I honestly cannot remember the last time SAP showed in the lower left quadrant – for niche players – in a Gartner MQ. But in the latest MQ for “Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises” , it does.
That has to be a concern because SAP has been positioning S/4HANA, especially its Simple Finance capabilities as its next-gen product. However, Gartner based its evaluation on the other offering, Business ByDesign which has had its fits and starts over the last several years. About S/4, Gartner says “SAP’s new flagship cloud solution, is a candidate for possible inclusion in future iterations.”
Either Gartner could not validate SAP’s statement that over 5,800 customers have licensed S/4, or more likely (my speculation is) they are confirming what I wrote after SapphireNow : “What I would have liked to have seen is more public cloud use cases of S/4. Lots of on-premise/private cloud deployments which could potentially continue the bad habits from ECC world. With lots of exposure at the event to what they called the Big 3 “cloud infrastructure” vendors – Google, Microsoft and Amazon, we will see more interest in public cloud deployments of S/4.”
SAP has been pushing the benefits of in-memory computing for several years now. I have a feeling this will spur SAP to get much more serious about positioning itself also as a cloud computing behemoth (like it does in other process areas with SuccessFactors, Ariba, hybris and other products).
Finance is a strong suit for SAP. I doubt they like being considered a niche player.
(Cross-posted @ Deal Architect)