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SAP’s annual Quality Awards revels in innovations all across Africa

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Jenna Delport
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SAP's annual Quality Awards revels in innovations all across Africa
SAP recognises best-of-the-best in digital transformation success at annual Quality Awards.

The 2019 SAP Quality Awards were held in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 21 August 2019.  The awards aim to recognise some of Africa’s most innovative public and private sector SAP customers.

Nazia Pillay, Head of Active Quality Management for Africa at SAP, says “this year’s nominees represented one of the strongest fields yet in the awards’ 15-year history. All entries underwent stringent assessment and were judged according to our ten principles of quality. The high standards on display point to a bright future for technology-driven organisations operating in Africa”.

The SAP Quality Awards were established in 2005 as a means of recognising companies that have excelled in their use of SAP technologies to achieve digital transformation against several key metrics.

“This year, we added a new category for outstanding projects using SAP SuccessFactors to recognise African enterprises’ efforts in the on-going global talent war,” says Pillay. “Judging by the quality of submissions in the new category, African enterprises are making great strides toward attracting and retaining the continent’s growing talent pool, one that is expected to be the world’s largest in the coming decades.”

Overall winners at this year’s awards include Ugandan electricity distributor Umeme, which walked away with Gold in the Fast Delivery category; Standard Bank South Africa, which took Gold in the Business Transformation category; the City of Cape Town, which took top honours for Innovation; and Discovery Group, which claimed Gold in the newly-introduced SuccessFactors category.

Pillay adds, “what set these projects apart was the extent of business value achieved through each implementation, their time to value, how well they employed change management throughout and to what extent the implementations have achieved business readiness”.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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