Thread regarding SAP layoffs

'SAP’s Dystopia' (from https://e3zine.com/2019/05/03/saps-dystopia/)

(Sounds like SAP is a sinking aircraft carrier)

Under Bill McDermott's reign, SAP is not doing so well, and is turning into a dystopia for customers as a result.

What CEO Bill McDermott is currently creating at SAP is the direct opposite of positive, euphoric utopia. It’s a dystopia for customers and employees and it seals SAP’s fate – with severe consequences.

On the surface, everything seems fine, perfect even. SAP’s treasurer, CFO Luka Mucic, even had enough coins to spare to buy little Bill a new toy to play with: Qualtrics.

Underneath the surface

However, this is just play pretend. Behind the scenes, there’s chaos, fights, and layoffs.

Customers and partners should think twice about using new cloud offers like SuccessFactors, Ariba, Hybris, Fieldglass, Concur, Callidus, and Qualtrics. Well, new is a relative term – SuccessFactors has been around for a long time. However, an integration – think E2E processes – with SAP’s core has yet to happen.

“We know that, we know about its deficiencies, and we are working to change them”, admitted a SAP executive board member in a private discussion with E-3 Magazine.

All acquired cloud solutions are still not integrated into SAP’s core, and that’s the biggest challenge the company faces right now. One of the youngest executive board members, SAP’s new CTO, is tasked with tackling it almost on his own while other members only care about sales, profit, and revenue.

In the dark

However, most customers are not even aware of this dystopia, simply because Hana and S/4 are still their top priority. It’s hard to think past 2025 with SAP’s imaginary deadline looming in the back of customers’ heads.

The one executive board member that E-3 Magazine talked to will not be able to save SAP on their own. Even Hasso Plattner is not able or willing to see what’s happening at the company he helped create. In the meantime, Bill McDermott is sedating his critics with his high hopes for SAP’s stock price.

As things are currently standing, SAP is doomed. Their existing team will not be able to turn the sinking ship around. Maybe Bill McDermott should start looking for a successor himself.

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Great post (below) I spent 13 years at Oracle, and they are in exactly the same boat.

"Customers complain not being able to pull out a lot of data after moving to some of the Cloud apps and HANA db as some industry support is lost and some custom development is lost.

Instead of adding value, like previously, SAP now grows revenue through commercial arm twisting, like license audit, license swap, indirect licensing, more disparate cloud apps acquisition, swapping high value consultants for cheap resources most of whom can only talk but are unable to deliver..."

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Post ID: @YTpe4xN-fjzb

Unlike SAP, these guys actually Do talk to SAP's customers. Do you really know what your customers need and are unhappy about?

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Post ID: @YTpe4xN-2kpz

Yeah and the E3 blog averages one "end of SAP" article per month...hence the Oracle banner ad at the top.

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Post ID: @YTpe4xN-1yiv

SAP acquired 27 companies between 2011 and 2018.

That's 3 companies/year.

Getting that many apps, teams, and companies working together is just impossible.

Even point to point integration is a nightmare because these apps were never designed to work together.

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Post ID: @YTpe4xN-qbi

SAP is known and associated with ERP and integration and real-time reporting but the move to HANA db and coding of new version of S/4 has sent SAP backward.

Cloud apps are acquired, and not built in-house unlike previously. There’s no over arching master data architecture. Real time reporting is now a problem for this “ERP”. Customers complain not being able to pull out a lot of data after moving to some of the Cloud apps and HANA db as some industry support is lost and some custom development is lost.

Instead of adding value, like previously, SAP now grows revenue through commercial arm twisting, like license audit, license swap, indirect licensing, more disparate cloud apps acquisition, swapping high value consultants for cheap resources most of whom can only talk but are unable to deliver.

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