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'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 solution has." But that was just his opening salvo. Soon he warmed to this theme: "While SAP claims leadership in CRM, expe... (more)

SAP CEO Outlines "Next Practices"

"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)

SAP To Buy Business Objects For $6.8BN

(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)

Florida Power & Light Generates Growth With SAP

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 Appoints New Presidents in EMEA and Latin America

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)