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D. Henschen
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12/12/2014 | 11:14:09 AM
#6 In-memory is now table stakes
One of my (rejected) themes was in-memory enablement. Microsoft and Oracle followed SAP into mainstream in-memory database support in 2014. Oracle had TimesTen previously, but that's a niche product used for industry apps in telco. The 12c In-Memory Option is for any app -- the biggest performance gain is for analytic apps (claimed to be 10x to 100x) while transactional gains are more modest ("at least 2X," according to Oracle). Microsoft's SQL Server In-Memory OLTP option is, as the name suggests, all about transactional app performance improvement.

If you have apps the require the crunching of lots of data (dunning, production planning, forecasting, etc.), these in-memory opitions let you store specific tables in memory for much faster performance. SAP Hana is all-in-memory, but it has interestingly introduced an option to put selected information that is NOT important or hot on disk for lower cost. Bottom line is enterprise apps are no longer constrained by data and I/O bottlenecks.
Charlie Babcock
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12/12/2014 | 6:40:38 PM
What's the next round of software as a service?
While many custom apps for the enterprise are likely to be built in the cloud, it's not clear to me how much of the existing application base will shift to SaaS or cloud infrastructure. Much of it in the long run, which might be 20 years of effort. Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Intuit, Workday, ServiceNow and Intaact have all picked some of the most promising fruit. What's the next round of applications to move into SaaS? 
D. Henschen
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12/12/2014 | 7:33:08 PM
Re: What's the next round of software as a service?
Kenandy, Microsoft (with AX on Azure) NetSuite, Oracle (with Fusion), SAP (with Business ByDesign and "Simple" apps), and Workday are all showing that ERP is next. Are you calling that "low hanging fruit," or were you thinking about CRM and HR apps?

In my book, most custom apps and many really big deployments will stay put on premises. But any broadly popular packaged app will increasingly go SaaS.   


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