No question, SAP HANA is the main event. Vishal Sikka has sweeping expectations for this product. For those unfamiliar with the tool, HANA is essentially a box of high-speed memory to replace hard disk. This is certainly an over-simplification. From all advertisements it can take calculations and reports that currently run in hours and days down to seconds.
What I found most interesting is the view that Vishal imagined in which a single SAP HANA hardware instance was subdivided to provide “virtual” in-memory spaces for all necessary systems at a corporation. This seemed to indicate SAP was entering the VM space as a competitor with the added benefit of extremely high-speed in-memory.
SAP BW was identified as one of the next big pushes in the SAP HANA team. More information is expected later this year.
This idea of in-memory computing is something that all companies should be looking more into.