SAP Forum highlights strength in Mobile, In-Memory and Cloud

Technology innovations and applications that empower businesses for today’s highly competitive, digitally interconnected, socially networked and unwired world

KUALA LUMPUR, 20th June 2012 – Imagine a world where everything is mobile, everything is in the cloud and every data’s significance to the business is analyzed and made available when you want it, anywhere, anytime. That world may be here sooner than you think as we see a paradigm shift in the world of technology. SAP’s 40 years of innovation has culminated in a strengthened stable of business applications which will be  featured in the SAP Forum that will run its South East Asian tour across six countries in the region till 22 August, including Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Highlighting SAP’s solutions in mobility, in-memory and the cloud, the conference brings real-life case studies of how SAP can help businesses run like never before. An event aimed at fostering dialogue between thought leaders, existing and potential customers, partners and other members of the SAP ecosystem, it comprises sessions and demos that focus on the new wave of innovation, value creation and deep customer insights.

Kowshik Sriman, MD, SAP Malaysia and Singapore, speaking at SAP Forum Malaysia 2012

SAP Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year is the 40th anniversary of the founding of SAP, one of the world’s leading enterprise application companies. What began as a five-man operation is now one of the world’s largest independent software providers, employing more than 55,000 people in over 50 countries, serving more than 183,000 customers globally. SAP software powers 85% of the top 100 most valued brands in the world. In South East Asia, SAP serves nearly 4,000 customers comprised of large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Tactical Cloud Acquisitions to Boost Enterprise Performance

SAP’s business applications allow organizations to run better and even faster. The recent acquisition of SuccessFactors brings a boost to Human Resource management– a core function in most organizations – by simplifying HR processes through the cloud.  Another recent acquisition, Ariba, is the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions which also extends companies’ business commerce processes into the cloud. “The cloud is bringing a new powerful way for enterprises to interact with their customers and partners. SAP’s commitment to building the business network of the future and growing SAP’s strength in the cloud,” said SAP South East Asia President, Tim Moylan.

Tim Moylan, President, SAP South East Asia, delivering the keynote at SAP Forum Malaysia 2012

Key to Growth : Managing Big Data

At the SAP Forum, Moylan will speak to an audience of customers, partners and industry experts about real time management of data and why it is the key to growth.“We live in a highly interconnected and fast-changing world, facing dramatic technology advances such as the emergence of cloud technology and the increasing connectivity both business and social through the rapid expansion of mobile devices. There are many opportunities to turn the growing amounts of data into intelligence that businesses can use via in-memory computing. We are entering an age of business networking where companies of all sizes and industries will connect, collaborate and trade in open, transparent and flexible business networks. SAP is dedicated to providing the best software solutions and applications to create growth, increase productivity and innovation,” said Moylan.

Social Networks as the Next Business Frontier

A recent study suggested that a growing number of ASEAN CEOs view social networks as an important channel of engagement with their customers and partners. The number of CEOs adopting social networks as a business tool is expected to grow from the current 25 per cent to 68 per cent in the next three to five years. At the SAP Forum, Moylan will highlight the latest SAP tools that are available for enterprises. He will also share insights on how social media chatter can be converted to business intelligence, and how this helps companies build the smart business network of the future. Moylan reiterated SAP South East Asia’s commitment to get closer to customers and spend more time listening to the challenges that they are facing.

How To: Hide WordPress SEO plugin columns

If you haven’t heard, WordPress recently released its version 3.4 update. If you’d like to learn more about the new changes, read the official announcement.

WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast

There are a lot of SEO plugins out there recommended by many. Personally, I’ve used both All in One SEO pack and now, WordPress SEO by Yoast.

I’ve found both of them helpful, but I’m only using 1 now – WordPress SEO. If you were thinking that if you used both, optimization would be through the roof. Here’s something I really liked what ShaolinTiger said in a Facebook group. Something like, “over optimizing = penguin slap”. The conversation may not have applied to SEO but hey, it fits in this situation to me.

Anyway, I noticed after updating WordPress, I had additional columns displayed by the WordPress SEO plugin. This made my post catalog view rather cluttered.

See what I mean

If I was an SEO fanatic, which I’m not nowadays, I would’ve found this really helpful. I could overlook all my posts and identify which were the ones which needed improvement in SEO.

How to hide the WordPress SEO plugin columns in Posts

However, like I said, I’m not an SEO fanatic. So if you’re like me, who wish to continue using the WordPress SEO plugin but would prefer to view less or no additional columns, here’s how you do it.

Below the admin bar (dark grey stuck on the top), you’ll find 2 buttons on the right – Screen options and Help. Click on Screen options to reveal the column settings.

WordPress SEO columns

Disable the columns you wish to hide and click on Screen options again to hide the panel. WordPress would’ve saved your new view settings by now. So the next time you login, it’ll be like the good ol days. :)