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SAP has been the pioneer in terms of furthering the advancement of ERPs, by leveraging better computing technologies. No wonders, then, that SAP continues to be seen as the market mover in the ERP space. Not only has the German company changed the dynamics of ERP market by regularly adding upgrades to its products, but also has showcased a focused attention towards continually improving and reinventing itself. On November 30, 2016, SAP will unveil HANA 2, the successor to much-talked about HANA in-memory database that it launched in 2010.


What’s new with HANA 2?


HANA 2 is the next level in terms of in-memory database technology, delivering higher processing power, better data management, improved analytical ability, and better application development prowess. Almost 6 years after SAP launched HANA, this successor underscores the fact that SAP is keen to continue on its digital transformation path, and will back its in-memory database based products with full vigor, despite continuing comprehensive support for all its R/3 suite products.


More Buzz on HANA 2 Launch


SAP TechEd Barcelona conference was alive with buzz on 8 and 9 November, as the announcement of HANA 2 launch and what all it would mean to the existing customers who’d opted for HANA, were made. It’s noteworthy that in May 2016, SAP released what would now be the last HANA release, that’s SPS12. Now, with news of HANA 2 launch made public, customers who have moved to either SPS12, or any of the two previous releases prior to that, can chose to stick to these versions. SAP will continue to offer maintenance for all these releases till May 2019.


The kind of data processing prowess we are talking about with HANA 2 is phenomenal. Whether it’s storing business podcasts or creation of business driven websites, HANA is powerful enough to handle data queries into databases holding a couple of decades worth of a multinational organization’s operations data,  retrieve required results, weave them into a report, and publish the same on handheld device used by a planning manager.


Now, customers who’re on SPS 10-12 don’t have to follow the course of adopting bi-annual upgrades from SAP, and can directly chose to be onboard for HANA 2. It’s expected that SAP would incentivize this, so that it can maximize the number of early adopters for HANA 2. Some smart features such as geo-spatial capabilities were exhibited in the conference, and with the advanced data management power of HANA 2 in picture, it’s anybody’s guess that SAP’s feature basket is set to become larger.


SAP’s spokesperson Irfan Khan was quick to give his recommendation to customers to move on to the SPS12 release, citing the key features of ‘capture and replay’ capability in testing, and better workload management. Of course, it’s just a suggestion, and not necessary.


SAP HANA 2 Ushering Another Era of Digital Transformation for Businesses


In an interview, Marie Goodell, who is VP and senior director of marketing, SAP HANA, spoke about HANA 2 launch being aligned to the SAP mission of helping IT departments in global organizations grow and manage their operations for empowered digital transformations, hence enabling them to innovate and achieve better results.  HANA was a significant technology shift in terms of database management for SAP, and HANA 2 is another giant leap in the same direction.


Kudos to SAP, yet again, for being at the forefront of digital transformations in the ERP market, with the launch of HANA 2.


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  1. Jennie Campbell Post author

    It is the next generation of SAP HANA optimized for innovation. More information can be found here:




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