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24 October 2010

John Appleby

John Appleby

Global Head of Sales

Having spent 2 weeks in Teched – in Berlin and then Las Vegas, our dear leader asked me if anyone had written a summary. The messaging is all too clear to me, but then I’ve been immersed in it for 2 weeks! So for those if you who haven’t been following my twitter feed, here’s a whistle stop tour of TechEd. If you have time only to read one article, make it the following - SAP TechEd: the wrap by Dennis Howlett. Otherwise, here’s the messages point by point, with links to interesting reading material:

NetWeaver is alive and well.

Vishal said that since the NetWeaver message hadn’t been clearly sent out for 3 years, it was time to revive that NetWeaver is alive, well and strategic to SAP. I’ve summarised this message in the following blog - NetWeaver is dead! Long live NetWeaver!

Vishal: “I am not a donut”

Thankfully unlike JFK, Vishal knows what a Berliner means. Here’s some key messages: from Dennis Howlett’s great blog: ‘Stack wars are missing the point’. ‘We only use Intel processors’. ‘SAP foundation is NetWeaver’. ‘Business ByDesign architecture is the future’ http://www.zdnet.com/blog/howlett/saps-sikka-i-am-not-a-donut-true-and-he-wowed-the-sap-teched-crowd/2524

SAP has three technology pillars: Cloud.

SAP is investing in on-Demand solutions like Business ByDesign. Michael Koch summarises it well in this blog by Michael Koch. 

SAP has three technology pillars: In-Memory.

SAP has clearly invested heavily in in-memory solutions and this is no clearer than with the HANA appliance. This is the next generation of BWA and allows you to index anything. They have already indexed SCN – and by that I mean all the blogs, forums, content, wiki, points and web logs. I saw a demo and was impressed. See HANA - An HP and SAP collaborative, unique, end-to-end technology innovation!

SAP has three technology pillars: Mobile.

Actually I think I summarised mobile well in my blog on SAPs Mobile Strategy...but then I would. Mobile is strategic to SAP but they need to put their money where their mouth is – and they have to some extent by creating a new Mobile Business Unit. Check out the video version too in an interview with Dennis Howlett.

Innovation Weekend was awesome.

I went to Innovation Weekend in Vegas – a 30 hour hackathon using the latest non-released SAP technologies. You should too, if you get the chance to do it next year. Here’s a blog about the event by Steve Williams - and my personal contribution...Innovation Weekend and the irony of "fixing SCN from within".

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John Appleby

Global Head of Sales

I've always been passionate about new technology. I cut my teeth helping global financial services and consumer goods companies build data warehouses to manage their business - especially when they wanted to run faster.

These days, I travel weekly across continents, helping clients differentiate themselves using analytics technologies. This then involved building a team to design the solution, make it work and lead it through to successful completion.

I believe that in-memory computing is radically changing the face of business so you can ask me about SAP HANA, or about any other data platform like DB2 BLU, Hadoop or MongoDB for that matter.

I'm passionate that giving back to the community reaps long-term rewards and this has shaped the last few years of my career - being a contributor to knowledge sharing websites as an SAP Mentor; and a sometime advisor to Wall Street investors on emerging technologies and those companies bringing to market new innovations.

When I'm not busy designing in-memory apps, you may find me pounding the pavement to the beat of music in the hilly suburbs of Philadelphia, or traveling the world to meet new people and new cultures.

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