back to article SAP attracts further criticism for Russia presence, despite promise to leave

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 …

  1. NoneSuch Silver badge
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    It isn't hard to tick off the Russians.

    Elon and Larry need to try a little bit harder.

    1. Craig 2

      To be honest, it would almost be a badge of virtue to be barred from Russia now. I can imagine gobal companies' PR material will soon state "proudly banned from Russia since 2022".

      It does make me chuckle when Russia publish the lists of sanctioned individuals... I'm sure it's ruined a lot of holiday plans... not!

      1. BOFH in Training Silver badge

        Don't forget John McCain and some other dead people are currently on the new Russian sanction list.

        It shows how carefully they considered who they are going to sanction.

        Or maybe they are afraid John's ghost will visit Putin in and trouble him, and so they are sanctioning his ghost.

        1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

          If McCain had known this would happen, he'd probably have left instructions in his will that his corpse be dug up and shipped to Russia. Just to piss Putin off.

  2. nematoad Silver badge

    "I don't know who they are defending them from," he added

    Russia's best mate, China?

  3. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Just a thought

    Are the Russian army's operations being run on SAP by any chance ?

    It would explain a few things

  4. DS999 Silver badge

    If you want to hurt Russia's war effort

    Have them run MORE of their stuff on SAP. The licensing fees will leave them with nothing left to buy bullets or pay their soldiers.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: If you want to hurt Russia's war effort

      And they wouldn't be able to do payroll because the SAP update failed

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    At least

    They could just refuse to pay any more Russian taxes.

  6. martinusher Silver badge

    We may be doing them a favor

    When this "special military operation" (aka "war") started there was a lot of noise made as companies like Burger King, McDonalds and Starbucks shut up shop and left Russia. "That will fix 'em good" said our media, see how they like living without KFC's special blend of herbs and spices.

    We were probably doing them a favor. If we wanted to weaken Russia, at least the urban bits, then we'd have spent the many millions we've spent on pouring weaponry into the conflict on subsidizing American fast food outlets.

    The same might be true -- indirectly -- of things like SAP. Everyone uses it because, well, everyone uses it and everyone has always used it. Nobody questions it and the sheer inability to change something that's so deeply embedded in a corporation means its entrenched. Then something like this happens and we pull the plug. Obviously there will be searches for alternatives. These won't have the historical baggage.

    Come to think of it, SAP may be somewhat smarter than the typical whiny Ukraine politician.

  7. a_yank_lurker

    SAP Fraud

    Ukraine should be thankful that SAP is still in Russia. Removing SAP crapware might actually help the Putinator and improve Russian performance.

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