SAP Q3 Results are out…..rounding up what some of the press says.

The Register in it’s typical style, suggests some challenges “SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don’t look at our wheezing bookings

Whilst Reuters highlights below market expectations and the reassurance that Q4 will be good   “Just relax, Europe’s tech leader SAP tells investors, fourth quarter will be dynamite“.

The FT though focuses on warnings of the impact of the strength of the Euro on SAP earnings “SAP leads warnings on euro strength hit to earnings”

My POV – Q4 is always a strong quarter for any software vendor, it’s when the deals are made and the discounts applied. The underlying interest is cloud sales as a percentage of the SAP business and what impact it has on licence revenue. The 2 key questions being, firstly is SAP getting new revenue from the business that it is putting all its effort into (Cloud and HANA)? And secondly is SAP adding to the revenue base with service subscriptions? And the answer…..probably too difficult to say.

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This could get very messy……

I mentioned a growing scandal in South Africa a number of days ago. Well it seems that now others are concerned that links with those either under investigation or investigating, might drag them in and their links to those companies are now being questioned. It remains to be seen how this will be untangled, but there are some nervous corporates out there. Standard Bank is now considering its links to McKinsey and SAP and also having conversations with KPMG. As the old saying goes “there’s no smoke without a fire”. Question is where and what is the fire? Everyone is keeping very tight-lipped about it.

I like the video clip…..

Every day we are all bombarded with marketing clips and then one comes along that catches your attention….in this case for me it’s an SAP one. My view is that this is slick and good marketing……doesn’t tell you that much but works exceptionally well as a teaser, and does what it says on the tin. It gets you thinking.

Click here.

SAP in South Africa continues the digging……

There’s a scandal brewing in South Africa – first it was KPMG, then McKinsey and now SAP. Employees and by default the companies are alleged to have been involved in unethical business practices.

SAP took immediate action, placing four executive directors on “administrative leave” whilst getting in an independent law firm Baker Mckenzie to investigate. They’ve been doing this since July. SAP have been quick and vigorous in their reaction to allegations.

KPMG also announced they were undertaking an independent investigation using a respected independent South African law silk.

Mckinsey also hired a law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to investigate.

Meanwhile a leading PR company Bell Pottinger has been expelled from its trade body around more than questionable involvement in other activities, in South Africa, and is now heading into administration following abandonment by its customers.

 

What will be the outcome for SAP, KPMG, and McKinsey?

Retiring is sort of stressful……

The story goes…..it will be so relaxing when you retire.

It’s very early in my attempts to retire so maybe it’s just me, but so far I’ve not noticed this. More it’s a transformation. A move from paid for work to unpaid for work. One of my ex -work colleagues who is about to retire is using the phrase “Taking back control”  to describe this transformation. Unlike the politicians, I think he has hit the nail on the head.

There still has to be a plan, there still has to be financial records and controls, and execution is still key. And there still has to be work….it’s just different and more of what you want to do, rather than the dictatorial direction of the people at the top. But it’s still there….just work you want to do.

Never having been a business owner, I guess it’s a bit like that…….but my customer base is somewhat limited in comparison, just family and friends.

My journey has started, it will I guess never be complete until it is. I’ll still do a bit of SAP related things whilst people want me to, and it doesn’t impact my retirement because that is now the number 1 gig in town.

 

 

The Register reveals a Bug in SAP recruiting software

Bugs, they are plentiful at the moment. The Register today highlights the case where it’s possible to spoof your way into the system. It’s now fixed if you apply the note mentioned in the article.

But the alternative use of this bug described in the article, amused me….the concept of using the opening to register staff so they couldn’t apply to your competitors advertised jobs.

So exactly what is safe these days?

There’s a story in the Register that talks about a risk in SAP’s point of sale software. Even the biggest software suppliers are falling victims to flaws and exploits – so what can you do to lessen the risks in this dangerous digital world? The first thing to say is that things are as safe as the way you behave. Think of this as a war. You need to construct your defence, so think like a castle. You should have a layered defence, moats, walls, gates that you open and control who comes in, and you keep the crown jewels safe in the keep at the centre.

So think firewalls, think patches of each of your layers, and for your PII data think only expose what needs to be available on a need to know basis. And this is a never ending activity….because as fast as you build up your fortifications, someone somewhere will be digging that tunnel or designing that battering ram.

So keep up to date, stay vigilant and never, never become complacent.