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Top 10 SAP stories in 2010

by Sarah Cenedella

December 14, 2010

Sarah Cenedella, Insider Learning Network

My favorite part of the holiday season is the food. After that, it’s family (yep, after food. I know). But third ranks the many lists reviewing the prior year. Top songs of the year is definitely my favorite (I’m predicting something Gaga takes the top spot for 2010). Top athletes (Shaun White), top news stories (Haiti), and top trends (iPad anyone?) are also fun. Let’s have some more fun with the top 10 SAP-related news stories in 2010.

10. SAP Americas headquarters is Pennsylvania’s largest LEED Platinum building. Executing on its commitment to sustainability, in August 2010 SAP announced that the expansion of its North American headquarters in Newtown Square achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 200,000-square-foot building is currently the largest LEED Platinum-certified facility in the State of Pennsylvania.

9. SAP named market share leader.  In April 2010, Gartner released its 2009 market share report, where SAP ranks No. 1 with 22.4 percent share of the worldwide BI, analytics and performance management software market.

8. SAP StreamWork transforms the way people work. In March 2010, SAP announced SAP StreamWork, a new on-demand, collaborative decision-making platform that brings together people, information and proven business methodologies to help tea ms work toward goals and outcomes.

7. SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on the iPad. How can there be a top 10 list in 2010 without mentioning the Apple iPad? SAP BusinessObjects customers were all a-flutter with excitement when the free app for Explorer came out for the iPad, providing access to data at your literal fingertips. PCWorld even named it one of the “Top 15 Essential iPad Apps for Work.”

6. SAP launches real-time analytics appliance. Earlier this month SAP finally announced the availability of the High-Performance Analytic Appliance, which lets business users instantly access, model and analyze data in real time in a single environment without impacting existing applications or systems.

5. SAP customers offered a tiered maintenance model. In January 2010 SAP heard customers’ pleas and changed its Enterprise-Support-Only tune to one that allows customers the choice between Enterprise and Standard Support options.

4. SAP NetWeaver 7.3 renews faith in SAP’s commitment to NetWeaver platform. Customers concerned over whether SAP NetWeaver was strategic for SAP were pleased in October 2010, when SAP announced the new release of the SAP NetWeaver platform. SAP NetWeaver 7.3 offers enhancements for composing new business applications, creating mobile applications, and integrating data and processes.

3. SAP names Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe. In February 2010, Léo Apotheker resigned as CEO and the SAP Executive Board appointed two Co-CEOs: Bill McDermott, formerly head of field organization and Jim Hagemann Snabe, formerly head of product development.

2. Oracle vs. SAP. In November 2010, a federal jury in California ordered SAP AG to pay $1.3 billion, one of the highest amounts ever paid in software piracy, to Oracle Corp. as compensation for copyright infringement.

1. SAP acquires Sybase. In May, 2010 SAP announced its plans to acquire Sybase, the industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software to manage, analyze and mobilize information. The result: co-innovation in enterprise mobility, business analytics and enterprise information management.

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