SapphireNow sneak peek: SAP's major conference, Sapphire Now, is scheduled to kick off next month in Orlando. While as usual, most of the big announcements set for the show will be kept under wraps, on the call executives might drop some hints about what's in store. One recent bit of speculation has SAP announcing a private cloud hosting service, powered by HANA.
SAP is also expected to showcase startup companies that have built commercial applications on top of HANA.
Social software wins: In October, SAP made a big announcement in the area of social software, revealing a new enterprise social networking platform that combined the Jam software it gained from SuccessFactors with its own Streamwork software.
If SAP is landing big deals for its social offering, particularly against Salesforce.com, expect to hear about it on Friday.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com