Speculate, design and create a Comic Essay to communicate a Futuristic Intelligent Enterprise Vision

March 15, 2020 1:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Problem statement

How can we define a future innovation vision for a Fortune 500 company who employs ~100,000 employees worldwide, then communicate the vision in a tangible format so that we could influence, spread awareness about what future holds in store for an enterprise user 10 years from now?

What’s SAP and what we do at SAP?

SAP stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung in German). SAP was founded in 1972 in Walldorf, Germany and now has offices around the world. Originally known for leadership in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP has evolved to become a market leader in end-to-end enterprise application software, database, analytics, intelligent technologies, and experience management. A top cloud company with 200 million users worldwide, SAP helps businesses of all sizes and in all industries to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and achieve their purpose.

Team:

We are members of a design team at SAP with focus on developing cloud products for multi-industry use-cases as a part of our daily job. The diverse team brings in multi-disciplinary, cultural influences with learnings from years of work experience in the domain of User Experience and understanding of how the technology has evolved in last 30+ years.

The plan was not to leave any stone unturned

When we started out in July, 2019 – we didn’t quite start with the idea to come up with a Comic book essay, But we basically went through everything we could find – a lot of brilliant articles, books, podcasts like we need to talk, AI, Time Sensitive people have come up with exploring tech stories, design, story telling, Futuristic scenarios etc. They were helpful, but only to an extend as ‘inspirations’, the topic and the problem that we were trying to solve is very specific to the company and its target user group of employees. So the investigation also went into our own history as an enterprise company serving 80% of other fortune 500 companies. We also included artefacts from within the company like research papers, transcripts and documentations from different product workshops, patents and ideas from the team to create a picture. Now the next step is to build a timeline.

If you want to gain confidence about the future—and you want to gain confidence about the future being different from the present—all you have to do is look back and see how different the past was from now

Bjarke Ingels to Cities: Take a Longer View, Interview by Andrew Zuckerman

What can possibly change 10 years from now?

How can we build a future world?

As we have seen there’s always a bit of uncertainty associated with the above data and there are multiple scientific methods to deal with this uncertainty

  1. By building an ‘Emerging Technologies Radar’: there are several ways to build a technology radar, It’s periodically done by agencies, tech companies to figure out which technologies the company should invest in each quarter. The most common approach is the Gartner for IT leadership toolkit which includes four concentric circles named Critical > Urgent > Important > Watch https://mikethearchitectblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/building-an-emerging-technologies-radar/
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