Archive for February, 2013

SAP puts Business Suite on HANA

February 16th, 2013

SAP has announced that its Business Suite ERP software now runs on the HANA in-memory database. According to industry analysts, in the near term SAP Business Suite on HANA should be seen as an opportunistic upgrade for existing customers. Few if any enterprises currently rank replacement of enterprise systems as top priority.

This would seem to be a fair assessment, but it is important to realise that this offers an opportunity for CIOs to simplify their applications landscape, putting transactional and analytical processes on a single platform. It is not just about speeding things up, it is about taking complexity out of the landscape. UK and Ireland customers looking at the latest release of Business Suite will have the HANA option.

Google’s role in the enterprise

February 5th, 2013

Enterprise is one of the four pillars of Google’s business. It may have yet to be recognised for sizeable revenues, but Google expects to make a big enterprise push in 2013. The other three businesses are: Advertising, Chrome and Android. The enterprise business benefits from the other core businesses; for instance, in the next few years over 25% of devices in the enterprise will be Android–based, according to industry experts.

Google believes the main hurdles to wide-scale cloud adoption have been overcome. Google made progress in 2012 in data compliance in the cloud. In May 2012 it achieved ISO 27001, which should give business users greater comfort in Google’s ability to store customer data securely. A further breakthrough in June means Google now offers European Model Contract Clauses, which allows enterprise customers to store people’s personal data collected in Europe in the Google cloud in the US, in compliance with the Safe Harbour agreement.