Looks as if enterprise behemoth SAP is reorganizing their development efforts in a move that seems similar to what Sage went through several months ago. Part of the SAP press release indicates the CFO will be covering some positions – usually an indication that the company is in an active search for some additional executive talent.
In what is being described once again as “regular attrition” SAP is wishing VP Frank Iannotti well as he pursues other interests.
Iannotti was with SAP for seven years and was responsible for the North American strategy, operations and overall execution of the SAP On-Demand division, which included SAP Business ByDesign – the company’s SaaS ERP product. Since joining SAP, Iannotti was responsibility for managing teams across SAP’s traditional software, maintenance and services lines of business.
I just spotted this news about SAP offering self-service consulting on Google+ via user Jarret Pazahanick. Apparently SAP have created an online form for customers to request consulting services (maximum of 5 days and one consultant) and essentially submit an RFP for consultants to immediately show up and fix a problem or transfer some knowledge.
So far as I can tell this is a tool that allows customers to book time with SAP consultants themselves and not outside third party consultants (though Jarret mentions in his Google+ post that SAP may expand to 3rd parties in the future).
Personally this seems like a solution in search of a problem. If the customer doesn’t already have contact with a SAP consultant who can respond quickly – that in itself is the issue and not providing them with an electronic means to submit bids.
Here’s the SAP post on the project where it was initially explained and expanded upon and a SAP Booking Consultants Quickly and Easily PDF FAQ.
I’m hearing that Sage has (or will be soon) acquired Alchemex – the developers behind Sage MAS Intelligence financial reporting. According to reports this should already be a done deal awaiting only the press release from Sage.
Update 10-7-2011: Sage have confirmed that Sage Softline South Africa purchased Alchemex. As of now there are no additional details and no press release is planned.
According to the Alchemex web site – they are the leading developer, enabler and support-provider of affordable and flexible Excel-based Business Intelligence software for small to medium enterprises.
Alchemex offers business intelligence software solutions that leverage the power of Microsoft® Excel as a report writer, delivering sophisticated reporting to your desktop. Automate the production of your management accounts, get real-time graphical overviews of your business, undertake high speed multi-dimensional analysis of large volumes of data and distribute authenticated real time reports securely.
In January 2010 Sage announced that Alchemex’s reporting tools would replace the FRX Financial Report Writer which was discontinued by Microsoft. Sage re-branded Alchemex as Sage MAS Intelligence and now makes it available in North America for Sage ERP MAS90 and 200, Sage Peachtree, Sage Accpac and Sage Simply Accounting.
Terms aren’t known though according to rumor this is a done deal awaiting announcement by Sage. I have an email into Sage and if I hear more I’ll update.
Via Sage PR: Hi, Wayne. There’s nothing to report on that topic. I’ll be sure to let you know if any acquisitions do come up.
Update: Continue to hear from other sources that this purchase happened and has just not yet been announced by Sage.
Update 10-7-2011: Confirmed by Sage that Sage Softline South Africa have purchased Alchemex
Recently departed SAP Director of Business Development Geoff Ashley has surfaced rather quickly at SugarCRM. Based on his updated LinkedIN profile he has become the VP in chart of Partner Enablement at SugarCRM.
From the company web site:
SugarCRM, based out of Cupertino CA and founded in 2004 has 150 employees and is the world’s leading provider of open source customer relationship management (CRM) software. Over 7,000 customers and more than half a million users rely on SugarCRM to execute marketing programs, grow sales, retain customers and create custom business applications.
Bob Scott of Bob Scott’s Insights previously spoken to Kevin Gilroy, the VP who heads North American recruitment for SAP ByDesign who characterized the simultaneous departure of both Geoff Ashley and Dawn Jaeger, Sr. Channel Development Manager, as “normal attrition”.
Word is that Dawn might also be joining Geoff at SugarCRM though her LinkedIn has yet to confirm .
I hear that SAP’s Atlanta based Sr. Channel Development Manager, SAP Business ByDesign Dawn Jaeger left SAP as of about a week ago. In her capacity with SAP she was tasked with recruiting partners to represent SAP’s relatively new ByDesign SaaS offering.
Prior to joining SAP Dawn was with Infor and Navision in similar capacities.
She reportedly made the announcement channel-wide although her LinkedIn profile still indicates she is with SAP.
According to two sources she may not be the last of SAP’s North American ByDesign channel team to depart – though their destination is not yet known. Continue reading “Is SAP Business ByDesign Channel Management In Disarray?”