Adobe, Microsoft and SAP launch Open Data Initiative to enhance interoperability, data exchange between their applications and platforms
(L-R): CEO of Adobe Shantanu Narayen, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and SAP CEO Bill McDermott launched the Open Data Initiative at the Microsoft Ignite conference. (Photo: Microsoft)

With an aim to enhance interoperability and data exchange between their applications and platforms, , and Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP came together on a single platform – Microsoft Ignite – to launch the . Under this programme, the common customers of these three firms would be able to mine data and use AI capability across their applications and platforms. This announcement is key because companies around the world use software and services from Adobe, Microsoft and SAP to run product development, operations, finances, marketing, sales, human resources among others, now they would be able to offer enhanced customer experience to their consumers.

“Together with Adobe and SAP we are taking a first, critical step to helping companies achieve a level of customer and business understanding that has never before been possible,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Organizations everywhere have a massive opportunity to build AI-powered digital feedback loops for predictive power, automated workflows and, ultimately, improved business outcomes.”

Microsoft said that in this Open Data Initiative, every organization will own and maintains complete, direct control of all their data. They can enable AI-driven business processes to derive insights and intelligence from unified behavioral and operational data. A broad partner ecosystem should be able to easily leverage an open and extensible data model to extend the solution.

The company informed that the core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives. “With the ability to better connect data across an organization, companies can more easily use AI and advanced analytics for real-time insights, “hydrate” business applications with critical data to make them more effective and deliver a new category of AI-powered services for customers,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft is of the view that despite data being the most valuable asset, many businesses struggle to attain a complete view of their customer interactions and operations because they are unable to connect information trapped in internal silos. At the same time, important customer information also resides in external silos with intermediary services and third-party providers, limiting a company’s ability to create the right connections, garner intelligence and ultimately extract more value from its own data in real time to better serve customers.

Based on these principles, the core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives. With the ability to better connect data across an organization, companies can more easily use AI and advanced analytics for real-time insights, “hydrate” business applications with critical data to make them more effective and deliver a new category of AI-powered services for customers.

“Adobe, Microsoft and SAP are partnering to reimagine the customer experience management category,” said Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe. “Together we will give
enterprises the ability to harness and action massive volumes of customer data to deliver personalized, real-time customer experiences at scale.”

To deliver on the Open Data Initiative, the three partners are enhancing interoperability and data exchange between their applications and platforms — Adobe Experience
Cloud and Adobe Experience Platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP C/4HANA and S/4HANA — through a common data model. The data model will provide for the use of a common data lake service on Microsoft Azure. This unified data store will allow customers their choice of development tools and applications to build and deploy services.

“Microsoft, Adobe and SAP understand the customer experience is no longer a sales management conversation,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “CEOs are breaking down the silos of the status quo so they can get all people inside their companies focused on serving people outside their companies. With the Open Data Initiative, we will help businesses run with a true single view of the customer.”

Some of the common clients of the firms are of the views that Open Data Initiative will help them overhaul customer experience management by bringing together data across our entire organization to build more direct, meaningful relationships with consumers in real time.

“Every day, 2.5 billion people use a Unilever product in over 190 countries around the world,” said Jane Moran, CIO, Unilever. “The Open Data Initiative from Adobe, Microsoft and SAP is an important undertaking that will help us reimagine customer experience management by bringing together data across our entire organization to build more direct, meaningful relationships with consumers in real time.”

“We’re excited about the Open Data Initiative and the value it will unlock for Walmart,” said Clay Johnson, executive vice president and enterprise chief information officer, Walmart Inc. “With greater ability to connect and harness the power of our data, we can enhance the associate experience and create entirely new ways to serve our customers online and in our stores.”

“This initiative from Adobe, Microsoft and SAP is an important and strategic development for the Coca-Cola System,” said Barry Simpson, chief information officer at the Coca-Cola Company. “Our digital growth plans centered around our customers are fueled by these platforms and open standards. A more unified approach to the management and control of our data strengthens our ability to support our growth agenda and our ability to satisfy security, privacy and GDPR-compliance requirements.”

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