SAP: PHP just for college students?

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!

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  4. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for setting the record straight. I also read the comments as frustration, that students don’t extend the same passion to ERP as they do to Open Source projects.

    Best, Mark.

  5. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for setting the record straight. I also read the comments as frustration, that students don't extend the same passion to ERP as they do to Open Source projects.

    Best, Mark.

  6. Hi – I have to respectfully disagree with you.

    Unfortunately – I think SAP continue to underate OSS. The only reason that SAP are in the OSS space at all, is because of the efforts of one man – the original developer in the Kernel Labs in Walldorf. As a direct result of his efforts, Open Sourcing SAPDB, porting the Kernel to Linux, and any spin offs since then, happened.

    SAP and other ERP system vendors still fall into the trap that – well – ERP is all there is to “big business”. This is clearly untrue, as we only have to look to eBay, Google, and Amazon (just a few) to see. I would ask SAP – “what happened to the Orbian project” – and the answer is (I would argue) eBay trounced them on this one. I know that this is digressing, but underlying this is the point that the way new businesses become successful today is completely different to the model of yesterday, and the gap in SAPs (and other ERP vendor) understanding shows when they appear to marginalise disruptive technologies such as Open Source, in favour of older IT infrastructure paradigms.

    Cheers,

    Piers harding.

  7. Hi – I have to respectfully disagree with you.

    Unfortunately – I think SAP continue to underate OSS. The only reason that SAP are in the OSS space at all, is because of the efforts of one man – the original developer in the Kernel Labs in Walldorf. As a direct result of his efforts, Open Sourcing SAPDB, porting the Kernel to Linux, and any spin offs since then, happened.

    SAP and other ERP system vendors still fall into the trap that – well – ERP is all there is to "big business". This is clearly untrue, as we only have to look to eBay, Google, and Amazon (just a few) to see. I would ask SAP – "what happened to the Orbian project" – and the answer is (I would argue) eBay trounced them on this one. I know that this is digressing, but underlying this is the point that the way new businesses become successful today is completely different to the model of yesterday, and the gap in SAPs (and other ERP vendor) understanding shows when they appear to marginalise disruptive technologies such as Open Source, in favour of older IT infrastructure paradigms.

    Cheers,

    Piers harding.

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