Some additional insight into their product:
- 3,000 SAP employees are working on A1S.
- A1S is a split from their previous source base and delivers a new user interface. (I've worked with the current SAP client, which is a locally installed, fat client.) The new user interface (UI) is web-based and makes extensive use of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).
- In a departure from their rigid past, the new UI can be customized to the different industry verticals.
- A1S will emphasize a hosted deployment model. In fact, Hasso references successes from Google and Salesforce.com with a hosted deployment model. Customers wary of a hosted model will still be able to install the software on their on-site servers.