SAP has unveiled a new generation of enterprise software built around its Hana in-memory database platform.
Dubbed SAP S/4Hana, the new business suite aims to bring Hana’s real-time intelligence capabilities to all parts of the enterprise, with accessibility on all types of devices. ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM and PLM technologies are essentially combined in one system, which uses a massively simplified model to reduce a company’s data footprint by a factor of 10.
“This is our biggest product launch in 23 years — maybe even in the history of SAP,” said company CEO Bill McDermott on Tuesday at the New York Stock Exchange, where SAP announced the product. “You’re now seeing the real-time enterprise come to life.”
SAP’s enterprise software suite has gone through several generations. The last one to incorporate a major architectural shift, however, was its R3 offering, which was launched in 1992.