SAP Co-CEO to Keynote at 25th Anniversary User Group Conference

We are delighted to announce that Jim Hagemann Snabe, SAP Co-CEO has agreed to present a Keynote at our 25th Anniversary Conference.

Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO

 

Jim Hagemann Snabe was appointed co-CEO of SAP alongside Bill McDermott in February 2010. In this capacity, and as a member of the SAP Executive Board and Global Managing Board, Jim Hagemann Snabe focuses on developing and executing SAP’s strategy, together with Bill McDermott. The co-CEOs strengthen relationships with customers and partners, drive SAP’s innovation portfolio across all markets, and ensure operational excellence across the company.

Jim Hagemann Snabe joined SAP in 1990 and has been a member of the SAP Executive Board since July 2008. Since 1990, he has held various management roles in consulting, sales, and development. Beginning as a consultant with SAP Denmark, he quickly went on to lead the local consulting practice. Jim Hagemann Snabe briefly moved to IBM Denmark in 1994 and rejoined SAP in 1996 as managing director (MD) of SAP Sweden, successfully developing this market over the following three years. He was then appointed MD of the SAP Nordic region, and became a member of the SAP EMEA management team.

In 2002, Jim Hagemann Snabe was asked to join the company’s global development unit to bring product development efforts closer to the market. As senior vice president and chief operations officer of SAP’s business solution group, he was responsible for the design and creation of the flagship enterprise resource planning software, SAP ERP, as well as SAP solutions for financial and public services industries. Later, Jim Hagemann Snabe led SAP’s industry business unit and was responsible for creating industry-specific solutions for more than 24 industry segments. In 2006, Jim Hagemann Snabe was appointed corporate officer of SAP AG, and subsequently was named a member of the Executive Council.

Jim Hagemann Snabe’s views about the role which leaders and IT need to play in creating sustainable growth and responsible business strategies has been strongly shaped by his commitment to environmental and humanitarian issues. His management style is influenced by his interest in classical music, and inspired by leaders like the famous conductor Benjamin Zanders. Long distance running keeps him fit in body and mind, as a way to clear his thoughts and allow new ideas to form.

He is a member of the board of directors of Bang & Olufsen Holding A/S in Denmark – a globally recognized company for high end technology and outstanding design.

Snabe received a master’s degree in operational research from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. He lives with his family in Copenhagen, Denmark.

As the world’s leading provider of business software, SAP is an over €64 billion company with more than €14 billion in revenue in 2011. SAP’s more than 55,000 employees and its vast ecosystem enable more than 190,000 customers of all sizes in more than 24 industries and 120 countries worldwide. SAP AG is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, where Snabe is based.

Business Suite on HANA : What does it mean?

SAP started off the New Year with a bang with a notable announcement around the launch of a new version of its Business Suite that allows database reporting via HANA. The reported goal is to help enterprises businesses to run in real-time on a single in-memory platform and instantly complete transactions, analyse and forecast data.

This announcement has been greeted warmly by most industry experts.  Ray Wang from Constellation Research commented: “The analytics and crunching capabilities is what’s driving organisations to seek faster speed.  Speed is the difference between a five day drug recall and a five minute drug recall.  Speed is the difference between a 30 day supply chain plan versus the ability to reroute 2 iPhones to your store in 30 seconds.  The impact is huge for customers if SAP does succeed. Given SAP’s market share, this is a big deal as this reduces the need for separate business intelligence systems.  The performance difference will create a huge competitive advantage for those who adopt versus those who do not.”

CBR offered the analyst perspective, noting that Ovum described the news as “a potential game changer” by making SAP much more relevant to its customers, but noted that it will be crucial for SAP to avoid confusing the marketplace as it has evolved from a database to an analytics platform to simply a “platform”.

Ovum went on to argue that a further challenge will be convincing customers that the “transformative” benefits of Suite on HANA will be non-disruptive technically. Computer Weekly  reiterated that while the benefits of the SAP Business Suite on HANA are clear, convincing customers that these benefits will deliver more than incremental innovation is where the challenge lies. This is particularly true given that intensive people and technology training to identify the patterns and algorithms required to serve up insight on demand will be needed in order to
realize the full benefits.

From the perspective of the User Group, it’s great to see that SAP listened to the feedback we provided as part of SUGEN and regarding the pricing of HANA on Business Suite and incorporated it into its pricing strategy. We’ve been used to paying for databases in a certain way, so it’s great to see that SAP providing similar licensing options. In terms of the solution itself, it looks great. In the first instance we’d expect those organisations that have a real need for speed to look at migrating. We’re sure new customers will also welcome the news as it simply gives them more database options.