by Thomas Wailgum

2009 SAP Sapphire Wrap-Up: The Best and Worst from Orlando

May 15, 20093 mins
Enterprise ApplicationsERP SystemsIT Leadership

SAP's annual Sapphire conference is over, and we've rounded up all of the important news, announcements, blog posts and tweets that came out of the high-tech get-together.

Here’s all you need to know about SAP Sapphire 09:


SAP Sapphire 2009: Big Show, Big Questions, Big Stakes

SAP’s annual meet-and-greet is underway, and there are key questions about enterprise technology platforms, maintenance fees and future application roadmaps that SAP’s executives need to answer. And there’s also a new CEO to formally introduce.

SAP: BI Tool Will Help Create “Clear Enterprises”

Companies must achieve “clarity” to navigate out of the global recession and SAP intends to help them with its BI (business intelligence) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, co-CEO Leo Apotheker said during the opening keynote of SAP’s Sapphire conference in Orlando Tuesday.

SAP CEO: New Software Support is a “Game Changer”

Leo Apotheker, the CEO of SAP has challenged rival software suppliers to match it on the support packages they offer to their customers.

SAP Cofounder Hasso Plattner Promises In-Memory Database Revolution

“Speed is money,” Hasso Plattner, the cofounder of SAP, told customers at the software giant’s Sapphire customer and partner event in Orlando.

SAP Expands Business-Intelligence Strategy

SAP on Monday unveiled software for business intelligence and analytics, areas that are becoming integral to the strategy of the German enterprise applications company.

Rimini Street Keeps Cashing in on Half-Off Oracle and SAP Maintenance Fees

At SAP’s Sapphire show, Rimini Street CEO Seth Ravin expands his quest to provide an alternative maintenance and support service to Oracle’s and SAP’s — for half their price.

One-on-One with SAP “Demo Boy” Ian Kimbell

Meet the man who can make SAP product demonstrations humorous. Yes, we said humorous.

My Favorite Tweets from the SAP Sapphire Show 2009

The #sapphire09 Twitter topic area served up intriguing tweets all week. Here are some of the most interesting and outrageously funny ones.

From Around the Web SAP’s Vision of the Future

AMR Research: SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Is New Star at 20th U.S. SAPPHIRE

Ray Wang’s News Analysis: Rimini Street Launches Third Party Maintenance for SAP

CNBC: Interview with SAP CEO Leo Apotheker

SAP Web 2.0: SAP Social Network Analyzer Prototype SAP and RIM Announce Availability of Integrated SAP CRM and BlackBerry Solution

ZDNet: Understanding SAP’s Business byDesign SaaS Strategy SAP’s Cloud Venture Fades as Rivals Gather Pace

Enterprise Matters: SAP’s Business ByDesign Lives (And Reuters Gets It Oh So Wrong) Inside SAP’s Idled Business ByDesign Suite

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