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SAP Nation: a runaway software economy
From its humble beginnings in Germany, SAP skyrocketed to become a global powerhouse and the technology backbone for tens of thousands of enterprises. The economy around it grew even faster, and “SAP Nation” now approaches the GDP of Ireland in size. This book documents both trajectories, based on decades of research and interviews of hundreds of customers, market analysts ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 5th 2014 by Deal Architect Inc
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Interesting read. Estimated size of the SAP economy to be at least $200B per year -- includes all the services, software, hardware, and headcount to run SAP globally (I think this is an underestimate!). The book identifies a lot of problems in this SAP world and offers many good case studies many companies' IT strategy; however, the author offers a very few suggestions for IT leaders moving forward or to SAP leadership or to partner organizations. Over half of the book is other people's quotes - ...more
I was fortunate to receive a preview copy. This is a fascinating look into SAP--the company, its software, and its customers. Mirchandani takes an in-depth look, relying not only on his own experience with the company but also on interviews with many customers and employees. He tracked changes over time, asked a lot of questions, and was able to aggregate his findings into a highly readable exposé. This book was many years in the making and worth the wait.
This book is is a fantastic analysis about SAP and its impact on the global software economy. The author is a critic of some SAP strategies, but I believe the book is very well balanced, researched and has many customer examples. If you want to understand the SAP ecosystem, its pros and cons and how to be able to understand and survive a SAP implementation or upgrade please read this book.
Vinnie Mirchandani, who goes by the moniker of "Deal Architect," coaches enterprises on how to exploit disruptive technology trends. His firm has been recognized in The Black Book of Outsourcing as a top advisory boutique. He is also a prolific blogger, writing about technology-enabled innovation on his "New Florence, New Renaissance" blog and about waste in technology on his "Deal Architect" ...more