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SYS-CON Events announced today that the 10th International Cloud Expo and the 1st Big Data Expo will take place June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. As at every Cloud Expo, we are offering in New York a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, our signature discussion "Power Panels" and a bustling Expo floor complete with two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation. Just as Cloud and Big Data solutions will be side by side on the Expo floor, so they are in the conference program. We're including below a tiny sampler of the breakouts you can look forward to...and if you look at the welter of ... (more)

SAP, HANA and the Cloud

SAP, the third-largest software company in the world after Microsoft and Oracle, says it’s moving all data into main memory and all systems to the cloud. The company’s newly announced HANA Cloud Platform is going to be the foundation of its whole cloud portfolio, creating a single point for its cloud-based technology, including application development and integration services, database and analytics services. “With SAP HANA Cloud Platform as the underpinning,” it said, “customers will be able to rely on maximum scale for all cloud-based SAP solutions, including line-of-business cloud applications, cloud-enabled business network and social collaboration solutions, and a managed cloud environment for SAP HANA.” The strategy puts HANA, its in-memory database, at the center of SAP’s future. “Let’s be clear on HANA,” co-CEO Bill McDermott said in a keynote this week ... (more)

SAP Workloads Moving to the Cloud

With the increased automation of business processes, enterprises are integrating closely with their customers and partners to transform into connected businesses. At the same time, social and mobile interactions are growing at an unprecedented rate, resulting in data storage growth and accompanying demands for analytics. In this new environment, businesses are faced with a significant growth in compute, storage and network infrastructure. Rather than just add more resources to their existing data centers, organizations are either optimizing their in-house resources or looking for external IT resources to fulfill their needs. While optimizing IT resources, finding common workloads can provide a lot of benefits as standardization allows large gains due to better IT management. In a typical large organization, supporting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software con... (more)

Is SAP HANA in the Cloud Right for Me? | @CloudExpo @SAPInMemory #Cloud

With the pace of technological development and the complex needs of ERP, it can be difficult to choose the right SAP HANA hosting or upgrade strategy. There are unexpected benefits of moving to the cloud, but also risks in outsourcing mission-critical applications. Here are some of the common arguments for and against SAP HANA in the cloud. Perceived Benefits of On-Premise SAP HANA Hosting ERP Security and Control: Companies are understandably concerned about who they trust with their core data and applications. Although a well-run SAP HANA cloud hosting provider can usually provide better security than onsite hosting, many businesses still prefer keeping systems in-house, where their own team can keep an eye on everything. Better Control over SAP HANA Hardware: Onsite hosting lets organizations choose high-quality SAP HANA appliances, supporting ERP stability and ... (more)

SAP Business One Microsoft Sharepoint Integration

SAP Business One 8.8 for Small and Midsize Enterprises SAP Business One is an integrated business software that tailors its application around the needs of small and midsize business owners. In one single application, this tool manages all primary facets of your business, including Financials, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory, Banking, Manufacturing, Forecasts, Budgets, Reporting and more.  In the video below, we'll see SAP Business One 8.8 Integration with Microsoft Sharepoint. SAP Business One Benefits: Microsoft Sharepoint Integration In this video, Richard Duffy, SAP Business One Product Evangelist, takes a deeper hands-on look into SAP Business One 8.8. He'll show you how to build a simple integration between SAP Business One 8.8 and Microsoft Sharepoint You can view the video on YouTube here: About Orchestra Orchestra LLC ... (more)

SAP Reportedly Agrees to Pay Oracle’s Lawyers $120 Million

SAP reportedly agreed Monday to pay Oracle $120 million just to cover its "past and future reasonable attorneys' fees and costs." Those are the fees that Oracle has wracked up pursuing its case for theft against SAP and TomorrowNow, SAP's IP-downloading cut-rate third-party maintenance subsidiary, the now shuttered unit that got SAP in the hot water it's now stewing in in a California federal court. The joint stipulation is sealed now, carrying the notice "FILED IN ERROR. DOCUMENT LOCKED" in big bold letters on the court docket but IDG got a look at it first. It says that in the proposed order TomorrowNow "stipulates to entry of judgment on Oracle's claims for violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and California's Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, breach of contract, intentional interference, negligent interference, unfair competition, trespass t... (more)

Oracle Damages Hurt SAP Profits

SAP's Q4 earnings were off 36% after it set aside $1.3 billion to pay the record damages Oracle won in court last year. Revenues were up 27%, beating its own forecasts, and it plans to increase its dividend 20%. It expects its operating profit to be up ~16% this year to at least $6.1 billion on heightened spending in the US and emerging markets tickled by analytics and Sybase's mobile contribution to SAP applications. Software revenues should be up 10%-14%, roughly what it did last year. The company's re-launched web-based Business ByDesign software reportedly had over 250 customers at the end of Q4. The company is hoping to boost the number to 1,000 this year. It's expecting to add a ByDesign for Subsidiaries this half. SAP, which was found guilty of ripping off Oracle's software and documentation on a massive scale thanks to its TomorrowNow subsidiary, is still ... (more)

SAP CRM on Verizon’s Cloud

Verizon and SAP America are supposed to deliver SAP's Customer Relationship Management rapid-deployment solution to enterprise workers through Verizon's Computing as a Service cloud. The SAP widgetry offers a ready-to-use combination of software, pre-defined services and pre-configured content at a pre-defined price that can be deployed sometimes in as little as eight weeks. Users will be able to access the stuff from their desktops or mobile devices via SAP's bought-in Sybase Unwired Platform. Customers can pay per user, per month for the application, the cloud hosting services, infrastructure and management services. Verizon launched an application management service a year ago January that offers enterprises end-to-end management of SAP applications and delivery platforms with custom service-level guarantees that extend beyond server and application availability... (more)

Going Mobile in 2012

In 2011, the top mobile apps deployed within enterprises were for email, field service, CRM sales and workflow. Will these apps be the most beneficial for your business? Only you and your team know that answer because every mobile journey is unique. In less than two minutes, most CIOs can describe three or more (different) mobile scenarios that could help their business be more productive, reduce costs, improve customer relationships or be more efficient. A bakery with national distribution wants to increase the number of deliveries each truck makes by receiving orders earlier in the day and pre-loading delivery trucks. A cleaning company wants to bill clients earlier in the cycle by collecting employees' daily onsite reports rather than monthly aggregated reports. A video production company needs to speed its responses to customers by streamlining the approval pro... (more)

OData Support in SQLAnywhere 16.0

OData is quickly becoming the Lingua Franca for data exchange over the web.  The OData standard defines a protocol and a language structure for issuing queries and updates to remote data sources, including (but not limited to) relational databases, file systems, content management systems, and traditional web sites.  It builds upon existing Web technologies, like HTTP and RESTful web services, the Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub), XML, and Javascript Object Notation (JSON). SAP and Sybase iAnywhere released SQL Anywhere version 16 in March 2013, and it had many cool new features. This blog post will cover one specific enhancement, the new support for OData access to SA databases. Note:  SA 16.0 is the follow-on release to version 12.0.1. There was no version 13, 14, or 15. Background SQL Anywhere actually introduced support for SOAP and REST-based web services ba... (more)

SAP CTO to Speak at 4th International Cloud Computing Expo

"The SaaS pioneers have given us a taste of the potential of On-Demand," says Sal Visca, CTO of Technology Development for SAP, "however, we've only scratched the surface in terms of what's to come." Visca will be presenting at SYS-CON's upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo ( this coming November 2-4, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. In his session, entitled "Next-Generation On-Demand," Visca will step back from the headlines and outline what it will really take to offer solutions that tackle the issues facing the large enterprise.He will walk through his perspective on where the world of Enterprise Software is headed next - putting On-Demand into the context of the enterprise world. About the Speaker: As Chief Technology Officer for SAP's Technology Development business, Sal Visc... (more)