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About Big Data and SAP HANA applications in Poznań

IMG_8564s.jpg Last week the SAP Big Data Truck visited Poland during its European Tour. Two days of intensive discussions in Warsaw followed by one-day stop in Poznań.

Poznań was on the map for a good reason: the Big Data Smarter conference was organized that day at the University of Economics. SAP has long time University Alliances relationship with this university through cooperation with Professor Witold Abramowicz and his team at the Department of Information Systems. It is worth to mention that two SAP Mentors from Poland – Marek Kowalkiewicz and Michal Krawczyk – both graduated from University of Economics in Poznań too.

The conference started with introductory sessions: first one discussing the history and the context of Big Data presented by Prof Abramowicz and second one presenting the inner technology of SAP HANA platform delivered by Karol Dworak.

IMG_8579s.jpgProf Abramowicz reminded that the “Big Data” can be the new buzz word, but is not the new challenge. Volume, Variety and Veracity of the data had been around no matter if we were talking about 2MB in 1980s or 2PB of data in 2010s.

Then team of Prof Abramowicz presented applications they had been building with SAP HANA and other technologies. Impressive spectrum of Big Data use cases has been covered:

  • Analysis of demand and supply on the energy market
  • Sentiment analysis on the consumer market
  • Management of micronetworks of energy prosumers
  • Applying graph processing and visualization to analysis of social networks
  • Threat detection in marine traffic based on AIS data
  • Optimization of public procurement
  • Monitoring (illegal) content in deep web

The University of Economy in Poznań and SAP will continue their partnership through announced Smart and Big Data Science Research & Innovation Center.

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      never had the pleasure to study at the Akademia Ekonomiczna as for some reason i picked Warsaw and its School of Planning and Statistics (the name at that time), but i can see how Poznan is growing strong in SAP presence, so the rest of business/economics schools need to do some catching up.

      Poznan and its business fair traditions as well as proximity to Berlin seems to be very well positioned to absorb anything from the West quickly and efficiently. only recently, New York Times was listing the city as a place for an Amazon logistics center. with the strong local initiative i don't see why it could not become another cloud data center. big data needs to be housed somewhere, doesn't it?



      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
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      Hi Greg. Funny you mentioned Amazon, as today is the date Amazon's center near Wrocław started its operations: Amazon pod Wroc�awiem otwarty. Praca dla 2,5 tysi�ca os�b 🙂 But then another one starts tomorrow near Poznań. And you are right: Poznań city is very active and its people are very proud of the city. Now with the new highway Berlin is 20 minutes closer to Poznań, than Warsaw is; and Prof Abramowicz and his team give good example on leveraging this through co-operation with HPI in Potsdam.