Articles from Thomas Wailgum
Procurement executives want faster and more convenient approval processes. SAP Benchmarking data reveals that the bottom-line impact of mobile technologies can be significant.(Read Full Article)
Most companies believe mobile technologies can give them a competitive advantage, yet too many of them struggle to turn a mobile vision into business reality.(Read Full Article)
Deere’s Derek Dyer helps fellow ASUG members as they grapple with the critical business and IT questions surrounding the HANA platform.
According to Dyer, there’s a number of opportunities that HANA can provide for example, the ability to simulate financial closing in minutes as opposed to weeks; intelligent self-service mobile options for users; predictive maintenance and real-time analytics on Deere equipment. And, as Dyer pointed out, don’t forget about the potential for the simplification of Deere’s IT stack.(Read Full Article)
One SMB customer’s experience with Business One OnDemand provides an opportunity to evaluate SAP’s fortunes in three critical areas during the next two years.
Business One OnDemand takes care of all of the financials, sales, purchase orders and HR duties at the brewery. OrchestratedBeer gives Hilliard craft-brewing functionalities for production, inventory and quality control, to name a few. (Of the 2,200 or so craft brewers in the United States, 30 are running Orchestrated Beer, noted Brad Windecker, CEO of Orchestra, the maker of OrchestratedBeer).(Read Full Article)
SAP unveiled the centerpiece of its refreshed enterprise social strategy: the SAP Jam social software platform. But will customers adopt the new technology being roll out by the SuccessFactors division on SAP?(Read Full Article)
A new Gartner report is definitely worth a look for SAP customers confused by SAP’s plans—and even for those who feel up to speed. Donald Feinberg provides recommendations and advice for customers considering approaches for Information Management, Mobility, Cloud and Social.(Read Full Article)
Gartner says that BI and analytics are top tech priorities for businesses in 2012, SAP owns the top revenue spot, and on-premise rollouts still rule.
Like that sprouting teenager who seems to need new clothes and shoes every couple of months, businesses’ interest in BI applications continues to grow at a torrid pace—and, consequently, so too have vendors’ revenues from BI platform, analytic apps and performance management (PM) software.
“The BI, analytics and PM software market was the second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market in 2011,” notes the report. Here are four more facts and figures from the report.(Read Full Article)
- A new Aberdeen report finds that cloud-based expense-management software offers a better alternative to today’s Excel-based or other on-premise software and processes. The verdict, according to Aberdeen survey research of 50 service firms, is that the cloud does offer advantages over on-premise systems. Cloud-based systems contributed to: a 52 percent increase in billing speed compared with those firms using on-premise management software; a 26 percent higher increase in payment speed; and 21 percent more consultants and other employees using the expense management system to create and submit project expenses, notes the report. (Read Full Article)
- Panaya’s annual survey of SAP IT pros finds that, despite global economic uncertainty, things are looking up for those working in the SAP ecosystem. Amid all the global economic uncertainty this year, 62 percent of respondents to the vendor’s SAP salary survey reported an increase in their 2011 earnings compared with 2010. Panaya sells software and services aimed at helping SAP and Oracle customers with their upgrades. (Read Full Article)
- SAP always talked a good game about the cloud, but today it put its money where its mouth has been, acquiring cloud HCM vendor SuccessFactors. Now what, SAP? (Read Full Article)
- SAP TechEd 2011 is underway at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. And the agendas for those in attendance are jam-packed with wall-to-wall SAP tech goodness: sessions, demos and keynotes for those SAP customers and partners in attendance. (Read Full Article)
- Today, SAP offers more than 1,200 products across 45 to 50 major “solution segments.” During the past three years, SAP has renamed more than 200 of its products, according to last year’s well-publicized report from Gartner analyst Thomas Otter. Of the examples he cites in the report, the many changes to SAP’s HR product is most notable: “First name: SAP HR. Second name: mySAP HR. Third name: my SAP ERP HCM. Fourth name: mySAP HCM. Fifth name: SAP ERP HCM.” (Read Full Article)
- A new Forrester Research report finds that custom-built applications are gradually succumbing to software-as-a-service alternatives. It’s not the end of in-house developed apps, but change is coming. (Read Full Article)
- SAP has never unveiled a public pricing list, even though archrival Oracle does. A look at why SAP doesn’t, how it affects negotiations and if transparent SaaS pricing models will force enterprise vendors’ hands. (Read Full Article)
- SAP Business Analytics consists of six software categories (including SAP BI) and scores of SAP BusinessObjects products. ASUGNews.com takes a look at each of them. (Read Full Article)
- SAP released a “firm” general availability date for SAP BI 4.0: August. In an interview, John Schweitzer, SVP of Business Analytics at SAP North America, talks about SAP's BI 4.0 strategy and the pressure on this launch to succeed. (Read Full Article)