"I need a drink and a quick decision
Now it's up to me, ooooh what will be..."
Hall and Oates, She's Gone
Shai is leaving SAP to pursue personal interests in alternative fuels and other green technology. Not surprised after his comments at Davos. In the past he has also talked about his brutal travel schedule (and time away from kids) and that probably played in his decision. He can join local CA VCs in his new direction.
SAP moved quickly to realign the executive suite, making Leo Apotheker, Deputy CEO.
Shai's biggest contributions to SAP - charisma, and talent recruitment, especially in Palo Alto
His biggest liability - I thought was too much focus on SOA, NetWeaver, platform issues - not enough on applications which is after all SAP's core strength.
Good to see the green world get an energetic, charming champion, though.