SAP unveils three technology innovations at Sapphire 2010

SAP has unveiled three products aimed at meeting enterprise demands for greater reach and real-time computing capability.

SAP has unveiled three products aimed at meeting enterprise demands for greater reach and real-time computing capability.

"These are two of the areas where SAP is working to bring innovation," Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer at SAP, told the Sapphire customer and partner event, which is taking place simultaneously in Frankfurt, Germany and Orlando, Florida in the US.

"We looked at advances in hardware, such as multi-core technologies, and asked what we could do with them to bring value to our customers' existing systems," said Sikka.

SAP assembled a development team a year ago, he said, and the result is three fundamental innovations in reach and real time to extend the enterprise landscape.

Added mobility

The software engineers have taken the Netweaver platform and added mobility and real-time that will enable businesses to become unwired and unbound, said Sikka.

Before the end of 2010 SAP will release a high performance analytical appliance that will attach to any ERP system from SAP.

"We have proven that it is possible to process data at unbelievably high speeds of around 2 megabytes in a millisecond," said Sikka.

The second innovation, known as Project Gateway, is a technology platform that is designed to provide a simple way to consume content in existing systems using a wide range of mobile devices.

The first products to use this technology are Duet Enterprise, developed in partnership with Microsoft, and Alloy, developed in partnership with IBM, said Sikka.

"The proposed acquisition of Sybase will supercharge SAP's mobility capabilities," he added.

Exposing systems to the outside world is just one aspect of extending the reach of enterprise, said Sikka, and cloud-based computing is the other.

The first application to run on SAP's cloud computing platform in partnership with Amazon, he said, is the Carbon Impact application.

Version 5 of the application will run in the cloud and will be available from July, when SAP plans the roll-out of its full Business By Design on-demand service.

"SAP believes that companies in the mid-market are ready to adopt entire business suites in the cloud, which is exactly what SAP's Business By Design will offer," said Sikka.

All three innovations involve collaboration with other industry leaders. This is in line with SAP's belief in providing enterprises with choice from an "ecosystem of the best", he said.

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