Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HANA is the intellectual renewal of SAP

I was invited to an unplugged discussion with SAP Board member Vishal Sikka and to a separate analyst and influencers discussion with SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott. Vishal talked about HANA and the efforts around user experience design very openly with the SAP Mentors present. HANA now has more than 600 customers and 100 startups using it. At least four hardware partners were present showcasing their HANA hardware.

To top it all Bill McDermott told analysts and influencers that HANA is the intellectual renewal of SAP and he is now going to scale the efforts to bring HANA to more customers. Bill also mentioned that he believes that future technology landscapes are going to be hybrid residing on premise and well as in the cloud and HANA is going to power all of SAP's applications.

Bill also revealed a strategy for Brazil. SAP Business One on HANA localized for Brazil. Interesting thing to note is that 50% of SAP's revenue in Brazil comes from products that did not exist in the last two years.

When SAP Mentor, Vijay Vijayasankar of IBM asked about the successful internal use of SuccessFactors applications, Bill called out SuccessFactors Jam as a standout product. He said SuccessFactors Jam is making SAP employees more productive than before.

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