While the recently closed acquisition of Qualtrics provided many of the headlines at SAPPHIRE last week, the fact that SAP remains fully committed to HANA had the most immediate significance. The future of SAP HANA was very much the spotlight of SAP chairman Hasso Plattner’s day two keynote. Normally, a speech about HANA would not make headlines. But in the wake of major staff restructuring last winter that lead to considerable sturm und drang about the future of HANA, it was important for SAP to reaffirm that it was staying the course. As Larry Dignan reported last week, HANA is the underpinning of the bevy of new services that SAP is releasing on its cloud platform. And SAP, like most of its enterprise technology brethren, is now adopting a cloud-first game plan for HANA development – where new features get introduced first to the cloud version before they trickle down to the on-premise editions. And it is backing it up with a new Embrace program encompassing reference architectures and jumpstart roadmaps and services offered by SAP in conjunction with its public cloud partners. SAP has been professing its allegiance to the cloud for the last 3 – 4 years, but the changes beneath the hood that were announced this year make the strategy sustainable, both technically and economically. It starts with the most important underlying change: refactoring the HANA database to separate storage from compute. That’s the first step that any database platform must take to exploit the horizontal scale… [Read full story]
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