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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

SAP panel and Charlie Rose interview with Leo Apotheker & Andrew McAfee

SAP did an event for the press here in the West Village (New York) office in November. Here's a synopsis, plus the link to the webcast replay:

On Friday, November 21, 2008, leading IT, business, and government experts joined SAP co-CEO Léo Apotheker in a panel discussion in New York, sharing research and insights into IT strategies and investments for lean economic times.

Moderated by AMR Chief Research Officer Bruce Richardson, the panel also included Harvard Business School professor Andrew McAfee and IT consumers, including the secretary of administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the CIO of Joerns Healthcare.

Afterwards, Leo and Andrew appeared on Charlie Rose. A couple of bullet points of random items that I pulled out of the talk in somewhat chronological order:
  • Charlie asks Leo to explain what business software is
  • Andrew speaks to the benefit of integrated software across an enterprise¬†
  • Leo talks to why a competitor can't beat SAP just by hiring away all its developers
  • Andres gives a basic definition/explanation of Cloud Computing (we couldn't leave this out, now could we?)
  • Leo on how business will change over the next 5 years
  • Charlie: "is everything going to be Open Source software?" Andrew: "No, but we don't exactly know where that boundary is."
  • Leo discusses SAP and Open Source software
  • Andrew talks about the coming ideas that he thinks will be important in IT
  • Charlie asks Leo what business SAP could be in in 10 years that they are not in now. Leo: "Maybe, we could even be in hardware, it depends.... probably not making them [computers] but shipping complete appliances..."


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