Yesterday in San Francisco, SAP held a press conference to make two (perhaps three) major announcements about its strategy for the data management and mobility spaces. These announcements unveiled big-time movement in two major IT areas: data management and mobility.
SAP HANA and Sybase
At the press conference, Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board for Technology and Innovation, spoke about SAP’s roadmap for integrating Sybase and SAP’s strategy over their real-time data platform, which will be comprised of the HANA platform and Sybase’s data management offerings.
SAP also announced the availability of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, to be powered by HANA, with SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) as a database option for all their business applications.
Additionally, SAP will provide $155 million (USD) in venture funds for start-ups to build on the new platform, as well as a $337 million incentive plan to encourage customers to move to SAP HANA.
In this regard, Vishal Sikka had this to say:
SAP’s vision is focused on enabling a paradigm shift in data management: transforming enterprise IT departments from complex and slow landscapes—struggling to deliver on organizational objectives—to a simplified architecture that enables new classes of “big data,” cloud, and mobile applications in addition to renewing existing applications non-disruptively.
Some interesting additional announcements include plans for integrating SAP’s HANA and Sybase IQ so as to be able to access sources such as Hadoop via an integrated pre-processing infrastructure, as well as the plan to bring Sybase IQ Server and SAP HANA together to share capabilities.
SAP Mobile Strategy
At the same press conference, SAP announced its intention to acquire Syclo, an important provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies. According to SAP, this acquisition will reinforce its current mobile platform offering.
Another important note from SAP regarded the vendor’s current partnership with Adobe, Appcelerator, and Sencha to provide users with an open development framework for applications running within SAP’s software ecosystem.
From Sanjay Poonen, President, Global Solutions, SAP:
As a leader in the enterprise mobility market, SAP is constantly looking for innovative ways to serve our customers and partners, and advance our vision for this market. By joining forces with leading mobile app development vendors like Adobe, Appcelerator, and Sencha, we are making it easier for large communities of developers, in the millions, to innovate on our platform. We believe SAP is the only mobile platform provider delivering on the promise of an open platform architecture that supports innovative third-party development environments and tools, providing flexibility for customers to implement the right mobile app every time. SAP, customers, partners and the entire ecosystem now have a tremendous opportunity to rapidly produce millions of high quality apps using the tool of their choice.
A Final Word
SAP is taking an interesting approach by conveying the message that businesses can use their existing technology assets and put them to work in the context of actual and tangible business cases.
It’s also good to know that SAP will also continue to invest in Sybase’s technology assets, hopefully with a fresh view toward offering more user- and application-centric solutions, both in data management and mobility.
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