Now that the dust has settled following the successful SAP bid for SuccessFactors (SFSF), the Saugatuck take on this business combination can be shared: a real coup for SAP that positions it to compete significantly with both Workday and Oracle in the Cloud in the HCM space.

SAP now has a market leading set of Cloud HCM capabilities plus its own on-premises offerings.  The value in this combination extends to the current market focus on Analytics, which both SAP with Hana and SuccessFactors with its BizX Suite were separately targeting before the buy. After the buy, we at Saugatuck see real power here in these synergies. Plus, SAP gets a savvy high-tech executive, Lars Dalgaard, to head up its Cloud initiatives.

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