SAP Helps Acumen/Esoko Link Small-Holder Farmers to Markets Across Africa
January 30, 2017
Hosted by David Trites
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In this episode of #SAPTalks, David Trites speaks with Acumen/Esoko about their collaboration with SAP. Esoko is a simple but powerful communication tool for businesses, government, NGOs and others to connect with farmers. By running SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA in the cloud in certain parts of Africa, Esoko more effectively fighting poverty.
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David Trites is a Director of Marketing at SAP. As a content marketer he writes about current business and industry trends and the impact technology has on companies of all sizes. He has 20 years of enterprise software experience and deep roots in large-scale SAP implementations. Prior to SAP, he was an SAP implementation consultant at Deloitte and an ERP strategy consultant at Gartner. His experience as an SAP customer, consultant, strategist, and marketer gives him a well-rounded understanding of the enterprise software market and a unique perspective to storytelling.
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