SAP’s Irfan Khan on ‘Analytics Everywhere’


I spoke with Irfan Khan, president, HANA Database & Analytics at SAP, about the value of an end-to-end technology platform that incorporates analytics throughout.

Among the topics we discussed: 

  • What is your sense of where companies are with data analytics these days. Are they comfortable, struggling to optimize?
  • For those companies that are struggling, what advice would you give them to activate their data – to get more insight from their data analytics solution?
  • Let’s look at SAP Business Technology Platform. Are customers requesting a more end-to-end technology platform approach? What are the main obstacles and benefits around this approach?
  • SAP appears to be making strides embedding analytics across its portfolio, most recently within S/4 HANA and Success Factors. Is the goal to offer customers “analytics everywhere,” across all SAP solutions? What benefits or opportunities will this bring customers?
  • Looking ahead to the future of data analytics, what developments do you expect over the next several years? What role will AI play?

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James Maguire is eWeek’s Editor-in-Chief and has been reporting on emerging technology for more than 15 years. He has won two ASBPE Awards of Excellence for in-depth feature articles about cloud computing and artificial intelligence. He has covered the gamut of enterprise and consumer technology, and regularly communicates with leading IT newsmakers, vendors and analysts.