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SAP cofounder Hasso Plattner defends S/4HANA cloud strategy, explains Leonardo and says Mark Hurd isn’t a “software guy”

Scott Carey | May 23, 2017
The outspoken cofounder of SAP has defended the German company's cloud strategy following criticism from Mark Hurd, the CEO of archrival software maker Oracle.

Ever the engineer, Dr Plattner calls Leonardo a "bounding box". He explained: "It is a box around a set of objects, so this is a box around a set of tools to build a system which then, with machine learning algorithms, finds insights which we can attach to transactions."

Plattner reiterated that what makes SAP's approach to AI and machine learning unique is that customisers have all of the important business data right there underneath them, in the SAP transactional systems, and they don't have to ferry data outside of core systems to run algorithms out at the edge.

He said: "It is the age of AI but we do it inside, we do not run around with our valuable data and go from system to system." Plattner added that keeping the data in one place is the best way to safeguard it.

 

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