AWS, Azure or Google? Six steps to decide the best cloud for SAP implementations

Analysis I have worked on SAP engagement for enterprise customers for almost 30 years. While SAP continued to develop application features and content during these years, generally the hosting of SAP fell into the same classic selection process as any application: what is the service level, what is the cost, who has the happiest customers?

However, with the advent of public cloud (IaaS), those tried and tested criteria no longer give customers an accurate evaluation of each...

Red Hat looks to move SAP managed services on-premises in new partnership

Red Hat is collaborating with SAP and IBM, its parent company, to help move SAP managed services on-premises.

The companies are looking to validate private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform as well as tie up related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift. By combining Gardener, an SAP managed Kubernetes service, and virtualisation capabilities on OpenShift, the companies hope to provide a more seamless ramp for on-premise deployments.

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Microsoft posts more strong financials and 62% Azure growth – with differentiation key to success

Microsoft saw its Azure business grow 62% in its most recent quarter after posting total revenues of $36.9 billion (£28.2bn) – yet chief executive Satya Nadella was keen to note the breadth of Azure’s stack as well as the bottom line.

The company’s Q220 figures, as ever divided into three primary revenue buckets, saw its ‘intelligent cloud’ stream increase 26% year...

SAP announces solid Q419 revenues – but decline in new cloud bookings causes concern

SAP announced solid cloud revenues for its most recent quarter and noted it hit all of its revenue targets in 2019 – yet a quarterly downturn in new cloud customers caused some concern.

For Q4 2019, cloud revenue was at €1.90bn, up 35% from this time last year. Combined cloud and software revenues were €6.85bn, up 8% from Q418, while total revenues, of €8.04bn, also rose 8% year on...

SAP embraces Microsoft for stronger preferred cloud partnership

SAP has announced the launch of a more detailed cloud partnership with Microsoft – showing how the German software giant’s Embrace project is gaining traction.

Embrace, first announced in May, is SAP’s blueprint to help customers become ‘intelligent enterprises’ by utilising the hyperscaler public clouds of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. This...

How CRM remains the fastest growing enterprise software market – and how Salesforce still dominates

Salesforce dominated the worldwide CRM market with a 19.5% market share in 2018, over double its nearest rival, SAP, at 8.3% shareWorldwide spending on customer experience and relationship management (CRM) software grew 15.6% to reach $48.2B in 201872.9% of CRM spending was on software as a service (SaaS) in 2018, which is expected to grow to 75% of total CRM software spending in 2019Worldwide enterprise application software revenue totalled more than $193.6B in 2018, a 12.5% increase from...

SAP embraces AWS, Microsoft and Google for clearer cloudy customer journeys

For vendors who aren’t at the very top tier of the cloud industry, it can sometimes be a case of Muhammad and the mountain. You can use their migration path to the cloud, or you can just get Amazon, Microsoft, or Google to do it for you. SAP appears to understand this, if its newest launch, Embrace, is anything to go by.

The company announced at its SAPPHIRE NOW event a collaboration with Amazon...

SAP bets big after breaking €20bn in 2018 cloud and software revenues

SAP broke €20 billion in yearly cloud and software revenues in 2018, hitting or exceeding its raised outlook metrics in the process – and the company wants more, targeting €35bn in total revenue by 2023.

The Q4 2018 financial results saw total cloud and software revenues hit €6.3 billion (£5.5bn), representing 85% of total revenues that quarter. Naturally this statistic is...

SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand...

SAP breaks €5bn in quarterly cloud and software revenue – but profits see slight dip

SAP has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing cloud company at scale’ in enterprise software applications after breaking the €5 billion barrier for quarterly cloud and software revenues.

The figure of €5.01bn (£4.4bn) represents an increase of 7.5% on this time last year, and an increase of 1.3% on the previous quarter. Total revenues for the company were at €6.02bn, meaning...