CIO.com reporter Thomas Wailgum recently reported on an interview with SAP CTO Vishal Sikka on Innovation, Cloud Computing and Business ByDesign's Future.
The interview comments drew lot of attention by popular bloggers on the internet and in particular by Phil Wainewright from ZDNet in a recent blog.
We are at the cross-roads of enterprise software and services market where "shift is happening" in the favor of SaaS, On-Demand and Cloud applications and the "resistance is futile" by both customers and vendors alike.
SaaS, On-Demand and Cloud computing is the future. There is no doubt about it. The degree of innovation, connectedness, and intelligence you can achieve by hosting your applications in the cloud far outweigh the on premise model of software delivery.
Think of industrial era, departments/silos etc. The on premise software is like that, even though it is deep in functionality, it is a "Closed" system. Today's business world we live in is highly connected and innovation can happen anywhere even on these blogs and wikis.
Although I do agree with Sikka's comments; SAP has deep process and business intelligence from years of working with large enterprises and they can build a far superior On-Demand platform using that knowledge. The advantage of SAP is also there weakness (too much to chew) though and the reason it is taking them longer to deliver an On-Demand platform.
Check out some of the Cloud innovations happening in SAP space at cumulusIQ.com