Former SAP CTO Vishal Sikka takes the helm at Infosys

In this news roundup, Infosys names Vishal Sikka as its new CEO, HP expands its hosting services for SAP HANA landscapes and more.

Infosys announced late last week that former SAP CTO Vishal Sikka has been named the IT consulting company's new CEO and managing director.

"Computing technology is reshaping every industry across every walk of life. We, at Infosys, have a unique opportunity to deliver breakthrough solutions that will bring greater value to our clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders," Sikka said in a statement provided by Infosys.

Sikka had been a member of SAP's executive board and oversaw the company's existing product portfolio as well as the development of new technologies. He abruptly left in May, which some have alleged was related to him wanting the position of co-CEO for himself, leaving some to wonder about the future direction of SAP.

A little light reading

Tired of the typical summer reading fare? Want to learn more about SAP ERP architecture? Have we got a book for you.

A new book, titled The Architecture of SAP ERP: Understand how successful software works seeks to explain the ins and outs of the company's ERP software and how it relates to the HANA in-memory database platform.

"Readers will learn about the basic functions of the software and how exactly they are executed. They will be provided with basic and essential knowledge of how SAP ERP and SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA are structured. The book also explains, for example, how individual components of the software work together to run a payroll or process a sales order," according to SAP.

Six chapters cover SAP ERP and business process functions and one chapter covers SAP ERP running on HANA. The majority of the book, however, discusses the main aspects of SAP ERP Operations, SAP ERP Financials and SAP ERP Human Capital Management, according to SAP.

The book was created for CIOs and IT managers, but is also fitting for anyone wanting to learn more about SAP ERP from a conceptual point of view, including students and consultants, the company says.

More information can be found here.

HP announces the general availability of its HP as a Service for SAP HANA

HP has announced that its private-cloud hosting service for SAP HANA environments is now available worldwide following a limited release a year ago and now hosts customers such as Origin Energy and Avon Cycles, according to HP.

The program includes an "end-to-end service by integrating the HP Appliance Portfolio for SAP HANA, HP Infrastructure and Application Management Services for SAP HANA, HP Industry and Strategic Services for SAP HANA, and HP Helion Cloud and Security Services for SAP HANA into a single architecture," HP said in a statement.

The program allows SAP HANA to be consumed on a subscription basis, in milestone payments, or in a "bring your own license" scenario, according to the company.

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