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SAP and Cloud Computing in 2012 and Beyond Case Solution & Answer

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 19, 2013 PRODUCT #: SM214-PDF-ENG
SAP and Cloud Computing in 2012 and Beyond case solution

In the year 2012, after numerous unproductive efforts at creating a cloud computing option for its whole Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package, SAP announce two imperative acquisitions: SuccessFactors, a leading SaaS supplier for Human Resources applications and Ariba, a leading SaaS supplier of supply chain applications.The next was for $4.3 billion, with a 20 percent premium. The business press and bloggers commended this as a tactical shift in the strategy to cloud computing of SAP. In the month of May 2012, CEO of SuccessFactors, Lars Dalgaard, was named leader of SAP’s Cloud Business, in charge of the whole SAP SaaS strategy. This case investigates approaches, the choices and strategies pursued to turn SAP into a leading cloud computing business.

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