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  • Jun. 5, 2013, 10:05 AM
    SAP expands its cloud software arsenal by acquiring hybris, a top provider of e-commerce infrastructure software, for an undisclosed sum. The deal comes 8 months after SAP bought top B2B marketplace provider Ariba. SAP argues hybris' software, which covers Web, mobile, and in-store channels, will improve "customer insight and engagement" when paired with its Hana in-memory database and Jam social networking software. The deal could spell tougher competition for hybris rivals Demandware (DWRE -0.5%) and NetSuite (N -0.4%). SAP could also end up competing with IBM, which has been making acquisitions to bolster its Smarter Commerce initiative.
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  • Jun. 3, 2013, 1:39 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT +0.7%) kicks off its TechEd conference by showing off updates to Windows Server 2012 and its Systems Center 2012 management software, as well as the next version of its SQL Server database. The first two products will launch this year; the third might not arrive until 2014. As with its Azure cloud platform, Microsoft is touting the ability of its new offerings to support hybrid cloud deployments. SQL Server is also adding support for in-memory databases (previous) to take on SAP's Hana. Meanwhile, Azure has been updated to support per-minute billing (Amazon charges by the hour), and Microsoft boasts in a memo it's adding 1K+ Azure customers per day.
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  • May. 24, 2013, 2:10 PM
    Jive Software (JIVE +4.6%) spikes midday after reports surface that SAP considered buying the company over the past several weeks but ultimately decided against the move due to product overlap. (Bloomberg)
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  • May. 21, 2013, 7:07 PM
    VMware (VMW, EMC) officially launches its vCloud Hybrid Service, which allows clients to pair on-premise workloads with a VMware-run public cloud infrastructure. VMware claims the service supports more than 90 OS', has high-availability options, and allows public and on-premise workloads to be jointly managed. VMware also says it will offer SAP software, including Hana, "as a subscription service on premise and in the cloud." vCloud Hybrid competes with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft's Azure (perhaps the most direct rival), and Rackspace's OpenStack offerings. ITWorld calls it "ideal for a significant set of enterprise applications," but adds it's "no Amazon killer," given AWS' focus on low cost and ease-of-use.
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  • May. 16, 2013, 2:01 PM
    More on SAP: During a Sapphire Now talk, chairman Hasso Plattner makes clear that Hana is central to SAP's product strategy, rather than just a part of it. "It's not about Hana anymore. It's about the applications on Hana." To drive home his point, Plattner brags over 60% of Hana deployments involve non-SAP apps, and that the database is supported by software from 431 startups. The comments come shortly after SAP made good on expectations it would begin offering Hana through a managed cloud service that can be used to migrate on-premise SAP workloads. (more on Hana)
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  • May. 16, 2013, 1:28 PM
    SAP (SAP -1.3%) makes a flurry of announcements during its Sapphire Now conference. 1) H-P (HPQ) is offering new AppSystems (prepackaged hardware/software) for SAP apps running on its Hana in-memory database. H-P and SAP are also working on Project Kraken, a server able to run Hana with 3x more memory than normal. 2) Hana has been updated to better support the Hadoop big data framework and other diverse data sources, and to include geospatial data. 3) SAP is launching Fiori, a group of "simple, easy-to-use" apps handling basic SAP software functions. 4) SAP's cloud apps, including SuccessFactors and Ariba's, have been updated.
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  • May. 13, 2013, 11:46 AM
    H-P (HPQ -1.2%) offered to sell its Autonomy unit to SAP at some point before last month, but the German software giant wasn't interested, co-CEO Bill McDermott tells The Times. Odds are the offer price was well below the $11.1B H-P paid in 2011 for the enterprise search/analytics software vendor, the subject of a giant write-down, shareholder lawsuits, fraud investigations, plunging license sales, massive employee turnover, and other woe. Meg Whitman was saying all the right things about supporting Autonomy last month. Update: H-P responds by stating it has "no interest in selling Autonomy," and that SAP is the one that made inquiries about software asset sales (with H-P turning them down).
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  • May. 2, 2013, 2:51 PM
    SAP's (SAP -0.2%) attempt to overturn a $345M patent infringement verdict awarded to private Versata Software in 2011 has been shot down by an appeals court. Versata alleges price-determination software found in SAP's core ERP software suite infringes its patents. However, the appeals court has asked the trial court to change the text of an injunction placed on SAP's pricing software, so as to allow SAP to sell new seats and maintenance services to existing users.
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  • Apr. 19, 2013, 9:28 AM
    SAP -3% following a Q1 revenue miss highlighted by by a drop in software license growth to 5% Y/Y from Q4's 9%. Likewise, high-margin support revenue grew 8%, down from Q4's 12%. On the bright side, Hana sales (a part of license revenue) rose 3x to €86M, and cloud subscription/support sales (boosted by acquisitions) rose to €167M from a mere €35M a year ago, with backlog up to €800M. Consulting revenue -7%. Asia-Pac license/cloud subscription sales declined Y/Y, with SAP hinting China/Japan were responsible. The report follows weak software numbers from Oracle, Red Hat, and IBM.
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  • Apr. 19, 2013, 5:54 AM
    SAP AG (SAP): Q1 EPS of $0.58 in-line. Revenue of $3.6B misses by $0.2B. (PR)
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  • Apr. 19, 2013, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Friday’s open: BHI, COL, FHN, FNFG, GE, GPC, HON, IPG, KMB, KSU, LH, MAN, MCD, NPBC, SAP, SLB, STI, STT, TCB, TNP, UA
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  • Apr. 18, 2013, 5:30 PM
    Notable earnings before Friday’s open: BHI, COL, FHN, FNFG, GE, GPC, HON, IPG, KMB, KSU, LH, MAN, MCD, NPBC, SAP, SLB, STI, STT, TCB, TNP, UA
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  • Apr. 17, 2013, 9:26 AM
    Workday (WDAY) +1.7% after Wedbush's Steve Koenig starts coverage with an Outperform and $76 PT. "WDAY is a play on the potential for cloud computing to fundamentally remake the $25B [ERP software] market, just as it has disrupted the $13B [CRM software] market," Koenig writes, while adding checks indicate strong interest in cloud ERP from "enterprises saddled with expensive on-premise systems that are costly to maintain and update." NetSuite (N) is another cloud ERP vendor; SAP has the most to lose if the market takes off on a large scale. (yesterday)
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  • Apr. 12, 2013, 4:35 PM
    SAP's Q1 results (due April 19) could be affected by the demand issues that have led to soft results/guidance from Oracle, Tibco, and Fortinet, argues Nomura's Rick Sherlund, who has been bullish on the business software giant for years. Sherlund forecasts Q1 Y/Y license revenue growth of 11%, slightly below a consensus of 12%, and thinks Hana license revenue (the recent subject of some controversy) will total €50M, below a possible consensus of €75M. But with Q1 only making up 14% of SAP's expected 2013 revenue, he sees full-year guidance likely staying intact.
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  • Apr. 8, 2013, 7:04 PM
    Only 41% of SAP software implementations in 2012 relied on Oracle (ORCL) databases, estimates Gartner - it thinks the other 59% used Microsoft's (MSFT) SQL Server. Oracle's share is down from an estimated 65% 5 years earlier, as SAP stops promoting Oracle and SQL Server improves its feature set. Now, with SAP's Business Suite having added support for the company's Hana in-memory database, Nomura predicts Business Suite/Hana implementations will surge. The firm also sees SAP releasing a cloud service for running Business Suite apps on Hana.
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  • Apr. 3, 2013, 5:04 PM
    SAP is inflating the figures it provides for its Hana in-memory database, argues Cowen's Peter Goldmacher. If SAP is taken at face value about Hana license revenue growing at ~120%/year over the last 2 years, this means all other license sales grew at just a 2% clip, "materially below category growth rates." Goldmacher's takeaway: "SAP is allocating product revenue subjectively ... resulting in an inflated HANA growth rate." SAP denies Goldmacher's assertions. In January, the company announced Hana revenue more than doubled Y/Y in Q4 to nearly €200M, and that total software revenue rose 9% to €1.94B.
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Company Description
SAP SE is engaged in selling licenses for software solutions and related support services. It also offers consulting, training and other services for its software solutions.
Sector: Technology
Country: Germany