How Accurate Was IT Media on SAP Netweaver?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that SAP Netweaver was a game changer.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

Overall Articles or Sources Used for the Study’s Calculation

Below are recordings of each article on SAP Netweaver, along with the year. We have the individual articles in our database, but only publish the year to keep the list of a reasonable length.

  • TechTarget (2004, 2005, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013)
  • ComputerWorld (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2017, 2017, 2017),
  • NetworkWorld (IDG) (2003) (2006)
  • InfoWorld (IDG) (2003, 2005)
  • AMR Research (2003)
  • SAPInsider (2011, 2014, 2014, 2014, 2014, 2004, 2015, 2017, 2017, 2017)
  • ComputerWeekly (TechTarget) (2009, 2003, 2004, 2004)
  • Forbes (2011)
  • Gartner (2004, 2006, 2007)
  • ZDNet (2004, 2010),
  • CIO (IDG) (2006, 2006, 2006, 2008, 2007, 2014)
  • Constellation Research (2012)

This came to 46 individual articles on SAP Netweaver.

Subset: Sources that Verified SAP to Improve Accuracy

In this section, we transition to the number of sources that verified what SAP stated either through their own analysis or through quoting other sources such as IT analysts.

  • 1 & 2. SAP NetWeaver: Taking a Stab at Integration Middleware AMR Research (Kimberly Knickle:”Netweaver makes sense primarily small number of SAP apps”) InfoWorld (2003) Counts as two entities fact-checking, both InfoWorld and AMR Research receive credit.
  • 3 & 4. Forrester Uncertain Future for SAP’s Netweaver Forrester (John Rymer: “SAP has been falling behind creating a comprehensive platform.”), ComputerWorld (IDG) (2010 article) Counts as two entities fact-checking, both Forrester and Computerworld receive credit.
  • 5 & 6. SAP NetWeaver Cloud Platform as a Service Release Could be Soon Constellation Research (Frank Scavo: “SAP has a variety of on-premises and cloud systems. SAP cloud platform must deal with all of this.”) ComputerWorld (IDG) (2012) Counts as two entities fact-checking, both Constellation Research and Computerworld receive credit.
  • 7. SAP’s NetWeaver Strategy Fails to Reassure All Users ComputerWorld (IDG) (2006)
  • 8. SAP NetWeaver Supports Most Integration Needs, but Not the Most Demanding Ones
    (Massimo Pezzini, Paolo Malinverno: “Despite its crucial role in SAP’s Enterprise Services Architecture strategy, it won’t functionally match the most-advanced platforms, but it will be adequate for most SAP users.”) (Gartner) (2006)
  • 9. SAP Shows Support for NetWeaver (“..some observers believe Netweaver has suffered from a lack of development in comparison to competing stacks from Oracle and IBM.”) (2nd 2010 article), CIO (IDG) (2010)
  • 10. SAP’s NetWeaver Platform Isn’t Dead Yet (“..some observers believe Netweaver has suffered from a lack of development in comparison to competing stacks from Oracle and IBM.”) (PCWorld) (IDG) (2010)
  • 11. SAP’s NetWeaver Platform Isn’t Dead Yet (“..some observers believe Netweaver has suffered from a lack of development in comparison to competing stacks from Oracle and IBM.”) (CIO) (IDG)(2010) The same article published in a second IDG publication. We counted both of them.
  • 12. Nvidia Takes Customer Site Offline After SAP Bug Found (Bug found in Netweaver for Nvidia) (2014), CIO (IDG)

This came to 12 sources that verified SAP’s statements on Netweaver.

Conclusion and Calculation

From this, we applied the calculation 12/46 to arrive at 26% of the sources in some way enhanced their accuracy buy offering more accurate information on the subject of SAP Netweaver.

As is covered in the in A Study into the Accuracy of SAP, SAP Netweaver had little impact on SAP projects. (That is Netweaver “itself” not Netweaver as a term appended to different products from PI to the BW).

The result is that IT media entities that questioned or offered contrary information on SAP Netweaver were more accurate than those that did not.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic, that support a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into Accuracy of the IT Media on SAP.

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