Are you aware of what SAP HANA is? If it is your first time hearing about this or if you don’t know much about it, then this article is for you. First off, what is SAP HANA? As defined by saphanatutorial.com, SAP HANA is an in-memory database which is a combination of hardware and software made to process massive real-time data using In-Memory computing. It is also best suited for performing real-time analytics and developing and deploying real-time applications. Now that is just a definition, Now, we are going to tell you about its benefits or advantages.
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In an article by Dirk vanderMerwe, we are going to know about the key enablers that will drive value to your business.
Why SAP HANA or S/4HANA? Key Enablers That Will Drive Value to Your Business
With the announcement of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP has asked its customers to take a leap of faith. Emphasizing the suite’s benefits, SAP has shared with customers how this latest generation of ERP will address their needs — with SAP S/4HANA you can run simple and reduce the complexity of your SAP landscape with this centralized, streamlined business suite run on the in-memory SAP HANA platform. Yes, this sounds great. But what does it actually mean for your business? What are the real benefits that can be realized with this new, revolutionary ERP?
The IT community recognizes S/4HANA’s potential as a driver for reducing the TCO based on the savings from reduced databases, the speed, simplifications, and consolidation opportunities. From a business perspective, however, the question remains: How can our business experience real value from an SAP S/4HANA implementation? This “so what” question is a topic that HCL Technologies often discusses with its clients. Not just about what SAP S/4HANA is, but what is the real value from a business perspective — why should our clients take this leap? Read more here.
So there are six key enablers and these are: speed/agility, operational reporting, productivity, cross-functional transparency, simplification, and digitalization. Mind you, all of these key enablers are acquired by SAP HANA. Now the next thing we are going to talk about is the article by Hasso Plattner which will share to us the benefits of the business suite on HANA.
The Benefits of the Business Suite on HANA
It is amazing to me how little the benefits of the Suite on HANA are understood or even known in general and by the members of the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group specifically. The sERP system with reincorporated components like CRM, SRM and SCM is in my mind a bigger step forward than the introduction of R/3 22 years ago. Why is it so difficult to communicate the benefits? Let me try to find an explanation and reiterate the long list of benefits.
First, the HANA database is attacking the established leaders in the database market: Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and Teradata. That is a pretty bold move and a lot of people might fear to bet on the newcomer. The fact that all of them are following SAP with in-memory database features themselves should give you comfort and verify that SAP HANA points in the right direction.
Second, speed doesn’t seem to be a value in itself but this is not true. No customer of a SAP ERP, CRM, SCM, etc system would accept if performance degrades after a maintenance cycle by as little as 10%. So, an increase of a factor two in OLTP and a factor 10 to 100 in OLAP shouldn’t be more than welcome?!? Speed is the number one reason for business processes to be supported by information technology. Just to name a few: Read more here.
There are 12 benefits given above. Some involve speed, capacity, complexity, response time, costs, application, and many others. It was also stated that we have to trust the benefits mentioned above in order to understand the potential of SAP HANA.
For the last part of this article, Compassites will give us ten reasons why SAP HANA is brilliant.
10 REASONS WHY SAP HANA IS BRILLIANT!
SAP has invested a lot of its energies into a database called Hana. A major chunk of the SAP workforce is said to be working on Hana related projects. After having interacted with the SAP Hana team in a facilitated workshop, I was able to appreciate what SAP Hana got to the table. Some important points to consider …
- Hana is all about in memory computing which means that you get immediate real time results. This is because the data resides in the RAM. This feature is a great benefit for those who want super-fast results.
- Hana has many advantages such as mass data, agility, total cost of ownership, any data type processing etc.
- Hana empowers the business user as opposed to the developer. Now the CEO will be seeing more value and won’t need the CTO to convince him about the technology decisions. Read more here.
Speed is really something that SAP HANA should be proud of. It can give you super-fast results whenever you want them because its speed is approximately 3600 times faster compared to traditional databases. In addition, Hana is available as a physical box which means that you could feel secure that you have all your data under your control. Wow! You could still find some other benefits of SAP HANA mentioned above and these all could be a big help for whatever business you have.