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SAP’s Database Vision – Get the Right Answers

Reproducing an article written by Dan Lahl and David Hull from April 2012 as it is relevant (except for live tweetchat) for this new space focused on database.

Co-written by David Hull

Have you heard the latest news today? SAP announced its database management vision in downtown San Francisco. You wonder what it all means? We can help you with some answers for the questions you might have.

First, SAP’s vision is to be the leader in business technology and data management innovation and help its customers to maximize business results with minimal IT landscape disruption. SAP HANA will be at the center of this next-generation strategy with its in-memory technology and real-time capabilities. Added to that will be deeply integrated Sybase and SAP products and technologies for both data management and data movement. We want to extend data movement, integration, quality and governance. Second, for us it’s important to provide customer value by making data management and movement processes seamless and less disruptive, while enabling new and innovative applications through an integrated real-time data platform approach.  Third, our goal is to simplify the architecture and enable and allow our customers to mine social media, big data, mobility and the cloud for data that can truly provide business impact. We don’t want to lock-in customers – quite the opposite – SAP HANA continues to be open for customers and partners, as evidenced by the number of hardware vendors with certified SAP HANA configurations.

Now you might wonder what does that actually mean for customers and how do they benefit?
The integration of these solutions leads to a transformation of existing business processes and helps to simplify IT landscapes. Most importantly, SAP will focus on data management innovation and SAP HANA as a real-time platform that supports major emerging trends in technology, including social media, big data, mobile and cloud, while at the same time bringing existing applications along for the ride.

You are still not completely sure what role Sybase’s data management products play and how it comes together with SAP HANA?
SAP will continue to invest in Sybase’s current products, because they’re the repository of some of the best technology innovation in the market today for data management. SAP plans to bring together the products from Sybase and SAP to make the best possible solution for customers. In the short term the Sybase data management products and SAP HANA will share data via replication and data services. SAP Sybase ASE will seamlessly replicate data to SAP HANA to provide application transparency for OLTP and analytics within one architecture. In addition, SAP HANA and SAP Sybase IQ will share data, so the customer can optimize their analytics environment for performance and TCO. Finally, SAP HANA and SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere will be able to synchronize data between data center and mobile devices.

Medium term we will see more of a sharing of technologies between SAP HANA and the Sybase database assets to optimize performance and accelerate the integration of the products. In the long-term they will fully integrate and share technologies to provide a new SAP real-time data platform to provide massive performance boosts and run new innovative applications not dreamed of prior to the advent of in-memory data management.

Q&A Tweetchat #SAPQA today at 3pm PT
If you still have open questions or want to know more details, we can help you: We will offer a Tweetchat where you can ask your questions to our three database experts, Dan Lahl (@jcjaks) and Amit Sinha (@tweetsinha) from 3-4 pm PT today, Tuesday, April 10. Follow the hashtag #SAPQA on Twitter or go directly into the Tweetchat to ask questions by using #SAPQA and be part of the conversation. This is your chance to get firsthand insights from our experts, don’t miss it. We will be waiting for your questions.

Dan Lahl is senior director of Product Marketing at Sybase and  David Hull is senior manager of  Database & Technology Marketing at SAP.

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