back to article SAP's lift-and-shift-to-the-cloud plan will need more than CGI to convince users it has a clear vision for ERP

Christian Klein cut a lonely figure in front of mysteriously floating cameras in his computer-generated studio. Yet, presenting a vision of enterprise resource planning arguably as idealised as the CGI mountains looming over his shoulder, SAP's CEO pressed on. "Having one semantic data layer on your [ERP] platform is a key …

  1. Korev Silver badge

    Klein took issue with the idea the market is being slow in adopting S/4HANA, which has been available for nearly six years.

    Doesn't this come up in every story involving SAP?

  2. nematoad Silver badge


    Now what we are going to offer is end-to-end."

    Single point of failure? Eggs in one basket? Lock-in?

    This might take a bit of swallowing by some potential customers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Umm.

      Seems to work for AWS


        Re: Umm.

        Tell that to Parler.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    SAP, do you listen?

    Been in the SAP job market for 20+ years, the devil is in the details. SAP touts semantic layer but it is really an unorganized, hierarchical-only piece of crap that to a person outside of 10km off Walldorf is a daily struggle. First APIs came in 2000 and nearly 20 years later are — wait for it — 2,200? About 100 a year? What a gazillion number of people are doing? And don't get me started on enhancement technologies, 5-6 of them (RWIN to user exits to BTEs to BADis to Enhancement spots to Industry Solution FQevents), all present concurrently as a legacy of the past in the supposedly modern, cloud-ready S/4HANA made to do a consultant's day a living hell. They could have done a million things in the meantime, but were lazy enough to rely on profits from the goose with golden eggs R/3, which is still at the heart of everything that is S/4HANA. Laziness pays off now.


      Re: SAP, do you listen?

      I just want to add that SAP BusinessObjects is friggin terrible and I have always hated it.

  4. Sparkus

    The problem with the lift and shift concept is......

    that catch-phrases like that get seized upon by the C-suite and used to shut down any real questions or requirements definition during the move or re-deployment. Any thing that inconveniently comes up beyond the L&S concept is by-default defined as not in scope.

    Again, It's Accenture/ATOS that are the primary violators here.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pity that in the real world........

    ......corporate departments (I'm thinking about Merchandising and Marketing) go out and about and see a REALLY SPIFFY demo of some unknown application.


    [Step 2] Relevant EVP turns up in IT and says: "You need to integrate <spiffy application name here> ASAP!! By the way, I've already signed the contract.


    [Step 3] CIO goes ballistic and says "What a pity this isn't compatible with our SAP plans."


    [Step 4] CEO (or the board) get on the CIO's case.....more obstruction from the IT folk......lets's get a new (compliant) CIO.


    [Step 5] Rinse and repeat at [Step 1].

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