SAP Watch:

April, 2008


April 14, 2008  9:54 AM

Clouding the issue: Google and Salesforce.com partner

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Fresh off a throwdown with former SAP CEO Hasso Plattner, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, has hooked up with Google. Going forward, Google Apps (including Gmail and Google Talk) will...

April 11, 2008  10:58 AM

The end of IT

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Everyone knows about the bottom-up pressure on in-house IT -- namely, that IT outsourcing has made it cheaper and more efficient to move basic functions such as maintenance and testing outside the four walls of the enterprise. After ten years, this can't be called a trend anymore; for enterprises,...


April 10, 2008  11:38 AM

More TomrorowNow trouble

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SAP's bid to keep what it called "highly confidential" information pertaining to the Oracle lawsuit over TomorrowNow has been blocked in a California courthouse. Of course, there's no telling just what that information is, but it might reveal strategic insights into TomorrowNow's operations and/or...


April 9, 2008  5:18 AM

Rimini Street won’t buy TomorrowNow

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TomorrowNow, the support company that specializes in PeopleSoft, was acquired by SAP in 2005 and hit with an

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April 8, 2008  8:31 AM

SAP certification: anatomy of a false promise

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Is SAP certification worth much? It depends on who you ask. The JKT-SAP Solution Academy of India is a firm believer in the value of certification, making the following assurances on its website: 1. The certificate shows that the consultant has sound knowledge of the SAP system in the area in...


April 7, 2008  11:04 AM

SAP’s unexpected infrastructure investment

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SAP Ventures is one of the companies that has invested $15 million in Imprivata, an identity and access management technology company that offers both hardware and software. SAP Ventures was particularly impressed by Imprivata's ability to "address compliance and insider security threats,"...


April 4, 2008  10:37 AM

Benioff v. Plattner: let history decide

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Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and former SAP CEO Hasso Plattner squared off in a Churchill Club-sponsored debate, at the Computer History Museum yesterday, on the topic of the future of enterprise software. Naturally, each man championed his company's vision, with Benioff touting

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April 3, 2008  10:46 AM

How ERP speeds order-to-cash cycle

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A recent Aberdeen survey co-sponsored by SAP discovered ERP's ability to speed up the order-to-cash cycle in specific, measurable ways. The key takeaway is the following checklist of what best-in-class order-to-cash companies (those with the fastest cash flow) are doing:

  • Standardizing...


April 2, 2008  1:15 PM

SAP’s heir apparent

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As expected, SAP has nominated Léo Apotheker to be co-CEO along with Henning Kagermann. It is highly likely that Kagermann will step down from the position in 2009, leaving Apotheker in sole charge...


April 1, 2008  11:50 AM

Waste Management versus SAP: Allegations and details

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Waste Management is suing SAP for over $100 million in damages alleged to arise from SAP's "fraud" in misrepresenting its waste management software to the company. Those interested in learning...


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