However, Dykes pointed out: "There are a whole tonne of companies now doing innovation programmes, partnering with accelerators or getting involved in all sorts of ways. It's interesting to see those but you often don't see those bringing innovation back in. They're kind of peering and looking."
When asked if SAP is as entrepreneurial as it wants to be, CEO Bill McDermott said: "We have a lot of work to do. But what's wrong with embracing these companies, having them standardise on a platform called HANA, build their ambitions and their future dreams on something that has the R&D, the maturity and the quality? And why not be partners? Why be afraid?"
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