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SAP’s Jim Hagemann Snabe: “In less than five years, everything is mobile”

/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/snabe_101854.jpgDuring SAP SAPPHIRENOW’s day two keynote, featuring SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, the packed theater of attendees took to Twitter to tell a very compelling story. In short, SAP’s triple-threat of mobile, cloud and in-memory offerings is making waves. Re-visit the keynote Twitter conversation below and be sure to chime in with your own thoughts.

Co-CEO of @SAP & Member of the #SAP Exec Board, Jim Hagemann Snabe takes the stage to deliver his keynote “As Boundaries Blur” #SAPPHIRENOW

– @Dell_Services

Jim H. Snabe coming out for his keynote. “Dear customers, dear partners, dear influencers…and for the 60K employees.” – @pgreenbe

“$12 trillion of business runs on SAP…Co-CEO Jim Hagerman Snabe says 15 thousand attendees at Sapphire this year – @Katherine_Jones

Jim Snabe taking the #SAPPHIRENOW keynote stage. “Biggest most global Bday party ever.” – @DaveatWisPubs

Nice image – Jim H. Snabe standing in front of a wall of treetops #sapphirenow << Jim H. Snabe for president!  – @rhirsch

“Some people buy a sports car or motorcycle at 40, we bought Successfactors”,  by #SAP CEO – @rvonsosen

“Apollo system memory had only 32KB memory — Snabe holds up “singing” birthday card to illustrate 32KB.” –  @jacquelynhoward

Humble, entertaining and very credible. Nice opening by Jim. #SAPPHIRENOW – @jamesatisher

Interesting #SAP fact – for first five years company didn’t own a computer – they used their clients’! – @abonde

Snabe looking 40 years out: ““the oil era is expected to end” – yup and that will be one serious change – @jonerp

Snabe: We will continue to innovate & provide value to customers, as software solves many of tomorrow’s problems – @CRMsvc

“I Predict that in less than five years, everything is mobile” – Jim Snabe at #SAPPHIRENOW – @socialkev

Today we talk about clouds, tomorrow we won’t even talk about it. In less than 5 yrs everything will be Cloud. #Sapphirenow #SAPCloud – @ m_herman

Jim Snabe ‘Predicting in less than 5 years, everything IS #mobile #cloud #inmemory ‘ #sapphirenow – @mgillet

MyPOV: traditional DB won’t go away. They serve a diff use case vs in-memory db. How we access data and where will change – @rwang0

The stone age ended not because we ran out of stone – LOL #SAPPHIRENOW – GregChase

@Jim_Snabe predicts an “intelligent business web” for businesses, integrating processes & enabling real-time collaboration.  – @DNbus

#SAPPHIRENOW – So spot on re: need to migrate SAP onto Cloud (Pvt, Pblc, Hybrid). Reduce TCO & Achieve Faster ROI. #SAPCLOUD #ASUG2012  – @Beta66

Snabe: The ability for individuals to generate their own data means the supply chain gets turned upside down. #sapphirenow – @alexwilliams

I’m still enjoying the confident tone of the SAP executives. #SapphireNow more concerned about leading not following.  – @shawnrog

#sapphirenow SAP’s evolution from dismissing #cloud only a few years back to “everything cloud” now is very telling #EnSW – @pjtec

“We took a platform approach…so you can start empowering your front-line workers.” – Jim Snabe on #mobility at #SAPPHIRENOW – @SAPNorthAmerica

Snabe recommends: Add intelligence – help your company to predict the future and not just report the past #sapphirenow #HANA #BW – @ERP_CindyJutras

“Did you know #SAP #HANA can help with cancer treatment?” @Jim_Snabe – @SAPNorthAmerica

SAP’s Snabe taking a shot at IBM Watson during keynote example using HANA to help cancer research. #sapphirenow  -@PaulSparta

Love that Jim Snabe is hitting it DEEP in the home. “Cancer Cure”.  Whoever wrote this speech deserves an A++ #SAPPHIRENOW #ASUG2012 – @MicoYuk

Great job by Jim Snabe in #SAPPHIRENOW keynote > authentic, genuine, engaging – @ksheffler

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      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      "In less than 5 years everything will be mobile."

      Maybe, but what will mobile look like in 5 years? What we call mobile today didn't exist 5 years ago, and few people were imagining it would. I don't think anybody has much of an idea of what "mobile" will be 5 years from now, and so I'm not sure this statement means an awful lot.

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      My view is that "Mobile" in the future will simply be an interface to access a full Cloud ERP system. It will largely be irrelevant if you access this on a desktop or the latest "Mobile" device.

      Author's profile photo Tim Clark
      Tim Clark
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      Steve, I think your question actually supports Jim's prediction. Everything will be mobile in less than five years, so what does that mean for all of us? SAP is addressing the issue head on as mobile makes up a large part of the company's strategy.

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      Former Member

      "Everything will be mobile" opens up amazing possibilities. For example, I expect not to carry a wallet in 5 years; my credit cards, money, photos, etc. will all be in my mobile device. Will I carry that device, or will I wear it? What's my user interface... eyes and fingers and ears like today? Will watches be obolete (I wear a watch but check the time on my phone today)? I'm multitasking at this moment with SapphireNow playing on my iPad while I work on my laptop; the iPad signal/video quality is better than on the laptop - do I dump the laptop? Do I carry a laptop? Do I need a laptop, or do I just use the mobile device and all my data is in the cloud? The possibilities are fun to ponder, since a LOT changes in 5 years. 

      Broadly: thanks Tim for this tweetstream recap of Jim's amazing keynote.  For those who missed it and want more, replays will be at