SAP News – Inside SAP’s Product-Naming Strategies

Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News shares some thoughts from the SAP community on SAP’s recent product naming changes, including SAP BusinessObjects.

Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News shares some thoughts from the SAP community on SAP’s recent product naming changes, including SAP BusinessObjects, in an article entitled Inside SAP’s Product-Naming Strategies. I enjoyed being part of the conversation. See what Jim Deaver, Greg MyersJarret Pazahanick, and I have to say.

Click here to read the article.

WSJ.com – SAP Guidance Lifts Shares

The raised outlook marks an accelerated turnaround for SAP.

From Philipp Grontzki in today’s Wall Street Journal:

German business-software giant SAP AG Tuesday reported a 20% jump in second-quarter profit and said it plans to reach the top end of its revenue and profit guidance in 2011 amid strong demand….  The raised outlook marks an accelerated turnaround for SAP after it was forced in 2009 to cut several thousand jobs due to the economic downturn.

Good news for the entire SAP ecosystem!

Read the entire article at WSJ.com (click here).

Business Objects ESD, R.I.P.

More changes are in store for Business Objects customers and partners.

More changes are in store for Business Objects customers and partners. On the heels of last week’s dismantling of the BusinessObjects.com web site, SAP posts the following upbeat message on the Electronic Software Download (ESD) site, where customers and partners download software.

 

As part of our ongoing integration program of Business Objects processes and systems to the SAP Global Support Backbone, effective February 28th, 2009, the Business Objects Electronic Software Download (ESD) site will be decommissioned and SAP Service Marketplace (SMP) will be used to facilitate the delivery of software, support downloads, and customer license keys.

This systems integration began on July 1st with the migration of newer Business Objects product versions to the SMP. The completion of this migration will provide Business Objects customers with a single, central location for all of their download needs.

Below are a few items and dates to be aware of with respect to this transition:
1. All Business Objects products are available on the SMP as of January 1st, 2009. This includes installation / upgrade products and maintenance products (such as hot fixes, service packs and patches).
2. ESD Site will remain available for customers and partners to access until February 28th, 2009, but it is strongly recommended that you access the SMP at your earliest convenience.

If you have questions about SAP Service Marketplace, please contact our Customer Service at the public page http://service.sap.com/contact-bosap.

 

Despite the claim that “All Business Objects products are available on the SMP as of January 1st, 2009″, I haven’t had much luck finding many downloads there. As a consultant for a Business Objects solution provider, I’m used to being able to download the entire product line from the ESD site. Let’s hope SAP gets the kinks worked out prior to pulling the plug on ESD, to avoid a repeat of last summer’s breathtaking cut over from Business Objects to SAP technical support.

BusinessObjects.com, R.I.P.

This week, SAP announced that Business Objects was no longer a separate company and was instead SAP Business Objects, a division of SAP. The BusinessObjects.com domain now redirects inside of the SAP web site.

The announcement shouldn’t be too shocking. Last January, one of the first items of merger business was to give all Business Objects employees new SAP e-mail addresses. But it’s just another signpost of the end of an era. And it makes me just a little bit sad. Yet hopeful for the future.

SAP’s Big Freeze

The global economic crisis is inducing panic in SAP (and Business Objects) customers and SAP is responding. According to a blog entry posted yesterday on the Wall Street Journal, a hiring freeze has been put into effect, third party expenses such as training have been slashed, and internal non-customer facing travel is out of the question. Recently, I asked a friend at Business Objects what the number one reason for losing deals was. Expecting to hear the name of a competitor, etc., I was instead told that their greatest competitor isn’t another vendor, it’s “no decision”. Companies are clearly tightening belts.

http://blogs.wsj.com/biztech/2008/10/14/saps-big-freeze/trackback/

Global BusinessObjects Network launched

The Global BusinessObjects Network officially launched this week, a rebranding of the Business Objects Community Alliance. The GBN is fully independent and an offshoot of the America’s SAP Users Group (ASUG). GBN is organizating this October’s Business Objects User Conference on October 20-22, 2008 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole. GBN will also be the umbrella organization for local user groups, which will no longer have direct oversight from SAP BusinessObjects.

Business Objects, an SAP company

And so it begins…

“On January 16, 2008 SAP announced next steps in the successful acquisition of Business Objects, uniting two of the technology industry’s biggest brands with a shared vision to transform the way the world works by connecting people, information and businesses.” Although the acquisition became effective on January 16, today is the first day the Business Objects logo now sports the “an SAP company” tagline.

Customers are invited to join a live online event on February 12, 2008 to learn how SAP and Business Objects will transform the way the world works by connecting people, information, and businesses…