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Nihilent Wins SAP Surround on Microsoft Cloud Hackathon 2020

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We are happy to announce that Nihilent has won the first prize at the ‘SAP Surround on Microsoft Cloud Hackathon 2020’ held recently. This Hackathon was a joint effort by Microsoft and SAP, is aimed at showcasing use cases leveraging SAP workflows on Microsoft Cloud by using Data & AI and the Power Platform. The competition was intense, with names like IBM, PwC, KPMG, Birlasoft vying for the top spot.

Winning this Hackathon demonstrates our strong capabilities on:

  • Leveraging new tools like Power Platform to build solutions.
  • Strong business workflows understanding of SAP.
  • Infrastructure capabilities to set up new things.

The use case demonstrated by Nihilent was on Customer Credit Risk management applicable in the Distribution and Manufacturing industry. In flat 2 weeks, the team built the actual working demo cutting across:

  • Typical interactions on the customer to distributor/manufacturer using Power Apps.
  • Notifications and alerts and approvals on Teams using Power Automate.
  • Self-service Chatbot on Virtual Agent.
  • Risk profiling and reporting for management on Power BI.
  • Core business logic on SAP S/4HANA.

Use Case: Deep Dive

Scenario: Customer Credit Risk Management


  • Most businesses supply goods or services to their customers on credit. This exposes them to a risk of non-payment or reduced cashflow if the customer does not pay up on time.
  • The credit Management feature in SAP manages this risk by allocating a certain credit limit to each customer. This prevents the sales team from booking orders for customers when the credit limit is exceeded. This is called a credit block.
  • This usually triggers a workflow in the sales hierarchy for approving order booking or dispatch based on the sales representatives’ (SR) inputs – such as customer’s promise to pay, payment is received but not banked, or future potential.

Problem Statement

The request for approval is usually made through a phone call or email to explain why the credit block should be removed. Typically, the SR does not have access to the SAP system and this leads to:

  • Low visibility of real customer outstanding or order status to the SR leading to wrong requests
  • No record of justification for credit release and difficulty in recording subjective reasons
  • Multiple channels of communicating with the sales hierarchy
  • Difficulty in identifying responsibility should things go wrong
  • Lack of insight into potential defaulting customers or SRs


  • SRs use Power Virtual Agent chatbot to get visibility of customer information without logging in to SAP and can raise credit block removal requests through POWERAPPS – Optimal use of SAP licenses, ease of use, and real-time view
  • Areas Sales and Zonal Managers are immediately notified of the requests on TEAMS reducing delays and without being interrupted by the SR calling on phone – Improved Process agility
  • Informed decision making viewing the SRs video requesting removal of the block – Improved traceability, audit record, and reduced frauds
  • CFOs and CSOs gain 360 Degree view of customers or SRs frequently requesting credit release on POWERBI dashboard – Insights for reducing credit risk

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