2012 was another busy year for SAP with further acquisition activity and a number of new product updates being brought to market. So here is a brief look back at some of the key goings on in the world of SAP over the last 12 months.
In February, SAP’s offer for SuccessFactors was accepted in full. This undoubtedly raised the company’s cloud credentials, but as our recent member survey revealed many users still aren’t clear how the acquisition will benefit their business.
In March SAP unveiled a partnership with Samsung to make its Android devices safer to use as corporate tools. At the same time the company also announced updates to its Afaria mobile systems management tool – good news for customers who are becoming increasingly mobile.
April saw SAP celebrate its 40th birthday. What began as a five-man operation is now one of the world’s largest independent software providers!
June saw SAP announcing its intention to buy cloud-based B2B trading network, Ariba. The acquisition stands to vastly extend SAP’s network of integratable supplier systems, but also complement the company’s cloud strategy. In 2013 we wait to see what this really means for end-users.
In July, SAP announced a stronger-than-expected rise in profits driven by a rise in software sales, with the growing customer demand for cloud solutions being cited as a big reason for this success.
October saw the User Group release the results of our member survey on licensing, which showed a staggering 95% of SAP users believe that the company’s software licensing policy is overly complicated. In 2013 we will continue to engage with SAP on what is a challenging topic for all concerned
And finally, November brought about the 2012 UK & Ireland SAP User Group Conference. Taking place in Manchester, licensing, mobility and the cloud were some of the big themes covered over the course of the 2 ½ day event. The conference was a great success, and we are already looking forwards to this year’s event in Birmingham.
We are only a couple of weeks into 2013 and it is already looking like it will be another busy 12 months for all things SAP. In addition, this year also sees the 25th anniversary of the UK & Ireland User Group J
Here is to a successful and prosperous 2013!