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SAPPHIRE NOW Recap: Cloud, Solutions, Partnerships and Lots of SAP

SAPPHIRE NOW Recap: Cloud, Solutions, Partnerships and Lots of SAP - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SAPPHIRE NOW Recap: Cloud, Solutions, Partnerships and Lots of SAP - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNo doubt, this week is turning out to be a week of cloud.

SAPPHIRE NOW, a SAP sponsored conference taking place this week in Madrid, has housed multiple announcements, mostly about SAP and its multiplicity of partners and solutions. 

Among the announcements was that of SAP and its company Sybase, Inc. bringing out their next wave of mobile apps made for mobile executives enabling users to work anyplace, anytime and on any device. To make the apps more readily available, the two also launched an app store, SAP Mobile Apps, for iOS. SAP StreamWork made its debut as well, which has collaborative work in mind.

Outside its mobility apps, SAP also built on its SAP HANA applications to offer its NetWeaver Business Warehouse component, which creates a non-disruptive method for jumping databases to platforms. Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP executive board said the component replaces the traditional database layer. Other additions to SAP HANA include the SAP Customer Segmentation Accelerator software, which has already experienced successes in India, according to the company.

So what next? SAP says SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration software, which combines business process management, business rules management, process integration and business-to-business integration products and SAP NetWeaver Gateway, which gives developers access to SAP’s various softwares. 

Outside the apps and solutions, the company also made a strategic move to acquire Crossgate, which was not the only partnership formed and announced this week. A three-way collaboration between VMware, EMC and SAP was announced, as well, in hopes to make that tricky cloud move easier to manage on SAP systems. All three vouched they would invest and investigate one another’s applications, database services, management and virtualization technologies in order to improve existing and create new cloud services.

While the three are working together, they’ve also received differing, company specific tasks, such as VMware and SAP making plans to extend and integrate health checks for SAP systems that run on VMware’s cloud. EMC has been tasked to work with SAP to find collaboration opportunities on the SAP HANA platform. All three, however, will work to develop automation tools able to interpret specific models.

SAP wasn’t the only one making announcements either. Software AG used the conference to unveil Prime, based on Industry.PerformanceREADY. Accenture and Colomer Group co-developed custom sales force automation tool was also announced amidst the week’s news, a mobility system running on Sybase Unwired. Replays of this and more are available on SAP’s site

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