It’s Day 2 of SAPphire NOW 2012, and the steady flow of updates streaming out of the event still persists. HANA hasn’t disappointed yet, and is in the center of the three day conference as expected, while the ecosystem expands with each announcement and SAP is getting ready to make yet another major push into the cloud.
One major highlight from today is SAP’s partnership with Opera Solutions. The two have teamed up to encourage the use of Opera’s Signal Hub tech in combination with SAP’s in-memory analytics appliance.
Signal Hub comprises Opera’s approach to passing a large data set through a filter, making it easier to extract the valuable info within. The agreement between SAP and Opera is meant to produce a HANA-optimized variation of the solution.
Here’s Andrew Burst’s description of it:
“Now SAP HANA and Opera Solutions are partnering, allowing Signal Hubs to be run on the SAP appliance, and allowing the Signal Hubs to be more accurate and created more quickly. Normally, Signal Hubs summarize and create a “DNA” of data, but within the Real-Time environment of HANA, Signal Hubs won’t need to do that.”
We also have an update from a service provider called Stefanini. Today the firm extended its services portfolio for SAP’s solutions to include performance tuning and deployment optimization of client deployments.
Finally, SAPphire brings us word of a broader-picture cloud plan from the German business software maker – one that very much revolves around Success Factors. The company launched a customer interaction tool called Social Customer Engagement OnDemand, and said it will start rolling out updates to OnDemand CRM every three months.
In addition, more of the SAP BI portfolio will be integrated with SuccessFactors’ Employee Central, including the soon to be launched Financials OnDemand.