Agassi's Departure Realigns SAP

The software giant's choice for CEO will be especially crucial, as it contends with slacking growth and intense rivalry from Oracle

The departure Mar. 28 of SAP wunderkind Shai Agassi from the German software giant may clear up a contested line of succession to the CEO's office. But it also heaps more research and development responsibility on the outgoing chief executive and removes the company's top product guru as SAP grapples with customers' changing tech needs and competition with main rival Oracle reaches a fever pitch.

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