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SAP HANA: The One Thing that Does Everything for Everyone?

HANA goes to the cloud, breaks a database record, cures diseases and pokes fun at … Ok, slight exaggeration. But, truth be told, we could add more to it.

SAP wants to be the future of computing, and it wants it all. (It already owns a nice chunk of it.) More specifically, SAP wants to own big data, analytics, cloud, mobile, business applications and other technologies — in the enterprise and beyond it.

The idea is, if you go with SAP you’ll have information systems that break world records, leverage the world’s best business and analytical thinking, and give you the information you need to make decisions faster than anyone else. And your entire enterprise can run on SAP products or those of its partners.

Vishal Sikka, a member of the executive board of SAP AG, Products and Innovation, isn’t reserved when he talks about all of this. You get the feeling that SAP’s vision “to help the world run better and improve people’s lives” is in his blood rather than a bunch of jargon SAP created for its brochures and annual reports.

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