Thread regarding SAP layoffs

SAP Layoffs and the new Layout...

There is a lot to be determined with the layoffs this week:

  1. Limited technology ambition and competence

Bjorn is removed and all his product teams are slaughtered: ABAP, HANA, UI, JAM, Big data, Mobile and many more. I do not think it just Neo, but services on any cloud. Also heard there are more services to be cut!

If you are still working on SAP technologies, I dare say to keep your skills sharpened to get a job outside.Look at the HANA and ABAP folks they have thrown under the bus. Every product leader knows it takes new ideas a long time to catch on. It takes serious ambition to succeed in the market! But there is no product leader at the top - it either Sales, Operations or Finance - not one of them products !!

  1. Acquire and Grow Only

With sales and operations folks on the top should we now see regular acquisitions to increase topline, regular restructurings to improve bottomline and aggresive advertising to keep people fooled (diversity, XOXO, ...)?

More questions:

  1. Would SAP be still a good place to work? My guess is that it would be okay for business professionals: sales, marketing, and other admin tasks, maybe even the best for those working in mergers and acquisitions.But sadly SAP is running away from its engineering culture. Not a great time to be in SAP if you have the aspirations to ideate and build new products. Hop over to the yet-to-be-acquired companies?

  2. Does SAP want to control the work of every programmer from Germany? That would explain the need for cheap and obedient labour - so,SAP would consiously avoid hiring experienced programmers, specializing instead in recent graduates only? Would new hiring be focussed only in low-cost regions?

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I did not think this before.. but I see SAP becoming like a Yahoo. Large and mostly irrelevant.

They focus so much on their online image.

  1. We are a CLOUD COMPANY - Are you really? You actually need to find a way to create cloud business outside of acquisitions... which you continue to screw up. Stop over promising and not delivering.

  2. We are DIVERSE - Are you? Putting pretty women on social media who are mostly in marketing and diversity with never before heard job titles doesn't fool anyone. Same for your board. At the end of the day, it's still a boys club when it comes to big decisions.

  3. We can help you build an INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE - Do you? Bundling up c-appy software is not intelligent. It's sad. Most importantly, customers are so tired of your useless roadmaps that change weekly. Trust is being lost at an alarming rate. Get a grip. Stop marketing and start executing.

  4. HANA will change the world - Will it? It's overpriced for the market (well I guess you are stuck with the SAP in front of it so it has to be ERP expensive) and you have yet to get SuccessFactors to agree to run on it. Outside of your core SAP customers, who else is on HANA? What happened to all those startups you used to show... oh yeah. After the publicity was over, they all went back to AWS which is cheaper, faster and delivers.

  5. We are a COMMUNITY - Really? Becher basically killed SCN with his failed migration, then he got rewarded by moving to Hasso's sports team. SCN is all but dead. The SAP mentors are useless.. and trying to stay relevant. Investing heavily in a marketing team is not a community SAP.

  6. We are INNOVATIVE - Are you? What was the last product that you created that is innovative? SAP Analytics cloud, like Lumira and Design Studio (both now dead and dying) as horrible. It's amazing that the SAC team has remained intact. Just tells you are unfocused the board is. The reality is that the failure of your analytics portfolio has done more to destroy your reputation that you realize. BI touches everyone.

I could go on and on.. with Leonardo confusion, the Workday pacman effect and much more. But I'm sure you get the point.

Customers are tired of marketing and no delivery.

Hopefully this last overpriced acquisition and soon to be a failure will produce some changes needed the top. It's a scary time for SAP customers.. that's for sure.

Post ID: @kmsz+XYeQxKu

As the boss said it:

We are going to move our people and our focus to the areas where the new economy needs SAP the most: IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and quantum computing.

Are we missing anything else?

We'll - I think we should stick with ERP, that's kind of what we know to do well

Post ID: @3dgm+XYeQxKu

SAP seems to follow the Oracle path of irrelevance through multiple acquisitions. In the last 10 years, they lost completely the CRM market to in their own backyard, even disregarded the merger proposition by Bennioff himself, alienated loyal engineers and customers with their diversity/inclusion/LGBTQ/mindfulness/New Age mumbo jumbo, inviting controversial people at conferences like Obama (History ink is still wet on the man) and Oprah...

Post ID: @3hjy+XYeQxKu

But sadly SAP is running away from its engineering culture.

SAP's Engineering Culture died this week. Full stop. Period.

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