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Five Minute Briefing - SAP
April 2012

Published in conjunction with the Independent SAP Technical User Group (formerly the International Sybase User Group), this monthly publication contains news, market research, insight for the SAP user community, as well as ISUG-TECH news and information.

News Flashes

SAP unveiled its roadmap for the database and mobile markets. At a press conference in San Francisco that was also made available online, Dr. Vishal Sikka, a member of the SAP executive Board, Technology & Innovation, said the company's vision for the SAP real-time data platform includes the SAP HANA platform, Sybase data management offerings, and SAP solutions for enterprise information management (EIM). "In our minds, and in our customers' minds there is now absolutely no doubt that HANA represents the database architecture for the future, for OLTP and OLAP, for analyzing structured and unstructured data, for legacy applications and for new applications," Sikka told the audience.

Sybase has announced that Ford Motor Company will centralize all of its logical and physical modeling functions with SAP Sybase PowerDesigner, the data modeling software and metadata management solution for data, information, and enterprise architectures. The solution provides the capability to generate Data Description Language (DDL) for Ford Motor Company's database platforms, including all of the leading databases like Sybase ASE, DB2, SQL Server, Teradata and Oracle.

In a move intended to drive innovation in mobile solutions, SAP announced plans to acquire Syclo, a provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies. The addition of Syclo's expertise in building and selling mobile solutions in industries such as utilities, oil & gas, life sciences and manufacturing is expected to enhance SAP mobile solutions. It is also expected to help accelerate the adoption and deployment of new mobile asset management and field service solutions on the Sybase Unwired Platform, part of the SAP mobile platform and the company's infrastructure for developing and managing mobile apps.

For 2012, the traditional TechWave content will be incorporated into the SAP TechEd conference, taking place October 15-19 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The event will continue to deliver targeted training on Sybase products plus offer attendees access to SAP TechEd keynote sessions, exhibits, special events and other networking functions.

Think About It

Almost seven out of 10 (68%) North American capital markets executives believe a significant portion of their firms' resources will be consumed by regulatory burdens and data latency issues, while 96% feel that stress testing has not addressed all the important risks to the banking system, according to a recent survey by Sybase Inc., an SAP Company. A survey was also conducted across the EMEA and APAC regions that showed similar findings.

ISUG-Tech News and Information

ISUG is pleased to inform its members that the Appeon for PowerBuilder member benefit that is available to Green & Gold members has been updated to version 6.5.1.

Sybase has asked ISUG to help solicit presentations for this year's TechWave/TechEd conference. This year's conference will be at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Oct 15-19. There will not be a separate TechWave this year (as last year); the content will be included in the SAP content, but will be targeted at Sybase users.