Vishal Sikka took the stage this morning at SAP TechEd 2010 with one goal in mind: To emphasize that you can have your cake and eat it too, or, in his words, to have innovation and evolution too. What he means is, you can have all the new tecnological innovations from SAP (cloud, mobile, advanced analysis, in-memory computing etc.) and continue to have a strong, evolving SAP landscape that maintains it's performance, security, reliabilty. Sikka said, "the innovations that we bring in need to work with existing systems and architecture."
To underscore this committment, Sikka started his walk though SAP's latest innovations with SAP NetWeaver 7.3. "NetWeaver is absolutely strategic for our customers, and for SAP," said Sikka. To those that fear that the beloved NetWeaver was being pushed aside in favor of BusinessObjects and Sybase, this was music to the ears, as was the list of enhancements coming to this platform with the 7.3 release. This laundry list was rattled off far too quickly (I better be sure I get to that session), but the highlight was the enhanced integraton between NetWeaver and BusinessObjects solutions.
The other highlights were an overview of SAP's initiatives in "new horizons" like cloud computing, mobility, and in-memory computing. Sikka previewed "River," the code-named project to help customers and partners build applications that complement Business ByDesign, and Project Gateway, which enables SAP data to be consumed by a variety of devices. (Once the Internet access improves on the show floor I will upload a video of the latter demo).
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the 90-minute address were an all too brief overview of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, a demo of the Sybase Event Insight solution, and technology platform evolutions for SAP NetWeaver PI.
All-in-all, it was refreshing to hear a keynote that isn't completely consumed by SAP BusinessObjects, although it certainly was mentioned. That contributed t the greatest takeaway: That the core of SAP, and the future of SAP, are now walking hand-in-hand and standing together in the spotlight.