Flexibility in business processes begins with integrated data. SAP HANA represents a well-coordinated appliance (hardware and software components geared to ensure optimum performance), which persistently improves data storage and access to your data.
Thanks to the deployed SAP in-memory technology, the scalability of the appliance is virtually unlimited. Data are processed and stored in parallel.
The resources previously required to create a suitable data model for any particular analytical function and to maintain it as well can now be used to generate new business using tailor-made offers as well as leaner processes.
Data can be used in REAL TIME as and when required. Data is only stored redundant within SAP HANA if it has undergone fundamental modifications, if audit requirements demand it, or if this will drastically reduce the number of required joins. Otherwise, only the derived characteristics or key figures are determined on the fly.
Data models are thus modelled as views in a flexible manner. This makes for faster time-to-market development as well as avoiding additional strain on warehouse management.
SAP HANA offers further functionalities in the data models whereby the derivation and processing of data are pushed down to very fast database functions. In conjunction with the parallel processing, this permanently eliminates the bottlenecks that affect classic data processing.
As previously announced, SAP has developed SAP HANA into a modern foundation for numerous different types of application. The technology was initially introduced in the so-called ‘sidecar’ approach. This allowed customers to test its practical suitability in a productive environment. Subsequent steps followed in logical sequence, developing SAP HANA from an additional database into an integral application component. It becomes clear in this context that what SAP HANA has to offer is not limited to the performance features of the database. Comparisons with other in-memory databases are therefore inadequate. Integration was and remains SAP’s great strength.
SAP HANA makes data and results available to the applications (SAP’s own, third-party SAP or non-SAP applications) via a wide array of standard interfaces, thus ensuring seamless integration into the existing application landscape now and in the future.
We have been able to demonstrate the level of maturity reached by SAP HANA in different solutions implemented for customers. As the development of SAP HANA involves short cycles, it is worth comparing present-day requirements with the plans for further development and the possibilities offered by SAP HANA and produce a business case on that basis. This can realistically only be done on a case by case basis, as it will be necessary to consider the individual company’s requirements, its licensing situation and the required hardware and the analysis of the potential benefits. Take advantage of our experience in this field.
The development of new applications frequently entails the need to access data from numerous SAP applications. HANA live from SAP provides a very good basis for this purpose. It makes content available at no extra cost and is an ideal starting point in many instances for developing new applications of one’s own thanks to its excellent documentation.
A good example of the integration of the new platform with an existing SAP product is the SAP Business Warehouse. Thanks to its template-style structure, the SAP Business Warehouse was able to benefit extensively from the new functions at a very early stage:
- Planning functions
- Complex calculations (transformations) pushed down into the database
- Absence of formal restrictions (InfoObject-based modelling in all areas)
- No need for persistence (no separate data storage required for the reporting)
- Possibility of reporting based directly on data in operative tables
(or replication of these tables, which would involve only modest development work)
SAP HANA will change your business for the better: real-time operation, so that new requirements can be implemented very speedily. This demands a clear idea of the opportunities so that the appropriate prerequisites can be established.
In conclusion a look at where the development is heading: In future, it will become possible once again to run all applications (SAP ECC, SAP CRM, SAP BW, etc.) on one appliance and to work with one physical database. Does this prospect appeal to you too and encourage you to make your application landscape ready for the future? This could involve the following:
- Initial or further development of BI Governance
- Further development of Data Governance
- A proof of concept for SAP HANA in your landscape
Due to the diverse changes resulting from the introduction of SAP HANA, you should consider different introduction scenarios (from a Big Bang scenario to SAP HANA as the basis for new applications).
To ensure the success of this undertaking, it is important to involve all those affected at an early stage. SAP HANA will change the way the entire IT community works, from hardware engineers to Basis administrators, from application developers to endusers.
If so, please give us a call or send us an e-mail. We can then arrange a date for a presentation and discuss your individual requirements.