[ Prime ] SAP Nation: a runaway software economyAutor Vinnie Mirchandani – Albawater.co

From its humble beginnings in Germany, SAP skyrocketed to become a global powerhouse and the technology backbone for tens of thousands of enterprises The economy around it grew even faster, and SAP Nation now approaches the GDP of Ireland in size This book documents both trajectories, based on decades of research and interviews of hundreds of customers, market analysts and competitors SAP s influence has declined in the last decade, as enterprises invest in cloud, social, analytical and mobile technologies and in custom development of systems of advantage in their products, channels and business models Yet, shockingly, customer spending in SAP Nation remains stubbornly high The model in the book estimates post recession investment atthan one trillion dollars yes This book brings out loudly the voice of SAP customers as they cope with this runaway economy Twenty five case studies showcase a spectrum of strategies some are ring fencing SAP with Workday, others are switching maintenance to Rimini Street, yet others are insourcing, while still others are evaluating newer SAP products like HANA and acquisitions like Concur Part root cause analysis and part strategy manual, this book is a must read for anyone with interest in SAP as customer, employee, partner, investor or competitor It is a fast paced look at decades of what SAP has done well, and what it could have done better Executives everywhere, even those in non SAP settings, will benefit from the strategies described in the book to migrate inefficient back office IT dollars to front office innovation

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