Note to Oracle and SAP senior management

Note to Oracle and SAP senior management

Summary: In a post called Can you spray paint innovation?, fellow Enterprise Irregular, Vinnie Mirchandani, raises an important issue regarding pockets of creativity inside SAP and Oracle.

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TOPICS: Oracle, SAP
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In a post called Can you spray paint innovation?, fellow Enterprise Irregular, Vinnie Mirchandani, raises an important issue regarding pockets of creativity inside SAP and Oracle.

Recently, small groups inside both SAP (Craig's Rantings...) and Oracle (Oracle AppsLab) have demonstrated new ideas that speak "small and friendly" rather than "huge, cold, and ugly." A few bloggers, such as your intrepid reporter, have responded strongly and positively to these developments.

At the same time, Vinnie correctly makes the point that these efforts seem disconnected from the SAP and Oracle mainstream:

You really think Oracle is ready to become transparent with its customers? You really think SAP and partners can implement anything for its customers in 24 days, let alone 24 hours? Can they come close to the web 2.0 rich experience for users? Will they ever get anywhere near price points we are seeing from pure play web 2.0 vendors?

While the big ERP vendors are hardly known for creativity, I disagree with Vinnie on a key issue. Rather than isolated incidents inside a vast uncreative wasteland, I believe these efforts actually represent the future. In addition, both projects show signs of popularity, meaning they are engaging and touching users today.

SAP and Oracle are prime targets during any discussion about software implementation failures. However, in this case they're doing something right, so let's acknowledge it.

Note to Oracle and SAP senior management: give these guys the funding they want. You can afford it, and their efforts will ultimately lead to smaller, more nimble, and less expensive implementations. That's the future your customers demand and these guys will help you get there.

Topics: Oracle, SAP

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  • Michael. I am from Missouri

    Show me!

    The day Safra starts blogging (as I have asked here to on my blog), the day SAP gets really serious about "light" implementations, when pricing reflects price points we are seeing from start ups, I will believe it.

    Till then they can slap together light apps all day long, but the soul ain't there. If customers buy these new social apps from them, it will be a case of fool me once again after the last few years of high TCO and poor results and then excuses not transprarency...
    vmirchan
    • And all this time I thought you were from Florida

      If I take off the futurist glasses then I must wholeheartedly agree. However, I think you need to include the "future story" as part of the overall picture. Otherwise, the picture just isn't correct.
      mkrigsman@...
  • Michael, those who ignore history.are doomed to..

    ...you know how that goes. You and I have watched SAP and Oracle for years and I, for one do not see the 180 degree turn, or even a 30 degree turn. I continue to see the old SAP and Oracle and their partners in clients negotiations every week. The core of the companies is not changing.
    vmirchan
    • One can hope...

      Vinnie, although it's hard to argue, pockets of change do exist.
      mkrigsman@...