I have been to the past nine SAPPHIRE's and every year I felt it gets bigger, better and different. From its approach, to the hype, the unbelievable marketing, and presentation of the show. SAP never stops from experimenting, exploring and exciting with its new avenues. It was great to see SAP, as an old enterprise embracing and engaging the new age Social Media. That promising and encouraging. Mary Homlish was definitely not missed this year !
However this is the first year, I took an opportunity to take SAP's show from an outside-in perspective. I was particularly interested to learn about SAP's cloud, mobility and social strategy. Over the 2.5 days, attended sessions / panels on ByD & Mobility to learn about SAP's approach and their GTM strategy to address the growing SME marketplace.
Well here are some of my takeaways based on those conversations and observations from SAPPHIRENOW 2011. SAP Business ByDesign in particular.
For Enterprise Customers
For SME Customers
Business ByDesign / On-Demand Highlights
Sure the On-Demand / On Mobile / On Premise with the technology orchestration vision looks promising and exciting. However, has SAP gained the pace to deliver this vision over its competition? That's a question yet to be answered. Sure there has been a lot of exciting announcements especially cloud and on-demand solutions. (@aneelb of Workday mocked SAP, as its delivering "announcement-as-a-service"). The customers sure are ready to trust the brand that has been around 30 years.
Cheers till next post !
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