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Have you ever wondered what is going on inside someone else's head? Hard to imagine, isn't it? Well, at least Bill McDermott's thoughts are easy to guess. [shutterstock: 622200797, Lia Koltyrina]

Have you ever wondered what is going on inside someone else's head? Hard to imagine, isn't it? Well, at least Bill McDermott's thoughts are easy to guess. [shutterstock: 622200797, Lia Koltyrina]

The Inner Workings Of SAP‘s Image Preservation

SAP is experiencing some challenges: Hana anomalies are still a thing and the executive board has been reorganized. Still, Bill McDermott is trying to preserve his image as savior. Moreover, he has bought yet another company, even though the stock price is decreasing.

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The Internet of Things connects humans, machines and things. For digital transformation, however, it may not be enough. [shutterstock: 744456904, metamorworks]

The Internet of Things connects humans, machines and things. For digital transformation, however, it may not be enough. [shutterstock: 744456904, metamorworks]

IoT Is Not Enough For Digital Transformation

In the beginning, there was Industry 4.0. Soon, however, the SAP community adopted the global term IoT. The Internet of Things is seen as the starting point of digital transformation, but it may not be enough.

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This cartoon by Robert Platzgummer (1975-2016) was first published in E-3 Magazine April 2009. It shows the former CEO of SAP Léo Apotheker charging a single license more than once (Indirect Access).

This cartoon by Robert Platzgummer (1975-2016) was first published in E-3 Magazine April 2009. It shows the former CEO of SAP Léo Apotheker charging a single license more than once (Indirect Access).

SAP’s Indirect Access: Charging Twice

The principle of charging customers more than once was put into place by McDermott’s predecessor Léo Apotheker. In his short-lived profession as CEO, he proved himself to be a genius salesman and revenue generator.

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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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December 32nd is too late to reconsider the new licensing model. [shutterstock: 775399465, MyImages - Micha]

December 32nd is too late to reconsider the new licensing model. [shutterstock: 775399465, MyImages - Micha]

December 32nd Is Too Late

There are concerns in the SAP community regarding the old and new licensing model. While the DSAG believes that time will heal all wounds, independent user groups IA4SP and Voice remain active.

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SAP might be in need of extinguishing equipment if it continues the Indirect Access policy. [shutterstock: 625200857, SimoneN]

SAP might be in need of extinguishing equipment if it continues the Indirect Access policy. [shutterstock: 625200857, SimoneN]

Extinguishing The Flame: SAP Data Hub

There's something masochistic about great consultants: they optimize and automate until they are no longer needed. The SAP Data Hub could have a similarly unpleasant effect on the rest of SAP's offer.

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