Would Leonardo Da Vinci have been an SAP customer?

Main visual : Would Leonardo Da Vinci have been an SAP customer?

It’s a fun thought, but also a serious one. First, he would need to either own a company, or work for one. There’s a famous story about da Vinci applying for a job with the Duke of Sforza, a powerful Milanese nobleman, in which he proposed a sure-fire way to enable the duke to successfully lay siege to the towns and cities of his enemies. It was an elaborate plan which would have involved the swift construction of bridges, the co-ordination of ladders to scale high walls, and a machine that would suck out all the water in a moat!

Now, everyone knows that da Vinci was a creative genius – a true “Renaissance Man” who transcended the boundaries of art, commerce and technology – but few realize that he was, in fact, a pioneering systems-engineer. He understood that no technology worked in isolation. It was always part of a system which included people as well as things. The only way to get the most from technology was to ensure that it worked as part of a flow of both action and information.

Our new Insight Guide, Harnessing the Genius of Digital, shows how you can approach both S/4 HANA and SAP’s new LEONARDO offering to achieve digital transformation. There’s no doubt that if da Vinci had been around in the 21st century he’d either work for SAP or be a customer. As the scheme for a swift siege service showed, he understood the need for robust and fast IT. Any organization needs both. Competing in a market is a bit like being under siege. Disruptors want a piece of the action, and established organizations must defend their assets and their revenues.

It’s the perfect metaphor: what SAP enables you to do is work on both defense and offence – and in an organic way. To maintain the stability and focus of a business you need to grow organically and make use of all the best tools available. In today’s world, that means cloud and it also means sound ERP systems, amongst others. And it’s got to be simple not complex. One of the quotes that’s often attributed to da Vinci is “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” No one can agree if he actually said it or not, but that’s not the point. It’s profound whoever said it.

It’s also what SAP offers. After all, their motto is “Run Simple.” And for good reason. The Insight Guide brings together views from Fujitsu experts about how you need to think about the balance between the two SAP offerings. Simplify, transform and accelerate are the key words, and they’re important concepts for any modern organization.

Read the insight guide here.