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Databricks' Spark Could Light SAP's Fire

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SAP HANA seems to have taken a bit of a public beating lately, namely because its creator, Vishal Sikka, and several other notable executives left the company.

And while some might speculate the Guinness World Record setting in-memory database has had its best days, there are very few facts to support that contention. In fact, we say the best may be yet to come.

After all, SAP HANA hasn’t yet infiltrated most Enterprises and SAP, as a whole, has become no holds barred, cloud-bound only lately.

How SAP Will Disrupt the Enterprise in the Big Data Age

2014-04-June-SAPPHIRENOW.jpgWhen it comes to business applications, SAP has owned the enterprise for quite a long time. The world’s third largest software vendor has done a lot of things right -- most notably it has provided the reliable tools managers need to run their businesses.

And while that’s oversimplifying it a bit, the statement certainly lacks a “cool” factor. But if we look at the products and services we use every day, there’s a good chance that SAP’s technologies have been involved somewhere along the way -- from the manufacturing plants that use SAP’s ERP systems, to the marketing pitches that leverage SAP’s customer analytics, to the Financial powerhouses that use Sybase.

But that’s yesterday’s news and SAP knows it. They know something else too -- that if they’re going to remain viable in computing’s next era, they have work to do. Not only that, but they also have to keep their current customers happy as they move to the age of big data, mobile and cloud.

Now You Can Now Have SAP Fiori for Free #SapphireNow

customer experience, Hey SAP User, You Can Now Have SAP Fiori for Free

Even Steve Lucas, president of SAP Platform Solutions, admits his company’s traditional user interfaces are ugly — for this day and age — and that the company's user experiences leave a lot to be desired.

Instead of being colorful, “delightful” and productivity-oriented, they come in and act in on something Lucas describes as “a palette of grays”.

And they aren't anywhere as exciting as those 50 shades you may envision.

This isn’t an experience that modern users who expect consumer-like feel and function want. 

SAP has a product, SAP Fiori, that changes all of that. But it has come at a price that many enterprises haven’t been willing or able to pay.

This has caused quite a bit of anger. 

SAP Invites Customers, Partners to Dance on its Industry Cloud

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The days of tired, old legacy applications developed by Oracle and loved by few will soon be over. At least that’s what SAP has in mind.

And in the age of cloud, collaboration and app stores, does it make sense for a software company to sit in some ivory tower building solutions that tell you how to do your job? Or would it be smarter for a vendor that has deep industry and development experience to partner with customers and developers to build products and services that delight?

The answer, we think, is plain to anyone; yet it’s not an approach that many software or solution vendors have taken.

At least until now.

SAP Turns the Page, But We've Already Read the Next Chapter

CEOs Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff, of Oracle and Salesforce, respectively, may not be feeling anxious this week. But maybe they should be. After all, there’s a calm that neither being the world’s highest paid CEO nor Satya Nadella’s newest BFF can bring.

Especially when the competition is about to change the game on you. And that’s precisely what will be happening at Sapphire Now, SAP’s user conference in Orlando, Fla. this week.

Granted, the fact that something big is about to happen at SAP shouldn’t come as a surprise. There have been plenty of clues, including the notable departure of visionary Vishal Sikka. And now another senior exec, Peter Graf, announced he has parted ways with the company, too.

SAP HANA: The One Thing that Does Everything for Everyone?

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.

B2B Content Marketing Guidance: Strategy Before Deployment

customer experience, B2B Content Marketing Strategy: Develop a Strategy Before DeploymentA former employer of mine once told me in a meeting, “We should get on Twitter.”

That was it. No plan. No strategy. No launch meeting.

Just get tweeting. So I did. It didn’t work.

Microsoft Shareholders Target Gates, But He's Not The Problem

bill gates, microsoftIn July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.

Hey Larry, Look What SAP HANA Can Do Now #SAPPHIRENOW

SAPPHIRE_NOW_Orlando_2013Larry Ellison must have woken up mighty early this morning (like 5 am PT) to hear what SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner was going to say about SAP HANA, which is being called “the fastest in memory database of all time.” 

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