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SAP veteran and cloud president Robert Enslin has quit as the German enterprise software firm forges ahead with restructuring, amid industry talk that its in-memory data platform HANA is in trouble.
Enslin, who joined SAP in 1992, was promoted to his last role just two years ago and was most recently crucial in the firm's eye-wateringly expensive acquisition of Qualtrics, which CEO Bill McDermott celebrates every chance he gets.
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The president of the cloud business group is said to have "elected to resign" to pursue an unspecified "external opportunity" and will be replaced by Jennifer Morgan, SAP confirmed.
A canned statement was released late on a Friday night – timed perfectly to limit reporting and speculation – and was full of the usual praise from and for both sides.
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The statement also confirmed that Adaire Fox-Martin, the SAP board member brought in to deal with the South Africa corruption scandal last year, is taking over sole responsibility for global customer operations.
Enslin's exit is the latest in a line of major losses for SAP after the departures of global services and support exec Bernd Leukert and CTO Bjoern Goerke.
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It also comes a week before SAP is due to report the first financial results of fiscal '19, and follows speculation about the company's future as it launched a €950m restructuring plan.
SAP confirmed the plan in January, which it said is to "simplify" internal structures and reposition the business around product areas deemed most important to customers.
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One well-placed source has suggested to The Register that part of the restructuring would see SAP combine database and data management lines, as well as analytics and Leonardo into a single line of business.
Meanwhile, a digital core unit – which SAP currently describes as its ERP business suite S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Cloud and the SAP ERP application – would be made...
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