SAP TechEd 2010 in Berlin is featuring a flurry of product announcements. Release 7.3 of NetWeaver will ship in 2011, and BusinessObjects 4.0 – the successor to BusinessObjects XI – will follow in spring 2011. Cloud-based products, such as Business ByDesign, Carbon Impact OnDemand, and StreamWork, are also set to make a big impact.
In his keynote, SAP Chief Technology Officer Vishal Sikka focused on mobile software applications and databases that are loaded in full into the main memory of a system for processing. Vishal also shed light on the upcoming developments in enterprise software and SAP’s strategy for in-memory computing, the cloud, and mobility.
Topics of the TechEd:
- NetWeaver 7.3 & BusinessObjects BI 4.0
- In-Memory & 50 TB Data-Analisys
- Cloud-Software & Mobile Applications
- Gateway Service Consumption Tool: 2 Minutes for creating an App
“Evolving the existing landscape is not enough,” Vishal emphasized. SAP will therefore continue to invest in promising innovations, including key areas such as in-memory computing and mobile devices. The only way to enable high-speed analysis of vast quantities of data is to use modern hardware together with specially adapted software – especially now that users expect to access analytics applications anywhere and anytime on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs.
Using in-memory computing, the content of databases is no longer read from hard drives, but is stored directly in the main memory. This increases the access rates by a multiple of nearly 20, greatly reducing the total cost of ownership for the system.
Highlighting in-memory technology
Vishal punctuated his keynote with the example of a packaging manufacturer whose real data was fed into an in-memory system. To store the data – some 460 billion records – on conventional hard drive media would have required 50 TB. By compressing the data and switching to in-memory technology, the company reduced the data to a tenth of its previous volume. The data then easily fit onto two linked blade servers, each with 2 TB of main memory. Vishal then went into detail with an example of a landscape consisting of 10 servers linked together, all equipped with standard hardware.
In a similar vein, SAP’s “Gateway” project is working on a development platform that will be provide an interface for mobile SAP applications. Gateway also enables specific functions of apps to be displayed for iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices. Demos at TechEd included how contact information can be migrated to an iPad app in just two minutes.