Menu
SAP courts developers with new license, tools, open-source contributions

SAP courts developers with new license, tools, open-source contributions

SAP's HANA in-memory platform figures prominently in the new announcements, which include the long-awaited launch of River

SAP has made a series of announcements aimed at bringing more software developers into its fold, making their jobs easier and bolstering the reach of its HANA in-memory computing platform.

The most significant changes include a new, unified developer license that covers a wide range of SAP technologies, and the long-awaited launch of the cloud-based River application development toolset for SAP's HANA in-memory computing platform.

River is "a key first step toward reimagining and dramatically simplifying the experience of application development," said executive board member Vishal Sikka in a statement released Wednesday.

SAP has been talking about River since at least mid-2010, and Sikka said at the time that work had been ongoing for about 18 months. The subsequent, rapid emergence of HANA as the focal point for all of SAP's new product development may have required development teams to switch gears.

River will provide for "increased developer productivity through a simpler development process," SAP said in a statement.

But River still isn't generally available, as Wednesday's announcement referred to a "regional test drive" of the toolset. The River website asks those interested in the early adopter program to select from Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Also Wednesday, SAP announced that it was contributing parts of its SAPUI5 framework as open-source code under the Apache 2.0 license. The code is available on Github.

SAP has also developed an open-source service broker for the Cloud Foundry PaaS (platform as a service) that allows Cloud Foundry applications to connect to HANA.

Finally, SAP announced a closed beta for a new edition of PowerBuilder, the application development tools it gained through the acquisition of Sybase in 2010.

"This is a compound announcement of multiple things, but what ties them together, mostly, is HANA, which is what you would expect from SAP of course," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, via email. "It is great to see SAP tying together a lot of loose ends and HANA is giving them an important point of focus that they have been able to build momentum around."

Support for Cloud Foundry is "an important future bet," while continued work on PowerBuilder "is important for a significant community of loyal developers," Hilwa added.

The launch of River is significant, according to Hilwa. "It is deeply integrated with HANA and like all such abstracted environments promises just the right blend of productivity and flexibility," he said. "It will be interesting to see how they position River in the cloud and if they can challenge Salesforce's Force.com momentum."

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags open sourceapplication developmentapplicationsSAPsoftware

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments