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SAP sets in-memory computing application roadmap

For SAP, the in-memory push is the latest installment of a broader vision. SAP released its High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) late last year.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

SAP on Wednesday outlined a roadmap for its in-memory computing applications.

The enterprise applications giant has been hot for in-memory computing as a way to speed up analytics while cutting out the database as the middleman. In-memory computing puts data into RAM and avoids traditional storage. Without that storage and database layer, processing can become more real time.

For SAP, the in-memory push is the latest installment of a broader vision. SAP released its High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) late last year.

At an event in Boston, SAP launched new applications with in-memory technology as well as refresh existing software "in ways that were not previously possible," according to a statement.

Specifically, SAP plans to roll out in-memory technology in the following applications this year:

  • Sales and operations planning will be an application to tether sales and marketing departments to operations and finance. These departments would be able to create simulations that would prevent sales from promising something the supply chain folks couldn't deliver.
  • Intelligent payment broker is a financial application to offer financing options for invoices via real-time and historical data.
  • Smart meter analytics will allow utilities to forecast demand in real-time.
  • Trade promotion management will better analyze promotions for consumer product goods companies by customer type.
  • Cash and liquidity management will feature in-memory technology as part of the SAP Business Suite.

Other applications such as BusinessOne are already running in-memory technology in the labs.

We have a few ZDNetters covering SAP's in-memory plans. See dahowlett on Twitter.

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