SAP’s HANA in-memory database will gain ability to run ERP this year

p>SAP plans to roll out support for the ERP module within its flagship Business Suite product family on the HANA in-memory database platform in the fourth quarter of this year, executive board member and technology chief Vishal Sikka said in an interview Wednesday.

The vendor had previously stated its intention to support Business Suite on HANA, a move that would pave the way for SAP application-customer defections from rival Oracle’s database, but until now no specific date had been made public.

“It’s a bold statement to say they can do this by Q4,” said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research. “If they can do this, it means they’ve solved a lot of the technical issues with HANA. This means they have the beginning of a next-gen platform for their apps.”

Other modules in the Business Suite will also be ported to HANA, but no road map has been set as of yet, Sikka said. But starting with ERP (enterprise resource planning), which includes financials, human resources and operations functionality, is a significant step since it is the most complex and central component of the suite, he added.

During its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings announcement Wednesday, SAP said HANA revenue stood at more than

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