Friday, 28 July 2017 03:32

SAP Leonardo


SAP Leonardo, named after the original “Renaissance Man” – Leonardo da Vinci – SAP Leonardo is built to help companies navigate the new, digital renaissance and become digital businesses. It is SAP’s digital innovation system that can integrate breakthrough technologies and run them seamlessly in the cloud. It offers design thinking methodology and SAP expertise to help businesses rapidly adopt new capabilities and business models – and accelerate digital transformation.

SAP Leonardo augments and automates processes, making a business’s existing applications more intelligent, helping quick adoption of game-changing applications – or developing solutions to power new business models.

SAP Leonardo which SAP terms as their new digital innovation system is flexible and open – so you can easily build solutions specific to any industry or business need. To facilitate even faster development, accelerators are available for Retail, Consumer Products, Discrete Manufacturing, Sports and Entertainment, Travel and Transportation, Utilities, and Chemicals. These scalable, fixed-price solutions include cloud subscription licenses, design thinking services, and more.



















The vision of Leonardo is to help run business live; connecting every part of your business: people, products, assets, customers, vendors... to create intelligent enterprise. This can be done by integrating AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, IoT, Blockchain and Design Thinking into business processes. 

SAP aggregates the similar needs or problems of a set of customers, and tailors use cases, solutions for specific environments for the customers. The blueprint will help customers create intelligent enterprise by building a system of intelligence connected to a system of records, to enable connectivity and intelligence. This enables customers to innovate without the need to heavily upfront investment in technologies, infrastructure, or an in house army of data scientists and technologists, and focus more on business innovation.

Here's an example how it was done at TRENITALIA:

Digital Transformation requires a lot of technologies, and SAP has put together an offer to cover most of the key areas:


Is this vapor-ware or something real?

Here are a few examples and explanation:

  • SAP has helped TRENITALIA (Italian transportation company) reduce maintenance cost by 8-10%
  • Bayer improved employee productivity by implementing a front-end chatbot for procurement application
  • Bosch optimized maintenance 3-5% increase equipment and production efficiency
  • City of Buenos Aires achieved 100% flood reduction
  • Harley Davidson increased operation performance (~7% cost, +19% net margin, +25% dividends)
  • Under Amour: visibility to customer's fitness footprint workout habits using IoT, enable better customer engagement and revenue growth
  • and more...


We are at the convergence of new exciting technologies such as Cloud, Big Data, Blockchain, and IoT. There are products and services available now that were not available just a few years ago. Businesses must think about how new technologies can help to create new products, services, re-design current processes, optimize assets and investments and re-think customer, partners, and employee engagements.

However, the journey should be business innovation focused, not technology focused. SAP has put together an interesting innovation package to help customers transform to digital, intelligent business. Leonardo will give SAP opportunities to get businesses to talk about their problems and plans so that SAP can improve their software.


SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer (SAP EA Designer) lets you capture, analyze, and present your organization's landscapes, strategies, requirements, processes, data, and other artifacts in a sharedenvironment. Using industry-standard notations and techniques, organizations can leverage rich metadata and use models and diagrams to drive understanding and promote shared outcomes in creating innovative systems, information sets, and processes to support goals and capabilities.


SAP EA Designer supports consuming your content through:
•    Browsing diagrams and model objects online.
•    Exporting diagrams as SVG images or printing them.
•    Generating reports on your diagrams and model objects.
•    Running an impact analysis.
•    Posting comments to diagrams and model objects.

  • SAP EA Designer supports the creation and editing of the following kinds of diagrams: 
  • Business Process - Business process diagrams help you identify, describe, and decompose business processes. SAP EA Designer supports:
       - BPMN 2.0 Descriptive, which provides a small subset of objects suitable for business process design and analysis.
       - BPMN 2.0 Executable, which includes all the standard BPMN 2.0 objects, and is aimed at technical modelers and those who are reverse-engineering from SAP BPM or Eclipse BPMN2 Modeler.
  • Database - Physical data models help you analyze and optimize the structure of your database. You can reverse-engineer any supported database to create a physical data model. Generation to SAP HANA, directly to the catalog, or to Web IDE via HDI is also supported. 
  • Enterprise Architecture Diagram - Enterprise architecture diagrams help you analyze and document your organization, its functions and processes, the applications and systems that support them, and the physical architecture on which they are implemented.
  • Process Map - A process map provides a graphical view of your business architecture, and helps you identify your business functions and high-level processes, independent of the people and business units who fulfill them.
  • Requirements List - Requirements documents display a hierarchical list of written requirements.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:57

SAP BusinessObjectsCloud

SAP BusinessObjectsCloud is a next-generation software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that consolidates all analytics functionalities for all users in one product. Built on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, it helps customers overcome the challenge of point solutions and data silos spread throughout the organization with enterprise-wide access to analyticsdelivered through a public cloud experience that you can trust.

SAP BusinessObjects empower executives and workers alike to make better decisions more quickly with its  simplified futures on:
•    Discover
•    Visualize
•    Plan
•    Predict one product along with security

SAP BusinessObjectsCloud consist of several utilities, some of them with definition are below:

Stories:A story is a presentation-style document that uses charts,
visualizations, text, images, and pictograms to describe data.     

Digital Boardroom: The Digital Boardroom is a place to design a real-time, interactive boardroom presentation by combining your stories with agenda items.
Models: A model is a representation of the business data of an organization or business segment.

Events: Manage your projects by creating events and assigning tasks

Security: create users and assign them to predefined or newly created roles. You can also carry out maintenance tasks related to users and roles as well as monitor activities and data.

Connections:create and maintain connections to remote systems. You can create connections that allow you to import data into SAP BusinessObjects Cloud or create live data connections to remote SAP HANA systems. You can also schedule a data import from a remote system.

Simply Business Objects Cloud, “All Analytics. All Users. One Product. Discover a new generation of cloud analytics”




Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:01


Recent technology changes have developed a strong inclination towards migrating to cloud solutions. SAP HANA Cloud Integration falls under PaaS - Platform as a Service provided by SAP for customers to integrate their processes and data between on-premise and cloud. SAP HANA Cloud Integration is a cloud-based platform that capacitates the integration of business processes and data. It serves as a middleware with secure connection between the source and target systems. Business Process and data integration can be accelerated using the available On Demand solutions for  C4C, SAP Ariba, SAP Success Factors to name a few.

SAP HCI being a cloud platform, nitty gritty pertaining to conventional on-premise platforms like hardware requirements, installations or maintenance is not required. Each customer connected to SAP HCI is assigned a dedicated tenant with dedicated memory and resources. SAP HCI offers pay-as-you-go subscription for customers.

SAP HCI provides web user interface for design, configuration, monitoring of data integration and process integration flows. The entire communication, security and encryption handling is maintained by SAP in SAP HCI. SAP HCI offers further capabilities such as open API's for self-services, hybrid deployment options, additional certifications and integration with SAP Solution Manager. SAP HCI has been focusing on multi tenancy, data isolation, horizontal scalability, automated failover and rolling software updates.


SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Process Integration focuses of integration business processes within the organization that are in cloud and on-premise. SAP HCI offers packaged solutions that are readily available which makes it easier to integrate the business processes .The standard integrated packages can also be copied and customized based on the customer needs.


SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Data Services is an ETL [extract, transform, load] load for data migration across cloud and on-premise systems through secure access. Data never persists in SAP HCI but piped over secure channel from source to target. SAP HCI-DS is delivered with pre-packaged content available for target applications like Sales and Operations Planning[S&OP].


Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:14


The Internet of things (stylized Internet of Things or IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items which are embedded with electronicssoftwaresensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as "the infrastructure of the information society. The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart gridssmart homesintelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

SAP offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). This in-memory IoT platform can help quickly develop, deploy, and manage real-time IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The IOT platform can be used to automate processes at the core and connect to almost anything at the edge of an enterprises’ network.

  • Harness the core capabilities of SAP HANA – such as geo-spatial processing, series data, and location services
  • Manage and monitor remote devices while gathering real-time insights
  • Create next-generation, real-time, machine-to-machine and IoT applications
  • Develop IoT solutions for various line-of-business and industry use cases

The transforming qualities of IoT related to business models and process is so important that it will be one of the biggest growth factors for companies in the coming years. Countless studies and different figures predicting its impact on the economy and market growth back up the expectations SAP has set up together with the Boston Consulting Group. SAP believes that the IoT market will grow to a value of several hundred billion within just a few years. From an economic point of view, this serves as enough justification for the $2.2 Billion investment SAP has planned for the Internet of Things.

Areas that would benefit the most from IOT

The greatest impact of IOT will be seen in Manufacturing and Logistics. Being able to pinpoint the location, condition, and characteristics of any product, machine, and means of transport at any given point in time will radically change business processes. There will be a “digital twin” to every physical product, which replicates the life cycle of the actual product in digital form and constantly updates the product status, allowing us to draw conclusions on its usage in real time. This is very important for quality assurance, as defects can be detected much earlier than they are now. This also allows developers to rectify reoccurring defects and manufacturers to simplify and accelerate their processes.

Predictive maintenance has already become so common that it is considered the norm in today’s manufacturing scenarios. In the future, systems will be able to “learn” without human input through machine learning. The accumulated information is transferred to an asset management system that collects the lifecycle data of the machines and devices in a network. These developments will change business models to the core. Today, customers already pay according to how many flight hours an engine runs (“Power by the hour”) and companies produce customized products (“Manufacturing as a Service”). They offer services in place of machines. In Logistics, keeping track of the products (“Track & Trace) is rapidly gaining importance, while RFID chips are used more and more in production, factory, and transportation. The transportation chain is also becoming more transparent.

Autonomous systems such as robotics are taking over new tasks and interacting directly with business systems in storage, logistics, and production. The IoT and autonomous systems can relieve and support the human task force significantly.

SAP takes a deep dive into the Internet of Things with these three powerful offerings, namely,

  • Asset Intelligence Network
  • Autonomous Systems in Production and Logistics
  • Digital Twin

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:56

SAP Hybris 6.0

SAP Hybris for Customer Experience (CX)

SAP Hybris for Customer Experience (CX) provides completely new web content management (WCMS) experience for the users. The SmartEdit tool, a new light weight application built in Angular JS, is implemented on top of the existing CMS and provides a wrapper around the online responsive e-commerce storefront to provide features such asIn-context editing, drag-and-drop to add and move components around the page, allows toupdate and preview the website in the context of the end consumer across various inflection points.

Promotion Engine& Rule Engine

Promotion Engine provides advanced engine for managing marketing campaigns and promotions. Powered by the new Rule Engine that is part of the Hybris Commerce Suite 6.0. Promotion Engine allows business users to manage complex promotions with dynamic and flexible rules using the Rule Builder, an intuitive business tool based on Backoffice Administration Cockpit. The new Promotion Engine is a replacement for the Legacy SAP Hybris Promotion Module and offers many new features and architectural improvements.

Rule Engine which running on top of the SAP Hybris Commerce platform simplifies complex decision making logic into user-defined business rules and is shipped with ready-to-use commerce business objects such as product, cart, customer, and so on. Rule Engine uses Drools as the core Business Rule Management System.

Advancement in Customer Support

Customer Support for omni-channel commerce addsability to service B2C and B2B customers in all channels. With the Backoffice Customer Support Cockpit a Customer Support Agent can manage orders, tickets and customers' accounts in an efficient way while allowing the Customer Support Agent to see what the customer sees on the Accelerator storefront using the Assisted Service Module. Itsaves implementation time by exposing all new storefront features to a Customer Support Agent without needing to implement these features directly in a call center cockpit.

Order Management

Order Management for SAP Hybris Commerce is the bridge from your frontend commerce system to your back end. Distributed Order Management for Omni-Channel, Order Orchestration and Order Lifecycle Management are the three pillars of Order Management. Hybris commerce 6.0 highlights for Order Management include enhancements to Returns, Cancellation and Declines functionality, Backoffice Cockpits and SAP Backend integrations.

B2B Responsive Storefront Templates

6.0 DeliversB2B Commerce Accelerator sample storefront with improved and modern support for mobile as well as true multi-device support. Previous release provided a fully responsive B2C Accelerator, to simplify the creation of mobile optimized sites. Now both Accelerators B2B and B2C deliver the responsive feature. With 6.0 both B2B and B2C are running in a single Accelerator by made use of the development that was done within the B2C Accelerator.

SAP Hybris Merchandising

SAP deeply integrated SAP Hybris Commerce 6.0 with other components in the SAP CEC suite, e.g., SAP Hybris Marketing. SAP Hybris merchandising leverages the performance of SeeWhy and optimizes product merchandising on the storefront.

The merchandising solution consists of four key components:

  •   Recording of real-time data on product views, orders, and other shopper behaviors through a set of instrumentation added to the SAP Hybris commerce storefront
  •  A cloud-based SAP Hybris Merchandise Service that provides the storage and power to process the product and shopper data that streams from the storefront.
  •  A new workbench that features sliders that control the selection and weighting of products to be displayed on the storefront. The sliders are based on the shopper data captured by the storefront and retrieved from the merchandise service. This new merchandising workbench in SAP Hybris Commerce enables building product mixes and recommendations via an intuitive user interface.
  • A new set of CMS components integrated with the storefront that displays contextually-relevant product mixes and recommendations to the shopper.

SAP Hybris Commerce B2B: Enhanced Features and Capabilities

A new web design accelerator storefront for B2C and B2B, in SAP Hybris Commerce 6.0, leverages the SAP Hybris add-on concept to mix B2C and B2B features into a single storefront.

Additional B2B features slated for release as the SAP Hybris 6.x roadmap continues to roll out in Q3 and Q4 of this year are:

·         Configurable products and bundles

·         Enhanced data model that maps your sales team to the B2B customer organization already modeled in SAP Hybris

·         Saved carts and saved quotes

·         Enhanced support for back-office quoting, including quote templates

SAP Hybris Commerce Data Hub

The SAP Hybris Commerce Data Hub which has clearly become the nucleus of the integration strategy in SAP Hybris 6.0, is at the center of a number of new features, including:

·         Hybris-to-Hybris sync, which lets you synchronize data between separate SAP Hybris environments

·         Integration to Hybris as a Service (YaaS)

·         Enhanced integrations to ECC, Marketing, C4C, CPQ, and other components of the CEC portfolio

The key enhancements which will be included in the DATA Hub of SAP Hybris 6.0 are:

·         In-memory processing

·         Increased concurrency

·         Single node with failover

·         Automated resume on restart

Additional enhanced features, such as high scalability, clustering, and elasticity, are on the road map for SAP Hybris 6.1 and beyond.

SAP Hybris as a Service (YaaS)

What is SAP Hybris as a Service? In the words of SAP Hybris’s Chief Strategy Officer Brian Walker,

“A public cloud platform that allows everyone to easily develop, extend, and sell packages and applications.”

YaaS is a language-agnostic cloud platform that allows developers to create, package, and market microservices and mashup applications. Business users can consume these services via integration to their on-premise SAP Hybris Commerce implementation or directly by subscribing for the same. The YaaS marketplace today offers 19 microservices developed by SAP Hybris, with more on the way from the software giant and its partners.

 SAP Hybris 6.0 includes an easy-to-configure mechanism that integrates SAP Hybris Commerce with YaaSmicroservices as well as other YaaS solutions such as SAP Hybris Profile, an intriguing new cloud service that captures customer interactions and behaviors from the storefront and builds real-time customer profiles that drive personalized marketing on the storefront.

What is the SAP Hybris 6.0 Release Schedule for 2016?

Q2: SAP Hybris 6.0 release

Q3: Version 6.1 planned for release

Q4: Version 6.2 planned for release

Later versions will include significant, new functionalities as well as enhancements to features that debuted in the SAP Hybris 6.0 release.


What does upgrading to SAP Hybris 6.0 involve?

The general ideas about migration requirements, based on past experience are as follows:

·         The upgrade effort partly depends on what version of SAP Hybris you’re currently running

·         The platform-level upgrade is mostly straightforward but will require some code changes because of changes to SAP Hybris’s APIs

·         The storefront upgrade effort depends on whether you want to incorporate new SAP Hybris features into your existing storefront and how much customization you want

A couple of storefront-related items we have identified for Version 6 upgrades:

·         If you want to add support for the new SmartEdit features in your existing storefront, you’ll need to update each JSP to add new attributes in the markup for the CMS components

·         If you have developed custom CMS components, you might need to update the code in order to integrate them with SmartEdit

·         If you’ve created custom promotions, you’ll have to re-implement them to get them working with the new promotions engine

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 07:57


SAP’s latest generation of the ERP, S4/HANA – a SaaS model that promises to run on Hana and “on the fly” by removing satellite systems – is a bold move that changes the core system of firms will operate. It is the the next-generation business suite designed to help the customer run simple in the digital economy.

Announcing the launch at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in February, 2015, the co -founder of SAP, Hasso Plattner described how S/4Hana would eliminate 40 percent of the SAP IT load, which comes with the data exchange between systems like CRM and ERP, by running applications on one system. A centralised, streamlined business suite would be hugely beneficial for firms which are encountering a huge number of transactions as online sales and the ‘Internet of Things’ takes off, he added.

Analyst house Pierre Audoin Consultants said: “While the SAP landscape has become more and more complex due to the various new components the vendor has added over time, it is SAP’s intention to reduce this complexity with S/4 HANA.

This new suite is built on SAP HANA, SAP'S advanced in-memory platform, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori. Written natively for the SAP HANA platform, SAP S/4HANA is an entirely new generation of SAP Business Suite that is characterized by simplifications, massively increased efficiency, and compelling features such as planning and simulation options in many conventional transactions.

SAP S/4HANA signals a move away from the transactional system that merely records data toward giving end users active decision support in real time that is based on data from both internal and external sources.

Another new migration effort?
Although this is a new product, customers will be able to migrate to this fantastic new foundation in a non-disruptive manner; in fact, as design goal SAP elected to make migrations to SAP S/4HANA as non-intrusive as possible.

75% of customers that have migrated their existing SAP Business Suite on HANA as the first major step in moving to SAP S/4HANA have done so within six months. That’s a very good result for a migration to a new platform.

Moving to SAP S/4HANA for a typical existing SAP ERP 6.0 customer will require a database migration from any database to SAP HANA, combined with a move to the latest enhancement package and the deployment of the exchange innovation, meaning the current code is replaced by the new one. Moving to SAP S/4HANA for an existing SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA will be even faster as only the deployment of the exchange innovation is required where current code is replaced with the new one.

Some large enterprises are opting for greenfield projects – seeing the technological innovations as an opportunity to completely rebuild their ERP landscapes from the ground up. Brownfield projects are also an option: In this approach, the customer leaves its IT landscape intact but adopts the new technology to enrich and enhance it. Greenfield and brownfield projects naturally take longer – sometimes even several years. And migrating to SAP S/4HANA is only one part of such a project.

More investment?! Well, how much?
SAP S/4HANA is a new product so it is not free of charge for SAP Business Suite users. Customers who have licensed the SAP HANA platform for SAP Business Suite – that’s currently more than 2,000 – are eligible to upgrade to SAP S/4HANA licenses at no charge. Now, isn't that interesting?

Value Proposition! Does my business really need another new system?

Enterprises of all sizes, in all industries are grappling with the new technology trends such as the Cloud, big data and the IoT that are shaping the face of business. So how will SAP S/4HANA help a business remain competitive?

The best example is SAP Simple Finance which marks the first step in the roadmap of SAP S/4HANA. One of the best proof points is SAP’s own move to Simple Finance which took only 51 days in spite of the same level of complexity faced by most of SAP's customers. Simple Finance helps drive massive IT simplification with an architecture that removes replications and aggregates and ensures there are no redundancies. It provides one common view of all information across finance to ensure enterprise-wide consistency, and combines prediction, simulation and analysis to identify the best strategic business options. Whereas traditionally an enterprise may require about 15 days to close a quarter, with Simple Finance it can be done in nine or less, creating plenty of time for simulations and predictive exercises which in turn completely changes the way business is done.

Optimized supply chain processes such sales, manufacturing and inventory management are all key elements within the IoT, and collaboration between businesses and their suppliers are at the core of a networked economy. SAP S/4HANA is natively connected to the internet of things and business networks for real-time collaboration (machine-to-machine, Ariba Network, Concur Network), and it is natively engineered for providing choice of deployment either on cloud, on premise, or in a hybrid model.

In an increasingly complex world, SAP S/4HANA is the great simplifier and the best technology for the vision of a perfect enterprise.

Monday, 27 July 2015 13:43

Remote Basis Support: Services

Smartsoft has pioneered Remote SAP Basis Support using a combination of experienced consultants located offsite and offshore. The following are some of our clients for Remote Basis Support service.

  •   A large Trucking Services company
  •   A City Government
  •   A County Government
  •   A Manufacturing company
  •   A Trading company

These companies / agencies have handed over their complete responsibility of all their SAP systems to Smartsoft. Smartsoft monitors and manages their SAP landscape providing 24/7 support for issue resolution, proactively plans application maintenance such as patching, OS/ DB migrations, SAP upgrades, system copies / refreshes, new installations, data centre changes, etc. The contracts are always extended year after year demonstrating clients complete satisfaction and trust in our services.

Hybris, an SAP company, delivers a seamless and relevant buying experience for consumers or businesses through its e-commerce solutions. As a part of SAP, hybris offers customer data management, context driven marketing tools and unified commerce processes. Their commerce platform supports omnichannel digital efforts by integrating all digital and physical customer touch points onto a single platform, including online, mobile, call-center, social media, print and the point of sale.

Smartsoft imbibes the power of Hybris in its e-commerce solutions thus offering enterprises an agile interface for effective customer engagement and profitable sales opportunities. Hybris integrated e-commerce solutions of Smartsoft empower retailers with high control, efficiency, intelligence and penetration into customer profiles to provide a precise and consistent brand experience.

Certified Hybris professionals of Smartsoft provide cross channel experience with advanced master data management (MDM). High volume complex data from different channels is imported, consolidated and integrated for a centralized view of products and customers.

Smartsoft effectively utilizes the Hybris Commerce Accelerator so businesses can quickly incorporate commerce capabilities across multiple platforms. Adobe Analytics is used to help understand in detail the profile of customers by automated integration and distillation of data from disparate sources. Smartsoft Hybris experts make use of ready-to-use plug-ins to social media such as Twitter and Facebook to engage profitably and enable easy access to web content management components.

Our experience in Hybris projects spanning diverse industries provides the expertise for front-end and back-end development and system integrations with third parties for effective ERP, CRM and POS integration.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 05:45

Smartsoft Mobile On the SAP Eco-Hub

Smartsoft Mobile announces their latest app, the Asset Visualizer for iPad, can now be seen on the SAP Eco-Hub.

The Asset Visualizer is one of over 20 mobile apps available for business today, including packaged, out-of-the-box mobile apps to provide SAP and other back end ERP functions on mobile devices as well as a templated approach to building beneficial and compelling consumer facing mobile apps.

Click the following image to go to the Asset Visualizer on the SAP Eco-Hub.

Targeting Procurement, Oil Field Worker and contractors, Maintenance personnel, Finance, and others, the Asset Visualizer puts details for the desired asset on the user’s mobile device.

Asset details are easily accessed and the mobile user views and updates that information. Leveraging the advantages of the mobile device, location based services or the embedded camera for scanning simplifies the search functions to quickly find the asset sought by the user.

The app intuitively leads the user to details for the desired asset and allows an authorized user to update those details, including adding a photo of the asset.

Download the Asset Visualizer now to take a test drive.

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