SAP Watch:

May, 2011

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May 27, 2011  12:58 PM

What lessons can businesses learn from sports analytics?

Todd Morrison Todd Morrison Profile: Todd Morrison

At the SAP Sapphire Now conference, I had the chance to listen to a talk by Dr. Andrew McAfee, from MIT's center for digital business, and Paul Nannetti from Capgemini, both of whom talked about

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May 18, 2011  11:34 AM

Oil company swaps out SAP licenses after software audit

Todd Morrison Todd Morrison Profile: Todd Morrison

Most companies buy licenses they don't end up using.  The question is, how much? Down here in Orlando for the Sapphire Now conference, I met Paul Peters, the enterprise architect for the Tesoro corporation, an oil refiner with a number of retail gas stations in the U.S. Months ago, Tesoro...


May 17, 2011  10:57 AM

Hairballs, NetSuite and SAP

Todd Morrison Todd Morrison Profile: Todd Morrison

NetSuite announced the winners of its second-annual Hairball awards this past week, which it gives to customers that have "untangled" themselves from unwieldy on-premises ERP applications, and implemented NetSuite instead. I'd hate to see what a Hairball trophy looks like. What was...


May 16, 2011  4:28 PM

A chat with Ryan Goodman

Jacquelyn Howard Jacquelyn Howard Profile: Jacquelyn Howard

After a dramatic morning keynote, which involved actor Gabriel Byrne narrating the evolution of technology with an eye towards the future, I sat down with Ryan Goodman, CEO of Centigon Solutions. You may also know him from his

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May 16, 2011  3:52 PM

SAP Announces Enterprise Performance Management 10

Jacquelyn Howard Jacquelyn Howard Profile: Jacquelyn Howard

At SAPPHIRE NOW this morning, SAP announced the release of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management 10, which "moves EPM best practices beyond the finance department to managers throughout the company." This release is prepared for SAP HANA and incorporates mobile capabilities. "The...


May 13, 2011  2:36 PM

Looking ahead to SAPPHIRE NOW next week

Jacquelyn Howard Jacquelyn Howard Profile: Jacquelyn Howard

With just a few days to go before heading down to SAPPHIRE NOW 2011, it's time to finalize those agendas and set up meetings. SearchSAP will be at the event all week - you can follow the conference live on our

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May 9, 2011  2:07 PM

Is the customer to blame when SAP implementations fail?

Todd Morrison Todd Morrison Profile: Todd Morrison

The lessons to be learned from Marin County's spectacularly failed SAP implementation, and the bitter lawsuit it subsequently filed against SAP and system integrator Deloitte Consulting as a result were the topic of a Wednesday conference call. One of the takeaways from the call is that while...


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