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A recent article in Sap Insider about HANA One entitled “SAP HANA One Illuminates New Possibilities” has some interesting details about how the platform may evolve in the future. I didn’t see any analysis or resonance about the article or Greg’s blog about the topic, so I thought it would be useful to surface the material. 

The article by Swapan Saha, Greg Chase, and Sapan Panigrahi first provides background information about the platform but the article’s conclusion is the most relevant for those interested in the broader HANA Cloud platform.

SAP HANA One continues to evolve at a rapid pace, updating at least quarterly to include functionality from new versions of SAP HANA software and datasets. Planned future updates will include SAP HANA support package stack 6, as well as templates and adapters for scenarios that may include:

    • MySQL application data connectors
    • Elastic turbo-charging of specific SAP ERP business processes
    • Public sector-specific applications, such as healthcare fraud detection and education
    • Powerful bundled server-side business intelligence tools

POV

Although the authors preface their statement with “may include” instead of “will include”, the most important development is that HANA One is evolving into something more than just a version of HANA hosted in public clouds.  Content in the form of templates and adapters – hopefully just available on HANA One – will help distinguish the product from other HANA-based offers from SAP as well as competitive products.

What is curious is that the usage scenarios mentioned by the article (“Small projects, Starter projects, Temporary projects”) might not be the ideal fit for the new functionality mentioned in the article’s conclusion. My feeling is that these new features might be a better fit with other usage scenarios.

HANA One plays a central role in SAP’s startup-related activities yet much of this marketing attention is focused on the price of the product.

The SAP execs repeatedly talked up HANA ONE, which runs on Amazon Web Services, as if to say “this isn’t the traditional, big iron, expensive SAP” of another era. It costs $3.49 per hour to run HANA ONE on an AWS EC2 8-core cluster. [SOURCE]


The new content / functionality in HANA One described in the article should provide content that is especially relevant to startups. The bundling of specific applications / templates could help such companies move more rapidly into the enterprise space.  This would provide additional incentive that they choose HANA One as their platform of choice.

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  1. Greg Chase

    Hi Dick,

    I really appreciate the reblog and your own POV.

    With regard to your opinion:

    What is curious is that the usage scenarios mentioned by the article (“Small projects, Starter projects, Temporary projects“) might not be the ideal fit for the new functionality mentioned in the article’s conclusion”

    I don’t see a disconnect here. I think of SAP HANA One as being “HANA engineered for skunkworks projects.”

    It’s easy to get – you don’t need to start an IT procurement cycle, or a traditional SAP sales cycle. You get your system now, and you can test or start whatever it is you wan to test and start.

    The added content simply makes it that much faster to get somewhere quicker with the fast start that SAP HANA on AWS provides.

    And yes, we are starting to see a few longer term SAP HANA One projects outgrow the size limitations. These people have more than proved the worth to acquire a hosted or on premise SAP HANA system as a result of this project.

    Cheers!

    -Greg


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    1. Richard Hirsch Post author

      But do you consider startups ““skunkworks projects”? And if HANAOne is just for “skunkworks projects” then whý do you market HANA One for productive usage? Are there such things are productive skunkwork projects?

      And yes, we are starting to see a few longer term SAP HANA One projects outgrow the size limitations. These people have more than proved the worth to acquire a hosted or on premise SAP HANA system as a result of this project.

      Is the idea that HANA One is just a low-cost gateway drug that gets customers addicted to HANA and then they move onto to the harder substances like “hosted or on premise SAP HANA systems”?

      D.

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      1. Henrique Pinto

        I don’t have a problem with that; Amazon has been using it for AWS successfully, it’s not just for HANA. Actually, I think the whole cloud business case was built on top of that (not kill on premise but actually generate demand for it, in the future).

        What I do find odd is how SAP is marketing HANA One as their own product, when it’s not (it’s Amazon’s). What will happen when other close partners like IBM and HP release their cloud versions of HANA (because, believe me, they will)? Will the speech change?

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        1. Richard Hirsch Post author

          I think HANAOne is being marketed as a cloud market that will run on multiple platform although I’ve just just the HANE One developer edition running on other cloud providers (for example, KT)

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  2. Henrique Pinto

    The new content / functionality in HANA One described in the article should provide content that is especially relevant to startups. The bundling of specific applications / templates could help such companies move more rapidly into the enterprise space.  This would provide additional incentive that they choose HANA One as their platform of choice.

    I don’t think they meant startups that were looking for business apps to run their business, but rather IT startups willing to develop new/breaktrhough apps on top of HANA. In that sense, they could start(up) with a cheap cloud installation instead.

    Most of the HANA One marketing does seem to be directed more to potential smaller SAP partners who would be willing to pay to Amazon to try HANA out or to have a virtualized HANA dev landscape. For example, check the following exempt in the original article:

    In short, even in situations when productive use of an application will require the larger capabilities of an on-premise system, SAP HANA One helps users speed up sales cycles by quickly getting their applications and solutions into the customers’ hands for evaluation and setup.

    They are specifically talking about partners leveraging HANA One as a quick means to showcase/demonstrate their apps to their customers (not necessarily SAP’s customers).

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      1. Henrique Pinto

        Because these same small startups/partners could also sell their solution as a SaaS offering. And it’s not that HANA One is just for that; it just sounds to me Amazon is focusing their marketing towards that aspect of it.

        Anyway, apart from a very specific app/data mart, which customer scenario will fit in 32GB in the cloud?? No IT department will want to use HANA One as a side-by-side ERP accelerator due to security and performance constraints, and they won’t be able to put their whole ERP/BW instances on HANA in just 32 GB…

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        1. Richard Hirsch Post author

          Anyway, apart from a very specific app/data mart, which customer scenario will fit in 32GB in the cloud?? No IT department will want to use HANA One as a side-by-side ERP accelerator due to security and performance constraints, and they won’t be able to put their whole ERP/BW instances on HANA in just 32 GB…

                             

          I doubt that HANAOne was planned for such scenarios – I assume it is focused more on HANA XS based applications

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