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Quick Take Software Quick Take: Legacy Apps Customers Are LookingDecember 3, 2012 For Lower Cost AlternativesAnalystsPeter Goldmacher Joe del Callar(415) 646-7206 (415) 646-7228peter.goldmacher email@example.com @cowen.com The results of our Cowen IT survey of executives and IT managers indicate legacy enterprise applications customers are actively exploring lower cost application and maintenance alternatives. These alternatives include lower cost cloud-based applications and/or using a third- party maintenance provider to reduce ongoing maintenance costs. We believe this validates our thesis that maintenance streams for Oracle (ORCL, Neutral, $32.17) and SAP (Underperform, $77.99) applications are under pressure. However, we believe the survey results also indicate this pressure is partially mitigated in the near term as most enterprise customers are under enterprise license agreements. These ELAs provide a customer the rights to broad consumption of a vendor’s software over a set period and a fixed maintenance price over the term of that contract. While these ELAs are in place, changing the application or support provider for a single product will not reduce the cost of the maintenance portion of the contract thus mitigating a customer’s incentive to part ways with their existing vendor. Survey Overview for Enterprise Apps The survey included two questions specifically on enterprise applications. • If you looked into reducing the cost of maintaining your applications, what method are you considering to reduce your applications cost? • If you are an Oracle, SAP or Infor business applications customer, are you using their software through a blanket/enterprise license agreement? We filtered the results to include only the 45 of the 85 total managers surveyed who were at companies with revenue over $500M. These companies are more likely to be major customers of Oracle or SAP. All of these managers have IT budgets that exceed $50M, and 35 of the 45 have IT budgets that exceed $100M. Please see addendum of this report for important disclosures. www.cowen.com
Software IT Budgets of Enterprise Customers Surveyed $0 to less than $3 million 0 $3 to less than $11 million 0 $11 to less than $51 million 0 $51 to less than $101 million 10 $101 to less than $501 million 14 $501 million or more 21 Source: Cowen and Company Finding 1: Legacy Apps Customers are Shopping Around for Alternatives Of our enterprise subset of 45 executives and managers, nearly 85% have looked into reducing the cost of their legacy enterprise applications. These customers are considering alternative vendors or looking into third-party maintenance. Either alternative can reduce Oracle or SAP maintenance revenue from existing applications installations. This supports our belief that the applications maintenance revenue streams of Oracle and SAP are under significant pressure. Most Enterprise Apps Customers Are Shopping Around for Cheaper Alternatives Alternative Vendor 25 3rd-Party Support 13 Other 5 Did Not Answer 2 Source: Cowen and Company Even if the evaluation of cheaper alternatives does not cause customers to part ways with SAP or Oracle, we do believe even cursory evaluation of means to lower applications expenses will embolden customers to pressure enterprise applications providers to lower maintenance costs when contracts are renegotiated. We believe some of this is currently occurring as we discussed in our November 20, 2012 note2 December 3, 2012
Softwareentitled “SAP is Offering Significant Discounts on Maintenance Renewals” when wefound significant maintenance discounting at several SAP clients.In addition, while the sample size is not large enough to draw a strong conclusion,we believe the relatively high interest in alternative applications (56% of theexecutives and managers in our survey) is a positive data point for Salesforce.comand Workday.Finding 2: Many Legacy Apps Customers HaveEnterprise License AgreementsOur survey also found that over 60% of enterprise customers had enterprise licenseagreements in place for their applications.Most Enterprise Apps Customers Are Under Enterprise License Agreements Yes 28 No 8 Not a user 8 Did Not Answer 1 Source: Cowen and CompanyWe believe this commitment alleviates some of the near term pressure on Oracle andSAP’s applications revenue streams. However, we also believe this only delays theinevitable and that customers will sign on to a more cost effective provider orattempt to renegotiate for better terms with the existing provider when licenseagreements are up.December 3, 2012 3
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