Is “Pursuit of Profits” the killer of Innovation and the U.S. Economy? hmmm..I don’t think so


I saw this today morning on twitter via Frank Scavo http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/11/18/clayton-christensen-how-pursuit-of-profits-kills-innovation-and-the-us-economy/ It is an article on Forbes.com by Steve Denning, based on a talk at the Gartner Symposium ITExpo 2011 on October 16-20, 2011, given by Clayton Christensen. While I have a lot of respect for Christensen, I don’t think all the arguments made forthContinue reading “Is “Pursuit of Profits” the killer of Innovation and the U.S. Economy? hmmm..I don’t think so”

Highlight of Madrid SAPPHIRENOW 2011 – meetings with Snabe and Sikka


I am sitting in the flight back home from Madrid, and reflecting on what were the most interesting highlights of the week I spent in Madrid. I am pretty convinced it is the meetings I had with Vishal Sikka and Jim Snabe. Parts of the meeting are under NDA, so I cannot discuss it here. Continue reading “Highlight of Madrid SAPPHIRENOW 2011 – meetings with Snabe and Sikka”

Redbull migrates BW to HANA – I am suitably impressed


SAP allowed some of us bloggers to interact with Christian Stoxreiter of Redbull. They just finished migrating their BW system to HANA. We will see him during Vishal’s keynote tomorrow I think explaining in more detail. I am a big fan of Christian now after he made the comment “We want to be dynamic andContinue reading “Redbull migrates BW to HANA – I am suitably impressed”

SAP SAPPHIRE and Teched 2011 Madrid, Tuesday – HANA, BI 4.x, Netweaver et al


My day started with informal discussions on future of BI products. Mobile BI is of course a no brainer next big thing.  Question is how is SAP going to tackle this? Webi is by far the most commonly touted mobile BI client. Xcelsius has the flash limitation on iOS, and even on Android – notContinue reading “SAP SAPPHIRE and Teched 2011 Madrid, Tuesday – HANA, BI 4.x, Netweaver et al”

SAP Teched and SAPPHIRE 2011, Madrid – Monday


Fellow SAP mentor, Harald Reiter and I flew into Madrid on Monday morning from Phoenix on the same flight. Uneventful flight, and I managed to read about 400 pages of Steve Jobs biography. It is an impressive book, and I recommend it readily. We were a bit surprised at how long we have to walkContinue reading “SAP Teched and SAPPHIRE 2011, Madrid – Monday”

Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 2 – the Devil’s Polygon


Now that I have walked down the memory lane, this time around let me share some thoughts on what earned outsourcing a bit of bad reputation. Again, this is all just my personal view and not that of past or present employers. Outsourcing is not a perfect world at all – and the ill willContinue reading “Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 2 – the Devil’s Polygon”

SAPPHIRENOW 2011 Madrid – A few HANA questions if I may?


I am going to Madrid next week to attend SAPPHIRENOW. SAP is paying for my flight, hotel and admission. As I am preparing for the trip, I thought I will share the questions I am looking to get answers. My understanding at the moment is that HANA will bring in 100M Euros this year. ItContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2011 Madrid – A few HANA questions if I may?”