On ZDNet, Phil Wainewright’s deconstruction of systems vendors’ “misconceptions about the cloud” is well worth the read for any ASUG member or SAP customer contemplating what the cloud actually is.
ReadWriteWeb’s Scott Fulton interviews SAP’s Dinesh Sharma on SAP’s desire to own the enterprise social software space and why that might be important to customers.SAP HANA vs. Oracle Ex-box: Part 1 is the name of the post by SAP’s David Hull, who promises “to present a fact-based, technical assessment of these competing platforms.” We’re holding you to it, David.
On SCN, Richard Hirsch offers a detailed overview of SAP’s evolving cloud strategy, and includes the phrase “Musical Chairs and SaaS Chastity Belts” in his post’s headline, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
Been faking your way through too many conversations on Big Data and Analytics? The fine folks at DataInformed.com have got you covered with this helpful glossary.Stat of the Week-1.7%: the drop, in average market value, for non-certified “SAP and enterprise application skills” during October 2011 – April 2012, according to Foote Partners May 2012 research.On ASUGNews.com
BusinessObjects support has always been a subject of intense customer interest, and a recent member survey by the UK & Ireland SAP User Group stirred things up again. The headline on the survey report: “BusinessObjects users say SAP’s technical support needs to improve.” So I asked a couple of ASUG members their views on it and then asked SAP what, if anything, the vendor was doing to improve BusinessObjects support. As a follow-up to my article, Greg Myers (whom I interviewed for my article) wrote a well-reasoned post on SCN that added more context to the story. Another related story—Patch Management in SAP Business Objects 4.0, by Jonathan Haun—is a must-read for BOBJ peeps.
Quote of the Week
SAP’s franchise in ERP is in danger. They announced they will have nothing new until 2020. They are buying Ariba, and they bought SuccessFactors. SAP’s business is ERP and they have nothing new in the cloud for at least eight years and I’d argue nothing for 10 to 12 years.
-Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, “assessing” the competition at this week’s All Things Digital confab
Tweets of the Week
@mizkonary: Head of global sourcing at $1.4b firm ‘saved $4m in hardware w/ virtualization, resulted in $52m software license compliance issue’@MarkYolton: Why do all those #SAP + #SCN + @SAPmentors keep cringing at “game changing” innovation while referencing kittens? http://bit.ly/KfiZSx@tpowlas: The World Is Changing... > just read this #SCN blog by @gpmyers#ASUG Volunteer re: #SAPPHIRENOW#ASUG2012@SteveBogner: Henry Ford said if he asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’ - good lesson for consultants too@marthaheller: #CIO Quote: of the Day: “The average executive has an attention span of 4 PowerPoint slides.”@skeohan: OH: It’s impossible to make a system idiot-proof, because idiots are so goddamned ingenious.