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These are my take-aways from a July 2014 presentation by Mike Eacrett VP of Product Management for SAP HANA and EPM

SAP HANA Update and Overview of SAP HANA SPS 08

http://www.saphana.com/community/implement/hana-solutions

http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-4691

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HANA SP7 shipped November 2013 and has Rev #70-74

HANA SP8 shipped May 2014. On Rev #80

HANA SP9 planned for 4th quarter

You will see maintenance Revs i.e. 74.1, 74.2 these are bug fixes.  Arne Arnold’s blog on maintenance Revs. http://www.saphana.com/community/blogs/blog/2014/04/02/when-to-upgrade-your-sap-hana-system

Summary slide is a good overview of the data management technology:

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  • Real Time Data Platform is now SAP Data Management.
  • SAP Replication servers: Sybase replication server is logged based vs ABAP based SAP LT replication server which is trigger based.
  • SQL Anywhere look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQL_Anywhere.  Used by Internet of Things, in your cars, in vending machines, etc.  Tens of millions deployments.   Was also used in the development of some of the features of SAP IQ.

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HANA SP8 enhancements can be broken down by

  1. Cloud Enablement
  2. Apps & Industry Platform (i.e. Healthcare)
  3. Big data and IoT
  4. Openness

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Apps:

  • SAP co-innovations with ESRI for Geo Spatial included open/industry standards.  ESRI owns the very widely adopted spatial development tools and has a vibrant developer community
  • New App Function Library AFL and predictive algorithms, SAS is coming in Q3
  • Suite on HANA hierarchy traversal e.g. hierarchies of product groups, employee hierarchies and RH_STRUC_GET; RH_PM_GET_STRUCTURE
  • BWonHANA dynamic range partitioning to allow for more flexibility in modeling / defining ranges. Also you would not have to reorg with data changes and it helps with parallel processing
  • SAP HANA Interactive Education enhancements to share content e.g. code snippets, models.  Provides guided learning and search help.  HANA Academy moving to be based on SHINE.

Free online training – HANA Academy http://www.saphana.com/community/hana-academy/

http://www.saphana.com/community/blogs/blog/2014/03/10/shine–sap-hana-interactive-education


Cloud Enablement:

  • Ivy Bridge Server certifications – look  for large memory e.g. suite scale up server certifications and Redhat appliance certifications
  • Multiple VM support – scale up only, not scale out yet
  • New DR  transactional replication mode  “Synchronous with Full Sync”.  Third synchronous option.  e.g. for mission critical APO/ECC scenarios with RPO = 0 needs
  • Can HANA run on mainframe? – No still requires Intel chip sets.  Co-innovation with IBM for HANA to run on Power Chip set is pending – “HoP”.  No plans for mainframe.
  • Developer enhancements
    • Web IDE enhancements but Web IDE does not replace SAP HANA Studio
    • SAP River data preview now called “application explorer”

BIG Data and IoT

  • New Smart data access adapters for IBM DB2 and Netezza
  • Apache Spark announcement – direct connectivity  Spark, SQL in to Hadoop distribution.
    • Can consume Spark, opens HANA to Spark developers and Spark to SAP HANA developers
    • Big Data Hadoop world.  DataBricks. Shark SQL, Hive on Spark  http://databricks.com/spark


Applications and Industry Platforms

  • SAP HANA studio supports Apple OSX with revision 81.  Available at App Store
  • SAP HANA Answers – self help sourcing info from SAP Help, SCN, HANA Academy..

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Openness

  • Data center admin
    • Single production VM is GA and Multi-VM is in pilot (announced at Sapphire)
    • OS options, SLES Linux or new RHEL Redhat configurations (also announced at Sapphire)
  • ADO.Net client GA – ActiveX Data Objects
  • HANA on AWS – full HANA systems Amazon Web Service
  • HANA Cloud platform – same as on AWS but has JAVA
  • HANA on Premise

My job for the past 15 years has been implementing/deploying/maintaining EDW solutions using SAP BI to meet a multitude of business requirements.  In order to stay as up to date as possible on SAP BI, I benchmark with other companies and also attend numerous webinars and conferences.  For the conferences I look for certain presenters.  Mike Eacrett is one of these presenters.  For the latest and the official roadmaps on BWonHANA I look to Mike and his team.  And he is a wealth of knowledge on all things HANA.  I highly recommend if you are interested in BWonHANA to attend one of Mike’s presentations and search him out on SCN and http://www.saphana.com/community/about-hana

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