HANA goes to the cloud, breaks a database record, cures diseases and pokes fun at … Ok, slight exaggeration. But, truth be told, we could add more to it.

SAP wants to be the future of computing, and it wants it all. (It already owns a nice chunk of it.) More specifically, SAP wants to own big data, analytics, cloud, mobile, business applications and other technologies — in the enterprise and beyond it.

Forget Modesty

The idea is, if you go with SAP you’ll have information systems that break world records, leverage the world’s best business and analytical thinking, and give you the information you need to make decisions faster than anyone else. And your entire enterprise can run on SAP products or those of its partners.

Vishal Sikka, a member of the executive board of SAP AG, Products and Innovation, isn’t reserved when he talks about all of this. You get the feeling that SAP’s vision “to help the world run better and improve people's lives” is in his blood rather than a bunch of jargon SAP created for its brochures and annual reports. 

So it’s no surprise that Sikka was elated at the company's press conference earlier today. The company made some big announcements, talked strategy, leaked something that they won’t be introducing until later this year (Ariba will be running on Amazon HANA later this year.) 

And, as is now becoming the norm, Sikka took a jab at not only an unnamed vendor (who we all knew was Oracle), but also somewhat dismissively mentioned MongoDB.

We’d suspect that the fact that MongoDB is on SAP’s radar might have evoked a few cheers at MongoDB’s New York offices because it’s an affirmation that it's on the map with the big guys.

SAP’s Announcements

SAP made a few huge announcements today. First, it said that together with its partners BMMsoft, HP, Intel, NetApp and Red Hat it had developed the world’s largest data warehouse — 12.1 petabytes. It was recognized by Guinness World Records and is four times larger than the prior record.

Sikka said setting the new world record with the combination of SAP HANA and SAP IQ was a "moonshot" challenge he had laid out for our engineering team. The goal was to set new limits in bringing Big Data together with fast, ad hoc and scalable analytics. This establishes that SAP’s platform as a cost-effective and high-performance approach toward solving extreme problems in big data and analytics.

“HANA beats the pants off of any database,” he added.