It has taken multiple briefings, presentations, and well, time, for SAP to convince me that their just-announced in-memory solutions will be game changing. My 'ah ha' moment came only after seeing a prototype.
As I wrote in this feature last year on in-memory, speed of thought analysis is the way people want to work. The technology is not new, and SAP first jumped into the in-memory fray three years ago with its BW Accelerator appliance. Others, such as IBM Cognos TM1, TIBCO Spotfire, and QlikTech QlikView have been around longer.So what's the big deal about SAP's new Business Analytic Engine (BAE)? First, they've announced that it is in development. Production product is expected within a year, although CTO Vishal Sikka suggested by by the end of this year. Assessing differentiators of an in-development product is a challenge, but here are a few:
Beyond in-memory, cloud computing and mobile also took center stage. While these were some of the headlines, I have to mention General Colin Powell's key note, both amusing and inspiring. I am still picturing him getting patted down by TSA, having paid cash for his airfare, shown up late, and post Secretary of State. He spoke of his work in trying to improve high school graduate rates and reminded us, "It doesn't matter where you start. What counts is where you end up and what you do in between."
Sincerely, Cindi Howson, BI ScorecardIt has taken multiple briefings, presentations, and well, time, for SAP to convince me that their just-announced in-memory solutions will be game changing. My 'ah ha' moment came only after seeing a prototype.