Article appears in SAP Startup Focus Newsletter – Issue 1
SAP HANA is something that got me hooked on very quick. Being one of the coolest products from SAP in a while. SAP HANA is a unique in-memory database promising speed that no one else has, something absolutely worth digging in to.
My team set up a research operation under 10jumps (my third baby!). We quickly built a prototype on SAP HANA for Telecom Company as a pilot and showcased our demo at one of the Startup Forums.
The Startup Forum itself is a brilliant idea and a great platform. The Forum is an absolutely new way of operating coming from SAP. Given my past experience, I have never seen SAP trying to reach out to the startup community so aggressively before.
As 10jumps, through the program, we got selected for Sapphire Madrid.
Happy moment! After our training on SAP HANA and meetings with the Startup Focus teams our team felt that we achieved a small goal!
Along the journey I realized that SAP HANA is something that has potential of building a community outside SAP just like any other open source tool. After busting all the myths about ‘SAP’s old fashioned ERP style’, SAP produces a product that is more “Startup like”!
This thought pushed me to create a Meetup group and open it up to all the SAP HANA/Big Data enthusiasts who, like me, enjoy brainstorming ideas around SAP HANA. The goal is to learn, share and work on cool ideas.
The Meetups are coming along great. We already have had 2 events with a mixed crowd of more than 50 (Big Data/SAP ERP/BI consultants) enthusiasts. This has been a fantastic experience in getting great minds together into such informative sessions.
During this latest event, the mashup between the Bay Area Big Data Meetup and the Bay Area SAP HANA Meetup, it was very interesting to see the audience coming from a Hadoop experience and then digging into SAP HANA features. This is just the start with the goal to have many more such sessions.
Going forward we want to broadcast the meetups to bring more people onboard (developers and analysts/consultants), working out various levels/tracks to learn even more on SAP HANA.
I am looking forward to the day when we have a big community outside SAP using and talking about SAP HANA and interested in building apps on it.
Special credits to:
SAP HANA Product Management, Research team, Startup Focus Team, Developer network team and SAP facilities.
Founder & President