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SAP loves dual leadership. What one can't do, the other might succeed. Cloud computing is a regional conflict: many things are different in the USA!
Usage-based versus authorization-based user license allocation: Since the introduction of the SAP user license types "SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management for Professional/Functional/Productivity Use", there has been uncertainty in the SAP community as to the basis on which user licensing and, accordingly, measurement should be carried out.
The rising number of cyberattacks is significantly increasing the demand for resources: in order to optimize these and expand the talent pool, companies need to find intelligent ways in times of skills shortages.
SAP is a shadow of its former self. The Group has everything that other IT providers lack: Content and know-how. The hyperscalers convince with technology. SAP has business knowledge and could be three times as big.
The SAP Supervisory Board is a construction site
What is cloud computing? A comment I made to the effect that SAP BRIM (Billing and Revenue Management) is a highly complex and successful SAP application, but is only available in its entirety as an on-prem solution, prompted a Microsoft employee to object. Who is right in this case?
E3 Magazine has selected the most exciting companies to feature in our SAP Startup Spotlight series. In today's article, we present LiveEO, a technology company that offers SAP system-integrated satellite-based monitoring solutions.
Trust is a great asset that is more easily gambled away than won. This makes it all the more pleasing that German managers and financial professionals' confidence in their companies' financial figures has increased in recent years.
Are managers truly familiar with the topic of business process digital transformation? This trend has been an important topic in many companies for several years, but development is not quite over yet.
Introduce new SAP technologies quickly and successfully with the help of intelligent change management. AI, big data, and automation have enormously enriched the functions of SAP solutions such as BTP and will continue to do so.
For SAP, there are very good reasons why the public cloud should be the future operating model. Users and the SAP community should have more autonomy to pursue their own interests.
Life is ever changing, and for whatever reason, the day may come when it is time to leave the cloud. SAP does not have a policy for this. Customers, however, should. They should have a cloud exit strategy plan in place.
E3 magazine has selected the most exciting companies to feature in our SAP Start-up Spotlight series. In today's article, we present Woocar, a SaaS platform that aims to reduce traffic accidents by more than 90 percent and is connected to the SAP Logistics Business Network.
SAP CEO Christian Klein's motto is "cloud only". With this, he is provoking controversy because the world cannot be divided into black and white.
Baby boomers are now retiring. Almost 70 percent of them want to retire from working life by the age of 64 at the latest, with the desire for more leisure time playing a major role. Many of them are even prepared to accept a reduction in their pension.
Current cyber threats such as ransomware jeopardize entire operations by encrypting data and systems. This can lead to a super-GAU if companies are reliant on real-time analysis.
What's going on with SAP? The mood in the community and among SAP customers is persistently bad, however the share price is going through the roof. It is reasonable to assume that shareholders and financial analysts know something that we in the SAP community do not. Here is one possible answer.
AI and ML are trending topics par excellence, including in the SAP area. However, the development, provision and management of AI and ML models are associated with a number of challenges and require specific frameworks.
Since SAP presented S/4 in New York in 2015, around 20 percent of SAP customers have completed the conversion to the new ERP generation. Most of them have made an investment within the seven- or eight-figure range.
Christian Klein's keynote speech at the 2023 DSAG Annual Congress in Bremen, Germany, had it all. The SAP CEO announced that key innovations will only be available in the SAP cloud in future.
Rarely before has the community been so surprised by SAP: the share price is reaching all-time highs, innovation is at rock bottom, and customers are angry and unsettled.
In uncertain times, it is important to know who or what you can rely on. This makes it all the more pleasing that German managers and financial professionals have increased their confidence in their companies' financial figures in recent years.
What’s right is wrong. Sooner or later, SAP CEO Christian Klein will be right with his "cloud-only" postulate.
Are you in the process of converting to S/4 Hana? Then you are probably familiar with the licensing difficulties that accompany such a change. Software Asset Management (SAM) can help lead the project to success.
E3mag.com has received a surprisingly large number of articles about SAP licenses this past month. We have been observing this growing need for discussion for several months. Licenses are becoming a key factor for S/4 conversion.
Only about a third of the DSAG (German-speaking SAP User Group) members trust SAP's strategy. SAP CEO Christian Klein's visions are correct, but the way they are presented and communicated misses the mark with the SAP community.
E3 magazine has selected the most exciting companies to feature in our SAP start-up spotlight series. In today's episode, we present Velou, an SAP.iO Rising Stars startup that improves the shopping experience in online retail.
As many readers will already be aware, securing the SAP gateway is crucial for the security of SAP systems. But what can happen if the gateway is configured incorrectly or insecurely?
Is the automation of IT processes a technical challenge? Yes, but not only. The key to success and smooth implementation is a well-structured plan that involves all employees - far beyond IT.
In the current competition for skilled workers and market share, artificial intelligence can be a great support. In order for the technology to unfold its potential, it should be used in conjunction with automation.
There is still a lot of potential for digital process support. The company Deutz in Cologne, Germany, uses a mobile and lean application to drastically simplify and speed up processes.
E3 magazine has selected the most exciting companies to feature in our SAP Startup Spotlight series. In today's issue, we present Solena, a biotechnology company that uses information about the soil microbiome to promote efficient and sustainable food production.
With Professor Hasso Plattner’s departure from the SAP Supervisory Board next year, the company will soon commence an evaluation of the actual function and duties of a Supervisory Board Chairman.
It is common knowledge that SAP is not satisfied with the success rate of migrating customers to S/4. Many members of the SAP community tend to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to migrating to S/4 Hana.
SAP's collecting mania knows no bounds. SAP believes that it will automatically understand other companies’ intellectual property just by owning them.
The transformation to a business partner has been a goal of CFOs for years, but it is only the effects of the multi-crisis and the topics of digitalization and sustainability that are putting CFOs more at the center of corporate management.
I read more and more often - even from former companions - that cloud computing makes a software asset management (SAM) tool unnecessary. But how can a cloud function without management?
Oona Horx Strathern's new book was published in September. It has the cheerful title “Kindness Economy” and is a counter-project to egoism and capitalism. Rather than criticize, it presents humanistic options.
In October, with an outlook to 2024, the question is: can SAP still be trusted? What was once an innovator for standard business software has now become hesitant, lagging behind.
Exclusive interview with Workday Group Vice President DACH Christopher Knörr.
SAP's strategy is cloud computing. Almost all IT providers are taking refuge in the cloud. Why not SAP, too? But SAP has no vision of where it’s going.
Open source and GitHub/GitLab are closely linked. Three years ago, GitHub created a monetization option for open source developers and companies with the sponsorship button.
What are the benefits of open source? SAP modernizations and migrations are complex; taking a different approach based on open-source principles can help you avoid several problems and stumbling blocks from the start.
Skepticism about the S/4 cloud? An annual survey to determine the state of S/4 migration and business opportunities has produced fundamental findings this year. A lot has happened in terms of awareness of SAP offerings.
The connection of heterogeneous machines and the semantic processing of data are essential prerequisites for the successful operation of both ERP and MES solutions such as SAP Digital Manufacturing.
Seven years of S/4 Hana - actually a reason to celebrate. But not for customers who have not yet taken the long and expensive step there. 
My annual house note from Salzburg from the Festival is this time inspired by the outstanding violinist and recording artist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and her album "What's Next Vivaldi?" in a quality far beyond any CD.
Christian Klein has not only made a mess of SAP's AI development, but is currently being overtaken left and right by his own existing customers when it comes to AI. An old pattern continues.
SAP CEO Christian Klein has done a great thing: the pre-programmed crash has been prevented. But where do we go from here? No one at SAP knows.
E3 Magazine has selected the most exciting companies to feature in our SAP Startup Spotlight series. In today's episode, we feature Sedna, a company that provides a platform for the maritime and supply chain industries.
There is pressure to act, which SAP CEO Christian Klein obviously does not feel. He spends his days doing petty repair work. He works dedicatedly and forgets the purpose and vision of SAP.
Cancellation of SAP on-prem licenses converts them into cloud subscriptions, but this means that the existing SAP customer loses all autonomy over its own ERP system.
E3 Magazine has selected the most exciting startups to feature in our SAP Startup Spotlight Series. In today's installment, we feature goFlux, which offers a freight trading platform and related products.
SAP HCM Payroll, quo vadis? Many HCM user companies are faced with the challenge: What to do with SAP Payroll? How can investments made be carried over into the future? Is H4/S4 the only right way?
The silo security of a traditional SAP environment is reaching its limits in an era of increasing interconnection between SAP and non-SAP systems. Does this lead to sacrifices for the security of a process landscape?
SAP's in-house trade fair Sapphire repeatedly prompts SAP CEOs to verbal feats and bold statements. Anyone who suspects anything untrue here is a Pinocchio.
Cyberattacks on SAP systems and operational technology (OT) can have devastating consequences for companies: from delays in operations to the shutdown of all processes. The following tricks help to ward off hackers.
End-to-end business processes remind me of my early days with SAP R/3. A lot of things didn't work then, but when they did, they were consistent, evaluated, and definitely E2E. SAP CEO Klein talks a lot about integration.
"Rock-solid engineering. Bold creativity." That's how SAP advertises Fioneer on its own homepage, but will customers now have to pay for Fioneer's expensive deal between SAP and third parties? There's a lot of anger.
E3 magazine has selected the most exciting companies to showcase in our SAP Startup Spotlight Series. In today's installment, we'll be looking at Soley, a product mining solution provider available on the SAP store.
If the SAP images from the Sapphire in Orlando are to be believed, Christian Klein has decided to be the greatest rather than the fastest.
For a long time, SAP user companies were reluctant to migrate to SAP S/4 Hana. Now there is movement on the issue.
SAP users are caught between the conflicting priorities of migration and innovation. Migration projects with lift-and-shift procedures often dominate at first, and innovation falls by the wayside. But there is a better way.
Are you about to decide which path to use to migrate to S/4 Hana? Contract Conversion, Product Conversion or Rise with SAP? Take a look at the PKL Q2/2023.
A new ERP architecture is emerging, driven by SAP technology but less to SAP's own liking. CEO Christian Klein has already taken note of the first setbacks and lowered the revenue expectation for cloud computing.
The good news: The productive SAP systems survived all the auditors' checks and drove the penetration testers to despair. And then: An attacker hijacked the highly secure system.
Anyone looking for dates for TechEd in Europe or the USA this year can search for a long time. One only finds the dates for the realization in Bangalore, India, on November 2 and 3, 2023. The dates in Europe and America have been cancelled without replacement.
SAP CEO Christian Klein has achieved a great feat: the pre-programmed crash was prevented. SAP has turned the corner, has not landed in the ditch and is now in calm waters. But where will the company go from here? No one at SAP knows.
Nowhere does a prediction seem to be as difficult as in IT - especially when it concerns the ERP future. The current example of ChatGPT has shown how quickly supposedly safe parameters have to be re-evaluated.
There are currently many construction sites in the SAP realm. Misguided personnel and product policies have created numerous legacy issues. SAP CEO Christian Klein is working to rectify the situation.
There is pressure to act, which SAP CEO Christian Klein obviously does not feel. He spends his days doing small-scale repair work. Working with commitment and forgetting the big picture - Klein is left without a strategy.
The DSAG Technology Days have shown it again: Uncertainty still exists on the user side with regard to the necessary modernization. Time is pressing; after all, the deadline of 2027 has been confirmed once again.
Let me first go on record as saying that I believe most CFOs are great characters. They are responsible and precise in their attention to detail. They are also, for the most part, much friendlier and more outgoing than many might think.
Even if S/4 is not a tragedy like Shakespeare's Hamlet, the question for the existing SAP customer is whether he can live with the S/4 provisions in the PKL. If not, then this must be included in the contract negotiation.
Valid financial figures and realistic forecasts are a top priority for companies. If you want to meet this demand, you have to establish end-to-end processes and ensure that everything meshes when it comes to automation.
Above all, B2B2C means serving different target groups according to their needs. One-size-fits-all customer portals are not very helpful for a good customer experience. SAP Composable Storefront opens new doors for SAP customers.
For SAP, customer satisfaction is a very important part of the business model. After all, the very first SAP system was developed on the customer's hardware. Since then, many ideas from users have found their way into SAP's ERP.
Officially, Christian Klein still believes in "cloud first" and hopes for "cloud only". Thousands of SAP's existing customers and his own experts know better: Cloud computing remains out of reach for ERP in the medium term.
Shifting up a gear: If you run your own software development within your organization, you can no longer avoid DevOps. The advantages are manifold. Especially when it comes to accelerating processes.
New projects show how artificial intelligence can be used to create added value. But can the creative use of AI to create texts and images also be transferred to the context of business software and processes?
Orchestrate with open source. Everything is going digital. Everything is being automated. But who keeps track? Which software do we trust to control the flow of all digital processes?
The change of personnel in the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board has obviously prompted SAP CEO Christian Klein to clean out and tidy up.
Since the German Cash Register Security Ordinance (KassenSichV) came into force, it has caused anxious moments and triggered lively activity - not only, but especially - in the retail sector. No wonder, since the regulations are extremely complex.
According to Statista, 84 percent of companies in Germany now use cloud computing. At the same time, voices are being raised questioning the switch to the cloud.
SAP has taken a wrong turn: Instead of consolidating menus, screen masks and processes, a ChatGPT-like voice input is to be put over the disastrous UI. Why does SAP always start solving problems from the wrong side?
A recent publication by Manager Magazin lists the favorite employers of young engineers in Germany. SAP comes in a distant 39th place. What's going on there?
The end of SAP as the community knows it. The supervisory board, the executive board, and the IT community would have the chance to save SAP. But false consideration and convenience are preventing the retread.
That I implement innovations in the company is not a question. It's more a question of the timing of the implementation. The pressure on SAP teams to implement the requirements of the business units as quickly as possible is enormous.
The transition to the ISO 20022 global standard is a daunting challenge for financial institutions and businesses alike. ISO 20022 is a global standard for the transmission of data that is currently being established by banks and financial institutions around the world.
SAP CEO Christian Klein said he wants to consolidate SAP. The ERP world market leader should concentrate on the essentials - someone has tried that before him.
Serving both business and private customers is the core of any B2B2C strategy. This means that channels must be used, business models developed, and markets tapped. A hybrid sales model is indispensable here.
It is not our software contracts that are meant, but the termination of our own employees. In terms of labor law, it is probably possible. Organizationally, CEO Christian Klein is completely overwhelmed.
The security precautions that IT organizations have taken are not sufficient at the back and front. The measures taken so far simply do not lead to sufficient resilience
In the past, there were different approaches to using self-service in reporting. These solutions were subsequently implemented in the existing product.
Hardly imaginable: restrained joy about a new get-together with the SAP community. The very successful CCC/CCoE Forum will be continued this year in Salzburg. It is an important basic event that can form the basis for a successful S/4 conversion.
Professor Hasso Plattner has appointed a successor as SAP Supervisory Board chairman. Punit Renjen was CEO of Deloitte until the end of last year and is to be elected to the SAP Supervisory Board this year.
Using innovative technologies, insights are derived from data in real time. To fulfill his new role, the CFO needs better data understanding and data access.
More and more public authorities and companies are taking the plunge into the cloud. However, successful and sustainable digitization with the help of cloud computing cannot work without a cloud strategy including GRC management.
CRM applications make contact with customers transparent throughout, while marketing is a complementary tool for sales. Yet the fact is that both disciplines must form the CRM world together.
What could Professor Hasso Plattner wish for in his last year in office? The community should wish him good health and itself the preservation of his visions.
Cloud computing has permanently changed the IT landscape. Not only in the offerings of the major public cloud providers, but also in the principles of how IT infrastructure is thought about and implemented - including at SAP.
The sustainability of supply chains is becoming increasingly important. At the beginning of this year, the "Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains", or Supply Chain Act (LkSG), came into force in Germany.
In the new year, there are to be three Sapphires as face-to-face events: Orlando, Barcelona and São Paulo. That's good, but we need answers from existing SAP customers now, not in May and June 2023. The stakes are high.
Many companies have already started to automate their office processes using new technologies such as Robotic Process Automation, low-code in the Microsoft Power Platform or in SAP. They have had positive experiences with this in individual departments. However, many companies have not yet succeeded in systematically transferring the selectively available know-how to all areas in order to exploit all...
SAP, like the Catholic Church, is clearly in favor of Aristotle's geocentric worldview, while the rest of the world is probably more inclined to the heliocentric worldview, also called the Copernican worldview.
All is not well with SAP. While a renowned Swiss existing customer praises SAP CRM, Christian Klein is cutting CRM staff and selling Qualtrics. Will that be enough for the next few years?
SAP CEO Klein gave a very remarkable interview to a colleague from Handelsblatt in Davos at the World Economic Summit. He argued convincingly for face-to-face meetings and face-to-face events.
The S/4 code is to be split and Business ByDesign outsourced. A proof of SAP's lack of imagination. Why doesn't Business ByDesign become open source and S/4 finally become hybrid?
A Chief Financial Officer today wears a variety of hats - and not all of them have to do with pure numbers. Companies still have to plan and weigh the benefits against the risks for all transactions.
SAP organized a partner event in Hamburg in the fall of 2022 with the slogan: We. Needed more than ever. What does the company want to tell us with this?
Instead of focusing on its core competence, SAP wants to forcefully become a cloud applications company. Everyone in the community knows that this plan will fail, because SAP's strengths lie elsewhere.
An S/4 project at the customer's is only successful if the expectations of management and users are met. Therefore, the numerous SAP facts should be critically scrutinized right at the beginning of a project.
Testing is an essential component across the entire ALM. But only those who integrate continuous testing into the DevOps pipeline can deliver updates quickly enough - how do companies best achieve test automation?
Open source stands for innovation and is an integral part of the SAP world. Almost every player in the SAP ecosystem, be it a partner, an independent software vendor or an add-on manufacturer, is therefore taking up the open source theme.
Business Case Rise with SAP, right? With Rise, SAP offers an all-round worry-free solution in the cloud based on a (naturally) positive customer-specific business case calculation.
SAP is a powerful system for workflows and structured data. External content management systems can increase effectiveness by providing solutions for unstructured content and enabling integration with S/4.
Whether in production, logistics or administration. Artificial intelligence can increase efficiency everywhere. Many companies are still missing out on these opportunities. Yet SAP users have numerous AI applications ready to go.
To deal with digital business models, tax authorities around the world are calling for greater transparency through disclosure and seamless sharing of taxpayer information between tax authorities.
SAP doesn't hear the voices - the music - from the community and all the seats for the journey into the future are taken. SAP is left behind.
Defending against cyberattacks on SAP systems means more than just protecting the ERP system alone. The threat potential of networked companies and hybrid SAP landscapes requires a holistic approach.
In all ERP transformation projects, the focus is on the business processes, whether there are changes or not. With S/4, this is necessary at least because of the new SAP technologies or the possibility of simplifications.
Open source has become the standard in many companies. The triumphant advance not only represents a technological change, but is also associated with a cultural change.
Software must be put through its paces before it is put into operation. The quality of the tests is crucial, because those who carry out good tests find errors early on, thus reducing development costs and improving software performance.
There is enough work to go around, but employees don't like to deal with repetitive tasks. Intelligent process automation can take over this work and prevent employees from leaving the company due to boredom.
My expectation is that SAP will demonstrate a transparent, medium-term and consistent corporate policy. What do I get? Unctuous words, devout listening, and a cozying up to our DSAG association.
Industry 4.0 is changing our everyday working lives in many areas. By definition, this so-called digital revolution is accompanied by a massive change in the role of the human resource in the work process.
An extension of the digital supply chain via SAP BTP helps companies to map special industry use cases - in this way, flexible new paths can be taken through the cloud.
The ERP world market leader has sunk low. SAP has risen up and lost its way in the cloud. The group is being overtaken left and right by competitors. Personnel and structural problems are rampant.
For many years, companies have known that there is no way around digitization. The world of work is turning faster and faster. In companies, the requirements and the complexity of business processes are increasing.
The value of a message can be measured by the relevance and credibility of the source. If S/4 is not an option, then Hana is also of little relevance. If cloud computing is set, then statements from hardware manufacturers are less credible.
What if, what if, bicycle chain. If SAP had recognized earlier that the community is hybrid and heterogeneous, Christian Klein wouldn't have to talk about hybrid, first and only. His career is based on SAP only.
The year 2023 will be successful, but only for those who make an effort, remain agile and hybrid. Radical concepts have had their day. "Only" and "First" belong to the past. The future remains hybrid because we will still experience a generational and paradigm shift until 2030.
This headline is euphemistic - thus a euphemistic and obfuscating statement, because SAP is in fact immoderate and rude.
No company can afford to ignore the advantages of open source software anymore: Independence and flexibility are simply too lucrative. And innovative technologies such as AI and edge computing are also based on OSS.
A new risk category is establishing itself. Many companies are increasingly required to report on the sustainability of their operating business and financial assets. What does this mean for your SAP system landscape?
Phishing attacks are among the greatest threats to IT security. A targeted reduction of the vulnerabilities that cybercriminals use to gain access to their victim's system is called for.
S/4 migration projects have different starting points and objectives. Experience shows that many common denominators are implemented accordingly in project management, but some work packages are underestimated.
SAP's cloud strategy continues, "cloud revenues have now become SAP's largest revenue stream," Christian Klein said recently.
At a crystallization point, the further course of the roadmap is decided. Will the project freeze and break up, or will it become fluid, agile and successful? Christian Klein has recklessly led his SAP to such a point.
50 years of SAP - actually a reason to celebrate. Not so for SAP user companies: Problems with licenses and contracts are clouding the mood, demanding a lot of attention and money - and tying up capacities.
A few weeks ago, the DSAG Annual Congress 2022 took place in Leipzig with a premiere: The keynote address on the opening day was not given by SAP CEO Christian Klein, but by board member Thomas Saueressig.
SAP is in a bad way. It is a mental crisis because those responsible have left the path of virtue. Why experiment in the cloud when a business unique selling proposition exists?
A clear cloud-only trend has been evident in SAP's strategy for some time. The SaaS application Data Warehouse Cloud (DWC) plays a central role in this - so the future of analytics with SAP is predetermined.
50 years of SAP have naturally brought many ups and downs. Until two years ago, things were always looking up. But the crucial mistakes came earlier.
Open source is shaping the future, also in the SAP world. This change also affects long-standing SAP partners. They have to ask themselves how they can best get on the open source path in order to participate in the same way.
With the switch to S/4 Hana, many companies are facing complex migration projects. Beforehand, however, they should be clear about how they want to operate their SAP systems in the future.
SAP is part of the indispensable basic IT equipment for many companies because it is absolutely essential for smooth business operations and trouble-free production. But why don't companies protect their SAP systems properly?
In many industries in Germany, products are still sold via traditional, multi-level sales. What is changing as a result of digitization and which processes need to be adapted?
SAP wants to introduce an annual price increase for cloud products. But any partner selling a go-to-market solution must also pay a revenue share, regardless of whether SAP enabled the transaction.
SAP's success story is based on system integration, but this has been neglected in recent years as a result of massive company acquisitions. However, the added value of the S/4 transformation only comes from integration.
The E in EHS stands for environment and colloquially for green. Anyone who delves deeper into this topic will notice that it is a system of its own that must be taken into account.
The digitization of processes and the exchange of data with customers, partners and authorities have long been part of everyday life. In the SAP environment in particular, a wide range of scenarios are used to integrate solutions into existing technologies and secure them against cybercrime.
The motto of this year's DSAG Congress is "in search of success", which is a paradox, because success cannot be found like a misplaced software license, but only worked out.
Companies around the world are required to make the right decisions quickly. The challenge here is to receive prepared data from the ERP system at any time.
Whereas it used to be "SAP or non-SAP", I am now hearing "SAP and non-SAP" more and more often. That's good news for us existing customers. For SAP, it could become a problem. The ERP world market leader is not prepared for cooperation.
There's a difference between being diligent and doing the right thing. SAP CEO Christian Klein appears hardworking. But he does nothing for existing customers, the share price, or the community.
I asked SAP if I could stop by the local Sapphire in Munich and got a negative response. Apparently SAP is no longer interested in talking to the press. Sapphire - on Invitation-only!
The classic importance of project management for the S/4 transformation is currently misjudged. Sensitive factors, such as the framework conditions and communication, are given too little consideration.
Manager Magazine author Christina Kyriasoglou wrote an illuminating analysis of SAP on page 46 of the magazine's July issue, in which she quotes a whistleblower: "No one dares tell Christian the truth anymore." This refers to SAP CEO Christian Klein.
Pledge allegiance to SAP or seek alternatives? This question is being discussed more and more frequently among executives. It is not about Abap, SolMan or Hana, but about a new ERP beyond S/4. SAP has not yet understood this discussion.
SAP Solution Manager has been around since about 2004, a world long gone without cloud or S/4. Then the end of maintenance was announced for 2027 and the shock was deep. Was that it for SolMan then?
What was it again: What information had the customer provided on his order? And when were the screws to be delivered for production?
Naturally, S/4 is moving. SAP's existing customers are condemned to still make this ERP version change - no matter what the cost.
The market for skilled workers has run dry. Digital workforce management helps companies make more value-added use of scarce working time, while also taking into account the requirements of younger generations.
There is a growing shortage of personnel for the digitization of the economy. Anyone who then discourages the urgently needed young talent with manual processes and outdated software is giving themselves a leg up.
An open communication culture, an understanding of technology, and a low-threshold offering for whistleblowers or complainants play a crucial role in the success of a compliance management system.
The catastrophe is inevitable. For two years now, the SAP community has been able to observe SAP's decline. At the center are Professor Hasso Plattner and CEO Christian Klein.
Manager Magazin author Christina Kyriasoglou has written a very readable analysis about SAP in the current issue of the magazine on page 46, in which she quotes a whistleblower as saying: "No one dares to tell Christian the truth anymore." This refers to SAP CEO Christian Klein, who, like his foster father, is increasingly prone to choleric outbursts.
Time and again, SAP developers look askance at technologies that exist in the non-SAP sector. But that doesn't have to be the case: Thanks to modern platforms and open source, they have a wide range of tools at their disposal.
Retail is in a state of flux, and in addition to technology-driven trends, the focus is currently shifting to sustainability in all areas. Retailers must react and make their businesses more sustainable.
By its very nature, a public cloud would be a one-time lottery win for SAP and many other providers. The positive scaling effects are gigantic, but individuality, innovation, agility and resilience fall by the wayside.
The integration of AI technologies makes companies more successful. Here’s why.
SAP Solution Manager has been around since about 2004, a world long gone without cloud or S/4. Then the end of maintenance was announced for 2027 and the shock was deep. Was that it for SolMan then?
The history of order management systems in SAP is long. There were early approaches in SAP Retail, then after the acquisition of Hybris it was to be located there. Later it was SAP CAR (SAP Customer Active Repository), and currently S/4 is supposed to fix it.
Most SAP customers have implemented numerous in-house developments to optimize their business. With the S/4 transformation, however, many customers are facing major challenges.
Really, SAP is trying, but the ERP is becoming more and more of a pain for existing customers. Naturally, a specialist can be found for every task in the global SAP community.
Cloud first - this is now the strategy in many companies. There is certainly a lot to be said for it. From a licensing perspective, however, many risks arise, especially with SAP software, and these must be evaluated.
A hybrid IT landscape is not a panacea for smooth operation. There are plenty of pitfalls. The greatest challenge of hybrid systems that combine cloud and on-premises structures is their complexity. The interoperability of individual functions, new interfaces and data formats must be ensured.
For Christian Klein and his fellow SAP board members, including colleague Julia White, it's been an exciting Sapphire full of successes - but only because they don't know the past.
SAP Chief Technology Officer Jürgen Müller stood on stage at DSAG Technology Days 2022 and said something very remarkable: that there had probably been a communication deficit at SAP in the past. More than other lapses and failures, the speechlessness contributed to a negative assessment.
The shortage of skilled workers continues. Every company is trying to hold its own in the war of talents. Can talent scouts in HR departments use AI algorithms to optimize their search so that they find the best candidates more quickly?
Order management systems love complexity. Complexity means effort and optimization. The trend towards online shopping and multichannel increases the need for OMS. The focus on sustainability will further strengthen this course.
In the USA, the economy is struggling with a new phenomenon: almost four million employees have quit their jobs. This is the highest number ever and 24 percent higher than before the pandemic. What does this mean for our market?
The community needs Rise and Hana as well as S/4 PS. The added value for an S/4 conversion is low and Rise with SAP is rejected by the majority according to DSAG.
Companies are faced with a decision regarding an ERP transformation. Existing customers are overwhelmingly in favor of the new SAP technology for a variety of reasons; for new customers, the decision-making process is more multi-layered.
So it can be when DevOps approaches accelerate time-to-production from months to days. Addressing this in the context of the S/4 project is seen by successful SAP customers as a natural part of the transformation.
SAP CEO Christian Klein is making an honest effort. He has eliminated many construction sites. He has reorganized and established a new management style. But comprehensive success and a clear strategy are still missing. Professor Hasso Plattner is growing impatient.
SAP licensing options and costs change regularly. It's no wonder that those responsible lose track of the situation and incur additional costs. Currently, Rise, DAAP and licensing by entitlement are hotly debated.
Globalization and digitization are driving the networking of business processes across many levels. The success or failure of business models depends on factors that are increasingly beyond our ability to influence and control.
It would be intelligent to work together, wouldn't it? The word "community" is often used, and one sometimes hears the term "community of values" as well. At the end of the day, however, many players cook their own soup - including the user association DSAG.
From DSAG's point of view, SAP will not push the S/4 release change for existing customers on its own. SAP needs help from the user association if S/4 is still to be a success.
According to SAP, there are currently more than 10,000 productive S/4 systems. The proportion of R/3-to-S/4 migrations thus already provides sufficient empirical data on some key issues that are underestimated or given too little attention.
For our central site, I have a final S/4 roadmap and budget. During the presentation and naming of the total sum, my CFO remained surprisingly calm. His question unsettled me: What will we get for it?
For the finance departments of corporate groups, many conversions to S/4 Hana do not bring the desired results. The only solution that can help is one that companies should consider even before the migration.
IoT, AI or machine learning: it has never been easier to obtain applications, ready-made services and the latest technologies quickly and flexibly from the cloud. But what is the right cloud strategy and how can secure data migration be achieved?
As a result of the Corona crisis, open source software and IT system landscapes based on it have also gained in importance, among other things. The reasons here are the rapid availability without lengthy license procurements.
Those who act in either-or categories have lost. Black-and-white thinking is out of place. Cloud first was good marketing. Now SAP says: Cloud only. Can that work?
For dissonance to become harmony, trust must develop between development and operations teams. This requires support from management as well as a firm foundation.
Today, SAP Basis is more than just a pure outsourcing construct. Digitization and innovation roadmaps require SAP Basis to contribute its share of automation and ideas, while customers are setting entirely new standards in the non-SAP world through their experience in terms of customer experience and holistic support. Comprehensive and constantly updated services are in demand.
SAP's color theory finds a continuation. On the current cover is "Power of Orange" and Gregor Stöckler, member of the SNP management, writes on page 14 about the other field variants and naturally ends his text with: Power of Blue.
CFO Luka Mucic is leaving SAP next year. The Executive Board member and CFO has negotiated his resignation with the Supervisory Board in order to reposition himself professionally. Numerous supervisory board positions await.
The SAP headquarters in Walldorf is similar to the Gallic village from the comic book series Asterix. SAP is strong and independent to the point of being a hermitage.
In the age of digitalization, the spread of home offices and new work, priorities are often set in other areas, even though the invoice processing process is essential for companies and offers enormous potential for optimization.
The global transformation of the IT industry to the cloud has also reached SAP customers. In retrospect, interestingly enough, S/4 Hana also came onto the market at almost the same time.
SAP is once again putting SolMan in the spotlight and positioning it as the central integration engine within the so-called Business Transformation Suite (BTS). But what exactly is BTS all about?
Artificial intelligence is supposed to support people in their professional lives and relieve them of work. The consequences of this are in the hands of humans, not AI.
SAP and the entire SAP community have been successfully using more and more open source for many years. The use of hundreds or thousands of different components by SAP customers will be the rule, not the exception, in 2022.
If you want to keep costs under control during an S/4 Hana switch, it is absolutely crucial whether you succumb to the lure of a contract conversion or switch with your entire license portfolio.
SAP systems are business-critical. Data volumes are growing steadily, and threats and compliance requirements are increasing, making optimal backup, fast recovery, and efficient data management increasingly important.
SAP has made a risky bet with Hana. Tying S/4 tightly to the Hana database platform means that ERP performance is forever tied to SAP's skill and Hana's performance.
Bringing diverse sales channels and sales models under one roof harbors potential for technological and operational conflict. Digital systems must mesh smoothly. How can this be achieved?
At the end of last year, the E-3 editorial team began a research project: Can the S/4 conversion succeed with the existing resources? There were two answers: Yes, because SAP provides good tools. No, because consultants are missing and the concepts are not designed for complex data structures.
There will be no integration in the form of an SAP "back to standard" function. The R/3 times with one database and many app servers are over. The three-tier client/server model is dead.
A spontaneous discussion arose about the contemporary nature of Hana and S/4. This is very exciting because it covers many dimensions, including the future of SAP.
Speed and security are more crucial than ever in a highly competitive environment. SAP users also face the challenge of implementing innovations and new business processes quickly.
Fast, cost-effective entry into digital manufacturing and complete traceability are business-critical for medium-sized manufacturers. A lean MES with UX design that users can configure themselves makes this possible.
What role will open source play in the future? Successful and healthy open source projects are about more than just code. A strong community is an engine that can drive bolder innovation.
Successful companies are sometimes successful because they act early on a trend or even create it. Or they come late, but make better decisions than the early movers, on whose experience they can build.
S/4 Hana and Cloud: It's not a question of location, but of architecture - and culture. This changes everything and makes DevOps a must. However, its triumphal march does not begin as a grassroots movement.
IoT, AI or machine learning: it has never been easier to obtain applications, ready-made services and the latest technologies quickly and flexibly from the cloud. But what is the right cloud strategy and how can secure data migration be achieved?
At the beginning of the new year, a discussion arose virally about the relevance of S/4 and how contemporary this ERP software from SAP still was - not so much in 2022 as at the end of the conversion in about five years.
SAP S/4 Hana is entering its darned seventh year this year. In the IT industry, such time spans are technological "generations". Many customers are wondering how much time SAP still needs to successfully complete the S/4 Hana strategy.
Almost nine out of ten companies (88 percent) that already use an ERP solution from SAP will migrate to S/4 Hana within the next three years. This is the result of a study conducted by Camelot and the analyst firm Techconsult among 200 German companies.
At the beginning of the year, E-3 Magazine asked to what extent Hana and S/4 are still up to date. This is not a blasphemy of SAP's ERP doctrine, but a pragmatic view of the S/4 conversion.
The year started well for Christian Klein. Manager Magazin January 2022 shows a picture of Klein with the title "Codeword Attack. A short time later, the correction came online: "The defensive battle of the SAP CEO.
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. The presumption of innocence applies. The fact is that the SAP Executive Board has always been committed to the interests of existing customers - above all Gerd Oswald.
Open Core sounds like a good idea: open source technologies enriched with individual proprietary features. But the model gives pause for thought, because the interests of the vendors may differ from those of the community.
What do most people associate with SAP? Software is probably the most common answer, perhaps also accounting or ERP. In the age of cloud computing, another word should come to mind: learning.
Once SAP SolMan is in use, "Make a wish" begins - but possibly even before that. From a consultant's perspective, you then hear questions like, "Can Solution Manager...?" How do we deal with that?
Despite some negative reports about the pace of S/4 Hana adoption, the latest DSAG survey confirms its strategic importance for SAP users: 81 percent are already working with S/4 or planning to implement it.
The mirror became a mirror. In a report, an attempt is made to blame SAP for the misuse of software. In the process, statements are made that are false. Poorly researched and incorrectly combined.
For around half of SAP customers, it is still open which system architecture should be used for the transformation. Decision-making can be facilitated by prioritizing and weighting the parameters involved.
Business applications such as document management systems (DMS), ERP, customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) form the basis of many enterprise business processes today.
Spiegel reported on the dark side of SAP in issue 46/2021 on page 62. The authors suspect the theft of intellectual property and accuse the ERP world market leader of unfair competition.
The legendary Focus co-founder and editor-in-chief Helmut Markwort coined: Facts, facts, facts and think of the readers. For SAP CEO Christian Klein, it's facts, facts, facts, and thinking of the community.
Pulling the ERP cart out of the mud again has always required good SAP roadmaps and the initiative of existing customers.
For many SAP users, the switch to Hana is accompanied by a move to Linux. The operating system, which recently turned 30, opens up a huge ecosystem of open source solutions.
I have created a new cloud term. After public, private and hybrid cloud, there is now a home cloud in my SAP universe. It is supposed to be the best of on-prem and the functions of the hyperscalers and SAP BTP.
The use of open source supports DevOps teams in agile software development. But in the drive to produce code faster and faster, protecting confidential and privileged credentials often falls by the wayside.
Like a cockpit, SAP Focused Build offers all planning and control tools specifically for large, agile projects. From takeoff to safe landing, they flank all processes. But what does an SAP project have to do with a flight?
A reorganization of development and deployment processes through DevOps must also be accompanied by an organizational realignment. But how can the development approach be anchored in the corporate culture?
The S/4 Hana transformation implies not only the technology change, but also human resources components. Users need to see sense, they need expert training and good user training.
In the discussion about digital transformation, the pandemic is often seen as an accelerator for digitization projects. Does this assumption pass the fact check?
As a driver of digital transformation, the cloud now plays a key role in corporate success. However, users are often restricted by the provider when it comes to implementation. It is important to weigh up the options wisely.
ERP is dead. The Intelligent Enterprise no longer has a future either. No AI will save this concept. The new "Connected Platform" is a real-time operating system, i.e. an enterprise operating system in real time.
The SAP community has overcome the limitations of an R/3 and in recent years excellent solutions have emerged based on ERP/ECC 6.0. SAP's volatility does not make it easy for partners to remain loyal.
Sometimes there is a gap between what users want and what providers offer. SAP also recognized this challenge and gave birth to the idea of the CCC.
The Eclipse Foundation, home to more than 400 open source projects, is organized into self-managed working groups. Why was this approach chosen? And how does collaboration between members work?
Repeatedly our DSAG has tried to communicate Rise with SAP with verified content to us members. SAP could not deliver. Now SAP CEO Christian Klein has kicked his chief strategist Anuj Kapur out the door.
With Rise with SAP, SAP creates incentives to switch to S/4 Hana in the cloud. Analogous to Digital Access, there is the option of using user licenses universally and as needed. This will appeal to many SAP customers.
The saying is well known: There's life in the old dog yet again. Readers are currently giving print a rebirth, while marketing is still hanging on to the old online braids and counting web clicks. While readers appreciate print quality, marketing is hungry for quantity.
While SAP struggles to get existing customers into the cloud, the SAP community lacks organization and licensing certainty for a cloud exit strategy that may be necessary.
The SAP transformation from R/3 to S/4 Hana has been underway for several years. Completed projects have often revealed underestimated aspects that should be recognized and, in some cases, avoided at all costs.
There is a holy book at SAP in Walldorf that enshrines the claim to omnipotence in the cloud. Full Use Equivalent is the new gospel to make SAP rich.
Digital transformation is indispensable for business success. We are observing a paradigm shift in IT in which cloud plays a central role. However, an SAP cloud migration means major challenges.
Recently, it was the 40th anniversary of the IBM PC. Now, standard software is not conceivable without standard hardware. Therefore, it makes sense to take a look at the mutual firing of both standardizations.
A time of data-driven transformation and modernization has dawned - also for SAP users. This is by no means just about SAP systems; non-SAP environments must also be part of an overall strategy.
With seven steps, the Suse technology blueprint ensures the high availability of the S/4 Hana transformation to the hybrid cloud.
With regard to the implementation of innovative Industry 4.0 and IoT scenarios, the factory edge concept in particular is becoming increasingly important. An SAP connection is also an essential component here.
Many companies face the challenge of replacing their ERP suite with the new S/4 Hana software generation. Cleverly used, SolMan provides support throughout the entire migration project.
In many places, product labeling in retail is done digitally: the use of electronic shelf labels is efficient, flexible, and reliable. Electronic labels are also becoming attractive in intralogistics.
An S/4 transformation is only successful if the project and subsequently also the ongoing operational management can be ensured. For this, the CCoE organizations must be aligned to these new tasks in good time.
We view SAP with goodwill. The Executive Board is well positioned, even if cooperation is not frictionless. In detail, there are construction sites, misunderstandings and errors. Consolidation is not yet complete.
Bitkom gave a mixed assessment of the federal government's digital policy to date. Apart from a few showcase examples, Germany urgently needs to catch up in international comparison.
The coronavirus, digitalization, the shortage of skilled workers, and social upheavals are shaping the way we work together in the 21st century. In this context, the topic of New Work is becoming increasingly important.
There is no such thing as one SAP licensing; everyone has different types and combinations. This quickly becomes confusing - and can also be expensive. It is therefore important to avoid major blunders. Here are the five most common mistakes.
We should talk to each other, right? Digital transformation is a nice buzzword, but behind it lie numerous challenges that have only been partially communicated - so, we should talk!
No IT company has undergone such a radical transformation as SAP. The transition from Windows to Office to Cloud at Microsoft seems like a harmless Sunday stroll in comparison.
Is the cloud real for an existing SAP customer? Yes, sometimes - but in many cases it is out of reach. Cloud computing is not the issue. More license fees are the goal.
After more than a year, the pandemic seems to have triggered an identity crisis among some customers regarding the S/4 Hana transformation. Whether justified or not, the discussions and considerations are interesting.
An existential question: Rise or Fall with SAP? The brave new SAP world can only be entered with the latest release status, which is not only illogical, but also becomes counterproductive for SAP. Version changes are a messy business.
People often talk about digitization. There are many definitions of this term. But what is digitization? And how is digitization reflected in a store?
If there's one thing SAP is good at besides software development, it's creating catchy marketing language. It was only at the beginning of this year that Christian Klein introduced the business-transformation-as-a-service offering Rise with SAP. So in the future, users are supposed to rise with the help of the technology provider - wording that evokes self-discovery and personal development. Namaste. But in fact, it's about...
Automation is also one of the central topics in the SAP area. It is no longer just about initial deployment or migration scenarios, but above all about automation in ongoing operations.
It seems that with the expansion of the cloud, the misconception is spreading that you don't have to worry about archiving your data. But if you act like this, you might as well start climbing without a safety rope.
As already announced in 2017, with the Libor rates the globally most important money market rates for most currencies will no longer be available from 2022. What does this mean for your SAP TRM and CML modules?
The Fraunhofer Institute and IBM inaugurated Europe's currently most powerful quantum computer with the participation of politicians and scientists. Will quantum computers really revolutionize the way we use IT solutions?
Many SAP customers transform their licenses to an S/4 contract basis. Through the back door, Digital Access is often also licensed for indirect use of the system. Those who are not careful can run major risks for the future.
A few years ago, RPA revolutionized the automation industry, and since then, new features and tools have been steadily added to make employees' lives easier and capable of handling increasingly complex tasks.
If the SAP community could consolidate the license portfolio, SAP would earn several million euros less in fees. CFO Luka Mucic would have to revise his growth plans.
Everyone should be granted a work-life balance, and the home office anyway. But there are situations where hiding behind an answering machine, webcam and kitchen table becomes counterproductive. Corona recreation should also increase visibility.
The German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas - it seems - read a Spiegel commentary, thought about it, and ultimately turned down the Sheikh Zayed Book Award after there had already been an acceptance. Respect!
What follows is a thought experiment and not animal torture. How existing SAP customers feel when they have to provide two database licenses for an ERP remains unanswered.
It is no secret that master data is crucial to the success of Industry 4.0 scenarios, because it forms the basis for the networked exchange of information. Only those who ensure high data quality can sustainably digitize processes.
Regularly occurring tasks are perceived by most employees as annoying compulsory tasks. As a "colleague", RPA can step in here and thus increase their motivation and consequently also customer satisfaction.
It is well known that cloud computing is the engine of the digital transformation taking place. An important component of this - cloud-native technology - is given with SAP's Gardener.
E-commerce is transforming more and more B2B into B2B2C companies. But what does this mean for the customer experience? Who owns the customer data, who responds to feedback? And who ensures satisfied customers across channels? Food for thought.
When IT and business departments are asked about IT projects that have been started or are planned, the topic of AI comes to the forefront. So let's look at what AI actually is and the expectations behind it.
SAP applications on the one hand and other IT systems on the other have often been separate worlds from a developer's perspective. Open source-based hybrid cloud platforms overcome these parallel worlds.
Hasso Plattner, Gerd Oswald and Christian Klein are good at defending themselves, but because I don't shy away from critical treatment of Editor-in-Chief Färbinger, I express my astonishment at Capital columnist Bernd Ziesemer.
SAP can't stop tricking. Christian Klein believes he knows 100 Rise customers. This hubris could yet turn out to be a nasty surprise - SurpRISE with SAP would not be the first time.
At the beginning of the year, Microsoft and SAP announced the expansion of their cooperation, the technical details of which and the implementation timetable are expected shortly. One of the plans is for Microsoft Teams to become an integral part of SAP's enterprise solutions. S/4 Hana, SuccessFactors, Sales Cloud and Analytics Cloud have been named so far. These integrations are expected to be available in mid-2021....
Rise with SAP is intended to make S/4 transformation projects to the cloud more affordable under SAP's leadership, but customers are not yet seeing that. For SAP, the goal is to push the SAP cloud and thus increase license revenues.
The days when SAP simply accepted audit results seem to be over. The software group is increasingly questioning the figures it receives. And there is another new development: The data that is being queried is a real challenge.
The upcoming migrations to Hana and S/4 present companies with considerable challenges. At the same time, however, they are an opportunity for optimization, such as for the design of a future-proof infrastructure.
According to estimates, over 50,000 S/4 Hana conversion projects are due to take place in Germany alone in the next few years due to the upcoming end of support. There are also some challenges in the area of data backup.
Many S/4 on-premises customers are increasingly turning to public cloud services. While infrastructure services for an SAP environment are quickly booked, setting it up and running it requires sophisticated software.
Companies are having a hard time with the natural generational shift from baby boomers to millennials or from R/3 to S/4 Hana. How can this complexity be broken down and the change actively shaped?
But anyone who thinks that new technologies will also bring a digital way of working to the entire corporate landscape is mistaken. A look at the reality shows: Many companies are still oversleeping the digital transformation. With the rude awakening also comes the realization that such transformations do not succeed at the push of a button. In order to equip yourself accordingly, you have to...
"Overcoming media discontinuities" is a magic word for better linking process steps. But it doesn't go far enough: If we want to achieve truly digital work, we have to eliminate media discontinuities.
Work on SAP Basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. This gives the so-called Competence Center strategic importance among SAP's existing customers. Regardless of the operating model of an S/4 Hana, topics such as automation, monitoring, security, application lifecycle management, and data management are the basis for the operative S/4 operation. For the second time already, E3 Magazine is hosting a summit in Salzburg for the SAP community to get comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. With an exhibition, expert presentations, and plenty to talk about, we again expect numerous existing customers, partners, and experts in Salzburg. E3 Magazine invites you to Salzburg for learning and exchange of ideas on June 5 and 6, 2024.

Venue

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

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

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Venue

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

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024

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The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house B4Bmedia.net 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.