During the SAP Business ByDesign press conference, SAP used terms such as "mashup" in an apparent attempt to jump on the Enterprise 2.0 jargon bandwagon.
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As we all know, almost all IT implementation failures suffer from unreconciled points of view, confusion, politics, and unclear definitions of success. No wonder these situations are difficult to manage and control successfully.
SAP's new A1S offering, formally called Business ByDesign, is intended for companies between 100-500 employees, which do not have deep vertical market software requirements. SAP believes this $15 billion market will help SAP dramatically expand its business over the coming years.
Today, SAP formally unveils A1S, code name for SAP's attempt to reinvent itself as an SME-friendly company. More than that, A1S represents SAP's opportunity to compete against smaller, more nimble competitors such as Salesforce.
SAP's announcement of A1S, it's software as a service (SaaS) product for small business, will take place tomorrow in New York City. Speculation is running high whether this product will succeed or fail, and the impact A1S will have on SAP as a whole.
SAP faces tough challenges as it prepares for the September 19 launch of A1S, code name for the company's new small business offering, to be delivered in the form of software as a service (SaaS). A1S represents SAP's hope to expand into the important small and medium enterprise (SME) market.
ERP software represents a major financial and operational investment for any organization implementing such systems. Given the long-term impacts of an ERP purchase, license and pricing negotiations with an ERP vendor take on real significance, and should be handled with the care reserved for other large, capital purchases.
This is bizarre, and suggests some sort of additional, underlying problem that has not been disclosed.According to finextra:Online broker TD Ameritrade says an internal investigation into stock-related spam uncovered 'unauthorised code' in its computer systems that allowed illegal access to an internal database.
The Economist quotes fellow ZDNet blogger and Enterprise Irregular, Josh Greenbaum, on the subject of SAP's forthcoming software as a service (SaaS) product, known as A1S:A broader question is whether SAP can overcome its history. It grew up selling complicated software directly to big businesses.
Apple's iPhone has stirred both delight and angst amongst the tech digerati. On one hand, the iPhone is darned cool; on the other, ATT has an exclusive (and expensive) deal to provide cell phone service contracts for the iPhone.