Leveraging Labs limitlessly

We might be regretting that headline pretty soon… ‘Limitlessly’ is slightly exaggerated. Those of you who know Hybris Labs better or have been following our blog will in fact debunk this statement as a blatant lie. ‘Leveraging’ is a bit dicey too actually. ‘Labs’ is fine though.

What we have been trying to do and are continuously succeeding with, is making it possible for SAP teams around the world to show and in some cases even rebuild our prototypes without our physical presence. The two latest examples of this sort of collaboration were presented by our colleagues in Mexico and Japan.

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In Mexico it’s the original Smart Wine Shelf that’s creating a buzz. It was stored in the US for quite some time, so we’re happy to see it in action again. After all, it was the very first wine shelf we built and in a way marks the beginning of the Labs era as you know it today.

Our Japanese colleagues decided to go with Infinite Cart. Even if we need to invest some time to ‘leverage’ our demos and make sure they work, we think it’s definitely worth it. Because at the end: Everybody’s happy.

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It takes beer to make thirst worthwhile

Arriving on the other side of the planet without your luggage is a slightly annoying experience, to say the least. But you generally can survive for a day or two until you receive your personal belongings. Now, unlike a toothbrush and underwear, a Hybris Labs Bullseye demo is nothing you can buy in your local store…yet. This is exactly the problem Sven and Nick were confronted with when they arrived in Fort Lauderdale for the SAP Hybris Americas Summit.

Waiting for the suitcase containing the prototype without being able to do anything was painful enough, but the knowledge that it would need to make it through customs without a member of the Labs team present to charm the authorities was…worrying. We’re not saying Labs luggage is always suspicious, but…well…we didn’t want them to take our beer!

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Under other circumstances we’re always happy to share, but in this case it was special beer which we needed for our demo. For the Americas Summit we had planned to set up Bullseye in the HEINEKEN® Beer Selector version. And with basically no time to spare, we managed…

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It didn’t only look pretty though. After Infinite Cart, Bullseye is now the second prototype by Hybris Labs that runs on YaaS, shows products sponsored by an SAP Hybris customer, and is integrated with SAP Hybris Profile.

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Rubber ducks run Infinite Cart

Fact.

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An entire armada of them!

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At dmexco – Digital Marketing Exposition & Conference in Cologne.

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And they did an excellent job indeed! There was an overwhelming interest in our Infinite Cart demo. Initially out of curiosity why the SAP Hybris booth looked like a showroom for taps and sinks. But further inquisitiveness soon drove visitors into the hands of SAP Hybris Profile. This once again showed us how much sense it makes to integrate with other services. That way we can generate some buzz around the actual product and in return we have less difficulties explaining why we have taps and sinks at our booth.

So listen to the rubber duck and check out the SAP Hybris Profile Developer Portal.

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Premiere Night

We’re using the term ‘premiere’ in it’s broadest possible sense here. Both Bullseye and Infinite Cart have been around for quite a while already. But we’ve only just installed the demos in our showroom, a.k.a. The Hybris Labs Innovation Space. The perfect cover to organise a nice little party. Buy some beer, invite all your colleagues and give the do a fancy name to make it an official occasion – “The Hybris Labs Premiere Night”.

We started the evening with an exclusive not-quite-premiere of our latest video. But then it was time for the real thing. Lots of our colleagues hadn’t had the opportunity to see a live demo of Infinite Cart before, so they were genuinely interested. Perhaps the beer also played a part…

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The second new big attraction in the showroom is Bullseye. Give ’em what they what they want…sweets, flashing lights and a beer in their hands…at the end: Everybody’s happy.

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That would make it one on each continent…

…Smart Wine Shelves, that is. It looks like the guys from SAP South Africa are planning to build one. Well, since the Smart Wine Shelf will no longer be supported by the end of this year, it’ll be Bullseye in the wine shelf version. But that count’s!

“‘The benefits for both retailers and consumers are enormous,'” commented Brett Parker, Managing Director, SAP Africa. “‘With so much online competition, in-store experiences now need to be fun and engaging. Not only do concepts such as SAP’s Smart Wine Shelf provide for this, upping the customer experience and ultimately customer satisfaction, but smart technology also provides the retailer with access to valuable analytics.'”

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Preparations are moving forward without a hitch…

… or so I’d like to say.

(This is an article by Indrajeet Biswas. Indrajeet is supporting the Labs team for two weeks as an intern.)

We spent the morning setting up the show area for Infinite Cart, and it turns out simply connecting everything was more of a hassle than we had bargained for. It turns out the hole we wanted to put our webcam’s USB cable through was too small.

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So we went with the obvious and sensible solution and let Georg drill a hole in the wall…Well widen the pre-existing hole, but either way he was clearly enjoying himself.

We kept going checking everything from the printer to the actual website was working before taking a break for lunch (needless to say not everything was working but those are problems we couldn’t fix on an empty stomach anyways.)

The afternoon wasn’t much different, although this time we’d brought the whole crew with us.

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Although we’d faced some rigorous challenges (I mean look at their intense concentration, they won’t even face the camera!) we had managed to make some solid progress.

Despite all the work that still has to be done we’re all still very excited to show you what we’ve been working on, so I hope you’re looking forward to when we can show you.

(Looks as if Indrajeet picked up pretty well on the life in Labs. There’s more to come from him, so keep following our blog carefully for the next few days!)