As executive vice president of SAP's platform ecosystem development, Zia Yusuf co-manages SAP's NetWeaver development fund. Yusuf, who reports to SAP's Shai Agassi, assumed the role in the Platform Ecosystem unit after leading the company's Corporate Consulting Team, the Corporate Strategy Management team and the Design Services team. In an interview with SearchSAP.com, Yusuf explains SAP's ecosystem strategy moving forward, how an independent software vendor crosses his radar screen, and how the Platform Ecosystem unit shapes SAP's long term strategy.
(1:02) How was the platform ecosystem community development process done in the past and how has it evolved to what we're seeing today?
(4:04) Does SAP use the feedback and other interactions on the SAP Developer Network as a strategy to help fill in some white spaces?
(5:31) Are there any white spaces SAP plans to address using its community ecosystem strategy?
(6:51) How do you identify independent software vendors (ISVs) for white spaces?
(9:31) How does an ISV move up the ladder to get a closer relationship with SAP?
(11:18) What is the difference between the NetWeaver Venture Fund and the venture arm?
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