I was recently looking at some of the new of the offers on the HANA Marketplace when I noticed a small link in the upper right hand corner announcing a new marketplace.
After clicking on the link, I started exploring the new site. It looks good and has some improved features such as being able to search the entire marketplace.
As a techie, however, I wanted to find out more about the technical foundation of the marketplace and looked at the html source of the page.
What was interesting was that I found references to Hybris in the code.
Hybris was just acquired by SAP and here it was already being used in a marketplace. Impressive. This was the first example I’d seen of SAP really using its newly acquired e-commerce framework in a productive setting.
Despite this promising first step, there is still more work to done in this area:
- One single marketplace. The ability to buy and sell HANA Cloud Platform extensions (for example, for SuccessFactors) has just been released. I’d like to see these extensions here as well – though an in-app marketplace is probably more relevant
- A mobile application for these marketplaces. Hybris has excellent mobile e-commerce solutions, what about reusing those?
Update: A recent video with Aiaz Kazai provides additional material about the new marketplace.