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SAP made a mistake on its own blog - mobile platform to survive

UPDATE SAP has decided to kill off its Mobile Platform. An announcement from January 31st pointed out that support ends for the SAP Mobile Platform on December 31st, 2020, but added news that “we do not plan to offer Extended Maintenance.” SAP will offer “customer-specific maintenance”, an ongoing paid service as the default option …
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SAP slurps up CRM biz Callidus for $2.4bn, pants: Look, cloud bookings are up!

SAP has reported a boost in cloud bookings in its full-year results and announced a $2.4bn deal to buy cloudy sales tracking biz Callidus Software. The German ERP giant has today released (PDF) its figures for the final quarter of 2017, along with its full-year results. Total revenue for the year was up by 6 per cent, to €23. …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Jan 2018

SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages. The SAP Community is supposed to be a forum for developers, mentors and tech users to discuss problems and share tips – but over the years …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jan 2018

SAP customers won't touch the fluffy stuff... so here's another on-prem HR data tool

SAP has revealed it is working on a new on-premises human capital management system, admitting that many of its customers are still not ready for the cloud. The German ERP giant had previously promised it would continue support for its existing on-premises solution, SAP ERP HCM, until 2025. But today SAP announced it was …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Jan 2018
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NSW TAFE's IT FAIL was so bad, 100 staff were hired to clean up

New South Wales TAFE's failed IT project will be a millstone around the organisation's neck for years, the state's Auditor-General warned yesterday. Terminated last year, the Learning and Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project has nonetheless managed to reach out of the grave and grab the dollars. The Auditor-General's …
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You're SAP-ing my will to live: Licensing debate lumbers on as ERP giant tries to rebuild trust

After a year marked by major lawsuits on licensing, German ERP giant SAP is making a noise about its new customer-centric approach, perhaps after realising that its litigious image risks driving down customer confidence. In February, Diageo was told to pay SAP a cool £54.5m after it introduced two new Salesforce.com systems, …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Dec 2017

Two years later, SAP's making ‘progress’ on clearing up S/4HANA ball of confusion

SAP is “getting there” with its efforts to address concerns around deployment of the latest version of its ERP business suite, according to S/4HANA COO Sal Laher. S/4HANA was plagued by confusion over pricing, licensing, migration and deployment when it was first launched in 2015, and this has had an impact on both awareness …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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SAP fondlers: IoT? Machine learning? Woah there, we still don't understand licensing

Brit SAP users have little interest in adopting the German enterprise resource planning giant's self-branded "digital innovation system", Leonardo, citing licensing concerns as a barrier, according to a survey. In a poll of almost 400 UK and Ireland-based organisations using SAP, some 58 per cent said they have concerns about …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Nov 2017
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SAP to ban commission on public sector deals in countries at risk of corruption

SAP has claimed that "significant changes" have been made to global sales processes, after reports of corruption rocked its South Africa biz. The German ERP giant has also launched disciplinary procedures against three employees after accusations that the SA subsidiary was using a shell company to buy help winning government …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Oct 2017
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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings. The results for the quarter ended September 30, released today (PDF), showed total revenues of €5.59bn – up 4 per cent year-on-year – and an operating …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017

Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness

SAP is to offer feedback on anonymised indirect licensing as concern and confusion about the rules grows among customers. The German firm's rules on indirect access mean customers can be hit with licensing fees to cover any and all software that connects – even indirectly – to data stored on SAP systems. Following a high- …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Oct 2017

SAP flings out one-hub-to-rule-and-crunch all the data. Yes, a hub

Enterprise giant SAP is taking on silos with its latest offering that aims to centralise data processing and governance - but not storage. SAP’s Data Hub, launched on Monday at an event in New York, looks to capitalise on the vast amounts of data companies collect, especially when they are from an increasing variety of sources …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017
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SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

German enterprise giant SAP has bought customer identity management firm Gigya for a reported $350m. Gigya, which is headquartered in Mountain View but started life in Israel, offers companies a platform to manage their customers' details. The platform, which has about 1.3 billion customer identities, collects usage data, but …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017
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AWS: Don't be a SAP, get one of our massive HANA boxes

Amazon Web Services has released a new line of server options aimed at companies looking to run in-memory databases like SAP HANA in its cloud. The Bezos-backed hosting house said the EC2 instances will each offer 4TB of dedicated DDR4 memory. The instances, given the catchy name x1e.32xlarge, are available in the US East ( …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2017
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SAP E-Recruiting bug could let you stop rivals poaching your people

SAP admins, there's an e-mail system bug that could give your HR department headaches, by blocking peoples from registering their e-mail with its E-Recruiting system. The problem is that a registration URL provided to job-seekers is predictable, meaning an attacker could put other peoples' e-mails into the system and guess the …

SAP point-of-sale systems were totally hackable with $25 kit

Point-of-Sale systems from SAP had a vulnerability that allowed them to be hacked using a $25 Raspberry Pi or similar device, according to research unveiled at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore last week. Critical vulnerabilities in SAP's POS – since resolved – created a means for hackers not only to steal customers …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2017
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Fancy talking to SAP about your indirect licensing concerns? Straw poll says no

SAP has been told that customers are too afraid to strike up a conversation about indirect access, as a survey indicated most users had concerns that opening up to the firm could backfire. SAP rules on indirect access mean customers can be hit with licensing fees to cover any and all software that connects – even indirectly – …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Aug 2017
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SAP cleans up more than a dozen troubling CRM security blunders

Critical issues in SAP’s CRM application – patched on Tuesday – open the door to corporate espionage, security researchers warn. SAP resolved a total of 19 software flaws yesterday. Among the most critical bugs is an SQL injection in SAP CRM WebClient User Interface (SAP Security Note 2450979). The issue, identified by …
John Leyden, 9 Aug 2017

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