May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way – I am Joining SAP !


First things first – I am not really burning any bridges 🙂 “Burning bridges” is usually construed as a negative thing – but I mean this in the most positive way. To move forward, I need to let go of parts of my past career. I will also be reusing most of what I learnedContinue reading “May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way – I am Joining SAP !”

If Innovation Doesn’t Scale, How Do Vendors Ensure Mass Adoption ?


Few weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on n whether enterprise software companies can scale innovation . I was thrilled to see the quality of debate that this post started – with Thorsten Franz, Michael Bechauf et al jumping in to offer their POVs. So my next question is – if you cannot come upContinue reading “If Innovation Doesn’t Scale, How Do Vendors Ensure Mass Adoption ?”

On Business, IT And Artificial Distinctions


Whoever started the concept of IT treating Business as a customer did a big disservice to the world. Don’t get me wrong – I grew up thinking that Business is the dog, and IT is its tail, and the tail does not get to wag the dog. My thinking has evolved a lot recently, mostlyContinue reading “On Business, IT And Artificial Distinctions”

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…”

SAP SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – some expectations


The annual pilgrimage to SAPPHIRENOW is only a couple of weeks away from now.  SAP CEOs have announced a five pronged strategy that includes mobility, analytics, database, cloud and apps. Right off the bat – I am not a fan of this “5 market” strategy, given the “kitchen sink” approach. SAP just comes off asContinue reading “SAP SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – some expectations”

Will SAP get a second chance to create a good first impression with mobile developers?


I was part of the judging panel on Thursday for SAP’s HANA innojam at Palo Alto. And I had a chance to think about it some more on my plane ride back home Friday morning. Thanks to turbulence, I did not get a chance to write this during the plane ride as I usually do,Continue reading “Will SAP get a second chance to create a good first impression with mobile developers?”

SAP’s announcements on April 10,2012 – and Vijay says…


SAP very kindly let me participate in their analyst day on April 10th, and a dinner the night before in San Francisco Westin. I particularly enjoyed spending some time with Irfan Khan, who is the CTO of Sybase, and an SVP at SAP. SAP paid for my flights and hotel too. Here are my thoughtsContinue reading “SAP’s announcements on April 10,2012 – and Vijay says…”

Online Social Media – how much does it actually influence buying decisions ?


As a consumer, I am influenced by online social media. But the bigger the purchase, the less I am influenced by “online” social media, and more by “offline” social media. I won’t try a new restaurant without checking yelp reviews.I won’t buy a book without reading what others say in Amazon. I won’t buy aContinue reading “Online Social Media – how much does it actually influence buying decisions ?”

Now I believe SAP is serious about collaboration


I had an unusually busy day today, and consequently missed out “officially” congratulating my buddy  Sameer Patel and SAP when he broke the news on twitter and on his blog http://www.pretzellogic.org/blog/2012/03/13/im-joining-sap-ag/.  Of course I knew about it for a while since he and I had discussed this a few times as he was considering theContinue reading “Now I believe SAP is serious about collaboration”

SAP’s Cloud Strategy – are they good on the 5 M s?


Many years ago, I went to B school in India to get my MBA. Everything there was 5 Ps, 3 Cs and so on. I have tried to stay away from talking in those terms – but then yesterday, Jamie Oswald started a facebook discussion on the use of MBA. That brought back a lotContinue reading “SAP’s Cloud Strategy – are they good on the 5 M s?”