slowly slowly catch the worm

Sometimes at SAP we are slower to the market with solutions than we ought to be. (okay often..CRM, SRM etc…..)  Sometimes we miss some trends, or we are just plain slow. Small nimble companies often build stuff we should probably have built ourselves if we were on the ball. HR is no different. 

That said, once we get the elephant moving, we start to make an impact. We took too long to launch the learning management offering, and it took a couple of releases to make a market impact. There are a number of strong niche players in this space, but it looks as if we have our act together now.

If you don't believe me, you might want to see what Coca-Cola are up to.

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building relationships beyond IT departments

At SAP it seems that we are "relatively good" at building relationships with IT folks and CIOS. We are less good at building relationships with the people outside of IT -people who aren't that interested in SOA, but are concerned with running a part of the business. We'd like to fix this.

For a couple of years now, we have successfully built up the financials best practice network.  in EMEA. It works well, senior finance people from some very significant companies meet to discuss pressing finance and business related issues on a regular basis, and get value out of it. I recently ran a session on risk and compliance for the network. (Juergen Daum, one of my colleagues, has an interesting website for those interested in the future of the finance function)

Some people like Sig are sceptical about best practice I'm not. For most of what companies do, you don't need to reinvent the wheel.  Looking at what other people have done is one of the best ways to learn and innovate. (Isaac Newton thought so anyway) It also balances out. Perhaps one company is ahead  in shared services deployment, another has better treasury management.

I have been asked to build up a similar network for HR execs. This kicks off next month, just after the World Cup. (afternoon July 10- full day 11th) There are some interesting HR folks presenting, including Zurich Financial Services, AtosOrigin, JTI, HBOS, SAP's own HR. We have chosen Talent Management as the broad theme, and later in the year there will be a Chief HR Officer session in Brussels looking at employee engagement and sustainablity, as well as a best practice meeting in Nice looking at HR service models and BPO.

If you are interested in finding out more either check out the site here, or mail me if you are an HR person interested in attending.

clever and witty marketing, but is it legal?

Copyright law is a very complex and messy area, so I will tread carefully here. My longsuffering Prof at Karlsruhe University, Thomas Dreier, is one of the world's experts on this, but I don't spend enough time in his company for it to rub off. US copyright law also differs from that over here….(okay enough disclaimer)

I saw this clever, well, briliant piece of advertising , (tip Vinnie)  It is funny and it hits a topical issue really well. I wish we had more of that kind of thing at SAP instead of xys big company runs SAP. Buying software should sometimes involve a little humour. (even German software) We need more stuff from Morsekode.

I wonder though, the cartoon  legal?  No, not from a content point of view, but from a musical copyright point of view.

It made me think back in the mists of time to 2004. It is based the same tune (this land is your land etc) as the famous Jibjab Bush and Kerry parody – lampoon, but unlike that case, this isn't an attempt to parody the fine words of Mr Guthrie. (interesting chap by all accounts)  

The next question is there a valid copyright on the piece, but I'll leave that to a US copyright lawyer to answer, as I can't figure it out.

Of course, it may be that the company behind the advert are paying royalties to Mr Guthrie's estate, or the owner of the copyright, and all is hunky dory.

Seems weird that a song from 1944 isnt obviously in the public domain, but then I'm not a musician (or  a copyright lawyer.)

This brings me to my main point….Law, whether copyright, trademark patent or contract, impacts so much of what we do in the software industry-  It sometimes worries me how little software makers know about law, and how little lawmakers know about software. 

I've blogged before on the issues of copying live data to test systems, here and here but I think there is a need for all software vendors and coders to sometimes pause and think more about the legal implications of what they are doing. Even if it is a simple mashup combining employee data and google maps, or mining SaaS data.  I'll return to this in more detail in a later post, but I need to go and have dinner out with she who must be obeyed. (not the fictional one)

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soon is here. A new name.

When I began this blog, I called it I'll think of something better to call this soon

2 months later, soon is now. 

Perhaps consider that a ramp up phase. (Just like Project Mendocino became duet, and codename Paris become Netweaver something or other, and Longhorn became Vista)

Dennis got enterprisey. Vinnie has annexed the architect word. I wanted to avoid anything with 2.0. Calling it Walldorf or SAP something would imply some sort of Germanic official stamp.

Wikipedia notes:

Enterprisey is a derogatory term describing software or architecture which is claimed to be robust enough for use in enterprise applications, but in fact is merely excessively complex and baroque

I can live with Baroque, (Rembrandt, Caravaggio and the gang)

Baroque Art developed in Europe around 1600, as an reaction against the intricate and formulaic Mannerism that dominated the Late Renaissance. Baroque art is less complex, more realistic and more emotionally affecting than Mannerist art.

I'm not a social media expert, nor an analyst, I'm a vendor guy, in the enterprisey space.  It describes which side of the fence I'm on.   (tip Jeremiah)

SaaS. I dont really get it.

I've read a fair bit about ASP, on demand, SaaS, (and now heaven forbid SaaS 2.0). I'm stumped. (yes, a cricket metaphor again)

I'm trying hard to understand what the differences are between what Salesforce.com does and what ADP has been doing since the late 1940's (well, 1957 when they moved to punchcard computing).

Other than alot of hype and acronyms, I can't find any differentiating factors, except that ADP do payroll, car dealer services and brokerage services and have had 167 or whatever quarters of continuous growth, and are very very profitable. Also ADP seems to have a more quietly spoken, mild mannered CEO.

You may have missed the deal announced today in Leo's speech at Sapphire with IKEA (35 countries, 85 000 employees).  (There are now more users on the ADP-SAP global view platform than there are salesforce.com users.)

ADP's 50 years of service delivery experience powered by SAP technology.

Imagine ADP start doing CRM.

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