SAP’s co-CEOs come out fighting

It was interesting to read the FT over the weekend, which featured a joint interview with SAP’s co-CEOs Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott http://on.ft.com/ftBX8I.  Both seemed to be in a bullish mood when it came to the future fortunes of the company.

It was encouraging to hear that they were vowing to keep SAP independent, in light of recent acquisition speculation.  For SAP users this is good news, as such rumours can always bring uncertainty when it comes to planning future deployments.  Quashing the rumours now
should hopefully help instil greater user confidence.

Certainly, SAP’s financial performance has improved since both Jim and Bill took the reins just over 12 months ago.  Alongside that has been their promise to get closer to their customers, something they have by and large done to date: for example, with Jim Snabe’s participation at last year’s User Conference.  We hope that improved financial performance and customer engagement continue to go hand in hand going forward, as undoubtedly a strong SAP is good for the entire user community.

Another snippet that came out from the interview was that SAP is planning to use next month’s Sapphire conference to unveil its latest
mobile applications following the acquisition of Sybase last year.  It will be interesting to see what is unveiled, as without a doubt mobility is becoming increasingly important for a lot of organisations.  We are actually planning to survey our members later in the year regarding their mobile strategy, so look for further details as to how you can get involved in the coming months.

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