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SAP will shut down SAP Anywhere service for SMBs

Two years after its launch, the service had attracted around 30 active customers

By Peter Sayer

DG News Service - Paris bureau chief, IDG News Service | MARCH 28, 2018


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SAP has decided to “sunset” a front-office service with which it hoped to crack the small business market.

Launched in May 2016, SAP Anywhere was supposed to help small companies build online stores, create marketing campaigns, manage inventory and analyze business performance. To achieve this it offered integrations with web services from Google, PayPal and United Parcel Service.

Perhaps more surprising than SAP’s retreat from the small-business market is how little ground it won there.

Despite a worldwide footprint, with launches in the U.S., China and across Europe, SAP Anywhere has fewer than 60 customers -- and almost half of those are inactive, said an SAP representative.

Inactive customers have been given 30 days notice, while active customers will be supported to the end of their current contract, said the representative.

“The needs of each customer are unique, but we will offer alternatives wherever suitable and we will be interacting with each active customer,” he said via email.

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New SAP IaaS for Business One Cloud benefits small partners most

by Mark Cox • November 11, 2015

SAP announces a new infrastructure-as-a-service option for Business One Cloud which has been available in Canada since last Thursday, and in the U.S. for several weeks before that.

NEW YORK CITY – On Tuesday SAP entered the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business around its SAP Business One Cloud solution. It provides SAP partners with more choices for deployment. Run in data centres operated by SAP, this new services offering will come with a range of complementary services like backup and restore, disaster recovery and platform maintenance. It is available now in North America, with expansion to Europe and Asia scheduled around mid-year 2016.   Luis Murguia

“Three years ago, we started a journey to make Business One a player in the cloud,” said Luis Murguia, senior vice president and general manager, SAP Business One. “Our strategy was very simple – give the Business One customer a great customer experience in a 100 per cent partner-centric model, with subscription licensing available. Then two years ago, we introduced our multi-tenanted SAP Business One Cloud Control Centre that let partners host it, and have up to 25 customers running on the same copy of Business One.”

Murguia said that this July, SAP expanded the offering again with the introduction of browser access, allowing Business One to be run on a browser.

“Still, what was missing was infrastructure,” Murguia said. “Partners typically used AWS to host. The problem is that the ones which were small businesses can’t get good pricing from AWS. So we decided to get into the infrastructure-as-a-service business, and will offer the hosting ourselves to partners, so they can offer a full cloud experience for less.”

The offering was actually made available in the U.S., several weeks ago. In Canada, it has been available only since last Thursday

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Lenovo Announces New Solutions for SAP HANA, Enterprises at SAPPHIRE NOW Conference

Lenovo announced today new products in several solution portfolios, including updated X6 servers and two new EMC-supported offerings optimized for deployments of SAP HANA and SAP Business Suite software. lenovo for those who do

“Business analytics presents big opportunities and challenges for virtually every enterprise,” said Darrel Ward, vice president, Enterprise Marketing and Storage Business Unit.  “Our new X6 server-based solutions and services for SAP HANA and SAP Business Suite offer a powerful, scalable and fast path for turning data into a competitive advantage.”

The updated scalable X6 servers, the four-socket Lenovo System x3850 X6 and eight-socket x3950 X6, feature a modular architecture and deliver 50 percent better performance than previous-generation X6 systems.

Lenovo’s newest EMC-supported offerings, the enterprise-certified EMC VMAX3 family and VNX Unified Storage Systems and the EMC VSPEX technology for classic SAP solution-based landscapes, are designed for customers to leverage existing hardware and infrastructure components with an expanded, effective solution.

“Combining EMC enterprise storage offerings  with Lenovo servers offer customers also running SAP applications with the ability to help speed deployment, simplify management and reduce TCO,” said Roger Frey, Vice President, Enterprise Applications Solutions, EMC Corporation.  ”Lenovo System x and Flex System servers combined with EMC storage offer customers a great combination of enterprise-class server infrastructure with enterprise-class storage, enabling them to confidently run their business.”   

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IBM Introduces Integrated Power Systems Solutions to Support SAP HANA

IBM announced today a set of integrated Power Systems solutions for the SAP HANA platform designed to process high volumes of data efficiently for both transactional and analytic workloads. IBM logo1

"The commodity servers used today by many organizations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises," said Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems. "IBM's Power Systems' architecture is uniquely suited to provide faster access to critical business data stored with in-memory database technologies. New IBM Power System Solution Editions for SAP HANA are tailored to deliver enterprise-class capabilities to clients' growing core systems reliability expectations."

This announcement furthers the IBM and SAP partnership, SAP CTO Quentin Clark said. The integrated solutions are expected to enable POWER8 servers to run SAP HANA.

More information on the integration is available here.

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Unisys Forward! Server Certified for SAP HANA

Unisys Corporation announced today its Forward! Model 4150B server is now certified for operating the SAP HANAunisys logo platform, giving clients the ability to deploy real-time data analytics applications.

"This certification is the latest step in Unisys' initiative to provide clients with real-time analytics solutions based on SAP software on the Forward! platform," said Rob Cashman, vice president, Mission-Critical Servers and Solutions, Unisys. "We are excited to deliver solutions running on SAP HANA that enable clients to benefit from the superior performance, reliability, availability and security that Forward! offers."

The single-node, bare-metal server configuration will enable clients to run SAP HANA in the bare-metal environment, with other application workloads running in a partitioned environment managed by Unisys’ secure partitioning software.

This certification complements the existing suite of Unisys programs supporting SAP software.


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