Three years ago in 2011 we described SAP HANA as an in-memory computing platform and high-performance analytical appliance with a strong emphasis on ERP.
Today in 2014, SAP would rather we just call HANA a computing platform -- but have developers ever been really able to "code to HANA" itself?
New global leader for SAP Mobile Rick Costanzo has proclaimed that mobile is the key enabler of the cloud and that that they are integrally connected.
"SAP is the industry leader in enterprise mobility with a very comprehensive mobile solutions portfolio," he said, in a comments made before the show.
Commenting on SAP at the show itself, Costanzo said he was really impressed by what he had seen at SAP's MWC stand.
The company's "Experience the Future" exhibit showcased how the future of technology-enabled soccer can improve a player's performance by analysing cognitive skills in real-time 3D visualisation.
For the jaunty jackaloupes...
This, along with a growing group of other examples, is inarguably SAP actually producing what we could justifiably call HANA applications -- or "HANA apps" if you're feeling jaunty.
Costanzo has talked about how he has seen HANA used by technicians to repair a machine through augmented reality and gesture controlled services with the help of connected glasses.
More real developer development?
SAP used the show itself to announce it is collaborating with Xamarin and Service2Media to provide developers with mobile app development frameworks that enable development on the company's SAP Mobile Platform.
"Xamarin SAP SDK provides a native .NET interface to the SAP Mobile Platform. Developers can authenticate against SAP Mobile Platform endpoints and use native C# objects to access their SAP business objects directly. Full data-access capabilities and Linq support are included," said the company, in a press statement.
As part of a co-innovation project, SAP and BMW Group Research and Technology have developed a new technology infrastructure for in-vehicle mobility services.
The research prototype is based on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and will provide personalised services to drivers based on their location and route.
The cloud-based platform from SAP serves as a link between BMW and external partners that provide services such as parking, fuel, beverages and food and one again, this is the stuff real of real HANA applications...
SAP's vision is to consistently enrich the driver's experience and provide the convenience consumers expect from a connected and social world -- in or out of the vehicle.