Why Lenovo Dominates the SAP Hana Market

It is kind of amazing how much Lenovo has changed in the last 15 years or so. In 2001, I doubt most of us had even heard of the company and then they bought the IBM PC product group, along with one of the most iconic PC brands; ThinkPad. Most recently they bought IBM’s System x x86 server business, and on a call last week SAP confirmed that Lenovo sells over 50% of the solutions for SAP’s HANA . SAP Hana is one of the leading analytics engines and it has been designed and tuned to run on x86 platforms. These implementations tend to be large and sell well into the enterprise space which,...

Lenovo + SAP: The Anatomy Of A Good Partnership

One of the hardest things it seems to figure out are whether an alliance is worth more than the announcement that tells us of it. Often it seems firms are kind of like teenagers in that they hook up a lot, every time they promise this one is serious, and the next day both parties have moved on. More like speed dating than marriage. Let’s use this recent alliance between Lenovo and SAP to look for what makes some alliances last and others not so much. Aligned Goals One of the most famous alliance disasters was between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. I was at the announcement and the promise...

LOT Network hopes to disarm trolls

A new partnership between Canon, Google, Dropbox, SAP, Asana and Newegg is attempting to preempt frivolous lawsuits from ‘non-participating entities’ commonly known as patent trolls.