Understanding the New SAP: 10 Key Insights as Sapphire 2019 Kicks Off

May 6, 2019
As SAP prepares to roll out the future of the intelligent enterprise at Sapphire over the next few days, here are 10 timely perspectives to help you understand where the company stands today, where it’s headed, and why it expects to outperform its competitors. 1. SAP’s financial position has never been stronger. To compete and
My Sapphire 2019 preview: questions SAP needs to answer

SAP Must Address 5 Big Questions At Sapphire Next Week

May 3, 2019
As SAP prepares to host 22,000 of its nearest and dearest next week in at its annual Sapphire event in Orlando, the #4 company on the Cloud Wars Top 10 needs to address several key questions for customers, employees, partners and other stakeholders.   Sapphire Now 2018 The good thing is that none of those
Sean Ammirati speaks on Qualtrics and Moonshots for Cloud Wars Live

Disney+/Netflix, Qualtrics, and Moonshots | Ammirati on Innovation

May 1, 2019
Each month, "Ammirati on Innovation" episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight. Episode 2 In this episode, Sean and I celebrate big, legacy

SAP’s Brilliant Transformation: And They’ve Only Just Begun

April 25, 2019

Six months ago when SAP announced plans to buy Qualtrics for $8 billion, the ankle-biters screeched, “They’re paying way too much!”Three months ago when SAP announced it was going to churn a tiny percentage of its workforce to ensure it could bring in top-priority skills for the future, the nickel-counters howled, “They’re gutting the company!”

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Automation & Blockchain: U.S. Manufacturing Is Back! | Uphoff on Industry

April 19, 2019

Each month, seasoned executive Tony Uphoff joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. Join monthly guest Tony Uphoff, CEO of Thomasnet.com, and me as we discuss disruptive new trends in the digital-industrial world: not just how products are designed, sourced and manufactured, but also the new ways in which industrial companies are getting up to speed on marketing, sales and customer experience.

How Microsoft, SAP and Adobe Plan to Revolutionize CRM and Rock Salesforce

March 29, 2019

If it’s true that your enemies are a good reflection of who you are, then it’s clear that Salesforce is a customer-company dynamo. Three of the world’s most-powerful companies have high hopes of carving into the huge market shares and growth rates that Salesforce has earned over the past decade as the undisputed king of CRM.

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Topcon’s Kris Cowles on Digital Transformation in Infrastructure

March 13, 2019

Below is a lightly edited transcript of my conversation with Topcon VP of Global Applications & IT Kris Cowles. Topcon is a Japanese company with many global divisions that works “at the intersection of infrastructure and technology.” Kris works in the Positioning Business, where the focus is on creating productivity solutions to tackle problems that the

The SAP Qualtrics Effect: How Salesforce, Oracle and Workday Should Respond

March 12, 2019

If it’s indeed true that I Have Seen the Future of Enterprise Software and It Is SAP Qualtrics, then what impact will the Qualtrics Effect have on leading SaaS companies Salesforce, Oracle and Workday? Quick recap: I believe Qualtrics will profoundly shake up the enterprise-software business because it’s figured out a way to interconnect customer

I Have Seen the Future of Enterprise Software, And It Is SAP Qualtrics

March 8, 2019

A few months ago when SAP agreed to pay $8 billion for Qualtrics, a lot of people said SAP was crazy for paying that much for a company most people knew little or nothing about and that was about 1/50th SAP’s size. But I’m here to tell you that SAP’s blockbuster acquisition of Qualtrics will