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SAP's Extreme Makeover: 4 Key Changes

SAP's marketing machine vies to give the company formerly known as "that German ERP vendor" a whole new identity. Here's what customers should know.

SAP's leader for the next stage: Bill McDermott
SAP's leader for the next stage: Bill McDermott

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User Rank: Strategist
11/19/2013 | 10:23:01 PM
In-memory systems: proprietary or open?
Once cloud vendors adopt solid state disk as a standard component, use of large, open source caching systems will become prevalent and will be a disruptive force to the platforms that proprietary vendors are trying to establish. VMware's Pivotal spin off offers Cloud Foundry PaaS with the Gemstone memory caching system. Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS has open source memcached. Microsoft's .Net Framework has System.Runtime.Caching. That's not the same thing as a Hanna platform running SAP ERP with in-memory database services. But for a new generation of software, these open platforms and software stacks represent a considerable, disruptrive force.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/19/2013 | 2:34:43 PM
Re: Hana Platform Hype Ahead of Reality
We all know that SAP is going all in on HANA, and Oracle's 96TB caching box is going to produce "ungodly speeds". The issue with these is actual performance and use cases. HANA has no proven customer base, and have been giving the software away to get people to use it. While having a large cache is an advantage for reading data, this does not help when you want to make DML statements. That is the major difference between this and true In-Memory databases. 

My company Altibase has been delivering mission-critical In-Memory Databases for nearly 15 years already for the likes of Samsung, China Mobile, China Telecom, E*Trade, HP, yet it is still being considered a "new" technology. 

With over 500 enterprise clients and thousands of mission-critical, "real" use cases, there is nobody out there, including SAP, Oracle or IBM, that can come close to matching Atlibase's In-Memory maturity and reliability.

To reference a non-biased opinion (of course I'm going to say we are the best!), please see Altibase in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Operational DBMSs 2013. Note the strengths of "Wide Use Case Applicability, Support, Product Maturity" versus the rest, as well as the severity of the cautions of the others compared to ours.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/19/2013 | 1:01:59 PM
Re: Hana Platform Hype Ahead of Reality
Despite HANA's amazing 'speeds and feeds' story, one of the other challenges I see for customers who are going the HANA platform route (or contemplating a Business Suite on HANA move) is creating the right business case for the investment. Of course, customer case studies and reference customers can help out with that. But in almost all of the best use cases I've seen, there are very unique benefits that HANA has delivered to that business--some anticipated and some not. There's also an implied leap of faith that SAP customers must be willing to take with HANA, since it's so relatively new. I'm sure we'll be seeing some cool customers stories at SAPPHIRE NOW 2014, and ASUG members will be sharing their hard-earned lessons learned during educational sessions at ASUG Annual Conference as well.
User Rank: Author
11/19/2013 | 9:58:16 AM
McDermott Speaks
InformationWeek will post a Q&A with SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 20) in which he expands on some of the themes broached above. An overarching theme is that McDermott wants SAP to become and be seen as a younger, hipper company: socially aware, on top of the latest tech trends (cloud, big data, mobility), a company relevant to consumers and not just big businesses.
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11/19/2013 | 9:58:05 AM
Hana Platform Hype Ahead of Reality
Hana has been around for three years now. Time for SAP to deliver concrete details and real-world examples of why its platform is superior to incumbent technology choices -- particularly since Oracle and Microsoft are promising in-memory technology in the not-too-distant future. Customers don't want soaring rhetoric; they want details and examples of how fellow customers are getting solid returns on what can be a sizeable investment when switching to Hana. I want to see a parade of customer testimonials, not Vishal Sikka and Hasso Plattner talk, talk, talking about Hana at SAPPHIRE next year.
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