I feel the excitement and the nervousness of a freshman about to go to college and a rookie about to go to training camp. I am going to my first ever SuccessConnect next week!
One of the most popular strategies in on-premise ERP customer bases (SAP, Oracle, others) is to “ring—fence the core” with cloud HCM, CRM, SCM and other solutions. In the SAP customer base, the first advantage goes to SuccessFactors, Hybris, Ariba, Concur and other cloud solutions they have acquired in the last several years.
Thomas Otter, a fellow Enterprise Irregular and Gartner alum saw me at SapphireNow a few weeks ago and ribbed me on why I don’t spend time looking at SuccessFactors (he is GVP Product Management there). Even though I have significantly rationed time for industry events given all my other activities, I reached out to Stacey Fish at SAP and she somehow got me an invite to the sold-out event.
I expect an upbeat conference and not just because it is in Vegas. In both Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant and Forrester’s Wave for cloud HCM Wave (thanks to Jarret Pazahanick for links), SuccessFactors shows as a leader along with Oracle, Ultimate and Workday.
Those who know me know I ask a lot of questions at such events. An annoying volume Not next week – I am going in with the humility of a rookie and a freshman. I have a lot to soak in. For those going to the event, I look forward to saying hello.