SAP Moves Business Suite To HANA Database

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SAP makes a significant strategic move after announcing its Business Suite will now run on the HANA platform

German enterprise software specialist SAP has made a significant strategic decision after announcing that it is betting the farm on a two-year-old product, namely its in-memory database HANA.

In a global press event 10 January, SAP announced that its customers now have the option of deploying HANA as the foundation for its frontline SAP Business Suite.

HANA Foundation

HANA can run in concert with any other existing database a customer may have, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL and several others – or it can run a system all by itself.

In fact, all new SAP software will be developed to run on HANA, company co-founder and board chairman Hasso Plattner told reporters and analysts at the company offices in Palo Alto.

“What does this mean for business? Speed, that’s what it means. Over time, this will mean big cost savings for enterprises, because HANA is 10- to 1,000-times faster than regular databases,” Plattner said.

“Time is literally money in business. Just think: No more batch programs, simplification, more functionality with less code,” Plattner said.

SAP positions itself as the only provider of an integrated line of business applications that captures and analyses transactional data in real time on a single in-memory platform, Plattner said.

“This is all about running your business in real time within the window of opportunity to transact, analyse and predict instantly and proactively in an unpredictable world,” Plattner said. “This gives companies the ability to translate real-time insights to action immediately.”

A variety of business markets – such as marketing analysis, financial close, receivables management, material resource planning, as well as consumer and social sentiment analysis – and the most used operational reporting and analytics are targets for HANA, the company said.

SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA opens up a whole new world of growth opportunities because of its speed, Plattner said. Customers now can manage all mission-critical business processes in real time, such as planning, execution, reporting and analysis by using the same relevant live data, he said.

The new real-time SAP Business Suite is an open environment that enables operational analytics and reporting on live data, he said.

Strategic Shift

SAP has been building up to this announcement over the last two years. It already has enlisted key partners in HANA development in Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and Amazon.

At SAP’s TechEd 2012 conference, held last October, the company announced that the HANA One platform was certified for production use on the AWS Cloud. It is available now for subscription on the AWS Marketplace at 99 cents per hour.

SAP HANA One enables instant provisioning of the Web services platform on the elastic AWS Cloud. It can be provisioned by AWS on advanced hardware with memory capacity up to 60GB of RAM per instance. This enables companies to deploy business- or consumer-facing applications already built on the HANA database to use the in-memory transactional and analytical data processing that comes with the service.

HP is developing a disaster-proof appliance to run the in-memory database.

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Originally published on eWeek.

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