In this vendor ranking segment from the Acceleration Economy course The Cloud Wars Top 10: How It Works, Why It Has Shifted, & How CXOs Use It, I share what differentiates SAP, which is #5 on the Cloud Wars Top 10 ranking.
This episode is sponsored by Acceleration Economy’s “Cloud Wars Top 10 Course,” which explains how Bob Evans builds and updates the Cloud Wars Top 10 ranking, as well as how C-suite executives use the list to inform strategic cloud purchase decisions. The course is available today.
SAP’s Christian Klein had a rough start when he was named CEO at the beginning of the pandemic, with the “know it alls” saying he was unfit. But his vision and execution rival anyone.
- He had the courage, intelligence, and drive to change the company’s leadership and culture and transform SAP into a cloud powerhouse.
- Two of SAP’s main innovations in the past few years are RISE with SAP, which gives its traditional on-premises customers a path to the cloud, and GROW with SAP, a parallel program for companies new to SAP.
- SAP’s top innovation is developing industry-specific capabilities, rather than products for individual companies. These innovations are pulling in different ecosystem and technology partners, such as its blockbuster deal with Google Cloud.
- These innovations go back to Klein’s leadership and vision; it’s not just about the technology, but how you engage with customers and present yourself to the world.
Christian Klein and SAP could benefit from being more ambitious in talking about what they’re doing with industry clouds. The future is coming at us faster than ever before, and companies are making these decisions now.