Artificial Intelligence is a three-time winner at the SAP Innovation Awards 2022

On April 14, SAP announced the 25 winners of its 2022 SAP Innovation Awards, and without surprise, artificial intelligence (AI) got a big part of the cake, being at the core of 3 winning projects! Yet another proof of the powerful business value of infusing AI into applications and processes.

Let’s deep dive into these inspiring stories and celebrate the achievements of these forward-thinking companies and individuals that have harnessed the power of SAP’s AI capabilities like SAP AI Business Services and SAP Conversational AI to disrupt industries and, more importantly, make a positive impact that benefits our world.

Finanzbehorde Hamburg with “Cultural Covid-19 Aid-Platform” (Business Innovator category)

Hamburg is one of the 16 federal states (Lander) in Germany. Its administration provides services to approximately 1.9 million people. With more than 70k employees, the administration of Hamburg is one of the biggest employers in the area. Priorities of the authorities in Hamburg are the logistic industry and an environment orientated economic policy. Hamburg is the leading metropolis in Northern Europe regarding logistics and shipping with one of the largest port infrastructures.

The digital factory, as the digital innovation lab of Hamburg Ministry of Finance, oversees the project and took over federal responsibility for implementation and operational control of the Culture COVID-19 Aid-Application Platform on behalf of the German Federal Government in order to establish a standardized process for the payout of the federal financial funds publicly funded by the German government. Hamburg centrally provides the Cultural COVID-19 Aid-Application Platform and payout service for the federal states.

With this project, which is unique in Germany, we at SAP are not only realizing a heart project by helping cultural workers get back on their feet. We can also continue our success story with Hamburg and further intensify our cooperation. Thanks to the successful migration of their accounting systems to SAP S/4HANA in 2020, those responsible for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg were able to lay an important foundation for innovative digitization projects. As a pioneer in the field of e-government, Hamburg is thus ideally equipped for the requirements of this project as well as for future digital projects.

Niklas Hagl – Lead Public Sector & Energy & Management SAP Deutschland SE & Co KG:

How AI is used?

Document Information Extraction, one of the SAP AI Business Services, has been used to check for specific data such as cost and revenue which the applicant had to provide proof for. The automatically extracted information is checked against the data, the applicant provided in the aid-application form which is basis for payout calculation.

Business Entity Recognition, one of the SAP AI Business Services, has been used to check if certain documents such as ID Card or Bank account Statements have been uploaded and if these match the data provided on the aid-application.

Deep dive into the pitch and discover the challenge, solution and outcome of this project!

REHAU Polymers with “Intelligent Transformation with Cloud ERP for Local Business” (Business Innovator category)

REHAU Polymers (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. develops innovative polymer-based solutions that enable quality, efficiency, and sustainability in homes, on the road, and elsewhere. As the Chinese branch of the worldwide REHAU Group, the company relies on an in-depth knowledge of materials and extensive experience in technologies and manufacturing processes to meet the wide-ranging needs of its customers from across industries.

With the help of SAP, REHAU has built a simple, efficient, and localized SAP S/4HANA as future backbone and integrated real-time intelligent management platform providing transparency and synergies in the core business as well as in the new business to further optimize its business processes, fully promote real-time lean production, and significantly enhance management and business performance across the company.

“The project has built new milestones not only for Rehau China, but also for the Rehau Group. One of our entities will be using a cloud ERP system for the first time, not only in financial accounting, but also in manufacturing, and integrated with MES and WMS. We are proud to lead the future together; deploying fast, mobile access to a convenient system environment gives us the best tools for the future market, saving time and cutting down on human error. Our employees are spending more time on innovative work. »

Chengbo Yu, CIO, Asia Pacific Region, REHAU Polymer China Co. Ltd.

How AI is used?

Document Information Extraction and Invoice Object Recommendation, two SAP AI Business Services, combined with SAP Intelligent RPA, automate the end-to-end invoice management and sales order creation process. The two services enable the bot to do document extraction from invoices and recommend the invoice objects before posting the invoice in S/4HANA Cloud.

Deep dive into the pitch and discover the challenge, solution and outcome of this project!

NTT DATA with “AI Learning Helper” (Partner Paragon category)

Imagine a learning friend who is accessible at any time on any device, and who has all the time in the world for each child. This is exactly what NTT DATA created with the AI Learning Helper.

The focus of the solution is to teach kids how to read and it does this through AI disciplines like micro expression and body language detection, emotional feedback, summarization algorithms and Q&A generation, to name a few.

How AI is used?

A chatbot built with SAP Conversational AI is used to control the conversation between the Child and the AI Learning Helper.

Deep dive into the pitch and discover the challenge, solution and outcome of this project! 

Again, let’s congratulate all the winning teams, but also all the customers and partners who submitted the most innovative and disruptive projects in this 2022 SAP Innovations Awards.

Looking forward to next year, for a new creative round powered by AI!


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