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Here’s some exciting news for you enterprise data connectivity junkies out there: SAP’s BI 4.1 suite will support Hive2 and Impala connectivity via ODBC and JDBC drivers from Simba Technologies. And later in the year, so too will SAP’s Lumira data visualization software.

For Simba Technologies, it’s a mutually-rewarding partnership: Simba shares SAP’s broad commitments to enterprise Big Data innovation, integration, productivity, and efficiency. But beyond that, why should Simba’s connectivity “plumbing” matter to SAP’s customers?

SAP BI 4.1 + Simba Connectivity = The Future of Big Data Interoperability

SAP’s adoption of Simba connectivity drivers represents SAP taking a progressive stand for the innovation enterprise: From the data warehouse to the BI application to the Hadoop framework of choice, when it comes to Big Data in the enterprise, interoperability matters. A lot.

The SAP BI 4.1 Suite now includes Simba ODBC and JDBC drivers as embedded components. SAP BI 4.1 customers can easily connect their Big Data directly to Hive or Impala. Queries are faster, performance is better, and reliability is so good enterprise IT can take it for granted. (Not that enterprise IT would or should ever take anything for granted, of course!)

Interoperability and Extensibility: How Best-in-class Connectivity Impacts SAP Enterprises

What’s really meaningful about this partnership is that it signifies SAP’s commitment to interoperability. The Simba JDBC drivers for Big Data, for example, adhere to the JDBC standards. For SAP BI 4.1 customers, that means accessibility to more apps, more platforms, more data sources. The SAP BI 4.1 Suite is a first-class diplomatic citizen in the Big Data world because it can connect directly to any Hadoop distribution – no need to get drivers from the Hadoop distros – SAP has it all built in. SAP BI 4.1 customers get this direct Big Data and Hadoop connectivity using the same tools and products they have always used.

Today BI 4.1, Tomorrow Lumira

BI 4.1’s support for Hive and Impala connectivity via SIMBA drivers is a first step (or the first two steps) in optimizing Hadoop connectivity for SAP enterprises. SAP has cranked the throttle when it comes to optimizing Hadoop SQL engine performance. And the next step is on the BI visualization side: Lumira, SAP’s innovative solution for visualizing all that big data, will adopt Simba JDBC drivers later this year. The right tools, optimized connectivity, and screaming fast query speed: It’s a great time to be an SAP Big Data enterprise.

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