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SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps

Chris Kanaracus | April 16, 2014
SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.

If history is any indication, however, SAP may indeed do so if the discontent is sustained and strong enough. In 2008, it made concessions regarding an unpopular support price hike following a protracted outcry from user groups.

Market pressures could also force SAP's hand with Fiori as it tries to compete with newer rivals such as Workday, which recently rolled out a next-generation, HTML5-based user interface for its cloud-based human resources and financial software, at no additional cost to customers.

"In a cloud world, you'd expect Fiori to be part of the upgrade cycle," said analyst Ray Wang, chairman and founder of Constellation Research. "Many of our customers feel that paying for Fiori hurts the overall SAP relationship."

 

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