SAP has announced to make changes in its organisational structure and form a single development organisation to support innovations in its HANA platform.
The innovations are expected to adopt a cloud-first approach for the development of line-of-business applications, increase the company's position in mobile and speed up its go-to-market for cloud and the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.
SAP will combine all innovation under its Technology and Innovation Executive Board member Vishal Sikka, who will be supported by the Application Innovation executive vice president Bernd Leukert.
Sikka said, "We face an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the world through technology with the combination of cloud-based ease of delivery, the power of SAP HANA to enable a new real-time across the trading world and the power of design to unleash our imaginations to build amazing products that open new horizons."
Bernd Leukert has been nominated to its Global Managing Board and he will report to Sikka.
SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe said that SAP HANA has become the future innovation platform for its customers and is changing the industry while cloud disruption is redefining the market and business models.
"By leveraging development synergies across our cloud and on premise areas, we can further accelerate cloud solutions for our customers," McDermott and Snabe said.
From 01 June 2013, SAP Executive Board Member Gerhard Oswald will take responsibility for a new Scale, Quality and Support board area, while SAP Executive Board member Lars Dalgaard will leave the company and become an investor.
Additionally, McDermott and Snabe will become the Executive Board sponsors for SAP's cloud business.