SAP HANA – The Journey from Platform to PaaS

In retrospect, SAP’s development of HANA demonstrated a level of foresight that helped position the company to lead and drive broader trends around in-memory computing, analytics, big data and other complementary technologies and services. None of this happened by accident but, instead, resulted from SAP’s substantial commitments of human and financial capital. At one level, these new solutions simply represent the company’s latest efforts around what has become its most important tactical and strategic asset, but it would be a mistake to think that is all they are. Transformational technologies may be common currency in the IT industry and marketplace but what’s seldom considered is how the most successful of these transform not just customers, but the vendors that serve them. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review. Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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In-Memory Computing Future Looks Bright(er)
May28

In-Memory Computing Future Looks Bright(er)

Much like Monty Python’s Black Knight and “It’s only a flesh wound”, ScaleOut Software is proclaiming Reports of Scale-Out’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated. The scaleout software vendor, which focuses on the in-memory data grid (IMDG) market, recently blogged that scale-out is an integral element of mission-critical deployments. “It’s not either-or — scale-out is here to stay. However, it’s absolutely true that maintaining support for the latest memory and processor technology is crucial to reaping the benefits of scale-up, integrating it with scale-out, and thereby maximizing performance, availability, and cost-effectiveness.” In a recent interview with ScaleOut CEO Bill Bain, who has worked at Bell Labs, Intel, and Microsoft, the serial entrepreneur – he started up three previous companies – said in-memory computing (IMC), using RAM instead of disk, is going to be very hot topic this year and going forward. “It’s what we recognized in the beginning and the marketplace finally caught up to our vision”, he said. Talking about in-memory back in February analyst John Myers, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), used a phrase that predates Monty Python, “Memory is the mother of all wisdom” (Aeschylus). “It is entirely possible that in-memory databases will be that gateway to all “wisdom” as memory capacity continues to rise and memory prices continue to decline.” Fast forward to two weeks ago and Gartner included in-memory data grids as one of the new offerings drawing growing interest. ‘The need for web scale and operational intelligence is paving the way for the adoption of in-memory computing technology and is boosting the rapid growth of in-memory computing vendors. Adoption of these new technologies poses formidable new challenges to IT departments, but those who do not have the nerve to tackle them and become change agents will risk being marginalized as more IT budgets move toward lines of business and departments within the organization.’ In April Gartner released Cool Vendors in In-Memory Computing Technologies, 2014, stating that application architecture leaders should master IMC architectures and technologies, or ‘run the risk of undermining their organizations’ ability to leverage digital business opportunities.’ Key findings included: -IMC technology is increasingly emerging as a key enabler for the digital business by empowering the agility, Web-scale processing and fast decision making needed to respond to the business challenges of the digital era; -innovation in IMC continues unabated across the entire spectrum of IT markets: from hardware to application infrastructure to packaged applications; -IMC’s impact is increasingly manifesting as notable innovation in business processes. Well-established examples include manufacturing resource planning, corporate performance management, dynamic pricing and supply chain planning (SCP). Even more dramatic innovation will emerge as more IMC-enabled packaged business applications are released...

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Spring Has Sprung: Most Significant Cloud, Informatica Intro
Mar05

Spring Has Sprung: Most Significant Cloud, Informatica Intro

If cloud is going to be the dominant IT trend for the immediate and foreseeable future – along with virtualization, mobility, software-defined-everything, Internet of Everything, Big Data, analytics, consumerization, Shadow IT, etc. – then integrating it with all the other pieces will be the dominant IT focus for the immediate and foreseeable future. That’s where Informatica Cloud Spring 2014, a “game-changing” cloud integration platform will play a significant role, said Ajay Gandhi, VP of Product Marketing, Informatica Cloud. “This is one of the most significant releases for cloud and Informatica in years,” he said. We have the industry-leading experience from on-premise. and we’re taking our core assets and core heritage to the cloud and then building upon it. “Our foot is on the gas… to be the leader in cloud as we are in on premise…”. No surprise about Informatica’s cloud ambitions. Outpacing overall IT spending growth 5X this year (25% versus 5%), cloud spending is expected to surpass $100 billion this year to over , according to IDC. By 2016 it will become the bulk of new IT spend, as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, according to Gartner, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Powered by the Informatica Vibe Virtual Data Machine, the company’s Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) solution increases integration agility and speeds projects to market with Vibe’s design once, deploy anywhere – cloud or on-premise – capabilities. Cloud Spring 2014 also introduces Informatica Cloud Designer, which provides self-service integration design capabilities directly in the cloud, making it easier for business analysts, SaaS application administrators and other LOB users to collaborate with each other and with IT to speed to market new applications and data for the business. Customers got a sneak peak at Cloud Spring in late January with the pre-release Version 1. The production version was released to customers two weeks ago. The ability for business users to quickly change a parameter and generate new data, without having to go to IT, is a game-changer, said Gandhi. “That is huge and nobody else in the industry can do that.” Also new are advances to the concept of real-time hybrid app integration, stated Informatica. This means that real-time cloud-to-cloud data integrations (e.g. Salesforce CRM to NetSuite) are processed in the cloud, but real-time cloud to on-premise integrations (e.g.: Salesforce CRM to SAP) can be processed both in the cloud or on-premise, depending on customer preference and on data privacy and regulatory requirements. In its review of its SaaS predecessor, Cloud Winter 2014, released in November, Ovum called it a major step forward that...

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