The real value to Bentley, which runs a wide variety of SAP software, is the potential performance gains to be had once SAP ports its applications to HANA, Birnley said.
Also Wednesday, SAP launched NetWeaver Gateway, an integration framework for building applications that securely tap data held in SAP systems.
Companies can attach Gateway to their legacy system and "make it talk to the world outside," Sikka said in his keynote.
Gateway underpins the Duet Enterprise collaboration software co-developed by Microsoft and SAP, and will also be used in the Sybase Unwired mobile development platform, according to a statement.
SAP, Capgemini, Software AG, CompriseIT and intelligence are members of a new council meant to spur interest among channel partners to build on Gateway.
In a related note, Adobe announced Wednesday that it plans to integrate its Flash Builder toolkit with Gateway, giving customers an option for application development.
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