- 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!
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.
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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