We are now able to collect more data, in a faster time, than at any other point in history. Think about an average day – you use a smartphone to share stories and photos online, you access your online banking through a web app, you make purchases from your tablet, you download your favourite music and films, you get to know the best places to eat and travel from online forums and you receive the business news most relevant to you direct to your inbox – all before your first meeting of the day. These data sources, geographical locations and user preferences are all feeding into the worldwide surge of Big Data.
Through SAP HANA, companies, governments, not-for-profits and institutions are able to leverage Big Data and transform a set of figures and statistics into real change strategies – across healthcare, education, science, technology and more.
SAP HANA changing the world we live in…
Public Policy: By looking at crime data and using predictive analysis models, police forces are able to minimise crime occurrence, or at the very least be more prepared for it.
In the San Francisco area, a project was recently completed with the help of SAP HANA, which took into account several hundred million data points made available by online police data and statistics. The data sources included crime records plus other factors such as proximity of crime scene to a police station, a liquor store etc. They were able to influence changes in local policy based on these in-depth data sets that crime records alone would not have uncovered, i.e. which route police patrol cars should take on specific days etc.
Transportation: Planning for transportation projects and the results of traffic improvement measures can be analysed for their effectiveness and efficiency, reducing costs and increasing benefits to the end users.
Councils can use Big Data to instantly improve problem traffic hotspots by analysing weather, event, traffic and other variables; enabling them to change road traffic lights and adjust the flow of traffic at peak times, or after an incident.
Transportation officials can track anonymous mobile phone user data to quickly identify accidents and other challenges on busy city roads. An entire traffic network can be monitored and improved in real-time.
Climate Change: On the agenda of most governments, climate change can have disastrous effects on communities around the world.
With SAP HANA analytics, it is possible to assess the impact of hurricanes and coastal erosion and use real-time Big Data tools to activate alerts for residential populations at risk of pending weather-related emergencies.
Weather officials can use social media feeds and mobile phone data to enhance their weather information and provide a more holistic advisory service in extreme weather situations. (During the height of Hurricane Sandy, CBS estimates 3.5 million tweets with the #Sandy hashtag were sent and 10 photos of Hurricane Sandy were uploaded per second to Instagram!). [Source]
Healthcare: With an ageing worldwide population and increased healthcare costs, it is in everyone’s interests to have access to the best, most cost efficient medical care when we need it.
Patient profiling using SAP HANA is able to better identify people who are more at risk of developing lifestyle diseases like diabetes. This creates a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to treatment and can reduce the cost of healthcare.
Medical researchers can also now aggregate information from a global pool of anonymous cancer patients into large datasets and look for patterns to help us understand the causes and optimal treatments better.
Economic Development: Real-time Big Data tools can assist energy officials to optimally distribute excess energy within a power grid from residential solar energy production. Energy officials can also tap into a network of sensors, alerting them to potential safety hazards before they become dangerous. For example, natural gas pipes and electrical lines can be re-routed and technicians can have the data to solve a problem before it becomes worse and the grid loses power.
Education: Making education the best it can be for students, as well as the economy is a major priority around the world. HANA’s real-time Big Data tools offer a range of options to improve the education sphere for students as well as educational institutions.
Schools and colleges are able to identify students at the highest risk for dropout, long before the problem arises. By leveraging such tools, school administrators can provide students the support they need to succeed.
Real-time Big Data analysis can also quickly show the effectiveness of tools and methods employed by schools. For example the optimal timing for examinations, the best time of day for certain lessons, or the most successful class sizes.