By Jeffrey Burt
Enterprise software giant SAP, which like competitors such as Oracle has staked a lot of its future on its ability to shift a lot of its business into the cloud, will now have a new executive overseeing those cloud efforts after the resignation of 27-year SAP veteran Robert Enslin.
Enslin, who was president of SAP’s Cloud Business Group and a member of the executive board, is the latest in a series of executive departures from SAP in recent months as company officials look to accelerate SAP’s transformation into a more digital platform vendor. Other high-profile executives exiting SAP include executive board member Bernd Leukert in February and Bjoern Goerke, who left earlier this month after three decades with SAP, the last two years as CTO and president of SAP’s Cloud Platform unit.
The restructuring also is leading to more than 4,000 job cuts throughout the company this year in what officials said is a drive to improve efficiencies and put SAP in position to address future challenges. SAP had about 96,000 as of 2018.
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Enslin spent the past two years as president of the Cloud Business Group, helping to drive growth in SAP’s cloud business that included cloud revenue surpassing traditional software revenue for the first time in 2018. According to a recent letter from SAP CEO Bill McDermott to stakeholders, the cloud business last year “become a main growth driver in our business,” increasing 38 percent over 2017.
SAP officials noted in an end-of-year integrated report that cloud subscription and support revenue increased 32% while cloud and software revenue grew 5%. Officials said that in SAP’s fiscal year 2018, cloud backlog jumped 30%, to almost $11.3 billion by the end of the year, and that cloud and software order entry grew 14%.
The company, which has more than 425,000 customers, is shooting for three times the cloud revenue by 2023.
Enslin’s role leading the Cloud Business Group will be filled by executive board member Jennifer Morgan, a 15-year SAP veteran who most recently oversaw SAP’s strategy, revenue and customer success as president of SAP’s Americas and Asia-Pacific/Japan regions. She worked with Adaire Fox-Martin leading SAP’s Global Customer Operations business. Fox-Martin will become the sole president of Global Customer Operations.
In announcing Enslin’s resignation, McDermott thanked the executive for his work at SAP and said having Morgan in place “will help us take SAP to the next level. Our market-leading core ERP and high-growth cloud application portfolio make SAP a rarity in the enterprise software industry. This transition gives us a clear path to continue simplifying the company. SAP’s leadership team will drive greater operational efficiency, faster time to market, higher product quality and superior market fit, all while significantly…