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We lead this week with an intriguing post by Michael Bestvina: Innovator’s Dilemma at its Finest—SAP, Oracle and the Cloud. There is a rather large cloud vs. on-premise conundrum now facing SAP (and Oracle), writes Bestvina: “Will SAP’s top executives give in to the Street and become another software graveyard or take a short term hit for long term growth?” There are no easy answers.
EV Technologies’ Eric Vallo checks in on the BI4 Common Semantic Layer—Our Hero?“I just get a vibe that the CSL is not getting the love that it should,” he writes. (Must have been a tough Valentine’s Day for CSL.)
Jarret Pazahanick unrolls his HCM mobility roadmap and this is what he finds.
The CIO Dashboard blog offers The 9 Best Project Management Techniques You’re Not Using. No. 4 on the list: “Use storyboards to show users how their (and customers) lives will improve once the project is done.”
Quote of the Week
ASUG is all about collaboration…. It really is a community that reaches out to you. And the more you reach out to it, the more itwill reach out to you and give you answers. So active participation is really the key. It’s such a great bargain, too—it’s such a cheap investment in what I like to call ‘free consulting.’ -Sherryanne Meyer, ASUG’s HCM chairperson and ASUG board member, on the SAP HCM Insights Podcast this week
We continued our HCM coverage this month, and Courtney delves into SAP’s plans for its SuccessFactors integration, as well as the overarching mobility and analytics strategies. From a high-level functional perspective, there is 100 percent overlap between SAP and SuccessFactors. But from a deployment method, there is zero overlap, SAP says.
Heard about SAP’s Customer Connection program? Courtney profiles the new SAP version of the Development Requests (or DRQ) program and reveals how HCM community members are pushing through a proposed change to SAP.
To figure out where SAP is going, it’s helpful to get to know the people behind the SAP logo. We debut a new “Get to Know” series, and I introduce Yasmin Awad—SVP of SAP’s Global User Group organization. “We have to avoid the cases where customers don’t have enough information,” Awad says. “User groups need to be informed on what we are planning.”
Tweets of the Week
@sapdba: If you haven’t already checked out the redesigned #SAP #HANA site, or if you just want to see @vsikka in his surf gear: http://ow.ly/94532@jonerp: SAP and Oracle are at their worst when firing shots at each other, has nothing to do with real shifts in play@fscavo: Oracle and SAP compete with each other according to same rules. Their real problem is new competitors that are playing a different game.
@cselland: this hotel wifi is free and still not worth the money@jonerp: Not nearly enough social media hyperbole in the #smw12 SAP event so far. Everyone is offering practical reality-based viewpoints. #confused