Posts Tagged ‘SAP’

SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe to step down

August 23rd, 2013

Jim Hagemann Snabe is stepping down as co-CEO of SAP, to spend more time with his family. Subject to shareholders’ approval, his decision could mean that co-CEO Bill McDermott will lead the company as its sole chief executive from May 2014.

The changes at the top could see a greater focus on sales at SAP. In the last quarter, the enterprise software company reported that total profit after tax for the quarter was up 10% to €724n, compared with €661m for the second quarter last year. The company also recently raised its basic annual maintenance fee to 19% while keeping its premium maintenance fees at 22%.

SAP Q1 results: UK and northern Europe show growth

May 18th, 2013

SAP’s priority areas of in-memory database technology, mobile and cloud are showing significant growth in the UK. Russia and Switzerland also contributed relatively strongly to 13% growth in software and cloud subscription revenue in EMEA, confirmed a company statement.

One UK SAP customer that has decided to adopt the supplier’s Business Suite on HANA, rather than just do analytics on the in-memory database is Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer. Smyths Toys has also decided to run Business Suite on HANA.

SAP confirmed that they had signed up 800 new customers in the first quarter in the EMEA region.

SAP puts Business Suite on HANA

February 16th, 2013

SAP has announced that its Business Suite ERP software now runs on the HANA in-memory database. According to industry analysts, in the near term SAP Business Suite on HANA should be seen as an opportunistic upgrade for existing customers. Few if any enterprises currently rank replacement of enterprise systems as top priority.

This would seem to be a fair assessment, but it is important to realise that this offers an opportunity for CIOs to simplify their applications landscape, putting transactional and analytical processes on a single platform. It is not just about speeding things up, it is about taking complexity out of the landscape. UK and Ireland customers looking at the latest release of Business Suite will have the HANA option.

SAP adds more Cloud options with Financials on demand.

November 23rd, 2012

SAP has introduced its first cloud-based financial application for the enterprise, which provides real-time data based on the company’s Hana in-memory database system. The product is part of SAP’s wider One Cloud strategy, which brings together Business ByDesign, Business Objects one OnDemand and SuccessFactors

The SAP cloud business is worth $1bn and has over 20 million users.

SAP Financial OnDemand is a separate product to the company’s existing cloud offering Business ByDesign, which provides a cloud-based ERP package for mid-sized business.

SAP expects a strong second quarter

July 22nd, 2012


Software provider SAP expects a strong second quarter, with revenues up 18% on last year to €3.9bn (£3bn) for the three months to June and operating profits increasing by €920,00, a 7% increase.

In its preliminary results the German ERP giant said in a statement: “Our record performance speaks for itself. We delivered double-digit growth in all regions driven by strong momentum from the core as well as SAP Hana, mobile and the cloud. The results came in at the upper end of our second quarter software revenue guidance in an uncertain macro-economic environment.”

SAP Q3 revenue grows to €3.41bn.

November 14th, 2011


SAP has just posted a 146% growth in operating profit. SAP third quarter software revenue grew at its fastest rate in a decade, as its operating profit soared 146% to reach €1.76bn, compared to €716m in 2010. The company’s total revenue was €3.41bn, compared to 2010 figures of €3bn, an increase of 14%.

Software revenue grew 28% to reach €841m, compared to €656m in 2010, while support revenue climbed 13% to reach €1.757m.

The Germany-based enterprise application software company said that efficiency gains combined with operational efficiency led to the record performance.

The company said that its pipeline continues to remain very strong and companies continue to invest in IT. It said that despite the uncertainty in “macroeconomic environment”, its outlook for 2011 remains unchanged.

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the right tool in a changing business intelligence landscape

October 12th, 2011

Business intelligence is supposed to provide decision-makers with the insight they need. The growth in data is making it harder for people to gain meaningful insight because they can only track data on a quarterly or yearly basis. Increasingly, business leaders want to make decisions faster and this is putting the IT department under more pressure at a time when they are being asked to do more with less.

IBM (with Cognos), Microsoft, SAP (Business Objects) and Oracle have strong BI offerings. IBM and Microsoft lack ERP products that the other two can offer. But Gartner says so far it’s an open and heterogeneous position and increasing use of services in its value proposition are helping IBM to maintain par as a standard with SAP and Oracle.

However, in Gartner’s report, The Changing Attitudes of Business Intelligence Users, Gartner analyst James Richardson notes that, in 2011, more than 50% of IBM Cognos respondents stated that SAP or Oracle is their primary ERP and these firms will form a key battleground over the next few years for Cognos.

Richardson says: “The biggest loser in the standardisation battle is Microsoft, which has neither the strength in ERP nor IBM’s service provider touch to defend its position, and as such has fallen out of parity with the other three megavendors as a BI standard.”

SAP reports record fourth quarter software revenues

February 3rd, 2011

SAP has reported record fourth-quarter results software revenue of €1.5bn (£1.27bn), up 34% compared with the same quarter in 2009. Software and software-related service revenue was up 27% on the previous year to €3.26bn and total revenue for the quarter was also up 27% to €4.04bn. According to SAP, this was the best software sales quarter in the history of SAP.

SAP’s strong results reflected a boost in the software market in the past year as companies in emerging markets, the US and parts of Europe made investment to support their economic recovery.

SAP reported software revenue for the full year of €3.26bn, up 25%, and software and software-related service revenue of €9.78bn, up 19%. Total revenue for 2010 was €12.45bn, an increase of around 17%.

That’ll help pay the $1.3bn damages that SAP has been ordered to pay to Oracle for the TomorrowNow case.

Oracle awarded $1.3 billion in damages in SAP lawsuit

December 9th, 2010

There goes the bell…..

A jury has awarded Oracle US$1.3 billion in damages in its corporate theft lawsuit against SAP, a blow to the German applications vendor, which had argued it should pay no more than $40 million for the software stolen by its TomorrowNow subsidiary.

Oracle said it was “the largest amount ever awarded for software piracy.” Members of its legal team embraced as the verdict was read in the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, according to a person in the courtroom. Closing arguments had been presented Monday afternoon, so the jury took less than a full day to reach its decision.

It was not the full amount Oracle had asked for, but still considerably more than SAP had said it should have to pay. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison testified two weeks ago that SAP should be made to pay as much as $4 billion to cover the cost of the stolen software.

Round 1 to Larry.

SAP still faces price and licensing issues

November 25th, 2010

The anger that exploded among users when SAP announced plans to impose a single, more expensive maintenance plan for all customers seems to have subsided a little in the light of a more conciliatory approach. Apparently, SAP has a new found willingness to listen, share and work more collaboratively with customers, particularly with regard to product roadmaps and establishing a two-way conversation with end-users.

Despite this progress, however, pricing and licensing remains a source of dissatisfaction for many of SAP’s customers. Without greater clarity and transparency around pricing, SAP could also run into problems with adoption of their new off-premise on-demand hybrid solution. Many suppliers have used complex pricing mechanisms to muddy their pricing models in order to confuse users and to enable higher costs to be charged. Let’s hope SAP really is listening this time as their current and historic pricing models have been unusually convoluted.