Fast times at SAP HANA

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Apr 01, 2014

    Adrian Bridgwater takes a deep breath, counts to ten and dives down the helter-skelter of information feeds coming out of SAP this month for a brief but tightly condensed tour of all that is great and good in the mothership.

    There comes a point with information technology companies when they reach what is called “critical information dissemination mass”. This is an indistinct and still loosely defined point in time and space. Yet at the same time, it is kind of easy to gauge when and where it happens. SAP is at that point of critical mass and it has been for more than a couple of years now.

    SAP Critical Mass
    With a corporate information portal populated by not just press releases but also blogs, webcasts, tutorials and even the SAP TV and SAP Radio channels, the information propagation force is strong. Did I say SAP Radio? Yes I do believe I did -- SAP describes the “channel” (the web based that it is) as a service featuring business technology and strategy insights from the world’s most respected thought leaders, analysts, bloggers and educators. You can listen to it at

    So what else is new? Well Gartner just named SAP as a leader in both the analyst firm’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytic Platforms as well as the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Suites.

    Gartner Magic Quadrant Shmodrant
    Is this interesting? Well let’s consider the facts. Gartner’s Magic Quadrants are derided almost to the point of mockery by many of the IT trade press, yet Gartner makes a lot of money out of them and vendors (including SAP) love to get this badge and accolade and generally make news out of them when they arrive.

    In more practical technical terms, SAP will have won this due to the current positioning of SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions, where we have seen some solid advancements over the past year in 2013.


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