SuccessFactors now leading SAP cloud strategy, but questions remain

As part of covering the cloud strategy unfolding this week at SAP SAPPHIRE, I will share a number of observations regarding the positioning and history of SAP and what the SuccessFactors cloud strategy means for SAP customers.  In this article which posted on searchSAP.com, I consider some of the open issues that the merging of road maps bring with such an acquisition now in its second quarter of operation.

With SuccessFactors now fully responsible for consolidating the SAP cloud portfolio of products, the task of integrating the two organizations will certainly lead to winners and losers among SAP’s existing products.

Last December’s $3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors provides a new vision and roadmap for SAP’s cloud product strategy. Former SuccessFactors CEO, Lars Dalgaard, joined the SAP management team as a man whom McDermott lauded this week as having been “born in the cloud.”

SAP has made similarly bold moves in the past in a number of technologies, both through acquisition and organic innovation over the past several years. With each innovation, existing SAP customers wonder about the fate of their installed products and whether they will be offered OnDemand or on premises.

To read the full article please visit the searchSAP.com site in its special coverage of the SAP SAPPHIRE event.  In Part 2 I will consider the history of SAP acquisition and what this forward integration of SuccessFactors might mean from a strategic road map perspective.

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