Much of the SAP-related news this week focused on SAP's competitors and the wider enterprise software market.
Its high marks in CRM going forward were contrasted with questions about Oracle's CRM strategy, as I covered in Monday's Today in SAP blog post at SAPexperts. Oracle's overall strategy brought concerns from customers, according to a survey I looked at on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, SAP poached a key HR hire from Autodesk, and even the latest coverage of the company's sustainability program suggested that SAP's sustainability push correlated with employee engagement and business benefits.
And as if that weren't enough, NetSuite's CEO had some pointed comments about his company's ability to move across industries and segments better than his counterparts at SAP and Oracle. It all emphasizes that -- of course -- to understand what's up with SAP, it's good to keep an eye on what it's competition is up to, too.
For more about those stories, as well as links to dozens more, check out each of my Today in SAP posts below, including a key sentence or two from each. Below that, you'll see some of the other content we've posted at SAPexperts, including blogs that are free to everyone as well as subscriber-only content across different SAP focus areas.
By incorporating the elements that SAP has been emphasizing in development -- in-memory, social, cloud, analytics -- into CRM, the company seems to have breathed life into the product.
Sounds like 2013 could bring a bit of an all-or-nothing situation for Oracle -- either the market jumps in to Fusion or bails on Oracle altogether.
Also of note: EMEA is one of SAP's foremost focus points in terms of growth areas, so having somebody with experience and expertise in that area is certainly a selling point.
Nelson's argument is essentially that as cloud computing grows in reliability and is more widely adopted, it will be easier for NetSuite to be adopted by bigger companies than it will be for SAP or Oracle to be adopted by smaller companies.
Perhaps there is more of a focus to hire sustainability-friendly employees. Whatever it is, SAP is doing something right when it comes to sustainability, and the company is seeing benefits.
Here's some of what's new at SAPexperts this week:
Venki Krishnamoorthy: I'll Be at HR 2013 [Blog]
SAP and SuccessFactors -- an Overview [HR subscribers]
Hacking HANA to Give It a PHP Frontend [Blog]
Effectively Manage Scrap in Your Production Processes [SCM subscribers]
Demand Planning on Trial [Blog]
Configure User Statuses to Increase Compliance Control of Production Orders [SCM subscribers]
Refresh the Look of the Master Data in Cost Center Accounting with a New Business Function [Financials subscribers]
Checklist to Define Design Details for a WebI Corporate Reporting Template [BI subscribers]
Best Practices to Develop and Manage a Corporate Reporting Template [BI subscribers]
Survey Reveals Lack of Board-Level Activity in Risk Management at Some Organizations [Blog]
Assign Trading Data and Characteristics to a Batch Using Its ASN [IT subscribers]
Automatically Create New Batch Numbers for Inbound Deliveries in SAP ERP [IT subscribers]
Mobile Transformation Starts with Assessment: Skills and Training Requirements [IT, Project Management subscribers]
Make a Compelling Business Case for Mobility in Your Organization [IT, Project Management subscribers]
A Table of Use Cases for Supply Chain Mobile Applications [SCM subscribers]
Chart Shows Types of Useful Productivity Applications for Supply Chain Professionals [SCM subscribers]
Well This Is Awkward for the QA Department... [Blog]
HANA Put to Music [Blog]
A Few Answers to Some SAP BPC Questions [Blog]