SAP responds to Oracle's in-memory debut: 'Welcome to the party'

Summary:SAP's bottom line to Oracle? "Welcome to the party. The water is warm. Let's jump in. The industry is waiting."

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle's annual powwow OpenWorld is well underway, but so far the only big release to garner attention -- and maybe even some ire -- is the new in-memory option for its databases.

Unveiled in a speedy introduction by CEO Larry Ellison during Sunday's kickoff, the columnar technology is promising to churn queries up to 100 times faster with real-time analytics while also doubling transaction processing rates.

The obvious target is SAP's HANA flagship product, among other smaller offerings in enterprise IT.

Thus, perhaps unsurprisingly, SAP leadership fired back on Monday morning.

Quite simply, SAP executive board member Dr. Vishal Sikka argued in a video that Oracle missing the mark by only trying to make queries faster and not actually simplifying data management.

Acknowledging there are many companies making "all kinds of noise about getting on the bandwagon of in-memory bases," Sikka remarked Oracle's debut is "amusing" given the hardware giant's years of bashing SAP for doing virtually the same thing.

Sikka and SAP's bottom line to Oracle? "Welcome to the party. The water is warm. Let's jump in. The industry is waiting."

You can check out the entire video for yourself:

Topics: Big Data, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Oracle, SAP


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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