Albrecht Ricken

SAP Innovation Center

Albrecht Ricken

SAP Innovation Center

Biography

Dr. Albrecht Ricken works SAP SE, where he is in charge of research around Industry 4.0 and Innovation Management. He started his career in 1994 at SAP as a logistics consultant. In 1998 he became in charge of SAP’s Latin American supply chain practice with a focus on Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO). In 2002 he co-founded the supply chain consulting company Quendian. He returned to SAP in 2008, where he first worked in the New Product Introduction group before moving into Research & Innovation in 2012. In the supply chain council he founded and chairs the Special Interest Group on Product Management and Innovation, who released the PLCOR process reference for Innovation and Product Management.
Albrecht Ricken earned his Ph.D. in computer science and a Diplom in industrial engineering at Karlsruhe University, Germany. His research interests include innovation and incubation processes as well as cyberphysical systems for Industrie 4.0 / the Industrial Internet.

Keynote Title: Business Network of Things

The Internet of Things is shaping a new revolution by making every THING smart. This will drive a new wave of digitalization, awareness, and connectivity that will re-invent manufacturing and supply chain logistics. It will fundamentally change how products are ordered, built, and consumed. Unlocking the value of greater connectivity requires a different approach to the design and architecture business applications:

  1. Things move center stage and replace today’s focus on flows of information and documents
  2. Business networks and big data bring down borders between corporate silos of work and information, evolving into places where companies connect, share, and communicate with each other
  3. Simplicity: Customers around the globe are becoming more educated and digitally experienced, driving user empowerment. Future users will define the systems to their need without involving an IT department. They expect business applications to hide their complexity and engage with them in a way they understand.

This presentation outlines a vision for a more active, autonomous, and self-organizing approach to IT and towards a new business platform, which addresses and integrates these trends.