SAP Canada president makes his customers look like doughy losers

You can't appeartopless in the Life section of the Globe and Mail and notexpect us to comment on it. Mark Aboud, who recently moved to the topspot in managing SAP's Canadian operation, is featured taking a powerswim as part of a series called “Power Crunch” that looks at theworkout regimens of the rich and, well, rich.

Aboud uses thepiece to talk about getting up at 6:00 a.m. to go for a splash,followed by a nutrient-rich diet and what drives him, at 53, to keep insuch tip-top shape:

“Competitions motivate me toworkout harder and develop skills to win. When I turned 40, I brokeseveral Canadian masters records in 50, 100 and 200-metre freestyle,along with relays. Since then, I broke Canadian and Ontario relayrecords, and have changed to 200- and 400-metre individualmedley.”

You'd kind of think competing with Oraclewould be tough enough, but whatever. As impressive as his athleticbragging is, however, Mark may not realize he risks alienating his morelethargic CIO customers in a way his predecessor — the decidedly lesssvelte but jovial Bob Courteau — never would. For the love of God andbusiness software, Mark, eat a donut! That's what SAP users are doingwhile they're trying to make their ERP work properly, a situation inwhich many feel they've been left to sink or (ahem) swim.

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