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Cloud-engorged SAP's profits nosedive by a QUARTER

Profit plunged by 23 per cent to €413m (£296m) at Teutonic wannabe cloud-purveyor SAP for its first quarter as the company attempts to move away from its traditional on-premise software products. Revenue increased 22 per cent to €4.5bn (£3.2bn), compared with the same period last year. Cloud subscriptions and support revenue …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2015
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Job cuts klaxon: SAP axes 2,200 staff, denies 'cost cutting' to blame

Europe’s largest software firm is reportedly cutting up to three per cent of its workforce. SAP’s HR chief Stefan Ries has told Bloomberg the enterprise giant is cutting 2,000 staff. The firm's total headcount is 74,406. Its chief executive Bill McDermott announced its second round of job cuts in less than a year. When …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Mar 2015
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SAP's ex-Hana chief swallows software firm, bets big on... Hana

The exec who led SAP’s Hana has bought enterprise software management specialist Panaya, pitting his new firm against his old bosses. Vishal Sikka, chief executive and managing director of Infosys, has announced that his firm – India’s second largest outsourcing company – is buying Panaya for $200m. The new acquisition produces …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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More SAP-sipping orgs fancy a date with HANA – if only they had the time and money

Interest in SAP’s HANA in-memory database is slowly growing, but deployments are hampered by the age-old problems of time and money. Two-thirds of 120 organizations running SAP have rolled out or plan to deploy HANA, according to a survey by the UK and Ireland SAP User Group, which shared its figures with The Register today. The …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2015
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SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA

SAP has rolled out a new version of its flagship business suite – and it's married to in-memory database Hana. The software giant announced SAP S/4HANA on Tuesday, with CEO Bill McDermott billing the fourth generation of its suite as the biggest launch in two decades. The core, on-premise Business Suite for running finance, …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2015

No more tomorrows for TomorrowNow suit as Oracle and SAP settle

Oracle and SAP have settled their long-running dispute over third-party support outfit TomorrowNow. The case was fought over whether or not SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow was within its rights to download Oracle software to its own servers, by using Oracle customers' licence keys. TomorrowNow 'fessed up way back in 2008, when …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2014

Look who's SAP happy: HDS eyes up French techies at Oxya for lunch

Hitachi Data Systems intends to acquire Oxya, a SAP technical services and hosting outfit. Oxya, founded in 1998, is an international business headquartered in Paris, France, and has operations in Belgium, China, the UK and the US. It offers technical SAP services, hosting and outsourcing, and has had a relationship with HDS …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2015
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SAP, IBM snuggle up for HANA-as-a-service

IBM will host SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud on its global data centers, it was announced today. Big Blue reckons this means customers can run managed SAP workloads in the cloud from testing to production on a single, consistent architecture partly powered by IBM-owned SoftLayer. HANA is SAP’s in-memory database that sits beneath …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2014
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SAP reshapes boards as innovation leader steps down

SAP has announced that Dr. Vishal Sikka, a member of the company's Executive and Managing Boards with responsibility for “leading all SAP products and innovation [and] development and delivery of all products across SAP’s product portfolio”, will leave the company immediately “for personal reasons”. SAP operates three boards. …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
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SAP chaps cook up Glass Glass style apps for ...WHERE are you off to with that FORKLIFT?

SAP is set to preview apps for ocular computing platforms such as Google Glass. The world’s largest software maker said it will this week preview the SAP AR Warehouse Picker mobile app and the SAP AR Service Technician mobile app. Warehouse Picker combines hands-free working with visualisation and voice recognition for data …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2014
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Guess who SAP's picked for UK boss? Yep, it's a distie man

Distribution isn’t typically the first port of call for enterprise software vendors looking to recruit execs, but SAP has broken the mould by tapping up the chief operations man at DCC Exertis to head up its UK and Ireland biz. Cormac Watter, COO at the tech arm of Irish conglomerate DCC — which owns Exertis (formerly trading as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2014
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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

SAP’s business applications have landed on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service. The German software giant and the Redmond IT juggernaut said on Monday that a number of SAP’s business applications will be certified on Microsoft’s cloud by the end of June. Among this software will be SAP's Business Suite, All- …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014

HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners'

Think "SAP and partners" and the mind goes to mega names – giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Fujitsu, Accenture and Deliotte. SAP generally looks to giants who wish to make their hardware and software better at storing and serving the software titan's systems or customising and installing SAP’s suite to run whole operations. …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014
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New licence and SAP unit sale knackers Software AG's numbers

Delayed IT projects and offloading the SAP business have dealt Software AG’s business a double blow for its latest quarter. Germany’s other major software maker today reported a second-quarter revenue drop of 18 per cent to €196m ($263.9m) and net income halved to €14.2m ($19.1m). Earnings per share was also almost halved to €0 …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jul 2014

SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

SAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products. This perplexing state of affairs was announced by SAP on Tuesday when it said it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation to the tune of $25,000 a year. Oracle is also a sponsor, as …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014

SAP tightlipped on job cuts in cloud rejig bid

SAP is swinging the axe and cutting a number of staff as it re-shapes itself as a provider of cloud services. The software biz would not say how many of its 66,750 employees will be laid off as part of its latest restructuring exercise, nor when the jobs would go – but called the losses “unavoidable”. Yet the company claimed it …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2014
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Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model. The database titan has hired SAP’s former president of global cloud and line of business Shawn Price, after the German …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014

Kaboom: Delayed patent bomb hits SAP in the Q2 profit

Sales of new software for SAP saw a minor improvement this spring while cloud grew so fast the giant has upped its estimated figures for the year. But for all the positives, a patent bomb took a hefty chunk out of SAP’s profits in the second quarter. SAP reported a three per cent increase in total revenue for the period to 30 …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2014
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Oracle tries to get $1.3bn verdict against SAP reinstated

Appeal judges seemed divided on whether Oracle should get its $1.3bn jury verdict against SAP over TomorrowNow reinstated or the firm should be happy with the roughly $300m the verdict was reduced to. Oracle was given the billion-dollar handout by a jury in 2010 over allegations that SAP’s subsidiary, TomorrowNow, had downloaded …
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SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal

The decline in SAP’s software sales has accelerated while the company’s smaller cloud operation has continued to expand. For the tech giant's first quarter of 2014, revenue from sales of on-premises business applications fell five per cent, year on year, to €623m ($860m), under IFRS rules, according to its latest financial …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2014
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VMware grabs UK channel exec from SAP

Virty kingpin VMware has raided SAP’s channel exec reservation and made off with industry vet Phil Croxford. The new hire replaces former UK and Ireland partner boss Ed Dolman, who back in the spring was made chief of one of VMware’s enterprise end-user sales teams. Croxford has notched up 17 years in “software partnering” …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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SAP loses head in the clouds Calderoni as online sales grow

SAP, the world's largest supplier of business software, has lost its head of cloud – despite reporting an increase in cash from its online business. Bob Calderoni has left the on-prem giant after just over a year in the job. Calderoni is to remain as a strategic advisor on SAP's management board. Calderoni was chairman and …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2014

Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

HP has added two SAP-specific implementation to its ConvergedSystem product line: the CS900 for enterprise customers, and the CS500 for the smaller shop. The pitch from HP is that with a configuration purpose-built for different application environments, it can get customers firing with new servers, without the sysadmin having …
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SAP raises $650m to cram into upstarts' pockets

SAP has announced that it has raised $650m for a new venture fund to invest in startups under its subsidiary SAP Ventures. The investment firm is independent, but draws its cash from the software giant to invest in upstarts that may one day help the parent business. "We are in a unique position of being independent and yet …
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SAP: Those growth targets we talked about? Give us another 2 years

SAP has delayed its 2015 growth goal by two years because of an uptick in cloud and software maintenance at the expense of its core business. The world’s largest maker of business software Tuesday announced final full year and fourth-quarter results in line with last week's preliminary numbers. But SAP did reveal its target of …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

Analysis The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP? The mastermind of SAP’s Hana in-memory architecture has gone and so has yet another cloud hire. Vishal Sikka, executive board member of products and innovation, has left the giant immediately for "personal reasons". Sikka’s legacy is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2014

Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Failure to fix problems with an SAP-based customer billing system has seen UK energy giant Npower earn the most complaints for a power supplier during 2013. One in every 326 customers lodged a complaint against Npower, putting it top of a UK energy supplier league table released today by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014

Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

Avon is writing off a massive SAP-based order management project following a failed pilot in Canada earlier this year. The cosmetics giant, famed for its door-to-door sales reps, is writing off development and future rollout of an order management system that has cost $125m and is based on SAP ERP and CRM applications with a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Dec 2013
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NetSuite to feast on bones of failed SAP Business ByDesign

NetSuite is waiting, vulture-style, for SAP Business ByDesign to stop breathing so it can recover some meat from the bones, according the chief executive Zach Nelson. SAP announced last week that it will stop developing Business ByDesign, a cloudy business suite it hoped would help it to nip the Larry-Ellison-funded Netsuite in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013

SAP: Oh snap, where is everybody... Are we LATE for the cloud?

SAP is looking at accelerating its move into the cloud, and shunting more of its business there over the coming year. The world’s largest maker of business software, and an on-premises Titan, is reported to have disclosed the goings-on in conversation with investors. Outgoing co-chief executive Jim Hagemann-Snabe apparently …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2013
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HP wanted to offload Autonomy on SAP, says SAP co-chief

Updated HP tried to offload Brit software house Autonomy onto German giant SAP sometime before last month, it is claimed. Bill McDermott, co-chief exec of SAP, told the UK's Times that the firm had been approached by HP after it was told the business was "available", but SAP wasn't keen on the idea. "We were aware that it was on the …

NetSuite's Nelson mocks SAP for halting work on its, er, 'NetSuite-killer'

NetSuite has slapped down business software rival SAP for abandoning mid-market customers hungry for Software as a Service (SaaS). Zach Nelson, NetSuite chief executive, said SAP’s decision to stop developing its Business ByDesign service proved the danger of relying on a “last generation provider” like SAP for cloud services …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2013
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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

When England played in Ecuador and Honduras for “warm weather training” in June ahead of the World Cup, they’d already lost the tournament – they just didn’t know it. SAP Match Insights Do the bendy data, SAP Wayne Rooney and Co took to the field in Florida to adjust to the hot and humid climate they’d face in Brazil and to …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014

Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe. “Look out SAP,” Rimini Street chief executive Seth Ravin warned the giant in a recent interview with The Reg. “We are going to fight them tooth and …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2014
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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

A court in Germany has ruled that terms that software giant SAP stipulated in its software licensing contracts were invalid after finding that they ran contrary to EU copyright principles. The regional court of Hamburg upheld complaints made about SAP's licensing terms by German software reseller Susensoftware GmbH. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2013
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Brit SAP house G3 Global slurps 2e2's SAP house

SAP Gold partner G3 Global - based in Surrey - has acquired 2e2-owned Diagonal Consulting in a cash deal, it confirmed this morning. Buyers for Diagonal, which was taken over by Morse in 2004 - itself swallowed by 2e2 in 2010 - were sought after administrator FTI Consulting was called into the UK ops last month. Chris Gunter, …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2013

SAP cuts back on development of Business ByDesign software unit

SAP is halting development of its unwanted Business ByDesign hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) service and swapping to services running on its HANA systems. The ERP giant has confirmed reports that Business ByDesign will no longer receive any more major feature updates and that it’s now slipping into maintenance and bug- …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2013
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IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Earnings from SAP and IBM – two giants in enterprise IT - proved that both companies are struggling to cope with the move to the cloud and show that success in hosted computing is receding for them. While it's true that the big growth for SAP was in its cloud-related business – up 66 per cent for the fourth quarter and 158 per …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014

Enterprise giant SAP's systems take a probe to the wobbly bits - report

At least 3,000 SAP systems are directly exposed to the internet, providing direct access to core corporate systems for potential attackers, according to a penetration-testing firm. Rapid7, the firm behind the Metasploit penetration-testing tool, carried out the scanning exercise in the wake of the discovery of a banking Trojan …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013

SAP's cloud sets on-premises bods free from licence fees... Oh, hang on

SAP has eased the cost burden for customers switching to cloud versions of its software but be prepared to barter for a good deal - and don't expect to reduce your payments to Walldorf. In a carefully worded announcement, SAP last week said it is now allowing customers to "re-allocate elements" of its software installed on …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013
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SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success

It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing. The German software giant said in a statement that Lars Dalgaard, head of its entire cloud operations and the founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, was leaving …

SAP CEOs are like Highlanders - there can be only one

Circumstance, it seems, has forced SAP to abandon its beloved dual-chief-executive model. Company co-CEO Bill McDermott will be flying solo in 10 months and a new co-CEO will not be named by the software giant following the resignation of current co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, who has been selected for election to SAP's supervisory …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2013

SAP to make do with one CEO after two-headed hub halved

SAP, the world’s largest business software maker, is losing one of its two CEOs and leaving Bill McDermott to rule them all. The German giant said co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe will be shifting to the SAP supervisory board pending a shareholder election at next May's AGM. Snabe said in a statement on the news: “I have decided that …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013
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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent. Sales of software at the German biz had fallen seven per cent to €982m ($1.28bn) in the …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013

Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days. Only the truth is a little more nuanced. Yes, there is competitive pressure from the cloud entrants but the more Ellison tries to re-invent Oracle, the more he’s going to have to scrap with his rivals IBM and SAP to haul past the new …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2014

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales. Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013
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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

Not one but three tech titans are considering a bid for BlackBerry, according to Reuters. The news agency reports that BlackBerry may not be content with the arrangement to take it private suggested by major shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and ”has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2013

Nearly 90% of SAP customers find its cloud pricing confusing

SAP users don't understand the software giant's cloud pricing and more than half think the firm is not offering enough incentives to move online. Eighty per cent of customers don't understand how to upgrade from SAP's on-premises suites to its On Demand offerings or how to combine the two, according to research by the UK and …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2012
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SAP plans HANA education push to channel partners

SAP is planning a serious education push to the channel about its super-fast Business Suite based around its HANA in-memory database software, which will be the basis for all of the company's future apps and development projects. "This is going to be an ongoing process," Ken Tsai, VP of HANA product marketing, told The Register …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2013

CSI coughs for K3's SAP biz

Private-equity-backed Computer Systems Integration (CSI) has acquired the customer list of K3 BTG's SAP Business Objects Maintenance division for an undisclosed sum. Venture capitalist Blackhawk Capital, one-time owner of Microsoft LAR Teksys - which it sold to Di Data in 2009, bought CSI last October as the first in a roll-up …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013

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