SAP's chief Hasso Plattner is stepping down from active management of the company he founded, in a somewhat surprise but not wholly unexpected move. Plattner will no longer serve as co-CEO and take over as chair of the supervisory board of the company. The changes will take place at the end of the next shareholder meeting on May 9. For some time now, Plattner's co-chief Henning Kagermann has been running the Waldorf show while Shai Agassi has taken over responsibility for technology and development, which Plattner has managed. Plattner started SAP 31 years ago as a small back-office software firm and grew it into one of the top five software companies in the world, putting Germany on the technology map. His expertise has always been as the thought leader, the technology visionary steering product direction through the heyday of enterprise software to become the goliath it is. As for SAP, not much will change for users. There have long been many hands involved in SAP's direction. Kagermann is a capable leader and has been running operations for years. And Agassi has proven his ability to shape technology direction. The company remains on course and users will hardly notice the change.

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