SAP announced the debut of a slightly revised River development platform at the recent SAP TechEd technical conference in Bangalore, India.
SAP began talking about River as far back as 2010, when SAP chief technical officer Vishal Sikka touted it as a cloud platform for developing applications that extend or complement on-premises ERP systems. In Bangalore, SAP announced that the platform was ready, but as a hosted development environment for creating applications specifically for SAP HANA.
Ethan Jewettbusiness intelligence expert
"River grew out of a bunch of efforts that SAP had. But River is pretty different, actually. It's a modeling environment. You model your applications, your business objects and the interactions they have in the River environment," said business intelligence expert Ethan Jewett. "River will then actually instantiate your application on HANA. It more or less builds your application for you."
In this podcast, Jewett talks about the advantages of the new SAP River platform, as well as some of the questions surrounding it.
Jewett also covers other news coming out of the SAP TechEd Bangalore conference, from new developments on the SAPUI5 framework and SAP's creation of a unified developer license.
Editor's note: SAP River is supported but not enabled in the standard release of HANA Service Pack 7, as referenced in the podcast. SAP River can be accessed by those on HANA SP7 as part of the SAP River early adopter program as described in SAP note 1910234.