Book Extract: Getting small and nimble

When SAP reconstituted its product development teams into a bunch of start-ups it reduced development time by nearly half in three years

THE SOFT EDGE: WHERE GREAT COMPANIES FIND LASTING SUCCESS AUTHOR: Rich Karlgaard PUBLISHER: Wiley ISBN: 9788126555345 PRICE: Rs 599 Not that long ago, the rap on SAP, the German-headquartered software giant, was that it had fail-safe software, but you had to reengineer your entire company to use it. Perhaps that thinking had some basis, but the SAP of today is a profoundly different company than it was just five years ago. And the most striking change has occurred in the use of product development teams. Of SAP's 65,000-person worldwide workforce, some 20,000 are product ...