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What is the need for SAP HANA?

95% people will say Dude its faster that’s why we need it.

But it’s more than that. Let me tell you one real time story: currently there are three “V” any business solution needs to fight with: Volume, varieties and Velocity.


1.Volume ( Information Explosion )

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Many years back when you had 1GB pen drive in your hand you were walking like a King!! But those golden days are gone now.

In an organization every year massive amounts of data is created and how fast your business reacts to important information determines whether you succeed or fail. This is a big problem and its getting bigger.

Few Facts about it :

  • IDC estimates that worldwide digital content added up to 487 billion gigabytes in 2009. They predict this will double in 18 months, and every 18 months thereafter.
  • In a Sloan Management survey in 2010 60% of executives said their companies have more data than they know how to use effectively. With data doubling every 18 months, that percentage is going to keep growing.
  • According to EMC, by the end of 2011 there was 1.8 Zeta byte of digital data.

And if you forgot the size units this “V” (Volume) will remind you that:

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2.Varieties ( ‘Consumerization’ of IT )

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Human is the most unsatisfied, indecisive and unpredictable animal. So the business application needs to be capable enough to handle these ‘Consumerizations’.

Customers expect business experience to be as satisfying as personal experience.


3. Velocity (Speed)


People want instant access to information – ‘in the moment’’ – whether that is a moment of risk or a moment of opportunity. If the moment has passed and your business has not taken the right action, it has failed. People want instant answers. They want them to be right. They want them anywhere, any time.

So to fight with these three “V”: Volume, Varieties and Velocity (A way to process and analyze massive amounts of data in real time.) SAP HANA is born!!!!!

Below image explains the role of HANA.

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That is the role of SAP HANA. Using groundbreaking in-memory hardware and software we can

manage data at massive scale, analyze it at amazing speed, and give the business not only instant access

to real time transactional information and analysis but also more flexibility. Flexibility to analyze new

types of data in different ways, without creating custom data warehouses and data marts. Even the

flexibility to build new applications which were not possible before.

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  1. Mikhail Budilov

    Good blog.

    IMHO, For mostly Sap customers Hana not need now, because they haven’t a huge amount of data in they systems.

    Also if you want HANA you must be prepare to invest a lot money to licenses and hardware. Many non-IT bosses dont seen any profit of that.

    But times change.

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    1. John Appleby

      The third blog today that I’ve seen Mikhail Budilov comment on with a similar point. Three points:

      1. Something like 60% of SAP HANA deployments use data that does not reside in a SAP environment. Those organisations saw the benefit outside of the SAP data.

      2. Many SAP customers also believe that HANA has value even for the relatively low data volumes that SAP ERP uses. For example, out of the 13,000 BW customers, 150 are already migrating BW onto HANA in the first 3 months of launch.

      3. SAP HANA costs money to license and to provide hardware, like any other IT asset. In the cases I work on, I can almost always show a TCO reduction and that’s without talking about opportunity benefit. I’m not seeing cost as a barrier to the well-informed customer.

      Thoughts?

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    1. John Appleby

      As with my above example – I see it as a good thing that you have to build a business case. Organisations should choose where they spend their money carefully.

      However if you have a need that provides value, a business case can be constructed. Do you have a HANA use case?

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      1. Abhijit Gaikwad

        No John,

        A holding company with large business units having monopoly on the choice of softwares and hardwares, it would certainly be a daunting task 🙂

        thanks

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        1. John Appleby

          If you are saying that you work for a large company that already has architectural standards and introducing a new software asset is hard, then I can tell you that SAP HANA has already found its way into many of the Fortune 500, and I have personally worked with a number of customers to build both the business case and the architectural agreement.

          The key in this case is to allow your business units to see the value of SAP HANA and explain the benefits. Find use cases and associate value with them. Spend time with architects and help them understand how HANA provides things which other RDBMS software does not.

          It might sound daunting but once you have some people on board, HANA will happen.

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