Considering Forrester Research's recent harsh take on SAP's NetWeaver middleware, which IT Business Edge contributor Loraine Lawson wrote about in a post that sounded a little like a high-tech soap opera, it's not surprising SAP sounds a little touchy about it. As Loraine pointed out, Forrester analyst John Rymer doesn't think SAP is committed to the platform for the long haul and may instead align itself with a middleware partner or adopt a vendor-agnostic stance toward Java, which it uses in its middleware stack.
Loraine noted that the PCWorld.com article cited in her post first indicated that SAP didn't respond to a request for comment but was later amended to include an e-mailed comment from SAP spokesperson Shabana Khan:
NetWeaver is our platform and will be our platform going forward -- and there is an incredible amount of innovation we intend to continue to bring into it.
Khan's remarks were echoed almost exactly by SAP CTO Vishal Sikka during an address at last week's Sapphire conference. In a speech that stressed SAP's commitment to emerging concepts like mobility and in-memory computing, Sikka also spoke of the importance of ensuring companies still derive value from their sunk technology investments. He said:
We believe we can bring fundamental innovation without disruption.
NetWeaver was the "connector" used to layer new capabilities on top of existing software for demonstrations showed to conference attendees, several of which are mentioned in an SAP-issued press release. According to the release, Sikka "underlined that SAP NetWeaver remains SAP's platform to enable business without boundaries, and that it was being extended into cloud and mobile environments and would include real-time computing components."
No one directly referenced the Forrester blog and teleconference Loraine mentioned in her post. Still, there seemed to to be a "take that, Forrester" tone to the remarks of Sikka and SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner, with whom Sikka shared a stage (virtually, as Sikka was in Frankfurt and Plattner was in Orlando, Fla.)