He provides some interesting color on the S/4HANA rollout
- Expects a strong adoption year in 2016 once Simple Logistics becomes available
- Only a handful of Simple Finance sites are live to date
- Almost all S/4 deployments are on-premise ( his partners likely prefer he call it private cloud)
- 137 projects in the 900+ customers SAP says have bought S/4 – so mostly shelfware for now.
What I liked was he presents the facts, with little spin. That is so refreshing to see in the midst of the cloud, “simple” and other noise coming from other SAP executives and even more from its partners.
I hear from several that he is down to earth and customer centric and I have included some of his comments in the book.
Of course, I am balancing 360 degree input about S/4 and SAP broadly from
- his customers
- market analysts
- his competitors and his partners
- analysis of two decades of next-gen enterprise software rollouts at Infor, JDEdwards, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP itself.
- SAP’s own S/4 materials, courseware, the Plattner/Leukert book and other resources
Going forward, it would be nice to see Rob have more influence on SAP’s marketing messages. And may be when I get ready to write SAP 3.0 in a few years, I can interview him at length at how the S/4 rollout actually turns out and share customer war stories – what he hears and what I hear.