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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.


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  1. Former Member
    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.


  2. Former Member
    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

  3. Former Member
    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.
  4. Former Member
    Hi Vishal,
    SAP’s move towards SaaS is certainly encouraging. Under your leadership SAP would reinvent itself as a stronger and more agile company

    Rajiv Arora

  5. Former Member
    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.

    Chief Architect-Director


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