by Sven Denecken, Vice-President, Cloud Solutions, SAP
C.K. Prahalad taught us in the 90s about the power of combining hitherto unrelated competencies in novel combinations to create new industries. Apple has been a prime example, calling upon their expertise in miniaturization, the arts, and software to redefine industries such as music distribution and consumption. At SAP, we look at big data, mobile, cloud, and applications as previously distinct competencies that when commingled form the cornerstones of next-generation business solutions.
If we were only to look at one of these variables, such as big data, we’d likely only make incremental improvements up stream to applications. In other words, we’d enable applications to perform the same analysis but faster. Since we innovate on the application side as well, however, we can imagineer new analytics-supported process-steps based upon what technology could support. Here, it’s important to mention another key asset: the SAP customer base. Through our co-innovation program, SAP taps into some of the greatest minds in industry to ensure our development activities remain aligned with future market needs.
It’s still too early to tell where this journey will take us. However, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@Sdenecken) or subscribe to our cloud SlideShare channel for regular updates, such as the following strategy video summarizing the cloud announcements made at SAPPHIRE: