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Latest Posts

SAP's Peter Zencke: Inside Business ByDesign

Peter Zencke, a member of SAP’s Executive Board and head of R&D, spent the last fours years developing Business ByDesign, a new foundation for SAP's ERP software. I caught up with him during SAP TechEd ‘07 and asked about the origins of the product and what will differentiate it in the marketplace.

October 2, 2007 by Dan Farber


SAP's parallel approaches to ERP

During his presentation at SAP TechEd '07, Peter Zencke, a member of SAP's Executive Board and head of R&D, made it clear to the 6,000 SAP developers in attendance that the forthcoming Business ByDesign ERP suite for the mid-market is technological milestone for the company. "We put everything into one, NetWeaver end-to-end," he said regarding Business ByDesign.

October 2, 2007 by Dan Farber


Cognos uses Excel to tap its BI tools

One of business intelligence software's biggest challenges is getting folks to drop an Excel-based culture where spreadsheets are swapped via email. Cognos' solution: Bring business intelligence software to the Excel jockeys.

October 1, 2007 by


O'Reilly talks turning IT inside out and data lock-in at SAP TechEd

SAP's TechEd '07 got off to glitzy start in Las Vegas as the pied piper of Web 2.0 Tim O'Reilly told the crowd of about 6,000 NetWeaver, Java, ABAP, ERP developers about the design patterns and business models for the next generation of software (hint, it's not on premises client/server applications).

October 1, 2007 by Dan Farber