Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO at SAP, announced the general availability of HANA on its Business Suite ERP software at Sapphire 2013 in Orlando, Fla.
In a wide-ranging keynote informed by Darwinian evolution as a metaphor for business history, Hagemann Snabe said SAP has inaugurated three “quantum leaps” in its own technology in recent years: in-memory data management; business applications on the cloud; and an intensified focus on mobile users, often identified as a new generation of millennial workers.
He concluded the keynote by drawing a distinction between evolution in nature and in business: “In business, evolution is not random, it is deliberate and delivered by companies that lead, that have the guts to define the future.”
On stage with Hagemann Snabe was Ron Dennis, chairman of McLaren Group, a HANA platform customer. “If HANA were a person, she would change history,” he said.
McLaren uses HANA to read sensor data from Formula One racing cars.
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Introducing SAP Fiori
In the third of what Snabe described as quantum leap areas – mobile applications for new-generation workers – the supplier has launched SAP Fiori,described as a collection of applications that provide an intuitive user experience for broadly and frequently used SAP software functions, across desktops, tablets and smartphones.
The first release of SAP Fiori includes 25 applications for common business functions, such as workflow approvals, information lookups and self-service tasks.
In a press statement, Tom Greene, chief information and business services officer at Colgate, said: “We have deployed SAP Fiori at Colgate, and the feedback from our first group of business users has been very positive."
Benjamin Salter, enterprise architecture and application development at Valero, said: “I am very excited to see such positive results from SAP’s user experience strategy in such a short timeframe. The apps in SAP Fiori are as easy to use as Facebook, Google or Amazon. This is exactly what users are looking for.”
Joshua Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, said: “Employees in all industries and walks of life are looking for better, more intuitive user experiences, and their employers recognise that these improvements will allow for higher productivity and greater user acceptance.”
The first release of SAP Fiori includes applications for four user roles: manager, employee, sales representative and purchasing agent.