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SAP Tries Another, Bifurcated Tack At A Small Guy
As the battle for the mid-market intensifies and each Tier 1 vendor is exhibiting its bag of tricks for small-to-medium enterprises, SAP is trying a twofold

sap press book  lower-end of the market, SAP has again revised its plans to deepen its commitment to the segment by further expanding its channel partner sales program and by diversifying its offering to cover differing needs of enterprises belonging to opposite ends of the market segment (business with up to $500 million in annual revenue). To that end, at a press conference at CeBIT on March 13, SAP announced its new Smart Business Solutions program for the small and medium business (SMB) market. The program was devise

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Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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SYSPRO-Taking a Quantum Leap or Simply Becoming Smarter?


What do Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum theory have to do with SYSPRO? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic explains, as he discusses how SYSPRO has applied these famous physics theories to produce a ‘simply smarter’ ERP system and comprehensive ERP framework for effective material, cash, as well as collaborative management for small to midsized manufacturers and distributors in today’s dynamic environment.

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One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently had focused solely on workforce and service optimization software solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor added a few important growth engines, such as mobile computing solutions

sap press book  the .NET architecture. The SAP Alliance, already strong and successful, has received another boost with SAP’s acquisition of Sybase . Since ClickSoftware’s Mobility Suite works on top of Sybase mobile technologies, this creates yet another driver for the alliance. As Terry Stepien, president, Sybase iAnywhere , said the following in the recent press release : “By implementing ClickSoftware’s mobile applications on components of the Sybase mobility platform, the service industry benefits from an Read More

Easy ERP: A Challenge to Conventional Thinking


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Infor Means Business with its Partners: The IPN Unveiled


One of the reasons why Infor, despite its over 70,000 large customer base, hasn’t been regarded as a serious enterprise applications contender has been the company’s spotty relationship with its channel partners. Partners currently contribute only about 25 percent of Infor’s license revenue (except for Latin America, where that ratio is 50 percent). Infor

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SAP to Become Leaner, Meaner and More Organized


SAP is reportedly planning a radical revamp of its software development operations in an effort to regain dominance of the North American business software market.

sap press book  Meaner and More Organized SAP to Become Leaner, Meaner and More Organized P.J. Jakovljevic - July 10, 2000 Event Summary As reported in a number of industry reports at the beginning of June, German ERP software vendor SAP AG is to reorganizing its software division into three separate units. It is planning a radical revamp of its software development operations in an effort to regain dominance of the North American business software market. This will make our research and development department more Read More

SAP to Invest Big Time in Africa


SAP recently announced a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. The software giant plans to invest up to $500 million (USD) through 2020 as it continues to build on the region’s impressive double-digit growth rate momentum. The goal is to establish the African region as one of the company's top-five growth markets globally.

sap press book  Big Time in Africa SAP recently announced a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. The software giant plans to invest up to $500 million (USD) through 2020 as it continues to build on the region’s impressive double-digit growth rate momentum. As part of this commitment, SAP Africa , led by Pfungwa Serima, is now taking responsibility for SAP operations across 51 African countries, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Mauritania. Read More

SAP Thrives On Competitors' Plight, In Part


SAP announced upbeat results for Q2 2001 and reconfirmed the positive outlook for the rest of the year amid the bloodbath of many of its competitors. However, negative license revenue growth in the US, a likely cascading economic slowdown from the US to other markets, and net profit restatement owing to the investment in money burning Commerce One, may give rise to a careful scrutiny and moderate caution.

sap press book  Competitors' Plight, In Part SAP SAP Thrives On Competitors' Plight, In Part P.J. Jakovljevic - August 17, 2001 Event Summary SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, announced strong sales and profit performance for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001. In Q2 2001, revenues increased 24% over the same period last year from EUR 1.5 billion to EUR 1.85 billion (See Figure 1). Net income in the quarter grew up 78% to EUR 424 million compared to EUR 246 million a year Read More

Emerging SAP Retail Solution: SAP Ganges, Powered by HANA


Many people may not know that 40 percent of the word's retailers are located in India—about 9.8 million retailers, many of them small one-person businesses, supply the whole nation. These businesses face many challenges: stock-outs, supply, pricing, and competition. And they are feeling the pressure of managing their inventory levels and their ability to anticipate demand.

sap press book  SAP Retail Solution: SAP Ganges, Powered by HANA Many people may not know that 40 percent of the word’s retailers are located in India—about 9.8 million retailers, many of them small one-person businesses, supply the whole nation. These businesses face many challenges: stock-outs, supply, pricing, and competition, just to name a few. And working capital–strapped small retail business owners in India are feeling the pressure of managing their inventory levels and their ability to anticipate Read More

Anatomy of a Decision: SAP versus Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne


As SAP and Oracle step up their efforts to attract midmarket customers, more and more of those customers are including top-tier vendors in their enterprise application evaluation process. Nucleus Research's analysts conducted in-depth interviews with a number of companies that recently went through the ERP decision process and selected EnterpriseOne instead of SAP. This research note focuses on the decision process and factors of those companies. Download the results of this analysis now.

sap press book  of a Decision: SAP versus Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne As SAP and Oracle step up their efforts to attract midmarket customers, more and more of those customers are including top-tier vendors in their enterprise application evaluation process. Nucleus Research's analysts conducted in-depth interviews with a number of companies that recently went through the ERP decision process and selected EnterpriseOne instead of SAP. This research note focuses on the decision process and factors of those Read More

SAP Extends Maximum Attention to More of its Services and Support Customers


SAP is known for its enterprise software solutions, but the company's focus on professional services as of late is allowing SAP to offer more of what customers need from a single source. TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic details SAP Services' broad range of offerings and levels of services, including the latest developments with SAP MaxAttention, SAP's RDS, BTS, and SAP Custom Development.

sap press book  Services and Support Customers SAP is known for its enterprise software solutions, but the company's focus on professional services as of late is allowing SAP to offer more of what customers need from a single source. TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic details SAP Services' broad range of offerings and levels of services, including the latest developments with SAP MaxAttention, SAP's RDS, BTS, and SAP Custom Development. Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy


It appears as though SAP feels confident now that its software solutions outside of its core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers.

sap press book  Part 4: SAP's Strategy SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy P.J. Jakovljevic - August 7, 2001 Event Summary   During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE , on June 12-15, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, released a spate of upbeat announcements in its effort to portray itself as a reformed vendor of choice for all aspects of e-Business, including planning and collaboration. As an illustration thereof, SAP cited that its Read More

SAP Eliminates Extra Clicks for End Users with SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)


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sap press book  experience enhancements for the SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) solution. According to the press release the user experience capabilities of the product have been advanced. The SAP ERP HCM solution allows for automatic reminders, alerts, and key performance indicators to be received. In addition, the solution offers a unique user interface for both HR professionals and employees where they can easily collaborate and interact through social platforms. As part of the improved usability Read More

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