December is always a great time to polish the old crystal ball and peek into the New Year by making some well-thought-out predictions. I feel certain that the following 10 things will occur in 2012:
- SAP will truly reach “game-changing” status when it is announces that Angry Birds runs angrier on SAP. In a related development, kittens across the world will seek shelter.
- In a Bill Maher-esque move, Carmen Wong Ulrich and Miles O’Brien will be joined by a new co-host, SAP mentor Jamie Oswald, in the television studios at Sapphire Now. As a result, the satire dial will be turned to 11.
- SAP’s mobility initiative will collapse when Oracle claims in a lawsuit that Sybase allegedly pilfered all of Oracle’s mobility software secrets.
- Dragging itself through the ashes of the Xcelsius name, SAP will boldly rebrand Crystal Reports as SAP Bar Graphs.
- Meanwhile, disgruntled BusinessObjects loyalists will form the Occupy SAP movement and camp out on the lawn of the U.S. headquarters in Newtown Square, PA.
- In a change of pace, Justin Bieber will headline the annual Sapphire concert, resulting in a spike in guest attendance from the under-18 techie crowd.
- Popular new SAP industry Twitter hashtags will include #SAPBusinessObjectsAnalysisEditionforOLAP and #WhereIsLèo.
- SAP’s launch date for new cloud services will continually be delayed due to overcast skies.
- After intently researching the behavior of attendees, Jack Daniels and Bombay Sapphire will both become corporate sponsors for SAP TechEd.
- The race will be on to see whether Amazon’s Kindle Fire or SAP HANA is the first product to sell for just $99.
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