Open letter to SAP for better cloud innovation and integration
We are ~600 engineers doing civil engineering in Europe and China.
We see cloud solutions as our best way to collaborate in our future.
BUT – we see cloud solutions not trying to integrate into a user acceptable digital workplace by themselves.
We need sophisticated file cocreation and collaboration features, especially in CAD and engineering software, but in MS Office also, inside and outside the enterprise. That’s our business.
We’d like to have a simple interface to all cloud content for best UX and performance:
We want a socialdrive that brings the cloud back to my desktop. A simple drive on one hand and a rich social web client on the other, based on the same content and integration with e. g. Alfresco One, O365, A360, SAP by design (which we do not have but consider to buy) or S/4Hana.
Imagine things would be easy again: Invite a coworker or an external partners expert to your project team, share content on a secure social web platform but invisibly on the other hand: manage permissions to folders on the socialdrive just that simple. Invite and collaborate on files as easy as on web content. Make it the same. Invite in the web and permit on the folder = one step.
Don’t think about IT, just work and make successful projects!
Have your drive activity appear in the projects activity stream – alongside with the contract activity, the invoice and payment activity, the timesheet activity, the social conversation activity and make file approvals and serialized workflow as easy as sending an email. Bring the social into business. Make the business software social by nature.
The IT complexity from the users perspective is getting harder year after year. Let’s make it simple again. Make it easy to be productive. Deliver solutions people use with passion because they help them do their job better.
Please find someone in your universe who can tell me if this is on your roadmap.
If not, i’ll give up. You are my last chance to make a better world with easy IT.
Yours, Bernd Gewehr