I note SAP is set to make a major announcement this week.
“SAP’s software dispenses with the separate “relational databases” where the data behind such transactions are typically stored, and instead retains the data within the server’s memory. This, says Vishal Sikka, the firm’s chief technologist, not only speeds up existing programs—it also makes them cheaper to run and easier to upgrade, and makes possible real-time monitoring of a firm’s performance.” The Economist May 15th
If you have shares in SAP and haven’t yet sold them, now’s the time.
- SAP’s rise to market leadership was because it emphasized business not IT. This is a total reversal.
- One time pioneer of SOA, separation of concerns, transparency of technology, SAP has just reversed everything it stood for over the years. In-memory data is putting implementation constraints on business processes and likely to wreck any chance of a consistent information architecture.
Pursuing technology wizardry is simply business madness.