What is SAP HANA? Is it Right For Me?

We hear a lot about SAP HANA, but what is it all about? SAP HANA is an in-memory data platform that is deployable as an on-premise appliance, or in the cloud. It is a revolutionary platform that’s best suited for performing real-time analytics, and developing and deploying real-time applications.

By adopting SAP HANA you gain a single secure environment for all your mission-critical data assets, so you can manage large volumes of structured and unstructured data efficiently to improve total cost of ownership. And, at the same time, you can simplify your IT landscape and reduce administrative effort by consolidating multiple workloads onto SAP HANA.

Being able to Run Simple helps you deliver insight into ongoing transactions, so your organisation can respond in real time to market change, seizing new opportunities more quickly than your competitors.

Benefits of HANA

Accelerate Database Processing
Process transactions and analytics against a single copy of data in-memory for real-time insight

Deliver More Intelligence
Use advanced analytical processing for deeper insight into the past, present, and future

Create Next-Generation Applications
Design and deploy intuitive applications to deliver the right information at the right time to business users

Integrate All Types of Data
Access large volumes of data from a variety of sources to unlock insights never seen before

Simplify Your IT Environment
Reduce complexity with an unified, yet open, platform on premise or in the cloud

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SAP HANA Named a Leader Among In-Memory Database Platforms

SAP Hana has been  recognised as a leader among in-memory database platforms by Forrester Research.

Out of the 11  vendors selected by  Forrester to participate in the independent report  SAP HANA was positioned highest in Current Offering and Strategy categories, and among the highest in the third core category, Market Presence.

“SAP’s razor-sharp focus on in-memory technology is paying off,” wrote Noel Yuhanna, Forrester’s principal analyst serving enterprise architecture professionals, in the report. Additional highlights of SAP’s ranking include:

  • SAP is the only company to earn a 5/5 score for vision
  • SAP is the only company to receive a 5/5 score for data management features and transaction capabilities
  • SAP also earned a 5/5 score for execution, market presence, customers, partners, revenue, performance and scale and analytics support

“We believe that our latest position as a leader in the Forrester Wave™ further validates the strategic path we are pioneering for in-memory computing across the industry,” said Greg McStravick, global head of Database and Technology, SAP. “We are helping customers move away from point database solutions to a much more powerful in-memory platform, capable of running any analytical and transactional application in a single environment. Our commitment to delivering continuous innovation around the SAP HANA platform ensures we are helping customers succeed in today’s digital economy.”

The number of customers transforming their business with SAP HANA is dramatically increasing. SAP HANA currently has more than 7,200 customers, doubling from only one year ago. SAP HANA Cloud Platform has quickly built momentum with more than 1,500 customers. Adoption of SAP HANA by start-ups has soared, with more than 2,100 using the SAP HANA platform today. In addition, there are more than 850,000 active users of SAP HANA.

A complimentary copy of “The Forrester Wave™: In-Memory Database Platforms, Q3 2015” is available for download here.

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‘In-Memory’: What’s the big deal?

Firstly – what does In-Memory actually mean?

Starting with RAM (Random Access Memory), which is what enables you to store data on your computer system, then change it, delete it etc.

The cost of RAM has fallen in recent years and the way that it performs has subsequently improved, which means that the amount of data that can be stored in its memory is far greater than before.

Think about disk-based data warehouses, or even how many disks you own that store large amounts of data.  They’re no longer needed, as the data is all now available, quickly and simply from your system’s memory.

So – if this isn’t new news, why does In-Memory suddenly sound like it’s the next big must-have?

It’s the way that In-Memory computing can now be used.  Take SAP’s In-Memory platform for example.  Called HANA, which is short for high performance analytic appliance, it’s leading the innovation in In-Memory computing by performing 10,000 times faster than standard memory disks.  It does this by using sophisticated data compression, which enables searching, processing, reporting and analysing of data in literally seconds instead of hours, or even days.

According to analyst company Gartner, 10% of large and medium sized companies have already adopted In-Memory computing and predicts that by 2015, that figure will have more than tripled to 35%.

The main benefits are obvious.

Save time, save money.  But also think about manpower: consultants and support desks will no longer be needed for creation of ad-hoc reports, it can all be done quickly and easily by your own users.  Detection of patterns and the ability to answer complex questions is also lightning fast and accurate, through HANA’s In-Memory analytics.

For more benefits of SAP HANA, find out what existing users think in: A Customer’s View: Top 10 Benefits of SAP HANA.


For more information on how SAP HANA In-Memory technology can benefit your SME business, contact Signum Solutions.