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Five Minute Briefing - SAP
September 23, 2015

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

Steve Capelli, former president of Sybase Inc., which was acquired by SAP, is joining the team at Bradmark Technologies, a provider of monitoring and performance management software. Capelli will now serve as Bradmark's Chairman of the Board, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the company.

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

SAP is overhauling its PartnerEdge program, providing a new simplified way to partner with SAP for bigger opportunities. The extensive update streamlines the framework of partner levels to meet the needs of evolving partner business models, offers a unified reward structure that gives partners credit for their total SAP business, and introduces eContracts that will reduce paperwork and speed processing.

SAP is releasing a set of enhancements for one of its platforms that it says will change the way enterprises interact with customers. A portfolio of SAP hybris tools is being introduced to enable in-the-moment customer profiling, digital commerce and community development, allowing an organization's front office to stay connected with the frequently shifting needs of its customers and prospects.

Tableau has introduced an upgraded version of its comprehensive data visualization platform, which includes increased enterprise security features, such as single Sign On for SAP HANA and Mutual SSL Authentication, new connectors, and visual analytics upgrades.

Virtustream, which was recently acquired by EMC, is strengthening its partnership with SAP, becoming one of a select few global partners providing cloud infrastructure services for SAP business-critical applications in SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. The collaboration will allow SAP to leverage Virtustream's xStream Cloud Management Platform and its Micro-VM technology to deliver an IaaS with Service Level Agreements covering application performance.

Think About It

SAP is helping enterprises safeguard against unnecessary risks when teaming up with other companies by releasing the SAP Business Partner Screening application. SAP Business Partner Screening will enable companies to simplify business partner screening processes, minimize efforts and costs, and optimize alert processing to help reduce exposure to commercial, compliance and reputational risk.

ISUG-Tech News and Information

The study, entitled, "The Internet of Things Has the Potential to Connect and Transform Businesses," evaluated the capacity for enterprises empowered with IoT solutions to achieve efficiency in their processes, deliver increased value to customers, and create new business models. It found that even early adopters have only scratched the surface of IoT benefits in current use cases.

Join this webcast, as Bradmark welcomes guest presenter Peter Thawley, Vice President & Chief Technology Advisor, ASE Engineering, HANA Platform & Databases, SAP Products & Innovation, who will discuss how key SAP customers are solving this broad dilemma.

If you are from Chicago or nearby, book November 4th on your agenda from 1:00PM to 6:00PM as this is going to be a monumental SAP event in Chicago. This event is all about your ROAD2HANA.

SAP plans to unleash a powerful portfolio of SAP hybris tools that are envisioned to enable in-the-moment customer profiling, digital commerce and community development, empowering an organization's front office to stay connected with the frequently shifting needs of its customers and prospects and enabling companies to go beyond customer relationship management (CRM) into a new era of digital connectedness, customer service and support.

Customers moving to the SAP HANA platform always have a question about who their SAP HANA Database Administrator is and what they can expect from her/him. Handling a complex and large SAP HANA database can be very challenging if not configured and managed correctly and effectively.