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Cloud solutions in retail are convenient. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. [shutterstock: 436427842, zaozaa19]

Cloud solutions in retail are convenient. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. [shutterstock: 436427842, zaozaa19]

Even Cloud Solutions Can Be Optimized

Cloud solutions are convenient. Customers are relieved from maintenance, updates, or load changes. But what happens in critical situations like on Black Friday in the U.S. or on Singles Day in China? Bad things and unpleasant surprises.

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In the 2018 edition of the fairy tale The Star Money, Bill McDermott is looking to the cloud with dollar signs in his eyes, hoping for some coins to fall out. [shutterstock: 578048698, SkyPics Studio]

In the 2018 edition of the fairy tale The Star Money, Bill McDermott is looking to the cloud with dollar signs in his eyes, hoping for some coins to fall out. [shutterstock: 578048698, SkyPics Studio]

The Star Money, 2018 Edition

Starting with the acquisition of other companies, SAP has been tampering with its figures for some time now. Even before that, SAP was not a transparent enterprise, but cloud computing is a focal point.

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The road to S/4 Hana is long and full of unexpected turns. Every customer has to find their own way - easier said than done. [shutterstock: 791872864, Jacky.Woo]

The road to S/4 Hana is long and full of unexpected turns. Every customer has to find their own way - easier said than done. [shutterstock: 791872864, Jacky.Woo]

Private Roadmap To S/4 Hana

Until 2025, customers have to switch to Hana and S/4. They cannot count on SAP to show understanding towards them and extend the "ERP firewall". SAP customers have to find their own roadmap - easier said than done.

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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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Snow Software launched their Digital Access Estimator for SAP, which delivers licensing transparency to existing customers. [shutterstock: 1084881452, Jiw Ingka]

Snow Software launched their Digital Access Estimator for SAP, which delivers licensing transparency to existing customers. [shutterstock: 1084881452, Jiw Ingka]

Snow Digital Access Estimator Delivers Licensing Transparency

Snow’s latest release of Snow Optimizer for SAP Software delivers the only third party solution that enables clients to predict Indirect Access license fees and avoid cost surprises.

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The spotlight is on SAP at the moment to respond to Voice's antitrust concerns. [shutterstock: 518263006, Boris Rabtsevich]

The spotlight is on SAP at the moment to respond to Voice's antitrust concerns. [shutterstock: 518263006, Boris Rabtsevich]

SAP’s New Licensing Strategy

It is becoming ever more clear that in spring of 2019, SAP will publish a third version of its Digital Access/Indirect Access pricing model, in the hopes that the disgruntled user companies and Voice will be pleased and silently retreat.

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