I don't think there's too much that's symptomatic of the old SAP. We've released the biggest upgrade in Business Suite a month ahead of time. We took HANA from concept to release in 14 months. With Business Objects 4.0, there may be a few extra weeks in the ramp-up [period]. We don't look at that as a negative, we look at it as a positive. We think the customer wants us to make it perfect.
IDGNS: SAP has positioned the Business ByDesign SaaS suite both as a mainline system for midsized companies as well as something an enterprise could use in a new subsidiary, while tying it to a corporate ERP backbone. How are the 550 ByDesign customers so far split between those two scenarios?
We have not really exploited the subsidiary play on Business ByDesign at this time. Most are smaller companies, using pieces of or the whole platform to run their business when they choose. There will be a new release that addresses the subsidiary play. [Feature pack 3.0 for ByDesign, which is scheduled for release in August, will include features for data exchanges between ByDesign and SAP ERP].
IDGNS: How many net new customers are there for Sybase mobility products since the acquisition?
We are in the early days. [But] I can easily say that within the signature accounts, adoption of [Sybase mobility products] is much more than 150 and that is expected to grow fourfold as the year progresses.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com