SAP S/4 HANA – OLTP on OLAP system – changing the backoffice

If SAP’s vision of S/4 HANA becomes real with Simple Finance and Simple Logistics being the start of the rewrite of ERP then the S/4 database will become the analytics database that runs all the backoffice transactions of your business with connections to the SaaS based systems and will make real-time business a reality. While […]

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Sapphire kicks off early with an early May start

Hope you can join IBM at Sapphire which arrives on May 5th. It is far too early for me this year, but it here. I hope to see everyone there, but I’m not feeling 100% ready. I’m sure the IBM team will be, but after 10+ years of Sapphire, my internal clock keeps telling me […]

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SAP Simple Finance, S/4, and Sapphire

SAP has announced SAP Simple Finance as the first module in the new S/4 suite. It is highly focused on CFO’s requirements to run a real time business. Per the IBM Business Value Institute’s study on CFO’s, which Hasso Platner cited during his FKOM keynote, part of the IBM C-Suite Study, CFO’s require real time […]

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IBM, Apple, and SAP D-Code (aka TechEd)

IBM and Apple’s announcement important to SAP  because SAP is the source that many of these developing Mobile First applications will plug into. You can read more about the overall partnership here. SAP clients have invested a lot of time and energy to get their processes and data standardized and optimized for the business. How […]

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Apple-IBM Collaboration – the magic

Apple and IBM are aligned on the critical areas, but come from different work cultures.  Everyone has been enamored by the cultural differences.  Gym shoes vs. Dress shoes.  Tees vs. Button-downs and blouses.  Jeans vs. well just about every other male and female business and business casual attire.  California vs. New York. All of this […]

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IBM at SAP Sapphire 2014 – 5 days away

I love this year’s theme for IBM’s Sapphire booth.  Simplify.  Innovate. Transform.  I’d like to think that sums up my career so far and my personal philosophy.  If you get e-mail from me, it comes with the Albert Einstein quote “Everything should be as simple as possible, and no simpler.”  This is one of best […]

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IBM at SAP Sapphire in Orlando June 3 – 5, 2014

This is my 13th Sapphire and I still get excited by them.  I hope you are able to join us at Sapphire.  I look forward to all the announcements from SAP, from IBM, and others.  I look forward to catching up to old friends and making new ones.  It always is a tiring week, but […]

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Faster SAP BW

There are options to making an existing SAP BW quicker including, but not only, SAP HANA.  The question is what do you want to speed up and what is it worth to your organization?  I often hear that a query runs too long, but then I find that the person who reads the results doesn’t […]

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I heard you were dead IT and SaaS killed you

Everyone keeps declaring IT (Corporate Information Technology) dead from SaaS.  Nothing could further from the truth.   In the  dystopic science fiction (SciFi) movie “Escape from New York” , everyone Snake Plissken, a one-eyed grisly bad boy fighter, meets says “I heard you were dead Snake“.  Like Snake, IT will survive and even thrive through being adaptable […]

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