JERUSALEM: The chief technology officer of SAP has touted the firm's HANA platform as a key tool in the firm's arsenal to allow businesses to prosper in an increasingly data driven world.
Speaking at the HTIA conference in Israel, Vishal Sikka boasted the firm now has 491 customers using the platform, generating revenue of €300m for the company this year, ahead of prior projections.
"This is the fastest growing product in our history, and possibly one of the fastest growing software products of all time," he said.
Sika made the claim as part of a talk that highlighted the importance of software, as it helps offer users more capabilities and applications on their devices.
"Physical artefacts are disappearing and replaced by software, and this is at the heart of transformation of the world around us," he said.
"Cameras are disappearing into mobile phones, just like calculators, calendars and music players and so on. Every time this happens it gives more power to the capabilities end users have as everything becomes more connected."
He added that for enterprises the challenge is to ensure that they don't end up with a "litter of systems" as more applications are pushed out to users that require management and control.
Earlier this year, SAP unveiled updates to HANA including plans to run its Business Suite enterprise resource planning software for SMBs on the platform.
Earlier at the event in Israel, the chief executive of eBay, John Donahoe, urged firms to ensure they are prepared for the huge growth of mobile commerce the firm expects as tablets and smartphone capabilities continue to expand.
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