Jon Reed is an independent analyst and SAP Mentor who blogs and podcasts on SAP market trends via JonERP.com. He is the Editor in Chief of ERP Executive and an SAP Research Fellow with Pierre Audoin Consultants. Jon is tracking ByDesign and on-demand trends closely in 2011. He is a fan of spirited enterprise conversation. LinkedIn Twitter

10 responses to “SAP Teched Las Vegas and Beyond – SAP at the Crossroads”

  1. Vijay Vijayasankar

    Many professional and amateur bloggers have commented on Teched – but none this good. Way to go, Jon

    1. Matthias Steiner

      Good things take time… the result was sure worth the wait! (Didn’t expect anything less anyway…)

      You provide good reasons and background for your conclusions and as you put it – Dennis has been pointing out some of this for years now… from what I can tell SAP is definately heading in the right direction and I’d hope that you’ll come back from Madrid with even more indications that this is the case!

      Keep it up!
      Matthias

  2. KK Ramamoorthy

    Jon

    Well written blog. You raise a very important point and I share the same sentiment. There is a big pile of revenue stream waiting to be unleashed around enterprise mobility. Most customers I have talked to want to invest, they have the use case but what they are struggling is that enterprise app development hasn’t reached the level of commoditization as consumer apps. My customers are not interested in just a few apps but a whole set of them but have we reached a maturity level of churning out these apps as a factory like other traditional development processes?, not yet. But I am optimistic this will happen in the near future. Till HANA reaches it’s maturity, I would channelize more energy, time and money on commoditizing enterprise mobility.
    Thanks
    KK

  3. Jon Reed

    KK, thanks for the comment. Your view that SAP should focus more on mobility until HANA reaches a greater state of maturity is one I heard from many people I respect on the ground at TechEd – including HANA experts! :) I hear you on the challenges of internal app development, though I think in the ideal scenario the customer doesn’t have to build apps from scratch but either purchases them as one-offs or has a partner customize an existing app.

    Apps don’t solve all the problems, this was just one angle, but I think it’s powerful because it brings SAP’s HANA, on-demand, and mobility strategies together. One thing I did not get into in this piece that I will try to cover in more detail after Madrid is the impact of Gateway. We didn’t have too much Gateway content in Las Vegas but I think Gateway’s ease of use could impact app development but on SUP and free standing. Skeptics have told me that they see Gateway as just one more means of pulling data from SAP back ends, but with the REST/Odata capabilities I think Gateway might be valuable in pulling in developers who have that web development/UI flair. Something to watch.

    - Jon

  4. Srini Tanikella

    Jon, Great blog (as always!) – I remember asking Vishal and Sanjay the same questions, in fact comparing to Nokia. ‘Where are the Apps” is a question that has to be solved very very soon and the clock is ticking….

  5. Bappaditya

    Your post is excellent and very thoughtful Jon!
    You have put forward your vision very convincingly and focussed on SAP’s innovation in Mobility as one of the key drivers of its growth for the coming days.
    With SAPPHIRENOW Madrid, I guess, we will get a more clear vision from Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott about SAP’s vision for HANA and Mobility. The ability to stay connected at all times and the ability to process data faster than ever has made Mobility and HANA the hottest topics in this year’s Sapphire, and we really need to find out SAP’s plan for Mobility aspects from Sapphire Madrid.
    Regards
    Bappaditya
    http://www.infosysblogs.com/sap/2011/10/mobility_at_infosys.html

  6. Dorian Salmon

    Interesting – and very valid – comment about SAP not being very good at enabling developers to get access to the platform. Whatever happened to the NetWeaver Subscription License?

    I was a subscriber to this from the very beginning, until SAP shut it down after a couple of years. Initially there were promises to restart it under a different licensing format, but that never happened. I made some enquiries and was told by a Training executive that the subscription model was replaced by the Code Exchange community.

    That response doesn’t sound right to me, as the Code Exchange licensing model does not allow for developing applications to be sold to users for profit. If I’m not interpreting the license agreement correctly, then someone please let me know.

    With the SDN subscription license (similar in may ways to Microsoft’s MSDN program), for an annual fee I got a complete SAP environment to install on my server, my own namespace for developing applications, and an S-user ID for support purposes. The cost for this was something like $1500 per year – very reasonable for a small company that wants to develop products but doesn’t have a huge development budget.

    It would be great if this program was reinstated. I would even be willing to market applications solely via an SAP App Store and sharing revenue with SAP if need be. This would certainly help in creating and building the application development eco-system for SAP.

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