Posted on April 30, 2009 by alanbowling
Well, after 10 months ,of sometimes difficult debate, a sensible and pragmatic solution has been created. Value and performance will deliver SAP price rises for maintenance. And at the same time along with the previously announced extension of product life the time to reach the 22% price is extended to 2015.
Along the way, amidst the angst and sometimes very difficult debates both sides have learnt much better how to work with each other and also to better understand the challenges of both being a supplier and being a customer. This has developed into a very professional relationship where now everyone knows the way to work together. Nobody should be under any illusion about how challenging that has been but everyone should marvel at the success of it.
We have combined 12 international user groups who whilst maintaining their own national independence have broken down the barriers of language and time to work with a truly global player and deliver a consensus outcome. The great organisation of the United Nations would be jealous of this achievement.
The other significant thing that both parties have done is to bring a challenge to the rest of the software industry. Let’s see if they are brave enough to pick it up…….
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Posted on April 29, 2009 by alanbowling
Today in a joint announcement SAP and SUGEN announced progress on both the KPI front and also the pricing of SAP Enterprise Support.
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Posted on April 24, 2009 by alanbowling
Go to the SAPUSERS conference website for 2009 and grab those recession busting earlybird rates before they are all snapped up. The site went live yesterday and the first person secured their place only 20 minutes after receiving their conference notification so make sure you don’t miss out.
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Posted on April 22, 2009 by alanbowling
Folowing the acquisition of Sun by Oracle the big four (MISO) are now split – two of them IBM and Oracle now operate in the hardware and software zone, and two now operate in the software only zone. The missing name in the equation is now HP.
So the question now remains what are HP going to do? They have hardware only – IBM and Oracle both have databases as well as hardware. So what next? Are we about to see HP. SAP and Microsoft talking together?
What is for certain is that we are in interesting times, when consolidation is both likely, and somewhat easier given the tough economic times generating nervousness at legislative levels. Time will tell – but keeping a track on the movements of the corporate heads would sure be interesting at the moment!
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Posted on April 19, 2009 by alanbowling
It would seem that the bloggers and analysts are combining to consider vendor behaviour. This week the antics of MISO ( a Dennis Howlett term for Microsoft, IBM , SAP and Oracle) are being debated. Dennis Howlett, Ray Wang, Michael Krigsman and Michael Hickins all share the stage as they discuss the tactics of the big four with their customers.
Dennis Howlett “Enterprise vendors: in pursuit of reality”
Michael Hickins “SAP, Oracle Abusing Customer Relationships”
Michael Krigsman”Ugly enterprise software sales tactics”
with Ray often being quoted in the articles.
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Posted on April 13, 2009 by alanbowling
I’ve already written about the work that Shai Agassi (formerly of SAP) has been undertaking. Check out a further chance to hear him explain why we only have a few options for our planet. It’s a moral dilemma that we should all be addressing..
Update: 3 years on and all has not gone as well as Shai hoped.
Read this article for the Better Place.
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Posted on April 10, 2009 by alanbowling
This week’s significant SAP news items see a wide range of topics. The legal battle of SAP vs Waste Management continues with each side blaming each other for slow progress in resolving the dispute.
This week SQL Server 2008 was certified for SAP Business Suite 7 and Netweaver. Some interesting facts and figures in this article.
This week SAP Business Objects Edge BI enhancements were announced , and at the same time SAP also revealed that it would start selling the product direct to customers as well as it being available via the current partner network.
South West One, a consortium of organisations, revealed that one of its members Somerset County Council had published a letter to employees that whilst noting it had been highly successful, its SAP implementation had a few teething problems.
An interesting article looks at the differences between SUGMENA (SAP User Group Middle East and North Africa)and the Oracle equivalent. It goes on to consider what drives the differences and discusses the challenges of alignment to the software vendors.
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