Dennis Byron here gives the most succinct gloss I’ve seen on the challenge before Hasso:
Hasso Plattner wants to drive a great deal of technological innovation at SAP, and did not believe it could happen under Leo’s leadership, and without Hasso’s very direct involvement…. The product organization is full of conflicting technologies, conflicting interests, and conflicting agendas. Driving change in this kind of climate will be very challenging for Jim [Snabe] and Vishal [Sikka].
There’s one more challenge: SAP hasn’t been honest about what is working on the product side. BYD folks walked around like the cocks of the walk long after it was clear that BYD was in deep trouble. And the leadership let them…
Hasso’s right: Leo couldn’t call BS on the product side effectively enough. From what I can tell, he’s the only one left in SAP who can meld innovation with the market AND is credible and powerful enough to actually do it!
Unfortunately, I can imagine that many on the development time think that they’ve won and happy days are here again. Hasso’s back and it’s innovation for innovation’s sake at SAP! What…monetize? Isn’t that what sales people are for?
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