How to Understand Why There are So Many SAP Fiori Books?

Executive Summary

  • SAP Press functions less as a publisher than a marketing or propaganda outfit for SAP.
  • They publish highly censored books that are intended to improve the careers of the authors and make money for SAP Press.
  • When SAP wants to push a new offering, SAP Press is told to begin publishing titles on the subject. This brings us to Fiori, that has so little usage but so many books!

Introduction

SAP Press has published 16 books at the time of this article’s publication on the topic of S/4HANA. However, there is an interesting backstory to these books and how SAP Press operates. In this article, we will cover both of these topics.

What is the Real Story About SAP Press?

SAP has a relationship with a publishing company called SAP Press. SAP does not outright own SAP Press, but they remotely control them. When SAP is trying to push a new application or concept, they rely upon SAP Press to publish a book in the area. Some of these books are written by outside consultants. For example, I wrote a book for SAP Press. Others are written by SAP employees.

Now the SAP consultant or SAP employee will ordinarily not care if anything in an SAP Press book is true. Many of these books are simply designed to get excitement around an area that SAP is introducing. A book like this one will be basically material that SAP would like customers to think is true. People reading an SAP Press book may think they are getting real information, but they aren’t. They are getting information that SAP approves of being published. Much of it is straight from SAP marketing.

Curiously, with SAP Press books buyers actually pay what is normally around $70 for the right to be propagandized.

  • How to Read an SAP Press Book: I have read many SAP Press books in my life. I read them more as media criticism.
  • How Much is True?: Some of the things in them are true, but any unflattering information or information that contradicts the official SAP position would never be published in a book by SAP Press. They are a combination of true information with marketing or promotional information.

Let us review the books written about Fiori. Four of the eight were published by SAP Press, and four were published by another publishing company.

How Many Fiori Books Exist Versus Fiori Implementation and Usage?

Fiori can be used with other applications aside from S/4HANA. However, most Fiori apps are for S/4HANA. Therefore, the uptake of Fiori is to a great degree dependent upon S/4HANA. In fact, except for a very few Fiori apps developed in the earliest stages of Fiori, almost none of the Fiori apps can be used with ECC unless ECC is running on HANA. And it is quite rare for ECC accounts to use Fiori.

Yet our Brightwork research into the number of go-lives of S/4HANA, A Study into S/4HANA Implementations, there are actually few S/4HANA go-lives. Given the number of S/4HANA go-lives and therefore Fiori usage, this means that there are actually many Fiori books given the number of go-lives. Furthermore, given the issues with Fiori as well as the long-term problems SAP has had introducing a new UI, we have predicted that Fiori will not survive. Our forecast is that it will be replaced with another “new” user interface.

Why so many books?

Well, S/4HANA is eventually planned to replaced ECC. The idea is that at some point this will be a major amount of consulting work and as well as internal work within ECC accounts. However, because S/4HANA is such an immature product, the books of S/4HANA, as well as associative items like Fiori, have greatly preceded the publication of the implementations on S/4HANA.

Conclusion

SAP, through SAP Press, has flooded the market with Fiori books. The existence of these books gives the impression that S/4HANA, as well as Fiori, is more ready than it is. SAP, as well as SAP consulting companies, greatly misrepresent the state of Fiori as well as S/4HANA to prospects. What many SAP customers don’t realize is that S/4HANA is currently one of the riskiest implementations that any company can perform.

SAP Press is part of SAP’s media system that makes customers think that things SAP introduces are more popular or more mature than they actually are.

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References

The Risk Estimation Book

 

Software RiskRethinking Enterprise Software Risk: Controlling the Main Risk Factors on IT Projects

Better Managing Software Risk

The software implementation is risky business and success is not a certainty. But you can reduce risk with the strategies in this book. Undertaking software selection and implementation without approximating the project’s risk is a poor way to make decisions about either projects or software. But that’s the way many companies do business, even though 50 percent of IT implementations are deemed failures.

Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

In this book, you will review the strategies commonly used by most companies for mitigating software project risk–and learn why these plans don’t work–and then acquire practical and realistic strategies that will help you to maximize success on your software implementation.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 3: The Basics of Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 4: Understanding the Enterprise Software Market
Chapter 5: Software Sell-ability versus Implementability
Chapter 6: Selecting the Right IT Consultant
Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
Chapter 8: How to Interpret Vendor-Provided Information to Reduce Project Risk
Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model

Risk Estimation and Calculation

Risk Estimation and Calculation

See our free project risk estimators that are available per application. The provide a method of risk analysis that is not available from other sources.

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How to Understand Why There are So Many SAP S/4HANA Books?

Executive Summary

  • SAP Press is a publisher that poses as if it is independent of SAP when it is just another controlled and censored marketing outlet for SAP.
  • SAP Press has published a large number of S/4HANA books even though the application is immature.
  • The SAP Press books are written by consultants that give a deliberately misleading impression of how ready S/4HANA is to implement.

Introduction

SAP Press has published 16 books at the time of this article’s publication on the topic of S/4HANA.

However, there is an interesting backstory to these books and how SAP Press operates.

In this article, we will cover both of these topics.

What is the Real Story About SAP Press?

SAP has a relationship with a publishing company called SAP Press. SAP does not outright own SAP Press, but they remotely control them. When SAP is trying to push a new application or concept, they rely upon SAP Press to publish a book in the area. Some of these books are written by outside consultants. For example, I wrote a book for SAP Press. Others are written by SAP employees. A book by SAP Press is designed to make SAP look good, rather than be an accurate reflection of the SAP product.

Many of these books are simply designed to build up excitement around an area that SAP is introducing. This is why there are so many SAP books for products that never went anywhere. A book like this one will be material that SAP would like customers to think is true.

People reading an SAP Press book may think they are getting real information. They are getting information that SAP approves of being published. Much of it is straight from SAP marketing.

Curiously, with SAP Press books buyers actually pay what usually is around $70 for the right to be propagandized.

  • How to Read an SAP Press Book: I have read many SAP Press books in my life. I read them more as media criticism.
  • How Much is True?: Some of the things in them are true, but any unflattering information or information that contradicts the official SAP position would never be published in a book by SAP Press. They are a combination of true information with marketing or promotional information.

Book Review of S/4HANA Books

Let us review the books written about S/4HANA. Thirteen of the sixteen were published by SAP Press, and three were published by another publishing company.

How Many S/4HANA Books Versus S/4HANA Go Lives?

Theis is quite interesting because as per our Brightwork research into the number of go-lives of S/4HANA, A Study into S/4HANA Implementations, there are actually few S/4HANA go-lives. Given the number of S/4HANA go-lives, this means that there are actually many S/4HANA books given the number of go-lives.

Why so many books?

Well, S/4HANA is eventually planned to replaced ECC. The idea is that at some point this will be a major amount of consulting work and as well as internal work within ECC accounts. However, because S/4HANA is such an immature product, the books have greatly preceded the publication of the books on S/4HANA. This is also a bit of a problem because S/4HANA will change as it will have frequent changes that are rolled into it (again due to its immaturity).

Conclusion

SAP, through SAP Press, has flooded the market with S/4HANA books. The existence of these books gives the impression that S/4HANA is more ready than it is. SAP, as well as SAP consulting companies, greatly misrepresent the state of S/4HANA to prospects. What many SAP customers don’t realize is that S/4HANA is currently one of the riskiest implementations that any company can perform.

SAP Press is part of SAP’s media system that makes customers think that things SAP introduces are more popular or more mature than they actually are.

HANA & S/4HANA Question Box

  • Have Questions About S/4HANA & HANA?

    It is difficult for most companies to make improvements in S/4HANA and HANA without outside advice. And it is close to impossible to get honest S/4HANA and HANA advice from large consulting companies. We offer remote unbiased multi-dimension S/4HANA and HANA support.

    This article is free, we do not answer questions for free. Filling out this form is for those that have a budget. If that describes you, just fill out the form below and we'll be in touch asap.

References

I cover Gartner in depth in the following book.

The Gartner Book

 

GARTNER-1Gartner and the Magic Quadrant: A Guide for Buyers, Vendors, and Investors

How to Figure Out How to Effectively User Gartner

Whether you are a software buyer, a large or small vendor, or are wondering how Gartner can help you make better investment decisions, this book will give you new insights to Gartner’s research. By studying the methodology behind such popular analytical tools like the Magic Quadrant, you will understand how a vendor earned its rating and whether or not the ratings are justified!

Understanding Gartner, It’s History, and It’s Incentives

Starting with the history of Gartner and how it compares to other IT analyst firms, this book gives a realistic assessment of the value of Gartner research to a company and provides ideas about other resources that could complement Gartner’s analysis. You will also have the tools to level the playing field between large, medium and small vendors when using Gartner’s analysis in selecting software.

Chapters

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: An Overview of Gartner
  • Chapter 3: How Gartner Makes Money
  • Chapter 4: Comparing Gartner to Consumer Reports, the RAND Corporation, and Academic Research
  • Chapter 5: The Magic Quadrant
  • Chapter 6: Other Analytical Products Offered by Gartner
  • Chapter 7: Gartner’s Future and Cloud Computing
  • Chapter 8: Adjusting the Magic Quadrant
  • Chapter 9: Is Gartner Worth the Investment?
  • Chapter 10: Conclusion
  • Appendix a: How to Use Independent Consultants for Software Selection
  • Appendix b: What Does the History of Media Tell Us About This Topic
  • Appendix c: Disclosure Statements and Code of Ethics

Risk Estimation and Calculation

Risk Estimation and Calculation

See our free project risk estimators that are available per application. The provide a method of risk analysis that is not available from other sources.

project_software_risk