Hachette writes a new chapter on growth with Keytree
Enterprise technology expert, Keytree, has been selected by Hachette UK to deliver an SAP-based transformational programme throughout the Hachette book distribution operations, as part of an aggressive growth strategy.
Throughout the past six years Hachette UK has undertaken a strategic programme, removing over 150 legacy systems and replacing them with new best in breed solutions.
This next phase in this programme is a complete overhaul of the Hachette distribution operation, including new order to cash and warehouse management systems, automated picking technology and a multi-million-pound investment in a new state-of-the-art distribution centre. This will span both Hachette Group and third party publishers…
SAP makes a surprising UXP splash
When it comes to brands that people associate with delighting the world via a great user experience SAP would be well down on most people’s lists. It would surely be way south of Apple, Google, Facebook or even enterprise brands like Salesforce.com or Microsoft. But the German company is a surprising new entrant for the user interface virtual hall of fame.
Introduced this year, SAP’s Fiori user experience is currently being rolled out across the company’s applications either as a bolt-on or native to new software. The language the company uses when describing Fiori is telling. On its website it says this:
“Using modern UX design principles, SAP Fiori delivers a role-based, consumer-grade user experience across all lines of business, tasks, and devices.”
That’s some turnaround: the most enterprise-y of enterprise software companies on the planet referring to delivering a “consumer-grade” experience. But it’s also indicative of what’s happening in enterprise software generally. Once upon a time companies talked up their “carrier-grade” or even “military-grade” robustness but today business software designers often take their visual cues from social networks, shopping sites or even computer games.
LBB Keytree wins SAP Teched Innovation Jam
Kudos to one of our Little British Battlers, Keytree, who emerged as the victor in an innovation jam competition at SAP Teched last week, against all manner of international competition. It also won the jam in 2013.
It’s S.M.I.L.E (sensor monitoring to improve the life of the employee) demo, built in 36 hours, combined IoT sensors, mobile application and dashboards to create a scenario for heath monitoring to promote a healthy workplace.
It certainly hit the key themes, from our own joining the dots, to connected devices in healthcare and the renewed focus on the importance of employees, and was a testament to the Logoinnovative capability of emerging suppliers.
Greggs baking ERP into the business
Keytree has announced that it has been selected by high street baker Greggs as its SAP System Integrator partner as the company embarks on a business transformation programme.
The demand for a wider variety of fast food has been a bonus for some high street bakers. For Greggs, it has enabled them to become a national brand although it came with an unwanted reputation over the fat content in its food.
After a long marketing campaign including a television series, it believes it has now shaken off the reputation for helping increase the waistlines of the British public.
Tesco nears ‘dream’ of 3D ecommerce offering
Tesco says it is now homing in on its ambition of creating a fully immersive virtual 3D ecommerce store as a result of increasing UK broadband speeds and the take-up of smart TVs.
The supermarket has revealed that it is moving nearer to launching a ‘fly-through’ of a 3D-rendered Tesco store that will integrate the online experience with the classic in-store shopping trip.
However, greater bandwidth, the rapid take-up of HTML5 and new technology, including 3D TVs, mean the retailer’s aim of ‘flying through a virtual Tesco store and grabbing 3D products is getting closer’ to becoming a reality, Lansley told Marketing.
Tesco CEO Seeks Transparency Through Blogging, Not Twitter
Tesco CEO Philip Clarke told the World Retail Congress in London today that the “tectonic plates are shifting” in retail and residual from financial woes in the euro zone is requiring companies to adopt new technologies or lose their competitive edge.
“We are in the first downturn of the digital age,” Clarke stated, adding “consumption is weakening” in China, Thailand and South Korea, regions previously earmarked for growth but reeling from economic turmoil in Europe. “[These economies] are vulnerable to the crisis in the euro zone, as well as inflation caused by high commodity prices.
The devil wears hi-tech: wearable computing in the workplace
With the launch of the Apple Watch adding to the plethora of wearable devices already on the market, is it time that organisations prepared for the inevitable influx of these devices to the workplace?
As if wearable devices weren’t causing enough hype, Apple has finally entered the market – guaranteeing that this trend will have anything but a quiet emergence.
The reality is that adoption of wearable devices hasn’t exactly been plain sailing to date, despite the wealth of investment in product development. The 2014 CES show was hailed a ‘wrist revolution’ for the sheer number of smart watches that were released, and tech giants such as LG, Samsung, Sony, Huawei and Motorola have all launched their own versions.
Smiths News rolls out ‘time-saving’ ordering app SNapp
Smiths News has launched a time-saving smartphone app that enables its retail customers to link to its ordering system and simplifies the way they manage orders.
As it links with the Smiths News SAP system, retailers can make instant updates via the app, make claims for missing titles or credits, change orders, search for titles via a barcode scan, as well as view their supply and sales history.
Online shopping goes virtual with a perfect recreation of a supermarket (and you never need to leave the sofa to walk through it)
For online shoppers who pine for the aisles of a real supermarket, technology may have the answer.
A prototype for a ‘virtual store’ where visitors can walk through the aisles and put items into a basket – all without leaving their living room – has been shown off online. The system was developed by British firm Keytree.
Virtually Browse Supermarket Aisles And Buy Real Goods With Kinect
Keytree has developed an application that delivers a 3D shopping experience with tailored products in your own home using Microsoft’s device.
British software company Keytree has created a new application that lets you virtually browse the shelves of a store when you’re standing in front of the TV. ‘Store Trek’ uses the Microsoft Kinect to deliver a 3D shopping experience that crosses the divide between in-store and online, combining the best of both.
How Our Mobile World Was Shaped By The Clock
The world we live in today wouldn’t exist if figures such as Charles Babbage, George Boole, Tommy Flowers, Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, Howard Aiken and countless others hadn’t wanted to speed up problem solving.
Virtually every computer, mobile phone, tablet, server and other computational device we use today, is here as a result of people believing that technology could be used to help solve problems and reduce manual processes.
Wearables ‘To Reach All-Time High In 2015’
Over 45 million units will be sold this year as trend for wearable tech explodes, IDC figures claim.
The number of wearable technology devices sold this year will reach its highest number yet as more and more companies start to enter the market, new research has predicted.
Figures from analyst firm IDC estimate that 45.7m wearable devices will be sold this year, up 133.4 percent from last year’s figure, as the release of the Apple Watch and other devices push up sales.
Smiths News shifts from introverted development to focusing on customer need
Smiths News has been delivering newspapers and magazines to newsagents and stores across the UK for the past 250 years.
With a network of 43 distribution centres, over 30,000 sellers and a supply chain that relies on packaging and delivering products on a nightly bases for 364 nights of the year, it’s a business that has relied on legacy and paper-based processes for decades.
The Imminent Rise Of Wearable Tech In Enterprise
Keytree’s Will Powell tells TechWeekEurope why enteprise apps for wearables could be a game-changer. Wearable technologies such as smart glasses and smartwatches in the consumer arena have been met with a flat response so far.
However in the enterprise space these technologies have the opportunity to providereal benefit in areas requiring speed, safety and working with large amounts of data that consumers are not typically exposed to. For enterprise the process benefits will far outweigh the fashion factor of wearable devices.
How SmithsNews created a Native app using Agile to improve customer service
Print distribution is in decline due to popularity over online news and SmithsNews is actively buying in growth areas to ensure its legacy. However, it is also investing in digitising its wholesaler arm to reduce its call centre costs by 20 percent, and improve customer engagement.
The Food Charity That Got Smart And Built Own Social Network
With the rise in homeless numbers and increased demand on food banks – given the tough economic climate – non-profit organisations are struggling to find a way to meet the needs of the hungry.
Plan Zheroes, a charity that feeds thousands of homeless people in the UK and beyond, did not see strong enough features – in corporate or consumer social networks – to support its many…