The 10 Biggest Software Stories Of 2013


5. SAP HANA's Growth Inspires Strong Reactions

SAP's HANA in-memory database is fast becoming one of the vendor's hottest products. In January, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott (pictured) told AllThingsD that SAP HANA had reached the $500 million mark in sales, calling it "the fastest-growing software product in the history of the world."

In May, SAP revealed its plan to make HANA a platform for development of pretty much all of its new and existing products. None of this impressed Oracle co-President Mark Hurd, who in a press conference at OpenWorld said HANA isn't even comparable to Oracle's 12c database.

SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner didn't much like this, so he penned a blog post. "When it comes to competition you should either know exactly what you are talking about, or keep your mouth shut," Hasso said in the blog post, by way of response.