SAP, HANA And The Varieties Of IT Transformation
As we witnessed at Sapphire NOW, IT transformation is alive and well at SAP. That does not mean that the company’s various new solutions and initiatives will be obvious, let alone automatic winners. The enterprise software market is and likely will remain a contentious and often confusing environment for vendors and customers alike. Plus, many of the areas SAP targets — high performance databases and big data analytics, in particular — are in an emerging state. That said, the message at Sapphire NOW is that SAP is ready for the game and has the tools and alliances necessary to compete rigorously and effectively.
While the brightest point of the conference was the company‟s HANA in-memory platform, it served as the North Star in a broader constellation of SAP applications, partnerships and initiatives. As such, HANA should help guide the company‟s enterprise customers to a wealth of high peformance workloads and high value analytics. But HANA should also help SAP and its various ecosystems capture the broader benefits resulting from similar transformations by vendors, including Dell, EMC and IBM.
In those instances, proactive vendor evolution has resulted in solutions and services that help their customers and partners address and profit from fundamental changes in the marketplace. In the best of all possible circumstances, vendors like SAP, with efforts like HANA focused clearly on the future, can be prescient guides to positive change.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.