InformationWeek has a nearly 1,500 word column about a session with Bill McDermott. And he talks about the younger, greener SAP. And he talks about HANA and he talks about Oracle. What’s striking is there is no mention of SAP customers. Well, ok he talks about B2B2C – but just to emphasize a new vertical like sports teams.
Last week at Dreamforce, I counted at least 9 non-Salesforce technologies front and center during Marc Benioff’s keynote. Not sure I have in recent times seen a SAP executive overtly talk about or display non-SAP tech. Well maybe a wave of an iPad. Usually, it’s about HANA most of the time.
At Oracle OpenWorld, Mark Hurd raised a firestorm with SAP fans by saying “Forget SAP”. His point was it is a still a small player with 2,000 HANA sites compared to Oracle’s 400,000 database customers.
Actually that would be good advice for SAP executives. Time for them to forget SAP and talk customer and partner products a lot more.
By association that should reflect well on SAP.