'Europe's most influential technology company is helping us make on-demand
the global standard,' wrote Marc Benioff (pictured) in a memo yesterday to
all his employees at SalesForce.com. He was referring to SAP, the German
software giant, which is finally expected to announce an on-demand CRM
product this week, after what Benioff called 'months of warming up.'
"Is SAP on the defensive?" Benioff's memo continued. "Are they worried that
with few customers actually using their CRM software, and salesforce.com
making significant inroads in their customer base, their entire business
model may be at risk?"
He was far from optimistic, on SAP's behalf:"For starters, they had better
hope that their on-demand offering will win more fans than their on-premise
But that was just his opening salvo. Soon he warmed to this theme:
"While SAP claims leadership in CRM, expe... (more)
"Mendocino will revolutionize the way information workers work," said SAP CEO
Henning Kagermann today in his keynote address to an audience of 7,500
customers, partners, and analysts at Sapphire '05 in Boston. But he stressed
that neither SAP, Microsoft, or any other technology provider can be expected
to be the sole drivers of innovation.
Kagermann was joined by CIO-level executives from Intel, Colgate-Palmolive,
Home Depot, and Network Appliance to reinforce this latter point. "The
technology is available to everyone, but it's the speed in which it's
deployed and the executive ... (more)
(October 9, 2007) - Just as SYS-CON.com speculated it might back in
mid-September, SAP has agreed to buy Business Objects. The price paid net of
cash acquired will be $6.8BN. CEO John G. Schwarz is to be kept on, and SAP
says it's going to keep the Business Objects brand and let the company
operate as a standalone entity.
The acquisition is a clear reponse to Oracle's having bought Business Objects
competitor Hyperion. Business Objects' applications - which include data
integration, performance management, query and analysis, and reporting
functions - are used to measure profit... (more)
SAP AG announced that Florida Power & Light Company has selected the SAP for
Utilities solution portfolio. FPL will consolidate numerous disparate systems
to better manage corporate planning, asset management and compliance
reporting, and provide a standard platform to support the company's growth
strategy. Expanding on its existing SAP footprint in financials, supply chain
and human resources, FPL will standardize on the SAP NetWeaver technology
platform to more quickly and easily integrate new systems as its business
continues to expand.
"SAP's solution set for utilities, comb... (more)
SAP announced the appointment of José Duarte as president and CEO of the
company’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), and
Rodolpho Cardenuto as president and CEO of SAP Latin America. The new leaders
assume their roles as Erwin Gunst, formerly president of SAP EMEA, and Bill
McDermott, formerly president and CEO of Americas & Asia Pacific Japan,
assume new executive positions within the company and officially join the
Executive Board of SAP AG as previously announced on April 2, 2008.
Leadership in the EMEA Region
José Duarte, in the role of president and CEO... (more)