SAP's not-so-secret weapon: Its own CIO

By Thomas Wailgum , CIO |  IT Management, CIO role, IT management

At the same time, Bussmann has had to overhaul the 1,500 global IT staffers he inherited. (Prior to joining SAP, Bussmann was regional CIO of North America & Mexico at Allianz.) Initially, he says that he was looking for IT staffers "who are willing to go the extra mile."

What he found were "good pockets of people willing to spend extra time to work on innovative programs." Bussmann points to the success that a small team of five people had in quickly ramping up the iPad rollout during this past summer.

Even with the legal turmoil at SAP, new strategies and executive shake ups during the past year, Bussmann claims that it's a "fascinating" time to be the CIO. "There's a huge demand for IT support to help change the business model," he says. "To me, that's a perfect time to join the company."

Thomas Wailgum covers Enterprise Software, Data Management and Personal Productivity Apps for Follow him on Twitter @twailgum. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline. E-mail Thomas at

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