Unbelievable that Leo Apotheker has already fallen on his sword. There has been tons of chatter about Leo and his demise (Dennis Howlett here, Larry Dignan here, Michael Krigsman here, and the #leogone Twitter feed is here). Here are a few of my thoughts and questions:
- Everyone at must be relieved that Hasso is back in charge, morale at SAP has been a mess for a while. The honesty from Hasso in his press conference was refreshing…the lack thereof is one of the reasons I’m not there.
- Blaming Business By Design on Leo seems ridiculous…I’ve seen that mentioned a couple of places (here’s Bloomberg). Didn’t Peter Zencke fall on his sword for this already? Anyway, absurd.
- How can anyone have any confidence that giving the development side more power will be fruitful? (see “Blaming Business By Design on Leo seems ridiculous” above) I agree this represents a shift back to product development. But what then?
- What does the field have left? Leo supposedly represented the field, but IMO the field has been carrying SAP for a long time. Will Werner Brandt’s beatings continue until the field’s morale improves?
- Who else is leaving? I’m not sure that current leadership gets what Peter Goldmacher states bluntly: “I think SAP is structurally impaired.” The rot runs much deeper than Leo.
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