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Live from SAPTechEd 2009

by Lyndsay Wise, President, WiseAnalyticsTuesday, October 13, 2009

October 13th through the 15th marks SAPTechEd 2009, SAP’s developer oriented conference located in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference goal is to enable SAP customers to get the most out of their current solutions, understand the company’s roadmap positioning, and gain valuable skills to be able to take back to their organizations.

Aside from several announcements, the drive behind SAPTechEd 2009 seems to be based on precipitating change.  Today’s keynote with SAP CTO Vishal Sikka and inventor and author Ray Kurzweil discussed the societal and technical changes that are occurring and what will occur.  Sikka discussed the concept and importance of content being independent of the way it is provided to customers with the importance being overall design, intent and optimization, and adaptation for customers.  What this means is that because societal, economic, and technological advancements are so dynamic and constantly expanding, it becomes important to design, develop, and deploy software that supports these changes and provides customers with tools to collaborate and help drive additional change without limiting the way in which these solutions are delivered.  Kurzweil supported this view by showing the growth of technology and lowering of overall costs of what is now available in the market.

Examples were given with data being updated and transferred using a Cloud (Amazon) model to show that SAP’s infrastructure requirements are not the way that SAP will need to be deployed in the future on a broad scale.  Due to SAP’s breadth and depth of solutions (based on a large number of acquisitions with BusinessObjects being one as well as general development), SAP might be able to achieve this goal on a broad level.  But as with any conference, much focus is based on a series of small examples that are specialized and forward looking roadmaps without showing large scale deployment and solutions already available in the market.

Even though the future is murky, the idea that SAP seems dedicated to creating these types of solutions can be seen as positive.  Much of what is developed within a software company comes from a company’s overall culture and vision statement. This includes the ability to eventually integrate operational with BI solutions into a common platform to provide an overall business management system that provides all aspects of business and process management on one platform.

About the Author

Lyndsay Wise is an industry analyst for business intelligence. For over seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay is the channel expert for BI for the Mid-Market at B-eye-Network and conducts research of leading technologies, products and vendors in business intelligence, marketing performance management, master data management, and unstructured data. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com. And please visit Lyndsay's blog at myblog.wiseanalytics.com.


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