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R “Ray” Wang (pronounced WAHNG) is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc. He’s the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View”. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at institutions such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. His best selling book, Disrupting Digital Business, published by Harvard Business Review Press provides insights on why 52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000. Wang is a prominent dynamic keynote speaker, research analyst, and industry commentator working with clients to transform their business models using exponential technologies. He’s spoken around the world at almost every tech related conference including keynotes for tens of thousands of people and intimate executive settings such as Davos. Ray’s clients include a majority of the Fortune 500 and Global 200. Ray is well quoted in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, FoxBusiness, CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CGTN, Tech Crunch, Business Week, and Fortune. He has thrice won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award and has repeatedly been in the #1 slot in the AR Power 100 list for over 10 years. Ray resides in Silicon Valley when not traveling 500,000 miles a year in the air.

3 responses to “Tuesday’s Tip: The SAP Optimization List – Key Ecosystem Vendors You Should Know”

  1. Sam Bayer

    Hi Ray,

    I think there is a whole category of “Application Extension and Usability” solutions that you seem to have overlooked. Those are the ones that SAP refers to as the “Hybrid” approach. They provide complete user scenarios to users in a SaaS solution which are tightly integrated with the core SAP system. My company, b2b2dot0, has just celebrated our second anniversary delivering such a “hybrid” B2B eCommerce solution to the SAP market.

    So far, we have enabled 3000 new users to interact with SAP in 7 languages across 57 countries none of whom needed anything more than a browser. These users are placing and tracking orders directly into SAP every 15 seconds and have received no special training in how to do so. Lastly, each of our clients has been able to provision our SaaS B2B ecommerce service into production within 30 days and without any capital expenditures.

    I fully expect these Hybrid SaaS applications to play a leading role in helping SAP customers in optimizing their investments in the foreseeable future.

    Sam Bayer

  2. Selva Kumar

    This is a good one.


  3. IT Services

    I read the more elaborate thoughts that you posted about this in your blog (see the link in Franco’s comments above). I think your response is spot on and insightful. Thanks for weighing in on this so thoughtfully.