SAP TechEd 2019 Highlights from Intel

SAP TechEd 2019 in Las Vegas and Barcelona are both now a wrap, and they were great shows for both SAP and Intel – and for the entire ecosystem of industry partners who work together to innovate the technologies and services to power the intelligent enterprise. And some say the best is yet to come: Intel and SAP have recently announced a new multi-year technology partnership focusing on optimizing Intel’s platforms, including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, for SAP’s end-to-end enterprise software applications, including SAP S/4HANA.

SAP CTO Jurgen Mueller kicked off both SAP TechEd Las Vegas and Barcelona with a fascinating keynote addressing the need for the intelligent enterprise to bring operations and experience together. Operational data, or “O” data, tells you what happened, while “X” data, or experiential data, tells you why it happened. Technologies’ role is increasingly in the middle ground of these two sets of data, providing the fastest way to turn both sets of data, and the relationships between them, into business value.

The most recent major collaboration by SAP and Intel focuses on SAP HANA and Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory. SAP re-architected the HANA database and became the first major database to natively support Intel’s new persistent memory. To learn more this about jointly developed technology, watch this video with Intel's Lisa Davis and SAP's Dirk Basenach, who discuss how the companies worked together to develop persistent memory and address its many benefits for SAP customers.

Joe Opdahl from Intel interviews Bill Dunmire from HPE at SAP TechEd 2019

A number of Intel executives were busy on the show floor. Joe Opdahl, Intel’s cloud service marketing manager, interviewed HPE’s Bill Dunmire on the topic of How to Choose the Right Infrastructure for SAP HANA. Watch this SAP Live video to hear how Intel Optane persistent memory and Intel Xeon Scalable processor has helped HPE gain extra capacity and resilience to increase performance assurance. I was videotaped by TechNative in the HPE booth presenting the lecture session, Bringing the Memory Revolution to Your Intelligent Enterprise. I explained how Intel Optane DC persistent memory improves performance and lowers operating expenses for the SAP HANA platform.

Intel's Krishna Yalamanchi presenting at SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2019.
Intel's Christian Blaim presenting at SAP TechEd Barcelona 2019.

In the Partner Demo Theater, Intel’s Krishna Yalamanchi (Las Vegas) and Christian Blaim (Barcelona) gave a joint presentation with Lenovo executives on the topic Consolidate and Scale Up with Persistent Memory on Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950.


They discussed how to consolidate multiple scale-up instances of the SAP HANA platform using Intel Optane DC persistent memory and multiple database containers to gain faster restarts and more uptime to consistently beat SLAs.

And Krishna Yalamanchi was invited on stage during the Dell main session in Las Vegas, to highlight the benefits of Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP HANA on the latest Dell systems.

We also presented in the Microsoft booth. Volga Simsek (Barcelona) and Joe Opdahl (Las Vegas) showed that when it comes to running SAP HANA in the cloud, Microsoft Azure and Intel Xeon Scalable processors with persistent memory offer the performance and scalability you need to run SAP S/4HANA and other memory intensive workloads in the cloud.

Intel's Raul Saet speaking with customers at SAP TechEd Barcelona.
Intel's Ken Furnanz at SAP TechEd Barcelona walking customer's through an Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP HANA demo.

At SAP TechEd, a lot of activity also focused on Intel’s booth, where we hosted a number of demos by both Intel executives and industry partners. If you weren’t able to visit us at TechEd, watch this video in which I give a quick tour of our booth and the demo stations. Intel’s innovation in processor and memory technologies, implemented in conjunction with the SAP HANA database, provide dramatic increases the data processing velocity to help bring O data and X data together and derive business intelligence in real time. Learn more at

Intel and SAP have worked together for years to deliver the optimal purpose-built processor and software platform combination to help the businesses of today and the future to gain and maintain a competitive edge, which speaks to the long history of partnership, collaboration and co-innovation that exists between Intel and SAP.

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Tim Allen

About Tim Allen

Tim is a strategic relationship manager for Intel driving enablement for enterprise software companies related to the cloud, big data, analytics, AEC, commercial VR, datacenter, and IoT. 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 IBM, Tektronix, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU and an MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++