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SAP's cloud sets on-premises bods free from licence fees... Oh, hang on

SAP has eased the cost burden for customers switching to cloud versions of its software but be prepared to barter for a good deal - and don't expect to reduce your payments to Walldorf. In a carefully worded announcement, SAP last week said it is now allowing customers to "re-allocate elements" of its software installed on …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013
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SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success

It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing. The German software giant said in a statement that Lars Dalgaard, head of its entire cloud operations and the founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, was leaving …

SAP CEOs are like Highlanders - there can be only one

Circumstance, it seems, has forced SAP to abandon its beloved dual-chief-executive model. Company co-CEO Bill McDermott will be flying solo in 10 months and a new co-CEO will not be named by the software giant following the resignation of current co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, who has been selected for election to SAP's supervisory …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2013
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SAP launches mostly-free online courseware

Massive Online Open Courses, aka MOOCs, are flavour of the month thanks to the huge numbers of students signing up for courses offered by some of the world's most prestigious universities. Little wonder then that one of the world's more prestigious software vendors, SAP, has clambered aboard the bandwagon with a very MOOC-like …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013

SAP to make do with one CEO after two-headed hub halved

SAP, the world’s largest business software maker, is losing one of its two CEOs and leaving Bill McDermott to rule them all. The German giant said co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe will be shifting to the SAP supervisory board pending a shareholder election at next May's AGM. Snabe said in a statement on the news: “I have decided that …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013
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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent. Sales of software at the German biz had fallen seven per cent to €982m ($1.28bn) in the …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013

Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days. Only the truth is a little more nuanced. Yes, there is competitive pressure from the cloud entrants but the more Ellison tries to re-invent Oracle, the more he’s going to have to scrap with his rivals IBM and SAP to haul past the new …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2014
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SAP loses appeal in long-running $345m patent case

A US federal court has rejected German software maker SAP's bid to overturn a $345m judgment against it, in a move that could finally end a patent-infringement lawsuit that has already dragged on for nearly six years. Versata, a maker of business rules engine software, first brought suit against SAP in 2007 over allegations that …
Neil McAllister, 02 May 2013
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SAP customers fancy licence payments 'holiday'

SAP customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the German giant’s software charges and want a payments “holiday”. A UK and Ireland SAP User Group poll found 95 per cent think the rules on SAP's licensing are out of control, with 67 per cent blaming SAP’s expanding product line. As the catalogue of software …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2012

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales. Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013
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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

Not one but three tech titans are considering a bid for BlackBerry, according to Reuters. The news agency reports that BlackBerry may not be content with the arrangement to take it private suggested by major shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and ”has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2013
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HP, SAP talking HANA-as-a-service

HP and SAP are discussing the possibility of introducing an as-a-service edition of the software giant's Hana in-memory computing product. Anita Paul, senior director of HP's industry transformation consulting practice for Asia Pacific and Japan today told The Reg she will shortly meet SAP to discuss creating the service. …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2013
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Amazon cloud inspectors approve SAP's biz apps

SAP’s mighty business apps have been certified to run on the Amazon cloud. Amazon said Thursday the software giant’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) applications had been …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012

Nearly 90% of SAP customers find its cloud pricing confusing

SAP users don't understand the software giant's cloud pricing and more than half think the firm is not offering enough incentives to move online. Eighty per cent of customers don't understand how to upgrade from SAP's on-premises suites to its On Demand offerings or how to combine the two, according to research by the UK and …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2012
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Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz

Fujitsu has become the latest service provider to be associated with a failed SAP project in Australia, after a project it led saw the buyer underwhelmed despite going over time and over budget. The project in question was an asset management system for the government of Australia's Northern Territory. The Territory is huge – …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013
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SAP plans HANA education push to channel partners

SAP is planning a serious education push to the channel about its super-fast Business Suite based around its HANA in-memory database software, which will be the basis for all of the company's future apps and development projects. "This is going to be an ongoing process," Ken Tsai, VP of HANA product marketing, told The Register …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2013

CSI coughs for K3's SAP biz

Private-equity-backed Computer Systems Integration (CSI) has acquired the customer list of K3 BTG's SAP Business Objects Maintenance division for an undisclosed sum. Venture capitalist Blackhawk Capital, one-time owner of Microsoft LAR Teksys - which it sold to Di Data in 2009, bought CSI last October as the first in a roll-up …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013
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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

A former SAP vice president has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after he was caught running a side business selling Lego kits purchased using home-made barcodes. Thomas Langenbach, a former VP of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, was caught by store detectives at a local Target after he was observed sticking a new barcode on a Star …
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013
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Aussie mobile SAP house acquired by Kony

Australian mobile enterprise SAP solution provider Sky Technologies has been snapped up by US based mobile enterprise player, Kony Solutions. Founded in Melbourne by former Accenture executive Troy O’Connor in 2002, Sky Technologies has deployed mobility projects to SAP customers in around 35 countries. Sky allows users to …

SAP vows to unravel user snarl-up over software licensing

SAP is "actively discussing" ways to make its software licensing easier to understand, the software giant has told The Reg. A spokesperson for SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software, said it plans to announce specifics “shortly.” SAP didn’t provide any more details, but the statement follows a damning condemnation …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2012
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SAP hopes to embiggen its cloud with Ariba slurp

Software giant SAP is hoping to beef up its cloud with an offer to slurp business commerce company Ariba for $4.3bn. The acquisition should give SAP a boost as it tries to claw its way into the cloud, currently dominated by arch-rival Oracle and Salesforce.com. SAP has been chomping businesses left, right and centre as it …
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SAP bruiser Itelligence gobbles rival Blueprint

Preposterously named SAP reseller Itelligence UK has swallowed rival Blueprint Management Systems (BMS) for an undisclosed sum. German-owned Itelligence has set its sights on becoming SAP's biggest Brit bruiser and the buy up of BMS adds a chunk of business intelligence and data warehousing revenues to the top line. "Our UK …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2012

Cloud Foundry laps up attention in EMC, IBM, HP, Rackspace, SAP, VMware love-in

The Cloud Foundry open-source project looks set to become a standard piece of technology in the thriving distributed systems ecosystem: its main backer, Pivotal, has persuaded IBM, HP, SAP and Rackspace to join a new foundation dedicated to the tech. Today's announcement of the launch of a formal open governance model and …
Jack Clark, 24 Feb 2014
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SAP happy enough, despite lack of massive lawsuit win this year

German software maker SAP reported a massive plunge in Q3 profits but an operational slip was not to blame, just a one-off gain from its lawsuit with Oracle a year ago. This still left the vendor with a bottom line of €618m, albeit 51 per cent lower than the €1.25bn ($1.62bn) it banked 12 months ago when earnings were boosted € …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2012

Oracle in new bid to wring cash out of SAP in piracy spat

Oracle has started its attempt to wring more than $306m in damages from SAP in the drawn-out TomorrowNow copyright infringement lawsuit. The warring software firms have been at each other's throats for the last five years, and will be bickering on for another year or two as Oracle filed to appeal the last agreed damages in the …
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Ericsson and SAP Megazord has no need for your PUNY human phonecalls

MWC 2013 Ericsson has signed a deal with SAP to collaborate on bringing about the rise of the machines, with ongoing help from Gemalto, by combining into an unstoppable Megazord capable of communicating with 50 billion acolytes. The combination of Ericsson and SAP, announced today, will see SAP's software managing embedded applications …
Bill Ray, 26 Feb 2013

Oracle claims $777m in new trial over SAP infringement

Oracle is going back to court with a claim of $776.7m against SAP over the software-stealing antics of subsidiary TomorrowNow. Larry Ellison's crew got an award of $1.3bn in 2010 after TomorrowNow admitted filching Oracle's intellectual property and taking it to SAP when the German software house bought the company out. Co-CEO …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2012
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SAP smashes HANA forecasts, adds big iron benchmark

Next week will see the one year anniversary of SAP's launch of HANA in-memory database processing, and the company is preparing to push the boat out in the wake of better than expected sales. SAP forecast $100m in revenues from HANA, but doubled that to over $200m and has signed up over 64,000 end users with 354 customers, over …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2012

SAP to bung Oracle at least $306m in software piracy row

German software giant SAP has agreed to hand over $306m in damages to Oracle in the TomorrowNow copyright infringement case in order to avoid a new trial. Oracle sued SAP in 2007, claiming that the German biz's TomorrowNow subsidiary illegally downloaded Oracle software and support documents in an effort to pilfer Oracle …
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Dell gooses HANA appliances, loads up SAP Business Suite

Enterprise application software powerhouse SAP is beside itself with glee that its HANA in-memory database is driving more business than expected, and server makers like Dell, which are building appliances that meet the very strict – and unmalleable – configurations prescribed to run HANA, are hoping that this turns into a …
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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

Updated Police in Canada have confirmed the first arrests over a heist which saw maple syrup worth $18m siphoned off and sold. After a massive manhunt by local police, the Canadian Mounties, and border security, three people have been arrested and charged with theft, conspiracy, handling stolen goods, and fraud. Five others are also …
Iain Thomson, 19 Dec 2012
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SAP claims speeds record with HANA Business Suite revolution

SAP has announced a new version of its Business Suite that offers blindingly fast database reporting via HANA with the goal of three-second response times to transactional queries. "It's much better analytics, between ten and ten thousand times faster. I'm not bragging here that we achieved up to 250,000 times faster because …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2013
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SAP, Huawei, sign mutual assistance pact

SAP has deepened its ties with China and found a new outlet in which to invest its growing wodge of cash, by naming mobile comms giant Huawei its first Global Technology Partner for the region. The deal will see closer technology integration and support between the two and the joint development of new software for global …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Jul 2012
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SAP still not a force in cloud after sales cash drizzle

German software maker SAP AG is facing an uphill battle to become a force in the cloud market after revealing subscription-based sales amounted to just €29m (£23.7m) in Q1. This represents year-on-year growth of 625 per cent on the opening three months of 2011 but that's clearly from a minuscule base. Total revenues were up …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2012
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Cabinet Office: We've cut taxpayers' SAP and Microsoft bills

The Cabinet Office estimates it will squeeze out £65m in savings this fiscal year through a public-sector-wide deal it recently cut with Microsoft. As revealed by The Channel, the Public Sector Agreement 2012 replaces the last iteration (PSA09) from 1 July – with licences locked for three years at 1 per cent above previous …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012
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HP doubles up SAP hard-hearted HANA appliances

Everybody – especially server makers without much of a software business – wants to peddle SAP HANA in-memory databases, and HP is no exception: they're taking its AppSystem for SAP up another notch with a disaster-tolerant configuration for supporting HANA. In a blog posting, Mary Kwan, global business manager for SAP Solutions …
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Oracle demands retrial in SAP slurp spat

Oracle has filed for a retrial in its SAP spat over illegal file downloading, moaning that the reduced damages awarded just aren't enough. Oracle originally won a whopping $1.3bn in damages in its suit against SAP over the German enterprise software biz's subsidiary TomorrowNow illegally slurping Oracle software and support info …
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SAP fluffs up cloud biz with $3.4bn buy

SAP is shoring up cloud computing capabilities with the acquisition of SuccessFactors, a human resources software firm, for $3.4bn cash. SAP is paying a hefty premium for SuccessFactors - some 52 per cent above the closing price on Friday, December 2 (the day before the acquisition was announced) and some 10 times revenues. But …
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Oracle v SAP has to take June retrial or wait till next year

A US court has told Oracle and SAP that they can have their retrial in the last two weeks of June or wait until next year. Oracle is seeking the retrial in the case, which found that SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow had illegally downloaded Oracle software and support data, because an appeal granted reduced damages. Oracle was …
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SAP tosses out stock-linked sweeteners to staff

CeBIT SAP employees will continue to bag cash incentives in the form of phantom stocks as the enterprise computing behemoth works harder to hang onto valuable talent. “I do believe it makes a lot of sense to have incentive programmes for the employees as well, which make them interested in the share price of the company and give them …

SAP trousers €1bn quarter in software sales, fumbles profit

Business is so good at software industry bellwether SAP that it felt compelled to pre-announce its financial results for its fiscal Q2. In the past three months, SAP broke €1bn in new software licence sales for the first time and posted its best second quarter ever. The preliminary figures show SAP on a roll, with its tenth …
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Achtung Penguin! SUSE tunes up Linux for SAP

It seems natural enough that SUSE Linux and SAP would be technical allies; both hail from Germany and both try to peddle business-grade software to enterprises. SAP, which has a huge installed base of Windows customers and a considerable number of Unix customers, cannot be seen to be playing favorites with its OS suppliers just …
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Cloud power plant SAP closes 2011 on a high

Application software giant SAP turned in the best fourth quarter and the best financial year in its 40-year history, thanks in part to reviving software sales and the better-than-expected uptake of its HANA in-memory database appliances. And because the numbers were better than expected, SAP is giving a preview of the full …

Fujitsu hugs SAP, says it's all about solutions now

Fujitsu Forum 2012 Fujitsu Technology Solutions insisted its integration into its parent company and parallel global expansion was on track this week as it kicked off its European user forum minus CEO Rolf Schwirz, who left the firm on Halloween. At the same time, it tied its wagon to SAP, declared support for third-party …
Joe Fay, 07 Nov 2012
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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

A group of researchers partly supported by SAP has taken a look at one of the big problems with so-called “anonymised” data: the way spatial correlations in mobile data can be used to re-identify individuals in large data sets. Location data is the big problem, the Singapore-led group says: even if the resolution of a phone's …
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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

An SAP executive is reported to have been charged with stealing LEGO from shops using the assistance of home-made bar codes before allegedly selling the kits online. Thomas Langenbach, 47, is said to have swapped the shop bar codes on expensive LEGO kits for his own homemade versions at a number of shops belonging to discount …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2012
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SAP snaps up Kiwi software firm

SAP is giving its business intelligence (BI) capabilities a boost with the acquisition of Right Hemisphere, a New Zealand 3D software vendor. Right Hemisphere makes software for manufacturers to visualise business processes and SAP aims to add these technologies to core products. The software giant said the Kiwi firm will help …
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SAP flashes cash to pump up HANA biz

SAP hasn't had a product as popular as its HANA in-memory data processing engine since the R/3 enterprise resource planning suite launched two decades ago and took off like wildfire, transforming the German software company into the dominant application software provider in the world. SAP wants to hit replay with HANA, and it is …

'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission

Interview California-based Salesforce has been an unstoppable force in Software as a Service (SaaS) for 14 years. It pulled in $3.05bn in revenue last year, and just booted rival enterprise tech maker SAP from its slot as the world's number-one customer relationship management software (CRM) company. But there’s another SaaS company that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013
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SAP gobbles Facebook-for-biz firm

A Munich-based company that provides secure "social networking" for business has just been snapped up by German enterprise software giant SAP. Crossgate offers a social networking setup for its customers, along with secure communications channels that allow users to transfer documents and data. Users can join the network, set …
Anna Leach, 20 Sep 2011