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If there ever is a movie made about SAP, then Thursday, January 10, 2013, will likely be a date and time dramatized with significance. Playing Hasso Plattner is Robert De Niro (of course), and Bobby D. busts out his considerable acting skills and spot-on German accent as he steps up to the stage in Palo Alto, Calif., and recalls the 40-year-old vendor’s history, cracks a few jokes and announces a rebirth: The uniting of SAP’s Business Suite and HANA!
That was, of course, the news of the week, and here is a handful of analyses and opinion pieces on it: Although largely bullish on the announcement, Dennis Howlett wants to “see customers talking in the excited tones I hear from Salesforce.com and Workday customers, then I will believe what I hear as a genuine proven reality.”
And SAP’s Vishal Sikka, in his own words, evangelizes the speed and simplification benefits of the Business Suite running on HANA.
Just a couple of other posts (not related to the announcement) for your viewing pleasure:
Part II from SAP mentor Ethan Jewett on Why BW and HANA will merge over time—and why it matters. And ASUG volunteer Jamie Oswald offers this thought-provoking post on the burgeoning list of semantic layers for the SAP analytics tool set.
On SCN, Judson Wickham gives some advice for SAP Business ByDesign partners on how they can better market their services. Lastly, EV Technologies’ Dallas Marks reviews Cindi Howson and Elizabeth Newbould’s SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference, Third Edition.
Courtney and I attended the New York City “SAP on HANA” event, and her write-up goes beyond the news—she answers many questions that ASUG members will have as HANA is positioned as the database for all SAP transactional applications. ... In other news, SAP reshuffled the leadership of North America again (three times in last nine months). N.A. president Geraldine McBride left the vendor and was replaced by Rodolpho Cardenuto, who’s now in charge of a newly combined Americas region.
Quote of the Week
“Maybe in-memory computing will accelerate your applications.”
-Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss, in a recent (and well-timed) comic on analytics, big data and the cloud (Source: Dilbert.com)
Stats of the Week
400 million—the approximate number of lines of code that SAP had to rewrite to port the Business Suite on top of HANA, according to SAP’s Hasso Plattner.
1 million—the number of developers that SAP hopes to have building on top of its SAP HANA platform by the end of 2013. (Source: SAP.info)
@karin_tillotson: every time the phrase “innovation without disruption” is used a unicorn loses its horn
@jonchristensen: Ok, that’s it…building my own ETL tool between #Salesforce and #SAP! No way we’re spending $2K a month for an ETL
@devops_borat: Big Data is any thing which is crash Excel.