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The Post-Shai Era II

On the plane home from SAP’s Sapphire conference, reflecting on the overall impact of the announcements and the gestalt of the conference, it’s easy to conclude that SAP will survive Shai Agassi’s abrupt departure.

April 25, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Is NetWeaver Finally Hitting Its Stride?

SAP has bet a lot on NetWeaver, its platform-cum-SOA strategy, and has endured the slings and arrows of competitors belittling the fact that it didn’t reach universal adoption in the two-plus years since it was first announced.  But it seems like data from ASUG, the US-based SAP user group, augmented with a little analysis from SAP chief Henning Kagermann, would indicate that NetWeaver has finally started to matter in the market.

April 23, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Marc Benioff, John McCain, and Talking Straight

Now that has injected itself into the current presidential campaign, initially by supporting the Mitt Romney campaign's fundraising efforts, I think a comparison between Marc Benioff and John McCain is in order.

April 10, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP in the Post-Agassi Era

Shai Agassi has resigned from SAP amidst a massive reorganization of the company. It’s in many ways a sad day for SAP, and, if you’re spinning the news from the perspective of SAP’s competitors, it may or may not be a great day to be lining up to eat SAP’s lunch.

March 28, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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The lawsuit As barometer: SAP finally scores big with TomorrowNow

Today's announcement that Oracle is suing SAP for allegedly using its TomorrowNow subsidiary to steal software code and other nasties highlights the effectiveness with which TomorrowNow is hitting Oracle where it hurts: right in the old maintenance fee. The lawsuit claims that SAP systematically stole software as part of a concerted effort to beat Oracle, etc.

March 22, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Dynamics Dreaming: Steve, Satya, and Succession

A few nights ago I had the strangest dream. Microsoft had finally decided to go all out and make Dynamics its flagship product – the horse that pulls the cart, the engine that drives the train – instead of the other way around.

March 21, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


From FORTRAN To Your Desktop: An Homage to the Man Who Started it All

When I read this morning the obituary of John Backus, one of the key creators of FORTRAN, I was surprised to learn that this venerable language was born in the middle of the Eisenhower administration, which makes it 50 years old and shows us all how much our industry is greying. It's also a sobering thought to see these early pioneers heading off to computing's Elysian Fields, particularly at a time when so much more hard work is left to be done.

March 20, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Leapfrog on the Desktop

No good idea goes unchallenged, and today’s announcement at the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence conference that Office has become the new client for its enterprise applications suite follows on the extraordinary success that the Office gang has already registered in the SAP market. That success , aka Duet, has been one of the bright spots in SAP’s otherwise lackluster financial performance of late.

March 12, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Anne Nicole Smith and Oracle

I promise no girlie pictures, and definitely no weeping judges, but if you want to know why I think Oracle is now the market leader in sensational, sound-bite news -- big and sexy and easy to put on page one -- please read on. This is of course about the Hyperion deal, which to be frank could be a pretty good deal for Oracle.

March 5, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum