Posts Tagged SAP

Ellison Takes Aim at HANA, But Misses the Big (Data) Picture

It’s Oracle OpenWorld this week and that means more colorful if factually questionable statements from everybody’s favorite egomaniacal billionaire CEO. And, not surprisingly, Larry Ellison’s target was archrival SAP.

“SAP has an in-memory machine, you know, that’s a little bit smaller than what we offer,” Ellison said at OpenWorld yesterday, referring to SAP HANA and Oracle’s own all in-memory database Exadata X3, which debuted this week. “We have 26 terabytes of memory; [SAP offers] 0.5 terabytes of memory.”

In case you missed his point, Ellison put it as succinctly as he could: “The HANA in-memory machine is, like, really small.” (Hat Tip to eWeek)

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The Finest Shade of Blue: #theCUBE @ SAPPHIRE 2012

SAPPHIRE, SAP’s annual mega-show, is just days away. Taking place next week (May 14-16) in Orlando, expectations are high for the German software maker and (now) database player.

At last year’s show, much of the focus was on HANA, SAP’s in-memory database, which promises end-users support for lightening fast analytics against large volumes of data. As I wrote then, SAP is betting the house on HANA, with plans to migrate its entire software and application portfolio onto the new database, as well as rolling out new, HANA-optimized analytic applications. SAP also declared last year that it intended to reach #2 in the database market by 2015.

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Revisiting SAP’s Big Data Business

Ask 10 people to define the term “Big Data” and you’ll get 10 different answers. That in turn makes it difficult to determine the total Big Data market size, since intelligent, well-meaning people can and usually do disagree over which vendors and products to include and which to leave out.

Of course, we didn’t let that stop us.

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SAP Looks to Reinvent Itself with Social Media, Collaboration Capabilities

For 40 years, the German software maker SAP AG has built steady, reliable if not particularly user-friendly enterprise applications based around core business processes. The classic example is SAP’s ERP suite, which dutifully ticks all the business process boxes: materials management, order fulfillment, sales and operations planning, etc.

But the world has changed over the last four decades, not least in terms of how people communicate with one another. Today, social media and social networking technology is central to our personal lives. We tap Facebook to keep in touch with far-flung friends and family. Twitter keeps us connected to events happening around the world in real-time. Foursquare allows us to share our whereabouts with close relations and strangers alike.

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SAP’s Three-Pronged Approach: Cloud Computing, In-Memory Analytics and Mobility

At SAPPHIRE, SAP has declared it wants to deliver simplicity to the enterprise via cloud computing, in-memory analytics, and mobility. Here’s my quick take on what they need to do to achieve this:

Mobility: SAP is in a strong position thanks to its Sybase acquisition. Today, SAP unveiled the latest generation of the Sybase Unwired Platform, which the company says makes creating and managing mobile SAP applications significantly easier. This is an important step for SAP, as it needs to complete its transition off the NetWeaver mobile platform and offer customers one, streamlined platform – Sybase Unwired – for brining apps to mobile devices.

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SAPPHIRE 2011: SAP’s Snabe Wants to Simplify Your IT Environment

Cloud computing, in-memory analytics, and mobility were the buzzwords at Day 1 of SAPPHIRE, but judging by Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe’s own words, SAP is focused on one thing: simplicity.

“I actually believe that is one of the biggest tasks in the industry,” said Snabe, speaking to SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and chief Wikibon analyst David Vellante live in theCube from the show floor. “Over the years we’ve added complexity and now it’s all about dramatically reducing the complexity. [But] not by solving simple problems. We need to continue to solve the complex problems of business, but we need to add the dimension of simplicity.”

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The Organizational Impact of Converged Infrastructure

One of the ways that companies are looking to become more agile is by breaking down the silos between groups.  This change can not happen solely through the adoption of new technologies (including management tools), it requires that IT staffs look to cross-training and internal process changes to become more efficient.  Virtualization is a catalyst for this change as server, network, storage and application owners are all dealing with the impact of abstraction on how they do their jobs.

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