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Many of you have seen the news SAP has acquired the intellectual property rights of Coghead, Inc., a Silicon Valley company that provides a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) web development technology.

I’ve received a lot of questions about what this acquisition means to SAP, so I wanted to take a few moments to share my thoughts with you.

In addition to acquiring the IP rights to this cutting-edge technology, nine Coghead employees have joined my team, the Office of the CTO.

Although Coghead was a small company, it was well known in the marketplace for its engineering expertise and outstanding technology. Coghead was a true pioneer in platform-as-a-service and cloud computing in general. Coghead’s IP and expertise will help SAP in various aspects of our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology and application initiatives. I have always seen delivery of application capabilities from cloud as a key component of the total capability we need to deliver to our customers.

Integration of cloud-based and on-premise applications is an important challenge that we must also address. The team from Coghead bring with them considerable expertise in the area of integration. I have had the pleasure of working with the Coghead team before and I’m happy to have them join us to help shape the future of SAP product direction.

Vishal

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  1. Monty Kalsi
    Hi Vishal,

    SAP’s move towards SaaS is certainly encouraging. It is obvious SAP needs to reinvent itself to come out of this downturn as a stronger and more agile company.

    Best,
    Monty

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  2. André Souto
    I think this should be the right move for companies like SAP to adopt such practices of using cloud computing as part of its solutions. Cloud computing is still a very new concept in general. When we think of the prospect of providing cost-effective solutions for SAP customers, adopting Saas is cetainly a very good choice.

    Best Regards,

    André Souto

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  3. Chris Carter
    by taking the move to SAAS you can begin to take the non-prd SAP systems and place them into the cloud for all SAP clients all the while keeping PRD on physical.  All non-mission critical systems should be in a cloud and coghead gives you a good start.
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  4. Rajiv Arora
    Hi Vishal,
    SAP’s move towards SaaS is certainly encouraging. Under your leadership SAP would reinvent itself as a stronger and more agile company

    regards
    Rajiv Arora

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  5. Bob Peshwani
    Dear Vishal

    Congratulations and great catch!!

    Comprehensive Cloud solution offerings includes SaaS, PaaS and the least mentioned IaaS.

    Acquiring “Coghead, Inc” is indeed a major step in bolstering SAP PaaS and to some degree its Saas Cloud capabilities. How/If this acquisition will enhance SAP IaaS capabilities.
    Best

    Bob
    Chief Architect-Director

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