SAP today announced its apps would run on its in-memory engine HANA.
My reaction, as a CIO, would be
“Here we go – the Gold stack now” (Gold as in prominent in the German flag and in SAP’s gold plated economics)
Most CIOs have experienced and discussed with countless peers the Red, Blue, Azure stacks over the last few years. The lock-in economics quickly drown the initial “one throat to choke” excitement.
So, why will SAP’’s be any different?
And btw will we end up with duplicate database costs? Most Oracle, IBM, Microsoft database licenses are for more than SAP apps.
Honestly,I wish SAP had invested in options to squeeze IBM’s data center and application management costs more than IBM’s database costs. That way I could also negotiate better with HP or Accenture or Infosys around my SAP shop.
Instead of a never ending pissing contest with Oracle, wish SAP would focus on delivering us more functionality and lowering their maintenance costs.
But that’s just a CIO viewpoint. Who cares?
SAP’s fans as this article mentioned “were visibly stoked” at the announcement.