There was a ton of insightful and thought-provoking content on SAP and enterprise IT this week. Did you know, for example, that SAP Loves Linux? That’s the contention of Sean Kerner, at EnterpriseAppsToday, who writes, “While SAP cannot be considered an open source company in the same sense as Red Hat, SAP has made strides in open source involvement and adoption.”
Take two meaty topics—SAP certification and HANA—mix them up and add a first-person account of what the HANA certification process is like, and you’ve got the makings of a tasty blog post by Chris Houlder. It certainly got SAP’s attention.
Carpe Diem! There is life after SAP go-live, contends R3Now’s Bill Wood. Here’s how to get the most from it.
Todd Morrison, on SearchSAP.com, says that recycling SAP licenses can mean big savings for well-prepared organizations. “Effective recycling of SAP licenses can lead to significant savings,” he writes, “but companies must navigate a number of legal and accounting challenges around the use of those licenses.”
Not one SAP executive in BusinessInsider.com’s 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech? Really? Really. Well, at least they’ve got Lars.
A trio of stories this week: We talk to SAP luminary Michael Doane (author, blogger, consultant) about whether SAP’s innovative enough, why speed can kill rollouts, and why customers should ignore “cloud delusions.” ... What’s the Big Deal with Big Data? Apparently, a lot. Big Data encapsulates both business possibility and IT peril at the same time, but the promise of Big Data will go unrealized if it remains a confusing IT thing. ... And Gartner’s list of the top 25 supply chains on the planet includes 20 ASUG members and SAP customers. Read what SCM strategies these leaders are focusing on in 2012.
Quote of the Week
“Unlike Kodak, at SAP, we are not holding on to our OnPremise business alone. We are actively promoting OnDemand software for many areas.”
-Prashanth Padmanabhan, senior director of product management in SAP’s OnDemand HCM group, in a fascinating, objective post on how SAP will make money in the future
Stat of the Week
$71.7 million—the total economic impact of the combined 568 hours of downtime at 13 well-known cloud service providers since 2007, according the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency.
@oswaldxxl: OH: “This is enterprise software. Reasonableness has no home here.”
@pixelbase: There are still consultants who create new ABAP macros - Hello? it’s 2012, guys!
@dahowlett: Why did #SAP certify 5K+ #hana peeps when there are only 354 recorded deals and likely no more than 750 deals by years’ end? #madness
@merv: Useful reminder last week in a CIO event - over 40% I polled live have “no plans for big data in next year.” Here in the Valley, we forget.
@SAP_TALENT: What started today as potentially tricky cloud-onPrem discussion turned into customer comment “why didn’t #SAP buy #SuccessFactors earlier”
@thorstenster: SAP just informed me they will shut down my River-based app in five working days. Talk about innovation without disruption!