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May 23, 2008  10:40 AM

SAP megadeal goes wrong



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

SAP signed a megadeal with the U.K.'s Birmingham City Council (BCC) in 2006 designed to save the sum of $2 billion over 10 years. However, SAP's BCC deal is currently a project in trouble, joining the cities of

May 22, 2008  11:20 AM

Workday’s HCM deals: Some thoughts



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

The IT industry is abuzz with talk of Workday's recent Software as a Service (SaaS) deals at Chiquita and Flextronics. While I'm glad that Workday is having its day in the sun -- after all, I have Workday founder Dave Duffield to thank for Cornell's Duffield Hall, where I passed many pleasant hours...


May 16, 2008  9:41 AM

Portland’s busted SAP implementation



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

There is a growing number of failed SAP public sector deployments, ranging in scope from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) megadeal to the smaller Burnaby, B.C. project. Now the...


May 15, 2008  10:49 AM

SAP skills: Is your job on the chopping block?



Posted by: JackDanahy
basis, SAP

There's a major shortage of SAP skills in the marketplace, thanks to the inevitable lag time between SAP's aggressive debut of new products and IT workers' ability to master the associated skills. That's the message from Foote Partners' upcoming report on IT skills and compensation. The report is...


May 13, 2008  11:00 AM

Why did you go to Sapphire?



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP, sapphire

The show floor was electric this year at Sapphire 2008 in Orlando. With over 15,000 attendees, the vendors had their work cut out for them. I saw booths that featured magicians, Guitar Hero, and a 2008 Porsche. A handful took the sex appeal approach. With all these distractions, people were...


May 12, 2008  4:28 PM

SAP’s BPM Roadmap



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

For most industry watchers, ‘SAP’ and ‘BPM’ go together in the context of ProcessWorld, SAP partner IDS Scheer’s annual Business Process Management (BPM) shindig. But at Sapphire 2008, SAP showed signs of wanting to address more BPM capabilities via NetWeaver BPM.


May 12, 2008  8:52 AM

Burnaby: another SAP cost overrun



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

The city of Burnaby, British Columbia (B.C.) is a small Canadian town that could furnish the next big SAP cost overrun story. In 2005, Burnaby committed $10 million (in Canadian currency, which is currently close to even with the U.S. dollar) to an SAP financials system. Now, in 2008, an article...


May 6, 2008  9:20 AM

Where SAP is going



Posted by: JackDanahy
sapphire

ORLANDO—One of the general anxieties at this or any other SAPPHIRE is about SAP’s strategic direction. The perennial question for customers old and new, as well as for prospects, is: “Where is SAP going, and how will it impact me?”

A new report...


May 5, 2008  4:27 PM

The changing role of the finance organization



Posted by: JackDanahy
sapphire

SAPPHIRE is not only a place to hear about the latest SAP developments but also an important source of business strategy news. For example, today IBM released its Global CFO Study 2008 at SAPPHIRE today, with the CEO study to appear tomorrow. IBM’s CFO Study, executed in cooperation with The...


May 1, 2008  10:15 AM

SAP’s Q1: The shape of things to come



Posted by: JackDanahy
SAP

SAP's Q1 results just came in at the lower range of SAP's guidance. The Americas software and services business was down 13 percent from Q1 2007, indicating that the U.S. recession is registering a meaningful impact on software spending across the board (since Oracle's and Microsoft's numbers were...


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