Since it’s Friday the 13th and I’ve been trying for more than 16 months to work Jason Voorhees into a post (you should’ve seen the awful drafts of “What Jason and ABAP Coding Have in Common” and “Camp Crystal Lake Reports: A New Beginning”), it seems only fitting to talk about all the scary and unlucky things that can befall enterprise software customers and what terrified us this week.
If you are horrified that SAP doesn’t publicly offer its software license pricing, then calm yourself by reading this insightful post by consultant Bill Wood.
Global tech spending has been left for dead and then suddenly come back to life more times than Mr. Voorhees. Gartner research (analyzed by ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker) concludes that enterprise IT spending is up but “the golden years are over.”
“That help-desk call, looking for iPad support, is coming from inside your building!” It’s OK, you’ve got a Genius Bar now—Eric Lai on why enterprises should build a Genius Bar to assist employees’ mobile needs.
According to DataInformed.com, companies that have successful BI and analytics projects “routinely find more than they were looking for, and things they did not expect.” Not like homicidal maniacs hiding in their closets—more like uncovering costly errors in business processes and even customer fraud.
Like Jason Voorhees, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is misunderstood by some people, writes Richard Stiennon, a former VP of research at Gartner, in an article on CIO.com. (Well, he doesn’t specifically mention Jason, but I needed a segue there.) “The Magic Quadrant is a valuable tool,” he says, “but it has to be used with full knowledge of the research process and the analysts behind it to get the greatest benefit.”
We welcomed back Courtney, and she delivers an inside look at the 2012 edition of the ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference, which kicks off September 10. She speaks with three conference veterans for their tips on how to make the most of this year’s show and what are going to be the hottest topics and sessions. ... SAP’s spent a lot of resources trumpeting HANA to its customer base. But what about its partners—are they sold on HANA? SAP announced some interesting partner programs this week that aim to drum up more business for its HANA and “HANA on BW” products. ... And finally, SAP apparently couldn’t wait to talk about Q2, releasing preliminary earnings results on Thursday. It was welcome news for SAP and the tech sector, as SAP nicely rebounded from a disappointing Q1.
Quote of the Week
“We mean it this time.”
-Stephanie Buscemi, head of solutions marketing at SAP, talking about the real-time capabilities of SAP’s technologies in 2012 (at SAP Industry Analyst conference this week)
Stat of the Week
44,000—the number of different systems that SAP runs its business on (and 20,000 of them are running on virtualized servers).
Tweets of the Week
@markmadsen: Nice analytics quote: “Torture the data, and it will confess to anything”
@vsikka: Just pre-announced… HANA just rocked. Rocked Q2. And welcome on board Luiza!!!! What an exciting time to scale the revolution!
@jasongorman: There are a lot of strange ideas about software design out there. Alarmingly, the database-centric view still seems to dominate