Did Brightwork Have an Ax to Grind on HANA?

Executive Summary

  • It was proposed that on our HANA analysis, we had an ax to grind.
  • How accurate did our projections end up being, and how sharp was this ax?


We received the claim that we had an ax to grind with SAP in the article SAP Layoffs and a Warning on HANA?

This was a constant feature of the response to our HANA coverage from SAP resources. However, as time has worn on, the proponents of HANA have been exposed as providing false information about HANA. This caused Ahmed Azmi to make the following comment.

The Comment

Basically, SAP is pulling the plug on everything developed in house since 2011. Literally everything. It’s all going open-source on AWS, Azure, and GCP.  Billy boy is in trouble. He’s trying to divert attention away from all the crap they built since he came along. He’s now calling Qualtrics the “crown jewel of SAP”.  What happened to HANA?

Who cares.

Funny, they killed Vora and some guy is still talking about Vora on LI.

Remember Fiori? Remember our evaluations on SCP and how its still using http 1.1 instead of 2.0? All killed dead.

Where did all the SAP “experts” we debated go? They attacked us and said we had an axe to grind. Until SAP grinded their ass. I can’t feel any sympathy for them. Sorry but I don’t.

Our Answer

“They are gone like the wind! And you are right…who cares about all of the false claims made about HANA as we covered in When Articles Exaggerate HANA’s Benefits. 

Let us talk about Qualtrics!

For a while we thought that the most important thing in the world was speeding reports — now it surveys. Who knows what it will be next quarter. Now Bill McDermott is paying Bob Evans to write PR releases about how great it was that SAP got robbed on the Qualtrics acquisition as we covered in How Bob Evans Enables PR Placements as Real Looking Articles for SAP.

The next quarterly call should be fun, but unfortunately, the Wall Street analysts are so out of it they won’t know what questions to ask. The ax that we had to grind (which no one explained what that ax was exactly) turned out to be quite accurate. 


Perhaps we should be accused of having a scalpel to sharpen instead of an ax.

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