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Anybody remember ERP upgrades? It can be difficult to bring your attention back to ERP and upgrades when there’s so much HANA, mobile and analytics discourse these days. In On the Road to EHP6, on SCN, consultant Kevin Grove writes about the challenges facing “the vast majority of SAP customers [who] are still using the boring old stuff.”
Analyst Cindy Jutras takes a good, hard look at SAP’s new developer programs and (correctly) asks: What Do They Mean to the Business?
Another gem of a post by SAP consultant Bill Wood, this time on SAP change management. He writes: “People do NOT simply resist change—they resist change they do not understand and change they perceive is a threat.”
If you missed any of the action from SAP HANA Inside Track event this week, go here to check out the replays and ASUG member Tammy Powlas’s Twitter compendium.
CIOs are feeling enormous pressure to innovate, but to blindly follow any one expert’s or vendor’s innovation guidance can be a perilous pursuit. That’s the topic I investigate this week in The Innovation Conundrum: What Is the Measure of Innovation? ... Courtney dives into the pros and cons of SAP’s new mobile developer initiatives and the story behind those free mobile app developer licenses. … And lastly, SAP added another tool to the HANA toolbox—social sentiment analysis software—which SAP says it can have up and running in weeks.
Quote of the Week
"It was not a good user experience. We were losing the hearts and minds of the users."
-Tom Rodden, senior director of enterprise applications at Varian Medical Systems, talking about his company’s SAP experiences and why it was looking for “replacements to SAP for non-core applications.” Source: WSJ.com
Stat of the Week
$306 million—that sum (plus the $120 million in attorneys’ fees already forked over by SAP) is what SAP is now responsible for paying to Oracle to end the TomorrowNow saga. (However, Oracle does have a right to appeal, and probably will, because, ya know, they’re Oracle, so this could keep dragging on and on and on….)
CIO Move of the Week
Ramon F. Baez is now the “former CIO” of CPG manufacturer Kimberly Clark. HP announced this week that it had hired Baez to be its newest CIO. He’s switching industries but not core enterprise software vendors, since both KC and HP are big-time SAP customers (and ASUG members). Next up for him: Updating his Twitter bio (@RamonfBaez) to reflect his new gig.
Tweets of the Week
@orthous: I don’t want BIG Data, I want BIG information.
@pixelbase: Annoying when things are being reconsidered and redesigned just for the sake of offering something new, being different - and innovative!
@jonerp: IMO biggest ByD news is release of SDK to all partners. Partners tell me this will help them to build last mile solutions
@Joab_Jackson: When I hear “is optimized for,” I always think of a Best Buy sales guy who told me some xpensive PC was “optimized for the Internet” Yeah
@jeffnolan: I’m still not clear on why #HANA was not delivered as cloud offering. Seems obvious, even 5 yrs ago. #SAPID
@esjewett: Extreme data, big data, blah blah blah. We can’t even deal with normal data. Maybe someone could do some work on *that* problem?
@M_Myers: Anyone else think that NBC covers the Olympics the same way Oracle treats their customers?