Intel Highlights and Flashbacks from SAP TechED 2015

SAP TechED 2015 has now come and gone, but it was a great show for SAP—and Intel. Our joint innovation on such technologies as SAP HANA* was front and center during much of the show, and over the course of the event we revealed new co-engineered solutions in enterprise mobility, IoT and data analytics at the network edge. SAP TechED is truly the IT & developer conference for SAP professionals! Here are some of the highlights.

SAP TechED started off with Pat Buddenbaum, general manager of the enterprise segment of Intel’s Data Center Group, joining Steve Lucas, global president of SAP Platform Solutions, on the stage for the executive keynote address.

  • Watch this video clip to see Pat Buddenbaum and John Appleby, general manager of Bluefin Solutions, show Steve Lucas a live demonstration of Intel’s own SAP HANA infrastructure running at petabyte scale. The trio’s lighthearted banter belied this groundbreaking feat ofdatabase scale-up on 1 Petabyte of SAP HANA data tiered storage, as on-stage servers based on Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 technology running SAP HANA spun through a trillion rows of data in just a matter of seconds.

  • For more information about Intel’s one petabyte deployment of SAP HANA, watch this video interview I conducted with Pat Buddenbaum. We discussed how Intel will use data analytics from the deployment to help refine our manufacturing processes.
  • Pat Buddenbaum also appeared on the HANA Effect Podcast with host Jeff Word from SAP. They discussed the business imperatives driving legacy enterprises to transform their business strategies and data center capabilities with real-time computing to remain relevant in the face of competition from young, upstart challengers.

SAP TechED also gave Intel the opportunity to highlight some of the cutting edge solutions that we are developing with SAP and our ecosystem of technology partners.

  • The IoT Opportunity: Near-Real-Time Analytics from Edge to Cloud: Bridget Karlin, Intel’s director of IoT strategy and technology, and SAP Vice President Irfan Khan discussed Intel and SAP collaboration on end-to-end IoT solutions. Watch this video to learn how these jointly optimized systems securely and seamlessly ingest data from Intel IoT gateways, move it to SAP’s SQL Anywhere Database, and transmit it to SAP HANA cloud platforms, providing near real-time analytics that can be tailored to a wide variety of vertical business needs.

  • How Digital is Actually Transforming Business - Intel + SAP: What do a worn out shoe, a fender bender, and a heart monitor have in common? Find out by watching this short animation that illustrates how SAP S/4 HANA* and Intel Xeon processors can infuse data from sensors and devices on the edge directly into your business.

  • Modernize Your SAP Environment with Improved Performance and a Lower TCO: Audio-equipment manufacturer Peavey Electronics set out to improve the performance of its SAP Business Warehouse platform to provide easier access to mobile reporting tools and add flexibility to respond to fast-changing business needs. to discover how Peavey addressed these challenges by moving from disk-based database software running on proprietary hardware and OSs to a modern, in-memory database platform based in Intel, SAP, and Red Hat technologies.
  • Enterprise 3-D Graphics Everywhere: 3-D visualization can provide a richer, more detailed view of complex data, technical drawings, and processes than traditional 2-D technologies, improving intuitive process learning, search capabilities, and spatial analysis. Read this solution brief to discover how a combined solution from Intel, SAP, and Citrix can deliver secure, real-time, and detailed 3-D information to virtually any device.

Intel also hosted a number of ongoing activities and events at its booth. One fun event was the HANA Challenge, an Oculus-based game in which participants used their knowledge of SAP HANA to compete for prizes. In this photo, you can see contestants using Oculus virtual-reality goggles to test their skills.

At trade shows and conferences, it’s usually me who’s interviewing industry experts, but at SAP TechED, I had the chance to sit on the other end of the couch. Diginomica’s Jon Reed interviewed me to discuss real-life scenarios for big data analytics. I also shared upcoming collaborations between Intel and SAP, including 3D XPoint™ non-volatile memory technologies, which have the potential to significantly drive down the cost of in-memory computing.

What were some of your key takeaways during the show this year?

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About Tim Allen

Tim is a strategic marketing manager for Intel with specific responsibilities related to the cloud, big data, analytics, datacenter appliances and RISC migration. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system administrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at Tektronix, IBM, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU, PMP certification and a MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++