Any doubts about SAP’s commitment to the cloud were laid to rest last week with SAP’s announcement that it will soon offer subscription models for SAP Business Suite via the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.
This latest development extends a streak of major cloud-related announcements. SAP’s acquisitions of SuccessFactors, Ariba, Hybris and, most recently, Fieldglass are vital to the company’s cloud offerings, and these acquisitions complement the progress of SAP’s organic cloud strategy underway for many years now.
In fact, despite the cloud’s impressive growth numbers, IDC reports “two out of three enterprise cloud users have yet to decide how to formalize a strategy for cloud.”
As a consequence, many core enterprise systems today — think of the ERP boom in the ’90 — are flirting with overdue replacement cycles and/or upgrades, extensive and expensive customizations, rising maintenance costs and, most critically, a lack of flexibility needed to meet today’s changing business demands.
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