SAP has more than 1,500 applications and services, and with the emergence of SAP HANA as an in-memory computing platform, the company plans to expand its application portfolio even more. The challenge is figuring out how to make it easier for developers to integrate all those applications.
Moving to expand the reach of its API footprint in the cloud, IBM today announced the availability of an open beta for BlueMix. BlueMix is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that is based on the Cloud Foundry framework that IBM decided to support last year. IBM also announced the acquisition of Cloudant, a provider of a NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform.