SAP v Oracle? Handbags at dawn.

Dennis Howlett, never one known for holding back when sharing his and others views has published an interesting article on Zdnet.

SAP and Oracle have always been competitors and likely always will be – and sometimes it can be quite blunt, I remember one Sapphire (2008?) travelling from one of Berlin’s airports to the conference centre to find that virtually the entire route had been hijacked by massive Oracle adverts slung on the side of buildings.

In the heart of the article are some discussions around “old software” and HANA.

On HANA I think the point is missed. The issue, at different levels, is that we are all struggling with is how to deal with the ever increasing volumes of data -quicker. Whilst memory and processors continue to get faster, Disk IO struggles to improve. Physically the disks are literally running at speeds approaching breaking point – so this is where HANA comes in. HANA is a new way of structuring, condensing and dealing with data, and then uses in memory to fully take advantage of that. Sure it’s new to the market,  and it has some challenges, all new products do, but it comes out of numerous debates with customers who are struggling with real world volumes of data. It doesn’t tick all the boxes, yet, but it is already showing such promise as to change the way that organisations can work with their business process – some of the early adopters of our user group members are seeing that for real.

An interesting twist is whether the cloud providers will be able to deliver the same data turnaround times, or maybe it will only be the case for SaaS providers such as SAP who have the capability.

On selling software 20 years old – well there is always a legacy in all new software, and actually thank goodness there is because when it comes to security, governance and staff training/skills (business wise), that ain’t a bad thing.

That’s the real world that we customers live in – and sometimes that is something that people forget.

Please SAP don’t forget the customers like others have, and don’t worry too much about the competition because if you please the customers, the competition will simply go away!

Another great article from John Appleby on this subject – agree with every word.

P.S. Dennis – looking forward to our annual chat at our conference.

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