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Three very different posts on ASUGNews.com covered a range of hot topics in the SAP universe:
1. Courtney Bjorlin offered up an action plan for those SAP customers and ASUG members who want to influence SAP and find out more about its product roadmaps. She writes: “SAP recently updated a couple of websites on the Service MarketPlace that company executives claim will make it easier for customers to find information on these topics. The goal? To in turn help customers influence product roadmaps, and make sure they understand and are using many of the tools available to them under their maintenance and support agreements.”
2. Thomas Wailgum examines a recent Constellation Research report on the estimated $80 billion ecosystem built up around better SAP optimization. His take: While SAP is talking about “game-changing innovation” (see: Sapphire Now 2011), many of its customers really just want better utilization.
3. Our Community Corner blogger and SAP HCM consultant Jarret Pazahanick offers up three sure-fire ways to sabotage your next SAP consultant hire. In other words: Don’t ever do these three things, folks.
Quote of the Week
“Oracle is vulnerable. While Fusion is slowly gaining a core group of impressed customer fans, there are plenty of other things going on that make the company look like any other old software company that is mired in the success of the past and the complexity of the here and now.”
-Dennis Howlett, in a Oracle financial-outlook post on ZDNet
John Appleby, of Bluefin Solutions, stirred up the pot this week with an incisive post: “SAP HANA: Myth-Busting Through the Marketing Hype.” Your thoughts?
With so much talk of innovation going around, Frank Scavo writes (on his Enterprise System Spectator blog) “In Defense of Incremental Innovation.” A good read for those looking for a different point of view on “SAP Innovation.”
Michael Krigsman offers his take on the state of traditional, packaged SAP implementations as well as SAP’s nascent RDS program.
These types of things seem to come in waves, don’t they? IDG News Service’s Chris Kanaracus on Oracle’s most recent legal entanglement: ERP woes are school’s fault—and not Oracle’s.
And last: But, but, but what will marketing departments do for cool giveaways now?! Apple Tries to Put Kibosh on iPad, iPhone Giveaways.
Tweets of the Week @vendorprisey: communication, not engineering is SAP’s biggest challenge@applebyj: Seems that a number of analysts at #SAPPHIRENOW drank the SAP kool-aid. Can’t we have incisive analysis any more?@JacquelynHoward: After missing Sting at #SAPPHIRENOW, wondering if I should stick around for OneRepublic at #TechEd@natfriedman: “If you plan to take any Saturdays or Sundays off, please note them in the company vacation calendar.”