Did you know that Toys for Tots is an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps? Yes, that elite fighting unit, the tip of the spear, runs one of the largest and longest-standing holiday season fundraising events in the United States, if not the world.
Each year from October through December at designated locations, the Marines collect new, unwrapped, un-opened toys that are distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The goal of Toys for Tots is to provide a message of hope to under-privileged kids that will assist them in becoming productive, responsible, patriotic citizens.
In the DFW Metroplex, the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco was the scene of one of this year’s drives. On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Marines and local volunteers were on hand to collect toys. Members of Titan’s executive, sales, recruiting, and support teams collected toys and stopped by the ballpark to donate them to the community.
Deuce and Daisy, the Frisco Roughriders mascot, entertained the people who came to donate toys or make a contribution. Since Deuce gets paid in cotton candy, he was there pulling his usual pranks and making the event memorable.
The gifts that are donated to Toys for Tots are simple but cherished by the children. In past years, children have adored gifts that are available at Wal-Mart, Michaels, or local novelty and toy stores. For girls, craft kits for jewelry, colorful hair weaves, bracelets, and makeup are popular. For boys, they seem to like Star Wars kits, scooters, MP3 players, and Legos.
In 2014, 14 million toys were given to 8 million children. Wow! A beneficial aspect of Toys for Tots is that it is a nationwide program, so everyone can participate. If you are near a Marine base, reserve unit, or recruiting office, they all participate in this annual event and would appreciate any contributions. Since the Marines took over this foundation more than 20 years ago, millions of children have experienced the joy of the holidays through the gift of a toy and hope.
If you are not able to drive to one of the Toys for Tots locations but want to share some cheer with less fortunate children, you can donate online. Ninety-eight percent of your donation goes to the purchase of gifts. You can donate by clicking HERE or visit the DFW Toys for Tots drive for more information.
So what are you doing about HANA and Analytics? HANA, rightfully so, is getting significant push and investment from SAP. This in-memory technology is a game changer.
At SAPPHIRE this past year, we heard Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO, give an inspired presentation on the benefits of HANA. Hasso Plattner, innovator and chief technologist behind HANA, raised the bar even higher with the re-invention and re-imagination of your business and processes.
Is HANA the foundation to take your business to the next level? We think so!
Have you heard of the $1-$10-$100 rule? It’s ingrained in the minds of any TQM disciple. The principle is that you can spend a $1 on prevention, $10 on correction or $100 on failure; failure to deliver the products on time, or failure to provide the right power at peak demand periods. Essentially, the rule explains that the failure to take note of one event or decision escalates the loss in terms of dollars. Or simply stated, an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure.
So how does BW on HANA relate to the $1-$10-$100 rule? Think of the numerous times you thought, “If we had only known sooner, we could have prevented this problem.” We think HANA and Analytics is the perfect toolset for Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness.
Setting up HANA and Analytics to provide alerts and notifications is that $1 of prevention that can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on errors, defects, readings, and trends.
But first, what is HANA? The SAP HANA platform is a completely reimagined platform for real-time business. It converges database and application platform capabilities in memory to transform transactions, analytics, text analysis, and predictive and spatial processing so businesses can operate in real time.
Operational Reporting on HANA addresses the major processes of your company:
Finance and Management Reporting and Analytics
• Sales Bookings, Billings, and Backlog Reporting and Analytics
• Materials and Supply Chain Reporting and Analytics
A real-time example demonstrates how Analytics on HANA provide that ounce of prevention:
Improve insights on working capital and cash flow: Analyze each financial document, such as customer invoices, for optimizing cash flow or impact on budgets and forecasts.
Review Sales and Revenue Analysis: A major production facility is affected by a catastrophic event; three feet of snow caved in the roof of the plant. You have two weeks left in the quarter, and you were counting on that revenue.
An alert from the HANA Analytics platform would notify the production management team of the production orders, customers, and expected ship dates for the location. The team can immediately begin to reschedule these product orders at other facilities or look at how stock on hand can possibly satisfy a portion or all of the orders. While everyone understands that these things happen, it does not need to be an excuse that you don’t have the information to get these orders fulfilled from other locations.
Supply Chain and Operations Analysis: Millions of electric meters are sending information every 30 minutes from the field. As your customers demand more energy to fight another heat wave, your real-time analysis of the trending demand allows you to smoothly increase the output of energy and allocate it efficiently across the grid.
This information is coming from your core transaction platform, not across multiple dis-aggregated systems platforms. Most companies today try to achieve these results through bridging data from multiple sources that have inherent risks and timing issues.
Make no mistake about this, HANA and Analytics is a disruptive technology, but it does not have to be complex. Business Technology (BT) spending is increasing as the value is obvious to all stakeholders. SAP, driven by Titan’s experienced consultants, has developed a Rapid-Deployment Solution to allow you to stand up Analytics on HANA for Operations in the shortest time possible.
Which part of the $1-$10-$100 Rule do you want to affect your business? Titan’s Advisory Services are able to assist their customers in planning for and implementing the Analytics on HANA solution. Our senior-level technology and process consultants will help to ensure that you are selecting the right reporting tools, where the tools will drive rapid results and establish the timeline and investment for our project.
Next month, we will provide an overview of the steps of the Rapid-Deployment Solution and how Titan’s team simplifies your roadmap to HANA.
For more information on how Titan can assist you with your HANA and Analytics questions, contact Joseph Lamb, firstname.lastname@example.org, call him at 972-743-2872, or contact your Titan Consulting Director. You can also see additional information on our Advisory Services for HANA at Titan Consulting.