Reshuffle sees SuccessFactor’s Lars Dalgaard step down from SAP board

SAP has revealed a number of changes to its organisational structure, which will see SuccessFactor’s founder Lars Dalgaard leave the company as of the 1st June.

SuccessFactors, a software-as-a-service company that provides human capital management, was acquired by SAP at the end of 2011, which resulted in Dalgaard being brought in to run SAP’s newly formed Cloud Business Unit.

The enterprise software giant has said that Bob Calderoni, CEO of Ariba, another cloud company it acquired in May last year, will now head up its cloud go-to-market and become president of Global Cloud Operations.

Calderoni will work closely with Rob Enslin, president of Global Customer Operations, to ‘maximise coverage for cloud solutions’.
SAP said that Dalgaard has “brought his unsurpassed passion, leadership and execution excellence in the cloud business to SAP”. It is thought he is now going on to become an investor.

However, SAP also said that Dalgaard will “continue to play an active role as an advisor to the SAP Cloud business and will stay closely involved in the future development of SAP’s cloud strategy.”

Other changes include all innovation consolidated under the leadership of Vishal Sikka, the man behind SAP’s in-memory platform HANA. He will take up his role as of 1st June and all SAP development and custom development leaders will report directly to Sikka.

HANA will underpin most SAP products in the future, including those offered out of its cloud business, and much of the company’s future depends on the platform’s success. HANA enables companies to run transactions and analytics in-memory, which allows for near real-time results.

“We have transformed SAP into a growth company built on innovation. SAP HANA has become the future innovation platform for our customers and is now radically changing the industry while cloud disruption is redefining the market and business models,” said Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEOs of SAP AG.

“By creating one single development organization under Vishal’s leadership, we will dramatically accelerate the speed of these innovations.”

The CEOs added: “By leveraging development synergies across our cloud and on premise areas, we can further accelerate cloud solutions for our customers.”

In addition to these changes, SAP executive board member Gerhard Oswald will now take responsibility for a new Scale, Quality and Support Board area, where he will be responsible for the operations of SAP’s recently announced HANA Enterprise Cloud.

In other news, it was revealed that SAP used some heavy handed tactics to suppress the marketing efforts of third party maintenance and support provider Spinnaker at the enteprrise software giant's annual customer and partner event in Orlando last week.

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