SAP's announcement is "significant" for customers, said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research. "Speed is the difference between a five-day drug recall and a five-minute drug recall. Speed is the difference between a 30-day supply chain plan versus the ability to reroute two iPhones to your store in 30 seconds. The impact is huge if SAP does succeed."
While competitors like Workday have already done this for human resources software and finance, "for the entire SAP suite and given SAP's market share, this is a big deal," Wang added.
SAP has also positioned its Sybase ASE database as an option for running the Business Suite. Customers shouldn't worry about ASE's future now that HANA has gained Suite certification, Sikka said. "We have financial industry customers that run tens of thousands of ASE installations," he said. "This is an incredibly sticky product and they have long lifetimes."
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com