Jan. 13, 2014, 2:40 PM
- BlackBerry (BBRY -3.8%) has hired Eric Johnson, formerly SAP's (SAP -0.3%) GM of Global Database and Technology (covers SAP's Hana and Sybase products) to be its global sales chief. (PR)
- Like several other recent BlackBerry hires, Johnson is a former colleague of CEO/ex-Sybase chief John Chen. Since taking over in November, Chen has also hired former SAP execs to be BlackBerry's enterprise services and corporate development chiefs, and an ex-Sybase exec to be its head of marketing.
- Johnson will take over a salesforce that has been downsized considerably over the last year, and which (judging by Chen's comments) appears set to have a stronger enterprise focus going forward.
- Shares continue to trade lower thanks to Oppenheimer's downgrade, which was motivated by concerns about further hardware and services sales declines.
Jan. 10, 2014, 7:18 AM
- SAP (SAP -1.4%) Q4 preliminary non-IFRS operating profit €2.09B vs consensus of €2.1B
- Revenue +1% to €5.11B.
- 2013 operating profit +13% at constant currencies to a preliminary €5.9B vs guidance of €5.85–5.95B, resulting in an operating margin expansion of 140 bps to 33.4%.
- FY software and software-related service revenue +6% at actual currencies to €14.03B.
- Cloud subscription & support revenue +121% to €758M
- HANA software revenue +61% to €633M vs guidance of €650-700M (PR)
Jan. 8, 2014, 9:45 AM
- SAP (SAP +1.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by UBS. The upgrade follows news Bob Calderoni, the head of SAP's cloud services unit and formerly the head of SAP-acquired Ariba, has left the company, along with Ariba's current chief.
- Glu Mobile (GLUU +1.7%) has been started at Buy by Roth. Craig-Hallum upgraded shares yesterday.
- Ambarella (AMBA -9.1%) has been cut to Hold by Needham.
- Veeco (VECO -2.1%) has been cut to Hold by Berenberg a day after rallying sharply.
- Guidance Software (GUID +2%) has been upgraded to Buy by Benchmark.
- Itron (ITRI -2.6%) has been cut to Hold by Benchmark.
Dec. 20, 2013, 6:21 PM
- Responsys (MKTG +40.4%) closed today at $27.40, $0.40 above Oracle's (ORCL -0.6%) $27/share acquisition price. Meanwhile, fellow cloud marketing automation software firms Marketo (MKTO +11.3%) and Constant Contact (CTCT +6.8%) closed up sharply.
- Sources tell the WSJ SAP (SAP +0.8%) was "among the final bidders" for Responsys before Responsys decided to sell to Oracle. An analyst talking to the paper thinks Responsys' trading price suggests investors are betting on an SAP counteroffer arriving.
- FBR, on the other hand, thinks Oracle's deal could lead either SAP or NetSuite (N +2.2%) to acquire Marketo. Both SAP (courtesy of the hybris acquisition) and NetSuite (via its SuiteCommerce platform) are major players in e-commerce infrastructure software, but neither have leading positions in online marketing automation.
- Forrester argues Oracle's move will improve the company's "capable but otherwise moribund" marketing software lineup. Goldman notes Oracle is paying 8x Responsys' recurring annual revenue - a steep multiple, but less than the 11x it paid for Eloqua.
Dec. 17, 2013, 6:22 PM
- BlackBerry (BBRY) has hired John Sims, formerly the head of SAP's mobile services ops, to be its enterprise services chief. (PR)
- Sims is a former colleague of chairman/interim CEO John Chen, who joined SAP via its acquisition of Sybase. His' hiring comes as several execs depart as part of an apparent housecleaning effort launched by Chen, who has suggested BlackBerry will be an enterprise-focused company going forward.
- Though holding up somewhat better than its hardware sales, BlackBerry's services revenue has been pressured this year by subscriber losses and a decision to offer basic (consumer-oriented) services for little or no cost to BB10 users.
Dec. 12, 2013, 4:13 PM
- Beauty products giant Avon (AVP -1.3%) expects to take a $100M-$125M charge related to the failed rollout of an SAP-based (SAP -0.6%) order management software system. The WSJ states the system was "so burdensome and disruptive to Avon representatives' daily routine that they left in meaningful numbers."
- As Steve Rosenbush notes, Avon's decision, and the employee backlash that triggered it, shines a light on how corporate workers are increasingly demanding the business apps they use be as intuitive and user-friendly as the consumer apps they rely upon.
- This trend, which ties into the "consumerization" of IT, poses a challenge to traditional enterprise software giants such as SAP, Oracle (ORCL), and IBM, and often works to the benefit of enterprise cloud software providers whose offerings emphasize ease-of-use and flexibility over the richest possible feature set.
Nov. 15, 2013, 9:07 AM
- SAP has been upgraded to Overweight by Barclays. Shares +1.3% premarket.
- Ericsson (ERIC) has been upgraded to Buy by Banco Santander. Shares +2%.
- Millennial Media (MM) has been cut to Neutral by Goldman two days after it posted a disappointing Q3 report (I, III).
- GOGO has been cut to Underweight by Morgan Stanley following a huge run-up in response to a strong Q3 report and a positive FAA ruling. Two other firms have already downgraded the in-flight Wi-Fi provider since its Q3 report. Shares -3.1%.
- ARM (ARMH) has been started at Outperform by JMP.
Oct. 28, 2013, 1:27 PM
- "Blackberry doesn't fit with our strategy," says SAP (SAP +0.6%) CFO Werner Brandt, shooting down reports the German software giant is interested in parts of BlackBerry (BBRY -0.2%). Cisco, Samsung, and Google have also been reported to be interested in acquiring some of the struggling smartphone vendor's assets.
- Meanwhile, the new Android/iOS BBM apps has received a harsh review from The Verge, and a muted review from The Inquirer. The former only gave the apps a score of 5.0/10, while criticizing their "ugly design" and the absence of features offered by rival mobile messaging services, such as voice calls, video chats, and location sharing. The latter likes the apps' "reasonably smooth" UI and invite features, but sees them having trouble standing out in a crowded landscape.
- Also: Complaints have come in about fake BBM reviews on Google Play, where the app maintains a user rating of 4.2/5 stars. BlackBerry says it had nothing to do with the fake reviews.
- Previous: BBM Android/iOS downloads top 10M
Oct. 24, 2013, 12:09 AM
- Ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, NetSuite (N) has struck a deal to acquire TribeHR, a developer of cloud HR apps aimed at SMBs. NetSuite plans to fuse the startup's offerings with its SMB-focused cloud ERP apps.
- "Really there has been no HR offering in the mid-market," states NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson (a little hyperbolically). He sees an intergrated ERP/HR solution allowing SMBs to do away with manual HR processes, and also talks up the value of TribeHR's social/collaboration tools.
- The purchase means NetSuite will compete more with Workday (WDAY), which leads the cloud HR market and also offers cloud ERP software. But Workday has a stronger focus on large enterprises. Ultimate Software (ULTI), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), and Paylocity (reportedly eying an IPO) also compete in cloud HR.
- Separately, NetSuite and others see an opportunity for the company to poach clients from SAP's SMB-focused Business ByDesign cloud apps, which the German software giant has decided to pare its investments in. NetSuite has launched a Business ByDesign migration program.
- SAP has reportedly invested €3B in Business ByDesign development over 7 years, but the platform has never generated more than €23M/year in sales in 3 years of availability. Business ByDesign resources will be shifted towards SAP's Hana Cloud, which runs cloud apps on top of the popular Hana in-memory database.
Oct. 21, 2013, 9:15 AM
Oct. 21, 2013, 1:56 AM
- SAP's (SAP) Q3 adjusted operating profit rose 5% to €1.3B, slightly below consensus of €1.32B.
- Revenue +2% to €4.05B.
- Sales from license sales declined for the second quarter in a row and dropped 5% to €975M vs expectations of €988M, hurt by sharp currency swings in Asia and the Americas.
- Sales from cloud subscriptions more than doubled to €197M, while revenue from SAP's Hana database software jumped 79% to €149M. Over 2,100 customers use the product.
- SAP reiterated its July forecast that it expects double-digit percentage growth in revenue for software and software-related services, excluding forex fluctuations. However, the company expects currency swings to hurt its overall earnings. (PR)
Oct. 21, 2013, 12:05 AM
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Oct. 9, 2013, 6:50 PM
- Bloomberg reports BlackBerry (BBRY) is "more open to a breakup" as doubts continue to swirl Fairfax Financial will be able to obtain the funding needed for its $9/share bid to succeed.
- The news service adds SAP, Cisco (CSCO), and Samsung (SSNLF.PK, SSNGY.OB) were "approached last week by BlackBerry advisers," and indicated they’re "only interested in parts of the company." That provides a bit of color to Saturday's Reuters report.
- Intel (INTC) is said to be open to bidding for BlackBerry's patents, but nothing else.
- BBRY -1.4% AH
- Earlier: Canadian pension fund still weighing BlackBerry investment
Oct. 5, 2013, 12:25 PM
- Blackberry (BBRY) is in talks with Cisco Systems (CSCO), Google (GOOG), and SAP (SAP) about selling itself whole or piecemeal according to "several sources," Reuters reports.
- The strategic buyer route provides an alternative to Fairfax's $9/share bid (~$4.7B), which some speculate has little chance of securing financing. P-E firm Cerberus has also expressed interest in the ailing company.
- According to sources, potential corporate buyers have been "especially interested in BlackBerry's secure server network and patent portfolio, although doubts about the assets' value remains an issue." Analysts believe Blackberry's security-focused messaging system could be worth $3B-$4.5B, and its patent trove $2B-$3B. However, a company filing disclosed that the value of its patent portfolio and licensing agreements could halve in the next 18 months.
- TechCrunch speculates that "an enterprise-focused bidder — such as SAP or Cisco — might make the best fit for BlackBerry’s security-focused messaging handset business at this point, with the consumer smartphone marketplace now primarily centred on Android and iOS."
Oct. 2, 2013, 10:28 AM
- SAP's VC arm, SAP Ventures, is pouring $650M (all coming from the parent company) into Ventures Fund II, a new fund that will invest in fast-growing companies with "established market presences."
- Ventures Fund II follows the recent launch of a $405M fund investing in 3rd-party VC funds making bets on early-stage companies, with an eye towards getting companies to support the Hana in-memory database and other SAP technologies. Altogether, SAP Ventures now manages $1.4B worth of VC funds.
- Past investments include LinkedIn, Box (could do a big IPO next year), Violin Memory (just went public), and ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B).
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