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ABAP On HANA – My experience in SAP Inside Track

Hello all,

I would like to share my knowledge, which I gained from SIT (SAP Inside Track), 2014. Before getting started with a particular topic, I would like to share my experience on SIT, which was conducted in Hyderabad. It was a great pleasure for me to be a part of SIT. There were many valuable sessions throughout the day for 3 tracks (Technical, Functional and Analytical). As basically I am from technical side, the topics which they chosen are really excellent and presented in a very good manner.

Let me share you some of the points in ‘ABAP ON HANA’ which I learnt from the sessions, along with the points I collected apart from sessions, which I hope will be useful for you all to get the overview of this topic.


  • The main theme of this topic is: ‘Accelerate, Extend, Innovate using as ABAP and SAP HANA’.
  • This topic shows how, capabilities of ABAP have been enhanced for HANA development.
  • All ABAP applications have been optimized for SAP HANA:
    • Deeper and better integration with accelerate and real time data access.
    • New tools to optimization potential.
    • Delightful user experience and easy access.
    • New possibilities to build applications.
    • Real-time analysis with embedded analysis.
    • Develop like never before using ABAP in Eclipse.


  • ABAP code only using database independent features continue to run after migration to HANA.
  • General performance guidelines stay valid for SAP HANA.
  • Custom code transition:
    • Avoid (Functional) regression.
    • Detect (Additional) performance optimization potential.
  • Required and recommended adaptions:
    • Database migration related
    • Functional related
    • Performance related


  • Code pushdown means delegating data intense calculations to the database layer. It does not mean push ALL calculations to the database, but only those that make sense.
  • Example: If you want to calculate the amount of all positions of invoices. You should not select all positions of those invoices and calculate the sum in a loop. This can be easily done by using an aggregation function ( SUM() ) on the database.

                                Code push down.PNG



  • One basic difference between ABAP and HANA is, ABAP is based on sequential execution while HANA is based on parallel execution.
  • Widely used Insert statement in ABAP is replaced with Delta Merging in HANA.


  • Transaction code: SQLM.
  • It displays performance data on process level.
  • It allows drill down from process level to single database operation
  • Can run in production with minimal overhead (Less than 3%).
  • The monitoring cycle consists of 4 phases:
    • Activation – Activate the monitoring.
    • Monitoring – Check & ensure the monitoring status.
    • Deactivation – Deactivate the monitoring.
    • Reset – Archive the collected data and reset the monitoring.
  • Below are some screenshots of SQL monitor.
    • It consists of following buttons:
      • All Servers: To select all servers for monitoring.
      • Select Servers: To select some particular servers for monitoring.
      • Activate/Deactivate: To Activate/Deactivate the monitoring.


     Main Screen of SQLM:

     SQLM main screen.PNG

     Log History:

     SQLM history.PNG

  • Log History shows all the SQL statements running under the server along with following details:
    • Number of times the statement runs.
    • Duration of each statement.
    • Program in which the SQL statement is executing.
    • Data and Time of execution, etc.


  • ABAP is and will continue to be basis for applications.
  • ABAP 7.4 facilities leveraging SAP HANA features.
  • SAP HANA offers many new possibilities for ABAP based applications.

NOTE: All screenshots have been taken from net courtesy SAP.

Thanks & Regards,

Imran Khan.

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  • Hi Imran ,

             Good work. I have missed this session since i was there in analytics track. Now i got overall picture of this session. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Sandeep,

      Thanks for your comments. 🙂 This blog was intended to give overall picture of ABAP on HANA and I am glad that you found this useful.. 🙂



  • Hi Imran,

    Nice useful blog. Do you also have an idea about HA300 course? I am basically an ABAP consultant with no other knowledge in other SAP modules. I was keen on doing HA 400 ( ABAP for HANA) but recently got to know that there is no certification available for the same yet. Also, many are suggesting me to take HA 300 ( Modelling) . Do you have an idea when HA400 would be available for certification or else can an abaper learn HA 300 even without BW knowledge.

    Waiting for your reply.Thanks.

    • Hi Prem,

      For your questions " can an abaper learn HA 300 even without BW knowledge" the answer is yes. I have been an Abapper for last 9-10 years and did my modeling SAP certification last year. It was manageable to learn HANA modeling with little effort.

      • Thanks Balwant,

        Your reply gave me a lot of confidence. I will go ahead and pursue the course. I hope the job opportunities for Modelling is good as well. Thanks once again.