Arik Hesseldahl

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The Lingering Impact of SuccessFactors

This week started off with an acquisition by SAP of Ariba for $4.3 billion. The deal brought to mind another one by SAP of similar size that occurred last year: SAP’s $3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors.

That deal had something of a transformative effect on the cloud software landscape. Soon, other players in its niche were snapped up. Oracle acquired Taleo for $1.9 billion, and Salesforce.com acquired Rypple. Meanwhile, Workday is growing fast and prepping for what looks to be the biggest IPO of the second half of the year.

So back to SuccessFactors. A quick look at the infographic below gives you some idea of the outsized impact it has had on the wider world. SuccessFactors alums are in senior positions at companies as varied as Okta, Pandora, Workday and Marketo. It sounds cool, but looks a lot cooler when presented in a snappy infographic like the one below. Click on it to make it bigger.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work