There is a quote from the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” spoken by the great mathematician John Nash, played by Russell Crowe. He says of himself, “I still see things that are not here. I just choose not to acknowledge them. Like a diet of the mind, I just choose not to indulge certain appetites, like my appetite for patterns, perhaps my appetite to imagine and to dream.”
I feel like I can relate deeply to this character, clearly not because of intellect, but because my tendency to chase proverbial shiny objects, coupled with a lifetime of consuming way too much pop culture, creates a situation where bad TV and movie metaphors are constantly popping into my mind as I analyze situations in the business world. I have a whole catalog of these ideas that I've written down, but the latest one came when I was watching the SAP Sapphire keynotes, and since it is all about HANA, with a pitch fervor of a medicine show, an idea popped into my mind – sort of like the Stay Puft marshmallow man in Ghostbusters – see what I mean?!
Anyway, I threw down the gauntlet to my hyper-talented colleague Taras Berezowsky and challenged him to make one of these ideas a reality. Well, the results speak for themselves. Tell us what you think. Do you like these types of things? As Taras will vouch for, these are not easy to make, but please let us know in the comments below or by e-mail, and also let us know if you have any of your own similar parodies that you’ve secretly squirreled away. If you have, send ‘em over; otherwise, stay tuned for more of these (while they’ll likely be a bit simpler and with much poorer voice characterizations).
And if you can’t watch this at work right now, the lyrics are below.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, everything was best of breed.
Well, they may have been best, but they sure didn't breed!
Heh-heh -- breed.
The name's McDermott, Bill McDermott
And I come before you good people tonight with an idea
Probably the greatest -- aww, it's not for you
It's more of an Oracle idea.
Now wait just a minute
We're twice as smart as the people of OpenWorld
Just tell us your idea and we'll swoon for it
All right, I'll tell ya what I do, I'll show you my idea
I give you the global HANA Rail!
I've sold HANA Rails to Brazil, China, and Long Island
And bygummit I've put them on the map
Well, folks, there's nothing on Earth
like a genuine, bona fide, cloud-ified, worldwide HANA Rail!
What'd I say? HANA Rail!
What's it called? HANA Rail!
That's right! HANA Rail!
My oh my Bill you're awfully proud
That's because it's in the cloud
Is complexity still the name of the game?
SAP is simple, from now on
What about all the integration?
That train, my friend, just left the station.
Are you some kinda instigator?
Nope just your trusted innovator.
But what if I am stuck in China?
Gotta cloud there for ya, my big fella!
I swear it's customers' only choice...
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
What's it called? HANA Rail!
Once again... HANA Rail!
But 'Run Simple' seems such a mere token...
Sorry, bub, the CEO has spoken!