The vision, then, is to do for data and knowledge what Moore’s Law has done for computing hardware — that is, quantitative changes become qualitative transformations. Speed opens the door to new possibilities. You start out just crunching numbers but you find your way to “Toy Story.” It’s all just 1’s and 0’s at one level, but ever-faster computing and clever software make possible that new thing — a computer-animated movie, for example.
Steve Lohr of the NY Times Bits blog describes the potential impact of SAP HANA. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/sap-and-the-data-analytics-speed-race/