In this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet's Larry Dignan and I discuss the latest news from SAP, Sun Microsystems, Advanced Micro Devices, and Microhoo. At SAP's Sapphire conference this week, company executives explained the delayed rollout of the new on-demand enterprise suite, Business ByDesign. SAP CEO Henning Kagermann said that the total cost of ownership (TCO) equation on Business ByDesign and the upgrade procedures weren't good enough:"We know we can have TCO, but need NetWeaver enhancements. There's a very close link between the TCO of Business ByDesign and NetWeaver. The TCO is not … Read more
SAP CEO Henning Kagermann has some advice for how Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer should spend $45 to $50 billion.
"I'd encourage him to spend it on Yahoo. For Microsoft, the challenges are more on the side of the consumer space, not the enterprise space," said Kagermann.
While Ballmer walked away from Yahoo over the asking price and other issues, he might be back if Yahoo fails to show that it can gain momentum.
At SAP's Sapphire conference this week in Orlando, Fla., a question posed by one of my colleagues concerns the status of Business ByDesign, an on-demand suite of applications that has been in development for about five years.
Last week, it was announced that the product would take 12 to 18 months longer than the original target of 2010 to reach $1 billion in revenue and touch 10,000 customers in the mid-market globally.
This week on the EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet's Larry Dignan and I discuss the latest reports surrounding the Microsoft-Yahoo mating dance. We expect some news later Friday or early next week as to which way Microsoft is leaning--fight or flight.
I visited with IBM executives this week, and share with Larry my thoughts on IBM's focus on the mainframe and its budding relationship with Google. In addition, we discuss Sun's challenges in turning free, open-source software into profits for the company. And we talk about the upcoming JavaOne and SAP Sapphire conferences.
SAP announced that its on demand enterprise suite Business ByDesign roll out is moving slower than previously expected.
The company said that it would take 12 to 18 months longer than the original target of 2010 to reach $1 billion in revenue and touch 10,000 customers in the mid-market globally. For 2008, SAP expects to have less than 1,000 customers across six countries.
SAP wants to make sure it doesn't flub Business ByDesign, which represents the future of the company. The company pioneered client/server ERP software, but has been slow to enter the rapidly growing on … Read more
At a Churchill Club event at the Computer History Museum in San Jose on April 3, Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of SAP, and Marc Benioff, co-founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, debated the future of enterprise software. The debate was moderated by Quentin Hardy of Forbes.
I covered the debate here. Benioff challenged Plattner to run SAP's software on the salesforce.com platform. Plattner gave Benioff some counsel: "We have many things in common. Let me give you some advice, but you might not take it because you are younger: don't overestimate your platform."
Following … Read more
In this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet's Larry Dignan and I discuss the latest news, including SAP's management changes, Dell's woes, Intel's new mobile chip, life extension for Windows XP, and Google's lottery winners.
The sage, 64-year-old Hasso Plattner, co-founder and Chairman of SAP, and the upstart, 43-year-old Marc Benioff, co-founder and Chairman of salesforce.com, debated the future of enterprise software, fielding questions from Quentin Hardy of Forbes and the audience.
The history footnote of the evening came from Benioff, who challenged Plattner to build SAP applications on the Salesforce.com platform. "I want to figure out how to get SAP … Read more