by Rich Sernyak
In this recurring column in insiderPROFILES, specialists at PwC explore the ways in which companies are driving business innovation by leveraging new technology, with a spotlight on finance, security, and data management. In this second part of the series, PwC’s Rich Sernyak looks at how emerging cloud, in-memory, mobility, and social media technologies are changing the roles of CFOs and finance teams, and demanding a forward-looking, proactive strategy for approaching their day-to-day tasks.
Few innovations have changed enterprise IT as dramatically as the cloud. Once dismissed as a buzzword, cloud computing has not only changed the standard delivery model for most applications, but it is also changing the role of the IT organization and its relationship with the business units.
To investigate these trends further, insiderPROFILES recently spoke with Gregor Petri, a Research Director with Gartner who has examined this topic and says the role of the internal IT organization is already changing. Following are excerpts from that interview.
by Ken Murphy, Features Editor
Since SAP HANA’s release, SAP has not only expanded its capabilities but widened the value proposition as well. First, it was a high-performance database under SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). Then, it began powering the entire SAP Business Suite, and today, it is delivered as a platform on which companies can build solutions to enable instant and even predictive insight. No matter how you look at it, SAP HANA is considerably different than many traditional IT solutions. insiderPROFILES recently spoke with several consultants and SAP HANA customers to discover how SAP HANA’s uniqueness makes building a business case different.