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Creative SAP HANA Solutions: an interview with SAPNS2 CTO David Korn

Earlier this week I posted some details about a really cool pre-event at SAP TechEd & d-Code that COIL will co-host with our colleagues from SAPNS2. The work that has gone into this so far began well before GPO and Event marketers began asking us fro details and getting us officially scheduled.

We’ve been in agreement from day one that the real time data platform the SAPNS2 team began to build in COIL signifies rich capability of value to many customers and industries regardless of the fact that the current project work at COIL emphasizes requirements of the intelligence community. All businesses want good intelligence gathering and analysis too. We also agreed that there exists a gap between raw capability and a solution manager or application developer determining how to leverage the technology applied in one way to help solve an entirely different problem.

So we came up with the idea that we could try to address this knowledge gap in some way by sharing what the SAPNS2 team has learned in its 2 plus years at COIL on how to creatively use SAP HANA, not just for its in-memory goodness but as a complete platform and as part of a  data fusion architecture that can address a wide range of need.

I caught up with David Korn this week to ask him some specific questions as to why an attendee at the Las Vegas SAP TechEd & d-Code would want to sit in on this half day session:

Cruickshank: Who should want to attend this session on Creative SAP HANA solutions featuring geospatial and graphing capability and use?

Korn: I’d say Developers interested in developing applications to be used for semantic analysis of Geo-spatially related events. Definitely developers interested in using SAP HANA as a multi-mode analysis platform. HANA is much more than a fast database.

Cruickshank:  What do you think will be the biggest takeaways for the participants?

Korn: How easy it is to create analytic applications that use all of the advanced capabilities of SAP HANA and to see demonstrated just how powerful HANA really is.  The attendees is this session will see how 1 platform  replaces 6 separate software components as a single, integrated platform.

Cruickshank: Participants will see specific some cool POC examples. How can session attendees use the underlying architecture and the techniques shared to apply to similar commercial needs?

Korn: We will show how SAP HANA can be used to build semantic networks; use text analysis for entity extraction of objects from open source data sources; create an object bases production capability to load data into property graphs using python; essentially how to use many SAP HANA functions integrated into a single analytic environment.

Cruickshank: Why cover the topic in the order described by the agenda, GSS, IAV, and Semantic Analysis. Does each module build on the next or do they each stand unique?

Korn: Our approach is to pursue as a progression of functionality. Geo-spatial, integrate Geo-spatial and text analysis followed by integrated application that uses Geo-spatial, text analysis and graph analytics using the graph engine.


Cruickshank: There is likely to be a number of people sitting in, most familiar with ESRI GSS. What will this workshop cover about it and how will it be compared to alternatively being implemented using Luciad?

Korn: SAP HANA can integrate with any map engine and through our journey of developing engineered solutions we used ESRI, google, Nokia and Luciad for real time Geo-spatial analysis for and control applications.

Cruickshank: What makes IAV so important? How does its use tie in to creatively using SAP HANA geospatial and graphing?

Korn: The IAV provides the ability to analyze large data sets In a spatio-temporal manner.  Hana processes queries with respect to time and spatial location simultaneously. When the team developed its multi-int engr solution, the same data set used for IAV was used to drive the property graph creates in HANA


Cruickshank: Will you cover anything like rendering out as an HTML 5 application?  Anything insightful/informative to share?

Korn: The Geo-spatial situational awareness application has 2 HTML5 applications. 1 app was developed using the EDRI SDK and 1 App developed in the SAP HANA Studio using SAP UI5.


Cruickshank: What will be the focus with respect to Semantic analysis? Is Domain design method or Ontology design variable? Will you demonstrate some interesting techniques, best practices or lessons learned?

Korn: We will provide a detailed  session on how to develop graph applications. We will focus on our design methods, beat practices, entity extraction, graph enrichment and ontology administration

Cruickshank: What makes property graph so valuable. What will be the biggest takeaways about it the audience can look for?

Korn: The ability to perform semantic analysis at large scale with high performance. RDBMS do not provide native capability to perform semantic analysis of objects

Cruickshank: Thanks for the overview David, lot’s of good reasons to be there. Last question. Will there be snacks?

Korn: Yes.

If all this sounds like something that would be worth your time while joining SAP in Las Vegas, please contact me and we can send you an invite while space remains available.

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      Hi David,

      This seems to be a very interesting session, however, your email address is private and I can not contact you for RSVP of this session. Can you please provide your email address or make it public in your SCN profile?



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      David Cruickshank
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      hello Hashir,

      you can email me- david.cruickshank@sap .com and I will add you to the invite list. If you have colleagues that would like to attend have them email me or include their full name/company they registered under and I can invite them.

      Thanks for your interest- we think it is going to be a very good session.