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What is learned at TechEd today – era of AND

SAP are focused on providing both Innovation and Evolution to customers. The era of AND was introduced which I think is a good message to the SAP install base that they can move at the pace that makes sense to their business.Evolution was provided in the following ways :-

  • The release of NetWeaver 7.30 allows form the simplification of the SAP Java landscape (Portal, CE, PI)
  • Project “Gateway” allows the opening up on SAP systems back to 4.6c if required
  • In memory databases (called HANA) allows for the non-disruptive adoption of this technology alongside existing solutions

Innovation was provided in the following ways :-

  • The release of NetWeaver 7.30 provides new features which can be exploited as part of an upgrade included improvements to BPM, Look and Feel, throughput performance and simpler operation.
  • Business Objects 4.0 brings both the Business Objects and the SAP portfolio together in a harmonised release, tools like Event Insight combined with In-memory database technology opens the possibility of true real-time analytics on massive data sets.
  • SAP are investing heavily into the cloud and more solutions will be made available in this area included ByDesign, light-weight apps (e.g Carbon Management) and River for light weight cloud composites.
  • Finally Sybase tools are in the process of being blended into the mix to allow all of the above to be “unwired”

So we are in the era of AND….

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  • As a fellow BPXer, I have these impressions so far: Excel is here to stay, SAP is innovating, but not at the expense of its existing customer base, so it’s sticking to what it does best in the world: business process transformation.

    This doesn’t mean we don’t get excited about Apple and the apps. A is for Applications, after all.