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During his keynote at SAP's fourth annual analyst summit, Products & Technology Group President Shai Agassi shed some light on the company's strategy for addressing the mid-market, firms with $100 to $200 million in revenue and 100 to 2499 employees. In mid-2007, the company is expected to release a new version of its All-in-One suite, based on SAP's mySAP ERP 2005 and NetWeaver platform.
Identity systems that support user-centric identities and let users use a single identifier on multiple sites are on the horizon, but will they just support better access to the same old silos that vendors have kept us in for years?
SAP released the first enhancement package for mySAP ERP 2005, extending the functionality in the areas of human capital management (HCM), financials and in the manufacturing and retail verticals. The specific enhancement components are optional for customers and are included in the standard license and maintenance fees.
Following SAP CEO Henning Kagermann’s presentation at SAP's fourth annual analyst summit, Shai Agassi, president of the Product & Technology Group, laid out the company's technical vision. He believes that SAP is in position to lead the chasm-crossing from the client-server model to enterprise SOA, and become the dominant software platform.
Russell Shaw notes that Vonage chairman Jeffrey Citron appears to be open to a buyout to enhance shareholder value. Memo to Mr.
"It’s not necessary to buy companies to get growth,” said SAP CEO Henning Kagermann, speaking at the company’s fourth annual analyst summit. He was referring to rival Oracle’s approach to growth, spending more than $20 billion on acquisitions, and pointed to SAP’s 11 consecutive quarters of growth and market share gains as evidence that his company’s organic growth path has been validated.
While Microsoft tries to convince enterprises to upgrade to Vista with presentations about total cost of ownership, the real trigger for an upgrade cycle may come from employees a few rungs below the CIO. That's a major takeaway of a research note from Cowen & Co.
Phil Wainewright on the Software as services blog takes an in-depth look at defining SaaS, an acronym whose definition has become so broad it's almost meaningless. Wainewright's latest post is likely to find the meaning amid the SaaS confusion.
Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee was encouraged by the news in Clive Thompson's New York Times story "Open Source Spying." Spying 2.