The biggest takeaway from SAP's investor symposium is that HANA, the company's in-memory database and analytics platform, is going to be used to power cloud applications, consolidate the software footprint and remake processes.

Vishal Sikka, SAP's technology lead and member of the company's executive board, stopped short of saying HANA would cure cancer, but not by much. HANA will be the underpinning of everything SAP does. HANA is expected to be one of SAP's primary ways to grab wallet share.

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