SAP HANA – slowly moving out of hype into actual projects


2011 was when HANA hype was on over drive – it was along the lines of “HANA will solve world hunger by feeding entire generations on perceived future business value” . Every where I mentioned HANA, customers were pushing back with raised eyebrows. That did not stop SAP from selling HANA though. SAP customers doContinue reading “SAP HANA – slowly moving out of hype into actual projects”

SAP – ECC is catching another wind. Are we ready?


I don’t think I have seen another time after the mid to late nineties when the market was this hot for SAP.  Several companies seem to be in a hurry to do big SAP projects again . And no – they are not talking of big HANA projects, or big mobility projects or big cloudContinue reading “SAP – ECC is catching another wind. Are we ready?”

2012 looks likely to be a good year for SAP Business Analytics, as long as it works on iPad


As always, I started the year picking my customers’ brains on what they would like to see happen in 2012 in their companies.  I also checked in with a few colleagues to make sure what I am hearing is not isolated. These are all long existing SAP shops. I will restrict this post to discussionsContinue reading “2012 looks likely to be a good year for SAP Business Analytics, as long as it works on iPad”

Will SAP be completely Hardware Agnostic in future? I am betting it won’t be.


Josh Greenbaum posted this blog making a case for HW independence for SAP. http://insiderprofiles.wispubs.com/article.aspx?iArticleId=6265 .  Josh needs no introduction, and I am a huge fan of the guy. But on this topic, I respectfully disagree with him.   I do agree with Josh in that the Apple analogy is not exactly applicable to keep HWContinue reading “Will SAP be completely Hardware Agnostic in future? I am betting it won’t be.”

Rapid Implementation – is the promised land finally here ?


Mike Krigsman posted this today morning on his ZDNET blog http://www.zdnet.com/blog/projectfailures/predicting-2012-rapid-implementation-in-focus/ . I tried to post a comment, but somehow that does not seem to have posted. So I thought of posting it here.   I am not entirely convinced that Rapid Deployments will bring terrific benefits, but will be watching it closely in 2012. Continue reading “Rapid Implementation – is the promised land finally here ?”

Will the economy hurt SAP? BofA/Merrill thinks it will, I seriously doubt it


Today morning, I saw this news  http://www.businessinsider.com/analyst-sap-headed-for-rocky-patch-2011-12 and then this article in Forbes ( written by someone in Forbes Staff, not advoice)  http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/12/16/sap-merrill-downgrades/?partner=yahootix BofA / Merrill Lynch analyst Chandramouli Sriraman downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral.  And when I checked the stock for SAP AG, it seemed to be trading about 2.6% down. AndContinue reading “Will the economy hurt SAP? BofA/Merrill thinks it will, I seriously doubt it”

SAP Influencer Summit – 2011, It’s all about the cloud


I almost missed the SAP Influencer Summit in Boston this year due to a last minute official trip across the oceans . But things worked out, and I managed to get back to Boston to attend the Influencer summit .  In fact the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Boston had quite a few SAP folksContinue reading “SAP Influencer Summit – 2011, It’s all about the cloud”

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”