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Sapphire Now 2013 report card

I'm awarding SAP high marks for clarifying HANA options and a passing grade for talking about a modern user interface badged Fiori. Not approved for graduation? The cloud platform story. Read on for more.

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Qualcomm mulls shift to cloud ERP

At wireless technology giant Qualcomm, insiders are said to refer to NetSuite's cloud ERP system as 'the rapid platform', in contrast to the 'legacy platform' from Oracle that runs its core systems. Already deployed in peripheral business units, a larger role for NetSuite may now be on the cards.

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NetSuite SuiteWorld - Day 2 in review

This morning's keynote was all about demos. That's great for prospective customers but there needs to be more. In this keynote, Evan Goldberg, CTO NetSuite showed us a slew of enhancements including work on the user interface, multi-book accounting and a natty wine distribution application developed by a partner.

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NetSuite SuiteWorld : Day 1 in review

Well - I got that wrong. Contrary to what I thought, the NetSuite SuiteWorld opening keynote and surrounding executive presentations did not center on retail. Instead, the company chose to walk us through the four big elements of the company's focus: the suite, customizations, omni-commerce and suite for industries.

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Sapphire Now : Day 1 in review

Day one of Sapphire Now 2013 brought its share of surprises and enough hyperbolic HANA-is-superfast quotage to keep the hype meter in proper orbit. I spent a good chunk of day one in the JD-OD.com video studio with customers and startups, getting the views from folks who had made the trek from Czech Republic, Germany, and Israel.

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Christian Gheorghe, digital dynamo

Over the weekend, Christian Gheorghe, CEO Tidemark was good enough to field a long call where we discussed the approach his company is taking to analytics and business intelligence. Of special interest is the concept of 'storylines,' a way of visualizing structured and unstructured data.

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Netflix, HANA and the meaning of cloud

Will the worlds of classic enterprise computing and truly cloud-native architectures ever converge? At one end of the spectrum, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud jibes with the mainstream view of an enterprise cloud strategy. At the opposite extreme is the approach evangelized by cloud-native pioneer Netflix.