Bill McDermott has reprogrammed SAP. Under the leadership of its American chief executive, the German software group has acquired companies for €20 billion ($21.3 billion) since 2010 so as not to miss out on cloud computing.
It’s been a successful move as the company’s quarterly figures show. Business is growing steadily, the share price and value of the company have almost reached an all-time high, and the development team, once considered lethargic, has picked up the pace.
Now, though the company’s realignment isn’t quite complete, Mr. McDermott is getting SAP ready for the next big tech trend: artificial intelligence and its sub-discipline, machine learning.