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What’s SUP?

by Jacquelyn Howard

October 12, 2010

While waiting to head out to SAP TechEd Las Vegas next week, I happened to catch Timo Elliott’s excellent summary of the keynote from SAP TechEd Berlin yesterday. A few items caught my attention:

  • "18,000 NetWeaver customers, 10,000 using BW, and 6,000 using the SAP Portal"

With all the talk about the demise of SAP NetWeaver Portal, it looks like 1/3 of SAP NetWeaver customers are still using it. I found this interesting, as at SAP Professional Journal, we’ve been receiving more requests for coverage about using Microsoft SharePoint with SAP systems. As a matter of fact, part of the keynote included a demo of an SAP ERP HCM system that uses the Gateway functionality to display the information in SharePoint.

  • The new SAP Enterprise Workspace was mentioned, in which "users can customize with their own content, without any help needed from IT."

Elliott’s blog shows a number of pretty pictures from the demo of this new offering, using the example of choosing vendors based on their carbon footprint. I’m looking forward to learning more about SAP Enterprise Workspace next week. For those who were at the keynote or caught it online at Virtual SAP TechEd, what are your thoughts on this? I’m also curious if this works with SAP StreamWork at all, as you can invite others (even those outside your company) to your workspace.

  • Vishal Sikka noted three changes in technology that SAP is following: cloud, mobile, and in-memory computing (which you all recall from SAPPHIRE this past spring).

As part of this discussion, Sikka talked about Sybase Unwired Platform (sometimes referred to as SUP) — in fact, we just published an article on this: “Take Your Mobile SAP Systems Further with Sybase Unwired Platform.” Based on conversations I’m seeing with the #sapteched hashtag on Twitter, interest appears to continue to rise in application mobility. Just last week, SAP issued a press release stating that SAP and Sybase are forming a new mobile business unit.

Incidentally, I think Sikka had the best quote I’ve seen in a while: “I am not a donut.”

I’ll be blogging and tweeting live from SAP TechEd Las Vegas next week. You can follow me on Twitter @bi_expert or watch this space for updates. If you’re going to be in Vegas, feel free to stop by and say hi at the SAPinsider booth in the community clubhouse!


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