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SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers?

SAP has used its annual British user shindig to big up reforms to internal structures and licensing – but customers wary over indirect access won't be won over easily. The German ERP giant is trying to shrug off concerns about licensing that reached fever pitch last year after a set of high-profile, high-cost legal battles …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Nov 2018

SAP slurps up Qualtrics for a cool $8bn, persuades firm not to IPO

German giant SAP has slurped up "experience management" biz Qualtrics for a cool €8bn cash after reportedly persuading the firm not to IPO. The acquisition comes as the US-based biz was out on its roadshow with would-be investors ahead of an expected IPO that could have seen it valued at $4.8bn. The move is part of SAP's …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Nov 2018

SAP: We're all about the cloud – never mind those stagnating software numbers

A successful quarter for SAP's cloud business has been tempered by a 6 per cent drop in profits and a dip in its share price. The German ERP giant today announced its Q3 results (PDF) for the three months to 30 September 2018, marking the third consecutive quarter where its cloud revenues surpassed €1bn. It reported an …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Oct 2018

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

roundup This week we all worried about bugged servers, North Korean APTs, and GRU hacking groups. But those were far from the only security stories to hit the wires. Here are a handful of other pieces that may have slipped under the radar. Marketing firm parts with massive trove of customer data The last time an Apollo effort went …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2018

What's in the container, Cisco? A nice, plump SAP Data Hub

Cisco's Container Platform, launched in January, is now certified to run SAP's year-old Data Hub management platform. It's a decent scalp for SAP, which built the Data Hub last year to handle data governance, data refining and sharing. The tie-up wants to integrate data across public clouds (including AWS, Hadoop, Microsoft …

Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

SAP America has been ordered to pay a former salesman $662,200 for screwing him out of commissions and then firing him when he complained. Steven Serabian sued SAP in January 2016 after the company kept failing to pay him agreed compensation for his work between 2011 and 2013. Documents produced at the five-day trial showed …
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AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers

AWS has wheeled out a fresh version of EC2 with high amounts of memory available – up to 12TB today, the firm says, with promises of 24TB by next year. The intent is to make AWS attractive to users of large in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. "Combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the agility and …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2018

SAP claims to be first Euro biz to get seriously ethical about AI code

SAP has created an AI ethics panel to guide its use of machine-learning technology. If only it had a similar committee for fraud allegations: it might have avoided the corruption scandal engulfing it in South Africa. The German ERP giant – which is accused of kicking back $2m to secure state contracts – claimed it is the first …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018

SAP faces further South African corruption probe

SAP faces further investigations as part of the corruption scandal that has tainted its South African operation, amid reports of a $2m kickback paid for a state contract with the firm. The German ERP giant earlier this year admitted irregularities and misconduct in the nation after a major probe related to deals with state-run …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2018

SAP slaps down Teradata's 'trade secret' sueball with sick burn

SAP is pushing to have a lawsuit from competitor Teradata thrown out for good, arguing the claims are "factually groundless". The suit, which Teradata filed in June, alleged SAP had "lured" it into a joint venture and used that to collate the firm's trade secrets in order to create the SAP HANA data platform. It also made …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Sep 2018
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Post-HCI hardware vendor Nutanix keen to show its soft side as it flashes Q4 numbers

"We expect to achieve Red Hat-like sales* by fiscal 2021," said Nutanix CEO and chairman Dheeraj Pandey in an earnings call as the company reported its Q4 and full year fiscal 2018 results. Invoking a software firm was not a coincidence, it seemed, as the exec and his CFO continued to push the message that the firm is moving …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018

Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent

SAP and HP Inc have failed to get an e-commerce patent case brought against them by a small software firm thrown out. The plaintiff, California-based Big Baboon Inc, has alleged that the companies directly and wilfully infringed on its patent. The outfit filed the suit in 2017, but was initially dismissed because it failed to …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Aug 2018

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade

IT consultancy Wipro has paid National Grid US $75m to settle a lawsuit over a botched SAP implementation that cost the utility firm hundreds of millions to fix. National Grid US, which supplies electricity and gas in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, wanted to replace legacy back-office systems with a SAP platform. It …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Aug 2018

US Homeland Security warns of latest hacker craze – ERP pwnage

Hackers are increasingly looking to target enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to disrupt and steal data from large companies. This according to a report (PDF) from security companies Digital Shadows and Onapsis, who say that hacktivists and state-sponsored groups in particular have been looking to exploit flaws in …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2018

Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

Data warehousing biz Teradata has flung a sueball (PDF) at SAP in the District Court for Northern California, alleging the German ERP giant undertook a "decade-long campaign of trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and antitrust violations". Teradata claims that SAP used its strong position in ERP to "lure" the …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2018

SAP: It’s all about cloud. Oh and blockchain, let's do that too

SAP has used its annual conference to announce plans to release a private cloud deployment with IBM Cloud, offer up blockchain-as-a-service and bolster its Leonardo tool kit. The gabfest, held in Florida, US, this week, has seen the German ERP giant shift its focus to creating what it terms the "intelligent enterprise", while …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Jun 2018

SAP cofounder admits: Biz goofed on branding, confused customers, depressed staff

SAP’s cofounder has admitted that its branding strategy confused customers and prevented staff from feeling like part of a team. Opening the second day of the German ERP giant’s annual conference, Sapphire Now, in Florida, USA, Hasso Plattner discussed the evolving focus of SAP – while emphasising a coherent internal brand …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Jun 2018
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SAP hopes to blow the doors off Salesforce with a block of C/4HANA

SAP has overhauled its CRM offering, launching a suite of applications under the banner C/4HANA, as the German biz best known for ERP aims to take on Salesforce. Speaking today at SAP’s annual gabfest, Sapphire Now, chief executive Bill McDermott touted the move as a huge step change for SAP that would modernise CRM by …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Jun 2018

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