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Here you can find all newsletter editorials of our chief editor Peter M. Färbinger.

SAP CEO Christian Klein gave an interview to the German magazine Computerwoche and promised improvements in ERP conversion and maintenance in five years with the help of AI. The journey seems to be the goal. But is it worth the wait? SAP is meandering through IT.
In a week's time, the E3 editorial team will be publishing a report on SAP licenses in our German May 2024 issue, with the recommendation that companies should perhaps select a larger cloud license package than is currently necessary in certain situations. Why is that?
S/4 is only the successor to ECC 6.0, but the SAP Business Technology Platform brings new perspectives, expanding horizons. SAP, however, is losing its unique selling point, and customers are gaining new freedoms.
On the trading floor, SAP CEO Christian Klein is taking off at breakneck speed. His reputation in the SAP community, however, is in tatters. Even the well-intentioned call for a reset by the German magazine Manager Magazin has not moved him to improve the situation.
The new central star in the SAP universe is supposed to be the BTP (Business Technology Platform). However, analyst Joachim Hackmann of PAC has found that only 24 percent of SAP customers are consciously using the BTP.
SAP is not taking AI seriously and is not investing enough resources in it. The company is additionally not making exceptions for indirect use licenses for AI applications. SAP is paving the way for an AI dystopia for ERP users.
SAP has tried and failed to build platforms for its successful ERP. NetWeaver failed as a middleware platform because of the Java stack; the Hana DB platform remained a SQL machine; and now we have the BTP disaster.
SAP wants to, but doesn't dare: Generative AI and large language models are both a revolution and a risk. The results of AI are spectacular, but are they also economically and legally valid?
Ex-Deloitte manager Punit Renjen will not become Chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. The alternative is the worst of all worlds: in May, Hasso Plattner's successor will be elected for only two years, meaning his position will be seen as insignificant and harmless.
SAP has potential. In February, an E3 author philosophized on how SAP could double in size in a few short years if only it had the right strategy and people. However, SAP is not currently investing enough energy into this endeavor.
The theme of the DSAG Technology Days Conference in 2024 was "Bringing vision and reality together". This pious wish also applies to SAP BTP and SAP Cloud because, while everyone is aware the ERP universe could use some improvement, there is a lack of realistic solutions.
If a company is willing to give a one hundred percent bonus on paid services to retain a customer, then customers should start thinking about the future.

Working on the SAP basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. 

This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
At the exhibition center 2,
A-5020 Salzburg

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

Regular ticket:

€ 590 excl. VAT


Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
Kurfürstenanlage 1,
69115 Heidelberg

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024


Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house AG. The presentations will be accompanied by an exhibition of selected SAP partners. The ticket price includes the attendance of all lectures of the Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024, the visit of the exhibition area, the participation in the evening event as well as the catering during the official program. The lecture program and the list of exhibitors and sponsors (SAP partners) will be published on this website in due time.