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After having spent 7+ years with the industry and 5+ years of consulting, I admire the pace at which technology changed from my early days 4.7 E to the present day SaaS revolution thorugh cloud computing. I always question myself whether SAP is well positioned to compete with Oracle / the other SaaS based Enterprise software systems.  I analysed the trends and the upcoming tech startups like Workday which have edged out the technology majors and embraced latest technologies. I read various reviews and remarkes on the top ERP vendors

  1. Is SAP doing a right job at the right time ?
  2. How can SAP better compete with other vendors with changing times ?

My recommendations of the strategies rest on the following Principles :

  1. If you can’t beat the leader, Join / imitate him
  2. Hit on the weakness of the competitor.
  3. Be more customer centric
  4. Back to basics.

After my interaction with many SAP clients, co- SAP consultants, analysts and analysts’s reviews , I conclude , SAP is on right track from 2010  and unless it takes drastic measures and SWOT analysis, it may be difficult to turnaround.

Wait for my next series of 5 blogs wherein i discuss each of these strategies in details. 

1)      DELIVER INNOVATION

2)      MINI BI/BO INTEGTRATED WITH ERP

3)      STANDARDISATION

4)      ACCELERATE TECHNOLOGY/ BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

5)      DIVERSE INDUSTRY FOCUS

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  1. Guido Brune
    Hello,

    ByD is full blown SaaS with a comprehensive extension concept.

    If SAP play its card right, it will be a threat for everyone out there.

    All the best,

    Guido

    P. S.: HANA is hype; ByD is solid rock.
    P. P. S.: Not sure about SAP Sales, if they understand they cards right. Ohter story …

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