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Café Innovation – From intentions to reality: The SAP Tech Ed experience in 2011

Okay, so I should have posted this a week ago – but here it is now. This year’s Tech Ed was once again marked by a lot of chatter and discussion around Mobility and SAP HANA. There were some interesting discussion points around NetWeaver such as NetWeaver Gateway. But the remarkable aspect of these conversations was not only what SAP is producing but what customers are actually using. And yes, it is clear that there are real Mobile apps being produced by SAP and the ecosystem, and there are customers actually using SAP HANA to uncover value within their organizations.

With respect to SAP HANA, it has become clear from Vishal Sikka (@vsikka), SAP CTO and Board member, that “renewal” will occur for companies that step up to the challenge of altering status quo to take advantage of technologies that are no longer a fantasy or mere wishful thinking. Numerous customer testimonials prove the value of SAP HANA in the field. I would like to believe that this opens up an interesting range of possibilities, as we can now work more easily with big data, and, in real time, provide value on mobile devices in far flung corners of the earth!

There were numerous lecture sessions that focused on Mobility, getting into the details of what the products from Sybase, an SAP company, had to offer. In addition, there were sessions on other offerings such as Sybase ASE, and Sybase IQ.

The SAP Premier Customer Network (@sappcn) organized a high-octane session on Mobility on the “pre-conference” day to expose PCN customers to distinct but convergent perspectives on Mobility as seen by SAP customers. Keynoted by none other than Raj Nathan (Head of SAP Mobile Applications Unit & CMO of Sybase, an SAP company), this was an afternoon that demonstrated how customers and SAP were marching down a common path in the Enterprise Mobility world.

And, the best part is that SAP is one of the customers for many of these offerings. Indeed, SAP Runs SAP and this is in evidence from what we heard Oliver Bussmann, CIO of SAP AG (@sapcio) talk about. He has spoken on this subject on numerous occasions ( His participation in the PCN event was yet another occasion to celebrate the fact that SAP’s own products meet his high standards; this should be an example to other customers!

If there is one theme that can be distilled from the Tech Ed experience in Las Vegas this year, then it is this: No longer are SAP customers to be held hostage to what limits them from a technology perspective – they are now able to explore the full range of options that their business processes demand. As I mentioned in an impromptu interview at Tech Ed (, many of the end-to-end needs that organizations face can now be satisfied by SAP offerings.

For those who are going to attend SAP Tech Ed in Bangalore, Madrid or Beijing, seek out the discussions on SAP HANA that will help you bring your own use cases to life, and look for the sessions on mobility that help you put together a true strategy and roadmap for your own organization. Stay tuned to the updates from these events through November!

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