“The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.”
— Arthur C. Nielsen
Typically, organizations find it challenging to spend more money on analytics and business intelligence given the long litany of limited success and considering any new spending as a cost instead of an investment. Since its introduction two years ago, SAP HANA revolutionized the analytics space and delighted our customers with innovation that is matched by strong customer and partner enthusiasm and adoption. Many customers have embraced HANA’s vision and Art Nielsen’s wisdom. In just two years, SAP HANA has quickly become a best seller!
The road to the promised land (made famous by Gartner’s curve) for every new enterprise technology is not smooth and has many speed bumps before its full potential is achieved. Consequently, SAP has made several investments and allocated resources to help customers adopt and implement HANA successfully. Earlier today, SAP added a big on-ramp to road for realization of value that SAP HANA delivers. This helps customers that are just starting with their HANA projects as well as those with significant investments in the SAP Business Suite. It promises to speed-up the time-to-value for HANA investments significantly as evidenced by the launch customer, Florida Crystals, who migrated and deployed HANA-powered mission-critical applications in just two months. As Vishal Sikka points out in his blog, this is a big step forward in the journey of SAP HANA.
So, what is SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) and how different is it from other cloud-related announcement that SAP has made around the HANA technology? Here’s my attempt at the answer:
- SAP HEC is a comprehensive cloud infrastructure combined with managed services aimed at accelerating customers’ SAP HANA deployments and thus their time-to-value.
- SAP HEC is for enterprise customers who share HANA’s vision and business value proposition and have already purchased the requisite licenses. Unlike SAP HANA One, which is a database-as-a-service offering and aimed primarily for developers via Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAP HEC does not have any data size limitations, offers both standard and enterprise support and allows customers to run their SAP HANA-powered applications such as SAP Business Suite and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW).
- SAP HEC isa Virtual Private Cloud for dedicated applications and customers. Initially, it will be available via 4 data centers, 2 in the US and 2 in Europe. Additional data centers are expected to announced later.
- SAP HEC is featured prominently at next week’s SAPPHIRE NOW event through keynotes, demos and customer references.
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Today’s launch event provides good overview, demo, and answers to many questions. The SAP HANA community is already buzzing with enthusiasm and feedback on SAP Community Network, Twitter, sap.com, and from key analysts. Stay tuned for more updates on SAP HEC in the coming days.
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