Q&A with Vishal Sikka at SAP TechEd 2010

by Jacquelyn Howard

October 20, 2010

by Jacquelyn Howard, BI Expert and SAP Professional Journal

This morning I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a special Q&A with Vishal Sikka right after his keynote. Rather than go back over what he had just spoken about in the keynote, he and his team had several other demos to share with us. Between each demo, Sikka took questions from the audience.

Below is a list of questions and answers from the session.

Q. Why no mention of ABAP during the keynote?

A. When it comes for programming one size does not fit all. Using multiple code platforms gives programmers the ability to be flexible when they want to work outside of paradigms. For example, Business ByDesign uses a specialized language. However, ABAP is not going away — it is one of the legs we stand on.

Q. In-memory computing seems to be about past. Is SAP looking at how it can be used in the future?

A. Yes, for example, we are looking at predictive analytics.

Q. What should companies do right now if they have mobile projects and want to stay aligned with SAP’s plans?

A. Three words: Sybase Unwired Platform.

Q. How far back will HANA (high performance analytical appliance) be compatible?

A. SAP R/3 4.6C. SAP NetWeaver BW sits next to HANA in 7.3. However, it will take customers long time to move over all the BW data to the new setup. Eventually the needs for reports will be taken over by direct calculations in HANA (blade based).

Q. What about companies that cannot afford blade technology?

A. Blade technology is becoming less expensive. Plus companies often spend quite a bit trying to speed up their systems just a little bit.

Q. What is the current status of Alloy?

A. A new release of Alloy should be available next year.

Here is a peek one of the demos from the Q&A

Stay tuned for more updates from SAP TechEd, including info about SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 and how BCE is now ICE.

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