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Cisco, SAP business intelligence collaboration

AvantiKumar | June 6, 2011
Malaysia is second biggest BI market in the Asia Pacific: Cisco, SAP

Cisco - SAP Media Briefing

PHOTO -  (from left)  Serene Sia, managing director of SAP Malaysia; Tim Moylan, president of Southeast Asia at SAP; Anne Abraham, managing director of Cisco Malaysia; and Jeff White, vice president, enterprise and service provider, Asia Pacific, Cisco.

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 JUNE 2011 - Technology solutions firms Cisco and SAP have announced a partnership that will deliver enhanced business intelligence solutions to enterprises and midmarket customers through SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (SAP HANA) on the Cisco Unified Computing System server platform.

As well as giving improved business analytics in real time, the collaboration should benefit customers by allowing quicker reaction to changing business conditions, said representatives from both companies.

"The age of business analytics is here," said SAP Southeast Asia president, Tim Moylan. "Business intelligence allows companies of all sizes to gain business insights by tapping into their operational data in real time, allowing  company executives to analyse, decide, operate and adapt anytime, anywhere, on device, on demand and on premise."

"SAP HANA is a multi-purpose, data-source agnostic, in-memory appliance that forms the technology foundation for innovative applications," said Moylan. "It handles business applications such as planning, forecasting, operational performance and simulation. SAP HANA's optimisation rides on the Cisco Unified Computing System, which substantially increases the memory footprint and improves the performance of and capacity for demanding virtualisation and large-data-set workloads."

"The Cisco and SAP relationship results in a globally connected, real-time, borderless enterprise that accelerates innovation," said Cisco Malaysia managing director, Anne Abraham. "Organisations demand 'as-they-happen' insight into business operations to enable prompt reaction. The memory capacity of server systems plays an important role in ensuring the overall performance of business applications, and this collaboration between SAP and Cisco provides an intelligent blend of technical capabilities."

According to a Gartner report, the Asia Pacific business intelligence platform market is set to grow to US$819 million in 2014 at a compound annual growth rate of 11.4 per cent. Malaysia will continue as the second-largest business intelligence market in the region, with an expected CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.4 per cent, to reach US$18.4 million by 2014, primarily due to the growing need for the nation to increase its competitiveness against other markets and to make incremental investments in infrastructure to attract foreign investment.  

SAP HANA is available in Malaysia through an ecosystem of partners and is timely given the strategic growth opportunities present in the business intelligence platform market in the Asia Pacific and Malaysia.



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