SPIEGEL: Are you saying that the Germans don't have enough vision?
Plattner: Many of them think too small. Over the past few years, it has felt like I spent roughly half my working hours as the chairman of the SAP supervisory board dealing with issues like the size and appropriateness of people's salaries. These are all mock battles. The Germans can't take pleasure in successes -- except when Sebastian Vettel wins a Formula One race.
SPIEGEL: Did you know Jobs well?
Plattner: Yes, he once gave me a presentation on object orientation (ed's note: a computer programming paradigm) in the NeXT system that made my head spin. He was a computer scientist without being a computer scientist. Which brings me to another typical German anecdote: When Steve Jobs had already geared everything to large flat monitors, here at SAP they still had instructions to develop everything for a 1,024 by 768-pixel screen size. At the time, you couldn't even buy such monitors any more in Palo Alto.
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