What is SAP Business One HANA?

Diane Harvey
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What is SAP Business One HANA?


SAP Business One HANA is the next generation of business software that allows you to run your business at a whole new level.

As the world becomes more connected and data becomes more accessible, it’s vital that your business is able to make sense of this information. With SAP Business One, you can do just that.

SAP HANA is the in-memory computing platform for SAP Business One that supercharges the application performance for speed and allows you to analyse massive amounts of data in real time. SAP Business One HANA eliminates layers of complexities and unnecessary business costs found in legacy IT architecture so your business can run smarter, faster, and simpler.

What’s the difference between SQL and SAP HANA?


SQL and SAP HANA are both databases, but they’re based on different technologies.

Microsoft SQL is a disk storage database that’s optimized for transactional workloads. SAP HANA (High Performance Analytical Appliance) is an in-memory database that’s optimized for high transactional and analytical workloads.

If you need to process large amounts of data, an in-memory database will maintain speed and prevent performance issues.

What benefit does SAP Business One HANA bring to small and medium enterprises?


SAP HANA, the next-generation platform for business applications, is a game changer for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It’s helping them unlock new levels of agility, insight and efficiency.

Here are some ways SAP HANA is transforming the way people work:

Agility: You can get real-time business information at the moment you need it so you can clearly define and focus on the right priorities. With SAP HANA solutions, you can quickly determine what sales opportunities to pursue today, what customers to target and which products will be most effective at driving revenue.  In addition to having access to real-time data, you can now use self-service tools to analyse it yourself instead of relying on IT or other employees with specialized skillsets.

Business agility is the ability of an organization to adapt quickly to changing circumstances in order to remain competitive. It is not a new concept but has been given renewed attention due to the growing importance of big data analytics, cloud computing and mobility technologies. These new capabilities are enabling organizations to improve their agility by making it easier for them to access and use real-time business information in order to make informed decisions about their future direction.

Insight: Leverage a single platform for analytics and transactions to get unprecedented insight to-action capabilities. Leverage pre-delivered apps to solve “unsolvable” problems.

SAP HANA offers an extremely fast processing speed that enables users to run complex queries in seconds, instead of hours or days. This provides organizations with the ability to gain actionable insights from real-time data in an environment that supports both transactional workloads as well as analytical applications, such as business intelligence (BI) tools and predictive analytics applications.

The speed at which SAP HANA processes information gives companies the ability to make decisions faster than competitors. By providing users with access to real-time information, companies no longer have to wait for batch processes or nightly reports to get answers about their business — they can now use what they already know about their customers and markets and apply it immediately to drive more revenue opportunities or reduce costs by eliminating waste in their current processes and systems.

Efficiency: Empower employees with information search capabilities and interactive analysis tools to help them become more efficient.

SAP HANA is one of the fastest in-memory databases in the industry. With up to 100x faster query performance than traditional databases, it can process hundreds of thousands of rows in milliseconds.

This means that your employees have access to real-time data, so they can make faster decisions that positively impact your business.

Efficiency is a key driver for businesses today — and SAP HANA helps you maximize your resources by giving each person the right information at the right time.

Value: Maintain a simplified IT landscape with a solution priced for small businesses and designed for scalability.

SAP HANA simplifies the IT landscape by making it possible to run real-time business applications on existing infrastructure without having to purchase expensive new hardware or software. This reduces costs, eliminates unnecessary complexity and provides an easy path from on-premise to cloud computing environments.

Visibility: Your employees should have access to all the information they need to do their jobs effectively. With SAP HANA, everyone has access to real-time data that provides insight into how well their colleagues are performing and what they should be doing differently.

This type of transparency increases accountability while also helping teams work together more effectively by sharing knowledge across departments instead of relying solely on their own experience.

Flexibility: The ability to run both transactional and analytical applications on a single platform allows organisations to optimise their existing infrastructure while freeing up resources for other projects.

For example, an organisation might have a core transactional system that runs its day-to-day operations but also has several analytical applications that are only used periodically by specific users. Previously this would mean maintaining separate systems for each application because they couldn’t all run on the same database platform.

But with SAP HANA solutions you no longer need multiple databases — all applications can run on one platform and be accessed by multiple users simultaneously. This helps reduce costs and increase efficiency by eliminating duplicated systems that require maintenance and support.

What features are different in SAP Business One HANA?


User Interface

The user interface is the same as in SAP Business One, but it has been enhanced with a new design that is more user friendly. For example, on SAP Business One HANA, the screens are more intuitive, and you can easily access your important information from anywhere in the system.

SAP Business One HANA also offers an enhanced screen layout for mobile devices. You can use SAP Business One on your tablet or smartphone to view your data and work on transactions anywhere you go.

Enterprise Search

Enterprise search is like a search engine for your business – you can type in a keyword and you’ll get an organized list of results, with the option to drill-down for more information. This makes it easy to find the data you need and is a great tool is great for getting answers quickly and easily when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.

Pervasive Analytics Dashboard Designer

Save time and effort with a single tool for analytics and reporting in SAP Business One HANA, Pervasive Analytics Dashboard Designer.

Materialize your dashboards from any hierarchical level by selecting from a pre-defined library of widgets or building your own KPI. Embed your KPIs into core objects like transactions, from which you can drill-down to view additional details in the relevant dashboard.

It’s easy to use and customizable so you can see key performance indicators at a glance. This allows you to make better decisions based on the most up-to-date information available.



There are key differences between SAP Business One and SAP Business One HANA and we hope this blog post helps you decide which of the two is best for your business.

SAP Business One HANA is extremely powerful. It should be at the forefront of your business intelligence strategy, especially when used in conjunction with the comprehensive business planning capabilities and robust reporting features of SAP Business One.

If you haven’t already done so, take some time to explore these benefits, and see if they can make a difference to your business today.

Are you currently using SAP Business One, or SAP Business One HANA? Which features do you find most useful, and why? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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