P.J. Jakovljevic reviews a fascinating new book about software vendor SAP. And what a story it is! Written by Vinnie Mirchandani, it chronicles the current and future prospects of a $200 billion giant that has a glorious and profitable past—but may be looking at a future fraught with serious challenges at every turn.
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SAP, detailing its current state of affairs, and surmising what the future might hold for the software giant. In a nutshell, SAP is a vast enterprise software empire—counting all global SAP employees, consultants, partners, outsourcers, users at companies running on SAP, and the like—that commands an estimated $200 billion annual economy—about the GDP of Ireland. That’s a lot of dough pumped through thousands of professionals living out of suitcases and paid into mortgages, college funds, and