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Related Links: "Is Carly Toast Yet?" - Maureen O'Gara on HP's Fiorina, Three Years On HP Falls, Dell Shines HP's profit shortfall warning last week made mention of the problems the company had experienced combining two SAP systems, one belonging to HP and the other to Compaq, the company it acquired two years ago. Now Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz has taken up the theme, exploiting the fact that the industry may be puzzled what HP's problem is since HP and Compaq both ran back-office software made by the same company. "HP's problem? It ain't the SAP install," blogs Schwartz. "And it's not related to the cancellation of PA-RISC, or weakness in their Itanium transition. Or even Dell's printer onslaught." Here is Schwartz's diagnosis: "To me, HP's problems spawn from the death of... their operating system, HP/UX. Like IBM, they've elected to ask their customer... (more)

Benioff Mocks SAP's Late Move To On-Demand CRM: "First Siebel, Then Oracle, Then Microsoft..."

'Europe's most influential technology company is helping us make on-demand the global standard,' wrote Marc Benioff (pictured) in a memo yesterday to all his employees at He was referring to SAP, the German software giant, which is finally expected to announce an on-demand CRM product this week, after what Benioff called 'months of warming up.' "Is SAP on the defensive?" Benioff's memo continued. "Are they worried that with few customers actually using their CRM software, and making significant inroads in their customer base, their entire business m... (more)

Industry Moves: SAP Makes Two Major Appointments

SAP today continues to strengthen a global business unit responsible for an ongoing market development among small businesses and midsize companies by appointing Patricia R. Hume as senior vice president, SAP Indirect Channel Organization, and Morag Lucey as executive vice president, Global Small and Midsize Enterprise (SME) Marketing. With the appointments of Hume and Lucey, SAP continues to strengthen a global business unit responsible for an ongoing market development among small businesses and midsize companies. The company currently has more than 30,000 small and midsize cus... (more)

SAP CEO: U.S. Market Environment "Is Tough, But Not Worsening''

"There is no spillover from the recession in the U.S. to Asia and Europe," SAP CEO Henning Kagermann told a press reception in Berlin just last month. His Co-CEO, Leo Apotheker, told the press at the same event that the integration of Business Objects was moving ahead "in a very satisfactory manner" and that it would be complete before the end of 2008. Overall Kagermann admitted to being "not too optimistic" about this year, though SAP is aiming to achieve an operating profit margin of 28.5 to 29.0% for 2008, he said - up slightly from last year's 27.3%. Reuters reports that his ex... (more)

SAP Says It's a Java, ABAP, and .NET World

(March 18, 2002) - German software giant SAP took advantage of the world media interest in the CeBIT technology fair in Hannover, Germany, last week to make an announcement that shows how carefully even giants these days are choosing to tread, so as to avoid taking definitive sides in the brooding J2EE vs .NET platform war as Web services become steadily more and more pervasive. SAP committed at Hannover to writing "connectors" to .NET, a move which sends a clear signal that the company does not wish to be thought of as "Java-only" despite the fact that its own application server... (more)