of pride in being recognised for our leadership in cloud and innovation,” Deloitte’s Global SAP Leader Jan Waals told CIO Review. “And a tremendous amount of work goes into maintaining that leadership. For our team, helping clients see value sooner is essential. It means we are continuously developing industry-specific insights, accelerators, templates, preconfigured solutions, and a wealth of other resources that can help clients respond quickly to today’s challenges and get ahead of tomorrow’s challenges.”

Yet, although the Big Four firm last year launched a dedicated Leonardo innovation space in China, it has ceded its regional Asia Pacific SAP Leonardo title to fellow digital professional services giant Accenture – last year’s winner for Most Innovative Digital Transformation Success Story (for the 2017 calendar period). This year, Accenture has also won the award for S/4HANA Digital Transformation. PwC meanwhile has taken the prize for SAP S/4HANA ‘Driving Force’.

As to the other awards, with 17 given in the region in total, the Indian arm of intelligence has also achieved recognition in two categories – ‘Digital Platform’ and ‘S/4HANA Net New Names’ – while Bluleader (Customer Experience Solutions), Synchrony Global (Partner Managed Cloud), and Zen Consulting (Partner Package Solution Partner) received awards in broader categories, and ISS Consulting of Thailand was the General Business Top Sell Partner.

“SAP congratulates this year’s top performers across the globe,” the firm said in a press release accompanying the announcement. “Partners are essential to SAP’s success, and these awards are a testament to the amazing work and value they deliver. SAP and its partners help customers adopt innovation easily, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably and run more simply with their solutions.”

Related: EY acquires Australian SAP consultancy Plaut IT and Malaysian subsidiary.

South Korea the global 5G leader on Arthur D. Little maturity index

29 March 2019

South Korea has been identified as the clear global leader in the deployment of 5G in an analysis conducted by management consultancy Arthur D. Little.

“5G will soon become widely available – and first movers have a significant lead.” So begins Arthur D. Little’s Global 5G Leadership Index report, with South Korea not just identified as a first mover, but a clear runaway leader – ahead of other strong performers the US, Australia and Qatar. From a regional perspective, the Asia Pacific was also considered the most advanced.

Benchmarking more than 40 countries across the globe, the analysis considered the maturity of each country’s 5G deployment against two dimensions – the development of infrastructure and levels of commercialisation – with South Korea leading in both, its 5G spectrum already allocated and its large mobile operators having since rolled out their networks across considerable areas.

South Korea was in a group of only eight 5G ‘leaders’ worldwide, joined by Switzerland, Finland, Spain and the UAE together with the US, Australia and Qatar, while Japan and Singapore lead the ‘followers’ group – with both countries assessed as very advanced in terms of technology adoption, 5G trials and infrastructure availability, but hampered by their lack of 5G spectrum allocation.South Korea the global 5G leader on Arthur D. Little maturity index“All leading countries have in common that they have already allocated 5G spectrum,” state the authors of the report. “These countries have enabled operators to roll out 5G networks quickly, many commercially, in 2018, and to trial use cases successfully. Markets with high-performance backhaul infrastructure rate higher, as this capability allows them to roll out 5G faster.”

“Additionally, the leading markets demonstrate high willingness to adopt new services supported by high 4G usage and fiber take-up, as well as several competitors to foster fast 5G roll-out. Overall, they do not face any major limitations, be these in terms of infrastructure, regulation, market demand for 5G applications, economic strength, or competitive dynamics.”

Elsewhere in Asia, China and Hong Kong were also among the ‘followers’ – respectively scoring a 6.4 and 6.1 rating on the index (compared to 8.8 out of 10 for South Korea), while the Philippines was assessed as a ‘5G laggard’, ranking last overall of the 43 countries analysed with a rating of just 3.4. Other table dwellers included Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Bulgaria.

“5G is the first mobile network generation which promises the data throughput, latency, and flexibility to enable the next level of digitisation across consumer types,” said Karim Taga, Arthur D. Little’s global Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media & Electronics (TIME) practice leader. “Future business competitiveness will rely on 5G networks, making their fast deployment essential.”

5G skeptics

Meanwhile, the global leader of Accenture’s network practice, George Nazi, has been moved to respond to the lingering skepticism from the business community toward 5G network technology – with a survey of 1,800 executives finding that more than half thought it would be of little advantage over 4G. “The reality is that 5G will bring a major wave of connectivity that opens new dimensions for innovation and commercial and economic development,” Nazi said.

Nazi pointed to breakthroughs in three-dimensional video, smart-city infrastructure, autonomous cars and immersive television as examples which will unleash transformative opportunities that are still difficult to imagine today, noting that if companies fail to plan for 5G now they could well miss out on such opportunities. "Telecommunications companies will play a pivotal role in bringing these prospects to light."