Mr Nolan has an interesting job. He runs the Apollo Group, it is a strategy and communications organization within SAP, that is sometimes referred to as the “Attack Oracle” groupâ€“because Oracle is SAP’s largest competitor in enterprise applications. And with Oracle’s acquisitions of PeopleSoft and Siebel, Oracle is getting serious about its so far lackluster applications business and is eyeing SAP’s huge 32,000+ customer base.
Mr Nolan’s goal is to make sure that SAP develops a strategy that enables it to compete against Oracle, whether it is through acquisitions, investments or just pure communications of SAP’s messageâ€“the goal is to rise above any noise that Oracle produces.
Jeff is a friend of mine and I always enjoy catching up with him at events to get his view on startups and news in the industry. If you ever meet him, make sure you ask him for his business card. His title? “Director, Apollog Strategy Group”. Below that? “Attack Oracle!” Nice way to keep your primary goals clear…
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