As we head into TechEd 2010, I can’t help but reflect on what has happened since the last one. What an amazing transformation in SAP and in the technology world! The innovations that have taken shape in cloud computing, mobility and in-memory computing have literally catapulted us to a whole new era.
In-memory computing has taken off. SAP has been working on this topic for years, for example with products like SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer and SAP BW Accelerator and the TREX search engine. This past year, we brought the relevant teams together to work on taking this to the next level. We are doing exactly that with HANA, an appliance powered by in-memory computing, which we announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2010. We are already working with customers on how to take advantage of the significant opportunities that arise when you can analyze massive amounts of data in the blink of an eye.
Mobile in the enterprise has clearly also taken off. The number of new devices introduced in the last year is astonishing: Apple introduced iPad; this week RIM introduced Playbook, and Android tablets are popping up everywhere. Supporting mobile devices of all types has become a main priority for CIOs and an imperative for users in an enterprise who are becoming more and more mobile. SAP has also increased its focus on mobility, both in our own core solutions and also through the acquisition of Sybase.
I have already blogged about SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand, which offers the business benefits of energy management with the simplicity that only cloud based applications can bring: ease of consumption, enterprise-wide scale and elastic operations.
In the last year, the possibilities have finally come together for businesses to run better and to run in real-time. The reality of real-time is finally here, and the possibilities are endless.
What does this all mean for TechEd? More details to come!