That performance means SAP grew twice as fast in EMEA as its "nearest competitor," McDermott claimed, in an apparent allusion to Oracle.
He also named some key customer wins, including the Crocs shoe company and the National Basketball Association. The latter bought analytics software from SAP that will help it win "the game behind the game," McDermott said.
Through a mix of acquisitions and internal product development, SAP in recent years has oriented its strategy around a number of areas, including mobile applications and cloud-based software.
"IT landscapes are transforming radically," and SAP's product strategies are meeting customers where they're already going, co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe said during the call.
SAP's Rapid Deployment Solutions -- sets of preconfigured software and services -- are finding success, Snabe said. About 1,000 customers have bought RDS packages since their introduction in 2010, with more than half of those sold in the first two quarters of this year, according to Snabe.
The vendor has apparently also moved well beyond the past controversy over its Enterprise Support service. Introduced in 2008, the service added new features but also raised the cost of customers' annual support fees.
SAP made a number of concessions after an outcry from its user base, including the restoration of a basic support option. But today, 96 percent of customers are choosing Enterprise Support, CFO Werner Brandt said during the call.
The company has plenty to keep it busy through the rest of this fiscal year. For one, SAP's cloud software strategy can't come into full focus until it completes the recently announced acquisition of Ariba. That deal is still under scrutiny by regulatory agencies and it's not clear when it will close.
These regulatory hurdles are "quite normal," Brandt said. "At the end of the day we assume we'll get the green light in the fourth quarter."
Meanwhile, SAP is also seeking to position HANA not just as the future convergence point for all its technologies, but also as an application development platform.
That will be the focus of discussion at SAP's upcoming Tech Ed conference in October, executive board member and technology chief Vishal Sikka said in an interview.
While HANA continues maturing, SAP has positioned the Sybase ASE database as an option for customers now running rival databases such as Oracle underneath SAP Business Suite.
Sikka also reaffirmed that HANA will support the company's core Business Suite ERP application modules by the end of this year.
Oracle will undoubtedly make strong defensive moves against SAP if HANA or ASE begin making serious inroads to its database business.
In addition, Oracle is planning to release a long-awaited new edition of its database around the turn of the year, according to CEO Larry Ellison. That timing may present a more difficult decision for customers running Oracle, who in any event would have to choose between upgrading a familiar technology or replacing it wholesale.
SAP is ready to compete with Oracle's next-generation database, which is expected to be called 12c, with the "c" standing for cloud.
"They can bring it on, and we'll see," Sikka said.