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This cartoon by Robert Platzgummer (1975-2016) was first published in E-3 Magazine in June 2015. Because of the “Run Simple“ campaign of SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r.), a comparison with Henry Ford (l.) came to mind.

This cartoon by Robert Platzgummer (1975-2016) was first published in E-3 Magazine in June 2015. Because of the “Run Simple“ campaign of SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r.), a comparison with Henry Ford (l.) came to mind.

SAP: Data Base Monopoly

For a long time, SAP was regarded as a closed system with a heterogeneous system environment. R/3 and even still ERP/ECC 6.0 feel comfortable on different platforms.

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SAP's SolMan is comparable to a Swiss Army Knife. However, this universally usable IT tool might not be enough.[shutterstock: 712523383, Maxop-Plus]

SAP's SolMan is comparable to a Swiss Army Knife. However, this universally usable IT tool might not be enough.[shutterstock: 712523383, Maxop-Plus]

SolMan Is Not Enough

The SAP Solution Manager is simultaneously loved and hated. For ERP/ECC 6.0 and partly S/4, SAP‘s coercive measure is comparable to a 'Swiss army knife‘. However, the universally usable IT tool is not enough.

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The evening of Waterloo, vintage engraved illustration, history of France 1885 [shutterstock: 268996850, Morphart Creation]

The evening of Waterloo, vintage engraved illustration, history of France 1885 [shutterstock: 268996850, Morphart Creation]

SAPꞌs Waterloo

The DSAG figures unmistakably demonstrate that, at present, SAP is currently programming beyond the established SAP customersꞌ needs. What SAP views as the future is seen by the community as being of secondary importance. But where do these fanciful figures in the SAP accounts come from?

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The secret SAP strategy [shutterstock: 244134181, frank_peters]

The secret SAP strategy [shutterstock: 244134181, frank_peters]

The Secret SAP Strategy

For many years, SAP was an honest partner and friend of the established customers. The familiar global SAP community emerged. Perhaps it was all too beautiful to be true. Now SAP has a new strategy: marginalisation, undivided rule and profit maximisation.

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