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SAP builds out HANA platform and ecosystem

Chris Kanaracus | May 17, 2013
SAP is shipping a raft of new features for the in-memory platform and letting partners in on its HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Kingfisher has three separate HANA projects in the works, CTO Peter Yip said in an interview.

"It's new technology, it's had its teething problems," but none of them were "show-stoppers" for Kingfisher, Yip said of HANA.

However, Kingfisher had strong support from SAP on its projects, he said. It also used predominantly SAP consulting services when it first got going, and only now is using other companies, as well as developing in-house staffers to work with the technology, he said.

Six months ago, there just wasn't much highly qualified HANA talent in the SAP channel, he said. While the situation has improved, "it's in pockets, and it's about individuals," Yip added.

But now, Kingfisher is going to begin implementing the Business Suite on HANA, in one country at a time, Yip said. "We've built a level of confidence and knowledge in the platform so we have confidence going down that route."



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