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SAP partners are generally embracing the HANA initiative. "I trust the innovation message," said Alex Rooney, a vice president with Vision33, an SAP gold partner. "The message is loud and clear" that channel partners are expected to be onboard with the in-memory database technology, he said in an interview at Sapphire Now.
Lars Landwehrkamp, CEO of All for One Steeb AG, one of SAP's biggest resellers, said in an interview that his company has had only a few HANA customers so far. But he expects that going forward as many as 100 percent of new customers -- those who haven't committed to running SAP software on another vendor's database -- could adopt HANA. He's also building industry-specific software on top of HANA.
SAP announced the general availability of SAP Business One 9.0 for the Microsoft SQL Server database. A version that natively supports SAP HANA is now in restricted shipment. The new release has some 50 new features, including new warehouse and inventory management capabilities, as well as improved systems performance.
Business One, targeted at small-to-midsize companies, is popular with channel partners that sell the applications for on-premise deployment or host them for customers. A cloud version hosted by SAP is also available.
The first release of SAP Fiori, also announced at the show, includes 25 applications for what SAP described as the most common business functions, such as workflow approvals, information lookups and self-service tasks. They can be used on mobile devices and desktops using browsers that support HTML5. The applications share a common user interface design and can be deployed as a collection of apps with a single launch pad or multiple Web apps, and they can be accessed from SAP or third-party system portals.