ASUG Annual Conference and Sapphire Now are just around the corner—can’t wait for all those “wheels up, headed to Orlando” travel tweets this weekend. Seriously though, while there were plenty of #ASUG2012 and #SapphireNow posts and previews to read this week, there was also the curious post about SAP and Indirect Access: Is SAP Taking Advantage of Its Customers? It was written by Dave Blake, CEO of the UpperEdge consultancy, which aims to help companies better negotiate with their vendors. The gist of the post: SAP may be stepping up enforcement of “indirect access” licensing instances—i.e., when unlicensed SAP users access SAP software or data from third-party apps or other tech means. How big a concern (and potential financial shock) might this be for SAP customers? A pretty big one, though there’s been a dearth of public customer outrage (note: We’re always willing to listen to your complaints). SAP’s been mum on the topic so far, but the way that it’s been touting its “openness to third-party systems and developers,” this news comes as quite a head-scratcher.
The other big news was SAP’s and Amazon’s expanding cloud relationship, as reported by GigaOm’s Barb Darrow. In short, there are more options for SAP customers to own less of their infrastructure. Hmmm. Strange bedfellows does the cloud make.
Speaking of strange: A lengthy Fortune article on how HP lost its way included many sordid corporate happenings, especially during former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker’s brief tenure as HP CEO. Another former SAP’er, Marty Homlish, allegedly referred to Apotheker as “my lord” on occasion while at HP, likely as a joke. Hah. (Any one else picturing dark robes and Siths?)
And last: People just can’t seem to get enough of HANA—even people whose paychecks are not signed by SAP. This week saw even more coverage and analysis of all things HANA: Preparing for HANA and HANA vs. Exalytics and new HANA customer case studies and the BW on HANA FAQ.On ASUGNews.com
In the Community Corner, guest blogger David Hannon offers helpful tips on How to Avoid the Pitfalls of ‘Geek Speak’ ... For the BI community, Courtney (who’s still out on maternity leave) introduces us to 13 SAP Employees Who Drive BI Strategy at SAP… I talk to SAP’s CMO and reveal 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Sapphire Now ... And ASUG CEO Bridgette Chambers highlights the insight and inspiration attendees will receive at ASUG Annual Conference.Quote of the Week
Look at cloud computing. I feel that it’s more of a commodity. I’m trying to stay away from those areas where there isn’t competitive differentiation. A cloud is a cloud is a cloud, and our competitors can access cloud computing as fast as anyone can. I don’t want to be behind—if there’s an opportunity to reduce cost, of course I will take advantage of that. But I don’t consider it one of those unique ideas that can really differentiate the way we do business.
-Filippo Passerini, president of global business services and CIO of Procter & Gamble, when asked how “the cloud” fits into P&G’s strategy, in WSJ.com interview
Stat of the Week50,000+: The number of SAP employees who, beginning in July, will start receiving all 19 modules of SuccessFactors, including the mobile dashboard.
Tweets of the Week
@micdoane: Am I the only one who still cares about medium sized data?@sprabu: While we are talking about Cloud, Analytics, Social and Mobile, I realized most HR tech teams are still thinking Portal and Workflows.@SAP_Jarret: #SAP is still rolling out the Hunter Douglas CRM RDS customer example a yr later. Time for a new example RDS team.@gpmyers: Now attending my favorite #ASUG webcast so far this year. #dieDeskieDIE@timoelliott: More data! blah Mobile! Lots of apps! blah Cloud! blah. Blah Blah Blah.@dallasmarks: FYI, “Oh, I’ll just uninstall #Xcelsius quickly before heading to office” = really dumb idea. Humming Jeopardy theme…@nstevenlucas: Favorite search of the day…search google for “SAP HANA” and take a look at who is buying the Google adwords. Our old friends at Oracle :)@cselland: rule of thumb - it’s only OK to call something ‘must-read’ if someone ELSE wrote it