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It’s Official – The Wall between Operations and Analytics is Obliterated

SAP put out the announcement today on the ability to run SAP Business Suite on top of their HANA in-memory platform. Like the fall of the Berlin wall, there is little now that stands between the real-time analytics functions and what will be lighting fast operational business processes running on the same state of the art platform. I have been talking in my blogs for a while… that analytic processes aren’t complete unless they kick off operational “actions” that follow through on newly generated insights. With this announcement, SAP takes the industry a step closer to that future, today.

Unlike Oracle, who has built an iron forrest of Oracle specific appliances, SAP has enabled the eco-system to provide a “HANA economy”. The consumer has options for supporting products that resemble the assets that run in their current data centers (which is smart…) and there is a legion of well trained Global Change Agents (Read about some of them here) to help customers get from “idea” to “execution”. Time to Value is a hot commodity in this new world order. 

At EMC we’re additionally seeing customers working to transform their legacy world. This combines not only hot products like HANA, but additionally addresses how to leverage cloud, _aaS initiatives, and to increase their Opx to Capx ratios. With SAP FKOM only a couple weeks away, its going to be a Fast start to 2013 as we all try scramble from talking about it through quotes, contracts, and time spent to get to results. 

This also takes HANA out of the sandbox and into Data center. Though there have been notable production usage of HANA, today’s announcement moves from what was primarily greenfield, to a massive legacy install base. I’m sure we’ll here more from SAP at FKOM on the details of this announcement and I am sure their initial limitations to ramp through, but the pit-bull has pushed his nose through the paper bag, HANA moves into the Mission Critical category without doubt.   This means an evolution of current limited specs to have HANA eventually look more like the rest of our customers’ landscapes. You can’t shove a multi-national fortune 100 in a several system nodes and call it a day. IT is a mature industry with lots of technology and process that will need to be integrated.

I look forward to the journey. See you at FKOM!

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