Cloud And Mobility Market In India – See It To Believe It !


As I am finishing up my visit to India, I cannot help but wonder why I chose to make a living in USA, and not here. As I stepped out the air conditioned room I was sitting in at my parents’ apartment to drive to a restaurant with my dad for lunch today afternoon –Continue reading “Cloud And Mobility Market In India – See It To Believe It !”

And Appleby says , It’s Cloudy out there…


For the first time ever on my blog, I have a guest post by my dear friend, John Appleby – fellow SAP mentor, blogger and an executive at Bluefin, in London, UK.  So without further ado – Ladies and Gentlemen,  I present to you, John Appleby 🙂   When you go to a major conference,Continue reading “And Appleby says , It’s Cloudy out there…”

Identity Crisis – A liberalized India with close to 10% growth, and still socialist?


Fair warning – this has nothing to do with SAP or Enterprise Software ! I very well remember learning in the civics and political science class in the 80s that the Preamble to Indian constitution reads “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC” .Continue reading “Identity Crisis – A liberalized India with close to 10% growth, and still socialist?”

SAP buys Ariba for $4.3B – rather pricey, but still a good deal


As I was fighting jet lag and lying wide awake on my hotel bed in Bangalore yesterday night, I saw the news on twitter that SAP is going to buy Ariba for $4.3B. When IBM bought Emptoris earlier, there was always a question of who will buy Ariba – and my bet was on Oracle.Continue reading “SAP buys Ariba for $4.3B – rather pricey, but still a good deal”

Some random thoughts on SAP’s cloud strategy


As I am flying to Bangalore, I have been thinking of SAP’s cloud strategy – or at least what I understood as their strategy – a fair bit. In general, they did not blow me away. However, I do think they have a lot of things done right. So here are some random thoughts forContinue reading “Some random thoughts on SAP’s cloud strategy”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, day 3 – HANA, Developers, Partnership – and one more thing !


Day 3 has been my favorite ever since Vishal and Hasso started keynoting on the last day of SAPPHIRE. So I was up bright and early, and got to the keynote area much before it started. Unlike last year, this time it was Hasso who started the Keynote. The first part of his session wasContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, day 3 – HANA, Developers, Partnership – and one more thing !”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando – Day 2 – Cloud, HANA and Mobility


My initial idea was to write an update for each day after the session – but after the first day, that plan did not work out. So here I am finishing this post in India., while fighting jetlag. Day 2 of SAPPHIRENOW was a lot more chaotic for me than Day 1 for sure. TheContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando – Day 2 – Cloud, HANA and Mobility”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, Day 1 Wrap – speed, simplicity, personalization


SAPPHIRE is a week of sleeplessness and schedule conflicts, and this time is no different.  Right up front – Big thanks to Mike Prosceno, Stacy Fish and Andrea Kaufman for the excellent meetings they arranged for bloggers. Today’s agenda included meetings with Rob Enslin ( who heads global sales), Sanjay Poonen (heads Global solutions) andContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, Day 1 Wrap – speed, simplicity, personalization”