10.) Tips for successful SAP implementations
Not having the right skills on an ERP implementation team and lack of buy-in from employees once it’s launched are the two biggest causes of ERP implementation failures. Putting business-focused outcomes rather than deadlines in the contract is one way to ensure focused, and therefore successful, projects. In this post, learn more about ensuring successful SAP implementations.
9.) SAP weighs in on Oracle-Sun, Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal earned a little wrath from SAP after it suggested that SAP CEO Leo Apotheker could smooth the way for an Oracle-Sun merger. With Oracle and the European Commission headed for a showdown, not to mention whatever competitive advantage Oracle may gain by bundling hardware, databases and applications, SAP may have more to say about the deal.
8.) Moving SAP, hardware and all, into the cloud
Does it make sense for companies to continue to own their servers and desktop computers? In this post, one analyst suggested that companies can achieve significant cost savings by moving their non-mission-critical SAP infrastructure into the cloud.
7.) What does SAP have to say about the Oracle-Sun deal?
You can always count on SAP executive Bill McDermott to give a piece of his mind on what SAP often refers to as its “next largest competitor.” During an interview on SAP’s first quarter earnings in 2009, McDermott launched into his take on the Oracle-Sun acquisition.
6.) Jon Reed: SAP to start paying more attention to R/3 users
SAP Mentor Jon Reed took part in some high-level discussions at SAP TechEd 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz. He says that SAP may be pulling back from its emphasis on upgrading to SAP ERP 6.0 and will start paying more attention to its installed base of R/3 4.6C/4.7 users.
5.) Who wants SAP on the iPhone?
When SAP and Sybase announced in March a new effort to make SAP mobile applications for the iPhone and BlackBerry, it raised the question of the promises and perils of the consumerization of IT and the challenges it presents, not only to productivity but to IT departments.
4.) Is certification the ticket to a more successful SAP implementation?
SAP implementations rarely finish on time or on budget. Our readers lent some interesting advice on how to avoid ERP implementation failure.
3.) What’s the real trend in failed SAP projects?
A claim by Shane and Co. that a failed SAP ERP implementation was a catalyst for the jewelry company’s descent into bankruptcy sent the SAP blogosphere into a tizzy in early 2009. But one expert pointed out that it’s not the software’s fault that you didn’t put it in right, and that blame for Shane and Co.’s failings lies squarely with the management team and the system integrator.
2.) Who’s taking ERP market share from SAP, Oracle?
By a wide margin, SAP and Oracle remained one and two, respectively, in the North American enterprise software market. But in looking at this year’s market numbers, the more interesting question was: Who took market share from them?
1.) Will SAP buy Tibco?
The question of whether SAP would buy Tibco first came up when Oracle bought BEA Systems. Many thought that SAP needed to boost its own middleware, SAP NetWeaver, and that Tibco would make for an ideal acquisition. That thought resurfaced in 2009 after Tibco announced that it was offering cloud computing tools. And while a deal never materialized in 2009, many believe that the vendor is due for a big acquisition in 2010.
SAP is amongst a host of vendors that sells some form of sustainability software focused on the supply chain. But it still may be a while before the industry sees software geared toward enabling green, end-to-end manufacturing. The reason? There aren’t really standards and methods at the moment for what should be tracked and reported.
That could begin to change next month, when AMR Research releases its first Sustainability Top 25 report – an index ranking the top 25 companies with the most sustainable supply chains. The list is expected to be released in January 2010, and subsequently will be published annually, just like the firm’s Supply Chain Top 25 ranking (on which the methodology for the new index is based).
AMR acknowledges that this index would join a slew of other like-indexes focusing on sustainability.
That said, many of the existing indexes, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (on which SAP was named the highest-ranking software company this year), lack the ability to keep track of the operational sustainability of corporations, AMR Chief Strategy Officer Kevin O’Marah said at the recent AMR Sustainability Exchange event in Boston.
Meanwhile, the need for an in-depth index to track performance and measure improvement continues to grow. As such, the Sustainability Top 25 will focus specifically on the operational standpoint of corporations and their supply chains, as opposed to a company’s overall approach to sustainable practice.
Will AMR’s new supply-chain focused sustainability ranking be the push vendors like SAP need to better develop their sustainability software?]]>
New CEO Bridgette Chambers said the organization is making improvements to its communities and special interest groups that will “get us back to the core of what’s made our brand strong,” including efforts in education, networking and influence. Chambers promised more details in January, when they will reveal the initiative to their members.
“[We] took a look at the value ASUG members were getting in the past and decided it needed to improve,” Chambers said.
ASUG provides services for its members in three main areas – education, networking and influence. In this dismal economy, it’s difficult to underestimate the importance of networking and education. Many ASUG members I’ve spoken with say it’s the best part of the organization.
But it’s good to hear Chambers say there will also be a renewed focus on influence. Chambers said ASUG’s influence efforts will include focusing on the integration of NetWeaver into the SAP Business Objects stack.
There’s line of thought out there that ASUG hasn’t been as good of an advocate for its members as some of the European users groups, particularly when it came to the SAP Enterprise Support affair. European user groups challenged SAP, while ASUG initially responded by holding a series of webcasts for its customers about the new support offering.
But the SAP Enterprise Support affair revealed just how influential user groups can be. And it seems to have drawn a renewed focus at SAP which will encourage closer work with its customers.
With SAP’s new focus on agile development, there are new opportunities for more customer involvement in software development. SAP has lofty goals in 2010 of using the cloud, in-memory technology and mobile platforms to develop more software. Through ASUG, customers can help make sure SAP’s delivering on the product roadmaps it promised.]]>
There was plenty of emotion to go around in Boston this past week.
You’ve probably gathered by now that there were two SAP-related conferences being held in town this week. Downtown was SAP’s own conference, called the SAP Influencer Summit, at which it talked about its strategy and product roadmap for the year. Across the Charles River in Cambridge, there was something new called “Sapience.”
Leading up to the events, Sapience had gained a reputation of being the “anti-SAP,” conference. That really couldn’t have been further from the truth. It was aimed largely at giving SAP customers options for saving money and freeing up cash for innovation, from application strategies to working with consultants and systems integrators to maintenance.
Ultimately, it was aimed at helping SAP shops get more out of their SAP application investments.
Meanwhile, the theme of the SAP Influencer Summit was “The Clear Path Forward.” Sapience means “wisdom.” And it became clear from Sapience that in order to really move the company forward, SAP really needs to rely on some of the wisdom from the past.
I’ve been told that it’s clear that there are some within the organization — such as Snabe — who really want to refocus on building customer relationships, and on strengthening SAP’s legacy of listening to its customers and delivering on its promises.
“We know businesses. We know how to create value. We stay with our customers and never leave them [that] kind of approach,” Snabe said when asked about SAP’s culture during a press conference.
Getting SAP to deliver on its promises is what customers want of their vendor at the very least, according to enterprise application analyst Ray Wang. Survey research he presented during his keynote at Sapience showed that customers’ number one concern is on reducing the cost of ownership and complexity of their systems.
SAP says it’s getting that message. At the Influencer Summit, executives said that helping customers reduce the total cost of ownership will come through innovating via on-demand SAP application extensions, the cloud, mobile and in-memory databases.
What would you like to see from SAP in 2010?]]>