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1) SAP to double programming staff in India: German software maker SAP plans to hire 1,900 software programmers to
work in its Bangalore, India, development center by the end of 2006,
the company said Tuesday.
2) Shai Agassi's passion -- NetWeaver: When SAP executive board member Shai Agassi talks about SAP
NetWeaver, he speaks of miracles, Red Seas parting and a new belief
system. On the eve of SAP NetWeaver 2004 announcement last week,
Agassi talked with SearchSAP.com about why he thinks SAP NetWeaver
can change the IT world.
3) Software Review: SAP Business One : SAP has packaged its core applications in a flexible, capable product
that makes sense for small and medium businesses struggling to make
the best use of their business information. While SAP Business One
isn't cheap -- U.S. $3,750 per user -- it delivers strong value for
4) IBM'S Gerstner Says Company Was Close to Buying SAP - in 1996: International Business Machines Corp. came close to buying Germany's
SAP AG, the biggest maker of business software, in 1996, the
Financial Times reported, citing IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner's
book "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?"
IBM had recently acquired Lotus Development Corp., another business
software company, and was poised to buy SAP when Gerstner, who was
then chief executive officer, vetoed the transaction and instead took
IBM out of the business software business, the newspaper said.
6) Ways to win, lose at SAP game: ...No SAP user expects to be able to go live, and thrive, without
mistakes. More often than not, it's the fault of an IT team, and not
the SAP software, when projects go awry, according to many experts...
7) SAP has the last laugh - Tech News - CNET.com: As SAP, Europe's biggest software maker, marks its 30th anniversary
this week, its combative chief executive has cause for a certain
satisfaction. Throughout the rise of the New Economy bubble in late
1999 and 2000, CEO Hasso Plattner had to battle charges that SAP was
a dinosaur left behind in the explosive growth of the Internet. The
company, which Plattner created with four colleagues from IBM, had
made its name with big corporate planning systems that were a byword
for technical excellence and user unfriendliness, requiring armies of
consultants and months of preparation to make them work.
8) ERP II SAP/Oracle Escalation Wake-up Call: Some enterprises with large-scale SAP/Oracle systems have experienced
an Oracle DBMS bug, which has exposed problems with the vendors'
support escalation processes. In the complex world of ERP II,
enterprises with large-scale implementations are likely to experience
difficulties that expose flaws in vendors' support and quality
assurance processes. Therefore, enterprises should become more
proactive with respect to their system support and management. The
critical support and escalation issues illustrated by the Oracle DBMS
bug will have major ramifications on the credibility of the ERP II
Unix market to support large-scale business operations.
9) SAPís Application Server Move Will Be "Massively Unsuccessful": Speaking at Information Age's Collaborative Commerce conference in
London (Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2002), Fred Meyer (chief product strategist
at application integration vendor Tibco) outlined the role of
packaged applications such as SAP's enterprise resource planning
(ERP) suite, mySAP.com, in the future of Web services. "There will
still be a role for packaged applications behind the firewall," says
Meyer, "but the complexity of these systems makes it impossible to
build exhaustive integration across applications. The SAP mindset is
that "we own this world so you can't touch this," which is why [the
move into application development] will be massively unsuccessful."
10) vnunet.com: SAP will back .Net: German software giant SAP AG said it would back both Microsoft's .Net
strategy and rival Sun Microsystems' Java technology, rebutting
reports this week that SAP would give its full backing to the Sun
platform.SAP North American spokesperson Bill Wohl said a lot of
interest had been created by the inaccurate and incomplete newspaper
story. "We've spent the last 24 hours trying to balance it."
According to Wohl, the UK's Financial Times got the story wrong; they
relied on the wrong sources.
11) Line56.com: SAP Denies FT Report on .Net : SAP denied a report in today's edition of The Financial Times that
CEO Hasso Plattner will announce that his company will choose Sun's
J2EE architecture over rival Microsoft's .Net platform. "The
Financial Times coverage was just wrong," says Bill Wohl, North
American spokesman at SAP. "For the last eight months, Mr. Plattner
has talked about SAP's strategy of openness. And next Tuesday, we'll
announce our next generation technology architecture... that will
support .Net, J2EE and much more."
12) Magician Loses Its Sparkling Touch: SAP, Europe's largest software maker, had been doing so well this
year that it was starting to look more like the work of black magic
than skilful management. That, at least, was the impression until
recently when it became the last sizeable player in its devastated
sector to issue a profit warning. No longer under the spell, analysts
are now wondering whether the warning was a blip or the prelude to
more serious problems for the German group. At the very least, they
say, the episode has pointed to serious weaknesses that must be
addressed quickly. One of them lies in SAP's handling of its last
results announcement, which not only irritated investors but also
fanned fears the group may have lost "visibility" on developments in
its market...As Mr Ashton puts it: "You can have the biggest firework in the
world, it is no good if you do not have the audience."
13) SAP Chooses Sun Micro Platform Over Microsoft : SAP, Europe's biggest software group, has decided not to use
Microsoft's .Net software platform and is instead backing a competing
offering from Sun Microsystems. Hasso Plattner, SAP chief executive,
will announce next week that the German group is to adopt Sun's J2EE
architecture, a development platform for enterprise software based on
the Java programming language, to run SAP software. SAP's move is
likely to be a blow to Microsoft, as the German group has one of the
largest customer bases of any business software developer.
15) SAP India To Double Staff: Despite the general economic slowdown, SAP India , the local arm of
the German software giant, plans to double its employee strength in
India over the next 12 months. SAP India has an employee strength of
around 520 and plans to increase this number to about 1,000 within
the next year, said Zia Yusuf, managing director, SAPMarkets, Asia-
Pacific solutions. It has plans to increase its presence in India to
cater to the growing market.
16) ZDNet: Sm@rt Partner - Answerthink acquires SAP expertise: ...Roughly 60 SAP gurus will move from Condor to Answerthink. Each
SAP team member has an average of 15 years' consulting experience and
more than six years of implementation experience, according to
18) ZDNet: Enterprise: Microsoft: Big plans for Great Plains: Microsoft to rewrite Great Plains' apps in two years in C#. It's a
familiar scenario: Microsoft Corp. settles into an inauspicious
market toehold as competitors pay no heed Ė only to wake a few years
later to find themselves obscured by the company's long shadow. It
happened with Windows and Office. Now, the plan is to make it happen
with Great Plains Software Inc.'s business applications. The software
became part of Microsoft's portfolio when it acquired Great Plains
this year. "All the business software in the world will be
replaced," said Microsoft VP David Vaskevitch, the mastermind
behind the acquisition. "It will be a 10-, 15-, even a 20-year
process. You can rewrite SAP [AG], but it will be 10 times easier to
rewrite Great Plains."
19) InternetNews - ASP News -- Summer of Love Among ERP Rivals?: One of the more startling innovations that SAP failed to announce at
its most recent SAPPHIRE user conference came in a presentation that
showed the unshowable: a heterogeneous environment that included SAP
and, in full, copyrighted glory, the logos of its two archrivals,
Oracle and PeopleSoft. The message was almost revolutionary. SAP will
actively support integration with non-SAP applications, including
those from its most bitter competitors. An unwritten rule has
dominated the enterprise software market since punch card days: deny
the existence of competing products and, against all evidence to the
contrary, promote the idea that customers can and will standardize on
a single enterprise vendor to run their myriad business processes.
20) Economist.com : Big is Beautiful again: Suddenly, scale matters in the high-tech world. This story looks at
the new vogue for big firms. Bosses of big high-tech companies have
every reason to turn to prayer these days. One after another they are
announcing dismal results. In spite of the bad news, big is starting
to look beautiful again in the computer industry. Witness SAP, a
large German software firm. Only a year ago, it was considered a has-
been. Now the pendulum is swinging back. On July 19th, it announced
second-quarter net profits 24% up on the same quarter last year.
Customers, saturated with reports of dot-com deaths, are turning back
to established companies such as SAP, as well as to Oracle and
IBM. "I call this 'the return of gravity'," says Hasso Plattner,
SAPís chief executive.
21) SAP Devouring Stars of Dot-Com Era: SAP AG (SAPG.DE) is taking share from rivals across a range of market
segments and has surged to become the top supplier of the software
businesses use to manage suppliers and purchasing, Co-Chief Executive
Hasso Plattner said on Thursday.
Speaking in the vindicated tone of an industry veteran still wounded
by previous criticism that Europe's largest software maker had
``missed the Internet,'' Plattner said in an interview that SAP has
recaptured the momentum smaller players once had.
``Hype, vision and perception are losing. Deliverables, execution and
reality are winning among customers these days,'' Plattner told
Reuters following a news conference at SAP's global marketing
headquarters. ``We give customers confidence.''
23) SAP: The Once and Future King : The empire strikes back: SAP has long been the lion king within the enterprise firewall. But
over the last two years a host of startups have challenged SAP to
clearly articulate the way in which it would leverage e-Business
technologies to automate the processes that extend beyond the
firewall ó connecting the enterprise with its supplier partners and
customers. SAPís SAPPHIRE meeting in Orlando in mid-June signaled the
re-emergence of the dominant enterprise application software vendor
after a short period of partial eclipse. The well-orchestrated
meeting showcased SAPís strong vision of the future of enterprise
applications. The story was compelling, leading us to believe that
this lion isnít quite ready to cede its hegemony.
24) CNN.com - SAP net profits jumps 78 percent despite slowdown - Jul. 19, 2001: Europe's largest software company SAP shrugged off the global
economic slowdown by posting a 78% jump in Q2 net profits. SAP
achieved its better-then-expected results against a background of an
economic slowdown and lower corporate spending, particularly in the
U.S., and as technology companies on both sides of the Atlantic
reduced profit forecasts. SAP has benefited from its large base of
existing customers and increasingly wide acceptance of its mySAP.com
e-business product. After a difficult two-year transition period, SAP
has emerged as one of the dominant forces in Internet-based business-
25) CNET.com - News - Investor - News - Story: SAP AG is expected to confirm its position among a dwindling number
of reliable performers in the European technology sector next week
with a sharp rise in second quarter results, analysts said.
26) SAP Evicts Cybersquatter: Invoking its trade dispute resolution power, the World
Intellectual Property Rights Organization (WIPO) has
ordered India-based cybersquatter Devinder Pal Singh Bhatia
to transfer the domain names Sapmaster.com and
Sapwizard.com to the German multinational e-business
concern, SAP AG.
27) ROI Versus Strategy: Itís no secret that the economic downturn has led
to scale back e-business rollouts and focus on those
provide a quick return on investment. But does the new
emphasis on targeted implementations come at the
a companyís larger strategic goals? And has the
landscape changed the horizon for B2B plans already
place? "The shift is show me the money," says Cap
Ernst and Young B2B strategy lead Rick Andrade. That
focusing on the short term, bringing strategy, thinking
money forward to produce something that Wall Street
your constituency is happy with.
28) SAP sticks to forecasts as U.S. rivals warn : Europe's biggest software maker SAP AG said on Tuesday it
was sticking to its sales and earnings forecasts, despite
warnings from two of its U.S. rivals of disappointing
second-quarter results. "Of course, we are currently
sticking to the forecasts," a spokesman said, adding that
as long as no statement to the contrary were issued, the
forecast would stand. SAP has said it expects sales growth
to exceed 23% in the nine months to September 2001 with
operating margins growing by one or two percentage points
above the 14% seen in the first nine months of 2000.