Paul D. Hamerman

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Oracle Moves Solidly Into SaaS With Taleo Acquisition

Paul D. Hamerman February 9, 2012
Oracle Corporation announced its purchase of Taleo for $1.9 billion on Feb. 9, 2012, signaling a major shift in its stance on software-as-a-service (SaaS) and talent management applications. The transaction is expected to close midyear 2012, subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals. Oracle has long held a “we can build it better” position on talent […]
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SAP’s Acquisition Of SuccessFactors Re-engergizes Its HCM And SaaS Strategy

Paul D. Hamerman December 3, 2011
SAP is a paying a substantial premium to acquire SuccessFactors, a leading SaaS performance and talent management vendor. The press release of December 3, 2011 states that the deal price of $40 per share is a 52% premium over the Dec. 2 closing stock price. Even more startling is that SuccessFactors has a revenue run […]
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Oracle Wins $1.3 Billion Award Over SAP

Paul D. Hamerman November 24, 2010
The $1.3 billion verdict in the Oracle v. SAP case is surprising, given that the third-party support subsidiary of SAP, TomorrowNow, was fixing glitches and making compliance updates, not trying to resell the software. The jury felt that the appropriate damage award was based on the fair market value of the software that was illegally […]
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IBM Makes A Good Catch With Clarity Systems Acquisition

Paul D. Hamerman October 21, 2010
Today, IBM announced the acquisition of privately-held Clarity Systems for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition bolsters IBM’s solution set for the CFO, and complements its recent acquisition of OpenPages, a governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) vendor. Clarity, based in Toronto, had approximately 390 employees and 600 customers at the time of this deal. Clarity Systems […]
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What Is An “Unconference”? Please Weigh In On Topic Choices.

Paul D. Hamerman September 3, 2010
At Forrester's Business Process And Application Delivery Forum, October 7 and 8 in National Harbor, MD , we are holding a session called an "unconference" in the Business Process content track (there is also an unconference for the Application Development and Delivery track). What is an "unconference"? you may ask. It's a session where the attendees […]
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SAP Advances Innovation Strategy With Sybase Acquisition

Paul D. Hamerman May 12, 2010
In late breaking news today, SAP announced a definitive agreement to acquire Sybase for $5.8 billion. The deal will be accretive for SAP and is expected to close in July 2010. Sybase is a profitable company with revenues of $1.2 billion and $1 billion in cash. Sybase Chairman, CEO and President John S. Chen will become […]
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Oracle Puts Another Notch In Its Industry Apps Acquisition Stick

Paul D. Hamerman April 16, 2010
Today, Oracle announced yet another acquisition – this one of Phase Forward, a clinical research suite that helps life sciences companies manage their R&D process. Oracle paid $685 million in cash for this acquisition. While my research role focus does not encompass life sciences software specifically, Oracle's overall apps strategy is definitely of interest to me. […]
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SAP Jam Teleconference Notes: SAP’s Growth and Innovation Strategies

Paul D. Hamerman March 22, 2010
Thanks to those of you that attended our SAP Jam Teleconference today, part of a series that will run throughout the week. For details on the next event in the series, see http://www.forrester.com/rb/teleconference/sap_jam_session_what_should_sap_clients/q/id/6292/t/1.   For those of you unable to attend, I will summarize some of the content that I presented on SAP’s overall growth and […]
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More SAP Leadership Changes Announced

Paul D. Hamerman February 11, 2010
Thursday’s announcements of additional SAP leadership changes raise more questions than they answer, but a commitment to changing the direction of the company is clear. SAP announced the departures of John Schwarz, head of the SAP Business Objects unit, and Erwin Gunst, Chief Operating Officer. Gerhard Oswald, Executive Board member in charge of global services […]
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SAP Announces Changes at the Top; Hasso Steps Up

Paul D. Hamerman February 8, 2010
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010, SAP announced that CEO Leo Apotheker’s contract will not be renewed and his resignation is effective immediately. In his place, the company appointed co-CEOs Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott. Both executives are already members of the SAP Executive Board, with Snabe in charge of product development and […]
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SAP’s Tiered Support Announcement Defuses a Contentious Issue

Paul D. Hamerman January 14, 2010
Today, SAP announced a tiered support offering which reinstates Standard Support as an option, in addition to the Enterprise Support offering that SAP put in place in July 2008. This announcement should help to defuse a contentious battle that has played out over the past 18 months, where customers pressed for SAP to reconsider its […]
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Oracle Finally Takes The Covers Off Fusion Applications

Paul D. Hamerman October 15, 2009
By Paul Hamerman At Larry Ellison’s keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2009, the veil of secrecy was finally lifted on Oracle Fusion Applications (Fusion Apps). During the past several months, under NDA, we have had an opportunity to learn about the Fusion Apps strategy and view demos of the various modules. Now we can speak more […]
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What the Current State of the Economy Means for HR

Paul D. Hamerman September 28, 2009
By Paul Hamerman Current US labor data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/ces/) shows that the monthly rate of job losses appears to have bottomed in January 2009 and is on a road to recovery. The trendline seems to suggest that job losses will reverse and turn to job growth by the first half […]
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Leading Vendors Ramp Up Performance Analytic Apps

Paul D. Hamerman September 28, 2009
By Paul Hamerman In the world of Business Performance Solutions (BPS), the applications generating the most traction include planning/budgeting/forecasting, financial consolidations, and strategy management. In these evolving BPS product portfolios (also referred to by vendors as EPM, CPM, FPM or PM), a new class of products is emerging for performance analytics. What are performance analytic […]
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Microsoft Boosts Industry Functionality In Dynamics AX ERP

Paul D. Hamerman September 22, 2009
By Paul Hamerman Microsoft announced today the acquisitions of vertical extensions for its Dynamics AX ERP product. The acquisitions are of intellectual property (i.e., software code) developed by four Dynamics AX partners, which are natively compatible with the ERP system’s code base. The extensions consist of solutions for process manufacturing (from FullScope, Inc.), professional services […]
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SAP’s Business Suite 7 Launch Sends Mixed Signals

Paul D. Hamerman February 5, 2009
By Paul Hamerman SAP held a carefully orchestrated product launch event for Business Suite 7 in its global marketing headquarters in New York on February 4, 2009. I had the privilege to attend this event, along with a cadre of other industry analysts, investment analysts, press, and industry influencers, as well as key partners and […]
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Microsoft Pulls The Plug On PerformancePoint

Paul D. Hamerman January 23, 2009
Microsoft announced today that it is discontinuing the Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server product. The business performance monitoring and analytics capabilities of PerformancePoint will be bundled into the SharePoint Server enterprise license (CAL) going forward, and no longer sold separately. The planning and budgeting capability of PerformancePoint will see a midyear enhancement that is already in […]
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SAP Sets Management Succession Plan In Motion

Paul D. Hamerman April 3, 2008
April 2, 2008 Today’s announcement of the promotion of Leo Apotheker to co-CEO of SAP AG signals an orderly transition of command as current CEO Henning Kagermann’s contract expires in May, 2009. Mr. Apotheker has clearly been heir apparent since Shai Agassi’s departure a year ago. Although SAP put a positive spin on his sudden […]
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SAP To Acquire Business Objects: A Complicated Merger

Paul D. Hamerman October 8, 2007
SAP made a major departure from its "tuck-in" strategy with the October 7 announcement of its agreement to acquire Business Object for 4.8 billion (Euro). On the surface, the deal makes sense from the standpoint of marrying business intelligence (BI) technology with ERP applications. The deal is surprising in the sense that SAP has long […]
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SAP Launches Business ByDesign

Paul D. Hamerman September 19, 2007
SAP’s official announcement of Business ByDesign, formerly known as A1S, targets midsize companies looking for relief from complicated ERP implementations and support. Some key points regarding the Business ByDesign (BBD) announcement: • The solution will be provided as a hosted, subscription service • A dedicated website enables a try-before-you-buy sales approach, where customers can rapidly […]
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