Among those customers, 16 have joined the "10,000-plus club," meaning they "have seen something run more than 10,000 times faster than something they run productively today," he said.
While SAP has experienced a number of difficult implementations at customer sites, some have gone live in as little as 10 business days and none have failed to be completed, Sikka said. It's also possible to get a HANA instance up and running on AWS in about 10 minutes, he said.
HANA places information into RAM, instead of pulling it off of disks, providing what SAP has called a dramatic increase in performance. The software is sold in appliance form on hardware from a number of vendors, including IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
On Monday, Sikka briefly alluded to an upcoming announcement of a HANA product called Open Extreme System, but he didn't provide further details.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com