Yesterday, I have attended a sales meeting with one of the region’s biggest shopping center’s Managing Director. He is very focused on the new trends and innovative products and offerings in retail business enabled by information technologies. Thousands of visitors, daily shopping experiences are captured by different methods and stored in traditional databases by using traditional software solutions.

On the other hand, they want to get rid of paper usage for more than 400 shops’ administrative transactions. The approach for this purpose is to build a shopping portal which will enable all the parties to reach it from anywhere, anytime on any device. Besides this, portal should be the single gateway to for future demands such as ERP, Analytics and any other 3rd party solutions.

I really do not know what other competitors felt after listened to him, but really liked this complex and too demanding perspective. Because I have a great tool from User Experience point of view: SAPUI5.

I can easily develop and deliver, customer specific requirements which will be run on any device, support all known software, connectivity and platforms. Seamless integration with any database ( to keep their existing investment, today they have SQL Server), however their future roadmap is definitely keep big data and run predictive analysis. Addition to this they want to change their existing local ERP solution with SAP as well. The biggest challenge is their must-do rule is to enable these solutions run on one – single platform.

I felt my self very lucky as a Solution Architect, since I have HANA in portfolio. Great appliance, since great platform for my real-time applications or Database & Data Processing Services or Integration and Data Virtualization Service requirements or base for my ERP or Analytic solutions or finally Mission-critical Deployment Services.

Now we are preparing a proposal to cover not only their today’s requirements but also cover their long term IT strategies partnership.

Finally thanks to SAP, I have definitely seen that, all roads to HANA, SAPUI5 and Cloud powered by HANA.

Cheers,

Sarhan.

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