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SOURCE : http://www.insiderlearningnetwork.com/scottpriest/blog/2012/12/21/this_week_in_sap:_looking_ahead_to_2013

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As 2012 winds to a close, I'm left thinking about how big of a year it was for SAP. The company experienced strong financial quarters, performed well in the public eye, expanded its reach with consumer-focused apps, said HANA 16 million times, and advanced itself in the cloud, mobile, and procurement areas via acquisition and integration.

It was a big year for us at SAPexperts as well. We unveiled our completely redesigned website, pushed out more content than ever before, and delivered it in a greater number of formats.

What will 2013 bring?

For SAP, I think their focus will be less on acquisition (at least, on acquistions of the size of Ariba) and more on continuing to get their message out there. SAP will look to show more and more successful HANA implementations, and also better explain its cloud and mobile roadmaps, which still are causes for confusion for many customers. Its biggest challenge will likely be riding the positive vibes its had in the press into a year when there will likely be far fewer press-worthy events -- fewer unveilings and acquisitions and massive upgrades. It will be all about execution.

And for SAPexperts, it will be building upon the site we've developed and continuing to provide the best SAP content on the Web. We're excited to keep it going.

Here's what I covered over at SAPexperts in my daily Today in SAP blog, recapping the big story in SAP as well as providing links to many others:

Monday: Tech Jobs Are Growing

Interesting to see the DC area so prominent in this list. Perhaps there are more public-sector tech projects in the works than we might typically think.

Tuesday: How Does HANA Compare to Other Popular Databases?

One of the foremost SAP bloggers, Alvaro Tejada Galindo, aka Blag, often compares different systems to measure their effectiveness one to one and see where they stack up. His latest effort is to measure HANA against MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Wednesday: Afaria's Upgrade Reflects the Changing Nature of MDM

It's no surprise to see SAP try to change the focus from MDM to another term (both enterprise mobility management and mobile enterprise management are used in the press release). And that's because MDM is frequently proclaimed to be dead.

Thursday: SAP's Changing Views on Customer Experience

But when you think about this one-to-one interaction point, it becomes clearer: The more SAP can interact with different types of people, the more they can see what makes these people tick, what they care about.

Friday: Are Ariba's Customers on Lock Down?

I come away agreeing with him -- while Ariba does have quite a hold on e-invoicing, it doesn't appear to be acting like a prison guard and throwing its customers in the hole.

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Vijay Nachimuthu

By Vijay Nachimuthu

Vijay Nachimuthu is a Managing Principal of AltaFlux. His blogs mainly focuses on latest cloud technology trends and its impact on enterprises.