3 Posts authored by: Siva Darivemula

I went to a Hadoop Users Group meeting in the Valley recently and got into a long and interesting discussion with a Hadoop contributor about what it means to be an enterprise app developer (at least from a big picture perspective) with the rapid growth of Big Data, and widespread adoption of Cloud Computing and other technology trends. One of the things we spent quite a bit of time on is discussing the implications of "moving app to the data" vs "moving data to the app" as defined by the current enterprise software development paradigms.


Our discussion got me thinking about what a data application platform is and the current state. Since SAP announced the availability of its Flagship Business Suite on HANA couple of weeks ago, I've been doing some research and hope to share my learnings and thoughts via a series of blogs on the data platform topic in the coming days/weeks.


For starters:


  • Rapid development and adoption of Hadoop-based solution ecosystem is enabling this "app-to-data" transition. See attached image below from The Register. Hadoop has come long way in 6 years from an Apache project to an enterprise-scale Big Data solution.
  • This new development paradigm will finally break the data processing bottlenecks in a typical enterprise by freeing app developers to develop many "micro" apps that process/present data in various ways with direct access to data. Think iphone apps vs traditional, menu/navigation driven enterprise apps!
  • Convergence of Cloud, Big Data, Mobility trends with rise of "hacking" development culture will lead to many new types of apps, frameworks, and a lot of rip-and-replacing of apps (esp. in the early stages when software doesn't work as expected and since licensing costs for these new pieces of software is low-to-zero). H/T to Krishnan Subramaniam for his excellent insights on this convergence of these trends. Image below are screengrabs from his slideshare presentation.
  • Implementing and Developing Hadoop-based applications requires an understanding of Java, using Javascript, knowledge of MapReduce, etc. putting it beyond the capabilities of a typical data scientist/programmer. However, there are companies such as Continuuity and other major vendors that are developing integrated dev tools and packages that reduce the complexity. These are still in early stages but the general trend is very encouraging.
  • Thanks to the sharing culture, there are many great examples of building enterprise-scale apps and data marts using Hadoop.


More in the next blog..

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Recognizing the commitment to military service and sacrifices made by those who chose to serve in the armed forces is an American tradition. To help veterans develop skills for successful IT careers, SAP Americas announced the Veterans to Work Program today.


Key aspects of this announcement are:

  • SAP will offer training and certification for US veterans on its database and technology, analytics, and enterprise mobility solutions including SAP HANA, Sybase and other database and technology products that are an intergal part of this community.
  • SAP will offer 1000 veterans with full scholarships over next 12 months
  • SAP and its ecosystem partners will help graduating veterans launch promising IT careers  with placement assistance.
  • First group of veterans started class this week in Texas. SAP aims to train 1000 veterans in the next 12 months in California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Through online access, the program will also be available nationwide.


It is always exciting to welcome new professionals to the SAP community. After their training and certification, veterans can maintain/enhance their skills, gain new perspectives and network with SAP users and professional around the world through SAP Community Network and its resources and assets for the technologies and solutions they learned through this program. We welcome the new members to the SAP database community!


Learn about this program at You can also like the program page on Facebook and follow on Twitter @SAPVetsToWork.

Reproducing an article written by Dan Lahl and David Hull from April 2012 as it is relevant (except for live tweetchat) for this new space focused on database.


Co-written by David Hull

Have you heard the latest news today? SAP announced its database management vision in downtown San Francisco. You wonder what it all means? We can help you with some answers for the questions you might have.

First, SAP’s vision is to be the leader in business technology and data management innovation and help its customers to maximize business results with minimal IT landscape disruption. SAP HANA will be at the center of this next-generation strategy with its in-memory technology and real-time capabilities. Added to that will be deeply integrated Sybase and SAP products and technologies for both data management and data movement. We want to extend data movement, integration, quality and governance. Second, for us it’s important to provide customer value by making data management and movement processes seamless and less disruptive, while enabling new and innovative applications through an integrated real-time data platform approach.  Third, our goal is to simplify the architecture and enable and allow our customers to mine social media, big data, mobility and the cloud for data that can truly provide business impact. We don’t want to lock-in customers – quite the opposite – SAP HANA continues to be open for customers and partners, as evidenced by the number of hardware vendors with certified SAP HANA configurations.

Now you might wonder what does that actually mean for customers and how do they benefit?
The integration of these solutions leads to a transformation of existing business processes and helps to simplify IT landscapes. Most importantly, SAP will focus on data management innovation and SAP HANA as a real-time platform that supports major emerging trends in technology, including social media, big data, mobile and cloud, while at the same time bringing existing applications along for the ride.

You are still not completely sure what role Sybase’s data management products play and how it comes together with SAP HANA?
SAP will continue to invest in Sybase’s current products, because they’re the repository of some of the best technology innovation in the market today for data management. SAP plans to bring together the products from Sybase and SAP to make the best possible solution for customers. In the short term the Sybase data management products and SAP HANA will share data via replication and data services. SAP Sybase ASE will seamlessly replicate data to SAP HANA to provide application transparency for OLTP and analytics within one architecture. In addition, SAP HANA and SAP Sybase IQ will share data, so the customer can optimize their analytics environment for performance and TCO. Finally, SAP HANA and SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere will be able to synchronize data between data center and mobile devices.

Medium term we will see more of a sharing of technologies between SAP HANA and the Sybase database assets to optimize performance and accelerate the integration of the products. In the long-term they will fully integrate and share technologies to provide a new SAP real-time data platform to provide massive performance boosts and run new innovative applications not dreamed of prior to the advent of in-memory data management.

Q&A Tweetchat #SAPQA today at 3pm PT
If you still have open questions or want to know more details, we can help you: We will offer a Tweetchat where you can ask your questions to our three database experts, Dan Lahl (@jcjaks) and Amit Sinha (@tweetsinha) from 3-4 pm PT today, Tuesday, April 10. Follow the hashtag #SAPQA on Twitter or go directly into the Tweetchat to ask questions by using #SAPQA and be part of the conversation. This is your chance to get firsthand insights from our experts, don’t miss it. We will be waiting for your questions.

Dan Lahl is senior director of Product Marketing at Sybase and  David Hull is senior manager of  Database & Technology Marketing at SAP.


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