Reacting to the Oracle in-memory switch announcement, Vishal Sikka of SAP has commented “ it hasn’t been released yet, so please come back and talk to us when it is available”
He is right.
Makes for a lot of idle media gossip when we should be focused on SAP’s 200,000 application customers, many long-term ones, and whose maintenance checks continue to keep SAP hale and hearty.
Let’s ask where are the mobile, social, vertical apps for these customers?
Let’s ask why these customers continue to pay SAP partners ounce for ounce 4, 5, 10X in storage and server costs that Amazon and other IaaS customers have paid now for 5+ years
Let’s ask why these customers continue to pay SAP partners ounce for ounce 4, 5, 10X in application support costs that NetSuite and other SaaS customers have paid for 5+ years
Let’s ask why these customers cannot get multiple releases a year, and have them implemented quickly like Workday customers have been able to for 5+ years.
Let’s ask why we keep focusing on HANA when less than 1% of SAP’s customers have adopted it and may be saying – thank you, but please fix the items mentioned above before we commit to buying even more from SAP?
Yes, let’s wait for Oracle’s in-memory switch to become available. In the meantime, let’s focus on SAP’s incumbent customer needs which have been waiting to be addressed for a while now.