The company also reported that non-IFRS "deferred cloud subscription and support revenue" was €361 million at the end of the quarter, a year-over-year increase of 68 percent. Deferred cloud subscription and support revenue includes committed future cloud subscription and support revenue already paid by the customer for subsequent quarters of the year.
SAP, however, forecast at least 10 percent growth in non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue at constant currencies for the full year 2013, down from 11 to 13 percent forecast in the last quarter. It, however, maintained its full year 2013 non-IFRS operating profit outlook to be in the range of €5.85 billion to €5.95 billion at constant currencies, up from €5.21 billion in 2012. SAP continues to expect non-IFRS cloud subscription and support revenue of around €750 million in 2013 at constant currencies, from €343 million last year.
The 2013 revenue and profit figures include the revenue and profit from SAP's acquisition of cloud-based human capital management tools company SuccessFactors and cloud-based e-commerce vendor Ariba. The comparative second quarter numbers for 2012 do not include Ariba as the acquisition did not occur until Oct. 1, SAP said.
Meanwhile, time and again on the conference call talk returned to HANA and its competition, including Oracle's newly released 12c database as well as a future Oracle product involving in-memory technology that CEO Larry Ellison recently revealed.
"We believe we have an 18 to 24-month lead [with HANA] while our competition is announcing products based on future promises," McDermott said.
Snabe also took a shot at Salesforce.com's recently announced partnership with Oracle, which will calls for Salesforce to extend its commitment to Oracle's technology stack for the long term.
"Unlike our competition, we do not outsource innovation," he said.