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Innovation Without Borders: Final Day at SapphireNow

Before leaving Orlando Florida, wanted to quickly post a summary of the first of today’s SapphireNow keynotes (and give props to our SCN bloggers for all the excellent content flowing from SAP community members who so beautifully covered the event and whose contents are filling the SCN blog queue- my deep appreciation! YOU ROCK!!!)

So here is my quick synopsis of the first hour of this incredibly interesting final day of SapphireNow. 

Innovation Without Borders: Vishal Sikka, SAP CTO

Vishal Sikka’s keynote revolved around the announcing of three examples of innovation in mobility, extending applications in the cloud and in-memory.


1.  High Performance Analytical Appliance
  • High Performance Analytical Appliance: high speed in-memory computing brought to life and is based on work by SAP and their partners HP and IBM and attached to a realtime R3 system.  Realtime transactional data and supercharger for existing analytics. Request is that 20 of our customers will work with SAP to bring this appliance to life


2.  Project Gateway
  • Project Gateway: Duet Enterprise(Microsoft), Alloy(IBM), and RIM(Blackberry) Gateway helping existing systems to speak to the world outside

3.  SAP Carbon Impact on Demand
  • SAP Carbon Impact on Demand – Clear Standards and SAP running in the cloud on Amazon

Some of Dr. Sikka’s key themes which I found memorable:

Two fundamental areas of innovation: Reach (expanding reach of enterprises) and Realtime (fundamental shift where new technologies bring dramatic change)

Sikka described how enterprises look to become unencumbered and unbound and release the power of their landscapes without breaking continuity.

He also noted that historically there were 100 original customers with a 30 year relationship to SAP and during 30 years the relationship prevails.

The living landscape comes from an ecosystem which is continuously under construction.

He’s now invited 20 customers to bring the HANA appliance to life and create that historical continuum.

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