For SAP co-CEOs it's 100 days and counting

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For SAP co-CEOs it's 100 days and counting


So the co-CEOs of SAP Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have notched up 100 days in the hot seats running the software vendor.

There is something almost ritualistic about this 100 days thing with politicans often analysised on what they have done in their first century of days in office.

If you were putting a score card together for the SAP duo you would have to note that things do seem to be going in the right direction with the financial results turning round and the prospects for the vendor widening with the summer arrival of its BusinessByDesign service.

But how much of that is down to the pair with CEO in their job titles is debatable. The economy has recovered which would benefit SAP and a great deal of the hand wringing and moaning internally was encouraged and faced up to by the supverisory board before the 100 days of Mcdermott and Hagermann Snabe kicked off.

But let's not be too petty. So far so good for the men running SAP but their greatest challenge lies ahead. Having identified the need to grasp the convergence - data and flexibility and remote working - nettle it will be interesting to see how they get on the the next couple of 100 days go.

This was first published in May 2010

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