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Vishal Sikka at Infosys is good for us: SAP top executive - Times of India

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BENGALURU: Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board of SAP with global responsibility for development and delivery of all SAP products, noted that Infosys had just implemented SAP's in-memory database suite Hana across the organization. "I have another call today with Infosys to further expand that relationship," he said on a visit to Bengaluru.

He noted that SAP was a product company, and Infosys had thousands of consultants. "This is what I wrote to Vishal in May when he left, that if we work together, we can have a win-win situation for both companies," he said.

Asked if Sikka leaving with some of his colleagues had caused any internal disruption, Leukert said it hadn't. "An executive leaving for personal reasons happens every day. The overall attrition in the company has not changed. Only some close friends of Vishal left," he said.

Sikka reportedly left SAP partly because he was unhappy at not being offered a co-CEO role. He was the architect of Hana, a very successful product that enabled real-time analytics and the development and deployment of real-time applications. It is also believed that Sikka was unhappy about Hana's steep pricing and believed that an open source in-memory database could disrupt Hana.

Leukert said he did not see any risks. The database, he said, was the most critical and sophisticated element in the entire IT stack from infrastructure to applications. "People throw away smartphones and tablets within 2-3 years, and buy new ones, but companies don't do that with their database. It's very difficult to change. If I were an open source developer, I could add a lot more benefit and have much better chance of success by focusing on other elements of the stack. So chances of somebody working on an open source database is low. And even if someone did, companies are likely to consider adopting it a big risk. If something goes wrong, it could be very disruptive." he said.

SAP, he said, was working to massively simplify its software -- mainly through use of the cloud -- so that customers can deploy and use them easily, and had just launched solutions that bring together the new world of connected things, sensors and machine data with existing business processes and applications.

"The physical and digital worlds are merging to create new business models. And never in the last 10-15 years have we been in a position to have value-added dialogues with customers as we are able to now with our new solutions," he said.

One application involves installing sensors in soap and towel dispensers in hotels, companies, event halls that measure soap and towel usage. This allows service staff to refill on time, obviates the need for them to move around to check usage, and keeps inventory levels down. Somebody could even use it to sell data to customers, such as how many washrooms to open and how many towels to stock.

Another application has allowed Hamburg port in Germany to end the massive traffic jams caused by trucks waiting for ships (ship arrivals are unpredictable). A control tower obtains information on ships reaching the port, and conveys that in real time to the trucks concerned.If a ship has not arrived, the trucks concerned are routed to a parking area.

"Real-time is critical in all this, and combined with our cloud 'as a service' solutions, allows a lot more speed and agility for organizations. We get a small percentage based on the usage," Leukert said, adding that SAP was working towards becoming a cloud company. That's a significant change for a company once known for expensive on-premise solutions. Sikka,Infosys,SAP,Bernd Leukert

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