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BOSTON—SAP is promising an aggressive 2011 roadmap for new applications that leverage its in-memory technology as well as a new release of its HANA system that company officials say enterprises could use instead of traditional databases from rivals such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

At a daylong event here March 9, SAP executives outlined 10 new in-memory applications that will be released in the third and fourth quarters of this year and that will run on the company’s HANA (high-performance analytical appliance). The combination of the software and hardware will enable enterprises and SMBs (small and midsize businesses) to ask any question about their business data, and in real time get the answers, Vishal Sikka, SAP CTO and a member of the company’s executive board, said during a keynote at the event.

SAP’s analytics and BI (business intelligence) software lets customers significantly reduce data-crunching tasks “from days to seconds. It’s a profound impact on a company,” Sikka said.

He said the new applications, the in-memory computing technology and HANA were part of a larger vision that SAP’s executive board laid out when it began driving the company’s strategy 13 months ago, with the goal of giving businesses the software tools to run faster, smarter and more efficiently. SAP last year first ran out its in-memory technology, which essentially moves data out of the traditional storage devices and into RAM, a move designed to speed up a business’ ability to access and use that data.

“The HANA roadmap is alive and well,” Sikka said.

For more, read the eWEEK article: SAP Outlines In-Memory Business App Roadmap.