Ex-SAP Mentor speaks on a SAP’s year in review

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Dec 13, 2012

    Esteemed blogger, industry analyst and ex-SAP mentor Dennis Howlett has been exceptionally vocal this week on the subject of SAP’s last twelve months with his “year in review” piece which he has eluded to on a number of other websites.

    Howlett suggest that SAP is on a transformation that will take it right though until roughly 2015 before the “new company” emerges.

    “The 'old' SAP was insular, often hallmarked by a desire to excel at software engineering but only provided that engineering emanated from its own labs. The expression 'not invented here' fits very well with that mindset and was a constant source of frustration for partners.”

    “This year, SAP recognised that it cannot be the innovator of innovators for all its customers. The world is moving far too quickly for any single vendor to realistically claim that title. Instead, it is comfortable with helping get technology into the marketplace as quickly as possible and then seeing what happens,” writes Howlett.

    In what is a series of posts on both the ZDNet and Cloud Pro websites, Howlett examines the current state of the SAP nation and takes into account HANA both as a database and as a development platform

    Does SAP itself understand where it is going now? Or is it at risk of talking itself into a corner over the mix of acquisitions and innovations that it is attempting to balance?

    The consensus appears to be mostly positive for the company as we round out a productive and progressive year, but also a difficult one in terms of the size of the continued challenge is has ahead on the road to 2015. Let’s get 2013 and 2014 out of the way first and hope that things gel as they should.

    Released: December 13, 2012, 5:50 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 2:37 pm
    Keywords: Opinion News | HANA | SAP




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