Many companies will be delaying projects just to survive amid the lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Some will not survive even after reigning in expenses.
A third of SAP users have hit the brakes on migrations to S/4HANA, the German vendor's in-memory database-powered ERP system, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic disruption. The data on stalled upgrades, from the early findings of the UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) member survey, will be bad news …
It will be even more when the see their subscription bills. You know the new model that is heaps more profit for SAP... Do the corporate bean couinters not realise that getting some money from a lot of customers is better than getting a little more from a lot less customers?
Oh silly me. What SAP is doing it what is taught on many MBA (More Bloody Assholes) courses.
That might be fine for normal times but these are not normal times.
Besides, SAP is shite just like Oracle.
The massive corporation I work for is escaping from Oracle as I type this.
They are escaping to SAP though. Due to the lockdowns the dozen support people who were going to fly in and support the users through go-live are attempting to do that remotely.
Ask me if it is going well.
It is not.
Presumably, like all ERP integrations, making their existing stuff work properly took years more than expected and cost much money and pain.
Now it's stable enough to just get on with their lives.
And SAP want companies to upgrade because "new shiny!" - and because SAP needs the money?
I can see that not aligning with many business plans!
I wonder if there is a legal route to force SAP to maintain the functionality of the product that companies bought. Otherwise, said customers may well be better looking elsewhere.
The Post Office, a UK government-owned company, has awarded SAP a contract worth up to £2 million for software services following a misunderstanding of its SAP licences and service bundles.
A contract award notice issued last week shows the Post Office – which issues postage stamps, manages the postal service, and runs one of Britain's largest network of retailers – handed SAP the deal for implementation, configuration, maintenance, and repair services for its SAP SuccessFactors performance management system.
Updated ERP vendor Infor is to end development of an on-premises and containerized version of its core product for customers running on IBM iSeries mid-range systems.
Born from a cross-breeding of ERP stalwarts Baan and Lawson, Infor was developing an on-premises containerized version of M3, dubbed CM3, to help ease migration for IBM hardware customers and offer them options other than lifting and shifting to the cloud.
Under the plans, Infor said it would continue to to run the database component on IBM i (Power and I operating system, formerly known as iSeries) while supporting the application component of the product in a Linux or Windows container on Kubernetes.
Analysis Under Nevada's baking summer sunshine, Snowflake last week promised it would bring together two ways of working with data that mix about as well as oil and water.
The data warehouse vendor – well known for its stratospheric $120 billion post-IPO valuation – said it would support both analytics and transactional workloads in the same system.
Launched at the Snowflake Summit 2022 in Vegas, Unistore would be the "foundation for another wave of innovation in the Snowflake Data Cloud," said Christian Kleinerman, senior vice president of product. "Similar to how we redefined data lakes and data warehouses for our customers, Unistore is ushering in a renaissance of building and deploying a new generation of applications in the Data Cloud," he said.
A Ukrainian minister has accused software giant SAP of continuing to operate in Russia despite the German vendor previously vowing to withdraw from the aggressor nation.
In the months following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, SAP attracted criticism as it continued to support installations of its software in Russia and cloud services used by Russian businesses, including state-owned bank Sberbank.
Pressure from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy contributed to the enterprise application provider promising, in late April, to conduct an "orderly exit from… operations in Russia" following a 30-year presence there.
Interview In a month that has seen nearly a fifth wiped from his company's share price, Bill McDermott is remarkably cheerful.
"I see growth everywhere," ServiceNow's CEO tells The Register.
For context, it is not just ServiceNow that is getting a rocky ride. Some estimates suggest Big Tech stock has lost $1 trillion in value in the last week, with all the big players down.
SAP has attempted to energize its annual Sapphire shindig by expounding the virtues of its strategy since €28 billion was wiped off the company's value in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The turnaround plan began with the launch of RISE with SAP, designed to accelerate customers' move to the cloud and its latest S/4HANA ERP platform with the help of global consultancies and cloud hyperscalers.
The German software giant promised customers could hold it to account for the delivery of third-party partners in the package.
Microsoft patched 74 security flaws in its May Patch Tuesday batch of updates. That's seven critical bugs, 66 deemed important, and one ranked low severity.
At least one of the vulnerabilities disclosed is under active attack with public exploit code, according to Redmond, while two others are listed as having public exploit code.
After April's astonishing 100-plus vulnerabilities, May's patching event seems tame by comparison. However, "this month makes up for it in severity and infrastructure headaches," Chris Hass, director of security at Automox, told The Register. "The big news is the critical vulnerabilities that need to be highlighted for immediate action."
SAP is to sell a chunk of its business known as Litmos in a deal reputed to be worth $1 billion.
The German analytics giant has engaged bank Moelis & Co to sell the corporate education software unit to slim down its operations and prioritize cloud-based products.
According to Reuters, the sale of the California-based SaaS company could achieve a price of around $1 billion. An auction process is set to begin in the next couple of weeks with plans to target private-equity funds in the US and Europe.
City, University of London is sizing up the market for a new SaaS ERP system set to replace its SAP ECC software in a contract worth up to £17m.
According to a tender notice published this week, the 20,000-student institution is looking for a supplier to provide, implement, and support the software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to replace the existing ERP and associated systems used by human resources (HR), payroll, finance, and procurement.
"City is seeking a SaaS solution that will enable improved visibility of strategic information across the university for HR, payroll, finance, and procurement whilst improved usability and control will support our staff, students and partners," the document said.
Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), a public authority in the sleepy west county of England, is preparing for a major upgrade to its ERP system in a project using the so-called "RISE with SAP" program.
A contract award notice says the authority has signed a £7.3m contract with the German software giant for the "further competition for the cloud-hosted software as a service Resource Planning System (sic) known as SAP RISE (sic)."
Although small, the deal marks a milestone in SAP's push with its RISE program into the UK's public sector.
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