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What SAP's CEO Needs To Know About SaaS

Posted by thinkstrategies in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

10th January

In an InformationWeek interview on Tuesday, SAP’s CEO and president of global field operations, Bill McDermott, downplayed the platform capabilities and enterprise-readiness of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing.

Although Salesforce.com’s outage this week gave McDermott’s comments some immediate validation, they were still reminiscent of the views of a previous generation of tech industry executives who discounted the value of PCs in the corporate world. As a result of the myopic ideas of those former tech titans, companies like Digital Equipment Corporation and Wang Computers no longer exist.

Denial didn’t work out well for them and it won’t work for SAP either.

Executives at SAP aren’t alone in their efforts to downplay SaaS. The CEO of Lawson Software made even more atrocious comments a few months ago, as did Oracle’s CRM head at November’s SIIA On-Demand conference.

Of course, much of their ridicule is aimed at fending off the competitive threat which the SaaS/cloud … Read More »





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