The Royal Free Hospital Trust in North London has selected SAP Business Objects as its new IT system after a rigorous selection process. The main driver behind selecting SAP was to improve the data reporting systems currently produced by the Hospital. Over 750,000 visitors per year pass through its doors and a variety of data is collected for every visitor, including personal and clinical data.
Will Smart, the IT director for the Trust explained that currently there is a whole industry at the hospital dedicated to the collection, analysis and subsequent reporting of data with a team of people dedicated to running bespoke reports via Excel and Access. He hoped that by introducing the SAP business objects system his data management team will be able to achieve greater efficiency by removing the need for bespoke reports to be produced as SAP will be able to produce the required data via an automated system.
The decision for Mr Smart to implement the new system was not an easy one due to the complexities of NHS data reports and the frequency that these reports need to be produced. “The first requirement we had was to put a tool in place that could help manage the complexity of the NHS’ data definition, to help structure the data coming out of the repositories. The second requirement was to automate the routine reporting and not have expensive analysts spending their time producing report after report,” he added.
Will Smart will be talking about his experiences of implementing such an important and data sensitive system at the upcoming SAP users event in Manchester.
SAP itself is keen to continue its dominance in the IT sector by investing heavily in the development of its mobile offering. Sanjay Poonen, the head of SAP’s mobile division plans to double the number of mobile software users by 2015 and is focusing on the development of new mobile apps and cloud services.
“We seek to be the Apple of enterprise mobility. People used to think of SAP as back-office. But the more that you touch every employee, those on the front line, people in services and on shop floors–the way you get to those folks is through mobile devices. Many of them don’t have desktop computers,” Poonen said.
Recruiting the key people is vital to SAP and the company has adopted an innovative way of finding the right people to fill SAP jobs. David Clavey of SAP offered resources for developers wanting to build SAP apps for Windows Phone 8. He has also announced that the company will be holding free Windows Phone 8 developer camps in the UK throughout November and December. The best talent will potentially find themselves with a job offer or even have the opportunity to sell their app to SAP.