DJ thinks SAP may be in danger of losing touch with reality, quoting Shai Agassi:
“”Open-source technologies such as Python and PHP, to name just two, are of great interest to college students and younger people with a passion.”
I think he may have stopped reading to quickly after that, because Shai went on to say:
“But there’s no ERP enthusiasm at that level. I don’t think any college student says, ‘I wish I could develop ERP applications when I grow up.’ We would like to see that happen some day, but it’s not part of that community today.”
Given SAP’s investment in Zend, I don’t think he meant to play down the importance of OSS, rather the problem that students learning PHP will probably not aim at SAP connectivity first.
I guess the OSS community will have to be careful not to overrate each and every statement that mentions Open Source – surely SAP has been making lots of progress into the OSS space lately, and I hope they will continue to do so. This includes DJ’s work, as well as Mark Finnern‘s excellent efforts to open up the SAP developer network and foster participation.
Better yet: all you PHP guys working with SAP – come out of your closets and prove Shai wrong!