Innovations to Simplify Your Enterprise

Greg McStravick

Posted by Greg McStravick on August 10, 2016

President, SAP Database And Data Management

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In today’s digital economy, disruption is a matter of when, not if. We are in a much more connected world than we were even five years ago and that fundamentally changes how companies need to operate. SAP has introduced innovations such as our in-memory platform SAP HANA, real-time ERP suite SAP S/4 HANA, and cloud offerings: HANA Cloud Platform and HANA Enterprise Cloud to enable companies to simplify their enterprises and harness these trends for competitive advantage.

I spend a lot of my time with customer CEOs and digital transformation comes up often in our conversations. The vast majority of CEOs acknowledge that they need to embrace this new reality, yet only a small minority have started to develop a plan. The complex environment of traditional databases, data warehouses and silos has led to inefficiencies and a compromised ability to adapt to a digital world. Sensing and responding in real time to new data requirements and taking action on that data has been virtually impossible!

SAP innovated HANA, our in-memory platform, to eliminate multiple copies of the data and break down silos. HANA was built from the ground up with in-memory compute and we are continuously adding sophisticated capabilities, such as geospatial, graph, and predictive. With HANA, customers can transact on a single copy of their data and leverage application services to build new applications and extensions.

The path to simplicity begins with a digital core, which is why S/4 HANA is at the heart of SAP’s strategy. S/4 HANA, SAP’s next-generation ERP business suite, is optimized to run in-memory on HANA. By eliminating aggregates and indices, S/4 HANA delivers an incredibly flexible application code set.

We understand where the digital economy is going – to the cloud! The SAP HANA Cloud Platform, our open platform-as-a-service, provides unique in-memory database and application services. It is a proven cloud platform that enables customers to rapidly develop new applications or extend existing ones. We also introduced the HANA Enterprise Cloud to help customers with refresh cycles, apps management, and to enable them to scale up or scale down their infrastructure instantaneously.

SAP’s vision and strategy for the next generation of technology is to help our customers make their enterprises simpler. I invite you to watch the replay of my SAPPHIRE NOW session to learn how SAP customers, such as Under Armour, are embracing digital transformation to their advantage and leveraging SAP innovations for simplicity.

I would also welcome the opportunity to connect with you on Twitter or LinkedIn

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